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Union Scholars Study Abroad, May 2010

As Union Scholars focus their attention on finding solutions to global issues, they have the distinct advantage of having international travel and study built right into the honors curriculum.

The three week course in May 2010 began with a couple days of instruction at Union College then moved on to Sabah, Malaysia where students conducted "windshield" surveys of the village researching their needs. The trip concluded with visits to Hong Kong and China.

New Research Assistance Program

The new Research Assistance Program (RAP) is being offered by Union's librarians to aid students with their research. Appointment forms for the program are at the library's circulation desk and on the library's Web site under "Reference Services." Bring the form to the library or send it via intercampus mail. When you complete the form before the interview, librarians a

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Union College employees surpass United Way goal

In 1891 United Way, then called Charity Organizations Society, began changing lives in local communities. According to the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County, Union’s employee contributions are a crucial part of helping keep that dream alive 118 years later as part of the Leadership Giving program.  

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'Full Throttle' car art exhibit debuts

Steve Herrera, Union College alumnus, grew up around cars. His father was an auto mechanic and, naturally, one of the first things he began drawing were cars—race cars, classics and street rods. The first pieces of art he sold in fifth grade were of cars.

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Trial of Gale's Literature Resource Center Database Extended

A trial subscription to Gale's Literature Resource Center has been extended until February 5, 2009.  Faculty and students are invited to try out the database and provide feedback to Sabrina Riley.

You Can Get a Job with Any Major

What do these people have in common: Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, comedian and actor Steve Martin and former Attorney General Janet Reno?

None of these highly successful people ended up pursuing a career relative to their college major. Reno was a chemistry major, Greenspan studied music and Martin earned a degree in philosophy.

How can you expect to map your entire life with a college major when, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average person changes careers three times?

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Union College hosts gymnastics showcase

Don't be alarmed if you see youth hoisting each other onto shoulders or walking down a sidewalk on their hands--they are gymnasts, and they will be invading Lincoln Nov. 12-15.

Union College presents Freedom Writers' Erin Gruwell

Erin GruwellErin Gruwell, co-author of The Freedom Writers, will be speaking at 8:30 p.m., Nov. 13, at the Seventh-day Adventist College View Church, 4801 Prescott Ave., Lincoln, Neb.

Union's IRR Program profiled in Journal Star

The International Rescue and Relief major offered at Union College has been profiled in the Lincoln Journal Star (June 17, 2008). Download the story as a PDF.

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First Book-Union College gives children 7,000 brand new books

Joann Herrington, associate professor of education, strives to spread literacy and happiness to disadvantaged children in the local area.

"Reading has always been a part of my life," she said, "and I want that for the kids."

In 2003, Herrington organized the Lincoln chapter of First Book, an international nonprofit organization that gives new books to low-income families. Since then over 7,000 books have been placed into the hands of kids in Lincoln thanks to efforts of First Book-Union College, whose staff fluctuates each year as interested students come and go. This year, Chris Webb, senior communication major, is helping the cause by incorporating First Book needs into his Grant Writing and Proposal class. It's efforts such as these that allow First Book-Union College to flourish.

First Book deals only in new books that are given to children to keep, so that their love for literature can grow. Over the holiday season, the chain-bookstore Borders teamed up with First-Book to raise over $1.1 million. That money was then allotted to the various chapters and advisory boards around the nation who submitted grant applications. Recently, First Book-Union College was able to provide $4,000 in Borders gift cards to three recipients in Lincoln: St. Mary's Elementary, Lincoln Public Schools' Excite Head Start and Brownell Community Learning Center. Another 176 books were given to the Foster Grandparent and RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) reading programs in Chardon, Neb. The Union College chapter, the only First Book program in Lincoln, Neb., has also been making its own partnerships with Meadowlark Press and with Union College's Associate Student Body. The proceeds from the last Bachelor Action held by ASB went towards First Book-Union College's goal.

"I'm very thrilled about how many books are in children's hands," Herrington said. "What I would really like to see, as far as First Book-Union College, is more people getting involved. If we can raise more funds that means more books can go out into the community."

To get involved, contact Joann Herrington at 402.486.2600 x2173 or send an e-mail to joherrin@ucollege.edu.

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