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22nd annual Steinmetz Symposium to showcase student research


Georgia Swan-Ambrose ’11 of Brooklyn explored the demise of the Caribbean’s black power socialist experiment at last year's Steinmetz Symposium Day.
Georgia Swan-Ambrose ’11 of Brooklyn explored the demise of the Caribbean’s black power socialist experiment at last year's Steinmetz Symposium Day.

Hundreds of students will present, perform and exhibit their work Friday, May 11, as part of the 22nd annual Steinmetz Symposium.

Hands-on, faculty-mentored undergraduate research is a staple of the Union experience. Classes are canceled to allow parents, faculty, staff and students to sample projects from every discipline.

For a complete schedule, including a list of presentations, visit the Steinmetz website.

The Steinmetz Symposium Banquet, for presenters, their parents, guests and faculty sponsors, takes place in Upper Class Dining Hall at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required.

Also, a concert by the Union College and Community Orchestra and the Union College and Community Chorale, under the direction of John Cox, director of performance and lecturer in choral and orchestral music, is set for 8 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.

Fifty students will share their talents at the ever-popular Steinmetz dance performance at 4 p.m. in the Nott Memorial. The Steinmetz show includes new works by faculty members Miryam Moutillet, Marcus Rogers and Amber Woerner; individual pieces by seniors Anna Finlay, Krystle Gallo, Danielle Kreig and Jacob LaRocca; and performances by the Union College Dance Team and Ballroom Club. Singers Connor Barrett ’14, Alex Infante’12, Emily Lnenicka’12 and Sonika Raj’13 will be joined by guest accompanists. In addition, there will be a preview of Paris Danse from the upcoming Spring Dance Concert.

The 2012 Edward Villella Fellowship, which enables exceptional students in dance to expand their studies beyond campus, will be announced at the end of the show. 

The 2012 Annual Visual Arts Student Art Exhibit, on view through May 13 in the Burns Arts Atrium Gallery, features the most accomplished student works completed over the 2011-12 academic year – more than 100 pieces by 70 students.

Curated by Visual Arts faculty members, the exhibit includes works from classes taught by Martin Benjamin (photography), Chris Duncan (sculpture), Walter Hatke (painting and drawing), Fernando Orellana (digital art and video) and Sandy Wimer (drawing, printmaking, etching and design).

Steinmetz Symposium coincides with Prize Day, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday in Memorial Chapel, followed by a reception on the Reamer Campus Center patio at 12:30 p.m. Students are honored for achievement in academics, research, service and  governance.

Also, the Union College Jazz Ensemble, with Professor Tim Olsen conducting a program of vocal and instrumental jazz, will perform at 1 p.m. in Emerson Auditorium.

The Steinmetz Symposium is named for Charles Proteus Steinmetz (1865-1923), who taught electrical engineering and applied physics at Union. Also chief consulting engineer for the General Electric Company, he was widely regarded as America’s leading electrical engineer.