The Executive Council oversees all activity within RPC and is integral to the smooth running of RPC. For the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the Council consists of five positions and is filled by five members.
President – Jodie Nghiem
Jodie Nghiem is a senior at McMurtry College majoring in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and French Studies. As president, she is responsible for overseeing the organization as a whole, ensuring the successful operation of all committees and events, and is the primary spokesperson for the organization. She enjoys the opportunity to work with fellow students to plan events for the Rice community. Her favorite event is the Gingerbread House Building Competition, because she loves celebrating the holiday season (and eating sweets!). When she’s not working with her team, Jodie likes to bike, crochet, munch on pains au chocolate, and sip on sweet iced tea.
The President is responsible for overseeing RPC as a whole, ensuring that all committees and events are run smoothly, efficiently, and most importantly, successfully. The President elects the Executive Board, works with them to select co-chairs and establish the budget, sets the agenda for and runs Exec and General Meetings, and is the primary spokesperson and point of contact for the organization.
Interval Vice President (IVP) – Stephanie Zhao
Stephanie is super excited to serve as the 2016-2017 Internal Vice-President of RPC and is currently a junior from the wonderful Brown College. She is majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and is also looking to attend medical school. As this year’s IVP, her job is to organize retreat and retention events to bring unity and cohesion to RPC as well as manage minutes and attendance tasks. She also strives to ensure that RPC members are enjoying their time in the organization and having fun planning events! Her favorite RPC event is a tie between Esperanza and the Gingerbread House Building Contest. Outside of RPC, Stephanie is also involved in the Vietnamese Student Association, Camp Kesem, and her college government.
The Internal Vice President maintains organization and cohesion within RPC. The IVP plans retreats and retention events, and also handles minutes and attendance tasks. The IVP also has the opportunity to get to know every single member in RPC. Additionally, he or she works to make sure that RPC is not only planning great events for the campus, but that its members are also building relationships and having tons of fun along the way.
External Vice President – Kristina Johnson
Kristina is a senior at Hanszen majoring in Cognitive Sciences, and she is the 2016-2017 External Vice President for RPC. This is her third year in RPC, from college rep to co-chair to exec member! Her favorite RPC event is Beer Bike because of how it brings campus together in such an incredible way. As the External Vice President, she is the main intermediary between RPC and other groups/organizations across campus including the SA, Homecoming Committee, and each of the residential college’s socials committee heads/directors. Her job is to ensure that RPC’s campus-wide goals are being met. In addition, she also helps facilitate the scheduling and planning of college events so that conflicts are kept to a minimum.
The External Vice President acts as the main intermediary between RPC and other groups/organizations across campus, including the SA, Homecoming Committee, and each of the residential college’s socials committee heads/directors. The EVP’s job is to ensure that RPC’s campus-wide goals are being met. In addition, the EVP also helps facilitate the scheduling and planning of college events so that conflicts are kept to a minimum.
Director of College Relations – Max Hassell
Max is a junior chemical and biomolecular engineering major from Lovett College and your DCR for 2016-17. He’s captain of the Lovett men’s basketball team and also one of Lovett’s chalkboard reps, but most of his extracurricular time is spent serving on exec for RPC. His favorite RPC event is probably Trick or Treat on the Rink, even though he’s quite awful at ice skating. His job as DCR is to head the three committees that are responsible for spreading information about RPC events to all of the colleges. Part of this responsibility is to gain both positive and negative feedback about our event events and how we’re doing as an organization, so if you’ve got anything to share, let him or your college rep know!
The Director of College Relations ensures that RPC has a devoted and competent body of college representatives that are enthusiastic and informed about all RPC events so that each member of the undergraduate community has a chance to know about and attend the events that RPC hosts. Furthermore, the DCR is required to make sure that the college reps are gaining feedback from their colleges, both positive and negative.
Treasurer – Ameesh Shah
Our 2016-2017 RPC Treasurer is Ameesh Shah, a sophomore at Jones College majoring in Computer Science. At Jones, Ameesh works as Chief of Staff in the Jones Cabinet and as an O-Week PAA; beyond Jones, he is involved with research at Duncan Hall and he works as a tutor. Outside of the classroom, he plays on the club tennis team, and he’s an avid follower of Cleveland Sports. Ameesh’s favorite RPC event is Rondelet because it lets him embrace his inner romantic. As RPC Treasurer, Ameesh is in charge of overseeing the budget for each event and committee, allocating finances properly for each group in the organization, and holding and managing the financial records for each transaction. Additionally, he works with the Night Owl Antics committee as the executive liaison. This year, Ameesh is focused on increasing communication and transparency with the RPC Budget, as well as working more closely with the Beer Bike budget.
The Treasurer oversees the financial aspects in RPC that include monetary planning and budgeting, fiscal reporting and funding. In addition, this year the Treasurer will be working closely with both the Traditions and Night Owl Antics Committees.