University of Montana

Bill and Carolyn Franke and their family visit the UM campus to celebrate their gift with the University community.
Courtesy University of Montana

Today the state board of regents approved re-naming  a school and an academic program at the University of Montana in honor of a major financial contributor.

Antonio Moresette addresses a crowd of demonstrators at the University of Montana who want UM officials to limit their cooperation with federal immigration authorities, Nov 16, 2016.
Edward O'Brian

The University of Montana is being asked to limit its cooperation with federal immigration authorities. But UM officials are in no hurry to comply with that request.

About 100 people gathered in a circle on the University of Montana campus Tuesday afternoonAbout 100 people gathered in a circle on the University of Montana campus in Missoula on the afternoon of Nov. 15 to protest  to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Edward O'Brien

Demonstrators across the nation today rallied against the Dakota Access Pipeline. About 100 people gathered in a circle on the University of Montana campus Tuesday afternoon to protest.

"This is history right now. This is civil rights history repeating itself in 2016," says University of Montana senior Lauren Small Rodriguez, who just returned from North Dakota’s Standing Rock Reservation.

People show solidarity with the Standing Rock protesters, during a September event in Missoula, Montana.
Cole Grant

Sydney MacDonald is not a conflict journalist. But she felt like one this weekend while covering the ongoing protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.

"There were two tanks and lines of probably a dozen sheriff's department cars and authorized vehicles behind them, and then barbed wire and cinder blocks," MacDonald said.

Nearly 1,000 people came to UM to see Patrisse Cullors of Black Lives Matter,  Nov. 2, 2016
Cole Grant

Last night, nearly 1,000 people came to the University of Montana to hear a key player in the Black Lives Matter movement speak. Patrisse Cullors was invited for UM’s annual “Diverse U” conference.

Radiolab Co-Creator Jad Abumrad speaking in Missoula Oct. 23, 2016.
Freddy Monares

Jad Abumrad, co-host and creator of Radiolab, visited Missoula for a couple reasons.

"I was especially psyched to be here because I passed through here about 20 years ago, and it was an amazing time. And I have some really good friends here. So I’m here just to talk about the process of making radio, but also just to catch up with a few people,” Abumrad said.

The University of Montana campus.
Josh Burnham

Hot on the heels of a recent record-setting financial gift, the University of Montana has announced it’s received another multi-million-dollar award.

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.