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What’s it like in Nebraska’s top-ranked nursing school?

Arin Beyer remembers the anxiety. He couldn’t eat. He couldn’t sleep. The 23-year-old was about to begin the first shift after orientation training when he would truly be on his own as a nursing professional.…

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Health class leads to 60-pound life change

by Emily Roque Cisneros, Union graduate and freelance writer When Jared Dittmer enrolled in Union College’s education program, he felt he had discovered his calling. But upon taking the Concepts of Wellness course, Dittmer became…

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Calling means changing the world—one kid at a time

“My calling,” said Drew Mekelburg, “is to make this world a better place.” So, after graduating in 2016 from Union College with a degree in physical education, Drew took a job teaching P.E. at Belmont…

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Calling is contributing to something bigger than yourself

The path to finding a calling isn’t always a four-lane highway; sometimes it’s meandering and boulder-strewn. At least that’s how Spencer Curtis describes his journey. “My first year of college I was directionless,” he confessed,…

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Kettering Health Network builds a pipeline for Union nurses

When Aaron Snelgrove graduated from Union with a nursing degree in May, finding a job was the last thing on his mind. He already had a dream job waiting for him at Kettering Hospital in…

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Alum finds calling at growing online retailer

Although she graduated with a business degree, Brittney Needles Origas wasn’t looking for the traditional 9–5 job after her 2015 graduation. She wanted to pursue a passion and feel challenged in her daily life—sentiments not…

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Health, wellness and faith

For Alyssa Walton, healthy living is a passion and a way of life, and now she helps run one of the best corporate wellness programs in the world. “Wellness is fully ingrained in our company culture,”…

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Preparing to be an U.S ambassador

Senga Rutebuka, a senior international relations major, has always wanted to work for the United Nations. Rutebuka got two steps closer this year by representing Union College at the United Nations Association USA Leadership Summit…

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Brothers follow the same calling at Union

They’re not twins. Born almost three years apart, brothers Jacob and Justin Cook graduate from Union College next month.  A series of roadblocks, life lessons, and surprising invitations, brought them to Lincoln and a dual…

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Changing the face of education

Jovannah Poor Bear-Adams remembers all the students who have come through Holbrook Academy. In her seven years there—first as girls’ dean and English teacher, then as vice principal, and now as Dean of Student Services…

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