South Campus West and Max Palevsky welcome new resident masters

By Marta Bakula

College Housing and Residential Services has appointed two members of the faculty and their spouses as new resident masters, beginning at the start of the 2014-2015 academic year.

Jason and Suzanne Riggle and Philippe Guyot-Sionnest and Caryl Gout will become the new Resident Masters of Max Palevsky Residential Commons and South Campus West, respectively. They were jointly appointed by Dean of the College John Boyer and Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services Karen Warren Coleman.

“[Suzanne and I] are delighted about being selected,” said Jason Riggle, an assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics and director of the Chicago Language Modeling Laboratory. “As resident masters of Max Palevsky we hope to preserve the traditions that students really enjoy, such as Max Arts and Humans vs. Zombies, while also bringing in more cultural events to further increase enthusiasm for student life.”

Suzanne Riggle is the managing director of operations and finance at the Becker Friedman Institute.

The couple will be moving into Max Palevsky with their children, Matt, 8, and George, 6, this summer. They will replace David and Kris Wray, who have been the Resident Masters since fall 2004.

In South Campus West Guyot-Sionnest and Gout will succeed John Lucy and Suzanne Gaskins as resident masters this fall. Guyot-Sionnest, a professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Physics, said that he hopes to bring science-themed events to South Campus.

The couple said that they hope to maintain new and old traditions for the residents. They also intend to expose students to Chicago neighborhoods other than Hyde Park.

“We hope to create a strong sense of family through traditions and act as role models for the students,” said Gout, a small business owner in downtown Chicago.

According to Jennifer Luttig-Komrosky, executive director of college housing and residential services, resident masters keep their positions for many years.

“The new resident masters will continue the 40-year legacy of integrating academic life into the College houses,” she said in an e-mail.