What's Happened to the Library Catalog?

It doesn't take library users long to realize that some big changes have been made to the library catalog this summer. And in fact, those changes are still in progress. Here is a brief introduction to what is going on, why it is happening, and what library users can expect this fall.

National Geographic Magazine Archive Available at Union College

Icon for the National Geographic Magazine Archive.Gale Digital Archive and the National Geographic Society recently partnered to produce the National Geographic Magazine Arc

Frontier Nursing Mission Trip, March 8-19, 2012

The Frontier Nursing Class is going on a Medical Mission trip over Spring Break: March 8-19, 2012.

Union named interim president

Dr. John Wagner, currently administrative pastor for the Sligo Adventist Church in Takoma Park, Md., has been named interim president of Union College.

“Zacchaeus” to speak for Feb. 18 vespers service

Actor Mac McConnell will present “Forever Changed,” a first person narrative on the life as Zacchaeus, for vespers on Feb. 18.  (Photo courtesy

Union College Teaching Learning Center offers Life Coaching

I entered the Teaching Learning Center (TLC) ready to report on the department’s new life coaching service, and left with a newfound motivation for my own work. For more than 30 years, the TLC has helped students overcome difficulties to succeed in college—whether physical disabilities, learning differences or academic apathy.

IRR students discuss Haiti with Senator Johanns

Representatives from Union College’s International Rescue and Relief Program met with Senator Mike Johanns of Nebraska on February 18 to discuss conditions in Haiti. IRR majors Brittany Nunez, Sarah Sexton and David Skau joined assistant director John Thomas for the meeting, which also included members of Haiti response teams from Creighton University Medical Center and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Senator Johanns called the meeting to learn more about the situation in Haiti as he and other government leaders look for ways to best aid recovery

'Nobodies' show in McClelland Art Gallery

Art isn't about fame or fortune. That's the message of The Nobodies 2010 Art Collective, an exhibition in the McClelland Art Gallery running from Feb. 15-24. Reprising of a show last year by Abner Aguilar and Chris Smith, this year they are joined by Bob Fraser, Ed Mejia, and Scott Cushman. 

Fernando Ortega to perform for Union College

Fernando Ortega, contemporary Christian singer-songwriter, will be performing a free concert at Union College at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 19. A musician since the age of eight, Ortega perfected his unique sounds at the University of New Mexico before releasing his first album in 1994. This will be his third performance at Union College.

Union College appears in Time Warner Cable ad

Live streaming video of college events had been a wish of many Union parents, alumni and employees for a long time. However, due to the expense of the necessary Internet bandwidth, it wasn't until last spring that Tom Becker, director of Information Systems, was able to find a solution. 

Working with the local Time Warner Cable office in Lincoln, Becker was able to negotiate a new contract that quadrupled the connection speed on campus. The results of their collaboration can be seen at, which provides streaming video of select athletic, social, and artistic events.  

“It got started because a lot of parents and grandparents of students like to see what their children and friends are doing,” said Becker. “But we had limited bandwidth to our campus, not enough to stream video.” 

Becker asked the local Time Warner Cable office for some additional bandwidth for a few days during the Mid-America Union Basketball Tournament last spring so that he could try broadcasting the games on the Internet.


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