Danita Bland Mullins '99

Danita Bland Mullins ’99 was named emergency department director at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Ark. She was previously assistant director of the emergency department and chest pain center coordinator. Danita earned a master’s degree in nursing with emphasis in leadership in health care systems from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

Reginald Burton '83

Reginald Burton ’83 was recently inducted in the American College of Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) at the ACCM Awards Presentation held on Feb. 22, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. During this ceremony 81 Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) members were honored with the prestigious designation of fellow. The ACCM honors practitioners, researchers, administrators and educators who have made outstanding contributions to the collaborative field of critical care.

Ken Bacon '89

Ken Bacon ’89, president and CEO of Shawnee Mission Health, was selected by his colleagues to receive the Crystal Angel Award for contributions he has made toward advancing the mission of Adventist healthcare, including creating a global health initiative to help clinics in Nepal, Peru and Rwanda become financially stable and enhance the quality of care they are able to provide to their communities.

Ben '54 and Elaine Evanenko '55 Brown

Ben ’54 and Elaine Evanenko ’55 Brown celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in fall 2015 with their family in Columbia Gorge, Ore. Ben met Elaine while enrolled in Union nursing program on the Denver campus. They were married Sept. 15, 1955, in Butte, N.D. In 1962, they moved to Moses Lake, Wash., where they raised three daughters. Ben retired from his anesthesia practice in 1999, while Elaine retired as head of the nursing department at Big Bend Community College in 1986. They have eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mildred Mattison Case

Mildred Mattison Case (’52) and her husband Charles recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. They were married in Loma Linda, Calif., on May 29, 1955 when Millie was finishing a nursing degree. In 1956, they went to Brazil to serve as missionaries and Iquitos, Peru, in 1959. In 1965, they organized the Adventist Welfare Society, which later became ADRA. Returning to the states in 1967, Chuck was director of public relations for Loma Linda University, and Millie taught a nurse aide program for the San Bernardino schools. They also served in Kansas, Massachusetts and Michigan.

Schober and Krueger retire from nursing program

Two long-time professors retired this past school year after teaching at Union College well over half a century combined. Both Valeree Krueger and Charlotte Schober taught in the nursing program for more than 30 years.

Salli Jenks named new director of Records Office

Salli Jenks has been appointed director of records at Union College. In her new position, Jenks will oversee the operations of the Records office—the team responsible for checking and approving grades, interpreting policies, following academic regulations, managing graduation, sending transcripts, and approving the bulletin and curriculum. Jenks replaced Michelle Younkin, who left Union in June to work at Southern Adventist University.

Summer construction projects blanket campus

With fewer students on campus and plenty of sunny weather, the summer months prove to be a great time to complete campus improvement projects, and this summer is no exception. Over summer break several buildings will receive structural upgrades or renovations, and a new entrance will soon greet visitors entering campus from 48th Street and Prescott Avenue.

Making a grand entrance

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Find your mission

May 2016 graduate featured in Wall Street Journal

Gary Reece walked across stage of College View Church to receive his Union College diploma on Sunday—44 years after he first enrolled. After losing multiple jobs thanks to a tightening labor market, Reece left his family back in San Jose, Calif., for a few months and moved into the men's residence hall to finish the degree he started in 1972.


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