Union in the Media

Union’s faculty, staff and students are often mentioned in local, national and international media outlets. Among the outlets that have highlighted Union include the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, U.S. News and World Report, MONEY and the Associated Press.

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

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Union celebrates its 225th Commencement

Union celebrated its 225th Commencement on Sunday, June 16. Nearly 500 students in the Class of 2019 received their degrees during the ceremony.

Susan Zirinsky, the president and senior executive producer of CBS News, was the featured speaker. She received an honorary doctorate of letters degree.

The College also awarded an honorary doctorate of letters degree to Deborah Margolin, a playwright, actor and founding member of Split Britches Theater Company. Margolin is Professor of the Practice in Yale University’s undergraduate Theater Studies Program.

Several local media outlets provided coverage of the ceremony (subscription may be required):

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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.

To learn more, visit the Daily Gazette (subscription may be required).