University of Great Falls
The University of Great Falls, a private Roman Catholic university located in Great Falls, Montana, is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.
The University of Great Falls was founded in 1932 as Great Falls Junior College for Women by Edwin Vincent O'Hara, the Catholic Bishop of Great Falls, in collaboration with the Sisters of Charity of Providence and the Ursuline Sisters. It became coeducational in 1937. A year later, Sister Lucia Sullivan established the Great Falls Normal School to educate teachers. At the time there were two schools, each operating under a different Catholic religious community. The union of the two schools was one of convenience and legality. In 1942, the institution was a single entity under the direction of the Sisters of Providence, and was renamed the Great Falls College of Education. By the early 1950s it became simply the College of Great Falls, and in 1995 was renamed University of Great Falls. Over the years UGF has been involved in outreach education efforts. For many years, UGF has had a resident center on the Fort Belknap Reservation, and in Lewistown, as well as a continuing education program at Malmstrom Air Force Base. In addition to its campus offerings, UGF serves 31 sites in Montana, Southern Alberta and Wyoming through its Telecom Distance Learning Program, and is able to serves students around the world. The University of Great Falls offers undergraduate degrees in over 20 programs and several Masterï¿½s Degree programs, including an on-line Masters of Art in Teaching in partnership with Bellevue University of Nebraska. The student body consists of approximately 1,100 undergraduate students and 200 graduate students. UGF has produced several distinguished alumni.
As an expression of the teaching mission of Jesus Christ, the mission of the University of Great Falls is to provide students with the opportunity to obtain a liberal education for living and for making a living. The University of Great Falls was founded through the collaborative efforts of the Sisters of Providence, the Ursuline Sisters, the Catholic Bishop of Great Falls and the civic community all of whom recognized societal need for higher education. Its educational mission, sponsored by the Sisters of Providence, continues to be the shared endeavor of dedicated people. The University cooperates with both private and public institutions to attain goals consistent with its educational purpose and values. The University continually and responsibly evaluates its operation and programs. It develops professional and career programs and continuing education courses designed in view of societyï¿½s present and future needs as well as traditional academic degrees in appropriate fields. The University offers students a foundation for actively implementing Gospel values and the teaching of Jesus within the Catholic tradition; it serves students of all beliefs who wish to take advantage of its programs.
Judith Cole, Advisor of International Development/Public International Law, United Nations Legal Division/United States Department of State, Switzerland Mary Ann Epley, Executive Officer, U.S. Agency for International Development, Arlington, VA. Agnes K. Fok, Ph.D., Faculty Emeriti, University of Hawaii at Manoa, former Director Biology Program. Research field membrane biology, protein cloning and sequencing. Paul G. Hatfield, United States Senator, and Chief Justice of the Montana Supreme Court. Karl Jorda, David Rines Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Industrial Innovation, Director Kenneth J. Germeshausen Center for the Law of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Franklin Pierce Law Center, New Hampshire Dennis R. Lassila, Ph.D., Shelton Tax Professor, Mays Business School @ Texas A&M. Dr. Lassila has been published in over 60 articles in leading academic and professional journals, and is the co-author of more than 15 professional and educational books and chapters on tax services. Maj. Gen. Arthur B. Morrill III, Vice Director, Defense Logistics Agency, Fort Belvoir, VA. Lee Ann Reminton, O.D., Professor of Optomety, Pacific University College of Optometry, Portland, Oregon. Author of the textbook, Clinical Anatomy of the Visual System. Jon Tester, United States Senator from Montana John Waldhausen, M.D., Surgeon (Cardiac), John W.Oswald Professor of Surgery Emeritus, Founding Chair Dept Surgery, The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Robert M. Wiprud, M.D., Director of Family Practice; Associate Professor, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, College Station, Texas.