Meet the Board of Directors
The Board of Directors for New Student and Family Programs is a top-level leadership role integral to the planning, coordination, and execution of the programs and activities associated with major new student and family programs at Northwestern University. The Board is comprised of ten members who work closely with the New Student and Family Programs professional staff. Duties and responsibilities of Board members will serve to create a welcoming community for new students, an ease of transition to the University, programs from family members, and an umatched leadership experience for 200 Peer Advisers. Board members have served at least one year as a Peer Adviser for Wildcat Welcome.
Meet the 2013 Board of Directors
Lindsay Barranco is ecstatic to be serving on the Board of Directors as the Director for the School of Education and Social Policy in addition to coordinating new student initiatives for the Class of 2017 and transfer students. She previously served as a Peer Adviser for 2011 and 2012 and is delighted to return to the Wildcat Welcome family this year! Lindsay is a junior from Houston, TX who is involved with Applause for a Cause, SafeRide, and Dance Marathon at Northwestern. When she is not busy singing Northwestern's fight song, Lindsay enjoys eating fine cheeses (or any cheese), reading National Geographic, listening to jazz, and cheering on Chicago's sports teams.
Alison Bishop is thrilled to serve on the Board of Directors this year as the Director of Staff Training and Dynamics. After serving as a Peer Adviser in 2012, she cannot wait to relive the Wildcat Welcome and new student experience as a Board member. Alison is a junior at Northwestern majoring in Economics and double minoring in Film and Business Institutions. Hailing from Rockville, Maryland, she loves going to a double feature at the Evanston movie theater, spending time with her family and exploring downtown Chicago. On campus, Alison is active in her sorority, A&O Productions, Associated Student Government, and, of course, Wildcat Welcome!
|Milana Duggan is honored to be part of the Board of Directors as the Director for Special Projects after serving as a Peer Adviser in 2011 and 2012. She hails from the farmlands of central Illinois and studies Communication Studies within the School of Communication at Northwestern. Milana spends her weekends traveling with the Northwestern University Speech Team, and if that is not enough talking, she is also a tour guide for NU. Dedicated to incorporating purple into every outfit she wears, she bleeds purple pride, and hopes for nothing more than for people to feel welcome at her favorite university - and also to be BFFs with Justin Bieber.|
Ian Hendrickson could not be more excited to spend what will be his third and final year with New Student and Family Programs as the Director for the Bienen School of Music, after two years spent as a Peer Adviser in 2010 and 2012. Currently in his fourth year as a Dual Degree candidate in Oboe Performance and French, Ian is also an Associated Student Government Senator, representing off-campus students and a tutor for the Department of French and Italian. A native of Edina, Minnesota, Ian is in a steady relationship with Netflix, but also leaves time for running and the occasional baking when he is not outside enjoying his favorite things about Northwestern, the comparatively mild winters!
|Raj Kumar is honored to be part of the Board of Directors as the Director for the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Raj served as a Peer Adviser in both 2011 and 2012 and loved getting to meet many new students. Studying Materials Science and Engineering, Raj hopes to pursue a graduate degree in engineering after graduating from Northwestern. Outside of class, Raj also coaches for a 7th grade boys basketball team and tutoring college and high school students in the sciences. Raj is from Skokie, Illinois and in his free time enjoys going to Northwestern football and basketball games. Go Cats!|
|Drew Levorsen is thrilled to be returning for his third year with New Student and Family Programs as the Director of Marketing and Recruitment after being a Peer Adviser in 2011 and 2012. He is a junior studying Mechanical Engineering with a certificate in Engineering Design and loves to play ultimate frisbee in his spare time. Originally from Colorado, Drew loves skiing and hanging out by the campfire watching stars. Besides Wildcat Welcome, his favorite part of Northwestern is going to home football games. Go Cats!|
Patrick Metcalf is a junior from the Chicago suburbs and is thrilled to now serve on the Board of Directors as the Director for the School of Communication after serving as a Peer Adviser in 2011 and 2012. As a Radio/Television/Film major pursuing the Creative Writing for the Media certificate, Patrick is involved in various student film sets on campus and also serves as a host for the radio show ReelTalk. In his free time, he enjoys cheering on the Wildcat football team.
|Stephen Piotrkowski is unbelievably excited to serve on the Board of Directors as the Director for the Medill School of Journalism, after enjoying his experience as a 2012 Peer Adviser. Stephen is a sophomore double majoring in Journalism and Economics while also pursuing an Integrated Marketing Communications Certificate. He is an active member across campus in organizations such as Associated Student Government, Dance Marathon, his fraternity, and a member of the Student Task Force for the Office of Campus Inclusion and Community . Originally from North Franklin, Connecticut, Stephen loves playing tennis, talking about his cows, and spending copious amounts of time at Norbucks. While he loves all things Wildcat Welcome, Stephen cannot wait to help new students make their first step towards finding their place at NU.|
Evan Prose is ecstatic to be serving on the 2013 Board of Directors after spending 2011 and 2012 as a Peer Adviser. He loves that Wildcat Welcome is fueled by such a unique combination of purple pride and selflessness, and is thrilled to be contributing to that as the Director for the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences this year. Though he can hardly believe he is already a junior, Evan is proudly majoring in Anthropology, minoring in Psychology and pursuing a certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications. When he is not busy prepping for the Class of 2017 and new transfer students, he stays busy on campus with the Club Baseball Team and Dance Marathon. Born and raised in the one-and-only St. Charles, Illinois, Evan loves experimenting in the kitchen and exploring Chicago’s endless restaurant scene.
Lauren Sadowsky is so excited to be part of the Board of Directors as the Director of First-Year Initiatives after serving as a Peer Adviser for the past two years. A Minnetonka, Minnesota native, Lauren is a junior double majoring in Biological Sciences and Science in Human Culture with a minor in Global Health Studies. On campus, she is involved in GlobeMed, Biological Students Association, the Falk Center for Molecular Therapeutics lab, and her sorority. In addition to her role on the Board, Lauren loves to spend time reading, traveling, browsing YouTube, and exploring Chicago.
Board Responsibilities, Duties and Expectations
- Each Board member holds a Director position for a specific entity of the NSFP office and works with other Board members to successfully execute all new student and family member-related events. The positions include each of the six undergraduate academic schools, Staff Training & Dynamics, Special Projects, Marketing & Recruitment, and First-Year Initiatives.
- Assist with implementation of Winter Welcome and Wildcat Welcome
- Assist with general Family Weekend duties, as assigned.
- Attend weekly Board meetings during winter and spring quarters and all staff trainings.
- Recruitment of Peer Advisers.
- Supervise a group of Peer Advisers, acting as a resource and mentor.
- Lead a section of the Peer Adviser Leadership and Training course during the spring quarter.
- Create recruitment materials for Wildcat Welcome leadership roles and events.
- Remain in close communication with NSFP Professional Staff and other Board members over the summer to assist with administrative tasks.
- Return to Northwestern one week prior to Wildcat Welcome to prepare for Fall Training.
- Coordinate solutions to problems, issues, or emergencies during Wildcat Welcome.