As part of its 125th birthday celebration, Union College will create a new campus gateway just east of the intersection of 48th and Prescott streets in south Lincoln.
Union College and the College View Seventh-Day Adventist Church are working together on the project expected to cost $500,000 to $600,000, Mathew Roque, director of Institutional Research at Union College, told the Lincoln City Council this week.
The entranceway made of brick walls and archways is intended to demonstrate the college’s ongoing commitment to Lincoln and to create awareness about its location, Roque said in a letter about the project.
"In addition, the entranceway will welcome the many out-of-town guests who visit our campus each year,” he said.
The council gave approval to using the city right-of-way for part of the project,
The Seventh-day Adventist college was built on donated land that was then a few miles outside of Lincoln and held its first classes in September 1891.
College View Seventh-day Adventist Church was added three years later at the corner of 48th and Prescott and replaced by the current building in the 1970s.
The College View community grew up around the college, and, as Lincoln grew, eventually became a part of the city.