October 2017 News Archive

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Reformation authority speaking at Union College

Union has planned a number of events to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, a 16th-century revolt that separated the Christians of western Europe into Catholics and Protestants.
On Thursday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m., Brad Gregory of the University of Notre Dame will deliver the annual Wold Lecture on Religion and Conflict in the Nott Memorial. His lecture is titled “Whether We Like it or Not: Why the Reformation Matters after 500 Years.”

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Friedman: 'Embrace the Golden Rule'

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman and John E. Kelly III ’76, who oversees IBM’s research labs and parts of the Watson business, headlined the third annual Feigenbaum Forum on Innovation and Creativity.

They discussed the impact of technological acceleration on innovation and creativity, and the important role of the liberal arts.

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New program gives biomedical engineering students an edge in solving problems

As a biomedical engineering major, Lianna Gangi ‘18 has a keen interest in how to apply engineering principles to find clinically viable and innovative solutions to medical problems.

But first, Gangi needed to get out of the classroom. The White Plains, N.Y., senior wanted hands-on training to interact with medical professionals and learn about the equipment and devices they use on a daily basis in providing patient treatment and care.

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Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams delivering midday recital

Internationally acclaimed Welsh baritone, Jeremy Huw Williams, is giving a midday recital at Emerson Auditorium, Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. 

Accompanied by pianist Paula Fan, the recital includes music by Fauré, Lauridsen, and folk song settings by Grace Williams. Also on the program will be three settings of E. E. Cummings' poems by Hilary Tann, the John Howard Payne Professor of Music.

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Homecoming and Family Weekend: A time for fall and friends

The College is set to welcome hundreds of visitors to campus Oct. 20-22 for Homecoming and Family Weekend.

Alumni, parents, students and friends have a jam-packed schedule of events that range from campus tours, class visits and athletic events.

For a full schedule of events, click here

Highlights from the weekend include:

  • “Nott’s Boys and the Purchase of Alaska: A Sesquicentennial Celebration” – A talk looking back at the successful purchase of Alaska featured not only William Seward, Class of 1820, but a group of extraordinary Union College alumni: Ambassador to France John Bigelow (1835), General-in-Chief Henry W. Halleck (1836), President Chester Alan Arthur (1848), Assistant Secretary of State Frederick Seward (1849), and Reverend Sheldon Jackson (1855). The common thread "knotting" them together was Eliphalet Nott. 
  • Pumpkin Carving Competition at 4:30-6 p.m., Friday on the Reamer patio
  • Historic tours of campus throughout the weekend
  • Open house and exhibit at the Kelly Adirondack Center (shuttle provided)
  • Several athletic contests, including football, women’s rugby, women’s soccer, men’s ice hockey and field hockey. 
Homecoming & Family Weekend 2018
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High times: Composer of Union’s alma mater gets fresh look in new exhibit

Fitz Hugh Ludlow, Class of 1856, was many things in his brief 34 years: a short story writer, poet, drama and music critic, explorer and drug treatment pioneer.

And as a student, at the urging of President Eliphalet Nott, Ludlow composed Ode to Old Union, which became the College’s alma mater.

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Campus gathers to remember Alexander Askenazy ’20

The campus community gathered in the Nott Memorial early Thursday evening for a moving service to celebrate the life of Alexander Askenazy ’20.

The 19-year-old passed away in his residence hall Sunday from an existing medical condition.

A biochemistry major from Albuquerque, N.M., Alex was an avid hockey fan and played goalie for Union's club hockey team. He was also president of the fencing club.

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Theater students showcasing "The Hunchback of Seville"

The Department of Theater and Dance will be showcasing the production of Charise Castro Smith’s “The Hunchback of Seville” which runs from Nov. 1 to 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. in Yulman Theater.

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Award-winning writer Luis Alberto Urrea to visit campus

Acclaimed poet, novelist and essayist Luis Alberto Urrea will speak Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Nott Memorial.

His talk, “Universal Border: From Tijuana to the World,” is free and open to the public.

Urrea is the best-selling author of 16 books, including 2004’s “The Devil's Highway: A True Story.”

The book chronicles the last days of the Yuma 14, a group of men and boys who died in the Arizona desert trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico.