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.
ASWU is the student organization designed to oversee student life at Willamette and serve as the primary source of student advocacy on campus.
President – Shamir Cervantes
Vice President – Becca Brownlee
Treasurer – Caroline Brinster
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
Freshman – To be elected September 2015
General Manager – Ninon Becquart
Blitz the Bearcat is the official mascot of Willamette University. The mascot program is student program managed by the Blitz coordinator.
Manager: Katie Gavares
The Bike Shop provides the campus with short and long terms bike check outs, maintenance and repairs, and information and education about bike safety/advocacy.
Bike Shop Coordinator:
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 – Margaret Woodcock
Finance Manager – Caleb Legg-Van Buskirk
Kitchen Manager – Carly Christensen
Annex Coordinator – Ellery Seither
Chair: Sofia Noorzad
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:
2016 – Itsel Venegas Trujillo
2017 – Hosana Medhanie
2018 – Sarah Freilicher
2019 – Hannah Goodwin
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.
Camille Debreczeny, fall only
Sam Newman, spring only
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, Caroline Brinster.
Family Weekend staff creates, plans, coordinates and attends all events during this program each fall semester.
Fall 2015 Coordinator:
The fraternities below are listed with their charter year and current president. For more information, see Greek life.
Phi Delta Theta:
President – Dylan Sheldon
President – Mitch Diaz
Sigma Alpha Epsilon:
President – Trevor Roberts
President – Eamon Smith-Fagan
President: Herschel Mapes
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:
Interfraternity Council (IFC)
IFC is the governing body for the men's fraternities, composed of elected representatives from each of Willamette's fraternities.
President – Jordan Ruiz
VP Administration – Jullian Haley
VP Recruitment – open
VP Programming – Nolan Douglass
VP Public Relations – Miles Smith
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 leadershipconsultants@
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.
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 Coordinator:
Outdoor Program Staff:
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.
2016 Lead Team:
Coordinator - Bridget Summit
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 – Erin Gangstad
Vice President of Recruitment – Kelci Jacoby
Vice President of External Programming – Monique Marquez
Vice President Internal Programming - Brianna Carstens
Vice President of Public Relations – Mara Brashem
Vice President of Administration – Marin Harris
The sororities below are listed with their charter year and current president. For more information, visit Greek life.
Alpha Chi Omega (1944):
President – Tori Leder
Alpha Phi (2015):
President - Tashana Milton
Delta Gamma (1945):
President – Jasmine Root
Pi Beta Phi (1944):
President – Jaide Farr
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.
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.
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.
Louiza Easley and Peter Warrick
Amala Hernandez and Ellen Rumley
Awareness, Discussion, & Dialogue:
Campus and Social Events:
Jeff Decker and Madalyn Gordon
Dana Morita, Devon O'Donnell, and Lucas Immer
Katy Ohsiek and Morgan del Fierro
The Wellness Program provides a variety of ways to engage in healthy life choices. Programs, information, and education are provided in exercise, nutrition, and rest. Students can sign up/train for a 5k run, take a cooking class, get a personal trainer, enroll in a group exercise class, or engage through many of formal and informal programs!
Wellness Program Coordinator:
Exercise Program Coordinator:
Wellness Program Staff: