Empowering students with language-based learning differences
Welcome Back, Wildcats!
As a Siena alumnus, you’re part of a growing tradition of students who’ve gained the key skills, tools, and confidence to become lifelong learners. We’re thrilled to launch this alumni page to share events, updates, throwback pictures, and more. We’re also exploring options for an alumni focus group, professional mentoring group, and volunteer opportunities, so stay tuned as we continue to grow our alumni network.
As much as we’d like to see you in person, we’ll still be doing everything virtually. Whether you’ve graduated, changed jobs, gotten married, or just want to send a note, you can always update us using the form below.
Keep checking back here for some Now & Then photos, digital yearbooks, and more! Thank you again for being a part of the Siena community, and for continuing to be a Siena advocate.
And, as always, follow your tracks back to Siena.
To me, modeling success as someone with dyslexia isn’t about how fast or well I can read and write now. It’s about being able to go into life as an adult and find or create accommodations that I need to be successful, as well as going into the rest of my life with a better understanding of how to be proactive because dyslexia doesn’t go away. –Meribor Matusow, Class of 2018 and Siena's Events Coordinator
Every Wildcat Has a Story
Here’s what some of our alumni have been up to:
Paige Orland (Class of 2011) recently started a new position as a Graphic Designer at Cisco Talos Intelligence Group.
Max Klaverkamp (Class of 2016) graduated from Roanoke College in May 2021 with a degree in environmental science. After working in Roanoke as a bike mechanic after graduation, Max just moved to Chattanooga, TN, to start a new chapter and explore new trails. He's planning to use the change as a fresh start to look for a job that uses his degree, while working as a bike mechanic and exploring the great outdoors in his new city.
Liv-e Douglas (Class of 2017) will graduate from Goucher College in Spring 2022 with a major in professional and creative writing. After graduation, Liv-e will start working as a teacher for Success Academy in New York City.
Partha Roy (Class of 2018) just graduated from Eastern Mennonite University Magna Cum Laude with a double major in Global Studies and Interdisciplinary Music. He’s about to start a new job as a Ramp Agent for Southwest Airlines at Denver International Airport.
Gabi Connor (Class of 2019) will be entering her senior year at Colorado Mesa University this year and is on track to graduate in May 2023. She has enjoyed being a part of the social work program. This coming year she will be completing a practicum at the county jail in Mesa County, where she will be working with inmates who are going to be released from jail. She is very excited for this opportunity! She is also looking into Master's programs for social work in Colorado and plans to start applying this fall.
Aaron Czajkowski (Class of 2019) was recently accepted to study abroad in Fall 2022 with Kansai Gaidai University's Asian Studies Program located in Hirakata, Osaka, Japan.
Michael Rubin (Class of 2019) is starting his junior year at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is working toward earning a B.A. in Art. This summer, in addition to taking classes remotely at Boulder, he is volunteering at the Barrie Camp teaching Tae Kwon Do (he has a third degree blackbelt).
Lainey Polmateer (Class of 2020) has been on the Dean's List three semesters in a row at High Point University. She's now a member of the Creative Arts Fellowship filled with different courses—from creative writing to interior design. She's also an active member of the Fashion Forward club and has been elected as the president of the Art Club.
Alex Sklar (Class of 2020) just finished his sophomore year at Towson University and has earned a cumulative GPA of 3.65. He's also made Dean’s List in 3 of his 4 semesters at Towson. He feels he's really learned great advocacy and study skills from Siena and has successfully used these skills in college.
Anjani Martins (Class of 2021) is a Global Fellow at McDaniel College, where she's a sophomore working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with an Education minor. Martins is 1 of 16 students chosen for Global Fellows, a three-year program designed to enhance students' understanding of global issues, develop heightened intercultural competency, and cultivate the skills and attitudes important to leading successful lives in a global context. In Fall 2022, she joined college band and really enjoys playing flute. She's also living in a Spanish house, which she feels is challenging but also fun and exciting.
Kendall Rapp (Class of 2022) is doing well in her first semester at American University. She is majoring in journalism and pursuing a double minor in communications and graphic design. She is also one of the newest members of American's K-Pop dance team, K-District. She also might become a tour guide next semester and, after her writing professor's encouragement, is eying work next year in the University Writing Center.
Rael Griffin (Class of 2015) graduated from American University in spring 2020.
Liz Mayio (Class of 2016) is currently applying to graduate programs for a doctorate in physical therapy.
Austin Hill (Class of 2017) graduated from Montgomery College in August 2020 with a general studies degree in Administration and Health. He's taking classes required for certification as an Ice Technician. He plans to continue working with the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission and move into a full-time position as an Ice Tech for one of their ice rinks. He’s worked part-time at their Wheaton and Cabin John ice rinks for the last 3 years, thanks to one of his Siena internships.
Andrew Honn (Class of 2018) had a strong finish to his sophomore year at Guilford College, recently learning that he had made the dean's list. As a History major, he is looking forward to a deep dive into the history of religion in the U.S. when he gets back to school in the fall.
While continuing her courses at Montgomery College, Meribor Matusow (Class of 2018) started a new job at a hair salon in Takoma Park called Scissor and Comb as a hair stylist assistant.
Grace Sierra (Class of 2018) is majoring in Electrical Engineering at the University of Hartford. She’s looking forward to the fall overall but more specifically to her advanced engineering mathematics class.
Max Klein (Class of 2020) finished his freshman year at Towson University.
Sophie Laclef (Class of 2020) finished her freshman year at Dickinson College. Earlier in 2021, she started a podcast, "Being a College Student During a Pandemic" (find it on Spotify or Soundcloud). She was recently a candidate for NPR's inaugural College Podcast Challenge.
Jordan Solomon (Class of 2020) finished his freshman year at High Point University.
Chase Stingley (Class of 2020) hiked the Appalachian Trail in spring–summer 2021. He's hiked over 600 miles, and it's been a wonderful experience so far. He’ll hopefully write a book about his experiences one day.
Javier Velasquez (Class of 2020) finished his freshman year at McDaniel College.
Alison Weinberger (Class of 2020) finished her freshman year at McDaniel College and made Dean's List with High Honors.
As you’re finishing college, starting a job, or looking to change careers, start by connecting with others in the Siena community on our new LinkedIn page for alumni. Having a strong professional network is incredibly important. You never know who a former classmate or teacher will know as you’re on the job market or simply learning about different career paths, so don't hesitate to reach out to them.
Check back here for more opportunities to share career resources and advice.