Originally from Palos Verdes, CA, Jacques grew up following Los Angeles sports teams (Dodgers, Lakers, Kings, and Raiders) through both their trials and tribulations. He graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in computer science hoping to work on video games with Blizzard. However, while pursuing his degree he discovered a love for student affairs during his years as a Resident Advisor. Jacques then proceeded to get his Master’s in Higher Education at USC and has held various positions in residence life at USC, Cal Poly Pomona, and Cal State San Bernardino. Jacques currently works in Judicial Affairs at UC Santa Barbara and has since October of 2008. This will be Jacques’ first voyage with Semester at Sea and is looking forward to exploring the world with some amazing people.