Parents & Families

A View from the Nott - May 2020

Publication Date


  • Steinmetz Symposium, the annual celebration of student research, creativity and performance, will be hosted on a special website going live on May 22. It will feature posters and pre-recorded presentations, allowing us to share our students’ extraordinary talent and intellect with the broader Union community.
  • Prize Day winners will be announced online May 9.
  • Schaffer Library’s digital support resources enable students to connect to thousands of books, journals and primary source databases, as well as our Permanent Art Collection.
  • The library also has joined forces with the Minerva Program to encourage the Union community and others to share their stories about this historic time through The Social Distancing Experience. Students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members may submit their stories, photos, drawings, artwork, videos and more to the site.
  • The 2019-20 Minerva Fellows, now home, are involved in online classes and virtual talks.


  • Kenney Community Center student volunteers provide weekly individual tutoring to local youth via Zoom in a variety of subjects, including math, Spanish and SAT prep.
  • Student Activities is connecting students through Zoom yoga, Trivia Tuesdays, Ted talks, online cooking classes with Union’s Chef Patrick and a variety of other virtual events.


  • Accommodative Services is sending out weekly tips and strategies specific to online learning as well as offering video coaching sessions to students.
  • Becker Career Center staff are delivering virtually all services, including networking support, resume development, interview prep, access to alumni and career databases.
  • The Counseling Center is delivering individual and group therapy sessions via telehealth, and is hosting a Wold Atrium Coffee Line get-together weekdays at 10 a.m. Follow the center on Instagram or Facebook.
  • ITS has a Student Resources category on its Help Desk site with IT-related links.
  • Members of the Orientation Committee are sharing their thoughts with the first-year class in an electronic version of Off the Stall each week.
  • The Writing Center is offering peer-led, online writing conferences using Zoom and Google Hangouts. Students can book a conference and find out how to access a video conference here.


The Dutchmen Splash: At the Dutchmen Dip, a favorite Union tradition, students and others take a mid-winter icy plunge to raise money for members of the Union community battling cancer and for related causes. This year, the Colleges Against Cancer Club challenged would-be dippers to splash instead and spread the word through social media.


On behalf of the Parents Circle and The Union Fund, thank you to the nearly 900 donors who participated in #ADAY4U. In recognition of their generosity, particularly during such challenging times, the Board of Trustees has contributed an additional $250,000, bringing the total raised to more than $768,000. Your support ensures that Union will remain strong, prepared and well-positioned to adapt to our changing world. We appreciate your philanthropy, enthusiasm, and all that you share with the Union community.

To learn more about the Parents Circle, or to get involved as a parent volunteer, please contact Noelle Beach Marchaj ’05, director of Parent and Family Philanthropy at or (860) 655-2875.


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