Parents & Families

A View From the Nott - March 2021

Publication Date

COVID-19, a year later

As we marked a full year since the novel coronavirus appeared on our campus, President David R. Harris shared a few reflections of how the virus affected the College community. In related news, Harris spoke with WAMC, Northeast Public Radio, about the impact of COVID-19 on the campus and lessons for other colleges. To listen to the interview, visit the website. Members of the Union community also contemplated their experiences of the pandemic year.

Spring term reminders

As we wrap up winter term, we wanted to remind you of important spring break information. Of particular note, please keep in mind that students who were not on campus for winter term but will be for spring must sign the COVID-19 Policy Agreement by March 22. Keep current on key dates and regulations on our Union Where You Are site.

Winter fun

Students have been spending time outdoors this term, with sledding, snowshoeing and snowboarding on campus, and enjoying s’mores around firepits. The Winter Carnival featured a snow maze, corn hole tournament, snack stations, a sled dog demonstration, birds of prey show and more. Ozone House, our sustainability theme house, sponsored a demonstration on making their own maple syrup. Indoors, glow-in-the-dark mini golf also scored high with students.

Indoor crew training facility open

Despite the freezing conditions earlier this winter, the men’s and women’s crew teams have been able to prepare for spring. They’ve been putting the College’s new indoor rowing tanks to good use, thanks to the generosity of several alumni and parents.

Steinmetz Symposium

This year’s Steinmetz Symposium, set for Friday, May 21, will be largely virtual, with pre-recorded talks and posters hosted on a website. However, there also will be two student research panels on May 22 presented as live, synchronous Zoom webinars. One will focus on the theme of race, power and privilege, and one on nanoscience. In addition, there will be performances (partly live, partly recorded) from campus musical groups. Students have until April 15 to register to be part of the research symposium.

Three named Watson Fellows

Seniors Steven Nadler, Matthew Roizin-Prior and Sarah Vanasse have each been awarded a prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to spend the next year pursuing their passion across multiple continents. The three will explore, respectively, soccer communities and self-identity, design culture feedback and activism in female empowerment.

Historic Adirondack photos gifted to Union

Thanks to a generous gift, historic images of life in the Adirondacks (dated between 1885 and 1887) now belong to the College’s Adirondack Research Library.

Catch up with us

Who are some of the people who make Union, Union? Get a closer look at our faculty and staff here.

Parents Circle

Honoring your graduate: Are you the parent of a member of the Class of 2021? #ADay4U in April is the perfect time to join the Parents Circle and make a gift in celebration of your graduating student’s Union experience. Gifts can be made in honor of an influential professor and mentor, or in support of your student’s particular interests.

Greeting first-year families: Planning has begun for our virtual Summer Welcome Receptions for the Class of 2025. Contact Damond Heath ’10 at if you are interested in joining these events to welcome new families.

Thank you to the families who made their Parents Circle gifts this winter. Your donations go to work immediately and impact many aspects of campus – fueling students’ confidence, leadership, creativity and opportunities throughout their educational journey. On behalf of the Parents Circle, we greatly appreciate your support. To learn more about the Parents Circle, contact Noelle Beach Marchaj ’05, director of Parent and Family Philanthropy, at

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