Photo of Drs. Bazan and Sauder holding a sign saying In with the new Union Adventist University

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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Amalia Hidalgo: finding art and her voice at Union

For Amalia Hidalgo, choosing a college was the easy part. Not only was Union an easy three-hour drive from her home in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, it came with friends pre-made. “In high school, we came to Union all the…

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Senior puts international service before med school

Any senior applying to medical schools could use a prayer or two. Then there’s Adam Anderson. The international rescue and relief (IRR) major will be applying to highly competitive programs while volunteering in a country…

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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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Prayers and scholarships: a journey to nursing

Juanita Nicolas’ road to Union was not a straight line due north from her home in Dallas. Through all the detours life has thrown at her, she is confident of one thing: God has been with her…

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HeartScan: a uniquely Union approach to mentorship

Last year, occupational therapy assistant major Hailey Erickson took biology from Professor Kelly McWilliams and loved the experience — so much, in fact, that she decided to ask McWilliams to be her Heartscan mentor.  HeartScan…

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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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Warrior basketball to host MLK friendlies

Find photos on Flickr From January 12 though the 14th, Union College will host basketball teams from Andrews University, Southwestern Adventist University (SWAU) and Southeastern Illinois College (SIC). For many years, Union has participated in…

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From NE to NZ: a Union PA makes waves in the South Pacific

When Andrew Casburn got stir-crazy during the pandemic, he decided to take the skills he learned at Union College overseas. So in 2022 he and his wife, Jess, packed their lives into six suitcases and…

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Flipping the script on ADHD

Union student’s research shows experiential learning improves academic performance. When you find out that Lauren Richert has ADHD, you might feel a twinge of sympathy that she has to face such a challenge. But that…

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From IRR to MPH: Joshua Reyes-Meiring

“I never felt alive until I started working in healthcare,” said 2022 international rescue and relief graduate Josh Reyes-Meiring.  Reyes-Meiring was interested in science and medicine, but until he started in the IRR program, he…

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