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The OLFACT Test Battery – a Screening Test App for Predicting Alzheimer’s

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- The OLFACT™ Test Battery, developed by Osmic Enterprises, was initially developed to detect olfactory impairments. Now, it's been adapted as an automated, self-administered screening test to predict Alzheimer's disease/dementia and is being tested by a number of prominent physicians and research laboratories around the United States and in China.

People sense smell through the olfactory nerve and the olfactory system is often one of the earliest sites where the signature neuropathology of Alzheimer's disease is found. The olfactory system is also intricately connected with the hippocampus, a brain structure that plays a major role in the formation of memories. These factors suggest that the sense of smell could be effective in assessing for development of the disease.

The OLFACT™ Test Battery consists of a miniaturized olfactometer (instrument to generate smells) and a tablet-based app which controls presentation of the smells by the olfactometer and administration of the test protocols on the tablet.

The test battery has four standard olfactory function tests: odor identification, memory, discrimination and threshold. The tests are presented in an unbiased manner with computer-accurate consistency concerning timing and smell concentration. The app scores and provides a report of the results and all data is stored in real-time in a central, cloud-based database.

Osmic Enterprises is currently in the process of applying for FDA approval for the test. Once it receives FDA clearance, it can be used with other biomarkers to screen for Alzheimer's/dementia.

In the immediate future, the test can help to select subjects for Alzheimer therapeutics clinical trials. Currently, 10 subjects must be screened to find one acceptable for inclusion into a clinical trial (average cost per enrolled subject, $49,000). The OLFACT™ could potentially increase these odds and help to lower recruitment costs while selecting better suited candidates.

The test has been validated in a number of National Institutes of Health-sponsored clinical trials including one at the Rush Medical Center in Chicago - the Memory and Aging Project. This was a community-based prospective study where normal cognitive adults, 65 and older, were enrolled and underwent annual exams until death. The OLFACT™ Test Battery was added into those annual exams and data was collected for approximately 600 patients for three consecutive years (2010-2012).

Data analysis showed that the results from the OLFACT™ Test Battery can be used to predict the probability of Alzheimer's developing in an individual over a four to 10-year timeframe.

In another study at Harvard, the test battery was shown to accurately identify subjects as being cognitively normal, mildly impaired or having Alzheimer's/dementia. Other clinical trials are underway at Indiana University School of Medicine and Hershey Medical Center/Penn State University.

The OLFACT™ Test Battery is not a diagnostic test, it only predicts the odds that a patient will develop Alzheimer's/dementia.

"The consensus in the field is that since Alzheimer's is a disease with multi-factorial etiologies, there probably will never be a single diagnostic test," Dr. Lloyd Hastings, president and director of research, Osmic Enterprises, says. "It will require a number of screening tests, each probing a different physiological substrate, to obtain a definitive answer and The OLFACT Test Battery is well positioned to be one such test."

By combining cutting-edge technology with sound psychophysical principles, Dr. Hastings says that its innovative tests will become industry standards for assessing the sense of smell in medical clinics, industrial workplaces and research laboratories.

The OLFACT™ Test battery was developed with the aid of SBIR grants funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Aging.

The product and its data on predicting Alzheimer's will be presented at the Clinical Trials on Alzheimer's disease (CTAD) conference from December 4 through 7 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Dr. Hastings will be available for interviews.

Learn more about the company at: http://www.osmicenterprises.com/

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Unmanned Safety Institute’s Drone Curriculum Approved by the State of California

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), the world-leader in remote pilot training and certification, announced today that their Small UAS Safety Certification has been certified by the University of California (UC) A-G program. UC A-G approval will enable high school students to use USI's four-course curriculum to meet admissions requirements to any state education institute. Current program guidelines require students who are applying to the UC school system to complete 15 year-long A-G courses prior to finishing high school.

The Unmanned Safety Institute's STEM curriculum, which has been approved by several State Departments of Education, is currently being utilized in 20 states across the country, in an effort to establish industry standards for safety training and UAS professional UAS operations as part of the drone industry's workforce development program. To date, USI has trained over 5,000 students in the field of unmanned aerial systems.

"Unmanned Safety Institute is incredibly fortunate to be able to support California and its UAS workforce development", said Joshua Olds, President of USI. "We are excited to work with schools like California Baptist University and those in the Sweetwater Union High School District, giving their students the upper hand in an evolving, high-skill, high-wage career path."

The Small UAS Safety Certification(tm) is comprised of four courses totaling over 180 hours of instruction. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take USI's credentialing exam leading to the Small UAS Safety Certification, an industry certification demonstrating expertise in the safe and professional application of remotely piloted aircraft making them highly qualified for careers in the burgeoning industry of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, commonly referred to as "drones." Students are then enrolled in USI's Career Pathways Initiative, providing them with a direct link to employers that are looking for professional remote pilots. USI is in the process of expanding the program into other states across the country and are currently training teachers to facilitate the curriculum for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.

USI's courses and program information can be found by on the UC A-G Approved Course List by searching for "Unmanned Safety Institute" at https://hs-articulation.ucop.edu/agcourselist#/list/search/institution.

Courses in the curriculum, each earning students three credits, include:
* Unmanned Aircraft - five units of study including robotic aircraft and data links.
* UAS Applications - five units of study including applications, regulations, and operating in the NAS.
* UAS Personnel - three units of study including human factors and aeronautical decision making.
* Safety Management - four units of study including safety policy and safety risk management.

"CBU is pleased to be part of the pathway program with USI," said Dr. John Marselus, Chair of the Department of Aviation Science at California Baptist University. "We share a common premise of taking the strong foundation already provided through years of experience in the manned aviation world and applying it to unmanned aviation. By teaching and applying areas such as Aeronautical Decision Making, Risk Management, and proven techniques and training programs, the next generation of professional aviators will be prepared to meet the many opportunities of unmanned aviation.

"CBU is the next logical step for those who would like to build upon what they have learned in USI and take the next step whether it is in commercial, military, or missionary aviation."

About Unmanned Safety Institute:

The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) is the industry's most widely recognized leader in flight safety solutions for individuals, academia, and organizations focused on integrating and operating UAS for civil or commercial purposes. The Unmanned Safety Institute, widely recognized as "best-in-class" provides UAS flight safety training and certification to operational standards based on the adoption and modification of time-honored aviation safety practices.

With over 150 instructors and over 6,000 customers around the world, including several Fortune 500 enterprises, USI is widely recognized as the global leader in UAS training and certification delivering the most highly-regarded training program of its kind. USI is the only training and certification organization that is accepted by the FAA, endorsed by major aviation insurance providers, and whose training programs have been evaluated and recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education.

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Commitment to Excellence: Union Institute & University salutes law enforcement professionals nationwide during National Police Week

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Union Institute & University is proud to salute law enforcement professionals nationwide during National Police Week, May 13 - 19, 2018 and honored to celebrate its commitment to educating the law enforcement community with a rigorous and research based Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management.

"Union is committed to educating the law enforcement profession. The UI&U Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management is an innovative program that was created by and for law enforcement professionals," said Paul Brugman, CJM Chair. "The curriculum provides real world application. We employ experts in the law enforcement field as instructors. I think the UI&U commitment is evident in the over 6,300* law enforcement officers nationwide who chose Union for their Criminal Justice Management degree."

The stringent curriculum requires law enforcement students to interpret and analyze current issues in the field, apply contemporary techniques within a justice organization, critique policy and service delivery, and apply ethical theories in a contemporary environment.

CJM alumni (2002) and Master of Arts History & Culture student Jason Bassett, a California police lieutenant, found UI&U's commitment to educating the law enforcement community to be exactly what he was looking for in a program.

"Union Institute and University supports law enforcement by offering distance learning degree programs in diverse fields making it possible to complete educational goals while working full time. This may enhance promotion opportunities or lead to jobs in other fields upon retirement," said Bassett. "I liked the format and way that the classes were structured. I had not been in a formal academic setting for a long time. In about five years, I plan to teach at the community college level and I chose Union when I started searching for a master's program. Distance learning was going to be my only option, so I chose Union based on my positive previous experience and the fact that a program in History and Culture was offered."

Sgt. Charlie Johnson, Jr. (2017 CJM alumni) an officer in the Dade County area, credits his Union degree for expanding his career choices.

"This degree has helped me close a chapter in my life that had been opened for 22 years. It has expanded my professional growth by opening doors that were previously inaccessible. In my agency promotion above the rank of captain requires a four-year degree. I know I am qualified if I choose to move up the ranks."

CJM (2013) and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) (2015) alumna Elena Moton, an officer in the Cincinnati area, credits her degrees from Union for her career trajectory.

"I was a sergeant when I started at Union and now I am a lieutenant. My study habits from Union helped me to study for the lieutenant exam. Going to college is an enlightening experience. The process requires you to open your eyes, to think and analyze. I am now aspiring to be a captain and an assistant chief. As a police officer who works in the community, I find that people expect you to have a college degree. A college degree opens doors."

After completion of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management law enforcement professionals can choose to enter the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) degree to further the career climb. "The MSOL is a perfect fit for the professional who wants to move up in ranks," said Brugman. "The program is designed to provide solutions to complex issues faced by today's professional."

Union pioneered higher education options for the working adult. The CJM program provides a flexible online delivery that allows the law enforcement professional to work fulltime. The program also connects the student to site coordinators who provide personal attention not available at other universities.

Many law enforcement professionals are veterans. The Union in Veterans program assists veterans in completing his or her degree with scholarships and a living stipend.

Union is recognized as a Military Friendly School and is one of only eight schools that form the Fraternal Order of Police University.

Today is the day to begin your career as a law enforcement professional. Click here to start your new career: https://myunion.edu/bachelors-degree/criminal-justice-management/.

(*Undergraduate bachelor's degree alumni with various majors or concentration studies in the area of criminal justice.)

About Union Institute & University:

Union Institute & University is a non-profit, regionally accredited university specializing in providing quality higher education degrees for adults nationwide. Founded in 1964, Union's academic programs and services are the result of more than five decades of identifying and refining ways to structure and deliver education to meet the needs of adults.

Distinguished as the pioneer in adult education, Union perfected the concepts now common in higher education such as the hybrid model, a blend of online and traditional classroom instruction, interdisciplinary studies, and student centered education with socially relevant and applicable learning outcomes in its undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs.

The university is guided by its core mission to educate 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.

Union is a national university with academic centers located in: Ohio, Florida, and California.

For more information about Union Institute & University, visit https://myunion.edu/ or call 1-800-861-6400.

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Dr. Karen Schuster Webb Appointed Sixth President of Union Institute and University

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Union Institute & University's Board of Trustees today announced the appointment of Dr. Karen Schuster Webb as the university's sixth president, effective July 1, 2018. Dr. Webb succeeds Dr. Roger H. Sublett, who is retiring after serving Union as president since April 2003.

Dr. Webb is a visionary leader with a passion for community and mentoring women in leadership, having dedicated her career to the equity of access to educational excellence in the United States, as well as around the world. She brings more than 20 years of executive leadership and an impressive career in higher education, most recently as the Midwest campus president and senior advisor for Academic Innovation to the Chancellor at the Antioch University System.

She also served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Antioch University Midwest Campus. Prior to her work at Antioch University, Webb served at Alliant International University System from 2000 to 2013, where she was founding university dean of the California School of Education, overseeing programs in California, Mexico, and the Far East, as well as online programs. She was also associate provost for Community Engagement at Alliant from 2009 to 2013.

Dr. Webb served as dean of the College of Education (Baton Rouge) at Southern University and A&M College System: Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport (Community College), and online from 1998-2000. She co-founded and co-directed the Center for the Study of Academic Achievement in Learning Environments, part of a Stanford University Complex Instruction Institute Consortium, University of Kentucky System: Lexington from 1994-1998. Fluent in Spanish, she was also program director, Language Education Programs, at the University of Kentucky from 1992-1998. Earlier in her career, she served at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Indiana University, Bloomington, and Coppin State University in Maryland.

Dr. Webb was appointed chair-elect of the American Council on Education's Women's Network Executive Council (WNEC), Washington, D.C. in 2014, and becomes chair of the Executive Council in July. She also served on the ACE Northern California Women's Network for more than 10 years and held both vice chair and chair positions there. She has earned numerous awards, including Teacher of the Year by the California School of Education doctoral students at Alliant International University, and was selected in 2016 as one of the Top 25 Women in Higher Education and Beyond by Diverse Issues In Higher Education Magazine, honoring her commitment to and advocacy for diversity, inclusion, and mentoring. Dayton Magazine profiled her for their leadership series. She serves on the Advisory Board of William V. S. Tubman University Foundation in Harper, Liberia, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

Dr. Webb has a successful record of fundraising and building relationships and partnerships throughout her career. She served on accrediting peer visit committees for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as holding numerous committee leadership positions throughout her career.

Dr. Webb has been a leader in her fields of study and has spoken at conferences nationally and internationally. She has published numerous articles in the areas of urban education, sociolinguistics, and language learning. Dr. Webb's career has been one of service at complex systems, and primarily at institutions serving adults returning to higher education and emphasizing experiential learning-based instruction. She also served at universities that were founded to provide equity of access to higher education for students of color. At Antioch University, she and her leadership team initiated programs that grew undergraduate and master's degree programs. She secured corporate funding for academic program development and launches and developed private and public sector partnerships, including programs with PNC Bank and the Greene Foundation of Kettering Health Network. She was instrumental in Antioch University's collaboration with Sinclair Community College in Mason, Ohio, and established articulation agreements with four additional non-competing regional community colleges. She launched the Workforce Development, Community Education, and outreach initiatives for Antioch University with Dayton's immigrant communities, and established the Antioch University Midwest campus Veterans Affairs Liaison Office.

Dr. Webb and her husband, Wallace H. Webb, Jr., a retired educator, are the proud parents of two children, Ramona and Wallace, III.

Dr. Webb said, "I am humbled and honored to have been selected as the sixth President of Union Institute & University-a university living its mission to engage, enlighten, and empower students to achieve a lifetime of learning and service."

"Indeed, it is a privilege to follow Dr. Sublett, whose leadership has provided Union with a firm foundation, as well as a reputation for commitment to excellence, innovation, and community outreach. I look forward to joining the partnership reflected by the exceptional Union community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Board of Trustees to continue Union's distinguished social justice legacy as a world-class university."

Ms. Christine van Duelmen, chair of Union Institute & University's Board of Trustees, said, "On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Union Institute and University, I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Karen Schuster Webb as Union's sixth president. The search committee, consisting of trustees, administrators, faculty and alumni, spent more than a year evaluating and rating potential candidates. A very thorough national search was guided by a distinguished national firm. All Union stakeholders had the opportunity to meet the finalists and provide their feedback. At the January 2018 Board of Trustees meeting, the trustees carefully considered the qualifications of the three finalists and after much deliberation, they voted unanimously to offer the presidency to Dr. Webb," Trustee van Duelmen continued.

"Dr. Webb is ideally suited to serve as Union's next president, particularly following the exemplary leadership of Dr. Roger Sublett. I know she will create new opportunities for students, faculty, and staff and build upon our partnerships with area businesses and the local communities we serve," said van Duelmen. "Dr. Webb has the background and experience to lead our university forward, in her words 'to a more perfect Union,' and has shown us her commitment to and passion for Union's mission and values: to engage, enlighten and empower individuals to pursue professional goals and a lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility."

"On behalf of the entire Union community across the nation," van Duelmen continued, "we are so pleased that Dr. Webb has both the vision and capacity to lead Union Institute & University, one of the most important universities of its kind in the world."

In April 2017, Dr. Sublett, Union's fifth president, informed the trustees and community of his plans to retire on June 30, 2018 after 17 years of leadership and a career serving higher education spanning five decades. Dr. Sublett said of Dr. Webb's appointment, "Dr. Webb is an accomplished professional with a strong commitment to social justice, social responsibility, and community connectedness in higher education. She has served with distinction in institutions most recently in California and Ohio. She is a national leader particularly in support of women in higher education through her work with the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C. Having worked with Dr. Webb over the years, I know she understands Union's history and commitment to serving adult learners. She is and has been a strong advocate for the mission of Union and other like institutions. She is a scholar, a seasoned administrator, a respected colleague in higher education across the nation. All of us who have been involved in the life of Union welcome Dr. Webb to the presidency of Union with enthusiasm, and wish for her and Union only the very best in the coming years. Union is most fortunate to have attracted such a talented leader."

Trustee van Duelmen praised Dr. Sublett on his service and tenure. "Dr. Sublett has provided incomparable leadership through a period of both challenges and academic growth. The entire Union community is grateful for his years of dedicated service and his commitment to higher education. Throughout his 17-year tenure, Dr. Sublett has been a beacon of service and leadership. It was in that spirit that the trustees bestowed upon him the Presidential Medal of Exemplary Leadership last October. We look forward to celebrating his stellar career later this spring."

A Board-appointed transition committee will assist Dr. Sublett and President Elect Webb in the coming months. She will take office on July 1, 2018.

About Union Institute & University:

Union Institute & University is a non-profit, regionally accredited university specializing in providing quality higher education degrees for adults nationwide. Founded in 1964, Union's academic programs and services are the result of more than five decades of identifying and refining ways to structure and deliver education to meet the needs of adults. Distinguished as the pioneer in adult education, Union perfected the concepts now common in higher education such as the hybrid model, a blend of online and traditional classroom instruction, interdisciplinary studies, and student centered education with socially relevant and applicable learning outcomes in its undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs.

The university is guided by its core mission to educate 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.

Union is a national university with academic centers located in: Ohio, Florida, and California.

For more information about Union Institute & University, visit https://myunion.edu/ or call 1-800-861-6400.

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Union Institute and University Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is awarded accreditation by CACREP

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Union Institute & University's Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is awarded accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Accreditation ensures that students receive a curriculum based on the highest educational standards. CACREP is the accrediting body for master's and doctoral degree programs in counseling and its specialties offered by colleges and universities in the United States and the world.

"This is a joyous day. CACREP accreditation has been my number one goal for the program since I arrived at Union almost five years ago," said Rosalyn Y. Brown Beatty, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, Director, Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC). "Accreditation confirms the strength of our graduate program, and the desire to provide the highest quality experience and instruction to our students."

Nelson Soto, provost and vice president for academic affairs, credits the faculty for their commitment to provide the highest quality education possible to our students.

"I congratulate Dr. Brown Beatty and the faculty for their dedication to our students. The accreditation process is stringent and is earned not given," said Dr. Soto. "This is a testament to their dedication to academic excellence and the university's mission to transform lives and communities."

Dr. Brown is excited about the future.

"CACREP accreditation is the future of the counseling field," said Dr. Brown Beatty. "This is a privileged aspect of the academic program & degree."

The UI&U major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares the student for certification or licensure as a professional counselor or clinical mental health counselor. It also equips students for future doctoral studies in counseling and related fields. Students learn in a hybrid instructional format that combines online coursework, face-to-face academic experience and live/synchronous meetings between students and expert faculty.

Learn more about Union Institute & University Master of Arts Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program & by clicking here: https://myunion.edu/academics/masters/clinical-mental-health-counseling/.

About Union Institute & University:

Union Institute & University is a non-profit, regionally accredited university specializing in providing quality higher education degrees for adults nationwide. Founded in 1964, Union's academic programs and services are the result of more than five decades of identifying and refining ways to structure and deliver education to meet the needs of adults. Distinguished as the pioneer in adult education, Union perfected the concepts now common in higher education such as the hybrid model, a blend of online and traditional classroom instruction, interdisciplinary studies, and student centered education with socially relevant and applicable learning outcomes in its undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs.

The university is guided by its core mission to educate 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.

Union is a national university with academic centers located in: Ohio, Florida, and California.

For more information about Union Institute & University, visit https://myunion.edu/ or call 1-800-861-6400.

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Union Institute and University Master of Arts Online Health and Wellness Program Earns Programmatic CAAHEP Accreditation

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Union Institute & University's Master of Arts Online Program Health & Wellness Lactation Consultant Distance Degree Program has been awarded initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Union is a national university with academic centers located in: Ohio, Florida, and California.

CAAHEP is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field. In collaboration with its Committees on Accreditation, CAAHEP reviews and accredits over 2000 educational programs in twenty-six (26) health science occupations. (Source: CAAHEP)

"The accreditation process is a stringent progression of educational standards," said Dr. Nelson Soto, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "The review process is rigorous and I commend our faculty and staff on their commitment to provide the highest quality education possible to our students."

CAAHEP Accreditation also increases career opportunities for graduates.

"Employers look for graduates who have expertise in specific content areas," said Dr. Lisa Akers, program chair. "CAAHEP accreditation assures our graduates and their future employers that they have received sound knowledge and skills-based competencies that are ethically bound and evidence-based."

Union Institute & University is a private, non-profit university that specializes in distance education nationwide with - bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree offerings. Founded 53 years ago, in 1964, Union has perfected the adult delivery model: 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.

Learn more about Union Institute & University Master of Arts Online Program Health & Wellness Lactation Consultant Distance Degree Program by clicking here: https://myunion.edu/academics/masters/health-and-wellness/.

About Union Institute & University:

Union Institute & University is a non-profit, regionally accredited university specializing in providing quality higher education degrees for adults nationwide. Founded in 1964, Union's academic programs and services are the result of more than five decades of identifying and refining ways to structure and deliver education to meet the needs of adults. Distinguished as the pioneer in adult education, Union perfected the concepts now common in higher education such as the hybrid model, a blend of online and traditional classroom instruction, interdisciplinary studies, and student centered education with socially relevant and applicable learning outcomes in its undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs.

The university is guided by its core mission to educate 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.

Union is a national university with academic centers located in: Ohio, Florida, and California.

For more information about Union Institute & University, visit https://myunion.edu/ or call 1-800-861-6400.

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Union Institute and University celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Union Institute & University is recognizing National Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 - October 15, 2017 by highlighting the university's commitment to diversity.

"Diversity of thought and academic pursuits are the cornerstones of Union's mission. Each individual is valued for who he or she is as a person," said Dr. Nelson Soto, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Union Institute & University.

Union serves a 26 percent Hispanic adult learner population. It is the only university in Ohio designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division web page. A HIS is defined as a university where total Hispanic enrollment constitutes a minimum of 25 percent of the total enrollment.

In addition, Union is active in Hispanic Chamber of Commerce associations across the nation.

"Union is a beacon of light for adults to further their education," said Dr. Soto. "Very few places of higher education offer the scholar-practitioner model of academics and real world application. Our curriculum interweaves social connectedness to identify solutions to difficult questions. Union's faculty is the underpinning of social justice," said Dr. Soto.

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, Union will highlight the students, staff and faculty of Hispanic heritage with features, social media posts, and more. In addition, Hispanic Heritage Month posters have been placed at all five academic centers in celebration of the month.

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. (Source National Heritage Month)

To learn more about Union's commitment to diversity, visit http://www.myunion.edu/.

About Union Institute & University
Union Institute & University is a non-profit, regionally accredited university specializing in providing quality higher education degrees for adults nationwide. Founded in 1964, Union's academic programs and services are the result of more than five decades of identifying and refining ways to structure and deliver education to meet the needs of adults. Distinguished as the pioneer in adult education, Union perfected the concepts now common in higher education such as the hybrid model, a blend of online and traditional classroom instruction, interdisciplinary studies, and student centered education with socially relevant and applicable learning outcomes in its undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs.

The university is guided by its core mission to educate 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.

Union is a national university with five academic centers located in: Ohio, Florida, California, and Vermont.

For more information about Union Institute & University, visit www.myunion.edu or call 1- 800-861-6400.

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Union Institute & University Highlights National Recovery Month

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- September is National Recovery Month. Union Institute & University, together with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), highlights National Recovery Month during September to increase awareness of and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, and celebrate the journey towards effectively coping and recovering.

This year's theme, "Join the Voices for Recovery: Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery!" highlights the value of peer support by educating, mentoring and helping others.

"This observance promotes the belief that mental health is essential to overall health, prevention works, and treatment is effective to learn coping strategies and recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders," said Dr. Rosalyn Y. Brown Beatty, the newly appointed Program Director for the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.

Union offers a master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling that prepares graduates for certification or licensure as a professional counselor or clinical mental health counselor.

"A licensed professional counselor who specializes in clinical mental health counseling is competent to provide a wide variety of services to individuals, couples, groups, and families, including diagnostic assessment and treatment planning and intervention. These professionals often find themselves working in community mental health agencies or in private practice and maintain a focus on client wellness and prevention to promote optimum mental and emotional health," said Dr. Brown Beatty.

A certificate in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling program is designed to train and prepare professionals for a career in counseling individuals with substances use and abuse problems.

"A career from Union Institute & University's Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program or Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling is an often rewarding profession that makes measurable improvement in the quality of the lives of clients, families and communities," said Dr. Brown Beatty. "An alcohol and drug abuse counselor specializes in providing counseling and support to individuals and families experiencing problems with substance use or dependence. This may include individual, family or group counseling about the causes and effects of addiction support for families dealing with addiction, and/or referrals to treatment."

You can learn more about the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program by clicking on this link or the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counseling - Graduate Certificate Program by clicking on this link or phone 800-861-6400.

About Union Institute & University:

Union Institute & University is a non-profit, regionally accredited university specializing in providing quality higher education degrees for adults nationwide. Founded in 1964, Union's academic programs and services are the result of more than five decades of identifying and refining ways to structure and deliver education to meet the needs of adults. Distinguished as the pioneer in adult education, Union perfected the concepts now common in higher education such as the hybrid model, a blend of online and traditional classroom instruction, interdisciplinary studies, and student centered education with socially relevant and applicable learning outcomes in its undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs.

The university is guided by its core mission to educate 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.

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World’s Largest Waterless Pool Party Sept. 24: Part of Fire Up The Night V at Cincinnati’s Coney Island

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- It's the world's largest waterless pool party, and it happens Saturday, September 24 at historic Cincinnati Coney Island amusement park on the banks of the Ohio River, presented by Rozzi Famous Fireworks.

The empty-pool party is part of a super-charged end-of-summer fan favorite at Coney Island - Fire Up the Night V, the USA's ONLY international fireworks competition.

The unique Yuengling "Party IN the Pool" invites visitors to share the fun of the international fireworks' competition from inside Coney's legendary Sunlite Pool, the largest swimming pool in North America at 401-feet long by 200-feet wide, covering two acres and holding three million gallons of water!

The "world's largest waterless pool party" begins at 4 p.m. The empty-pool area will give guests - who typically bring folding chairs and blankets to the event - a fantastic vantage point to view the international fireworks competition, blasting off at 8:30 p.m. over Coney Island's beautiful Lake Como.

This year's best-of-the-best firework teams are coming from Greece, the Philippines and South Africa. The teams will be representing their countries while going head-to-head against one another for international bragging rights.

A panel of judges and audience will vote on which team performs the best, evaluating such things as presentation, structure and scale, colors, originality and music synchronization.

Plus, following the international competition, event producer Rozzi Famous Fireworks of Cincinnati will fire up the night in a thundering finale that will shake the banks of the Ohio River. The event is presented by Dr. Pepper.

The Greek fireworks' contingent is represented by Nanos Fireworks Greece, a company with a four-generation heritage of fireworks' expertise. Representing the Philippines is Dragon Fireworks Inc., the first-ever licensed pyrotechnic manufacturer in the Philippines, and from Johannesburg, South Africa is Fireworks for Africa, started in 1996 and already the winner of numerous fireworks' display awards.

In addition to the firework and the in-pool party, numerous fun activities highlight the event, including Coney Island's two dozen classic amusement rides, live entertainment and a beer-tasting event in Moonlite Pavilion featuring an array of craft and international beers.

Admission to Fire Up The Night V is $25 per carload (includes event admission, parking, Coney Island's classic rides and live entertainment). Coney's gates open at 4 p.m.

One of America's celebrated heritage amusement parks, Cincinnati's Coney Island, nestled along the banks of the Ohio River, is now in its remarkable 130th year of family entertainment. Coney Island is located at 6201 Kellogg Ave., exit 72 off I-275, 10 miles east of downtown Cincinnati.

For more information about event producer Rozzi Famous Fireworks, visit: http://www.rozzifireworks.com/.

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