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Local art gallery director displays paintings in McClelland Art Gallery

Julia Noyes is reaching new corners of Lincoln, and new audiences, with a McClelland Art Gallery exhibit running through Sept. 19.  Noyes, whose 10 pieces are on display at Union College, directs and owns her own gallery located on South 9th Street.

“Having the Noyes Art Gallery has been a special blessing because I get to work with so many other artists,” Noyes said, explaining that each month she coordinates exhibits with more than 60 other local artists.

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Lincoln students to benefit from TLC grant

A grant recently awarded to Union College’s Teaching Learning Center (TLC) will benefit the local Lincoln community by empowering students faced with learning and development disabilities such as ADD. TLC, Union’s academic support and disability service provider, received $84,510 in funding from Woods Charitable Foundation, with disbursement set over the next three years.

With this grant, the center plans to implement a program designed to aid high school juniors with learning disabilities transition into college life, and likewise, help eighth graders transition into high school life. The two nine-week pilot classes scheduled to run during the 2009-2010 school year will focus on self-advocating and financial aid.

“This new program was created in order to open educational doors for students with disabilities who otherwise wouldn’t recognize education as an option,” said Debbie Forshee-Sweeney, TLC director. “Many students with learning disabilities and ADD go through high school with the false belief that higher education is not in their reach.”

Union College students who have struggled with similar disabilities will be involved in the new program by servings as mentors. Each student will receive training and a stipend to assist in co-teaching the classes located in Lincoln’s 10 middle schools and six high schools.

Union College Responses to H1N1 Influenza

The following are recommendations for response to the current potential influenza outbreak. It is important for all of us to realize that the H1N1 situation may change rapidly and changes may be needed to these recommendations as the scenario unfolds.  These recommendations reflect our current understanding of procedures that will help to prevent the spread of H1N1. We will be closely monitoring this situation and will communicate with the campus when that becomes necessary. These recommendations follow guidelines set out by the CDC.

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Enrollment exceeds expectations despite decline

Enrollment at a glance

Total students
Full time equivalent
Countries 
States 
Male/Female ratio

883
802
18
44
49/51
If you know a student who would benefit from a Union College education, please refer them to Enrollment Services.

It's not often people in academia want to be proved wrong. However, last fall when two different models Union College uses to predict enrollment for the next school year projected a decrease in new students, college administrators, faculty and staff began preparing for the worst and praying for the best.

"We believe each of our students is a blessing, and we've been asking God for many blessings lately," said David Smith, college president. "When I speak to our students and hear their stories about how and why they chose Union, I know those prayers have been answered."

Photos from Project Impact 2009

Since 1981, Union College students, employees and friends have taken a day off classes and work to serve the Lincoln community. This slideshow shows some of the more than 700 people who participated in this year's Project Impact.

Special thanks to Remedy Drive for the song, "Here's for the Years" and Vota for "Whole World in His Hands."

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Project Impact to 'plant the seed of service' in Lincoln on Aug. 27


Seth Perkins, associate professor of health and human performance, and Spencer Way clean a playground during Project Impact in 2008.

“We always assume we know what people need, but usually we don’t have a clue,” said Emily Carlson, coordinator for Union College’s annual volunteer event, “Project Impact gives students an opportunity to see through the eyes of the community and better understand what they’re needing.”

Last year, as assistant leader for Project Impact, Carlson delivered bagels to each site of the 50 sites where Union students were volunteering. In the middle of her journey, she spotted a homeless man. Thinking he could use a bite to eat, she stopped the car, grabbed a bag of bagels and handed it to him.

She drove away feeling good about her kind deed. As she looked in her rear view mirror she watched in shock as the homeless man opened a nearby trashcan and dumped the contents of the bag. He proceeded to shove his personal belongings in the bag and walked off with a smile.

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New Global Issues in Context Database

 A new database, Global Issues in Context produced by Gale Cengage Learning, is now available through Union College Library.  According to the publisher's description this database was "designed ...

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Water balloons for your heart

Kelly Knaubert, our group leader, emceed the race.

What student would pass up an opportunity to pelt water balloons at their teachers? I wouldn’t, and I hoped others shared my view. Let’s keep our minds open—it was for the American Heart Association, after all.

This year was Union Colleges tenth anniversary of supporting the American Heart Association by hosting an alternate day for the Heart Walk and raising funds. In the past, the money was raised simply by distributing pledge envelopes to employees. This year, LuAnn Davis, vice president for Advancement, decided to use the opportunity for her Institutional Development students to experience live, hands-on fundraising. I was one of those lucky students.

We divided into groups and chose an audience to focus on. The groups included Union College faculty, staff and students, the Mid-America Union Conference, George Stone Elementary School, Helen Hyatt Elementary School, College View Academy and Christian Record Services.

Maranatha Volunteers show many hands make light work

A group organized by Maranatha Volunteers International donated their time and energy to Union College July 6-17. Maranatha is an independent Seventh-day Adventist organization that constructs and repairs schools, churches, orphanages, clinics and other essential infrastructure around the world while encouraging people to make hands-on service part of their lives.

Union College presents 'Margins' doodle art exhibit

Doodling, often viewed as a grade school pastime, has graduated to a college campus. Not usually viewed as art, doodles are ways to pass time and help concentrate. Perhaps they are on napkins or on the back of a handout; they are carefree, fluid creations that can contain as much personality and emotion as any canvas in a museum.

Health Education Solutions partners with Union

Health Education Solutions (HES), an internet-based certification and recertification avenue for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training, has announced a partnership with Union College to offer online certification courses. Union’s healthcare faculty is responsible for the curriculum, and HES administers the courses online.

Accreditation committee seeking constituent comments

UNION COLLEGE PUBLIC NOTICE

Union College is seeking comments from its constituents about the college in preparation for periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The college will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit October 19-21, 2009 by a team representing The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The visiting team will review evidence presented and make its recommendations to the commission. Following a review process, the commission itself will take the final action. Union College has been accredited by the commission since 1923.

You are invited to submit comments regarding the college to:

Public Comment on Union College
The Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs.

Comments must be in writing and signed; comments cannot be treated as confidential.

All comments must be received by September 18, 2009

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Giving voice to others

Photo of Sean Dale.Sean Dale wore many hats during his time at Union College—literally. On and off stage, the recent communications/public relations graduate has been a leader in Union College’s theater program, UC Drama, for about five years. During that time, he’s been involved in seven shows, including directing a production of his own, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, in the fall of 2008.

At the beginning of the project, Dale didn’t really know where to start. “I was freaking out,” he said, “but Mark Robison gave me advice and I was able to tackle it.” Robison, professor of English and the head of UC Drama, has guided many student directors through their first shows, and Dale learned a lot about how to stage a show from Robison, including how to organize a group of actors. “Getting everyone to show up for rehearsals was the most difficult part, but in the end, it was very rewarding,” Dale said. “I almost cried at the standing ovation we got on opening night.”

Union College commends 202 graduates to change their world

During the commencement address at Union College’s graduation on May 10, Charles Sandefur, president of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, challenged the graduates to make their world better by becoming pilgrims. “In a few minutes, you’re going to get a diploma,” Sandefur said.

Union to host alternate day Heart Walk

As the population of the United States ages, heart disease, already the nation's number one killer, will affect more people. The American Heart Association is working to combat this growing crisis with a 10-year strategic goal of reducing coronary heart disease, stroke and risk by 25 percent in 2010.

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'Multifaceted Design' emphasizes opaque watercolor

For Jeremy Diehl, senior studio art and pre-med major, art began as a hobby, and he continued doing it through college using it as a stress reliever from his other classes.  

Although in his exhibit, titled "Multifaceted Design," he displays oil, sculpture, pottery and airbrush, his emphasis is in opaque watercolor.

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Gymnaires perform in the Bahamas

Sand, sun and sleep are typical descriptors for spring break in the Bahamas—but for gymnasts from Union College, memories of the island nation are filled with a packed schedule, sore muscles, and spiritual fulfillment. From March 12-19, twenty-seven Union representatives spent their spring break performing gymnastic routines and travelling throughout the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

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'Genuinely Genus' senior exhibit revolves around nature

Though art is secondary to Sanna Reeve's Spanish and international studies major, when you walk into her senior exhibit in the McClelland Art Gallery, her work will convince you otherwise.

Titled “Genuinely Genus,” Reeve’s art focuses on nature and animals, though there are pieces that include people and objects.

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Final spring concerts

The Division of Fine Arts are presenting the following musical performances:

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Summer/Fall 2008 Issue of CORDmagazine

Download a PDF here, or view articles below.

Gymnaires to perform homeshow

The Union College Gymnaires team will be presenting their annual home show on Saturday night, April 25.

The gymnastic team is a mix of circus acrobatic sport and cheerleading. Their performance will also feature martial arts; solo, trio, all-male, and all-female routines; and a segment featuring students from Helen Hyatt Elementary School.   

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Senior art education major exhibits work

Ben Santiago is a senior art education major; and with graduation a few short weeks away, this exhibit is a time for him to look back on his personal history with art.

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Getting to the heart of heart disease

When asked the traditional back-to-school question about how he spent his summer, Eric Gren is one of the few students who can say he was helping prevent America’s number one killer: heart disease.

Tanya Cochran Name 2009 Teacher of the Year

In celebration of National Library Week 2009, the Union College Library is pleased to announce that Tanya Cochran is this year's Library Teacher of the Year.  Cochran was chosen for her outstanding record of collaboration with library staff in teaching research skills and the promotion of library resources.  During the 2009-2010 school year, Cochran will receive $500 "spendi

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