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Hull, Mayor to Talk on Town-Gown

Posted on Apr 30, 1999

President Roger H. Hull and Schenectady Mayor Albert Jurczynski will
examine “The Union-Schenectady Relationship: Tomorrow” on Monday, May 3, at 7
p.m. in the Nott Memorial.

The leaders will discuss current and future initiatives aimed at improving the college
and the city.

Their talk will cap a three-part series that began April 21 on the Union-Schenectady

Ed Lallier was coordinator of the series, sponsored by Wells House.

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Richardson Speaks on Wednesday

Posted on Apr 30, 1999

Robert D. Richardson Jr., author of acclaimed books on Emerson and Thoreau and on
American literature and myth, will speak on “Sinking Ships, Erupting Volcanos, and
the Writing of Literary Biography” on Wednesday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Everest

He is the author of Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind (1986) and Emerson: The
Mind on Fire
(1995), for which he won the Bancroft Award in History.

His talk is sponsored by the English department.

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For the Record: Faculty, Staff Works Listed

Posted on Apr 30, 1999

John Miller, theater technical director, did the lighting design
for the play, The Shadow Box, which runs for three weekends through May 9 at
Siena's Foy Theater.

Amanda Leamon, associate professor of French, presented a paper titled
“Resurrecting Fantomas: The Genius of Evil in Cendrars' Moravagine,
at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference in Lexington, Ky.

Martha Huggins, Roger Thayer Stone Professor of Sociology, delivered lectures on
her book, Political Policing: the United States and Latin America (Duke 1998) in
the University of San Diego's TransBorder Institute's spring lecture series and
in the University of California at San Diego's Latin American and Pacific
Study's Center spring lecture series. She was also a guest on a one-hour Pacifica
Radio interview and call-in program about Political Policing. In Brazil, her book
was the subect of two published interviews, one in Época, a national news weekly,
the other in the Brazilian Communist Party's Princípios. Her work on Tortured
a book in progress, was featured at the University of Chicago
conference on torture. It was also presented at a Siena College Peace Studies conference.

A.G. Davis Philip, research professor of physics, has published De favoriete
'opname' van …
(My favorite picture …) in the March issue of the Dutch
astronomy journal Zenit. He gave lectures at the University of Mexico in Mexico
City and to a consortium of institutions in Jackson, Miss., under the Shapley Visiting
Lecture Program, which he directs. He also recently had a week of observation time at the
Vatican Observatory on Mt. Graham, Ariz. Philip also is the editor of The Third
Conference on Faint Blue Stars,
the proceedings of a conference he chaired at Union in
1996. He is author of five papers in the volume. Co-editors are Rex Saffer of Villanova
University, and James Leibert of the University of Arizona.

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Loan Site

Posted on Apr 30, 1999

A new Web site should make it easier for students and their parents to deal with the
complexities of student loans.

Developed by Dianne Camp, student loan representative, with assistance from Webmaster
Saul Morse, the site contains information on loans administered by the College. The site
also features downloadable forms for deferment options and cancellation benefits; so
there's no more waiting for forms to be mailed.

The site is at http://www.union.edu/Alumni/Services/StudentLoans/.

“I get tons of calls for forms,” Camp said. “This should make life a lot

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GMI Panel Weighs Education Reform

Posted on Apr 30, 1999

New York State per pupil expenditures are the second highest in the nation, but
achievement scores still rank below the U.S. average. New York has responded with changes
in educational standards and with legislation to allow charter schools. Will that be

On Thursday, May 6, from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Nott Memorial, a panel of education leaders
will discuss “Education in New York State: What Really Needs Reform?” The
discussion will be taped for broadcast on New York State public television beginning in

Seating is reserved. For information, call ext. 6238.

Panelists will include state and local school officials, teachers, school reform
advocates, union leaders and representatives of academia. (See complete list below.)
Moderator will be Ed Dague, anchor of NewsChannel 13, the area NBC affiliate.

Panelists include Dale Ballou, professor of economics, University of
Massachusetts, whose research has focused on regulation and incentives of education
reform, particularly as they affect training, recruitment, retention and compensation of
teachers; John J. Faso, Republican minority leader of the state Assembly, who has
sponsored Charter School legislation and supported funding of abstinence-based education
programs; Lewis Golub, chairman, New York State Business Council, who serves on
college and community boards, and is CEO of Golub Corp., parent company of Price Chopper
Supermarkets; Clifford Janey, superintendent, Rochester City Schools, whose
performance benchmarks have set a national standard; Richard P. Mills,
commissioner, state Education Department, who serves as CEO of the board of regents, which
oversees the most comprehensive state educational system in the nation; and Terry
professor of political science and sociology at Union College, who has done
extensive research on problems disabled children face in public schools. He served nine
years, including president, on the Niskayuna School Board, and was a founder of
Union's MAT program.

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