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By Emma Hill, GEAR UP MSU Program Assistant

It's that time of the year again where registration for Spring 2022 classes is now underway on campus. The Office of the Registrar's"Registration is a Piece of Cake" campaign includes the availability of drop-in help with registration during regular business hours in 111 Montana Hall. GEAR UP MSU wants to encourage students to register for the upcoming semester by offering a FREE cake pop to any GEAR UP student who stops by the GEAR UP Office and shows us their spring schedule. From November 15th until that Friday, November 19th, the GEAR UP office will be open from 8 am-5 pm to hand out FREE cake pops to any GEAR UP student with a Spring 2022 class schedule.

"Make it a priority to have at least one out-of-town weekend each semester"

-Blake Klostermeyer (Sophomore)

"Find a dining hall buddy to eat your meals with"

-Sinclair Berger (Senior)

"Don't be afraid to fail"

-Hunder Shelmerdine (Junior)

Join GEAR UP, TRIO Student Support Services, and the Office of Student Engagement in participating in this year's First-Generation Student Recognition Day on November 8th, 2021. What is a first-generation student?If neither of your parents nor guardians attended and completed a college degree, you are a first-generation student!First-Gen Day is our way of showing student successes to encourage other first-generation students in their pursuit of a college degree.Brooklin Hunt is one example of a rural First-Generation Student from St. Ignatius, MT who also happens to be a GEAR UP student! Be on the lookout for posters around campus that are highlighting first-generation students like Brooklin, and their successes through MSU. More information on Brooklin on page 4.

GEAR UP wants to provide an opportunity for your family to come and visit you here at MSU! If you are a GEAR UP freshman this year, we have meal passes for you! These meal passes are for you to take your parents/family to one of MSU's dining halls for FREE during their visit here. Only two meal passes for each GEAR UP freshman are available, so contact the GEAR UP MSU office or stop by on the 2nd floor of the MSU Library to pick yours up.

Grab a meal pass for your family today!

Bailey Milender from Superior, MT

Bailey Milender 

Superior, MT

Bailey Milender is a freshman from Superior, MT majoring in Anthropology. Bailey says "GEAR UP has helped me both in college and in high school. I was able to get in touch with many helpful resources here at MSU when I was in high school because of GEAR UP". She chose MSU because it was her dream college and because of family connections that stressed the amazing experiences that they had at MSU. After college, Bailey wants to spend lots of time outdoors helping people, regardless if that is in anthropology or not. Bailey's favorite things to do include hanging out with friends at the dining halls, going to Hyalite Canyon, and spending time with the people she loves.

Can the Griz Food drive

Can the Griz Food Drive

November 6th until November 20th

This year marks the 22nd year of the Can the Griz Food Drive. This food drive is a friendly, off-field competition between Montana State University and the University of Montana to see which school can collect the most donations for their local food bank. Can the Griz proceeds go to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank and benefits the Bounty of the Bridgers campus food pantry.

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Scholarship 101

November 10th from 12-1pm in the SUB Ballroom B

Are you considering scholarships to help finance your education? Join the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success as we explore scholarships, including those right here at MSU! Brought to you in advance of the CAT$cholarship deadline on February 1st, so you can take the advantage of the opportunity! RVSP now for Scholarships 101 on RVSP now for Scholarships 101 on CatsConnect.

2021 Brawl of the Wild

2021 Brawl of the Wild

Saturday, November 20h in Missoula, MT

The renowned Brawl of the Wild football game between the MSU Bobcats and the rival team the UM Grizzlies will take place on November 20th, 2021 in Missoula, MT at Washington Grizzly Stadium. Grab your friends and cheer on the Bobcats from home or from the bleachers. GO CATS GO!

Ride-Share with other GEAR UP Montana students for the Holidays

Holiday Break Ride-Share


This year we will have a whole week off for Thanksgiving and almost a month off for Christmas! If you are planning on going home for that time and don't have a ride, or are able to provide a ride for someone, go to the GEAR UP MSU website to see our Ride-Share options. This program will allow Montana students that don't have a vehicle to travel with a fellow Bobcat who does have a vehicle home for the holidays. Sign up now!

Brooklin Hunt from St. Ignatius, MT

Brooklin Hunt: 2018 St. Ignatius High School Graduate

MSU Senior Doubly Major in Pre-Veterinary Microbiology and Animal Systems Biotechnology

Brooklin Hunt is a senior at Montana State University in Bozeman double majoring in Pre-Veterinary Microbiology and Animal Systems Biotechnology. She grew up in St. Ignatius, Montana, and graduated high school there in 2018. Brooklin is also an Undergraduate Researcher in Dr. Raina Plowright's disease ecology lab where she studies Australian fruit bats. Read more about the Plowright Lab here.


In addition to being a GEAR UP student, Brooklin is also a First-Generation student, a TRiO Scholar, a McNair Scholar, and an Honors Scholar. She recently presented her research at the Honors College Freshman Research Symposium, which is a 1-credit class that Honors Freshmen take to learn about the research opportunities available to them at MSU. 165 MSU freshmen and 40 high schoolers from across Montana attended the symposium. Watch Brooklin's presentation here.

Brooklin is an MSU Senior studying Pre-Vetinary Microbiology and Animal Systems Biotechnology