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University of Montana President Royce Engstrom delivered the annual state of the university address today.
Josh Burnham

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom didn’t mince words today about enrollment during his annual State of the University address.

"No doubt about it, enrollment is our biggest challenge and our biggest opportunity. Put simply, we need more students," Engstrom said.

The gay pride rainbow was projected on UM's Main Hall last night
Mara Silvers

Organizers are expecting more than 1,500 people to attend the Big Sky Pride celebration in Great Falls this weekend.

But following the mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando this past weekend that left 50 people dead and 53 more injured, Big Sky Pride President Kev Hamm of Helena says he hopes the event that starts this afternoon will draw a much bigger crowd.

 

Close to 5,000 people attended last year's parade in Missoula.

The weekend celebration includes meals, entertainment and dancing, along with a bike ride, parade and rally on Saturday.

It is open to all members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and those who support them.

 

In Missoula, nearly 100 people gathered in front of the University of Montana’s Main Hall last night to see a rainbow.

The plain brick building was lit with the colors of the gay pride flag to support the victims of last Sunday’s massacre in Orlando.

UM President Engstrom (file photo)
Josh Burnham

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom received an award today from the Montana Associated Students. 

With healthcare jobs in Montana expected to grow by 40 percent in the next decade, educators are working to train the next generation of health professionals.
Alyssa Grant (CC-BY-NC-ND-2)

Hospitals and clinics across Montana have long had a hard time recruiting doctors and nurses to serve the state’s needs. That can be true of other healthcare professions, too, like therapists, pharmacists and technicians. A new analysis this year says demand for healthcare workers in Montana is going to grow by 40 percent in the next 10 years.

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom. File Photo.
Josh Burnham

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom says he’s not keeping the $6,000 a year raise he was recently awarded.

UM President Engstrom (file photo)
Josh Burnham

The University of Montana will need to cut its budget by 2 - 2.5 percent in the next fiscal year to reconcile expenses with income. That’s in addition to the job cuts happening now. University President Royce Engstrom made that announcement this afternoon at his annual mid-year update address on campus.

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Legislative audits released today of the Montana University System came up clean and without criticism. After reviewing data for the fiscal year ending in June 2015, auditors saw no need for adjustments in how the universities handle their cash flow.

Mark Burnham (L) and Erick Sprunk (Center) announce a $2 million donation to The School of Business Administration along with UM President Royce Engstrom (R), Friday, January 29, 2016 at UM.
Josh Burnham

The University of Montana announced a pair of $1 million private donations today. The gifts will establish the University’s first endowed dean position. It will be in The School of Business Administration.

UM Enrollment Continues To Drop
Josh Burnham

Montana University officials are condemning accusations of unfair hiring practices at the University of Montana. The charge is leveled by a group of community members and UM faculty.

Layoffs Begin At UM

Jan 22, 2016
University of Montana President Royce Engstrom delivered the annual state of the university address today.
Josh Burnham

University of Montana president Royce Engstrom says the school will lay off 27 employees by July. In a letter to colleagues today Engstrom said that, in total, 192 full-­time positions are being eliminated. Besides layoffs, the cuts will come by attrition, reducing adjunct positions and not renewing contracts.

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