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Union to open 14 student housing buildings

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)–Union University students will move into 14 new student housing buildings when they return to the campus for the fall semester, less than seven months after a tornado destroyed much of the university’s existing student housing. Incoming freshmen and transfer students will move onto campus Sept. 4, with upperclassmen returning Sept. 6. Classes […]

Union honors Wilkey, Hall for coverage

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)–Lonnie Wilkey, editor of the Baptist & Reflector, and Will Hall, executive editor of Baptist Press, became the first two fellows inducted to Union University’s Center for Media, Faith and Culture during Union’s summer commencement ceremony Aug. 2. As part of the ceremony in Union’s Fred DeLay Gymnasium, 290 students received degrees, bringing […]

Baptists’ gifts to Union surpass $3M

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--Total giving from Southern Baptist churches and entities has topped $3 million for Union University's recovery from a Feb. 5 tornado that destroyed much of the housing and caused major damage to other academic buildings at the Jackson, Tenn., campus.

Rainer receives Union’s Dodd Award

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)–Union University presented Thom S. Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, with its M.E. Dodd Denominational Service Award during a June 10 dessert reception at the Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis. The Dodd Award is named for the man who was a Union alumnus, served as president of the SBC and is considered […]

Hug your kids a little longer

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--Hanging in my son Daniel's room is a baseball rack that I've had since I was a little boy.

Union tornado recapped in upcoming book

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--A forthcoming book tells the story of the tornado that hit Union University Feb. 5 and includes stories from students and others who point to God's care and protection that night.       "God in the Whirlwind: Stories of Grace from the Tornado at Union University" by Tim Ellsworth ...

Dockery: Union is ‘grateful … hopeful’

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BP)–Christians can have hope under even the most difficult circumstances because of a providential God, Union University President David S. Dockery said April 13 at Northside Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, Tenn. In his first public speaking engagement beyond the Jackson, Tenn., campus since a tornado caused more than $40 million in damages 68 […]

Tennessee Baptist Convention president reissues call for Union University offering

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)–Tennessee Baptist Convention President Tom McCoy reiterated his request for a special offering April 6 in the state’s churches to help Union University recover from a Feb. 5 tornado that caused an estimated $40 million in damage to the campus. “What an amazing Christian impact this university has on young adults from Tennessee […]

$270,000 gift to aid Union students

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)–Scholarship America has made a $270,000 donation to Union University to help students with financial needs following the Feb. 5 tornado that did $40 million in damage to the Jackson, Tenn., campus. Barb Weber, Scholarship America’s assistant vice president for scholarship management services, presented the check to Union President David S. Dockery March […]

Still hospitalized, prayer lifts UU duo

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)–David Wilson and Matt Kelley were among hundreds of Union University students who experienced the 10 seconds that it took for a tornado to devastate the campus. That night, Feb. 5, they found themselves trapped with numerous other students beneath piles of rubble in dorms that had taken on the look of a […]