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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.

Connecting in the CORDless Times

As a Mid-America academy in  in the early 1990s, I had no intention of attending Union College. Just coming out of the worst of the debt years, Union suffered from a shrunken enrollment and a less-than-ideal reputation.

But in what has been a long-standing tradition for Adventist academy students, I made the annual 600-mile trek from Bismarck, N.D., to Lincoln with schoolmates for music festivals and academy days. And slowly, maybe even imperceptibly, my attitude began to shift.

Harry Hass: Giving something back

Elder Harry Haas ’48 felt so blessed by Union College’s Medical Cadet Corp (MCC) that he chose to pass his training on to others by instructing Army doctors on how to administer first aid.

Recognizing veterans

Most veterans appreciate being recognized, not only by the military, but also by the civilians they serve. For many of us who served in Vietnam, that recognition was a long time coming. I returned from the war through San Francisco late at night because we had been warned that the war protesters might go after those of us having to fly in uniform.

Serving with pride

Graduates from every era serve God and country at home and abroad

Drafted and volunteers, land and air and sea, male and female, medical staff and combatant, wartime and peace, Union College alumni have participated in military service since the school’s founding.


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