Student Life

At Washington State University Tri-Cities, the Office of Student Life’s (OSL) initiatives are focused on developing students holistically by creating dynamically engaging, out-of-the-classroom experiences and assisting in their transition as they acclimate to the campus community.
CougSync is the student involvement management system at WSU Tri-Cities. This system is equipped with lots of important tools, including a dynamic calendar, enhanced communication, ability to join registered student organizations (RSO) and an e-portfolio designed to help you keep track of volunteer and service hours, academics and employment information. Join the AWSUTC and Student Entertainment Board page to keep up-to-date on student issues and campus wide events.


Current Registered Student Organizations

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Business Network SocietyCrimson Crew
Crimson ScrubsDreamers
Environmental ClubGaming Club
Holistic Health ClubIEEE of WSU Tri-Cities
Orchestra ClubPatriots Club
Pre-Health ClubPsychology Club
Q+ARobotics Club
Student Vintner Society


Current Club Sports

Men's SoccerWomen's Soccer
Women's VolleyballMen's Rugby

Services and Activities Fees Committee

The Services and Activities (S&A) Fees Allocation Committee convenes every spring to collect and review proposals from any groups, organizations, or individuals at WSU Tri-Cities, which request funds to support non-academic, student activities, programs, and projects on the WSU Tri-Cities campus.

Associated Students of Washington State University Tri-Cities (Student Government)

The Associated Students of Washington State University Tri-Cities (ASWSUTC) maintains limited, year-round funding opportunities for students and student organizations. For more information, please visit the ASWSUTC website.


Washington State University Tri-Cities recognizes the increasing need for developing and engaging student leaders, in order to prepare all professions and sectors of society. It is our belief that leadership can be learned in the classroom, in the community, throughout mentoring and internships, as well as through a wide range of collaborative leadership activities outside of the classroom.

Why lead?

The Chancellor’s Leadership Certificate is committed to assisting students:

  • Learn the foundations of leadership
  • Engage groups with like interests in ways that sustain a diverse and vibrant university climate
  • Enhance professional skills, reputation, and marketability upon graduation
  • Research initiatives beyond the classroom
  • Serve others in the community
  • Experience cultural, global, and diversity programs
  • Participate in university community

 Who Leads?

The Chancellor’s Leadership Certificate requires:

  • Current Student of Washington State University Tri-Cities
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA): 2.5
  • Documentation of 90 hours of experience*
  • Educational reflection paper articulating personal growth and impact on others
  • Ethics Statement signature

*All documentation is housed on COUGSYNC in “My Involvement”. There is a maximum of 30 hours per Engagement and Development Category. The Leadership Engagement and Development Category is required as one of the three categories completed.


Volunteer Programs at Washington State University Tri-Cities is your link to getting involved in the community. We are here to help you find meaningful opportunities to give back to the community. We offer on-campus volunteer opportunities as well as service projects in the local community. Whether you are an education major or biology major we can help you find something to match your interests. If you have yet to decide your major, volunteering in the community is a great way to explore careers! While you are sharing your time and talents for free, you are also, in return, receiving a free educational experience! It also means taking the time to think through the skills that will be needed to further your career and choosing a volunteer opportunity that will allow you to develop these skills.

Volunteer Opportunities

2nd Harvest

See the calendar of events for Second Harvest Tri-Cities to see when they are sorting food and hosting local events:

Tri-City Union Gospel Mission

Tri-City Union Gospel Mission needs help with food box distribution and at the women’s shelter. To learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission, visit

Family Learning Center

The Family Learning Center needs assistance with limited English speaking students with their homework after school in a multi-cultural environment. Individuals would undergo an application and background check prior to volunteering. To learn more about this opportunity, contact Theresa Roosendaal at or 509-551-2800

AgencyContact & EmailPhone #DescriptionRequirements

American Red Cross

Kelsey Kinsey White


Assisting with blood drives, volunteer coordination and outreach, general administrative duties (some can be done at home).

Background check

Autism Resource Center

Christine Lindgren


Assisting autistic children

Benton-Franklin CASA/GAL Program

Tikva Glantz


Advocates for abused and neglected children

Training and must be over the age of 21

Benton-Franklin Department of Human Services

Gail Brown

509-783-5284 ext 3976

Assisting with events such as the homeless fair

Benton-Franklin Youth Suicide Prevention

Kristi Haynes


Representing YSPP at health fairs and distributing suicide prevention materials on WSU campus.

Children’s Reading Foundation

Amy Ward

Lori Aronson


Tutoring 1st–3rd graders in reading

Domestic Violence Services

Erinn Gailey


Advocacy at shelter or in court. Community outreach available without training.

Training and Background Check

Edith Bishel Center for the Blind

Cynthia McCready


Assist with fundraisers, activities and committees


Grace Clinic

Cindie Preszler


Assist with different tasks throughout the clinic


Habitat for Humanity

Crystal Carter

509-943-5555 ext. 207

Assist with events such as Impact Day


Homeless Connect

Gail Brown

509-783-5284 ext. 3976

Assist with events such as Point in Time Count

Humane Society

Mary Anne Smith-Fewell


Care for adoptable pets

Application, Age 14+

Ignite Youth Mentoring

Ashlee Ballinger



Application, Age 18+

Kennewick General Hospital

Brenda Draper


Escort and information desks.

Application and Background Check

Project Literacy RSC-AmeriCorps

Erik Ramey


Reading with 1st–5th graders

Background Check, Orientation and References

Responding to Autism Center

Christine Lindgren


Assisting children with different activities

The Chaplaincy and Hospice

Karin Pierce

509-783-7416 ext. 2029

Hospice program, chaplain services, and grief support


Therapeutic Innovation & Recovery

Steve Gaulke


General support, clerical duties

Training, Orientation

Tri-Cities Soccer Association

Stephanie Koerner


Coaching or refereeing

Background Check

United Way of Benton and Franklin County

Jo Breneman


General office tasks

YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities

Megan Weimar

509-374-1908 ext. 108

Assist with events, volunteer coaches


Girls on the Run

Misty Fewel


Leading girls in lessons and games involving running while elevating mental, social, physical, and emotional health

Interest in girl empowerment; Woman 21 years old minimum (head coach); woman 18 years old minimum (assistant); 1 day of training; First Aid/CPR certification


Renee Blackman


On-call crisis advocate and on-call hospital advocate

Background check, age 18+

Junior Achievement

Susan Fillafer


Assisting with annual bowling classic and various special projects.

Tri-Cities Pregnancy Network

Jill Farris


We use volunteers in a large variety of roles; including on-going, in-center volunteers and project-focused volunteers. Projects include lawn care, landscaping, building maintenance (painting, repairs, etc.), sorting clothing donations, administrative tasks, diaper drives and baby shower host.

18 years of age or older. Other requirements vary.

Why Volunteer?

Explore: Volunteering is an excellent way to explore new challenges and discover new career options. Volunteering can help you determine what you really want to do and if it’s right for you.

Gain Work Experience: Volunteering is an excellent way to gain valid work experience that employers are looking for. Volunteer work enhances your résumé.

Develop Interpersonal Skills: Volunteering helps you learn and develop important skills such as leadership and effective communication.

Improve Life and Career Skills: Volunteer opportunities can help you practice and improve your skills in areas like setting and achieving goals, time management and organization. Volunteering is also a way to develop initiative and motivation.

Gain Self-Confidence: Volunteering can make you feel better about yourself. It makes you feel needed and valued by others.

Empower: Volunteering helps you relieve negative feelings like guilt, powerlessness or loneliness because you get involved, do good, and interact with others. Volunteering empowers you.

Contribute: Volunteering allows you to give back to your community or show gratitude to individuals or organizations that have helped you in the past. It allows you to support a cause you believe in and to act in a socially responsible way (i.e., helping those less fortunate, improving the quality of life for others).

Network: Volunteering is a good way to meet new people, to interact with people from all over Montreal and even from around the world.

Understand: Volunteering leads to a better understanding of the people and organizations in your community. This in turn will help you to better understand yourself.

Enrich Your Life: Volunteering allows you to enrich yourself in many ways and on many levels, while you also enrich the lives of others.

Non-Traditional Student Resources

Are you married, a single parent or older than 25? Take advantage of resources and tools designed especially for adult and non-traditional students!

Child Care 

Since WSU Tri-Cities does not have a child care facility we offer the Child Care Reimbursement Program.The CCRP through WSU Tri-Cities reimburses students up to $300.00 for the first child and $150.00 for the second child. The student must be enrolled in at least six (6) WSU Tri-Cities campus credits and be using a state licensed day care provider. To learn more click here.

Copy Center

The Copy/Mail Center provides many services to the students attending Washington State University Tri-Cities. Copies can be done in black and white or color and in many sizes. For more information click here.

Cougar Cupboard

Our goal is to provide free non-perishable food items to needy students at WSU Tri-Cities. This program helps bridge the gap for students so they can successfully meet the basic needs of their family. To learn more clickhere.

Counseling Center

Short term mental health care for current Washington State University Tri-Cities’ students is available on campus from Aphrodite Beidler, LMHC. Aphrodite is located in West 263. There is no fee for services, and strict confidentiality is maintained in accordance with the legal and ethical guidelines. We offer services in an atmosphere that is welcoming and comfortable for all students. To check of the services offered please clickhere.

Disability Services

Reasonable accommodations are available for students who have a documented disability. If you have a documented disability, even temporary, make an appointment as soon as possible with the Disability Services Coordinator. To learn more click here.

Fitness Benefits

The Den

The Den, located in West 138, provides students with an area to work out and attend physical education classes. The facility is open 12 hours a day, five days a week.

Fitness Club Membership Reimbursement Program

WSU Tri-Cities sponsors a partial reimbursement program for students who are member of a local fitness club. To learn more click here.

Lactation Station

If you are an expectant mother attending school at WSU Tri-Cities you’ll be glad to know about our on-campus lactation station. Located through the women’s restroom on the second floor of the East Building you will find a private, secure, comfortable, and clean space.


The Max E. Benitz Memorial Library serves the Washington State University Tri-Cities campus.The Benitz Library includes an on-site collection of books, periodicals, and microfiche. Reference and information specialists are available to answer questions and assist with library research when the library is open. Questions may also be sent to (Please be sure to include your WSU ID number in the email). Laptop computers are available to enrolled WSU Tri-Cities students and may be checked out from the library’s circulation counter. The laptops have built-in wireless and come with the full suite of Microsoft Office applications and other software. Laptops may be checked out from the library’s circulation counter. To learn more click here.
The Benitz Library also serves as a gateway to the U.S. Department of Energy Public Reading Room. More information about the Reading Room may be found here.

Microsoft Office 365

Starting in the fall all students will get Microsoft Office 365 account linked to their network ID’s.


Unlike many campuses WSU Tri-Cities does not charge for parking. Yes, parking is FREE!

Tax Advice

After January 2016 advice for filing taxes will be available to all WSU Tri-Cities’ students!

The Learning Center

The Learning Center is located  in the Consolidated Information Center, on the second floor of the Library. Tutoring in the Learning Center is free of charge. To review tutoring availability or learn more click here.

The Writing Center

The Writing Center is located on the second floor of the library next to the Learning Center. The WSU Tri-Cities Writing Center is dedicated to supporting student writers at all skill levels and from across the disciplines as they navigate the writing process (from prewriting and researching, to drafting and revising). The Writing Center is a positive learning environment where students composing in any medium or genre (including research papers, resumes, proposals, creative narratives, lab reports, DTC projects, etc.) can find resources and meet with our peer writing consultants. To learn more click here.

TRiO Student Support Services

The U.S. Department of Education’s TRiO Programs (TRiO) are federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRiO programs are targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. To learn more click here.

Veteran Affairs

At WSU Tri-Cities, we strive to help veterans succeed in higher education by increasing awareness of veterans programs, implementing policies that foster social support, and promoting a welcoming environment that meaningfully acknowledges the contributions of veterans. For more information about the resources provided by the Office of Veteran Affairs please click here.

Veterans Center

The Veterans Center in West 203 is staffed by veteran work-study students and the VetCORPS navigator and in West 269D by the Campus Certifying Official. The office provides assistance for student veterans seeking information about educational benefits and community resources.

Certification of Veterans

For assistance with certification questions, contact the Campus Registrar, who is the School Certifying Official at WSU Tri-Cities, at 509-372-7351 or

Resources for Veterans

For questions about assistance with medical benefits, housing, or community resources, phone the VetCORP navigator at 509-372-7143 or

Student of the Month

October 2016 – Jesus Castillo


Say hello to Jesus Castillo. He was nominated and chosen to be the student of the month for the month of October.

“Hello fellow students. My name is Jesus Castillo and I was born in Colima, Mexico. My family and I moved to Sunnyside, WA when I was 3 years old. I am looking to make my family proud and one day graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. I graduated from Sunnyside high school in 2014 and currently I am Junior here at WSUTC. I am currently an officer and a player in the WSU-TC soccer club. If I can be remembered for anything I would like it to be as a person who is a “go to” when someone is in need.”

If you have anyone you would like to nominate for student of the month please let ASWSUTC know about it by clicking on the link below.

Congratulations Jesus!!!


September 2016 – Anwar Nassar

Hello students of Washington State University Tri-Cities (WSUTC). My name is Anwar Nassar and I was born in Sunnyside, WA. Although, I was raised most of my life in Sunnyside, I lived in Palestine for three years as a child. I graduated from Sunnyside High school in 2015 and am currently a sophomore at WSUTC. I plan on pursuing a career in the medical field and one day become a Pharmacist or a Physician Assistant. My desire is to serve the unprivileged communities. Overall, “My ultimate goal is to be able to provide health care and opportunities within this field to the unprivileged communities.”



April 2016 – Austin Wingle


Austin Wingle was born and raised in the Tri-Cities. Austin is a senior in the Digital Technology and Culture program with a minor in Fine Art. He is currently the Graphic Design Assistant for the Office of Student Life and Campus Recreation. Before he was in his current position he was the Graphic Design Assistant for Advancement and Community Engagement. Before attending WSU Tri-Cities he attended Columbia Basin College where he received his Associate’s degree. While at Columbia Basin College, Austin worked as a Math Tutor for the school’s Tutor Center. Austin was a Semi-Finalist in the 2015 Adobe Design Achievement Awards for Social Impact design with his project called “Ten Tasks.” Austin will graduate this upcoming Summer.

March 2016 – Justin Greg


“I was born and raised in Kennewick. I graduated from Southridge high school in 2001. Shortly after graduation I joined the United States Coast Guard. I served 10 years activity duty as a Machinery Technician. From 2001-2006 I served at USCG Station Seattle where I performed law enforcement, homeland security and search and rescue missions. From 2006-2008 I served on the USCGC Boutwell, a high endurance cutter that performed counter narcotic patrols in the South Pacific Ocean. From 2008-2011, I served with the National Strike Team, an environmental disaster response unit. I have been studying Mechanical Engineering at Washington State University tri-cities since 2011, and will be graduating May 16′. I currently live in Pasco, with my wife and 18 month old daughter.”


Danielle_KDanielle Kleist, M.Ed.
Director of Student Life and Services
West 269E

Danielle Kleist joined WSU Tri-Cities in September 2014. Prior to joining the EMSS team, Danielle was the Director of Orientation and Commuter Student Involvement at the University of Miami in Florida. She also previously worked for NASPA as the Assistant Director for Educational Programs & NASPA Foundation in Washington, DC. Danielle earned her Bachelor of Science from Central Washington University and her Master of Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


brandon_fox-396x591Brandon Fox, M.Ed
Assistant Director of Student Life and Services
West 269F

Brandon Fox joined WSU Tri-Cities in September 2015. Before that, Brandon was the Coordinator of Student Activities and an Adjunct Faculty Member in Graphic Design at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Brandon earned his Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Kansas State University and his Master of Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.




RJ Aubert, M.S
Recreation and Fitness Coordinator
West 124

RJ joined WSU Tri-Cities in August 2015. Before moving to the Tri-Cities area he was the Intramural and Club Sports Intern at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. RJ received his Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Dubuque and his Master’s Degree from Lasell College.



AustinWingle-396x595Austin Wingle
Program Coordinator
West 269F

Austin Wingle graduated from WSU Tri-Cities with a degree in Digital Technology & Culture. Austin joined the Office of Student Life as the Graphic Design Assistant in the summer of 2015. As of October 2016 Austin became the Program Coordinator.




Dana Parmenter
Graphic Designer/Office Assistant
West 269F

Dana Parmenter is currently a junior at WSU Tri-Cities studying Computer Science and Digital Technology and Culture. Dana started working for the Office of Student Life as the Graphic Design Assistant in the summer of 2016 and Orientation Leader in the winter of 2015.





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