March 2011 News Archive

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International Festival of Chamber Music wraps up its 39th season

The College’s 39th International Festival of Chamber Music will wrap up this month with its three final performances.

Pianist Dubravka Tomsic returns to Memorial Chapel for her sixth Concert Series performance on Wednesday, April 6. Her program will include works by Beethoven and Chopin.

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Health Professions Director Carol Weisse receives the Nichols Fellowship

Carol S. Weisse, professor of psychology and director of the Health Professions Program, has been awarded the Byron A. Nichols Endowed Fellowship for Faculty Development. 

The fellowship, which covers a two-year period beginning in September, supports faculty in developing programs and skills that enhance intellectual, social and personal interactions with students. 

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Edward Kane '40, former DuPont president, gives $1 million gift

Edward Kane graduated from Union in 1940, first in his class, with a chemistry degree that helped ensure his subsequent success. A man who became president of one of the nation’s largest, science-based products companies – DuPont – Kane wants the College to continue offering a topnotch education in chemistry and prospects for careers in science.

That’s why he’s generously donated $1 million to Union’s chemistry program.

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Volunteer of the Week

Shaniqua Rogers ’13 is this week’s Volunteer of the Week at the Kenney Community Center.

Rogers, a sociology and Africana studies major, has worked with local elementary school students through the SAIL (Studying Arithmetic in Literature) program since she came to Union. She leads volunteers to work with students to improve their math and reading skills.

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People in the news

Fernando Orellana, assistant professor of visual arts, had his work highlighted in the online UK edition of Wired Magazine. Orellana creates miniature cars out of Play-Doh using an extruder that he created. The machine takes 25 pound batches of Play-Doh, which translates to 700 or 800 miniature cars that he then preserves in epoxy. Orellana also had his Play-Doh creations featured in a solo show at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

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Eastman musicians to perform the music of Hilary Tann

Faculty artists and students from the Eastman School of Music will perform at the Taylor Music Center 8 p.m., Thursday, April 7 as part of the 2011 Eastman Women in Music Festival tour.  

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Reappointment review committees formed

Reappointment review committees have been formed for three assistant professors: Claire Bracken, English; Bunkong Tuon, English; and Joshua Hart, psychology.

Members of the campus committee are invited to offer oral or written testimony to committee members. Committees (with chairs listed first) are:

Bracken: Kara Doyle, English (; Bernhard Kuhn, English; and Hans Mueller, Classics.

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Jewish graphic novel exhibit open in Schaffer Library

"Of Maus and Men(sch)," an exhibit created by students in English professor Judith Lewin’s First-Year Preceptorial, "Jewish + Graphic + Novel," is open in the Periodicals Reading Room at Schaffer Library.

It runs through April 15.

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Union buildings go dark for Earth Hour

Union joined with Schenectady County to celebrate Earth Hour on Saturday, March 26.

From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., the lights were turned off in the following buildings: Nott Memorial, Schaffer Library, Memorial Chapel, Grant Hall (Admissions) and Reamer Campus Center.

The Schenectady County Legislature had asked residents to participate in Earth Hour by turning off all non-essential lighting, appliances and electronics.

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Volunteer of the Week

Erin Schroth '11 is the Kenney Community Center’s Volunteer of the Week. 

Schroth, a psychology major and anthropology minor, is the coordinator of the Junior Science Program. About 10 local elementary students meet on Thursdays to learn about scientific concepts through experiments. To maintain the students’ attentiveness, Schroth does a variety of activities throughout the hour-long sessions, including lectures, activities, experiments and videos.