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April 21, 2005

Silver Well Workplace Award presented to Union College

LINCOLN—Union College received a Silver Well Workplace Award April 2005 in recognition of positive activity in Union’s Employee Wellness program. Given by WorkWell, the local council for Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA), the award is part of a national program promoting healthy workplaces. Union received the bronze award in 2003.
        According the Lisa Henning, executive director of WorkWell, levels of achievement include bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Silver indicates that an organization has a wellness structure in place that is supported by administrators, and employees are experiencing behavior changes and health improvements.
        To receive the award, Union’s Wellness Committee submitted a detailed application documenting the college’s wellness program activities. “Union received the award as a recognition of providing meaningful wellness activities for Union College employees,” said Becky Stafford, Union professor and Wellness Committee chair. “The benefit to the college is that we are recognized as putting value on wellness. It also shows that management cares about the employees.”
        The award was given April 12 at the Public Health Awards Banquet through Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department and WorkWell at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus Union. David Smith, Union College president, and Gary Bollinger, vice president for financial administration, accepted the award on behalf of Union College. Union is one of 18 companies in Lincoln currently holding silver award distinction.