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First Student-Athlete Festival Highlights

Posted on May 30, 2003

Head volleyball coach, Sandy Collins (sitting) helped with the registration for the “Fun Run.” Collins
also oversaw the activities of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SACC) who played a major role
in organizing the event.

Over 100 student-athletes participate in the first-ever athletic festival on Sunday, May 25. A 2k “Fun Run” kicked off the day with a well deserved picnic. In between, the students rotated to stations that included, volleyball, soccer, flag football and softball. The events coordinator, Ramsey Baker, (Union Class of 1993, and the Colleges Assistant Director of Athletics, was pleased with both the turnout and the positive feedback he got from those who did participate.

“For a first time event I was very pleased with the number of student-athletes that came out to participate,” said Baker, “especially considering that it was Spring Fest weekend and a number of our student-athletes had prior commitments to other organizations that that are a part of.”

“The idea for a student-athlete festival came out of discussions during senior staff meetings in the fall,” Baker continued. ” Val has wanted to do something at the end of the year for students to bring them together since he got to Union and this was the year to get the program started. I have been a part of several student-athlete festivals run by the Institute for International Sport and I borrowed some of the ideas from those events to create our program. Working with SAAC we pulled together the concept for the festival this year. I consider it a work in progress that we can adapt each year as the momentum for the event grows. I think that the student-athletes who took part in this year's festival will be our best advocates and promoters of the event in the future.”

As with any successful event, a lot of time and effort is needed from talented people.

Ramsey Baker (top left), Class of 1993 and the College's assistant director of athletics, was excited about
the day went and already has some ideas for next year.

“The event came together and worked because of the efforts of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) members that served as captains,” Baker explained. “The group showed good leadership skills and they adapted with the changing schedule and the uneven teams to make things work and make the event fun. We also had a number of coaches and staff members volunteer to help run the day, cook at the barbeque and participate as a team. It was great to see the coaches and staff come together as a team. A special thank you to Sandy Collins for working so hard on getting t-shirts for the event, and for Larry Cottrell for designing the fun run t-shirt.”

Baker has already developed some ideas for next year's festival.

“As the programs grows I would like to add some non-athletic events to allow our student-athletes to showcase some of their many of their non-sport related talents,” he said. “We will be able to do this as the momentum of the event builds and the festival becomes an end of year tradition.

“Although it is important for the student-athletes to integrate into the general campus population, we also feel it is important that they get to know each other and develop friendships between sport teams” Baker continued. “For that reason, we will keep the festival for student-athletes only, with the exception of the fun run which we hope to grow to involve faculty staff and other non-athletes students in the future”.

Members of the men's basketball team (top) shared the “Fun Run” experience. To the right is Brian Speck, head women's soccer coach. From the photo, can you guess if Coach Speck (1) Is Leading the Pack , or
(2) The Best of the Rest?
Student-Athlete 2002-03 Advisory Committee
(membership included)
  • Larry Kaplan/Frank Arcuri – baseball
  • Phil Henry/Imbrie Packard – basketball
  • Kelly Baker/Taryn Scinto – basketball
  • David Van Houte/Jon Menz – crew
  • Cassie Evans/Shanna Theriault – crew
  • Matt Weber/Ben Waite – cross country
  • Becky Seaman/Lisa Capomaccio – cross country
  • Terra Lederhouse/Lauren Updegrove – field hockey
  • AJ Bodden/Dan Mehleisen – football
  • Kris Goodjohn/Brent Booth – ice hockey
  • Jamie Laubisch/Courtney Riepenhoff – ice hockey
  • Lee Starker/Matt Murphy – lacrosse
  • Liz Flanagan/Christie Lynch – lacrosse
  • Katie Ryan – soccer
  • Erin Lefkowitz – softball
  • Ridgely Harrison – swimming
  • Catherine Cahill – swimming
  • Oliver Collins/Andrew Shohet – tennis
  • Megann Denefrio/Lauren Stellato – tennis
  • Justin Sievert – track
  • Katie Round – track
  • Corinn Jordan/Julie Moran – volleyball
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Third Annual Senior Banquet Highlights

Posted on May 30, 2003

Jill Ring (left with her parents) pulled off a sweep as she was voted the freshman, soph- more, junior and senior “Athlete of the Year.”

Union honored and “thanked” the 79 members of the class of 2003 for their contributions on the athletic fields, courts, rivers, and pools, over the last four years. The Third Annual Senior Appreciation Dinner was held on Wednesday, May 21 at the Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia.

Among the many highlights of the event was the announcements of the Presidential Award for “Academic Excellence” and the Director's Awards for “Sustained Competitive Excellence” for the recently concluded 2002-03 campaign.

Union College President Roger Hull recognized the women's cross country team and the men's crew team for their overall grade point averages of 3.52 and 3.11, respectively.

Val Belmonte, Union's Director of Athletics, awarded Justin Sievert as the 2002-03 “Student-Athlete of the Year” (see story above), and named sixth-year head softball coach Peter Brown as the College's “Coach of the Year.” Brown, led the Dutchwomen to their first-ever NCAA tournament (in the program's 28-year history) The Dutchwomen, who lost their opener to the 2002 National Champion Ithaca Bombers, advanced to the championship round, (knocking Ithaca from the double elimination tournament, 7-3, in a loser's bracket game) before losing to top-seeded Cortland, 3-1, in the Eastern Regional finals. Union finished the year at 26-7, tying the school record for wins in a season set by Brown's 1999 squad, which qualified for the New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association's championship tournament. New York State
Assemblyman James Tedisco (Union, Class of 1972), who still holds many who still holds many of Union's basketball records (despite playing for only three years and without the three-point field goal), was the main speaker and challenged the seniors to go out into the world and always be ready to raise the bar higher and to never cheat themselves or their teammates by letting the fear of challenges. Tedisco also reminded the student-athletes that because of their insolvent with athletics and because they worked with coaches who genuinely care about them as people, first and foremost.

Bill Scanlon introduces New York State Assemblyman James Tedisco (Class of 1972) as the event's main speaker. Scanlon was Union's assistant basketball coach when Tedisco, who was not allowed to play as a freshman in accord- ance with what was then the
Here are the names of the seniors who were honored
  • Orly Amir – ice hockey
  • Kate Barber – cross country
  • Emily Barron – swimming
  • George Beebe – football
  • Alicia Bertoni – cross country
  • AJ Bodden – football
  • David Bookman – soccer
  • Tristan Boscardin – track
  • Elizabeth Brogan – cross country
  • Calvin Brown – baseball
  • Chris Burns – soccer
  • Oliver Collins – tennis
  • Kevin Cox – soccer
  • Dan Croce – football
  • Aaron D'Addario – swimming
  • Randy Dagenais – ice hockey
  • Thomas Daigle – baseball
  • Megann Denefrio – tennis
  • Andrew Eisler – track
  • Nicole Encarnacao – track
  • Stephen Erickson – track
  • Jeff Fairfield – track
  • Alan Fiore – football
  • Bill Fitzgerald – football
  • Colin Fletcher – lacrosse
  • Brian Foy – soccer
  • Ryan Gallo – football
  • Nathan Gillies – ice hockey
  • Kris Goodjohn – ice hockey
  • Anil Gupta – tennis
  • Ridgely Harrison IV – swimming
  • Chris Hartnett – baseball
  • Phil Henry – basketball
  • Robert Herbst – baseball
  • Adam Hollenbach – football
  • William Holmes – soccer
  • Chris Johnson – soccer
  • Corinn Jordan – volleyball
  • Jason Kean – ice hockey
  • Robert Kelley – football
  • Joe Kelmanovich – track, cross country
  • Randy Kerwin – football
  • Joseph Kilcullen – lacrosse
  • Matt Lallier – track
  • Grant Lanterman – football
  • Terra Lederhouse – field hockey
  • Erin Lefkowitz – softball
  • Graham Lombardo – soccer
  • Katie Lombardo – lacrosse
  • Nina Mandel – lacrosse
  • Tony Metz – football
  • Brinley Mooney – swimming
  • Matt Murphy – lacrosse
  • Eric Papandrea – football
  • Mike Ranfone – football
  • Ashley Rinear – cross country
  • Jill Ring – softball, Bball
  • Katherine Rosenberg – lacrosse
  • Katie Round – track
  • Adam Schwaber – track
  • Robert Seidenkranz – tennis
  • Molly Semler – ice hockey
  • Polina Shcherbatov – tennis
  • Amos Sheldon – swimming
  • Justin Sievert – track, football
  • Carolyn Simon – hockey
  • Pat St. Denis – football
  • Lee Starker – lacrosse
  • Carolyn Stead – soccer
  • Chelsi Stevens – field hockey
    Union President Roger Hull, who was a track athlete
    during his undergraduate days at Dartmouth, recognized
    the women's cross country team and the men's crew
    team for their overall grade point averages of 3.52
    and 3.11, respectively.
  • Allison Sturma – crew
  • Erika Tilley – crew
  • John Vandervoort – swimming
  • Shawn VanVeghten – football
  • Ben Waite – cross country, track
  • Lauren Wander – swimming
  • Matthew Weber – cross country, track
  • Abbie West – soccer
  • Marc Wise – ice hockey
Would like to thank the following sponsors
for their generous donations:
  • Hudson River Bank And Trust Company–Senior Awards
  • Game Creek Video–Event's Highlight Video
  • Boathouse Sports–Dinner Table
  • I Love NY Pizza–Dinner Table
Student-Athlete Sponsors
  • Thomas & Christine Bodden
  • Stephen Bodmer '83
  • Charlotte Borst
  • Mary Lynn & Marco Boscardin
  • Cherryl & M. Craig Brown
  • George Estefani
  • N.A. Mark Estes III
  • Sig & Betty Giambruno '51
  • Eric & Wendy Goidel '79
  • William Grant '49
  • John Parillo, MD '57
  • Dorothy Scarpinato '80
  • Kevin Wolf '82
  • Gershon's
  • Marty's True Value
  • CHA Tech Services
  • In Style Salon
  • Sofco
  • Accent Furniture
  • Family Tire and Auto
  • Visage
  • Union

  • Peter Pause

  • Stadium

  • Holiday

  • Whalen
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A Look at Justin Sievert’s Remarkable Career

Posted on May 30, 2003

Outdoor Track

Justin Sievert concluded an outstanding career last week. On Wednesday, May 21, he was recipient of the “Director's Award” as Union's Outstanding Athlete for the 2002-03 academic year at the third annual senior banquet. Sievert, however, was not there to accept the honor as he was with head track coach Larry Cottrell at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships. On Saturday, May 26, Sievert's last shot put throw in a garnet uniform earned him All-American status.
The 6'2, 265-pound native of New Paltz, New York (he now resides with his family in Hudsonville, Michigan), took home eighth place with a throw of 53-4 1/2 (16.27m). It was Sievert's 37th outdoor honor.

No…that was not a misprint. Sievert's All-American accomplishment was his 37th outdoor honor in the last four years. Those 37 outdoor honors go along with the 21 (twenty-one) indoor honors he has won.

“To say that Justin has made an impact on our program is quite the under statement,” said Cottrell. “His athletic accomplishments speak for themselves. What is harder to measure is what he has meant to all of us as a person and as a leader, both athletically and academically. Besides his track and football accomplishments, Justin, who is a political science major, has been a member of the UCAA's All-Academic team for both sports the last three years (a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.2…freshmen are not eligible). He has risen the bar, not only for our track performers, not only for all of our student-athletes, but for all present and future Union students who walk this campus.”

Easily one of the most decorated student-athletes at Union in the last 23 years, Sievert was elected captain and “Most Valuable Performer” for both the indoor and outdoor teams the last two years, Surprisingly, he does not hold any Union records. That, surprising fact, however, does not in any way diminish Sievert's overall contributions to the Union Community. Editor's Note: (Rich Pulver, Class of 1995, holds Union's indoor record 54' 4″ (16.56 meters), and is also the outdoor record holder, winning a National Championship with a throw of 56' 6 3/4″ (17.21 meters).

“Justin is a great example of the ideal student athlete,” said assistant indoor track (and head men's soccer) coach Jeff Guin. “Not only is he a very successful football player, is an All-American track and field athlete and an honors student headed to law school. Until recently, he did this with little fan fare. He worked very hard to achieve the excellence which he did achieve.”

Like every other person in the world, Sievert's career has been filled with highs and lows. In track, he points to his fourth place finish in the 2002 NCAA outdoor championship and his 2002 New York State outdoor championships in the shot put and discus among the top finishers on his lengthy list of favorite memories In football, Sievert says that “beating Hobart the week after the passing of Mark Stokes,” (Sievert's friend and linemate who was killed in an auto accident the second weekend in September, 2000) ranks on top of a long list that includes making it to the NCAAs in 2000 and beating RPI in both 2000 and 2002. Among his disappointments are the 2002-03 indoor championships in which an official's error forced a re-throw that resulted in Sievert losing an opportunity to capture All-American status. He is also disappointed that he did not win a national track championship. A 2001 home loss to a sub-.500 Springfield in the regular-season finale, which knocked the Dutchmen out of consideration for an NCAA invitation and injuries suffered during his senior year lead the forgettable category.

Sievert, who has obviously worked very hard to achieve the high standards he set for himself, is very careful in talking about what his goals are for the future and whether or not he has reached or surpassed the goals he set for himself four years ago as a wide-eyed Union freshman who had experienced a very successful high school career.

“People always talk about goals they would like to meet in their athletic careers,” he
says. “It is fine to set goals for yourself and attempt to meet them, but goals just set limits to what you can achieve. When you are finished with whatever sport you participate in the important thing is not what honors or awards you receive, because that's not what athletics is about and it really is not all that important. The important thing is that through either victory or defeat you can honestly look back on your career and know that you did everything possible to better yourself. You should not have any regrets or excuses but rather should be able to just accept the results of your work whether they are positive or negative.”

Captured All-American Honors
In his final throw in a Garnet uniform
At the May 25th NCAA Championships

A political science major with a minor in history, Sivert spent the winter and spring of this year working as an intern in the office of New York State Assemblyman James Tedisco (Union, Class of 1972).

“Justin has served as my Legislative Intern since the beginning of the 2003 Legislative Session in January,” Tedisco explained. “From the beginning, he exhibited a level of maturity, responsibility and efficiency far beyond that of most interns. Within a short time of his arrival, I was able to assign Justin projects that had normally been reserved for more experienced staff. When he was assigned to my office, I knew that he was a gifted athlete, but I was unaware of just how those gifts extended beyond his abilities on the field. It was obvious from the start that Justin places the same dedication and work ethic to his responsibilities in my office as he does in football and track and field.”

Tedisco, who was the main speaker at the third annual senior awards banquet, challenged the 79 graduating student-athletes to go out into the world and always be ready to raise the bar higher and to never cheat themselves or their teammates by letting the fear of challenges. Tedisco also reminded the student-athletes that because of their insolvent with athletics and because they worked with coaches who genuinely care about them as people, first and foremost. Sievert, who was wearing his garnet uniform for the final time at the NCAA outdoor meet, was not at the banquet. Apparently he did not need to be there.

“Two things that have impressed me most about Justin Sievert,” said Tedisco, “are his ability to quickly develop an understanding of complex issues and his eagerness to apply the extra work necessary to complete difficult tasks. He pays close attention to detail and the quality of his work is excellent. Justin Sievert is a tremendous asset to this office and I have no doubt that he will excel in anything he does.”

Senior Standout Justin Sievert's Outstanding Career

Indoor Track (21 honors)

  • NCAA Honorable Mention All American Shot Put

  • NYS Champion Shot Shot

  • NYS Field Event Athlete of the Year
  • NYS Place-finisher Shot Put
    (four times)

  • ECAC Place-finisher Shot Put
    (three times)

  • UCAA Champion Shot Put

  • UCAA Record Holder Shot Put
  • UCAA Field Event Athlete of the Year

  • UCAA Place-finisher Shot Put
    (four times)

Facility Records

  • Hamilton College Track Record (Outdoor) Shot Put
  • St Lawrence College Track Record (Indoor) Shot Put

Football Acomplishments

  • Four-year starter at defensive tackle
  • 131 total tackles on 54 first hits and 97 assists
  • 10 quarterback sacks and 5 fumble recoveries
  • Captain during his senior season
  • UCAA All-Conference team

Union College
Athletic Department Honors

  • 2002-03 Director's Cup
    Presented to the male or female student-athlete of the year who has demonstrated
    “sustained competitive excellence”

  • 2003 William B. Jaffe Medal
    Presented to the senior male athlete voted by the athletic department to be the outstanding athlete of the year, taking into account the character and motivation of the individual in addition to athletic excellence

  • 2002 William A. Pike Memorial Award
    The trophy is presented to a junior male athlete for attitude, ability, participation, and achievement in intercollegiate sports

Outdoor Track (37 honors)

  • NCAA All-American Shot Put

  • ECAC Champion Shot Put

  • ECAC Record Holder Shot Put
  • ECAC Place-finisher Shot Put
    (three times)

  • ECAC Qualifier Discus
  • ECAC Place-finisher Discus
  • NYS Champion Shot Put
    (three times)

  • NYS Champion Discus
  • NYS Field Event Athlete of the Year

  • NYS Place-finisher Shot Put
    (four times)

  • NYS Place-finisher Discus
    (three times)

  • UCAA Champion Shot Put

  • UCAA Record Holder Shot Put
  • UCAA Champion Discus

  • UCAA Field Event Athlete of the Year

  • UCAA Place-finisher Shot Put
    (four times)

  • UCAA Place-finisher Discus
    (three times)

  • 2003 United States Track Coaches Association
    Regional Track Athlete of the Year
    (Atlantic Region)
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Posted on May 30, 2003

Through spring term
Social Sciences Building, faculty lounge gallery
“Vietnam”: A collaborative 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 spring term
Humanities Building, faculty lounge gallery
Photography exhibit: Circus photographs by Nori Lupfer '03, winner of Watson Fellowship.

Through spring term
Arts Atrium Gallery
Senior exhibitions

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Posted on May 30, 2003

Through Sunday, June 1
Various campus venues
ReUnion 2003 – for details, visit http://www.union.edu/reunion

Through Sunday June 1
Yulman Theater
Play: Bertolt Brecht's Caucasian Chalk Circle. Performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 30 and 31; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 1. Tickets are $7 general admission and $5 for students. Information 388-6545.

Friday, May 30, 7 p.m. to Saturday, May 31, 7 a.m.
Library Field
Relay for Life – a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. For registration/information, contact Angie DeSilva at desilvaa@union.edu or Emily Sweeney at sweeneye@union.edu.

Friday, May 30, through Monday, June 2, 8 & 10 p.m.
Reamer Campus Center Auditorium
Movie: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Sunday, June 1
Memorial Fieldhouse
Youth Olympics

Monday, June 2, 3 p.m.
Social Sciences 103
Discussion program featuring Victoria Wohl of the Classics Department at Ohio State University on “White Men Saving Brown Women from Brown Men: Suppliant Women and the Democratic State.”

Tuesday, June 3, 12:30 p.m.
Reamer Campus Center Auditorium
General faculty meeting

Tuesday, June 3, 7 p.m.
Arts 215
“Romantic Chamber Music” by Jasmina Begovic '03, Christine Healey '05, Abra Segerson '04, Rebecca Traver '05, Portia Zwicker '03 and Professor Hilary Tann.)

Wednesday, June 4
West and Upperclass Dining
Good luck and farewell dinner

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