Student Handbook - Student Affairs Offices
Student Affairs Offices
Office of the Dean of Students
Becker (Stanley R.) Career Center
Campus Diversity and Affirmative Action
Wicker Health & Counseling Center
Kenney Community Center
Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life
Office of Minerva Programs
The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
Student Support Services
Office of the Dean of Students
Steve Leavitt, V. P. for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
306 Reamer Campus Center, (518) 388-6116
Kathleen Schurick, Dean of First-Year Students
306 Reamer Campus Center, (518) 388-6061
Trish Williams, Senior Associate Dean of Students/ Director of Student Conduct
306 Reamer Campus Center,(518)388-6061
Tom McEvoy, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Minerva Programs
303 Reamer Campus Center (518) 388-8790
Kim Puorto, Administrative Assistant, (518) 388-6061
Trish VanDerhoof, Assistant to the V. P. for Student Affairs, (518) 388-6116
The Dean of Students Office oversees a wide range of programs and services intended to help students to meet their academic and personal goals at Union. The office houses the Dean of Students, the Senior Associate Dean of Students, the Dean of First-Year Students and the Director of Student Support Services for International and Learning Disabled Students. Students who have questions or problems of any sort, ranging from College policies to “how do I get something done” to “where can I get a short term loan,” are encouraged to come to the office for advice or referral.
Accommodative Services And International Advising Office
Shelly Shinebarger, Director of Accommodative Services & International Advising
Michelle Pawlowski, Coordinator of Support Services & Campus Life Programs
Reamer Campus Center Room 303, (518) 388-8785
The Student Support Office is committed to providing support and services to both international students and students with disabilities.
The Student Support Services office is committed to providing students with disabilities equal opportunities to benefit from all services, programs, and activities offered. The Director determines eligibility for services, authorizes appropriate academic accommodations, provides counseling, assists faculty with regard to disability, issues and questions, and helps assist students with self-advocacy in locating additional resources on or off campus.
We consider each international student and scholar a valuable member of the Union community with specific and unique needs. With our personal attention, you can make the most out of the opportunities available to you at Union and in the U.S.A, whether your stay is for one trimester or the next four years. Our office staff is here to help you to find your way around the maze of questions and uncertainties surrounding your life at Union and studying in the United States.
Becker (Stanley R.) Career Center Staff
Bob Soules, Director, (518) 388-6176
Pete Fowler, Senior Associate Director
Rochelle Caruso, Senior Associate Director, Employer Relations
Bridget Graham, Assistant Director
Keri Fresenius, Assistant Director
Judi Gordon, Employer Relations Coordinator
Connie DiLallo, Administrative Assistant
The Becker Career Center is committed to teaching students how to develop and achieve their goals so that they are able to secure opportunities that evoke their passions and manage their careers for a lifetime in a dynamic, diverse, and global environment. We empower our students to take personal responsibility for shaping their future. We do this by encouraging self-assessment, exploration and reflection, providing opportunities to apply learning and begin careers, educating students about the world of work, and providing resources to advance students through all phases of their career development.
Students can utilize career assessment tools at the Becker Career Center such as the Strong Interest Inventory, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, and SkillScan card sort to further assess their interests, skills, and abilities. Once a student has a better sense of self, they’re encouraged to utilize the many resources to explore the world of work, conduct informational interviews with professionals in their career field(s), and search for internships and jobs of interest.
The Becker Career Center staff helps students develop five core career competencies: Career Decision Making (including self-assessment, exploration, and reflection), Resume Writing, Cover Letter Writing, Interviewing, and Networking. By mastering these competencies, students equip themselves with the lifetime ability to discover and secure positions for which they are well suited. Becker Career Center programs are designed around facilitating student growth in these areas and preparing students to find and connect with opportunities consistent with their interests.
The Becker Career Center houses a number of online career research tools that allow students to research potential career fields, locate employers by industry and geographic area, and find and apply to internship and job postings. HireU, the Becker Career Center’s web based job and internship database, allows students to access and apply to internship and job postings and register for upcoming Career Center events. The alumni database provides students with the opportunity to identify alumni with whom they can network to obtain valuable career information and advice.
Becker (Stanley R.) Career Center, or call the center at 518-388-6176.
Campus Diversity And Inclusion; Title IX Compliance Officer
Gretchel Hathaway, Ph.D., Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Compliance Coordinator
807 Union Street
Schenectady NY 12308(518) 388-8327 office(518) 388-6006 fax
Reporting to the President, this office focuses on the recruitment, retention, and success of a diverse workforce and student body as well as other matters related to ensuring that Union is an inclusive community. The office assists and advises the Vice Presidents and departments within their respective responsibility centers regarding matters related to campus diversity, cultural competency, and inclusiveness. The office also supports and collaborates with departments to facilitate and determine faculty development opportunities, student leadership conferences, and employee relation workshops focusing on cultural competency and diversity initiatives. This office offers assessment on campus climate to faculty, administrators, staff, and students.
As reflected in the strategic plan, the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) develops a range of programs that cultivate an appreciation of the richness of a diverse and inclusive campus. The CDO also represents the College in local, regional, and national meetings related to diversity and cultural competency and identifying and importing the most effective programs to Union. In addition, the CDO monitors and updates all policies related to Affirmative Action, Harassment, Americans with Disabilities (ADA) and Title IX compliance.
Christopher Hayen, Director
College Park Hall, (518) 388-6358
EMERGENCIES - 911NON-EMERGENCY REQUEST FOR SERVICE – (518) 388-6911 or (518) 388-6178
The Campus Safety Office is located at College Park Hall. The Campus Safety Department provides service to the Community 24-hours a day, seven-days per week. Services include the operation of the control center; vehicular, bike, and foot patrols; preventative patrols; and community patrols. The control center monitors fire alarms and receives emergency calls (911 from a campus phone) and requests for service (518-388-6911 or 518-388-6178). Among the many services provided are emergency response to persons in need of assistance for injury or other conflict; crime prevention and investigation; conflict resolution; lost and found property; student escorts (please refer to Campus Safety Regulations); student access to their rooms; and response to problems involving safety and security of students, faculty and staff.
The business office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for all non-emergency business, including vehicle registrations, lost and found, and parking tickets. Information regarding campus security and personal safety, including topics such as crime prevention, campus safety law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, and crime statistics for the most recent three-year period is available from the Director of Campus Safety at 807 Union Street, Schenectady, N.Y. 12308.For further information, including the campus safety regulations: Campus Safety
Union College Trolley (518-248-5111) is a source of transportation provided and maintained by the Campus Safety Office. The trolley operates on a standard schedule of 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6p.m. to 4a.m. on Friday and Saturday during the academic year. The trolley follows a defined route through the surrounding neighborhood streets, making scheduled stops at the Reamer Campus Center and the Student Center located in Old Chapel. A schedule of the trolley route can be found inside the trolley, in the Reamer Center near the newspapers, in Old Chapel, at our website, and is distributed to each Residence Hall. For further information: Campus Safety
David Gaul, Director
202 Reamer Campus Center, (518) 388-6050
The Dining Services staff is dedicated to providing wholesome, nutritious, and appealing food of the best quality. If at any time you have questions, concerns or suggestions, please do not hesitate to call on your Dining Service Manager or Supervisor. We enjoy hearing from you! We realize that dining requirement vary from student to student. If you require a modified or special diet due to religious observances, allergies, etc., you must submit your request to the Department of Student Support Services (518-388-8785). We pride ourselves in offering a dining service where food, menus, and surroundings match students’ lifestyles and preferences.
All changes to your meal plan must be made during the first week of the term. Lost meal cards must be reported to Dining Service. Every meal plan holder is given an allotment of Declining Balance Dollars (DCB). You can check your balance and transaction history, and make a deposit by visiting our website below and checking on the meal plan tab. For further information: http://www.uniondining.com/
Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)
John Skumurski, Director
Feigenbaum Hall, (518) 388-6104
Michael Hilton Fire Safety- (518) 388-8009
Joseph Domino OSHA-(518) 388-8007
Elizabeth Dobson-Davis Lab Safety (518) 388-6340
EMERGENCIES – (518) 388-6911
The College’s Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Office is located at 712 Roger Hull Place. EHS develops, implements, and oversees all phases of environmental health and safety, fire safety, and workplace safety that directly impact the working, academic, and residential conditions at Union College. The EHS staff interacts on a daily basis with all areas of the Union community (academic, residential and administrative). Additional information on environmental health and safety, fire safety, and workplace safety may be found at:www.union.edu/Safety.
Jody Cocca, Student Accounts
McKean House, (518) 388-6106
All full-time undergraduate students are required to be covered by health insurance that meets the minimum requirements established by the College. Students who enroll at Union will be enrolled and billed for the student health insurance unless they process the online waiver. Students who are covered by their parents/responsible party’s insurance may waive enrollment in the College plan online at https://www.gallagherkoster.com/. The waiver must be completed annually by August 9.
Kenney Community Center
Angela B. Tatem, Director
Janet Sweeney, Assistant Director
The Kenney Community center serves as Union College’s headquarters for student volunteer efforts, community outreach, and the Science and Technology Entry Program. . The Center hosts daily educational afterschool programs for youth, the VITA Program for low income families, and special community building events. We support student coordinated volunteer events and programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters, Campus Kitchens, Habitat for Humanity, and partner with a host of community based programs to provide Union College students with meaningful service opportunities.
The Kenney Center is located at 257 Park Place and Nott Street, between the campus and College Park Hall. For further information:Kenney Community Center or https://www.facebook.com/kenneycenter .
Mail Service Guidelines
The mailroom is located on the first floor of the Reamer Campus Center. The mail counter is open 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for sending and picking up packages. Campus mail does not require postage and may be dropped in the appropriate slot outside the mail room window.
The Schenectady Post Office is located downtown on Jay Street, only a short walk from campus. Its window hours are Monday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.. This is also a good place for passport information.
Mail and packages to Union should be addressed as follows:
807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308
Although we are not a U.S. Post Office, we provide postal services as well as UPS and FedEx. When a student receives a package, he/she is notified with a “Package Slip” in their mailbox. It is the responsibility of the student to pick up the package within a reasonable time.
- The mailroom reserves the right to dispose of perishable items (food, flowers, etc.) if they are not picked up within a reasonable amount of time. The mailroom is not liable for the reimbursement of disposed items.
- We strongly advise that cash is NOT sent to student's campus mail box. The College is NOT responsible for missing funds, including those sent through campus mail.
All first-class mail (letters, bills, postcards, etc.) is forwarded over the summer and winter term breaks to the address we have on file. No other mail (magazines, periodicals, etc.) is forwarded and is disposed of or recycled. If a student would like to receive any of these mail pieces, they should make arrangements in advance with either the publisher or sender. Additionally, packages received via UPS or FedEx cannot be forwarded and must either be held or returned.
We can assist you with packaging and shipping (packing materials are available in the Campus Bookstore). Student can ship their belongings home with the assistance of the mailroom. Ask about our end of the year “ship it home” program.
Jason Benitez, Director of Multicultural Affairs
Reamer Campus Center 304 (518) 388-6030
Strauss Unity Room #305
The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) reports to the Chief Diversity Officer of Union College. Multicultural Affairs works with all areas of campus to provide opportunities for all students from all walks of life to enhance their leadership skills, and participate in social and educational events related to diversity awareness. The office facilitates workshops, activities, and leadership experiences to assist students with their personal and professional growth. Multicultural Affairs’ main goals are to develop and maintain intercultural communication, create opportunities to promote inclusiveness, provide experiences to exchange skills of cultural and religious fluency, and offer programs to enhance global cross-cultural competency. Multicultural Affairs
Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life
[TBA] Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs
Reamer Campus Center 409, (518) 388-8777
Greek life is an important part of the campus community. Rooted in over 175 years of tradition, the Greek system continues to provide unique experiences for students who attend Union College. The rich history of Union College is reflected each year during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. Members of the Greek community participate in and provide a wide variety of philanthropic and social activities for the community. Union currently has 16 active Greek Chapters. Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life
Office of Minerva Programs
Tom McEvoy, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Minerva Programs
[TBA] Assistant Director of Minerva Programs
Reamer Campus Center 303, (518) 388-8337
The Office of Minerva Programs oversees and supports the seven Minerva Houses: Wold, Golub, Beuth, Sorum, Breazzano, Green, and Messa. These houses offer places where students, faculty, and staff can engage with one another. The office is responsible for creating a vibrant intellectual life outside the classroom, as well as offering a diverse and interesting social scene within welcoming and inclusive communities. Each house funds numerous intellectual life events supporting the goals of the Minerva Program. Office of Minerva Programs
Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
The Rev. Dr. Victoria Brooks, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life and Campus Protestant Minister (518) 388-6618
Frank Thomas, Catholic Chaplain, (518) 388-6087
Bonnie Cramer, Director of Hillel, (518) 388-6539
Caleb LaRue, Religious Resource to Intervarsity Christian Fellowship; firstname.lastname@example.org
Laiky and Shumley Rubin staff for Chabad House, (518) 479-9592; email@example.com
Jyoti Swaminathan, Religious Resource to AUM, the Eastern Religions and Philosophy Organization; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sohaib Chekima, Religious Resource to MSA, the Muslim Student Association; email@example.com
The Offices for these resource people are located on the second floor of Reamer Campus Center. They offer opportunities for community, worship, spiritual and ethical exploration, for personal growth, for community service, and religious holiday observances.
The Director of Religious and Spiritual Life is hired by Union College to enhance religious and spiritual life and its practice while encouraging respect for religious differences. This ministry assists members of the community in the integration of religious and spiritual pursuits with the rich intellectual life available at the college. The chaplain acts as advisor to the Multi-Faith Council.
Catholic Chaplaincy:The Campus Catholic Ministry at Union College seeks to serve the spiritual needs of the Catholic community on campus--including students, faculty, administration, and staff; and promote growth in our faith, both spiritually and intellectually.
For more information:http://www.union.edu/offices/religious-spiritual/index.php
Campus Protestant Ministry:Offers students a variety of programmatic and individual opportunities for spiritual exploration, worship, and service to the community. Sponsored by local congregations, the Campus Protestant Minister is available to students, faculty, staff, and administration for spiritual counsel and nurture. For more information:http://www.union.edu/offices/religious-spiritual/groups/protestant/index.php
Hillel:Sponsored in part by Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York, Union College Hillel has been designated a small and mighty campus of excellence by Hillel International. Hillel offers students opportunities for religious observance and growth, socialization, cultural enrichment and community services. Students lead weekly Shabbat services and prepare a Kosher Shabbat meal each week. Hillel also administers other activities.
Reamer Campus Center
The Reamer Campus Center is the hub of student activity on campus. Located on the first floor of the center is a Key Bank ATM, public televisions, the Bookstore/Convenience Store, W.R.U.C. (the College’s radio station), the mailroom, and Dutch Hollow. The second floor is home to the Upper Class Dining Hall. The Strauss Unity Lounge and the Women's Resource Center are located on the third floor. The Concordiensis (the College newspaper) is located on the fourth floor.
Amanda Bingel, Director of Residential Life
Reamer Campus Center 409, (518) 388-6117
AJ Place, Assistant Director of Residential Life
Oluwatomi (Tomi) Abayomi, Residence Director for College Park Hall
Rachel Burgess-Essaff, Residence Director for Fox Hall
Laura Persico, Residence Director for West College
[TBA], Residence Director for Richmond Hall
Jared Zeidman, Residence Director for Davidson and Webster Halls
Karen Quinn, Administrative Assistant
The Residential Life Staff works with students to facilitate a positive living/learning experience within the Union residential community through personal interactions and programming. The Residential Life Office selects, trains, and works throughout the year with over thirty-five student staff members to make the residential experience positive and rewarding. Residential Life coordinates on-campus housing placements throughout the school year as well as the off-campus lottery that occurs in the winter term. All Union students must live on campus provided that space is available but a small amount of senior students may be released each year. Residential Life is also responsible for developing and implementing College residential policies and regulations with the intent to establish positive living communities, safe living conditions, and respect for the rights of everyone in the community: Residential Life
Special Events and Conferences
Mary D’Amelia, Director
Facilities Services Building, (518) 388-8732
The Office of Special Events and Conferences is the primary point of contact for faculty, staff, alumni, and all outside organizations who wish to use Union facilities for their events or conferences. Instructional activities (classes and labs, rehearsals and concerts, theater, tutorials and seminars, etc.) and major institutional events (Board of Trustee meetings, Commencement, ReUnion and Homecoming First-year Orientation, Parents Weekend, Nott Memorial exhibits, etc.) have planning and scheduling priority, with the exception of College Park Hall which offers year round conferencing to outside organizations.
It is recommended that all persons interested in using campus facilities first review the scheduling and solicitation policies posted on the events web page:(http://www.union.edu/eventservices) prior to planning their event. Event coordinators in the Office of Special Events and Conferences will work directly with students to provide event planning training, assistance with event coordination, advice on risk management and liability compliance, vendor selection, and site selection. Office hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. http://www.union.edu/offices/event-services/
Matt Milless, Director of Student Activities and the Reamer Campus Center, (518) 388-6118
Karoline Chrzanowski-Sears, Associate Director of Student Activities
Donna Johndrow, Student Budget and Finance Coordinator
Reamer Campus Center 404 (518) 388-6118
The Office of Student Activities is the focal point for the development of social, cultural, leadership, recreational, intellectual, and student governance programs at Union College. The Student Activities staff provides support to student leaders as they develop their leadership skills and create a variety of events and activities. It is the goal of the Office of Student Activities to create a comfortable environment for the students of Union College to share, create, and implement their own ideas. All programs sponsored by the Office of Student Activities are created and undertaken by students with guidance and support from the Student Activities staff. Along with advising more than 100 student clubs and organizations, the staff works closely with the following groups of students. Student Activities
Marcus Hotaling, Director
Wicker Wellness Center, (518) 388-6120
Angela Stefanatos, MS,FNP-BC Director
Wicker Wellness Center, (518) 388-6161
Kerrin Sendrowitz; Psychologist
Nalani White, Part-Time Psychologist
Jennifer Behrens; Part-Time Clinician
Barbara Michaelis; Secretary/Receptionist
Amanda Tommell-Sandy; Health Educator
The Wicker Health & Counseling Center provides general medical care as well as full physical exams, gynecological care, and sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing. Services are provided by our three full time Nurse Practitioners. We have a collaborating physician available on site two hours a week and by phone consultation with our staff whenever necessary.
The Wicker Health & Counseling Center is dedicated to providing quality health care to our diverse student population. We partner with students to help them obtain their highest level of physical and psychological well-being. Students are given the education and support necessary to make positive choices in order to develop a lifetime of good health habits. The Center provides treatment to all currently enrolled undergraduate students. Our services are by appointment only. If you feel your condition requires urgent attention, a triage assessment can be provided by one of our Registered Nurses. There is no charge for a visit at the Center; however, fees may be applicable for testing and medications.
The Wicker Health & Counseling Center provides services for those students who experience personal or mental health issues and who voluntarily seek assistance with these issues. Services are offered to deal with everyday concerns such as decision-making difficulties, family and academic difficulties, anxiety, and depression. All services offered through the Center are at no cost and confidential. The Center is staffed by licensed psychologists and social workers. The Counseling Center will also assist with psychiatric medication.
In addition to the counselors in the Center, there is a Health Educator on staff, students can make appointments to discuss a variety of issues including: alcohol and other drugs, sexual health, sexual assault, health relationships, and general wellness. Wicker Health & Counseling Center