Marco Minoni, Chair

Graduating year

Class of 2018 ½

Major

Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology

Nationality

Italian

What I do

My task is to lead! As chair, I have to make sure the team as a whole is moving in the right direction. While people within the board are different, ASC’s direction is always the same: improving our education from a student perspective. In order to do so, I’m responsible for having a complete overview of all the things happening. Together with the secretary, I plan long and short-term goals. Moreover, I have to keep the team together and keep motivation and energy up. All in all, I try to do my part to improve UCU!

What I like

It would be easier to mention things that I do not like. I love people, football, theater, cooking, travelling, playing and listening to music. Love the sun, the rain and everything in between. I love spirituality and philosophy, but also science. I love food, I’m a sucker for bread, pasta, pizza and lasagna. A bit stereotypical but why not? I basically just love life and everything that comes with it.

Cassius Smith-Frazer, Student Assessor

Graduating year

Class of 2019

Major

Cognitive Neuroscience and Mathematics with a minor in Philosophy

Nationality

British

What I do

As the student assessor (SA) I function both as a communication conduit between the UCU staff and student body and take an active role in representing the student perspective as a fully-fledged member of some of UCU’s most important decision-making entities. Among other roles, I am a member of the management team, therein giving student input into the daily business of our college’s main executive body. Furthermore, I sit on the college board and therein actively participate in longer term policy development and high level decision making. These positions, in combination with being a member of the Academic Student Council, allow me to communicate the student perspective to the decision making apparatus of UCU and, conversely, to give the student representatives a nuanced grasp on the perspectives in College Hall.The information and knowledge that the Student Academic Council provide to me is invaluable for making sound decisions in these meetings, as it is how I can gather and get informed about most of the student input on issues, thanks to my board colleagues. 

What I like

If I wasn’t at UCU, I’d most likely be studying some combination of music production, sound engineering, live performance and sound for film. I’ve been playing music since I was knee high to a grasshopper, and making tunes in various styles since I was about sixteen. Post-graduation, I hope to be able to dedicate more time to developing a professional skill set in these domains.

Jari van Tilborg, Secretary

Graduating year

Class of 2020

Major

Political Science and Law

Nationality

Dutch

What I do

The role of secretary means that I work on keeping get board organized by doing a number of tasks. These include taking minutes at out meetings, keeping an overview of our internal and external communications as well as keeping track of finances. In addition, I will be managing the entire social media output created by the ASC board, thus will be the first to read your messages. In regards to external communications, I represent UCU academics at the UCSRN, a community of all university colleges in the Netherlands.

What I like

I really enjoy politics, and discussing everything that comes with the topic. I am specifically interested in international politics and the European Union. I lived in Brussels for a bit so please talk to me about anything international organizations related! I also love having dinner with my friends and hanging out with them when I am tired of talking about politics.

Soomin Chung, Academic Affairs Officer for the Social Sciences

Graduating year

Class of 2020

Major

Law and Politics

Nationality

South Korean

What I do

AAOs are referred to as “antennas” of the student body. As a social sciences AAO, I will be working with the head of department, track fellows, and students in order to improve the quality of tracks within the social sciences department. Through mediums such as track events and focus groups, I will be facilitating bilateral discourse on tracks between students and teachers. Come join me on our cosy couch during ASC office hours if you want to talk academics!

What I like

I like finding out more about my own culture through cooking Korean food and having a Korean BBQ with friends!

Janneke Boonstra, Academic Affairs Officer for the Natural Sciences

Graduating Class

Class of 2020

Major

Art history and Philosophy

Nationality

Dutch

What I do

As the Academic Affairs Officer of the sciences I make sure the students’ voices are heard in the department. I keep in touch with the student body to gain opinions and insights about the science courses, tracks and teachers, so that the quality of the science department is constantly being reviewed. I am also involved in other academics related projects such as working alongside the futures team and the internationalization team. Additionally, I am in charge of keeping in touch with other academic bodies within Utrecht University.

What I like

I absolutely love seeing art and walking around different cities. I also like reading, both prose and things art-history related. I adore theater and improv and I like dancing (even though I can’t dance all that well). I also like being with family, friends and my dog, Otje.

Jonathan Sendker, Academic Affairs Officer for the Humanities

Graduating year

Class of 2020

Major

Psychology, Philosophy and Literature

Nationality

German

What I do

Academic Affairs Officers, ore AAOs, are each responsible for one of the three departments. It’s my job to be informed about everything that’s happening in the Humanities and give input from the students’ perspective. That means communicating with a lot of people: the Head of Department, track representatives, teachers, fellows and, of course, students. We AAOs also set up focus groups, course evaluations and more to get student input!

What I like

I really enjoy theater, both improvisational and scripted, as well as writing and reading. At UCU, I can combine all this by writing scripts for our campus theater group - come watch our shows! I also really enjoy dancing, and, believe it or not, learning new things about psychology and philosophy. The human mind is endlessly fascinating to me, which is one of the reasons why I try to meditate every day. Catch me in the meditation room in the mornings! :-)