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.