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Name announced for new science and mathematics center

For Sue Krueger, Union College runs in the family. “It seems like we’ve had family attending there forever,” said the 1954 alumnus who now has two grandchildren enrolled. “I got my husband, Calvin, at Union. My son, Rick, found his wife, Valeree, there. She has taught nursing at Union for 35 years. My sister-in-law, Marilyn McArthur, was chair of the nursing program for many years. All my children attended. We have a long history at Union.”

New Exhibit Celebrates the Seventh-day Adventist Denomination's 150th Anniversary

In celebration of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination’s 150th anniversary, the Union College Library is hosting a traveling exhibit featuring an overview of Adventist history from its roots in the Millerite Movement through the growth of its many ministries which reach worldwide today. While the name Seventh-day Adventist was chosen in 1860, it was not until May 20 and 21, 1863 that the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists was formed, providing the church with a formal organizational structure.

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Dick Duerksen to speak for Power Pac

“He’s gone everywhere and tells stories like nobody’s business,” said Kelli Vigil, vespers coordinator. By multiple students’ request, Dick Duerksen, photographer and storyteller for Maranatha Volunteers International, will speak for Power Pac this weekend from Oct. 31-Nov. 2, beginning on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

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Union groups take steps to fight breast cancer

For senior Gymnaire captain Spencer Way, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is not merely a month of occasional, distant reminders of the presence of one of the many forms of cancer. It is a chance to fight back against the disease that nearly took one of his own loved ones.

“My family and I used to participate in breast cancer walks even before my mom had cancer,” said Way. “But after that, the awareness month has become a way for us and others to show our comradery for people dealing with breast cancer.”

Could You Memorize the Entire Qur'an?

On Sunday, October 20, at 7:00 PM the Union College Library will be once again be turned into a site for interfaith dialogue with the viewing and discussion of the HBO documentary Koran by Heart. This dynamic film follows the journey of three ten-year-olds from different countries to Cairo, Egypt for the the Egypt International Holy Koran Competition where they must each recite the entire Qur’an from memory to a panel of judges on live television and radio. Held on the holiest day of Ramadan, this is the oldest and most prestigious Qur’an competition.

Union welcomes an influx of new students

Sometimes, it feels great to be wrong. That’s the sentiment among Union College administrators upon seeing an increase in enrollment after planning budgets assuming another down year. With a headcount of 911 and a full-time equivalency of 843 (up from 881 headcount and 803.3 FTE last year), being wrong means a growing student body and new opportunities.

Great Miami Academy wins Union College Invitational Volleyball Tournament

The Greater Miami Academy Warriors won the Union College Invitational Volleyball Tournament two sets to none over College View Academy on Saturday night.

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Union College Red Cross club responds to nearby tornadoes

“This was the first time I had actually done damage assessment,” said Connor Kraegel, junior international rescue and relief (IRR) major. “It was very good experience for me to be there with a veteran of the American Red Cross who walked us through the whole process. By the end we were doing it all ourselves.”

Sara Groves, Bebo Norman and Andrews Peterson to perform Oct. 18

Popular Christian artists Bebo Norman, Sara Groves and Andrew Peterson will perform at Union College on Oct. 18 at 7:00 p.m. as part of Compassion International’s In the Round tour.

Young alumni exhibit photography in McClelland Art Gallery

Many visitors to the McClelland Art Gallery have used words such as “talent,” “incredible” and “marvelous” in the guestbook to describe the Young Alumni Photography Exhibit currently on display. Themed “Contrast,” this year’s exhibit features a wide array of photographs taken by 12 alumni who have presented their own interpretation of contrast.

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IRR students assist in tornado response effort UPDATE

Union College's International Rescue and Relief program has helped in the aftermath of disasters across the nation and around the globe, but never before quite so close to home. On Friday morning, Oct. 4, the Cornhusker Chapter of the American Red Cross contacted the IRR program requesting students to join their team in assessing damage caused by a tornado Thursday night and checking on the well-being of residents. 

Union hosts grand opening for new academic facility

This fall, Union College’s two newest programs began the school year in a newly renovated section of the Don Love Building. On Oct. 7, Union held a grand opening for the new facility that now houses the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program and the International Rescue and Relief program. The event on the lawn in front of the new facility and featured comments by Tom Casady, public safety director for the Lincoln Police Department and Susan Epps of the Cornhusker chapter of the American Red Cross.

Congratulations to the class officers for 2013-14

At convocation on Oct. 1, 2013, 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.  

Elden Ramirez to speak for October Power Pac

For Elden Ramirez, mission work isn’t just his job, it's in his name. “My mom named me after Edlen Ford, an Adventist missionary,” he chuckled. Now as the director of volunteer ministries for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, he helps students find ways to experience mission service for themselves.

Union Scholars Asia Trip 2013

What better way to learn to live as a citizen of the global community than to experience it for yourself? Through taking the Wealth and Poverty class—typically a three-week study tour visiting Hong Kong, China and Malaysia—you’ll discover first-hand alternative perspectives and the disparity in lifestyles that exist around the world. 

Dash for Compassion 5K to raise funds for People's City Mission

For Union College student Annie Mullin, giving back to the community is more than something she does for a few hours on Project Impact day. That’s why she and fellow physician assistant students created Dash for Compassion on Sunday, October 6, to raise funds for the free clinic offered by People’s City Mission.

Alumnus credits IRR degree for life of service and adventure

"Before I went into the International Rescue and Relief (IRR) program, I made a list of all the companies I wanted to work for. International SOS was number two,” said Jonathan Hoewing. “Sometimes I wonder if they hired me just because I have the word ‘international’ in my bachelor’s degree.”

2013 Union College Board of Trustees Writing Awards announced

Writers find inspiration and motivation in many places—family, friends, the world around them. Over the past three years, a number of Union College students have discovered additional motivation to polish their writing skills for the annual Union College Board of Trustees Writing Awards.

Library fair to offer a taste of Muslim culture on Sept. 19

Sights, sounds and smells of the Middle East will abound at the annual Library Fair as visitors get a taste of Muslim culture on Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Ella Johnson Crandal Memorial Library on the campus of Union College.  From 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. library goers can sample Middle Eastern dishes and a variety of activities and exhibits that explore themes from the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf now available at the Union College library.

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Matching grant brings Our Promising Future balance under $200,000

With less than $700,000 left to reach the $14.5 million goal in the Our Promising Future campaign to build the new science and mathematics complex, 1963 graduate Steve Gifford has challenged his fellow alumni to push this campaign over the top by the end of this year. If Union passes the $14 million mark by December 31, 2013, Gifford will give the remaining $500,000 to complete the campaign.

Local painter's work on display in McClelland Art Gallery

“Encouraging others in art is important to me,” said Julie Lemons. “Being a successful artist is having faith in God and having His love shine through my art.”

Julie Lemons, Nebraska-based artist and past president of the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs, will display her work in the McClelland Art Gallery now through Sept. 28.

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(Video) Project Impact 2013


Every year, nearly 800 Union College students and employees take the day off from school to serve the Lincoln community. This year Project Impact served at nearly 70 sites around Lincoln, helping out the service organizations that serve the people of Lincoln all year long. 

Project Impact 2013

“Our theme this summer at the People’s City Mission (PCM) was ‘Dream Big.’ Working with the kids ... I was just amazed at their energy for life. I learned so much from them, including how to dream,” remembered Inonge Kasaji, a junior social work major at Union College. Kasaji’s own dream began in August, when her time volunteering at the mission was drawing to a close. To thank the kids and staff for an incredible summer, Kasaji decided to take on a project that had been waiting two years to start—painting the inside of the EDEFY building.

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U.S. News ranks Union among America's best colleges

U.S. News has once again rated Union College as one of America's "Best Colleges" in the magazine's highly-anticipated annual rankings. In a five-way tie for 43rd place in the Midwestern regional colleges category, this is the eighth consecutive year Union has earned a spot in the top tier of higher educational institutions.

While no standardized system can account for unique institutional strengths or the individual needs of students, Union College administrators are proud to see the institution compare favorably with its peers.

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