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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.

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.

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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.

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