December 2017 News Archive

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Campus mourns Vincent C. DeBaun ’47, former director of corporations and foundations

Members of the Union community are remembering Vincent C. DeBaun ’47, who passed away on Dec. 16, 2017 at his home in Charlottesville, Va. He was 91.

Known to his many friends as “Vin,” he had the dry wit of an English professor, the persuasive nature of a fundraiser and the urbane elegance of a college president, all of which he was. In everything from grant proposals to personal notes, he wrote sparkling prose, sprinkled with catchy literary references.

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Year in review: Top stories of 2017

A story memorializing the death of Alexander Askenazy ‘20 was the most viewed article on the College’s news site in 2017.

The 19-year-old passed away in his residence hall in early October 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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Union sponsors talk by noted columnist David Brooks

Union will help sponsor a talk by New York Times columnist and author David Brooks at Proctors in Schenectady at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17, 2018.

Tickets are priced from $35 to $100.

Members of the campus community can purchase tickets at a 20 percent discount through the Proctors box office and by phone at (518) 346-6204.

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Japanese woodblock exhibit makes good impression at Feigenbaum Center

“Mokuhanga: Impressions Past and Present,” an exhibit of Japanese woodblock prints created by three generations of artists, runs Jan. 3-March 13 in the Crowell and West Galleries in the Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts.

Mokuhanga, the traditional printmaking technique of Japan, was perfected during the 18th and 19th centuries.

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College mourns Thomas McFadden, librarian emeritus

Colleagues and other friends are recalling the intellectual depth, passion for student learning and kindness of Thomas G. “Tom” McFadden, college librarian emeritus.

McFadden, who directed Schaffer Library from 1997 until his retirement in 2012, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. He was 71.

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Construction of Integrated Science and Engineering Complex reaches milestone

The campus community gathered Wednesday to celebrate the placement of the final steel beam for the new Integrated Science and Engineering Complex.

High winds delayed the actual “topping off” that was planned Wednesday. This traditional building custom – which features a fir tree and an American flag perched on the final beam – is meant to symbolize growth and good luck. In keeping with tradition, members of the Union community were invited to sign the

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Topping off ceremony set for Integrated Science and Engineering Complex

A “topping off” ceremony – placement of the final steel beam – for the new Integrated Science and Engineering Complex will be held Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 12:30 p.m. on Alexander Lane.

This traditional building custom – which features a fir tree and an American flag perched on the final beam – is meant to symbolize growth and good luck.