Excellence at Brown Team

Excellence at Brown Staff:

 Dr. Stacy Kastner, Excellence at Brown Director: Pronouns: She, Her, Hers; Email: Stacy_Kastner@Brown.eduDr. Stacy Kastner, Excellence at Brown Director: Pronouns: She, Her, Hers; Email: Stacy_Kastner@Brown.eduGreetings, Excellence 2018 applicants! I grew up in Niagara Falls, NY and lived in Ohio, Missouri, and Mississippi before joining Brown in August 2016 as the Associate Director of the Writing Center and Writing Support Programs. I hold a B.A. and M.A. in English from St. Bonaventure University and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing from Bowling Green State University. My research explores the development of counter-classroom, research-responsive, and cross-disciplinary pedagogies; the autobiographical and disciplinary dimensions of writer identity; and the political, ideological, and personal dimensions of literacy acquisition. One of my favorite parts of summer is when E@Bers arrive on campus! Please send me an email if you have any questions about joining the Excellence program this summer or, once you get to campus, taking advantage of resources to support your writing success.

A Welcome from Student C0-Directors, Summer 2018:

Travis Vasquez, Student Co-Director: Pronouns: He, Him, His; Email: Travis_Vasquez@Brown.eduTravis Vasquez, Student Co-Director: Pronouns: He, Him, His; Email: Travis_Vasquez@Brown.eduHello, my name is Travis Anthony Vasquez. I was born in White Plains New York and primarily grew-up in Northern New Jersey. I will be a rising junior at Brown and I have a declared concentration in Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations (BEO)- Business Economics Track.  I am also possibly considering adding another concentration in Social Analysis and Research. I have been wrestling since the age of six and am also on the Brown Wrestling team, this past year I was the 149 pounder.

Upon acceptance to Brown University and receiving information on Excellence at Brown Pre-Orientation Program I applied for the program and was accepted.  Last summer, I was very fortunate to serve as an Excellence facilitator and am excited to return this year as a student director.

Why Excellence?: The program provides incoming students several excellent opportunities, which will contribute greatly to your successful transition to Brown University.  The program will provide you with a chance to take an intensive writing course with a Brown faculty member, get constructive feedback and work on your academic/writing skills. At the same, you’ll also be able to learn about the campus culture and surroundings before the full Brown community is on campus. At Excellence, you’ll forge relationships with your peers as well as students who are sophomore, juniors, and seniors who can serve as a great resource to you during the summer and academic year.


Viva Sandovall, Student Co-Assistant Director: Pronouns: She, Her, Hers; Email: viva_sandoval@brown.eduViva Sandovall, Student Co-Assistant Director: Pronouns: She, Her, Hers; Email: viva_sandoval@brown.eduHi there! My name is Viva Sandoval and I am a rising Junior from Los Angeles, CA. Last year I was a facilitator and I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to be one of the Co-Directors this year! I love this program and all that it does for incoming students! I am concentrating in History with a focus in Latin America but I also like to say I’m unofficially concentrating in TAPS because I take a lot of classes in their department! I am pretty active in extra curriculars on campus, particularly in the arts. I’ve done a couple theater productions since being at Brown, my favorite playing Nina in the department production of In The Heights. I am also in two dance groups, Impulse Dance Company and Mezcla Latin Dance Company and I am in a Brown-RISD acapella group called Harmonic motion. Other than the arts, I am a tour guide and a first year peer advisor, known as a Meiklejohn. Lastly, I do research with two professors, one in the Education department and one in the History department.  

Why Excellence?: I did Excellence myself when I first arrived at Brown as a first year. I loved the program because it gave me so much more confidence in my writing abilities and really prepared me to begin my academic journey at Brown, while also giving me the opportunity to come to campus early and make a ton of friends before orientation even started.


Jane Hong, Student Co-Assistant Director (IMP Cross Coordinator): Pronouns: She, Her, Hers; Email: jie_iyn_hong@brown.eduJane Hong, Student Co-Assistant Director (IMP Cross Coordinator): Pronouns: She, Her, Hers; Email: jie_iyn_hong@brown.eduHello! My name is Jane Hong. I was raised in Claremont, California and currently live in Seoul, South Korea. I am a rising junior at Brown and I am concentrating in Science and Technology Studies with an individual “Art and Medicine” track. I am involved in a variety of activities on campus such as, working as a teaching assistant for a class called “Artist and Scientists as Partners” to serving my community through Christian Union. 

I am so thankful to have been a part of the E@B community for the past two years. I have had an amazing experience being a student participant and a facilitator.  I am so excited to be working with E@B as a co-director alongside Travis and Viva this upcoming year. If you have any questions about E@B or Brown, I would love to connect with you. Please contact me through my email, jie_iyn_hong@brown.edu. 

Why Excellence?: Excellence offers a great opportunity for first-years to successfully transition from high school to college. It is a great opportunity to get accustomed to the campus, participate in college seminars, and utilize university resources like the Writing Center. Outside the academic opportunities this program promises, it is also an amazing way to meet friends and build a community as soon as you come to Brown. I personally met my best friend through this program and can testify that the relationships you create here will transform your college experience.