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President to president: the joys and challenges of Adventist higher education

Note: this article appears in the June issue of Outlook Magazine. Dr. Vinita Sauder is retiring after leading Union College as president for ten years. Following months of prayerful searching, the university’s Board of Trustees chose Dr. Yami…

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MPH director arrives in a cloud of dust

After a long and varied career in the public health field, Eric Aakko is ready to give back. “I’m excited about teaching students how living Jesus’ model of ‘love your neighbor’ can be applied to…

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Bazan named Union’s next president

The Union College Board of Trustees has invited Dr. Yamileth Bazan to take the reins as Union’s 30th president. Her term will begin on July 1, which is soon after the official transition to the…

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New faculty help launch Master of Occupational Therapy

Dr. Kelly Little, Union’s newest professor, started her health care career early. “I was just 15 when I got my first CNA job,” Little said. “Then a year after high school, I joined the Navy.…

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Trisha Broy brings archeological expertise to Union

Dr. Trisha Broy is on her way to joining Union’s Religion Program — as soon as she finishes digging up Iron Age jars in the Middle East this summer. Having previously taught as an adjunct…

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Megan Classen: building caregivers for the future

As Union prepares to launch its new Master of Occupational Therapy, Dr. Megan Classen is here to ensure students reach their full potential. Classen will be the new fieldwork coordinator for the graduate students, drawing…

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Drew Mekelburg to lead Warrior athletics

First as a student athlete, then a coach and now athletic director, Drew Mekelburg has found his mission field and ministry by combining two constants in his life: sports and Union College. “I’ve been around…

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Matt Teller launches a new era for Gymnaires

The Union College Gymnaires have been nothing if not resilient. Under the leadership of interim coach Rick Schwarz this past academic year, the acrosport gymnastics team hosted the national Acrofest event in the fall and…

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Whitmore joins enrollment team

Look out, U.S.A.! Union’s newest enrollment counselor, Karla Whitmore, may be coming to an academy near you. Whitmore comes to Union from Upper Columbia Academy in Washington, where she worked as an administrative assistant. Her…

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Castro couldn’t break our pizza man

If he’d followed the plan Fidel Castro’s government had for his life, Reinier Camejo Carmona would not be making pizzas for Union College students. The leaders of the Kansas-Nebraska Conference of Seventh-day Adventists also wish…

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Student Success brings Bollinger home

Benji Bollinger remembers looking out over Union’s campus from his dad’s office window as a child and thinking he was in the tallest building in the world. The son of Gary and Kathy Bollinger, many…

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Union welcomes back Ysabella Dieguez

“I always told myself that I wanted to come back to work for Union because my college experience was so great.” 2017 graduate Ysabella “Ysa” Dieguez has returned to Union as our new Director of…

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