An experiential program that places MSU upper-level undergraduate and graduate students as non-voting members of nonprofit boards
What if MSU could offer more productive partnerships with nonprofits which meet the greatest needs in our community, while further engaging students in learning and engagement through service? That's exactly the question that Leadership Institute director, Carmen McSpadden, asked when devising this program. Boardroom Bobcats, which places upper level undergraduate and graduate students on nonprofit boards to serve as non-voting members for the academic year, launched in August 2016.
The mission of Boardroom Bobcats is to develop students to become catalysts for change who seek life-long commitments to community involvement and board service, creating value and lasting impact for nonprofit organizations and the greater community. As a reciprocal partnership, nonprofits gain insights and a fresh perspective from MSU students while training future board leaders. Students gain practical boardroom experience, familiarity with the nonprofit sector, mentee opportunities and lifelong leadership skills.
The program consists of regular attendance of students at board meetings and complementary leadership trainings in nonprofit board work coordinated by the Leadership Institute.
For the 2017-2018 academic year, the following MSU students were paired with the boards
of the nonprofits listed next to their names:
(Student, hometown, major and company)
Michael Hill, Billings, accounting and political science, Cancer Support Community
Dani Daley, Bozeman, political science, Bozeman Film Society
Nick Johnson, Gardiner, exercise and nutrition science, MSU Outreach and Engagement Council
Hannah Good, Great Falls, Political Science and History; Montana Aquatic Resources Services, Inc.
Amber Roberts, Great Falls, agricultural business and agricultural education, Bozeman Symphony
Keaton Johnson, Kalispell, accounting and management, Sacajawea Audubon
Emma Williams, Castle Rock, cell biology and neuroscience, MSU Outreach and Engagement Council
Brooke Sapia, Atkinson, history and environmental studies, Sacajawea Audubon
Lindsay Langhals, Columbus Grove, business management; Eagle Mount
Chase Byrne, Tacoma, business marketing; Eagle Mount
For more information about Boardroom Bobcats, contact the MSU Leadership Institute in person in the SUB room 187, or by phone at (406) 994-7279.