Union College to break ground for new science and math complex

Union College will strengthen its commitment to provide excellent science, mathematics and health science education in the Lincoln community by breaking ground for a new 55,000 sq. ft. science and mathematics complex on April 6.

Since founding Nebraska’s oldest nursing program in 1946, Union College has become a leader in training health care providers, many of whom come from around the country and choose to stay in the Lincoln community.

 “We decided to stay in Lincoln because it is a clean and safe town,” said Gena Foster, a nurse practitioner at Women’s Health Care of Williamsburg. After moving from North Dakota to attend Union’s nursing school, she met her husband, David, who left Iowa for nursing school at Union. David works as a nurse practitioner at Family Wellness Center.

Even though Lincoln’s population dwarfed any place else she has lived, the mother of two doesn’t regret staying. “It seemed like a big city when I got here, but now it’s a nice town. Lincoln is family oriented and a great place to raise children.”

Now nearly 400 Union graduates serve the Lincoln community as nurses, physicians, physician assistants, therapists, and science and math educators. The ceremony on April 6 signifies Union College’s continued commitment to graduating quality scientists, health care providers and educators.

Union announced the new building, which will replace 66-year-old Jorgensen Hall, in June of 2011 and has raised more than $12.3 million of the $14.5 million Our Promising Future campaign to help fund the construction.

The ground breaking event, which coincides with Union’s annual Homecoming Weekend, will recognize leadership donors Cary and Pamela DeCamp and Lincoln residents Cal and Sue Krueger, Jerome and Ramona Lang, Union Bank & Trust and the Mid-America Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Union College’s parent organization.

“We are very grateful for the support of our alumni and the Lincoln community,” said John Wagner, president of Union College. “Through their generosity, Union College will be able to take the next step in providing outstanding science and mathematics education for our students.”

Even though work hasn’t begun on the building itself, which will be located near the corner of Bancroft and 51st Streets in an area that is now primarily parking lot, construction crews have been working on infrastructure for several months, including building new parking areas and upgrading and rerouting utilities. Local firm Davis Design created the building designs and Hampton Enterprises has been contracted to handle construction.

Union has not built an academic facility since 1981 when the Larson Lifestyle Center, Union’s pool, fitness center and home of its Health and Human Performance, Nursing and Physician Assistant programs, was opened.

The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 6, on the site of the new building, located on the north side of campus along Bancroft Street. Guests should park in the new parking lot at the corner of Bancroft and 49th Streets

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