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Presidential historian to discuss the impact of character on presidential leadership

“I can’t remember a time I wasn’t interested in history,” said Richard Norton Smith, who grew up enjoying the stories of his grandparents. On Wednesday, November 2, at 7:30 p.m., Smith will speak for the second annual George Gibson Lecture Series on  “Presidential Leadership: Does Character Matter?”

Collegedale wins volleyball and Campion wins soccer tournament

The Collegedale Eagles won the volleyball bracket and the Campion Cougars won the soccer bracket at the 2016 Union College Invitational Tournament on Saturday night, Oct. 22.

Sanctus Real to join Union's Family Worship on Oct. 21

Sanctus Real, a popular contemporary Christian band, will join Union College for Family Worship on Friday, October 21.

The Dove award winning band, best known for songs such as “Lead Me” and “Forgiven,” formed 20 years ago and is comprised of Mark Graalman on drums; Chris Rohman on guitar; Dustin Lolli, who replaced Matt Hammitt as the lead singer at the beginning of 2016; Jake Rye on bass; and Seth Huff, on both the guitar and piano.

Union graduate creates Kickstarter sensation

It looks like a pharmaceutical ad commonly aired on nearly every television channel. Mark McLachlan, a 2012 Union College graduate stares into the camera as he describes his fidgety downward spiral—first pens clicking and toe tapping, then “hitting rock bottom” when buying giant rolls of bubble wrap to pop.

Growing up Gandhi: Grandson of nonviolent revolutionary to speak at Union

Arun grew up far from the plains of Nebraska. Born and raised in South Africa, he suffered violent bullying because his Indian heritage meant he didn’t fit into the white or black cliques. Finally, at age 12, Arun decided to fight fire with fire, and started exercising and training to fight back.

Concerned for his well-being, Arun’s parents took him on an extended trip back to their native India to stay with his grandfather, Mohandas K. Gandhi—better known as Mahatma Gandhi.

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?

U.S.News ranks Union one of America's best colleges

Photo of students studying on campus.

In its annual comparison of colleges, U.S. News has once again designated Union College one of America's "Best Colleges." This year, Union is ranked number 32 in its category of Midwestern colleges. This is the eleventh consecutive year Union has earned a spot on the publication's top-tier.

Library Fair: Union College Through the Decades

The 2016 library fair will be a celebration of the Union College's 125 years. Make plans now to attend on September 22 between 3 and 6 p.m. 

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Get ready for Project Impact 2016

“Project Impact is a day where we take time to serve others,” said Canain Ming, a junior Union English Education student and coordinator for Project Impact 2015 and 2016. “Our dream is for every student to have an opportunity to serve someone else. Project Impact is the catalyst and we hope to return to these organizations and continue to serve all year long.”

Singer Andrew Peterson to join Family Worship Sept. 2

Originally from Nashville, Tenn., Andrew Peterson is not only a Dove Award nominated musician, but also an award winning author. His music is described as Christian rock, folk, and country gospel. Peterson has recorded more than fifteen albums, including After All These Years, which was nominated for a 2015 Dove Award.

Interview with Union Teacher, Christina Burden

Upon completing a doctorate in neuroscience, Christina Burden joined the the Division of Science and Mathematics and Physician Assistant program faculty this school year to teach life sciences. With a deep love of biology, Burden is eager to begin teaching, with memories of her own student days not far behind.  

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.

Jacob Trana joins Union Bank after a successful internship

Internships are often an excellent way for students to peek inside their future career. While some students might be afraid their time will be taken with filing or coffee runs, 2015 graduate Jacob Trana was able to subvert expectations by becoming an integral part of Union Bank & Trust Company during his internship, which became a full-time job after graduation.

Introducing Business Source Elite

Business Source Elite is a new simple, yet powerful way to search across all of the most important business journals, nearly 1,100 titles in fulltext. 

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."

Discovering a dream job

For Stefani Leeper, a summer internship with the Rocky Mountain Conference introduced her to her dream job. The senior communication major helped develop the weekly newsletter, News Nuggets; the conference website and advertisements; and recruit writers for and edit the Mountain Views, the Rocky Mountain Conference magazine. According to Leeper, the most important thing she has been able to do is develop her skills as a copy editor.

Diving into pastoral ministry

Some college graduates discover that finding a job in their field can be challenging, but 2016 Union graduate Jessyka Albert had a job waiting for her as one of four pastors in a church that regularly attended by up to 250 members each Sabbath—a position she was offered five months before she graduated.

“I didn’t have to worry about job hunting,” Jessyka said. “I knew where I was going to be.”

A taste of Raspberry Pi

College View Academy senior Demy Sigowa likes computers—so much he plans to pursue a career in computer science. The desire only got stronger last spring, when he took Fundamentals of Computer Science, part of a Union College pilot program to offer new college-level courses to academy students in Mid-America.

How to Live a Good Life

Three of Union’s oldest alumni took different paths but shared common values of service and dedication

The Adams Family

Union Educated Since 1915

Sharyn Adams ’16 strolled past the Carnegie Building, past the grassy site where Jorgensen Hall once stood, and headed home after work. She is confident, cheerful and filled with a sense of purpose.

A fifth generation Union College graduate, Sharyn completed her Bachelor of Social Work degree in December 2015, and now works as
assistant to the vice president for Academic Administration. But her history at Union College is much greater than her diploma.

 

Legends learned from childhood

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.

Connecting in Cambodia

“What am I going to do with my life?”

Meredith Nichols was definitely not the first high school senior to ask that question. She thought she had everything planned out. A soccer star in her small north Texas hometown, Nichols planned to play at a university in New York.

But an ACL tear brought her plans to screeching halt. “I was super lost,” she remembered. ”Sports where a huge part of my life, but I know now that my priorities weren’t straight.”

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