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Unity College Alumni In Their Own Words

September 7, 2021

This week’s letter highlights some of the accomplishments of Unity College alumni — in their own words. Our alumni are the manifestation of the Unity College mission, and you continue to put your skills and knowledge into practice doing important work in the areas of environmental sustainability, conservation, and more. Some of you work out in the field collecting data and conducting research to help us gain further insight into our planet and its inhabitants. Others are working to connect people to our planet by way of interpretation and education. Many of you bring your environmental and sustainability education into an existing organization, informing how they do business and helping to change their practices. 
Here are what some of our alumni are saying:
Jorge Nunez
Jorge Nunez – Forestry Field Specialist
“Through my collegiate experience, I enjoyed the attention to detail and the reading materials given to me by my professors. The classes were very interesting and interactive: we could discuss very important topics within conservation. I hope that my Unity College graduate degree can help shift my career from forestry into a role within wildlife conservation and management.”
Eric Skrivseth Eric Skrivseth – President of the Moshannon Creek Watershed Association
“I was nearing the end of my career in management at a major railroad and signed up for an introductory class in GIS at Unity College. I liked the subject enough that I decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in GIS. For a class assignment, I emailed a pitch for founding a Moshannon Creek Watershed Association which was well-received. We were able to incorporate and become a 501C3 non-profit. I am now the president of the organization.”
Brooke DiPaula
Brooke DiPaula – Wildlife Rehabilitation Coordinator with West Shore Wildlife Center
“I am a 2021 graduate from Unity College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Health and Behavior. Unity allowed me to intern and volunteer with actual animals to gain that real-world experience. Unity taught me a great deal of information about environmental issues that I was unaware of, and I can use that to fuel my passion to improve our planet.”
Rachel Hutchinson
Rachel Hutchinson – Shellfish Propagation Specialist
“Unity gave me the flexibility to complete coursework on my own schedule in a program focused on environmental professions. I enjoyed the diversity of other students and professors at Unity, and the ability to interact with others around the county in a vast variety of fields and along their career paths. Unity allowed me to finish a master’s program that I would never have been able to do in person while working full time.”
What about you? What is your story? We invite you to update your information here and let us know what you are up to. 
As always, please contact me at, with any questions or comments you may have. 
With Pride,
Dr. Melik Peter Khoury