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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.”

Union Through the Decades

Returning from war—1950s

Frank De Haan ’50 was discharged from the Army in January 1946, married his sweetheart, Dolly, and enrolled in Union College. The couple lived on 46th Street, close to campus and Dolly’s job at St. Elizabeth Hospital. “After the war, you couldn’t buy a car,” he said. “We went everywhere by bus; it cost us a nickel.”

Cinn-onymous with Union

When Union sent me an official acceptance letter, I called my friend who attended Union at the time and drilled her on all I needed to know as an incoming freshman.

“You have to have Instagram,” she said. “And everyone goes to Buell’s house on Friday nights, so you have to go.”

“Who’s Buell?” I asked.

I quickly learned that Buell is a man who “kinda looks like Santa without the beard,” and that his wife makes “the best cinnamon rolls in the world.” 

Making A Mark

Every graduating class wants to leave their mark on campus, and some classes found a uniquely memorable ways to do so. Starting with a lilac bush in 1894, most classes left something to make the campus better. In our humble opinion, these are the seven most memorable class gifts from Union’s 125-year history.

(Note: In some cases, several classes gave a similar gift or an updated gift, so we grouped those together.)

7. Mission giving—classes of 1933, 1951 and 1962

Half a Century at Union

For half a century Archie Hilliard played a pivotal role in Union’s growth—personally installing and maintaining much of the campus infrastructure that supports the school’s educational mission. Even though he spent most of those years working with brick and metal, he believes Union’s people are what make this a special place.    

OverDrive Audiobooks Arrive at Union College

Union College Library is proud to offer you best-selling and classic audiobooks available 24/7 from the library’s new OverDrive digital collection.

Welcome Kieren Bailey, Union's New Public Services Librarian

Kieren Bailey, Public Services Librarian, joins us from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama but she is originally from Alberta, Canada. If you are wondering how to pronounce Kieren, just rhyme it with siren.

Joseph Murray awarded the first Kent Stahly Excellence in Finance Award

Like most college students, Jesse Dovich lived on a tight budget while studying at Union. When he discovered a passion for investing while taking Kent Stahly’s investments class, the 1999 graduate didn’t have the funds to put his newfound knowledge to work right away.

Schober and Krueger retire from nursing program

Two long-time professors retired this past school year after teaching at Union College well over half a century combined. Both Valeree Krueger and Charlotte Schober taught in the nursing program for more than 30 years.

Salli Jenks named new director of Records Office

Salli Jenks has been appointed director of records at Union College. In her new position, Jenks will oversee the operations of the Records office—the team responsible for checking and approving grades, interpreting policies, following academic regulations, managing graduation, sending transcripts, and approving the bulletin and curriculum. Jenks replaced Michelle Younkin, who left Union in June to work at Southern Adventist University.

Summer construction projects blanket campus

With fewer students on campus and plenty of sunny weather, the summer months prove to be a great time to complete campus improvement projects, and this summer is no exception. Over summer break several buildings will receive structural upgrades or renovations, and a new entrance will soon greet visitors entering campus from 48th Street and Prescott Avenue.

Making a grand entrance

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