Posted on Jul 23, 2004

Union College was voted Best College Campus in Metroland newspaper's annual “Best of the Capital Region” contest. Editors of the weekly alternative paper vote for their favorites in numerous categories, including best pizza, best scenic drive, best park (won by Schenectady's Central Park, by the way), and even best cemetery.

Union's campus was called “immaculate,” “beautifully kept,” and “impressive,” to name a few of the many compliments in the paper. It went on to say, “The campus also has some of our region's most impressive architecture on display, including the recently refurbished Schaffer Library, the expansive new F.W. Olin Center science building and, in the center of it all, the only hexadecagonal-that's 16-sided-building in the northern hemisphere, the Nott Memorial.”

Also honored was the Mandeville Gallery in the Nott as one of the best
college galleries. Curator Rachel Seligman was noted for her “savvy
leadership.” In addition, Metroland said, faculty shows in the
Mandeville Gallery “outdo the competition in their comprehensiveness.”

For a complete listing of “the bests” and to read the complete piece on Union, visit

For the Mandeville Gallery piece and others in the arts, go to