The Honors Student Commission is the student governing body of the Saint Mary’s College Honors Program. The St. Mary's College Honors Program Student Commission affords Honors students the unique opportunity of helping to make decisions about how the Honors Program should function as well as overseeing the day to day operations of the Honors program. In keeping with the SMC Honors Program student driven focus, the Commission brings together 17 students who work as a team to produce a variety of events benefitting the college community, and oversee the academic and social well-being of fellow Honors Program students.
We do this by lending our voices to issues regarding academics, exhibiting the Honors Program to the community, recruiting new Honors students, and bringing the unique students of the Honors Program together in both shared inquiry and just plain old fashioned fun. In fulfilling these duties, the Honors Commissioners develop diverse skill sets which they will be able to take with them into the world after St. Mary's. Most of all, the Commission offers students a unique opportunity to integrate themselves into and define a program such that it is truly responsive to its membership and serving the needs of every Honors student.
Jaquelyn Davis, Co-Executive Commissioner
Ryan Keane, Co-Executive Commissioner
Ryan Keane is a Senior Biology major, with a minor in Creative Writing. He will be serving this year as Co-Executive Commissioner for the SMC Honors Program, as well as VP of St. Luke’s Pre-Health Society, President of the Knights of Columbus SMC chapter, a General/Organic Chemistry tutor for freshmen, and an assistant researcher at SMC and Berkeley labs. He is very excited for this upcoming academic year, and is eager to work with the student body to help reach their academic goals. In his spare time, he enjoys catching up with friends, working out, playing video games, catching up on TV shows, and sleeping. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abigail Starkovich, Associate Academic Commissioner
Hello everyone! I'm Abbie, and I'm one of the Academic Commissioners of the Honors Program. I'm a sophomore Economics major from Sacramento, California. I dance ballet, play oboe and flute, serve as treasurer of the SMC French Club, and sleep in far too much. I tend to overschedule myself, so I'm usually in class, at work, or buried under textbooks--if you see me in the library, say hi! I'm excited to meet everyone in the Honors Program!
Reuben Delay, Associate Academic Commissioner
Hi all, my name is Reuben and I am a Junior in the Integral Program. I have a passion for languages so I am also pursuing a minor in Italian. I come from a small island in the pacific northwest and have come to love the personal and tight-knit community found at Saint Mary's. In my free time I enjoy getting outdoors playing any kind of sport under the sun, but mostly soccer, disc golf, mountain biking and snowboarding. I look forward to working alongside my fellow commissioners, and meeting whoever happens to be reading this!
Ruth Sylvester, Associate Academic Commissioner
Hi all, my name is Ruth and I am an (associate) academic commissioner for the 2014-2015 academic year. I will be completing my junior year as an English major with an emphasis in medieval literature. I'm also working in the campus Center for Writing this year. I live on campus and can commonly be found in the library -- probably the 900s section -- outside class hours. I like old books, new friends, television programs about space (Doctor Who and Star Trek count!) and fiber crafts. And dessert. Did I mention dessert? I'm always thrilled to talk about Honors projects -- please drop by the library, or the Center for Writing, and say hello!
Litzia Martin, Associate Recruitment Commissioner
My name is Litzia Martin and I am a Mathematics and Spanish major. My goal is to become a math teacher. Most importantly, it is my goal to help others by sharing all that I know. I love spending time with my family during my free time and dancing my cares away. I look forward to a great school year together with all the wonderful member in the Honors Program.
Carina Novell, Associate Recruitment Commissioner
Michael Blackburn, Associate Recruitment Commissioner
My name is Michael Blackburn and I’m very excited to join the Honors Commission as Recruitment Commissioner for the 2014-15 academic year. I’m entering my junior year in what is quickly proving to be the best four years of my life. In addition to studying Politics with a minor in Music, I am a Student Ambassador Coordinator and a proud member of the gold-medal winning Saint Mary’s College Glee Club and Chamber Singers. I take my passions for political science and music very seriously and utilize every chance I get to develop into a better musician and future public servant. In my spare time I enjoy getting together with friends and harmonizing with everything from vocal jazz to show tunes. You also will often find me glued to the TV soaking up every detail of House of Cards. I look forward to helping new students join our wonderful Honors Program!
Ranjay Matharu, Associate Recruitment Commissioner
WHAT IS UP. My name is Ranjay Matharu and I'm a Sophomore Economics major with a sustainability emphasis from San Ramon, CA. As far as extracurricular activities go, I'm also a Student Ambassador in the Admissions office, an Orientation Leader for the class of 2018, and a member of the CampusRec marketing team. I also love playing soccer and am on the SMC Men's Club Soccer team. My passion lies in ridiculously comfortable socks, gangsta rap, and swing music. If I could, I'd be outside all day/night hiking because nature is wonderful. When I have free time on my hands I usually sleep. To be entirely honest, Honors Commission is the what I'm looking forward to the most during sophomore year (smiley face).
Hi! I’m Annisa Hurtado and I’m a Junior Psychology major from Clovis, California. I’m am currently an Associate Commissioner for Publicity and Technology, and I’m really looking forward to getting more involved with the Honors Program this year! Some of my favorite things about Saint Mary’s include Jan Term, and the close proximity to C.R.E.A.M! In my free time (which isn’t often), you’ll probably find me painting my nails or watching Netflix.
Martin Hall, Associate Events, Service, and Finance Commissioner
Martin Hall is a wonderful lady, but unfortunately he went on a wilderness trip into the rolling hills of Moraga, got lost, and no one has seen him since. Wild bunnies are controlling his living quarters, and we feaer those bunnies may be controlled by Nicolas Cage. If anyone sees Marty, please report him to your nearest Commissioner as he may be a danger to himself and other bunnies.
Rosemary Cook, Associate Events Commissioner
Rosemary Cook is a sophomore from Martinez, California pursuing a double major in English and Sociology. She is dedicated to service and hopes to pursue a career in criminal justice to continue being an advocate for positive change in both her local and global communities. She absolutely loves the community she’s become a part of here at Saint Mary’s and is excited to be more involved as the Honors Events Commissioner this year!
You can usually find her working in the SMC Bookstore, building sets for plays or rehearsing shows in the theater, in her room reading, writing, watching crime dramas and the Food Network, or playing board games with her friends.
Matt Monet, Associate Events Commissioner
Hello! My name is Matt Monet, I am a Allied Health Sciences major. I recently received my certificate to be a CNA (Certified Nurse's Assistant), but, ironically, I do not want to be a nurse; right now, my goal is to be a Physician Assistant. I have a passion for volunteering and, overall, I just love helping people. Also, when I'm not working hard for the Honors Program, I like to read, dance, run, think about zombies, watch Netflix, play video games, and indulge in the world of anime and manga.
Lauren Lorge, Associate Events Commissioner
Hello! My name is Lauren and I am serving as an Events Commissioner for the Honors Program for the 2014-2015 school year. I am a senior double majoring in Psychology and History. I have been a part of the Honors program since my freshman year and am excited to be a commissioner and get others involved in the program! I am also involved in Campus Activities Board as the concerts coordinator, write for The Collegian, and am a SALT Leader through CILSA. In my spare time I love reading, listening to all types of music, writing, and watching old movies. I am looking forward to a great year with my fellow Gaels!
Aly Runke, Associate Publicity and Technology Commissioner
I am an Integral Major and a Junior here at SMC. I'm from Phoenix, Arizona. I love books! I love to read and co-run a book blog, I'm also an intern for Patchwork Press. I also hope to be a published author one day! I also love to sew costumes specifically Disney costumes. ANd that is what I usually do with my spare time if i'm not reading ro writing. I love to be with friends and go on wacky bay area adventures. I'm always ready to work hard and love SMC with a passion.
Alec Andoyan, Associate Publicity and Technology Commissioner
My name is Alec Andoyan and I will be serving as one of the Associate Publicity and Technology Commissioners for the 2014-15 academic year. I am a sophomore majoring in Biology, with goal of working in medicine. Besides my dedication to the Honors Commission, I will be a general chemistry lab assistant, volunteering at the local hospital and working at Student Disabilities Services. In my free time in enjoy reading, listing to music and doing nothing. I am really excited for the school year and looking forward to a great year.
Bianca Miani, Associate Publicity and Technology Commissioner
Hello beautiful! My name is Bianca, I am a Biochemistry major. I really enjoy art, whether it is digital or on paper. I LOVE science, a lot. I would like to be a Forensic Scientist (I get mixed reactions with that). I also really like to watch Netflix, play some video games, read books, and hang out when I am not in lab. I would like to get more involved with SMC and hope that I can bring forth the awesomeness in the Honor's Program and show the enthusiasm I see here. Don't be shy!