Students

Make-a-Wish CEO speaks at graduation

David Williams, president and CEO of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, will address the graduating class of Union College during commencement ceremonies on May 9, 2010. Last year, the Make-a-Wish Foundation made dreams come true for 13,465 children with life-threatening illnesses.

Students go barefoot for shoeless children

Visitors to Union's campus on Thursday, April 8, may be surprised to find many barefoot students. These shoeless students are participating in One Day Without Shoes, inspired by TOMS Shoes, a footwear company based in California. Many students learned of the event to raise awareness for children in developing countries who don’t own shoes through Facebook notifications from fellow students.

Union College Teaching Learning Center offers Life Coaching

I entered the Teaching Learning Center (TLC) ready to report on the department’s new life coaching service, and left with a newfound motivation for my own work. For more than 30 years, the TLC has helped students overcome difficulties to succeed in college—whether physical disabilities, learning differences or academic apathy.

Student leaders chosen for next year

On Feb. 23-24 students, staff and faculty used Union’s electronic voting system to submit their selections for next year’s student leadership. The following Associated Student Body officers will serve during the 2010-2011 school year.

Elected officers

President

Annual Mr. and Ms. World Pageant to be webcast

Union College’s annual Mr. and Ms. World Pageant will be webcast live from the Union College gym on February 27, starting at 8:15 p.m. CST. The live feed and archived footage from the event will be available at http://www.ucollege.edu/uclive.

Co-sponsored by Associated Student Body (ASB) and the International Club, the pageant features 10 contestants—each from a different country—judged in three categories: national costume, formal wear and talent.

IRR students discuss Haiti with Senator Johanns

Representatives from Union College’s International Rescue and Relief Program met with Senator Mike Johanns of Nebraska on February 18 to discuss conditions in Haiti. IRR majors Brittany Nunez, Sarah Sexton and David Skau joined assistant director John Thomas for the meeting, which also included members of Haiti response teams from Creighton University Medical Center and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Senator Johanns called the meeting to learn more about the situation in Haiti as he and other government leaders look for ways to best aid recovery

First spring nursing cohort graduates

Eighteen nursing students created history in December simply by graduating. Two years prior, the students had been the first class to take advantage of the newly expanded Nursing program by being admitted during the spring semester rather than the fall. The revised nursing program took flight in 2007, accepting two classes of 24 students each semester—nearly doubling the nursing enrollment.

Fernando Ortega to perform for Union College

Fernando Ortega, contemporary Christian singer-songwriter, will be performing a free concert at Union College at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 19. A musician since the age of eight, Ortega perfected his unique sounds at the University of New Mexico before releasing his first album in 1994. This will be his third performance at Union College.

World record holder, Todd Huston, speaks for chapel

Todd Huston doesn’t let a little thing like death or an amputated limb get in the way of fulfilling dreams. On Feb. 16, Huston will speak at Union College’s chapel service about his experience overcoming challenges.

Union student wins Nebraska ADDY

For Justin Gibson, an invitation to one banquet led to an award at another.

Gibson’s poster for the spring 2009 Associated Student Body banquet won a student silver ADDY at this year’s Nebraska ADDY Awards. The ADDY awards are presented annually by the American Advertising Federation for creativity in advertising. The competition is a three-tiered process, starting at the state level then winning designs go on to compete at regional and national competitions.

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