The Union Experience
Campus Traditions
During orientation, the entire first-year class gathers on the steps of the President’s house to sing the “Ode to Ole Union.” Worried about forgetting the words? No problem—they’re always printed on orientation T-shirts. Spring at Union brings a lobster dinner with all the fixin’s (bib included) for every student (vegetarian options too). This event is held in beautiful Jackson’s Garden, our campus oasis. Fans of Union's Divison I hockey fill Messa Rink with their own special version of the “The Star Spangled Banner” at the start of each game, emphasizing every “U.” On Friday each May, classes are suspended to allow hundreds of students to present their research projects to faculty, peers and visiting parents. Topics are fascinating and varied—everything from women’s freedom in ancient Athens to the structure of the dragonfly brain to robotics experiments. A number of the city's restaurants team up with our Minerva Houses to give the campus community a free taste of downtown dining. Hundreds turn out for this annual culinary adventure. Bring your appetite. For generations of Union students, the senior thesis has been a rite of passage. With close guidance from their faculty advisors, students research and write a scholarly paper. Classmates, faculty and staff celebrate this academic milesonte with a special campus reception. One of the most anticipated events of the year, the student-run Springfest features an array of music from contemporary performers and bands. Past festovils haved included Talib Kweli, Gin Blossoms, Guster, Sean Kingston, Matt Nathanson, Neon Trees, Robert Randolph, the Roots, the Wailers and Wyclef Jean. The festival takes place on the expanse of lawn known as West Beach.
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Events & Activities

So Much To Do, So Little Time

With an endless array of activities at Union, filling your free time is about to get a lot more fun. Thanks to the Office of Student Activities, located in the Reamer Campus Center, there are social, cultural and recreational activities for every interest, and never a dull moment. With so many opportunities, the only dilemma you'll have is deciding which one to choose. Check out our campus events calendar and see for yourself what's going on.

Some of our popular event opportunities include. . .

Speakers Forum
The student-run Speakers Forum provides the campus community with exposure to diverse and interesting people from beyond the college campus. The forum invites guest speakers who are informative, entertaining and influential while providing new perspectives. Speakers such as Ralph Nader, Chuck D. of Public Enemy and Howard Dean are just some who have previously visited campus and left a lasting impression.

Although downtown Schenectady's Bow Tie Cinemas with its real-butter popcorn is always a temptation, you don't have to leave campus to enjoy a good movie. Union hosts its own free movie nights in Reamer Auditorium every Friday through Monday at 8 and 10 p.m.

The most anticipated student event of the year, this festival is typically held outside and features an eclectic sampling of music from some of the hottest contemporary performers and bands. Past Springfest performers have included Wyclef Jean, Matt Nathanson, the Gin Blossoms, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, G. Love and Special Sauce, Guster, the Wailers, Goldfinger, Everclear, Talib Kweli, Sean Kingston and many other big names. The event is entirely student-run and student-produced.

Wondering how Union manages to offer all of these options? The U-Program Board is responsible for planning and organizing the majority of events. The board is made up of several committees – traditional programs, innovative ideas, cultural events, publicity and promotions and intellectual programs – led by a student president and treasurer.