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New-student registration sets record at Union

Rich Grimm, Union's vice president for enrollment services, addresses some of the 520 new students who registered June 27. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)
Rich Grimm, Union's vice president for enrollment services, addresses some of the 520 new students who registered June 27. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)

JACKSON, Tenn.June 27, 2008 – A record-high 520 new traditional undergraduate students – most of them freshmen – registered for fall semester classes at Union University June 27, surpassing last year’s mark of 506 students.

“We are extremely thankful for each of these new students, who have come to Union from this region, from across all parts of the United States and from several countries,” Union President David S. Dockery said. “We applaud Rich Grimm, Robbie Graves and the entire enrollment services team for their hard work.”

Dockery said the record number of students registering was especially meaningful this year, as Union is in the process of recovering from a Feb. 5 tornado that caused more than $40 million in damage to the campus and resulted in the demolition of two entire student housing complexes.

“It is hard to believe where we are in light of where we were 20 weeks ago,” Dockery said.

Construction continues on 14 new student housing buildings arranged in four new student housing complexes, and Union expects all 14 buildings to be complete by the beginning of the fall semester.


Media contact: Mark Kahler, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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