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Dockery to Union: Thank you and farewell Dockery to Union: Thank you and farewell

Almost 18 years to the day of his election as Union University’s 15th president, David S. Dockery bade farewell to the institution in an emotional address Dec. 5 to university trustees, administrators and community leaders.

Dockery was originally scheduled to give a final report to trustees during their Dec. 6 meeting. That meeting, however, was canceled due to inclement weather. So instead, Dockery used a reception held in his honor in the Carl Grant Events Center to recap his 18 years as Union president, thank those who have encouraged and supported him and announce his parting gifts to the university.

“We are so thankful, from the bottom of our hearts, that you have given us the privilege to be a part of this incredible institution for 18 years,” Dockery said. “We are overwhelmed when we stop and reflect upon what has happened during these years.”


Smith to leave School of Nursing for Anderson University Smith to leave School of Nursing for Anderson University

Tim Smith, dean of the School of Nursing at Union University since 2005, has announced his resignation to accept a position at Anderson University in Anderson, S.C.  Smith will become Anderson’s vice president of strategic initiatives and special associate to the provost on July 7.  “Tim Smith is recognized as one of the premier leaders in healthcare education in this region,” Union Pres...


Grimm to join administration at Trinity International University Grimm to join administration at Trinity International University

Rich Grimm, Union University’s senior vice president for enrollment services, has announced his resignation from Union to accept a position at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Ill.  Grimm will join Union President David S. Dockery, who will assume the Trinity presidency in June, as the institution’s senior vice president in the areas of enrollment, university services and strate...


Union to host Psalmfest II Union to host Psalmfest II

Union University’s Department of Music and The R.C. Ryan Center for Biblical Studies will host “Psalmfest II: An Evening of Worship with the Psalms” April 22 at 7:30 p.m.  Psalmfest provides an opportunity for people to learn how the Church has long used Psalms in worship, said Ray Van Neste, professor of biblical studies and director of the Ryan Center. The event will feature a mixture of si...


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. “...


Sanderson to retire from Union, join nursing education company Sanderson to retire from Union, join nursing education company

Carla Sanderson, Union’s provost and executive vice president for strategic initiatives, has announced her retirement from Union.  Sanderson, who has been with Union for 32 years, has been named vice president for accreditation and professional regulation for Chamberlain College of Nursing. Headquartered in Chicago, Chamberlain offers a three-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program...


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 ...


Award-winning author to visit Union Award-winning author to visit Union

Award-winning author Bret Lott will present a workshop and reading at Union University April 24.  Lott, professor of English at The College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C., is the author of 14 books, including “Jewel,” which was featured as a selection for Oprah’s Book Club in 1999. He also has recently published an essay collection titled “Letters and Life: On Being a Writer, On Being a Ch...


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...


Town & Gown Lectures to analyze Bach’s cantatas Town & Gown Lectures to analyze Bach’s cantatas

Union University’s Town and Gown Lecture Series will focus on Johann Sebastian Bach’s sacred cantatas with a series of lectures on Tuesday evenings from March 18 – April 22.  The Town and Gown series is an opportunity for community members interested in various topics to attend lectures and participate in discussions in a classroom setting. The sessions are free and open to the public.  ...


‘Hamlet’ runs through March 25 ‘Hamlet’ runs through March 25

The Union University Players will present “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” by William Shakespeare March 20-25.  David Burke, professor of theatre, is directing the play.  The play begins at 7:30 p.m. March 20 in the W.D. Powell Theatre in the Penick Academic Complex. Performances will continue until March 25, with a Sunday matinee offered at 2:30 p.m.  Tickets are $3 for U...


Townsend’s sculptures, drawings displayed in Union art gallery Townsend’s sculptures, drawings displayed in Union art gallery

Union University’s art gallery is hosting an exhibit by Travis Townsend through April 10.  The exhibit, titled “Recent Sculpture and Drawings,” features sculptures Townsend created from a variety of supplies, including wood, cardboard, paint and string. Drawings Townsend sketched on the gallery walls also connect with the sculptures.  “Embracing the unplanned, these oddly familiar, nearl...


George to give Scholar-in-Residence lectures on Christian witness in Germany George to give Scholar-in-Residence lectures on Christian witness in Germany

Timothy George, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University, will speak about the Christian witness in Nazi Germany at the 16th annual Scholar-in-Residence Lecture Series at Union University March 20-27.  Professor of church history at Beeson, George serves as the chairman of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and the Doctrine and Christian Unity Commission of the Bap...


Union to host information session for Victory students

Union University will host an information and registration session March 20 at 6 p.m. on its Germantown campus to assist prospective transfer students from Victory University, which will cease operations at the end of the spring semester.  “Union University would like to serve Victory students during their transition toward completing their collegiate goals,” said Carla D. Sanderson, executiv...


Dockery named 15th president of Trinity International University Dockery named 15th president of Trinity International University

Following 18 transformational years of leadership at Union University, David S. Dockery was unanimously elected Feb. 28 as the 15th president of Trinity International University.  “We are overwhelmingly grateful to God for the invitation from the Trinity Board to serve the students, staff, faculty and various institutional constituencies in the days ahead,” Dockery said. “We are humbled by t...


Kevin Brown to give poetry reading at Union

Kevin Brown will give a poetry reading at Union University March 11 in conjunction with the 22nd annual Creative Writing Workshop.  Brown, professor of English at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., has published two collections of poems and two chapbooks. He also has published a memoir.  The reading will be held at 1 p.m. in Harvey Auditorium in the Barefoot Student Union Building, with...


Fant to serve with Impact 360 Institute Fant to serve with Impact 360 Institute

Union University professor Gene Fant was recently appointed to the Impact 360 Institute’s board of directors.  Located in Pine Mountain, Ga., Impact 360 is a nine-month academic program designed to transform students into Christ-centered leaders by equipping them with a firm foundation in Christian intellectual tradition and apologetics. The program, an extension of the Lifeshape Foundation, ...


Anderson encourages Christians to proclaim truth about marriage Anderson encourages Christians to proclaim truth about marriage

The heart of the marriage equality debate lies in the definition of marriage, said Ryan T. Anderson during the “True Marriage Equality: Man and Woman” lecture Feb. 13 at Union University.  “Every marriage policy, whether you’re in favor of redefining marriage or not, will draw a line between those relationships that are marriages and those relationships that aren’t,” said Anderson, writer and...  Watch the Lecture


Union alumni receive awards in Homecoming chapel Union alumni receive awards in Homecoming chapel

Union University recognized four alumni during the Homecoming chapel service Feb. 21 for their notable achievements, service and leadership.  “We gather on days like today to recognize these alumni to see what God has done in their lives and how He has used them through the years,” said University President David S. Dockery during the service. “Together we celebrate the past, the present and ...


Students to present work at Sigma Tau Delta convention

Eleven Union University students will present scholarly and creative compositions at the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society convention Feb. 26-March 1 in Savannah, Ga.  The convention accepts about 75 percent of paper submissions, said Roger Stanley, assistant professor of English and adviser of Union’s Sigma Tau Delta chapter. Nearly 900 papers are presented each year at the...


Union’s Homecoming weekend set for Feb. 21-22 Union’s Homecoming weekend set for Feb. 21-22

A campus community picnic and the class of 1964’s 50-year reunion are key features of Union University’s 2014 Homecoming events Feb. 21-22.  “The difficult events of recent days have made us more keenly aware of our need for one of God’s richest blessings: community,” said Josh Clarke, director of alumni services. “While the Homecoming schedule has been scaled back this year, we will still h...


Statement from Union University President David S. Dockery

Today we have learned that Jackson police have arrested Charles Pittman, a senior Christian ministries major, in connection with the death of Olivia Greenlee, a senior music education major.  Olivia was found dead in her vehicle on an auxiliary part of our campus earlier this week. This tragedy, involving two Union University commuter students, is incredibly devastating and saddening news. ...


Union community gathers to pray for Greenlee family, friends Union community gathers to pray for Greenlee family, friends

Union University students, faculty and staff gathered for a special prayer service Feb. 14 in G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel as they mourned the loss of Union student Olivia Greenlee.  “Reeling, staggering, speechless, grieving: These are words that describe us this week,” said Todd Brady, vice president for university ministries, during the service. “We have not known what to pray for as we oug...


Union student dies of apparent gunshot wound

A Union University student was found dead in her car in the parking lot of an auxiliary building on the edge of the Union campus early Feb. 12.  Olivia Greenlee, 21, a commuter student from Dyersburg, was found inside her vehicle in the Luther Hall parking lot. A gun was found inside the car as well, according to a Jackson Police Department release. The preliminary cause of death appears to...


Dub Oliver named Union University’s 16th president Dub Oliver named Union University’s 16th president

Union University trustees have selected Samuel W. (“Dub”) Oliver, president of East Texas Baptist University, as the 16th president of Union University after a unanimous Feb. 10 vote.  “Dr. Oliver is a man of strong Christian conviction who is theologically informed, passionate about students and highly respectful of the work of faculty members,” said Norman Hill, chairman of Union’s Board o...  Video from the events of Feb. 10


GO Israel team builds relationships, shares gospel GO Israel team builds relationships, shares gospel

Walking in the footsteps of Christ during January’s Global Opportunities Trip to Israel was an unforgettable experience for Paige Tang, a junior music major from Union University.  But knowing Jesus is alive from the grave made the trip all the more meaningful, Tang noted.  “I really did not know what to expect from the trip, but the more I prayed about it and the more meetings we had as...


Physician ordained as bi-vocational pastor

A Union University student recently accepted a calling to a new ministry – as well as a new career.  A Master of Christian Studies student at Union University Germantown, Buffy Cook was ordained as a pastor Jan. 19. But when he felt God moving his life toward a new ministry several years ago, becoming a bi-vocational pastor was the last thing on Cook’s mind.  “I knew God wanted me to do ...


Former student remembered as joyful, enthusiastic Former student remembered as joyful, enthusiastic

While an active member of the student body, Beverly Delk can be found in only a few photos from her time as a Union University student.  That’s because she was always taking pictures of everyone else, said Elizabeth Oakes, former president of Union’s Kappa Delta chapter, of which Delk was a member.  “She was enthusiastic from day one,” said Oakes, who was serving as the sorority presiden...


Carls elected as Phi Alpha Theta president Carls elected as Phi Alpha Theta president

Stephen Carls was elected as the national president of Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society Jan. 4 during the society’s biennial convention in Albuquerque, N.M.  Carls, university professor of history at Union University, became the first Phi Alpha Theta president from a college or university in Tennessee.  “Serving as president of Phi Alpha Theta will give me a chance to show ...


Union serves community, visits museum for MLK Day Union serves community, visits museum for MLK Day

Members of the Union University community commemorated the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 20 by serving and learning in West Tennessee.  A group of Union volunteers spent the morning at ComeUnity Café, a non-profit café serving primarily organic, locally sourced meals in downtown Jackson. Volunteers learned about the café’s mission to love, feed and dignify while helping provide meals.


Union students express spiritual beliefs in survey Union students express spiritual beliefs in survey

Union University undergraduate students expressed consistent beliefs in a survey assessing the quality of their spiritual lives.  The Center for Scripture Engagement at Taylor University in Indiana conducted the Christian Life Survey early last year, with the center evaluating more than 4,000 full-time students from 13 Christian universities across the United States.  “The survey shows ...


Latest ‘Renewing Minds’ focuses on C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis is the focus of the fourth issue of Union University’s “Renewing Minds: A Journal of Christian Thought,” released in fall 2013.  “The influence of C. S. Lewis on American Evangelicalism is almost without equal,” wrote Union University President David S. Dockery in the introduction of the issue. “This issue of ‘Renewing Minds’...is devoted to vast and comprehensive ways that C. S. ...


Union’s online graduate nursing program scores high in USNWR rankings Union’s online graduate nursing program scores high in USNWR rankings

Union University’s School of Nursing has one of the top online graduate nursing programs in the country, according to U.S.News & World Report.  In recently released rankings, the publication placed Union’s program 56th nationally, tied with the University of Pittsburgh, the University of South Alabama and the University of Southern Indiana and ahead of such programs as the University of Arkan...


Union Hendersonville celebrates first Doctor of Education graduates Union Hendersonville celebrates first Doctor of Education graduates

Union University Hendersonville celebrated the graduation of its first two Doctor of Education students at the fall commencement ceremony Dec. 14.  Carla Cushman and Jan Baldwin, who both started the program in February 2010, were outstanding students and leaders in their field, said Charles Lea, executive director of Union University Hendersonville.  “The professors had high expectation...


Heather Olford dies at 89 Heather Olford dies at 89

Heather Olford, wife of the late Stephen Olford, died Dec. 21 at age 89.  Olford Ministries International, which Stephen and Heather began in the 1980s, began a partnership with Union University in 2007 when the ministry transferred a majority of its assets, including the Stephen Olford Center in southeast Memphis, to the university.  “Heather Olford was a faithful and winsome ambassador...


352 receive degrees during Union’s December commencement 352 receive degrees during Union’s December commencement

Graduating from Union University is a dangerous act – not for the graduates, but for the culture in which they live, Michael Duduit told Union grads Dec. 14 in the fall commencement service at West Jackson Baptist Church.  “Your time at Union has equipped you to be the kind of influencer who reshapes culture, who can make a defense for the hope that is in you in every walk of life,” said Dud...


Union professor receives award for implementing new program Union professor receives award for implementing new program

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning recently recognized a Union University professor for her efforts to improve adult education.  Reneé Dauer, assistant professor of organizational leadership and director of continuing studies at Union University Hendersonville, was selected as the 2013 LearningCounts Ambassador for helping implement CAEL’s LearningCounts program at Union.  “...


Music professor’s songs to be performed at Carnegie Hall Music professor’s songs to be performed at Carnegie Hall

Several songs composed by Union University professor Dan Musselman will be featured at New York City’s Carnegie Hall Dec. 20.  Musselman, assistant professor of music, said he was impressed by the vocal talents of Hope Thacker, a former Union adjunct professor, after hearing a recital she gave last year. Once he learned that Thacker needed music for her upcoming Carnegie Hall performance, Mus...


Dockery to Union: Thank you and farewell Dockery to Union: Thank you and farewell

Almost 18 years to the day of his election as Union University’s 15th president, David S. Dockery bade farewell to the institution in an emotional address Dec. 5 to university trustees, administrators and community leaders.  Dockery was originally scheduled to give a final report to trustees during their Dec. 6 meeting. That meeting, however, was canceled due to inclement weather. So instead,...


Dockerys honored for years of service Dockerys honored for years of service

David and Lanese Dockery were recognized for their numerous contributions to the Union University community and beyond at a Dec. 4 chapel service held to give thanks for the Dockerys’ leadership.  Having served 18 years as the 15th Union president, Dockery will transition from his role as president during the first part of 2014. The service, held in the G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel, was a tim...


Poe discusses redemption on 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis’ death Poe discusses redemption on 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis’ death

To right the world’s wrongs is what justice is all about, Hal Poe said - a point that both C.S. Lewis and the Apostle Paul shared in their messages about redemption.  Poe, Charles Colson professor of faith and culture, discussed the life of Lewis, the late Christian apologist and prolific author of such works as “The Chronicles of Narnia,” during Union University’s chapel service Nov. 22. The...


Union alumna survives typhoon, student plans to serve victims

The five days following Super Typhoon Haiyan were some of the most agonizing times in Ian Bicol’s life.  Bicol, a Union University Doctor of Nursing Practice student, was born and raised in Tacloban, the Philippine city where the Nov. 8 typhoon hit the hardest. He moved to the U.S. seven years ago to pursue his nursing career, but his parents stayed behind.  With the typhoon having destr...


Union delegates play prominent roles in 2013 TISL Union delegates play prominent roles in 2013 TISL

Logan Brasher, a senior music education major at Union University from Adamsville, Tenn., was elected speaker of the House during the 44th General Assembly of the Tennessee Intercollege State Legislature Nov. 14-17 at the State Capitol in Nashville.  TISL is a statewide organization formed in 1966 to give college students a voice in state government. The nonpartisan organization convenes a Ge...


Fall Poster Session features student research projects Fall Poster Session features student research projects

Two dozen Union University students from three academic departments showcased their research projects Nov. 19 at the third annual Fall Poster Session.  The poster session was particularly designed for students who conducted research over the summer, said Hunter Baker, associate professor of political science and dean of instruction. The session also provides December graduate candidates an op...


Easley co-edits book about the church Easley co-edits book about the church

A Union University professor and his former student recently co-edited a book about one of their favorite topics: the church.  “The Community of Jesus: A Theology of the Church” was recently released after years of theological brainstorming, said Ken Easley, a professor of biblical studies at Union.  Easley began discussing book ideas in 2008 with Christopher Morgan, who took classes fro...


School of Education to launch online Leadership in School Reform degree program

Union University’s School of Education will soon launch a fully online degree program designed to help educational leaders advance their professional development.  Beginning in January 2014, the Leadership in School Reform program will combine the study of school policy, child development, learning and teaching to instill a vision for educational leadership within a context of school reform. ...


History honor society celebrates 60th anniversary History honor society celebrates 60th anniversary

Thirteen Delta-Psi presidents spanning six decades recently gathered to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Union University’s Phi Alpha Theta chapter.  Founded in 1921, Phi Alpha Theta is a national history honor society with more than 350,000 members from about 900 chapters. Union’s Delta-Psi chapter, chartered on Oct. 17, 1953, is the oldest chapter in the state.  Stephen Carls, a unive...


Alumna wins top prize for academic paper competition Alumna wins top prize for academic paper competition

An interest in Native American culture led Union University alumna Patricia Dawson to not only learn more about her family history but also win an award for her undergraduate research.  Graduating in May 2013 with a history degree, Dawson recently discovered that a history paper she wrote about Cherokee clothing her senior year won the Phi Alpha Theta Lynn W. Turner Prize – a $500 first place...


‘Soulful’ artwork featured in campus gallery

A few days remain for the Rod Crossman exhibit that Union University’s art gallery is hosting until Nov. 14.  Crossman’s work features functional objects, such as wooden pails and canoes, that have been transformed into whimsical pieces of art.  “My art practice is devoted to being and doing art that is soulful,” Crossman said in his online artist statement. “Most of my projects are simp...


Union serves in West Tennessee during 11th annual Campus and Community Day Union serves in West Tennessee during 11th annual Campus and Community Day

Nearly 1,000 Union University faculty, staff and students worked on 65 community service projects Nov. 5 to commemorate the 11th annual “Campus and Community: A Day of Remembrance and Service.”  Union received an abundance of community support after the 2002 and 2008 tornadoes hit the Jackson campus, said Todd Brady, the vice president for university ministries. As a result, Campus and Commun...


Panelists: Religious liberty not just for Christians Panelists: Religious liberty not just for Christians

Two Union University professors and a guest speaker helped chapel attendees Oct. 30 navigate the issues surrounding religious liberty, emphasizing the importance of religious freedom for all people.  Hunter Baker, associate professor of political science and dean of instruction, served as the panel moderator. Participants in the panel were Andrew Walker, director of policy studies at the Sou...


Former Navy psychologist to speak about mental health care

Former Navy psychologist Heidi Squier Kraft will speak at Union University Nov. 7 about mental health care needs for the military community.  Kraft, a nationally known speaker concerning post-traumatic stress disorder, joined the Navy as a flight and clinical psychologist. She was later deployed to Iraq for seven months with a Marine Corps surgical company in 2004 – an experience from which ...


Union ultimate frisbee team places 5th in Knoxville tourney Union ultimate frisbee team places 5th in Knoxville tourney

Union’s ultimate frisbee club team, the Union Jaxx, finished fifth in the Dave Baldwin Memorial Tournament Oct. 26-27 in Knoxville, Tenn.  The Jaxx played eight matches over the two-day tournament, defeating Indiana Wesleyan, Middle Tennessee State University and University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s Y-team to take fifth place and win the consolation bracket. Ten teams from Tennessee and su...


School of Education prepares for new yearlong internship program School of Education prepares for new yearlong internship program

Union’s School of Education acknowledged and celebrated its new yearlong internship program for the class of 2015 majoring in special education and elementary education Sept. 30 in the Carl Grant Events Center.  “We initiated the Union University Teacher Education Initiative in response to the crisis in today’s public schools,” said Ann Singleton, associate dean of the School of Education an...


Union University named among top institutions to produce high-quality teachers

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission has ranked Union University among the top academic institutions to produce the most effective teachers in the state.  The 2013 Report Card on the Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs was released Nov. 1 by THEC in partnership with the State Board of Education. The report listed Union as having “consistently produced teachers that are outperformi...


Union orchestra to present first concert Nov. 8 Union orchestra to present first concert Nov. 8

Union University’s University Orchestra will have its first concert at First Baptist Church in Jackson Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m.  This is the inaugural year for the Union University music department’s orchestra. The program for the concert will feature Julliard-trained oboist Demetrios Karamintzas as a guest artist performing the Vivaldi Oboe Concerto in C Major as well as a complete performance of...


Union library to feature Civil War exhibit honoring African Americans Union library to feature Civil War exhibit honoring African Americans

An exhibit honoring African Americans who served in healthcare professions during the Civil War will be displayed at Union University’s Emma Waters Summar Library Nov. 2-Dec. 14.  The “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine” exhibit is provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibition program. The exhibit consists of six panels featu...


CT editor Galli to speak at Union Nov. 5 CT editor Galli to speak at Union Nov. 5

Christianity Today editor Mark Galli will speak at Union University Nov. 5 about why Christians should bother with today’s “boring and bureaucratic church.”  “It will be a ‘little ecclesiology’ in light of some current temptations to either abandon church or to remake it in images that are less than Christ-like,” Galli said.  Galli has spent 24 years as an editor with Christianity Today,...


Carson urges Americans to become serious about education, politics Carson urges Americans to become serious about education, politics

America may be experiencing changes in its power structure, but Dr. Benjamin S. Carson said he believes God is not ready to let Americans relinquish leadership as a powerful and influential nation.  “If America ever ceases to be good, she ceases to be great,” Carson said Oct. 22 at Union University’s 16th annual Scholarship Banquet. “It is our responsibility as God-fearing Americans to once a...


Union Town and Gown series to address C.S. Lewis Union Town and Gown series to address C.S. Lewis

The life and thought of C.S. Lewis will be the topic for the next Town and Gown series at Union University on Monday evenings from Oct. 21-Nov. 18.  The Town and Gown series is an opportunity for community members interested in various topics to attend lectures and participate in discussions in a classroom setting. The classes are free and open to the public.  Almost 50 years after his d...


Kiplinger’s names Union a best private college value Kiplinger’s names Union a best private college value

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has included Union University on its list of the country’s best values in private colleges.  Kiplinger’s annual list ranks 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges, and Union ranked 77th among the best private universities in the nation.  “To be included in Kiplinger’s list of 100 top private universities in the country means much to the entire...


Phi Alpha Theta wins Best Chapter Award for 11th straight year

Union University’s Delta-Psi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta won the Best Chapter Award for the 11th consecutive year from the national history honor society.  Delta-Psi members received a $250 check to purchase history books for Union’s Emma Waters Summar Library. Currently, the chapter has contributed $2,750 to the library’s book collection, with more than 75 books having been donated.  “T...


Chemistry society named Outstanding Chapter for 15th year

The Student Members of the American Chemical Society chapter at Union University received the Outstanding Chapter Award for the 15th straight year.  Randy Johnston, a university chemistry professor and the chemistry department chairman, said about 40 chapters out of more than 1,000 chapters nationwide were selected for this award, given by annually by the ACS.  “Only a handful of the cha...


Enactus members go to Disney Enactus members go to Disney

Union University Enactus members attended a leadership conference at Disney World in Florida, Sept. 27-28, hearing from national business leaders.  Enactus is a group of business students who seek to use entrepreneurial actions to improve the world.  The Enactus Fall Leadership Conference was held to sharpen students’ leadership skills by providing workshops and opportunities to hear ...


English professor publishes first novel English professor publishes first novel

Students often think professors’ jobs are limited to teaching, tutoring and occasionally speaking at seminars and conferences.  But professors are often employed in personal projects, such as research, or in the case of Christine Bailey, novel writing.  “Girl in the Middle” is Bailey’s debut novel and features Skye, a 15-year-old who finds herself wishing for a different life. When he...


Aegis donates funds to Union University Hendersonville science laboratory Aegis donates funds to Union University Hendersonville science laboratory

Aegis Sciences Corp. recently donated funds to improve Union University Hendersonville's science laboratory, which was named after the corporation in honor of the donation.  A ceremony was held Sept. 13 at Union University Hendersonville to commemorate the three-year partnership between Aegis and Union. Larry Vaughan, the assistant vice president for advancement at Union, said that Aegis will...


Nation’s capital draws young Union alums Nation’s capital draws young Union alums

A handful of Union University graduates each year make their way from West Tennessee to Washington, D.C., often to pursue careers in politics and the media.  Karl Magnuson, Union’s 2011 Student Government Association president, walked the wide corridors of the U.S. Capitol Building as an intern for Mitch McConnell’s office, after working on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. McConnell is t...


NCAA approves Union for final year of membership process NCAA approves Union for final year of membership process

Union University has advanced to the third and final year of the membership process for the NCAA Division II after that body’s membership committee approved the measure during its July 9-11 meeting in Indianapolis.  Union was one of nine schools to move from candidacy year two into provisional status, which puts the university on track to obtain active status for 2014-2015.  “We are tru...


Union team assists in Oklahoma tornado cleanup efforts Union team assists in Oklahoma tornado cleanup efforts

Ten Union University alumni, faculty and staff recently spent a week helping with cleanup efforts in Moore, Okla., after a deadly tornado hit the community earlier this spring.  The Union volunteers in late June worked with Samaritan’s Purse, mainly doing final cleanup work before a property was turned over to its owners.  “At the core, as Christians, when you see people hurting and st...


Union University starts fully online Master of Education degree Union University starts fully online Master of Education degree

Union University’s School of Education will begin offering its Master of Education degree fully online beginning in August.  The degree program will also continue in a traditional format.  “The online M.Ed. is truly a 21st century degree, as it is intentional in situating iPads as learning tools, not as the focus of study,” said Eric Marvin, associate professor of education and director...


Union launches arboretum on campus Union launches arboretum on campus

Union University has started an arboretum on campus as an educational tool for area students and as a way for people to honor or memorialize loved ones.  Mark Bolyard, professor of biology, described an arboretum as “kind of a fancy name for a collection of labeled trees,” but said the labels on the Union trees have been intentionally developed to showcase Scripture verses and significant quo...


Union University’s business school earns AACSB accreditation Union University’s business school earns AACSB accreditation

Union University’s McAfee School of Business Administration has earned accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.  AACSB International, founded in 1916, is an association of more than 1,350 educational institutions, businesses and other organizations in 83 countries and territories. It is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that ...


Dockery receives Herschel H. Hobbs Award Dockery receives Herschel H. Hobbs Award

Oklahoma Baptist University presented Union University President David S. Dockery with its Herschel H. Hobbs Award for Distinguished Denominational Service June 11 at a reception in the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.  Hobbs, one of the Southern Baptist Convention’s leading theologians for decades, was the longtime pastor of First Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.  “I...


Union trustees produce two new publications Union trustees produce two new publications

Two Union University trustees and Southern Baptist leaders have recently published new books.  Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, is the author of “I Am a Church Member: Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference,” while Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, has written “Melissa: A Father's Lessons from a Daughter's Suicide...


Record-high 647 students graduate from Union during spring commencement Record-high 647 students graduate from Union during spring commencement

A record-high 647 students received degrees from Union University May 18 during the 188th annual spring commencement ceremony on the university’s Great Lawn.  That is the largest number of spring graduates in Union’s history. About 7,500 people attended the service.  “This has been an amazing year on the campus at Union University,” Union President David S. Dockery said. “Tonight brings...


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