Besides being both informative and enlightening, the trip to Dallas included much joy and laughter. I deeply appreciated the opportunity to learn more about such an ancient culture while relaxing in the tranquil atmosphere of the SWAU campus. This Scholars trip was truly a joy. ~ Serena Stevens – Psychology
The votes are in and the Union College Associated Student Body has chosen new leaders for the 2009-2010 academic year. Online voting began Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. shortly after the candidates presented speeches to the student body during convocation and closed Wednesday evening.
Union College is hosting 220 high school band members from the Mid-America Union Feb. 4-7. The musicians will practice Wednesday through Friday afternoon and perform Friday night at vespers and Saturday evening for the main concert.
The new Research Assistance Program (RAP) is being offered by Union's librarians to aid students with their research. Appointment forms for the program are at the library's circulation desk and on the library's Web site under "Reference Services." Bring the form to the library or send it via intercampus mail. When you complete the form before the interview, librarians a
In 1891 United Way, then called Charity Organizations Society, began changing lives in local communities. According to the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County, Union’s employee contributions are a crucial part of helping keep that dream alive 118 years later as part of the Leadership Giving program.
Steve Herrera, Union College alumnus, grew up around cars. His father was an auto mechanic and, naturally, one of the first things he began drawing were cars—race cars, classics and street rods. The first pieces of art he sold in fifth grade were of cars.
Students, faculty, and staff can now login to EBSCOhost databases from off campus by entering the five-character barcode located on the reverse side of their Union College ID cards. In order for this feature to work, searchers must access EBSCOhost through the following link: http://sear
For many students with disabilities, college seems impossible and the opportunities offered by higher education seem closed off. For more than 30 years, the Teaching Learning Center (TLC) at Union College has been helping dispel these misconceptions and make college accessible.
Union College Library is currently running a trial to EBSCOhost's Literary Reference Center database. Students and staff may access the database between November 17, 2008 and February 14, 2009. Literary Reference Center is a completely fulltext database containing thousands of literary criticism articles,
He's from Florida; she's from Texas. And although Alan and Rachel Orrison have lived in Nebraska for several years, the surrounding scenery is still new. While traveling through areas such as the Badlands and Mt. Rushmore, a focus on prairie scenes emerged in their photography.
Domestic violence is a war that goes on behind closed doors and causes 2,000 to 4,000 casualties each year in the United States. The American Medical Association states that one in every three women will experience violence from a husband of boyfriend.
On Saturday evening, Sept. 13, students from Union College's international rescue and relief program gathered for a vote. Dr. Michael Duehrssen, associate director of the program, presented the students with two choices: drive through the night to south Texas without specific rescue or relief assignments or wait until morning to hear more from contacts already in the area.
Seeing packed stands cheering at Union's annual dodgeball championship and a sea of volunteers in matching shirts for Project Impact, the college's annual community service event, it might be hard for an observer to believe Union College has fewer students than last fall's 24-year high.
It's rare to hear college students chat excitedly about weeding, cleaning, painting and sorting, but as groups trickled back to the Union College campus from serving more than 50 sites around Lincoln, Neb., those were the topics on everyone's mind. "We washed windows, scraped gum off tables, dusted book covers ... none of it was anything I'd think to do on my own," said Ashley Herbel, a freshman pre-med student from Wichita, Kansas after spending the morning at South Library. "But going with a group of friends can make anything fun."
With more than 800 participants, there were a lot of friends, new and old, to transform the chores into constructive play. This year's turnout included over 80 percent of the student body along with college employees and volunteers from other local Seventh-day Adventist organizations. While attendance isn't taken for the volunteer event, Rich Carlson, vice president for spiritual life, said Union's Campus Ministries distributed more t-shirts to campus volunteers than in previous years. "I think this is the largest group we've ever had," Carlson said.
Begun in 1981 as Project Brush, the original goal of the day was to paint 100 houses in 10 years. After completing the 113th house, the event was renamed and the projects diversified. Now volunteers focus on serving the agencies that serve others, providing helping hands to do tasks over-stretched social service organizations have a hard time keeping up with.
"It amazes me you can take 10 or 12 people and get done in a few hours what would take me days to do on my own," said Huda McClelland, Union's director of admissions who has witnessed most of the event's 27-year history.
"What we've heard so far from the agencies is overwhelmingly positive," Carlson said. "They're always amazed by the quantity and quality of work our students do and the attitude with which it is done."
Listening to students talk under the campus' clock tower as they shared 220 pizzas, the conversations always returned to the same refrain: the work wasn't only fast, it was fun. Erin Webb, a senior business administration major from Greenville, Tenn., told about finding a creative outlet while painting barrels at Goodwill. Beau Snyder, a senior from Culver, Ore., described cleaning at the Lincoln Children's Museum as, "playing with a pressure hose." Even when Jennifer Dovich, a junior pre-med student from Turner, Ore., mentioned getting paint in her eye while painting a ceiling at Mahoney Elementary School, she added, "It was worth it, it was awesome and so much fun."
Some former students who have experienced the spirit of the community service event returned to share in the labor and the camaraderie again. Thang Nguyen, an alumnus now working in Web development at Nebraska Books, told his boss about the event and she encouraged him to take the day off to participate. "I didn't want to miss the fun," Nguyen said.
Since its inception, Project Impact has been student-led. This year Ann Bryant, a senior business administration major from Woodbury, Tenn., organized the event for the third time and trained a new coordinator, Emily Carlson, a junior elementary education major from Mohrsville, Pa. Both students, with the assistance of Ashley Groeneweg, a biology education major from Omaha, Neb., spent the summer organizing site lists, coordinating with sponsors and ensuring transportation and tools were available. "Hearing the enthusiasm from the organizations makes the months of planning worth it," Bryant said.
Bryant added, "The worst thing that happened today was I didn't have anywhere to send the people who finished and wanted to do more." While the chores for the day may be completed, she hopes the contacts made will serve as a springboard for future service. Past Project Impacts have developed into long-term commitments for both individuals and student organizations, such as the volleyball team, the women's basketball team and the Union Scholars honors program. "One day of raking or painting makes the community slightly nicer," Bryant said. "But creating an environment where service is fun and exciting can have a big impact on the world."
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