February 2019 News Archive

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Winter Dance Concert poses big questions

This year’s Winter Dance Concert, Colliding Shadows, was inspired by George Orwell’s mid-century dystopian novel, “1984.”

“It looks at changes that occur through loss, conflicts and the driving forces of activism,” says Dance Program Director Miryam Moutillet. “Values are transformed, social divisions are prominent, and political power is challenged.”

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Fourth annual Feigenbaum Forum to highlight social innovation

Three entrepreneurs who are addressing important challenges through creative social enterprises will headline the fourth annual Feigenbaum Forum on Innovation and Creativity.

“Social Innovation: Food Insecurity, Recidivism and Barriers to Social Opportunity,” is the title of the forum, which will be held Thursday, March 7, at 5 p.m. in the Nott Memorial. It is free and open to the public.

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Union celebrates Founders Day with a nod to women

In the fall of 1970, a group of 126 women made history when they arrived on campus to begin their college journey. Joining more than 300 other first-year students, they were the first full-time undergraduate women admitted to Union.

Among them was Katherine Stout ’74. A top scholar and star athlete from nearby Guilderland, Stout was accepted through early decision. That gave her the distinction of being the first of the new admits.

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ADAY4U raises more than $500,000

Feb. 20 was an incredible #ADAY4U.

Through the generosity of its alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends, Union College raised over $390,000 from 2,062 donors. These donations unlocked an additional $170,700 dollars in challenge money from 13 alumni and current parents, totaling more than $560,000.

Donors from 43 states and 6 countries supported 17 athletics teams, terms abroad programs, annual scholarships, undergraduate research and 15 academic departments.

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Peace activist Kathy Kelly to speak at Union

Peace activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Kathy Kelly will speak Thursday, Feb. 28, from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. in Karp 005.

Her talk, “Speaking Truth About the U.S. Role in the Permanent Warfare State,” is free and open to the public.

A founding member of Voices in the Wilderness, Kelly is a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. She has traveled to Iraq, Afghanistan and Gaza.

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College mourns Prof. Robert Sharlet

Colleagues and alumni are mourning the loss of Robert S. “Bob” Sharlet, professor emeritus of political science, whose teaching and research chronicled the dramatic shifts of politics and law in the Soviet and post-Soviet eras.

Sharlet, the Chauncey Winters Research Professor of Political Science Emeritus, passed away Jan. 26, 2019 at 83.

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From Creep to Karma Police: Course on Radiohead a hit at Union

When things turn bleak for Emmet and friends in “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” the opening lines of the song “Everything’s Not Awesome” brilliantly capture the mood:

“I finally understand Radiohead.”

Since its formation in the mid-1980s in the English county of Oxfordshire, the rock band’s melancholic aesthetic, grounded in the danger and mystery surrounding hope and death, has made them one of the most popular and critically acclaimed bands in the world.

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UNITAS award nominations sought

UNITAS seeks your nomination of a senior for the Student Leadership Diversity Award, given at Prize Day in May. The prize is a great honor and comes with a monetary award. Please include examples of why the student should be this year’s Student Leadership Diversity Award winner. Click here to submit the form. 

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ADAY4U set for Wednesday, Feb. 20

The College is launching its sixth annual, one-day fundraising campaign, #ADAY4U, on Wednesday, Feb. 20. 

The goal of this year’s campaign is seeking 2,500 donors. Staff, students and alumni will be reaching out to donors via email, phone calls and social media throughout the day.

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People in the news – Week of Feb. 15, 2019

Kimmo Rosenthal, professor of mathematics, will have an essay, “Tranquility Shot Through with Sorrow,” appear in The Ekphrastic Review. The essay is about Edward Hopper's painting Early Sunday Morning. He will also have his earlier ekphrastic essay, “Mon Ami Pierrot,” appear in Accidents of Light, KYSO Flash Anthology, Vol. 5, a print anthology of the best work to appear in the journal in 2018.