A $51 million gift from Class of 1980 graduates Rich and Mary Templeton will transform engineering and the liberal arts at Union College with the creation of the Templeton Institute for Engineering and Computer Science, President David R. Harris announced Friday.
It is the largest gift in Union’s 225-year history and among the biggest for engineering at a liberal arts school in the last decade.
Harris made the announcement in Memorial Fieldhouse during the public launch of Union’s new $300 million comprehensive campaign, “Powering Union: The Campaign for Multiple Tomorrows.”
MONEY magazine recently posted an article offering consumers a primer on financial aid at colleges. The piece features extensive comments on how the process works from Matt Malatesta ‘91, vice president for Admissions, Financial Aid and Enrollment.
The article also lists 75 schools that promise to meet full financial aid for students, including Union.
Union’s Board of Trustees Saturday affirmed the College’s latest strategic plan, a sweeping and ambitious document that will guide the school’s decision-making over the next five years.
Titled “The Power of Union,” the 17-page plan serves as a blueprint for the College to build upon its 225-year standing as an innovator in liberal education by “developing every student to lead with wisdom, empathy and courage, in ways large and small, now and across multiple tomorrows.”
The College recently dedicated the Williams Center for Campus Community Safety.
Housed in a former bank building at Nott Street and Van Vranken Avenue, the center is directly across from one of the campus’s main entrances.
A number of media outlets reported on the new home for the school's Campus Safety Department, including the Daily Gazette (subscription may be required), News10 (ABC affiliate), CBS6, and the Times Union.
Union recently launched a new financial aid initiative that will support families who get caught between formula assumptions and reality.
Families making up to $250,000 per year, who have an expected family contribution of $90,000 or less, will qualify for at least $20,000 in scholarship assistance. Previously, some families at such income levels would qualify for little or no scholarship assistance. These Making U Possible Family Grants will help families who are struggling to meet those contributions plan for their children’s futures and see that a Union education is attainable.
“Embody,” the Mandeville Gallery’s fall exhibit, features 10 contemporary artists of diaspora who use collage-making concepts and methods to construct identity through a wide range of representations of the body.
A review of the exhibit appeared in the Times Union (subscription may be required).
Union formally opened its 225th academic year Tuesday with its traditional Convocation ceremony that helped welcome the Class of 2023, recognized student and faculty achievements, and touched on highlights for the coming year.