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Streamlined steps simplify financial aid process

Securing financial aid and working out a payment plan can seem like a daunting process, even for seasoned seniors. But the folks in the Student Financial Services office are constantly looking for ways to make the process easier.

This will be especially important now that a new federal law mandates that all students must have their student accounts paid in full at the end of each academic year. This means you will need to have your previous 2013-2014 balance paid before completing fall registration as well as make your first monthly payment for the 2014-2015 year by August 1.

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Pastor Jonathan Burnett to speak for Week of Prayer

When Union students Tyler Morrison and Ricky Melendez first heard Pastor Jonathan Burnett speak, it was love at first sermon. “We were doing worship for the North Dakota youth conference meeting over the summer when we first heard him speak,” said Morrison. “After hearing him speak and being moved by his message we knew we had to get him to Union.”

Math professor explores benefits of online classes on campus

This is a different kind of math classroom. To start with, it's very quiet. Most of the students wear headphones, and the teacher isn't standing at the front. Instead of lecturing, Dr. Larry Ray, professor of mathematics, has pulled up a chair beside a student to help work through a tricky problem. As soon as that student understands, he hurries off to the next raised hand. This is a new online/offline hybrid mathematics class at Union for students taking precalculus and calculus. 

Mike Yankoski to speak at Family Worship on March 28

Mike Yankoski didn’t grow up on the streets. But the noted author, speaker, youth pastor and Compassion International ambassador will share what he learned about being homeless after living on the streets of America during Family Worship on Friday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.

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Anonymous donor gives Union $1 million

This school year has brought a lot of good news.

Last summer, the physician assistant and international rescue and relief programs moved into their new facility in a renovated section of the Don Love Building.

In early March, the first classes were held in the new Krueger Center for Science and Mathematics, and the official opening for the new facility is scheduled during graduation weekend on May 8.

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Seeking Nominations for Library Teacher of the Year 2014

Union College Library is seeking nominations for the 2014 Teacher of the Year Award. This award recognizes a Union College teacher's support of the library during the school year and grants him or her the opportunity to expand an area of the library's collection which is of particular professional interest.

Across the Unionverse: Becky Daniel

What is the value of an Adventist education? Or any higher education for that matter? That's a question Becky Daniel, director of enrollment marketing, gets asked all the time. In this podcast, hosts Scott Cushman and Emily Wood explore the subject with her, plus plenty of side excursions onto related topics.  Some cliff notes include:

The value of a small Christian college: 

Jose Rojas to speak for Family Worship on March 21

Pastor Jose Rojas will be speaking for Union College’s Family Worship vespers this Friday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. Known for his leadership with teens and young adult ministries, Rojas has spent his career helping young people have an experience with Christ through service.

Final Muslim Journeys Program Addresses World War I and Today's Diplomatic Challenges in the Middle East

The final program of Union College Library's Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Grant will be held Sunday evening, March 23, 2014 in the library classroom (room 121) at 7 p.m. Dr. Malcolm Russell will present, "Living with the Consequences: World War I, Covetous Peacemakers, and a Century of Middle East Turmoil."

Musical drama "Fifty Years Later" to debut on March 20

Lights shone on a stage, empty but for two narrators.  The first addressed the imaginary audience, her voice projecting nuance and well-timed emphasis.

“Diane Nash later said,” she paused and held character, turning imperceptibly toward the dark wings.  “Diane Nash later said…” Her brow furrowed and laughter erupted from the set behind her.

“I’m sorry,” chuckled the girl who would be Diane Nash.  “Where are we, page four?”

Across the Unionverse: Jill Morstad

Jill Morstad discusses dog training and obedience, and how that experience informs her role as a college English instructor.

Trial Subscription for Downloadable Audiobooks

The Union College Library is pleased to announce that a trial subscription to EBSCOhost's Audiobook Premier Collection is available to Union College students, faculty, and staff for the remainder of Spring Semester.

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Inside the Krueger Center

It's been a decade of planning. Seven years of fundraising. Eleven months of construction. Nearly 2,600 donors contributed over $14.9 million to create a state-of-the-art facility for science and mathematics at Union College. And at 8:30 a.m. on March 5, that vision and dedication became reality as classes began for the first time in the new Krueger Center.

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

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.

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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.

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Across the Unionverse: Ben Tyner

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.

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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.

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