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Union Alumna Sherry Saunders (B.S. 2013) earned her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Studies and has turned her passion into a business. In January 2015, Saunders launched her own child care center Aunties Kids Learning Center LLC in the Mt. Healthy neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. The center serves children ages 2 1/2 to 12 years old. The center’s play-based program integrates physical, cognitive, social, emotional, language, self-help and aesthetic areas for the total development of each child.
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BRATTLEBORO >> Union Institute & University's New England Academic Center graduated 12 students with Bachelor of Arts and Science degrees on April 26 at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.
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Alumna Sandra Lee (BA 2007, MA 2011) is celebrating her tenth year of working at Union. Since joining Union Institute & University’s Sacramento Academic Center in 2004 Lee has served as the secretary to the regional dean, enrollment counselor, part-time faculty, and director of admissions. She has processed over a thousand students and she is well versed in the Criminal Justice Management and Emergency Services Management academic programs. She is highly respected by many Police Chiefs, officers, and Presidents of Public Safety Associations. Sandra’s passion is personal and runs deep for what she does. We are very grateful to have Sandra and we extend sincere gratitude to her on her ten year anniversary.
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Last Sunday, President Roger Sublett was interviewed by Dan Hurley on Channel 12 Newsmakers in Cincinnati. They discussed higher education, Union's history and the university's new stipend program for military veterans.
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Congratulations to our newest graduates!

Union Institute & University’s New England Academic Center graduated 12 students with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees on Sunday April 26, 2015 at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

Faculty member Peaco Todd served as master of ceremonies and Interim Director Sharon Sprague delivered the keynote. Jeffrey Lang was the student speaker.

Professor Emerita Dr. Ann Stanton conferred degrees upon the students and the diplomas were presented by friends, family members and mentors.

Congratulations to the following students:
• Paige Bladyka, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Concentration: Psychology & Human Development, diploma presented by Professor Sharon Sprague
• Haley Divis, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Concentration: Psychology & Human Development, diploma presented by children Emily & Mason
• Tina Houran, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Concentration: Psychology & Human Development, diploma presented by sons Jayden & Kian
• Jeffrey Lang, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Concentration: Psychology & Human Development, diploma presented by Stacy Bocskor
• Cayci Lefebvre, Bachelor of Science in Child & Adolescent Development, diploma presented by Emily Jankowski
• Kelsey Macdonald, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Concentration: Arts, Writing & Literature, diploma presented by mother Donna Macdonald
• Brenda Martineau, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Concentration: Psychology & Human Development & Global Studies, History & Culture, diploma presented by husband David
• Amber Meagher, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Concentration: Arts, Writing-Literature with Teacher Licensure, diploma presented by son Jackson
• George Miller, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Concentration: Psychology & Human Development, diploma presented by parents Mark & Kathy Miller
• Veronica Norman, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Concentration: Environmental Studies-Sustainability, diploma presented by daughter Tessa & dear friend Matthew
• Katie Swick, Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure Certificate, diploma presented by daughter Juniper
• Nathan Zinn Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Concentration: Global Studies, History, Culture, diploma presented by wife Melanie & children Kristine & Reese

Students choose Union because of its proven commitment to diverse, non-traditional aged students, working professionals, and military service members seeking to enhance their educational qualifications while maintaining commitments to career, family, and community. The rigorous academic environment within each degree program offers a flexible schedule in which students attend classes and interact with faculty and fellow students one weekend per month at the New England Academic Center in Brattleboro or completely online.

The commencement ceremony is one of several held around the country each year, including Miami, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Cincinnati. Each year, Union Institute & University graduates approximately700 students.

About Union Institute & University
Union Institute & University is in its 51st year of educating highly motivated adults who seek academic programs to engage, enlighten, and empower them to pursue professional goals and a lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Union Institute & University offers undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degree programs designed for adults seeking to make a difference in their own lives and within their communities. Since its inception in 1964, the university has offered specialized distance-learning programs that combine online and classroom coursework with high-touch faculty attention, designed for students regardless of where they live and work. Union’s flexible delivery models, combined with its focus on social relevance, distinguish it from other universities by providing non only online classes, but also brief residencies, face-to-face small classroom settings, and a hybrid model, all emphasizing relevant and transformative coursework taught by more than 300 faculty/scholar-practitioners. Union graduates, including more than a dozen college presidents, leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, members of the United States Congress, and the first female prime minister of Jamaica promote Union’s legacy of utilizing education to engage, enlighten, and empower.

For more information about Union Institute & University, visit www.myunion.edu or call 1- 800-861-6400. 
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Union Institute & University now offers Ph.D. certificates in:
• Creative Writing
• Martin Luther King, Jr. Studies & Social Change
• Women & Gender Studies
• Design Thinking & Education
• Teacher Leadership

These certificates are embedded within the Ph.D. program, so you are able to graduate with both the doctoral degree and a single certificate. This provides substantial documentation for your future professional leadership endeavors. These certificates are available only to degree seeking students and are awarded in tandem with the completion of a doctoral degree. For more information contact admissions.phd@myunion.edu or 888-828-8575.

Creative Writing
The Creative Writing Certificate is comprised of two workshop-style creative writing seminars and two advanced content seminars. Given the increased attentiveness to creative writing in fields such as education, leadership studies, sociology, psychology, and medicine, many students find this formal recognition of their scholarly-creative work to be a valuable credential in both academic and non-academic job markets.
■ Adds interdisciplinary breadth to your course of study.
■ Delves deeply and fully into your creative writing and the creative writing of others.
■ Strengthens your ability to read and critique a wide variety of texts with the eye of a writer and editor.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Studies & Social Change
The four seminars for this certificate are devoted to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s writings, the relationship between ideas and practices, and how his philosophy extends to current challenges of social justice in the real world. This certificate is likely to improve opportunities for those pursuing fields such as: education, human services, leadership and policy planning.
■ Distinguishes understanding and application of approaches to actualizing social change.
■ Provides a greater opportunity for employment in community development organizations and agencies focused on conflict
resolution.
■ Increases teaching opportunities in interdisciplinary studies programs.

Women & Gender Studies
The certificate in Women & Gender Studies is comprised of four courses with activities during the academic residencies that include Women & Power Luncheons and special faculty presentations of Women & Gender Studies issues.
■ Prepares you for teaching in Women’s Studies Departments, Gender Studies Departments, and Interdisciplinary Programs.
■ Increases opportunities in the corporate environment where the Women & Gender Studies Certificate will demonstrate competence in dealing with issues related to gender equality.
■ Provides opportunities in the social services arenas working with populations including women, girls, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) communities and more.

Design Thinking & Education
The Design Thinking & Education Certificate focuses on combining creative solutions through analytic approaches and requires
collaboration across disciplines. This program challenges you to develop new problem solving techniques to specific challenges.
The process draws from a variety of fields and combines them with ideas from the arts, social sciences, and business.
■ Allows multi-modal pedagogies leading to the creation of new knowledge that uses a diversity of skill for showcasing cutting edge collaborative work.
■ Takes pedagogies outside the realm of the traditional box.
■ Provides creative and critical thinking processes applicable to the fields of education and business in a global economy.

Teacher Leadership
The Teacher Leadership Certificate’s foundation is based on collaborative and shared leadership across institutions. The program equips scholar-practitioners with the ability to serve as school leaders in order to create and model positive changes in their schools and transcend top-down models.
■ Prepares you to serve as a bridge between school site administrators and classroom teachers in order to facilitate possible changes within the school setting.
■ Presents new leadership opportunities for teachers to help facilitate decisions administrators make.
■ Provides curriculum development that encourages innovation in order to create a culture of success.
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Beyond Wikipedia: Advance your Research Skills  to the Graduate Level
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
8:30pm EST

Considering the next step in your educational journey? This webinar is designed for currently enrolled Union Institute & University undergraduate students to learn about continuing to a master's degree. To RSVP e-mail Dr. Jay Keehn, Associate Dean Student Success at jay.keehn@myunion.edu.

Learn what research is like at the graduate level. This presentation will review what you need to know and the library resources that can help you get there. Get the inside scoop on preparing for assignments that require deeper levels of research. Learn tips on how to search peer reviewed journals in your specific field of study. This is a great opportunity to take your library research skills to the next level!

Presenter:
Susan Whitehead is the Reference Librarian for the UI&U Library. She earned a B.A. in Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a MLS from Southern Connecticut University. In her current position, she is responsible for research assistance, instruction, and outreach to the UI&U community. She has been with Union for five years, during which she has created the library’s help center, assisted with the transition to an online library, started the initiative to contact new students and faculty, and assisted hundreds of students and faculty with their research questions. Her goal is to ensure that each UI&U student has the research assistance they need to be successful in their academic program. 
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Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm ... As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others. --Audrey Hepburn
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Union's Sacramento Academic Center staff is all smiles!
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Alumna, poet, critic, journalist, and teacher Nancy Shiffrin (Ph.D. 1994) will be reading from her work The Vast Unknowing on Saturday May 23, 2015 at the Palms Rancho Park Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. In addition to writing books, she has written for the Los Angeles Times, The Advocate, Canadian Jewish Outlook, Women and Judaism and poetix.net. Dr. Shiffrin’s work has earned recognition from The Academy of American Poets, The Alice Jackson Foundation, The Poetry Society of America, The Pushcart Prizes, and The Dora Teitelbaum Foundation. Through her literary arts consultancy Creative Writing Services, she helps aspiring writers. Dr. Shiffrin chose to study Jewish American authors as part of her Ph.D. program at Union.
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Study Skills & Time Management at the Graduate Level
May 20, 2015 | 8:30pm EST
Presenter: Dr. Jay Keehn, Associate Dean Student Success

Considering the next step in your educational journey? This webinar is designed for currently enrolled Union Institute & University undergraduate students to learn about continuing to a master’s degree. To RSVP e-mail Dr. Jay Keehn, Associate Dean Student Success at jay.keehn@myunion.edu.

Are you interested in furthering your education by pursuing a master’s degree? Are you concerned that the jump to the next level will be too much to handle? This webinar will help identify the differences in study skills and time management needs on the graduate level versus what an individual may be accustomed to on the undergraduate level. Along with identifying the differences, this webinar will provide study skills and time management strategies to help you prepare for the challenge of graduate school. There will also be an emphasis on understanding your personal learning style and how that is critical on a graduate level, as well as developing as the independent learner as required on the graduate level.

Presenter:
Dr. Jay Keehn is Associate Dean of Student Success. He holds a Masters in School Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Counseling. He has been with Union since 2005, first as faculty, then as Director of the M.Ed. program, and now in his current role. Jay oversees all student support services for the university, which includes writing and academic tutoring services, career services, disability services, and counseling. His current research focuses on using social media technology to build virtual communities to enhance student services.
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Congratulations to alumnus René Díaz-Lefebvre (Ph.D. 1982) who recently earned the 2014 Distinguished Padrino Recognition for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Latina/o Psychological Association (NLPA). The award recognizes outstanding lifetime achievement congruent with NLPA’s mission, “to advance psychological education and training, scientific practice and organizational change to enhance the overall well-being of Latina/o populations.” Dr. Díaz-Lefebvre is a professor of psychology at Glendale Community College North in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the first community college recipient of this Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Union Institute & University is a non-profit, accredited, private university specializing in adult and distance education since 1964. Union strives to engage, enlighten, and empower students in a lifetime of learning and service. The university’s transformational and socially relevant programs promote creative and critical thinking, and connect scholarship with real-world practice. Flexible online classes, brief residencies, classroom experiences, and hybrid models of instruction lead to undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Union graduates, including 14 college presidents, leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, members of the United States Congress, and the first female prime minister of Jamaica, promote Union’s legacy of utilizing education to transform lives and communities.

For more information about Union Institute & University, visit www.myunion.edu or call: 888-828-8575.