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.
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
October 25, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.