JSC Subcommittees

The 2016-2017 Joint Student Council


Student Council Treasurers

Engineering Art Architecture
Gabriela Godlewski   Zhenni Zhu
    Vaughn Lewis


Student Council Secretaries

Engineering Art Architecture
Michael Lange   Celine Park


ESC Website Administrators

Engineering Art Architecture
Chris Watkins   Chong Gu
    Margaux Wheelock-Shew


Representatives serving on the committees formed under faculty governance, noted with an asterisk (*), must be in good academic standing and have plurality.

NOTE: The Art Student Council subcommittee information is not yet available.

Academic Standards*

Each faculty has its own academic standards committee. The Academic Standards Subcommittees define the minimum academic performance acceptable to each faculty, review academic performances each semester, and determine whether students are allowed to continue at The Cooper Union or are asked to withdraw or are dismissed for failing to meet these standards. Students who fail to meet the minimum standard are asked to explain their academic performance to the committee. The Academic Standards Subcommittees meet at least three times a year (at the end of the fall semester, the week before Commencement, and the beginning of the summer.) All matters brought before the committees are confidential. The Academic Standards Subcommittees are also involved in cases involving academic dishonesty.

Engineering Art Architecture
Michael Pasternak Kiersten Mercado Celine Park
Max Summers   Margaux Wheelock-Shew (alt)
Romaniya Voloshchuk    

Administrative Chair

The Ad-Chairs run the individual student councils and the Joint Student Council. They administer the Student Councils by setting the agenda for the year and for the individual meetings, scheduling and running meetings, monitoring the performance of the individual representatives, and keeping records of the meetings. They serve as liaison to the Deans' offices. The Art Student Council elects one of their chairs to the Administrative Committee of the School of Art. The Engineering Student Council elects an assistant chair and a secretary to assist in the running of Engineering Student Council.

Engineering Art Architecture
Daniel Galperin Waseem Nafisi Dash Chrisner
Romaniya Voloshchuk Clara Zinky Maya Krtic
Tobias Stein (Assistant)   Evan Shirley

Administrative Committees*

The Administrative Committees are formed under the governances of the Schools of Art and Architecture, respectively, which define the purview of the committee as: "The Committee shall be responsible for the general administration of the operations of the School and for matters not delegated nor within the purview of other standing committees, and shall serve as advisor to the Dean." Each school has a separate committee.

Art Architecture
Jessica Floyd Evan Shirley
Eva Gabrielsen Noah Silver

Admissions Committee*

The Admissions Committee sets the policies on admissions and recruitment.

Engineering Art Architecture
Daniel Galperin Jessica Floyd Maya Krtic
Jason Katz Lauren Woods Evan Shirley

Alumni Committee

This committee liaises with alumni on alumni-related issues.

Engineering Art Architecture
Daniel Galperin   Dash Chrisner
Jeremiah Pratt    

Bookfair Organizer

The student(s) in charge of preparing for the semesterly ESC Book Fair

  • Gabriela Godlewski
  • Marianne Tymocz

Campus Security Committee*

New York State requires the election of students to serve on a campus wide security committee to enforce state law. The mandate for the committee is: "The committee shall review current campus security policies and procedures and make recommendations for their improvement. It shall specifically review current policies and procedures for:

  • Educating the campus community, including security personnel and those persons who advise or supervise students, about sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking offenses pursuant to section 6432 of this article;
  • Educating the campus community about personal safety and crime prevention;
  • Reporting sexual assaults, domestic violence and stalking incidents and assisting victims during investigations;
  • Referring complaints to appropriate authorities;
  • Counseling victims; and
  • Responding to inquiries from concerned persons."

Professor Alan Wolf of the Physics Department serves as chair of this committee.

Engineering Art Architecture
Blossom Soifer Owen Law Dash Chrisner
Marianna Tymocz (alt)   Akash Godbole
    Parker Limon

Code of Conduct

Engineering Art Architecture

Curriculum Committee*

Each of the four faculties has a curriculum committee that decides when to add new courses, eliminate old courses, expand the curriculum in a certain direction, and determines which courses are elective and which required.

Engineering Art Architecture
Tobias Stein Owen Law Chong Gu
Max Summers Waseem Nafisi Akash Godbole
Romaniya Voloshchuk   Margaux Wheelock-Shew

Faculty of Architecture Committee

This committee liaises with the School of Architecture faculty.

  • Kayla Montes de Oca
  • Akash Godbole
  • Vaughn Lewis
  • Celine Park (alt)

Faculty of Art Committee

This committee liaises with the School of Art faculty.

  • Waseem Nafisi

Public Events Committee

Engineering Art Architecture
Anton Luz Kiersten Mercado Octavia Parker
Gabriela Godlewski (alt) Lauren Woods (alt)  


Engineering Art Architecture
Tobias Stein Sarah Philips Celine Park
Romaniya Voloshchuk Leo Serriere Kayla Montes de Oca

IT Committee

This committee discusses technological changes that will occur at Cooper

Engineering Art Architecture
Jeremiah Pratt   Chong
Jordan Varghese (alt)   Margaux Wheelock-Shew

Joint Activities Committee

The JAC determines funding for recognized clubs and also has disciplinary power over clubs. Each school elects three representatives and one alternate.

Engineering Art Architecture
Gabriela Godlewski Mavis Figuls Zhenni Zhu
Jason Katz   Vaughn Lewis
Michael Pasternak    

Judicial Committee

The Judicial Committee meets to hear complaints filed under the Cooper Union Code of Fair Practice and to adjudicate these complaints. Each representative has his or her own alternate so that the proper balance of class years is maintained on the hearing panel; representatives must pass materials directly to the alternate if the representative cannot attend a hearing. Each school elects two representatives and two alternates.

Engineering Art Architecture
Max Summers Jessica Floyd Parker Limon
  Leo Serriere  

Judicial Appeals Committee

A Judicial Appeal Committee, consisting of one dean and two students, is formed when a student files a timely appeal of a decision of the Judicial Committee.

Engineering Art Architecture
Michael Lange Nicholas D'Ornellas Kayla Montes de Oca
Michael Pasternak    

Library Committee

The library committee serves as an advisory board to the head librarian. Two representatives and one alternate are elected from each school.

Engineering Art Architecture
Kathryn Copeland Mavis Figuls Akash Godbole
Ariana Freitag   Celine Park
    Chong Gu


The Senate was reconstituted, after a recess of more than a decade, as an advisory and consultative body to the President of Cooper Union. Each of the three Student Councils were asked to elect two representatives:

Engineering Art Architecture
Jeremiah Pratt Jacob Jackmauh Vaughn Lewis
Romaniya Voloshchuk Clara Zinky Maya Krtic
    Parker Limon (alt)

Student Activites Committee

The Student Activities Committee, with 3 student representatives from Engineering, two from Art, and one from Architecture, is charged with drafting the governances of the Student Council.

Engineering Art Architecture
Gabriela Godlewski Mavis Figuls Noah Silver
Jason Katz   Zhenni Zhu
Michael Pasternak    

Survey Representative

The survey committee is responsible for compiling the information from surveys sent out by the council, and, if appropriate, preparing a distribution to be provided to all engineering students.

Trustees, Academic and Student Affairs Committee

Engineering Art Architecture
Marianne Tymocz   Noah Silver
Jordan Varghese (alt)   Zhenni Zhu

Student Trustee

  • Jessica Marshall
  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.