Student Leader of the Month
The Student Leader of the Month award recognizes distinguished student leaders who impact the WSU community and encourage others to learn and engage with student leadership offerings.
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March Student Leader: Sydney Pederson
Sydney is currently the active President for Planned Parenthood Generation Action at WSU. She started volunteering with Generation Action during her Freshman year and was elected to the position of Communication Coordinator for the club that Spring semester. She has served as President for the club for both her Sophomore and Junior year, and attributes her continued activism to her passion for access to healthcare and comprehensive education. Without a passion for what she does it would be hard to put in the hours necessary to help support her organization. She encourages other leaders to reach out and ask questions, because the only way to continue to build strong organizations on campus is through solid networking.
February Student Leader: Noah Benson
The main way Noah has gotten involved at WSU is through Cable 8, a student run broadcast organization. Noah says his time at Cable 8 has been some of the best times he’s ever had because writing, directing, editing, and everything else that goes along with making a show is what he has always been passionate about.
The main lesson Noah would like to share from his leadership story is never be too scared to do anything. That’s not to say you can’t ever be scared, being nervous is just a part of life, but never let fear keep you from doing what you want to do.
His tips for anyone looking to enhance their engagement or start their leadership journey is try as much as possible. There are so many great opportunities at WSU and everywhere else too.
January Student Leader: Alec Solemslie
Alec first got involved at WSU through student organizations within his major and later became active in hall government, including the Residence Hall Association and National Residence Hall Honorary. Alec knew the only way to know if he was passionate about being involved was to take a deep breath and take a leap of faith.
Alec's suggestion for those starting their leadership journey would be to just take a leap of faith in finding a new organization or becoming part of a bigger role in current organizations. Let your mind dream of possibilities. Speak up and be heard, but also listen and understand. But, in the end, know that even the smallest actions can change everything for the better.
December Student Leader: Alex Steiner
Alex found his passion for both FarmHouse and Health & Wellness by exploring and being willing to take risks. Putting yourself out there seems frightening, but nothing new comes from staying in your comfort zone.
He believes you can't be afraid to take the first step to finding your passion. Opportunities present themselves to those who seek them out. Even if you make mistakes along the way, you can always dust yourself off and try again.
November Student Leader: Lyndsee Vargas
This year, Lyndsee not only serves as the President of WSU's chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, the national honorary band service sorority, but also as the piccolo section leader for the Cougar Marching Band and the vice president of its band council.
Lyndsee’s biggest tip for starting a leadership journey is to figure out what you’re passionate about. Whether she is helping the piccolo section of the Cougar Marching Band or leading Tau Beta Sigma in service around the Palouse, she has found that compassion for others is what drives her and is what she hopes her leadership style demonstrates.
October Student Leader: Joe Kurle
Current Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity member Joe Kurle is October's Student Leader of the Month. He was nominated for his efforts to ensure everyone stayed safe during fall 2017 Greek recruitment.
Joe is a former president to his fraternity and is the International Fraternity Council’s current director of policy and procedure. One piece of advice Joe has for fellow Cougs is to never fear the opportunities that present themselves, no matter how daunting or beyond your personal capacity they might seem. Do not let fear of failing deter you from ever even trying.
September Student Leader: Victoria Waltz
Victoria is a Pullman native and a member of the Automotive Enthusiast Club (AEC). She's had an interest in cars since she was a child. She was nominated for this award for her amazing follow-through skills and her ability to create meaningful relationships between campus and community partners and the AEC.
Her advice to students is, "When you find something you're good at and you feel comfortable with, just stick with it and become a master at your craft. And you never know, the leader inside you might just be waiting to come out."