Opening Days

2014 Opening Days Leader Profiles

Opening Days leaders are a diverse group representing all parts of the Willamette community in their interests and activities. They are actors and athletes, transfer and international students, Greek and independent, and represent all different ages and years of students.

The one thing these leaders all share is their desire to meet and assist new students. The leaders are carefully selected during a competitive application process in February of each academic year. After their selection, they complete a Spring Training and then return to school in August for intensive training and preparation before Opening Days begins.

Besides leading the new students during Opening Days, these leaders are also responsible for planning all the events and programs that occur during Opening Days. Every leader is a member of one of the OD committees, each responsible for planning different events.

Jump to my Opening Days group leader:
Ali Babij

Ali Babij

Year
Senior
Hometown
Ontario, OR
Major
Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

The atmosphere - everyone is super friendly and willing to help out.

Animal that best describes your personality

Bunny

Devin Bales

Devin Bales

Year
Senior
Hometown
Graham, WA
Major
Economics
Favorite thing about WU

The People (Students & Staff)

Animal that best describes your personality

Elephant

Kristian Barajas

Kristian Barajas

Year
Sophomore/Junior
Hometown
Forest Grove, OR
Major
Physics
Favorite thing about WU

Physics and Physics Department Dogs

Animal that best describes your personality

Chocolate Tricolor Beagle

Teryan Brown

Teryan Brown

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Oregon City, OR
Major
Biology
Minor
Chemisty
Favorite thing about WU

The amazing beauty that is the campus.

Animal that best describes your personality

Swan

Meghan Burry

Meghan Burry

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Redwood City, CA
Major
Politics
Favorite thing about WU

My favorite part of Willamette would be the community here. I have met so many people in and out of my classes that I wouldn't meet in a larger school.

Animal that best describes your personality

Dog

Rachel Carnes

Rachel Carnes

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Sammamish, WA
Major
Biology
Favorite thing about WU

Community Atmosphere

Animal that best describes your personality

Cat

Yonny Castillo

Yonny Castillo

Year
Junior
Hometown
Hood River, OR
Major
Latin American Studies and Spanish
Favorite thing about WU

The sense of community between students and faculty.

Animal that best describes your personality

Dog - German Shepard

Taylor Cooksy

Taylor Cooksy

Year
Senior
Hometown
Cameron Park, CA
Major
Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

The community

Animal that best describes your personality

Wolf

John Crouter

John Crouter

Year
Senior
Hometown
Walla Walla, WA
Major
Rhetoric and Media Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The people and community

Animal that best describes your personality

Lemur

Jonathan Dallas

Jonathan Dallas

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Modesto, CA
Major
Biology
Minor
Chemistry
Favorite thing about WU

The faculty and the staff are always willing to help you with anything you need and they are willing to work around your time schedule! (most of the time...)

Animal that best describes your personality

Parrot

Camille Debreczeny

Camille Debreczeny

Year
Junior
Hometown
Danville, CA
Major
Sociology
Minor
Environmental Science
Favorite thing about WU

The small size and sense of community!

Animal that best describes your personality

A whale! Whales are peaceful, loyal, emotional, and sometimes a bit shy.

Rachael Decker

Rachael Decker

Year
Senior
Hometown
Renton, WA
Major
English (Creative Writing)
Favorite thing about WU

Sunny days when everyone is outside by the Mill Stream!

Animal that best describes your personality

Mermaid (I have red hair, love to sing, and hate wearing pants.)

Todd Denning

Todd Denning

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Florence, OR
Major
Physics
Favorite thing about WU

The professors!

Animal that best describes your personality

Dolphin

Megan Duff

Megan Duff

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Los Angeles, CA
Major
Mathematics
Favorite thing about WU

The Math Hearth

Animal that best describes your personality

The Energizer Bunny

Hannah Duncan

Hannah Duncan

Year
Senior
Hometown
Winston, OR
Major
Rhetoric and Media Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The Bistro and the traditions!

Animal that best describes your personality

If I had to choose one animal to describe my personality I would choose the Otter because they’re playful and love to entertain people! I love movies! Particularly Star Wars. I love to read, drink coffee, and spend time with my friends.

Alexa Dunn

Alexa Dunn

Year
Senior
Hometown
Sacramento, CA
Major
International Studies
Favorite thing about WU

Community! The ease of finding a group of people that have a similar mindset to yourself, as well as those who will challenge you.

Animal that best describes your personality

A deer. I'm generally soft-spoken, but when I get excited I will become very jumpy and expressive.

Sonya Essaadi

Sonya Essaadi

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Portland, OR
Major
Politics
Favorite thing about WU

The close community

Animal that best describes your personality

Cat

Jaide Farr

Jaide Farr

Year
Junior
Hometown
Springfield, OR
Major
Biochemistry
Favorite thing about WU

I love the sense of community that it offers. Everybody is so intelligent, caring and inclusive, and it makes Willamette a very welcoming place to be.

Animal that best describes your personality

Grizzly bear, I am curious about everything,I love the cold, I love naps, and I would do anything for the people that are close to me.

Carson Foreman

Carson Foreman

Year
Junior
Hometown
Monterey, CA
Major
Rhetoric and Media Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The people!

Animal that best describes your personality

Lion

Scott Forman

Scott Forman

Year
Senior
Hometown
Kennewick, Washington
Major
Film Studies
Favorite thing about WU

I love the Bistro, I basically live there.

Animal that best describes your personality

Friendly hawk

Anna Fredendall

Anna Fredendall

Year
Senior
Hometown
Atlanta, GA
Major
English
Minor
Rhetoric and Media Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The ability to try everything and decide what is and isn't for you

Animal that best describes your personality

Snowy owl

Erin Gangstad

Erin Gangstad

Year
Junior
Hometown
Bellevue, WA
Major
Civic Communications and Media Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The various communities that the school provides students with.

Animal that best describes your personality

Honey Badger

Anne Gendreau

Anne Gendreau

Year
Senior
Hometown
Claremont, CA
Major
Exercise Science
Favorite thing about WU

The wonderful community here on campus... And the bistro cookies

Animal that best describes your personality

A Golden Retriever

Liz Gill

Liz Gill

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Cheney, WA
Major
Politics and Environmental Science
Favorite thing about WU

Caring Community

Animal that best describes your personality

Dolphin

Maddie Gordon

Maddie Gordon

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Glendora, CA
Major
Civic Communication & Media Studies; Art History
Favorite thing about WU

the amazing people & organizations

Animal that best describes your personality

puppy

Austin Guimond

Austin Guimond

Year
Junior
Hometown
Denver, CO
Major
Biology
Favorite thing about WU

Sunny days by the Mill Stream!

Animal that best describes your personality

Kangaroo

Juliette Hallberg

Juliette Hallberg

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Vancouver, WA
Major
Computer Science
Favorite thing about WU

Eating dinner with my friends everynight

Animal that best describes your personality

Cat

William Hamer

William Hamer

Year
Junior
Hometown
Oakland, CA
Major
Physics
Favorite thing about WU

The friends I've made, both the best friends and the ones you simply wave at as you're on the way to class.

Animal that best describes your personality

Lemur

Claire Hansen

Claire Hansen

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Auburn, CA
Major
Undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

The countless opportunities for growth that come from whatever you choose to be involved with.

Animal that best describes your personality

Golden Retriever

Michael Harder

Michael Harder

Year
Senior
Hometown
Billings, MT
Major
History and Environmental Science
Favorite thing about WU

The students!

Animal that best describes your personality

Slow Loris

Maria Hernandez

Maria Hernandez

Year
Senior
Hometown
Woodburn, OR
Major
Political Science
Favorite thing about WU

Student Center for Equity and Empowerment

Animal that best describes your personality

Kangaroo

Bethany Hladick

Bethany Hladick

Year
Junior
Hometown
Dutch Harbor, Alaska
Major
Politics
Favorite thing about WU

Sitting outside by the Millstream reading on a sunny afternoon.

Animal that best describes your personality

Giraffe

Edna Htet

Edna Htet

Year
Junior
Hometown
Fremont, CA
Major
English or Politics
Favorite thing about WU

I love meeting so many interesting people everyday: students, faculty, staff, and visitors. I love the close-knit community that we have. Also, the Bistro cookies are the bomb.com.

Animal that best describes your personality

Sharks, because they're bloodthirsty and vicious.

Ian Hung

Ian Hung

Year
Junior
Hometown
San Francisco, CA
Major
Computer Science
Favorite thing about WU

I like how easy it is to talk to people. It makes it easier to make friends and get to know people.

Animal that best describes your personality

A dog because I am friendly, loyal and playful.

Maddie Immel

Maddie Immel

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Redmond, WA
Major
Politics
Favorite thing about WU

The community

Animal that best describes your personality

Black bear cub

Hadley Jackson

Hadley Jackson

Year
Junior
Hometown
Great Falls, MT
Major
Politics
Favorite thing about WU

The people, the trees, and the vegan chai cookies

Animal that best describes your personality

Manatee

Kelci Jacoby

Kelci Jacoby

Year
Junior
Hometown
Helena, MT
Major
American Ethnic Studies and History
Favorite thing about WU

The classes and the professors

Animal that best describes your personality

Giraffe

Sumaiya Khan

Sumaiya Khan

Year
Junior
Hometown
Claremont, CA
Major
Politics
Favorite thing about WU

Millstream and the community

Animal that best describes your personality

Lemur!

Tanya Khan

Tanya Khan

Year
Senior
Hometown
Napa, California
Major
International studies
Favorite thing about WU

The community atmosphere.

Animal that best describes your personality

Panda

Kandace King

Kandace King

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
McKinleyville, CA
Major
Economics
Favorite thing about WU

Honestly the people, whether it be staff or students, you will find the most amazing, considerate, unique set of personalities at Willamette University!

Animal that best describes your personality

Dolphin

John Kingsley

John Kingsley

Year
Senior
Hometown
Palo Alto, CA
Major
Economics
Favorite thing about WU

Meeting people from so many different walks of life.

Animal that best describes your personality

The Giraffe!

Kristen Kittelson

Kristen Kittelson

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Beaverton, OR
Major
Undecided
Favorite thing about WU

Diverse mix of friendly and amazing people

Animal that best describes your personality

Polar bear cub

Yuki Koinuma

Yuki Koinuma

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Tokyo, Japan
Major
Language Communication
Favorite thing about WU

A lots kind people

Animal that best describes your personality

Tiger

Molly Lathrop

Molly Lathrop

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Maple Valley, WA
Major
Undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

The culture that encourages you to do and be anything

Animal that best describes your personality

Cows

Kevin Liebson

Kevin Liebson

Year
Senior
Hometown
Manhattan Beach, CA
Major
Economics
Favorite thing about WU

The people, they are so diverse yet welcoming and friendly

Animal that best describes your personality

Eagle, it's just who I am

Elise Levy

Elise Levy

Year
Junior
Hometown
Reno, NV
Major
Biology
Favorite thing about WU

My favorite thing is the people. We are all unique but together we make up an amazing community! And Goudy wraps.

Animal that best describes your personality

Wombat

Dylan Librande

Dylan Librande

Year
Junior
Hometown
Milpitas, CA
Major
Music, English
Favorite thing about WU

Despite being a small school, Willamette offers activites, clubs, and classes for every kind of person!

Animal that best describes your personality

River otter

Garrett Maltzan

Garrett Maltzan

Year
Senior
Hometown
Salem, OR
Major
Rhetoric and Media Studies
Favorite thing about WU

I love the philanthropic and socially engaged atmosphere, as well as the diversity of people who attend WU.

Animal that best describes your personality

A Wolf

Neha Mandava

Neha Mandava

Year
Senior
Hometown
Cupertino, CA
Major
Biology and Politics
Favorite thing about WU

It is easy to get involved on campus and around the Salem community as well.

Animal that best describes your personality

A dolphin because I love spending time in the water!

Marika McCarthy

Marika McCarthy

Year
Junior
Hometown
Bellevue, WA
Major
Physics
Favorite thing about WU

Sunny days by the Mill Stream

Animal that best describes your personality

I would be a hedgehog because they are cute and cuddly (but not too cuddly).

Hayden Miller

Hayden Miller

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Hood River, OR
Major
Rhetoric and Media Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The sense of community that permeates the students, faculty and staff.

Animal that best describes your personality

Puppy

Kat Miracle

Kat Miracle

Year
Senior
Hometown
Gresham, OR
Major
Exercise Science & German
Favorite thing about WU

The Chicken Fountain

Animal that best describes your personality

Tabby Cat

Raelyne Moreno

Raelyne Moreno

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Ontario, CA
Major
Undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

The Mill Stream. No, but really the great community!

Animal that best describes your personality

Winnie the Pooh

Muneyuki Morinaga

Muneyuki Morinaga

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Hagi city (Japan, Yamaguchi prefecture)
Major
Language Communication
Favorite thing about WU

My favorite thing about willamette University is... squirrels. When I came to WU for the first time, I was really surprised at them because I could not see squirrels in wild!

Animal that best describes your personality

Dog

Jessica Munoz

Jessica Munoz

Year
Junior
Hometown
Grass Valley, CA
Major
Environmental Science and Spanish
Favorite thing about WU

The beautiful change of seasons and people smiling regardless!

Animal that best describes your personality

Cat

Stephan Nguyen

Stephan Nguyen

Year
Senior
Hometown
Tigard, OR
Major
Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

Our sense of community and the way I can meet someone new everyday.

Animal that best describes your personality

Koala Bear

Kelly Rose Oster

Kelly Rose Oster

Year
Hometown
Windsor, CA
Major
Anthropology
Favorite thing about WU

The community; I guarantee you will meet amazing, intelligent, loving people here.

Karen Page

Karen Page

Year
Junior
Hometown
Windsor, CA
Major
Art History and Classical Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The friends I've made here

Animal that best describes your personality

Tiger

Kaitlin Plunkett Franklin

Kaitlin Plunkett Franklin

Year
Senior
Hometown
Livermore, CA
Major
History, American Ethnic Studies
Favorite thing about WU

Wulapalooza and Dance Team

Animal that best describes your personality

Dolphin

Kenya Reutin

Kenya Reutin

Year
Junior
Hometown
Beaverton, OR
Major
History, American Ethnic Studies
Favorite thing about WU

Wulapalooza and Dance Team

Animal that best describes your personality

A baboon

Brandon Richards

Brandon Richards

Year
Senior
Hometown
Auburn, WA
Major
Politics
Favorite thing about WU

Community built between the Students, Faculty and Admin

Animal that best describes your personality

Meerkat

Bradley Russell

Bradley Russell

Year
Senior
Hometown
Bainbridge Island, WA
Major
Economics
Favorite thing about WU

How friendly people are

Animal that best describes your personality

A bonobo

Jacob Saiki

Jacob Saiki

Year
Junior
Hometown
Bainbridge Island, WA
Major
Politics
Favorite thing about WU

How friendly people are

Animal that best describes your personality

Red Panda because I saw a really funny GIF of one today

Haley Sawyer

Haley Sawyer

Year
Junior
Hometown
Camas, WA
Major
Vocal Performance
Favorite thing about WU

There are a lot of ways to get involved and so many smiles everywhere you go!

Animal that best describes your personality

Giraffe

Hannah Scott-Persson

Hannah Scott-Persson

Year
Junior
Hometown
Chico, CA
Major
Vocal Performance
Favorite thing about WU

The Bistro

Animal that best describes your personality

Dolphin

Antonette Shockey

Antonette Shockey

Year
Junior
Hometown
Chico, CA
Major
Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

How welcoming everyone is! And the cherry blossoms blooming in the Spring are totally worth the wait

Animal that best describes your personality

A CORGI :D

Colleen Smyth

Colleen Smyth

Year
Senior
Hometown
Portland, OR
Major
History
Favorite thing about WU

Student engagement inside and outside the classroom.

Animal that best describes your personality

A penguin because I'm very loyal to and affectionate toward my friends and family, but I also love playing silly games and spending time in the water.

Jeremy Sobocinski

Jeremy Sobocinski

Year
Senior
Hometown
Anchorage, AK
Major
Chemistry
Favorite thing about WU

The wrap line and sunny days

Animal that best describes your personality

A bear because my name is bear.

Taneesh Sra

Taneesh Sra

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Fremont, CA
Major
Economics
Favorite thing about WU

The close-knit community and all the amazing people in it.

Animal that best describes your personality

A dog because I am loyal, outgoing, caring, and smart.

Kate Steffy

Kate Steffy

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Danville, CA
Major
Civic Communications and Spanish
Favorite thing about WU

The community and the bistro

Animal that best describes your personality

Squirrel

Lindsay Straube

Lindsay Straube

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Vashon Island, WA
Major
English
Favorite thing about WU

I love the environment here. It is amazing to be surrounded by my friends 24/7 and to feel like a part of this amazing community!

Animal that best describes your personality

Squirrel

Bridget Summit

Bridget Summit

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Portland, OR
Major
Undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

I love the environment here. It is amazing to be surrounded by my friends 24/7 and to feel like a part of this amazing community!

Animal that best describes your personality

Cat

Maile Symonds

Maile Symonds

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Portland, OR
Major
Politics
Favorite thing about WU

The Community and Opportunities

Animal that best describes your personality

A SQUIRREL

Naoki Takabatake

Naoki Takabatake

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Tsubame Niigata Japan
Major
English communication
Favorite thing about WU

Observing and taking picture of nature

Animal that best describes your personality

Squirrel

Kaeleigh Thorp

Kaeleigh Thorp

Year
Senior
Hometown
San Leandro, California
Major
Biology
Favorite thing about WU

Training and competing with my friends on the Track and Field Team

Animal that best describes your personality

Lion

Matthew Tom

Matthew Tom

Year
Senior
Hometown
San Leandro, California
Major
English
Favorite thing about WU

On-campus clubs and activities

Animal that best describes your personality

Labrador Retriever

Justin Uegawa

Justin Uegawa

Year
Senior
Hometown
Kapaa, HI
Major
Mathematics
Favorite thing about WU

On-campus clubs and activities

Animal that best describes your personality

Panda

Itsel Venegas Trujillo

Itsel Venegas Trujillo

Year
Junior
Hometown
Independence, OR
Major
Sociology
Favorite thing about WU

That the classes are small and one can find a great sense of community in the most unexpected places.

Animal that best describes your personality

A leopard because I like to keep busy by being involve around campus and the community.

Kaitlyn Waidley

Kaitlyn Waidley

Year
Senior
Hometown
Aliso Viejo, CA
Major
Sociology
Favorite thing about WU

I like the community it provides, especially the support from peers and teachers

Animal that best describes your personality

If I could choice any animal, I would choice a sea otter. I like to play in the waves all day and dive down to the bottom below. I enjoy laying in the sun and hanging out my friends and family. I am very friendly, like to form new relationship, and like to sometimes act as a comic relief.

Jackson Waite-Himmelwright

Jackson Waite-Himmelwright

Year
Junior
Hometown
Santa Cruz, CA
Major
Biology
Favorite thing about WU

The kindness of strangers

Animal that best describes your personality

Tibetan Sand Fox

Rachel Warren

Rachel Warren

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Medford, OR
Major
Undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

The diverse departments! You can take incredible courses in anything at Willamette, even if it isn't related to your major.

Animal that best describes your personality

I've been told I'm a golden retriever. I'm pretty loyal, very extroverted, and somewhat "fetching."

Allison Whitby

Allison Whitby

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
San Tan Valley, AZ
Major
Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

The amazing people, who genuinely love to hear about your passions.

Animal that best describes your personality

Sea Lion

Tori Youngbauer

Tori Youngbauer

Year
Senior
Hometown
State College, PA
Major
English-Creative Writing
Favorite thing about WU

The Bistro!

Animal that best describes your personality

Chameleon