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Student Advisory Council 2018-2019

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Promoting communication and enhancing student experiences

The College of Arts & Sciences Student Advisory Council enables enthusiastic undergraduates to work with the Dean and the CAS leadership administrators to address concerns and work toward improvements within the college. The council was established to promote communication of relevant and helpful information between students and the college administration, with a goal of enhancing the educational experience for all CAS students.

Student members are responsible for attending the Advisory Council's meetings to discuss issues and concerns and to share their suggestions for possible initiatives. Any undergraduate who is interested in helping to improve the college and the experience it provides students may apply to become a council member.​

See meeting dates, roles and responsibilities



Claudia J Bacon – College of Arts & Sciences<p> </p><p>Claudia hails from Winchester, Massachusetts. She is an active cadet of the University’s Army R.O.T.C. majoring in International Relations and Economics. Upon her graduation in 2019, Claudia’s goal is to be commissioned as an Aviation or Military Intelligence Officer.  In addition to R.O.T.C., Claudia is a member of UD’s Student Government Association and serves as a Student Affairs Senator.  She is Director of Education for a UD’s non-profit student organization, Reviresco, whose mission is to bridge the civilian-military divide by engaging, educating and empowering society to go beyond saying, "thank you for your service."  Claudia is an active and avid member of the CrossFit Club, and for the past 14 years, she has participated in Uechi Ryu Karate. In addition to being passionate about fitness, she enjoys traveling.</p>cbacon@udel.edu
Corinne Bogan - College of Arts & Sciences<p>Corinne is an undergraduate Public Policy major and Biology minor with a passion for student involvement and advocacy. As the elected representative for the College of Arts and Sciences through UD’s Student Government Association, she strives to improve student-faculty interaction and enhance the academic experience of the student body. In addition to the CAS Student Advisory Council and Student Government, she is involved on campus with undergraduate research, various RSO’s, and volunteers with the UD run organization Lori’s Hands. Corinne also works part time as a nurse’s aide and volunteers in the emergency department at Christiana Hospital. With plans to graduate in spring 2019, Corinne is seeking admission to a Physician Assistant graduate program while also pursuing an interest in health policy. From Milford, DE, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and being outdoors. She hopes to use her experiences as a current and future healthcare provider to influence policies that will improve the quality of healthcare in the US.</p>corinne@udel.edu
Melissa Bredbenner - College of Arts & Sciences Student Advisory Photo.jpg<p>Melissa Bredbenner is a political science major from Milton, Delaware, who will graduate in Spring of 2019. In addition to her undergraduate research work, which looks into how economic factors can influence attitudes toward immigrants in America, she is involved in the HenLaw society, a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, a Paul Dolan undergraduate fellow and a member of Alpha Phi Sorority. As a transfer student, Melissa brings a unique perspective to the CASSAC. Outside of her studies, Melissa enjoys playing tennis, going to the gym, spending time at the beach and spending time with friends and family.</p>mbredben@udel.edu
Evan D. Bush – College of Arts & Science<p>Evan is an undergraduate Political Science major from Glen Arm, Maryland. His plans are to graduate in 2019 and work within the Transportation Safety Administration or the United States Postal Service with the hope of eventually becoming a police officer. He is a current Tier 4 member of UD’s Blue Hen Leadership Program and currently works as a University of Delaware Police Cadet. UD Police Cadets patrol campus, provide safety escorts, secure buildings, monitor security cameras, dispatch in the 911 Communications Center, and provide event security, among other assignments. Evan's interests include politics, history, current events, nature, and science fiction.</p>edbush@udel.edu
Hanna Murphy - College of Arts & Sciences<p>Hanna Murphy, a Biology Education major in the honors program with a minor a Disability Studies has a strong commitment to service, especially for diverse learners. Hanna serves as President of UD's Secondary Educators of Tomorrow<em> </em>(SET), a registered student organization whose mission is to connect Secondary Ed students from cross-curriculums, and provide a social environment in order to grow into a group of thoughtful and driven teacher-candidates. Under Hanna's leadership, SET is currently offering workshops focused on issues of diversity in education. Hanna also serves as Vice President of BuildOn, UD's chapter of a national organization that strives to end poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through education and service. Through fundraising efforts, BuildOn affords its members community service opportunities including studying abroad to help build primary schools within other communities. A native Long Islander, Hanna enjoys going to the beach, bicycling, hiking outdoors, photography, and creating artwork through crafting. She plans to graduate UD in 2019.</p>hcmurphy@udel.edu
Mo Seyed Naqvi - College of Arts & Sciences<p>After acceptance in to UD's Associate in Arts Program, (AAP) Mo soon began to recognize the importance of student-faculty interaction. The diversity and impact of AAP sparked his interest in social responsibility and he soon felt a deep-rooted need to assist his local Wilmington community. Mo participated in a project centered on nurturing emotional intelligence while supporting those with psychological issues, up to and including suicide prevention. Through his leadership role on this project, he helped AAP assess its counseling and student service needs while making improvements in AAP's future planning. Mo enjoys writing poetry having written a poem for a project at The Creative Vision Factory in Wilmington. Additionally, Mo participated in Light the Night, a fundraiser with Nemours/Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Now a biochemistry major, Mo plans to graduate from UD in 2019.<br></p>MNaqq@udel.edu
John R. Vaile - College of Arts & Sciences<p>​Presently working towards a double major in Biochemistry and Spanish Studies with an expectant 2020 graduation, John is situated to address and access a broad range of student interests in both the sciences and the humanities. In addition to his undergraduate research work, John is involved with a host of extracurricular activities on campus including, the Allocation Board; American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Making Doctors; MEDLIFE; Hablar Sin Parar; Honors Program; the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and UD's Emergency Care Unit. From Hockessin, DE, John enjoys music, traveling, playing basketball and spending time with friends and family.</p>
Steven Waldorf - College of Arts & Sciences<p>Steven is a very dedicated, versatile student in various disciplines, such as art, history, and communications. Originally accepted into UD’s Fine Arts program, Steve changed majors a few times but found a home after acceptance into the Communication major with an interpersonal concentration. Steve plans to graduate in 2019. A local Newark resident, Steve considers art his passion, with clay and ceramics a favorite medium. He is an avid music fan, enjoying different styles, particularly jazz, hip-hop, and alternative. Steve is an active member of Haven, the University of Delaware’s largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ+) Registered Student Organization (RSO).</p>swaldorf@udel.edu
Gillian Williams - College of Arts & Sciences<p>Gillian Williams is a junior Public Policy student with minors in Organizational and Community Leadership and Political Science. She loves being an involved student at UD and spends much of her time building community around campus. As the founding President of the American Association of University Women at UD, Gillian brings the mission of the national non-profit to the UD community in hopes of increasing gender equity and empowering men, women, and people of all genders to create positive change. Gillian is also involved in Delaware Diplomats, University of Delaware Alternative Breaks, the Biden Institute's Make It Count campaign, and the Blue Hen Leadership Program. Where ever life takes her, Gillian is committed to leveraging her passions, skills, and privilege to create and maintain space for vulnerable populations, ultimately creating positive change while minimizing negative consequences. From Schwenksville, PA, Gillian enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, learning new things, and working with people.</p>gillianw@udel.edu

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