The ASMSU Senate is the elected student government responsible for representing the
voice and interests of the MSU-Bozeman student body. If you, as a member of the MSU
student body, have an issue that you want the Senate to address, please contact the
Senator representing your college or an At Large Senator. Senate may take action on
such requests in the form of a resolution or a bill, which would be presented to the
entire Senate to be voted upon. Senate leadership consists of a Senate President and
Senate Vice President, who are elected by and from the Senate.
The ASMSU Senate allocates the student activity fees to ASMSU programs through annual
budgeting each spring semester.
The ASMSU Senate holds public meetings during the academic year every Thursday at
6 pm in SUB 236 except for finals weeks and holidays.
Hello, I'm Ben Roeder. I'm a junior studying Animal Science with a minor in Chemistry.
In the past year, I have served as an at-large senator for the Associated Students
of Montana State University (spring semester), the President of the College of Agriculture
Student Council, and the Vice President of Range Management Club. As a third generation
Bobcat, I have seen the impact which MSU has had on my family and many others. I have
and will continue to work to ensure that MSU supports those policies which benefit
the students of today and the future. When I am not on campus, you can find me losing
both fishing lures and my place in a book. Go Cats!
Hello MSU! My name is Amelia Fountain, and I am a senior seeking a BFA in studio arts
with an emphasis on metalsmithing. Over the course of my education at MSU, I've been
involved as an advocate at the MSU VOICE Center as well as served as president of
the Smiths Metals Guild. I love discussing politics, reading good books, and spending
long productive days in the studio.
My interest in student government revolves around my interest in fortifying our uniquely
talented and creative hubs in the VCB, Cheever, Haynes, and Howard halls. I believe
this can be done through policy emphasizing more of a creative presence on campus
and allocating funds toward interdisciplinary classes. In an increasingly polarized
world, the need for creative minds to empathetically explore, design, and improve
our world only becomes more pressing. As Kurt Vonnegut once said, "practicing an art,
no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake."
Business and Entrepreneurship
My name is August Thompson and I am a Business Finance major with a minor in Psychology
here at Montana State University. Over this last year, I have been the treasurer of
the Sigma Chi Fraternity, treasurer of a political club here on campus, and a recent
initiate to the Order of Omega. I am also actively involved in the community, participating
in numerous community service and philanthropic events. I will give a voice to the
students of Jake Jabs Business and Entrepreneurship and Montana State Fraternity and
Business and Entrepreneurship
Hello Bobcats! My name is Kaitlyn Reiman and I am a junior majoring in Business with
a focus in marketing. I stay involved on campus through my current work as a two year
orientation leader, President of Alpha Omicron Pi, administrative assistant for Culinary
Services, and senator of the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship. My
passion for helping students and being a voice for my constituents has only grown
stronger this past year. I hope to continue serving the MSU student body for the 2019-2020
school year so I can make sure the students best interests are represented. GO CATS!
Education, Health and Human Development
Okii Nistoo Nitaniko (Hello my name is) Danielle Antelope. I am from the Blackfeet
Nation and I am a citizen of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe. I was born and raised in
Browning Montana. Last year I graduated from Blackfeet Community College and in the
fall I transferred to Montana State University. I am a junior majoring in Sustainable
Food and Bioenergy Systems with a minor in Native American Studies. I am passionate
about food sovereignty, food access, nutrition, community wellness, sustainability
and culture. I am very involved in my community and advocate on a local, state and
national level. Being a student at MSU gives me another community to advocate for.
I have a strong voice for equality, diversity and sustainability. I hope to also serve
as a voice for the students that are parents. My son Jase is my greatest motivation.
Every decision I make has his future in mind. Being a student, an advocate and a mother
gives me a unique perspective to bring to the table. I would love to represent and
serve as a senator for the students in Education, Health and Human Development in
Education, Health and Human Development
Hi! My name is Stella Ryan and I'm a Junior studying Community Health with a minor
in Human Development. I was born in Bozeman and have been lucky enough to continue
my studies in the Valley. I had the pleasure to spend this last semester working for
the Recreational Sports & Fitness department of MSU, and exploring data processing
for multiple businesses in the region. In my free time I love exploring the mountains
and towns of Montana, backpacking through Hyalite, or as soon as it's warm enough,
doing anything on the river. As a second generation Bobcat, I have been exposed to
MSU my whole life and seen the effects and benefits it has had in my community. My
goals include working to redevelop an efficient and student-heard fitness center and
continuing to make Montana State a place we are happy to call home. Go Bobcats!
Education, Health and Human Development
Hi! My Name is Paul Butera, I am a junior in the Exercise Science program here at
MSU with a Minor in Economics. I plan to go to school to become a Physicians Assistant
after graduating. I work as a microeconomics TA, volunteer around town, and attempt
to live a sustainable life between work and play. I am originally from Anchorage Alaska
and came to MSU to be near the mountains and engage with brilliant minds. I am friendly,
a little awkward and driven to do my best. As a strong proponent of a healthy campus,
I will make a great advocate for Education Health and Human Development students.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts and hope to represent you next year.
Hello, my name is Ambika Murali and I study Electrical Engineering here at MSU. I
am running for a third term as an ASMSU Senator for the Norm Asbjornson College of
Engineering. As a current ASMSU Engineering senator, I have been doing everything
in my capacity to support voices of engineering students, allocate student fee dollars
properly, and advocate for affordable tuition. This past year, the ASMSU Senate appointed
me to serve as the Senate Speaker Pro Tempore. In this position, I had the great responsibility
of chairing our two main financial boards, Finance Board and Funding Board. Funding
board really taught me the needs of student organizations across campus and Finance
Board built up my ability to spend student fee dollars wisely. As a senator, I have
written/sponsored bills and resolutions supporting affordable tuition, student organizations,
diversity, and fairness within student government. Every month, I take the initiative
to organize the Donuts with the Dean & Department Head hosted by ASMSU engineering
senators. Through this event, I was able to talk to other engineering students face
to face about issues that matter to them.
Next year, I would like to continue to represent the best interests of my engineering
constituents through the ASMSU Senate. If I get re-elected, I will continue to advocate
and work for more transparency in student government, better outreach to gather student
voices, and diversity. In addition, I will advocate for cheaper textbooks, continue
to support student organizations across campus, host Donuts with the Dean/Dept Head
or a similar monthly event, and support student initiatives. Student success is important
to me and I will do anything I can in my power to ensure that for my constituents.
I am not a senator because I love being a leader, I am a senator because the students
elected me and I have the awesome obligation of serving you!
My name is Connor Morrison, and I am a junior studying Computer Science with a minor
in Mathematics. During my free time I love to enjoy the outdoors, hike, swim, and
hangout with friends. I am also a software engineering intern, working in Technology
Park. On campus, I am involved in Computer Science based clubs such as the Association
for Computing Machinery. Outside of MSU, I am also the National Vice-President of
Business Professionals of America, an organization with over 45,000 members in 25
states and Puerto Rico. Serving as a senator for Engineering, I would hope to uplift
not just the ideals of engineering, but those of my under-represented major in ASMSU
Hello MSU! My name is Josh Brown. I am a sophomore studying Chemical Engineering.
After graduation, I hope to contribute to the renewable energy field and continue
to learn about exciting developments in engineering. During my college career, I have
been involved in Sustainability Now, Stoked on Spokes, and Eagle Mount. In my free
time, I enjoy spending time outdoors, hanging out with friends, and testing my skiing
abilities up at Bridger Bowl. I am excited to participate in student government and
advocate for engineering students' interests for the year. Let's go Bobcats!
Hi everyone!! My name is Margaret Davies and I'm a junior studying Mechanical Engineering
and Sociology. Since starting my higher education here, I've been active in the Science
Policy Advocacy Network, the Women in Engineering Advisory Board, and the Honors College.
I've worked as the ASMSU Elections Director, been an MSU Adventures Mentor for incoming
freshman, worked as a Teaching Assistant, and been an Intramural Ultimate Frisbee
champ for 2 years in row-heckk yeah. I'm passionate about the future of Montana State
University because I've found that both the students and faculty of MSU recognize
happiness and well-being as being a top priority. Because of this, my time here has
been filled with new experiences and encouragement to figure out what is it that I
truly care about. This has led me to pursue interdisciplinary studies, spend time
on creative projects, and become involved in non-school activities even when it may
encroach on my homework hours. MSU pushes students to do what's best for them, and
this is what I hope to continue to advocate for as a representative of the students
in the ASMSU Senate. I'm excited to get to work making the engineering student's voice
As a student at Montana State University, I have a passion for public service fueled
by my leadership roles throughout college. The past academic year I have served as
a senator for the Associated Students of Montana State University and was recently
selected as the Montana delegate for The College Student Congress. I also give tours
to prospective students through the admissions office and serve on the Outreach and
Engagement Council for the University. I am originally from Bozeman and in my free
time I love to hike, ski, and skate. I am currently studying political science and
global health. I have made sure that students' voices are heard in Helena during the
legislative session, and am continuing to work on making campus more accessible for
students with permanent and temporary mobility challenges. I am excited to continue
working to make MSU more accessible, affordable, and sustainable-while serving students'
interests in the College of Letters and Science.
My name is Meriwether Schroeer-Smith and I am a freshman pursuing a degree in Environmental
Studies. I grew up in Helena Montana with two parents who worked with the Montana
fish wildlife and parks program who not only gave my my love for the environment,
but introduced me to the public sector. In high school, I was very involved, participating
in Mock Trial, multiple bands, and served as president of the outdoors club. I was
also the student representative for a state fisheries grant review board. Even with
these clubs and my work load from many AP classes, I graduated Summa Cum Laude and
valedictorian. It is also notable that I was never a fan of the Griz. (go cats go!)
In my free time I enjoy hiking, rafting, and skiing. At MSU I am involved with marching
band and a cancer support camp called Camp Kesem. I would love to use my many passions
to fuel meaningful change for Letters of Science students as well as MSU as a whole
through serving as an ASMSU senator.
My name is Anne Parker, and I am a junior CBN/Biochemistry Student. I hail from the
mountains of Colorado, so moving to Bozeman felt like hopping a town over: so familiar,
welcoming, and everything I expected from an active outdoor community. This is reflected
in every way on campus, and I am constantly inspired by my fellow students at Montana
State. I want to do everything I can to make this campus one of inclusivity, support,
and encouragement for everyone, so that we can all contribute to and enjoy the wonderful
community around us. I hope to act as a megaphone for student voices in the college
of letters and sciences, so all who are interested have the opportunity to make their
My name is Lauren O'Neill, and I'm a junior in Political Science, with a minor in
History. Originally a California "transplant", my past three years in Montana have
been perhaps the most formative in my life; becoming an active member of the Bozeman
community has given me a renewed appreciation for sustainability, personal accountability,
and accessible and transparent representation from leadership. I am a member of Chi
Omega, and through my internship with Haven, work as a legal advocate for survivors
of domestic violence in Gallatin County. I aspire to attend law school after graduation,
but my largest focus in the coming year is advocating for students enrolled in the
College of Letters & Science. I wish to hold governing bodies accountable and to keep
those institutions accessible and transparent. Further, I want to continue the efforts
on campus sustainability and responsible spending. It would be a privilege to represent
my peers as an advocate for positive change as Montana State University grows.
What's up MSU! I'm Teasdale, Silas Teasdale, and I'm a sophomore studying political
science and music technology through the Honors College. Born in Fort Collins, raised
in Missoula, and glad to call Bozeman my home, I don't think I can live without mountains.
Having just returned from exchange in Australia this prior fall semester (no mountains
there), I'm excited to dive into the problems and potential surrounding us at MSU.
A foremost goal of mine is boosting opportunities for our under-recognized degrees
in the College of Letters and Science. At MSU, I'm involved with Students Against
Sexual Assault, MSU Democrats, Model UN, Alpha Lambda Delta honors society, and I
work at the Fitness Center. People get the benefit of the doubt with me and I treat
strangers like old friends. Off campus, you'll find me playing music, skiing, doing
videography, experimenting in the kitchen, or out in the wilderness with a frisbee.
I'm proud to serve MSU and improve the student experience however I can.
Hey, everyone! My name is Kacie Cummings and I am a junior majoring in organismal
biology and minoring in Hispanic studies. I'm proud to be a 3rd generation Bobcat,
with roots in agriculture in the small community of Cascade. Throughout my time at
MSU, I have been involved with AdvoCats, the Sophomore Surge Program, Collegiate FFA,
and more. I love the outdoors, anything Harry Potter related, and meeting cool new
people! As a senator, I'm excited to impact the renovation of our open-air gym complex,
increase campus sustainability, and give a voice for students across campus.
My name is Rachel Schmidt. I am studying Political Science and Hispanic Studies. One
of my favorite pastimes is binge-watching Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Star Wars
(which you probably could have guessed from my Darth Vader backpack). I have an intense
passion for community and want nothing more than to positively impact the people around
me. It is because of this passion for community and desire to create positive change
that I am running for At-Large Senator. I am involved in the Honors College, the
MSU Writing Center, the Political Science department and the larger Bozeman community.
I am eager to cooperate and communicate with students across the wider MSU community.
Through this cooperation and communication, I know that I will best represent Montana
On that note, feel free to reach out via email (email@example.com), Instagram,
Facebook or LinkedIn!
Hey there, I'm Sheridan Johnson! I grew up on a wheat farm in North Central Montana
and I'm currently a sophomore studying both Agriculture Education - Communications
and Political Science. During my time at MSU, I've been engaged on campus by being
involved as a Senator and within clubs in the College of Ag. In my free time, I love
jumping into different adventures, learning new things, and talking a lot. I want
to hear more about what our student government can do for you and how we can make
that happen. I'm excited about this opportunity to represent you again as an At-Large
I am a senior Mechanical Engineering Technology major with a minor in Engineering
Management. I have been the Vice-President of the Men's Rugby Club for 4 years and
the Chairman of Club Sports Council for over 3 years. During my time at MSU I have
had the privileged of working with ASMSU and now want to become a part of it. I will
give a voice to Club Sports, IMs, Outdoor Rec, and student organizations as a whole.
The ASMSU Senate consists of 21 senators elected from their respective Colleges.
Seats for FY 19 are apportioned as follows: