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