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One student’s story of figuring out how to make a home in a cold, bare dorm room with a complete stranger.
As I turned the doorknob and walked in, I stared at the room I would be living in for the next nine months—or possibly four years—of my life. I was greeted by undecorated white walls, empty drawers and closets, and a stack of naked bunk beds. This is supposed to be my home?
For many Union College students, finding ways to make Union a home keeps them coming back each year to graduate. But for Nathan Huggins, finding a place like home is what brought him to Union.
Stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nathan wanted to spend the Sabbath hours with people who shared his new faith. He had recently started attending an Omaha area Adventist church, but his search for a Friday evening vespers service led him to make the drive to Lincoln.
It is a miracle really, when we think about it, how people meet, how lives merge, how a home is made; the journey, the love, the promises that make it so.
A house, well, a house is a different story all together. A house can be made relatively quickly. The process is fairly straight forward. Get the supplies. Get a crew. Hammer. Sweat. Work hard. Work really hard. And then, there it is, in a matter of months if all goes well.
Although many professors have made significant contributions to learning in Jorgensen Hall, here are 10 who served the longest, touching the lives of countless students over the years.
Home. A small word. Two consonants. Two vowels. Yet this humble word matters. This word counts. It can conjure up a million different images and evoke a thousand different feelings in all of us. Familial abode, physical space, or emotional solace; it connects us to what matters. For Kendra Carlson, who claimed the whole west coast as home growing up, this word has since come to evoke something much more specific. These days, a renovated old house in Lincoln, Neb., is the hub from which Carlson’s world emanates.
Have you ever tried to picture Heaven—to truly imagine the sights, sounds and feelings that will come with finally getting there? For Byard Parks ’92, Heaven is not some gold-plated, shimmery idea, it is a real place filled with laughter, music and the warmth of unique people sharing their experiences together. Heaven is home, and for a world-traveler like Parks, home is a sacred, treasured place—a place to create, to connect, to protect.
Minimalism. For most people, the word conjures up images of modern apartments with sparse decor. But for Union College graduate Lorilee Ross Lippincott ’03, minimalism is a way of life that stretches beyond modern decorating.
“For my family, minimalism means living intentionally,” she explains. “Technically, the term means buying and having fewer things. But we’ve taken an approach to minimalism that allows us to have fewer responsibilities and expectations in the negative sense of the words.”
For Dean ’68 and Sherri Johnson (’69) Fandrich, helping people create the perfect home has become far more than a way to earn a living.
Even though their business is to design and furnish home interiors, forty years of business—and before that at Union College—taught Dean and Sherri Fandrich that relationships are what matter both in business and in life.