On Sept. 22, Union College’s Leadership Symposium presented speaker Greg Mortenson, co-author of New York Times bestseller Three Cups of Tea who was nominated this year for the Nobel Peace Prize by several members of the United States House of Representatives.
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In October 2009, Union College received another 10-year accreditation from both the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Adventist Academic Association (AAA).
Live streaming video of college events had been a wish of many Union parents, alumni and employees for a long time. However, due to the expense of the necessary Internet bandwidth, it wasn't until last spring that Tom Becker, director of Information Systems, was able to find a solution.
Working with the local Time Warner Cable office in Lincoln, Becker was able to negotiate a new contract that quadrupled the connection speed on campus. The results of their collaboration can be seen at uclive.ucollege.edu, which provides streaming video of select athletic, social, and artistic events.
“It got started because a lot of parents and grandparents of students like to see what their children and friends are doing,” said Becker. “But we had limited bandwidth to our campus, not enough to stream video.”
Becker asked the local Time Warner Cable office for some additional bandwidth for a few days during the Mid-America Union Basketball Tournament last spring so that he could try broadcasting the games on the Internet.
Union College was awarded the Grower Designation of the Governor's Excellence in Wellness Award on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at the WorkWell annual awards banquet held at the Rococo Theatre.
Union College was one of 28 award recipients out of the 130 WorkWell member companies. The criteria for the award was a company that offers a health and wellness program for their employees with varied programs to encourage annual health assessments, annual cholesterol screening, exercise and healthy food choices and the program is deemed a successful wellness program by having more than 50 percent active participation numbers and is supported by upper management.
"More and more companies are creating Wellness programs because they improve productivity and job satisfaction," said Nancy Petta, professor of human performance and chair of Union's Wellness Committee. "At Union, it's even more important because we really care about each other not only as colleagues, but as friends."
While the award is based on last year's performance, the Wellness Committee is continuing to provide opportunities for personal improvement this year based on the NEWSTART program. Each month, a different element of NEWSTART is emphasized:
N= Nutrition (September)
E= Exercise (October)
W= Water (November)
S= Sunshine (December)
T= Temperance (January)
A= Air (February)
R= Rest (March)
T= Trust in Divine Power (April)
On the heels of a moving Friday night concert, Australian musicians Endless Praise will offer a free workshop for song leaders on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. in Union College’s Woods Auditorium. Participants will learn how to more effectively integrate music with worship services.
The six-member band is one of Australia’s leading Christian music groups and has appeared at events such as the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and the Australian Gospel Music Festival. Endless Praise incorporates inspirational worship, pop, contemporary, funky and R&B elements into their performances.
“Endless Praise touched my heart with their stories and songs,” said Valentina Goodman, sophomore elementary education major. “Union is very blessed to have them here on our campus. I think they have a lot to offer students.”
While the workshop is geared toward students, all are welcome regardless of musical ability.
Completing homework assignments on time can be an art form. Sometimes, the homework itself is art.
Running through Oct. 24, the McClelland Art Gallery is showcasing more than 35 pieces created by students. The artwork consists of projects completed this year in classes such as Design I, Oil Painting, Watercolor, Intro to Graphic Arts and Page Layout.
Union College’s department of education hosted Lincoln's second annual International Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) Multicultural education program, Oct. 7, 2009.
Ambitious elementary and secondary education majors from Union College, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Concordia University, Southeast Community College Beatrice and members of the University of Nebraska Lincoln PDK Chapter flooded Union’s campus, ready to learn.
“It was exciting to see so many different cultures come together with the common purpose of education,” said Jessica Reeder, freshman elementary education major from Colorado.
A total of 26 teachers from ten Asian, European and South American countries lead roundtable discussions that focused on administrative organization, curricular and instructional approaches to multicultural education.
“I felt a strange, common bond with each person there. In a way we all shared the same life goal – to educate children,” said Tabitha Schumacher, freshman elementary education major from North Dakota. “I felt a calling, through the PDK meeting, to become a student missionary sometime in my college education. I want to experience the things I heard first-hand.”
Teachers shared information about their culture and how education systems in their countries differ from the United States. Many teachers donned their national costumes, showed video clips, pictures and displayed artifacts unique to their country.
Union College Public Notice
Union College is seeking alumni to participate in a one-hour open forum on Tuesday, October 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the President’s Dining Room (located in the Ortner Center). This open meeting is part of a comprehensive evaluation visit (October 19-21, 2009) conducted by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.The visiting team will make recommendations to the Higher Learning Commission based on a the college’s self-study report and interviews and meetings such as this one with employees, students, alumni and others. Following a review process, the commission itself will take the final action regarding Union’s accreditation status. The college has been accredited by the commission since 1923.
During the 2009-2010 flu season, EBSCOhost is making H1N1 resources from its evidenced-based medicine databases available for free. The special H1N1 portal is divided into three sections, one each for clinicians, nurses, and patients. According to the current issue of College & Research Libraries News, "the For Patients section includes current, easy-to-understand articles written for non-medical professionals." The clinician and nurse sections draw on information from EBSCO's DynaMed and Nursing Reference Center databases. To access this resource, visi
Every year an average of 572,032 women and 48,983 men experience domestic violence at the hands of an intimate partner. And every year, between 2,000 and 4,000 of those men and women will die from the injuries they receive at the hands of a loved one.
To represent the lives lost due to intimate partner domestic violence, 2,000 illuminated bags will outline the Union College campus on Oct. 8, each flicker telling a story’s tragic end. The process of placing the bags and lighting the candles will begin at 4 p.m. The commemorative service will begin at 7 p.m. on the Tribute Terrace outside the Ortner Center.
Although Union’s Social Work Club plans the event, it is implemented with the help of many student and community hands. Preparation will begin three days prior to the event, as volunteers scoop sand into the 2,000 bags and place a small candle in the center.
This will be the second year that Union College has used the luminary event to “shine light on a dark issue” and promote the Friendship Home’s annual Safe Quarters drive that will take place Sunday, Oct. 11. Union is a hosting site for the drive, during which more than 1,500 volunteers go door-to-door, collecting spare change and other financial contributions. The Friendship Home uses the donations to help battered women and their children rebuild their lives, free from violence.
Can $80 change a life? The McClelland Art Gallery is displaying pictures from the overseas humanitarian project Union College participated in over the summer. Running through Oct. 10, the display depicts the impact $80 can make—the cost of teaching someone to read. An individual’s education can change the future of entire families.
Award-winning Christian pop band FFH (which stands for Far From Home) will perform at Union College on Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m at the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church (4801 Prescott). Doors open at 7 p.m. Seating is free but limited.
Returning from a three-year hiatus, the group is looking forward to re-connecting with fans.
“The time away has been anything but routine,” says front man Jeromy Diebler on the band’s website. “Since our departure in 2006, [my wife and band mate] Jennifer and I have moved to Africa and back, welcomed our second child, and dealt with my multiple scleroses diagnosis. We’ve been walking the wilderness in brokenness and joy, learning that the two coexist. The waiting has been hard, but the Lord knew we needed a break to deal with some deeper issues, both physical and spiritual, that just couldn’t be dealt with while on the road. We now feel like it’s time to renew our connection with our audience and start telling them about this chapter in our story.”
For more information on the musicians, visit http://ffh.net/. Questions about the event can be directed to Union College Campus Ministries at 402.486.2508.
TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR
(updated Monday, Sept. 21)
Overflow seating tickets will be sold at the door for the 7 p.m. presentation by Greg Mortenson. Tickets for the live video feed in Heartland Hall of the College View church are $10 (cash or check only at the door). Doors open at 6 p.m.
On September 22, Union College presents speaker Greg Mortenson, co-author of the New York Times bestseller, Three Cups of Tea. Since 1993, Mortenson has devoted his life to establishing education and literacy programs in remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and he serves as executive director of Central Asia Institute, a nonprofit organization.
In January of 2009, the Congress of the United States nominated Mortenson for the Nobel Peace Prize, an honor awarded by the Norwegian Nobel Committee appointed by the Storting, Norway's parliament.
Mortenson will appear at College View Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 4801 Prescott Avenue. The event begins at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6.
The 2009 Union College Library Fair is this Thrusday, September 17 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The theme is The Roaring 20s. Learn about the constitutional amendment process in the context of Prohibition. There will be activities, games, music, and food, creating a fun learning experience! See you there!
Union College’s 25 physician assistant graduates recently took the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). The attempt was met with total success, allowing the class to rise above the national pass rate.
“We are very proud of their accomplishments,” said Mike Huckabee, Union College’s PA program director. “All graduates from the class of 2009 passed the PANCE on their first try.”
The 360-question exam, administered during a six-hour period, gauges basic medical and surgical knowledge. Passing the PANCE is a national requirement to become a certified physician assistant.
“This was an excellent group of graduates who worked hard to be successful,” said Huckabee. “This distinction is a fitting tribute to their diligence and effort.”
Huckabee attributes much of the class’ success to the support and individual attention Union’s PA faculty provide as well as the careful instruction that more than 70 associated physicians in the Lincoln area contribute.
“This accomplishment shows the hand of God in so many ways,” said Huckabee. “He continues to bless Union College with exceptional students who excel on our campus.”
Julia Noyes is reaching new corners of Lincoln, and new audiences, with a McClelland Art Gallery exhibit running through Sept. 19. Noyes, whose 10 pieces are on display at Union College, directs and owns her own gallery located on South 9th Street.
“Having the Noyes Art Gallery has been a special blessing because I get to work with so many other artists,” Noyes said, explaining that each month she coordinates exhibits with more than 60 other local artists.
A grant recently awarded to Union College’s Teaching Learning Center (TLC) will benefit the local Lincoln community by empowering students faced with learning and development disabilities such as ADD. TLC, Union’s academic support and disability service provider, received $84,510 in funding from Woods Charitable Foundation, with disbursement set over the next three years.
With this grant, the center plans to implement a program designed to aid high school juniors with learning disabilities transition into college life, and likewise, help eighth graders transition into high school life. The two nine-week pilot classes scheduled to run during the 2009-2010 school year will focus on self-advocating and financial aid.
“This new program was created in order to open educational doors for students with disabilities who otherwise wouldn’t recognize education as an option,” said Debbie Forshee-Sweeney, TLC director. “Many students with learning disabilities and ADD go through high school with the false belief that higher education is not in their reach.”
Union College students who have struggled with similar disabilities will be involved in the new program by servings as mentors. Each student will receive training and a stipend to assist in co-teaching the classes located in Lincoln’s 10 middle schools and six high schools.
The following are recommendations for response to the current potential influenza outbreak. It is important for all of us to realize that the H1N1 situation may change rapidly and changes may be needed to these recommendations as the scenario unfolds. These recommendations reflect our current understanding of procedures that will help to prevent the spread of H1N1. We will be closely monitoring this situation and will communicate with the campus when that becomes necessary. These recommendations follow guidelines set out by the CDC.
It's not often people in academia want to be proved wrong. However, last fall when two different models Union College uses to predict enrollment for the next school year projected a decrease in new students, college administrators, faculty and staff began preparing for the worst and praying for the best.
"We believe each of our students is a blessing, and we've been asking God for many blessings lately," said David Smith, college president. "When I speak to our students and hear their stories about how and why they chose Union, I know those prayers have been answered."
Since 1981, Union College students, employees and friends have taken a day off classes and work to serve the Lincoln community. This slideshow shows some of the more than 700 people who participated in this year's Project Impact.
Special thanks to Remedy Drive for the song, "Here's for the Years" and Vota for "Whole World in His Hands."