The ASMSU Senate is the elected student government responsible for representing the voice and interests of the MSU-Bozeman student body. If you, as a member of the MSU student body, have an issue that you want the Senate to address, please contact the Senator representing your college or an At Large Senator. Senate may take action on such requests in the form of a resolution or a bill, which would be presented to the entire Senate to be voted upon. Senate leadership consists of a Senate President and Senate Vice President, who are elected by and from the Senate.

The ASMSU Senate allocates the student activity fees to ASMSU programs through annual budgeting each spring semester.

The ASMSU Senate holds public meetings during the academic year every Thursday at 6 pm in SUB 235 except for finals weeks and holidays.

Bios and Office Hours


John Walker

College of Agriculture

I spend most of my time in Linfield and make my way up to the SUB for office hours which are Tuesday and Thursday at 1:30-2:30. I'm active in Collegiate Young Farmers and Ranchers, Range Club, Stockgrowers and CoA ambassadors. I'm super excited for this year and hope to hear from the students at MSU!


Markie DeRudder

College of Arts and Architecture

Hello Bobcats! My name is Markie DeRudder, and I am your representative for the College of Arts and Architecture on the ASMSU Senate. I am a senior studying film originally from Fromberg, MT. Throughout my time at MSU, I have served on my residence hall council, as the Residence Hall Association Director of Programming, and have been an orientation leader for architecture, film and photo students.  Bozeman is one of my favorite places in the world, and I am so delighted to be a part of this community. If you have any questions or just want to talk, absolutely feel free to stop by the office or email me any time!


Sawyer Clifton

College of Business

Hello fellow Bobcats! My name is Sawyer Clifton, and I am representing the College of Business on the ASMSU Senate. I am a senior from Seattle, Washington studying Business Finance. I am a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity where I served as the Vice President. When I'm not on campus you can probably find me at Bridger Bowl. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.


Kade Falls Down

College of Business

Hello, Bobcats and friends! My name is Kade Falls Down and I am a senior in the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship. I am very proud to represent the business students in the ASMSU Senate this academic year. I am American Indian from the Crow Nation and my Apsaalooke name is Itche Aaashe Heeashe, which translates to Comes Home Safely. I am originally from Pryor, Montana, but the culture, the people, and the wide open spaces of the Gallatin Valley area have transformed me into a permanent Bozemanite. A'ho (Thank you) and Go Cats!



Haleigh Hurst

College of Education, Health, and Human Development

My  name is Haleigh Hurst and I’m a junior from Santa Monica, California majoring in elementary education. I am serving as on of your senators for the college of EHHD. I am also a member of Alpha Omicron Pi and hold the office of Vice President of Chapter Development. I am involved in the CAP mentoring program through Thrive as well as a volunteer at the Children's Museum of Bozeman. Through these extracurriculars I am able to fuel my passions for teaching and learning! I am looking forward to serving as one of your senators this year and would love to hear from you with any questions or concerns. Email me or stop by and find me at the ASMSU office anytime!


Hannah Johnson

College of Education, Health, and Human Development

Hello! My name is Hannah Johnson, and I’m one of your representatives from the College of Education, Health and Human Development on the ASMSU Senate. I hail from Saint Louis and this is my sixth year studying both Environmental Science and Elementary Education. I’ve worked in an entomology lab, helped kindergarteners learn the alphabet, and acted as a student delegate to the MEA-MFT representative assembly. I enjoy diverse pastimes, such as reading, frog-catching, gardening, knitting, running, cooking, eating, skiing, hiking, and most importantly: sleeping. If you are a student, then I’m here to be an advocate for you! Email me or stop by the ASMSU office and let me know what you want to see from ASMSU.


Lauryn Windham

College of Education, Health, and Human Development

Hello EHHD Students! My name is Lauryn Windham and I am one of your ASMSU Student Senators. This is my third year as a senator and I am an Elementary Education major with a minor in Psychology. I hope to be an active voice representing our college in Senate this year. I also am going to continue working with our dean's office to further student relations with faculty and staff in our college. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. It's going to be a great year! Go Bobcats!


Matthew Campbell

College of Engineering

Hello! My name is Matthew Campbell, I am the ASMSU Senate Speaker Pro Tempore, and I represent the College of Engineering in the senate for the 2016-2017 school year. I am a senior studying Civil Engineering with a Music minor and an Honors College endorsement. I stay very involved throughout campus, and if you have a question about the College of Engineering or the School of Music I can probably answer it. Feel free to email me or stop by the ASMSU office during my office hours if you have any concerns or thoughts on ways to make MSU even better. Go Cats!




Ted Grover

College of Engineering

Hello, my name is Ted Grover and I represent the College of Engineering in the ASMSU Senate.  I grew up in Vermont before enrolling at MSU, and I am currently a junior majoring in Civil Engineering with the Bio-Resources option.  I spend my free time backcountry skiing and bagging peaks throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding ASMSU please feel free to email me or stop by the ASMSU office!


Connor O'Leary

College of Engineering

Hello! My name is Connor O'Leary and this is my second year as a senator for the College of Engineering. I am studying Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. In my free time I like to rock climb, sail, and ski. As a senator this year I hope to develop more opportunities for students to rock climb and I hope to work towards providing more online textbooks for classes.


Joe Roback

College of Engineering

Hey MSU! My name is Joe Roback, and I am representing the college of engineering on the ASMSU Senate. I am a junior from Los Alamos, NM studying Chemical Engineering. While at MSU, I have been involved in numerous extracurricular activities, including SmartyCats, AdvoCats, and greek life. I chose to attend MSU for its outstanding academics and proximity to outdoor recreation. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to stop by during my office hours, or send me an email.


College of Letters and Science




Scott Killian

College of Letters and Science

Scott Killian hails from the town of Buffalo in the beautiful state of Wyoming. He came to Montana to pursue a degree in Cell Biology and Neuroscience, and to partake in the multitude of research opportunities available to undergraduates. He is also involved with the Spirit of the West Marching Band, Big Sky Flyers Quidditch club, and the honors college. His free time is spent dancing, camping, skiing, or playing board games. Feel free to stop by the office to chat or send him an email. He is humbled to represent the College of Letters and Science as one of its four senators and excited for the great year to come. Go Cats!

Clara Jensen

College of Letters and Science

Hey Montana State! My name is Clara Jensen, and Im one of your senate representatives for the College of Letters & Science. As a sophomore studying Political Science I'm very excited to see how much our senate team can accomplish for MSU. I love being involved on campus throughout multiple clubs and organizations. If you have any ideas or concerns shoot me an email, drop in, or find me in the woods. Go Cats!

Katherine Bertolino

College of Letters and Science

Hey Cats! My name is Katherine Bertolino, and I am representing all Letters & Science Students on the ASMSU Senate. I am a junior from Roberts, Montana (if you can find it on a map, there will be Tootsie-Pops during my office hours!), who is studying Biochemistry. While I have been at MSU, I have been involved in the MSU Collegiate Cattlewomen, MSU Young Farmers & Ranchers, the TRiO program, undergraduate research, and the Honors College. Hailing from a cattle ranch, I love photography, swing dancing, hunting, hiking, and spending time outdoors, and challenge you all to get out and explore the Bozeman area! Please, do not hesitate to stop by the HUB, or email me with any questions or concerns you have regarding ASMSU!


Alyssa Benson

College of Nursing

My name is Alyssa Benson and I'm your ASMSU Nursing Senator. I was born in Bozeman but spent most of childhood overseas where I had many unique and eye-opening experiences that eventually led me back to the US to get a degree in nursing. I'm currently a junior with a passion for people and learning. I have been involved as a student leader in CRU, which is a Christian ministry on campus. I like to read, run, drink coffee, spend time with friends, laugh, and talk about things that matter. I love being involved and helping others to whatever capacity I can, and I hope that being a part of ASMSU will allow me to do that even better.



Dakota Creed


 Hello Bobcats, my name is Dakota Creed and I am honored to be serving as your elected senator At-Large. I am from from Seattle, Wa but have been fortunate enough to have spent my college career in Bozeman. I am a senior double majoring in Business Management and Economics. Along with ASMSU, I participate in many other orginizations, which include being a member of Sigma Chi and sitting on the Student Organization Funding Board. As your senator I promise to preform my duties to the best of my ability, and always vote in the best interest of the student body and the school. If you would ever like to meet or discuss anything, I will be in the ASMSU office from 11:30 to 1:30 ever Tuesday. Thank you for your vote of confidence and allowing me to represent all of you and MSU. Go Cats!


Peter Haslach


Hey MSU! My name is Peter Haslach, and I am an ASMSU Senator representing the student body at large. I am a junior from Portland, Oregon Studying Political Science. My favorite thing about Bozeman is the skiing and the great outdoor recreation. Im very excited to represent my fellow students at Montana State this year! If you have any questions or concerns regarding ASMSU, please feel free to email me or stop by in the ASMSU office in the SUB. 

Go Cats!

Brad Jones

Brad Jones


My name is Brad Jones and I am the ASMSU Senate Speaker as well as a Senator At-Large. This is my second year representing the student body and my first as Senate Speaker. I look forward to another successful year of improving student life and making the student voice heard. When I’m not in the office, you can probably find me backpacking, fishing, rock climbing, and skiing. As an at-large senator, I represent each and every MSU student, so don’t be afraid to send me an email, or better yet, come visit me in the ASMSU Office. I’m here for you, so I hope to hear from you!


Karl Swenson


Hi Bobcats! My name is Karl Swenson and I'm one of your Senators At-Large. I am a sophomore studying mechanical engineering and I grew up just down the road in Belgrade, Montana. I love this great state and all it has to offer. In my free time, I enjoy baseball, hiking, hunting, skiing and bad jokes. Here at Montana State, I have served in the RHA Senate and I am currently a member of the MSU Marching Band and MSU Circle K. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you!



Jacob Walker Kaminetzky


I'm Jake Kaminetzky. Currently I'm a sophomore beginning study in Political Science (And hopefully Economics once I finish the prereqs). I am one of your Senators at Large this year, and I am excited to represent all of you. Like many of you have done or will do, I started out in Premed and figured out through trial and error that I am not a scientist. At least not a serious one. I have gone through three majors now, so if you are feeling lost or down about your life choices you can talk to me, because I have been through that. I am hoping to get into outdoors activities such hiking and backpacking, and look forward to hitting the powder this winter! I know this will be a good year, and you all should stop by the ASMSU office. My office hours are 2-4 on Wednesdays, and I promise you, most of us have had our shots. 

The ASMSU Senate consists of 23 senators elected from their respective Colleges. 
Seats for FY 16 are apportioned as follows:

Agriculture 1
Arts and Architecture 1
Business 2
Education/HHD 3
Engineering 4
Letters and Science 4
Nursing 1
University Studies 0
At Large 5

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