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|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.
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.
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 (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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Division of Fine Arts are presenting the following musical performances:
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.
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.
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.
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
Homecoming 2009 features a special reunion for Unionaires and Concert Winds members who studied under Lynn Wickham and Dan Shultz (click here to visit the music reunion Web site). For those alumni who cannot make it, the Sabbath afternoon concert will be streamed live, starting Sabbath at 4:00 p.m. CST.
The challenge of something new propels Jim McClelland on his artistic journey. Whether he’s focused on an abstract or a classic landscape, whatever he is working on at the moment is his favorite.
Union College Campus Ministries is hosting the North American Division (NAD) Campus Ministries Convention March 18-21. More than 100 chaplains and campus ministries student leaders from 14 colleges and universities will share ideas and inspiration for the four-day event.