Students

Taking every opportunity to lead

In her light gray, long-sleeved Social Work Club t-shirt and dark skinny jeans, Shawna Ansari, 24, sat cross-legged on a rustic oak coffee table in the second floor lounge of Rees Hall. A senior at Union College, Ansari reflected on life events that resulted in leadership roles, both at her summer job at North Star Camp and at Union College.

Smiling as the autumn sunshine streamed through the lounge window and illuminated the amber glint in her eyes, she told me it all began at age nine with her first trip to North Star Camp in Brainerd, Minn.

Campus clubs build leadership skills

Like many student leaders at Union College, Sameera Sigdel didn't go looking to be in charge. But thanks to Union's leadership minor and campus work experience, when the time came she was ready.

Born and raised in Nepal, Sigdel first arrived in America in 2009 to attend Campion Academy in Colorado. Told that it was a safe place for international students to attend school, Sigdel started classes that September—a choice that set her on the path to Union College.

McClelland Art Gallery to feature a variety of student work

Throughout the remainder of the Fall 2014 semester, Union College’s McClelland Art Gallery will feature exhibits the works of Brittney Lippincott, as well as exhibits from Bruce Forbes’ Photography and Digital Imaging classes, and a comprehensive flashback of works summarizing the Family Worship vespers that have taken place over the semester.

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Video: Why I chose International Rescue and Relief

 
Matthew Russell, who graduated with a degree in International Rescue and Relief in 2014, explains why he liked the IRR program and what makes it so unique.
 
To learn more, visit www.ucollege.edu/irr

Leading behind the scenes

Meetings with the garbage collectors, meetings with the college president, presentations to the faculty and students, more meetings with deans and resident assistants, speeches at colloquiums—Joe Hofmann is busy. A nursing major also working toward minors in leadership and psychology and an associate degree in Pre-Allied Health, Hofmann is also the resident assistant for village students at Union, s Student Center supervisor and a columnist for Union College’s newspaper, the Clocktower.

Union students spread the bread

Standing in line with two or three carts full of peanut butter, jelly, bread, water, apples and bananas, Veena Tharayil attracted a lot of attention. A 19 year-old sophomore studying general studies, Tharayil has always been inspired by her mother’s compassionate and giving spirit. This helped form Veena’s passion for the homeless that fueled her to gather a bunch of friends and give sack lunches to over 150 people on Lincoln’s streets one Sabbath afternoon in October.

Warriors basketball teams thrive on fan support

Sophomore Gerry Mtike could feel the roar of the crowd as he took the floor. Only two minutes remained in the November 4 contest, but a late rally gave the Warrior basketball team hope of a come-from-behind victory.

Even though the team fell short that night, the support of the fans and the atmosphere of game reminded Mtike what first attracted him to the team. As a freshman he loved to attend games, and now after 11 months or practice, he made the team.

Union hosts summit to find ways young people can connect with the Adventist Church

A lifelong Adventist and daughter of missionary parents, Natalie Bruzon is tired of seeing youth walk out during a sermon—and sometimes joining them. Feeling disconnected to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, she even considered attending a nondenominational Christian church.

Tim Timmons to perform for Family Worship on Oct. 17

When Jessyka Albert, Union College’s Union for Christ director watched Tim Timmons’ testimony, she knew she had to bring him to Union. “He has such a great outlook on life and spirituality,” says Albert, “Just listening to his testimony was encouraging. That’s why I wanted to bring him for Family Worship.”

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.

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