Homecoming Weekend

Homecoming: Where Our Story Began

Union College Homecoming Weekend 2016
April 7-10, 2016

Special recognition will be given for:
 Honor classes from 1946, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1976, 1986, 1991, 1996 and 2006
 Warrior Reunion

We hope to see you April 7-10, 2016. Register online here.
 
If you are flying to Lincoln and plan to rent a car, Hertz is offering a 10 percent discount for cars rented from the Lincoln airport. Simply mention Union College when you reserve or pick up your car. 
 
 

All Homecoming Weekend events are subject to change.

THURSDAY, APRIL 7

 

Heritage Room Visitation
8:30 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Ella Johnson Crandall Memorial Library—Heritage Room
Stroll down memory lane as you peruse Union's heritage through photos and mementos from Union's past and present. Learn about the lives and accomplishments represented by Union College's golden cords in the library exhibit.

 

Registration
10:00 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
Ortner Center—Lang Lobby

 

McClelland Art Exhibit
11:30-a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Ortner Center—McClelland Art Gallery and Engel Hall Main Level
View the latest artwork from nationally known artist and art professor, Jim McClelland. Purchases may be made at this time as well.

 

Walking Tour of Campus
2:30 p.m.
Ortner Center—Main Lobby
Come hear the old clock tower bell and see the heel print in the sod where the corner of the original college building was to be built. See the Thunderdome, the 25-meter swimming pool, the renovated space for the PA and IRR programs, and the Krueger Center. View the Samson mural, understand the workings of the clock tower clock, look at the Rosetta Stone, the library heritage room and a hand-painted photography mural of the campus "the way it was."

 

Valentino's Dinner Buffet
5:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5:00 p.m.)
Woods Auditorium
Enjoy Lincoln's favorite Valentino's buffet as you reminisce with friends.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 8

 

Golden Club Breakfast
8:00 a.m.
Ortner Center—south end of Union Market
(Ticket required)
Golden Club members (class years 1965 and prior) will welcome the class of 1966 at this breakfast hosted by Paul Gnadt ’66. This breakfast is for class members from 1965 and years prior and spouse/guest. (Complimentary for class of '66 members and spouse/guest).

 

Registration
9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
Ortner Center—Lang Lobby

 

Leaders Building Leaders Conference
9:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
Everett Dick Administration Building—Third floor
Join with students to hear an all-star cast of alumni presenters with business and social work degrees. There will be twelve presentations to choose from and registration in advance is highly encouraged. More details will be made available online.

 

Bus Tour of Lincoln
10:00 a.m.
College View Church—East Parking Lot
(Complimentary, but ticket required. Limited seating.)
Tour through the streets of Lincoln with other alumni. You'll marvel at the growth and development of the city Union calls home.

 

Experience Union Luncheons
Locations listed below

 

Division of Nursing Luncheon
(Ticket required. No on-site purchases.)
12:15 p.m.
Larson Lifestyle Center—Nursing Division
Division will present highlights and updates in nursing and healthcare. Please join us to reminisce and to share your nursing expertise.

 

Heritage Room Luncheon
(Ticket required. No on-site purchases.)
12:15 p.m.
Ella Johnson Crandall Memorial Library—Heritage Room
Share important moments in Union's history and view artifacts that have been carefully preserved to keep Union's memories alive. Hosted by Union's librarian, Sabrina Riley

 

McClelland Art Luncheon
(
Ticket required. No on-site purchases.)
12:15 p.m.
Engel Hall—1st Floor Main Lobby
Join nationally-acclaimed art professor, Jim McClelland, for an art demonstration. Many of his works of art will be on display and available for purchase.

 

Music and More Luncheon
(Ticket required. No on-site purchases.)
12:15 p.m.
Engel Hall—2nd Floor Choir Room
Come enjoy lunch as you listen to a variety of music performances. Requires navigation of one flight of stairs.

 

Division of Business Luncheon
12:45 p.m. (Note this time is later than the other luncheons due to the conference.)

Ortner Center—south end of Union Market
Hear highlights and updates from the division and time to reconnect with classmates and current students.

 

Homecoming Celebration Dinner
5:00 p.m. (Doors open at 4:30 p.m.)
College View Church—Heartland Hall
"Where Our Story Began"

 

GOLD Alumni Reunion
Alumni and Graduates from 2000-2015
7:00 p.m.
The Mill, 4736 Prescott Avenue (across from the college)
Planned especially for young alumni, class years 2000-2015, this event features a unique setting (made possible by Union alum, Dan Sloan ’82, co-owner of The Mill). Relax in the casual atmosphere, visit with friends, and savor a hot drink--compliments of the Alumni Association.

 

Hanging of the Golden Cords
7:30 p.m.
College View Church--Sanctuary
Join us for a special Missions Celebration as we hang Golden Cords for those who have served, share with those who are serving—via Skype and dedicate student missionaries who will be serving next year.

 

SABBATH, APRIL 9


Breakfast Bar
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Ortner Center—Union Market
(Ticket required)

 

Church Services
9:15 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
College View Church—Sanctuary
Historical Pageant

 

Sabbath School
10:40 a.m.
College View Church—Sanctuary

 

Homecoming Fellowship Lunch
1:45 p.m.
College View Church—Heartland Hall and downstairs Fellowship Hall
Visiting alumni are the guests at this fellowship lunch hosted by Lincoln alumni, Union College faculty and staff, area church members and the Alumni Association.

 

Honor Class Pictures and Meetings
3:15 p.m.
College View Church--Sanctuary
Class meetings for the honor classes of 1946, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1976, 1986, 1991, 1996 and 2006—a great opportunity to visit with classmates and catch up on the years since graduation. You will receive your Reflections class memento booklet at this time.

 

Walking Tour of Campus
4:30 p.m.
Ortner Center—Main Lobby
Tour the campus and visit the new Krueger Center. Not all buildings will be available to tour.

 

Retirement Celebration for Valeree Krueger and Charlotte Schober
4:30 p.m.—6:30 p.m.
Division of Nursing

 

Sabbath Evening Vespers
7:00 p.m.
College View Church--Sanctuary
Sundown meditation with Kit Watts ’66 and music by Marvin Ponder ’66 and Herman Harp ’69.

 

Warriors Games
8:30 p.m.
College Auditorium

 

SUNDAY,APRIL 10

 

Pancake Breakfast
8:30 a.m.
Ortner Center—Union Market

 

McClelland Art Exhibit
10:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Ortner Center—McClelland Art Gallery

 

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations please contact
Kenna Lee Carlson in the alumni office at (402) 486-2503 or alumni [at] ucollege [dot] edu. Early notification will help us in providing reasonable accommodations.

 

Union College reserves blocks of rooms at the hotels listed below. Make your reservation directly with the hotel of your choice and be sure to indicate that it is for Union College Homecoming or Alumni Weekend. For more information on a hotel, click on the hotel name to go to their web site.

AmericInn
8701 Amber Hill Ct
402.420.0027
$85 + tax (reserve by March 24)

Candlewood Suites
4100 Pioneer Woods Dr
402.420.0330, 1.877.Candlewood (1.877.226.3539)
$75 + tax

Comfort Suites (East)
331 N Cotner Blvd
402.325.8800
$85 + tax

Hampton Inn--Heritage Park
5922 Vandervoort Dr
402.420.7800
$91 + tax (reserve by March 10) --Use group code UH3

Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites
8801 Amber Hill Ct
402.423.1176
$84.99 + tax  (reserve by March 24) -- Use code UCH

Residence Inn
5865 Boboli Ln
402-423-1555
$89 + tax (reserve by March 17)

Victorian Suites
216 N 48th St
402-464-4400
$64.99 (king) $74.99 (two queen) + tax (reserve by March 7)

For photos from Homecoming Weekend in 2015, visit our album on Facebook.

2015 Honor Class Photos


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Class of 1945

Virginia Weisz Widicker

Photo of Alumni

Class of 1955

Front row (L-R): Winslow Ellis; Cylde Kinder,Alberta Greene Brown, Mavis Durichek Shockey, Elsie Schlup Ward, Sylvia Spaulding McCormick;  Back row (L-R): Don Gilbert, Virginia Randall Simonds, Laurene Stacey Cleveland, Charles House

Photo of Alumni

Nursing Class of 1955

(L-R): Mavis Durichek Shockey, Laurene Stacey Cleveland, Sylvia Spaulding McCormick, Elsie Schlup Ward

Photo of Alumni

Class of 1955 With spouses

Front row (L-R): Winslow Ellis, Clyde Kinder, Gaylah Long Kinder, Alberta Greene Brown, Mavis Durichek Shockey, Elsie Schlup Ward, Sylvia Spaulding McCormick; Middle row (L-R): Charles Simonds, Virginia Randall Simonds, Gloria Greig Pierce, Leonard Shockey, Laurene Stacey Cleveland; Back row (L-R): Don Gilbert, Irene Julius Gilbert, Kay Hamilton House, Charles House

Photo of Alumni

Class of 1960

Front row (L-R): Reuline Nightingale, Judith Curtis Dedman, Sharon Chatfield Sawyers, Nina Chase Clark, Hilda Graybill Pride; Back row (L-R): Emil Kahler, Jake Knight, John Zollbrecht, Leroy Shultz, Arlo Krueger

Photo of Alumni

Class of 1960 With spouses

Front row (L-R): Emil Kahler, Jake Knight, Alfreda Wallen Knight, Leroy Shultz, Rose Chaney Shultz, Phyllis Schwarz Krueger, Arlo Krueger; Back row (L-R): Reuline Nightingale, Donald Dedman, Judith Curtis Dedman, Sharon Chatfield Sawyers, Keith  Sawyers, John Zollbrecht, Nina Chase Clark, Hilda Graybill Pride

Photo of Class of 1965 Alumni

Nursing Class of 1965

(L-R) Jeanette Rexinger Peterson, Richard Kannenberg

Alumni

Class of 1965

Front row (L-R): Jerome Lang, Lois Dittberner, Karol Yeager McDonald, Oran Claridge, Karon Yeager Scott, Harri Hohensee Butsch, Lynn Peck Eisele; Second row (L-R): Bennett Chilson, Kenneth Gibb, Donna Sherwood Gibb, David Wolkwitz, Gaylene Kaasa Wolkwitz, Norma Arvidson Franz, Jeanette Rexinger Peterson, Vernon Barton, Ted Stricker, Robert Willis; Third row (L-R): (starts a little to the right) Judy Thayer Houston, Vernelda Johnson Bischoff, Donna Adams Gibson, Martha Spuehler Rexin, Arlene Storz Schander, Loren Cooper, Alan Rutan, Darrel Huenergardt; Back row (L-R): Stanley Hagen, Bruce Stuart, Dwight Mayberry, Dean Dittberner, Roger Anderson, James Gardiner, Tom Robinson, Richard Kannenberg

 Photo of Alumni

Class of 1965 with spouses

Front row (L-R): Jerome Lang, Ramona Larsen Lang, Sandra Julius Chilson, Bennett Chilson, Lois Dittberner, Karol Yeager McDonald, Oran Claridge, Karon Yeager Scott, Harri Hohensee Butsch, Dieter Butsch, Lynn Peck Eisele, Edwin Eisele; Second row (L-R):Kenneth Gibb, Donna Sherwood Gibb, David Wolkwitz, Gaylene Kaasa Wolkwitz, Norma Arvidson Franz, Raymond Peterson, Jeanette Rexinger Peterson, Linda, Barton, Vernon Barton, Ted Stricker; Third row (L-R): Jack Houston, Judy Thayer Houston, Bev Stevens Dittberner, Paul Gibson, Donna Adams Gibson, Kenneth Franz, Fairy St. Clair Cooper, Loren Cooper, Alan Rutan, Robert Willis, Darrel Huenergardt; Back row (L-R): Stanley Hagen, DeLora Haas Hagen, Bruce Stuart, Dwight Mayberry, Dean Dittberner, Robert Bischoff, Vernelda Johnson Bischoff, Martha Spuehler Rexin, Gerald Rexin, Arlene Storz Schander, Henry Schander, Carolyn Anderson, Roger Anderson, James Gardiner, Tom Robinson, Betty Hills Kannenberg, Richard Kannenberg

Photo of Alumni

Class of 1975

(L-R): Kathy Christensen Erickson, Larry Meyers, Gaylene Herr Meyers, Barb Naustdal Christensen, Delvin Hansen, Allen Myers

Photo of Alumni

Class of 1975 with spouses

Front row (L-R): Kathy Christensen Erickson, Larry Christensen, Barb Naustdal Christensen, JoAnn Widicker Hansen, Darlene Hammerback Myers; Back row (L-R): Larry Meyers, Gaylene Herr Meyers, Delvin Hansen, Allen Myers

Photo of Alumni

Class of 1985

Front row (L-R): Laronna Colbert, Russell Carleton, Denise Edwards Jepson, Terri Schlegel Lair; Back row (L-R): Shaun St. Clair, Ron Clutter

Photo of Alumni

Class of 1990

Front row (L-R): Neta Carothers Bare, Christine Nesmith, Valerie Woolford Stricker, Tad Stricker; Back row (L-R): Cheri Carrick, Mark Smith, Holly Fettinger, Carrie Wolfe, Tami Cox Bieber

Photo of Alumni

Class of 1990 with spouses

Front row (L-R): David Bare, Neta Carothers Bare, Christine Nesmith, Valerie Woolford Stricker, Tad Stricker; Back row (L-R): Cheri Carrick, Jacque Smith, Mark Smith, Holly Fettinger, Carrie Wolfe, Robert Wolfe, Tami Cox Bieber

Photo of 1995 Class Alumna

Class of 1995

Jeri Stallard Rogge

Class of 2005

Front row (L-R): Ashley Bohlender Barber, Gary Manly, Matthew Roque, Melinda McKenney Orellana, Brian Kraft; Middle row (L-R): Ben Barber, Jennifer Rieke Schall, Alisha Crawford Koch, Alicia Huisman; Back row (L-R): Chris Evens,  Sissel Schlisner Jacob, Codi Davidson Jahn, Justin Okimi

Photo of Alumni

Class of 2005 with spouses

Front row (L-R): Ashley Bohlender Barber, Gary Manly (holding son, Levi), Matthew Roque, Melinda McKenney Orellana; Middle row (L-R): Ben Barber, Tara Trewit Manly (holding daughter, Cora), Jennifer Rieke Schall, Alisha Crawford Koch, Alicia Huisman, Brian Kraft; Back row (L-R): Chris Evens, Ann Balsanek Evens, Sissel Schlisner Jacob, Jeremy Jacob (holding son, Ed), Codi Davidson Jahn, Justin Okimi