With every college town comes football season. With football season comes tailgaters. For Union College fans in Barbourville, tailgating now means taking over downtown on game day. Business owners in downtown Barbourville have announced the creation of Union Hometown Tailgate.
In a white coat ceremony held at the Conway Boatman Chapel, Marisa Greer, Interim Dean of Nursing, led 16 students across the stage and cloaked each with a white lab coat; a universal symbol of the career the students have chosen to pursue. The ceremony is a closely regarded tradition in the nursing and medical field.
Robert Hackett, President of The Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, joined Union College students, faculty, staff and community partners to help launch the Center for Civic Engagement; the college’s new service-based steering organization. “While the college is officially launching something new, it is also building upon its very significant legacy of service,” Hackett said.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has recognized Union College as a Five-Star Champions of Character Silver Award winner for 2014-15. Institutions are measured on a demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character and earned points in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion.
Union College is ranked among the top 100 colleges in the south according to the 2016 U.S News & World Report best colleges rankings, which were released this week. Union is ranked No. 83 by U.S. News and World Report in the publication’s Regional Universities South Rankings.
The 2015-16 academic year is officially underway at Union College with completion of fall convocation. The program was held at Conway Boatman Chapel on Thursday with the entire undergraduate student population in attendance. Mary Beth Spurlock served as the guest speaker for this fall's convocation.
The grand opening for Union College’s Center for Civic Engagement is set for Friday, Sept. 11, and it will be a celebration of partnerships and service throughout the community. The event will feature Robert Hackett, president of The Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, as a guest speaker and Union’s newest civic partner.
The Department of Education approved a grant of nearly $400,000 to allow Union College to continue with programming geared toward online course development. Tara Cooper, Union’s Associate Academic Dean, announced the grant to the campus community late last week.
College is about traditions; it’s about completing the circle of education and moving toward the next phase of one’s life; it’s about discovering the values we all hold. More than 200 incoming college students committed themselves to this endeavor and pledged to support Union’s core values during the annual C.I.R.C.L.E.S. ceremony.
More than 200 incoming Union College students spent a part of their first full weekend on campus “paying it forward” throughout the community. Students participated in community service at 13 locations throughout Barbourville, Knox County and the local region Saturday.
Union College took a step closer to making the Athletic Enhancement Project a reality as it broke ground on the Dan L. Sullivan Indoor Training Facility on Monday. The facility is the first of three phases of the Athletic Enhancement Project and is being named in honor of Sullivan, a 1957 graduate.
Union College will once again provide the community an opportunity to view some of today’s best independent films as the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers returns to campus this fall. The Southern Circuit Tour will bring six films to campus with three being showcased during the fall semester and three during the spring semester.
Marie Cirillo, Co-Founder of the Clearfork Community Institute, was selected to provide this year’s address for the annual CIRCLES ceremony. The event will be held on Aug. 24, at 8 p.m. inside the Conway Boatman Chapel.
Union College is proud to announce it will host the 2015 Kentucky National Guard Family Day on Sunday, Aug. 23. The event will support service members and their families from service units in Barbourville, London and Williamsburg. More than 400 people are expected to attend this year’s event.
Union College has been awarded nearly $1.5 million from the Department of Education to provide academic services to its student body. The grant award will directly impact student support services for 175 first-generation, low-income students as well as individuals with disabilities.