Thursday, February 18, 2016

Need Meeting Space?

Did you know SELL has a Conference Center?

Yes, you read that right - the School of Extended and Lifelong Learning has a Conference Center! Located right here on the inviting UM campus, our facility features state-of-the-art technology, including point-to-point video conferencing, and so much more.  Here at SELL, we are equipped to handle conferences of any size, whether you plan to hold a meeting for several individuals or an event that will include up to 300 people. The Conference Center also provides white glove customer service, with onsite tech support so that any complications are addressed and all questions are answered right on the spot.

Our spectacular customer service is provided in conjunction with state-of- the- art technology. When you rent SELL meeting space you have access to the following tools: LCD projector, slide projector, flip cart (including easel), lapel microphone, LCD monitor 46”, overhead projector, DVD/VCR, and the ability to host error free video conferencing. All of this equipment is available to meet your needs and is affordable, priced from $10 to $50, tailored to fit your specific conference needs. Special pricing is available to UM affiliates. SELL can also provide you with a computer, or a lab with 24 laptops and a podium laptop. This is also affordable, at a reasonable $50 a day for a computer to $300 for laptops. You will not find a better deal in Missoula. A wide variety of other services are also available for use during your conference. These include photocopying, technical support, speaker phone, internet access, and much more.

SELL’s room rates are also very competitive, whether you are affiliated with the UM or a welcome visitor! Rooms are available for half-days or full-days, or several days in a row. This means your conference can be held over five consecutive days, or a weekend. You choose what works best for you and your attendees, and SELL will deliver. Rates are based on the size of the room and size of your conference. Smaller meetings can be held for as little as $50 per day! Fees for larger meeting rooms range between $50 and $250. SELL prides itself on very affordable room and equipment rates at a wonderful location with great service.

We are also very conscious of sustainability. The Princeton Review has even saluted the University of Montana as one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible “green colleges.” The Conference Center at the School of Extended and Lifelong Learning strives to be a leader in campus sustainability initiatives. These efforts include decreasing physical waste by reducing the number of hard copy materials at conferences and eliminating the use of bottled water as well as attitudinal changes such as promoting online learning and sharing information electronically. One of the most notable sustainability undertakings is the installation of solar panels and energy monitoring. SELL partially relies on solar panels that line the roof of the building, providing efficient green power, and taking advantage of those gorgeous sunny days on the UM campus. These panels can produce 2,300 watts of power and also serve research purposes via an energy-monitoring system that tracks how much power the system produces throughout the day. To see how SELL has been saving energy, view our REAL-TIME ENERGY DATA charts.

The Conference Center is environmentally conscious, offers affordable rates, quality service, and state-of-the-art technology for all your conference and meeting needs. The Conference Center is located in the James E. Todd Building on the beautiful University of Montana Campus in Missoula, MT, - the perfect destination for any meeting or conference. With the help of SELL’s Conference Planning Services, your next meeting or conference can be seamless. To learn more, visit, or call Joe Gough at (406) 243-6322 or email him at . Do not wait, call and schedule your event today!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Beer, Beer, and more Beer!!

Have you ever thought about homebrewing? Ever wondered what the benefits are of knowing how to brew your own beer? Look no further! The School of Extended and LifelongLearning at the University of Montana offers the perfect online course for you. The Montana Brews online course teaches the basics of homebrewing and provides insights into local breweries, their signature beers, and Montana craft beer culture. Since the entire course is online and at your own pace, you can take it from anywhere at any time! Learn how to brew like a true Montanan from the comfort of your own home.

According to Destination Missoula, Montana ranks #2 in the nation for craft breweries per capita! Who wouldn’t want to dive into this area of expertise and learn the tricks of the trade? In this five-part, online course you will learn about some of the fine craft beers being brewed in the state today, with a focus on the breweries located in the beautiful town of Missoula. Montana breweries have become a very integral part of the Montana experience and attract numerous patrons, locals, and tourists alike. Breweries are also major contributors to the Big Sky State’s economy. According to the Montana Brewers Association, also known as the MBA, there are currently 53 licensed breweries operating in the state. These breweries employ more than 500 people and have an economic impact of more than $60,000,000. In this course, you will see how this profession is so successful and why the brewing industry is important to Montana. 

Not only does the Montana Brews online course provide you with an introduction to Montana’s brewing culture, it also allows you to learn how to brew some of the local signature beers. You will not even have to leave your couch to be able to taste and experience the hops and barley of one of the local beers. You will get top secret recipes for Big Sky’s “Moose Drool,” Draught Work's "Clothing Optional Pale Ale," KettleHouse’s “Cold Smoke,” Tamarack’s “Sip’N Go Naked Apricot Ale,” Flathead Lake Brewery's "Centennial IPA" and more. All of these local Missoula, Montana breweries offer a diverse variety of different beers and the recipes would be exclusive to you and your classmates.

With an amazing host like Ryan Newhouse, author of MontanaBeer, A Guide to Breweries in Big Sky Country and video insights from our best brewers, how could you not love this course and the amazing homebrews you will be making (and enjoying) in no time. Sign up today for only $50 and become the best brewer on your block. Go to to learn more about the course and to sign up today. Remember, the course is at your own pace and online, so you can take it from anywhere, at any time.