Two young men from two different home states: two branches of the military and two different stories to tell. Their experiences, their words and their outcomes, however, are similar. One college. One faith. One God. Union College is privileged to claim two young men who not only served their country honorably, but who now also serve God through the sharing of their different and yet remarkably similar stories with others.
The sunny Sabbath afternoon found six or seven students at Dr. Malcolm and Sharon Russell’s home. The two Union College employees, he the vice president for Academic Administration, and she the director of guest services, often invited students to their home. As we settled in, talking and laughing, the smell of lasagna drifted from the kitchen.
How care packages kept alumni connected to Union College while serving in Vietnam
For Allan Stone, there was nothing like a cookie and the latest issue of the Clocktower, especially when stuck in a war zone thousands of miles from Union College’s peaceful campus.
It was 1969 and Stone had been drafted into the U.S. Army and shipped to Vietnam just months after graduating from Union with a degree in business administration. So far from home, he and his fellow soldiers often found it difficult to stay connected with loved ones.
Dr. Vinita Sauder, who most recently served as vice president for Strategic Initiatives at Southern Adventist University, has accepted the invitation of the Union College Board of Trustees to serve as Union's next president. She will transition to her new role at Union over the summer.
After raising cattle for 30 years Charles ’56 and Naoma ’54 Henkelmann knew it was time to sell some of their 250 acres of land, but they discovered it made more sense to give the land as a gift to Union College.
“I know there are many people downsizing or reorganizing their libraries,” said Rich Carlson, vice president for Spiritual Life. “Sometimes they don’t know what to do with the large concordances or Ellen White collections. My dream is to connect them with students who need those books for ministry.”
“We spend so little time together on Sabbath, it doesn’t feel like enough time for me to disciple and mentor the youth I work with,” said Anna Romuald ’12, assistant pastor at the Southview Adventist Church in Minneapolis and assistant young adult ministries director for the Minnesota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. “Using social media, I can spend quality time communicating one-on-one to help spiritually disciple them.”