ASMSU Elections Candidates
The Streamline Bus Fee passed by 53%. ASMSU voted in favor of a proposed $4.55 increase per semester in ASMSU Student Activity Fees to support expansion of Streamline public transportation system to update bus routes and increase bus frequency. Proposed Student Activity Fee increases must be approved by the majority of the voting student body and approved by the majority of votes from the Montana University System Board of Regents.
President and Vice Presidental
Norris Blossom & Tal Rogers
Hey Bobcats! We are excited to be running for ASMSU President and Vice President. Norris Blossom is a sophomore studying Financial Engineering and Entrepreneurship and is stoked about hiking, kayaking, and frisbee golf! Tal Rogers is a Junior studying Industrial Engineering who loves to ski, spend time with friends, lift, and yo-yo! We are focused on bringing a sense of community back to MSU through increasing accessibility of MSU resources and re-inventing student engagement on campus. We are also excited to help new campus structures like the American Indian Hall and Romney Hall employ sustainable practices from the start. Thanks, Bobcats! Vote Blossom & Tal!
Caroline is a native Montanan having grown up near Choteau, MT. A sophomore studying Agriculture Business with a pre-law focus, she wants to become a practicing attorney focused on agriculture issues and policy creation. The inspiration for this career choice came, in part, from her experience working on her family's sheep operation alongside her parents and older brother and through 4-H and FFA involvement. Caroline is actively involved with Range Management Club (current treasurer) and Sigma Alpha Sorority (current leadership committee chair). This year, Caroline has worked as the Burton K. Wheeler Center Student Fellow and an MSU Leadership Student Associate. These opportunities have enabled Caroline to make diverse connections across campus positioning her to effectively serve as an ASMSU Senator. Outside of the classroom you can find her cooking, playing instruments, reading, taking in Montana’s magnificence, or drinking coffee. Caroline is an advocate for honesty, efficiency, and decisions made with integrity. She looks forward to honoring College of Agriculture students with a strong, confident voice. Want to learn more about Caroline? Feel contact her at [email protected] or follow her on Instagram @maid.in.mt.
Arts and Architecture
My name is Faith Himmel and I am currently a sophomore music education student in the College of Arts and Architecture at MSU. Since being at MSU I have been involved in the National Association for Music Education student chapter, and have just become president of the American Choral Directors' Association student chapter. I am also involved in both the MSU Chorale and the Montanans choir. I will give the students a way to communicate any comments, questions, and concerns, and give them a voice that will be heard.
Hi my name Is Amber Kurth. I am a freshman business marketing major at Montana State University in Bozeman Montana.I have a lot of interest in wine making and one day hope to own and operate my own winery or vineyard. Growing up I was very involved in sports, agriculture, and my school. I have a background in agriculture raising, showing, and selling multiple species at my local county fair. I was a multi sport athlete in high school, participating in; soccer, track and field, volleyball, softball, and swim. I have also held multiple leadership positions in FFA, student government, and CSF. Some of my biggest accomplishments include organizing a fifteen thousand dollar rib feed fund raiser, and a public speaking contest for about 200 students, both of which were for my FFA chapter. I love spending time outdoors, especially swimming, hiking, and biking in the summers. From my past I have learned a lot about dedication, time management, and the importance of communication. Using the skills I have learned I am excited to see how far I can take myself in my future.
Hi!!!! My name is Jack Pearlman, and I am currently a sophomore double-major in Business Management and Political Science. I am originally from Evergreen, CO, but my love for the outdoors drove me to MSU and is the driving factor behind eventually wanting to become an environmental lawyer. Last year I was the RHA (Residence Hall Association) senator for Roskie Hall. I look forward to the opportunity to continue my work on behalf of the Business school students and MSU as a whole. If elected, I will give a voice to all in the Jake Jab's College of Business and Entrepreneurship students’ and increase involvement across campus. I want to create a network for business majors by increasing club participation.
Education Health and Human Development
Hello Bobcats, my name is Kaitlyn Logan and I am a sophomore majoring in Nutrition Science and minoring in Business Administration! I have been involved in leadership throughout high-school and college, most notably serving as Philanthropy chair for Alpha Omicron Pi and formerly serving as Montana Family Career and Community Leaders of America State President. Five years ago, I started a food pantry in my high-school and continue to volunteer there, along with the Gallatin Valley Food Bank, fundraisers for the Arthritis Foundation, and Service Saturday projects. I will advocate for and support the students of the College of Education, Health and Human Development in ASMSU.
Hello everyone! My name is Ryann Neubauer, I am a sophomore majoring in Community Health and Human Development. I grew up in Chandler, Arizona and spent my summers in Bozeman with my family which is how I fell in love with MSU! When I am not around Montana hall you might find me at the Office of Admissions working as a Telecat and Student Representative or the Alpha Omicron Pi House where I live! My goal is to make sure every voice is being heard on campus!
Hi Bobcats! I’m Katherine Carlson, but everyone calls me Kai. I’m a 3rd year student in Electrical Engineering, originally from Fort Collins, Colorado. My goal is to be a voice to connect the students of the College of Engineering to MSU as a whole. I will also use my experience as an intern at Intel for the past four years to assist students transition into the workforce. I will support students and implement policies that suit engineering students, aid societies, and benefit organizations. I am also a board member of Society of Women Engineers, a TA for the past 2 years, and a member of the Spirit of the West Marching Band! I have the vim to help make MSU a great place, and I can’t wait to see what we will accomplish together!
My name is Nicholas Fitzmaurice and I am a sophomore studying Industrial and Management Systems Engineering with a minor in Sustainability Studies. Through my time here at MSU, I have had the opportunity to engage with a number of campus organizations, serving as Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity's Vice President of Programming, helping plan MSU's annual AIChE Climate Conference, collaborating with the student club Sustainability Now, participating as a student member in MSU's Campus Sustainability Advisory Council, and working as a student employee at MSU's Office of Sustainability. As a senator for the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering, I will advocate for the wants and needs of engineering students, helping to guide MSU towards a better future for everyone.
My name is Cooper McCleery and I am a junior studying chemical engineering with a minor in mathematics. I grew up in Denver, CO and was drawn to MSU by the outdoor centered community of Bozeman. I look forward to continue the improvement of sustainability on campus. As a senator, I would hope to provide opportunities to help students to connect outside of the classroom. In my classes, I am constantly inspired by the bright minds of all my classmates and would love the opportunity to be a representative for all the students in the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering.
My name is Jessica Thompson - I usually go by Jess or Jessie and I use she/her pronouns. I am a freshman studying environmental engineering in the honors college with hopes to go on to graduate school to study ocean engineering. Over the last year I have been a founding member of the Campus Climate Coalition, and been a part of Sustainability Now, Women in Engineering, and the Society of Women Engineers. I'm currently working on research related to climate action planning with a group of very motivated students and two advising professors. I will proudly give a voice to the minority of women in the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering and all female identifying students in STEM. Additionally I want to represent all students who, like me, are passionate about mitigating the effects of climate change - before it's too late. Together, we can do so much more.
Letters and Science
Hi bobcats! My name is Jaedyn Birchmier and I am from Ankeny, Iowa. I am a junior studying Cell Molecular Biology and Neuroscience with a minor in Global Health here at Montana State. I am so excited to be running as a senator for the College of Letters in Sciences. On campus, I am involved in Pi Beta Phi sorority, the MSU triathlon club, the MSU blood drive, and the health equity circle. I also work as a research assistant in the Sleep and Development Lab. In my free time you can catch me skiing, hiking, or working out at the MSU recreation center. I am advocating for increasing campus safety as well as the physical and mental wellbeing of the student body. Excited to give back to this University and student body!
My name is Ellie Jackson, and I am a junior studying Cell Biology & Neuroscience, Global Health, and Hispanic Studies. Born and raised in Bozeman, I love being surrounded by mountains where I can hike and ski! I am passionate about engaging in service and leadership opportunities around the community and on campus. In addition to serving as a current CLS Senator, I am involved with The HEART Initiative, Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society, and Alpha Omicron Pi. I look forward to the opportunity to continuing to represent the students of the College of Letters and Science and engaging with students to continue to make MSU a thriving and welcoming community.
My name is Pushya Krishna and I am a junior majoring in Cell Biology and Neuroscience as well as English Literature here at MSU. Throughout my undergraduate career I have participated in research studying CRISPR adaptive immune systems in the Wiedenheft Lab, been a member of the MSU Symphony Orchestra and have been involved in service projects throughout the Bozeman community.
Hello everyone! My name is Melissa Ramirez and I am currently a freshman here at MSU! I am majoring in Political Science with a minor in Global Studies. In the last year, I have been blessed to work in the Political Science department and be a part of the MSU Bookstore team! I also encouraged people and helped them register to vote in the 2020 General Election! I strive to represent the College of Letters and Science as a Senator in the ASMSU! I hope to help voice concerns and improve everyone's experience at Montana State!
My name is Isabella Roccisano and I am a sophomore in Political Science and Sociology with minors in Hispanic Studies and Business Administration. I'm originally from Billings, Montana, and my time on campus at Montana State University technically started at Peaks and Potentials summer camp when I was 10 years old, so this campus has been a part of my life for a very long time. On campus, I am a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority and the Pre-Law Club. In terms of campus advocacy, I am passionate about our campuses sustainability initiatives as well as making campus involvement more accessible to all of the students here at MSU. If elected, I plan to serve the College of Letters and Science as a representative that will amplify your voices and opinions about issues on campus.
Directed Disciplinary Studies (focus areas in Chem/Bio Engineering, Architecture, and Sociology)
My name is Atticus Cummings and I am a Sophomore in the Directed Interdisciplinary Studies program with focus areas in Engineering, Sociology, and Architecture. I am a member of the Honors Presents lecture series team and several advisory councils on campus. With my active engagement in several departments (Architecture, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Sociology, Political Science, and Honors) I am ideally positioned to provide a voice for students campus-wide. My primary research and creative interests are creating a more equitable, vibrant, and sustainable world. I am particularly interested in biomimicry, using design solutions from nature to answer modern design, engineering, environmental, and social problems. Away from classwork, I love to get outside to hike, ski, run, and canoe all over Montana.
My name is Tyler Dobie, I am a junior at Montana State and am majoring in Political Science. I will be running For ASMSU Senator At-Large, I have been involved in the Bozeman community my whole life. I am looking forward to ensuring that all the students voices are heard at Montana State.
Sociology/Criminology; Minors: Political Science, Business Administration
Hey there, Bobcats! My name is Hali Kapperud and I am running to be one of your At-Large Senators. I am a junior here at MSU studying Sociology-Criminology with minors in Political Science and Business Administration. I'm originally from Montana, but I grew up in a rural town in the north-central area of the state, up on the Hi-Line. I chose MSU and more importantly stayed at MSU because of the feeling of community that I experienced the moment I stepped foot on campus. My hope is that all students find this feeling of community and belonging during their career here at MSU. Throughout my time here at MSU I have been involved and volunteered in a number of organizations across campus and in the Gallatin Valley. In the past, I have been the president of my residence hall council, held leadership positions in my sorority, was a member of the Love Your Melon Crew, and have participated in Dance Marathon. Currently I'm involved in Pre-Law Club, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. Additionally, I'm an AdvoCat Campus Tour Guide, so I'm a pro at walking backwards, an Orientation Leader, and also work for the Dean of Students Office and Office of Disability Services. Outside of school, you can find me hiking, skiing, playing on intramural sports teams, and enjoying everything the valley has to offer. As an ASMSU Senator, I want to work to increase student engagement at MSU, ensure that all students know about the variety of resources available to support them, enhance accessibility for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors on campus, and amplify your student voice. I would be honored to serve as your ASMSU At-Large Senator.
My name is Kate Riggers and I am currently a junior studying Business Finance with minors in Economics and International Business. I am currently a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, the Boardroom Bobcats Program, and am an ASMSU Senator representing the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship. Through this last year as a Senator I have gained a deeper understanding of our student government and have loved being able to represent business students. I am ready to take my passion for ASMSU and represent students all across Montana State University!