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House Fellows

House Fellows are Cornell faculty and senior administrators who engage with Alice Cook House residents through intellectual and social opportunities that enhance student-faculty-staff interaction within the House.

House Fellows:

  • Build House community by interacting informally and formally with students in groups and as individuals on a regular basis.
  • Contribute to the intellectual and social life of the House.
  • Work closely with the House Professor-Dean, Assistant Dean, Graduate Resident Fellows, Student Assistants, Cook Collective (student leadership body), Active Citizens (returning residents who continue to be active members of the community by frequently attending programs and getting others involved), and student residents in establishing the House program.
  • Create opportunities for informal learning and artistic experiences for Cook residents such as programs, activities, informal offerings, lectures, screenings, workshops, arts events, discussion groups, off-campus outings, and non-credit in-House courses.
  • Engage other unaffiliated university faculty and senior administrators in social, artistic, and intellectual programming and opportunities to be with students in the House.

Examples of House Fellow Programs in the West Campus House System:

  • Cook House Receptions in House Professor-Dean Shorna Allred's apartment
  • Guest Speaker, "Cook Community Engagement Class" in House Professor-Dean Shorna Allred's apartment
  • Featured House Fellows at House Dinner
  • Dinner at Home (hosted by a House Fellow in his/her home )
  • Puddledockers Kayaking
  • Vet School Behind the Scenes
  • Late Night Cheese and Chocolate Fondue
  • Gorge Hike
  • Museum of the Earth
  • Herpetology Club Visit
  • Insectapalooza
  • Women in Business Dinner
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities
  • Movie Night
  • Sharing our Culture: Cooking from Home
  • Fuertes Observatory
  • Tango Dancing Lessons

Alice Cook House Fellows are paired with a Graduate Resident Fellow (GRF) who is their Cook House contact. GRFs help facilitate House Fellow engagement with the Cook community. GRFs provide assistance with brainstorming program ideas, scheduling and advertising programs, recruiting residents to attend programs, and any other support House Fellows need to be successful.


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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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André Dhondt, a native of Belgium, obtained his Ph.D. in Biology at Ghent State University. He worked for the Food and Agricultural Organization in Madagascar and Western Samoa...
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Dr. Kathy Earnest-Koons is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the College of Veterinary Medicine.
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Dr. Jones is a primary care and public health physician, and serves as Interim Director of Medical Services at Gannett Health Services and Clinical Instructor of Medicine at Cornell University.
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Lisa Kaltenegger is Associate Professor at Cornell University and Director of the Carl Sagan Institute.
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Wolfgang Sachse was born in Berlin, Germany and immigrated to the US with his family as a young boy.
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As Associate Director of the Cornell Public Service Center, Amy has dedicated herself over the past decade to purposeful work that produces everlasting impact on all constituencies whether they be students, faculty and/or community members.
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Laurel Southard is Director of Undergraduate Research and Outreach in Biology at Cornell University.
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Stephanie is a Lecturer in the Department of Economics and teaches courses in microeconomics and labor economics.
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Shan Verma grew up in Highland Park, NJ and received his BA from Rutgers College as a double major in Economics and Political Science.
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Trey was previously the Associate Director of Diversity Programs in Engineering and he also worked as the Associate Director of Advising and Diversity in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning.
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Pat was promoted to Executive Director of Campus Life Enterprise Services on July 1, 2014. In this position, Pat is responsible to provide overall leadership...
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Nilay Yapici is Assistant Professor at Cornell University and Nancy and Peter Meinig Family Investigator.