S.A. Proto was founded by three students from the pilot group of Creative Technology. With the expected growth of the CreaTe program, the urge for a study association dedicated to this study rose.
Herjan Treurniet — Chairman
Siewart van Wingerden — Secretary
Douwe Bart Mulder — Treasurer
From left to right: Siewart van Wingerden, Herjan Treurniet, Douwe Bart Mulder
Struggling against procedures, reforms and financial cutbacks, these three people founded S.A. Proto during the academic year 2010-2011. The first members were registered, a room was acquired and the first activities were organized. With the help of staff of the university and board members from other associations, the fundamentals of the association were laid down for the successors.
The 1st board of S.A. Proto, charged on 13-09-2011 as follows:
Emile Nijssen — Chairman
Inéz Meyer — Secretary
Michel Lamoré — Treasurer
Duuk Baten — Officer Internal Affairs
Stefan Witkamp — Officer External Affairs
Jelle Pingen — Officer Educational Affairs
From left to right: Stefan Witkamp, Jelle Pingen, Inéz Meyer, Emile Nijssen, Duuk Baten, Michel Lamoré
Get to know the board members…
First started as an Industrial Design student, I was active in multiple committees at Daedalus. After six months I however decided to switch to Creative Technology, because the study fits me better. It was like coming home, and I was sure this is what I wanted to do. In the year I will be a board member my goal is to run the association full-time, and next to it get the remaining study points to complete the first year. My interests are in everything technological and the way humans work. I hope that we can develop the association to be useful and both challenging for the students of Creative Technology!
Hey guys. The name is Inéz, I am secretary in this board, which is very much fun to do. I can write all day long. That is a good thing, writing is one of my hobbies. Also I help organize things. Nice things. Together, this board is going to organize lectures from big companies, fun activities, parties, camp and so on and so on. Organizing is a valuable skill to have. This year I tend to develop this skill somewhat more. Besides this, it is quite noticeable that I am the only female influence in this board. If you didn't notice it, now you know. This makes me instantly the one responsible for the coffee and the fashion choices of the other board members. Well, I guess I have all year to change it!
As a second year student of Creative Technology, I thought it was time to increase my knowledge on organizing activities and running an organisation in general. I also wanted to learn in a more 'real' environment: in University you do tackle problems that occur in the real world, but you don't see the result of the solutions you come up with, so being a board member is a good experience in seeing the consequences of your actions. My job is to make sure the budget of Proto is used in a fair way, so you get your money's worth for the membership fee you pay!
In the first year of my study I've been busy with a lot of things; studying, committees, partying and sailing. This year I decided to become part of the Proto board after organising the introduction. As Officer Internal Affairs I'm there for the students, I'm in charge of the committees and the monthly emails. Apart from Proto I'm also a active member of AEGEE-Enschede with my yearclub "Kapabel" and my fraternity "Pandemonium" and I'm an active member of D.Z. Euros the universities sailing association. So mainly this year I am going to do everything within my power to make studying CreaTe as much fun as possible.
In my first year of my study, also being an active student, I was thinking about the possibility to expand my view and experiences as a member of a board. After some conversations with the rest of the board, I decided to join in on the new board of S.A. Proto. Being the board of the study association I plan to get the association to the next level, while meanwhile strengthen as board members, both as a group and individually. As Officer of External Affairs I am responsible for the relations and contacts with third parties, making sure that companies don't miss out on our group of awesome students!
When I heard of Proto being founded, I immediately thought of becoming active or even joining the board. I think a study association is a great addition for a new study like Creative Technology, and it's great to be a part of that. As the new Officer of Educational Affairs I will try to ensure the quality of education of CreaTe, as well as handle education-related questions and complaints. To fulfill this task, I will also take part in the Education Committee of CreaTe/HMI. Hopefully we can turn Proto into a full-grown study association!
The 2nd board of S.A. Proto, charged on 01-10-2012 as follows
Wouter Deenik — Chairman & Officer Internal Affairs
Martijn Bruinenberg — Secretary & Officer Educational Affairs
Martijn van den Berg — Treasurer
Nigel Smink — Officer External Affairs
From left to right: Nigel Smink, Martijn van den Berg, Wouter Deenik, Martijn Bruinenberg
Hi, I’m Wouter, a third year CreaTe student. After one year studying without a study association Proto was founded and took over. As soon as the association became more active I started to take pictures on the activities every now and then. After some time I decided to become active in a committee as well and started organizing the faculty Kick-In. Around this time I decided that I wanted to do something else for my third year. To become board of Proto was a logical step and I was quite enthusiastic about all the possibilities in such a young association. I am the chairman and officer internal affairs this year, which means I will ‘lead’ the board and am in control of the committees and weekly mails.
My name is Martijn Bruinenberg and I started studying Creative Technology in February 2010 after I realized Communication Science was not for me. After two and a half years of studying CreaTe I became interested in helping manage our study association for a year to develop new skills. I am tasked with secretarial and educational matters. As a secretary I keep track of the communication and planning for the board and as officer educational affairs I try to improve the quality of the study from the students’ perspective. In everyday life my interests lie with rock and metal music, hanging out with friends, travelling whenever I get the chance and obviously tinkering with anything electronic. This year I hope to further advance my organizational and social skills.
Martijn van den Berg
Hi, I am Martijn van den Berg, the treasurer of Proto. The past 2 years I focused mainly on my study and sleeping, so the time had come to change my ways. I was granted the opportunity to join the board of Proto; without hesitation I grabbed this chance. I believe that the responsibility of being a board member will teach me a great diversity of useful skills. As treasurer I am responsible for the budget of Proto, making sure our money is spent wisely and our bills can be paid. So in conclusion: this year I will focus mainly on my board responsibilities.
Hi, my name is Nigel and I act as Officer External Affairs of Proto. I have been active in several committees to both increase my skills and to help build and invent the fundamental footsteps of our association. I believe there is lot of untapped potential when it comes to Creative Technology and the rest of the world. Technology is becoming ever more important these days, especially creatively, and will play an increasing role in our daily lives. It is my goal to let this demand meet supply so that S.A. Proto can make a difference.
The 3rd board of S.A. Proto, charged on 10-09-2013 as follows:
Pim Willems — Chairman
Frank Lammers — Secretary & Officer Educational Affairs
Jasper Lustig — Treasurer
Jonathan Juursema — Officer Internal Affairs
Aschwin Althoff — Officer External Affairs
From left to right: Aschwin, Frank, Pim, Jasper and Jonathan
Get to know the board members…
Pim is an active member of Proto. At the moment he is active in two committees: the Pilscie and the magazine committee. He started studying directly after his exams and immediately became an active member of the study association. Pim also works at a restaurant and is always looking to improve existing things and organizations (for example committees). This is the reason he wanted to apply as a candidate board member. Pim is fulfilling the function of chairman, where he will try to give a clear direction to the board and its members.
Frank is a member of Proto and wants to make a difference. He does not like to use systems that just work, while there are better solutions available: he is continuously looking for improvements. As officer educational affairs, he tries to make Creative Technology a more efficient study. Having participated in multiple debate contests, he believes he can persuade the study to create a better study atmosphere. Frank also loves to have a good time with other people, either while having a good conversation or a drink.
Jasper has now been studying Creative Technology since 2011. He has been an active member of the Pilscie committee and is seen regularly at Proto activities in and around the Protopolis. Jasper is fulfilling the function of treasurer, holding the responsibility over all financial affairs. Desiring improving his organizational skills and getting a lot of new useful experiences he decided to apply for the Proto board of 2013/2014.
Jonathan is an active member of Proto, having served in eight committees and attending a lot of other Proto related events. In addition to this he also carries in experience with the Kick-In and the Batavierenrace and helps the IAPC foundation on a regular basis. In his spare time he practices improvisational theater and enjoys both listening and making music as well as having a good time with friends. Having completed his second year of the Creative Technology program he decided it was time to get more involved in the study association and he applied for a board membership as officer internal affairs
Aschwin is an active member of Proto. He has been an active member of the Dies committee for two years. The first committee that he joined was the Pilscie. After being in the committee for over a year he became her treasurer. Mainly because of this he started getting more interested to become a board member of study association Proto. As he became more active, he saw that the contact and collaboration of Proto with external organizations wasn’t quite maintained or even improved by the second board. This year Aschwin will be the officer external affairs. He wants to improve the contact and collaboration with external organizations. He wants to achieve this by organizing lunch lectures, workshops and other activities. From these collaborations some financial benefits should be earned. He is striving to gain more sponsors for Proto.
The 4th board of S.A. Proto, charged on 09-09-2014 as follows:
Beerend Gerats – Chairman
Max Bode – Secretary
Ruben van den Berg – Treasurer
Maaike Dokter – Officer Internal Affairs
Jim Tolman – Officer External Affairs
Sophie de Haan – Officer Educational Affairs
from left to right: Sophie de Haan, Maaike Dokter, Max Bode, Beerend Gerats, Ruben van den Berg, Jim Tolman.
Beerend Gerats, Chairman
My name is Beerend Gerats, a third year’s student Creative Technology, born about 19 years ago in Almere. I started my activism at S.A. Proto relatively early, when I became a member of the PilsCie within the first three months of my student time. First as general member, one year later as treasurer. Besides being responsible for the beer prizes at Proto drinks, I was also responsible for the cash flows of the KICC 2013 and the OS committee KIOSK in 2014. Also, I organized, with the help of a committee filled with Proto and Sirius members, our first Gala as chairman. Being a member of this years’ Board means to me taking this student activism to a higher level. As chairman I see this year as a challenging but valuable period.
Max Bode, Secretary
My name is Max Bode, a third year Creative Technologist. I am 21 years of age and was raised in Oudewater, a tiny place next to Utrecht. I will be your secretary this year and am very excited about it. It is really great to be able to contribute to the association that gave me a lot of nice memories in the past two years. The planning is to make a hell of a lot more of them, for all the members of Proto. The committees that will be my responsibility are the Culture Committee, the pLAN and the whole new Wintersport Trip Committee the HusCee. This committee will organize Proto’s first wintersport trip.
Ruben van den Berg, Treasurer
My name is Ruben van den Berg, second years, 20year old and born in Amsterdam. I started in 2012 with Creative Technology and became a member of S.A. Proto during the Kick-In. My first committee was the Dies committee 2013 and was quickly followed by the camp, gala and dies 2014 committee. Since I got committed to the association I wanted to be in the board, too influence the association and let it grow to a full grown association. This year I will take the function of treasurer and I’m really looking forward to this year.
Maaike Dokter, Officer Internal Affairs
My name is Maaike Dokter. I am a 21-year old student Creative Technology who just finished her second year. I have lived in many places and travelled to different countries, but settled down in Enschede in 2012 to start studying. Besides being part of the culture committee for two years and reviving the FanCie last year, I am also the coordinator of the open days since last March, which I will continue during my board year. I am very excited and honored to be fulfilling the function of Officer Internal Affairs next year and hope to get the know the present members better as well as meet the first years! I will also be striving towards a more structured committee environment and, hopefully, I will be able to help set up the very first S.A. Proto Symposium.
Jim Tolman, Officer External Affairs
My name is Jim Tolman and I am a second year Creative Technology student. I am 20 years old and born in the lovely, historical city center of Delft. I moved to Enschede in 2012, started with Creative Technology and became a member of S.A. Proto. I became an active Proto member as I joined the Culture Committee where I helped organizing events like The Proto Photo Contest, TED talk evenings and Jam Sessions. Later I joined the Study Trip Committee and helped organizing the very first Creative Technology study trip to California, USA. This year my function will be Officer External Affairs and in that role I hope to kickstart the careers of Proto members. In the light of this mission, I will create and take responsibility for the Acquisition Committee. Also. I am sure that this will be a great year for S.A. Proto.
Sophie de Haan, Officer Educational Affairs
My name is Sophie de Haan, 20 years old and a third year's Creative Technology student. I left the busy surroundings of Rotterdam for the quiet Enschede in 2012 to start studying. At S.A. Proto I am an active member of the FishCie, the committee I set up and which I led as its chairman. I also took an active place in the very first Study Trip Committee that went to Silicon Valley. Unfortunately, this is not officially a committee of S.A. Proto anymore. Next year my function in board 4.0 will be Officer Educational Affairs. Next to that I will take responsibility for the FishCie, the Bata Committee, the Activity Committee Extraordinaire and the Dies Committee.
The 5th board of S.A. Proto, charged on 09-09-2015 as follows:
Claudia Westerveld – Chairwoman
Tom Onderwater – Secretary
Rens Kruining – Treasurer
Janwillem te Voortwis – Officer Internal Affairs
Freek Teunen – Officer External Affairs
Carmen Burghardt – Officer Educational Affairs
From left to right: Carmen Burghardt, Janwillem te Voortwis, Tom Onderwater, Claudia Westerveld, Rens Kruining and Freek Teunen
Claudia Westerveld, Chairwoman
My name is Claudia Westerveld and like the rest of my board, I am a second year Creative Technologist. I was born twenty years ago in Amersfoort but raised in the flat province Frisia. It has always been a joy to help our study association and promote the study Creative Technology. I helped with Student-For-A-Day, the Open Days of the University of Twente and participated in committees such as the FanCie, KICC, Camp Committee and the OS committee KIOSK. I’ve seen during activities how they can help people in our association bond and next year I would like to improve our relationship with other EWI study associations. I know next year will be an experience I will never forget and one I can use in my future career.
Tom Onderwater, Secretary
My name is Tom Onderwater, I am 21 years old and am a second year student Creative Technology. I was born in Zoetermeer but have spent my youth in Zevenhuizen, a small town lying in South-Holland. I will have the honor to be your secretary this year. I am excited about my board year and am looking forward to be a part of the secretary lineage. I will set up a new committee called the SportCie. This committee will consist out of the Bata committee and the StAf committee, It will also increase the bondage between Proto and some of the Sport Associations on the campus. I will also be responsible for the Camp Committee, the AprèsCie and the Activity Committee Extraordinaire.
Rens Kruining, Treasurer
My name is Rens Kruining. I am a 22 years old Creative Technologist and I have just finished my second year. After being born in 's-Hertogenbosch, I have lived in several places in the Netherlands before moving to Enschede to study. In my first year of CreaTe, I became very active at Proto, joining as many activities as possible as well as several committees. In the ACE, I started as a general member. Later in the year I joined the Dies Committee as secretary and the Camp Committee, making my first contact with the role of treasurer. The next year I became even more active. Besides being treasurer in the ACE, I started in the OmNomCom and the First Year Committee. I also helped out with the Dies Committee and helped the board with several tasks, among which the activity application form. During the first year I became interested in a board year and I am looking forward to fulfilling the role of treasurer next year.
Janwillem te Voortwis, Officer Internal Affairs
My name is Karel Jan Willem te Voortwis and I am 20 years old and a second-year Creative Technology student. I come from Winterswijk where I lived for 18 years. When starting the study CreaTe, I moved to Enschede. When I joined Proto, I became active in the ACE for two years. Some awesome and sociable activities were organised. Proto organised a lot of other activities, and I joined many of them. This way I got to know quite a few great people, a nice example of what a benefits our study association gives. Later in the second year I became interested in doing a board year. I am happy to carry out the function of Officer of Internal Affairs this year. I will make Proto and its Protopolis a happy and nice place to be.
Freek Teunen, Officer External Affairs
My name is Freek Teunen, almost 21 years old and finished with my second year Creative Technology. I was born in Uden, where I lived for four years, then I lived in Nijmegen and in Apeldoorn, where I finished high school. In the first year I was active at Proto in the ACE committee. My favourite activities that I helped organising were the Fright Nights and the Hunger Games. Later in my second year I joined the acquisition committee and helped to arrange a social networking lunch with companies. I find it an honour to be in Board 5.0 and I want to make it a great year as a board member and hopefully collect a lot of sponsorship.
Carmen Burghardt, Officer Educational Affairs
My name is Carmen Burghardt, I am 22 years old. After growing up in the small village of Heerde, I moved to Enschede to study Creative Technology, of which I am finishing the second year. In the first year of my bachelor I was a member of two committees: The FanCie and the Culture committee. During the second year I joined the instruction committee of the “Four Happy Feet” dance school on which I am still active. Via this committee I have taught dancing and have given a lot of workshops.
As Officer Educational Affairs I want to maintain a close relationship with students from all year in order to come up with practical solutions to smaller and larger problems they have to cope with. In the coming year I will accomplish this is by building on the good work of the previous Officer Educational Affairs. I also hope to enrich this work by starting an Education Committee involving student volunteers.
The 6th board of S.A. Proto, charged on 07-09-2016 as follows:
Xadya van Bruxvoort - Chairwoman
Dennis Vinke - Secretary
Jur van Geel - Treasurer & Officer External Affairs
Laura Kester - Officer Internal Affairs
Kasper de Kruiff - Officer Educational Affairs
From left to right: Laura Kester, Dennis Vinke, Xadya van Bruxvoort, Jur van Geel and Kasper de Kruiff
Xadya van Bruxvoort, Chairwoman
My name is Xadya van Bruxvoort and I am, at the moment, a second year CreaTe student. I am 19 years old and was born and raised in the beautiful city of Arnhem. I have always been very active at Proto and I do like promoting our study and association to the outside world. I work at the Open Days of the University of Twente, I am a Student-assistant at multiple subjects, I was a Student-for-a-day mentor and I help as a Photographer during the Kick-in. I also participated in a lot of committees, such as the KICC, Lustrum Committee, FanCie, EducaCie, Acquisition and the Protography Committee.
I would like to help Proto grow, by further improving the relationship with not only EWI study associations, but also others. I would also like to improve our message to the outside world with both text and pictures. Next year is still very exciting, but I also look forward to all the good memories that will be created.
Dennis Vinke, Secretary
Hi all, I am Dennis Vinke a third year CreaTe student. I have been raised in the city of Enschede. Most of you would know me as a student-assistant or as the object that becomes one with the the couch in the Protopolis. At the moment I am working on my Bachelor assignment, which I hope to finish before the start of next semester. Once the Bachelor project is done, I will repay Proto for all the good times it gave me during the study by being a secretary.
Jur van Geel, Treasurer & Officer External Affairs
The name is Jur van Geel and after my second CreaTe year it was time for a breath of fresh air through my life. I hope to fill the coming year with the things I love most; Committee work, my friends, the not so occasional drink and money. That’s why I want to govern Proto’s finances next year with the combination of Treasurer and External Affairs. Originally I lived in Schaijk, Noord Brabant where I spent my childhood years. This is where I discovered sailing which I try to do as much as possible and absorbs most of my free time. That’s also why I’m part of LeeHo for the third time coming year. After moving to Enschede, student live hit and it hit hard. I try to make most out of my years as a student and hope to have an remaining impact on Proto.
Cheers, Jur van Geel
Laura Kester, Officer Internal Affairs
I am Laura, a second year CreaTe student and a proud member of the Proto furniture. I am 20 years old and I was raised in Druten, a small town near Nijmegen where I also attended high school. In my first year I was very active in several sport associations and did some committees there like the Linea Recta camp committee. Although I still spend a lot of time on several sports. I have
184 become more active at Proto during my second year. I am a member of the SportCie and the Fishcie, but most of the time I can be found somewhere around the Protopolis which I have been using as my second living room. That is why I want to become the Officer Internal Affairs of Proto. I know the association very well and feel at home at Proto. This is something I want for other Proto members as well. During my board year I would like to help Proto grow and gain more active members. Furthermore, as the Officer Internal Affairs, I want to strengthen the connection between the first years and the higher years to include first years more in our association. Hopefully this will lead to more active members who feel at home and appreciated in our association.
Kasper de Kruiff, Officer Educational Affairs
Hello, my name is Kasper de Kruiff and I will be the next Officer Educational Affairs. I am 22 years old and I lived in a city called Driebergen-Rijsenburg for 16 years. After this I moved to Enschede to study Creative Technology. The first two years of my study I spent a lot of my time studying and used Protopolis as the spot to take breaks as well as attending some activities from time to time. Me joining the board is my way of giving something back to Proto as thanks for all the good experiences! I will become the Officer of Educational Affairs because then I can help Creative Technology to be the best study it can be. I can use my practical skills to realize this.
The 7th board of S.A. Proto, charged on 06-09-2016 as follows:
Sander Koomen - Chairman
Quinten Tenger - Secretary & Officer External Affairs
Sarah Hoesktra - Treasurer & Officer Educational Affairs
Jaimy de Kok - Officer Internal Affair
From left to right: Sarah Hoekstra, Quinten Tenger, Sander Koomen & Jaimy de Kok
Sander Koomen, Chairman
Hey there, I’m Sander Koomen, I’m 21 years old and currently finished my second-year of Creative Technology. I was raised in Hoogkarspel, a picturesque village in the north of Noord-Holland. I started studying Computer Science here but it didn’t suit me so I quickly switched to Creative Technology. Ever since I started studying here, I’ve wanted to be active in the student life; I realized this quickly by joining several committees in Proto and doing a part-time board year at the Vestingbar. I’m also crazy about music and DJ-ing, if you have ever walked into Proto there is a big chance you have seen me there forcing my musical taste unto unsuspecting people. Yearning for more experience and an overall awesome time, I have set my sights on a full-time board year and hope to continue with the same enthusiasm and positive spirit as the chairman of Proto in the coming year.
Quinten Tenger, Secretary & Officer External Affairs
Hi, my name is Quinten Tenger. I am 19 years old and a second-year Creative Technology student (for now). Originally, I am from Bussum, but I moved to Enschede to study when I was 17. A large chunk of my free time is spent either collecting, listening to and playing music or messing around with electronics. Though I am active at Proto now, I did not become active until the end of my first year when I joined the Acquisition Committee, which aims to arrange collaborations between Proto and CreaTe-oriented companies. Ever since, I have been trying to become more and more active, resulting in me becoming a student assistant for some of the CreaTe courses and being in quite a few committees. However, the Acquisition Committee has stood out to me the most so far and my passion for corporate contact is the reason I am the candidate Officer of External Affairs. Aside from putting CreaTe on the map for companies, I will also be the Secretary of the study association for the upcoming year, which means I will be responsible for around 90% of the emails. During my board year, I hope to make many people as enthusiastic about CreaTe as I am and, of course, make a lot of great memories.
Jaimy de Kok, Officer Internal Affairs
Hello, my name is Jaimy de Kok and I am the Treasurer and Officer Internal Affairs of this year. I am currently 21 years old, which makes me the oldest member of our board. I grew up in Huizen, which is a small town in t' Gooi. I knew the first day I was at Proto that I wanted to do a board year. After joining some committees I noticed that the most fun thing to do in the board would be Officer of Internal Affairs. With this I can motivate new members and make Proto a place for everybody to feel welcome! Because this is not a very challenging function for me, I decided to become treasurer as well.
I hope to have a fun year with everybody :)
Sarah Hoekstra, Treasurer & Officer Educational Affairs
Hi, my name is Sarah Hoekstra, I am 20 years old. I was born in Voorburg, but raised in Barendrecht, a fast growing village next to Rotterdam. I am a second year student at the university. In my first year, I spent a lot of time in the Protopolis, which caused me to spend little time at home, for I enjoyed Proto more. I then started to think about doing a board year at Proto. However, I wanted to study some more before dedicating a full year of my life to this beautiful association. I joined committees to get to know the association better. I started to love Proto more and more. The committee I enjoyed most was the EducaCie, this is the reason why I chose to apply for Officer of Educational Affairs. My goal for this year is to make the studying easier for all Creative Technology students by organizing more studynights and give more information about courses.
The 8th board of S.A. Proto, charged on 05-09-2018 as follows:
Peter van der Burgt - Chairman
Emiel Steegh - Secretary
Maxim de Leeuw - Treasurer
Philippe Tuinman - Officer Internal Affairs
Jeroen Ritmeester - Officer External Affairs
Daniela van Meggelen - Officer Educational Affairs
From left to right: Daniela van Meggelen, Philippe Tuinman, Emiel Steegh, Peter van der Burgt, Jeroen Ritmeester, Maxim de Leeuw
Peter van der Burgt, Chairman
My name is Peter. I am 20 years old and as of writing this, a second year Creative Technology student. I live in Enschede but I was born and raised in the small town of Twello, just over the IJssel. So you could say it was quite the change for me to live in the city of Enschede. I am enjoying the student life to the fullest as I am trying to do as much fun stuff as I can besides my study. When I rolled into the student life during my Kick-In, I really enjoyed myself around the awesome social nerds that make up Proto. I joined quite a few committees in my first year, using them to hone my skills on a different level than my study does. To accomplish this I became a member of the Acquisition committee where I learned a lot about putting myself out there and representing Proto. This is where my first interest of becoming a board member came from. I would like to build further on the base that we laid down with the TIPCie and Guild of Drafters. Besides that, I look forward to having a wonderful and fun year, and to make as many good memories for everyone in our association.
Emiel Steegh, Secretary
My name is Emiel Steegh. I am currently 20 years old and reside in Enschede, although I was born in Limburg, a hamlet called Schandelo in the general vicinity of Venlo. While writing this introduction I am a second year CreaTe student on my way to complete the eighth module. I have a passion for design, programming, photography and geeky things in general. I started getting more active with Proto halfway through my first year of CreaTe and stuck to it, helping in more committees in my second year and my love for Proto snowballed from there. I am currently chairman of the photography, handyman and the symposium committee. I have really enjoyed this and learned a lot from my role in these committees, but I have a bigger passion for writing and supporting. I believe that experiences gained from being active as such this year and also my firmness will help me help Peter. I really look forward to being the first point of contact and keeping up with other parties. I’m expecting challenges along the way but I’m mostly here to give back to our great study association and learn as much as possible, so I look forward to improving!
Maxim de Leeuw, Treasurer
My name is Maxim de Leeuw. I am 21 years old, and I live in Hengelo. I was born and raised in Borne, which is approximately 15 minutes from Enschede. During the first module, I was not active at all. I was purely focused on passing the first module. However, during the second module I found out how cool and nice everyone around Proto was. I started hanging out more, made a lot of friends and met lots of people. Naturally, I got more active and got into a few committees, the biggest of which
was the Kick-In committee of CreaTe. Slightly after, I became a ProtOpener resulting in me spending even more time in Proto. The two years flew by, and here we are. I am a very active and social person, and I like to talk with all the members, so initially I thought that I wanted to be Officer of Internal Affairs. However, during the year, my preferred position within the board shifted to the Treasurer position. I had also taken the position of treasurer at my work’s staff association. I really liked that, but also knew that I could learn a lot from it. Some people think that the treasurer position is a rather unpopular position, and I would like to try and change that. I am hoping to improve myself a lot this year, both as treasurer as well as a general board member, and have it be a memorable moment of my life with a lot of fun and good moments.
Philippe Tuinman, Officer Internal Affairs
My name is Philippe, but I’ve also been nicknamed Flip. I am 22 years old and will be the oldest, but most certainly, not the wisest of the bunch… But I am very excited to work together with all the others for the coming year! I have been walking around this university for 3 years now. I was born from a Dutch dude and a French femme, and as such enjoy some wine from time to time, but also love a good tosti! Before coming to CreaTe I’ve worked as a cashier at the GroenRijk (a gardening store) in my hometown of Dronten. In the summer of 2015 I worked at Disneyland Paris for 3 months as a hotel receptionist at hotel Santa Fe. All this work experience made me realise how much I like to help and be of service to people. Afterwards I joined the Kick-In and had a great time! From then everything went by pretty fast. I’ve been a student for a day mentor and to this day keep helping at every open day. I’ve also been a Kick-In parent twice already! My first committee was the Camp Committee and everything, considering my study progress, went downhill from there. I joined a lot of committees from then on and got very active around Proto, and honestly loved it! The people are a bit crazy most of the time, but all very sweet! Hopefully I will be able to add to this feeling next year as Officer of Internal Affairs and get more and more people joined and active in this lovely community!
Jeroen Ritmeester, Officer External Affairs
I’m Jeroen Ritmeester, currently 20 years old. I come from Zoetermeer and decided in a relatively short amount of time after my high school exams that I wanted to study Creative Technology on the UT. I started my student life very safely and focussed mostly on getting familiar in this new place and finding my way around Enschede. Having been part of several committees in my first year really helped me a lot settling down. This way I also got to know a lot of Proto members. I was quickly inspired to help the study and the association in various ways. Skipping ahead, when I was looking for ways to fill my minor space, I realised a board year was something that checked a lot of boxes for me: getting to know more people, allowing myself to do something for others, gaining professional experience, but also helping the association like I wanted to. I hope to be able to use my prior experience in the field of external communication for the good of Proto and all of its members, from first years to alumni and everyone else. My goal is to aid Proto in doing what it is good at: being a fun and inspiring place for everyone. I hope to achieve this by providing Proto with connections and the financial means necessary, and maintaining what has been done in the past to help Proto be just that.
Daniela van Meggelen, Officer Educational Affairs
Hello! My name is Daniela van Meggelen, I am 19 years old and I am a second-year Creative Technology student. I was born and raised in Rijssen, a town in the middle of nowhere. As there was not really a lot to do there, I could not wait to start studying, to live somewhere else, and to meet new people! Besides studying, I thought it was fun and informative to have an active student life as well. I became active in a couple of committees, of which the SportCie is my very first committee. I also helped organising the EEMCS-Party, Electroshock, which was a great success! In my second year, I joined more committees and became a member of a student association. Being this active and practically living in Proto made me realize that I wanted to do something more, and thus my interest in becoming a future board member had been sparked. As the Officer of Educational Affairs, I aspire to help students solve problems regarding the study and also improve it for them. My main goal this year is to let the newly acquired Interaction Technology students feel welcome in Proto and ensure a smooth handling of the master. A Master committee will be set up to help master students feel connected to Proto and to each other, as well as an evaluation committee to evaluate on the master. I hope that we will be able to make a lot of people enthusiastic about Proto and that people feel comfortable around us!