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Union College 21st Yahoo! ‘100 Most Wired’ ranking

Posted on Apr 28, 2000

Union College is ranked 21st among the nation's four-year baccalaureate institutions in Yahoo! Internet Life magazine's annual “100 Most-Wired Colleges” ranking.

The College last year was listed 160th in a category that then also included research universities, which now are ranked separately.

“Just as prospective students have long been paying attention to things like quality of faculty, the library, class size, and living quarters, they are asking more and more questions about information technology,” said David Cossey, executive director of the Office of Computer Services.

In a brief narrative, the magazine cited Union's International Virtual Design programs that team engineering students with their counterparts at institutions in Turkey and France.

The ranking, which appears in the magazine's May edition and online, listed Williams College first, Colgate University second, and Bates College third. Among other institutions listed, Trinity was 10th, Swarthmore 15th, Colby 20th, Vassar 22nd, Bowdoin 25th and Skidmore 27th.

The survey scored institutions in four general areas: access and infrastructure, administrative, general resources and support. Union scored 78.25. The top school scored 86.89, the 100th (Grinnell) 68.96.

Among some of the trends nationally, 98 percent of schools allow online applications, 84 percent offer electronic library book reservations, 68 percent offer Web based registration, and 41 percent offer wireless access.

The survey was conducted in partnership with Peterson's, which collected data via online surveys. Results were tabulated and reviewed by Yahoo! editors, who then determined rankings.

Critics have faulted the ranking, claiming that the criteria are changed year-to-year, said Cossey. Some institutions – including six Ivy League schools – elected not to participate in this year's survey.

Details on the top 100 are on the Web at www.wiredcolleges.com.

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Dreams to Take Stage at Yulman

Posted on Apr 28, 2000

Sixteen theater students will show up at Yulman Theater
on Saturday with their dreams.

Jon Lipsky, who teaches at Boston University's Theater
Consortium, will lead a workshop on dream theater, his specialty for the
last two decades.

Actors have been asked to keep dream journals. Using
those dreams, Lipsky will have small groups of actors make a theatrical
image of mini plays that are “very Strindberg-looking,”
according to William Finlay, director of the Yulman Theater.

“This is tremendous training for actors to
understand a physical approach to image making,” said Finlay.
“Rather than talk about it, they have to manifest the idea in
physical action. There is lots of emotional risk-taking. It's risky to
take a personal experience like a dream and make it public.”

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AAC Minutes Listed

Posted on Apr 28, 2000

April 17, 2000

1. The minutes of April 10, 2000 meeting were approved.

2. Doug Klein, associate dean for information
technology, joined the AAC in a preliminary discussion of Union's
participation in distance learning.

3. Barbara Danowski provided an update on the Calendar

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Wanted: Runners for Race, Fun

Posted on Apr 28, 2000

It's like a run around the block with friends.

Runners are sought for Team Union in the Corporate
Challenge 3.5-mile road race on Thursday, May 25, at 6:25 p.m. in Albany.

Runners of all abilities and backgrounds are encouraged
to join in this event, which is more social than athletic.

For details, contact Charlie Casey at ext. 6090 or

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Faculty Sought for ‘Pre-College Camp’

Posted on Apr 28, 2000

Admissions seeks faculty to teach two-hour simulated
classes on Saturday, Aug. 5, in a program aimed at recruiting local
minority high schoolers.

The classes are part of a “Pre-College Camp”
on August 4 through 6. The program is supported by grants from the New
York State and National Associations for Admissions Counseling.

Participants will get a taste of college life through
simulated classes and sessions on the admissions process, course schedules
and time management. The program also links participants with students in
the Science and Technology Entry Program and Summer Science Workshop.

For more information, contact Kelly Herrington in
Admissions, ext. 6112.

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