UM President Kicks Off Academic Year with Address, Missoula College Groundbreaking

August 13, 2014

MISSOULA – University of Montana President Royce Engstrom will deliver his annual State of the University Address and host the official groundbreaking for the new Missoula College building on Friday, Aug. 22. The public is invited to both events.

During his State of the University Address, which will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Montana Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center, Engstrom will outline institutional priorities for the coming year and introduce new faculty members and administrators. Coffee will be served preceding the address from 9:30 to 10 a.m. in the PAR/TV Center lobby.

Following the address, buses will be available to take people from the Montana Theatre to the future site of Missoula College on East Broadway. Shuttles will begin departing the mountain campus at 11:30 a.m. from outside the PART/TV Center building on Eddy Ave. The return shuttles will begin at 1 p.m. The buses are operated by the Associated Students of UM Office of Transportation. Parking will be available at the site.

The MC groundbreaking event will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at 1205 E. Broadway – the future site of a new Missoula College building.

Speakers include Engstrom, Gov. Steve Bullock, Missoula College Dean Barry Good, Missoula Mayor John Engen, ASUM President Asa Hohman and ASUM Sen. Sarah Smith, and Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian.

A reception with light refreshments will be held following the remarks and the official groundbreaking. Attendees are encouraged to wear flat footwear, as the ground will be uneven and soft.

The Lil’ Smokies bluegrass/string band will play before the groundbreaking event begins and during the reception.


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