Union Shares Feelings of Gratitude

Hear why some of our students, faculty, and staff are thankful this year…

“I am thankful for a supportive and loving family. After passing up so many opportunities in life, I am thankful for second chances.” 
David Ramey; Social Work Major

“I am thankful to be part of a learning community that is focused on issues of social justice and truly values diversity. It is satisfying to have my professional life aligned with my own core values in this way.” 
Dr. Michael Raffanti; Dean, Ph.D. Program in Interdisciplinary Studies

“Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it provides an opportunity each year for me to reflect on why I am thankful. I am thankful for all of the people who touch my life each day with a warm greeting, a smile, a handshake, or even constructive criticism; and, I am thankful for the good health that permits me to continue to serve others in order that all of us can celebrate our lives of service. And, most importantly of all I am thankful for my personal and community family who celebrate life’s journey with me each and every day!” Dr. Roger Sublett; President, Union Institute & University

“I am thankful because I have the opportunity to access education that fits within my schedule and overall busy life. My children give me the extra push I need to strive for future success.” 
Jennifer Hansen – Psychology Major

“I’m back in school and it’s not too late to make my world everything I dreamt it could be. Because I’m blessed with four amazing children that teach me more about life than I ever thought anyone could. And lastly, because every single day – in this adventure we call life – we get another chance to start anew. That’s a lot to be thankful for!” 
Kelly Renwick – Psychology Major.”

“My family has been very supportive of my choices with school and in my life. They make sure that I am not overwhelmed with my work and school work and they support me when good things occur. I wouldn’t ask for a more caring family than them!” 
Kimberly Curl – Social Work Major

“I am thankful for my happy and healthy family! I am thankful for a career that I love, living in an environment that I love, and for being a month away from completing my degree!” 
Lisa Schmidt – Early Childhood Studies

“I am thankful for my opportunity to return to school and finish my degree because it will allow me to provide a better life for my family.” 
Sara Smith-Criss; Psychology Major

“I’m thankful for everything in life, because there is no reason not to be. There are gifts and there are lessons, and I’m grateful for them all!” 
Toni Marie Soldano; Director of Enrollment, Florida Academic Center

“I am thankful for all the support from the Ph.D. program! I am thankful for the setbacks, the comebacks, the love and even the hate – the human experience, all of it! Yet having three little people call me their Momma, has to be what I’m most thankful for.” 
Sara Kolks; Ph.D. Student Public Policy & Social Change

We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!