“Our theme this summer at the People’s City Mission (PCM) was ‘Dream Big.’ Working with the kids ... I was just amazed at their energy for life. I learned so much from them, including how to dream,” remembered Inonge Kasaji, a junior social work major at Union College. Kasaji’s own dream began in August, when her time volunteering at the mission was drawing to a close. To thank the kids and staff for an incredible summer, Kasaji decided to take on a project that had been waiting two years to start—painting the inside of the EDEFY building.
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U.S. News has once again rated Union College as one of America's "Best Colleges" in the magazine's highly-anticipated annual rankings. In a five-way tie for 43rd place in the Midwestern regional colleges category, this is the eighth consecutive year Union has earned a spot in the top tier of higher educational institutions.
While no standardized system can account for unique institutional strengths or the individual needs of students, Union College administrators are proud to see the institution compare favorably with its peers.
“Every year for Project Impact, students provide acts of kindness in the community. When they come back, they’re smiling and laughing—they’re happy they did something for others,” said Inonge Kasaji, junior social work major and outreach co-coordinator in Union College’s Campus Ministries. “Why wouldn’t you want to keep that going the whole year?”
On Wednesday, Sept. 11, Union College will host the Lincoln Police Department's field force training—a day culminating with a crowd control exercise involving a demonstration staged by campus volunteers.
Police officers will be at Union throughout the day reviewing crowd control techniques and conducting exercises in Woods Auditorium and in other areas of campus.
“My parents always taught us that no person should be judged based on the color of their skin, but on the content of their character,” said Herman Boone, retired high school coach and inspiration for the lead character in Disney’s 2000 film, “Remember the Titans.” “I have always believed that and maintain that value today.”
The school year is almost upon Union College, and with it, 26 Sabbaths to enjoy. Vespers coordinator Kelli Vigil and Union for Christ director Tyler Morrison have prepared a schedule of powerful musical talent and deep spiritual speakers to help Union College campus discover or build a stronger relationship with Jesus.
“My goal is to affect people’s emotions,” said Zach Posthumus, junior graphic design major. “Even if they don’t like my art or they think it’s weird, I think generating some type of emotion signifies a good piece of art. If it doesn’t make you think or feel anything, what’s the point of it?”
Union College students and employees can now help save the world, one plastic bottle at a time.
Even though the physical campus landscape has changed drastically through several ongoing construction projects, many students may think the most significant campus improvement over the summer happens when they power up their computers or tablets.
As of July 25, Union College switched Internet providers to a faster service at a lower price, meaning users will be able to access more content faster than before.
Only four short weeks remain before students rush back to the books and a new school year begins at Union College. But before settling back into studies, there are a few important details all incoming and returning students need to know.
Financial clearance deadline is August 1
All financial paperwork must be completed and the first payment for the new school received by August 1. After that, reserved classes will be dropped and students won't be allowed to complete early registration.
“Although he had recently been very sick with his kidney issues, when I was 18 and met Dr. Freidline for the first time as a prospective student, he acted the same as when he met everyone,” said Carrie Wolfe, chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics and Union College chemistry graduate. “He was so pleasant, informative and happy to talk to me and my parents.”
Shilo Parker remembers well the first time he saw a man making glass beads with a torch at the Old Market in Omaha. Mesmerized by his work, Parker immediately got his own bead making kit and began what would become a lifelong love affair with glass.
Seven years after his first encounter with glass work, Parker is giving his first exhibition at Union College’s McClelland Art Gallery now through July 14. A combination of glass and ceramics, the exhibit combines vibrant colors with abstract patterns in an abundance of styles
One student’s story of figuring out how to make a home in a cold, bare dorm room with a complete stranger.
As I turned the doorknob and walked in, I stared at the room I would be living in for the next nine months—or possibly four years—of my life. I was greeted by undecorated white walls, empty drawers and closets, and a stack of naked bunk beds. This is supposed to be my home?
For many Union College students, finding ways to make Union a home keeps them coming back each year to graduate. But for Nathan Huggins, finding a place like home is what brought him to Union.
Stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nathan wanted to spend the Sabbath hours with people who shared his new faith. He had recently started attending an Omaha area Adventist church, but his search for a Friday evening vespers service led him to make the drive to Lincoln.
It is a miracle really, when we think about it, how people meet, how lives merge, how a home is made; the journey, the love, the promises that make it so.
A house, well, a house is a different story all together. A house can be made relatively quickly. The process is fairly straight forward. Get the supplies. Get a crew. Hammer. Sweat. Work hard. Work really hard. And then, there it is, in a matter of months if all goes well.
Although many professors have made significant contributions to learning in Jorgensen Hall, here are 10 who served the longest, touching the lives of countless students over the years.
Home. A small word. Two consonants. Two vowels. Yet this humble word matters. This word counts. It can conjure up a million different images and evoke a thousand different feelings in all of us. Familial abode, physical space, or emotional solace; it connects us to what matters. For Kendra Carlson, who claimed the whole west coast as home growing up, this word has since come to evoke something much more specific. These days, a renovated old house in Lincoln, Neb., is the hub from which Carlson’s world emanates.
Have you ever tried to picture Heaven—to truly imagine the sights, sounds and feelings that will come with finally getting there? For Byard Parks ’92, Heaven is not some gold-plated, shimmery idea, it is a real place filled with laughter, music and the warmth of unique people sharing their experiences together. Heaven is home, and for a world-traveler like Parks, home is a sacred, treasured place—a place to create, to connect, to protect.
Minimalism. For most people, the word conjures up images of modern apartments with sparse decor. But for Union College graduate Lorilee Ross Lippincott ’03, minimalism is a way of life that stretches beyond modern decorating.
“For my family, minimalism means living intentionally,” she explains. “Technically, the term means buying and having fewer things. But we’ve taken an approach to minimalism that allows us to have fewer responsibilities and expectations in the negative sense of the words.”