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.
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.
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.
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."