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Building an exit strategy

Frank (’39) and Evelyn Roll ’41 Rice had a problem—their business was too successful.

After a lifetime of building their forklift sales and service business, Rice Equipment Company, in St. Louis, Mo., Frank and Evelyn looked forward to retirement. Over the years, their company had diligently saved profits and accumulated a nice sum of retained earnings. While this may be an enviable problem to have, if Frank and Evelyn took those retained earnings they would have had a substantial tax bill to pay. They needed to develop an exit strategy.


For Cid Coto ’14, the digital world isn’t just about ones and zeros, or servers, networks and hardware. As Union College’s first computer major to graduate with the new web design emphasis, he understands that when it comes to computers, form is just as important as function.

Union graduate finds dream job with BNSF Railroad

At first, there is only the plaintive echoing cry of the whistle. Then a faint shudder begins underfoot. Soon the engine chugs into view, a plume of smudge gray smoke unfurling like a diaphanous ribbon from its chimney. Full of nostalgia and history, trains often invoke a strong link to the past. But for Jason Burke ’15, who graduated in may with a business administration degree, they represent something else as well. His future.

Every opportunity is a learning experience.

“It’s been a fun and exciting journey,” Maggard said, “and I’m very grateful to Union for the educational and experiential foundation.”

Business owners Paul and Christy Prevo use lessons from Union to run thriving early childhood education centers

Growing a business from start-up to successful requires more than luck. It takes hard work, dedication and the right education. For Paul (’94) and Christy Bales Prevo ’97, the trajectory to their current successes started more than a decade ago at Union College.

“The business division and professors had a huge impact on us and our future,” Christy says. “Union gave us a great foundation for building and running our own business.”

THINKING BIG: (Union alum on ‘Being a hoot!’)

“I believe in the ABC’s of life: always be curious,” said Steve Johnson. “If you’re a lifelong learner the best roles and future are not necessarily going to involve a promotion, but rather something you like that interests you. That’s what brought me to Hootsuite.”

Union’s president answers questions about goals and growth

Now concluding her first school year as president of Union College, Dr. Vinita Sauder has been able to get to know the school and the people who help shape the college’s future. We recently asked her about the school year and where she believes Union College is headed.

CORD: Dr. Sauder, thanks for taking a moment out of your busy schedule to chat. You’ve been at Union for an entire school year. What is the most important thing you’ve learned that you didn’t know when you first arrived?

ForeSight Enriches Union College’s Future Union College receives more than $4 million in estate gifts in less than a year

In 2014 Union College received more than $4.2 million through estate gifts. These gifts were given by generous alumni who felt Union had made a significant impact on their lives, and wanted to ensure students today and in the future could benefit from the unique Christian education experience found on Union’s campus.

“We have been blessed with estate gifts that were cultivated many years ago,” said LuAnn Davis, vice president for Advancement. “We thank God for His goodness and for the generosity of so many alumni and friends.”

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.


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