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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 Faculty Facilitators

Donald Allison
Robin Bond
Cassa Hanon
Grant Norton

Honors Student Facilitators

Cameron BartonCameron Barton
Honors 198 Facilitator

Hometown: Genesee, ID
Area(s) of Study: Music – Piano Performance, Music Technology
Involvement at WSU: MTNA, HSAC, Allegro, Honors College Mentor Program, Northwest Public Broadcasting
Hobbies: Playing piano and drums, hiking, snow skiing, biking, swimming, reading, and spending time with my dog Ace.

What do you like the most about being a student in the Honors College?
I enjoy the community that comes along with being a student in the Honors College. Between admirable peers and outstanding faculty, I have found an amazing support system of people that lead by example and provide goals for me to keep working towards.

Future plans/goals
After my last year at WSU, I will be attending graduate school to continue working as an artist and educator at the collegiate level.

Why did you join the Honors College?
I joined the Honors College to get the most out of my time at WSU with both academic and professional challenges that have pushed me to create a standard of excellence in everything I do. I knew that I would have a lot to gain from the rigorous and individualized opportunities found through the Honors College.

 

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John BusseyJohn Bussey
Honors 298 Facilitator

Hometown:Olympia, WA
Area(s) of study: Materials Science and Engineering, focus in ceramics/glass, minors in Economics, Math, Earth Sciences/Natural Resources, and Chemistry (maybe)
Involvement at WSU: Honors Student Advisory Council (HSAC) Treasurer, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture (VCEA) and Top Scholar Ambassador, Undergrad researcher in the Nuclear, Optical, Magnetic, and Electronic Materials Lab and in the Hydrogen Properties for Energy Research Lab, Materials Advantage Club treasurer, Emerging Leaders Program
Hobbies: Hiking/backpacking, backcountry skiing, trail running, ultimate frisbee, disc golf, river sports, board games

What do you like most about being a student in the Honors College?
One of the things that I greatly enjoy about being a student in the Honors College is the wonderful connections that I have been able to make. Honors brings together some fantastic minds and it is quite nice having classes full of like minded students and interesting professors. The people in the honors community make my verity of honors classes and activates fun and engaging. It is always nice meeting someone from honors in Pullman at large, they are always the most interesting, enjoyable people

Has anything surprised you about being in the Honors College?
One aspect of the Honors College that has been a pleasant surprise is the structure of the classes. I was expecting “honored” class to be harder, and while I found that I have learned lots in these classes, they are much more focused on personal growth and group learning. Socratic type seminars are the dominate form of instruction which I find to be much more rewarding (and not require the same type of work) as typical lecture-based classes. Plus, all my honors classes have had some fantastic speakers, from a well-known philosopher, to a Boeing executive, to the director of the IMF (International Monetary Fund) Europe. The sheer number of opportunities provided by the honors college was also a great surprise.

What opportunities or experiences have you had through the Honors College?
Dean Norton and the honors college helped organize and connect the members of the HYPER-Borea team, who ended up being finalists and being awarded with a grant from the prestigious NASA Big Idea Challenge. Furthermore, I have had the opportunity to present at the Western Regional Honors Conference. I will likely be able to study abroad next spring at the University of Liverpool through an honors college exchange. The honors college has truly elevated my WSU experience and has led to many different amazing opportunities.  

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Elli EhingerElli Ehinger
Honors 198 Facilitator

Hometown: Yelm, WA
Area of Study: Chemical Engineering
Involvement at WSU: Research Assistant in the Laboratory of Atmospheric Research, Philanthropy Chair in HSAC, Ambassador for the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, freshman delegate in ASWSU last year
Hobbies: Hiking, birding, running, skiing (I like being active and in the outdoors), playing the violin and listening to opera

What has been your favorite Honors College class thus far and why?
My favorite honors class so far has been my 280 course, The Good Life. I loved learning about the many different philosophies and their views on how to life a fulfilled and happy life. The messages from ancient Greek philosophies amazed me by how relevant they still are. I enjoyed the class discussions that we could have and how I could see their relevance to my own life. It changed how I thought about being happy and finding happiness.

Future goals/plans?
I want to go to graduate school and get a degree in something that will allow me to go into an environmental field. I don’t know yet what that will be, but I am hoping to make good use of the next few years to narrow down exactly what I want to study in graduate school.

What is something you wish you had known when you first started the Honors College?
Don’t feel pressured to stay in the major that you start out in. You have time and there are resources available to you to help figure out what you want to study.

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Stephen FawcettStephen Fawcett
Honors 198 Facilitator

Hometown: Bend, Oregon
Area(s) of study: Microbiology major, with minors in jazz studies and Spanish
Involvement at WSU: Research, WSU jazz society, and the Environmental Sustainability Alliance
Hobbies: Playing soccer and basketball, and I like watching shows with friends like All American and South Park.

How has the Honors College helped shape your college experience?
The honors college has given me a lot of opportunities to meet people that share my interests, and I have also been able to explore class options that are interesting and unique

Future plans/goals?
In the future, I would like to continue in research, most likely in microbiology (studying microbial pathogens like bacteria and viruses). I hope to have my own lab some day!

What does being a Coug mean to you?
To me, being a Coug means being part of large community that has a lot of opportunities to excel and have fun. Being a Coug means being part of something really big, and having the resources to take your life anywhere you want to go. 

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Hannah GardnerHannah Gardner
Honors 198 Facilitator

Hometown: Walla Walla, WA
Area(s) of study: Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Spanish
Involvement at WSU: I have been an Honors 198 Facilitator for the past 2 Fall semesters, I worked for two years as a technical assistant in the Hydrogen Properties for Engineering Research (HYPER) Lab, and I have been a member of the WSU Rock Climbing Club
Hobbies: My hobbies include: rock climbing, hiking, baking, and reading

Why did you join the Honors College?
I joined the Honors College because I was really excited about the community, the smaller class sizes, and the diverse courses offered in the Honors Program.

Has anything surprised you about being in the Honors College?
I have been surprised at what an incredible resource the faculty of the Honors College have been. The faculty and staff are always very approachable, friendly, and helpful in all areas of advice, be that college or life related.

What has been your favorite Honors College class thus far and why?
My favorite Honors class thus far has been Honors 198. It set an incredible foundation for my time at WSU and in the Honors College, and it helped me find a community among my classmates.

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Peyton Krych Honors 198 FacilitatorPeyton Krych

 

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Haley MorrisHaley Morris
Honors 198 Facilitator

Hometown: Issaquah, WA
Areas of Study: Majoring Biochemistry and Spanish minor
Involvement at WSU: Undergraduate research and School of Molecular Biosciences STARS Program, WSU Panhellenic Community, Honors Ambassador, Honors 198 Facilitator, College of Veterinary Medicine Promotor, Molecular Biosciences Club
Hobbies: Hiking, skiing, reading, swimming at the Urec, knitting and crocheting, rock tumbling

What is your favorite place on campus and why?
My favorite place is Thompson Flats! I love how green it is and enjoy spending time sitting on it with friends when the weather is nice.

What is your favorite weekend activity in Pullman?
My favorite weekend activity in Pullman is hiking Kamiak Butte with friends!

How has the Honors College prepared you for your future?
The Honors College has prepared me for the future by introducing me to many new concepts and ways of thinking through the diverse classes offered. For example, I took a philosophy of happiness class that helped me better understand what in my life makes me happy and helped me prioritize those things. I also took a MESI (Mindfulness Emotional and Social Intelligence) that taught me to be a better leader and also helped me learn ways to reduce my stress. 

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Matthew MorrisonMatthew Morrison
Honors 198 Facilitator

Hometown: Port Orchard, WA by way of Asuncion, Paraguay
Area(s) of study: Chemical Engineering
Involvement at WSU: Undergraduate Research, the Team Mentoring Program, worked for two years in UREC and have led the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club.
Hobbies: Watching movies, fitness, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and reading.

What opportunities or experiences have you had through the Honors College?
Through the Honors College I have been able to meet wonderful professors and take my favorite classes (Honors 280, 301 and 380)

What is your favorite thing about being a Coug?
My favorite thing about being a Coug is the weird fact that great surprises keep happening. Ever since day one I have experienced blessings left and right and I can never know what the next one will be.

Favorite memory from your time at WSU:
My single favorite memory is hard to put into words, but I can at least pull one of the many. I think my favorite memory is going to the last football game in my freshman year with my friends. One of them went to the bathroom and came back with a mustache stuck to his back, which ended up becoming my best friends and I wore it to the rest of the game. I still have it on my wall.

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Hometown: Wenatchee, WA
Area(s) of Study: Economics (Policy and Law), Spanish, Political Science
Involvement at WSU: Residence Hall Government Vice President, Emerging Leaders, Global Citizenship Program.
Hobbies: Playing the clarinet, hanging with friends, going to football games

What is your favorite weekend activity to do on the Palouse? (Moscow-Pullman area)
The Palouse has a lot of great scenery contrary to what most people believe! My favorite park is Sunnyside Park in Pullman and it is always a great place for a picnic or to just get outside of campus!

What do you enjoy/appreciate most about being an Honors Coug?
Since the Honors College is a small college it is great to be able to make friends with everyone in the college as well as have more one on one time with professors!

Favorite memory from your freshman year:
One of my absolute favorite memories from freshman year was joining Hall Government. I lived in Gannon and Goldsworthy and I was the Vice President of the hall. Joining hall government was the best decision I made freshman year and that is where I met my best friends! And of course Cougar Football Saturdays are ALWAYS a favorite!

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Caitlin OttawayCaitlin Ottaway

 

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Griffin RinauroGriffin Rinauro
Honors 198 Facilitator

Hometown: Bellingham, WA
Area(s) of Study: Mechanical Engineering, minor in Math
Involvement at WSU: Honors 198 Facilitator; Technical Lab Assistant at the HYPER Lab; Math Club
Hobbies: Hiking, running, watching movies, music

Why did you join the Honors College?
I originally joined the honors college because I wanted to get a more personal college experience. Because WSU has so many students, I was worried it would be hard to get to know more professors and that I wouldn’t have as many resources to help me succeed. The Honors College really helped push me to succeed, with both professors who care about your wellbeing inside and outside the classroom and other students who are so friendly and welcoming that made college so much more fun.

Future plans/goals
I plan to receive a master’s in mechanical engineering so that I can pursue a career in either aerospace or clean energy

What is a fun fact about you?
I love vinyl. My (current) favorite album is either Fleetwood Mac or Fine Line

 

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Roman RomanyukRoman Romanyuk
Honors 198 Facilitator

Hometown: Pullman, WA
Area(s) of Study: Major in Kinesiology and a Minor in Strength and Conditioning
Involvement at WSU: I am an Honors 198 facilitator, a member of the Kinesiology Club and the club’s Core Group member, a teaching assistant for Kinesiology 264 (starting in the fall of 2021), and a member of the WSU Exercise Physiology and Performance Laboratory.
Hobbies: I like exercising (weights, running, swimming), walking around Pullman, and playing basketball and Ping-Pong.

What is something you wish you had known when you first started the Honors College?
One thing I wish I had known prior to joining the Honors college is that the professors make you think in creative ways that I was not totally prepared for. The Honors College experience really is unique in that it allows students to think differently when working on projects together. It provides students with a challenge while giving them all of the tools necessary to transition into this new and exciting way of learning and thinking.

How has the Honors College prepared you for your future?
The Honors College has prepared me to be able to work with other people and be creative in problem solving. The project that I worked on in Honors 298 was challenging yet rewarding. It helped me become comfortable working with a group of people both in-person and over Zoom. Overall, I have learned to trust members of my team a lot more thanks to my experience in the Honors College, which will be a an extremely valuable skill in the future.

What is a fun fact about yourself?
A fun fact about me is that I was born in Russia and moved to the United States in second grade. And even better, I am still fluent in Russian!

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Anna SaharAnna Sahar
Honors 198 Facilitator

Hometown: Sammamish, WA
Area(s) of Study: Neuroscience and Psychology Pre-Med
Involvement at WSU: Peer Health Educator, WSU Women’s Rugby, WSU Neuroscience Club, Undergraduate TA
Hobbies: Anything art-related, reading, taking care of my plants and my rabbit, sleeping

What is your favorite place on the WSU campus and why?

My favorite place on the WSU campus is the Bookie. At the Bookie, there are tables next to the window overlooking Martin stadium and has a calming atmosphere where I can focus or take a break between classes.

What has been your favorite Honors College class thus far and why?

My favorite Honors College class was Honors 370 with Dr. Smith. This class was about how the United Nations functions and its role in maintaining international peace. Before this class, I did not know much about what the organization did and how it helped with resolving world issues such as global warming, poverty, accessibility to healthcare, and education. Since I took this class during the pandemic, we talked about how member countries were trying to control the spread of the Covid-19 virus and their approach to keeping everyone safe. We had a lesson on the World Health Organization (WHO) as well and learned a little more about their strategies to combat healthcare issues such as yellow fever, newborn care, and food safety, which sparked my interest in global health. Through this class, I learned how the UN plays a vital role in ensuring peaceful world relations and the processes involved are not as simple as it seems.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

I once slept for 34 hours straight when I came back home from travelling.

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Gunnar SlyGunnar Sly
Honors 198 Facilitator

Hometown: Spokane, WA
Area(s) of study: Chemical Engineering
Involvement at WSU: Undergraduate Researcher – Song Research Group, VCEA Chemical Engineering Peer Tutor
Hobbies: Guitar, reading, cooking

What do you like most about being a student in the Honors College?
I always enjoy knowing that the Honors College consistently supports me in my academic/professional goals and does it in a way that provides unique opportunities, whether abroad or domestic. The courses we take are interesting, focused, and offer a unique perspective into global leadership and understanding.

What opportunities or experiences have you had through the Honors College?
Through a collaboration with the WSU Honors College and Southeast University, I was able to participate in a two-month program where I lived in Nanjing, China performing research on lithium ion batteries. I was able to get an sense of culture outside the US that nothing else could come close to giving, and I still reflect on my time there regularly.

Future plans/goals:
I am currently working towards graduate school in order to proceed into the academic world where I may both perform meaningful research in the areas of energy science as well as instruct undergraduate engineers.

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Samantha UlamSamantha Ulam
Honors 198 Facilitator

Hometown: Middleton, ID
Area(s) of Study: Microbiology
Involvement at WSU: Outside of classes, I work as a clerical assistant at the Energy Systems Innovation Center at WSU.
Hobbies: When I’m not working or studying, I love to read. I just finished The Secret History by Donna Tartt and I highly recommend others read it! I also was a trained dancer for most of my life and now try to take a couple classes at my old studio when I can.

What are the Honors College faculty like?

The Honors College Faculty is very supportive of all of its students. They want everyone to succeed and be the best version of themselves they can be. Don’t be afraid to reach out to any of them if you need help with anything!

What do you like the most about being a student in the Honors College?

I love the small classes that the honors college offers. Not only are the small, but they are super interesting classes that anyone can enjoy.

What is your favorite quote?

“She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain” -Louisa May Alcott

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Shelbie WalkerShelbie Walker
Honors 298 Facilitator

Hometown: Pueblo, CO
Area(s) of Study: Environmental and Ecosystem Science major with a concentration on natural water resources
Hobbies: I really enjoy being outside and doing restoration work.

What opportunities or experience have you had through the Honors College?
I am in my third year at WSU and in that time, I have had opportunities to moderate a presentation for the Honors college, participate in undergrad research, publish a piece in the Land Escapes journal, and facilitate honors 298.

What is your favorite quote?
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”- Alan Watts

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Christina (Christi) WebsterChristina (Christi) Webster
Honors 198 Facilitator

Hometown: Kalispell, MT
Area(s) of Study: Bioengineering, Minor in Mathematics and German
Involvement at WSU: Society of Women Engineers (Vice President), Biomedical Engineering Society, Undergraduate Research with Dr. Haluk Beyenal
Hobbies: Paint by numbers, hiking, kayaking, ice-skating, and cross-stitching

What do you enjoy most about being an Honors Coug?
I love the community in the Honors College. The classes are smaller which allows you to build good relationships with your classmates and the professors. This has helped me have good referenced for recommendation letters, find unique opportunities, and feel at home at WSU.

Describe some of your favorite Honors College professors, faculty, or staff members:
I have had many great professors in the Honors College, but one of my favorites was Debbie Lee (English 298). Though English is not my favorite topic, I loved going to her class because there was always interesting discussion, and she always provided a lot of help while I was writing essays.

What is a fun fact about you?
I have two parakeets named Poppy and Pirahna!

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Ian WellsIan Wells
Honors 198 Facilitator

Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Area(s) of Study: Mechanical Engineering with minors in Mathematics and Materials Science Engineering
Involvement at WSU: Undergraduate Research at the HYPER Lab as HYPER-Borea Team Lead, Photography Club Member, Former Waller Hall Vice President
Hobbies: Photography, Board Games, Longboarding, Going to Concerts, and Reading

What are the Honors College faculty like?
Honors College faculty want to help you succeed. They open so many doors and are always available to advise and provide perspective.

What is your favorite place on campus and why?
Flix has the best milkshakes around!

What is a fun fact about you?
I have a twin brother who attends the University of Idaho.

 

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Charis WilliamsCharis Williams
Honors 198 Facilitator

Hometown: Selah, WA
Area(s) of Study: Nursing
Involvement at WSU:
Hobbies: LandEscapes contributor, HSAC member, Honors 198 Facilitator, Navigators member

How has the Honors College helped shape your college experience?
The Honors College has a had a huge impact on my college experience by giving me the opportunity to have a personal connection with both staff and students. It has challenged me to see the world in a broader way and be more aware and accepting of others. Most importantly, it’s given me the opportunity to have an impact and grow through mentorship from other Honors students.

Future plans/goals:
I hope to attend the WSU College of Nursing in the fall of 2022 and earn my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After nursing school, I plan to pursue my master’s in nursing and eventually a doctorate of nursing to become a registered nurse practitioner. I hope to specialize in the field of pediatrics and possibly work in another country.

How has the Honors College prepared you for your future?
The Honors College has prepared me for my future by giving me global awareness of how I impact our world and can make a difference. It has opened my eyes to needs that I may be able to fill in my career. Most importantly, it has prepared me for my future career through international group projects and collaboration that have grown my communication skills and ability to relate and connect with others despite cultural barriers which will be indispensable as a holistic healthcare provider.

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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.

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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’
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Cassa HanonCassa 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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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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