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LACE continues to connect students, alumni

One example of a Liberal Arts to Careers Externship (LACE) connection is Michael Schnall ’97, chief of staff for the Staten Island at NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, and Marisa Monte, an English major (seen in photo). Monte, who says she is interested in communication, shadowed Schnall over the 2011-12 winter break, attending meetings with elected officials and gaining insight into Schnall’s decision-making and day-today responsibilities.

“I feel that it is my responsibility to give undergraduates a window into what I do and help them try to find a path that is right for them,” Schnall says.

Started in the fall of 2011, LACE gives Harpur College students the opportunity to shadow alumni in their workplace. Students — usually sophomores — spend part of their winter or summer break working with their alumni sponsors and exploring how their majors relates to career options. Alumni are able to share knowledge and help inspire students who are considering career choices.

To participate in LACE, contact Wendy Neuberger, Liberal Arts to Careers Externship coordinator, at 607- 777-4456 or For more information about the program, go to

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Last Updated: 3/1/17