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A Christmas present—2016

Merry Christmas from all of us at Union College.

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Merry Christmas from Union College 2016

Photo of a student standing on top of the Rock Pile while snow falls.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Union College.

Union welcomes Trana as VP for Financial Administration

After three months of searching, Union College welcomes Steve Trana as vice president for Financial Administration. Trana accepted the job after a two-week interview process involving campus committees and the Board of Trustees. He will take the reins of the Office of Financial Administration on December 5, just in time to finish the fall semester.

Interview with Union teacher, Elysia Ockenga

Elysia Ockenga is beginning her seventh year as a teacher at Union, working in the Division of Nursing. A graduate of Union herself, Ockenga’s teaches the Mental Health and Pharmacology classes in the nursing curriculum. “As I teach these classes I try to keep in mind that I am training nurses who will take care of someone's mother, child, grandparent, or spouse.

Interview with Union Teacher, Susan Byers

After teaching for 30 years and traveling around the globe, including mission work in Thailand, Susan Byers is lending her talents to the Division of Human Development. Byers has traveled from Thunderbird Adventist Academy in Arizona to come teach at Union. As Union graduate, she is looking forward to reconnecting with the friendly and the nurturing atmosphere the college provides.

Interview with Union Staff, Kieren Bailey

Kieren Bailey became a librarian as a result of answering God’s calling. This summer as a result of answering another calling from God she joined Union College as the new Public Services Librarian after working at several other Adventist colleges—including Oakwood University and Canadian University College (now Burman University).

Interview with Union Staff, Larinda Fandrich

Larinda Fandrich has spent the previous two years teaching at Union college, adding her 30 years of experience to the Union collective. After working across America at several medical centers and hospitals, Fandrich took up teaching in the nursing program, helping further the college’s students.

Union: When did you realize you were called to be a nurse?

How did I get here? I followed my wife. And God.

Fall 2012—I found myself transitioning from self employment to a postdoctoral research position at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Gainesville, Fla., as my wife, Corraine, finished her doctoral studies at the University of Florida.

Interview with Union teacher, Ben Holdsworth

Ben Holdsworth has spent most of his adult life teaching in some way. From being a student missionary in Thailand, to working at academies in Florida, to teaching adult Sabbath schools, to finally coming to work at Union college.  He has always been passionate about Biblical studies, and his most memorable moments as a teacher come “when students are called to a life of deeper faithfulness with God."

Leeper resigns, Reiner to serve as interim financial VP

Union College has opened a search for its next Vice President for Financial Administration. Jeff Leeper, who has served in the role for the past two and a half years, announced his plans to step down from his post to follow God’s calling.

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