November 2013 News Archive

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From Lab To Lectern, Scientists Learn To Turn On the Charm

Chad Orzel, associate professor of physics and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, recently discussed the value of BioToasters, a chapter of the public speaking group Toastmasters geared specifically toward scientists.

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Union team headed to national Ethics Bowl meet

The Union College Ethics Bowl team finished second among the 25 teams that competed in the Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl competition at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.,  Saturday, putting it in contention for the upcoming national championship in Florida.

Seven Union students went head to head against their peers from such schools as Colgate University, Manhattan College, Marist, Providence College, the University of Baltimore, Villanova, West Point and Williams.

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College mourns passing of Kenneth A. Nourse, former dean of admissions

Kenneth A. Nourse, who as dean of admissions from 1979 to 1991 admitted a generation of Union students, died Nov. 10, 2013, in Middlebury, Vt. He was 85.

Beyond Union, he was a nationally-known figure who helped to professionalize the field of college admissions and financial aid.

“Ken wanted every student to get a personal interview,” recalled Ann Brown, director of admissions, who was hired by Nourse in 1986. “Even as a dean, he conducted many of those interviews himself.”

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People in the news 02 - Nov 2013

Andrew Huisman, assistant professor of chemistry, recently had two papers published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, an international journal devoted to the physical and chemical properties of earth's atmosphere.

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College mourns passing of Kenneth A. Nourse, former dean of admissions

Kenneth A. Nourse, who as dean of admissions from 1979 to 1991 admitted a generation of Union students, died Nov. 10, 2013, in Middlebury, Vt. He was 85.

Beyond Union, he was a nationally-known figure who helped to professionalize the field of college admissions and financial aid.

“Ken wanted every student to get a personal interview,” recalled Ann Brown, director of admissions, who was hired by Nourse in 1986. “Even as a dean, he conducted many of those interviews himself.”

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Another chance to dance: Fall Showcase sure to move U

Short, dynamic, fun: The Fall U Dance Showcase at the Henle Dance Pavilion, set for Friday at 7 p.m., will bring a burst of dance to the end of the busy term. 

More than 40 students from four campus clubs – Bhangra, Hip Hop, U Break and the Dance Team – will present a range of group and solo pieces in a 40-minute performance.  

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Club Perfect: Men’s rugby team enjoying magical season

When Union’s men’s club rugby team opened league play with a 102-0 thrashing of St. Lawrence University in early September, the result served as a precursor that this season could be something special.

But few could have predicted the Dutchmen would enter this weekend’s National Small College Rugby Organization’s Division III regional tournament in New Hampshire with a perfect 9-0 mark and their sights set on a national championship.

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Veteran tells crowd at Union College to make life count

Kevin Flike ’06, who was critically wounded while deployed to Afghanistan, spoke on Veterans Day in Memorial Chapel.

After graduating from Union, Flike enlisted in the U.S. Army and became a member of the Special Forces. While on combat patrol during his second tour of Afghanistan in September 2011, a sniper shot the Green Beret in the stomach. He sustained a fractured hip, lost 20 percent of his colon and suffered a damaged femoral nerve, resulting in permanent disability.