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 except for finals weeks and holidays. Please email [email protected] for meeting location.

Bios 

Walter Scheldorf

Agriculture

Walter Scheldorf

WalterScheldorf is a third-year student from Washougal, Washington, currently studying environmental science and political science with a minor in GIS and a pre-law focus. Outside of ASMSU, Walter is also involved with the Outdoor Club, the Pre-Law Club, and acts as a Resident Advisor in Hyalite Hall. When he isn't doing his senatorial duties, Walter enjoys being in the water, hiking, and climbing rocks (not rock climbing, there's a difference). Walter hopes to make the College of Agriculture, and MSU as a whole, more connected and mindful. His aspirations in life include owning a real sword and becoming a cedar tree. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, emotional outbursts, or half-decent jokeshmu at 3602169025 or through email at [email protected] 

ASMSU Lane Lerum

Agriculture

Lane Lerum

Hello everyone, my name is Lane Lerum. I am a senior studying Agricultural Business with a minor in economics. I am from Galata, MT where I grew up on a farm and ranch. I graduated from North Toole County High School, just south of the Canadian border. On campus, I am involved with the Hilleman Scholar Program, Stockgrowers, Alpha Gamma Rho, Inter-Fraternity Council, MSU's Admissions Office, and a tour guide. I look forward to representing the College of Agriculture and look forward to hearing from students about what they would like to see. Feel free to contact me through my student email.
[email protected]

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At-Large & Senate Speaker

Paytyn Wilson

Hi, ‘Cats! My name is Paytyn and I am jazzed to be serving as one of the four At-Large Senators this year. I am equally jazzed to be working with our entire team here in ASMSU Senate as Senate Speaker. I am a senior, studying Agricultural Communications, with minors in political science and English writing. I came to MSU from a super small town (of about 200 people) huddled up next to the North Dakota and Canada borders, called Bainville. Once at MSU, I found the people I needed through clubs in my college, and my sorority, Pi Beta Phi. I also have the privilege of working with amazing people at the MSU Leadership Institute as a Student Associate.

Melissa Ramirez

At-Large & Senate Pro Tempore

Melissa Ramirez

What's up Bobcats! My name is Melissa Ramirez and I am both honored and stoked to serve you as one of your At Large Senators and Senate Pro Tempore. I am a junior here at MSU, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Global Studies. I plan to work in public education curriculum policy both domestically and internationally. I am originally from Northern California but have now moved to Bozeman full-time.  Apart from my involvement with the ASMSU Senate, I was an Orientation Leader for the Summer of 2022, currently work at the MSU Bookstore as the Social MediaIntern, and serve on a First Generation Student Committee. I am passionate about this campus in the form of enhancing community, environment, and engagement for all students. I am focused on enhancing resources for first-generation students to carve a more accessible avenue to higher education. When I am not busy on campus I love to hit the outdoors, watch any Earth documentary out there, and cheer on the Bobcats at every sporting event! I am eager to see what this year has in store for us and ready to serve the students here at MSU! 

Katie Delker

At-Large

Katie Delker

Katie Delker is a sophomore at Montana State from Soldotna, Alaska. She is pursuing a degree in Microbiology on the Pre-Veterinary Track and plans to attend graduate school to study veterinary medicine. This is Katie’s second year as a senator, and she looks forward to meeting more of her fellow Bobcats and helping out around campus! Alongside her role as a senator, Katie is a member of the MSU Club Nordic Ski Team, Country Dance Club at MSU, and the MSU AdvoCats. Outside of class, she enjoys spending her free time hiking, skiing, and camping. She thanks the MSU community for entrusting her with this position, and will constantly strive to represent her peers with integrity, compassion, and dedication. 

Claire Matthews

At-Large

Claire Matthews

My name is Claire Matthews and I am currently a senior studying Early Childhood Education and Child Services P3. I was born and raised in Hamilton, MT and love getting to attend school in Montana. In my free time, I love getting outside, karaoke downtown, swing dancing, ultimate frisbee, and trivia. Since being at MSU, I have been involved with the MSU Hilleman Scholars Program and previously served as an EHHD Senator. I am excited to get to represent all students of MSU this school year! 

Jacob Zink

Business

Jacob Zink

My name is Jacob Zink, and I am a sophomore studying Business Management, Sustainability, and Political Science. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, I have been hiking, camping, and fishing all my life. I am passionate about serving others through engaging in community service and seeking leadership opportunities around the community and on campus. In addition to serving as a business senator, I am involved with the Interfraternal Council and Sigma Nu Fraternity. I am elated to have been elected and look forward to amplifying the collegiate experience on our campus! 

Elizabeth Berry

Business

Elizabeth Berry

Hey,Bobcats! My name is Elizabeth Berry, and I am a third-year student studying Business Marketing with a minor in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship. In addition to being a senator, I work in the ASMSU office as the Director of Media and am a member of sorority life.  When I’m not on campus, you’ll find me in the Bridgers skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. I am passionate about improving campus safety, building sustainable infrastructure on campus, and improving access to existing student services. As a Senator for the students of the College of Business, I am working to establish a strong network of communication between myself and my peers so that they all have access to strong and accurate representation. 

Anja Lincke

Education, Health & Human Development 

Anja Lincke

Hi Friends! My name is Anja Lincke, and I am a senior studying Nutrition Science. My goal as an ASMSU Senator, and as a human in general, is to create a positive impact on my community. Growing up in Alaska, I fell in love with exploring the mountains and rivers with friends and found my community by playing sports. Since choosing MSU, I have had the opportunity to grow as a leader by working for the Outdoor Recreation Program and as the president of Women's Club Volleyball. I have lived the benefit of an inclusive and supportive community, and now strive to expand opportunities for connection all across campus. If you have ideas or are facing challenges, I would be delighted to chat over coffee or during a walk! 

Megan Sommers

Education, Health & Human Development 

Megan Sommers

My name is Megan Sommers and I'm a senior studying exercise science! I was born and raised just outside of Portland, Oregon, but I had been coming to Montana since I was kid for snowboarding and family trips. I was drawn to MSU and Bozeman because it felt like my home away from home. On campus I am involved in the exercise science club and have done many volunteer opportunities within the community. I am super excited to be a senator for the college of EHHD and to get more involved with the university and my peers! I am extremely passionate about mental health here on campus and am excited to be able to support everyone with more mental health resources outside of MSU's CPS program. My focus is to make the mental health services here on campus less intimidating and bring more awareness on the importance of mental health for students. 

Sophia Burchfield

Engineering

Sophia Burchfield

My name is Sophia Burchfield. I am a third-year student in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program with a minor in Building Energy Systems, am a member of the Montana State Honors College, and serve on the Women in Engineering board. I am from Boise, Idaho, but have also lived in Mississippi, Arizona, Virginia, California, North Carolina, and Texas! As an ASMSU senator, my goal is to serve as an advocate for engineering students in order to help them find their role in the community and the opportunities that Montana State offers. I believe that every voice on the Montana State campus is of value and would welcome the opportunity to represent students from the College of Engineering. 

Rosamarie Roccisano

Engineering

Rosamarie Roccisano

Hi,Bobcats! My name is Rosamarie Roccisano, but I just go by Rosa. I am in my second year here at Montana State and am majoring in Biological Engineering. During my time on the Senate I have been involved with sustainability, the VOICE Center, PACE, and student outreach. Outside of the Senate, I am a part of the Honors College and the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), and I spend my time enjoying our beautiful outdoors. I am looking forward to representing, engaging with, and advocating for all of you this year. For more information and updates drop by my office hours at the OSE office in the SUB, or check out my official insta: @rosaforasmsu . 

Calvin Servheen

Engineering

Calvin Servheen

Calvin Servheen is a Missoula-born student in his fourth year at MSU. He is pursuing dual degrees in Industrial Engineering and Directed Interdisciplinary Studies with minors in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Studies. Calvin has also spent the last 3 years working on startups in various industries, and he hopes to spend his career developing and commercializing the technologies that will help consumers live more sustainably in the future. Calvin believes strongly that greenhouse emissions represent an existential threat to humanity, and he is committed to tackling this issue with urgency. Calvin also believes it is vital for every university student to stay connected with their community. Calvin is excited to represent the college of engineering, and he welcomes all feedback and suggestions from constituents.  

To submit an idea for an ASMSU initiative or resolution, use this link: https://forms.gle/ZJsv7PWssTZg2XDH6 

To schedule a meeting, follow this Calendly: https://calendly.com/lq_enterprises/asmsu-senate-office-hours 

To connect on LinkedIn, go here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/calvin-servheen-08a077194/ 

To get in touch about anything else, use this link: https://forms.gle/BmoVYA12VY5LopcQ9 

Orrin Clark

Engineering

Orrin Clark

Hello fellow students, I’m Orrin Clark a third-year student studying Industrial & Management Systems Engineering. I am a non-traditional student having taken a few years away from school to live abroad on a religious mission. Since returning I began my higher education and chose to be involved all around campus, especially within the College of Engineering. Since I started at MSU I have been a researcher, Advocat, Orientation Leader, student associate at the Leadership Institute, and Smarty-Cats Tutor. Currently I am an Engineering Ambassador, Engineering Peer Academic Leader, Vice President of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, President of Alpha Pi Mu, a member of brownie club and Greek life through Sigma Phi Epsilon. I hail from Bozeman MT, growing up ice climbing, running, and generally adventuring about with friends and family to this day. Campaigning on bringing more dancing to campus this is my first year as a student senator, and I hope to serve my peers in this elected position, so feel free to wave to me on campus, I am a senator for the students after all. 

Melody Wendt

Letters and Science

Melody Wendt

My name is Melody Wendt, and I am a Junior in the Political Science Department. I transferred to MSU in the spring of 2020. I am a married mom of two children aged six and one years. We are a military family; my husband is deployed overseas with the MT Army National Guard. Until this spring, I served in leadership roles at county and state levels in a political party. I ran for a state legislature seat as a candidate in Billings in 2020. I resigned from politics to focus on my family and studies. In doing so, I decided I needed to be more proactive for other students who may be experiencing the same struggles I had balancing school and children. I recently helped co-found Students Raising Children, a club at MSU that focuses on building a network for students who are parents. My experiences help provide a unique perspective that would be valuable to ASMSU and the greater student body. I look forward to the opportunity to serve the students of MSU. 

Taryn VanSteeland

Letters and Science

Taryn Van Steeland

Hey there Bobcats! My name is Taryn Van Steeland and I am so honored to get to serve as a senator for the College of Letters and Sciences. I was born and raised in Billings, so Montana is near and dear to my heart. I am passionate about using my position as senator to represent the voices of MSU students and to help pave a path that makes receiving an education at MSU equally accessible for all students. My goal as an ASMSU Senator is to fight for your interests and to make sure that you feel supported and provided for during your time here. If you ever find yourself in need of support, as a student of the College of Letters and Sciences or any college, please don’t hesitate to reach out to talk with me. 

Doriane Keiser

Letters and Science

Doriane Keiser

My name is Doriane Keiser, and I am a Sophomore studying Psychology and Community Health with a minor in Sociology. I was Born and raised in Wolf Point, Montana on the Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux reservation. I am passionate about Mental Health and getting everyone access to mental health assistance. In addition to serving as a current CLS Senator, I am currently involved with Active Minds, Honor Bound, and AISES. I am looking forward to helping make an impact on this campus with my fellow senators, the President, and the Vice President as a College of Letters of Science Senator. 

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Letters and Science

Strandvold Knudsen

Howdy Bobcats! My name is Strandvold Knudsen. I am a Junior double-majoring in History and Political Science. I grew up in Belgrade, Montana, and have lived in Gallatin County my entire life. I have always been involved in various activities available to me, including high school sports, skiing, hiking, hunting, and horseback riding. I am excited to be a representative for the College of Letters and Science, and am looking forward to advocating for all students in the CLS. I am actively involved with University Student Housing programs, which has connected me to various beneficial campus resources with valuable experience opportunities. Being a part of the housing community has also given me experience in student government, as I was an acting hall representative to the RHA Senate during the Fall 2021 semester. As a Senator for ASMSU, I will thoroughly advocate for the physical and mental well being of the student body, create a welcoming environment on campus for students, as well as cooperate with other Senators to use students’ tuition dollars efficiently and with a clear purpose that will benefit all MSU students. 

Ashley Vasquez

College of Nursing

Ashley Vasquez

Hi my name is Ashley Vasquez I am currently a pre nursing student here at Montana State University. I grew up in Southern California and was heavily involved in my high school's volleyball team along with our student government. I was drawn to MSU because of the amazing sense of community among this campus and town. I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to represent all of my constituents and help all of their voices be heard. I love getting involved in any way I can in order to be a part of a hardworking and passionate environment. With my time here at Montana State I hope to make more resources available to nursing students among all our nursing campus in order to ensure that all of our future nurses have the support system needed in order to succeed in their careers. 

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University Studies

Frances Bronstein

My name is Frances Bronstein and I am a sophomore at MSU! I am currently undecided but am thinking about majoring in Global and Multicultural Studies or Psychology. In the last year, I have gotten involved in Circle K International, a community service club on campus. I was previously the social media manager and am currently the vice president of our chapter here at MSU. I also joined the Food Recovery Network, which aims to reduce food waste on campus. In my free time I dophotography, painting, skiing, and hiking. I am excited to represent our MSU community this year! 

The ASMSU Senate consists of 21 senators elected from their respective Colleges. 
Seats for FY 22 are apportioned as follows:

College
Number of Seats
Agriculture

1

Arts and Architecture
1
Business
2
Education/HHD
2
Engineering
4
Letters and Science
5
Nursing
1
University Studies
1
At Large
4
Senate Secretary 
1
Senate Leadership 
2