August 2013 News Archive

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Union welcomes new faculty members

Union College welcomes 10 new faculty members and two adjunct faculty members moving to visiting assistant positions for the academic year: 


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Union prof: Syrian attack must be retaliatory


Michele Angrist, professor and chair of the Political Science Department, discussed America’s relationship to Syria and how foreign affairs officials could proceed in the future in interviews that appeared on WNYT and WRGB in the Capital Region.

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Professor Manfred Jonas recalled as distinguished scholar and exemplary teacher

Manfred Jonas, a well-known scholar and prolific writer who covered U.S. diplomatic and 20th-century political history, constitutional history and American studies, died August 25, 2013. He was 86.

Jonas, the John Bigelow Professor of History Emeritus, joined the College in 1963 and retired in 1996.

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Tenure committees formed

Ad-hoc committees are reviewing the tenure of three professors: Claire Bracken, Joshua Hart and Bunkong Tuon.

Members of the Union Community may submit written comments on their teaching, service or scholarship to committee members.

Committees (with chairs listed first) are:

Claire Bracken: Teresa Meade (History –, Kara Doyle (English), Lorraine Cox (Visual Arts) and Laura MacManus-Spencer (Chemistry).   

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Countdown to Class of 2017

Growing up in the San Fernando Valley area of southern California, Sydney Schneider had one criterion for her college search that was absolute: the school had to be on the East Coast.

Anxious to get away and forge her own path, Schneider visited a number of schools, but her mind was made up when she visited Union last summer and again in the spring.

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Student Spotlight: Curtin Myers '15

Hometown: Brookline, Mass. 
MajorPolitical Science

Why Union:
I wanted a competitive school where I would have the ability to explore some of my more minor interests. For example, I always had an interest in music in high school but never had an outlet for it. At Union, I was able to join the a capella group, the Dutch Pipers, within the first two weeks of my first year.

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Campus mourns loss of Professor Emeritus Sven Peterson

Sven "Rick" Peterson, professor emeritus of philosophy and administration and management, died Monday, Aug. 5. He was 91.

Born in Getinge, Sweden, Peterson was raised in Ohio. He lived in Ballston Spa, N.Y., at the time of his death.

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Student Spotlight: Teresa Crasto '14

Hometown: Albany, N.Y.
MajorMathematics and English

Why Union
My first time on campus, I remember thinking how beautiful Union was and how academic it felt.  Its strong liberal arts and science curriculum was important to me.