About Activities & Engagement
The mission of the Office of Activities and Engagement is to provide the campus community with resources and opportunities to engage students both within and beyond the academic classroom to build future leaders and active citizens.
As the Director of the OAE, Kathy works every day to support and facilitate campus and community engagement opportunities for students. She works alongside the OAE staff and student employees to ensure high quality projects and programs, while providing important and timely information to all MSU students. She works with an array of administrative units across the MSU campus to advance a culture of understanding around the relationship between engagement and student retention. Kathy acts as a leading resource to students, faculty, staff and community members on connecting campus resources to meet community needs. Kathy currently serves on the Council for Outreach and Engagement, the newest governing Council at MSU.
Kathy graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Geological Sciences in the 1980s and completed her Master’s Degree in Adult and Higher Education here at Montana State University in 2010. She has served at MSU since the Fall 1997 when she accepted a position managing the MSU Office for Community Involvement. In 2012, the Office for Community Involvement merged with the Office of Student Activities and Kathy became the Director of this newly formed, one-stop shop for student engagement.
Kathy was born and raised in the Detroit area of Michigan and has lived in the Rocky Mountain west region for the last 30 years. She is a graduate of both Leadership MSU, and the DEAL Program (Developing Excellence in Academic Leadership), and she has served on an array of non-profit boards in the Bozeman area community. Kathy also supervises the staff in the Diversity Awareness Office and the Women’s Center here on campus.
Mandy works to support the 240+ student organizations at MSU. She serves as the staff advisor for the Student Organization Funding Board, allocating approximately $160,000 to student organizations. She is also the fiscal manager of this pool of money. She also works to provide student organization leaders with tools and resources to help make them successful in their role in addition to supporting student organization advisers.
Mandy also coordinates OAE communications and manages the OAE website and social media presence. She began working at MSU in 2008 for the Office for Community Involvement and continued working for the newly formed Office of Activities & Engagement in 2012.
She is a native Montanan from the small town of Circle. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Dakota and her master’s in College Counseling and Student Development from St. Cloud State University. Mandy also works part-time at a local non-profit, the Help Center, as a crisis-counselor.
Mandy serves on the MSU Suicide Prevention Taskforce, ADA Advisory Committee and the American College Personnel Association’s Commission on Student Involvement. She is also a 2013 Leadership MSU Alum, Safe Zone Trainer and proud AmeriCorps alum.
Laurynn Olson graduated from MSU with honors in 2011 and holds a Bachelor's of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences and Child Services. While an undergraduate, Laurynn worked in the MSU Office for Community Involvement (now known as the Office of Activities and Engagement) from 2008-2011 as an AmeriCorps member co-coordinating the MSU America Reads*America Counts tutoring program in Bozeman area schools. After graduation she took a position working in the MSU Department of Health and Human Development. Laurynn has returned to the Office of Activities and Engagement as a Program Coordinator in 2014 and her responsibilities include managing our Catapalooza welcome event each fall, our Fall and Spring Involvement Fairs, the annual Can the Griz Food Drive, the Day of Student Recognition event, and Repairing the Harm through Community Service.
Laurynn is currently enrolled as a graduate student in the Marriage and Family Counseling Master's program.
Brianna was born and raised in Littleton, CO and moved to Bozeman in July 2013. She has been employed full-time in the Office of Activities and Engagement at MSU since August 2013. She spent the last year coordinating the Compact Service Corps AmeriCorps program. This year, she will continue managing the current Compact Service Corps members as well as manage America Reads*America Counts program and the BreaksAway alternative spring break trips. She also coordinates the annual Rockin’ the “M” event. She is currently pursuing a degree in social welfare and non-profit administration. In her free time, she can be found running around in the woods or taking a road trip!
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