Union College News Archives

News story archive

Navigation Menu

Albany Times-Union applauds Tech Valley

Posted on Apr 29, 2003

He saw the early days of cable. He saw the early days of the Internet. And Mark Walsh, now managing partner of a private investment firm in Washington, D.C., has seen the early days of Tech Valley.

And he says good things are afoot.

“I'm as much a scout as I am a cheerleader,'' Walsh said Monday, shortly before opening the third Summit in Tech Valley with a speech to 160 people.

And he's going to tell his colleagues in Washington to hop on a Southwest flight to Albany and check it out.

Walsh, who delivered a caffeinated romp through the rise and fall and expected rise again of the technology industry, graduated from Union College in Schenectady in 1976 before embarking on a career that has taken him to HBO in the early 1980s and America Online in the mid-1990s. Now Walsh is managing partner of Ruxton Associates LLC. He said he's bullish on Tech Valley — a 17-county swath that stretches from the Canadian border south to Dutchess County — for three key reasons.

Government has backed the technology growth here with investment.

Local colleges and universities — such as Union, the University at Albany and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute — are able to turn out quality graduates to staff a growing industry.

Most importantly, he said, people here are pulling for something to happen. “This area wants — wants — new energy,'' Walsh said.

The two-day summit brings hundreds of business, education, government and other leaders to discuss the potential transformation of the Capital Region into a tech hub. Those involved with organizing the annual event have said attendees are beginning to consider that goal closer to reality than pipe dream.

The arrival of International Sematech at UAlbany is a major step for Tech Valley, said Charles DeVoe, executive director of the New York State Association of Computers and Technologies in Education, a Latham-based group.

DeVoe, who was making his first visit to the summit, said his group is trying to find ways to work with the technology industry and connect it to educators.

Technology is bound to have a profound impact on education, Walsh said in his speech. And it will affect politics, business travel and lifestyle issues.

Walsh, along with dozens of other tech pundits, has earmarked wireless networking as one of the next big things. It won't be long, he said, before the high-speed wireless networks that have started popping up in Starbucks coffeehouses and McDonald's fast-food restaurants start becoming ubiquitous — and people won't leave home without their wireless devices.

“The next chapter is the connectivity of everything to everything,'' he said.

So your car will be able to analyze traffic patterns and tell you if you're about to become ensnarled in a massive traffic jam, for example.

Walsh sped along in a kind of breathlessness heard a lot in the late 1990s — right before the bottom fell out of the technology market.

And, yes, he said, markets went wildly askew then. “There needs to be an `E' in the P/E ratios for a lot of those companies,'' he said of price/earnings ratios, which tell how expensive a stock is.

But if the valuations that overzealous investors placed on stocks were wrong, the value of the Internet has been proven right, he said. “We didn't get the value wrong in terms of what it means to your life and to my life.''

Read More


Posted on Apr 25, 2003

Through spring term
Social Science Building, faculty lounge gallery
“Vietnam”: A collaborate
photography exhibit by Fall 2002 Term Abroad Program participants. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Sponsored by
IEG, Partnership for Global Education, and East Asian Studies.

Through May 18
Gallery at the Nott Memorial
Luo Brothers: Welcome the World Famous Brand
Three Chinese brothers/artists “combine cultural revolution imagery with
world-wide consumer culture icons in lacquer paintings of extraordinary
color-intensity and saturation.”

Through May 18
Nott Memorial, Wickoff Gallery (3rd floor)
Photo exhibit: Flores Tranquilas, the work of Mary Annese

Through June
Arts Atrium Gallery
Senior Exhibitions

Read More


Posted on Apr 25, 2003

Friday, April 25, 2 p.m.
Central Park Ballfield
Baseball vs. Skidmore

Friday, April 25, 4 p.m.
Frank Bailey Field
Women's lacrosse vs. Rochester

Friday, April 25 to 28, 8 & 10 p.m.
Reamer Campus Center Auditorium
Film: Two Weeks Notice

Friday, April 25, 10 p.m.
Old Chapel
Fantasy Casino Night – Casino games

Saturday, April 26 noon
Union tennis courts
Men's tennis vs. Hartwick

Saturday, April 26, Noon
Old Chapel
Madden Tournament 2003

Saturday, April 26, 1 p.m.
Alexander Field
Women's softball vs. Skidmore

Saturday, April 26, 7 p.m.
Frank Bailey Field
Men's lacrosse vs. Rensselaer

Saturday, April 26 (doors at 9 p.m., show at 10)
Memorial Chapel
Comedian Dave Attell in concert. Tickets $15 for the public.

Monday, April 28, 3:30 p.m.
Union tennis courts
Men's tennis vs. Rensselaer

Monday, April 28, 4:30 to 7 p.m.
(east of Old Chapel)
Greek Week barbecue, also live band. Greek Week April 28 to May 3. All events
open to the campus. Sign up at Reamer Campus Center.

Tuesday, April 29<br
Dutch Hollow, Reamer Campus Center
Poland Day at Dutch!

Tuesday, April 29, 12:30 p.m.
Old Chapel
George Wise, historian, GE, on “Charles Proteus Steinmetz, Union College and the Origins of Electrical Engineering”
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Electrical
Engineering Department at Union College

Tuesday, April 29, 3:30 p.m.
Alexander Field
Women's softball vs. Hamilton

Tuesday, April 29, 4:15 p.m.
Humanities 019
Bioethics on Tuesday presents “More Doctors Smoke Camels Than Any Other Cigarette:
Advertising and Medicine.” Exhibition and panel discussion with doctors and
scholars. Sponsored by the College's Center for Bioethics.

Tuesday, April 29, 8 p.m.
Reamer Campus Center Auditorium
Holocaust Remembrance Day: Guest speaker will be a local Holocaust survivor,
followed by candle-lighting memorial ceremony.

Wednesday, April 30  
Upperclass Dining
Beach Party

Wednesday, April 30, 10 p.m.
Old Chapel
Adam Richmond

Wednesday, April 30, 7 p.m.
Frank Bailey Field
Men's lacrosse vs. Stevens Institute of Technology

Wednesday, April 30 to Friday, May 2
Various venues
Lecture Series: East/West Perspectives on
sponsored by the Philosophy Department.

Thursday, May 1, 6 p.m.
F.W. Olin Center
Artist Adrian Piper on “Talking Pictures,”  the Katharine Van Meter Sadock Lecture Series on
Women in the Arts sponsored by Women's Studies.

Thursday, May 1, 7:30 p.m.
Arts Building 215
J-Pop Music Culture Presentation – part of the Serious Pop! cultural series
sponsored by the East Asian Studies Department

Friday, May 2, 6 p.m.
Upperclass Dining
Mountebanks presents “It Spoiled His Constitution”
For reservations, call ext. 6812.

Friday, May 2 to Monday, May 5, 8 and 10

Reamer Campus Center Auditorium
Film: Adaptation

Saturday, May 3, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
UCARE day featuring activities, games and refreshments for children age 12 and
young (accompanied by an adult). Sponsored by the Kenney Community Center

Saturday, May 3, 3 p.m.
Memorial Chapel
Pianist Wei-Jen Yuan will perform selected works by Bach, Beethoven, Schubert,
Chopin, Ravel, and Liszt. Sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts and Union College Academy for Lifelong Learning (UCALL)

Read More

Serious Pop! continues with J-Rap, films, concert

Posted on Apr 25, 2003

Luo Brothers: “Welcome the World Famous Brand” (2000, lacquer on wood, 25 1/2″ x 21 3/4″)

“Serious Pop! Social Commentary in Asian Pop Culture,” continues with a session on J-Rap, films, an exhibit, and a concert by a pioneer of Chinese rock music.

Sponsored by East
Asian Studies, the series is made possible with support from the Freeman

Following is a
chronological listing of events:

Through May 18, Mandeville Gallery

Luo brothers exhibition:

Luo Brothers Welcome the World Famous Brand is
an exhibition of paintings by the Chinese trio of brothers Luo Weidong, Luo
Weiguo, and Luo Weibing, who live and work together in Beijing.
Their work blends traditional, Cultural Revolution, and consumer culture
imagery in paintings that burst with color and overflow with action. This
exhibition is on display at the Mandeville Gallery in the Nott Memorial. Hours
are Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m.–10 p.m.;
Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday,
Noon–5 p.m.; and Sunday, Noon–10 p.m.

For details and a complete
schedule, visit:


May 1, 7:30
, Arts Building

J-Pop music culture presentation

Presentation on J-Pop music culture by Ian Condry (MIT)
and Jennifer Milioto Matsue (Dartmouth).
No film will be shown this week.

May 8, 7:30
, F. W. Olin Center

Beijing Bastards (1993, Directed by Zhang Yuan) Beijing Bastards has been called the first “independent” Chinese
film. The film revolves around Cui Jian, a kind of Chinese Bruce Springsteen,
who also helped write the film and partly produced it. In the film, several
friends and acquaintances of a woman set out to look for her after she
attempted suicide for completely incomprehensible reasons. During their quest,
the viewer is a witness to the different cultures in the city. A real rock 'n'
roll star (Cui Jian) tries to organize a concert and is thwarted by the

May 15, 4:30–6:30
, Mandeville Gallery

Luo Brothers closing reception:

Closing reception for the exhibition Luo Brothers –
Welcome the World Famous Brand,
at the Mandeville Gallery in the Nott

May 16, 8
, Memorial Chapel

Cui Jian concert
Admission: $5

Cui Jian (pronounced “sway jen”) is China's
most famous rock musician. The pioneer of rock music in China,
Cui has sold more than 10 million records. He became a pop culture icon during
and after the Tiananmen Square incident in 1989. His two
most recent albums, Balls Under the Red Flag and The Power of the
received governmental criticism at home and critical acclaim
outside of China.
Cui has worked for years under a de facto performance ban in China,
his gigs limited to a few bars in Beijing.
His work explores the Chinese national character, a subject of chronic
sensitivity for the Chinese government. Cui has toured in Asia,
Europe, and North America. Visit www.cuijian.com.

Read More

Mountebanks to present ‘It Spoiled His Constitution’

Posted on Apr 25, 2003

Mountebanks, the student theater organization, will present
the murder-mystery theater “It Spoiled His Constitution” on Friday, May 2, at 6 p.m. in Upperclass Dining.

Tickets are $5, declining balance available. For
reservations, call ext. 6812.

The original production, by sophomore Kit
Goldstein and alumna Umber Gold, is an interactive
performance set in 18th-century Albany.
Through scripted dialogue and audience interaction, the play re-creates the
atmosphere of dissention and celebration that prevailed in Albany
politics in the summer of 1788. As a prominent Albany
gentleman holds a party to celebrate the ratification of the U.S. Constitution,
a bitter Anti-Federalist arrives to disturb the proceedings. Music, dancing and
murder result.

The play was performed in the summer of 2002 by the
Niskayuna Acting Troupe at Schuyler Mansion Historic Site in Albany
and at the Mabee Farm historic site in Rotterdam.

The cast includes Sean Luttman, Jill Goldberb, Pamela
Koncius, David Kay, Federico Folres Lopez, Alisa Akst, Mary Olushoga, Guy
Goldstein and Brian McCarty. The crew includes Josh Dubs,
producer; Nina Kalinkos (stage manager); and Kit Goldstein
and Alina Samuels, directors.

Read More