Office of Student Engagement
The Office of Student Engagement (OSE) provides and facilitates student engagement opportunities for MSU students through a variety of programs, events, services, and activities. We are THE HUB for students interested in connecting with their fellow Bobcats through student government, student organizations, programs and events, and engaging in service to the community.
The Associated Students of Montana State University (ASMSU) provides numerous services to its student members, who pay the student activity fee. ASMSU is the voice for student concerns to the MSU Administration, the Montana University System, the Board of Regents, the Montana Governor and Legislature. The Senate, the legislative governing body, consists of twenty-one students. The Senate annually allocates the student activity fee moneys to twenty programs. The programs are administered by an elected student body president and vice-president, and a business manager, who is appointed. ASMSU hires approximately 250 students a year. An educational experience in responsible management of student funds, knowledgeable decision making, and representation of student concerns, as well as experience in working with people, may be acquired through involvement in ASMSU.
Contribute and invest your time, energy and talents by volunteering in one of our local and global community service opportunities. Our office hosts a variety of programs to help you connect to the area community. Get involved in the following programs:
- Service Saturdays are monthly service projects that are held on the first Saturday of each month, September through April from 10am-12pm at various non-profit locations in the community.
- MSU BreaksAway is a spring break service trip program, which sends MSU student groups across the U.S. to volunteer during their spring break to meet community needs.
- The fall and spring Involvement Fairs bring area non-profit leaders and campus club leaders together in one venue to connect with students from across the campus.
- Rockin' the M on Mount Baldy the weekend before Homecoming each year involves 100 students in a hike and painting project on our beloved “M”.
- Can the Griz Food Drive competition between MSU and U of M to see who can collect the most food for their local food bank in conjunction with the Cat/Griz football game.
- Catapalooza is our fall welcome event for all MSU students and their families to introduce MSU, student organizations, and the Bozeman area business and non-profit communities.
- Day of Student Recognition is a campus-wide awards ceremony held each spring recognizing students for their outstanding achievements in both service and leadership.
Join or start a student organization. MSU hosts more than 250 Registered Student Organizations that reflect the diverse interests of our student body-everything from club sports to cultural organizations. The OSE serves as a resource to campus student organizations providing student leader and faculty/staff advisor training and support.
Campus Programs and Events
Participate in an exciting variety of campus programs and events brought to you by your student fee dollars. Students plan concerts, comedians, homecoming activities, and more!
Additional serviced supported by your student fees include:
Student Legal Services
The Associated Students of Montana State University (ASMSU) and Cromwell Law are excited to offer limited scope legal assistance services to MSU-Bozeman and Gallatin Valley College students. If you are a student taking 7 or more credits a semester, you are entitled to extremely affordable legal services.
MSU Student Airport Shuttle
Montana State University and Karst Stage have teamed up to provide a low-cost shuttle service to the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) for MSU students, year-round!
MSU Office of Sustainability
The student government office for sustainability at MSU engages students in the process of making the university more environmentally and socially responsible. The Center offers student employment and internship opportunities developing outreach programs, events, and strategic initiatives in addition to ongoing services, such as recycling.
A public bus system provided through a student bus fee. Commuter route buses arrive throughout the day in front of the Strand Union Building. Shuttle route buses also provide transportation to the downtown business area and the Main Mall. Schedules are available at the ASK-US Desk and the ASMSU Office. For further information, call 406-587-2434 or visit www.streamlinebus.com.
This program coordinates with Streamline Transit to provide late night transportation Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 P.M. to 3 A.M. For further information call 406-994-2933 or visit www.streamlinebus.com.
ASMSU Day Care Center
The Day Care Preschool is supported by ASMSU and the University. It is located in the Family and Graduate Housing Louise Shunk Daycare Community Center. Children aged 2 ½ until entrance into kindergarten, of MSU students, staff and faculty are eligible, with priority given to students. Applications are available in SUB 221, on the Day Care Center website or call the Day Care Center at 406-994-4370 for more detailed information.
The ASMSU Exponent, an independently student run newspaper, is published weekly during the academic year. The ASMSU Exponent and is produced by and for the students of Montana State University. Student positions offer experience in publication design, professional editing, journalistic writing, ad campaign creation, and professional management. Call 406-994-2224 or email the editor at email@example.com for more information.
KGLT FM is a non-commercial, alternative public radio station broadcasting from the campus of Montana State University since 1968. KGLT offers diverse, music-based programming with a staff of 80+ volunteer DJs comprised of students, staff and community members and provides DJ opportunities by offering an apprentice class three times per year. KGLT produces 2,000 public service announcements yearly and is the Emergency Alert System for Gallatin County. The station is supported by ASMSU, Federal and Private Grants, listeners and local businesses. More information on the web at www.kglt.net.
Recreational Sports and Fitness
The ASMSU Intramurals and Recreation office is located in room 120 of the Hosaeus Fitness Center (HFC). Objectives of the program are to provide activities which promote physical fitness, social contact, improved self-esteem, and foster a permanent interest in wellness through organized recreation. The program provides opportunities for participation in both team and individual sports, offering about seventy different activities throughout the academic year. Currently over eighty percent of the student body takes advantage of this program! Call 406-994-5000 for more information or check out our Web page at http://www.montana.edu/getfit/intramurals-5.html
Students taking 7 credits or more may access the HFC and participate in the Intramural Sports and Open Recreation Programs with no additional fees. Other programs include Personal Training, Group Fitness (75 classes per week), and the Instructional Program. The HFC features 6 gymnasiums, 9 racquetball courts, 4 Group Fitness rooms, a combatives room, a 14,000 sq. ft. fitness area with 70+ cardio machines, a running track, a bouldering gym and more. For more information, please call 994-5000 or visit www.montana.edu/getfit
ASMSU Outdoor Recreation Program
The ASMSU Outdoor Recreation Program offers a variety of services including equipment rental, group outings, resource area, bicycle & ski workshop, non-credit instructional classes and other activities. The Outdoor Recreation Center is located on West Lincoln Street, adjacent to the Roskie Hall parking lot and the Intramural Fields. Further information may be obtained at 994-3621 or www.montana.edu/outdoorrecreation.
The Procrastinator Theater
The Procrastinator Theater is MSU’s student-run second run theatre located in SUB 287. The Procrastinator shows movies six night a week (closed Wednesdays for student and community groups to use the theatre) during the academic year, with two films nightly. All movies are $2.
Arts and Exhibits
ASMSU Arts and Exhibits features contemporary art and ideas to educate and challenge MSU students and the community through exhibitions, lectures, and workshops in the visual arts. The Arts & Exhibits program exists to educate and enlighten the Montana State University student body, faculty, staff, and the Bozeman community. By sharing the work of MSU students, alumni, faculty, departments, and guilds through exhibitions and receptions, and by partnering with MSU departments to host professional artists who share lectures and demonstrations in conjunction with exhibition of their work, we strive to challenge our community to learn about and connect with contemporary art and ideas.
ASMSU Student Political Action Committee
ASMSU ensures that student voices and concerns are heard and acted upon by the MSU administration, the local community, the Board of Regents, and the State of Montana. The ASMSU Student Political Action Committee exists primarily to lobby the state legislature. Student input is always welcomed, particularly during state legislative sessions. Students interested in serving on this committee should contact the ASMSU Senate Office in 221 SUB, 406-994-2933.
ASMSU Leadership Institute
The Leadership Institute is charged with providing leadership opportunities and inspirations to MSU students. The Institute works towards developing leaders and problem solvers who effectively empower both self and others. Our objective is to work on a system wide basis providing, coordinating, planning and organizing leadership opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community members throughout MSU and Montana. For more information call 406-994-7275 or visit www.montana.edu/leadership.
The first year is pivotal in the academic, social, and emotional development of students entering their undergraduate career. In particular, experiences encountered in the first six weeks significantly influence a student’s academic commitment and engagement with the university community. MSU Debut was built with the intention of advancing student engagement opportunities, better integrating the myriad of university programs and services to optimize the undergraduate experience, and guiding students to craft their identity as a college student.
There were 13 signature events in 2016 which included:
- Welcome BBQ
- First Floor Programs
- Target After Dark Shuttle
- Movie on the Wall
- The Freshman Class “M” Photo
- Legend of the Bobcat
- Ask Me Tent/ First Day of School Photos
- The Amazing Race
- Convocation Service Saturday
- Cat Kick-Off Party
For more information about anything here please contact us in the MSU Office of Student Engagement by calling (406) 994-2933, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, come by our office in room 221/222 of the Strand Union Building (SUB), or check us out on the web at www.montana.edu/engagement.