January 2019 News Archive

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People in the news – Week of Feb. 1, 2019

Physics major Christos Kakogiannis ’22 was awarded an honorable mention at the 12th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics in Beijing, China. The competition, associated with the International Astronomical Union, involved more than 200 students representing 39 countries including the U.S. and Kakogiannis’ native Greece. Kakogiannis and his teammates were invited to a meeting with Greece’s president, Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

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Union research team honored with fellowship award

ASIANetwork's Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows has selected a Union College proposal as one of seven recipients of its SFF 2019 Fellowship Award.

Megan Ferry, professor of Chinese and Asian Studies and chair of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department, along with Trevor Atkins ‘20, Jeremy Rausch ‘21 and Meghan Reilly ‘20, submitted the proposal, “Between State and Populace, Chasing the China Dream.”

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Union prepares to celebrate Founders Day

Noted economist, scholar and educator Catharine Bond Hill will deliver the keynote address at Founders Day Thursday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.

The event commemorates the 224th anniversary of the College’s charter.

Hill’s talk will center on coeducation at Union, which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of admitting women in 2020. The talk is free and open to the public.

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Events planned for Black History Month

Union College will observe Black History Month with a host of events throughout February. They are as follows: 

Friday, Feb. 1 - Black Karaoke  

Bronner House at 6:30 p.m. 

Monday Feb. 4 - Bk Chat about Intersectionality

Karp Hall 105; 6 to 7 p.m. 

Thursday, Feb. 7 - Identity Dialogues

Reamer 305 during Common Lunch

Sunday, Feb. 10 - Black Game Night

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Springsteen inspiration for winter theater production

“When the Promise Was Broken” is a collection of 13 plays inspired by the songs of Bruce Springsteen, each by a different American playwright. 

The 90-minute production pieces together nine plays in a seamless evening that celebrates the all too human experience of longing, heartbreak and promises broken in working life, relationships, families and the American dream.

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This year’s Green Grants an exercise in sustainability

When Lilia Tiemann went for a daily lunchtime walk around campus, she and her co-worker thought they and others might be inspired to go farther if there were distance markers along the way.

Additionally, the markers could include “fun facts of the health benefits of walking, which would be beneficial to not only Union staff and students but to the Schenectady community as well,” said Tiemann, who coordinates campus events for Admissions.

She’s about to get her wish.

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The spirit of Kristen Shinebarger touched all corners of campus

The bubbly freckle-faced girl who inspired thousands at Union to join her eight-year battle against cancer is being remembered for her determination, grace and courage.

Kristen L. Shinebarger, who passed away Dec. 20, 2018, at the age of 16, will be remembered during a pre-game moment of silence at the Mayor’s Cup hockey game on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Times Union Center in Albany.

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Red scare: New book by Union professor examines a real witch-hunt from long ago

In 1940, as Nazi Germany advanced across Western Europe, the New York State Legislature convened a committee. The goal: to identify and root out those in the state university system suspected of having Communist ties.

Known as the Rapp-Coudert Committee, the body held a series of private and public hearings for nearly two years in which hundreds of educators were interrogated, threatened and in many cases, fired, for their alleged radical connections.

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People in the news – Week of Jan. 18, 2019

Teresa Meade, the Florence B. Sherwood Professor of History and Culture, presented a paper at the 2019 American Historical Association annual meeting in Chicago. Her paper, “The Mythical Past and Present of a Word,” was part of a presidential panel, “Neoliberalism: The History and Future of a Word." She also recently presided over the annual meeting of the Journal of Women's History as president of its Board of Trustees.