UM President Visits Bitterroot Valley on Sixth Stop of Outreach Tour

February 18, 2014

MISSOULA – University of Montana President Royce Engstrom heads to the Bitterroot Valley as part of the “We are Montana” tour of the state. Engstrom and other UM leaders will travel to three towns Thursday, Feb. 20, to meet with and listen to educators, alumni, students and community members.

“The Bitterroot Valley, with its two-year UM-affiliate Bitterroot College, is close to our central campus, so it’s vitally important to visit and strengthen our ties whenever possible,” Engstrom said. “We always work to improve our connections with all Montanans across this great state and share the stories of our outstanding students, faculty and alumni. This outreach tour will help us achieve those goals.”

The sixth leg of the tour travels to Florence, Stevensville and Hamilton.

The UM Alumni Association will host a community event from 5 to 7 p.m. at Higherground Brewing, located at 518 N. First St. in Hamilton. Community members will be able to meet with Engstrom and connect with alumni and friends. It is free and open to the public, and participants are encouraged to wear Griz gear.  

University officials aim to visit numerous high schools on this leg of the tour, including Florence-Carlton High, Stevensville High and Hamilton High.

Prior legs of the president’s “We are Montana” tour stopped in 26 towns, traveling a total of 3,500 miles. Engstrom will conclude his tour in March with visits to Great Falls and Lewistown.


Note to the media: Interviews with Engstrom may be arranged in advance by calling Rebecca Power, assistant to the president, at 406-243-2311 or by emailing



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Contact: Peggy Kuhr, UM vice president for integrated communications, 406-243-2311,