Student Alumni Association

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. Join today!

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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:

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  • Exclusive Bobcat Gear
Undie Run
Bobcat Dinner

  • Light up the “M”

  • Member parties
Local discounts

  • Dye Hard Bobcat Run

  • Ski day

  • Network with alumni

  • Leadership opportunities

SAA Board of Directors 2014–15

Samantha Brandon, President

Samantha Brandon is a senior 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 Event Chair for Montana State Relay for Life to 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.

Dani Clark, Director of Blue & Gold Traditions

Dani has been a member of SAA for 3 years. She will be graduating in December 2014 with a degree in Sociology. Dani is proud of her Bobcat Legacy and always reps Blue and Gold Friday! One of her role models is our MSU president, Dr. Waded Cruzado.... If you couldn't tell from her photo!


Aaron Blaser, Director of Blue & Gold Traditions 

Aaron Blaser from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He ended up at Montana State after a last minute decision to attend college out of state and has never looked back. Montana State has allowed Aaron to pursue things he never thought he could and test him limits. Now, he finds myself being an Honors College student, triple majoring in Organismal Biology, Film, and Photography, being president of Kappa Sigma, serving on the Board of Directors for the Student Alumni Association. And then there's climbing, hiking, biking to distract me. All in all, Aaron try to inspire my love of MSU and Bozeman to others. 


Reilly Parisot, Director of Recruitment & Retention

This is Reilly’s second year serving on the SAA Board. This year Reilly is a sophomore studying Business management and a double minor in Hispanic Studies and Computer Science. He also serves on the Montana State Alumni Foundation VIM Committee. Reilly enjoys skiing, hiking, golfing, fishing, camping, playing tennis, and rafting in the gorgeous Montana outdoors. He loves to let out his VIM at all of MSU’s football and basketball games. Reilly is ready to help other students join SAA and let their VIM out too, during this year through all of the events that our organization will hold!

Zach Findley, Director of Finance

From the slums of Washington DC, the needy children of Nairobi Kenya to the most downtrodden in our own Gallatin County, Zachary has firsthand experience in working to bringing ease and education to the worst off amongst us. In this new year, Zach looks forward to furthered community and university involvement and through inner cooperation with Oxfam, local business and the greater MSU campus family, plans to continue this outreach. As an international business major, his firsthand experience of global economics and their realities have engrained within him the importance of inclusion, equal opportunity and accountability of all.

Karl Berentsen, Director of Networking

Karl Berentsen is a Super Senior at Montana State University studying Business Management, Business Marketing and International Business. He is originally from Winnemucca, NV. but now considers Bozeman home! He is heavily involved around campus through working in Admissions, AdvoCats, TeleCats, and the College of Business' Management Club. He is also heavily involved in the Bozeman community through a multitude of different organizations. He feels that all of this has really made him not only a die hard Bobcat who bleeds blue and gold, but also a dedicated representative for your 2014-2015 SAA Board of Directors. 


Josh Soares, Director of Communication

Born down in Arizona, Raised in Billings Montana, Moved to Bozeman to be a Bobcat, and never want to leave! Josh Soares is a senior here at MSU studying Mechanical Engineering Technologies and Accounting. He enjoy hunting, fishing, snowboarding, and long walks on the beach… You know, all the normal Bozeman stuff. Josh has a passion for Engineering Design and entrepreneurship and the relationship they can have with one another, but most of all he just love working with people in general. Josh looks forward to the upcoming year here with the SAA, and all the great things we Bobcats are going to do. GO BOBCATS!!!!!!