“Although he had recently been very sick with his kidney issues, when I was 18 and met Dr. Freidline for the first time as a prospective student, he acted the same as when he met everyone,” said Carrie Wolfe, chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics and Union College chemistry graduate. “He was so pleasant, informative and happy to talk to me and my parents.”
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Shilo Parker remembers well the first time he saw a man making glass beads with a torch at the Old Market in Omaha. Mesmerized by his work, Parker immediately got his own bead making kit and began what would become a lifelong love affair with glass.
Seven years after his first encounter with glass work, Parker is giving his first exhibition at Union College’s McClelland Art Gallery now through July 14. A combination of glass and ceramics, the exhibit combines vibrant colors with abstract patterns in an abundance of styles
One student’s story of figuring out how to make a home in a cold, bare dorm room with a complete stranger.
As I turned the doorknob and walked in, I stared at the room I would be living in for the next nine months—or possibly four years—of my life. I was greeted by undecorated white walls, empty drawers and closets, and a stack of naked bunk beds. This is supposed to be my home?
For many Union College students, finding ways to make Union a home keeps them coming back each year to graduate. But for Nathan Huggins, finding a place like home is what brought him to Union.
Stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nathan wanted to spend the Sabbath hours with people who shared his new faith. He had recently started attending an Omaha area Adventist church, but his search for a Friday evening vespers service led him to make the drive to Lincoln.
It is a miracle really, when we think about it, how people meet, how lives merge, how a home is made; the journey, the love, the promises that make it so.
A house, well, a house is a different story all together. A house can be made relatively quickly. The process is fairly straight forward. Get the supplies. Get a crew. Hammer. Sweat. Work hard. Work really hard. And then, there it is, in a matter of months if all goes well.
Although many professors have made significant contributions to learning in Jorgensen Hall, here are 10 who served the longest, touching the lives of countless students over the years.
Home. A small word. Two consonants. Two vowels. Yet this humble word matters. This word counts. It can conjure up a million different images and evoke a thousand different feelings in all of us. Familial abode, physical space, or emotional solace; it connects us to what matters. For Kendra Carlson, who claimed the whole west coast as home growing up, this word has since come to evoke something much more specific. These days, a renovated old house in Lincoln, Neb., is the hub from which Carlson’s world emanates.
Have you ever tried to picture Heaven—to truly imagine the sights, sounds and feelings that will come with finally getting there? For Byard Parks ’92, Heaven is not some gold-plated, shimmery idea, it is a real place filled with laughter, music and the warmth of unique people sharing their experiences together. Heaven is home, and for a world-traveler like Parks, home is a sacred, treasured place—a place to create, to connect, to protect.
Minimalism. For most people, the word conjures up images of modern apartments with sparse decor. But for Union College graduate Lorilee Ross Lippincott ’03, minimalism is a way of life that stretches beyond modern decorating.
“For my family, minimalism means living intentionally,” she explains. “Technically, the term means buying and having fewer things. But we’ve taken an approach to minimalism that allows us to have fewer responsibilities and expectations in the negative sense of the words.”
For Dean ’68 and Sherri Johnson (’69) Fandrich, helping people create the perfect home has become far more than a way to earn a living.
Even though their business is to design and furnish home interiors, forty years of business—and before that at Union College—taught Dean and Sherri Fandrich that relationships are what matter both in business and in life.
When senior White House policy analyst Allan Manuel visited Union College in November 2012 to encourage students to explore a career in civil service, Iliana Panameno couldn’t attend his chapel talk. But with Manuel’s help, Panameno, a senior social work major, will spend the summer as an intern at the Institute for Philanthropy and Voluntary Service in Washington, D.C.
For students in Jill Morstad’s Basic Skills in English class, learning became much more real than learning how to order words on a page. This spring, the 16 students undertook an unusual project to benefit orphans at the Pan American Health Service, Inc.’s orphanage in Peña Blanca, Honduras, while enhancing their own communication skills.
On Sunday, May 5, 155 students received a diploma from Union College. Each graduate’s achievement required years of hard work, dedication, personal growth … and your generosity. Union's alumni and other supporters provide 26 percent of the total cost of educating our students each year, and those gifts allow us to continue offering a quality, Christian education to students of all socio-economic backgrounds without taxpayer subsidies.
Last night around 10:00 p.m. a lawn sprinkler control panel caught fire in the mechanical room in basement of the Dick Building. While a few people where working in the building at the time, everybody was evacuated without incident. Damage from the fire was minimal, but some smoke circulated throughout the building.
The Dick Building will be open as usual on Thursday, May 2. The smoke has been cleared from the building, but employees who have any allergies or sensitivity to smoke may contact their supervisors to make alternate work arrangements.
After a one-year hiatus, Union College will once again offer a summer math workshop for math educators at all levels—kindergarten through college. Under the direction of Union College mathematics professor Larry Ray, the one-week course will focus on bringing together teachers from every level to enhance teaching skills. Discussions and learning activities will emphasize implementation of the NAD-USA Elementary Math Standards 2012, which are closely aligned with the new Common Core State Standards.
As part of the National Library Week 2013 celebration, Union College Library has presented its Teacher of the Year Award to Dr. Frankie Rose, Assistant Professor of Biology. Approximately twenty Physician Assistant students and faculty members nominated Rose, each one sharing stories of his passion for teaching and his integration of library resources into classroom activities.
This school year, Union College launched the Center for Interfaith Studies and Culture, a center devoted to educating Union College to better serve people of different faiths and to foster goodwill and understanding between the school and other faith groups.
On April 20, Doug Hardt, the center’s director will present an overview of the content and historical context of the Qu’ran at 4 p.m. in the Shawnee-Porter Care Conference Room at Union College.
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.
“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.