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Honors Facilitators

Honors facilitators lead this one-credit freshman course, Honors 198. Presented for the first time in fall 2010, it is intended to help incoming students adjust to college life, to build a sense of community, and learn to work with the Honors curriculum. The class is offered in fall semesters with upperclassmen serving as instructors for the sections. The Honors 198 learning community experience is under the guidance of Honors College Assistant Dean Robin Bond.


Honors Student Facilitators

Zachary Ash
Kendall Browder
Matthew Bunge
Andrew Davila
Tommy Duong
Stephen Fawcett
Hollen Foster-Grahler
Grant Irey

Honors Student Facilitators

Kristina Miller
Matteya Proctor
Katelyn Smith
Grace Sonnichsen
Scott Stevison
Samantha Ulam
Alexis William
Olivia Witherspoon

Honors Faculty Facilitators

Donald Allison
Robin Bond
Cassa Hanon
Grant Norton

Honors Student Facilitators

Zachary Ash

Honors 198 Facilitator

Hometown: Gig Harbor, WA
Area(s) of Study: Biology/PreMed.
Involvement at WSU: Honors Ambassador, ASWSU Senator for College of Arts and Sciences.
Hobbies: Watersports and dirt biking.

What do you like the most about being a student in The Honors College?
It is a very tightknit community and I met my best friends there.

Future plans/goals?
Attend medical school.

Why did you join The Honors College?
When I attended Cougs Welcome and attended the Honors Seminar, the presentation convinced me to join.

 

 

 

 

 

Kendall Bower

Honors 198 Facilitator

 

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Matthew BungeMatthew Bunge

Honors 198 Facilitator

Hometown: Renton, Washington
Areas of Study: Quantitative economics, with minors in political science and mathematics
Involvement at WSU: I am a member of the WSU TTRPG club
Hobbies: Playing guitar, reading, playing / writing for Dungeons & Dragons, archery

What do you like the most about being a student in the Honors College?
While there are many benefits to being in the honors college, the thing I appreciate most is the passion professors have for honors core curriculum classes. Since they choose their own class topics, they approach their instruction with a passion that makes class very rewarding.

Future plans/goals?
I plan to take qualifying tests for actuarial work while in college, then attend graduate school to pursue a doctorate in the field of economics.

Why did you join the Honors College?
I joined the Honors College because of experiences I had in advanced classes in high school. In those environments nearly everyone present wanted to be there, so classes were more interesting and engaging. I wanted to experience a similar environment in college, so joining a community of students dedicated to academic excellence was a perfect opportunity.

 

 

 

Andrew Davila

Honors 198 Facilitator

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Area(s) of Study: Economics
Involvement at WSU: ASWSU Honors-College Senator, Senior Resident Advisor, Chess Club Founder/President
Hobbies: Cooking, Chess, Hiking

What do you like the most about being a student in the Honors College?
The smaller community in the Honors college motivates me to succeed. I enjoy how we get to choose the topics of our discussion-based classes.

Future plans/goals?
I plan to earn a Master of Sciences in Applied Economics.

Why did you join the Honors College?
I joined the Honors College because I wanted to push myself academically and professionally. The honors college continues to offer opportunities that allow me to reach my goals.

 

 

 

Tommy Duong

Honors 198 Facilitator

Hometown: Spokane, WA
Area(s) of Study: Electrical Engineering, French.
Involvement at WSU: I work in a research lab on campus for the school of veterinary medicine, as well as TA for The Honors College and Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.
Hobbies: On my free time, I am a digital artist! It’s great to do something not related to your major.

What do you like the most about being a student in The Honors College?
I love the people I get to interact with, whether it is teaching them, my mentors, or my peers. Tons of good people here within the college.

Future plans/goals?
I hope to find a job in the engineering industry or if my art career takes off, that’s an option too! (or both).

Why did you join The Honors College?
I joined the Honors college because I thought it would be cool to find a small community within the university of highly involved people that are like-minded. That is in fact what I found.

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Stevie Fawcett

Honors 198 Facilitators

Hometown: Bend, OR
Area(s) of Study: Microbiology, Spanish, German, Jazz Studies.
Involvement at WSU: I am heavily involved in virology research at WSU. Outside of that, I am the chair of ASWSU’s sustainability group and also participate in mentoring programs like Honors facilitating and research peer mentoring.
Hobbies: I enjoy cooking, soccer, and hiking in my free time!

What do you like the most about being a student in The Honors College?
My Honors College experience has been really good. I have taken a surprising amount of English and Poetry classes, but every course has taught me something new. My favorite part about the Honors College though has to be Honors 198, which I took freshman year and then taught for the reamining three years of college. It’s a great community building class.

Future plans/goals?
I plan to pursue an MD/PhD after graduation and conduct oncology research at a teaching hospital.

Why did you join The Honors College?
The Honors College was also a fantastic opportunity to explore unique topics in small classes. I wanted to make friends and expand my horizons, which is exactly what the Honors College does best. There’s a good community there that I’m happy to be a part of.

 

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A profile of Hollen against a brick wall laughing holding a bagel sandwhichHollen Foster-Grahler

Honors 198 Facilitator

Hometown: Olympia, WA
Area(s) of Study: Spanish, Mathematics, and Linguistics.
Involvement at WSU: Director of STAGE Films, Nuthouse Improv Comedy cast member, Linguistics Club
Hobbies: Hiking, running, and writing.

What do you like the most about being a student in The Honors College?
I appreciate the tight-knit community and freedom to pursue different areas of interest.

Future plans/goals?
Working in the film industry, particularly in writing and production.

Why did you join The Honors College?
For the small class sizes, discussion-based learning, and interdisciplinary approach.

 

 

Grant Irey

Honors 198 Facilitator

Hometown: Puyallup, WA
Area of Study: Environmental and Ecosystem Sciences, with Minors in Horticulture and Geology.
Involvement at WSU:CAHNRS Ambassador, Palouse Review Poetry Executive Editor, Undergrad Worker for the USDA Steber Lab.
Hobbies: Taking care of my plants, reading, writing poetry, crocheting, and being outside!

What do you like the most about being a student in The Honors College?
I love being a part of the Honors college for the discussion-based classes and the community focused on engaging deeply with our education.

Future Plans/goals?
Working for Mt. Rainier National Park.

Why did you join The Honors College?
I wanted to be a part of an engaging community focused on discussion and involved learning!

 

 

 

 

 

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Kristina Miller

Honors 198 Facilitator

Hometown: Simi Valley, CA
Area(s) of Study:
Animal Science (pre-vet) with a minor in Spanish.
Involvement at WSU:
Undergraduate research and Canine Companions clu.b
Hobbies: In my free time, I enjoy reading and baking!

What do you like the most about being a student in The Honors College?
My favorite part about being in the Honors College is getting to take so many fun classes outside my major. I’ve gotten to be in classes about poetry, films, and leadership that I would not otherwise have taken.

Future plans/goals?
I plan to pursue a DVM degree and become a veterinarian.

Why did you join The Honors College?
I joined the Honors College because I was excited about the smaller class sizes and the community it created. I have been able to form a closer connection with my classmates and professors.

 

 

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Honors 198 Facilitator

Hometown: Deary, ID
Area(s) of Study: Neuroscience & Psychology.
Involvement at WSU: WSU Club Volleyball, Undergraduate Research, SMB STARS Program, ASCC Peer Tutor, WriteSTEM Writing Fellow, Undergraduate Research Peer Mentor, and CVM Promoter.
Hobbies: Sports (playing & watching), spending time outdoors (anything & everything), photography, reading, drinking coffee, and petting dogs. :)

What do you like the most about being a student in the Honors College?
There are so many opportunities available to students through the Honors College, which is amazing, but what I’ve loved most about being an honors student is the sense of community that comes with it. I grew up in a tiny town where everyone knew everyone else, so I was nervous coming to such a big school. Being involved in the Honors College and meeting likeminded people through honors classes made the transition so much easier for me; you truly feel like everyone is invested in you and your well-being as an individual.

Future plans/goals?
I plan to apply to grad programs in neuropsychology, cognitive sciences, and/or science communication in the upcoming application cycle. I want to work somewhere I can help bridge the communication and cultural gap between scientific communities and the public by increasing the accessibility of scientific information, as well as by addressing stigmas surrounding cognitively challenging information and STEM in general.

Why did you join the Honors College?
I joined the Honors College for multiple reasons, but primarily because I was looking to join a supportive community of like-minded people. I knew there would be many opportunities available to me as an honors student and I felt welcomed by the genuine advisors and the overall culture of the Honors College.

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Katelyn SmithPhoto of Katelyn Smith in the mountains

Honors 198 Facilitator

Hometown: Mead, WA.
Area of study: Biology with a minor in Environmental Science.
Involvement at WSU: RA at Goldsworthy, Cougar Connector, Orientation Counselor, and part of WSU Color Guard.
Hobbies: Photography, plant mom, being in nature, and going to national parks.

What do you like most about being a student in The Honors College?
Getting to have a closer relationship with the faculty and staff where I have so many more opportunities for research.

Future plans/goals?
To get my masters in teaching. Teach high school environmental science.

Why did you join The Honors College?
I wanted a unique college experience and loved the idea of more involved classes that would keep me interested, and the idea of less people and closer connections to faculty and peers.

 

 

 

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Grace SonnichsenGrace Sonnichsen

Honors 198 Facilitator

 

Hometown: Prosser, Washington Area(s) of Study: Secondary Mathematics Teaching
Involvement at WSU: I work at the Brelsford WSU Visitor Center, and I’m a student leader for WSU CRU.
Hobbies: I love to read, bake bread, and go for walks.

 

What do you like the most about being a student in the Honors College?
I love the passion my peers and professors have to learn! I am blessed to have the opportunity to form many relationships with others involved in the Honors College.

Future plans/goals?
I plan to get my masters in education, so I can teach high school level math. I would love to spend some time teaching overseas!

Why did you join the Honors College?
I knew that the Honors College would give me unique experiences I wouldn’t get anywhere else at WSU. I love the classroom sizes, how engaged students and professors are, and the fascinating discussions that are facilitated during class!

Scott Stevison

Honors 198 Facilitator

Hometown: Vancouver, WA
Area(s) of Study: Genetics and Cell Biology, minor in Music.
Involvement at WSU: STARS student, College of VetMed ASWSU Senator, Undergraduate Research Peer Mentor, Honors College Ambassador, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Club Soccer.
Hobbies: Soccer, music, and watching sports.

What do you like the most about being a student in The Honors College?
Although the WSU Honors College has presented me with numerous career opportunities, my favorite part has been meeting amazing people. The students and faculty that make up the WSU honors college are a tight-knit group and I have made many lifelong friends throughout this experience.

Future plans/goals?
I plan on pursuing a PhD in order to advance my career in cancer research. I also hope to perform in a brass band one day!

Why did you join The Honors College?
I wanted to learn in small class sizes to build better relationships with my peers and professors while also experiencing a massive D1 university, which provides more research opportunities, better funding, and an exciting social environment.

 

Samantha Ulam

Honors 198 Facilitator

 

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Alexis William

Honors 198 Facilitator

Hometown: Camas, WA
Area(s) of Study: Mechanical Engineering
Involvment at WSU: SWE club member, I also volunteer at the Humane Society in Pullman
Hobbies: Music (I play piano and am learning the guitar, and I collect records!), reading, watching sports, drinking coffee, and hanging out with dogs!

What do you like most about being a student in The Honors College?
I love getting to take classes that are totally different from my major and connect with people from all different majors! I think learning to communicate and work with others is super important, especially as an engineer, and having classes that are discussion based and on something I would otherwise never get to learn has been my favorite part of this experience. My honors classes, specifically economics, Spanish, and my leadership courses have been some of my favorite classes to take!

Future Plans/Goals?
I plan to get a Masters in either Aerospace Engineering or BioMechanical Engineering and see where my career takes me from there!

Why did you join the Honors College?
I was drawn to the community aspect that the Honors College offered. I knew Mechanical Engineering was a large major where it would be harder to make connections, and I wanted to have better opportunities to connect with classmates and professors. I also loved how excited everyone is about learning.

 

Olivia Witherspoon

Honors 198 Facilitator

Hometown: Brush Prairie, WA
Area(s) of Study:
Biology
Involvement at WSU:
Undergraduate research in the Hayashi Lab
Hobbies: In my free time, I enjoy being active by hiking, biking, kayaking, and running. I am an avid soccer fan and enjoy watching soccer, along with other sports!

What do you like most about being a student in The Honors College?
The discussion-based format to the Honors College curriculum is something I thoroughly enjoy! The smaller classes have allowed me to make connections with my classmates and professors. There is such a strong, supportive, and welcoming community within the Honors College, and this is what makes being a student in Honors so special!

Future Plans/Goals?
I plan to apply to medical school with the goal of becoming a physician.

Why did you join the Honors College?
I joined the Honors College to find a community of students who are eager to achieve academic excellence and are passionate about learning. The diverse course-work and small discussion-based classrooms are two factors that drew me to the program.

Honors Faculty Facilitators

Donald AllisonDonald Allison

Hometown: Fort Benton, MT
Area(s) of study: Biology; Physician Assistant Studies; Culture, Literacy, and Language
Involvement at WSU: Director of Health Professions Student Center; Clinical Assistant Professor School of Biological Sciences
Hobbies: Travel, language, photography, hiking, horses, dogs, cats

Future plans/goals:
My goal is to assist as many students as possible accomplish their desire for admission to the health profession school of their choice in order to ultimately fulfill their dream of following a career in health care.

Favorite Quote:
““Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
― Nelson Mandela”

What is something you wish you wish you had known when you first started college?
I wish I would have taken advantage of all the great resources available on a college campus and appreciated the wisdom provided me by my advisors and professors.

Robin BondRobin Bond

From: San Diego, Ca
Area of Study: Classics
Involvelemt at WSU: Assistant dean of the Honors College
Hobbies: WSU Orchestra (2nd violin), gardening, snowshoeing

Foreign Languages known: Classical Greek and Latin

What I like about the Honors College at WSU: I think the Honors College is important because of the wonderful students who are part of this learning community at WSU.

Where I’ve traveled: UK, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Canada, and Mexico

I’m excited to be an Honors 198 Facilitator because… I enjoy getting to know first-year students

Favorite Quote: “The unexamined life is not worth living” — Plato, ‘Apology of Socrates’

Something random about me: I am researching animals in Herodotus’ ‘History of the Persian wars’

Cassa Hanon

From: Renton, WA
Area of Study: Computer Science & Business
Involvement at WSU: Adjunct Faculty, Honors College, Advisory Council, Honors College, Advisory Council, College of Arts & Sciences, WSU Foundation Trustee, Society of Women Engineers Mentor

Hobbies: Reading, Theatre, Hiking, Running, Sports Fan

What I like about the Honors College at WSU: I think the Honors College is important because of the wonderful students who are part of this learning community at WSU.

Where I’ve traveled: UK, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Canada, and Mexico

I’m excited to be an Honors 198 Facilitator because… I learn as much as I teach.

Favorite Quote: ““We don’t always recognize the most significant moments of our lives while they’re happening to us.” – Dr. Graham in Field of Dreams

Something random about me: I’m an identical twin.

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Dean of the Honors College, Grant NortonGrant Norton

Hometown: Godalming, Surrey (in the UK)
Area(s) of study: Materials science
Involvement at WSU: I’m dean of the Honors College
Hobbies: Playing guitar, bird watching, opera, reading, walking my dog

What has been your favorite Honors College class thus far and why?
I teach an Honors 290 class, which I really enjoy. It is “Ten Materials that Changed the World” and has really allowed me to think of my field (materials science) in its broad societal context. I hope the students enjoy taking the class as much as I enjoy teaching it!

What are the Honors College faculty like?
The Honors College faculty are outstanding and committed to the success of each of our students. I am proud and honored to work with these faculty every day.

What is a fun fact about yourself?
I am a big fan of the rock group Kiss.

 

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