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Sometimes it's hard to know where your life will take you. Since receiving their diplomas, alumni of Union College have gone on to be geologists, veterinarians, nuclear physicists, physicians, teachers, nanotechnology researchers, eye surgeons, board members of the FDA, and much more. Read more about what our alumni have done, and let their lives inspire you to imagine what you can do with a degree from the Division of Science and Mathematics.


Carrie Christensen
Biology, B.A. 2003

After college graduation in 2002, Carrie went on to study medicine at Loma Linda University Medical School. Carrie says "Union was one of the best experiences my life. I grew as a person mentally and spiritually—I really appreciated the staff because they were more than teachers; I considered a number of them as friends. I liked the fact that I could talk with them one-on-one and that they would take time to help me and just to listen."

Jabin Krassin M.D.
Biology, B.A. 2000

Upon graduation from Union in 2000, I went to Loma Linda University Medical School for four years. The experience was incredible and I have many wonderful memories of my time in Loma Linda. I decided to pursue an Ophthalmology residency, and I was very blessed to be accepted into the program at Loma Linda. After another four years, I completed residency and then moved to Minnesota. Despite the long winters, the summers are magnificant, and I thoroughly enjoy life here and have embraced private practice. I now work for Allina Health and am fortunate to be the Lead Ophthalmologist for the organization. The leadership skills I gained at Union were invaluable in training me for real life outside of schooling. When not working, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my son, who was born in 2009. I hope to come back to Union soon and I am anxious to see the new science building.

Suzanne Phillips
Biology, 1998

"Of the four years that I spent at Union College, I worked three of them as the microbiology lab assistant for the great Henry Zuill. Because of that laboratory and teaching experience, I became very excited about microbiology and teaching. As soon as I completed my bachelor's degree in biology in 1998, I went directly to Loma Linda University's Division of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Program. There, I met and married David Phillips and completed my Ph.D. in 2003. Upon completion of my degree, I did a postdoc at the University of California-Riverside for a year and a half before moving to Reno, Nevada. in 2004, we had our first child, Anna. I accepted an invitation to teach in the biology department at Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas where I am now the chair in 2005. We welcomed our second child, Shane, in 2007."

Richard McMillen
Biology, 1984

"After graduating in 1984, my wife and I got married, and then I entered the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. I graduated with a DVM in 1988, and we moved to Perham, Minnesota in a two-doctor mixed practice for a a little over a year. In November of 1989, we moved to McMinneville, Oregon, where I became the second doctor in a large-animal practice. In 1995, I purchased that practice and renamed it Valley Equine Veterinary Service, Inc. to reflect the majority of my clientele. I have had some associate veterinarians over the years, but am currently practicing solo. We added a son named Brian to our family in December of 2001. He keeps us hopping in our middle age."