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Community Engagement Officers

Community Engagement Officers (CEOs) promote Kodiak spirit and sense of belonging on campus through outreach to the Cascadia student body about programs and activities, and by building connections between students and opportunities for involvement. CEOs manage campus-wide communications and marketing for co-curricular events, programs, and activities sponsored by the Office of Student Life, the Events & Advocacy Board, and a variety of student clubs. CEOs also manage and promote appearances by Kody the Kodiak, Cascadia's mascot. 

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Our Community Engagement Officers team includes three distinct roles, with interconnected responsibilities.

Graphic Arts CEOs

Our Graphic Arts CEOs design all the visual content for our promotional materials. They make the posters, flyers, sandwich boards, brochures, stickers, and logos that you see around campus for Student Life and student club programs. The Graphic Arts CEOs also produce the weekly “TP Times” newsletter that you see in all of Cascadia’s restrooms. Additionally, they create digital content such as web banners, animated videos, motion graphics, and our latest project, the Kody Coloring Book on Canvas. Check out some of our graphic design work!

Digital Engagement CEOs

Our Digital Engagement CEO manages our social media presence and creates much of Student Life’s digital content. The Digital Engagement CEO produces projects such as the “Kodiaks in Quarantine” web series, promotional videos for upcoming events, photo albums from past events, interactive Instagram content, aerial drone videos, club interview videos, and all manner of fun stories, polls, giveaways, and Q&As on social media.

Outreach & Marketing CEOs

Our Outreach & Marketing CEOs are out in the field connecting with students in-person. They do frequent tabling events and mobile marketing visits, where they give out stickers and snacks and sign students up for our weekly email newsletter “Kody’s Weekly.” They also do class visits to College 101 classes to help new students get connected with involvement opportunities. They lead campus tours for prospective students and new students during orientation. They work with our Club Council to help clubs promote themselves and grow their membership, and they also help facilitate Student Life’s Involvement Fair each quarter. Outreach & Marketing CEOs bring Kody the Kodiak to life and manage all of our mascot’s public appearances. Additionally, they do the day-to-day work of hanging all the posters and flyers, distributing the TP Times to every bathroom, updating our Club Info and Weekly Events Calendar bulletin boards, and compiling all the announcements for our weekly newsletters.

Meet our Student Leaders


Graphic Designer


Image of Gus HedalName: August Hedal, but I go by Gus! (They/Them)

High School you graduated from (and city): Mountlake Terrace High School in Mountlake Terrace. Surprising, I know.

What are you studying?I'm hoping to get a degree in English, but also focusing on teaching; at this point, it’s a bit of a toss up if it’ll stay that way or not to be honest!

Why did you choose to attend Cascadia? I love the atmosphere here and the focus that there is on diversity and creating a supportive environment. That’s something that was more important to me about whatever school I chose above everything else, and so Cascadia was my choice for a long time. Additionally, yes -- it is Hedal like that Hedal.

What are your plans after Cascadia?I plan on transferring to the UW, though there’s some discrepancy between if I’ll be going for UW Bothell or UW Seattle.

What are your hobbies/interests? I also like to work on illustrations and other arts/crafts projects in my freetime! I mostly tend to work on digital art, though I have been trying to delve more into working on traditional works. Aside from that I do like to play video games, write as regularly as I can manage, and spend a lot of time taking pictures of my cats.

If you could be a superhero, what would your superpower be? If I could choose? Manipulating probability -- then I could do whatever I wanted, 100%. Unfortunately, if I couldn’t choose, I would probably end up with something like being invisible but only when nobody's looking, or being really good at Tetris 99.

What are some of your favorite things? Animal Crossing, Borderlands, and Bioshock are my three favorite game series of all time. Aside from that I really like my cat, Malaysian tapirs, small and cute (however useless) trinkets and toys, and plenty of things that were more relevant in the 2000s than they ever will be now. If you ever give me anything pumpkin, pumpkin spice, or cinnamon related I will be a faithful companion forever -- scented, flavored, themed, any of the above. This also goes for anything Fall related in general, actually.

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Graphic Designer


Image of Blanka PellerName: Blanka Peller (She/Her)

High School you graduated from (and city): I am a Running Start student from Redmond High School.

What are you studying? While at Cascadia, I am hoping to get an Associate in Web Applications Programming Technology, which is basically just web development.

Why did you choose to attend Cascadia? I decided to attend Cascadia because of its great variety of classes, the countless opportunities they offer, and the friendly community.

What are your plans after Cascadia? After Cascadia, I will either go to Northeastern University or University of Washington to study computer science and graphic design, in order to become a UI/UX designer.

What are your hobbies/interests? I enjoy drawing, but that is self explanatory. Other than that, I really enjoy baking too, especially if I am baking something sweet. I also play video games daily.

If you could be a superhero, what would your superpower be? If I was a superhero, my superpower would be to manipulate time. It would allow me to change things in the past, or simply let me experience some fond memories again. It would also let me win any battle.

What are some of your favorite things? I have a sweet tooth, so I really like any baked sweets, cookies or candy. Although, one of my most favorite things is my pitch black cat named Taco.

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