Union alumni make significant contributions to the world around them. They lead organizations, people, initiatives and projects. They act as champions for change and catalysts for progress. They turn ideas into action.
Meet just a few of our outstanding alumni that have used their Union education as the foundation for career success.
Megan O'Connor '12
"Union prepared me very well for a science career – the lab experience is just unparalleled. Union is one of the reasons I’m here."
Carla Reeves '08
A law career of service
"Pro bono work is very important to me because it allows me to assist underserved individuals, organizations and communities that would not otherwise have access to legal representation. Pro bono work is fulfilling and gives me an opportunity to make a difference while honing critical skills."
Michelle Richter '11
Editing DNA to find cures
"Genome engineering has a lot of potential for treating so many devastating diseases. As I continue on in science, I hope to continue working on projects that can help people. My dream would be to work on a project that directly leads to a new drug."
Kaelen Hansson ’15
A two-pronged career: Music and aerospace
"On a national stage I have committed to two occupations at once. And it gives me a whole different perspective on how our jobs, our careers and our hobbies define us."
Kevin Barker '13
"Professor Wimer instilled in me the importance of organization. Learning how to properly plan out an art project has been vital to my success as a graphic designer. Graphic design is all about being prepped for the next step, so learning about discipline and workflow in a classroom setting gave me a huge advantage."
Erin Bligh '10
Living the story of food
"It [Ozone House] was an amazing collection of people and they made me think about things that I never would've even dreamed of. I got very swept up in it."
Linda Boff '83
At the global helm of GE marketing
"Union was a time when I explored everything. I became a radio DJ. I learned to shoot and develop photos for Concordiensis. I played JV lacrosse. I was on the Speakers Committee. I was social chair at SDT. I did internships at Ellis Hospital and an Albany radio station. I explored what piqued my interest."
Mike Clarke '11
Helping refugees balance life's scales
"Union gave me wings. When I was interested in a random but somehow connected series of courses, multiple departments endorsed me on my concept for an organizing theme major. When I wanted to create my own term abroad to Egypt, the term abroad office worked with me to outline a plan."
Keilah Creedon '14
In Rwanda, building a better future
"Math and history aren’t necessarily fields that lend themselves to social justice or development studies, but at Union they became lenses for me to examine those exact things."
Brandon Torres Declet '97
Soaring to success with drones
"Union was good at allowing students to think outside the box. And as soon as you start doing that, you start thinking about how you can make a change."
Nancy Gagliano '81
Dedicated to helping and healing
"I know it was Union that opened the door for me to get into Harvard. Union positioned me to make a difference and impact lives."
Xi Gao '15
Seizing opportunity and giving back
"As a researcher and consultant, I’ll help build partnerships between loT and manufacturing companies, and help companies understand and implement Internet of Things technologies.”
Justin Green ’84
A life of law and flight
"Losing my father suddenly at 16 made me appreciate that life goes on after a loss. The financial compensation that I obtain for my clients means that maybe they won’t need to move out of their home, that tuitions will be paid and that the life the decedent wanted for her or his family will happen."
Jay Grossman '87
NHL agent got his start at Union
"I came here to play hockey and lacrosse, but I also became sports editor and editor-in-chief for Concordiensis, coached JV hockey under Charlie Morrison, had a leadership position with my fraternity and worked part-time as a scout and agent. And I still had the time to go to class and do those things you’re supposed to do as a student."
Peter Haviland-Eduah '10
A passion for politics and public policy
“Union helped me develop leadership skills and ways to communicate effectively with people. With great academics, and faculty and staff who are so passionate, Union gives students a college experience that’s tough to match.”
Elizabeth Magas '15
Designing a future that fits
"Understanding numbers and space is critical to making clothes for different bodies. Measuring, or draping a pattern is pretty much geometry. And Calculus 3 was fantastic, as we spent a lot of time on graphs of three variable equations. I enjoyed seeing how numbers could create beautiful shapes and designs."
Rachel Magin '14
Theater as therapy
"I decided to use theatre and improvisation techniques to improve the social skills and reduce the anxiety of children with high functioning autism. Suzie Benack (psychology professor) thought it was a great idea and my thesis began. I truly believe that I would not be at ISU earning a doctorate if not for Union College and this thesis."
Charles Moore '87
Taking health care where it's needed
“I discovered that while one person can make a difference, collaborating with others can make even more of a difference."
Nancy Miorelli '11
A bug's life, reimagined
“I want people to love and see the natural world – even the small natural world – as I do. The more people know, the more they’ll be willing to protect the environment.”
John Schiff '02
Juice the change he needed
"Union’s an amazing community, from the lacrosse team to the fraternity I was in, to the friends that I made there. They teach you how to think strategically and think outside the box, to have an open mind. That’s what a liberal arts education really supports."
Joanna Stern '06
Wall Street Journal tech columnist
"I majored in political science but crafted the major to have a strong focus on media and journalism. And after starting to write consistently for Concordiensis and eventually becoming co-editor-in-chief, I became hooked. I got the confidence to push boundaries and make my voice heard on paper at Union."
Catherine ("Cat") Ziac '14
Ready for Wall Street
"In the next decade, I'd like to go out on my own and start my own business. The sky's the limit."