AUNE hosted the annual summer DMT Intensive June 17-June 22nd with 18 participants. Students traveled internationally from as far as Singapore and India and across the US from Alaska, Montana, Minnesota and Texas. The five-day program introduces the fields of dance/movement therapy and drama therapy with different faculty each day sharing their expertise in areas such as, movement and expression, diversity and social justice, creative dance and current trends in DMT practice and research. New this year was additional evening and extended weekend programming for the students enrolled in the Certificate in Dance/Movement Therapy. The Admissions department hosted a light dinner reception and program overview for participants to discuss the certificate and new low residency program.
The Committee on Approval for the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) has approved Antioch’s renewal application for Six-Year Approval, which deems the program in compliance with the ADTA standards for education and clinical training for the period of 2019-2025. The Application was submitted by Dr. Tomoyo Kawano, Program Director of the Dance/Movement Therapy program (DMT) at Antioch New England.
The DMT program is a 63-64-credit program of coursework and clinical training in dance/ movement therapy. It spans two and a half to three years, during which students explore verbal, nonverbal, and creative approaches to therapy. The program has a deep and ongoing commitment to cultural diversity/inclusion/transformation and primacy of body, and is focused around critical arts-based inquiry. Its connection to the philosophies of the larger university environment serve to strengthen the program even further.
“The DMT faculty at AU New England’s MA in Dance/Movement Therapy program are thrilled to have our on-campus, certificate, and low residency programs renewed for another six years,” said Kawano. She feels that the overwhelmingly positive comments made by the committee acknowledge and reflect DMT faculty’s diligence and dedication to provide a rigorous embodied education in a nurturing, developmental environment.
Kawano cited Antioch alum and adjunct clinical faculty Danielle Fitzpatrick as a key player in visioning and putting together the robust and comprehensive self-study. “As a first-year program director, I would not be writing this response if it were not for her knowledge and meticulous organizational and leadership skills,” Kawano said. She expressed additional thanks to recently retired Susan Loman’s years of dedication (particularly with regard to the Kestenberg Movement Profile and other approaches to movement observation and assessment), as well as DMT program faculty and larger Applied Psychology department faculty, students, and administrators.
Applied Psychology faculty, Denzel Jones, PhD, recently presented at the 2019 International Family Therapy Association World Family Therapy Congress in Scotland. His study, Black Emerging Adults’ Experiences Of Ethnic-Racial Socialization Messages from Diverse Sources, focuses on “social-contextual influences (i.e. four unique types of ethnic-racial socialization messages from diverse ethnic-racial socialization agents) on Black ethnic-racial identity development among emerging adults over time. Results indicate that although parents, adult family members, and siblings were the most influential socialization agents during adolescence, they became less influential during emerging adulthood as peers gained more influence. Additionally, across all developmental periods, emerging adults reported the most prominent messages they received were egalitarian and racial pride messages and the least prominent messages they received were negative messages.”
Jones also co-presented a poster, Answering the Call of Duty: Violent Video Games and Family Therapy, focused on interactions between violent video games, aggression, differentiation, and felonious behavior.
Rachel Enoch, PhD, BCBA-D, recently published an article, “Neuro-Typical Children Outcomes from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Summer Camp” in Behavior Analysis in Practice. The article discusses the practical implications of using acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) in a community camp setting with children. The study used a neurotypical sample, and outcomes support the potential for increasing psychological flexibility and mindful awareness between an experimental group and a control group.
AUNE’s MA in Marriage & Family Therapy has recently been featured on the “Best Master’s In Marriage And Family Counseling Programs for 2019” list. The program was selected as one of 31 top-ranked programs in the United States by onlinemasters.com, and also earned the added distinction of Best National Accreditation.
ABA students recently attended the 2018 New Hampshire ABA Conference In Manchester, NH. They share their experiences:
“As a first-time conference goer, I was thrilled by the prospect of attending this year’s NHABA conference! The experience proved to be everything I had hoped for, affording the opportunity to hear from knowledgeable and notable presenters and to engage with other professionals in an inviting and enthusiastic atmosphere.” – Shauna Nicholson, 2nd Year ABA Student
“Attending NHABA’s fall conference was a wonderful opportunity to be reminded just how dynamic our field is. Sometimes it seems we can lose perspective when working at one site or one job, but getting to hear about other professional’s research and experiences was inspiring. From the many complexities and nuances of verbal behavior to the parallel tracks of ABA and psychopharmacology, every speaker and connection I made that day left me with not only more questions but the desire to pursue their answers.” – Tom Heisler, 1st Year ABA Student
“At this past ABA conference in Manchester, NH I was able to hear from many experienced professionals in the field which further enriched my knowledge. As a new behavior analyst student, I found that this conference was a great learning and helpful opportunity. I am thankful for this opportunity from Antioch. Furthermore, I would recommend this conference to other students in the future because I believe conference exposure exposes students to ideas and opportunities they may not know.” – Virginie Kamuene, 1st Year ABA Student
“As the program director of the ABA Program at AUNE, it was inspiring to see the students who attended the conference so passionate and excited about the opportunity. Watching them connect to the information and realize how invaluable attending conferences is to their educational experience is something that continues to feed my passion for teaching and working in this field. The conference this year hosted amazing speakers and researchers in our field and I think it left all of us who attended as part of AUNE motivated to go out and continue the work we are doing to provide critical services for the individuals we serve.” – Rachel Enoch, ABA Program Director
Faculty from the Antioch University New England (AUNE) Applied Psychology Department are enthusiastic to be partnering with the Monadnock Region System of Care (MRSOC) project, Cheshire County, and the Monadnock Region Afterschool Collective (MRAC) in a collaborative venture to support sustainable practices that benefit children and youth with significant emotional and behavioral health issues and their families in the Monadnock Region.
This venture will share resources from SAMHSA funding of MRSOC and a 2-year Monadnock United Way grant to MRAC. MRSOC projects are guided by the system of care values of being family driven and child-focused, community-based, and culturally, linguistically competent. The goal of the MRAC initiative is to empower, support, and sustain afterschool collaborations that achieve positive social, health, and educational outcomes for youth. The MRAC aim is to promote student engagement and academic achievement through enhancing school, family, and community support. Their initiative focuses on providing safe, structured, enriching environments that foster positive relationships, and social-emotional learning. The collaboration with the Monadnock Region System of Care and the AUNE Applied Behavior Analysis Program will assist in providing these supports through acceptance-based behavior management, staff training and coaching as well as offering parent and community trainings.
Rachel Enoch, the ABA Program Director and Sharon Fitzgerald the MRSOC Training Coordinator and MFT Clinic Director bring their expertise to this partnership to provide meaningful afterschool behavioral support and care.
Morgan Campbell, student in the Interdisciplinary Master of Arts (IMA) program, Alesia Maltz, AUNE ES Core Faculty, and Cathy Lounsbury, AUNE CMHC Core Faculty were selected to present their paper on Bedouin Textiles and the Architecture of Climate Change Resilience at the Feverish World Symposium in Burlington, VT.
The multidisciplinary paper, based upon Morgan’s extensive research into sustainable textiles, explores the possibility of applying the indigenous wisdom of the weaving craft of the Bedouin women to the current crisis facing climate refugees today. The Bedouin, Arabic-speaking, nomadic peoples located throughout the Middle Eastern and North African desert regions, have developed textiles for use of dress and shelter that have withstood their highly mercurial environment for centuries with little change. Recent studies have shown that these traditional textiles are extremely effective in extreme environments, indicating that there is much potential to learn from Bedouin weavers and develop sustainable, reactive materials to help maintain homeostasis in the face of climate-caused displacement. Additionally, the paper and presentation address the resiliency of the Bedouin women, themselves, applying the braided resiliency model to their tradition of weaving. As the Bedouin cloth and tent structure have provided reactive, lasting solutions to the climate challenges they’ve faced, the wisdom of the Bedouin weaving craft might also provide insight into indigenous wellness practices for women.
The Feverish World Symposium challenges institutional norms through the engagement of practical or scholarly efforts to bridge between the arts and humanities and the sciences in response to issues of public concern (such as climate change and the refugee crisis). The symposium seeks to draw on the creative imagination of the arts, the wisdom and critical insight of the humanities, and the know-how and know-what of science and technology to develop practices for collective coexistence and even flourishing in the climate-destabilized world of our likely future.
Morgan is a first-year student from Kennebunk, Maine. She received her undergraduate education this past year from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Fibers, with minors in Design for Sustainability and Fashion Design. She has spent her artistic career focusing on creating biomimetic outerwear, drawing inspiration from sustainable architecture practices, organic systems, and indigenous knowledge from various cultures around the world. On her second day in the Antioch IMA program, she said that she set a goal to present and publish her work regarding textiles, biomimicry, and climate change; five weeks later, she, Alesia, and Cathy have written this first paper and presented their findings at the end of October.
Antioch University New England hosted its second training of students, staff, and faculty through New Hampshire’s Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team (DBHRT). The DBHRT builds New Hampshire’s capacity statewide to respond to disasters through a coordinated effort. The training, led by Jennifer Schirmer, disaster behavioral health coordinator for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, was coordinated by Dr. Cathy Lounsbury, core faculty member in the AUNE Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, who serves as team liaison for the collaboration between AUNE and DBHRT.
The New Hampshire Department of Safety, Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) developed DBHRT to respond to the mental health needs of New Hampshire residents and responders following disasters and critical incidents. There are five regional disaster behavioral health response teams which can be deployed immediately anywhere in the state. These teams respond when local behavioral health resources have been depleted or are overwhelmed. Over 800 Behavioral Health Response Team members have completed specialized training in basic disaster behavioral health response. Team members operate under the supervision of DHHS’s Disaster Behavioral Health Coordinator, receive ongoing training and participate in community/statewide drills and exercises.
Summer Allen, PhD, LPC, Assistant Professor in AUNE’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, co-authored an article that was published in the Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) Summer 2018 newsletter. The article is titled “Counselors-In-Training and Recent Counseling Graduates: The Power of a Peer-Based Community.”
Applied Psychology faculty member, Denzel Jones, PhD, was recently selected by the National Council on Family Relations as the Student winner of the Best SNP Proposal award for a proposal entitled, “The impact of ethnic-racial socialization messages on Black emerging adults’ ethnic-racial identity.”
Denzel will be recognized at the NCFR conference in November
Title of Presentation
The impact of ethnic-racial socialization messages on Black emerging adults’ ethnic-racial identity
As ethnic-racial minority populations become increasingly diverse in the United States, youth must develop skills to live their everyday lives within a multicultural context. Successful navigation of this multicultural context is at least partially influenced by the ability of youth to develop a strong ethnic-racial identity (ERI). Further, with an increased understanding of self comes deeper exploration of the sources of ethnic-racial socialization (ERS) messages that influence ERI.
This study focuses on the social context and influences from diverse socialization agents on Black youth ERI development (also known as nigrescence – “the process of becoming Black”). The purpose of this study is to better understand the impact of various types of ERS messages received from various socialization agents throughout adolescence and emerging adulthood on Black ERI during emerging adulthood.
Susan Loman, AUNE Faculty Emeritus in the Applied Psychology department, and two co-authors have recently released a new second edition of their book, The Meaning of Movement. The book serves as a guide to instruction in the Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP). The updated volume “interweaves current developmental science, cultural perspectives, and KMP-derived theory and methods for research and techniques for clinical practice.”
The publisher has made the book available online for one month, for viewing only. Click here to view The Meaning of Movement.
Kevin Lyness, MFT Program Director and Applied Psychology Chair, and Caitlyn Burns and Marie Lariviere, MFT PhD students, presented at the Groves Conference of Marriage and Family, “Caring for Each Other: Family Caregiving Across the Generations,” in June 2018.
Caitlyn Burns, AUNE Marriage & Family Therapy PhD Student, presented a logic model of a group called Rural Outright. Rural Outright is a program in Claremont, NH, that provides support, advocacy, and community resources for LGBTQIA+ children, teens, and adults. This organization has been creating and sustaining community events and way to provide education on LGBTQIA+ issues and experiences and links LGBTQIA+ community members with events and opportunities in the larger LGBTQIA+ community. The program operates under a larger organization in Claremont called TLC, which provides services for families, and Rural Outright was developed to meet the unique needs of rural LGBTQIA+ individuals and families.
Marie Lariviere was a presenter on a panel: “A Conversation about Religion, Spirituality, and Caring,” and Kevin Lyness provided the conference summary, “Conference Summary & Wrap-Up Discussion.”
Antioch University New England’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program has successfully completed a two-year-long initiative sponsored by the Federal Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) to train students and local clinicians to meet the growing needs created by the opiate crisis. AUNE’s program was among the nine programs nationally who were awarded the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) grant through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HRSA Division.
The CMHC program received $283,306 to provide addictions counseling training and supervised clinical experience to 20 Master’s degree students completing their internships at sites within the Monadnock region. In addition, the initiative devoted resources to address the training needs of the current workforce by concurrently providing the curriculum to local clinicians and clinical supervisors.
AUNE’s CMHC program offers an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with on-campus or low-residency delivery options, as well as a Certificate in Addictions Counseling to educate and train students and practicing professionals.
Tomoyo Kawano, Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling Program Director and Faculty co-authored an article which examined dance/movement therapists’ attitudes and actions regarding LGBTQI and gender non-conforming communities. Read the article here
We are pleased to announce two new faculty who will be joining the Antioch University New England Applied Psychology department this summer.
Dr. Summer Allen will be joining the Clinical Mental Health Counseling faculty in the Department of Applied Psychology at Antioch University New England in July. Dr. Allen received her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2018 and her MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Augusta State University in 2014. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has worked with a wide variety of populations. Her clinical experience includes court-mandated treatment, custody concerns, parental alienation, criminal justice involvement, and trauma, anxiety, and depression. Dr. Allen has worked in a variety of settings to include non-profit agencies, correctional facilities, Child Protective Services, and private practice. She currently sees clients in a private practice setting. Her research interests include the need for a strengths-based approach when working with those involved with the criminal justice system. Additionally, she is interested in the importance of peer mentorship for counselors-in-training. Dr. Allen’s service efforts focus on the education and empowerment of novice counselors throughout the licensure process.
Dr. Denzel Jones will be joining the Marriage and Family Therapy faculty in the Department of Applied Psychology at Antioch University New England in August. Dr. Jones earned his PhD in Couple & Family Therapy from Kansas State University where his dissertation research focused on the impact of ethnic-racial socialization messages from socialization agents on Black ethnic-racial identity. His research area of interest focuses on the well-being of vulnerable populations, more specifically the influence of diverse social processes and experiences on well-being and identity development across time. As a public scholar, he also has a passion for involvement in community-engaged research and the dissemination of research to the public. Denzel has provided clinical services in multiple clinical settings, such as a children’s group foster home, a low-income community clinic, a university and community clinic, high school settings, and a domestic violence shelter. Denzel was drawn to academia through his passion for training clinicians and scholars and providing mentorship to future generations of developing professionals.
Dance/movement therapy (DMT) and social justice counseling came together in a workshop conducted by award-winning choreographer Marsha Parrilla who is also the founding artistic director of Danza Organica. This project was funded by an Antioch University New England Internal Academic Innovation Grant.
Kim Burden, MA, LCMHC, LCAT, BC-DMT, RDT/BCT, CP, course instructor for DMT and Counseling approaches to Trauma and Crisis, recognized a need for a more weaving of social justice principles and DMT, and heard about Danza Organica from students who attended a workshop with Ms. Parrilla. Burden wanted to find a way to bring Parrilla to Antioch and applied for an internal Antioch academic innovation grant, which provided the funds to bring Parrilla to her class for a special session.
Burden said, “The intention was to integrate DMT and social justice counseling more fully. And to plant seeds for student and professional advocacy and innovation, as well as embodied awareness and empathy for social justice and cultural/societal concerns.” What emerged out of the workshop was social justice oriented art creation through movement revolving around themes such as violence, gun shootouts, and microaggressions.
One of the participants shared, “The creation of each movement piece was a soul-stirring experience, with each participant coming up with individual social justice themes and then working together as a group in embodying the diverse threads. Strong feelings got evoked, dialogues and cross-cultural interchanges emerged, tears were shed and shared pain was vocalized.” The time for change and action emerged in the collective voices of dissent, raised arms, stamping feet, and hands joined together in a circle that symbolized the power of fostering community, connections, and embodiment through the process of creative art making.
Rising up to the urgent call from the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history, Antioch University New England once again stands united with One Billion Rising and it’s 2018 theme of solidarity. It began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. That amounts to one billion women and girls across the globe!
Spearheaded by Antioch’s Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling Program there will be awareness building, art making, moving together, screening of a documentary feature, Little Stones directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Sophia Kruz followed by a panel discussion, and fundraising for violence prevention for women.
Film screening: On February 13, 2018, follow the personal narratives of four women from around the world who are using various art forms such as fashion, graffiti, hip-hop, and dance to create positive change in their communities. Alice Paul, women’s rights activist says, “I always feel the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone.” So, paint on a little stone and share it with the Antioch community and be a part of the One Billion Rising mosaic.
Dance: The Rise in Solidarity dance for One Billion Rising will take place at noon at Antioch University New England’s campus on February 13, 2018 and on Central Square in Keene on February 14, 2018. Emphasizing the power of dance/movement in fostering a sense of connection, Christina Devereaux, Associate Professor and Program Director, Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling program shares, “Movement enlivens us. It vitalizes the human spirit. Specifically, we have within us a biological desire to be connected with others in synchrony. Through moving in rhythmic synchrony, the entrainment within our nervous system is activated.”
Further clarifying on how moving together translates into mobilizing for social action, Devereaux says, “What we know through both empirical research and through cultural practices and traditions all over the world is that dance provides an adaptable and accessible form of physical movement that elevates mood, vitalizes the spirit, and motivates connection and community. Moving with others with the intention for social action can create a powerful relational experience and can stimulate a deep subjective feeling of connection and unity.” She emphasizes that right now, more than ever, we need to experience unity, feel the powerful resonance of being in connection versus isolation, and use movement as a source of mobilizing this energy into action.
Shedding light on the symbolism of the One Billion Rising dance, Tomoyo Kawano, Assistant Professor, Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling Program says, “It is similar to the enactment of communal rituals and ceremonies of various cultural traditions. Processual ceremonies often include the arts (music, dance, culinary, costume, etc.) and cultural knowledge is transmitted through the doing of such symbolic enactments in the rituals like dancing or offering food. Recognizing these inspirations/tools and adapting them while giving due credit is about honoring and learning through global perspectives and creating/building new ways to move forward.” Sharing her experience of dance as a medium of bridging barriers, Tomoyo says that cognitive ‘understanding’ still maintains barriers, whereas dancing together breaks down the emotional distance.
Join us in raising our arms high up in the air to voice our intention that together we no longer can be silenced.
Two Dance Movement Therapy and Counseling alumni and one DMT student have been recently honored for their work in dance movement therapy and counseling.
Danielle Fitzpatrick, alumna and adjunct faculty, was recently named one of the 2017 Extraordinary Women by the Keene Sentinel in Keene, NH. One of her nominators wrote, “She approaches each client with curiosity, warmth, and genuineness, placing a strong emphasis on fostering an environment where creative expression emerges naturally.”
Amanda Lopez ’15 has been named 2016-17 Counselor of the Year for the Ector County Independent School District in Ector County, Texas. Amanda is the Student Assistance Services (SAS) counselor for Burnet, Downing, Noel, and Zavala elementary schools. In addition to working as a counselor each day, Amanda works with students in the evenings through a grief support group she began two years ago. She is also a board member for the Permian Basin Counseling Association.
Jayoti Soor, DMT student, has been chosen by the American Dance Therapy Association to receive their 2017 Multicultural & Diversity Committee Conference Focus Award. Jayoti is being recognized for her vision and actions in increasing awareness and expanding communication and learning about multiculturalism and diversity.
Sponsored by the AUNE’s Institute on Wellness and coordinated through AUNE’s Office of Centers, Institutes, and Projects, eighty-three participants gathered for three days for the first annual Building a Better World conference. The three-day transformative experience provided the opportunity to dialogue, share, and celebrate collective energy related to social justice while learning effective and sustainable ways to nurture and invigorate advocacy practices. The conference, organized by a cross-disciplinary committee at AUNE and facilitated by Tim Desmond, distinguished faculty of the Wellness Institute, was conceptualized to address the growing need for compassionate and sustainable advocacy to address the issues In today’s complex world.
The conference successfully addressed the committee’s mission of bringing people from diverse backgrounds together to offer a space to co-create tools for resolving conflicts, while maintaining hope and well-being in the face of intense political divisions in our country. With presentations such as The Decolonization of Identity by Dottie Morris, Ph.D., Participating In Democracy Through Deliberative Dialogue and Civic Engagement by Molly Kelly, JD, and Advocacy in an Intersectional World by Mason Dunn, JD, in addition to time for reflection and dialogue, the conference encouraged participants to incorporate mindfulness and compassionate practices into their important social and environmental justice efforts.
“Antioch is not only being recognized as a social justice institution, but as an important resource to so many who are struggling with how to maintain compassion and promote understanding with the important advocacy work needed today. The participants at the conference provided hope and connection as we continue to advocate for a better world!” – Cathy Lounsbury, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Core Faculty member, and member of the conference committee
Quotes from sessions:
“Loved the mindfulness practices, the energy and the room for self throughout the conference.”
“Rachel (Oblak) was inspiring, articulate and insightful. I truly learned so much from this session.”
“Tony (Ferraiolo) was an amazing speaker, very passionate and insightful. I was engaged for the duration of the presentations and wanted more! The book is beautiful and there should be more people like Tony in the world. His bravery in telling his story as well as all of his free services is truely amazing.”
Antioch University New England recently held a workshop entitled, “The Practice of Compassion: Changing the World and Healing Ourselves.” The experiential seminar was aimed at mental health professionals, community activists, and other people who are trying to make the world a better place. Participants learned mindfulness-based practices to develop self-compassion, heal emotional pain, improve our ability to connect with others, and promote harmony in our organizations. The day included guided meditations, lecture, group discussions, and dyad exercises.
The workshop was led by AUNE Faculty Scholar Tim Desmond, LMFT. Tim is a practicing psychotherapist, author, and student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. He currently serves as a Faculty Scholar in the Applied Psychology Department at Antioch University New England and is co-founder of Morning Sun Meditation Center in Alstead, New Hampshire. He teaches mindfulness and self-compassion practices to professional and popular audiences throughout the world. He has presented at hundreds of conferences and seminars, including Yale University, the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, and the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. His publications include Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy (W. W. Norton, 2015) and The Self-Compassion Skills Workbook (W. W. Norton, 2017).
Melinda Treadwell, AUNE Provost, has made the Honorary Faculty appointment of Tim Desmond as Distinguished Faculty in The Institute on Wellness for Helping Professionals, Department of Applied Psychology. This appointment recognizes Tim’s record of outstanding professional service, scholarship and dedication to wellness for those in the helping professions. As Distinguished Faculty for the Wellness Institute, Tim will be presenting for the Applied Psychology Department Internship Site Supervisors and will be collaborating on a professional full day workshop this Spring.
Tim Desmond is a mindfulness teacher, therapist in private practice, and co-founder of Morning Sun Mindfulness Center in Alstead, NH. He is the author of Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy (W.W. Norton, 2015) and offers training and consultation to therapists around the world, helping them to integrate positive psychology and mindfulness practices into their work.
Tim has presented at Yale University, the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy Colloquium, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Conference, and the International Society for Ethics in Psychology and Psychiatry, as well as to mental health audiences around the country. His writings on mindfulness and positive psychology have appeared in the Psychotherapy Networker and the Mindfulness Bell magazine. Tim was interviewed about self-compassion by the Huffington Post, and writes for major mental health websites such as Madinamerica.com.
He developed and teaches “dialogue-based mindfulness training,” a technique for teaching mindfulness and self-compassion in which the client is guided through a meditation while giving the clinician feedback about their experience in real-time. The clinician uses this feedback to adjust and custom tailor the meditation instructions in order to ensure the client learns the technique effectively.
In 2005, Tim was ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh into the Order of Interbeing after many years of practicing in that tradition. He leads meditation retreats around the US and teaches regularly at Morning Sun Mindfulness Center in NH. In addition to the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, Tim teaches Nonviolent Communication and positive psychology.
Dr. Barb Andrews, Program Director of Antioch University New England’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, has been selected to present Best Practices for Online Supervision; Meeting the Demands and Exceeding the Expectations of Remote Supervision for the 2016 WACES conference in Vancouver, British Columbia in November. The presentation will address how counselor educators can meet the increasing demand for remote and distance supervision to support our students while they complete their clinical training and move forward with licensing requirements. A remote supervision group benefits from the expertise, cultural diversity and experience that is brought together from all over the country, and the world, while they share their unique training experiences. Dr. Andrews is the Program Director for AUNE’s online Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program, now with 80+ students.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program: The Applied Psychology Department learned that the CMHC program was awarded the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Grant (through the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES) for $283,306. The CMHC Program was 1 of only 9 awards made nationally. The specific focus is on substance abuse/misuse, particularly related to the opiate epidemic experienced across the state, and the funding will provide resources to support clinical training SA for students and professionals. Melissa Chickering, Director of Practica & Internships, Dr. Barb Andrews, and Dr. Devona Stalnaker-Shofner will be leading the charge on this initiative.
The Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently announced awards of the Systems of Care grants and Antioch’s Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program is a key partner in the Cheshire County award. The project will implement a System of Care in New Hampshire’s Monadnock Region to improve access and delivery of mental health services to youth and families. As a partner in the Mondadnock Systems of Care, students and faculty from the Applied Psychology Department will provide training and clinical support to the region on trauma, family therapy, and home-based services. Dr. Janet Robertson, with several others, were involved in the planning grant, as well, implementing a family-centered qualitative research approach to the assessment on family needs. This award will contribute to the establishment of a clinical training center within the Applied Psychology Department to meet the needs of the local community.
Students and faculty in the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Program (DMT) program entertained audiences with original choreography and parodies in their annual dance concert during performances on April 22, 23, and 24.
“This was such a wonderful experience. I really enjoyed collaborating with others in the DMT program and loved being able to share my passion for dance with the Antioch community,” said Heather Waters, a first year DMT student. “There was such a variety in the pieces that we’re presented. Each one had its own personality.”
Audience members were entertained by the concert which featured a combination of different performance styles, and included dancing, singing, videos, and live music.
According to Grace Johnson, a first-year DMT student, the audience is a key element for the live performance.
“After you prepare and practice for so long, the missing piece for the dance to truly become itself happens when the audience receives the performance.”
Some of pieces in the concert included:
- Support The Movement
- Rivers and Rounds
- Revolution of Love
- Celebrating Life’s Colors
- Girl Power
- The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
- We Can Only Take So Much
- Week 1, Second Semester, Third Year
This event was free with donations benefiting Arts Alive!, a nonprofit organization that brings stakeholders together to promote, advance, and leverage the vibrant art scene of the Monadnock region.
Susan Loman, core faculty at Antioch University New England’s Department of Applied Psychology and Program Director of Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) and Counseling announced the 2016 second-edition release of the chapter, The Kestenberg Movement Profile and Dance/Movement Therapy. This publication, in collaboration with K.M. Sossin, is part of S. Chaiklin & H. Wengrower (Eds.) book, The Art and Science of Dance/Movement Therapy: Life Is Dance.
Published by Routledge, the book offers a broad understanding of DMT as well as an in-depth exploration of how and where it can be used to produce change. The chapters that make up this innovative volume go beyond the basics to offer a unique collection of theoretical perspectives paired with case studies designed to emphasize techniques that can be applied in a variety of settings. In addition to boasting thoroughly expanded versions of all previously published content, this timely reference includes an all-new chapter on DMT interventions in palliative care and added references throughout to reflect to the most current knowledge.
This volume of perspectives on DMT was originally created for Spanish speaking readers in 2008: La vida es danza: El arte y la ciencia de la Danza Movimiento Terapia through Gedisa Publications. After this volume was so successfully received, the editors decided to create a version in English in 2009. Since then there has been a Korean translation through Sigma Press in 2014, and Hebrew and Chinese translations are currently in press. This latest second edition in English was released in 2016.
Other publications in progress by Susan Loman include: Methods of promoting healthy gender development in young children: A Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) dance/movement therapy approach (in In V. Karkou, S. Oliver, & S. Lycouris (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of dance and wellbeing. Oxford University Press.); The 2nd Edition of The meaning of movement: Developmental and clinical perspectives of the Kestenberg Movement Profile, with J. Kestenberg Amighi and M. Sossin, New York: Brunner-Routledge Publishers; Judith S. Kestenberg’s dance/movement therapy legacy: Approaches with pregnancy, young children, and caregivers, American Journal of Dance Therapy; and KMP approaches to working with young children and caregivers in dance/movement therapy, Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy (Taylor & Frances/Routledge).
Susan Loman received her MA degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from Goddard College. A Board-Certified member of the American Dance Therapy Association and a National Certified Counselor, she serves as a member of the ADTA Approval Committee as has served as co-editor of the American Journal of Dance Therapy, Chair of the Education Committee for the American Dance Therapy Association, and on the editorial board of The Arts in Psychotherapy. She directed the Creative Art Therapy Department at Billings Hospital’s psychiatric unit; worked with infants, toddlers, and parents at the Center for Parents and Children; and also worked with adults at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital.
A Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) Analyst and considered an expert on the system, she worked closely with Judith Kestenberg for eight years, chaired four conferences on the KMP, has written numerous articles and co-edited three books, including The Meaning of Movement: Developmental and Clinical Perspectives of the Kestenberg Movement Profile. She currently teaches the KMP system at Antioch University New England and taught the system at the Laban/ Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies in New York City for fourteen years. She has lectured and conducted KMP workshops in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Argentina, England, Scotland, South Korea and the Netherlands, as well as throughout the United States.
In December 2014, the ADTA gave Susan a Lifetime Achievement Award for her lifelong commitment to the field of dance/movement therapy. She received the award during the ADTA’s National Conference in her hometown of Chicago, and celebrated with an evening of accolades and – of course – dancing.
AUNE presented Dr. John Moran, EdD, BCBA-D, with the 2016 President’s Award in recognition of his dedication and commitment to improving the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Moran was honored at the 6th Annual Autism & Asperger’s Expo and Conference at AUNE on March 19, 2016.
Dr. Moran is an educational consultant with twenty-five years of experience working with children with autism spectrum disorders. John earned a master’s in special education from Johnson State and a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral. He provides consultation services to families, school districts, and developmental disabilities agencies throughout New England. His work in southwestern New Hampshire has included Monadnock Developmental Services, Residential Resources, Inc., New Hope New Horizons, and more. He is the co-founder of Constellations Behavioral Services. Most recently, he has consulted on students and trained staff in schools in Keene, Swanzey, and Weare, NH, and Greenfield, and Littleton, MA.
“John is beloved as a teacher, colleague and ally to families and individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities,” says Shelley Viles, director of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders Training. “He is known as a genuine person and overall nice guy! John’s teaching is always of the highest quality, regularly achieving perfect evaluations of his courses. He applies the principles of behavior analysis to his graduate students and family.”
John is a talented educator of college students. He previously taught as an adjunct faculty at Keene State College. Since 2006, John has served on the faculty of Antioch University New England in the Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate Program. His teaching in the ASD Program has introduced several hundred graduate students to autism and behavior analysis. He was active in the development of the master’s in applied behavior analysis (ABA) at Antioch University, assisting with curriculum and program development. He has taught every ABA student the introductory curriculum in behavior analysis as well as Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Past recipients of this award include The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism for its commitment to funding autism projects and for training service providers in the New England region; and speech pathologist Elsa Abele for her groundbreaking work with pragmatic language groups with individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Melissa Chickering, director of practica and internships for AUNE’s Department of Applied Psychology was recently interviewed by a number of media outlets about the epidemic of opiate abuse and the staffing shortage in treatment programs. The original story ran on New Hampshire Public Radio, then got picked up by the Keene Sentinel. The segment from NHPR also ran on NPR and NHPR did a follow-up story on The Exchange. Her media blitz ended with an interview on FoxNews’ morning show, Fox and Friends.
NHPR: Staffing Shortages Leave Some N.H. Addiction Treatment Beds Empty (February 1, 2016)
Keene Sentinel: Staffing shortages leave some NH addiction treatment beds empty (February 6, 2016)
NPR: Shortage Of Addiction Counselors Further Strained By Opioid Epidemic (February 24, 2016)
NHPR, The Exchange: Addressing N.H.’s Addiction Counselor Shortage (March 1, 2016)
Fox and Friends on FoxNews (March 3, 2016)
Melissa Chickering is a dually licensed clinician (LCMHC, MLADC) in the state of New Hampshire. She received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Substance Abuse Counseling from Antioch University New England in 2006. Melissa comes to AUNE with 13 years of experience in the fields of counseling, supervision, education, and program development. She specializes in working with adolescents with substance abuse issues and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. In addition, she has worked at a policy level to advocate for additional funding and support for addiction treatment and prevention services. Melissa has spent the majority of her career in the Keene area and has been connected to AUNE as an alumna, an intern, a site supervisor for interns, and now as a faculty member and director of Practica and Internships in the Department of Applied Psychology. Additionally, she is the coordinator of the Wellness Institute for Helping Professionals in the Department of Applied Psychology. She is passionate about bringing wellness education and support to helping professionals of all disciplines.
The 6th annual Autism and Asperger’s Exposition and Conference will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Antioch University New England (AUNE). The event is free and open to the public. Families, educators and professionals in the in the field of Autism and Asperger’s Spectrum Disorders are encouraged to attend. Certificates of attendance will be available. The event is co-sponsored by AUNE, Monadnock Developmental Services, Asperger’s Autism Network (AANE), and NH Parent Information Center.
Keynote speaker Cornelia Elwood, author of Take Charge of Treatment for Your Child with Asperger’s, will discuss key topics related to Autism Spectrum Disorders. Elwood is an alumna of AUNE’s Autism Spectrum Disorders certificate program. Copies of her book will be available for purchase.
Conference attendees can also meet with representatives from local and regional organizations that provide services for individuals with ASD and their families in the exhibit area. Some of this year’s exhibitors include Monadnock Developmental Services, Asperger’s Autism Network (AANE), NH Autism Council, and NH Parent Information Center.
To learn more about AUNE’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, please visit their website.
On Tuesday, February 9, AUNE Dance Movement Therapy students will dance to express joy and community and celebrate the expectation that together, violence can be defeated. The gathering is in support of One Billion Rising, a global movement bringing attention to the fact that 1 in 3 women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime—that’s one billion women and girls. Others are invited to join the dancers, to rise as a show of determination to create a new kind of consciousness—one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable. On this same day, people around the world will rise through dance to express rage against injustices, and the power of global solidarity and collective action.
In addition to the dance, all are encouraged to draw or write their thoughts on a community mural on display February 3, 4, and 9. A bake sale will also be held on February 3, with items for sale baked by staff and students, to raise funds for the local organization, Monadnock Center for Violence Protection.
Click on the logo above to view the informative video, or to read more about One Billion Rising’s theme for this year, visit: One Billion Rising Revolution
Antioch University New England (AUNE) hosted a Psychological First Aid training program on campus on October 28, 2015.
Dr. Barb Andrews, Program Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at AUNE, coordinated the training for 50+ participants through a partnership with the New Hampshire Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team (NH-DBHRT). Students, faculty, and community members learned basic principles involved in implementing Psychological First Aid in a disaster situation (e.g., bioterrorism, acts of violence, or weather-related disasters). The goal of the disaster behavioral health response teams is to provide an organized response to individual victims, family members, survivors, or the community affected by critical incidents or disasters. Dr. Andrews has been instrumental in forming this partnership with NH-DBHRT.
Cathy Lounsbury, chair of the Applied Psychology Department at Antioch University New England (AUNE) has been selected to be a trainer for the 2015 Haiti Trauma Project (December 13–21). The Trauma Project is a collaboration between Global Trauma Research, Inc. and the National Board of Certified Counselors International (NBCC-I). Facilitated at the Haitian American Caucus Compound in Croix-Des-Bouquets, Haiti, Lounsbury will be working with a team utilizing the NBCC Mental Health Facilitator Training curriculum to provide a culturally competent trauma assessment and intervention training for professionals in Haiti. In addition, the team will also work with children in Croix-Des-Bouquets utilizing trauma-informed activities.
Susan Loman, core faculty in the Department of Applied Psychology and program director of Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling, spent her spring 2015 sabbatical developing a series of videos which show examples of movement patterns in the Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) as observed in children six years of age and younger. As the project continues to develop, it is expected to result in a wide range of real-life examples of KMP movement patterns, seen in both children and adults, and will serve as a supplemental learning tool.
Essentially, KMP relies on the belief that the mind, emotions, and body are a closely integrated, mutually interacting system, and so by observing the body one can learn about the mind. The body and its manner of moving not only reveal aspects of current feelings and emotions, but can give us insight into an individual’s past. Because both physical and emotional experiences leave long term traces upon the way people hold themselves and move, the study of movement opens a door to the study of patterns of early development, coping strategies, and personality configurations.
KMP was developed by Judith Kestenberg and her colleagues (The Sands Point Study Group) after years spent observing children and adults. Its structure and focus are based on the psychological profile developed by Anna Freud, with a strong emphasis on development. Its movement language is based on the Laban System of Movement Analysis with modifications adaptive to its psychological focus.
Loman drew inspiration from two KMP colleagues she collaborated closely with on this project: Melanie Johnson and Kara Serasis. To view the videos and learn more about the project, visit: and Flyer About KMP Video Project
Dr. Barbara Andrews, program director for Antioch University New England’s (AUNE) CMHC program and core faculty in the AUNE Department of Applied Psychology was recently interviewed by Business Monadnock about the various degree and certificate programs available under the CMHC umbrella, and how the program continues to evolve to meet the needs of the industry and the community. Read More: http://keenesentinel.nh.newsmemory.com/special.php?pSetup=keenesentinel_businessmonadnock
Antioch Univeristy New England alumnus Dr. Joel Glenn Wixson (MA, PsyD) is a clinical psychologist and singer-songwriter working to raise awareness about suicide prevention through his education, experience, and music. Along with maintaining a private practice in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Wixson has also produced several CDs and performed at various venues around the region. Among his latest undertakings is “The Mile Wide Project,” a performance-based suicide prevention project in which he combines his musical and therapeutic skills to deliver an innovative and improvisational show with a single message: There is always hope.
Wixson says the show is meant to remind people of all that is positive in their lives. “It all ends up with the process of gratitude and understanding and unfolding possibilities for everybody in their lives, to take them past the hard stuff but also to acknowledge the amazingness that we all carry.”
The first show took place September 30, 2015 at 3S ArtSpace in Portsmouth. To read more visit: http://www.seacoastonline.com/article/20150921/NEWS/150929785
AUNE Department of Applied Psychology core faculty member Dr. Justine D’Arrigo-Patrick and adjunct faculty member and doctoral student Brooke Bull, will be presenting at Gender Conference East, November 13-14 in Baltimore, Maryland. The mission of the conference is to provide a safe and supportive space dedicated to the needs of children and youth across the gender spectrum, as well as their families and the professionals working with them.
Bull, with D’Arrigo-Patrick serving as faculty advisor, will present her research findings involving a qualitative study focused on parents’ experiences with a child’s (ages 3-10) social transition. What is it like for a parent to honor their child’s authentic gender identity when cultural discourses would likely tell them that the child is “too young to know”? The phenomenological research sought to answer questions such as this through a series of interviews with eight parents. These in-depth interviews analyzed thematically highlight processes of internal, relational, and social meaning-making for the parents involved.
For more information on Gender Conference East visit: www.genderconferenceeast.org
Dr. Kevin Lyness, program director of the AUNE Marriage and Family Therapy PhD Program, led the day-long accreditation training at the annual conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) in Austin, Texas, held September 3-6, 2015. Dr. Lyness is currently Chair of the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), the professional accrediting body for MFT programs in the US and Canada, and sponsor of the training.
The AAMFT is the professional association for the marriage and family therapy field, representing the interests of its more than 50,000 members. The organization’s annual conference represents the world’s leading education and networking event for marriage and family therapists, providing the opportunity to learn from experts in the industry and to network with peers. For more information on AAMFT visit: www.aamft.org/iMIS15/AAMFT/
Dr. Kevin Lyness, program director of the AUNE Marriage and Family Therapy PhD Program, is co-chairing the 2016 Groves Conference on Marriage and Family on August 4 to 7 at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver, CO. The conference theme is “Gender, Sexual Identity, and Families: The Personal Is Political.”
“I’m very excited to be co-chairing this conference,” said Dr. Lyness. “While our society is changing rapidly, we still have a great deal of work to do in understanding how our society constructs gender and sexual identity and how these constructions affect families and individuals. The Groves Conference on Marriage and Family is an exciting interdisciplinary space to deeply explore issues like this, and will provide a great opportunity to understand this subject.”
Gender is a fundamental organizing principle of families and is a complex mix of biology, identity, and behavioral expression. Similarly, sexual identity includes a wide range of identifications of sexual attraction and expression, and is also fundamental to understanding families.
The 2016 conference program builds on the Groves Conference’s past and recognizes that social change has been swift in some areas, such as marriage equality with the 2015 Supreme Court ruling. However, full equality for all individuals and families throughout the US is not present and counter movements to social change are many, such as turning back the clock on fertility decisions, voting rights, even the definition of citizenship. As professionals who do research, who participate in policy, and who conduct prevention and intervention, our work is refreshed by new perspectives, new information, and new commitments.
The primary mission of Groves is to foster critical thinking about issues in the area of family science and to promote social action and social justice. Unlike the traditional format of professional associations where many formal papers are presented, the Groves Conference seeks to limit the number of presentations and conducts its sessions primarily via seminars and workshops. Session formats include workshops, round table discussions, immersion experiences, field trips, plenaries, seminars, and posters which are designed to re-conceptualize family-related issues.
Attendees have the opportunity to participate in eight to ten hours of continuous dialogue and exchange within a small group on one of the subtopics of the Groves Conference. This allows for in depth exploration of issues and free exchange of ideas, information, and experience between scholars and other professionals from the various disciplines concerned with the family. The goals is to hone a social tapestry that will improve the quality of life within and among families of the world.
The Groves Conference was begun in 1934 by the late Professor Ernest Groves, who was among the first academicians to give a course in marriage and the family in an established university, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The conferences began with the bringing together of a few teachers and students interested in serious study of the family. It evolved over the years into an interdisciplinary, interprofessional organization of limited invited membership. Its objectives are to work on the leading edges of theory development and empirical research in the field. The Groves Conference is timely and provocative with diverse and flexible foci.
For more information, visit: www.grovesconference.org.
Dr. Devona Stalnaker-Shofner, core faculty in the Department of Applied Psychology at Antioch University New England (AUNE), has been selected to present at the American Counseling Association (ACA) Conference & Expo to be held March 31-April 6, 2016, in Montréal, QC, Canada.
The ACA is the world’s largest association with more than 56,000 members, and is comprised of professional counselors in various practice settings.
Stalnaker-Shofner’s workshop will offer practical wellness information based on “The Indivisible Self: An Evidence-Based Model of Wellness” (Myers & Sweeney, 2004), with the goal of defining personal wellness, exploring barriers to wellness, and developing a personal wellness plan. The workshop will feature both educational and experiential components. Participants will take the Five Factor Wellness Inventory, and receive a copy of their scores and accompanying Five Factor Wellness (5F-Wel) and Habit Change Workbook, which will serve as the basis for the development of a personal wellness plan.
To reference this work as related to the Institute on Counselor Wellness and Dr. Stalnaker-Shofner’s research on the counseling student’s experience of wellness at AUNE visit: http://www.antiochne.edu/innovation/institute-counselor-wellness/
For additional information on the ACA Conference and Expo visit: http://www.counseling.org/conference/montreal-aca-2016
The Department of Applied Psychology at Antioch University New England (AUNE) is pleased to announce a presentation and book signing event with David Emerson, E-RYT. The author will discuss his most recent work, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy: Bringing the Body into Treatment, in the AUNE Community Room from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.
David Emerson is the founder and Director of Yoga Services at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Center in Brookline, Massachusetts. He coined the term, “Trauma-Sensitive Yoga”—an evidence-based adjunctive treatment for difficult to treat PTSD or complex trauma which can be facilitated by a clinician in the therapy office. Emerson has taught workshops on the topic around the world and co-authored articles on the subject, including the first study looking at yoga for complex trauma published in June, 2014, in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. He is also the co-author, with Elizabeth Hopper, of Overcoming Trauma through Yoga.
Dr. Barbara Andrews, program director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program at Antioch University New England (AUNE), has been selected to present at the annual conference of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) in Philadelphia on October 7-11, 2015. This year’s conference theme is “Leadership for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Practice.”
Andrews’ presentation, “Supervision and Training for Counselors Working with Military Personnel, Veterans, and Families: Unique Needs of Individuals Traumatized by Military Experience,” will address specific components of supervision and training for professional mental health clinicians so they may more effectively provide appropriate services to meet the critical needs of this growing population. A training overview designed to assist civilian clinicians to further expand their knowledge and awareness of military cultural issues will be included and will highlight specific recommendations from current military personnel and families on how civilian clinicians can better meet their needs.
For clinicians interested in this topic, AUNE now offers an online post-master’s certificate in Counseling Military Service Personnel and Their Families. The program is designed to provide convenient, high-quality specialized training for licensed mental health providers in New England who want to offer their services to meet the critical needs of military personnel and their families.
For more information on the conference visit: aces2015.net/conference
Susan Loman, core faculty and full professor in the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Program at Antioch University New England, led two Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) workshops in Europe this summer. An introductory workshop on KMP took place from June 13 to 14 at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, England. She facilitated an intermediate KMP course from July 30 to August 2 at the European Center for Dance Therapy in Munich, Germany.
Dr. Judith Silberpfennig Kestenberg, a psychoanalyst specializing in child development and the emotional state of Holocaust survivors and their children, developed the KMP, a comprehensive system for identifying psychological, developmental, emotional, cognitive and global health/imbalance through movement observation, notation and interpretation. Loman studied and worked under Kestenberg for eight years.
The first introductory workshop explained ways to use the tool to analyze movement patterns through developmental, psychological, and creative perspectives.
The second workshop focused on advanced KMP skills. Participants reviewed KMP concepts, notation and diagramming. They became more facile with interpretation of the KMP and applied it to clinical cases. The class observed clinical movements, identified KMP themes and movements, and suggested potential interventions.
Both workshops brought together participants from around the world to discuss developmental movement in education, therapy, and the arts.
Loman earned a master of arts in Dance/Movement Therapy from Goddard College, and is a board-certified member of the American Dance Therapy Association. She is a National Certified Counselor, and served as co-editor of the American Journal of Dance Therapy (2011-2014) and as the chair of the Education Committee for the American Dance Therapy Association (1995 – 1999). She served on the editorial board of The Arts in Psychotherapy (1996-2011) and directed the Creative Art Therapy Department at Billings Hospital’s psychiatric unit. She worked with infants, toddlers, and parents at the Center for Parents and Children, and also worked with adults at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital. Loman is an expert on the KMP system. She has chaired four conferences on the KMP. She has written numerous articles on the subject and co-edited three books including The Meaning of Movement: Developmental and Clinical Perspectives of the Kestenberg Movement Profile. She taught the system at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies in New York City for 14 years. She has lectured and conducted KMP workshops in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Argentina, England, Scotland, South Korea and the Netherlands, as well as throughout the United States. She currently teaches the KMP system at Antioch University New England.
More than 50 Antioch University New England graduate students from the Applied Psychology department are now members of New Hampshire’s Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team (DBHRT). The DBHRT builds New Hampshire’s capacity statewide to respond to disasters through a coordinated effort. The training was led by Jennifer Schirmer, disaster behavioral health coordinator for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, and Dr. Mark Lindberg, disaster behavioral health liaison for the northern half of the state and collaborator.
Dr. Barbara Andrews, program director for AUNE’s Clinical Mental Health and Counseling program, and Dr. Cathy Lounsbury, chair of the Department of Applied Psychology, serve as team liaisons for the collaboration between AUNE and DBHRT.
“Contributing to the state’s capacity to respond to disasters and critical incidents is an important way to fulfill Antioch’s mission,” says Lounsbury. “Through our partnership, we will continue to coordinate training for anyone in the AUNE community who wants become a part of DBHRT to provide disaster-related services to the general public, victims, their families and first responders in New Hampshire.”
The New Hampshire Department of Safety, Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) developed DBHRT to respond to the mental health needs of New Hampshire residents and responders following disasters and critical incidents. There are five regional disaster behavioral health response teams which can be deployed immediately anywhere in the state. These teams respond when local behavioral health resources have been depleted or are overwhelmed.
Over 800 Behavioral Health Response Team members have completed specialized training in basic disaster behavioral health response. Team members operate under the supervision of DHHS’s Disaster Behavioral Health Coordinator, receive ongoing training and participate in community/statewide drills and exercises.
For more information, visit: https://www.nhresponds.org/nhhome.aspx
Graduate students from the Department of Applied Psychology at Antioch University New England (AUNE) will travel to Peru from May 24 to June 6, 2015, with International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ). Established in 2007, IVHQ has grown to become the world’s leading volunteer travel company, offering a variety of projects for volunteer travelers.
Led by Dr. Barbara Andrews, director of the clinical mental health counseling program at AUNE, Dr. Catherine Lounsbury, chair of the Department of Applied Psychology, and Elizabeth White, administrative director, AUNE students will provide services for children at two sites near Cusco, Peru. At the first placement, they will work with girls residing in an orphanage run by the government. There are multiple reasons why the girls are in the orphanage, but the most common reasons are abandonment and abuse. The second placement was established in 2005 as a shelter for girls who have been sexually abused, physically abused and in some cases forced into prostitution.
“Our students will not only be experiencing another culture, but helping a very worthy nonprofit to better the lives of underserved children and communities,” said Dr. Lounsbury. “They’ll also travel and experience one of the most historically significant areas in the world. We look forward to our study abroad trip and are quite excited.”
For nearly two weeks, AUNE students will engage the children in a multicultural, trauma-informed practice, emphasizing play therapy, experiential therapies and body-mind approaches to trauma integration, resolution and recovery. They will incorporate a strength-based approach, with a focus on resiliency and post-traumatic growth.
AUNE students will be staying in the Inca Empire capital of Cusco, Peru, one of the oldest cities in South America. While there, they will also have the opportunity to explore the one-time Spanish colony, visit Machu Picchu, the renowned Incan citadel in the Andes Mountains, and Ollantaytambo, a historic Incan archaeological site.
“This experience is going to push all of our comfort zones—physical, emotional, environmental—and in ways we can’t even imagine yet,” says Ami Lindemann, a student in the Master of Arts program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at AUNE. “It’s like Neale Donald Wash said, ‘Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.’ That is where we will be during this experience. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity we will be talking about for years.”
For more details, contact Dr. Lounsbury: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sebern Fisher, an alumna of Antioch University New England’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA) program, spoke to students in the Department of Applied Psychology on Tuesday, April 14 from 9 am to noon about her new book, Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain.
Fisher’s new book, published by W. W. Norton & Company, explores the synthesis of Neurofeedback — a powerful modality for retraining the brain — with psychotherapy, specifically in the treatment of developmental trauma and attachment disorder. However, the book serves a wider purpose – it is a first-of-its-kind guide in the use of Neurofeedback in a psychotherapy practice, and it provides an in-depth review and re-framing of cutting-edge neuroscience in relation to trauma. This book provides compelling insight into the brain-mind interaction.
In his foreword to the book, internationally recognized trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk, MD, praises Fisher as “an immensely experienced neurofeedback practitioner [and] the right person to teach us how to integrate it into clinical practice.” Filled with illuminating client stories, powerful clinical insights, and plenty of clinical “how to,” she accomplishes just that, offering readers a compelling look at exactly how this innovative model can be used to engage the brain to find peace and to heal.
To learn more, visit: www.sebernfisher.com
Campus Compact for New Hampshire (CCNH), a statewide consortium of college and university presidents and private sector partners, has named the recipients of the 2015 Presidents’ Campus Compact for Community Service Awards. President Stephen Jones has announced the following winners for Antioch University New England: Lauren Lisembee (Presidents’ Student Leadership Award); Dr. James Fauth (Presidents’ Good Steward Award); and The Community Kitchen (Presidents’ Community Partner Award).
Lauren Lisembee—2015 Presidents’ Student Leadership Award
Lauren Lisembee, a second year student in the Master of Arts Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program, from Houston, Texas, demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to serving others. She is the co-founder of the non-profit Written on Your Heart (WOYH), an organization that raises awareness of human trafficking and supports the recovery of human-trafficking survivors with homemade cards. Lisembee is honored for her outstanding contributions to community service, service learning, and/or civic engagement efforts.
Lauren established WOYH in the Houston and Dallas/Ft. Worth metropolitan areas, and she established the New England Chapter in 2013. Lauren facilitates the organization’s operations and educates the public about trafficking. She has worked collaboratively with the Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity (SERD) at Antioch to raise funds for both organizations. WOYH’s Board includes AUNE faculty and alumni.
Lauren organizes volunteers to make cards to encourage and inspire survivors who are on their healing journeys. Cards are delivered to international NGOs, and organizations and safe houses that work with survivors including Amirah, Inc.-Boston ( MA), Bags of Hope Ministries (MA), Bakhita House (MA), Dawn’s Place (PA), Freedom Place (TX), Free the Captives (TX), Chrysalis Mentoring (TX), Redeemed Ministries (TX), Restore Innocence (CO), Shield Bearer Counseling Centers (TX), and Traffick911 (TX).
WOYH’s mission promotes sustainability and hosts Nights of Encouragement Events at local businesses, schools, coffee shops, faith communities, and houses. Recent sites for events in New Hampshire include City Cafe, Community Bible Chapel, Flat Iron Coffee Shop, Keene State College, Life Church, Marlboro College, Praxis Church, Prime Roast, and Southern New Hampshire University.
The Presidents’ Student Leadership Award recognizes a student or student organization that has made service an integral part of his or her college experience as evidenced through contribution to the community. Recipients of this award show both a breadth and depth of involvement with a community organization or social issue and demonstrate leadership that translates into creating impact in the community.
Past AUNE Presidents’ Student Leadership Award recipients include Nikki Sauber (2014); Jadiel Torres-Caba (2013); “Think Outside the Bottle Campaign”(2012); the Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity/Disaster Shakti (2011); Jessica Skinner (2010); Vincent Pignatiello (2009); Student Alliance (2008), and Sarah Gates (2007).
Dr. James Fauth—Presidents’ Faculty/Staff Good Steward Award
Dr. James Fauth, core faculty for the Department of Clinical Psychology, has been a visionary and relentless advocate for the behavioral health needs of under-served populations in New Hampshire. Fauth is honored for his contribution of professional expertise in service to the wider community and for significantly advancing public service on campus.
Recognizing the social and logistical barriers to mental health treatment in rural communities, Fauth partnered with the New Hampshire Endowment for Health and clinics around the state to explore models that integrate behavioral health and primary care services in the same location. Fauth’s work in integrated care has earned him regional and national recognition. He has served on the State Mental Health Commission and the Mental Health Council in New Hampshire. He’s consulted with health care reform groups in Maine and Vermont. Fauth has served on grant review panels for the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Under his direction, the Center for Research on Psychological Practice (CROPP) at AUNE has grown into an evaluation and quality improvement hub for New Hampshire, extending beyond integrated care to encompass multi-year initiatives in suicide prevention. Using both scientific and practical wisdom to solve local challenges, Fauth is an ambassador for Antioch’s social justice mission.
The Presidents’ Faculty/Staff Good Steward Award recognizes faculty, administrators, or staff members who have created and strived towards a vision, demonstrated commitment towards student and community voice, and served as a resource for service initiatives on campus.
Past recipients of the Faculty/Staff Good Steward Award include Krishni Pahl (2014); Abigail Abrash Walton (2013); Steve Chase (2012); Elizabeth McCann (2011), Cathy Schlichting (2010), Gargi Roysircar-Sodowsky (2009), Polly Chandler (2008); and James Gruber (2007).
Presidents’ Community Partner Award—The Community Kitchen
The Community Kitchen (TCK) in Keene, New Hampshire, is a leader in addressing hunger and food security issues in the Monadnock Region. TCK provides healthy and nutritious hot meals, take-home food boxes, and advocacy to low and moderate-income people. The Presidents’ Community Partner award recognizes a non-profit organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with AUNE.
Enlisting the help of local volunteers, including AUNE students, faculty and staff, The Community Kitchen serves free hot meals six days a week and operates a food pantry program and a successful gleaning program that delivers fresh, local produce from area farms to the those in need. AUNE students and staff collect food for the pantry. Community Kitchen staff serve as advisors to Community Garden Connections (CGC) at AUNE. CGC volunteers, including AUNE students, faculty and community members, build raised bed gardens, manage a 1-acre giving plot, and provide gardening support throughout the region in collaboration with community nonprofit agencies and social service organizations. CGC initiatives provided over 5,000 pounds of fresh produce to the Community Kitchen through TCK’s Gleaning Program, which wouldn’t be possible without their dedication to this shared work.
Past recipients of the Presidents’ Community Partner Award include C&S Wholesale Grocers (2014); Harris Center for Conservation Education (2013); Cheshire Medical Center (2012); Working Families Win (2011); Cheshire County Conservation District (2010); Monadnock Conservancy (2009); Stonewall Farm (2008); and Barnes Peterson (2007).
The 2015 Campus Compact awards will be presented at the Campus Compact for New Hampshire‘s (CCNH) annual Presidents’ Awards luncheon on April 7 in Bedford, New Hampshire. More than 200 college students, higher education staff and administrators, representatives of local K-12 schools and nonprofits will come together to celebrate and recognize community service on college campuses across the state. The event will be held at the SERESC conference center in Bedford, New Hampshire.
For more information, visit: www.compactnh.org/
Professional staff at AUNE internship and practicum sites are now eligible for
a $10,000 master’s degree scholarship.
The scholarship supports new students in Antioch University New England’s
master’s degree programs in Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Mental
Health Counseling, and Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling.
Applicants must have a BA or qualify for AUNE’s Alternative Admissions process.
Recipients of the award will receive $10,000 over two years and must
maintain satisfactory academic status and full-time status.
Call 800-552-8380, or email email@example.com for scholarship details.
Keene, NH—Susan Loman, the Director of the Antioch University New England (AUNE) Master’s Program in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling, was awarded the American Dance Therapy Association’s (ADTA) Lifetime Achievement Award for her tremendous, lifelong commitment to the field of dance/movement therapy. Loman, who is also a professor and associate chairperson at AUNE’s department of applied psychology, received the award during the ADTA’s National Conference in Loman’s hometown of Chicago, and celebrated with an evening of accolades and – of course – dancing.
“The thing I love the most about being a dance/movement therapist is this wonderful community that we have together,” Loman said upon receiving the award. “I look forward to dancing with everyone!”
Dance/movement therapy is a psychotherapeutic and integrative use of movement to further a person’s emotional, cognitive, physical and social wellness through verbal and non-verbal approaches. Its hands-on methods to healing is promoted through the ADTA, which was founded in 1966 and is the only US organization dedicated to the profession of dance/movement therapy.
“Nowadays, many people lose touch with how the body can be expressive and help release feelings or tension,” Loman said. “We work with the healthy parts of people and often impart a sense of fun and joy in their lives, whether for a few moments or lasting long-term. It is so gratifying to see the changes in people’s ability to express themselves and communicate more fully. I know I have made a difference in many people’s lives: patients, babies and parents, and students which has made my life so full and rich.”
Loman’s vast experience and expertise in dance/movement therapy have inspired students and colleagues alike. A nationally-certified counselor and a board-certified member of the ADTA who chaired its Education Committee from 1995-1999, Loman also served as co-editor of the American Journal of Dance Therapy from 2011-2014 and was on the editorial board of The Arts in Psychotherapy from 1996 to 2011. A Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) analyst and expert, she worked closely with Judith Kestenberg, the psychoanalyst who developed the KMP – which is an interpretation of body language through developmentally-based movement analysis – for eight years. She has chaired four conferences on the KMP, written numerous articles, and co-edited three books, including The Meaning of Movement: Developmental and Clinical Perspectives of the Kestenberg Movement Profile.
Loman received her Master’s degree in dance/movement therapy from Goddard College and her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington University. Prior to joining AUNE, Loman taught the KMP system at the Laban/ Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies in New York for 14 years. She has lectured and conducted workshops in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Argentina, England, Scotland, South Korea, and the Netherlands, as well as throughout the United States.
“While Susan’s publications, teaching and service to the profession are obvious, it is her warmth, welcome, and passion for the profession that extends beyond her expertise inspiring her students and colleagues alike,” said Christina Devereaux, assistant professor and director of clinical training, dance movement therapy, at AUNE.
About Antioch University
Antioch University is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education that serves adult students around the world, online and from its five campuses in four states in addition to its University-wide international and doctoral programs. The University lives by its mission every day by helping students realize their potential and achieve their educational goals through an innovative, rigorous and responsive learning environment Antioch University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1927. Antioch University New England is home to the first-in-the-country Environmental Studies and Educating for Sustainability graduate programs and Conservation Psychology Institute, and offers a top-ranked MBA in Sustainability as well as Clinical and Applied Psychology.
Danielle Fitzpatrick, MA ’00, a graduate of AUNE’s dance/movement therapy program, is director of the young arts department at MoCo Arts, artist-in-residence for the New Hampshire Dance Institute, and an adjunct faculty member at Springfield (Massachusetts) College. She leads sessions at local nursing facilities, is involved in theater, is working to become a board-certified dance therapist!and there’s more.
I’ll have plenty of time to nap and watch TV when I’m living at the nursing home, she says, in a June 21 article in the Keene Sentinel. Read Keene Woman Has a Passion for Dance.
A screening of the film, When Helping Hurts: Sustaining Trauma Workers, and a panel discussion on the risk and treatment of compassion fatigue will be held at Antioch University New England (AUNE) on Tuesday, June 17.
The free event is open to the public. First responders, disaster relief workers, clinicians, medical personnel, and others in the helping professions who work with trauma survivors are especially encouraged to attend.
The film and discussion will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Community Room at AUNE, 40 Avon Street, Keene, New Hampshire. Pizza and beverages will be provided. It is sponsored by Antioch University, Greater Monadnock Medical Reserve Corps, Monadnock Family Services, and American Red Cross/New Hampshire Region.
The discussion will address the critical issue of compassion fatiguetiredness and emotional depletion from too much caring and too little self-caringand cover symptoms, risk factors, and effective treatment strategies. The panelists are:
•David Tenney, Monadnock Family Services. Dr. Tenney has a PhD in psychology and has worked in mental health for more than 35 years as a clinician and recently as a manager with the Emergency Services program of Monadnock Family Services. He has training in critical incident stress debriefing and in compassion fatigue.
•Cathy Lounsbury, AUNE. Dr. Lounsbury is a core faculty member in AUNE’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and a lead faculty member of AUNE’s Institute on Counselor Wellness. She has been a licensed clinical professional counselor for more than twenty years, and was clinical director of the Maine Psychological Trauma Institute.
•Leaders of the New Hampshire Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team (DBHRT), including Mark Lindberg, disaster behavioral health liaison for the northern half of the state and collaborator for DBHRT statewide. He is based at White Mountain Mental Health in Littleton, New Hampshire, and has a practice as a therapist and emergency services supervisor.
DBHRT is an organized team of behavioral health providers developed by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services to respond to the mental health needs of New Hampshire residents after by critical incidents such as bioterrorism, or manmade and natural disasters. They provide an organized response to individual victims, family members, survivors, or the affected community.
For more information, contact Cathy Lounsbury, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 603-283-2146.
Betsy Harrison, MA ’01, received the Outstanding Mental Health Care Provider Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NH, in April. The award is given to someone making outstanding contributions to improving the lives of people affected by mental illness.
Betsy is a founding partner at Counseling Associates of New London in New London, New Hampshire, a group private psychotherapy practice with offices in New London, Newport, and Claremont. Her work focuses on anxiety, grief, loss, and trauma. She graduated from AUNE in 2001 with a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology.
More than eight hundred participants attended commencement exercises, as Antioch University New England (AUNE) awarded degrees to one hundred thirty-eight graduates and finishers on Saturday, May 17, at Keene Middle School.
Acting Director of the Peace Corps Carrie Hessler-Radelet, the Commencement speaker, noted that the Peace Corps and AUNE have much in common. Our purpose is sparking real change, one person, one connection at a time, she said. She urged the graduates to follow their own lights, without restraint. Live a life of passion;jump in with both feet, she said. Go the distance and then stay a whilethe most important things in life are defined by relationships. And cultivate an attitude of service.
On Friday, Hessler-Radelet signed an agreement to establish a Master’s International program at AUNE, many of whose students and graduates have also been Peace Corps volunteers.
President Stephen Jones welcomed the graduates and guests and awarded the diplomas. I wish you a life focused in the spirit and intent of Antioch, he said. I wish you become your own rock; that your own core principles, value-based character, and the commitment to environmental and social justice constitute your rock.
He also presented the President’s Distinguished Leadership award to Marilyn Castriotta, MS ’14, and chair of student government, who graduated from the Department of Environmental Studies with a master’s degree. The Toni Murdock Student Innovation Award was presented to Walter Chuck Stead, PhD ’14, for his efforts in the campaign to clean up a major Superfund site in the Torne Valley of New York.
The musical performance was a song, Byari Bikwiye (It Was Worth It) written by ES doctoral student Apollinaire William and sung in Kinyarwanda by William, Yves Gakunde, MS ’12, Viola Katusiime, MS ’14, Director of Admissions Laura Andrews, and Jim Gruber, ES faculty member.
The American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) will award its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to Susan Loman, professor and director of Antioch University New England’s Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling (DMT) program from 1987 to the present.
The honor recognizes an individual who has actively contributed and had a lifelong commitment to the field of dance/movement therapy, as well as to ADTA. The ADTA will present the award to Susan at the 2014 ADTA National Conference on November 8 in Chicago, her hometown.
Susan is a national-certified counselor, and a board-certified member of the ADTA who chaired its Education Committee from 1995-1999. She serves as co-editor of the American Journal of Dance Therapy and served on the editorial board of The Arts in Psychotherapy from 1996 to 2011.
A Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) analyst and expert, Susan worked closely with Judith Kestenberg, the psychoanalyst who developed the KMP, for eight years. She has chaired four conferences on the KMP, written numerous articles, and co-edited three books, including The Meaning of Movement: Developmental and Clinical Perspectives of the Kestenberg Movement Profile.
Before coming to AUNE, Susan taught the KMP system at the Laban/ Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies in New York City for fourteen years. She has lectured and conducted KMP workshops in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Argentina, England, Scotland, South Korea, and the Netherlands, as well as throughout the United States.
Susan received her master’s degree in dance/movement therapy from Goddard College and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington University.
Antioch University celebrates writing this month with events on every campus throughout the university. Here at AUNE, we are celebrating in two major ways:
Everyone who uses the AUNE Writing Center during the month of April will be entered to win a copy of A Pocket Style Manual, edited by Diane Hacker, a standby reference for academic writers everywhere. All you need to do is make an appointment. We’ll announce the winner the first week of May.
Dinner and an Essay Spring 2014!
We will be holding another Dinner and an Essay event on Wednesday, April 16, 3 to 8 p.m. in Room 269. Do you have trouble with procrastinating? Is it hard to work when surrounded by distractions? Come get a jump on the end of the semester in a quiet, focused environment. Tutors will be present for consultation. We will provide pizza and snacks later in the evening to help fuel your work. Drop by for a few hours, or stay for the whole time and work on whatever you like.
Don’t forget you can always get writing support in person, by phone, or by Skype at the AUNE Writing Center. We help with all parts of the writing process, and also provide feedback on presentations, resumes, and cover letters. Check out our resources or make an appointment.
Looking for virtual support? You can also submit writing for written feedback via the Virtual Writing Center, which is open to all AU students. Send in your work; you’ll get written feedback in 24 to 48 hours to peruse at your leisure.
Please feel free to contact John Dunham, Writing Center coordinator, with any thoughts, comments, or suggestions, at email@example.com.
With guidance and support, children can be resilient and optimistic, even in the face of adversity and difficult circumstances. A panel of experts will discuss that Optimism & Resiliency during a Spring Speaker Series event, Tuesday, April 15, at Antioch University New England (AUNE). Free and open to the public, it will be held at 7 p.m. in AUNE’s Community Room.
Presenters will share research on development of resiliency, and practical wisdom from years of working with children and parents in the Monadnock region. Learn how to assure and encourage resiliency and optimism in children. The panel will allow for extensive interaction with the audience.
Panel members are:
Catherine Lounsbury, director of clinical training, AUNE Department of Applied Psychology. Cathy has more than 25 years of experience in the mental health field, working with children and adults, specializing in those who have experienced trauma.
Margaret Henning, assistant professor of health science, Keene State College. Her research interests include the complex interrelations of public health, culture, orphans and vulnerable children, and resiliency.
Bonnie Harris, director of Connective Parenting and child behavior and parenting specialist for twenty-five years. She has written When Your Kids Push Your Buttons and Confident Parents, Remarkable Kids: 8 Principles for Raising Kids You’ll Love to Live.
Beth Ann Corwin, physical education specialist, Symonds School, Keene, New Hampshire. She has created a comprehensive physical education program so children can gain the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to make choices for healthy living. Beth developed school wellness partnerships with her Symonds families, community organizations and initiatives, and the staff at her school.
For more information, call 603-283-2108.
Lauren Lisembee, a dance/movement therapy student in the Department of Applied Psychology, recently delivered 260 toiletry items to Amirah Inc. in Boston, the result of coordinating an toiletry drive at AUNE for Amirah. Almost all of the donations came from AUNE students, staff, and faculty.
Amirah is a safe house for survivors of human trafficking. I was able to meet the executive director; she was extremely excited and grateful for everything because these items will be used in their drop-in center and their residential program, Lauren wrote.
Lauren and her husband also attended a fundraising event for Amirah. We were able to hear some of the survivors read poetry and sing songs that they have written and recorded through Amirah’s expressive arts program that offer as a holistic recovery, trauma informed approach at their safe house, she wrote.
Our Meaning of Movement, a free dance performance, is on tap for Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29, at Keene’s MoCo Arts. Students in the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling (DMT) program in the Department of Applied Psychology at Antioch University New England (AUNE) will present the performance,.
The performance, which is sponsored by the AUNE Student Activity Fund, will start at 7 p.m. on both evenings, at MoCo Arts, 76 Railroad Street, Keene, New Hampshire. The performance is free and open to the public.
Students in the Department of Applied Psychology have launched a new groupthe Student Wellness Association, dedicated to the advancement of student wellness and self-care strategies. Its goal is to help students learn to take care of themselves so they will be better able to do their work as therapists and caregivers.
Just as important, the association is an opportunity for students from all programs and departments to get together, something that’s not easy on a commuter campus.
At the outset, the leadership of the association comprises at least two students from the Department of Applied Psychologyno more than one student each from the programs of Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Dance/Movement Therapy. But membership and events are open to all AUNE students and the wider community of clinicians and alumni outside of the university.
The group is planning educational seminars, skill-building events, and ways for students to connect with their colleagues:
•Motivational Interviewing Seminar, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 5. Taught by Kevin Lyness, associate professor, Department of Applied Psychology.
•Wellness for the Soul Weary video presentation, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Tuesday, April 15.
•DSM-V: Overview, Diagnosis, and Key Changes, 8:30 a.m. to 5p.m., Saturday, April 26.
It may seem like a small step, but a newly created bus route takes a giant leap toward reducing environmental footprints. That’s how folks at Antioch University see it. Greyhound Lines Inc. recently announced it will now offer a weekend route connecting Brattleboro, Vermont, and Boston, Massachusetts, with a stop in Keene, New Hampshire, home of the university’s New England campus. Service began Friday, February 28.
The restoration of bus service between Keene and Boston has been a goal for Antioch University New England (AUNE) in collaboration with Monadnock Regional Transportation Management Association (MRTMA). Although service will start as limited, this announcement is seen as a start toward restoration of regular daily intercity bus service to Boston, a key objective of the MRTMA.
AUNE promotes ecological stewardship and social justice through its many environmental studies programs, including MS and PhD degree offerings in environmental studies and an MBA in sustainability. One of the first master’s-level environmental studies programs in the country, the Department of Environmental Studies at AUNE recently celebrated its fortieth year. This reinstitution of meaningful inter-city public transportation supports AUNE’s sustainability goals.
Eighty percent of our carbon footprint here is from travel, whether it is students or employees commuting or business travel, said Stephen Jones, president of AUNE. This new mode of transportation makes AUNE, and Keene in general, more accessible to students and others from this major metropolitan area, where so many of our current students come from and where so many alumni are based.
The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders Training at Antioch University New England (AUNE) will hold its fifth annual Autism and Asperger’s Exposition on Saturday, March 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the AUNE campus, 40 Avon Street, Keene, New Hampshire.
Who Cares about Kelsey?, a new documentary by Dan Habib, award-winning Filmmaker in Residence at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire, will be shown. A community discussion about the film will follow. Two mini-films, Thasya, and Axel, will also be shown.
Local and regional organizations that provide services to individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders will exhibit.
The expo is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Shelley Viles, director of AUNE’s Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorder certificate programs, 603-283-2145 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Antioch University New England (AUNE) is celebrating Peace Corps Week from February 23 to March 1. Returned Peace Corps volunteers, international students, and others interested came to a gathering and celebration on Thursday. Regional recruiter Zoe Armstrong was there for the festivities.
AUNE has a longstanding relationship with the Peace Corps, including offering Peace Corps/Paul D. Coverdell Fellowships to returned Peace Corps volunteers.
Students in AUNE’s Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling (DMT) Program joined the One Billion Rising global movement and dance recently to “break the chain” of violence against women. The flash dance, in the AUNE lobby, was led by Christina Devereaux, assistant professor and director of clinical training.
V-Day is a global activist movement working to end violence against women and girls by raising funds and awareness through benefit productions such as The Vagina Monologues, written by playwright and V-Day founder Eve Ensler, and other artistic works.
The Vagina Monologues will be performed at AUNE on April 22 and 23. The production needs volunteers to act, stage manage, work the box office, and do publicity. Contact Jacqueline Marshall at 1 (407) 529-9356.
Watch the Video: AUNE Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling students celebrate One Billion Rising.
POSTPONED UNTIL FEBRUARY 26. The second annual Innovation Reveals Itself program, hosted by AUNE’s Center for Academic Innovation (CAI), is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, February 5, in the Community Room.
The event will showcase faculty-led innovative teaching and learning initiatives at AUNE. It’s an opportunity for faculty to share, with the campus community, how their work aligns with our institutional purpose of providing transformative education through scholarship, innovation, and community action for a just and sustainable society and takes us into blue ocean the space where the competition is irrelevant because it doesn’t exist.
Five faculty will each give a 10-minute TED-talk-style presentation, followed by a brief discussion:
- Establishing a Venue for a National Conference on Climate Preparedness
Michael Simpson, core faculty and chairperson, Department of Environmental Studies
- Institute on Counselor Wellness
Dr. Catherine Lounsbury, director of internships and practica, Department of Applied Psychology
- Science Education Should Have a Plot!
Dr. Jimmy Karlan, core faculty and director of Science Teacher Certification Concentration, Department of Environmental Studies; Faculty Senate president; Academic Affairs Committee chairperson
- Capacity Building for Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resource Management in the Albertine Rift: A Collaborative, Transformative Learning Community Approach
Dr. Beth Kaplin, core faculty and director of Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, Department of Environmental Studies
- Mindfulness for Antioch?
Dr. Susan Dreyer Leon, core faculty and director of Experienced Educator Program, AUNE Department of Education
For more information, contact Marilyn Castriotta, CAI coordinator, at email@example.com.
All AUNE students are warmly invited to a town hall meeting to share what’s on your minds. Steve Jones, AUNE president, and Melinda Treadwell, AUNE’s new vice president for academic affairs, will be at the town hall, which takes place at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 29, in the Community Room. A second town hall will be scheduled in the near future.
Students continue to lead the way in enacting AUNE’s purpose of ‘transformative education through scholarship, innovation, and community action for a just and sustainable society,’ Jones said. “And yet there remains work to be done to achieve this. Tell us, how can we do this better? What’s working and not working for you? Together we can have a conversation and make change.
Do you know someone at AUNE or connected with AUNE who has done outstanding community service? Members of the AUNE community are asked to submit nominations in three categories for the 2013-14 President’s Campus Compact Awards for Community Service. The deadline for nominations is February 21.
The categories are:
• President’s Leadership Award. An individual student or student organization that has made outstanding contributions to community service, service learning, and/or civic engagement efforts on their campus.
• President’s Good Steward Award. A member of the faculty, administration, or staff who has contributed his or her professional expertise in service to the wider community and who has significantly advanced public service on their campus.
• President’s Community Partner Award. A nonprofit organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with AUNE.
How to Nominate
Submit a one-page narrative describing the work of the individual or organization and the reasons their work deserves the recognition. Submit it no later than Friday, February 21,to Mary Granger, acting executive assistant to the president, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A committee, including past Presidents’ awardees, will review and make recommendations to President Steve Jones by February 25. The president will submit the nominations to Campus Compact for New Hampshire by February 28. Campus Compact will recognize the New Hampshire honorees at Campus Compact for New Hampshire’s annual Presidents’ Award luncheon on Tuesday, April 8.
Past Award Winners
Past recipients of the President’s Leadership Award are: Jahdiel Torres-Caba (2013),Think Outside the Bottle Campaign (2012), the Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity/Disaster Shakti (2011), Jessica Skinner (2010), Vincent Pignatiello (2009), Student Alliance (2008), and Sarah Gates (2007).
Past recipients of the President’s Good Steward Award are: Abigail Abrash Walton (2013), Steve Chase (2012), Elizabeth McCann (2011), Cathy Schlichting (2010), Gargi Roysircar-Sodowsky (2009), Polly Chandler (2008), and James Gruber (2007).
Past recipients of the President’s Community Partner Award are: Harris Center for Conservation Education (2013), Cheshire Medical Center (2012), Working Families Win (2011), Cheshire County Conservation District (2010), Monadnock Conservancy (2009), Stonewall Farm (2008), and Barnes Peterson (2007).
The Campus Compact for New Hampshire is a statewide consortium of college and university presidents and private sector partners who are united in their commitment to the civic purposes of higher education.
AUNE alumna Charity Shuster, MA ’13, received the Outstanding Volunteer Award at the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention’s (MCVP) annual meeting on January 27. Charity graduated from the Marriage and Family Therapy program in the Department of Applied Psychology.
Nominations are being sought for the second annual Toni Murdock Student Innovation Award. The award is given to an AUNE student whose graduate work has demonstrated a fresh perspective and an innovative or entrepreneurial approach to scholarship or practice that advances AUNE’s purpose of innovation for a just and sustainable society.
The winner of the award will receive a $1,000 cash prize. The student will also be able to work with AUNE’s Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) on the development of an initiative or program related to the work for which the award was given. Eliza Daniels, MS ’13, the award’s first winner, is working with Department of Applied Psychology faculty to present the inaugural AUNE Institute on Counselor Wellness in May 2014.
If you know an AUNE student graduating in spring 2014 who fits the criteria, submit a nomination to Abigail Abrash Walton, CAI director, email@example.com, by February 10, 2014.
The application must include:
• a letter of nomination describing the nominee’s qualifications; and
• at least two letters of support from individuals familiar with the student’s work, including a letter from the student’s advisor.
For more information, contact to Abigail Abrash Walton at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-283-2344.
Register your Ride
Hello, Antioch Community,
If you register your ride offer or your ride request with Josh at email@example.com, you will be entered to win one of multiple gift certificates to a local eatery. Those who successfully arrange carpools will be entered twice!
Please email Josh with the date you are going and whether you need a ride or have a ride. Then please go the Thanksgiving & Winter Break Carpooling page, complete with instructions on how to locate a ride or see if others need a ride to where you are going. This page will be updated continuously as new rides become available.
If you successfully arrange a carpool, please remember to note the name of the person you are giving a ride to in bold underneath the line with your name.
We have already arranged multiple rides, including three Midwesterners and a dog named Stanley, all cruising together to the heartland!
AUNE Sustainability & Social Justice Coordinator
Jacqueline Marshall, a second-year student, and others in the Department of Applied Psychology’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, is hosting a “Clothesline Project” in honor of October’s Domestic Violence Month. The project invited people to decorate t-shirts expressing their feelings about domestic violence.
See more about the project:
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By Pat Piper, AUNE online content manager
When Nancy Sporborg reached out to the Keene community for volunteers to count pumpkins during the Keene Pumpkin Festival to try and break the Guinness World Record for carved and lit jack-o-lanterns, how could I resist? As a member of the AUNE Communications and Marketing team, I was already involved in planning for our role as the sponsor of the festival’s Food and Craft Court. We had worked feverishly all week preparing to put Antioch’s face out to the Keene community. I met my office mates, Jan Fiderio, Susan Harlow, and Katherine Richardson, at Antioch on a beautiful Saturday morning to start loading our vehicles with pumpkins, brochures, pipe and drape, extension cords, clip lights, and all the banners that had been so beautifully designed by our graphic designer, Karen Drudi.
We talked a parking cop into letting us get close to our huge orange tent, located on Gilbo Avenue, and hauled everything to that location. As we carried our loads, a crane operator was busy putting up the FOOD AND CRAFT COURT IS SPONSORED BY ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY NEW ENGLAND banner. We moved tables, put on table cloths, and set up brochures and five beautiful standing banners representing each of AUNE’s programs along the back of the tent with pipe and drape backdrop. Everyone pitched in. Students began arriving around 10:30 and they helped finish setting up. The Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation students sold their coffees and teas and Dance/Movement Therapy students danced in the streets, handing out stickers and getting the AUNE name out there, letting everyone who passed by know that AUNE is a member of the Keene community too!
My Antioch set up done, I began showing my partner, Theresa, the festival grounds. She had never been to the Pumpkin Festival before. The sun was shining, the big crowds hadn’t arrived yet, and the pumpkins were there in abundance. We stopped at the Swamp Bats food tent for a naughty lunch of cheeseburgers and fries and sat down for the first time in three hours. The crowds were growing, and we saw every kind of costume and a gazillion different carved jack-o-lanterns.
Theresa and I were one of 16 teams who volunteered to count pumpkins in Keene’s attempt to bring the Guinness World record home for most carved and lit jack-o-lanterns (by the time designated as the evening’s deadline). We met with all our teammates in a conference room on the second floor of the new fire station and were briefed by Nancy Sporborg, the volunteer in charge planning all the things that needed to happen to bring the world record back to Keene.
We were all assigned areas (in our case, Central Square West), and made sure we had tea candles, butane lighters, sharpie markers, a pad and pen. We were to count every pumpkin in our area, putting an “X” in a visible spot on the pumpkin to show that that particular pumpkin had been counted. Theresa and I worked fast. She counted the low ones, and I counted the high ones. She counted one side of the display and I counted the other. Every so often we regrouped to make sure we covered our entire area. We didn’t want to miss a single pumpkin! As we counted, the crowd grew and it became more and more difficult to get access to the pumpkins to count and mark the all-important X. Some people asked me what I was doing, but since I was counting in my head and could not stop to talk or lose count, I smiled and kept going, counting out loud and hoping they’d get it. Between the two of us we counted over 3,000 pumpkins on Central Square West.
Once we had done a first pass, we were supposed to do a second pass in case any new pumpkins had been placed in our area. Since we had no control over where people placed their pumpkins, it was the only way to make sure all the pumpkins were counted.
Light ‘Em Up!
Around 4 o’clock, the announcement went out to begin the process of lighting the pumpkins. As our area was already so full of pumpkins, we found few new ones to count and so turned our attention to lighting.
Now lighting jack-o-lanterns was a whole different experience than counting. It was hard. It was messy. It was frustrating. It was also fun, amazing, and magical. Theresa lit the low ones and I lit the high ones. Some pumpkins had no candle, some were almost impossible to remove the top to get to the candle, all of them that had candles had candles whose wicks were lying flat against the top of the candle and were impossible to light. That meant we had to remove the candle, lift the wick, light it, and put it back. There were pumpkins that were so old they had started rotting from the inside out and putting my hand in was like putting my hand in a vat of slimy, greasy gopher guts. Blech!
Time ticked toward the deadline. Spectators pitched in to help light pumpkins, which was great–some needing a lighter, some needing a candle, some needing guidance or information. We gave them everything they needed. Fast! We gave it to them quickly, both of us knowing we were on a time clock. As the sun set lower in the sky and shadows lengthened I took stock of our area and saw that at least a third of the pumpkins were unlit. How were we ever going to get them lit in time? Every unlit pumpkin was going to be subtracted from our list.
Nope. Not on our watch. We started working even faster, feverishly lighting candle after candle, yanking off the tops, pushing the tops up by putting a finger through an eye hole, tipping them over, pulling them off the shelf when we couldn’t reach inside.
We stopped for a moment and Theresa and I looked around, just breathing, and what we saw was amazing. Hundreds and hundreds of jack-o-lanterns blazing or quivering or glowing with inner light. It was magical. I looked at myself. My Antioch t-shirt was spotted with pumpkin guts. My hands were sticky, covered in pumpkin slime as were my shoes and the knees of my jeans. I laughed a big and hard and we kept on lighting.
Around 6:40 p.m., they announced that in ten minutes all the lighting would stop and the counters (that meant us) had five minutes to run around our area and count any unlit jack-o-lanterns that we saw. The crowd was asked to be quiet, to stand absolutely still and move away from the pumpkins so the counters could move through unimpeded and do our counting. Most people cooperated. As we positioned ourselves on either side of the longest stretch of jack-o-lanterns I asked people to step back so I could get through. I was pumped, I was stoked, I had no idea if we had broken the record, and I knew that I had done the best I could to make it happen.
At 6:50, the klaxon went off and we started jogging and looking for unlit pumpkins. We had five minutes, so we had to really move. People stood still watching us, hope in their eyes, Moms and Dads pointing us out to children tucked close to their legs, the dark deepening and the glow of the light of thousands of jack-o-lanterns bursting inside me. I felt I was a part of something big, something bigger than me, and I was there, a volunteer, working fast and hard, and loving myself for doing it.
When the five minutes was up, the still and silent crowd gave a yell and began moving again. Theresa and I had been instructed to go to the fire house for the final count as soon as we were done. We walked in, first ones there, first ones in the bathroom to wash off a bit, and first ones to sit our tired bodies down in the meeting room. I was thirsty, dreaming of a cold drink, and being off my feet was heaven.
Each group reported out their total number of pumpkins counted, total unlit pumpkins, and the final total. Theresa and I reported out 3,109, seven unlit, for a total of 3,102. I had a calculator and started adding up the final total column. When all the numbers were on the whiteboard I hit the equals button and could not believe what I was seeing.
30, 581 lit jack-o-lanterns, I yelled out. I cleared the calculator and counted again and the number was the same. We had done it. We had broken the record. We had brought it home. The entire room erupted in cheers, high fives, hugs. I gave out a huge “wahoo” that scared half the people in the room. We had done it.
We, the counters, the board, the festival organizers, the City of Keene, Antioch University New England, the thousands of Keene school children and community members had all come together, jack-o-lantern by jack-o-lantern, and beat the world record!
Community Garden Connections (CGC) will offer a Year-Round Urban Gardening Workshop, with Keith Morris of Prospect Rock Permaculture, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30, at Antioch University New England (AUNE). The workshop is open to the public, but space is limited, so register soon.
Morris will share simple and affordable intensive gardening techniques for renters and those with limited space, focusing on ways to continue growing fresh food through the winter. He will look at lessons for urban gardeners from permaculture, a system that designs productive food gardens with inspiration from nature. This helps create gardens and homes that cost less to maintain and are more beautiful, productive, and environmentally friendly.
The cost of the workshop is $35; lunch is provided. A limited number of full scholarships are available to CGC program participants, thanks to support from the Center for Academic Innovation. Preregistration is required. Contact Monica Pless at firstname.lastname@example.org to register or to get more information. Find additional information here.
Morris is the founder of Prospect Rock Permaculture and Willow Crossing Farm, and is a co-founding board member of the Permaculture Institute of the North East. He teaches ecological design and permaculture design courses across New England.
CGC provides gardens and education for organizations throughout Keene to better foster food security and community resilience. The workshop will include hands-on lessons at the AUNE campus garden, working with raised beds like those CGC builds.
The workshop is made possible by funding from AUNE’s Center for Academic Innovation and support from the Rashti Foundation.
Dr. Stephen Jones, Antioch University New England’s (AUNE) new president, will speak about The Nature of Leadership for the AUNE Fall Speaker Series on Thursday, Oct. 17. The event, which is free and open to the public, is at 7 p.m. in the AUNE Community Room.
Jones, who has a passion for nature, refers to Emanuel Swedenborg, eighteenth-century Swedish mystic, philosopher, theologian, and scientist, to explain his topic. Swedenborg’s central philosophical tenet was correspondence, in which nature embodies all the lessons of life’s physical and spiritual reality, Jones said.
I will offer reflections on how, likewise, our natural world offers powerful truths applicable to learning, living, and leading, Jones said. I have found inspiration, solace, and illumination in the natural world, written more indelibly, powerfully, and succinctly than any management text could possibly encapsulate.
Jones pointed out that Swedenborg also believed that coincidence actually occurs only with purpose, meaning, and intent. That is, coincidence is another form of correspondence, he said. I will speak to how such correspondence led me uncannily to this AUNE presidency.
Jones became AUNE’s new president on July 1, after serving as president of Urbana University in Ohio for five years. He had been chancellor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, vice chancellor for extension and engagement at North Carolina State University, and director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University. He also served at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and at Pennsylvania State University . He has written extensively on forestry and sustainability.
For more information about this event, contact Sean Wiley, 603-283-2431, or email email@example.com.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Melinda Treadwell, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Keene State College, will be the new vice president of academic affairs (VPAA) at Antioch University New England (AUNE).
I am thrilled with Melinda’s appointment. She matches perfectly the direction in which we are taking AUNE, said Dr. Stephen Jones, AUNE president. Her deep, varied experience and leadership in many areas, including research, management, teaching, and public policy, will be essential in moving our passion-fueled, purpose-driven mission forward. As our new VPAA, she completes AUNE’s leadership team. Please welcome her warmly to our AUNE community!
I’m incredibly grateful and excited to join the AUNE community. I feel a resonance with AUNE and the work that it does, Treadwell said. We’ll hit the ground sprinting.
Treadwell joined Keene State College (KSC) as a faculty member in 2000 and is a tenured professor in the Department of Technology, Design, and Safety. She also served as dean of professional graduate studies from 2008-2012.
Focusing on occupational and environmental exposure assessment, she served as a principal investigator on many federal projects and developed research and teaching opportunities for KSC students. She also worked as a toxicologist and senior public health policy advisor for the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management, representing the eight member states in national and regional forums.
Treadwell has previous experience in management of environment, safety and health programs, and in developing state and national policy for ambient and indoor air quality, diesel exhaust, particulate matter, and public-health decision making.
Treadwell holds a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from Dartmouth Medical School and a bachelor’s degree in occupational safety from Keene State College. She begins her new position January 2.
AUNE has several new student coordinators on campus this fall. If you see them in the hall or on the grounds, thank them for all that they do and ask how you can help:
Courtney Conklin, a second-year master’s student in the Environmental Studies’ (ES) Science Teacher Certification concentration, is the new solid waste coordinator. She collects organic waste from the compost buckets (did you notice the shiny new ones?) around the building to put into the new compost bays, then eventually on to the AUNE garden. But her job is much more than that. Courtney plans to work with the Keene Middle School and other local schools on outreach through workshops and composting programs.
Feel free to use the buckets to toss your food waste;or even bring your own from home if you don’t have a composting option, Courtney says. She reminds everyone to read the signs avoid dumping meat, dairy, and oiland if you have any questions, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the new social justice and sustainability coordinator, Josh Lipkowitz, a first-year master’s student in the ES Conservation Biology concentration, will be working on a host of sustainability and social justice initiatives, such as advancing AUNE’s Climate Action Plan.
Josh runs a sustainable landscaping company and small homestead in Amherst, Massachusetts. He has worked in food, farming, and environmental justice in the United States and abroad since 2003. He wants to research the links between forests, farms, and biodiversity conservation.
Liz Strassman, a second-year student in the ES Science Teacher Certification concentration, and Gretchen Allen, a first-year Science Teacher cert student, are the two campus gardeners. Their job is to engage the AUNE community in becoming more sustainable by growing vegetables for Donna’s café and maintaining the rain garden to reduce the building’s environmental impact.
We all know that eating local organic vegetables is an easy and delicious way to reduce one’s carbon footprint while keeping ecosystems healthy, Liz said. The rain garden does the important job of preventing polluted stormwater from surging into the Ashuelot each time there is a large rain event. The rain garden catches and holds that water, allowing it to slowly and naturally percolate into the ground, while cleaning it of any pollutants.
Stay tuned ; the coordinators will be asking you to get involved. Just say yes!
Alicia Barrera, program specialist in the Peace Corps’ Office of University and Domestic Partnerships, met recently with several AUNE students who had served in the Peace Corps.
Kirsty Yetter, Dance/Movement Therapy student; Michael Nork and Victoria Gasidlo, Environmental Studies/Sustainable Development and Climate Change students; and Christa Cozzolino, Elementary, Early Childhood, and Holistic Special Education student, talked with Barrera about their Peace Corps experiences.
Ten AUNE students this year are Peace Corps/Paul D. Coverdell Fellows. AUNE has been a member of the Coverdell Program, which provides scholarships to returning Peace Corps volunteers, since 2011.
The AUNE community will join others across the country in commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech, on Wednesday, August 28.
Please join us at 2:45 p.m. in Room E-101 for a short program. Steve Chase, core faculty member in the Department of Environmental Studies, will speak briefly about Dr. King’s pathway to activism and at 3 p.m., the speech will be broadcast.
An alumnus of AUNE’s Department of Applied Psychology, Jeremiah Morelock , MS ’06, now a doctoral student at Boston College, is quoted in the Boston College Chronicle on the upcoming Summer Institute in New Economics, to be held Aug. 12-18 in Wisconsin. He will be speaking at the institute.
The institute is being coordinated by Juliet Schor, noted sociologist and author. Read the story, BC Sociologist Seeks to Build Academic Basis for New Economics.
Leatrice Oram of Keene, New Hampshire, has been appointed acting vice president for academic affairs at Antioch University New England (AUNE).
Leatrice had held the position of assistant vice president for academic affairs at AUNE since August 2010, focusing on campus preparations for reaffirmation of accreditation, as well as problem solving in academic and administrative processes. Before that, she served as director of admissions at AUNE, dean of admissions at Landmark College, and associate director of student affairs at the Juilliard School. She is just beginning a PhD in the Leadership and Change program at Antioch University.
I am delighted to have someone as capable and respected as Leatrice to step into this role, as we assess the leadership needs of academic affairs for the long term, said Dr. Stephen Jones, president of AUNE. Leatrice has considerable management experience and will oversee operations in academic affairs to ensure things run smoothly.
While federal student loan interest rates are certainly way too high, whatever happens on July 1 will not be bad news for graduate students. If interest rates double, it will be on a certain type of loan ; the subsidized loan for undergraduates only. Graduate students already pay the 6.8 percent interest rate. The subsidized loan was taken away from graduate students a year ago. Undergrads pay 3.4 percent, which is scheduled to go to 6.8 percent automatically on July 1 if Congress doesn’t act.
The good news is that student loan interest rates are on everyone’s radar screen ; finally! said Susan Howard, AUNE director of financial aid. How interest rates are determined on all student loans needs to be reevaluated. Graduate students stand to benefit from whatever Congress ultimately does for the long term.
Howard suggested contacting your Congressional representatives to urge them to lower interest rates for ALL students. Tell them your own story of how much you rely on student loans to finance your education. Urge them to continue supporting programs that assist students when they are repaying their loans ; Income Based Repayment, Pay as You Earn, and Public Service Loan Forgiveness.
The Antioch University New England (AUNE) Board of Trustees has raised $35,000 to establish The David A. Caruso Innovation Scholarship Fund and honor President Caruso’s service to AUNE. Caruso retires from AUNE on July 1, 2013, after leading the university for seven years.
Throughout his tenure President Caruso has been a passionate champion of increasing financial assistance to AUNE students. He has been equally enthusiastic about creating a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation. This scholarship honors both motivations by helping students fulfill their dreams of creating positive change in their communities and the world.
We know that people learn and innovate best by collaborating with others who have different points of view, said John (Jack) Merselis Jr., M.D., chair of AUNE’s Board of Trustees. This exciting new scholarship for incoming students at AUNE promises to strengthen the diversity of our learning community and advance our collective purpose of innovation for a just and sustainable society. It is a most fitting way to honor our President, David Caruso, on the occasion of his retirement.
The scholarship will be awarded annually, starting in fall of 2014.
Consider your investments, Oran Hesterman, president and chief executive officer of Fair Food Network, advised the graduates at AUNE’s graduation on May 18. But it wasn’t money he was talking about.
He meant investments of time, passion, intellect, and focused energy!The returns on investment that really matter most are the ROIs that educate our children, cool the planet, provide biosecurity, care for the most vulnerable, and nurture democracy.
AUNE awarded degrees to 145 graduates and finishers at the ceremony held at Keene Middle School. President David A. Caruso, who is retiring after seven years at AUNE, welcomed the graduates and guests and awarded the diplomas. Six new PhDs were hooded, as well as Roxanna Wolfe, PsyD ’89, a member of AUNE’s board of trustees who wasn’t able to attend her commencement from the Department of Clinical Psychology in 1989.
Hesterman, a long-time friend of Caruso, emphasized the importance of investing time and attention in discovering the purpose of our lives. As a successful executive at the nonprofit W.K. Kellogg Foundation, he was working with donors who wanted to fund a foundation for sustainable food systems. The year was 2008, and he was considering how to use all that money when the donors called him. Bernie has been arrested, they said. Bernie, of course, was white-collar fraudster Bernard Madoff. Their money was gone.
That fiasco forced Hesterman to answer a critical question: What is the universe asking me to do next? The answer led him to organize the Fair Food Network, a nonprofit that works for a fair and just food system.
Then he held up an heirloom apple, picked from a tree he had planted at a California commune forty years ago. This is the sweetest return on investment that I ever taste!My hope is that you understand the importance of the investment that you have made here at AUNE, and you’ll find as a sweet a return on those investments as I found in this apple.
Larry Stone, chair of the Antioch University Board of Governors; Charlton MacVeagh, vice chair of AUNE’s board of trustees, and Robert Bull, MS ’09, also spoke. Maisie Tyler Rinne, MS ’13, led the audience in the Sustainability and Social Justice Pledge.
Tom Burgess, MBA ’13, performed a song that he wrote; the Monadnock Brass Quintet also provided music.
These degrees were awarded:
- 113 master’s degrees in applied psychology, education, environmental studies, and management
- 25 doctoral degrees (PsyD) in clinical psychology
- Three doctoral degrees (PhD) in environmental studies
- Three doctoral degrees (PhD) in marriage and family therapy
- One certificate in post-master’s principal certification
For the 2012-2013 school year, 288 master’s and doctoral degrees and certificates will have been conferred on AUNE students.
We’ve reduced the tuition rate for our Marriage & Family Therapy Certificate program. Now it’s more affordable and accessible than ever.
Working professionals with a graduate degree in counseling who want specialized training in Marriage and Family Therapy will find what they need in this certificate program. Check out our new reduced price!
The Keene Community Garden Connections (CGC) is looking for volunteers to help build raised garden beds at three sites in Keene:
•Monday, May 13. 10:30 a.m. ; 2:30 p.m., Monadnock Peer Support Agency, 64 Beaver Street.
•Tuesday, May 14. 9 a.m. ; Noon, Prospect Place, 361 Court Street.
•Wednesday, May 15. 12:30 ; 3 p.m., Franklin School, 217 Washington Street; 3:30;5 p.m. Rise, 147 Washington Street.
CGC is building the local capacity to grow food and address issues of food insecurity related to climate change, personal and communal health, and resiliency.
For more information, contact Megan Kennedy, 513-767-5324, or email@example.com.
Eliza Daniels, a third-year master’s student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program in the Department of Applied Psychology at Antioch University New England (AUNE), has been awarded the first Toni Murdock Student Innovation Award.
Daniels developed a training program for clinicians during her internship at ServiceNet, a large community mental-health agency serving the most vulnerable populations in Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley. Working at Pathways, a therapeutic after-school program for adolescents with behavioral and emotional problems, she put together a self-care training seminar for outpatient clinicians and counselors.
Daniels took the initiative in making deep and important changes at ServiceNet, said Catherine Lounsbury, director of internships and practica for the Department of Applied Psychology. Eliza has not only excelled in both her academic and clinical work, but she has truly embodied AUNE’s mission, continually seeking ways to use her learning to make positive changes in the world, Lounsbury said. While Eliza has consistently chosen to immerse herself in meaningful and transformative work, both in research and in practice, her initiative in effectively leading a systems-level cultural shift at her internship agency makes her an ideal candidate as the first recipient of this award.
Daniels said she came to AUNE because of its emphasis on fostering change in a powerful and compassionate way. AUNE’s values align well with my own personal and professional identity, she said. The CMHC program and its faculty promote learning through a humanistic and relational model, which matched what I was looking for.
Toni Murdock was chancellor of Antioch University for six years before retiring last June. It’s exciting that Eliza Daniels has been selected for this award as she represents what Antioch and this award is all aboutinnovative thinking and addressing social challenges, Murdock said. This scholarship is an honor to me, but more important, it is dedicated to our students, who are the core of our mission.
AUNE President Dr. David A. Caruso reiterated the importance of innovation at the core of AUNE’s purpose of building a just and sustainable society. “The selection committee applauded the innovative approaches of all the nominees for this first Toni Murdock Student Innovation Award, he said. We are thrilled to see such outstanding initiatives developed by AUNE students.”
The other two nominees for the Toni Murdock award were Meenakshi Dalmia, a master’s student in the Department of Education’s Educating for Sustainability program; and Laurie Duck Caldwell, a candidate in the MBA in Sustainability program.
The award is given to a student whose graduate work has demonstrated a fresh perspective and an innovative or entrepreneurial approach to scholarship or practice that advances AUNE’s purpose of innovation for a just and sustainable society. Winners receive a $1,000 cash prize and the opportunity to work with AUNE’s Center for Academic Innovation on the development of an initiative or program related to the work for which the award was given.
Susan Loman, director of AUNE’s Dance/Movement Therapy program, is interviewed in a new, soon-to-be-released documentary film, The Moving Child: Supporting Early Development Through Movement. The film is being made by Jacki Huntington, an alumna of the University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and Anna Kemble, a dance therapist. It explores the importance of movement to a child’s early development.
See a trailer of The Moving Child and listen to Susan Loman.
Read an interview quoting Susan in the dailytarheel.com.
Find out more about The Moving Child.
The New Hope Family Singers & Dancers will present Vive La Vie, a celebration of life through dance, at 9:15 a.m., Friday, April 26, at Heberton Hall in Keene.
Vive La Vie includes mixed-abilities dancers from New Hope New Horizons, including consumers and staff members, along with third-year dance/movement therapy students from Antioch University New England’s (AUNE) Department of Applied Psychology.
The New Hope Family Singers and Dancers is a program of the New Hope New Horizons division of Southwestern Community Services, in collaboration with AUNE’s Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Program.
The public is invited, admittance is free, and parking is limited, so carpooling is encouraged.
The Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) at Antioch University New England (AUNE) has awarded two new Innovation grants:
•$5,000 to Laura Thomas, director of the Antioch Center for School Renewal, to initiate an Education Technology Integrator certification to position teachers to use technology in hands-on, constructivist teaching strategies. The new certification will expand AUNE’s status as a leader in the field of progressive education into the field of instructional technology.
•$7,500 to Michael Simpson, chair of AUNE’s Department of Environmental Studies (ES), and Christa Daniels, ES adjunct faculty, to plan and implement a broad regional conference on adaptation to climate change by communities. The conference, which will be held May 19-21, 2014, in Manchester, New Hampshire, builds on AUNE’s research and training expertise in adaptation and rich network of partner organizations.
Council on Academic Innovation Appointed
The CAI has also convened a Council on Academic Innovation to provide expert advice to the CAI about awarding grants and other aspects of its operations. The members are:
• Dr. Barbara Andrews, program director for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in the AUNE Department of Applied Psychology.
• David Grant, former president and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and now a consultant to schools, foundations, and organizations, and a trustee for three nonprofits.
• Jon Greenberg, a member of the AUNE board of trustees and a journalist, formerly executive editor at New Hampshire Public Radio.
• Eileen Lawrence, cofounder and vice president of sales and marketing for the Alexander Street Press and alumna of AUNE’s Department of Education.
•Gregg Tewksbury, president and CEO of Savings Bank of Walpole.
Since the CAI was launched in March 2012 as an incubator for entrepreneurial projects and ideas, it has awarded a total of $19,300 in Rapid Action grants to five projects. It has awarded a total of $32,500 in 2012-2013 Innovation grant funding to six initiatives. Some of these initiatives include:
- Communicating Science Institute and Certificate Program
- Nature Pre-Schools and Forest Kindergartens Teacher Professional Development and Training
- Holistic Special Education Teacher Professional Development and Training
Other CAI-supported projects include the Conservation Psychology Institute, which will be offered this June 9;12 at AUNE, and the Translating Research to Inform Policy workshop, which will be presented next at the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences 2013 Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on June 19.
The CAI welcomes innovation proposals, on a rolling basis, and provides financial, organizational, and consulting support for creative new academic initiatives, including seminars, workshops, and other new teaching and learning offerings.
Antioch University (AU) is launching an online career planning tool called myCareer Planner for students on all AU campuses, including Antioch University New England (AUNE).
myCareer Planner features career planning, networking, and job search tools to help students accomplish their educational and professional goals. It will be available on Thursday, April 11, from all campuses and programs.
Through myCareer Planner, students will have access to these modules:
• Assessments and Exercises: Learn how skills, personality, and values can influence career choice.
• Resume Tools: Get tips on resume writing, interviewing, and social networking.
• Career Research: Search for jobs, manage lists of job postings, and research potential employers.
• My Organizer: Manage job opportunities, contacts, and a job search calendar.
• Job Talk: Network and chat with other AU students seeking job opportunities.
Students may also request up to one hour of telephone advising with an experienced career planning advisor.
myCareer Planner is a partnership with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, developed through a collaboration of AU faculty and staff from all AU campuses over an eighteen-month period.
Find out more and get an overview of the latest student services.
The Healing Art of Dance, a spring showcase by Antioch University New England’s (AUNE) dance/movement therapy (DMT) program, will be performed on three occasions. The show is a compilation of pieces choreographed by many of AUNE’s DMT students to express the joy and healing power of dance.
The three performances are:
•Northeast American Dance Therapy Association conference performance, 5 p.m., Saturday, April 6, in the Community Room at AUNE.
•AUNE community performance, 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, April 9, in the Community Room at AUNE.
•Community Performance, 6 p.m., Saturday, April 13, MoCo Arts, Railroad Street in Keene. Suggested donation: $5.
If you live in the greater Monadnock region, we invite you to submit nominations in three categories for the 2013 Horace Mann Spirit of Service Awards. The deadline for submitting nominations to Antioch University New England (AUNE) has been extended to March 28.
The awards are named for Horace Mann, the first president of Antioch College and a noted abolitionist and educator, to honor the efforts of individuals who have won victories for humanity through their work or volunteerism. The Horace Mann Spirit of Service Awards represent the selfless efforts of extraordinary women and men in our community. In honoring their efforts, we continue our commitment to public service and appreciation for those who work for community engagement, diversity, lifelong learning, sustainability, and social justice.
Three outstanding individuals will receive the 2013 Horace Mann Spirit of Service awards: one AUNE graduate, one member of the AUNE faculty or staff, and one community citizen. We invite you to nominate individuals who meet these criteria and help us to honor their achievements. You may nominate more than one person. Please use a separate form for each nomination.
Find the nomination form here.
Past Horace Mann Award recipients:
- Citizen’s Award: 2011Juliana Eades, founder and president of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund; 2012Charlton MacVeagh, retired banking industry executive, philanthropist, community volunteer and AUNE trustee.
- Faculty/Staff Award: 2011Dr. Gargi Roysircar-Sodowsky, clinical psychology professor and founding director of AUNE’s Multicultural Center for Research and Practice and Disaster Shakti; 2012Shelley Viles ’92, founder and director of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and the ASD Certificate program at AUNE.
- Alumnus Award: 2011Jim Craiglow,’77, past president of AUNE, former president of the Stonewall Farm board of directors, former president of Monadnock Developmental Services and dedicated community volunteer; 2012Floyd W. Nease II, ’88, executive director of the Vermont Association for Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery.
All nominations received by March 28will be reviewed by a Horace Mann Spirit of Service Awards committee, which will forward its recommendations to AUNE President David Caruso. The honorees will be announced in May.
The awards will presented at the third annual Horace Mann Spirit of Service Awards dinner on Friday, September 20, at the Keene Country Club. Net proceeds from the event benefit the AUNE scholarship fund.
Back to Our Roots is the theme of the 2013 Monadnock Earth Day Festival, held from April 13-20, in Keene, New Hampshire. It is organized by students from Antioch University New England (AUNE).
The week begins with Keene Green-Up Day on Saturday, April 13. There will be a day of events, including the Earth Day Expo, at the AUNE campus, on Saturday, April 20. A symposium at the United Church of Christ in Keene on Sunday, April 21, winds up the week. All events take place on the AUNE campus, 40 Avon, Street, Keene, except where noted.
Saturday, April 13
- 8 a.m. to Noon. Green Up Keene is a city-wide event during which you can pick up trash as well as network and volunteer for environmental or sustainability projects happening in the community . Find out more here. An invasive species removal project will follow at AUNE.
Saturday, April 20
- 9 to 10:30 a.m. Ashuelot Rail Trail Clean-Up
Community members of all ages are invited to participate. Gather outside AUNE and walk to Ashuelot River Park. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.
- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Earth Day Expo
Check out a range of local businesses, organizations, and vendors committed to sustainability. Shop at a mini-farmer’s market located on AUNE’s green. See the pedal-powered smoothie maker, on campus all day, and stop by for a carbon-free smoothie sample!
- Local musician Zach Benton will be playing an acoustic set throughout the Earth Day Expo. Check out some of his groovy tunes on ReverbNation.
- 11 a.m. to Noon. Green Business Award Presentation:
Keene Mayor Kendall Lane will kick off the Monadnock Earth Day Festival in the AUNE Community Room. The Cities for Climate Protection Committee will present the annual award to a local business that is committed to sustainability. A discussion on the city’s Comprehensive Master Plan and how citizens can promote and support sustainable initiatives will follow (tentative).
- Noon to 2 p.m. Sustainable Skills Workshops
Join us for an assortment of workshops that teach vital skills for resilient communities, including composting and container gardening. Check our website for more information on workshops as it becomes available.
- 2 to 3 p.m. An Algonquin Ceremony for Mother Earth
James B. Beard, a.k.a. Noodin, from the Northeast American Cultural Resource will perform a traditional Native American ceremony in honor of Mother Earth to close out the Monadnock Earth Day Festival. Find more on Noodin and his work here.
- Donna’s Cafe at AUNE will be open all afternoon through the Monadnock Earth Day Festival. Check out some of her healthy meal choices, have a cup of Fair Trade and organic coffee, or grab some homemade pastries. There’s something for everyone, from omnivores to vegans and everything in-between.
Sunday, April 20
- 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Interfaith Awakening the Dreamer Symposium
A symposium sponsored by the UCC Social Action Committee at the United Church of Christ, 23 Central Square, Keene. The community is invited to discuss and promote more ecologically sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling communities. Lunch and refreshments provided; suggested $10-$20 donation.
Volunteers are most welcome, for the two clean-up events and for the other Earth Festival activities. For more information about being a volunteer or about the Monadnock Earth Day Festival, contact Nikki Sauber, coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-203-0769.
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Filmmaker Victoria Mudd, MAT ’71, the 2013 Alumna-Scholar-in-Residence at Antioch University New England (AUNE), will be in Keene April 3;6 for a series of events in conjunction with the Monadnock International Film Festival (MonIFF).
Kicking off the festival, Mudd will speak on Images of Indians: From Reel to Real at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, in AUNE’s Community Room. This Speaker Series event is free and open to the public.
In her presentation, Mudd traces the representation of Native Americans in film, using examples from dozens of films to show how Euro-Americans depict their own society while ostensibly showing that of American Indians. As Native American filmmakers have made more films, they have begun to explore their own culture, “setting the historical record straight.”
Mudd will also be the guest of honor at an alumni reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Dance Studio.
Other events on Mudd’s schedule:
Thursday, April 4:
- Brown Bag Discussion, noon in the former AUNE Bookstore, followed by a visit to the Diversity, Justice, and Inclusion class for the Advocacy for Sustainability and Social Justice concentration in the Department of Environmental Studies.
- MonIFF opening night film and party, 6 p.m., Colonial Theater. Find out more about MonIFF here.
Friday, April 5
- Presentation of Images of Indians: From Reel to Real at Keene State College.
- Mudd, a professor of media studies at Pitzer College, Claremont, California, has produced several documentary films, including Broken Rainbow, an exploration of the Hope-Navajo Land Dispute, which won an Academy Award in 1985. She also made Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion.
The four finalists in the search for a new AUNE president have been announced by Antioch University Chancellor Felice Nudelman. They will be on campus March 18-21 to give presentations and interviews, which will be held in the Community Room.
The candidates and dates each will be on campus:
Torin Finser, chair, AUNE Department of Education. March 18.
Lynn Rosansky, dean, College of Graduate and Professional Studies, Franklin Pierce University. March 19.
Steve Jones, president of Urbana University. March 21.
Jay Kahn, interim president of Keene State College. March 20.
Schedules for each candidate and more information can be found here.
A community reception will be held for each candidate at 4:30 p.m. each day in the Community Room, except for Wednesday, when it will be held in the Dance Studio.
Find inspiration for your writing on Cape Cod this spring. Feeding the Writer and Exploring the Writing Process: Nature Writing on Cape Cod, a two-day writing retreat and workshop, will be held Friday, April 12, through Sunday, April 14, at the National Environmental Education Development (NEED) Center in Truro, Massachusetts.
Fred Taylor and Rowland Russell, adjunct faculty in the Department of Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England (AUNE), will guide the workshop, which is designed to help you develop as a writer.
The cost, which includes lodging and dinners Friday and Saturday, is $200 per person, $175 for AUNE alumni and employees, and $150 for AUNE students. Spouses and friends welcome.
The recipients of the 2013 Presidents’ Campus Compact awards have been announced by David Caruso, AUNE president. They are:
Presidents’ Leadership Award: Jahdiel Torres-Caba, first-year master’s student in the Conservation Biology concentration in AUNE’s Department of Environmental Studies.
Presidents’ Good Steward Award: Abigail Abrash Walton, director of AUNE’s Center for Academic Innovation and assistant to the president for sustainability and social justice.
Presidents’ Community Partner Award: Harris Center for Conservation Education, a nonprofit organization based in Hancock, New Hampshire.
The Presidents’ Leadership Award is given to a student or student organization that has made outstanding contributions to community service, service learning and/or civic engagement efforts on campus.
Jahdiel Torres-Caba is a climate change organizer who works with the Sierra Student Coalition (SSC) and was an SSC delegate to the United National Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar, in 2012. He helped organize a delegation of AUNE students and faculty to the Forward on Climate Change demonstration in Washington, D.C., in February.
Jahdiel is co-chair of AUNE’s Student Alliance. He is especially interested in diversity issues and is working to bring a diversity and inclusion workshop to the AUNE campus this year.
The Presidents’ Good Steward Award honors an AUNE faculty, administration or staff member who has contributed professional expertise to serve the wider community and who has significantly advanced public service on the campus.
Abigail Abrash Walton has chaired the multi-stakeholder processes that led to the development and implementation of AUNE’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Report, 2010-20 Climate Action Plan, and 2006 Social Justice Audit. These efforts have had a major impact on the AUNE campus. She has organized and supported students in such projects as building a campus bike shelter and a composting infrastructure, and Earth Week celebrations.
Abigail serves on the program committee for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s 2012 Conference and the New Hampshire Statewide Inclusive Excellence Advisory Board. She is involved in the Keene community, serving as chair of the Keene Planning Board and on the planning committee for the Keene International Film Festival.
The Presidents’ Community Partner Award is given to a nonprofit organization that has improved the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and is engaged in sustained, reciprocal partnerships with a college or university.
The Harris Center for Conservation Education and AUNE’s Department of Environmental Studies have long been partners in promoting understanding and respect for the region’s natural environment through educational programs and land stewardship. The center has made its facilities available to AUNE classes and has provided internships for hundreds of AUNE students who, in turn, contributed to the center’s programs. AUNE student projects include designing and delivering educational programs and field research on Harris Center properties.
The Harris Center is also a land trust that has demonstrated how communities can work together to create a super-sanctuary, which now comprises 33,000 acres of abutting properties in the Monadnock region.
The Campus Compact awards will be presented at the Campus Compact for New Hampshire‘s (CCNH) annual Presidents’ Awards luncheon on April 10. CCNH is a statewide consortium of college and university presidents and private sector partners who are united in their commitment to the civic purposes of higher education.
The New England Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association will hold its Annual Spring Conference, Moving for Peace: Prevention and Dance/Movement Therapy, at AUNE on Saturday, April 6. The keynote presentation will be given by Rena Kornblum, MCAT, BC-DMT, DTRL, who will speak on Moving Toward Peace.
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Jennifer Finney Boylan, professor of creative writing and American literature at Colby College in Maine, will be the speaker at the Diversity Colloquium, sponsored by the Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity (SERD), 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Monday, March 25, in the Community Room of Antioch University New England (AUNE). Boylan will also teach a class, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., in Room 275.
Both the colloquium and the class are free and open to the public.
Boylan is a widely praised public speaker and author of thirteen books. She serves as the director of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and is an activist for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, particularly transgender men and women.
Boylan’s new book about parenting her boys “between the genders,” called Stuck in the Middle with You, will be released shortly. Her memoir, She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders, published by Doubleday in 2003, was one of the first best-selling works by a transgendered American; until 2001 she published under the name James Boylan. She’s Not There will be released in a new expanded edition in April.
Boylan is a member of the board of trustees of the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. She has received awards for her literary writing, including awards from the Lambda Literacy Foundation and the Stonewall Legacy Award. She has appeared on television shows such as the Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Show, Today, and the Barbara Walters Special. She has been the subject of a documentary on CBS News’ 48 Hours, and has been interviewed on NPR’s Marketplace. She has spoken on gender and imagination at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
In 2007, Boylan played herself on two episodes of ABC’s All My Children. Her nonfiction has appeared on the op/ed pages of the New York Times, in GQ magazine, Allure, and Glamour. Boylan speaks at colleges and universities around the country. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Johns Hopkins University.
The colloquium is funded by AUNE’s Student Alliance.
Dance/movement therapy (DMT) students at AUNE marked V-Day: One Billion Rising with a flash mob dance on February 12, in the upper and lower lobbies of the AUNE campus building.
The dance was just one of many V-Day events around the globe. One Billion Risingan invitation for one billion women to strike, dance, rise to demand an end to violence against women and girlsmarked the fifteenth anniversary of V-Day on February 14.
Led by Christina Devereaux, core faculty in the Department of Applied Psychology, the DMT students performed Break the Chain, the V-Day anthem written and produced by songwriter and producer Tena Clark, and choreographed by Debbie Allen.
A raffle and cupcake sale raised more than $500 for the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention (MCVP), to support its Anti-Violence Against Women program.
Watch DMT students and others rise up and dance.