Giving tours to potential students, assuming important responsibilities within her sorority and working with future orientation leaders are just a few examples of how Shannon Bangen has contributed to the MSU community. Now in her third year at MSU pursuing a childhood education and child services major with a psychology minor, Bangen has earned her spot on the dean’s list every semester while also involving herself in seven different student groups.
Bangen, who is from Missoula, graduated high school in 2012 with her sights set on MSU. “Growing up in Montana, I desired the opportunity to get away from home while still feeling at home, and Bozeman really offered me the best of both worlds.”
Once she arrived at MSU, Bangen decided to attend sorority rush, where she joined Chi Omega. Within her first year of membership she was on the “new member team,” and has since served as recruitment chair, social chair and currently serves as the sorority’s marketing chair. Bangen credits Chi Omega for much of her success as a student. “My sisters are the best support system I could ask for. They make me a better person daily,” she said. Through her sorority involvement, Bangen was invited to join the Order of Omega, a fraternity and sorority exclusive honors society. She is currently the public relations chair for the MSU Order of Omega chapter.
Separate from her Greek community involvement, Bangen works closely with prospective students as an AdvoCat and orientation leader coordinator. In her AdvoCat role, Bangen gives tours to prospective students and families, participates in MSU Friday and volunteers at the admissions office. Bangen received the “Most Involved Advocat Award” in In fall 2014 for her excellence in student participation.
After only one year of serving as an orientation leader, Bangen earned herself the position of orientation leader coordinator, where she organizes orientation as a whole and leads her peer student orientation leaders. In addition, Bangen is also an admissions student representative and a member of the Student Alumni Association.
In her free time Bangen takes advantage of the expansive wilderness that surrounds MSU. Last summer, when she stayed in Bozeman, most of her time consisted of hiking, paddle boarding, swimming and enjoying the rivers around the Gallatin Valley.
After graduating from MSU, Bangen plans to return to Missoula and enroll in a program for communicative sciences and disorders at the University of Montana. With this certification Bangen hopes to continue her education to the masters level in order to work as a speech pathologist at the elementary level.
Although Bangen has aspirations to leave Bozeman, she made it clear that her admiration for the community will be everlasting, “I can’t begin to explain how the students, staff and alumni have changed my life. They shaped me into someone I’m proud of.”