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McClelland art on display in eponymous gallery

“Birds have been important to me all my life, particularly when I became Adventist,” explained Jim McClelland, whose name has become synonymous with Union College's art program after 38 years of teaching. His vibrant paintings have inspired students, embellished Engel Hall and given him a national reputation. They are now on display in the McClelland Art Gallery until April 22.

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Union College to break ground for new science and math complex

Union College will strengthen its commitment to provide excellent science, mathematics and health science education in the Lincoln community by breaking ground for a new 55,000 sq. ft. science and mathematics complex on April 6.

Since founding Nebraska’s oldest nursing program in 1946, Union College has become a leader in training health care providers, many of whom come from around the country and choose to stay in the Lincoln community.

IRR students learn survival and medical skills in Nicaragua

Piling into the rusty, 10-wheel, 1969 military vehicle, the students sent up a prayer. Sure, there are bugs. And heat. And humidity. But with a sick two-year-old in need of care and the nearest hospital two hours away, all of those hardships became irrelevant. This is the reality the twelve students and three staff from Union College's International Rescue and Relief (IRR) program have faced during their semester long stay in Nicaragua while providing medical care to severely under-served communities.

Saving a tribe at the McClelland Art Gallery

“Cassi, we have a new name for you,” said Solomae. “’Nashipae,’ which means joy. You’re beautiful and full of happiness. We’re sad you have to go soon, but know you can always come back. You’ll always be our sister, a Maasai.”
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Union to expand Physician Assistant facility

Even before excavators begin breaking ground for the new science and mathematics complex, the Union College Board of Trustees has approved a plan to convert part of the Don Love Building to make more space for Union’s two newest programs.

“This started as a plan to create more room for our physician assistant program,” said Gary Bollinger, vice president for Financial Administration. “We've expanded our goal slightly to make the renovated space meet the needs of the PA program and also the international rescue and relief program.”

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Union student joins Australian music ministry

When Tyler Morrison heard Endless Praise perform at Union College last August, he immediately knew he wanted to be part of a group like them. One of Australia’s leading Christian music groups, Endless Praise incorporates pop, contemporary, funk and R&B elements into inspirational worship performances—it's a mix of music and faith that instantly appealed to the sophomore religious education major. “While they were singing, I remember whispering to a friend about how much fun it would be to join a group like Endless Praise,” Morrison recalled.&n

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Conflict and Peacemaking class helps organize workshop

Each year Chris Blake endeavors to help students in his Conflict and Peacemaking class become active peacemakers through assignments designed to make an impact on Union's campus. This year, the class hopes to expand the reach of their message by helping to organize the annual Lincoln area Peacemaking Workshop XXVI.

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Frontier Nursing Mission Trip, March 8-19, 2012

The Frontier Nursing Class is going on a Medical Mission trip over Spring Break: March 8-19, 2012.

Campolo to speak at Union College

Dr. Tony Campolo, a noted author and professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University, will speak at Union College on Friday, March 2.

Campolo has written 38 books including Choose Love Not Power: How to Right the World’s Wrongs from a Place of Weakness, Stories That Feed Your Soul and Connecting Like Jesus, and his visit is sponsored by Compassion International, a Christian organization that fights to free children from poverty.

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Union College drama goes back to "Kindergarten."

Image of a playbill for Everything I Need to Know about Life I Learned in Kindergarten.Union College drama will present All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten starting Thursday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m.

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Poetry competition entries displayed in McClelland Art Gallery

The winning poems from the Division of Humanities’ second annual poetry competition are currently on display in the McClelland Art Gallery. The division published the top 20 student and employee submissions in the gallery on Feb. 19 and they will exhibit until March 4.

Student wins Nebraska ADDY award

Kristen Vogler, junior graphic design major, won a silver Student ADDY in the Nebraska ADDY competition for 2011. The award was presented during a banquet on Feb. 5, 2012 at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln. 

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Union receives Governor's Point of Light Award

The State of Nebraska awarded Union College the Governor’s Points of Light Award today for the college’s work in the community through Project Impact. The awards are presented quarterly during a special ceremony at the State Capitol and recognize Nebraska volunteers who give their time, talent and energy to help Nebraskans build stronger communities.

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Student drawings on display in McClelland Art Gallery

The nine students enrolled in Drawing II class will display their work in the McClelland Art Gallery from Feb. 12-19. The exhibition will feature three drawings from each student, demonstrating key techniques they have studied.

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Shawn McDonald to perform Feb. 17

Shawn McDonald has built a career out of writing songs focused on his personal journey with God.  On February 17,  he will bring his contemporary Christian style to Union College with a concert at College View Church at 7:30 p.m.

McDonald grew up in Eugene, Ore., where much of his youth was marred with rebellion and drug addiction. At age 20, when his life began to fall apart, he cried out to God and slowly began to turn his life around.  

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Nursing Pinning Ceremony May 5

The Nursing Pinning Ceremony will be on Sabbath, May 5 at 3:30pm in Heartland Hall, College View Church.  Congratulations May 2012 graduates!

Wagner named president of Union College

John Wagner has spent most of his career guiding educational institutions and non- profit foundations down the road to growth and success, but he thought that was coming to a close. When the Union College Board of Trustees called Wagner out of semi-retirement to return to Union as interim president, he expected to stay just long enough for the board to find a permanent replacement for David Smith. Now, just a half a school year later, the board has removed the “interim” and asked Wagner to stay on as president.

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Library Increases Access to Online Journals

The Library is taking steps to increase access to online journals at Union College. Starting this spring semester, approximately sixty print journals will be moved to online access only. Following a new policy, the library will subscribe to online rather than print editions of journals when the online option is both less expensive and offers IP authentication. This means that when readers access journals from a campus computer, no usernames or passwords are necessary.

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Local artist promotes conservation with oil and canvas

Elizabeth Rieke-Hefley’s love for wildlife manifests itself on canvas. The Lincoln-based artist shares her passion for conservation with others through her oil paintings, which often depict vibrant scenes of nature and endangered species. Her work will be displayed in the McClelland Art Gallery now through Feb. 12.

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Powery to speak for Martin Luther King Jr. Day service

At a time when Christian preaching and music often focus on celebration and spiritual highs, Dr. Luke Powery believes that some of the most important lessons about God and the human condition can be learned from a genre of music filled with pain—the spiritual.

On Tuesday, January 17, at a special Union College chapel celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Powery will present “Lessons from the Unknown Black Bards,” a musical exploration of the history of black Americans as seen in the lyric and melody of spirituals.

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History students experience the past

Rote memorization and lengthy readings represent an unfortunate stigma attached to history courses. But Ben Tyner, assistant professor of history, is changing that. 

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Student Teacher Represents Union at Pearl Harbor Memorial

Student teaching isn’t always confined to the classroom. For Steven Hutchison, fall 2011 music education and Spanish graduate, his practicum took him over 3000 miles away.

Every education major at Union College spends a semester as a full-time student teacher, allowing students to apply their knowledge to real classroom situations and transition into the role of a teacher.

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Ben Herzel: Helping in the Himalayas

Ben Herzel, a junior international rescue and relief major, spent four weeks last summer volunteering with Tiny Hands International in Nepal.

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