ASWSU Executives Appoint New Executive Cabinet

The Associated Students of Washington State University President and Vice President-Elect Jordan Frost and Garrett Kalt have selected 11 executive staff members for the 2017 – 18 academic year.

“The goal with a smaller staff is to increase efficiency and maximize the use of student dollars,” Frost said. “We believe having fewer people doing more work will raise the level of involvement and commitment of each individual.”  The 2016 – 17 Executive Cabinet had 17 staff members.

After an open application process, the hiring committee selected candidates for an interview and asked them to complete supplemental application materials tailored to the position for which they applied. The hiring committee scored each part of the application: the written responses, supplemental material, and interview. Candidates with the highest scores were selected.

The hiring committee comprised President and Vice President-Elect Frost and Kalt, as well as their selected Chief of Staff Jenna Damberg, Black Student Union VIBES Chair Leoma James, former Panhellenic Executive Officer Ty Baird, and United Greek Cabinet President Ricky Luna. These student leaders brought a diverse and unique perspective to the hiring process, which ensured a wide range of student voices were represented accurately.

Following are the Executive Cabinet members for the 2017 – 18 academic year:

Deputy Chief of Staff: Carmen Jaramillo is a sophomore studying political science and communication with a minor in French. Jaramillo has previously served as the ASWSU reporter at the Daily Evergreen, and currently works at the Compton Union Building. Jaramillo will assist the Vice President in his duties, work closely with all ASWSU communication operations, and connect with groups on campus as an advocate and resource.

Director of Finance: Jamie Lepper is a junior studying business administration with a minor in communication. Lepper works in the Office of Student Conduct and serves as the Executive Recruitment Chair in her sorority, Chi Omega. In her role at Chi Omega she manages a large budget to be used by her recruitment team. As the Director of Finance, Lepper will manage the ASWSU Executive Cabinet budget, oversee all spending, and work with the Chief of Staff to handle all Executive Cabinet wages.

Director of University Affairs: Colleen McMahon is a junior studying accounting with three years of ASWSU experience. She has previously served as ASWSU Freshman Delegate and Senator. McMahon served as the Director of University Affairs for this past year and will continue to serve in this position for the 2017 – 18 year. McMahon will be the liaison between ASWSU and the University Administration, a student voice in committees, and help create University initiatives outlined in the Frost-Kalt platform.

Director of Communication: Mitchell Weholt is a sophomore studying strategic communication and has served as ASWSU Director of Communication this past year. In addition to ASWSU, Weholt is the IFC Director of Public Relations and has owned a creative freelance company for nearly a decade. As Director of Communication, Weholt will work with the Executive Cabinet to promote events, initiatives, and projects with comprehensive public relations campaigns.

Deputy Director of Communication: Zana Crites is a sophomore studying journalism and media production. Crites works as the Marketing and Social Media Coordinator for WSU Office of Admissions and serves as a Residential Advisor. As Deputy Director of Communication, Crites will work with the Director of Communication to create content, write and publish press releases, and manage social media.

Director of Legislative Affairs: Matthew Morrow is a junior studying political science with an emphasis in pre-law. He has previously drafted legislation and has policy experience as an ASWSU senator. As Director of Legislative Affairs, Morrow will act as the student voice in Olympia by connecting with legislators and ensuring that students’ best interests are realized by policymakers.

Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs: Parker Blekkenk is a sophomore studying neuroscience and has served as Associate Director of Legislative Affairs for the past year. As Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs, he will work with the Director of Legislative Affairs to ensure the WSU Pullman campus is civically active, as well as assist in planning Coug Day at the Capitol.

Director of Community Affairs: Joe Kurle is a junior studying strategic communication with a minor in business administration. He previously served as president of his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon. As a Pullman native, Kurle has developed strong connections with leaders of the Palouse.  As Director of Community Affairs, Kurle will partner with Pullman stakeholders to advocate for students and build relationships with the Pullman community.

Director of Diversity and Inclusion: Jared Fluhrer is a junior studying animal sciences. Fluhrer is looking forward to utilizing his personal experiences to better the lives of the students at WSU. As Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Fluhrer will assist with the efforts of multicultural groups on campus. This will include organizing and planning events, such as the Multicultural Fundraising Banquet, CASHE, and VIBES.

Director of Wellness and Safety: Tyler O’Brien is a sophomore studying political science with a minor in Spanish. O’Brien serves as the IFC Director of Service and Philanthropy to coordinate community service and philanthropic events with the WSU fraternity community. As Director of Wellness and Safety, O’Brien will promote health and safety through education and awareness for all aspects of student life.

In addition to the executive staff members, the Frost-Kalt administration will create two committees within the Department of Wellness and Safety. Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention Education, led by Meghan Ranney, and Mental Health and Wellbeing, led by Alexander Kaprosy and Regan Donaldson. These committees will address specific safety issues on our campus, as well as focus on increasing the overall wellbeing of students.

“Not only are the candidates we selected all leaders in their own right, they are individuals who will grow and succeed in their roles,” Vice President-Elect Garrett Kalt said.

Moreover, this ASWSU administration has recognized transparency as a top priority. ASWSU is committed to providing in-depth press releases, an active social media presence, and an involved relationship with the student body.

“Communicating our operations and actions is absolutely necessary and something we will always strive to do,” Kalt said.

Frost and Kalt will present their executive staff candidates to ASWSU Senate for confirmation April 19.  Contact Frost and Kalt with questions, comments or concerns:

Jordan Frost: jordan.frost@wsu.edu

Garrett Kalt: garrett.kalt@wsu.edu

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Martin Stadium Openings

ASWSU is proud to announce that Martin Stadium will be open for Mom’s Weekend and graduation weekend. We have been working with the WSU Athletics Department for several months in order to provide students with the opportunity to access the stadium for major events.

The stadium will be open for Mom’s Weekend, April 8th, from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. It will also be open on Graduation weekend with times to be announced.

We would like to remind students how important it is to respect the stadium so it remains in optimal condition for the football team. Please remember that confetti, glitter, animals, champagne or other alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the stadium. Students and their families are expected to cleanup after themselves as well.

We look forward to working with athletics to have the stadium open more in the future.

If you have any questions, please contact the ASWSU Director of Communication, Mitchell Weholt, or the Associate Director of Communication, Ty Baird. Their emails are listed below.

 

Mitchell Weholt: aswsu.communication@wsu.edu
Ty Baird: aswsu.a1.comm@wsu.edu

ASWSU Stands Behind IFC and Panhellenic Social Moratorium

During their meeting on Monday evening, the Interfraternity and Panhellenic councils at Washington State University voted to ban all social events in the Greek community for the remaining five weeks of the semester.

As the Associated Students of Washington State University, we commend both councils on their courageous and positive action against a variety of issues that plague college campuses across the nation. This decision was entirely student led and we are proud of those student leaders for taking proactive action before the university was forced to.

This moratorium is not a permanent solution, but a courageous step in the right direction. ASWSU stands behind both the Panhellenic and Interfraternity councils and will be working with both parties to support and aide them in finding solutions to make the Greek community stronger. By collaborating ideas we, as student leaders, commit to making an action plan that will go into effect next semester.

One specific way that ASWSU will be partnering with the Greek community during this moratorium and the semester to follow is through our It’s On Cougs campaign. The goal of the campaign is to incite intellectually-stimulated conversation around consent by facilitating focus groups, programming, weeks of awareness, and working with other groups on campus to put together informational videos, panels, and community outreach.

It’s On Cougs has been working closely with community partners such as Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, Green Dot, and WSU Police Department to plan programmings for Greek students throughout the course of the Spring semester and will commit to being a resource and support for Greek leadership and members throughout the entirety of the moratorium.

Please contact the Director of It’s On Cougs, Kelsey Phariss, or Director of Communication, Mitchell Weholt with any questions you may have.  Their emails are listed below:

Mitchell Weholt: communication.aswsu@wsu.edu
Kelsey Phariss: aswsu.ioc@wsu.edu

30 Days of Pullman: Week 5

30 Days of Pullman runs through the month of September in hopes to help bridge the gap between the Pullman community and WSU students. Additionally, it presents an opportunity for promotion of local businesses by offering special deals each day.

The deals for this week are:

  • Monday, September 26th: Free poster and book with ticket at the WSU Museum of Art and $1 drop-in classes for Hot Yoga and Barre classes at Sanctuary Yoga.
  • Tuesday, September 27th: Free poster and book with ticket at the WSU Museum of Art.
  • Wednesday, September 28th: Free poster and book with ticket at the WSU Museum of Art.
  • Thursday, September 29th: $19.99 all-you-can-play laser tag at Cougar Laser Arena.
  • Friday, September 30th: $5 Chicken Caesar Salad or Tuscan Chicken Sandwich.

In order to take advantage of these deals you must bring your student ID to all locations. Follow ASWSU on Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat to stay up to date with this month’s deals. Please contact Emyly Hall, the Director of Community Affairs, if you have any further questions. Her email is listed below:

Emyly Hall: aswsu.community@wsu.edu

30 Days of Pullman: Week 4

30 Days of Pullman runs through the month of September in hopes to help bridge the gap between the Pullman community and WSU students. Additionally, it presents an opportunity for promotion of local businesses by offering special deals each day.

The deals for this week are:

  • Monday, September 19th: 15% off entire transaction at Crimson & Grey.
  • Tuesday, September 20th: $0.50 tacos from 5-9pm.
  • Wednesday, September 21st: 50% off kitten adoption fees at the Humane Society of the Palouse.
  • Thursday, September 22nd: 10% off 7:30pm showing and 10% off beer + wine during 21+ showing, buy one get one half off of equal or lesser value at Rico’s pub, and $19.99 all-you-can-play laser tag at Cougar Laser Arena.
  • Friday, September 23rd: 10% off 7:30pm showing and 10% off beer + wine during 21+ showing and 10% off at Lilly Bee’s consignment shop.
  • Saturday, September 24th: 10% off 7:30pm showing and 10% off beer + wine during 21+ showing and $1 drop-in classes for hot yoga and barre classes.
  • Sunday, September 25th: $1 drop-in classes for hot yoga and barre classes.

In order to take advantage of these deals you must bring your student ID to all locations. Follow ASWSU on Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat to stay up to date with this month’s deals. Please contact Emyly Hall, the Director of Community Affairs, if you have any further questions. Her email is listed below:

Emyly Hall: aswsu.community@wsu.edu

Student-Initiated Honor Statement

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During their meeting on Wednesday evening, the Associated Students of Washington State University Senate unanimously voted to pass the first student-initiated honor statement in Washington.

The Senators have high hopes that this resolution will decrease academic violations and hold WSU students to a higher academic standard. Garrett Kalt, a junior at WSU and an All-Campus Senator, was the author of this resolution.

“It was an absolute pleasure working with ASWSU Senate and the Office of Student Conduct on this important issue. As students, we must be informed about our university policies. As Cougs, we must be committed to academic excellence and honesty”, said Kalt.

Adam Jussel, the Director of Student Conduct and Associate Dean of Students for WSU, also commented on how excited he was to be able to collaborate with ASWSU in helping support this student-driven campaign.

“The Honor Statement represents a collaborative effort between WSU undergraduate and graduate students and the Office of Student Conduct to highlight the values of being an ethical Coug and raising the standards of excellence for all students,” said Jussel.

ASWSU wants to raise awareness of this honor statement and encourages it to be on the front page of student exams, in prompts for major papers, on faculty syllabi, and on the WSU Junior Writing Portfolio. Additionally, they hope to see a similar statement arise on all WSU campuses across the state of Washington.

The full Honor Statement is as follows: “Cougs act with integrity, respect, and dignity. In order to uphold the honor of our University, we are steadfast in our commitment to academic excellence and honesty. As members of the Cougar Community, we strive to incorporate these values into our daily lives.”

Please contact ASWSU All-Campus Senator Garrett Kalt with any questions you may have in regards to the new Honor Statement.  His email is listed below:

Garrett Kalt:  garrett.kalt@wsu.edu

30 Days of Pullman: Week 3

30 Days of Pullman runs through the month of September in hopes to help bridge the gap between the Pullman community and WSU students. Additionally, it presents an opportunity for promotion of local businesses by offering special deals each day.

The deals for this week are:

  • Monday, September 12th: Free appetizer with the purchase of an entree and drink.
  • Tuesday, September 13th: Free dessert with the purchase of an entree and drink.
  • Wednesday, September 14th: 10% off all candy at Palouse Country Candy.
  • Thursday, September 15th: $19.99 all-you-can-play laser tag at Cougar Laser Arena and 15% off froyo at Sweet Mutiny.
  • Friday, September 16th: 10% at Lilly Bee’s consignment shop and 16% off the entire College Hill Coug Store
  • Sunday, September 18th: $2 off any bagel over $5.50

In order to take advantage of these deals you must bring your student ID to all locations. Follow ASWSU on Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat to stay up to date with this month’s deals. Please contact Emyly Hall, the Director of Community Affairs, if you have any further questions. Her email is listed below:

Emyly Hall: aswsu.community@wsu.edu

30 Days of Pullman: Week 2

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30 Days of Pullman runs through the month of September in hopes to help bridge the gap between the Pullman community and WSU students. Additionally, it presents an opportunity for promotion of local businesses by offering special deals each day.

The deals for this week are:

  • Monday, September 5th: Free pretzel order with lunch or dinner entree from 11:30pm to 9pm at Birch & Barley.
  • Tuesday, September 6th: 15% off entire transaction at Crimson & Grey and $2 off any bagel over $5.50 at Bagels & Bottles.
  • Wednesday, September 7th: Various deals at vendors at the Pullman Farmers Market.
  • Thursday, September 8th: $19.99 all-you-can-play laser tag at Cougar Laser Arena and 15% off froyo at Sweet Mutiny.
  • Friday, September 9th: 10% at Lilly Bee’s consignment shop and sign up to be a student co-op member at Moscow Food Co-op to earn 20% off.
  • Saturday, September 10th: 15% off entire transaction at Crimson & Grey.

In order to take advantage of these deals you must bring your student ID to all locations. Follow ASWSU on Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat to stay up to date with this month’s deals. Please contact Emyly Hall, the Director of Community Affairs, if you have any further questions. Her email is listed below:

Emyly Hall: aswsu.community@wsu.edu

30 Days of Pullman

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Today, September 1st, marks the launch of the third annual 30 Days of Pullman campaign. 30 Days of Pullman runs through the month of September in hopes to help bridge the gap between the Pullman community and WSU students. Additionally, it presents an opportunity for promotion of local businesses by offering special deals each day.

The deals for the rest of this week are:

  • Thursday, September 1st: All-you-can-play laser tag for $19.99 Cougar Laser Arena.
  • Friday, September 2nd: $125.00 consultation on any Friday at Advenienz Legal PLLC and 16% off the entire College Hill Coug Store.
  • Saturday, September 3rd: The Brelsford WSU Visitor Center “Say Cheese, WSU” deal. Get your picture taken in front of the center as well as try samples of WSU’s famous Cougar Gold Cheese!
  • Sunday, September 4th: Staycation vacation deluxe accommodations at Holiday Inn starting at $75.00. Hot breakfast, complimentary late check out at 2:00pm, and shuttle service to the hotel is provided.

In order to take advantage of these deals you must bring your student ID to all locations. Follow ASWSU on Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat to stay up to date with this month’s deals. Please contact Emyly Hall, the Director of Community Affairs, if you have any further questions. Her email is listed below:

Emyly Hall: aswsu.community@wsu.edu

The New Look of ASWSU

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In an effort to continually evolve and better represent our student population, we have updated the logo and redesigned the website making it easier for students to navigate and find information. The website has been rewritten and designed from scratch, which will allow us to grow the new site effectively by adding new, purposeful content.

The new logo and branding guidelines can be found here.

To see more of our rebrand and how it is impacting the presentation of ASWSU to the public, all our social media accounts, the new website, and future promotional materials will be following all branding guidelines and showcasing the new logo. Please contact the Director of Communication, Mitchell Weholt, or the Associate Director of Communication, Ty Baird, with any questions you may have in regards to the rebranding of ASWSU. Their emails are listed below:

Mitchell Weholt: aswsu.communication@wsu.edu
Ty Baird: aswsu.a1.comm@wsu.edu