Danny Cowser was born and raised in the Kaysville/Fruit Heights area to Steve and Kelly Cowser. He has an older sister Carly, an older brother James, and a little brother William. His family has been wonderful examples to him throughout his life and he loves to laugh and spend time with them. He was married in May 2015 to the beautiful Alexandra Lloyd. They currently live in Davis County while his wife is finishing her piano performance degree at the University of Utah. Danny is a senior studying Political Science and loves learning about people, cultures, and development. Danny enjoys watching Australian Rules Football, speaking Chinese, conducting experiments with PEDL and hunting. After he graduates, he intends to pursue a PhD and become a professor.
Tanner Eastmond is a senior studying Economics and Mathematics. He is currently involved in research in the economics department and is assisting with a number of projects including the effect of welfare programs on cohabiting couples’ marital decisions and the impact of offering gender neutral housing on college campus sexual assaults. He has been married to his wife Allison for a little over a year. They are both originally from Lehi, Utah, although Tanner also lived in Michigan, New York, and Arizona during his childhood years. He has three younger siblings, a younger sister and two younger brothers. He enjoys running and is currently preparing for a marathon. His wife often jokes that working is his hobby, but in reality he just really loves studying, learning, and researching. He plans on working towards a PhD in economics and eventually becoming a professor.
Thomas Gassaway is an International Relations Major who claims the United States as his hometown. He was born in Vancouver, WA although he grew up in six different states and has visited forty-eight of them. He refers to himself as a “news nut” because of his fascination with following world events. His main interest is in the realm of understanding conflict. What causes violence? Can conflict be avoided? Is war ever right? He is a member of the Air Force ROTC program and hopes to one day become an AF representative for the State Department in embassies abroad. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to e-books while hiking national parks.
S. Gabe Hatch
S. Gabe Hatch is the oldest of three children and was born and raised in Spanish Fork, Utah. He is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Statistics. His research interests include: marriage, sexual risk taking, relationships, technology, creative therapeutic interventions whereby relationships can be improved, and the dissemination of such devices. Gabe is currently developing a text message therapeutic intervention designed to alleviate marital distress and improve overall relationship well-being. He aspires to pursue his Ph.D. in hopes of eventually becoming a clinical scientist.
Gabe also assists a residential treatment center with psychological assessment, data analysis, and research. At this center, he mentors troubled adolescents, and tutors them in the hard sciences and math. Gabe is also a member of the board directors for Now I Can Foundation: a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to helping disabled children reach their fullest potential.
Susannah Morrison is a junior double-majoring in History and Classics, with a particular focus in early English medieval history. Her current research focuses on the role of religion in the development of English nationalism in the ninth and tenth centuries, but she has also presented and published papers in Old English philology and British imperial history. She plans to pursue postgraduate study in the United Kingdom, and hopes to become a professional non-fiction writer and popular historian. Raised in northern Canada by an Anglo-Scottish father and an Iraqi-German mother, she is the third of four daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, writing, and listening to British punk and New Wave.
Louise Paulsen is from Copenhagen, Denmark and is a junior studying Political Science with an emphasis in international strategy and diplomacy. With minors in Business Management and European Studies, she focuses on conflict resolution and organizational leadership in international politics. Louise is the president of the Peace and Conflict Resolution Society and former president of Sigma Iota Rho. She is planning to continue her studies in international conflict resolution and leadership, as well as engage with other young LDS in Europe in helping them strive to make a difference in society and have meaningful impact on their community. In her downtime she enjoys traveling, reading, exploring and connecting with other people.
Becca Smith, of Payson, Utah, is a sophomore in the School of Family Life. As a Family Studies major, Becca loves learning about communication skills that can contribute to more peaceful homes for families. She is interested in researching common attitudes among various populations regarding the purposes of marriage. After concluding her Bachelor’s degree, Becca aims to complete a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Using the knowledge and skills she gains while studying and researching as a university student, Becca looks forward to helping educate her community about why marriage matters and about how to communicate with family members more effectively. Most of all, Becca is excited to apply her skills in her own family as a wife and mother. She is the youngest of six children and the wife to her hero and best friend.
Aubree Weiler is the oldest of three girls and is proud to be from Bountiful, Utah. She is a senior studying dance education with a minor in business management. Growing up with a mother who started her own dance studio, Aubree has experienced firsthand the influence that mentors can make in a person’s life. She has a passion for teaching and aspires to help school dance programs become more prevalently recognized as an influential aspect of a child’s education. In addition to teaching, Aubree loves to be involved in various organizations and clubs around campus. She is currently the President of the Dance Major Student Representatives after serving as the Vice President for the past two years. She is also an educator in the Arts Bridge program, a member of the Phi Eta Sigma honor society, and performs for BYU’s Contemporary Dance Theatre (CDT). In previous years, Aubree was involved in BYUSA, YServe, CFACSA, and danceEnsemble. In her spare time, Aubree loves playing tennis, eating lemon ice cream, and traveling with her husband.
Aubriana Wolferts is from Kaysville, Utah and is the oldest of 4 children. She is a junior studying International Relations with a minor in Business Management. She is passionate about improving the effectiveness of government. She is currently involved in a project aimed to help government officials in developing countries know better what actions to take to improve living conditions in their respective countries. She also enjoys math and teaching and was a tutor and teaching assistant for the Statistics Department at BYU for two years. She knows the value of giving back to the community and has volunteered with programs such as Seeds for Success and BYUSA. She plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career as a political analyst. In her down-time she enjoys traveling, playing volleyball, and being with family and friends.
Mai Zaru is a 20-year-old bilingual Palestinian junior majoring in Special Education for Mild to Moderate disabilities and minoring in TESOL K-12. Despite having Arabic as her native tongue, Mai has written two poetry books in English; one of which is in its last stages of publication. Yet education doesn’t end there for Mai; she aspires to receive a Master’s degree in leadership that will broaden her opportunities of service. She seeks an education beyond degrees, an education that will allow her to initiate an end to the era of silent oppression and muffled freedoms. That education will not only become her passport and ticket home, but her flight to serving the world with all its challenges.