Union Institute & University’s National Commencement on Sunday, October 13, 2019 was a day of joyous celebration as more than 120 students from 21 states and Quebec in Canada earned their degrees.
Also, recognized were faculty members as part of the Faculty Awards program.
The Faculty Awards program, established by Union’s Faculty Council, provides peer recognition for exemplary efforts and achievements in the areas of teaching, service, and scholarship. This program recognizes that all Union faculty members exhibit commendatory effort on behalf of their students and their professions, and provides an opportunity for faculty members to recognize, on a regular basis, exemplary efforts on behalf of their peers. The awards for Excellence in Teaching are made annually; the awards for Excellence in Scholarship and Excellence in Service are made bi-annually, in alternate years.
2019 Award for Excellence in Teaching
Linwood Rumney, Ph.D., Faculty, Bachelor of Science, General Education
2019 Award for Excellence in Scholarship
Kajsa Brimdyr, Ph.D., Faculty, Bachelor of Science, General Education
Certificate of Distinction for Excellence in Scholarship
Jonina Anderson-Lopez, Ph.D., Tutor, Writing Center
Herbert L. and Dr. Beth I. Alswanger Gopman Research Fund
Dr. Anu Mitra, Faculty, Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies program, received the Herbert L. and Dr. Beth L. Alswanger Gopman Research Fund Award, funded by Union doctoral alumna, Dr. Beth Gopman. Dr. Mitra has developed a project exploring the art and artifacts of the South Asian/Indian people who migrated to Trinidad, Tobago, Suriname, and Guyana in the 1840s. Subsequent to receiving the Gopman Award, Dr. Mitra received a Fulbright Scholarship, allowing her to extend her formal study to seven months in the Trinidad-Tobago region of the Caribbean.
2019 Greater Cincinnati Collegiate Connection (GC3) 32nd Annual Celebration of Teaching Award
Elden Golden, J.D., Ph.D. is director of Union’s Master of Arts program and serves as doctoral faculty. Dr. Golden was recognized at the Greater Cincinnati Collegiate Connection Celebration of Teaching luncheon. He joined the graduate faculty in 2007, bringing a broad interdisciplinary background with degrees in music theory, law, and humanities. His research interests include the relationship between opera and culture and the history of concepts of creativity.
Ril Beatty III Scholarship for Veterans
During the national commencement ceremony, two Ph.D. graduates, Dr. Maurice Harris and Dr. Purcell Dye, wore the dog tags of a fellow student, Ril Beatty, who had passed away after just a year into his program.
Ril was a proud veteran, as are both Maurice and Purcell. When Ril passed away in December 2016, his fellow students looked for a way to honor him. Ril was the husband of Dr. Rosalyn Brown Beatty, a beloved member of the Union family and chair of Union’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. At his funeral service in 2016, another doctoral candidate, Jennifer Kramer-Wine offered a gift to Rosalyn and her two young daughters: that those commencing when Ril would have commenced had he not passed away, would wear his military dog tags in his honor.
As the story unfolded at the ceremony, we were honored to announce the creation of the Ril Beatty III Scholarship to assist doctoral students who are veterans and who are pursuing their doctorates in Public Policy and Social Change. The scholarship was seeded by a grant from General Dynamics Missions Systems and facilitated by the vice chair of our Board of Trustees.
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