September 2011 News Archive

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John Calvin Toll Day gives students a chance to pitch in

Students will get a chance to pitch in and help the local community at Union’s annual John Calvin Toll 1799 Community Day on Oct. 15.

The event is Union’s biggest single day of service. This year, students can volunteer locally in Schenectady from 9 a.m. to noon or spend a whole day helping to clean up flood damage in Schoharie.

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Volunteers still needed in hurricane relief

Volunteers from the Union community are still needed to pitch in and help those affected by flooding from hurricanes Irene and Lee. 

Towns in the Schoharie Valley and lower Mohawk regions, such as Middleburgh, Schoharie, Burtonsville, Rotterdam Junction and the Stockade area of Schenectady, still need volunteers to help clean up debris and haul away destroyed items.

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College dedicates Lippman Hall during Homecoming and Family Weekend

In the time leading up to the dedication of Lippman Hall in his honor Saturday, Robert Lippman ’50 said people asked him if he had thought about what he might say.

Not really, he would reply. It wasn’t because he didn’t want to share his affection for Union and the impact the College has had on several generations of Lippmans. His main concern was that he had too much to say about his alma mater.

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Volunteer of the Week

Tori Chee ’13 is this week’s Kenney Community Center

Volunteer of the Week.

Chee is student coordinator of Campus Kitchens and has been working to get students involved with the Presidential Interfaith Campus Challenge. She also volunteered at the local Community Hospice of Schenectady during her first two years at Union. The summer leading into her sophomore year, Chee worked at a rural clinic in Cusco, Peru. She is also the co-president of the Asian Student Union. 

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People in the news

Michael Vineyard, the Frank and Marie Louise Bailey Professor of Physics and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, gave a talk at the summer meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers held in Omaha, Neb. Vineyard’s talk was titled “Relativistic Electron Experiment for the Advanced Laboratory.

The senior thesis of Alex Brockwehl '11 was chosen as the first place winner

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GE’s first batteries to be shipped to South Africa

Prescott Logan, general manager of General Electric Co.’s Energy Storage Technologies, was the keynote speaker at the Annual Business Campaign (ABC) kickoff breakfast at College Park Hall. Logan discussed GE’s new industrial battery plant in Schenectady and manufacturing the next generation of industrial energy storage. 

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Chamber music concert series returns for its 40th season

The new season of the International Festival of Chamber Music begins Oct. 13, marking the 40th anniversary of series with musicians performing many varieties of chamber compositions.

The concerts offer a wide range of musical genres, new performers as well as long-time favorites of the Union series. 

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The Art of War: Exhibit depicts news images from Civil War

Publishing czar William Randolph Hearst once sent an artist to Cuba to cover an uprising for Hearst’s New York Journal.

When the artist reported back that things were quiet and he wanted to return home, Hearst, a genius at selling newspapers, ordered the artist to stay put.

“You furnish the pictures, and I'll furnish the war,” he allegedly replied.

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Music Department to offer Monday jazz series

A four-concert series led by Tim Olsen, associate professor of music, will kick off in Emerson Auditorium in the Taylor Music Center on Sept. 26. Showcasing the evolution of jazz music, these concerts will be presented in conjunction with Olsen’s History of Jazz course.