Montana State University

Student Activities

Student Activities Office

Student Activities, located in 282 SUB (406-994-3591), and on web at, provides assistance and advice to individual students, approximately 140 registered student organizations, the ASMSU Campus Entertainment staff, and the ASMSU Homecoming chairpersons. Assistance is available in planning and development for programs and activities directed toward meeting the wide variety of interests of the students and the University community. The office is also responsible for coordinating experiences that enhance academic programs.

Campus Entertainment

The Director of Student Activities acts as adviser to the following Campus Entertainment Committees: Arts and Exhibits, Concerts, Films/Videos, Lectures and Lively Arts, and Technical Services.

Day of Student Recognition

Day of Student Recognition is a campus-wide awards ceremony recognizing students for outstanding achievements in both scholarship and leadership. Awards and scholarships presented at this program are sponsored by MSU academic departments, on- and off-campus organizations, alumni and friends of the University, and Student Activities. For further information contact the Office of Student Activities.

Student Organizations

On average, there are over 140 student organizations which reflect all facets of university life. Student organizations register each year with the Student Activities Office. Approved registration permits an organization to hold meetings in the Strand Union and to use its facilities for fundraising events. The Director of Student Activities serves as a resource to campus student organizations.

University-wide Scholastic Honoraries

Alpha Lambda Delta is a national scholastic honor society for freshmen whose grade-point average is 3.5 or better.

Mortar Board is a national senior honorary. Members are elected in the spring of their junior year. Scholarship, leadership, and participation in activities are the basis for election.

Phi Kappa Phi is a national honor society for faculty and students. Senior students are elected to membership on the basis of scholarship and leadership attainments. Top ranking junior students are also eligible.

Golden Key National Honor Society honors academic excellence.

Septemviri is a local honor organization of seven top seniors selected on the basis of grades, activities, and contributions to the university during their junior year.

Other Honor Societies

There are a number of national honor societies whose membership is limited to students in specific fields of study: Alpha Kappa Delta (sociology), Alpha Zeta (agriculture), Kappa Kappa Psi (band), Kappa Delta Pi (education), Phi Alpha Theta (history), Sigma Lambda Chi (construction), and Sigma Theta Tau (nursing).

Residence Hall Association (RHA)

Please see the earlier description of the Residence Hall Association.

Service Organizations

Fangs: This is a sophomore service organization for men, whose purpose is to ensure that university traditions are upheld. Membership is selected from the freshman class. Upon request, members serve at all types of campus activities and functions.

Spurs: This sophomore service honorary for women, was founded on this campus in 1921, and has since become a national organization with chapters at a number of colleges and universities. Service to the university community is the function of Spurs. Members are selected during spring semester. A 2.5 grade-point average and sophomore standing (30 credits) by the following fall semester are requirements for membership.

Circle K: Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, Circle K serves the campus and community. Membership is open to all interested MSU students.

Arnold Air Society: This nationally affiliated service organization offers services to the campus and community. Male and female students enrolled in Air Force ROTC are eligible for membership.

Social Sororities and Fraternities

The international/national women's sororities at Montana State University are Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Chi Omega, and Pi Beta Phi.

International/National men's fraternities include Alpha Gamma Rho, Kappa Sigma, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Chi, and Sigma Phi Epsilon.

The Interfraternity Council for men and the Panhellenic Council for women, composed of representatives from each sorority/fraternity organization, serve to coordinate activities of the Fraternity and Sorority Community.

A student is eligible for recruitment who 1) has been officially admitted to MSU in good standing, or 2) has attended MSU or another institution and obtained twelve credits with at least a 2.0 grade-point average the previous semester. Individual sororities and fraternities may set higher requirements.

Sororities and fraternities hold recruitment at the beginning of fall semester.  Informal recruitment continues during each academic term.

ASMSU Administration and Student Government


The Associated Students of Montana State University (ASMSU) has been organized to provide numerous services to its student members and to be a voice for student concerns. Students taking seven or more credits pay an activity fee making them members of ASMSU.

The governing body, the senate, consists of twenty-one students. The senate's greatest responsibility is the annual allocation of approximately three-quarters of a million dollars to about twenty-seven committees. The committees are administered by an elected student body president and vice-president, and a business manager who is appointed. ASMSU hires approximately 250 students a year. Experience in responsible management of student funds, knowledgeable decision making, and representation of student concerns, as well as experience in working with people, are gained through involvement in ASMSU.

The ASMSU Office is located in Room 281 of the SUB (406-994-2933). This office provides a variety of services to students such as a Notary Public, various pamphlets, and information about our committees.

ASMSU Legal Services

A full-time professional lawyer is retained by ASMSU for student consultation. For a nominal fee, students can meet with the attorney to get advice. Legal advice on a variety of student issues such as traffic tickets, landlord/tenant disputes, divorces, name changes, and simple wills is also available at a reasonable cost. Legal Services is located in the ASMSU office. For information, call 406-994-2935.

Streamline Transit

A Bus Transit System is provided through a student bus fee. Commuter route buses arrive throughout the day if front of Roberts Hall. Shuttle route buses also provide transportation to the downtown business area and the Main Mall. Schedules are available at the ASK-US Desk and the ASMSU Office. For further information call 406-587-2434 or visit

ASMSU Day Care Center

A Day Care Center supported by ASMSU and the University is provided in the family housing area. Children aged two-and-a-half to six, of MSU students are eligible, with priority given to those living in family housing. Pamphlets and applications are available in 281 SUB, or call the Day Care Center at 406-994-4370 for more detailed information.

ASMSU Exponent

The ASMSU Exponent,an independently student run newspaper, is published weekly during the academic year. The ASMSU Exponent and is produced by and for the students of Montana State University . Student positions offer experience in publication design, professional editing, journalistic writing, ad campaign creation, and professional management. Call 406-994-2224 or e-mail the editor at editor@exponent for more information.


A highlight each autumn is the Homecoming celebration. The ASMSU Homecoming committee, advised by the Office of Student Activities, organizes the student barbeque, morning parade and king-queen competition as well as several other events.

Recreational Sports and Fitness

The ASMSU Intramurals and Recreation office is located in 202 Shroyer Gym. Objectives of the program are to provide activities which promote physical fitness, social contact, improved self-esteem, and foster a permanent interest in wellness through organized recreation. The program provides opportunities for participation in both team and individual sports, offering about seventy different activities throughout the academic year. Currently over eighty percent of the student body takes advantage of this program! Call 406-994-5000 for more information or check out our Web page at


KGLT, the campus public radio station, uses student help with news reporting, production, and announcing. An apprentice class, which begins every school year, prepares students for on-air announcing. KGLT is located at 91.9 on your FM dial. If you have any questions, stop by KGLT in 320 SUB or call 406-994-3001.

ASMSU Outdoor Recreation Center

When students need a diversion from the academic routine, the ASMSU Outdoor Recreation Center can provide opportunities which meet a variety of interests. Services include equipment rental, coordinated group outings, a resource center, seminars, and the Bicycle/Ski Shop.

The low-cost equipment rental service, available to students and staff, offers rafts, tents, sleeping bags, bicycles, stoves, lanterns, cross country skis, and other outdoor equipment.

Outings conducted during the year include day hiking, backpacking, river floating, white water rafting, cross country skiing, and car camping. Destinations range from local recreation areas to Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Glacier National Parks, as well as the Pacific coast, Canadian Rockies, and southwest desert. Nominal fees are charged.

Maps, magazines, trail guides, catalogs, and other publications are available at the Outdoor Recreation Center, a clearinghouse for outdoor information. A 'common adventurer' outings board is maintained for persons who wish to initiate their own trips and are interested in having others join them. A current events bulletin board serves for posting upcoming activities and public notices, and for the exchange of personal equipment and services.

Seminars are presented dealing with an array of topics including safety in bear country, avalanche awareness, river running skills and techniques, mountaineering expeditions, international travel, and other outdoor activities.

Maintenance and repairs on personal equipment can be done at the Bicycle/Ski Shop. A staff person is present to offer advice and assistance. Fees are low and tools are provided.

For information on services, hours, and policies, call 406-994-3621 or visit the Center, which is located on Lincoln Avenue across from Rockie Hall.  Visit them on them on the web at 

ASMSU Campus Entertainment

Campus Entertainment (CE) is located in Room 282B SUB (406-994-4839).

  • ASMSU Arts and Exhibits •  displays paintings, photographs, and sculptures of locally, regionally, and nationally known artists in the Exit Gallery (student run and funded) in the North West entrance at the base of the steps in the SUB. In addition, the committee also provides workshops and lectures by visiting artists and Upheavel; the student art show and sale during the spring semester. For more information contact or 406-994-1828.

  • ASMSU Concerts •  is a committee designed to provide MSU students, staff, and faculty with a wide range of professional music and entertainment, including major recording artists and local talent. Phone 406-994-5821.

  • ASMSU Films •  provides new entertainment each week. Films are shown in the Procrastinator Theater at 125 Linfield Hall on the weekends for a nominal charge for students. Free videos are shown in the SUB Northwest Lounge during the week. For more information call 406-994-5827 or stop by SUB 282B. The "Movie Hotline" number is 406-994-3312.

  • ASMSU Comedy Spotlight •  is responsible for laughter! Shows range from stand-up comedy routines and big-name comedians to FUN interactive events that have been successful in the past. Take a break from studying and come join us for a few laughs! Phone 406-994-1829.

  • ASMSU Lively Arts/Lectures •  provides culturally oriented entertainment ranging from solo classical instrumentalists to modern theater and dance companies. Local, regional, and national acts with a variety of performance styles are showcased. Several nationally and regionally known speakers are sponsored each year. Activities may range from forums on controversial issues to educational and fun lectures. This committee's purpose is to broaden the horizons of the students of MSU. Phone 406-994-5828.

  • ASMSU Technical Services •  provides lighting and sound reinforcement equipment and a technical workforce to ASMSU programs, university functions, and to anyone else affiliated with the University who may need such equipment or expertise. Phone 406-994-5823.

ASMSU Public Relations

ASMSU Public Relations has the purpose of increasing the communication between ASMSU, the community and the students we serve. PR provides informational advertising for ASMSU on the pack page of the Exponent, promoting ASMSU at MSU Fridays during the school year. The committee's main purpose is to convey ASMSU awareness and inform the student body of the operations of ASMSU. The PR Committeeis located in 325 SUB, 406-994-5824.

ASMSU State Legislature Committee

ASMSU ensures that student voices and concerns are heard and acted upon by the MSU administration, the local community, the Board of Regents, and the State of Montana. The ASMSU State Legislature committee exists primarily to lobby the state legislature. Student input is always welcomed, particularly during state legislative sessions. Students interested in serving on this committee should contact the ASMSU Senate Office in 281 SUB, 406-994-2933.

ASMSU Community Outreach

An awareness group run by students for students, Wellness offers information on date rape, drug and alcohol abuse, as well as opportunities for student involvement. Community Outreach also helps organize multiple blood drives throughout the year and works with the Gallatin County DUI taskforce. Many Wellness employees and volunteers receive college credit. Peer Education Internships are also available. For more information call 406-994-5800.

ASMSU Tutorial Program

This program is designed to help students deal with the rigors of college by offering high-quality tutorial services at a reasonable price. A student can be tutored for five hours per class per semester at a discounted rate. An attempt will be made to locate a tutor for any class requested. In order to use this service, a student should go to room 281 SUB (next to the ASK US Desk). A list of qualified tutors for the course requested will be provided, and tutoring will occur based on the tutor's and the student's schedules. For more information call 406-994-2933, however tutor information is not available over the phone or to students who are not enrolled full time.

ASMSU Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute is charged with providing leadership opportunities and inspirations to MSU students. The Institute works towards developing leaders and problem solvers who effectively empower both self and others. Our objective is to work on a system-wide basis providing, coordinating, planning and organizing leadership opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community members throughout MSU and Montana. For more information call 406-994-7275 or visit


Opportunities exist for all interested students to participate in a variety of ensembles and classroom activities in the Department of Music. Many music courses are specifically designed for non majors and several satisfy University Core requirements.

Department of Music concert ensembles are open to all university students, some through audition. Three choral ensembles--The Montanans, Chorale, and University Chorus--provide performance opportunities for vocalists. Instrumentalists may choose from five performing bands--Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Jazz Lab I, and Jazz Ensemble II; two orchestras--Chamber Orchestra and the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra; a percussion ensemble; and numerous faculty-coached chamber music groups. Many students also enroll in private or class instruction with teachers in piano, voice, guitar, and all band and orchestral instruments.

Howard Hall, home of the Department of Music, is equipped with a number of private teaching studios, classroom facilities, and an electronic piano laboratory. In addition to a 265-seat recital hall, Howard Hall contains a large ensemble rehearsal room and several acoustically-efficient practice rooms.

On-campus performances occur frequently. Recitals by faculty and guest artists, and concerts by musical organizations are scheduled throughout the year. Informal musical entertainment, special musical events, appearances by musical organizations at athletic events, statewide tours, and performances for professional conferences are other features of the music program.

Students seeking additional information should contact the Department of Music, Howard Hall, 406-994-3562.

Theatre Arts

Generally two mainstage productions and two student-produced Underground Theatre productions are presented each academic year through the theatre arts production program. In addition, MSU provides the home base for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks during the summer months.

Theatre Arts is under the direction of an academically and professionally qualified faculty. Any enrolled student is eligible to participate in theatre arts productions regardless of major, providing the student has the interest, ability, and sufficient time. For students who are interested in pursuing theatre arts on an academic basis, a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Photography is offered. Information regarding the theatre arts production and academic programs can be obtained from the department office in the Visual Communication Building, 406-994-2484.


Intercollegiate athletic competition plays a vibrant role on the Montana State University campus.

Bobcat varsity athletic programs compete as NCAA Division I members, with I-AA membership in football. Montana State's membership in the Big Sky Conference offers rivalries with regional institutions throughout the West. Not only does MSU annually lead the Big Sky Conference in Academic All-Conference selections, but it is also annually near the top of the league in the All-Sports Trophy race. MSU is among the regional attendance leaders in all sports, and Bobcat athletic programs generate enthusiasm throughout the Bozeman community as well as on campus.

Montana State competes for Big Sky titles in football, men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, women's golf, men's and women's track and field, men's and women's cross country, and men's and women's tennis. Women alpine and nordic skiers compete in the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Skiing Association, and the Bobcat ski program has recently hosted a pair of NCAA skiing championship meets.

The reputation of the championship-level athletic program is further enhanced by the fact that MSU has successfully hosted conference championships in recent years in men's and women's basketball, indoor and outdoor track and field, and tennis.

MSU also competes in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, the top level of college rodeo competition. MSU rodeo teams have won several team and individual national championships.

Community Involvement

The MSU Office for Community Involvement connects hundreds of MSU volunteers with projects that provide valuable human and community services in the Bozeman area and throughout other parts of our state and nation. In addition to the bi-annual "Into the Streets" event, the office coordinates service opportunities during the winter and spring breaks and awards mini-grants and stipends to student community project leaders. The office facilitates students' self-initiated community outreach through the Community Involvement Calendar, which lists the current needs of over thirty local helping agencies. The calendar is updated weekly and posted near the ASK US Desk in the Strand Union and in the residence hall lobbies.

A simple way to get involved is the "Into the Streets" event held at the beginning of each semester, when an array of community service organizations visit campus with opportunities for all interested students. From building houses or assisting in grade schools, to teaching swimming or building local trails, you have a full menu of options. There are part-day and full-day projects so you can savor this opportunity and still have time for school work and other extracurricular activities. Check the campus paper and listen for announcements in your residence hall about "Into the Streets."

If you are looking for an enjoyable way to meet other students and to become better acquainted with Montana's communities, involvement in off-campus community service activities is for you! It can also help you explore a career or major option, make off-campus contacts, and apply your classroom knowledge to the "real world."

If you want more information, you may contact the Office for Community Involvement at 406-994-6902, visit the office in room 247 of Reid Hall, or go to

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