University of Montana Western

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The University of Montana Western
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Former names
Montana State Normal College, Montana State Teachers College, Western Montana College
Established 1893
Type Public
Chancellor Beth Weatherby
Provost Karl Ulrich
Vice-Chancellor Susan Briggs
Students 1379
Location Dillon, Montana, United States
45°12′30″N 112°38′18″W / 45.20833°N 112.63833°W / 45.20833; -112.63833 (The University of Montana Western)Coordinates: 45°12′30″N 112°38′18″W / 45.20833°N 112.63833°W / 45.20833; -112.63833 (The University of Montana Western)[1]
Colors

Red, White, Black

            
Athletics Frontier Conference
NAIA
Nickname Bulldogs
Affiliations The University of Montana
Website www.umwestern.edu
The Normal School, main building

The University of Montana Western is a public university located in Dillon, Montana, United States. It is affiliated with The University of Montana and is part of the Montana University System. The school was founded in 1893 as Montana State Normal School. The basis upon the founding of this college was as a center for training teachers. It was formerly known as Western Montana College before becoming part of the Montana University System in 2000. Enrollment as of fall 2011 was 1,379 students.[2]

Experience One[edit]

The University of Montana Western is the only public college in the U.S. to offer Experience One, an innovative program in which students take one class at a time for a period of roughly one month. This type of scheduling, called block scheduling, creates a unique learning experience that allows for students to learn in-depth one subject at a time. The block also gives flexibility for students to learn outside of the classroom setting on one day or multiple week trips.

UMW’s Environmental Sciences department offers many courses that take overnight trips throughout Montana, to Utah, and Canada. Multiple courses have been offered through the university’s Honor’s Program where students get to study abroad for up to 3 weeks. Experience One, combined with small classrooms and affordable tuition, has given Western’s students an opportunity to excel and placed University Montana Western among the best in the nation in recent U.S. News & World Reports.

History[edit]

It was founded as the Montana State Normal School in 1893, to train teachers according to a model used by other states. Education was considered highly important for the state. It was expanded with increased programs and had a four-year curriculum; the addition of other subjects and departments led to its being renamed as Western Montana College. It became part of the Montana University System in 2000, and is titled University of Montana Western.

The first term of the Montana State Normal School began on September 6, 1897 with courses in elementary education for all grades below high school which took two years to complete, a one year professional course for all teachers with two years of prior experience, an English-Scientific course which gave students a four year diploma, a four year Latin course, and a graduate course. The first course catalogue had this statement along with an explanation of the necessity of teachers:

"On September 6th the Montana State Normal School will be organized for its first year's work. A well-equipped building has been provided; a faculty of thoroughly qualified teachers has been employed and courses of study adapted to the needs of those preparing to teach have been arranged. The citizens of Dillon have made every effort to secure good accommodations for the students. The State Normal will open under the most favorable conditions for a high grade of work. The most satisfactory results may be promised all who enter upon any of its courses of study."

Certificate programs[edit]

Early Childhood Certificate
Farrier Science Certificate
Small Animal Grooming Certificate

Associate Degrees[edit]

Associate of Arts
Associate of Science
Associate of Applied Science: Business
Associate of Applied Science: Early Childhood Education
Associate of Applied Science: Education Studies
Associate of Applied Science: Equine Studies
Associate of Applied Science: Natural Horsemanship
Associate of Applied Science: Tourism & Recreation

Bachelor Degrees[edit]

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)

Bachelor of Arts (BA)
BA: English
BA: English & Secondary Education Double Major
BA: Anthropology & Sociology
BA: Global Politics
BA: Interdisciplinary Social Science
BA: Interdisciplinary Social Science & Secondary Education Double Major
BA: Modern History
BA: Modern History & Secondary Education Double Major
BA: Psychology
BA: Visual Arts Option

Additional BA Related Areas: Drama, Equine Studies, Music, Visual Arts

Bachelor of Science (BS)
BS: Biology
BS: Biology & & Secondary Education Double Major
BS: Business Administration
BS: Environmental Interpretation
BS: Environmental Science
BS: Health & Human Performance
BS: Mathematics
BS: Mathematics & Secondary Education Double Major
BS: Natural Horsemanship

Bachelor Degrees in Education

BS: Early Childhood Education
BS: Elementary/Secondary Education
BS: Elementary Education
Elementary Education Minor:
Early Childhood Education
Option: Coaching
Elementary Education Middle School Option Areas:
Instructional Technology, Mathematics, Earth Science
Life Science, Physical Science, Social Studies
BS—Secondary Education & K-12 Education
Secondary Education Majors:
BS: Art Education K-12
BS: Business & Computer Applications Education
BS: Music Education K-12
BS: Physical Education & Health K-12
Secondary Education Double Majors:
BA: English & Secondary Education Double Major
BA: Interdisciplinary Social Science & Secondary Education Double Major
BA: Modern History & Secondary Education Double Major
BS: Biology & Secondary Education Double Major
BS: Earth Science & Secondary Education Double Major
BS: General Science Broadfield & Secondary Education Double Major
BS: Mathematics & Secondary Education Double Major
Secondary Education Minors:
Art K-12
Biology
Business & Computer Applications
Computer Science K-12
Drama K-12
Early Childhood Education
Earth Science
English
History
Library Media K-12
Literacy K-12
Mathematics
Music K-12
Physical Education & Health K-12
Special Education K-12
Additional Option/Concentration (with any degree):
Coaching
Special Education Concentration
[3]

Athletics[edit]

Montana–Western (UMW) teams, nicknamed athletically as the Bulldogs, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Frontier Conference.

Men's Sports

Women's Sports

Noted people[edit]

Robert C. Thomas - Professor of Geology. 2009 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.[4]

Delena Norris-Tull - Professor of Education. Carnegie Foundation's 2010 Montana Professor of the Year.

Julie Bullard - Professor of Early Childhood Education. Carnegie Foundation's 2011 Montana Professor of the Year.

Michael Morrow – Professor of Biology. Carnegie Foundation's 2012 Montana Professor of the Year.

The Associated Students of the University of Montana Western[edit]

The Associated Students of the University of Montana Western serves as the voice for the students, by leading the campus in the direction of the students, UMW reflects the inspiration, drive, and character of the student body.

The Associated Students of the University of Montana Western (ASUMW) are represented by the Student Senate. 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 ASUMW, they give recommendations to the Montana Board of Regents concerning our student’s collective education.

The Student Senate includes:
• President
• Vice President
• Senators
• Head of Activities
• Head of Intramurals
• Advisor

Clubs[edit]

1. Alpha Chi Honors Society
a. Select national honor society open to the top 10% of juniors and seniors who have completed at least 30 credits at UMW. Invitations are extended on the basis of GPA. Nominations may also be made on the basis of faculty recommendation.
2. Art Club
3. Biology Club
4. Business Club
5. Catholic Campus Ministry
a. An outreach of the Catholic Church, this group sponsors various social activities throughout the year, which all students are encouraged to attend.
6. Collegiate Stockgrowers Club
a. Educate students on opportunities and careers in agriculture. As a member you would participate in organizing the local farm fair, attend the annual Stockgrowers meeting, and attend the Denver National Stock show.
7. Draft Horse Driving Club
8. Drama/Gargoyles Club
9. Education Club
10. Equestrian Club
a. Competes under the auspices, rules and regulations of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) recognized members of the USA Equestrian Federation. Members may have experience in the sport or may be beginning horse enthusiasts. You may ride western or English and owning a horse is not required. The IHSA’s competitions are affordable because individual colleges host each event and provide horses. Riders are not allowed to use their own horses and personal track and schooling/warm-ups are not permitted.
11. Honors Club
12. Horseman’s Club
13. Humans in Performance (HIP) Club
a. Mission 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.
14. Industrial Technology Club
15. Kappa Delta Pi
a. International honor society in education. Promotes excellence in and recognizes outstanding contributions to education; encourages professional growth, and honors achievement in educational work.
16. Music Club
17. Psychology Club
18. Rodeo Club
19. Ski and Snowboarding Club
20. Student Leadership Club
a. Mission is to give students the opportunity to participate in planning activities. Facilitate student involvement on campus through sporting events and campus activities.
21. Terra Verde Club
a. Official student organization of the Department of Environmental Sciences at UMW.
22. Twisted Ink Club
a. Encourages creative writing among English majors, minors, and those who have a love of writing. The club publishes a website 2-3 times per year in which UMW students showcase their literary talents.
23. Vet Science Club
24. Veteran and Military Club
25. Western Cheer Club
26. Western Gaming Alliance
a. The purpose is to offer student and the surrounding community a chance to come together in an informal setting to enjoy a wide variety of gaming activities.
27. Wrestling Club[5]
a. Wrestling club competes at NWCA Division 2 and placed 3rd in the division in the 2014 season.
28. Young Farmers and Ranchers Club

Radio Station[edit]

KDWG (90.9 FM, "90.9 The Dawg") is a radio station licensed to serve Dillon, Montana. The station is owned by The University of Montana Western and ran by a student staff. It airs a Variety format dictated by student DJs.

History

  • In the fall of 1998, the students at the University of Montana-Western (then Western Montana College) voted to implement a fee to fund a student-operated radio station. KDWG filed for their FCC application on May 13, 1999. Approval by the FCC was granted on November 28, 2000. The staff of KDWG proceeded to construct studio facilities, develop programming, and train on-air DJs.
  • The station was assigned the KDWG call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on December 4, 2000.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The University of Montana Western". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ 10 Year Enrollment Report - Fall. umwestern.edu. Accessed 2 April 2013.
  3. ^ http://my.umwestern.edu/registrar/catalogs/2014-15_catalog_final.pdf 2014-15 Catalog
  4. ^ Aujla, Simmi (November 27, 2009). "Professors of the Year: Award Winners Are Celebrated for Innovative Teaching". The Chronicle of Higher Education LVI (14): A7. 
  5. ^ http://www.ncwa.net/teams?school=277

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