Service

Called to the last frontier

Snow-capped peaks and miles of pristine Alaskan coastline might seem like the vacation of a lifetime. But to Roddy ’11 and Stephanie Eldenburg ’11 Bollinger, it’s home—a place to enjoy the natural beauty of creation and fulfill their calling to provide healthcare to residents of the state’s most prominent city.

Social work in South America

Susy Gomez’s heart broke as she listened to the new college student share his story. The young Peruvian engineering student had excellent grades and a full scholarship, but between him and his mother, a disabled woman who tried to feed the family by selling barbecue, they could not raise the $100 for additional school expenses like supplies.

Video: Merry Christmas from Union College 2015

 

Merry Christmas from Union College.

Our musical holiday card for 2015 features the Union College Singers directed by Dr. Ricky Little. “Sweet Baby Jesus,” was composed by Pastor Deneil Clarke, worship pastor at the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church on the campus of Union College.

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Foot clinic receives $20,000 grant from Tom's of Maine

Feet, especially homeless feet, can be scary or intimidating for many. But as Kailen Bricker cared for one pair after another, she felt her perceptions change and became far more interested in the people to whom they were attached. “They are just like us,” she said of the 30 or so homeless clients who come to Matt Talbot Community Kitchen and Outreach each month for Union College’s foot clinic

Graduate wins award studying snakebites in India

It didn’t take long for Benjamin Herzel to see the snake problem. In the first day of his field research on snake density in India, the 2014 Union College graduate saw professional snake catchers capture, count and release 120 snakes—mostly Indian cobras and Russel’s vipers—in four hours.

IRR major spends the summer as a wildland fire fighter

Some summer jobs involve flipping burgers, watching youngsters swim or filing in an office, but not for Connor Kraegel. The senior international rescue and relief major spent an exciting summer as a Wildland fire fighter for the Shoshone National Forest Wildland Fire Module, fighting wildfires in the region.

Korth receives first Keeling Selfless Service Award

Although she hasn’t hoisted a rifle or survived a boot camp herself, first year physician assistant student Shannon Korth understands the sacrifice made by those in the military every day.

Video: Project Impact 2015

For the 35th time, Union College students took a day off from school to serve the Lincoln community. More than 800 students and employees served nearly 70 sites around the city to continue a tradition that is the longest running collegiate service day in the county.

Students plan fundraiser for Good Neighbor Community Center

For Union student Juliya Shirokova, the challenges faced by immigrants in a new country are very real. She experienced it herself when her family left Russia to find more opportunities and a better life in the United States. Now the senior psychology major hopes the Good Neighbor Community Center Samples of the World event can help many other immigrant families in Lincoln.

Called to fight for refugees

(This story was updated for CORDmagazine winter 2015/16 edition.)

Most westerners watch with horror or disdain at the warring countries around the globe—maybe even feeling sorry for the victims of power-hungry dictators or religious fanatics, but thankful to stay as far away from the fighting as possible.

But for Andrew ’12 and Kelila O’Brien ’13 Saunders, both Union College international rescue and relief graduates, helping the victims of these conflicts is right where they want to be.

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