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Oliver inauguration celebrates God’s faithfulness to Union University Oliver inauguration celebrates God’s faithfulness to Union University

Union University and its new president Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver must remain faithful to the gospel and to the concept of soul freedom in a day when such positions are increasingly difficult to hold.

That was the charge to Oliver from Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, during Oliver’s inauguration as Union’s 16th president Nov. 7.

“The most important thing that Union University should do as you move forward in this transition is to remember that there is a temptation for any school of Christian higher education to simply drift,” Moore said. “It’s easy to become simply concerned about enrollment and about endowments. It’s easy to become simply another outpost of American culture. Union has resisted that trend. Union has been different.”


Union trustees pass smallest tuition increase in 20 years

Union University trustees on Friday approved the smallest undergraduate tuition increase in the past 20 years, a move that university leaders said was designed to help keep a Union education affordable.  The approved increase per semester from $13,735 to $14,100 in 2015-2016 is a 2.66 percent hike, compared to increases that have typically been in the 6-7 percent range for the past decade. ...


Holiday art classes available through Union’s Community Art Program

Union University’s Community Art Program is offering a series of special holiday classes for children and youth on Saturdays beginning Dec. 6.  The classes will take place Dec. 6, Dec. 13, Dec. 20 and Jan. 3.  Throughout the year, the program provides art education through summer sessions, Saturday workshops and weekly classes for adults, youth and children.  More information about...


Union students host homeless men for ‘Room in the Inn’ program Union students host homeless men for ‘Room in the Inn’ program

The turf of Union’s Fesmire Field House, normally littered with cleats and baseballs, was swept clear except for cots and sleeping bags. The smell of chili simmering in crock pots wafted through the air, joined by the buzz of laughter and conversation that wove the group gathered there together.  The field house, typically used by athletes preparing to compete, served a very different purpos...


‘Topping out’ ceremony marks key event in Union library construction ‘Topping out’ ceremony marks key event in Union library construction

Students, faculty and staff at Union University signed a steel beam and participated in a brief “topping out” ceremony on campus Nov. 19 to celebrate a milestone in construction of the new library.  The steel beam they signed will be the highest piece of structural steel when it is installed in the building later this week. Union President Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver called the occasion an “exciti...  Open the Doors


Union alum Morreau serving Zambian schools through Impact One Initiative Union alum Morreau serving Zambian schools through Impact One Initiative

When Whitney Morreau signed up for a mission trip to Honduras while a student at Union University, she wasn’t expecting her short week abroad to change her life.  But it did.  “Honduras was really the start of me wanting to live and work cross culturally,” said Morreau, a native of Paducah, Ky.  She graduated from Union in 2006 with a degree in social work, and then spent two year...


Oliver inauguration celebrates God’s faithfulness to Union University Oliver inauguration celebrates God’s faithfulness to Union University

Union University and its new president Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver must remain faithful to the gospel and to the concept of soul freedom in a day when such positions are increasingly difficult to hold.  That was the charge to Oliver from Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, during Oliver’s inauguration as Union’s 16th president...


Union serves local residents during 12th annual Campus and Community day Union serves local residents during 12th annual Campus and Community day

For Jeremiah Murila, spending the day working at the Alexandria Place assisted living facility was a way of blessing others.  “I personally enjoy it because it gives me an opportunity to give back to the community and use my energy and strength to help those who don’t have that same energy and strength,” said Murila, a Union University junior from Kenya.  Murila was one of about 750 Uni...


Union to celebrate Homecoming, Oliver inauguration Nov. 7-8 Union to celebrate Homecoming, Oliver inauguration Nov. 7-8

The inauguration of President Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver, a campus community picnic and the class of 1965’s 50-year reunion are key features of Union University’s Homecoming events Nov. 7-8.  “This year’s Homecoming week will be a special one with the inauguration of our new president,” said Josh Clarke, Union’s director of alumni services. “We hope that alumni from all classes will come to camp...


Hamilton to launch first book of poems Oct. 24 Hamilton to launch first book of poems Oct. 24

Patricia Hamilton, professor of English at Union University, will launch her first book, “The Distance to Nightfall,” with a reading and signing event Oct. 24 at Alba Coffee, Tea, and Food in Jackson.  The book is a collection of poetry written over a 10-year period and includes poems addressing a variety of topics.  “They range from childhood and youth to the aging process, from the d...


Union named one of nation’s top college buys for 10th straight year Union named one of nation’s top college buys for 10th straight year

For the 10th straight year, Union University has been named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys by the Institutional Research and Evaluation Inc., an independent research and consulting organization.  The annual “America’s 100 Best College Buys” report evaluates academic quality and cost, and the newest findings are based on a survey of 1,459 accredited U.S. colleges and universities. <...


Huckabee lauds Christian education, decries declining morality Huckabee lauds Christian education, decries declining morality

Fox News host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee spoke about personal morality and the value of Christian education at Union University’s 17th annual Scholarship Banquet Oct. 7 at the Carl Perkins Civic Center.  Huckabee said he was delighted to assist Union because he graduated from another Southern Baptist liberal arts college, Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas.  As the fir...


Kellogg paintings on display in Union art gallery Kellogg paintings on display in Union art gallery

Oil paintings from artist Edward Kellogg are on display in an exhibit entitled “Interludes” in the Union University art gallery until Nov. 13.  “I have concentrated on landscapes of the southeast Tennessee region where I live, and I want my representations of these specific locations to speak of the wonder of our world and to bring delight to viewers,” Kellogg said. “The subjects of the paint...


Church should act as society’s conscience, Baker argues in new book Church should act as society’s conscience, Baker argues in new book

A new book by Hunter Baker, associate provost and dean of instruction at Union University, examines the involvement of the church in politics.  “The System Has a Soul: Essays on Christianity, Liberty, and Political Life,” published by Christian’s Library Press, is a collection that sprang from a series of lectures Baker gave at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Baker said often whe...


Award-winning author Varon to give Oct. 2 Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lecture Award-winning author Varon to give Oct. 2 Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lecture

Award-winning Civil War author and historian Elizabeth Varon will speak at the 18th annual Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lecture Series Oct. 2 at Union University.  Varon is the Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History at the University of Virginia. She has written four books and many journal articles and book chapters related to the American Civil War and 19th-century Southern hist...


Union climbs one spot to 12th in U.S.News college rankings Union climbs one spot to 12th in U.S.News college rankings

Union University moved up one spot to 12th among regional universities in the South, according to the annual rankings of colleges and universities for 2014 by U.S.News & World Report released Sept. 9.  It’s the fifth straight year for Union to be ranked in the top 15 schools in its category and the highest ranking ever for the university. This year also marks the 18th straight year for Union ...  How does Union compare to other regional and Gulf South Conference universities?


Newbell heralds ‘race-transcending gospel’ in Union address Newbell heralds ‘race-transcending gospel’ in Union address

Christians should care about racial diversity because the pages of Scripture are filled with it, Trillia Newbell told the Union University community Sept. 3.  Newbell, a writer and speaker, is the consultant on women’s initiatives for the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. In an address in G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel, Newbell discussed racial diversity and ...


Fall convocation address focuses on liberty and integrity Fall convocation address focuses on liberty and integrity

Christians should lead an undivided life of integrity, even in the face of opposition to their beliefs from a majority in society and from the government, President Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver said Aug. 22.  “This process of living in an undivided way is something that works best within a community,” Oliver said. “Union University is a community. In strong and committed Christian communities, iro...  

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New students begin doctor of pharmacy program with white coat ceremony New students begin doctor of pharmacy program with white coat ceremony

Fifty-six students from across the nation officially entered the Union University School of Pharmacy with participation in the seventh annual white coat ceremony Aug. 20. in the G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel.  The ceremony is a highly cherished tradition in pharmacy education, and began at Union with the first doctor of pharmacy class in 2008.  “They are donning the ceremonial cloak of pr...  More information about the doctor of pharmacy program


President Oliver announces three key leadership promotions President Oliver announces three key leadership promotions

Union University President Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver has announced three key promotions at the start of the 2014-15 academic year.  Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs C. Ben Mitchell has been named to the position permanently. Mitchell also retains his previous title as Graves professor of moral philosophy. He took the provost position on an interim basis June 4.  “As I...


Union University welcomes new students to campus for 2014-15 academic year Union University welcomes new students to campus for 2014-15 academic year

When making college visits as a high school senior, Ryan Sinni and his parents left Germantown, Md. with a lineup of campuses to visit in the Midwest and Southeast.  Union became a late addition to that lineup, but the impressions from his campus visit during Scholars of Excellence weekend in February prompted him to move Union to the top of his college list.  “The way people welcomed m...  More photographs from Move-In Day


Union professors appointed to new ERLC Research Institute

Two Union University professors will join other evangelical scholars as research fellows in the newly formed Research Institute, launched this week by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.  Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy C. Ben Mitchell joins Associate Professor of Political Science and Dean of Instruction Hunter Baker in the Research Institute, w...


Union ministry student to lead National Baptist Convention of America Union ministry student to lead National Baptist Convention of America

A Doctor of Ministry student at Union University was recently elected president of the second-largest historically African-American convention in the country.  Samuel C. Tolbert, Jr. was elected president of the National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. in June and will be officially installed to a five-year term on Sept. 18. The convention has about 3.5 million members. ...  Doctor of Ministry program at Union University


Union professor wins Sumner County Impact Award Union professor wins Sumner County Impact Award

Charles Lea, executive director of the Union University Hendersonville campus and professor of educational leadership, has been named to a prestigious group of influential leaders in Sumner County.  The Nashville Business Journal annually receives nominations for its Impact Awards, with the final winners chosen after a vote among the nominees. They are asked to select people who are leading p...  Unionite: Leadership Academy trains Sumner County leaders of tomorrow


Marvin named assistant dean of School of Education Marvin named assistant dean of School of Education

Eric Marvin has been appointed Assistant Dean of the School of Education on the Union University Hendersonville campus.  Marvin has served Union as Director of Online Innovations and as Director of the Rosebrough Center for Educational Practice.  “Dr. Marvin brings a solid grasp of both the art and science of teaching and learning as well as wonderfully creative abilities in serving st...


'Jackson 24/7' marks 1,500th edition 'Jackson 24/7' marks 1,500th edition

Union University’s student-produced television news program, "Jackson 24/7," celebrates a milestone this week.  The 1,500th edition of the program will air on EPlusTV6 July 28-30 at noon, 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. It also will air Aug.4-6 at 8 p.m.  The hour-long broadcast incorporates clips from news stories, interviews and classic segments that aired during the first six years of...  Student-produced ‘Jackson 24/7’ to celebrate 1,000th episode


Academic year concludes with summer graduation Academic year concludes with summer graduation

The 2013-14 academic year came to an official close at Union University July 26, as 186 students received degrees at summer commencement.  About 1,170 students have received Union University degrees during ceremonies in December, May and July.  The summer graduation, at West Jackson Baptist Church, included a large number of non-traditional and graduate students. Among the fields represe...  Watch a recording of the 2014 Summer Graduation on Livestream


Union urban education partnership marks important milestone

Union University’s partnership with the Memphis Teacher Residency program begins its sixth year with approximately 70 new students, more than doubling the number of residents since the first year the degree was offered.  The MTR program allows students to earn a master’s degree in urban education in one calendar year in exchange for a commitment to teach at least three years in the Memphis Ci...


Sanderson to speak at summer graduation Sanderson to speak at summer graduation

Provost Emeritus Carla Sanderson will be the keynote speaker for Union University’s summer graduation ceremony July 26.  About 180 students will receive degrees during the 11 a.m. ceremony at West Jackson Baptist Church. The event marks the close of the 2013-14 academic year. About 1,175 students graduated from Union during that time.  Sanderson will give an address entitled “Headline Ne...


Union recommended for NCAA Division II active status Union recommended for NCAA Division II active status

The NCAA membership committee has recommended Union University for active status – the culmination of a rigorous three-year membership process for Union’s transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II.  The NCAA’s management council will vote on the committee’s recommendation July 22. Approval from that council would be the final step in the membership process and would establish Union as a full m...  From the NCAA: Division II Admits its 300th Member


Crawford selected for NEH summer institute on Dante Crawford selected for NEH summer institute on Dante

Jason Crawford, assistant professor of English at Union University, was accepted into the National Endowment for the Humanities’ summer institute on Dante, which started June 30 and runs through July 24 in Florence, Italy.  Crawford is one of about 24 people from a variety of academic and artistic fields to participate in the NEH summer institute on Dante, one of several such programs the NE...


Harden named to AANP Fellows program Harden named to AANP Fellows program

Kelly Harden, director of Union’s Doctor of Nursing Practice track and associate dean of graduate programs in the School of Nursing, was selected to the 2014 Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners program.  Harden’s selection to FAANP was based on her accomplishments and her commitment to advancing the nurse practitioner role. The recognition honors those who have made out...


Union mourns the passing of Trustee Emeritus Roy L. White Union mourns the passing of Trustee Emeritus Roy L. White

Trustee Emeritus Roy L. White passed away at his home June 26 at the age of 77.  White served from 1995-2008 on both the Board of Regents and the Board of Trustees for Union University. He received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Union in 1999. He was named an emeritus trustee in 2008.  White was the lead donor for Union’s science building, which was named in his honor when ...  Union University Board Trustee credits God for success; Union dedicates White Hall to God’s glory


Union Chi Omega chapter wins national honor Union Chi Omega chapter wins national honor

Chi Omega opened its annual convention this week in Orlando, Fla. with a video featuring the Union University chapter, which won grand prize in a contest that drew entries from colleges and universities around the country.  The video shows an April meeting on campus at which members of the Union chapter were notified that they had won the national contest. Participants were challenged to expr...  Watch the Chi Omega video; Campus mourns death of Leighton Williams; Summer Unionite: Remembering Lost Students;


Union Nursing celebrates 50th anniversary Union Nursing celebrates 50th anniversary

In the early 1960s, students who wanted to become nurses didn’t study on college campuses. They learned the profession in hospitals.  So when a few colleges and universities on the west coast began looking into establishing their own nursing education programs, it was a pioneering idea that caught the attention of administrators at Union University.  At the same time, health care leaders i...


Mike Huckabee to headline 2014 Union University Scholarship Banquet Mike Huckabee to headline 2014 Union University Scholarship Banquet

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee will be the keynote speaker for Union University’s 17th annual Scholarship Banquet Oct. 7 at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson, Tenn.  Huckabee was the 44th governor of Arkansas, serving from 1996-2007. He hosts his own self-titled talk show on the Fox News Channel and is the author of 11 books, with a 12th book due for release in January 2015. ...  More information about Union's annual Scholarship Banquet


Owen receives Fulbright grant to teach in Uganda Owen receives Fulbright grant to teach in Uganda

Joel Owen, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Union University, has received a Fulbright Specialist Grant to travel to Uganda this summer and work with a local university.  Owen will teach a short course at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. He leaves in late July for his two-week trip.  Owen is one of more than 400 United States faculty and professionals who will tr...


C. Ben Mitchell named interim provost and vice president for academic affairs C. Ben Mitchell named interim provost and vice president for academic affairs

Union University President Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver has named C. Ben Mitchell as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.  Mitchell has served at Union as the Graves professor of moral philosophy since 2009. He is one of the premier ethicists and philosophers in evangelical life. Mitchell brings a background of scholarship, classroom teaching experience and public policy expertise...


Impact 360 to offer mentorship opportunities for Union MCS students

Impact 360 is offering a new opportunity for students enrolled in Union University’s online Master of Christian Studies program to get practical experience working with undergraduate students while they complete their studies.  Based in Pine Mountain, Ga., Impact 360 is an academic “gap year” experience for students transitioning from high school to college, with the mission of equipping the...  

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Eldridge overcomes poverty, teenage fatherhood to complete MBA Eldridge overcomes poverty, teenage fatherhood to complete MBA

Most people who become a parent in their teens do not graduate high school, and even fewer finish a bachelor’s degree.  But on May 17, Chris Eldridge walked across the stage to receive his Master of Business Administration degree from Union University.  “I’ve looked up the stats, and I feel incredibly blessed to be a teenage parent with a graduate degree,” the 35-year-old Eldridge said....  Union marks Dockery’s final commencement with 630 graduates


Denker departing Union for full-time mission work in Ethiopia Denker departing Union for full-time mission work in Ethiopia

Brian Denker and his wife of 23 years, Cynthia, have made multiple trips to Ethiopia during January term and in the summers.  But on June 11, they are moving there permanently to work in the mission field full-time.  “The more time we spent over there, the more we fell in love with it,” Denker said. “And we want to go and stay.”  Denker, who graduated from Union with a theology an...


Union marks Dockery’s final commencement with 630 graduates Union marks Dockery’s final commencement with 630 graduates

As she labored through her studies, Rachel Barber sometimes resented her mother for encouraging her to complete her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  “I don’t know why I let you talk me into this,” Barber told her mother, Kay Moore, many times.  Now, at the end of the process, Barber is thankful for her mother’s encouragement and for her example. The two of them each graduated with the...


Union honors Sanderson, other retirees for service to university Union honors Sanderson, other retirees for service to university

Union University faculty and staff honored a group of retirees and others who are leaving the university at a May 12 reception in the Carl Grant Events Center.  Carla Sanderson, Union’s provost and executive vice president for strategic initiatives, announced her retirement earlier this semester after 32 years of service to Union. At their meeting in April, trustees honored Sanderson with the...


Union honors students, faculty during annual Awards Day service Union honors students, faculty during annual Awards Day service

Union University presented more than 70 awards to students, faculty and staff May 9 at the annual Awards Day chapel service.  The Carla D. Sanderson Faculty of the Year Award went to Hal Poe, the Charles Colson Professor of Faith and Culture. Steven Aldridge, Union’s sports information director, was awarded with the Gary L. Carter Staff of the Year Award.  Others award recipients:  ...


Union partners with IMB to provide deaf theological education in Brentwood Union partners with IMB to provide deaf theological education in Brentwood

Union University is launching a program to provide theological education for deaf missionaries and church planters.  Through the partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board, the Southern Baptist Conference for the Deaf, Brentwood Baptist Church and Brentwood Baptist Deaf Church, deaf believers can receive customized theological training for missions and mini...


George encourages Christians to stand firm in faith George encourages Christians to stand firm in faith

While the struggles endured by Christians in Nazi Germany took place in a different time and country, Timothy George said Christians in the United States today face similar challenges in the battle for life and religious freedoms.  “Our situation is not the same as it was in 1930’s Germany, but there is continuity,” said George, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University. “...


Union files suit to block abortion mandates

Union University has joined other faith-based institutions in filing a federal lawsuit that challenges an order to provide abortion-causing drugs as part of employee health care plans.  The suit, filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, seeks a judgment declaring that the abortifacient mandate of the Affordable Care Act violates Union University’s rights ...


Student photographers help foster children find homes Student photographers help foster children find homes

A student photography class at Union University is helping teenagers in foster care find permanent homes through a project for The Heart Gallery of Middle Tennessee.  The Heart Gallery is a national volunteer-based organization that promotes foster children to future adoptive parents through photographs, said Stefanie Edwards, a 2000 Union alumna and marketing director of Tennessee’s Heart Ga...


Kiplinger’s ranks Union among 30 best college values in region Kiplinger’s ranks Union among 30 best college values in region

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has ranked Union University among the top 10 private universities in the South for quality and value.  Kiplinger’s rankings include the top 10 lists for public universities, private universities and liberal arts colleges in the Southeast and Mid-South. Among the top 10 private universities, Kiplinger’s ranked Union 10th.  “This recognition from Kiplinger's is...


Students serve medical needs, share gospel in Nicaragua Students serve medical needs, share gospel in Nicaragua

Working in the MedFest medical clinic in Las Conchitas, Nicaragua, is more than an opportunity for Hannah McKnight to practice her nursing skills.  A senior nursing major at Union University, Hannah said the annual week-long mission trip in January also gives her a chance to talk about the gospel with hundreds of Nicaraguans.  “Free medical care draws in huge crowds of people, providing ...


Alumnus wins prize for collection of poems Alumnus wins prize for collection of poems

Union University alumnus David Clark recently won the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize for his poems.  Clark, a Lilly Postdoctoral Fellow at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind., received the prize for a collection of poems titled “Interview Conducted through the Man-Eater’s Throat.” The poems are scheduled to be published in the spring of 2015.  The 2005 Union graduate majored...


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