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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.

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.

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