During an Associated Student Body convocation on Tuesday, Sept. 11, classes met to choose leaders for the school year. A far cry from the earnest politicking of ASB elections in the spring, class elections are informal affairs. Nominations are made on the spot, and votes are cast by raised hands. As happy as the winners are to be chosen, the unsuccessful candidates often return to their seats with a smile, knowing they have one less thing to worry about.
U.S. News and World Report has again rated Union College as a top pick for new college students in the magazine's highly anticipated "Best Colleges" rankings. Tied with Defiance College in Ohio for 39th place among Midwestern regional colleges, this is the seventh consecutive year Union has earned the title of one of America's best colleges.
Yesterday, 750 Union College students and employees took the day off from school to provide community service at nearly 80 sites around the city of Lincoln. Started in 1981 as Project Brush, Union's annual service day now known as Project Impact has seen an estimated 18,300 volunteers donate 115,000 hours over the past 31 years.
At the first academic convocation of the school year, the Division of Humanities announced the winners of the second annual Union College Board of Trustees Writing Awards. The awards were introduced last year to recognize Union students’ writing abilities and encourage further development. “Writing is the foundation for most careers,” explained Michelle Mesnard, chair of the Division of Humanities. “We needed to make it a more important part of the curriculum.”
Jayme Anderson knows she was born to volunteer. As Project Impact coordinator, the senior elementary education major hopes to help her fellow Union College students find joy in volunteering, as well.
“I never really knew what my purpose in life was,” said Anderson, a secondary education major. “Then I started volunteering and I knew that I had found something I loved and wanted to do for the rest of my life.”
For singer and songwriter Shaun Groves, his desire to see children in poverty receive an eduction and opportunity equals his love for music. On Friday, August 31, the Texas native will use his musical talents at Union College to bring awareness to the plight of many hungry children around the world.
All scholars take HONS 335, Wealth and Poverty, at the end of their junior year. It involves a three-week trip to Hong Kong, China, and Sabah, Malaysia, giving students first hand experience with the extremes of global development.
Much like an artistic collage is comprised of various materials and colors, Union College provides students with diverse opportunities and experiences. On registration day, August 20, the Union Collage will introduce students to campus clubs, local businesses and ways to engage with their campus and community.
It doesn't take library users long to realize that some big changes have been made to the library catalog this summer. And in fact, those changes are still in progress. Here is a brief introduction to what is going on, why it is happening, and what library users can expect this fall.
Most everyone had long since gone home, but a small group still pressed around him, asking questions, desperate for answers. When I. Jon Russell ’65, M.D., Ph.D., American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Master, visited Union College in April 2011, nearly 600 Lincoln residents gathered to hear him talk about advances in treatment for fibromyalgia, a disorder often marginalized by the medical community.
Lauren Bongard Schwarz '04, photos courtesy of John Engen.
When chemistry professor and Union College graduate John Engen ’94 realized the equipment he needed to move forward with his hydrogendeuterium exchange mass spectrometry research on protein structure didn’t yet exist, he created the necessary tools by patching together pieces of existing laboratory equipment.
And when his research surpassed the limitations of those customized tools, he approached the biotechnology firm Waters Corporation with his idea to use liquid chromatography technology to separate protein molecules in a way that had never before been done.
Vicki Schlegel ’84 is passionate about food—but she’s not looking for the next secret sauce featured on the Food Network or 13 exquisite ways cook a potato. As an associate professor at the University of Nebraska Food Science and Technology Department, she heads a research team working to uncover the hidden healing powers of food—a journey that began in Jorgensen Hall more than 30 years ago.
Janelle Churchill has never been one to say, “oh well,” when she sees someone in need. So when the senior social work major had an opportunity to help her classmate’s “Not Oh Well” project to raise $1 million to drill a well for the Maasai people of Kenya, Churchill decided ride her bicycle 1100 miles to raise awareness and money.
Signs of construction work have been popping up all across campus over the past five months as workers prepare parking, infrastructure and utilities for the new science and mathematics complex. On May 8, workers erected a fence around the construction zone, which will affect access to several buildings on the north side of campus.
As a class gift, the senior class of 2012 commissioned a painting by Union College alumnus Randall May to hang in the lobby of the new science and mathematics complex. The four-by-five-foot piece will be unveiled after the Commencement service on May 6. Other works by May are currently on display in the McClelland Art Gallery from now until May 20.
Reading between the lines is no problem for the Local Literary Wonders class.
Taught by Chris Blake, the new class offered at Union studied three Midwestern authors and provided students the opportunity to meet them—Kent Hauraf, Mary Pipher and Ted Kooser—in an intimate setting.