Several science classes were canceled on Wednesday, November 8th, as Union College students were shattered by the news that the previous night they had lost a friend and a classmate in a motorcycle accident in Southeast Lincoln. Caleb Long, from Hutchinson, Minnesota, was completing his senior year in the Biomedical Program and was one of 30 students (out of 288 who applied) to be accepted to start next fall in Union’s Physician Assistant Program.
Christina Burden-Page, his major professor, recalled Long’s eagerness to learn. “He had an openness and honesty in how he approached everything. He was ready to laugh and ready to do the hard work.” Burden-Page was also a spiritual mentor who met with Long each week in the school’s HeartScan program. “The conversations we had together were so uplifting,” she said through tears.
Long-time classmate Nicole Hardt described Long as always seeming to have his life totally together. “He just knew everything all the time,” she said. “He was very organized. Very planned out.” Those plans have come to a heart-breaking end.
On Thursday, November 9 at 10:30 a.m. during chapel a time of remembrance was held for Caleb. You can view it on the school’s YouTube channel, UTV.