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35 years a Chaplain: The Pastoral legacy of Pastor Rich Carlson

Recounting his experience as a student missionary in Peru, a junior at Union  College was quoted in the Central Union Reaper in October 1971 saying, “You must win them over with your love. You must come with the attitude of wanting to learn, not feeling that you have everything to offer them.” A decade later, that student returned to Union College as an employee, claiming his alma mater as his mission field.

No manufactured moments

When Tonja Rizijs Rasmusson ’00 was hired as Sacramento Adventist Academy’s religion teacher in 2000, it was rare for an academy to have a dedicated Bible teacher—especially a woman. Now, in her sixteenth year at the school, Rasmusson has earned tenure teaching religion and English, and she’s completing her second year as chaplain for preschool through grade 12. It’s a big job that encompasses presenting class worships and weekly chapels, planning community service days, fundraising and more.

In the business of ministry

Dan Wysong might have been a hospital CEO by now. He might have been a Wall Street trader or an investment banker. In fact, Wysong could have logically pursued any number of careers with his degree in business finance, except for the one he picked.

“I had a lot of great offers before I graduated,” he said. “Florida Hospital accepted me to their CEO fast track program, and Anderson Consulting offered me a job anywhere in America I wanted to go. I thought maybe I would trade on Wall Street for ten years and then retire and teach business.”

A semester in the life of a church

photo of Eliezer, theology student during his student pastoring, hugging a woman

Ah yes, we’ve all heard it: “some things you just won’t learn in a classroom.” Those words never rang truer for me than this fall semester. While many of my friends returned to Union College for another semester of lectures and late night cramming, I was able to experience firsthand some of the joys (and woes) in the life of a pastor.

Changing the world, one emoji at a time

Thanks to a design by Union alumna Aphelandra “Aphee” Messer, girls and women around the world can more accurately represent themselves online.

Teaming up with Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, Jennifer 8 Lee, co-founder and CEO of Plympton, a literary studio, and Rayouf Alhumedhi, a fifteen-year-old Muslim girl, Messer has helped create the Hijab Emoji Project to introduce a new emoji, a girl wearing a headscarf, that will represent more than 550 million Muslim women around the world. The emoji will officially hit screens in fall 2017. 

It’s never too early for a will

Jeremy and Marcia Ashcraft Nordmeyer ’07 protected their son Calvin, prevented a huge headache before major surgery, and have given the gift of flexibility to Union College, all by updating their estate plan. 

“Whenever someone would die we would say, ‘We have to update our will,’” says Marcia.  “Then we had Calvin, our son, and it became even more important to update the will.” 

The lifecycle of a theology student

They arrive, freshmen in their first year of Greek. They come with ideas, ideals, concerns over mastering an unknown language, but intrigued with a deeper knowledge of the NewTestament.They have a wide range of learning, backgrounds and experiences in churches, and different walks with God.Yet, they desire to serve Him more fully.

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.

Raising parents one devotional at a time

It’s common for boy to meet girl (and vice versa) at Union College. Melissa Palmer and Greg Howell’s love story at Union, however, is unique and certainly unlike any Hollywood romantic comedy. 

Both Melissa and Greg studied theology at Union, and they found each other in Dr. Sylvester Case’s Greek class. Somewhere in between parsing verbs and translating the gospels, they found true love. Dr. Case himself performed the weddingceremony.

Ah, a tale as old as time. 

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.


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