The President’s Council is a representative body of students that serves in an advisory role to the President of the college, and as ambassadors for the college. Members of the President’s Council will have the unique opportunity to make valuable connections with fellow students, faculty, staff, administrators, and distinguished visitors at Colorado College. The Council will meet with the President and/or various college and community leaders at least once per block.
The members of the President's Council for the 2015-2016 academic year are:
Mayss Al Alami '17
Mayss is an international student from Palestine and who grew up in Jordan and Dubai. Mayss is an Economics and International Relations Major and potential Non Violence Minor, interested specifically in the Middle East Region. On campus, Mayss is Vice President for Student Concerns on CCSGA, Campus Education Officer on Honor Council and Executive Officer on Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). She is also part of The Economics Student Advisory Board, Tigers Athletic Department and Student Conduct Committee. In her free time, Mayss enjoys reading Arabic poetry and literature and running.
David Andrews '18
David Andrews is a sophomore at Colorado College and hails from Louisville, Colorado. He is currently looking at a double major in Poetry and Political Science. On campus, you can find David tutoring at the Writing Center, at the Catalyst House working as the paper's Sports Editor, or in the SOCC Studio working as the Studio Manager. Outside of school, David enjoys IM's such as soccer and basketball, skiing, hiking, and leading ORC trips. David's most recent adventure took him to California where he hiked the 221-mile John Muir Trail in July 2015
Hanna Bautz '17
Hanna is a junior English major and Spanish minor from Kansas City. On campus, she is a Vice President of Delta Gamma, a tutor for the Writing Center, a co-leader of the Ensena Spanish teaching program, a member of the 2015 Class Committee, and a member of Blue Keys Honor Society. In her free time, Hanna enjoys running and hiking, traveling, and practicing Spanish.
Isabella Bussian '18
Isabella is a sophomore hailing from Durango, Colorado planning to major in Environmental Science. She participates on the Colorado College Nordic Ski team and enjoys biking, hiking and many other activities the beautiful Colorado outdoors have to offer. She is is a strong advocate for environmental longevity and spent her summer working on environmental policy in Washington, D.C. She is spending her first semester of sophomore year in Germany and really likes ice cream.
Samantha Buxbaum '16
Samantha is a senior from Bethesda, Maryland studying Psychology and Feminist and Gender Studies. After studying abroad in Japan last semester, Spring 2015, she was excited to come back to CC to begin working on her culminating Psychology thesis and immersing herself at CC for one last year. Samantha was on the Swim and Dive team and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for three years, a writer for the Catalyst Newspaper, and Dancer Workshop dancer and choreographer. Samantha's hobbies include skiing, hiking, swimming, and speaking French and Japanese.
Caroline Cary '16
Caroline is a junior Economics major and a Spanish minor from Evanston, Illinois. Outside of class, she is president of Kappa Kappa Gamma, a member of the Women's Varsity Tennis Team, and works as a tutor at the Ruth Barron Writing Center. In addition, she is a member of Relay for Life Committee and CC Republicans Club. In her free time, Caroline enjoys reading, swimming, and biking.
Esther Chan '16
Esther is from Diamond Bar, CA and is an Independently Designed Major in Visual Media and Social Change with a minor in Journalism. She is a Bridge Scholars Program mentor and loves giving advice, support, and hugs to her mentees. She is a photographer and videographer for the Communications Office and does a lot of photo work around the school as a photographer for The Catalyst and as co-chair of Photography Club. Besides photography, she is a co-leader of an extended format class called Youth Empowerment. In her free time, she likes to scooter around campus, watch a lot of TV, and eat Asian snacks that remind her of home.
Shiying Cheng '18
Shiying is an international student from Chengdu, Sichuan, China. Shiying is a potential Political Science or Sociology major, interested in international relations, social justice and the non-profit Sector. She spent last summer working with a NGO in India and doing research on widow living conditions and social welfare. On campus, Shiying is a Resident Advisor at the Bemis Hall and Director of Marketing for the BreakOut Center for Community Service. She is also involved in the Community Engaged Leadership Program, Early Scholars Education, and Asian Student Association. Shiying is also a traditional Chinese dance performer! In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, playing piano and harp, and reading. Shiying is thrilled to make CC an even better place by serving on the President’s Council!
Michelle Cordell '16
Michelle Cordell is from Olympia, Washington and is studying Economics, Environmental Science, and Spanish. She is very involved in the Office of Minority and International Students including being a student intern, the co-chair of BSU, a member of the Glass House, and the leader of the women of color group on campus- Mind, Body, & Soul. She is also a tri-chair of the charity knitting group Project Fuzzy and is an avid skier and sea kayaker.
Liz Forster '17
Liz is a junior Environmental Policy major and a Journalism minor from Wilton, Connecticut. She hopes to be a professional journalist after college and has furthered that goal through her position as Editor in Chief of The Catalyst, the independent newspaper at Colorado College. Through The Catalyst, Liz seeks to bridge the gap between Colorado College and the Colorado Springs community. Outside of class, Liz enjoys writing, backpacking, skiing and cooking.
Michael Greenberger '17
Michael is a Sophomore Political Science major hailing from Highland Park, Illinois. Michael’s academic interests range from Arabic to contemporary Islamic societies. Michael is a member of the Colorado College club ultimate team and a DJ for the Sounds of Colorado College (SOCC). Michael tries to explore the beautiful outdoor surroundings the Rocky Mountains have to offer as much as possible. After spending his summer abroad in Europe, Michael is excited to be back at Colorado College to help make CC an even greater place for past, current, and future students.
Mac Gustafson '16
Mac is a junior at CC, studying Political Science. He’s looking forward to working with the Children’s Literacy Center, participating in the Asian Student Union, taking singing lessons, and jamming out on the keyboard, ukulele, erhu, or melodica with anyone who wants to join him. He has worked as a swim coach and soloed in a Cessna 172. His crowning achievement is making it to Silver League on League of Legends.
Connor Haney '17
Connor is a Junior Political Science Major and Urban Studies minor from Seattle, Washington. Apart from school, Connor is also a varsity athlete playing for the Colorado College Mens Lacrosse Team. Connor's interests include intramural sports and fly fishing. This past summer he was a Scheduling and Advance Intern at the Clinton Foundation in New York City.
Patrick Jurney '17
Patrick is an Environmental Science major. He is from Saint Paul, Minnesota, but spent a majority of his childhood growing up on an island in the Caribbean: Dominica. He is heavily involved with the Colorado Springs Food Rescue as their volunteer coordinator for over 50 volunteers. He also works at Sacred Grounds. Along with that, he is a member of the Back Row, the all-male A Capella group, and is on the Class Committee of 2017. He is still able to venture out into greater Colorado as he is also an active leader for the Outdoor Recreation Committee.
Annika Kastetter '18
Annika Kastetter is a Junior Political Science major and Arabic/Middle Eastern Studies minor. In addition to being a President's Council representative, Annika enjoys being an RA in Loomis Hall, serving on the Colorado College Honor Council, playing women's club soccer, and participating in two sketch comedy groups on campus.
James Lonergan '16
James is a senior Economics major from Dallas, Texas. For the 2015-2016 academic year, James serves as the student trustee on the Colorado College Board of Trustees, where he sits on the Committee for Investment. James is also captain of the CC Men's basketball team, and a member of the Honor Council and the Student Athletic Advisor Committee.
William Pak '18
William is from New York and is a sophomore at Colorado College. He is probably going to be either a philosophy or a political science major. In addition to working with the President's council he is the treasurer of the Sigma Chi fraternity, the co-chair of the Korean American Student Association, a member of the Asian student union, and the internal affairs officer for the Colorado College Honor Council. In his free time he enjoys listening to music and reading.
Gabriella Palko '16
Gabriella is a senior Environmental Policy major from Barrington, Rhode Island. Her love for the outdoors sparked her passion for protecting the environment, and studying abroad in the Himalayas further solidified her dedication to environmental law and science. When she’s not studying or in meetings, she enjoys backcountry skiing, fly fishing, and camping. She is the advertising manager for The Catalyst, the Intern Manager at the CC Office of Sustainability, and the student co-chair for the Campus Sustainability Council.
Sergio Portesan '16
Sergio is a senior from Saint Paul, Minnesota. He has turned his love of all things America into a major: American History-Political Science. Sergio is a Tigers Hockey super fan, and you can find him at all home games wielding his trademark neon yellow signs. When he's not cheering the Tigers to victory at the World Arena, you can find Sergio leading tours around campus, tutoring in the Writing Center, and hanging out with his FIJI brothers.
Jane Radecki '17
Jane is a junior U.S. History and Political Science major along with an English minor, from Ann Arbor Michigan. Outside of the classroom she is a member of the Women's Varsity Swim team, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta along with being the IT director, and a member of the Accessibilities Resource council. In her free time she enjoy swimming, spending time with her teammates and Theta sisters, and eating ice cream!
Samantha Saccomanno '17
Sam is a sophomore and expected International Political Economy major and Feminist and Gender Studies minor. Aside from her work on the Presidents Council, Sam is an RA and works at the Worner Desk. Additionally, she is an active member of Dance Workshop and enjoys boxing off campus. In her spare time, you can find Sam outside slack lining or trail running.
Alejandro Salazar '16
Alejandro is a Political Science major from Aurora, Colorado. He currently serves as the Vice President of Finance of the Colorado College Student Government and is the student representative for the Budget Committee. Over the summer, he was a fellow at New Era Colorado, a local nonprofit that works to get youth involved in politics. Alejandro is also an active member of Honor Council, SOMOS, BSU, NASU, and is an RA in Slocum.
Wynter Scott '18
Wynter is a Political Science and Sociology double-major from Memphis, TN. She is passionate about international relations and hopes to one day work in the Department of State to improve America's foreign policy. She is a volunteer at the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission and works at the Colorado College Worner Desk. When she is not working, she participates with the Black Student Union, the CC Mock Trial Team, and the CC Speech and Debate Team.
Margaret Sport '17
Margaret is a junior from Mountainside, NJ and is working on an Independently Designed Major in Bioethics and a minor in Music. She is a volunteer EMT, was Chair of the Glass House, is an avid skier and outdoorswoman, and loves to play the piano. Last summer, she spent time working with the United Nations’ Global Bioethics Initiative and looks forward to studying abroad in Spain and then working on clinical trials in degenerative neurological disorders this upcoming summer at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NYC. She is passionate about the ethics of science and treatment of disease, especially relating to stem cells.
Caitlin Taber '17
Caitlin is a Film and New Media major. In addition to the President's Council, she is Director of Productions for CC Film Union, a member of the Innovation Institute Student Council, as well as an avid CC hockey fan. During her summers, Caitlin helps out with the various camps for young kids that CC hosts and works at the ITS: Help Desk. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys being creative, dancing, learning French and traveling.
Breana Taylor '17
Breana was born in Columbus, Georgia but lived in more than one state courtesy of her father’s military career. She is a senior and an active member in the Black Student Union, and is co-chair of the feminist groupson campus, FemCo. Conveniently, she is a Feminist and Gender Studies majors, and hopes to minor in Anthropology. Few things consume her life outside of her studies, but those that do would be her relationship with her four siblings, close friends, and love of film soundtracks. Breana is a strong believer in taking part in her community at Colorado College, and views President’s Council as the perfect spot to take part in her school’s community.
Jake Walden '16
Jake is a senior who is majoring in Mathematical Economics or Political Science. He was a delegate for the United States Senate Youth Program, the National Youth Science Camp, and the State Department’s Youth Leadership program in Cambodia. Last summer, he worked for the National Conference of State Legislatures at a Public Interest Fellow. He is involved in Honor Council, the Writing Center, the Community Engaged Leadership Program, Speech and Debate, and the CC Choir. Jake’s hobbies include skiing, hiking, playing piano, and reading good books.
Emma Whitehead '15
Emma is a senior majoring in political science/international relations with a Spanish minor. A proud native of Colorado, Emma was glad to end up at Colorado College after a six month world tour with Up with People, a global education non-profit. Since then, she has gotten the full liberal arts experience, studying everything from global health policy to Spanish poetry to Japanese modern dance. She has also taken advantage of the block plan to solidify her fluency in Spanish and French, as well as basic sign-language. Last summer Emma was sponsored by the Dean of Student’s Office and the Keller Family Venture Fund to walk a 600 mile pilgrimage through Spain on the Camino de Santiago. She also studied political psychology in Eastern Europe in partnership with the US Air Force Academy. Her passion for higher education has been fueled by her work in Financial Aid and Admission. Emma can often be found hiking, playing ukelele, and eating chocolate-covered ginger.
Michael Wu '17
Michael is an international student from Shanghai, China and is an International Political Economy major, with a minor in both Education and Music. In addition to the President's Council, he is also a Finance Representative on CCSGA, an ISO leader, a member of Chinese Student Association (CSA), as well as an active member of Mighty Math, which helps local students with math studying. He is currently working as an Admission Office Tour Guide. In his spare time, Michael plays piano and Erhu (a Chinese two-string instrument). During breaks, he tries to explore nature and outdoor sports!
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James Daudon, Erin Harty, Tommy Keene, Marissa Maurelli, Michael Murney, Joe Walton, Emma Wilson, Alice Xiang