Posted on Feb 25, 2010

Deborah Bial, founder and president of the Posse Foundation

Don’t forget to come to Memorial Chapel at 12:45 p.m. today for Founders Day ceremonies.

Hear keynote speaker Deborah Bial, president and founder of the Posse Foundation, and a winner of the prestigious MacArthur Genius Award. Bial will speak about the value of a diverse community and receive the John Bigelow Medal, given to friends of Union who have contributed to the advancement of humanity. Posse, founded in 1989, provides leadership development and access to colleges and universities for young people. Union has been a Posse partner since 2006. 

Also: See the completed Union Unity Quilt for the first time, a spectacular undertaking. The quilt has 173 squares designed by campus groups and alumni. 

The Gideon Hawley Award, given to a secondary school teacher who has had a continuing influence on the academic life of a Union student, goes to Elizabeth Bossong of Vestal, N.Y., nominated by sophomore Misty Shah.

Director of Religious and Spiritual Life Viki Brooks will receive the Doctor of Ministry degree from Efrain Agosto of the Hartford Seminary.