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...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.

Catching up with...Chef Patrick Longton

Chef Patrick Longton came to Union in 2016 after serving as executive chef at Longfellows Hotel and Restaurant in Saratoga Springs for 10 years. He has spent the last 25 years working in hotels and restaurants, mainly in the Saratoga Springs area.

Catching up with...Jennifer Mitchell '04

Jennifer Mitchell ’04 is an assistant professor of English who writes about gender, sexuality and modern and contemporary literature. She joined the Union faculty in 2015.

Catching up with...Damond Heath '10

The senior associate director of Alumni and Parent Engagement joined Union in 2012. He loves the many opportunities he has to reconnect with old classmates and also help other alumni connect with the College.

Catching up with...Stacie Raucci

Stacie Raucci is Frank Bailey Professor of Classics and current chair of the Classics Department. She joined Union in 2004.

Catching up with...Brianne Brinker

Brianne Brinker, assistant athletic director for Facilities, is in her 17th year at Union. In her role, she is the event manager for all Union men's and women's ice hockey home contests.

Catching up with...Ken DeBono

Ken DeBono is the Gilbert R. Livingston Professor of the Behavioral Sciences. His main areas of research are the psychology of persuasion and the psychology of religion, although his favorite course to teach is “Introduction to Psychology.”

Catching up with...Andrew "Dru" Alvez

Andrew “Dru” Alvez is the assistant director of Intercultural Affairs. He is the liaison for all students of marginalized backgrounds and heads the Bridges First-Gen Mentorship Program.