ReUnion Speakers Series


Thomas F. Flynn | Class of 1969
Dr. Thomas Flynn is an award-winning television producer and writer. He explains that the style of his book Bikeman formed as he reread Dante's Inferno and began to realize how "the parallel worlds of Dante’s journey to hell and mine ran together." He and his family divide their time between New York City and Cape Cod.  (View website here.)
Event: Alumni Speaker Series, Saturday, May 31st, 3 – 4 p.m., Everest Lounge

Christine Henseler | Professor of Spanish & Hispanic Studies and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures
"Our Shared Arts & Humanities: Seizing Opportunities, Striving Toward Sustainable Innovation, and Developing a National Presence"
Christine conducts research on 21st-century Spanish narrative, on digital media and cultural studies, and on global topics pertaining to Generation X and the Millennials. Most recently her work has focused on strengthening and advocating for the arts and humanities on several levels: through a Union College Mellon grant called “Our Shared Humanities;” through the advocacy collective “4humanities” and its regional NY6 chapter’ and through a website project titled “The Arts & Humanities in the Twenty-first Century Workplace”.  (View website here.)
Event: Garnet Guard Luncheon, Friday, May 30, 2014, 11:30 a.m., College Park Hall

Judith M. Lewin | Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department
Judith has taught at Union since 2000 and experienced 9/11 with her Precept, who were discussing Things Fall Apart when the Twin Towers fell. She now includes Tom Flynn’s Bikeman at the beginning of her “Introduction to Fiction” classes, paired with Homer’s The Odyssey, in order to remind today’s students of an epic moment that happened within their lifetimes.  (View website here.)
Event: Alumni Speaker Series, Saturday, May 31st, 3 – 4 p.m., Everest Lounge

Julie Lohnes | Curator of Art Collections & Exhibitions
Frances Maloy | College Librarian
The Hidden Cultural Treasures of Union College & Raising the Visibility of our Permanent Art Collection  
In an effort to raise visibility of the art collection across campus and beyond, and to instill pride for the resources Union College has to offer, Lohnes has initiated projects to bring the art out of storage and into key areas on campus.  In her talk, Lohnes will use the Schaffer Library as an example of this initiative and will also show images of the many museum quality resources the Union College Permanent Art Collection has to offer.
Event: Ramee Circle Society Breakfast and Presentation, Saturday, May 31st, 8:00 - 9:15 a.m., College Park Hall Room M102A

Robert B. Saltzman | Class of 1969
“The Art and Science of Display Pyrotechnics”
A native of White Plains, NY, Bob earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Union College in 1969 and a Master of Science degree in computer science  also from Union in 1976. Bob was a senior computer systems architect at General Electric Global Research in Niskayuna, N.Y., where he was responsible for Internet and intranet-based World Wide Web systems architecture, digital streaming multimedia, collaboration, and computer network security. He participated in the development of a computer-controlled secure radio dispatching system for several large metropolitan police departments, and developed the graphics system for GE's first computed tomography (CT) medical imaging scanner. He has been awarded a Web technology related patent. He retired in 2014 after almost 45 years with GE.  Bob has two adult children, both involved in the medical field. Bob has been involved with display pyrotechnics since 1983 and has been associated with Empire State Fireworks Manufacturing Company, Inc. of Duanesburg, NY. Along with several pyrotechnic colleagues, he has participated in presenting hundreds of fireworks displays in and around the Capital Region. 
Event: Alumni Speaker Series, Friday, May 30th, 3 – 4:30 p.m., Reamer Campus Center Auditorium

A. Richard “Brick” Susko | Class of 1969
“Seeing the USA at 14.53 Miles Per Hour”
Brick left Union in 1969 to join IBM for a year before heading to Stanford for a JD-MBA and an LL.M from NYU in taxation. He joined Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in 1974 where he worked as a lawyer for exactly 14,000 days. He left the corner office behind on Jan. 1, 2013, bought a bicycle (which he hopes his wife will never sell for half of what he told her he paid for it) and trained like crazy for four months. Then he joined 22 others to pedal 3,435 miles across the U.S. from Los Angeles to Boston in 43 riding days, including a stop at the Nott Memorial for a big old withdrawal from the deferred gratification account. Motivated by the Henry Ford quote, "If you think you can or you think you can't, you're right," the sole purpose of his talk is to get you to think about your dream, believe that "you can" and then take his place at the podium at the next reunion. (View his blog here.)
Event: Alumni Speaker Series, Saturday, May 31st, 2 – 3 p.m., Everest Lounge