UM Inauguration Weekend to Highlight Service Oct. 26-27

October 19, 2018

MISSOULA – University of Montana President Seth Bodnar will forgo a traditional inauguration ceremony honoring one person to instead commemorate the positive work of many individuals. Bodnar has elected to turn the community’s attention to the many ways in which these individuals serve campus, the Missoula community and the world.

Bodnar, who is UM’s 19th president, highlighted the diverse and collective impact of the many members of the UM Family during his State of the University address. This year, “Inauguration Weekend: A Celebration of Service” will focus on these countless contributions with a variety of events on Friday and Saturday, Oct 26-27.

Friday, Oct. 26

  • Service Stories, all day, University Center Atrium – An exhibit of service stories will highlight students, alumni and employees who embody UM’s service-oriented, community-minded and impact-focused culture.
  • Installation Ceremony, 12:30 to 12:45 p.m., Main Hall – Bodnar will officially be installed as UM’s president in a short public ceremony on the front steps of Main Hall.
  • University United Food Friday, 1 to 4 p.m., University Center Ballroom – Campus and community members are invited to help pack nonperishable, nutritious meal items to build 50,000 meal packages to benefit Missoula families.

Saturday, Oct. 27

  • Griz for Kids Donation Drive, all day, Pedestrian Bridge/University Center Ballroom – UM student and Griz football player Chris Orwig created this toy drive 12 years ago to provide new toys for children in need during the holidays. Volunteers will collect new toys and donations to support children at 11 local nonprofits.
  • Pregame Brunch Celebration, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., University Center Ballroom – The Family Weekend pregame brunch this year will celebrate many forms of service performed by our community. This event is by invitation only.
  • Griz Football Game, 2 p.m., Washington-Grizzly Stadium – Grizzly Athletics will host a Military Appreciation football game to honor those lost through active duty, veterans and families of those serving our country. ROTC at UM also will celebrate its centennial anniversary.

In addition, UM will launch its Community Giving Campaign on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The campaign runs through Friday, Nov. 30. Every year, hundreds of UM employees support the nonprofits of western Montana, and last year more than 400 employees donated over $106,000 to local charities. Employees are invited to make one-time donations during the campaign or to sign up for payroll deductions for the 2019 calendar year.

For an updated list of all activities, visit


Contact: Paula Short, director of communications, UM Office of the President, 406-243-2311,