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ROGER BOYE, FACULTY CHAIR

Roger Boye joined the ranks of Northwestern University’s emeritus faculty in 2005.

He continues to direct the Medill-Northwestern Journalism Institute (previously called the Journalism Division of the National High School Institute), and serves as faculty chair of Northwestern’s Communications Residential College.

As faculty chair, Roger provides support to members of the executive board in the operation of the residential college, and organizes faculty-led events and excursion for the residential college's members.

r-boye@northwestern.edu

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CHARLES WHITAKER, ASSOCIATE CHAIR

Charles Whitaker is a Charles Deering McCormick Distinguished Clinical Professor.  Since joining the Medill faculty in 1993, he has taught courses in news writing, magazine writing, magazine editing and blogging.

The Associate Chair is ordinarily a full-time faculty member who is selected by the Faculty Chair from among the college’s fellows to share some of the Faculty Chair's responsibilities and can take on projects such as language tables, helping recruit fellows, organizing excursions, or teaching a residential college seminar.

c-whitaker@northwestern.edu

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SARAHMARIA GOMEZ, ASSOCIATE CHAIR

Sarahmaria Gomez is a multimedia freelance journalist based in Chicago. She is co-owner of Tu Multimedia, an organization that specializes in Internet storytelling through audio, video and photography.

The Associate Chair is ordinarily a full-time faculty member who is selected by the Faculty Chair from among the college’s fellows to share some of the Faculty Chair's responsibilities and can take on projects such as language tables, helping recruit fellows, organizing excursions, or teaching a residential college seminar.

s-gomez@northwestern.edu

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Chelsea Peterson-Salahuddin, ASSISTANT CHAIR

Chelsea Peterson-Salahuddin, is about to start her second year in the Media, Technology and Society PhD Program where her research interests focus on news content. Before coming to Northwestern, she worked for four years at CBS National News.

As the assistant chair of CRC, Chelsea works closely with Roger Boye, the faculty chair of CRC, and members of the executive board to help support the CRC community. Her primary responsibility includes scheduling lunches with faculty and fellows, organizing trips and tours for CRC, and buying food and tea for the residential college's weekly ThursTea Thursday.

chelseapeterson-salahuddin2021@u.northwestern.edu

 

STUDENT EXECUTIVE BOARd

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maya reter, President

Hey y’all! I’m Maya (she/her/hers) from Sterling, IL, and I’m the current president of this lovely dorm we call home!

I am a journalism and history double major and can often be found spouting random history facts and doing literally anything other the work I should be doing. The rare time I’m not sitting around in one of the CRC lounges, I can be found practicing (and screaming) with the Northwestern Speech Team or enjoying my title as Time Magazine’s 2006 person of the year.

If you have CRC related questions (or want to chat about the latest greatest developments in Marvel or Doctor Who or pretty much anything else geeky) email me at Mayareter2022@u.northwestern.edu

As President, Maya presides over executive board meetings and All-College Meetings, represents the Communications Residential College on the Residential College Board and during University events, oversees residential college activities, ensures officers fulfill their responsibilities, and organizes CRC's internal elections

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Gabrielle Rabon, Vice President

Hi friends! I’m Gabrielle (she/her/hers), and I’m your 2019-2020 CRC Vice President!

I’m a journalism and Spanish major from Grand Rapids, MI, and am obnoxiously Midwestern (ope, sorry bout it). I love art, plants, and ignoring my lactose intolerance! At Northwestern I’m involved with NorthbyNorthwestern and Lovers&Madmen, a student theater board, but most of my time is spent here in our lovely East Fairchild.

I’m down to binge Parks and Rec at almost any time of the day or night, but Sophia and I can be found most nights in one of the lounges on the third floor.

As Vice President, Gabrielle keeps track of points for all CRC members, administers the yearly housing lottery, coordinates housing assignments for returning CRC members, and acts as the president if and when necessary.

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Frederick Tippett, Treasurer

Hey cats and kittens! My name is Fred (he/him/his). I’m your treasurer, so I handle all the CRCash and keep us from going CRbankrupt.

I’m from Montgomery, Alabama, but I try to keep that and my southern accent on the down low as much as possible whilst continuing to say y’all constantly. I’m a journalism and political science double major because I am basic. I don’t do much outside of the CRC because sleep is my one true love, but some of my time is taken up by my role as a producer at NNN, aka the Northwestern News Network, and Politicat.

Outside of that, I can be found around the CRC watching The West Wing instead of working, being overly sarcastic and monotone, or attempting to write stand-up to bring some joy to my life. Come talk to me if you want; I can’t guarantee I’ll be helpful.

As treasurer, Frederick maintains CRC's financial records, receives and disburses funds at the direction of the executive board, and works with the Student Organization Finance Office to manage CRC's accounts.

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sofia rubin, Secretary

Ladybugs and gentlebeasts of the jury: my name is Sofia (she/her/hers). I’m an RTVF major/Spanish minor, and I’m Secretary (Miss, PhD.)

I’m from a rural farming village called New York City; we’re known for our livestock (rats). Outside of farming, I work sets for Northwestern Sketch Television (NSTV), write satire for Sherman Ave, apprentice for WNUR’s rock show, and sit on the Northwestern University Women Filmmakers Alliance (NUWFA) as the Production Chair.

I also started a *film collective* with Renee (Co-Madam Social Chair) and my roommate, Mia - we specialize in *surrealism* and *absurd/nihilist humor*. In other words, our movies are total nonsense.

As secretary, Sofia records the minutes for executive board meetings and for All-College Meetings, and disperses the minutes for All-College Meetings as well as the Tinkle Times, published in the bathroom stalls.

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sophia lo, Academic Chair

Hello hello! I’m Sophia (she/her/hers), and I’m CRC’s Academic Chair.

I’m from Pennington, NJ, which means I think that thin crust is far superior to deep dish. I’m a journalism major and possibly a global health double major and/or environmental policy minor, who knows? You can usually find me in one of the CRC lounges, Kung Fu Tea or HMart since food is my one true passion. Talk to me about places to eat in Evanston! On campus, I’m an editor for North by Northwestern (come write for Science & Tech!) and host a podcast, Second GenerAsian.

I’m trapped with Gabby as my roommate, so if you need me, find Gabby. If you can’t find her, my office hours are in Kung Fu Tea and end when my large mango green tea, less sugar, with bubbles, is gone.

As the academic chair, Sophia organizes and publicizes firesides and other academic activities at CRC, recruits and retains faculty fellows in conjunction with the Faculty Chair and Executive Board, and supplements the relationship between the Assistant Chair and faculty fellows.

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kalen luciano, Philanthropy Chair

Hey pals! I’m Kalen (he/him/his), and I’m CRC’s Philanthropy Chair.

There’s a 95% chance you’ll probably pronounce my name wrong, but I won’t be mad about it. I’m from a small town in New Jersey, which means that during my breaks, I go on a strict pizza diet because it’s just not the same out here. I’m a journalism and political science major with maybe a minor in economics and/or creative writing because I’m bad at making decisions (AND is in our DNA, amiright?). Outside of classes, I’m the politics section editor for North by Northwestern and do some political advocacy work in my community.

When I’m not doing any of that, I’m either eating at Hinman or spending time in the dorm because I’m too lazy to go anywhere else, so come and find me and we can be friends!

As the philanthropy chair, Kalen organizes and publicizes philanthropic activities and opportunities for CRC members at on-campus and off-campus locations, and organizes one major CRC philanthropy event every quarter.

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renee grotthuss, Social Chair

Hey guys, I’m Renee (she/her/hers) one of your co-madam social chairs with Sylvia Goodman, the bane of my existence.

I’m an RTVF major from Kenosha, Wisconsin involved in NSTV, one of the ~sketch comedy~ groups on campus, as well as WNUR’s Rock Show, but oh boy, my greatest commitment is to Secretary (Miss, PhD.) Sofia Rubin, Mia Hodges and our “home videos.” Check em out sometime.

You’ll be able to find me by looking for the ratty corduroy jacket (pictured above) that I wear every day. I got it for like $6 and am very proud of that. So welcome to the CRC; I will refer to you exclusively by first and last name.

As one of the two Social Chairs, Renee plans and organizes a social event for the residential college at least once every two weeks for a minimum of four per quarter, and also provides food for munchies and coordinates one major social event every quarter.

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sylvia goodman, Social Chair

Hello! My name is Sylvia Goodman (she/her/hers), and I am co-madam social chair with Renee and prefer to be referred to by my full title.

I am a journalism major from Louisville, Kentucky, known for its horses and bourbon. Please pronounce it as the natives do (Loo-uh-vill) or don’t because everyone here makes fun of me for that anyways. I am an editor for North by Northwestern and volunteer with Supplies for Dreams.

I am super excited to work with everyone to make some really great events like I had my freshman year! Also if you ever had a dire need for broccoli I can definitely hook you up ;-D.

As one of the two Social Chairs, Sylvia plans and organizes a social event for the residential college at least once every two weeks for a minimum of four per quarter, and also provides food for munchies and coordinates one major social event every quarter.

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harrison tremarello, Tech Chair

Harrison (he/him/his) has sideburns and is from Milwaukee. He also serves as the CRC co-tech chair.

Feel free to tell him if something goes wrong with the projector or the printer. He’s currently the video editor at the Daily Northwestern and in addition to journalism, studies political science. Ask him about the Chicago blues or Kurt Vonnegut for an interesting time.

In verbal conversation he refers to himself in the first person.

As one of two Tech Chairs, Harrison is responsible for the general upkeep of CRC's equipment rooms and facilities, buying new equipment and supplies, and administering the CRC film grant.

Zachary miller, tech chair

Hi! My name is Zack/Zachary Miller (he/him/his), and I will be your Co-Tech Chair (…Tech Co-Chair? Co-Tech Co-Chair? Yeah. Something like that) for the year.

I’m a journalism, economics and computer science student from Eugene, Oregon.

You’ll probably see me around the quad “getting my steps in,” but feel free to reach out to me for help with our printers and screening rooms around the dorm. You can always follow me on Instagram and Twitter for some hot CRC tech buzz; my handle is @Zachatackary.

As one of two Tech Chairs, Zachary is responsible for the general upkeep of CRC's equipment rooms and facilities, buying new equipment and supplies, and administering the CRC film grant.

 

FACULTY Fellows

CRC has a team of wonderful faculty fellows, with expertise ranging from film and tv to journalism to geology, and more.

Periodically, fellows join the student community at lunch in the CRC room at the 1835 Hinman dining hall or offer firesides at which students can join them in an informal setting to discuss a chosen topic.

Our fellows also offer one seminar or class every quarter that is open exclusively to CRC members.

William (Bill) Bleich

Senior Lecturer

Radio/TV/Film

Alan Cubbage

Vice President of University Relations

Rachel Fobar

Project Coordinator

Medill Justice Project

Ava Greenwell

Professor

Broadcast Journalism

Alexandria Jacobson

Communications Coordinator

Engineering

John Kupetz

Adjunct Lecturer

Journalism

Rachel Davis Mersey

Associate Professor

Journalism

Freda Love Smith

Academic Advisor and Lecturer

Radio/TV/ Film

Jeremy Birnholtz

Assistant Professor

Communication Studies

Catherine Carrigan

Academic Advisor and Lecturer

Radio/TV/Film

Chaz Evans

Lecturer

Radio/TV/Film

Darren Gergle

Associate Professor

Communications Studies

Robert Gundlach

Director, Professor

Writing Program, Linguistics

Donna Jurdy

Professor

Earth & Planetary Sciences

Jon Marshall

Director, Assistant Professor

Graduate Journalism program, Journalism

Whitney Pow

Graduate Student

Radio/TV/ Film