Where many see creatures shaped by chance and stimuli, Jobe Martin sees a Creator's design. Best known for his book and video series entitled The Evolution of a Creationist, Martin will present his view of the evolution and creationism debate in Lincoln during lectures at College View Academy, Union College and the College View Church.
In The Evolution of a Creationist and his follow-up Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution series, Martin presents the animals and evidence that led him to change his stance on evolution. According to Martin, creatures such as the bombardier beetle and giraffe rely on anatomical features for survival that would have to develop simultaneously in a single generation rather than the result of gradual adaptation over millions of years. Martin says these "incredible creatures" point to a Designer.
Martin will first speak at a chapel service at College View Academy from 8:30-9:15 on Friday, Feb. 29. Then at 1:30 he will lecture the Origins class at Union College, a unique interdisciplinary course that invites students to think analytically and critically about how life began, how life changes and how science and religion interact.
On Saturday, March 1, Martin will present his most in-depth lecture of the weekend at the College View Church from 3-5 p.m. in the Heartland Room. The lecture is free and the public is encouraged to attend. The church is located on the corner of 48th and Prescott; the Heartland Room is on the lower level.
For more information on Martin, visit his site at www.evolutionofacreationist.com.
This past week students at Union College elected their student leaders for the 2008-2009 school year. In total, 365 people voted in the election. Next year's ASB executive team is:
President ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Alicia Archer
Executive Vice President ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Kelly Vogler
Financial Vice President ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Sabrina Wessels
Social Vice President ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Sadie Wren
Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all those who ran!
Beginning Feb. 17, The McClelland Art Gallery will showcase the works of Claudia Pech, senior communication and graphic design major.
"It's just for fun," Pech explained. "Most of the senior exhibits I've seen are a mix of graphic design and fine arts. I didn't want to take away from my graphic design major so I decided to have two exhibits."
In her first show titled "Random Thinkings," there will be at least 16 of her fine arts pieces ranging from watercolors, oil paintings, charcoal drawings to a few photographs.
As a young girl, Pech planned on becoming an artist in Paris. Life soon got in the way and disrupted her aspirations. While in college, however, her dreams resurfaced and partially revitalized as she took every art class available at Union.
"Art moves something within me," Pech said, "I hope my creations make people wonder, think or rememberÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Âat least give them a different perspective."
The McClelland Art Gallery is in the Ortner Center on the Union College campus, 3800 S. 48th Street. Enter the campus from Prescott Avenue. The art gallery is free to the public and open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Ortner Center at 402.486.2545.
On Feb. 6, 2008, Union College's Going Global Career Fair brought recruiters and presenters from 20 organizations to the Don Love Building. From big names such the Peace Corps to the less well-known Active Community Team Services (ACTS), the information available to the attending students was invaluable.
"I think this career fair is a great idea and helps a lot of people," said Jeremy Jones, sophomore international rescue and relief major.
Although only 100-120 actually registered for the event, Doug Tallman, IRR associate director, noted that more likely 150-160 students, as well as some faculty, came to browse and meet recruiters.
"I made more meaningful and intelligent contacts in two hours than I've seen in two days," commented Fred Ramsey from Re-Creation Unlimited who said he has done similar fairs at other campuses. "I was impressed. Union's event was the most successful compared to the other Seventh-day Adventist campus I have visited."
Since the IRR program is relatively new, many students have a difficult time figuring out how best to utilize the skills they're learning. Tallman explained how this career fair targeted these students.
"I think IRR majors benefit the most from the fair as far as putting them on a career path that goes with their major." Jones stated, "But, I think everyone can find something that's applicable to them."
Plans are already being made to repeat the success of the Going Global Career Fair next year. Meghan Weese, a graduate assistant for the Outdoor Education Center at Southern Adventist University, encouraged students to attend the event. "The biggest mistake would be not coming," she said.
Saturday night, Oct. 13, an audience gathered to enjoy a gymnastic performance hosted by Union College. It was the grand finale to training clinics hosted by Union College with cooperation from University of Nebraska—Lincoln for about 150 academy and middle school students from the Dakotas, Missouri, Colorado and Nebraska. The evening was jump-started by an exhibition of ring skills and tumbling from members of the gymnastic team from UNL.
"It was amazing to be able to see people do flips like that," said Union student Kara McDaniel.
Outside of UNL's special performance, each visiting school as well as Union College's Gymnaires performed solo routines followed by a presentation from the entire group.
"The performance on Saturday was such a success!" Gymnaires' Courtney Haavisto said. "Everyone did great on their routines. It felt so awesome to see some of the moves performed that we helped [the kids] with." Union students, such as sophomore Savannah Bower, were surprised with how agile and flexible the athletes were.
"I wish my body could move like that," she commented.
"We have talented people on the team," Stephanie Eldenburg, a longtime gymnast, said. "We have a lot of potential."
That talent is mirrored in the new head coach, Seth Perkins, who organized the event.
"I think he has a lot of talent to share with the kids." McDaniel said. Eldenburg said Perkins is good at remaining calm and in control during a hectic weekend.
The success of the performance wasn't simply due to the coaches, supportive crowd or fluidity of the show, but also in the impact that it left with the visiting students who stayed with kind hosts in Rees, Prescott and Culver Halls.
"From watching the students and faculty, the other gymnasts seemed really welcome," Bower said. "But that's how the entire atmosphere here is at Union."
Next school year, Union will take its turn hosting Acrofest, a similar but larger training clinic open to gymnastics teams from all colleges and high schools in the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.
Two weeks following Gymfest, another host of visitors were able to attest to Union's hospitality. The weekend of Oct. 26 brought eight teams of girls from across the Midwest to compete against each other in a volleyball tournament. The winners were Midland Academy (Kans.), College View Academy (Neb.), and Campion Academy (Colo.).
"We're really excited about the three new teams from Maplewood, Minnetonka and Dakota Adventist Academy," said Ric Spaulding, athletic director for Union College. "More girls playing on volleyball teams in the Mid-America Union means that's more girls hopefully coming to play at Union College."
Although the visitors, such as senior Molly Gibb, believed that the athletics "were handled well," the accommodations and friendliness of the students were commented on the most.
"This year we tried something new," Spaulding said about feeding the 135 visitors. "We put barcodes on the name tags." Everything ran smoothly, and the new dining system will probably be implemented for future tournaments.
Kayla Rouse, who not only came to the recent Gymfest, but also basketball tournaments for the past three years, stays with girls that she already knows. She thinks Union is very open and welcoming.
"Girls just say 'hi' or open doors," Rouse said on feeling welcomed. "It's not something big, but it just shows that they want you on campus."
Even though Sunnydale sophomore Kristi Fitzpatrick's sister attends Union, Kristi had never been inside any of the buildings until she came for this year's tournament.
"It was a little awkward at first," Fitzpatrick admitted, as she hadn't met her sister's roommate before. "But then it was OK. My sister introduced me to a lot of people." Gibb, Fitzpatrick's teammate, used to be against attending Union College, but with each visit, she becomes more open to the idea.
"Every year keeps getting better and I get more excited about going to college," Gibb said. "Union College seems to offer a lot of opportunities. Everyone is really outgoing and nice. The staff seems really energetic and willing to help the students."
"I think people are nice here," Fitzpatrick agreed. "They just seem friendly. I'll probably end up going here because, after being here, everybody is so friendly. The other colleges seemed really different."
"It's not just our [athletics] department." Spaulding said. "The dorms, students here, Union Market, Ortner Center ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ there are a lot of different areas working together to make it work."
For team photos from the volleyball tournament, visit Union's athletics site.
Amy Agosto (shown fifth from left), sophomore international rescue and relief major, spoke about Jesus to children ages 12 to 18 while in Borneo for two weeks this summer. Three of them chose to be baptized.
Elique Semaboye (center, back) met an Indonesian movie star while in Borneo. The young man attended Semaboye's talks each night and ultimately gave his life to Christ.
Amy Agosto and Dana Connell, center, traveled to Borneo to speak in an evangelistic series in the city of Balikpapan. Each experienced God's hand in their preaching and cherishes the relationships they built with local young people.
Just before Dana Connell stepped aboard the plane that would take her back homeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Âhalf-way around the worldÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Âa 15-year old Indonesian girl pressed a school photo I.D. card and a hair clip into Dana's hand. "Don't forget me. Don't forget me," she whispered over and over. The young girl, her parents and her two sisters had bonded with Connell through her summer evangelistic work in Borneo. Upon meeting the youngest girl, Connell sent a note with well wishes to the oldest daughter, who had just undergone thyroid surgery. After Connell's note, the whole family attended her meetings; the girls' mother had never come to church before, in spite of nine years of visits by local Adventist church members. "When I left, all three girls and their mother missed school to say goodbye to me at the airport," Connell says. "All of this bloomed from a seemingly insignificant get-well note. God taught me the impact small, outwardly-insignificant acts can have."
Connell, who graduated in May with a degree in theology, was part of a group of six Union College students, led by Professor of Religion Tom Shepherd, who traveled to Borneo July 13-28. They held evangelistic meetings in the city of Balikpapan in the East Kalimantan district of Borneo, an island in southeast Asia. "Borneo was a place where I could see that the gospel actually meant something to people," Connell said. "I wanted to see people get excited about the power of knowing Jesus." The southern and eastern portions of Borneo, which sits southwest of the Philippines, are part of Indonesia, the largest Muslim nation in the world. "When we arrived in Balikpapan after two days of travel we were overwhelmed with the friendly welcome we received," Shepherd said. "A large group of church members came to greet us at the airport. They welcomed us in their churches provided many meals for our team and were gracious hosts."
Each student was assigned a different site and delivered 19 sermons in 16 days. Their Bible presentations were held in rented halls or churches throughout Balikpapan and the surrounding area. "The program was pretty intensive," said Shepherd who led a similar project in Rwanda two years ago.
Elique Semaboye, a sophomore from [trying to get his home country] Africa, held meetings in a rural area outside of Balikpapan. As a theology major, his work in Borneo was a valuable experience for his future as a pastor. He regularly spoke to 75 to 100 visitors in attendance, including four local ministers of another denomination who sat on the front row taking notes. One evening one of these pastors came up to Semaboye after his sermon, encouraging him by saying, "Thank you for telling us the truth." An Indonesian movie star named Johannes also regularly attended Semaboye's evangelistic programs; the two young men soon became friends. One evening after the meeting Johannes took Semaboye aside said that he had been very inspired by Semaboye's sermons. He wanted Semaboye to pray that he would have the strength to give up being a movie star and follow Jesus.
Amy Agosto, a sophomore international rescue and relief major, held meetings for children ages 12 to 18 at the local Adventist school. Many of them were not Christians, and she felt especially called to reach those who had never heard about Jesus before. "The kids were so inspiring to me," said Agosto, who had a fear of public speaking before she began preaching at the meetings. "The little ones were always so cheerful and I could tell they really loved Jesus. Speaking to them helped me to slowly become more comfortable speaking up front."
Agosto also had the opportunity to interact with a young man who is passionate about following Jesus. One of the attendees at her meetings for children was a 17-year-old named Timothy. He was responsible for the program's music, sound system, and anything else he was needed for. Agosto soon noticed that Timothy, a high school senior, was wise beyond his years. He told her, "Amy, I believe that the young people will finish this great work that God has put us to do." Agosto couldn't agree with Timothy more. "We young people have a work to do as a light to this world," she says. "God is preparing young people around the world to be his tools, bringing the gospel to every nation. I am so excited to be an instrument for God."
At the close of the evangelistic trip the group held a mass meeting with all the sites combined at one location; 45 people were baptized. "It is so rewarding to see people respond to the Gospel," Shepherd said. Among those baptized were three of the children Agosto had preached to and interacted with during her evangelistic outreach. "My time in Borneo helped me to depend on God a lot more. I know that God used my preaching to place a seed in the hearts of those kids."
"Posters are very effective because they distill a message," says Joann Herrington, the chair of the Multicultural Committee at Union College. "[Viewers] only need to look at a poster for a few seconds and the message jumps out at them. It's very effective in communicating a message."
Wednesday, Jan. 30 marks the beginning of Mid-America Union's 55th annual Music Festival, themed "Sing for Peace ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Long Live Love". Both choral and keyboard students are featured this year with several guest directors, headed by Union College professors Dr. Daniel Lynn and Dr. Ryan Wells. In addition, Dr. Gerald Holbrook, a nationally recognized expert in Monophonic Gregorian chant, and Oscar Harriott, a local gospel music expert, will aid with the music clinics.
Union College will host 250 students from 12 Adventist high schools. Though most hail from the Midwest, participanting schools will come from as far away as New York and Utah. The most gifted and skilled students from each institution are invited to Music Festival to expand their melodic horizons.
"The festival is a unique opportunity for the talented music students to all come together and create music," Dr. Lynn explained. "I'm excited about working with these talented students and having them experience great music."
With 14-hours of rehearsal, the combined effort of the directors, visitors and Union's own choral performaers will culminate in two performances open to the community.
Headline concerts are Friday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sabbath, Feb. 2 at 4:15 p.m. Both concerts are in the College View Church, 48th and Prescott, and are free and open to the public. Additionally, a piano recital featuring an elite group of visiting student pianists is scheduled for Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in the Engel Recital Hall. Contact the Division of Fine Arts at 402.486.2553 for more information.
Union College communication students are putting textbook tactics into practice by organizing a benefit concert for Invisible Children on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place at the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church (South 48th St. and Prescott Ave.)
Invisible Children is a nonprofit organization established in 2003 to help the homeless and orphaned children of Uganda. More than 20 years of civil conflict in the country has created a need for educational and economic opportunities among Ugandan youth that Invisible Children hopes to address.
For the last 30 years, little has happened at Union College without the help of Charlie. From payroll to phone calls, grades to room reservations, Charlie does it all. In the Peanuts-inspired naming system of Union College computer systems, the server known as Charlie (as in Charlie Brown) has always been the star. The hardware has been upgraded countless times over the years and new features have been added to the software, but at the core, Union College has relied on the same system for three decades.
On Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. Dr. Frank Restesan of the Union College music department will perform a violin and piano concert along with internationally renowned pianist Dr. Kaestner Robertson. The concert will take place in Engel Hall Recital Room (corner of South 48th St. and Bancroft Ave.).
The music featured will be from the late Romantic period into the early 20th century (1850-1935). "This concert is essentially a mosaic of the major musical culture during this time in Germany, France and England," Restesan said. "The three pieces that we will perform are probably the most important works written for violin and piano chamber music for the time period."
This concert is the first of a winter-spring tour for Restesan and Robertson. Other stops include Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster, Mass., and Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich.
Restesan, who joined the faculty of Union College in fall 2007, is the director of the Chamber Orchestra, the Golden Cords String Quartet and coordinator of music history. Restesan holds a doctorate in performance and orchestral conducting from the University of Arizona. He has appeared on stages around the world including Romania, Spain, Puerto Rico and Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Robertson has gained an international reputation as a pianist and organist. Currently he is a professor of music at Atlantic Union College. Robertson has given solo and collaborative recitals around the world including performances in Barbados, Bermuda, France, England and his native Jamaica.
During his Lincoln visit, Robertson will be offering piano master classes that will be open to Union College students as well as the community. The classes will be on Jan. 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information about the concert or master classes, please contact the Division of Fine Arts at 486-2553.
On Friday, Jan. 18, Union College will host a free concert by Christian singer/songwriter Sara Groves. Groves also performed at Union College in 2002. The concert will be held at College View Church, located at the corner of 48th and Prescott, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
"Hearing Sara Groves changed my entire outlook on Christian music," Scott Cushman, an alumnus who attended her 2002 concert at the college. "Relaxed, thoughtful and soulful, I went home feeling closer to God and telling everyone I know to listen to Grove's album."
In 1998 Groves transitioned from teaching at a high school in Minnesota to full-time musician. That year also Groves released her first album, Past the Wishing.
Since then, she's put out five more albums, been nominated for three Dove Awards, and CCM Magazine named her Christian music artist of the year and gave its "Album of the Year" award to her 2005 release Add to the Beauty.
Groves puts a lot of herself into her music. She brings sincere, candidly truthful lyrics to her low-key, acoustic music. In addition to recording, Groves gives over 120 performances each year.
Seating is free but limited. College View Church will seat 1,700 on a first come, first serve basis.
LINCOLN— An array of 30 photographs debuted in the McClelland Art Gallery on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Students from the photography class taught by Bruce Forbes are displaying three of their best pictures taken during the course. The diversity of the students' personalities is evident in the exhibit, ranging from digital camera work to film, and black and white to color.
LINCOLN—Running until Dec. 8 in the McClelland Art Gallery, "Unlike the Rest" is titled appropriately. Union College senior Josh Morris named each of the 40 pieces on display after rock songs. During the debut, some of the songs played in the background adding to the ambiance.
Although unintentional, each gallery section of Morris' senior exhibit reflects a small part of his personality. The fine art pieces display his cheekiness and humor; the photography gives a peek into his calm, easy going manner; and the photo-shopped work shows his edgy and outgoing side.
Union College invites the community to celebrate the holiday season with music during the college's annual choral and band concerts. Admission and parking for both concerts are free.
- "The Nativity of St. Luke" by Randall Thompson will feature Union College vocal soloists and choirs on Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church (4810 Prescott Ave.).
- The Union College band and other instrumental groups will perform a Christmas concert on Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the college Gymnasium (enter campus from Prescott Ave.).
The Golden Chords String Quartet, Tom Shepherd, cellist, Frank Restesan, first violin, Derek Bower, violist, and Tim Parfet, second violin.
LINCOLNÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬ÂUnion College Chamber Orchestra and the Golden Cords string quartet will present fall concerts under the direction of new Union College associate professor of music, Dr. Frank Restesan.
On Sunday, Nov. 11, 6 p.m. the Union College Chamber Orchestra will perform in the newly opened atrium to the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church (4801 Prescott Ave.). This Fall Chamber Concert is the debut performance in the new wing of the College View church. The concert will include one romantic selection and three baroque pieces. Freshman flutist Sarah Kohls will be a featured soloist for a Vivaldi concerto. Breanna Thornton, 14-year-old guest violinist will be featured as well.
On Monday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m., the Golden Cords string quartet will perform in a Chamber Music Concert in the Engel Hall Recital Room (corner of S. 48th St. and Bancroft Ave.). Program highlights will include a quartet by Hayden and Corelli's Christmas Concerto featuring Dr. Ryan Wells as the keyboard accompanist.
Restesan joined the Union College faculty this school year. In addition to leading the chamber groups, Restesan is the director of the Union College Band. He holds master's degrees in musical stylistics and in music performance as well as a doctorate in conducting from the University of Arizona. Restesan's career has included acting as soloist and concertmaster of the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra (N.Y), the New England Symphonic Ensemble, The University of Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Chamber Orchestra and core member of the Tucson Symphony. He has studied at the State Conservatory in Cluj (Klausenburg) Romania, with Istvan Ruha, the Bachakademie in Stuttgart, Germany with Dozent Peter Streicher and Helmut Rilling and at The University of Arizona. Dr. Restesan's past teaching appointments include positions as orchestra director, strings and chamber music instructor at Atlantic Union College (Mass.), Antillean Adventist University (Puerto Rico) and Walla Walla College (Wash.). Restesan has appeared on prestigious stages around the world including recitals and concerts in Romania, Hungary, Germany, France, Spain, Holland, Puerto Rico and the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York City.
LINCOLNÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬ÂStarting on Nov. 5, abstract artist Linda Benton's "Metamorphoses" exhibit will be housed in the McClelland Art Gallery through Nov. 25. A Lincoln resident, Benton loves working with mixed media elements. She believes art can be a metaphor for life and the twists and turns that ensue. In her artwork, she takes an idea and makes the decision to redo it, or go in different direction. She described her paintings, as well as life, as a path that comes to many crossroads. You must then make a decision which fork you will take.
"Making art is not a straight path; it's like a maze," Benton said. "This phenomenon happens in a lot of different mediums, such as chefs trying to find a new seasoning to remake an old recipe. Making art is a challenge. Relationships are a challenge. I like to celebrate the fact that life is filled with challenges and choices."
The McClelland Art Gallery is in the Ortner Center on the Union College campus, 3800 S. 48th Street. Enter the campus from Prescott Avenue. The art gallery is free to the public and open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Ortner Center at 402.486.2545.
Diversity produces much of the beauty found on campus at Union College. Running until Nov. 4, the eclectic pottery exhibit includes three artists: Jovannah Poor Bear, sophomore elementary education major; Kimmy Wills, junior biology major; and Bruce Forbes, associate professor of art. The trio of artists bring a wide range of style and technique to the McClelland Art Gallery.
On Saturday, Oct. 13, Union College invites the community to a gymnastic exhibition featuring Union College's Gymnaires, as well as 150 high school and elementary students from Minnesota, Missouri, Colorado and Nebraska.
The performance will follow an extended weekend of clinics designed especially for the visiting athletes. Jesse Leone, an experienced clinician, and Francis Allen, University of Lincoln's men's head gymnastics coach, will provide the students with learning sessions to enhance their skills.
The show beings at 7:30 p.m. in the college Gymnasium (also called the "Thunderdome"), and each visiting team will have a five-minute routine culminating with a merged group presentation.
"I think the performance is a great opportunity to see the students involved in activities that not only showcase their athletic talents, but also life skills such as leadership and responsibility," said Seth Perkins, Union college gymnastics coach and event director.
The Gymnasium is located on the east side of the Union College campus, 3800 S. 48th Street. Enter the campus from Prescott Avenue. For more information about the event, contact Seth Perkins at 402.486.2600 ext. 2166.
Ann Bryant, Union College student chaplain and junior business major, gets excited when her peers have big ideas. "I want to start a tutoring program for refugees and immigrants in Lincoln who don't speak English," said senior Katie Carlson when she came to see Bryant in Campus Ministries recently. "And I want to kick it off during Project Impact next week."
Never mind the short notice, Bryant gave the idea an enthusiastic go-ahead. "We'll do it. How can we help you make this happen?" Bryant said.
LINCOLNÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬ÂAt 10:28 a.m. on the last day registration was open, Serhiy Horokhovskyy became Union College's 1,000th student of the 2007-2008 school year. A senior religion major from Ukraine, Horokhovskyy is the first student since 1983 to help Union College cross the 1000 enrollment mark. By the end of the close of registration on Tuesday, Aug. 28, Union College's official enrollment reached 1,015 students with a full time equivalence of 909.5.
To celebrate the 1,000-student milestone, Union College is invited all students and employees to a free lunch served on the campus Tribute Terrace. In addition to the meal and ice cream from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, festivities included a short program. Remarks and recognition of the Enrollment Services team by Union College President David Smith were followed by a college-wide sing-a-long of the well-loved school song, "Slinga de Ink." State Senator Tony Fulton joined in the festivities and added his congratulations and support.
"Students come to Union College for many reasonsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Âcaring campus family, a Christian atmosphere and for unique programs like international rescue and relief and physician assistant studies," President Smith said. "One thousand is just a number, but the fact that more and more students value Union's campus culture makes me proud of the students, faculty and staff who have invested themselves in Union."
Union's campus has become a home-away-from home for a diverse group of students from 49 states and 26 countries. Four out of five Union students are from outside of Nebraska, that's a higher percentage of non-resident students than any other college in the state.
"When we recruit new students for the college, we don't just sell Union, we sell Nebraska," said Rob Weaver, vice president for Enrollment and Student Financial Services. "On the coasts we get asked 'Where's Nebraska?' and we take every opportunity to tell them about 'The Good Life.'" Of Union's out-of-state students, more than one fifth choose to stay in Nebraska after graduation, contributing to the state's brain gain.
Union College put in place more stringent admissions standards last year and yet has continued its growth. All regularly admitted students must now have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and an ACT score of 18. While these are not as high as elite universities, they are higher than most of the schools pulling from the same demographic of high school graduates as Union College. "Continuing to attract new students to our campus while simultaneously raising the admissions bar is really exciting," Weaver said.
"While we're delighted to reach this milestone, at Union we've always known that bigger isn't necessarily better," said Smith. "We are grateful for each student here and the opportunities each of them represent for Union and for Christ."
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