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Union announces Vocatio Center for Life Calling and Career

JACKSON, Tenn.Sept. 12, 2011 – To better reflect the nature of the services it provides to students, Union’s career services office has changed its name to the Vocatio Center for Life Calling and Career.

“Our goal is to teach students holistically through a model that emphasizes vocation as ministry,” said Jacqueline Taylor, assistant dean of students and director of the Vocatio Center. “Our true hope is to instill in our students the necessity for pursuing God’s call through a transformed and renewed mind in service to others.”

“Vocatio” is the Latin word for “calling,” Taylor said, and the new name will communicate to students a component of the “Union 2012” long-range plan that was designed to help students think about their work as a calling, and not just a job.

In addition to the name change, the office will seek to expand its services in the future. Taylor said the Vocatio Center will continue with discipline-specific partnerships with faculty to promote life calling and career development. The center will also offer additional discipline-specific initiatives -- such as career expos, lectures and comprehensive gifts assessments -- that will focus on the goals of servant leadership.

“Finally, the Vocatio Center will offer services which provide skilled expertise in employment preparation and professional development to the greater community,” Taylor said.

Related Resource(s): Vocatio Center for Life Calling and Career
Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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