Proud to be a Bobcat? Join the MSU Student Alumni Association!
Get involved and show your Bobcat pride! We are a student organization closely aligned with the Montana State University Alumni Association and we encourage you to grow as a part of MSU. We create opportunities for you to interact with other Bobcat fans through fun activities, network with alumni through mentoring and other events, enhance your leadership skills, strengthen your loyalty to MSU and uphold Bobcat spirit and traditions. Our members maintain the rich history and traditions at our university and organize community and campus service to make MSU and the surrounding community a better place. You are a student today, but a Bobcat forever.
Questions? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Benefits and activities
Our members receive the same benefits as MSU Alumni Association members (view them here) and engage in many tradition-building activities including:
- Exclusive Bobcat Gear
- Letterman sweaters
- Light up the “M”
- Member parties
- Dye Hard Bobcat Run
- Ski day
- Network with alumni
- Leadership opportunities
SAA Board 2013–14
Mikaleen Lowe, President
Miki is a senior from
Walker, Minnesota, majoring in Business Marketing.
She came to Montana with a love for the mountains and immediately found a passion for MSU. She has worked in many campus offices, aiming to improve the services that MSU provides for its students, alumni and friends. Miki is a member of the AOII sorority and has been active in many honor societies on campus. She is excited to lead SAA and is working hard to create more opportunities for students to let our their VIM and connect with MSU alumni. Her interests include painting, volunteering,
and hiking. She loves to meet fellow Bobcats so join today!
Collin Nelson, Senior Director of Blue & Gold
Collin is a senior studying Technology Education. Collin is involved in the Technology Education Club and in the Montana Army National Guard. Collin has blue & gold running through his veins and can be seen at sporting events painted completely in blue & gold. Collin attended the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC this past summer to serve as an MSU & SAA representative. He enjoys anything outdoors and enjoys what Montana has to offer. Collin hails from Roy, Washington.
Dani Clark, Junior Director of Blue & Gold
Dani Clark is a senior studying sociology and political science originally from Livingston, MT. Always a Bobcat, almost from birth, Dani knew she wanted to be involved at MSU. Her main focus has always been the MSU Community and school spirit—which doesn’t just mean a love for sports, but a passion for the educational institution as a whole. She was previously the student lobbyist during the 2013 Montana Legislative Session and is currently a student ambassador for the MSU Alumni Foundation. Only ever missing 2 football games and 5 basketball games, Dani likes to show her VIM every weekend. She proudly sports the very first blue and gold tutu! She is a Homecoming Queen Candidate for MSU Homecoming 2013. Dani will also be easily seen on campus walking backwards as an AdvoCat tour guide. If there is an event with Bobcat pride, MSU colors, and fellow students… Dani will always be in the forefront! Last… but surely not least.. GO CATS GO!
Jackie Bastine, Director of Networking
Jackie Bastine is a Junior from Denver, CO. She came to MSU after only visiting Montana once but knew that no other school could offer the opportunities there are at MSU. She is studying Cell Biology and Neuroscience with a minor in Psychology. Her goals for SAA is to connect alumni with the students and improve their relationships. Jackie enjoys the small town feel of living in Bozeman and all of the activities it has to offer. She is also a member of the AOII sorority, holding two leadership positions in the chapter.
Michael Bonde, Senior Director of Public Relations
Michael Bonde is a first generation Bobcat, and proud of it. He came out to Montana from Minnesota because of the amazing school culture and campus/community connection. He is a senior studying Mechanical and Civil Engineering. Michael works in a Bio-Mechanics Lab, as a SPOT presenter, and served as Director of Campus Entertainment for ASMSU. In the summers, he works as a counselor for a special needs camp in Minnesota. Michael loves everything Blue and Gold! In the evenings you can find Michael involved in many clubs from Blue and Gold Committee to Sigma Phi Epsilon to Chi Alpha. On the weekends, he can be found at a club event or camping in the mountains. Welcome to SAA! GO CATS!
Kylie Edwards, Junior Director of Public Relations
Kylie Edwards is a junior at Montana State University, from Corona del Mar, CA and is majoring in Nutrition Science. She came to Montana for the love of snowboarding and cold weather. As well as being involved with Student Alumni Association, she is involved within the campus and community as Co-Event Chair for Montana State Relay for Life, to being Vice President of Event Planning in her sorority, Pi Beta Phi to volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Montana. Her passions include snowboarding, traveling, and hanging out with her family.
Kassandra Knudsen, Senior Director of Communications
“I bleed blue and gold!” speaks to both the pride and honor that Kassi feels as a second-generation Bobcat in the Business- Accounting option, and with nearly four years at Montana State, she only grows to love the Bobcat community with each passing year. After over three years working as a desk clerk and resident advisor in the halls, she’s looking forward to further growth and development as a board member. Along with involvement in Accounting club, Kassi can often be found cheering on our Bobcat athletes, attending various speakers and concerts on campus, and enjoying the view of campus life from Centennial Mall. She loves Montana and escapes on the weekends for various hiking, camping, fishing and hunting trips across the state. Kassi will graduate in the spring of 2014. Go Bobcats!
Kristyna Smith, Senior Director of Recruitment
Kristyna is a Senior from Billings, Montana studying Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Kristyna is involved in other activities on campus including Pi Beta Phi and AdvoCats. Stemming from a long line of Bobcats in her family, choosing Bozeman was a no brainer. She is looking forward to seeing SAA grow and expand into a group that can make their mark on campus for years to come.
Samantha Brandon, Senior Director of Finance
Samantha Brandon is a junior at Montana State studying Political Science, from Portland, OR. From her first day at MSU, she’s been involved on campus and in the community from Co-Event Chair for Montana State Relay for Life to Kitchen Manager in her sorority, Pi Beta Phi. Because of her level of involvement she wants nothing more than to get everyone else involved. Serving as the CASE ASAP District 8 representative she has learned how to incorporate more networking opportunities between students and alumni across the country.
Paul Wichman, Junior Director of Finance
Paul is a senior from Hobson, Montana, studying Exercise Science. Paul is involved in several other activities including Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Exercise Science club, and the MSU Chorale. Paul is a die hard Bobcat fan; making every game, cheering loudly and never sitting down. Bobcat pride is very important to him. He is very excited for all of the activities that SAA has set up for the coming year and looks forward to meeting all of the new members of SAA and anyone who is interested in joining.