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Bitterroot College opens new location

HAMILTON – Bitterroot College of the University of Montana opened its new location at 103 S. Ninth St. in Hamilton on Aug. 18, according to University Relations.

The new location in the Westview Building is owned by the Hamilton School District.

Bitterroot College UM, formerly located at the Ravalli Entrepreneurship Center on Old Corvallis Road, signed a five-year lease for use of the Westview Building.

“We couldn’t be more excited,” said Bitterroot College Director Victoria “Tory” Clark. “Our new home should boost enrollment and allow for the continuing growth of our institution.”

UM also made the following announcements last week:

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Research professor Rosemary Hughes recently accepted an elite position to serve on the “justice strand” during the National Goals 2015 meeting held Aug. 6-7 in Washington, D.C.

Building on a similar effort in 2003, the National Goals 2015 initiative focuses on the current state of knowledge surrounding people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Experts from across the country were hand-selected to develop national research, practice and policy goals.

Hughes, a senior researcher at UM’s Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, is a national leader in research on violence against individuals with disabilities. In a recent review article, she and her colleagues found that in a 10-year period, the prevalence of lifetime interpersonal violence among adults with a disability ranged from 26 percent to 90 percent.

Hughes and her research team currently are working with advisers with intellectual disabilities to develop and test a group prevention program for men and women with disabilities. The program is designed to increase knowledge of healthy relationships, abuse, safety planning as well as enhance safety and communication skills and safety self-efficacy.

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The Student Involvement Network at the University Center will host Montana Shakespeare in the Parks performances of “Taming of the Shrew” on Monday, Aug. 31, and “Cyrano de Bergerac” on Tuesday, Sept. 1, on the Oval. Both events start at 6 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

This performance of “Taming of the Shrew” is set in the Wild West. “Cyrano de Bergerac” is a heroic comedy about selflessness, bravery and love.

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Montana Shakespeare in the Parks brings accessible, high-quality theater to communities in Montana and surrounding states that would not otherwise have the opportunity. For more information, visit shakespeareintheparks.org.

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The Academic Ranking of World Universities recently placed UM among the top 500 universities in the world. UM has made the list every year of the study, which began in 2003.

For the 13th year, UM has ranked between 301 and 400 in the study. The ARWU, which states it is “based on transparent methodology and third-party data,” is completed by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

“The Shanghai ranking is important to us as they identify, using publicly available information, the top 500 universities among more than 22,000 in the world,” UM Provost Perry Brown said. “It is another statement about the quality of education and the stature of the University of Montana.”

UM is among 125 institutions in the country to be featured in the 2015 rankings, and was ranked between 103 and 125 nationally.

“In this ranking, UM is among many of the best-known and influential universities in the world, and it is really nice to be the one Montana university recognized again this year,” Brown said. “This ranking, along with several others announced this summer, is a recognition of the world-class faculty and students at UM.”

The full report is available online at shanghairanking.com.   

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