Wednesday, June 30, 2010

UI&U Announces Leadership Changes at the Cincinnati Center

Leadership changes reflect the university’s growth in Cincinnati and focus on adult higher education

CINCINNATI - Union Institute & University (UI&U), a private, non-profit university headquartered in Walnut Hills, today announced that Jon W. Mays has been hired as UI&U’s vice president for enrollment management, effective August 1, 2010. Mays comes to UI&U after a long and successful career at the University of Cincinnati, where he held positions with increasing responsibility in a variety of areas, most recently as director of operations in the Office of Admissions.

Mays’s experience in enrollment management is extensive. At the University of Cincinnati, he was the lead resource for policies, procedures, data reporting and analysis, and is credited with improving the overall admissions process for incoming students. He has proven leadership skills in strategic recruitment, accountability, student information systems, and online application systems, and experience in institutional research and financial aid. He also served as the university bursar for four years, having begun his career in the student accounts area.

Mays earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Master of Public Administration, both from the University of Cincinnati. He is a member of the Ohio and National Associations of College Admission Counseling.

Dr. Patricia Brewer, dean of the pre-cohort Ph.D. program, has been appointed associate provost for academic programs. She will continue to serve as dean of the university’s pre-cohort doctoral program, but will also work closely with UI&U Provost Dr. Richard Hansen to provide oversight of academic program planning, development, and evaluation.

Brewer will oversee the American Council on Education (ACE) Ohio State Affiliate office, housed at Union Institute & University, and serve on academic and curriculum committees, in addition to representing the university to external constituencies, including the SOCHE Adult Credentialing Committee and Ohio Region 5 Workforce Development. She has extensive academic administrative experience through prior positions held at Sinclair Community College, Capital University and Walden University. She is a Higher Learning Commission consultant-evaluator with the North Central Association, and serves on their Accreditation Review Committee and the C-E Advisory Team that plans and conducts training for consultant-evaluators.

For more information please contact Nicole Hamilton, public relations manager at, or at 513-487-1194.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

UI&U Announces Leadership Changes at the California Centers

Changes are designed to support the growth of UI&U in California and beyond

SACRAMENTO, CA – Union Institute & University (UI&U), a private, non-profit university with locations in Sacramento and Los Angeles, today announced leadership changes at both centers. The changes, effective July 1, 2010, are designed to support the growth of UI&U in California and beyond.

Dr. Beth Pastores-Palffy has been appointed dean of the California Centers in Los Angeles and Sacramento. She has served successfully as associate dean of the L.A. Center, and has been critically involved with the strategy to expand UI&U’s criminal justice management program in the L.A. area, as well as developing the successful child development major and outreach efforts. Pastores-Palffy will continue to work toward consistent academic quality in tandem with a strong learner support system.

Dr. James Rocheleau, dean of the two California undergraduate centers will assume a new position as associate provost for special projects. Additionally, he will continue to be responsible for the marketing and outreach effort for the California centers, driving program development and expanding marketing opportunities in California. “I extend my gratitude to Dr. Rocheleau for the growth of the California Centers,” said Provost Dr. Richard Hansen. “Rocheleau has provided leadership in both Sacramento and Los Angeles for the past __ years, doubling the size of each center and expanding Union’s visibility and reach to new sites and programs. The university’s Criminal Justice program has seen its most visible success under his leadership.”

Dr. Fatemeh Fazely has been appointed associate dean of the Sacramento Center. In this capacity, Fazely will be fully responsible for the Sacramento Center and will work directly with Pastores-Palffy. Fazely has served successfully as a faculty advisor in the Sacramento Center and is chair of the emergency services management major. In addition, she has served as a member of the Faculty Council and as chair of the Faculty Council Human Resources Committee.

Monday, June 21, 2010

UI&U's Lifelong Learning Offers New Course on the Enneagram

Union Institute & University’s Lifelong Learning program is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the new course: “Using the Enneagram in Psychological Practice and Assessment” with international bestselling author, Helen Palmer and Marlene Cresci-Cohen, Ph.D.

The Enneagram is one of the oldest human development systems on the planet. During the past decade, the system has undergone a renewal of scholarly attention within the context of current personality typologies. The result, said Helen Palmer, "is a reliable integration of psychological insight about human differences, set alongside a non-sectarian body of spiritual practice that relaxes inner resistance while encouraging inner receptivity."

Palmer is an internationally recognized teacher of intuition, and the best-selling author of five works in the human consciousness sector. She is the author of two books: The Enneagram: Understanding Yourself and the Others in Your Life and The Enneagram in Love and Work: Understanding Your Intimate and Business Relationships and is co-founder of Enneagram Worldwide and the Enneagram Professional Training Program offered by Enneagram Worldwide.

Palmer’s work with the Enneagram was the subject of a 2003 PBS documentary entitled, Breaking Out of the Box: Discovering the Enneagram. She has also presented in a wide range of academic, business and spiritual institutions, establishing Enneagram scholarship in the United States, England, Ireland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Finland, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Australia, Thailand, and most recently, China. She has taught at John F. Kennedy University, Loyola of Chicago, the California School of Professional Psychology, and the California Institute of Integral Studies, and has been the Scholar-in-Residence at the Esalen Institute. In addition to being a Fellow of the Noetic Sciences Institute, Palmer has been recognized with numerous academic awards. The most recent honor was bestowed by the prestigious Waldzell Institute of Vienna, Austria, where she was a presenter at the institute's 2004 annual international conference. In attendance were recognized leaders in various fields, including three Nobel Laureates.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

UI&U Presents the 2nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Luncheon July 3

CINCINNATI - As part of its ongoing mission to engage the community in dialogue that creates positive social change, Union Institute & University (UI&U) will present the Second Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Luncheon, a collaboration of the UI&U Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies and the Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition of Greater Cincinnati. The event takes place Saturday, July 3, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at the Kingsgate Marriot in Cincinnati. The event will feature a keynote address Advancing Human Rights and Social Justice: The World House and the Morehouse College King Collection by oral historian Dr. Vicki Crawford, co-director of the Morehouse Martin Luther King Jr. Collection. UI&U Ph. D. candidate Ray Jordan will serve as the program’s moderator.

Dr. Crawford’s presentation will explore the legacy of Dr. King’s concept of the World House as expressed in the final chapter of his book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? In this chapter, Dr. King described the enormous challenges facing humanity and the dire need to eradicate the triple oppressions of poverty, racism and militarism. Dr. Crawford will reflect upon King’s prophetic message and discuss its relevancy in today’s society. She will also share opportunities for teaching and learning utilizing the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection that contains more than 10,000 original items, including King’s sermons, speeches, correspondence, and other material.

As co-director of the Morehouse Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, Dr. Crawford develops campus and community-based programming around the collection and explores instructional approaches to promote the teachings and legacy of Dr. King. She is an editor of the groundbreaking volume of essays, Women in the Civil Rights Movement: Trailblazers and Torchbearers which was one of the first collections published in the early 1990s, and she has organized workshops on community oral history and assisted in curating an exhibit on African American churches for the Museum of the New South in Charlotte, NC.

Dr. Crawford earned her Ph.D. in the field of American Studies with a concentration in 20th century African American history from Emory University in 1987. She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship as a Carolina Minority Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. As a Fulbright Fellow, Dr. Crawford traveled to Ghana and Cameroon, West Africa and participated in the Brethren Colleges Abroad Program to Cuba.

For more information about the luncheon contact Nicole Hamilton, UI&U public relations manager, at 513-487-1194 or