Pre-major Learning Communities

UNIV104 and UNIV 250 are student-success courses typically taught by your assigned advisor with a cohort of students with similar academic interests. In those courses, your PLCs are a place for you to explore academic areas, get a good foundation for your major and a broad-based education, which is marketable in the work world.

PLC class sizes are intentionally small (approximately 30 students per section) to help the faculty, staff and student leaders in each community create an active and engaging learning community. Trained peer mentors are the cornerstone of your PLC. They will help you inside and outside the classroom.


Meet your PLC leaders and ELCA staff members

Bill Stahley

Bill Stahley

Manager, Engaged Learning and Career Action Center

Welcome to your first year at WSU Vancouver! I will join you on your journey this year as your success coach and instructor for UNIV 104 and UNIV 250. At ROAR Orientation and in these classes, you will become an essential member of a learning community. Your learning community will allow you to build strong connections, refine your success strategies and become the best version of yourself. In this community you will gain confidence in the vision you have for your future and how to get there. You will also grow in your ability to recognize, value and express your voice and contribute to a safe space that encourages others to share their insights as well.


Cynthia Johnston

Cynthia Johnston

Lead Career Coach

My name is Cynthia, and I am a success coach and career counselor who teaches UNIV 104, UNIV 250 and UNIV 301. I believe you already have the tools you need. My role is to give you the resources to capitalize on them. If you are interested in any form of business, from accounting to marketing to owning your own business, this learning community is for you. My goal is to create a community that will last much longer than your first year. In this learning community, we will focus on education and your career goals through a lens of race, culture and identity.


Shyanna Reyes-Chavanu

Shyanna Reyes-Chavanu

Success Coach

Hey y’all!! My name is Shyanna, and I am a student success coach and learning community advisor for students interested in the following pre-majors: social science (including criminal justice, political science, and personnel psychology/human resources), pre-law, data analytics, mathematics, sociology, digital technology and culture, and public affairs. I’m super excited to have you in my learning community so that we can make this first year of your college experience the best that it can be!


Cindy Morical

Success Coach

Hi! My name is Cindy and I am so looking forward to working with our pre-major learning community as your student success coach. Our community consists of students studying anthropology, history, human biology, pre-nursing and those still exploring a variety of majors. In our first year together from summer ROAR New Student Orientation to UNIV 104 first semester and UNIV 250 second semester, we will build our pre-major learning community. This will be your go-to group and you’ll make connections here that will last a lifetime! We are all going to learn together through a lens of race, identity and culture. At the end of UNIV 104, you’ll have a memoir to showcase who you are, which will help build your understanding further in UNIV 250 as you connect that to the career goals you explore moving forward.


Miwako Nakamoto

Success Coach

Hi there, and Konnichiwa! Welcome to WSU Vancouver! My name is Miwako 美和子 and I use she/they pronouns. Are you interested in biology or considering professions in health care or medicine? If you are, I am your first-year success coach and would like to welcome you to my learning community. In this community, you will meet fellow students who are also studying biology or are on a pre-health track in UNIV 104 this fall and UNIV 250 in spring.


Bunpa Lim

Success Coach

Hello! My name is Bunpa, and I am your learning community advisor for strategic communication, elementary education, neuroscience, psychology, human development and English. I am looking forward to meeting you and having you in my UNIV 104 class. I have worked at WSU Vancouver for seven years as advisor and supplemental instruction coordinator. During my free time, I enjoy being active in sports (all types of sports), working out, connecting with friends, and spending time with my family (that includes pets). I value authenticity and genuineness.