April 2012 News Archive

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Mildred Dresselhaus to give 72nd Steinmetz Lecture May 1

Mildred Dresselhaus, one of the country’s top experts in physics and a leading advocate for women in science and engineering, will give Union’s 72nd Steinmetz Memorial Lecture Tuesday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Nott Memorial.

Her talk, “The Promise of Nanomaterials for Thermoelectric Applications,” is free and open to the public. 

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Students place at Russian language competition

Two Union students took honors at the 11th annual Upstate New York Russian Language Olympics. Catherine Ziac ’14 and Erin Waterman ’14 placed second in the Beginner and Intermediate categories, respectively. 

This year’s team also included Lacey Reimer ‘15, Jared Mondschein ‘14, Sabeha Syeda ’14 and Anastasia Selivanova (a language assistant). The competition was held at Hamilton College.  

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Union College's Wold Center receives LEED Gold

The Peter Irving Wold Center has earned LEED Gold status, one of the highest honors for sustainable design.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, rewards best practices for a building’s energy, water and natural resource performance.

This marks the first building on Union’s campus to receive the coveted status.

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Talk show host Dylan Ratigan '94 to deliver Commencement address

Dylan Ratigan '94, the opinionated host of his own popular daytime talk show on MSNBC, will be the featured speaker at Union’s 218th Commencement, College officials announced today.

Approximately 537 students in the Class of 2012 will receive degrees during the ceremony, scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday, June 10, on Hull Plaza.

Ratigan, who graduated from Union with a bachelor of arts in political science, will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters.

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Entrepreneurship and digital media studied in new course

A new interdisciplinary course will start this fall, focusing on “Entrepreneurship and Digital Media.” 

The course, supported by a donation from Michael Rapaport ’59, will tackle how technology plays a role in the events of today. Such topics may include war and protest, environmental disasters and technology in society. Lectures and discussions will focus on creative innovation and digital media across many disciplines. 

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Volunteer of the Week

Peter Donnelly ‘14 is this week’s Kenney Community Center’s Volunteer of the Week.

During spring break, Donnelly volunteered at an Intervarsity Christian Fellowship program known as the New York City Urban Project where he learned about the intersection of faith and social justice issues, such as fair trade, sex and labor. He volunteers at the City Mission of Schenectady as part of a service learning course, “Anthropology of Poverty.”

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People in the News

President Stephen C. Ainlay was the keynote speaker at the Environmental Clearinghouse of Schenectady’s (ECOS) annual dinner Tuesday, April 24. The non-profit regional group, founded by members of the Junior League, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Ainlay discussed sustainability and the breadth of opportunities afforded by Union’s location in the Mohawk Valley.

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Wold Center granted LEED Gold status for sustainability

The Peter Irving Wold Center has earned LEED Gold status, one of the highest honors for sustainable design.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, rewards best practices for a building’s energy, water and natural resource performance.

This marks the first building on Union’s campus to receive the coveted status.