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International Student Numbers Recognized
Union Welcomes Academic Dean
Physician Assistant Master's Degree Approved
Evelyn Poly Receives President's Award
Union Adds Piano Pedagogy Degree
Academic Highlights
Wellness Program Brings Home the Bronze
Proposed Degree Opens Global Options
Union Students Present Evangelistic Series in Africa
Campus and Community Celebrate Ortner Center Opening


Academic Highlights

Biology students demonstrate excellence
In May 2003, six 2003 biology students took the Educational Testing Service major field exam, a standardized test evaluating skills in a student's major area of study. The Union graduates' average score was at the 90th percentile as compared with 18,052 biology majors across the nation.

Pre-law option offered
The Division of Humanities now offers a new minor in pre-law. The pre-law minor allows the student to pursue an interdisciplinary program of study, taking courses in philosophy, political science, writing, history and business. This program provides students with a basic curriculum designed to prepare them for entering a graduate law program.

Union professor presents cancer research at national conference
The collaboration between Union's Division of Science and Math and Baylor Medical School resulted in an invitation for Dr. Brian Wong to present at the  second annual American Association of Cancer Research international conference in Phoenix, Ariz., in October. Wong's presentation highlighted the first piece of research data on TRAMP mice, (mice genetically engineered to develop prostate cancer) and the research to find a cure for that cancer using the Chinese herb Scutellaria barbata. The findings of this segment of research have been published in the November issue of the Journal of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. While in Phoenix, Wong participated in a press conference that led to news coverage of his cancer research by the BBC and other leading news organizations.

Social work prepares for independence
Union's social work program began the fall semester with a 34 percent enrollment increase. Dr. Joe Allison, Division of Human Development chair, attributes this rise in numbers to the excitement of the expanding program. With the addition of program director Rebecca Bolinger, who has led two other Adventist colleges' social work departments, several new courses and various options for field experience are becoming a reality. Union, which currently has had accreditation in conjunction with the Nebraska Wesleyan University social work program, is working toward independent accreditation contingent upon certification in June 2004.

The collaboration between Union's Division of Science and Math and Baylor Medical School resulted in an invitation for Dr. Brian Wong to present at the  second annual American Association of Cancer Research international conference in Phoenix, Ariz., in October. Wong's presentation highlighted the first piece of research data on TRAMP mice, (mice genetically engineered to develop prostate cancer) and the research to find a cure for that cancer using the Chinese herb Scutellaria barbata. The findings of this segment of research have been published in the November issue of the Journal of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. While in Phoenix, Wong participated in a press conference that led to news coverage of his cancer research by the BBC and other leading news organizations.

Social work prepares for independence
Union's social work program began the fall semester with a 34 percent enrollment increase. Dr. Joe Allison, Division of Human Development chair, attributes this rise in numbers to the excitement of the expanding program. With the addition of program director Rebecca Bolinger, who has led two other Adventist colleges' social work departments, several new courses and various options for field experience are becoming a reality. Union, which currently has had accreditation in conjunction with the Nebraska Wesleyan University social work program, is working toward independent accreditation contingent upon certification in June 2004.

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