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Union hosts 61st annual Mid-America Music Festival

More than 180 high school students will decend on the Union College campus this week for the 61st annual Mid-America Union Music Festival. The event kicks off Wednesday, Feb. 5 and culminates with a concert on Sabbath, Feb. 8, at 4:30 p.m.

This year, choral students represent the select choirs from nine academies, primarily from the Mid-America Union territory, with the exception of DayStar Academy in Utah. Two major concerts are the highlight of the weekend.

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Across the Unionverse: Ben Tyner

Welcome to the very first episode of Across the Unionverse, a podcast in which we chat with students, employees, alumni and community members about topics they're passionate about.

In this episode, we sat down with Ben Tyner, assistant professor of history, to talk about propaganda, art history and sugar packets.

"Penny Wars" to raise money for Tiny Hands International

For the next two weeks Unionites will do battle over pennies—not who can collect the most, but who can give the most. Starting today through February 11, “Penny Wars,” sponsored by the Amnesty International/Tiny Hands club, will raise money for Tiny Hands International, a local organization that has made it its mission to rescue girls in Nepal and other Asian countries from sex trafficking.

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International Rescue and Relief Students' training culminates in Nicaragua

“Glue the pipe together here,” he indicated with one hand, “and angle the ninety-degree elbow up, like so.” He tweaked the joint, stepped back to admire his work, and proclaimed, “That’s a finished product.”

Posed over a jumble of PVC pipes, brackets, angles, elbows, and drills, Carl Ladd resembled more of a mad scientist than an International Rescue and Relief contract instructor. The contraption at his feet seemed like a prop from some fantasy film instead of a water pump.

Maria Long to perform for "Family Worship" on Jan. 31

Singer-songwriter Maria Long will perform at the College View Church on Jan. 31 at 7:30.

Known for heartfelt lyrics and full musical sound, Long will perform songs from both her albums alongside a full band and Union’s own Tyler Morrison and Azriel Peckham.  “I met her when she was still recruiting for Andrews Aniversity,” said Morrison, who will be providing keyboard and vocals.  “She had just released her first album.”

McClelland art on display in city government building

Serene landscapes, animals in peaceful repose, and the birds for which he is known are just a few examples of Jim McClelland’s vast artistic repertoire. And now, through the months of January and February, 27 of these hand-selected favorites will be on display in the Lincoln and Lancaster county-city building.

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Lecture series to explore building bridges with Muslim communities

The Union College Center for Interfaith Studies and Culture will present a guest lecture by Rodney MacCallum focused on building bridges with Muslim communities on Friday, Jan. 31, and Sabbath, Feb. 1. Friday’s lecture will be held at the Piedmont Park Seventh-day Adventist Church at 7:00 p.m., and Sabbath lectures will take place during both 9:15 a.m. and noon worship services at the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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1001 Arabian Nights: Experience the History, Mystery, and Wonder

Experience the history, mystery and wonder of the classic tales from 1001 Arabian Nights.  Join Assistant Professor of English and Communication, Mike Mennard, at 7:00 PM on Sunday, January 26, 2014 in room 121 of the Union College Library for a crash course in Middle Eastern folklore.

Martin Luther King Jr Day event helps students understand struggle for civil rights

Turn the clock back fifty years.

The country is in the midst of political, and social turmoil and change is in the air, for better or worse.

The Civil Rights Movement is in full swing, and central to the social revolution is a minister from Alabama named Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Introducing JoVE: Science Education

The Journal of Visualized Experiments (or JoVE): Science Education collection is the library's most recent electronic resource acquisition.

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Michael English to perform for "Family Worship" on Friday, Jan. 17

Award winning christian musician Michael English will perform live in concert at Union College this Friday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m. for Family Worship vespers.  The concert is open to the public and free of charge.

English is currently on a solo tour of the U.S. promoting his latest album, Some People Change. According to his website, English’s own life story enables him to share music that ministers to others “as a living testimony of God’s promises to work all things for good.”

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More than practice: pastoring practicum builds real-world connections

“Even in the first week, I’ve seen God work in so many ways this semester, and it has been such a blessing,” said Hector Melendez, student pastor for Maplewood Academy and the Hutchinson church in Minnesota. “We had a spiritual retreat with the academy, and God poured Himself out. For five hours these students just studied the Bible. We gave them the opportunity to leave, but they wanted to stay, and we were all just bombarded with Jesus. That’s the kind of event that has had a year-long effect on these kids.”

ForeSight: Charlie and Naoma Henkelmann

After raising cattle for 30 years Charles ’56  and Naoma ’54 Henkelmann knew it was time to sell some of their 250 acres of land, but they discovered it made more sense to give the land as a gift to Union College.
 

Students need your unused Adventist study books

“I know there are many people downsizing or reorganizing their libraries,” said Rich Carlson, vice president for Spiritual Life. “Sometimes they don’t know what to do with the large concordances or Ellen White collections. My dream is to connect them with students who need those books for ministry.”
 

Former Union president Robert Brown dies

Robert Brown ’40, Huntington, W.V., died Feb. 12, 2013, at age 97. He was born Aug. 27, 1915, in Sioux Falls, S.D., the eldest child of Harry and Isabelle Ross Brown.

The teacher connection

Ongoing contact with education graduates helps ensure success in the classroom

“Mrs. Mac, I’m not from America. I’m from Nebraska! Just wanted to let you know.”
 

Anna Romuald: Social media ministry

“We spend so little time together on Sabbath, it doesn’t feel like enough time for me to disciple and mentor the youth I work with,” said Anna Romuald ’12, assistant pastor at the Southview Adventist Church in Minneapolis and assistant young adult ministries director for the Minnesota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. “Using social media, I can spend quality time communicating one-on-one to help spiritually disciple them.”
 

Jeff Peterson: Building lifelong connections

The connections you make in college often shape the rest of your life. Union College alumnus Jeff Peterson is proof of that. Thanks in part to the educational and personal bonds he formed while attending Union, the 1987 graduate is now a shareholder and executive manager in a number of companies supplying chemicals, metals, equipment and logistical services starting from a base outside Nashville, Tenn.
 

Staying connected before Facebook

For many Unionites, the friendships formed during their  time in Lincoln turned out to be something worth holding on to for the rest of their lives. Before Facebook, Twitter and cell phones, classmates had to find creative ways to stay in touch as they spread out across the country and the world. 

The Laundry Letter

Connecting through tragedy

A field of tall grass. A tree. An indescribably peaceful feeling. A bright light flashed in the sky. Suddenly, an EMT is holding his head, shouting his name. Spinning red strobes. Rough asphalt cradled him in an unforgiving embrace. Blood. His connection to life tenuous, he slipped back and forth between consciousness and unconsciousness.
 

Named spaces in the Krueger Center for Science and Mathematics

(200) Lang Amphitheater—a 126-seat high-tech lecture space, is named for Jerome ’65 and Ramona Larsen (’65) Lang, longtime Lincoln business owners, whose lead gift was in addition to their support for many other Union College projects—including driving his private coach bus half-a-million miles over 46 years to transport school groups for academic and extra-curricular events.
 

Bollinger retires, Leeper new financial vice president

After 22 years as a Union College administrator, Gary Bollinger, Union’s vice president for Financial Administration, retired in October and turned the financial reins of the college over to Jeff Leeper, who for the past 13 years has been the assistant dean for Financial Affairs at Loma Linda University School of Nursing.
 

Gymnaire reunion planned for 2015

“I really like our theme: one team, one focus,” said Cindy Spaulding ’92, assistant coach of the Union College gymnastics team since 1988. “To me, we’re always going to be one team no matter which year it is. If we’re all one team and always keep Christ at the center of our lives, everything is going to be fine.”
 

Editorial: Why do we connect?

As I write this, I am looking forward to having a wonderful time with friends and colleagues at our annual employee Christmas party. Events like this are an important part of forging a community. Even the ancient philosopher Plato advised communities to eat together, going so far as to recommend communal meals be a constitutional requirement for cities.
 

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