Student Council Officers
The 2016–17 Student Honors Council
Zoey Gray (President) is a third year student at Westminster. She is majoring in Public Health, which she hopes to use as a springboard for studying Nutrition in graduate school. She is also minoring in Outdoor Education and Leadership. Zoey is heavily involved in the Outdoor Program at Westminster. She loves backpacking, rock climbing, skiing, and just getting outside to soak up some good ol’ vitamin D. She is excited to continue her involvement in the Honors Program by serving for a second year on the Student Honors Council.
Zoey looks forward to renewing students’ energy and excitement in the Honors Program. While some Honors traditions like the annual barbeque and softball game are here to stay, Zoey hopes to branch out and add some new events to the Honors roster. She is eager to get more students involved in Honors events. She is also excited to continue welcoming the newest additions to the Honors faculty by inviting them to share their unique ideas at Honors gatherings. Zoey is looking forward to spending another year fostering community among peers, professors, and puppies (Scout) in the Honors Program.
Holden Rasmussen (Vice President) is a third year student at Westminster College. He is majoring in Philosophy and minoring in Biology. In the future, the hopes to pursue a PhD and continue studying 20th century Continental Philosophy. On campus, Holden is an ASW Senator, Resident Advisor, research assistant, and a bassoonist for the Westminster Chamber Orchestra. In his free time Holden enjoys listening to music in his room or going to see live concerts at local venues. He particularly enjoys sad British rock. If he’s outdoors, then he loves playing soccer, trail running, and hiking. He is excited to serve as Vice President of SHC this coming academic year.
Holden is excited to connect Honors students together outside of the classroom this year. He hopes to encourage thoughtful and invigorating conversations at SHC events this year. He also hopes to involve students in the exciting developments taking place in the Honors program in the near future. Furthermore, Holden is interested in seeking out how Honors students can branch out into the community and see for themselves how powerful an Honors education can be both inside and outside of the classroom.
Elaine Sheehan (Secretary) is a Junior majoring in English and Spanish. She is heavily involved in various areas across Westminster's campus, including working in Admissions as a college tour guide and representative, working for Residence Life as a freshman RA, and encouraging club involvement through ASW student government work. She loves getting involved and meeting new people throughout Westminster's small community, but especially appreciates the connections made through her involvement in the Honors Program. Elaine has been a writer and editor for the Honors newsletter, Honorable Mention, since her freshman year and is eager to increase student involvement by recruiting many new writers (and future editors) during the upcoming year. She also had the awesome opportunity to serve as a Peer Mentor to the previous year's incoming class. In her free time, Elaine loves going to the theater (or participating in the productions), golfing with friends, or enjoying the mountains she calls home.
I am so excited to continue my involvement with the Honors program through the Student Honors Council! My goal for this year is to spread awareness of the incredible opportunities available to Honors students. I want every Honors student to take advantage of and enjoy these opportunities as much as I have. With the awesome team we have this year, I know the SHC can make it happen!
Elizabeth Johnson (Treasurer) is a sophomore from Signal Mountain Tennessee, majoring in Marketing. This is Elizabeth’s first year with the Honors Council and looks forward to becoming more involved in the Honors Program. In addition to serving as a member of the Student Honors Council, Elizabeth will be a part of the peer-mentoring program this upcoming year. In her spare time, Elizabeth loves running, hiking with the family’s dog, spending time at the pool, and grabbing a cup of coffee with friends.
During this upcoming year, I hope to work with the Start Center to develop a better understanding of how the Honors curriculum is set up and the feasibility of the Advanced Honors Degree when communicating with students. The Honors Programs offers both great academic and social opportunities, and I would really like to create more events in which students can interact outside of the classroom. I look forward to working with the rest of this year’s SHC to plan events, and hope to see you there!
Calen Smith (Historian) is a sophomore from Kalispell, Montana and Logan, Utah. Calen is currently studying Neuroscience with a minor in Data Sciences. Calen hopes to pursue a MD or a PhD. In addition to serving on the Student Honors Council Calen is also a Resident Advisor, Debate Coach, and Griffin Ambassador. Calen is also the photo editor for Honorable Mention. During his spare time, Calen likes to hike, watch Netflix, read, and chill in his hammock.
As Historian Calen hopes to better document all honor’s events. By better physically documenting Honor’s events and showcasing these on social media, in Honorable Mention, and at the Honor’s banquet Calen hopes to increase the attendance of events. Additionally, Calen hopes that the documentation of events be available to prospective students so they can see what Honor’s life is like.