winter fest

winter fest

Last week the Russian and East European Culture Club threw its annual Winer Fest in Breazzano House. Professor Pease of the Russian Department taught students how to make authentic Russian Borscht — delicious beet soup! A ton of students taking Russian on campus showed up, making for an evening of frost-lined windows, warm soup, and wonderful conversation.

The event was especially timely with the Sochi Olympics beginning just the next day. The Russian Department is something that has really taken off in the last few years at Union. Our students often attend language competitions (like yours truly here and here) and a whole gaggle of students are going to Siberia this spring (like our very own Cam ’16 and Mary ’16).

The thing about anything at Union is it is very student-driven. If students want something, they get it. If they don’t want something, it won’t happen. The lesson to learn from our great growth with the Russian Department is that its continuity and strength will really depend on the students going forward. I hope that when my peers come back from their eastern adventure they will have a renewed vigor for the language and culture and the little Russian community here at Union will only continue to grow!

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My name is Catherine Elizabeth Ziac (Cat, for short) and I am a senior at Union College in Schenectady, NY. When I'm not studying for my major in economics or my minor in Russian, you can find me skimming through catalogs, playing the flute, fishing, online window shopping, chatting with my sisters (my twin, Julia, studying physics at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA, or my little sister Maddy, currently a senior in high school), or out and about in good old Schenectady with my wonderful Union friends! I love pink nails, long showers, office supplies, and going to the public library. I spend too much time looking at blogs and skimming the WSJ online, but I still believe in the merits of a hand-written letter. I am always in the mood for yogurt and granola and am never without a piece of gum. I usually answer "blue" when asked my favorite color, but I know in my heart that it's always been and always will be garnet!

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