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Enduring Vision explores contemporary works in tradition of Hudson River School

Posted on Jun 25, 1999

Torn Sky by Alex Martin, oil on canvas, 46″ by 64″

Show at Union's Nott Memorial runs through Aug. 15

The tradition of painting in the Hudson River Valley is unparalleled in American art. Since the early 1800s, artists have traveled up the Hudson River, inspired by its pristine beauty, in search of the “divine spirit” inherent in the land. Between 1826 and 1870, Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School of painters embodied this paradigm, gaining deep religious feelings from the landscape. Today, a new generation of painters is drawing on the tradition, at the same time juxtaposing contemporary elements with the timeless beauty that inspired the first generation of artists.

Dietz's Farm by George Wexler, oil on linen, 36″ by 48″

“Enduring Vision: Contemporary Painters of the Hudson River School,” an exhibit that features the works of 18 contemporary artists, is on display through August 15 in the Mandeville Gallery in Union College's Nott Memorial. It is curated by Doug Alderfer-Abbott and Judy Alderfer-Abbott.

Admission is free.

Opening reception is Friday, June 25, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Gallery hours are weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call (518) 388-6004

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Commencement Speech: Raquel A. Millman ’99

Posted on Jun 13, 1999

Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great honor that I present to you the class of 1999. We are a class that was caught somewhere between the way things always were and the way things always will be. We represent a generation of doers. With grandparents who reminded us of a time of innocence, and parents who reminded us of a time of change and revolution, we have been left with older siblings and friends who made up generation X, only so we could take all that we have seen and heard and make our own place in the world. Our lives have been formed by experiences in a transition period. While we once changed our vinyl records on turntable players, we were also the first ones to run to the store for compact discs. While we once wrote letters to friends far away, we now have made the world into a very small place as we check e-mail on a daily basis with friends around the globe. We used to go to roller rinks; now we take our in-line skates everywhere we go. We grew up fast as we watched the Challenger explode in our elementary school classrooms. We feared nuclear war. We also watched the Berlin Wall come down. World peace became more than a slogan, it became a necessity. We thought Star Wars the movie had the most amazing special effects ever to be on the big screen. We remember a time without answering machines, microwave ovens, remote controls and cable, though we can't fathom living without any of them now. We grew up fast as in our teenage years even baseball players went on strike. We became products of the eighties as MTV entered our lives. Prince sang a song about 1999 and it seemed like centuries away. Now, as we sit, about to enter a whole new phase of our lives, the world is at our fingertips. I am confident that we will take it by storm.

We are a class of just under 500 and yet in this small block of twenty-somethings, you will find that together, during our time at Union we have traveled to and studied in every continent of the world. We are a class that has always emphasized tolerance and respect. We have written billions of papers on every topic ranging from the effects of gamma rays to the world according to William Shakespeare. We finished our senior projects and thesis and walked out of a brand new library, facing a campus over two centuries old. Just as we always have, we appropriately leave this campus the way we have lived our lives, somewhere between the past and the future. In our lives we have always walked through marbled buildings lined with ivy and tarnished plaques into modern, corporate-looking environments fully equipped with Internet access in every room. We have always adjusted, and we always will. We enter the real world comforted with the knowledge that we have been in it for quite some time.

Looking around at the microcosm of life that we have been a part of for four years, we turn to the campus which holds more laughter than any place in the world. We will never forget our experiences in the dormitories and classrooms of Union College. And with every memory that enters our minds, a smile instinctually comes across our faces. We jumped from classes, to clubs, to speakers, to parties, and at the end of every day we turned to the people who have made college all that we could have ever wanted it to be. We made new families here and whether we were in a fraternity or not, we all had brothers and sisters at Union College.

Never can we forget meeting our first roommate, orientation, the dreaded Gen-ed courses, Frisbee on west beach, blacklights in the bedrooms, RA's, choosing a major, coming back from winter break and knowing that Union was home, re-choosing a major, snow storms, Chet's, painting the idol, Jackson's Garden, Gepettos, cheering on the hockey team, walking through construction, Springfest, water buffalo, party in the garden, wine and cheese, senior week, and the feeling in our stomachs when we picked up our caps and gowns. Where did these four years go? Somewhere in the laughter and late-night studying, we lost all track of time, and now here we are.

A class of doers. We are the activists of the future and we are well prepared for whatever the world throws to us. On the brink of the millennium, we anticipate greatness. Every door is open to us now. As we walk through each of them, we will never forget to look back. Union will always be a home to us. The lessons and laughs that we have had here have been so loud that they will echo in our minds for the rest of our lives. We are prepared now. We are ready. And if we should ever forget that, the family that we have adopted here will remind us. The little college on the hill has held us in its arms for four short years and given us the knowledge and drive to become the leaders of tomorrow. We look around now and are flooded with a different memory for every building, every field, every professor, every hallway, and every fellow student that we see. Tlese are the times that we will hold onto as we embrace the world tomorrow and each day that follows. Our time here has been rich and it has been priceless. As we approach the millennium, I cannot think of a more intelligent, enthusiastic, caring and exciting group of individuals that I would want to place my confidence in. And I cannot think of a better teacher for the leaders of tomorrow than Union College. It is with these memories and experiences that we embrace the world. Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great honor that I present to you the class of 1999.

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Union College graduates 1999

Posted on Jun 13, 1999

The following received degrees at the Union College Commencement on June 13, 1999 (listed alphabetically by degree). Click on degree to see list or scroll down.

Master of Business Administration

  • Rene Befurt
  • Warren William Bundy, Jr.
  • James Patrick Burnes
  • Adam Franklin Burrick
  • Robert Lincoln Davis
  • John William Dow
  • Tai-Chih Fan
  • John Robert Fradette
  • Hanno Froese
  • Edward Aloysius Horgan Jr.
  • Michael Anthony Insero
  • Kevin Charles Larter
  • John Patrick Law
  • Joseph Gerard Lochner
  • Deborah Ann Loffredo
  • John Francis Love
  • Alyssa Simone Lynch
  • Michael David Martuscello
  • Quoc Tien Nguyen
  • Mayur Bhupendra Patel
  • Grant Reed Pollock
  • Keith Patrick Quackenbush
  • Wendy Fletcher Race
  • Peter James Savage
  • Alissa Dawn Smidt
  • Karl Tammar
  • Daniel Robert Tommasone
  • Scott Michael Trzaskos
  • Jon Aaron Tucciarone
  • Paul Thomas Wersten
  • Tracy Ann Whitman
  • Robert Blair Wilson

Master of Business Administration (Accounting)

  • Katherine Mina Brazeau
  • Joseph Michael Caruso
  • Brian James Corcoran
  • Rebecca Page Dochat
  • Michael Joseph Guilianelli
  • Paul Anthony Ingram
  • Kimberley Marie Mangino
  • Deborah Ann McClure
  • Rachael Siegelman

Master of Business Administration (Health Systems Administration)

  • Jonathan Lee Becker
  • Susan Romayne Bentley
  • Eric David Bettinger
  • Tony Roy Brown
  • Seth Camhi
  • Craig William Champion III
  • Amy A. Drabinski
  • David James Gasperack
  • Conor Patrick Jennings
  • Catherine Jane Kulbako
  • Amy Anil Mehta
  • John D. Minehan
  • Bharat Kishin Navani
  • Christopher Richard Nobes
  • Christopher Louis Noel
  • Michael Steven O'Connor
  • Richard Edward Posada
  • Trevor Carl Rueckert
  • Neha Mahendra Shah
  • Frederic Parkhurst Skinner Jr.

Master of Business Administration (International Management)

  • Kevin Darrell Ettrich
  • James Tolman Caldwell Moore

Master of Science

  • Jody Rose

Master of Science (Computer Management Systems)

  • Benedikt Blomberg
  • Thomas Joseph McDermott
  • David William Owens
  • Ravi Panjwani
  • Michele Judith Skiba

Master of Science (Computer Science)

  • Brian Michael Breslin
  • Theodore David Hercamp
  • Michael Christopher Hetz
  • Jian Li
  • John William Parks
  • Michael Patrick Smith
  • Richard Edmund Zakrzewski

Master of Science (Engineering)

  • Ayed Saad Al-Harbi
  • Barki Baraka Aljida'ani
  • James Richard Apple
  • Steven Kirk Brown
  • Paul James Cassidy
  • Amita S. Deshpande
  • Benoit Loie Dupuy
  • Animesh Swatantra Gupta
  • Darryl Keith Kelly
  • Claude Leseur
  • Mohammad Asmai Mandili
  • Brendan F. Sexton
  • Gregory Francis Stasik
  • Petr Styblo
  • Peter Thomas Voorhis
  • Stephen Randolph Walcott
  • Ananda Widjaja
  • Farid Samir Youssef

Master of Science (Health Systems Management)

  • Nicole Francesca Andrews
  • Kellie Jean Fisher
  • James Mandell
  • Raquel Dede Mintah
  • Robert James Nichols

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Master of Science (Industrial Administration)

  • Alejandro Cesar Lopez
  • Kimberley Royce Marshall
  • Steve Daniel Sawicki

Master of Arts in Teaching

  • Donna Avita Allman
  • Alison Michelle Auerbach
  • Heather Elizabeth Auletta
  • Jonathan Drew Bain
  • Karen Bonner Bonventre
  • Kathryn Blase Brown
  • Jay Lawrence Connelly
  • Jessica Erin Cornwall
  • Amy Louise Crouse
  • Catherine Taylor Curvin
  • Douglas Lawrence Dakin
  • Mark Douglas Davis
  • Marnie Beth DeJohn
  • Davia Rose Pizzino Dymond
  • James Raun Edgar III
  • Roger Edward Gaboury
  • Thaddeus Peter Gemski
  • Ben Allan Goodhue
  • Peter Lawrence Gregory
  • Mary Eileen Hamilton
  • John Christopher Haun
  • James Christian Haver
  • Mary Margaret Hlywa-Swears
  • Marika Grigsby Holland
  • Wendy Adele Jacques
  • Jenna Bethany Kitchen
  • David John Lang
  • Desiree Ann Lovell
  • Lauren McGuire
  • Matthew Scribner McKeeby
  • Victoria L. Mesopir-Iossel
  • Jessica Niles Newell
  • Jennifer Lynn Ordon
  • Jennifer Rebecca Plotnik
  • Lindsay Elizabeth Porter
  • Alexandra Rella
  • Marilyn Flavie Skeete
  • Colin J. Terry

Master of Science for Teachers

  • Jason Angelo DeRocco
  • John Joseph Gara

Co-Valedictorians: Daniel Jason Kelmanovich, Bachelor of Science summa cum laude, Union Scholar

Edward Lorenc Jacob Valachovic, Bachelor of Science summa cum laude

Bachelor of Arts

  • Jessica-Wind Pia Abolafia, cum laude
  • Ibrahim Dikko Adamu
  • Sarah Folk Ahart, cum laude
  • Ryan Tharen Almstead, cum laude
  • Mark Lee Anderson
  • Michael H. Anderson
  • Ryuji Arano
  • Mary Katherine Aspnes
  • Kristen Lynn Badman
  • David Ireson Barclay II
  • Adam John Basch
  • Sorelle Beth Berger
  • Matthew Lawrence Bergtraum
  • Tara Anne Blagys
  • Stephen Albert Bogdan
  • Joel Elliot Bond, cum laude
  • Christine Marie Bower
  • Ryan F. Boyd
  • Toby Bradford
  • Lauren Amy Brecher, cum laude
  • Dina Beth Bronstein
  • Garrett Benjamin Brown
  • Scott M. Brown
  • Aldo Justin Brunetti
  • Kathleen Anne Bugden
  • Betsy Jean Butterfield
  • Fenna Madeleine Calder
  • Justin Everett Campbell
  • Richard Ryan Caputo
  • Peter Mark Casola
  • Max Joseph Catalano
  • Deborah B. Cederbaum
  • Patrick S. Chang
  • Jennifer Marie Chapman
  • Alexander Paine Chaucer
  • Cass Andrea Ciavarra
  • Kate Cimini
  • Charles Elias Clark III
  • William Samuel Clark, Jr.
  • Eric Seth Cohen
  • Loren Emmerson Cole
  • Margit Swenson Conopask
  • Karena Louise Cronin, cum laude
  • Bryan David Cudmore
  • Michael John D'Aleo
  • Rebecca Leigh Danchik
  • Todd M. Dannhauser
  • Eli Samuel Davis
  • Hannah Leah Davis
  • Cassandra N. Dawes
  • Lindsay Hayward Deak
  • Angelo C. DeFrancesco
  • Lauren Nicole Dellheim
  • Frank Chal DeLorenzo, Jr., magna cum laude
  • Michael Francis DeMicco
  • James B. Dereshinsky
  • Adam Eric Deutsch
  • Spass Strahilov Dimitrov
  • magna cum laude
  • Andrew George Dorin
  • Christine Elizabeth Douglas, cum laude
  • Jamie Parker Drown
  • Jesse J. Edelman
  • Barry Mitchell Eisenberg
  • Christopher Todd Ellis
  • Craig Taylor Ellman
  • Marie Kristine Erickson, cum laude
  • Elizabeth Helen Fancher, cum laude
  • Angela Marie Farina
  • Courtney Linda Feeley, cum laude
  • Tracy Lynn Fogarty
  • Heath L. Fradkoff
  • Jaime Leigh Freilich
  • Alison Jean Galgay
  • Jonathan Atkins Gasthalter
  • Heather Marie Germann, magna cum laude
  • Rachel Getty
  • Emily Frances Gewehr
  • Umber Mame Gold, summa cum laude
  • Brian Sebastian Goldberg, cum laude
  • Ari Ross Gottlieb
  • David Andrew Gould
  • Jessica Anne Goveia, cum laude
  • Genevieve Lyra Graham
  • Jill Ellen Grant
  • Kendra Deanne Gray
  • Ruth Elizabeth Green
  • Monica Anne Greenman
  • Lawrence J. Gutman, cum laude
  • Benjamin Laird Hanslin
  • Franklin Tyler Hardy
  • Jeffrey P. Harrigan
  • Sarah Louise Harsh, magna cum laude
  • Aaren Hatalsky, magna cum laude
  • Brian Hava
  • Mary Hope Hayes
  • Philip Brian Herman
  • Jazzie Hernandez
  • Gillian Elizabeth Higgins
  • Thomas Edward Hipple
  • Molly Elizabeth Hood
  • Eric Houle
  • Stephen Dustin Hoyt, Jr.
  • Andrew Scott Huml
  • William Thomas Humphreys
  • Monica M. Ihnatowicz
  • Jessica Lynn Jenkins
  • Shaun Robert Edwards Jenkins
  • Keith B. Jewell
  • Heather Lynn Joines
  • Victoria Lee Jones
  • Liam Breier Joynt, magna cum laude
  • Rufus Morgan Judson
  • Nicholas Jon Kammerman
  • Anastasios Paul Karabinis
  • Jana Michelle Karp
  • Janci Lynne Karp, cum laude
  • Monica Kaushal
  • Ritu Kaushal
  • Craig Andrew Kazmierczak
  • Jason Michael Kellman
  • Shana Allison Kleinman
  • Kathleen Marie Klemm, magna cum laude
  • Erik Allen Koenitzer
  • Jeremy D. Lamb
  • Denise Eileen Lapierre
  • Kirsten Bartlett Lauber
  • Shannon J. Lawlor, cum laude
  • Heather Marie Leet, summa cum laude
  • Christopher Gerome Leone
  • Dana Linde
  • Alison Beth Litt
  • Lauren Melissa Grow Locke
  • Jacob Nathan Luskin
  • Katherine Ferris MacDowell, cum laude
  • Jodi Beth Mace, cum laude
  • Elen Brenna Maguire
  • Orit A. Manham
  • Kurt Warren Martel, cum laude
  • Ewa Maryniak, cum laude
  • Dana Lauren Maselli
  • Dana Michelle Masser
  • Francis P. Maxwell, Jr.
  • John Lawrence McCarthy
  • Stephen Christopher McDermott
  • Megan Ellen McKeever
  • Conor Brian McKenzie
  • David Paul Meron, Jr.
  • Hugh Ari Meyer
  • Carrie Julia Middleton
  • Erika Adele Migliaccio, magna cum laude
  • Andrea A. Miller, cum laude
  • Raquel Alexandria Millman, magna cum laude
  • Leigh Ann Moriarty
  • Evan Lewis Morris, cum laude
  • Ellen Bormann Morrison
  • Emily Blythe Morse, cum laude
  • Robert J. Moser, cum laude
  • Sarah Bradley Moss
  • Quinlan Daniel Murphy
  • Eric Marc Nathanson, cum laude
  • Joseph James Necroto
  • Quoc Tien Nguyen
  • Stephanie Anne Norton
  • Shoko Okado
  • Brent Michael Ozarowski
  • Anthi Christina Pafitis
  • Alexander Llorente Panlilio
  • Dawn Marie Parisi, cum laude
  • Elizabeth Anne Pekin
  • Jennifer Beth Pelose
  • Daniel Mark Pesikoff
  • Robert Maxwell Petrie, Jr.
  • Angelo Antonio Pezzuto
  • Sara Barrett Place, cum laude
  • Bernice Polanco, cum laude
  • John Arthur Poor
  • John Richard Popp, cum laude
  • Jesse J. Prisco, cum laude
  • Hilary L. Prouty, cum laude
  • Hemwatie Ramasami
  • Autumn Hill Renn, cum laude
  • Rebecca Jill Resnick
  • Chastity Tara Richardson
  • Daniel Francis Rickson
  • David Conway Robbins
  • Danielle Marie Rock
  • Christian Roessler, magna cum laude
  • Jason Michael Rosenstock
  • Yoav Roth, cum laude
  • Jermel Uniqul Royal
  • James N. Rozakis
  • Susanna Dai Ryan
  • Sunil Alison Sampson
  • Michael Seth Samuel
  • Jason Calvin Scherman
  • Randi Nicole Scherz
  • Sloane Elizabeth Schuster, cum laude
  • Lindsay D. Schwartz, cum laude
  • Marc Jared Schwartz
  • Rebecca Schwartz, cum laude
  • Rachel Ann Sheriff
  • Brad A. Shone
  • Leeor Shtrom
  • Stephanie Joy Shupe, cum laude
  • Sloane Bree Silver
  • Andrew Jonathon Silverman, magna cum laude
  • Justin Anthony Simon
  • Michalena Marie Skiadas
  • Stephanie Ann Slobotkin, cum laude
  • Alissa Dawn Smidt
  • Sarah Patricia Sportman
  • Michela Dora Stangle
  • Nathaniel Scott Stedman, magna cum laude
  • Jessica E. Stover, cum laude
  • Katherine Margot Swanson, cum laude
  • Mark Theodor Szucs
  • Donny Tam
  • Candice Tracy Taylor
  • Jennifer Seda Terzian
  • Brian S. Torrey
  • Jason Anthony Turi
  • James Edward Tyner
  • Alyssa R. Valove
  • Johanna A. Van Der Sterre, cum laude
  • John Visconti
  • Edward Benedict Wallace III
  • Li-Hsin Wang
  • Lauren Paige Waxman
  • Michaela P. Whittet
  • Beth Anne Wierzbieniec
  • Donald Mark Richard Will, cum laude
  • Justine Louise Willey
  • Michael Leo Williams
  • Maura Randall Woessner
  • Celia A. Wolfson
  • Jonathan M. Yarkony
  • Alexis Mary Zerendow
  • Aaron Richard Ziff
  • Ron Jacob Zuckerman

Bachelor of Science

  • Vicki Dawn Abrams
  • D. Shayne Aldrich
  • Lilith Amado
  • Ajita Amin
  • Caryn Lynne Anapolsky
  • Nicole Francesca Andrews
  • Katherine Murray Anthony, cum laude
  • Hope Sara Arnoldt
  • Wendy Heather Babcock
  • Emily Sara Becker
  • Alexander James Begin
  • Timothy R. Benson
  • Lagen Asbury Biles
  • David J. Blatt
  • Kimberly Lynn Bolster
  • Steven Michael Borer, cum laude
  • Elaine Vanessa Borja
  • Shannon Marie Briggs, cum laude
  • Jennifer Lynn Brown
  • Brandy Beth Bryden, summa cum laude
  • Neil Edward Buhrmaster
  • Jamie Blair Bunchuk
  • Sarah Elizabeth Burman
  • Paul Anthony Cantelmi
  • John Walter Carbone, magna cum laude
  • Peter James Castiglia
  • Jacqueline Chandler
  • Joshua Joseph Chaplin
  • Jennifer Elizabeth Chick
  • Rajasekhar Chilakapati
  • Daniela Assunta Chiulli
  • Euna A. Chung, magna cum laude
  • Megan Eileen Ciani
  • Ryan Michael Cohen
  • Matthew Douglas Cossey
  • Jason Daniel Cyboron
  • Lisa Ann Decker
  • Jennifer L. DeLucca
  • Melanie Marie Douglass
  • Robert A. Eden, summa cum laude
  • Allison Heather Eliscu, magna cum laude
  • Jeffrey Edward Fawcett
  • Richard Howard Fein
  • Michelle F. Feingold
  • Alan Christian Feutz
  • Christopher Joseph Fiato
  • Hilary Margaret Fitts, cum laude
  • Kellie Jeanne Forrestall
  • Christopher Alexander Frazer
  • Erika Lynne Friedrich
  • Joellen Melissa Gadomski, cum laude
  • Mary Elizabeth Garofolo, magna cum laude
  • Fredric Warmers Gibney
  • Jenna Kaye Glaser
  • Dana Joy Goldberg, cum laude
  • Jennifer Mildred Graziosa
  • Christopher D. Greene
  • Marc Evan Grozalsky
  • Jeffrey Talbot Guptill, cum laude
  • Carrie Lee Heroth, magna cum laude
  • Jeffrey Mark Hoerle, magna cum laude
  • Todd Robert Hollenbach
  • Mansfield Joseph Holmes
  • Gabrielle Britt Holtz
  • Timothy John Hulihan
  • Sibu Janardhanan
  • Min Kyung Jeon
  • Amber F. Johnston
  • Manpreet Kaur Kalsi, cum laude
  • Kasey Erin Keenan
  • Daniel Jason Kelmanovich, summa cum laude, Union Scholar
  • Michael Thomas Korcynski
  • Jonathan Marc Kreevoy
  • Alyscia Danielle Kuritz
  • Farah Naushir Lalani, cum laude
  • Linda Linh Christina Lam, summa cum laude
  • Ji Hyun La Rose
  • Amanda Eden Lawrence
  • Deborah Ellen Leif, cum laude
  • Michael Glenn Lewis
  • Bryan Richard Lincoln
  • Jeremy Alexander Lynch, magna cum laude
  • Kathryn A. Lyons
  • Carrie Koss Madsen
  • Thomas Stephen Marino
  • Aimee J. Marko
  • Abigail Mandell Marks, cum laude
  • Victor Adolfo Caraballo Martinez
  • Ryan D. Martinson, cum laude
  • Kelly Day Marx, magna cum laude
  • Matthew John Mauriello, cum laude
  • Charity McManaman, magna cum laude
  • Andrew P. McWilliams
  • Shontel Sarah Meachem
  • Sean Adam Metrose
  • Amanat Amy Miglani, summa cum laude
  • Peter W. Milsky, M.D.
  • Matthew Joseph Modderno, cum laude
  • Michael Monarchi, magna cum laude
  • Joshua Adam Mondlick
  • Tara Kathleen Morcone, cum laude
  • Jessica Lauren Moss, cum laude
  • Twyla F. Muller
  • Sean P. Murphy
  • Christine Cho Nwe Win Myo, magna cum laude
  • Michelle D. Neier, cum laude
  • Ryan Nelson
  • Jessica April Paige
  • Shyam Mukund Parkhie, magna cum laude
  • Nipa Vinodrai Patel, cum laude
  • Brian Carlyle Peek
  • Matthew Charles Peluso
  • Dominick M. Pitaniello
  • Eric D. Pomerantz
  • Sudheer Potluri
  • Christopher Michael Powers
  • Alison Erin Prestia, magna cum laude
  • Colleen Ann Quigley
  • Nicole Carmel Rabideau
  • Aaron Ramsey Reidy, cum laude
  • Alyssa Ann Reisman
  • Christina Haejung Rho, summa cum laude
  • Alissa B. Riba
  • Shayna Caroline Elizabeth Roberts, summa cum laude
  • Floren Robinson
  • Wayne Lawrence Roffer, cum laude
  • Courtney L. Rogers
  • Sarah Beth Rome
  • Julissa Milagros Rosario
  • Kathleen Marie Ruggiero
  • Emilie Amanda Ruglis, cum laude
  • Jeremy Daniel Sack, magna cum laude
  • Steven James Salimbas
  • Taryn A. Samol
  • Elisabeth Sand-Freedman
  • Kafi Nsombi Sanders
  • David B. Schonbrun
  • Kelly Ann Schrade
  • Christine Ann Schrader, cum laude
  • David Mott Searles
  • Robert Joseph Senska III, cum laude
  • Michael Robert Sherwood
  • Corinne Gabrielle Shiffman, cum laude
  • Marla Blair Siegel
  • Jeffrey Raymond Simard, magna cum laude
  • Matthew John Simmons
  • Richard Joseph Simmons, cum laude
  • Emily Gail Simon
  • Kristen Beth Slawinski
  • Shalini Sood, magna cum laude
  • Jeremy Paul Spiegel
  • Kimberly Renee Springer, summa cum laude
  • Lisa Marie Stanek, magna cum laude
  • Erica Lynn Stechenberg
  • Brian Scott Stone, summa cum laude
  • Jennifer Lynn Stratton, magna cum laude
  • Beth Leigh Syat, cum laude
  • Elina Tabenshlak, magna cum laude
  • Joshua M. Taub
  • Jenifer Diane Taylor
  • Joelle Ariana Tisch
  • Jennifer Sarah Trotts, summa cum laude
  • Edward Lorenc Jacob Valachovic, summa cum laude
  • Laura A. Van Varick
  • Maria Louisa Vianna
  • Amber Lynne Vosko
  • Spencer Alan Wanderer
  • Jill Lauren Weiner, cum laude
  • Dana Michelle Weinkranz
  • Josef H. Weissberg, M.D.
  • Assaf Yosha, magna cum laude
  • Jonathan Moshe Zandman
  • Brett Greer Zani

Bachelor of Science (Civil Engineering)

  • David Wesley Ball, Jr., cum laude
  • John Anthony Battisti, summa cum laude
  • Leslie Boyd Bedell
  • Michael Paul Bush
  • Rachael Beth Callahan, cum laude
  • Timothy Charles Ericson
  • Kathleen Lynch Farrell
  • David Michael Greenberg
  • Eric Michael Hammer
  • Sarah Augusta Hyde
  • Kristopher James Lovelett, cum laude
  • Dennis John McNerney
  • Charles Jason Parish
  • Chad Weller Schneider
  • Geoffrey Reed Scott
  • David Thomas Stodden

Bachelor of Science (Computer Systems Engineering)

  • Barry Michael Baker, cum laude
  • William Raymond Desrochers, Jr., cum laude
  • Daniel Jacob Feldman
  • Bianca Lynn Prumo
  • Scott Brogan Sawyer

Bachelor of Science (Electrical Engineering)

  • Thomas Leonard Boink
  • Gregory Buttner
  • Sonia Paola Coppola
  • Shaun Philip Montana, magna cum laude
  • David Barry Northup
  • Matthew Michael Pecorelli
  • William Edward Riley, Sr., cum laude
  • Aleksandr Sokolovskiy

Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering)

  • Faried Mohammed Anwari
  • Steven F. Baumgartner
  • Daniel James Duphily
  • Sahar Asem Elkenani
  • Peter Andrew Flynn
  • Eric C. Frewin
  • Sarah Elizabeth Gelston
  • Philip Martin Haynes
  • Thomas A. Jenne
  • Brett Allen Lussier, summa cum laude
  • Christopher Giovanni McPherson
  • John P. O'Neill, Jr.
  • Pasquale Tommaso Pilato
  • Aaron Sussman Pincus
  • George Plakas
  • David Stephen Poindexter
  • Martiqua Leigh Post, cum laude
  • Vincent Joseph Rigosu, Jr.
  • Charles Winfield Robertson
  • Jacob H. Rower, cum laude
  • Yuichiro Seki
  • Simon Peter Storm
  • Scot Strevell
  • David J. VanBuren
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Commencement : Remarks by Raymond V. Gilmartin ’63

Posted on Jun 13, 1999

President Hull, members of the faculty and administration, parents, family members, friends — and most of all the Class of 1999: it is an honor and a privilege to be here with you today.

As a proud graduate of Union College, and an even prouder parent of three college graduates, I am familiar with the feelings of excitement, joy, and anticipation this day brings.

I recall similar feelings on my very first day at Union, forty years ago, in September of 1959. I had spent most of my life within a radius of about fifty miles of my hometown of Sayville, Long Island. The trip to Union was a big one for me — I arrived on campus with my parents in a black and white 1956 Ford station wagon, and it was the farthest I'd been from home in more than one way. I was the first person in my immediate family to attend college.

It was a different time then — a different world. Alaska and Hawaii had just been admitted to the Union. The Dow Jones was at six hundred seventy-nine — but few people off Wall Street even knew what it was. An epic semi-historical movie, Ben-Hur, was tops at the box office. Today, the Dow is over 11,000, and you hear about it on every street. Today, it's the lines of Europe that are changing, not America. And an epic semi-historical movie holds the box office record. Well, some things never change.

Union too, has both retained its wonderful traditions, yet evolved and grown with the times. I've had the privilege to serve as a trustee, and I've come to all but one of my class reunions. As good as the school was when I was a student, I have seen it become stronger and stronger over the years. The educational experience has advanced, and the campus has grown: it looks terrific. The students — all of you — are far more sophisticated, and even more representative of the best minds in our society than in my day — especially since Union went co-ed.

The first thing I learned at Union was to say, Union College in Schenectady, New York. (Saying it that way pre-empted the inevitable “Union College… where's that?”) Even after the business school (in Cambridge, Massachusetts), I would still say with pride when asked where I went to school: Union College… in Schenectady, New York.

The second thing I learned was that many of my classmates were very, very smart. As an electrical engineering major, I was horrified to discover that so many of them had graduated from Bronx Science, having taken far more advanced courses in high school than I had. I was in a calculus course for two days wondering why the professor was talking so much about special relations — he was from the Midwest — before I discovered he meant spatial relations.

At Union, I pursued things I enjoyed and tried my best to do well. Despite my major, I decided to try History of the English Novel — offered at 8 a.m. on Saturday mornings. (Yes, they did have classes on Saturdays back then — I told you things had changed for the better.) I'd played football in high school, and at 145 pounds, I expected to play at Union too. And I did, even though the guy next to me trying out for the team was 6'7″ and weighed 250. I also played lacrosse, and was on the wrestling team. But probably the best thing I did was serve as junior and senior class president — because I learned more about my classmates than I ever could have imagined. I was amazed to learn of the variety of their interests — in academia and sports, in civics and the arts. At reunions, it's been great to see what became of these brilliant and creative people who used to be at the Concordiensis or on the football fields or in the labs. I'm always impressed by the people from Union.

I found my time here exhilarating — a time of rising expectations and rising confidence in the future and in myself. Union gave me — someone from a small town –the opportunity to try new things and meet people from diverse backgrounds, expanding my horizons intellectually and socially. I have a great admiration for the school, and I strongly believe that what I learned here has been an important factor in what I've been able to do since. I can see now just how critical my experience was to my career.

After graduation, I joined Eastman Kodak as a development engineer. After a stint in the Army, I went back to Kodak. At that point, my parents thought I was all set: I was an engineer working for a big company, and I was married. When I told them I was going back to business school, they were mystified. The concept of graduate business school was unclear to them, and they wanted to know if everything was all right.

My wife, Gladie, and I were almost unaware of any risk in the venture. We just moved to Boston, armed only with my tuition fellowship. We had no money, having spent all of Gladie's savings the year before to buy furniture, and our parents were not in a position to help. She was about to become our sole means of financial support.

After business school, I took my first job, in management consulting at Arthur D. Little. My parents were again mystified by my career move, and when I told my father I was going to work for a consulting firm, he couldn't get over the fact that at my level of experience, I would actually be getting paid for giving business advice. After a time, my father reached some resolution and said to me one day, “I don't have the slightest idea what you do for a living, but you seem to be doing all right.”

Gladie and I lived then as we do now: with the sense that no matter how satisfied we may be at any given time, we feel that whatever we are doing will not be the last thing we will ever do. We felt then, and we do now, that there will always be another possibility — undefined, but another possibility.

Tom Wolfe has said that the future will be nothing like you imagine. The specific social change that led him to make this statement was one never imagined in his youth — indeed, one that would have caused upheaval and outrage from all quarters at the time. That unforeseen radical shift was the institution in American colleges of co-ed dorms.

The point is, what will seem natural in hindsight may seem unlikely or even impossible now. The developments in my life — these were never things I specifically sought. I just had confidence and a sense of potential. I didn't know where it would lead. I didn't even know that this was the “right” way of thinking — after all, many of my classmates, like many of you, did have specific goals in mind. But the one thing I think I knew even then was that we don't find our paths — we make them. And I started to think about what kind of path I wanted to make — not necessarily where I wanted it to take me. Building that path changed me, and determined my future — just as the choices you make and the paths you build — with your parents, on your own, and with your future family, will determine your future.

I've shared with you a little about my own background this morning — fairly standard, perhaps, for a fellow Union graduate and your commencement speaker. But the point is not what I have become in my life, it's what you have the potential for in yours. In that spirit, I will offer you a few points of advice on your graduation day. After all, it's traditional, and your parents wouldn't feel they were getting their money's worth if I didn't (though I promise not to talk about sunscreen). I've been told on good authority that people can retain three pieces of advice from a speech — but because you're Union-educated, I'm confident that you can handle four.

1) Take risks

I was lucky enough to have a close relationship with my parents, and one thing that my father said to me years ago has stayed with me ever since. He said, “You've always been successful in everything you've tried. So much so, that people expect it from you and take it for granted. I've wondered how you would react if you failed at something.” My father was telling me that I would most likely at some point experience failure and setbacks — like we all do. But what would matter would be how I reacted to them and handled them. This simple observation freed me to take chances, to risk failure, to believe in myself and in my ability to handle the adversity that is inevitable in all our lives.

And I've always found it's better to follow your heart and your instincts, to “dare mighty things” as Theodore Roosevelt put it, even if you do fail. The rewards you reap will be great. And you will find that your greatest opportunities come when you are called upon to take risks or to handle failure. As you build your path, don't always take the safest way, even if it assures easy success. Climb higher, and take risks.

2) Follow your instincts

Many of you are building paths in life that are different from mine — perhaps different from the past experiences of your family, and different from what your friends are doing. Believe in yourself. Follow your instincts. Pursue what you enjoy — whether it's writing or teaching or the arts or the sciences. At my age, no one reflects on his or her life thinking: I probably shouldn't have taken the time to do what genuinely fulfilled me. The only regrets you will have are opportunities not taken.

You may not gain the kind of immediate rewards on which our society places value: fast promotions, high salaries, and so on. Remember, you are building your path, not focusing on specific milestones along the way. Don't just do things simply for the sake of a raise or a promotion or a byline. I forgot this lesson a little while back, when during a conversation with my daughter Beth, I mentioned — as casually as I could — that BusinessWeek had named me one of the top 25 global managers. Her response — which perhaps I should have expected, and I certainly deserved — was, “Oh really? What number were you?”

3) Act ethically

We hear a great deal about ethics and values these days — much of it negative or exclusionary. But when we were young, I think most of us learned basic ethics: Don't lie, don't cheat, don't steal. Share what you have with others. Treat others with respect.

Unfortunately, as we get older, there is a tendency to view things relatively. Don't cheat too much on your taxes. Don't lie to your friends. My third piece of advice: maintain your integrity, your own personal values, and the highest ethical standards.

In our lives, results do matter — as your parents, professors, and graduate school and job applications have no doubt made clear. But equally important — and sometimes even more so — is how you achieve those results. And genuine success depends on your values and your ethics. Always know what you're doing, and why. Sometimes this will be very difficult. Others may tell you that it's impossible to maintain certain values, because that's not the way it's done. For example, some people say that bribery of officials in other countries is part of doing business, and that's just the way it is. Some say that aggressive marketing means bending the rules; otherwise you can't win. I completely disagree. Not only do I think it's possible to succeed while maintaining ethical standards, I think it's the only way.

And treating others with dignity and respect is not only right, but it means that you'll end up surrounding yourself with the best and most talented people. What's more, people will help you in ways you would never expect, or perhaps even know about. People will want to promote you or work for you. Another plus: you'll never have to remember to keep your stories straight.

You may be wondering at this point — Does this advice actually work in the real world — or is it just hindsight? Well, of course it's hindsight — I'm distilling the failures and successes of forty years. But it really does work.

A few years ago, I, like you, embarked on an entirely new adventure — taking a new job at Merck, entering a world in which I was completely unknown, and having to build a new path. The Wall Street Journal reported the investment community asking, “Who is this guy?”

How did I make things work? I made it clear that I was willing to take the risks necessary to lead a company in an industry that was facing difficult times. I made it clear that I was not just in it for immediate results or personal glorification, but for the long haul. I made it clear that I was committed to the values and ethics that informed Merck's 100-year history. I made it clear I was determined to do the right thing — and that I could identify completely with Merck's long-standing philosophy, best expressed by George W. Merck, a former CEO and the son of our founder. He said, “Medicine is for the people, not for the profits. The profits follow, and if we have remembered that, they have never failed to appear.”

In building your own path, take risks. Pursue your dreams. Don't expect immediate rewards. Pay attention to how you do things, conducting yourself ethically and treating others with dignity, and it will seem natural for you to lead — and you will be asked to lead. High standards inspire the confidence and trust of others, helping to create the conditions you will need to be successful.

Like me, you'll need to inspire confidence and trust among your new colleagues or classmates or professors, and you'll need to get others to share their talents and experiences. This isn't just a management philosophy, it's plain old advice, like I promised.

And that brings me to the final piece, if you've been counting. As all parents know, children rarely spare criticism for their elders, so praise is golden — when we get it. Recently, my daughter Beth paid me a great compliment — without being fully aware, at the time, of its significance to me. We had a guest at dinner who was talking about his experience as a CEO, all the demands on his time from travel and long hours, and his feeling that as a result, he had not been available to his family. Beth said to me later that night, “You were never like that.” Which brought home to me that even if there were some designation of top global manager, it was far more important to my family and to me that I was there when I was needed.

So my last piece of advice is to remember what's really important. As a parent who's been on both sides of a few graduations, I can tell you that regardless of what you achieve according to the measurements of our society or of others, the most important times are ones like today: ones that you share with your family and friends. So let your parents take all the pictures they want to today, no matter how much you want to do something — maybe anything — else. Trust me on this one.

To the Class of 1999: congratulations. You have achieved so much, but you have only just begun. I wish you the best as you build the future, for yourselves and for our society.

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Colleges Embracing Towns Once Held at Arm’s Length

Posted on Jun 6, 1999

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — General Electric has pulled the plug on the Electric City, shifting its corporate campus to the Connecticut suburbs, scattering its factories around the world. But Union College cannot just pack up and move to a better place. It's stuck in Schenectady.

So in the tradition of the old GE slogan, Union president Roger Hull is trying to bring good things to life. He co-founded Schenectady 2000, a major effort to rejuvenate the city's dismal downtown. He launched the Union-Schenectady Initiative, pouring Union money into the blighted College Park neighborhood at the western edge of his campus. And he revived town-gown relations in a city where Union was once known as “the Island,” the ivory tower oasis in this urban desert. Mayor Al Jurczynski now calls the College Park project “the best thing to happen to this city in 50 years.”

“Union was always like the Vatican in Rome, a city isolated within the city,” said Jurczynski, who now refers to College Park as Dr. Roger's Neighborhood. “Now Roger's providing the vision for all of Schenectady. The rest of us are just scrambling to keep up.”

Union's newfound commitment to its rather un-Rome-like host city reflects a national sea change in higher education, as universities from San Francisco to Milwaukee to New Haven try to help the troubled communities they once tried to keep at a distance. Some are offering incentives for faculty and staff to buy houses nearby. Others are buying more from local suppliers, training local entrepreneurs or investing in local projects. Many are pushing students to do more community service. Several, including Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and Clark University in Worcester, Mass., are taking lead roles in major revitalization efforts.

It's a great deal for impoverished cities, which are increasingly reliant on the vast financial and intellectual resources of academia at a time when other industries are more mobile than ever. At the same time, more college presidents are beginning to realize that it's smart competition to address the world outside their gates, that students tend to prefer colleges in safe and vibrant neighborhoods. A Union survey found that 60 percent of the prospective students who turn down its admission offers do so because of Schenectady.

“Some of these schools have enormous investments in crummy communities,” said Liz Hollander, director of Campus Compact, a national town-gown organization that has expanded from 240 to 620 campuses since 1990. “Look, it's scary to come to Schenectady. So there's some idealism involved here, and there's also enlightened self-interest.”

The landscape has certainly changed from the “urban renewal” era of the 1960s and 1970s, when city schools such as Columbia and the University of Chicago tried to create buffers between their campuses and their neighborhoods. Now the emphasis is on development and on the duties of universities as citizens. Harvard's newest vice president, Paul Grogan, came from the Local Initiative Support Corp., a national bank for community revival projects; Yale vice president Bruce Alexander was a developer at Rouse Corp. In Connecticut alone, Yale has awarded cash grants to more than 400 faculty and staff members for buying homes in New Haven; Trinity has spearheaded a $175 million reinvestment in a decrepit section of Hartford, and the president of Connecticut College is now chairing the New London Economic Development Authority.

The Clinton administration has become involved as well, awarding more than $40 million in grants through the Department of Housing and Urban Development's five-year-old Office for University Partnerships. The money is funding projects from an Arizona State University tutoring program in a Phoenix elementary school to a DePaul University welfare-to-work program in Chicago to a Stillman College entrepreneur training center in Tuscaloosa.

“It's the opposite of the old siege mentality, when you tried to get rid of the offending neighborhoods,” said National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities president David Warren, a former deputy mayor of New Haven and town-gown representative at Yale. “Now there's an effort to resuscitate neighborhoods. There's an embrace of the city.”

Schenectady could use a hug. Half a century ago, it was an engine of Upstate New York, with 40,000 jobs at GE and 12,000 at American Locomotive Co. Now GE has transferred all but 4,500 employees, AmLoc is long gone and the city's population has dropped 40 percent. Today, three-fifths of Schenectady's public school students get subsidized lunches, and its once-proud downtown is a desolate mix of dollar stores, pizza joints and vacant storefronts.

Just a few blocks and a world away from downtown stands America's first planned college campus, a 200-year-old gated enclave of expansive lawns and gray-stucco neoclassical buildings. Schenectady may be suffering, but Union isn't. Since Hull took over in 1990, its endowment has tripled, to $260 million. Hull has raised $50 million to renovate nine buildings, including the historic Nott Memorial, a 16-sided, multicolored Victorian Gothic extravaganza that had deteriorated into a pigeon cemetery but is now the focal point of the campus. Its giant dome is ringed by Hebrew words that seem to sum up Hull's decade at Union: “The work is great, the day is short, the master presses the workmen.”

Hull, who once sued the city over zoning, says he knows there will always be tensions between a downtrodden city with a $17,000 per capita income and an exclusive liberal arts college with a $30,000 tuition. (Some Union students refer to locals as “Doids,” short for “Schenectoids.”) But in his last job, as president of Beloit College in Wisconsin, Hull led a $6 million riverfront redevelopment. Even during his lawsuit against the city, he decided that once he had Union's house in order, he would try to help fix Schenectady's.

“The problem with this place was the attitude,” said Hull, 56, a child of refugees from Nazi Germany who once served as counsel to former Virginia governor A. Linwood Holton Jr. (R). “Everyone was stuck in the past, all that GE nostalgia. We had to get people thinking about the future.”

The first thing Hull did was send his students into the community. He reserved one day of Union's orientation for “mandatory volunteerism,” cleaning parks, planting flowers, painting bridges. Now 60 percent of the students perform community service on their own time.

Then Hull and a Union trustee launched Schenectady 2000 and successfully lobbied Gov. George E. Pataki (R) to create a local authority to float bonds for downtown projects. So far, the progress has been slow–an unused hockey rink has been converted into an indoor soccer arena, an abandoned building has been reborn as an arts center and a state agency has moved into a shuttered Woolworth's–but plans are in the works for a new train station, a new state office building, loft apartments and a multiscreen theater.

Finally, there is Dr. Roger's Neighborhood, which is now dotted with red diamonds that announce A Partnership at Work. Before the Union-Schenectady Initiative began, the College Park neighborhood had shifted from middle class and stable to poor and transient, with 188 of the 258 properties owned by absentee landlords. So Hull is spending $10 million to buy and rehabilitate 40 shabby two-family homes into attractive off-campus apartments, a security office, a Montessori school and a community center. Union will also assume the down payments and closing costs for any faculty and staff members who buy homes in College Park and will subsidize their mortgages as well. And in an unusual touch, Hull is offering free tuition for the qualified children of any homeowners who stay in College Park for more than five years.

This, Hull says, is real urban renewal, as opposed to the urban removal of the past. Property values are climbing. The College Park Neighborhood Association has been reborn after a long hiatus. The first 13 renovated homes will be ready for students in the fall.

“It's spectacular: Union is saving this neighborhood,” said association president Judy Goberman, 57, a musician who is restoring a grand but rundown Italianate Victorian she bought for $88,000. Even Marv Cermak, a grizzled Albany Times Union reporter who has been covering Schenectady for 44 years, said he thinks the initiative is changing the city for the better.

“I've looked for the rat in this, but . . . I can't find it,” Cermak said. “Is he doing it for selfish reasons? Of course. He doesn't want a ghetto on his doorstep. But what isn't done for selfish reasons? People give their girlfriends flowers for selfish reasons.”

Hull has hit some disappointments on the road to a renewed Electric City. Union's $10 million investment has yet to attract much private capital to College Park. He has also fought local politicians over his plans for downtown: Schenectady 2000 has support from the Republican mayor, county Democrats and the Republican state senator, but it has battled the independent city manager, county Republicans and the Democratic state assemblyman.

But the keys to Hull's plans for Schenectady may lie with his constituents at Union. Two years ago, Hull wanted to relocate the school's hockey rink in College Park; students protested because of safety. Now he is floating the idea again, and students seem to be warming to the idea. But there is widespread impatience with the pace of change in Schenectady, even for a civic-minded student like Ed Lallier, a junior who lives in a community service house and organized a lecture series on town-gown relations.

“It's good that Union's trying to help, but the kids still hate Schenectady,” he said. “I mean, we don't care what downtown will look like in 2010. We want a decent restaurant now.”

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