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Profile of Sam Olens, BA/SIS '78; MA/SIS, '80

SIS Alumnus Sam Olens

What was one important turning point during my time at SIS that influenced my professional path?

A global perspective, respect of all people.

What has been a pivotal piece of knowledge that has led me to my current position?

As Winston Churchill stated, "We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give."

I chose SIS because of:

Liberal arts, the professors, location.

How I make a difference in the world:

I seek to make a difference through Tzedekah and promoting the rule of law.

I also speak:


I am interested in:

Economic Development, Human Rights.

My professional role models:

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson and Professor Abdul Aziz Said.

Favorite authors:

James Joyce, John Steinbeck and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Favorite movies:

Schindler's List, Rain Man, E.T.