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Union announces campaign for an expanded wellness center

Union College is now building on a tradition of helping students live healthier, well-rounded lives and officially launched a $13 million capital campaign on June 16 to fund the construction of a new wellness center. The campaign will significantly expand the college’s fitness and athletic facilities.

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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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Nancy Petta retires after 40 years at Union

Nancy Petta, head of the Health and Human Performance Program, has retired after 40 years teaching at Union College.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant Program earns full accreditation

Union College’s newest academic offering, the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, has received full accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Four years in the making, the accreditation became official in April, just…

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Union hosts research symposium with Bryan College of Health Sciences

On Friday, April 23, students from Bryan College of Health Sciences and Union College gathered in Union’s Krueger Center for Science and Mathematics to present their research at the first annual Intercollegiate Environmental and Health Science Research Symposium, hosted by Union for 2021.

The symposium is part of a new collaboration between the biomedical science programs that the directors hope will lead to shared classes and more shared learning experiences in the future.

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Pastor Rich Carlson to retire after 40 years at Union

Chaplain Rich Carlson will retire this summer after being an integral part of the Union College experience for 40 years.

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TikTok influencer speaks to communication class about using chai in ministry

The era of Zoom has opened a world of speakers who can share stories and challenge students to think differently—and social media influencer Kevin Wilson is no exception.

Wilson joined Dr. Seth Pierce’s Intercultural Communication class virtually from California to share his story of growing up all over the world and ultimately using his experience to share Christ in a unique way.

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Jean-Christian Touré: Computing a calling

In theory, running a successful business is easy: find what people need or desire and provide it for a reasonable price. But reality is a lot more complicated and a lot more rewarding. Jean-Christian Touré, a 2018 Union College graduate, found this out when his side hustle became a thriving tech company providing application development, digital marketing, and IT services to businesses across Colorado and into Wyoming.

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Virtual Dash for Compassion—April 16-18

Union College physician assistant students are raising money help support Clinic with a Heart at their annual Dash for Compassion. The Lincoln-based nonprofit serves people who are uninsured and underinsured through a ministry of healthcare.

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Union plans for “normal” semester next fall

As COVID levels continue to drop across the country and vaccinations become more widely available, Union College has announced plans to reopen in person next fall returning to a near pre-pandemic state.

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Intercultural Communications students learn from local vegan restaurant owner

An integral part of understanding communication comes through learning from the experiences of real-world professionals. Union College communication professors work hard to provide opportunities for students to connect with the community. Dr. Seth Pierce, a communication professor at Union, often provides these opportunities by inviting local businesses and professionals to share their knowledge and experience with his communication classes. Recently, he invited Chef Derek Gaspard Jr., owner of JuJu’s, to his Intercultural Communication class to share his story and experiences as a Black small business owner in Lincoln.

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Lastine receives Weniger Fellows Student Scholarship

Leif Lastine, a Union College theology major, will be honored with a Weniger Fellows Student Scholarship during an online ceremony on February 20 highlighting the 2021 laureates and fellows recognized by the Charles E. Weniger Society for Excellence

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