• photo Mark Schaefer


    BA (1990), MA (1991)- Russian

    After graduating from Albany in May of 1991, Mr. Schaefer entered into studies at the George Washington University Law School. Graduating from GW in 1994, he practiced law in the District of Columbia for five years. Mr. Schaefer practiced with a a few law firms, one of which specialized in immigration law, particularly for clients from the countries of the former Soviet Union. "My Russian degree was extremely valuable in that work. Being able to translate documents, communicate with clients, and help them feel that they were understood was extremely important."

    In 1999, Mr. Schaefer entered divinity studies at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington. Following graduation in 2002, he was appointed as the United Methodist campus minister at American University in D.C. "I am surprised at how much I get to use my Russian degree in this work. I have had a number of students who have been studying Russian and I've been able to tutor them. Russian isn't always the easiest subject, and so being able to help students has been yet another way I can help them to let go of some anxiety. I've also had occasion to do a bilingual Russian-English wedding for a couple at the University and to translate the Russian language poetry of a colleague's great-grandfather. My Russian language skills that I developed at SUNYA have helped me out in every professional endeavor I've had. They've helped me to be a more effective pastor."

    Since the fall of 2006, he has also been an adjunct professor at American University in the Religion and Philosophy department, teaching courses in Western Religion and New Testament.

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