On Feb. 6, 2008, Union College's Going Global Career Fair brought recruiters and presenters from 20 organizations to the Don Love Building. From big names such the Peace Corps to the less well-known Active Community Team Services (ACTS), the information available to the attending students was invaluable.
"I think this career fair is a great idea and helps a lot of people," said Jeremy Jones, sophomore international rescue and relief major.
Although only 100-120 actually registered for the event, Doug Tallman, IRR associate director, noted that more likely 150-160 students, as well as some faculty, came to browse and meet recruiters.
"I made more meaningful and intelligent contacts in two hours than I've seen in two days," commented Fred Ramsey from Re-Creation Unlimited who said he has done similar fairs at other campuses. "I was impressed. Union's event was the most successful compared to the other Seventh-day Adventist campus I have visited."
Since the IRR program is relatively new, many students have a difficult time figuring out how best to utilize the skills they're learning. Tallman explained how this career fair targeted these students.
"I think IRR majors benefit the most from the fair as far as putting them on a career path that goes with their major." Jones stated, "But, I think everyone can find something that's applicable to them."
Plans are already being made to repeat the success of the Going Global Career Fair next year. Meghan Weese, a graduate assistant for the Outdoor Education Center at Southern Adventist University, encouraged students to attend the event. "The biggest mistake would be not coming," she said.
The Golden Chords String Quartet, Tom Shepherd, cellist, Frank Restesan, first violin, Derek Bower, violist, and Tim Parfet, second violin.
LINCOLNÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬ÂUnion College Chamber Orchestra and the Golden Cords string quartet will present fall concerts under the direction of new Union College associate professor of music, Dr. Frank Restesan.
On Sunday, Nov. 11, 6 p.m. the Union College Chamber Orchestra will perform in the newly opened atrium to the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church (4801 Prescott Ave.). This Fall Chamber Concert is the debut performance in the new wing of the College View church. The concert will include one romantic selection and three baroque pieces. Freshman flutist Sarah Kohls will be a featured soloist for a Vivaldi concerto. Breanna Thornton, 14-year-old guest violinist will be featured as well.
On Monday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m., the Golden Cords string quartet will perform in a Chamber Music Concert in the Engel Hall Recital Room (corner of S. 48th St. and Bancroft Ave.). Program highlights will include a quartet by Hayden and Corelli's Christmas Concerto featuring Dr. Ryan Wells as the keyboard accompanist.
Restesan joined the Union College faculty this school year. In addition to leading the chamber groups, Restesan is the director of the Union College Band. He holds master's degrees in musical stylistics and in music performance as well as a doctorate in conducting from the University of Arizona. Restesan's career has included acting as soloist and concertmaster of the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra (N.Y), the New England Symphonic Ensemble, The University of Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Chamber Orchestra and core member of the Tucson Symphony. He has studied at the State Conservatory in Cluj (Klausenburg) Romania, with Istvan Ruha, the Bachakademie in Stuttgart, Germany with Dozent Peter Streicher and Helmut Rilling and at The University of Arizona. Dr. Restesan's past teaching appointments include positions as orchestra director, strings and chamber music instructor at Atlantic Union College (Mass.), Antillean Adventist University (Puerto Rico) and Walla Walla College (Wash.). Restesan has appeared on prestigious stages around the world including recitals and concerts in Romania, Hungary, Germany, France, Spain, Holland, Puerto Rico and the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Ann Bryant, Union College student chaplain and junior business major, gets excited when her peers have big ideas. "I want to start a tutoring program for refugees and immigrants in Lincoln who don't speak English," said senior Katie Carlson when she came to see Bryant in Campus Ministries recently. "And I want to kick it off during Project Impact next week."
Never mind the short notice, Bryant gave the idea an enthusiastic go-ahead. "We'll do it. How can we help you make this happen?" Bryant said.
LINCOLNÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬ÂAt 10:28 a.m. on the last day registration was open, Serhiy Horokhovskyy became Union College's 1,000th student of the 2007-2008 school year. A senior religion major from Ukraine, Horokhovskyy is the first student since 1983 to help Union College cross the 1000 enrollment mark. By the end of the close of registration on Tuesday, Aug. 28, Union College's official enrollment reached 1,015 students with a full time equivalence of 909.5.
To celebrate the 1,000-student milestone, Union College is invited all students and employees to a free lunch served on the campus Tribute Terrace. In addition to the meal and ice cream from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, festivities included a short program. Remarks and recognition of the Enrollment Services team by Union College President David Smith were followed by a college-wide sing-a-long of the well-loved school song, "Slinga de Ink." State Senator Tony Fulton joined in the festivities and added his congratulations and support.
"Students come to Union College for many reasonsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Âcaring campus family, a Christian atmosphere and for unique programs like international rescue and relief and physician assistant studies," President Smith said. "One thousand is just a number, but the fact that more and more students value Union's campus culture makes me proud of the students, faculty and staff who have invested themselves in Union."
Union's campus has become a home-away-from home for a diverse group of students from 49 states and 26 countries. Four out of five Union students are from outside of Nebraska, that's a higher percentage of non-resident students than any other college in the state.
"When we recruit new students for the college, we don't just sell Union, we sell Nebraska," said Rob Weaver, vice president for Enrollment and Student Financial Services. "On the coasts we get asked 'Where's Nebraska?' and we take every opportunity to tell them about 'The Good Life.'" Of Union's out-of-state students, more than one fifth choose to stay in Nebraska after graduation, contributing to the state's brain gain.
Union College put in place more stringent admissions standards last year and yet has continued its growth. All regularly admitted students must now have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and an ACT score of 18. While these are not as high as elite universities, they are higher than most of the schools pulling from the same demographic of high school graduates as Union College. "Continuing to attract new students to our campus while simultaneously raising the admissions bar is really exciting," Weaver said.
"While we're delighted to reach this milestone, at Union we've always known that bigger isn't necessarily better," said Smith. "We are grateful for each student here and the opportunities each of them represent for Union and for Christ."
Nichole Scott, sophomore communication major, had considered going to VW several times, but was unsure what the program involved. Then a friend invited her to attend the VW meeting at which Tanya Cochran was the featured speaker. Seeing as Cochran is her boss, former teacher and friend, Scott decided to check it out.
"I wasn't sure what to expect and didn't know if I would like it" Scott said.
Jacque Smith, Union College director of public relations, received The Lincoln Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award. The award, presented at a breakfast at the Cornhusker Hotel on June 1, celebrates the accomplishments of 40 Lincoln-area business owners, managers, entrepreneurs, and professional men and women under 40 years of age. Smith is the second Union College employee to accept the 40 Under 40 Award; accounting professor Lisa Forbes received the award in 2006.
Union College hosts Heart Walk, celebrates National Employee Health and Fitness Day, Wednesday, May 16
As the population of the United States ages, heart disease, already the
nation's number one killer, will affect more people. The American Heart
Association is working to combat this growing crisis with a 10-year
strategic goal of reducing coronary heart disease, stroke and risk by 25
percent in 2010. The annual Heart Walk is one small way to help raise
funds and show solidarity with the fight against heart disease. For the
eighth year, Union College, in participation with the American Heart
Association, is hosting Lincoln's Alternate Day American Heart Walk.
Walkers may begin the one-mile walk around campus anytime between 11:30
a.m. and 1 p.m., rain or shine. Following the 15-20 minute walk, light
snacks will be provided.
Special guest Lauren Knoff, a six-year-old kindergarten girl born with a
heart birth defect, will be a participant at this year's Heart Walk.
Each year, 36,000 babies are born with heart defects, the third most
fatal form of birth defect. Knoff has survived to be an ambassador for
the American Heart Association. She and her schoolmates from Helen Hyatt
elementary will lead the walk.
The Heart Walk is just one of several events focusing on wellness for
National Employee Health and Fitness day. In the afternoon, Union
College employees will team up for games and activities followed by the
year-end employee party. Employee health is a priority for the campus;
Union College has earned the designation as a Silver Well Workplace
Award through WorkWell, the local branch for Wellness Councils of
The Heart Walk is free to the public. Donations to the American Heart
Association are welcome but not required. To participate, meet under the
clock tower at the center of campus (3800 South 48th St., Lincoln).
International rescue and relief students from Union College in Lincoln,
Neb., thought they had seen the worst winter rain storms Florida had to
offer during two weeks of ocean survival and dive rescue training. But
on Friday, Feb. 2, news of pre-dawn tornadoes a few hundred miles north
of their training posts in the Florida Keys prompted 19 Union College
students and staff members to find a way to help.
In cooperation with ACTS (Active Community Team Services), a
faith-based, volunteer disaster response team, the group exchanged a
rest-filled weekend for an all-night drive to put their humanitarian
relief training into action. The group arrived in Lady Lake, Fla., at 3
a.m. Saturday morning (Feb. 3) and were volunteering by 6 a.m. They
assisted with the setup of ACTS’s circus-sized tent near the destroyed
Lady Lake Church of God.
“The rescue and recovery teams had completed most of their work by the
time we could get to the disaster site,” said Michael Duerhssen,
co-director of Union’s international rescue and relief program. “The
priority for our group was helping ACTS prepare and distribute meals,
water and personal care items to the people in the greatest need
following the storm.”
The distribution site near the church was a hub of media activity over
the weekend including visits from Florida’s governor Charlie Crist and
the director of FEMA. While volunteering, Union students were shadowed
by local and national news crews covering the aftermath of the storm.
In addition to helping at the ACTS tent site, a team of Union College
students drove a cargo truck through the devastated area to distribute
goods—food, water, diapers, blankets, medical supplies—to people unable
to get to shelters or afraid to leave what little they had left
“We had many opportunities to pray with the people we were assisting,”
Duehrssen said. “We praise God that we were in the right place at the
right time to be able to help even if it was only for two days.”
On Monday (Feb. 5), the rescuers-in-training returned to South Florida
to prepare for their next service and education adventure. On Wednesday
(Feb. 7), 21 Union College students and three staff will fly to
Venezuela for 10 weeks of training in tropical medicine, preventative
health care and humanitarian relief in remote villages.
Union’s international rescue and relief major is the only four-year
program of its kind in the United States. With an emphasis on hands-on
learning, the Bachelor of Science curriculum combines rescue and
survival skills, emergency medical care, humanitarian relief, public
health, disaster management and multicultural training.
To learn more about Union College’s international rescue and relief
program, visit www.ucollege.edu/irr
or call 402.486.2980. To read more coverage about Union College students
assisting in Florida, view these publications online: Ocala
and the Lincoln