April 29, 2014
Union Institute & University celebrates 50 years
Union Institute board member and alumna Ginny Wiltse shared these thoughts as she placed two news clippings about the university from the 1960s into its anniversary time capsule. Enjoy, and click the links to read the stories.
“Union's descriptive phrase, ‘transforming lives and communities,’ it provides the backdrop for the envelope I placed in Union's time capsule. My doctoral work at Union certainly transformed my life. My dissertation focused on how people are called to union with a higher purpose through the events of their ordinary lives. The ink was barely dry on my diploma before I found myself drawn by my son’s experience to working with the poor in the developing country of Madagascar to improve literacy, sanitation and heathcare for my sisters and brothers in that faraway place. Being ‘in Union’ with others goes hand-in-hand with transforming lives and communities.
But my original model for transforming lives and communities came from my parents, Eugene and Virginia Ruehlmann, who worked hard all their lives, but particularly during the 1960s to transform lives in this community. During Union’s early years, my father was mayor of Cincinnati, My parents taught me that social justice is everyone’s responsibility, and the way they lived was so in accord with Union’s mission of social responsibility that our family placed scholarships in their honor at Union Institute & University.
It pleases me immensely that legacy of my parents and the mission of my alma mater – that commitment to transforming lives and communities – are one. They are, you might say, in union.
Union Institute Enquirer Article
Union Institute Cincinnati Post Article
Union Institute & University launched its 50th anniversary kick-off on April 25, celebrating with trustees, alumni, students, and friends – and Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Ambassadors, too!
Highlights of the occasion included the Chamber Ambassador Certificate presentation; the declaration of “Union Institute & University Day” in Cincinnati by Vice Mayor David Mann; a time capsule capturing the items and memories of the last five decades; and an exhibition of photographs by renowned Cincinnatian and Union alumnus Dr. Danny J. Ransohoff.
Union Institute & University was founded 50 years ago by 10 university presidents with a vision to change the face of higher education. The university pioneered many of the concepts now common in higher education, including distance education, individualized self-paced programs, and an abiding commitment to adults seeking transformative education.
With President Dr. Roger H. Sublett at the helm, the University now spans the nation, with academic centers in New England, Florida, California, anchored by its headquarters in Cincinnati. Union serves 2,000 students in low residency and online bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs and employs more than 450 staff and faculty.
More than 15,500 alumni, committed to Union’s vision to engage, enlighten, and empower motivated adults in their pursuit of a lifetime of learning and service, have benefitted from the university’s emphasis on social responsibility. Alumni serve in all sectors of our society as executives and nonprofit leaders, healthcare and wellness experts, authors and artists, psychologists and counselors, multicultural scholars and clergy, law enforcement officers, and elected officials at all levels, including a long serving congressman and the first female prime minister of Jamaica; as well as more than 15 graduates who have held the Office of President in colleges and universities.
Mary Stagaman, vice president, Agenda 360 and Mel Gravely II, 2014 Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Board Chair, are among this prestigious list of alumns. Mary Stagaman received a B.A. in communications and public relations in 1995. Mel Gravely earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy with a concentration in business and administration in 1999.
Learn more about this transformative university and the activities planned in celebration of this milestone.