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… Tomas Dvorak

Tomas Dvorak, professor of economics, joined Union in 2002. His expertise is in using data to make better decisions. He lives in a newly empty nest in Latham with his wife, Karen. Their two children, Sam and Sophie, recently departed for college.

Catching up with…John Myers

Walk into Schaffer Library and you are likely to spot the familiar face of John Myers. An associate librarian who oversees the Catalog & Metadata unit, Myers joined Union in 2001.

Catching up with...Nelia Mann

It may come as no surprise that a string theory researcher like Nelia Mann, who investigates the most fundamental laws of physics, turns to science fiction in her spare time.

Catching up with… Carlos Nieves

Carlos Nieves, a senior end user analyst in ITS, joined Union in 2008. He is responsible for computer configurations, upgrades, rollouts, imaging, troubleshooting and a host of other support issues across campus.

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.