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Swapping lesson plans for less plans

When Danica Eylenstein arrived at Union College as a sophomore, she came from New Jersey sight unseen with only two suitcases and a goal: become an elementary teacher. “I became an Adventist in the fifth…

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Union’s guaranteed education enables grad to follow true calling

Russell Palmer III ’06 and ’13 was determined to be a doctor. So he enrolled in Union College as a pre-med major, graduating in 2006 with a chemistry degree and plans to attend medical school…

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The quest for the perfect cheesecake

The perfect cheesecake was born in Lincoln, Neb. More specifically, it was born at Union College’s Culver Hall and Cooper’s Apartments. For two years, Marcus Morris, an ambitious psychology major, matched wits with cream cheese,…

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Video: Kolby Beem’s pastoral internship experience

Every Union College theology major spends the first semester of his or her senior year as a pastoral intern under the mentorship of a senior pastor. This immersive experience allows students to participate in every…

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Teaching teachers to teach

Most Adventist elementary schools have one or two educators teaching students in multigrade classrooms. But despite the prevalence of smaller schools, it can be hard to find training arenas that recreate that reality. That can…

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Don’t face adulting alone

By Trena Smith Reed What do you do when you find the door at the end of the God-ordained path bolted shut? What do you do when no amount of knocking or calling opens that…

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Union alum values intentional mentorship from professors

Kyle Berg was scrolling through Facebook when he came across a post by Scott Cushman, digital communications director at Union College. The post was a request for Union College alumni to share if and how…

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Called to serve. Trained to rescue.

By Becky Daniel, director of strategic marketing There’s a swarm of people stacking crates outside a trailer as Caleb Shetler, junior international rescue and relief (IRR) major, double checks gear and directs other Union College…

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A semester in the life of a church

Ah yes, we’ve all heard it: “some things you just won’t learn in a classroom.” Those words never rang truer for me than this fall semester. While many of my friends returned to Union College…

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Video: Lindsey Martinsen on nursing

Lindsey Martinsen, a 2014 nursing graduate, talks about why she chose to earn a bachelor of science in nursing at Union College. Learn more about Union’s nursing program at

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Social worker finds a calling in service

by Megan Wehling, student writer “If I would have known better, I would have done better.” Angela Washington listened to the repentant cry of a mom in anguish. Sitting in a cold courtroom, watching the mom huddled…

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Nursing students learn in the Nicaraguan jungle

by Ruby Ruano, student writer “Lindsay, get up, there is a woman in labor that needs our help.” The voice from the darkness jarred Union College nursing major Lindsay Harrison from her midnight slumber. As…

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