Founded in 2015, the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisory Council (CASSAC) serves as a bridge between undergraduate students and college leadership. CASSAC provides a forum for students to share their opinions and ideas, and a means to enhance the student academic experience by effective positive change.
“CASSAC helps me to stay more closely connected to students and the student experience,” says CAS Dean Bonnie Gunzenhauser. “In its first three years, we’ve had some really terrific student leaders who have enhanced the learning environment within the College of Arts and Sciences through on-campus events, student surveys and ongoing discussions.” This semester, five valuable members of CASSAC are graduating and moving on to new endeavors.
Melissa Barragan (BS biology ’18) is from Oak Lawn, IL. Next up for Melissa is starting the histotechnology program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, upon acceptance. Melissa’s favorite memory at Roosevelt was presenting her research at the Science and Mathematics Student Research Symposium this April. She also enjoyed being an orientation leader for new students. Melissa loved all of the experiences she had through CASSAC and feels that without being a part of the council, she would not have had the same opportunities.
Christian Brian (BS biology ’18), the last graduate from the founding group of CASSAC students, is from Kalamazoo, MI. After graduation, Christian plans to work in a laboratory and travel before heading off to medical school. His favorite memory at Roosevelt was when he was selected as the Class of 2017 Lincoln Laureate. Christian’s greatest memories of CASSAC are the friendships he formed with people who also wanted to improve the academic life of students in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Ju’Juan Day (BA journalism and media studies ’18) is a Chicago native. Post-graduation, Ju’Juan will be attending Columbia College Chicago to obtain his MFA degree in creative writing – poetry. One of Ju’Juan’s favorite memories at Roosevelt was fostering relationships with his peers through his membership in several clubs and organizations. During his time on CASSAC, Ju’Juan enjoyed being able to provide his experience and resolutions to help incoming students navigate their way through university life.
Cody Scherr (BA political science ’18) grew up in Franklin, WI. Cody will be attending Creighton University’s Law School in Omaha, NE this fall. One of his fondest memories of his time at Roosevelt was tutoring ESL students in the Writing Center. When asked what Cody enjoyed most about being a member of CASSAC, he said creating and releasing the SOAR survey – a survey that asked new Roosevelt students for feedback on the beginning of their academic career.
Wuraola Sosina (BA psychology ’18) is from Markham, IL. After graduation, Wuraola plans to complete her doctorate in clinical psychology at Adler University. She enjoyed every moment she spent being involved on campus at Roosevelt. Her favorite part about being in CASSAC was having the opportunity to advocate for the student body and the College of Arts and Sciences in regards to the academic experience.
Congratulations to Roosevelt’s spring, 2018 graduates, especially those from CASSAC. We appreciate all the time and effort they have put into the council and the University as a whole and we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.
Story written by Zoey Bezilla, biology major and member of CASSAC