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People in the news 04 - May 2013


Steve Dare, vice president for College Relations, has accepted a position as senior associate vice president for advancement at the University of Rochester. During his five years at Union, Dare helped complete the $250 million You Are Union campaign, the largest in College’s history. In addition, he guided the Annual Fund to double its unrestricted contributions and helped to strengthen relationships with alumni and friends of the College. Dare will continue at Union through mid-August. 

Stephen Berk, the Henry and Sally Schaffer Professor of Holocaust and Jewish Studies, recently spoke at a celebration for the Gerrard Berman Day School. Berk discussed the recent state of affairs in the Middle East and his studies of the region.

A new CD of compositions by Hilary Tann, the John Howard Payne Professor of Music, was released by Arizona University Recordings, featuring Tann’s work performed by Saxophonist Susan Fancher. The pieces range for solo soprano saxophone, through duos and trios, to “Shakkei,” a concerto performed live during the XV World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok, Thailand. Also, the Empire Youth Orchestra will perform one of Tann’s works in Saratoga Springs at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 2 at Skidmore College’s Arthur Zankel Music Center. “From the Feather to the Mountain” is based on an evocative statement by former Union College Professor Visual Arts Arnold Bittleman. It was commissioned by ESYO for its 25th anniversary and was first performed at the Troy Music Hall in 2005. Read an article about the orchestra's performance from the Daily Gazette by clicking here

Marcus Rogers, assistant director of the Dance Program, was featured in an article in the Loudonville Spotlight. Rogers, along with several dancers including Emily Lnenicka ‘12, visits area schools to teach students about the arts and encourage them to take part in different kinds of dance programs. “Classical Kids” is a partnership between the College and Saratoga Performing Arts Center. 

Scott Kirkton, associate professor of biology, is a co-author on a publication in the Journal of Experimental Biology. “Hypoxia-Induced Compression in the Tracheal System of the Tobacco Hornworm Caterpillar, Manduca sexta,” is co-authored with collaborators from North Dakota State University and Virginia Tech University. Kirkton also spoke on "Farm Talk," a radio show on 890 AM in North Dakota to discuss how his research investigating the effects of oxygen on grasshopper development may impact farmers.

An article co-authored by Zoe Oxley, professor of political science, was published in Women as Political Leaders. “Why No Madam President?: Gender and Presidential Politics in the United States” is featured in the publication’s 2013 edition.