2021 Opening Days Leader Profiles

Opening days leaders are a diverse group representing various parts of the Willamette community in their interests, majors, and co-curricular activities! They are athletes, actors, transfer and international students, club members, and presidents, and represent all different 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.

Adele Benny (she/her/hers)

Adele Benny (she/her/hers)

Year
Class of 2023
Hometown
Austin, Texas
Major
Psychology
Minor
Public Health and Sociology
Favorite thing about WU

My friends

Animal that best describes your personality

Dolphin

Alia Mahmood (she/her)

Alia Mahmood (she/her)

Year
Class of 2022
Hometown
Winchester, Massachusetts
Major
Exercise & Health Science
Minor
Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

Being able to reach out to my professors

Animal that best describes your personality

Cat

Analiese Terrazas (she/her)

Analiese Terrazas (she/her)

Year
Class of 2023
Hometown
Santa Paula, California
Major
Civic Communications & Media
Favorite thing about WU

Right now it's the cherry blossoms!! They are everything

Animal that best describes your personality

Hedgehog!!

Angel Park

Angel Park

Year
2023
Hometown
Meridian, Idaho
Major
Biology
Minor
Public Health
Favorite thing about WU

I've met my best friends here and we love the Bistro and Rick's

Animal that best describes your personality

Slow Loris (small but deadly)

Anna Corner (she/her)

Anna Corner (she/her)

Year
Class of 2024
Hometown
Salem, Oregon
Major
Psychology
Minor
Maybe Spanish? Not totally sure yet.
Favorite thing about WU

Everyone is so friendly!

Animal that best describes your personality

Elephants and goats are my favorite animals.

Aubrey Sandler (she/her/hers)

Aubrey Sandler (she/her/hers)

Year
Class of 2024
Hometown
Medford, Oregon
Major
Biology
Minor
Chemistry
Favorite thing about WU

My favorite thing about Willamette University has been accessing unique opportunities that would be otherwise unavailable at a larger school. For example, the ability to develop close relationships with my professors, and opportunities to participate in research and clubs.

Animal that best describes your personality

My favorite animal is a cat!

Ben Royer (he/him)

Ben Royer (he/him)

Year
Class of 2024
Hometown
Montesano, Washington
Major
Undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

The People that make up the Willamette Community

Animal that best describes your personality

Bear

Brooke Cox (she/they)

Brooke Cox (she/they)

Year
Class of 2022
Hometown
Alamo, California
Major
Theatre and English
Favorite thing about WU

Sitting by the Mill Stream on a sunny day.

Animal that best describes your personality

My favorite animal is a Highland Cow

Cede Hamilton (she/her/hers)

Cede Hamilton (she/her/hers)

Year
Class of 2023
Hometown
Salem, Oregon
Major
Politics, Policy, Law, and Ethics
Minor
Spanish
Favorite thing about WU

The ducks!!

Animal that best describes your personality

I definitely feel represented as any dog with medium energy

Colby Alexander (he/him)

Colby Alexander (he/him)

Year
Class of 2024
Hometown
Walnut Creek, California
Major
Politics, Policy, Law, and Ethics
Favorite thing about WU

The community

Animal that best describes your personality

Sun Bear

Dani Groff (she/her)

Dani Groff (she/her)

Year
Class of 2023
Hometown
Forsyth, Missouri
Major
Exercise and Health Science
Minor
Biology
Favorite thing about WU

The community and programs available!

Animal that best describes your personality

Praying mantis - I'm tall and uncoordinated

Emmy Obenauf (she/her/hers)

Emmy Obenauf (she/her/hers)

Year
Class of 2023
Hometown
Forest Grove, Oregon
Major
Civic Communications and Media and English
Minor
History
Favorite thing about WU

My favorite thing about WU is the inclusive and supportive community that the students all strive to maintain and improve

Animal that best describes your personality

Definitely the Quokka! They are small marsupials that always look like they're smiling and they are known for being super friendly.

Graham George (he/him)

Graham George (he/him)

Year
Class of 2023
Hometown
Seattle, Washington
Major
Sociology
Minor
Maybe Ethnic Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The people and the community.

Animal that best describes your personality

I really like dogs

Hannah Chaffin (she/her/hers)

Hannah Chaffin (she/her/hers)

Year
Class of 2024
Hometown
San Luis Obispo, California
Major
Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

The architecture

Animal that best describes your personality

Panda

Isabella Lamb (she/her/hers)

Isabella Lamb (she/her/hers)

Year
Class of 2022
Hometown
Vallejo, California
Major
English & Sociology
Favorite thing about WU

My favorite thing about Willamette is the student body. While I constantly find myself frustrated with the higher institution, Willamette's students are the most hard-working people I have ever met and had the pleasure of working with.

Animal that best describes your personality

I don't really have a favorite animal so I guess I would say a blobfish because I find them intriguing.

Ives (Payton) Ives (they/them)

Ives (Payton) Ives (they/them)

Year
Class of 2024
Hometown
Blaine, Washington
Major
Theatre
Favorite thing about WU

The people!

Animal that best describes your personality

Opossum!

Jack Garver (he/him)

Jack Garver (he/him)

Year
Class of 2022
Hometown
Salt Lake City, Utah
Major
Math and Physics
Minor
History
Favorite thing about WU

The PEOPLE

Animal that best describes your personality

Hawk

Jack Hanscom (he/him)

Jack Hanscom (he/him)

Year
Class of 2022
Hometown
Kent, Washington
Major
Civic Communication & Media
Minor
Spanish
Favorite thing about WU

The free public pool (commonly known as the chicken fountain)

Animal that best describes your personality

Definitely the dogs that can ride a skateboard

Jasmine (Jaz) Schwaller (she/her/hers)

Jasmine (Jaz) Schwaller (she/her/hers)

Year
Class of 2023
Hometown
Longmont, Colorado
Major
Biology
Minor
Sociology
Favorite thing about WU

The community!

Animal that best describes your personality

I love koalas!

Jordan Roue (she/her)

Jordan Roue (she/her)

Year
Class of 2022
Hometown
San Jose, California
Major
Psychology and Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics
Minor
Math
Favorite thing about WU

The community, cherry trees, and ducklings

Animal that best describes your personality

Owl

Jordyn Johnson (she/her)

Jordyn Johnson (she/her)

Year
Class of 2024
Hometown
Winslow, Arizona
Major
Undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

The people I've met here

Animal that best describes your personality

Mink

Kaitlin Jenson (she/her)

Kaitlin Jenson (she/her)

Year
Class of 2024
Hometown
Portland, Oregon
Major
Intended Public Health
Favorite thing about WU

The community and our gorgeous campus!

Animal that best describes your personality

Goose!

Kendra Knapp (she/her)

Kendra Knapp (she/her)

Year
Class of 2023
Hometown
Portland, Oregon
Major
Environmental Science
Minor
Sustainability
Favorite thing about WU

The all sorts of people here

Animal that best describes your personality

Apparently a golden retriever? but I love lions (Leo vibes)

Kyrstin Calleja (she/her)

Kyrstin Calleja (she/her)

Year
Class of 2024
Hometown
Gilbert, Arizona
Major
Environmental Science
Minor
Biology & Chemistry
Favorite thing about WU

Mill Stream

Animal that best describes your personality

Penguin

Lauren Bishopp (she/her/hers)

Lauren Bishopp (she/her/hers)

Year
Class of 2022
Hometown
Lafayette, California
Major
Psychology
Minor
Philosophy
Favorite thing about WU

Baby ducks and cherry blossoms in the spring!

Animal that best describes your personality

I love wolves (but have recently become a HUGE cat person)

Linnea Lovtang (she/her)

Linnea Lovtang (she/her)

Year
Class of 2024
Hometown
Corvallis, Oregon
Major
Undeclared (Intended Psychology)
Minor
Intended Women and Gender Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The people! Both students and professors are so open to talking and learning.

Animal that best describes your personality

Dolphin

Madison Munro (she/her/hers)

Madison Munro (she/her/hers)

Year
Class of 2022
Hometown
Keizer, OR
Major
Art History and Studio Art
Favorite thing about WU

I love when everyone is sitting by the mill stream in the spring.

Animal that best describes your personality

A hedgehog best represents me because they're small and keep to themselves but will hurt you if you touch them.

Melissa Duncan (she/her/hers)

Melissa Duncan (she/her/hers)

Year
Class of 2024
Hometown
Santa Clarita, California
Major
Biochemistry and Mathematics
Favorite thing about WU

The community! Everyone here is so amazing and supportive! The professors are all great and willing to help you. The ducks and squirrels are an honorable mention.

Animal that best describes your personality

A corgi!

Miles Disciullo (he/him)

Miles Disciullo (he/him)

Year
Class of 2022
Hometown
The Bronx, New York
Major
Neuroscience/Sociology
Minor
Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

The people (but also the cherry blossoms)

Animal that best describes your personality

Raccoon

Morgan Schetter (she/her)

Morgan Schetter (she/her)

Year
Class of 2023
Hometown
Big Bear Lake, California
Major
Biology
Minor
Chemistry (intended)
Favorite thing about WU

Blossoms in the springtime! (also just people having fun outside)

Animal that best describes your personality

Otter!

Natalie Klett (she/her)

Natalie Klett (she/her)

Year
Class of 2024
Hometown
Beaverton, Oregon
Major
Undeclared, but probably Art
Minor
Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

The community! This campus has been so welcoming, and there are so many new opportunities to try new things and meet new people!

Animal that best describes your personality

I've been told that I am kind of like a Golden Retriever puppy. Happy, positive, a bit oblivious, and constantly clumsy.

Naydine Lima (she/her/ella)

Naydine Lima (she/her/ella)

Year
Class of 2024
Hometown
Madras, Oregon
Major
Chemistry
Minor
Women's and Gender Studies
Favorite thing about WU

Campus! It’s so beautiful and green, just perfect!

Animal that best describes your personality

Dogs, it’s a very basic answer but I just love dogs!!

Nicole Seremetis (she/her/hers)

Nicole Seremetis (she/her/hers)

Year
Class of 2023
Hometown
Austin, Texas
Major
English Creative Writting
Minor
Women's and Gender Studies, and Cinema Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The people :)

Animal that best describes your personality

Pigs!

Olivia Sanchez (she/her)

Olivia Sanchez (she/her)

Year
Class of 2022
Hometown
Aliso Viejo, California
Major
History
Minor
Public Health
Favorite thing about WU

The professors! Would not be where I am without them

Animal that best describes your personality

River otter

Riley Martin (she/her/hers)

Riley Martin (she/her/hers)

Year
Class of 2023
Hometown
Redmond, Oregon
Major
Public Health
Minor
Biology
Favorite thing about WU

The people!

Animal that best describes your personality

Seal

Sage Clemons (she/her)

Sage Clemons (she/her)

Year
Class of 2024
Hometown
Newport, Oregon
Major
Psychology and Studio Art
Favorite thing about WU

My friends! I love the community here

Animal that best describes your personality

Little Blue Penguin

Sophia Mack (she/her)

Sophia Mack (she/her)

Year
Class of 2023
Hometown
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Major
Civic Communications & Media
Minor
Women's and Gender Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The people i've met :)

Animal that best describes your personality

Meerkat

Tori Purpura (she/her)

Tori Purpura (she/her)

Year
Class of 2024
Hometown
Bellingham, Washington
Major
Theatre Emphasis in Acting
Favorite thing about WU

Community

Animal that best describes your personality

Wolves

Virginia OKeeffe (she/her/hers)

Virginia OKeeffe (she/her/hers)

Year
Class of 2023
Hometown
Portland, Oregon
Major
Psychology
Minor
Possibly Sociology and Philosphy
Favorite thing about WU

The rose garden

Animal that best describes your personality

Kinkajou

Zack Chatters (he/him)

Zack Chatters (he/him)

Year
Class of 2024
Hometown
Sacramento, California
Major
Civic Communications and Media
Minor
Undeclared, leaning towards English
Favorite thing about WU

The community!

Animal that best describes your personality

Sea Otter!

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