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Tethered to hope

A cliffside rescue began with rope skills taught at Union When Kasondra Reel signed up to spend her summer working with Big Lake Youth Camp in Sisters, Oregon, she had no idea she would be…

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The Enemy’s Child

Under suspicion because of her ethnicity in WWII America, Ruth found refuge in an unexpected place. Ruth Matsumura sat by her mother’s bed in the small, plain room. At 11 years old, she was mature…

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Internship takes student home and to a new level of ministry

Gavin Forbes spent the fall semester away from Union College in his hometown of Apopka, Florida. It wasn’t because he wanted to trade the windy Nebraska autumn for the Florida sunshine — although he certainly…

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Giving students an edge in medical school applications

Getting into medical school was hard enough already, but as the number of applicants explodes post-pandemic, the competition is even fiercer.  “It’s getting to the point where having a good GPA isn’t enough,” said Dr.…

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Students respond to Hurricane Ian

Helping those who need it mostWhen a natural disaster tears through communities, it doesn’t discriminate based on affluence, race, or socioeconomic status. Anyone in its path is affected. When disaster response teams arrive on scene,…

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Caleb Wehling: choosing a career in healthcare

Although nursing student Caleb Wehling loves his major now, he didn’t always want to become a nurse. With a nurse and an anesthesiologist for parents, the junior from Kearney, Nebraska decided to forge his own…

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The effectual, fervent prayers of two coaches

Michelle Velazquez-Mesnard was off script. Union’s vice president for Enrollment Services was asking for specific examples of issues Union’s life coaches help students deal with. It was Parent Orientation, and Sarah Gilbert, a life coach,…

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McClain Kuhel: making space for learning

As students return to school, a handful are preparing for a semester on the other side of the classroom. McClain Kuhel is a social science education major who will be student teaching this semester. He’s…

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Taming the Amazon (financial disclosures)

Everybody knows Amazon, the trillion dollar website that can deliver your package in less than a day. But few understand it like Maurie Andino. A rising senior accounting and finance major, Andino is currently interning…

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Celebrating the life of Dr. Marilyn McArthur

We are brokenhearted to announce the loss of one of Union College’s legendary professors. Dr. Marilyn Lang McArthur, professor emerita of nursing, passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at the age of 83 following…

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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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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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