Friday, July 23, 2010

UI&U's Brattleboro Center Hosts BA Weekend Program Open House July 31

Event will feature graduates and current learners in the BA weekend program

BRATTLEBORO, VT – Union Institute & University (UI&U), a non-profit, private university that offers degree programs designed for the busy adult with two centers in Brattleboro, will host an open house for prospective learners, alumni, and professionals interested in the center’s B.A. Weekend Program, from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, July 31, at the Brattleboro Academic Center, 3 University Way.

The open house will feature a panel discussion with B.A. weekend option current learners, alumni, and B.A. faculty, who will share perspectives of their experiences at UI&U. Also taking part in the open house is VSAC representative, Michele Delhaye and Meg Mott, Ph.D., a local columnist and academic. Delhaye will be available for financial aid questions and advice, while Mott, featured as the alumni guest speaker for the event, will touch on her time spent at UI&U and the ongoing journey she has since been on since attending the university.

UI&U’s B.A. program is unique in that learners design their studies through lenses focusing on their own interests. Unlike a traditional college or university, learners create their own bibliographies with assistance from a faculty advisor, focusing on the areas of study they are most passionate about. Learners are able to choose one of ten concentrations, from environmental studies to literature and writing. With a low-residency program in place -- one weekend a month at the Brattleboro Academic Center -- learners who are currently working full-time and dealing with life’s many commitments still have the opportunity to finish their next degree.

“At UI&U, we are committed to opening doors. Those who thought their goals were out of reach have been surprised again and again after hearing about what our programs offer,” says Lindsay Guido, enrollment counselor for the B.A. Weekend Program. “They often voice concerns about not being able to find classes that meet their interests, not having the time to go to school, or not having the finances to support their education. This program can seem like a breath of fresh air to new learners.”

The B.A. Weekend Program Open House is free and open to the public and will feature a raffle at the door and refreshments. For more information about the July 31 open house contact Lindsay Guido at or 257-9411, ext. 8912.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

UI&U July 18 Commencement Honors California Graduates

LOS ANGELES, CA – More than 150 learners from across California will converge at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles July 18 to participate in Union Institute & University’s California Commencement. The new graduates are learners from UI&U’s Los Angeles and Sacramento Centers who have earned undergraduate or graduate degrees from the private, non-profit university that provides higher education opportunities for adult learners. Dr. James Henderson, Distinguished Visiting Scholar for UI&U's Ed.D. program, will serve as the commencement speaker.

“The California commencement is always an important and inspiring event,” said Dr. Pastores-Palffy, dean of the California Centers. “Our commencers show us that, with hard work and determination, anything is possible.”

Families are travelling to Los Angeles from as far away as Michigan and Florida to see their loved ones graduates. Many of the graduates are the first in their families to earn their degree, and others, like Maria de Jesus Padilla, 50, of Los Angeles, decided to return to college after raising a family and working fulltime. The mother of seven children credits the support of her family for her success at UI&U. Her husband even built an office for her in the garage.

“I’ve got ten grandchildren, but I’m not ready to stay-at-home,” said Maria. “When I learned about Union, I felt like I had discovered a small university with a large university feel. The program was challenging, but I’ve learned so much, and now I’m ready to expand my career in early childhood development.”

Union Institute & University’s California Commencement takes place from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 West Eighth Street, Los Angeles. For more information about the commencement contact Nicole Hamilton, PR manager, at or 513-487-1194.