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 College Challenge featured in local media

In his inaugural address, President David R. Harris challenged the campus community to learn to “become more comfortable being uncomfortable.” He asked what they could pursue in their studies, work or personal life that would push them in a healthy and responsible way.

“Our name refers to the coming together of people from several faiths to form this college,” he reminded the audience. “The founders did not stay in their cultural comfort zones, as did the founders of most other colleges at the time. Through experience they discovered what it meant to be a leading college without a denominational affiliation.”

Kicking off the Union College Challenge, Harris committed to add a center-right podcast each week to his regular list of preferred podcasts from outlets such as NPR, the New York Times or the Washington Post, and to post his reflections online. This has helped push him to better understand how others see the world, and sharpen and perhaps change, some of his perspectives. In addition to an intellectual challenge, he added a physical one, as well: Harris committed to taking at least three yoga classes a month.

Since Harris’s September address, “What’s your Union College Challenge?” has become a popular catchphrase (and hashtag) across campus for students, faculty, staff, alumni and even parents.

The Daily Gazette recently featured the challenge.


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Photo gallery of Ainlay Hall featured in Times Union

The Stephen Charles Ainlay and Judith Gardner Ainlay Hall, part of the new Integrated Science and Engineering Complex at Union College, recently opened for the new academic year. The $100 million project, the largest in the school's history, will be completed in phases over the next two years.

The Times Union featured a photo gallery of Ainlay Hall.

Ainlay Hall will be formally dedicated Friday, Oct. 12, as part of Homecoming Weekend.

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Academic Minute: Gendered language

Lewis Davis, professor of economics, was recently featured on WAMC's "The Academic Minute."

The daily program features professors from colleges and universities around the world sharing their research. It airs on public radio stations across the country.

Davis explores whether gendered language make a difference in hiring decisions.

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Pride and joy at Union College commencement

Daily Gazette

Devin Wenig ‘88, the CEO-designate of eBay, was the featured speaker at Union's 221st Commencement June 14. Wenig received an honorary doctorate of laws degree.

As president of eBay Marketplaces, Wenig leads the eBay, classifieds and StubHub businesses globally. He will become CEO of the new eBay company when eBay and PayPal separate into independent publicly traded companies later this year.

Nearly 500 students in the Class of 2015 received their degrees during the ceremony.

To read a story in the Daily Gazette, click here.

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Girl vs. Robot: Mini golf game's a family tradition

Girl vs. Robot: Mini golf game's a family tradition

Mechanical engineering students in Professor William Keat's class designed robots to challenge Gracie, Keat's 6-year-old daughter, in a game of miniature golf.

The Times Union stopped by the Pirates Hideout course in Waterford, N.Y. to document the big match.

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Union College graduate talks about ER response to Vegas shooting

The College welcomed back to campus Dr. John Fildes ‘77.

As director of the Las Vegas University Medical Center’s trauma unit, Fildes directed the treatment of victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. Last Oct. 1, a gunman opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Festival, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds.

A number of media outlets covered his talk, including WNYT (the NBC affiliate); WRGB (CBS affiliate), Spectrum News, the Times Union and the Daily Gazette.

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Exhibit shows story of Adirondacks in maps

Daily Gazette

The arc of Adirondack maps is represented in a new exhibit, “Parts But Little Known: Maps of the Adirondacks from 1556,” at the Kelly Adirondack Center.

The show is curated by Cal Welch ’62 and his daughter, Caroline ’01, with items from a private collection and from the Center. They were assisted by Margaret Amodeo, librarian at the Kelly Adirondack Center.

Click here to read a story in the Daily Gazette.