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The 2019 University of Montana Western Bulldog football team began practice this week in preparation for the 2019 season, the 88th in program history.

Beginning today, first year students at the University of Montana Western officially become part of the 2019 campus community with four days of activities that include a little bit of everything from fun to need to know info. The orientation schedule is designed to help all first year college students ease into that next phase of their life’s journey.

The Class of 2019 will be inducted into the University of Montana Western Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 28 as part of the 2019 Homecoming and Alumni Weekend.

Mary Baker Emerick graduated from the Montana Normal College (now the University of Montana Western) nearly 100 years ago and retired from teaching at the college 51 years ago. She impacted students during her 43-year teaching career and continues to do so to the present day.

The Beaverhead Marathon Scholarship has awarded its first scholarship to student-athlete Shelby Walls. The scholarship was founded in 2018 and is awarded to a member of the UMW Cross Country team.

Hall graduated in 2016 from the University of Montana Western with a degree in Natural Horsemanship and Business Administration. During his time at UMW, Hall qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo and has since become a regular name on the Montana rodeo circuit.

Governor Steve Bullock has announced the 2019 Montana Ambassador Awards, honoring individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to economic development in Montana.

The honorees, including University of Montana Western Chancellor Dr. Beth Weatherby, were recognized at an awards ceremony and reception held on Monday, October 14 in conjunction with the 2019 Innovate Montana Symposium in Butte from October 14-16.

The UMW Fine Arts Gallery is proud to showcase some of the brilliant artists in our Dillon Community in this invitational community exhibition. The show will run from Friday, Oct. 4 to Friday, Nov. 8.

In an earlier Throwback Thursday, we put our spotlight on Mary Baker Emerick and her tremendous impact on the art program and students at first, Montana State Normal College (MSNC) and later Western Montana College (WMC).

In an earlier Throwback Thursday, we learned how the Bulldog was chosen as the school’s mascot.

Men’s basketball was the first Montana State Normal College (MSNC) officially recognized athletic program. It was organized in 1922 during the administration of Dr. Sheldon Davis. Davis served as president of MSNC from 1919 to 1946.

Women’s athletics is an important part of the campus culture of the University of Montana Western and a key ingredient to the Bulldog athletic program.

Fall season is underway with all Montana Western teams in action. Bulldog football, volleyball and cross country have seen action with Bulldog rodeo opening this weekend.

With the University of Montana Western’s fall rodeo just a week away, it is only fitting that we throw the spotlight on a true rodeo legend and one of our very own, Shawn Davis.

We are just a few hours away from the beginning of the 2019 University of Montana Western Homecoming and Hall of Fame weekend.

The University of Montana Western is like many colleges and universities across the United States, over the years, it has gone by several different names.

OCTOBER 1, 2019
Congratulations to Dr. Steve Mock on being conferred upon by the Montana University System Board of Regents for the title of Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences. Dr. Mock served the University of Montana Western with dedication and valued service for 28 years.

The University of Montana Western was recently ranked among the “Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report.

The Montana Western Alumni Office and Athletics Department inducted four new members into the Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 28, 2019.

The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame (MCHF) and Western Heritage Center (WHC) have announced the newest inductees into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame, including retired Montana Western rodeo coach, Iola ‘Olie’ Else.

Photo Credit: Jackie Jensen

UMW Announces Hall of Fame, Alumni Weekend and Homecoming Activities

Rebekah Levine, geomorphologist and assistant professor in the Environmental Sciences Department at Montana Western, collaborated on a watershed research project with the Nature Conservancy. Their joint research was published in “Earth and Space News,” a publication by the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Montana Western’s 122nd Annual Commencement Ceremony, to be held on Saturday, May 11 at 11:00 a.m. in the Straugh Gymnasium, will mark the introduction of the University of Montana Western Chancellor’s Medallion.

University of Montana Western Chancellor Beth Weatherby announced that the University’s 122nd Annual Commencement will take place Saturday, May 11, 2019. The ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Straugh Gymnasium on the Montana Western campus.

Lee Harry, Road Scholar instructor through the University of Montana Western’s School of Outreach, was featured in the March 2019 Road Scholar Newsletter for his commitment and passion to lifelong education through the outdoors and UMW. Harry first got involved with Road Scholar programs about 12 years ago due to his interest in teaching others about nature and the great outdoors.

The University of Montana Western Fine Arts Department, as part of the 2018-19 Bank of Commerce Performing Arts Series, presents its final production of the season, “Crazy Town” by Jonathan Rand. Performances will be held at UMW in the Small Auditorium (Main Hall 314) May 2-4 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee to be held on May 3 at 1 p.m.

The University of Montana Western’s 122nd Annual Commencement, held on Saturday, May 11, will feature speaker Casey Winn Lozar, a member of the Montana University System’s Board of Regents.

Reilly English, molecular biology major at Montana Western, traveled to Ghana, West Africa with the Montana Dental Outreach Team (MDOT) during spring break 2019.

Montana Western alumni had a strong showing during the Montana State High School basketball State Championships. Across Class AA, A, B and C girl's and boy's basketball, there were 14 teams that appeared during the state tournament who had a UMW graduate at the helm as their head coach. Notably, Wes Holmquist coached the Bozeman High Hawks to the Boy's State AA Championship and Jim Stergar led the Billings Central Rams to the Class A Boy's Basketball State Championship.

Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance, Laura Young and UMW students Russell Kujala, Cole Davis, Kelsie Gray, Tanner Lehr, Sabrina Durnez and Gabrielle Moeller attended the Northwestern American College of Sports Medicine (NWACSM) conference in Bend, Ore. March 1-2, 2019.

On April 9, 2019, Spruce Schoenemann, Assistant Professor of Environmental Geochemistry and Climate Science at the University of Montana Western, was featured in the online journal, Nature Communications, for his collaborative research on warming summer temperatures in northwestern Canada.

The University of Montana Western’s 2019 Commencement Ceremony, held on Saturday, May 11, will honor Susan Jones with the University’s Alumni Distinguished Service Award.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board are pleased to announce that Dr. Ashley Carlson, Associate Professor of English at the University of Montana Western, has received a Fulbright award to conduct research and lecture at the University of Antananarivo in Madagascar for a full academic year starting in November 2019.

The University of Montana Western Business Department is welcoming Kent Miller, department manager for Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA), as a guest presenter for the Bridges to Business Speaker Series. Miller will speak at 7 p.m. on Tues. April 23, 2019 in the STC Great Room.

U.S. Senator Steve Daines recognized the University of Montana Western Women’s Basketball Team for winning the NAIA Division I National Championship.

The Chancellor’s Leadership Scholars Award is a four-year, full-tuition scholarship awarded to exceptional students residing in the state of Montana who will be attending the University of Montana Western in the fall.

On the House floor Friday, Congressman Greg Gianforte celebrated the women’s basketball team from the University of Montana Western for winning the 2019 NAIA national championship.

Missoula based artist, Jennifer Reifsneider, presented on her collection “Divided by the Whole” on Thursday, March 28, 2018. Following Reifsneider’s talk, a closing reception was held in the Corr Gallery.

The third annual UMW Colt Challenge and Sale, held March 29 and 30 at La Cense Montana, drew the largest crowd ever with 450 people in attendance. UMW Natural Horsemanship students trained the colts donated to the program. Nineteen colts sold for an average of $5,723 bringing in a total of $108,750, which is the most the sale has ever generated.

On April 16, 2019 Montana Western will honor two outstanding community members for their service and support at the annual Dr. Jane Helm Maddock Service Awards Ceremony. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Lewis & Clark Room, located in Matthews Hall on the UMW Campus.

The University of Montana Western invites the community to attend the variety of exciting events planned for the month of April.

The University of Montana Western Fine Arts Department, as part of the 2018-19 Bank of Commerce Performing Arts Series, with special arrangement with Playscripts Inc., presents “Good Kids” by Naomi Iizuka. Performances will be held in the Beier Auditorium April 4-8 at 7:30 p.m.

Sheila Kirkpatrick Massar has been a supporter of the cowboy way of life for many years. She began building cowboy hats over 40 years ago and her business, Montana Mad Hatters located in Twin Bridges, Mont., is known for creating fine custom cowboy hats. Massar will be honored at the annual Rodeo Club Banquet on March 29 for her continued support of UMW’s rodeo team.

Camas Neville, originally from Idaho and Maggie Blandford of Colorado, completed a four month internship at the Ecole du Domaine du Possible where they taught horsemanship classes. Ecole du Domaine du Possible is an alternative school that teaches 150 students grades K-12 using the Waldorf method.

The UMW Fine Arts Gallery will display the work of Missoula based artist, Jennifer Reifsneider, Feb. 19-March 29, 2019. Accompanying the exhibit will be an artist’s lecture on March 28 from 5-6 p.m. in Main Hall 319 followed by a closing reception at 7 p.m. in the Corr Gallery.

With 40 seconds remaining in the game, Freed-Hardeman (FHU) held a six point lead and looked like they were going to return to their second straight national championship game. The Bulldogs and the large crowd in red and black seemed almost stunned that UMW's impressive season was about to end.

Montana Western Associate Professor of Business and Technology and UMW alumnus, Kevin Engellant, was recently named the Montana High School Association (MHSA) Girls Basketball Official of the Year. Fellow Bulldog, Pat Armstrong Jr., was named Montana Boys Basketball Official of the Year. Armstrong will soon be graduating with a teaching degree through a grant program partnership between UMW, Blackfeet Community College and Browning Public Schools.

Jamie Wines, a junior majoring in Natural Horsemanship and Business, represented Montana Western as an equine intern at the Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE) held in Billings, Mont., in October 2018. Her experiences at the NILE have tied in with the lessons she is learning as she trains her first colt in preparation to sell at the third annual UMW Colt Challenge and Sale March 29-30, 2019.

The University of Montana Western’s Education Department and Alumni Office, in partnership with Stockman Bank, present the Eighth Annual Night of Stars to be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 on the Montana Western campus.

Kody Lahaye, Montana Western’s head rodeo coach is getting ready for the Rodeo Club Banquet. The annual event will be held March 29, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in the Keltz Arena. Lahaye rodeoed for UMW under former head coach Iola ‘Olie’ Else, and as he takes the reins from his mentor, Lahaye looks forward to continuing the program she built.

Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 262 students who will make up the organization’s 2019-2020 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows, including Montana Western’s own Adrianna Pittman.

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