Monday, March 18, 2013

Union Alumni in the News

Congratulations to Union Institute & University’s alumni in the news. Do you have a story to share? Tell us about your recent accomplishments here:  

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Dr. J. Owen Allen III (Ph.D. 1991) recently published Preactive Leadership, a guide to becoming a results-oriented, conflict-free leader. The book’s content was drawn from Dr. Allen’s extensive consulting experience with clients including General Electric, General Motors, Hilton Hotels, John Deere, Kraft Foods/Sealtest, and Westinghouse Electric. Dr. Allen currently serves as executive vice president and dean of the school of management, and professor of management at Laurel University in High Point, North Carolina.

Dr. James L. Besier (Ph.D. 2004) co-authored “A Solution to an Unmet Need: Pharmacy Specialists in Medication-Use Systems and Technology,” which was published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy and designated as a white paper. Dr. Besier serves as the director of pharmacy at Owensboro, Kentucky Medical Health System and currently holds faculty appointments at the College of Pharmacy and the College of Nursing at the University of Cincinnati and the College of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky.

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In October, Dr. Don Brady (Ph.D. 2004) appeared on Dr. Robert Weil's Chicago-based radio show The Sports Doctor. Dr. Brady works in a variety of specialties including clinical psychology, school psychology, marriage and family therapy, and substance abuse counseling. Listen to Dr. Brady’s interview about sport-related concussions here:

Amy Christey (B.S. 2011, Criminal Justice Management) has been named the first female police chief of Morro Bay, CA, earning the top post over 65 other applicants. Chief Christy previously served as sheriff's lieutenant for Santa Cruz County and has completed her first year of law school at the Monterrey College of Law. Read about Amy’s new position here:

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The El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center recently exhibited the work of artist Maria Jutasi Coleman (Ph.D. 1996). “A Child Survivor’s Legacy” featured a powerful, thought-provoking collection of her sculptures and tiles. Dr. Coleman, a Holocaust survivor born in Budapest, Hungary, immigrated to the United States in 1962.

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Randy Danielsen (Ph.D. 2003) earned the prestigious Patron of the Profession award from the University of Utah Physician Assistant Studies program. Dr. Danielsen was honored for his outstanding dedication and service to the physician assistant profession. He currently serves as dean and professor emeritus at A.T. Still University's Arizona School of Health Sciences.

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Winifred Hamilton (Ph.D. 1995) was recently named superintendent of Stamford, Connecticut Public Schools. Dr. Hamilton has worked in the Stamford Public School district for over four decades, serving as a physical education teacher, middle school assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and deputy superintendent. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University and the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Gary Helmer (Ph.D. 2008) recently began his new position with the National Transportation Safety Board, serving as Chief of the Safety Division. Ensuring safe working conditions is Dr. Helmer’s specialty. He previously served as Safety and Occupational Health Director for the U.S. Forest Service and as Safety and as Occupational Health Director for the U.S. Army.

On May 5, 2012 Amy Millios (B.A. 2002, Liberal Studies) was awarded the Gown Award from Colby-Sawyer College for her extraordinary efforts to raise awareness of issues critical to woman. Amy is a technology specialist in information resources at Colby-Sawyer College and serves as a member of the New Hampshire Women’s Caucus Steering Committee. Her experience includes direct care in developmental services, residential drug addiction treatment for women, and community mental health programs. Amy has also served as a coordinator for children with chronic health conditions in foster care for the State of New Hampshire. 

Recent graduate Steven Morgan (Ph.D. 2012) celebrated the North American premiere of his musical composition In Pace: A Requiem of Peace. On November 3, 2012 the Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver, Colorado hosted a concert in honor of All Saints Sunday in which Chancel Choir and members of Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra performed Dr. Morgan’s requiem. Dr. Morgan is a composer and professor at Rikkyo University in Tokyo, Japan. His new a Cruz County and has completed her first year of law school at the Monterrey College of Law. And, she’s a surfer, looking forward to the waves in Morro Bay! Her new position begins in November.Hishhwork was inspired by texts from the Book of Common Prayer, the New Testament, and the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore, Thich Nhat Hanh, Black Elk, and John Henry Newman.

Union alumnus, Professor Emeritus of Union’s Ph.D. program, Director of Caring to Change and Huffington Post blogger Mark Rosenman (Ph.D. 1977) was quoted in “Getting Back More Than a Warm Feeling” in the November 8, 2012 edition of The New York Times. Read the article about philanthropy and social impact bonds here: In August, Dr. Rosenman was interviewed on “The Attitude with Arnie Arnesen” WNHN 94.7 FM in Concord, New Hampshire. Hear Dr. Rosenman’s discussion about the presidential race and non-profit issues here:

Neal Sarahan (Ph.D. 2001) was recently named executive director of the Monarch Institute for Neurological Differences in Houston, Texas. Dr. Sarahan’s specialty is designing educational programs for children who have difficulty in traditional school settings. He has served as a faculty member of Antioch University, an early childhood teacher, playground designer and special education instructor. Dr. Sarahan currently serves on the executive board of the Houston affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and he volunteers at the Houston chapter of Heifer International.

Seminar: So, You Want to be a Psychologist?

Presented by Dr. William Lax,
Dean of the Psy.D. program at Union Institute & University

Thursday, April 18, 2013 | 

This event is free and open to the public.

Learn more about clinical psychology and discover educational paths leading to a career in this field. A brief overview of Union Institute & University’s Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) program, recently approved as a Designated program with the ASPPB and JDC, will be covered. For more information about Union’s Psy.D. academic program visit

Dr. Bill Lax is dean of Union Institute & University's Doctor of Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Psychology program. Throughout his career, he has integrated his broad theoretical and applied interests in education, clinical training, family therapy, postmodernism, narrative therapy, and Buddhism with his practice of clinical psychology. He is a licensed psychologist in Vermont and is a Diplomate in Couple and Family Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology.

For more information contact: 
888-828-8575 x8902 | 802-257-9411 

Fletcher Free Library
235 College St | Burlington, VT 05401

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Seminar: Transforming Education through Social Entrepreneurship

March 27, 2013

Florida Academic Center
16853 N.E. 2nd Ave, Suite 102 | North Miami Beach, FL 33162-1746
Union Institute & University Professor Frank Scala and Regional Director of Admissions Francis Francois will present “Transforming Education through Social Entrepreneurship,” a free public seminar about the education field.

The educational system is in a state of flux, with growing pressure for educators to innovate—but resources are scarce. Social entrepreneurship can transform schools, creating a new collaborative learning environment. It also provides an opportunity to resolve issues that many educators face. This special presentation will outline how instructors can apply SE theory to positively impact their local communities and schools.
Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP to Francis Francois at or 305-653-7141.

Frank Scala joined Union Institute & University as a full-time professor in the education department in 2006. Prior to joining Union, he served in many roles in the field 
of education including as a sixth grade teacher, team leader, assistant principal, elementary school principal, director of special education, curriculum coordinator, assistant superintendent and superintendent.

He holds a B.A. in History from the University of Massachusetts; a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision with a minor in Curriculum and Instruction; and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

Francis Francois is a Union doctoral student, completing his thesis in student support and mentoring of adults. He has served as a Union Institute & University administrator for six years. Francis is passionate about ensuring that underprivileged students are afforded equal access to quality education.

Seminar: The Challenges and Benefits of Returning to School as an Adult

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Thinking about returning to school as an adult? Not sure how to get started? Please join us for a special informational presentation by Union faculty member Ben Mitchell. We will discuss the unique challenges and benefits of becoming an adult student, provide helpful tips, and answer your questions.

This event is free and open to the public. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

For details contact: | 888-828-8575 x8900

Union Institute & University Brattleboro Academic Center
3 University Way Suite 3
Brattleboro, VT 05301-3669

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Social Work Open House & Celebration

March 28, 2013
4-6 pm EST

Cincinnati, North Miami Beach, and Online

In celebration of Social Work Month 2013, the Student Council for Union’s B.S. in Social Work Program is hosting simultaneous Social Work Open House events in Cincinnati and North Miami Beach. Social Work Month is an annual public education campaign of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). This open house event welcomes all who are interested in the field, including students, alumni, prospective students, and practicing social workers.

Special guest speakers will give brief presentations.  The evening’s program and election of 2013 B.S. Social Work Student Council officers will begin at 4:45 pm. Light refreshments provided.
Union’s Bachelor of Science in Social Work prepares students for generalist practice with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. The degree program engages students in a real-world approach and close mentoring relationships that foster professional development.

Learn more about our social work academic program at

Can’t attend this event in person?
Connect by live remote | Call-in: 1-866-951-1151 | Conference ID: 9060558

RSVP to, 305-653-7141 x2126
Florida Academic Center
16853 N.E. 2nd Ave, Suite 102
North Miami Beach, FL 33162

RSVP to, 513-487-1209
Cincinnati Academic Center
440 East McMillan Street
Cincinnati, OH 45206