Bozeman: Not a Bad Place to Call Home…

In fact… Bozeman was just recognized as being one of the 100 BEST PLACES TO LIVE, by!! With the largest university in the state of Montana, two different ski hills (Bridger Bowl and Big Sky) and a vibrant cultural scene, Bozeman truly has something to offer everyone. Whether you are interested in taking a day trip to Yellowstone National Park, hitting the world class ski slopes, or simply grabbing a cup of coffee downtown, there is no shortage of activities to fill your day with around here. With so many things going on in the Bozeman community, its no wonder that so many students continue to flock to Montana State University!


Thanks for taking some time to read, and, as always…


Week one in the books!

Welcome back to a new school year, Montana State University! It’s been so busy, we’ve run behind on starting our blog, but don’t worry, we’ll be back consistently now! 

This past week and a half, MSU welcomed a record class of freshmen and a record overall enrollment of students! With students returning, there were events galore such as Move-In Day, Catapalooza, Orientation, Freshman Convocation and of course classes starting! It’s been a busy few days, but campus is buzzing with the excitement of a new year! 

At Convocation, Shiza Shahid, co-founder and CEO of the Malala Foundation, delivered an inspiring talk to students telling them “We are the change we’ve been waiting for,” and “There are no superheroes – just us.” It was an inspiring way for students to kick off their experience at Montana State University! 




2014 Spring Commencement

Graduation is upon us. Students can rejoice in a job well done and the sweet reward of being a full fledged college graduate. This Saturday, students from all majors across campus will take a walk across that illustrious stage and receive that coveted diploma. We here at the admissions office are proud of each and every one of you. All those late nights in the library and copious amounts of coffee were all worth it.

Ballons fall on the graduates of Spring Commencement 2013

If you are in town and looking to witness this years graduation, I went ahead and included a link to our webpage for more information

The semester is winding down…

As soon to be graduates start to count down the days to commencement, everyone is busy around campus with final projects, papers and final exams. One way that the Bozeman community and Montana State University come together every spring is a celebration in downtown Bozeman called “Bobcat Fest.” Main Street is closed off and opened up for all Bobcats to celebrate the end of the semester with live music, free food and drinks and a final good luck before finals! Rain or shine, Bobcat Fest is an event that everyone in Bozeman should experience! Good luck to all of our students on finals week and good luck to all of our graduating seniors next week. MSU is proud of each and every one of you! GO CATS!!!!


39th Annual American Indian Council Pow Wow

This weekend marks the 39th Annual American Indian Council Pow Wow at Montana State University! As one of the largest pow wow’s in Montana, this event brings people in from all over the country. Grand entry will occur at 6pm on Friday, April 11th and again at noon and 6pm on Saturday, April 12th with the dancing continuing for hours afterwards in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. We are excited to have Midnite Express (from Minnesota) join us as this year’s host drum, and Kasey Nicholson and Chris “Supa Man” Parrish as the Master of Ceremonies.

pow wow

The AIC Pow Wow offers students, faculty and community members the opportunity to learn and experience Native American culture. So if you are in town and want to hear some incredible music, watch beautiful dancing and learn about Montana’s first people, please stop by! Don’t forget to pick up some fry bread while you are there and cruise through the booths that will help fill the field house floor.



Spring Renovations

I’d like to start this post off with an understatement. Choosing a university is a big decision! I’m sure that if you’re are reading this blog you have considered Montana State University by either visiting our campus or at least looking through some pictures of the Bozeman area and could be anywhere in the thought process. Needless to say this decision requires you to think with a lot of brainpower, but have you considered thinking with your stomach?


That’s right, food can be a deal breaker when it comes to choosing where you’ll spend the next four years of your life and that is why I want to tell you about one of the most exciting projects currently taking shape on campus.


Starting last month the renovations on Miller Dining hall kicked of the complete overhaul of the freshman year dining experience. Over the next two summers the our three dining halls will see renovations inside and out adding accessible entrances, patio spaces, new dining concepts, and more seating.


Students can look forward to beautiful eating areas and concepts like Mongolian Grill and Wok, Wood and Brick Oven Pizza, Mexican – Burrito Shop, All Day Breakfast and so much more! Learn more with the links below.


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Harrison –

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Be sure to check in for updates on progress!

Go Cats!

They have done it again!

This year has been a big year for Montana State University. With a record enrollment of over 15,000 students, another extremely generous donation from one of our Alums, and a host of other accolades throughout the year, MSU continues to move forward as one of the premier universities in the Rocky Mountain West. Personally adding to this list of achievements are Katherine Kent, McLain Leonard, and Connor Murnion; MSU’s freshest crop of Goldwater ScholarsGoldwater2014

Regarded as the premier math, science and engineering scholarship in the nation, the awarding of these Goldwaters recognizes  these three students as some of the very best of the best from their respective fields. With all four MSU nominees receiving the award in 2012/13, this years group brings our total to seven over the past two years, and 61 overall; keeping MSU among the leaders for this award nationally!

I would like to personally congratulate this group of outstanding students for their amazing work both inside and outside of the classroom. We are proud to have you as our students, and that you represent the Blue and Gold through your academic pursuits!

I greatly appreciate you taking the time to read this, and as always…


Spring Fever!!

Spring time is a very confusing beast. Here in Montana we’ll have days this time of the year where the temps will approach 60 degrees and then it will be snowing the next day. I figured in the spirit of spring time weather, a couple of weather records set right here in Montana are very fitting.

-The lowest temperature ever recorded in Montana was -70 (F) at Rogers Pass (north of Helena) on January 20, 1954. This is a national record for the lower 48 states.

-The greatest temperature change in 24 hours occurred in Loma (northeast of Great Falls) on January 15, 1972 where the temperature rose from -54 (F) to 49 (F). This 103 degree swing is a world record*.

We are right around the corner for some warmer temperatures and some fun outdoor activities. Bozeman has a plethora of outdoor activities that are sure to offer up some fun in the sun. Also, be sure to check out the Bozeman Parks and Rec department for some outdoor summer sports leagues–Rec-Cemetery/Recreation/Recreation.

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Spring Break!!!!

It’s been a little quiet on campus this week as students are in the midst of Spring Break 2014! While many students take this opportunity to catch up on sleep, maybe some school work or travel far to warmer climates or even get some extra skiing, many of our students take advantage of a program on campus called “Spring Breaks Away.” These yearly service trips allow our students to volunteer and help serve a community’s needs. In the past, students have gone all over the country volunteering in homeless shelters in Kansas City, spending time at animal sanctuaries in Utah, assisting with hurricane relief in Louisiana and many more efforts to help. This year the Spring Breaks Away program decided the best communities to serve were right here in Montana. Our students are volunteering their time all over the great state of Montana helping people in need and spreading the Bobcat Spirit. These trips happen every year so I strongly encourage all future Bobcats to think about this wonderful opportunity! GO CATS!!!!



Thank you Mr. Asbjornson!

Today was an incredible day for Montana State University, the College of Engineering, and the great state of Montana! Montana State announced that Montana native (hometown Winifred) and MSU Alumnus Norm Asbjornson has committed $50 million to the MSU College of Engineering. This generous gift is the largest private gift in the history of Montana and follows the recent donation of $25 million from Jake Jabbs to the MSU College of Business. It’s definitely an amazing time to see MSU grow and develop. “I think it’s an absolute must for everyone to give back to what made them successful. I had a lot of help from MSU and Winifred,” Asbjornson said. Norm Asbjornson

Mr. Asbjorson’s gift will fund the creation of an innovative laboratory and classroom which will integrate more interactive learning opportunities for students at MSU. The space will be named the Norm Asbjornson Innovation Center and will allow students and faculty to engage in a dynamic and collaborative learning environment. University officials hope to break ground no later than the spring of 2016 and use the building to anchor development of the university’s south campus.

“Norm has inspired us and humbled us with not only his generosity, but with the depth of his character and his sense of responsibility for future generations,” said MSU President Waded Cruzado. “This gift will transform the lives of generations of students, it will transform this campus, and it will transform the state of Montana in profound ways.”

We feel extremely blessed to be part of an institution with such amazing alumni, faculty, staff, and students. We can’t wait to see what incredible research and developments come out of this gift.

Thank you Mr. Asbjornson!

For more information on this gift visit