University of Montana

University of Montana's Main Hall
Josh Burnham

In the midst of budget cuts and falling student enrollment, the University of Montana finally had some good news to spread today. 

Paula Short, a spokeswoman in the office of the president at UM said today is a "great day at the University of Montana. We are pleased to announce the largest single gift received at the University of Montana. In fact a $24 million pledge to benefit our College of Forestry and Conservation and our Global Leadership Initiative.”

Throughout the week, students can write their biggest fails on graffiti boards set up all over campus, and they don’t have to sign their name. It’s a safe, anonymous, yet public space to share their experiences.
Mike Albans

College students are usually encouraged to talk about how much they’re able to juggle and achieve, how well they’re doing, and how much fun they’re constantly having. The result is that many end up suffering from stress and anxiety in silence, alone. But what if it were okay to talk about failure too? What if it were normal and healthy, even?

Part of the homecoming celebration at the University of Montana this weekend included a $1.5 million gift to the Davidson Honors College.

University of Montana's Main Hall
Josh Burnham

A charitable foundation has established a major endowment with the University of Montana.

The Haynes Foundation has provided scholarship funds to UM before, but Monday's announcement of a $4 million permanent endowment is particularly significant.

Tom Crady, University of Montana vice president for enrollment management and student affairs, at a press conference announcing enrollment numbers at UM, September 23, 2016.
Eric Whitney

The University of Montana’s new Vice President for Enrollment Tom Crady announced the preliminary headcount for school this fall today.

"The bottom line is, we’re down."

Surbhi Jain is teaching the beginning and intermediate Hindi classes at UM this year. Brandon Fullbrook pictured front right. Adelheid Cassidy, rear left.
Edward O'Brien

Only five students are taking the University of Montana’s intermediate Hindi language class. Three others are in the beginning section.

Debra Magpie Earling at an honoring ceremony in the Payne Family Native American Center on the University’s Missoula campus, September 21, 2016.
Mike Albans

Debra Magpie Earling, a Bitterroot Salish tribal member, is now director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Montana. She is the first Native American to serve as director of the 96-year-old program. Earling is thrilled by the appointment, but also a little nervous.

Jon Krakauer asked for a specific student-athlete’s records while writing the 2015 book, "Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town."

Montana’s Supreme Court ruled today on author Jon Krakauer’s request for University of Montana student records related to an alleged 2012 sexual assault. Krakauer asked for a specific student-athlete’s records while writing the 2015 book, Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town.

Griz football game at the University of Montana
flickr user MuddyRavine (CC-BY-NC-ND-2)

A new report by University of Montana economists examines the impact of Grizzly athletics on Missoula’s economy. The study by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research says that between 2013 and 2015, UM athletics brought nearly $23 million a year into the university.

Flickr user, Jason Hollinger (CC-BY-2.0)

Recently, the work of lichenologist Toby Spribille, a research professor based part-year at the University of Montana-Missoula, has upended the idea that lichen are an alliance between just one fungus and one algae. In many lichens, a mysterious yeast is the third player in this symbiosis.