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Community invited as students end the year with music

As the academic year winds down, students often feel like singing. At Union, the months of April and May are filled with music as students showcase a year's worth of practice and learning.

All events are free and the community is invited to attend. Performances take place in the Engel Recital Hall (in Engel Hall on the corner of Bancroft Ave. and south 48th St.) unless otherwise noted.

Esther Baierl Senior Voice Recital
Sunday, April 13, 3:00 p.m.

Unionaires Spring Vespers Concert
Friday, April 18, 8:00 p.m.
College View Church

Concert Winds Spring Concert
Saturday, April 19, 8:45 p.m.
Union College Gymnasium

UC Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert
Sunday, April 20, 6:00 p.m.

Seth Dunkin Senior Recital
Sunday, April 27, 3:00 p.m.

General Student Recital
Tuesday, April 29 7:30 p.m.

Honors Piano Recital
Wednesday, April 30 7:30 p.m.

Unionaires "Concert at the Capitol"
Thursday, May 8, noon-1:00 p.m.
Nebraska State Capitol Rotunda

Naomi Bruette Junior Recital
Thursday, May 8, 7:00 p.m.
College View Church

Jordan Lang Senior Piano Recital
Thursday, May 8, 8:00 p.m.
College View Church

Erin Flanagan Senior Voice Recital
Saturday, May 10, 8:00 p.m.

Crandall Library receives conservation bookshelf

The Ella Johnson Crandall Memorial Library at Union College will be better able to preserve documents and artifacts for future generations thanks to a gift from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal funding for America's libraries and museums. Union's library is one of the first institutions to receive the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, a set of books, DVDs and online resources. The Bookshelf addresses the philosophy and ethics of collecting, collections management and planning, emergency preparedness and culturally-specific conservation issues.

"We are pleased to announce the first group of IMLS Bookshelf recipients," said Anne-Imelda Radice, director of IMLS. "These small libraries and museums are taking up the charge to care for America's heritage." The 2,000 recipients were chosen by IMLS and the American Association for State and Local History from among the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.

The IMLS Bookshelf is a crucial component of Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action (site: imls.gov), a conservation initiative launched in response to a 2005 study in which Union participated. The study documented the dire state of the nation's collections, especially those held by smaller institutions, which often lack the human and financial resources necessary to adequately care for their collections. "Without immediate action we stand to lose important collections that are at the heart of the American story," Radice said.

Union received the Bookshelf based on an application that described the library's challenges and plans to care for its collection. The Crandall Library's Heritage Room contains publications, documents and artifacts which tell the stories of the college, the College View community and the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

"Preserving our collection has been a big concern for us," said Sabrina Riley, library director. "The library staff has accomplished great things working with limited resources and opportunities, but we realize we can't attain all our goals on our own. The Bookshelf is a big first step toward securing the resources and training we need. It will enable us to better organize, manage and conserve the history entrusted to us."

State Legislature commends Union College

Senator Fulton speaks at Union College's 1000th Student event on Aug. 28, 2007.

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Union College Drama to present The Eumenides

Performances

Thursday

Feb. 28

Jobe Martin to speak on creationism

Where many see creatures shaped by chance and stimuli, Jobe Martin sees a Creator's design. Best known for his book and video series entitled The Evolution of a Creationist, Martin will present his view of the evolution and creationism debate in Lincoln during lectures at College View Academy, Union College and the College View Church.

In The Evolution of a Creationist and his follow-up Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution series, Martin presents the animals and evidence that led him to change his stance on evolution. According to Martin, creatures such as the bombardier beetle and giraffe rely on anatomical features for survival that would have to develop simultaneously in a single generation rather than the result of gradual adaptation over millions of years. Martin says these "incredible creatures" point to a Designer.

Martin will first speak at a chapel service at College View Academy from 8:30-9:15 on Friday, Feb. 29. Then at 1:30 he will lecture the Origins class at Union College, a unique interdisciplinary course that invites students to think analytically and critically about how life began, how life changes and how science and religion interact.

On Saturday, March 1, Martin will present his most in-depth lecture of the weekend at the College View Church from 3-5 p.m. in the Heartland Room. The lecture is free and the public is encouraged to attend. The church is located on the corner of 48th and Prescott; the Heartland Room is on the lower level.

For more information on Martin, visit his site at www.evolutionofacreationist.com.

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New student government leadership chosen

This past week students at Union College elected their student leaders for the 2008-2009 school year. In total, 365 people voted in the election. Next year's ASB executive team is:

President – Alicia Archer
Executive Vice President – Kelly Vogler
Financial Vice President – Sabrina Wessels
Social Vice President – Sadie Wren

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all those who ran!

Senior Claudia Pech demonstrates range in art exhibit

Beginning Feb. 17, The McClelland Art Gallery will showcase the works of Claudia Pech, senior communication and graphic design major.

"It's just for fun," Pech explained. "Most of the senior exhibits I've seen are a mix of graphic design and fine arts. I didn't want to take away from my graphic design major so I decided to have two exhibits."

In her first show titled "Random Thinkings," there will be at least 16 of her fine arts pieces ranging from watercolors, oil paintings, charcoal drawings to a few photographs.

As a young girl, Pech planned on becoming an artist in Paris. Life soon got in the way and disrupted her aspirations. While in college, however, her dreams resurfaced and partially revitalized as she took every art class available at Union.

"Art moves something within me," Pech said, "I hope my creations make people wonder, think or remember—at least give them a different perspective."

The McClelland Art Gallery is in the Ortner Center on the Union College campus, 3800 S. 48th Street. Enter the campus from Prescott Avenue. The art gallery is free to the public and open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Ortner Center at 402.486.2545.

Union College receives President's Honor Roll Award for Service

Union College extends welcome to visiting students

Gymfest

Saturday night, Oct. 13, an audience gathered to enjoy a gymnastic performance hosted by Union College. It was the grand finale to training clinics hosted by Union College with cooperation from University of Nebraska—Lincoln for about 150 academy and middle school students from the Dakotas, Missouri, Colorado and Nebraska. The evening was jump-started by an exhibition of ring skills and tumbling from members of the gymnastic team from UNL.

"It was amazing to be able to see people do flips like that," said Union student Kara McDaniel.

Outside of UNL's special performance, each visiting school as well as Union College's Gymnaires performed solo routines followed by a presentation from the entire group.

"The performance on Saturday was such a success!" Gymnaires' Courtney Haavisto said. "Everyone did great on their routines. It felt so awesome to see some of the moves performed that we helped [the kids] with." Union students, such as sophomore Savannah Bower, were surprised with how agile and flexible the athletes were.

"I wish my body could move like that," she commented.

"We have talented people on the team," Stephanie Eldenburg, a longtime gymnast, said. "We have a lot of potential."

That talent is mirrored in the new head coach, Seth Perkins, who organized the event.

"I think he has a lot of talent to share with the kids." McDaniel said. Eldenburg said Perkins is good at remaining calm and in control during a hectic weekend.

The success of the performance wasn't simply due to the coaches, supportive crowd or fluidity of the show, but also in the impact that it left with the visiting students who stayed with kind hosts in Rees, Prescott and Culver Halls.

"From watching the students and faculty, the other gymnasts seemed really welcome," Bower said. "But that's how the entire atmosphere here is at Union."

Next school year, Union will take its turn hosting Acrofest, a similar but larger training clinic open to gymnastics teams from all colleges and high schools in the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.

Volleyball Tournament

Two weeks following Gymfest, another host of visitors were able to attest to Union's hospitality. The weekend of Oct. 26 brought eight teams of girls from across the Midwest to compete against each other in a volleyball tournament. The winners were Midland Academy (Kans.), College View Academy (Neb.), and Campion Academy (Colo.).

"We're really excited about the three new teams from Maplewood, Minnetonka and Dakota Adventist Academy," said Ric Spaulding, athletic director for Union College. "More girls playing on volleyball teams in the Mid-America Union means that's more girls hopefully coming to play at Union College."

Although the visitors, such as senior Molly Gibb, believed that the athletics "were handled well," the accommodations and friendliness of the students were commented on the most.

"This year we tried something new," Spaulding said about feeding the 135 visitors. "We put barcodes on the name tags." Everything ran smoothly, and the new dining system will probably be implemented for future tournaments.

Kayla Rouse, who not only came to the recent Gymfest, but also basketball tournaments for the past three years, stays with girls that she already knows. She thinks Union is very open and welcoming.

"Girls just say 'hi' or open doors," Rouse said on feeling welcomed. "It's not something big, but it just shows that they want you on campus."

Even though Sunnydale sophomore Kristi Fitzpatrick's sister attends Union, Kristi had never been inside any of the buildings until she came for this year's tournament.

"It was a little awkward at first," Fitzpatrick admitted, as she hadn't met her sister's roommate before. "But then it was OK. My sister introduced me to a lot of people." Gibb, Fitzpatrick's teammate, used to be against attending Union College, but with each visit, she becomes more open to the idea.

"Every year keeps getting better and I get more excited about going to college," Gibb said. "Union College seems to offer a lot of opportunities. Everyone is really outgoing and nice. The staff seems really energetic and willing to help the students."

"I think people are nice here," Fitzpatrick agreed. "They just seem friendly. I'll probably end up going here because, after being here, everybody is so friendly. The other colleges seemed really different."

"It's not just our [athletics] department." Spaulding said. "The dorms, students here, Union Market, Ortner Center – there are a lot of different areas working together to make it work."

For team photos from the volleyball tournament, visit Union's athletics site.

Contest posters promote diversity in McClelland Art Gallery

"Posters are very effective because they distill a message," says Joann Herrington, the chair of the Multicultural Committee at Union College. "[Viewers] only need to look at a poster for a few seconds and the message jumps out at them. It's very effective in communicating a message."

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