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Christianna Nesmith: putting the community in college

Christianna Nesmith doesn’t make all of her decisions at summer camp—just the big, life-changing ones. For example, she was working at Camp Wakonda in Wisconsin when she met her fiancé (they’re getting married this month).…

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Tanner Forde: finding a calling in the pandemic

Tanner Forde grew up hearing stories about Union College. The brother of Brooklynn Forde, son of Terry and Marijane Forde and grandson of Jim and Roxy Hoehn, Union College is the setting for many of…

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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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Jefferson Gibson: listening for God in the cafeteria

If you’ve eaten at Union Market in the last four years, you’ve probably seen Jefferson Gibson. The senior theology major serves meals, stocks shelves and rings up purchases, all with his characteristic easygoing smile. If you…

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Michael Amankwaa: campus weatherman

The source of weather information for many Union College students and employees isn’t the local news. It’s Michael Amankwaa, our campus weatherman. For three years, the senior from Killeen, Texas, has regularly posted forecasts on uGroups, Union’s…

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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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Jillian Dean: the nuts and bolts of advocacy

“I’ve learned social work isn’t just about counseling, school and hospital work,” said Jillian Dean. “It’s also about what you can do by advocating for the people of the state and even the country.” A…

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Levi Ventura: a very good internship at VRLY

“I just try to find companies I can work with and get real-life experience. But this is probably one of the more fun and interactive jobs I have had.” While Levi Ventura has a lot…

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Faith soars over the tumbling floor

“My life doesn’t have purpose without God in it,” said junior business administration and mathematics major Devin Schlisner. “I can study all I want. I can get good grades. I can do well in sports.…

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A fast track to practicing medicine

Jadyn Anderson is one of the busiest students on Union’s campus. The junior from South Dakota balances her studies with working as a physical therapy technician, founding and leading the pre-PA club, and organizing service…

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Growing mind, body, soul and facilities

Physical wellness is something that’s important to many students on campus, especially Eddie Luke. As a sophomore theology major, his physical wellbeing is a major part of his spiritual life. “Wellness is a lifestyle. Personally,…

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The basis for a strong base

Between attending classes, coordinating community service for Campus Ministries and being a Gymnaires team captain, Adam Anderson’s schedule is packed. However, the junior international rescue and relief major from Randolph, Alabama, always finds time to…

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