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...Helen Hanson '83

Helen Hanson '83 is an associate professor in the Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering Department.  After graduate school in Cambridge, Mass., she was a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Catching up with...Ryan Keytack

Ryan Keytack joined Union last winter as assistant dean of students for Campus & Community Living & Learning. He came to Union from Philadelphia in June, where he lived and worked in the College House system at the University of Pennsylvania.

Catching up with...Shou-Ping Liu

As the Department of Music’s director of performance and a lecturer in choral and orchestral conducting, Shou-Ping Liu loves directing the Union College Choir and Orchestra. She feels inspired by her students’ dedication.

Catching up with…Francesca Mesiti

Francesca Mesiti, director of Talent Acquisition in the Human Resources Office, joined Union in August. She is dedicated to helping people find their dream job and ensuring new employees have a great experience.

Catching up with...Christa Grant

Christa Grant is the assistant dean for Intercultural Affairs and one of four diversity officers at the College. She oversees the Office of Intercultural Affairs and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Catching up with...Andy Morris

Andy Morris, associate professor of history, joined Union in the 2003-2004 academic year. His teaching and research focus on late 19th and 20th century political and environmental history.

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.