UM Health & Medicine Tour to Visit North-Central Montana Students, Educators

March 30, 2016

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s We Are Montana in the Classroom program is traveling Montana to share health and medicine educational and career opportunities with high school students.

In partnership with the Native American Center of Excellence, a program housed within the Skaggs School of Pharmacy, We Are Montana in the Classroom will promote UM’s new Health & Medicine initiative with high school students Monday through Thursday, April 4-7. The tour will start in Great Falls and continue to Poplar, Hays, Harlem, Rocky Boy and Box Elder. The schedule follows:

  • Great Falls: Monday, April 4, at Great Falls high schools
  • Poplar: Tuesday, April 5, at Poplar High School and Fort Peck Community College
  • Hays: Wednesday, April 6, at Hays-Lodgepole High School
  • Harlem: Wednesday, April 6, at Harlem High School and Aaniiih Nakoda College
  • Havre: 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, social for high school teachers and college staff, Triple Dog Brewery
  • Rocky Boy: Thursday, April 7, at Rocky Boy High School
  • Box Elder: Thursday, April 7, at Box Elder High School

Four UM faculty members and students will lead hands-on activities and demonstrations and serve as higher education and career role models. The group includes Ginger Collins and Minako May from the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders; Jenny Lind of the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences; and Shelby Cole from the Skaggs School of Pharmacy.

While We Are Montana in the Classroom representatives work with high school students, Shane Sangrey and Kim Dixon with the Native American Center of Excellence will visit tribal college faculty members at Fort Peck Community College, Aaniiih Nakoda College and Stone Child College. We Are Montana in the Classroom and the Native American Center for Excellence also will host a social for high school teachers and tribal college faculty and staff members from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at the Triple Dog Brewery in Havre.

“We’re grateful to these vibrant communities for hosting us and excited to share with their students some of the many opportunities and rewarding career paths that await them in the health sciences at UM,” said Holly Truitt, who directs We Are Montana in the Classroom.

This tour is co-sponsored by the Native American Center of Excellence and the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences.

We Are Montana in the Classroom is part of the UM Broader Impacts Group in the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship. The program partners with more than 100 UM faculty members, professionals and graduate students to inspire K-12 students about higher education and career pathways. This academic year, the program is on track to reach 10,000 students through statewide tours, local classroom visits and distance-learning experiences.

K-12 teachers can learn more about We Are Montana in the Classroom’s array of free programing by calling Education Program Manager Jessie Herbert at 406-243-4828, emailing jessie.herbert@umontana.edu or visiting http://www.umt.edu/big.

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Contact: Jessie Herbert, education program manager, We Are Montana in the Classroom, 406-243-4828, jessie.herbert@umontana.edu.