Four Faculty Named Student Wellness Advocates

Sept. 17, 2019


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MISSOULA - The University of Montana (UM) College of Business (COB) is committed to stewardship and putting students first. This fall, four COB faculty members were honored for their efforts in helping students thrive personally and academically. The UM Student Wellness Advocate Program recognized the four COB faculty members as Student Wellness Advocates.

Student Wellness Advocates are a network of UM faculty and staff who have been recognized by students as being supportive of student success and well-being.  Research indicates that the experiences students have in the learning environment significantly impact success, retention, and overall well-being.  The Student Wellness Advocate program is designed to identify and celebrate UM employees who respond to the needs of students in a way that helps them thrive both personally and academically.  Students Wellness Advocates are nominated by students, presented with a certificate of recognition and provided with a “Student Wellness Advocate” sign they can display.

Professor of finance Keith Jakob, and professors of management information systems Jerry Evans, Jerry Furniss and Michael Harrington, were all nominated by students to bring their contributions to the forefront within the campus community and shine light on their support of students’ well-being.

The COB professors were four of 17 UM faculty and staff members to be honored at a celebration this September, hosted by Curry Health Center Wellness and Vice Provost for Student Success Sarah Swager. At the event, Advocates heard from UM President Seth Bodnar and Provost Jon Harbor about the importance of supporting health and well-being on campus.

For more information on the UM Student Wellness Advocate Program, visit


The University of Montana is the flagship university of the state. The College of Business at UM is nationally renowned and has been named the top business school in the Big Sky Conference by U.S. News and World Report for four consecutive years.