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 in SUB 235 except for finals weeks and holidays.
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.
Business and Entrepreneurship
Tue 8-8:30am, 9:15am-12pm
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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, 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.”
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.
Hello, I'm Ben Roeder. I am a junior studying Animal Science with a minor in Chemistry. As a third generation Bobcat, I have seen the impact which Montana State has had on my family and many others. I will work to ensure that MSU promotes those policies which benefit the students of today and future generations. When I am not on campus, you can find me losing both fishing lures and my place in a book. Go Cats!
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.
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.