event at the Braig Farm helps connect top high-school students with the Davidson Honors College

groups of students posing at farm

"Our thanks go to Bob and Bev Braig for creating this wonderful opportunity for the DHC to connect with some of the brightest minds in the state of Montana. We were pleased to share the academic innovation, student support, and exceptionally welcoming community that defines the Davidson Honors College."  said Dean Brock Tessman.

Last winter, UM alumni Bob and Bev Braig noted that many Montana students, and their parents, don't know about the unique educational opportunities and support that the Davidson Honors College offers. Bob and Bev, long-time community leaders, offered to help the DHC connect with top high-school students to answer questions and give them the chance to learn about how the honors college can support their educational pursuits.

On September 6, 2017 the Braig Family Farm set up a beautiful outdoor Griz-themed dinner for approximately 40 students and their families from six high schools in the Flathead area. Students invited to the event were identified by area IB Coordinators and school guidance counselors. Prospective students in attendance represented six of the area’s high schools and after picking up a hamburger from Mud Man Burgers, they visited with Dean Tessman and, the DHC's Director of Student Advising and Outreach, Dr. Robin Parent.

Current Davidson Honors College students were on hand to speak candidly with the high-school seniors about their own experience at UM and with the DHC. This landmark event is the first of it’s kind for the Davidson Honors College. The great wave of response from students and families has inspired the DHC to host similar events in other communities around the state. Future events are planned for Missoula, Great Falls, Billings and the Bitterroot Valley.

"All the credit for this event's success goes to Bob and Bev Braig. Their generous support and community connections made this event possible, and we'll see increased interest in UM from students in the Flathead area because of it." Davidson Honors College Director of Development, Chelsea Spreeman says.

For current Davidson Honors College student Reece Brandon, the event was a reminder of all the great parts of his honors college experience, “The honors college I adored last year did not go anywhere over the summer—[everything was] waiting for me when I came back to school!”  "Sharing the opportunities the honors college offers with parents and high school students also helps current students to remember what an amazing aspect of the University the DHC is."

If you would like to help the Davidson Honors College hold a recruitment event in your area, please contact Chelsea at chelsea.spreeman@mso.umt.edu.