A new vice president, news from Admissions and Commencement: Top stories of 2019

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An announcement naming Fran’Cee Brown-McClure as the new vice president for Student Affairs and Dean of Students was the most viewed article on the College’s news site in 2019.

The April piece generated nearly twice as many page views as a story in July stating the College would offer a new early action option for prospective students seeking admission, which was the second most popular article.

Commencement coverage in June was the third most clicked-on article. A July profile of the Class of 2023 was fourth, while the list of Prize Day winners in May rounded out the top five most read stories.

On Union's official social media accounts, the most popular post on Facebook was the school being named one of the top 10 best liberal arts colleges by MONEY magazine. The rankings were based on affordability, quality and career outcomes.

On Twitter, video of a stray bear racing up Nott Street by the campus was the top tweet, while a sunset photo of the Nott Memorial by Kenza Mourji '21 generated the most likes on the College's main Instagram account.

Union’s award-winning news site garnered nearly 173,000 unique views during the year, making it one of the College’s most popular sites.

Stories that originated on the site are often featured in the top national media outlets.

In recent years, Union’s faculty, students and staff have been mentioned in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, U.S News and World Report, Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed and National Public Radio (NPR).

Content on the site has been honored by the Council for the Advancement of Secondary Education (CASE).

The 10 most-viewed stories of 2019:

1. Union names new vice president for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

2. Union to launch early action option for admission

3. Class of 2019: Union celebrates its 225th Commencement

4. Meet the Class of 2023

5. Prize Day winners 2019

6. The spirit of Kristen Shinebarger touched all corners of campus

7. Susan Zirinsky, president of CBS News, to deliver Commencement address

8. Allegra Dawes '19, Thomas Gagliardi '19 and Samantha Miller '19 honored as co-valedictorians

9. Springsteen inspiration for winter theater production

10. New financial aid grants to help families afford Union