Member of Sigma Alpha Delta Since: 1973 – 1976
Baruch College Date of Graduation: 1976
Major: Industrial Psychology
When Linda Spadafina graduated from Baruch in 1976, she found that there was a lack of available jobs in her field of expertise. She had majored in Industrial Psychology while attending Baruch, yet could not find a place to make use of her degree. This was not for lack of drive or effort, as the Brooklyn native was an active member of Sigma Alpha (“Delta” was not used by day session members at the time) from 1973 to 1976. Her Dean’s List standing is what got her invited to Sigma Alpha, and she used the opportunity to serve her community through the organization. Linda became Chancellor in her senior year and ran textbook exchange and tutoring programs for students.
Linda took pride in her work. She found great joy when someone she was tutoring would “get it.” Yet for all her academic and extracurricular efforts, Linda had to deviate from her intended career path. She found a job with the Social Security Administration as a Benefit Organizer, despite her degree. Even then, Linda felt it necessary to quit work once her son was born.
Some time passed before one of her neighbors, the head of radiology at Harlem Hospital, suggested that radiology was a good field to get into. Since her son was older, Linda, at age 38, enrolled in a radiology class at her local hospital. She graduated at 40 years of age while her son was graduating from junior high school.
Today, Linda is the Lead X-ray Technologist at Staten Island Physicians Practice. Her position involves arranging work schedules, maintaining quality control requirements for the department of health inspections, and overseeing the mammography outreach program. She particularly enjoys serving as a liaison between radiologists and patients. Linda makes sure that doctors who order x-rays, mammograms, and CAT scans, have ordered correctly.
A member of Mensa, Linda proctors entrance exams. She entered the organization in 2003 by passing a test offered on Staten Island. After joining, she took on the role of Testing Coordinator for the Greater New York Mensa for 2 years. She joined Mensa following in the footsteps of her favorite author, Isaac Asimov.
For Linda, one of the most rewarding things about Mensa is the people she has met. Whether attending meetings across the country or moderating for Mensans online, she has communicated with Mensans from almost all fifty states and approximately ten foreign countries.
Despite her eventual career path, Linda believes that the classes she took at Baruch were useful. Her psychology courses still serve her today, helping her to effectively communicate with people, while her management and marketing knowledge have allowed her to contribute as an active member of her local union and advertise for her local swim team.
Linda believes that current Sigma Alpha Delta members should learn from the responsibility bestowed upon during their collegiate experience. She encourages them to use what they’ve learned through academics, extracurricular activities, and work experience, to help their community. She urges them to be mindful of the value of their education in the long run.
In the future, Linda would like to travel, and meet more of her fellow Mensans. She is working towards becoming “Proctor of the Year,” and becoming a member of several Mensan advisory committees. Her hobbies include World of Warcraft, counted cross-stitching, and glass etching.