Campus Improvements

Building a Bouldering Cave

picture of students climbing bouldering wall

It’s a law of nature—international rescue and relief students like to climb. It’s a vital part of their summer survival and search and rescue training in Colorado. But on a campus hundreds of miles from the nearest mountain, these outdoor adventure seekers don’t nd many places to practice.

Expanded simulation center preps nursing students for real practice

For nursing students like Zachary Krall, learning to make life and death patient care decisions can be a daunting challenge. But thanks to Union College’s newly expanded Nursing Simulation Center, Krall can practice in an environment even closer to the real thing, with interconnected rooms, high-tech patient simulators and volunteer patients who mimic the experience of a real hospital.

Making A Mark

Every graduating class wants to leave their mark on campus, and some classes found a uniquely memorable ways to do so. Starting with a lilac bush in 1894, most classes left something to make the campus better. In our humble opinion, these are the seven most memorable class gifts from Union’s 125-year history.

(Note: In some cases, several classes gave a similar gift or an updated gift, so we grouped those together.)

7. Mission giving—classes of 1933, 1951 and 1962

Summer construction projects blanket campus

With fewer students on campus and plenty of sunny weather, the summer months prove to be a great time to complete campus improvement projects, and this summer is no exception. Over summer break several buildings will receive structural upgrades or renovations, and a new entrance will soon greet visitors entering campus from 48th Street and Prescott Avenue.

Making a grand entrance

Expanding the virtual classroom Shared classrooms between sister colleges help improve academic offerings at Union.

Since discussions began between Union College, Southern Adventist University and Southwestern Adventist University about forming the Adventist Educational Alliance two years ago, the three schools have sought ways to collaborate to not only save money, but provide the best possible educational experience for students on all three campuses.

One of the early fruits of the Alliance began this past school year in the form of shared courses between the three schools.

Campus facelift continues with ad building entrance and lobby

For more than two years, heavy equipment and construction-orange barriers have become a common sight at Union as new construction and renovations have made a significant impact on the look and layout of campus. This past summer and fall were no exception as crews renovated the Everett Dick Administration Building lobby and rebuilt the west entrance to the building.

Krueger Center officially opened

Even when angry skies drove the ceremony indoors, more than 200 employees, students, alumni and friends of Union College found reason to celebrate as the new Krueger Center for Science and Mathematics was officially opened with a ribbon cutting on May 8.

Inside the Krueger Center

Photo of the Krueger Center

It's been a decade of planning. Seven years of fundraising. Eleven months of construction. Nearly 2,600 donors contributed over $14.9 million to create a state-of-the-art facility for science and mathematics at Union College. And at 8:30 a.m. on March 5, that vision and dedication became reality as classes began for the first time in the new Krueger Center.

Road construction prepares for science building

Work steadily progressed on the north side of campus over Christmas break as Union prepares to build the new science and mathematics complex this spring, and some road closures may affect access to campus as classes begin on Monday.

[Video] Frankie Rose on Our Promising Future

Both an alumnus and a teacher, Dr. Rose explains how a new facility will help him inspire students at Union College.

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