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JOB Ministries: more than a job

At the Campus Ministries office in the Ad Building, there is a constant buzz of activity. Workers and their teams sit around tables and computers planning the next worship activity. Students hang out on the comfy couches and a rocking chair with a massaging seat cover.

The telephone rings. “Good-Morning-this-is-Campus-Ministries-how-may-we-help-you?” A student worker, fitting it all in one breath.

She reaches for a purple form and a pen as she Aha, Mhms with the person on the other line.

Across the Unionerse: Kylie Schnell

Photo of Kylie with Nepali children.

Kylie Schnell, a 2011 alumna, joins hosts Emily Wood and Scott Cushman to talk about making friends, moving to Nepal and loving children. 

Are you more spiritual than a fifth grader?

Tough question, with arguably an even tougher answer. Karl Haffner, senior pastor at Kettering Adventist Church in Kettering, Ohio, will pose this question—inspired the Jeff Foxworthy television show of a similar name—to students and church members during Power Pac Weekend,  February 27 through March 1.

Selah to perform for "Family Worship" Friday at 7:30

Christian vocal trio, Selah, will perform at the College View Church on Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

Known for their revival of hymns in Christian music, the trio formed in 1999 with brother and sister Todd and Nicol Smith, and friend Allan Hall. In 2007, Amy Perry replaced Nicol, who left the band to pursue a solo career.

Union hosts 61st annual Mid-America Music Festival

More than 180 high school students will decend on the Union College campus this week for the 61st annual Mid-America Union Music Festival. The event kicks off Wednesday, Feb. 5 and culminates with a concert on Sabbath, Feb. 8, at 4:30 p.m.

This year, choral students represent the select choirs from nine academies, primarily from the Mid-America Union territory, with the exception of DayStar Academy in Utah. Two major concerts are the highlight of the weekend.

Across the Unionverse: Ben Tyner

Photo of Ben Tyner teaching class.

Welcome to the very first episode of Across the Unionverse, a podcast in which we chat with students, employees, alumni and community members about topics they're passionate about.

In this episode, we sat down with Ben Tyner, assistant professor of history, to talk about propaganda, art history and sugar packets.

"Penny Wars" to raise money for Tiny Hands International

For the next two weeks Unionites will do battle over pennies—not who can collect the most, but who can give the most. Starting today through February 11, “Penny Wars,” sponsored by the Amnesty International/Tiny Hands club, will raise money for Tiny Hands International, a local organization that has made it its mission to rescue girls in Nepal and other Asian countries from sex trafficking.

International Rescue and Relief Students' training culminates in Nicaragua

“Glue the pipe together here,” he indicated with one hand, “and angle the ninety-degree elbow up, like so.” He tweaked the joint, stepped back to admire his work, and proclaimed, “That’s a finished product.”

Posed over a jumble of PVC pipes, brackets, angles, elbows, and drills, Carl Ladd resembled more of a mad scientist than an International Rescue and Relief contract instructor. The contraption at his feet seemed like a prop from some fantasy film instead of a water pump.

Maria Long to perform for "Family Worship" on Jan. 31

Singer-songwriter Maria Long will perform at the College View Church on Jan. 31 at 7:30.

Known for heartfelt lyrics and full musical sound, Long will perform songs from both her albums alongside a full band and Union’s own Tyler Morrison and Azriel Peckham.  “I met her when she was still recruiting for Andrews Aniversity,” said Morrison, who will be providing keyboard and vocals.  “She had just released her first album.”

McClelland art on display in city government building

Serene landscapes, animals in peaceful repose, and the birds for which he is known are just a few examples of Jim McClelland’s vast artistic repertoire. And now, through the months of January and February, 27 of these hand-selected favorites will be on display in the Lincoln and Lancaster county-city building.

Lecture series to explore building bridges with Muslim communities

The Union College Center for Interfaith Studies and Culture will present a guest lecture by Rodney MacCallum focused on building bridges with Muslim communities on Friday, Jan. 31, and Sabbath, Feb. 1. Friday’s lecture will be held at the Piedmont Park Seventh-day Adventist Church at 7:00 p.m., and Sabbath lectures will take place during both 9:15 a.m. and noon worship services at the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church.

1001 Arabian Nights: Experience the History, Mystery, and Wonder

Experience the history, mystery and wonder of the classic tales from 1001 Arabian Nights.  Join Assistant Professor of English and Communication, Mike Mennard, at 7:00 PM on Sunday, January 26, 2014 in room 121 of the Union College Library for a crash course in Middle Eastern folklore.

Martin Luther King Jr Day event helps students understand struggle for civil rights

Turn the clock back fifty years.

The country is in the midst of political, and social turmoil and change is in the air, for better or worse.

The Civil Rights Movement is in full swing, and central to the social revolution is a minister from Alabama named Martin Luther King, Jr.

Introducing JoVE: Science Education

The Journal of Visualized Experiments (or JoVE): Science Education collection is the library's most recent electronic resource acquisition.

Michael English to perform for "Family Worship" on Friday, Jan. 17

Award winning christian musician Michael English will perform live in concert at Union College this Friday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m. for Family Worship vespers.  The concert is open to the public and free of charge.

English is currently on a solo tour of the U.S. promoting his latest album, Some People Change. According to his website, English’s own life story enables him to share music that ministers to others “as a living testimony of God’s promises to work all things for good.”

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.”

ForeSight: Charlie and Naoma Henkelmann

After raising cattle for 30 years Charles ’56  and Naoma ’54 Henkelmann knew it was time to sell some of their 250 acres of land, but they discovered it made more sense to give the land as a gift to Union College.
 

Students need your unused Adventist study books

“I know there are many people downsizing or reorganizing their libraries,” said Rich Carlson, vice president for Spiritual Life. “Sometimes they don’t know what to do with the large concordances or Ellen White collections. My dream is to connect them with students who need those books for ministry.”
 

Former Union president Robert Brown dies

Robert Brown ’40, Huntington, W.V., died Feb. 12, 2013, at age 97. He was born Aug. 27, 1915, in Sioux Falls, S.D., the eldest child of Harry and Isabelle Ross Brown.

The teacher connection

Ongoing contact with education graduates helps ensure success in the classroom

“Mrs. Mac, I’m not from America. I’m from Nebraska! Just wanted to let you know.”
 

Anna Romuald: Social media ministry

“We spend so little time together on Sabbath, it doesn’t feel like enough time for me to disciple and mentor the youth I work with,” said Anna Romuald ’12, assistant pastor at the Southview Adventist Church in Minneapolis and assistant young adult ministries director for the Minnesota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. “Using social media, I can spend quality time communicating one-on-one to help spiritually disciple them.”
 

Jeff Peterson: Building lifelong connections

The connections you make in college often shape the rest of your life. Union College alumnus Jeff Peterson is proof of that. Thanks in part to the educational and personal bonds he formed while attending Union, the 1987 graduate is now a shareholder and executive manager in a number of companies supplying chemicals, metals, equipment and logistical services starting from a base outside Nashville, Tenn.
 

Staying connected before Facebook

For many Unionites, the friendships formed during their  time in Lincoln turned out to be something worth holding on to for the rest of their lives. Before Facebook, Twitter and cell phones, classmates had to find creative ways to stay in touch as they spread out across the country and the world. 

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