Senate of College Councils

Executive Board

2017-18 Executive Board

President

The Senate President, elected by the Senate General Assembly, is the chief executive officer of Senate and presides over General Assembly meetings, Executive Board meetings and Presidents Committee meetings. The President is the chief representative officer of Senate and makes decisions of representation in absence of the General Assembly or Executive Board.

Austin Reynolds, President

Austin Reynolds, President

Austin Reynolds

Major(s): English Honors/Pre-Med

Year: 5th Year

Hometown: Texarkana, TX

Email: austinreynolds@utexas.edu

About: I am a English Honors, Pre-Medicine major with plans to work within the field of study pertaining to HIV/AIDS. I have an aptitude for reading, running, and learning, and I love meeting new people/meeting new books! (Please email me some book recommendations!!). When I'm not being a student or participating in Senate events, I'm with friends seeing the nature in Austin or enjoying the food.

Resume Highlights: Policy/Legislative Intern at Equality Texas, Thesis: "Controlling the Creation of Social Memory for HIV/AIDS Through Autoenthnography," Liberal Arts Honors, English Departmental Honors, UT Honors, Dean's List Recipient, Liberal Arts Council Member of the Week (2015)

Senate Involvement: Vice President for Senate 16-17, President of Liberal Arts Council 15-16, Chair of COLA College Tuition Budget Advisory Committee (CTBAC), Founder of Dean Student Advisory Committee, Vice Chair of Vicks Advising Award

Star Sign: Pisces

 

Vice President

The Senate Vice President, elected by the Senate General Assembly, is responsible for supporting and engaging the College Councils by directing resources to benefit them, connecting councils on academic initiatives, and fostering collaboration among the Executive Board, committee chairs, and the College Councils. Additionally, the Executive Director co-chairs the Senate Representatives Committee, which serves as a forum of communication between the councils to discuss council undertakings, legislation, and other academic issues.

Lu Barraza, Vice President

Lu Barraza, Vice President

Lu Barraza

Major(s): Advertising

Year: Senior

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

Email: barraza.lu@gmail.com

About: Lu likes to spend time around Austin procrastinating in various coffee shops. Enjoys reading and cooking in his free time. Still loves the Patriots more than Senate.

Resume Highlights: Member of Liberal Arts Council, Former Transfer Student Ad-Hoc Director, Intern with Rep. Eddie Lucio III, Intern with musx 

Senate Involvement: 2017-2018 VP, 2016-2017 R&R Chair, 2015-2016 R&R At-Large

Star Sign: Leo

 

Financial Director

The Senate Financial Director, elected by the Senate General Assembly, is the chief budget and fiscal officer of the Senate and college council system, serving as the official liaison between the Executive Board and the council financial officers. The Financial Director develops and maintains the Senate and college council budgets, keeps detailed records of expenditures incurred by Senate and the councils and manages the organizational appropriations process.

Chandler Forsythe, Financial Director

Chandler Forsythe, Financial Director

Chandler Forsythe

Major(s): Humanities; Minors in Urban Studies, Government, German, African and African Diaspora Studies

Year: Senior

Hometown: Cleburne, Texas

Email: chanfors@gmail.com

About: Is an amateur deltiologist

Resume Highlights: Have worked extensively with the National Center for Construction Education and Research to develop education software and policy. Licensed Real Estate Agent. 3 years working in the Texas Legislautre with State Representative DeWayne Burns.

Senate Involvement: 2.5 Years in Liberal Arts Council! Served as At-Large from 15-16 and RAL from 16-17.

Star Sign: Capricorn

 

Policy Director

The Senate Policy Director, appointed by the Senate President, Vice President, and Financial Director, is responsible for being knowledgeable about and conducting research on University policy and proposed changes. The Policy Director will provide updated information on the status of pending Senate bills and resolutions, and at the request of Senate members, the Director will investigate and report on prior legislation activities of the Senate.

David Jenkins, Policy Director

David Jenkins, Policy Director

David Jenkins

Major(s): English Honors

Year: Junior

Hometown: Southlake TX/ Cary, IL

Email: davidmsjenkins@gmail.com

About: I started growing up in Chicago and finished things up in north Texas. When I'm not thinking about policy I enjoy reading and watching comedy, political if it's been a long day and non-political if it's been an even longer day. If you've read Ender's Game or T.S. Eliot talk to me. My favorite movies are Fight Club, Catsle in the Sky, and Space Jam. So that should tell you enough about me.

Resume Highlights: Legislative Aide at Texas State Capitol, Briefing Clerk at Flahive, Ogden, and Latson

Senate Involvement: I started as an At-Large on the Academic Integrity committee but quickly developed an interest in the legislation writing aspects of Senate. Seeing students propose their ideas to make UT better before a huge assembly that worked together to turn those ideas into real, tangible change was just incredible to me. I started on legislative work and moved on to be a Co-Chair on the Academic Policy Committee last year. 

Star Sign: Pisces

 

Internal Director

The Senate Internal Director, appointed by the Senate President, Vice President and Financial Director, serves as the Chief Internal Officer of Senate, overseeing the activities of all Senate committees and coordinators. The Internal Director acts as the liaison between the Executive Board, committee chairs, coordinators, and Senate Representatives. The Internal Director also co-chairs the Senate Representatives Committee along with the Vice President.

Caity Campbell, Internal Director

Caity Campbell, Internal Director

Caity Campbell

Major(s): Rhetoric/Pre-Med

Year: Senior

Hometown: Cleburne, Texas

Email: caitylcampbell@gmail.com

About: Caity loves to read, bake, and make up songs about her cat, Louis. Talk to her about Game of Thrones or the Great British Bake-Off.

Resume Highlights: Psychology Research Assistant,  Liberal Arts Honors, Presidential Scholar, Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society, President's Volunteer Service Award

Senate Involvement: Recruitment and Retention At-Large and Co-Chair, Liberal Arts Council College Ambassadors member, UGS Writing Flag Committee

Star Sign: Scorpio

 

Communications Director

The Senate Communications Director, appointed by the Senate President, Vice President, and Financial Director, is responsible for promoting Senate and the college councils to the University, keeping the University up to date on Senate initiatives and accomplishments and clearly articulating Senate's mission and role on campus.

Shreya Chandrasekar, Communications Director

Shreya Chandrasekar, Communications Director

Shreya Chandrasekar

Major(s): Computer Science/Pre-med

Year: Junior

Hometown: Coppell, Texas

Email: shreyachandrasekar@utexas.edu

About: I'm double jointed in my fingers and elbows!!

Resume Highlights: CS Pod (FIG) Mentor for 2 years, Women in Natural Sciences (WINS) Program Assistant, Texas Bluebonnets

Senate Involvement: At-Large/Design Coordinator (2015-16), amazing Communications Committee Co-Chair (2016-17), Communications Director (2017-18)

Star Sign: Scorpio

 

Administrative Director

The Senate Administrative Director, appointed by the Senate President, Vice President, and Financial Director, is in charge of compiling general meeting's agendas, taking general meeting's minutes, keeping the official attendance and voting records for councils, notifying councils and members of absences, and all other administrative tasks. Additionally, the Administrative Director facilitates organization among the Senate Leadership Team and is responsible for promoting and supporting the Senate agencies.

Adrienne Epstein, Administrative Director

Adrienne Epstein, Administrative Director

Adrienne Ullman Epstein 

Major(s): Sociology

Year: Junior

Hometown: Los Angeles, California 

Email: adrienneepstein@utexas.edu 

About: Adrienne was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She is an avid pun, Guy Fieri, meme, netflix, and pup enthusiast. Her family, friends, and dogs (named Merlot and Sequel) keep her motivated and enthusiastic about every day. Adrienne can quote every Childish Gambino and Kanye West song by heart. She has a deep passion for N64 games and musicals (how they go together she isn’t exactly sure yet). Adrienne cannot wait to be the Administrative Director and revamp many of the traditional administrative tasks, while reforming the Returning At-Large program!

Resume Highlights: Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, U.S. Congressional District Intern, Liberal Arts Council Member, Liberal Arts Honors, and McCombs Summer Institute Student. 

Senate Involvement: Academic Enrichment At-Large, Academic Enrichment Returning At-Large, and Administrative Director 

Star Sign: Pisces

 

Membership Director

The Senate Membership Director, appointed by the Senate President, Vice President, and Financial Director, coordinates the selection process of at-large members and oversees their involvement in Senate. The Membership Director seeks to foster leadership development and cohesion within the At-Large class and encourage a sense of community throughout the organization, including college councils.

Drishti Wadha, Membership Director

Drishti Wadha, Membership Director

Drishti Wadha

Major(s): Chemical Engineering

Year: Senior

Hometown: in progress

Email: drishtiw@utexas.edu

About: I've broken my nose 3 times!

Resume Highlights: Texas Bluebonnets President, Speak 4 languages!!

Senate Involvement: Recruitment and Retention At-Large, Academic Enrichment Co-Chair, Membership Director

Star Sign: Scorpio

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