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Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Rebecca Koopmann '89 organized the fifth annual NSF-sponsored ALFALFA (Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA) Undergraduate Team Workshop at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico Jan. 16 to 18. The observatory is home to the largest telescope in the world. Lucas Viani '14, a physics and astronomy major, and Wyatt Smith, a high school student who takes courses at Union, accompanied Koopmann and a select group of 16 other undergraduate students and 11 faculty members from 14 colleges and universities across the country. Together they conducted observing runs, toured the telescope and learned about radio astronomy. Viani and Smith also presented posters about their summer research 2012 projects with Koopmann.

Deidre Hill Butler, associate professor of sociology and director of the Africana Studies program, was a speaker at the Black History Month Opening Celebration at Schenectady County Community College. She discussed “The Status of the Black Family Today.”

Members of College Relations recently attended the annual conference for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education held in New York City. Those are: 

Steven Dare, vice president for College Relations; Debra Geer, director of College Initiatives; Ashley Tyner, associate director of Alumni Relations and director of Advancement Events; Marna Redding, director of Stewardship and Donor Relations; Shelly Friel, senior associate director of Annual Giving; Tina Lincer, associate director of Communications; Phil Wajda, director of Media and Public Relations; Ken George, director of Web Communications; and Christen Gowan, Media Relations assistant.