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Jacqui Adler '17

Bend, OR

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou

Major: Sociology

Many memories ago, Jacqui arrived at CC with dreams of majoring in Biology and becoming a surgeon, but quickly fell even more in love with the social sciences. After a year and a half of studying Political Science, Jacqui happily landed in the Sociology department where she enjoys studying everything that’s wrong with the world, and plotting how to fix it. She plans to follow her long-time passion for culinary arts following graduation. When Jacqui is not studying, mentoring students in the community, or babysitting her (four-year-old) best friend, she is cooking, baking, or watching dramatic television shows.

Activities: middle school teacher aide, student mentor, theater, spoken word poetry, Taste of the World, Queer Community Coalition


Will Baird '17

Denver, CO

“Don’t count the days. Make the days count.” - Muhammad Ali

Major: Sociology

Born and raised in Denver Colorado, Will was not ready to leave the Rocky Mountains. As an avid ski and mountain bike enthusiast, Will was able to utilize his love for the outdoors while at the same time taking full advantage of CC’s liberal arts opportunities. After taking 12 distinctly different courses at CC, Will is now happily pursuing a degree in Sociology with a minor in Spanish language. Will’s academic interests also include economics and finance and he hopes to find his niche in the economics of Higher Education. Additionally, Will studied abroad in Salamanca and Madrid and enjoys connecting with people from all parts of the world, whether he understands them or not. He is also a member of the New Student Orientation Leadership Program because “what could be better than meeting new people and camping with them for a week?” Will hopes to bring his open-minded and enthusiastic attitude into the admissions fellowship.

Activities: Colorado College Men’s Lacrosse, CC Show of Talents Committee, Intramurals, Sarcasm, NSO Leader, American Diabetes Association Ambassador, Lacrosse Coach, Chess Club


Joel Fisher-Katz '17

Northampton, Massachusetts

"That which builds is better than that which is built." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Major: Philosophy

Born and raised in Northampton Massachusetts, Joel left a community of passion and art after graduating from Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School. Joel moved to Colorado for the climbing but ended up staying for Colorado College after discovering a passion for philosophy during a year at Piles Peak Community College. He is pursuing a philosophy major along with an English minor. When not philosophizing, Joel plays Ultimate Frisbee for Colorado College Wasabi and takes part in numerous IM sports including being a 2015 Broom Ball champion. Joel plans on continuing his education after CC and eventually teaching at the college level. Along with his admissions work Joel helps to construct sets for the theater department under the tutelage of CC's technical director Paul Martin and spends as much time as possible exploring the innumerable beauties of the Southern Frontrange. As a Junior and a transfer, Joel hopes to bring an energetic and motivated spirit to the job of admission fellow and to offer his experience of CC as a resource for prospective students.

Activities: Colorado College Men's Frisbee, IM participant, Spoken Word Performance, Rock Climbing, Scene shop employee, General Enjoyment of the South Platte


DeAira Hermani '17 

Chicago, IL

"When you've worked hard and done well, and walked through that door of do not slam it shut behind reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed." - Michelle Obama

Major: Independently Designed Major: Performance and Identity (Anthropology, Theater, and Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies)

The windy city blew DeAira all the way to Colorado College where she originally thought she would be on a pre-med track. However, DeAira has now created her own major that combines Theater, Anthropology, and Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies. Outside of the classroom DeAira is heavily involved in theater through the department as well as with a group called Women In Comedy and takes part in many on campus organizations that mentors, supports, and feeds students such as the BSU, Carnivore Club, SAIL Program, and as a Residential Advisor. DeAira joined the Office of Admission as a leader and a teacher looking to help students decide or discover if Colorado College can help them on their own intellectual adventure.  

Activities: Women In Comedy, Black Student Union (BSU), Carnivore Club, SAIL Program


Madelene Travis '17

Madelene Travis

Fort Worth, TX

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” - Anaïs Nin

Major: Sociology
Minor: Nonviolence

After a fairly nomadic childhood that led her from Roswell, NM to an island in Michigan to Fort Worth, TX Madelene chose to settle down for a four-year academic adventure at Colorado College. Madelene tried to declare a Sociology major after her very first course at CC but was advised to give it some time, which changed nothing and she eventually did it anyways while adding a Nonviolence minor. A two-year Resident Advisor and a huge fan of Rastall’s tater tots, Madelene makes the most out of every experience and opportunity CC provides. She recently returned from a semester in Rwanda where she studied post-genocide reconciliation and met at least one hippopotamus. Madelene is excited to join admissions so she can finally have an outlet for her endless questions.

Activities: New Student Orientation leader, First Year Experience mentor, Resident Advisor, student researcher, hiker, eater, and sleeping enthusiast


Maya Williamson '17

London, UK

“Forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?” - bell hooks

Majors: Anthropology, French

Born in Seattle and raised in London, Maya spent almost her entire academic life at competitive girls’ schools in the UK. After graduating from high school, she came to Colorado College in search of the Liberal Arts and a change of pace. Maya is a double major in French and Anthropology, and spent the fall semester of her junior year in Senegal studying French language, and West African culture. After finishing her semester abroad, Maya was awarded a Venture Grant to extend her stay and study the impacts of the French education system on Senegalese national identity. Maya cites the Keller Family Venture Grants as one of her favorite things about CC, with another one of her research projects taking her to Japan, where she studied the effects of kawaii (cuteness) on gender expression and gender roles. Outside of class, Maya can be found climbing on rocks in Garden of the Gods, eating ramen noodles, or taking her bunny for a walk on the quads.

Activities: State of the Rockies research fellow, First Year Experience Mentor, Ritt Kellogg Climbing Gym monitor, Climbers Association of Colorado College, EQUAL for queer and questioning students, Student Anthropology Society


Michael Zijing Wu '17

Shanghai, China

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” - Confucius

Major: International Political Economy
Minors: Music & Education

Born and raised in the largest city in the world by population – Shanghai, China – Michael came to Colorado to pursue peace and explore nature. After taking classes in more than ten departments at CC, Michael realized that he wanted to learn more about this world before living a peaceful life. After exploring CC for a year and a half, Michael decided to major in International Political Economy, along with two other minors: Music and Education. In order to know the world better, Michael took full advantage of CC’s study abroad programs, and went abroad three times to Spain, Germany, and Central Europe. Besides exploring the world, Michael enjoys skateboarding around CC, snowboarding, boxing, playing poker, as well as playing piano and Erhu.

Activities: CCSGA Finance Representative, President’s Council, Phi Gamma Delta, NSO Leader, ISO Leader, Chinese Student Association Co-chair, Honors Concert, Music at Midday, Mighty Math, Intramural Sports