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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. “I give God the glory for a lot of that stuff. I’m not that smart.”  Union marks Dockery’s final commencement with 630 graduates


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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