Student Profiles

Student Profiles

Megan Liguori ‘11- Alum Profile

Megan Liguori

Class of 2011

English Major

Piscataway, N.J.

Lastly, my English internships prepared me for my current career path, giving me “real world” experience while still in earning my degree.

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Kevin Mulvey ‘17

Kevin Mulvey

Class of 2017

Accounting Major

East Greenbush, N.Y.

Joined ROTC "to be a part of something that made me feel like I was helping people."

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April Backus ‘12- Alum Profile

April Backus

Class of 2012

Sociology Major

West Winfield, N.Y.

Being a part of the Bonner Service Leaders Program was the most life changing decision I have ever made. Bonner opened my eyes to new perspectives, put my sociology degree to work and made me a part of a National network of people committed to social justice and community engagement.

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Margaret Baxter ‘16

Margaret Baxter

Class of 2016

English Major

Mahwah, N.Y.

I chose English because it was something I had always enjoyed. I have learned how to think creatively and critically from diverse perspectives through doing what I love, which is reading and writing.

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Eric Beresheim ‘17

Eric Beresheim

Class of 2017

Finance Major

Saugerties, NY

Chad Bingo ‘15

Chad Bingo

Class of 2015

Marketing Major

Rochester, N.Y.

At the urging of business professor Ken Williams, Chad took an Entrepreneurship and New Business Creation class, where he had an opportunity to develop his own product. Chad never expected that his “Gotta Go” button would be a finalist in Walmart’s “Get on the Shelf” contest a year later.

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Elizabeth Birch ‘12

Elizabeth Birch

Class of 2012

Spanish Major

Canaan, NY

Honestly, some people say they choose their major, I say it chose me.

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Olivia Bizovi ‘12- Alum Profile

Olivia Bizovi

Class of 2012

Sociology Major

Mohegan Lake, N.Y.

I wanted to attend a smaller school where I would have more interaction with the faculty and students in my year, as well as be surrounded by people with similar values. When I visited campus, I knew that this was the perfect place for what I was looking for.

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Kristen Bossio ‘16

Kristen Bossio

Class of 2016

Creative Arts Major

Pittsfield, M.A.

One thing I really like about the Creative Arts major is how flexible it is - my main focus is theatre, but I've gotten to take classes in drawing, video production, and singing as well.

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Emma Bostian ‘15- Alum Profile

Emma Bostian

Class of 2015

Computer Science Major

Red Hook, N.Y.

I chose computer science because it challenged my logical reasoning skills while still giving me the aspect of creativity I sought in a career.

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Rachel Bournique ‘15- Alum Profile

Rachel Bournique

Class of 2015

American Studies Major

East Granby, Conn.

Rachel planned to enter Siena as an undecided student until she read an article about a Siena College American Studies major. “I wasn’t aware of the major before reading the article, but after doing some research, I realized American Studies would be a great fit with my interests,” says Rachel.

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Travis Brodbeck ‘17

Travis Brodbeck

Class of 2017

Accounting and Economics Major

Hopewell Junction, N.Y.

Regardless of what year you are, there is something at the Career Center that you can learn that will make you a step ahead in the workplace.

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Alicia Bryan ’17

Alicia Bryan

Class of 2017

Political Science Major

Stillwater, NY

A degree from Siena means a lot more than just passing your classes and getting by. The professors help and guide you to be good at things you may not even know you enjoyed doing in the first place. I wanted a degree that I had to really work for and no other school really offered that to me personally besides Siena.

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Meghan Buckley ‘16

Meghan Buckley

Class of 2016

Undecided Major

Saratoga, N.Y.

Was considering a number of colleges, but a visit to Siena was all it took to know she found the right school. She visited campus six more times before accepting. “Every time I came to campus I found something else to love about Siena.”

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Michelle Campbell ‘13- Alum Profile

Michelle Campbell

Class of 2013

English Major

Hillsdale, N.J.

Having a degree in English benefits me daily. It helps me frame my position when I’m trying to pitch an idea to a client and also ensures that any copy that comes from my team is error-free, concise, and has the right “voice” for our target audience.

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Angelina Castro ‘16

Angelina Castro

Class of 2016

Creative Arts Major

Queens, NY

There are endless opportunities to get experience in whatever field you are pursuing. From the Creative Arts to Biology, each major has a slew of great faculty members who are excited to see you succeed and will help you every step of the way.

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Tehresa Coles ‘15- Alum Profile

Tehresa Coles

Class of 2015

Accounting Major

Loudonville, N.Y.

A summer internship at The Ayco Company gave Tehresa great accounting industry insight. “It really opened my eyes regarding what I can expect in my chosen career when I leave Siena,” says Tehresa.

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Marybeth Condon ‘16

Marybeth Condon

Class of 2016

Creative Arts Major

Stratford, Conn.

I chose to major in Creative Arts because it forced me to think differently. In Creative Arts classes, things are rarely straight forward and you are challenged to think beyond the first idea that pops into your head.

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Kevin Conner ‘15- Alum Profile

Kevin Conner

Class of 2015

Computer Science Major

North Creek, N.Y.

My most meaningful experience at Siena was my relationship with the computer science faculty. They are all experts in their respective fields and really want to see their students succeed.

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Hanif Cropper ‘16

Hanif Cropper

Class of 2016

History Major

Albany, N.Y.

Hanif Cropper wasn’t sure what he wanted to major in at Siena. Like a lot of students, he had a number of interests but not a clear direction.

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Rebecca Curley ‘15- Alum Profile

Rebecca Curley

Class of 2015

Marketing Major

Saugerties, NY

I was still uncertain about what path of Marketing I wanted to pursue for my career. However, when meeting with a counselor at the Career Center, she encouraged me to keep all of my options open when searching for a post-grad job.

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Shelby Davis ‘19

Shelby Davis

Class of 2019

Political Science Major

I never knew that I would have so many people on my side and cheering me on throughout my academic career.

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Chris Donato ‘14- Alum Profile

Chris Donato

Class of 2014

American Studies Major

Montrose, N.Y.

Spent the summer interning at ABC News, working on Good Morning America and World News. In 2012, he was an NBC Universal intern with NBC News/MSNBC Ad Sales Research. “I had an amazing experience. I never imagined learning so much in such a short period of time.”

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Heather Doran ‘17

Heather Doran

Class of 2017

Creative Arts Major

Montgomery, NY

I’m a Creative Arts major because I wanted to become a better artist. Creative Arts classes at Siena improve the artistic process along with technique and style. (Heather is also a Psychology major!)

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Remy Fields ‘15- Alum Profile

Remy Fields

Class of 2015

Finance Major

Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.

“During my college search, Siena helped me understand what my major, classes, professors, and classmates would be like. It made me very comfortable,” says Remy. “Other schools I visited didn’t do that."

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Kristina Fletcher ‘17

Kristina Fletcher

Class of 2017

Management Major

Amsterdam, NY

Neil Frei ‘13- Alum Profile

Neil Frei

Class of 2013

Accounting Major

Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

As a student in the Master of Science in Accounting Program, he’ll graduate with both bachelor and master’s degrees from an AACSB-accredited school. “I wanted a school with an excellent accounting program and Siena was the perfect fit.”

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Susana Garcia ‘17

Susana Garcia

Class of 2017

English Major

Port Chester, N.Y.

As a kid I had always loved reading, but my junior and senior years of high school really opened my eyes to English as a language. I knew that an English major would cater to my different interests by giving me the flexibility to explore study paths in all those fields.

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Kandi Griffin ‘17

Kandi Griffin

Class of 2017

Accounting Major

Colonie, NY

I never thought I would be able to get the chance to come here, so the second I found out I could, it sealed the deal for me.

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Paige Guido ‘14- Alum Profile

Paige Guido

Class of 2014

Business Major

Mohawk, N.Y.

Siena’s academics, size, friendliness, and community service all made it the perfect choice.

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Kathryn Hagen ‘14- Alum Profile

Kathryn Hagen

Class of 2014

Psychology Major

Berlin, Conn.

Kathryn fell in love with her major after taking a general psychology course. "The professors in the psych department are very passionate about their teachings which makes our classes very interesting," she says.

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Kayla Haskin ‘14- Alum Profile

Kayla Haskin

Class of 2014

Accounting Major

Cobleskill, N.Y.

“For me, Siena feels like home. The community here is amazing.”

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Ryan Kelleher ‘18

Ryan Kelleher

Class of 2018

Political Science and French Major

Clifton Park, N.Y.

The most meaningful experience that I have had at Siena thus far was when I was able to represent the Political Science department at the Student Conference on US Affairs at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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Jenna Kersten ‘17

Jenna Kersten

Class of 2017

English Major

Hamburg, N.Y.

I know that it's what everybody says, but I really loved the community aspect of Siena. I really wanted to go to a place that made me feel like I was at home, and that's what I've found here.

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Chris Klaeysen ‘08- Alum Profile

Chris Klaeysen

Class of 2008

Political Science Major

Seattle, Wash.

Political science not only taught me about the mechanics of political systems, but also embedded instruction on history, philosophy and law. It was a well-rounded program that helped me develop the values that define who I am today.

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Kaitlyn Krolik ‘16

Kaitlyn Krolik

Class of 2016

Political Science Major

Webster, N.Y.

When I visited Siena the first time I was hooked. I loved the campus.

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Andrea Kueter-Young

Andrea Kueter-Young

Class of 2019

Physics Major

Washingtonville, NY

Christopher LaPointe ‘18

Christopher LaPointe

Class of 2018

English Major

Enfield, C.T.

When I was looking for my ideal school, I knew that I needed a small-school atmosphere to be able to get the individual attention I needed to succeed. Everyone takes such pride and care in what they do; I knew right from the first visit that Siena would be able to give me the one-on-one interaction with professors that I craved.

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Megan Lesperance ‘14- Alum Profile

Megan Lesperance

Class of 2014

Biology Major

Schenectady, N.Y.

Spent the summer studying the cell biological, developmental and genetic processes that generate sex-differences in the small soil worm, C. elegans.

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Dan Loman ‘14- Alum Profile

Dan Loman

Class of 2014

Physics Major

Guilderland, NY

Dan found the perfect way to combine his love of sports and statistics in the classroom and after graduation.

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Miranda Luft ‘18

Miranda Luft

Class of 2018

Sociology Major

Avon, NY

Siena allows you to push yourself outside your comfort zone with the knowledge that if you need support it is there to make sure you reach your best.

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Matt Macutek ‘14- Alum Profile

Matt Macutek

Class of 2014

History Education Major

Albany, N.Y.

“I wasn’t interested in Siena at first because I live so close; but once I came for a tour and spoke with professors, I knew I wanted to be part of the Siena community.”

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Mark Martinez ‘16

Mark Martinez

Class of 2016

English Major

Brooklyn, N.Y.

"I decided to be an English Major because I've always had a passion for literature as a whole, and I've enjoyed the versatility that comes with the English degree at Siena," says Mark. "I couldn't imagine majoring in anything else."

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Stephanie Martinez ‘16

Stephanie Martinez

Class of 2016

Spanish Major

Hudson, NY

During my last semester at Siena I took SPAN 25O "Medical Spanish" with Professor Marcela T. Garces, Ph.D. Taking this course and forming a connection with Professor Garces helped me to find my current job and accept a position working with a Spanish-speaking doctor in an OB/GYN office where I can practice both my English and Spanish when scribing.

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Brendan Martino ‘16

Brendan Martino

Class of 2016

Biology Major

Latham, N.Y.

Got involved in student-faculty research by simply asking a biology professor if he needed help. “At a small school like Siena you have the opportunity to do that.”

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Claire McGuire ‘14- Alum Profile

Claire McGuire

Class of 2014

Political Science Major

Montrose, N.Y.

Switched major to political science in her freshman year. “ A student ambassador I met the first day on campus helped me navigate the change. She was amazing.”

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Melissa McLaughlin ‘13- Alum Profile

Melissa McLaughlin

Class of 2013

Accounting Major

South Glens Falls, N.Y.

“During freshman orientation, everyone was very friendly, and I got to know people the first night. I knew at that point that I was in the right place.”

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Nichole Moocz ‘14- Alum Profile

Nichole Moocz

Class of 2014

Sociology Major

Cornwall, N.Y.

I declared Sociology because the content learned from textbooks can be related to everyday life. Sociology pushes you out of your comfort zone to address social issues and analyze the systems working behind inequality.

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Dave Mucha ‘14- Alum Profile

Dave Mucha

Class of 2014

Economics Major

Queensbury, N.Y.

"Since my arrival to campus I've grown a lot and learned how to manage my time effectively, stay organized and developed a work ethic all thanks to the Economics Department," says Dave.

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Kristen Nersesian ‘14- Alum Profile

Kristen Nersesian

Class of 2014

Mathematics Major

Seaford, N.Y.

"I really enjoyed my precalculus class and I found myself helping numerous students. That's when I realized I wanted to major in mathematics," says Kristen. "Not only did I enjoy the mathematics, but also helping other students and seeing their improvement. It wasn't long before I realized Math Education was where I was destined to be"

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Michael O’Connell ‘16

Michael O'Connell

Class of 2016

Actuarial Science and Mathematics Major

Marlborough, CT

I have worked with multiple class years here at Siena and I have gotten to see firsthand the unique community that Siena creates. Students genuinely care about one another and my favorite thing is Siena’s unspoken rule. The unspoken rule is that people hold doors for each other no matter how large the distance may be.

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Zachary Oppe ‘18

Zachary Oppe

Class of 2018

Marketing Major

Niskayuna, N.Y.

My most meaningful experience at Siena has been the opportunity to give tours for the Admissions Office because it gives me the chance to witness the next freshman class fall in love with campus just as I did only a few years ago.

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Sarah Pascuzzi ‘14- Alum Profile

Sarah Pascuzzi

Class of 2014

Marketing Major

Amityville, N.Y.

Has traveled to twelve different countries, many while studying abroad in Siena, Italy. “I want to see the world.”

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Stephen Pendergast ’18

Stephen Pendergast

Class of 2018

English Major

"My most meaningful experience at Siena was becoming part of the Promethean (the school newspaper) and seeing some of my articles in print."

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Koushik Pernati ‘17

Koushik Pernati

Class of 2017

Major

Menands, N.Y.

I was first introduced to the Stack Center when I approached one of my professors about an idea that I had. My professor told me that the Stack Center would be the perfect place to develop my ideas.

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Amy Peterson ‘14- Alum Profile

Amy Peterson

Class of 2014

Mathematics Major

Garnerville, N.Y.

"I chose Mathematics Education because I knew I had to go into a helping profession, and also because I knew Math would be a challenge, and that is something I wanted in my college education," says Amy.

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Shannon Pfohl ‘14- Alum Profile

Shannon Pfohl

Class of 2014

Computer Science Major

Niskayuna, N.Y.

Through the ACM-W Women in Computing Club, I was given the opportunity to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference my junior and senior years. This conference is not only where I found my current job at Credit Suisse, but also made me aware of the countless opportunities available to computer science majors.

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Matt Porter ‘15- Alum Profile

Matt Porter

Class of 2015

Environmental Science Major

Voorheesville, N.Y.

"Don’t be afraid to build personal relationships with your professors and inquire about their research areas," says Matt. "Getting involved in research helped me figure out what I want to do after Siena."

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Emerald Power ’19

Emerald Power

Class of 2019

Biology Major

Troy, NY

The Bonner Program and the ACE office allows its members the opportunity to go out into the community and create a sustainable, lasting change in the Capital Region Area. As a freshman Bonner, I served as a Girl Scout Leader for the Siena Girl Scout Club at three different troops in the area, working to teach leadership skills and empower the young girls.

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Matt Restivo ‘07- Alum Profile

Matt Restivo

Class of 2007

Computer Science Major

Commack, N.Y.

Go visit a handful of schools, and I guarantee you won't find another campus that's as friendly as Siena -- even something as simple as everyone holding the door for each other -- it just felt right.

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Katherine Robinson ‘14- Alum Profile

Katherine Robinson

Class of 2014

Physics Major

Burnt Hills, NY

Yomary Rodriguez ‘14- Alum Profile

Yomary Rodriguez

Class of 2014

Mathematics Major

Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.

"I was pulled to math after interacting with faculty in the math department and taking a course that made me think in a way I had never before. The one-on-one and small group learning was the final, deciding factor that assured me that math was the field I wanted to explore," says Yomary.

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Emily Roehl ‘16

Emily Roehl

Class of 2016

Accounting Major

Glenville, NY

During my sophomore year I took my first accounting class, and had the opportunity to attend a dinner with accounting professionals from the Capital Region. I really enjoyed hearing their personal and professional stories, and I learned about the range of business opportunities that come with accounting. I decided to declare accounting at the end of that year, and could not be happier with my decision.

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Francesca Romano ‘14- Alum Profile

Francesca Romano

Class of 2014

Mathematics Major

Schenectady, N.Y.

"The math department at Siena has further developed my passion for math by challenging me and constantly encouraging me to do my best work," says Francesca.

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Kathleen Rotondo ‘15- Alum Profile

Kathleen Rotondo

Class of 2015

Computer Science Major

Farmingdale, N.Y.

I was originally a math education major, which requires computer science classes. I took Introduction to Computer Science with Dr. Vandenberg, who taught the course in such a way that I fell in love with the material and switched majors by the end of the semester.

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Erica Salcedo ‘14- Alum Profile

Erica Salcedo

Class of 2014

Social Work Major

Queens, N.Y.

Erica decided to check out Siena because the admissions counselor she met a local college fair was so nice.

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Matthew Schiesel ‘15- Alum Profile

Matthew Schiesel

Class of 2015

English Major

Guilderland, N.Y.

My study abroad semester in Glasgow, Scotland was truly unbelievable. I was able to meet a lot of great friends and travel nearly every weekend, plus my classes were about Scottish literature so I was able to really go in-depth into the culture of where I was staying.

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Julie St. Louis ‘16

Julie St. Louis

Class of 2016

Marketing Major

Glenville, N.Y.

Didn’t want to go to college so close to home, but a visit to campus changed her mind. “The people I met made a one-hundred percent difference in my decision.”

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Brittany Taylor ‘14- Alum Profile

Brittany Taylor

Class of 2014

Biology Major

Ogdensburg, N.Y.

“It’s so easy to get involved at Siena.”

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Madison Taylor ‘17

Madison Taylor

Class of 2017

Accounting Major

Syracuse, N.Y.

Siena is not only a beautiful place on the outside because it is filled with such a welcoming community and spirit that made me feel right at home.

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Lindsay Teardo ‘14- Alum Profile

Lindsay Teardo

Class of 2014

Biology Major

Southbury, Conn.

A student in the Siena College/Albany Medical Center Program, she will be headed to med school immediately after graduation.

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Costin Thampikutty ‘16

Costin Thampikutty

Class of 2016

English Major

Bronx, N.Y.

The most fascinating part of English to me is studying rhetoric, because effective rhetoric has the power to change the world.

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Julian Thomas ‘14- Alum Profile

Julian Thomas

Class of 2014

Computer Science Major

Albany, N.Y.

Loved Siena from the moment he saw campus. “I loved how everything was so close and convenient. And it was close to home … but not too close.”

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Peter Truong ‘14- Alum Profile

Peter Truong

Class of 2014

Physics, Computer Science, Computational Science Major

Montreal

The most meaningful experiences were the research opportunities that the physics department at Siena offered. The skills and way of organizing research that these opportunities provided aided in having the upper hand over other candidates with similar backgrounds such as a liberal arts education.

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Jed Turnbull ‘10- Alum Profile

Jed Turnbull

Class of 2010

Computer Science Major

Campbell Hall, N.Y.

There were a few professors who really pushed me to be more engaged and set the bar higher for myself. They all had their own unique way of motivating their students, and I know I made the right decision attending Siena because of them.

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Matthew Walsh ‘06- Alum Profile

Matthew Walsh

Class of 2006

International Studies Major

Myanmar

I've been fortunate enough, in part thanks to the International Studies program, to have lived, studied or worked in South America, Asia, Africa and Europe, since graduating from Siena in 2006.

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Cassandra Jane Werking ‘13- Alum Profile

Cassandra Jane Werking

Class of 2013

American Studies Major

East Greenbush, NY

Amy Wetsel-Savino ‘08- Alum Profile

Amy Wetsel-Savino

Class of 2008

English Major

Clifton Park, N.Y.

I had always been interested in publishing and graduating from Siena with a Bachelor of Arts in English seemed like a great step forward on that career path.

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Zachary Witter ‘14- Alum Profile

Zachary Witter

Class of 2014

Computer Science Major

Westmoreland, N.Y.

“Finding my niche in the world of Computer Science at Siena has provided me not only with joy for the field I intend to make a career out of but also opportunities that I likely wouldn't have received anywhere else."

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Anna Youngmann ‘15- Alum Profile

Anna Youngmann

Class of 2015

Student Design Interdisciplinary Major

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Believes that the SDIM program will inspire students to go after their unique interests.

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Peter Zack II ‘14- Alum Profile

Peter Zack II

Class of 2014

History Major

Queensbury, N.Y.

Peter chose Siena for its range of experiential learning opportunities. “I took advantage immediately,” Peter says. “By getting out in the field, you meet people and make career connections.”

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