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Student Spotlight – Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan

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This month, the spotlight is on Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan. Tammy is a Ph.D. student with a major in Humanities & Culture and a concentration in the graduate certificate in Women’s & Gender Studies. Tammy is a poet and recently named Long Island Poet of the Year by the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association. She earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for, “Let Me Tell You Something” in 2006. She was also the Suffolk County Poet Laureate from 2009-2011, the first female to hold that position.

Learn more about Tammy and why she chose Union in the Q&A below.

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

A. I would like to be a full-time professor, while seeking my CPT (Certified Poetry Therapist). I want to work with those that are in need of healing, and whom among us aren’t in need of healing?

Q. What led you to this program?

A. I started out thinking that this was the route to getting a full-time professorship, but while my journey proceeded I found I was more concerned with social issues.

Q. Why did you choose Union for your studies?

A. I had heard of Union from several other scholars, and checked out Union by searching reviews. I was searching for a positive experience, and not just an education. I wanted to belong to something that embodied my values concerning our input in the human experience. I wanted to be part of a movement, and I found all that at Union.

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

A. Don’t wait so long in taking the first step in your journey!

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

A. My foster mother, Adaline Maggio. She taught me love, loyalty, and compassion. Priscilla Ruffin, Executive Director of the East End Hospice, she allowed me to learn how to live after the death of my son. My husband and children, Joseph, Vinny & Eliza, they influence my day-to-day actions.

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Student Spotlight – Dan Reid

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Dan Reid

This month, the spotlight is on Daniel Reid, a dedicated law enforcement professional with 32 years of service. He just completed his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management with a 4.0 GPA. Two months ago, Dan learned he had $1100 in his scholarship account and rather than get a refund, returned it to the school to be put toward a worthy cause. Dan, thank you for your generosity.

Learn more about Dan and why he chose Union in the Q&A below.

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

A. After a 30-year career with a sheriff’s department I decided to retire and pursue campus law enforcement. My future plans include a law degree or returning to Union for my Master of Science in Organizational Leadership.

Q. What led you to this program?

A. After putting my children through college, it was time for me. I had to find a university that understood I had to have flexibility in scheduling and could accommodate my work schedule.

Q. Why did you choose Union for your studies?

A. I had heard good things about Union. My chief is a Union grad and so is a colleague and both spoke highly of the curriculum. I was afraid I might be intimidated by the online aspect of the program but decided to call anyway. The enrollment counselors and program advisors put my mind to rest and assured me Union would be a good fit for me and they were right. Enrollment Counselor Judith Tyree, Program Advisors Nikki Dominique, and Tasha Ross answered all of my questions and made me very comfortable. I found the instructors to be knowledgeable and understand the real world aspect of law enforcement.

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

A. Finish your degree.

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

A. My parents influenced me the most. My father was a career deputy sheriff and rose through the ranks. I admired his dedication to the job. My mom showed me to give my all and never quit.

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Union Institute & University Celebrates Emergency Services Management Responders

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Union Institute & University is celebrating first responders during Safety Stand Down, June 18-24, 2017. UI&U’s major in Emergency Services Management focuses on emergency and disaster management, homeland security, and critical incident management.

“Union Institute & University is proud to play a role in teaching first responders to effectively handle a variety of dangerous situations,” said James Babcock, UI&U Professor and Associate CJM/ESM Chair. “Graduates of the major in Emergency Services Management will be able to solve administrative problems, fine-tune strategic plans, enhance human resource potential, increase productivity, and address internal organizational issues.”

The UI&U Emergency Services Management major provides career ladder opportunities in the fields of firefighting, paramedic, police officer, US border patrol agent, emergency management, fish and game warden, FBI and Homeland Security, and federal air marshal professions.

Safety Stand Down is a joint initiative of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC). The event is coordinated by the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section and the NVFC, and is supported by national and international fire and emergency service organizations as well as health and safety-related organizations and agencies. The goal of both organizations is to reduce the number of preventable injuries and deaths in the fire and emergency services. (Source: Safety Stand Down)

If you are interested in climbing the career ladder in this exciting Union Institute & University major in Emergency Services Management, click on the button below or call 1-800-861-6400.

National Police Week Spotlight on Criminal Justice Management Students Luis Martinez and Orrlando Mayes

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

A. Luis – I hope that my degree will create more opportunities for me within my agency as well as other agencies. I also hope it will allow me to be more competitive in my promotional career path. It is also important to mention that my degree, will serve an example for my kids and their aspirations in furthering their education when they graduate from high school.

Orrlando – My degree will further my personal and professional development and create career options. My degree also completes a goal I set in the eighth-grade when a teacher encouraged me to go to college.

Q. What led you to this program?

A. Luis – This program is about my chosen career in law enforcement. It covers supervisory, managerial and administrative topics in the law enforcement field. Completing this program as an officer provides great perspective and insight in to a supervisor, and administrative positions in law enforcement.

Orrlando –Law enforcement has always been my calling. A degree in my chosen career will open opportunities that may not have been available without my degree. Union’s criminal justice management program is the right fit for me because of the flexibility of the schedule

Q. Why did you choose Union for your studies?

A. Luis – Union provides the support one needs to accomplish your goal. I had the pleasure of speaking with people from the financial aid aspect, career planning, teachers, administrators, and counselors, and they always told me and they meant it, “Please don’t hesitate to call me for any help.” More important, I was helped each and every time I called. The Union community dedicated its time to help me in reaching my goal. Union provided a very convenient and doable schedule that worked with me, my job and household.

Orrlando – I chose Union because of the flexibility of the classes. I have a lot of personal and professional responsibility and I had to have a college that respected my schedule. Being able to take classes online and work around my busy timetable makes Union the right choice for me.

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

A. Luis – At age 49, I returned to school to finish my degree. There is no excuse not to get a degree in today’s busy world. Union really understands your needs and is committed in helping you achieve your goals. Having a degree is a must today, if you want to be competitive and advance in your career.

Orrlando – Never quit. Focus on your goal and you will achieve your objective. I decided in the eighth-grade to get a college degree and I never lost sight of that end.

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

A. Luis – My father and mother with their hard work and support when they were alive. My dad obtained a Doctorates Degree in Law, and also became an accountant in Cuba. My mom really taught me the difference between right and wrong. My wife and daughters for their support always and especially while I was in school.

Orrlando – The person who has influenced me the most is my grandmother. She has always encouraged me to go after what I want and never give up. I have a wonderful family that served as role models and taught me anything is possible.

Orrlando Mayes

Criminal Justice Management

Union Institute & University’s major in Criminal Justice Management is your path to a rewarding career in law enforcement. Learn more by clicking on the button below.

UI&U and Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science Partnership Kicks Off

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Union Institute and University (UI&U) and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (CCMS) are answering the call to graduate more students in the mortuary profession.

The agreement will provide students in the Union Pre-Mortuary Science concentration the first two years of general education for the transfer into the CCMS Bachelors of Mortuary Science program.

“This new partnership is an excellent opportunity for both schools and our region as we facilitate a pathway to the mortuary profession,” said Donna Gruber, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Academic Center.

CCMS is the oldest mortuary science program in the country. CCMS students have an 80% pass rate on the national board exams and 94% are offered employment upon graduation. Real world instructors include licensed funeral directors, certified funeral celebrants, and business owners. (Source: CCMS web page)

UI&U is proud to offer students’ credit for their experience through our articulation agreements set up with other regionally accredited colleges and universities. Learn more about each of the agreements UI&U has in place to aid students in getting one step closer to a degree.

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National Police Week Staff and Faculty Spotlight on Sandra Lee and Larry Hansen

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

A. Larry – Tom Bodett said, “In school you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” As a life time learner I love the opportunities to interact with students who can share some of their lessons learned in life. In the university classroom most of the students want to be there and are anxious to learn and I thoroughly enjoy that environment. I learn as much from my students as they, hopefully, learn from me. It is the give and take process that enables all of us to expand our level of knowledge. I have learned that each class has its own personality. I try to champion what is truly valuable and important for my students.

Sandra – My passion is working with Public Safety (law enforcement officers and firefighters) and seeing them reach their education goals. As a mother of a police officer, my recruits’ accomplishments mean as much to me as my own children’s successes!

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

A. Larry – I teach, or have taught, at six different colleges and universities. I have taught classes in police academies and classes for Peace Officers Standards and Training. I teach in both the criminal justice and emergency services programs and I enjoy interacting with students who have a heart for public service. Thirty years in law enforcement has given me the opportunity to see firsthand how dedicated the men and women are that strives to serve their communities. I jumped at the opportunity to work with street cops and fire fighters and I love to share their experiences and knowledge. The collaboration format allows great opportunities to learn from each other.

Sandra – I was attracted to furthering my own education because learning is important to me. In 2004, I started in 2004 as a secretary at the Sacramento Academic Center, moving up to enrollments; achieved my B.A. and later my M.A. both from UI&U. I also enjoyed teaching for a short duration.

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

A. Larry – I teach a class in critical thinking and this is one of the questions I ask my students. When I was 18 years old I made one of the three most important decisions I have made in my life time, when I enlisted in the Navy. I am very patriotic, I love my country. If I could have any job in the world I would be a fighter pilot in the United States Navy stationed on an aircraft carrier. I had an opportunity to briefly serve on an aircraft carrier and marveled at the men and women who fly those planes. I have absolutely no regrets about my career in law enforcement and would do it again without hesitation. But if I could live life again and have any job in the world, it would be a Navy fighter pilot.

Sandra – If I was young and spry, I would do something in the CJ field (my education background is Criminal Psychology).

Q. What surprises people about you?

A. Larry – People are often surprised to learn how much I love to cook. I look up recipes on the internet, and I enjoy perusing cook books. Sometimes I follow the recipe to the letter and sometimes I improvise. Two of my favorite recipes are crab stuffed mushrooms covered in white cheddar cheese and baked in garlic butter. Also, I like to make garlic infused prime rib coated with olive oil and rock sea salt and then slow roasted. I make a great gazpacho soup with baby shrimp and small chunks of avocado. I enjoy preparing entire meals from appetizers to dessert. Sometimes I will take two or three days to research recipes, shop for the ingredients, and prepare the meal. My favorite dessert is made from scratch brownies with Ghirardelli chocolate served warm with homemade French vanilla ice cream.

Sandra – People may be surprised to know I have an excellent memory that serves me well. Recently I ran into a FBI investigator and he was amazed that I remembered him, after meeting him only once before!.

Q. What is your favorite book, and why?

A. Larry – I love almost anything written by John Grisham. I have read at least twenty-four of his books but my favorite was a novel he wrote in 2010, “The Confession”. I read the book quickly and could not put it down. The great thing about this book is it really helped me analyze how I feel about the death penalty. Although the work is fictional, it is based on real life cases. In typical Grisham fashion it was a page turner that kept me on the edge until the last page.

Sandra – My favorite books center on my graduate studies in criminal psychology. The book that I reflect on most is “The Dark Side of Human Behavior” written by a forensic psychiatrist. Not very joyful, but very enlightening!

Larry Hansen

Sandra Lee

Criminal Justice Management

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National Police Week Spotlight on Alumna Michelle Lim

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Michelle Lim

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

A. Achieving my degree has meant a great deal to me. It was a long time goal, which was so fulfilling to achieve. My degree process challenged me and I learned new skills. I also formed wonderful friendships and bonds with fellow classmates and the instructors. I was able to work and study with others who were working in my field. Collaborating with the other students and the instructors made this a great learning experience. It has also made me more confident in my own abilities at work and in my personal life.

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

A. I discovered that UI&U had a combination of online and on grounds classes held at a local police department. I liked the fact that I could be in class once a week, interact with my classmates, and complete assignments the rest of the week online.

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

A. Don’t put your dream on the back burner. I had always had the dream to further my education and obtain a bachelor’s degree, however, life happens and I had to place that dream on hold. I began a career in law enforcement early on, started a family, and decided to take a year off before transferring and working on my goal. That year turned into a sixteen year break. I was fortunate that I was able to make a successful living in law enforcement, however, I noticed if I wanted to advance in my career, eventually I would have to return to school.

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

A. Aside from achieving my degree through UI&U, my greatest accomplishment is being a mother to two beautiful children. Without them, I would not have strived to do and be more and complete this degree.

Q. What is your passion away from work?

A. We all know that working in law enforcement can be stressful and also cause burdens at home. You need to have an outlet outside of work. For me, my passion is spending time with family, traveling, hiking, fishing, and doing anything outdoors. One thing I learned early on is that we deal with and see things on a daily basis that the average person does not want to or could not handle, so having an outlet after work is extremely important for your health and mental well-being.

Union Institute & University’s major in Criminal Justice Management is your path to a rewarding career in law enforcement. Learn more by clicking on the button below.

Faculty spotlight on Dr. Michel Coconis

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Learn more below about Dr. Michel Coconis, Affiliated Faculty in the Bachelor of Science with a major in Social Work.

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

A. It is a privilege to give back in the environment that provided me with so much growth and inspiration – my spirituality, my formal education, my critical thinking, my awareness of social justice in light of injustices, my emotional maturity, my understanding of the wider world beyond my hometown, and the opportunity to work with, laugh with, cry with, fight with, and engage with so many people and ideas. Again, that is a privilege. I’ve attended and worked in both large public universities within large programs with BSW, MSW, and Ph.D. programs and small, religious-affiliated universities with BSW-only programs and have loved almost every minute of it.

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

A. Like so many opportunities, especially for women, I was asked. A Union colleague and I ran into each other at a local social justice event related to the death penalty (my field of study and professional engagement) after meeting at several professional conferences. I had the time and the interest and she said Union had an opening and I was ready to try meeting the challenges found in fully online programs – something I had yet to try with the universities I mentioned being a part of above. So, ask a woman – to work with you, to run for office, to support your campaign, to help, and after all of that, then ask in a meeting if she would like to take notes – something I have been asked many times. But being asked to join Union, was the most recent compliment and acknowledgement of my work in the social work profession to date.

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

A. I should probably reply “university professor” or “social worker” for this answer but I think life is more complex because any job in the “whole” world is a different question from any job in “this” world or “my ideal” world because in the latter, frankly, I imagine we do with each other in times of need and that those times would be rare indeed. That is the world I am working towards now – one of restorative justice thinking rather than punitive thinking; one of compassion, rather than swift judgment; and one of contentment and personal and global peace rather than constant competition in a world framed by scarcity when there is abundance. So, whatever the title of that work is, that is what I would do. Oh, wait, that title is “social work college professor-advocate”!

Q. What surprises people about you?

A. How good people are if you try to catch them at it. I think people are funny, witty, clever, hopeful, optimistic, content, and good. I love that this is part of the dichotomous thinking though I do wish there were far less of that type of thinking as it boxes us all in, limits our creativity, and so forth. But I do believe people are basically good. When I hear that someone feels bad about themselves for being duped, I feel that they were good – they gave freely and when that is disadvantaged, it hurts but if it weren’t in the world at all? I think that is a much more grim view of the world. Media, gossips, and others take the grim approach and it fuels so many decisions made in our society – both personal decisions and policy choices. I choose to believe in the value of human “goodness.”

Q. What is your favorite book, and why?

A. I want to say something large and feminist here; however, I am going to go smaller because the lessons in the book are many and I think still worthwhile. The book is Robert Fulghum’s “All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon thoughts on common things.” I often read from this book in my face-to-face classes but, interesting, I’ve yet to share in my courses I teach at Union so this article reminds me of the value of those readings even in our unique online setting.

*Share everything. *Play fair. *Don’t hit people. *Put things back where you found them. *Clean up your own mess. *Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. *Wash your hands before you eat. *Flush. *Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. *Live a balanced life-learn some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. *Take a nap every afternoon. *When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. *Be aware of wonder.

Social Work Month Spotlight on alumna Dametra Galvan

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

A. I just recently obtained my Bachelor of Science with a major in Social Work degree which was a big accomplishment for me since I am an older student. I transferred to the school to get this degree with a goal to become a social worker within the foster care system. I have a heart for children and youth (orphans) who have been abused and neglected, and do not have loving families of their own. I am also Native American, and I had the opportunity during my field practicum to work within the ICW (Indian Child Welfare) department of my own tribe, “The Chickasaw Nation”. This degree helped me set a solid foundation so I can now move on to obtain my MSW, then eventually become licensed.

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

A. I really appreciated the flexibility of an online program that allowed me to relocate to another state and still remain a student here because the program was also available in my new state. I also remember the first phone call I made to Union Institute & University and after a great conversation with the admissions department, how excited I was to transfer and become a student here! Now that I have graduated, I can look back and say that I have had a great overall experience. The staff and professors are very friendly, and they have all been very supportive and encouraging.

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

A. Keep working hard in your classes, even when life gets busy. Don’t give up on your goals and dreams! Remember your degree will be a “key” into certain job positions that you would not otherwise be able to get without it!

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

A. My biggest accomplishment is that I overcame a horrible disease! Health and healing is a great accomplishment for someone who is really sick! My husband and I decided that surgery would be the best option because medication didn’t always work. (I had already been working on my bachelor’s degree as a business major at another school.) While waiting for the surgery date, I prayed a lot, and I had promised the Lord that if the surgery went well, I would change my degree major to use it professionally to help others who were also having a hard time in life. (Pay it forward.) Shortly after that, the surgery was a success and I also realized that I wanted to be a
social worker! I began searching online for different schools, and that is when I found Union Institute & University during the process! How awesome is that?

Q. What is your passion away from work?

A. I am passionate about my faith! It is what motivates me to have compassion for others and to have a heart for social work! I volunteer weekly at my church, I am a teacher and mentor, and I love it! I believe it is important to encourage and help others, especially those that are struggling in life. I am also passionate about my family! I am a wife and mother of three beautiful children, and I really enjoy spending time with all of them! I love to cook and bake, so you can also find me in the kitchen making a big meal for my family or friends. I just love to nurture people, whether it is through words of encouragement or through food!

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Union Institute & University Celebrates Social Work Month 2017

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March is National Social Work Month. Union Institute & University joins the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in celebrating the profession with this year’s national campaign Social Workers STAND UP!

The rigorous Union Institute & University Bachelor of Science major in Social Work program empowers adult students to apply professional knowledge, skills, ethics, and values for generalist social work with an emphasis on social justice and social change.

The program offers a blended teaching model that combines online learning, face-to-face supervision, and videoconferencing to enhance classroom instruction and community-based field education. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Social workers are in demand. The employment of social workers is projected to grow 12 percent through 2024. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Students choose UI&U’s Bachelor of Science major in Social Work program because of its proven commitment to diverse, non-traditional aged students, working professionals, and military service members seeking to enhance their educational qualifications while maintaining commitments to career, family, and community. Social work majors gain access to advanced graduate study options, professional membership, and licensure.

Union is proud to STAND UP! and to celebrate our Social Work students, faculty, staff and alumni as they enhance the well-being and basic needs of all people, especially the most vulnerable in society.

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