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New members elected to the MSU Alumni Foundation boards

August 6, 2014

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As its new fiscal year begins, the MSU Alumni Foundation welcomed five new members to both its Board of Governors and its Alumni Relations Advisory Board. With the first Board of Governors meeting of the 2014-2015 fiscal year on July 24, these volunteers joined with current members to provide strategic leadership and fiscal oversight for the organization and to support the Alumni Foundation’s fundraising and alumni engagement efforts.

“By accepting the nomination to take a seat on these important bodies, these 10 confirm their commitment to creating lifelong relationships and strengthening the Alumni Foundation’s resources to advance Montana State University,” said Kitty Saylor, the Alumni Foundation’s interim president and CEO. “We are very fortunate these exceptional individuals have chosen to volunteer their time and talents with the other members of these boards to help us continue to build on our momentum.”

The Alumni Foundation’s Board of Governors will be headed by incoming board chairman Cory Pulfrey of Bozeman,  who takes over for outgoing board chairman Mike Ferris of Columbus, GA. Pulfrey, who graduated from MSU in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, has served on the MSU Alumni Foundation’s Board of Governor’s since 2011. The former co-head of Morgan Stanley’s Alternative Investment Partners, Pulfrey also sits on the board of MSU’s Innovation Campus, served on the MSU Foundation Board of Directors from 2005 – 2011 and headed up the most recent search committee to identify the MSU Alumni Foundation’s new CEO. Pulfrey is also a member of the Bobcat Quarterback Club.

The new members of the MSU Alumni Foundation’s Board of Governors include:

 - Kathleen “Kay” Chafey of Bozeman. Chafey currently holds the title professor emeritus in nursing  after a career at MSU that spanned more than three decades, during which she served as associate and interim dean of MSU’s College of Nursing and as MSU’s assistant and interim provost.

 - Helene Michael of Condon. A 1985 MSU graduate, Michael enjoyed a 25-year career in the aerospace industry before returning to serve on MSU’s Engineering Advisory Board, participating in the MSU Bobcat Mentoring Program and helping to establish the Boeing Employee Alumni Scholarship. She is a graduate of the Darden Executive Program at the University of Virginia and was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering from MSU in 2013.

 - Robert Morrison of Clancy. Currently the president of Morrison-Maierle, Inc., a Montana-based engineering company, Morrison graduated from MSU with his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1977 and received his master’s degree in 1978. He also served on MSU’s Civil Engineering Advisory Committee from 1998–2000.

 - Jeff Sipes of Lake Tapps, WA. Sipes graduated from MSU with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering before earning his master’s degree from the University of Southern California. He currently works as a principal engineer with Boeing, where he actively helps to recruit MSU graduates as part of the company’s recruiting team and helped to establish the Boeing Employee Alumni Scholarship. He has served on MSU’s Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Advisory Board since 1996 and is the founding chairman of the MSU Alumni Association’s Puget Sound Charter Chapter. Sipes has been a member of the Foundation’s Alumni Relations Advisory Board since 2011, where he is currently vice chair.

 - Jim Williamson of Larkspur, CO. The founder and former CEO of New West Technologies, Williamson earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from MSU in 1971 before going on to earn his master’s degree at the University of California, Berkley. Williamson has extensive leadership in both the private and government sectors, where he served on two presidentially appointed commissions.

The new members of the MSU Alumni Foundation’s Alumni Relations Advisory Board include:

 - Marshall Kath of Dallas. A 1981 graduate of MSU’s College of Business, Kath went on to become secretary, treasurer, and ultimately CEO of Colemont, a specialty distributer of insurance products. Since retiring, he has been actively engaged with MSU’s College of Business, sharing his expertise with students in business classes. He currently plays a leading role in connecting MSU alumni in the Dallas area.

 - Blake Rasmussen of Antelope. Rasmussen, a 2006 graduate of MSU’s College of Engineering, recently returned to Montana to operate his family’s farm. Before leaving MSU to begin his engineering career, Rasmussen served as ASMSU student body president. He also received the Montana Society of Engineers’ 2006 Gold Medal Award.

 - Alyssa Reynolds of Las Vegas. Reynolds completed her studies at MSU in 2001, earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering. Currently a city traffic engineer with the City of North Las Vegas, she also served as an officer with the Institute of Transportation Engineers for 15 years, beginning as the student chapter president while still enrolled at MSU and most recently as president of the national organization.

 - Daniel Smith of Polson. Smith graduated from MSU in 1983 with his bachelor’s degree in art, leading him into a successful career as owner of Double Entendre Design. He has co-chaired the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest for two years and served as the co-coordinator for the Polson Heart and Soul Project. He also served on the board of directors for the Downtown Countdown Children’s Foundation in Seattle. Smith currently serves on the Flathead Lake Bobcat Club’s Booster Club.

 - Nancy Seleski of St. Paul, MN. Seleski graduated from MSU’s College of Engineering in 1986. An engineer with 3M, Seleski has remained actively engaged with MSU’s College of Engineering for 27 years, and has been instrumental in obtaining funding for National Science Foundation grants and endowments to retain women faculty in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

The MSU Alumni Foundation also recognized the tremendous service and contributions of the following individuals whose terms on the Alumni Foundation’s boards recently concluded.

- Brian Clark of Kalispell

- Lois Norby of Excelsior, MN

- Bill Perry of Spokane, WA

- Susan Raph of Great Falls

- Linda Reynolds of Bozeman

- Kevin Seth of New Canaan, CT

 - Wendy Sire of Great Falls

 - Steve Skaer of Great Falls

 - Carol Smith of Bozeman

 - Walt Smith of Clyde Hill, WA

 - Lowell Springer of Bozeman


About the Montana State University Alumni Foundation: The Montana State University Alumni Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) or private nonprofit corporation with three subsidiary entities that serve one mission: "We create lifelong relationships and strengthen our resources to advance Montana State University."The MSU Alumni Association is a membership body that keeps graduates and friends of our University connected to one another and to their Alma Mater. The MSU Foundation raises significant private financial support and serves as the steward for more than $200 million dollars in invested assets from many generous donors. And the MSU Innovation Campus offers powerful opportunities for partners to invest in a creative, entrepreneurial environment that offers state of the art facilities, supports start-up companies, and provides students with hands on learning experiences that can result in employment opportunities upon graduation.



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