The UM Advocates are a student group celebrating over 40 years promoting and serving The University of Montana and Missoula community. The Advocates are composed of 100+ members representing some of the University’s finest leaders. Advocates are best known on campus as the students responsible for providing prospective students and families with campus tours and assisting during orientations. Additionally, the Advocates seek to promote the University to all outside constituents, and serve currently enrolled students and various campus offices and departments - administrative, academic, and support services. Advocates strive to build community among members of the organization and provide them with opportunities to develop professional and organizational skills. Recruitment takes place in the middle of fall semester. For more information stop by the Knowles Hall Office or the Admissions Office located in the Lommasson Center.
The Office for Civic Engagement (OCE), a program of the Davidson Honors College, serves as a primary agent of community activism and civic responsibility. The OCE operates various programs for students to get involved in the community through extra-curricular volunteerism, service learning connected to academic coursework, and AmeriCorps national service. The OCE also hires student employees to serve as project coordinators for various community service projects implemented throughout the year such as Alternative Breaks, America Reads/America Counts, and Volunteer Fairs. Check out the website, call, or email for more information on how you can get involved and make a positive difference in the community.
The Fall Volunteer Fair will be held on September 11-12, 2012 from 10AM-2PM in the UC atrium. The Spring Volunteer Fair will be held February 4-5, 2013 from 10AM-2PM in the UC Atrium.
Located in the east end of Curry Health Center, PROs are student peer health educators from diverse majors and backgrounds who earn academic credit and gain valuable experience as leaders in student health. Among other things, PROs create, present and facilitate interactive programs, talk with individual students about health, and provide health resources at campus events.
The UAC Peers are a group of students selected and trained to supplement the advising of professional staff, leading students through the initial phases of academic planning and course selection. As fellow students, Peers are often in a better position than staff to guide a new student through the intricacies of Cyberbear, the online catalog and schedule, or recommend the ideal instructor for a particular general education requirement. Peers have “been there, done that”, and are willing to share experiences. The Peer Club is a subset of the UAC Peers designed to encourage the sense of camaraderie and civic engagement often shared by peers.
Located in the Curry Health Center, volunteers support and empower survivors of relationship and sexual violence through a peer-based advocacy model. Trained volunteers are responsible for crisis counseling during weekly walk-in hours and on a 24-hour crisis line. Volunteers also have the opportunity to assist with SARC’s Outreach program by planning events and giving presentations on campus. The SARC Outreach Program is dedicated to breaking the silence of interpersonal violence and educating the campus community about healthy relationships. New student volunteers are recruited at the beginning of the semester.
Academic Enrichment (AE) is your connection to a variety of UM programs and experiences that will enrich your education with real-world experience.
Visit our website to discover a myriad of opportunities to enhance your education, outside the classroom.
The Self Over Substance Program (SOS) helps motivate students to address high-risk behaviors associated with heavy alcohol or other drug use. The program offers internships for both graduate and undergraduate students utilizing motivational interviewing through brief interventions and outpatient care. Interns will develop valuable knowledge in the area of substance abuse intervention and counseling while developing fundamental individual and group facilitation skills. Recruitment takes place in early April. For more information, visit SOS in the Curry Health Center or online at www.umt.edu/sos.
The Residence Life Office encourages all students living on-campus to get involved in their residence hall community to enrich their educational experience at UM. Through numerous social, educational, developmental, and community focused programs, the residence life staff provides students with opportunities to connect with countless campus resources and to attend events to develop a strong connection to UM. Students can also get involved at the monthly, campus-wide ‘Hall Brawls’ in which each residence hall will compete for a traveling trophy to show their community has the best spirit on-campus. Ask your RA for details!
The Residence Life Office cultivates student leaders with employment opportunities of varying responsibility that combine real life job experience with student involvement to create truly unique leadership development. Staff recruitment and selection takes place during spring semester. Residence Life student staff opportunities include: Resident Assistants, Village Assistants, Community Assistants, Head Residents, Assistant Head Residents, Student Custodians, Night Desk Attendants and Resident Technology Assistants. For complete job description please visit the Residence Life website at www.umt.edu/rlo.
These great student staff opportunities include:
The UC’s Leadership Programs prepare students for leadership on campus and in the community.
Griz Lead offers workshops for student leaders on campus involved in clubs and organizations as well as ASUM. The workshops cover a plethora of topics for budgeting, leadership transition, time management, grant writing, team building, and much more.
Administered along with the University Center, the Outstanding Student Leader Award provides recognition to two hardworking individuals who strive to make UM a better place for students to live, learn, and grow. Based on leadership and service to the University, this distinguished award is given to a student who exhibits ethical and creative leadership and promotes a positive campus climate while remaining in good academic standing. The recipient of the award may receive an in-state tuition waiver sponsored by the Vice President for Student Affairs for one semester, depending on eligibility. The award is granted to a different student each semester.
The Sentinel Service Award, sponsored by the President’s Office, recognizes a student organization that has performed an altruistic, community service activity benefiting UM or the greater Missoula community. The organization is awarded a $500 stipend.
At the Annual Student Leadership Conference, held in October, participants will take part in hands-on workshops exploring topics ranging from effective communication and ethical leadership, to civic engagement and diversity issues. Dynamic sessions engineered to spur dialogue among attendees will not only provide students the foundation upon which to build their leadership skills, but it will challenge them to put those skills to practice as well.