U.S. News has once again rated Union College in the top tier for its category in the magazine's highly-anticipated annual rankings. Placing 35th among Midwestern regional colleges, this is the fifth consecutive year Union has earned the title of one of America's best colleges.
While no standardized system can account for unique institutional strengths or the individual needs of students, Union College administrators are proud to see the institution compare favorably with its peers.
Union College understands the current economic climate is challenging families and wants to be as helpful as possible and still be fiscally responsible with the resources God has entrusted to the college. Here are some ways Union is helping families for the 2010-2011 school year.
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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.
In recent weeks, a group called Soulforce announced plans to stop at Union College on April 21 as part of their Equality Ride 2010 tour. This group of college-aged individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT), embarks on an annual spring bus tour across the country to raise awareness for issues related to sexual orientation and Christianity. Union was the fourteenth stop of fifteen Christian college campuses where riders feel the schools’ policies are discriminatory toward LGBT students.
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.
In a world where war and chaos become increasingly the norm, students on Union College’s campus took the week of April 5-9 to focus on peace. On Friday, April 9, at 1:00 p.m., the school will unveil of a Peace Sculpture Garden in the Ortner Center at Union College to promote the cause of peace.
Located in one of the main thoroughfares of campus life, “This Peace Sculpture Garden provides artistic reminders of the peace that can exist between people everywhere,” according to Chris Blake, associate professor of English and communication.
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has awarded Union College's physician assistant studies program continued accreditation for the maximum term of seven years. The choice to award the maximum period is an uncommon honor. Of the 163 continuing accreditation decisions made by ARC-PA from 2004-2008, only 16 programs received the full seven-year term.