January 2015 News Archive

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‘Karp is a coup’: Renovated building draws high praise

When she was hired at Union in 2000, Judith Lewin worked in an office tucked in the basement of the Humanities building. It was dark and dreary, and a cranky heating system often drowned out students’ voices.

On the main floor, where most classrooms were located, chalkboards were the norm

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Union plans a slate of events for Black History Month

The College has a variety of events to observe Black History Month, which starts on Feb. 1. They are:

Monday, Feb. 2 - Film and Discussion event: “Dear White People”

Where: Beuth Great Room

Time: 5:15pm  * Pizza, drinks and popcorn will be provided 

Host: Black Student Union (BSU)

Thursday, Feb. 5 - Identity Dialogues: Contemporary Black Identity

Where: Unity Lounge Reamer 305

Time: Common Lunch

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Students debut "Twelve" at Yulman Theater

From Feb. 4-8, Yulman Theater will host Department of Theatre and Dance adjunct faculty member Jonathan Albert’s adaptation of Reginald Rose’s play, “Twelve Angry Men.”

The show was first broadcast on the radio in 1954 before moving to the stage and then being famously filmed in 1957 by Sidney Lumet. In Albert’s adaptation, the play is set at present-time, and women serve as members of the jury in a homicide trial.

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Power play: Robots take center ice at Mayor’s Cup

On a late afternoon this week, a group of students gathered around a work station in the composites lab in Butterfield Hall.

The six – mechanical engineering students Ryan Tremblay ‘16, Jonathan Martin ‘16 and Marian Chee ‘16, along with Sean Kingsbury, Ethan Kranick and Julian Van Court Wells from nearby Schenectady High School, examined a radio-controlled car resting on a table.

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Union to host Sex Trafficking Awareness Week

To shine a light on the growing problem of human sex trafficking, the College has partnered with a local nonprofit to host a weeklong series of events and activities from Monday, Jan. 26 to Friday, Jan. 30.

According to the FBI, 300,000 children in the U.S. are at risk every year for commercial sexual exploitation. Typically, girls are abducted or lured by pimps and traffickers at bus shelters, outside schools or through social media.

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Author and former Times editorial board member Verlyn Klinkenborg to speak

A talk by Verlyn Klinkenborg, celebrated author, teacher and former member of the New York Times editorial board, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 5:30 p.m. in the Nott Memorial.

His talk, “The Writer at Work,” is part of the Common Curriculum Speaker Series. It is free and open to the public.

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Noted champion of the liberal arts and the humanities to speak at Founders Day

Laura Skandera Trombley, president of Pitzer College and a nationally recognized champion of liberal arts education, will deliver the keynote address at Founders Day Thursday, Feb. 26, at 1p.m. in Memorial Chapel.

The event commemorates the 220th anniversary of the College’s charter.

Trombley, whose visit coincides with the recent opening of Karp Hall, will talk on “The Enduring Value of the Humanities.”

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Union’s economic impact on region nearly $300 million annually

When the Hampton Inn in downtown Schenectady opened in 2007, Mounssif

Slaoui knew that to be successful, he would need the business Union could steer its way.

“That was one question we faced from our investors and others before we opened,” said Slaoui, the hotel’s manager. “Would Union be a part of this? The downtown didn’t have a good reputation, and the college was a critical part for any revitalization.”

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Union students place second at HackRPI

Four Union students were second place at “HackRPI” this year.

The hackathon-style competition has teams working over 24 hours to create different web products, including mobile apps, video games and websites. The Union team was runners up in the “Web” category. The competition had about 500 participants from about 60 colleges nationwide, including Purdue University, Columbia University and Penn State University.