Debra Magpie Earling, a Bitterroot Salish tribal member, is now director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Montana.
She is the first Native American to serve as director of the 96-year-old program.
Roughly 15,000 students attend UM and Missoula College, where they receive a world-class education.
UM is Missoula's largest employer, with nearly 3,000 faculty members and staff working year-round to keep this city within a city running smoothly.
Then I answer questions about the process of reading, interviewing, and creating programs for radio and the Web.
University of Montana President Royce Engstrom didn’t mince words today about enrollment during his annual State of the University address.
I’m going to hire this woman, Debra Earling.' And he said, 'Do you think that’s a good idea?
' And I said sir, I congratulate you ." During the ceremony, Kittridge and Annick Smith delivered a gift to Earling from Lois Welch, wife of the late Blackfeet author Jim Welch.
"Three or four years ago, we set about on this campus identifying a small number of programs of national distinction — that’s what we called it.
And a very rigorous competition from campus was held.