College Council Appointments Results

Dear Williams College:

After a thorough deliberation process, the CC Appointments Committee is proud to announce the new student representatives to 24 College committees. These committees affect all aspects of undergraduate life (academic policy, social life, diversity and community, dining, and more), and we hope that the student body will feel welcome to address their concerns regarding these specific issues to the students listed below. These new committee members were elected to represent student interest and to partner with College Council in improving the Williams experience. Tell them what’s on your mind!

We received a record number of submissions this year, and we thank every Eph who applied. Remember that there are many ways to meaningfully engage with and effect change in this community. It takes 2,000.

And, as always, College Council wants to advocate for you. E-mail [email protected] or Krista (kmp3) or Peter (pjs1). Simply because it’s summertime doesn’t mean that we stop working on the issues that matter to you.

These committees consist entirely of students and assist the College Council in student governance.

Chaired by the College Council Treasurer, this committee aids CC in allocating the revenue generated from the Student Activities Tax and oversees the allocations to all student organizations as well as co-sponsoring all-campus and all-class events. The committee also makes recommendations for the use of the Benefits Fund, the Capital Investment Fund, and the Nationals Fund. Responsibilities include working closely with subgroup treasurers, attending all Finance Committee meetings, and attending Council meetings when your expertise is relevant to Council business. Only students who have served or are currently serving on FINCOM are eligible to run for College Council Treasurer.


Finance Committee 2012-2013:
Jillian Schwiep ’13 (CC Treasurer)
Danny Guo ’13
Adrian Castro ’14
Kate Flanagan ’14
Max Heninger ’14
Samuel Tripp ’14
Emily Dzieciatko ’15
Ayodele Ekhator ’15
Nata Kovalova ’15
Michael Madding ’15
The Mental Health Committee is a College Council committee comprised of representatives from College Council, Peer Health, Active Minds, and the student body at-large. The committee was created to foster a culture of support at Williams and to strengthen resources for those on campus facing challenges concerning their mental health and wellbeing. By facilitating discussion and addressing issues proactively, the committee strives to make Williams a community that does not hide from personal struggle, but faces it head on. The Mental Health Committee is also responsible for the semesterly You Are Not Alone events.


Mental Health Committee 2012-2013:
Gia Recco ’14 and Krista Pickett ’13 (Co-Chairs)
Blair Robinson ’13
Marissa Thiel ’13
Jonathan Pekar ’14
Alexandra Piltch ’14
Lauren Bender ’15
Representatives from Peer Health and Active Minds


The ACE President is the chair of the student organization All Campus Entertainment (ACE). Responsibilities include leading ACE meetings, overseeing General Entertainment, ACE Concerts, and First Fridays, organizing all campus events and parties, working closely with the Office of Student Life, and helping non-ACE students organize large all-campus events.


ACE Presidents 2012-2013:
Kushatha Fanikiso ’13 and Michelle Almeida ’13


The Committee on Diversity and Community (CDC) is comprised of faculty, staff, and students and is charged with the responsibility of examining the health of our diverse Williams community and discussing problems and proposing initiatives with regard to the College’s commitment to educate students for engagementwith our increasingly diverse world. The CDC has reviewed topics such as staff and faculty recruitment and retention, discrimination and harassment grievance procedures, admission and financial aid policies and practices, student orientation and advising training, and student retention and academic success. More recently, the Committee sponsored the Williams Reads project during Winter Study and hosted numerous discussion group sessions.  The Committee will continue to explore the intellectual, cultural, and social experiences of the many diverse communities within the wider College community of students, faculty, and staff. Committee members will serve two-year terms.
Chair: Mike Reed, Vice President for Strategic Planning and Institutional Diversity


CDC 2012-2013:
Chalita Washington ’13
Jaliz Albanese ’13
David Michael ’13
Reema Sharma ’13
Carly Valenzuela ’13
Jen Chan ’14
Kate Flanagan ’14
David Lee ’14
Phonkrit Saejia ’15


WILLIAMS READS (CDC Subcommittee):
Williams Reads aims to foster new connections among students, staff, faculty, and community members by exploring diversity through a common reading experience. Developed by the Committee on Diversity and Community (CDC), Williams Reads is an initiative offered each January as an opportunity for us to explore a book together that will help us to celebrate and deepen our appreciation of diversity. It is a goal of the CDC to select a book that will stimulate community engagement and challenging conversation. In addition, related discussions, movies, performances, and presentations will be offered. Free copies of the chosen book are made available during the first week of Winter Study, with the intent that these copies will recirculate throughout the community. Students appointed to the committee will help with all aspects of the Williams Reads program.


Williams Reads 2012-2013:
Taylor Bundy ’13 (Student Chair)
Shirley Li ’13
Alexandra Jenson ’15


This committee hears and rules on grievances lodged regarding any form of discrimination. This committee does not meet on a regular basis, but the committee members stand ready to serve as the need arises.
Appointed by CC 2012-13:
Lysa Vola ’13


Appointed members will serve until the end of their senior year. CEAC compiles the Environmental State of the Campus report and members work with the College administration to improve the College’s environmental practices.


CEAC 2012-2013:
Will Raskin ’15 (Student Chair)
Mitchell Breitbart ’15
Cody Cotner ’15
Julie Jung ’15


This committee advises senior staff on issues that grow from the College and community’s interdependence with the primary goal of identifying and encouraging efforts of mutual benefit. The ex-officio members include the Director of Public Affairs, the Chaplain, the Coordinator of Community Service, and the Coordinator of Experiential Education.


CCAC 2012-2013:
Max Heninger ’14 (Student Chair)
Emily Hertz ’13
Sarah Meyerhoff ’14


The Committee on Undergraduate Life recommends policy on all non-academic aspects of student life. As a particular concern, the Committee maintains College-wide oversight of the advising services offered to students. The Director of Campus Life, who is a voting member, the Director of the Multicultural Center (or designee), who is a non-voting member, and a representative, also non-voting, appointed by the Dean of the College are all ex-officio members of the committee. The students on the committee are selected to reflect the diversity of the student body, with respect to gender, ethnic and socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, class year, and student activities and organizations.
Faculty Chair 2012-13: Professor Joe Cruz, Philosophy


CUL 2012-2013:
Lucas Casso ’13 (Student Chair)
Ayanna Smith ’13
Adrian Castro ’14
Linda Chu ’14 (Fall)
Brian McGrail ’14 (Fall)
Dayana De La Torre ’14 (Spring)
Mattia Wruble ’14 (Spring)
Mariah Widman ’15


This committee is responsible for approving new courses, contract majors, major requirements, examining all possible changes in the curriculum, and recommending action to the faculty.
Faculty Chair 2012-2013: Professor Lee Park, Chemistry


CEP 2012-2013:
Michael Girouard ’13 (Student Chair)
Nneka Dennie ’13
Jacob Addelson ’14
Ben Fischberg ’14
Melinda Wang ’14
Ben Augenbraun ’15
This committee aids in funding lectures proposed by other organizations on campus and plans its own large lecture series to take place the following year.


Lecture Committee 2012-2013:
Menghan Zhao ’13 (Student Chair)
Catherine Gerkis ’14
Ayodele Ekhator ’15
Michael Madding ’15
This committee recommends and administers policy on the Winter Study program, including reviews of all faculty and student projects for approval and allocation of funding. The committee also approves 99s and the travel course proposals, and develops ways to streamline the 99 and travel course timetable.


Winter Study Committee 2012-2013:
Jalynne Figueroa ’13 (Student Chair)
Linda Chu ’14
Erica Lansberg ’14
Emily Dzieciatko ’15


Students on this committee advise the Director of Dining Services on all food matters, including the dining hall system, the quality and availability of food, and offerings in Paresky. The Student Dining Services Committee is an essential part of the success of campus dining. The committee meets with the managers and chefs from each dining area to discuss the menu, food quality, and service. The Office of Dining Services relies on the DSC’s input for all food related decision making. Our goal is to be the best Dining Services in the nation: one that is recognized for healthy/nutritious meals, sustainable practices, and a professional team providing consistent service.
Chairs: Bob Volpi, Director of Dining Services, and Chris Abayasinghe, Assistant Director of Student Dining


Food Committee 2012-2013:
Tyler Sparks ’15 (Student Chair)
Stephanie Browne ’13
Kelsey Gaetjens ’13
Katie Holmes ’13
Henry Drewyer ’14 (Spring)
Erica Lansberg ’14 (Fall)
Jacob Blau ’15
Sara Clark ’15
Dan Loughran ’15


This committee’s past activities have included investigating the possibility of providing computers for all students at Williams, ensuring that there is equal access to the network and all computer hardware, evaluating new purchases, and examining the role of Jesup in campus life.


Appointed by CC 2012-13:
Andy Quinn ’13
Garrett Welson ’15


The purpose of this committee is to ensure that student opinion is taken into consideration when Facilities makes decisions regarding the policies for residential halls and campus work.**Newly-reinstated committee, how exciting!**


Committee 2012-13:
Peter Skipper ’13 (Student Chair)
Jacob Blau ’15
Rani Mukherjee ’15


This Committee advises on matters of general policy for the Williams College Library system. Past activities include advising on improved Science Library facilities.
Chair: David Pilachowski, College Librarian


Library Committee 2012-2013:
David Michael ’13 (Student Chair)
Connor Dempsey ’13
Nana Taylor ’13
Angela Liu ’15


This committee meets to discuss student and security relations, safety rules, party regulations, and other security concerns. Works with Dave Boyer and Tony Sinico of Security.


NEWLY RE-INSTATED BY CC 2012-13! Appointed:
Adrian Castro ’14
Max Heninger ’14


The Programming Committee meets two to three times each fall to review and select the shows for the following year’s CenterSeries. These shows are some of the highest profile event on campus each year.


CenterSeries Representatives 2012-13:
Ayanna Smith ’13 (returning member)
Olivia Pham ’15


Work with Suzanne Silitch of the Office of Communications to determine how best to “tell the Williams story.”


Communications Team 2012-13:
Jaclyn Milian ’13
Conor Mercadante ’14
Shannon Hsu ’15
Rani Mukherjee ’15
Cooper Nassery ’15


This committee advises the Board of Trustees on how to invest the College’s endowment in a socially responsible manner. In the late 1970s, the committee considered whether the College should avoid investing in firms doing business in South Africa during the apartheid period. More recently, it studied divestment from tobacco companies.


ACSR 2012-2013:
Alex Manter ’13 (Student Chair)
Dana Golden ’13


The Lyceum Dinner program allows students the opportunity to take a professor or staff member to a free, three-course meal at the Faculty Club. The manager is responsible for working with Dining Services and the Dean’s Office to coordinate the events. In addition, the manager is responsible for assembling an end of year report on the program to be submitted to the program benefactor, the student body, College Council, and the Dean’s Office.


Manager 2012-2013:
Joy Jing ’13


This extremely important committee advises the President on the allocation of the College’s fiscal and tangible resources and on long-range financial planning and also considers trends in the annual College budget and other matters relating to priorities in fundraising and resources for capital expenditures. Each division is represented by at least one faculty member. Faculty members appointed to the CPR serve staggered two-year terms. Students appointed to the Committee likewise serve staggered two-year terms beginning as juniors. The current College Council Co-Presidents serve on the CPR. The Provost, Associate Provost, Budget Director, Vice President for Operations, the Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development, and the Associate Vice President for Facilities and Auxiliary Services, serve as ex-officio, non-voting members.


CPR 2012-2013:
Peter Skipper ’13
Krista Pickett ’13
Andrea Lindsay ’13 (currently serving Year Two of a two-year appointment)


Oversees the Motor Coach services, accessed through People Soft.


Williams Transport Director 2012-13:
Charlie Cao ’13

Thank you for your submissions! We look forward to your leadership. We know the campus will benefit from it.

– The Appointments Committee

Krista Pickett ’13 and Peter Skipper ’13
College Council Presidents

Adrian Castro ’14

April Jenkins ’14

Kate Flanagan ’14
All-Campus Representative for Diversity and Community

Wen Han ’13
Class of 2013 Representative

Emily Calkins ’14
Class of 2014 Representative

Ben Augenbraun ’15
Class of 2015 Representative