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Welcome to Alice Cook House

Alice Cook House opened in August 2004 and was the first of five Houses in the West Campus House System, Cornell University's residential college initiative. The House was named in honor of Cornell faculty member Alice Hanson Cook (1903-1998).

West Campus House System Mission: A community of students and faculty gathered in a spirit of inquiry and active citizenship.

West Campus House System Program Goals:

  • Develop a sense of belonging to one's House.
  • Create safe, healthy, and welcoming communities.
  • Build meaningful relationships between residents and faculty.
  • Create opportunities for intellectual exploration that lead to a deeper understanding of one's discipline, exposure to a broad range of knowledge, and a desire to be a lifelong learner.
  • Encourage student engagement in the House System and provide opportunities for the development of student leadership skills.
  • Provide opportunities for students to engage as citizens in the broader community.
  • Help students navigate the opportunities available to them at Cornell.

Silvia Amigo Silvestre

House Fellow

Silvia Amigo Silvestre is a Senior Lecturer of Spanish from Granada, Spain. Her academic training is in Second Language Acquisition, Linguistics, and Literature.

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Felicia Teng

House Fellow

Professor Teng earned her B.A. from Department of History, Peking University, P R China and M.A. from Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University.

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Jennifer Seavey

House Fellow

Jennifer Seavey is an ecologist is a focus on ornithology, wildlife ecology, climate change, and conservation biology. She pursued her B.S. and M.S. in the Pacific Northwestern United States.

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Colette Waldron

House Fellow

Colette Waldron, Senior Lecturer in French, was born in Franche-Comté in Eastern France, adjacent to the Bourgogne area.

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Tom Ruttledge

House Fellow

I was born Detroit, MI and grew up in the suburbs of Detroit. I have a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Chemistry from Wayne State University in Detroit.

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Grit Matthias

House Fellow

Grit Matthias was born and raised in Jena, Germany.

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Colette Waldron

House Fellow

Colette Waldron, Senior Lecturer in French, was born in Franche-Comté in Eastern France, adjacent to the Bourgogne area.

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Michael Lenetsky

House Fellow

Growing up in and around Philadelphia, PA, I earned my B.A. in Political Theory (1991) and J.D. (1994) from Temple University.

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Wolfgang Sasche

House Fellow

Wolfgang Sachse was born in Berlin, Germany and immigrated to the US with his family as a young boy.

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Tom Ruttledge

House Fellow

I was born Detroit, MI and grew up in the suburbs of Detroit. I have a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Chemistry from Wayne State University in Detroit.

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Ross Brann

House Fellow

Ross Brann studied at the University of California, Berkeley, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, New York University, and the American University in Cairo.

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Grit Matthias

House Fellow

Grit Matthias was born and raised in Jena, Germany.

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Jennifer Seavey

House Fellow

Jennifer Seavey is an ecologist is a focus on ornithology, wildlife ecology, climate change, and conservation biology. She pursued her B.S. and M.S. in the Pacific Northwestern United States.

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Laurel Southard

House Fellow

Laurel Southard is Director of Undergraduate Research and Outreach in Biology at Cornell University.

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Michael Lenetsky

House Fellow

Growing up in and around Philadelphia, PA, I earned my B.A. in Political Theory (1991) and J.D. (1994) from Temple University.

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Linda Rayor

House Fellow

For those who enjoy nature shows as well as Godzilla movies, a new TV series starring Cornell entomologist Linda Rayor is right up their alley.

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Ton Schat

House Fellow

Born in The Hague, The Netherlands, Ton Schat received his veterinary degree from the University of Utrecht in 1970. Before graduation he spent 5 months at the Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria.

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Susan Murphy

House Fellow

In addition to being a member of President Skorton's executive staff, Susan H. Murphy oversees most departments related to student life outside of the classroom.

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Grit Matthias

House Fellow

Grit Matthias was born and raised in Jena, Germany.

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Sahoko Ichikawa

House Fellow

Sahoko Ichikawa has been teaching Japanese at Cornell since 2003 after receiving her MA in linguistics from Indiana University.

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Philip Nicholson

House Fellow

Philip Nicholson has been on the faculty of the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University since 1982.

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Ross Brann

House Fellow

Ross Brann studied at the University of California, Berkeley, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, New York University, and the American University in Cairo.

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Poppy McLeod

House Fellow

Professor McLeod earned her Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Social Psychology from Harvard University, and her B.S. in Psychology from Syracuse University.

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Linda Rayor

House Fellow

For those who enjoy nature shows as well as Godzilla movies, a new TV series starring Cornell entomologist Linda Rayor is right up their alley.

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Felicia Teng

House Fellow

Professor Teng earned her B.A. from Department of History, Peking University, P R China and M.A. from Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University.

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Susan Murphy

House Fellow

In addition to being a member of President Skorton's executive staff, Susan H. Murphy oversees most departments related to student life outside of the classroom.

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Howard Evans

House Fellow

Professor Evans worked in the American Museum of Natural History (Herpetology) before coming to Cornell in 1940 to study Entomology.

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