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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  • Kathy Cooney

  • Senior Director, College Student Life (for Cowell and Stevenson), Kathy Cooney

    Senior Director, College Student Life (Cowell and Stevenson)

    My focus is to work closely with faculty, staff, and students to create the best possible living and learning community at Cowell College.  My main areas of responsibility are college programs, residential life and housing, facilities and fiscal management.  If you have any questions or concerns, please stop by, call or email.  I look forward to hearing your thoughts about life at Cowell College.

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  • Richard Baker

  • Associate Director, College Student Life

    Associate Director, College Student Life

    The responsibilities of the Associate Director, College Student Life include the supervision of the Residential Life, Housing, and non-academic Judicial Affairs. The Associate Director, College Student Life 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 Cowell College.

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  • 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 Senior Director, College Student Life

    Assistant to the Senior Director, College Student Life

    As the Assistant to the Senior Director, College Student Life , I provide administrative support to the Senior Director, College Student Life 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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  • Reservation Coordinator

    Reservation Coordinator

    As Reservations Coordinator, she is able to work closely with students, faculty, and staff to oversee the events happening in the spaces at both colleges.  And she is always curious to see what new events come up each year.

     


  • Rose Leone

  • College Assistant, Rose Leone

    College Assistant

    If you have any questions, start at the College Office-your best resource for information. The College Assistant answers academic and general campus questions supervise and coordinates the student mailroom and staff, distributes employee checks, and makes Cowell College room and Provost House reservations.  Please stop by the office or email cwcollas@ucsc.edu.

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  • Marie Yoo

  • Academi Preceptor; Marie Yoo

    Interim Lead Academic Preceptor

    As an adviser, Marie provides assistance in academic planning, administrative policies and procedures and assists students in utilizing the resources and opportunities available on campus. She also works collaboratively with staff of various units to develop and implement events and programs geared to enhancing academic and personal success. Marie received an undergraduate degree from UCSC—go Slugs! and enjoy being part of the community that fosters and promotes higher education for all individuals. 
    Contact the College Office to schedule an appointment.

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  • Jeffrey Chipix

  • Academic Adviser, Jeffrey Chipix

    Academic Adviser

    Jeffrey was born and raised in Los Angeles where his academic journey has taken him to UC Santa Barbara where he obtained his B.A. in Chican@ Studies. Afterwards, he did two years of service with City Year Los Angeles giving him the opportunity to tutor and mentor ninth graders in Boyle Heights. Through City Year, Jeffrey realized his passion of working with students as he pursued graduate school. In May 2017, Jeffrey attained his M.A in School Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from Loyola Marymount University. Previously to UCSC, Jeffrey has worked in the Outreach and Recruitment Department in Los Angeles City College giving admission presentations and meeting prospective students to discuss next steps post high school. Jeffrey was a Student Success Coach for the Pathways program at Pasadena City College as he helped first year students with Education Planning, Career Exploration, and Learning Strategies. In Fall 2017, Jeffrey was an instructor at Pasadena City College where he taught a First Year Seminar where he helped students with Critical Thinking, Information Literacy, College Resources, and Study Skills. Contact the College Office to schedule an appointment.

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  • Melissa Fike

  • Academic Adviser

    Academic Adviser

    Melissa’s passion for possibility, exploration, learning, and helping others is what lead her to work in Higher Education. She believes that her job is to help you make the most of your educational journey and development during your time at UCSC. As an adviser, she takes a collaborative and holistic approach focused on empowerment, discovery, and overcoming barriers to your success- academic or otherwise. She is a huge proponent of experiential learning, active exploration, and self reflection.

    An Austin, TX native, Melissa received her B.S. in psychology from Texas Lutheran University (a small liberal arts college in Seguin, Texas) in 2012, and her M.Ed in Student Affairs from Iowa State University in 2016. Melissa’s professional career has included work in academic success, residence life, education abroad, and learning communities. Melissa's personal loves include hiking, environmentalism, spending hours at the beach, art, music, drinking way too much coffee, and her pit-mix, Luna.

    Melissa’s pronouns are She/Her/Hers

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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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  • 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.

     


  • 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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  • Coordinator for Conduct & Education, Megan Gnekow

    Coordinator for Conduct & Education,


  • 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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  • Assistant Program Coordinator, Sam Cardenas

    Assistant Program Coordinator

    The Programs/Activities Office is where you'll find energetic staff, students and volunteers planning activities. Get in touch with Kara or Sam 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.

     


  • Mary Thomas

  • Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery Research Associate

    As Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery Research Associate, Mary is responsible for the gallery operations, including selection and installation of exhibitions, public relations, docent training, and special events coordination.

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  • Groundskeeper

  • 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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  • Wasilla George

  • EOP Academic Counselor

    EOP Academic Counselor

    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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  • 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.