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First Book-Union College gives children 7,000 brand new books

Joann Herrington, associate professor of education, strives to spread literacy and happiness to disadvantaged children in the local area.

"Reading has always been a part of my life," she said, "and I want that for the kids."

In 2003, Herrington organized the Lincoln chapter of First Book, an international nonprofit organization that gives new books to low-income families. Since then over 7,000 books have been placed into the hands of kids in Lincoln thanks to efforts of First Book-Union College, whose staff fluctuates each year as interested students come and go. This year, Chris Webb, senior communication major, is helping the cause by incorporating First Book needs into his Grant Writing and Proposal class. It's efforts such as these that allow First Book-Union College to flourish.

First Book deals only in new books that are given to children to keep, so that their love for literature can grow. Over the holiday season, the chain-bookstore Borders teamed up with First-Book to raise over $1.1 million. That money was then allotted to the various chapters and advisory boards around the nation who submitted grant applications. Recently, First Book-Union College was able to provide $4,000 in Borders gift cards to three recipients in Lincoln: St. Mary's Elementary, Lincoln Public Schools' Excite Head Start and Brownell Community Learning Center. Another 176 books were given to the Foster Grandparent and RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) reading programs in Chardon, Neb. The Union College chapter, the only First Book program in Lincoln, Neb., has also been making its own partnerships with Meadowlark Press and with Union College's Associate Student Body. The proceeds from the last Bachelor Action held by ASB went towards First Book-Union College's goal.

"I'm very thrilled about how many books are in children's hands," Herrington said. "What I would really like to see, as far as First Book-Union College, is more people getting involved. If we can raise more funds that means more books can go out into the community."

To get involved, contact Joann Herrington at 402.486.2600 x2173 or send an e-mail to joherrin@ucollege.edu.

Senior art exhibit brought to you by the letter "C"

Do you ever wonder who makes the hanging works of art, which masquerade as posters? With the creations of Claudia Pech, senior communication and graphic design major, wonder no more. Her quirky signature "Brought to you by the letter C" line clears up any confusion in a fun way and is now the title for her senior graphic design exhibit in the McClelland Art Gallery.

Running until April 26, the display of 25 pieces showcases Pech's talent at mixing creativity and information into true works of art. One of her favorite items is a poster advertising for Union College's annual film festival.

"It was a rather complex idea that actually turned out the way I wanted it. People still ask me, 'how did you do that?'" said Pech. Although to some her work may seem boring, Pech explained how intricate a process it can be and as well as the room for artistry.

"It's a different type of art," she said. "It's non-traditional. You find that you can use your imagination in a way that you hadn't thought of before."

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 artists on display at O'Keefe Gallery in Omaha

Pottery by Jovannah Poor Bear

Pottery by Jovannah Poor Bear won honorable mention at the annual NICF art show in Omaha.

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.

Senior art exhibit "Under Construction" in McClelland Art Gallery

Until April 20, The McClelland Art Gallery windows are laced with yellow tape, touting CAUTION and CUDIDO in bold, black lettering. Yet the current display by Union College's Zak Adams, a senior graphic design major, is open and safe to the public for viewing.

Titled Under Construction, a sign just inside the door explains that, as a person, Adams is ever learning and hence continuously under construction. The theme also reflects one of his greatest passions, carpentry.

Some of my Best Friends are Smiths to be performed by Union College Drama

Performances

Thursday

March 27

7 p.m.

Saturday

March 29

8:30 p.m.

Saturday

April 5

9 p.m.

Union College Drama presents Some of My Best Friends are Smiths, a one-act play by David Compton, directed by Mary Christian, senior English major as a part of her Play Direction class. In the play, Miss Jones and Miss Smith arrive at a quaint English country hotel after a long day's journey only to be told that the hotel does not accept Smiths! The ensuing argument calls on the two travelers, as well as on the audience, to reflect on how prejudice begins and how it should be dealt with.

The play will be performed in Woods Auditorium on the campus of Union College, 3800 South 48th Street. Enter campus from Bancroft Avenue. Tickets will be on sale in the bookstore beginning Monday afternoon, March 24 and at the door (cash or check only please). Tickets cost $4 for students and senior citizens and $6 for adults.

About the cast

Sarah Bartzatt (Shirley Robinson) has played Minnie May in a high school production of Hello Dolly, and last year she appeared as Mrs. Corbin in The Boys Next Door. A sophomore elementary education and native Lincolnite, Sarah enjoys playing the piano and hanging out at Disney World.

Julia Dickman's (Molly Jones) life is a stage, she says, but Smiths is her first venture onto a stage of any other kind. When not saving the world as a senior international rescue and relief major, she loves to cook, rappel, and go water tubing. Julia hails from Savannah, Tenn.

Tori Hudgins (Dora Smith) is a hard-core nerd from Columbia, MD. A freshman double-majoring in mathematics and math education, she lists solving cool math problems as one of her favorite hobbies. She shares Miss Smith's love of backpacking and enjoys music, reading, and scrapbooking. Her past dramatic roles include Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest, Mrs. Hopkins in My Fair Lady, and Belle in Beauty and the Beast.

Rebeca Salcedo (Mrs. Blake), a senior majoring in journalism and Spanish, comes from Baton Rouge, LA. In her spare time (hahaha), this new actress and long-time drama queen likes to sing, play the piano, read, swim, and go for bike rides.

Sadie Wren (Miss Brown), a sophomore language arts education major who calls Lincoln home, is making her theatrical debut in this production. Her favorite activities include volleyball and swimming.

Mary Christian (director) is a senior English and French major from Hamburg, PA. By way of past theatrical involvement, she has acted in Everyman, Maid to Order, and The Sound of Music and stage managed The Boys Next Door. Nonsense poetry, homemade bread, crochet, and traveling are a few of her favorite things.

Union College Drama to present The Eumenides

Performances

Thursday

Feb. 28

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

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