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Performing Arts sets 2005 concerts

Posted on Dec 30, 2004

The Department of Performing Arts at Union College
announces a five-concert series curated by (and in several cases featuring) the
department's five music faculty.

Ranging from world music to jazz to chamber music to choral to
solo organ, the series showcases the diversity of musical expression studied
and performed at Union

Presented by Prof. Jennifer Matsue: The Korean Traditional
Performing Arts Association
January 13 at 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Chapel-free admission
This nine-member ensemble from NYC presents an evening of Korean traditional
music and dance

Presented by Prof. Tim Olsen: The Tim Olsen Band
February 13 at 3:00 p.m. in Old Chapel-free with Union ID; general admission
Music for big band composed and arranged by Tim Olsen, featuring some of the
Capital District's leading jazz players

Presented by Prof. Dianne McMullen: Diane Bish, organ
April 3 at 3:00 p.m. in Memorial Chapel-free to Eastern New York Chapter,
American Guild of Organists or with Union ID; general admission $20
One of America's most renowned concert organists in a program of Bach, Haydn,
Widor, and Bish

Presented by Prof. Victor Klimash:
The Mendelssohn Club Men's Chorus, Victor Klimash, conductor
May 15 at 3:00 p.m. in Memorial Chapel- free with Union ID; general admission
Music celebrating wine, women, and song

Presented by Prof. Hilary Tann: The Meininger Trio
May 26 at 8:00 p.m. in Memorial Chapel- free with Union ID; general admission
This internationally-celebrated group (flute, cello, and piano) performs
works by Haydn, Fauré, Fabregas, and Hilary Tann's recent composition
Gardens of Anna Maria Louisa de Medici

General admission tickets are available at the door for all
concerts on a first come, first served basis. For more information about
specific concert arrangements, please call the Music Hotline at (518) 388-6201.

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Show aims to curb drunk driving

Posted on Dec 23, 2004

From “Friends,” a photo of the roadside memorial from the November 2000 car crash at Colgate University

Union College's Nott Memorial will host an exhibition aimed at deterring young people from drinking and driving.

“Friends: One Day, One Wrong Turn” chronicles the effects of a November 2000 car crash at Colgate University that claimed the lives of four college students — Katie Almeter, Emily Collins, Kevin King and Rachel Nargiso.

The show, free and open to the public, runs Jan. 10 through Feb. 27 in Dyson Hall, the first floor of the Nott Memorial, the campus centerpiece building. The show is open during regular Nott Memorial hours: daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 388-6004.

An opening reception is Thursday, Jan. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. with remarks by Union College President Roger Hull; Schenectady Police Chief Michael Geraci; Doris Aiken, director of Remove Intoxicated Drivers (RID); Denis Foley, exhibit curator; and members of the victims' families.

The exhibition focuses on the lives of the victims with individual histories, photos, possessions, interviews and recordings. The aftermath that the families, friends, police and community were left with is included as well.

The combination of these elements creates an emotional reaction in observers, with the goal of behavioral change. This approach creates a powerful message that may deter college-age students from driving after consuming alcohol. The exhibition will travel to colleges and universities throughout New York State.

Friends is a traveling exhibition sponsored by the Lewis Henry Morgan Institute at SUNYIT in Utica, N.Y. It is curated by Denis Foley in collaboration with Rachel Seligman, director of the Mandeville Gallery of Union College.

For more on the show, visit: http://people.sunyit.edu/~lhmi/Friends/

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Happy Holidays

Posted on Dec 22, 2004




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Viniar Athletic Center Dedication Set for January 15

Posted on Dec 22, 2004

A new era in Union's proud basketball history began the
weekend of November 28 and 29 when the women and men's teams moved from
Memorial Field House to the brand new Viniar Sports Complex.  The $3.2 million facility will be
dedicated on Saturday, January 15
as Union looks to thank David Viniar,
Class of 1976, and his family for their tremendous donation.



The day's celebration will begin
at 11 a.m. with the annual men's alumni game. 
A private luncheon and recognition ceremony will take place at 12:30 and
be followed by the Dutchwomen's Liberty League game against Vassar at 2.  Dedication of the Viniar Athletic Center
will be held on the court at roughly 3:30 before the Dutchmen take on Vassar at


David Viniar graduated summa cum
laude from Union College in 1976 and earned a Bachelor's degree in economics.
He was a member of Union's varsity basketball team, which in 1974-75, compiled
a 20-4 record and captured the Eastern College Athletic Conference's Upstate
New York championship. He serves today as a member of the Board of Trustees of
the College.


After Union, Mr. Viniar went on to
graduate school at Harvard University, where he received his Master's in
Business Administration in 1980. Upon graduation, David joined the investment
banking firm of Goldman Sachs & Co., where he became a partner in 1992 and
Chief Financial Officer in 1999.


An active alumnus, he has
volunteered with the Career Development Center, served as admissions
representative, and participated as a member of Friends of Union Athletics. In
1997, he established the Leo and Evelyn Viniar Scholarship at Union in honor of
his parents.

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Dick Sakala Rejoins Union as the Associate Interim Director of Athletics

Posted on Dec 22, 2004

Dick Sakala, who served as Union's first full-time director
of athletics from 1977 until his retirement in the spring of 2000, has returned
to Union as the associate interim athletic director.  He will assist interim athletic director Dwight Wolf while a search
committee seeks a full-time director.

Dick Sakala

During his tenure at Union, Sakala was the architect of one
of the most successful Division III programs in the East. Union football and
swimming and diving teams were national contenders while the field hockey,
women's volleyball, men's lacrosse, baseball and softball teams enjoyed
postseason success within the ECAC and the New York State Women's Collegiate
Athletic Association. Union's men's ice hockey team was considered one of the
finest in the ECAC and the nation at the Division III level before moving into
the ECAC Division I Men's League in 1991.

A former president of the ECAC, Sakala served on the ECAC
Executive Council, the finance committee and was a member of several ECAC
Championships committees. He was also a member of the NCAA Division III
Football Committee.

A driving force behind the formation of the Upstate
Collegiate Athletic Association in 1995 (now called the Liberty League), he
helped bring together eight of the finest private New York State small colleges
(Clarkson, Hamilton, Hobart/William Smith, St. Lawrence, Rensselaer, Rochester,
Skidmore, and Union). Several of the teams have enjoyed postseason success at
the state and national levels. He served as the conference's president during
the 1997-98 season.

Sakala oversaw the renovation of numerous Union athletic
facilities. During his tenure, Alumni Gym, Garis Field, Memorial Field House,
Alexander Field and Frank Bailey Field were all upgraded. For his contributions
to the school, Sakala was presented with the Alumni Association's Faculty
Meritorious Service Award in 1984.   He
was awarded the 2002 Eastern College Athletic Conference Distinguished
Achievement Award, which is bestowed to an ECAC athletics administrator who has
achieved outstanding success in his or her career and has made significant
contributions in the interest of intercollegiate athletics.

A 1962 graduate of Columbia University, Sakala played
quarterback and defensive back for the 1961 Ivy League championship team. He
also played baseball for the Lions.

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