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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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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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VIDEO | His mother’s dream came true

She wanted her oldest son to go to a Christian school and the way opened up. Give to the Union College Fund or Student Scholarship Fund to support students like Gio.

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Senior feature: Arse Tufa

Arse Tufa (pronounced “Ar-say”) graduated in December a semester early. By mixing online courses with his in-person classes at Union, he’s completing his degree after just seven semesters despite switching majors, playing on the soccer team…

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Michael Mecklenburg: cracking the code to real-world experience

When you think of a computer scientist, you might envision someone coding alone in a dark room. But Michael Mecklenburg, a junior information technology and business administration major, proves that’s not the case.  “Both IT…

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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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Immersed in international relations

The Jordan River. Ajloun Castle. Petra. The Dead Sea. Wadi Rum. Senior international relations and history major Aubrey Benton explored all these places this summer — on the U.S. Department of State’s bill.  Benton was one of…

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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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Ruben Garcia: doing it all

It’s increasingly hard to imagine a Union College without Ruben Garcia. For the last four years, the psychology major from North Carolina has been one of the most involved students on campus — in Campus…

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Lilly Lauina: a compassion for children

Many students travel cross-country to attend college. But for Lilly Lauina, coming to Union College meant a trip of more than 6,000 miles from her home in American Samoa. “It took a lot to transition…

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