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Contributors: Volume II


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Calum Akins is a second year student at Washington State University. He grew up in Spokane, Washington and has also spent a year living in Paris, France. He started to love film and filmmaking as an art when he was in middle school and has been a devoted film buff and aspiring filmmaker ever since, writing scripts and making short films whenever he can. After arriving at WSU he joined Wazzu Films and wrote his latest film, The Hypnotist, for their microfilm script competition and was then given the opportunity to direct it as well.




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Gabriel Braendlein is a 24 year-old undergraduate music major born and raised in Pasco, Washington. He grew up in a musical family of four trumpet players. Throughout middle and high school he participated in almost every musical class and opportunity presented to him. In 2010 with the Columbia Basin Jazz Band he recorded the album “Breakthrough” in London Bridge Studios in Lynnwood, Washington. In 2011 he attended Renton Technical College and in 2011 received a certificate in Band Instrument Repair. Later that year he traveled to Norwich, England and apprenticed with world-renowned custom trumpet maker Andy Taylor for one month. In spring of 2012 Gabriel took a two-month contract with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a theatre musician traveling the Baltic Sea. In fall of 2012 he started attending the WSU School of Music as a freshman. In the summer of 2013 he took a cruise contract with Cunard traveling on the Queen Mary II doing trans-Atlantic crossings. In the winter of 2013, Gabriel suffered a lip injury of unknown cause and was forced to switch his focus to composing, which led him to his undergraduate scholars project.



Esther Flatau is a senior Digital Technology & Culture student. The DTC program has allowed her to pull together her strengths and build a solid skill set, which she has been able to put into practice by working in graphic design on campus. She also has a specific interest for instigating social change. Her approach to her project was mainly to generate discussion about the potential of a river dock for this campus. The Administration on campus has already seen the value of such a structure for WSU Tri-Cities and has plans to continue in that direction in the future. Her grant-funded independent study gave legs to get this project moving. She feels so fortunate to be a part of this bigger picture and she looks forward to the campus river dock becoming a reality.



Elizaveta Luzina is a Fine Arts student at Washington State University. Her studies’ emphasis is photography and video, but she is also getting a minor in French language and Film studies. Elizaveta was born in Moscow, Russia, where she studied before going to college at Washington State, and she also studied abroad in France.


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Since she got her first coloring book, Brianna knew she wanted to create art. Graduating in Spring 2015 with a BFA and minor in art history, she is planning on continuing her studies in graduate school abroad in Germany. Brianna works with all mediums, but her emphasis is in digital art. Her next projects will be combining all mediums in digital and 3D collages.



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Katie Hayward grew up in Auburn, WA and is currently a sophomore at WSU. She is studying Mathematics Secondary Education in the hopes of becoming a high school math teacher. Though her studies primarily focus on math and teaching and learning, her participation in the Honors College has given her the opportunity to take classes on other topics, such as art history. It was in her honors course that she and her two teammates put together this research project. Katie is a believer in Jesus Christ and is passionate about knowing Him better and making Him known. She also enjoys reading, taking photography and spending time with friends and family.



Forfeiting his native Auburn heritage, Andrew Hayward will soon be returning to the rainy half of the state to reside in lavish Covington, WA. He graduated in May 2014 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, starting as a Manufacturing Engineer for Genie Industries shortly thereafter. When not chained to a desk with coursework he enjoys hiking, bicycling, and swimming. Though entering the workforce as an engineer, he is interested in overseas Christian missionary work down the road, going so far as to currently contemplate seminary within the next few years.


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Matthew Swanson grew up in North Vancouver, BC before moving to Pullman to study accounting at WSU. Matthew is currently a sophomore student, and also plans to minor in Chinese and global studies. He is a member of the WSU Honors College, and a competitive 800m runner on the WSU track and field team. When not running or studying, Matthew enjoys spending time outdoors, whether it is playing soccer with friends, backpacking, or skiing. After completing his degree in accounting, Matthew plans to pursue a master’s degree in business administration, and one day to become a chartered accountant.


alison_mand_bio_imageALISON MAND

Alison is a junior from Vancouver, WA majoring in Digital Technology and Culture as well as English. She also has a minor in Spanish, and is a student-athlete, competing for WSU on the women’s varsity swim team. To make a long story short, her interests are all over the board. Art, literature, rhetoric, environmental issues, food politics, gender politics, athletics, international travel, digital diversity, and education are just a few subjects she tries to weave in and out of her packed schedule.



Currently a student of History and Fine Arts at the University of Montana, Carly spent her freshman year of college in the WSU Honors College. Originally from Tucson, AZ, she lets her experiences inform her research and work. What interests her is putting together complicated, and difficult histories that take into account all the human aspects. In her life beyond academics, she enjoys running, hiking, biking, and generally being outside. As an artist, her background is in drawing and painting, with recent work being more in sculpture and 3-dimensional spaces.


sarah_rausch_bio_imageSARAH RAUSCH

Sarah is from Richland, Washington, and started at WSU as a freshman. She is majoring in electrical engineering and will graduate in May 2015. She is considering attending graduate school after receiving her degree, although it is also a possibility that she will continue working at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, as she has been for the past several years.


Saito_5_13_056MEGAN SAITO

Megan Saito is an undergraduate at Washington State University. She is currently working on obtaining her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Management and Operations. Megan joined The Lovely Sisterhood of Chi Delta Sigma Sorority in the Spring of 2014, and has also been on the cabinet for Hui Hau’oli ‘O Hawai’i (the WSU Hawai’i Club) for the majority of her college career. As for plans after graduation, Megan hopes to continue her education and obtain her Master’s degree in Business.



Corri van Schijndel graduated from Washington State University and the WSU Honors College in December 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Minor in French. Since graduating, she has moved to the Seattle area and dedicated herself to working with children. Currently, she holds a position as a Youth Programs Instructor at the Dale Turner Family YMCA. Her goal is to obtain a Masters in Teaching and become an elementary school teacher, where she hopes her educational background in sociology may help her to better meet the needs of students from traditionally underserved populations.



Jonathon Waldrip was an undergraduate at WSU from 2010 until 2014 studying within the Honors College and the College of Engineering and Architecture to get a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering. Jonathon took part in many on-campus clubs, including being inducted into the engineering honor fraternity Tau Beta Pi in the fall of 2013. He was also an officer on the Engineers for Global Communities Bridges to Prosperity team where he worked with peers to design a pedestrian bridge for a community in La Victoire, Haiti. After graduation, Jonathon is continuing his education, working towards a Masters in Structural Engineering at WSU.



Marcela Rodriguez is an English and Spanish major with a focus in Rhetoric and Professional Writing. She works as a Staff Assistant at the Holland and Terrell Libraries, is a Mentor for the Native American Student Center, and interns for the Palouse Review and Landescapes. She is a first generation student and a TRIO scholar. She is also an ambassador for the Honors College and was recently nominated for a pass with distinction for her Honors Thesis. Mrs. Rodriguez has also received the Crimson Award for the Humanities for her research at SURCA and has also been selected as the Outstanding Senior for the English Department in the College of Arts and Sciences. She will be teaching English in the Las Vegas Valley through Teach for America after graduation at Desert Pines High School.




Shauna Christensen is a recent 2014 graduate of WSU College of Arts and Sciences with a B.S. in Chemistry, Professional option, and minor emphasis in mathematics. She currently works in Aurora Clark’s lab using the data mining techniques referred to in the project, and hopes to continue in a computational field in future ventures.





John Notturno graduated from Washington State University in May 2014 with a BA in Digital Technology and Culture and a minor in Mathematics. His plan after graduation is to move to Spokane and pursue a career in either graphic or web design.






Chelsea Gilpin graduated in May 2014 from Washington State University with a B.S. in Zoology. She has always held an interest in animal behavior, and classes she took during her undergraduate studies at WSU, such as comparative physiology, piqued her interest in the study of behavioral endocrinology. While at WSU, Chelsea also pursued a minor in Music, graduating with the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award for Zoology as well as a Big Ten Senior Award for Performing Arts. She will be traveling to Australia for an internship at Cairns Tropical Zoo in the summer and will be attending WSU College of Veterinary Medicine in the fall.


Maddock_PictureMOLLY MADDOCK

Molly Maddock will be graduating in May 2014 with a degree in Zoology and minor in Business Administration. Molly has always been curious about understanding the physiology of animals and teamed up with Dr. Hubert Schwabl to assist on his ongoing research on maternal hormone-mediated effects on offspring. Through Dr. Schwabl’s encouragement Molly pursued available grants from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Biological Sciences to begin her own research on the topic of thyroid hormone effects on zebra finches. After graduation, Molly has intentions of attending veterinary school to pursue her aspirations of becoming a veterinarian.




Amy is a junior from Toutle, WA studying Psychology, with a minor in Human Development and a certificate in Global Leadership. She has been conducting research with Drs. Paul Whitney and John Hinson since her freshman year, and has presented projects at the Undergraduate Psychology Symposium, the Western Psychological Association conference, and SURCA, winning a Crimson award there in 2013. In addition to research, she is an officer in the Psi Chi national honor society, a teaching assistant for Introductory Psychology, and works for the SESRC and as a Cougar Connector. This project was made possible thanks to generous grants from both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Auvil Scholars Fellowship Program.



Hi, I’m Joelle! I am a neuroscience major at Washington State University and I just finished my junior year. I have worked with Dr. Whitney and Dr. Hinson since my freshman year in the Affective and Cognitive Influences on Decisions laboratory, which has been an amazing experience that has opened up many doors for me. After I graduate WSU, I hope to move to the south for graduate school and earn my Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience. I am open to any sort of career that allows me to continue research and continue learning about the amazing human brain.



Amanda is a graduating senior with majors in Sociology and Women’s Studies with a Queer Studies minor. She is from Shelton, WA. She did Running Start through South Puget Sound Community College. She has presented her research at the William R. Wiley Research Exposition, the WSU Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, and the Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference. She received the novice award at SURCA and also received an award from the WSU Emeritus society for her work. Her mentor for this project is Dr. Julie Kmec. She will be attending Eastern Washington University in the fall to begin work on her Master’s.