STUDENTS MAKE DECISIONS ON UNION CAMPUS

Union News Office

-Photo by Kimmie Stewart

-Photo by Kimmie Stewart

JACKSON  — Union University hosted more than 4,000 campers at Centrifuge Camps throughout the summer. During the seven weeks of camps, more than 600 decisions were made, including 136 salvation decisions, 365 rededications, and 37 calls to ministry.

Todd Brady, Union’s vice president for university ministries, said Union is grateful to have had a part in the life-changing experiences that students had on campus this summer.

Objective_1_ICON_baptism“Throughout the years Union University has been a place where students experience the Lord in profound ways,” Brady said. “As a Christian college committed to the mission of providing Christ-centered education that promotes excellence and character development in service to church and society, we are grateful to partner with Centrifuge and be a part of what God is doing in the lives of young people throughout America.”

Students at each camp participated in morning and evening worship, small group Bible studies, and team-building recreation. Union provided the facilities for all of the activities.

The number of Centrifuge campers at Union has continued to grow over the past four years, and Brady said he prays Union continues to be a place where students’ lives are transformed by God.

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EZELL RECEIVES DODD AWARD FROM UNION

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Kevin Ezell (center) with his wife Lynette and Union University President Samuel W. "Dub" Oliver at Union's baseball-themed alumni and friends reception in St. Louis.

Kevin Ezell (center) with his wife Lynette and Union University President Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver at Union’s baseball-themed alumni and friends reception in St. Louis.

JACKSON — Union University presented Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, with its M.E. Dodd Denominational Service Award during Union’s alumni reception June 14 at the SBC annual meeting.

The Dodd Award is the highest denominational service award Union gives. It is named for the man who was a 1904 Union graduate, served as president of the SBC and who was the father of today’s Cooperative Program, the method by which Southern Baptists pool their resources to fund their missions efforts. [Read more…]

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UU TRUSTEES OK $91 MILLION BUDGET

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Union UniversityJACKSON — Union University trustees approved a $91 million budget for 2016-2017 during their April 1 meeting.

The projected budget for 2016-17 represents a 3.55 percent increase from the current year’s operating budget.

“We’re committed to being wise stewards of the resources God has given us,” said Lisa Rogers, chairman of the board of trustees.

“We’re grateful for the ways the Lord has provided for us to accomplish the Union mission,” she said.

In addition to the budget, trustees approved a number of Union faculty members for promotions, tenure, and research leaves.

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UNION MOURNS LOSS OF LANCASTER, 51, TO CANCER

By Tim Ellsworth
Associate VP for Communications, Union University

Holli Lancaster

Holli Lancaster

JACKSON, Tenn. — Holli Lancaster, a former IMB missionary in Southeast Asia and missionary in residence at Union University, died March 29 at age 51, following a battle with ovarian cancer. Holli’s husband, Dan Lancaster, serves as assistant vice president for university ministries at Union.

“They brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the campus and built incredible relations with students as well as faculty and staff,” said Todd Brady, vice president for university ministries at Union.

Prior to serving at Union, the Lancasters spent 12 years as missionaries in Southeast Asia. Brady said when they came to Union, their mission and purpose came with them.

“Their investment and love for the mission of Union and God’s heartbeat for the world, those two things were obvious,” he said. [Read more…]

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WEST TENNESSEE EVANGELISM RALLY DRAWS 800

By Nathan Handley
Union University News Office

Fred Luter speaks at Union.

Fred Luter speaks at Union.

JACKSON — Fred Luter, senior pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, said evangelism needs more emphasis in churches and organizations.

Luter was the keynote speaker at the West Tennessee Evangelism Rally, held Feb. 21 at Union University. The event was sponsored by Union and the Tennessee Baptist Convention.

“We need to understand how critical, how important it is that we make evangelism a priority in this state,” he said. [Read more…]

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EZELL URGES UNION STUDENTS TO ORDER LIVES AROUND OBEDIENCE TO CHRIST

By Nathan Handley
Union University News Office

160216ezell-chapelJACKSON — Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, encouraged Union University students to be obedient in their mission as Christians at a chapel service Feb. 10 in the G. M. Savage Memorial Chapel.

“The Bible tells us very clearly that, as believers we’re to be on mission,” Ezell said. “That means as a teacher, as an engineer, whatever it is — you can be on mission.”

Ezell, a 1985 graduate of Union, said North America needs more people on mission. He said the Southeast is full of churches, but there is great need in other regions. He said Americans tend to take things for granted and assume that the way things are where they live is the way things are everywhere. [Read more…]

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GROUP TARGETS BAPTIST UNIVERSITIES

Baptist Press

160126alexandra-la-mapALEXANDRIA, La. — The homosexual activist group Human Rights Campaign has targeted 23 institutions of higher learning with Southern Baptist ties in a report that also names 35 other colleges and universities with distinct Christian identities. Among the schools targeted are Carson-Newman University, Jefferson City, and Union University, Jackson.

Released just before the 2015 Christmas season, the report, “Hidden Discrimination: Title IX Religious Exemptions Putting LGBT Students at Risk,” asks Obama Administration education officials to increase reporting requirements for these 58 schools because each was granted “exemptions of interest” relating to either “gender identity” or “sexual orientation” or both. [Read more…]

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UNION TO HOST WEST TENNESSEE EVANGELISM RALLY FEB. 21

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Union University CampusJACKSON — Ernest Easley recently looked through a file folder from 1984 where he came across an old leadership magazine published by Texas Baptists.

“On every page there was something about evangelism, outreach, training, and rallies,” said Easley, professor of evangelism at Union University. “I don’t read much emphasis anymore on evangelism. I don’t see our state conventions and our national convention fanning the flame of evangelism like they once did.”

That’s one reason why Easley, in partnership with the Tennessee Baptist Convention, helped to organize the West Tennessee Evangelism Rally that will be held Feb. 21 on the Union campus. The event is for pastors, staff members, church members, students and anyone else interested in evangelism. [Read more…]

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UNION OFFERS AID TO WEST TENN. STUDENTS

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Union UniversityJACKSON — Union University has instituted a new scholarship designed specifically to benefit students from West Tennessee. The West Tennessee Heritage Scholarship will provide an automatic $1,500 scholarship to any student from West Tennessee who attends Union, with a minimum high school grade point average of 2.0. “This is where we’re rooted,” said Dan Griffin, Union’s vice president for enrollment management.

“This is where 60 percent of our students come from. This is who we’re committed to. Union isn’t where it is today if it’s not for the people of West Tennessee.” [Read more…]

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