Network Chats

The Hartwick College community invites you to join us for a new series of events, Network Chats—with Alumni Industry Leaders and Rising Experts.

Alumni will share their take on important issues of the day through programming created especially for Hartwick students, prospective students, alumni, and friends.

During the month of June, we’re going full-tilt with virtual Network Chats to tap into the amazing work and knowledge of alumni surrounding COVID-19. We’ll chat with remarkable alumni about how their professions have changed in the face of the disease and about how they established their careers.

Network Chats Schedule for June 2020:

Thursday, June 18, 6-7 p.m.
The Power of Research in a COVID-19 World

Hosted by Professor of Biology Mary Allen, PhD


Alumni experts:
Lexi Andrus ’08, MS in biological sciences
Business Development Executive, Evotec global drug discovery alliance

Jon Paczkowski ’08, PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology
Research Scientist/Assistant Professor, New York State Department of Health

Sunday, June 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Contact Tracing, Testing, and Health Product Chemistry

Hosted by Professor of Chemistry John Dudek, PhD


Alumni experts:
Kate Purcell ’14, MPH
Research Scientist/Epidemiologist, New York State Department of Health

John Stuligross ’13, MPH
Health Systems Program Manager, Utah Department of Health

Sheila Niedziela Stuligross ’13
Quality Control Chemist, doTERRA essential oils worldwide

Wednesday, June 24, 6-7 p.m.
Delivering Healthcare in an Unwell World

Hosted by Professor of Biology Stan Sessions, PhD


Alumni experts:
Rebecca Cochrane ’94, DMD, PhD in immunology
Owner, Cochrane Dental Associates

Devon Craft ’12, DO
Founder/Owner, Craft Family Medicine; hospitalist, Ellenville Regional Hospital

Roxanne Suarez ’03, DVM
Chief of Staff, Banfield Pet Hospital, small animal veterinarian

Thursday, June 25, 6-7 p.m.
Job or Grad School: What’s Next in Trying Times?
Hosted by Associate Professor of Physics Kevin Schultz, PhD


Alumni experts:
Susan Fueshko Perry ’86, PhD in biological chemistry
Professor of Practice and Graduate Program Director, Lehigh University Department of Bioengineering

Michael Servider ’16, MS in engineering
Sales Specialist, Technical Fibre Products, Ltd. energy production and renewable resources

David Velez ’17
Software Developer, Infosys

Sunday, June 28, 12-1 p.m.
Seeing COVID-19 through the Lens of AI and Cyber Security
Hosted by Professor of Computer Science Bob Gann, PhD


Alumni experts:
Jorge Escobar ’91, MS in computer science
Senior Vice President, Conversational Commerce Technology group, Bank of America

Jaakko Lipasti ’91, MS in computer science
Software developer focused on security-related projects, Nixu Oy

Sunday, June 28, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Vying for Attention: the Environment at the Forefront
Hosted by Associate Professor of Geology and Chemistry Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad, PhD


Alumni experts:
Nicole Mehr ’17, MS in water resources science
Staff Hydrogeologist, Pacific Groundwater Group

Emily Wild ’95, MS in library and information science
Chemistry, Geosciences, and Environmental Studies Librarian, Princeton University Library

Catherine Winters ’14, MS in water science and policy
Environmental Analyst, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission

Join us for any or all of these Hartwick Network Chats and look for more topics with featured alumni every month.

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