UM’s Davidson Honors College Launches Outstanding Student Events in Flathead

September 13, 2017

Flathead Valley students who excel academically and show potential for leadership were invited to a reception hosted by the University of Montana Davidson Honors College on Sept. 6.MISSOULA – Approximately 40 top students from six Flathead Valley high schools attended the inaugural University of Montana Davidson Honors College Outstanding Students of the Flathead Reception on Sept. 6 at the Bob and Bev Braig Farm in Whitefish.

Students from Flathead, Glacier, Bigfork, Columbia Falls, Whitefish and Stillwater Christian high schools were invited based on academic and leadership potential, as well as potential fit with the mission, vision and values of the Davidson Honors College. Family, friends, UM Alumni, current Davidson Honors College students and other supporters mingled outside, listened to several short presentations and ate food provided by the MudMan Burger Truck.

“The event was a wonderful opportunity to connect with some of the brightest minds in the state of Montana, and to communicate the academic innovation, student support and exceptionally welcoming community that define the Davidson Honors College as one of the best educational values in the Rocky Mountain West,” said Brock Tessman, dean of the Davidson Honors College. “As we look to build our best incoming class to date, we are grateful for the opportunity to meet so many outstanding students, parents and friends in such a beautiful setting.”

The Sept. 6 event was the first event in a series of Outstanding Student events. The Davidson Honors College plans to host similar events on Oct. 7 in Hamilton and will make a visit to Billings in the spring.

Tessman said he plans to make the reception an annual event in Whitefish and already is learning about students who are good candidates for an invitation to next year’s reception.

For more information on the Hamilton event, call Tessman at 406-243-2541 or email

Contact: Brock Tessman, UM Davidson Honors College dean, 406-243-2541,