Tuesday, November 16, 2010

UI&U Honors Women's Empowerment Scholarship Recipients December 2

CINCINNATI – Union Institute & University (UI&U), a private, non-profit university designed exclusively for adults and headquartered in Cincinnati, will host a dinner to honor the recipients of the university’s Women’s Empowerment Scholarship (WES), Thursday, December 2, from 6:30-8 p.m., at the university’s Cincinnati Academic Center, at 440 East McMillan Street in Walnut Hills.

The scholarship is funded through a generous grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan, and is awarded to single, female, head-of-household learners enrolled in the UI&U Bachelor of Science program. UI&U alumna Arlene Koth, COO and executive vice president of Downtown Cincinnati, Inc. will deliver the keynote address at the dinner.

The 12 WES recipients have had to overcome significant obstacles in order to pursue their dream of earning their degrees. In addition to raising dependent children, many are working fulltime jobs, all while working towards their BS degree.

WES recipient Robin Ewing, for example, is a mother of four, She serves as the administration assistant for the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati’s Small Business Development Center. In addition, she is raising her brother’s five children, and has started her own business designed to enhance the self-esteem of young girls. “I’m trying to do something to better my environment and leave a legacy for my children,” said Robin. “I have to keep striving for the best, and the scholarship is helping me to do so.”

According to Dr. Carolyn Turner, dean of the Cincinnati Undergraduate Programs, the grant has a far-reaching impact. “By providing these 12 single mothers with the opportunity to earn a college degree, they will have the potential to increase their earning potential, and thereby the opportunity to better provide for their children and serve as role models - giving the entire family a brighter future and a better chance at achieving academic and career success.”

“These women are true heroes – and provide inspiration for all of us. They balance and juggle, but they understand that education is the key to improving their own lives, the lives of their children, and ultimately, the communities we all live and work in,” said Dr. Roger H. Sublett, president of Union Institute & University. “ They represent so many other women at Union Institute & University – committed to service and to making a difference.”

For information about the event contact Nicole Hamilton, public relations manager for Union Institute & University at 513-487-1194 or Nicole.hamilton@myunion.edu.

Monday, November 15, 2010

UI&U Announces Articulation Agreement with Columbus State

Also launches Leadership/Sport Management program on the Columbus State campus
CINCINNATI – In an effort to enhance educational opportunities for adults in Ohio, Union Institute & University (UI&U), a private, non-profit university designed exclusively for adults and headquartered in Cincinnati recently initiated an articulation agreement with Columbus State Community College. The agreement removes barriers to transferability for students and their credits, making it convenient for Columbus State learners with associate’s degrees to continue their education and earn their bachelor’s degree.

As part of the articulation agreement, all students who graduate from Columbus State with an associate’s degree will be considered for admission to UI&U’s undergraduate degree program, and all Columbus State graduates from selected programs may transfer appropriate coursework towards credits toward their bachelor’s degree at UI&U.

Additional benefits include financial savings for Columbus State students: Columbus State graduates of associate’s degree programs who transfer into UI&U’s undergraduate program receive a 10 percent discount on the tuition rate. They also receive a tuition scholarship for the last four credits if they maintain continuous enrollment in good standing with UI&U.

The articulation agreement is just one example of how the two higher education institutions are working in partnership. In addition, UI&U began offering courses on-site at Columbus State for those enrolled in UI&U’s new sport management concentration as part of the university’s bachelor of science in leadership program. The first on-site classes at Columbus State began in September and exceeded the enrollment goals.

“We are very proud of this new partnership. The articulation agreement gives Columbus State students a viable option to easily continue their education and earn their bachelor’s degrees,” said Dr. Carolyn Turner, dean of UI&U’s Cincinnati Undergraduate Center. “And because of the immediate success of the sport management concentration we are looking forward to implementing additional programs with Columbus State in the near future.”

UI&U’s new BS in leadership with a concentration in sport management program allows graduates of Columbus State with associate’s degrees to pursue their BS in leadership with a concentration in sport management. Students can either attend classes on the Columbus State campus or complete their degree requirements online.

“The program is ideal for those who want to administer sport activities like high school athletics programs and for those who want to conduct health and wellness programs at corporations. It also a great program for people who work in the social services and in parks and recreation,” said Dr. Tom Habegger, faculty member for Columbus State’s sport and exercise program and himself a UI&U graduate.

For more information about articulation agreement between Union Institute & University and Columbus State or the new sport management concentration please contact Nicole Hamilton, UI&U public relations manager at 513-487-1194 or Nicole.hamilton@myunion.edu.