From our successful athletic programs to our impressive list of campus clubs and organizations, there is no shortage of engaging activities at Montana Western.
An enriching extracurricular life is crucial to a positive experience as a student, and Montana Western is brimming with activities, organizations, student groups, clubs and solid support networks. We are here to help our students along their educational journeys.
Montana Western’s clean, comfortable housing facilities are homes away from home and provide the perfect place to study, meet new friends or just relax.
All first-year Montana Western students are required to live on campus. Living in one of our five residence halls is a great way to get acquainted with our beautiful campus and make lifelong friendships. Students have the option of living on either a single sex or co-ed floor.
Residence halls are comfortable and secure (with great views). Each hall is fully equipped with furniture, high-speed internet and free cable. Resident Assistants live on each residence hall floor to enforce policies and be a resource to residents. Residence halls are locked nightly at 11 p.m. and a security guard makes rounds of the floors all night.
From the best salad bar in town to local meat and produce, Montana Western Dining Services will remind you more of your mom's cooking than a college cafeteria. As a hungry college student, you'll have unlimited use of the cafeteria. And our caring kitchen staff will even bake you a birthday cake if you (or your friends and parents) so desire.
Dining Services offers a wide variety of menu options for all dietary types each day. Our kitchen crew strives to use the freshest ingredients while incorporating local produce and meat whenever possible. Dining Services is also an active participant in UMW sustainable efforts by recycling, composting and using compostable plates and flatware.
Across campus, the Bark 'n' Bite convenience store is stocked full of snacks, candy and other necessities. Stageline Pizza is open for lunch and dinner and delivers across campus for free. The Cup is Montana Western's on-campus espresso bar and eatery with all sorts of great food and fuel to get a busy student through their day.
The Associated Students of the University of Montana Western (ASUMW) serves as the voice for students. By leading the campus in the direction of the students, UMW reflects the inspiration, drive, and character of the student body.
Student Senate is responsible for student advocacy, student activities, and administration of its office and funding. The Student Senate advises administration on issues and policies concerning UMW’s students and also looks over and allocates all student activity fees. As a member of the Montana Associated Students, ASUMW gives recommendations to the Montana Board of Regents concerning our students’ collective education.
Student Senate meetings are always open to the public and are held on a weekly basis. To learn more about the Student Senate, visit our office located in the basement of the Student Union building. The doors are always open.
We are here to help keep you active, healthy, safe and successful as a student, both in and out of the classroom.
Academic advisers are here to help students succeed in their academic pursuits. Advisers provide guidance and assistance to students in: understanding university policy and procedures; forming academic and career goals; providing mentorship in developing decision-making skills; and providing encouragement in making the most of each student's academic life at Montana Western.
To make an advising appointment, contact either Margo Heberling at (406) 683-7050 or or contact Erin Shaw (406) 683-7049 or .
The Montana Western Bookstore is stocked for all of students’ academic needs, from course books to art and office supplies. The Bookstore is also your source for official Montana Western gear.
Montana Campus Corps is a member of Montana Campus Compact, "a nonprofit organization committed to renewing the public purposes of higher education through community service, service-learning, volunteerism, and civic engagement programming available to students, faculty, and staff."
Campus Corps is active in engaging students in service work both on campus and in the community. To find out how you can get involved, call (406) 683-7202 or e-mail .
Montana Western Career Services is a comprehensive resource for students as they make the transition from college to careers.
Through Montana Western's experiential learning, students emerge from campus better prepared to enter the workforce. Career Services helps students take the next step by preparing them to enter the ever-changing work environment. From help with résumés and cover letters to helping students navigate the career possibilities in their chosen fields, Career Services is dedicated to helping students achieve their career dreams.
Confidential counseling is available free to all students registered for a minimum of seven credits in a semester. Services provided for students include counseling for individuals, couples, and families, as well as group sessions and community referrals. Confidential appointments can be made by contacting Lynn Weltzien at (406) 683-7565 or .
Montana Western works hard to accommodate all physical, psychological, and/or learning disabilities. No student should be excluded from participation in classes or extracurricular programs because of a disability.
Students are required to carry either their own health insurance or to enroll in the campus plan. Basic medical care for students is available through the Community Health Clinic, just off campus. We have a campus wellness office that sponsors health fairs and classes in yoga, dance, and cardiovascular training.
The Learning Center at Montana Western provides free tutoring services with hours to accommodate student schedules.
For more information, contact Learning Center Director Erinn Guzik at (406) 683-7200 or .
In addition to 24-hour campus security, Montana Western's KeepSafe program keeps our students safe and encourages wellness in every area of life. The program offers services such as Safe Ride, suicide prevention, and the Tobacco Free Task Force.
The Student Union Building (SUB) is the hub of student activity at Montana Western. It is the home of the campus bookstore, ASUMW offices, the campus radio station KDWG (90.9), Veteran Services (VMX), the Bark 'n' Bite and lounges where students can relax, study or watch TV.
TRIO programs help low-income, first-generation, and disabled students realize their educational potential. Students receiving TRIO services are more likely to enroll and graduate from a post-secondary education program. The national average of students completing a bachelor's degree is 8.6 percent. The average for Montana TRIO students completing a bachelor's is 29 percent.
For more information, contact the Student Success Director Ilene Cohen at (406) 683-7311 or .
Cool campus clubs, groups and organizations abound at Montana Western. Here is a guide to help you get involved.
Alpha Chi is a select national honor society open to the top 10 percent of juniors and seniors who have completed at least 30 credits at Montana Western. Invitations are extended on the basis of GPA. Nominations may also be made on the basis of faculty recommendation. Contact Sara Glasgow at (406) 683-7204.
The Ambassadors Club provides students with a unique opportunity to promote Montana Western through college fairs, correspondence, phoning, campus tours, Dawg Days Campus visitation programs, and high school visits. The club also sponsors a variety of campus activities. Contact Kathey Hupp at (406) 683-7283.
The Art Club stands to provide an outlet for those students with a proactive interest in art to expose their own art work and view the work of their peers and advisors. They provide unique experiences and opportunities to developing students as well as provide positive exposure of Montana Western to the community at large through artistic activities. Contact Rebecca Weed or Nolan Salix at (406) 683-7232.
Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) is a Bible-based club and is an outreach of the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention. This club is open to everyone. The club sponsors various social, outdoor, eating and movie activities throughout the year. BCM has weekly Tuesday night meetings upstairs in the library. BCM offers free faith-based total confidentiality counseling for students of any belief about any matter. For more information, call or text club director & president Michael Mhoon at (406) 410-2969 or e-mail . For more information, go to www.dilloncollegiateministries.info.
The Biology Club is open to all students and non-students who are interested in biological sciences and how they relate to the world today. Club activities include organizing the campus-wide Spring Research Symposium, helping K-12 students with science projects, and judging science fairs. The purpose of the club is to educate the campus and the Dillon community on biological issues as well as to emphasize biological research taking place at UMW. Contact Mike Morrow at (406) 683-7254.
The mission of Bulldog PRIDE is to increase the visibility and acceptance of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans-gender community through education, outreach, socialization, and support. Bulldog PRIDE works toward unifying these diverse groups within the community and provides students at UMW with a positive and successful academic experience. Contact Damian Guillen at (509) 997-7982 or .
Comprised of students interested in business, the Business Club’s objectives are social as well as to provide an opportunity for students with an opportunity to learn leadership skills and develop future business relationships. Contact Fred Chilson at (406) 683-7178.
An outreach of the Catholic Church, this group sponsors various social activities throughout the year, which all students are encouraged to attend. Catholic Campus Ministry meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m.Contact Judy Siring at (406) 683-2365.
The mission of the Celtic Club is to bring a greater knowledge of the Celtic Nations, their cultures, and mythologies to the interested members of the student body at the University of Montana Western. Contact Sean Eudaily at (406) 683-7103.
This fellowship holds weekly worship services, Bible studies, social activities, seasonal retreats, and service projects on campus. This club is responsible for the management of the Midnight Cafe. Contact Jason Axt at (701) 535-0807.
The Climbing Club allows students interested in rock climbing and outdoor recreation to share skills and information and to meet people with whom to potentially rock climb. Contact Steve Mock at (406) 683-7261
The Draft Horse Driving Club's purpose is to promote draft horse driving as an organized and standard sport. Club members seek to generate interest, understanding, appreciation, and vigilance over the western way of life, culture, and western affairs. They encourage the humane treatment of animals and would like to encourage students and community members to embrace activities of the West. Contact Margaret Hebel at (406) 925-1222.
The equestrian team competes under the auspices, rules and regulations of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA), recognized members of the U.S.A. Equestrian Federation. Members may have experience in the sport or may be beginning horse enthusiasts. Participants may ride western or English and owning a horse is not required. The IHSA's competitions are affordable because individual colleges/universities host each event and provide the horses. This is not the only unique aspect of IHSA competitions, however. Riders are not allowed to use their own horses and personal tack and schooling/warm-ups are not permitted. Contact John Xanthopoulos at (406) 683-7018.
The Gargoyles/Drama Club promotes dramatic activity and familiarizes members with the different phases of dramatic production. Membership is open to all students and to the public regardless of drama experience. Activities in the recent past have included acting workshops, trips to New York City, and fundraising activities. Contact Judy Ulrich at (406) 683-7422.
The purpose of the Honors Club is to facilitate interdisciplinary learning through the Honors Program at UMW. The Honors Student Association may organize speakers, trips, lecture series, service-learning opportunities , etc. with the purpose of furthering students’ educational experiences. Contact Cheryl Juergens at (406) 683-7308.
The purpose of HIP is to promote an appreciation of, commitment to, involvement in, and responsibility to the fields of health, physical education, recreation, and dance through involvement in club activities. Contact Megan Chilson at (406) 683-7539.
The IT Club is available to all students interested in the fields of industrial technology, industrial arts, and vocational education. The primary focus is to offer the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of technology and vocation forums as well as social activities. Contact Olie Else at (406) 683-7539.
The International Club seeks to raise international awareness on campus and in the wider Dillon community. The club provides foreign students with the opportunity to share their culture with our student body. The club also organizes events to promote a multicultural/international curriculum and to inform students about international opportunities available to them. Contact Bill Janus at (406) 683-7019.
An international honor society in education, this club promotes excellence in and recognizes outstanding contributions to education; encourages professional growth; and honors achievement in educational work. Contact Marlene Stonelake at (406) 683 - 7616 or Laura Straus at (406) 683-7040.
Montana Western College Republicans make known and promote the principles of the Republican Party among the campus and community; aid in the election of Republican candidates at all levels of governments; and develop political skills and leadership abilities among Republican students as preparation for future service by them to the party and community. Contact Patty Rose at (406) 683-7362.
The Music Club is open to all students interested in promoting musical activity on campus and in the community. Members attend music education conventions and workshops, present recitals, and participate in several other musical events throughout the year. Contact Brent McCabe at (406) 683-7405.
As an active club holding weekly meetings, Peer-A-Zoids is open to all students interested in the promotion of healthy lifestyle choices. Members provide education and support in such areas as mental health, sexual health, physical fitness, nutrition, tobacco prevention, violence prevention, and alcohol abuse prevention through awareness campaigns and events to the students of UMW. Peer-A-Zoids members who complete trainings offered during school breaks may also present classroom and floor meeting presentations. In addition, the club sponsors accessibility to free, confidential sexual health supplies and information. Contact Lynn Weltzien at (406) 683-7180.
The purpose of the Polynesian Club is to promote awareness and understanding of Polynesian culture, specifically music, dance, and drumming. The club is open to all members of the campus. Contact Brian Price at (406) 683-7036.
The Psychology Club provides all UMW students the opportunity to participate in psychology-related activities as well as to be a part of an organization that provides support and academic guidance for students pursuing a career in the field of psychology. The Psychology Club also provides learning opportunities by sponsoring events that are open to all members of the campus community. Contact Mark Krank at (406) 683-7547.
The Rodeo Club provides support for the Montana Western rodeo teams and hosts several functions each year, including the Fall Horse Sale and Heritage Days. The club also helps with the rodeo team's Community Appreciation Banquet. Contact Iola "Olie" Else at (406) 683-7539.
The Rugby Club provides an outlet at the University of Montana Western for any persons interested in the sport of rugby. Emphasis is on team play, healthy living, and reaching out to the community. Contact Kelly Allen at (406) 683-7306.
The purpose of the TIP Club is to offer UMW students and the surrounding community a chance to come together in formal and informal settings to enjoy and discuss education in all its forms and applications. Club members intend to accomplish this by facilitating support for inquisitive educators. Contact Laura Straus at (406) 683-7040.
Terra Verde is the official student organization of the Department of Environmental Sciences at The University of Montana Western. As such, the organization's primary mission is to provide an outlet for students at UMW who are interested in the natural world. The club participates in volunteer work with local agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service in order to provide students with field experiences in the environmental sciences during their academic tenure at UMW. In addition, the club sponsors educational field trips to local natural treasures such as Yellowstone National Park, Craters of the Moon, and Glacier National Park. Contact Linda Lyon at (406) 683-7075.
The UMW Ski and Snowboard Club is a social and recreational club available to all UMW students. The club welcomes all abilities (beginner to expert) to join and experience the lifelong sports of skiing and snowboarding. As a member of the club, you will get discounted trips to awesome winter resorts, discounted trips to local hills, the opportunity to learn to ski or snowboard with other members, and a chance to meet exciting people who like to ski and board. Contact Kathey Hupp at (406) 683-7283.
To draw interest to the English department of Montana Western, the Twisted Ink Club expanded on the old English poetry club IGNU. Twisted Ink intends to promote creative writing amongst not only English majors and minors but also to those who have a love of writing. The club publishes a webzine two to three times per year in which Montana Western students can showcase their literary talents. Club members will be able to improve on and/or gain editorial skills in the process of editing and publishing manuscripts. Contact Diana Francis at (406) 683-7102.
The UMW Education Club at Tech is an outreach program for education students at Montana Tech in Butte. Through this club, education students can interact and network with other education students as well as build contacts for the future. Contact Kathy Shipman at (406) 496-4852.
The University of Montana Western Horseman's Club strives to promote and enhance the art of horsemanship. Club members seek to increase camaraderie between members of all horsemanship disciplines. Promoting interest, understanding, appreciation of, and vigilance over the western way of life, culture, and western affairs is one of the club's primary goals. The club encourages the humane treatment of livestock while enjoying the art of horsemanship. The club works to increase and maintain the interest of college students and community members in the art of horsemanship and other activities of the West and sponsors activities that will help club members with educational and horsemanship goals. Club members also seek to foster good relationships with the University of Montana Western, the college community, and the communities of Dillon and Beaverhead County. Contact Layne Carlson at (406) 683-7334.
This collegiate wrestling club provides an opportunity for students to interact with other students who have a similar interest in wrestling. Students interact and compete with students from other teams in a controlled environment. This club provides an outlet for students to release energy, reduce stress, and learn new competitive and self-defense skills. Participants represent UMW by promoting school spirit and community involvement. Contact Dan Payne at (406) 683-7037 or (406) 596-7037.
The University of Montana Western's Research Association for Paranormal Studies works to enhance the University's campus research association for paranormal studies. The club enhances the University campus and community by researching local and surrounding sites that may contain paranormal activity. Dedicated to learning and researching areas of paranormal phenomenon, our club's goal is to educate ourselves, as well as others, while maintaining professionalism in this unique field. Contact Kathey Hupp at (406) 683-7283.
The mission of the Western Cheer Club is to convey school spirit to the students, faculty, staff, and athletic teams of the University of Montana Western. Contact Catherine Redhead at (406) 683-7450.
The purpose of the Western Gaming Alliance is to offer students of UMW and the surrounding community a chance to come together in an informal setting to enjoy a wide variety of gaming activities. Contact Sara Glasgow at (406) 683-7204.
The purpose of this organization is to further communication among people with an interest in agricultural issues, to educate students about the work of an agricultural organization, and to provide experience with local, state, and national government through active participation in legislative activities. Students will learn about Farm Bureau policies and activities and promote agriculturally related occupations. Contact Iola Else at (406) 683-7539.
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