Brienne is a senior, graduating May 13, 2011. She decided to be involved in The Element because she is an English major and aspiring journalist who loves writing and reading, but also because she wanted to contribute to making the WSU Tri-Cities campus more involved in creative arts. In addition to being the editor-in-chief for the 2010-2011 year of The Element, Brienne was also an ASWSUTC Senator, and a swim instructor/swim team coach at the Columbia Basin Racquet Club.
Andrea Green is a transfer student from WSU-Pullman. Against her better judgment, she is currently pursing a B.S. in General Science with a major concentration in Biology and a minor concentration in Chemistry. She’s addicted to Netflix and Masterpiece Theatre. During her non-academic moments, she caters to the whims of her feline overlords and works on sharpening her rapier wit. She cannot draw.
Kat finishes her sophomore year this Spring and will continue out her education at WSU Tri-Cities until its completion. This is her second year on staff at the Element, having been a contributing editor for poetry last year. She has enjoyed reading what her fellow students have had to offer and can’t wait to see the many more talents to be discovered and works to be submitted in the future.
Deb Brumley will finally finish her English (Rhetoric/Professional/Technical Writing) BA in Spring 2012 (harps strumming, angels singing). She began her college career at Eastern OR State when disco was king. She's a U.S. Army veteran, habitual community rabblerouser, mom of 5, granny to 8, who lives for escapism through writing, reading, cruising the backroads and working in the dirt. How about this Element? It's been an honor.
Adriana Naccarato is a double-major in Digital Technology and Culture and Psychology. She is 29 years old, and a single mother of two beautiful children who inspire her every day and are a source of constant motivation for her. Adriana enjoys all things artistic, including various types of art, music, design, fashion, poetry, photography, etc. She particularly enjoys bright colors and hip, modern pieces. She believes that art speaks to people in many different ways, and feels that as long as her work touches at least one person then she has done her job as an artist. Adriana finds she is most creative when she listens to music at an unbearable level (for most people), with her head swaying to the beat, as she zones out. She believes that the thought, time, love, and energy she pours into her work comes through in each artwork she creates. Adriana would like to be recognized for pushing boundaries with her work. She remains her own worst critic. Adriana has recently teamed up with one of her colleagues to launch Marionette Media, with whom she will be graduating with in May 2012.
Brittany Bogenreif is graduating with a B.A in Digital Technology and Culture, with a minor in Fine Arts. She has been the publicity manager for the Business club for the past year. She does freelance design and is completely devoted to family. She is a foster parent for her six nieces and nephews. Brittany likes to stay busy and believes whole heartedly in education. She feels that if you are not busy, then you aren't realizing you're full potential.
Amy will finally graudate this fall with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature as well as a Professional Writing Certificate. Currently, she is not quite sure what she would like to do with her degree. This November she will be moving overseas to live in Denmark, and she will be working as an Au Pair and English tutor for a family with three boys. (The tutoring part is where an English degree comes in handy.) After six months in Denmark, she will be backpacking around Europe for three months. She will then return home to settle down and look for a job. Amy feels very privileged to have been able to be a part of The Element website. Her contribution included content editing as well as some minor adjustments to the design. After working on this project, she would love to continue learning more about web development and possibly use her new skills in a future career.
Jenny Ewer (art and poetry) Jenny Ewer is a first year WSU Tri-Cities student and is working toward a bachelor's degree in English. She enjoys reading, watching trashy reality TV shows, and creative writing. She's currently working on three contemporary romantic suspense novels. Among the professions she is considering are novelist, literature teacher, kindergarten teacher, book editor, and mental health counselor.
Ariel Giangrande (art) Ariel Giangrande is entering the 2011-2012 school year as a Junior at WSU Tri-Cities. She started off in Multi-Cultural club her Freshman year, and has continued to enjoy being a part of the club since then, continuing to look forward to the upcoming year and what it holds for the club. She is currently in the process of working on getting her degree in English, with a minor in Psychology.
Hannah Jenkins (art) Hannah Jenkins congealed in a gutter someplace in Louisiana in 1989, and has been the scourge of the night since. Rarely seen during daylight hours. Enjoys a good cup of coffee, and lives in a computer chair
Amy Jensen (art) Amy is a senior and will graduate this fall with a Bachelors in English Literature. She decided to be a contributing editor not only as a favor for her friend Andrea Green, but also because she figured she might as well get involved with something school related since it's her last semester here.
Brittney Reents (poetry) Brittney is a sophomore majoring in nursing. She was interested in getting involved with The Element because she has always been really into writing and especially poetry. She decided this would be a good way to get involved with school.
Victoria Pakizer (art)
Nathan Richardson (poetry)
Teil Hilliard (prose)
Kristopher Moore (prose)
A special thank you goes out to Dr. Andrea Davis for all of the work she has done. She worked behind the scenes with Susan Pramschufer and was instrumental in the launching of this project.