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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.

Philip Nicholson

House Fellow

Philip Nicholson has been on the faculty of the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University since 1982.

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Alexander Vladimirsky

House Fellow

Alex Vladimirsky was born in Odessa (USSR) and his educational journey led him from Moscow State University (1990) through UC San Diego (1991-93) to UC Berkeley (B.A. in 1995; Ph.D. in 2001).

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Poppy McLeod

House Fellow

Professor McLeod earned her Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Social Psychology from Harvard University, and her B.S. in Psychology from Syracuse University.

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Ton Schat

House Fellow

Born in The Hague, The Netherlands, Ton Schat received his veterinary degree from the University of Utrecht in 1970. Before graduation he spent 5 months at the Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria.

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Philip Nicholson

House Fellow

Philip Nicholson has been on the faculty of the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University since 1982.

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Alexander Vladimirsky

House Fellow

Alex Vladimirsky was born in Odessa (USSR) and his educational journey led him from Moscow State University (1990) through UC San Diego (1991-93) to UC Berkeley (B.A. in 1995; Ph.D. in 2001).

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Ton Schat

House Fellow

Born in The Hague, The Netherlands, Ton Schat received his veterinary degree from the University of Utrecht in 1970. Before graduation he spent 5 months at the Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria.

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Silvia Amigo Silvestre

House Fellow

Silvia Amigo Silvestre is a Senior Lecturer of Spanish from Granada, Spain. Her academic training is in Second Language Acquisition, Linguistics, and Literature.

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Mike Fontaine

House Fellows

I came to Cornell in 2004 after a year and a half at Amherst College, where I taught while finishing my Ph.D. at Brown University.

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Alexander Vladimirsky

House Fellow

Alex Vladimirsky was born in Odessa (USSR) and his educational journey led him from Moscow State University (1990) through UC San Diego (1991-93) to UC Berkeley (B.A. in 1995; Ph.D. in 2001).

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Michael Gold

House Fellow

Michael Evan Gold is an associate professor in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR School). He has a wife, two grown children (who only get more expensive as they age), and two grandsons.

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Susan Murphy

House Fellow

In addition to being a member of President Skorton's executive staff, Susan H. Murphy oversees most departments related to student life outside of the classroom.

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Mariana Wolfner

House Fellow

Mariana Wolfner is a biologist who studies proteins whose actions are essential for reproduction: seminal proteins that regulate insect behavior, and (in another area) proteins needed for fertilized eggs to begin embryo development.

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Felicia Teng

House Fellow

Professor Teng earned her B.A. from Department of History, Peking University, P R China and M.A. from Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University.

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Janis Dickinson

House Fellow

Janis Dickinson is a behavioral ecologist and Cornell grad (Ph.D. 1987) who worked and raised her family on UC Berkeley's Hastings Reserve, a remote biological field station in Carmel Valley, California.

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Mike Fontaine

House Fellows

I came to Cornell in 2004 after a year and a half at Amherst College, where I taught while finishing my Ph.D. at Brown University.

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Alexander Vladimirsky

House Fellow

Alex Vladimirsky was born in Odessa (USSR) and his educational journey led him from Moscow State University (1990) through UC San Diego (1991-93) to UC Berkeley (B.A. in 1995; Ph.D. in 2001).

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Mike Fontaine

House Fellows

I came to Cornell in 2004 after a year and a half at Amherst College, where I taught while finishing my Ph.D. at Brown University.

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Philip Nicholson

House Fellow

Philip Nicholson has been on the faculty of the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University since 1982.

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Howard Evans

House Fellow

Professor Evans worked in the American Museum of Natural History (Herpetology) before coming to Cornell in 1940 to study Entomology.

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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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Howard Evans

House Fellow

Professor Evans worked in the American Museum of Natural History (Herpetology) before coming to Cornell in 1940 to study Entomology.

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Poppy McLeod

House Fellow

Professor McLeod earned her Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Social Psychology from Harvard University, and her B.S. in Psychology from Syracuse University.

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Alana Ryder

House Fellow

Alana Ryder is part of the education team at the Johnson Museum of Art, where she is Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Coordinator for Academic Programs.

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Jennifer Seavey

House Fellow

Jennifer Seavey is an ecologist is a focus on ornithology, wildlife ecology, climate change, and conservation biology. She pursued her B.S. and M.S. in the Pacific Northwestern United States.

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Grit Matthias

House Fellow

Grit Matthias was born and raised in Jena, Germany.

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Laurel Southard

House Fellow

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

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