Meet the 2016-2017 Council



David Olio ’17, English & Environmental Policy (Chair)

Why Union:  “I loved that Union was the mother of Greek Life and felt that I wanted to become a part of that rich history while working in a rigorous and expansive academic environment.”

About Me:

  • I am a four year varsity soccer player at Union and senior captain.
  • I am a Greek Judicial Board Member.
  • I really enjoy hiking of any sort and do my best to include one backpacking trip every summer.
  • I also am the chief editor of the Union Banner, a political newsletter on the Union campus designed to voice the political opinions of individual students.
  • I was a Kelly Adirondack Research Fellow Summer 2016.
  • I am currently working on a transcription of Fitz Hugh Ludlow’s final book of poetry. (FHL being a famous graduate of Union and author of “The Hasheesh Eater.”)


Kimberly Bolduc ’17, English & Chemistry (Vice-Chair, Chair in 2015-16)

Why Union:  “I love the dedication of the faculty at Union. They constantly inspire me and give me opportunities to explore what I’m interested in.”

About Me:

  • I serve as the Editor-In-Chief of the Concordiensis.
  • I studied abroad in London, England and worked as an intern at King’s College Hospital.
  • I conduct research in the Chemistry Department with Professors Hagerman and Kehlbeck on solar cells.
  • I’m part of the Union College Scholars Program.
  • I attended a conference on honor codes at Hamilton College and designed the orientation program for the Honor Council.


Stephanie DiGiorgio ‘17- Philosophy (Vice Chair)

Why Union: “The beautiful campus”

About Me:

  • I am chair of the Student Conduct Committee.
  • I am President of the Pre-Law Society.
  • I spent one term interning with a Senator in Washington, D.C.
  • I enjoy reading and volunteering.


Olivia Watman ’17, Biology & Anthropology (Vice Chair)         

Why Union:  “I really like that Union has a small campus where we can get to really know the professors. It also doesn’t hurt that the campus is so beautiful through all the different seasons!”

About Me:

  • On campus, I am President of Project Sunshine.
  • Off campus, I work at a local dermatologist’s office.
  • In my free time I love to play tennis and badminton.
  • I went on a mini term to Ethiopia last winter and I had to the opportunity to travel to Prague and Italy over my winter break of this year.


Christopher Yao ’18, Political Science & Economics (Vice-Chair)

Why Union:  “The most special thing about Union is the diversity of students and faculty. During my time here, I’ve made several close friends and met many interesting and engaging faculty members.”

About Me:

  • I worked as an intern for U.S. Senator Pat Toomey for a summer.
  • I serve as a co-chair for the Breazzano House Council.
  • I went apple picking with other Union students off campus.
  • I saw a production of the play “Endgame” directed by a Union senior.
  • I met a doctor visiting Union who worked to contain the Ebola epidemic in Africa.




Alyssa Bonesteel ’17, Political Science & Russian & East European Studies

Why Union:  “I chose Union for the small close-knit community. I felt I could have it all at Union. There are great academics, varsity sports, greek life, and other campus activities.”

About Me:

  • I went on terms abroad to London and Washington D.C.
  • I traveled throughout India with one of my best friends on a Union Mini-Term.
  • I serve as the co-president of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honor Society.
  • In addition to my love for traveling, I really enjoy playing and coaching sports.
  • I play volleyball here at Union, but I also figure skated up until college.
  • My favorite memory from this year is going to California with my volleyball team.


Samantha Gavin ’19, Chemistry    

Why Union:  “I really love that we have access to high-end research equipment and don’t have to compete with graduate students for lab time. I also love the small class sizes, the closeness of the campus community, and the gorgeous campus.”

About Me:

  • Member of the women’s club hockey team.
  • I work as an affiliate caller for the Office of Annual Giving.
  • I work in both AOP and organic chemistry tutoring centers.
  • I am a member of the Breazzano House Council.
  • I am researching water purification using nanomaterials.


Lauren Gibson ’17, Managerial Economics                      

Why Union:  “The beautiful campus, prestigious academics, and the volleyball team (my family away from home) made me want to attend Union.”

About Me:

  • I am a member of the Women’s Volleyball team.
  • I am a member of Sigma Delta Tau.
  • I have a passion for volunteering.
  • I ride horses.


Jack Harasimowicz ’17, Economics – Science, Medicine, & Technology in Culture ID

Why Union:  “I went to a small high school that had a close sense of community. When I came to Union I found that same sense of community. Being part of the Union family rather than just another face in the crowd at a large institution made me want to come to Union.”

About Me:

  • I love water activities, especially sailing.
  • I’m a PADI Open Water certified scuba diver. I was certified at Union.
  • I’ve played football at Union for four years.
  • I’ve been mentoring at the Pleasant Valley Elementary School with the football team for the past three years.
  • I’m on the Admissions Liaison Committee at Union.


Madeline Levin ’19, Psychology      

Why Union:  “Union’s small size and strong sense of community is what I find most special about Union. From the very first time I stepped foot on campus, everyone was so friendly and welcoming. This feeling of being part of a big family is what makes me glad I decided to attend Union.”

About Me:

  • I am an Orientation Advisor.
  • I am Affiliate Caller for the Annual Fund.
  • I am a member of the Union Chabad student board.
  • I am a member of Alpha Delta Lambda.
  • I participated in the New Zealand mini-term this past winter.
  • I am a Wold House Council member.


Bella Meng Li ’17, Mathematics & Economics

Why Union:  “The small classes, and great professors made me want to attend Union.”

About Me:

  • I participated in the DC term, and interned with Congressman Tonko.
  • I went on the New Hampshire Mini-term and volunteered with Bernie Sanders’ Campaign.
  • I was head delegate of Union’s delegation to Model United Nations last year and tutoring for the class this year.
  • I’m a Residential Advisor in Richmond.
  • I’m a volunteer English teacher for fifth graders in Gansu, China.


Rebecca Lippitt ’19, Geology                      

Why Union:  “I went home after an overnight visit and had a weird feeling in my stomach. I missed being on campus with the people I had met. I knew it was my place, and that’s why I chose Union. I have never regretted the decision.”

About Me:

  • I’m obsessed with traveling; ask me about South Africa.
  • I’m fluent in Spanish and am now learning Chinese (shout out to the Modern Languages Dept.)
  • My major rocks! (Get it? Geology. Rocks. ha-ha).
  • I will always do anything in my power to get outside and explore cool, new places.


Allie Mignucci ’19, Biology – Spanish ID                           

Why Union:  “I am so happy with my choice to attend Union because of how small it is. I love being somewhere and recognizing so many faces. I also love the close relationships that we are able to build with our professors and faculty because of the small class sizes.”

About Me:

  • I volunteer as an EMT in my hometown.
  • I recently started as a hospice volunteer here in Schenectady.
  • I love to cook, especially baked goods.
  • I love traveling to new places.
  • I spent this past summer living in New York City while interning at WebMD.


Jasmine Nakkab ‘18, Managerial Economics

Why Union: “The small class size and the ability to form relationships with the professors.”

About Me:

  • I went to the Galapagos Islands my junior year of high school.
  • I raised $17,000 for pediatric cancer.
  • I have been competitively swimming since I was 6 years old.
  • I currently serve as the VP of finance and was on the finance committee my sophomore year.
  • I’ve been playing the violin since I was in the 4th grade


Darrien Pulos ‘17, Psychology

Why Union: “I appreciate the small class sizes and the ability to form close relationships with your professors.”

About Me:

  • I am member of the Varsity Women’s Rowing Team.
  • I was a member of my High School’s Honor Council.
  • I spent a term abroad in York, England.
  • I am a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.
  • I spent this past summer volunteering in Colorado.


Olivia Ricci ’17, Mathematics

Why Union:  “I chose Union because I liked the professors in the math department. I felt that I could develop great professional relationships with them.”

About Me:

  • In the fall term of junior year I went to Rennes, France. The purpose of this term abroad was cultural immersion and to develop a certain fluidity in the language.
  • I am a general manager for Chet’s Pub which is the student bar on our campus.
  • For 16 years, I was an avid dancer in almost all styles and also competed.
  • In high school I played volleyball and was a captain my senior year.
  • I am a founder of the Union College Chapter of the Association for Women in Math and serve as co-president.


Emma Roberts ’17, Psychology

Why Union:  “The relationships with professors is what made me want to attend Union.”

  • I went to Paris for the 2015-2016 academic year as a William Cady Stone Fellow.
  • I went on the India mini-term in 2014.
  • I spent the last two summers interning at jane iredale Mineral Cosmetics as a Marketing Intern.
  • I serve as President for the French Club.
  • I am an animal lover.


Lauren Savrin ’17, Mathematics & French & Francophone Studies

Why Union:  “Union had the programs and campus feel that I was looking for. As a double legacy, Union felt like  home when I came back to campus to tour and that helped me finalized my decision”

About Me:

  • I love to travel and have been to more than half of the states and about 10 European countries, including a term abroad in France.
  • I play the flute, sing, and attempt to play the piano.
  • I have an active interest in learning foreign languages.
  • I was an active member of Girl Scouts through my senior year of high school and the completion of my Gold Award project.
  • I am actively involved in my synagogue and their pursuit of social justice reform.


Shivani Shah ’17, Biology – Psychology ID           

Why Union:  “ The very supportive academic community made me want to attend Union”

About Me:

  • I serve as Co-President of Biology Club.
  • I serve as PR Chair of MedLife Club.
  • I volunteer at Kenney Community Center.

Cate Wadman ’17, Biology

Why Union:  “To me, the best part of Union is the small class size. I love getting to know the different students in my courses, as well as, getting to know my professors on a more personal level.”

About Me:

  • I played soccer and lacrosse in high school.
  • I spent two summers working at a biomedical company where I was the initial processor of horseshoe crab blood.
  • I am pre-vet, and just recently applied to veterinary school in September.
  • I spent this past summer doing research on campus with Anolis lizards.
  • I am also the co-president of the Animal Rights Club at Union.


Sheighla Wall ’18, History

Why Union:  “The beautiful campus and feeling of being apart of a community that cares for everyone made me want to come to Union.”

About Me:

  • I love the Outdoors Club trips, such as hikes in the Adirondacks.
  • I love the Reamer movies.
  • I enjoy the ski trips.


Drew Zangrillo ’17, Political Science                                              

Why Union:  “I wanted to attend Union because it’s great to attend a college that is such a close knit community”

About Me:

  • I went on the Cuba mini-term in my junior year.
  • I participated in the Argentine mini-term as a senior. Needless to say, I have a bad case of the travel bug.
  • Apart from traveling, I enjoy being outside and getting active by doing things such as fly fishing and hiking.
  • On campus, I serve as both the President of the Economics Club and the Men’s Club Lacrosse team.


Xier Zhao ’19, Psychology                           

Why Union:  “Union professors are so nice and helpful. I get a lot of inspiration from my professors”

About Me:

  • I serve as the PR chair for the U-Program.
  • I’m the President of the China Consortium.
  • I’m the Co-president of the Afro-Dance Club.
  • I dance hip hop, jazz, chacha, African dance.
  • I was an exchange high school student in USA, and then I decided to continue finishing my college in America.
  • I want to be a teacher, so I volunteer working with children.  I did two internships in education over my first year in college.



Professor James C. Adrian, Jr., Chemistry

Professor Ellen Foster, Economics

Professor Jonathan Marr, Physics

Professor Anastasia Pease, English

Professor Nicholas Webb, Computer Science


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