Oh, the weather outside ain't frightful...but of course that could change anytime. But snow or not, mirth is planned for University of Montana students.

We welcome them back for spring semester, which started Monday. And University of Montana students will be welcomed by a host of free events designed to safely foster connection and engagement– two elements the COVID-19 pandemic has nearly erased for students.

Most events will be held outside and every event will include mask requirements and social distancing measures.  Organizers are looking forward to a  “Winter Wonderland" of events, with the University Center, University Facilities and the Office of Student Success, who have worked for months planning safe events specifically for students to enjoy themselves in community and campus.

Obviously, the weather is going to have to be a bit more cooperative for some of the activities, but the calendar includes a once-in-generation opportunity to ice skate on the University’s Oval. The ice rink will remain as long as cold temperatures permit, and students are welcome to skate every day. Ice rink rules, public skate times and the ice rink calendar are all posted.

Students can also Nordic ski on the UM Golf Course, with planned Nordic tours by UM students and equipment available through campus rentals.

Every Tuesday on campus from noon to 1 p.m., snacks and hot chocolate will be available to students on the Oval with live music provided by local musicians. Fire pits and Adirondack chairs also are available for students throughout the day. For those looking to connect in a warmer space, UM partnered with the Roxy Theater to host free movie nights exclusively for students. A remote crafting hour also is planned, with crafting supplies provided.

More student events will be offered throughout the semester, including virtual scavenger hunts, remote workouts and outdoor concerts. Students must log in and register for events through Griz Hub, the University’s central platform for students to join organizations and discover events on campus and in Missoula. UM students, you can get additional information here. Our thanks to UM News Services for letting us know what they're doing to help make it a more enjoyable semester for the students.


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