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Union to launch early action option for admission

Union College will offer a new early action option for prospective students seeking admission, officials announced today.

The new plan will give high school students an opportunity to apply to Union by Nov. 1. Students will be notified of their admissions status by Dec. 20 and have until May 1 to accept an offer. Unlike early decision, early action is non-binding. If admitted, a student is not required to attend.

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Sculpture, photos displayed in Visual Arts galleries

An exhibition of sculpture and photography, titled “Abby Golodik ’18: A Precarious Balance & Frank Rapant ’07: After the Fire,” is now on view at the Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts, Crowell and West Galleries.

An artists’ reception is set for Friday, July 12, 5-8 p.m.

Golodik’s body of work consists of steel sculptures with wood and stone elements, varying from enclosed planes to open bar structures. 

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Seven named to Alumni Council

Seven new members have been named to the Alumni Council of Union College.

They are Phil Bean ’86, Peter Falco ’09, Jordan Goldman ’11, Evan Leibovitz ’15, Tess Skoller ’13, Quisqueya Witbeck ’16 and Kyrie York ’03.

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New members named to Board of Trustees

Union College has named five new members to the Board of Trustees.

They are Kathleen Browne ’88, Brian Huang ’21, Brad Karp ’81, Dr. Shari Midoneck-Pochapin ’85 and Sarah Pontius ’04. Betsy Modest Brand ’82 was re-elected as alumni trustee.

Brian Huang ’21, student trustee, is a political science major from Rockland County, N.Y., who has been active as a midshipman in the U.S. Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps. At Union, he serves as house coordinator for Breazzano House, student representative for the Middle States Accreditation Steering Committee, admissions tour guide, student affiliate calling manager for College Relations and a representative on the Student Affairs Council.

Brad Karp ’81 of New York City has been chairman of the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP since 2008. He is a leading litigator and corporate adviser who has guided financial institutions and other major companies through numerous “bet the company” litigations, regulatory matters and internal investigations. Prior to being named chairman of Paul, Weiss, Brad chaired the firm’s litigation department.

Dr. Shari Midoneck-Pochapin ’85 of New York City has practiced internal medicine at MD2 Park Avenue since 2013. MD² is a provider of personalized medicine in which physicians dedicate their practices to just 50 families. MD² has 13 concierge medical practices in 11 cities across the U.S., including New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Chicago, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Menlo Park, Portland, Bellevue and Seattle.

Betsy Modest Brand ’82 of Ridgefield, Conn. is the founder and principal of Brandmark Studios, a full service boutique marketing agency dedicated to developing strategic and inspired marketing solutions. She has broad experience in the marketing of the arts, entertainment, healthcare, financial services and sports.

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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

Bachelor of Science
Computer Science

Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

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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.