Thursday, December 18, 2008

New Dean at UI&U Florida Center

Dr. Marie Bogat, current dean of Florida’s undergraduate programs, will resume her role as a full-time faculty member

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL – Union Institute & University (UI&U) today announced that Dr. Beryl Watnick has been appointed dean of undergraduate programs for UI&U’s Florida Academic Center. Dr. Watnick takes over from Dr. Marie Bogat, longtime dean of the undergraduate program, who will resume her role as a full-time faculty member.

“Beryl is a dedicated member of the educational community in southern Florida and brings a creative touch to help educators in all stages of their careers, from earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree to professional preparation,” said Dr. Roger Sublett, President of UI&U. “She is an invaluable resource for South Florida educators, and she will serve our learners well.”

A 1996 alumna of UI&U’s doctoral program, Dr. Watnick joined UI&U in 2001 to develop and lead UI&U’s Florida Master of Education and Education Specialist programs. She has worked across degree programs to include the undergraduate program, the Master of Education, and the doctoral programs in her efforts to recruit and train southern Florida’s teachers and administrators. A member of several professional organizations, she has published and presented both nationally and internationally.

Prior to joining UI&U, Dr. Watnick served as an administrator with Miami-Dade County Public Schools supervising family literacy programs in school sites and programs housed in the migrant community and a women’s correctional facility. In this role, she was responsible for monitoring 50 staff people who provided services to 350 families. In addition, she wrote and was awarded several major state and federal grants while working for the school district.

Dr. Marie Bogat has served as dean since 2001, and as faculty since 1993. In her role as dean of the Florida Center, she fostered increased visibility for the university throughout Florida, and strengthened relationships between the university and area school districts. “While focused on Union’s reputation and connections in the community, Dr. Bogat has never lost sight of the individual learner and his or her success,” said UI&U Provost, Dr. Richard Hansen. “Under her guidance, countless graduates have earned positions in the school district’s classrooms and administration, and many have gone on to earn both masters and doctoral degrees, many through Union’s M.Ed. and Ph.D. programs. Her leadership will be missed, but we, along with our many learners, are grateful that she will be staying on as faculty.”

Thursday, December 4, 2008

New Part-Time Options for BA Program

Montpelier, VT--

Union Institute & University (UI&U) today announced the launch of a new part-time option for learners enrolled in the university’s Bachelor of Arts (BA) programs. The part-time alternative is consistent with UI&U’s mission to provide flexible higher education opportunities for busy adults and will be offered starting Spring semester, which begins January 28 for the cycle (one week every six weeks) option, and February 20 for the weekend option. The Virtual Vermont online option offers a start date four times a year.

Dr. Victor Ehly, dean of the BA programs, says UI&U responded to suggestions to offer part-time options from the Montpelier community. “Based on learner’s requests, and given the ever-increasing pressure on the time of working adults, we are now prepared to offer the same programs with the same individualized process, but now with the option for a 9-credit semester study,” he said. “This is a chance for any current learner or beginning student, who is either unable to take on the work required of full-time study or is unable to afford the tuition for full-time study, to further their education and earn their degree.”

Since 1964, UI&U has redefined higher education by placing learners at the center of their own education by offering personalized undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs designed for the lifelong learner. Union’s BA program allows learners to major in liberal studies and focus on one of nine areas of concentration, in addition to teacher licensure preparation. Like learners who choose to enroll in the program full-time, those enrolled part-time also make use of a learning model that works best for them, choosing from low residency options at UI&U’s Montpelier or Brattleboro Centers, or through UI&U’s online option, Virtual Vermont.

“We are always on the lookout for creative ways to reach out to adults in Vermont, New England, and beyond,” said Ehly. “Our online learners hail from more than 20 states across the country, but also from right here in Vermont. This part-time option should be more attractive to many who are looking for ways to combine their degree completion with current job, family, and community commitments. We listened and we made the change.”

Monday, December 1, 2008

North Miami to Host BS Info Sessions Dec 6 and 13

North Miami Beach, FL--

Union Institute & University (UI&U), a leader in higher education for adults, will host bachelor of science (BS) information sessions at its Florida Academic Center, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., December 6th and 13th. The center is located at 16853 NE 2nd Ave., #102, in North Miami Beach.

UI&U has been educating South Florida professionals for more than 18 years. The university’s BS program offers a rich academic environment where learners can interact with faculty and each other through low residency and distance learning options. Among the most popular programs are early education, social work, psychology, business management, and criminal justice management. UI&U’s education program prepares Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master’s of Education (M.Ed) learners to teach in Florida schools. In addition, the University offers professional development courses for educators to fulfill continuing education requirements.

Union is currently accepting applications for their Winter term which starts January 5. Interested learners are encouraged to enroll soon. Early registration, says Francis Francois, admissions director for UI&U’s Miami Center, enables learners to better prepare for the upcoming term, allowing them more time to save money, and to better familiarize themselves with online learning methods.

For more information email Francis Francois at, or call 305.653.6713 x2130.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Professor Dr. Ellen Marshall Honored

Cincinnati, OH--

The criminal justice instructor earns a Celebration of Teaching award for her dedication to UI&U learners

Dr. Ellen Marshall, coordinator and instructor for Union Institute & University’s online criminal justice program, was honored recently by the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities for her exceptional dedication to the teaching profession and to her learners. At a luncheon held at Xavier University, the GCCCU paid tribute to Dr. Marshall by presenting to her a Celebration of Teaching award.

“She’s a superstar,” said Dr. Carolyn Turner, dean of UI&U’s undergraduate programs, of Dr. Marshall. “She understands the needs of the adult learner and she plays an invaluable role at UI&U with regards to the development, implementation, and oversight of the criminal justice program. And her experience and first-hand knowledge make her an exceptional instructor.”

As a Delaware police officer, Dr. Marshall was assigned to the Patrol Division, Special Operations Division, and the Criminal Investigations Division. She earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the UI&U, focusing on police psychology and traumatic stress in the emergency services. Dr. Marshall is currently writing a text on traumatic stress in law enforcement and developing a Reintegration Program for officers returning from military deployment. A lifelong learner, she is working on her third graduate degree in educational leadership and a certificate program in educational technologies. Dr. Marshall also served as a faculty advisor for UI&U’s undergraduate program in psychology. In addition to her work at UI&U, Dr. Marshall also serves as a faculty member in the Criminal Justice Department for Delaware Technical & Community College.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Dr. Kevin Sharpe, Union Institute & University Professor, was Founding Editor of Science and Spirit Magazine


Dr. Kevin Sharpe, a core professor at Union Institute & University’s (UI&U) Graduate College, died Thursday, November 6, of cancer, in New Plymouth, New Zealand. The longtime UI&U doctoral faculty member was 58.

Sharpe began his career at UI&U in 1987. “Kevin was a vibrant colleague and scholar who personified the tradition of the UI&U hallmark quality of interdisciplinary perspective/ inquiry,” said fellow faculty member, Dr. Larry Ryan. “Kevin had a way of stimulating learners – and colleagues – to look beyond usual explanations and rationales to discover new meaning and new knowledge.”

Throughout his more than 20 years as professor, Kevin supervised numerous dissertations and also served as the chairman of the concentration chairs in UI&U’s pre-cohort Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies program since 2005. He was an ultimate lifelong learner, Union scholar, and interdisciplinarian, having merged a deeply scientific mind with his spirituality. His impressive CV details his activities and accomplishments, but notable achievements include his work as founding editor of Science & Spirit Magazine and its companion Web site and recipient of a major multi-million dollar grant to fund the magazine from the prestigious John Templeton Foundation in 1995. Having been ordained as an Anglican priest in 1976, he wrote often about this topic, and served as co-director of the Oxford Institute for Science and Spirit, president of Science & Spirit Resources, Inc., and vice president for Interdisciplinary Affairs at the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science. “He believed that we as humans are most of all meaning makers and that the way to show our love for our world is by continuing to explore it, coming to know more, and then asking more questions so that our explorations never end,” said his wife, UI&U alumna Leslie Van Gelder.

Sharpe earned a B.S. in mathematics, a master of divinity, a master of theology, and two Ph.D.s; one in mathematics from La Trobe University in Australia and the other in religious studies from Boston University. He served as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Religion and Science in Chicago, a director of the Institute for Emerging Physics and Biology, a member of the editorial advisory boards for the Anthropology of Consciousness, Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, and the Center for Humility Theology at the John Templeton Foundation. In addition, he was the author of more than 130 journal articles and a number of books, including Science of God: Truth in the Age of Science, Sleuthing the Divine: The Nexus of Science and Spirit, David Bohm’s World: New Physics and New Religion, and Has Science Displaced the Soul? Debating Love and Happiness. And, among his many interests was the exploration of the early cave paintings and markings, a topic he taught, lectured, and wrote about extensively.

“Kevin made a difference in many of our lives, touching countless learners and colleagues at Union and beyond. Obviously, he learned a long time ago how to celebrate the very best of the human spirit, and every interaction available to us,” said UI&U President Dr. Roger H. Sublett. “His considerable intellect was complimented by a deep spiritual caring which, from my experience, is unique among academicians. I admired both in him, and know that it served him well.”

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his mother, Pamela Sharpe; his sister, Karen; daughters Miriam and Kiri and their husbands; and his only grandson, Max. His father, James Henry Sharpe, passed away earlier this year. Messages and well wishes for the family can be sent to Leslie Van Gelder Box 111 Glenorchy 9350 (or Donations can be made in Kevin’s name to the New Zealand Cancer Society, to the Quebec Labrador Foundation in the US, and Harris Manchester College in the UK.

Services and burial will be held on Thursday, November 13 in New Plymouth, New Zealand.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Union Institute & University, Brattleboro, to Host December 4th Information Session for Doctor of Psychology Program

Brattleboro, VT--

Union Institute & University (UI&U) in Brattleboro will host an Open House to introduce prospective learners to its doctoral program in clinical psychology (Psy.D.), from 5:30-7 pm., Thursday, December 4th, at the program’s offices at the Marlboro Technology Center, 28 Vernon Street, First Floor, Brattleboro, VT.

Consistent with UI&U’s mission, the Psy.D. program integrates social justice into all of its courses and emphasizes multiculturalism in clinical practice. “We train people to become more aware of injustices, such as trauma, abuse, oppression and racism, and prepare them to be active agents of change, both with their clients and the larger social system,” said Dr. William Lax, Dean of the program. Learners are trained to be culturally competent clinicians, able to provide mental health services to individuals, families, groups and organizations. The program also includes an optional emphasis area in family psychology with specialized coursework and training.

The UI&U Psy.D. program integrates face-to-face and online courses to offer flexibility for working adults who need to balance career, family, and other social and civic responsibilities. In addition to the online courses, learners attend two week-long fall and spring academic meetings, as well as eight day-long Saturday meetings in Brattleboro once a month for the first three years of the program.

To learn more or to register, call: 800.336.6794 x8408 or email: . UI&U’s Brattleboro offices are located minutes from Interstate 91 at the juncture of the Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts borders. It is easily accessible throughout the greater New England region. Applications are currently being accepted for the Fall 2009 Brattleboro cohort.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Breastfeeding Expert Named Advisor to Union Institute & University’s Maternal Child Health: Lactation Consulting Program


Union Institute & University (UI&U) has named breastfeeding and lactation consulting expert Anna Cadwell Blair, Ph.D., CLC, as advisor of the university’s maternal child health: lactation consulting program. Dr. Blair is known internationally for her work on breastfeeding and is the co-author of Maternal & Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, now in its second edition, and Reclaiming Breastfeeding for the U.S. Prior to her appointment as advisor, she served as an adjunct professor for Union’s master of arts in health and wellness program.

“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Blair expand her role here at Union,” said Dr. Carolyn Turner, Dean of the Cincinnati Undergraduate Center. “Our learners now have the opportunity to be guided through the program by an internationally known expert.”

Dr. Blair operates a clinical practice at the Massachusetts-based Center for Breastfeeding, part of Healthy Children, a non-profit research and educational institution dedicated to improving child health outcomes through partnerships with public, private and non-profit agencies. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on children’s rights, children’s health, maternity practices and post partum support. Dr. Blair earned a master’s degree in organizational behavior from Vermont College, and a Ph.D. in health communication from Union Institute &University. Her mother, Dr. Karin Cadwell, her father, and her sister, are also Union graduates.

Union’s bachelor’s degree in maternal child health: lactation consulting prepares learners for a career as a lactation professional. Graduates of the program will be qualified to professionally counsel expectant mothers and mothers of young infants about best practices for the care and feeding of the young infant, and may also be qualified to provide instruction for and/or make presentations to the medical profession (especially in a hospital setting), and community, governmental, and non-profit agencies. The program also prepares graduates to sit for the International Board Certification for Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) examination offered by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. The flexible program is ideal for busy adults, as most of the courses can be taken online and the seminars are held all over the country.

Union will host an information session about the bachelor’s degree in maternal child heath: lactation consulting, from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, November 13, at Union Institute & University, 440 East McMillan St., Walnut Hills. Dr. Blair and maternal child health faculty will be available to discuss the program, the International Board certification process, and career opportunities in this growing field. Parking is free, refreshments will be served. To reserve a space or for information contact: Michelle Chevalier at 513-487-1219, or email

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Union Institute & University Hires Dr. Toni Gregory as Assistant Dean of Cohort Ph.D. Program


Union Institute & University has hired Dr. Toni Gregory as Assistant Dean of the Cohort Ph.D. program. Dr. Gregory has an extensive background in leadership, management and organization theory and specializes in the study of organizational learning and the impact of culture and complexity on organizational transformation. She has been a core faculty member at the Fielding Graduate Institute in the School of Educational Leadership and Change from 1997-2007, where she also served as an administrator for the Grounded Theory/Grounded Action Research Concentration.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Sculpture of Dick Hathoway to be Unveiled at Vermont Academic Center

Montpelier, VT--

A sculpture honoring beloved professor Dick Hathaway will be unveiled at 5:30pm, Thursday September 25 at the Green of Vermont College of Fine Arts – 36 College Street Montpelier. Reminiscences about Dick Hathaway, his life and his many contributions to the Montpelier Community will be shared by speakers Ben Scotch, Michael Sherman and John Turner, all longtime friends and associates of Mr. Hathaway. A reception will follow inside the T.W.Wood Gallery and Arts Center.

Dick Hathaway — Professor Richard Hathaway, as he would almost never allow himself to be called — shocked all his friends when he left this world quickly and quietly the victim of a heart attack at age 71.A brilliant historian, learned, thorough, always searching. But more than that, Dick Hathaway was a rare combination — an outgoing, happy scholar with a burning social conscience; a serious intellectual with a glad heart and a sense that life, even when difficult, was often slightly funny.

He was born in Boston, educated at Bates College and Northwestern University. He taught at Bowdoin and came to Goddard College in Plainfield in 1965. When Goddard downsized, Hathaway moved to Vermont College and later Union Institute, where he became what one colleague described as “the spiritual core of the Adult Degree Program.”

In 2004 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Union Institute for his role as a distinguished teacher, scholar, mentor, and civic leader.

About the Artist:

Sculptor Bridgette Mongeon is an artist, sculptor, writer, educator, public speaker. Twenty years ago she began experimenting with sculpture. Soon after, she dedicated her life to the art and gave up her career in advertising and marketing to become a full-time sculptor. Ms. Mongeon is an alumnus of Vermont College, then owned and operated by the Union Institute, having graduated with a Bachelors in Arts.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

David Gergen to Deliver Keynote Address at Union Institute & University's National Commencement

The senior political analyst for CNN and advisor to four U.S. presidents will host a talk, open to the public, September 28

CINCINNATI – Union Institute & University (UI&U) is honored to announce that David Gergen, one of the most important voices in leadership and U.S. politics and public policy, will deliver the keynote address at UI&U’s national commencement ceremony, Saturday, September 27, in the Hall of Mirrors at the Hilton Netherland, downtown. Union will also present Gergen with an honorary Doctorate in Letters for his work as a leader who puts country before politics.

Gergen is the director of the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is the editor-at-large at U.S. News & World Report and is a senior political analyst for CNN. He also served in the White House for Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Reagan before agreeing to serve as counselor to President Clinton on both foreign policy and domestic affairs, and then as a special international advisor to the president and to Secretary of State Warren Christopher. Gergen also regularly serves as an analyst on radio shows, and he is a frequent lecturer at venues around the world. In the fall of 2000 he published a best-selling book titled, Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton.
Gergen was the editor of U.S. News for two-and-a-half years. While working to guide the magazine to record gains in circulation and advertising, he also teamed up with Mark Shields for political commentary every Friday night for five years on the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. The two won numerous awards for their political coverage.

Currently, Gergen is actively covering the U.S. Presidential election for CNN, and he will again add his voice of expertise and experience to the political frontier when he reports on the upcoming presidential debates, the first of which will take place on September 26, a day before he visits Cincinnati.

Union will also host a Q&A with Gergen, titled Breakfast with David Gergen, from 9-11 a.m., Sunday, September 28, at UI&U, 440 East McMillan St., Walnut Hills. The event is open to the public, however, seating is limited and priority is given to journalism and political science students, who may preregister by calling Nicole Hamilton at 513-487-1194, or by emailing at This event is free. Coffee and bagels courtesy of Marx Hot Bagels.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Union Institute & University Announces New Degree Program for Los Angeles Firefighters

Program in Public Administration, in partnership with the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, is tailored to fit firefighter’s busy schedule

LOS ANGELES - Union Institute & University today announced a new bachelor’s degree in public administration designed to fit the needs of Los Angeles area firefighters seeking to continue their education while remaining on the force. The program, in partnership with the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City (UFLAC), is similar to Union’s degree programs in Criminal Justice Management, a highly-popular program that has enabled many police officers to advance in their careers.

“For many years, firefighters have longed for a degree program that would reward them for their long hours of duty related training – Drill Tower, specialized training, and California State Fire Marshal courses,” said Jon McDuffie, UFLAC 1st Vice President. “The Union public administration program is one that we believe UFLAC members and fire department civilian personnel will find as a perfect fit.”

The regionally-accredited program offers on-site programs at sites near firehouses or close to home, cutting down on commuting time, and giving learners the opportunity to network with other firefighters. In addition, the program offers four-unit courses that are able to be completed in eight-week sessions, and firefighters can earn credit for continuing education courses they took prior to attending Union.

Very few universities offer degrees for firefighters, said Battalion Chief Patrick Butler. “Union has tailored the courses to meet the unique needs of a firefighter. For example, classes are held on site in the morning, because that’s when firefighters are getting off work after their 24-hour shift.”

Butler, also a reserved deputy sheriff, earned a degree in criminal justice from Union. After many of his colleagues at the firehouse expressed an interest in going back to school, Butler approached the LA Center and the UFLAC about creating a program specifically for firefighters. Public Administration, said Butler, was an idea track of study because “today’s firefighters are involved in community relations, local municipal government, public education, and business management,” said Butler. “We do a lot more than put out fires.”

“There are a lot of opportunities for firefighters (once they get their bachelor’s degree),” said Butler. “A lot of doors start to open. Not only is there the financial bonus that firefighters receive for having a degree, but there is also the opportunity to change your thinking. The program enhances critical thinking skills and presents new concepts and new ideas of learning. It helps firefighters do their job.”

For more information about the new program contact: Vanessa Lopez, Director of Admissions, phone: 1-800-486-8328, or email:

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Union Institute and University’s Doctorate in Psychology Program Welcomes Learners from Across the Country

Five day meeting will feature well-known clinical psychologist Rachel Hare-Mustin

BRATTLEBORO - Union Institute & University’s (UI&U) doctorate in psychology program (the “Psy.D.” program) will welcome first and second year student cohorts from Michigan to Virginia and parts of New England and the Midwest to Brattleboro for its annual academic meeting beginning August 27 at the Marlboro Technology Center downtown. The students will join together for five days of coursework, seminars and discussions. The meeting will kick-off with a dinner featuring guest speaker, noted clinical psychologist Rachel T. Hare-Mustin, Ph.D, hosted by the Marina Restaurant.

Dr. Hare-Mustin has served as a faculty member of Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, and Villanova University. She has published widely on gender issues, ethical practice, and feminist theory and postmodern theory. She has earned numerous awards for her work in theory, research, and practice from organizations including the American Psychological Association Divisions of Psychotherapy, Family Psychology, as well as by a Presidential Citation from the APA.

Union’s Psy.D. program combines the cohesion and mutual support of face-to-face education with the flexibility of online courses. The program is consistent with UI&U’s mission, and integrates social justice into all its courses, emphasizing multiculturalism in clinical practice and the psychologist’s role as an agent of social change. Learners are trained to be culturally competent clinicians, able to provide mental health services to individuals, families, groups and organizations. The program utilizes a distributed learning model, offering flexibility to working adults who need to balance career, family, and other responsibilities.

Union Institute and University’s Psy.D. program is currently accepting applications for Fall 2009. For more information contact: Diane Robinson, Admissions Psy.D., 802.254.0152 x 8408 or

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Art Advocate to Speak at Union Institute & University's Los Angeles Commencement

Elizabeth A. Sackler will speak to graduates about new responsibilities and opportunities. Most who are graduating are working adults fulfilling a lifelong dream.

LOS ANGELES - Union Institute & University (UI&U) is honored to announce that Dr. Elizabeth Sackler, who spearheaded the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, an exhibition and education facility dedicated to feminist art, will deliver this year’s keynote speech at UI&U’s California commencement, Sunday, August 10, at 11 am, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 West 8th Street, in Los Angeles.

Sackler, who earned her Ph.D. with a concentration in public history from UI&U in 1997, will speak to the graduates about new opportunities, options, and choices; and how these new opportunities yield more responsibility. “I know the Union graduates are prepared for this challenge, because of the rigors of the great education and also because Union learners have an innate desire and often burning motivation to improve their lives, to give to their communities, and to make things right in their world,” she said.

This burning motivation is something UI&U learner and so-to-be graduate Brenda Joyce Ervin-Morgan understands. The Compton resident never dreamed of going to college. Today, as she prepares to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in childhood development from UI&U on August 10, she is already setting her sites on her master’s and doctorate degrees. “My family told me I would never succeed if I went to school,” said Ervin-Morgan, the oldest of six children and herself the mother of eight children, including five who she adopted. “Union was very good to me. Their mission was to make sure that I took my education to the next level, and that, to me, is what a teacher is all about,” she said. “When they saw that I was struggling, they reached down, got me, carried me a bit, and helped me to stand up on my own two feet.”

Sackler is the president and CEO of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation and founding president of the American Indian Ritual Object Repatriation Foundation. The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum opened to international acclaim in 2007. Its mission is to raise awareness of feminism’s cultural contributions; to educate new generations about the meaning of feminist art; to maintain a dynamic and welcoming learning facility; and to present feminism in an approachable and relevant way.

The commencement will be at 11 am, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 West 8th Street, in Los Angeles. A reception will follow at The Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 South Lucerne Blvd., Los Angeles. Space is limited. Registration is required. To register contact: Zayda Rodriguez: 800-486-8328, ext. 1700, or

Monday, August 4, 2008

Union Institute & University Hosts Information Session for Prospective BS Learners

CINCINNATI- Join us on Saturday, August 9, 2008 for an informative gathering regarding the Union Institute & University Bachelor of Science program.

Check-in 9:30-10:00 am
10:00 am-12:00 noon

Cincinnati Academic Center, Room 100
440 E. McMillan St.
Cincinnati, OH 45206

Learn how you can earn your bachelor’s degree through Union Institute & University’s flexible, accelerated degree completion program. Get started on the path to earn your bachelor’s degree while maintaining your job, family, and community commitment. Faculty, admissions staff, and financial aid counselors will be available to answer your questions.

Refreshments will be provided.

Questions? Please contact Admissions Counselor Marc Weber at 513-487-1225 or

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

CONTINUING THE LEGACY: UI&U Launches Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Specialization for Doctoral Learners

MLK specialization reinforces university’s mission to address critical social issues by empowering adults in their pursuit of a lifetime of learning and service

CINCINNATI, OH - Union Institute & University (UI&U) is honored to announce the launch of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Specialization for doctoral learners enrolled in the Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies program. Within the context of their academic studies in leadership, public policy, and the humanities, UI&U’s Ph.D. candidates will have the opportunity to study the intellectual, moral, spiritual, and political legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King. Potential areas of research include Dr. King’s contributions to such areas as non-violent approaches to social and political change, the principles and practices of justice, the role of communities in political organization, and the ethical and civic responsibilities of both religious and secular leaders.

“At the conclusion of his life and work, Dr. King had engaged the issues of poverty in a land of affluence, and leaves to us the continuing challenge of engineering abundance in the place of scarcity and the violence of poverty,” said Dr. Virgil Wood, who coordinated the State of Virginia for Dr. King’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963.

“The new MLK Studies specialization reinforces UI&U’s mission to empower adults to acquire knowledge through interdisciplinary and collaborative programs that address social issues,” said Dr. Larry Preston, graduate dean for UI&U’s Cohort Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies program. “By focusing on Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy, and through internships in a variety of disciplines, learners will move beyond expressing concern about the very large number of individuals who live in poverty or blaming those who are poor for being poor and become equipped to explore the underlying causes of poverty.”

Doctoral learners enrolled in the specialization will take 30 hours of coursework including core and advanced seminars in two of three areas of concentrations: ethical and creative leadership; public policy and social issues; and humanities and society. Learners will also have the opportunity to work alongside Dr. King’s colleagues, including Dr. Virgil Wood. Plans for the program include Ph.D. residencies in Atlanta, more funding for scholarships, and support for visiting scholars.

“We are very excited about this new program and look forward to working together in the future,” said Isaac Farris, CEO of the King Center and nephew of the late Dr. King. UI&U learners will have access to the King Center’s library, which houses Dr. King’s writings in addition to the work of other civil right leaders, including Julian Bond and Andrew Young.

The new MLK specialization, said Dr. Wood, “puts a face of hope on the 40-year age of despair which we have experienced since Dr. King’s death in 1968 - until now.”

For more information about the new MLK specialization contact Regina Sewell, Admissions Counselor, Cohort PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies, at 1.800.486.3116, ext. 1268, or email

Union Institute & University Names Dr. Gregory Stewart Vice President of Enrollment Management

Stewart has led record-setting enrollment initiatives; shares UI&U’s commitment to social justice and the benefits of higher education

CINCINNATI – Union Institute & University (UI&U) today announced the appointment of Dr. Gregory Stewart as UI&U’s vice president for enrollment management. In this role, Stewart will work with the university community to accomplish the goal of strategic enrollment growth through learner recruitment and retention.

“Union has an excellent reputation as a national university serving adult learners. I am excited about working at UI&U because I believe the work of strategic enrollment management – the recruitment, retention and graduation of learners – is one of the best careers in the world,” said Stewart. “I share Union’s commitment to social justice and the benefits of higher education.”
Stewart has 25 years of increasing administrative responsibilities in a broad spectrum of higher education institutions serving traditional age and adult learners and brings a wealth of experience in leading recruitment and retention programs. He served as interim associate vice president for enrollment management at the University of Cincinnati, and associate vice president for enrollment management at Northern Kentucky University (NKU), where he led the university in record setting enrollment growth. In addition, he served as director of admissions at the University of Akron and director of admissions at NKU. His most recent position was as vice president, enrollment management and student affairs, at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.

“We are excited about the expertise and potential that Dr. Stewart brings to our enrollment efforts,” said U&IU President Dr. Roger H. Sublett. “Enrollment is a prime focus for all of us at Union, both at our headquarters here in Cincinnati, as well as in our outlying academic centers in Miami, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Vermont. Greg’s publication record is impressive, as is his participation in state, regional and national professional conferences relating to enrollment management and learner services. We look forward to some exciting years of enrollment growth and increased service to our learners in Cincinnati and around the country.”

Stewart has also served as a faculty member, teaching social work, human services, and higher education administration at the University of Akron and NKU and participated as a member of the U.S.–Cambodia Joint Conference on Social Work delegation in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2007. He has published articles on diversity and higher education issues in scholarly journals and professional publications and has authored and managed a dozen research and service grants.
A volunteer for the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Stewart is a member of the Board of Directors for the Inner City Tennis Foundation, The Center for Chemical Addictions Treatment, Wesley Education Center for Children and Families, and the English Language Learning Foundation. In 2006, he was recognized with the 2006 Nuestra Familia Award from the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs in recognition of outstanding service for the Hispanic Community in the State of Ohio. He was also the recipient of the 2002 Bridge Builder Award for the Cincinnati/Hamilton County Community Action Agency.

Stewart earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Cincinnati and continued his education at Miami University, where he completed a master’s degree in counseling. He has a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Ohio University and is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and National Certified Counselor (NCC).

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Union Institute & University Announces Tuition-Free Semester for Student Teachers

MIAMI, FL- In keeping with its mission of social responsibility, Union Institute & University (UI&U) today announced a full tuition scholarship available to learners during their student teaching semester. UI&U learners enrolled in UI&U’s teacher certification program are eligible for the scholarship, which waives their entire tuition while they student teach.

“We believe our learners deserve our full support in their efforts to accomplish this important educational goal,” said Dr. Marie Bogat, dean of the Florida Center. “Becoming licensed classroom teachers will make all the difference in their future, at the same time that it fulfills the need that presently exists in South Florida for more teachers.”

Union Institute & University administrators and staff decided on the scholarship in response to a number of their students who felt it difficult to support themselves and families while student teaching. Committed to providing a rigorous and progressive education to under-served and non-traditional adult learners, UI&U believes this scholarship will have far reaching and positive implications on the public school system as a whole.

“Since a crucial part of the teacher certification process involves student teaching, prospective school teachers must often quit their jobs in order to accommodate their teaching schedule,” said Frank Scala, coordinator of student teachers for the Florida Center, located in North Miami Beach that serves working adults from around southeastern Florida. “The financial burden is such that many committed and talented educators elect not to go through the process of student teaching rather than complete their degree.”

To be eligible for this scholarship, a UI&U learner must meet all the requirements of UI&U’s Florida-based programs. This includes successful completion of all requirements leading to a Bachelor’s of Science degree in their elected major (Elementary Education K-5, Exceptional Student Education K-12, Physical Education K-12, Secondary Math, Science, English or Social Sciences grades 6-12).

A review committee has been established to oversee that each prospective candidate has met all of the requirements before being recommended into the program.

For more information contact Frank J. Scala, Coordinator of Student Teachers for Union Institute & University’s Florida Academic Center – 800-486-9968.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Union Institute & University Welcomes Civil Rights Leader

CINCINNATI, OH – Dr. Virgil Wood, church leader, educator, and civil rights activist, will visit Cincinnati to participate in Union Institute & University’s (UI&U) academic residency for the Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies program. As part of his visit, the Harvard-educated Baptist pastor will deliver, “Transposing the Dream of Martin Luther King Jr.,” at 6:30 p.m., on Sunday, July 6, in the Archway Ballroom of the Phoenix Club, Downtown. Dr. Wood will also help launch Union Institute & University’s new specialization in MLK studies as part of the Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies program.

Ordained as a Baptist minister in his late teens, Wood has served churches in RI, MA, and VA. During his pastorate in Lynchburg, VA, he became actively involved with the civil rights movement, establishing Martin Luther King’s work there as the Lynchburg Improvement Association, a local unit of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He served with the Conference for the last 10years of Dr. King’s life and work, and coordinated the state of Virginia’s role in the historic March on Washington on April 28, 1963.

In 1973, he received his doctorate in Education from Harvard University. As an educator, he served as dean and director of the African American Institute and associate professor at Northeastern University in Boston, and has been a professor at Virginia Seminary and College in Lynchburg, as well as a visiting lecturer and research and teaching fellow at Harvard University.

In addition, he served as an administrator for Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America, a job training organization serving disadvantaged and under-skilled Americans of all races; assisted in founding and establishing 13 OIC centers in eight southern states, and in Boston, MA. Wood also served as a panelist and member of three White House conferences under the Johnson, Nixon, and Carter administrations.

Dr. Wood is pastor emeritus of the Pond Street Baptist Church in Providence, RI, where he served as pastor for 25 years.

For more information about the Dr. Wood and his keynote address, contact: Jonathan Eskridge, PhD Program Director, 513-487-1199 or

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Union Institute & University Announces 8-Week Sessions for Continuing Adult Education

WALNUT HILLS - Union Institute & University (UI&U), an accredited university since 1964 offering interdisciplinary plans of study for adult learners, will begin offering eight-week summer courses June 24. The classes, held at UI&U’s headquarters in Walnut Hills, are designed for working adults who want to enhance skills and continue their education to further their careers. UI&U undergraduate learners may also earn college credits for the courses.

Featured Classes Are:

Grant/Proposal Writing - 4 credits - Deborah Wilcox, Ph.D.
Saturdays June 28, July 5, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16
9 a.m. - noon

Human Resources Management - 4 credits - Rick Read, Ed.D.
Thursdays June 26, July 3, July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31, August 7, August 14
6 - 9 p.m.
(For this course, learners must have taken a college level writing or English course, or one of the following: Introduction to Business; Principles of Management; or Business Principles)

Introduction to Humanities - 4 credits - Bill Williams, Ph.D.
Wednesdays, June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13
6 - 9 p.m.
(For this course, learners must have taken at least one college level writing course)

Ethical Issues in Social Work - 4 credits - Jennifer Jackson, MSW
Tuesdays, June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29, August 5, August 12
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Classes will be held at UI&U Cincinnati Academic Center, 440 E. McMillan Street, Walnut Hills. For registration and tuition information, contact UI&U at 513-487-1225, or (800) 486-3116, ext. 1225, or send an email to Space is limited. Learners are encouraged to register by Thursday, June 12, 2008.

Union Institute & University Appoints Dr. Carolyn Turner as Dean of Cincinnati Undergraduate Center

CINCINNATI - Dr. Carolyn Turner today was named Dean of Union Institute & University’s Cincinnati Undergraduate Center in Walnut Hills. Prior to her appointment, she served as assistant dean of the center.

Under Turner’s direction, UI&U will continue to cultivate strong relationships and collaborations with a number of local businesses and organizations. She will also develop special partnerships and articulation agreements with schools and local organizations as well as offer workshops, seminars, and presentations on social justice topics.

“I want to reach out to the thousands of adult learners who may not believe they have the time or flexibility to pursue their degrees and show them that UI&U is a viable option,” said Turner, who plans on doubling UI&U’s current undergraduate enrollment by next year, as part of Governor Strickland’s initiative on higher education.

Both Turner and her father, esteemed civil rights activist Dr. Bailey Turner, are graduates of UI&U’s doctoral program, and both live the UI&U mission and vision to be enlightened, engaged, and empowered to a lifetime of service.

“Dr. Turner has been a strong contributor and advocate for Cincinnati’s education community for several years, and brings time-honored experience and extensive contacts to augment UI&U’s undergraduate program,” said UI&U President, Dr. Roger H. Sublett. “I’m sure you’ll be hearing from Carolyn in the coming days as she works to spread the word about Union’s flexible and socially relevant degree completion programs.”

Turner replaces Dr. Dan Price, who served as Interim Dean of the Cincinnati Undergraduate Center for the last two years. Now the undergraduate center’s academic support director, Price oversees the center’s academic processes and procedures and serves as liaison to the adjunct faculty. Price will also provide leadership in developing articulation agreements and partnerships with other academic institutions and organizations.

Superintendent William J. Mathis to Speak at Union Institute & University

MONTPELIER, VT - William J. Mathis, superintendent of schools for the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union in Brandon, VT, will deliver the keynote address for the Vermont M.Ed. Program’s summer residency from 6:45-8 p.m., June 28, in the Noble Hall Reading Room located at UI&U’s Vermont Academic Center in Montpelier.

In his keynote address, Mathis will compare the United States with other nations in the ways we treat children and value education. The current status of education in the United States will also be examined in light of the vital social and economic necessity of equality of education if we are to have a democratic society. Mathis will also explore existing educational inequities in the nation. According to Mathis, the current injustices are seen as a natural outgrowth of the ascent and dominance of the prevailing neo-liberal, corporate model of government. Educators and educational leaders are seen as vital leaders if we are to have a just society.

In addition to serving as a superintendent, Mathis teaches education finance and law at the University of Vermont. He has published extensively on the cost of providing an adequate education, the federal No Child Left Behind law and on numerous policy issues. He is a former state superintendent of the year and national superintendent of the year finalist.

His school district was the lead plaintiff in Vermont’s state funding case which resulted in fundamental statewide reform. Mathis also is a plaintiff in the current case asking for the federal government to properly fund the federal law. In consultant work, he frequently works with groups across the nation in examining their funding systems and their fundamental purposes of education.

The keynote is free and open to the public. For more information contact Shelley Matz at 802-828-8810 or email

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Union Institute & University Announces New Hires

Regina Sewell, Union Institute & University’s Admissions Counselor, Cohort Ph.D.

Regina Sewell, the new Admissions Counselor for the Cohort PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies, comes to UI&U as a recent graduate of UCLA’s master’s program in Ethnomusicology. A native of Cincinnati, Sewell brings to UI&U her previous graduate admissions experience from the University of Cincinnati, teaching experience from UCLA, and her lifelong passion for education and the musical arts.

Sewell hopes to use these attributes and her own interdisciplinary background to recruit prospective learners to the Cohort Ph.D. program as well as further the goals of diversity, social justice, and academic excellence established by the UI&U.

Mark Stevens, UI&U Online Content Manager/Writer

Mark Stevens, UI&U’s new Web Content Manager, grew up in northeastern Ohio and graduated from Kent State with a bachelor’s degree in English in 2004. He comes to UI&U from Frontgate where he worked as a Production Coordinator for the Frontgate and Grandin Road Web sites.

Sheila Morris, UI&U Human Resources Assistant and Secretary

Originally from Detroit, Morris moved to Cincinnati in July of 2004. Before accepting the position as human resources assistant and secretary at UI&U, she worked as a transmission specialist for Key Bank.

Morris attended Davenport University in Michigan where she studied computer applications. She also attended Herzing College Online and received her degree in health care.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Dr. Nick Young Will Visit Japan with the Fulbright Program for Educators

Montpelier, Vermont--Dr. Nick Young, director of Union Institute & University’s Department of Graduate Psychology and Counseling, headquartered in Brattleboro, was recently accepted into the Japan Fulbright Program for Educators.

This prestigious program was designed to bring American educators to Japan for three weeks to interact with, and study, the customs and educational systems in that country (and to foster an exchange of ideas to assist Japanese educators with strengthening their own educational systems). Accepted participants to this program are designated as Fulbright Memorial Program Scholars.

Nick will visit October in October 2008 to study the Japanese educational system, and he says learning about other cultures is an invaluable experience for psychologists and counselors.

“It is very important for us to expand outward and be more mindful of cultural differences and sensibilities,” says Nick, who earned a second doctorate, a Ph.D., from UI&U with a specialization in educational administration.

As the director of UI&U’s Department of Graduate Psychology and Counseling, one of his efforts includes continuing to develop ways learners can gain cross-cultural awareness. He also co-edited and contributed to, Counseling in a Complex Society, which explores this subject.

Nick’s visit to Japan won’t be the first time he has set out to learn from other cultures. He has also participated in humanitarian missions in South America.
Read Dr. Nick Young’s Bio

Dr. Young holds a B.S. from Austin Peay State University and a M.A. in Clinical Psychology, a M.A. in Human Resources with a focus in Industrial and Organizational psychology, a Masters of Public Administration, a CAGS in School Psychology, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Psychology from American International College. He finished a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical psychology and earned a M.Ed. in Educational Administration and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at AIC. Dr. Young completed individualized graduate studies in school counseling as well as a CAGS in Educational Administration at Westfield State College before obtaining a MBA from Western New England College.

He has significant experience working in school, clinical and education settings. He is a nationally certified counselor, a nationally certified school psychologist, a licensed educational psychologist, a board certified health services provider, and a licensed psychologist with clinical and educational specialties. He is an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS).

Dr. Young is also an experienced educator and educational administrator, having served in building and district level school leadership positions. In the field of education, he holds certifications as a superintendent of schools, school principal, special education director, pupil services administrator, special education teacher, guidance counselor and school psychologist.

Dr. Young is a regular presenter at state and national conferences, and he has published in various practitioner journals. Prior to joining the graduate and post-graduate faculties at Vermont College in the early 90’s, he taught graduate level education, guidance and psychology courses at American International College. Dr. Young pioneered the Department of Graduate Psychology and Counseling and has been its Director since its inception in December 2001.

Lisa Lorimer Named Chair of Union Institute & University’s Board of Trustees

Lorimer is the founder of Vermont Bread Company and lifelong Vermont resident

CINCINNATI – Union Institute & University (UI&U), a university offering interdisciplinary plans of study for adult learners through its distance learning programs, and academic centers located in Cincinnati (OH), Los Angeles and Sacramento (CA), Miami (FL), and on its Vermont College Campus in Montpelier and the Brattleboro Center (VT) today announced the election of Lisa Lorimer as chairperson of UI&U’s Board of Trustees.

Lorimer is a Vermont native and the founder and former president and CEO of the Vermont Bread Company. She was first appointed to the university’s Board of Trustees in September 2003.

Union Institute & University President Roger H. Sublett, Ph.D. is excited about Lorimer’s appointment. “Lisa brings a strong entrepreneurial spirit to our university, in addition to a keen sense of business,” he said. “Her considerable acumen and intelligence will serve Union well, particularly as we look at how we can better serve adults throughout the nation and overseas.” Past Board Chair Cheryl Foley calls Lorimer a “leader for the future.”

Often credited with helping fuel the boom in organic food sales over the past two decades, Lorimer sold her controlling interest in 2004 but continues as a significant investor and board member of the company she helped found in 1978 in a country barn in Brattleboro. With nearly $20 million in sales per year, the Vermont Bread Company was the largest producer of all-natural, premium, and certified organic breads and muffins in the Northeast United States. Under her leadership, it was the largest woman-owned manufacturing firm in Vermont and has been featured in magazines such as Inc., Baking Management, and Family Circle.

Lorimer is 1993 alumna of UI&U’s undergraduate program in Vermont, formerly known as the Adult Degree Program (ADP and the first Vermont College graduate to be appointed a UI&U trustee. Already a successful entrepreneur when she began her degree, she is passionate about the education she received at UI&U.

“My experience (as a U&IU learner) was transformational,” said Lorimer, who is currently co-authoring a book on how to run a business. “My advisors helped me find my voice as a writer.”

Lorimer serves on the Board of Directors of the Vermont Community Foundation and the Snelling Center for Government at the University of Vermont. A fundraising volunteer for the Women’s Crisis Center, she is also a member of the Education Committee for Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. Lorimer was a delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business, where she served on the Research Advisory Committee for the Peace & Justice Center’s Vermont Job Gap Study Basic Needs and Livable Wage report in 1998.

In addition to her B.A. from the UI&U’s Vermont College ADP program, Lorimer completed the three-year Owner President Management Program at Harvard Business School. An alumna of the Vermont Leadership Institute’s inaugural class of 1996, she now serves as a faculty member. She is also a licensed respite foster care provider who extends her services voluntarily.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Union Institute & University Partners with the Academy of Medicine for Forum on Global Volunteerism

CINCINNATI – Leaders in the field of medical volunteerism will convene at Duke Energy Center in downtown Cincinnati April 17 to take part in “Medical Volunteerism and Ethics in a Global Society,” a daylong forum presented by Union Institute & University and the Academy of Medicine.

The event will feature keynote speakers Edward O’Neil, M.D., and Virginia Ruehlmann Wiltse, Ph.D. as well as talks by other nationally recognized experts in the field of medical volunteerism who will speak on a variety of related subjects including a first-hand accounts of a Third-World medical volunteer; health preparation for international travel and medical relief work; and the essential planning elements necessary to lead successful missions abroad.

Dr. O’Neil is the author of Awakening Hippocrates: A Primer on Health, Poverty, and Global Service, and A Practical Guide to Global Health Service, and founder of the founder the non-profit organization Omni-Med, ( which focuses on health volunteerism and ethical leadership. His keynote talk will address global volunteerism for everyone, and will explain how to recognize the right opportunities and how to get started.

Dr. Virginia Ruehlmann Wiltse, is a graduate of UI&U’s doctoral program in interdisciplinary studies and is the director and vice president of Care Response Madagascar Foundation – a locally-based organization that provides extensive relief efforts to Madagascar. Her presentation, “Ordinary People and Everyday Miracles: Global Volunteerism from the Non-Medical Perspective,” will include video footage from her travels to Madagascar that illustrate what can be accomplished when ordinary people contribute their resources or volunteer their time and talent to benefit the poor in the developing world.

“Medical Volunteerism and Ethics in a Global Society” is the first of three lectures presented by UI&U as part of their series; Presidential Forum: Leadership Opportunities and Social Responsibility in An Age of Accountability. The series is made possible by a grant awarded to UI&U from The Helen Steiner Rice Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GSF).

The event is open to the public and will also include a panel discussion, as well as a five minute Q&A between speakers. Dinner is included in the registration fee.
To register for the event contact the Academy of Medicine at (513) 421-7010 or visit

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Union Institute & University Waives Application Fee for All Programs

Any prospective learner can apply for free until July 1, 2008

CINCINNATI - Union Institute & University (UI&U) announced today that it is waiving its application fee for all learners in every degree program until July 1, 2008. The university-wide initiative is effective immediately and was initiated with the intention of furthering UI&U’s role as a leader in affordable and quality higher education for the adult learner. Applicants may visit to learn more about UI&U’s degree programs and to apply. They will need to enter the word “Union” in the Promotional Code field at the end of the application to have the fee waived.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Union Institute & University Announces New Programs at Upcoming Information Sessions

CINCINNATI – Beginning March 4, Union Institute & University’s Cincinnati Center for Undergraduate Studies will host weekly information sessions throughout the month to introduce its innovative undergraduate programs to the community.

The new B.A. and B.S. degree programs, designed to accommodate the busy adult schedule, are further examples of how UI&U continues to redefine higher education by placing learners at the center of their own education. The Walnut Hills-based center offers a wide variety of majors from psychology to criminal justice. Learner benefits include close faculty mentoring and advising, the ability to transfer credit from prior learning, and flexible learning times.

President Dr. Roger Sublett is eager to get the word out about the new options.
“We’re pleased that our newly revised programs, with their on-ground and online options, can accommodate the needs of Cincinnati adults looking for relevant and marketable degrees,” said Dr. Sublett. “We are continuing our mission to empower adults with relevant and flexible alternatives in higher education.”

UI&U’s accelerated undergraduate degree programs incorporate the learners’ prior transfer credits earned at other universities or colleges, consider the learners’ relevant professional experience and knowledge, and identify a set of remaining courses that reflect the learners’ personal goals and satisfies UI&U degree requirements. Unlike most universities, UI&U does not put a time limit on transferring in credits earned at other higher learning institutions.

Undergraduate learners have the option of completing their courses through one-to-one tutorial instruction by phone or e-mail, face-to-face with instructors, or online.
Many learners chose a degree program that prepares them for careers in growing fields including social work, human services, business management, and early childhood education.

Joseph Roetting, a current UI&U undergraduate learner and Mayor of Mount Healthy, chose to complete his B.S. in business management at UI&U because of its flexibility.
“It has always been important for me to get my bachelor’s degree,” said Roetting, an investment specialist for Duke Energy. “I always wanted to achieve it sometime in my lifetime – but I also understand that there needs to be a balance between family and personal goals.”

UI&U, said Roetting, helped him succeed and achieve his goals.

Financial aid counselors, faculty advisors, and admissions counselors will be present at the Tuesday information sessions, 6-7:30 p.m., each Tuesday in March: March 4, 11, 18, and 25, at Union Institute & University, 440 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills.

For more information, contact Admissions Counselor Marc Weber at 513-487-1225 or

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Union Institute & University Receives Grant from Helen Steiner Rice Fund, Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Grant will fund a three-year project for leadership and social responsibility

CINCINNATI – Union Institute & University (UI&U) has been awarded a grant from The Helen Steiner Rice Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF). The $75,000 award will be dispersed in $25,000 increments over the next three years and provide funding to support UI&U’s presidential lecture series; Presidential Forum: Leadership Opportunities and Social Responsibility in An Age of Accountability.

UI&U will partner with the Academy of Medicine to present the first forum, “Medical Volunteerism and Ethics in a Global Society,” on April 17 at Duke Energy Center. The day-long event will feature keynote speakers Edward O’Neil, M.D., and Virginia Ruehlmann Wiltse, Ph.D.

Dr. Roger Sublett, president of UI&U, said about the award, “UI&U and the Academy of Medicine are so grateful to The Helen Steiner Rice Fund and GCF. We applaud their foresight in funding the Presidential Forums, which will allow UI&U to showcase our emphasis on social justice and global issues, as well as make use of our network of our faculty and alumni around the country who are making a difference in our world. Our goal is to provide information and opportunities for all of us to come together to identify and address current social issues and see first-hand how engagement at the local level can create solutions at the global level.”

Dr. O’Neil is the author of Awakening Hippocrates: A Primer on Health, Poverty, and Global Service, and A Practical Guide to Global Health Service. He is the founder the non-profit organization Omni-Med, ( which focuses on health volunteerism and ethical leadership.

Dr. Virginia Ruehlmann Wiltse, a graduate of UI&U’s doctoral program in interdisciplinary studies, runs Care Response Madagascar Foundation – a locally-based organization that provides extensive relief efforts to Madagascar, particularly in the remote Toamasina/Tamatave region.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Union Institute & University Brings Renowned Education Scholar to Montpelier Center

Dr. Peggy McIntosh is founder of the National Seeking Educational & Equity Diversity (SEED) Project on Inclusive Curriculum

MONTPELIER, VT – Union Institute & University’s (UI&U) Master of Education Program will present “Five Frames of Mind for Looking at Education,” by Dr. Peggy McIntosh, author of White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sunday, February 24, at The Chapel in Old College Hall at UI&U’s Vermont Academic Center in Montpelier. The talk is open to the public. McIntosh will describe five interactive ways of looking at life and education. The talk will start with the most exclusive ways of seeing, which McIntosh was taught in her own culture and class framework, and will move through increasingly more inclusive ways of seeing which she has become committed to over time.

“Dr. McIntosh is well known for her groundbreaking work in the areas of white privilege, women’s studies, and educational equity,” said Connie Krosney, an education professor at UI&U. “As a presenter, she brings her own experiences into the conversation, and invites others to do the same, in a manner which promotes transformational learning, and creates an environment focused on social justice.” McIntosh is a senior research scientist and associate director with the Wellesley Centers for Women, and founder and co-director of the National Seeking Educational & Equity Diversity (SEED) Project on Inclusive Curriculum. The SEED Project helps teachers create their own year-long, school-based seminars on making school climates, K-12 curricula, and teaching methods more gender fair and multi-culturally equitable.

A $10 donation is requested. All proceeds from this event will benefit the SEED Project. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, register by contacting Shelley Matz at 802-828-8810, or e-mail

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Union Institute & University Alumna Lucille Griswold In the News!

In the 1950s, Lucille Griswold had just completed her freshmen year at Alfred University in New York State. Unable to return the following year, she took a job working for the government. Also that year, “I fell in love,” said Lucille, of her husband, William. The two were married, and they knew they had to make a tough decision.

“This was back before student loans,” said Lucille. “We knew only one of us could go to college.”So Lucille put her education on hold to raise her family and support her young husband as he studied to become a prosthodontist.

Now, at the age of 73, Lucille has finally earned her bachelor’s degree in business and women’s studies from Union Institute & University’s Virtual Vermont program.

“It is never too late to get an education,” said Lucille, who doesn’t put an age requirement on higher education goals. “I don’t think I could ever get enough education. For me, it is a lifelong pursuit.” Read the article published in The Gazette about Lucille at:

Union Institute & University Elects New Member to Board Of Trustees

Michele Hunt, founder of Vision & Values, was member of the first Clinton administration

Cincinnati- Union Institute & University (UI&U), a university offering interdisciplinary plans of study for adult learners through its distance learning programs, and academic centers located in Cincinnati (OH), Los Angeles and Sacramento (CA), Miami (FL), and on its Vermont College Campus in Montpelier and the Brattleboro Center (VT) today announced the election of Michele Hunt to UI&U’s Board of Trustees.Hunt is nationally known for her work as a change catalyst and “thinking partner” to leaders of organizations and communities on leadership development, organizational transformation and organizational effectiveness. She works with leaders and their teams to help transform their organizations to higher levels participation, teamwork and performance. Her work is rooted in the principles of shared vision, values and continuous learning.

Hunt’s customers have included leadership teams at IBM, Motorola, Swiss Reinsurance Company, Popular Inc., Banco Popular Puerto Rico, Banco Popular North America, Johns Hopkins University, Bright China Management Institute, Banco Do Brasil, BHP of Australia, NASA, The U.S. Veterans Administration, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, The U.S. Department of Education, The U.S. National Park Service, The Girl Scouts of America, National Junior Achievement, World Vision International, The Episcopal Divinity School at Harvard and Leadership team the Chicago Public Schools.

In 1992 she served on President Bill Clinton’s Transition Team, and in 1993 she was appointed by President Clinton to serve as the executive director of the Federal Quality Institute, whose mission was to help seed the reinvention of the United States government through The National Performance Review: Creating a Government that Works Better and Cost Less. As a leader of this institution, she brought the latest thinking and management practices to this effort, working alongside Vice President Al Gore and the cabinet leadership teams, and created public-private partnerships with world-recognized thought leaders and high performing organizations including: Peter Drucker, John Gardner, Max De Pree, Peter Senge, GE, Xerox, Ford, and Herman Miller.

Prior to this appointment, Hunt spent 13 years with Herman Miller, Inc., a Fortune 500 global office furniture company. She served on the executive management team as senior vice president for people. In this capacity she led the company’s organizational transformation, responsible for global leadership development, human resources, quality management, and corporate communications.

Hunt is the author of the book DreamMakers: Putting Vision and Values to Work and is also the conceptual director of DreamMakers, a documentary that features compelling stories of people who made their hopes and dreams come true against tremendous obstacles. She has also published chapters in The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook, by Peter Senge; Leading People by Robert Rosen; and The Diversity Action Book.

Hunt serves on the board of directors of Hewitt Associates, The Institute for Inclusion and the Detroit Windsor Dance Academy. She earned her bachelor and masters degrees in sociology from Eastern Michigan University and University of Detroit, respectively. She resides in New York City.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Union Institute & University Professors to Sign New Book at Pasadena Bookstore

CINCINNATI – Union Institute & University criminal justice professors Lieutenant Raymond Foster, LAPD (ret.) and Captain Andrew Harvey, CPD (ret.) will sign their latest co-authored book, Leadership: Texas Hold ‘Em Style, 4-5 p.m., Saturday, February 9, at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., in Pasadena.

Combining decades of practical experience and academic credentials, Harvey and Foster used poker as an analogy for leadership in their definitive book for leaders, Leadership: Texas Hold ‘em Style. Most often leaders find they are given a set of resources people, equipment, funds, experience and a mission. “You are dealt a certain hand,” said Lt. Foster, who teaches at UI&U’s Los Angeles center. “How you play that hand as a leader determines your success.” For more information contact Nicole Hamilton at 1-800-486-3116, ext. 1194, or visit