Union in the Media

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Union student's music honors relative lost in Holocaust

Max Stwertka '19 composed a seven movement suite to honor his grandfather's uncle, Julius Stwertka. Stwertka was brought to the Vienna by Gustav Mahler to be concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra from 1902 until his retirement in 1936. From 1934 to 1938 he was a member of the Rose Quartet. In 1938, Julius was deported to Theresienstadt, where he died on December 17, 1942. Two years later his beloved wife Rosa was put on the train to Auschwitz. Max Stwertka recently performed his composition.

To learn more about this remarkable story, read a column in the Times Union (subscription may be required).

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Bradley Hays, associate professor of political science, featured on WAMC

Bradley Hays, associate professor of political science, was a recent guest on "Congressional Corner" on WAMC, Northeast Public Radio. He discussed the 2020 presidential election.

Northeast Public Radio is a member of National Public Radio serving parts of seven northeastern states. These include New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.

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Steinmetz Symposium featured in Daily Gazette photo gallery

Nearly 500 students showcased their intellectual and artistic prowess Friday, May 10, as part of the 29th annual Steinmetz Symposium.

The all-day event included a diverse lineup of oral presentations, poster sessions and exhibits highlighting student research as well as dance and musical performances, an art exhibit and other activities.

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Union student's unique project featured in Daily Gazette

Working with James Hedrick, senior lecturer in Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering, Lisa Gu' 19 has designed an automated greenhouse watering system. Her project is among 20 other systems built as part of Cultivating Resources for Employment with Assistive Technology.

CREATE, as it is known, is an effort by the New York State Industries for the Disabled to recruit student inventors and tinkerers to make devices that will ease entry to the workforce for disabled people, whose unemployment rate is significantly higher than the general population.

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New theater partnership between Union and Proctors featured in Times Union

A new partnership between Union and Proctors gives students a chance to gain experience on the professional stage while providing the venerable historic theater with a pool of local actors.

“It’s a new link between us,” says Andrew Mannion, lecturer in scenic design. “Proctors is putting on a professional children’s theater piece and co-producing it with Union talent.”

The Proctors enterprise is called the PB&J Café, and the inaugural show is “Stuart Little,” the classic children’s tale by E.B. White about a mild-mannered mouse born into an ordinary New York family and trying to survive in a human world.

The show was recently featured in the Times Union.