Main Office

Tracy Ellig

Tracy Ellig

Vice President of University Communications

   Room 435 Culbertson Hall
   (406) 994-5607
   tellig@montana.edu
Connie Lange

Connie Lange

Administrative Assistant/Office Manager

Connie is the primary contact for inquiries about University Communications and support for its staff of outstanding professionals. She has a broad background in studio art and education with degrees from MSU. In addition to her native Montana, she has lived and worked in the Bahamas, south Florida and Kumamoto, Japan.

   Room 437 Culbertson Hall
   (406) 994-4571
   connielange@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 assists with marketing for departments across campus. She comes to MSU with experience ranging from a tech startup to public policy, a Bachelor's of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, and childhood 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

 

MontanaPBSMontanaPBS 

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.

   Room 435 Culbertson Hall
   (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.

   Room 431 Culbertson Hall
   (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.

   Room 426 Culbertson Hall
   (406) 994-4902
   anne.cantrell@montana.edu
Denis Hoepfner

Denise Hoepfner

Writer/Editor

Denise is a writer and an editor who brings with her seven years of newspaper journalism experience, having worked as a columnist, reporter, publications manager and features editor. A native Texan, she has lived in five states but swears Montana is her favorite. Prior to joining the News Service team in November 2015, Denise worked in MSU Testing Services for nearly two years.

 

   428 Culbertson Hall
   (406) 994-4542
   denise.hoepfner@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.

   430 Culbertson Hall
   (406) 994-5036
   marshall.swearingen@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 visual storytelling and 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 also regularly lectures on various photography topics in university classes and workshops.

   Nopper 920 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.

   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   (406) 994-5134
   kelly.gorham@montana.edu
Abbey Nelson

Abbey Nelson

Multimedia Specialist

Abbey is a videographer and assistant photographer for MSU. She produces short videos for the university across all departments as well as the commemorative videos on the MSU honorary doctorate recipients. After growing up in Bozeman, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her bachelor's degree in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University. After graduation in 2012, Abbey moved to Bonn, Germany to help teach documentary production at the Akademie für Internationale Bildung, a study abroad partnership with LMU. Abbey has produced and directed several short documentaries and plans to pursue a career in documentary production in addition to her work at MSU.

   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   (406) 994-4569
   abbey.nelson@montana.edu

Web and Digital Communicationsweb

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
Taryn Dicomitis

Taryn Dicomitis

Web Developer
   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   (406) 994-4797
   taryn.dicomitis@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

Alexandr Matveyev

Student Web Developer
   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   alex.matveyev88@gmail.com
Christopher Miller

Chris Miller

Student Web Developer
   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   christophermiller@montana.edu
Patrick Phattharaampornchai

Patrick Phattharaampornchai

Student Web Developer
   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   p.phattharaamporn1@ecat1.montana.edu
Melissa Somerville

Melissa Somerville

Web Support Specialist

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

Alan Tong

Student Web Developer

   Nopper 920 2nd Floor
   alantong@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.