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At Union, a different kind of test

Posted on Jul 10, 2009

Larry Rulison of the Times Union recently visited Beuth House for a closer look at a new residential fuel cell being tested by Plug Power Inc.

The Latham, N.Y. company selected Beuth House as the host site for the new cell, which will convert natural gas into electricity and high-quality heat for students living in the residence hall.

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Artists with disabilities showcase their work at Union

Posted on Jul 7, 2009

April Dill, “Dark Inspired,” 2008, oil on canvas

The work of 15 uniquely talented individuals from across the country will be featured in the upcoming “Green Light: Emerging Artists with Disabilities” show. The juried exhibition runs Thursday, July 16 through Sunday, Sept. 20 at Union’s Mandeville Gallery. This is the first time the College has hosted the event, which is in its seventh year.

Sponsored by Volkswagen Group of America Inc. and organized by VSA arts, the show encourages participants to contemplate the relationship between art, life and disability. VSA arts is an international, nonprofit organization that was founded in 1974 by Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where people with disabilities learn through, engage in, and enjoy the arts.

Mandeville Gallery Director and Curator Rachel Seligman hopes visitors will enjoy the pieces, which illustrate how important art can be in the lives of individuals.

PJ Smalley, “American Mom,” 2008, oil on canvas

“Art helps and inspires all artists,” she said. “It can be especially powerful for people with disabilities, who may have trouble expressing themselves in other ways.”

A closing reception will be held in conjunction with Art Night Schenectady Friday, Sept. 18 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the Nott Memorial. Participating artists include Sarah Muehlbauer, Elise Mravunac, April Dill, Alexander Appel, Katrina Cathcart, Lissa Corona, Emily Eifler, Oddree Freitas, Franco Gassant, Ervin Gray, Michelle Herman, Michelle Jasmin, Danya Lang, Daniel McFarlane, and PJ Smalley.

“Green Light,” free and open to the public while at Union, is a traveling exhibition. For more information on the show, click here.

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Union College to use Plug fuel cell

Posted on Jul 1, 2009

The College has been selected by Plug Power Inc. of Latham, N.Y. as the host site of a new residential fuel cell.

The project will convert natural gas into electricity and high-quality heat for Beuth House.

To read about the project in the Times Union, click here (registration may be required).

To read the official press release, click here.

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