Faculty

Introducing One Book One Union 2010-2011

Union College Library in collaboration with the Writing Studio, Teaching Learning Center, Career Center, ESL, and the Campus Store is pleased to announce One Book One Union 2010-2011.  This year's selection, The Teacher Who Couldn't Read by John Corcoran, is the story of a man who finished high school and college, became a teacher, and later started his own business, all without being able to read proficiently.  He finally learned to read when he was 48 years old.

Union to host statewide writing center conference

On Sept. 24, Union College will host the fourth annual Nebraska Writing Center Consortium meeting featuring guest speaker Dr. Rasha Diab, assistant professor of rhetoric and writing at the University of Texas-Austin.

In addition to delivering the keynote address for the conference, Diab will also give a talk titled “Embracing the Rhetoric of Peace: Insights from Indigenous Practice/Practices” for an Academic Assembly on Thursday, Sept. 23, in Woods Auditorium at 10:30 a.m. Worship credit will be given for attendance.

McClelland paintings selected to hang in embassy

Two original watercolor paintings by Jim McClelland, professor of art, have been selected to hang in the United States embassy in Suriname for three years as part of the Arts in Embassies program.

The paintings, a pair of greenwing macaws and a landscape depicting a flock of landing snow geese, were selected to hang in the embassy by Ambassador John Nay, one of McClelland’s students from his time teaching at Battle Creek Academy.

2010 Teacher of the Year Nominations

Union College Library is seeking nominations for the 2010 Teacher of theYear Award.

Films on Demand is Here to Stay

Faculty response to the Films on Demand trial has been overwhelmingly positive.  In fact, faculty are so excited, we could not wait until next fall to start an annual subscription to the database.  When the trial subscription ends on March 10, Union College will seamlessly move into a regular annual subscription to Films on

Fernando Ortega to perform for Union College

Fernando Ortega, contemporary Christian singer-songwriter, will be performing a free concert at Union College at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 19. A musician since the age of eight, Ortega perfected his unique sounds at the University of New Mexico before releasing his first album in 1994. This will be his third performance at Union College.

Union Drama presents "That's What Makes Them Pirates"

Union College drama students are premiering That's What Makes Them Pirates!, a musical comedy written and composed by Union's own Mike Mennard. Based on Mennard's children's recording, Pirates Do the Darnedest Things, the play unfolds aboard the Jolly Nostril, the pick of the seven seas. The notorious Captain Rapscallion and crew, searching for adventure, revenge, and sword fights, are beset by the infamous Captain Blake, whom Rapscallion believes killed her husband.

Union College Wellness awarded Grower Designation

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)

Free H1N1 Influenza Medical Information from EBSCOhost

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

Health Education Solutions partners with Union

Health Education Solutions (HES), an internet-based certification and recertification avenue for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training, has announced a partnership with Union College to offer online certification courses. Union’s healthcare faculty is responsible for the curriculum, and HES administers the courses online.

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