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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

Rayshaun Williams ('14)

Rayshaun Williams (’14) and his wife, Jael, welcomed Jasmine Karen Marie Williams on Sept. 23, 2015. She weighed 7 lbs and was 21.5 inches long. Rayshaun is associate pastor of Chapel Oaks Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Kansas City area. Jael is a stay-at-home mom.

Kelsie Wadle Morgan '14

Kelsie Wadle Morgan ’14 and her husband, Matt, are pleased to announce the birth of their twins, Adleigh Elizabeth and Landon Matthew, who were born Nov. 18, 2015. Adleigh weighed 5 lbs 6 oz and was 18 inches long, and Landon was 5 lbs 13 oz and was 19 inches long. Kelsie is a PA-C for Children’s Hospital and Medical Center Urgent Care in Omaha, Neb. Matt is creative arts director for Bellevue Christian Center in Bellevue, Neb.

Ryan ’13 and Natalie Michels

Braden Christopher Michels was born May 4, 2016, to Ryan ’13 and Natalie Michels. He weighed 7 lbs 7 oz and was 20.25 inches long. Ryan is an emergency room and clinic physician assistant and Natalie is a pre-op and post-op registered nurse at Scott County Hospital. They live in Scott City, Kan.

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