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Union hosts event to bring awareness to the plight of immigrant and refugee

In an effort to help Nebraskans better understand the challenges facing immigrants and refugees, Union College will host Immigrants and Refugees—What’s Next? on Tuesday, March 28, at 7:37 p.m. at the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church.

35 years a Chaplain: The Pastoral legacy of Pastor Rich Carlson

Recounting his experience as a student missionary in Peru, a junior at Union  College was quoted in the Central Union Reaper in October 1971 saying, “You must win them over with your love. You must come with the attitude of wanting to learn, not feeling that you have everything to offer them.” A decade later, that student returned to Union College as an employee, claiming his alma mater as his mission field.

No manufactured moments

When Tonja Rizijs Rasmusson ’00 was hired as Sacramento Adventist Academy’s religion teacher in 2000, it was rare for an academy to have a dedicated Bible teacher—especially a woman. Now, in her sixteenth year at the school, Rasmusson has earned tenure teaching religion and English, and she’s completing her second year as chaplain for preschool through grade 12. It’s a big job that encompasses presenting class worships and weekly chapels, planning community service days, fundraising and more.

In the business of ministry

Dan Wysong might have been a hospital CEO by now. He might have been a Wall Street trader or an investment banker. In fact, Wysong could have logically pursued any number of careers with his degree in business finance, except for the one he picked.

“I had a lot of great offers before I graduated,” he said. “Florida Hospital accepted me to their CEO fast track program, and Anderson Consulting offered me a job anywhere in America I wanted to go. I thought maybe I would trade on Wall Street for ten years and then retire and teach business.”

A semester in the life of a church

photo of Eliezer, theology student during his student pastoring, hugging a woman

Ah yes, we’ve all heard it: “some things you just won’t learn in a classroom.” Those words never rang truer for me than this fall semester. While many of my friends returned to Union College for another semester of lectures and late night cramming, I was able to experience firsthand some of the joys (and woes) in the life of a pastor.

Changing the world, one emoji at a time

Thanks to a design by Union alumna Aphelandra “Aphee” Messer, girls and women around the world can more accurately represent themselves online.

Teaming up with Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, Jennifer 8 Lee, co-founder and CEO of Plympton, a literary studio, and Rayouf Alhumedhi, a fifteen-year-old Muslim girl, Messer has helped create the Hijab Emoji Project to introduce a new emoji, a girl wearing a headscarf, that will represent more than 550 million Muslim women around the world. The emoji will officially hit screens in fall 2017. 

It’s never too early for a will

Jeremy and Marcia Ashcraft Nordmeyer ’07 protected their son Calvin, prevented a huge headache before major surgery, and have given the gift of flexibility to Union College, all by updating their estate plan. 

“Whenever someone would die we would say, ‘We have to update our will,’” says Marcia.  “Then we had Calvin, our son, and it became even more important to update the will.” 

The lifecycle of a theology student

They arrive, freshmen in their first year of Greek. They come with ideas, ideals, concerns over mastering an unknown language, but intrigued with a deeper knowledge of the NewTestament.They have a wide range of learning, backgrounds and experiences in churches, and different walks with God.Yet, they desire to serve Him more fully.

Building a Bouldering Cave

picture of students climbing bouldering wall

It’s a law of nature—international rescue and relief students like to climb. It’s a vital part of their summer survival and search and rescue training in Colorado. But on a campus hundreds of miles from the nearest mountain, these outdoor adventure seekers don’t nd many places to practice.

Christian folk band All Sons and Daughters to perform for Family Worship on March 31

Modern folk music has gained popularity in many music circles with the likes of Mumford and Sons, Neon Trees, and The Civil Wars. The catchy and energetic style has also spread to contemporary Christian music, which is highlighted in the tracks of All Sons and Daughters. The band, made up of Leslie Jordan and David Leonard, will be performing at College View Church for Friday night Family Worship on March 31.

Raising parents one devotional at a time

It’s common for boy to meet girl (and vice versa) at Union College. Melissa Palmer and Greg Howell’s love story at Union, however, is unique and certainly unlike any Hollywood romantic comedy. 

Both Melissa and Greg studied theology at Union, and they found each other in Dr. Sylvester Case’s Greek class. Somewhere in between parsing verbs and translating the gospels, they found true love. Dr. Case himself performed the weddingceremony.

Ah, a tale as old as time. 

No one seriously injured in choral group's auto accident

While returning from a spring break trip to the West Coast, a small Union College choral touring group was in an automobile accident in western Wyoming. No one was seriously hurt in the crash—a few students sustained minor injuries.

The group, under the direction of Dr. Ricky Little, will be delayed by a day and plans to continue the trip back to Union on Monday.

Please join us in praising God for his protection of these students and everyone returning to campus from spring break.

 

Original play tells gospel story set in the 1870s South

For Christians, the narrative of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection is both timeless and timely. However, sometimes a story becomes so familiar in the retelling that details become invisible and the meaning and message become memorized rather than freshly felt. This April, the Union College Drama Program will present Jubilee Road, an original show that recontextualizes the passion play, bringing first-century Judea to the American South during the Reconstruction period.

"Is This Thing On" Facebook Live show to be webcast from Union College

In a first, Adventist church leaders in North America will meet with students gathered at Union College to answer questions from the audience and social media during a Facebook Live event on March 14, 2017. “Is This Thing On?” is a 90-minute conversation with Dan Jackson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, and Alex Bryant, executive secretary.

Spencerville men and Campion women win 2017 basketball tournament

The Spencerville Adventist Academy Hornets from Spencerville, Md, won the 2017 Union College Invitational Basketball Tournament by edging out the Ozark Adventist Academy Skyhawks from Gentry, Ark., in the championship game by a score of 78-63 in the men's bracket.

I Am They to perform for Family Worship on Feb. 17

I Am They, a Dove Award nominated contemporary Christian band, will perform for Union College's Family Worship on Friday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m.

The band gained notoriety in 2015 when they released their first album and toured in the “Rock and Worship Roadshow” with MercyMe, Crowder, and Group 1 Crew; and also toured with Matt Maher during the spring leg of the Saints and Sinners tour.

White Coat Ceremony for Nursing symbolizes students' calling

For medical professionals, the white lab coat represents a commitment to scientific rigour and compassionate care while identifying the wearer as a member of a community of professionals. It’s a badge of honor, showing the result of many hard hours of work and dedication. On January 9, the Union College Division of Nursing welcomed 31 new level one nursing students with the division’s second White Coat Ceremony for Nursing.  

Lincoln artist displays paintings in McClelland Art Gallery

Lincoln is dotted with diverse artwork in almost every neighborhood—from bike sculptures in parks and and along bike paths to statues of pioneers and playing children downtown to the colorful star wall alley in the Haymarket. Now through February 19, Donna Pozehl, a Lincoln artist who works adds her work to the local landscape as a member of the Lincoln’s Artist Guild, is showing a variety of paintings in Union’s McClelland Art Gallery.

Union to host sixty-fourth annual music festival

Students from academies and high schools across the Mid-America territory will descend on the Union College campus this week for the 64th Annual Music Festival, held February 1-4.

Expanded simulation center preps nursing students for real practice

For nursing students like Zachary Krall, learning to make life and death patient care decisions can be a daunting challenge. But thanks to Union College’s newly expanded Nursing Simulation Center, Krall can practice in an environment even closer to the real thing, with interconnected rooms, high-tech patient simulators and volunteer patients who mimic the experience of a real hospital.

VIDEO: Finding a major isn't always easy—but it is rewarding

Finding a major isn’t always easy—but it is rewarding

When Joe Hofmann came to Union, he knew he wanted to serve people—he just wasn't sure how. But God led him through a few twists and turns toward a career in chaplaincy and counseling.

A Christmas present—2016

Merry Christmas from all of us at Union College.

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Putting the caring in health care

Union PAs gain a global perspective through a yearly mission trip.

“It broke our hearts because there was nothing else we could do,” said Nicole Samila, a Union College physician assistant student. “We discovered this woman’s husband had left her and she was raising her three children as a single mother.”

Union unveils electronic transcript delivery

Beginning November 29, Union College students and graduates can take advantage of a new electronic transcript delivery service—one that will dramatically shorten the time to send transcripts.

Union has partnered with Parchment, an academic credential management company that specializes in digital delivery, to send secure, paperless documents to any school in the world.

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