Cowell Staff


    Alan Christy

  • Provost Alan Christy

    Provost

    College Provosts are faculty members who serve as the academic heads of the UCSC Colleges. The Provost's job focuses on the Cowell Core Course and other course offerings in the College, academic advising, student projects, and student academic integrity, as well as on work with alumni and faculty affiliated with the college. Dr. Christy welcomes the opportunity to hear from you.

    Raised in Boston, MA, Alan Christy received his B.A. in History from Carleton College and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He found his love for Asian history during his junior year in college while on an education abroad program in Kyoto, Japan. He came to the History Department at UC Santa Cruz in 1995 fresh out of graduate school and he expects to retire here at some point in the future as a life-long slug. Some of his friends on the East Coast are puzzled by this “California thing,” but Alan believes passionately in the importance of the public university and loves the community of dedicated staff, faculty and students here at UC Santa Cruz. He is thrilled to be provost of Cowell College, the founding college at UC Santa Cruz. You may follow him on Twitter at @CowellProvost to see what his life and job are like.

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  • Carolyn Golz

  • College Administrative Officer (CAO for Cowell and Stevenson), Carolyn Golz

    College Administrative Officer (CAO for Cowell and Stevenson)

    The CAO is the administrative head of the College. Carolyn's goal is to foster a thriving living and learning environment outside the classroom. She works closely with the Provost, the Associate CAO, and the other Cowell staff on residential life, college programs, maintenance, facilities, and budget issues.

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  • Julie Oberts

  • Assoc. College Administrative Office

    Assoc. College Administrative Officer (ACAO)

    The responsibilities of the ACAO include the supervision of the Residential Life, Housing, and non-academic Judicial Affairs. The ACAO works in collaboration with college staff, the Provost, and students, forming a team that provides you with a dynamic living environment at Stevenson College and UCSC.Contact Info


  • Alice Folkins

  • College Academic Program Coordinator, Alice Folkins

    College Academic Program Coordinator (CAPC)

    As the CAPC, Alice coordinates the Cowell College courses-including Cowell Independent Studies courses and the Cowell Core Course-and is in charge of Student Project Funds and Cowell College Prizes.

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  • Gustavo Nolazco

  • Assistant to the College Administrative Officer

    Assistant to the College Administrative Officer

    As the Assistant to the CAO, I provide administrative support to the College Administrative Officer for both Cowell and Stevenson Colleges.  I am located in the Cowell Academic Building, First Floor. I look forward to speaking with you on the phone, or drop in and say hello.

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  • Cecilia Deloncre

  • Reservation Coordinator

    Reservation Coordinator

    I am the main point of contact for all reservations and inquiries of the Stevenson Event Center.

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  • Alec Stouras

  • College Assistant, Alec Stouras

    College Assistant

    If you have any questions, start at the College Office-your best resource for information. The College Assistant, supervises and coordinates the student mailroom, distributes student employee checks, makes Cowell College room reservations, and answers academic and general campus questions.

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  • Ethan Hutchinson

  • Academic Preceptor, Ethan Hutchinson

    Academic Preceptor

    Ethan comes to Cowell College as a native North Carolinian, although he has spent some time living and working in the Bay Area. He earned his Bachelors degree in Recreation, Parks & Tourism and his Masters of Education in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Ethan’s previous experience working with students in higher education includes student judicial affairs at Saint Mary’s College of California and student success programs at Guilford College. Ethan is committed to collaborative advising between adviser and student, each with responsibility to the relationship, and to encouraging students to take opportunities during their academic career which support their holistic development.  In his free time, Ethan can be found running, playing fetch with his dog, Dirt, and learning to do a variety of things; unicycling, swing dancing, square dancing, bee keeping, and more.  Contact the College Office to schedule an appointment.

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  • Asia Valdivia

  • Academic Adviser, Asia Valdivia

    Academic Adviser

    Asia is a native Californian and Santa Cruz local.  She spent her undergraduate career in wine country attending Sonoma State University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.  More recently she received her Masters in Counselor Education with a specialization in College and University Counseling and Student Personnel from San Jose State University. Asia’s previous experience working with students in higher education involves working with high touch programs supporting first-generation, low-income students and undergraduate advising. She spent a majority of her undergraduate years serving as a peer advisor and orientation leader for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at Sonoma State University, and more recently worked with the Metro Success Program at San Francisco State University as an academic advisor. Asia is devoted to empowering students by creating an advising environment that not only promotes learning but exploration and inclusion. In her free time, Asia enjoys experiencing new eateries, watching SF Giants and Golden State Warrior games, day trips, and making memories with her loved ones.  Contact the College Office to schedule an appointment.

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  • Kaitlin Jacobson

  • Academic Adviser, Kaitlin Jacobson

    Academic Adviser

    Kaitlin Jacobson has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Duke University and recently earned a Masters of Science in Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University Bloomington. Kaitlin’s previous experience working with students in higher education involves working in residence life at Indiana University during her masters degree and advising incoming first year students during orientation at Penn State University. Kaitlin has also worked outside of higher education as a litigation assistant at a law firm in San Francisco as a proxy research analyst. Like her colleagues at Cowell, Kaitlin values developing collaborative relationships to encourage students to engage with their decisions and make meaning of their academic and personal journey. She also aims to help students with navigating the complexity of the university. In her free time, Kaitlin really likes cooking, Netflix, and staying in touch with her family and friends all over the country/world.  Contact the College Office to schedule an appointment.

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  • Jed Milroy

  • Housing Coordinator, Jed Milroy

    Housing Coordinator

    The Residential Life staff supports the creation of a healthy and fun living/learning environment. They coordinate Cowell's housing and residential life program as well as judicial issues for all Cowell students.

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  • Gabriela Alaniz

  • Residential Life & Housing Office Coordinator, Gabriela Alaniz

    Residential Life & Housing Office Coordinator

    The Residential Life staff supports the creation of a healthy and fun living/learning environment. They coordinate Cowell's housing and residential life program as well as judicial issues for all Cowell students.

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  • Josh Cline

  • Coordinator of Residential Education, Josh Cline

    Coordinator of Residential Education

    The Residential Life staff supports the creation of a healthy and fun living/learning environment. They coordinate Cowell's housing and residential life program as well as judicial issues for all Cowell students.

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  • Hailey Lopez

  • Coordinator of Residential Education, Hailey Lopez

    Coordinator of Residential Education

    The Residential Life staff supports the creation of a healthy and fun living/learning environment. They coordinate Cowell's housing and residential life program as well as judicial issues for all Cowell students.

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  • Megan Gnekow

  • Coordinator for Conduct & Education, Megan Gnekow

    Coordinator for Conduct & Education,

    I am responsible for adjudicating student conduct cases, and provide educational, multicultural, and social opportunities for students. We also have a responsibility for counseling, advising, conflict management, and on-call responsibilities. Stop by the Residential Life and Housing office under the Cowell/Stevenson Dining Hall to get support and assistance for all residential life issues.

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  • Kara Snider

  • Program Coordinator, Kara Snider

    Program Coordinator

    The Programs/Activities Office is where you'll find energetic staff, students and volunteers planning activities. Get in touch with Kara or Karen to learn how to get involved, help with an event, or suggest an activity or performer. They also advise the Cowell Senate and DVD Loan Library.

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  • Karen Hilker

  • Assoc. Program Coordinator, Karen Hilker

    Assoc. Program Coordinator

    The Programs/Activities Office is where you'll find energetic staff, students and volunteers planning activities. Get in touch with Kara or Karen to learn how to get involved, help with an event, or suggest an activity or performer. They also advise the Cowell Senate and DVD Loan Library.

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  • Groundskeeper

    The maintenance and grounds staff is responsible for the safe upkeep of the facilities, including the physical operation of the Residence Halls, Dining Hall, and Library. Submit all residential maintenance service requests online at http://fixit.ucsc.edu.


  • MaryJan Murphy

  • College Counseling Psychologist, MaryJan Murphy

    College Counseling Psychologist

    If you see a problem developing, don't wait until it arrives. Cowell's counseling psychologist is available on a confidential basis to discuss stresses and strains due to academic or personal pressures, to help improve your study skills, or for any other counseling needs that arise. You can make an appointment to see MaryJan or any other psychologist with UCSC Counseling and Psychological Services.

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  • Malik Douglas

  • Academic Counselor

    Stevenson College, Cowell College Peer Adviser Leaders (PALs) Coordinator

    As an EOP Counselor, I aid in facilitating students' academic, social, and personal transitions/adjustments to the university. It is my goal to see EOP students become "B or Better Scholars." EOP values the different aspects of a student's life and are concerned with how these aspects affect their academic success. Some aspects may include: lifestyle, cultural values, and relationships.


    EOP Academic Counselors are available by appointment to meet individually with you to discuss personal and academic issues. We can connect you with appropriate resources, as well as counsel you through your personal concerns that may be negatively effecting your academic success. So please stop by the office and we will be happy to assist you!

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  • Joan Blackmer

  • Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery Curator

    As gallery curator, Joan is responsible for the gallery operations, including selection and installation of exhibitions, public relations, docent training, and special events coordination.

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  • John Hadley

  • Coffee Shop Manager

    John manages the Cowell and Stevenson Coffee Shops and is available for comments, complaints, compliments, cookies, and culinary questions.

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  • Liz Cowan

  • Financial Specialist, Liz Cowan

    Financial Specialist

    Liz oversees all college financial matters-Cowell Senate budget, Programs, Coffee Shop, Residence Hall funds, and more.

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  • Community Service Officers (CSOs)

  • Community Service Officers (CSOs)

    CSOs patrol university residential communities every night and perform a wide range of duties including emergency and disaster response and policy enforcement in order to help build a safer, more secure community. A CSO is on duty every night from 7pm to 3am.


  • Residential Custodians

  • Residential Custodians

    Custodians work with the students to make the residential facilities clean, safe places to live. They provide general cleaning of residential bathrooms, lounges, and hallways and do other specific tasks to maintain good housekeeping. They do not clean up after parties, practical jokes, or excessive debris.