Meet the Bobcat Family

At Montana State University, we have countless opportunities for students to broaden their experiences and get involved on campus. Our office offers several unique opportunities to develop as invidiuals. Learn more about them and meet our students below!

 
AdvoCat Tour Guides

The campus tour program at Montana State University serves thousands of visitors each year. Under the supervision of the program coordinators, Mike Ouert and Elicia Palmer, and two student coordinators, MSU AdvoCats promote and personalize the University toprospective students, their families, and other guests to campus. Through guided walking tours of campus, MSU AdvoCats educate visitors about academics, campus life as well as the history, traditions, and achievements of the University. The position of an MSU AdvoCat is a volunteer student leadership position. Guided tours last approximately one hour and are offered Monday – Friday at 9am and 2pm year-round (except for University observed holidays).

 

The application for the 2019-2020 school year is currently closed. Please check back in the spring of 2020 for more information. 

Have questions about AdvoCats? Email us!

Mike Ouert

Mike Ouert

Associate Director of Recruitment
AdvoCat Program Coordinator

   Strand Union 201
   mrouert@montana.edu
Elicia Palmer

Elicia Palmer

Campus Visit Coordinator
AdvoCat Program Coordinator

    Strand Union 201
   elicia.palmer@montana.edu


Orientation Leaders

We are very proud that the success of our Orientation program is due in large part to the quality, ability, and dedication of Student Orientation Leaders. Trained in such areas as communication skills, leadership and presentation of factual information, Orientation Leaders work closely with new freshmen, transfers, and parents. They are knowledgeable about campus activities, campus life and various services offered by the University, and develop close working relationships with MSU administrators and faculty while assisting with academic advising and the registration process.

 

The application for Orientation 2020 is currently closed. Please check back in the fall of 2020 for more information on next year's application.

Have questions about being an Orientation Leader? Email us!

Anders Groseth

Anders Groseth

Assistant Director for New Student Programs

   Strand Union 103
   anders.groseth@montana.edu
Holly Hillis

Holly Hillis

Program Coordinator

   Strand Union 103
   holly.hillis@montana.edu

 

 

Student Representatives

Our student representatives meet with prospective students and their families as part of their campus visit experience. They cover a broad range of topics, including student life, academic options, the application process, scholarships, and more. Our student representatives are trained by our Admissiosn Counselors, and many are active in leadership positions across campus.

Have questions about our Student Representatives? Email us!

Shannon Bangen

Shannon Bangen

Admissions Counselor
Student Representative Program Coordinator

   Strand Union 201
   shannon.bangen@montana.edu

 

Meet our Student Representatives

Allie Dixon

Allie Dixon

Major: Cell Biology and Neuroscience

Minor: Finance

Year in School: Junior

What words of wisdom do you have to offer prospective students? On the first day of class, be sure to sit by someone (even if you do not know them) and say hi! Class is much more enjoyable when you study, discuss, and interact with your classmates.

Favorite activity to do in Bozeman:

Going to Sweet Peaks for ice-cream, then The Ellen Theatre to watch western movies.

   Stanley, Idaho
Becca Schnabel

Becca Schnabel

Major: Cell Biology and Neuroscience

Year in School: Senior

Why did you choose to attend MSU? When I look back on my college search, of all the schools I toured, Montana State was the only university I felt I would still be valued as an individual. It gave me the amenities of a larger school like a menagerie of clubs and activities while still preserving the opportunity to get to know my professors and peers. I didn’t know it at the time, but MSU would also provide me with world class research opportunities that I may not have received at another university.  

Favorite MSU class or favorite things about your major: My favorite MSU class was the Neuroscience of Mental Illness which I had the opportunity to take as an elective for my major. Each week I read current scientific literature regarding topics such as: depression, Alzheimer’s disease, bipolar disorder, and a wide variety of other mental ailments. This class aligned with my personal academic interests and solidified the area of study I want to pursue in graduate school.

    Butte, Montana
Charlie Tadlock

Charlie Tadlock

Major: Photography

Year in School: Junior

What was your first impression of MSU? I really appreciated how tight knit the university is and how much it’s a part of the surrounding community. As soon as I walked on campus, it felt like home.

Favorite thing about your major: I love the access that we get to top of the line and state of the art facilities and equipment!

   Seattle, Washington
Emma Sundeen

 Emma Sundeen

Major: Sociology

Year in School: Junior

Favorite campus activity or MSU tradition: My favorite campus activity is Catapalooza, which is a club fair and a fall semester kick off rolled into one. I love walking around and looking at all the new clubs and activities on campus, as well as feeling of the excitement of a new semester about to begin.

What was your first impression of MSU? Since I grew up in Bozeman, my first impression of MSU wasn’t necessarily of the campus, but was of the students who would come visit the surrounding elementary and high schools and would be an example of all the opportunities the university had to offer. Whether it be through showcasing the arts, sciences, or anything in between, they inspired me to get involved as a college student.

   Bozeman, Montana
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Lauryn Yuzeitis

Major: Industrial and Management Systems Engineering

Year in School: Junior

Favorite campus activity: I love going to football games. Gold Rush is obviously my favorite game. Gold Rush is the first game of the season in which all of the students get decked out in gold and yellow.

Favorite activity to do in Bozeman: I love to go out for coffee! My favorite place is right off campus – International Coffee Traders!

    Big Timber, Montana
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Lia Erving


Major: Exercise Science

Year in School: Junior

Favorite MSU class or favorite things about your major: I loved my Anatomy and Physiology class at MSU. It was intriguing learning about how the human body is built and how it functions in the setting of a cadaver lab. I enjoyed the structure of the lecture with the lab. As students, we were constantly asked to make connections between the anatomy and physiology and how they related to one another. This class has now inspired me to work in the cadaver lab and teach other students about the human body.  What words of wisdom do you have to offer prospective students?

College is a place for exploring. Its ok if you come to school without any idea of what you would like to study or what you would like to do with your life. You have time in college to figure that all out.

   Missoula, Montana
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Lindsay Lee

Major: Microbiology

Year in School: Sophomore

Favorite MSU class: One of my favorite classes at MSU is Introduction to Psychology. I thought the class was so interesting and very practical! It was a deciding factor in deciding my minor in Psychology. I loved the professor and the content of the course!

What words of wisdom do you have to offer prospective students?

I would say to a prospective student to follow what your heart tells you. I felt immediately at home when I stepped foot on campus. If MSU makes you feel a certain type of way and I'd say, go with that feeling!

    Livingston, Montana
Megan Pepper

Megan Pepper

Major: Elementary Education

Year in School: Senior

Favorite MSU tradition: The lighting of Montana Hall every December! It puts me in the holiday mood and it brings the whole Bozeman community together.

Favorite activity to do in Bozeman: Skiing and hiking/camping

   Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Rebecca Erickson

 Rebecca Erickson

Major: Food and Nutrition - Dietetics

Year in School: Junior

What was your first impression of MSU? Walking onto campus for the first time, I found that MSU wasn’t like the other schools I had toured. Students and faculty held the door open for each other and said hello. Just these small acts of kindness made a lasting impression. Along with other things, I saw that MSU valued building a community for their students and not just provide a university to earn a degree from.

Favorite activity to do in Bozeman: I love to get outside to hike or run! There are so many beautiful trails in and around Bozeman that makes these activities so accessible. In the winter, I love to hit up Bridger Bowl to ski!

   Fort Collins, Colorado
Spencer Johnson

Spencer Johnson

Major: Chemical Engineering, Honors College

Year in School: Senior

Favorite things about your major: Our Chemical Engineering Department Banquet.  All the graduating seniors roast the professors and then the professors roast the graduating seniors.  It’s a great way to end the semester and is always filled with laughs!

What words of wisdom do you have to offer prospective students? I would tell all prospective students to spend a day on campus, attend classes, and talk to current students about their perspective.  I think this is the best way to see if you fit at the school.

   Kalipsell, Montana

 


Telecats

The TeleCats in the Office of Admissions call students who have applied to MSU to answer their questions and notify students when staff members will be visiting their area. Plus, student workers enjoy the following benefits:

  • Flexible scheduling during evening hours
  • Seniority-based pay increases
  • Fun work enviornment
Molly Scherner

Molly Scherner

Admissions Counselor
Telecats Program Coordinator

   Strand Union 201
   molly.scherner@montana.edu

 

Apply to be a Telecat

Please fill out and return this application to Molly Scherner, Office of Admissions - SUB 201, at your earliest convenience. Please be prepared to schedule a short interview with Molly when returning your application. Interview will be no longer than 10 minutes.

 

 

 


Diversity Ambassadors

Diversity Ambassadors are student volunteers within Montana State University’s Office of Admissions that provide guidance and insight for prospective students who are considering making MSU their next home. Diversity Ambassadors serve as a vital resource for underrepresented students throughout every stage of the admissions process.

Thinking of visiting campus? You meet with a Diversity Ambassador when you schedule your visit.

If you’d like to connect with one of MSU’s Diversity Ambassador, please email us with the name of the Ambassador you'd like to contact.

 

Mike Ouert

Mike Ouert

Associate Director of Recruitment
Diversity Ambassador Program Coordinator

   Strand Union 201
   mrouert@montana.edu

 

Meet our Diversity Ambassadors

Bri Fields

Brianna "Bri" Fields

Major: Agriculture Business and Agricultural Education

Year: Senior (Transfer)

Hometown: Spokane, WA

Campus Involvement: Outreach Director for the Office of Student Engagement, Black Student Union member, Orientation Leader, Agricultural Education club member, Livestock Judging Experience

Jacqueline Burgara

Jacqueline Burgara

Major: Psychology
Minors: Latin American Studies, Statistics, Global Health

Year: Junior

Hometown: Lakewood, CO

Campus Involvement: Fuerza Latinx member, Humanitarian Club member, Danza Latina member, Moyce Lab employee, Barnes Lab employee, Heirs of Love member, F-Word member 

Lyla Brown

Lyla Brown

Major: Psychology and Sociology - Criminology option

Year: Junior

Hometown: Salem, CT

Campus Involvement: Black Student Union President, Director of the Latenight Streamline Service, Queer Straight Alliance member, Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons Volunteer, Pre-law club member, Previous Resident Advisor

 

Juan Pablo Du-Pond

Juan Pablo Du-Pond

Major: Agricultural Business

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico

Campus Involvement: Founder and President of the Gallatin College Student Council, Office of International Programs student employee, Fuerza Latinx member, Collegiate FFA member

Annie Ferguson

Annie Ferguson

Major: Pre-Med

Year: Freshman

Hometown: Snohomish, WA

Campus Involvement: American Indian Council Member, CAP Mentor, Backcountry Squatters member, Alpha Omicron Pi member, Befrienders member
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Christen Falcon

 

Major: Business Management 

Year: Senior

Hometown: Flathead, MT

Campus Involvement: Member of Saiges, Ambassador for the American Indian College Fund, Return to Learn Student Associate, Indigenous Student Committee member.  

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Tristan Harris-Pearce

Major: Film 

Year: Freshman

Hometown: Topeka, KS

Campus Involvement: Black Student Union member, Queer Straight Alliance member, Hilleman Scholar, Residence Hall Council member, Fraternity member 

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Mitchell Douglas 

Major: Psychology 

Year: Senior

Hometown: Billings, MT

Campus Involvement: Queer Straight Alliance Representative, LGBTQIA+ Mentor, AdvoCat, Orientation Leader 


Questions? We're here to help.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us! You can email our staff at admissions@montana.edu, or call us Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm MT at 1-888-MSU-CATS.