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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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Brothers follow the same calling at Union

They’re not twins. Born almost three years apart, brothers Jacob and Justin Cook graduate from Union College next month.  A series of roadblocks, life lessons, and surprising invitations, brought them to Lincoln and a dual…

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Changing the face of education

Jovannah Poor Bear-Adams remembers all the students who have come through Holbrook Academy. In her seven years there—first as girls’ dean and English teacher, then as vice principal, and now as Dean of Student Services…

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Following a calling back home

Sameera Sigdel always knew she wanted to work in health care. At first she thought that meant being a nurse. But now she is following her calling—one she discovered during her time at Union—working in…

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Planning for the worst

One year ago, Meredith Nichols was in the classroom planning for hypothetical disasters. Today, she works for Custer County in Colorado planning for real ones. The 23-year-old Deputy Emergency Manager never expected to attain such…

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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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