Since 2011, one student in particular has had an indelible, significant influence on the department. Natalie Villa-Gomez first joined the Recycling team as an operation assistant and worked with several other student assistants in the yard. Her primary responsibility was to service the 200 recycling locations.
Jefferson Barstad, through his work with AS Outdoor Adventures (OA), has exemplified the profound impact Associated Students can have on a student’s educational experience. Originally from Elk Grove, California, Barstad, a 20-year-old junior majoring in Recreation and Tourism Management, first joined Outdoor Adventures in Fall 2013, where he served as a volunteer observer.
At this year’s Freshman Convocation – before keynote speaker David Levithan addressed the freshman class of 2019 – President Harrison awarded the 2015 Dianne Harrison Leadership Award, recognizing an outstanding student for her campus involvement and leadership.