Winter events set to welcome UM students

UM News Service

As University of Montana students return for spring semester, campus is blanketed in deep winter — but that doesn’t mean Grizzlies hibernate. The first day of UM’s spring semester begins Tuesday, Jan. 18, and a host of winter activities will welcome students.

Events such as ice skating, skiing and fire pit gatherings will celebrate the best of the season and foster community among students. The activities are organized by UM staff within the University Center, Facilities Services and the Office of New Student Success.

“As we begin the third year of the pandemic, just as another variant is gripping the nation, UM is thinking about safe ways to foster community and engagement for our students,” said Sarah Swager, UM vice provost for student success. “Winter is a beautiful time on campus, with lots of ways for students recreate, meet friends and enjoy the beginning of the semester together.”

UM’s iconic ice-skating rink returns again to the Oval this month. Students and the public are welcome to skate on the self-monitored, pond-style campus rink. UM’s Gaming Den rents skates for $5 on a first-come, first-served basis. Students and community members also are welcome to reserve the ice rink for private use

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