Student Advisory Council
John Bazant is currently a freshman at the University of Montana, he is working towards a double major in Philosophy and Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. Prior to coming to the University, he had the opportunity to volunteer with such organizations as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Montana Conservation Corps, and Angela’s Piazza: Women’s Drop-in Center. When not hitting the books, he enjoys spending as much time as possible in the great outdoors.
Ben Gerard grew up in Carlisle, Pennsylvania before spending the final three years of high school living in Rome, Italy and attending the American Overseas School of Rome. Upon graduating high school in Rome, Ben returned to Pennsylvania and attended Pennsylvania State University where he double majored in Economics and International Politics. He then moved to Missoula in 2017 and began working on his Master of Public Administration (MPA) at the University of Montana. In Fall 2018 Ben began working with the Maureen & Mike Mansfield Center as a Graduate Teaching Assistant to the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) program and has enjoyed supporting the on-campus entity whenever possible. Upon completion with the MPA program in May 2019, Ben will commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army and will begin his career as a infantry platoon leader.
I am a Missoula native who loves traveling and being outdoors. While in high school, I had the incredible opportunity to study abroad in both Jordan and Japan. I spent six weeks in Amman, Jordan on the NSLI-Y scholarship, and nearly six months in a high school in Kumamoto, Japan. This is my second semester at University of Montana, and I am currently studying Political Science, Arabic, and Japanese.
Lyssa Ann Schei was born and raised in the blue-collar railroad town of Pocatello, Idaho. During high school, she helped foster diversity on her dance team by encouraging exchange students to participate and served as a member of the Pocatello-Iwamizawa Sister Cities Youth Delegation during her junior year, where she spent a month in Japan over the summer representing her hometown. Now, as a student at the University of Montana, she serves as an ASUM Senator and is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She hopes to one day work in foreign service and international relations. Go Griz!