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.
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For Sue Krueger, Union College runs in the family. “It seems like we’ve had family attending there forever,” said the 1954 alumnus who now has two grandchildren enrolled. “I got my husband, Calvin, at Union. My son, Rick, found his wife, Valeree, there. She has taught nursing at Union for 35 years. My sister-in-law, Marilyn McArthur, was chair of the nursing program for many years. All my children attended. We have a long history at Union.”
This fall, Union College’s two newest programs began the school year in a newly renovated section of the Don Love Building. On Oct. 7, Union held a grand opening for the new facility that now houses the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program and the International Rescue and Relief program. The event on the lawn in front of the new facility and featured comments by Tom Casady, public safety director for the Lincoln Police Department and Susan Epps of the Cornhusker chapter of the American Red Cross.
When senior White House policy analyst Allan Manuel visited Union College in November 2012 to encourage students to explore a career in civil service, Iliana Panameno couldn’t attend his chapel talk. But with Manuel’s help, Panameno, a senior social work major, will spend the summer as an intern at the Institute for Philanthropy and Voluntary Service in Washington, D.C.
Union College’s new science and mathematics complex is nearing reality—both physically and financially. Already the framework for the new 58,000-square-foot building towers over what used to be parking lots between Rees Hall and Larson Lifestyle Center on the north side of the campus, and the complex is well on its way to completion at the end of the calendar year.
“In October 2009, my nursing advisor at Southeast Community College said they would put my name on the list, and I could probably start taking nursing classes in 2012,” recalled Damion Caudy. “I left my advisor’s office that day and thought, what am I going to do? I have a daughter at home to support. I have to go to school! Ten or fifteen seconds later, I heard an ad for the Union College nursing program on the radio.”
Simply by visiting this page, you've probably noticed something different about Union's website: everything. For the last sixteen months, our Web team at Union College has been working towards this update—and throughout this time, we've been constantly reminded that few worthwhile things are ever easy.