The Graduate Forum will be running a series of articles profiling the new Graduate Student Council. The GSC elections were held back on May 1st. As the new board members get underway in their positions, we’d like to take an opportunity to congratulate them on their elections and to highlight their hopes for the year ahead. Featured this week – the North Park Activities Coordinator, Regina Salvat.
Regina grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and then traveled east to pursue her studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She graduated from Cornell in 2008 with two degrees, a bachelors and a masters in biomedical engineering. In 2010, she made her way to Dartmouth, to set to work on getting a PhD in Engineering with a focus in biotechnology.
At Dartmouth, Regina is working in Professor Karl Griswold’s lab. The Griswold lab is studying enzyme therapeutics, a treatment method that could help to combat a wide range of health issues, like drug-resistant pathogens and complications from cystic fibrosis. Regina is figuring out how to “de-immunize” large molecules that could be used to carry parts of the treatment method, so long as the body’s immune system doesn’t attack and render them useless.
This past spring, Regina was selected to be the North Park Activities Coordinator for the second year in a row. As the NPAC, Regina’s responsibilities focus around the graduate housing at North Park, where she’ll host social events in an effort to build a welcoming, fun community. As the fall term approaches, she’s gearing up for events designed to welcome the new graduate students, including a wine and cheese tasting during orientation, movie nights early in the term. She’s also hoping to work with Dan Durcan, the new Graduate Student Activities Coordinator, to plan weekly theme dinners for the larger grad community.
Regina also represents the North Park community to the Graduate Student Council. Through this forum, she can voice any concerns of the students who use Dartmouth’s housing resources. And, she rents out the vacuums to North Park residents!
The Graduate Forum welcomes Regina back to the NPAC position – we’re looking forward to her events this year!
Article by Zach Williams