Montana State University

Spring 2014 Special Events

The MSU Leadership Institute strives to host a number of multifaceted events that offer participants the opportunity to engage in leadership training through a variety of activities. Our special events are so much more than a mere lecture or training. We aim to make each one different and engaging in new and exciting ways. At our special events, participants will find new perspectives and insight into what it is to be a leader.

Now Is the Time: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration
Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and the importance of powerful leadership today

Now Is the Time: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Sunday, January 19th
1:00pm-3:30pm in the Emerson Cultural Center
Free and open to the public

On January 19th members of the community are invited to gather in the Emerson Cultural Center for a day not only for remembrance but a rally to implement Mr. King’s powerful leadership today in a world that so desperately needs it. Appropriately, the theme for the 2014 celebration boldly states “Now is the time,” a refrain from King’s “I have a Dream” speech. This celebration will mark the 50th anniversary of Rev. King becoming the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Highlights for the day include a keynote speech by MSU President Waded Cruzado, live music by local performers, and a remembrance of Dr. King by dramatist and educator Chris McIntyre.

Local activist and democratic convention delegate Dan Lourie will also speak at the celebration. Lourie immigrated to US after fleeing the Nazi invasion of Belgium in 1940 and grew up in the Bronx, NY before moving to Bozeman in 2009. He is a 75 year-old lifetime peace and justice activist, having been a part of civil rights and anti-war movements since the sixties.

A birthday cake and sing-along will conclude the event before the crowd takes the energy to the streets of Bozeman for a celebratory short march of solidarity down Main Street.

Sure to inspire, this MLK celebration is to be one of the biggest Bozeman has ever seen. A great way to spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon – families, community members and students alike will all take something from this fantastic day of remembrance and inspiration. Now is the time, discover what it really means to be a leader.

MLK Art Reception and Celebration Sign Party
Saturday, January 18th
7:00pm-8:30pm at Wild Joe’s Coffee Shop
Free and open to the public

Prior to Sunday’s festivities, an art reception and sign-making party will be held at Wild Joes Coffee Shop. The reception will serve as a preparatory event for the following day’s celebration. Participants will be provided with materials to make parade signs if they wish. Not interested in constructing a sign? Sit back with a hot cup of coffee and be serenaded by Bozeman’s finest local musicians. Enjoy a warm evening of laughs, music, and art.

Both leadership programs are sponsored by:

Other Supporting Parties

5th Annual Fast-a-Thon
An educational day of fasting shedding light on the issue of poverty locally and abroad

Monday, February 24, 2014
6:00pm-7:30pm in Ballrooms A and B
Doors open at 5:30pm
Free and open to the public – Dinner included

Can you remember the last time you went a day without eating? For many of us our plates have been full since the only thing on them was applesauce and rice cereal. True hunger is something most will never experience. However, the reality is millions of people battle the pains of an empty stomach every day of their lives even those right here in the Gallatin Valley community. As a reminder of the daily perils faced by those in poverty, the Muslim Student Association, with sponsorship by the MSU Leadership Institute, encourages students, staff, faculty and community members to abstain from food and drink from dawn until dusk. Challenge yourself in a new way and gain a sliver of insight on what some people struggle with on a daily basis.

At 6:00pm, participants in the Fast-a-thon are invited to join in a dinner to break their fast, and be audience to a presentation about the relevance of fasting in Islam and the issue of hunger on our own community. Those attending the dinner may donate the money they would have spent on food for the day or bring a non-perishable food items. All donations will go directly to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank.

The Fast-a-thon is a humbling way to reflect on the small commodities we take for granted on a daily basis and to bring to light the issue of poverty that might not be too far off our door steps. After a day of fasting and an engaging presentation, one might find that that although people’s beliefs differ, many of their values are shared.

For more information contact the Muslim Student Association:

The leadership program is sponsored by

ASMSU Presidential Candidates Debate


Monday, March 3rd 2014
12:00pm-1:00pm in the Strand Union Building Union Market
Free and open to the public

The Associated Students of Montana State University (ASMSU) Presidential candidates and their Vice Presidential running mates will debate various issues facing the students of MSU. The candidates will answer questions posed by a moderator and will be given specific periods of time to answer, as well as space for rebuttals and further comments. Questions from students will be accepted and are encouraged.

Elections to be held March 4th and 5th.

The leadership program is sponsored by: