Volunteer of the Week

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Elite Williams ’13 and Shawn Tangnavarad ’13 are this week's


Volunteers of the Week at the Kenney Community Center.

Williams and Tangnavarad served as co-coordinators of the center’s service-themed pre-orientation program, Community Experience. Fifty first-year students came to Union three days early and volunteered at several sites in Schenectady. In addition to volunteering, students had the opportunity to learn about the city by visiting local restaurants and attractions. Williams and Tangnavarad were student leaders in the program last year and participated in the first Community Experience Pre-Orientation in 2009.

Williams, a Schenectady native, is majoring in political science with a minor in French. She is in the Law and Public Policy program. A member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, she is active in Black Student Union, Black Law Student Association and One Love Hip Hop dance group. She sings with the Heavenly Voices Gospel Choir and campus a cappella groups. She has interned at Schenectady Inner City Mission and the American Cancer Society, and has served as a summer STEP Mentor at the Kenney Center for two years.

Tangnavarad, from Fairfield, Conn., is majoring in English with a minor in Chinese. He is a member of Sigma Phi fraternity and the Eliphalets, president of the Dutch Pipers and a member of the Union-Schenectady Alliance. He has also volunteered with hospice and has participated in Erie Canal lock clean-ups.

To nominate someone for Volunteer of the Week, contact Janet Sweeney at sweeneyj@union.edu or extension 6609.