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Cressman Earns National All-American Honors

Posted on Dec 14, 2004

Brittany Cressman

forward Brittany Cressman (Duxbury, MA) added another impressive title
to her already impressive resume. 
Cressman, who last week was named to the National Soccer Coaches
Athletic Association / adidas Northeast All-Region first team, was selected as
a National Third-Team member. Cressman, who was a second-team selection last year, is the first Dutchwoman ever to earn two national All-American awards and just the third in the 25-year history of the program. Missy Matusewicz and Stephanie Mole' were the other two Dutchwomen to earn the honor.


was not the only Dutchwoman honored by the NSCAA.  Junior forward Cassandra Mariani (Boonton, NJ) was voted
to the Northeast All-Region second team while junior Julie Gawronski
(Dunkirk, NY)
was a third-team selection.


Cressman, who earned the Liberty League's “Most Valuable
Player” award, was also named the MVP of the ECAC tournament, won for the
first time ever by the Dutchwomen, finished her outstanding career second on
Union's all-time scoring list with 49 goals, 43 assists and 141 points. 
Her 43 career assists are also a team record as is the 18 helpers she had this
season.  Cressman finished this year as the Dutchwomen's leading scorer
with 16 goals and 50 points. 


Cassandra Mariani
Julie Gawronski

Mariani, who was a Liberty League first-team selection, finished
the regular season with 17 goals, seven assists and 41 points (she missed the
ECAC tournament due to an injury).  She
will enter her senior season sixth on the Dutchwomen's all-time scoring list
with 31 goals, 14 assists and 76 points.


Gawronski has already smashed most of Union's all-time goaltending
records.  She is first in career wins (44), first in wins in a season
(19…in both 2003 and 2004), first in shutout (25), first in shutouts in a
season (15), and first in career goals allowed with 19.  She was named to
the Liberty League's All-Conference first team this season after earning
second-team honors last year.

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Cagianello Joins the Dutchmen’s 1,000-Point Club

Posted on Dec 14, 2004

John Cagianello became the 14th member of the Dutchmen's 1,000-Point Club

Junior guard John Cagianello scored 12 points against
Washington and Jefferson on Monday, December 13 to become just the 14th
member of the basketball team's 1,000-point club.  Cagianello, who netted 499 points last season after scoring 420
points as a freshman, entered his junior campaign with a scoring average of

Cagianello picked up his historic 1,000th point
with 8:06 left in the game when his three-point basket gave Union a 58-57 lead.

the conference's “Rookie of the Year” following the 2002-03 campaign,
Cagianello was a Liberty League first-team selection last season and was also
voted to the Eastern College Athletic Conference's honorable mention team. 



The 1,000-Point Club


Galletta, 1,949—1998-01; Joe Cardany, 1,790—1977-81; Jim Tedisco, 1,632—1969-72; Sam Poulis, 1,426—1991-95; Joe
Wood, 1,398—1980-84; Ken D'Orzio, 1,292—1981-85; C.J.
Rodgers, 1,275—1998-01; Joe Clinton, 1,270—1979-83; Ken
Evans, 1,233—1990-94; Rob Groelz, 1,199—1996-99; Kevin
Bartlett, 1,147—1981-85; Dave Santos, 1,117—1960-63; Jerry
Brescia, 1,050—1987-91


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Posted on Dec 9, 2004

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New Confucius? ‘Bobisms’ rule in China Robert Herman ’41 popular columnist in China (from CNN.com)

Posted on Dec 9, 2004

The simple, sincere advice of 85-year-old Bob Herman appears in two popular teen magazines in China and his “Bobisms” have inspired a book of columns published in China called “Adventures of the Mind: Wit and Wisdom with Bob.”

“I've never been to China, I have no Chinese friends and I don't speak Chinese,” Herman, a former professor and economics adviser, said at his home in Slingerlands, outside Albany.

Herman writes about a host of topics including love, education, aging and youth, rebellion, greed, and success. Readers e-mail him letters every day seeking advice and praising him for his insight.

“The people I hear from never heard of Slingerlands but yet they can connect with me,” he said.

Herman's link with China began in 2002 when he was playing ping-pong in California with a woman who was the editor of a widely read Chinese-English magazine known as English Salon. He also writes for another magazine called Overseas English.

The editor had read some of Herman's poems, which were published in an anthology. She asked him to write a column espousing his philosophy of life.

No politics or religion

In both magazines, he is a featured columnist amid stories written for young people about western music and culture.

“There has been an outpouring of response and I don't understand it,” said Herman who does not write about religion or politics or about America. “I don't want to be preachy.”

Encouraging education is one of his themes. “The teacher who opens the door to the school closes the door to the prison,” he wrote recently.

Herman said one of his favorite letters came from a 10-year-old girl during the SARS epidemic last year. She told Herman she was afraid of death and wanted to him to help her overcome her fears. Like many Chinese people who write him letters, she signed in an “adopted” English name.

“It's amazing that a foreigner can understand me so well … You are a good listener and also a patient teacher,” wrote “Connie” from Tianjin. “I like to consider you as a friend who is sincere.”

Another person named “Shelley” from Shanghai is a teacher who enjoys Herman's columns.

“I have designed a new activity for students in my class. This is based on Bob's column, for we can benefit not only from the beautiful and easily understood language but also from his intelligent thoughts,” she said.

On the subject of time, Herman writes: “Time is the essence of life. It is something we all share. Each of us has a limited amount. How we use our time is the guiding force of our lives. How we spend our time tells other people who we are. We define ourselves by our use of time. We are what we do!”

Herman said his editors have never changed a word he has written. The columns appear in English and Chinese but his poems which are often included are never translated.

“The theme which pervades these writings is that learning and laughter are the fellow travelers that we need on our journey through life,” he said. “Our learning must give us the wisdom to settle controversies peacably.”

In addition to learning and laughter, Herman also promotes enjoyment and sharing and writes about war and how society needs to work for peace.

“We are going to grow up or blow up,” he said.


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Tree Top CEO jumps to WiFiFee as employee No. 3

Posted on Dec 3, 2004

David Ward, who started Tree Top Solutions Inc. in 2002 as a sophomore at Union College, stepped down as CEO of his company to become an employee of a local software company.

David Ward

Ward, 24, is employee No. 3 at WiFiFee LLC in Menands. WiFi is wireless Internet access. WiFiFee is a billing software targeting wireless Internet users. Ward will be involved in the development of the billing software.

Ward said it was the right time to leave.

“If I was going to go anytime, it was a good time I picked,” Ward said. “Sometimes, when you're an entrepreneur, it's tough to separate your business from your career, especially for someone as young as me. I haven't even started my career.”

Derek Mebus, 25, Ward's former partner and college roommate, now heads Tree Top, a Web developer in Schenectady.

“I think, tactically, he [Ward] will be missed at Tree Top,” said Jon Lemelin, U-Start director. “But I think, strategically, his new position at WiFiFee could be phenomenal. I think it's a good move for him.”

Seven months after moving into U-Start, Tree Top became U-Start's second company to graduate, moving into a building where Thomas Edison once conducted research.

Tree Top, which has 80 clients, including WiFiFee, expects to close the year with $70,000 in revenue. It projects sales of $200,000 in 2005.

Mebus said he's ready to take over.

“I'm definitely in for the long haul,” Mebus said. “I had that gut-check moment. I have too much faith in the business.”

Mebus also thought it was time for a change.

“It got to the point where the friendship and the business started getting intermeshed too much,” Mebus said. “This is a new chapter.”

But not too new. Both Ward and Mebus expect the the relationship between WiFiFee and Tree Top–they market each other's products–to increase.

Bill Schwarz, Union's director of corporate and government relations, set up a meeting with Ward and WiFiFee founder Brian Epstein, also a Union grad.

“Always looking for another Union alumni,” Epstein said. “Every time I met with him [Ward] I was impressed. He's very bright. He gets what it's like to run a business.”

But Ward said he still has a lot to learn about business. Last December at Tree Top, Ward recalled, some employees came into his office and the topic of vacation came up.

“So, when do we get vacations?” an employee asked.

“Derek and I looked at each other and said, 'We never took a vacation ourselves. What does everyone else do? Do we pay you those days?' ”

Ward isn't too hard on himself for not knowing.

“You've got two young college grads who had internships and then started a business,” he said. “Where are we supposed to learn those kinds of things?”


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