The President’s Council is a representative body of students that serves in an advisory role to the President of the college, and as ambassadors for the college. Members of the President’s Council will have the unique opportunity to make valuable connections with fellow students, faculty, staff, administrators, and distinguished visitors at Colorado College. The Council will meet with the President and/or various college and community leaders at least once per block.
The members of the President's Council for the 2017-2018 academic year are:
Onyx Bengston '18
A fan of CC hockey since age 12, Onyx Bengston is a Colorado Springs local, returning to the Rockies and her tigers after two years studying abroad in Norway prior to joining the class of 2018. She is a senior Economics major, Asian Studies minor, and studied abroad at the International Christian University in Tokyo Spring 2015. Onyx is Co-Chair of the Economics and Business Student Advisory Board, Communications Officer of the Investment Club, and is working to build a Women in Business initiative on campus. She is an intern for the Colorado College Summer Music Festival and a teaching assistant for Personal Finance. When she is not working, she is a performing clarinetist with the Colorado College Concert Band, taking blocks abroad, or Googling for life’s answers. In her spare time, she enjoys music, reading, being outdoors, and cooking new things with her friends.
Bella Bussian '18
Bella is a senior from Durango, Colorado. She is a geology major and, during her sophomore year, lived the fall semester in Lüneburg, Germany studying German. She spent this past summer doing research at Stanford University studying paleoclimate, as well as doing field work in Colorado for her thesis. Bella is involved with Colorado College Cycling and works at the Colorado College Worner Desk and in the GIS Lab. She enjoys hiking, biking, being outside, reading, and eating in her free time.
Shiying Cheng '18
Shiying is an international student from Chengdu, Sichuan, China. Shiying is a senior majoring in Political Science, with minors in Computer Science and History. She is interested in story-telling, coding, and data visualization. To further pursue her passion, Shiying studied at Columbia Journalism School this past summer. On campus, Shiying has served as a Resident Advisor, a Staff Writer/Website Editor for The Catalyst Newspaper, and a Peer Consultant at the Writing Center. She is also the former co-chair the BreakOut Center for Community Service and the MOSAIC (an international student organization). In her spare time, Shiying enjoys dancing, playing piano and harp, and reading. She is thrilled to contribute to CC by serving on President’s Council.
Veronica Fernandez-Diaz '19
Veronica Fernandez-Diaz is a junior majoring in Sociology. She was born in Mexico but grew up in Colorado since she was six years old. She is currently a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient. The course "Globalization and Immigration in the US-Mexico Border", where she volunteered at the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, in addition to her personal experience as an immigrant, inspired her passion for immigration work. On campus, Veronica has worked at the Office of Admission as the Outreach and Access Intern. She currently serves as a member of the Honor Council, a member of the CEL Certificate Program, a mentor for the Bridge Scholars Program, and a research assistant with the Sociology Department. In her free time, Veronica loves watching spoken word, learning to play the violin, and listening to music.
Cash Forster '19
Cash is a junior Mathematical Economics Major, hailing from Norman, Oklahoma. In addition to President’s Council, Cash is involved in Greek Life as a part of the fraternity Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), and also as the president of The National Society of Leadership and Success. Outside of these extracurricular activities, his hobbies include snowboarding, working on cars, speaking Italian, and listening to music.
Ethan Greenberg '20
Ethan is a sophomore from Denver, Colorado. Although he has not yet declared a major, his interests lie in the social sciences. In addition to President’s Council, Ethan works at the El Paso County Courthouse through JusticeCorps, participates in programming at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center through the CC Prison Project, and serves on CCSGA as VP of Student Life. This past summer, he researched education policy at the National Conference of State Legislatures. Ethan enjoys playing and watching soccer and exploring Colorado.
Noah Hirshorn '20
Noah Hirshorn is a sophomore from Highlands Ranch, Colorado. At the moment, he is currently undeclared but plans on majoring in a STEM-related field. At CC, Noah is on the Men's Lacrosse Team and is an active member of the Early Scholars Tutoring Club. This past summer, Noah was the Head Lacrosse Coach of a local travel team, and took classes at a college in the Denver area. In his free time, you can find Noah hiking, camping, or stand-up paddle boarding.
Alpcan Karamanoglu '18
Alpcan Karamanoglu is an international student from Turkey, who has also lived in Italy prior to coming to the US. He is an International Political Economy major, combining three words that he is so passionate about. He just came from his exchange year at the London School of Economics where he focused on Management and Finance. Having spent his summer in Geneva, Switzerland working for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as a Data Analyst and Project Assistant, he is committed for international public service. On campus, he is a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and a co-founder of American Enterprise Institute Executive Council. On the weekends he also volunteers in Cheyenne Village Foundation as an Outreach Coordinator. In his free time, you can find Alpcan exploring the coffee shops in Downtown with his friends, reading history books, and making travel videos.
Ben Kieklak '18
Ben is a senior from Fayetteville, AR with an Asian Studies major and a minor in French. In his first year at CC, he joined the Asian Student Union (ASU) and in his sophomore year, became one of the co-chairs. In addition, Ben was the RA of the Enclave LLC in Mathias. After studying abroad in Osaka, Japan for the first semester of his junior year, Ben returned to be an RA once more in the Jackson house. Throughout the year, Ben will be working as an Admission Fellow, in addition to being the Student Trustee. After graduation, he hopes to spend another year in Japan with the JET Program and eventually work in either the Foreign Service or international business.
Britta Lam '20
Britta is an international student from Hong Kong who hopes to double major in German Studies and Environmental Science. In the fall, she will be studying abroad in Germany. In addition to being the art editor of Cipher Magazine, a printer at The Press, and a member of the Chinese Student Association (CSA), she also plays club rugby at Colorado College. With a great passion for nuclear physics, Britta is currently researching the use of nuclear energy as a potential option for the climate change issue. In her spare time, she enjoys playing pickup basketball and hanging out with friends.
David Lamis '19
David Lamis is a junior Business/Economics major, Computer Science minor at CC. He is studying abroad in the Netherlands this fall, with a focus on sustainability and innovation. On campus, he is a portfolio manager for the Colorado College Investment Club, the Community Service Chair of the Sigma Chi fraternity, and co-captain for the CC baseball team. During his free time, he loves skiing, cooking, and hanging out with friends.
Daniel Lawrence '20
Daniel is a sophomore Philosophy major and History minor. He was born in Austin, Texas but grew up in Portland, Oregon, where he spent most of his time enjoying the Pacific Coast and the Colombia River Gorge. Daniel is a member of CC's Mock Trial team and he plans on applying to law school after he graduates. He is passionate about U.S. politics, ethics, and constitutional law.
Sarah Lawton '19
Sarah is a junior Economics major from Durango, Colorado. Outside of President’s Council, she serves as a captain of the women’s varsity volleyball team. Additionally, Sarah is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), and the Collaborative for Community Engagement (CCE). She spent the last block of her sophomore year abroad in Italy learning about Italian culture and film. This past summer, Sarah was a full-time intern with Blakely and Company, a marketing firm in Colorado Springs. In addition to spending time with her family and friends, Sarah enjoys cooking, traveling, waterskiing, and scuba diving.
Maya Littlejohn '19
Maya is a junior from Brooklyn, New York. She is going to major in either Race, Ethnic, and Migration Studies or craft an Independently Designed Major. In addition to being a President’s Council representative, Maya is one of the Co-Presidents of the Black Student Union and volunteers with Pike’s Peak Restorative Justice Council. For the past two years she has worked with a New York based nonprofit called Artistic Noise, which helps incarcerated youth through art therapy.
Chris Maurice '20
Chris Maurice is a sophomore planning on majoring in International Political Economy. He hails from the City of Chicago. Chris has a love for politics that has stemmed from wanting to serve in Jed Bartlet’s administration; this is what compels him to stay up to date on all the news happening in the Beltway. Along with President's Council, you can find Chris working with Colorado College Democrats, on the campus-wide Instruction Committee, or in Benji’s drinking a Chunky Monkey smoothie without banana. Outside of school, Chris enjoys reading, and staying in shape by running, swimming, and playing squash.
Parker McVey '18
Parker is a senior economics major from Golden, Colorado. After studying abroad his entire junior year at the London School of Economics he is eager to be back on campus. He's an active member of the Investment Club, the Honor Council, and the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Off campus, Parker enjoys running, biking, skiing, golfing, and is passionate about finance, natural resources and philanthropy. During the past two summers, Parker has interned at Wold Energy Partners in Denver and Glencore in the Greater New York City area.
Maggie Mehlman '19
Maggie is a junior math major from Denver, CO. In addition to being on the President’s Council, she is also an involved member of the Theatre and Dance Department, the Music Department, and Kappa Kappa Gamma. Maggie is a Co-Chair and choreographer for CC’s Dance Workshop, and she has danced and acted in many Theatre and Dance Department productions. She has spent the last two summers interning in the financial industry with USI Insurance and Thomson Reuters, as well as completing a Venture Grant studying the role of the performing arts in European secondary schools. In her free time, Maggie enjoys playing the piano, hiking, and skiing.
Jacob Miller '19
Jacob is a junior hailing from the small town of Mount Orab, Ohio. He is a Mathematical Economics major on a Pre-Health track. As a member of the varsity men’s basketball team, he spends much of his time breaking ankles on the basketball court. Jacob serves as Chair of the Campus Events Committee on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, as well as playing active roles in the Health Professions Club and the Disabilities Awareness Group. He also works in the QRC as a peer tutor, for the Athletic Department as event staff and NSO Week as a move-in helper. In his free time, Jacob enjoys playing guitar and singing in his band StarshipEmo, collecting records, and learning.
Nomfundo Mncina '19
Nomfundo Mncina is an international student from the beautiful Kingdom of Swaziland. She is an aspiring International Political Economy major and French minor. As a United World College graduate she is dedicated to cross-cultural learning, understanding, and community service. She spent the summer travelling in Senegal learning French, Wolof, and West African history. On campus Nomfundo is an active member of MOSAIC and the Black Student Union. On a Saturday afternoon you can find her reading, hanging out with her friends and probably binge watching Game of Thrones.
Sabre Morris '18
Sabre Morris is a senior from Aurora, Colorado pursuing a major in International Political Economy and a minor in Spanish. She is a member of the Political Science Advisory Committee, serves as vp: Social Standards of Delta Gamma Fraternity, and works as a student manager at the Worner Desk. Additionally, she is a SAIL mentor for sophomore CC students. This past summer Sabre interned with the Department of State at the U.S. embassy in Lima, Peru. In her free time Sabre enjoys dancing, hiking, trying new foods and travelling.
Steven Ortega '18
Steven Ortega is a senior Neuroscience and Political Science double major at Colorado College from Colorado Springs, Colorado. In addition to serving on President’s Council, Steven is the co-chair of the CC Democrats, a member of the CCE Advisory Board, and Parliamentarian for CCSGA. This past summer, he was an intern with Senator Michael Bennet’s Denver Office, where he primarily assisted with constituent advocacy in cases relating to the immigration system. When not busy with his academics and extracurriculars, Steven enjoys running, spending time with friends, and honing his skills as a competitive board game player.
Edmund Pendleton '19
Edmund is an International Political Economy major and a Spanish and History double-minor from Arlington, Virginia. Outside of the classroom, Edmund is a proud member of the men’s varsity basketball team. He serves as the “Relationship Manager” for Team Impact, an organization that pairs children battling life-threatening or chronic illness with college sports teams. Edmund also co-founded a power-washing business that he helps operate in the summer. In his free time, Edmund enjoys exploring National Parks and eating great food.
Tia Phillip '18
Tia is a senior English/film track major and Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies minor. Outside of President’s Council, Tia can be found working at the Tutt Library Circulation desk; serving as a mentor for the Bridge Scholars Program; guiding sophomore students in the SAIL Program; and actively supporting artists of color through her student group AMUN. In her spare time, Tia enjoys napping, watching/critiquing movies, and petting every dog in sight.
Harrison Raine '19
Harrison Raine is an Organismal Biology and Ecology major and Environmental Science minor from Los Angeles, California. On campus, Harrison is involved with the men's lacrosse program and is a member of Honor Council. Off campus, Harrison works for the US Forest Service as a wildland firefighter. Harrison is interested in creating more employment and vocational education opportunities for CC students.
Jared Russell '18
Jared Russell is a senior at Colorado College hailing from Pueblo, Colorado. Jared is a double major in Political Science and Philosophy, and he is also pursuing a minor in Music. In addition to being a President’s Council representative, Jared is a competitor on the Mock Trial team, a member of the Honor Council, the Co-Founder of the Roosevelt Institute, and a Writing Center tutor. This past summer, Jared was selected as a Humanity in Action Fellow, spending the month of June in Copenhagen learning about human rights and social justice in Denmark. Upon the completion of that program, he travelled back to Denver where he was a PIFP Fellow at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. He will be spending the fall semester at Oxford, studying the complexities of the European Union before coming back to CC for his final semester. Upon graduating from CC, Jared plans on attending law school.
Wynter Scott '18
Wynter is a Political Science and Sociology double major from Memphis, TN. She is passionate about international relations and hopes to one day work in the Department of State to improve America's foreign policy. She is a volunteer at the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission and works at the Colorado College Worner Desk. When she is not working, she participates with the Black Student Union, the CC Mock Trial Team, and the CC Speech and Debate Team.
Robert Stern ‘18
Robert Stern is a senior political science major from Lafayette, California. He is a member of the varsity lacrosse team and serves as a chair for the Quony Cup in the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Robert spent the first half of his junior year in Copenhagen, Denmark, studying counterterrorism from a European perspective with an emphasis in cross-cultural leadership. He has spent the last few summers working internships in the realm of professional athletics and is looking to pursue a career in sports marketing after graduation.
Katelin Teigen '18
Katelin is a senior Neuroscience major and Biochemistry minor from Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Apart from President’s Council, her other campus engagements include serving as the Vice President of Standards of Kappa Kappa Gamma and Co-Chair of the Scientific Journal Club, working as a student manager at DIALogue, and being an active member of the ORC. In her free time, Katelin enjoys hiking, wake boarding, snow skiing, practicing yoga, and playing the ukulele.
Helena Thatcher '18
Hailing from Boston, MA, Helena is a senior majoring in Political Science with minors in Feminist and Gender Studies and Education. Helena has been thrilled to study abroad in Turkey, Greece, and England, as well as being a part of the inaugural TREE Semester cohort in Woodland Park, CO. She cannot wait to spend time in France and Italy this coming year. On campus, Helena competes on the Mock Trial team, manages the Gear House, and leads New Student Orientation. In her free time she enjoys cooking, running, and spending time with friends.
Joe Walton '18
Joe is a senior mathematical economics major from the little town of Laughlintown, PA. This is Joe's third year serving on the President's Council. He is also the President of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity (FIJI), and served a year in CCSGA. Outside of his extracurricular activities, you can find him fishing, hunting, skiing, offroading, or cheering for Pittsburgh sports teams.
Trey Watmore '18
Trey Watmore is a senior studying Romance Languages and Biochemistry from Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to President’s Council, Trey stays busy between being the Pre-PA liaison (and last year’s President) for the Health Professions Club, captain of the varsity Men’s Swim Team, and lifeguarding at the Schlessman Natatorium. He also enjoys volunteering at hospitals and helping out at a local program that utilizes equestrian therapy to rehabilitate children with developmental disorders. This past summer Trey spent a month in Uruguay learning about the differences between healthcare in the United States and South America, as well as shadowing physicians while helping them improve their English skills.
Emma Wilson '18
Emma is a senior Spanish and Comparative Literature double major and Human Biology and Kinesiology minor from Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Along with President's Council, she serves as Vice President of Academic Excellence of Kappa Kappa Gamma, works as a peer tutor in the Writing Center, and plays women's club soccer and hockey. Emma also works in the Office of Admission as an Admission Fellow, interviewing prospective high school students. In her free time she enjoys skiing, mountain biking, doodling, traveling, and cooking.
Brandon Wolfe '18
Brandon Wolfe is a Biochemistry major from Colorado Springs, CO. Brandon is a transfer student and has quickly found a home in the CC community. Outside of the classroom and research lab, he is a Junior Representative in Student Government, the Vice President of The National Society of Leadership and Success, and an officer of the Cool Science club. In his free time, he is an avid dog lover that enjoys going anywhere a dog is present as well as finding the best places to eat around town.