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UM President Chats With Flathead Educators

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As part of the "We Are Montana" tour, University of Montana president Royce Engstrom is in the Flathead Valley.

One of his stops was Glacier High School.

He spent nearly two hours talking with faculty and looking around the school.

Going into the meeting, Glacier High School principal Callie Langohr admitted she really didn't know what to expect, just that officials from UM wanted to sit down with her and her staff. She wound up pleasantly surprised.

"It was an absolutely wonderful meeting. It exceeded my expectations. I think we're going to have a lot of future dialogue," said Langohr.

President Engstrom and the Glacier educators talked about how they're helping students, but also, how they can help each other.

"We want to increase interactions, really in both directions, between the high schools and the University of Montana," said Engstrom.

"Our students are, especially their senior year, are kind of trying to figure out where they want to go to college and so the more we know about what the options are out there, the better we're going to be able to help our students make informed decisions," explained Langohr.

An important part of the meeting was putting specific teachers in touch with professors at the University. This way, they can get some insight from the next level about what their students should know and if a program at UM might be a good academic fit for one of their pupils.

"We're definitely trying to improve our contacts with people in the high schools and in the k-12 community," said Engstrom.

They're also hoping to get some UM professors to come up for a day and teach, to give kids a taste of college rigor, and put them face to face with University staff. Langohr says today's meeting is just the beginning of the conversation.

Engstrom also visited Flathead High School the same afternoon.

After the winter and spring legs of his tour, Engstrom will journey about 3,500 miles to see cities across Montana, making it one of the most intense tours the president has undertaken.

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