February 2015 News Archive

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Kelly Adirondack Center to sponsor presentation on Lake George project

A presentation on The Jefferson Project at Lake George will be held Tuesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. in the Nott Memorial.

It is free and open to the public.

The Jefferson Project is a collaboration between Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, IBM and The FUND for Lake George, which studies the large oligotrophic lake in New York State’s Adirondack Park.

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Catching up with Fulbright Scholar Vaishali Parkash '14

Vaishali Parkash ’14 was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen in Germany. She graduated Union summa cum laude, and was recently honored with the Victorian International Research Scholarship to get her doctorate degree in astronomy at Monash University in Australia. She concludes her Fulbright in June and will move to Australia to continue her studies.

Tell us about your research.  

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People in the news

Shayna Han '15Kyra DeTone '16Sydney Giller '16Antonia Batha '17Hannah Gardella '15 and Sarah Adelmann, sexual violence prevention educator, were invited to the State Capitol Wednesday; for an announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The governor wants to expand a new sexual consent policy to private colleges and universities.

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Founders Day remarks by Therese McCarty

I am very pleased to introduce to you this year’s winner of the Gideon Hawley award, Katerina Toulatos, a teacher of Spanish at Millennium High School in Manhattan, New York. I would like to invite Ms. Toulatos to come forward along with the student who nominated her, Lai Wa Wong, an interdepartmental major in Sociology and Computer Science from the Class of 2017.

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A Union celebration: 220 years and going strong

In February 1795, following a lengthy battle, the state Board of Regents, meeting in New York City, granted a charter to establish a college in Schenectady.

Days later, when the news finally reached what was then a frontier town with just a few thousand residents, it ignited a series of celebrations, with proud townspeople displaying flags, ringing bells and lighting bonfires.

The charter was the first granted in the state by the board.

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Founders Day remarks by keynote speaker Laura Trombley

It is wonderful to be here on such a beautiful spring day. I lived in Potsdam, New York for seven years, just 20 minutes from the Canadian border, and by the end of February, we would envy the warm weather and balmy nights you all enjoy in downstate Schenectady. I appreciate being invited to take part in your Founder's Day and would like to thank President Ainlay for his kind hospitality. Our two institutions, while founded in different centuries--18th and 20th--share many similarities.

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Join the ACTION! at Winter Dance Concert

It all started when Marisa Lieberman ’15 received the College’s Edward Villella dance fellowship at the end of her junior year. The award allowed her to take six weeks of aerial silk classes in New York City last summer, learning how to climb and wrap her body around the fabric to create expressive, elegant lines.

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Volunteer of the Week: Chi Psi

The Kenney Community Center has named the Chi Psi fraternity as this week's Volunteers of the Week.

The recently pitched in at the Schenectady Boys and Girls Club, painting parts of the inside of the organization's building. Also, numerous members volunteered at Union Hockey's annual White Out Night, which helped Habitat for Humanity. 

The group is led by its President Mathias Whitmyer '16 and Philanthropy Chair Jeff Cohen '16

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Periodic Review Report draft available for review

Union is nearing the end of an extensive process of self-examination that will culminate in the submission of its Periodic Review Report (PRR) to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in May. The report, which took over a year to draft, considers recommendations made after Union’s 2010 self-study, the achievements of the last five years and opportunities and challenges that face the College in the next five.