Janna Buttrick, a junior at Union College, will make a remarkable trek from Lincoln, Neb., to her home in Tampa, Fla., over Christmas break. The grueling 1500-plus mile trip won’t be just for pleasure or to test the limitations of her own body—she will fight traffic on the highway to raise funds to fight a
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David Williams, president and CEO of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, will address the graduating class of Union College during commencement ceremonies on May 9, 2010. Last year, the Make-a-Wish Foundation made dreams come true for 13,465 children with life-threatening illnesses.
|Kelly Knaubert, our group leader, emceed the race.|
What student would pass up an opportunity to pelt water balloons at their teachers? I wouldn’t, and I hoped others shared my view. Let’s keep our minds open—it was for the American Heart Association, after all.
This year was Union Colleges tenth anniversary of supporting the American Heart Association by hosting an alternate day for the Heart Walk and raising funds. In the past, the money was raised simply by distributing pledge envelopes to employees. This year, LuAnn Davis, vice president for Advancement, decided to use the opportunity for her Institutional Development students to experience live, hands-on fundraising. I was one of those lucky students.
We divided into groups and chose an audience to focus on. The groups included Union College faculty, staff and students, the Mid-America Union Conference, George Stone Elementary School, Helen Hyatt Elementary School, College View Academy and Christian Record Services.
Sean Dale wore many hats during his time at Union College—literally. On and off stage, the recent communications/public relations graduate has been a leader in Union College’s theater program, UC Drama, for about five years. During that time, he’s been involved in seven shows, including directing a production of his own, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, in the fall of 2008.
At the beginning of the project, Dale didn’t really know where to start. “I was freaking out,” he said, “but Mark Robison gave me advice and I was able to tackle it.” Robison, professor of English and the head of UC Drama, has guided many student directors through their first shows, and Dale learned a lot about how to stage a show from Robison, including how to organize a group of actors. “Getting everyone to show up for rehearsals was the most difficult part, but in the end, it was very rewarding,” Dale said. “I almost cried at the standing ovation we got on opening night.”
When asked the traditional back-to-school question about how he spent his summer, Eric Gren is one of the few students who can say he was helping prevent America’s number one killer: heart disease.
For the past two years at Union College, Ann Bryant, a senior business administration major, has been the coordinator of Project Impact, the lon