Photos of Rich and Lynnet Reiner living an active life.

Passing on a passion for fitness

One morning while shaving, Rich Reiner made a discovery that proved to be a wakeup call. “I found a bump on my neck,” he said. “That shouldn’t be there.” At the age of 39 with…

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Union graduates provide critical support in Haiti

When a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck southwest Haiti on August 14th, 2021, the international community rushed to send aid. But for three Union College alumni, simply sending supplies wasn’t enough. International Rescue and Relief graduates…

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Ready to serve: internships set graduates on the path to success

Most college graduates leave school with one pressing goal: find a job. But that stressor was one Josemiguel Marin, a 2021 graduate, didn’t face. He was hired in January of his senior year by the…

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Meaningful change: Abigail Logan found career and calling in occupational therapy

“I like to listen to people and help them.” Abigail Logan graduated in May as part of Union’s first cohort of OTA students, and now she has begun her career as an occupational therapy assistant…

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An education to match her passion

When Sandra Elizondo, a 2020 Union graduate, lost her half-brother DJ to gang violence ten years ago, a passion sparked inside her to help struggling youth.  “I remember he always said people just don’t get…

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Serving Sierra Leone

James and Rachel O’Hare Fernando use lessons from Union to heal patients. James Fernando’s mother jokes that he got his degree in camping. As an international rescue and relief major at Union College, James did…

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Kenna Lee Carlson: 28 years of behind-the-scenes excellence

For Kenna Lee Carlson, leaving her job as Union’s alumni activities director is not a retirement so much as a promotion to full-time family activities director. “I don’t want to just go home and put…

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Homecoming: join us for Union’s reUnion April 4-7

Plan now to join us! Special recognition will be given for honor classes from the following years:
1949, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1979, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2009.

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What’s it like in Nebraska’s top-ranked nursing school?

Arin Beyer remembers the anxiety. He couldn’t eat. He couldn’t sleep. The 23-year-old was about to begin the first shift after orientation training when he would truly be on his own as a nursing professional.…

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Inspiring moments of generosity

“Waiting for someone else to do the job that needs to be done just doesn’t feel right,” said Chris Wall, a child and adolescent psychiatrist who graduated from Union in 1996. Wall recently launched 4Giving,…

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Health class leads to 60-pound life change

by Emily Roque Cisneros, Union graduate and freelance writer When Jared Dittmer enrolled in Union College’s education program, he felt he had discovered his calling. But upon taking the Concepts of Wellness course, Dittmer became…

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Kettering Health Network builds a pipeline for Union nurses

When Aaron Snelgrove graduated from Union with a nursing degree in May, finding a job was the last thing on his mind. He already had a dream job waiting for him at Kettering Hospital in…

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