Parents & Families

A View from the Nott - January 2020

Publication Date


S+E complex continues to take shape: The latest phase of the Integrated Science and Engineering Complex provides students and faculty with innovative new spaces. Click here to learn more.

Celebrate the Power of Union: “The Power of Union,” the College’s new strategic plan, will set Union on a path at the forefront of liberal arts education. On Feb. 21, Union will publicly announce the largest fundraising campaign in its history – a campaign that will ensure resources are available to make the strategic plan a reality. Join us (4 p.m., Memorial Field House) as we celebrate Union’s 225th birthday and launch a campaign supporting our vision of developing every student to lead with wisdom, empathy and courage, in ways large and small, now and across multiple tomorrows.

The impact of Union women: Union has kicked off a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of coeducation. A series of programs, exhibits and events on campus, online and around the country will showcase the impact of Union women on campus and around the world. We’re sharing stories of Union women on our website, Making our Mark. You can send your Union anecdotes, memories and photos to us at

Imagine this: The Imagine Lab, a new interdisciplinary space in the Wold Center, promises to transform student and faculty research while “preparing students for the unimaginable.”


Career fair: The Becker Career Center will hold its annual career fair Feb. 18, 4-7 p.m. at College Park Hall. Students in all class years can explore career fields, learn about internships and post-graduate employment, and meet grad school representatives. All students are encouraged to take advantage of this networking opportunity. They should pre-register through the Handshake database, have their resume reviewed by the Career Center before attending (schedule an appointment through Handshake) and wear professional attire. Parents who have internship or job opportunities or would like their organization to be represented at the fair should contact Rochelle Caruso at or (518) 388-6176.


Deadlines approaching: Jan. 24 is the deadline for International Programs applications to 2020 summer and fall programs. The summer National Health Systems full term programs looks at health care in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and the Netherlands. Summer mini-terms include Holocaust History (Poland), Peopled Wilderness (the Adirondacks), Italy (Populonia, Tuscany) and Russia (Lake Baikal, Moscow, St. Petersburg). Full term fall programs take place in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, England, France, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Turkey and Vietnam.

Reminder about physicals: Students are required to have a physical within six months of their program departure date. Those participating in spring study abroad programs who are unable to see their physician or are not yet within the window of a covered physical can get a study abroad physical at the Wicker Wellness Center Jan. 17, Jan. 21 or Jan. 24, 1-5 p.m. A $25 fee will be charged to the student’s account. Students should fill out and bring a copy of the Physician's Statement from the online application. Due to high demand, missed appointments cannot be rescheduled. A $30 fee will be charged to a student’s tuition bill for physicals not canceled at least 24 hours in advance. Students can call (518) 388-6120 to schedule an appointment.


All kinds of kindness: The Kenney Center’s ninth annual Random Acts of Kindness Week, Feb. 10-14, will feature kindness activities for students, staff and faculty, as well as free hot cocoa, a thank-you card table, volunteer opportunities in the community and a raffle.


RA positions: Is your student interested in a leadership position in our living quarters? Resident advisers are some of the most recognizable student-leaders on campus. Read more about the position and how to apply.

Fall 2020 room selection: Students will have access to the online application starting in February, and they will receive more information about housing options and the selection process throughout this term. Room selection is set for April.


1098T: The Bursar’s office is required by the I.R.S. to annually provide a 1098T tax statement for every domestic student enrolled at Union. These statements will be mailed Jan. 31 to the home address on file. Students can access 1098T tax information only in WebAdvising. Parents who would like a copy of the 1098T should request the information from their student or can send an email request to (Please note: Phone requests cannot be honored.) Only those granted access by the student in WebAdvising can request a copy of a 1098T.

Billing: The spring comprehensive billing will be processed on Feb. 27 with a due date of March 27. Find more information and links to billing and payment information here.


Getting involved: It’s not too late for students to join a club or organization. They can simply stop by the Student Activities Office for information on Union’s 130+ clubs.


Healthy eating: Students can sign up for monthly group nutritionist appointments Wednesdays during Common Lunch.


  • Feb. 20: Founders Day
  • Feb. 21: Campaign Launch
  • March 13: Last day of winter term classes
  • March 16: Winter term exams begin
  • March 20: Residence halls and houses close​
  • March 29: Residence halls and houses open
  • March 30: Spring term classes begin
  • May 8: Steinmetz Symposium
  • May 9: Prize Day
  • May 29-31: ReUnion Weekend
  • June 5: Spring term classes end
  • June 8: Spring term exams begin
  • June 12: Residence halls and houses close
  • June 14: Commencement


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Happy New Year: On behalf of the Parents Circle, we wish you and your students a wonderful 2020! We enjoyed the opportunity to talk with many families during the Parents Circle conversation with President Harris in early January. A special thank you to all who made a gift to the College in 2019. It was a great year for the Parents Circle. Our members hosted parent networking events and Summer Welcome Receptions, led challenge opportunities and made an impact at Union. Thank you for all that you have shared. To learn more about the Parents Circle, contact Noelle Beach Marchaj '05, director of Parent and Family Philanthropy, at


Union families unite: We are creating a parent and family ambassador network to help share stories and spread the good news about all that is taking place on campus. As we build this program, we are looking for parents to help:

  • serve as Social Media Ambassadors
  • assist in sending out messages to Union families
  • host and attend Union events and activities on campus and regionally
  • make welcome calls to new families
  • help to secure internships and connect students to job opportunities

If you are interested in becoming part of this network, please contact Senior Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement Melanie Buhrmaster at (518) 388-6168 or via email at