Parents & Families

A View From the Nott - October 2021

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New initiative will provide millions for underserved students: Union is among the first five schools selected to participate in the Schuler Access Initiative, which aims to enroll more underserved students at the nation’s top liberal arts colleges. President David R. Harris authored an op-ed about the initiative for the Chicago Tribune, with the headline, “Pell grants are game changers for promising college students. I should know, I was one.”

Homecoming and Family Weekend: We invite all parents to join us in person for this wonderful weekend, set for Oct. 28-31. Highlights will include a celebration of 100 years of WRUC, Oktoberfest at Golub House and a “Big Splash” rowing facility dedication. There’ll also be various receptions, a trolley tour of downtown Schenectady, a Union vs. Clarkson women’s hockey game and much more. Join us! And while you’re here, stop in at the Becker Career Center Open House (9 a.m.-noon) to meet the staff and make arrangements to post any job or internship opportunities you or your company may have.

Study abroad resumes at Union: More than a year after the pandemic paused all Union study abroad programs, 48 students are living and learning in Europe this term. Students who are looking for more information about future programs should plan to attend the Study Abroad Fair on Oct. 28 in Old Chapel.

Two exhibits, a call for art and a paintable “U”: If you’re visiting campus, be sure to check out the works of painter Alisa Sikelianos-Carter at the Mandeville Gallery and “Four Artists/Four Voices at the Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts. Submissions are open for the winter term LGBTQ+ art exhibit, and students are having a brush with creativity with the new “Block U” sculpture outside Achilles Center.

Students hit high notes: Two students, both members of the Union College Choir, recently won singing awards.

The Class of 2025 arrives: The 566 members of the Class of 2025 officially arrived on campus Sept. 9, coming from 29 states and the District of Columbia, and 20 countries. We welcomed them at our 227th Convocation ceremony, which also recognized student and faculty achievements. Three professors were presented with the College’s top faculty awards.

Mental health resources: At Union, we believe in making mental health care a part of every student’s life. The Eppler-Wolff Counseling Center offers a wide range of resources. Students can access same-day counseling sessions and find out more by calling (518) 388-6161.

Remembering 9/11: The College reflected on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and its impact on the Union community with a commemorative website and ceremony.

News from the Parents Circle

Making an impact: The Parents Circle is a growing group of families that works with College leadership to philanthropically enhance the Union experience. Parents Circle members become College insiders and investors in its success, ultimately developing stronger ties to their student’s Union experience. Your donations go to work immediately and impact many aspects of campus life, fueling students’ confidence, leadership, opportunities and creativity. We appreciate the generosity that many families share with Union. To learn more about the Parents Circle, contact Noelle Marchaj ’05, director of Parent and Family Philanthropy, at marchajn@union.edu. Upcoming events: We look forward to seeing families during Homecoming and Family Weekend. The Parents Circle is hosting a Coffee and Conversation reception with President Harris and Dean Fran'Cee, as well as Parents Circle family portraits. Please contact Noelle to RSVP.

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