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Union College addresses peacemaking and sexual orientation

In recent weeks, a group called Soulforce announced plans to stop at Union College on April 21 as part of their Equality Ride 2010 tour. This group of college-aged individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT), embarks on an annual spring bus tour across the country to raise awareness for issues related to sexual orientation and Christianity. Union was the fourteenth stop of fifteen Christian college campuses where riders feel the schools’ policies are discriminatory toward LGBT students.

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2010 Library Teacher of the Year

Successful libraries require the contributions of many different groups of people.  From librarians who care for collections to patrons who utilize the resources and support the library with their tuition or tax dollars, no library can thrive without the participation of its community.  On an academic campus, faculty members are also essential to the library by sharing their subject area expertise in collection development and by encouraging student research.  Active faculty support of the library signals to students that the library is an important and v

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Communities Thrive @ Your Library: celebrate National Library Week, April 11-17

It’s National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide. 

 

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Students go barefoot for shoeless children

Visitors to Union's campus on Thursday, April 8, may be surprised to find many barefoot students. These shoeless students are participating in One Day Without Shoes, inspired by TOMS Shoes, a footwear company based in California. Many students learned of the event to raise awareness for children in developing countries who don’t own shoes through Facebook notifications from fellow students.

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Union College to unveil Peace Sculpture Garden

In a world where war and chaos become increasingly the norm, students on Union College’s campus took the week of April 5-9 to focus on peace. On Friday, April 9, at 1:00 p.m., the school will unveil of a Peace Sculpture Garden in the Ortner Center at Union College to promote the cause of peace.

Located in one of the main thoroughfares of campus life, “This Peace Sculpture Garden provides artistic reminders of the peace that can exist between people everywhere,” according to Chris Blake, associate professor of English and communication.

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Union College Teaching Learning Center offers Life Coaching

I entered the Teaching Learning Center (TLC) ready to report on the department’s new life coaching service, and left with a newfound motivation for my own work. For more than 30 years, the TLC has helped students overcome difficulties to succeed in college—whether physical disabilities, learning differences or academic apathy.

Summer Mathematics Workshops

Union College and Larry Ray, professor of mathematics, are pleased to announce a partnership with the Office of Education of the North America Division of Seventh-day Adventists (NAD) to provide summer workshops for all K-12 teachers of mathematics. These workshops utilize collaborative planning, innovative strategies, the integration of technology and introduce the Singapore Math series. They are part of the recent focus by the NAD Curriculum Committee on improving student learning in math.

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Math Education Majors to Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Six mathematics education majors are looking forward to the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Brady Asher, Joni Giem, Tori Hudgins, Emily Lorenz, Dan Martinez and Derek Timms will be flying to San Diego on April 20. These juniors and seniors will join approximately 15,000 math teachers from across the country for three days of sessions focused on "Connections: Linking Concepts and Context."

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McClelland paintings selected to hang in embassy

Two original watercolor paintings by Jim McClelland, professor of art, have been selected to hang in the United States embassy in Suriname for three years as part of the Arts in Embassies program.

The paintings, a pair of greenwing macaws and a landscape depicting a flock of landing snow geese, were selected to hang in the embassy by Ambassador John Nay, one of McClelland’s students from his time teaching at Battle Creek Academy.

Welcome Spring with GreenFILE from EBSCOhost

GreenFILE is EBSCOhost's proprietary index to literature about human interaction with the environment.  According to EBSCO, "Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records."

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NCATE: Call for Comments

The Education Program at Union College, Lincoln Nebraska, is hosting an accreditation visit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) October 24-26, 2010. We invite interested parties to submit third-party comments for review by the visiting team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of any professional education programs offered and should specify the party’s relationship to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

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2010 Teacher of the Year Nominations

Union College Library is seeking nominations for the 2010 Teacher of theYear Award.

Easier Off-campus Access to Library Databases

The library is pleased to announce a new login system for off-campus access to library databases.  Students may now login to most databases from off-campus using their UC IDs and passwords (the same one used for Moodle and Self Service).  Faculty members should use their Marcie usernames and passwords.  This eliminates the need to track down database-specific login information for each individual database system.

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Student leaders chosen for next year

On Feb. 23-24 students, staff and faculty used Union’s electronic voting system to submit their selections for next year’s student leadership. The following Associated Student Body officers will serve during the 2010-2011 school year.

Elected officers

President

Gallery exhibit 'Gets to Know Nebraska'

When Nebraska is mentioned in movies and television shows, it’s usually an alias for “nowhere.” Union College students, staff and faculty are changing perceptions by helping others Get to Know Nebraska. The contest entrees depicting Nebraska’s landscape, people and places through art, photography and essays will be displayed in the McClelland Art Gallery through March 13.

The contest is sponsored by Student Services and includes three student categories and one employee category. Select pieces of art may eventually be permanently hung in the student center.

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Films on Demand is Here to Stay

Faculty response to the Films on Demand trial has been overwhelmingly positive.  In fact, faculty are so excited, we could not wait until next fall to start an annual subscription to the database.  When the trial subscription ends on March 10, Union College will seamlessly move into a regular annual subscription to Films on

Annual Mr. and Ms. World Pageant to be webcast

Union College’s annual Mr. and Ms. World Pageant will be webcast live from the Union College gym on February 27, starting at 8:15 p.m. CST. The live feed and archived footage from the event will be available at http://www.ucollege.edu/uclive.

Co-sponsored by Associated Student Body (ASB) and the International Club, the pageant features 10 contestants—each from a different country—judged in three categories: national costume, formal wear and talent.

[Video] What is IRR?

This is a short version of a video made for Union College's International Rescue and Relief Program by Glorified Vision as a work for hire. You can learn more about the program at www.ucollege.edu/irr.

Library Databases Go Mobile

Wish you could more easily search the EBSCOhost databases on your smartphone?  Now you can with EBSCOhost Mobile.  To access this service use either https://linus.ucollege.edu:8443/login?url=http://m.ebscohost.com/ or https://linus.ucollege.edu:8443/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.mobi/ and click on the EBSCOhost Mobile profile.  UC ID and password are still required.

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Union College Library Acquires Its First JSTOR Collection

Union College Library has purchased its first JSTOR collection.  The Language and Literature collection includes 78 titles focusing on literature and language in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. The earliest publication is from 1884 and the most recent articles are currently from 2007. 

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LifeTalk Radio to interview IRR students

The Union College International Rescue and Relief Program will be featured on LifeTalk Radio and the Hope Channel on Tuesday, Feb. 23, during the Steve Gallimore Live Show. The hour-long live call-in show is simulcast from 1 to 2 p.m. CST.

Students Daniel Rogers and Sarah Sexton will join John Thomas, the program's administrative director, on the show to discuss both the IRR program's recent trips to Haiti and the unique coursework and hands-on training that prepares students to respond to emergencies and provide aid to developing nations.

IRR students discuss Haiti with Senator Johanns

Representatives from Union College’s International Rescue and Relief Program met with Senator Mike Johanns of Nebraska on February 18 to discuss conditions in Haiti. IRR majors Brittany Nunez, Sarah Sexton and David Skau joined assistant director John Thomas for the meeting, which also included members of Haiti response teams from Creighton University Medical Center and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Senator Johanns called the meeting to learn more about the situation in Haiti as he and other government leaders look for ways to best aid recovery

Mid-America Basketball Tournament single-elimination brackets announced

Mid-America Basketball Tournament officials have announced brackets for the single-elimination tournament which will begin Saturday night. The basketball event, which includes men's and women's teams from ten Adventist academies, began on Wednesday with a round-robin tournament and will conclude Sunday afternoon.

Tournament games played in the Union College gym will be webcast live and archived at uclive.ucollege.edu.

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Basketball tournament games to be webcast live

Select games from the Mid-America Basketball Tournament will be streamed lived and archived at uclive.ucollege.edu. The annual tournament includes mens and womens teams from ten Adventist academies.

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Lincoln Educational Access channel to broadcast academy tournament game

The Lincoln Educational Access Channel (Lincoln Time Warner Cable channel 21) will tape tonight's basketball game between College View Academy and Maplewood Academy at 8:30 p.m. in the Union College gym. The game, part of Union's annual Mid-America basketball tournament, will be streamed live and archived at uclive.ucollege.edu and broadcast at a later date on Time Warner Cable channel 21.

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