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Stories from 2007-2008

18-year-old Union senior’s research published by Harvard

Matthew Dawson is not your typical college senior.

Union students, Jackson firefighters share stories about Feb. 5 tornado

Rebecca Hartfield had one fireman in particular she wanted to see. The only problem was, she didn’t know what he looked like.

The best days are ahead

A recap of the tornado damage and updates on Union's recovery and rebuilding process. Features interviews with President Dockery and multiple members of the Union community.

Union rebuilding update

A recap of the tornado damage and an update on Union's rebuilding progress. Hear from Union parents, President Dockery and SBC President Frank Page.

Stories from the recovery

The Union community continues to work toward recovery and restoration after the February 2008 tornado. Interviews with Bill Nettles, Linda Grimm and Gary Williams.

The Union Community after the storm

The Union community pulls together to respond to the tornado damage. Interviews with George Guthrie, Kevin Cooney and Stacy Storey.

Recovering The R.C. Ryan Center for Biblical Studies

A look at the damage done to the R.C. Ryan Center for Biblical Studies with Dr. Ray Van Neste.

Kevin Furniss' rescue story

Student Kevin Furniss recounts the story of his rescue from the collapse of Watters Commons after the storm.

Injured Union student compares rescue to salvation

Kevin Furniss was trapped under a pile of rubble after Tuesday’s tornado that swept across the Union campus. But when a rescue worker grabbed his hand, he knew he was going to make it out alive.

Concussion leaves Union student with no memory of devastating tornado

The tornado that hit Union University on Feb. 5 affected the lives of about 1,200 students who live on campus, yet for one student, the event literally exists as a dream.

Union students recall shock of tragic tornado

Shock and terror filled the faces of Union University students as they told their stories of the devastating tornado that ripped through the Jackson, Tenn., campus Feb. 5.

Stories from the storm (Feb. 8, 2008)

As Union begins the recovery process, cleanup is an on-going event. Hear stories from Chris Rigney, Union student; Steve Babcock, Union alumnus and local minister; and Eileen Abbamonte, Union parent.

Union tornado damage

A look at the devastation from the Feb. 5 tornado that hit Union's campus. Interviews with Union parents and President Dockery.

Ethiopian Mikias Mohammed's storm story

Extended version of Ethiopian Mikias Mohammed's storm story.

Stories from the storm (Feb. 7, 2008)

Students Mikias Mohammed, Aaron Gilbert, Courtney Nute react to their storm experiences.

Ethopian student survives first tornado

When Ethiopian Mikias Mohammed entered Union University last fall for his first year of college, he never imagined he would soon encounter a tornado.

Danny Song's rescue story

Danny Song, Watters complex resident assistant, was one of the students trapped in the commons after the tornado damaged it. This is his recollection of the events.

RAs recount storm events

Jessica Nelson and Sarah Santiago, resident assistants for the Hurt Complex, recount the events surrounding the tornado that hit Union's campus on the evening of Feb. 5, 2008.

Nepalese pastors benefit from Van Neste’s teaching

A 10-day trip to Nepal was cut a little short for Union University Christian studies professor Ray Van Neste, as a student protest over gas prices shut down the city of Kathmandu, including the airport.

Union provides shelter for homeless in community

Seventeen men from Jackson’s homeless community entered the doors of Luther Hall on Union University’s campus Dec. 7 to receive food, showers and a warm place to lay their heads.

Celebrating Christmas at Union

A look at how Union celebrates Christmas. This video was done shortly before the February 2008 tornado, and it features some footage from the old dorms.

Inside Women's Soccer

Take an inside look at the women's soccer program at Union during the fall 2007 season.

Day of Remembrance

Union gives back for the fifth year since the tornadoes hit Union's campus in November of 2002.

Freshman Angela Abbamonte moves onto campus

Follow Freshman Angela Abbamonte as she moves onto campus during fall of 2007.

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