Parents & Families

A View From the Nott - November 2020

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Quarantine plans needed

With fall term ending, it’s time to consider plans for winter term. Please note that all students who will reside and take classes on campus beginning in January will need to follow very specific rules to ensure a smooth arrival. This includes filling out a quarantine plan form by Dec. 15. With the COVID landscape constantly evolving, we remain committed to creating a seamless process while maintaining the safest conditions for all involved.

A celebration of “firsts”

The College marked the First-generation College Celebration on Nov. 8, a nationwide day to honor students who are the first in their families to go to college. Meet a few of Union's first-generation students here.

Garnet so green

Union has again been named one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review’s “Guide to Green Colleges.”

Virtual career fair slated

The Union College Career Fair is going virtual on Feb. 23. If your organization has jobs for graduating seniors or internships and you would like to connect with students who can become a valuable source of future talent, contact Keri Willis in the Becker Career Center for registration details.

Catch up with us

Union’s news site has introduced a new feature that shines the spotlight on our faculty and staff. Take a look at some of the people who make Union, Union.

Stillman Prize winners recognized

Two Union professors were recently presented with the College’s top teaching awards. Scott Kirkton, associate professor of biology, is the winner of the Stillman Prize for Faculty Excellence in Teaching. Leo Zaibert, William D. Williams Professor of Philosophy, Law and Humanities and chair of the Philosophy Department, received the Stillman Prize for Faculty Excellence in Research. To learn more about their research and teaching, watch this video.

Radio days

Union recently celebrated 100 years of radio. On Oct. 14, 1920, the student-operated radio station conducted a broadcast using a 150-watt transmitter from a shack behind the electrical engineering building, making Union the first college station – and the first licensed station of any kind – to air regularly scheduled programs.

Students pen op-eds to dispel COVID myths

Since the start of the pandemic, myths about COVID-19 have persisted. As part of a project in Professor Nicole Theodosiou’s Developmental Biology class, students had an opportunity this fall to bust some of those myths – and write op-eds for submission to their hometown newspapers.

Show your Union PRIDE

We are accepting entries from all Union students, faculty, staff and alumni for the exhibition, “LGBTQ+ in 2020-21: OUR Voices Matter,” opening in the Wikoff Student Gallery in the Nott Memorial in 2021. Learn more about entry requirements, themes and the ongoing deadline.

The Parents Circle

Thank you to the families who joined the Parents Circle during the October Challenge! Your gifts go to work immediately and impact many aspects of campus – fueling students' confidence, leadership, opportunities and creativity throughout their educational journey. On behalf of the Parents Circle, we greatly appreciate your support, and wish your families a wonderful holiday season. To learn more about the Parents Circle, contact Noelle Beach Marchaj ’05, director of Parent and Family Philanthropy, at

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