Freshman-Sophomore College (FroSoCo) provides the vibrant and tightly-knit community of a small liberal arts college within a large premier research university. FroSoCo consists of approximately 100 first-year students and 70 sophomores living in two adjoining houses. Admission is by application, and once admitted, students can opt to stay for their sophomore year, making it one of the only places on campus where you can easily return to be with your friends.
What makes FroSoCo unique is its reputation for being especially nerdy (even among the Nerd NationTM) and for strongly encouraging students to “geek out together.” This means three specific things. First, students have and develop a deep enthusiasm in one or many topics, subjects, or domains (be a “geek”). “Deep enthusiasm” doesn't mean being an expert, it just means really getting excited about something! Second, students are proud and free to express this intense interest (i.e. be “out” about their interest). FroSoCo students openly share the ups and the downs of their journey. Third, students “geek out” with other students. Importantly, FroSoCo students “geek out together” about many nerdy things ranging from poetry to politics to programming. There is a playful, hard-working, energy that permeates the house. And while this happens across campus, it is the intensity and sometimes scale with which FroSoCo does this, given the longstanding culture established by the College, that makes it unique.
Adams College Directors: LaCona Woltmon and Cisco Barrón
LaCona Woltmon and Cisco Barrón, the College Directors for Adams house, joined the Farm in 2000 as undergraduates. They met in SLE freshman year, explored academic passions sophomore year, studied abroad in Paris junior year, and were College Assistants in FroSoCo senior year. After college both received master’s degrees in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University (SCU), while working full-time at Stanford.
LaCona enjoys traveling, hiking, knitting and curling up with a good book. She majored in International Relations, writing her thesis on Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness policy. LaCona pursues counseling professionally, focusing on couples. Feel free to talk to her about relationships.
Cisco enjoys trivia, martial arts, non-fiction and improvising music. Cisco double-majored in Philosophy and Political Science and recently completed a second MA in Higher Education, also from SCU, with a focus on student development and the history of higher education.
Cisco and LaCona continue to find fulfillment in giving back to their alma mater as professional staff at Stanford. They look forward to an exciting year full of intellectual vitality and impromptu fun. The two of them are always up for lively discussions, playing board games, eating great food and sharing a laugh.
Schiff College Directors: Jenn and Scott Calvert
Jennifer Jennifer and Scott Calvert (with their sons Van and Rockwell) will be joining the FroSoCo community as the CDs in Schiff House.
Jenn and Scott met during their time in college when they were on staff together (feel free to “awww”). Scott majored in Neuroscience before getting his Master’s in Film Production and Media Arts. Jennifer got her undergraduate degree in English and started work as a high school teacher for English language learners. She then received her Master’s in Counseling and her PhD in Educational Leadership and Learning Technology. Scott and Jenn have lived and worked in Texas, New Hampshire, and Philadelphia (technically, that last one is not a state, but it’s Philly…it can’t be lumped in with Lancaster). Scott currently works as a video maker, editor and storytelling consultant. Jenn works in Student Affairs at Stanford.
Scott enjoys movies (or “films”—if you’re feeling artsy), comic books (graphic novels), geek collectibles, art, and anything pop culture. Jenn enjoys building things (especially with LEGO), cooking and reading about organizational behavior, education, race, gender and generally anything non-fiction. She’s secretly writing a book. Together they love spending time with friends, finding great places to eat and exploring the world.
Jenn and Scott have discovered that meaningful relationships are both the bedrock and catalysts for their own personal growth and learning. They were indelibly shaped by the relationships they formed in college. In their roles as CDs, it is their hope that they can help create a space where students can form their own meaningful relationships, explore, learn and grow. They look forward to making FroSoCo their home.
What’s the coolest thing about your house and community?
Cool is overrated. We're not sure that's the goal. We get to know each other. Our sophomores are the largest draw group on campus, there's a critical mass of international students, techies and fuzzies -- everyone finds a home here. The nickname FroSoFam is well earned and complicated. It means sharing who you are, where you're from, and what you believe.
FroSoCoans embrace controversy, show vulnerability, examine their identities and lean into their nerdiness.
Our house is meaningful to the Stanford community because….
Nerds thrive here. Whether you love LEGO, Pride and Prejudice, or 1/10th scale Li-ion RC cars, FroSoCo is a place to be yourself.
On any given night you may find movie screenings, tastings, study groups, Mario Kart tournaments or Settlers of Catan in your lounge. Everyone gets involved. We want staff who are excited to design FroSoCo's culture together.
Requirements to Qualify for Pre-Assignment
Pre-assignment to FroSoCo will REQUIRE the use of a TIER THREE housing choice.
Pre-assignment to FroSoCo will be considered for students who fulfill ANY of the following conditions:
1. A current freshman who is returning to FroSoCo for his/her Sophomore Year.
- Current FroSoCo frosh residents are unconditionally guaranteed a space should they choose to stay in FroSoCo
2. An incoming sophomore being sponsored by a current FroSoCo freshman who is returning to FroSoCo for his/her Sophomore Year.
- Current non-FroSoCo freshmen choosing to be pre-assigned to FroSoCo by being sponsored are required to answer one small essay question, outlining the reasons for why they wish to live in FroSoCo.
- Current FroSoCo freshmen sponsoring other current freshmen may, but are not obligated to, room with the person they sponsor.
3. An incoming sophomore who has a special interest in being a part of the FroSoCo community.
- Current non-FroSoCo non-sponsored freshmen who wish to be pre-assigned to FroSoCo are required to answer two short essay questions, outlining the reasons for why they wish to live in FroSoCo.