Service

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.

Union groups take steps to fight breast cancer

For senior Gymnaire captain Spencer Way, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is not merely a month of occasional, distant reminders of the presence of one of the many forms of cancer. It is a chance to fight back against the disease that nearly took one of his own loved ones.

“My family and I used to participate in breast cancer walks even before my mom had cancer,” said Way. “But after that, the awareness month has become a way for us and others to show our comradery for people dealing with breast cancer.”

Union College Red Cross club responds to nearby tornadoes

“This was the first time I had actually done damage assessment,” said Connor Kraegel, junior international rescue and relief (IRR) major. “It was very good experience for me to be there with a veteran of the American Red Cross who walked us through the whole process. By the end we were doing it all ourselves.”

IRR students assist in tornado response effort UPDATE

Union College's International Rescue and Relief program has helped in the aftermath of disasters across the nation and around the globe, but never before quite so close to home. On Friday morning, Oct. 4, the Cornhusker Chapter of the American Red Cross contacted the IRR program requesting students to join their team in assessing damage caused by a tornado Thursday night and checking on the well-being of residents. 

Dash for Compassion 5K to raise funds for People's City Mission

For Union College student Annie Mullin, giving back to the community is more than something she does for a few hours on Project Impact day. That’s why she and fellow physician assistant students created Dash for Compassion on Sunday, October 6, to raise funds for the free clinic offered by People’s City Mission.

(Video) Project Impact 2013


Every year, nearly 800 Union College students and employees take the day off from school to serve the Lincoln community. This year Project Impact served at nearly 70 sites around Lincoln, helping out the service organizations that serve the people of Lincoln all year long. 

Project Impact 2013

“Our theme this summer at the People’s City Mission (PCM) was ‘Dream Big.’ Working with the kids ... I was just amazed at their energy for life. I learned so much from them, including how to dream,” remembered Inonge Kasaji, a junior social work major at Union College. Kasaji’s own dream began in August, when her time volunteering at the mission was drawing to a close. To thank the kids and staff for an incredible summer, Kasaji decided to take on a project that had been waiting two years to start—painting the inside of the EDEFY building.

Project Impact instills attitude of service

“Every year for Project Impact, students provide acts of kindness in the community. When they come back, they’re smiling and laughing—they’re happy they did something for others,” said Inonge Kasaji, junior social work major and outreach co-coordinator in Union College’s Campus Ministries. “Why wouldn’t you want to keep that going the whole year?”

Coach from "Remember the Titans" film to speak at Union College

“My parents always taught us that no person should be judged based on the color of their skin, but on the content of their character,” said Herman Boone, retired high school coach and inspiration for the lead character in Disney’s 2000 film, “Remember the Titans.” “I have always believed that and maintain that value today.”

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