It’s time to celebrate Union Institute & University’s 50th anniversary with events that recognize our unique legacy. Prominent Union graduates will be featured across the country —from Age Wave's Ken Dychtwald (Ph.D. 1976) to Prime Minister of Jamaica Portia Simpson Miller (BA 1997), to a panel of Union Institute & University Ph.D. alumni who are now serving as college/university presidents. Get ready to be inspired by powerful stories, empowering education, and the university’s spirit. Be sure to check this page, facebook, and twitter for the latest news and details, as events are still in the planning stages with exact dates and times to be announced. Below is a preview of the activities planned to spotlight Union Institute & University’s remarkable legacy:

April 2014

Cincinnati CenterKick Off Celebration - April 25 | 7:30-9:30AM
Union Institute & University
440 East McMillan Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206

Join us at Union’s Cincinnati Academic Center for an informative and lively kick-off event officially announcing Union Institute & University’s 50th anniversary. Help mark Union’s milestone anniversary by bringing a small item, anything from the last 50 years, to contribute to the university’s time capsule. Attach a note explaining the object’s significance, so that we can identify it when we open the capsule in 2064.

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May & June 2014

Psychology Workshop Series: Applications of Evidence-based Practices
Union Institute & University
440 East McMillan Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206

Union’s Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program will host a series of four psychology workshops 5/9, 5/29, 6/6, and 6/20 at the Cincinnati academic center. Workshops focus on the overall theme of applications of evidence-based practices, with topics covering mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, dissociative disorders, multicultural competencies, and clinical supervision. Workshops are open to the public and eligible for CEU credits.

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June 2014

A Celebration with Alumna Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica - June 21, 2014
Miami, Florida

Portia Simpson MillerThe Most Honorable Portia Simpson Miller, Jamaica’s Prime Minister and the first Jamaican woman to serve in that capacity, will host a celebration of Union’s legacy. Prime Minister Simpson Miller is currently in her second term. Before first taking office in 2006, her illustrious career included serving as Minister of Labor, Welfare and Sport; Minister of Tourism and Sport; and Minister of Local Government, Community Development and Sport. She was recently inducted into the prestigious International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame, joining the ranks of hall-of-famers including Rosa Parks, Nancy Pelosi, and Margaret Thatcher.

A Special Presentation by Alumnus Dr. Ken Dychtwald - June 26, 2014 | 9-10:30am
Cincinnati, Ohio

Ken DychtwaldStart your morning off with an insightful and engaging presentation by alumnus Dr. Ken Dychtwald, North America’s foremost visionary and original thinker regarding the lifestyle, marketing, healthcare and workforce implications of the age wave. He is a psychologist, gerontologist, documentary filmmaker, entrepreneur and best-selling author of 16 books on age-related issues, including Bodymind, Age Wave: The Challenges and Opportunities of an Aging Society, Age Power: How the 21st Century will be Ruled by the New Old, and The Power Years: A User’s Guide to the Rest of Your Life. He also recently earned the prestigious Leadership Award at the Annual American Society on Aging Conference.


July 2014

MLK Legacy Lecture with Alumna Dr. Alice SkirtzMLK Legacy Lecture with Alumna Dr. Alice SkirtzMLK Legacy Lecture with Alumna Dr. Alice Skirtz - July 10, 2014 | 1:00-2:45pm
Holiday Inn Ballroom
1717 Airport Exchange Blvd.
Erlanger, Kentucky 41018

Union marks its 10th MLK Legacy Lecture with special guest speaker and alumna Alice Skirtz, Ph.D. 2006. Dr. Skirtz is a social worker, community activist, founder of the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless, and author of Econocide: Elimination of the Urban Poor.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

August 2014

California Commencement with Keynote Speaker Major General Sharon K. Dunbar - August 24, 2014 11am-2:00pm
Wilshire Ebell Theater
743 S. Lucerne Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90005

Major General Sharon K. Dunbar is dual-hatted as Commander of the Air Force District of Washington and the 320th Air Expeditionary Wing headquartered at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. As commander, Dunbar is the Uniform Code of Military Justice authority for 40,000 airmen. She has served in a variety of acquisition, political-military and personnel positions. Her commands include a mission support squadron, Air Force Basic Military Training, an air base wing, and AFDW.

September 2014

Women in Union Celebration
Cincinnati, Ohio

Meet and greet the remarkable women who have graduated with assistance from the Women in Union scholarship program. Hear the remarkable stories of single mothers who against all odds, completed their degrees and are now transforming lives and communities.

October 2014

Presidents’ Symposium - October 17, 2014
Cincinnati, Ohio

George A. PruittEngage with Union’s esteemed group of graduates who have been college or university presidents as they discuss the impact Union has had on their careers. This panel will be moderated by Union alumnus and President of Thomas Edison State College, George A. Pruitt (Ph.D. 1974). The panel will include notable Union alumni: President and CEO of Saybrook University, Dr. Mark Schulman, Ph.D. 1985; President of Diablo Valley College, Judy E. Walters, Ph.D. 2006; and President of Towson University, Maravene Loeschke, Ph.D. 1975.