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Union students help plan fundraiser for local community center

On Thursday night, October 16, College View Church's Heartland Hall will be transformed. Each year, the Good Neighbor Community Center holds the Samples of the World fundraiser—giving the city of Lincoln a chance to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a wide variety of countries and support the work of the center. But behind the food and fun, Union College students provided the vital support needed to make the event a reality.

Video: Project Impact 2014

 

Union College students served at more than 60 sites throughout our community in Lincoln, Nebraska during the 34th annual Project Impact. For photos from the event, visit the Facebook gallery.

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My Project Impact

It was cold. Really cold. So cold that when I rinsed my hands after eating my donut, they tingled under the water. But I didn’t even question why I was outside at 7:30 on a Thursday instead of snuggled comfortably in my bed. The day is all about serving others. Project Impact would not be put off by a bit of chilly weather.

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Union College students to impact Lincoln ... for the 34th time

“It’s incredible to watch the amount of people that come to serve each year,” said Inonge Kasaji, the 2014 Project Impact coordinator. “Nobody ever walks away from Project Impact saying, ‘Those were the worst four hours of my life.’ Students volunteer each year because they want to connect; with each other, their community, and really do something good for others. That’s how is should be all the time.”

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Union students named heroes by American Red Cross

For students in Union College’s new Red Cross Club, being a hero doesn’t always mean committing acts of selfless bravery such as rescuing someone from a burning building or raging river.

Sometimes it’s the little things that count.

At their annual Tribute to Heroes banquet on May 1, the Cornhusker Chapter of the American Red Cross honored the Union College students with the Tribute to Heroes Disaster Relief Award for “unconditional service and support to the Cornhusker Disaster Action Team.”

Nursing students learn in the Nicaraguan jungle

“Lindsay, get up, there is a woman in labor that needs our help.” The voice from the darkness jarred Union College nursing major Lindsay Harrison from her midnight slumber.  As her mind cleared of its sleepy grogginess, suddenly the hot Nicaraguan jungle, the villagers and her Frontier Nursing class came flooding back into her consciousness.

She quickly jumped from her resting place and discovered the disembodied voice belonged to Adam Neep, a Union international rescue and relief student who had come to take her to the laboring mother in the nearby village.

JOB Ministries: more than a job

At the Campus Ministries office in the Ad Building, there is a constant buzz of activity. Workers and their teams sit around tables and computers planning the next worship activity. Students hang out on the comfy couches and a rocking chair with a massaging seat cover.

The telephone rings. “Good-Morning-this-is-Campus-Ministries-how-may-we-help-you?” A student worker, fitting it all in one breath.

She reaches for a purple form and a pen as she Aha, Mhms with the person on the other line.

Across the Unionerse: Kylie Schnell

Kylie Schnell, a 2011 alumna, joins hosts Emily Wood and Scott Cushman to talk about making friends, moving to Nepal and loving children. 

International Rescue and Relief Students' training culminates in Nicaragua

“Glue the pipe together here,” he indicated with one hand, “and angle the ninety-degree elbow up, like so.” He tweaked the joint, stepped back to admire his work, and proclaimed, “That’s a finished product.”

Posed over a jumble of PVC pipes, brackets, angles, elbows, and drills, Carl Ladd resembled more of a mad scientist than an International Rescue and Relief contract instructor. The contraption at his feet seemed like a prop from some fantasy film instead of a water pump.

IRR instructors return from the Philippines

Update

November 27, 2013

Aaron and Lauren Kent returned to Lincoln today after spending six days on the ground in Leyte Province of the Philippines on a Disaster Medical Assistance Team.

Both instructors in Union College’s International Rescue and Relief program, the couple and four graduates of the IRR program made the trip with Team Rubicon to assist the residents of the devastated region.

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