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September 16, 2016

Union College presents TYRUS with director and producer Pamela Tom as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at Union’s Little Rector Theatre on Thursday, September 22. Following a screening of the film, the filmmaker will engage the audience in a discussion about the film and her work. The event is free and open to the public, but due to limited seating reservations are encouraged by emailing

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September 09, 2016
Union now offering online MBA program

Union College is now offering a fully online Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program. Students can enroll now for the first class, beginning on October 24, at only $340 per credit hour. Union’s MBA program will consist of 30 credit hours. MBA students should have an undergraduate degree in business or may complete Union’s foundational courses prior to application. The degree can be completed in less than 24 months.  

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September 07, 2016
Union’s inaugural nursing class all granted board licensure

All 14 of Union College’s pre-licensure nursing graduates have earned full licensure to practice as registered nurses. The group of students entered the program in 2012 as Union’s inaugural class and have set a benchmark for students in the program to follow.  All of the students that interviewed for nursing positions were offered jobs prior to graduation and issued provisional licenses to practice. At this point, Union’s inaugural class is 100 percent nationally certified and 100 percent employed. 

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August 30, 2016
Nearly 300 Union freshmen begin journey with CIRCLES

Nearly 300 freshmen began their college careers with a ceremony committing to uphold the seven core values of Union College. For the 12th year in a row, new students were introduced to Union’s values – Celebration, Integrity, Responsibility, Civility, Learning, Engagement and Spirituality, during a medallion ceremony on the historic Barbourville campus. Students commit to uphold Union’s values, while Union faculty, staff, student body and community members vocalize a commitment to help them along that path. The ceremony is held each year, prior to the start of the fall semester, offering new students a lesson in the institution’s history, mission and support network. 

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August 23, 2016
New Union students focus on community during Service Day

Union College welcomed nearly 300 new students to campus last week with a freshmen orientation session that not only focused on adapting to the college environment, but serving the community. On Friday, August 19, every incoming freshman was asked to participate in Service Day, a day long community outreach experience now in its second year. Students spent the morning picking up litter, cleaning business windows and making repairs at public facilities throughout Barbourville and Knox County. 

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August 17, 2016

PRIDE is partnering with Union College for the institution’s annual Service Day, at which all incoming freshmen participate in community service activities. The event will be held this Friday, August 19 throughout Barbourville and Knox County. Service Day at Union College comes near the end of the week during the Union College Experience, a two-week freshmen orientation program. New students are encouraged to participate in Service Day to assist the local community and learn how community service supports Union’s mission. 

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August 15, 2016

Union College and Knox County Public Schools formally adopted an agreement creating a career pathway program for students focused on pursuing education in healthcare. The program will be directed primarily to Knox County students in the Allied Health Science and Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences programs of study. Officials from both institutions joined together on August 3 to sign the memorandum of agreement and discuss the benefits of the partnership. 

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August 08, 2016
Union College brings Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers back to campus

Union College is once again bringing the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers to campus for film screenings during the fall and spring semesters. The film tour is made possible through a partnership with South Arts. 

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July 28, 2016
Union celebrates 100th Birthday of football alumnus

Union College joined family and friends over the weekend to celebrate the 100th birthday of football alumnus Hughes Bennett. Bennett officially hit the centennial mark on July 27. Brian Strunk, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, along with Jon North, Director of Sports Broadcasting and External Operations, joined Bennett’s family in London for the 100th Birthday celebration. Tim Curry, Director of Union College Athletics, and Union alumni Glenn Proffitt helped to coordinate the visit. 

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July 18, 2016
Union College is now offering music classes for toddlers

Union College’s Department of Fine, Performing and Media Communication Arts is now offering music classes for toddlers through Musikgarten, the leader in early childhood music education.  “Musikgarten at Union” offers toddlers, ages 15 months thru 3 years of age (along with their grownup), the opportunity to explore the fun and magic that is music. 

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July 15, 2016
Union offers new scholarship to assist area teachers

Union College is offering a new scholarship program to assist teachers in the region attending graduate school. Union will offer a $2,500 tuition scholarship to all graduate education students from a nine county service area. The Union College scholarship will be offered to students with residency in Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Leslie, McCreary and Whitley counties. 

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July 11, 2016
Jephson foundation awards Union $12,500

Union College has been awarded $12,500 from the Jephson Educational Trust of Chicago, Ill. The award will be used for unrestricted scholarship support. The Jephson Foundation was established in 1948 and uses its endowment to provide educational support to institutions throughout the country. Such awards are critical to the success of Union College. 

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July 07, 2016
Union graduate student receives over $80k in grants

One Union College graduate student has acquired more than $80,000 in grants for the school system he serves in Johnson City, Tenn. Jerry Higgins informed his Union College professors he had been awarded a $4,950 grant from Lowe’s and a $76,000 community grant from the East Tennessee Foundation. Higgins’ grant work totaled $83,950. 

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June 28, 2016
 StraighterLine and Union College announce partnership to provide affordable and flexible degree completion options for college students

StraighterLine, the fastest-growing provider of affordable, high quality online general education courses, has partnered with Union College, a Kentucky-based institution with a passion for serving its students and the Appalachian region it calls home. In addition to face-to-face and hybrid programs, Union College is pleased to offer students options in online degree coursework on several academic levels. All of Union’s online programs are affordable, convenient for all students, and feature Union's personal connection.

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June 24, 2016
Walmart contributes to Union technology project

Walmart has contributed $1,000 to Union College for technology upgrades that will benefit Union’s first-generation students. The donation was made through the Community Grant Program of the Barbourville Walmart and approved by Store Manager Sam Scharbrough. 


Timeline of Union's history

A timeline of Union College's history