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Student Spotlight – Amy Oyos

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Veterans Day offers the chance to thank the men and women who have served this nation both at home and around the world and their sacrifices for the freedoms we all enjoy.

Union wanted to do more for veterans to help them complete their degree. That goal led to the Veterans in Union program founded to recognize and honor the sacrifices made through our veterans’ service to our country, and commit to their success through a three-term $7500 living allowance stipend ($2500 per term) for honorably discharged veterans.

During the month of November, UI&U will spotlight a different veteran student each week. Get to know Amy Oyos, an Air Force veteran and current Master of Arts Health & Wellness major, in the Q&A below.

Q. What do you plan to do with your degree?

A. I plan to open a prenatal wellness center for expectant parents. I plan for this to be a non-judgmental, educational, community support place expectant parents can go to feel comfortable and learn about childbirth and lactation.

Q. What led you to this program?

A. I was looking for programs that gave me the ability to further my education in lactation. Union’s Health and Wellness program gave me the opportunity to receive a higher degree and sit for another certification in the field of lactation.

Q. Why did you choose Union for your studies?

A. After speaking with Ashlee from the admissions office I knew I made the right choice in schools. She helped me the whole way through and still checks in to see how I am doing. After all her help the veterans coordinator stepped in and has been there every time I have needed answers. They both went above and beyond anything I ever expected from a university.

Q. If you could give a piece of advice to your 20 something, what would it be?

A. Live life and find what you love. You may not know at 20 but when you find what you are called to do, don’t hesitate, Go For It.

Q. Who has influenced you the most in your life, and how have they influenced you?

A. I would say my Family. My parents have always been amazing and supportive. They have always given advice and supported me when I ignored it. Although they were right on more than one occasion they still gave me all the faith in the world that I could achieve whatever I wanted. My sisters have always pushed me to do my best and my own two amazing boys have pushed me to do my best and be my best.

Amy Oyos and her children

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Student Spotlight – Scott Meyer

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Scott Meyer

Veterans Day offers the chance to thank the men and women who have served this nation both at home and around the world and their sacrifices for the freedoms we all enjoy.

Union wanted to do more for veterans to help them complete their degree. That goal led to the Veterans in Union program founded to recognize and honor the sacrifices made through our veterans’ service to our country, and commit to their success through a three-term $7500 living allowance stipend ($2500 per term) for honorably discharged veterans.

During the month of November, UI&U will spotlight a different veteran student each week. Get to know Scott Meyer, an Army veteran and current Criminal Justice Management student, in the Q&A below.

Q. What do you plan to do with your degree?

A. I plan to continue to grow in my career of law enforcement.

Q. What led you to this program?

A. Friends, coworkers, and a desire to further my education

Q. Why did you choose Union for your studies?

A. The online program allows me to implement proper time management in order to attain my goals of higher education in balance with my career and family.

Q. If you could give a piece of advice to your 20 something, what would it be?

A. Start your education now and plan for the future. Invest, invest, invest.

Q. Who has influenced you the most in your life, and how have they influenced you?

A. I would say the United States Army has influenced me the most. My time in the Army instilled discipline and allowed me to mature far more then I could have realized as a teenager. I could not imagine where I would be right now in my life if I had not enlisted.

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Proud To Be Union

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Union Institute & University proudly welcomed the Most Honorable Portia Simpson Miller, 1997 alumna, as the keynote at National Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

Dr. Roger H. Sublett, president of UI&U refers to Ms. Simpson Miller as a UI&U global ambassador who exemplifies the university’s mission, vision, and values in her words and deeds. “She, like so many Union alumni and students, pursued her education against all odds in order to engage, enlighten, and empower those she serves.”

As guest of honor, she was treated to a dinner at Dr. and Mrs. Sublett’s home with Board of Trustee members on Thursday evening. On Friday she lunched with university leaders, met UI&U staff and toured the historic building that houses Union’s national headquarters. Friday evening she was the honored guest at a dinner with dignitaries and friends of Union.

In her keynote, the former prime minister reminded the more than 75 graduates that her story is the Union story. Born into humble beginnings, she had big dreams that required a college degree that would eventually lead her to make history when she became Jamaica’s seventh and first female prime minister in 2006 and elected a second time serving from January 2012 to March 2016.

She congratulated the new alumni on their perseverance to follow their dreams and asked them to join her in UI&U’s 53-year legacy of highly motivated adults positioned to pursue professional goals and a lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility.

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National Commencement Is Almost Here

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National Commencement is almost here. This Saturday, October 28, Union Institute & University will graduate 75 students from 23 states and two countries, ranging in age from their 20s to their 70s. They will join the UI&U elite legacy of alumni who are transforming lives and communities and making a difference in all of their endeavors.

Highlights include:

  • Final commencement address by Dr. Roger H. Sublett, president of Union Institute & University, who retires at the end of June 2018.
  • Keynote by The Most Honorable Portia Lucretia Simpson Miller, former two-term prime minister of Jamaica, a 1997 Union Institute & University alumna and the recipient of the university’s highest honor, the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2001
  • The remembrance of the late Dr. Brian Webb with the new Brian Webb Award for Outstanding Master of Arts Thesis
  • The first TLC – or “tender loving care” award to Mrs. Mary Jestina Taylor, mother of Glenda Taylor, Ph.D. commencer, who is sight impaired, for her unwavering support to her daughter
  • Faculty Awards initiated by the Faculty Council
  • Marvin B. Sussman Award for excellence in dissertation
  • Moment of silence in remembrance of Dr. James Henderson, beloved faculty member who passed away this past February
  • And, much more!

The 2017 National Commencement is Saturday, October 28 at the Hilton Netherland Plaza in downtown Cincinnati. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

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Union’s Community Fest Reaches Out To Neighbors

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Fall was in the air and the soup was hot, as UI&U Cincinnati employees welcomed the Walnut Hills neighborhood at Community Fest on October 12.

The fun filled afternoon offered delicious food, corn hole, building tours, neighbor showcase tables, and a unique way to connect with the neighborhood.

“Community Fest offered a new way to reach out to our neighbors and serve our community,” said Donna Gruber, Cincinnati Academic Center Executive Director. “Union has been part of the Walnut Hills fabric for 28 years and is located in a historic Tudor-style building. The area is a dynamic and vibrant neighborhood that is growing and changing in front of our eyes and Union is a dynamic and vibrant university that serves our community and also attracts many students from across the country. The afternoon gave us an opportunity for us to live our mission: to engage, enlighten, and empower adults to pursue a lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility.”

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The Most Honorable Portia Simpson Miller To Keynote Her Cincinnati Ohio Alma Mater Commencement

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Portia Simpson Miller

The Most Honorable Portia Lucretia Simpson Miller O.N., B.A. will keynote the Union Institute & University National Commencement on Saturday, October 28, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The former Jamaica Prime Minister is a 1997 graduate of Union Institute & University. Ms. Simpson Miller served as Jamaica’s prime minister from March 2006 to September 2007, and again from January 2012 to March 2016. She retired in 2017, after serving as the leader of Jamaica’s opposition party (People’s National Party).

She, like so many Union alumni and students pursued her education against all odds.

“We are deeply privileged to welcome Ms. Portia Simpson Miller to help celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates at National Commencement,” said Roger H. Sublett, president of Union Institute & University. “She is truly a global ambassador who exemplifies the university’s mission, vision, and values in her words and deeds. She, like so many Union alumni and students, pursued her education against all odds in order to engage, enlighten, and empower those she serves.”

Ms. Simpson Miller says that she chose to study at Union Institute & University to broaden her knowledge base and solidify her academic credentials, which became necessary to advance in a political career that began while she was still in high school.

“It did not matter that I had served my apprenticeship in the intensive workshop of politics and government and had been schooled in the university of life,” she told graduates at UI&U’s 2001 Florida Commencement, where she received the university’s honorary doctorate for her exemplary efforts to improve the quality of life for all Jamaican citizens. “It did not matter that I was routinely called upon to represent my country at conferences all over the world. The absence of a college degree remained an issue in my life.”

“The courage it takes to return to college while working and raising families is the cornerstone of Union’s existence,” said Roger H. Sublett, president of Union Institute & University. “Portia is a living example of where a college degree can take a person. She rose from humble beginnings to become the first female prime minister of Jamaica.”

Not only did she want to ensure that people would not question her intellectual ability, Mrs. Simpson Miller was also motivated to complete her degree to prove something to herself and her constituents, especially to the youth of Jamaica. “Anything you make up your mind to do, you can achieve,” she said. “When you have the power that comes with knowledge, you can use it for the advancement of people’s lives. I will never forget my experience at Union Institute & University because they assisted me in continuing to make a difference.”

Despite her demanding schedule and extensive responsibilities throughout the years since her graduation, she has maintained her friendship with the faculty and staff at Union.

Angela Byles, Florida Academic Center Associate Executive Director, remembers meeting Simpson Miller in 1994 when she enrolled at Union’s Florida Academic Center.

“It was an honor to meet Ms. Simpson Miller for the first time in 1994 when she visited the Florida Center to meet with the Dean. I was struck by how humble she was and easy to talk to. At that time, her portfolio was Minister of Labour and Welfare in Jamaica.” said Byles.

“There are so many qualities that I admire in The Most Honorable Portia Simpson Miller, or – ‘Sista P’(sister) P’ as she is affectionately called. She has a deep love for her country and its people. She has the ability to connect with people from all walks of life. She fought for the equality of women and it is well known that she has been a champion for the poor. She has spent more than 40 years in direct service to her people and her country

Ms. Simpson Miller’s ascension to Jamaica’s highest political office came after having served for 17 years as a Cabinet Minister with portfolio responsibility for Labor, Social Security and Sport; Tourism, Entertainment and Sport; and Local Government, Community Development and Sport; in addition to Women’s Affairs.

Ms. Simpson Miller has received several local and international awards and accolades, including:

  • In March 2007, she was awarded the International Olympic Committee’s World Women and Sport Trophy for outstanding dedication to women in Jamaican Sports – both athletes and administrators.
  • In 2009, she received the Distinguished Award for her dedication and commitment to urban renewal and community development from the Mayor of the City of Miami.
  • She received the Bureau of Women’s Affairs Award for outstanding contribution to the advancement of women’s affairs in Jamaica.
  • She was inducted into the International Women’s Forum (IWF) Hall of Fame in recognition of the “incredible impact that women of courage, creativity, and passion have made towards improving society, inspiring others, and building better leadership in the world.”
  • In 2012, Time Magazine named her among its “100 Most Influential Persons in the World.”

Mrs. Simpson Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Union Institute & University. She also completed the Executive Program for Leaders in Development at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2001, Prime Minister Simpson Miller was awarded Union Institute & University’s highest honor, the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters: Honoris Causa, in recognition of her achievements and commitment to transform lives and communities. She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the Northern Caribbean University, and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica.

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Alumni Spotlight – Jennifer Ochoa

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Jennifer Ochoa

Welcome to the “Alumni Spotlight” monthly series. Learn how our Union Institute & University (UI&U) graduates are living the UI&U mission of engagement, enlightenment, and empowerment.

The spotlight is also on National Hispanic Month and Union’s commitment to diversity. During National Hispanic Month, Union is highlighting the students, staff and faculty, and alumni of Hispanic heritage with features, social media posts, and more. Union serves a 26% Hispanic adult learner population. It is the only university in Ohio designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division web page. A HIS is defined as a university where total Hispanic enrollment constitutes a minimum of 25% of the total enrollment.

Featured this month: Jennifer Ochoa

Education: UI&U graduate of the Child & Adolescent Development

Profession: Head Start Teacher

In the Q& A below, Jennifer Ochoa, alumna and proud to be of Hispanic heritage, shares her memories of Union.

Q. What has your degree meant to you personally and professionally?

A. I wanted teaching experience and a degree where I can work with children and adults or families. I got the job that I wanted because of my degree. I always wanted to be a teacher and now I am in the profession that I love. I am also a first generation college graduate.

Q. What quality do you admire most about your alma mater?

A. I admire the teachers. They were awesome. I worked fulltime while in school and Union was accommodating and flexible with my schedule. I will always be grateful for the letter of recommendation that helped me get my job.

Q. If you could give advice to a Union student, what would it be?

A. Keep going. Don’t give up even when you don’t think you can write one more essay. Seek help from your peers and your teachers. When you doubt yourself and your ability to continue reach out and team with a friend. School is challenging but you can finish and graduate.

Q. What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment?

A. I have been married for six years and we are expecting our first child in the spring. I think becoming a parent will be my greatest accomplishment.

Q. What is your passion away from work?

A. I enjoy hanging out with my husband. I like to be outdoors and at the beach. I also enjoy travelling and watching movies.

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Student Spotlight – Mindy Simpson

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Mindy Simpson

Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14, 2017. This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out! The UI&U major in Emergency Services Management prepares students to effectively handle a variety of dangerous situations, with a focus on emergency and disaster management, homeland security, and critical incident management. Career pathways include firefighter, paramedic, police officer, border patrol agent, emergency management director, fish and game warden, FBI agent & Homeland security director, and federal air marshal.

In recognition of our students in the Emergency Services Management degree program, the spotlight is on Mindy Simpson. Mindy is an engineer with the Vacaville Fire Department and has 20 years of experience in the field. Get to know Mindy in the Q&A below.

Q. What do you plan to do with your degree?

A. Completing my degree is a lifetime goal. I also wanted to set a good example that I could finish and be a college graduate.

Q. What led you to this program?

A. A co-worker told me about Union’s program. I am a mom, wife, student, and professional. I had to find an academic program that would work with me and my schedule.

Q. Why did you choose Union for your studies?

A. Union’s degree program is flexible and online. The professors provide a class syllabus with assignments and due dates. That was invaluable. I always know week to week what is expected of me.

Q. If you could give a piece of advice to your 20 something, what would it be?

A. Get your degree before you have a family.

Q. Who has influenced you the most in your life, and how have they influenced you?

A. The person who influenced me the most was my Grandpa David. He was a fire captain. He was respected by all. He had a gentle spirit and treated everyone with respect. He taught me to read people and have compassion.

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Faculty Spotlight – Al Cobos

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Albert Cobos

Each month, faculty and staff are recognized for their enormous contribution to Union. In the words of President Sublett, “Only people make a difference in an organization and only people are important in our lives.”

This month Albert Cobos, MS, Adjunct Faculty Member / Los Angeles Campus is recognized. The spotlight is also on National Hispanic Heritage Month and Union’s commitment to diversity. Union serves a 26% Hispanic adult learner population. It is the only university in Ohio designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division web page. A HIS is defined as a university where total Hispanic enrollment constitutes a minimum of 25% of the total enrollment.

Get to know Al Cobos, Hispanic faculty member at the Los Angeles Campus, in the Q&A below.

Q. What excites you about being a part of higher education?

A. I love being an instructor for the university and for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department where I work as a training and curriculum developer. Teaching at the university level allows me to remain relevant in my field which is criminal justice. This discipline is as multi-faceted as the students in my classroom. Topics such as current events, managing our people, ethics, civil disobedience, constitutional policing, and the continual progression of technology keeps me well informed for my students. I firmly believe that there is no finish line or final destination when it comes to instructor development. It is a continual process.

Q. What attracted you to become a part of the Union family?

A. Teaching at the university level was a personal goal to accomplish after earning a Master of Science degree. The attraction to Union was being able to instruct students that were currently in the criminal justice field. From social workers, police officers, deputies, and probation officers, the experience brought into the classroom is an essential part of each discussion. Tapping into our students experiences is key in delivering course content which is relevant and applicable to our students. Union allows for practitioner faculty members to make the classroom an engaging environment to learn.

Q. If you could have any job in the whole world, what would it be?

A. Simply put, a chef. I have enjoyed cooking all of my life and eating great food is an equally enjoyable experience. I have watched so many shows about successful chefs and their approach to cooking. I have learned some valuable nuggets of knowledge reading and watching these successful chefs. For most of the success that they have had, most of them were incredibly proficient in their cooking skills and most were French trained chefs. However, their creativity and greatness in the culinary world manifested once they were able to break free of the conventions of traditional French cooking. They took risks in order to reach a high level of creativity. While I would love to have these skills to work as a chef, the approach is similar to teaching. We learn the basics of instruction, but once we become proficient in this intricate skill, we can become creative in the process of mastering our craft, instruction.

Q. What surprises people about you?

A. I am an introvert. I truly enjoy speaking at conferences, training events, and of course the classroom. I seek out opportunities to speak in front of people as much as I can. It is a skill which is a continual evolution for proficiency. However, I love spending time alone. I can be found dining, having coffee, or watching a movie alone. I am very comfortable with this part of me. It allows me the freedom to think. I took a solo trip from California to Alaska and back a number of years ago on my motorcycle. I loved it. It was a time to enjoy the journey while having the time to think. Solitude is one aspect of our lives that we should seek out and embrace.

Q. What is your favorite book, and why?

A. I’ve read so many books over my lifetime. One that I enjoyed was The Explorers by Martin Dugard. It is an account of two competing explorers who are searching for the source of the Nile River in Africa. Their successes, failures, and creative risk-taking truly resonated with me since living a full life is not about taking the safe route or being status quo. To achieve true personal fulfillment, risks must be taken. They are not reckless risks, but rather calculated ones. I’m a risk taker by nature, but this book expanded the possibilities.

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Alumna Bridgette Mongeon Aids Harvey Victims

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Bridgette Mongeon didn’t let Hurricane Harvey and its devastation keep her down. She immediately began helping by opening a communications conduit through social media matching needs with resources.

“We are a long way from having this over. Some people still live in houses that are unsafe and debris is everywhere,” said Mongeon. “There are just not enough supplies to be able to help everyone. We need items such as packaging tape, bleach, paper towels and more in bulk. A list of the needs that we are collecting and distributing can be found at this link. Send them to us or even call us and we will find a way to get them here. They will make it to the hard hit areas by any means of transportation necessary.”

Mongeon worries about the aftermath.

“In a September 13th interview on local NBC station, the mayor of Houston ‘estimates there is eight million cubic yards of Harvey-related waste to remove.’ Much of this waste is getting more toxic by the day. They don’t have enough trucks or landfill. The streets and even ditches in front of houses are meant to water away from homes. Should more rain come with all of the waste, or worse yet another storm, I fear Houston will literally be sunk.”

Sadly, Hurricane Harvey wasn’t the first tragedy to hit the 2006 UI&U graduate’s family this year.

“My daughter lost her home and pet in a house fire in February. It has given us extra compassion and sort of ‘in the trench’ experience to help everyone else,” said Mongeon. “We are still healing from the fire. My daughter’s writing about that on a blog called Stronger Than Fire. The blog is now being shared with those who lost everything due to Harvey- after all, the loss is very similar.”

Mongeon, an artist that specializes in figurative sculpture of individuals is the owner of B. Mongeon Sculpture Design Studio said her studio suffered some casualty. “My art studio suffered some damage. A new roof is being put on the studio tomorrow. I can hardly believe I found someone. My incredible interns helped clean and dried all of the wet things for me. But this is minimal compared to the total devastation that is our area and that so many of my friends and family have suffered.”

She credits her degree from Union for accelerating her career.

“My work at Union has brought me far in my career as an artist and a writer. My book on 3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft was a number one new release on Amazon. I’m about to have the largest commission of my career installed at a park in Texas – a sculpture of Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter Tea Party,” said Mongeon. “I’ll be the keynote speaker at the Texas Art Education Conference in November.”

But today isn’t a day to reflect on success.

“It is hard to focus on anything but recovery, my own and the Southern part of Texas.”

You can reach out to Mongeon on https://twitter.com/sculptorwriter or https://www.instagram.com/bridgettemongeon/

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