February 2018 News Archive

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Congressional Corner with Brad Hays

Bradley Hays, associate professor of political science, was a recent guest on "Congressional Corner" on WAMC, Northeast Public Radio. He discussed the pledge by Gov. Cuomo to oust New York Republicans from Congress.

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People in the news

An article co-authored by Michael Hagerman, professor of chemistry, and Rebecca Cortez, associate professor of mechanical engineering, was published in Material Letters. “Improving Conductivity in Carbon Nanotube Percolating Networks Through Inclusion of Laponite Nanoparticles” is also co-authored by Lukas Valdman, a Czech exchange student, and Don Dobbs, retired research assistant.

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President Stephen C. Ainlay's 2018 Founders Day greeting

I am pleased to add my welcome to this 223rd anniversary of the charter bestowed on Union College by the New York Board of Regents in 1795. I want to give a special welcome to the members of our Board of Trustees who join us today: Chair of the Board, John Kelly, former Board Chair and Trustee Frank Messa, Trustee Bill Perlstein, Student Trustees Michael Lippman and Sarah Taha, and Faculty Trustees Megan Ferry and Scott Kirkton.

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Scott Greenberger's Founders Day remarks

Thank you Chairman Kelly, President Ainlay, trustees, faculty, staff and students. It’s an honor to be here to help mark Founders Day.

I’ll start by setting a scene.

In the United States, amazing new technologies are creating vast fortunes—but only for a select few. Many other Americans are stuck in poverty, and the gap between rich and poor has grown to an unprecedented level.

Keynote speaker Scott Greenberger

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Union celebrates Founders Day with a nod to Chester A. Arthur

In poll after poll of rankings of U.S. presidents, Union’s own Chester A. Arthur is typically near the bottom. Few Americans are familiar with his story, and he appears destined to be known more for his prominent mutton-chop sideburns than his political acumen.

But there may be a shift in Arthur’s standing as one of history’s most obscure presidents.

Scott Greenberger, the author of “The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur,” was the keynote speaker.

Scott Greenberger
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Another ADAY4U for the record books

This year’s ADAY4U was another one-day fundraiser for the record books.

The goal was to reach 1,795 donors in a single day, which would unlock an additional $200 per gift from the Union trustees. While numbers continue to be finalized, 2,414 donors gave $365,683. Including the trustee match $482,800, donors gave a total of $848,483 to the College's Annual Fund Wednesday. 

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Three leading musicians team up for performance

The Kim-Watkins-Chien Piano Trio performs on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.

Violinist Soovin Kim, cellist Paul Watkins (Emerson Quartet), and pianist Gloria Chien join together for a special program of piano trios spanning three centuries. The afternoon features Beethoven’s E-flat major Trio, Op. 70, No. 2, Vermont composer Pierre Jalbert’s Trio No. 2, and Brahms’s classic C-major Trio, Op. 87.

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Boldness reigns in Winter Dance Concert

With a cast of 27 dancers and a range of choreography, this year’s Winter Dance Concert, Breaking Boundaries, explores how dance can surprise, spark a conversation and engage an audience in a shared human experience. 

“Students have worked very hard on their pieces this term. A big theme of many of the dances is that we must trust our limitations, take risks and move forward with our aspirations,” said Dance Program Director Miryam Moutillet.

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David R. Harris named 19th president of Union College

David R. Harris, Ph.D., a sociologist with a distinguished record as an innovative teacher, scholar and administrator, has been named the 19th president of Union College. His term begins July 1, 2018.

Raised in a neighborhood outside of Philadelphia, Harris was a first-generation college student. He attended Northwestern University, where he earned a B.S. in human development and social policy in 1991, and a Ph.D. in sociology in 1997. He credits financial aid, academic staff and faculty with opening doors to a range of transformational opportunities that changed his life.

Harris and his wife, Anne, met as undergraduates. They have three daughters, ages 7, 18 and 20.

“I want to thank the search committee and the board of trustees for making this possible,” said Harris. “I especially want to thank President Ainlay for his remarkable stewardship of the institution these past 12 years. He leaves an institution that is likely stronger than at any other time in its history.”