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May 28, 2020
2:00 PM

A Roadmap to Achieving Goals

Do you have a big goal or dream that you’ve been putting off for a long time? Do you feel bored with what you are doing in life, but you never do anything to improve the situation. Or do you feel frustrated and out of balance, like you are neglecting important parts of your life? Come to this interactive workshop led by Evelina Solis to learn how to develop a positive attitude and behavioral goals that will allow you to overcome limitations and roadblocks that have previously held you back in life.


June 16, 2020
3:00 PM

Role of Money & Personal Finances

Budgeting and personal finances are one of those things that we all have to learn sooner rather than later, because it plays a pivotal role in our short and long-term plans. It is never too early to acquire tools that enable us to make sound financial decisions, so that one day, we don’t need to be marred financial problems. In this workshop, Erik will address the role of money in balancing short and long-term goals to unleash our fullest potential potential.


June 22, 2020
3:00 pm

Building & Translating Skills

Have you been asked what will you study when applying to college? What career would you like to go into? Monika and Gabriel will address resiliency. Monika is the first in her family to complete a post-secondary education and will talk about what she had to overcome when attending college. Gabriel will touch on skills to use when we feel overwhelmed regarding our future job/career.


About the Speakers

Kristo Gobin

Kristo Gobin

Gobin is a scholar of Communication Studies, looking specifically at the performance of multiple intersecting identities. He was a first-generation college student at California State University Northridge and his entire college experience was transformed when he became a Communication Studies major and a Resident Advisor. He found himself occupying a space where theory and practice were symbiotic and incredibly transformative; not just for himself intrapersonal but for the communities he was responsible for building. After graduation be became a Resident Director for two years at the University of California Riverside where he was guided by leadership to pursue a master’s degree.

Evelina Solis

Evelina Solís

Evelina Solís is the Founder and President of Sol2Soul (, a life & wellness coaching, consulting inspirational speaking resource. She is also the Co-Founder of The Power of Women with Quevarra Moten, an inspirational workshop series that helps women reignite their passion and refuel their energy to live full and die empty.

Evelina Solís’ story was featured in two books called Aim High: Extraordinary Stories of Hispanic and Latina Women by Laura Contreras-Rowe and Live Free: Eliminate the If Onlys and What Ifs of Life was released by Kendra Smiley. Two years in a row, Solís teamed up with Macy’s and the American Heart Association as a Life Coach for the National Hispanic Heritage Month Campaign called “Live Well, Look Fantastic, and Feel Fabulous.”

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James Bledsoe

James Bledsoe is the Career Development Coordinator for the College of Arts & Sciences and an Advisor at the Major Exploration Advising Program.

Kathleen Boyce Rodgers

Kathleen Rodgers (Ph.D., 1993, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is an associate professor in the Department of Human Development at Washington State University. She has expertise in the areas of adolescent development and risk-taking, with particular focus on sexuality and gender socialization. Her background and training include work with community health organizations to conduct community–wide assessments of adolescent risk behaviors, psychosocial health, and relationships within multiple contexts. An overarching theme of her research is to explore how factors within multiple contexts interact and relate to adolescents’ and young adults’ health and risk-taking. Her work has examined violence and poverty as risk factors that contribute to sexual risk taking among adolescents. More recent work with Dr. Stacey Hust (Edward R. Murrow College of Communication) includes examining the relation of music-media content to adolescent and emerging adults’ attitudes about dating violence, sexual stereotypes, objectification of women, and acceptance of sexual harassment. Manuscripts from these data are in process. She and Stacey Hust received one of two National Council on Family Relations Innovation Grants in 2014. Rodgers and Hust also received the 2014 Mary Ann Yodelis Smith Award for Feminist Research from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Dr. Rodgers has published research in journals such as the Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and the Journal of Research on Adolescence.


Erik Newman

Erik Newman is the Business Operations Director for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), and has been working there for 20 years. He is a WSU alum with a degree in accounting. He is very active in the Palouse community as a board member for the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation.



Monica Murugesan

Monika Murugesan completed her Bachelor’s degree in India and came to the USA in the year 2000 to pursue a master’s degree. She is the first from her family to leave her home country and travel this far all by herself. In her session, she will share her struggles of being the first to live away in a new country, challenges of the new education system, and the importance of finding support and staying strong.

She started her career with SEL in 2004 as an entry-level firmware engineer and grew into leading new product development. Her curiosity encouraged her to get her Executive MBA and explore the global business world for a few years. She is currently the head of product management for our SEL power protective relays. In this role, she is responsible for understanding market trends, bringing in new product ideas, getting them approved by executives, and ensuring the development team is excited about the project.

Gabriel DeRuwe

Gabriel is the Engineering Manager for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), where he practices firmware and leads a team of engineers. He graduated from the University of Idaho with an MS in computer engineering.

“My name is Gabriel and I am an Engineer at SEL. I grew up on a farm in Touchet, WA where I raised pigs, bees, and wheat among other things. I still remember what it feels like to have people ask me what I’m going to do with my life. I still remember the feeling of anxiety and uncertainty about that question. In my few young years I had no idea what possibilities were available or what challenges I might face. I look forward to sharing my story and the lessons I learned with you so that you can find your path.”

Jessi Hall

Jessi is the Director of Engineering for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), where she oversees manufacturing. She graduated from WSU with a degree in mechanical engineering, and is an advisory board member for the WSU school of mechanical and materials engineering.