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University of Montana - Western

The University of Montana Western
Established 1893
Type Public
Chancellor Richard Storey
Provost Karl Ulrich
Vice-Chancellor Susan Briggs
Students 1379

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 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. It was formerly known as Western Montana College before becoming part of the Montana University System.

Experience One

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] Montana Western is the only public higher education institution in the U.S. offering this scheduling model.[4]


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

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

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. Its 2011-2012 Officers were President Megan Crist and Vice President Maegen Narhgang. The 2012-2013 Officers were President Maegen Narhgang and Vice President Frank Haraksin.


Alpha Chi Honors Society, Ambassadors, Art, Biology Club, Brewing Club, Business Club, Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM), Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, Climbing Club, Debate, Draft Horse Driving Club, Equestrian Club, Gargoyles/Drama Club, Honors Club, Humans in Performance (HIP), Industrial Technology Club (IT), International Club, Kappa Delta Pi, Liberty Club, LAMBDA Alliance, Montana Western College Democrats, Montana Western College Republicans, Music Club, Polynesian Club, Psychology Club, Rodeo Club, Rugby Club, Ski & Snowboard Club, STAND Club, Terra Verde, Twisted Ink Club, UMW Education Club at Tech, UMW Horseman's Club, UMW Student Alumni Association, Western Gaming Alliance, W.R.A.P.S

Radio Station

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 then proceeded to construct studio facilities, develop programming, and train on-air DJ's.
  • The station was assigned the KDWG call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on December 4, 2000.


External links

  • The University of Montana Western website
  • The University of Montana Western athletics website

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