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Brenda Alling: All in, helping students to achieve.

The community on campus is filled with Cougs working to help create an atmosphere in which everyone can succeed. Brenda Alling, director of marketing and communications, received the Women of Distinction Award in the community member categoryfor her work in interacting with each department on campus to help provide greater visibility for both their curriculum and events. She sits on the student media board as well, helping students in campus media to reach out to fellow Cougs. She also provides assistance to students to better their writing abilities, saying “Everybody needs to be a writer these days. Everything that we do requires content. From a text message to an email, to even our jobs, everybody has to write, and if you cannot write, then you will not be able to communicate as effectively.”

After selling her business, Alling came to WSU Vancouver in 2008, to seek “other opportunities” in life. Through her position she is able to interact with both students and staff on a personal level, “Helping people open doors to their futures, it is so amazing to help and see students grow”. But according to Alling, she is not the only one growing: “The interns, who I mentor, help me stay connected to the current social trends and popular music as well.”

Aside from her role on campus, as the marketing and communications director, Alling also takes care of her 19 year old son who has learning differences. She also supports her husband, who has been battling cancer for the past four years. “It is definitely a balancing act between the roles, while also trying to find time to take care of yourself as well”, she said.

Last March, Alling was recognized as a distinctive member of the WSU Vancouver community at the Women of Distinction event. She was chosen for her work with interns and the student media board. Alling said, “I actually did not expect to get nominated, as I had nominated another member of the faculty. There was such an amazing group of women nominated and I was not expecting to be given the award. Some of the women there had been my mentors in the past.”

The “NW Crimson & Gray” magazine has been one of Alling’s primary focuses since coming to WSU Vancouver. Going from primarily a “newsletter” format to an actual magazine was something Alling wanted to do. “It is my pride and joy, and a true labor of love,” Alling said about her work on the magazine.

Students interested in marketing internship positions, or are interested in student media can contact Alling through her email at: brenda_alling@vancouver.wsu.edu

Brenda Alling speaks at the 2014 women of distinction event

Brenda Alling speaks at the 2014 women of distinction event

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