Thursday, December 10, 2009

New floor gives UM team a reason to dance

The Adams Center at the Univeristy of Montana is home to 14 collegiate sports as well as several atheletic groups. But during the winter season they all have to fight for space. UM news reporter Lindsey Scheetz and photographer Whitney Caldarone discovered what its like for one group to finally dance on stable ground.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Guide Dogs on Campus

U-M Students struggle everyday to keep up with their college classes and earn good grades. But Reporter Laura Wilson and Photographer Paige Browning found one student who calls upon a little extra help in the classroom.

For more information on Guide Dogs, go to Guide Dogs for the Blind at

MIFP Chinese Twins

The Holidays can make some students homesick when they are away from their families. UM News reporter Katy Harris and photographer Eri Okazaki found one Missoula family who is taking international students under their wing to make them feel at home during the holiday season.

The Missoula International Friendship Program will start matching interested host families with international students for Spring 2010.
For MIFP application and further information, please visit MIFP wibsite and Foreign Student and Scholar Services website at the University of Montana.

UM News Silver for December 10, 2009

Here's today's broadcast of UM News as presented by the Silver team. University of Montana broadcast journalism majors Lindsey Scheetz and Katy Harris anchor today's program. Ashley Korslien produced the broadcast. Today's director was Sarah Grant. This program airs across the state on the Montana Today program on KECI-TV in Missoula, KCFW-TV in Kalispell and KTVM-TV in Butte/Bozeman. Have a happy holiday season from all of us at UM News.

Carillon Bells

The historic Memorial Carillon has been silenced for almost the entire semester. UM Main Hall's recent construction added seismic reinforcement to the bell tower and now construction is complete ahead of schedule. UM News Reporter Willi Brooks and Photographer Jon G. Denny climbed the tower to hear the sounds of the season... (click below to see the story)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A new music band DARSHAN PULSE

Darshan is a Hindi word that means "an epiphany that comes about by being filled with divine light". In November a new band with a catchy name hit the stage of a local pub Sean Kelly's. Darshan Pulse sings about the world being watched and expresses their vision of today's status quo. Reporter Dariga Massenova talked to bandmates Greham Woolley and Brandt Miller about their concept album Panopticon that is planned to be released in January.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Model United Nations

Over 400 high school students gathered in the UC ballroom for the annual model united nations conference. Reporter Jennette Hoerner and Photographer Mike Houchin learned how UM political science majors are helping teens learn diversity.

UM Woodsman Team

One team at the University of Montana does it all - chopping, sawing, and climbing. UM News reporter Katrina Heser and photographer Daniel Ryan met with the UM Woodsman team and learned how the team is keeping a number of Montana traditions alive.

MFA Art Exhibit

Every year students in the Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of Montana show off their work for the public. Larger-than-life ceramic figures by Kensuke Yamada call the Gallery of Visual Arts home for the next two weeks. UM News photographer Carmen Ebert and reporter Rose Stepanek look at how one student sculpts a new idea in his presentation.

Yamada's exhibit started December 3rd and runs through December 17th.
Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday.
For more information, visit the Gallery of Visual Arts website.

UM Triathlon Team

The UM Triathlon team is busy biking, running and swimming for their upcoming triathlon season. Team president Joshua Goldberg and team member Chris Cordingley talked to UM News reporter Marnee Banks and photographer Jaime Berg about how the team is shaping up for the 2010 season.

UM News Maroon for December 8, 2009

Welcome to this week's edition of UM News as produced by our Maroon team. University of Montana broadcast journalism majors Rose Stepanek and Katrina Heser anchor the program. Shande Wiest produced this week's program while Grant Beaudette directed. UM News airs across the state on Montana's News Station affiliates. Happy Holidays! (Click below to see the broadcast.)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

GED to the COT

The University of Montana's College of Technology has experienced a increase of GED applicants. Reporter Laura Wilson and Photographer Jon Denny looked into the story and found one (future) student who left high school early to enroll in college.

(Click the link below to see the story)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

UM Recycling Program Gets Down and Dirty

Hundreds of students work at the University of Montana everyday, and one of the smelliest jobs is one of the most important for the environment. UM News reporter Whitney Caldarone and photographer Ashley Korslien found out how the UM Recycling Program is cleaning up, while getting dirty.

Art for all genders about transgenders

As the saying goes, 'a picture is worth a thousand words'. UM News reporter/photographer Paige Browning found a University of Montana student who's art explains more than the English language can. (Click below to view story.)

Sutherland says there are at least 100 transgender students at the University, and her art features a handful of them.

Visiting Scholar From Turkey

Many students at the University of Montana are not aware of every single language program offered on campus. UM News reporter Katy Harris and photographer Eri Okazaki visited a woman who is doing her best to spread the word and knowledge of her country.

UM Modern and Classical Language and Literature Department is planing to continue offering Turkish program in Spring 2010 and the following year. For further information, please visit UM Turkish program website.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Griz Football star playing a game unlike others

The Grizzly football team spends a lot of time practicing on the field in preparation for game day. But UM News reporter Lindsey Scheetz and photographer Sarah Grant discovered that for one player, playing the game has a whole new meaning when he's off of the football field.

Reynolds and his wife are welcoming a new addition to their family. They are expecting their second child, a daughter, this April.

UM News Silver for December 3, 2009

Here's today's broadcast of UM News for the Silver team. University of Montana broadcast journalism majors Laura Wilson and Lindsey Scheetz anchor the program. The program was produced by Cole Johnson and directed by Buddy Cowart. This program airs during the Montana Today program in KECI-TV in Missoula, KCFW-TV in Kalispell and KTVM-TV in Butte/Bozeman. (Click below to watch the program.)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Out-of-state Hunting Tags.

Out-of-state student hunters are reaping the benefits of this year's legislative session. Montana Senate Bill 185 lets these students buy hunting and fishing licenses at the same price as residents. Reporter Katrina Heser and Photographer Carmen Ebert show us one student who is saving money on tags and supporting his tight college budget.

Out of state students looking to buy the combination license need to bring their Griz card, proof of hunter's education, and a transcript to their nearest Fish Wildlife and Parks office.

Thanksgiving Travel

Tis the season for college students to travel. University of Montana Residence life Office says about 70 % of student make the trek home for the Thanksgiving weekend. Photographer Jaime Berg and Reporter Rose Stepanek take a look at a promising forecast for Thanksgiving and precautions to take while driving.

Holiday travelers can go to for a complete weather forecast.

College Living with Diabetes

November is American Diabetes Month. Reporter Marnee Banks and Photographer Daniel Ryan caught up with one UM student, Luke Bahnmaier, who shared his experience in coping with the highs and lows of this disease. Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, Dr. Vernon Grund, also shed light on the effects of diabetes.

Tajik Students at UM

The University has expanded it's international programs and activity, Reporter Shande Wiest and photographer Scott Youngbauer found out how by taking a closer look at the Tajik culture.

Click below for the story

For more information on what the International Programs are doing at the University you can go to or contact International Programs at

Brawl of the Wild Blood Drive Challenge

The Red Cross of Montana sponsors a blood drive competition the week before the Brawl of the Wild Football game on each campus. Students have a chance to lift their sleeve and donate their part to help the school win a trophy. Reporter Carmen Ebert found that students don't have to put on pads to help the Grizzlies win the Brawl of the Wild.

Students on campus have two more chances to help the Grizzlies to bring home the top honors.

On Monday November 30th from 12PM-4PM at Elrod/Duniway dorm. To schedule an appointment, please stop by the front desk at the dorm and sign-up.
And on Thursday December 3rd from 11AM-4PM in the University center. Visit and enter the sponsor code "gogriz" to schedule an appointment.

UM News Maroon for November 24, 2009

The University of Montana Radio-Television Department and School of Journalism present this week's broadcast of UM News. This week's program was presented by the Maroon team and anchored by broadcast journalism majors Katrina Heser and Marnee Banks. Drew Trafton was this week's producer while Dariga Massenova directed the show. UM News is seen Tuesday mornings across the state on Montana's News Station affilates. (Click below to see the program.)

Gourd is the Word

Gourds may be part of your Thanksgiving centerpiece, but one contest aimed to put more of them on your plate.

Reporter Grant Beaudette takes you to the 2nd annual Squash-Off.

The kings also won last year's competition.

UM Students for Real Food Facebook group
UM Catering Services

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Athletes In Action

Athletes at the University of Montana are coming together,
and not just for a game. UM News reporter Laura Wilson and photographer Whitney Caldarone take a look at a group on campus that brings sports and spirituality into one room.

COT West Transportation

The College of Technology West Campus serves over 200 students and has no bus service to the campus. ASUM Transportation Director says she would be willing to "talk" about a van service. Reporter Jon Denny takes a look at COT/West...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hospital Helpers

The fast pace of a hospital offers students a great hands on experience to prepare them for a future in the medical field. Reporter Ashley Korslien and photographer Buddy Cowart find out how Community Medical Center is giving radiology students the training they'll need to succeed in the medical world.

Students willing to be put on a waiting list

Sometimes enrolling for classes at the University of Montana isn't always as simple as signing up. Some courses require an override slip, some require prerequisites. But there is one class that requires time. Reporter Lindsey Sheetz and photographer Sarah Grant discovered why UM students are willing to wait for an American Sign Language class.

Sparkler Bomb

The punishment for using illegal fireworks is often a fine, or in some cases, jail time. But UM News reporter Cole Johnson and photographer Eri Okazaki met a student who faces a life-long penalty because of home-made fireworks.
For further information, please visit, and Missoula Fire Department website.

UM News Silver for November 19, 2009

Here's today's UM News broadcast produced by the Silver team. University of Montana broadcast journalism majors Ashley Korslien and Laura Wilson anchor the program. Willi Brooks produced this week's program. Mark Wilson was the director. This program airs on Montana Today on KECI-TV in Missoula, KCFW-TV in Kalispell and KTVM-TV in Butte/Bozeman.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

UM News Silver Promo for November 19

Composer's Benifit

If you've been a visitor to the University of Montana campus lately, you've probably noticed a lot of construction. However, putting up new facilities is not the only kind of constructing happening on campus. UM student Aaron Minnick uses sound like building blocks to compose his music. As a composition student, he relies on the critique's of others to hone his craft. UM News Photographer Scott Youngbauer and reporter Drew Trafton tell us how Minnick and his fellow composers are sounding off to bring in a fresh perspective.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Veterans Transitioning to College

Just under 500 veterans utilize the Veterans Affairs Office on the University of Montana campus. Reporter Marnee Banks and Photographer Daniel Ryan visited the office and spoke with Coordinator Justin Raap to find out how the University is helping vets transition from combat to civilian life.

Student Art Exhibit

The 15th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit is currently being displayed at the Gallery of Visual Arts on campus.Two hundred hopeful artists submitted entries and the show accepted eighty four of them. UM News reporter Shande Wiest and photographer Dariga Massenova take a closer look at one of the students who submitted into the exhibit.

The art exhibit will be open till November 20th at the Gallery of Visual Arts, viewing hours are 11-5 Tuesday, Wednesday Friday and 11-6 on Thursdays.

Going Nordic

A new team on campus is training in some unusual ways while waiting for the snow to fall.

UM News Photographer Grant Beaudette and reporter Katrina Heser met up with a member of the Nordic Ski team who talked about training for the slopes and the road.

People interested in joining the team can meet in the Rec Center lobby Wednesday evenings at 5:30.

UM Nordic Skiing Club Facebook Group

UM News Maroon for November 17, 2009

UM News for November 17, 2009 is anchored by University of Montana broadcast journalism majors Marnee Banks and Shande Wiest. Today's program was produced by Jannette Hoerner and directed by Mike Houchin. Look for UM News on Montana News Station affiliates across the state.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Promo for November 17th Newscast

Tune into UM News on November 17th for stories about art, music, and sports. What more could you want from YOUR news?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

There is no UM News this Thursday so we're busy pumping out the promos! Here is the promo for the promo for the promo... ENJOY!

Monday, November 9, 2009


Students on the University of Montana campus participate in many extra-curricular activities. UM Geography student Eric Leinonen showed Reporter Marnee Banks and Photographer Dariga Massenova how he often spends his free time. Leinonen led the two on a high-tech treasure hunt called geocaching. Leinonen’s Professor, Sarah Halvorson, also geocaches and explained the inner workings of the glorified hide and seek.

Hand Sanitizer

The University recently installed hand sanitizer stations across campus. Some of these stations are located near signs touting the sanitizer as a method of prevention to fight the flu. But as reporter Mike Houchin and reporter Drew Trafton found out, sanitizers may not be as effective as advertised.


Technology is illuminating the study of flight at the University of Montana's Field Research Lab located at Fort Missoula. Reporter Jannette Hoerner and photographer Scott Youngbauer discovered how a feathered friend is helping out with research to improve and preserve wildlife.

Cleaning Going Green

The University of Montana has been working hard to provide a greener campus. This also extends to the products used to help keep the campus clean. An army of people scour the University day and night to keep it spotless. Photographer Grant Beaudette and reporter Shande Wiest found out how they are being cleaner and greener.

The environmental impact on trees and the water supply is reduced when using green chemicals. The green cleaning committee hopes to pass a campus wide policy by December.

University Dining Services

The ABC's of Biodiesel

Researchers at the Bio-Energy Innovation and Testing Center are giving students the ability to turn fast food waste into an alternative fuel for vehicles. Reporter Daniel Ryan stopped by the College of Technology to see how fast food french fries are helping create the fuel of tomorrow.

The Bio Energy Center will host a series of related bio fuel workshops and demonstrations around the state. Click here for more information.

UM News Maroon for November 10, 2009

Today's UM News program produced by the Maroon team is anchored by University of Montana broadcast journalism majors Drew Trafton and Shande Wiest. The program was produced by Rose Stepanek. Jaime Berg directed the program. This program airs statewide on Montana's News Station. (Click below to see today's program)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Promo! UM News-November 9, 2006

Here's what's coming up for UM News for the week of November 9, 2006. Rose Stepanek is producing the show and Jaime Berg is directing.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

US Military Depends on UM Fitness Class

A Health and Human Performance course at the University of Montana is collecting data for the US Military. "Training for the Untrained" is a physical fitness class for men ages 18-40, and gathers information on how long it takes them to get into shape. The study will set standards for future recruits to be tested against. UM News reporter Ashley Korslien and photographer Mark Wilson found out how the students are shaping up.

The Grizzly Scholarship Association held their 4th Annual Wine Festival Fundraiser in hopes of raising more money for Grizzly Athletics. Photographer Buddy Cowart and reporter Cole Johnson found out what the GSA is doing in continuing to raise money for the Grizzly scholarship fund.

Meeting the Demands of Journalism

The University of Montana is no stranger to diversity. Meet one UM student who doesn't let his situation slow him down.

Click Below to see the story.

Willi Brooks- Field Photographer and Reporter
Whitney Caldarone- Interview Photographer and Editor

Booze Brothers promote safe drinking

The University of Montana has called upon two U-M students to teach the community how to party safely. Reporter Laura Wilson and Photographer Sarah Grant take a look at the "faces" of responsible drinking.


The University of Montana sustainability program has a huge impact on the waste by recycling and many different ways. UM News reporter/photographer Eri Okazaki found another step behind recycling to be economically friendly.

UM News Silver for November 5, 2009

UM News for Thursday, November 5th is anchored by University of Montana broadcast journalism majors Cole Johnson and Ashley Korslien. The silver team producer was Katy Harris. The program was directed by Paige Browning. Watch for UM News during Montana Today on KECI-TV in Missoula, KCFW-TV in Kalispell and KTVM-TV in Butte/Bozeman. (Click below to see the program.)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Food Zoo Pulper

Going green can be a dirty job. UM News reporter Jannette Hoerner and photographer Scott Youngbauer show us how the Food Zoo is mashing, squashing, and pulverizing their way to sustainablity.

November 4th, 2009 Show PROMO

In this week's UM News program produced by the Silver team, we'll hear about what some campus men are doing to get in shape, a group that gives $1,000,000 dollars to Grizzly Athletics each year, safe partying efforts on campus and a new angle on why to buy powdered drinks. The show is produced by Katy Harris and directed by Paige Browning.

Monday, November 2, 2009

New Curtains for a New Dance Season

The School of Theatre and Dance at the UM's College of Visual and Performing Arts uses new curtains for their performances this season. Former costume shop manager Elizabeth Kester says she still keeps busy, even after 30 years of working at UM. Her most recent project is making curtains for the dance studio at the PARTV building. UM News reporter/photographer Dariga Massenova takes us to the action behind the scenes.

The dance studio will be used during the Fall Informal Dance Concert on November 20. For more information call 406-243-2849.

Griz Basketball

Jump shots and slam dunks are back in full force as the Griz basketball season kicks off. UM News photographer Daniel Ryan and reporter Rose Stepanek take a look at this years men's basketball team and some of the new faces that will be seen on the court this season.

For a complete schedule of the 2009-2010 men's basketball team click here.