Union College’s new science and mathematics complex is nearing reality—both physically and financially. Already the framework for the new 58,000-square-foot building towers over what used to be parking lots between Rees Hall and Larson Lifestyle Center on the north side of the campus, and the complex is well on its way to completion at the end of the calendar year.
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“Union College is a center for peacemaking just as Christianity is a center,” said Chris Blake. “We want to be children of God just as Jesus said: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.’”
Christian folk singer and independent artist JJ Heller will perform at Union College for vespers on Friday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church.
This weekend many Union College alumni have travelled back to their alma mater to reconnect with classmates and the institution that played a significant role in their lives. For everyone else, Union College will webcast select events from Homecoming Weekend 2013 live on UCLive this weekend.
During the week celebrated by the Christian world commemorating the final events in the life of Christ, including his death and resurrection, Union College students will be able to follow the story at a series of events throughout the week highlighted by a Resurrection Pageant, which will unfold on March 30 on the Union College campus, with tours starting every 20 minutes between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
The Association for Seventh-day Adventist Historians (ASDAH) will hold their seventh triennial conference at Union College on March 21-24, 2013. Adventist scholars from around the U.S. and the world will convene to present and discuss the theme, “Adventist Transitions between 1880 and 1920.”
Students will soon eagerly depart campus for exotic destinations as spring break approaches, but the Union College campus will be far from empty without them.
From March 7-14, youth directors and youth pastors from across North America will gather at Union College for the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s North American Division (NAD) Youth Ministries Annual Committee Meetings. The meetings see numerous researchers, administrators and pastors convening to discuss issues relating to youth and young adults in the U.S., Canada and Bermuda.
Americana Christian folk band “The Vespers” will perform for vespers at Union College on Friday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church.
The Nashville-born group is uniquely made up of two sets of siblings, the Cryar sisters and Jones brothers, who joined forces three years ago after meeting through a mutual friend. After jamming together several times over a campfire and visiting each other’s local shows, the pairs fell in “musical love” and decided to team up.
Harrison Smith likes computers. In fact, that’s what he decided to study when he arrived at Union College a couple of years ago. But through his job at a popular music blog he discovered that instead of learning the language of machines, he’d rather use them as tool to connect with people.
In Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, intelligent idealist Emily Webb always speaks her mind and doggedly pursues her goals. Union College freshman Natalie Bruzon, who takes on the role of Emily Webb in Union’s upcoming performance of the play, discovered a lot of herself in the character.
The Midland Mustangs from Kansas City, Kans., won the 2013 Mid-America men's basketball tournament by edging out the Maplewood Huskies from Hutchinson, Minn., in the championship game by a score of 44-34.
In the women's bracket, the College View Academy Eagles from Lincoln, Neb., defeated the Sunnydale Spartans from Centralia, Mo., 32-27 to take the title.
Students from academies and high schools across the Mid-America territory will descend on the Union College campus next week for the 60th Annual Music Festival, held January 30-February 4.
In October, Union College students received a media challenge: produce a short video for use on the Web and social media that answers the question “Do we understand the world of the blind?” Six film makers rose to the challenge and on January 17, three were awarded cash prizes at the first In:Sight Video Awards event—hosted by Christian Record Services for the Blind and Union College.
“In October 2009, my nursing advisor at Southeast Community College said they would put my name on the list, and I could probably start taking nursing classes in 2012,” recalled Damion Caudy. “I left my advisor’s office that day and thought, what am I going to do? I have a daughter at home to support. I have to go to school! Ten or fifteen seconds later, I heard an ad for the Union College nursing program on the radio.”
For pre-med students like senior Courtney Laubach, the Union College International Rescue and Relief (IRR) program’s semester in Nicaragua provides hands-on experience that gives them a unique advantage in medical school. “I’m really excited to go to Nicaragua,” said Laubach. “It will be good to provide medical care and make a difference in someone’s health through education. You can treat the symptoms, but only education can really help in the long term.”
Allan Manuel, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President of the United States, will speak at a special Associated Student Body convocation service on Tuesday, November 27, at 10:30 a.m.
One click is now all it takes for Unionites to order official Union College transcripts. Starting Nov. 27, the Union College Records Office will use the National Student Clearinghouse to provide online access to ordering any time.
Until recent years, preparing for an emergency on Union College’s campus meant making sure everybody could find the tornado shelter in each building and the best exit in case of fire. But as more violence happens on educational campuses across the country each year—even Adventist campuses, no school can continue to ignore the threat of violence against students or employees.
The Joshua C. Turner Arboretum at Union College has started to turn a new leaf. Union’s park-like campus has long been known for the more than 100 species of trees and bushes, and this school year the grounds crew has been working to improve the condition of or replace some of the trees which have been around since Union College was established in 1891.