Summer 2020 Issue
Table of contents
- Alumni Spotlight
- Student Emergency Fund
- Cougar Business Alliance
- Cougs in the Community
- Celebrate Your Achievements with A Legacy Square
- A Message to New WSU Vancouver Graduates
Stephanie Leeper, '16, B.A. in Social Sciences
Tell us how you became a VanCoug.
I started at WSU Vancouver in 2012 as a freshman and was excited to get involved on campus immediately. I was involved in student government and event planning in high school and wanted to do the same in college. Working with the Student Activities Board and the Office of Student Involvement gave me invaluable experience, friends I will have for a lifetime and memories I will never forget.
What are you doing now?
I was fortunate to find my first post-graduation job because of the Career and Internship Fair. After graduating I worked at a small nonprofit before finding my way back to WSU Vancouver. In December 2016, I took a position in the Student Resource Center on campus and worked in that capacity until January 2020, when I transitioned to a new role in the Carson College of Business. I am now the Business Growth Mentor and Analysis Program specialist working to help local small businesses get connected with student consultancy teams. It is a very fulfilling job. I hope to continue my career at WSU Vancouver and grow as a professional. I love being able to give back to the campus that gave me so much. When I am not working, I enjoy taking my dog for walks, going to Disneyland and exploring local wineries.
Where is the most unexpected place you’ve met another Coug?
I am always happily surprised to see fellow Cougs at Disneyland! When we are there, I make sure my friends or family and I wear Coug gear. It is fun to walk through the park and hear “Go Cougs!”
Tell us about something you enjoyed at WSU Vancouver.
The thing I love most is the community. As a student, I constantly saw the campus community—students, staff and faculty—rally around others with support and encouragement. The campus community is caring and generous to the surrounding community as well. Cougs in the Community is a good example, whether volunteering at the Clark County Food Bank, decorating flower bags for golden grads or supporting the Cougar Food Pantry.
How has WSU Vancouver changed?
It has really grown and expanded since I graduated. I am excited to see how the campus continues to evolve as plans are made for new buildings and expansions of student life space. I am also excited to see the new programs that have been put into place at WSU Vancouver, such as the BaCE (Building a Community of Equity) professional development program.
How do you support WSU Vancouver as an alumna?
I enjoy donating to the WSU Vancouver Student Emergency Fund and the Cougar Food Pantry. I also like to stay involved by reading scholarship applications, volunteering at Cougs in the Community events and attending the recent alumni socials.
What are your favorite memories of WSU Vancouver?
Two memories stand out. The first is attending the WSU Vancouver 25th anniversary celebration in 2014. It was a day full of Coug spirit and excitement for the years to come. Another favorite memory was attending the WSU vs. University of Oregon football game in Eugene with two buses of students and the Office of Student Involvement last fall. It was my first, but hopefully not last, Coug football game.
What advice do you have for current or future Cougs?
Get involved in whatever capacity you can while at WSU Vancouver. Even if you have a family or full-time job, attend an event between classes or attend a workshop. The on-campus involvement opportunities, whether as a club leader, quantitative skills center tutor or student senate leader, are so rewarding. And I guarantee you will meet so many new people and have memorable experiences.
WSU Vancouver Student Emergency Fund
We asked, and you answered the call.
Thank you to all of the donors who made a gift to the WSU Vancouver Student Emergency Fund in light of the COVID-19 crisis. These dollars supported students when they needed it most, allowing them to cross the finish line this semester.
To date, the community has raised more than $131,000 that is directly impacting students’ lives. It is amazing and gratifying to have a Cougar family that cares so deeply about the well-being and success of students.
Because of your generosity, WSU Vancouver was able to provide much-needed resources to students including:
- Food and necessities for themselves and their families
- Technology suitable for distance learning
- Assistance paying for child care
- A safety net for students who are not eligible to receive financial relief through the CARES Act
The need for funding is great, and students are still applying for emergency aid. You can make a difference by donating to the Student Emergency Fund today. Thank you for helping students stay VanCoug Strong.
Support Cougar-owned businesses
Did you know there is a Cougar Business Alliance (CBA) in Southwest Washington?
As Cougs, we all know there is nothing quite like the support of the Cougar family, and you can do your part by helping Cougar entrepreneurs in your area. Visit the CBA directory to find businesses that are owned and operated by WSU alumni.
If you are a Cougar business owner, you are invited to join a network of more than 130 local businesses that are part of the CBA. This free service allows you to find—and be found by—other Cougar business owners and keeps you connected to your alma mater. Join today by emailing Lisa Abrahamsson.
Stay safe, shop local and spread Cougar Spirit!
Cougs in the Community
We've missed volunteering with you, Cougs! We look forward to the day we can get together for another Cougs in the Community event. Show us how you have been helping the community during this time by using #CougsCare.
Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter to be among the first to learn of the next volunteer opportunities!
Congratulations, to the class of 2020, and best of luck no matter where you go! Now that you’ve graduated—celebrate! Even though your time on campus was cut short, you can leave your prints on campus forever. Order a Legacy Square today to commemorate your achievements and permanently leave your mark at WSU Vancouver.
Hey new VanCoug graduates! Watch this video message from a few friends!
Join the Alumni Association today.