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Focus 2014 Welcome to Focus 2014!

Focus is Union's four-day orientation program that begins with new student move-in on Friday, August 15th and concludes on Monday, August 18th. During these four days, you will be provided with information designed to meet the needs of every new student, freshmen and transfers alike. Focus is an experience unlike any other you might have during your college career. As soon as you arrive on campus you will be assigned to a Focus group where you and about 20 other students will be led by an upperclassman orientation leader. Don't worry...we don't give you just any leader. Focus Leaders have been interviewed, specifically picked, and thoroughly trained to provide you with the most exciting and informational experience during your first few days at Union. Many of the people you meet during new student orientation, including your Focus Leader, will be the source of great friendships during the next few years!

One unique aspect of Focus is that, with the exception of upperclassmen leaders who are here to help out, the campus is almost exclusively home to new students. Every activity, every meal, and every group session is especially designed to help you to connect with each other, your new campus home and the Jackson community.

New student orientation is a lot of fun, but is also busy. One of the goals of orientation is to teach every new student everything he or she needs to know to not only be able to function, but also understand the ins and outs of campus life. That is why these four days are full of activity and very important to your success at Union!

Parents - you are strongly encouraged to stay through the Friday night (Aug. 15) worship service that ends around 9:00 p.m. After a full day of unpacking and lots of information, many parents and family members will choose to stay in town Friday night. Please visit the lodging information page for a list of local hotels with Union rates!

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Upcoming SGA Events
  • Oct 29, 2014 - SGA: Student Senate Meeting - 9:30 p.m.
  • Oct 30, 2014 - SGA: Trunk or Treat - 6:00 p.m.

    Sophomore Council is hosting "Trunk or Treat" for all students! Stop by the sidewalk between the Quads to get free candy and enjoy fellowship.
  • Oct 31, 2014 - SGA: Executive Officer Petitions Due - 8:00 a.m.
  • Nov 4, 2014 - SGA/Senior Council: Bulldog Olympics - 9:00 p.m.

    This fun competition between student organizations is a mix of silly, athletic, messy, and competitive games that anyone, regardless of athletic skill, can participate in.
  • Nov 12, 2014 - SGA: Student Senate Meeting - 9:30 p.m.
  • Nov 13 - Nov 17, 2014 - SGA: Executive Officer Elections - 8:00 a.m.

    Cast your vote, online through the portal, for your SGA Executive Officers!
  • Nov 21, 2014 - SGA: Vacated Class Officer Petitions Due - 4:00 p.m.
  • Feb 3, 2015 - SGA: Holla Back Party - 7:00 p.m.

    Join the Student Government Association as we welcome everyone back for the spring semester in the Bowld Commons Gym! Free snacks!
  • Feb 11, 2015 - SGA: Student Senate Meeting - 9:30 p.m.
  • Feb 25, 2015 - SGA: Student Senate Meeting - 9:30 p.m.
Upcoming Leadership Program Events
  • Dec 1 - Feb 16, 2015 - Student Leadership & Engagement: Focus Leader Applications Available - 8:00 a.m.

    Apply to be a 2015 Focus leader! Applications and letters of recommendation are due by February 16 at 4:00pm. Complete the online application here: http://www.uu.edu/studentservices/orientation/focusleaders.cfm
  • Feb 3, 2015 - Student Leadership & Engagement: New Student Orientation - 5:00 p.m.
  • Feb 16, 2015 - Student Leadership & Engagement: Focus Leader Applications Due - 4:00 p.m.

    Apply to be a 2015 Focus leader! Applications and letters of recommendation are due by February 16 at 4:00pm. Complete the online application here: http://www.uu.edu/studentservices/orientation/focusleaders.cfm
  • Feb 20, 2015 - Student Leadership & Engagement: Student Organization Fair - 12:00 p.m.

    Come find out how to get involved in student organizations on campus! Stop by the SUB hallway to become familiar with many of the student organizations.
Upcoming SAC Events
  • Nov 3, 2014 - SAC: Homecoming Bonfire - 8:00 p.m.

    Location: Near Hope Quad

    Help us kick off Homecoming Week and celebrate our new president and first lady, Dr. Dub and Susie Oliver. The whole student body is invited and encouraged to attend. We will have FREE hot chocolate and treats!

  • Nov 13 - Nov 20, 2014 - SAC: Escape Rooms!!! - 5:00 p.m.
  • Apr 18, 2015 - SAC: Variety Show - 7:00 p.m.
  • Apr 25, 2015 - SGA & SAC: Cardinal Ball - 8:00 p.m.

    SGA and SAC invite all students to a campus wide formal on April 25th, 2015. The Cardinal Ball will be held at The New Southern Building in downtown Jackson at 118 E Baltimore Street.
Office Contact Information
  • Office phone: 731.661.5094 or 731.661.5244
  • Office fax: 731.661.5017
  • Mailing address:
    Campus Box 1806
    1050 Union University Drive
    Jackson, TN 38305

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