Union College once again asks for your prayers as a member of our campus family is in need of God’s healing. Sandy Tallman was calmly working at her desk and talking with colleagues in the Division of Religion yesterday (Aug. 6) around noon when she had a sudden cardiac event. Her coworkers responded immediately, calling 911, getting the automated external defibrillator, and bringing in coworkers with EMT training all within minutes. Her husband, Doug, was with her as a team of paramedics and emergency responders transported Sandy to the hospital.
Sandy is still in very critical condition and under the close supervision of specialists. We are not able to say more about her medical condition at this time.
Her family appreciates your continued prayers. They ask for no calls or visitors for the next few days. Cards may be sent to Sandy in care of the Union College Division of Religion.
“It’s hard to do anything but think about Sandy’s well-being today, but I am so grateful for our coworkers who responded quickly and decisively,” said Dr. Vinita Sauder, college president. “They were able to draw on their training in a time of crisis and worked heroically. Now we can only rely on God’s healing for Sandy, His comfort for her family and colleagues, and His wisdom for her medical team. Please continue your prayers during these critical days.”
Sandy is known on campus for her spiritual mentorship of both students and employees. Her selfless love for students shines through in both her work ethic and her ability to make time to mentor and comfort others. She has been a mom-away-from-mom for countless students and has touched the lives of even more. A sign on her desk in the Division of Religion describes her philosophy: “God answers knee-mail.”
Sandy Tallman has worked at Union College since 2005. She currently serves as the office manager in both the Division of Religion and the Health and Human Performance Program. Doug Tallman, her husband, also works at the college as the dean of men. Their son, BJ Tallman, and daughter-in-law, Audra Hanson Tallman, are Union College alumni.
By Scott Cushman, director of digital communication
Update from Doug Tallman, August 9
Sandy had a good night. She is stable and holding her own at this point. She’s still asleep and the next few days will be crucial as they remove the meds and begin waking her up. We see some encouraging signs of God’s mighty hand at work. It’s going to be a long road but we are confident that the endless mercies and goodness of our loving and all-powerful Savior are working in her behalf.
Please keep praying. Thank you.
Update from Doug Tallman, August 13
I have good news to report. Sandy awakened this morning and is talking to us. She is still very confused but able to speak. She is swallowing small pills with water on her own, and they are helping her sit up and stand for very brief moments at a time. We do not know yet to what extent her limitations will be, but for now, we will take this mighty evidence of God's powerful healing love in answer to all of your faithful, heartfelt prayers for her over this past week. She has a long journey ahead so please keep praying. Thank you again for all your support and love.
We're asking that you continue to wait until receiving further notice to visit. The medical staff need time to assess and assist in her progress.
Update, August 10
After initial improvement, Sandy has taken a turn for the worse. We are not publishing medical details without specific authorization from her family; however, the take away from today is Sandy needs a miracle more than ever. Please continue your prayers on her behalf.
The family is grateful for all of your support and the care their friends and colleagues have shown in this difficult time.
Update for August 24
Sandy has begun the long process of recovery at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital here in Lincoln. While Doug and Sandy are not looking for financial support, one of their former students has asked their permission to set up a GoFundMe page to help defray medical expenses. Click here if you'd like to contribute.
Doug and Sandy do appreciate your continued support through prayers, food and friendship.