The College's commitment to international study was recognized
recently by the Institute for International Education, which ranked the College
seventh among peer institutions nationwide in the number of students who engage
in study abroad.
The College sent 400 students to study abroad during the
2001-2 academic year. Saint Olaf
College ranked first with 644 students, Colgate
University second with 544. After
that the grouping was tight. A margin of only 29 students separated Smith
College, in third place, and Union.
“The IIE study validates what those of us at Union
have held all along,” said William Thomas,
director of international programs. “International study is an important part of
the undergraduate experience, and at Union it is an
integral part of the curriculum.”
The number of U.S. university-level students receiving
credit for study abroad in 2001/02 increased 4.4 percent from the previous
year, reaching a record total of 160,920, according to Open Doors 2003, the annual report on international education
published by the IIE with funding from the State Department's Bureau of Educational
and Cultural Affairs.
“Despite a weak economy and post-9/11 concerns, American
students continue to regard study abroad as a critical component of their
higher education experience,” said an IIE release that accompanied the study.
Two members of the Union women's
soccer team – junior forward Brittany Cressman and senior midfielder and
forward Stephanie Molé – have been named National Soccer Coaches Athletics
Association (NSCAA/ADIDAS) All-Americans.
Cressman a sociology major from Duxbury, Mass.,
was named to the second team. Mol, an economics major from Newton, Mass., was named to the third team.
Cressman led the team in points at 50 (16 goals and 18 assists). Molé, playing in midfield, totaled 12 points (4 goals and four assists).
Both players also were named to
the first team NSCAA/ADIDAS All-Region. Erika Eisenhut, a sophomore forward
from Mohawk, N.Y., was named to the second team NSCAA/ADIDAS All-Region.
“I am thrilled for Stephanie for she is a senior and this is her final opportunity,” said Coach Brian Speck. “She is certainly one of the best ever to come through this program. Brittany had a wonderful season and is one of the strongest forwards in the nation. It is a great day for Union women's soccer.”
Three teams of 11 players are
selected for both the national and regional honors.
Cressman and Molé will receive their
awards on January 17 at the NSCAA/ADIDAS All-American luncheon in Charlotte,
junior captain Jamie Laubisch and senior captain Glenn Sanders visited Albany
Ronald McDonald Room and the Ronald McDonald House on South
Lake Street in Albany
on Tuesday, Dec. 9, to deliver stuffed animals that had been collected during
the Dutchmen's game with Princeton on Friday, Dec. 5.
About 100 stuffed animals were thrown on the ice by fans
during the game's first intermission. Besides the visit to the Ronald McDonald
Room and House, the remaining stuffed animals will be delivered to local
children's hospitals around the Capital Region by the men's and women's hockey
team's head coaches and players.
Will Geffe has
been named interim sports information director at Union College, serving in the role until the return of
longtime sports information director George Cuttita, who has been on leave since October 16.
Geffe will remain on staff at Union upon Cuttita's
return, serving as the interim assistant sports information director until the end
of March, when he will serve as the primary contact for men's and women's
hockey for the remainder of the 2003-2004 season.
Geffe has been serving as the color commentator
for Union's men's hockey broadcasts on WTMM, ESPN 1300 AM this season. He has
also served as a PA announcer for the college, handling football and selected other sporting
Before joining Union in the broadcast booth this fall, Geffe provided play-by-play, color, and PA services for
Concord (NH) High School and MCTV 22 in Manchester, N.H., for local college and high school
Geffe has also worked as a freelance
“voiceover” artist in New Hampshire and the Capital Region.