Student Advocacy Activities Leadership Team - SAALT

SAALT is a group of eight student leaders who advocate and plan events for Centralia College students.

SAALT is committed to social justice, sustainability and creating inclusive events for all Centralia students. The President, Vice President, and Coordinators on SAALT work together to provide social, cultural, educational, and advocacy work through serving on campus committees, being part of the College Shared Governance Model and campus programming. 

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SAALT is seeking to fill all positions for the 2022-23 academic year. Positions are open until filled. Members of SAALT can work up to 15 hours a week and will be paid $14.75 an hour. 



SAALT meetings are held weekly during fall, winter, and spring. The specific time and place of meetings will be made available via Blazer Bill’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.

All meetings are open for anyone to attend. If you wish to have an item placed on the agenda, email Kollin Jurek

2022-23 Student Leaders

Kollin Jurek

Intended Pathway: Associate in Arts

Why did you choose CC? I decided to come to CC because it’s easier for me financially and is closer to home. I wanted to make sure that I slowly eased into a college environment rather than being thrown into a university setting. A smaller junior college such as Centralia College allows for me to do that.

What is something you would like to see SAALT achieve this year? I have many goals in mind for what I want SAALT to accomplish this year. If I had to narrow it down to one main goal, I would say creating a college environment that is intriguing/comfortable. One thing covid has taken away from us is interacting with one another. Now that covid is more controlled, SAALT has the opportunity to bring that sense of community back. I want to see students participating in events, clubs, committees, and more!

Why did you choose to get involved on campus? The main reason being because I wanted to make the most out of my college experience. This is my second year attending college. I knew by getting involved, I would ease into the college setting a lot quicker and feel a lot more fulfilled. By getting involved, not only am I making a difference within the college/community, but I am leaving behind a legacy I can be proud of. I don’t want to look back at college and regret not doing anything. This is a time in my life where I can do so much. So, I want to make sure I use that to my advantage. Life is too short to not get involved!

What's your advice for new students? The biggest advice I can say is don’t let fear control you. I mean that with schoolwork, grades, getting involved and just for life in general. You are able to accomplish much more than you think. Two years ago, when I was a college freshman, I never would’ve thought I would’ve been the president for SAALT at Centralia College. Here I am though, and it was the best decision I could’ve made. I have made many friendships and have gotten some great opportunities all because I chose to get involved. If you are thinking about getting involved, just give it a try! I promise you won’t regret it. Go out and “seek discomfort”. You will unlock so many paths that you didn’t even know were there if you decide to get involved. Life is fragile but also an absolute blessing. Make the most of it while you can!

Interests/hobbies: Some hobbies I enjoy doing are playing guitar, hunting/fishing, exercising, and cooking. On top of that, some interests I have are playing/watching sports and spending time with friends/family. I also love meeting new people, so if you see me on campus please feel free to say hello!

Madison TibbettsIntended Pathway: Education 

Why did you choose CC: CC just felt like the right place for me. Everyone that I met here was so nice, helpful, and welcoming. I knew this was the place where I would be able to reach my goals. 

What is something you would like to see SAALT achieve this year: I would like for SAALT to be able to encourage more involvement on campus. I think a lot of people are nervous about getting involved, but I hope that we can show those people why it is worth it for them to be involved on campus and show them how fun it can be. 

Why did you choose to get involved on campus: I chose to get involved because I thought it would be fun, and I knew it was going to open up new opportunities for me. I didn't want to just come to CC to go to class and then go home. When I looked around and saw how much the college had to offer, I knew I needed to get involved because it would make my time here more fun and memorable, and now, in my fourth year at Centralia, I can happily say that it has. I have learned so many valuable skills through the leadership positions I have been involved in on campus. Getting involved here has been one of the best decisions I've made! 

What's your advice for new students? Get involved in any way that you can! Join clubs! Join committees! Apply for student work positions! It makes your experience at CC much more fun, and you can learn some pretty useful skills while you're at it! Get outside your comfort zone and try new things. This is the perfect place for it! Also, keep a planner to help you stay organized with all your classes and all the fun events you're going to attend this year. 

Interests/hobbies: Some hobbies I enjoy are writing, playing the piano, and archery, and I love being creative. I also love getting to spend time with my family and play with my dog outdoors. 

Malan FlygareIntended Pathway: Associate in Biology 

Why did you choose CC? I chose CC because I was getting to play the sport I love and it was the most affordable with my intended pathway. Also, I loved how Centralia is in the middle of everything like Seattle, Portland, ocean, and mountains. 

What is something you would like to see SAALT achieve this year? I want SAALT to make everyone feel included and not to see Centralia College as just a school but instead see it as a place where they can meet new people and have fun while getting your degree. 

Why did you choose to get involved on campus? I wanted to meet new people and make an impact on this school. Especially seeing what SAALT did the previous year I wanted to do the same thing. 

What's your advice for new students? Definitely get involved and never be afraid to be yourself. 

Interests/hobbies: Well I am currently on the CC soccer team but I also love being outdoors as much as possible. But I love to sit and have movie nights with my roommates. 

Ruby JohnsonIntended Pathway: Associate in English 

Why I chose CC: I chose CC because I have heard nothing but good things about it. There is a lot of magic in community colleges, it is set up to do everything to help the students succeed. I came to Centralia to get my prerequisites before going to university, but also because I know this is a place where I will have room to grow, and change, and find a community. 

What is something I would like to see SAALT achieve this year? Over the course of the pandemic much of our community was lost. Many of our students got used to online classes and staying at home. My goal for this year is to make our campus a lively and laughter filled place again. My goal as a leader is to make everyone at Centralia College feel comfortable having fun, meeting new people and getting involved and excited! 

Why did I choose to get involved on campus? I chose to get involved on campus because throughout my educational career that is what I have done. Through middle school, high school, and now college being a leader and a voice for my peers has always been my passion. There is nothing that brings me more joy than helping others succeed. 

What's your advice for new students? Get involved! You will hear it from anyone who works on campus and any other student who is involved on campus. But what does it mean? Getting involved means not just coming to Centralia for classes and necessary activities. This campus has so many fun activities and opportunities. My advice for new students is to make lots of new friends, join a club or committee, and go to as many sports games and events as possible. 

Interests/ hobbies: My hobby is collecting more hobbies! I love getting crafty and making things. I also love the outdoors. I knit, paint, crochet, write, read, play music, hike, go camping and so much more. I believe creativity is very important and getting out of the house into the fresh air is key for having a clear head and finding that creativity. One of my interests is meeting new people! If you have ANY questions, concerns or just need someone to talk to, please come and find me! I love listening and getting to understand more students. 

Aleena HurdIntended Pathway - Pre-Medicine 

Why did you choose CC? - I chose CC because I am in the running start program, and CC was able to fit all of my academic needs for both high school requirements and future career plans. In addition, the staff, students, and overall environment were a place where I could see myself doing well and succeeding in. 

What is something you would like to see SAALT achieve this year? - I'd like to see SAALT get more students active, and engaged on campus. After the pandemic, it's important to achieve a position in which the campus gets back into the "normal" state and students are a very important factor in that. 

Why did you choose to get involved on campus? - I chose to get involved on campus because seeing students happy and thriving is essential to me, and I feel as though clubs and activities are a great way of spreading that happiness. Being able to help plan, coordinate, and show students' voices, I knew I'd be able to help promote the "thriving" mentality. 

What's your advice for new students? My advice for students would be that while doing your schoolwork is extremely important, the only way it's able to get done is if you are healthy and in a good mental state. It is very important you learn how to manage your time well, while also leaving time for keeping your mental health in a good position. Set certain times dedicated to schoolwork, as well as certain times dedicated to doing the things that make you happy. 

Interests/hobbies - I am very involved in theater, music, esports (Overwatch), public speaking, and autoimmune disease awareness. On top of that, I also find enjoyment in writing poetry, calligraphy, and interior design. 

Ja'Nya BanksIntended Pathway: Healthcare 

Why did you choose CC?  I choose CC because they have a great science program and the campus is not too big. Also the location of CC has a beautiful view of nature. I am on the women's soccer team so that was also a reason for me coming here to CC. 

What would like to see SAALT achieve this year?  Something I'd like to see SAALT achieve this year would be to get the majority of the students involved with the activities that are being held here on campus! 

Why did you choose to get involved on campus?  I chose to get involved on campus because I came a long way from home and really didn't know anyone except my soccer team. I just wanted to be involved, meet new people and socialize more. 

What's your advice for new students?  Some advice from a new student herself would be to not be afraid to come out of your shell. To be open to new things and just socialize because at the end of the day you are not only here for your education but the experience of somewhere new. 

Interest/hobbies: Trying new food, eating, painting, reading, sports (wrestling and soccer) 

Lena PhamIntended Pathway: Computer Science

Why did you choose CC? After moving from Oregon, I took the opportunity to become a Running Start student here at CC. I wanted a new experience and also to prepare myself for my future career and endeavors! I also appreciate the inclusive and welcoming community.

What would you like to see SAALT achieve this year? I'd love for SAALT to really bring the community together this year. Even while learning, it's important to also have a great experience and I want to see students getting involved in a safe and fun environment. I tend to have a "work hard, play hard" mentality so I'd like to implement that!

Why did you choose to get involved on campus? After the pandemic, being homeschooled and moving frequently, I really wanted to get out there to meet more people and have a great time. If I can also help impact the school and others positively while doing so, it's all the merrier!

What's your advice for new students? I promise you won't regret getting involved. Join committees, clubs, activities and just make the most out of your experience being here- it's worth it. And work hard because once a goal is achieved the opportunities multiply.

Interests/hobbies: Video games + esports, literature, arts and cosplay! 

Contact Student Life

Shelley K. Bannish
Director of Student Life & Involvement
360-623-8120 Email Shelley
Price Peterson
Assistant Director of Housing & Student Life
Email Price
Sheila Johnson
Student Engagement Advisor
Email Sheila