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Teaching Literacy Discussion February 22

Have you ever considered becoming a volunteer literacy tutor?  Are you preparing to teach and want to be sure you know how to help your students learn to read?  Join us on February 22, 2011 for a discussion of John Corcoran's book, The Teacher Who Couldn't Read, and learn about effective methods for teaching literacy.  Peggy Wahlen from Union's English as a Second Language department will lead the discussion beginning at 11:30 a.m. in Library room 121.

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Free life coaching: A student perspective

When I discovered that Union College’s Teaching Learning Center (TLC) planned to start offering free academic and life coaching sessions, my squeal of glee prompted stares from my coworkers. I had to fight the urge to jump out of my chair, race to the TLC office and schedule my first appointment.

UpToDate Trial: Explore More Evidence Based Medical Information

We are pleased to announce that Union College is currently trialing a campus wide subscription to UpToDate.

UpToDate is an electronic resource offering evidence-based, synthesized medical information quickly at the point of care.  It is comprised of original topics that are written, reviewed and continually updated by a faculty of physician experts.

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Union Scholars Travel to Chicago for Winter Break

Chicago during the winter is a fascinating place. Eight Scholars experienced some of what Chicago has to offer on a trip there during Winter Break, February 10-13, 2011. Arriving in Chicago by rented van at 5:00 pm on Thursday, the students spent the evening in the Art Institute of Chicago, which was free of admission that evening. On a whirlwind tour, they saw most of the highlights of the museum, including Georges Seurat’s "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte"

“Zacchaeus” to speak for Feb. 18 vespers service


Actor Mac McConnell will present “Forever Changed,” a first person narrative on the life as Zacchaeus, for vespers on Feb. 18.  (Photo courtesy www.way.org.)

Native artist connects traditions in McClelland Gallery

When Jovannah Poor Bear-Adams first started creating Navajo pottery at the Holbrook Seventh-day Adventist School, it was just a craft to her. It was a way for her to fill up empty hours and make a little extra cash. However, since then it has become much, much more. According to Poor Bear-Adams, creating traditional art is "how I connect to my Native American heritage."

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Union nursing graduates continue to have highest NCLEX pass rate in Nebraska

Union College nursing graduates posted the highest pass rate in the state of Nebraska on the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX, for a fifth straight quarter, ending in December 2010. Since October 2009, Union's 97 percent pass rate has surpassed the fourteen other nursing schools in the state and the Nebraska (88 percent) and national (87 percent) averages.

DynaMed Trial: An Evidenced Based Medicine Database

From now until April 7, 2011, DynaMed will be available for the students and faculty who are interested in medical topics to explore.  DynaMed offers clinically organized summaries for more than 3,000 topics, surveillance of more than 500 journals, and daily content updates.  If you have questio

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Giving senior citizens a sporting chance


Grace Williams, a senior business sports management major, plans to start a fitness center for senior citizens.

Illiteracy: Myths & Facts Discussion January 19

What do you believe about illiteracy?  Is someone who cannot read or write stupid?  Is illiteracy primarily a socioeconomic problem? Does there come a point when it is too late for a person to learn to read?  These are all common myths about adult illiteracy.  Join us on January 19, 2011 for a discussion of John Corcoran's book, The Teacher Who Couldn't Read, and learn the truth about these as other issues related to literacy.  Debbie Forshee-Sweeney from Union's Teaching Learning Center will lead the discussion beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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Student cyclist "fights the traffic" half-way across America

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Janna Buttrick, a junior at Union College, will make a remarkable trek from Lincoln, Neb., to her home in Tampa, Fla., over Christmas break. The grueling 1500-plus mile trip won’t be just for pleasure or to test the limitations of her own body—she will fight traffic on the highway to raise funds to fight a

Nursing graduates achieve top NCLEX pass rate

Union College nursing graduates posted a 97.3 percent first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX, for the last year from October 2009 to October 2010.  Union finished well ahead of the Nebraska pass rate (88.32 percent) and the national pass rate (87.56 percent) and had the highest rate of the fourteen schools of nursing in the state.

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The Changing Face of the Library Catalog

If you have searched the library catalog recently, you are already aware that it looks different than it used to. On November 23 the old iLink Web interface was replaced with the new e-Library.

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Introducing One Book One Union 2010-2011

Union College Library in collaboration with the Writing Studio, Teaching Learning Center, Career Center, ESL, and the Campus Store is pleased to announce One Book One Union 2010-2011.  This year's selection, The Teacher Who Couldn't Read by John Corcoran, is the story of a man who finished high school and college, became a teacher, and later started his own business, all without being able to read proficiently.  He finally learned to read when he was 48 years old.

Share Your Suggestions with the Library

 Your comments and suggestions about the library do make a difference to the library staff.  We are interested in hearing what Union College students and employees have to say about the library.  Currently several venues are open for submitting your feedback. 

A two-question survey is open on Survey Monkey until November 19.  A link to this survey has been emailed to all students and employees.  If you have not yet participated, look for your invitation in your email inbox.

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Union to webcast select volleyball tournament games

Union College will webcast select games from the annual Mid-America volleyball tournament to be held Oct. 21-23.

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Union College Education Department Prepares for NCATE Accreditation Visit

The Union College Education Program submitted their online documents on May 14, 2010. The program is one of the first to participate in a new pilot program recently implemented by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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Coach Ken Carter to speak at Union College

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Buy tickets online to hear Coach Carter.

On October 19, Union College’s Leadership Symposium will present speaker Ken Carter, a high school basketball coach whose story was

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Student missionaries unharmed after pirate incident

Two Union College student missionaries serving in Peru are unharmed after river pirates accosted their boat on Friday. Rachel Downey and Stephanie Rivas are volunteering this school year with Touch of Love Ministries based in Pucallpa, Peru. The two were traveling with several other volunteers when the incident took place.

“We thank God that all our student missionaries are safe,” said Rich Carlson, Union’s director of student missions. “We have been in contact with the parents involved and are working with the local authorities to make sure this matter gets resolved.”

Union experiences enrollment increase

A picture may be worth 1000 words, but Union College has found a visit may be worth 10,000 or more. Although all indicators pointed to a third straight year of declining enrollment, Union saw an expanded campus visit program play a significant role in increasing the fall 2010 enrollment head count to 901 with a full-time equivalency of 818—up two percent over the previous year.

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