June 2019 News Archive

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Class of 2019: Union celebrates its 225th Commencement

Susan Zirinsky has spent her entire adult life at CBS News. Beginning in 1972, she has been a part-time desk assistant, a researcher, an associate producer. She worked her way up the ranks to “Evening News” producer and White House producer.

As such, she has been witness to some of the biggest stories in history. Watergate. The Tiananmen Square student uprising. The Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting. The Boston Marathon bombings. The terrorist attacks in Paris.

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Class of 2019

Daria
Agadzhanova
Bachelor of Science
Computer Science
 
Moscow
Russia

Jocelyne
Akamaliza
Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
 
Schenectady
NY

Zaid
Al-Moghrabi
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
 
Agaba
Jordan

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Lisa Gu '19 and Marc Perlman '19 honored as co-salutatorians

Two members of the Class of 2019 earned the distinction of salutatorian, or the second highest grade point average in the class.

Lisa Gu

Hometown: Marlboro, N.J.

Major: Computer Engineering

Activities: SWE, EAN, Robotics Crew, TBP, ODK, IEEE-HKN

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Christie Dionisos '19 to deliver student address at Commencement

Each year, a senior is selected to give the student address at Commencement. Nominations are made by faculty and students, and the final decision is made by a student committee featuring six seniors and six juniors.

Christie Dionisos

Hometown: West Chester, Pa.

Double major: Neuroscience and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

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People in the news – Week of June 7, 2019

In her role as co-president of the MLA Association of Departments of Foreign Languages, Megan Ferry, professor of Chinese and Asian Studies, presented at ADFL 2025 Road Map and Action Plan about the future of language education in higher education at the ADFL Summer Seminar West.

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Meet the 2019-20 Minerva Fellows

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: 

Dalila Haden

The Global Child in Cambodia 

Dalila Haden

Yesenia Negron

The Global Child in Cambodia 

Yesenia Negron

Matt Cole

The Samburu Project in Kenya 

Matt Cole

Christie Dionisos

Witkoppen Health and Welfare Center in South Africa 

Christie Dionisos

Lauren Elder

Engeye Health Clinic in Uganda 

Lauren Elder

Amy Haven 

Engeye Health Clinic in Uganda 

Amy Haven
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Three students named Goldwater Scholars

Three Union students have been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship, the premiere undergraduate award for students pursuing careers in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering.

Cameron Bechtold ’20, Jillian Guthrie ’21 and Charlotte Mineo ’21 were among the 1,223 students chosen nationwide out of a pool of 5,000 college sophomores and juniors from 443 academic institutions. Each will receive up to $7,500 to cover tuition, fees, books, and room and board.

Cameron Bechtold ‘20

Hometown: Middleburgh, N.Y.

Major: Environmental science

Activities: Campus Kitchens, Environmental Club, class vice president, Wold House Council; study away to Australia, Washington, D.C. and Louisiana

Career goal: Ph.D. in urban ecology; conduct research on ecological responses in cities and teach in higher education

Jillian Guthrie ‘21

Hometown: Templeton, Mass.

Major: Physics and mathematics

Minor: Spanish and Hispanic Studies

Activities: Society of Physics Students; Physics Help Center tutor, Wold House Council, Union College tour guide

Career goal: Ph.D. in computational physics; planning to work in higher education

Charlotte Mineo ‘21

Hometown: Canandaigua, N.Y.

Major: Biochemistry

Activities: Chemistry Club; COCOA House volunteer; Concordiensis; Louisiana mini-term

Career goal: Ph.D. in biochemistry; planning to teach in higher education and research plant biochemistry to better understand host-pathogen interactions at the molecular level.

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Meet the Class of 2023

When Andrew Nordell started his college search, he wanted to find a school where he could pursue his passions in both engineering and art. An avid student of origami, the centuries-old Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures, Nordell also enjoys building things.

The journey for the Class of 2023 officially begins Sunday, Sept. 8, when many students move into their residence halls at 9 a.m. There are also a series of orientation activities and programs scheduled.

Residence halls open for returning students Tuesday, Sept. 10. Fall term classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 11.