MISSOULA – The 12th Annual University Community Ice Cream Social to welcome new and returning University of Montana students to campus and Missoula neighborhoods is set for Sunday, Sept. 15. The free event will run from 3 to 5 p.m. in the 400 block of University Avenue.
The street party will feature live music and mingling, as well as appearances by Monte the mascot and Missoula and UM officials. Participants will meet their neighbors, browse informational tables and enjoy delicious Big Dipper ice cream.
The social was started in 2002 by an informal group that calls itself the Thoughtful Neighbors to celebrate the diversity that UM students bring to Missoula. The late Don Simmons, a neighborhood resident and former associate dean of the School of Fine Arts, was a founding member. The group includes an evolving mix of University Neighborhood homeowners and residents, UM students and administrators, the Associated Students of UM, the UM Foundation and the UM Alumni Association.