The College welcomes two recent
graduates – Genevieve Mbamalu '02 and Darcy Tuczynski '00 – as new admissions
counselors this fall.
who graduated just months ago from Union
College, won't have to look far to
find people who can help her in recruiting students at Union's
“I have friends here who are sophomores, juniors
and seniors,” said Mbamalu, who was well-known on campus through her
involvement in many activities. “I can always call on them to help me.”
Mbamalu, a native of Nigeria
who graduated from A. Philip Randolph High School in New
York City, joins Union's
admissions office as a counselor. She is to visit students at schools in Long
Island; Washington, D.C.;
Carolina and Tennessee.
“We're thrilled to
have Genevieve back at Union,”
said Dan Lundquist, vice president for admissions and financial aid. “She brings
the same energy and enthusiasm to the admissions office that she brought to her
activities as a student.”
A major in sociology with a minor in biology,
Mbamalu did her senior thesis on “The Role of Cultural Tradition and Government
Apathy in Promoting HIV/AIDS in South African Women.” She plans to pursue a
career with an international public health agency.
While a student at Union,
she took terms abroad in Jamaica
and Italy. She
did research fellowships on complementary and alternative medicine, success of
the breast cancer movement, and racial and ethnic differences with informal
She was a recipient of the Franklin L. Fero
Memorial Scholarship and the College's Meritorious Service Award.
Among her activities
while a student at Union, she was a
Science and Technology tutor; a program coordinator for Student Activities;
conference planning chair for the College chapter of the National Association
of Black Engineers; a disc jockey for WRUC, the College radio station; and
co-chair of the Sociology Club.
She was a computer
consultant through the College's USTAR
program, which provides technical support to faculty and students; an assistant
to a vice president at Guggenheim Brothers, facilitating realty funds projects
and organizing scholarships for doctoral candidates; and an atmospheric science
intern at NASA's Langley Research
Center, where she interpreted
global climate change data.
Tuczynski says she is glad to be back at “a place that feels like
home.” The Greenfield Center
native and 1996 graduate of Saratoga Springs
Senior High School returns to her
alma mater as an admissions counselor.
“I was the liberal arts queen,”
said the interdepartmental major in biology and philosophy of her time as a
Union student. She studied for a term in France
(she also had a French minor); played violin in the College orchestra; and
served as editor of Ephemeris, a
philosophy journal that she founded. She was active in the College's Big
Brothers/Big Sisters program, serving as a “Big” and managing a summer camp at Union
to serve the “Littles” while their “Bigs” were away. She played on the field
hockey team. Throughout her four years at Union, Tuczynski worked in the
admissions office – as an office assistant, tour guide, overnight host and
finally, senior interviewer.
“Darcy's homecoming represents a
continuation of the great work she did with us as a student,” said Dan
Lundquist, vice president for admissions and financial aid. “We're thrilled to
have her back.”
Since graduating from Union,
Tuczynski has worked for Deloitte Consulting in New York
City, specializing in health care and life science
She is to represent the College in
visits to schools in New York's
Southern Tier, western Massachusetts,
New Hampshire and Vermont.