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College to host emergency drill Tuesday

Posted on Aug 31, 2009

On Tuesday, Sept. 1, the College will conduct an emergency drill on campus with members of the Schenectady police and fire departments.

The drill is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by noon. It will take place primarily in the north end of the first floor of the Science and Engineering Center and the first floor and basement of the F.W. Olin Center.

Access to those areas will be restricted to allow emergency personnel to conduct the exercise.

The purpose of the drill is to evaluate the College’s emergency preparedness and the response of area emergency organizations to a campus calamity.

Most students and faculty are on summer break and will not be on campus. Classes for the fall term begin Wednesday, Sept. 9.

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His Town

Posted on Aug 26, 2009

Will Roy, the College's executive chef, is profiled in LifeAtHome, the monthly magazine published by the Times Union.

Last spring,  “The Ozone Cookbook,” a collection of 37 of the popular meals created by Roy for the Ozone Cafe, was published. The cost is $10, with proceeds benefitting The Global Child in Cambodia, where two of the College’s first Minerva Fellows, Jonathan Hill ’08 and Robbie Flick ’08, spent the last 11 months teaching.

To read the profile, click here.

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Alumni Facebook application

Posted on Aug 20, 2009

We're proud to announce the new Union College alumni application for Facebook.

When you log into Facebook and add the Union application to your profile, you will be connected to the Union College Alumni Online Community. That will allow you to interact with the College via Facebook and do things like: 


  • Update your Union profile information
  • Search for classmates
  • View and post class notes
  • Obtain a personalized @alumni.union.edu email forwarding address

To add the Union Facebook application to your profile:

  • Visit our application home page here
  • Select "Go to Application"
  • Select "Allow"
  • Click on "Link your Facebook account"

Note: You will need your Union User ID and Password to link the Facebook application.

Forgot your password? Not yet a member of the Alumni Online Community? No problem. Visit our FAQ page or just ask us at: alumni-online@union.edu.

You can also visit Union College's official Facebook page.

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Union set to welcome Class of 2013

Posted on Aug 14, 2009

Union welcomes the most diverse incoming class in its history when the Class of 2013 arrives next month.

The 525 members of the Class of 2013 were chosen from 4,825 applications. Average SAT scores rose to 1920 (out of 2400). The students represent 22 states and 13 countries, with students of color comprising 20 percent of the class. Four percent of the class is international students.

students walk across campus

“Union, like most other colleges, continues to grapple with the new economic realities facing families who are diligently planning for their children’s education,” said Matthew Malatesta, vice president for Admissions, Financial Aid and Enrollment. “But during the worst downturn in decades, we are fortunate, and excited, to have attracted one of our best incoming classes.”

The first-year students move into their residence halls Sunday, Sept. 6, beginning at 9 a.m. They will receive an official welcome from College leaders at 3 p.m. in Memorial Chapel. At 3:45 p.m., the students will say goodbye to their families before heading off to their group orientation activities.

At 6:30 p.m., the students pose for their class picture at the Nott Memorial. Orientation activities continue on Monday, with a full slate of programs.

Residence halls open for returning students Tuesday, Sept. 8. 

Opening convocation, in which the Union community celebrates the official opening of the academic year, is set for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Memorial Chapel. The academic procession begins at 4:15 p.m., and a reception will be held in Hale House and Old Chapel at 5:30 p.m.

Fall term classes for all students begin Wednesday, Sept. 9.

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Spouses of Presidents Get a Job They Didn’t Apply For

Posted on Aug 11, 2009


In an opinion piece for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Judith Gardner Ainlay writes that the partners of college presidents need their own association to help with their difficult role.

Gardner Ainlay is director of special institutional relations at Union and the spouse of Stephen C. Ainlay, the College's president.

To read the article, click here (subscription may be required).

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