God in the Whirlwind
Friday, February 2nd
Union’s 10-year anniversary of the 2008 tornado
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The campus sustained about $40 million worth of damages. The whirlwind destroyed buildings and dozens of students were injured in the storm.
But while the physical damage to the campus may have been extensive, the event also drew the campus community together as students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members regrouped and began the process of rebuilding what was lost.
On Feb. 2, Union University will mark the 10-year anniversary of the tornado that hit the campus on Feb. 5, 2008. Former administrators will return to campus for the event, which will include a chapel service and a community worship service featuring a free concert by Christian recording artist Phil Wickham.
The 10-year anniversary will also feature a special recognition ceremony for first responders at 1:30 p.m. and a community worship service at West Jackson Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Gene Fant, a former Union administrator and now president of North Greenville University, will speak at the service, and a panel of students who were injured during the tornado will share their some of their experiences.
The evening will conclude with the Wickham concert. Wickham is known for such songs as “This Is Amazing Grace” and “Your Love Awakens Me.”
“The concert is one small way we can say ‘thank you’ to the Jackson and West Tennessee community for the way so many people came to Union’s aid that night,” said Catherine Kwasigroh, Union’s vice president of advancement. “We invite the entire community to join us Feb. 2 for this significant event in the life of the university.”
Tickets to the community worship service and Wickham concert are free, but they must be reserved in advance. Ticket reservations and a full schedule for the day are available at www.uu.edu/tornado.
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