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 – Shamir Cervantes
Vice President – Becca Brownlee
Treasurer – Caroline Brinster

Senate Representatives:
Senior – Teo Ekstrom, Emily Durham, Tori Leder, Natasha Parekh, and Jake Saiki
Junior – Elizabeth Gill, Anna Carlin, Kristen Kittelson, Kate Steffy, and Zach Ward
Sophomore – Maya Gordon, Liz Hartman, Joseph Landoni, Dana Morita and Jack Wellman
ASP - Miyano Sato
Freshman – Conrad Bormann, Baye Danielson, Fianina Lyons, Mary-Kate Sloper, and Adrian Uphoff

ASWU Sound:
General Manager – Ninon Becquart

Blitz the Bearcat

Blitz the Bearcat is the official mascot of Willamette University.  The mascot program is student program managed by the Blitz coordinator.

Manager: Katie Gavares

Bike Shop

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:

Jenna Jones

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 – Margaret Woodcock
Finance Manager – Caleb Legg-Van Buskirk
Kitchen Manager – Carly Christensen
Annex Coordinator – Ellery Seither

Campus Life Honors and Awards

Chair: Sofia Noorzad

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:
2016 – Itsel Venegas Trujillo
2017 – Hosana Medhanie
2018 – Sarah Freilicher
2019 – Hannah Goodwin

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:
Sam Newman

Margo Coxon
Audrey Taylor
Gerardo Jauregui
Anna Landgren
Emma Robinson
Brenna Anderson
Cheyenne Boon

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

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

Fall 2016 Coordinator:

Asalia Arauz

Fraternities at Willamette

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

Phi Delta Theta:
President – Dylan Sheldon

Kappa Sigma:
President – Wil Bakula

Sigma Alpha Epsilon:
President – Trevor Roberts

Sigma Chi:
President – AJ Antillon

Beta Theta Pi:

President – Josh Fuentes

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:
Matt Logan

Intramural Supervisors:
Donny Torres
Jenna Jones
Hayden Russell
Jared Baumgardener
Jake Wiegand
Katie Pierson
Mona Utting

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

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

2016 Officers:
President – Alexander Tripp
VP Administration – open
VP Recruitment – open
VP Programming – Steven Peters
VP Public Relations – open

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 (see the Leadership Consultants page for hours) or email them at leadershipconsultants@willamette.edu.

Leadership Consultants:

Nate Balk
Jessica Muñoz
Natasha Parekh
Jordan Ruiz

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.

2015 Leaders:

Louiza Easley
Bryce Withy-Berry
Rebecca Koltin-Shaw
Sherry Chen
Lisa Field

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 Coordinator:
Anelise Zimmer

Outdoor Program Leader Instructors:
Liana Olson
Katie Gavares
Lydia Vanderburg

Outdoor Program Staff:
Madeline McClelland
Grace Graham
Derek Lund
Mandy Carlson
Tim Lee
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.

2016 Lead Team:
Coordinator - Bridget Summit

Robyn Burnside
Michael Chen
Caden Crowston
Kandace King
Heather Pearson

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.

2016 Officers:
President – Kandace King
Vice President of Recruitment – Ellie Lottsfeldt
Vice President of External Programming – Sarah King
Vice President Internal Programming - Mia Carranco
Vice President of Public Relations – McCall Concannon
Vice President of Administration – Anya Clowers

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 – Liz Hartman

Alpha Phi (2015):

President - Takara Knight

Delta Gamma (1945):
President – Emma Woods

Pi Beta Phi (1944):
President – Nicole Wheeler

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.

Malorie Hill

Assistant Director:
Jessica Meza-Torres

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.

Sophia Noorzad
Tessa Konik

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.

Louiza Easley and Peter Warrick

Annual Events:
Amala Hernandez and Ellen Rumley

Awareness, Discussion, & Dialogue:
Jesse Sanchez

Campus and Social Events:
Madalyn Gordon

Marketing Team:
Dana Morita, Devon O'Donnell, and Lucas Immer

Performing Arts:
Katy Ohsiek and Morgan del Fierro


Wellness Program

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:
Tom Merkle

Exercise Program Coordinator:
Maggie Boucher

Personal Trainers:
Liberty Siegle
Kinsey Keene
Caden Crowston

Shannon Ross

Wellness Program Staff:
Caroline Brinster
Sophia Wax