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Roger Boisjoly Is Minerva Speaker

Posted on Apr 26, 1996

Roger Boisjoly, the scientist who defended the original “no launch” decision on the ill-fated Challenger space shuttle mission and who later offered vital testimony about the decision to launch, will speak on “Using Challenger as a Model to
Change Organizational Behavior” on Wednesday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Nott Memorial.

The lecture, part of the College's Minerva Series, is free and open to the public.

Boisjoly, now an ethics lecturer and forensic engineer who offers testimony in investigations of mechanical malfunctions, was a troubleshooter for NASA's solid rocket booster program at the time of the Jan. 28, 1986 Challenger accident.

In pre-launch meetings, Boisjoly argued that the low-temperatures preceding the launch
could compromise the O-rings that join the segments of the solid rocket boosters.
Eventually, NASA managers – over the objections of Boisjoly and others – decided to
proceed. About a minute into launch, an O-ring near the base of the right booster had
failed to the point that escaping hot gasses perforated the main engine, causing an
explosion and the loss of the Challenger and its crew.

Boisjoly uses the case study of the Challenger to discuss management problems that
plague a number of organizations, specifically that managers often do not have enough or
correct information to make decisions and that problems are hidden.

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Campus Mourns Prof. Huntley

Posted on Apr 26, 1996

Charles William Huntley '34, whose association with Union spanned more than one-quarter of the College's existence, died April 17 at Ellis Hospital after a short illness. He was 82.

Bill Huntley's official titles included dean of the College, professor of psychology, chairman of the Psychology Department, secretary of the College, provost, and Gilbert R.
Livingston Professor of Psychology.

Unofficially, he was for many years the College's head groundskeeper, contributing countless hours to planting trees and creating a beautiful campus. He had many other
interests, ranging from birdwatching to antique refinishing, but it was his concern for
the campus' appearance that established his campus legend.

At Union, Huntley was managing editor of Concordiensis, where he showed no
hesitation in campaigning for improvements. The Alumni Association of New York, in giving
him a certificate for devoted service, said he “effectively harnessed the little
realized but immensely powerful influence which undergraduates can exert in shaping the
college offering. Thus, you helped launch the divisional system of education pioneered by
an imaginative faculty group on the campus….”

He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, serving as an instructor of
psychology there and at Radcliffe College during his graduate years. In 1938, he married
Lee Hoffman, his sister's classmate at Emerson College. Mrs. Huntley died in 1987.

In the fall of 1938, Mr. Huntley became an instructor of psychology at Western Reserve
University, now Case Western Reserve, in Cleveland. Three years later, he was named dean
of Adelbert College, the men's college of Western Reserve, at the age of 28. He returned
to Union in 1947 when he was appointed professor of psychology and dean of the College.

Mr. Huntley continued to teach at least one course a semester during his years as dean.
In 1964, when it became apparent that the job as dean was becoming too administratively
demanding and could no longer involve regular teaching, he resigned to return to full-time
teaching. He also was named chairman of the Psychology Department.

He rejoined the administration briefly in 1968 to serve as acting dean of the College.
Ten years later, he was again tapped for administrative service when he became provost of
the College, a post he held for two years. He was named to the Livingston chair in
psychology in 1982 and retired from teaching in 1986.

For many years, Mr. Huntley was a leading force in campus beautification projects. The
campus lost hundreds of trees when Dutch elm disease struck Schenectady in the 1950s, but
a systematic landscaping effort conceived and supervised by Huntley and Professor of Civil
Engineering H. Gilbert Harlow led to the planting of replacement trees and shrubs.

Mr. Huntley was a popular figure on the alumni club circuit, and in recognition of his
service to the College, the Alumni Council presented him with its two highest awards – the
Faculty Meritorious Service Award and the Alumni Gold Medal.

Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Carpenter, of Somers, N.Y., and Elizabeth
Huntley, of Greenfield Center, N.Y.; a sister, Elizabeth Fitch, of Lakeville, Conn.; six
grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be announced. Burial will be in Clifton Park Center Baptist

Contributions may be made to the C. William Huntley Endowed Scholarship Fund in care of
College Relations.

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Posted on Apr 12, 1996

Baseball (5-8/0-4 UCAA)

Union 6, Upper Iowa 2

Missouri Valley 9, Union 1

Colby 11, Union 4

Union 10, Franklin Pierce 7

Union 10, Franklin Pierce 3

Trinity 17, Union 8

Wisconsin – Whitewater 4, Union 3

Union 6, Missouri Valley 5

Union 10, Colby 8

Skidmore 6, Union 1

Skidmore 8, Union 2

RPI 5, Union 0

RPI 9, Union 0

Women's Lacrosse (2-2/1-1)

Union 18, Wells 3

Oneida 15, Union 5

St. Lawrence 15, Union 12

Union 15, Clarkson 5

Men's Track (0-1)

Hamilton 89, Union 74

Women's Track (0-1)

Hamilton 89, Union 50

Men's Lacrosse (0-2)

Oswego 9, Union 5

Hartwick 10, Union 5

Softball (3-11)

Buffalo State 7, Union 0

Williams 3, Union 2

Union 15, Mt. Semarid 3

Southampton 17, Union 3

Buffalo State 7, Union 1

Union 19, MIT 0

Plymouth 15, Union 5

Whitewater 11, Union 1

Southampton 5, Union 4

Whitewater 14, Union 11

Hartwick 5, Union 4

Union 12, Hartwick 2

Williams 12, Union 2

Williams 2, Union 2

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Swim Team Third At Nationals

Posted on Apr 12, 1996

Sophomore Brian Field and junior Mike Humphreys won national championships in the one-meter dive and 100 backstroke, respectively, to lead the men's swimming team to a third-place finish in the NCAA Division III National Championships at Emory College in Atlanta on March 22.

Humphreys won his title by setting a Union record of 50.69 while Field scored 445.6
points to capture the first diving championship in Union history. Field also finished
second in the three-meter event.

The third place trophy represents the team's best showing in the national meet; the
team was fourth last year. This year, the team finished at 7-1 in dual meets, also winning
their second consecutive state championship. Along the way, the swimmers tallied 11
College records.

“This team set some very high standards at the beginning of the year,” said
Coach Judy Wolfe. “They should be very proud of what they have accomplished. I
certainly am.”

Junior Kevin Makarowski became the first Union swimmer to place in the top eight in
three individual events: second in the 200 IM, fifth in the 200 butterfly, and eighth in
the 400 IM. (His time for the 200 IM – 1:52.14 – is a College record which eclipsed
Makarowski's first place time for the event last year.)

Makarowski joined with Humphreys, senior Chris Riley and freshman Jeff Hoerle to finish
fourth in the 400 free relay. The 400 medley team of Humphreys, sophomore Mark Anderson,
freshmen Dave Searles and Makarowski took second. The 800 free relay team of Hoerle,
Riley, Searles and Makarowski finished fifth. The 200 medley relay team of Humphreys,
Anderson, Searles and Hoerle placed third while the 200 free relay of Makarowski, Riley,
Hoerle and Humphreys finished ninth.

Humphreys also took second in the 200 back and 11th in the 50 free. Hoerle was fifth in
the 200 free. Anderson finished 12th in the 200 breaststroke and 10th in the 100
breaststroke. Searles was 14th in the 100 butterfly.

Kenyon topped the 84-team field; Denison was second.

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Chemistry Seminars Set

Posted on Apr 12, 1996

The Chemistry Department is hosting a series of seminars this term. All are set for Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. in N117. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided. By date, they are:

  • April 18, Eileen Skelly Frame, visiting research professor, on “Particle
    Characterization Using Helium Microwave-Induced Plasma Spectrometry.”
  • April 25, Wayne Jones Jr., Binghamton University, on “Photoinduced Electron and
    Energy Transfer in Extended Molecular Systems.”
  • May 2, Mark Liechtenstein '70, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, topic TBA.
  • May 16, Scott Van Arman, Franklin and Marshall, “An Aqueous Fluorescence Probe for
  • May 23, Richard Johnson, the University of New Hampshire, “Pushing the Limits of
    Strained Organic Molecules.”
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