Top 10 Photos and Moments of 2018

At the end of each year, we post our top ten photos that sum up the past year. These photos are chosen based mostly on the moments they represent in the life of the university. We hope you enjoy reliving a little of 2018 through these moments!


Dub Oliver, president of the university, and Lisa Rogers, former chair of the board of trustees, cut the ribbon for the new Writing Center.


The Lady Bulldogs celebrate together after winning their game against Valdosta State and advancing to the Elite Eight in the NCAA DII Tournament.


Bob Goff (far right) and his wife Maria pose with students during a book signing in Lifeway Christian Store. Goff was the featured speaker at the Union Auxiliary Banquet.


New students for Fall 2018 learn cheers for athletic games during the Welcome Week spirit rally.


Caleb Stookey, accounting major, gets a donut from the popular donut truck during a break from Union’s first-ever Assessment Day.


Union students and their families enjoy Union Night during Family Weekend, one of our favorite events each year.


Christian band MercyMe performs as the featured guest at the 2018 Scholarship Banquet.


Anthem Lights brings Caroline Clements, music education major, onstage to perform with them during the Homecoming concert. (photo by Nikki Grim)


Union University is covered in a blanket of snow in November.


Ceciley Blanchard, studio art graduate, looks out at her friends and family after receiving her diploma during Fall Graduation.

Top Ten 2017

Top Ten 2016

Student Life Photos

Over the past few weeks, our student photographers have been hard at work capturing events across campus. In between those assignments, they’ve also photographed many student life moments. Here are some fun photos from our four student photographers taken during their time on campus and during some Residence Life activities.

Photos by Elizabeth Wilson, Gretchen Foels, Morgan Morfe and Janelle Vest

Meet Our Students – Part 3

Union students work hard and set lofty goals. They enjoy building community, pursuing leadership roles and having fun. Here are just a few of the stellar students we would like you to meet.

Part 1 | Part 2



Austin Orr

Austin Orr – exercise science/wellness major from Jackson, Tennessee

“Pretty much every aspect of campus life I’m involved with, either in class or on the field, faith is always that overarching theme that ties everything together about Union.”

Learn more about Austin here.




Ryne Roper

Ryne Roper – elementary education major from Harrisburg, Illinois

“The sense of community that Union brings is very different and something I was really longing for. It’s been nothing short of remarkable.”

Read more about Ryne’s Union story here.




Bailey Howell

Bailey Howell – teaching English as a second language major from Jackson, Tennessee

“I look at my time at Union so far, and I think that the tight-knit community with the professors and staff and students here makes it exactly what I want. I’m the person I am today because of a lot of people at Union.”

Read more about Bailey here.

Family Weekend 2014 – Union Night

Dr. Dub participates in a chemistry demonstration

Post by Josh Clarke, director of alumni services

Family Weekend 2014 culminated Saturday evening in one of the newest traditions on campus, Union Night. Over 1,000 members of the Union family came together to celebrate the gift of community that God has blessed us with. It was a fantastic night showcasing the best of Union University with student organizations, schools and departments hosting a variety of family friendly activities. These activities spanned from making your own s’mores to face painting. The more adventurous members of the Union community were able to check “hot air balloon ride” off their bucket list by taking a tethered ride over campus.

The hot air balloon was a big hit, with students and families lined up waiting for their turn at Union Night.

One of the most exciting opportunities at Union Night is for students to highlight their ongoing efforts, whether it is in the classroom, in the community, or on the court. The Engineering Department used its class projects to set up a life-size version of “Angry Birds,” where Union Night visitors could try their hand at knocking down towers with student made catapults.  Guests were able to see some philanthropic initiatives of our students as Zeta Tau Alpha kicked off its annual “Think Pink Week,” raising awareness for breast cancer research, and Alpha Tau Omega raised money and awareness for the American Heart Association. The School of Nursing and Office of University Ministries were on hand to raise funds to support upcoming mission trips around the world. Through the night the celebration of the transition into NCAA DII continued as our Bulldog and Lady Bulldog teams were introduced to the crowd. The evening came to a close with a brilliant display of fireworks.

Kersey family marvels at the fireworks

For 191 years, the Lord has used Union University as an instrument of His grace to prepare students to go serve in church and community. Across campus He is still doing just that. Union Night serves as an opportunity for the greater Union community to come and see all that He is doing currently on our campus. To sit and talk with old friends, to bring the next generation of Unionites to campus for the first time, to visit with organizations that had a major impact on your life or to see how your current student is growing — Union Night provides each member of the Union family the chance the come and witness God’s continued grace to our beloved campus. Our hope is that Union Night will celebrate all that Union University is while reminding current students, alumni, families and friends that they are a part of something that is larger than their four years here.

View a full gallery of photos from Family Weekend on our Photo Project. 

Fireworks, Miller Tower and Union Night guests