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Lobby renamed in honor of John and Lilya Wagner

When John Wagner’s time as college president is remembered, his leadership by example comes to mind first. “If we had a program in the gym, John Wagner would be the first one to take his…

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A fast track to practicing medicine

Jadyn Anderson is one of the busiest students on Union’s campus. The junior from South Dakota balances her studies with working as a physical therapy technician, founding and leading the pre-PA club, and organizing service…

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Growing mind, body, soul and facilities

Physical wellness is something that’s important to many students on campus, especially Eddie Luke. As a sophomore theology major, his physical wellbeing is a major part of his spiritual life. “Wellness is a lifestyle. Personally,…

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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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Building a better Union

Big changes came to Union this past year, with renovations to several areas of campus bringing improvement to the learning and living experiences of Union students. Rees Hall This summer, Maranatha volunteers installed new flooring,…

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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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Joy Hirdler (a red haired woman) smiles at the camera in front of a banner reading "Thankful You're Here"

Welcome to Union, Joy!

“Everyone has been so warm and welcoming. This is going to be a great experience, I can already tell,” said Joy Hirdler, Union’s new controller overseeing accounting operations. “My team runs the day to day…

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Energy to finish: health classes lead to lifestyle change

If you go down to Larson Lifestyle Center on a weekday afternoon, you might meet Katie Tahay in the weight room. The junior English language arts education major from Colorado exercises there five days a…

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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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Ockenga to lead Nursing Program

“Every time we have a nursing pinning ceremony or a graduation, seeing those individuals walk across the stage and knowing that I was able to see that student get through a difficult time or have…

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Forest Lake and Sunnydale top the Fall Tournament

The Forest Lake Academy Panthers from Florida won the volleyball Thunderdome Division bracket and the Sunnydale Adventist Academy Spartans from Missouri won the soccer Thunderdome Division bracket at the 2021 Union College Fall Tournament on…

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Kim Brown stands in front of the Physician Assistant Program door, smiling at the camera

Welcome back to PA, Kim!

“I felt really warm and cozy here, and I liked the small school atmosphere,” said Kim Brown, a 2002 PA graduate who has returned to Union’s PA program as a faculty member. “I had a…

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