Union Institute and University


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 (B.A. 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_thumb1Kick 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.

June 2014

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

PortiaThe 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.


The Retirement Revolution with Alumnus Dr. Ken Dychtwald – June 26, 2014 | 9:00-10:30am
Cincinnati, Ohio

43150-hi-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

Alice_SkirtzALice-Skirtz-BookMLK 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 | 11:00am-2:00pm
Wilshire Ebell Theater
743 S. Lucerne Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90005

GeneralSharonDunbarMajor 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

Open House – September 19, 2014 | 5:00-7:00pm
Brattleboro, Vermont

50Year-NewEnglandCenter-OpenHouseJoin us for an evening of celebration at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, adjacent to Union’s New England Academic Center. 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. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and exhibitions at the museum. 

October 2014

Presidents’ Forum - October 17, 2014 | 11:30am-1:30pm
Cincinnati, Ohio

George_cutThe Presidents Forum, to be held on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, brings together five of the many Union doctoral alumni who have served as college and university presidents across the nation to deliberate what  American higher education will look like in the next 50 years.. Dr. Samuel Baskin, Union’s first president, once said that Union was formed to “change the face of American higher education.” The panel includes moderator, George A. Pruitt, Ph.D. 1974, president of Thomas Edison State College and chair of the board of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education;  President and CEO of Saybrook University, Mark Schulman, Ph.D. 1985; former president and chancellor of several California community colleges, Judy E. Walters, Ph.D. 2006; president emeritus of Glen Oaks Community College and chair of the Board of the Higher Learning Commission Gary Wheeler, Ph.D. 2007; and Scott Miller, Ph.D. 1991, president of Bethany College in West Virginia. They will reflect on their education at Union, their experiences, and discuss what we can expect and what is demanded of colleges and universities in an era of increasing technology, federal regulations, and demand for job placement. This event is free but reservations are requested.

Anniversary Auction Hosted by the International Alumni Association Board (IAAB)
October 18, 2014  | 8:30am-2:00pm
Salon G&F
Hilton Netherland Plaza
35 West Fifth Street | Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Anniversary Auction 2014The anniversary auction, organized by IAAB volunteers, provides support for the IAAB Endowed Scholarship Fund. Anyone can participate, so feel free to invite friends and family. The auction will feature a wonderful collection of items including vacation getaway packages, wine, jewelry, museum memberships, department store gift cards, meals at top Cincinnati restaurants, and sweet treats from Graeter’s and the Bon Bonerie.

National Commencement with Keynote Speaker Felice Nudelman
October 18, 2014  | 11am-12:30pm
Hall of Mirrors
Hilton Netherland Plaza
35 West Fifth Street | Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Felice Nudelman National Commmencement Speaker 2014Felice Nudelman, appointed Chancellor of Antioch University in 2012, has spent the majority of her career in education both on and off college campuses. Prior to joining Antioch, she spent 12 years with the New York Times Company, where she was executive director of education, where she developed and oversaw education initiatives including The New York Times Knowledge Network, and worked with newsroom and editorial staff on education-related issues. Antioch played a major role in Union’s history. In 1964, it was one of the ten initial colleges that formed the consortium that later became Union Institute & University. Antioch contributed offices for consortium activities on the Yellow Springs campus and provided Union’s first president, Dr. Samuel Baskin.

Our Union Legacy: Carrying it Forward
October 19, 2014 | 8:30-10:00am
Hilton Netherland Plaza
35 West Fifth Street | Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Alumni Breakfast October 2014Union Institute & University graduates, friends and families: Please join us for Our Union Legacy: Carrying it Forward sponsored by Union’s International Alumni Association. Join the President, alumni, faculty, staff, trustees, and friends of Union for a complimentary breakfast, and an alumni panel discussion with opportunities for audience participation.

November 2014

Women in Union Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Dr. Rea N. Waldon
November 17, 2014 | 11:30-1:00pm

Cincinnati Academic Center

NEW-339-women-union-logoMeet 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 earned their degrees and are now transforming lives and communities. Keynote speaker Dr. Rea N. Waldon is a Union alumna, COO of the Greater Cincinnati Urban League and Executive Director of the Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council.