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An education to match her passion

When Sandra Elizondo, a 2020 Union graduate, lost her half-brother DJ to gang violence ten years ago, a passion sparked inside her to help struggling youth. “I remember he always said people just don’t get it,”…

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Serving Sierra Leone

James and Rachel O’Hare Fernando use lessons from Union to heal patients.James Fernando’s mother jokes that he got his degree in camping. As an international rescue and relief major at Union College, James did spend…

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Kenna Lee Carlson: 28 years of behind-the-scenes excellence

For Kenna Lee Carlson, leaving her job as Union’s alumni activities director is not a retirement so much as a promotion to full-time family activities director. “I don’t want to just go home and put…

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Homecoming: join us for Union’s reUnion April 4-7

Plan now to join us! Special recognition will be given for honor classes from the following years:
1949, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1979, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2009.

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What’s it like in Nebraska’s top-ranked nursing school?

Arin Beyer remembers the anxiety. He couldn’t eat. He couldn’t sleep. The 23-year-old was about to begin the first shift after orientation training when he would truly be on his own as a nursing professional.…

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Inspiring moments of generosity

“Waiting for someone else to do the job that needs to be done just doesn’t feel right,” said Chris Wall, a child and adolescent psychiatrist who graduated from Union in 1996. Wall recently launched 4Giving,…

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Health class leads to 60-pound life change

by Emily Roque Cisneros, Union graduate and freelance writer When Jared Dittmer enrolled in Union College’s education program, he felt he had discovered his calling. But upon taking the Concepts of Wellness course, Dittmer became…

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Kettering Health Network builds a pipeline for Union nurses

When Aaron Snelgrove graduated from Union with a nursing degree in May, finding a job was the last thing on his mind. He already had a dream job waiting for him at Kettering Hospital in…

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Union posts 100% NCLEX-RN first-time pass rate for 2018

Union College nursing graduates posted a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam in 2018. For May 2018 graduate Hope Sajdak, that meant starting her new job right away in the…

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Health, wellness and faith

For Alyssa Walton, healthy living is a passion and a way of life, and now she helps run one of the best corporate wellness programs in the world. “Wellness is fully ingrained in our company culture,”…

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Drs. Barry and Lisa Forbes receive President’s Award

Drs. Barry and Lisa Forbes have been the anchors of Union College’s Division of Business and Computer Science for more than 20 years—where Barry serves as the chair of the division and Lisa is a…

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A path to a guaranteed nursing career

Imagine graduating from college with the guarantee of a job at a prestigious organization—and getting a $10,000 signing bonus. For Union College nursing graduates, that scenario is now a reality, thanks to a new partnership…

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