SAB 2011-2012
Program Overview
The Student Advisory Board met for the first time on October 8th at Concordia University to get to know one another, learn more about the history of the Board and ORCC, and set priorities for the year. Out of that meeting came a decision to focus in two main initiatives this year:

Community Impact Project - Board members have been gathering stories and pictures from students, faculty, and staff on their campuses, as well as community organizations and individuals, in an effort to create a narrative about the work students are doing to address hunger in Oregon. The end product will be released at the end of April and shared widely at ORCC events and with campus and community leaders across the state.

Alternative Break Research - Board members will compile information on alternative break programs at their campuses to identify opportunities for collaboration and connection. Board members will also be looking for gaps - what great things could be done on a statewide level for maximum impact? This will lay the groundwork for a possible statewide alternative spring break in 2013.

Board Members

Tiffany Bigelow
Concordia University Sophomore, Nursing major (BSN)

Tiffany isn’t wasting a single minute this summer; she’s working a full-time job, taking an online class, fulfilling a Certified Nursing Assistant course requirement, and planning her wedding. Everyone would need an indulgence after a crazy day of class, work, and wedding plans and Tiffany’s no different. To take a break from her crazy schedule, she chows down on a vanilla froyo with raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, granola, coconut, mochi, and kiwi-lime sauce. For this coming school year, she’s excited to serve as a Service Change Coordinator, planning service projects and continuing to the issues that she’s passionate about: affordable housing and access to clean water.

James Cutz
Chemeketa Community College, Mechanical Engineering focus

Confident in his knowledge that we all live in relation to each other, James is passionate about building connections and serving others. After two years of full-time service with AmeriCorps, James is focusing in on his second bachelor’s degree at Chemeketa. But if you think this mechanical engineering major is all work and no play, you’re very mistaken. James describes himself as “playful and goofy” and he takes playfulness and goofiness to the next level through backpacking, surfing, leading white water rafting expeditions, and eating cottage cheese with peanut butter (you’d have to be a little goofy to eat those together!).

Alison Dubchansky
Lewis & Clark Senior, Sociology & Hispanic Studies double-major

Originally from Los Angeles, Alison will be the Community Engagement Coordinator in the Center for Career and Community Engagement. She’ll politely mention that she “implemented Lewis & Clark’s first community service day,” but what she means is that she created, designed, and launched a major collaborative service event that engaged dozens of students, faculty, staff, and alumni from throughout Lewis & Clark. Good stuff! Next year will be Alison's third year as an Resident Advisor (RA) and she's looking forward to being a support system for the younger RAs. Residents in her hall are advised to bring her peanut butter and Oreos to win her favor.

Angelica Pulido-Westlake
Lewis & Clark College Junior, Anthropology major and Latin American Cultural Studies minor

As a wrestling champion and the only girl in the history of her high school to play football for four years, Angelica knows how to set a goal and achieve it. She brings the same kind of enthusiasm to the Black United Fund of Oregon, where she is a grant writer and program developer. Looking to the future, Angelica would like to connect her work with the Black United Fund’s Cultural Immersion program with her alternative break experience in El Salvador by developing a youth sports program for the Tamarindo community in Guarjila. No biggie. Her hopes for the United States are no less ambitious; she’d like to see sweeping immigration reform, fewer prisons, better education, and generally more socialism.

Collin Morris
Linfield College Junior, Political Science major

Collin insists he cannot be summed up simply, but we like a challenge so we’re going to give it a shot. He participated in the Portland Homeless Plunge alternative break this year, which reaffirmed his passion for serving others and led him to become next year’s Environment and Conservation Service Coordinator. Collin will also be leading a sustainability-focused alternative break during the 2011-12 academic year (either focused on food security or mountaintop coal removal). He runs marathons, mountain bikes, likes musical theater, dislikes giant corporations, and thinks public education is a better use of money than military spending. And that is Collin Morris in 102 words.

Natasha Badaa
Oregon State University Junior, Business Management major and French minor

After graduating from high school Natasha went with her family on a safari to East Africa and spent a month deeply immersed in Tanzanian culture. She then went on to serve as the Hunger & Poverty Coordinator at OSU’s Community Service Center and organized the wildly successful Faces of Homelessness Panel, which sought to provide a deeper understanding of homelessness for students. She would like to see college made more affordable and for their to be more service-learning opportunities as a work/study alternative as a way to help students pay for college. Natasha’s favorite treats are cupcakes and pasta (mmmm, comfort food!) and Voodoo bacon maple bars are also among her favorite treats, which is probably the best indicator of her strong moral fiber. 

Courtney Nikolay
Oregon State University, Higher Education Administration (Master’s program)

To say that Courtney is excited to serve is a substantial understatement. She brings to the SAB some impressive experience: a year of full-time AmeriCorps service and a history that includes being tear-gassed while serving as a delegate on a human rights trip to Guatemala (to name a few). Those things are all cool, but her enthusiasm for making change is really what makes her special! Being psyched for service gives her the energy to be interning with the United Way, the Willamette Center for Community Service Learning, and Saturday Academy at OSU this summer. The most common words that come up when she talks about service: “passionate” “jazzed” “thrilled” and “excited.” Who can argue with that? 

Samantha Ryals
Pacific University Senior, Political Science major

Though she was born and raised in Oregon, Sam is spending her summer in New Orleans, Louisiana interning at a women’s shelter through ENGAGE (Educational Network for Global & Grassroots Exchange) and is loving the community. Back here in Oregon, Sam works with Pacific’s Animal Ethics Club and the Environmental & Civic Action Core and is getting excited to plan an event around climate change for 350 Day (a national day of action for climate change) on September 24th. Mark it on your calendars. Until then, Sam will enjoy munching on peanut m&ms, good ice cream, and almond butter (though, unlike James, not necessarily together).

Mikaila Way
Pacific University Senior, Environmental Science major and Peace & Social Justice minor

Mikaila started her summer off with a research trip to Belize. Yeah, we’re jealous too. And things have just gotten cooler for her since then; Mikaila is spending her summer preparing for Pacific’s Voyages Program, week-long outdoor adventures for incoming first-year students, and working on her senior research project at the university’s permaculture/organic farm. This coming year, Mikaila will continue to do the things she loves - cross country skiing, sunrise hiking, spending time with friends - and will be working hard to promote sustainable living at Pacific through the Environmental & Civic Action Core.

Cate Jinings
Portland Community College, Peace & Conflict focus

Little did she know, but Cate’s work last year with Phi Theta Kappa - the largest honor society of two-year colleges - was the perfect preparation for her service as a Student Advisory Board member. Cate launched the PCC Cascade Food Nook (a food pantry) and a “How We are Here” zine aimed at bridging the gap between student leaders and the general student body (we imagine other awesome students might have helped with these as well). It’s exciting to think about how these - and other - great experiences will translate into the SAB’s work this year!

Stephanie Sasse
Portland State University Senior, Cognitive Neuroscience major (self-designed)

Despite the fact that Oregon lacks all of the best things about her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee (lightning bugs, thunder storms, pulled pork sandwiches, and men in polo shirts), Stephanie has thrown herself into the Portland community with enthusiasm. She is most proud of the community holiday program she organized with Lush Cosmetics that raised over $4,000 in self-care products for victims of domestic abuse. Stephanie also seeks to use her academic knowledge about the cognitive roots of learning to benefit the community through teaching a course called “Brain Research & Society” through Village Home School and PSU’s Chiron Studies Program. Fun fact: When she was 18, Stephanie went to Vietnam without a Visa to celebrate her adulthood. There were challenges.

Will Wright
Portland State University Junior, Community Development major

Will has a great appreciation for spontaneity and whimsy, a fact proven by his summer activities. This summer, he’s white water rafting, helping Student Leaders for Service transition between coordinators, studying conflict resolution, writing a book chapter, supporting PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions, and working with several student groups to get ready for fall. Such a slacker. If his activities aren’t a dead giveaway, Will is passionate about sustainability issues and is looking forward to continuing his work with Student Sustainability Leadership Council to bring together diverse perspectives and promote sustainability at PSU.

Travis Prinslow
University of Oregon Junior, Philosophy & Political Science double-major

When most people think of treats, they think of chocolates or ice cream, but Travis is so active and so busy, that free time to read a book is a major treat for him. Understandable, considering his extensive efforts with Basic Rights Oregon on campaigns protecting the rights of LGBT individuals and his work with the Alliance of Happy Athiests at the University of Oregon planning an Pacific Northwest InterFaith Youth Conference. He is super excited by the possibilities created by bringing together communities with different backgrounds and ideas about the world to share their common values through InterFaith work.

MaryAnne Villanueva
Warner Pacific Junior, Human Development & Family Studies major and Social Work minor

When she moved from Alaska (maybe the only place with worse weather than the Northwest) to Portland to go to school at Portland Community College, MaryAnne was committed to immersing herself in the local community so she got connected with Associated Students of PCC and this last year she served as their Director of Social Programs. MaryAnne has now transferred to Warner Pacific College but she continues volunteering for the Portland Children’s Museum and working toward her goal of serving foster children and families. MaryAnne’s family is from the Philippines, so she’s fluent in Tagalog, which is pretty darn cool.

Sarah Whitman
Warner Pacific Sophomore, Christian Ministries major and Social Work minor

Put simply, Sarah seeks to make a difference in the world. She’s doing this on a personal level this summer, by making a difference in the lives of her family - entertaining her rambunctious younger brother, creative projects with her parents, exploring the beauty of eastern Oregon - and  she works towards this on a larger scale when she’s at school as well. Sarah has worked with Compassion International, which seeks to provide basic necessities to children around the world, and will serve as the Faith & Justice Awareness Coordinator at WP this coming year. She works hard to live simply and avoid consumerism and encourages others to do the same (that means you, iPad users).

Kaitlin Greene
Willamette University Senior, Sociology major and Spanish minor

Kaitlin is one of two national Campus Compact Civic Newman Fellows from Oregon. Which basically means she’s awesome. Her awesomeness is demonstrated by the fact that she is a student coordinator in Willamette’s Community Service Learning Office, a leader for the New Student Orientation to Community Outreach, and she was a key player in launching the Marion Polk Food Share. Kaitlin is particularly passionate about bilingual education and hunger alleviation and is an avid runner in her (rare) free time. She’s doing amazing things for her community, but we’re not really sure when she finds time to sleep...