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Arnold and Nydegger published in Psychological Reports

Posted on Dec 20, 2002

Don Arnold, professor, GMI; Rudy Nydegger, associate professor of
psychology (GMI); and Don Kent, a
GMI alumnus and professor at SUNY Brockport, have published an article, “Effect
of Selected Psychological Characteristics Upon Choice-Shift Patterns Found
Within Hierarchical Groups of Public Accountants” in the journal Psychological Reports.

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Vandalism then, history today; carved floorboards found in South College

Posted on Dec 13, 2002

Floorboard with carvings by students Cannon and Potter

It makes you wonder: Were their
dorm damage deposits returned?

That might be one of many questions
raised by the recently discovered floorboards from South
College, which bear the initials of
students from the mid-1800s.

During South's renovation, workers
came across the floorboards that may have been cut down to serve as stair treads.
Several sets of initials, some with class years, can be seen. Some are complete.
Others were cut off when the pine boards were shortened. Some are carved with a
stonecutter's precision and artistry. Others are as indistinct as mysterious

With the help of the Special
Collections staff and the Centennial Catalog, the curious can speculate
on the identities of the carvers. Was “HRR” the ill-fated Henry Reed Rathbone, Lincoln's
theater guest who sustained grievous stab wounds as he tried to subdue the
fleeing John Wilkes Booth? Was “B Cannon” Benjamin Cannon, Class of 1840, who went on to become an attorney? Was “A Potter DD” Aaron Potter, the Baptist minister from the Class of 1842. And was “J Whitaker” the Jacob Whitaker, Class of 1852, who was a surgeon who served with the New York Volunteers in the Civil War?

The brash young scholars who
carved their initials for posterity certainly left their 21st-century
counterparts a conundrum. When does 19th-century vandalism become a
priceless College artifact? Perhaps in the eyes of true-life mystery lovers.

Click here to read a story about the House System and South College renovation: http://www.union.edu/N/DS/s.php?s=3227

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Student’s mother is “UnionMom@…”

Posted on Dec 13, 2002

Jacki and Jessica Simmon

When it came time for Jacki
Simmon, mother of Jessica '06, to pick an email address, she didn't think
twice: UnionMom@…

“We came to visit the campus in
March …and got a tour from a student,” she recalls. “We just fell in love with
the place.”

Jessica, a graduate of Horace
Mann School
in New York City, is enjoying her
studies in social sciences with Prof. Terry Weiner as her advisor, according to
her mother. “Jessica is loving Union and we do too.”

Jess's dad, Michael, tried to get UnionDad@…, but it was

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Early Decision candidate says it with coconut

Posted on Dec 13, 2002

Kris Gernert-Dott, associate dean of admissions, with “the coconut”

It's a little like Gilligan's Island meets college admissions. And it got the attention of folks in Grant Hall.

It was a coconut from an early decision candidate, postage affixed, with some writing: “I anxiously await your 12/15 decision. You can break me open and eat. I'm fresh from Florida.”

The applicant was admitted. The coconut sits, unopened, on a fireplace mantel in the Grant Hall waiting room.

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Union Ranked 45th in NACDA Director’s Cup Fall Standings

Posted on Dec 12, 2002

NACDA Director's Cup

Additional information on the NACDA Directors' Cup program, including the complete scoring structure, along with scoring charts, can be found on the NACDA web site at

Union, which finished a College record 60th in last year's NACDA Director's Cup Division III standings, finds itself in 45th place after the near completion of the 2002 fall season. Women's soccer and volleyball each picked up points by qualifying for their respective NCAA tournaments.

The Brian Speck-coached soccer squad, which qualified for its fourth consecutive NCAA berth, earned 50 points by finishing 17th in the country while the Sandy Collins-coached volleyball team picked up 25 points by finishing 33rd in its first-ever NCAA appearance.

Williams, a six-time champion, leads the pack with 376 points and has a 96-point margin over second-place Messiah (PA).

These standings are based upon the completion of women and men's cross country, field hockey, women and men's soccer and women's volleyball. In addition to Williams and Messiah, winning these national championships were Wisconsin-Oshkosh in men's cross country; Rowan (N.J.) in field hockey; Ohio Wesleyan in women's soccer; and Wisconsin-Whitewater in women's volleyball.

The NACDA Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and
USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports — nine women's and nine men's. Each national champion receives 100 points.

Fall sports standings to date follows. Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial standings. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the fall season.

For complete standings, please click below:

Go to the Standings

Union in comparison to our competitors: (Formerly Sears Directors' Cup)

  • 1. Williams 376 points;
  • 8. Emory 180;
  • 16. Ithaca 159;
  • 25. St. Lawrence 125;
  • 30. Bowdoin 114;
  • 37. Middlebury 90;
  • 43. Hobart/William Smith 83;
  • 45. Union 75;
  • 45. Colorado. College 75;
  • 58. Skidmore 70;
  • 60. Amherst 64;
  • 60. U. Chicago 64;
  • 77. Babson 50;
  • 77. Johns. Hopkins 50;
  • 77. Vassar 50;
  • 77. Tufts 50

Please take notice that there are five UCAA and five NESCAA colleges among the top 100.

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