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Feigenbaum Dedication Is Today

Posted on Oct 25, 1996

The landmark 125-year-old College building that houses the offices of the president and other college administrators is to be dedicated in honor of Armand V. and Donald S. Feigenbaum, principals of General Systems Co., in a ceremony today, Oct. 25, at 4:30 p.m. All members of the campus community are invited.

The Feigenbaum brothers, of Pittsfield, Mass., both received undergraduate degrees at Union, Donald in 1946 (celebrating his 50th ReUnion this year), and Armand in 1942. Armand
Feigenbaum was worldwide manager of manufacturing operations and quality control for General Electric, and Donald Feigenbaum was a top manager in GE's jet engine business when
they founded General Systems Co. thirty years ago. The Pittsfield-based international
engineering firm designs and implements integrated management systems for major
corporations throughout the world; in a recent article, Business Week said of the
Feigenbaums, “Management isn't an art to them; it's a science.”

Union President Roger H. Hull said, “We are pleased to place the Feigenbaum name
on this building to recognize not only their outstanding professional achievements but
also their support and generosity of Union.”

A major gift from the Feigenbaums has been used to update heating, ventilation and air
conditioning in the building, as well as to create a maintenance endowment. The building
— to be named Armand V. and Donald S. Feigenbaum Hall — houses the president's office,
finance office, dean of faculty's office and office of vice president for public affairs.
The building was built in 1871 as a residence for Union President Eliphalet Nott Potter.

When Potter left the college in 1884, the building became a home for two faculty
families. After a fire, the structure was remodeled in 1919 to become the College's
administrative building; up to that time, administrative offices had been scattered across

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Grant To Enhance Special Collections

Posted on Oct 25, 1996

A grant of $250,000 from The Schenectady Foundation to enhance the Special Collections area of Schaffer Library will give local residents greater access to archival and manuscript materials.

The grant is the largest ever made by the Schenectady Foundation, according to Robert Carreau, secretary of the Foundation. The grant comes as Union embarks on a substantial renovation and expansion of its library.

“This is an ambitious renovation and expansion project which will substantially
benefit Union College and the community,” Carreau said. “We are delighted to
play a role in helping to support this tremendous community asset.”

The College's Special Collections area contains a number of rare books, manuscripts and
other items which relate to the history of the College and the local community. Special
Collections — with more than 350 manuscript and archival collections — is popular among
exhibit curators, scientific writers, genealogists, students and teachers.

“Throughout its 201-year history, Union has taken pride in its close association
with the City and County of Schenectady,” said Union President Roger H. Hull.
“We are pleased that The Schenectady Foundation has chosen to further that
association by helping Union to share its historical resources with the community.”

The Schenectady Foundation, a public charitable trust, was established in 1963 to serve
the philanthropic needs of the Schenectady area. The Foundation seeks to assist and
promote the welfare of Schenectady County by funding charitable, scientific, cultural and
educational projects.

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Nott Is Cited By National Trust

Posted on Oct 25, 1996

The College has received the 1996 National Preservation Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the restoration of the Nott Memorial.

Sharing the award with Union were architects Finegold Alexander and Associates Inc. and
contractors A.J. Martini Inc.

President Roger Hull and Trustee Mary Ann MacLean accepted the award on behalf of the
College at the National Preservation Conference last week in Chicago.

“In its restoration of the Nott Memorial, Union College has saved an architectural
masterpiece from the Gilded Age,” said National Trust President Richard Moe.
“The painstaking restoration of this building is a model of good stewardship.”

Each year, the National Trust for Historic Preservation celebrates the best of
preservation by presenting the award. Chartered by Congress in 1949, the Trust is a
non-profit organization with more than 275,000 members. As the leader of the preservation
movement, it is committed to saving America's diverse historic environments and to
preserving and revitalizing the livability of communities nationwide.

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The Idol: Five Tons Of Fun And Paint

Posted on Oct 25, 1996

It was like a cross between a pep rally and Animal House, the assembly of more than 100 students who gathered around the newly-transplanted Idol at Achilles Rink last Thursday night.

Union's most boisterous welcomed the reborn deity — now something of a sports guardian — by singing, chanting, carrying torches, and wearing togas.

Featured performers included freshman bagpiper Alex Bartholomew (in full regalia), the Dutch Pipers and Garnet Minstrelles, Student Forum President Manny Cunanan (dressed in
field hockey uniform, with skirt), Prof. Scott Scullion (in academic regalia, reciting an
original work — in Latin — “Prayer to the Transferred Idol” ) and senior Jesse
Shafer (in toga, translating Scullion's words “for the benefit of our neighbors to
the east who do not enjoy the benefits of a liberal education”).

To end the ceremony, team captains doused the statue in paint and per tradition spread
the paint around the Idol (and each other) with their hands. The event was captured by no
fewer than three local television news stations, which featured it on their 11 p.m.

The 8-foot tall Idol is an ancient Chinese statue of a lion and cub. It was donated to
the College by an alumnus, the Rev. Jacob Farnham, in 1870. Almost from the moment it
arrived, painting the Idol has been a ritual for students. Moved several times during its
stay at Union, the Idol most recently had been in the courtyard where the new F.W. Olin
Center will be built.

Getting the Idol to its new home was no easy matter. After an eight-ton crane failed to
lift the statue, an 80-ton version was called in for the job. Crane operator Lew Sanders
estimated the weight of the object at 10,361 pounds, about 7,000 of which is the buried
base. After a ride on a flatbed truck, the Idol was lowered to its current resting place
just south of the rink.

Prayer to the Transferred Idol (Precatio Idoli Translati): “Oh sacred Idol,
whatever form of beast you may be, rest here as our defense and gracious glory. With your
hideous face and the ever changing radiant glow of a painted trollop, see to it that no
person in the world may know hunger and that college men and women may not know thirst.
Protect our warriors on the fields of battle and malevolently curse the denizens of
RPI.” Audience response: Hoc precamur! (This we pray!)

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Posted on Oct 11, 1996

Football (4-0/3-0 UCAA)

Union 24, Hobart 22

Union 43, Rochester 0

Men's Soccer (3-4-0/1-2-0 UCAA)

Union 2, Vassar 1

Williams 3, Union 1

Rensselaer 4, Union 1

Women's Soccer (3-4/1-3 UCAA)

Binghamton 1, Union 0

Skidmore 1, Union 0

Rensselaer 1, Union 0

Field Hockey (6-2/4-1 UCAA)

Union 1, Rensselaer 0

Union 4, Skidmore 1

Middlebury 4, Union 1

Union 3, Elms College 2 (OT)

Women's Tennis (4-3)

Union 5, Hartwick 0

Union 7, St. Rose 0

Union 8, Oneonta 1

Women's Cross Country (1-2)

At UCAA championships: tied for fourth (of six teams) with Rensselaer with 135 pts.

Men's Cross Country (2-1)

At UCAA championships: fourth of six teams with 90 pts.

Volleyball (8-4)

Union def. Clarkson 15-3, 15-10, 11-15, 15-5

Union def. Hamilton 15-8, 10-15, 15-11, 15-11

Union def. St. Rose 15-7, 8-15, 17-15, 15-12

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