LINCOLN— An array of 30 photographs debuted in the McClelland Art Gallery on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Students from the photography class taught by Bruce Forbes are displaying three of their best pictures taken during the course. The diversity of the students' personalities is evident in the exhibit, ranging from digital camera work to film, and black and white to color.
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LINCOLN—Running until Dec. 8 in the McClelland Art Gallery, "Unlike the Rest" is titled appropriately. Union College senior Josh Morris named each of the 40 pieces on display after rock songs. During the debut, some of the songs played in the background adding to the ambiance.
Although unintentional, each gallery section of Morris' senior exhibit reflects a small part of his personality. The fine art pieces display his cheekiness and humor; the photography gives a peek into his calm, easy going manner; and the photo-shopped work shows his edgy and outgoing side.
Union College invites the community to celebrate the holiday season with music during the college's annual choral and band concerts. Admission and parking for both concerts are free.
- "The Nativity of St. Luke" by Randall Thompson will feature Union College vocal soloists and choirs on Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church (4810 Prescott Ave.).
- The Union College band and other instrumental groups will perform a Christmas concert on Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the college Gymnasium (enter campus from Prescott Ave.).
The Golden Chords String Quartet, Tom Shepherd, cellist, Frank Restesan, first violin, Derek Bower, violist, and Tim Parfet, second violin.
LINCOLNÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬ÂUnion College Chamber Orchestra and the Golden Cords string quartet will present fall concerts under the direction of new Union College associate professor of music, Dr. Frank Restesan.
On Sunday, Nov. 11, 6 p.m. the Union College Chamber Orchestra will perform in the newly opened atrium to the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church (4801 Prescott Ave.). This Fall Chamber Concert is the debut performance in the new wing of the College View church. The concert will include one romantic selection and three baroque pieces. Freshman flutist Sarah Kohls will be a featured soloist for a Vivaldi concerto. Breanna Thornton, 14-year-old guest violinist will be featured as well.
On Monday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m., the Golden Cords string quartet will perform in a Chamber Music Concert in the Engel Hall Recital Room (corner of S. 48th St. and Bancroft Ave.). Program highlights will include a quartet by Hayden and Corelli's Christmas Concerto featuring Dr. Ryan Wells as the keyboard accompanist.
Restesan joined the Union College faculty this school year. In addition to leading the chamber groups, Restesan is the director of the Union College Band. He holds master's degrees in musical stylistics and in music performance as well as a doctorate in conducting from the University of Arizona. Restesan's career has included acting as soloist and concertmaster of the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra (N.Y), the New England Symphonic Ensemble, The University of Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Chamber Orchestra and core member of the Tucson Symphony. He has studied at the State Conservatory in Cluj (Klausenburg) Romania, with Istvan Ruha, the Bachakademie in Stuttgart, Germany with Dozent Peter Streicher and Helmut Rilling and at The University of Arizona. Dr. Restesan's past teaching appointments include positions as orchestra director, strings and chamber music instructor at Atlantic Union College (Mass.), Antillean Adventist University (Puerto Rico) and Walla Walla College (Wash.). Restesan has appeared on prestigious stages around the world including recitals and concerts in Romania, Hungary, Germany, France, Spain, Holland, Puerto Rico and the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York City.
LINCOLNÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬ÂStarting on Nov. 5, abstract artist Linda Benton's "Metamorphoses" exhibit will be housed in the McClelland Art Gallery through Nov. 25. A Lincoln resident, Benton loves working with mixed media elements. She believes art can be a metaphor for life and the twists and turns that ensue. In her artwork, she takes an idea and makes the decision to redo it, or go in different direction. She described her paintings, as well as life, as a path that comes to many crossroads. You must then make a decision which fork you will take.
"Making art is not a straight path; it's like a maze," Benton said. "This phenomenon happens in a lot of different mediums, such as chefs trying to find a new seasoning to remake an old recipe. Making art is a challenge. Relationships are a challenge. I like to celebrate the fact that life is filled with challenges and choices."
The McClelland Art Gallery is in the Ortner Center on the Union College campus, 3800 S. 48th Street. Enter the campus from Prescott Avenue. The art gallery is free to the public and open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Ortner Center at 402.486.2545.
Diversity produces much of the beauty found on campus at Union College. Running until Nov. 4, the eclectic pottery exhibit includes three artists: Jovannah Poor Bear, sophomore elementary education major; Kimmy Wills, junior biology major; and Bruce Forbes, associate professor of art. The trio of artists bring a wide range of style and technique to the McClelland Art Gallery.
On Saturday, Oct. 13, Union College invites the community to a gymnastic exhibition featuring Union College's Gymnaires, as well as 150 high school and elementary students from Minnesota, Missouri, Colorado and Nebraska.
The performance will follow an extended weekend of clinics designed especially for the visiting athletes. Jesse Leone, an experienced clinician, and Francis Allen, University of Lincoln's men's head gymnastics coach, will provide the students with learning sessions to enhance their skills.
The show beings at 7:30 p.m. in the college Gymnasium (also called the "Thunderdome"), and each visiting team will have a five-minute routine culminating with a merged group presentation.
"I think the performance is a great opportunity to see the students involved in activities that not only showcase their athletic talents, but also life skills such as leadership and responsibility," said Seth Perkins, Union college gymnastics coach and event director.
The Gymnasium is located on the east side of the Union College campus, 3800 S. 48th Street. Enter the campus from Prescott Avenue. For more information about the event, contact Seth Perkins at 402.486.2600 ext. 2166.
Ann Bryant, Union College student chaplain and junior business major, gets excited when her peers have big ideas. "I want to start a tutoring program for refugees and immigrants in Lincoln who don't speak English," said senior Katie Carlson when she came to see Bryant in Campus Ministries recently. "And I want to kick it off during Project Impact next week."
Never mind the short notice, Bryant gave the idea an enthusiastic go-ahead. "We'll do it. How can we help you make this happen?" Bryant said.
LINCOLNÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬ÂAt 10:28 a.m. on the last day registration was open, Serhiy Horokhovskyy became Union College's 1,000th student of the 2007-2008 school year. A senior religion major from Ukraine, Horokhovskyy is the first student since 1983 to help Union College cross the 1000 enrollment mark. By the end of the close of registration on Tuesday, Aug. 28, Union College's official enrollment reached 1,015 students with a full time equivalence of 909.5.
To celebrate the 1,000-student milestone, Union College is invited all students and employees to a free lunch served on the campus Tribute Terrace. In addition to the meal and ice cream from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, festivities included a short program. Remarks and recognition of the Enrollment Services team by Union College President David Smith were followed by a college-wide sing-a-long of the well-loved school song, "Slinga de Ink." State Senator Tony Fulton joined in the festivities and added his congratulations and support.
"Students come to Union College for many reasonsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Âcaring campus family, a Christian atmosphere and for unique programs like international rescue and relief and physician assistant studies," President Smith said. "One thousand is just a number, but the fact that more and more students value Union's campus culture makes me proud of the students, faculty and staff who have invested themselves in Union."
Union's campus has become a home-away-from home for a diverse group of students from 49 states and 26 countries. Four out of five Union students are from outside of Nebraska, that's a higher percentage of non-resident students than any other college in the state.
"When we recruit new students for the college, we don't just sell Union, we sell Nebraska," said Rob Weaver, vice president for Enrollment and Student Financial Services. "On the coasts we get asked 'Where's Nebraska?' and we take every opportunity to tell them about 'The Good Life.'" Of Union's out-of-state students, more than one fifth choose to stay in Nebraska after graduation, contributing to the state's brain gain.
Union College put in place more stringent admissions standards last year and yet has continued its growth. All regularly admitted students must now have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and an ACT score of 18. While these are not as high as elite universities, they are higher than most of the schools pulling from the same demographic of high school graduates as Union College. "Continuing to attract new students to our campus while simultaneously raising the admissions bar is really exciting," Weaver said.
"While we're delighted to reach this milestone, at Union we've always known that bigger isn't necessarily better," said Smith. "We are grateful for each student here and the opportunities each of them represent for Union and for Christ."
Nichole Scott, sophomore communication major, had considered going to VW several times, but was unsure what the program involved. Then a friend invited her to attend the VW meeting at which Tanya Cochran was the featured speaker. Seeing as Cochran is her boss, former teacher and friend, Scott decided to check it out.
"I wasn't sure what to expect and didn't know if I would like it" Scott said.
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Spreading literacy is the key reason Joann Herrington, associate professor of education, founded Union's local arm of First Book, an international nonprofit organization that gives new books to low income families. Started in 2004, First Book-Union College has distributed thousands of books to local elementary schools and community centers.
Recently, senior teacher candidates from Union's Education department, coordinated a grant proposal resulting in $500 from Verizon Youth Services. With these funds, the literacy advocates celebrated International Book Day at a local elementary school. The party highlighted Asian culture and featured games, books, food and crafts.
"This was a valuable experience for our teacher candidates," Herrington said. "The elementary kids had a ball at Union's First Book event."
Chris Blake, Union College English and communications professor, spent a semester on sabbatical last year to write. Pacific Press released his newest book in February, Swimming Against the Current: Living for the God You Love. It is a sequel to his book Searching for a God to Love, which has been translated into four languages.
Jacque Smith, Union College director of public relations, received The Lincoln Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award. The award, presented at a breakfast at the Cornhusker Hotel on June 1, celebrates the accomplishments of 40 Lincoln-area business owners, managers, entrepreneurs, and professional men and women under 40 years of age. Smith is the second Union College employee to accept the 40 Under 40 Award; accounting professor Lisa Forbes received the award in 2006.
Union College hosts Heart Walk, celebrates National Employee Health and Fitness Day, Wednesday, May 16
As the population of the United States ages, heart disease, already the
nation's number one killer, will affect more people. The American Heart
Association is working to combat this growing crisis with a 10-year
strategic goal of reducing coronary heart disease, stroke and risk by 25
percent in 2010. The annual Heart Walk is one small way to help raise
funds and show solidarity with the fight against heart disease. For the
eighth year, Union College, in participation with the American Heart
Association, is hosting Lincoln's Alternate Day American Heart Walk.
Walkers may begin the one-mile walk around campus anytime between 11:30
a.m. and 1 p.m., rain or shine. Following the 15-20 minute walk, light
snacks will be provided.
Special guest Lauren Knoff, a six-year-old kindergarten girl born with a
heart birth defect, will be a participant at this year's Heart Walk.
Each year, 36,000 babies are born with heart defects, the third most
fatal form of birth defect. Knoff has survived to be an ambassador for
the American Heart Association. She and her schoolmates from Helen Hyatt
elementary will lead the walk.
The Heart Walk is just one of several events focusing on wellness for
National Employee Health and Fitness day. In the afternoon, Union
College employees will team up for games and activities followed by the
year-end employee party. Employee health is a priority for the campus;
Union College has earned the designation as a Silver Well Workplace
Award through WorkWell, the local branch for Wellness Councils of
The Heart Walk is free to the public. Donations to the American Heart
Association are welcome but not required. To participate, meet under the
clock tower at the center of campus (3800 South 48th St., Lincoln).
The Union College Unionaires and Octet invite the public to a free
concert at the Nebraska state capitol building. The concert, from
4:30-5:30 on Friday, May 11, will feature acapella versions of the
repetoire the vocal groups have prepared over the last year.
"The state capitol is a beautiful space with beautiful acoustics," said
Dr. Dan Lynn, professor of music. "Singing in a place like that is as
much a reward for the singers as the audience and the concert serves as
a final thank-you before graduation." The annual concert has become a
tradition, with state officials, legislators and the public being
invited to share in the accomplishments of the Unionaires for over 15
The state capitol, the tallest building in Lincoln, lies between 14th
and 16th streets and K and H streets downtown. Parking is readily
Nebraska Commissioner of Education speaks for Union College graduation; first master's degrees granted
On Sunday, May 13, Union College awarded 199 associate, baccalaureate and for the first time, master's degrees during the annual commencement ceremony in the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church. The service recognized 20 graduates from December 2006, 119 May graduates and 46 prospective August graduates for a total of 185 graduates. Among this group, 13 students received two degrees and one student received three degrees. Six of the graduating seniors are Union Scholars, which involves advanced coursework and a research project.
From yard work to roof insulation, approximately 35 students from
Approximately 35 Union College students took a break from final projects
and homework to “Adopt-a-House” on Sunday, at the start of National
Volunteer (April 15-21).
When Clinton neighborhood residents Pam and Lance Dyas were offered an
extra labor force for their aging home, they were excited.
“I told them, ‘Surprise me!’” said Pam, mother of two small children.
She grinned as Union College students cut boards to replace the porch,
packed attic insulation, cleaned children’s play equipment, cleared
brush and created flowerbeds.
Organized by the senior class, all Union College students were invited
to participate. Dana Connell, vice president for the senior class and
theology major, helped lead the house project. She wanted the event to
be helpful and reminiscent of a neighborhood block party, strengthening
the community between neighbors.
“I really like helping community neighbors get to know each other,”
Connell said. “We wanted to create a senior class activity that did more
than entertain ourselves.”
At the beginning of the year, the senior class was approached by Shawna
Kolbek, Union College’s integrated volunteer coordinator and junior
social work major, who inspired the class to use their leadership to get
involved in the community. What followed was a collaboration effort by
the six officers to come up with a project, the supplies and the
Shelli Johnson, senior class president and business administration
major, hopes their actions will challenge next year’s seniors, other
classes and campus organizations to get involved. “We wanted all the
classes to see the project and say, ‘Hey, we could do something to help
the community too,’” Johnson said.
The officers’ idea caught Kaylea Blackburn, freshman international
rescue and relief major. She took a break on Sunday to help insulate the
Adopt-a-House’s roof and commented, “If you have an opportunity to be
able to do something worthwhile, you might as well do it.”
Julie Gutman, sophomore social work major, added with a chuckle, “It’s
also a useful method of homework procrastination.”
Connell led three more small groups throughout the week to power wash
the sides of the house and finish chipping the paint. She plans to
return until the house is finished with priming and painting. “The Dyas
are really excited and getting visionary,” said Connell, citing the
enthusiasm in choosing new paint for the house.
“We’ve been so blessed by college age volunteers,” said Gloria Eddins,
president of the Clinton Neighborhood Organization, who helped set
Connell up with a family interested in the extra help. Eddins said many
organizations have volunteered in the Clinton neighborhood this year and
cited Union College’s help at the beginning of the year with the 25th
anniversary Project Impact, which focused one of the special afternoon
projects in the Clinton neighborhood.
National Volunteer Week originated in 1974 when President Richard Nixon
established the annual celebration of volunteering. Sponsored by the
Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network, this
year’s theme was “Inspire by Example.”
Lincoln, Neb.—Students in Union College’s international rescue and
relief (IRR) program are taught to expect the unexpected. For 32 IRR
students and staff, the unexpected conclusion to their semester of study
in Venezuela included a week in protective custody while confusion
created by questions from the Venezuelan government about the group’s
documentation was explored. Following clearance by Venezuelan officials
on Friday, April 6, Union College welcomed the group in Miami on Tuesday
morning, April 10 at 1:15 a.m.
“We are grateful and relieved that our students are safely back in the
United States,” said David Smith, Union College president. “Our highest
priority, whether on campus or with traveling groups, is always the
safety and wellbeing of our students. While there is much that can be
learned from this situation, the most meaningful lesson for me has been
the resilience and positive spirit of our students and staff while they
waited patiently for the situation to be resolved.”
On Feb. 8, the group of 21 students, seven staff and four staff
children, arrived in the village of Maurak, Venezuela, for 10 weeks of
training and service. From this site in the southeastern corner of the
country, small groups of students, each led by a physician and in most
cases also a registered nurse, traveled by plane, jeep, canoe or on foot
to remote villages to provide medical services for two to three days.
The groups then returned to Maurak for debriefing and continued study.
During the first half of the semester in Venezuela, IRR students were
involved with more than 600 humanitarian contacts under a physician’s
supervision. In addition to tropical medical experience, IRR students
were engaged in coursework through lectures and demonstrations. Mid-way
through the trip, however, Venezuelan government officials questioned
the validity of the group’s permissions and paperwork pertaining to
licensing of the two physicians in the group and accusations of using
expired medications. Most of the medications in question were left at
the mission campus by previous service groups.
“We do not know exactly who or what triggered the concern over our
status in the country after several weeks of service,” Smith said. “The
goal of the international rescue and relief program is to train
professionals who can relieve suffering through emergency service and
caring for those in need. We in no way wish to interfere with government
policies or provide help in a way that is not welcome.”
Smith says that while launching the IRR program during the three years
leading up to this year’s trip, Union College representatives completed
all paperwork and obtained permissions they understood that were as
necessary and customary for the semester abroad.
Despite the unexpected confusion over documents, Michael Duehrssen, IRR
program director and board-certified physician, said they maintained a
positive relationship with the local village. “The people of Maurak and
the remote villages where we served were extremely supportive and
grateful for our work,” he said. “The questions about our credentials
came from officials beyond the local region.”
After it became clear that confusion with the documents could not be
easily solved, the Union College group agreed to voluntarily leave the
country. However, even after this decision, more delays for clearance
and the Easter holiday weekend prolonged travel arrangements.
“We are proud of our students and their positive approach to this
disruption in their semester,” said Linda Becker, vice president for
Student Services who along with Jeff Joiner, chair of the Division of
Health Sciences, met the IRR group at the Miami airport. “From what the
IRR students have told us, even though they were not free to come and go
for a few days as they might have wished, they were treated well and
even shared meals with the guards who posted at the mission campus the
last week. Other than having to find creative ways to overcome cabin
fever, the group had the food and supplies they needed.”
Alicia Archer, Union College student from Colorado agrees with Becker.
“We were all very calm—very chill—with no extreme emotions,” she said
Tuesday morning on the phone from Miami. “After this trip, I am even
more proud and passionate about the IRR program than before. I have
rediscovered my goals and vision for my life on this trip.” Archer plans
to combine her IRR major with a degree in nursing and serve abroad
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What was the purpose of the trip to Venezuela?
In the junior or senior year of the international rescue and relief
(IRR) program, students complete 10 weeks of training in tropical
medicine, preventative health care and humanitarian relief in a remote
Who was involved in the trip?
The group of 32 from Union College worked with local health care
professionals, translators and volunteers. Most of the students are
juniors and seniors and all have completed Emergency Medical Technician
(EMT) basic certification.
21 Union College IRR students including one who is a registered
7 staff including two physicians and two registered nurses
4 staff children
Where in Venezuela was the IRR group located?
The Union College group was in the state of Bolivar on an existing
mission campus near the village of Maurak, which is about 15 miles from
the Brazilian border in the southeastern corner of Venezuela. The
closest Venezuelan town on a detailed map is Santa Elena.
What type of training and service is involved in the semester abroad?
While in Venezuela, IRR students learned through a combination of
lecture and hands-on training. The students were separated into small
groups, each led by a physician and in most cases, also a registered
nurse and a local health care provider. During the week, the groups
traveled by plane, jeep, canoe or on foot to remote villages to provide
medical services for two to three days and then returned to Maurak for
debriefing and continued study.
Why were Venezuela and the village of Maurak chosen as the training
The program director, Dr. Michael Duehrssen, had previous contacts in
the region including flight support through a group that has been
established in the area for several years. This is the fourth annual
service trip Duehrssen has made to the area which has allowed him to
establish relationships with the local village captains and medical
personnel in the region. In spring 2006, administrators from Union
College also visited and met with local and regional officials. The
village of Maurak extended an invitation and made land available for
Union College to use for the semester of training. The rural setting
provided access to rivers and mountains that were also ideal for jungle
survival training and recreation. In addition, program leaders wanted
students immersed in the Spanish language, which IRR majors are required
to study and will likely be needed in future service settings.
What documentation did Union College pursue prior to arriving in
Union College had signed letters of agreement with a local hospital and
health officials, the governor of the State of Bolivar, the Civil
Protection department for the State of Bolivar and had a letter of
invitation from a recognized relief organization in the region. The
group had the customary approvals by state and local authorities and
when they asked about additional documentation, they were told that no
further approval was needed. Also, because Duehrssen had traveled and
served successfully with other groups using the same level of
permissions with no concern, Union College leaders thought they had
covered the documentation requirements.
What was the nature of the confusion with the government?
During the three years leading up to this year’s trip, Union College
representatives completed all paperwork and obtained permissions they
understood as necessary for the semester abroad. However, in the second
half of the 10-week trip, Venezuelan officials questioned the group’s
authority to practice medicine while in the country and the
appropriateness of their tourist visas for the work they were doing. In
addition, there were questions about expired medications that were found
on the site of the mission campus, even though most of these medications
were left in storage by previous groups. Union College does not know how
the government initially became concerned about the group’s purpose and
What was the status of the group once questions were raised by the
For about a week, the group was restricted to the grounds of the mission
campus and a nearby hill/mountain for recreation. Officials described
the term as “protective custody.” During the day, three guards were on
duty at the entrance to the campus. Students and staff were never
threatened with violence or harmed. In fact, the students befriended the
guards who often ate meals with the group and participated in worships.
What is the setting of the mission campus?
The mission campus where the international rescue and relief group was
housed is about the size of one-and-a-half football fields. The
grass-covered grounds include three block buildings (residence
facilities and a main multi-purpose dining and meeting building) with
more construction in process.
What did the students learn while in Venezuela?
Union College’s international rescue and relief group was in Venezuela
for more than a month before questions were posed by the government
about their documentation and purpose. During these weeks, the group was
involved with more than 600 humanitarian contacts under a doctor’s
supervision including assisting with wound care, treating abscesses and
parasites, testing for malaria, improving unclean water systems,
administering child health assessments and presenting preventative
health education lectures. In addition to tropical medical experience,
IRR students were engaged in coursework through lectures and
demonstrations. Some of the most valuable lessons for the group this
year also include understanding diplomacy, contingency planning and
developing patience in the midst of unfamiliar circumstances.
What is the future of the IRR program, particularly the semester
With more than 100 students enrolled in this unique academic discipline,
Union College is committed to the future of the international rescue and
relief program. During the launch of the program over the last three
years, Union College has received invitations from potential sites in
multiple countries. In the weeks ahead, Union College administrators
will continue to refine the process and criteria for locations best
suited for the semester of international study and service. While local
officials in Maurak have said they would welcome the group’s return,
details of this arrangement or other site possibilities will need to be
explored in depth.
The international rescue and relief major at Union College is the
only undergraduate program of its kind in the United States. This
interdisciplinary major combines the study of health, logistics, search
and rescue through seven emphasis options. The major, launched in 2004
with 32 students, now has more than 100 students enrolled.
The multi-track curriculum combines rescue and survival skills,
emergency care, humanitarian relief, public health, disaster management
and multi-cultural service training. Certifications include EMT basic
and white water and high angle rescue among others. In order to prepare
students for diverse environments and foster a global perspective,
courses are taught in Colorado, Florida and a developing country in
addition to the main campus in Lincoln, Neb.
This major is designed to equip graduates with specialized skills to
serve in a world facing increasing natural and man-made disasters and
growing refugee populations. More info available at www.ucollege.edu/irr.
Union College, located in Lincoln, Nebraska, is an accredited,
comprehensive institution of higher education offering bachelor’s
degrees in more than 50 majors and a Master of Physician Assistant
Studies. Established in 1891 by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Union
enrolls close to 1,000 students from 46 states and 30 countries with a
variety of faith backgrounds. Union College offers active learning in a
vibrant Christian atmosphere where students are empowered to lead. With
a focus on undergraduate education, Union’s nurturing environment offers
students a safe place to grow and prepare for careers of service and
Union College invites the community to six music performances during the
Division of Fine Arts Spring Music Festival Weekend, April 20-24. All
events are free to the public. For more information, call 486-2553.
Friday, April 20, 8 p.m.—Spring Choral Concert
Union College Octet, Chamber Chorale, and Honors Singers
Church Seventh-day Adventist Church, 48th and Prescott Ave.
Saturday, April 21, 8:45 p.m.—Symphonic Winds and Instrumental Ensemble
Symphonic Winds, Brass Union, Woodwind Quintet, Percussion
Union College Gymnasium, 3800 S. 48th St. Enter campus from
Sunday, April 22, noon—Senior Recital
Trenton Russell, saxophone
Recital Hall, 48th and Bancroft
Sunday, April 22, 7 p.m.—Senior Recital
Vil Arreola, piano
Recital Hall, 48th and Bancroft
Monday, April 23, 8 p.m.—Senior Recital
Sirak James, piano
View Church Seventh-day Adventist Church, 48th and Prescott Ave.
Junior and Senior business and computer students from Union College will
visit a number of companies across Lincoln for the third Division Field
Day, Feb. 21. About 70 students will spend four hours around the city
shadowing professionals in their respective fields.
The field day will showcase the professional lives of employees at about
20 sites across Lincoln, including Thompson Realty, the minnow PROJECT,
the City of Lincoln, Douglas Theatres, and Talent+. The sites chosen
emphasize an area the students are studying, including computers,
finance, marketing, accounting and management.
“Last year I went to the Nebraska Heart Hospital and shadowed the
network manger. He showed me their facilities, and shared some of his
work experiences,” said Thang Nguyen, a senior computer information
systems major. “I’m glad that the division is doing it again.”
The project is completely student led, with officers of the Business and
Computer Club taking on the responsibility. They have spent more than a
month working with companies to secure locations for students to visit.
“I was amazed at how many businesses wanted to help,” said senior Andrew
Whitlock, president of the Business and Computer Club. “Many of them
were even more excited when they heard it was Union College.”
“This is another great example of what student leadership can
accomplish,” said Barry Forbes, associate professor of business.
Additional information about the Division of Business and Computer
Science can be found online at http://bcs.ucollege.edu,
or by calling 402.486.2521.
International rescue and relief students from Union College in Lincoln,
Neb., thought they had seen the worst winter rain storms Florida had to
offer during two weeks of ocean survival and dive rescue training. But
on Friday, Feb. 2, news of pre-dawn tornadoes a few hundred miles north
of their training posts in the Florida Keys prompted 19 Union College
students and staff members to find a way to help.
In cooperation with ACTS (Active Community Team Services), a
faith-based, volunteer disaster response team, the group exchanged a
rest-filled weekend for an all-night drive to put their humanitarian
relief training into action. The group arrived in Lady Lake, Fla., at 3
a.m. Saturday morning (Feb. 3) and were volunteering by 6 a.m. They
assisted with the setup of ACTS’s circus-sized tent near the destroyed
Lady Lake Church of God.
“The rescue and recovery teams had completed most of their work by the
time we could get to the disaster site,” said Michael Duerhssen,
co-director of Union’s international rescue and relief program. “The
priority for our group was helping ACTS prepare and distribute meals,
water and personal care items to the people in the greatest need
following the storm.”
The distribution site near the church was a hub of media activity over
the weekend including visits from Florida’s governor Charlie Crist and
the director of FEMA. While volunteering, Union students were shadowed
by local and national news crews covering the aftermath of the storm.
In addition to helping at the ACTS tent site, a team of Union College
students drove a cargo truck through the devastated area to distribute
goods—food, water, diapers, blankets, medical supplies—to people unable
to get to shelters or afraid to leave what little they had left
“We had many opportunities to pray with the people we were assisting,”
Duehrssen said. “We praise God that we were in the right place at the
right time to be able to help even if it was only for two days.”
On Monday (Feb. 5), the rescuers-in-training returned to South Florida
to prepare for their next service and education adventure. On Wednesday
(Feb. 7), 21 Union College students and three staff will fly to
Venezuela for 10 weeks of training in tropical medicine, preventative
health care and humanitarian relief in remote villages.
Union’s international rescue and relief major is the only four-year
program of its kind in the United States. With an emphasis on hands-on
learning, the Bachelor of Science curriculum combines rescue and
survival skills, emergency medical care, humanitarian relief, public
health, disaster management and multicultural training.
To learn more about Union College’s international rescue and relief
program, visit www.ucollege.edu/irr
or call 402.486.2980. To read more coverage about Union College students
assisting in Florida, view these publications online: Ocala
and the Lincoln