My name is Casey Krueger! I’m a senior studying Business Management and a member of the Honors College. I am excited to be a candidate for the leadership ambassador this year! I am originally from North Bend, Washington, and ever since coming to Montana State I have made leadership an integral part of my experience. I have served as the Vice President of Programming for my fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and am currently serving as the chapter’s President. I have used these opportunities to create a positive impact on the MSU and Bozeman community by collaborating with the VOICE Center to organize the Take Back the Night event. I volunteer for Eagle Mount’s adaptive ski program as well. Through my leadership opportunities in SigEp I was able to partner with Eagle Mount to create a philanthropic 5k race called the Rocking With The Eagles 5k; we have managed to raise over $5,000 for Eagle Mount over the last two semesters! I also play for Montana State’s Club Lacrosse Team, and serve as the team’s Captain and Club Treasurer. I love competing with my teammates, and we have enjoyed a trip to the National Playoffs and two years of consecutive wins over the Griz! I plan on attending medical school after graduating, and I am deeply grateful for the MSU community and the impact it has had on me. I am proud to be a Bobcat for life and will forever bleed blue and gold!
Hey Bobcats! My name is Spencer Johnson and I am a senior studying Chemical Engineering while also being a member of the Honors College. I’m from Kalispell, Montana and come from a long line of proud Montanans. Being born and raised in Montana made me develop a serious case of “406 Fever”, so much so that when it came time to choose a college, MSU was far and away the choice for me. This university has provided me with many opportunities to grow and gain important skills to become the leader I have always wanted to be - one that leads both themselves and others to success. Getting a chance to wear the Blue and Gold proudly has been such a fulfilling opportunity for me, and because of this, I am extremely excited to be running under the Leadership Platform for Homecoming this year.
Throughout my academic experience at MSU, I have found ways to grow as a leader and represent the values of MSU to the best of my ability. Through engaging students in the residence halls to build a better sense of community as South Hedges Hall Council President, advocating for the student voice as Treasurer for AIChE and a College of Engineering Ambassador, and promoting the university I love as Student Coordinator for AdvoCats and AdvoCat of the Year, I have had the privilege of developing excellent leadership abilities and leveraging those abilities to make MSU the best place it can be. As a leader on campus, I have strived to make sure that every Bobcat succeeds, the test for true leadership.
Whether it was walking backwards while giving a tour as an AdvoCat for prospective students, putting on hot dog eating contests and open mic nights to foster friendships and fun for new students as South Hedges Hall Council President, or making sure that current students have their opinions brought up to administrators as a College of Engineering Ambassador, I have made it my mission to be the leader that my fellow Bobcats can be proud of. I love Montana State because I wouldn’t have been able to become this leader without the opportunities the school has provided me.
Thanks for reading to get to know me better! I hope to be your Leadership Platform Candidate for Homecoming for the 2019-2020 academic year. And one more thing, GO CATS!
My name is Tory Johnson and am originally from Berthoud, Colorado. Here at MSU I am in my 4thyear of school studying Agricultural Business and Economics while getting ready to graduate in the spring. I am running under the Leadership Pilar and was nominated by the AdvoCats Tour Guide program. I am apart of many different programs, organizations, and clubs on campus and have held many leadership positions throughout most of them. I am the current President of the Interfraternity Council, the governing body of all seven fraternities on campus. I am an AdvoCat Campus Tour Guide as well as the current AdvoCat Student Coordinator. I am currently a College of Agriculture Ambassador where I have gained many leadership opportunities. I have also held the Vice President of Risk Management position for my Fraternity, Alpha Gamma Rho, for the 2018 year. This past summer I was an Orientation Leader for MSU. I have taken on many leadership roles at MSU and it has been a blast but also kept me very busy throughout my time here. Do not worry though; I make sure to leave my Saturdays in the fall open so that I can attend the MSU football games while wearing my barrel and cheering on the Cats!
Hey Bobcats!! My name is Kate Barlow, and I’m a junior here at MSU studying Psychology and Human Development. I am originally from Chicago, and though I am far from where I grew up I consider Bozeman home. Its slower pace of life, kind and genuine people, and its abundance of adventure are just some of the things that I love about this city. I’m running to be your 2019 Homecoming Ambassador of Service!
Since my freshman year at MSU I have dedicated over 1,200 hours to community service. I have volunteered at local elementary school events such as the Hawthorne elementary fair, and served at community events such as the Christmas stroll and Good Neighbor Day. Additionally, I have volunteered at Journey Church childcare center, HAVEN (a domestic abuse safehouse in Bozeman), am an active blood donor, participated at the first ever MSU dance marathon, and have been on a select team to help establish a new sorority here on campus!
Hands down, my most influential service position has been being the director of community service at Chi Omega Sorority. In this position I have engaged and empowered every woman in the sorority to go out into the community and leave it better than how they found it. I also was in charge of planning and organizing our first ever Wish Week, a week-long fundraiser raising awareness and money for Make-a-Wish Montana. I volunteered over 100 hours of my own time planning this event, coordinating with local Bozeman businesses, and leading 80 women in my sorority over the course of the week. This year we raised over $10,000, which was more than double what we raised last year! This amount is enough to grant two wishes. Additionally, a result of my involvement and good relationship with Make-A-Wish Montana I have been able to to volunteer at Wish Kid’s “Send Offs”. For the send offs, I meet the family and Make-A-Wish correspondent at the Bozeman airport at all hours in the morning (it’s been as early as 3am!!) to send the family off with a smile and a hug.
If it isn’t obvious from that long paragraph: I LOVE to serve, I love the Bozeman community, and I love Montana State University!! Happy homecoming and go cats!!
Hi Bobcats! My name is Carsen Smith!
I am running to be your Ambassador of Service, Homecoming 2019. I am in my 4th year as a finance student at the College of Business! Growing up in good ol’ Great Falls, Montana and then moving to Bozeman, I have fallen more in love with Montana every year, and I am so excited to represent our esteemed university as your Ambassador of Service! Through my service, I have met amazing people who come from all over the world and who want to work on changing the world. Montana State has truly made me into a better person and to give back to our community I dedicate a lot of my time to the VOICE Center. We are the ones with the neon buttons you see all over campus! At The VOICE Center, we provide 24/7 confidential support to those affected by interpersonal violence. As an advocate, I’ve had over 40 hours of training on how to best support students and faculty on our great campus. As a peer educator, I tacked on an extra 20 hours of training and have presented and silent advocated for presentations surrounding these topics. And while I love giving my time to such a wonderful campus resource, I am also going into my 3rd year as a CAP Mentor, a program to help mentor students attending schools in the Bozeman community. Through being a CAP mentor, I have learned so much appreciation for those living in our community who I may not get the pleasure of meeting on campus. I am also actively involved in Fraternity and Sorority Life. Through my sorority, we hold fundraisers in which we donate all proceeds to further developing literacy, as well as going to local elementary schools to read to the kids during their classes! My time at Montana State University and around Bozeman has been amazing and all of the wonderful connections I have made have helped to make it that much better. I am so proud to call Bozeman my home. I sincerely enjoy everything that I do, and I look forward to actively continuing my service to this university and community while a student at MSU. GO CATTTSSSSS!!!!!!!
My name is Janae Vasatka, and I am so excited to be running for Homecoming Ambassador of Service. I came to MSU not knowing what I wanted to do, just knowing I wanted to ski and get involved in the Bozeman community while I figured it out. The first three summers of college I spent volunteering my time to teach and help high school students throughout the state of Washington, develop into future leaders and grow as individuals. However, I wanted to continue service here on campus. Through Alpha Omicron Pi, I have been able to help raise money and awareness for children and adults with arthritis, a cause that is very close to my heart. Now pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering, I have been able to hold leadership positions in the Bridger Solar Team and Society of Women Engineers that have allowed me to engage the community and support STEM learning for elementary, and middle school students through planning and working various events here at MSU and MOR.
Having been able to lead and participate in Service Saturdays, I have gotten to help support places like Bridgercare, United in Light Draft Horse Sanctuary, and the Cancer Support Community. Seeing the endless support our students offer the community of Bozeman, is the reason I share on AdvoCat and Engineering Ambassador tours that I am proud to be a bobcat. Have a great week and GO CATS!
Hi Bobcats!! I’m Austin Barnhardt, a senior nutrition science major and a member of the Honors College. I am stoked to be a candidate for the involvement ambassador and being a part of homecoming! I believe involvement is the perfect mix of leadership and service.
My campus involvement includes being an involved member and officer of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity (thanks for the nomination!), serving as a resident advisor in South Hedges and the Reslife Apartments, representing Hannon/Quads as a hall council senator, and being a Success Mentor for first-year students. I also serve as co-chair of the Student Health Advisory Committee, have been apart of the MSU Food Resource Council/Bounty of the Bridgers Food Pantry, am the treasurer of Alpha Epsilon Delta, and represented Greek life on the Not in Our House Taskforce. Currently I work as a research assistant for the Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity and I am an intern for both the Bobcat Fuel Nutrition Program for student athletes (Go Cats!) and the Office of Health Advancement. In the Bozeman community, I am a relief aide for Reach Inc., a Child Advancement Program Mentor for Thrive, Inc., a volunteer with Montana Alzheimer’s Association, and volunteer for Eagle Mount’s adaptive skiing program.
In my free time I enjoy spending time in the mountains, playing intramurals, and strumming the guitar. After graduation, I plan to pursue a graduate degree in public health and eventually attend medical school. I’m so thankful for the opportunities MSU and the Bozeman community have given me and couldn’t imagine not being a bobcat!
My name is Mariah Erhart, I am a senior studying Sociology with a minor in Psychology. I am honored to be running for Homecoming Ambassador of Involvement, nominated by both Sophomore Surge and ASMSU.
I first became involved on campus through the Office of Student Engagement, by joining the PACE team. This is a team of students that plan fun events to get students engaged on campus. I found a home and a passion in this office. I soon realized how much being involved on campus could transform a college experience. I then decided to join other organizations where I could make the same impact on students and their college experience. I pursued this passion through being a AdvoCat, Sophomore Surge mentor, Breakaway leader, member of Alpha Omicron Pi, and Orientation leader.
These organizations help me further my own involvement, but more importantly give me the opportunity to help other students get involved, discover opportunities, and find their home here at MSU. This is what the Pillar of Involvement means to me, to be involved but above all to empower those around me to be involved and find the love and home I have been so blessed to find here at MSU.
My name is Hunter Peterson and I will be running for Homecoming Ambassador of Involvement. I’m a senior student from Arvada, Colorado studying Biological Engineering with Pre-Med. The time and memories I’ve made with MSU and the Bozeman community have been irreplaceable.
My devotion to our community stems all the way back to my first service Saturday, which has become a small tradition for myself and the amazingly generous individuals you see above! I have also worked with students outside of MSU as a CAP mentor for high schoolers and as a mentor for elementary school students through the STEAM and Crazy 8’s programs. My engagement with the MSU community has ranged from Career Fair volunteering, to Executive Closet work and the Christmas Stroll, to flipping burgers on Main and playing Dungeons and Dragons with children and adults alike!
I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my incredible fraternity brothers of Sigma Nu, who nominated me for this chance (Hey fellas!). Shout-out to my fellow book nerds in the Creative Writing Club, keep making some engaging stories! Hey everyone at GIVE foundation and MSU Tech Club, have loved the chances you’ve given to engage with fellow MSU students and Bozeman residents! I am also grateful for both the SwingCats and Country Swing Club for showing me the awesomeness that is swing dancing (both country and eastern are so much fun! I can’t decide!). I am also in love with the opportunities offered through our music program! Having the opportunity to be a member in both The Montanans and Rhapsody A Capella have let me embrace my inner music nerd and make my Spotify playlists even more jam-packed!
I am also incredibly honored to be a member of National Society of Leadership and Success, our Engineering Honors Society: Tau Beta Phi, and The Reading is Leading coordinator for Mortar Board. I understand first and foremost the importance of academic engagement at this university and the futures carved from our hard work and dedication to what we love. I have never been more grateful to be called a Bobcat by this wonderful community and I cannot thank you enough for this opportunity to represent you!
Winning Decorating Office:
The JJCBE Office of Student Services
Winning Decorating Hall:
Parade Float Winners:
- Alpha Gamma Delta, Pi Beta Phi, and Kappa Sigma
- Alpha Gamma Rho
- Recreational Sports & Fitness and Outdoor Programs
Hey Bobcats! I wanted to quickly thank you all for this amazing opportunity to serve as your 2018 Homecoming Ambassador of Involvement. Montana State University’s tradition of change has been only credited through development of the titles of Homecoming Ambassador, and I am truly honored and humbled by this entire experience. To who all who voted, helped me through my involvement experience, and given me the opportunities to serve our MSU community, I am eternally thankful. Involvement and student engagement mean the world to me and I hope that you and all of those to come will know that MSU is their home, just as I have. GO CATS!
Hello Bobcats! Thank you so much for electing me as your first ever Ambassador of Service! Thank you to everyone who participated in this historical change! It is an absolute pleasure to be recognized for the work I do for Montana State University. I cannot wait to continue to serve my Bobcats during my last year here. Being a part of this new change makes receiving this honor all the more exciting. I cannot wait to meet more of you and do what I love alongside my peers. Being your Ambassador of Service has only made me more excited to be a student here. You continue to inspire me. Again, I couldn’t have done this without you all, thank you so much for your support! Gooooo Cats!