Learning through diversity: Union hosts Phi Delta Kappa multicultural education program

Union College’s department of education hosted Lincoln's second annual International Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) Multicultural education program, Oct. 7, 2009.

Ambitious elementary and secondary education majors from Union College, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Concordia University, Southeast Community College Beatrice and members of the University of Nebraska Lincoln PDK Chapter flooded Union’s campus, ready to learn.

“It was exciting to see so many different cultures come together with the common purpose of education,” said Jessica Reeder, freshman elementary education major from Colorado.

A total of 26 teachers from ten Asian, European and South American countries lead roundtable discussions that focused on administrative organization, curricular and instructional approaches to multicultural education.

“I felt a strange, common bond with each person there. In a way we all shared the same life goal – to educate children,” said Tabitha Schumacher, freshman elementary education major from North Dakota. “I felt a calling, through the PDK meeting, to become a student missionary sometime in my college education.  I want to experience the things I heard first-hand.”

Teachers shared information about their culture and how education systems in their countries differ from the United States. Many teachers donned their national costumes, showed video clips, pictures and displayed artifacts unique to their country.

Alumni invited to attend accreditation open forum

Union College Public Notice

Union College is seeking alumni to participate in a one-hour open forum on Tuesday, October 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the President’s Dining Room (located in the Ortner Center). This open meeting is part of a comprehensive evaluation visit (October 19-21, 2009) conducted by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 

The visiting team will make recommendations to the Higher Learning Commission based on a the college’s self-study report and interviews and meetings such as this one with employees, students, alumni and others. Following a review process, the commission itself will take the final action regarding Union’s accreditation status. The college has been accredited by the commission since 1923.

Free H1N1 Influenza Medical Information from EBSCOhost

During the 2009-2010 flu season, EBSCOhost is making H1N1 resources from its evidenced-based medicine databases available for free.  The special H1N1 portal is divided into three sections, one each for clinicians, nurses, and patients.  According to the current issue of College & Research Libraries News, "the For Patients section includes current, easy-to-understand articles written for non-medical professionals."  The clinician and nurse sections draw on information from EBSCO's DynaMed and Nursing Reference Center databases.  To access this resource, visi

Plan to Attend the Library Fair on Thursday

The 2009 Union College Library Fair is this Thrusday, September 17 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The theme is The Roaring 20s. Learn about the constitutional amendment process in the context of Prohibition. There will be activities, games, music, and food, creating a fun learning experience! See you there!

Physician assistant program celebrates 100 percent pass rate

Union College’s 25 physician assistant graduates recently took the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). The attempt was met with total success, allowing the class to rise above the national pass rate.

 “We are very proud of their accomplishments,” said Mike Huckabee, Union College’s PA program director.  “All graduates from the class of 2009 passed the PANCE on their first try.”

The 360-question exam, administered during a six-hour period, gauges basic medical and surgical knowledge. Passing the PANCE is a national requirement to become a certified physician assistant.

“This was an excellent group of graduates who worked hard to be successful,” said Huckabee.  “This distinction is a fitting tribute to their diligence and effort.”
Huckabee attributes much of the class’ success to the support and individual attention Union’s PA faculty provide as well as the careful instruction that more than 70 associated physicians in the Lincoln area contribute.

“This accomplishment shows the hand of God in so many ways,” said Huckabee. “He continues to bless Union College with exceptional students who excel on our campus.”

New Global Issues in Context Database

 A new database, Global Issues in Context produced by Gale Cengage Learning, is now available through Union College Library.  According to the publisher's description this database was "designed ...

Health Education Solutions partners with Union

Health Education Solutions (HES), an internet-based certification and recertification avenue for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training, has announced a partnership with Union College to offer online certification courses. Union’s healthcare faculty is responsible for the curriculum, and HES administers the courses online.

Accreditation committee seeking constituent comments


Union College is seeking comments from its constituents about the college in preparation for periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The college will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit October 19-21, 2009 by a team representing The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The visiting team will review evidence presented and make its recommendations to the commission. Following a review process, the commission itself will take the final action. Union College has been accredited by the commission since 1923.

You are invited to submit comments regarding the college to:

Public Comment on Union College
The Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs.

Comments must be in writing and signed; comments cannot be treated as confidential.

All comments must be received by September 18, 2009

Union to offer summer school for math educators

Union College commends 202 graduates to change their world

During the commencement address at Union College’s graduation on May 10, Charles Sandefur, president of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, challenged the graduates to make their world better by becoming pilgrims. “In a few minutes, you’re going to get a diploma,” Sandefur said.


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