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Accreditation committee seeking constituent comments

UNION COLLEGE PUBLIC NOTICE

Union College is seeking comments from its constituents about the college in preparation for periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The college will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit October 19-21, 2009 by a team representing The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The visiting team will review evidence presented and make its recommendations to the commission. Following a review process, the commission itself will take the final action. Union College has been accredited by the commission since 1923.

You are invited to submit comments regarding the college to:

Public Comment on Union College
The Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs.

Comments must be in writing and signed; comments cannot be treated as confidential.

All comments must be received by September 18, 2009

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Giving voice to others

Photo of Sean Dale.Sean Dale wore many hats during his time at Union College—literally. On and off stage, the recent communications/public relations graduate has been a leader in Union College’s theater program, UC Drama, for about five years. During that time, he’s been involved in seven shows, including directing a production of his own, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, in the fall of 2008.

At the beginning of the project, Dale didn’t really know where to start. “I was freaking out,” he said, “but Mark Robison gave me advice and I was able to tackle it.” Robison, professor of English and the head of UC Drama, has guided many student directors through their first shows, and Dale learned a lot about how to stage a show from Robison, including how to organize a group of actors. “Getting everyone to show up for rehearsals was the most difficult part, but in the end, it was very rewarding,” Dale said. “I almost cried at the standing ovation we got on opening night.”

Union College commends 202 graduates to change their world

During the commencement address at Union College’s graduation on May 10, Charles Sandefur, president of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, challenged the graduates to make their world better by becoming pilgrims. “In a few minutes, you’re going to get a diploma,” Sandefur said.

Union to host alternate day Heart Walk

As the population of the United States ages, heart disease, already the nation's number one killer, will affect more people. The American Heart Association is working to combat this growing crisis with a 10-year strategic goal of reducing coronary heart disease, stroke and risk by 25 percent in 2010.

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'Multifaceted Design' emphasizes opaque watercolor

For Jeremy Diehl, senior studio art and pre-med major, art began as a hobby, and he continued doing it through college using it as a stress reliever from his other classes.  

Although in his exhibit, titled "Multifaceted Design," he displays oil, sculpture, pottery and airbrush, his emphasis is in opaque watercolor.

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Gymnaires perform in the Bahamas

Sand, sun and sleep are typical descriptors for spring break in the Bahamas—but for gymnasts from Union College, memories of the island nation are filled with a packed schedule, sore muscles, and spiritual fulfillment. From March 12-19, twenty-seven Union representatives spent their spring break performing gymnastic routines and travelling throughout the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

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'Genuinely Genus' senior exhibit revolves around nature

Though art is secondary to Sanna Reeve's Spanish and international studies major, when you walk into her senior exhibit in the McClelland Art Gallery, her work will convince you otherwise.

Titled “Genuinely Genus,” Reeve’s art focuses on nature and animals, though there are pieces that include people and objects.

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Final spring concerts

The Division of Fine Arts are presenting the following musical performances:

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Gymnaires to perform homeshow

The Union College Gymnaires team will be presenting their annual home show on Saturday night, April 25.

The gymnastic team is a mix of circus acrobatic sport and cheerleading. Their performance will also feature martial arts; solo, trio, all-male, and all-female routines; and a segment featuring students from Helen Hyatt Elementary School.   

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Senior art education major exhibits work

Ben Santiago is a senior art education major; and with graduation a few short weeks away, this exhibit is a time for him to look back on his personal history with art.

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Getting to the heart of heart disease

When asked the traditional back-to-school question about how he spent his summer, Eric Gren is one of the few students who can say he was helping prevent America’s number one killer: heart disease.

Tanya Cochran Name 2009 Teacher of the Year

In celebration of National Library Week 2009, the Union College Library is pleased to announce that Tanya Cochran is this year's Library Teacher of the Year.  Cochran was chosen for her outstanding record of collaboration with library staff in teaching research skills and the promotion of library resources.  During the 2009-2010 school year, Cochran will receive $500 "spendi

Submit your doodles for 'Margins'

Do you doodle? Maybe during class next to your notes, during church in the bulletin, during board meetings on the minutes? Enter them for inclusion in "Margins," a back-to-school exhibit in the McClelland Art Gallery.
 
"Margins" is not about high art, so don't be worried if you don't consider your work a masterpiece.
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Art gallery welcomes first of four senior exhibits

From April 13-19, senior graphic design major Aprille Okimi will be exhibit, "Contradictions and Connections," will be on display in the McClelland Art Gallery. Mainly comprised of photographs, Okimi presents portraits of four of her close friends that are emotionally focused.

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Alumni come home to Union, April 2-5

Homecoming 2009 features a special reunion for Unionaires and Concert Winds members who studied under Lynn Wickham and Dan Shultz (click here to visit the music reunion Web site). For those alumni who cannot make it, the Sabbath afternoon concert will be streamed live, starting Sabbath at 4:00 p.m. CST.

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Students return from Nicaragua

 

Below are photos from the trip taken by Alicia Archer, senior nursing and international rescue and relief major. Click on the thumbnail to view a larger version.

‘Visual Pleasures’ features new McClelland paintings

The challenge of something new propels Jim McClelland on his artistic journey. Whether he’s focused on an abstract or a classic landscape, whatever he is working on at the moment is his favorite.

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Union welcomes 115 campus ministry leaders

Union College Campus Ministries is hosting the North American Division (NAD) Campus Ministries Convention March 18-21. More than 100 chaplains and campus ministries student leaders from 14 colleges and universities will share ideas and inspiration for the four-day event.

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Drama Department Presents 'The Tempest'

Union College’s drama department will present “The Tempest” March 5 through April 4 in Woods Auditorium.

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A legacy of leadership

Portrait of Ann Bryant.For the past two years at Union College, Ann Bryant, a senior business administration major, has been the coordinator of Project Impact, the lon

A Colorado page in the Nebraska capitol

Photo of Jared Weikum at the Nebraska State CapitolSix miles of shelves stacked with books and journals wound around him.

Submit Your Nomination for 2009 Library Teacher of the Year Award

The library is currently seeking nominations for 2009 Library Teacher of the Year.  Faculty, staff, and students may nominate a teacher by submitting the teacher's name and a short paragraph explaining why they think this individual should be selected to Sabrina Riley (mailto:sariley@ucollege

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Union Scholars Study Abroad, May 2010

As Union Scholars focus their attention on finding solutions to global issues, they have the distinct advantage of having international travel and study built right into the honors curriculum.

The three week course in May 2010 began with a couple days of instruction at Union College then moved on to Sabah, Malaysia where students conducted "windshield" surveys of the village researching their needs. The trip concluded with visits to Hong Kong and China.

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