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Montana Western completes an eventful block one.

University of Montana Western students completed their first “block” of 2016-17 this week. The university is the only public four-year institution teaching under Experience One where students take a single-class-at-a-time in 18-day blocks. 

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Kramer addresses Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

Steve Kramer, retired professor of environmental philosophy and ethics at Southwest Minnesota State University, and husband of University of Montana Western Chancellor Beth Weatherby, will speak at the annual Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Assembly on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016.

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Patagonia hosting fundraiser for Khumbu Climbing Center.

University of Montana Western Professor Steve Mock and Chhongba Sherpa will be featured at a fundraiser for the Khumbu Climbing Center (KCC) on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 at the Patagonia outlet store in Dillon, Mont.

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UMW ranks among top western colleges in U.S. News Survey.

The University of Montana Western has been ranked third among the top Regional Public Colleges in the West by the 2017 U.S. News & World Best Colleges rankings released Sept. 13, 2016.

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UMW hosts 25th annual Bulldog Booster Bash.

The Bulldog Athletic Association Booster Bash Dinner & Auction is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 in the Keltz Arena on the Montana Western campus.

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Experiencing Norman Maclean.

University of Montana Western Professor Alan Weltzien will soon take students from his English class to visit sights from two Norman Maclean classics,  "A River Runs Through It" and "Young Men and Fire."

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Bank of Commerce Performing Arts Series kicks off.

The Bank of Commerce Performing Arts Series presented by the University of Montana Western fine arts department begins in Oct. 2016 with performances of “Lone Star” and “Laundry & Bourbon.”  

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Risk management class assesses local fair.

Professor of Business Kurt Steadman recently took students from his risk management and insurance class to the Beaverhead County Fair for a risk analysis exercise.

“With livestock, rodeo, carnival rides and food vendors comes some level of risk,” Steadman explained. “The fair provides a hands-on opportunity for my class to learn to identify and create preventative measures to mitigate risk.”  

Steadman believes that Experience One and the real-world exposure of the fair allows the students to see how class principles apply to risk analysis and liability in a community setting.

Montana Western students take a single class at a time under UMW's block scheduling program called Experience One. UMW is the only U.S. public four-year university offering block scheduling. 

“This was a fun and really informative field trip,” business major Kinsley Rafish said. “It’s always nice to get out of the class room and be involved in the subject matter because it inspires meaningful discussions and I now have a deeper understanding of the material.”

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UMW ranked among top universities for affordability.


The University of Montana Western was recently ranked among the top 40 universities in the west in the "Best Bang for the Buck" category by Washington Monthly magazine.

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Montana Western alum coaching Ronan Chiefs Football.

The entire Ronan, Mont. Chiefs high school football coaching staff is comprised of recent Montana Western alumni. 

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