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February 07, 2017
Perspectives on Appalachia

Union College will be hosting renowned Appalachian historian and professor Dr. William Turner for a presentation on February 28 at 7 p.m. Dr. Turner is appearing through a partnership between Union’s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Educational Studies Unit. The event is free and open to the entire Union College community. 

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February 02, 2017
Mind Game

Union College presents Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw with director, producer, and editor Rick Goldsmith as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers in Union’s Rector Little Theatre on Thursday, February 9 at 7 p.m. Following a screening of the film, the filmmaker will engage the audience in a discussion about the film and his work. The event is free and open to the public, but due to limited seating reservations are encouraged by emailing

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January 30, 2017

On March 24, high school junior and senior students from throughout the region are invited to become part of the pack during Union College’s Bulldog Preview Day. This event is open to all interested high school students and offers a first-hand glimpse at life as a Bulldog on the Union College campus. 

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January 20, 2017
Madeline McDowell Breckinridge

Union College is partnering with Kentucky Chautauqua to present Madeline McDowell Breckinridge: “Votes for Women” on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the Patridge Campus Center. The event is sponsored by Union’s Educational Studies Unit and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Kentucky – Barbourville Junior Woman’s Study Club. 

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January 17, 2017
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Union College recognized this week the students who have been named Presidential Laureates or named to the Dean’s List for the 2016 fall semester. A total of 26 students were named Presidential Laureates. 139 undergraduates were honored with recognition among the 2016 Dean's List.

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January 11, 2017
Spring Convo

Irma Gall, who founded a community outreach center in Knox County nearly 60 years ago, will be the featured speaker during Union College’s 2017 spring convocation. The event will be held in Robsion Arena on January 19 at 9:30 a.m. 

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January 06, 2017
U Laurels

Three of Union College’s noted alumni will be honored next month during the 2017 Bluegrass Sports Awards. Donald G. Lane ’65, along with Sarah K. Ramsey ’62 and husband Kenneth L. Ramsey ’53, will be recognized at the awards ceremony and banquet to be held on February 1 in Lexington. This is the sixth annual Bluegrass Sports Awards, a ceremony held by the Bluegrass Sports Commission to honor the Commonwealth’s highest achievers in sports. This year’s ceremony is presented by Alltech. 

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January 05, 2017
Union adopts new inclement weather policy

Union College has adopted a new inclement weather policy as the winter weather season approaches. The new policy will take effect immediately. Dr. David Johns, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, says the new policy will ensure all classes can meet during times of weather delay. The new policy utilizes an abbreviated meeting schedule throughout the day as opposed to the old policy that cancelled morning sessions during weather delays. 

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November 21, 2016
Golden Can

Union College and the Barbourville community joined together to collect more than 8,000 pounds of food for the annual Kentucky Harvest Southeast food drive - Pursuit of the Golden Can. The annual food drive competition pits the Union College community against University of the Cumberlands to collect food and donations for area food banks. This is the 5th year of the organized food drive; with the winner each year awarded the Golden Can. Union has held the Golden Can since Kentucky Harvest Southeast created the program. 

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November 18, 2016

Teachers educated at Union College have earned a 100% first-time percent pass rate on the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Praxis II certification exams in 2016. Dr. Jason Reeves, Dean of Union’s Educational Studies Unit, announced the 2016 testing results last week. Dr. Reeves said 25 ESU teacher candidates took the certification exam across three different testing platforms (Elementary, Middle, and Secondary). All of the teacher candidates passed the exam on their first attempt.

Local community urged to donate to KY Harvest food drive
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October 25, 2016
Golden Can

The Union College community is being urged to support The Pursuit of the Golden Can, a food drive initiative created by Kentucky Harvest Southeast. This is the 5th year for The Pursuit of the Golden Can, which asks college communities in southeast Kentucky to join together in a food drive to support those less fortunate in our region. The food drive is organized as a competition with the college collecting the most food for Kentucky Harvest Southeast is awarded the prestigious Golden Can. Union College has held the award since the inception of the program, consistently defeating University of the Cumberlands. 

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October 21, 2016
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Support Centers International has contributed $500 to Union College’s Department of Psychology. The funding is to be used to develop seminars to assist faculty in the field of addiction awareness, prevention and treatment. Dr. Ilie Vasilescu, Chair of the Psychology Department, announced the grant award to the Union College campus last week. 

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October 12, 2016
Union partner on $3.1 million U.S. Department of Education grant

Union College is partnering with the Kentucky Educational Development Corporation on a $3.1 million initiative announced by the U.S. Department of Education. The grant is part of a $26 million program to 29 grantees to develop and improve high-quality literacy programs in high-needs schools. Project LINK will expand early literacy for young children, motivate older children to read and increase student achievement by using school libraries as partners. The initiative will also promote professional development and curriculum strategies for teachers, administrators, university professors and college students entering the teaching profession. 

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September 29, 2016
New band director takes helm

The Union College Bulldog Band is now under the direction of David McCullough, announced Dr. David Johns, Vice-President for Academic Affairs. McCullough began his tenure as Director of Bands/Instructor of Music at the beginning of the fall semester. McCullough has previously directed the marching, concert and basketball bands at Syracuse and Butler universities. He has also worked with four different university bands and high school athletic departments to create performances for those individual bands. McCullough holds a BM in Music Education and a MM in Music Education from West Virginia University. In addition to being a musician and band conductor, McCullough is also a published band arranger. 

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September 26, 2016
Union’s nursing class of 2018 begins clinical experience

Union College’s newest nursing class was honored recently during a white coat ceremony commemorating the students’ induction into the Edna Jenkins Mann School of Nursing. Dr. Marisa Greer, Dean of Nursing, welcomed 18 new students into Union’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program with the ceremony. Students have completed the core portion of their undergraduate curriculum and will now focus on upper level courses, which for the nursing students includes clinical experience at Union’s partner facilities. During the ceremony, Dr. Greer gave each student a white nursing coat recognizing their introduction to the traditions and practice of nursing. 


Timeline of Union's history

A timeline of Union College's history