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University of Montana Western Chancellor Beth Weatherby has announced that she will retire following the May 1 Commencement after nearly 30 years in higher education.

The University of Montana Western Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Larry and Darleen Link Memorial Scholarship.

The University of Montana Western has been selected as a 2021 "hidden gem college" for the Rocky Mountain region by

Montana Western is thrilled to welcome alumna, Bonita Bontrager, to the Montana Western campus.

Dr. Alan Weltzien is a Professor of English Emeritus and a former English professor at the University of Montana Western. His new book, "Savage West: The Life and Fiction of Thomas Savage," will be available for sale at the end of September.

Governor Steve Bullock and Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian have announced just over $2.2 million in funding to be distributed to 19 projects supporting workforce development and remote education delivery for Montanans.

The University of Montana Western is pleased to announce the hiring of two temporary staff positions to assist UMW in its COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

The University of Montana Western congratulates alumna Heidi DuBray, who was featured today as one of Complete College America's "20 for 20" graduates.

The University of Montana Western is excited to welcome the Class of 2024 and all students to the start of the Fall 2020 semester. and recently ranked the University of Montana Western's Early Childhood Education degree programs as some of the best in the nation.

The University of Montana Western was ranked as one of the best value schools in Montana by

Throwback Thursday; Heroes and Villains.

Throwback Thursday, Ungowas!
In today’s chapter of Throwback Thursday; The Legend of the Ungowas.

Throwback Thursday, Commencement

Throwback Thursday, Juan ‘Bat’ Lulack, the Rock Jock, Western Montana College, Class of 1997

Throwback Thursday: Jeff Elliott, Western Montana College (WMC), Class of 1989

We are going to change the theme of our Throwback Thursday column for the time being. Instead of remembering and celebrating the history of the University of Montana Western, we are going to celebrate the achievements of our graduates. Our first is 1973 graduate Glen Larum.

#ThrowbackThursday, the Wescolite, May 12, 1972, Vol. LXIII, No. 25

Scholarship spotlight: Stockman Bank, "Take Stock in Education" and "Stock Your Classroom" awards given.

Alumni Spotlight: Cindy Farmer, WMC Class of 1985. Educator, coach and mentor, Cindy was recently named the Girl's Basketball Class A Coach of the Year.

University of Montana Western graduate, Kelly Cresswell, Executive Director at Reach Higher Montana and Vice President of the Student Assistance Foundation, has been leading the way for higher education opportunities for Montana students since 2004.

#ThrowbackThursday - Here is a question for you?

#ThrowbackThursday - This week, a look back into the 1970’s and a challenge for you! As I mentioned, a look back to the 70’s or more specifically, the 1972-73 academic year, and, a challenge coming later. Because I was a student in those early 70’s, I thought this would be an easy one to write but so many happenings and not enough space.

#ThrowbackThursday - Who was your favorite professor?

#ThrowbackThursday, 100 years ago.

The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame (MCHF) inducted its newest members during the annual Circle the Wagons event and ceremony held in Great Falls, Mont., Feb. 7-8, 2020, including retired Montana Western rodeo coach, Iola ‘Olie’ Else.

The Montana Center for Horsemanship, an equine education center and the only one in the nation devoted exclusively to natural horsemanship education and a partner with the University of Montana Western, is about to take a big leap forward. The nonprofit organization has just received a pledge of $250,000 to begin the development of state-of-the-art classrooms, a conference center, a veterinary/research area, kitchen and restrooms. The pledge requires matching funds to complete the Center’s expansion of these key areas.

Throwback Thursday - Montana Western History Tidbits, Vol. 2

#ThrowbackThursday In this edition of Throwback Thursday, we are going to explore the history archives of the University of Montana Western and share some fun tidbits of our alma mater. Fun facts that are really the ingredients that shaped our campus from its beginning to now!

On January 21, 2020, The English department of the University of Montana Western inducted three new members into its Alpha Epsilon Iota chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, an international honor society.

Regents Professor of Geology Dr. Rob Thomas and Assistant Professor of Environmental Sustainability Dr. Arica Crootof have each received Montana National Science Foundation (NSF) Consortium for Research on Environmental Water Systems (CREWS) Workforce Development Seed Funding Awards. Both of these $10,000 grants will be used to support student research beginning in February, continuing over the summer and concluding this fall.

Throwback Thursday - Hold the Presses!

Throwback Thursday, Athletic Trainers

The University of Montana Western Fine Arts Gallery held several events that took place over the 2019 fall semester including a collection from the Missoula Art Museum featuring contemporary American Indian artists and a Dillon community art exhibition. The gallery will continue artist talks and receptions during the spring semester of 2020, starting in January with a show titled “Recurrence” featuring artists Amanda Thatch and Kim Weiss.

Students from the University of Montana Western’s Environmental Sciences Department spent a week exploring Yellowstone National Park as part of an environmental interpretation course taught by Assistant Professor of Environmental Sustainability, Dr. Arica Crootof.

DILLON, Mont., DEC. 16, 2019 — The University of Montana Western’s Equine Studies Department has scheduled the Fourth Annual Colt Challenge and Sale for March 27-28, 2020 with special guests from the Montana State University Equine Science Program. The event will be held at La Cense Montana, located at 4600 Carrigan Lane in Dillon, Mont.

Congratulations to Dr. Bethany Blankenship and Dr. Rob Thomas on their selection by the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (OCHE) as Regents Teaching Scholars. They will lead faculty learning communities during spring 2020.

Congratulations to Dr. Delena Norris-Tull and Dr. Mark Krank on being conferred upon by the Montana University System Board of Regents for the title of Professor Emeritus. Dr. Norris-Tull and Dr. Krank served Montana Western with dedication and valued service for many years.

Throwback Thursday, Sadie Hawkins Dance

Out Throwback Thursday theme this month is ‘Giving Back’. Our Throwback Thursday spotlight this week is on Dr. Alan Zetler.

Giving Back, the Handlos Family

Dr. Craig Zaspel of the UMW Environmental Sciences Department was recently featured in The Ukrainian Journal of Physics as lead author in an article about his collaborative work with a team of international researchers.

Montana Campus Compact (MTCC), a seventeen campus higher education network, will be honoring fourteen student-athletes, including Montana Western redshirt sophomore Tanner Haverfield, for their outstanding community service work.

The Montana Student Volunteer Award, previously known as the Volunteer of the Game Award, is awarded in partnership between the Governor’s Office of Community Service and Montana Campus Compact campuses to college students across the state who have demonstrated service to their communities while pursuing a college degree or certificate.

The University of Montana Western Director of Athletics Bill Wilson has announced the hiring of Matt Peterson as Assistant Athletic Director.

The University of Montana Western was recently ranked among the top 50 “Best Online Teaching Degree Programs in the Country” by

With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, the subject of our November Throwback Thursdays is “Giving Back.” Our first “Giving Back” is one that is near and dear to my heart.

In the early days of Montana State Normal College (MSNC) most out-town students would board with local families during their college stay. Then as the college grew, the need for better student housing grew and the first dormitory was build on the MSNC campus.

On Nov. 8, 2019, the Council for Opportunity in Education is asking universities around the country to celebrate the third annual First-Generation College Student Celebration.

The University of Montana Western was recently ranked among the best colleges and universities in Montana, according to The rankings aim to help students assess the affordability and value of top colleges in Montana so they can make informed decisions about which college to attend.

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