University of Montana

University of Montana's Main Hall
Josh Burnham

The University of Montana this week unveiled the first draft of its new, long-range strategic vision.

The plan is designed to show how UM distinguishes itself from other regional and national campuses. It does that in a number of ways, including reexamining its core curriculum and its relationships with faculty, staff and students.

The University of Montana’s academic budget will decrease by about $3 million heading into the next school year, UM President Sheila Stearns announced at UM on April 3, 2016.
Edward O'Brien

The University of Montana’s academic budget will decrease by about $3 million heading into the next school year. UM President Sheila Stearns made that announcement today. This year’s budget amounts to about $146 million.

The University of Montana.
Josh Burnham

University of Montana student Hunter Losing’s message to lawmakers was simple- 

“We cannot balance the budget on the backs of students. We need to tell them we need courage, not cuts,” he said.

While a fly-fishing tour-operator might know the best place to catch the big fish, they may get a little lost in the complexities of digital marketing. That’s where a new software company based out of Missoula aims to provide guidance, helping tour-operators and guides find new clients they need to grow their businesses.

The House Appropriations committee unanimously approved a bill to pay for some capital improvement projects for numerous state facilities.  The committee’s action came after several lawmakers criticized building projects at the University of Montana.

House Bill 5 includes a myriad of projects, including for several life/safety repairs and maintenance at state facilities. The committee approved an amendment to give the Montana University System the authority to spend money raised privately by some of the campuses.

Researchers working at Sapphire Ranch near Lolo, MT, are trying to find out how deforestation affects bird alarm calls, February 25, 2017.
Rachel Cramer

In recent years, biologists have learned that birds use a variety of signals to communicate life-saving information about predators. Researchers from the University of Montana are trying to find out how development affects these signals and what this could mean for bird populations.

University of Montana's Main Hall
Josh Burnham

Enrollment at the University of Montana has dropped slightly, but university officials say they are hopeful that trend will reverse.

The Missoulian reports that enrollment of full-time students fell nearly six percent from this time last year. Current enrollment stands at 11,615 students.

Recruiters At UM Say They're Looking For Talent And Ready To Hire
flickr user Neetal Parekh (CC-BY-NC-2)

Recruiters representing over 70 employers from across the region visited the University of Montana this week. They were interviewing students for jobs and internships. According to Steve Arveschoug of Big Sky Economic Development, there’s no shortage of good jobs available right now in the Billings area.

Panel Tackles Questions Of Race With 'Ask A Black Person' Event At UM
Ray Fanning

If you had a chance to ask a black person a sensitive question in a safe space, what would it be?

That was the premise of a panel discussion at the University of Montana Thursday afternoon that drew a crowd of about 50 people.

Flu, Stomach Bug Outbreaks Hit Five Flathead Health Facilities

Sheila Stearns is barely three months into her interim position as president of the University of Montana.  The former Commissioner of Higher Education and UM alumna freely admits that she has plenty to learn about what’s happening on campus.