Leadership in the Pres House community is open to all students and young professionals. Members shape who we are and what we do as part of the Pres House Leadership Council.
The purpose of the Leadership Council is to provide spiritual leadership to the Pres House community. We develop and express that spiritual leadership in three ways:
Relationship with God
Relationship with others
Service to the community
Many people in our community have very busy lives; though many of the activities are great, we are not interested in adding one more task to a list. Instead, we seek to move about our daily lives in ways that deepen our capacity to follow Jesus’ command to, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.”
Pres House Council primarily invites you to go deep with God and neighbor. Through the regular sharing of our lives with one another—our passions, our questions, our joys, our wounds, our challenges—we inspire our community to bear witness to the radical grace of Christ not only at Pres House, but in all the spaces of our lives.
Monthly Council meetings on Sundays, 1:00-3:00 PM: Exact dates TBA; we meet once a month, September through May.
Leadership Council 2017-18
Major: B.S., Agricultural Business Management
Interests: Traveling, trying new foods, spending time with friends and family, skiing, soccer, volleyball, hockey, running, biking, Gaelic football and hurling.
Favorite place on campus: The Union Terrace
Favorite thing about Pres House: Great community of people
Bucket list item: I would love to go Heli-skiing someday
Major: MA Library and Information Studies. Emphasis: Data management and analytics
Future Aspirations: Medical Research (with a focus on public health) using computational biology
Interests: Gardening, Reading, Volunteering, and Traveling
Current Read: Stephen King’s Dark Tower Series
Favorite place on campus: Memorial Union. I love to listen to the music, hang with friends, and eat Babcock’s ice cream.
Spirit Animal: Moose – headstrong, awkward yet graceful, quiet, caring
Babcock’s ice-cream flavor: Union Utopia
Major: Political Science and Gender & Women’s Studies.
Interests: When I have time, I love to read (especially my favorite book, The Handmaid’s Tale), practice yoga, and you’ll almost catch me listening to a podcast.
Collegiate Involvement: On campus, I am very active in several political bodies, especially advocating for women’s health issues and access to healthcare more broadly. I’ve always been a huge politics junkie, so please forgive me if I lead you into a political debate, but that has also been my most meaningful spiritual practice.
Spirit Animal: Someday I’d love to magically morph into a sloth as one of the great philosophers of the animal kingdom, but that’s also pretty much the antithesis of who I am as a human being.
Favorite thing about Pres House: Through Prayer^3, I found an outlet to combine my dual interests in politics and religion in an intentional way, which I hope you’ll join me in!
Major: Computer Science and pursuing a certificate in Math
Interests: I love singing, dancing, playing the piano, and basically anything that involves music. Additionally, I enjoying traveling, watching old movies, learning new languages, or just daydreaming.
Babcock ice cream of choice: Mocha Macchiato, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Favorite place on campus: I take delight in spending time at the Art Library, and reading my novel of choice, Le Rouge et Le Noir (The Red and the Black) by Stendhal
Future aspirations: My dream is converse in French and Italian with native proficiency, and master the art of Italian cuisine. Also it would be my pleasure to converse with the famous, Antonin Scalia, best known as an Associate Justice for the U.S. Supreme Court, appointed in 1986 by Ronald Reagan.
Favorite thing about Pres House: I am so happy that I am able to serve and worship God through music.
Spirit Animal: Koala – we can both spend 22 hours sleeping and the rest of the day eating and climbing trees.
Major: Nuclear Engineering graduate student
Interests: I enjoy staying active with running, swimming, biking, and playing volleyball, but also enjoy sedentary activities such as watching TV series, playing video games, or tinkering with electronics.
Favorite places on campus: The lab I am a research assistant in, a fusion experiment called the Helically Symmetric eXperiment (HSX).
Babcock Ice Cream of Choice: Chocolate Peanut Butter
Spirit Animal: A duck since they can walk, swim, and fly.
Famous Historical Person you could have a Debate with: Probably Carl Friedrich Gauss, just because he was such an influential mathematician and scientist. I guarantee I would lose any sort of debate we might have however.
Book of Choice: Recently only textbooks come to mind, and while most are written as information dumps, David Griffiths’ Introduction to Electrodynamics has to be the most entertaining text book I’ve ever read.
Favorite Experience at Pres House: I really enjoyed getting coffee with other graduate students and Mark / Erica (Weekly Coffee Tours), it started the morning off well for me every time!
Major: Biology and Spanish with a certificate in Global Health.
Interests: I enjoy poring over my books with a coffee in hand, running along the paths in the nature haven of Lakeshore, treating myself to a body-wide cleanse with yoga, and occupying the kitchen to bake or cook whatever my taste buds request.
Favorite book: The book that has stolen my heart as a personal favorite is Pride and Prejudice. It always leaves me feeling intellectually stimulated and just a bit more sophisticated.
Spirit animal: If I were to liken myself to an animal it would be a deer, as I move quietly but quickly, and am often vigilant and observant.
Favorite place on campus: Historical society, where I’m ensconced by books and fellow bookworms.
Converse with a famous historical person: I’d share the kitchen with Julia Child. In this fantasy, we’d share a laugh or two about our highly contrasting accents, and she’d gift me with a few of her famous French recipes.
Favorite ice cream flavor: Vanilla, but on this point I defy such expectations! On the contrary, Mocha Macchiato frequently threatens to compromise my healthy body weight, and it tests my self-discipline every time we lock eyes.
Major: B.S. Gender and Women’s Studies
Interests: Mountain biking, cross country skiing, backpacking, and reading
Spirit Animal: There’s no doubt I’m a dog–friendly, affectionate, loyal, and happiest when I’m around my people.
Favorite Place on Campus: Eagle Heights Garden! I have my own plot and love spending time out there working with my hands. I love seeing sandhill cranes, toads, and cool bugs that visit the garden as well. There are also a few great spots to hang a hammock!
Favorite Thing about Pres House: There’s always space for questioning and flexibility. Here, it’s okay to push each other to think beyond our gut reaction and to look at church from all different angles, and not feel the need to all come to the same conclusion as long as we’ve had a valuable conversation.
Major: I’m a second year graduate student studying organic chemistry, with an emphasis in photocatalysis.
Interests: Outside of school, I enjoy swing dance, tennis, and catching up with friends over coffee.
Favorite place on campus: During the summer, my favorite place on campus is the last fire pit at picnic point overlooking the lake, but during the winter my favorite place is the fireplace in Union South.
Babcock ice cream of choice: My go-to Babcock ice cream flavor combination is one scoop mint chocolate cookie and one scoop mocha macchiato.
Spirit animal: My spirit animal is the manatee because they’re adorable and calming.
Converse with a famous historical person: If I could debate any famous historical person, it would be Nikola Tesla. Not sure exactly what we would debate, but it would be fun nonetheless.
Favorite book: My book of choice has to be the Divergent trilogy.
Memorable time at Pres House: The Christmas party last year. The Christmas party was a fun break from a busy time in the semester, and we made gingerbread house mansions! It was a great time to relax with friends and look forward to the upcoming holidays!
Major: Community & Environmental Sociology and Environmental Sciences, with a certificate in Sustainability.
Interests: Playing guitar, listening to music, sudoku, hanging out in nature.
Favorite places on campus: Lakeshore nature preserve and Science Hall.
Babcock ice cream of choice: Half and half of mocha macchiato and cookies & cream.
Spirit animal: Golden retriever — friendly and ready to play!
Favorite book: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Major: I am a sophomore double majoring in Actuarial Science and Risk Management & Insurance.
Interests: Lying in bed watching Korean entertainment shows are my kind of days, but I also love hanging out with friends, watching musicals/shows, and listening to music.
Favorite place on campus: I enjoy hanging out at the terrace, whether it’s for studying, hanging out, or just eating a chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.
Best thing about Pres House: It has been a significant part of my freshman year, and I can’t wait to create more memories with this amazing community!
Major: Communication Arts, Human Development and Family Studies
Interests: Singing, Playing piano, Reading, Writing, Thrifting!
Favorite place on campus: Anywhere along Lake Mendota! Chair or rock, it doesn’t matter.
Spirit Animal: Orca Whale–they’re very family oriented and social animals!
Book read over the summer: Still Alice by Lisa Genova, but my favorite is The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Major: I’m currently on track to get a degree in biology with the intent of going to pharmacy school after.
Interests: I love playing tennis as well as hiking and exploring new places. Travel is also at the top of my list, so I hope to do lots of it! Currently, my travel destination wish list includes Greece, India, and Australia.
My favorite Babcock ice cream: It would be the Peanut Butter Chocolate or Berry Alvarez and my favorite movie to pair with the ice cream is Water for Elephants.
My favorite memory at Pres House: Last year I participated in the freshmen small group and had a blast! It was so much fun getting to know everyone on a personal and spiritual level, while making great friends in the process. This year, I hope to either start my own small group or join an already existing one. I feel that these are great ways for people to get involved and connected with other members of Pres House.
Future plans at Pres House: I hope to help out with the Grace Episcopal Church Food Pantry, and potentially organize some volunteer/service events through the Ronald McDonald House in Madison. Also, I will be on the Board of Directors this year and am looking forward to all the new experiences that will come along with that!
Major: I studied Psychology as an undergrad, but am I currently a young professional working for Epic systems.
Interests: Reading, hiking, brunching, tennis, concerts, trying new restaurants and traveling.
Favorite Book: Too many to choose but one of them has to be Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.
Favorite Thing about Pres House: The people! Everyone is very open to talking about anything and everything.
Major: I’m a working young professional, but majored in Spanish and Economics at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.
Interests: I love spending time outdoors, especially hiking and playing tennis. I also enjoy cooking and creative writing.
Favorite place on campus: Union Terrace
Spirit animal: Mountain goat…. They’re social and they like to climb and eat.
Best thing about Pres House: The awesome people! I love being a part of such a welcoming and inclusive community.
Major: I’m entering my second year at Madison. I’m planning to double major in political science and Spanish with certificates in American Indian studies and environmental studies.
Interests: Besides these interests, I am also very into running, skiing, biking, swimming and practically any cardio sport involving nature. When it comes to music, I play the piano and sing, and channel my artistic side through photography.
Favorite places on campus: I’m being serious when I say that my favorite place on campus is Pres House because it has felt like a small slice of home for me since my first few weeks as a freshmen. The hectic pace of college life slows down a bit inside its gothic walls. I also spend a lot of time in the courtyard of Tripp Hall, where I live, due to its awesome architecture reminiscent of an English university, and great views of the lake. The Historical Society, and its main reading room, is my favorite study spot on campus.
Babcock ice cream of choice: I agree with many others in selecting Union Utopia as my favorite. There’s no need to explain. If you’ve eaten it, you understand, and if you haven’t you’re missing out.
Spirit animal: I am a lover of nature and God’s creatures so I could identify many as my spirit animal, but if we’re going for a literal interpretation an eagle is my choice. My godfather, covenant partner for confirmation, dear neighbor and friend, and role model for how to conduct myself every day gave me the verse of Isaiah 40:31 during confirmation and thus eagles hold a special place in my heart and faith.
Historical person you could debate: As a scholar of history this is another challenging topic, but the figure who comes to the forefront of my mind is Andrew Jackson, a very controversial president, particularly when it comes to governmental treatment of Native Americans, who our current one alarmingly admires.
Speaking of history, my current favorite book is titled, Lincoln in the Bardo. It deals with the death of Abraham Lincoln’s son and the repercussions of that to various souls stuck in a type of purgatory in the graveyard as they debate how to handle the deceased child. It deals with themes of loss and spirituality and death in very poignant and creatively bold terms that most other books I’ve read haven’t dared to do. Both in my reading and my life, I appreciate these qualities. Thanks for learning a bit about me!
Board of Directors
Six Council Members serve as Board Members elected by the PSCF Board of Directors for one-year terms. This position requires attendance at all board meetings and functions.
2017-2018 Pres House Member Board Members:
- Joel Bodilly
- Jenni Geurink
- Mary Murphy
- Erik Franze
- Jessica Prom
In all these ways, you can help build the spiritual “home” that Pres House seeks to provide to the greater UW-Madison campus and Madison community.
Click here for the Council Event Request and Planning form.