After raising cattle for 30 years Charles ’56 and Naoma ’54 Henkelmann knew it was time to sell some of their 250 acres of land, but they discovered it made more sense to give the land as a gift to Union College.
“I know there are many people downsizing or reorganizing their libraries,” said Rich Carlson, vice president for Spiritual Life. “Sometimes they don’t know what to do with the large concordances or Ellen White collections. My dream is to connect them with students who need those books for ministry.”
“We spend so little time together on Sabbath, it doesn’t feel like enough time for me to disciple and mentor the youth I work with,” said Anna Romuald ’12, assistant pastor at the Southview Adventist Church in Minneapolis and assistant young adult ministries director for the Minnesota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. “Using social media, I can spend quality time communicating one-on-one to help spiritually disciple them.”
The connections you make in college often shape the rest of your life. Union College alumnus Jeff Peterson is proof of that. Thanks in part to the educational and personal bonds he formed while attending Union, the 1987 graduate is now a shareholder and executive manager in a number of companies supplying chemicals, metals, equipment and logistical services starting from a base outside Nashville, Tenn.
For many Unionites, the friendships formed during their time in Lincoln turned out to be something worth holding on to for the rest of their lives. Before Facebook, Twitter and cell phones, classmates had to find creative ways to stay in touch as they spread out across the country and the world.
A field of tall grass. A tree. An indescribably peaceful feeling. A bright light flashed in the sky. Suddenly, an EMT is holding his head, shouting his name. Spinning red strobes. Rough asphalt cradled him in an unforgiving embrace. Blood. His connection to life tenuous, he slipped back and forth between consciousness and unconsciousness.
(200) Lang Amphitheater—a 126-seat high-tech lecture space, is named for Jerome ’65 and Ramona Larsen (’65) Lang, longtime Lincoln business owners, whose lead gift was in addition to their support for many other Union College projects—including driving his private coach bus half-a-million miles over 46 years to transport school groups for academic and extra-curricular events.
After 22 years as a Union College administrator, Gary Bollinger, Union’s vice president for Financial Administration, retired in October and turned the financial reins of the college over to Jeff Leeper, who for the past 13 years has been the assistant dean for Financial Affairs at Loma Linda University School of Nursing.