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Dr. Chelsea Bodnar (L), Emma Lommasson (C), UM President Seth Bodnar (R) Emma Lommassson meets UM President Seth Bodnar and his wife, Dr. Chelsea Bodnar in February of 2018.
Edward O'Brien

The University of Montana lost its longest living, and one of its most respected alumna this weekend. MTPR's Edward O’Brien takes this look back at the life and legacy of 107-year-old Emma Lommasson.

Resource conservation student Jared Smith (left) builds a beaver dam analog on Fish Creek in western Montana, along with another undergraduate and Ph.D. ecology student Andrew Lahr (right), Oct. 19, 2019.
Kevin Trevellyan / Montana Public Radio

University of Montana ecologists are researching human-made beaver dams as a potential habitat restoration tool. Early case studies show the dams could dull the impacts of climate change seen in rivers and streams. The U.S. Forest Service is looking to use the simple structures on new sites in the state, but first, officials want to better understand the science behind simulated rodent engineering.

Drummers at the UM oval during an Indegenous Peoples Day celebration in Missoula, Oct. 14, 2019.
Edward O'Brien / Montana Public Radio

Montana still officially celebrates October 14 as Columbus Day, but a handful of cities here have replaced it with Indigenous Peoples Day.

Some local leaders refuse to recognize a day that they say glorifies colonization and mistreatment of Native Americans. Missoula is one of those cities.

University of Montana's oval and Main Hall.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

The University of Montana has exceeded the $400 million goal of the most ambitious fundraising campaign in its history. The seven-year initiative known as "Campaign Montana – Think Big. Be Bold" quietly launched over six years ago. By the time the campaign publicly launched a year ago, donors had already pledged $325 million.

University of Montana's Main Hall.
Josh Burnham / MTPR

For the eighth year in a row, fall enrollment has dropped at the University of Montana.

Despite the slide, campus officials say they’re encouraged by what they’re seeing.

The University of Montana announced Tuesday that overall enrollment is down just over 1% from fall semester of 2018. Enrollment figures show 125 fewer students this fall than last year, with just shy of 10,000 students enrolled at UM.

UM’s chief enrollment officer, Cathy Cole, says that enrollment dip came as a surprise to no one. 

Missoula High School students join in the nationwide "climate strike", March 15, 2019.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

More than 5,000 climate strikes led by kids are set to take place around the world Friday. Students, including some in Montana, plan on skipping school to protest inaction on climate change.

In Missoula, high school and university students plan to walk out of class to draw attention to what they say is a climate crisis that needs to be addressed.

University of Montana President Seth Bodnar.
University of Montana

The University of Montana’s president says UM continues to make steady, consistent progress in addressing its challenges.

When Seth Bodnar was hired to lead the University of Montana a year and a half ago, the school’s enrollment was declining, its budget deficit rising and overall morale in the tank.

University of Montana Summer Enrollment, 2017 - 2019
Cassidy Alexander and Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

Summer enrollment spiked for the second year in a row at the University of Montana, with over 3,000 students taking summer classes. This is the highest summer enrollment since 2014, about a 3% increase from last year.

The Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana
Eric Whitney

The University of Montana and Carroll College are launching two partnerships they say will help students get their graduate degrees in less time and at a lower cost.

The collaboration between the public University of Montana, and the private Carroll College, is the first for both institutions.

A boat at the Flathead Lake Biological Station.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

The University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station is asking businesses in the area to help fund its work.

Proceeds from the drive that starts Monday will benefit research and monitoring on Flathead, Whitefish, and Swan lakes, and the surrounding watersheds.

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