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IRR students learn survival and medical skills in Nicaragua

Piling into the rusty, 10-wheel, 1969 military vehicle, the students sent up a prayer. Sure, there are bugs. And heat. And humidity. But with a sick two-year-old in need of care and the nearest hospital two hours away, all of those hardships became irrelevant. This is the reality the twelve students and three staff from Union College's International Rescue and Relief (IRR) program have faced during their semester long stay in Nicaragua while providing medical care to severely under-served communities.

More than a degree: Robinson's story

Photo of Robinson holding a weight in his hand.

Robinson Aigbokhan, a senior from Nigeria, learned to build both physical and spiritual muscles at Union College.

Student cyclist "fights the traffic" half-way across America

photo of Janna in biking gear

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

Student missionaries unharmed after pirate incident

Two Union College student missionaries serving in Peru are unharmed after river pirates accosted their boat on Friday. Rachel Downey and Stephanie Rivas are volunteering this school year with Touch of Love Ministries based in Pucallpa, Peru. The two were traveling with several other volunteers when the incident took place.

“We thank God that all our student missionaries are safe,” said Rich Carlson, Union’s director of student missions. “We have been in contact with the parents involved and are working with the local authorities to make sure this matter gets resolved.”

Student author turns mission blog into book

Scan of the cover of the book.

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.

Annual Mr. and Ms. World Pageant to be webcast

Union College’s annual Mr. and Ms. World Pageant will be webcast live from the Union College gym on February 27, starting at 8:15 p.m. CST. The live feed and archived footage from the event will be available at http://www.ucollege.edu/uclive.

Co-sponsored by Associated Student Body (ASB) and the International Club, the pageant features 10 contestants—each from a different country—judged in three categories: national costume, formal wear and talent.

LifeTalk Radio to interview IRR students

The Union College International Rescue and Relief Program will be featured on LifeTalk Radio and the Hope Channel on Tuesday, Feb. 23, during the Steve Gallimore Live Show. The hour-long live call-in show is simulcast from 1 to 2 p.m. CST.

Students Daniel Rogers and Sarah Sexton will join John Thomas, the program's administrative director, on the show to discuss both the IRR program's recent trips to Haiti and the unique coursework and hands-on training that prepares students to respond to emergencies and provide aid to developing nations.

IRR students discuss Haiti with Senator Johanns

Representatives from Union College’s International Rescue and Relief Program met with Senator Mike Johanns of Nebraska on February 18 to discuss conditions in Haiti. IRR majors Brittany Nunez, Sarah Sexton and David Skau joined assistant director John Thomas for the meeting, which also included members of Haiti response teams from Creighton University Medical Center and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Senator Johanns called the meeting to learn more about the situation in Haiti as he and other government leaders look for ways to best aid recovery

Haiti Update: News from Union's Relief Team

Union College’s fourth Haiti relief team returns to Lincoln

Updated on March 23, 2010

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