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.

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