Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Montpelier Celebrates Women's History Month

MONTPELIER, VT. - Union Institute & University (UI&U) will host a public discussion for Women’s History Month as well as an Open House for those interested in learning more about the university’s Bachelor of Arts degree on March 7, at the Montpelier Center, 62 Ridge Street.

In keeping with the university’s mission to promote social justice, and in honor of Women’s History Month, the Center will feature a talk by UI&U faculty, Dr. Linda Gray, titled Women’s History by the Numbers. The presentation, from 1:15-2:30 p.m., will examine the changes in women's roles in America, and the observable effects of those changes. The public is invited to bring stories to share.

Dr. Gray chairs the historical, social, and cultural studies concentration in university’s BA program. She served on the Vermont Governor’s Commission on Women from 1988-1996, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Ukraine from 2007-2008. Her research focuses on restoring lost or ignored narratives in the historical canon, in particular, those of native Americans and women.

UI&U faculty Sharyn Layfield will present a workshop open to the public entitled, Hot Tips for College Writing, from 3-4 p.m. Another talk includes Dialogues on Practice, from 1:15-2:45, by UI&U faculty, Amy Grillo Angell (open to UI&U alumni and local educators).

Rachel Keach says the Saturday event is a great way for potential learners to see UI&U’s mission in action. “This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in our programs to meet and talk to faculty and staff, and see what we are all about.”

Open House participants are encouraged to register from 12:45-1:15 at the Montpelier Center. Faculty and staff will be on-hand to discuss flexible B.A. options at a reception from 2:30 -3:30 p.m. in the Stone Lounge. Preregistration is suggested for the discussions by contacting Rachel Keach, assistant director of admissions, at Rachel.keach@myunion.edu, or at 802.828.8510.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Vermont Educator to Speak at UI&U in Montpelier

Johnson-Aten empowers teachers and students to become leaders within the school

MONTPELIER, VT – Bonnie Johnson-Aten, a leading Burlington-based educator, will present the keynote address, “Opening Possibilities in Education: Ideas, Imagination, and Integration,” at Union Institute & University’s Masters of Education residency, at 5 p.m., Saturday, February 21, at The Chapel, Old College Hall, on the Vermont College Campus.

A 2003 graduate of UI&U's M.Ed. program and a 1999 graduate of UVM's Snelling Institute for School Leadership, Johnson-Aten is currently principal of Edmunds Middle School in Burlington, VT. For her talk, she will present a synthesis of personal experience and educational research as she explores the role of multicultural education in “opening possibilities” for all students. “She leads, in part, by creating a positive school climate and empowering both teachers and students to become leaders within the school,” said Dr. Perry Thomas, faculty chair of UI&U M.Ed program.

The vision of the UI&U M.Ed program is to provide a culture of inquiry, a center for renewal, and a community of educators. Learners think critically about models of education, reflect on practice, engage in meaningful dialogue, work collaboratively, and explore questions of personal concern and social significance. Its goals are to foster the development of educators who are inquirers, reformers, and leaders; to advance theory and practice in education; and to promote real school reform.
Johnson-Aten’s keynote address is free and open to the public. For information contact Dr. Elizabeth Perry Thomas at Elizabeth.thomas@myunion.edu, or call (802) 828-8587.