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).

Alice Cook House also hosts the Language House, a language immersion living-learning community housed in Boldt Hall.

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.
Fabina Benites
House Fellow

Fabina B.Colon is the Director of the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC), a small non-profit organization working on cultural and systemic change through organizing in Tompkins County. Fabina is a native of Peru.

House Fellow

During his fourteen years in higher education, Mike has honed his practice of developing transformational programming, coaching professional staff in a “students as colleagues” approach, and collaborating with faculty to advance engaged scholarshi

House Fellow

Dr. Bogan is an associate professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management in the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University.

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.

House Fellow

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

Corey Earle House Fellow
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.

House Fellow

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

Chris Kai-Jones
House Fellow

Chris Kai-Jones (Ph.D. '15) has taught and researched at universities in Japan, the U.K. and the U.S.

House Fellow

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

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.

Bruce Lewenstein
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

House Fellow

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

Julie McLean House Fellow
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.

House Fellow

Andrew Quagliata is a lecturer of management communication in the Cornell University SC Johnson College of Business, School of Hotel Administration. He teaches a first-year business communication course, an upper-level persuasive communication cla

House Fellow

Considered a leader in the Skateboarding Industry for innovative design and focus on sustainability since the late 1990s when he founded Comet Skateboards, Salfi was featured by Inc.

Kadie Salfi
House Fellow

Using an appealing Pop palette, Kadie Salfi depicts objects of damage and depredation.

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.

House Fellow

As Associate Director of in 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.

House Fellow

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

Eliza VanCort House Fellow Smiling with Red Lipstick
House Fellow

Eliza VanCort, a student of the arts and political science, the author of A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO CLAIMING SPACE: Stand Tall. Raise Your Voice. Be Heard.

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.

House Fellow

Pat was promoted to Executive Director of Campus Life Enterprise Services on July 1, 2014.