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College Ranked in Wired Survey

Posted on Apr 28, 2000

The 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 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)

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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AAC Minutes Listed

Posted on Apr 21, 2000

April 10, 2000

1. The minutes of the March 27 meeting were corrected
and approved.

2. The committee discussed the mid-term grade cover
letter that will be sent to Freshman instructors.

3. Danette Slevinski gave the Student Forum report. She
indicated that Dean Sorum presented a draft of the semester proposal to
the Forum.

4. Danette Slevinski began a discussion of the major in
Modern Languages and availability of courses.

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Haack is Spencer-Leavitt Professor

Posted on Apr 21, 2000

Philosopher Susan Haack, Cooper Senior Scholar in
Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami and the visiting
Spencer-Leavitt Professor, will offer a series of seminars and public
lectures over the next week and a half.

Haack is the author of five books and numerous articles
on philosophy of logic and language, epistemology and philosophy of
science, metaphysics, pragmatism, and feminism.

Her visit is sponsored by the Spencer-Leavitt fund and
the philosophy department.

Seminars are listed below. For information and
reservations, write snowdenm@union.edu or call ext. 6376. Schedule updates
will be posted at http://www.vu.union.edu/~philsphy/haack.htm.

Public Lectures:

Friday, April 28, 4:15
p.m., HU213, “An Epistemologist in the Bramble Bush: At the Supreme
Court with Mr. Joiner” on epistemology, legal theory and legal

Tuesday, May 2, 7:30
p.m. Reamer Auditorium, “Science, Literature and the 'Literature of


Wednesday, April 26, 4:15
p.m., HU016: “Solving the Puzzle of Scientific Method.”

Thursday, April 27, 4:15
p.m. HU116, “Social Science as Semiotic.”

Saturday, April 29,
11:30 a.m., HU116, “Innocent Realism, Bootstrap Fallibilism (Part

Monday, May 1, 4:30
p.m., HU115, “Innocent Realism, Bootstrap Fallibilism (Part

Tuesday, May 2, 3:30
p.m., HU213, “Sociology of Science: The Sensible Program.”

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Cyclists, Donors Sought for Benefit

Posted on Apr 21, 2000

Cyclists are sought for “Team Union” to take
part in the Tour de Cure, a bicycle ride benefiting the American Diabetes
Association on May 21.

Also needed are donors who can sponsor riders.

Rides of distances from 10 to 100 miles start and finish
at Stillwater High School.

For more information, contact Kelly Herrington of
admissions at herrink2@union.edu.

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Choir to Perform April 26

Posted on Apr 21, 2000

The Union College Choir, directed by Prof. Dianne
McMullen, will perform a concert of Mozart's Regina Coeli,
English madrigals, Brahms' Ziguenerlieder, and English folksongs
on Wednesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.

The choir also will perform at St. Matthew's Anglican
Church in Montreal on April 30 at 4 p.m. The choir was invited to return
after performing a well-received concert there last year.

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