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Wu Han and friends perform at Union’s Memorial Chapel on Nov. 8

Posted on Oct 31, 2001

Schenectady, N.Y.
(October 31, 2001) – Pianist Wu Han will perform at Union College's Memorial Chapel on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. with violinist Nicholas Kitchen,
cellist Yeesun Kim, and violist Paul Neubauer. This replaces the originally
scheduled trio performance by Wu Han, Yeesun Kim, and Pamela Frank due to
Frank's sustained hand injury.

The concert program will include Ravel- Sonata for Violin and Cello; B. Martinu – Duo for Violin and Cello; Brahms – Piano Quartet in g, Op. 25.

Wu Han's blossoming career has already taken her to many of the world's most prestigious venues: New York's Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Washington's Kennedy Center, and in major concert series in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Cleveland. She is a frequent collaborator with many of today's finest musicians and ensembles, including the Borromeo, St. Lawrence and Emerson Quartets.

As duo pianist with cellist David Finckel, Wu Han performs across the United States and Europe. She also maintains an active teaching schedule at the Aspen Music Festival, and has been a regular faculty member of the Isaac Stern International Chamber Music Workshops in Carnegie Hall and Jerusalem Music Center.

Han's wide-ranging musical activities also include the founding of ArtistLed, the first musician-directed and Internet based recording company (www.ArtistLed.com). For three
seasons, together with her husband, David Finckel, Wu Han served as Artistic
Director of SummerFest La Jolla.

Violinist Nicholas Kitchen is a founding member and first violinist of the esteemed Borromeo Quartet, which performed the complete Beethoven String Quartets during the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons. He was last heard in the Series in November 2000 in a memorable performance of the complete Bach Solo Sonatas and Partitas in one evening. A native of Durham, North Carolina, he began his public performing career at the age of 12 with his first appearances with orchestra. Since then,
his performances have taken him to over 23 countries and have included
collaborations with such conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas and Otto
Werner-Mueller. He is a recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Medallion for
Artistry and was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

Cellist Yeesun Kim, a native of Seoul, Korea, began her career at the age of 13 when she appeared with the Korean Broadcasting Service Symphony and the Jeunesses Ensemble. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and has participated in many festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, the Banff Festival and the Marlboro Music Festival. She is a founding member of the Borromeo Quartet and is married to Nicholas Kitchen.

This season Paul Neubauer has numerous recordings due for release including the Walton Viola Concerto (Decca), the revised Bartok Viola Concerto and Duos (GMN), the viola music by Ernest Bloch (Image Recordings) and Soul Garden for viola and chamber ensemble by Derek Bermel (CRI). He has performed with the New York, Los Angeles and Helsinki Philharmonics, National, St. Louis, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco and Bournemouth Symphonies, St. Luke's, Santa Cecilia and English Chamber and Beethovenhalle Orchestras. Mr. Neubauer gave the world premiere of the revised Bartok Viola Concerto as well as Concertos by Penderecki, Picker,
Jacob, Lazarof, Suter, Ott and Friedman. He was Principal Violist of the New York Philharmonic for six years, joining at age 21. He is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and is an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Tickets at $20 ($8 for students) are available in advance at the Office
of Communications, Union College (518) 388-6131 and at the door at 7 p.m. For
more information, call 372-3651.

The Union College Concert Series is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency; additional support comes from the Times Union Newspapers. Memorial Chapel is located near the center of the Union College campus.

Parking is available on campus and nearby side streets.

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Dutchmen battle University of Rochester in key UCAA showdown

Posted on Oct 31, 2001

     SCHENECTADY, N.Y.-This afternoon Union College will honor the
returning members of the 1991 team that posted a 9-0-0 regular-season record
and advanced to the second round of the NCAA playoffs.  This will also be a homecoming for two
former Union players and a former Union coach who are now members of the
University of Rochester coaching staff. 
Lewis Acquarulo, Class of 1994, and Devon Wimberly, Class of 2001, were
both defensive standouts during their days in a Garnet uniform while Jay
Bendekovic was an offensive line coach for Union before moving to Rochester.


     While it will be nice to see old friends, winning a football
game will be the order of business for the Dutchmen and Yellowjackets.  Union looks to improve on its 7-1 record and
thus keep its playoff hopes alive while Rochester's goal is to snap a two-game
losing streak that has seen its record slip to 3-5.


      Senior quarterback Ben Gilbert should become the Dutchmen's
all-time career passing leader this afternoon. 
Gilbert, who has thrown for 7,366 yards and a Union-best 67 career
touchdown passes, needs just 87 yards to surpass Brett Russ's (Class of '92)
career mark of 7,452.  Russ, a two-time
team MVP who led the Dutchmen to a four-year standard of 36-5, was at the helm
of the 1991 squad.  He also led the 1989
Dutchmen to a 13-1 record and a berth in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, the
Division III National Championship game.


    The Dutchmen's defense, which has taken a back seat to an
offensive unit that is averaging 425.6 yards and almost 40 points a game, came
up big in last week's 23-21 victory over Hartwick.  Senior end Josh Stinehour (a native of Rochester) was in on three
of the Garnet Wave's four sacks and now has 19 for the season.  Stinehour, who is among the national
leaders, needs just four more to surpass Gregg Hallas's (Class of '90)
single-season record of 22.  James
Weaver's fourth-quarter interception and 14-yard return set up Union's winning
touchdown against the Hawks and George Kandirakis picked off his team-high
sixth pass of the season, just to name a few of the standouts that contributed
to the victory.


     “They played the best
game of the season and maybe the best game of the last two years,” said head
coach John Audino.  “Individually and as
a unit, those guys really rose to the occasion.”


     Union's linebacking trio of Mike Rosenthal, Chris Fiengo and
Mike Ranfone continue to lead the tackle chart with 66, 59, and 58 total
tackles, respectively.  Stinehour is
next with 39 followed by tackle Justin Sievert's 37.  Kandirakis has a team-high 19 pass deflections.  The Dutchmen Defenders are allowing an average
of 226.5 yards a game, and just 65.5 on the ground.


     Offensively, junior tailback George Beebe leads a ground
attack that is averaging 234.5 yards. 
Beebe, who has rushed for over 100 yards in all seven of his starts (he
missed the Coast Guard game with an ankle injury), is averaging 121.9 yards a
game and has scored eight of the Dutchmen's 22 rushing touchdowns.  Fullback Matt Laporta has put an exclamation
point on what was already an outstanding career.  Laporta, who came into the season 512 rushing yards, 445
receiving yards, and nine career touchdowns (five of which came on the ground),
enters the game having scored 12 times this season.  He has rushed for 176 yards and five touchdowns and caught 16 passes
for 188 yards and a team-high seven scores. 
In all, Laporta has accounted for 1,321 yards and 21 touchdowns during
his career.


     Junior receiver Ryan Gallo, who has caught 24 of Gilbert's 94
passes this year for 558 of the 1,495 yards and five of the 19 touchdowns, has
lost the opportunity to set the College's single-season receiving record.  Gallo, who needed 178 yards to break Rich
Swan's (Class of '70) single-season record of 735 set in 1967, injured his knee
on the fifth play of last week's win over Hartwick and is done for the season.  Senior placekicker Andrew Ruffo, who has two
PATs and a field goal last week, now has 101 career PATs and 34 career
three-pointers.  He is third on Union's
all-time PAT mark and tied for second with Roger Egbert (Class of '97) in
career field goals.




     The Yellowjackets are 0-2 since losing the services of
four-year starting quarterback Jeff Piscitelli in the second half of the game
against the University of Chicago.  Leading
25-13 with 1:03 left in the third quarter, Piscitelli's career came to an end
when he suffered torn ligaments in his knee. 
Since then, Rochester has lost to Washington University, 46-0, and
Carnegie Mellon, 30-20.


      Sophomore Pat Fitzsimmons, who is now at the helm of
Rochester's offense, has played in five games and completed 22 of 63 passes for
232 yards and six interceptions.  He is
still looking for his first touchdown pass of the season.  Running backs John Breedy (390 yards and
four touchdowns) and Gerard Hopkins (236 yards and four scores) lead a ground
game that is averaging 150 yards and has produced 13 touchdowns.  Brian Ferris has caught 28 passes for 516
yards and one touchdown while Pat Roman has 18 catches for 279 yards and two
scores. Anthony Yandek has also been a key target with 21 receptions for 272


     Middle linebacker Brian Kowalski leads the defense with 92
tackles.  The unit has given up an
average of 174 rushing yards (and 15 touchdowns) and 190 passing yards and 11




    The Dutchmen will close out the regular season at home against
Springfield at 1 p.m.  They will honor
the members of the senior class in pre-game ceremonies beginning at 12:30.


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Theologians examine connections of religion and violence on Nov. 6 at Union College

Posted on Oct 29, 2001

Schenectady, N.Y. (Oct. 26, 2001)
– Theologians from the Islamic, Christian and Jewish faiths will examine the connections between religion and violence in a discussion titled “Why Did This Happen? When Religion Prompts Violence” on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in
the Nott Memorial at Union College.

Discussants are Farid Esack and Walter Wink of Auburn Theological Seminary, and Rabbi Matthew Cutler of
Congregation Gates of Heaven. Byron Nichols, Union professor of political
science, will moderate.

The event is free and open to the
public. A reception will follow.

Esack, visiting professor at ATS, is
a Muslim theologian and public figure in the new South Africa. His new book, On Being a Muslim: Finding a Religious Path in the World Today, is used as a core text at more than 100 American colleges and universities in the study of Islam. In 1997, then President Nelson Mandela appointed him Commissioner of Gender Equality.

Wink, professor of Biblical
interpretation at ATS, is a leading Christian Biblical scholar engaged in the study of the Bible at the intersection of faith and life. His recent books are The Powers That Be: Theology for a New Millenium and When Powers Fall: Reconciliation in the Healing of Nations. In 1998-90, he was a Peace Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and has previously served several churches as a parish minister.

Cutler was ordained at the Hebrew
Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. He served as
associate rabbi at Temple Shalom in Newton, Mass. He also has served
congregations in Larchmont, N.Y.; Salisbury, N.C.; and Great Neck, N.Y. His is a member of the Capital District Board of Rabbis, and Rabbinic advisor to Union College Hillel.

The event is sponsored by the Capital Region Theological Center, the Union College Campus Protestant Ministry
and the First United Methodist Church of Schenectady in partnership with Auburn Theological Seminary and local congregations.

For calendar listings:

Speaker: Theologians from Islamic, Christian and Jewish faiths

Topic: “Why Did This Happen? When Religion Prompts Violence”

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 6

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Place:  Nott Memorial, Union College

Cost: Free

Information: 388-6618

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Dutchwomen soccer team invited to third-straight NCAA tournament

Posted on Oct 29, 2001

SCHENECTADY, N.Y.-The Union College women's soccer team received its third consecutive invitation to the NCAA Division III championship tournament.  The 14-3 Dutchwomen, seeded second in the New York State Region, drew a first-round bye and will play in the region's Final Four this Saturday at William Smith at 1:30 p.m.  The championship will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at William Smith. There is no
consolation game.

The Dutchwomen will face the winner of Tuesday's first-round game between Rochester and Nazareth. Union defeated both of those teams during the year, beating Nazareth, 3-1, in Rochester and snapping the Yellowjackets' 10-game win streak, 1-0, on Garis Field.

This is the fifth time that seven-year head coach Brian Speck has led the Dutchwomen into a postseason tournament. He goes into the weekend with a college career record of

Union missed the 1995 New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament in his rookie campaign of 1995 after posting an 8-5-2 overall record. The 1996 Dutchwomen lost their opening round NYSWCAA tournament game to Plattsburgh to end at 8-7-1 before the 1997 team finished was then a college-best third in the state tournament and a 12-5-1 record.

The 1998 Garnet, which elected not to participate in the state tournament, did not get an NCAA invitation despite winning the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association and finishing with a 13-1-1 record.  However, the 1999 team, which won the UCAA crown with a 6-0-0 record, picked up the league's automatic berth to secure the Dutchwomen's first-ever NCAA invitation. Union won its first game, beating Ithaca, 4-3 in four overtimes, and lost its second to finish at 16-3-1. Last year the Dutchwomen lost in the first round, 1-0 in four overtimes, to finish at 15-2.2

Both the 1999 and 2000 teams captured the NYSWCAA championship, the first since women's soccer became a sport at Union in 1980.

Sophomore Stephanie Mole' is among seven double-digit scorers for the Dutchwomen. Mole', who has 12 goals and 28 points, is followed by freshman Molly Flanagan (8-3-19), freshman
Brittany Cressman (7-4-18), senior Tara Ilsley (5-6-16), senior Lauren Byrne
(3-6-12), junior Abbie West (4-3-11), and senior Katie Smith (4-2-10).

On the other side of the field, junior netminder Carolyn Stead has given up just 12 goals while stopping 72 shots (a goals against average of 0.70 and a save percentage of .857). She has played every second of Union's 1535 minutes.

Anchoring the defense are senior All-American candidate Stephanie Maychack, senior Carrie Price and junior Victoria Kuzman.

Top-seeded William Smith will play the winner of Wednesday's Keuka-Oneonta showdown Saturday at 11 a.m. 

Tickets for each game will be $4 for adults, $2 for students with ID and senior citizens, and $1 for children under 12.

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Posted on Oct 26, 2001


Through Nov. 4
Yulman Theater
Dangerous Liaisons by Christopher Hampton, directed by Joanne Yarrow. Set just prior to the French Revolution, the play is about sex as a strategic battle of conquests; not recommended for children. Performances are Oct. 25 through 27, at 8 p.m.; Oct. 28, 2 p.m.; Nov. 1 through 3, 8 p.m.; and Nov. 4, 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for members of the Union College community; $7 for the public. For more information, call the Yulman Theater box office at ext. 6545.

Friday, Oct. 26, 4:30 p.m.
Humanities 213
Philosophical Fridays @ Union presents “Ascriptions of Desires, and Descriptions of Desires” with Delia Graff, Cornell University. Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy.
For information, call ext. 6376.

Friday, Oct. 26, through Monday, Oct. 29, 8 and 10 p.m.
Reamer Auditorium
Film: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Saturday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m.
Frank Bailey Field
Football vs. Hartwick

Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m.
Memorial Chapel
Union College chamber concert series presents Barry Douglas, piano, with Camerata Ireland in a program to include Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks; John Kinsella's Nocturne for Strings (1990); Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G and Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat, K. 595. Tickets are $20, half-price for students, Union students free. For more information, call ext. 6131.

Monday, Oct. 29, 3 p.m.
Reamer Auditorium
Robert Freeman, executive director of the state Committee on Open Government, on “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Freedom of Access.” In conjunction with “Documents Through the Decades,” exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of Schaffer Library's designation as a Selective Federal Document Depository.

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Schaffer Library
Book sale. Hardcovers $2; paperbacks and phonodiscs $1.

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 12:30 p.m.
Hale House
Faculty colloquium on “Nothing to Do with Dionysos: Greek Tragedy and Religion” by Scott Scullion, associate professor of classics.

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Nott Memorial
John M. Taylor, author of the biography William Henry Seward – Lincoln's Right Hand on “William Henry Seward – Snapshots.” Co-sponsored by the Mandeville Gallery and the New York Council on the Humanities. For more information, call ext. 6004.

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m.
Yulman Theater
Des, a play inspired by the life of Father Desmond Wilson, who became the focal point of controversy between the Catholic Church and the people of Ballymurphy, Northern Ireland during the 1970s. Free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 6475.

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m.
Reamer Auditorium
Union College Jazz Ensemble's Halloween Concert
Halloween Concert by the Union College Jazz Ensemble features jazz classics and spooky music. Costumes encouraged. Call ext. 6201.

Friday, Nov. 2, through Monday, Nov. 5, 8 and 10 p.m.
Reamer Auditorium
Film: Jurassic Park 3


Through Oct. 29

Second-floor photography gallery, Arts Building
“Photographs About Light,” new images by students in Photography 1.

Through Dec. 23
Mandeville Gallery, Nott Memorial
“All the Good I Can: A Portrait of William Henry Seward” examines the life and accomplishments of the 1820 Union graduate who was senator, New York State governor, and secretary of state under Abraham Lincoln.

Through Nov. 9
Lally Reading Room, Schaffer Library
“Documents Through the Decades,” an exhibit commemorating the centennial of the College library's designation as a Federal document depository.

Through Dec. 10
Social Sciences Faculty Lounge Gallery
“Handicrafts from Around the World,” from faculty collections, including cloth, mats, masks, purses and woven wall hangings. Hours are weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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