Academics

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.”

Experience Mystical Islamic poetry

Once upon a time, when camels and nomads roamed the sands of Arabia, and Turkish sheikhs amassed great wealth and harems, a small group of Muslims known in the west as Whirling Dervishes devoted their days to the poetic expression of the meaning of life.

Could You Memorize the Entire Qur'an?

On Sunday, October 20, at 7:00 PM the Union College Library will be once again be turned into a site for interfaith dialogue with the viewing and discussion of the HBO documentary Koran by Heart. This dynamic film follows the journey of three ten-year-olds from different countries to Cairo, Egypt for the the Egypt International Holy Koran Competition where they must each recite the entire Qur’an from memory to a panel of judges on live television and radio. Held on the holiest day of Ramadan, this is the oldest and most prestigious Qur’an competition.

Union welcomes an influx of new students

Sometimes, it feels great to be wrong. That’s the sentiment among Union College administrators upon seeing an increase in enrollment after planning budgets assuming another down year. With a headcount of 911 and a full-time equivalency of 843 (up from 881 headcount and 803.3 FTE last year), being wrong means a growing student body and new opportunities.

Union College Red Cross club responds to nearby tornadoes

“This was the first time I had actually done damage assessment,” said Connor Kraegel, junior international rescue and relief (IRR) major. “It was very good experience for me to be there with a veteran of the American Red Cross who walked us through the whole process. By the end we were doing it all ourselves.”

Union Scholars Asia Trip 2013

What better way to learn to live as a citizen of the global community than to experience it for yourself? Through taking the Wealth and Poverty class—typically a three-week study tour visiting Hong Kong, China and Malaysia—you’ll discover first-hand alternative perspectives and the disparity in lifestyles that exist around the world. 

Alumnus credits IRR degree for life of service and adventure

"Before I went into the International Rescue and Relief (IRR) program, I made a list of all the companies I wanted to work for. International SOS was number two,” said Jonathan Hoewing. “Sometimes I wonder if they hired me just because I have the word ‘international’ in my bachelor’s degree.”

2013 Union College Board of Trustees Writing Awards announced

Writers find inspiration and motivation in many places—family, friends, the world around them. Over the past three years, a number of Union College students have discovered additional motivation to polish their writing skills for the annual Union College Board of Trustees Writing Awards.

U.S. News ranks Union among America's best colleges

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.

Three New Databases Available This Fall

Three new databases have recently been added to the library's digital collections: SocINDEX with Full TextNursing Education in Video, and Mango Languages.

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