Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Meet Ren Stoltz - MSU Admissions Representative

Name: Ren Stoltz

Hometown: Lakewood, WA

Major and Graduation Year: Bachelor of Arts in Photography 2006

Favorite Class at MSU: Professional Practices in Photography & Photographing Italy Seminar

What areas did you visit in 2008?

Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Idaho, Utah, Illinois, Wisconsin, Washington and Montana.

Where will you be going in 2009?

Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Utah, Minnesota, Washington and Montana.

What is your favorite local store in Bozeman?

Stix Yarn in downtown Bozeman. They have a ton of yarns and classes, including FREE learn to knit or crochet workshops in the winter!

What is your favorite restaurant in Bozeman?

That would have to be Montana Ale Works. They have a ton of vegetarian options in a cool downtown atmosphere.

What do you do in your spare time?

I like spending time with my new puppy Oscar and watching the food network to come up with new ideas for interesting meals. I also enjoy attending MSU athletic events, and local community events like Farmer's markets and the art walk downtown. Over the years, I have become more adventurous when it comes to the outdoors and have begun cross country skiing and hiking on tons of the trails around southwest Montana. I also enjoy spending time working on projects around my new home in Bozeman.

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

My idea of a wonderful vacation day would include: sitting at the Burlington Bay Market & Cafe overlooking Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont on a sunny day. Riding a bike in Stowe, Vermont on one of the many trails in town and ending the day with a scoop of Ben and Jerry's Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream! YUM!

Where will you be in 20 years?

In twenty years, I hope to have accomplished many things. Using my photography degree, I would like to take the small business that I currently have and create a full-time photography business. I enjoy photographing objects in the studio and creating dramatic lighting to enhance my subject. I spent my senior year at Montana State University in the photography studio and felt very at home in that environment. I would also like to have spent a few years traveling before settling down with a family. I have always thought it would be fun to live in several places. I would enjoy living somewhere warm, somewhere cold and a few different countries over the years.

What would you like to change about the world?

If I had the influence to change one thing about the world it would be to end hunger. According to the World Health Organization, hunger and malnutrition are the single gravest threats to the world's public health and malnutrition is by far the biggest contributor to child mortality. There were 923 million hungry people in the world in 2007 despite the fact that the world already produces enough food to feed everyone - 6 billion people and has the potential to feed 12 billion people. Throughout the years I have spend time volunteering in soup kitchens and participated in hunger walks and food drives to raise money and food donations for my local food banks.

Describe yourself in one word. Imagainative.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Hello Class of 2010, 2011 and 2012!

Welcome to Montana State University's Admissions Blogs! Here you will be able to find our five representatives as they travel across the country and meet future MSU students! Follow along on our adventures to learn more about MSU, the Bozeman area and the Admissions Representatives.

Throughout the year, you will undoubtedly be looking at several colleges to find the right fit for you. Here at Montana State University, we provide students with a unique blend of "Mountains and Minds" where you not only get the opportunity to excel in the classroom, but also to enjoy the amazing outdoor opportunities that surround our campus.