Meet Your 2020-2021 Hype Team

New year, new team… although, we have some returning members that we missed oh so much during the summer! We would love to meet all you Wildcats if you don’t know us just yet. With a new school year, comes new faces and incoming freshmen that don’t know who we are yet.

Hype is CWU’s Number 1 resource for campus events and it’s how we get the word out about what’s happening on and off campus. Feel free to follow our social media! We are on TikTok, Twitter, and Instagram! You’ll see almost all of us on all of those platforms.

We are so excited to introduce ourselves to you!

Design Team

Alana Jacobs

Major and year at CWU: BFA in Graphic Design / Senior

Favorite self-care activity: Riding my bike, and visiting the cows that live next door to me!

What is your go-to coffee order and from what coffee shop? (if not coffee, favorite drink to order): My go-to iced drink is a quad blonde espresso over ice with cream. In the cold months, I enjoy a quad whole milk latte!

What was your favorite cartoon as a child?: Too many! I loved Avatar: The Last Airbender on Nick.

If you could only listen to the 5 same music artists, who would they be?: Kendrick Lamar, Nathaniel Rateliff, Megan Thee Stallion, Passion Pit, and Hozier.

What show are you currently watching?: The Sopranos!

What are you most excited about when you graduate?: I’d love to move somewhere new and work as a designer or illustrator. Otherwise, I’ll just be excited to finally have time to adopt a dog.

Dani Flores Gomez

Major and year at CWU: Graphic Design / Junior

Favorite self-care activity: Listening to music & it sounds weird but I love organizing my music playlist. It really just calms me down.

What is your go-to coffee order and from what coffee shop? (if not coffee, favorite drink to order): Iced SF Vanilla Breve w/extra shot of espresso OR iced matcha green tea breve. Both from Starbucks.

What was your favorite cartoon as a child?: Phineas & Ferb

If you could only listen to the 5 same music artists, who would they be?: Why Don’t We, Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Post Malone & Dan + Shay

What show are you currently watching?: The Vampire Diaries (for like the 6th time).

What are you most excited about when you graduate?: I’m excited to start a new chapter in my life that will hopefully be what I dreamed of. New opportunities and hopefully start working in a big design office or potentially starting my own business!

Evan Brown

Major and year at CWU: Graphic Design / Sophomore

Favorite self-care activity?: Eating healthy or riding a bike.

What is your go-to coffee order and from what coffee shop? (if not coffee, favorite drink to order): Iced Americano from any coffee shop.

What was your favorite cartoon as a child?: Samurai Jack.

If you could only listen to the 5 same music artists, who would they be?: Roddy Ricch, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Post Malone, Bruno Mars, and Charlie Puth.

What show are you currently watching?: Welcome to Plathville.

What are you most excited about when you graduate?: No homework.

Sione Sausau

Year and Major at CWU?: Graphic Design

Favorite self-care activity: Playing video games!

What is your go-to coffee order and from what coffee shop? (if not coffee, favorite drink to order): Shirley Temple from Applebee’s (mainly or any other restaurant that serves it).

What was your favorite cartoon as a child?: Ed, Edd, n’ Eddy.

If you could only listen to the 5 same music artists, who would they be?: Michael Jackson, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and A Tribe Called Quest.

What show are you currently watching?: None at the moment, but the one I most recently finished was Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works.

What are you most excited about when you graduate?:
To be able to delete Canvas from my phone.


Street Team

Trevor Peden

Major and year at CWU: Elementary Education / Senior

Favorite self-care activity: Going for a walk outside!

What is your go-to coffee order and from what coffee shop? (if not coffee, favorite drink to order):  From Winegars: Pineapple, Kiwi, Watermelon Red Bull Charger and from Starbucks: Black Tea Lemonade with no sweetener and one Stevia.

What was your favorite cartoon as a child?: Jimmy Neutron.

If you could only listen to the 5 same music artists, who would they be?: Justin Bieber, Khalid, Post Malone, Tyga, Megan Thee Stallion

What show are you currently watching?: The Arrow.

What are you most excited about when you graduate?: To start teaching!

Zoe Whittaker-Jameson

Major and year at CWU: Elementary & Special Education / Year 4

Favorite self-care activity: Taking bubble baths and watching Netflix!

What is your go-to coffee order and from what coffee shop? (if not coffee, favorite drink to order): I love getting the peach green tea lemonade from Starbucks, and I always get the London Fog from Jolt here in Ellensburg!

What was your favorite cartoon as a child?: Blues Clues! When I wasn’t watching that I loved alllll things Animal Planet.

If you could only listen to the 5 same music artists, who would they be? The Head & the Heart, Lana Del Rey, Two Door Cinema Club, Major Lazer, and Sublime.

What show are you currently watching?: Criminal Minds

What are you most excited about when you graduate?: Having enough space and funds to adopt animals and getting to help all of the future students I’ll be working with!

Madi Mcauliffe

Major and year at CWU: Double Majoring in Secondary Education and History with a Minor of Coaching / Sophomore.

Favorite self-care activity:  I love listening to music or reading.

What is your go-to coffee order and from what coffee shop? (if not coffee, favorite drink to order):  I love Carmel Frappes from Starbucks, and Raspberry Pomegranate Redbulls from a coffee stand in my hometown called Union.

What was your favorite cartoon as a child?: I loved the original Teen Titans!!!

If you could only listen to the 5 same music artists, who would they be? Hans Zimmer (cause I’m a nerd), blackbear, Panic! at the Disco, Queen and the Bee Gees.

What show are you currently watching?: Friends… again.

What are you most excited about when you graduate?:  I’m excited to start my career and help students grow and make the world better!


Video Team

Alexander Groom

Major and year at CWU: Film Production / Senior

Favorite self-care activity: Playing video games with my closest friends, and watching movies with my girlfriend. Doing those keep me relaxed and happy.

What is your go-to coffee order and from what coffee shop? (if not coffee, favorite drink to order): Anything blended from anywhere. Ordering coffee is confusing for me.

What was your favorite cartoon as a child?: Ed Edd n Eddy.

If you could only listen to the 5 same music artists, who would they be?: Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Eminem, Joji, Post Malone and Travis Scott. I’ve listened to some of these artists my whole life, and I’ve just always thought they were innovative and creative.

What show are you currently watching?: Hunter x Hunter.

What are you most excited about when you graduate?: Mainly just getting a job as a video editor or contract based videographer. I love film and video and I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t work in that field professionally.

Austin Redding

More information on Austin coming soon!


Writing Team

Kiersten Kimminau

Major and year at CWU: Communication Studies / Senior 

Favorite self-care activity: Going for a long walk with some groovy tunes.

What is your go-to coffee order and from what coffee shop? (if not coffee, favorite drink to order): 4-shot Americano with soy milk and vanilla. I don’t have a favorite coffee shop, I just like visiting local, off the road stands wherever I happen to be at the time. 

What was your favorite cartoon as a child?: Blue Clues or Zaboomafoo.

If you could only listen to the 5 same music artists, who would they be?: Caamp, Tash Sultana, REO Speedwagon, Earth Wind & Fire, Kishi Bashi.

What show are you currently watching?: Schitt’s Creek.

What are you most excited about when you graduate?: I’m most excited to dedicate all my time to things that school hasn’t really allowed me to fully commit to. Backpacking, camping, climbing, art, traveling etc. 

Samantha Cabeza

Major and year at CWU: Digital/Broadcast Journalism / Senior

Favorite self-care activity: I love to write creatively and listen to Lo-fi at the same time. It gets rid of all the stress that I’m feeling in the moment, and I give myself the time to rest my brain!

What is your go-to coffee order and from what coffee shop? (if not coffee, favorite drink to order): From Starbucks, a cold brew with caramel syrup and almond milk. Anywhere else: iced vanilla latte. During the summer, I love to get a lavender lemonade with coconut milk from Jolt!

What was your favorite cartoon as a child?: I had a huge obsession with Danny Phantom and Avatar: the Last Airbender.

If you could only listen to the 5 same music artists, who would they be?: Kings of Leon, Gorillaz, Doja Cat, Joji, and Harry Styles.

What show are you currently watching?: A few. Hunter x Hunter, Haikyu!! and My Hero Academia.

What are you most excited about when you graduate?: I really have been thinking more about traveling when I graduate and working abroad. I have this dream where I teach English in Japan. If not that, then I’d love to work for The Stranger in Seattle or a use my writing skills to help produce a video game or a movie. So many things to be excited for after college!


Wildcat Access Sales Manager

Brendan Dolleman

Major and year at CWU?: Business Analytics Major, Wildcat Access Sales Manager.

Favorite self-care activity: Weightlifting or surfing!

What is your go-to coffee order and from what coffee shop?: Starbucks. Morning Drink, Nitro Cold Brew. Afternoon Drink, Mango Dragon fruit.

What was your favorite cartoon as a child?: Spongebob.

If you could only listen to the 5 same music artists, who would they be?: Thomas Rhett, Morgan Wallen, Luke Combs, Kane Brown, and Brett Eldredge.

What show are you currently watching?: (Not Currently Watching but this summer I finished) Outer Banks.

What are you most excited about when you graduate?: Start full-time employment with Microsoft out of Irvine CA!