________________________The University of Montana President's Report 1999________________________
200 years ago, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out to explore the northwestern
section of what is now the United States. Called the Corps of Discovery, Lewis and Clark's
expedition was under orders from President Thomas Jefferson to search for a navigable
river passage through the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, Lewis and
Clark were to help further scientific knowledge by observing and collecting plant, animal
and mineral specimens of the region.
Today, the discovery continues at The University of Montana. The faculty and graduate and undergraduate students constitute a core of discovery that advances understanding of the Northwest's natural history through studies in biology, geology, geography, chemistry and environmental studies. At the same time, programs like Native American studies, economics and sociology address other contemporary concerns of the region. Still other UM research teams explore climate and vegetation from the last frontier of space.
"The Discovery Continues" is a phrase the public will hear frequently as UM enters the new millennium. University leaders believe the phrase, which was adopted in fall 1999 as the University's institutional theme, clearly describes UM's mission and its connection to the past. The University community is excited to enter a new millennium of discovery and service to the people of Montana.
________________________The Discovery Continues________________________
|Background image: Top, Earth and Terra satellite images created by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Bottom, Charles M. Russell's "Lewis and Clark Expedition," courtesy of the Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Okla. Graphic design by Mike Egeler.|