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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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Nepalese trekking guides visit Montana Western.

Chemistry Professor Steve Mock recently hosted Khumbu Climbing Center instructors Mingma Sherpa and Keshar Shrestha at the University of Montana Western.

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Completion of Legacy Plaza.

Construction on Legacy Plaza was completed in August 2016, Chancellor Beth Weatherby announced recently.

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UMW among lowest in nation for student debt.

The University of Montana Western was recently ranked 108 out of 1,300 colleges for the lowest student loan debt per borrower by LendEDU, beating out all other public Montana universities.

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Dillon's hillside letter restored to historic "M."

University of Montana Western students and staff recently helped move rocks for the Dillon, Mont. hillside letter restoration effort.

The hillside "M" above Dillon dates back to an initiative by the Montana State Normal School class of 1919, who funded the effort. The "M" was completed by the class of 1920.  

The project to restore the "M" goes back to last fall when Chancellor Beth Weatherby made the restoration a top priority, UMW Foundation Director Roxanne Engellant explained.  

"After nearly a decade as a "W," the hillside letter will be restored to the original "M," keeping in line with a tradition that dates back almost 100 years" Engellant said. "The "M" also signifies our state pride and place within the Montana University System."    

The process to bring back the “M” is a collaborative effort involving various stakeholders including Montana Western leadership, faculty, students and alumni, the Beaverhead Trails Coalition, U.S. Forest Service and community members. The project will also require the expertise of Bureau of Land Management rangeland management specialists and USDA botanists.

The UMW biology and environmental sciences departments plan to create opportunities for their classes to assist with this project on an ongoing basis to help with the replanting efforts of the vegetation and provide hands-on experiences for their classes in the fall.

The restoration project will be ongoing through summer 2016 and into 2017.


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UMW Moving Company moves in new students.

University of Montana Western Residence Life will launch the inaugural Montana Western Moving Company (MWMC) day on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.

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Montana Western professor visits Afghanistan.

Fred Chilson, professor of business and technology at the University of Montana Western, recently returned from a trip to Kabul, Afghanistan.

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UMW ranked nationally for students with children.

The University of Montana Western has been ranked the seventh "best college for students with children” by the online site,    

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