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Students respond to Hurricane Ian (updated Oct. 10)

Helping those who need it most When 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…

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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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Derek Williams pays it forward

Everyone deserves a teacher who inspires them to pursue their passion. For Derek Williams, that teacher was Larry Ray. Now, Williams hopes his new full-time role in Union’s Computer Science and Math Program will allow…

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Global Health Nursing: a new perspective on patient care

As the departure date for the Union College Global Health Nursing trip grew closer, Olivia Jacobs began to consider backing out. The level five nursing major felt overwhelmed as she prepared for her finals and…

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Kailey Erkhart: A career in compassion

“I always knew I wanted to help people,” said Kailey Erkhart, a senior from Denver, Colorado. “I just didn’t know in what way.” Halfway through her degree, she switched her major to social work, and…

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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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