A MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI & FRIENDS OF ANTIOCH COLLEGE
The Status Quo is Not an Option 05 | Building Community Around Corettaâ€™s Legacy 18 | Reclaiming Our Place Ahead of the Curve 24 | A New Kind of American College
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Contents THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2017
05 18 24
Building Community Around Corettaâ€™s Legacy Inaugural Coretta Scott King Legacy Luncheon brings together the greater Miami Valley
Reclaiming Our Place Ahead of the Curve Framework for Antioch Collegeâ€™s Transition (FACT) takes tangible steps toward developing new experiential learning experiences while fostering community relationships
A New Kind of American College President Manley shares his thinking about how Antioch College can transcend current models of education
From the College President
From the Alumni Board
38 Class Notes
2 | From the College President
From the College President Tom Manley discusses ideas generated through the FACT process with students. Photo By: Erin Cole
Over the past year, since achieving full, fast track accreditation in July 2016, our full attention has been devoted to developing a framework for designing and building Antioch College to meet the needs of 21st century students for whom the status quo is not an option. This issue of the Antiochian will introduce you to that effort, which we call FACT—the Framework for Antioch College’s Transition. Now starting on its second year, FACT has utilized a process of participatory envisioning, creating, experimenting and developing to produce the holistic parameters and value proposition for a college that does not currently exist but is very badly needed in the world. As I see it, our most important task together is to build that college. It may seem a presumption at this point in Antioch’s existence for us to take on such a task. But isn’t meeting needs that aren’t being met precisely what “start ups”, even vintage ones, are designed to do? It’s good to remember as well that as part of the larger development of the American liberal arts in the 1800s, Antioch College began as an innovation. Because of the vision of its first president, Horace Mann, Antioch sought to traverse the norms
and boundaries then current in higher education to create something new. It was “a chance,” Mann wrote to a friend, “for a college never seen before.” The liberal arts in that era, much the same as today, reflected a belief, profoundly influenced by the paradigm changes of the Enlightenment, that education ought to be both rigorous and broad in addressing the whole person, rather than preparing them more narrowly for a single profession. Mann shared this perspective, but he also deeply opposed the obscurantism and other prejudices he thought sectarian, religious-based education fostered and, as we know, insisted on developing Antioch along more progressive egalitarian values in service to humanity. His curriculum for Antioch was rooted in knowledge, understanding and ethical action, rigorously and independently verified through science, philosophy, and other subjects, and presented to students by qualified teachers. Today, one hundred and sixty seven years later, we also have a chance, and no less a need, for a college never seen before; a college that goes beyond the borderlines of what higher education has been, in order to create more
accessible, flexible structures and programs responsive to the daunting 21st century realities we face and in complete support of those who will inherit the many problems and possibilities entangled in those realities. It is my conviction that Antioch College is positioned uniquely to lean into the challenge of transforming the small liberal arts college model, and by doing so, leading a movement for a new kind of American College. I invite you to turn to page 24 in this issue of the The Antiochian where I share my thinking about what this new kind of college might look like, and why it requires our leadership at Antioch to transcend present possibilities. I also warmly encourage you to read about the FACT (Framework for Antioch College’s Transition) community process currently underway as we move toward a sustainable future starting on page 18. Tom Manley President, Antioch College
3 | From the Alumni Board
From the Alumni Board Reunion 2017 was one of the best I have attended. Seeing the leadership of President Tom Manley, VP for Advancement Susanne Hashim, Director of Alumni Relations James Lippincott and others, I feel like we are on a clear path of seeing how Antioch will define its unique place in higher education. My Reunion was enhanced when the Alumni Board elected me President of the Alumni Association. In my acceptance remarks, I referred to being a recidivist because I was Alumni Board President back in the 1980s. It is both the elements that have not changed since then, and the innovations that bring us up to date, that excite me about the years ahead for both future alums and us former students. I have had many opportunities to reflect on how fortunate I am to have attended Antioch. After graduation, I did not pay much attention for many years. Then, I was nominated to be on the Alumni Board and became the Alumni Association President in the mid-1980s. In 2007, I helped form the Antioch College Continuation Corporation (ACCC), which helped pave the way for the current Antioch. It was a wonderful walk down memory lane to see ACCC recognized at Reunion for its role in establishing an independent College that just graduated its third class.
My Antioch life spans several decades. Back in the â€™60s, I would not have thought that the shy biology major would one day be a community and political organizer and manager, benefitting from community and community governance. Today, almost everything I do is in community. Thank you, Antioch, for giving me the courage to take risks. For our 50th anniversary Reunion in 2015, others in the Class of 1965 and I asked classmates to send their stories of how Antioch shaped their lives. Reading their stories is good but does not compare with visiting with them in person. It was wonderful to see some of them at Reunion. The Alumni Board is excited about emerging plans to re-engage alumni, such as the Science alumni affinity group and active listserv. Such avenues should inspire us to reflect on our time at Antioch and consider tangible ways to give back. We can be guest lecturers, find and fund co-op jobs, provide student lodging and so much more. We did well with the Million Dollar March Match challenge this year, and
we raised more than $260,000 at Reunion (thank you if you participated in either!). However, Antioch is still largely dependent on us to provide support. After writing this, I went online and made another contribution. Thank you, Antioch! Karen Mulhauser â€™65 President, Alumni Association email@example.com
PRESIDENT Tom Manley EDITOR Mark V. Reynolds ’80 LAYOUT DESIGNER Catapult Creative Rebecca Masiker EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Nick Boutis Steven Duffy ’77 Neenah Ellis Fred Kraus Scott Sanders Ruth Lane ’17 Susanne Hashim James Lippincott Karen Mulhauser ’65 Kent Wu ’20 PHOTOGRAPHY Juan-Si Gonzalez Mark V. Reynolds ’80 BOARD OF TRUSTEES Barbara Winslow ’68 - Chair Malte Von Matthiessen ’66 - Vice Chair David Goodman ’69 - Secretary Edward Richard ’59 - Treasurer Sharen Swartz Neuhardt - Officer Shadia Alvarez ’96 Shelby Chestnut ’05 Leressa Crockett ’73 Charles Fairbanks Atis Folkmanis ’62 Robert Hollister ’66 Jay W. Lorsch ’55 Maureen Lynch Tom Manley Sharon Merriman ’55
Matthew Morgan ’99 Karen Mulhauser ’65 Mohammad Saeed Rahman Stacey Wirrig ’98 HONORARY TRUSTEES Kay Drey, Leo Drey ’39 (deceased) Terry Herndon ’57 Hon. Eleanor Holmes Norton ’60 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Karen Mulhauser ’65 – President Craig Johnson ’91 - Vice President Stan Morse ’65 – Secretary Aimee Maruyama ’96 - Vice President for Development Phillip Brigham ’97 – Parliamentarian James A. Hobart ’58 - Immediate Past-President Nathan Bowles ’73 Nivia Quinones Butler ’88 Michael Cassselli ’87 Rick Daily ’68 Robin Peppers Daniel ’87 Laura Ann Ellison ’89 Claryce Evans ’59 Gordon Fellman ’57 Karen Foreit ’67 Seth Gordon ’00 Charlotte Boyd Hallam ’60 Sandy (Alexander) Macnab ’65 Jack Matthews ’15 Jilana Ordman ’98 David Scott ’72 Penny Storm ’65 Joan Straumanis ’57 David Vincent ’65 Judith Greenwald Voet ’63
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5 | Celebrating College News Coretta
ANTIOCH BUILDS COMMUNITY IN THE GREATER MIAMI VALLEY Photo By: Getty Images
By any measure, the Coretta Scott King Center’s (CSKC) first external friend-raiser was a big success. More than 200 supporters from across the Miami Valley attended the CSKC’s Inaugural Legacy Luncheon on April 26 at the Dayton Racquet Club. The sold-out affair featured a performance by the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, a video about Coretta Scott King’s time as an Antioch student and her impact on society, and a salute to present-day change makers continuing her legacy. The event was held the day before what would have been her 90th birthday, and the Village of Yellow Springs issued a proclamation declaring April 27 Coretta Scott King Day. U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton ’60 received the inaugural Legacy Award for her many contributions as a social justice advocate. The award was presented by trustee Barbara Winslow ’68. “For me, Coretta Scott King was a mentor, a role model and a friend,” wrote Norton, who was unable to attend the event. “She was a full movement partner with her husband, and after his death she carried
forward her own unique life’s work for nonviolence and universal human rights. Coretta worked ceaselessly and magnificently for the great causes they had both embraced, and she succeeded in creating her own way, leaving her own signature on civil rights in the United States.” “Coretta still inspires my work in the Congress every day, and I know that the Coretta Scott King Center will continue to inspire students at Antioch to fight for universal human rights and make this nation and world more just and free for us all.”
the Miami Valley was discussed during our CSKC design-build,” explained Mila P. Cooper, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and CSKC Executive Director. “Attendees believed that the center bearing the name of this civil rights legend should be known beyond our campus and Yellow Springs. In addition, we wanted to honor those who are continuing this very important work.”
The luncheon received sponsorships from the Dayton Foundation and Yellow Springs Community Foundation, and corporate support from the Dayton business community. “I could The center also presented Justice not be more pleased with the outcome Awards to three regional social of the Legacy Luncheon,” Cooper said. justice leaders: YWCA Dayton CEO “The people who attended represented Shannon TL Isom; World House the diversity that we strive for at the Choir Director Dr. Catherine Roma; center, representing all walks of life and the 365 Project, a Yellow Springs and unique communities in Dayton, community group working to disman- Yellow Springs, Wilberforce, Springtle racial barriers. field, Xenia and beyond. Our honorees were the ideal recipients for our The luncheon was one of the first proj- inaugural awards. It was a warm and ects arising from the Framework for engaging experience.” Antioch College’s Transition (FACT) process to come to fruition. “The idea to have a gala to expand the awareness of the Coretta Scott King Center in
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Lights, Camera ... First Place!
STUDENT-FACULTY COLLABORATIVE DOCUMENTARY WINS SOUTH CAROLINA FESTIVAL HONORS
A team of Antioch students and faculty received first prize in the student category for their documentary short Seriously Not Funny at the Indie Grits Film Festival in April. From left: Forest Bright, Lillian Burke ’16, Ellie Burck ’18, Odette Chavez-Mayo ’18, David Blakeslee ’18, Charlotte Norman ’18, Kelly Gallagher, Charles Fairbanks.
Student and faculty art collaborations are an exceptional aspect of Antioch education and culture. A South Carolina film festival recently noted how significant those collaborations can sometimes be.
people’s side. We interviewed dozens, if not hundreds, of people. We filmed protesters and counter-protesters, as well as ironic, comedic, magical, musical, belligerent and prayerful demonstrations. We lost all hope, we found deeper meaning, we cried and we laughed and we kept the cameras rolling.”
Media students David Blakeslee ’18, Ellie Burck ’18, Lillian Burke ’16, Odette Chavez-Mayo ’18 and Charlotte Norman ’18, Assistant Professor of Media Arts Charles Fairbanks “We made this film collectively, each contributing our own and Arts Studio Coordinator Forest Bright ventured to skills and effort,” Bright said. “To get to know Charlotte, Cleveland, Ohio, last summer to examine the wide array Lillian, Odette, Ellie, Charles and David through this of people and interests that converged there for the 2016 creative process is the most beautiful reward. The fact that Republican National Convention. Seriously Not Funny, a it is being recognized and reflected back by the larger film documentary short capturing the sights and sounds in community is hopeful.” downtown Cleveland that week, received the Young Grit Award for best student film in April at the Indie Grits Film “It hit me how much other people enjoyed our hard work Festival in Columbia, South Carolina. as well as our own experience,” Burke said. “There are really people outside of Antioch who liked the work we did. I’m The project was an outgrowth of the “AudioVision: Video excited for future projects.” Production Intensive” course. As part of their classwork, the team went to Cleveland to conduct interviews with Seriously Not Funny premiered at the Athens International convention attendees and film the goings-on outside the Film and Video Festival in Athens, Ohio, on April 5. The convention site. The original version was the 50-minute The Indie Grits Film Festival showcases independent filmElephant in Our Room; Seriously Not Funny is a 17-minute makers by creating exhibition opportunities for work often version of Elephant. overlooked in other venues. Fairbanks says the film “documents the carnivalesque 2016 Republican National Convention from the outside—the
Weston Hall Reopened as Student Space
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SITE HAS A LONG AND VARIED HISTORY by KENT WU ’20 Student On a cloudy March 7 afternoon, College President Tom Manley wielded a pair of comically large shears and cut the large red ribbon blocking the entrance to Weston Hall. The Weston opening celebration continued with wine and snacks while many members of the Antioch community lounged in the newly added couches, played the piano and mingled in the large pillared room. With the celebration, Weston became the newest addition to Antioch’s list of student spaces. Weston Hall has a unique history at Antioch, playing various roles before becoming the newly designated student space. A different building called the President’s House used to stand on the lot that Weston now occupies. It was originally constructed as the home for the President, but was later used as a student space until it burned down in 1924. According to both College Archivist Scott Sanders and a 1965 Antiochian op-ed, the Horace Mann Library was constructed from 1924–25 on top of the ruins of the President’s House. However, as Antioch went through the 1930s and 1940s, the building struggled to house its growing book collection and student population. Not only that, but the library also had a water problem, as the basement flooded and water soaked through the walls. So, with much fanfare, the Olive Kettering Library was built in 1954 and the
Horace Mann Library was emptied of its books. However, the building remained. It later housed the Music Department, the Admissions Department and, when Antioch closed in 2008, Advancement. Despite its shortcomings, Weston was, according to the op-ed, a place filled with “intimacy” and “coziness.” Alana Guth ’18 shares similar feelings about the building’s current form. “I love the way the furniture is put together,” she said. “It just feels very inviting and is a warm space.” Even with Weston’s updated furnishings, Lincoln Rose ’20, worries that Weston could very easily fall into the same state as Sontag Fels. “I feel like Sontag has been brewing for a long time and it’s become the strange building, but I think in a couple of years Weston could be like that if they don’t regulate the upkeep of the building,” Rose said. At the Community Council (ComCil) meeting on February 21, Student Space Coordinator Coco Gagnet ’18 made a proposal to keep the building open 24 hours a day, but nothing has yet been set in stone. Gagnet hopes the institutional memory of Weston will motivate students to take better care of the space, compared to Sontag, which she said faces
a “huge accountability problem.” She hopes that Weston will become a space that provides “an opportunity to rework our campus culture around personal accountability in stewardship and space.” Gagnet noted the different feeling within Weston, especially with differences of natural light, windows and ceiling height. C-Shop will continue to function as a pop-up entity in Weston while longterm plans for permanent residency are being ironed out. Queer Center and the Alternative Library will be moved from their previous spaces in Sontag into Weston. Key card readers have not been installed yet, but might make an appearance in the future. Only the first floor of Weston is currently open, as the rest of the building is not yet ADA accessible and its elevator shaft needs to be brought up to code. For now, Weston will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. With a freshly cured floor and donated furniture, alumni have put in countless hours of labor and donations to make Weston what student surveys requested it be: a student work space that emphasizes comfort. (Originally published in The Record, March 15, 2017. Note: Since writing, keycard access has been installed and extended hours instated.)
6 |News Tuned In 8 | College
WYSO’S DAYTON YOUTH RADIO ENTERS FOURTH YEAR by NEENAH ELLIS
General Manager, WYSO-FM
WYSO Public Radio has trained more than 100 local teenagers as part of its Dayton Youth Radio program and recently received funding for the fourth year from the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation of Dayton. Basim Blunt, a Yellow Springs resident, teaches the course for WYSO. He’s a veteran media producer and a graduate of WYSO’s Community Voices training project. He mentors students one-on-one and in small settings, fostering a sense of trust and encouraging them to speak from the heart. “The stories the students tell are deep and thoughtful,” WYSO General Manager Neenah Ellis said. “We learn about their lives and the issues that concern them: body image, coping with conflict, divorce and the death of loved ones, sexual identity issues and so many more.”
Kaylynn Lorene is a Dayton Youth Radio student who will be interning at WYSO this summer.
“The teenagers in Dayton Youth Radio are absolutely fearless, and they take this opportunity very seriously,” Blunt said. He noted that WYSO listeners are responsive to the students’ stories. “For example, a teacher at Dayton Christian School used a DYR story about forgiveness to play in the classroom,” he said. “And a local professor dropped off some books for a teen who had come out and had no family support. Our listeners’ response to DYR is what continues to inspire all of us here at WYSO.” All the stories are archived on the WYSO website, WYSO.org. Funded with successive grants from the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation and supplemented with funds from WYSO members, the project is self-sustaining and fits with the College’s goal to collaborate across boundaries, reaching into the community, Ellis said.
Nia Respress is a Dayton Youth Radio student who’s now attending Antioch College.
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A Proud Publishing History PUBLISHING THE BEST WORDS IN THE BEST ORDER FOR 75 YEARS Times were no less turbulent in 1940 when a small group of faculty met to discuss the founding of what became the Antioch Review. In celebration of this milestone, the Review this year published the second volume of a retrospective of highlights from its storied 75-year history. This volume, coming in at close to 600 pages, features work published between 1961 and 2012. In its introduction, editor Bob Fogarty described it as a “doorstop of an issue.” (The first volume of the retrospective, published last year, covers the years from its inception in 1941 to 1961).
Even with all its success, Fogarty, who has edited the Review since 1977, is still committed to presenting new and compelling voices in its pages (contemporary writers published in the Review early in their careers include Rick Moody, Aimee Bender, Jamie Quatro, David Means and T.C. Boyle). He only asks writers to submit one simple thing: “your best work.” Fogarty continues to guide the Review by following this credo: “We have two constituents: readers and writers. As long as you keep your eye on that, you’re OK.”
The issue includes essays, poems and fiction from William Trevor, Allen Ginsberg, Elaine Showalter, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Daniel Bell, Jorge Luis Borges, Clifford Geertz, Jorie Graham and Edith Pearlman, among many others. “It was very, very difficult to come to final selections,” Fogarty recently told the Yellow Springs News. But he managed to narrow down the choices for fiction, essays and some of the poetry, with poetry editor Judith Hall selecting the rest. Antioch faculty founded the Review in 1941 as a quarterly journal of social and political opinion. “We believe that the social role of the intellectual in our time is to employ ideas to further democracy in the fullest sense,” the inaugural editorial stated. “We believe in the promise of American life and we would seek for the seeds of that promise. This is our purpose in founding the magazine.” Over the years, the Review has fulfilled its mission and more. In 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2015, the Review was a finalist for the National Magazine Awards, in the same company as the likes of the New Yorker and the Paris Review. Writers featured in the Review have gone on to win numerous literary honors and representation in the Best American literary anthology series.
The cover of The Antioch Review’s 75th Anniversary Celebration Part II. Cover designed by David Battle
10 | College News
A Perfect Pitch
FOUNDRY THEATRE CLASSIC PIANO GETTING AN OVERHAUL The Steinway & Sons website describes the Model D Concert Grand piano as “quite simply … the ultimate piano.” Antioch’s Steinway D was built by hand in Queens, New York, in 1966. Formerly housed in Kelly Hall, the Foundry Theater has been its home since 2014. At nearly 9 feet long and 990 pounds, the grand piano is an impressive sight and an oft-requested amenity at the theater. In 2016, Yellow Springs pianist Sam Reich approached then-Technical Director Amanda Egloff with a simple proposition. He wanted to completely refurbish the Steinway Concert Grand, funding the work by playing and hosting a number of concerts. What did he want in return? Nothing. What would it cost? Well, nearly $10,000.
Doug Atkins, a registered piano technician, was excited to rebuild the piano, having previously restored it after extensive water damage in 2008. He had lost track of the piano during the closure and had written it off as an unfinished project.
be hand-wound, tightened and tuned. This process took Atkins three days and cost $2,400. The next step will be to completely rebuild the action of the piano—the complex series of joints, keys and hammers that transmit the finger movements of the pianist to the strings.
From the spring of 2016 to the spring of 2017, Reich hosted several concerts This portion will cost around $7,500, with guest pianists from all over the almost half of which has been raised. world. Some of the concerts took place Music lovers—and anyone else—can at the Foundry, while others took contribute by contacting Advancement place in the Herndon Gallery and and specifying the Foundry Theater nearby Springfield. Other artist groups, Piano Fund with their gift. The longinspired by Reich’s mission, organized range goal of the fund is to pay for the concerts to benefit the new Piano Fund. restoration, maintenance and upkeep of all of Antioch’s pianos. By January 2017, enough funds had been raised for the initial step of restoration: restringing. Each string had to
Sam Reich plays the Foundry Theater’s concert grand piano during a February 1 tribute to poet Langston Hughes. Advancement has established a fund to complete the restoration of the piano, a project Reich initiated.
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A Fruitful Harvest
PREPARING FOR GRADUATION LAST SPRING, A REFLECTION ON THREE YEARS WORKING THE ANTIOCH FARM Ruth Lane ’17, left, and Jennifer Rudd ’18 built the “chickshaw” chicken coop.
by RUTH LANE ’17 Alumni
The Antioch Farm is bursting with spring. The asparagus spears are popping up with vigor. We send them to the Birch Kitchen each Wednesday along with freshly harvested spring greens, colorful radishes, herbs and edible flowers. We have been planting Mountain Rose, Sangre, and Purple Viking potatoes and will unearth the abundance that they have sprouted
The new chicken coop, which was built this past winter, is in the field. It is called a “chickshaw,” modeled after the rickshaw for easy movement. Soon a group of lambs will also join the Antioch farm crew.
As we tend to the plants and animals of the farm this spring, many of us are also finishing our time here at Antioch and on the “I have so enjoyed the early morning farm as we harvests, the smell of the hoop house move closer to graduation. when it’s cold outside and warm Reflecting inside, the camaraderie, autonomy back on and teamwork.” Ruth Lane ’17 my time at Antioch, the in late summer. We are weeding old farm has been one of the most posibeds and building new ones in the new tive parts of my experience. I have so annual garden. We eagerly await the enjoyed the early morning harvests, the end of the frost warning, when we can smell of the hoop house when it’s cold transplant our little tomato, pepper and outside and warm inside, the camaracucurbit starts. derie, autonomy and teamwork. The Antioch Farm provided a space for me
to tend to the parts of myself that were not excited about the classroom. It has been a space for informal discussions about serious topics, a space for joking and laughing, a space for creation, innovation and learning, and a space for quiet reflection. As I prepare to leave Antioch, I am thankful to have been a part of the farm and am so excited for the day I return to Antioch in 10 or 20 years and can walk through the mature orchard of the south food forest. The trees that were once small and spindly, little trees that we cared for through our time at Antioch, will be tall and strong, full of delicious fruits and beautiful birds. Ruth Lane ’17 graduated in June. She was a Miller Fellow and Crew Leader on the Antioch Farm.
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This recently constructed bridge means no more wet shoes while crossing Yellow Springs Creek. Photo By: Bob Bingenheimer
Glen Helen: Bridging the Dam Gap by NICK BOUTIS
Executive Director, Glen Helen Ecology Institute
For years the rickety bridges below the Yellow Springs Creek Dam were entirely inadequate. Witness hikers returning from a morning walk during last year’s Reunion who were sporting more than their fair share of wet shoes and pants. It wasn’t always this way. When the dam was built in the 1800s, people crossed a walkway above it. When Antioch students constructed a replacement dam in the 1930s, that too had a walkway. However, the walkway was abandoned when the dam failed decades ago. Recently an idea began to percolate: Could we restore the historic crossing? While that idea was brewing, Yellow Springs was hit with a massive flood. The streambanks were eroded and our old bridges were picked up by
floodwaters and floated downstream. Now, not only did we desperately need to create an alternate way across the creek, the task was more daunting: We’d need a bridge that stretched 40 feet over the now-widened chasm.
were carried, rolled, slid and lifted into position with a technique that would have made Archimedes proud. Part of what we hoped to accomplish with this effort was to increase the visitability of the Glen. We knew that
The span over the creek required four huge beams, each weighing nearly 1,000 pounds. These were carried, rolled, slid and lifted into position with a technique that would have made Archimedes proud. Fortunately, we were able to raise grant funds from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Yellow Springs Community Foundation and the Glen Helen Association. It turned out to be one of our most significant trail construction projects. The span over the creek required four huge beams, each weighing nearly 1,000 pounds. These
visitors with limited mobility had found it nearly impossible to get to this area. The bridge is now the easiest way to walk to the Yellow Springs Grotto or Pompey’s Pillar. We’re grateful to everyone who helped make it a reality.
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Looking Back, Looking Forward CLASS OF 2017 PROFILES On June 24 Antioch held its third Commencement since reopening, with Assistant Professor of History Kevin McGruder delivering the Commencement address. Seventy-six amazing students joined the ranks of the Antioch Alumni Association en route to graduate school, their first careers, and other fun stuff. A few of them took a moment to look back at their years on campus and co-op—the good, the better and the “only at Antioch”:
Major: Psychology Next Plans: Spending the summer with family and friends, then working at a former co-op, Gould Farm (a residential therapeutic community in western Massachusetts) Favorite co-op: Naturally, Gould Farm—“The community there was fantastic.” “Antioch taught me…”: “Critical thinking; that’s what I value most.” Favorite “only at Antioch” moment: “Orientation in 2013—that’s when the idea of community was the strongest.”
Major: Visual Arts Next Plans: Masters of Public Health at Boston University Favorite co-op: A tie between Crown Point Press, San Francisco (owned by Kathan Brown ’58) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston “Antioch taught me…”: “You can’t just sum it up. I’m having a flood of words.” Favorite “only at Antioch” moment: “Only at Antioch can you pull off Month of Sex!”
Myricka del Rio
Major: Anthropology Next Plans: Chicago Free School, supporting summer programming Favorite co-op: 67 Sueños, an Oakland youth program with a summer mural project “Antioch taught me…”: “How to engage with communities” Favorite “only at Antioch” moment: “People forcing you to look at your entire astrological chart.”
14 | Alumni Spotlight: Erich N. Pitcher ’06
Alumni Spotlight: Erich N. Pitcher ’06 A DISSERTATION WITH A DIFFERENCE ALUMNUS RECOGNIZED FOR STUDY OF TRANS* ACADEMICS
Erich N. Pitcher ’06 was honored in April by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) for completing the first systematic study of trans* academics while a doctoral student at Michigan State University. (The asterisk is used with the word “trans” to represent a wide variation of identities.)
way different from what society expects based on the sex assigned at their birth.
Pitcher, who uses they and he pronouns, said it was important to build relationships with research participants over the course of the project. The interviews were all conducted via phone, Skype or Google Hangouts.
Pitcher, Associate Director for Research and Communications in the Office of Diversity & Cultural Engagement at Oregon State University, twice interviewed each of the academ- “Instead of me swooping in to collect ics—professors, post-docs, librarians data and then leave, I wanted to have Pitcher’s research was recognized as the and graduate students who teach in some sustained connection,” they said. field’s most outstanding dissertation for various institution types—and collected “There’s something about bringing a written narrative from most of them. 2017 by Division I of the AERA. together all those experiences that is The dissertation examines the ways in Although research on trans* just powerful.” which small, and not so small, processes individuals is growing, previous work ultimately come to shape the experihas focused primarily on the expePitcher plans to publish additional findings based on the dissertation. The first year of a longitudinal study focused on “Instead of me swooping in to collect data and 30 trans* academics is nearly finished.
then leave, I wanted to have some sustained connection. There’s something about bringing together all those experiences that is just powerful.” Erich N. Pitcher ’06
riences of trans* students in higher education and on identity development. Going beyond a single narrative, Pitcher studied 39 academics across the country who identify their gender in a
ences of trans* academics, from health insurance coverage and where they are allowed to use the bathroom to how they are treated by colleagues on a daily basis.
“I am immensely proud of the work,” said Pitcher, a first-generation college student. “It was through the mentorship of people I met as an undergraduate student that made it seem like earning a doctorate was possible. And not only that, but I could write about groups that I am a part of.”
15 | Alumni Spotlight: Lisa Wellman ’65
Alumni Spotlight: Lisa Wellman ’65 VOTE OF CONFIDENCE WASHINGTON RESIDENTS SEND ANTIOCH GRAD TO STATE SENATE
Lisa (Zetumer) Wellman ’65 was elected to the Washington Senate from the 41st Legislative District in November. She was elected after a 25year career in technology and marketing, including executive-level positions in Fortune 100 companies. Wellman is among a select group of state legislative candidates from around the country to have been endorsed by President Barack Obama in the 2016 election cycle. “I am honored to be endorsed by President Obama,” Wellman said. “The voters of our
district … supported President Obama every time that he [ran] and to have his support … is a powerful message about the importance of our district electing a state senator who stands up for democratic values like education, a clean environment and respecting the rights of all our residents.” Wellman began her career as a public school teacher but changed course in the 1980s, becoming a systems analyst and programmer. She was recruited by Apple to lead commercial publishing for the company’s U.S. markets and
was later promoted to Vice President of Worldwide Publishing, Entertainment and New Media Markets. Wellman has worked across Washington state in support of economic development and micro-enterprise in addition to her career in technology. She is currently on the state’s Public Works Board and the board of Partners for Rural Washington. She has been appointed to serve on the board of Thrive Washington, a nonprofit organization focused on early childhood education.
“To have his [President Obama’s] support … is a powerful message about the importance of our district electing a state senator who stands up for democratic values like education, a clean environment and respecting the rights of all our residents.” Lisa Wellman ’65
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Rich Earth Institute Presents Cutting-Edge Program to Antioch CONSERVATION, SUSTAINABILITY TAKE CENTER STAGE BETH BRIDGEMAN, Instructor of Cooperative Education, facilitated a March visit to campus by Kim Nace, Executive Director of the Rich Earth Institute. The Rich Earth Institute performs cutting-edge research to develop methods of urine compost. It receives funding from various national organizations, including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation. Nace spoke to various groups on campus and in the community to share information about the work of the Rich Earth Institute. She also led a design-build session on campus to create a urine diversion dry composting outhouse. “The Rich Earth Institute presented to 131 students in seven different class-
rooms, worked with 24 students on the Yellow Springs Community Foundadesign-build prototype toilet and did tion, of being a regional higher educaa community-wide presentation to the tion leader in sustainability.” Yellow Springs public,” Bridgeman said. In addition, a dialogue was started with KIM LANDSBERGEN, Associate the Ohio Department of Health for Professor of Biology and Environmenfuture research opportunities on this tal Science, was among the thousands project to benefit Yellow Springs and who attended the March for Science in the surrounding public. Washington, D.C., on April 29. Here, she explains why she went: Bridgeman said the events “opened up an important conversation on a critical “I’ve known I was going to be a scientist issue of dealing with water shortages, since I was in middle school. I’ve spent river and lake contamination, coming my entire adult life, since I was 17 and phosphorus shortages and wastewater starting college, learning about and treatment nutrient overloads. It placed doing science. I’ve been an engaged Antioch College and Yellow Springs activist my whole life as well. I have to in the vanguard of innovative thinking make clear that what’s happening now in this area and secured our spot as is WAY beyond the normal political leaders in this conversation. oscillations that occur every four or eight years. It is no exaggeration to say “Other organizations, such as Comwe have entered a reckless regime of munity Solutions, are seeking our anti-science governance. additional input on their own research efforts. Antioch College had a unique “Since the political convention of last opportunity, due to the generosity of summer and subsequent Electoral
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College outcome, our federal govhas extended our life spans and our ernment has turned fully away from reach into the universe. So much of staffing most science policy positions our medicine, technology, materials, and declared intent to underfund knowledge of the world and everyday or fully cut programs and undo the living is a direct result of scientific reenvironmental gains of the last 12+ search and discovery. For our country’s years. Federal lands are up for sale, leaders to turn away from ALL OF and bills have been introduced to THIS for political gain is ignorant and the House to eliminate the Environimmoral. It is self-defeating madness mental Protection Agency. Federal to build walls and to reject immigrants, laws that have WORKED, like the because they drive much of our scienClean Air Act, the Clean Water Act tific enterprise and excellence. and the Endangered Species Act, are targeted for repeal. Although these “Lastly, I march because I am in love, laws might survive a repeal, they will deeply in love, with the natural world. certainly emerge weakened or crippled, I march in memory of the beautiful and we cannot let that happen. These times in my life I’ve spent in intilaws work so well; they are now in the mate observation of trees, fungi, moss, background in ways we don’t see or flowers, insects … with life. I want to appreciate anymore. But we can see fiercely defend landscapes and orbald eagles in Ohio, thanks to federal ganisms that can’t write a politician regulation of DDT and the Endana check or call a lawyer to defend gered Species Act. I could give many themselves. And I want to share that more examples of how peer-reviewed love of discovery with my students and science had resulted in policies help them learn how to do science and that work. be part of this larger community. “Fundamentally, science is ‘a candle in “These are just a tiny fraction of the the dark,’ to quote Carl Sagan. Science reasons why I march.”
KEVIN MCGRUDER, Assistant Professor of History, saw his book Race & Real Estate: Conflict and Cooperation in Harlem, 1890–1920, published in paperback this spring by Columbia University Press. McGruder’s work explores how white residents of Harlem reacted to the influx of African Americans at the turn of the 20th century. Race & Real Estate also examines why they came to Harlem in the first place: not to flee difficult conditions but to build a lasting community. The American Historical Review called Race & Real Estate “a fine work of historical scholarship and incisive interventions in the history of Harlem. ... [McGruder’s] care for the place and its people shines through in [his] meticulous research andforceful arguments.” McGruder was selected by the Class of 2017 as its Commencement speaker. Commencement was held June 24 on the Antioch front lawn.
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Antioch@175 builds on the Collegeâ€™s long history of innovation. Photo By: Mike Soliman
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With FACT, Antioch Continues a Legacy of Innovation STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF, AND ALUMNI JOIN FORCES TO FORM VISION FOR ANTIOCH’S FUTURE That Antioch College exists today is remarkable. Those who have been following it know that the story of the newly independent Antioch College borders on the miraculous; no other college has undergone a revival as dramatic as Antioch’s. But, this story isn’t limited to recent events. Visionary and audacious minds have been at work through every decade of Antioch’s history, imagining new possibilities, experimenting and innovating, sometimes with outcomes better than others. Antioch has seen its fair share of challenges throughout 167 years; but what else would one expect from a place so willing to take the risks necessary to win victories for humanity. Perhaps Samuel Beckett was channeling the Antioch spirit when he wrote in Worstward Ho, “All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” Revived and newly reaccredited, Antioch College is now free to pursue a bold vision of what a college education must be for young people who want new and better ways of living and learning.
FACT is About How and What We Design Antioch College to Be The most immediate challenge Tom Manley faced when he became Antioch’s 23rd president in March 2016 was an educational and financial platform in need of innovation. The College is indeed fortunate for the immense outpouring of philanthropic support from alumni, but it was evident that a value proposition was required that would particularly attract students seeking the kind of transformative educational experience uniquely offered by Antioch. Another thing Manley discovered was that Antioch was rich with educational opportunities beyond the traditional classroom. WYSO-FM, the Glen Helen Nature Preserve, Coretta Scott King Center, Antioch Review, Wellness Center, Herndon Gallery, Foundry Theater, the Antioch Farm, and Antioch Kitchens; each College-owned resource provided meaningful extra-curricular experiences for students, and in some cases, co-ops. But Manley recognized that they had the potential do so much more to enrich an Antioch education, if only they could thoughtfully and strategically be brought into alignment with the College’s mission and curriculum.
by MARK REYNOLDS ’80, JAMES LIPPINCOTT AND SUSANNE HASHIM
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A life-long educator who believes in the power of collective action, Manley knew that every constituent should be involved in moving the College forward. That was the thinking behind the Framework for Antioch College’s Transition, or FACT. FACT relies upon a collaborative, design-build approach to brainstorming solutions. Manley’s objective was “to involve people in building the capabilities they need to respond to their world, to own the problems that we share and also to collaborate around the solutions.” Thus students, faculty, staff, and alumni came together beginning in the summer and fall of 2016 to brainstorm ideas for each of the College’s resources, now known as curricular assets. Participants considered ways to involve the assets more closely in the educational enterprise and suggested programs that could be created to generate nontraditional revenue and networks for the College. More than 1,000 ideas were generated in the weeklong session. They were displayed on an array of flip charts and colorful sticky notes, and the entire community passed through Weston Hall—renamed “Solution Hall” for the week—to offer their comments on the ideas. Shortly thereafter, the FACT Implementation Team (FIT) was formed to begin soliciting proposals for projects based on the design-build week that could be jumpstarted with seed funding. (Some of the projects that came to fruition are featured in the accompanying articles.) But FACT, Manley said, was “the beginning, not the end, of this process.” The end result would be an Antioch that is both “educationally dynamic and financially sustainable.” Reclaiming Our Place, Ahead of the Curve In March the Board of Trustees adopted Antioch@175, a vision for Antioch’s future that builds on many of the larger insights from the FACT process and the ongoing work of the faculty. The “175” points to the 175th anniversary of Antioch’s founding, to be celebrated in 2025.
the Antioch experience. These are just two examples— of many—where Antioch College was ahead of the curve in imagining and implementing a transformative educational experience. Antioch@175 maintains that legacy of innovation and commitment to social advancement, building on its unique qualities and opening the doors to greater connections beyond the campus. There are three organizing elements to the Antioch@175 vision. The emerging Antioch will be a laboratory college where, through project learning, independent study, incubators, maker-spaces, studio intensives, cultural immersion and co-op, students develop ideas, translate them into actions and put them into practice, on campus, through engagement with the College’s assets and in the larger world. “Building a college around the idea of laboratory really helps us establish a strong curriculum that plays to our strengths,” Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Lori Collins-Hall said, “while continuing to be dynamic and future-oriented as an educational institution that addresses the issues of each new generation.” It will also be a laboratory for small-d democracy, facilitating the practice of deliberative democracy, dialog and collaboration with other members of the campus to develop sturdy community, both on campus and in the surrounding area. “I was really struck by the values we hold around shared governance and really working together, and not just separated staff, students, faculty and alumni,” Perin Ellsworth-Heller ’17 said, “but as a whole community that lives and breathes and moves together.”
Finally, Antioch will be a collaborative college, amplifying and extending its financial, operational and educational capabilities through shared platforms, consortiums, and partnerships across the public and private spectrums. “We’re pulling down the traditional boundaries that isolate us from our communities, our world, and each other.” Manley said. Mann was speaking of Antioch then, and in the 1850s it “And we’re creating alliances and hybrid enterprises that will was indeed a new kind of college. It was reinvented in the allow us to bring new resources into our educational orbit 1920s, under the leadership of Arthur Morgan, when shared and simultaneously make Antioch more affordable for our governance and co-operative education became hallmarks of students. Our aspiration is not to be a big college or the
The vision is inspired by a quote from founder Horace Mann—not the quote Antiochians know and love, but another, written to a New England friend in 1859: “Now, we have a chance for a college such as was never known before.”
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From Kitchen to Curriculum Pasta, steamed dumplings, and tacos and tamales aren’t just on the menu—they’re part of the curriculum. Students learned how to prepare those meals as part of learning how other cultures experience food. They also practiced mindfulness, drawing on Thich Nhat Hanh’s How to Eat, and focused on building community through cooking and eating. It was part of the “On Eating, Cooking, and Thinking” class co-taught by Assistant Professor of Philosophy Lewis Trelawny-Cassity and Food Service Coordinator Isaac DeLamatre ’07, which explored the nature of eating, cooking and cuisine through a combination of experiential, practical, ethical, cultural and philosophical approaches. The class was first offered last Spring Quarter, and again in Winter Quarter 2017. The second offering is one visible offshoot of the Framework for Antioch College’s Transition (FACT) process, an example of how Antioch’s curricular assets can offer direct support for classroom and experiential learning. The course’s interdisciplinary nature allows students to learn practical culinary skills in a liberal arts context that also focuses on critical thinking, discussion, and historical and cultural reflection. In addition to cultivating mise en
place skills, which are necessary for everything from writing academic papers to building tangible structures, the course critically analyzes mise en place’s origins in French military protocol. The course also focuses on the relationships between slavery, colonization and food, and explores the often-overlooked contributions that African Americans have made to American culture through food. As part of the FACT implementation process, Antioch is exploring how courses like this could eventually be developed into a “micro-college,” or a short-term, specialized curriculum offered at Antioch around a specific profession—in this case around food, farming and cooking. The end result could be Antioch Kitchens offering professional certifications based on culinary practices. In the meantime, DeLamatre and Trelawny-Cassity presented the pedagogical models from this class at an interdisciplinary conference of food systems at Columbia University last year. And a version of the class co-taught by DeLamatre and Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Installation Michael Casselli ’87 in Spring Quarter focused on food and community. Learning how to cook for a large group of people and sharing the stories behind a favorite family recipe were among the items on the menu— er, curriculum.
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college we once were. Our aspiration is to look at the model of small college education in America and to innovate for what is wanted and needed now by students. ”
by the study of creative practice. These areas dovetail with Antioch’s current academic strengths, especially when assets like WYSO and the Glen Helen are included.
Building Antioch College is Hands-On “This is a great opportunity to align the places where we’re Shortly after the Board of Trustees adopted Antioch@175, growing organically with what we say we’re doing on paper,” the campus community took steps toward bringing it to life. Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science Kim Landsbergen said. More than 50 faculty, staff and students attended a two-day “Design a College” workshop in mid-March, facilitated by As the building of this new kind of college continues, the Great Lakes Colleges Association President Rick Detweiler end result won’t entirely resemble the Antioch of prior genand GLCA colleague Ellen Falduto. They broke into teams erations; it will be smaller, both by design and by necessity, to imagine their dream college, played with the size of the and it will be more connected, in different ways to many student body, the size and characteristics of the faculty, the more and different types of communities. size of the endowment, and the cost of educating a student. They created budgets and modeled programs for a college “Reviving the college can’t be an exercise in nostalgia,” Eric with a mission to educate that included arts and storytellBates ’83 said at a panel discussion about Antioch in New ing, sustainability and resilience, co-op, deliberative democ- York City last March. “We have to take those values and racy, civic engagement and community building. traditions and make them relevant, and meaningful and applicable to the present moment.” Participants came away with a heightened enthusiasm for the opportunity to create the emerging Antioch along with Through this process of reinvention, Antioch remains a a realistic appreciation of the complexities and challenges community of people committed to an educational experiahead. They also generated ideas that might come to life ence no other college can offer. down the road. On campus, Guth is approaching her Antioch experience “There’s just this alignment of purpose that people all really with an eye not just on the present but a future well beyond want to not just have this college succeed and thrive,” Det2025. “I don’t just need to do this work for my class to gradweiler said, “but they want to have it succeed and thrive in uate,” she said. “I’m doing this work for my friends’ future a way that contributes to the betterment of society and the children to graduate, planting the seed for what Antioch growth of young people.” College will grow into.” “I came to this College because I wanted to be part of rebuilding a college,” workshop participant Alana Guth ’18 said. “I just want to be a part of the hands-on. We’re making this College what we want it to be.” There’s a lot of hands-on work ahead. As part of that work, the faculty is in the process of structuring the curriculum around the foundational areas of environmental sustainability and democracy and justice, with each supported
Learn more about FACT and view videos of the process: www.antiochcollege.edu/FACT The design and development of this framework was made possible by generous funds from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Endeavor Foundation, and other generous donors.
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Seniors Showcase Four Years of Learning INAUGURAL COLLOQUIA PRESENTS FINAL STUDENT WORK Hannah Priscilla Craig ’17 and Esmé Westerlund ’18 in a student performance installation, “r e f l e c t,” by Antioch College students Craig, Westerlund, Jennifer Bish ’18, Cristian Perez-Lopez ’17, Ephraim Zamora ’20 and guest artist Karina Faulstich. Photo By: Juan-Si Gonzalez
Antioch students have been known to do some amazing things in the course of their studies here. A new program with roots in the FACT process shared that work with the broader community. Last June, Antioch inaugurated COLLOQUIA, a twoweek presentation of senior project work. Similar to projects at other institutions, the events include not only the presentations but also chances to meet and network with local and regional alumni, professionals in the students’ fields of study, and Antioch supporters. The program also serves as a showcase for Antioch’s unique approach to higher education. Jennifer Wenker, Herndon Gallery Creative Director, submitted the idea as one of the initial FACT proposals. “Many colleges reserve the final week of Spring Quarter for ‘research week’ presentations as public-facing events to showcase the culmination of the educational model of their institution,” Wenker said, noting her own experience in the MFA program at the University of Cincinnati. “We (Arts at Antioch and Arts Area) recognize that exhibitions, receptions, and exhibition catalogs are particularly a tradition of the arts, but believe that scaling up the arts series model to include all graduating seniors from all divisions elevates the College as a whole and offers exponentially more benefit potential for the College.”
In that respect, COLLOQUIA offered much more than the standard senior arts exhibition. Science majors displayed posters on their research, Social Sciences students presented their papers, Humanities majors held a salon, and Arts majors held a reception in the gallery featuring performances and screenings. A student-designed catalog accompanied the event, profiling each senior’s work within Antioch’s academic divisions. The public was invited to meet the seniors, see their work, and provide a welcome to their post-Antioch adventures, complete with a post-reception party with a DJ and food trucks from local vendors. But she sees the possible gains from COLLOQUIA as lasting long after the seniors graduate, and fully in the spirit of FACT’s emphasis on generating more dynamic relationships within the College and with the community. “It would also be a tremendous asset to outreach efforts in Admission, Advancement, Co-op, and alumni and community relations building,” she said, “and celebrate the exceptional work of Antioch faculty, co-op program, and educational and cultural assets in our innovative liberal arts model.”
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A New Kind of American College by TOM MANLEY President, Antioch College
What might constitute a new kind of American college at Antioch and elsewhere? To begin with, I do not see this new kind of college as American in any jingoistic sense; quite to the contrary, its commitment is to a spirit of experimentation, discovery, and innovation and a set of corresponding principles, which seek to make inclusive, participatory education universally respected and available. In going beyond to something new, we need not go empty handed. Rather we are free and obligated to carry forward what is most useful in building something unprecedented. Thus, a new kind of American college will, after careful deliberation, incorporate aspects of the current small liberal arts college, and the concern for the broad education of the whole person will remain at its center as it addresses the core questions of learning how to know, to make and do, to live together, and to balance the development of meaningful inner and outer lives.
Overall, however, to truly fulfill the promise of offering new directions and new opportunities in education, what must animate us in this different kind of college is a mind (and heart) reset of expert-driven, hierarchical models of knowledge creation and educational administration to inside-out approaches that value the practice of learning, doing, living and being in the real world. This is what we mean by a laboratory college where students claim, develop and test their education experientially by engaging in the world. In such approaches both teachers and students must have a high degree of agency and, therefore, shared responsibility in the creation and development of knowledge and understanding in partnership with one another and others. This is what we mean by a collaborative college. In going beyond the status quo, we orient this new kind of college to a transdisciplinary vision, informed and aligned with the most current, science-based understandings about the multi-level, quantum nature of reality and what this
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Photo By: Mike Soliman
might tell us about the universe and how we might best inhabit together our one and only Island Earth. This is what we mean by discovering new and better ways of living and learning.
open, respectful, and humble posture towards the unknown, the unexpected, and the unpredictable are equally essential as is broad-mindedness in acknowledging the right to ideas and truths opposed to our own.
A transdisciplinary vision is meant to complement and expand upon, rather than to supplant the vital disciplinary, interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches we are cultivating in the academy. By exploring the interstices of the disciplines and what may lie outside of them altogether, we make possible new combinations and forms of knowledge and understanding through the humanities, social sciences, sciences and arts, and we inspire active dialog among them.
At this new kind of college multiple ways of knowing, doing, and being are welcome and experienced. The use of intellect and abstraction are key educational strategies to strengthen and refine, but these are not to be favored exclusively over intuition, sensation, imagination, body movement or other modes of knowing. To accommodate and encourage the fullest complement of these forms and methods, we will develop and model paradigms of thought, organization and action, which are hospitable to critique, dialog, and change.
A new kind of college does not lead to a weaker commitment to what we sometimes refer to as academic rigor. Care and accuracy in argument are not to be sacrificed nor are the production and use of verifiable data nor clarity of expression and communication. On the other hand, taking an
In order to become the authors of the change we desire in ourselves, in our colleges and communities, and in our world, we must embrace complexity and employ the other principles of resilience in its planning and operational life.
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In the new American college, therefore, we accept, and agree to work openly with conflict, adversity, mistakes, contradictions, perspectives, values, and beliefs as part of what it means to be human.
of the natural world, its eco-systems and their participants. Human dignity is fundamental to our vision for Antioch College because it is indispensable to the expression and development of individually and commonly held freedoms. What René Daumal has called “the open totality of the Consequently, in our learning, working and living together human being” is violated by attempts to reduce or limit we will pursue and be mutually supported in the discovery human experience to a single identity, component, or set of unities among opposites and bridges to fresh perspectives. of characteristics, whether they are cultural, religious, racial, gendered, or ideological. In this manner, by expanding our shared possibilities and opening collective vistas, shared knowledge and underWhile the new kind of college is open to dialog and disstanding is elevated to shared purpose. This is why we seek cussion, it will resist all efforts to impose definitions and to practice deliberative democracy and justice. structures that undermine human dignity and foreclose on the development of an individual’s identity. This must be Because we recognize there is no challenge more widean enduring commitment if our intent is to become a place spread or more profound than the threats to our physical where victories are won for humanity and the world. environment and the accelerating crisis of climate change, at a new kind of American college we must demonstrate We will strive to make a new kind of college that is authenthrough all programs, structures and communications actic, discernable, trustworthy and broadly accountable. The tionable respect, advocacy and stewardship for the integrity aim is an educational institution that serves students and
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the world rather than privileging other segments of the college or society over them. At the new American college students own their educations, co-constructing courses and programs of study with their teachers, designing experiences and practicums with mentors, deliberating on matters of governance, economic and community life, and sharing responsibility for the broad range of work necessary to sustain themselves and their college. In pieces and processes, this new kind of American college may be found already in present and past Antiochs, in institutions across our country and other places in the world. I have no doubt that its spirit animates many of the reforms underway currently in higher education. However, what I have not seen and what Antioch College has the chance to inhabit now, is an institutional/educational space dedicated entirely and explicitly to the practice of these ideas and principles.
The practice of sustainability, the practice of deliberative democracy and justice, the practice of creativity and story, the practice of wellbeing, and the practice of work and resilient community. Realizing and growing such a college will be as messy, disjointed, and frustrating, as it will be beautiful, joyous, and rewarding. It will be these things and more because it will be fundamentally human. That is where the collective victories we aim to win will be found. The idea of A New Kind of American College takes shape around the reality and promise of Antioch College today. However, there are many influences refelected in the thinking presented here not least Basarab Nicolescu (Manifesto of Transdisciplinarity), Karen Barad (Meeting the Universe Halfway), works by poet Alice Fulton, Jal Mehta (The Alure of Order), John Dewey, Arthur Morgan, Ivan Illich, Horace Mann and many others.
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Alumni Board member Craig Johnson ’91 awaits inquiring students at a college fair at Marist High School in Chicago in March. Johnson was one of the first alums to join the new Alumni Recruitment Team.
It’s an ART: CHECKING IN WITH THE ANTIOCH ALUMNI RECRUITMENT TEAM by JAMES L. LIPPINCOTT
Director of Alumni and External Relations
No one knows how special Antioch College is better than its alumni. That’s why they’re being encouraged to spread the word to the next generation of prospective students by being part of the Antioch College Alumni Recruitment Team (ART). ART serves two important functions: it extends and amplifies the reach of the College’s admission team, and it offers a way for proud Antioch alums to stay engaged with their alma mater. Participating in ART can be as easy as referring prospective students through the Alumni Referral Initiative (ARI). “Our alumni are uniquely suited to identify future generations of Antiochians. That’s why students who are nominated by an alumni through ARI will receive a $500 annual Alumni Scholar award,” explained Hannah Spirrison, Director of Admission and Financial Aid. “By referring students, alumni can help the College reach more students who would benefit from
the unique life-changing experience we offer at Antioch.” And then there are the feet on the ground. To date, more than a dozen alumni across the country are involved with ART focusing on two key points: participation in college fairs and outreach to local high schools. “Thanks to the support and involvement of our alumni in ART, we’re getting our brand out there in front of people who might not have already heard of us and in areas that might normally be cost-prohibitive for us to reach, like Boston and the Bay Area,” Spirrison explained. ART is part of Antioch Alumni Works (AAW), a larger program currently under development to expand how alumni can support the day-to-day work of the College. “Antioch alumni are so passionate. They want to help in meaningful ways and to make a real difference,” said James Lippincott, Director of Alumni and External Relations. “We’re working to identify the
most critical needs where alumni can help, and then defining specific roles. With a properly structured framework to support volunteer efforts, we’ll be able to do much more as a community than the staff could ever accomplish alone.” AAW will continue to take shape and grow in scope in the coming years. Of immediate importance, admissions was identified as a place to expand alumni involvement. Like Volunteer Work Project, ART has become an example of how volunteers can produce quality results that are vital to Antioch’s present and future. Alumni Action Karen Mulhauser ’65, Vice President of the Alumni Board, learned about ART in January and organized a group of alumni in Washington D.C. to help. “Shortly after that, the Admissions Office contacted me and asked if I could find some alumni willing to do a college fair in Prince George’s County
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(near Washington). I put out the word, and immediately there were four people who signed up! Some have responded saying they would adopt a school nearby, where their children went, where they have some kind of connection,” she said. “We have quite a nice network of alumni in the area,” she continued. “I know we’re going to be able to build a strong presence.” To date, the adopt-a-high-school program has been a success. Most alumni involved in the program generally adopt two schools: one in their neighborhood and the one they attended as a student. Spirrison explained, “Since our Antioch alumni have existing relationships with these high schools, it’s easier for them to strengthen these bonds than it would be to send an Antioch admissions counselor out there once every few years.”
Catherine Jordan ’72 has also played an integral role in ART’s success. “When I heard about the project, I thought it was a terrific idea,” she said. She gathered some Antiochians from Minneapolis this winter to talk about initiating a team in their area, delegating eight or nine alumni to volunteer at schools in the Twin Cities area. Jordan formerly served as CEO of AchieveMpls, an organization that helps place career/college counseling centers in high schools. Because of these connections, she was able to introduce alumni to the College and career center directors to get the Twin Cities outreach off the ground. Jordan chose to sponsor North Community High School in Minneapolis, a predominantly African-American school in her community. She met with 10 high school students over a pizza lunch, providing them an overview of the college and explaining what life is like in Yellow Springs, Ohio. “In this role, we’re the introducers, the people who can talk about our own personal experience,” she said.
Building Bridges So how does the program work? ART volunteers meet with the guidance counselor and principal of their adopted school. They speak with teachers and look for opportunities to connect the College with their students, such as by sending faculty to guest-teach a class or having an Antioch professor lead a “Though Antioch is different than it was remote demonstration. in 1970, the DNA is still pretty solid
with what kind of young people we [Antioch College] are appropriate for.” A Win-Win for Past and Future Antiochians The work of ART extends beyond college fairs and high school outreach. Mulhauser is intimately involved in many aspects of Antioch’s outreach efforts in the Washington area. “In past years, both in the spring and in the fall, I have hosted prospective student gatherings in my home with students and their parents, and I invited other alums; someone from campus comes out and talks about what’s happening there. “Parents are grateful to have somebody to talk to about ‘What happens after Antioch?’ And it’s a way to help build chapters of alumni in these areas; it gives them something tangible to do.” ART benefits both prospective and former students. Through this program, Lippincott explained, “Alumni are connected and in the loop with what is happening at their College, and what it is like today. It’s a win-win for all involved.”
Calling all alumni! Help recruit the next Antiochians — be a part of ART! Please send your name, address, email, phone number and message of interest to: Heather Bowling, Admission & Financial Aid 937.319.6082
Selection of ART volunteers is at the sole discretion of the Admission staff. Please note that volunteer opportunities vary depending on immediate needs.
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2017–2018 Alumni Association Board of Directors NEWLY ELECTED DIRECTORS
Nathan Bowles ’73 Charleston, West Virginia A desire to give back and make the benefits of an Antioch education available to new generations motivates me to serve on the Antioch Alumni Board. The Board sees to Antioch College’s viability, thus enabling Antioch to continue to provide a unique educational experience for ongoing generations of students who, like us, want more than a traditional college offers. Antioch appealed to me as a high school senior because it recognized the value of work experience. At Antioch I learned how to think critically, how to listen, and to respect views I did not share personally. As one professor said, “Not just by reading, but by reading and thinking.” Antioch also brings together students from different hometowns and backgrounds, and to make friends with each other.
Nivia Quinones Butler
Nivia Quinones Butler ’88 Brooklyn, New York I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, home to the Big Apple (yes, Brooklyn is definitely one of those slices), the Brooklyn Nets, and soon to be a smaller version of Katz’s Deli (can’t wait...yay!). Graduated from Edward R. Murrow High School and then this big city girl ended up in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Yellow Springs and Antioch took some getting used to, which is probably why I flunked out my first year. Soon thereafter, I realized Antioch was my home so I went to community college for one year to earn the credits necessary to get back to the school I would proudly call my alma mater. I graduated with a degree in Human Services and worked for the City of New York Child Welfare Administration. In 1991, I began working for the City’s public hospital in one of their diagnostic and treatment centers as a caseworker. It was during my tenure here that I pursued
Robin Peppers Daniel
my graduate degree from Columbia University School of Social Work with a concentration in Health/Mental Health. In 1994, I married Mr. David Butler and by graduation day 1995, I was seven months pregnant with our first daughter, Sequoia. In 1997, my second beauty, Jasmin, was born and I returned to work with the City’s child welfare agency until 2007 when the itch to return to the public health sector called. In July 2016 I accepted a position at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s as a Social Work Manager where I supervise a staff of 21 Master’s level Social Workers. I can say with confidence that medical Social Work is my niche. I love the fast pace, the challenge of not knowing but finding out and the challenge of knowing and not wanting to know. I feel my experiences have helped me to become the person I am today, a stronger person. A leader who coaches, who guides, and who’s inclusive. This all began with Antioch.
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Robin Peppers Daniel ’87 Fort Mill, South Carolina I can say with certainty that my years at the College were some of the most productive of my life. Having spent all of my pre-collegiate life on the fringes of the campus (my mother worked at Antioch in the ’60s and ’70s), my earliest memories reside there. I believe that the resurrection of the College is vital to the Yellow Springs community and to the world at large. Antioch needs to be revitalized. Our country, in its current political and humanity crises, needs a resurgence of dissention and awareness of the human condition. I can see myself on this board helping rebuild this Horace Mann institution based on the founding principle “be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” We need these young people
and we need them now. Antioch can again rise to the challenge and be the catalyst for change. DIRECTORS REELECTED FOR SECOND TERM
to encourage the college to recognize them — so she sought to renew her board membership.
David Vincent ’65 2nd term San Francisco, California David is an ardent Volunteer Work Jilana Ordman ’98 2nd term Project member. His contributions to Chicago, Illinois campus renovations are innumerable Jilana graduated in 1998, and was and go above and beyond the typical happy to join the Alumni Board for scope of work. His leadership and the first time in 2013. While adjunctdedication to the Bay Area alumni ing at colleges in the Chicagoland area, chapter and alumni in that region are she uses whatever time she can to be a huge resource to the College. David involved in board activities and does is always sharing information about her best to volunteer at the College at alumni and willing to reach out and least once a year. Throughout the year help folks get re-engaged. she also tries to ensure Antioch’s new life by reaching out to less involved Learn more about the Alumni Board, alumns. Jilana feels the ’90s/’00s and membership, and make a nomination Nonstop alumns need a lobbyist that at http://alumni.antiochcollege.edu/ will work to appeal to them as well as page/alumni-board
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Scott Warren (1952–2017) In a 2004 interview with Rachel Moulton ’97, Scott Warren said of Antioch, “What I love about it here is that I’ve never worked with students who were so intellectually motivated, intellectually curious, truly authentic in their expressions and their relationships.” It can easily be argued that Warren’s career led him to Antioch, as he was a steadfast champion of the academic importance of the college experience. After a distinguished career as a professor and dean at Occidental College, Pomona College and Denison University, Warren came to Antioch College in 1996 and served as Dean of Students and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Political Science. In fact, he jumped at the chance, as Antioch and its history of educational innovation had long been a model for him. In his years at Antioch, he was known as a tireless advocate for students, a buoyant optimist, inspirational teacher and empathetic advisor. The College students and community leaned heavily on Scott as the school was experiencing troubles, and he publicly led and privately advised and mentored many young people. After the closure of the College in 2008, he was fully dedicated to the mission of the Non-Stop Liberal Arts Katharine Brown Coventry ’36 Erma Nash Griffin Phinney ’40 Robert Claxton (“Bob” or “Robbie”) Robinson ’41 Anna Marjorie (Ausen) Sprague ’41 Hans Siegfried Mueller ’41 Barbara Julia Redman Finlayson ’42 Thelma Berley ’42 Dene Alexander Sarason ’42 Albert “Al” Kilburn ’43 Fay Huffman Abelson ’44 H. Barbara (McColm) Molchan ’44 Daniel “Dan” Jon Barbulesco ’45 Edith Marie Cates Chase ’45 Charlotte Mae Hallaux Fearey ’45 Martin Preston Huff ’45 Marcia Widdoes Bacci ’45 Kenneth H. Rawe ’46 Nancy Latham Ferrar ’46 Mary Taylor Beazley ’46
Institute and later became a Morgan Fellow, one of five former faculty members who created a new curriculum for the independent college. However, Scott, like the other Morgan Fellows and many other faculty, was not hired to teach when the College re-opened. He then served as a Visiting Lecturer in Humanities and an advisor for at-risk students at Wilmington College, and Director of the Philosophy Individualized M.A. Program at Antioch University Midwest, a position he held until the program was recently eliminated. After a long and brave battle with esophageal cancer, Scott died peacefully in his sleep on April 8, 2017. He had excellent and compassionate medical caregivers, and his last days were marked by a stream of visitors. He remained gracious and optimistic to the end. “Antioch College in all its incarnations has been blessed with gifted faculty who were unafraid to center their efforts on the learning of students,” said College President Tom Manley. “Scott’s example was of that type and he will be remembered gratefully by the students he taught and for whom he fought. As an aside, I should say that we shared many years at the Claremont Colleges and therefore have many colleagues there in common. It was reassuring for me
Miriam Louise (Augsburger) Clark ’46 Arthur “Art” Alexander Dole Jr. ’46 James E. Galton ’46 Lois Bell Godfrey ’46 Margaret “Meg” (Walker) Hansson ’46 Dr. J. Bradley Harrison ’46 Ann Davis Reed ’46 Marilyn Burger ’47 Margaret “Laddie” Drucker ’47 William “Mike” Feeley ’47 Hubert R. Marshall ’47 Dr. Thomas E. Nelson Jr. ’47 Joan Winkler ’48 Margaret Jean Grunwald ’48 Rev. Gwyneth Louise Osuch ’48 Alexandra “Alix” Pye ’48 Marilyn Mullen Rainer ’48 Phyllis Eleanor (Walker) Hodgson ’49 Carolyn Cushman Bauer ’49
Carson “Kit” Davidson ’49 Lloyd “Doc” Jonnes ’49 Nancy Hildegarde Rulli ’50 Elaine Graham ’50 Edith Eisner Patey ’50 Dorothy “Dot” Witter Koltnow ’51 Sina “Jean” C. Munger ’51 Glenn Russell Cohoon ’51 David Lenington Davies ’51 Frederick “Fred” Jacob Miller Jr. ’51 Helen Yanak Nestor Parsons ’51 Marthalee Schaub ’51 Libby E. Siegel ’51 Leon Frederic Hart ’52 John “Jay” Pobst ’52 Rebecca Mary Malm ’53 Robert “Bob” Charles Hawley ’53 Lynn Westerman White ’53 Paul Fox ’53
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to learn how much he loved Antioch and how hopeful he was for its best possible future.” “I am deeply saddened by the passing of Scott Warren,” said Shelby Chestnut ’05, a member of the Antioch College Board of Trustees. “Scott’s contributions as a faculty member were an essential part of the Antioch experience for generations of young people. I met Scott as a student on ComCil, where he pushed the entire community to understand the deep importance of shared governance as a part of what put Antioch College in a league of its own in higher education. My thoughts are with Scott’s family and the entire College community, as we have lost a true hero of Antioch College.” Scott is survived by his wife Kay Koeninger and son David Alan Warren of Yellow Springs, a brother, two sisters and numerous nieces and nephews. Donations in his name may be sent to either the American Civil Liberties Union or the Esophageal Cancer Research Fund at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at The Ohio State University. A memorial tree was planted near the steps of Main at Reunion 2017.
William Edward McFadden ’53 Robert R. Potter ’53 Robert “Bob” Redner ’53 Lydia Huntington Sparrow ’53 Janis Lehman Wellers ’53 John E. Hart Jr. ’54 Niels P. Lyster ’54 Jane Ring Trout ’54 Norman Thomas di Giovanni ’55 Philip C. “Phil” Hamilton ’55 William Harlow Hermann ’55 Ann Kron ’55 Dr. James B. “J.B.” Smith ’55 Edwin “Ted” Chase Weatherup ’55 Robert Heath Kennedy ’56 Henry “Hank” George Maiden ’56 Carl N. Madia ’57 Norman Lindsey ’57 Elisa Scatena ’57
Scott Warren, former Dean of Students and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Political Science
Judy Wiley ’57 Robert Ross “Bob” Gohlke ’58 Karen Emelia Lind ’58 Janet Turner Munson ’58 Alice Foss Quigley ’58 Dr. James Norman Lowe ’59 Francine Gloria Stettner ’59 Dr. James “Jim” A. Green ’59 Gary L. Fraser ’60 Richard “Dick” Meisler ’60 Dr. Joanna Mary Roberts ’60 John Manley Hopkins ’61 John R. “Jack” Lebold ’61 Lucy Wollin ’61 Judy Drake ’62 Joel Latner ’62 Mark A. Pinsky ’62 Edwin D. Pirl ’62 Norris Allen Edney Sr. ’63
Daniel L. Halas ’63 Gorman Lindsay Mattison ’63 Orester Jeremiah Harper Sr. ’64 Nicholas Karl Sabadosh ’64 Robert Mark Harmon ’65 Bruce W. Powell ’66 Richard John “Dick” Cavanagh ’67 Ralph Lewis McMurry ’67 Gene Parseghian ’67 Larry D. Wilson ’68 Gerald H. “Bud” Smith Jr. ’68 Nancy Elizabeth (Maher) Gordon ’68 Joseph Patrick Shea ’68 Thomas A. “Tom” Curtis ’69 Franklin G. Evans ’69 Trudy Jean Rucker ’69 Claudia Jeanne Tanseer ’69 Carol Joanne Whinnery ’69 Sandy Anderson ’70
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Margaret “Meg” S. Walker Hansson ’46 (Nov. 17, 1922–Oct. 19, 2016) It has been said that Meg Hansson ‘46 lived her very full life guided by the directive of Antioch College’s first president, Horace Mann: “Be ashamed to die until you have achieved some victory for Humanity.”
pursued that same dream of cleaning up and reusing water resources with adrop LLC and Erth LLC, two companies engaged in the development of a centrifuge for water purification systems.
Meg, being Meg, and being instilled with an indomitable entrepreneurial spirit from her days at Antioch College, took Mann’s mantra to a higher plane: “Be ashamed to die until you have achieved some victory for The Planet.”
Through it all, her work has been marked by skillful problem-solving. She possessed an uncanny ability to connect the dots, and to create enterprises to create, develop and market solutions that benefit humanity and the environment.
Simply put, Meg Hansson made the world a better place. Whether in the realm of women’s rights, the environment, family lifestyle, or the political arena, she placed her indelible stamp with passionate, purposeful action. She created a new perspective for a generation through the development and marketing of the Gerry baby carrier as founder and former CEO of Gerry Baby Products. These baby carriers allowed children to be safely and securely carried from a vantage point that allowed a new world view and eye contact with their guardians. This design improved life for both parents and child; these carriers are now indispensable for families worldwide. With regard to the environment, she championed methods to improve wastewater purification, and to clean up sewage and solid waste, most notably as CEO and Chairman of PureCycle Corp. and AquaLogic Inc. She
Lynn Beinfield ’71 Wendell Levi Boyce ’71 Ira Michael DeKoven ’71 Judith “Jude” Filler ’71 Rex Burney Jarrell Jr. ’71 Paul William Perlsweig ’71 Fred Weston ’71 Peter Douglas Vickery ’72 Christopher Mitchell Cox ’73 Dr. Wendell Haley Cox ’73 Conrad Anthony Gaskin Sr. ’74 Marion “Marnie” Lewis Black ’75
She was engaged with the incubation of several high-tech companies and served on more than 20 boards -- with a general theme of working toward the betterment of our planet. The diversity of her enterprises is exemplified by Blockits, Inc., a company with patents on a new kind of sailboat block, and Genac, Inc., manufacturers of new products to improve the lives of those with disabilities. Her achievements have been recognized with a number of prestigious awards. In the world of politics, she served as confidante and advisor to governors, United States Senators and Congressmen regarding entrepreneurship, social issues and environmental issues. In addition, she served as a presidential appointee under President Carter to the advisory board for the Small Business Administration.
Garry E. Cohen ’75 Jean Hill Greene ’75 Daniel J. Leary ’75 Eleanor Goettel Tremblay ’75 Ronald Eugene Benton ’76 Mary Markwell Crain ’76 Gretchen Joan Bartley (Finn ) Grinnell ’76 Rosemary Susan (Baiera) Hieronymous ’76 Michael Lawrence Wolpert ’76 Elois Ruth Freeman Brown ’77 Dorothy A. “Dottye” (Lacerda) Cummings ’77 Eunice Vernaller Johnson-Mays ’77
Alice (Woodson) Swann ’78 Ronald L. Adams ’78 Carl Seepe Nadler ’78 Shirley Goldberg ’79 Mae Agnes (Zajchowski) Tyburski ’80 M. Catherine O’ Connor ’80 Lois E. Sloan ’80 Kenneth Hedrick Taylor ’80 Kathryn Black ’81 Linda Lee Guerra Dennison ’81 David Holton House ’81 Doris O. Young ’81
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As one of the founders of the Committee of 200, she opened the door for countless women to the world of business and entrepreneurship. When Meg Hansson met the glass ceiling, she simply moved right around it. But the key is that she kept that path open, blazing a trail, freely sharing her wisdom with others coming up the ladder. Meg’s extended Antioch family, in addition to those many alums whose lives she touched over the years, included husband Peter Hansson ’46 (who preceded her in death); children Allyn Hansson Feinberg ’70, Kristina Hansson ’73, Tor Hansson ’74, Duncan W. Hansson ’79; sister Sydney Walker Jarvis ’46; niece Natalie Jarvis ’71; granddaughter Natalie Feinberg Lopez ’94; former sonin-law John D. Feinberg ’70; and aunt Margaret Sutherland Dunckel ’29. Meg held a BA in English from Antioch College and served on the Antioch Board of Trustees 1973-78, and on the Antioch Alumni Board 1971-72. A loyal and supportive alumna of Antioch College, Meg has served as an Antioch co-op employer, and has organized or hosted many alumni events over the years. She also worked for the Antioch College News Bureau 1946-53. Meg Hansson received the prestigious Antioch College Horace Mann Award in 2006.
David Hunt Meaders ’83 Diana Sue (Morgan) Chandle ’84 Virginia Lee Rawe ’84 Douglas L. Barber ’85 Rollande J. Krandall ’86 Ralph Eugene O’Connell ’87 Ruth Bochner ’88 Robert Christopher Simoni ’88 Evette Lynn Campbell-Ellis ’93 Joyce Acker Tingley ’95 Susan McCain ’97 Danielle A. Davis ’98
Margaret “Meg” S. Hansson ’46, noted entrepreneur, former Trustee, and recipient of Antioch’s Horace Mann Award in 2006.
Vera Jean “V.J.” Chimento, former staff Carol R. Contestable, former staff Abbott Lowell Cummings, former faculty Thomas Campbell Holyoke, former faculty Donna M. Horie, former faculty Bernard “Bern” Kanner, former Trustee Richard V. Knight, former faculty Joseph Leroy McClain, former staff Virginia “Gina” Marks Paget, former staff Robert Lawrence Parker, former Director of Co-operative Education Samuel P. Peabody, former Trustee
Robert “Bob” Rabus, former faculty Bud Rollins, former faculty E. Larry Sauselen, former faculty Heidi Viemeister, former staff Caroline “Kerrin” Warren, former staff Scott Alan Warren, former faculty William “Bill” Howe Warren, former staff Paul R. “Doc” Whicker, former staff Roger Lawrence Williams, former faculty We learned of the passing of these friends from May 2016 to September 2017.
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A Great Time at Reunion 2017
The decisive role of the ACCC (Antioch College Continuation Corporation) in securing Antioch’s independence was recognized. (L to R Zee Gamson ’59, Karen Mulhauser ’65, Rick Daily ’68, Eric Bates ’83, Vicki Morgan ’66, Catherine Jordan ’72.)
Keynote address, “Speaking Truth to Power,” by Derrick Johnson, Interim President and CEO of the NAACP National Board of Directors.
Come home to Antioch for
REUNION 2018: JULY 12–15!
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Alumni shared their experience and wisdom about community government with current student members of Comcil.
Remembering Antiochians at the Memorial on Sunday.
Alumni Award recipients Pavel Curtis ’81 and Larry Rubin ’65 flanked by Alumni Board members Jilana Ordman ’98 (L) and Karen Foreit ’67 (R).
Jack Matthews ’15 was the high bidder on an issue of Rolling Stone autographed by its former editor Eric Bates ’83.
Students and alumni gather on the steps of Main to enjoy a perfect afternoon and casual softball game.
Gabriel Metcalf ’93, Dennie Eagleson ’71, and Shelby Chestnut ’05.
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Class Notes COMPILED BY STEVEN DUFFY ’77
GEORGE CRALL ’46, along with a 1949 West Point classmate, formed a company to bring water to California from the Columbia River offshore plume using converted Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) to harvest water and deliver it to VLCCs moored off the California coast. The obstacle is the bureaucracy of California water districts. George was at Antioch College during the “golden age” of Basil Pillard, George Geiger, Lewis Corey and Algo Henderson. George and his wife live in Newport Beach, California. JULIE GEGNER McVAY ’46 retired from the faculty at North Carolina State University in 1987. After watching in disbelief for many years the unraveling of the superb Antioch she knew, she finds it heartwarming now to follow its resurrection. HERBERT S. LINDENBERGER ’51 has published a book, Aesthetics of Discomfort (University of Michigan Press, 2016), that takes the form of a conversation with his co-author, Frederick Aldama, an English professor at The Ohio State University. The authors defend the value of works— drawn from literature, music, architecture, visual arts and film—that refuse simply to please but rather disquiet, baffle and undermine the basic assumptions of their consumers. PAUL GRAHAM ’52, retired Vice President of Research at Vernay Labs, attended last April’s memorial service for his wife of 62 years, Jewel Graham, retired Antioch Professor of Social Work and past President of the National and World YWCA. Paul has two sons, Robert (a film editor at Pitzer) and Nathan (a computer programmer at Adobe), and four grandchildren. Paul’s primary home is in Yellow Springs, but he spends time in Berkeley, California, which is a larger Yellow Springs. Despite a history of medical issues, Paul is supportive of and exercises at the Wellness Center at Antioch College. DOLORES CHENOSKI MOSES ’53, writing as D.C. Moses, published her third novel, Train from Thompsonville,
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in 2016. Her second novel, Second Thoughts, Second Chances, was a finalist for the 2015 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. All three of her novels are currently available through Amazon under her pseudonym. JO PROCTOR ’58 moved to Chevy Chase, Maryland, three years ago and wonders why she never thought to co-op in D.C. “The place swings,” she said. She especially loves the book scene and community at Politics & Prose Bookstore & Coffeehouse. KARL AND JANET GROSSMAN ’64 celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on May 19, 2016. They met at 17 in their first weeks at Antioch in 1959. Since 1978, Karl has been a professor of journalism at the State University of New York at Old Westbury, a college in the SUNY system based in part on the Antioch model. Janet is a retired teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages in the Sag Harbor School District. They live in Sag Harbor. Janet is highly active in community affairs. Karl has hosted the TV program Enviro Close-up for the past 25 years and is the author of six books. He has a syndicated newspaper column, blogs on The Huffington Post and The Times of Israel and writes regularly on websites including CounterPunch, NationofChange, Enformable and Common Dreams. He was a nightly news anchor at WSNL-TV on Long Island and did investigative reporting at the daily Long Island Press. His lifelong career in journalism was inspired by a co-op at the Cleveland Press. Karl and Janet have two sons, Kurt and Adam. ROBIN RICE ’64 says, “Retirement? What’s that?” Her play Alice in Black and White ran off-Broadway in August 2016, and her script Play Nice was published by Original Works Publishing and produced at the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay in October. She was on her way to Mongolia in October, hired by a Mongolian nongovernmental organization to teach playwriting using an interpreter. Visit www.Robin RicePlaywright.com for the latest news.
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RON WINGER ’64 and CLAUDIA WINGER ’66 finished their new home in Port Townsend, Washington, and they love it. As Claudia has some ongoing health issues related to balance, their new three-story house has an elevator and a lot of safety bars. They can see three national parks from their house: Olympic (daily), Cascades (often) and Mount Rainier (from time to time). They also have water views of the straits of San Juan de Fuca. The weather is moderate, never too hot, never too cold. Nobody has A/C and it almost never snows or freezes. Port Townsend is very well educated and tolerant, much like Yellow Springs. “Liberal” Ron and Claudia feel a bit old-fashioned there. Ron is a regular at the Socrates philosophy discussion group, where he holds on by his fingernails. After designing their house, people have asked Ron and Claudia to help on other projects, including a small village cultural center in email@example.com for E. Daniel and Manzanillo, Mexico. The house has an apartment on firstname.lastname@example.org for Lynn. Visitors welcome! Airbnb for guests. Downsizing is a b---h but we are so looking forward to joining the community there.” JIM JAFFE ’65 continues to live in Washington and attempts to ingratiate himself with those close in power while blogging about political anthropology for Punditwire between grandchild (five) inspection tours.
SIGRIN THORSON NEWELL ’65 recently retired after 23 years as an education professor at online Walden University. She worked with Ph.D. students from all over the world without leaving home. She had students researching AIDS issues in Tanzania and Zimbabwe, immigrant parents of kindergartners in Canada, as well as many American topics. Her Antioch education prepared her well for such variety. Next: environmental volunteering, which she started doing at Glen Helen. DAVID ROGER ALLEN ’66 retired from full-time movie and TV dramatic acting in 2014 after 51 years of work. He first began acting during his student days at Antioch in 1963. For his screen work he used the name “Tex Allen.” If you go to the “Tex Allen” section at www.IMDb.com you can read his complete biography, movie credits and quotes. E. DANIEL AYRES ’66, Lynn, and McAfee (a 90-pound, well-fed lab) “have joined the ‘Geezer Squad’ in their newly renovated cottage in a pod at Kendal at Oberlin. It has been retrofitted with geothermal, well-assisted HVAC and an ‘improved’ expanded living space which converted the original screened-in porch to a part of the main living area. New email: email@example.com for both of us.
PETER CREELMAN ’67 received a degree in creative writing—both fiction and nonfiction—from Paradise Valley Community College in May 2016. That June he went on a trip to Europe. First he went to Croatia and then to Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he attended a weeklong summer solstice pyramid tour. Yes, there are pyramids in Bosnia! He then went on to a 12-day tour of London and Great Britain. He returned home to Arizona to find his home flooded and is now in the process of home restoration for flooring and interior painting. He is now working on organizing the Class of 1967 50th Anniversary Reunion and hopes to get a massive turnout. MELINDA (MINDY) BROWN ’68 lives in Oakland, California, near fellow Antiochian SUSIE CADY MCALISTER ’67 (her neighbor Roberta is also an Antiochian). Melinda’s family also lives in the area, both married with children. She had no idea they would bring so much joy. Emily is a mother of four (Louise, Isobel, Henry and William) and an antiques dealer. Her daughter Anna is a producer of NPR’s Snap Judgment and wonderful mother of Abigail. PAUL MILLMAN ’68, a longtime co-op employer, received the 2016 Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business. His company, Chroma, received B Corp certification in 2013 from the nonprofit B Lab for
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Five Antiochians from the early ’70s gathered not too long ago for a minireunion in Pemaquid, Maine. Back row: ELLEN BORGERSEN, JONATHAN LEWIS, LARRY AMON. Middle row: CATHERINE JORDAN, TIM SIVIA.
meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. In 2014, Forbes ranked Chroma second among “B Corp’s Best Places To Work For A Paycheck With A Higher Purpose.” HOWIE GORDON ’70 has written an Antioch-inspired personal memoir, Hindsight—True Love and Mischief in the Golden Age of Porn. Those interested in the sexual revolution of the ’60s might enjoy it. Autographed copies available at www.hindsightbook.com. GLENN KOSTICK ’70 is still blowing glass. He is currently making 5-inch globes for air plants. There are over 200 varieties of air plants. He has around 50 different types. Some have fragrant flowers. They grow slowly and don’t require a lot of attention. After eight years of continuous work on his tree farm, he is giving it a rest. “An adjoining bike trail will be going in soon. The rails-to-trails movement is bringing young people closer to nature.” LUKE DANIELSON ’71 writes from the small town of Gunnison, Colorado, that he and Ellen Pedersen are well and would be happy to see any Antioch friends. He is president of Sustainable Development Strategies Group (www. sdsg.org), a nonprofit that advises country governments in negotiating better with foreign mining, oil, gas and other resource companies and sharing development benefits more equitably. He also teaches at several universities and does a lot of cross-country skiing. WILLIAM GARRETT ’71 is doing well, living in Salisbury, Maryland, with his wife Peggy. She is totally retired
and he continues to be semi-retired, working as a contractor and consulting for the federal government, requiring weekly trips to Washington, D.C. In short, his Antioch experience explains who he is today. He thinks often of Antioch College (which led him to the Antioch School of Law, Washington, D.C.), his classmates and Yellow Springs. A lot has transpired between those years and now, but the people and the experience are forever part of him. Realizing a 30-year dream, TIM KLASS ’71 and Karen Klobucher have purchased a second home for vacations and guest rental in Cannon Beach, Oregon, about a 90-minute drive west of Portland. Four bedrooms, 2½ baths, quiet area with quick and easy access to everything. http://cbpm/booking/the-beech-house/1184-114397. NINA GALERSTEIN FENDEL ’72 retired from her job as a union-side labor lawyer and continues to deliver training to labor leaders, staff, activists and other trainers, using interactive advocacy training techniques she has developed and used for the past 40 years. Later, she hopes to help expand training for advocates working with end-of-life issues and rights. She and her husband live in the San Francisco East Bay and have six grandchildren. She is co-author and editor of California Workers Rights (UC Berkeley Institute for Labor Research and Education). Her most recent hobby is learning to play the Irish penny whistle. History happened to MICHAEL GOLDFARB ’72 in the past decade. He got laid off from public radio and has not had full-time employment since. Male, pale and stale, he got the hint after a while and set up his own company
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and makes current affairs and cultural documentaries for the BBC, most of them available online. He has written two books: Ahmad’s War, Ahmad’s Peace: Surviving Under Saddam, Dying in the New Iraq and Emancipation: How Liberating Europe’s Jews from the Ghetto Led to Revolution and Renaissance. After finishing a turn-around assignment as the interim Executive Director for a nationally recognized puppet theater that had fallen on hard times, CATHERINE JORDAN ’72 started exploring retirement. She’s not built for disengagement, so after a great trip to France and Spain last fall (visiting Antiochian MIKE VONKORFF ’72 and his wife in the Alps), she started up a “Creative Aging in Place” neighborhood study group to see how we can stay in our homes for the duration using the Beacon Hill Village model for inspiration. She lost her parents and younger brother in the past year, which brought clearer understanding of how fleeting life is and renewed interest in daily yoga and exercise. She and Steve are still working to save their family’s 80-acre Cloquet, Minnesota, hobby farm and put it to good use. It has a three-story passive solar house and barn with full workshop. There is room for permaculture food forests between the croquet court and horseshoe pit. “Antiochians, come visit! Thanks to the Antioch Alumni who elected me to serve on the Alumni Board. I’m eager to help the College grow and develop its new vision.” BRADIE SPELLER ’74: His work as a change management consultant has taken him to Europe and China recently. He has driven through the Alps, taken the bullet train to Paris and traveled for the first time to China. He worked in Shanghai and Beijing, learning and experiencing the culture. He toured the Eiffel Tower, the Sacre-Coeur and the Louvre. He is forming a new band called Climate Change to further define the music in the 21st century. Stay tuned … MARK GREENBERG ’76 has been living in Boston and Newton, Massachusetts, since graduation. Following the inspiration of John Ronsheim and the 1973 Antioch Chorus tour of Europe, Mark entered the wine business in 1982, where he remains today. Until recently he was the owner/ operator of a wine store in Newton. Mark is married and has four children. He enjoys gardening and songwriting. JOE KENNEDY JR. ’76 continues sharing and teaching music-related creative arts in the Washington, D.C., area. He has drums, keyboard, flutes, pianos and a great collec-
tion of music books that he uses to teach mostly elementary school students. He can be found every Sunday at Malcolm X Park playing his flutes, drumming and dancing. CHARLES DOERING ’77 is a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow. His field of study is applied mathematics. He is currently the Nicholas D. Kazerinoff Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Mathematics and Physics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Professor Doering will use the Guggenheim Fellowship to capitalize on recent advances that he, collaborators and colleagues have made on some of the most fundamental problems in mathematical fluid dynamics using a novel form of computationally aided analysis. The Guggenheim Fellowship will provide support to pursue mathematical fluid dynamic studies with students and postdoctoral researchers at the University of Michigan, collaborators in the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics program at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and experts at U.S. and international research institutions. After a 30-year courtship, STEVE DUFFY ’77 married the love of his life in the City of Dayton Mayor’s office. Not only their relationship, but also their parking and their witnesses’ parking, were all validated. WILL BADGETT ’78 cites his years at Antioch as a major influence on his artistic life today. He continues working with The Talking Band, the New York City-based, award-winning experimental theater company that he has worked with since 1984. In 2016 he had the pleasure of performing in Burnished By Grief, a new play written by fellow Antioch alum ELLEN MADDOW ’71. In March he joined The Talking Band again for The Room Sings, a new play by Paul Zimet, with original music by Ellen.
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The Tempest (directed by Downing Cless) and Mother Cour- DAWN MENKEN ’80 lived in Zurich for 10 years with age (directed by Meredith Dallas) were the first plays he Antioch grads JULIE DIAMOND ’81, AMY (KAPLAN) performed in at The Antioch Area Theater, in summer 1975. MINDELL ’81 AND JAN DWORKIN ’81 to study and help in the development of Process-Oriented Psychology, KARIN LIEDTKE ’79 continues to work as a aka Processwork. Some might recall Ben Thompson’s class, Licensed Acupuncturist with Kaiser Permanente in Santa “The Teaching of Don Juan,” in which he would read from Rosa, California. At her new home of four years, she has the unpublished manuscript of Arny Mindell, founder of replaced the front lawn with low-water-use plants and Processwork (check out Mindell’s website, aamindell.net, to made other substantial improvements and repairs—and still hear Ben read from The Deathwalk). In 1990, the Process has more to do! When she has the opportunity she bicycles, Work Institute was established in Portland, Oregon. Dawn hikes, swims and sometimes kayaks. She is looking forward helped to develop the graduate programs and teaches at to a trip to Europe with her son to visit relatives and see the the institute. She has a private practice, is a group facilibirthplace of her parents in Eastern Europe. tator and conflict resolution educator, and leads programs for youth. Dawn is the author of the award-winning books HARRIS MARTIN ’79 is a substitute high school science Raising Parents, Raising Kids and Speak Out: Talking About teacher outside Philadelphia and teaches driver’s ed on Love, Sex and Eternity. She is married to her partner of 20 the side. His children, Rachel and Stan, are married with years and they have a 14-year-old son. She can be reached children—granddaughters Taylor, Ella and Ava. Harris at www.dawnmenken.com. married Irene Cronk in 1997 and they enjoy the Grateful Dead music and the outdoors. Harris is a precinct DemoLEIGH HILSINGER ’81 has been happily practicing urcratic Committeeperson and an elected member of the state ogynecology and gynecology in Wisconsin. Her son Doug Democratic Committee. He retired his SCUBA gear after is now 12. She recently became a guardian for her niece and 25 years but continues as an avid gardener. Friends, email: nephew and has been busy settling everyone in. The firstname.lastname@example.org. summer of 2016 was spent boating and river tubing in Wisconsin. She is planning a trip to Cape Cod and JEANNE BADMAN ’80: “Gathered once again, this time hoping to see JON and GINNY RALL CHOMITZ ’81 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, were longtime friends DENNIS and ERIC BLOCK ’80. Leigh says that alumni travelling ABRAMS, JEANNE BADMAN ’80, DOUG GARRIthrough Wisconsin are always welcome! SON ’82, BEV GRONER ’81, COLLEEN HAYES JACOBSEN ’81, PAM HOODES ’80, SARAH MERRILL DONA GREEN ’83 finally got to surrender her jack-ofMARTIN ’80, JAMIE TANAKA, MARK PETERSON all-trades role as a healthcare administrator to assume a se’78, ANNA VANDERLAAN ’80, TODD McGUIRE ’82, nior role in the area of her first love, post-acute care services, NOREEN O’BRIEN ’83, MICHELLE RITCHIE ’82 which includes home-based healthcare to institutional and PETE SHELKIN ’81. Friends and family were hosted long-term care. “It has been a long journey in a system with by ANNA VANDERLAAN ’80 for a few enchanting days a great mission, providing quality care for all,” she says. “I’m of walks, talks, meals, a book-reading by Dennis and still excited by the adventure.” general hanging out. What a blast!”
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STEVE HERR ’83 published a column in the August 12, 2015, issue of The Chronicle Of Higher Education. The piece was an appreciation of Antioch College and specifically Dr. Ayoub’s course on philosophical anthropology. The piece also addressed Herr’s concerns regarding the increasing routinization of higher education. You can read the column at. http://chronicle.com/article/It-s-Harder-Now-toChange/232037 (subscription required). Did the U.N.’s Paris climate change summit help save the world or just help some powerful interests save face? We may not know for decades, but now the listeners and readers of the daily Public Radio International Program The World and pri.org have a clearer understanding of what was at stake and what was and wasn’t accomplished in Paris through the work of a team of reporters led by environmental editor PETER THOMSON ’84. He wrote after the conclusion of the marathon meeting that it was a vital step forward but only a small part of the fix that’s needed. “The ship may already have hit the iceberg,” he wrote, “but Paris may have bought time to patch it up and keep it from sinking.” Before heading home to Boston, Peter enjoyed a coffee and pan au chocolate with classmate DWAYNE WOODS ’82, who splits his time between Paris and Chicago. MATT CHAPMAN ’85 says that this is the 20th anniversary of his teaching career, and he’s building a Maker Space and program for his school. This is also the second consecutive year that he is the recipient of a generous grant from the Daniel Tanner Foundation for innovative educational projects. Daniel Tanner was a student of John Dewey. Matt’s Plan B is to move back to Yellow Springs and build a tiny house on some land. JONAH STEIN ’86: “When Jonathan Hochman and Jonah first conceived of building an automatic backup tool for websites in 2009, they did so thinking that comparing the differences between each backup would allow for early detection of malware. They helped launch a company to do just that. CodeGuard announced recently a new automatic malware detection and remediation tool which is available to backup customers. If you have a website you care about, check us out: https://codeguard.com/pages/malware.” “Yaaaas! A Maples mini-reunion came off in full effect Memorial Day weekend 2016! ERIC BASS ’87, STACEY GILBERT ’85, CLIFF HART ’90, BARB MININGER ’87, MIKE BELLER ’87 and LAURA ZEITLIN ’90
rented a yummy, lovely farmhouse just outside Yellow Springs, and CAROLYN BROUGHTON ’89 and her beau came to join the retro madness. It was as if time stood still for nearly 30 years, but yet YSO is new all the same. We had so much fun hanging in town at Ye Olde Trail Tavern, Mr. Fub’s Party, meeting a few current students, seeing all the new facilities. The Garden, the solar array … all of it!!!! Oh … but did we mention the “carnival” at Young’s Jersey Dairy! Yaaaas! Fun knows no bounds when you come back to the Antioch Experience.” When she isn’t traveling the world, ALESSANDRA DeMEO ’87 teaches school in New York City. Her son Donatello is now a senior in college. ABBY MAITLAND ’88 continues to live in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, with her son Adam, 17. Daughter Anna, 21, resides in Columbus and is a preschool teacher. Abby continues to be a clinical therapist, working primarily with traumatized youth. She recently reconnected with CHARLIE HANGLEY ’87 and can’t believe that nearly 30 years have gone by! Would love to hear from others. Find Abby on Facebook. The Maya Mountain Research Farm in Belize has graduated its 11th Annual Permaculture Design Course, taught and facilitated by Albert Bates, Marisha Anderson, Maureen Brennan, Cellini Logan and CHRISTOPHER NESBITT ’88. Funding from the LUSH fund (U.K.) made this possible. LISA WHIPPLE ’89 lives in Seattle with her husband Rob, her three lovely and talented offspring (Camille, Rose and Sylvia) and a gently used circa-2013 MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College. She quit Facebook, so if you want to get in touch—and she hopes you do—you’ll have to email her at email@example.com. JONATHAN HAMMER ’90 and STEVEN THURSTON OLIVER ’90 were married on August 5, 2016, in Salem, Massachusetts. The ceremony included the story of how they reconnected via social media 23 years after graduating from Antioch. Antiochians ANDY GRAB ’89 and ED MCKILLOP ’91 were among those in attendance. DANIEL HOLTZMANN-TWEED ’90 is three years cancer-free as of March 27, 2017.
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ing’s strategy page for months. Michael’s wish for Antioch is that it would focus on sustainable business; differentiation without worries about competition. He hopes to hear from other INSEAD alum. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org. ROBIN SIMONS ’91 and her husband Nathan Bergom had a momentous 2016. They live in the Parkville, Maryland, area where they have purchased a home, and they also welcomed a new addition to the family: Milo Darien Reed Simons. They are besotted and exhausted. It would be lovely to hear from new and old friends at email@example.com or 773-764-3477.
NICOLE IRIZAWA ’91 escaped a swampy, steamy Tokyo summer to visit friends and family in the U.S. While in Yellow Springs, she enjoyed a hike in the Glen with stepfather ERIC MILLER ’81, sister Erika Wood-Heidermann, niece Sophie Heidermann and daughter Kei Irizawa. Currently she’s back in Japan waiting for autumn and trying to create micro-adventures in her daily life. FAEBLE KIEVMAN ’91 is a clown, circus artist, performance artist, street performer and all-around weirdly wonderful human. He has worked as a stunt actor and with the Big Underwear Social Tour through Mexico and Central America. Faeble has made humans laugh all over this planet, including the China Wuqiao International Circus Festival, Nanjing International Circus and Comedy Exchange Festival, Circus Zoppe, The New Pickle Circus, and the Sardine Family Circus, along with clowning around internationally with his company Cirque en Deroute for three international tours where they have won over audiences in festivals from country to country. Some other creations: worked with Circus Bella in Japan, co-founded Cirosphere, had a six-month tour with Cirque Starlight in Switzerland in 2014, performed at A.C.T. Geary Theater and is a founder of Really Weird Entertainment. He was in creation and performance with Acrobatic Conundrum and finished up performing with Flynn Creek Circus in the summer of 2015, and he remains on the prowl for new experiences! MICHAEL OLENICK ’91 and his family are settled in Europe. His daughter is near fluent in French and has friends from all over the world. His case study about the rebirth of Marvel Comics, The Marvel Way: Restoring a Blue Ocean, was a featured case on Harvard Business Publish-
Not long ago, TANYA BRODY ’92 left a job she was tired of to go to a job she absolutely loved. She was then laid off from that job and has launched her newest freelance career as a professional copywriter. She spends her days creating mesmerizing messages that lure new leads and customers to her clients’ doorsteps. She still sings and plays harp, though not as often as she once did. She’s writing new songs in hopes of releasing another album within the next year. Find out more at tanyabrodycopywriter.com. LISA JAFFEE ’92 sends hearty and affectionate greetings to her fellow ’90s alums, the amazing and appreciated staff and community members, and the current classes of Antioch students. She is currently celebrating her 21st year as a medical/social services Spanish interpreter and translator with the King County Public Health Department. “It’s amazing how time flies when one enjoys their profession and is truly satisfied and rewarded by one’s daily work,” she says. She also provides other language services—teaching/ tutoring, editing and proofreading—during her weekend and evening hours. Another joy is participating in the Buy Nothing Project, in which community members give and/or receive needed household items and services for no charge, with no “quid pro quo” bartering. “That way everyone gets to know and learn from one another along the way. It feels great to be a part of this!” VERNETIA “GAYLE” MILLER Esq. ’92 trips the light fantastic as legal counsel for the Dayton-based nonprofit organization, Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center. Learning the ins and outs of museum legalities plus the music world, she appreciates where she finds herself. “It’s funktastic, baby!” she declares. “The board is moving fullsteam ahead making this a reality,” and she feels blessed to be in on this adventure.
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SUCHITRA MUMFORD ’95 owns a pottery studio in Boston. Her business is growing with classes, camps, workshops and artists who sell their work. It’s a unique concept and she is proud of it. Her studio has 11 pottery wheels and last summer taught 100 kids. Suchi often thinks about Professors LaPalombara and Rahmanian, who taught her business classes. She is still living in Arlington, Massachusetts, and stays in touch with CORRY BANTON ’95, MATT PRICE ’94, ANUJA MENDIRATTA ’94, DAVID OTTAVIANO ’96 and others. If anyone is looking for a co-op in arts studio management, she would be happy to talk with the newest Antiochians. MARC ANTHONY RICHARDSON ’95 received the 2016 FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize for his debut novel, Year of the Rat. JUSTIN SCHLESINGER-DEVLIN ’95, ELIZABETH SCHLESINGER-DEVLIN ’97 and their children, Delaney and Zechariah, live in West Lafayette, Indiana. Justin is the pastor of a church in nearby Dayton, Indiana, and recently became certified as a pastoral care specialist in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Elizabeth continues to direct the Miller Child Development Lab School at Purdue University. She also teaches courses at the university as well as a Non-Formal CDA class for the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children. Elizabeth was the lead author of “Research-Teacher Collaborations in Applied Research in a University Laboratory School,” which was published as a chapter in The Future of Child Development Laboratory Schools. STEVEN MEYERS ’96 is an Associate Professor (Paleontology and Paleocenography) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Department of Geosciences. He received the Society for Sedimentary Geology’s prestigious 2016 James Lee Wilson Award, given to geoscientists age 40 or younger who have achieved a significant record of research accomplishments in sedimentary geology. Steve earned his Ph.D. in Geology from Northwestern University in 2003. INNISFREE McKINNON ’96 survived her first year as a new faculty member at the University of Wisconsin, Stout, and spent the summer working with undergraduate students on the LAKES REU. This research project works to reverse pollution and algae blooms in the Red Cedar Watershed. More information can be found at http://www. uwstout.edu/lakes or http://lakes-reu.blogspot.com.
ANGELICA BENTON-MOLINA ’97 works for the city of Austin in the Austin Healthy Adolescent Program with TIM EUBANKS ’00, working with youth on sexual health awareness as a Public Health Educator. She also has her master’s degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, which she obtained while living in Houston. She has a beautiful 11-year-old daughter who loves to sing and create art. They love living in Austin, where they have just moved. They also love being surrounded by Antioch alumni such as CEDAR SEXTON ’97, AMBER PLEASANT ’00, HARLEY GAMBILL and PAUL JOHNSON ’00. They are frequently visited by her sister Lara, an Antioch alum, and her mother, MERCEDES MOLINA ’76. Angelica takes trips back to Yellow Springs to see her father, RONALD BENTON ’78, and his family. Sisters Amber Benton and her stepmom, Jean Benton, is also an Antioch University alum! Angelica says, “I have a huge Antioch family.” MARTY ROSENBLUTH ’99 spent five weeks in 2016 as a volunteer attorney on the Greek island of Lesvos, where he helped refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries apply for asylum in the European Union. He also helped to train Greek attorneys on how to help asylees, including how to interview trauma victims and how to work with interpreters and international rights law. Earlier, he worked on the U.S./Mexico border with refugees from Central America seeking asylum in the United States. MATT ALLEN ’00 is happily living in Boston, where he has resided for the past 10 years. For much of that time he continued working as a waiter and a bartender, a career he successfully launched at the Peach Pit in Yellow Springs. In 2009 he founded an organization that brought a medical
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marijuana initiative to the voters in 2012, and then earned a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy at Northeastern University. He is field director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, a job he considers his “great co-op in the sky.” RANI CROWE ’01 has had her film, Texting: A Love Story,
live in Brooklyn with their cute, crabby dog, Falco. Together they’ve visited 15 countries. Molly has built a career in advocacy and fundraising and works as Director of Development at the National Parks Conservation Association. Skooter is the Co-Director and Head of Digital for public radio’s Science Friday, which won two Webby Awards last year for best science website. STEVE McQUEEN ’06 is engaged to be married with two stepchildren. He is the Secretary of the Human Relations Commission of Yellow Springs, a member of the Justice System Task Force of Yellow Springs, Community Voice Producer for WYSO-FM, member of the 365 Project (POC of Yellow Springs) and a member and drummer for Central Chapel AME Church. Don’t worry—it is still possible to run into him at the Gulch on occasion!
accepted to 70 festivals around the world. She joined the Ball State University faculty in 2016 in a tenure-track position in the English department, specializing in screenwriting. Rani’s new short film in development, Heather Has Four Mommies, was shortlisted by the Kevin Spacey Foundation. MOLLY GALVIN ’01 and CHRISTIANA “SKOOTER” SKOTTE ’01 married 13 years ago in Glen Helen. They
JILL SOMMERVILLE ’06 is a call center representative for Synchrony Financial (which pays her bills) and a freelance writer for Onstage (which doesn’t pay her bills, but lets her use her Ph.D. in Theatre). She’s currently romancing the city of Dayton and looking for a stage to call home. Most recently, she has written a musical at the Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse and performed the first dance piece ever to be featured at the Dayton Sideshow. CODY LUEDTKE ’08 is teaching biology and environmental science full time at her local two-year college in Atlanta. She took last summer off to travel to Norway, work-visit Virginia Tech, go on a canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and road trip to Arizona, during which she visited Antioch alumni MARY BROWN (ST. CLAIR) in Tennessee and TRAVIS WOODARD ’08 in New Mexico, as well as former Science
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Technician Mary Ann Willits in Arizona. Cody says, “So glad Antioch is back formally! I’d love to stop by for a visit someday.” ALEX METTE ’10 got married to his adoptive college (Beloit College, after Antioch was closed) with Cat in September 2016 and they are now moving to North Carolina, looking for the next adventure. CHARLOTTE BLAIR ’16 is currently working on a mapping project with the Great Lakes College Association, collaborating with neighborhood artists and local families to map nostalgia and (dis)order in a Mexico City neighborhood. In an attempt to mix art and collaborative research, Charlotte is collecting old family photographs, oral histories and children’s drawings of the community. To finish the project, she wrote a chapter about the maps that she and those living in the neighborhood created. Charlotte was scheduled to begin a Ph.D. program in Anthropology at American University in late August 2016. BEN DANIELS ’16 has always been someone who went with the flow. However, sometimes the flow is not where he logically wanted to go. One time he felt he was being forced to leave a community that he loved, not by the community but by a few individuals. No matter what he did the answer was always “move on.” Eventually he closed his eyes, let go, surrendered and jumped into the current. Once he opened his eyes he found himself at Wellspring School of Allied Health, a massage school located in Kansas City. His intentions are to have an open mind and find a modality that will resonate with him. He then hopes to become a master of that art.
GABE IGLESIA ’16 went from commencement to a paid internship at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia. Gabe dove right into the fire, getting to prepare and assist with a visit by then Secretary of State John Kerry. Throughout the internship, Gabe worked on diplomatic cables and daily reports to Washington, D.C. Gabe’s long-term career goal is to work for the U.S. government as a Foreign Service Officer. ERIC RHODES ’16 will pursue a master’s degree in history at Miami University of Ohio after taking a one-year hiatus from higher education to teach English near Lens, France, as part of the Teaching Assistant Program in France. Eric plans to continue his study of urban history at Miami under the tutelage of Yellow Springs resident and historian Steven Conn. He’s grateful for the role that Kevin McGruder, Rahul Nair, Brooke Bryan and countless community members played in his successful application to graduate school. Eric is in the post-production phase of a documentary film about the spectacle of American presidential politics. REBECCA SMITH ’16 spent her last co-ops and senior project working and studying migration in Latin America. She became motivated to continue working for migrant rights and justice. She is currently working at a safe house for migrants and refugees on the border between Guatemala and Mexico, working directly with people fleeing their homes and often arriving from a traumatic and abusive journey. It has been intense but she has learned a lot. When she returns to the States she will begin a job at the National Immigrant Justice Center with the detention and LGBT projects. Rebecca’s excited to learn the ins and outs of immigration law and international refugee protection processes, and to gain a perspective of the injustices migrants face within the United States.
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“LITTLE ANTIOCH” by SCOTT SANDERS College Archivist
Originally conceived as a school and converted to a residence in the 1870s, “Little Antioch,” as it was known, occupied the triangular wedge of land between Walnut Street and Xenia Avenue until 1923. William Mills, who created the Village of Yellow Springs as we know it by bringing both a railroad and a college to town, hired capable local architect Hiram Brown to design and build the fanciful structure, which was completed not long after “big” Antioch began operation in the fall of 1853. In June of that year, Mills wrote a letter to the president-elect of the College, Horace Mann, stating that he had “concluded to erect a school house in the ‘Swiss style’ in the small park in front of [his] dwelling, perhaps towards a day of greater things.”
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Re-awakening the Alumni Community A MESSAGE FROM PAUL FEINSTEIN ’68 So many of us have put hand to the wheel and check book, to purchase and rebuild Antioch College. Now we need to begin building the greater community of some 16,000 alumni who have passed through our College, and left a lasting mark on it and our lives. Through closure and reopening of the College, we have lost track of many of our classmates. The alumni database is incomplete with many records missing valid emails, phone numbers, or addresses and—until recently—there were limited means of directly contacting anyone in our circles. The alumni office has now finished a significant project to give us improved communication tools. This consists of a new website for alumni, including class photos to help us identify ourselves and friends. It has a directory with all available contact data for alumni and search capabilities to find individuals with special skills and interests. The site
is compatible with all mobile platforms and social media, for those who are comfortable with this technology. There will be a ‘lost alumni’ page, to identify people completely off the map. We will begin loading video clips to the site, to help tell our ongoing story. Rebuilding all the lost data is up to us. Please register on the site and update your information, so others can contact you. And ask all your friends and ask them to do the same. All the hard work we have put in to build these tools will be limited unless we seriously put in some effort. There are many people out there who would love to reconnect and can’t. Thank you for being part of the continued rebuilding of Antioch College and our Antiochian community.
A Crucial Co-Op STUDENT’S EXPERIENCE FOCUSES ON AFRICAN MIGRATION, REFUGEES Anna Samake ’19 spent her Winter Quarter co-op in New York City on the front lines of burning national and international issues.
turnstile jumps, which Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers often use to flag undocumented immigrants.
Samake was Executive Intern for Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping African-American and black immigrant communities organize and advocate for racial, social and economic justice. BAJI provides “Know Your Rights” training to help individuals protect themselves from police abuses, and supplies free public transit fares to discourage illegal train
Samake spent much of the quarter working on BAJI’s “The African Migration Report,” researching how migration works within Africa, studying how African immigration laws compare to those of the Western world, and trying to connect with organizations helping African refugees and migrants in African countries. She took calls from many who needed referrals to BAJI partner lawyers or answers to general questions about their individual cases. In addition, she provided support to a new BAJI program that connects organizations around the issue of migration from Africa. “My contacts are mostly from West and East Africa,” Samake wrote in a blog post as part of her co-op, “and I speak to them in a language they understand.” Samake’s co-op was more than a crash course in social activism. She also expanded her networking skills and learned how public policies are written, developed and implemented. “Even with a small staff,” she wrote, “I have learned from BAJI that community organizing is very efficient, both in engaging the community as well as teaching them to advocate and stand for what they deserve.”
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