UM Celebrates March as International Month

February 27, 2015

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s Office of International Programs  will celebrate internationalism during the entire month of March. Throughout the month, OIP will promote events, discussions, lectures, films and other activities that are centered on discovering UM’s global reach.

“In this century, universities must prepare students to become proactive citizens of multicultural and interconnected communities,” said Paulo Zagalo-Melo associate provost for global century education and Director of International Programs. “The idea behind International Month is to illustrate and elevate the ongoing internationalization and global activities on campus.” 

Highlight events include India Week, which will take place Sunday through Saturday, March 1-7.  The weeklong series will bring talks, performances, exhibits and events to campus to engage students, faculty, staff and members of the community in the diverse Indian culture. More detailed information on the series can be found online at

The other cornerstone event is the 2015 International Culture and Food Festival, which is slated for noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 22, in the University Center. The theme of this year’s festival is “Big Sky, Rising Sun.” It is Missoula’s biggest international event and a perennial favorite for participants and attendees alike. More than 3,000 people from campus and the community attend each year. It features over 100 separate events, booths and activities organized by both campus and community associations that have an international focus, as well as UM’s diverse international student and scholar community. Detailed information on this event can be found online at

The OIP also will highlight UM employees who are born outside the U.S. with a profile on its Facebook page. The features can be read online at

For the monthlong schedule and event details, visit

UM’s OIP works to promote and provide international life-changing experiences and related educational opportunities, serving as a resource that contributes to the culture of a globally minded community.

For more information call OIP Assistant to the Director Sonja Grimmsmann at 406-243-6865 or email

Contact: Sonja Grimmsmann, assistant to the director, UM Office of International Programs, 406-243-6865,