Griz Winter Welcome Planned for UM Students

January 02, 2019

MISSOULA – When University of Montana students return from their holiday break this month, a bevy of activities will welcome them home to campus.

Griz Winter Welcome will be held Tuesday through Saturday, Jan. 8-12. Activities will range from s’mores around a campfire to movies and a Welcome Back Party. 

“It might be cold outside, but we have a lot of fun things planned to get students engaged and excited for spring semester,” Griz Winter Welcome coordinator Melissa Neidigh said.

Spring semester classes start at UM on Thursday, Jan. 10. Scheduled events for Griz Winter Welcome will include:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 8 – S’mores around the Payne Family Native American Center firepit from 8 to 10 p.m. (Festivities will move inside to the Corner Store if the weather is bad.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 9 – UM Speed Networking with Alumni from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

  • Thursday, Jan. 10 – Residence hall floor meetings from 5 to 8 p.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 10 – A free showing of the movie “Shrek” in the UC Theater from 8 to 10 p.m., complete with complimentary popcorn and soda.

  • Friday, Jan. 11 – A Winter Welcome Back Party held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the UC Atrium. Activities will include screen printing, Big Sky breakout boxes, student performances, a student service fair and free food.

  • Saturday, Jan. 12 – A welcome-back-students Lady Griz basketball at 2 p.m. in Dahlberg Arena. Admission is free for UM students. The Lady Griz will face Northern Colorado in a conference matchup.

For more information visit Details also will be available on the UM app.


Contact: Melissa Neidigh, associate director of operations, UM Housing, 406-243-2611,; Hailey Michelson, program adviser, UM Student Involvement Network and The Branch Center, 406-243-5776,