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UMW Homecoming, Hall of Fame activities

UMW News Bureau

The University of Montana Western will be ushering in fall with Homecoming and Hall of Fame activities from Wednesday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 2. UMW News Bureau The University of Montana Western will be ushering in fall with Homecoming and Hall of Fame activities from Wednesday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 2.

Wednesday, Sept. 28

Homecoming events will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday with a guest hypnotist in the Swysgood Technology Center (STC) Great Room on the Montana Western campus.

Thursday, Sept. 29

Homecoming king and queen elections will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday in the Lucy Carson Library. Also on Thursday, the Montana Western volleyball team will face the Montana Tech Orediggers in Butte at 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 30

Students and community members are invited to wear red and white to support the Bulldogs on Friday, Sept. 30. There will be a tailgate party in the Montana Western Dining Hall at 11:15 a.m. The Bulldog rodeo team competes at the Beaverhead County Fairgrounds at 5 p.m. followed by a bonfire, also at the Fairgrounds, at 9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 1

The 29th Annual University of Montana Western Hall of Fame brunch will take place on Saturday at 9 a.m. in the Lewis & Clark Room of Mathews Hall on the UMW campus. This year’s inductees include Emily Stenson, Mike Taylor, Justin Murgel and the 1970 men’s track team. Emily Stenson received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Montana Western in 2000. She was a Dean’s List student at Montana Western during the fall 1997, spring 1999, fall 1999 and spring 2000 semesters. During her distinguished career as a Bulldog volleyball player, Stenson was a three-year Academic All-American (1997, 1998 and 1999); an NAIA Division I All-American Athlete in 1999; a member of the NAIA Northwestern Region First Team in 1998 and 1999; a Frontier Conference First Team athlete in 1998 and 1999; and the Montana Western team MVP in 1998 and 1999. Since graduating at UMW, Stenson has been equally successful in the professional health field. She served as the regional marketing and sales director at Leisure Care in Bellevue, Wash. from 2002 to 2005; the director of community relations for Big Sky Senior Living in Butte, Mont. from 2005 to 2008; and the Powell County Medical Center Clinic Manager from 2008 to 2010. Stenson is currently the director of medical staff relations at St. James Healthcare in Butte, Mont. Mike Taylor earned a degree in business from Montana Western in 1998. While playing football for the Bulldogs Taylor was a three-year team captain, a three-time All-Conference athlete, a two-time All-American, an academic All-American, a recipient of the National Football Foundation Montana Chapter Scholar Athlete Award. Taylor is also a member of the 1994 and 1995 Frontier Conference championship. He is also in the Hall of Fame as a member of the 1994 football team. After graduating from Montana Western Taylor played three seasons in the Indoor Football League for the Billings Thunderbolts with former members of the University of Montana Grizzlies, the Montana State University Bobcats as well as NFL players. Taylor has worked in the insurance industry as a commercial lines producer for Western States Insurance since 2003. In February 2010 he purchased his own agency, the Taylor Leavitt Insurance Agency. Based in Billings, Mont., he and his 15 employees offer a wide array of insurance services to clients across the Northwest. Justin Murgel earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with an emphasis in Communications and Technology from Montana Western in 2000. During his time playing for the Bulldog football squad, Murgel was a First Team All-Conference Defensive Lineman in 1998 and 1999 and an NAIA All-American honorable mention in 1999. He tallied 14 sacks in nine games in the 1999 season, including four sacks in one game against MSU-Northern. He was also the team captain in 1999. For the past 10 years Murgel has worked for Intermountain, a non-profit dealing with mental health and child welfare. Based in East Helena, Mont., Murgel has served as a counselor in schools and other programs throughout the agency and over the last three years he has become the director of outpatient services. The 1970 men’s track team will be inducted for their domination of the Frontier Conference six out of seven years, ending in 1970. The roster included Bob Young, Tim Ragen, Steve Haugen, Kent Paulson, Lyn Gallik, Marc Elser, Gary Neva, John Stratton, Gene Teegarden, Wayne McEwen, Jim Cox, Bob Pemberton, Harlan Johnson, Allen Roy, Bob Clucas, John Clawson, Pete Waylett, Doug Sabo, Barry Grace, John Fred, Butch McEnaney, Tom Hoover and Scott Sward. Casey Keltz was head coach. He was assisted by Bernie Bissell and Gary Youngquist. The Bulldog gridiron squad will take to Vigilante field at 1 p.m. to face rival Montana Tech. The rodeo team will continue their competition at the Beaverhead County Fairgrounds at 5 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 2

Homecoming activities will conclude at the Fairgrounds beginning at 11 a.m. as the Montana Western rodeo team competes in finals.