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Maps tell the history of a region

Maps tell the history of a region

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.

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Schenectady mentor program aims to get teens to look to the future

Union is partnering with Schenectady schools to provide mentoring and other services as part of My Brother's Keeper, a national program started under President Barack Obama.

The Times Union visited campus to learn about the program (subscription may be required).

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Alumni in the news: Karen Bertasso '06

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Karen Bertasso '06, winner of the annual CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge in Albany, N.Y., was recently featured in the Times Union newspaper.

This was the second time in three years she won the women's race. As a student, Bertasso was involved with Pre-Health Society and Big Brothers Big Sisters, and played soccer.

Read the story here.

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People in the News

An article by Lewis Davis and Stephen Schmidt, professors of economics, and Jack Mara ‘10 was accepted for publication in Contemporary Economic Policy. "Social Animal House: The Economic and Academic Consequences of Fraternity Membership," which uses data from a survey of Union College alumni, finds that fraternity membership decreases student grade point averages by 0.25 points on a traditional four-point scale, but simultaneously increases future income by roughly one-third. This research project began as Mara's senior thesis.

Christopher Chabris, associate professor of psychology, recently spoke at the annual meeting for the Association for Psychological Science in Boston. "The Invisible Gorilla: From the classroom to the real world, and back again” included two studies he conducted at Union with undergraduate research students. He also spoke at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, France, and the Michigan Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference.

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Mentorship program looks to bond Schenectady, Union brothers

Union is partnering with Schenectady schools to provide mentoring and other services as part of My Brother's Keeper, a national program started under President Barack Obama.

The Daily Gazette visited campus to learn about the program.

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UCARE Day set for Sunday

By: Madalyn Borek '19

The Kenney Center's annual UCARE Day is set for Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. in Memorial Fieldhouse.

UCARE Day is the annual free carnival for local kids and their families. The first UCARE Day was in 1998. Student leaders planning the event are Alexa Steriti '17 and Jacqueline Sharry '18 (both were leaders last year, too).

Greek organizations involved include Sigma Delta Tau, Delta Delta Delta, Alpha Delta Lambda, Alpha Phi Omega, Kappa Alpha and Phi Iota Alpha. Union Pride, Campus Kitchens, Fencing Club, Society of Women’s Engineers, and African Student Association are also participating, as well as athletic teams like men's hockey, men’s soccer, football, and men’s and women's basketball.

There will be tables with activities such as face painting, games, and arts and crafts. Athletics team members will be playing various games with the kids in addition to bounce houses, a photo booth, cotton candy and pizza. Stewart's Shops has also donated ice cream for the event.

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Alumni in the news: Joanna Rudolph '98

Joanna Rudolph '98 is the executive producer of indie film, “Burning Annie,” which was released internationally on major HD platforms via the Sundance Creative Distribution Initiative on May 15. To read more about the movie and the story of its creation, check out this moviemaker.com article.

At Union, Joanna was involved in Film Committee, participated in Steinmetz Symposium and studied abroad in France.

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Lothridge Festival of Dance

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As part of the 27th annual Steinmetz Symposium, more than 80 performers took to the stage in the Nott Memorial for the Lothridge Festival of Dance.

Featured were works from the Winter Dance Concert, “Beyond Steps,” by dance minors Emily Alston ’19, Ayanah Dowdye ’18, Lily Herout ’17, Grace Kernohan ’17, J’Kela Smith ’17 and Maddison Stemple-Piatt ’17.

In addition, students from the Bhangra, Hip-Hop, Step and African Dance clubs, Terra Dance, the Dance Team and Just Queenin performed.

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Union College students pitch stupid ideas

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The College recently hosted a backwards pitch competition for students in the Innovation, Creativity and the Entrepreneurial Mindset course.

Students were asked to come up with the worst, most bizarre or most ridiculous idea. Pitches must be between 150 seconds and 180 seconds and delivered without notes.

Read about the competition in the Times Union (subscription may be required).

Each year the College offers an interdisciplinary course open to all students that focuses on a single topic and is taught by a variety of professors. Known as the Minerva Course, the class also includes lectures by accomplished guests. Past topics have included presidential elections, income inequality, oil, food, technology and society, and globalization.

This year’s course, which enrolls 91 students across a broad range of majors, is unique and unconventional from past Minerva classes. Working with faculty since last spring, the College’s University Innovation Fellows helped design the curriculum.

Learn more about the course.