Our Promising Future
Currently, Union College is in the process of building a new facility for the Division of Science and Mathematics. The new building will include eleven dedicated lab spaces, four lab/lecture spaces and seven research labs for faculty and student research. In addition, there will be two configurable classrooms for lecture and team learning, fourteen faculty offices and four student study spaces. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2012, and should be completed in the summer of 2013. To learn more about this project, click here.
Jorgensen Hall, located at the south end of the Union College campus, houses the Union College Division of Science and Mathematics. The design of Jorgensen Hall reflects the heavy emphasis within the science and mathematics division on practical learning. In fact, more floor space is given over to teaching laboratories than any other single purpose, including classrooms.
The three above-ground floors of Jorgensen Hall are distributed between the three major scientific disciplines, with biology on the top floor, chemistry on the second floor, and physics, along with mathematics and engineering, on the first floor. Adjacent to the south-side of Jorgensen hall is a greenhouse that is also used by the biologists.
The Joshua C. Turner Arboretum
The Joshua C. Turner Arboretum was the brainchild of Professor Gilbert McMillan. It was founded in 1981 with Dr. McMillan as the curator, and named for Joshua Turner who was the Union College grounds keeper for many years. It must have been a wonderful occupation, for he lived to be more than one hundred years old.
The arboretum is affiliated with the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum along with more than forty other sites across the state. The goal at the time of the founding was to have at least a hundred different trees and shrubs by the time of the Union College centennial celebration in 1991. That goal was exceeded, but lamentably, Dr. McMillian did not live to see it.
The arboretum is dynamic and requires constant care. Plans for the future include having more colorful shrubs, an even greater variety of trees, and several "gardens" such as a prayer garden and a prairie garden.
We may take this gem for granted, but we would sorely miss it if by disaster or neglect we should lose it. Learn more about the trees in the arboretum.