January 2012 News Archive

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Volunteer of the Week

Kadiatou Tubman ’13 is this week’s Kenney Community Center’s Volunteer of the Week.

An advocate for education, community service and diversity, Tubman recently spoke to the College community during Martin Luther King Jr. week on the significance of nonviolence and building bridges of understanding. She is also a mentor for the Science and Technology Entry Program, and organized and coordinated activities for on-campus students during the winter break.

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That old Mohawk magic: Author Richard Russo to speak at Founders Day

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo, whose novels draw heavily from his experiences growing up in the foothills of the Adirondacks, will deliver the keynote address at Founders Day Thursday, Feb. 23, at 12:45 p.m. in Memorial Chapel. The event commemorates the 217th anniversary of the College’s charter.

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Campus mourns loss of Deborah A. Cianfarani

The Union community is mourning the loss of Deborah A. Cianfarani, an administrative assistant in Financial Aid who died at her home on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 after a battle with cancer. She was 57.

Debbie joined Union in 1992 as a Dining Services staffer in Dutch Hollow. She served as secretary and receptionist in Athletics from 1997 until she joined Financial Aid in 2003.

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UNITAS nominations sought

Nominations are being sought for two UNITAS awards. 

The Diversity Leadership Award is given every year to a senior who demonstrates an active dedication to activities on campus that support multicultural enrichment. A student must be nominated by a current faculty or staff member, administrator or student. 

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Volunteer of the Week

Nick Brenn ’14 is this week’s Kenney Community Center’s Volunteer of the Week. 

Brenn led a workshop for middle and high school students in the Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP) to teach them about electrical circuits. With the help of Sebastian Nilsson ’14, Vishnu Dosakayala ’14, and James Hendrick, lecturer in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, these students had the opportunity to make their own flashlights and work in a college engineering lab. 

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People in the news

A number of works by Martin Benjamin, professor of visual arts, are

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Union hosting its first-ever NACLO competition

Union will host its first ever North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad on Thursday Feb. 2.

NACLO is an annual contest in which high school and middle school students solve puzzles in linguistics and computational linguistics, though previous knowledge of linguistics, foreign languages or computing is not required. 

Winners of this competition will advance on to the International Linguistics Olympiad, which is one of 12 international high school science Olympiads. 

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Upcoming speakers highlight different beliefs

Three upcoming speakers will bring diverse religious perspectives to campus. 

Tonight Dr. Gail Rosseau,  a neurosurgeon, and member of the board of the Interfaith Youth Core will be speaking at 5:30 p.m. in the Nott Memorial. The title of her talk is “To Bigotry No Sanction, to Persecution No Assistance: the Role of Religion in American Public Life.”  Rosseau is a very eclectic learner with a passion for surgery and Interfaith work.  

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Winter Seminar Series continues with talk by vice president of GE Renewable Energy

The Environmental Science, Policy and Engineering Winter Seminar Series continues Thursday, Feb. 2 with a talk by Victor Abate, vice president for Renewable Energy at General Electric in Schenectady.

Abate’s talk, “The Future of Alternative Energy,” begins at 7 p.m. in the Nott Memorial.

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Picture perfect: Nott Memorial featured in National Historic Landmark calendar

The grand Nott Memorial, long a magnet for amateur shutterbugs and professional photographers, is featured in a new calendar celebrating photos of National Historic Landmarks.

A picture of the 16-sided building graces the month of May. Snapped by Carolina J. Wierzbowski of Schenectady using a Canon EOS Rebel T1i, the photo depicts the Nott at 9:30 p.m. on July 14, 2011. She grew up near the campus and was always impressed with the Nott.