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Happy Birthday, United!
140 YearsJuly 1, 2010, marked the first day of United's 140th anniversary year! 
Watch for special events celebrating United's long history of preparing Spirit-led leaders for the ministry of Jesus Christ in the World.  For more information please visit  140 Years! 
Dr. Frank Thomas Featured at August Doctor of Ministry Intensive
Dr. Thomas.
Frank Thomas
Dr. Frank Thomas, Senior pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, Memphis, TN, will speak at United Theological Seminary's Doctor of Ministry Intensive, held from August 16-20, 2010. The theme of the week is "Evangelistic Preaching in the 21st Century." For a complete schedule, please visit Intensive.
At 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 19, Dr. Harold Hudson will
Dr. Hudson
harold Hudson
be installed as United's Associate Dean of Doctoral Studies at First United Methodist Church, 1516 Salem Ave., Dayton.
These events are free and open to the public. 
O'Brien Library Dedication and  Opening Convocation are September 8
Elmer and Betty O'Brien
On Wednesday, September 8, United will celebrate the beginning of our 140th Academic year with Opening Convocation, a Celebration of Donors and Volunteers and the Dedication of the Elmer and Betty O'Brien Library
Schedule for the day: 
  • 9 a.m. - Buffet Breakfast in Corl Lounge
  • 9:30 a.m. - Donor and Volunteer Celebration; Dedication of the O'Brien Library with Reflections by Rev. Elmer O'Brien
Dr. Vickers
Jason Vickers
  • 11:15 a.m. - Opening Convocation at Precious Blood Catholic Church with speaker Dr. Jason Vickers, "Spirit and Structure: A Wesleyan Vision for Church Renewal"
  • 12:30 p.m. - Common Meal
For more information  please email jwagner@united.edu or phone the seminary at 937-529-2201. 
Watch for United GIVES Back! in August!
Watch for the upcoming 2010-11 Annual Fund mailing, United GIVES Back!, which features six Gifts for United alumni/ae and three easy ways to participate in United's Annual Fund: 
  • Mail back the pledge card that will arrive with the mailing in August.
  • Donate online at Support United.
  • Respond when a member of the Development Team calls you during our Phonathon between October 12-16 and 19-23, 2010. 
 We're also looking for volunteers!  If you would be willing to make calls to your former classmates, either at United or from your own home, please contact Brice Thomas, Associate Director of Alumni/ae Services at bthomas@united.edu or 937-529-2201.  
UMC Certification Courses Resume in August
UMC logoUnited's first UMC Certification courses were offered in June, with the next series scheduled for August. There are still a few openings in the upcoming sessions, which focus on the areas of music, older adult and spiritual formation ministries.  Please visit UMC Certification for details or email program director, Jacqueline Nowak at jnowak@united.edu.
Mark Your 2011 Calendar with United's Exciting Spring Events!
Light the Fire! - March 27-28, 2011 
Light the Fire colorUnited's first annual Church Renewal Conference -- Light the Fire! -- features 
Dr. Sweet.
Len Sweet
former United president Dr. Leonard Sweet whose topic is "Discipleship in a TGIF (Twitter, Google, iphone, Facebook) World."  To learn more about Dr. Sweet, please visit Leonard Sweet.  For more information about the Church Renewal Conference, please visit Light the Fire!
J. Arthur Heck Lectures
Dr. Walter Brueggeman: May 11, 2011
Dr. Brueggemann
Walter Brueggemann
Join us this May for a series of lectures giben by  Dr. Walter Brueggeman's and alumni/ae reunions for the classes of 1951, 1961, 1971, 1981, 1991, and 2001. Watch the website for details.

The Charles E. Booth Preaching Conference
 "Preaching in an Age of Aspostasy"
May 24-May 26, 2011
Dr. Booth
Charles Booth
This Columbus, OH, preaching event will feature Dr. Charles Booth, along with Dr. Rita Twiggs, Dr. John Kinney, Dr. Cleophus J. LaRue, Dr. James Earl Massey, Dr. Harold Carter, Dr. Robert Smith, Dr. Joel Gregory,  Dr. Evans E. Crawford, and more. Watch the website for details.
President Wendy Deichmann Edwards Teaches in Vietnam
VietnamFrom July 12-17, United President Wendy Deichmann Edwards taught an intensive UM Doctrine course with 30 pastors, district superintendents, evangelists and teachers of The United Methodist Church in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  The class was one of a sequence of courses the Vietnamese students hope to take from United in Vietnam in order to complete the requirements for ordination in the UMC.
For more details about her trip and United's program in Vietnam, please visit Greetings from Vietnam.
New Program Trains Online Instructors
mouseUnited's Online Teaching and Learning (OTLC) courses are being taught this summer by experts from around the country.  Many United faculty members and adjuncts are taking the courses and learning best practices for online education. 
The classes were fully subscribed when they began in June. Watch the United website for a list of those who will be certified at the end of August and for the dates of the next series of courses. For information about the program, visit Online Teaching and Learning Certificate.
Upcoming Institute Events
The following events are offered by the Institute for Applied Theology. For more information visit our website at United and navigate to Lifelong Learning or contact Dr. Jacqueline Nowak at 937-529-2201 or jnowak@united.edu.  
  • August 20-21: Third Regional Urban Convocation
  • Sept. 18-19, Oct 16-17, Nov. 20-21: Exercising Christian Leadership
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