Congratulations to our new student leaders on their 2018-2019 elected leadership positions!


Taylor Blossom

I am a second-year student triple majoring in chemical engineering, economics, and directed interdisciplinary studies. Throughout my time at MSU I have been involved in Engineers Without Borders, serving as treasurer; the Science Policy Advocacy Network, as Co-President; and ASMSU, as a senator for the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering. As a senator this year I sponsored and passed campaign spending limits to make ASMSU more accessible to all students as well as lead efforts to change the commemorative tributes policy which is being voted on at University Council this month. In addition, I was involved in protesting for the special legislative session last fall and was in Helena to lobby for funding for the University System. As treasurer of Engineers Without Borders I managed a six figure 501(c)3 budget with international transactions. While not in my extracurriculars I have worked in a biological engineering laboratory for the past year and a half. I am also a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. Outside of school I love to rock climb, mountain bike, camp and hunt. I also volunteer at Bozeman High School as a CAP mentor. I hope to take these experiences and apply them to the ASMSU Presidency to try and better represent students and make sure their concerns are addressed at both the ASMSU and University level by ensuring we are spending student fee dollars efficiently, making campus more ecofriendly, and supporting student activists.


Lizzy Thompson

As a sophomore in Industrial Engineering, I have worked to ensure that all Bobcats feel at home here at MSU, and am excited for the opportunity to further that sentiment into the ASMSU Vice President Role. On top of being a Women in Engineering advisory board member, a Society of Women Engineers executive team member, and the VP of Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering, I serve as the ASMSU Campus Entertainment Director for the Office of Student Engagement. My goal as the Campus Entertainment Director was to bring intentional, fulfilling events and entertainers to our campus and I was able to do so alongside my team by planning and implementing over 50 campus-wide events including the Ben Nemtin Key Note, several Trivia Nights, and the Sweetheart Skate. I plan to bring the same work ethic and creativity to the ASMSU Vice President position. My goals for ASMSU Vice President are to reduce the carbon footprint created by our campus, strengthen relationships amongst students and their peers and students and administration, and spend your student fee dollars in ways that directly serve you and your fellow Bobcats. If I’m not in the OSE, or Roberts Hall, I’m most likely skiing, reading, rock climbing, or pulling shenanigans with my friends. I am surrounded by MSU students who display their ingenuity, love for adventure, and integrity every day, and would be honored to serve each and every one of you as the ASMSU Vice President.

Blossom and Thompson's Platform

Sustainable Spending: ASMSU doesn't use your student fee dollars efficiently. We want to make sure that if you give us a dollar in student fees we are giving you a dollar in services. We want to implement a campus shuttle to improve parking and put secure charging stations in the gym and library along with several other projects. If we can't use the fees you are giving us for services that benefit you we should not be collecting them. We also need to be devoting extra resources to advocating for the 6- Mill Levy and at the State Legislature this year.

Sustainable Campus: We want to make sure we are prioritizing bike accessibility on campus by implementing bike lanes and increasing secure and covered bike parking. Improving parking on campus by creating more easy access alternative transportation options will help us compensate for increasing expansion. In addition, we can prioritize reducing waste in both the Residence Halls and University Food Services.

Sustainable Relationships: We need to make sure ASMSU is a tool students can use. We want to continue the work of previous administrations and build off of it by increasing outreach and making sure that students know we are a resource for them. ASMSU should be empowering students to make the change they want to see on campus become a reality.



Jack Schmitz

Hi, I'm Jack Schmitz, I am a Junior in Pre-Vet from Spokane, Washington. I am active in Pre-Vet Club, Collegiate Grain Growers, Alpha Zeta, and College of Ag Student Council. In my spare time I enjoy skiing and fly-fishing. I will vote to make sure that your money is spent efficiently and productively on things that we actually need.


Silas Teasdale

Arts and Architecture
I'm Silas Teasdale, and I'm going to be your senator for the College of Arts and Architecture. I love making music, skiing, fishing, ultimate, and making trash can shots with balled-up paper. I'm in class, so we have to chat though this piece of paper... I'm running because MSU needs people who are motivated to improve student life and opportunities, and I believe I can be that person. To me, the Senate is a tool to fix problems that affect us, the student body. The three pillars of my candidacy are flexible problem-solving, progressive and modern justice, and down-to-earth communication. I care about the people around me, and I will never act in a self-serving or indifferent manner while your senator. The important thing to remember is that I;m serving as a representative for you. Communication is essential in any relationship, remember? If you know any problem I could carry forth to the Senate, I'd be grateful if you let me know! 


Will Horton

Business and Entrepreneurship
My name is Will Horton and I am a sophomore accounting student here at Montana State University. Over the past year, I have served as Social Chair and Treasurer of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, interned with a commercial real estate brokerage and engaged in various forms of community service. I will give a strong voice for Montana State's fraternity and sorority life and the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship.


Kaitlyn Reiman

Business and Entrepreneurship
My name is Kaitlyn Reiman and I am a Sophomore studying business with a focus in marketing and management. I stay involved on campus through my current work as a Sophomore Surge mentor and Orientation Leader, and my Freshman year I served as Roskie Hall President. I also serve on the Leaders Council for Alpha Omicron Pi and work on campus as an administrative assistant for Culinary Services. I have 3 main goals: 1. Provide effective, accountable, and transparent leadership for the students in the Jake Jabs College of Business and the MSU community as a whole. 2. Break the stigma around mental health and create more effective pathways for students to get help from the resources we have on campus. 3. Expand inclusion and diversity programs within the College of Business and on campus. Every student has an opinion on where they think their student fees should be spent, and I want to be their voice and make sure their best interests come first.


Nick Lyon

Education, Health and Human Development
Nick Lyon is a Junior at MSU and is double majoring in Technology Education and Industrial Technology. During the winter, Nick works as a ski instrutor at the Yellowstone Club. But when he is not working, you can usually find him studying in the library, or skiing up at Bridger Bowl before class or on the weekends. In the summer, Nick likes to be out on the Ocean, whether that be sailing, cruising around the Puget Sound in his runabout, or running a summer camp for kids in the San Juans. Nick is a very dedicated and hard-working student and has a passion for anything in the outdoors.


Connor Mulvaney

Education, Health and Human Development
Hello!! My name is Connor Mulvaney and I am a Junior studying Secondary Education - General Science Broadfield and minoring in Sustainability. For the past 2.5 years, I have worked as a Student Associate of the MSU Leadership Institue planning and conducting various leadership workshops, events, lectures, speakers, and retreats. I am a strong advocate for interdisciplinary education and am especially passionate about Environmental Science. I strive to make Montana State University more energy efficient, less wasteful, and an overall more sustainable university.


Amber Halstad-Albarez

My name is Amber Halstad-Albarez and I am a senior in mechanical engineering here at MSU who is also pursuing a minor in computer science. In my time I have spent here at MSU I have been an orientation leader, did an internship for the Walt Disney Company in Orlando, Florida, been in a sorority and held positions in said sorority, and work two jobs. I would love to be a senator for ASMSU because I feel very passionate about engineering and want to feel connected to the other students and the department.


Natalie Hall

My name is Natalie Hall and I am a second-semester freshman studying Financial Engineering and on-track to declare a Computer Science minor. Although I am young, I am eager to learn everything there is to know about my new home at Montana State University. I’m actively involved in the Honors College, Alpha Omicron Pi, Engineers Without Borders, MSU’s Alpine Ski Club, and the VOICE center. As I continue my studies here I want to explore more ways to be connected with my peers, especially as a representative for other engineering students through ASMSU.


Ambika Murali

Hello MSU! My name is Ambika Murali and I am a sophomore studying Computer Engineering, with a minor in Electrical Engineering. I am a current ASMSU student senator representing the College of Engineering. I stay involved on campus through MSU's IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineering) chapter and Women in Engineering. In addition, I work with the Office of International Programs as a marketing/recruiting student assistant. I am passionate about student government on campus and love to represent the best interests of students in the Senate. I hope to keep serving the MSU student body and the Bozeman community to the best of my abilities through ASMSU Senate.


Brenden Pelkie

My name is Brenden Pelkie. I'm a sophomore in Chemical Engineering, as well as applied math. I hope to use this education to lead research into renewable energy. I am engaged in research on campus, as well as being president of Stoked on Spokes and a brother in the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. I work with Eaglemount ski program and am part of Gallatin County Search and Rescue. My free time is spent backcountry skiing or otherwise exploring whatever mountains I can find myself in. I look to represent the interests of the College of Engineering.


Sophia Elias

Letters and Sciences
My name is Sophia Elias and I am a sophomore in Biochemistry. I'm originally from Anchorage, Alaska and love to climb and ice-skate in my free time. As co-president of the Undergraduate Chemistry, an active member of a stem cell research lab and an ambassador of the honors college, I am excited about science outreach and student involvement on campus. I support campus sustainability and will strive to ensure that student voices are heard.


Karalee Kothe

Letters and Sciences
Hello MSU! My name is Karalee Kothe and I am a sophomore double majoring in Psychology and Global and Multicultural Studies with a minor in Hispanic Studies. I am currently a staff writer for the MSU Exponent, a Sophomore Surge Mentor, an Eagle Mount volunteer, and on the executive board of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. This experience along with my determination to seek the truth, advocate for my fellow students and tenacity will allow me to represent the diverse students of the College of Letters and Science. Go Bobcats!

Scotty Killian

Letters and Sciences
Scotty is a junior studying Cellular Biology and Neuroscience in the prestigious College of Letters and Science. He spent the past two academic years representing his college on the ASMSU senate, one year as the ASMSU Senate Speaker Pro Tempore. During his tenure he tirelessly pushed for a climbing wall expansion, the addition of a Women, Infants, and Children’s (WIC) clinic on campus, banning small plastics, and a Fix-it-Fair. He hopes to continue working to make MSU more equitable, sustainable, and affordable for current and future Bobcats.

Allison Reinhardt

Letters and Sciences
My name is Allison Reinhardt and I am a freshman studying Cell Biology and Neuroscience and am enrolled in the Honors college. As an outdoor enthusiast, I absolutely love living in Bozeman as I love to hike, ski, and play in any source of water I can find. My passion however, comes from serving others especially through student government. As one of two delegates from the state of Montana selected for the United States Senate Youth Program, I saw first hand the importance of being informed and willing to take a stand for what I believe in. I realized that I have a voice and when informed -- I can make a difference. It is this passion that is driving me to run as a senator for ASMSU and to advocate for student needs. I hope to be a voice for students enrolled in the College of Letters and Sciences at MSU. I would be so excited to help make changes here at this incredible university in one of the best college towns in America.

Anna Jurovich

Hello! My name is Anna Jurovich and I am a sophomore student in the nursing program here at MSU. This school year, I became the ASMSU student receptionist with the Office of Student Engagement, where I have been able to work with and appreciate MSU's hard working and motivated student government. Over the past semesters, I have personally taken pride by engaging in many of the events put on by this school and I believe that I can take my experiences with the OSE and ASMSU to make a positive difference at this school.

Isaac Gilbertson

University Studies
hi, my name is Isaac Gilbertson and I am a freshman in university studies at MSU. I am also a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. But the most important fact about me is I want to help people in any way that I can. born in Bozeman MT and raised in Belgrade MT.

Natalie Abbot

Natalie Abbot, a life-long Montanan, is an active Senator At-Large, National Level Ambassador, and a Montana State 4-H Cowboy Action Shooting Champion. Along with being a Senator At-Large for ASMSU, she has been an Orientation leader and Peer Leader for First Year University Seminar as well as a member of Alpha Lambda Delta honor society, and a regular at Country Swing Dance Club. When not studying, Natalie can be found outdoors with friends enjoying adventures. Running “At-Large” her view on being a senator is “I care about this campus, its people, and what happens to it.”

Danny Branch

Hello, I am Danny Branch. I am currently a Freshman in the Science option of the Animal Science program. Following a five-year enlistment in the United States Navy as a Weapons Specialist, I started working in various facets of the ranching/agricultural production industry. This work not only led me to the exploration of the Rockies, from Arizona to Montana and everywhere in between, but also to finding my true calling. Being the son of a Doctor of Agricultural Economics and a Veterinarian, agriculture and the West have always been dear to me. However, it was not until my own venture into agriculture that I found it to be what I wanted my future to be. This calling is what has brought me to Montana State University and my new home of Bozeman. Following successful completion of my bachelor’s degree, it is my aspiration to continue my education in veterinary school. While here at MSU, in addition to maintaining the highest standard of academics, it is my goal to serve the university that is doing so much for me. It is to that end that wish to be your representative to the Associated Students of Montana State University.

Garth Grimsrud

My name is Garth Grimsrud. I am a senior studying Construction Engineering Technology. I am actively engaged in Greek Like and a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. For the past 3 semesters I have served as the Inter Fraternal Council President. I also actively participate in other organizations on campus such as the SAFE Coalition, intramural sports and Advocats.

Sheridan Johnson

Hey there! I'm Sheridan Johnson and I'm from Conrad in North-Central Montana. This is my freshman year at Montana State and I am a double major in Agriculture Education - Communications and Political Science. I love all that MSU has to offer, especially the sense of community. During my freshman year, I have been involved in a number of clubs within the College of Agriculture. I like to spend my free time volunteering around the valley as I meet awesome people! As I run for an at-large Senate position, I am excited about the potential opportunity to represent students from across campus.

Karl Swenson

Who do you want representing you? Someone with leadership experience? Someone with an appetite for cheesy puns? My name is Karl Swenson and I’m a junior majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in aerospace. I have served two years in the ASMSU Senate and I’m looking to continue my work next year. As a member of the Spirit of the West Pep Band, Circle K, and as a student tutor, I represent a wide variety of students and I hope to have your vote once again.

Sheridan Pena|ASMSU Elections Student Director| 406.994.2933