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.