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Honors Student Advisory Council (HSAC)

This WSU Registered Student Organization (RSO) is for students in the Honors College. HSAC aims to build a sense of community among students as well as organize various academic, service, and philanthropic events each semester. All students are welcome to attend the meetings held every Monday at 7 p.m. in the Honors Lounge.


What is HSAC?

HSAC stands for the Honors Student Advisory Council. As such, we’re here to work with both the WSU Honors College faculty and staff, and its students to support the Honors College experience. To that end, we have a few goals:

  • Create and strengthen relations between honors students, faculty, and staff
  • Foster a sense of community within the Honors College
  • Support Honors students academically and socially

What does HSAC do?

HSAC plans many events over the course of the school year, from our Yule Ball in December to our spring Distinguished Lecturer. These events are a great place to get to know your fellow Honors College students and meet faculty.

Who is in HSAC?

Any student in the WSU Honors College is welcome to attend our meetings and events.

How do I get involved?

We’d love to have you on board! You can get in touch with us through the contact form on the side bar, or you can come to our weekly meetings in the honors lounge at 7 pm on Mondays.

Your HSAC Officers

Contact HSAC

Juliana LeClairJuliana LeClair

Major: Agricultural and Food Business
Year: Senior
Position: President

What’s your favorite part of HSAC?
My favorite part of HSAC is getting to know other Honors students in academic disciplines very different from my own!

What’s your favorite part of meetings?
My favorite part of meetings is planning out events we are excited to host. When we were in person, we often had left over Ferdinand’s ice cream from previous events, which was also a favorite part of meetings!

What is something you gained through participation in HSAC?
I’ve made some of my closest friends through HSAC, and I’ve also gained great experience in coordinating events.

Fun Fact:
My favorite Ferdinand’s ice cream flavor is Cougar Tracks!

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Cameron BartonCameron Barton

Major: Piano Performance
Year: Junior
Position: Vice President

What’s your favorite part of HSAC?
My favorite part of HSAC is being a part of a community of students who are committed to getting the most out of their experience in the Honors College.

What’s your favorite HSAC event and why?
One of my favorite events is apple picking because we get to go outside during the fall (the best time of the year) and it is also a bonding opportunity when we all have to work together to juice our own apples!

What is something you gained through participation in HSAC?
I have gained a stronger sense of connection and friendship to many of my peers in the Honors College. They have inspired me to get involved as many ways as possible in Honors.

Fun Fact:
My foreign language classes were in Spanish but now I am independently studying Mandarin Chinese.

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Libby AllenLibby Allen

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Year: Senior
Position: Secretary

What is your favorite HSAC event, and why?
I loved our tea with the professor because you get to meet Honors faculty and just chat. It’s not like anything you could get in a classroom. Last fall we had it with Jessica Casselman, who has a background in international business. She has some amazing stories to tell!

What is your funniest HSAC memory?
We had elections at the end of first semester, and somehow, we got a couple questions that all the candidates got asked: who is your favorite superhero, and if you could fill up the lounge with any animal, what would it be, and why. Then when we had more elections in spring, it kept going!

What is something you gained through participation in HSAC?
I got very involved with the Honors College thanks to HSAC. Over the course of the year, I went to most of the events held through Honors, and got to help with lots of them! From the Yule Ball to the Distinguished Lecturer, I got to meet so many people and make great friends.

Fun Fact:
I’ve stood in three countries at once.
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Savannah AlexandreSavannah Alexandre

Major: Civil Structural Engineering
Year: Junior
Position: Treasurer

What’s your favorite HSAC event and why?
My favorite HSAC event is Yule Ball because it is always well attended, and tons of fun. It is at a perfect time to give a nice break before finals and give a chance for celebration and fun, eating food, dancing and just hanging out with friends!

What’s your favorite part of meetings?
My favorite part of meetings is the right before or right after when everyone can just chitchat, being friendly and talking casually. It’s really nice socialization. The meetings are always fun all the way around, but those moments are always the sweetest.

What is something you gained through participation in HSAC?
I joined HSAC my very first semester as a freshman. It helped me to learn more about the HONORS College, to meet others in the college and make friends. It also helped to make me more comfortable in a new environment having moved form a different state, being more comfortable on campus and being a part of campus events.

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Elli EhingerElli Ehinger

Major: Chemical Engineering
Year: Freshman
Position: Philanthropy Chair

What’s your favorite HSAC event and why?
I really enjoyed the Tea with a Professor events that we do. It’s nice getting to know the professors in the Honors College outside of classes. Last semester we met with Dean Norton. It was a fun opportunity to get to know him and hear his stories.

What’s your funniest HSAC memory?
During the chair elections one of the questions that each candidate was asked was: If you could have any animal in your room what would it be and how many would you want? One member said he wanted a room full of beetles which prompted lots of laughs.

What is something you gained through participation in HSAC?
I have gained lots of friends through HSAC. Especially with only having been on campus a couple times to visit, the people in HSAC have made me feel much more connected to WSU.

Fun Fact:
I recently started to backcountry ski

 

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Della PaloyDella Paloy

Major: Double major in Agricultural Economics and Food Business Economics and Japanese minor
Year: Freshmen
Position: Philanthropy Chair

Favorite Part of HSAC: My favorite part of HSAC is all the events we have put on. Even virtual, I still enjoy how fun and memorable they can be.

Favorite Part of Meetings: My favorite part of the meetings is how even after we finish with our official club meeting, everyone still stays to socialize afterwards.

Something Gained from HSAC: By participating in HSAC, I have gained a chance to make many new friends and meet other students in the Honors program.

Fun Fact: I have visited more than 50 National Parks. (I love how beautiful they all are!)
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Kyla ChristiansonKyla Christianson

Major: Animal Science Pre-Vet
Year: Freshmen
Position: Webmaster

Favorite Part of Meetings:
My favorite part of HSAC meetings is being able to bond with other honors college students and learn from their experiences. From the meetings,

Something Gained from HSAC:
I have gained leadership skills that I will continue to use throughout my academic career.

Fun Fact:
A fun fact about me is that I love to ski and be outdoors.
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Ella KisorElla Kisor

Major: International Business and Spanish Minor
Year: Sophomore
Position: Marketing Chair

What’s your favorite part of HSAC?
My favorite part of HSAC is meeting like minded people during a time when it is so hard to meet new people!

What’s your funniest HSAC memory?
I’m not sure I have a funny HSAC memory yet since this is my first year participating.

What is something you gained through participation in HSAC?
Something I have gained is a place I feel like I belong! I’m an out of state student and haven’t ever been on campus because of Covid and HSAC has given me a home! 

Fun Fact:
I’m from Arkansas and may or may not have a southern accent.

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Jaelin HarmonJaelin Harmon

Major: English
Year: Freshmen
Position: Retention and Recruitment Chair

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