‘Campaign Montana’ exceeds fundraising goals

The University of Montana concluded its seven-year “Campaign Montana - Think Big. Be Bold” fundraising campaign after raising over $450 million from nearly 35,000 donors. The campaign exceeded all goals set by the University and reached a record number for higher education giving, according to a UM News release. The campaign began in 2013, with a quiet period of five years, before being publicly launched in 2018. The goal set in the campaign’s final year amounted to $440 million, which was already 10% higher than the goal set in 2018, according to the release. The money will be used for a variety of purposes from student scholarships and emergency support funds to constructing new buildings on campus to creating endowed faculty positions. More information on how the money will be used can be found on the campaign’s website. (Mazana Boerboom) 

UM receives largest research award in its history

The National Institute of Health awarded UM a $33.4 million award for a five-year development and clinical trials of an opioid vaccine. The award is the largest of its kind UM has ever received, according to a UM News release. The award was funded by the NIH HEAL Initiative, which aims to support scientific solutions to the national opioid health crisis. UM’s Center for Translational Medicine team will be able to start phase one clinical trials with the money. UM Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship Scott Whittenburg said in the release that drug addiction is an issue in Montana and roughly half of all drug overdose deaths in the state are from opioids. “The development of an adjuvant vaccine for treatment of opioid addiction is key to overcoming a major health issue for the state,” Whittenburg said in the release. (MB)

Curry starts COVID-19 Saturday clinic 

Curry Health Center started a Saturday COVID-19 testing clinic on Oct. 3, according to a UM email, as demand for testing continued to increase. Coming out of the weekend, UM’s COVID-19 active cases were at 108 with an average of six close contacts per positive case, according to the health department dashboard. Curry Health Center is still offering free COVID-19 tests to students and encourages anybody with symptoms to come and get tested, even if the student believes they just have a cold or allergies. Symptoms include dry cough, a fever, congested or runny nose and even nausea and vomiting. For a full list of symptoms and information about Curry’s COVID-19 response, go to the health center’s website. To set up a testing appointment call (406) 243-2122. (MB)

Mansfield Center starts lecture series with RBG discussion

UM Blewett School of Law and the Mansfield Center are co-hosting the first of the center’s Fall Virtual Lecture Series with a discussion about the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Thursday Oct. 8. University of Washington Law Professor Elizabeth Porter, who was Ginsburg’s office aide from 2002-2003, will speak with UM Law Professor Anthony Johnstone on the Zoom event, according to the Mansfield Center’s website. A new virtual lecture will be hosted nearly every Wednesday for the rest of the semester, with the next one on Wednesday, Oct. 14 with the author of “Never Trump: The Revolt of Conservative Elites” and UM Political Science Professor Rob Saldin. Each lecture is at 7 p.m. and free registration can be found on the website.


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