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Union College presents Christian folk artist Andrew Peterson in concert at the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church (4801 Prescott Ave.) Friday, Oct. 27, 2006. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free to the public and a free will offering will be collected to support Peterson's ministry.
Peterson has recorded seven albums and his music has been reviewed by USA Today and Christianity Today, among others. He is known for his down-to-earth style and vivid observations.
The paintings of Jim McClelland will be in Union College's McClelland Art Gallery Oct. 20–Nov. 10, 2006. The watercolor and oil paintings will depict a variety of scenes including birds, animals, landscapes, flowers and still life.
"Artwork is meant to be shared," says McClelland, professor of art at Union College. "I hope people will be inspired by the creative genius of God, expressed not only in the paintings themselves, but in the talents He gives people."
The Lincoln Community Forum invites the community to attend a discussion on Church and State addressing the question, "How can religion and politics work together?" This forum will take place Tuesday, Oct. 3 at St. Mark's on the Campus Episcopal Church located on 1309 R Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will start at 7 p.m. Chris Blake, Union College professor of English and communication and author of Searching for a God to Love, will be the moderator and facilitator of this event.
LINCOLN—Missi Paul, a national award winning artist from Lincoln, Neb., is currently displaying transparent watercolors at Union College's McClelland Art Gallery until Oct. 1.
"These are not your grandma's faded watercolors," Paul says of the vibrancy in her paintings.
Unlike ink, pencil or oil painting, once a watercolor has been added it cannot be removed from the painting, and the color seeps into the paper as it wills. "Watercolor is technique first," Paul says. "It has a lot of personality and is hard to control."
LINCOLN—Union College's Multicultural Committee presents, "Woman's Work," a one-woman show performed by professional actress Pippa White, Sept. 19 at 7:00 p.m. The free show will take place on the lower level of the Everett Dick Administration Building, at the center of the Union College campus, 3800 S. 48th St. "Women's Work" is a combination of short monologues that use humor and insight to explore the lives of working women in the past 15 decades.
LINCOLN—Opening more sections of freshman courses, finding creative solutions for student housing, having about 100 more students volunteer to serve the community than in previous years: these are the sorts of problems Union College administrators and student leaders rejoice in. Union College's enrollment is the highest it has been since 1983. The total student body grew to 982 with a full-time equivalence of 927.8, up from 930 students and 863.3 FTE last fall. The number of first-time freshmen this year is 194 compared to 177 in fall 2005.
"Can we come back sometime and do more?" asked Matthew Johnson, senior chemistry major at Union College while repainting a group home. Questions like Johnson's echoed across the city as over 900 volunteers at more than 50 agencies celebrated the 25th anniversary of Project Impact, Union College's annual community service day. The spirit of volunteerism that has made the event a success since 1981 continues throughout the year. Students who want to do more build upon a legacy of community involvement.
Lincoln—The stairwells of the Everett Dick Building once again reverberate with the sounds of reunions and students making new acquaintances. More stations are open in Union Market and the lines are a bit longer. Across campus, lost-looking new students get pointed in the right directions. The energy brought by the return of students can be felt everywhere on campus.
At Union College, school is back in session.
Lincoln, Neb.—Union College students are known for singing the school pep song "Slinga de ink" for most of the 115-year history of the school. But on Aug. 24, you will find almost the entire campus slinging paint or rakes, shovels, mops and scrub brushes instead. An anticipated 800+ volunteers will start the academic year as they have for 25 years with Project Impact, an annual community service event. Project Impact is the longest-running and largest ongoing collegiate volunteer event in the country.
LINCOLN—Construction is completed on a new student housing complex on the campus of Union College. In May 2005, Lincoln developers Rick Krueger ('74) and Kent Thompson initiated a collaborative investment project to add contemporary student housing to campus. Construction on the project began in November and was completed on time this month.
LINCOLN—If you can't spend three weeks exploring tropical countries for college credit, venture into the photos of the Union College students who did.
A photograph exhibit gives a remarkable view of the 15 students and three faculty members' journey through Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras this summer, and is on display in Union College's McClelland Art Gallery from Aug. 13–Sept. 10.
LINCOLN— Elizabeth Rodacker-Borgens, Union College associate professor of English as a Second Language, and three librarians from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln—Jolie Ogg Graybill, Charlene Maxey-Harris and Charity Martin—have received a 2006 Diversity Research Grant Award.