2020 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.

We are currently in the process of selecting Opening Days leaders for 2020, please check soon, to see who your leader will be.

Asa Beaton

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Olympia, WA
Major
Sociology
Favorite thing about WU

I really love how intimate and personal the community and learning environment is. Everyone is so connected in involved with each other, it's a really welcoming place to grow overall as a person.

Animal that best describes your personality

I really vibe with foxes. They're clever and independent, but can be really playful and sociable!

Alexandra Bless

Year
Senior
Hometown
Petersburg, AK
Major
Biology
Minor
Chemistry
Favorite thing about WU

My favorite thing about Willamette is the close community found between students and faculty. It's so easy to get to know professors in a variety of departments and build close connections with them, and if you put the effort in, they will wholeheartedly dedicate their time to get to know you and help you succeed, which is something that makes Willamette so invaluable.

Animal that best describes your personality

The animal that would best describe my personality is a cat because I am selective in my friendships and love being independent, but when you get to know me and earn my trust, I am a loyal companion.

Zoe Chittick

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

The community! I know that's a pretty common answer, but it's because it's true! Your professors and fellow students are all so friendly and supportive. The community is what makes Willamette, Willamette.

Animal that best describes your personality

Owl. I like to think that I am wise beyond my years but can still party-it-up at night.

CJ Chow

Year
Senior
Hometown
Happy Valley, OR
Major
PPLE and Economics
Favorite thing about WU

The MEMES

Animal that best describes your personality

Sloth

Will Compton

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Portage, MI
Major
Undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

The people

Animal that best describes your personality

Dog

Rosie Crawford

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

The people!

Animal that best describes your personality

Miniature dachshund

Maia Farinas

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Mountain View, CA
Major
English and Theatre
Minor
Spanish
Favorite thing about WU

The people

Animal that best describes your personality

A cat

Shelby Fenn

Year
Senior
Hometown
Marin County, CA
Major
Theatre and Women and Gender Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The diverse interests of the student body (and the students themselves)

Animal that best describes your personality

Thomas O'Malley the Alley Cat

Ronan FitzSimons-Brey

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

The incerdibly friendly and caring community (both professors and students)

Animal that best describes your personality

A yellow lab. I'm always hungry

Olivia Frenkle

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Fairfield, CA
Major
CCM and Creative Writing
Favorite thing about WU

the people!

Animal that best describes your personality

gastropods! (the little colorful sea slugs)

Gwyn Fritz

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Los Gatos, CA
Major
Undeclared
Minor
Anthropology, Biology
Favorite thing about WU

The inclusive community

Animal that best describes your personality

Owl

Andrea Griffin

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Eugene, OR
Major
CCM
Favorite thing about WU

The ducks in the millstream

Animal that best describes your personality

Horse

Dani Groff

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Forsyth,MO
Major
Exercise and Health Science
Minor
Biology
Favorite thing about WU

Music and science departments

Animal that best describes your personality

Sea turtle

Monica Gustaveson

Year
Senior
Hometown
Seattle, WA
Major
Psychology
Minor
Spanish
Favorite thing about WU

I love that everyone ends up knowing each other after a year or two, including seniors and first years :)

Animal that best describes your personality

Koala--gentle, cuddly, sensitive to their environment, comfortable

Celeste Gutentag

Year
Junior
Hometown
Grand Junction, CA
Major
Art History and English
Favorite thing about WU

THE DUCKS

Animal that best describes your personality

A racoon- I sort through garbage and make treasure out of trash, also I'm always tired and look like one.

Cole Hamilton

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Salem, OR
Major
Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics
Minor
Spanish
Favorite thing about WU

The ducks in the Mill Stream

Animal that best describes your personality

Dog

Jack Hanscom

Jack Hanscom

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Kent, WA
Major
Civic Communication & Media
Minor
Spanish
Favorite thing about WU

The Bistro!

Animal that best describes your personality

A Duck

Zach Haroian

Year
Senior
Hometown
Edmonds, WA
Major
Computer Science and Data Science
Minor
Math
Favorite thing about WU

Ducks

Animal that best describes your personality

Golden Retriever

Jenna Harris

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Waikoloa, HI
Major
Public Health
Minor
Biology
Favorite thing about WU

My friendships I formed with other students and professors.

Animal that best describes your personality

Deer

Angie He

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Citrus Heights, CA
Major
Environmental Science
Minor
Chinese
Favorite thing about WU

The Bistro

Animal that best describes your personality

Tiger

Becky Heath

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Springfield, CO
Major
International Studies
Minor
Economics and Japanese
Favorite thing about WU

How green campus is (both in sustainability and plant life)

Animal that best describes your personality

A turtle

Gigi Hewitt

Gigi Hewitt

Year
Junior
Hometown
Bellingham, WA
Major
Environmental Science and Data Science
Minor
Math
Favorite thing about WU

The community

Animal that best describes your personality

A deer

Tara Hickman

Year
Senior
Hometown
Yuma, CO
Major
Physics
Minor
Math
Favorite thing about WU

The People!

Animal that best describes your personality

Fox - I can be cunning when I need to be.

Jordan Hitchcock

Year
Senior
Hometown
Honolulu, HI
Major
Sociology
Minor
American Ethnic Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The student-led organizations

Animal that best describes your personality

I have no idea

Maddy Hooker

Year
Senior
Hometown
Bellingham, WA
Major
Environmental Science and Spanish
Favorite thing about WU

The people & the millstream

Animal that best describes your personality

Cat

Layla Hughes

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Paso Robles, CA
Major
English
Minor
Women and Gender Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The bistro and the ducks and how so many WU students and faculty genuinely care about learning and discussing and thinking about new ideas and concepts.

Animal that best describes your personality

A rabbit!!!!

Mitchell Kloer

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Oregon City, OR
Major
Chemistry
Minor
Russian
Favorite thing about WU

The atmosphere and the people

Animal that best describes your personality

Golden Retriever

Kendra Knapp

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Portland, OR
Major
Environmental Science
Favorite thing about WU

inclusive of everyone, so many backgrounds

Animal that best describes your personality

Squirrel

Tara Kroft

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Portland, OR
Major
International Studies
Minor
Japanese
Favorite thing about WU

The Bistro

Animal that best describes your personality

Tiger

Isabella Lamb

Isabella Lamb

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Vallejo, CA
Major
English
Minor
Undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

My favorite thing is no doubt the people. On my bearcat days I felt overwhelmingly welcome by the friendly environment, and that has been consistent while I've been here.

Animal that best describes your personality

A dolphin because I am friendly, always happy to see you, and don't make sense a lot of the time!

Hattie Lewis

Year
Junior
Hometown
Seattle, WA
Major
Sociology
Minor
Public Health
Favorite thing about WU

The community and friendships I've made.

Animal that best describes your personality

Squirrel

Sophia Mack

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Minneapolis, MN
Major
Undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

The people!

Animal that best describes your personality

Maybe a Hyena because Pottermore said that was my patronus

Alia Mahmood

Alia Mahmood

Year
Junior
Hometown
Winchester, MA
Major
Exercise and Health Science
Minor
Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

the sense of community

Animal that best describes your personality

Cat

Kristell Mares De Juan

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
San Diego, CA
Major
Undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

The professors and the people

Animal that best describes your personality

Dolphin

Riley Martin

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Kirkland, WA
Major
Undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

Small class sizes that allow for a more inclusive learning experience.

Animal that best describes your personality

A seal, playful, imaginative, and adventurous!

Claire Mathews-Lingen

Year
Senior
Hometown
St. Paul, Minnesota
Major
Sociology and Spanish
Favorite thing about WU

My favorite thing about WU is the community and how involved students are both on and off campus.

Animal that best describes your personality

Lioness

Avery Mickelsen

Year
Junior
Hometown
Ephrata, WA
Major
Psychology
Minor
Religious Studies
Favorite thing about WU

My favorite thing about Willamette is the supportive community and having the opportunity to build relationships with professors and administrators.

Animal that best describes your personality

Wolf- I love my pack of friends and I am extremely loyal

McKenna Musket

Year
Senior
Hometown
Brentwood, CA
Major
Civic COmmunication and Media
Minor
Spanish
Favorite thing about WU

The relationships you can make with professors! Each professor wants to get to know you as an individual AND as a student.

Animal that best describes your personality

A Labrador Retriever: I love meeting new people, taking walks, and eating food.

Emmy Obenauf

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Forest Grove, OR
Major
English
Favorite thing about WU

The ducks and the small classes

Animal that best describes your personality

Quokka

Hibiki Ogino

Year
Senior
Hometown
Yamanashi , Japan
Major
Women and Gender Studies
Minor
Sociology
Favorite thing about WU

Taking a nap beside the mill stream! and Eating a Bistro cookie!

Animal that best describes your personality

Dolphins...? and Gibbon...?(My friends told me that you have long arms and legs, so you can be a gibbon) (My friends told me that dolphins are so sweet and smart and playful! and they also like to socialize! These are literally fitting you!)

Will Reeves

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Kirkland, WA
Major
Math and Econmics
Favorite thing about WU

The people

Animal that best describes your personality

Otter

Nat Roadarmel

Year
Senior
Hometown
Pleasanton, CA
Major
Public Health
Minor
Civic Communication and Media
Favorite thing about WU

The community is has brought me!

Animal that best describes your personality

Lion

Jaclyn Rojo

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
La Habra, CA
Major
Psychology and Spanish
Favorite thing about WU

the ducks! and being able to get to know my professors

Animal that best describes your personality

a cat

Olivia Sanchez

Year
Junior
Hometown
Aliso Viegjo, CA
Major
History
Minor
Public Health
Favorite thing about WU

The professors and Dance Company

Animal that best describes your personality

River otter

Morgan Schetter

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Big Bear Lake, CA
Major
Biology
Minor
Chemistry and Business
Favorite thing about WU

My favorite thing about WU is walking around when its sunny outside. Everyone is out and about, and the friendly environment is wonderful.

Interesting personal fact

Sea Otter

Anna Seaheill

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

The ducks!

Animal that best describes your personality

Elephant

Nicole Seremetis

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Austin, TX
Major
English
Minor
Women and Gender Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The community

Animal that best describes your personality

A bull (based off of my sign, whoops)

Risa Shutz

Year
Senior
Hometown
Redmond, WA
Major
Exercise and Health Science
Favorite thing about WU

THE PEOPLE/community

Animal that best describes your personality

otter

Analiese Terrazas

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Santa Paula, CA
Major
Undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

small, tight-knit community

Animal that best describes your personality

hedgehog!

Trystin Thomas

Year
Junior
Hometown
Boise, ID
Major
Biology
Minor
Chemistry
Favorite thing about WU

How easy it is to make friends, and have good relationships with professors.

Animal that best describes your personality

A turtle, because I'm social but I like my alone time.

Eleanor Timmermann

Year
Senior
Hometown
Holland, MI
Major
Sociology
Minor
Spanish
Favorite thing about WU

Enjoying a warm bistro cookie along the mill stream with friends.

Animal that best describes your personality

A cat. I enjoy my alone time, but also love being around friends and family.

Jadelin Tung

Year
Junior
Hometown
San Anselmo, CA
Major
Psychology
Minor
English
Favorite thing about WU

All the amazing and different people

Animal that best describes your personality

A cat because I can be very lazy or very hyper and you never know which side it's gonna be.

Johnny Valcez

Year
Senior
Hometown
Ignacio, Colorado
Major
Economics
Minor
Sociology
Favorite thing about WU

GYM

Animal that best describes your personality

Snow Leopard

Briget Walker

Year
Junior
Hometown
Tualatin, OR
Major
History
Minor
Philosophy and Data Science
Favorite thing about WU

The ducks!

Animal that best describes your personality

A turtle

Kali Woodward

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Gig Harbor, WA
Major
Public Health
Favorite thing about WU

The PEOPLE!

Animal that best describes your personality

Dolphin


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