The University of Montana

Denise Dowling

College-bound high school seniors are hearing back from their chosen schools this week and they’re finding out which universities want them and how much they’re willing to offer in scholarships and financial aid.

Montana has the most tribal colleges in the country, and it’s the only state with one on every reservation. But together, all seven tribal colleges educate hundreds of non-tribal students as well, many of them white students.

Laura John, a tribal analyst with the Montana Budget and Policy Center says non-Tribal student enrollment in tribal colleges is growing.

"The tribal colleges have seen, overall, a 25 percent increase between 2009 and what’s projected for 2016-2017," according to John.

Republican Infrastructure Bills Advance Through Montana Legislature

Mar 30, 2015
William Marcus

Several infrastructure bills are working their way through the Montana Legislature, but not the one proposed by the Bullock Administration.

UM Warns Of Hantavirus In Missoula County

Mar 20, 2015
Flickr user: Aurel (CC-BY-2.0)

The University of Montana says it’s been notified of a case of Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in Missoula County. Hantavirus can cause severe respiratory symptoms and death. The University says that it’s been in contact with county and state offices of public health. At this time neither Missoula county nor the state are confirming the Hantavirus infection.

Hacking Rural Medicine

Most of Montana’s hospitals are small and rural. And these are hard times for small town hospitals. The National Rural Health Association says about 300 rural hospitals are in danger of having to close in the next few years.

Monica Bourgeau is an executive with a federally funded project to help Montana hospitals adapt to the rapid changes in healthcare and survive.

"Rural healthcare is really facing a lot of kind of new and unique challenges right now."

MUS Officials Say They're Meeting Benchmarks Set By 2013 Legislature

Jan 30, 2015
Josh Burnham

Montana University System officials told lawmakers they are meeting the benchmarks the 2013 Montana Legislature set toward increasing student retention and graduation.

Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian says performance based funding is driving change at Montana’s colleges and universities.

"You know what it’s done is its creating focus for us," said Christian. "And that’s the good thing. We’re talking about things that will affect student success. That’s the bottom line of what it’s creating."

Photo courtesy of UM Marching Band

From the sweltering heat of August through the freezing winds of November, they run drills, memorize movements and grow tight as a team.

They can also lay down an awesome beat.

Listen to find out just how much grit it takes to be a Griz.

Josh Burnham

Another enrollment drop at the University of Montana.

A total of 13,952 students enrolled at UM this fall semester. That's 573 fewer than a year ago.

This time last year, UM recorded over 400 fewer students than the prior year.

UM spokeswoman, Peggy Kuhr, says this semester's enrollment drop was not a surprise:

The University of Montana student who was reported missing yesterday after failing to return from a weekend fishing trip is safe and is on his way home. 21-year-old August Kramer told his roommate this weekend that he was going fishing, but didn't say where. Volunteer searchers have been searching for Kramer along the U.S. 12 corridor all day. Missoula County Sheriff Office spokeswoman, Paige Pavalone, says Kramer's mom has been in contact with her son, he's OK and on his way back into Missoula. No further details were released.

Edward O'Brien

An 11-story building sounds fairly tall, right? It feels even taller when you're on top of one looking down.

Missoula firefighters spent a few hours using the University of Montana's 11-story Aber Hall dormitory this week for their monthly training exercise.
MFD Captain Chad Kidd says the crew used the estimated 110-foot dorm to practice  "High Angle Rescue Techniques":

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