Honors College Student Council

The Cohen Honors College student council meets at 5 p.m. every Thursday. All students are welcome to bring ideas and/or concerns to the council. Email honorsassistant@wichita.edu, and your question, topic, or concern will be forwarded to council leadership.

Application

Applications to serve on the 2022-2023 Honors College Student Council are due April 17th. 

We are looking for students who want to develop as leaders and improve the Honors community. For more information, see the council mission and current members below.

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What does it mean to be a leader in Honors?

We have leaders in our labs, classroom, student organizations, and governance. Being a leader in Honors means working to discover your strengths and the strengths of others. Leadership sometimes means standing at the front of the room, but it sometimes means asking a thoughtful question or inviting someone else to speak. It means listening, observing, figuring out what are the greatest needs and working independently or collaboratively to meet those needs.

What does the student council do?

The council activities change every year, but the mission is the same: The Honors Student Council aims to develop a strong sense of community and common identity among Honors students by providing opportunities and serving as a refuge to all students of the Cohen Honors College. The Council uses innovative approaches to identify and address the challenges and needs of all Honors students and serves as the voice of students through communication with the staff, faculty and Dean of the Cohen Honors College.

But what have they done lately?

Recent initiatives led by the council include: changing Honors admissions messaging and application requirements, hosting Honors Hours and extended lounge hours, awarding fee scholarships, recommending a security camera in the lounge area.

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Student Council Mission

As an Honors Student, you have a voice in the governance of the Honors College in the form of the Honors Student Council. The Student Council seeks to use its constitutional influence to improve the student experience, and represent student interests.

According to the bylaws of the Honors College, the Student Council is one half of the College's governing body, the University Honors College Council. The other half is comprised of the Honors Faculty Council. The University Honors College Council is chaired by the Dean and serves as an advisory board to the Dean. The Honors Dean and Academic Advisor serve as ex-officio members of the Honors student and faculty councils.

Your Student Council is committed to amplifying the student perspective in college governance, and finding innovative ways to make being an Honors Student that much better.

Check out the sidebar entitled "What the Student Council Does for Students" to learn more about how the Student Council works for you.

We Want to Hear from You!

Council Members

Student Council Members 2021-2022
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Analisa Bridge
Position: Co-Chair
Major: Biological Sciences & Honors Baccalaureate
Minor: Chemistry

Analisa is involved in WHEAT, Honors Ambassadors, and the Honors Student Council. She enjoys listening to music and golfing for fun.

"More meaningful work is doing something to make a difference now and also taking what is learned to make a difference in the future."


Jadie Chauncey

Jadie Chauncey
Position: Co-Chair
Major: Social Work as well as an Honors Baccalaureate with concentration in Social Work, Dance, and Psychology.

Jadie is a Rudd Scholar here at WSU. She is also an Honors Ambassador and was a member of the First-Year Honors Advisory Board (FHAB). Outside of honors, Jadie has been involved in various organizations throughout college.

"Meaningful work is work that equips me to better myself, and my community, through college as well as throughout my life."


Manish Mahajan
Position: Honors Treasurer
Major: Aerospace Engineering, Math Minor

Manish serves as the Director of Finances for the Engineering Council and has been an executive member of the WSU engineering council since Fall 2020. He is also a member of the AIAA Student branch at Wichita State and is hoping to be a part of major changes for the AE department in the upcoming years.Manish is currently an undergraduate researcher in the AE department's MADLab (Mechanics and Dynamics Lab) and therefore, did not really get a lot of free time in the summer semester. But whenever he gets free time, Manish likes to learn programming languages and hangout with friends.

"For me, meaningful work is to work for a change, a reform and big-picture mission that affects the people around you in a positive way. Doing more of it is only an evaluation of your determination and the passion you have for your chosen mission and goals."


Cali Keith

Cali Keith
Position: Director of Marketing
Major: Biological Sciences

Cali is a Rudd Scholar, the Director of Marketing for the Honors Student Council, the Director of Lectureship for Delta Gamma and works within the Honors college as the Honors Office Assistant. Cali is also involved with Shockers for Life, and enjoys working out and seeing friends in her free time.

"For me, meaningful work is work that challenges us as individuals to step out of our comfort zones and exceed our ordinary limits in order to reap the ultimate benefits that education has to offer."


Ella Ihrig

Ella Ihrig
Position: Director of Outreach
Major: Honors Baccalaureate with Concentrations in Homeland Security & Workforce Leadership

Ella is involved in the Student Government Association as the Chief of Staff, and serves as a Transition Mentor. Ella likes to bake and decorate her house whenever she gets a spare minute.

"Meaningful work is anything and everything that pushes us to think deeper, ask the big quuestions, and break out of the day-to-day slump. When someone is really passionate you can almost see a sparkle in their eye while they work, and that is truly meaningful work."


Olga Lesnik

Olga Lesnik
Position: Director of Recruitment
Major: Nursing

In Olga's free time she likes to hike, read, and have fun with her friends.

"More meaningful work to me means work that brings change to the world and the lives of individuals."


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Jaden Wood
Position: Director of Records
Major: Honors Baccalaureate with concentrations in Biology, Chemistry, & Health Sciences

Along with being an Honors Student Council Member, Jaden is also an Honors Ambassador, a member of WHEAT, and a member of WSU's Green Group.

"More meaningful work is doing something for a greater purpose that goes beyond oneself in order to make a difference in the world that benefits others."


Jared Amborski

Jared Amborski
Position: Honors Student Government Association (SGA) Senator
Major: Accounting

Jared is involved in HCSC and plays intramural softball. In his free time he enjoys looking at baseball analytics and runs career simulations.

"More meaningful work to me means to inject purpose into what you do, whether it be as simple as cooking dinner or as complex as curing a disease."


Jacob Tubach

Jacob Tubach
Position: Honors Student Government Association (SGA) Senator
Major: Psychology Minor: Criminal Justice

Jacob is the founder of the Freshmen Advisory Board. He served on the Shock the Future Steering Committee. Jacob is a resident in the Honors LLC. He also works for the Office of the President in Morrison Hall. In his free time, Jacob likes to play basketball, attend games, hang out with friends, and watch movies.

"More meaningful work gets us, as students, prepared for the world after college, not just with our careers, but in our everyday lives as well."


Gabby Leon

Gabriella Leon
Position: Freshmen Year Advisory Board Representative
Major: Pre-Medicine

Gabby is an Honors Ambassador and Honors College First Year Advisory Board member. Gabby enjoys spending time with family, and especially enjoys taking trips and vacations with her family. Gabby considers herself a true "foodie" and loves tasting and preparing a variety of foods from different cultures and also enjoys exploring new foods and restaurants.

"For me, doing more meaningful work means stepping out of one’s comfort zone. Meaningful work involves taking on challenges, debating/exploring complex issues, asking questions, listening to the ideas/opinions of others, having discussions that are thought provoking, and exercising critical thinking skills. Quality work starts with a thirst for learning, it is this thirst for learning in which an individual begins their pursuit of knowledge."


Treyton Blecke

Treyton Blecke
Position: Freshman Honors Advisory Board Member
Major: Aerospace Engineering

Treyton is an incoming freshman, and is excited to be involved in multiple activites ranging from intramural sports to choir.

"To me more meaningful work is something that is above and beyond the average in society. It's a commitment to a higher degree of work in the sense that you are charged with something that others are unable or unwilling to do."


Kelsey Acosta

Kelsey Acosta
Position: Freshmen Year Advisory Board Member
Major: Criminal Justice

Kelsey is an Honors College First Year Advisory Board member and plans on going through Sorority Recruitment in the fall. Kelsey enjoys watching anime, singing while driving around, and shopping.

"More meaningful work to me means putting pride into your work to respresent yourself or group."

Student Council Members 2020-2021
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Abby Sheahan
Position: co-Chair and Director of Retention
Major: Human Resources Management and Marketing
Minor: Spanish, management, Emory Lindquist

Abby is involved with the Honors Council, Honors Ambassadors, Student Alumni Board, and Christian Challenge. During her free time she likes to bake, read, and spend time with friends.

"Meaningful work is about having real-life and worldly application."


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Analisa Bridge
Position: co-Chair and Director of Records
Major: Biological Sciences
Minor: Chemistry

Analisa is involved in WHEAT, Navigators, and the Honors Student Council. She enjoys listening to music and golf for fun.

"More meaningful work is doing something to make a difference now and also taking what is learned to make a difference in the future."


Tyler Stice

Tyler Stice
Position: Treasurer
Major: Finance Major
Minor: Business Analytics Minor

Tyler is involved in the Honors Student Council and the Barton International Group.

"For me, meaningful work is action that impacts people's lives for the better and has a positive ripple effect in the community."


Emma Carter

Emma Carter
Position: Director of Outreach (fall 2020)
Major: Elementary Education

As a sophomore at WSU, Emma will be serving as the Director of Outreach for the Cohen Honors College and is the director of service hours for her fellow members of Delta Gamma.

"To me, meaningful work means doing more work with intentionality. It is work that has a driven purpose not only to further one's success, but ultimately to do good for all those around you."


Cali Keith

Cali Keith
Position: Director of Marketing
Major: Biological Sciences

Cali is a Rudd Scholar, the Director of Marketing for the Honors Student Council, and works within the Honors college as the Honors Office Assistant. Cali is also involved with Shockers for Life.

"For me, meaningful work is work that challenges us as individuals to step out of our comfort zones and exceed our ordinary limits in order to reap the ultimate benefit that education has to offer."


Jacquelyn Martinez

Jacquelyn Martinez
Position: Director of Diversity Initiatives (fall 2020)
Major: Biological Sciences
Minor: Chemistry and University Honors

Honors Ambassador and Education Chair for the WSU Hispanic American Leadership Organization. (HALO)

"Meaningful work is passionate work done to benefit the growth of oneself and the community."


Jadie Chauncey

Jadie Chauncey
Position: Director of Recruitment
Major: Social Work as well as an Honors Baccalaureate with concentration in Social Work, Dance, and Psychology.

Jadie is a Rudd Scholar here at WSU. She is also an Honors Ambassador and was a member of the First-Year Honors Advisory Board (FHAB). Outside of honors, Jadie has been involved in various organizations throughout college.

"Meaningful work is work that equips me to better myself, and my community, through college as well as throughout my life."


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Jacob Tubach
Position: Honors Student Government Association (SGA) Senator
Major: Psychology Minor: Criminal Justice

Jacob is the founder of the Freshmen Advisory Board. He served on the Shock the Future Steering Committee. Jacob is a resident in the Honors LLC. He also works for the Office of the President in Morrison Hall. In his free time, Jacob likes to play basketball, attend games, hang out with friends, and watch movies.

"More meaningful work gets us, as students, prepared for the world after college, not just with our careers, but in our everyday lives as well."


Ella Ihrig

Ella Ihrig
Position: Honors SGA Senator
Major: Honors Baccalaureate

Ella is involved in the Student Government Association, the Student Ambassador Society, serves as a Transition Mentor, an Honors Ambassador, and professional EDGE.

"Meaningful work is any activity big or small that makes a difference whether it changes the planet or just on person's day."


Jared Amborski
Position: Honors Living Learning Community Representative


Tyrell Burns
Position: First-Year Representative


Emma Ahrenholtz

Emma Ahrenholtz
Position: WHEAT Student Organization Representative
Major: Aerospace Engineering

Emma is currently involved in WHEAT, Student Activities Council, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and officiates intramural sports on campus.

"Meaningful work to me is about making a difference in your field, community, and for those around you."

Student Council Members 2019-2020
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Abby Jurgensmeier
Position: Chair
Major: Honors Baccalaureate

Abby works at a biochemistry lab on campus, as well as in the Honors College. Her involvement at WSU includes WHEAT, St. Paul Catholic Student Center, and Honors Ambassadors. In her free time, Abby bullet journals and plays games with friends.

"Meaningful work means something with a clear purpose."

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Noor Farhoud
Position: Vice-Chair for Student Retention
Major: Biological Sciences Minor: Chemistry, Pre-medicine track

Outside of the Honors Student Council, Noor serves as Executive Vice President for the Pre-medicine Student Association and as a Co-President for the American Red Cross Club. She enjoys spending her free time with friends and family.

"You are successful the moment you start moving towards a worthwhile goal." ~Chester Carlson

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Lucy Cook
Position: Director of Outreach
Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Minors: Spanish, ASL, and Emory Lindquist.

Lucy is currently pursuing a CSD major with the goal of becoming a speech-language pathologist. She works at Rainbows United as a paraeducator and is currently working on interdisciplinary research in the CSD department and the department of performance studies. In her free time, Lucy enjoyrs playing board games, reading, and meeting new people.

"More meaningful work means actively pursuing professional, societal, and personal growth."

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Saylis Sengvilay
Position: Director of Diversity Initiatives
Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders
Minor: Psychology, Emory Lindquist.

Born and raised in the ICT, Saylis is excited to continue her work towards benefitting the Wichita State and Wichita communities. She is involved in Student Ambassador Society, the Wichita State Student Speech-Hearing-Language Association, the Thai-Lao-Cambodia club, and the Green Group on campus. In her free time, she likes to bask in the glory of her bearded dragon Shenron, garden, spend time with family, and watch anime.

"Meaningful work means identifying an area of improvement in a system and using my knowledge and experience to not only work for a solution, but also to motivate, understand, and educate others along the way."

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Elizabeth Nguyen
Position: Co-Director of Marketing and Events
Major: Biomedical Engineering Minor: Honors Interdisciplinary Track

Elizabeth is involved with the Honors Council and International Buddy Program. She is also an ACE Engineering Mentor. During her free time, Elizabeth loves to explore local coffee shops, listen to podcasts, and spend time with her dogs.

"Meaningful work to me means using the knowledge and experience I've gained to better my education, work, and community."

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Jeromiah Taylor
Position: Co-Director of Marketing and Events
Major: Integrated Marketing Communication
Minor: Emory Lindquist, Religion

Jeromiah is excited to begin his tenure as an Honors Student Council member during such a pivotal moment of change in the Honors College. Jeromiah serves as an Honors Ambassador, and is the Assistant for Communications and Social Media in the Honors College office. Before these posts, Jeromiah was an officer for the Shocker Hall Activites Council, and a member of the Honors LLC. Outside of the University, Jeromiah has served in marketing roles as an intern at the Museum of World Treasures, and as a member of the Stewardship Committee at St. James Episcopal Church. Academically, Jeromiah works across the humanities in communications, the social sciences, and religious studies reveling in the intersections of theory and experience. In his spare time, Jeromiah cooks, reads, attends to the ceaseless needs of two very imperious feline companions, and collects vinyl.

"Any work that aids a worthy mission is meaningful. Work should be in the pursuit of a better world."

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Analisa Bridge
Position: Director of Records
Major: Biological Sciences
Minor: Chemistry

Analisa is involved in WHEAT, Navigators, and the Honors Student Council. She enjoys listening to music and golf for fun.

"More meaningful work is doing something to make a difference now and also taking what is learned to make a difference in the future."

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Siubhan Mora-Bruce
Position: Treasurer
Major: LAS Undecided

"Meaningful work is done when you put all of your effort into it, have fun, and help others, even if you don't know where it might lead."

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Abby Sheahan
Position: Director of Recruitment
Major: Human Resources Management and Marketing Minor: Spanish, management, Emory Lindquist

Abby is involved with the Honors Council, Honors Ambassadors, Student Alumni Board, and Christian Challenge. During her free time she likes to bake, read, and spend time with friends.

"Meaningful work is about having real-life and worldly application."

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Tabatha Polk
Position: President of WHEAT
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Tabatha is involved in WHEAT, Golden Key International Honor Society, Biomedical Engineering Society, and Society of Women Engineers. Tabatha is a diligent worker, and strives to help others.

"More meaningful work means taking an interdisciplinary approach and applying what I've learned at a deeper level for the purpose of becoming a better version of myself."

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Lucas Webb
Position: Honors SGA Senator
Major: Aerospace Engineering Minor: Mathematics, Physics

Lucas is involved with the Honors Council and Student Government. He is a mentor for the ACE Engineering Program. During his free time, Lucas likes to watch Modern Family, the Big Bang Theory, and Parks and Recreation.

"Meaningful work to me is work that makes you fell like you've impacted somebody's world in a progressive way."

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Jacob Tubach
Position: Honors SGA Senator
Major: Psychology Minor: Criminal Justice

Jacob is the founder of the Freshmen Advisory Board. He served on the Shock the Future Steering Committee. Jacob is a resident in the Honors LLC. He also works for the Office of the President in Morrison Hall. In his free time, Jacob likes to play basketball, attend games, hang out with friends, and watch movies.

"More meaningful work gets us, as students, prepared for the world after college, not just with our careers, but in our everyday lives as well."

Tyler Stice.

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