When I first came to WSU, I immediately felt welcomed. There was a sense of belonging that really attracted me.”

Meet Lillie Williams:
Lillie is a recent WSU graduate, receiving a double degree in Strategic Communication – Public Relations and Digital Technology and Culture. Originally from Tacoma, Washington, Lillie chose to attend WSU because she immediately felt a sense of belonging into the tight-knit Coug Community after visiting the Pullman campus. Lillie chose the Murrow College to expand her communication skills and even had the opportunity to go on the inaugural Murrow Expedition to Greece (Storytelling in Greece).

“This completely changed my world and I was able to see the power of communication,” Lillie said. “I was able to learn about another culture and report on their Laiki markets as well as work with the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, which was incredible.”

Lillie’s favorite thing about the Murrow College is the faculty and staff. She felt inspired by several of her professors, such as Lisa Waananen Jones, who taught Lillie about visual communication and data visualization, along with Chelsea Newman, who taught her about research and public relations campaigns. Lillie is also appreciative of Professor Dan Petek for his enthusiasm to make students career-ready after graduation, along with student services advisor Tami Vik, who Lillie credits for her achieving a double degree, double minor, global leadership certificate, and 3 study abroad experiences in just 3.5 years.

Lillie won first place from The Science Coalition for the Fund It Forward Student Video Challenge this past month in the undergraduate division. Lillie and her colleagues received a $1,000 cash prize for this project highlighting the importance of research supported by the federal government.

She also received the Joseph and Lucile Rosenhoff Scholarship, as well as the Tri-City Herald/News Tribune of Tacoma Endowed Scholarship while attending WSU. Lillie graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors for both of her degrees earlier this month.

Clubs and Activities:
Lillie was the Vice President of Chapter Development for Delta Delta Delta and Vice President of Membership for Alpha Kappa Psi. She worked as a communications intern with the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture and was a photography intern with the Carson College of Business. She also served as a Global Ambassador for the Institute for Study Abroad at WSU.