The recipient of the Frank Bailey Prize is selected by the faculty and the prize is awarded annually to the
fourth-year student deemed to have rendered the greatest service to the College in any field.
Nominators for the Bailey Prize spoke of this student’s outstanding academic record, but also of his
commitment to promoting equality, justice and community, all while deflecting credit and fostering
A history major, his work has been cited by the Doty Prize for outstanding work in history and by the
Smith Prize for outstanding senior thesis.
Outside the classroom, he is a founding member of UCAN (the Union College Activist Network) which
builds relationships between Union and the local community. He has spoken out at meetings of the
Schenectady City Council, attended local NAACP meetings, campaigned for local candidates and served
with regional community activist organizations.
He also has been instrumental in bringing community leaders to campus. Candidates. Activists. City
Council members. Leaders in the state Senate and Assembly. Student leaders from Schenectady and
Niskayuna High Schools. All have come to campus through the efforts of this year’s Bailey winner.
In recognition of the many ways he has brought our communities together in the name of equality and
justice, I am pleased to present the Frank Bailey Prize to Alexander Ellenthal.