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University Studies

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173000
Bozeman, MT 59717-3000

Tel: (406) 994-3532
Fax: (406) 994-6049
Location: 130 Gaines Hall


8:00-5:00 Mon-Fri


Diane Donnelly, MEd

Academic Advising Coordinator

Emily Edwards, MFA


University Studies/Academic Advising Center Staff

Diane Donnelly, MEd -- Director


Diane is the Director of University Studies and the Academic Advising Center. When it comes to cross-campus academic advising and curricular issues, Diane shines. She brings energy, knowledge, and expertise. She enjoys the continual contact with students and the variety of courses and faculty. Diane's undergraduate degree is in English Literature, and she received her MEd in Adult and Higher Education from MSU.  Diane also received the 2010 National Academic Advising Association Region 8 Administrator of the Year Award.


Shannon Patterson -- Administrative Associate


Shannon Patterson In her role as the Administrative Associate, Shannon is the first person who greets students when they enter the Advising Center.  She has worked at MSU since 2008 and brings with her a familiarity of campus with a background in Financial Aid.  Prior to working at MSU Shannon lived in Havre and was the Director of Development for St.Jude Thaddeus School and the Administrator for the Hill County Conservation District. Shannon enjoys spending time with her family, golfing, hiking, skiing, and traveling.


Emily Edwards , MFA -- First-Year Seminar Director, Academic Advisor


Emily Edwards Emily Edwards is an academic advisor and the First Year Seminar Director in the University Studies department. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, she studied literature and film at Ohio University, and received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. In addition to administering and teaching the first year seminar, she provides general advising and frequently teaches with the Education Department.


Ryan Storment, MA -- Assistant Seminar Director, Academic Advisor


Ryan Storment Ryan Storment is an academic advisor and the Assistant Director for the First Year Seminar in the University Studies department.  Ryan received his BA and MA in English Literature from Montana State University and has most recently taught the Knowledge and Community Seminar class for the MSU College of Letters and Science and College Writing I for the Department of English.  He enjoys writing, photography, camping, travelling, and especially spending time with his wife and daughter.


Karen Steele, MEd -- National Student Exchange Coordinator, Academic Advisor


Karen Steele Karen is an academic advisor and the Coordinator of the National Student Exchange program. She received her BS in Civil Engineering and her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction both from the University of Colorado. Karen also teaches in the University Studies and Mathematics departments. A little known fact about Karen is that she has lived in eight and traveled to most of the states, which explains her excitement and dedication to sending Montana State students all over the country. Her passion for the outdoors is apparent and she is always planning the next adventure for her husband and two energetic boys.


Denise Malloy, MEd, JD -- Pre-Med Advisor, Pre-Law Advisor, Academic Advisor



Denise Malloy brings a diverse background to her position as an academic advisor in the University Studies department.  She received a BS in Education, a MEd in Counseling and a JD from the University of Louisville.  Prior to entering law school, Denise was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Western Samoa. In law school, she reignited her passion for writing. Denise’s essays and articles have appeared in national and regional publications. A compilation of her humor columns was recently published. Denise feels extremely fortunate to live, work and play in Big Sky Country with her husband, two teenage boys and her dogs.


Joe Barr, MA -- Academic Advisor




Joe Barr is a general academic advisor and works closely with veteran and international students.  He received a BA in Modern Languages-French at Montana State University and an MA in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Kansas.  He has previously been a pre-med advisor who completed both military and Peace Corps service.  Having also taught US 101, CLS 101, and the foundational honors courses, he offers a wealth of background and experience for those seeking academic advising and major exploration.



Sheila Gilbertson, MEd -- Academic Advisor




Sheila Gilbertson is an academic advisor and First Year Seminar instructor for University Studies.  Originally from Plentywood, Montana, she began her college career as an undeclared, very undecided major right here in this very department.  She received a BS in Biological Sciences, a minor in Music and a M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Ed Administration, all from MSU.  She has worked in various departments across campus, but has found herself right back here where she started.  She feels very fortunate to be working in the very place which helped her find her own footing so many years ago. Sheila enjoys photography, music, theatre and spending time with her family which includes three teenaged sons and a soon to be teenaged daughter.  



Mary Noll, MA -- Academic Advisor, Director Emerita


Mary began her career in University Studies in 1979 as an intern while completing her master’s degree. During the subsequent 26 years, she served as an academic advisor, taught the First Year Seminar for 12 years, chaired orientation and scholarships, the National Student Exchange Coordinator and was the Assistant Director for six years. During her final five years before retiring in June of 2005, she served as the Director of University Studies. Although Mary continues to stay involved with University Studies as an academic advisor on a part-time basis, she is enjoying retirement with her husband and two dogs hiking, skiing, camping, and visiting grandchildren.