SAC members meet with Dean Kathryn Boor

CALS Student Advisory Council to the Dean

The Student Advisory Council's ultimate goal is to aid in the communication between students and the administration of CALS.

“The CALS Student Advisory Council (SAC) is essential to the college’s goal of continuously improving the student experience at Cornell by providing an important link between the college leadership team and the most pressing issues on students’ minds. Council members meet with me on a regular basis to discuss issues that are important to students and that need to be addressed. The SAC has funding to support student projects, and therefore, contributes also directly to improving student life at Cornell.”

Dean Kathryn J. Boor, PhD

The CALS Dean's Student Advisory Council is a student organization that communicates relevant student issues to Dean Boor to better the students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The organization consists of students from various departments and deals with topics ranging from improving DUST and student course evaluations to approving special funding requests. Below, find more information about contacting the SAC, applying for funding, and joining the SAC.

SAC Members

Shalini RadhakrishnanShalini Radhakrishnan ‘17

Chair of SAC
Animal Science, Minor in Business

Kristina FilippiniKristina Filippini ‘18

Environmental and Sustainability Sciences

Victoria KovacevichVictoria Kovacevich ‘17

Applied Economics and Management

Sydney MarkowitzSydney Markowitz ‘16

Natural Resources

Gabrielle PintoGabrielle Pinto ‘16

Biological Sciences & Nutritional Sciences

Gabrielle SimmonsGabrielle Simmons ‘17

Biology and Society

Kristina ThorenKristina Thoren

Akua Amissah AsareAkua Amissah Asare ‘17

Environmental and Sustainability Sciences

Adam HatalaAdam Hatala ‘17

Biological Sciences, Concentration in Human Nutrition, Minor in Education

Nicholas LevyNicholas Levy ‘18


Matthew MaronMatthew Maron ‘18

Mahmudur RahmanMahmudur Rahman ‘17

Development Sociology & Biological Sciences (Neurobio & Behavior)

Laci TaylorLaci Taylor ‘16

Animal Science

Mark William WysockiMark William Wysocki, SAC Faculty Advisor


Got CALS Spirit?

​The CALS Student Advisory Council is now taking design submissions for the 2016 CALS Student T-shirt. Do you have what it takes? Email for more information and to submit your design!

Contact the SAC

Currently, the SAC chair is Shalini Radhakrishnan, the Student Liaison to the Dean. You can contact her with questions or concerns regarding the SAC or suggestions for improving CALS.

Additionally, most meetings are open to all students, so feel free to inquire about our next one and we'll let you know when and where it is. We welcome student input and hope to address any concerns you might have.

Apply For Funding From the SAC

The Student Advisory Council offers funding to CALS student organizations, groups, or individuals looking to create or participate in trips, events, and other academically relevant pursuits pertaining to the CALS mission. To apply, simply fill out the form, which can be downloaded below, and submit it to the SAC chair. You will be asked to give a brief presentation to the SAC. We will then review your request in a timely fashion and submit our recommendation to Dean Boor, who has final say in the appropriation of funds.

Past Programs Funded

In past years, the Student Advisory Council has received funding applications from CALS-based organizations of various types and with differing objectives. A number of these applications have been selected to receive funding to help pay for a particular event. These groups are chosen based on how well they aid CALS in achieving its Vision and Mission Statements.

After each funded program has been completed, chosen organizations are required to construct a short document containing a detailed explanation of the event for SAC records. Below are examples of the groups we have funded and the well written follow-up reports that were submitted following their event.

Recruitment Information

The Student Advisory Council is an exceptional leadership opportunity for students who want to get involved with the betterment of CALS. The council gives students a chance to improve systems like DUST, collect feedback from the student body, and work on college wide initiatives with the Dean and members of the CALS administration. The organization recruits new members during the end of the spring semester. If you are interested in joining the SAC, please visit our online application and submit it with a copy of your resume by March 26, 2016 at 11PM.