News for Alumni

June 1

The Future of Irish Feminism

Ireland’s history is rich with tales of poverty and emigration. But not in 2007, when Claire Bracken left her native country to teach at Union College.

June 1

The Union Panther Tamer

Doing a little spring cleaning, I came across some old newspaper clippings and black and white photos that stirred fond memories of my time at Union.

June 1

A Rising Folk Rock Star

Ashley Sofia ’11, who critics and fans have called “the future of folk rock,” recently released her debut album, “Love and Fury.” A down-to-earth performer, she lives in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, where she was born and raised.

June 1

Young Alum Talks Social Justice

As part of the College’s inaugural Civil Rights Mini Term in his senior year, Pete Haviland-Eduah ’10 walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where in 1965, hundreds marching for black voting rights were beaten by police, an event that became known as Bloody Sunday.

June 1

Sports Reporter Living Her Dream

Marisa Jacques ’02 never had a backup plan. Which should come as no surprise to those familiar with her single-minded focus on a career in sports broadcasting.

June 1

Commitment to Community, at Union and in Wyoming

John Wold ’38 and his wife, Jane, were recognized by the city of Casper, Wyo. on Dec. 13, 2014 for their $1 million donation toward the construction of the Wold Family Arena, an ice rink at the Casper Events Center.

June 1

Fly Songs and Evolution

Songs don’t usually cause break-ups. Even so, they seem to be part of the reason a miniscule fruit fly has undergone speciation—diverging from one distinct species into three.

June 1

ReUnion recap 2015

Nearly 2,000 visitors descended upon campus for the annual celebration of the College’s graduates.

April 30

Volunteer of the Week

The members of Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity are the Kenney Community Center's volunteers of the week.

April 24

#ADAY4U shows Union pride

The one-day fundraising initiative bolstered the College's Annual Fund and increased participation.

April 16

Tuesday, April 21 to be #ADAY4U

The College is launching a one-day fundraising campaign, #ADAY4U, on Tuesday, April 21, aiming to bolster participation in giving to Union’s Annual Fund.

March 18

Two students named Watson Fellows

Seniors Karlee Bergendorff and Warren Thompson were among the 50 students selected as fellows from more than 700 candidates nominated by private liberal arts colleges and universities in the United States.

February 11

Becker Career Fair coming Tuesday

Representatives, many of whom are Union alumni, will speak with students about jobs, internships, gap year opportunities, fellowships and graduate school programs.

January 14

Volunteer of the Week

The community service mini-term group is the Kenney Community Center's Volunteers of the Week.

January 9

Profound & Poignant

The remarkable stories of those individuals affiliated with Union College who participated in the Civil War, one of the most important eras in the nation’s history, is quite compelling.

January 9

Brotherhood Transcends War

The unfortunate demise of Henry Remsen Schwerin (1863), who was mortally wounded at Chancellorsville on May 2, 1863, showed that fraternity brotherhood could transcend even the enmity of bitter rivals.

January 9

A Medal Revoked

Warren Sanborn (1867), a private in the 27th Maine Volunteers, was Union College's sixth Civil War Medal of Honor recipient until 1917.

January 6

Union's Winningest Philomathean Team

In March 1952, the Philomathean team won the Brooklyn College invitational debate tournament—the only major competition of its kind won by Union. At the time, it was the closest thing to a national title for intercollegiate debating. In fact, research suggests the victory over 53 participating colleges was the biggest debate win in Union’s history.

January 6

Supporting Entrepreneurs in Africa

After Mary Olushoga ’06 graduated, her father said, “Everything about you has changed.” And she, who won myriad awards at Union and was part of everything from UNITAS to founding the Heavenly Voices Gospel Choir, responded, “Of course, that’s why I chose Union.”

January 6

Business is Booming for Votto Vines

In 2009, Votto Vines Importing began selling wine—just 1,000 cases in Connecticut—out of the back of a Subaru wagon. Today the business, co-founded by cousins Michael ’00 and Stephen Votto ’08, is on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies in America.

January 6

A Career Built On, and By, Entrepreneurship

Jennifer (Sconyers ’85) Lawton is an entrepreneurship aficionado—starting or guiding new ventures is just about her favorite thing. Recently appointed CEO of MakerBot, a forerunner in reliable 3D printing, scanning and entertainment, she’s made a career of establishing and growing a variety of companies.

January 6

Improving Our Conversations with Computers

It’s beyond annoying when that automated customer service voice doesn’t understand what you’re saying, right? Or when Siri just can’t seem to get that you’re asking “her” to call Joe, not Moe.

January 6

Stalled Gender Revolution Progressing Again

First, society decried the working woman; she belonged with her children. Then it rallied behind her in a nearly epic gender revolution to support her climb up the corporate ladder. Then the momentum ebbed, with more people again favoring traditional female homemaker roles.

January 6

Union College Connections to the Civil War Era

The Civil War claimed 67 members of the Union College community, but perhaps no loss was felt more on campus than the death of Elias Peissner, a well-known professor of German and political economy who was a public advocate for the preservation of the Union and the gradual abolition of slavery.

January 6

Why U Give: Donor Profiles

Our inaugural group consists of Larry Hollander, dean of engineering emeritus and longtime scholarship donor, Linda Klein '80, an Atlanta-based attorney who has held senior positions in the American Bar Association, and Dr. Arnold Goldschlager '59.