Photo of Ed Rusk and his wife.

Ed Rusk: a champion of lifestyle change

Like many, alumnus Ed Rusk ’88 lived an active lifestyle during his adolescence and college years. As he got older though, his health declined due to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. Then, his older brother, Marton,…

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Austin Hill: college is hard, but life can be harder

Sitting on a roof in the bitter cold of a Chicago November, joints aching, Austin Hill thought to himself: Going to school is better than working construction.  So he returned to Union.  Austin’s meandering journey…

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Swimming to Europe and back

Jim Clements started swimming laps at Union College’s Larson Lifestyle Center in 1984 — just a couple of years after the pool opened. Now 9,000 miles later, he’s swum far enough to cross the Atlantic…

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From running club to Ironman to coach: Union graduate embodies the gift of movement

Sharon McDowell Larsen ’84 has always been on the move. Born in Zimbabwe, she moved back and forth between Africa and the United States as a child, and then to Canada. During college, her homebase…

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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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The basis for a strong base

Between attending classes, coordinating community service for Campus Ministries and being a Gymnaires team captain, Adam Anderson’s schedule is packed. However, the junior international rescue and relief major from Randolph, Alabama, always finds time to…

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Red Cross Club provides emergency relief in southeast Nebraska

The American Red Cross is often a first responder to emergencies, with volunteers handing out food and necessities, finding lodging, and taking care of immediate needs of survivors. When disasters like house fires or tornadoes…

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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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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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Making a difference

When students practice and perform in Union College’s Engel Recital Hall, they can now enjoy the dulcet, yet majestic tones of a Baldwin concert grand piano made possible by a generous donor. “This is a…

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A gift that gives back

For Glen ’68 and Marybeth Watkins ’68 Gessele, one of the most important memories of their time at Union was the strong connections built between student and faculty. In fact, they first met at a…

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Volunteers help TLC serve more students

In 1978, Union College introduced the Teaching Learning Center in an effort to provide students with academic support and tutoring. Early on, the program expanded by offering services and accessibility accommodations for students with learning…

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