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Leeper resigns, Reiner to serve as interim financial VP

Union College has opened a search for its next Vice President for Financial Administration. Jeff Leeper, who has served in the role for the past two and a half years, announced his plans to step down from his post to follow God’s calling.

Connecting in Cambodia

“What am I going to do with my life?”

Meredith Nichols was definitely not the first high school senior to ask that question. She thought she had everything planned out. A soccer star in her small north Texas hometown, Nichols planned to play at a university in New York.

But an ACL tear brought her plans to screeching halt. “I was super lost,” she remembered. ”Sports where a huge part of my life, but I know now that my priorities weren’t straight.”

Cinn-onymous with Union

Buell Fogg retires
(but not completely)

When Union sent me an official acceptance letter, I called my friend who attended Union at the time and drilled her on all I needed to know as an incoming freshman.

“You have to have Instagram,” she said. “And everyone goes to Buell’s house on Friday nights, so you have to go.”

“Who’s Buell?” I asked.

Half a Century at Union

For half a century Archie Hilliard played a pivotal role in Union’s growth—personally installing and maintaining much of the campus infrastructure that supports the school’s educational mission. Even though he spent most of those years working with brick and metal, he believes Union’s people are what make this a special place.    

OverDrive Audiobooks Arrive at Union College

Union College Library is proud to offer you best-selling and classic audiobooks available 24/7 from the library’s new OverDrive digital collection.

Welcome Kieren Bailey, Union's New Public Services Librarian

Kieren Bailey, Public Services Librarian, joins us from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama but she is originally from Alberta, Canada. If you are wondering how to pronounce Kieren, just rhyme it with siren.

Joseph Murray awarded the first Kent Stahly Excellence in Finance Award

Like most college students, Jesse Dovich lived on a tight budget while studying at Union. When he discovered a passion for investing while taking Kent Stahly’s investments class, the 1999 graduate didn’t have the funds to put his newfound knowledge to work right away.

Schober and Krueger retire from nursing program

Two long-time professors retired this past school year after teaching at Union College well over half a century combined. Both Valeree Krueger and Charlotte Schober taught in the nursing program for more than 30 years.

Salli Jenks named new director of Records Office

Salli Jenks has been appointed director of records at Union College. In her new position, Jenks will oversee the operations of the Records office—the team responsible for checking and approving grades, interpreting policies, following academic regulations, managing graduation, sending transcripts, and approving the bulletin and curriculum. Jenks replaced Michelle Younkin, who left Union in June to work at Southern Adventist University.

Summer construction projects blanket campus

With fewer students on campus and plenty of sunny weather, the summer months prove to be a great time to complete campus improvement projects, and this summer is no exception. Over summer break several buildings will receive structural upgrades or renovations, and a new entrance will soon greet visitors entering campus from 48th Street and Prescott Avenue.

Making a grand entrance

Teaching patients to battle HIV

“People don’t think HIV is a problem anymore,” said Sampath Wijesinghe. “In the 1980s many people were dying from it and everyone was talking about it, but now that we have great treatments and it’s no longer a death sentence young people don’t even hear about it anymore.”

Union graduate weathers cancer of the mind

The cherry trees were in full bloom the day Liza Ngenye learned she had stage three lymphoma blanketing her trachea like the downy mat of pink blossoms underfoot. The night before, she had gone to bed a healthy graduate student at the prestigious George Washington University. Within hours she would awake in the night gasping for breath and pleading hoarsely for dispatch to send an ambulance.

May 2016 graduate featured in Wall Street Journal

Gary Reece walked across stage of College View Church to receive his Union College diploma on Sunday—44 years after he first enrolled. After losing multiple jobs thanks to a tightening labor market, Reece left his family back in San Jose, Calif., for a few months and moved into the men's residence hall to finish the degree he started in 1972.

Kim Canine named vice president for Student Services

Union College selected a second new vice president this year, appointing Kim Canine as vice president for Student Services this week. Canine, who came to Union last July as associate dean of students, will assume the role to be vacated by Linda Becker this summer.
 

Union professor’s bedbug research draws international attention

Bedbugs—just the mention can start people scratching. But in the fight to control these blood-sucking, bedroom dwelling pests, a Union professor’s research, recently published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, drew attention from news outlets around the world.
 

2016 Spring Concerts spread over a week

This school year the Division of Fine Arts Spring Concert is more of a concert series—with three different performances featuring a wide variety of music from many campus groups. So check out these events in the coming week—there is something for everyone.

Spring Concert

On Sunday, April 17, at 3:00 p.m., the Union College atrium will be filled with a wonderful variety of music featuring the Union College Chamber Orchestra, Handbell Ensemble, Concert Winds, Unionaires and Union College Singers.

Video: Teaching Learning Center

Teaching Learning Center

If you stuggle academically, the Teaching Learning Center (TLC) has the academic coaches and accesiblity resources to help you succeed in college.

Filming and production
Eliezer Roque Cisneros

Leadership is a process

Photo of Selina Jeong holding up an "I love UNION!" sign during Project Impact

At Union, teamwork isn’t just for athletes. I would never have become who I am today without the support of my teammates in ASB and Campus Ministries.

During my freshman year, I received an email saying Campus Ministries was looking for a public relations person, someone to make posters. I had no idea what I was doing, but I applied. Little did I know this experience would begin my path to leadership.

PR class works for local nonprofits

Imagine walking into your first class of the fall semester and a new professor explains that you and your classmates will jump right into the work of creating a PR plan for a real nonprofit organization. That’s exactly what happened to David Deemer and Stefani Leeper when they walked into Pat Maxwell’s public relations principles class this year.

Heather Boulais honored as Bryan Health Trauma Champion

In the 16 months since Union College gymnast Heather Boulais sustained a traumatic brain injury during a practice, she has made steady progress toward recovery with the help of her family and a team of dedicated medical professionals. Now Bryan Health, the hospital that treated Boulais immediately following the accident and in the months afterward is honoring her and the people who contributed to her recovery by naming her a Trauma Champion.

Nursing students post perfect first-time pass rate on licensure exam

Photo of nursing students.

When all of Union College’s 2015 graduates passed the NCLEX-RN national nursing licensure exam on their first attempt, graduate Amber Alas knew it wasn’t a fluke.

“I knew the material. I remembered learning it in class,” she said. “I talked to friends from other schools, and they told me they hadn’t seen half the stuff on the test.”

Union to participate in 10,000 Acts of Peace

What is an act of peace? A group of Union College students in the Amnesty/Tiny Hands International Club plan to help answer this question for Lincoln at the 10,000 Acts of Peace rally on April 3 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at The Railyard in downtown Lincoln. The event, sponsored by the Interfaith Peacemaking Coalition, will celebrate 30 years of peacemaking in Lincoln.

Nominate the 2016 Library Teacher of the Year

Union College Library is seeking nominations for the 2016 Teacher of the Year Award.

This award recognizes a Union College teacher's support of the library during the school year and grants him or her the opportunity to expand an area of the library's collection which is of particular professional interest.

Former NFL couple to speak for chapel and dorm worship

Former NFL running back Reggie Dupard and his wife, life coach LaChanda Dupard, will be speaking for Union’s chapel on Tuesday, March 15. The couple will share their riveting story about growing up in the New Orleans projects, Reggie's rise to football stardom in high school, college and the NFL and the lessons they learned along the way about building positive relationships.

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