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Pam Shannon

Helping Others is a Way of Life

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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

Pam ShannonGrowing up, Pam Shannon knew she wanted to help people. That desire led her into a nursing career. But soon administration came calling. Pam, like so many Union alumni, found a calling in helping others, not only in her career, but also in her volunteer work. Read her story:

“I loved nursing but I was also drawn to administration where I thought I might be able to have a broader impact. The expectation for management was an additional degree. That’s when I discovered Union,” said Pam.. “Union allowed me the flexibility to work fulltime in my job where I traveled extensively, and get my degree in health care administration.” She went on to earn a master’s degree from Xavier University, also in Cincinnati.

In 2018, Pam was contemplating a slower work pace when St. Aloysius, approached her about a consulting role to reorganize and hire a new executive director. Six months later, she was asked to take the job herself. St. Aloysius, referred to as “St. Al’s” in the community, is a former orphanage founded in 1832, as a result of the cholera outbreak that left large numbers of children throughout Cincinnati orphaned. The orphanage evolved in the 20th century, and began to focus by the 1980s on children impacted by abuse and neglect. St. Al’s has continued to adapt to needs of children and families with new evidence-based treatment strategies that helps children in our community overcome their challenges by providing the education, counseling, mental health care, and resources they need to heal and grow.

Q: What do you want people to know about community-based mental health?

A: We must get over the stigma of mental health challenges. We are all impacted. But there is hope. With therapy and coping skills children and adults can live happy and productive lives.

Q: What was your Union experience like?

A: My experience was great. The curriculum was rigorous and I received a theoretical education. My experience was taken into consideration and I had to demonstrate my knowledge. The semesters were concentrated and fast-paced and at the end of the semester I knew what I had to deliver. The small group settings were helpful and I received a great deal of attention from my professors, almost one-on-one.

Q: What has your UI&U degree meant to you professionally?

A: My Union degree set me on a 40-year career in health care.

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

A: My advice is to engage with the instructors. Open up about your challenges and look for their advice. The instructors wrote assessments of my work which gave me a wealth of information later as I worked on my master’s degree.

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

A: Having the good sense to recognize when an opportunity has been given to me to take the opportunity.

Q: What is your passion away from work?

A: I love my family and being with my family. I have been a big sister for years. I also love to travel. Another passion is an annual medical mission to Belize.

Q. Much like Union’s mission to engage, enlighten, and empower you will soon make your ninth trip to Belize. What was the inspiration to use your time and talent to give back by going to Belize to help people?

A. I really did feel a calling to do something like a medical mission trip many years ago. I had the typical fears that most people feel about going to a developing country; should I spend the money, use my vacation time, will I be safe, and can I really help and make a difference? Well, the answer was it has always worked out perfectly each year for me to go. I have found very meaningful work to do each year with my mission team. The very best part is that I have made deep and lasting friendships with families I have come to know and love in Belize. Belizeans are wonderful, hardworking, fun-loving people. I have been very blessed to travel to Belize each year and serve in many capacities, but always, always, I return home with so much more in friendships and inspiration than I ever give in time or resources.

 

Union Institute & University is guided by its core mission to educate highly motivated adults who seek academic programs to engage, enlighten, and empower them to pursue professional goals and a lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility.

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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

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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 found here.

Best Online Bachelor's Child DevelopmentDr. Birgit Monks, Lead Faculty of CHAD at Union, reflects on the designation. “The ranking of the Child & Adolescent Development major confirms the quality of student services and student learning that Union Institute & University provides to our students. It shows the high level of knowledge students acquire through learning and instruction as it relates to the field. This ranking also reassures our students they made the right choice by enrolling at Union to obtain a degree and starting or continuing a career working with children, adolescents, and their families.”

The ranking also validates that the Child and Adolescent Development major is making continuous progress to improve the quality of instruction and the delivery methods.

“The ranking is important for our major to make reliable, data-informed decisions to guarantee student success and encourage partnerships and collaboration with other organizations and potential future employers of our students,” said Dr. Monks.

Union’s Child & Adolescent Development major prepares adult learners to excel in a variety of childcare careers. Career pathways range from preschool teacher to daycare owner to child life specialist.

Jennifer Ochoa, alumna 2015, credits her degree for helping her to find and succeed in her career. “I wanted teaching experience and a degree where I can work with children and adults or families. I got the job that I wanted because of my degree. I always wanted to be a teacher and now I am in the profession that I love. I am also a first generation college graduate.”

Union is the perfect choice for the adult learner because of its flexibility in scheduling and more than five decades of identifying and refining ways to structure and deliver education to meet the needs of adult learners online.

 

Union is a global leader in providing higher education degrees for the adult learner. Click here to begin your career in the child and adolescent field. Your Goals. Your Success. Your Union. We’ve Got U!

Robert W. McGee 2019 world championship awards

Alumni Spotlight – At 72, Robert W. McGee is just Getting Started

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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 prolific writing career and his medal-winning martial arts career. He has written 59 nonfiction books, five novels (and counting) and more than 700 scholarly articles. His latest is “Justifiable Homicide: A Political Thriller” available on Amazon.

In addition, he is a world champion in taekwondo, karate, and kung-fu, and a world silver medalist in tai chi. What’s even more amazing is he didn’t begin taekwondo training until the age of 65! He has been inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Dr. McGee also teaches in the Broadwell College of Business and Economics at Fayetteville State University.

Robert W. McGee 2019 world championship awards

Robert W. McGee, age 72, with the six gold and one silver medal he won at the Taekwondo World Championship, July, 2019

His long list of academic achievements include 23 academic degrees, 13 earned doctorates including a law degree and CPA. He has lectured or worked in more than 30 countries. Former clients include United States Agency for International Development, World Bank, African Development Bank and the CIA. Several studies have ranked him No.1 in the world for both his accounting ethics and business ethics scholarship. The Social Science Research Network has ranked him as high as No. 2 in the world [All-Time] among accounting professors, No. 14 [All-Time] among business school professors, and No. 29 [All-Time] among all social scientists.

He credits much of his success to not wasting time, doing what he enjoys, relishing the creative process, and being competitive. Enjoy learning more about Dr. McGee as he reflects on his time at Union and expounds on his remarkable career in the Q & A below.

What has your degree meant to you personally and professionally?

I am an accounting professor, so my Ph.D. with triple concentrations in accounting, taxation and economic history was very important because I needed a Ph.D. in accounting to remain in my teaching position. For my second Union Ph.D., which I completed a few years later, my concentrations were in economics, law, and political philosophy. That degree was important because I gained knowledge that I used to write some of the 59 nonfiction books, five novels and 700+ articles I have published.

What quality do you admire most about your alma mater?

What I like best about the Union program is that they allowed me to do it my way. I already knew what I wanted to research, and the way the Ph.D. program is structured, I was able to do the research I wanted to do instead of being pressured to do research on some topic my thesis supervisor wanted me to do, which is the way things work at many other universities.  

Robert W. McGee awrds from All-Style World Tournament in Dublin, Ireland

Robert W. McGee at the All-Style World Championship Tournament in Dublin Ireland in 2017. He won three gold, two silver and one bronze medal at this world championship. The three gold medals were in taekwondo, kung-fu and karate. One of the silver medals was in tai chi. The other two medals were in mixed martial arts.

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

I would advise a Union student to plan ahead as much as possible before starting the program because doing so will shorten the length and cost of the program. Don’t be afraid to approach the best people in the field for guidance. I approached Milton Friedman, George Stigler and James Buchanan, all Nobel Prize winners in economics, and they all agreed to give me advice. Isaac Bashevis Singer, a Nobel Prize winner in literature, also guided me through my Union Ph.D. program shortly before his death. If you don’t ask, you don’t get. 

What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment?

It’s difficult to say what my greatest accomplishment is. Some people are impressed by the fact that I have earned 23 academic degrees, including 13 doctorates from universities in the United States and four European countries, all in my spare time, with the exception of my first bachelor’s degree, which I earned full-time while working one or two jobs. Other people are impressed that I was able to publish so many books and articles.

Because I was in the right place at the right time, I was placed in charge of assisting the Finance Ministries of Armenia and Bosnia convert their countries to International Financial Reporting Standards. I drafted the accounting law for Armenia and Bosnia and reviewed the accounting law for Mozambique. I also helped all the major universities in Armenia and Bosnia upgrade the accounting curriculum to meet international standards.

One of my favorite hobbies is competing in martial arts tournaments. I am a world champion in taekwondo, karate, and kung-fu, and a world silver medalist in tai chi. As of this interview, I have 11 world titles to my credit, and I continue to compete at the age of 72. My career gold medal count now stands at 289. I hope to break 300 in the next few months.

What is your passion away from work?

I like competing in martial arts tournaments and practicing tai chi and qigong. I also enjoy writing novels. I have plots for more than 50 novels, but I probably won’t have time to turn many of them into novels due to time constraints.

 

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Union Institute & University Gives Back

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

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

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

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

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

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

Partnership Teaches Life Skills

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more about the Cincinnati DePaul Cristo Rey High School Corporate Work Study program, visit this link. If you would like to learn more about Union’s mission and values, visit https://myunion.edu/.

Union Leaders Follow Mission with Community Service Away from the Desk


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Q&A with Dr. Gladys Gossett Hankins, Board of Trustees Member at Union Institute & University, and Kimbrea Browning, VP of Enrollment Management at Union Institute & University.

Dr. Gladys Gossett Hankins
Board of Trustees Member at UI&U

1. The Links Inc. motto is: Linked in Friendship, Connected in Service. What does this motto mean to you?
The Links, Incorporated motto is a combination of two of my core beliefs about the important connection between friendship and service. It essentially means that if people are going to work together, they should like and get along with each other.

Friendships/relationships are important in every situation where people work together. This is because poor relationships can make the difference between a highly productive work environment that gets great results and one that is toxic where, of course, output suffers greatly. Because The Links, Incorporated is a volunteer service organization, it is practically impossible for a group of people to render great service that transforms lives and improves our communities if it is comprised of people who do not like each other or have good relationships.

2. Why is community service important to you?
As things currently exist with massive economic, educational and social disparities across our country and the world, the only way we will thrive and grow is for those who have the ability and the means, to aid, support, help, coach, and mentor, to give of ourselves and our resources to those who have critical needs but not the wherewithal to meet those needs. Furthermore, it is a privilege and an honor to help others – which ultimately makes the world a better place.

3. The Links, Inc. has five program focus areas: The Arts, National Trends and Services, Services to Youth, International Trends and Services and Health & Human Services. They include all five in the Girls STEAM Academy. Why is the STEAM Academy so important to the mission of the organization?
The Links, Incorporated is an organization comprised primarily of women of African heritage who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the identities, culture and economic survival of people of African origin through cultural, educational and civic programs. As STEAM represents science, technology, engineering, the arts and math, it is intended for those most underrepresented in these fields. Females have historically had fewer opportunities to enter these fields than males. Therefore, introducing and encouraging more African American females to pursue these fields breaks down barriers and smoothes the way for continued progress for all.

4. What impact do you hope your efforts will have on the community you serve?
My expectation and hope is somewhat philosophical. It is that every single effort counts and contributes toward making an even bigger difference. For example, as we are able to positively influence and improve the lives of any, they, in turn, are able and likely to positively influence and improve the lives of others. It’s the ripple effect at its best.

5. How does your community service work relate to your connection to Union Institute & University?
I feel that through my life works, I embody the mission and values of this great institution, even more so since this is the university from which I earned my PhD and which contributed toward my becoming a person who strongly desires to make a difference. It is also a university on whose Board of Trustees I serve with pride.

Kimbrea Browning

Kimbrea Browning
 VP of Enrollment Management

1. The Links Inc. motto is: Linked in Friendship, Connected in Service. What does this motto mean to you?
I truly believe that it is through the service that friendship develops and grows. When we are linked in true friendship our connectedness to the people we serve becomes stronger.

2. Why is community service important to you?
When we serve others we have this amazing opportunity to be heart led in every way. We live in a somewhat selfish “it’s all about me” society that has really taken on the stigma that giving is not what is important. Giving is the most important, honorable, loving act you can display.

3. The Links, Inc. has five program focus areas: The Arts, National Trends and Services, Services to Youth, International Trends and Services and Health & Human Services. They include all five in the Girls STEAM Academy. Why is the STEAM Academy so important to the mission of the organization?
It’s about mentorship and exposure. When we can expose our Girls STEAM Academy to what is possible for them in this world, they can dream. They can envision a life much different than what they thought was possible. It’s an amazing experience witness their excitement at the possibility to dream.

4. What impact do you hope your efforts will have on the community you serve?
My hope is that through whatever efforts of service I provide, I am able to positively impact those I serve. To see the change and impact on others has helped me evolve as a person and I’m most grateful.

5. How does your community service work relate to your connection to Union Institute & University?
As the Vice President of Enrollment Management, my goal is to ensure our mission and vision is felt with each and every student we have the honor to connect with. As a higher education administrator, my best day is when I see or hear stories of this incredible transformation of a student who has put in the work to change their life—the life of their family and future generations. Again to be a witness to this every day, I’m humbled and honored to have an opportunity to serve.

Professional development drives the Gopman Research Fund

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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 Associate Provost for Academic Programs Dr. Patte Brewer, Dr. Gopman established the Herbert L. and Dr. Beth I. Alswanger Gopman Research Fund in 2009, with a goal to support the research, scholarly activity, and research-based teaching projects of UI&U faculty and administrators.

By providing funds for professional development of faculty and staff, the Gopman Research Fund encourages excellence in teaching and supports the university’s continued vision to provide students with a relevant education that brings life to Union’s mission to engage, enlighten, and empower adults to pursue professional goals and a lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility.

The Gopman Research Fund, the only one of its kind to date at Union, has allowed our faculty to fulfill professional and personal goals, which in turn, makes them better professors and mentors to our students.

Since its inception, the fund has provided support for four projects initiated and implemented by faculty to further areas of interest and scholarship. The faculty recipients and projects are listed below.

Recipients and Projects

2016 Christopher J. Voparil, Ph.D., Faculty, Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies program.
PROJECT TITLE: Richard Rorty and Social Justice.
The grant allowed Dr. Voparil to conduct first hand research on Dr. Richard Rorty, an influential American philosopher and social justice scholar whose papers are archived at the University of California, Irvine. His research focused on two particular dimensions of his work: 1) his theoretical contribution to current debates on justice, using the wealth of unpublished essay housed at UC Irvine; and 2) biographical data on Rorty’s own efforts on behalf of social justice, about which there is little knowledge, including his work with Amnesty International. Dr. Voparil is researching Rorty for a book on his contributions to current debates on social justice and his work with Amnesty International.

2015 Thomas Frederick, Ph.D., Faculty, Bachelor’s programs; Frank Scala, M.Ed., Faculty, Bachelor’s programs and Chair, Education major; Robert Cotter, M.Ed., Director of Information Technology and Director, Center for Teaching and Learning.
PROJECT TITLE: Take One…Action.

This project was a collaboration designed to assist faculty with the development of personally produced videos to be used online as teaching tools. This grant enabled the training of more than 25 faculty members on basic video production techniques. The faculty members who successfully completed the training were rewarded with an Articulate Replay license, a software application that integrates a web camera, lecture slides and narration into a single video file. Faculty can also easily develop screencasts for demonstrations and simulations with this application. The program is being assessed for continual improvement but has made a difference in the quality of Union’s online instruction and student engagement.

2013 Woden S. Teachout, Ph.D., Faculty, Master of Arts program.
PROJECT TITLE: Oral History Project on Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan
Dr. Teachout travelled to Kyrgyzstan as a Fulbright Scholar. She researched bride kidnapping which is a real and ongoing phenomenon in Kyrgyzstan and it has been widely studied by sociologists and anthropologists, but the voices of the participants themselves have not been part of the scholarly conversation. Using the resources and training from the grant, Dr. Teachout mentored Kyrgyz colleagues and a Peace Corps volunteer in developing a large oral history collection: nearly 50 interviews from brides who stayed, brides who escaped, grooms, family members and neighbors. It has been an important project both in terms of capacity development for Kyrgyz scholars and also in providing a perspective on bride kidnapping. She and her primary Kyrgyz colleague just finished editing a book of the histories that will be published in Kyrgyz and Russian, aimed at a Kyrgyz audience so that they have an understanding of the real legacies of this practice. Dr. Teachout is also conceptualizing a book project based on the experience.

2011 Joseph Nolan, Ph.D., Doctoral Faculty.
PROJECT TITLE: Technology for Teacher Preparation and Professional Development in Countries of Crisis and Poverty: A Feasibility Study.
Dr. Nolan’s abstract was a feasibility study of the possibilities of a simplified teacher preparation and professional development to be delivered to countries of crisis, conflict or poverty through e-learning. The purpose of his research was to examine the feasibility of providing, through existing free online learning platforms, social networking, and information networks, to provide preservice teacher education and professional development on a simplistic level in modularized formats to aid the teacher with a scarcity of time and net accessibility.

About the Gopmans:

Lifelong philanthropists, the Gopmans are deeply involved in their local community and staunch supporters of higher education at every level. While studying for her Ph.D. at Union, Dr. Gopman explored the needs of children with mental and physical disabilities, and developed a pilot study focused on the positive and natural socialization of siblings of special needs children within school settings. Her studies culminated in the development of an implementable instructional curriculum titled, Tolerance: Our Voice. She graduated in 2009.
Dr. Gopman and her husband, Herbert, support education and other nonprofit organizations. She serves on the board of directors of the Hearing and Speech Center of Florida, as well as on the Board of Directors of the South Florida Touchdown Club Foundation. In 2007, Dr. Gopman received a certificate of appreciation from the Miami Beach, FL, city commission honoring her work with the city’s Community Development Advisory Committee and the Miami Beach Commission on the Status of Women. She was also recognized for her outstanding community service and giving spirit by the Crescent City Juneteenth Commission which presented the Phillip Randolph Phenomenal Woman Quiet Soldier award to Dr. Gopman in June 2014. She and her husband are also active in bringing attention to problems facing veterans in the United States.

Get the insider perspective of Union’s new Healthcare Leadership degree program

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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 the Q&A below, Dr. Jennifer Ossege, director of the new MS in Healthcare Leadership program, discusses the significance of the new degree to the healthcare professional.

Q. Why did Union decide to implement the Masters of Science in Healthcare Leadership?

A. Union decided to implement the MS in Healthcare Leadership to facilitate transformation of health care organizations from an emphasis on administration or management to a focus on social justice, leadership, and advocacy, addressing the needs and concerns of vulnerable populations and their ability to access health care systems.

Q. What makes this degree unique for healthcare professionals?

A. Each student is matched with a mentor prior to beginning the program. Mentorship is believed to be the most important determinant of long-term leadership success. Mentors will guide and demonstrate through example how to understand one’s own skills, limitations, and ambitions while fulfilling the needs of the healthcare organization. Mentors will be in regular contact with the student and help the student with many aspects of professional development.

Q. Do you know who some of the mentors are?

A. Mentors may come from a variety of sources. Students may be matched with mentors from the ACHE (American College of Healthcare Executives), or from other qualified mentors working in the field who are interested in professional development of a student, or in some cases, the student may nominate someone to apply as their mentor. The needs of each student will be assessed and the student will be matched up accordingly. The goal is for all mentors to have a minimum of 10 years in the field of healthcare leadership in order to work with our students.

Q. Why is this degree needed?

A. To successfully lead today’s healthcare systems into the future, emerging leaders need more than technical management expertise. They need people skills and leadership insights that catalyze organizational transformation and social change.

Q. What will this degree offer to the healthcare executive they don’t have already?

A. The MS-HCL Program trains participants to be financially successful and innovative healthcare leaders. It will provide the necessary knowledge and skills in administration and management, as well as fostering creative problem solving, ethical considerations, and a strong focus on leadership to assist them in achieving success for their organizations.

Q. What makes the degree exciting and innovative?

A. The healthcare field is changing rapidly and many professionals want to keep up with the trends, and continue to advance their careers. Students will have experience within the healthcare field, which allows for a rich educational experience, particularly as we are using a cohort model, where students will be interacting and learning from one another quite a bit in addition to the more traditional learning environments. The mentorship aspect of the MS-HCL program is particularly appealing and unique, as this allows the students to customize their education and needs, engage in more in depth professional growth and work with leaders in the healthcare field.

About Jennifer Ossege, Psy.D.

Dr. Ossege is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist; Health Service Provider. She is the Director of Masters in Healthcare Leadership Program at Union Institute & University. She also serves as the Associate Director of Clinical Training and Core Faculty in the Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Ossege received her Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Psychology in 2003 from Xavier University.

Union Institute & University Participates in National Clothesline Project to Align With University Mission

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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 of women and men who want to express their commitment to stand against violence to women or have been a victim or witness to domestic violence.

Donna Gruber, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Academic Center, spearheaded the project for Union.

“I wanted Union to participate because I loved the concept of The Clothesline Project, allowing women to tell their story through art while educating others that women are subject to many forms of violence. Using The Clothesline Project as a tool for not only survivors but friends and family to show their support and highlight the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women seemed like a perfect fit, especially for Union which is all about learning, service, and social responsibility.”

The Clothesline Project, begun in 1990, mirrors Union’s mission to educate adults to pursue professional goals and a lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility and commitment to connecting scholarship and theory and social justice in its academic disciplines.

“The Clothesline Project is a natural extension of our mission,” said Dr. Roger H. Sublett, president of Union Institute & University. “The t-shirts serve as a visible reminder and, we hope, an education tool for the community to understand that violence against women has impacted tens of thousands of people and that there are solutions.”

Union’s commitment to women also led to the creation of the Women in Union scholarship program, founded in 2009, to support mothers who need financial assistance to return to their education to better their own lives and that of their children. Union also offers a Women’s & Gender Studies graduate certificate.

To learn more about Union and its mission click on the button below.

Union Shares Feelings of Gratitude

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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 thankful to be part of a learning community that is focused on issues of social justice and truly values diversity. It is satisfying to have my professional life aligned with my own core values in this way.” Dr. Michael Raffanti; Dean, Ph.D. Program in Interdisciplinary Studies

“Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it provides an opportunity each year for me to reflect on why I am thankful. I am thankful for all of the people who touch my life each day with a warm greeting, a smile, a handshake, or even constructive criticism; and, I am thankful for the good health that permits me to continue to serve others in order that all of us can celebrate our lives of service. And, most importantly of all I am thankful for my personal and community family who celebrate life’s journey with me each and every day!” Dr. Roger Sublett; President, Union Institute & University

“I am thankful because I have the opportunity to access education that fits within my schedule and overall busy life. My children give me the extra push I need to strive for future success.” Jennifer Hansen – Psychology Major

“I’m back in school and it’s not too late to make my world everything I dreamt it could be. Because I’m blessed with four amazing children that teach me more about life than I ever thought anyone could. And lastly, because every single day – in this adventure we call life – we get another chance to start anew. That’s a lot to be thankful for!” Kelly Renwick – Psychology Major.”

“My family has been very supportive of my choices with school and in my life. They make sure that I am not overwhelmed with my work and school work and they support me when good things occur. I wouldn’t ask for a more caring family than them!” Kimberly Curl – Social Work Major

“I am thankful for my happy and healthy family! I am thankful for a career that I love, living in an environment that I love, and for being a month away from completing my degree!” Lisa Schmidt – Early Childhood Studies

“I am thankful for my opportunity to return to school and finish my degree because it will allow me to provide a better life for my family.” Sara Smith-Criss; Psychology Major

“I’m thankful for everything in life, because there is no reason not to be. There are gifts and there are lessons, and I’m grateful for them all!” Toni Marie Soldano; Director of Enrollment, Florida Academic Center

“I am thankful for all the support from the Ph.D. program! I am thankful for the setbacks, the comebacks, the love and even the hate – the human experience, all of it! Yet having three little people call me their Momma, has to be what I’m most thankful for.” Sara Kolks; Ph.D. Student Public Policy & Social Change

We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!