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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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Concert to raise funds, awareness for Salvadorian literacy


A woman studies in one of the schools supported by the El Salvador Literacy Program.

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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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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Learn a New Language with Tell Me More

The library is excited to announce the avaibility of a new online resource.  Tell Me More from Auralog is a language learning program designed to get students started with learning a language, provide a refresher for those who have already received training in a second language, or to complement a language learning course that is in progress.

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Union to host statewide writing center conference

On Sept. 24, Union College will host the fourth annual Nebraska Writing Center Consortium meeting featuring guest speaker Dr. Rasha Diab, assistant professor of rhetoric and writing at the University of Texas-Austin.

In addition to delivering the keynote address for the conference, Diab will also give a talk titled “Embracing the Rhetoric of Peace: Insights from Indigenous Practice/Practices” for an Academic Assembly on Thursday, Sept. 23, in Woods Auditorium at 10:30 a.m. Worship credit will be given for attendance.

Congratulations 2010/2011 class officers

Following a rousing rendition of "Slinga de Ink" at convocation on Sept. 21, 2010, classes met to choose new student leaders for this school year. A far cry from the earnest politicking of ASB elections in the spring, class elections are informal affairs. Nominations are made on the spot, and votes are cast by raised hands. As happy as the winners are to be chosen, the unsuccessful candidates often return to their seats with a smile, knowing they have one less thing to worry about.  

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Confused GPS lands new student at Union


Kayla Unsell's GPS led her right to Union College. Schedule your own free visit.

Some students choose a college based on location, while for

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Dumpster diving? If that's what it takes to serve.

Like many Union College students, Shelina Berglund, a senior from Idaho, will stop at nothing—even dumpster diving—if that’s what it takes to lend a hand. On Thursday, Sept. 9, Berglund will lead Project Impact, a day when more than 800 Union students and employees take a day out of classes and work to serve more than 50 sites throughout the Lincoln community service organizations.

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Library Fair September 16, 2010: Get in on the Action

The annual Union College Library fair will be held September 16, 2010 from 3-6 p.m.  This year the fair features a sports theme with a variety of activities for everyone.  Participants will be able to explore sports-related books from the library collection, try their hands at bowling or golfing, and join a Wii competition. 

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Mentorship program leads to a purrrfect internship

The jump from college student to working professional is difficult at best, but Taylor Olson, senior business administration major from Minnesota, has made the transition smoothly thanks to Union College’s Division of Business and Computer Science mentorship program.

An internship is part of the curriculum for business

Alumni photographers show in McClelland Gallery

Whether timing the perfect candid, constructing a scene or digitally manipulating elements after the fact, there are a myriad ways photographers interact with their tools and their world to create art. The Young Alumni Art Exhibit on display in the McClelland Art Gallery showcases a wide range of styles, encouraging visitors to consider what makes a photo a work of art.

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Union College Education Program Approved by State

Union’s Education Program was approved by the Nebraska Department of Education. All endorsements were approved without conditions except English and Language Arts which required additional assessment data. Since receiving the notification letter, the Education Department’s Teacher Preparation Committee voted to require all departments offering secondary endorsements, including English and Language Arts Education, to have students take an exit exam in their content area to meet the Rule 24 standard

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Freshman walks to college in Nebraska ... from Oregon


Rohm doesn't shy away from adventure. Last year he volunteered in Zambia, helping to build 90 churches.

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Union College Library Joins the Nebraska Memories Project

Union College Library recently became the thirtieth participant to join the Nebraska Memories project of the Nebraska Library Commission.  This collaborative initiative encourages organizations holding historical photographic material related to Nebraska to contribute scanned images to the project.  The original organizations retain ownership of the documents and digital files.  Funded by the State of Nebraska, the Nebraska Memories database s

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