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Student leaders chosen for next year

On Feb. 23-24 students, staff and faculty used Union’s electronic voting system to submit their selections for next year’s student leadership. The following Associated Student Body officers will serve during the 2010-2011 school year.

Elected officers

President

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.

Mid-America Basketball Tournament single-elimination brackets announced

Mid-America Basketball Tournament officials have announced brackets for the single-elimination tournament which will begin Saturday night. The basketball event, which includes men's and women's teams from ten Adventist academies, began on Wednesday with a round-robin tournament and will conclude Sunday afternoon.

Tournament games played in the Union College gym will be webcast live and archived at uclive.ucollege.edu.

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Basketball tournament games to be webcast live

Select games from the Mid-America Basketball Tournament will be streamed lived and archived at uclive.ucollege.edu. The annual tournament includes mens and womens teams from ten Adventist academies.

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Lincoln Educational Access channel to broadcast academy tournament game

The Lincoln Educational Access Channel (Lincoln Time Warner Cable channel 21) will tape tonight's basketball game between College View Academy and Maplewood Academy at 8:30 p.m. in the Union College gym. The game, part of Union's annual Mid-America basketball tournament, will be streamed live and archived at uclive.ucollege.edu and broadcast at a later date on Time Warner Cable channel 21.

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First spring nursing cohort graduates

Eighteen nursing students created history in December simply by graduating. Two years prior, the students had been the first class to take advantage of the newly expanded Nursing program by being admitted during the spring semester rather than the fall. The revised nursing program took flight in 2007, accepting two classes of 24 students each semester—nearly doubling the nursing enrollment.

Become a Fan of the Library on Facebook

Union College Library has joined Facebook.  Become a fan and receive the latest updates on services, resources, and events in the library.  Fans may also browse library photo albums and give the library staff suggestions through the online discussions.

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

Union College to illuminate the problem of domestic violence

Every year an average of 572,032 women and 48,983 men experience domestic violence at the hands of an intimate partner. And every year, between 2,000 and 4,000 of those men and women will die from the injuries they receive at the hands of a loved one.

To represent the lives lost due to intimate partner domestic violence, 2,000 illuminated bags will outline the Union College campus on Oct. 8, each flicker telling a story’s tragic end. The process of placing the bags and lighting the candles will begin at 4 p.m. The commemorative service will begin at 7 p.m. on the Tribute Terrace outside the Ortner Center.

Although Union’s Social Work Club plans the event, it is implemented with the help of many student and community hands. Preparation will begin three days prior to the event, as volunteers scoop sand into the 2,000 bags and place a small candle in the center. 

This will be the second year that Union College has used the luminary event to “shine light on a dark issue” and promote the Friendship Home’s annual Safe Quarters drive that will take place Sunday, Oct. 11. Union is a hosting site for the drive, during which more than 1,500  volunteers go door-to-door, collecting spare change and other financial contributions. The Friendship Home uses the donations to help battered women and their children rebuild their lives, free from violence.

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