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New Publications by Union Institute & University Faculty

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Dr. Stewart Burns
Dr. Debra Henson
Dr. Nadine Wheat
Dr. Arlene Sacks

Congratulations to Dr. Stewart Burns, Dr. Nadine Wheat, Dr. Debra Henson, and Dr. Arlene Sacks on the release of their new publications.

Dr. Stewart Burns just completed the updated second edition of his award-winning book on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “To the Mountaintop, 2nd Edition: Martin Luther King’s Mission and its Meaning for America (HarperCollins) .” Jim Wallis, New York Times bestselling author, wrote the following in his review.

“This book is the best treatment of Martin Luther King’s faith that I have seen, and an incredibly thorough exploration of the ways faith was fundamentally central to Dr. King’s vision, action, and perspective on mission and civil rights. We see the full extent of what it means to form a spiritual commitment to justice, activism, and equality, and are reminded of what we are called to do for others, our society, and ourselves. This edition presents a strikingly nuanced and human vision of the civil rights leader and reverend we are all familiar with.”

Dr. Burns chairs Union Institute & University’s Ethical & Creative Leadership concentration in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, and shares leadership of its Martin Luther King Jr. Studies specialization. He is a highly regarded historian of the civil rights movement, author or editor of eight books, former editor of the King Papers at Stanford University, where he also taught U.S. History before joining Union. He has been a nonviolent activist for most of his life, and for over a quarter century engaged in interracial healing in higher education. Learn more about Dr. Burns and his commitment to connect Dr. King’s legacy to current issues at this link.

 

Dr. Nadine Wheat, who directs Union’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and  Undergraduate Business Programs and Dr. Debra Henson, adjunct professor, co-authored “She Crabs In a Barrel: Women in Business.” The book explores the underpinnings of women supporting each other in business for the betterment of all.

Written for all who need guidance in the workplace and want to overcome the “if I can’t succeed, neither can you” mentality, Wheat and Henson start with the metaphor of  crabs in a bucket being trapped, not realizing that while any one crab could easily escape, its efforts are undermined by others, ensuring the group’s collective demise. The book covers the areas of trust, fear, feeling threatened or rejected, jealousy, envy, and asking for help.

Read more about their book at this link.

 

Dr. Arlene Sacks, Union’s Associate Vice President for  Academic Affairs, has updated her seminal textbook, “Special Education, A Reference Book for Policy and Curriculum Development (Grey House Publishing),” that details the history of special education. In the introduction, Dr. Sacks states, “The intent of this book is to present readers with all the information they need to obtain full understanding of how special education can serve as a model for all education. Special education, frequently viewed solely as an outgrowth of regular education, actually developed from several disciplines. Historical accounts describe special education as a product of superstition, abandonment, and elimination of such persons identified as mentally or physically disabled, whereas religious influences, primarily Christianity, gave rise to a more humane treatment of the disabled.”

Read more about the book at this link.

Thank you Union faculty for your commitment to the UI&U mission of engagement, enlightenment, and empowerment.

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Your Giving Changes Lives

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Students throughout the Union community are grateful to the generous support of our donors. Your gift supports our students in the mission to engage, enlighten, and empower a lifetime of learning and service.

Alumnae Lisa Newton said the Eugene P. Ruehlmann Fellowship for Public Service was lifesaving. “The scholarship was the difference between me finishing my Ph.D. and losing hope.”

Your legacy lives forever through our students who have the tenacity to return to finish the education they once started; who seek to enhance the careers they have chosen; and who want to become more equipped to engage in the struggle for social justice.

Giving options include the following:

One scholarship unique to Union Institute & University is the Women in Union (WIU) program. The program provides scholarships to single, head-of-household women to provide financial assistance as they obtain a college degree.

WIU recipient Carliss Green says, “I was 16 when I dropped out of high school. The only jobs available to me were low paying. I watched as coworkers with college degrees pursued careers that brought higher pay, benefits, self-respect, and self-confidence. At the age of 51, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. I became a role model to my children and I have followed my path to help the less fortunate. I am living proof it is never too late to follow your dreams.”

When you give, you make a Union education affordable, accessible, and increasingly more relevant in today’s world. Your giving changes lives.

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Thank you for all you do for the Union community.

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Alumnus Named New Fire Chief

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Fire Chief Daryl C. Arbuthnott

Union Institute & University alumnus Daryl C. Arbuthnott is the new Vallejo, CA Fire Chief. He comes to Vallejo from Davis where he has been serving as fire chief since July 2017. Chief Arbuthnott brings more than 37 years of experience to the position.

“It is an honor to serve the community of Vallejo where I can apply all of the knowledge, experience and education I’ve gained over the past 37 years,” Arbuthnott said in a city statement. “I am thrilled to be part of a community that is experiencing so much growth and excitement.”

He holds a UI&U Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and a Master of Business Administration in Risk Management, Business Continuity and Security from Boston University.

Chief Arbuthnott continues the legacy of Union alumni transforming lives and communities. Congratulations Chief Arbuthnott!

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Union Institute & University and Ivy Tech Community College Announce New Transfer Agreement

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It’s Official. Union Institute & University and Ivy Tech Community College sign transfer agreement making it seamless to complete a bachelor’s degree at UI&U. Left to right, Dr. Nelson E. Soto, Union Provost, Vice President, Academic Affairs, Dr. Karen Schuster Webb, President, Union Institute & University, Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President, Ivy Tech Community College, Dr. Kara Monroe, Ivy Tech Provost.

Union Institute & University and Ivy Tech Community College have formed a partnership to provide a seamless and cost-effective pathway from an associate degree at Ivy Tech to a bachelor’s degree at UI&U.

“It is a privilege to join with Ivy Tech in serving communities across Indiana to provide a career pathway to a bachelor’s degree at UI&U and continue both of our goals to provide a world-class education to students,” said Dr. Karen Schuster Webb, President of Union Institute & University. Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech Community College, also welcomes the collaboration. “We empower our students to achieve their career goals. This is another opportunity to fulfill those aspirations.”

“Ivy Tech Community College graduates who transfer into UI&U undergraduate programs will receive a scholarship of $100 discount per credit hour for the first 30 credit hours of registration up to $3,000. Members of Phi Theta Kappa will receive an additional first semester $500 scholarship. UI&U offers all Title IV federal financial aid, State of Ohio grants for private university students as well as several university scholarships,” said Sonya M. Fultz, UI&U Director, Academic Partnerships and Innovation and former chair of the Southwestern Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) Articulation and Transfer Committee. “In addition, transfer students receive all UI&U academic services that include program advising, writing and math tutoring services, 100% online library, and career services.”

Fultz expands on Union’s commitment to meet students regardless of where they live and work.

“Transfer agreement partnerships are another example of Union’s commitment to meet students where they are in their educational career. UI&U is rapidly expanding its transfer partnerships with community colleges. New partnership agreements include Cuyahoga Community College, Southern State and other that will be signed in the next few weeks.”

Read more about UI&U’s articulation agreements with regionally accredited colleges and universities by clicking here.

What is the earnings potential between an associate and a bachelor degree?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says it best. “In terms of dollars, education makes sense. Median weekly earnings in 2017 for those with the highest levels of educational attainment—doctoral and professional degrees—were more than triple those with the lowest level, less than a high school diploma. And workers with at least a bachelor’s degree earned more than the $907 median weekly earnings for all workers.” (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Union is a nationwide university with academic centers in Florida, Ohio and California. UI&U serves a diverse population of students as an institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  The university is proud to have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HIS) with more than 25% of undergraduate students being Hispanic adult learners at UI&U.

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Salute to Veterans – This veteran is pursuing a social work degree

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Veteran James Terrell
James Terrell

November is an opportune time to salute our veterans. Meet James Terrell, a student in the Union Social Work undergraduate program.  James chose to attend Union because of the flexibility of the classes and the Veterans in Union program. Learn more about James in the Q & A below.

QWhat do you plan to do with your degree?
A: I plan to continue my education with eventual employment with the Veterans Administration.

Q: What led you to this program?
A
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I met a Union representative at a veteran’s job fair and I thought this is what I want to pursue.

Q: Why did you choose Union for your studies?
AThe online flexibility and veterans assistance with funding the classes made Union my choice.

Q: If you could give a piece of advice to your 20 something, what would it be?
A: Go to college and choose your friends more wisely.

Q: Who has influenced you the most in your life, and how have they influenced you?
A: I’ve had several teachers and military mentors who encouraged me to excel.

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Salute To Our Veterans – Organizational leadership is the goal

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Jeffrey Sands

Today’s spotlight is on United States Army veteran Jeffrey Sands. Jeffrey is a student in the Bachelor of Science with a major in Organizational Leadership degree program. Read how Union offered Jeffrey the flexibility to work and pursue his degree in the Q & A below.

Q: What do you plan to do with your degree?
A. Organizational leadership.

Q: What led you to this program?
A: My military training.

Q: Why did you choose Union for your studies?
A: I chose Union because of the fast pace, all online program due to work and family life.

Q: If you could give a piece of advice to your 20 something, what would it be?
A:Knock out school before having a career and family.

Q. Who has influenced you the most in your life, and how have they influenced you?
A: My parents and my wife. By always being by my side cheering me on through the good and bad.

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Salute to Veterans – This veteran seeks a leadership role

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United States Air Force veteran Roy Casillas and his partner Ori
United States Air Force veteran Roy Casillas and his partner Ori. Their duties ranged from base security to working with the United States Secret Service while VIPs visited.
Ori was dual certified as a patrol dog and an explosives detector dog.

United States Air Force veteran Roy Casillas is pursuing a degree in the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL).  Roy is also a graduate of the UI&U Emergency Services Management (ESM) undergraduate program. Read about Roy and his goals in the Q & A below.

Q: What do you plan to do with your degree?
A: I want to move up in my organization. I want to be promoted to a leadership/manager position. I decided to go the MSOL route over the MBA one because I want to focus more on the people and organization, rather than the business.

Q: What led you to this program?
A:
Determination

Q: Why did you choose Union for your studies?
A: My advisor, Sandra Lee, encouraged me to take the MSOL pathway. I thought my ESM degree to a master’s would be a good fit for my career.

 Q: If you could give a piece of advice to your 20 something, what would it be?
A: 
Stay in SCHOOL!

Q: Who has influenced you the most in your life, and how have they influenced you?
A: 
My kids—they make me want to better myself.

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Celebration of Teaching Recognizes Dr. Anu Mitra

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Dr. Anu Mitra
Dr. Anu Mitra and Dr. Nelson Soto at the 31st Annual Celebration of Teaching Luncheon where Dr. Mitra was recognized for her excellence in teaching.

Dr. Anu Mitra was recognized at the 31st Annual Celebration of Teaching Luncheon sponsored by Greater Cincinnati Collegiate Connection (GC3) on Oct. 15.

“Dr. Mitra is an inspiration to her students and colleagues,” said Dr. Nelson Soto, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Union Institute & University. “Her belief in her adult students and interdisciplinary approach emboldens students to believe in themselves.”

Each year GC3 acknowledges faculty from the 18 member universities for their dedication to their institution and students. “Somewhere along the way, we all had a teacher who made a difference for us.  It is exciting to have a room full of award-winning teachers and celebrate them as a group,” said Janet Piccirillo, GC3’s Executive Director.

Rhonda Whitaker, Vice President for Community Relations for Duke Energy presented a keynote address.  Ms. Whitaker’s remarks highlighted the many ways the faculty at the colleges and universities throughout the region contribute to the talent pipeline available to businesses and how vital they are to the regional ecosystem.

Dr. Mitra is in her 31st year of teaching in the Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies Program and chairs the admissions committee. She presents new students with a “This, I Believe” piece detailing Union’s commitment to collaborative inquiry, social justice principles and awareness, and call to action.

She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, New York. Her areas of expertise are visual culture, arts-based practices, art and leadership development. She has presented on several aspects of her work, most recently at the Art of Management and Organizations,
American Management Association, International Leadership Association, among others. Her research and workshops linking art and social justice and art and leadership development have been offered at many forums, including the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the University of Cincinnati Medical School, and to doctoral candidates at Union.

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Salute To Our Veterans – Amanda White plans to make a difference in the military and veteran community

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Amanda White
Amanda White

Today’s Veteran Salute is to Amanda White, U.S. Army veteran and student in the UI&U Social Work Bachelor’s degree program. She chose this major to be a positive influence in others’ lives, especially the military and veteran community. Read more about her goals in the Q&A below.

Q: What do you plan to do with your degree?
A:
I plan to work with the military and veteran community, to help address the unique issues facing service members and their families. As an NCO (Non-commissioned officer) in the Army, it was my job to take care of soldiers. That desire has not changed, even though I no longer wear the uniform.

Q: What led you to this program?
A: I was drawn to the social work field after my son’s diagnosis with ASD (autism spectrum disorder). It was a chaotic and confusing period in our lives, and our social worker was a steady and comforting guide in this new landscape. I want to be able to provide that same service for others and I believe that pursing a degree in social work is the best way to do so.

Q: Why did you choose Union for your studies?
A: The fully online bachelor’s program with a major in social work at Union offers the quality of education I desire, while allowing me the flexibility I need as a military spouse and a parent.

Q: If you could give a piece of advice to your 20 something, what would it be?
A: Hold steady, drive on, and do the thing. Life will throw challenges at you, may make you feel a bit weak in the knees some days, but do not stop pushing and do not wait for things to be “just right”. That’ll never happen, so you’re just going to have to do it imperfectly. And don’t worry so much— it’s all a wonderful adventure.

Q: Who has influenced you the most in your life, and how have they influenced you?
A: I have been influenced by a myriad of people in different phases of my life, so I don’t know that I could chose just one. Right now, in this moment, my greatest influences are my children. I have this desire to do right by them, to be better for them, to change the world for them; that drives my actions every day.

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“A More Perfect Union” Dr. Webb Is Inaugurated

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Inauguration of Dr. Karen Schuster Webb, Nov. 8, 2018. Photo by Chocolate Paper Studios

“A More Perfect Union” Dr. Karen Schuster Webb Is Inaugurated as Union Institute & University Sixth President

The inauguration of Dr. Karen Schuster Webb, the sixth president of Union Institute & University and the first African American woman to hold the office, took place on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, at 4 p.m. at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.

Drums for Peace led the procession of university delegates, faculty, staff, administration, students, and alumni followed by a rendition from Ragtime, “Let Them Hear You,” by Mr. Kent Overshown, accompanied on the piano by Mr. Billy Larkin. Christine van Duelmen, chair of the Board of Trustees, gave welcome and introductions. The Honorable Tamaya Dennard, Cincinnati City Council, President Pro Tem proclaimed November 8, 2018 as President Karen Schuster Webb Day.

Dr. Dr. Karen Schuster Webb delivers her inaugural address, “A More Perfect Union”. Photo by Chocolate Paper Studios

Ramona Laughing Brook Webb, daughter of Dr. and Mr. Wallace Webb, recited “Remember,” a poem by Joy Harjo of the Msvkoke/Creek Nation in honor Dr. Webb’s Creek Nation heritage. Members of the academic community and representatives from Southwestern Ohio Consortium for Higher Education, GC3, American Council on Education’s Women’s Network of Ohio, and others gave greetings and welcomed President Webb to her new position. Union’s Board of Trustees issued the presidential charges, and presented the presidential medallion and the university mace to Dr. Webb.

Dr. Webb’s “A More Perfect Union” inaugural address outlined her vision to continue Union’s distinguished social justice legacy as a world-class university. She urged the community to seek out Union, not only for academic degrees and certificates, but to engage with Union faculty, staff, alumni, and students to seek solutions to the world’s challenges.

Her Excellency, Dr. Hassana Alidou, ambassador from the Republic of Niger to the United States delivered the keynote address at the dinner following the installation ceremony. The dinner launched the new Union Institute for Social Justice, being developed to provide innovative and practical solutions that advance four broad goals: secure change through civil discourse; foster economic and social equity through education; defend opportunity and social justice in all our communities; and promote a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international community through engagement. Dr. Alidou urged the audience to continue Union’s mission of transforming lives and communities, and spoke of her personal journey, mentored and encouraged by Dr. Webb.

Drums for Peace. Photo by Chocolate Paper Studios

President Webb took office as president on July 1, 2018. She is a visionary leader with a passion for community and mentoring women in leadership, having dedicated her career to the equity of access to educational excellence in the United States, as well as around the world. She brings more than 20 years of executive leadership and an impressive career in higher education, most recently as the Midwest campus president and senior advisor for Academic Innovation to the Chancellor at the Antioch University System. She also served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Antioch University Midwest Campus. Prior to her work at Antioch University, Webb served at Alliant International University System from 2000 to 2013, where she was founding university dean of the California School of Education, overseeing programs in California, Mexico, and the Far East, as well as online programs. She was also associate provost for Community Engagement at Alliant from 2009 to 2013.

Dr. Hassana Alidou, ambassador from the Republic of Niger to the United States and keynote speaker with Dr. Webb. Photo by Chocolate Paper Studios

Dr. Webb is chair of the American Council on Education’s Women’s Network Executive Council (WNEC), Washington, D.C. She also served on the ACE Northern California Women’s Network for more than 10 years and held both vice chair and chair positions there. She has earned numerous awards, including Teacher of the Year by the California School of Education doctoral students at Alliant International University, and was selected in 2016 as one of the Top 25 Women in Higher Education and Beyond by Diverse Issues In Higher Education Magazine, honoring her commitment to and advocacy for diversity, inclusion, and mentoring. Dayton Magazine profiled her for their leadership series. Moreover, she serves on the Advisory Board of William V. S. Tubman University Foundation in Harper, Liberia, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

Dr. Webb earned her B.A. degree in Spanish, her M.S. in Education: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages/Applied Linguistics, and her Ph.D. in English Education: Second Language Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Dr. Webb succeeds President Roger H. Sublett who was president of Union Institute & University from 2003 until June 2018 when he retired.

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