On Sunday, October 20, at 7:00 PM the Union College Library will be once again be turned into a site for interfaith dialogue with the viewing and discussion of the HBO documentary Koran by Heart. This dynamic film follows the journey of three ten-year-olds from different countries to Cairo, Egypt for the the Egypt International Holy Koran Competition where they must each recite the entire Qur’an from memory to a panel of judges on live television and radio. Held on the holiest day of Ramadan, this is the oldest and most prestigious Qur’an competition.
Union College's International Rescue and Relief program has helped in the aftermath of disasters across the nation and around the globe, but never before quite so close to home. On Friday morning, Oct. 4, the Cornhusker Chapter of the American Red Cross contacted the IRR program requesting students to join their team in assessing damage caused by a tornado Thursday night and checking on the well-being of residents.
At convocation on Oct. 1, 2013, classes met to choose new student leaders for this school year. A far cry from the earnest politicking of ASB elections in the spring, class elections are informal affairs. Nominations are made on the spot, and votes are cast by raised hands. As happy as the winners are to be chosen, the unsuccessful candidates often return to their seats with a smile, knowing they have one less thing to worry about.
What better way to learn to live as a citizen of the global community than to experience it for yourself? Through taking the Wealth and Poverty class—typically a three-week study tour visiting Hong Kong, China and Malaysia—you’ll discover first-hand alternative perspectives and the disparity in lifestyles that exist around the world.
For Union College student Annie Mullin, giving back to the community is more than something she does for a few hours on Project Impact day. That’s why she and fellow physician assistant students created Dash for Compassion on Sunday, October 6, to raise funds for the free clinic offered by People’s City Mission.
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.