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Alumnae lead Cosmopolitan magazine

Posted on Apr 30, 2009

Cosmopolitan Editor-in-Chief Kate White '72 recently named Nicole Beland '96 as executive editor for the magazine. Beland most recently served as the features director of Women's Health magazine and as a contributing editor to Men's Health, where she wrote the popular sex and relationship column "Ask the Girl Next Door."

Nicole Beland ’96

Prior to her work at the health magazines, Beland served as senior editor at Cosmopolitan and Mademoiselle magazines. She is the author of four books, including Girl Seeks Bliss: Zen and the Art of Modern Life Maintenance (Plume, 2005) and The Cocktail Jungle: A Girl's Guide to Shaking and Stirring (Running Press, 2003).

“Nicole’s energy and editorial experience are a perfect fit for the Cosmopolitan brand,” White said. “We’re thrilled to have her rejoin the magazine as executive editor.”

Beland, who took on her new role at Cosmopolitan in January, will report directly to White. Both Beland and White earned bachelor's degrees in English from Union.

Latest accolade – Named one of “eight women who changed the world” by New York Women in Communications Inc., Cosmo Editor Kate White was honored at the 2003 Matrix Awards at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York

Cosmopolitan, part of Hearst Magazines, is a best-selling young women's magazine and is described as "a bible for fun, fearless females." Cosmopolitan delivers the latest news on men and love, fashion and beauty, women's health and self-improvement, and entertainment.

Click here to read a 2004 story from Union's Accolades magazine White. 


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Posted on Apr 29, 2009

Thursday, April 30, 4:30 p.m. / Everest Lounge / Department of Philosophy Speaker Series presents University of Western Ontario’s Charles Weijer on “Ethical Challenges in Knowlefge Translation Research”

Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 / Campus-wide / Steinmetz Symposium and Prize Day

Friday, May 1, noon / Bailey Field / Women's lacrosse vs. University of Rochester (Liberty League semi-finals)

Friday, May 1, 3:30 p.m. / Alexander Field / Softball vs. RPI (doubleheader)

Friday, May 1, 4 p.m. / Nott Memorial / Steinmetz dance performance

Friday, May 1, 8 p.m. / Memorial Chapel / Steinmetz Concert: Union College and Community Orchestra with Camerata Singers, featuring works by Durufle, Mendelssohn, Kabalevsky and Copland. Orchestra concertmaster is Wesley Pyen '09.

Friday, May 1 – Monday, May 4, 8 and 10 p.m. / Reamer Campus Center Auditorium / Film: “Gran Torino”

Saturday, May 2, 1 p.m. / Taylor Music Center, Emerson Auditorium / Union College Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, May 2, 1 p.m. / Central Park / Baseball vs. Vassar (doubleheader)

women's lacrosse spring 2009

Saturday, May 2, 2 p.m. / Bailey Field / Women's lacrosse, Liberty League Championship

Sunday, May 3, 1 p.m. / Alexander Field / Softball vs. St. Lawrence (doubleheader)

Thursday, May 7 and Friday, May 8, 12:45-1:50 p.m. / Phi Beta Kappa Room, Shaffer Library / Ethics Across the Curriculum presents Bernard Gert, Stone Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy at Dartmouth College and author of “Common Morality”; luncheon workshop

Thursday, May 7, 12:50 p.m. / Reamer Campus Center Auditorium / Returning Minerva Fellows give presentation during "Pizza and Politics"

Friday, May 8 – Monday, May 11, 8 and 10 p.m. / Reamer Campus Center Auditorium / “The International”

Saturday, May 9, 6 p.m. / Old Chapel / FaceAIDS presents returning Minerva Fellow David Shulman ’08 and keynote speaker Gregg Cassin, a national HIV/AIDS awareness activist from San Francisco. They will address issues surrounding HIV/AIDS in the United States and Africa; barbecue and music by local bands to follow. 

Monday, May 11, 4 p.m. / Nott Memorial / Returning Minerva Fellows take part in panel discussion and multimedia show

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People in the news

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

Ashraf Ghaly, professor of engineering, has authored two articles for “Concrete Today,” the monthly magazine of the Pre-Cast Concrete Association of America. “Concrete Barriers: De-Nile of the Sea” appeared in the February issue and “Olivenhain Dam Sets World Record” was published in March.


Melinda Lawson, history lecturer, recently delivered a paper titled "Imagining Slavery: Representations of the Peculiar Institution in the Antebellum North" at the Organization of American Historians Annual Conference in Seattle.


Phil Wajda, director of media and public relations, recently wrote a story updating a 1988 murder in southern N.J. that attracted national headlines. Wajda had covered the murder and subsequent trial as a reporter. The story appeared on the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer. To read the story, click here.


The Alpha of New York Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Union, established in 1817, has admitted 45 new members. Thirty-nine members of the Class of 2009 were elected this year. They are: Lisa Angotti, Lorraine Ater, Christopher Backlund, Daniel Bailey, Anne Benfield, Stephanie Berlind, Laura Castellano, Gina Chiuminatto, Samantha Cohen, Sarah Coleman, Matthew Cook, Heather Cunningham, Alexandra Dubodel, Rose Foley, Charles Fontana, Cara Gallivan, Alexandra Giromini, Bradley Goldberg, Adrienne Hart, Andrew Kehl, Margaret Licht, Andrew Mackenzie, Mallory Mason, Lacey Morgan, Sarah Mueller, Sean Mulkerne, Lauren Obst, Jacqueline Ostrofsky, Katie Pandolfo, Thomas Perry, Maria-Claire Pietak, Fariha Ramay, Linah Rusere, Nozomi Sakata, Marie Schubert, Henry Sire, Michael Topka, Monica Vielkind and Ursala Williams. They join classmates Cathryn Cook and Steven Herron, who were elected last year. Six members were inducted from the Class of 2010: Brandon Bartell, Emily Feld, Rivka Fidel, Paul Hebert, Ann Keller and Jamie Luguri.

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Undergraduate journals published

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

The Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics recently published its third edition since the chapter was started at Union. Faculty Advisor Zoe Oxley, co-editors John Nobrega ’09 and Kevin Rautenstrauch ’09, and a student editorial board chose to feature four of the 63 essays submitted.

The essays are titled: “Technology and Intelligence: A Strategic and Tactical Analysis,” “Too Much Cleavage? Regional Implications for Democratic Consolidation in Post-Communist Ukraine,” “Manly Women: A Look at the Effects of Masculine Qualities on Women’s Political Success” and “The Politics of Pharmaceutical Crops.”

For a journal subscription, or to purchase an issue separately, contact psajournal@union.edu.          

The June 2008 version of Ephemeris, Union’s undergraduate journal of philosophy, has recently been published. Volume VIII was prepared by a student editorial board along with various student paper reviewers and faculty advisor Felmon Davis.

More than 50 submissions were received from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Lebanon, Pakistan and other countries.

Chosen papers include, “Coming to Terms with Dualism or Calling Unity Across the Epistemic Divide,” “Death and Discourse: an Inquiry into Meaning and Disruption,” “New Hope for True Grounds,” “Towards a Revised Goodmanian Account of Musical Works,” “Functionalism and The Chinese Room Thought-Experiment,” “Schelling and the Presence of Evil” and “Response to Don Marquis: Abortion and the Lack of a Future,” by Union student and Ephemeris editorial board member, Greg Mitchell ’10.

Submissions for the journal’s next edition and requests for copies can be sent to ephemeris.uc@gmail.com.


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High school students explore science at Union

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

Schenectady High School students work on building a newspaper tower

Using only old copies of Concordiensis and some tape, the 40 Schenectady High School juniors who gathered at Old Chapel last Thursday scrambled to erect tall towers of newsprint. Their project, which had to be completed in 15 minutes, was part of a presentation by Union’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.

The visiting students, all members of their high school’s Math, Science and Technology House, also heard from Union’s Biology Club, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Society of Physics Students and the Chemistry Club.

The event was part of the Science and Technology Entry Program’s Day of Service activities.

“For the past three years we’ve increased awareness of STEP, and science, math, engineering and technology professions, by going to local schools,” said Angela Tatem, Kenney Community Center Director.“This is the first year we’ve invited students to campus for this event.”


Kelly Pearson ’11, a member of the Society of Women Engineers, was happy to share her knowledge with the students.

“This will introduce them to what we do here at Union and maybe spark their interest in engineering,” Pearson said. “Engineering isn’t that strong in a lot of high schools, so this might give them a useful perspective on the subject.”

While Aaron Paige, a Schenectady High junior, admitted he was more into computers than engineering, he enjoyed hearing from the different clubs, touring campus and learning about the college admissions process from Director of Multicultural Recruitment James Luciano.

“It’s cool here,” Paige said. “I like the diversity of programs, and it’s one of the nicest colleges I’ve seen.”


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