Alice Cook House


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.
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House Fellow

Andy L. Barrientos-Gómez holds a doctorate in Romance Studies from Cornell University.

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House Fellow

During his twenty in higher education, Mike has honed his commitment to strengthening democracy by providing emerging leaders with the tools to build healthy communities.

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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House Fellow
House Fellow

André Dhondt is a native of Belgium where he obtained his Ph.D. in Biology at Ghent State University.

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House Fellow

Since 2011, Corey has taught AMST 2001: The First American University, a 400-person course on the history of Cornell.

House Fellow

Dr. Kathy Earnest-Koons is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the College of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up in Norfolk, VA and attended Lynchburg College where she received a B.A. in English.

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House Fellow

Dr. Radwa Elsaman is an Assistant Professor of Commercial Law at Cairo University’s Faculty of Law. Dr. Elsaman’s area of research and scholarship includes Commercial and Corporate Law; International Law and Development; and Gender Equality.

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House Fellow

Dr. Thamora Fishel is the Associate Director of the Southeast Asia Program (SEAP).

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House Fellow

After working as a GRF for Cook House, Stephanie is thrilled to come back to continue creat

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House Fellow

Dr. Chris Kai-Jones has previously taught courses at Cornell on religion and politics in the United States, trauma and violence, modern East Asian history, community food systems, and dialoguing across differences.

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House Fellow

Lisa Kaltenegger is Associate Professor at Cornell University and Director of the Carl Sagan Institute.

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House Fellow

Chris Kerber was named the Henry E. Bartels '48 Head Coach of Men’s Lightweight Rowing at Cornell University in August 2008. Kerber brought a wide-array of experience to the position as both a former rower as well as an administrator.

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House Fellow

Bruce is a widely-known authority on public communication of science and technology – how science and technology are reported to the public and how the public understands controversial scientific issues and "emerging technologies" such as biotechn

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House Fellow

Estelle McKee is a Clinical Professor at Cornell Law School. She teaches Lawyering to first-year law students.

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House Fellow

Julie McLean grew up in nearby Endicott, New York, and holds a B.A. in Art History from William Smith College. She started her career in arts education at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, then completed her M.A.

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House Fellow

Born and raised in rural India, Prachi was raised by a freedom-fighter grandmother and parents deeply involved in anti-caste, feminist, and peasant movements.

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House Fellow

Andrew Quagliata is a lecturer of management communication in the Cornell University SC Johnson College of Business, School of Hotel Administration.

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House Fellow

Wolfgang Sachse was born in Berlin, Germany and immigrated to the US with his family as a young boy. He did his undergraduate studies in physics at Penn State and completed graduate studies in mechanics and materials at Johns Hopkins.

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House Fellow

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

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House Fellow

Dan Torop is a photographer whose work examines how we shape and imagine the land.

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House Fellow

Eliza VanCort is a #1 bestselling author, motivational speaker, communication consultant, ex

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House Fellow

Shan Varma grew up in Highland Park, NJ and received his BA from Rutgers College as a double major in Economics and Political Science. He then went on to receive his JD from Southwestern College in Los Angeles.

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House Fellow

Jamila Walida Simon earned her Bachelor's Degree from Wells College and her Master's Degree from Cornell University. She began her career with Cornell University Cooperative Extension in New York City (CUCE-NYC) under the direction of Dr.

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House Fellow

Pat Wynn assumed the role of Executive Director for Campus Life Enterprise Services in July 2014, and became the Assistant Vice President in 2019.