Our Bloggers

Are you a student or alum interested in blogging? Let us know.

Student/Alumni Bloggers:

Rohit Ahuja

“A business major and an enthusiastic freshman, I’m Rohit from the hot desert Island of Bahrain. I am big on being socially active, staying organized and focused.  And if I’m not in my room, I’m either out making friends or being with the amazing ones I already have. Through this blog, I want to share what I am going through here at The College of Saint Rose.  It’s a privilege for me to be able to share my stories with you.”


Michael Aurrichio

“Hey everyone! My name is Michael Aurrichio and I’m a member of the class of 2017 here at The College of Saint Rose. I’m originally from East Fishkill, New York. Don’t worry, no one knows where that is either. I’m an education major with a concentration in English with the hopes of becoming an elementary school teacher. I like sports, Twitter, and long walks on the beach. You can normally find me wandering around campus, giving a tour or eating at the dining hall. If you see me, absolutely say hello!”


Courtney Carr ’15

“Personally, I have an obsession with travel, it’s my dream to be on SNL, and I am strictly opposed to the typical. In relation to the blog it may be useful to know that I graduated from Saint Rose in 2015 with a double concentration in communications. While at Saint Rose I was really involved and wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Nowadays you can find me living in Houston, Texas working in the PR world and trying to figure out just what to do in the ‘real world.'”


Tyler Duguay

“Hello! My Name is Tylor Duguay and I am an undergraduate student here at Saint Rose. I am originally from Glens Falls, NY, or as we like to call it; G.F. Nation. Glens Falls is about an hour or so north of the College. It’s technically a “city” but compared to Albany its quite minuscule. I spend most of my time cliff jumping and boating on Lake George. Along side with my crazy summer adventures, I have been a competitive swimmer for over five years competing all over the North East. It’s been a lot of hard work but I am now honored to announce my signing on to the Saint Rose Swim Team, and with that I conclude with my eagerness, and downright excitement to pursue my career as a GOLDEN KNIGHT!”


Ashlie Garcia

“Hi, guys! I’m Ashlie– a communications major and senior here at The College of Saint Rose. I’m a New York City girl looking to make it in the PR world. Food is my passion and I might be just a tad bit obsessed with Twitter. I love to blog, so I hope you all enjoy reading my posts!”



Guatemala Service Trip

We are a group of students from The College of Saint Rose traveling to Antigua, Guatemala for the international service trip. From May 11 to May 23, we will be volunteering at Escuela Proyecto La Esperanza (The School of Hope) with the nonprofit organization Education for the Children. EFTC believes that “only through education can we break the cycle of poverty.” We hope you’ll read about our trip and follow our journey to self-awareness and altruism.


Maria Hartz

What up, Saint Rose?! My name is Maria, and I’m a junior Spanish adolescent education major from Scotia, NY. I am a Resident Assistant, the Vice President of our Student Events Board, and most recently, an Online Ambassador! I am living the dream as a Saint Rose student each and every day, so check out my blog for my look into the Saint Rose community!



Kari Hendrickson

 “Hello! My name is Kari Hendrickson and I am part of the class of 2018 as a social work major. I am from Saugerties, NY but originally from Puerto Rico. I am someone who believes in positivity and life being an adventure. I love yoga, music, art (especially Buddhist art), traveling, and being with friends/family. I strive to leave this Earth a better place. I am honored to be sharing my story, and hope you enjoy it!”


Alexander Lawrence

“I’m a criminal justice major at The College of Saint Rose. I love singing and performing. I’m a very outgoing person and love meeting new people, so if you see me please say “Hi!” I’m really into sports in general. I’m running a series of posts called ‘Golden Knight Spotlight’ so we can all learn more about the athletes of Saint Rose.”



Drew M.

“Hello! My name is Drew Mancini and I am a Class of 2016 student in the communication sciences and disorders program here at Saint Rose. I firmly believe in the power of positivity and I try to spread good vibes wherever I go. Along side preaching about the power of the universe, I dabble in yoga, ultimate frisbee, surfing, fooding, and relaxing with friends. I’m stoked to have the privilege of sharing my story with you! Stay tuned!”



Nick Negron

“Hey, I’m Nick! I’m a second year communications major here at Saint Rose. Join me on my journey as I travel abroad; I’ll be sure to update weekly! I would promise you that I won’t mention Harry Potter in every blog post…but that may be a bit of a lie.”



Amirreza Samarbakhsh

“I am an international student  from Iran at The College of Saint Rose. I am also a transfer student from Massasoit Community College. I study Biochemistry and I am a junior.  My goal is to go to the pharmacy school and become a pharmacist.”



Anne Marie V.

“I’ll start with the basics I guess. The name’s Anne Marie (or Anne, or “hey you,” and I’ve answered to Captain America, too), blogging is the game. I’m a freshman communications major, with a concentration in PR, and a minor in sociology.  Born in Buffalo, raised in Poughkeepsie, currently living in Lima Hall. Addicted to Dr. Pepper, Swedish Fish, and Twitter.”




Vito VanDunk

profile picture“Hey everyone, my name is Vito Van Dunk and I am a part of the Class of 2019! I’m a Business Admin major with a concentration in Marketing and I try to be immersed in the campus through Student Association, Student Events Board, ALANA, and more. I’m from Montague, New Jersey and live in Brubacher Hall but I am loving St. Rose and Albany so far! Follow me through my first year at the college and beyond!”


Faculty/Staff bloggers:

Career Center

The College of Saint Rose Career Center is an office dedicated to helping students and alumni with their career development needs. Our posts will be written by different Career Center staff which will allow everyone to have better knowledge of our office and career development. We also plan on having guest writers that will be sharing their career/internship success stories. We look forward to comments and questions as we cannot wait to meet with anyone who would like to stop by. Appointments can be scheduled by visiting or calling us (518) 454-5141.  We hope to see you soon!


“Good to Know” 

Good to Know is a series of posts about Saint Rose, academic and otherwise. “Good” will also be used to alert readers to longer stories that will be posted on the College web site. Writer Jane Gottlieb works in the Office of Public Relations and Strategic Communications and writes the alumni magazine. Josh Sheridan, a graduate assistant in the Office of Public Relations, will also contribute. Josh is a student in the College’s Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program.


“Tales from the Archives”

Tales from the Archives is a series of posts about the history and heritage of the College. The Archives Research Room is located on the 3rd floor of the Neil Hellman Library.



Claire Ziamandanis, Associate Professor, World Languages and Cultures Dept.

Claire Ziamandanis received her B.A. from St. Lawrence University (Spanish), and her M.A. and Ph.D. (Hispanic Linguistics) from University at Albany. Her dissertation focused on the lexical variation in the Spanish-speaking islands of the Caribbean. As part of her language studies, Claire spent 2 1/2 years studying in Madrid, Spain, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Currently, her research is focused on foreign language learning in study abroad settings.


Kayla Germain, Digital Marketing Manager

Kayla is Digital Marketing Manager at The College of Saint Rose and oversees the College blog. Kayla received her M.A. from Saint Rose in Communications ’11 and her B.S. in the same field from SUNY Fredonia ’09. Fun facts: she drives a scooter and has been skydiving twice!



Some of these student bloggers are work study students at The College of Saint Rose and a portion of their paid duties include blogging for the College. All posts on the site are written by the author indicated and the opinion of the author is not modified due to payment. We treat all of our bloggers fairly and with respect– we hope you do the same.

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