Union Institute & University Celebrates Employees

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UI&U is thankful for the many dedicated employees that make Union a special place to work. The contributions of employees celebrating milestone anniversaries were recognized on April 20.

President Sublett expressed his thanks to staff with the following tribute.

“I express appreciation to each of our colleagues celebrating this year, and am happy Union can recognize their contributions to the university today.

Each of the people we recognized has an amazing story of commitment and service to our students and to their fellow employees. It is inspiring for me to serve with you each day. Honestly, I really enjoying walking into this beautiful building each morning, and into our centers in Florida, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Brattleboro on my visits, and celebrate the accomplishments of all who have served before us.

You have heard me say, ‘We all drink from wells we did not dig and warm ourselves by fires we did not build. Each of you has picked up the mantle of service of those who served before us, and you do a GREAT job each day!”

Congratulations to our colleagues celebrating milestone anniversaries across the country. They include:

Five Years
Name Position Location
Rebecca Carr Financial Aid Counselor Cincinnati
Renee Cave Receptionist Cincinnati
Susan Grace President’s Executive Administrative Assistant Cincinnati
Allison Kurre Program Advisor Sacramento
Shawn McCollum Assistant Director for IT Cincinnati
Theresa Warren Application Analyst Cincinnati
Ten Years
Name Position Location
Jonathan Eskridge Instructional Designer Cincinnati
Kathleen Fryman Academic Records Data Coordinator Cincinnati
Bill Lax Dean, Psy.D. programs Director, MSOL program Brattleboro
Barbara Lynch Administrative Assistant to Dean Brattleboro
Gary Mueller Network Admin Cincinnati
Michael Raffanti Dean, PH.D. program Oregon
Fifteen Years
Name Position Location
Neal Meier Director, Alumni Relations Vermont
Matthew Pappathan Director of Library Services Brattleboro
Sharon Sprague Program Director, Bachelor of Arts program Vermont
Twenty Years
Name Position Location
Carolyn Krause VP, Advancement & Executive Assistant to President Cincinnati
Twenty-five Years
Name Position Location
Angela Byles Assistant Dean Florida
Thirty Years
Name Position Location
Jean McKiernan Associate Registrar Cincinnati
Jean Pohlman Director, Financial Aid Cincinnati
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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.

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Union Leaders – Randy Danielsen

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Dr. Randy Danielsen

Union Institute & University’s historical commitment to ethical and creative leadership and the insights gained over the past 50 years as a leader in adult learning is the inspiration for the monthly series, Union Leaders.

This month Randy Danielsen, Ph.D. is featured. Dr. Danielsen is the President of the Union Institute & University International Alumni Association Board and Professor & Dean at the Arizona School of Health Sciences.

Q. How do you define leadership?

A. Leadership, I believe, is the influence of a person who moves others to do the right thing in the right way for the right reasons. To be an ethical leader, you need to pay attention to who you are, what you do, what goals you seek, your honesty, the way you use power, and your values. I am a big believer in resilient leadership (also known as stubborn leadership). This is a personal quality that predisposes leaders to bounce back in the face of loss. In fact, resilient leaders do more than bounce back—they bounce forward.

Q. Share an example of how you’ve put leadership in action.

A. As Professor & Dean at the Arizona School of Health Sciences I was asked to solve a serious accreditation issue in 2012 of one of the professional programs as well as a serious rift between administration and faculty. I consider my style that of participatory leadership. Within a week I had met with faculty, created a small work group to address the accreditation issue, and met with students. Within a month the accreditation issue was managed and the relationship with faculty was on the mend. How did that happen? This happened by sharing the “power” with those who care about an issue, that will almost always result in success.

Q. What leader do you admire most and why?

A. I just finished reading the autobiography of Stanley A. McChrystal, a retired four-star General in the United States Army, best known for his command of Joint Special Operations Command in the mid-2000s, entitled “My Share of the Task.” He is widely admired for his hunger to know the truth, his courage to find it, and his humility to listen to those around him. Even as the commanding officer of all U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, he stationed himself forward and frequently went on patrols with his troops to experience their challenges firsthand.

Q. What is your favorite inspiring leadership quote?

A. “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” – Lao Tzu

Q. When did you first feel that you were a leader? What was the experience?

A. Leadership was foreign to me as I grew up. With self-esteem issues and poor academic performance, there was no room for me to be a leader of anything. It was the United States Air Force that turned that around for me. It has been said that the military “tears you down” then “builds you up.” This was true in my case. Three weeks into basic training I was appointed squad leader and responsible for eight other new recruits. It was certainly a “sink or swim” moment and because of a drill instructor’s mentorship, I was able to step up to the plate. Knowing that you can make a difference gives you new energy. Then you have to learn resilience.

About Dr. Danielsen

Dr. Randy Danielsen, (Union Ph.D. 2003) is a Professor & Dean at the Arizona School of Health Sciences. He is also the President of the Union Institute & University International Alumni Association Board. Dr. Danielsen began his healthcare career as a medical corpsman in the U.S. Air Force in 1970 serving 28 years with the Air Force and the Army National Guard, retiring in 1998 as a Desert Storm veteran with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

He is a graduate of the University of Utah, receiving his MEDEX PA Program degree in 1974 and Bachelor of Science (cum laude) in 1978. He earned a master’s in PA Studies (MPAS) from the University of Nebraska with an emphasis in Internal Medicine in 1997 and his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences with an emphasis in Medical Education from the Union Institute & University in 2003.

Dr. Danielsen has served in a number of leadership positions throughout the PA profession. He has participated on a variety of publication advisory/review boards and has been a prolific writer. He has published over twenty-five peer-reviewed articles, twenty journal editorials, and four book chapters. In 2011, Dr. Danielsen published his first book entitled “The Preceptor’s Handbook for Supervising Physician Assistants.”

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Staff spotlight on Dr. Elizabeth Pruden

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Dr. Elizabeth Pruden

Dr. Pruden and her husband are retiring on April 30, which also happens to be the weekend of their 40th wedding anniversary. They are embarking on a new journey and moving to Portland, Oregon along with their two daughters and their families. Lib’s future includes working as a personal fitness trainer and enjoying the lives of her children and grandchildren. We wish her happiness and farewell.

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

A. I find great satisfaction working with faculty and administrators who are committed to broadening the perspectives and experiences of students who are seeking to learn more and reach further.

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

A. It would be the job I am going to – fitness training. I realized two years ago that I want to focus the next chapter of my life on helping people be healthy and fit, particularly as they pass age 45 and their bodies change. I enrolled in community college classes, passed a national certification exam, and shadowed trainers in preparation for working with individuals. Evenings and weekends I have begun teaching body sculpt classes and training individuals so I am prepared to do more after I retire. As you can see the goal is to never stop learning!

Q. What surprises people about you?

A. That I lived in Dachau as a child. It was only twelve years after World War II and I knew it only as a military installation, but learned in high school of the camp’s original design and intention. I believe that is when I began my life-long fascination with and commitment to history and social justice.

Q. What is your favorite book, and why?

A. “To Kill a Mockingbird” – this book had a significant impact on me as an adolescent. I loved teaching it to other adolescents and sharing it with my children. It has so many lessons for all of us about community, parenting, social justice, racism, and compassion.

About Dr. Pruden

Dr. Pruden has been with Union Institute & University since 2003. She served as Dean of the Cincinnati Undergraduate Center and Associate Provost/ Vice-president of Institutional Effectiveness. Her role as Vice-President of Institutional Effectiveness included the challenging task of overseeing Union through two HLC accreditation visits.

Dr. Pruden also worked with the American Council on Education (Washington, DC) on Women in Leadership and coordinated the efforts in Ohio for furthering leadership opportunities for women. For a time, she also directed Union’s Women in Union Program.

She received her undergraduate degree from Mount St. Joseph University and her master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

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Doctoral alumni transform the literary landscape

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Union Institute & University (UI&U) together with the American Library Association (ALA) is celebrating National Library Week, April 9-15, 2017. This year’s theme is “Libraries Transform.”

This celebration reminds us that a UI&U degree transforms too. Below is a list of UI&U doctoral alumni who have transformed the literary landscape as well-known authors.

Karen A. McClintock, Ph.D. 2001, is a psychologist, adjunct professor at Southern Oregon University and author of My Father’s Closet, a memoir. She is also the author of Shameless Lives, Grace-Full Congregations, Sexual Shame: An Urgent Call to Healing, and Preventing Sexual Abuse in Congregations.

Joseph Bruchac, Ph.D. 1975, considered a seminal presence in Native American literature. Award winning storyteller, founder of Greenfield Press publisher for authors from under published ethnic groups; entire family works to preserve the Abenaki culture and traditional skills, language and linguistics, also performing traditional and contemporary Abenaki music.

Clarissa Pinkola Estes Ph.D. 1981: Best-selling author of Women Who Run With the Wolves; and The Faithful Gardner; social activist, Jungian psychologist, cantadora (storyteller) in the Latin tradition, post-traumas specialist, and educator-in-residence at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.

Clarence Major Ph.D. 1978: Prize-winning author, essayist, educator (Temple, University of Washington, University of California, Davis) poet, and artist. Author of short story collections and several novels including Dirty Bird Blues and Painted Turtle: Woman with Guitar. Also subject of monograph on his work, Clarence Major and His Art.

Joyce Tenneson, Ph.D. 1978, world-renowned photographer and author of six books, including Illuminations, Light Warriors, and Flower Portraits (Bullfinch Press). Her Wise Women (Bullfinch Press, 2002) inspired a series on NBC’s “Today Show,” celebrating vital, energetic, and beautiful authors, activists, and actors as well as teachers, Supreme Court justices, and just “everyday mothers and grandmothers.” Tenneson traveled throughout America, seeking, interviewing, and photographing 80 women ages 65 to l00.

Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. 1976 was interviewed by Morley Safer on 60 Minutes January 12, 2003. Bestselling author of the books, Age Wave, Bodymind, and Age Power: How the 21st Century Will Be Ruled by the New Old, Dychtwald is the founding president of Age Wave, LLC, a firm created to guide Fortune 500 companies and government groups in product/service development for baby boomers and mature adults.

Robert K. Cooper, Ph.D. 1990 sought-after motivational speaker and author of Executive EQ and coauthor with Leslie L. Cooper, Low-Fat Living: Skillpower Not Willpower (Rodale Press, 1996), “highly recommended” by Dean Ornish, M.D.

Rita Mae Brown Ph.D. 1976: Best-selling author of Rubyfruit Jungle; Alma Mater; Six of One; Southern Discomfort; Outfoxed; Loose Lips; and the Sneaky Pie Brown series.

Michael T. Klare, Ph.D. 1976 Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict
(Henry Holt and Company, 2001); director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies. He spends half his time teaching in the program which includes Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He’s also contributed to 12 books on United States defense policy, the arms trade, and world security affairs.

Phillip Lopate Ph.D. 1979: Author (The Art of the Personal Essay, Writing New York: A Literary Anthology), educator (Columbia, NYU, Bennington, Hofstra); film critic and essayists for the New York Times.

Colin Greer Ph.D. 1973: President, New World Foundation; author, with Herbert Kohl of The Plain Truth of Things (1997) and books on the history of public education, including The Great School Legend. Co-author of Choosing Equality: The Case for Democratic Schooling, winner of the American Library Association’s 1988 Eli M. Oboler Intellectual Freedom Award; regular author for Parade magazine.

Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D. 2002, founder of the Natural Gourmet Cookery School in New York City in 1977, author of four books, including The Natural Gourmet (Ballantine Books, 1989, 1991), first runner-up prize in the IACP/Seagram national cookbook awards in 1989; Food and Healing (Ballantine Books, 1986), translated into Spanish, Italian, Polish, and Chinese and reissued in a 10th Anniversary edition in 1996; and Food and Our Bones: How to Prevent Osteoporosis Naturally (Dutton, 1998).

Louise Diamond Ph.D. 1990, The Courage for Peace: Daring to Create Harmony in Ourselves and the World (Conari Press, 2000), co-founder and president emeritus of the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy; her new organization, Peace-Tech, will provide tools that empower people to work for a culture of peace in their lives and in the world.

Phillip Obermiller Ph.D. 1982 (has published numerous books) African American Miners and Migrants: The Eastern Kentucky Social Club was published by the University of Illinois Press.

Tanya Higgins, Ph.D. 1994 and Nancy Diggs, Ph.D. 1994 A Look at Life in Northern Ireland: How Do Women Live in a Culture Driven by Conflict? (The Edwin Mellon Press, 2000), anthropological examination of the enduring efforts of women in Northern Ireland to facilitate peace in the face of daily conflict, evolved from Higgins’ Project Demonstrating Excellence.

Sidney Harman, Ph.D. Mind Your Own Business (ISBN: 0385509596 Doubleday & Company, 2003), Executive Chairman of Harman International Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-quality, high-fidelity audio products and electronic systems for the consumer and professional markets include Harman Kardon, JBL, Infinity, undersecretary of commerce under President Carter Apr 21 1977 to 1979.

Undergrad alumnus: Barrymore A. Bogues, B.A. 1989, Florida Center: Chair of the Africana Studies Department at Brown University, Bogues earned a Ph.D. at the University of the West Indies, where he taught courses in radical political theory. Black Heretics, Black Prophets: Radical Political Intellectuals (Routledge, 2003) examines the political thought of influential black thinkers in the radical tradition. Figures include the slave Cugoano, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, C.L.R. James, and W.E.B. DuBois.

Bernie Krause Ph.D. 1981: Very well known in new music and environmental/natural science fields for his recordings of nature and animals; worked with Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey.

Union Institute & University Gives Back

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Union Institute & University was founded on the premise of transforming lives and communities. In recognition of Founder’s Day, staff honored the mission by giving back to the communities we serve on Thursday, April 6th.

Helping Those in NeedCincinnati Academic Center staff volunteered at Matthew:25 Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization that helps more than 20 million people each year. Staff sorted and packed food and medical items to bring relief in the U.S. and around the world.

Honoring VeteransFlorida Academic Center staff visited veterans at the Alexander Nininger Nursing Home. They brought cheer by listening, playing bingo, and surprising residents with snacks.

Heal the BayLos Angeles Academic Center staff volunteered in Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup on April 15. The cleanup is sponsored by Heal the Bay, a nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy and clean and a greener, bluer Los Angeles for everyone.

Clean the Trails Sacramento Academic Center cleaned the trails at Gateway Cooperate Center Trail. Staff picked up trash and helped to beautify the paths.

UI&I staff is proud to give back to its communities and work in higher education where the goal is to engage, enlighten, and empower students to pursue professional goals and a lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility.

Students Share Library Experiences

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Union Institute & University together with the American Library Association (ALA) is celebrating National Library Week, April 9-15, 2017. This year’s theme is “Libraries Transform.”

 In recognition of this celebration, we asked students to share their library experiences by answering two questions “How does the library impact your research?” and “How do the librarians help you?” Read below to find out how the library staff is transforming the educational journey for these UI&U students.

My experience with the Librarians has been wonderful. They have assisted me in finding articles I have needed. They have helped an entire class I am currently taking now, with great pointers on how to complete our oral/slide presentations and different websites to use such as emaze, and letting us know what material is allowed with “Can I use this picture?” They even joined our class in the forum section and would answer any questions we had for them about the completion of our project. Our school’s librarians are a great asset to have because they can help you with so much. They really take the time to help the students get the information needed. – Karen Sheffer, Bachelor of Science student with a major in Maternal Child Health in Human Lactation 

The librarians are really kind and have helped me find great materials. Phone conversations or emails where we talk back and forth have been a great help. Those interactions help me come up with other search terms that yield diverse results in my quest for more materials.

I also frequently use the interlibrary loan function. They have found all kinds of journals and other sources for me. I haven’t put in a request yet that they haven’t been able to find.
– Candice Drave, Master of Arts student with a major in History & Culture

The online library at Union Institute and University is a great tool to have available! I have used the library countless times for research through OneSearch and Google Scholar, always confident that I will find what I need. The citation tool and help center have been invaluable as I’ve learned proper ways to cite the articles I’ve found. I’m so thankful the library is accessible 24 hours a day, because I’ve done most of my research late at night after everyone else in my house is asleep!

The librarians at Union Institute and University are wonderful to work with! From demonstrating what the library had to offer at the beginning of the semester, to assisting me with research at the end of the semester, they have offered great personal service. Tina taught me how to be efficient when finding articles for my research topic on numerous occasions, always giving great suggestions and answering any questions I had. Klara has been a great resource for items I needed through interlibrary loan and even followed up with suggestions when she could not locate an online copy of a book I requested. The librarians are always quick to respond, cheerful, and eager to help however they can!
– Becky Franzen, Master of Arts student with a major in Health & Wellness.

The UI&U Library is fundamental to my success. I had the great fortune to get my master’s degree from UI&U and now I am a doctoral student. The librarians have helped me in countless ways, from thinking about how and where to look for materials to helping me to find obscure items; they have been there for me

This semester alone, Klara has been invaluable. She helped me to locate congressional hearing records and to navigate the acquisition process, minimizing frustration all around. Many times I have felt that I should know how to find this or that, Klara would gently remind me that her role is to support our research. The UIU staff is simply awesome, helpful and knowledgeable.
– Michael Washington, Ph.D. student with a major in Ethical & Creative Leadership.

The UIU library has a deep impact on my research. The journal collections, databases, and printed and electronic book access enable me to gather resources from the multiple disciplines involved in my research. The variety of electronic sources enables me to engage research anywhere I happen to be, and ILL does a wonderful job in getting me print and hard-to-find sources that have become integral to the process.

Our librarians are amazing. They have found articles, books, and other artifacts that I have needed throughout my time at Union. They provide advice in locating materials that they either cannot find or access, even to the point of helping locate libraries in my area that have the resource I am searching for. They communicate with me throughout the process to let me know when, where, and how they have found a resource, offering multiple formats of delivery when available. There have even been times when they caught a source that didn’t fit with the general trends of what I had been searching for recently, and they reached out to make sure that I was aware of the difference! – Greta Enriquez, Ph.D. student with a major in Humanities & Culture

The librarians have been an amazing support for me as I conduct research in education policy and social change. One amazing example was a librarian who found a resource for me in my public library, so rather than waiting for a book through inter-library loan, I was able to walk down the street. – Jennifer Kramer-Wine, Ph.D. student with a major in Public Policy & Social Change

National Library Workers Day

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Union Institute & University together with the American Library Association (ALA) is celebrating National Library Week, April 9-15, 2017. This year’s theme is “Libraries Transform.”

Today, April 11, is National Library Workers Day. This is a day to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers; especially the UI&U dedicated library staff.

 Superior, personal service is the hallmark of the UI&U Library.

“We strive to provide exceptional student service. We serve at the convenience of the student,” said Matt Pappathan, Library Director. “Personal appointments are available at any time, even weekends. In addition, the staff assists students by email, phone, chat, text, and online research appointments.”

Libraries transform and thank you library staff for fulfilling Union’s mission of transforming lives and communities. Let them know how much you appreciate them at

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Union Women Make a Difference

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March is National Women’s History Month, and International Women’s Day (#BeBoldForChange) is today, March 8. In honor of this celebration of the collective achievements of women, Union is proud to salute a few of the many women who mirror Union’s mission to engage, enlighten, and empower adult students to pursue a lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility. In the words of Elizabeth A. Pastores-Palffy, Ph.D., Executive Director, Los Angeles Academic Center, “As a female leader, it is an honor to work at Union Institute & University where leadership skills are valued and appreciated without gender bias.”

Impact by the numbers:

11,040 – Number of female graduates*

54% – Number of female students*

115 – Number of female faculty

80 – Number of female staff

5 – Number of female Board of Trustee members

Impact by the community:

• Dr. Gladys Gossett Hankins, UI&U Board of Trustee member and Kimbrea Browning, VP of Enrollment, active members of The Links, Incorporated, an organization comprised primarily of women of African heritage dedicated to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the identities, culture and economic survival of people of African origin through cultural, educational and civic programs.

• Carolyn Krause, VP of Advancement and Donna Gruber, Cincinnati Center Executive Director, gatekeepers of the Women in Union scholarship program that support mothers who urgently need financial assistance to complete their college degree.

• Dr. Jenny Laster, Ph.D. recipient at the age of 73, whose work with The Center for Closing the Health Gap renamed its leadership program to the Dr. Jenny Laster Community Engagement Academy.

• Dr. Jackie Young, Ph.D. 1989, received the University of Hawaii Distinguished Alumni Award for professional excellence, inspirational leadership to others, and service to the community.

* Source: UI&U Women Graduates All Programs Academic Years 1970 – 2017 (N=11,040), Fall 2016 IPEDS Data: Student Characteristics (All Students)

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Partnership Teaches Life Skills

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Union Institute & University is a partner with “the coolest thing,” according to Ohio Governor John Kasich. That “cool thing” is the Cincinnati DePaul Cristo Rey High School Corporate Work Study program.

The national Cristo Rey Network is an urban education model with students of diverse races, religions and socioeconomic status that combines college-prep academics and a Corporate Work Study program.

“Every week two high school students work at Union in different departments learning real world skills,” said Kimbrea J. Browning, Vice President for Enrollment Management. “The students learn what it’s like to be in a work place with expectations.”

What have both students learned from the real world work environment?

Chavesse, 15, says she can’t miss work. “If I miss a class, I will make that up later. Not so at Union. They are counting on me to complete projects and move on to the next assignment.”

Jeriah, 15, thinks she has learned to voice her opinion more. “I am an introvert. Working forces me to speak up and ask questions.”

Both agree the work environment is different than the school environment.

“The school schedule is structured. At work, I am given an assignment and I work on it till completion and then get another assignment,” said Chavesse who is planning on majoring in psychology in college and hopes to play in a Women’s Professional Basketball League someday. “I have met many people that I wouldn’t have met before. It has been a great opportunity. I think I have matured because of the different situations I have been put in at Union.”

Jeriah, who plans to major in pre-law in college, finds the work place offers challenges and solutions. “I like school. But school is noisy with bells ringing and classmates talking. Work is more focused. It forces me to concentrate and not get distracted.”

One thing they both agree on is that the life skills they have learned throughout this experience will be very valuable for their futures. Jeriah noted, “I think I have gained more self-confidence.” Chavesse then added, “I have met many people that I wouldn’t have met before. It has been a great opportunity. I think I have matured because of the different situations I have been put in at Union.”

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