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Jacob Fishman, an electrical engineer, artist, and educator will be a visiting artist at Montana Western where he will be teaching students in class Jan. 22-25, 2019. His visit will include a guest lecture at the Emerick Art Building, Jan. 23. The event, which begins at 5 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Celine Beaucamp-Stout, an Environmental Science Adjunct Instructor at Montana Western, taught Introduction to Geology 101 during block two, which was in session Sept. 24 – Oct. 17, 2018. The course focused on the geology surrounding southwest Montana. For one day of the course, students also looked at ways they could be more sustainable.

Lowell Jaeger, a poet from Kalispell, Mont. will read from his published work at the “Dances with Words” series. The event will start at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 24, 2019.

Chris Fisk, a 1992 graduate of Montana Western, was recognized as the Butte Elevated 2018 Educator of the Year.

Montana Western Men’s Basketball Team has logged over 120 volunteer hours since Mike Larsen took over as head men’s basketball coach in May 2018.

Montana Western was recently ranked third on the list of 10 most affordable online Bachelor’s Degrees in early Childhood Education by the Bachelor’s Degree Center (BDC).

Montana Western’s Fine Arts Gallery concluded the fall semester with a faculty driven art show themed “Make No Mistake,” on Dec. 13, 2018. The opening reception for the exhibit included live music by UMW Professor Brent McCabe.

Montana Western’s “Dances with Words” series offers students and community members the opportunity to listen to authors reading their own works, including Montana Western student writers. This semester UMW had multiple performances, making for a successful series.

John Hajduk, History Professor at Montana Western, recently published "Music Wars: Money, Politics, and Race in the Construction of Rock and Roll Culture, 1940-1960.” He has spent over 25 years collecting extensive research in order to construct a passionate and interesting read which was released in October 2018.

Justin Olson, a 2008 graduate from Montana Western, will be releasing his first book on April 16, 2019 through Simon & Schuster publishing. Titled “Earth to Charlie,” the young adult fiction novel is set in Whitehall, Mont.

The University of Montana Western’s Equine Studies Department has scheduled its Third Annual Colt Challenge and Sale for March 29-30, 2019. The event will be held at La Cense Montana, located at 4600 Carrigan Lane in Dillon, Mont.

Author Doug Ammons, from Missoula, Mont. will be sharing his nonfiction work at the “Dances with Words” series on Dec. 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Each performance in the series takes place at The Cup, Montana Western’s coffeehouse located below the library on campus.

Montana Western students Ava Nelson and Shayla McGregor, along with PATH advisor Lexi Benson, joined the nearly 500 individuals in attendance at this year’s NASPA conference, known as the General Assembly, held Nov. 1-4 in Kissimmee, Florida. Over 100 universities from around the nation were represented.

The University of Montana Western is pleased to announce a production of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar as part of the 2018-19 Bank of Commerce sponsored Performing Arts Series. The shows will take place on December 6, presented by Montana Shakespeare in the Schools (MSIS).

The Montana Western Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the launch of a new scholarship application portal for all current and prospective students at the University of Montana Western.

Amy Rae Pearson, a writer from Kalispell, Mont. will be sharing her work at the “Dances with Words” series on Nov. 29, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at The Cup, Montana Western’s coffeehouse located below the library on campus.

Montana Western faculty members Jack Kirkley, Michelle Anderson and Rob Thomas presented their research in this year’s Montana Research Roadshow which was organized by the Montana University System’s Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education. These events feature the innovative research being conducted at Montana’s public universities.

Sally Prasch, a visiting glass artist from Montague, Massachusetts, will present a public artist’s lecture on Thursday, November 8 at 5:00 p.m. in the Mary Baker Emerick Art Annex Lecture Room at Montana Western. With a background in both scientific glassblowing and fine art, she will be working with UMW students in class November 5-9.

The University of Montana Western’s Fine Arts Department presents “Bag and Box Theatre: Holiday Plays for Children” as part of the Bank of Commerce Performing Arts Series held November 8-11 on the University of Montana Western campus.

In March 2018, a group of students from Montana Western’s Education Department traveled to Seattle, Washington, to gain first-hand experience working in diverse urban schools as part of a unique travel course being offered for the first time. The students were led by three members of the department’s faculty: Dr. Estee Aiken, Dr. Laura Straus, and Dr. John Xanthopoulos.

The University of Montana Western Cross Country team hosted their first-ever home meet on Friday, Oct. 19 with both teams finishing in third place.

The University of Montana Western’s Fine Arts Gallery continues with its schedule of exciting shows set for the fall semester, including an opening art show that featured the Clay Studio of Missoula’s exhibition of contemporary ceramic work from a diverse group of their affiliated artists in September, followed by the gallery’s current exhibition of printmaker Jason Clark.

The University of Montana Western and Blackfeet Community College have been awarded a $1.4 million-dollar Indian Education Professional Development grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The University of Montana Western rodeo team closed out the fall portion of the 2018-19 schedule at home in Dillon, Mont. over the weekend.

The University of Montana Western has announced its Hall of Fame, Alumni Weekend, and Homecoming activities for Oct. 4-6, 2018. This festive time for alumni, friends, students and community members is an exciting opportunity to gather and enjoy a series of events hosted by Montana Western Alumni and Friends, Bulldog Athletics and the Associated Students of the University of Montana Western.

Chamique Holdsclaw, mental health activist, WNBA vet, NCAA Player of the Year, and Olympic Gold Medalist spoke at the Big Sky Behavioral Health Summit on Sept. 13, 2018 at the University of Montana Western.

The University of Montana Western was recently ranked among the “Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report and was also ranked in the top five “Best Colleges in Montana for 2018” by Best Colleges.

The University of Montana Western Foundation is honored to announce the Forever M.J. #18 Scholarship, established by the Simkins family.

Instructors and students in the University of Montana Western’s Natural Horsemanship program participated in several international teaching opportunities over the summer.

Founders of the Beaverhead Marathon Cory Birkenbuel, Dylan Zitzer and Casey Parrott have announced the establishment of a new scholarship for Cross Country student athletes that will be awarded for the first time in spring 2019.

The University of Montana Western in partnership with Stockman Bank hosted the annual Night of Stars ceremony where alumni are recognized for their contributions in the field of education.

Montana Western Ranked Among the Best Colleges in America

The “125 Objects for 125 Years” art exhibit was held in conjunction with several events celebrating the University of Montana Western’s continued innovation over the past 125 years.

Justinn Lahaye, a 2015 Montana Western graduate, is currently completing her clinical rotations in rural communities across the state.

The University of Montana Western announced the appointment of Matt Raffety to the position of Director of University Communications.

The University of Montana Western in partnership with Stockman Bank hosted the Night of Stars ceremony where alumni are recognized for their contributions in the field of education.

The University of Montana Western held its annual Legacy Plaza Celebration and Commencement Ceremony on May 4 and 5, 2018, celebrating the achievements of the Class of 2018.

For the first time in 23 years, the University of Montana Western has a new rodeo coach.

The University of Montana Western celebrated its 125th anniversary and Alumni Weekend 2018 with several events that featured the university’s history of innovation and its goals for the future. One of these events was the 125th Community Time Capsule Celebration.

On April 11, 2018, the University of Montana Western honored outstanding community members and students for their service and support at the annual Dr. Jane Helm Maddock Service Awards.

The University of Montana Western’s Education Department and Alumni Office in partnership with Stockman Bank present the Seventh Annual Night of Stars, to be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 on the Montana Western campus.

The University of Montana Western’s 2018 Spring Commencement ceremony, held on Saturday, May 5, will honor Norman Jacobson with the University’s Alumni Distinguished Service Award.

The University of Montana Western’s Second Annual Colt Challenge and Sale was a huge success for the university and community.

The University of Montana Western will hold several special community events to celebrate Montana Western’s 125th anniversary and Alumni Weekend 2018. The events are hosted by Montana Western Alumni and Friends and the University of Montana Western Foundation.

Callie Kanthack believes the University of Montana Western is the best place she could go to kick-start her dream of becoming a future lawyer.

The University of Montana Western’s annual Community Rodeo Banquet will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 in the Keltz Arena on the Montana Western campus.

Twisted Ink is the University of Montana Western’s creative writing club. Each spring semester, the club publishes a new print journal which is a free collection of non-fiction, fiction, and poetry open to all Montana Western students who wish to submit their works.

Students from the University of Montana Western participated in a study published in “Biological Conservation” investigating various factors in bird-window collisions.

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