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.

Student leaders chosen for next year

On Feb. 23-24 students, staff and faculty used Union’s electronic voting system to submit their selections for next year’s student leadership. The following Associated Student Body officers will serve during the 2010-2011 school year.

Elected officers


Annual Mr. and Ms. World Pageant to be webcast

Union College’s annual Mr. and Ms. World Pageant will be webcast live from the Union College gym on February 27, starting at 8:15 p.m. CST. The live feed and archived footage from the event will be available at

Co-sponsored by Associated Student Body (ASB) and the International Club, the pageant features 10 contestants—each from a different country—judged in three categories: national costume, formal wear and talent.

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

First spring nursing cohort graduates

Eighteen nursing students created history in December simply by graduating. Two years prior, the students had been the first class to take advantage of the newly expanded Nursing program by being admitted during the spring semester rather than the fall. The revised nursing program took flight in 2007, accepting two classes of 24 students each semester—nearly doubling the nursing enrollment.

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.

World record holder, Todd Huston, speaks for chapel

Todd Huston doesn’t let a little thing like death or an amputated limb get in the way of fulfilling dreams. On Feb. 16, Huston will speak at Union College’s chapel service about his experience overcoming challenges.

Union student wins Nebraska ADDY

For Justin Gibson, an invitation to one banquet led to an award at another.

Gibson’s poster for the spring 2009 Associated Student Body banquet won a student silver ADDY at this year’s Nebraska ADDY Awards. The ADDY awards are presented annually by the American Advertising Federation for creativity in advertising. The competition is a three-tiered process, starting at the state level then winning designs go on to compete at regional and national competitions.

Union Drama presents "That's What Makes Them Pirates"

Union College drama students are premiering That's What Makes Them Pirates!, a musical comedy written and composed by Union's own Mike Mennard. Based on Mennard's children's recording, Pirates Do the Darnedest Things, the play unfolds aboard the Jolly Nostril, the pick of the seven seas. The notorious Captain Rapscallion and crew, searching for adventure, revenge, and sword fights, are beset by the infamous Captain Blake, whom Rapscallion believes killed her husband.

Vietnamese doctor finds new career in PA Program

Photo of Thuy Ho with clipboardWhen uprooting a life and immigrating to a new country, many things get left behind. For Thuy Ho, it was more than just things that didn’t fit in a suitcase; she had to leave behind her medical license. In her native Vietnam, Ho had earned a medical degree and had years of experience as an internist, but did not qualify to continue practicing medicine in the United States. Undaunted by the task of starting over, she enrolled in Union College’s Physician Assistant Studies Program.

Now in her second year of the graduate degree, Ho has qualified for the National Health Services Corps Scholarship, a highly competitive and prestigious full-ride scholarship for physician assistants willing to practice medicine in less prestigious locales.

Life in Vietnam

Raised in postwar Vietnam by Catholic parents, Ho decided to pursue a medical career early in life. “My father was a pharmacist,” she smiled. “He encouraged me to be a physician so I could help them by opening a clinic nearby.”


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