Our College includes numerous professional and student staff members. Each of these professionals is deeply committed to undergraduate education and the purposes of the College. The same is certainly true of this year's outstanding student staff.
Each of the two houses offers four upper-class undergraduates serving as College Assistants (CAs), and a live-in, professional couple serving as College Directors (CDs). Across the College we have students serving as Residence Computer Coordinators (RCCs) and an Oral Communications Tutor (OCT). There is an extended staff of academic advisors (faculty or professional staff), such as a College-specific Academic Director (AD). Our Residence Dean (RD) handles student mental health and behavioral issues. The College is led by the Dean of the Freshman-Sophomore College.
Nadeem Hussain is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and was recently appointed the Senior Associate Vice Provost of Residential Affairs where he coordinates programming in undergraduate residences. As an Associate Professor of Philosophy, his research focuses on whether there really are any moral truths or facts and whether moral values, or just values in general, are compatible with science (and what to do if they are not). He was born just outside Chicago, but grew up mostly in Pakistan with summers in the U.S. or Italy. Nadeem completed his undergraduate degree at Stanford, originally planning to be a physicist, but eventually majored in the Symbolic Systems Program, an interdisciplinary major that focuses on computers and minds. Nonetheless, he remained part of a particle physics experiment thanks to Stanford's amazing opportunities for undergraduate research. After graduating in 1990, Nadeem went on to study Philosophy at The University of Michigan and received his doctorate in 1999. He joined the faculty at Stanford in 2000. When there isn't an important cricket match going on, Nadeem loves intense conversations about almost anything. He is a regular scuba diver and enjoys playing squash or cricket and horse riding.
As the Dean, Nadeem has the immense pleasure of hosting some of our wonderful events including the "Dinner at the Deans" series. These dinners are great intellectual opportunities but also allows him to introduce you to people engaged in a wide range of interesting and important endeavors at Stanford, Silicon Valley, and beyond. (He met his future mentor, the philosopher John Perry - who is still a professor at Stanford - through just such a dinner when Nadeem was a freshman.) He also hosts many of the large College welcoming events, FroSoCafes, and fun Friday BBQs at the Dean's residence. He'll be seeing you at the Dean's residence on many, many occasions and looks forward to getting to know you.
Pauline Larmaraud is the Assistant Director of the Office of International Affairs, an office in the Vice Provost and Dean of Research division, Pauline supports the Director of the Office of International Affairs in administering the services and managing the processes that support international research and education at Stanford University. Pauline's primary responsibility is to manage the university's international visitor services which we provide to short-term international visitors who wish to come to Stanford University, mostly to exchange best practices with their counterparts. Typically, visitors are staff members or faculty members from universities around the world, government officials and foreign dignitaries. Pauline joined Stanford University in 2005 and ran the Office for International Visitors at the Bechtel International Center until the Office of International Affairs was created in 2011.
Pauline holds a Licence en Sciences Politiques from L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Lyon, France (three-year professional degree program in political science, law, economics and international relations) and a Maîtrise de Langues Etrangè res Appliquées from Université Lumiè re Lyon II (four-year degree program in foreign languages for translation and interpretation applications). She spent a year as an Erasmus student in Bielefeld, Germany and very much enjoys traveling around the world and meeting people who bring new perspectives on things. She moved from France to California in 2002. Her favorite activities include traveling the world, scuba diving, hiking in the foothills nearby, horse riding, baking, and eating good food.
Cisco and LaCona
College Directors, Adams
Cisco Barron and LaCona Woltmon, the College Directors in Adams house, joined the Farm in 2000 as undergraduates. Cisco double-majored in Philosophy and Political Science, while LaCona majored in International Relations; writing her thesis on Bhutan's Gross National Happiness policy. Since graduating, they each received MAs in Counseling. LaCona pursues counseling professionally, focusing on couples. Feel free to talk to her about any kind of relationship - romantic, friendly, familial, career-oriented etc. Cisco continued on to a second MA in Higher Education with a focus on student development and the history of higher education, and will be pursuing a third graduate degree, an MBA, from Cal. Cisco enjoys trivia, martial arts, non-fiction and improvising music. LaCona enjoys traveling, hiking, knitting and curling up with a good book. Cisco works in Residential Education, which oversees all residential programs on campus and encourages active learning outside of the classroom. Cisco and LaCona continue to find fulfillment in giving back to their alma mater. They look forward to an exciting year full of intellectual vitality and impromptu fun. The two of them are always up for lively discussions, playing board games, eating great food and sharing a laugh.
Jenn and Scott
College Directors, Schiff
Jennifer and Scott Calvert (with their sons Van and Rockwell) have recently joined the FroSoCo community as the CDs in Schiff House.
Jenn and Scott met during their time in college when they were on staff together (feel free to "awww"). Scott majored in Neuroscience before getting his Master's in Film Production and Media Arts. Jennifer got her undergraduate degree in English and started work as a high school teacher for English language learners. She then received her Master's in Counseling and her PhD in Educational Leadership and Learning Technology. Scott and Jenn have lived and worked in Texas, New Hampshire, and Philadelphia (technically, that last one is not a state, but it's Philly...it can't be lumped in with Lancaster). Scott currently works as a video maker, editor and storytelling consultant. Jenn works in Student Affairs at Stanford.
Scott enjoys movies (or "films" - if you're feeling artsy), comic books (graphic novels), geek collectibles, art, and anything pop culture. Jenn enjoys building things (especially with LEGO), cooking and reading about organizational behavior, education, race, gender and generally anything non-fiction. She's secretly writing a book. Together they love spending time with friends, finding great places to eat and exploring the world.
Jenn and Scott have discovered that meaningful relationships are both the bedrock and catalysts for their own personal growth and learning. They were indelibly shaped by the relationships they formed in college. In their roles as CDs, it is their hope that they can help create a space where students can form their own meaningful relationships, explore, learn and grow. They look forward to making FroSoCo their home.
Staci holds a Master of Arts in Communication Studies (with specializations in cross-cultural, crisis, and dialogic communication and training development) from San Jose State University and a Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (with specializations in law & policy and social justice education) from Ball State University. Her undergraduate work was in Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University.
She has over a decade of experience across multiple student affairs functional areas including residence life, student conduct, community centers, and Title IX including serving as Associate Director of the Student Life Office at the GSB from August 2014-July 2015.
Arik Lifschitz is the Academic Director (AD) for FroSoCo, Potter, Robinson, and Suites. He grew up in Israel, where he attended Bar Ilan University and majored in Law and Business. Arik moved to the U.S. in 2001 to pursue his doctoral studies in Management at Columbia University. After graduating, he worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota for three years. Subsequently, he worked as an educational researcher at University of the People, a tuition-free online university. Since moving to Stanford in 2009, Arik has been teaching classes on social networks and entrepreneurship in the Management Science and Engineering Department. Arik strongly believes in the role of academic advising in supporting learning and connecting it to the world beyond college. As your Academic Director, Arik will work with you to identify your academic and personal goals, develop plans to achieve them, explore opportunities and resources, and navigate Stanford's requirements and policies. In his spare time, Arik enjoys the theater, swimming, and travel. He very much looks forward to meeting and getting to know each one of you.
Arabella hails from Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England. She supports EAST, Murray, Yost, Muwekma, and Mirrieless as a Program Associate. She loves walking around campus, enjoying its physical beauty, listening to the fountains playing, and saying hi to students and colleagues, as well as, interacting with students and hearing about the projects and issues they are focusing their energy, creativity and passion on.