Stephen Kalm, dean of UM’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, was in New York City last week preparing for an April 22 performance at Carnegie Hall. Kalm will perform in the Harry Partch opera “The Wayward” as part of an inventive series titled “collected stories: hero,” which is curated by Carnegie composer-in-residence David Lang. Read more about Kalm’s debut in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall.
Students in Missoula and afar now can take advantage of UM’s first Bachelor of Arts degree that can be earned fully online. Beginning autumn semester 2014, the UM School of Media Arts will launch its online bachelor’s degree in integrated digital media. The program will allow students to tap their creative potential through the study and artistic application of emerging digital technologies. Read more about UM's exciting new media arts degree.
Spring came warmly to the UM campus Tuesday when Barbara Ballas made her way into the belfry rising over Main Hall. Ballas is the latest musician serving as carilloneur – roughly translated as “the player of the bells.” She is filling in for Nancy Cooper, whose tenure reaches back to 1992, or 21 graduating classes. Read more about UM’s carilloneur.
UM alumna Maggie Carey writes and directs comedies, and her work has shown on movie screens around the world. Her work features some of the world’s best young comedians giving their twisted takes on scenes that Carey created from the perspective she developed growing up in Idaho. The former Griz soccer player talks about her time at UM, her successful career and what’s next.
Six Montana sports professionals departed for China March 30 for a three-week sports diplomacy exchange. The trip is part of a grant to UM’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center through the SportsUnited Division of the U.S. Department of State. The Mansfield Center project uses sports as a means to support underserved populations in China, including ethnic minorities and youth with disabilities. Read more about the sports diplomacy exchange.
Campus Compact recently honored UM student Mara Menahan as a Newman Civic Fellow. Menahan, a senior from Helena, is one of eight Montana students recognized this year. The recognition honors student leaders committed to creating lasting change in communities throughout the country. Menahan is double majoring in environmental studies and geography with minors in climate change studies and wilderness studies. Read more about Menahan’s fellowship.
Beth Lo came to Montana for adventure, and set about establishing a prolific career. She’s a ceramic artist who’s won praise around the globe. She’s a UM professor, heading a department once led by her mentor, pioneering ceramicist Rudy Autio. As she accepted her Individual Artist Award on Tuesday at the Missoula Cultural Council’s annual awards luncheon, she credited the environment here and the people she found for helping her. Read more about the MCC awards.
UM’s Diversity Advisory Council recently presented 23 students with this year’s DAC Student Achievement Awards, which honor student leadership in promoting campus diversity. The keynote speaker at the March 18 ceremony was UM music Professor Steven Hesla, who delivered a powerful speech about growing up as a gay person and how his gift for music became a refuge and safe zone for his sexuality. Read his speech in its entirety in this Montanan online-only feature.
Hundreds of families, foundations and businesses have stepped up to the plate to help the Flathead Lake Biological Station meet a $1 million fundraising challenge. With more than $560,000 in donations in the past two years, FLBS is more than halfway to its goal of matching a grant for the Flathead Lake Monitoring Program. Read more about the FLBS fundraising challenge.
Before you can tell someone’s story, you have to listen. This seemingly simple act is the basis of a recently published play researched, devised and performed by UM drama students. The play, “Listen/Éist,” started with six students in UM Assistant Professor Bernadette Sweeney’s documentary theater course during autumn 2011. Read more about the “Listen/Eist” play in Vision, UM's magazine on research and creative scholarship.
Janisse Ray, Kittredge Visiting Writer in Environmental Studies, glances around the room, takes a breath and begins. She talks with a slight southern drawl, her Georgia roots apparent with each passing word. Her audience of 45 watches, completely immersed in her poems. It’s a Thursday night at UM’s FLAT studio, and the crowd is gathered for the weekly Wild Mercy reading. Read more about the Wild Mercy reading series.
Back in 2002, in an attempt to build a bridge between UM students and neighboring homeowners, a small group of locals pulled together an informal ice cream social. The gathering proved effective, likely due to the dedication of a couple fondly referred to as Missoula’s grandparents: Pat and Don Simmons. Missoula mourned Don Simmons’ death in July 2012. Earlier this month Pat also passed away, marking an end to a local era. Read more about their legacy.
On Nov. 3, 1914, women won the right to vote in Montana. Over the past 100 years women in Montana have continued to fight for reform and equality. A new online exhibit hosted by UM’s Mansfield Library features photographs and documents from well-known early 20th century suffragists Jeannette Rankin and Ella J. Knowles Haskell, along with information on contemporary activists and politicians. Visit the online exhibit.
He’s been on Conan. He’s opened for Daniel Tosh. On Wednesday night, he’ll perform in front of a hometown crowd at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival at Missoula’s historic Wilma Theatre. He’s Chris Fairbanks, an up-and-coming comedian and artist who is also a 1998 graduate of UM. In advance of his Missoula show, Fairbanks discusses appearing on Conan, his favorite UM class and skateboarding. Read the Montanan Web exclusive with Fairbanks.
Committed to offering the highest-quality art, the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at UM will host a traveling exhibition titled “The Japanese Woodblock Print: An Extension of the Impermanent.” This exhibition will be complemented by works from the MMAC Permanent Collection and two Japanese Friendship Dolls. The exhibition will be on view Feb. 20-April 19 in the Meloy and Paxson galleries in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. Read more about the latest MMAC exhibit.
UM student Arielle Nachtigal is having an extraordinary school year. As a senior in vocal performance at the UM School of Music, she recently advanced to the National Finals of the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition. Nachtigal was also the winner of the Coeur D’Alene Symphony Young Artist Competition. And her singing has captured the attention of opera professionals across the U.S. Read Nachtigal’s story here.
During February, the Mansfield Library at UM will feature an exhibit celebrating African-American History Month, which focuses on the achievements of African-Americans and the integral role they played in U.S. history. Exhibit displays, located throughout the main level of the library, will focus specifically on the African-American history of Missoula and UM. Read more
The Montana Arts Council recently announced 10 Montana artists as winners of the 2013 Artist's Innovation Award, including six individuals who teach at UM or earned degrees here . Five visual artists, three writers, and two performing artists were selected from a field of applicants. The award recognizes Montana artists who demonstrate innovation in their work as well as originality and dedication in their creative pursuits. Read more
The Montana Museum of Art & Culture and the University of Montana are prominently featured on this week’s A&E Television Network’s episode of “Shipping Wars.” The show premiered on Christmas Eve and will re-air at 4 p.m. MST Saturday, Dec. 28. The show highlights “The Plastic Whale Project,” a public art piece that MMAC presented to the Missoula community on Oct. 17, for one afternoon only. Read more
The 2014 issue of the Montana Journalism Review arrived hot off the presses in mid-December. The student-produced magazine covers media-related topics and features works of journalism from around Montana, as well as incorporating multimedia elements online and through social media. The Montana Journalism Review also is available online.
Shortly after the chimes struck noon Tuesday at Main Hall, a group of brave fundraisers stripped out of their winter wear, faced a crowd clad in parkas and gloves, and took a deep breath. Below them sat a pool of shimmering water, chilling rapidly in Missoula’s 16-degree temperatures. The event was the inaugural Kyi-Yo Native American Student Association’s Coldwater Grizzly Dip. Read more
Staging a Pulitzer Prize-winning play that’s never been performed in Montana before was a gambit in more ways than one for UM’s School of Theatre and Dance. Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches” runs about three hours in length, a daunting proposition for casual theater-goers. Even more so for the cast. Read more
The School of Art recently recognized UM alumnus and generous supporter Gilbert Millikan during the dedication ceremony for the new Gilbert Millikan Art Resource Center. The center provides students with access to books, journals, electronic media and other research materials for the study of art history and criticism and the visual arts. It is a testament to Millikan’s love of art and his legacy to UM. Read more
The Islanders Steel Band is bringing some “island flavor” to Christmas classics on Monday, in concert and on a new album. At the beginning of the semester, UM music Professor Robert Ledbetter and his students got to work arranging familiar tunes and carols for the least wintry of instruments, the steel drum. Read more
One Thursday afternoon in November, five homeschooled boys marched through the University Center, carrying boxes of paper bag mushrooms. They began working as individuals, excitedly planting mushrooms all over our designated area. Then, they started to work together. The result was a stunning transformation from a simple hill to a magical field of mushrooms, just outside the UC. Read more
On the last day of print publishing for the fall semester, the Montana Kaimin presents the final Campus Sessions of 2013. Treat you ears to the talents of Sierra Kamplain.
More UM students are studying abroad than ever before. Just over 300 students studied in other countries last year. University President Royce Engstrom set a goal to raise that number to 550 students by 2020. Reporter and broadcast journalism major Kyle Schmauch found out that studying abroad benefits both students and the University itself. Watch his report here.
I met Bill Allard in a bar. He wore a tan vest, a beige cowboy hat, and a point-and-shoot camera that hung from his neck, resting on his chest. I shook his hand, and he smiled at me like a friend he hadn’t seen in five years. We were at the Second Wind Reading Series at The Badlander, and my instructor, Robert Stubblefield, introduced us. Read the full essay here.
Chris Comer, a neuroscientist and dean of UM’s College of Arts and Sciences, shares what new research reveals about our brain and literary imagination during his TEDxUMontana talk in September.
More than 150 high school musicians from 54 regional schools will descend on Missoula this weekend to take part in the All-Star Wind Ensemble at UM. They will perform with the UM Marching Band before the Grizzly football game on Saturday and an afternoon concert Sunday. The School of Music also will conduct scholarship auditions throughout the weekend. Read more
Undergraduate dance student Morgan Mull-Osburn performs an original piece titled "Accumulation" to "Black Sands" by Bonobo during TEDxUMontana.
During TEDxUMontana, art history and criticism Professor Rafael Chacón explores what a DNA test reveals about his own family’s migration story, and shares his understanding of the broader cultural ramifications of genetic testing in our time.
Since 2001, the UM School of Art has held a Steamroller Print Project to produce Day of the Dead-themed prints for Missoula's annual Festival of the Dead parade. See how student Melissa Unger's elk print goes from concept to completion.
On Oct. 30 Montana Public Radio marked the 75th anniversary of the Orson Welles radio drama "War of the Worlds" by re-enacting the classic live on the air. They also performed a Montana adaptation of the play that was written by UM radio/television Professor Ray Ekness. Both versions are now available on the MTPR website. Read more
UM alumnus Art Almquist, pictured above in blue, was recently named one of People magazine’s six Teachers of the Year for 2013. Almquist graduated from UM in 1996 with a master’s in theatre and began teaching at Tucson Magnet High School in Tucson, Ariz., that same year. He’s built a cutting-edge theater program rarely seen at the high school level. Read more
Recently, UM saw an opportunity to further integrate its foreign students in the English Language Institute into the community by matching them with a host family. With a recent trial run a success, the university is now recruiting host families for the spring semester, when its homestay program launches its inaugural season. Read more
UM students and faculty conducting research on Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales” have an exceptional new resource available through the Mansfield Library. The library recently acquired a detailed facsimile of the Ellesmere Manuscript, a beautiful, illuminated edition produced in the early 15th century. Read more
When Sean Brogan learned that he had won the Bill and Avis Mitchell Scholarship in Music, he was pleased, surprised and grateful for the help, which he says will prove significant. The UM senior is pursuing a double major in accounting and piano. He intends to work as an accountant by day and play music in his free time. Read more
The Fallen Soldier Memorial at the University of Montana is a solemn reminder of those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The memorial, bearing the names of Montana soldiers who lost their lives in the recent wars, will be recognized as the official State Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans’ Memorial on Saturday, Oct. 26. Read more
In the dark theater, on a dimly lit stage, a 32-foot-long gray whale made of plastic bags looked so lifelike, it seemed to be gliding through the depths of the ocean. Hundreds of visitors came to see the one-day exhibit of “The Plastic Whale Project” at UM on Oct. 17. Read more
UM’s four student big bands are busy rehearsing for next week’s visit from James Miley, an award-winning pianist, composer and arranger. The musician from Willamette University arrives on Monday to work with students on improvisation, composition and arranging. The bands will perform with Miley at 7:30 Wednesday, Oct. 23. Read more
Livability.com recently named Missoula, home to the University of Montana, one of the top 100 best places to live. The ranking notes the city’s proximity to outdoor activities, as well as local restaurants and cultural attractions. Read more about what makes Missoula great here.
Learn more about UM's Creative Pulse is a four-week, summer graduate program designed for educators, education administrators and artists.
The Montana Museum of Art & Culture UM has assembled two exhibitions of modernist art by major artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibitions “Figurative Modernists: Picasso, Chagall and Other Masterpieces from a Private Collection” and “Modernist Prints” will be on display in the Meloy and Paxson galleries through Feb. 8. Read more
When dance performances leave the confines of an auditorium for the outside world, interesting and unexpected things happen. Such revelations came into sharp focus Sunday afternoon when the University of Montana School of Theatre and Dance held its annual UM Dancers on Location: A Site-Specific Dance Concert. Read more
This fall there are nearly 800 individuals registered for MOLLI courses, an all-time enrollment high, and membership also has grown to 637 members since the start of the fall term on Oct. 3. MOLLI is a resource for adults aged 50 and older who enjoy having a relationship with UM, connecting with others and learning for learning’s sake. Read more
For the second year in a row, UM has been ranked among the top 300 universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. UM is ranked in the 276-300 level of the 2013-14 list – as it was last year – and is the only Montana university on the list. Read more
There’s a lot of learning going on in “Avenue Q,” a foul-mouthed Broadway musical – for the puppet characters and for UM’s student puppeteers who have been busy learning the art of puppetry from scratch. The Tony Award-winning parody of “Sesame Street” opens Oct. 1 and is presented by the UM schools of Music and Theatre and Dance. Read more
In honor of national Banned Books Week Sept. 23-27, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at UM is hosting a series of videos featuring UM faculty, administrators and staff sharing their favorite banned books. Today, Assistant Professor Annie Belcourt discusses "Looking for Alaska."
In honor of national Banned Books Week Sept. 23-27, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at UM is hosting a series of videos featuring UM faculty, administrators and staff sharing their favorite banned books.
The first TEDxUMontana event will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 19, in the Masquer Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center at UM. Tickets for TEDxUMontana are sold out, but you can still be part of the conversation at public viewing events. Find a listing of viewing locations here.
UM Professor Beth Lo was one of four American artists paid a commission of $3,000 to create a ceramic piece of art for a major Korean art exhibit. Lo’s work will be featured in the “Main Exhibition” of the Seventh Geonggi Internaitonal Ceramic Biennale 2013. She will travel to Korea Sept. 25 to attend the exhibition and to deliver a gallery talk on her work on Oct. 2. The 2013 exhibition theme is community, and Lo’s new work, "Breath," features mixed media, water, electricity and lighting. Read more
Independent publisher Tavern Books recently announced The Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series to honor the life and work of former University of Montana student and poet Greta Wrolstad. Wrolstad, a graduate student in the UM Creative Writing Program, passed away in 2005 at the age of 24. The Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series will champion exceptional literary works from young women poets through a book publication in The Living Library. Read more
The campus parking passes at the University of Montana feature a special touch this year, highlighting the artwork of a UM student. Angela Brooker, a sophomore in the UM School of Business Administration, won a contest last spring seeking student photography or illustrations for the 2013-14 parking pass. The Office of Public Safety sponsored the contest, asking students to create an image representing a positive experience at UM. Read more
The University of Montana will host TEDxUMontana at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the Masquer Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center. The program will feature nine speakers, two TED Talks videos and two performances with a 30-minute intermission for interaction and discussion. TEDxUMontana is limited to 100 participants. People interested in attending the event can enter a ticket drawing at http://umt.edu/tedx. The drawing will take place Wednesday, Sept. 4. Tickets are $40 for the public and $20 for UM students. Read more
University of Montana President Royce C. Engstrom will outline institutional priorities for the upcoming academic year during his annual State of the University address at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23. The public and members of the media are invited to the event, which will be held in the Montana Theatre of UM’s Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. Read more
With a stroke of a pen, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law by U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson on July 2, 1964. The act—one of the most important pieces of legislation passed in the twentieth century—prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. A pen Johnson used to sign the landmark bill has a somewhat surprising home: a box on a shelf on the fourth floor of UM’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library. Read more
In celebration of the upcoming 120th anniversary of the Montana Museum of Art & Culture, MMAC published “The Art of the State: 120 Artworks for 120 Years.” The handbook presents 120 carefully selected pieces from the museum’s Permanent Collection, highlighting MMAC’s most significant resource and providing access to this unique and little-known treasure that belongs to all Montanans. Read more
Does making a ball move without touching it, dissecting a sheep brain, making slime or controlling an underwater robot sound fun? All of those pursuits – and more – will be possible at spectrUM’s new, soon-to-open downtown Missoula location. Families will be able to enjoy more of the best of what spectrUM has offered at its current location on the University of Montana campus, as well as new exhibits and activities made possible by the expanded space. Read more
The Montana Museum of Art & Culture at The University of Montana will display two new exhibits: “A Hundred Years Later: Julius Seyler Among the Blackfeet” and “Richard Buswell: Close to Home” in the Meloy and Paxson galleries in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center from May 2 to Aug. 3. Read more
The University Players will present their annual 10-Minute Play Festival at the University of Montana on Thursday and Friday, April 18-19. The festival starts at 7:30 p.m. both nights in the Montana Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. Admission is free, and everyone is invited to attend this theatrical affair. The University Players student group produces independent theater directed and designed by UM students.