Student Activities

Leadership Opportunities

Student Activities, in collaboration with the other offices in Student Involvement, advises many student leaders throughout Willamette. Check out the various leadership opportunities available through our offices below.

Associated Students of Willamette University (ASWU)

ASWU is the student organization designed to oversee student life at Willamette and serve as the primary source of student advocacy on campus.

President – Andres Oswill
Vice President – Colleen Smyth
Treasurer – Greg Ebert (Fall 2014)

Senate Representatives:
Senior – Maria Hernandez, Drew Mittendorf, Jerome Sader, Elisabeth Saul and Jake Whitaker
Junior – Caroline Brinster, Becca Brownlee, Emily Durham, Teo Ekstrom and Jake Saiki
Sophomore – Todd Denning, Liz Gill, Pierre Kaptanian, Kate Steffy and Maile Symonds

ASP - Hiromi Homma
Freshman – To be elected September 2014

ASWU Sound:
General Manager – Jonny Saunders

Blitz the Bearcat

Manager: Caroline Brinster

Bistro Willamette

The Bistro is a student-run cafe which serves as a gathering place for students, faculty and staff. Day-to-day management of the Bistro is handled by student managers. Applications are available as positions become available.

General Manager – Hannah Brown
Finance Manager – Kate Marsella
Kitchen Manager – Adam Booth
Annex Coordinator – Victoria (Tori) Youngbauer

Campus Life Honors and Awards

Chair: Logan Vine

Class Council

Class Council is a group from each class year that gets a budget to spend on social and educational programs to help their class build bonds and develop class unity. Anyone can join their Class Council at any time throughout their 4 years at WU! Contact Emily Morris for more information.

Class Council Chairs:
2015 – Denise Poltavski and Cybelle Tabilas
2016 – Itsel Venegas Trujillo
2017 – Taylor Barfield and Ryan Gail
2018 – Merideth Marshburn

CSL (Community Service Learning)

CSL coordinators support the work of the Office of Community Service Learning, raise awareness of social justice issues, provide opportunities to address these issues through service in the community, and foster a cooperative spirit between Willamette and the surrounding community.

Lead Coordinator:
Page Gorry

Camille Debreczeny, fall only
Sam Newman, spring only
Vincent Budak
Cheyenne Boon
Hannah Leslie

Club Approval and Finance Committee

The Club Approval and Finance Committee  is one of the ASWU Senate committees. The fundamental mission of ASWU is to facilitate the growth of a healthy, diverse, and sustainable community of student organizations at Willamette. The Club Approval and Finance Committee is committed to improving the infrastructure of student organizations by helping new groups focus their visions and improve upon their weaknesses.

This committee's primary purpose is to evaluate the affiliation materials (Affiliation Form, Petition of Interest, and Constitution and Bylaws) of newly forming student organizations. In its evaluation process, the Club Approval and Finance Committee provides feedback, suggestions, and resources to newly forming student organizations. Once the affiliation materials have been reviewed and revised to their satisfaction, this committee has the authority to recommend new groups to ASWU Senate for official recognition as student organizations.

For more information contact ASWU Treasurer, Greg Ebert.

Family Weekend

Family Weekend staff creates, plans, coordinates and attends all events during this program each fall semester.

Fall 2014 Co-Coordinators:

Kayley Abrams and Gabi Rasmussen

Fraternities at Willamette

The fraternities below are listed with their charter year and current president. For more information, see Greek life.

Phi Delta Theta:
President – Kevin Liebson

Kappa Sigma:
President – Mike Harder

Sigma Alpha Epsilon:
President – Ryan Springer

Sigma Chi:
President – Jorden Noyes

Intramural Sports

Serving as an IM rep is one way to start building recreational leadership skills. The IM activities program also hires and trains students to work as intramural referees, scorekeepers and timekeepers. If you like sports, like to have fun, and want to enhance your leadership and assertiveness skills, this is the job for you. Students with work-study eligibility are encouraged to apply.

Intramural Coordinator:
Joelle (Jojo) Delong

Intramural Supervisors:
Jack Nelson
Jenna Jones
Zach Douglass
Kathrin Miracle
Matt Logan
Mackenzie Morrison-Heath
Hayden Russell
Nicole Sato
Sam Newman

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

IFC is the governing body for the men's fraternities, composed of elected representatives from each of Willamette's fraternities.

2014 Officers:
President – Brad Russell
VP Administration – Dan Valenzuela
VP Recruitment – Mitchell Colvin
VP Programming – Mitch Diaz
VP Public Relations – Sam Keechler

Leadership Consultants

The Leadership Consultants are a new group from the Office of Student Activities. They are here to help student organizations and their leaders succeed. They have experience with running and being a part of a variety of  student groups. They are here to offer resources, support, training, guidance, and help with problem solving. You can find them on the 2nd floor of the UC (hours TBA)  or email them at

Leadership Consultants:

Scott Forman

Kaitlin Plunkett Franklin

Anna Fredendall, Lead Consultant

Maria Hernandez

Hannah Levy

Brandon Richards

Taylor Stone

NSOCO (New Student Orientation to Community Outreach)

NSOCO Leaders assist new students in doing community service in Salem and surrounding areas during the week-long Jump Start program in mid-August. The team of five lead evening activities and reflection, encouraging students to bring meaning to their experiences and their role in the Salem community.

2014 Leaders:

Hannah Duncan

Paige Gorry

Claire Scheffer

Audrey Taylor

Outdoor Program

Located int the Montag Center, the Willamette Outdoor Program is a fantastic resource for the Willamette community to connect the varied and great aspects of the Pacific Northwest. We provide a variety of services that help students, faculty and staff through guided outings, gear rental and connection to related local events. We can even assist you in planning your own outings!  

Outdoor Program Coordinators:
Brandon Guyton
Anelise Zimmer

Outdoor Program Leader Instructor:
Shannon Tebbetts

Outdoor Program Staff:
Madeline McClelland
Liana Olson
Andie Dibiase
Mandy Carlson
Gabe Tarran
Hannah Puckett

Opening Days

The Opening Days staff facilitates the adjustment of each year's entering class to academic and campus life at Willamette during a five-day orientation program. Opening Days Coordinator and Leadership Team applications available in November and Leader applications available in January.

2014 Lead Team:
Coordinator - Brendan Dwyer
Anna Fredendall
Jeremy Sobocinski
Kaeleigh Thorp
Kaitlyn Waidley

Panhellenic Council (PHC)

Panhellenic Council is the governing body for Willamette's three sororities. The PHC Executive Council is comprised of six executive officers, who create and oversee programs for all of the sororities - President, Vice President of Recruitment, Vice President of Programming, Vice President of Public Relations, Vice President of Risk Management, and Vice President of Administration. Applications are available in February of each academic year to be considered for these executive officer positions.

President – Emily Schlack
Vice President of Recruitment – Erin Gangstad
Vice President of External Programming – Bella Fox

Vice President Internal Programming - Nicole Smith
Vice President of Public Relations – Anna Fredendall
Vice President of Administration – Kelci Jacoby

Sororities at Willamette

The sororities below are listed with their charter year and current president. For more information, visit Greek life.

Alpha Chi Omega (1944):
President – Kaitie Reed

Delta Gamma (1945):
President – Hannah Goodwater

Pi Beta Phi (1944):
President – Sabrina Kragness

TaB (Take a Break)

Take-a-Break is a student-run alternative break program that sends groups of students, faculty, and staff to communities throughout Oregon and the United States to learn and serve. Student facilitators and coordinators play active roles in the development and support of TaB trips.

Lisa Field
Rachel Vermeulen

Tiger Club

Tiger club invites Willamette volunteers to provide after-school mentoring and tutoring to students at near-by Bush Elementary. Opportunities are available for Willamette students to serve as tutors as well as coordinators for the program.

Kanika Meister
Marie Masyczek

Lead Team:
Lily Dunbar
Kristen Kittelson

Willamette Events Board (WEB)

Student leaders plan activities and events for the entire campus community. Through this experience students gain valuable leadership skills, make new friends, and have lots of fun. 

Samantha Martinez & Audrey Mechling

American Studies Program (ASP) Ambassadors:
Minami Kabasawa & Yuki Suzuki

Annual Events:
Madalyn Gordon & Peter Warrick

Awareness, Discussion, & Dialogue:
Sean Alvey & Danielle Henderson

Campus Events:
Kaiya Clark & Amala Hernandez

Marketing Team:
Jeff Decker, Dana Morita, and Celine Sannes-Pond

Performing Arts:
Will Falvey & Carolina Woodcock

Social Events:
Lexi Hamersley & Tessa Konik

Wellness Program

Wellness Program Coordinator:
Lindsay Russo

Wellness Program Staff:
Caroline Brinster
Sophia Wax