University of Montana Western

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The University of Montana Western
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Established 1893
Type Public
Chancellor Richard Storey
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]
Former names

Montana State Normal College

Western Montana College

Red, White, Black

Athletics Frontier Conference
Nickname Bulldogs
Affiliations The University of Montana
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. Enrollment as of fall 2011 was 1,379 students.[2] The school was founded in 1893 as Montana State Normal School, a center for training teachers. It was formerly known as Western Montana College before becoming part of the Montana University System in .

Experience One[edit]

The University of Montana Western developed Experience One, a scheduling model emphasizing active, hands-on experiential learning. To facilitate this, the full term is divided into four, roughly month-long learning modules known as blocks, in which students focus on one course at a time over the course of 18 instructional days. The transition to this model was complete beginning with the Fall 2005 semester.[3] Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa; Quest University in Squamish, British Columbia; Tusculum College in Tusculum, Tennessee; and Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA are the only other colleges operating under a similar academic calendar..[4]


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.


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 include basketball, football; while women's sports include basketball, and volleyball.

Noted people[edit]

Professor of Geology Robert C. Thomas was recognized as a 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.[5] Professor of Education Delena Norris-Tull was recognized as the Carnegie Foundation's 2010 Montana Professor of the Year. Professor of Early Childhood Education Julie Bullard was recognized as the Carnegie Foundation's 2011 Montana Professor of the Year.

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

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. Current Executive Officers are President Brandon Hansen and Vice President Will Shirley.


Alpha Chi Honor Society, Art Club, Biology Club, Business Club, Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM), Cheer Club, Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, Climbing Club, Draft Horse Driving Club, Education Club, Equestrian Club, Gargoyles/Drama Club, Honors Club, Horseman's Club, Humans in Performance (HIP), Industrial Technology Club (IT), Kappa Delta Pi, Libertine Party, Montana Western College Republicans, Music Club, Paranormal Investigators Club, Psychology Club, Rodeo Club, Rugby Club, Ski & Snowboard Club, Student Leadership Club, Terra Verde Club, Twisted Ink Club, UMW Education Club at Tech, Vet Science Club, Veteran and Military Club, Western Gaming Alliance, Wrestling Club, 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.


  • 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.


  1. ^ "The University of Montana Western". Geographic Names Information System. U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ 10 Year Enrollment Report - Fall. Accessed 2 April 2013.
  3. ^ "The University of Montana Western Catalog 2007-2008" (PDF). University of Montana Western. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  4. ^ "The University of Montana Western - News Home". University of Montana Western. Retrieved 2007-10-11. [dead link]
  5. ^ Aujla, Simmi (November 27, 2009). "Professors of the Year: Award Winners Are Celebrated for Innovative Teaching". The Chronicle of Higher Education LVI (14): A7. 

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