About Student Life
Student Life offers events, programs, and services which encourage student involvement in the campus community and enhance the educational aspects of Cascadia. The cultural, social, recreational, and educational programs supported and developed by Student Life are designed to create a positive learning experience, assist students in developing leadership and life skills, and promote awareness and understanding about student, community, and social issues.
Student Life is also the point of contact for student clubs and organizations. Our staff provides clubs and organizations with knowledge, leadership, and guidance to support their efforts.
Contact the Office of Student Life
Activities & Recreation Center, First Floor
Meet the Staff
Becky Riopel - Director of Student Life
Becky Riopel received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from New England College and a Master’s degree in Education from Lynchburg College in Virginia. After working in Student Affairs for over 15 years on the east coast at Connecticut College, Roger Williams University and College of the Holy Cross, she decided it was time to move back to her home state of Washington. Previously, Becky was the Events Coordinator at Cascadia, working with internal and external groups to plan their events in classrooms and Mobius Hall.
As the Director of Student Life, Becky co-advises the Events & Advocacy Board, funding for student clubs and coordinates the annual commencement ceremony, as well as working with the rest of the Student Life staff to support all club events and initiatives to provide a diverse and inclusive out of the classroom experience.
Becky's office is in ARC-140 and she would be happy to meet with you about the Events & Advocacy Board and serving on a campus wide committee!
Shandy Stomieroski - Assistant Director of Student Life
Shandy Stomieroski earned her Associate in Arts degree at Centralia College in 2006 and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies at Eastern Washington University in 2009. Shandy previously worked in student programs at Centralia College for 5 years prior to coming to Cascadia in April 2014. She brings with her a passion for student life and helping students build the path to success during their time in college.
As the Assistant Director, Shandy co-advises the Events & Advocacy Board, coordinates Jumpstart Orientation and coordinates leadership opportunities for students.
Shandy's office is in ARC-140 and she would be happy to meet with you about the Events & Advocacy Board and campus leadership opportunities!
Samantha Penjaraenwatana - Student Life Advisor
Samantha Penjaraenwatana received a Bachelor’s degree in Community Psychology from the University of Washington Bothell and a Master’s degree in Student Development from Seattle University. Samantha previously worked in Student Affairs at UWB, coordinated first-generation college student initiatives at Seattle U, and worked as an academic advisor at Cascadia. She is dedicated to fostering a welcoming community and supporting students to build their sense of belonging at Cascadia.
As the Student Life Advisor, Samantha advises the Community Engagement Officers, student clubs, and the Phi Theta Kappa honors society.
Samantha’s office is in ARC-140 and she would be happy to meet with you about joining or starting a club and provide any event planning support your club may need!
Samantha Martin - Kodiak cave Program Specialist
Samantha Martin received a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems from the University of California, Davis in 2022 after completing two Associate degrees at American River College in Sacramento. Before joining the Cascadia community, Samantha worked as a sustainability coordinator in the food service industry, in school gardens with a local nonprofit, and collaborated on climate smart agriculture needs in Northern California. She is passionate about food system sustainability and ensuring all students have access to the resources they need to fully enjoy their college experience.
As the Kodiak Cave Program Specialist, Samantha oversees the on-campus food resource center and facilitates food education at Cascadia.
Samantha’s office and the Kodiak Cave are in LB2-006 and she would be happy to meet with you to talk about the variety of food resources on campus!
Are you a community member and want to post a flier on campus?
Cascadia has two bulletin boards that can be used for posting job opportunities, apartment rentals, tutoring services, books for sale, or to promote other services or opportunities to our college community. One board is located on the second floor of CC1 hallway to the north of the elevator. The second board is located across from the elevator on the first floor of CC3. You are welcome to come to campus and post in these areas. We also recommend including contact information on all postings. Questions about posting community fliers on campus should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.