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College mourns loss of Jeremy April ’05

Posted on Apr 29, 2002

Members of the College community this week are mourning the loss of Jeremy April, a first-year student from Northvale, N.J.

April, 18, was discovered passed away in his room on Monday morning, April 29. Officials said there was no sign of foul play.

College officials met with residents of April's dorm on Monday afternoon to notify them of the tragedy and to urge that they support each other and, if necessary, meet with counselors from various College departments.

April, a Union scholar, was a promising student with a strong interest in mathematics, according to his faculty advisor. He was also a world-level aerial freestyle skier, having been named recently to the U.S. Ski

Students, faculty and staff attended a College-wide vigil on Monday evening. As of Tuesday, arrangements were not complete.

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Union College launches ‘Trees of Union’ web site

Posted on Apr 26, 2002

Schenectady, N.Y. (April 26, 2002) – Just as the flowering trees are at their peak and homeowners begin their landscaping projects, Union College is launching a Web site that showcases some of the distinctive trees on the historic campus. The site was officially launched on Arbor Day.

The site, available at www.union.edu/Trees, provides a “virtual tour” of the campus focused on arboreal wonders of the 100-acre campus in the heart of Schenectady.

By selecting from more than 30 trees on the tour, users can see a photograph of
the tree and read about its history from college arborist Paul Freemantle, who prepared the site with Tom Smith, Union's Web director. Also included on the site are a brief description of the history of the college grounds, a checklist for birders, and links to related information.

“Union has a real treasure trove of trees from around the world,” said Freemantle of the College's grounds. “This site will provide everyone – from landscape architects
to hobby gardeners – with a good sense for what these mature trees look like
and the conditions they need to thrive. This site also serves as a valuable
introduction for those who would like to visit the campus to see the trees.”

Some of the trees at Union were planted shortly after the College moved to its present location in 1812. (The College was founded in 1795 in downtown Schenectady.) Among the older species are a white oak just north of West College, and some black walnuts along Library Lane that are believed to be planted by Eliphalet Nott, president of Union College from 1804 to 1866. Professor James Underwood, who
is retiring this year, has donated a number of black walnut saplings to succeed those planted 180 years before.

Union's campus, with its famous Jackson's Garden – a garden and woodland – has long been a favorite destination for visitors. In 1999, the College received an award for campus beautification from the American Society of Landscape Architects Award, one of 20 colleges and universities in the country to be so designated.

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Posted on Apr 26, 2002


Friday, April 26, 2 p.m.
Central Park Ballfield
Baseball v. Skidmore (2)

Friday, April 26, 4 p.m.
Frank Bailey Field
Women's lacrosse v. Rochester

Friday, April 26, through Monday, April 29, 8 and 10 p.m.
Reamer Auditorium
Film: Ali

Saturday, April 27, noon
Union Boat House, Front Street
Men's and women's crew v. Hamilton and St. Lawrence

Saturday, April 27, 1 to 4 p.m.
Library Field, west of Nott Memorial
Bicycle safety program by Campus Safety and Schenectady
police. Includes safety inspections, minor adjustments and repairs,
demonstrations and refreshments. Helmets required. (A
limited number of helmets will be given away at the end of the event.)
For more information, call ext. 6358.

Saturday, April 27, 2 p.m.
Central Park Ballfield
Baseball v. Rochester (2)

Saturday, April 27, 8 p.m.
Reamer Auditorium
Afro-Colombian fusion concert featuring Lucia Pulido and
Satoshi Takeishi Ensemble. The concert will include Latin rhythms,
jazz, chirimia, and carnaval music. The group will offer an
afro-Hispanic percussion clinic at 4 p.m., also in the Reamer Auditorium.

Saturday, April 27, 9:30 to 11 p.m.
College Observatory, F.W. Olin Center
Observatory open house.

Saturday, April 27, 8 p.m.
Memorial Chapel
Concert by Wilco. Tickets are $10, free for Union students. For
more information or tickets, call ext. 6118.

Sunday, April 28, 7 p.m.
Memorial Chapel
Chamber music series season finale presents Gidon Kremer, violin,
with Kremerata Baltica. Program includes “Russian Seasons”
with works by Arvo Part, Leonid Desyatnikov, and Lera
Auerbach; and Tchaikovsky's Sextet for Strings in D minor, Op. 70, “Souvenir
de Florence.”
Tickets are $20, half-price for students, Union
students free. For more information, call ext. 6131 or 372-3651.

Wednesday, May 1, 4:45 p.m.
Humanities 019
“Integrating Complementary and Alternative Medicine into
Western Medicine” with Melinda Goldner, associate professor of
sociology. The talk is the first in the
“Wednesday Works in Progress” series sponsored by the College's
Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership.

Friday, May 3, through Monday, May 6, 8 and 10 p.m.
Reamer Auditorium
Film: A Beautiful Mind


Through April 25
Arts Atrium Gallery

Photography exhibits: “Pilgrimage” by Kevin Bubriski of
visitors at the World Trade Center site; and “Clips,” curated by
Prof. Martin Benjamin, a collection of news clips about
photography coverage of recent world events.

The show has been extended from its original closing on March 21.

Through May 19

Mandeville Gallery, Nott Memorial
“Orchestrated Objects” a joint exhibition of works by
photographers Jed Devine and Abelardo Morell.

Through June 7
Social Sciences Faculty Lounge Art Gallery
Exhibit of baseball memorabilia collected by Union faculty
and staff
Includes Union College trophies and game programs from
the 1920's, souvenirs from Japanese baseball, a fan letter to
Hank Aaron (and his response), Pirates memorabilia, a Yankees chess
set and lots of autographed baseballs, hats and banners.
Gallery hours are weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Fusion group plays on Saturday

Posted on Apr 26, 2002

Afro-Colombian fusion sounds of the Lucia Pulido
and Satoshi Takeishi Ensemble can be heard on Saturday, April 27, at
8 p.m. in the Reamer Campus Center Auditorium.

The concert will include Latin rhythms, jazz, chirimia,
and carnaval music.

The group will offer an Afro-Hispanic percussion clinic at
4 p.m., also in the Reamer Auditorium.

The event is sponsored by SEG, UNITAS, Africana
Studies, Latin American Studies, CELA, and Performing Arts.

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Student takes top prize in ASEE meet

Posted on Apr 26, 2002

Melissa Lesmeister '04, a civil engineering major, won first
prize in the student competition of the St. Lawrence Section of
the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), held
recently at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

The title of her project was “Effect of Ultra Violet
Exposure on Rubberized Concrete.”

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