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 12 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.
Karen Trang, Executive Commissioner
Justher Gutierrez, Executive Commissioner
Hello everyone! My name is Justher and I am one of your co-Executive Commissioners for the Honors Program. I am a Communication major and a French minor. I'm extremely passionate about media (television, newspapers, etc.) and the impact of representation within mainstream media - I actually did one of my honors contracts on white washing in Hollywood. In addition to being a part of the Honors Commission, I also work as an Engaged Learning Facilitator for CILSA. When I'm not doing stuff for the Honors Program or CILSA, I'm usually blogging or singing 90s pop songs to myself. I'm excited to finish my undergrad with all of the wonderful people in the program!
Ryan Keane is a third year Biology major, with a minor in Creative Writing. He is currently the Commissioner of Academics 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 the next 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.
Hi, my name is Jaquelyn Davis, but I go by Jaq! I am a junior majoring in English and minoring in Psychology. I will be serving as an Associate Academic Commissioner for the 2013-2014 academic year; I'm really excited to be collaborating with the rest of the brilliant commissioners to make the Honors Program better than ever this year! When I'm not busy with the commission, I work at the Center for Writing on campus and serve as the editor of Riverrun, SMC's creative writing magazine. In my spare time, you'll find me running the Lamorinda trails, listening to the Giants on the radio, or reading a good book somewhere outside on campus. I'm looking forward to a great year at SMC!
Noah O'Connor, Associate Academic Commissioner
Noah doesn't have much to say for this page. If you talk to him in person, he'll likely have a whole lot to say, so I suggest going up to him and asking him about his Honors Commissioner bio. Some fun things to mention when in a conversation with Noah are: the sad state of Canada, why white mocha frappucinos are his favorite drink ever, and please, talk in-depth about Dr. Who and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Litzia Martin, Associate Recruitment Commissioner
My name is Litzia Martin. I am a Mathematics major and a Spanish minor. 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
Hey all, my name is Bridget and I am your Publicity and Tech Commissioner. I'm a senior English major with an emphasis in Dramatic and Film Arts. I love the community of Saint Mary's, but one of the greatest semesters I've been a student here has been the semester I spent abroad in Ireland. I highly recommend studying abroad to everyone, even if it's only for a Janterm: totally worth it. Being abroad inspired the travel bug in me, and I love exploring and traveling to new places but more specifically eating new foods. Whenever I'm not cooking or chowing down in my kitchen one can usually find me at the SMC Museum of Art or the Center for Writing Across the Curriculum.
Hi! I’m Annisa Hurtado and I’m a sophomore 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.
My name is Steven Colson and I am an Associate Commissioner of Publicity and Technology for the Honors Commission. This is my second year at Saint Mary's and I am on track to major in English (Single Subject Matter Preparation) and minor in Communications. I am passionate about art, books, video games, movies, music, and basically every other creative means of expression. I like weird things and weird people.
Geno Urbano, Events, Service, and Finance Commissioner
Hi! My name is Geno Urbano and I am the Commissioner of Social Events and Community Service. I am the person to go to if you have an idea for something you would like to do in Honors. I am a senior and I am a Biochemistry major with a minor in Math. I currently tutor in Assumption Hall for Chemistry and Math and I am a TA for the Chemistry labs. Apart from my busy schedule, I like to play video games or play the guitar. If you see me around campus, I may look like I am focused on something I'm reading or what I am listening to but you can always come up and say hi and chat for a bit.
Martin Hall, 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.
Brandynne Cho, Associate Events, Service, and Finance Commissioner
Brandy is a senior math major who is super excited to help put on events for the Honors program. She has been in the Honors program since freshman year, and has spent time in research, as a student-athlete, and in studying abroad. As a part of the Events Commission, one of her main goals this year is to organize low-key events that are easy to come to, relaxing, and fun. Some of Brandy’s favorite things are baking & chocolate, running, singing, and snowboarding.
Lukas Yanni, Associate Events, Service, and Finance Commissioner
Lukas Yanni is a 3+2 Engineering Major and the Honors Program’s Commissioner of Finance. He works closely with the Events Commissioners to come up with fun activities are be sure they are funded as best they can. He enjoys hiking, biking, backpacking, swimming, exploring (pretty much anything outdoors), catching up on TV shows, movies and documentaries, learning Spanish guitar, eating Mexican food, space exploration and science, and has a passion for history. He hopes the commission will open up opportunities to help others get more out of their education and provide students with fun and enriching activities.
Robby Tabor, Associate Events, Service, and Finance Commissioner
Robby Tabor is in the class of 2014 with a major in Physics and a minor in English. Originally from Vacaville, CA, Robby has become heavily involved with SMC events, serving on the Campus Activities Board for two years before joining the Honors Events Commission. When he isn’t planning the next mission of Humans vs. Zombies, he can be found analyzing Martian craters, sampling various types of chocolate, or playing Super Smash Bros. with his friends.