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Beth Post named director of financial aid at Union College

Posted on Mar 13, 2003

Beth Post

Beth Post has been named director of financial aid at
Union College, it was announced by Dan Lundquist, vice president for admissions and
financial aid.

vast experience in the field of higher education financial aid has been
critical in making it possible for thousands of promising students to get a Union
education,” Lundquist said. “Her tireless work as an advocate for affordable
higher education, has allowed students everywhere to have access to a first-rate
college education.”

Post, who
has been in the field of financial aid for 15 years, started at Union College in 1993 as associate director of
financial aid.  She was promoted to
senior associate director and then director of financial aid planning before
taking her current position.

graduate of Siena College, she previously worked in the
financial aid office at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

In 1997, Post received the Academic
Opportunity Program/Higher Education Opportunity Program's Mary McLeod Bethune
Award for service and dedication to students. 

She is an active member of the New York State
Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA, the Eastern Association of
Financial Aid Administrators (EASFAA) and the National Association of Student
Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). She is co-chair of NYSFAAA's Government
Relations Committee, and she is a member of the Legislative Forum Steering
Committee, a consortium of admissions financial aid and school counselors who
advocate for students with state legislators.

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Dutchmen Skaters Turn in a Solid Season

Posted on Mar 12, 2003

Senior Nathan Gillies

Achilles Rink hosted a first-round postseason tournament game for the first time in Union's 12-year association with the Eastern College Athletic Conference's Division I ice hockey league. While the outcome was not what the Dutchmen were hoping for, 2-1 and 3-2 losses to Rensselaer, it was a milestone in a season filled with milestones.

The Dutchmen's sixth-place finish (thanks to their 10-10-2 ECAC record) was the team's highest finish since the 1996-97 squad finished a team-record fifth. Union finished with an overall record of 14-18-4 to improve its victory total for the fifth-straight season (despite the absence of scholarships, which Union does not give) under fifth-year head coach
Kevin Sneddon. The team's 10 ECAC victories fell just one short the the 11 accomplished by the 1996-97 squad.

The Garnet's prevous success in the league has been built on a strong defense that is supported by outstanding goaltending. This year the Dutchmen added a scoring punch to their resume as the squad finished with 105 goals, the highest total since the 1996-97 team scored 106.

Team accomplishments come on the heals of individual accomplishments, and the 2002-03 Dutchmen had many of those.

For the first time in its Division I history, Union had four players with over 30 points. The top scoring line of senior
Nathan Gillies (Cambridge, Ont./St. Benedicts)–who had 17 goals, 19 assists and 36 points–and sophomores
Jordan Webb (Nepean, Ont./McCrae Secondary)–17-20-37–and Joel Beal (Brantford, Ont./St. John's)–8-29-37–combined for 110 points. Beal and Webb established a team record for most points in a season with 37, breaking the old record of 35 shared by Chris Ford (Class of' '94) and Cory Holborough (Class of '95). Beal's 29 assists were also a team record, breaking the previous mark of 28 established by Troy Stevens during the 1993-94 campaign.

The Dutchmen also enjoyed their first-ever road sweeps during the St. Lawrence-Clarkson and Dartmouth-Vermont trips.

A pair of sellout crowds witnessed college hockey at its best during the weekend of March 7 & 8., A number of television viewers also got to enjoy the “Battle of Route 7” as the opening game was the ECAC's “Game of the Week” on the NESN and YES cable networks.

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Sophomore Skater Liz Flanagan Named to the ECAC All-Conference Second Team

Posted on Mar 12, 2003

Liz Flanagan
ECAC Second-Team
Dutchwomen's MVP

Sophomore forward Liz Flanagan (Simsbury, CT/Loomis Chaffee), who team-high 40 points led the the women's hockey team to the best season in their four-year varsity history, was named to the ECAC's All-Conference second team.

Flanagan, who along with Jamie Laubisch (Apalachin, NY/Vestal, NY), were named to last year's All-Rookie Team, was also named the Skating Dutchwomen's “Most Valuable Player” at the team's recent year-end banquet. It was the second-straight year that she has been named the Dutchwomen's MVP.

Flanagan, who is also a standout performer for the women's lacrosse team, helped the Dutchwomen finish with a winning ECAC record (10-9-1) for the first time. Union's 11 overall wins was also the most in the program's brief history. Next year the Dutchwomen will move to the Division I ranks and play a 34-game schedule, which begins in October and ends in March. They will join the men's ice hockey team as the only other Division I programs among Union's 25 intercollegiate athletic teams.

Fifth-year head coach Fred Quistgard also announced that Laubisch captured the Dutchwomen's “Hanna Yamashita Commitment Award” for the second consecutive year while the team's “Seventh Player Award” went to freshman
Samantha Glover (Henniker, NH/Portsmouth Abbey School). Freshman Meg Lloyd (Plymouth, MA/Gov. Dummer Acadmey) earned the team's “Most Improved Player Award.”

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Basketball Teams Capture The UCAA “Rookie of the Year” Awards

Posted on Mar 12, 2003

Erika Eisenhut
“Rookie of the Year”

When it came to the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Conference's “Rookie of the Year” selections in basketball, Union earned a sweep.

Freshmen John Cangianello (Wethersfield, CT/Wethersfield) and Erika Eisenhut (Mohawk, NY/Mohawk) were both selected for the honor by the league's respective coaches. What's more, eighth-year women's head coach
Mary Ellen Burt and her second-year assistant, Jamie Seward, were voted as the conference's “Coaching Staff of the Year.” On top of that, Burt was selected as the District II “Coach of the Year” by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. She automatically goes to the national committee to be considered for the association's Division III Coach of the Year honor.

Senior guard Phil Henry (Flushing, NY/Chaminade) was voted to the UCAA's All-Conference First Team while Eisenhut and classmate guard
Kate DeSorrento (Schaghticoke, NY/Catholic Central) were selected by the league's coaches to the All-Conference Second team.

All of this individual success stems from a winter that saw the women open up with a 15-game win streak and finish the year at 22-5 (with three of the losses coming at the hands of St. Lawrence). The men, meanwhile, posted a 17-12 record after last year's 21-8 campaign that claimed four starters. Seventh-year head coach Bob Montana not only led the Dutchmen to their fifth consecutive winning season (a feat that hasn't been accomplished in over 23 years), he also picked up his 100th coaching victory (all at Union).

Burt, who now has a program-record 95 coaching wins (all at Union), led the Dutchwomen to the the finest season in their 28-year history.

Kate DeSorrento

Both teams finished second in the UCAA, both teams advanced to
the conference's tournament championship game (the women for the first time), and both teams hosted first-round ECAC Upstate New York Championship Tournament games. The second-seeded Dutchwomen lost a heartbreaker in the opener, 68-66, (in the final seven seconds) and the third-seeded Dutchmen, who won a thrilling 84-83 contest in the opener, dropped a 65-62 decision in the semi-finals.

Henry, who was the Dutchmen's leading scorer this season, finished his four-year career with 974 points. A starter the last year and a half (and co-captain of this year's team), Henry scored 537 points his first three seasons and tallied 537 points this year. A civil engineering major, Henry missed seven games during his junior season while completing a required water treatment project in Brazil.

Cagianello completed the year as the Dutchmen's second-leading scorer with his 14.5 average. Cagianello, who started the final 22 games of the season, led Union with his 55 three-point field goals and was second on the team with his .429 three-point field goal percentage. He led the Dutchmen at the foul line with his .821 percentage (54-of-78) and was second in overall field goal percentage at .485 (145-of-299).

Eisenhut's “Rookie of the Year” award marks the second-straight year that the Dutchwomen have had the UCAA's top freshman. Last year guard
Melissa Marra (Mechanicville, NY/Mechanicville) captured the honor.

Eisenhut was among Union's leaders in just about every statistical category. She ranked four in scoring average (10.2), second in steals (with 69), second in assists (with 62), first in free throw percentage (53-of-67 for a .791), tied for first in three-point field goals (with 29) and first in three-point field goal percentage (29-of-65 for a .446), and was fourth in overall field goals (with 97) and fourth in overall field goal percentage (97-of-219 for a .443).

DeSorrento, meanwhile, finished second to Marra in scoring (11.2 to the sophomore's 11.3 average), led the team with her 85 free throws (and was second in free throw percentage, 85-of-115 for a .739), and was second in overall field goals with a total of 104 (finishing third in overall field goal percentage, 104-of-231 for a .450). She also dished out 48 assists (third), came up with 54 steals (fourth), and pulled down 96 rebounds (third).

UCAA Coaches Vote:
  • John Cagianello and Erika Eisenhut as “Rookie of the Year”
  • Mary Ellen Burt & Jamie Seward as
    “Coaching Staff of the Year”
  • Senior Guard Phil Henry as
    “First-Team All-Conference”
  • Freshmen Guards
    Erika Eisenhut and Kate DeSorrento as “Second-Team All-Conference”
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    Union’s 200 Freestyle Team Qualifies for the NCAA Meet

    Posted on Mar 12, 2003

    Ridgley Harrison

    The men's swim team will be represented at the NCAA Championship Meet by the four members of the 200 freestyle relay team, which qualified 10th among the 11 teams selected by the NCAA. Senior
    Ridgley Harrison (Hackettstown, NJ/Morristown), sophomore Elliot Sequin (E. Lansing, MI/Cranbrook-Kingswood), and freshmen
    David Hogenkamp (East Aurora, NY/East Aurora) and Matt Acciani (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) are the four Dutchmen who will be competing at Emory College in Atlanta, Georgia, the weekend of March 20-22.

    Additionally, Harrison and Sequin both posted qualifying times that will allow them to compete in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle events while the relay team is eligible to compete in four other relays.

    Last year's NCAA meet saw Harrison score in all three of his freestyle events, finishing tied for 12th in the 50 (21.13), 11th in the 200 (1:41.25), and 13th in the 100 (46.38) qualifying him as an honorable mention All-American in all three. Sequin, meanwhile, was 25th in the 50 freestyle (21.46) and 17th in the 100 freestyle (46.48). The duo were also members of the 800 freestyle relay team, which finished 9th with a time of 6:52.72, the 400 freestyle relay team, which placed 11th with a time of 3:07.44, and the 200 freestyle relay team, which finished 16th with a time of 1:26.77. All three teams qualified for honorable mention All-American status (top eight finishers earn All-American while nine through 16 are honorable mention).

    Elliott Sequin

    Those finishes helped the Dutchmen finish 21st in the meet with 45.6 points (up from 38th in the 2001 meet when Union scored 16 points).

    “Elliot and Ridgely are in the top 20 of each of the events and they are both in the top eight of the 50 freestyle,” explained second-year head coach Scott Felix. “They are going to have to go faster at the meet to be All-Americans. Last season we did go faster at NCAA's and I think that we have set ourselves up to do the same thing this season.

    “Ridgely and Elliot qualified last season and know what is expected in order to perform well at the meet,” Felix continued. “They will have to help our two freshmen, DJ Hogenkamp and Matt Acciani,step up for the competition. Their leadership will help DJ and Matt succeed. I believe that we have an excellent opportunity to bring home some All-American performances.

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