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Bobcat Gear Gazette: A newsletter for Montana retailers to support sales of Montana State University and Bobcat gear.


Vol. 1 Issue 2 - Fall 2011

Fans dress in gold for a Gold Rush football game Letter from the Licensing Director

Greetings from MSU in Bozeman,

The 2011-2012 academic year is well underway and I want to take a moment to provide our retail partners with a few updates from campus.

MSU celebrated a new enrollment record with 14,153 students this fall. Despite a decline in the high school student population in Montana, the number of resident students increased at MSU. More Montana students chose MSU, so there are more Bobcats than ever before.

In addition, the successful fall Bobcat athletic season has greatly enhanced MSU's visibility — particularly the #1 ranking in the FCS Football poll this week! The newly enhanced Bobcat stadium added approximately 5,000 new seats, and has set attendance records at Bobcat home football games. We look forward to an exciting playoff season.

2010 & 2011 Big Sky Conference Champions

Lastly, with the holiday season just around the corner we encourage you to keep Bobcat fans in mind and capitalize on the excitement.

On behalf of MSU and the Bobcats, I want to thank you for your support.
Go Cats!
Julie Kipfer, Director of Licensing



Events Calendar

November 19

Cat/Griz Football (home)


December 3

Football playoff game, TBD


December 10

Football playoff game, TBD


December 17

Football playoff game, TBD


January 7

FCS Championship Football Game, TBD (Frisco, TX)


January 11

Spring semester begins


February 4

Cat/Griz Men's and Women's Basketball (home)


February 25

Cat/Griz Men's and Women's Basketball (away)


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We are interested in your input. Whether you're a buyer, retail manager or sales associate, please let us know what thoughts and ideas you have:

Contact: Julie Kipfer, University
Marketing/Trademarks and Licensing
Phone: 406-994-5737

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Sales Status
MSU climbed to #69 in the Collegiate Licensing Company's ranking of top merchandise sales schools, and also appeared on the top 20 list of schools with the largest percentage increases for the quarter ending September 30, 2011. This strong position is a testament to the support of our retail partners and demonstrates significant opportunity for Bobcat gear sales.

Merchandise Opportunities
Conference Championship Gear
The Bobcat Football team has already clenched at least a share of the 2011 Big Sky Conference Championship title and designs are available from a variety of vendors. Find a list of licensees online at

Blue & Gold Fridays
MSU's Blue & Gold Friday campaign is an ongoing effort that encourages all Bobcat fans to wear Blue & Gold every Friday. Please help us get the word out to Bobcat fans in your area, Blue & Gold Friday promotional posters are available, so please contact us if you would like one to display.

Retail Calendar
As you place your spring orders, please remember the Bobcats! The Bobcat Club will be hosting golf tournaments across the state beginning in May 2012, so make sure you've got a good selection of men's and women's polo and wind shirts. The calendar of Bobcat Club events will be forthcoming in the spring Bobcat Gear Gazette newsletter.

new sectionLicensee Spotlight

Wild West Shirt Company, Bozeman, MT
Specializing in MSU Bobcat apparel and Big Sky Conference Championship gear, Wild West Shirt Company prides itself on prompt turnaround and delivery in the state of Montana.

Wild West Shirt Company, established in 1973, was the first t-shirt vendor for Yellowstone National Park. The Bozeman business has a screen-printing plant capable of printing 500 dozen shirts per day.

All art is created by in-house graphic designers, many of whom graduated from Montana State University. Custom designs are available upon request.

Vicki Shampeny
Wild West Shirt Company
Phone: (406) 587-5133
Toll-free: 1-800-548-9293

Wild West Shirt Company

new sectionProduct Features

Tervis Tumblers
Tervis Tumblers keep beverages hot or cold and make perfect holiday gifts. Order Bobcat branded tumblers available in various sizes from 10 to 24 ounces, as well as mugs and ice buckets.

Tervis Tumblers are dishwasher safe, made in the USA and offer a lifetime guarantee.

Casey Barton
Tervis Tumbler
Phone: (866) 680-6935 ext.1335

Tervis Tumblers

Camas Creek Yarn
For the knitting fans, check out the MSU and Bobcat branded knitting kits for hats, mittens, scarves and a Christmas stocking from Camas Creek Yarn in Kalispell.

Melanie Cross
Camas Creek Yarn
Phone: (406) 755-9276

Camas Creek Yarn




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