April 2013 News Archive

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Celebrating a learned landscape

Scott Waldman - Times Union

Two hundred years ago, French architect Joseph Ramée, working closely with President Eliphalet Nott, designed the first comprehensive plan for an American college or university.

Ramée's design became a model for collegiate planning. Among the many campus designs it likely influenced was Thomas Jefferson's for the University of Virginia and Frederick Law Olmsted's for Stanford University.

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Ramée design remains a plan for the ages

The genius of Joseph Ramée echoed through the Nott Memorial

and other parts of campus this weekend as Union celebrated its distinction of being the first American college or university to be designed with a comprehensive plan.

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A campus for the ages

Paul V. Turner - Times Union

Paul Turner '62, professor emeritus of architectural history at Stanford University and author of Joseph Ramée: International Architect of the Revolutionary Era and Campus: An American Planning Tradition, wrote an op-ed for the Times Union on the College's celebration of the 200th anniversary of French architect Joseph Ramée's campus design.

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International Culture Week at Union

Union will celebrate its global diversity, April 29 – May 3, during the “World Around U International Culture Festival.” The five-day festival will include activities, presentations, food and music. The campus community is encouraged to pick up a “World Around U Amazing Race” passport at any one of the scheduled events. Stamped passports can be entered into a raffle at the gala event on Friday, May 3. Top prize is an iPad mini.

Highlights of the festival include:

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Empty Bowls event brings awareness and funds to fight hunger


By: Dorothy Hazan '16

The Empty Bowls Project in partnership with the Kenney Community Center will host a fundraiser Sunday in the GE Theater at Proctor’s to raise money and awareness in the fight against area hunger.

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Noted Mideast negotiator and scholar to speak at the Nott

Aaron David Miller, Middle East analyst, author and negotiator who served in the Department of State for two decades, will give the annual Anwar Sadat Memorial Lecture at the Nott Memorial on Thursday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m.

“Gulliver’s Troubles: Obama and the New Middle East”  is sponsored by the Department of History and Jewish Studies. 

It is free and open to the public.

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Taking stock: Students manage to hold their own in market contest

Imagine if you were given a portfolio of stocks valued at $1

million to manage. Your portfolio includes five small cap stocks (defined as companies with market caps between $50 million and $3 billion) from different industries, and each holding must be at least 5 percent but no more than 50 percent of the portfolio. You're allowed to make only two trades over a six-month period.

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College employees invited to health screening.

This Tuesday, it pays even more to be healthy.

College employees can now earn up to $80 in Lifepoints gift cards at the campus Health Screening on Tuesday, April 30, between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. in Old Chapel. Participants who complete the on-line Personal Health Assessment will earn $50 in Lifepoints, and an additional $30 in Lifepoints for entering information from the Health Screening. Screenings take just 15 or 20 minutes.

To register, call Human Resources at ext. 6108.

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Volunteer of the Week: Laura Persico

By: Maura Driscoll '15

Laura Persico, residence director for West College, is the Kenney Community Center’s Volunteer of the Week.

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People in the news 03 - Apr 2013

Roger Hoerl, the Donald C. Brate ’45-Stanley G. Peschel ’52 Assistant Professor of Statistics, is to receive the Statistical Advocate of the Year award from the Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association. The award, which recognizes those who successfully advocate for the importance of data and sound analysis in a variety of sectors, also celebrates the contributions of the late Harry V.