Montanan (magazine)

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Editor-in-Chief John Heaney '02
Categories Alumni Magazine
Frequency Tri-yearly
Circulation 80,000
Publisher University of Montana
First issue 1983
Country United States
Language English
Website Montanan
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The Montanan is the University of Montana's alumni magazine with a circulation of over 80,000, making it the largest circulating magazine from Montana. It is one of eleven publications of the University of Montana's University Relations published in its current state since 1983 though Montanan as a magazine has been published at the university since at least 1920.[1]

The magazine's goals are to inform its readers about accomplishments and advances at the University, as well as inspire loyalty that will keep alumni connected to UM throughout their lives.

Each issue is divided into four main sections:

  1. Features
  2. Around the Oval
  3. About Alumni
  4. Artifacts


  • It is the University’s institutional magazine and won a Silver Award in the magazine category of the CASE District VIII competition. The magazine is edited by Joan Melcher of University Relations. A Montanan feature story on John Craighead, an internationally known scientist who spent 25 years in research at UM, won a CASE Bronze Award. Melcher also won a Merit Award in the Admissions Marketing Advertising Awards competition for copy writing in a Montanan ad.[2]
  • The Montanan won the 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award in the Most Improved Magazine category in the Association of Educational Publishers competition. Editor Joan Melcher led a year-long redesign effort that premiered with the fall 2004 issue of the magazine.In addition, the Montanan was named a finalist in two similar categories in competition sponsored by the Association of Western Publishers.[3]
  • Twenty-Fifth Annual Educational Advertising Awards
    • Merit Award for External Publication[4]

Other publications of the University of Montana's University relations include:

Connecting Campus and Community

UM's annual report

Newsletter about UM research

Annual magazine dedicated to research and innovation

Issues Shaping Our State

Past Issues[edit]


[Winter '10]

[Spring '10]

[Fall '10]


Winter '09

by Jacob Baynham As the economy dips, more people of all ages are making the decision to return to higher education.

by Ashley Zuelke In September 2008 the Alumni Band reunited to perform in UM’s annual Homecoming Parade for the twentieth time.

by Nate Schweber The Decemberists’ frontman Colin Meloy ’98 shares his story of success, memories of Montana, and hopes to return to Big Sky Country—one day.

by Sharon Barrett In only its third year, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM is enrolling a record number of students. As a result, it may receive $1 million in March 2009.

[Spring '09]

[Fall '09]


Winter '08

by Ginny Merriam More than 10,000 pieces of art valued at $17 million will soon find a permanent home at UM.

by Ginny Merriam More than 10,000 pieces of art valued at $17 million will soon find a permanent home at UM.

by Alex Strickland A tale of three UM soldiers, including one man who has been to Iraq, one who is there now, and another who is about to leave for war.

Spring '08

by Jim Robbins UM’s Wildlife Biology Program presents students with the opportunity to study the wild, in the wild.

by Patia Stephens Alum Susan Gibson penned the Dixie Chick’s smash hit single “Wide Open Spaces” while a student at UM.

by Ginny Merriam The history of The Montana Repertory Theatre is filled with stories from struggle to stardom, and of course, drama.

Fall '08

by Cary Shimek UM’s Archives and Special Collections houses many of UM’s most valuable treasures, including a leaf from a 1207 Koran, a book once owned by Adolf Hitler, and the Mike Mansfield and Frank Bird Linderman collections.

by Amy Joyner Amy Joyner—wife to one of Griz Nation’s most recognized “Superfans,” Jim Joyner—shares what it’s like to be married to an obsessed Grizman.

by Sherry Jones Multiple UM alums now work representing some of the biggest names in the music industry, making the self-proclaimed “Montana Mafia” a network to be reckoned with.

by Patia Stephens A new book by art Professor Hipólito Rafael Chacón discusses the legacy and impact of Missoula architect A.J. Gibson.


Winter '07

by Jodi Rave UM looks to build a center for its Native American students and programs.

by Joan Melcher The Rolling Stones take Missoula by storm.

by Paddy MacDonald The writer trails actor J.K. Simmons on The Closer set.

Spring '07

by Patia Stephens Broadcast alum Meg Oliver shines in a national news anchor spot on CBS' Up To The Minute.

by Ginny Merriam How UM, St. Patrick Hospital, and Dr. Carlos Duran forged a path to create the world-renowned International Heart Institute

by Alex Strickland A new home for the School of Journalism and an addition to the Skaggs Building provide a change of landscape on campu

Fall '07

by Michael Moore College years are not enough for some grads who return to raise families, establish careers.

by Brianne Burrowes Honors college dean grabs international acclaim for discovering lost Coleridge work.

by Ginny Merriam UM bee scientists pursue mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder.


[Winter '06]

Spring '06

by Simone Ellis The legendary Mission Mountain Wood Band lives on.

by Vince Devlin A UM anthropologist digs her way into the spotlight-without really trying.

by James E. "Butch" Larcombe The story of a financial empire that had its beginnings in a master's thesis.

Fall '06


Winter '05

by Joan Melcher In Service to UM, Their State, Their Country, And The World

by Vince Devlin What personal giving does for the University

Spring '05

by Vince Devlin John J. Craighead's stories of research and life are woven into a tale of environmental greatness.

by Tom Lutey If losing can be fun, this writer is the one to take you on the ride.

by Beth Britton Three UM alumnae bring American Indian issues to the forefront in the Montana Legislature.

Fall '05

by Megan McNamer A profile of a woman and her art: a life where the two are not easily separated

by Chad Dundas Research is fueling a surprising resurgence at UM's pharmacy school.

by Caroline Patterson Traveling Montana is full of surprises; this writer takes you on a few of her wild rides.


Winter '04

by William Kittredge Winter in the park is one of Montana's best-kept secrets. This noted Montana writer tells wh

by Erin P. Billings A UM alumnus talks about his friendship with a U.S. President and where it's taken him.

by Louise Krumm A Peace Corps country director paints a picture of life de la campagne and the work of volunteers in Togo, Africa.

by Paddy MacDonald Two UM forestry students make a life in the forests of the Philippines, putting their knowledge and skills toward saving the flying fox.

Spring '04

by Patia Stephens Rising tuition, decreasing state funding, students graduating thousands of dollars in debt, deteriorating infrastructure on campuses nationwide: Something’s got to give. Or does it?

by Ryan Newhouse A journalistic journey into the heart of UM's native plant garden.

by Sanjay Talwani In a pair of pieces, two writers discover that a priority at Griz/Cat satellite parties is finding a Big Sky state of mind.

by Paddy MacDonald

by Sanjay Talwani

Fall '04

by Vince Devlin A smokejumpers’ reunion is replete with handshaking, storytelling, and Mann Gulch memories

by Paddy MacDonald and contributors Readers share their memories of a park that grew up along with the University.

by Betsy Holmquist A profile of a remarkable woman who has been a role model for countless students as well as UM faculty and staff members.


Winter '03

by Paddy Macdonald A fire commander and UM forestry grad rallies Missoulians in the path of the Black Mountain fire with ‘Go Griz.’

by Bryan Di Salvatore The author takes a new look at The Virginian and finds the origins of many myths of the We

by Dan Oko UM alumna Christina Willis immerses herself in a culture in India's Darma Valley to help save an endangered language.

Spring '03

by Tom Lutey Insights into the life of the best college mascot on the face of the earth.

by Paddy O’Connell MacDonald Talent, fun, and tenacity are central to three generations: A.B. Guthrie and offspring.

by Joan Melcher A mother instills values and a search for excellence in her children and they in their

by Gary Jahrig Playing football for the Grizzlies runs in their blood.

by Patia Stephens UM and Montana are central to this wide-ranging family.

by Betsy Holmquist An energetic and successful woman provides inspiration for her children and grandchildren.

  • [Artifacts]

Fall '03

by Joan Melcher Garry South, a UM student body president in the '70's, tells how he's used his education to become one of the nation's top political strategists.

by Tom Lutey A true adventure story, complete with near misses and high drama, that peaks with a UM freshman becoming the youngest American to scale Mount Everest.

by Daniel Berger A reporter and photographer visit Libby, Montana, to learn how its residents are coping with the fallout of a corporate coverup and how UM is helping in the recovery.


Winter '02

by Jodi Werner Alumna Kellie Wells is racking up writing awards for her Midwestern magical-realism.

by Megan McNamer UM's Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival spurs this writer to muse about music in our lives.

by Daniel Botkin A naturalist's view of important contributions of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark-not only in what they did, but how they did it.

by Harry Fritz Could the Missoula Valley really be the center of the Lewis and Clark expedition? Professor Fritz tries to convince you of that in this entertaining article.

Summer '02

by Courtney Lowery UM takes a giant leap from the Schreiber Gym to a new recreation center.

by Paddy O'Connell MacDonald A day in the life of the ubiquitous Umberto Benedetti, one of the University's most ardent and interesting supporter

Notes from a reporter who followed the Grizzlies to their second national championship.

A look at the mind, motivations, and work of a Montana artist.

Fall '02

  • A Teacher They'll Never Forget

Betsy Holmquist Helena's Judy Harding hones her history and teaching skills for Frontier House students and brings families together in the process.

  • On the Banks of the River of Awe

by Caroline Patterson This writer's great-grandfather described Missoula in 1900 as a "place for the whole crowd to come and cut out all worrying." Is it still? Caroline Patterson takes readers through decades of growth and change.

  • Missoula Now and Then

by Bryan di Salvatore The more things change, the more they stay the same. Bryan di Salvatore does a little meditation on the forest and the trees, the now and then of Missoula, and finds he can see the forest and the trees from his vantage point of thirty years.


Winter '01

by Gary Jahrig From a grade school classroom to national recognition, UM's John Kuglin is blazing Internet trails.

by Kerry Thomson There's a method to the madness of those trying to rid Mount Sentinel of noxious weeds.

Illustrations by Mike Egeler UM alumni laud their favorite professors.

Spring '01

by Lynn Solomon UM sophomore Jesse Laslovich decides a 20-year-old's place is in the Montana Legislature

by Todd Goodrich and Cary Shimek UM photographers paint a picture of a game with operatic highs and lows.

by Patia Stephens Take a walk on the wild side with Backroads of Montana.

by Cary Shimek The Grizzlies' coach is a master at using the "average" to achieve the extraordinary.

by Gary Jahrig EOS researchers are mapping the world with software developed at UM.

Fall '01

  • Leaving Life in the Parking Lot

by Tom Lutey A Griz fan explores the depths of his fanaticism.

  • Where is the Parking Lot?

by Megan McNamer A would-be fan discovers sports-types speak a different language.

  • Fighting the World's Fight

by Caroline Lupfer-Kurtz UM's Rhodes scholars bring the University honor while using their talents to better the world.

  • Diva in Her Own Right

by Patia Stephens A serious accident and illness have barely slowed down UM's master voice teacher, Esther England.


Winter '00

by Cary Shimek The renovated Adams Center has something for everyone.

by Caroline Lupfer Kurtz and Kim Anderson From HIV to global warming—UM researchers seek answers to problems of the next millennium.

A photo essay portrays the partnership of UM and Missoula through a century.

by Harry Fritz The first hundred years: Universities can be funny places

Spring '00

by Jodi Allison-Bunnell You probably never knew that UM once had a forestry lookout tower.

by Joyce Brusin Irene Evers' last good story was told after her death and UM is the beneficiary

by Kevin Van Valkenburg Roll over, Bob Dylan: A new generation finds its voi

by Jocelyn Siler Good teachers don't just happen; they're called to the professio

by Terry Brenner UM students dare to be different

by Daniel Vichorek A group of Montanans pursue knowledge and adventure in another world.

by Patia Stephens Missoula's February is jazzed up with music, readings and a French connection.

Fall '00

by James "Butch" Larcombe A prize-winning journalist talks about his move from ink to cyberspace.

by Ken Picard Montana has been slow out of the gate in high-tech endeavors, but a few UM alumni are trying to reverse that trend.

UM's campus holds many architectural delights: Can you identify them?

by Joan Melcher The past and the present share the stage in Virginia City.

  • [Artifacts]


Fall '99

by Dan Oko UM students commit to a more physical life with a vote for a new recreation center.

by Patia Stephens Troubled teens learn life's lessons while tending livestock on Montana's Hi-Line

by Caroline Lupfer Kurtz Like the central nervous system, neuroscience research at UM branches out in many directions and includes many disciplines

by Cary Shimek The Institute for Medicine and Humanities finds the human face of health care.

by Kim Anderson Professor Paul Dietrich discusses the writings of women mystics of the Middle Ages.

by Patrick Hutchins Diversity of religious practice is a key theme among today's students.



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