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  • In the Line of Duty
    Union Institute & University’s 2020 Mark Dunakin Memorial Awards for Extraordinary Achievement recipients are Sergeant/Detective Marya Mason of the Los Angeles Police Department and Detective James Tidwell with the Sacramento County Sheriff Department. The award honors the memory of Sergeant Dunakin, a UI&U student who tragically lost his life in...
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  • Meet the Faculty Award winners
    Congratulations are being sent to Dr. Sarah Bergh and Dr. Annie Lee on receiving the 2020 Union Institute & University Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Certificate of Distinction for Teaching, respectively. The Faculty Awards program are especially gratifying for the recipients because they provide peer recognition for exemplary...
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  • Union Institute & University National Virtual Commencement Announces U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis is Keynote Speaker
    U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis Union Institute & University National Virtual Commencement is Sunday, October 25, 2020, beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern/11a.m. Pacific. The celebration marks the hard work of our graduating class who have completed their degrees while working, taking care of their families, and staying safe and healthy during...
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  • Dr. Reagan Flowers is a trailblazer in STEM education
    Dr. Reagan Flowers (Ph.D. 2008) remembers well the day President Obama honored her as an African American STEM Champion of Change. “Being honored by the White House as a pioneer in STEM education is one of the highlights of my career,” said Dr. Flowers, founder of C-STEM, the nation’s first...
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  • Native American chief remembered thanks to Union alumni
    After three years of research and archeological efforts, Union doctoral alumni Eric (Ph.D. 2014) and Karen Hannel (Ph.D. 2015), scholars of Native American history, discovered a Florida town named for Seminole Chief Chipco that had been long forgotten in history books. Thanks to their research, the area is now designated...
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  • Alumna is new chief of police
    Bisa French (B.S. 2012) is the new chief of police of Richmond, California, effective August 1, 2020. She is making history as the first woman and woman of color to take the helm of the 150-member department that serves approximately 102,000 residents in this Bay area city. Chief French began...
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  • Alumna treasures her Union experience
    To Dr. Dora Tippens, Ph.D.1997, the Union experience was a rarity, a treasure that should be experienced by so many more students. She credits her academic journey at Union for turning her dissertation into a complete guide for college teachers to interculturalize their business communications coursework and establish new...
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  • Women win the vote – gender inequality remains
    Suffragists marching, probably in New York City in 1915. Photo from Library of Congress. The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote on August 18, 1920. The amendment became law on August 26, 1920, after Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby signed the official document...
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  • A legacy of learners
    The Mall family lives by the motto, “Trust the process.” That is just what they did when all four members of the family decided to attend Union at the encouragement of matriarch Dr. Harriet Mall, Ph.D. (1999). “I trace my career back to Union,” said Harriet, now a clinical psychologist and...
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  • Summer 2020 Virtual Ph.D. Residency inspires change
    What does it mean to be Black and patriotic in 21st-century America? Can life-enhancing outcomes positively affect the mentally ill? These are just two of the topics Ph.D. students grappled with at the Summer 2020 Virtual Ph.D. Residency July 2-10, with 90 students and 22 faculty members participating, assisted...
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  • Dr. Fluke
    Pay it 1964ward – A Union degree opens career doors
    Union’s Pay it 1964WARD campaign is underway to make a difference in the lives of our students. At UI&U, 100 percent of funds designated to scholarships goes directly to the student. Throughout 2020, we will feature a number of Union donors – alumni, trustees, friends, and others – who...
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  • Executive in Residence
    Thomas Dugger is Union’s First Executive in Residence
    Thomas Dugger, an accomplished nonprofit leader, has joined Union as its first Executive in Residence. The former Scout Executive/Chief Executive Officer of the Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America brings more than 30 years of leadership experience to the new position with the goal to foster Union’s growth, development,...
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  • Anim-Wright-featured
    Ph.D. Alumni appointed to prestigious higher education roles
    Two Union doctoral alumni will continue to positively impact student success in new roles this fall. G. Koryoe Anim-Wright, Ph.D. 1996 with a concentration in Communications, has been named the first female registrar of the University of Professional Studies, (UPSA) in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. Robert Arnold, who earned a Ph.D....
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  • Larry Crudup
    Pay it 1964ward – Doctoral student envisions expansion of role of congregations in his research topic: “Walk Together Children: Black Congregational Leadership-as-Social Ethic”
    The Changing the Faces of Education - Pay it 1964ward campaign is underway and is already making a difference in the lives of our students. At Union, 100 percent of funds that donors designate to scholarships go directly to the student. Reverend Larry T. Crudup, a student pursuing his Ph.D....
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  • National Accreditation
    Union Earns Important National Accreditation for Two Programs
    B.S. in Social Work and new M.A. in Applied Nutrition and Dietetics pass rigorous process Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Nelson Soto announced this week the successful accreditation of two Union programs that conducted rigorous, yearlong self-studies and site visits. Union’s Bachelor of Science in Social Work, under...
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  • COVID-19 Student Grants
    Individual donors provide COVID-19 emergency fund support to 33 students to help them stay in school
    Union’s student COVID-19 emergency fund was seeded by a $5,000 contribution from Union’s International Alumni Association Fund, with a goal to provide one-time grants of $300 to Union students to stave off unforeseen expenses caused by the pandemic. The hope was that these small grants would help offset some...
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  • Pay it 1964WARD - Why I give back: I know my donation makes a difference
    Union’s Pay it 1964WARD campaign is underway to make a difference in the lives of our students. At UI&U, 100 percent of funds designated to scholarships goes directly to the student. Throughout 2020, we will feature a number of Union donors – alumni, trustees, friends, and others – who...
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  • Union Institute for Social Justice
    Union Institute for Social Justice wants your input
    Union Institute for Social Justice (UISJ) has been established to further propel Union’s commitment to promote social justice and equity. President Karen Schuster Webb has envisioned the Institute since being named president in July 2018. Since 1964, Union Institute & University has focused on academic excellence, creativity, diversity, integrity, and...
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  • Dr. Thomas
    Alumnus and retired police officer turned college professor offers perspective on nationwide protests
    Listen Now Dr. David Thomas, who earned his Ph.D. from Union in 1978 with a concentration in Forensic Psychology, is a retired police officer and current Justice Studies Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University. In this interview, he offers a candid, insightful, and first-hand account of the many problems...
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  • Dr. Geri Maples
    Alumna is named Elizabeth Dole Caregiver Fellow
    Geri Lynn Maples, Ph.D. 2019, has been named an Elizabeth Dole Caregiver Fellow. Elizabeth Dole Fellows are the heart and soul of the Caring for Military Families program at the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. The foundation was founded in 2012 by Senator Elizabeth Dole to raise awareness, honor, and support the...
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  • Stay Connected: Union alumni respond to COVID-19 (Third Edition)
    Welcome to the third edition of Stay Connected where we share how Union students and alumni are responding to the pandemic. Stay Connected during these challenging times by sharing information, helpful tips, and encouragement to your fellow Union students and alumni. Send your updates, ideas, comments, and questions to: alumni@myunion.edu...
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  • Dr. West
    Pay it 1964ward – Union graduates are problem solvers
    Union’s Pay it 1964WARD Campaign is underway to make a difference in the lives of our students. At UI&U, 100 percent of funds designated to scholarships go directly to the student. Throughout 2020, we will feature a number of Union donors – alumni, trustees, friends, and others – who...
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  • Tangela Boyd, Ph.D. student
    Pay it 1964ward – Doctoral student working to educate underserved populations in lactation
    The Changing the Faces of Education - Pay it 1964ward campaign is underway and is already making a difference in the lives of our students. At Union, 100 percent of funds that donors designate to scholarships go directly to the student. Scholarship recipient Tangela L. Boyd is passionate about using...
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    Union President Announces No Tuition Increases for New Academic Year - COVID-19 Emergency Grant Established by Alumni Association for Struggling Students
    Union President, Dr. Karen Shuster Webb, has announced that there will be no tuition increases for bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs for the 2020-2021 academic year beginning on July 1, 2020. In addition, the Ph.D. residency fee has been waived for this upcoming academic year. This news comes at an...
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  • President Karen Schuster Webb
    Union Institute & University President Karen Schuster Webb Named to ACE Board of Directors
    Union Institute & University President Karen Schuster Webb has been named to the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (ACE). President Karen Schuster Webb ACE is the major coordinating body for colleges and universities in the U.S. Dr. Webb's term with the Board will continue until March of...
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  • Yolanda Villa
    Mental Health Check-in - Free Webinar Wednesday, May 13
    Union Institute & University is pleased to present a free webinar on COVID-19 and its impact on mental and physical health, Wednesday, May 13 at 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST. Host Yolanda Villa, LPC, Union alumna and faculty in the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, will...
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  • Stay Connected: Union alumni respond to COVID-19 (Second Edition)
    Welcome to the second edition of Stay Connected where we share how Union students and alumni are responding to the pandemic. Criminal Justice Management Grad on the Frontlines of COVID-19 Sgt. Leonard La France is serving on the front lines of the COVID 19 pandemic, working to prevent a potential coronavirus...
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  • Dr. Chris Voparil
    Faculty member supports students with donation to Alumni Association COVID-19 Emergency Fund
    Dr. Chris Voparil, faculty in Union’s Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies, was among the first donors to give to the new emergency fund established by Union’s International Alumni Association Board to assist Union students impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Grants of up to $300 will be issued to students in...
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  • Dr. Gladys Hankins
    Pay it 1964WARD - Dr. Gladys Hankins believes giving is a principle-driven act
    Union’s Pay it 1964WARD campaign is underway to make a difference in the lives of our students. At UI&U, 100 percent of funds designated to scholarships goes directly to the student. Throughout 2020, we will feature a number of Union donors – alumni, trustees, friends, and others – who...
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  • Dr. Jay Keehn
    So, this is where we are
    Dr. Jay Keehn, Union Institute & University’s Executive Director, Student Support Services, shares an essay reflecting what many of us are dealing with during these uncertain times, and some good news and advice for Union’s model of distance learning. Share your reflections with your fellow Union alumni and the university...
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  • Stay Connected: Union alumni respond to Covid-19
    In response to President’s Webb’s message to Stay Connected during the COVID-19 pandemic by sharing information, helpful tips, and encouragement, we are pleased to share how several Union alumni are responding to the new realities. Dr. Christopher Nemeth Conducts Research to Mitigate a Shortage of Respiratory Protection Devices During Public...
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  • Dr. Randy Danielsen
    Student COVID-19 emergency fund established
    Union Institute & University’s International Alumni Association Board (IAAB) has allocated funds to help students who are in need of emergency funds as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of emergency need include: • being laid off or furloughed and unable to make housing payment • unanticipated health or dental expenses •...
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  • Janet K. Kempf
    Pay it 1964ward – My scholarship will help me plant seeds of hope to combat mental illness
    The Changing the Faces of Education - Pay it 1964ward campaign is underway and is already making a difference in the lives of our students. At Union, 100 percent of funds that donors designate to scholarships goes directly to the student. Janet K. Kempf In the Q & A below, Janet...
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  • A Ph.D. student responds to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing portable hand-washing stations to the homeless in Atlanta
    Terence Lester saw a need. He anticipated that the coronavirus could rage among the homeless population because of the lack of handwashing facilities. Lecrae and Terence deliver portable hand washing station. His idea was to put portable handwashing stations throughout Atlanta, but he only had the resources for one. That’s when...
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  • Dr. Shekhar Mitra
    Pay it 1964WARD: Why I give back: Shekhar and Anu Mitra Honoring my parents’ spirit by supporting the next generation of leaders
    Union’s Pay it 1964WARD campaign is underway to make a difference in the lives of our students. At UI&U, 100 percent of funds designated to scholarships go directly to the student. Throughout 2020, we will feature a number of Union donors – alumni, trustees, friends, and others – who...
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  • Nancy Lynne Westfield
    Alumni Spotlight - Alumna is new leader at prestigious Wabash Center
    Welcome to the “Alumni Spotlight” series. Learn how our Union Institute & University (UI&U) graduates are living the UI&U mission of engagement, enlightenment, and empowerment. Featured this month: Nancy Lynne Westfield, Ph.D. Education: Union Ph.D. 1999 Profession: Director Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. Nancy Lynne Westfield, Ph.D. 1999,...
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  • Keara Wrightsman
    Pay it 1964WARD – From homelessness to college student
    Union’s Pay it 1964WARD campaign is underway to make a difference in the lives of our students. At UI&U, 100 percent of funds designated to scholarships goes directly to the student. Throughout 2020, we will feature a number of Union scholarship recipients. Learn how that support fulfilled their educational...
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  • Jocelyn Rainey
    Pay it 1964WARD – Finding Mona Lisa
    The Changing the Faces of Education - Pay it 1964ward campaign is underway and is already making a difference in the lives of our students. At Union, 100 percent of funds that donors designate to scholarships goes directly to the student. Read how a scholarship is impacting the life...
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  • Rea Waldon
    Pay it 1964WARD - Why I give back: My degree changed my life
    Union’s Pay it 1964WARD campaign is underway to make a difference in the lives of our students. At UI&U, 100 percent of funds designated to scholarships goes directly to the student. Throughout 2020, we will feature a number of Union donors – alumni, trustees, friends, and others – who...
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  • Dr. Ronis
    Alumna awarded Fulbright Specialist Award
    Welcome to the “Alumni Spotlight” series. Learn how our Union Institute & University (UI&U) graduates are living the UI&U mission of engagement, enlightenment, and empowerment. Dr. Deri Ronis, Ph.D.1987, has received a Fulbright Specialist Program award. She is the founder of The Conflict Resolution Centre specializing in mediation, consultation, training and...
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  • Dr. Koryoe Anim-Wright
    Black History Month Alumni Spotlight – Telling the African narrative in her own way
    Dr. Koryoe Anim-Wright, Ph.D. 1996, is an educator, fundraiser, and academic leader dedicated to telling the culturally rich African narrative. But, Dr. Anim-Wright works to ensure that narrative reflects the African voice instead of relying on others to tell the story. The Ghana native credits her parents for a...
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  • Randy Danielsen
    Pay it 1964WARD - Why I give back: My Union degree got me a seat at the table
    Union’s Pay it 1964WARD campaign is underway to make a difference in the lives of our students. At UI&U, 100 percent of funds designated to scholarships go directly to the student. Throughout 2020, we will feature a number of Union donors – alumni, trustees, friends, and others – who...
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    Black History Month Alumni Spotlight – Police Officer, Council Member and Current Ohio State Senator Cecil Thomas is a tireless supporter of community and the underserved
    Ohio State Senator Cecil Thomas, who earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management in 2012, is a servant leader, influenced by Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., who said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where...
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  • Danny K Davis
    Black History Month Alumni Spotlight – Congressman Danny K. Davis fights for social justice
    The Honorable Danny K. Davis, who earned his Ph.D. from Union in 1977, is a servant leader whose life parallels Union’s mission to transform lives and communities. The congressional representative from Chicago has spent his life championing social justice. “I had the pleasure of meeting Rep. Davis in his office...
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  • Viann working her program
    Pay it 1964WARD - How one alumna is using her degree to rescue women from human trafficking
    Union’s Pay it 1964WARD campaign is underway to make a difference in the lives of our students. At UI&U, 100 percent of funds designated to scholarships goes directly to the student. Throughout 2020, we will feature a number of Union scholarship recipients. Learn how that support fulfilled their educational...
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  • My Union Award
    Union Institute & University Ranked Among Best in Nation by U.S. News & World Report
    U.S. News & World Report has ranked Union Institute & University among the nation’s best. The highly regarded report released, January 14, 2020, ranks Union at No. 85 in Best Online Bachelor’s Program for Veterans and No. 152 in Best Online Bachelor’s Program. The annual ranking is designed to assist...
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  • Dr Hassana Alidou
    Former Ambassador Joins Faculty at Union Institute & University
    Dr. Hassana Alidou, former ambassador of the Republic of Niger to the United States and Canada, has joined Union Institute & University as a faculty member for the Ph.D. of Interdisciplinary Studies program. Dr. Alidou served as Ambassador of the Republic of Niger to the U.S. and Canada from...
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  • Kathleen Stein-Smith
    Alumna named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques
    Welcome to the “Alumni Spotlight” series. Learn how our Union Institute & University (UI&U) graduates are living the UI&U mission of engagement, enlightenment, and empowerment. Featured this month: Kathleen Stein-Smith Education: Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2011 Profession: Fairleigh Dickinson University, Associate University Librarian and Director of Public Services, Giovatto Library, Metropolitan Campus;...
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  • Dr. Vargas
    Noted scholars to keynote 2020 January Ph.D. Residency
    Union Institute & University is honored to welcome two distinguished scholars to Cincinnati to speak to students, faculty, and guests at Union’s 2020 January Ph.D. Residency. Residency begins with the Opening Dinner/MLK Legacy Presentation by Dr. Jeanne Theoharis, distinguished professor of political science at Brooklyn College of the City University...
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  • Distinguished Alumni Award is awarded to Dr. Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsey
    Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsey received the Union Institute & University Distinguished Alumni Award at the national commencement ceremony on October 13, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Lindsey received her Ph.D. with a concentration in Cultural Anthropology from Union Institute & University in 1999, and was nominated for Union’s Institute prestigious...
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  • Union Institute & University 2019 Cincinnati Commencement
    Dr. Lenore Goldfarb named Legacy Alumni of the Year
    Dr. Lenore Goldfarb, Ph.D., CCC, IBCLC, ALC, received the Union Institute & University International Alumni Association Board (IAAB) Legacy Alumni Award at the university’s national commencement ceremony held October 13, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Goldfarb earned a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in art and science...
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  • Carla Jackson
    Alumni Spotlight - UI&U alumna takes on prestigious role at Tuskegee University
    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. Featured this month: Dr. Carla Jackson Bell Education: UI&U Ph.D. 2009 Profession: Educator Dr. Carla Jackson Bell will assume her new role as interim provost and vice...
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  • Dr. Berry
    Alumnus elected to the Board of World Federation for Mental Health – advocates for mental health awareness as the Regional Vice President for North America
    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. Featured this month: Dr. Andrew Berry Education: UI&U Ph.D. 1998 Profession: Psychologist and psychoanalyst You might say that Dr. Berry took the long road to his chosen...
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  • Union Value Loyalty Program
    NEW: Loyalty Discount Program for You
    The holiday season is here and Union has a gift for you. The new My Union Values: Alumni Discount Program will provide savings all year through. Sign up today You will find savings up to 50% off at more than 250,000 retailers, restaurants, entertainment and travel. Local deals near you are also...
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  • Pam Shannon
    Helping Others is a Way of Life
    Welcome to the “Alumni Spotlight” series. Learn how our Union Institute & University (UI&U) graduates are living the UI&U mission of engagement, enlightenment, and empowerment. Featured this month: Pam Shannon Education: Bachelor of Science Healthcare Management 1989 Profession: Executive Director of St. Aloysius and retired health professional Growing up, Pam Shannon knew she...
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  • Salute to Marine Veteran and Union Institute & University alumni named Humanitarian of the Year
    Alumnus Mitch Rivas, who is also a Marine Corps veteran, was named Humanitarian of the Year by the National Association of Letter Carriers Heroes of the Year ceremony on October 30 in Washington, D.C. Mitch, a letter carrier in the Berea, Ohio area, was singled out for making an impact...
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  • Best Online Bachelor's Child Development
    Union Institute & University is Ranked No. 1 in Best Online Bachelor's in Child & Adolescent Development Major
    Union Institute & University has been ranked No. 1 in the Best Online Bachelor's in Child Development by Online Schools Report for its Child & Adolescent Development (CHAD) major. Online Schools Report ranks online higher education programs based on statistical data points. More information on the methodology can be...
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  • Robert W. McGee 2019 world championship awards
    Alumni Spotlight - At 72, Robert W. McGee is just Getting Started
    Welcome to the “Alumni Spotlight” series. Learn how our Union Institute & University (UI&U) graduates are living the UI&U mission of engagement, enlightenment, and empowerment. Featured this month: Robert W. McGee Education: (Ph.D. 1993, Ph.D. 1986) Profession: Associate professor At the age of 72, Dr. McGee continues to pursue two different pathways: his...
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  • Dr. Webb and Dean Watson
    Dr. Karen Schuster Webb Receives Highest Alumni Award from Indiana University School of Education
    Dr. Karen Schuster Webb, President of Union Institute & University, has been awarded the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Indiana University School of Education. Dr. Webb earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. from Indiana University and was recognized by her alma mater for her leadership role in higher education...
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  • Dr. Rosalyn Brown Betty and her daughters
    Faculty Honored for Excellence
    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. Dr. Rosalyn Brown Betty and her daughters Also, recognized were faculty members as part of the Faculty Awards program. The...
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  • Shannon Hogan-Cohen
    Empowerment of Women Through Storytelling
    Shannon Hogan-Cohen empowers women through storytelling. Having earned a UI&U BA in 1999, she is a current Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) student. Through her website, S.H.E. Share Heal Empower ….www.sharehealempower.org, she shares inspirational and heartfelt stories from women across all ages and cultures. Shannon describes the...
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  • Dr. Robin Martin
    Union Institute & University National Commencement Announced
    Union Institute & University National Commencement is Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Hilton Netherlands Plaza in downtown Cincinnati.  More than 120 students have earned degrees in the following areas: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling,...
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  • wind turbine alumni story
    Union Graduate Taps Nature’s Tools to Benefit the Planet
    By Maurice A. Ramirez, D.O., Ph.D. (Union Ph.D. 2008, Retired Disaster/Emergency Medicine Physician) People who want to reduce their carbon footprint might shop with reusable grocery bags, drive hybrid cars, or toss their newspapers in recyclable trash bins. But Maurice Ramirez, D.O., Ph.D. 2008, and his wife, Allison Sakara, N.P.,...
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  • Dr. Anthony Clarke
    Dr. Anthony Clarke: Profile on Leadership
    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 series, Union Leaders. This month, we feature Dr. Anthony Clarke. Dr. Clarke is one of 27 Union alumni who...
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  • Union Institute & University President Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
    President Karen Schuster Webb, Ph.D. was honored by The Gestalt Center for Organization & Systems Development (Gestalt OSD Center) in Cleveland, Ohio with a Lifetime Achievement Award on August 10, 2019. Dr. John Carter, president and a founding member of the Center, presented the award. He described Dr....
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  • Union Institute & University and Rotary Club to host reception for Mandela Washington Fellows
    Union Institute & University and Rotary Club of Cincinnati welcome members of theMandela Washington Fellows to a reception held at the university on August 21. Union Institute & University and Rotary Club of Cincinnati will host a reception for Mandela Washington Fellows on Wednesday, August 21 from 5:30...
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    Alumni Spotlight: Agyei Ekundayo
    Welcome to “Alumni Spotlight." Learn how our Union Institute & University (UI&U) graduates live the UI&U mission of engagement, enlightenment, and empowerment. Featured this month: Agyei Ekundayo Education: Graduate Certificate in Health Education (2019) Profession: Health Educator and Mental Health Awareness Advocate Agyei Ekundayo is a passionate health educator and mental...
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  • Dr. Anu Mitra
    Dr. Anu Mitra named recipient of Union’s Gopman Faculty Research Award and a Fulbright Scholarship
    A first-of-its-kind research project will take Dr. Anu Mitra to Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, and Guyana. Dr. Mitra, professor in Union’s Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies program, will study the South Asian/Indian people who arrived in this Caribbean in the 1840s. “The Herbert L. and Dr. Beth Alswanger Gopman Research...
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  • Dr. Shanda L. Gore
    Dr. Shanda L. Gore Appointed Vice President for Institutional Innovation and Economic Development at Union Institute & University
    President Karen Schuster Webb, Ph.D., has announced the appointment of Shanda L. Gore, Ed.D., as the first Vice President of Institutional Innovation and Economic Development at Union Institute & University. Dr. Gore will work with the leadership team to develop long-term revenue strategies for enrollment growth, new...
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  • 2019 Mark Dunakin Award recipient
    Fallen Officer Memorial Award 2019 Recipient Selected
    Officer Kyle Nathan Henricksen has received the 2019 Mark Dunakin Award for Extraordinary Achievement. Union Institute & University presents the award to a graduate of the Criminal Justice Management undergraduate program. The Mark Dunakin Memorial Award honors the memory of Sergeant Dunakin, a UI&U student who tragically lost...
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  • Softball and Higher Education Equal a Home Run for Julie Crandall
    When you talk to Julie Crandall, executive director of UI&U’s Sacramento Academic Center, you quickly learn she has two passions - softball and higher education. The retired professional softball player, who attended University Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) on a full scholarship, is a two-time All-American. “I was a tomboy and grew...
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  • Meet UI&U World-Changer Sonya M. Fultz, M.Ed.
    Sonya’s love for Guatemala started 16 years ago when she adopted her son. “It was love at first sight. I knew he was my son when I set eyes on him,” says Sonya M. Fultz, M.Ed., Senior Director for Enrollment and Academic Partnerships at UI&U. Since then she has...
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  • Marine Veteran Continues Quest to Help Children
    Mitch and Mindy Rivas are making an impact on the world of the medically fragile community through the Maryssa Mission Foundation (MMF). They created the foundation shortly after Maryssa was called to heaven in November 2015 at age two.   The Challenge “We saw firsthand the challenges of a family...
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  • A Perspective on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Noted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. biographer, historian, and UI&U doctoral faculty member Stewart Burns recently gave an interview on Dr. King’s civil rights activism. The Sojourner’s Truth, Toledo, Ohio’s African American newspaper, ran it as a two-part series. Burns reflects on lesser known aspects of Dr....
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    “Journey, Break Every Rule” Docudrama Features Union Alumna
    The Honorable Portia Simpson Miller, Union alumna and former two-time prime minister of Jamaica, was featured in the docudrama “Journey, Break Every Rule.” The film premiered in Kingston in February. As Jamaica’s first female prime minister, she admits that she had indeed broken some rules as a...
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  • thoughts on notre dame
    A Union Ph.D Student Shares Thoughts on Notre Dame
    On April 15, 2019, the world watched in shock and dismay as flames engulfed Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, burning the building’s delicate and recognizable spire and most of its roof. Luckily, the interior avoided extensive damage thanks to its stone vaulted ceiling. Also, many works of art and religious...
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  • law enforcement career
    CJM Degree Impacts Law Enforcement Career
    Union is saluting our Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice Management (CJM) students, staff, and alumni through the month of May in recognition of National Police Week, celebrated nationally from May 12–18, 2019. This week we spotlight Sergeant Brian Kinney, Homicide Investigator, a CJM alumnus. Sergeant Kinney discusses the...
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  • Oh, the Places They'll Go! Union Graduation 2019
    Graduating from college is one of life’s significant milestones. On May 5, 41 adults celebrated this achievement with their families, the president, faculty, administrators, and staff from Union Institute & University. “We couldn’t be more proud of our graduates. Earning a degree is life changing, and we know...
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  • criminal justice management
    Criminal Justice Management Degree Benefits Community
    Union is saluting our Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice Management (CJM) students, staff, and alumni throughout the month of May in recognition of National Police Week, celebrated  nationwideMay 12–18, 2019. This week we spotlight Glenn Cadwell, Law Enforcement Site Coordinator and Criminal Justice Management (CJM) alumnus.   Q & A...
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  • Union Salutes Military Appreciation Month with a Feature on an Alumna Who Specializes in Traumatic Brain Injury
    May is Military Appreciation Month, when Americans are reminded of the important role the U.S. Armed Forces have played in the history and development of our country. Union is honored to feature alumna Dr. Mary Lee Esty, LCSW-C, Ph.D. in recognition of Military Appreciation Month. Dr. Esty is...
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  • Florida's 2019 principal of the year
    Professor Named Florida’s 2019 Principal of the Year
    The Union community is sending their congratulations to UI&U faculty member Michelle Kefford who was named Florida’s 2019 Principal of the Year. The award reflects her commitment to students and her belief in lifelong learning. “Working with all ages in the pursuit of knowledge is my passion,” said Kefford....
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  • Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Allison Wilson Leggett Touches the Lives of Teachers
    Each month, we recognize faculty and staff for their enormous contribution to Union. Today’s spotlight is on Professor Allison Wilson Leggett, Ed. D., Lead Faculty for Union’s Child and Adolescent Development (CHAD) program. Dr. Leggett is based at the Los Angeles Academic Center. As a 13-year-old taking on...
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  • New Executive Leader at Union Institute & University
      Nikki Marks is the new Director of Student Services for Union Institute & University. Student services provide academic support for students ranging from tutoring to career development. Marks is passionate about student success. “Student Services is a vital piece for many students to be successful, especially working adults...
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  • Union Ranked Among Nation’s Best
    Washington Monthly 2018 College Rankings Union Institute & University was recently ranked by Washington Monthly as among the nation’s best. Union ranked second among Best Bang for the Buck Colleges (page 44), and scored #11 for Best 4-year Colleges for Adult Learners (page 32). Union also ranked #54 as...
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  • Michael Raffanti Ph.D
    Professor Michael A. Raffanti has gone to the dogs!
    Tacoma resident Michael A. Raffanti, Ed.D., J.D. has gone to the dogs! Dog rescue that is. He recently co-founded a non-profit organization called Mila’s Mutts to collaborate with a rescuer in Mexico to get dogs off the street, provide veterinary care, and transport...
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  • 2019 Transfer Honor Roll
    Union Named to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s 2019 Transfer Honor Roll
    Union Institute & University is one of 78 colleges and universities across the country named to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s 2019 Transfer Honor Roll in recognition of the dynamic pathways Union has created to support transfer students. “This is a tremendous honor for...
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  • Union Provost Dr. Nelson Soto Appointed to Ohio Department of Education’s Finish for Your Future initiative
    Dr. Nelson Soto Dr. Nelson Soto, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Union Institute & University, has been named a member of a new initiative to improve access and outcomes for adult learners in Ohio. Finish for Your Future initiative is sponsored by the chancellor of...
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  • United States Army veteran chooses social work major to make a difference
    James Terrell Social Work Month is an opportune time to reflect on the important contribution social workers make to our communities. James Terrell, a United States Army veteran, chose the UI&U Social Work Bachelor’s degree program because he wants to make a difference. Read more about James and...
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  • Carleen Robinson Ph.D social work faculty member
    Social Work faculty member credits mentors with her success
    Each month, faculty and staff are recognized for their enormous contribution to Union. Today’s spotlight is on Carleen Robinson, PhD., LCSW Part-time Social Work Faculty. Learn more about Carleen in the Q & A below. Q: What excites you about being part of higher...
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  • Dr. Timothy William Quinnan President of Richmont Graduate University
    Dr. Timothy William Quinnan Union Institute & University’s historical commitment to ethical and creative leadership and the insights gained over the past 55 years as a leader in adult learning is the inspiration for the monthly series, Union Leaders. This month we feature Dr. Timothy William Quinnan, the newly...
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  • Union Institute & University Offers an Immediate Solution for Displaced Adult Students
    CINCINNATI, OH - Union Institute & University is a solution for adult students searching for an alternative to continue their degree pathway due to recent closings amongst community education providers. Union can serve as an immediate solution for those students who want to pick-up where they left...
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  • Union Alumna Named One of 2019 Top Women in Business CEOs
    Dr. Patricia Savage, President/CEO Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries March is Women’s History Month. The month celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. In recognition of Women’s History Month, we are highlighting alumna Dr. Patricia Savage who graduated with her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies and a...
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  • Student stars in Clownvets – Premiere is March 7
    Bruce Reges has found that laughter can be the best medicine. The veteran and Ph.D. student suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He recently joined nine other veterans on a trip to Guatemala with Dr. Patch Adams, (yes, the one made famous by Robin Williams). The trip...
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  • Veteran and military spouse is working to improve lives in the military community
    March is Social Work Month. This celebration is an opportune time to highlight students in the UI&U Social Work Bachelor’s degree program. Every day, the nation's social workers work to empower and elevate millions of people, including some of the most vulnerable in our society. Student and veteran...
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  • Perspectives: Black History and the Union Community
    Throughout the month of February, Union Institute & University is celebrating Black History Month with "Perspectives", a video series featuring Black History and the Union Community. Please tune in to each perspective. Sen. Cecil Thomas and Union alumnus Julie Washington UI&U Trustee Eric Kearney CEO Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky African American...
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  • Alumni in the News – Living the Union Mission
    Sabrina Puppin Opens “Fluid Perceptions” at Grand Hyatt Doha Internationally known artist and U&U alumna, Sabrina Puppin, has just opened a new show named “Fluid Perceptions” in Doha. Learn more about Dr. Puppin and her remarkable work at this link. What Makes Preachers and/or Pastors Great? That is the question...
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  • Dr. Kim C. Byas, Sr., Appointed Program Director of Innovative Master of Science in Health Care Leadership
    Dr. Kim C. Byas, Sr. Kim C. Byas, Sr., Ph.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.H.E., was appointed to lead Union Institute & University’s new innovative Master of Science in Health Care Leadership (MS-HCL) program. As a seasoned health care professional, Dr. Byas has served nearly 40 years in various health care settings—including...
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  • Union Institute & University Elects New Trustee with Long History of Giving Back
    Richard C. (Rick) Stover of Dayton, Ohio has been elected to the UI&U Board of Trustees, effective January 24, 2019. Mr. Stover, a retired businessman has more than 35 years of serving clients and providing solutions to the many complex business issues faced by companies doing business in...
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  • Black History Month Spotlight – Student Examines Social Justice Impact of Musical Greats Etta James, Nina Simone, Bessie Smith, and Aretha Franklin
    In recognition of Black History Month, Union Institute & University is pleased to showcase the many contributions made by African Americans by featuring several Union alumni and others who are making an impact in their communities. This week’s spotlight is on Alyssa Harris, a student in the...
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  • Union Celebrates Black History Month
    To the Incredible Union Institute & University Community, Throughout the month of February, in recognition of the nationwide celebration of Black History Month, Union Institute & University is offering a broad range of activities showcasing African Americans, many of them Union alumni. We urge you to take advantage...
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  • My degree made me a global citizen
    Marsha Thomas In recognition of Black History Month, Union Institute & University is showcasing the legacy and many contributions made by African Americans by featuring several Union alumni and others who are making an impact in their communities. This week’s spotlight is on Marsha Thomas, RN, who earned...
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  • Union Institute & University Earns 2019-2020 Military Friendly® Schools List Ranking
    logo Union Institute & University has earned the 2019-2020 Military Friendly​®​ Schools List Ranking and Top 10 Seal for its unwavering commitment to provide the best educational experience possible for our veterans. “This is a wonderful accomplishment and well deserved recognition for Union,” said Mollie Miller, M.B.A., Director of...
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  • “What Are You Doing For Others?”
    Dr. Marlon A. Smith Dr. Marlon A. Smith, Founder, Black Greeks Speak (BGS) Social Justice and Human Rights Council and Senior Manager of Policy and Engagement at BakerRipley. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21, 2019, is a national holiday that honors the life and work of Dr....
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  • Union Institute & University Ranked Among Best in Nation
    U.S. News & World Report ranks Union Institute & University among the nation’s best. The highly regarded report released, January 15, 2019, lists Union No. 84 in online bachelor’s programs and No. 85 in the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) online Graduate Business Programs (non-MBA)...
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  • Union Institute & University Goes International
    Union Institute & University signs articulation agreement with the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ) effective January 9, 2019 at the International Conference themed CCCJ: “Forging Pathways for Future Empowerment." It’s official. Union Institute & University is breaking down higher education barriers worldwide with the signing of...
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  • Father of five values UI&U social justice mission
    Kongpheng Yang Director of Enrollment, Sacramento Academic Center Each month, faculty and staff are recognized for their enormous contribution to Union. This month the spotlight is on Kongpheng Yang, MAFM, Director of Enrollment, Sacramento Academic Center and a current student in the Ph.D. degree program. Q: What excites you about...
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  • Dr. Patricia Hill Collins to Deliver Keynote at the Union Institute & University 2019 January Ph.D. Residency
    Dr. Patricia Hill Collins Union Institute & University is honored to welcome Dr. Patricia Hill Collins as the keynote speaker at the 2019 January Ph.D. Residency Opening Dinner/MLK Legacy Presentation. Her address is titled Generational Power? Intersectionality, Youth and Activism. “Dr. Collins is a renowned sociologist whose theories resonate...
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  • Union Leaders - Dr. Glenn Kendall
    Dr. Glenn Kendall Founder and Executive Director of Youthaven Public Ecovillage, Inc. 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’s Union...
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  • New Publications by Union Institute & University Faculty
    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...
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  • Your Giving Changes Lives
    -- 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...
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  • Alumnus Named New Fire Chief
    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...
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  • Union Institute & University and Ivy Tech Community College Announce New Transfer Agreement
    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....
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  • Salute to Veterans – This veteran is pursuing a social work degree
    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...
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  • Salute To Our Veterans – Organizational leadership is the goal
    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:...
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  • Salute to Veterans – This veteran seeks a leadership role
    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...
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  • Celebration of Teaching Recognizes 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....
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  • Salute To Our Veterans – Amanda White plans to make a difference in the military and veteran community
    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...
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  • “A More Perfect Union” Dr. Webb Is Inaugurated
    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...
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  • Salute To Our Veterans – Elementary Teaching Is Next
    November is an opportune time to salute our veterans. Today’s spotlight is on 1SG Bruce L Reges USA Ret. and Ph.D. student with a major in Educational Studies. Bruce’s goal is to involve more men in elementary school teaching. Learn why in the Q&A below. Q: What do you...
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  • Union Leaders - A Career Built on Trust and Mutual Respect
    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, the leadership spotlight is on Dr. Rea Waldon. In the Q&A...
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  • Salute To Our Veterans – “I Promised My Mom I Would Finish College”
    View Larger Vet Mark Gonzalez getting married View Larger Vet Mark Gonzalez in Iraq Mark Anthony Gonzalez and his mother had an agreement; he would finish college if she signed his enlistment papers. The United...
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  • Salute To Our Veterans – Marine To Work With Combat Trauma
    Union is saluting our veterans in recognition of Veterans Day on November 11. Meet Veteran Ryan Walker, active duty United States Marine and UI&U student in the Social Work Bachelor’s degree program. Ryan’s goal is to be a licensed clinical social worker specializing in helping combat veterans...
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  • Inauguration Of Dr. Karen Schuster Webb
    The inauguration of Dr. Karen Schuster Webb, the sixth president of Union Institute & University will take place on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 at 4 p.m. at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati located at 50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Dr. Webb is the...
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  • The Higher Education Journey Together
    Married couple Antwan and Daniel Mckenzie-Plez took the higher education journey together. “Chasing our career dreams with each other added a layer of support I didn’t expect,” said Daniel. “Our mantra was we can do this.” That foundation paid off when Antwan and Daniel graduated at national commencement...
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  • Distinguished Alumni Award Presentation
    The International Alumni Association Board (IAAB) bestowed the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award to Virginia R. Wiltse, Ph.D. (2000) at the Homecoming celebration on October 5, 2018. Dr. Virginia Wiltse is a most deserving recipient of this award, having distinguished herself and Union Institute & University through her generous...
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  • Mother and Son Graduate Together
    Mother and son June and Blake Martinez graduated together at National Commencement on Saturday, October 6, 2018, each with a Doctor of Psychology with a major in Clinical Psychology. Both practice together at Harbor Psychological Associates. June, a psychologist of 13 years, stated that her “children’s interest in...
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  • National Hispanic Heritage Month - Spotlight on Dr. Rand Oliver
    Dr. Rand Oliver National Hispanic Heritage Month provides an opportune time to shine the spotlight on Dr. Rand Oliver, National Dean of UI&U. His grandmother’s family hailed from Spain and he is proud of his Hispanic heritage. Rand’s great grandfather, Charles Francisco,...
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  • A Special Hooding Ceremony
    It’s not every day that your mother hoods you for graduation, but that is what Gustav A. Otto will experience at national commencement on October 6, 2018 when Gus graduates with a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a major in Ethical & Creative Leadership. The Ph.D. candidate’s...
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  • 2018 National Commencement Welcomes Dr. Cynthia Cherrey
    Union Institute & University National Commencement is Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Hilton Netherlands Plaza in downtown Cincinnati. Graduating together is a son and mother, a married couple, a father hooding his son, and a mother hooding her son. Union Ph.D. alumna Dr. Sharon E....
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  • Leadership Spotlight - At 64, James Blake McHenry Follows His Passion
    Blake McHenry Spotlight: Leadership Spotlight on James Blake McHenry (B.S. Business Management 2012 and current student in the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling major. Title/Profession: Professional coach and clinical counselor trainee Union Institute & University’s historical commitment to ethical and creative leadership and...
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  • National Hispanic Heritage Month - Spotlight on Ana Elisa Baratta
    Dr. Ana Baratta Spotlight: Dr. Ana Elisa Baratta Title/Profession: Learning Specialist Coordinator Rinella Learning Center’s Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program at Miami University and student in the Union M.A. with a major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC). Union is proud to serve a more than 25% undergraduate Hispanic adult learner...
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  • A Life of Purpose
    Amy Stenger-Sullivan Spotlight: Union Alumna Amy Stenger-Sullivan M.A., L.P.C. Title/Profession: Affiliated Faculty, Union Institute & University, Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice at Restoring Hope Counseling and Coaching, Inc. Welcome to the “Alumni Spotlight” monthly series. Amy Stenger-Sullivan is living the UI&U mission of engagement,...
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  • Union Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and Diversity
    The spotlight is on National Hispanic Heritage Month and Union’s commitment to diversity. Union is proud to serve a more than 25% undergraduate Hispanic adult learner population and to be the only university in Ohio designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of...
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  • Passion and Purpose Drive - Becky Morrissey
    Spotlight: Becky Morrissey, LPCC, LICDC-CS, ERYT500 Profession: Adjunct Faculty, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Course for undergraduates, Union Institute and University, and Licensed Professional Counselor. Each month, faculty and staff are recognized for their enormous contribution to Union. This month Becky Morrissey is in the spotlight....
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  • Passion and Purpose Lead Antwan McKenzie-Plez
    Antwan McKenzie Plez September is National Recovery Month and offers the opportunity to highlight the passion and purpose of the students and faculty in Union’s M.A. with a major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counseling – Graduate...
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  • Passion and Purpose
    Rosalyn Beatty Brown Passion and purpose are the cornerstones of the UI&U Master of Arts with a major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Graduate Certificate program. Students enter the profession because they have a deep desire to help individuals...
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  • Union Welcomes JoNataye Prather, Ph.D.
    JoNataye Prather If there was ever an advocate for social work and students, it is JoNataye Prather, Ph.D. the new chair of the UI&U Social Work undergraduate program. “I am passionate about supporting students through education to transform their lives. I take...
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  • Faculty spotlight - Dr. Alison Hazelbaker
    Dr. Alison Hazelbaker Union Institute & University is proud to join with the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) in the celebration of World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) and the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) in the celebration of National Breastfeeding Month...
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  • Congratulations 2018 California Graduates
    Union Institute & University California Commencement Ceremony was a day of celebration as over 160 adults received their diplomas and joined Union’s legacy to engage, enlighten, and empower in a lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility on August 19, 2018. Dr. Rhonda Brinkley-Kennedy,...
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  • Fallen Officer Memorial Award 2018 Recipient Selected
    Sgt. Heather Forsythe Sergeant Heather Forsythe is the 2018 Mark Dunakin Award for Extraordinary Achievement recipient presented by Union Institute & University to a new graduate of the Criminal Justice Management major. “The award is humbling. Sgt. Dunakin and the other officers gave...
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  • Breastfeeding Month – Alumni Spotlight on Natashia Conner
    Natashia Conner 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. Featured this month: Natashia Conner Education: 2014 Union Graduate Maternal and Child Health – Human...
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  • Breastfeeding Month – Student Spotlights on Jeanna Spears and Amanda Marion
    Union Institute & University is proud to join with the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) in the celebration of World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) and the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) in the celebration of National Breastfeeding Month. Union is joining...
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  • Florida Academic Center Celebrates Graduates
    Tears of joy flowed at the Union Institute & University Florida Academic Center Commencement as over 70 adults realized the dream of earning their college degrees on July 22. Degrees are life changing. “Graduation day validates why Union exists. We have made...
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  • Alumni Spotlight - Bob McGill
    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. This alumni spotlight is on Bob McGill, a 1975 Union Ph.D. graduate. His passion to pass down traditional Ozark music led him...
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  • Union Institute & University Celebrates National Breastfeeding Month
    Union Institute & University is celebrating breastfeeding throughout August in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week (WABA), August 1-7, 2018 and National Breastfeeding Month sponsored by the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC). Breastfeeding is a career path for students through the UI&U Bachelor of Science in Maternal Child Health:...
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  • Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Anu Mitra
    Dr. Anu Mitra Each month, faculty and staff are recognized for their enormous contribution to Union. In recognition of the recently completed Summer 2018 Ph.D. Residency, this month’s faculty spotlight is on Dr. Anu Mitra who teaches in the Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary...
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  • Graduation Here We Come - Spotlight on Two Florida Graduates
    It will be a significant day for students Markevya Johnson and Debi Palmisano when they receive their diplomas at the 2018 Florida Academic Center Commencement on Sunday, July 22 at 11 a.m. at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. At that proud moment, they and our other graduates join the Union...
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  • Summer 2018 Ph.D. Residency Is Transformative
    Ph.D. students experienced transformation through the exploration of ideas and practices at the Summer 2018 Ph.D. Residency, July 1 - 8. The new president of Union Institute & University, Dr. Karen Schuster Webb, challenged the students to transform their lives and communities in her...
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  • Union Leaders – Dr. Karen Schuster Webb, the sixth president of Union Institute & University
    Dr. Karen Schuster Webb 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, we highlight...
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  • Professor Combines Education and Arts to Impact Social Change
    Dr. Diane Richard-Allerdyce lives the life of a UI&U faculty scholar-practitioner. She is passionate about weaving education and the arts together for social change. In 2001, she saw the need for a more welcoming school environment for Haitian and Caribbean students in south Florida where she lives. That...
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  • Summer Ph.D. Residency 2018 Starts July 1 - Dr. Karen Schuster Webb, New President of Union To Keynote
    Ph.D. students from across the nation will join hands and minds at the Summer 2018 Ph.D. Residency starting on July 1. Residency offers the opportunity to expand and deepen students’ knowledge and the chance to strengthen bonds with fellow students. The new president of Union Institute & University,...
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  • Breaking Through: Women Changing the Leadership Landscape Forums Announced
    Union Institute & University announces the new Breaking Through:  Women Changing the Leadership Landscape Forums starting July 18, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at Union, 440 East McMillan Street. Women are becoming more present in the leadership landscape, but there is more work to be...
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  • Salute to Veterans is a Success
    The annual Veterans in Union Breakfast (VIU) held June 14, 2018. The event provided the opportunity to celebrate our VIU students, graduates, and partners in education that make the Veterans in Union program successful. Dr. Roger Sublett President Sublett asked the crowd to remember the...
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  • Make A Difference – New Graduate Certificate in Leadership in Public Service Launches Fall 2018
    Union Institute & University (UI&U) in conjunction with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center in Oakland, CA will launch a graduate certificate program in Fall 2018 focused on public service leadership. The Certificate in Leadership in Public Service (CLPS) is...
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  • Student Spotlight - Keara Vogt Wrightsman
    Homelessness is personal to Keara Vogt Wrightsman. Keara, a Union psychology student, was homeless for 10 years before she entered a treatment facility in 2014, at 23 weeks pregnant. She graduated, had a new baby, checked into a women’s homeless shelter, and now works at Talbert House —...
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  • Union Leaders Spotlight Cecil Thomas
    Cecil Thomas 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. We are honored to share the...
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  • Union Leaders Spotlight on Dr. Roger H. Sublett
    Dr. Roger H. Sublett Q. What is your favorite memory of your time with Union? A. I have always enjoyed Union’s commencements and the opportunity to celebrate with our students and their families as our students fulfill a lifelong dream of completing a...
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  • Accreditation Earned By Bachelor of Science in Maternal Child Health: Human Lactation Program
    Union Institute & University’s Bachelor of Science in Maternal Child Health: Human Lactation Program has been awarded initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). “This accreditation is a testament to the strength of the program and the desire...
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  • National Police Week – Faculty Spotlight on Arti Parmar and Duanne Thompson
    Union is saluting our Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management (CJM) students, faculty and alumni throughout the month of May in recognition of National Police Week officially held May 13 – 19, 2018. This week the spotlight is on CJM faculty...
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  • National Police Week - Commitment to Excellence: UI&U Law Enforcement Alumni Rise Through The Ranks
    Union Institute & University is proud to salute law enforcement professionals nationwide during National Police Week, May 13 – 19, 2018. UI&U is also proud to offer a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management that is rigorous, research based and has propelled the careers of many...
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  • National Police Week –Alumni Spotlight on Selina Hightower and Charlie (Chuck) Johnson, Jr.
    Union is saluting our Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice Management (CJM) students, faculty and alumni throughout the month of May in recognition of National Police Week officially held May 13 – 19, 2018. This week the spotlight is on UI&U CJM alumni...
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  • National Police Week – Student Spotlight on Jason Bassett
    Jason Bassett Welcome to National Police Week, May 13 – 19, 2018. This celebration of America's law enforcement community provides an opportunity to highlight our Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice Management (CJM) students and alumni throughout the month of May. The CJM...
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  • Union Institute & University Announces 2018 Florida and California Commencement Speakers
    Dr. Kim Byas and Dr. David Fike will be the commencement speakers for the Union Institute & University 2018 Florida and California Academic Center commencement exercises. Dr. Byas will address the Florida diploma recipients on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. Dr....
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  • Innovative Partnership Benefits Lactation Field
    Union Institute & University’s (UI&U) Maternal Child Health in Human Lactation is one of the few lactation programs in the country offered at both the bachelor’s and master’s level. To complement the innovative degree program, UI&U and OhioHealth Mothers’ Milk Bank (OHMMB) have partnered to open the...
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  • Administrative Professionals Day Spotlight - Renee Cave
    Renee Cave 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.” Today, April 25, is Administrative Professionals...
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  • What Does Your Personality Say About You?
    What Does Your Personality Say About You? Find out by using the Enneagram assessment tool, an online course offered through the Union Institute & University’s Continuing Education program in partnership with Enneagram.com. Taught by renowned authors and psychologists Helen Palmer and Marlene...
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  • “UI&U Gives Back” In Honor of Founder’s Day
    Founder’s Day is a time to share the Union mission that engagement, enlightenment, and empowerment transforms lives and communities. UI&U employees shared that message by volunteering in their communities on April 5. Staff demonstrated that Union’s mission is alive and well, 54 years after its founding. Happy...
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  • National Library Week - Union Leaders Spotlight on Dr. David Axelrod
    David B. Axelrod 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. In recognition of National Library...
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  • National Library Week Shines On Alumni Authors
    Welcome to National Library week, April 8-14, 2018 at UI&U! This year’s theme from the American Library Association is “Libraries Lead.” We’ve put our own twist on the theme with “Libraries Lead" To A Union Degree. “Libraries Lead" To A Union Degree...
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  • National Library Week Staff Spotlight on Katy Tucker
    Katy Tucker Welcome to National Library week, April 8-14, 2018 at UI&U! This year’s theme from the American Library Association is “Libraries Lead.” We’ve put our own twist on the theme with “Libraries Lead" To A Union Degree. Katy Tucker is the Technical...
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  • National Library Week Student Spotlight on Samantha Hines
    Samantha Hines Welcome to National Library week, April 8-14, 2018 at UI&U! This year’s theme from the American Library Association is “Libraries Lead.” We’ve put our own twist on the theme with “Libraries Lead" To A Union Degree. Meet Samantha Hines, a librarian...
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  • Founder’s Day Message from the President
    President Roger H. Sublett, Ph.D. Union was founded in 1964 as the Union for Experimentation and Research in Higher Education. Its purpose was to provide enhanced opportunities for adults pursuing higher education utilizing alternative approaches to traditional classrooms. Higher education has evolved...
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  • The 2018 Employee of the Year Award
    Kathy Fryman, Registration & Academic Records Data Coordinator, is the 2018 Roger H. Sublett Employee of the Year. The announcement was made at the annual staff service award luncheon on Thursday, March 29, 2018. Kathy was nominated by her peers along with nine other employees for the award....
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  • Leadership Spotlight – Pamela J. Miller
    Pamela Miller 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. March is National Social Work Month....
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  • Union Institute & University Board of Trustees Elects New Chairperson, Trustees, and Treasurer
    The Board of Trustees of Union Institute & University elected a new chairperson, two new trustees, and a new treasurer at its January 25, 2018 quarterly meeting. The appointments are effective through January 25, 2020. The new chairperson is Ms. Christine van...
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  • Social Work Month – Faculty Spotlight on Dr. Kesha Williams
    Kesha Williams 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.” March is National Social Work Month....
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  • Alumni Spotlight - Kathryn Reese
    Kathryn Reese 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. Featured this month: Kathryn Reese Education: B.S. Social Work 2015 Profession: Social Worker March is National Social Work...
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  • Social Work Month – Student Spotlight Michael Bolden
    Michael Bolden March is National Social Work Month. Union Institute & University’s major in Social Work applies a real-world approach and on-the-job training experience through a combination of online and fieldwork. The UI&U degree curriculum is accredited by the Council on Social...
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  • Union’s Largest Undergraduate Program Propels CJM Careers
    Union Institute & University is celebrating the announcement of two of its own who have been named Chief of Police and Assistant Chief of Police. Congratulations to Chris O’Brien (2010 graduate) the new Chief of Police of the...
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  • Live Reading Series Returns for 2018
    The Union Institute & University Live Reading Series returns for 2018. The free, bi-monthly series invites writers, journalists and poets to read their works with the goal of open dialogue about important societal issues. Topics are chosen based on social significance in our...
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  • 2018 Toni A. Gregory Conference Award Winners Announced
    Dr. Toni Gregory The Toni A. Gregory Conference Award for Interdisciplinary Scholarship is awarded annually to UI&U Ph.D. students whose presentations make notable contributions to the interdisciplinary inquiry in the broadly defined areas of creativity, difference, and/or social justice. This year the following...
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  • Black History Month – Faculty Spotlight Dr. Daniel Ogbaharya
    Dr. Daniel Ogbaharya Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. This week, the spotlight is on Dr. Daniel Ogbaharya, faculty member teaching Public Policy and Social Change...
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  • Dr. Karen Schuster Webb Appointed Sixth President of Union Institute & University
    President Elect Dr. Karen Schuster Webb Union Institute & University’s Board of Trustees today announced the appointment of Dr. Karen Schuster Webb as the university’s sixth president, effective July 1, 2018. Dr. Webb succeeds Dr. Roger H. Sublett, who is retiring after...
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  • Black History Month – Staff Spotlight Latoya Gohagen-Keddon
    Latoya Gohagen-Keddon Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. This month, Union shines the spotlight on our students, alumni, staff, and faculty who are using their...
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  • UI&U Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Awarded Accreditation By CACREP
    Union Institute & University’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is awarded accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Accreditation ensures that students receive a curriculum based on the highest educational standards. CACREP is the accrediting body...
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  • Black History Month Spotlight – Honoring the Past, Creating the Future: Interviews with Sara and Natalie Daise
    Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. This week the spotlight shines the light on a mother, alumna Natalie Daise (2014 Graduate M.A. Creativity Studies) and...
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  • Black History Month Spotlight – Glenda Taylor, Ph.D.
    Glenda R. Taylor Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. This month, Union shines the spotlight on our students and alumni who are...
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  • 10 Healthy Tips To Make 2018 Your Best Year Ever
    It's January--time to put those New Year's resolutions to eat well into practice! Here are some tips to help make 2018 your best year ever from Union Institute & University. 1. Let MyPlate Be Your Guide: Confused about what to eat to...
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  • Accreditation Earned By Union Institute & University Master of Arts Online Program Health & Wellness
    Union Institute & University’s Master of Arts Online Program Health & Wellness Lactation Consultant Distance Degree Program has been awarded initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). CAAHEP is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field. In collaboration...
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  • New Faces of Union Kicking Off 2018
    Dr. Waldon Say hello to new faces in UI&U positions - Dr. Rea Waldon, Dr. Jay Keehn, and Dr. Eric Mast. Dr. Waldon, alumna, former faculty advisor, affiliated faculty member, and business woman is the new executive director for the Cincinnati Academic Center Cincinnati Academic Center. Her...
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  • Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Lisa H. Akers
    Lisa Akers 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 the spotlight is on...
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  • Union Institute & University Ranked Among the Best in Nation
    Union Institute & University’s online bachelor degree program has been ranked on the list of best online degree programs for 2018 by U.S. News and World Report. “Ranked among the best in the nation is an honor,” said Ashley S. Finkes, Director...
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  • Student Spotlight – Pearl Bates
    Pearl Bates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18, 2018, is a national holiday that honors the life and work of Dr. King. He often posed the question, “What Are You Doing For Others?” Union strives to answer that question in...
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  • Student spotlight: Maurice Harris
    Maurice Harris Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18, 2018, is a national holiday that honors the life and work of Dr. King. He often posed the question, “What Are You Doing For Others?” Union strives to answer that question in...
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  • Leadership Spotlight - Rev. Owen C. Cardwell Jr., Ph.D.
    Dr. Owen Cardwell Jr. 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. In recognition of MLK...
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  • Alumni Spotlight - Renee Mahaffey Harris
    Renee Mahaffey Harris 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. Featured this month: Renee Mahaffey Harris Education: UI&U Graduate Certificate in Health Education (2014) Profession: Health...
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  • Distinguished Professor of Ethical Leadership to Deliver Keynote at the 2018 Winter Residency
    Dr. Walter Fluker Dr. Walter Fluker is the featured speaker at the 2018 January Ph.D. Residency Opening Dinner on January 6. His presentation is entitled, “Plenty Good Room: MLK’s Vision of the World House in an Era of Contested Democratic Space.” The noted...
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  • Union Institute & University “Pays It Forward” Funds Scholarships For Hollywood Florida Scholarship Foundation
    Union Institute & University Florida Academic Center is paying it forward by funding scholarships for the Hollywood Florida Scholarship Foundation through an in-kind donation. “We are delighted to join the Hollywood Florida Scholarship Foundation in its mission to provide scholarships to area high school...
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  • Leader Spotlight - Dr. George A. Pruitt
    Dr. George Pruitt 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 Dr. George A....
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  • Student Spotlight - Toni Marie Soldano
    Toni Soldano 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.” Toni Soldano is Director of Enrollment,...
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  • Alumni Spotlight - Rosemary Ellsworth Brown
    Rosemary Brown 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. Featured this month: Rosemary Ellsworth Brown Education: Union Institute & University Ph.D. 1993 Profession: Psychologist, author “Addiction...
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  • Staff Spotlight – Jean McKiernan
    Jean McKiernan 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 the spotlight is on...
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  • Union Makes A Difference In Communities Across The Nation
    The Holiday Season is here and Union staff and faculty are busy pitching in to make a difference in communities across the nation. Adopt a Family and Toy Drive - The Los Angeles Academic Center is taking on three projects this holiday season. Staff provided Thanksgiving meals for...
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  • Union Leaders – Scott Ehrhardt
    Scott Ehrhardt 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. During the month of November, UI&U...
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  • Student Spotlight - Charles Johnson
    Charles Johnson 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...
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  • Student Spotlight–Eric Yunck
    Eric Yunck 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...
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  • Why I’m Thankful
    Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to count our blessings. Enjoy reading what members of the Union community are thankful for this year. Happy Thanksgiving from the Union family....
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  • Alumni Spotlight - Carol Keyes
    Carol Keyes Welcome to the “Alumni Spotlight” monthly series. Learn how our UI&U graduates are living the UI&U mission of engagement, enlightenment, and empowerment. Education: UI&U Ph.D. graduate (1980) Profession: Educator, Professor Emeritus Pace University. Q. What has your degree meant to you personally and...
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  • New Faces at Union
    Meet the new faces in the Career Counselor and Veteran Services positions - Rhia Batson and Will Willett. Both share the UI&U mission of mission of engaging, enlightening, and empowering adult students to pursue a lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility. Rhia’s...
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  • Student Spotlight – Venita Thomas
    Venita Thomas 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...
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  • Student Spotlight – Amy Oyos
    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...
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  • Staff Spotlights – Eileen Baker & Mary A. Amos
    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 week is National Distance Learning Week....
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  • Behind the Scenes of Online Learning at Union Institute and University
    In recognition of National Distance Learning Week, we are shining light on the value online learning brings to higher education. Below is an article written by Robert Cotter, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning & Information Technology at Union. From its inception in...
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  • Student Spotlight – Scott Meyer
    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...
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  • Proud To Be Union
    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...
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  • National Commencement Is Almost Here
    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...
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  • Union’s Community Fest Reaches Out To Neighbors
    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...
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  • The Most Honorable Portia Simpson Miller To Keynote Her Cincinnati Ohio Alma Mater Commencement
    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....
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  • Alumni Spotlight - Jennifer Ochoa
    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...
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  • Student Spotlight - Mindy Simpson
    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...
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  • Staff Spotlight – Carolyn Krause
    Carolyn Krause 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 UI&U is highlighting Carolyn...
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  • Faculty Spotlight - Al Cobos
    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...
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  • Alumna Bridgette Mongeon Aids Harvey Victims
    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...
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  • Union Leaders – Dr. Jackie Young
    Dr. Jackie Young 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 Dr. Jacqueline (Jackie)...
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  • Staff Spotlight – Dr. Nelson Soto
    Dr. Nelson Soto 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.” Dr. Nelson Soto, provost and...
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  • Alumni Spotlight - Kenneth Smith, MS, MA, LPC
    Kenneth Smith 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. Featured this month: Kenneth Smith Education: UI&U graduate of the Master of...
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  • Constitution Day: A Birthday Celebration of Our American Government
    We the people of Union Institute & University are celebrating Constitution Day 2017! September 17, 2017 will mark the 229th anniversary of our nation’s founding document. It was signed September 17, 1787 at the Philadelphia Convention by 39 delegates. On September 17,...
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  • Union Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month
    Union Institute & University is recognizing National Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 – October 15, 2017 by highlighting the university’s commitment to diversity. “Diversity of thought and academic pursuits are the cornerstones of Union’s mission. Each individual is valued for who he or she...
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  • Faculty spotlight – Dr. Covia Boyd and Dr. Melissa Naslund
    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 UI&U is highlighting National Recovery...
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  • Alumni Spotlight - Dr. Stevanne Auerbach
    Dr. Stevanne Auerbach Welcome to the “Alumni Spotlight” monthly series. Learn how our UI&U graduates are living the UI&U mission of engagement, enlightenment, and empowerment. Featured this month: Dr. Stevanne Auerbach Education: UI&U Ph.D. graduate (1973) Profession: Dr. Auerbach, also known as Dr. Toy, is...
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  • Student Spotlight: Yolanda Villa
    Reverend Yolanda Villa September is National Recovery Month. In recognition of this effort to increase awareness of and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, and celebrate the journey towards effectively coping and recovering, we are featuring Reverend Yolanda Villa, a student...
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  • Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Linwood Rumney
    Dr. Linwood Rumney 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 Dr. Linwood Rumney...
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  • Union Institute & University Highlights National Recovery Month
    September is National Recovery Month. Union Institute & University, together with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), highlights National Recovery Month during September to increase awareness of and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, and celebrate the journey towards...
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  • Union Leaders – Vanessa Enoch
    Dr. Vanessa Enoch This month Dr. Vanessa Enoch is featured. Vanessa is the Founder and CEO of Cultural Impact, LLC, a Business Management consulting firm, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a 2017 UI&U graduate of the Ph.D. program in Interdisciplinary Studies...
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  • 2017 Recipient Exemplifies Sergeant Dunakin’s Commitment to Community
    Sergeant Orrlando Mayes with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department is the 2017 recipient of the Mark Dunakin Memorial Award for Extraordinary Achievement. The 25-year law enforcement veteran is humbled by the honor. “I am grateful to be considered in the same league as Sergeant...
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  • Alumni Spotlight - Dr. Luis Hines
    Luis Hines Welcome to the “Alumni Spotlight” monthly series. Learn how our UI&U graduates are living the UI&U mission of engagement, enlightenment, and empowerment. Featured this month: Dr. Luis Hines, Ph.D. Education: UI&U Ph.D. graduate (1997) Profession: Dr. Hines is a holistic therapist who believes...
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  • California Commencement Ceremony: A Day of Celebration and Dreams Fulfilled
    Union Institute & University California Commencement Ceremony was a day of jubilance as over 140 adults received their diplomas and joined Union’s legacy to engage, enlighten, and empower in a lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility. President Roger H. Sublett addressed the statewide...
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  • Student Spotlight–Cynthia Roper and Lindsey Mulholland
    Cynthia Roper This month the spotlight is on Cynthia Roper and Lindsey Mulholland. Both students are pursuing a Bachelor of Science with a major in Maternal & Child Health: Human Lactation degree. With August being National Breastfeeding Month it seemed only fitting...
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  • Alumni Spotlight - Gillian Foreman
    Gillian Foreman Welcome to the “Alumni Spotlight” monthly series. Learn how our UI&U graduates are living the UI&U mission of engagement, enlightenment, and empowerment. Featured this month: Gillian Foreman MA, IBCLC, CLC, ProDoula LD Education: UI&U 2015 graduate UI&U Master of Arts in Health...
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  • Faculty Spotlight – Alicia Simpson
    Alicia Simpson 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 Alicia Simpson MS, RD,...
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  • National Breastfeeding Month Celebration Kicks Off in Our Human Lactation Studies Programs
    Union Institute & University is celebrating breastfeeding throughout August in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, 2017 and National Breastfeeding Month sponsored by the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC). Breastfeeding is a career path for students through the UI&U Bachelor of...
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  • Union Institute & University Florida Academic Center Celebrates Graduates
    The Union Institute & University Florida Academic Center commencement celebrated the over 50 graduates who join the alumni ranks on Sunday, July 23 at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. President Roger H. Sublett welcomed each graduate and congratulated them on becoming part of the...
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  • Union Leaders - Sid Taylor
    Sid Taylor 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 Sid Taylor is...
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  • Student Spotlight - Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan
    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...
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  • 2016-17 Brian Webb MA Thesis Award Winners Selected
    The faculty of the Master of Arts program is pleased to announce that six outstanding students who completed their degree during the 2016-17 academic year have been chosen to receive the Brian Webb Award for Outstanding MA Thesis Distinguished by Academic...
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  • Learning and Connection: A recap of Union’s 2017 Ph.D. residency
    The 2017 Ph.D. residency was a noteworthy week of learning and connection filled with collaboration, creativity, and innovation. The residency opened on Sunday, July 2 with the powerful social justice presentation “Environmental Justice In A Divided World: Voices from the Global South” given...
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  • Staff Spotlight - Kim Cotton
    Kim Cotton Each month, faculty and staff are recognized for their 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 Kim Cotton, Graduate Enrollment...
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  • Alumni Spotlight – Dr. E. Duke Dickerson
    Dr. E. Duke Dickerson 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. Featured this month: Dr. E. Duke Dickerson, Ph.D., MSc, MBA Education: UI&U Ph.D. graduate...
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  • Union’s 3rd Annual Veterans in Union Breakfast a Success!
    President Sublett welcomed the crowd at the annual breakfast event last week with these words, “There is no more noble cause than to take time to remember those who have sacrificed in behalf of this nation over many, many years. Women...
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  • Union Leaders - Dr. Eric Hannel
    Dr. Eric Hannel 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 Dr. Eric Hannel...
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  • Student Spotlight - Dan Reid
    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...
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  • Union Institute & University Celebrates Emergency Services Management Responders
    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...
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  • Faculty & Staff Spotlight on Elizabeth A. Pastores-Palffy, Ph.D.
    Beth Palffy Each month, faculty and staff are recognized for their 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 Elizabeth A. Pastores-Palffy, Ph.D....
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  • Faculty & Staff Spotlight on Dr. Nadine Wheat
    Dr. Nadine Wheat Each month, faculty and staff are recognized for their 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 Dr. Nadine Wheat...
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  • UI&U Career Services Share Tips for New Grads
    I Graduated! Now what? Job Searching Tips for the New Graduate Put time into your Resume & Cover Letter. Align your resume and cover letter to the advertised job you are applying to. My number one pet peeve as a career counselor...
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  • Alumni Spotlight – Dr. Dak Kopec
    Dak Kopec Welcome to the “Alumni Spotlight” monthly series. Learn how our UI&U graduates are living the UI&U mission of engagement, enlightenment, and empowerment. Featured this month: Dr. Dak Kopec Education: UI&U Ph.D. graduate (2002), master’s degrees (Architecture and Community Psychology), and an undergraduate...
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  • Union Applause – Review of Recent Highlights
    TOP 25% of Military Friendly Schools UI&U earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM Jobs SM, and Military Spouse. First published in 2009, Military Friendly® Schools is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans...
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  • Union Remembers Alumna Nancy Rudolph, 1923-2017
    Nancy Rudolph “I try in some sensible way to describe social conditions that need correcting, people who need help, to witness the human condition, to make the human connection.” -Nancy Rudolph For more than 50 years and across 100,000 miles, international photographer and UI&U...
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  • Union Leaders – Ken Roske
    Ken Roske 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, in recognition of...
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  • National Police Week Spotlight on Criminal Justice Management Students Luis Martinez and Orrlando Mayes
    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...
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  • UI&U and Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science Partnership Kicks Off
    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...
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  • National Police Week Staff and Faculty Spotlight on Sandra Lee and Larry Hansen
    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...
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  • A Mother's Day Note of Thanks
    Mother's Day is a perfect day to say a special thank you to those who carry the hard-earned title of "mom" 365 days a year. The American holiday of celebrating Mother’s Day was enacted in 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson who...
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  • Union Institute & University Accreditation Reaffirmed
    The Higher Learning Commission voted on May 1, 2017 to continue the accreditation of Union Institute & University. "I am pleased to report that the Higher Learning Commission has reaffirmed the accreditation of Union Institute & University which we have maintained since...
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  • Union Institute & University Celebrates Faculty
    National Teacher Day is May 9. This is a day to celebrate the faculty members that make the goal of a degree a reality regardless of where our students live and work. Thank you for educating our motivated adults and continuing UI&U’s mission to engage, enlighten, and empower...
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  • Union Institute & University Celebrates Employees
    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...
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  • National Police Week Spotlight on Alumna Michelle Lim
    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...
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  • Alumni Spotlight - Dan Moretti
    Dan Moretti Q. What has your degree meant to you personally and professionally? A. My degree has opened the doors for my current position as a Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston. I am now in my 20th year at Berklee. It...
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  • Union Leaders – Randy Danielsen
    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,...
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  • Staff spotlight on Dr. Elizabeth Pruden
    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...
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  • Doctoral alumni transform the literary landscape
    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...
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  • Union Institute & University Gives Back
    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 Need - Cincinnati Academic...
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  • Students Share Library Experiences
    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...
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  • Union’s Second Longest Serving President Roger H. Sublett Announces Retirement
    President Roger H. Sublett, Ph.D., today announced he is retiring as president of Union Institute & University, effective June 30, 2018. He informed Mr. Roger Allbee, chair of the Board of Trustees and the 16-member Board of Trustees at the August...
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  • National Library Workers Day
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  • Founder's Day...a look at Union's History
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  • Union Institute & University Receives First-Ever $1 million Legacy Gift from the Estate of Alumna Dr. Madeline Ehrman
    Dr. Madeline Ehrman Dear Union community: I am very pleased to announce that we have received a bequest in the amount of $1 million from the estate of alumna Madeline E. Ehrman, Ph.D. The gift will allow for...
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  • Union Leaders - Kay C. Goss
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  • A Tribute to Dr. James Henderson
    Dr. James Henderson Beloved doctoral faculty member Dr. James Henderson passed away in February after a brief illness. He was known for his keen intellect, passion for students, and leadership skills. Students found him to be a...
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  • Faculty spotlight on Dr. Michel Coconis
    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...
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  • Spotlight on Dr. Ronald C. Thomas, Jr.
    Executive Director Florida Academic Center Q. What excites you about being a part of higher education? A. The transaction between faculty member and student is the fundamental thing to me. When I have seen my students go on to be successful, that gratifies me. I...
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  • Social Work Month Spotlight on alumna Dametra Galvan
    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...
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  • Union Women Make a Difference
    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...
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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...
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    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 university’s new monthly series, Union Leaders. Each month, a leader...
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  • Partnership Teaches Life Skills
    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...
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  • Student Spotlight: Allyson McDaniel, CMHC Student
    1. What do you plan to do with your degree? I plan to use my Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling to help as many people as I can reach throughout my lifetime. I feel as though this degree in particular gives...
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  • Celebration of Black History Month
    Dear Union Community: With a 52-year legacy and commitment to social justice, social responsibility, and community connectedness, Union Institute & University is fully engaged in our effort to fulfill our mission of engaging, enlightening, and empowering generations of students to transform “lives...
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  • Spotlight on Dr. Donna Gruber
    1. What excites you about being a part of higher education? So much excites me about higher education, because it is unlike any other profession. The work can be challenging but it is meaningful and always interesting. No two days are ever...
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  • Veterans Stipend Program Expands Nationwide
    Union Institute & University is expanding its Veterans in Union living allowance stipend opportunity nationwide to offer students across the country the chance to take advantage of this unique opportunity developed as a means of assistance for its Veteran student...
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  • Ten Tips to Help African American Women Succeed in Entrepreneurship
    1. Know Thy Self. Have honest on-going evaluations of yourself that focuses on your needs, skills, goals and expectations.  Are you willing to consistently and persistently take the necessary steps to become an entrepreneur or to grow your business as an entrepreneur?...
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  • Union Alumni Continue to Move Up the Ranks
    Union Institute & University is proud to salute Los Angeles Academic Center alumni Gerrit DeJong and Mike Verissimo on their promotions to sergeant in the Visalia California Police Department. DeJong began his law enforcement career with the Visalia Police...
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  • Women in Union Program Assists Over 40 Women As They Earn College Degrees
    The best way to lift children out of poverty is to educate their mothers. That philosophy led to the founding of the Union Institute & University Women in Union scholarship program, an innovative tuition approach to support mothers who urgently need...
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  • Alumnus Dr. Michael Simanga keynoted PhD Residency MLK Legacy Dinner
    Noted artist, scholar, lecturer and alumnus Dr. Michael Simanga delivered the keynote at the 2017 January Residency’s MLK Legacy Dinner, held at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center on January 7. His presentation was titled, “Social Justice and the 21st Century: Neither...
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  • Union Leaders Follow Mission with Community Service Away from the Desk

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  • Professional development drives the Gopman Research Fund
    Dr. Beth Alswanger Gopman is a believer in excellence, particularly as it pertains to teaching and its impact on improving our communities. Excellence in teaching often includes the capacity to research and data, and that typically costs money. Working with former...
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  • Get the insider perspective of Union's new Healthcare Leadership degree program
    The new Masters of Science in Healthcare Leadership degree program will focus on the people skills and leadership insights that catalyze organizational transformation and social change. It will also include the most important determinant of long-term leadership success: mentoring. In...
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    Union Institute & University Cincinnati and Los Angeles Academic Centers were partners with the Clothesline Project (CLP), a worldwide program that encourages the decoration of t-shirts to raise awareness about the issue of violence against women. The t-shirts represent the individual feelings...
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  • Union Shares Feelings of Gratitude
    Hear why some of our students, faculty, and staff are thankful this year… “I am thankful for a supportive and loving family. After passing up so many opportunities in life, I am thankful for second chances.” 
David Ramey; Social Work Major “I am...
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    “I have a reputation of being a person who seeks knowledge,” said Christina Nelson, an Early Childhood Studies student at the New England Academic Center. “I’m not afraid to ask questions and look for answers. I am anxious to apply...
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  • National Distance Learning Week Spotlight
    In honor of National Distance Learning Week, Dr. Rick Chaffee, a faculty member at Union, provides insight on the topic of on-line teaching & learning. It would seem that on-line teaching could be as effective as classroom based teaching in courses...
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  • Debunking Myths About Online Instruction
    They said that Aristotle was wrong when he challenged the common theory of education during his day. His technique of raising questions to require thought /discourse changed the passive listening pedagogy of his age. They criticized Maria Montessori when she devised...
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  • Union Institute & University Celebrates Veterans Day by providing lunch to homeless veterans on November 11
    Veterans are the heart of the Union Institute & University Veterans in Union program. This Veterans Day, November 11, Union will celebrate veterans by providing lunch at The Joseph House for Homeless Veterans, and bringing cookies to 15 veteran partnership...
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  • Student/Professor relationship sets Union apart
    The Union Institute & University Ph.D. program is known for developing the scholar- practitioner. That’s why it was an easy decision for faculty members Dr. Jennifer Raymond and Dr. Diane Allerdyce to team up with their doctoral students to participate in...
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  • Alumni named Influencer in Aging
    Dr. Ken Dychtwald has dedicated his life to fighting ageist stereotypes. His mission to educate the country to both effectively face the massive demographic shift that is the “age wave” and to promote a new and vital image of maturity has just...
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  • Union welcomes new Board of Trustees member Steven Bishop, CPA
    Steven Bishop values education. This is exactly why he has joined the Union Institute & University Board of Trustees. “I believe obtaining a higher education degree is one of the most important things a person can do in his or her...
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  • Union Institute & University Celebrates National Commencement
    Union Institute & University’s national commencement was a time of celebration. Over 77 graduates joined the 52-year legacy of highly motivated adults positioned to pursue professional goals and a lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility on Saturday, October 8 at...
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  • Changing the way kids eat
    Eric Paul Meredith rethought the possibilities of getting kids to eat healthy. He decided to reach children in their own play yard and launched a series of books that use visual narratives to provide health education named “Health Heroes Comics.”...
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  • It’s Never Too Late
    It’s Never Too Late At the age of 73, Dr. Jenny C. Laster, continues to fight against being the “first and only” Jenny C. Laster will receive her Ph.D. at the age of 73 at Union’s National Commencement on October 8. “I...
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    A Journey of Healing and Hope How a Partnership between a Marine Veteran and Union Institute & University proved to be more than Academic. United States Marine Corps veteran Mitch Rivas enrolled at Union Institute & University under unusual circumstances -...
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  • Karen Gives Back
    Karen Gives Back In recognition of National Hispanic Month, Union is highlighting employee Karen Jones and her volunteer work with children. Karen Jones loves the hugs she gets as a volunteer in her parish’s Children’s Church. “The Children’s Church conveys the...
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  • In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Union highlights Dr. Guillermina Hernandez
    The Passion Behind Teaching Dr. Guillermina Hernandez The Passion Behind Teaching Dr. Guillermina Hernandez is an energetic, dedicated, and performance driven Union Institute & University early childhood expert who knew she wanted to be a teacher by the age of seven. “I...
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  • Kerry Skiffington
    Union Recognizes National Recovery Month This observance offers the opportunity to highlight the career of alumna Kerry Skiffington.
    A Message of Hope Kerry Skiffington A Message of Hope Too often the stigmatizing of addiction leads to self-loathing. But Addictions Recovery Counselor Kerry Skiffington, M.A. says, “These are people with a problem. I have found my clients to be some of the most...
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  • Constitution Day 2016
    We the people of Union Institute & University are celebrating Constitution Day 2016! September 17, 2016 will mark the 229th anniversary of our nation’s founding document. It was signed September 17, 1787 at the Philadelphia Convention by 39 delegates. Here are some interesting facts about the US Constitution: The Constitution...
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  • A career in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling offers rewards
    A career in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling offers rewards Union Institute & University, together with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), highlights National Recovery Month during September to increase awareness of and understanding of mental...
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    Union’s Ph.D. Program Welcomes New Leadership This Fall
    Union’s Ph.D. Program Welcomes New Leadership This Fall Dr. Michael Raffanti is the new Dean of the Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies program. In this Q&A, Dr. Raffanti discusses his goals for the program as he begins his new role. Q. What...
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  • Union Institute & University recognizes excellence with the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters
    Union Institute & University is proud to bestow the university’s highest level of recognition and honor to individuals Union Institute & University is proud to bestow the university’s highest level of recognition and honor to individuals who demonstrate an exemplary contribution to the field...
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  • Smiling faces of the California Commencement Ceremony
    Union Institute & University Celebrates Graduating Over 170 Students at the Annual California Commencement Ceremony in Los Angeles
    Union Institute & University recently graduated over 170 adults, with over 100 of those graduates pulling from our Childhood and Adolescent Development undergraduate major on August 7th at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Each graduate received their diploma as family and friends cheered with...
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  • Union Launches the Bachelor degree with a major in Organizational Leadership
    Program Chair Dr. Frederick K. Read significance of Union's new Bachelor's major in Organizational Leadership. Dr. Frederick Read Faculty Chair | Business Administration, Business Management, and Leadership Kicking off this fall, is the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Organizational Leadership. The new major...
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  • David Blake puts the Human Factor in Law Enforcement
    Alumnus David Blake opens his own consulting company specializing in teaching & expert witness work on the topic of human factors and police performance. David Blake Alumnus | Criminal Justice Management Retired police officer and a Union Criminal Justice Management alumni David M. Blake, M.Sc., F.S.A., C.C.I....
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  • Research sheds light on challenges breastfeeding mothers face
    For World Breastfeeding Week 2016, we highlight the opportunity and work of two students, Iris Lewis and Susan Howlett. Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week Union Institute & University, together with the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week, August 1 – 7, 2016. This...
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  • Union Announces New Board of Trustees Member
    Sharon Dunbar is the newest member of the Union Institute & University Board of Trustees. Sharon Dunbar Vice President | Human Resources, General Dynamics Mission Systems Sharon Dunbar is the newest member of the Union Institute & University Board of Trustees. She serves as...
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  • A Celebration of Learning: Union's 2016 Ph.D. Residency
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    It is an honor to welcome Joseph G. Bock as the commencement speaker for the 2016 California commencement ceremony. Dr. Joseph Bock 2016 California Commencement Speaker It is an honor to welcome Joseph G. Bock as the commencement speaker for the 2016 California commencement ceremony. Dr....
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  • Jeffery Foley is Union's Keynote Veterans in Union Speaker
    General Jeffrey W. Foley, will Keynote Union's 2016 Veterans in Union Celebration on June 29 Jeffrey W. Foley CEO | President of Loral Mountain Solutions Jeffrey W. Foley, Brigadier General United States Army (Retired) and CEO/President of Loral Mountain Solutions will deliver the keynote speech at...
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  • A Lifetime of Commitment is Recognized
    Dr. Jackie Young recently honored with the 2016 University of Hawaii Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Jackie Young Alumnus | Doctoral Dr. Jackie Young has followed the Union Institute & University mission to engage, enlighten, and empower in a lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility through...
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  • Union To Appear on Lifetime TV
      Lifetime's Balancing ActThe ABC’s of adult online higher education premieres June 14 and 21 Watch the Promo Video Don’t miss the ABC’s of adult online...
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  • Union's commencement is a family affair
    Sisters Joyce Davis and Francine Murphy graduate together at Union's Florida commencement Joyce Lindell Davis fulfilled her mother’s dying wish when she earned her Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership degree on May 15, 2016. “My mother valued education. It was her dying wish for...
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  • Ph.D. student receives second Fulbright Award
    History hidden in plain view. Ph.D. student receives second Fulbright Award to restore the effects of African diaspora in Suriname. Paula Royster Current Student | Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Studies Paula Royster is the founder of The Center of African American Genealogical Research, Inc....
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  • Spotlight: Criminal Justice Management
    National Police Week allows opportunity to spotlight the Union Institute & University Criminal Justice Management degree program   Spotlight on theCriminal Justice Management Program...
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  • MLK Student Fights To End Sex Trafficking
    Read how Deborah J. Richardson’s participation in the MLK Ph.D. program influences her resolve to continue to seek justice for children sold into sex slavery. Deborah J. Richardson Current Student | Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Studies Deborah J. Richardson is a Ph.D. student in...
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  • Union Celebrates the Life of Alumni Sonny Kim
    In recognition of National Police Week, Union celebrates the life of Sonny Kim, 2008 graduate in Criminal Justice. Officer Kim transformed lives through his example as a father, husband, friend, community supporter, karate sensei, and member of Cincinnati’s elite Police Department. He lived his...
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  • Spotlight: MSOL Student Kristina Thomas
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  • New Union Veterans Partnership Announced
    Union Institute & University Veterans in Union program is a partner with the new Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI). The initiative is reaching out to veterans in an economic liaison in 53 communities around the United States that is building a network of private and public organizations that...
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  • Meet Union's 2016 Florida Commencement Speaker
    Dr. Alison McMahan 2016 Florida Commencement Speaker Union Institute & University is pleased to announce that alumna Alison McMahan (Ph.D. 1997) will be the 2016 Florida Commencement speaker. Dr. McMahan is a testament to Union Institute & University’s mission to transform lives and communities. She...
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  • Student services are the heart of our library
    Cindy M. Anderson Ph.D. student in Interdisciplinary Studies | Professor of Criminal Justice Administration at Park University In recognition of National Library Week, we asked Ph.D. student Cindy Anderson to tell us how the library is transforming her academic journey. Cindy holds a master’s in community...
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  • A Woman of Vision
    Alumna Portia Simpson Miller, former Prime Minister of Jamaica, and 2015 Union commencement speaker, is profiled in EBONY Magazine.
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  • Spotlight: BS Leadership Grad Stephanie Carroll
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  • Spotlight: Organizational Leadership Grad Emily Swegert
    Emily Swegert, Higher Education Professional and 2014 MSOL Grad To learn more about Union’s Master’s in Organizational Leadership degree, we asked recent graduate Emily Swegert (M.S. 2014) about her experience in the program. What problem did the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership solve for you? When I began the Master’s in Organizational Leadership,...
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  • Board of Trustees Elects New Chairperson, Officers
    The Board of Trustees of Union Institute & University held annual elections at its quarterly meeting on January 28, 2016. Mr. Roger Allbee of Townshend, Vermont, was elected chairperson, replacing Mr. Donald Feldmann, Esq., of Cincinnati who served in that position for two years and will continue as chair...
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  • BA Psychology Grad Melanie Keiser shares her Story
    Melanie Keiser BA Psychology 2015 Graduate I finally conjured up the courage to enroll in the psychology program at Union Institute & University after many years of thinking about it. I thought it would be too much of a commitment because I work full time, sometimes two jobs. In addition to...
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  • Union Honors Black History Month
    The transformation of lives and communities is a lofty goal. It takes dedication and commitment to a higher purpose. One man who understood this premise is Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson, the founder of what is now known as Black History...
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  • Union Alumna named Dean of Architecture & Science School
    Dr. Carla Jackson Bell Union Institute & University alumna Carla Jackson Bell (Ph.D. 2009) has accepted the position of dean of the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science School at Tuskegee University, a school whose mission is to sustain the legacy of Booker T. Washington and the strategy of...
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  • Tips for Balancing your Life as a Busy Adult Student
    Union Institute & University students are extremely busy adults who must manage their limited time carefully and balance a variety of responsibilities. Juggling work, school, family, volunteer, and social life activities can be a challenge. To find out how they manage it all, we asked a few Union students to share...
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  • Ph.D. Student Launches Black Girl Project
    Union Ph.D. student Aiesha Turman Believing in yourself is essential to personal freedom. That is why Aiesha Turman, a Union Institute & University Ph.D. student with a major in Humanities & Culture, created The Black Girl Project, a documentary film featuring black girls telling their stories in their own words. Her...
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  • Union appoints Ashley Finkes as Director of Marketing
    Ashley Finkes Union Institute & University is pleased to announce that Ashley Finkes has been appointed Director of Marketing, effective January 4, 2016. The Director of Marketing plays an integral role in overseeing all aspects of the marketing strategy across the university including the planning, implementation, and evaluation of effective student-centered,...
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  • Alumna Named Top Influencer in Aging
    Dr. Barbara Vacarr Union Institute & University alumna Dr. Barbara Vacarr (Ph.D. 1993) was recently named one of the top 50 Influencers in Aging by the PBS show and website Next Avenue. She joins the company of Maria Shriver, Glen Campbell, and Marc Freedman who also made the list of...
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  • From the President's Desk: Reflections on MLK Day
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day January 18, 2016 This Monday, January 18, 2016, many across the United States, and indeed the world, will pause to reflect on the life and contributions of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This day has become a day of national service and dialogue to honor the...
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  • Alumni Association helps African Ph.D. student travel to Residency
    Ph.D. student Edward Fiawoo West African doctoral student Edward Fiawoo was worried that living 5,700 miles away from Cincinnati would affect the completion of his Ph.D. program. The West African attorney, who also serves as a Brigadier General in the Ghana Armed Forces, needed to attend his last required Ph.D....
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  • Ph.D. Student Researches the Past to Inform the Future
    This summer Union Institute & University Ph.D. student Timothy (Ty) L. Dilliplane served as co-principal investigator in an archaeological dig and historical narrative in Alaska. Dilliplane and a team of researchers wanted to learn how 26 crewmembers of the wrecked NEVA, a 19th century Russian-American Company vessel, survived the...
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  • Spotlight: Organizational Leadership Grad Kathleen Richards
    To get an insider’s perspective of Union’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership we asked recent graduate and emerging leader Kathleen Richards (M.S. 2015) about her experience in the program. What problem did the Master’s in Organizational Leadership solve for you? I was just about to finish my B.S. in Business...
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  • I returned to college at 61
    BA Psychology Student Deborah Pinger   For many years I told myself that not having a college degree didn’t hold me back.  When I left Sarah Lawrence, due to financial issues, I quickly moved up as a news reporter - from market #126 in Austin, Minnesota to #56 in Saginaw, to...
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  • Ph.D. Alumna receives 2015 Naomi Berber Memorial Award
    Twyla Cummings, (Ph.D. 1992) has been recognized with the 2015 Naomi Berber Memorial Award for her exceptional record of accomplishments, contributions toward the development of the graphic communications industry, and for having furthered the interests of the industry. Dr. Cummings is a senior associate dean in the College of Imaging...
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  • New Grad Receives Dunakin Award at Sacramento Commencement
    Mark Dunakin was a beloved officer for the Oakland Police Department in California. A police sergeant and an 18-year veteran of the force, he served in criminal investigations and homicide, before transferring to traffic motor squad. He was killed in the line of duty in Oakland along with three...
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  • Spotlight: Organizational Leadership Grad Leila Perez
    Leila Perez, Police Sergeant and 2015 MSOL Grad To learn more about the Master’s in Organizational Leadership program, we asked recent graduate Leila Perez (M.S. 2015) about her experience. What are some things that you learned in this program that you applied directly to your job? Union Institute & University’s Master of Science...
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  • From the President's Desk: Happy Thanksgiving
    This Thanksgiving I hope each of you will take the time to enjoy your family and friends and be thankful for the times you have enjoyed with them in 2015. I know the world is in a bit of a mess right now and each day seems to bring messages...
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  • Five Union Professors Earn SOCHE Excellence Awards
    Dr. Jennifer Scott, Bari Kraus, and Dr. Carole Stokes-Brewer The teaching excellence of five Union Institute & University professors was recognized with the “Faculty Excellence Award” by the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) at its annual awards luncheon on October 30, 2015. Congratulations to Union Institute & University professors...
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  • Union Mourns the Passing of Dr. Maravene Loeschke
    Union Institute & University mourns with many the passing of notable alumnna Maravene Loeschke (Ph.D. 1975). Dr. Loeschke, president emerita of Towson University, died June 25, 2015 of complications from cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson, Maryland. She was 68. “It is with great sadness that we learned of...
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  • Veteran and Student Kylie Higgins Shares her Story
    Kylie Higgins proudly displaying her graduation certificate from the Air Force Mental Health Technical School in August 2012. Veteran Kylie Higgins is on a mission to help veterans overcome addiction through counseling. “Veterans paved the way for me and now I am paying it forward. I am dedicated to their mental...
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  • Financial Aid Director Ed Walton earns President’s Medal
    Director of Financial Aid and Compliance, Edward E. Walton, M.S., C.P.A., C.B.E.S., of White Oak/Colerain Township has earned the Union Institute & University 2015 President’s Medal for Exemplary Service. The award will be presented at the university’s National Commencement ceremony on October 25, 2015 at the Hall of Mirrors, Hilton...
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  • Professor McDaniel earns Excellence in Teaching Award
    Dr. Judith McDaniel recently earned Union’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. Union students and professors recommended Dr. McDaniel for the award, citing her intellectual depth and breadth, her pedagogical expertise, and her unwavering commitment to her students. Her students...
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  • July 2015 Doctoral Residency Recap
    In July, 122 participants—including Ph.D. and Ed.D. students, staff and faculty—from all over the country and Ghana made the “pilgrimage” to Cincinnati for Union Institute & University’s doctoral residency. The seven-day event was hosted at the Kingsgate Marriott near Union’s Cincinnati Academic Center. Shay McFarland, Senior Administrative Assistant and Residency...
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  • Alumnus presents his research of Native-American Lumbee People
    At Union Institute & University’s July 2015 Ph.D. residency, alumnus Dr. Eric Hannel (Ph.D. 2014) presented his research regarding the Native-American Lumbee people. Social justice presentations, like this, are one of the key highlights of every doctoral residency. Dr. Hannel’s lecture focused on recognizing the “other sides” of the American...
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  • Veterans Career Fair
    November 12, 2015 11am-3pm Veterans please join us on at Union’s Cincinnati Academic Center (440 East McMillan St.) for our Veterans Career Fair. Spouses, dependents and caregivers are also welcome to attend. This special event is hosted in conjunction with Congressman Steve Chabot’s office. A variety of employers seeking Veteran employees...
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  • General Jeffrey W. Foley to Keynote 2015 National Commencement
    Union Institute & University is proud to announce that Jeffrey W. Foley will be our 2015 National Commencement speaker. Foley is President of Loral Mountain Solutions, LLC and a retired US Army Brigadier General. The National Commencement ceremony and reception will be held at the Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza on...
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  • Recent MA Grad Builds Upon his Expertise in Hula
    Pele Kaio (left) on a recent trip to Japan, promoting hula as a ritual and spiritual dance. Alumnus Pele Kaio graduated from Union Institute & University in March 2015, earning a Master of Arts with a major in History & Culture. During his M.A. program, Kaio followed his passion and...
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  • Advance your Career with a Master's in Organizational Leadership
    Union Institute & University’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership is an online, 12-month degree program that prepares mid-level managers to advance in their careers. “The Master’s in Organizational Leadership is designed to train current and emerging managers to be viable leaders. Companies and organizations need managers that...
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