May 2018 News Archive

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Meet the 2018 Minerva Fellows

Eight Union College seniors were chosen to represent the College's Minerva Fellows program. 

They will travel the globe to work in developing countries while paired up with a social entrepreneurial organization. The students will work for nine months and return to the College and live in a Minerva house for one month, where they will participate in a social entrepreneurial course and educate current students about their experiences abroad.

This year's fellows are:

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Community service internships awarded

The Becker Career Center recently announced the recipients of the community service internships at non-profit organizations this summer.

Class of 1973 Community Service Internship Funding Recipients

An endowed internship supported by the Class of 1973 in honor of their 35th Class reunion.

Alexandra Greenberg ‘19

Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) in Newton, Mass.

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Symposium examines Hamilton and the American identity

The campus and community are invited to attend a symposium and concert on June 5 focused on “Hamilton and the American Story.”

Students from this year’s humanities super seminar will offer presentations on a wide range of topics connected to Hamilton and American identity, responding creatively to the question of how the musical engages with issues confronted by the U.S. today. The presentations will run from 5 to 7 p.m., with a short break after for dinner.

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People in the news

A question on the May 23 episode of Jeopardy! featured the work of Chad Orzel, the R. Gordon Gould Association Professor of Physics.

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Union team continues its dominance for Bike to Work Day

For the fifth straight year, a team from Union won the Gearshaft award for most participants from Schenectady County in the annual Bike to Work Day Workplace Challenge.

Sponsored by the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC), the event promotes bicycling as a fun way to commute to work for employers in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties.

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Integrating the liberal arts and engineering focus of annual symposium

Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, will deliver the keynote address at the College's annual symposium on integrating a liberal education with engineering.

The two-day symposium kicks off Friday afternoon, June 1, with sessions in the Wold and Olin centers. President Stephen C. Ainlay will give welcoming remarks at 6 p.m. in the Nott Memorial.

Pasquerella’s talk, “Escaping Westworld,” follows.


Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities

Lynn Pasquerella
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Memorial Day service to be held Monday

A Memorial Day remembrance will be held Monday, May 28 at 1 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.

The event will honor those who have died during military service and those who continue to serve our country. Strom Thacker, the Stephen J. and Diane K. Ciesinski Dean of Faculty, will deliver remarks. The Garnet Minstrelles will sing the national anthem and Nick Meixsell ’19 will play taps.

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College mourns the passing of Ekram Hassib, professor of electrical and computer engineering emeritus

The College mourns the passing of Ekram Hassib, professor of electrical and computer engineering emeritus, who died May 20, 2017, at the age of 74.

Ekram, who taught at Union from 1980 until 2011, held a Ph.D. from Warsaw Technical University (Poland), an M.S.E.E. from Al-Azhar University (Egypt), and a post graduate diploma in electronic circuits and communications, also from Al-Azhar. He earned a B.S.E.E. from Cairo University (Egypt).