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Union Bank honored with inaugural Community Partnership Award

When Union College set out to show their appreciation to the many organizations that have supported it’s mission in the Lincoln community, they found none more supportive than their neighbor across the street, Union Bank and Trust. 

Student gymnast injured during practice [UPDATED 2:00 p.m. Jan. 29]

[UPDATE 2:00 p.m. - Jan 29] The Union College Gymnaires returned to practice last week with a modified training program, while continuing to support and pray for their injured teammate, Heather Boulais.

IRR seniors head to Nicaragua

On January 19, seven International Relief and Rescue students, alongside IRR instructor Aaron Kent, traveled to Nicaragua for their annual overseas semester—the final step in completing the degree.

This year’s group includes seniors Emilian Grigor, Amy Matsuda, Jonatan Rojas, Shannice Baker, Tyler Underwood, Tylar Bissell, and Connar Kragel.

While in Nicaragua, students will obtain experience in the fields of medicine, community interactions, and international development.

Union student's essay wins McDonald's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Essay Contest

When Union College sophomore J-Fiah Reeves heard about the opportunity to enter the McDonald’s Martin Luther Kind, Jr. Essay Contest, he jumped at the chance to explore the life and ideas of the civil rights leader.

The contest asked Nebraska students to write what King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech meant to them. “I thought it would be a great opportunity to learn more about Dr. King and listen to the whole speech,” said Reeves.

At Union Market, students can eat cereal to help feed hungry Lincolnites

For the next month, Union College students and the Lincoln community can eat at Union Market, the college’s dining hall, and help hungry Lincolnites at the same time.

Now through February 20, “Kellogg has partnered with Union College to encourage students to make the choice that makes a difference by participating in the ‘Eat.Share.Prosper.’ program,” said Jennifer Jaacks, a spokesperson for Kelloggs, in a news release.

Welcome, new students!

The new semester is starting, and we're excited for the new faces arriving on our campus. Here's a quick reference list of important information to make sure you're prepared:

Video: Merry Christmas from Union College


Merry Christmas from Union College.

We hope you’ve had a wonderful year, and that your holidays be filled with the joy of the good news of God’s gift to us.


The Ultimate FAFSA Tutorial

The government's Student Federal Aid office has already created incredibly helpful tutorials. They are interesting, short and factual. You can see all of the videos here

Learn most the most important things about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) below. Important things to remember:

How to Budget for College pt. 4: Federal Aid

Every student at Union College has some form of financial aid.

Financial aid could include scholarships, federal loans and/or grants. If you pay taxes, you are eligilbe for federal financial assistance for yourself or your children going to college. Here's the breakdown on federal loans and grants available. 


Taking every opportunity to lead

In her light gray, long-sleeved Social Work Club t-shirt and dark skinny jeans, Shawna Ansari, 24, sat cross-legged on a rustic oak coffee table in the second floor lounge of Rees Hall. A senior at Union College, Ansari reflected on life events that resulted in leadership roles, both at her summer job at North Star Camp and at Union College.

Smiling as the autumn sunshine streamed through the lounge window and illuminated the amber glint in her eyes, she told me it all began at age nine with her first trip to North Star Camp in Brainerd, Minn.

Campus clubs build leadership skills

Like many student leaders at Union College, Sameera Sigdel didn't go looking to be in charge. But thanks to Union's leadership minor and campus work experience, when the time came she was ready.

Born and raised in Nepal, Sigdel first arrived in America in 2009 to attend Campion Academy in Colorado. Told that it was a safe place for international students to attend school, Sigdel started classes that September—a choice that set her on the path to Union College.

How to Budget for College pt. 3: Work During School

My Story

Despite having great grades in high school, I was nervous about heading to college. What if the classes were too hard? What if I blended into the crowd? What if no one noticed if I stopped going to classes? 

McClelland Art Gallery to feature a variety of student work

Throughout the remainder of the Fall 2014 semester, Union College’s McClelland Art Gallery will feature exhibits the works of Brittney Lippincott, as well as exhibits from Bruce Forbes’ Photography and Digital Imaging classes, and a comprehensive flashback of works summarizing the Family Worship vespers that have taken place over the semester.


Video: Becky Krueger on finding her calling

Becky Krueger wasn't sure what she wanted to do with her life when she started out at Union. But thanks to wise advice, she chose a path to a career as a dentist. And now she couldn't be happier.
To learn more about finding your calling at Union College, visit

Video: Why I chose International Rescue and Relief

Matthew Russell, who graduated with a degree in International Rescue and Relief in 2014, explains why he liked the IRR program and what makes it so unique.
To learn more, visit

Tip #6: Be Considerate of Everyone Else's Beliefs

Corrine Huthoefer became interested in international rescue and relief as a major shortly after her house caught on fire. 

Leading behind the scenes

Meetings with the garbage collectors, meetings with the college president, presentations to the faculty and students, more meetings with deans and resident assistants, speeches at colloquiums—Joe Hofmann is busy. A nursing major also working toward minors in leadership and psychology and an associate degree in Pre-Allied Health, Hofmann is also the resident assistant for village students at Union, s Student Center supervisor and a columnist for Union College’s newspaper, the Clocktower.

Union students spread the bread

Standing in line with two or three carts full of peanut butter, jelly, bread, water, apples and bananas, Veena Tharayil attracted a lot of attention. A 19 year-old sophomore studying general studies, Tharayil has always been inspired by her mother’s compassionate and giving spirit. This helped form Veena’s passion for the homeless that fueled her to gather a bunch of friends and give sack lunches to over 150 people on Lincoln’s streets one Sabbath afternoon in October.

Warriors basketball teams thrive on fan support

Sophomore Gerry Mtike could feel the roar of the crowd as he took the floor. Only two minutes remained in the November 4 contest, but a late rally gave the Warrior basketball team hope of a come-from-behind victory.

Even though the team fell short that night, the support of the fans and the atmosphere of game reminded Mtike what first attracted him to the team. As a freshman he loved to attend games, and now after 11 months or practice, he made the team.

How to Budget for College pt. 2: Summer Work

Education is an investment. As a student, this is an investment in your future. If you want to earn an additional $1 million more over your lifetime (see here), you need to work hard to take out the least amount of loans possible and graduate with a college degree. 

Here's one part of how you can make your dream a reality: work during the summer. Here are some of the most common options:

Tip #4: Be Adventurous

Joellyn Sheehy, Union College 2014 graduate, has daring advice. “Take a gap year and do something,” she advises. “Travel abroad. Volunteer. Get out of your comfort zone. Go!”

After graduating from Mt. Ellis Academy in Montana, Joellyn took her own advice and worked as a nanny for a family in Italy (right outside of Milan). “I met so many amazing people. Italy is beautiful and everything tastes amazing,” she grins. “Plus, I got to learn another language!”

Tip #5: Finish a Degree and Do What You Love

Looking at Nick Bock, I can't help but think, "this is what most high school students dream of being—wildly successful while having fun at work." Nick was featured in the Midlands Business Journal 40 Under 40, a local group of 40 of the top entrepreneurs, executives and professionals under the age of 40. He is the CEO and co-founder of the tech company Five Nines Technology Group—which was named for four consecutive years on the Inc. 500/5000 List of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S.

How to Budget for College pt. 1: Family Contributions

Note: According to the government infograph above, the average private college tuition nationwide is $40,920. However, Union College's tuition for 2014-2015 is only $27,600.

Union College to host presentation about Ebola Nov. 2

Ebola. It’s a word that strikes fear into the hearts of many. For most Americans, Ebola has been painted as a mysterious, highly contagious, super virus that once contracted, inevitably leads to a quick and painful death.

But according to Dr. Sharon Medcalf, co-director of the Center for Biosecurity, Biopreparedness and Emerging Infectious Disease at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, most do not have the right facts about the virus and its possible impact on Nebraska.

The Greatest War Novel of All Time

Plan now to join a discussion of All Quiet on the Western Front led by Chris Blake, Associate Professor of English and Communication, at 7 p.m. on November 12 in the library's classroom (room #121).


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