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Men’s lacrosse makes ECAC final

Posted on Jul 1, 1995

Men's Lacrosse

Despite having qualified for the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) playoffs in six of the past seven years, it had been twenty-one years since Union's men's lacrosse team had reached the championship game.

This spring, the Dutchmen broke that string when they defeated Rensselaer, 10-9, in double overtime.

The title game was another story, however, as top-seeded Alfred scored nine consecutive goals on its way to an 18-7 win.

The Dutchmen did well with a tough schedule and swept local rivals Skidmore (13-3), Albany (9-4) and Rensselaer (12-6 in the regular season) to
win the Capital Cup for the ninth time in the trophy's ten years.

Junior attackman Scott Porter and senior midfielder Cory Holbrough led the team in scoring with forty-six and forty-two points, respectively. Holbrough, who was the leading scorer for Union's hockey team this year, finished his lacrosse career with seventy goals and 124 points.

Women's Lacrosse

Women's Lacrosse

Molly Pearson set a Union single-season goal-scoring record as she led the Dutchwomen to a 6-7 record. After scoring
forty-two goals last season, she reached forty-five this year to break the record of forty-four set by Holly Howard in 1981.

Union qualified for the state tournament for the first time since 1989, losing to
fourth-seeded Cortland 18-9 in the first round.


Despite a 3-10 record in one-run games, the softball team went to the state tournament, where it beat Skidmore 4-2 in the first round before losing to eventual champion Brockport, 11-1, in the semifinals. Senior Chrissy Nytransky led the team in hitting with a .467 average.

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Thanks for the help

Posted on Jul 1, 1995

The Bicentennial Annual Fund received significant levels of support from all the ReUnion classes. We are grateful to all the ReUnion donors and want to recognize the work of the Annual Fund ReUnion volunteers:

Benjamin Auslander, Mary Jo Conley Burke, Paummi Heeder, Maurice Kauff, Ronald Kinghorn, Pamela Mondschein, Kristen Ryan Mozayeni, S. Darryl Tiggle, John Torpie, David Wachtel

Robert Bertagna, Daphne Chigas, Kenneth D'Orazio, Timothy Hesler, Robert Israel, Paul Kurker, Debra Landis, Joseph Picano, Suzanne Rice

Paul Breene, Mark Brennan, Thomas Buiocchi, Richard DeVall, Robert Gorman, Sabrina Kanner, Jill Miller, Lisa Wager

Barbara Burek, Linda Colmenares, Maria Cutts, Richard Burrell, Bruce Downsbrough, David Hallberg, Lance Jacobson, Jonathan Levin, Mark Manus, Virginia Mara, Kathleen Perras, Fred Pressley, Theron Russell, Steven Sokal, Barbara Taylor

Steven Bauer, Edward Buzak, John Cassella, Allan Eustis III, Michael Kolceski, Randolph Robinson, Kenneth Stranc

Stephen Ehlers, William Halpin, John Hann, Michael Holowaty, Gary Morris, Denis Riva

Stephen Albert, Warren Bagatelle, Donald Cady, Paul Cohen, Arthur O'Loughlin, Charles Roden, Joel Ticknor

Vincent Guerra, Kenneth Haefner, Thomas Lee, Alan MacKinnon, Ian MacDonald, Herbert Round

Arno Gatti, Richard Jesser, Robert Pletman, Mitchell Rabbino, James Richards, Edward Rost III, Samuel Stein, Francis Taormina, Joseph Tofel

John Bourquin, Jr., Edward Craig, Joseph Goldreich, William Hamilton, Edwin Knight, William Marzluff, John Mason, Timothy Mitchell, Donald Sommers, Albert Taggi, Jack Trenner, Robert Trevithick, Thomas Walworth

Stanley Becker, Quintin Cole, A. William Epstein, Stanley Gertz, Martin Heck, John Kilcoin, Jr., Frank Melewicz, Nathan Paul, Edgar Sandman, William Tosh, Richard Williams

William Brockwehl, Norman Chadbourne, James Dickson

Oscar W. Rexford

Frank R. McAllester

Final ReUnion totals will be presented in the November Report of Gifts issue of Union College magazine.

If you have a ReUnion coming up and would like to be a part of your class's ReUnion campaign, contact Deb Balliet, director of the Annual Fund, at (518) 388-6174 or via e-mail at ballietd@alice.union.edu.

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Beuth gift boost library

Posted on Jul 1, 1995

The College received a
$271,875 gift from Philip R. Beuth '54 for the Schaffer Library renovation and expansion project.

Beuth's gift enables the
College to claim-ahead of schedule-the first installment of a $575,000 challenge grant for the library project from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Under the terms of the NEH Challenge, which runs until July, 1998, Union must match federal funding with private gifts at a four-to-one ratio.

Additional commitments received for the renovation and expansion of Schaffer Library include $10,000 from James M. Ramich '67 and $5,000 from Orazio Ottaviano '47. As of press time, commitments to Schaffer Library total just over $5 million.

Other recent gifts, grants and bequests include:

-The Roland D. Ciaranello '65, M.D., scholarship endowment was created with gifts from Roland and Carmella Ciaranello in memory their son, Roland '65. The scholarship will assist premedical students from Schenectady County.

-Three new endowed scholarships have been created by the estate of Donald E. Nitchman '33 ($50,027), Lewis W. Hallenbeck '40 in memory of J. Potter Hallenbeck '10 ($25,000), and E. Glen Wells '27 ($25,000).

-Additions to existing scholarship endowments were received from Michael R Cappiello '39 ($50,000), Patricia and Edward W. Carsky '50 ($11,594), former Dean of Engineering Lawrence J. Hollander ($10,000), and Trustee Stephen J. Ciesinski '70 ($9,151).

-More than $80,000 was received in distributions from trusts and estates. These include distributions from the trusts of Madhu Gokale '27, Codman Hislop '31, Franklyn Millham '32, and Marshall W. Quandt '33.

-Four individuals made gifts totalling more than $60,000 for life income arrangements. Gifts from William L. Johnson '40 and Edwin D. Knight '45 were for the charitable gift annuity program. Gifts from J. Dawson Van Eps '28 and the estate of George F. Cox '26 were for the pooled life income fund.

The Dow Chemical Corporation continued its support of the Chemistry Department with a $10,500 gift. Over the past decade Dow has given $136,500 to Union to support chemistry, primarily by providing scholarships and summer research support for chemistry majors.

The Stillman Prize to encourage outstanding teaching is an endowed prize created by gifts from David I. Stillman '72, Trustee Abbott L. Stillman '69, and Allan Stillman. An initial gift of $25,000 was made in honor of Abraham Stillman, father of Allan and grandfather of David and Abbott.

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Nott Memorial honored again

Posted on Jul 1, 1995

The society, based in Philadelphia, is dedicated to upholding standards of Victorian architecture; the Nott Memorial is considered a prime example of Victorian High Gothic architecture.

In its letter to the College, the society said it was impressed by the professional care and the great expense incurred in the renovation, the creative adaptation to modern uses, and the reopening of the magnificent interior space.

“We applaud the commitment of the College and all associated with this lengthy and eminently successful restoration effort,” the society said.

The society presented a framed certificate to Joseph Mammola, vice president for campus life, at its annual meeting in Cambridge, Mass.

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Affirming a cultural history

Posted on Jul 1, 1995

Discussing various aspects of the Nott Memorial with the Alumni Council were James Alexander, Sarah Landau, Phyllis Lambert, and Paul Turner '62

For students, the restored Nott Memorial is a wonderful place to study.

For visitors, the building and the display it contains about Union's history are a look into the past.

For architects, the Nott is one of the most remarkable buildings in America, and at the April Alumni Council meeting four individuals whose careers center on architecture assessed the building and discussed its importance.

Paul Turner '62, professor of art at Stanford University and author of Campus: An American Planning Tradition, noted that he has spent many years studying the career of the "mysterious" French architect who designed Union, Joseph Jacques Ramee.

Ramee, said Turner, produced a sweeping design that was by far the most ambitious and innovative plan for an American college or university up to that time. Among the many innovations was a central domed rotunda.

"The idea of a simple, circular building goes back in antiquity, with the Pantheon in Rome being a prime model," Turner said. "In America, Ramee's plan for Union apparently was the first design in which a whole institution was conceived and organized around a temple-like structure of this sort."

Thus began a long and important tradition in American architecture, with the most famous example coming only four years after Ramee's design — Thomas Jefferson's plan for the University of Virginia in 1817.

"For many years some architectural historians have wondered if Jefferson may have been influenced by Ramee's plan for Union," Turner said. "The full story is complex, but my conclusion is that Jefferson was indeed influenced by Ramee's plan-not necessarily the whole plan, but one particular aspect, and that is the idea of a domed rotunda as a centerpiece."

Turner said the idea was communicated to Jefferson by the architect Benjamin Latrobe, who must have become familiar with Ramee's plan through contacts in Philadelphia.

Another aspect of the Union campus that has puzzled historians is the original intended use of the Nott. Turner said that it was meant to be the College chapel but that President Eliphalet Nott eventually changed his mind.

Another question frequently asked concerns the discrepancy between the cool, simple, neoclassical style as conceived by Ramee and the "supercharged, High Victorian character" of the Nott as designed by Edward Tuckerman Potter.

"Is the discrepancy good or bad?" Tumer asked.

Turner said that Nott, near the end of his life, still intended to build the central building more or less as Ramee had designed it.

"But the architect he chose, Edward Tuckerman Potter, was understandably more interested in the style of his own day," Turner said. "After Nott's death in 1866, Potter took full advantage of the innovations of his day. The result was two very different styles on the Union campus.

"Would it have been better if the Nott had been built following Ramee's plans?" Turner said. "In this case, the architectural discrepancy is actually a plus.

"First, the building's quality is so great. Second, it is far enough removed from the original Ramee buildings that one can appreciate both modes of architecture on their own terms while still seeing them function together as a unified composition.

"Third, this stylistic variety adds the element of time to the campus," he continued. "It creates a visual record of the cultural change that has occurred over Union's history.

"And finally, the building's present restoration is in itself part of the building's significance, for it adds a new kind of meaning — affirming the importance the College attaches to its cultural and architectural heritage."

To Sarah Landau, professor of art history at New York University, the Nott Memorial signifies the College's emphasis on scientific studies as well as the Victorian view that the arts find their highest perfection when they're associated with architecture.

Although Gothic was the state of the art style for the day, she said, Edward Potter later regretted his design, saying the building should have been more in keeping with the rest of the campus.

Also speaking at the Alumni Council meeting were Phyllis Lambert, founder and director of the Centre Canadien d'Architecture in Montreal, and James Alexander of the architectural firm of Feingold Alexander & Associates, Inc., which designed the restoration of the building.

Lambert paid tribute to the late Daniel Robbins, the May I. Baker Professor of Visual Art at Union, for his continuing efforts on behalf of the Nott, and Alexander described the ideas proposed and decisions made during the renovation project.

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