Academics

The other side of the law

All it took was one ride along with a Lincoln police officer and Arcelia Gomez was hooked. Now after a series of mentorships and internships, the senior social work major found a job in the Lincoln Police Department supporting crime victims.

Two PA students published in scholarly journals

For most Union College PA students, their capstone project—similar to a master’s thesis—ends with a presentation to the PA faculty, staff, and their fellow students. But for Tamara Dietze and Ashley Waldrep, their capstone projects lived on when they were recently published in scholarly peer-reviewed journals.

Nursing student gets a taste of life “on the floor”

For Mattison Jenks, the life of a full-time nurse will come as no surprise when she embarks on her nursing preceptorship next semester.  All nurses spend a month on the hospital floor the last semester before graduation, but Jenks experienced a strong dose of full-time nursing life during an externship at Kettering Medical Center in Ohio last summer.

Halley receives 40 Under 40 award from Nebraska Action Coalition

Jackie Halley, an assistant professor in Union College’s nursing program, was recently recognized as one of the 40 Under 40, an award from the Nebraska Action Coalition honoring 40 emerging Nebraska nursing leaders under the age of 40. Halley accepted the award at a celebration of nurse leaders held in Union College’s Woods Auditorium on September 16.

Growing up Gandhi: Grandson of nonviolent revolutionary to speak at Union

Arun grew up far from the plains of Nebraska. Born and raised in South Africa, he suffered violent bullying because his Indian heritage meant he didn’t fit into the white or black cliques. Finally, at age 12, Arun decided to fight fire with fire, and started exercising and training to fight back.

Concerned for his well-being, Arun’s parents took him on an extended trip back to their native India to stay with his grandfather, Mohandas K. Gandhi—better known as Mahatma Gandhi.

Interview with Union teacher, Elysia Ockenga

Elysia Ockenga is beginning her seventh year as a teacher at Union, working in the Division of Nursing. A graduate of Union herself, Ockenga’s teaches the Mental Health and Pharmacology classes in the nursing curriculum. “As I teach these classes I try to keep in mind that I am training nurses who will take care of someone's mother, child, grandparent, or spouse.

Interview with Union Teacher, Susan Byers

After teaching for 30 years and traveling around the globe, including mission work in Thailand, Susan Byers is lending her talents to the Division of Human Development. Byers has traveled from Thunderbird Adventist Academy in Arizona to come teach at Union. As Union graduate, she is looking forward to reconnecting with the friendly and the nurturing atmosphere the college provides.

Interview with Union Staff, Kieren Bailey

Kieren Bailey became a librarian as a result of answering God’s calling. This summer as a result of answering another calling from God she joined Union College as the new Public Services Librarian after working at several other Adventist colleges—including Oakwood University and Canadian University College (now Burman University).

Interview with Union Staff, Larinda Fandrich

Larinda Fandrich has spent the previous two years teaching at Union college, adding her 30 years of experience to the Union collective. After working across America at several medical centers and hospitals, Fandrich took up teaching in the nursing program, helping further the college’s students.

Union: When did you realize you were called to be a nurse?

U.S.News ranks Union one of America's best colleges

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In its annual comparison of colleges, U.S. News has once again designated Union College one of America's "Best Colleges." This year, Union is ranked number 32 in its category of Midwestern colleges. This is the eleventh consecutive year Union has earned a spot on the publication's top-tier.

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