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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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Derek Williams pays it forward

Everyone deserves a teacher who inspires them to pursue their passion. For Derek Williams, that teacher was Larry Ray. Now, Williams hopes his new full-time role in Union’s Computer Science and Math Program will allow…

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Arianna Shay returns to Union as PA clinical director

Arianna Shay is joining Union College’s PA Program as the clinical director. “I’ll be helping manage student rotations, communicating with the preceptors and helping students with their assignments during their clinical year,” she explained. For…

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Welcome back, Missy!

A familiar face returns to Union College as Missy Sorter rejoins the Enrollment team as the new Transfer Enrollment Counselor. “I will be doing enrollment for nursing, OTA and even some traveling to the west…

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Amber Cook: the art in racing

Dust and exhaust rise from the ground as thousands of horsepower rumble to life. The deafening engines drown out the crowd’s low roar as anticipation and excitement builds. This is exactly what Amber Cook loves…

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Abner Campos: a life of learning starts at Union

Abner Campos will never forget the last day of his Theology 1 class with Dr. Thomas Toews. At the end of the class, the professor told his students to remember just one thing. Campos expected…

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Christianna Nesmith: putting the community in college

Christianna Nesmith doesn’t make all of her decisions at summer camp—just the big, life-changing ones. For example, she was working at Camp Wakonda in Wisconsin when she met her fiancé (they’re getting married this month).…

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Video: AdventHealth Innovation Classroom

Jodie Trana, a business professor at Union College, gives a tour of the AdventHealth Innovation Classroom, a newly redesigned learning space that uses interactive technology to promote innovation and collaboration. The classroom is located on…

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Video: Union College shakes up higher education with “substitute” students

Published on April 1, this video explains how Union College has been quietly testing a new program that allows parents to step in as “substitute students.” Starting April 1, parents may take up to six…

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A class with monstrous appeal

“Are monsters always evil?” I watched my fellow students begin discussing Dr. Seth Pierce’s question with excitement. Those walking by the lecture hall might have found this an odd way to start the first day…

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