University of Montana Western

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The University of Montana Western
The University of Montana Western campus.jpg
Former names
Montana State Normal College, Montana State Teachers College, Western Montana College
Parent institution
The University of Montana
ChancellorBeth Weatherby
Vice-ChancellorMichael Reid
ProvostDeborah Hedeen
Location, ,
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]
ColorsRed, White, Black    
AthleticsNAIAFrontier Conference
Montana Western logo.png

The University of Montana Western (UMW) is a public university in Dillon, Montana. It is affiliated with The University of Montana and part of the Montana University System. The school was founded in 1893 as Montana State Normal School. The college was founded as a center for training teachers. It was formerly known as Western Montana College of the University of Montana before becoming part of the Montana University System in 2000. Enrollment of full-time, degree seeking students as of Fall 2018 was 1,221 students.


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 catalog 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."[citation needed]


The University of Montana-Western (UMW) Bulldogs are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), competing in the Frontier Conference. The Bulldogs have 10 Varsity Sports: Football, Volleyball, Men's and Women's Basketball, Men's and Women's Rodeo, Men's and Women's Outdoor and Indoor Track, and Men's and Women's Cross Country.

Athletic Training

  • The University of Montana-Western athletic health care team provides service to nearly 300 student-athletes under the direction of UMW Team Physician Dr. Nick DiGiovine from Montana Orthopaedics. Physician Assistant Brandon Bayers from St. James Healthcare also sees patients in the Kendall Clinic throughout the week.
  • Head Athletic Trainer: Kaleb Birney
  • Associate Athletic Trainers: Mary Placzkowski, Zach McCarthy

Radio Station - "90.9 The Dawg"[edit]

KDWG (90.9 FM, "90.9 The Dawg") is a radio station licensed to serve Dillon, Montana. It is located on campus and provides educational and alternative programming to the University of Montana Western and the surrounding Beaverhead Valley.[2] Since KDWG is a free-form variety station, it plays a broad range of programming including talk, sports, and a wide spectrum of music (some of the most popularly played genres: country, pop, classic rock, Christian/gospel, and oldies). Students, faculty, and community members generate some of the stations content; however, the station itself is run by UMW students.[3]

History of KDWG[edit]

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.[3] The station was assigned the KDWG call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on December 4, 2000.[3] The station's first broadcast aired on January 17, 2001.[3]


  1. ^ "The University of Montana Western". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "The Dawg - KDWG". Streema. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  3. ^ a b c d Nickles, Tom. "kdwg". Retrieved 2017-05-03.

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