Catching up with...

"Catching Up With..." is a new feature that launched in fall 2020 in The Chronicle. Each week a faculty or staff member is profiled. Answering a series of short questions, the profiles are intended to be light, informative and conversational.

Catching up with...Dan Venning

Dan Venning is an assistant professor of Theater and Dance, teaches in the Department of English, and is a core faculty member in the interdisciplinary programs in American Studies and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies.

Catching up with...Robyn Reed

Robyn Reed is an associate librarian and head of Access Services at Schaffer Library. In addition to providing library instruction and research consultation, she has oversight of the circulation, reserves and interlibrary loan department.

Catching up with...Dennis Chotkowski

Dennis Chotkowski, the work order system coordinator in Facilities, has recently added rental property coordinator to his duties. Dennis has been with the College since 1995.

Catching up with...Guillermina Seri

Guillermina Seri, associate professor of political science, joined Union in 2007. Previously, she was a visiting professor and postdoctoral fellow in Peace and Conflict Studies at Colgate University.

Catching up with...Laura Munkres

Laura Munkres is the director of Minerva Programs. She has been at Union since 2012 and has served in a variety of roles including residence director of West College, Title IX investigator, and project manager for the Middle States Reaccreditation.

Catching up with...Charles Batson

Charles Batson is a professor of French and Francophone Studies. Possessing a certain je ne sais quoi, he is known for collaborating with faculty and students in music, dance, theater and literature projects.

Catching up with...Matt Milless

Matt Milless is assistant dean of students. He joined Union in August of 2000 and has served in a number of roles, mostly in Student Activities. Matt is often easy to find on campus with his scarlet Ohio State hat.

Catching up with...Quynh Chu-LaGraff

Quynh Chu-LaGraff is a professor of biology and co-director of the neuroscience program. Her area of expertise is developmental neurobiology. She joined Union in 1999-2000 and lives in Niskayuna with her husband, John, and two cats.

Catching up with...Mike Polsinelli

His is the smiling face that greets you when you walk through the doors of the Breazzano Fitness Center. Mike Polsinelli became a member of the Union College Department of Athletics in 2003.

Catching up with...Jennifer Currey

Jennifer Currey, associate professor of electrical, computer and biomedical engineering, is interim director of the Templeton Institute for Engineering and Computer Science.