Main Office

Tracy Ellig

Tracy Ellig

Vice President of University Communications

   920 Nopper Room 259
   (406) 994-5607
   tellig@montana.edu
Carey Rogers

Carey Rogers

Administrative Assistant/Office Manager

 

   920 Nopper Room 262
   (406) 994-4571
   careyrogers@montana.edu

Marketing and Creative ServicesMarketing and Creative Services

Julie Kipfer

Julie Kipfer

Director, Marketing and Creative Services

Julie has a background in higher education and marketing, with over 15 years of experience. She is responsible for developing the concepts and strategies for university marketing programs. She chairs the Marketing Advisory Committee and works to coordinate campus efforts, promote MSU to our various constituents, and create programs to enhance MSU's image and awareness.

   Nopper 920 Room 245
   (406) 994-5737
   jkipfer@montana.edu
Bridget Ashcraft

Bridget Ashcraft

Graphic Designer

Bridget has more than 10 years experience as a graphic designer and has been with University Communications since 2003. She is currently the art director for Mountains & Minds magazine.

   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   (406) 994-5129
   ashcraft@montana.edu
Kristen Drumheller

Kristen Drumheller

Graphic Designer

Kristen is a graphic designer working on a variety of projects. She graduated from MSU's graphic design program and has been working with Marketing and Creative Services for several years.

   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   (406) 994-5141
   kristend@montana.edu
Alison Gauthier

Alison Gauthier

Graphic Designer

A graduate of MSU's Graphic Design program, Alison works as a graphic designer in MSU's University Communications Creative Services.

   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   (406) 994-6957
   alison@montana.edu
Amy Kanuch

Amy Kanuch

Community Relations and Marketing

Amy has a background in community relations, marketing and retail management. She is responsible for community outreach and promoting positive awareness of MSU by building partnerships at the campus and community levels. She represents MSU on local boards and committees and collaborates on various MSU community events. In addition, she manages the Pure Gold recognition program, publishes the Bobcat Bulletin and oversees the design approval process for the university merchandise program.

   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   (406) 994-7462
   amy.kanuch@montana.edu
Ron Lambert

Ron Lambert

Art Director

   Nopper 920 Room 241
   (406) 994-5128
   rlambert@montana.edu
Kay LaFrance

Kay LaFrance

Publications Editor/Printing Production Specialist

Kay is a publications editor and production coordinator. She is the managing editor for numerous university publications, including the Collegian.

   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   (406) 994-5142
   kay.lafrance@montana.edu
Hillary-Anne Crosby

Hillary-Anne Crosby

Marketing Strategist

Hillary-Anne is the Marketing Strategist in University Communications where she provides marketing strategy and execution for departments and initiatives across campus that include admissions recruitment, retention efforts, and academic, social, and financial support. She comes to MSU with experience ranging from independent publishing to a social media tech startup to public policymaking, a Bachelor's of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, and Montana roots in Butte, America.

   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   (406) 994-4579
   hillaryanne.crosby@montana.edu
Kayla May

Kayla May 

Social Media Strategist

Kayla, a native of Louisville, Ky., joined University Communications in 2018 as the Social Media Strategist for Montana State University. Kayla contributes to the overall brand messaging of the university through platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in effort to keep students, parents, alumni, donors, media and the general public informed about all things happening at MSU. Having attended college at Appalachian State University (NC), where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Communications with a focus on Public Relations and a minor in English, Kayla enjoys practicing a healthy work-life balance by spending her spare time outdoors hiking, camping, kayaking and cycling.

   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   (406) 994-4594
   kayla.may@montana.edu

 

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Aaron Pruitt

Aaron Pruitt

Interim Director and General Manager, KUSM, MontanaPBS


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MSU News Service

Michael Becker

Michael Becker

Director

Originally from eastern Montana, Michael Becker has been a professional journalist since 2005 and has experience as a writing teacher, reporter, copy editor, online editor and social media manager. He has a master's degree in English from Montana State University.

   Nopper 920 Room 261
   (406) 994-4565
   michael.becker@montana.edu
Carol Schmidt

Carol Schmidt

Assistant Director

Schmidt is a native of Denver, Colo. with both a bachelor's (sociology/social work) and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wyoming. She has worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Wyoming, Montana and Ohio. She also has worked in public relations firms in Seattle and San Diego and freelanced for many years. She has worked at the MSU News Service since 1994. Schmidt is the editor of MSU’s Mountains and Minds magazine. She also covers the humanities including the College of Arts and Architecture and portions of the College of Letters and Science.

   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   (406) 994-1966
   cschmidt@montana.edu
Anne Cantrell

Anne Cantrell

Assistant Director

Anne is an assistant director of the MSU News Service, where she works to produce content to advance the university's mission. She also covers the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, College of Nursing, College of Education, Health and Human Development and the MSU Library. Anne has a bachelor's degree in English from Cornell College and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Montana.

   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   (406) 994-4902
   anne.cantrell@montana.edu
Marshall Swearingen

Marshall Swearingen

Writer/Editor

Marshall covers the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering and helps fulfill the college’s communications needs by designing and maintaining websites, coordinating graphic design and handling media inquiries, among other things. He has a B.A. in Engineering Sciences and more than five years of journalism experience.

   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   (406) 994-5036
   marshall.swearingen@montana.edu
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Meaghan MacDonald-Pool

Content Producer

A native of central New Jersey, Meaghan joined the News Service as a Content Producer in 2019. She has previously worked as a professional sports reporter and sports graphic designer at newspapers in North Dakota, Minnesota and Montana. She has a bachelor’s degree in media arts and design from James Madison University.

   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   (406) 994-4564
   meaghan.macdonald@montana.edu
Reagan Colyer

Reagan Colyer

Communications Specialist

Reagan is the communications specialist for MSU's College of Agriculture. A native of the Pacific Northwest, she received a degree in journalism from the University of Montana and has experience with web, magazine and newspaper reporting. She has written on topics ranging from long-distance running to the history of the Civil Rights Movement and now produces feature stories, news clips and social media content related to agriculture.

   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   (406) 203-8064
   reagan.colyer@montana.edu
Rachel Hergett

Rachel Hergett

Writer/Editor

Rachel is a science writer covering the College of Letters and Science. In her varied journalism career, Rachel has covered everything from bluebirds to basketball for regional and national magazines and newspapers and the Associated Press. Before joining the news staff at MSU in 2019, she worked in the newsrooms of the Livingston Enterprise and Bozeman Daily Chronicle, where she most recently built the Ruckus arts publication. Outside of the office, Rachel is a longtime KGLT DJ and has a passion for music, food, the arts and the outdoors.

   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   406-994-4898
    rachel.hergett@montana.edu

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Kelly Gorham

Kelly Gorham

Director of Visual Media

Kelly coordinates photography and video for campus and external partners and external media. He earned his bachelor's degree in photography from MSU in 1995 and has been a staff photographer for newspapers in Montana and Nevada, was a corporate photographer in Seattle and a stringer for Associated Press. Kelly's photos have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, L.A. Times, National Geographic Explorer, Sports Illustrated and USA Today.

As a champion for the photo industry, Kelly is a board member of the Seattle/NW chapter of the American Society of Media photographers and a long-time member of the National Press Photographers Association. Kelly is an alumnus of the Kalish Workshop of visual storytelling. Kelly also regularly lectures on various photography topics in university classes and workshops.

   920 Technology Blvd Room 243
   (406) 994-5134
   kelly.gorham@montana.edu
Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez

Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez

Photographer

Adrian joined the Montana State University communications team as staff photographer in June 2016. Through his experiences both abroad and at home, Adrian found his true passion in photojournalism. In October 2009, he was selected to attend the Eddie Adams Workshop, where he was awarded the Nikon Achievement Scholarship for best student work. From political races to soccer matches, immigration issues to award shows, Adrian has shot on assignment for Agencia EFE, Agence France-Presse, Getty Images and Landov, among others and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, and Time Magazine.

Adrian is fluent in Spanish and English.

   920 Technology Blvd 2nd Floor
   (406) 994-7371
   a.sanchezgonzalez@montana.edu
Saul Mastandrea

Saul Mastandrea

Video Producer

Saul brings a wealth of experience to his role with University Communications. He produces videos that support MSU's strategic priorities and support university news and marketing initiatives. A Montana native and MSU alum in Film and Photographer (2002), Saul's diverse background includes university communications, language instruction and even promotional videos in the food industry. 

   920 Technology Blvd
   (406) 994-2017
   frank.mastandrea1@montana.edu

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Brett Davis

Brett Davis

Director of Web & Digital Communications

   Nopper 920 Room 257
   (406) 994-4516
   brett.davis2@montana.edu
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Justin W. Arndt

Assistant Director of Web & Digital Communications

After graduating from the Media and Theatre Arts program here at MSU, Justin wandered across the globe with his wife to London, where he discovered podcasting, online media, and web development (and fish and chips!) You can find him on the tennis court, in the recording studio, or on the mountain. He also moonlights as a cat bed. Justin received his MS (it's called an MSc in the UK) in Electronic Publishing from City University London. 

   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   (406) 994-4647
   justin.arndt@montana.edu
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John Blixt

Software Engineer II

John is a native of Bozeman along with his wife Melissa. They are now raising a fifth generation Montanan, daughter Julia. The three of them love to fish, hike, and enjoy the outdoors. Recently, John graduated from MSU's Computer Science department, earning degrees from both Montana schools. John worked at wolfSSL as a software engineering intern where he worked with embedded systems. He also worked as a student developer and held a fixed term position with MSU's Web and Digital Media Services.

   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   john.blixt@montana.edu
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Taryn Dicomitis

Software Engineer I

   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   taryn.dicomitis@montana.edu
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Philip Gales

Student Web Developer
   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   philip.gales@student.montana.edu
Kaitlyn Goodall

Kaitlyn Goodall @taswyn

Web Content Management Systems Programmer

Kaitlyn is primarily responsible for content management services and related development. While not native to Montana, she is ecstatic to be back in mountain country, and particularly to be in Bozeman and at MSU. She is enthusiastic about usability and interoperability, with a focus on people and in accommodating natural and fluid interaction across systems.

 

   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   (406) 994-5140
   kgoodall@montana.edu
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 Jack Jarvela

Student Web Developer

Jack is a Minnesota native, but a big fan of Montana and the mountains. He loves spending time in the outdoors hiking, climbing, biking, and skiing. He is currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

    Nopper 920 2nd Floor
Melissa Somerville

Melissa Somerville

Web Support Specialist

   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   (406)-994-4214 
   melissa.somerville@montana.edu 
Spencer Ward

Spencer Ward

Web Developer

   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   (406) 994-2342
   spencer.ward@montana.edu

University Printing Service (Culbertson Hall Location)Printing

Sandra Bunch

Sandra Bunch

Managing Director of University Printing Services

Sandy has been with the Montana State University system and with Printing Services since 1980. As Managing Director, she is responsible for customer service and project management. Contact Sandy for general information or to arrange services through University Printing Services.

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Kenneth Shelley

Production Specialist

Ken is a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician and has 26 years of service with Fire and Emergency Medical Services. He also has 35 years of experience in the printing business including 11 years at MSU with University Printing Services from 1992 to 2003 as a Duplication Machine Operator. His past experience makes Ken a valuable asset in our shop and we are very happy that he decided to "Come Home'. Ken is an avid photographer.

Jim Alley

Jim Alley

Press Operator

Jim joined University Printing as a Press Operator in December 2015. He earned his degree in Production Printing from Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming. Jim is a native of Montana and has over 20 years of experience in the printing industry. He is responsible for coordinating with customer service and pre-press staff to complete all offset printing projects.

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Tara Gunsch

Business Manager

Tara is a native Montanan who started at MSU in August of 2001, working in the Business Office, Payroll, the Center for Biofilm Engineering and HR before coming to University Printing in June of 2016.  She is the Business Manager and handles Accounts Payable and Receivable among other office responsibilities.  Please feel free to contact her with any questions you may have.

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Julie Wyman

Media - Information Coordinator

Julie is our most recent employee, coming to us after 15 years with Bozeman Printing Company. She started college here at MSU in 1981 and is happy to be back on campus after all this time. She has been in the graphic design and printing industry since 1985 and loves what she does. Julie is usually the first person you see when you walk in the door and she is happy to help with your printing project.