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Zoe Oxley, professor of political science, delivered a talk at Schenectady County Community College. “Why No Madame President? Gender and Presidential Politics in the United States” was part of a series of fall speakers and concerts at the college.

April Selley, senior lecturer of English, will be one of 10 authors featured at the Hudson Valley Writers Guild’s annual Community of Writers reading at 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18 at the Schenectady County Public Library main branch, 99 Clinton St., Schenectady. A reception hosted by the Friends of the Library will follow the readings.

Matthew Malatesta ’91, vice president for Admissions, Financial Aid and Enrollment, was cited in an item on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Headcount admissions blog. Malatesta discussed Union’s approach to need-blind admissions while at a College Board Forum in Miami, where he served as a panelist.

Bradley Hays, assistant professor of political science, and Clifford Brown, department chair and professor of political science, were featured on Fox23 News for their predictions on the presidential election.

Mollie Orr ’15 is the winner of the Mandeville Gallery Poetry Contest, a project designed to enrich the recent exhibition, “Connections: Exploring the Ties Between Poet Jim McCord and Painter Bruce McColl.” Orr’s winning poem, “From Mom’s Side Table,” was selected from among 22 student submissions. Honorable mention went to Robyn Belt ’14 for “Chakra: Broken,” Paul Stack ’13 for “Smoker's Corner” and Sheri Park ’13 for “Caged.” Judges were Faculty Emeritus in English Jim McCord and professors of English April Selley, Jordan Smith and Bunkong Tuon.

From Mom’s Side Table by Mollie Orr ‘15


A Stick and a Stone

found on a beach,

some of her many treasures.

The stone is worn

from the ocean’s touch.

The stick is curved;

it looks like a snake,

and though I know better,

I can’t help but watch it.


The Butterfly Rock

Smooth and cracked with age,

edges layered,

heavy, and on top,

an imprint: an ancient bug,

its wings still.



Small, white,

shark teeth in my ocean play,

now they sit, decorate,

remind me.


Indian Grinding Dish

Once holding

berries crushed

for color,

making medicine to

soothe pain,

paint to make

brave the warrior.


Dried Wheat in a Vase

Casually resting their heads

against the yellow wall

while one stalk eagerly

faces forward.