New Horizons — Board 2021/2022

Natacha Barrow — Chair

Hey there! My name is Natacha and I am currently finishing up my bachelor in Astronomy. I am really excited to be the new chair of Sirius A. I come from a small village located in the Alpes of France, right next to the city of Grenoble, but my family roots lie in South Africa (Go Bokke!). I've also lived a couple of years in California, where I found a passion for volleyball. In my free time I love to stay active, edit photos, and learn new skills. I am really looking forward to meeting you all at our various events throughout the year, as well as working together with my amazing fellow board members.

Dagmar Rozendal — Secretary

Hiya! My name is Dagmar, I'm 21 years old and I am from Dokkum, a small city in Friesland. Currently a fourth year bachelor student, hoping to finally get my paper this year. I am the new secretary of Sirius A, which means that amongst other things I'll be the one writing this lovely newsletter. Besides my studies I play soccer three times a week, but really a great fan of sports in general. Furthermore I adore watching tv-shows/movies and to listen to music whenever I can. I am very much looking forward to making this a great year together with my dear board.

Marijn Smorenburg — Treasurer & Commissioner of Educational Affairs

Hi! My name is Marijn, I'm currently in my 4th year hoping to finish by bachelor's degree by the end of the year. Next to my studies I will be the Treasurer and Commissioner of Educational Affairs of Sirius A. I was born in The Netherlands, but I have also lived in Ghana and South-Africa for a few years as a child where I fell in love with the African wildlife. In my free time I enjoy playing board games, watching movies and playing sports (mostly table tennis). I'm looking forward to organizing many fun activities and helping out the association together with my amazing fellow board members!

Mechy Janssen — Commissioner of Internal Affairs

Hi everyone! My name is Mechy, I'm 20 years old, and I'm a second year Bachelor student of Astronomy. I am the Commissioner of Internal Affairs this year, and hope to organize many many events together with the committees. I'm originally from a small town in the West of Groningen. If I'm not at the Zernike campus, I play (beach)volleyball at the same club as Natacha. I try to learn as many musical instruments as I can, and play trumpet at a fanfare orchestra. Whenever I'm home, I like to enjoy a cup of tea with a book. I look forward to seeing everyone at hopefully more and more onsite events!

Nynke Visser — Commissioner of External Affairs & Vice Chair

Hi all! My name is Nynke, I am 22 years old and currently I'm in the 2nd year of my Astronomy Master's. The more experienced members might recognise my name, since two years ago I was the one collecting your money for the association. Yep, that's right! This is my second board year! Two years ago I was having such a great time with the U.F.O ('vo) board (s.o. to Nat, Lei, Cormac and Gijs), but unfortunately the year was cut short because of COVID. When this year I got the chance to apply again, I did not have to think twice! However, this year I will be your Commissioner of External Affairs, so I will leave the automatic debits to Marijn. I have great trust he and the rest of New Horizons will do an amazing job this year!