Wednesday, July 20, 2011

California Commencement Honors Fallen Officer; Mayor Quan to Speak

Union will present a new graduate with the Sergeant Mark Dunakin Award for Extraordinary Achievement

SACRAMENTO, CA – Students from Union Institute & University’s (UI&U) Sacramento and Los Angeles Academic Centers will converge July 24th at the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple in Sacramento to participate in the Union Institute & University California Commencement. The new graduates have earned undergraduate or graduate degrees from the private, non-profit university that, since 1964, has provided higher education opportunities for adult learners. The Honorable Mayor Jean Quan, the first woman and first Asian-American to be elected mayor of Oakland, will deliver the keynote address.

The commencement also marks the inauguration of the Mark Dunakin Award for Extraordinary Achievement, to be presented at the California Commencement each year to a law enforcement officer and graduate of the university’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management program. The award, given to an officer who represents the best in his or her field, was established in honor of Mark Dunakin, a sergeant with the Oakland Police Department and graduate of the Sacramento Academic Center’s CJM program, who was killed in the line of duty in Oakland in March of 2009.

Mayor Quan was elected to her current position after serving for eight years and two terms on Oakland's City Council. Throughout her public service career, she has championed several public safety initiatives. As a city council member she expanded neighborhood crime prevention programs, CORE (Citizens Organized to Respond to Emergencies) training, and added new services for sexually exploited minors and victims of domestic violence.

“As an advocate for public safety and higher education in Oakland and beyond, Mayor Quan’s participation at our California commencement is a testament to Sergeant Dunakin and the valuable work our students and alumni in California do every day to uplift and improve their neighborhoods and to keep residents safe,” said Dr. Roger H. Sublett, president of Union Institute & University. “Mayor Quan shares Union’s commitment to empowering lives and communities. We are deeply honored that she will serve as our commencement speaker.”

Union Institute & University’s California Commencement will begin at 11 a.m., July 24, at the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, 6151 H Street, in Sacramento. For more information contact Nicole Hamilton, PR Manager, at, or at 513-487-1194.

Friday, July 1, 2011

University Library Now Entirely Online

CINCINNATI, OH – As part of its ongoing effort to provide the best educational opportunities for its students, Union Institute & University (UI&U) today announced that is has transitioned to a state-of-the-art, entirely online library and an enhanced library website for Union students, alumni, and faculty. The new library will focus on enhancing its comprehensive library research collections and increasing its access to a wide range of online databases, electronic books, journal articles, dissertations, and other web-based media.

“Having access, at all times, to a library with a vast collection, is imperative to our students’ success. The transition of our library services to a source that can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere significantly strengthens the academic support Union provides its students,” says Union’s provost, Dr. Rich Hansen. “Our library has always been an essential part of the university academic offerings, and with the transition complete, the services the library provides will only grow stronger.”

For the transition, Director of the Union Institute & University Library, Matthew Pappathan, and his team that includes Union librarians Susan Whitehead and Lynda Howell, examined syllabi and interviewed faculty, and then purchased e-books and databases in line with the needs of each of Union’s programs –tripling the library’s e-book collection. Today, the library houses more than 70,000 e-books, as well as millions of full text articles, dissertations, and other media including video.

The Union Institute & University Library is accessed through a newly redesigned website, developed by Director of Web Communications Mark Stevens and his team ( . The library and web communications teams spent 10 months collaborating on the project. In addition to improving research assistance for students, the teams focused on streamlining the site’s navigation structure and enhancing search capabilities within the library’s vast directory of research databases, as well as augmenting its ‘Ask a Librarian’ features to assist students, faculty, and alumni.

The new online library replaces what was the Gary Library, housed on the Montpelier campus that now belongs to the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Union’s library staff has moved their offices to the Stone Science building joining Union’s Montpelier-based staff and faculty.

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