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Cheryl Wilfong (MA’93), a member of the board of trustees of Antioch University New England (AUNE), is the winner of a 2011 Gold Nautilus Award for her book The Meditative Gardener: Cultivating Mindfulness of Body, Feelings, and Mind..
The book, published by Heart Path Press, also won a Benjamin Franklin Award in the religion category from the Independent Book Publishers Association.
The Nautilus Awards recognize books and audio books that promote spiritual growth, conscious living and positive social change. This is the eleventh year the awards have been given. recognize excellence in independent publishing.
The Meditative Gardener is also a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the categories of Best Overall Design and Religious Non-fiction.
A devoted gardener, Wilfong self-published The Meditative Gardener in 2010. The book offers suggestions and instructions for all levels of meditators, from beginning to seasoned to lapsed. It includes a selection of the Buddha’s teachings, two hundred fifty-four color photographs and ways readers can practice mindfulness in their gardens. “Sharing the teachings of this perennial wisdom gives me a deep joy,” she said.
The book can be purchased from your local independent bookstore, or online at www.meditativegardener.com/ or www.amazon.com.
Wilfong’s book Following the Nez Perce Trail: a guide to the Nee-Me-Poo National Historic Trail, with eye-witness accounts, second edition, was republished in 2006. She also writes The Meditative Gardener blog, a 2010 Blogisattva Award winner.
Wilfong received a master’s degree in counseling psychology from AUNE, and a master’s in intercultural management in 1974 from the School for International Training. She lives in rural Vermont with the same neighbors who cooperatively bought eighty-one acres in 1979. She is also a member of Putney Commons, a co-housing community in Putney, Vermont. She is a Master Gardener and Master Composter.
Wilfong is a community dharma leader, teaches meditation classes and leads one-day retreats at Vermont Insight Meditation Center. Although retired now, she has been a psychotherapist, an accountant, a financial consultant and a human services administrator.
Pari Sabety has been appointed vice chancellor and chief financial officer for Antioch University by Antioch University Chancellor Toni Murdock.
“In Pari Sabety we’ve gained an exceedingly bright and capable financial leader to ensure that Antioch University continues to be managed in an efficient manner,” Murdock said. “Sabety brings to Antioch University her known expertise in the development of shared services, ERP deployment, budgeting and fiscal controls, financial reporting, cash management and innovative capital strategies. She is a strategic thinker and will link a financial model to our planning, which will enhance our growth and sustainability.”
With the vision established by Chancellor Murdock, working in unison with the Antioch University Board of Governors, the timing is right to bring to the Antioch University leadership team someone of Pari Sabety’s caliber.
Most recently Sabety served as CFO and cabinet member for former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, from 2007 to 2011, managing a state budget of $56 billion and a department of two hundred professionals. Sabety served as senior fiscal leader and primary public face as the administration guided the state through the worst recession in fifty years.
A certified public accountant, Sabety brings more than twenty years of experience in the field of economic development to her role as vice chancellor and CFO at Antioch University. Sabety’s work to establish Ohio Shared Services won the President’s Award for Innovation from the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers in 2010.
Sabety has served as economic policy adviser to former Ohio Governor Richard Celeste, director of the Technology Policy Group at Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, and as a Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where she was the director of the think tank’s Urban Markets Initiative. With her varied background, Sabety brings a wealth of experience and strategic innovation to Antioch University.
“With five campuses in four states, including my home state of Ohio, and with national and international programs, Antioch University is an academic institution steeped in values I believe in Ã¢â‚¬ leadership, innovation and sustainability,” Sabety said. “I look forward to putting my diverse background in management, finance, information technology and complex organizations to work with the team at Antioch University. As the university moves forward, we will continue to position Antioch as a premier institution of higher education renowned in America and around the world.”
“High quality financial planning is critical to a university. It is what enables the university to sustainably grow and provide innovative learning opportunities for its students,” said Eric Fingerhut, former chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents Eric. “Pari is a great addition to the Antioch University team because she brings her background in operational and financial planning and her executive leadership team skills to assist the chancellor in taking the university to the next level.”
Pari Sabety will begin her position as vice chancellor and chief financial officer at Antioch University on May 31. She has lived in Ohio since 1982.
About Antioch University
Antioch University serves more than 4,000 adult students around the world and across
the country, online and at its five campuses in four states. Each campus offers degree
programs that meetÃ¢â‚¬and often anticipateÃ¢â‚¬the pressing needs of its region and the wider
world. The university is also home to the landmark PhD in Leadership and Change;
Antioch Education Abroad, an exceptional opportunity of immersive service and study
programs; and WYSO, a leading public radio affiliate and an essential source of global
news and opinion.
Antioch University is a nonprofit private 501(c) (3) organization and member of the
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, accredited by the Higher Learning
Commission. Learn more about Antioch University here.
Vic Pantesco of the Clinical Psychology department presented a 1/2 day workshop to medical and psychological professionals at the Brookline Avenue facility of the Harvard Medical Vanguard Associates.
The presentation focused on myths, perspectives, and applications of clinical hypnosis in medical settings. Special attention was focused on work with acute and chronic pain patients.
Dr. Pantesco teaches the Advanced Seminar in Health Psychology, is a Diplomate in the American Academy of Pain Management, and is a certified Approved Consultant for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
A historical marker and a book inspired Antioch University of New England (AUNE) alumnae and teachers Jennifer Manwell and Beth White to develop a history curriculum for elementary and middle-school students. They have won a Library of Congress, Teaching with Primary Sources program grant of nearly $20,000 to do so.
The book was Discovering Black Vermont, by Elise Guyette, which pieces together the lives of free black farmers living in Hinesburg, Vermont, from 1790 to 1890. The marker commemorates the early black settlers in Hinesburg. Manwell and White attended Guyette’s dedication of it last September.
“I was raised not even a mile from these old foundations, and I had no idea that there was a thriving mixed-race community that had a biracial school, church and families,” White said.
The grant will allow Manwell (’01, Experienced Educators) and White (’03, Teacher Certification) to write an inquiry-based curriculum called Historical Forensics: A Simulation Game. Students will analyze primary sources such as documents, letters and songs to explore the complicated issues African-Americans encountered daily in pre-industrial New England. The simulation game will also help students consider issues of freedom and justice from different perspectives. Steve Holmes (’03, ES Teacher Certification) will provide technical and artistic support for the physical elements of the simulation.
“Looking at history through the eyes of unsung heroes and everyday citizens whose stories rarely make it into standard history books can help students foster a sense of what it means to be human,” according to Manwell.
Tom Wessels, core faculty member in AUNE’s Department of Environmental Studies, will interpret the historical landscape in Hinesburg where the community of African-Americans lived. Using that information, Manwell and White will develop materials that educators may borrow from historical societies or download from websites of affiliated institutions.
“I am thrilled to be involved to help give voice to people whose stories have been largely missed, not just in Vermont, but the whole rural Northeast,” Wessels said.
The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program grant encourages teachers to use digitized primary sources from the Library of Congress. A primary source is a document or object, such as a diary, written or created during the time being studied. Turning Points in American History, based in Vermont’s Champlain Valley, is providing additional matching funds, and several affiliates are giving in-kind donations.
Manwell and White have thirty combined years in education, most recently at the Neighborhood Schoolhouse in Brattleboro, Vermont, and the Compass School in Westminster, Vermont.
White has received a graduate fellowship from the University of Vermont, where she is entering a PhD program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
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After a competitive application process, the Peace Corps has admitted Antioch University New England (AUNE) into the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program (formerly known as Fellows/USA). Returning Peace Corps volunteers entering any of AUNE’s master’s or doctoral programs will be eligible to apply for the two available scholarships.
AUNE joins the Peace Corps’ fifty-four other university partners and is the only New Hampshire institution in the fellowship program. “This Peace Corps fellowship really supports our mission of doing service in the world and for underserved communities. It’s a good partner and fit for us,” said Laura Andrews, AUNE director of admissions.
AUNE will also offer scholarships to students who have completed AmeriCorps and City Year service. AmeriCorps is a network of local and national programs whose volunteers work in education, health, public safety and the environment. City Year is an AmeriCorps program in which people volunteer in urban, underserved elementary and middle schools to support at-risk students and shrink drop-out rates.
These scholarships, available beginning in the fall 2011 semester, are:
Two scholarships annually of 25% of tuition to returned Peace Corps volunteers.
Four matching scholarships to students who have completed an AmeriCorps experience and will apply their AmeriCorps award toward AUNE expenses.
Two scholarships annually of 25% of tuition to incoming students who have completed City Year service.
“The Peace Corps is delighted to have Antioch University New England as a partner in the Coverdell Fellows Program,” said Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams. “This new partnership not only opens doors to an enriching graduate school opportunity at a reduced cost, it also enables returned Peace Corps volunteers to continue their work in public service through meaningful internships in underserved American communities. Experience overseas, combined with graduate studies, position a Peace Corps Fellow well for all future endeavors.”
Antioch University New England’s history of advocacy is unique, according to alum John Tease (Organization and Management ’09), whose master’s project examined the potential for AUNE participation in the Coverdell Fellows Program. “The Peace Corps was founded under a similar call for social engagement that seeks to alleviate the economic inequality that exists throughout the world while promoting cultural diversity and inter-cultural understanding,” he said. Tease is now a financial consultant with the Somaly Mam Foundation in Cambodia.
For more information on the Coverdell Fellows Program, call 800.424.8580, ext. 1440, email firstname.lastname@example.org or find more here.
Read about the work that AUNE 2009 MBA grad Bennett Konesni is doing at Sylvester Manor, his ancestral home and farm on Shelter Island, New York. Bennett has turned his family’s estate into a nonprofit educational enterprise where work songs help volunteers enjoy their labors.
This New York Times story also features current AUNE MBA student John Costa.
The challenge of producing a ready-to-go workforce was the topic of discussion by a panel of area higher-education presidents on April 28 in Keene. AUNE president David Caruso joined Franklin Pierce University president James Birge, River Valley Community College president Steven G. Budd, and Keene State College president Helen Giles-Gee for the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce talk.
According to an April 29, front-page Keene Sentinel article, it was the first time the presidents, whose combined enrollment exceeds 9,300, have sat together to address community members.
Antioch University New England’s Keene campus is about to benefit from a $7 million multi-campus initiative announced by Antioch University, based in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
The new Chancellor’s Discretionary Academic Innovation Fund at Antioch University will enable the university’s five campuses in four states to work together on joint educational ventures. The Chancellor’s Fund is just one of the new initiatives Antioch University has implemented to strengthen collaboration and community between its multiple campuses and stand-alone programs.
The initiatives will focus on information technology, advancement and development, a Virtual Learning Commons that would provide services to students and faculty across campuses, an Antioch University library expansion, and cross-campus/university-wide academic initiatives funded by the Chancellor’s Fund that encourage the sharing of faculty, programs, and curriculum.
A new shared wordmark further cements Antioch University’s multi-campus connections.
“Our aim across the next decade is to ensure that Antioch University is demonstrably and reputably a creative university in the vanguard of progressive education,” said Antioch University Chancellor Tullisse (Toni) A. Murdock. “Essential to that goal is the unification and integration of our system.”
Antioch University New England president David Caruso notes that the new initiatives will bring opportunities and support to AUNE. “Our campuses, while separated by great distances, share many qualities in common. These collaborative efforts will strengthen each campus while fostering a greater sense of unity and collegiality between campuses.”
Cross-campus efforts have already begun in the areas of information technology and advancement and development.
The Meditative Gardener, a new book by Antioch University New England Board of Trustees member Cheryl Wilfong, will be available from Heart Path Press on February 1. Wilfong is a master gardener and a mindfulness meditation teacher. Her book combines a thoughtful selection of the Buddha’s teachings, 254 beautiful color photographs, and ways readers can practice mindfulness as they meditate and relax in their gardens.
The Meditative Gardener provides suggestions and support for all levels of meditators.
Antioch New England students, staff, and Monadnock region residents have long recognized Keene, New Hampshire’s Central Square as a great place for musical performances and political rallies, as well as a showcase for pumpkins and ice carvings. But now the American Planning Association (APA) has made it official by recognizing the 200-year-old gathering spot as one of ten great public spaces in America.
Planner for the City of Keene, Mikaela Engert says the APA’s Great Places of America designation stresses the importance of public spaces within our built environment. “People need places to gather, socialize, and observe. Central Square provides that and it also provides a very strong sense of place for our community given its history and central location.”
The honor bestowed on Central Square is a nod to its layout, social activities, and unique qualities. The APA reviewing committee considered several criteria in selecting their top choices including multiple uses and users, natural features, local character, a sense of planning, and historical significance.
“What’s ironic about the planning of Central Square is that it was never part of a formal plan per se,” says Engert. “The whole design of the square and the streets around it sort of came together organically as uses for the land changed over time.”
Central Square was originally known as the Common and was the location of Keene’s meeting house. After the meeting house was removed in 1828, the site became “a dusty area, crossed by roads in every direction and without a single tree” reports Clifford C. Wilbur in his 1945 publication, The Story of Central Square.
The area was used as a parade ground for military reviews. In 1844 the idea of making the area a park-like square began to germinate with the suggestion from the Forest Tree Society for plantings and fencing. Storekeepers objected to the suggestion arguing that trees would obscure their signboards and interfere with the military reviews. But by 1851 the military reviews had stopped so beautification efforts were launched and were greeted favorably by the public.
Over the years, improvements have been made leading up to the present day Central Square that features a bandstand, fountain, benches, trees, seasonal plantings, and monuments. Today the square remains what it started out asÃ¢â‚¬¦the heart of the city.
The nine other top public-space honorees are:
East Park, City of Charlevoix, MI
Virginia Beach Boardwalk, Virginia Beach, VA
The Squares of Savannah, Savannah, GA
The Grand Rounds, Minneapolis, MN
Queens Botanical Garden, Flushing, NY
Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL
New Haven Green, New Haven, CT
The Green, Dover, DE
Central Market, Lancaster, PA
In response local and national health advisories, Antioch University New England has developed an H1N1 flu preparedness plan.
“Keeping our students, staff, and faculty healthy this flu season is of utmost concern to us,” said Antioch New England President David Caruso. “We have done our homework and have taken steps to reduce the transmission of flu between faculty and staff. If a severe outbreak occurs, we have a plan to manage the situation.”
As a result of the preparedness plan, the campus has named a flu preparedness plan coordinator and developed a reporting system that monitors flu absenteeism. The plan also defines the university’s cancellation or closure policies and includes tactics for:
Maintaining educational and university business services if an outbreak occurs,
Communicating with staff and students,
Linking staff and students to H1N1 information, and
Enhanced housekeeping and cleaning activities.
Antioch University New England is also implementing precautionary measures including:
Informing and encouraging hand washing and respiratory etiquette,
Providing soap and hand sanitizer in all campus restrooms,
Following the Center for Disease Control guidelines, AUNE recommends that people with flu or flu-like symptoms stay home for at least 24 hours after they are fever free without the use of fever reducing medicines,
Encouraging self-identification for those with special risk factors and developing social distancing strategies to offer those individuals.
“We will continue monitor both the CDC and state recommendations regarding the H1N1 flu closely,” said President Caruso. “Our proactive steps will minimize the flu’s impact on our community.”
If you would like more information on the H1N1 (Swine flu) visit the web sites listed below.
Antioch University New England (ANE) is pleased to announce the appointment of its first board of trustees. Martha Summerville, president of Summerville Consulting, LLC, and a 1985 alumna of Antioch New England, will serve as board chair. Charlton MacVeagh, a thirty-year banking industry veteran and former trustee and board chair for Franklin Pierce University, will serve as vice-chair.
“I am honored to welcome these esteemed community members to ANE’s inaugural board of trustees,” said ANE president David Caruso. “Each board member brings significant life experience and great wisdom to our campus. I look forward to working closely with them over the coming years.”
Antioch University New England is one of the campuses of Antioch University, a nonprofit, five-campus university based in Ohio. Antioch University’s Board of Governors approved the Antioch New England trustee nominations and authorized the ANE board to govern at their June 5 meeting. In the fall of 2008, the Antioch University Board of Governors directed each campus to establish its own board of trustees and delegated significant authority and responsibility for campus governance, management oversight, and philanthropic advancement of their particular campus to these boards.
The ANE board of trustees will meet for the first time in July. In addition to Martha Summerville and Charlton MacVeagh, ANE named the following individuals as trustees:
Randall S. Carmel, attorney at law, former member of Antioch University New England Board of Visitors;
Diana Duffy, 2003 ANE alumna, senior program manager at National Grid and responsible for National Grid’s residential, low income energy programs in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island;
Jaymie Durnan, attorney at law, deputy director, Joint Advanced Concepts, U.S. Department of Defense;
Jennifer A. Kramer, 2004 ANE alumna, associate director of philanthropy, the Nature Conservancy, Vermont chapter;
John (Jack) G. Merselis, Jr., MD, 1996 ANE alumnus, chairman of CSR Corporation, author, retired physician;
Alan T. Popp, 1999 ANE alumnus, chief executive officer of the Mason-Wright Foundation;
Donald L. Shumway, president and chief executive officer, Crotched Mountain Foundation, former commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services;
M. Kay Thomson, 1995 ANE alumna, former Antioch University Board of Trustees member, founding member of the Ocean State Light Opera company;
Edward J. Tomey, business and non-profit consultant, board chair of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, ANE faculty emeritus;
Cheryl Wilfong, 1993 ANE alumna, treasurer of the Board of Directors of Vermont Insight Meditation Center, retired psychotherapist, accountant, financial consultant, and human services administrator.
ANE’s commencement was a perfect time of celebration for the two hundred and seventeen master’s and doctoral degree students who attended the Sunday morning, May third ceremony. As degrees were conferred, the graduates walked and danced their way across the stage as more than one thousand participants, family members, and friends applauded their extraordinary achievements.
President David A. Caruso presided over all on a stage filled with faculty members, staff, and guests including Antioch University Board of Governors member, Maureen Curley.
Curtis Ogden, who team-taught the Organizational Change Models course at Antioch with Bob Rue and who is a senior associate with the Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISI) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, gave the commencement address. Curtis called on everyone to bring their full selves to the work of social change. “This is not just about responding to need in the world, it’s about bringing ourselves fully to life,” said Curtis. “If we lead like that, who wouldn’t want to join us?” He continued by asking if the graduates were ready and willing to bring it all, mind, body, and spirit to the work ahead. “I can assure you that we need more of you, more of your full-bodied brilliance. It will take nothing less…” Read the full text of Curtis Ogden’s speech or see the video.
In classic Antioch fashion, the ceremony also featured special music. ANE grad Bennett Konesni led everyone in a celebratory commencement Austrian YOOTZ tune. Bennett, who collected work songs during his Thomas J. Watson Fellowship prior to attending ANE, explained that the YOOTZ is used by herders in the Alps to communicate with their livestock.
This year Antioch New England awarded two hundred and eighty six master’s degrees in applied psychology, education, environmental studies, and management; thirty three doctoral (PsyD) degrees in clinical psychology; and five doctoral (PhD) degrees in environmental studies. This commencement ceremony also celebrated ANE’s forty-fifth anniversary.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Antioch University New England bone marrow registry drives held on March 27 and March 31. With your help we added one hundred, twenty-three names to the registry. We are proud to report that our numbers far exceed the average drive. Visit theweb site to see ANE’s results posted!
Special thanks to drive coordinators Ellen Keech and Natalie Milano (left). Also many thanks to our staff and student volunteers, the marriage and family therapy classes of 2009 and 2010, and our AmeriCorps students who preregistered donors and answered questions at the information table during the weeks of the drives as well as assisting on the days of the drives.
This is indeed “Antioch cares at its best.”
The New Hampshire Science Teachers Association (NHSTA) honored Antioch New England faculty member Tom Wessels with the Howard I. Wagner award at their annual conference March 24. The award recognizes Tom’s outstanding contributions to science education in New Hampshire.
Lisa Lavalley, president of the NHSTA, presented the award. She noted Tom’s work at Antioch New England as the founding director of ANE’s conservation biology program, the books he has written, his workshops throughout New Hampshire and the United States, and his “gift of speaking in a way that makes you feel like you are on a trip with him.” She also added that she had been on a guided walk with Tom long ago. “I remember more of that one-hour walk, now, many years later, than any lecture I have ever attended.”
Tom is a core faculty member and associate chair for external relations in ANE’s Department of Environmental Studies. He is an ecologist and founding director of ANE’s master’s degree program in conservation biology and former chair of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, an organization that fosters environmental leadership through graduate fellowships and organizational grants.
He serves as an ecological consultant to the Rain Forest Alliance’s SmartWood Green Certification Program. In that capacity Tom helped draft green certification assessment guidelines for forest operations in the northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. Tom has conducted landscape level workshops throughout the United States for over thirty years. His books include: Reading the Forested Landscape, The Granite Landscape, Untamed Vermont, and The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future.
About The New Hampshire Teachers Association Howard I. Wagner Award
Howard I. Wagner was a long time science teacher and department chair at Laconia High School. In 1953, he served as the president of the NHSTA’s predecessor organization, the Science Section of the New Hampshire State Teachers’ Association. From 1959 to 1970, he served as the first science education consultant in the New Hampshire State Department of Education. In that capacity, Howard actively promoted the improvement of science education in New Hampshire and throughout the nation. His influence on the many science education reforms of the 1960’s was truly significant. During this period, he was one of the founders and an early president of the Council of State Science Supervisors and he served as a director of the National Science Teachers’ Association.
About the NHSTA
The NHSTA is the professional science teaching organization for New Hampshire. Its purpose is to promote and improve science education in the state. For more information visit the NHSTA web site.
Wall Street may be in trouble, but according to Forbes magazine, Keene, NH is looking good. Forbes ranked Keene, home of Antioch University New England, number three under ‘Least Vulnerable Towns’ in a recent article. The magazine examined education and poverty levels, median income, unemployment figures and outstanding mortgage debt to rank 141 U.S. towns.
Keene, at number three, closely followed Key West, Florida and Lebanon, New Hampshire.
The 2008 American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life was held again this year, June fifth & sixth. With a thunderous applause the evening was kicked off by cancer survivors doing their lap, proudly wearing their purple t-shirts.
With emotions at their peak, the greater group joined in to begin walking the track for the remaining eighteen hours.
It is with pleasure that Antioch University joins this group of devoted individuals each year; walking in memory of family and friends who have survived this dreaded disease or have valiantly lost the battle.
Our team consists of ten persons either employees of Antioch, friends and/or relatives. Our offices are represented by Jan Fiderio and daughter Holly (Dept of Communications), Susan Howard and Marie Koski (Financial Aid), Suzanne Koulalis (Registrar’s Office), Susan Psaropulos (Admissions), Dottie Shuteran (Student Accounts), Wendy Sampson (prior Antioch employee) and team captain Natalie Milano and daughter Angela (Human Resources).
The team raised a total of $1538.00 through bake sales and donations; these funds went toward the grand total for the Greater Keene area of $133,542.06.
The calendar is scheduled once again for Relay for Life 2009.
Antioch University New England is applying to participate in the new federal TEACH Grant program which may assist eligible students in the Science Teacher Certification Program. Final details and regulations regarding the TEACH Grant regulations are expected to be published June 28, 2008 by the Department of Education. Antioch University New England will release details once our application to participate has been approved. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for further information. Students may also visit the TEACH Grant web site at http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/teach.
President Caruso has announced this year’s Campus Compact Awards.
Keene State Today (the alumni magazine) published this article on the research Ken Klapper (MS candidate in Con Bio) is doing with Ashuelot Valley Environmental Observatory (Brett Thelen MS ’07 and David Moon MS ’90 ) and NH Audubon.
One of Antioch University’s computer systems was breached on three different occasions: June 9, 2007, June 10, 2007, and October 11, 2007. This computer system, which serves Antioch New England as well as the other University campuses, contained files with Social Security numbers, names, academic records for students and former students, and payroll records regarding Antioch’s employees. It also contains names and Social Security numbers for student applicants.
There is no evidence that any identifying information was released about our community members.
For information, please read theon the Antioch University website.
Antioch New England is not affected by decisions about the future of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Antioch University New England (ANE), a campus of the Antioch University system, is located in Keene, New Hampshire. Focused on its mission of addressing pressing societal needs and committed to living its social justice values, ANE offers non-residential graduate programs in four disciplines: education, environmental studies, management, and psychology. Along with Antioch University’s four other non-residential graduate campuses in Seattle, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and Ohio, Antioch New England operates independently from Antioch College.
Antioch New England’s powerful master’s and doctoral degree programs prepare individuals for careers that make a difference. With growing enrollments, ANE launched four new graduate programs, including a dynamic “green” MBA, for the 2007-2008 academic year. A new PhD in marriage and family therapy will be introduced for 2008-2009. The campus in Keene, New Hampshire, offers excellent classroom and library facilities and up-to-date technology support for students. Antioch University, including Antioch New England, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What is the Antioch University system?
Antioch University includes Antioch University New England in Keene, New Hampshire, Antioch University Seattle in Washington, Antioch University Los Angeles and Antioch University Santa Barbara in California, and Antioch University McGregor and Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The University’s administrative offices are located in Yellow Springs. In addition programs at individual campuses, Antioch University also offers a university-wide PhD in Leadership and Change. The individual campus presidents report to the system’s chancellor and are responsible to the Antioch University Board of Trustees.
2. How is Antioch New England different from Antioch College?
Antioch College serves traditional-age undergraduate students (18Ã¢â‚¬22) in a residential, liberal arts college environment. Antioch New England serves learners in graduate programs on a non-residential campus. ANE’s students range in age from 22 to 62. Although all of our graduate programs require full-time study, they follow varying class schedules. Some students relocate to Keene, though a majority commute to campus for two-day-per-week classes, monthly weekend classes, or summer intensives. The campus also offers a growing number of online classes.
3. What does Antioch New England have in common with Antioch College?
All Antioch University campuses share common values with Antioch College: social justice, lifelong learning, theory to practice, and educational innovation. We share a common mission to nurture in our students the knowledge, skills, and habits to act as lifelong learners, democratic leaders, and global citizens who live lives of meaning and purpose.
4. Is there any chance Antioch University New England will suspend operations?
No. Antioch New England is on a solid financial footing with accredited programs in education, environmental studies, management, and psychology. The Antioch University administration continues to serve all campuses with centralized services for finance, payroll, employee benefits, and technology.
5. Is Antioch University New England having financial difficulties?
6. Will decisions about the future of Antioch College affect financial aid and scholarship opportunities for Antioch New England students?
7. What is Antioch New England’s current enrollment?
ANE’s enrollment varies by semester between 1,000 and 1,200 students. Some programs have seen significant recent growth and the four new programs, two in Organization & Management and two in Education, opened in 2007-2008 and have added to the student population.
8. What is the enrollment in Antioch University overall?
At its six campuses, Antioch University enrolls more than 3,500 students, with about 75% being graduate students. Antioch College, the residential undergraduate liberal arts campus in Ohio, has fewer than 300 students.
Six Nights in the Black Belt, by Lowell Williams, is an exciting new play based on the life and death of Jonathan Daniels, a local hero and native of Keene, New Hampshire. The play chronicles the events that befell the young Daniels in 1965.
The Martin Luther King, Jr./Jonathan Daniels Committee of the City of Keene is presenting the play to celebrate Martin Luther King Day. The City Council, which is supporting the staging of this play, also supports every year Keene’s annual MLK Day program.
When he was a seminary student in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Daniels answered Martin Luther King, Jr.’s call to assist with voter registration in Selma, Alabama. He couldn’t have known that this journey was to be his last or the impact he would have upon those around him. Ruby Sales, Stokely Carmichael, and Judy Upham were profoundly affected by Daniels’ message of racial justice and the courage of his conviction about this. It’s through a cast of these multicultural individuals that we see Daniels as an inspiring young leader participating in the civil rights movement.
Williams’ new play, directed by Kim Dupuis, tells a deeply moving story about a young visionary, Jonathan Daniels.
Shanda Reynelli, a 2004 graduate of ANE’s counseling psychology program in the Department of Applied Psychology, plays a significant role in the play. She says, “I am glad to be a part of the collective voice promoting discussion about civil rights. It is not something that is ancient history, it’s current and still needs to be addressed.”
Gargi Roysircar, core faculty in the Department of Clinical Psychology, went to a dress rehearsal and had this to say: “Shanda gives a phenomenal and passionate performance, and is truly real about Civil Rights issues. In addition, she sings spirituals from the wings so powerfully and naturally. I am so proud to have her as an ANE alumna and as my woman of color kindred spirit.”
Days and times of performance
Friday, January 18, 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 19, 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 20, 2:00 pm
Heberton Hall (formerly the Masonic Temple)
60 Winter Street
Keene, NH 03431
Roger Peterson, PhD has been appointed to the At-Large Seat on the American Psychological Association Committee on Accreditation (CoA). A slate for this seat was nominated by the CoA Executive Committee and the appointment made by the APA Board of Directors. The appointment is for two years and is renewable.
Antioch University New England, known for community spirit and involvement, contributed to the 25,644 lit pumpkins at Keene’s Pumpkin Festival this year. Though short of the current world record (Boston claimed it with 30,128), the community pulled together for a weekend of family fun.
Starting on Friday, October 19th, Keene redirected traffic around Main Street in order to set up towers of pumpkins and welcome families to the festivities with a visit from the Great Pumpkin. Saturday’s events spread through the center of town with bands playing on several stages, craft booths and food vendors prominently displayed on and around Main Street, and pumpkins set up lining each street for several blocks in each direction. A costume parade with kids of all ages and Keene High School’s marching band took advantage of the streets while audiences packed the sidewalks. After the sun set, all pumpkins were lit with the final count announcement followed by fireworks.
Links to publications/organizations mentioned in his presentation
Books in ANE Library
September 17th commemorates the day in 1787 when delegates to the Philadelphia Convention completed and signed the U.S. Constitution. All members of our ANE community are invited to reflect on what this historical document says and on its significance and impact on our lives. Please check out the following websites for information about the Constitution.
U.S. Department of Education
Meet the delegates who gathered in Philadelphia in1787 to rewrite the Articles of Confederation. Learn what issues they faced. Discover the sources that inspired them. Read the essays printed in New York City papers urging ratification of the delegates’ proposal. Explore a 200-year timeline showing the impact of the Constitution on our history. Search the Constitution, and see explanations of 300 topics.
National Archives and Records Administration
View high resolution scans of the original, signed Constitution. Obtain a transcript. Read an essay about the Constitutional Convention. Learn dozens of fascinating facts about the Constitution. Learn about each of the signers of the Constitution.
Counterpoint: Antioch Chancellor Responds
By Toni Murdock
Over the past few weeks there has been much writing, in many venues, about Antioch College and its suspension of operations in 2008, writing that has included for the most part only tangential references to the Antioch University campuses outside Yellow Springs. Such references have been not only brief but at times open to misconception at best. It is time to provide a closer look at these other campuses of Antioch University.
Over the years, Antioch College birthed a number of campuses to constitute a university now composed of the college and five other campusesÃ¢â‚¬New England, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Seattle and McGregor. The five non-residential campuses comprise over 5,000 students, 400 faculty and staff members, and 18,000 alumni and constitute 92 percent of the total enrollments of Antioch University. Some 85 percent of the students in the non-residential colleges are enrolled in graduate programsÃ¢â‚¬master’s and doctoratesÃ¢â‚¬in the professional fields of psychology, education, management, communication, leadership, creative writing, and environmental science.
The campuses are non-residential but not “virtual.” Students take classes in actual buildings on campus; instruction is delivered in a variety of formats (including some online components), but the substantive focus of all instruction is on reflective practice. Antioch University students aim to bring the ways of knowledge and expertise to bear on the needs and changing realities of the community and larger society. On multiple campuses but with one overarching purpose, Antioch University embodies values that are the core components of effective leadership, education, and social activismÃ¢â‚¬values which have been embedded in them by their mother campus, the college.
Indeed, the university mission statement reads “Antioch University is founded on principles of rigorous liberal arts education, innovative experiential learning and socially engaged citizenship. The multiple campuses of the university nurture in their students the knowledge, skills and habits of reflection to excel as lifelong learners, democratic leaders and global citizens who live lives of meaning and purpose.”
As is the case at some other progressive institutions, including Hampshire, Goddard, and Evergreen State, Antioch chose not to establish tenure at these non-residential campuses. The campuses were intended to address a group of students whose needs would be ever changingÃ¢â‚¬adult students, many of them in professions and with families, returning to higher education to get the knowledge and qualifications they need to be effective in their careers and their communities. And to meet those students’ needs, the campuses realized their own need for flexibility in curricular offerings, the ability to anticipate program requirements and to fulfill them in creative and adaptive ways, engaging a diverse and at times non-traditional faculty.
Over some 30 years, the “adult campuses” grew and thrived by addressing the demand for graduate professional programs that are innovative and ensure quality while adapting to the working adult’s schedule. To offer such programs took a group of faculty who are confident in the quality of their academic credentials and teaching ability in ways that enable them to be creative and flexible as they design programming and curriculum to stay current. It takes an amazing group of talented core faculty who spend hours on campus serving as instructors, faculty advisers, supervisors, and mentors while encouraging critical inquiry and challenging students to think in new and different ways. These core faculty hold doctorates and most are practitioners, researchers, and scholars.
Students at the Antioch University campuses do not receive a large portion of their education in courses taught by teaching assistants, as is often the case at many institutions. Rather, they are taught by these core faculty members, a significant number of whom have been with their campuses for over 20 years. In a practice that enhances the breadth and depth of their curricula, programs offered at the campuses often employ part-time faculty members who otherwise work as professional practitioners in their respective fields. These individuals, almost all of whom hold graduate degrees, many of them doctorates, commit to teaching at an Antioch campus over a period of time, providing students the opportunity to work with successful, often prominent figures in their fields of study and their professions.
The result of all of this is a faculty that brings multiple kinds of experience, expertise, and both theoretical and practical engagement with the knowledge, beliefs, and actions that are the hallmark of Antioch’s innovative and progressive education for change.
Across the years, students have responded enthusiasticallyÃ¢â‚¬in word and in actionÃ¢â‚¬to this kind of educational process. “Antioch offers an opportunity to give yourself permission to think deeply about why you’re doing what you’re doing, then put it into practice,” wrote one. Another said, “Just a few years ago, if you talked about environmental or holistic sustainability, you were out on the edge or over the edge. Antioch has one foot in the mainstream and one foot not so.” And another: “Antioch is a school that did not seek to shape my voice, but rather helped me find and strengthen my own voice. My professors cared about how I thought; because that is the tool they taught me to sharpen.”
A few snapshots of programs and accomplishments will suggest something of the innovation, excellence, diversity, and commitment to the greater good that characterize Antioch University across its campuses:
* Antioch University Seattle is the leading institution in the nation in reforming the delivery of education to Native American youth. Its innovative program, supported by multimillion-dollar grants from the Gates, Lumina and Kellogg Foundations, has established over 10 Early College models in three states that have witnessed amazing results in increasing the Native American high school retention, graduation, and successful passing of state required testing, in some cases far above the rates of middle- and upper-class students. Antioch Seattle has just named as its new president Cassandra Manuelito-Kerkvliet, who is believed to be the first Native American woman to hold the presidency of an accredited university outside the tribal college system.
* Antioch University New England’s doctoral program in psychology is noted for its quality by receiving a 10-year accreditation from the American Psychological Association. The majority of the psychology master’s programs in Seattle and New England are accredited by their professional accrediting agencies.
* Antioch University Los Angeles’s Creative Writing program will be named in the forthcoming summer fiction issue of the Atlantic magazine as one of the top five low-residency MFA programs in the United States, in the company of the Bennington and Vermont College programs. The Los Angeles MFA has distinguished itself through the use of award-winning faculty in fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction, and through innovative features such as field study, the translation seminar, the alumni weekend residency, and a student-edited online literary journal.
* Antioch University McGregor recently received accreditation from the National Council on Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE), which attests to its excellence, for its master’s in education program while many other large public institutions have lost their accreditation.
* The Antioch University PhD in Leadership and Change has been recognized by the Ohio Board of Regents for its quality and innovation. In “Shift Happens” (published in the July/August issue of Educause), Bill Graves cites Antioch’s PhD program as “a paradigm-shifting innovation in doctoral education” with positive implications for both graduate-level curriculum and delivery design and undergraduate applications.
These few glimpses of the campuses should confirm that Antioch University is a community of educators and learnersÃ¢â‚¬advocates, activists, risk-takers, mavericks, entrepreneurs, creative thinkers, and problem solvers. Those who teach and study at the non-residential campuses fully believe in and work to extend the values upon which Antioch College was founded and for which it has stood across the decades. Indeed, as one current student in the PhD in Leadership and Change program wrote recently in a letter to The Chronicle of Higher Education, “Many of us in the doctoral program profoundly value our program’s connection with the undergraduate, historically significant, values-driven college. We signed on to study at Antioch, among other reasons, because we wanted a program connected with a deep history and values, a program with deep roots. We chose Antioch.”
The Board of Trustees of Antioch University is committed to ensuring the future of AntiochÃ¢â‚¬across all its campuses and in a manner consonant with its proud history and accomplishments. The temporary suspension of operations at Antioch College was taken as a protective move to enable a time in which to regroup and revitalize the College. Its reopening is strongly advocated and anticipated. As that process moves forward, the five non-residential campuses of Antioch University continue to embody the Antioch vision of higher education, with its dedication to innovation and excellence.
Continued from Part One
THE LEARNING NEEDS OF ACTIVISTS
My own experience of innovation within my field might be relevant here. About eight years ago I started asking myself how I, as an environmental studies educator, could help increase the effectiveness of social movements and citizen activists. Focusing on this important question sent me on a three-year journey that ultimately led to the creation of Antioch University New England’s unusual master’s program in Environmental Advocacy and Organizing.
Yet, this same question of how can I help increase the effectiveness of activists and social movements has not stopped beating in my heart since I set up the Environmental Advocacy and Organizing Program at Antioch. This question still pushes me to improve and refine my work in our activist training program as well as work with other academics to expand university education on community change activism and organizer training. The question has just never ceased to inspire and guide my work. I therefore hope that all of you will continue to ask yourselves just what you can do within your own sphere of influence within the field of psychology that could help increase the effectiveness of needed social movements and citizen activism.
Like all good questions, however, this question can lead to others. A big one for me when I was designing the advocacy and organizing program was, “What do sustainability activists need to know in order to be effective?” For my curriculum action research on this question, which is described in more detail in my dissertation, I decided that there were at least three paths to finding an answer. The first path was to reflect on my own years as a participant-observer in many different activist efforts. The second research path was to analyze what social movement scholars have identified as the core wisdom, knowledge, and skills most essential for effective activism. The final path I hit on was to read the results of several published interviews and surveys of activists who were asked to reflect on their own learning needs.
Most important among these activist reflections for me was Technical Assistance & Progressive Organizations for Social Change in Communities of Color. This report was commissioned by the New York Funding Exchange and was written by Luz Guerra in 1999. In this research, Guerra first asked the members of the Funding Exchange’s Saguaro Grantmaking Board what they saw as the most needed areas of training and technical assistance for grassroots social movement organizations. She then interviewed the activists in the Exchange’s grantee groups on these same topics.
Two other activist-based reports were also very helpful to me. One was The Listening Project: A National Dialogue on Progressive Movement-Building, which reported on interviews conducted in 1999 by the Peace Development Fund with over sixty community organizers from around the United States. The third report, which was explicitly focused on environmental activists, was the Conservation Foundation’s 1984 study Training for Environmental Groups, which analyzed interviews and surveys with executive directors and staff of over 100 environmental advocacy organizations.
Using this basic research strategy, I was able to discern important patterns and I ultimately identified four core proficiency areas that are necessary to all effective social movement advocacy and organizingÃ¢â‚¬and an additional one specifically needed for environmental and sustainability activists. The first core proficiency area is what I call social action skills, or what Guerra in the Funding Exchange study calls “the skills needed for the day-to-day realization of the program work of our progressive organizations.” Such skills include political education, recruiting people, choosing issues, selecting targets, planning action strategies, running media campaigns, Internet activism, lobbying, electoral work, nonviolent direct action, community organizing, networking with sympathetic allies in the public and private sectors, participating effectively in public hearings, community-based action research, building coalitions, collaborative problem solving, and a wide variety of cultural preparation work. There is a wide repertoire of potential social action options available to today’s advocates and organizers. (For example, in his classic book The Politics of Nonviolent Action, Gene Sharp lists over 180 different nonviolent direct action tactics alone.)
The second key proficiency area is organization-building and leadership skills. When Luz Guerra asked the members of the Funding Exchange’s Saguaro Grantmaking Board what they saw as the most needed area of training and technical assistance for grassroots social movement organizations, the answers she received were the “types of assistance/training that help an organization strengthen and develop as a nonprofit entity: board development, obtaining and fulfilling the requirements of 501(c)(3) status, and fundraising skills.” Essentially, these funders were thinking of activist applications of the nonprofit organizational training that is routine in continuing education and graduate nonprofit management programs.
When she asked many of the grassroots activists who had received grants from the Funding Exchange, their answers were similar, but somewhat deeper. They too talked about the need for “technical assistance in the business of running an activist organization… [and] managing a progressive nonprofit.” Yet, according to Guerra, this group came up with a longer list or organization-building skills than the grantmakers. The grassroots activists’ list included creating revenue generation projects; fundraising; fiscal management; office administration; volunteer and staff recruitment, supervision and training, but it also included diversity management; action research, long-range planning; organizational communications; meeting facilitation; democratic group process; and conflict resolution.
A third proficiency area identified by the activists interviewed in the Funding Exchange study is big picture power analysis, vision, and strategy. A vast majority of the respondents in the study expressed a strong desire for help in developing a more seasoned or mature political consciousness. As Guerra reports, they were eager for more political education “in critical political/social/economic analysis, and strategic movement building.” They also wanted more big picture information “to carry forward our anti-oppression work on racism, internalized oppression, sexism, classism, and homophobia.” I, of course, would also add anthropocentrism to this list.
The value of developing “big picture” political understandings was also the central lesson that emerged from The Listening Project: A National Dialogue on Progressive Movement-Building. When asked open-ended questions about the biggest barriers to effective movement-building, most respondents voiced “a strong critique of Ã¢â‚¬Ëœpolitics-free’ organizing.” The idea here is that having an understanding of a single issue is just not sufficient and that effective activists need to develop a more integrated sense of the underlying social system, the political economy, and the dynamics of social movement history and strategy.
As one of the activists interviewed said, “If we are not developing people’s critical consciousness and analysis of the systems, institutions, and culture that create unjust societal relationships… what is the purpose of our organizing?” These activist interviewees stressed time and again that there was an urgent need “to increase local activists’ capacity to frame their work within a larger context” and move beyond single-issue thinking.
As we’ve seen from some of the stories I’ve told today, many of the activities in these three core proficiency areasÃ¢â‚¬social action skills, organizational building, and big picture political thinkingÃ¢â‚¬can be carried out in psychologically-smart or psychologically-stupid ways. It is important then for each of you to think about how you can contribute your psychological research, insights, and practical tools to help increase the effectiveness of community organizing and other political initiatives.
There is still another important contribution that can be made. In the background of both the practitioner and scholarly literature I studied, there were strong hints of a fourth core competency area–what we might call “emotional competence” or “self-care and personal growth.” Looked at negatively, the central focus in this core proficiency area is developing the personal qualities, wisdom, and skills needed to avoid burnout or burdening one’s organization with unresolved personal problems. Looked at positively, the focus is on developing the personal qualities, wisdom, and skills to lead satisfying and energetic lives amidst the frequent chaos and stresses involved in organizing–and thereby adding to the spirit of stability, humor, good cheer, and mutual respect in our social movement organizations.
Guerra reports that several of her interviewees worried some about their physical, emotional, and spiritual health in the face of the frequent reality that “activists are overworked, underpaid, and highly stressed.” One activist even claimed, we are “suffering in ways we don’t know how to name.” The activists interviewed by the Peace Development Fund also highlighted this area of concern: “Many asked how we can better nurture the people engaged in the struggle.” Indeed, as the authors of the report note, “There was a strongly expressed belief that many progressive activists and organizations ignore or underemphasize attention to internal work.”
Activist training theorist Randy Schutt is very adamant on the danger of this under-emphasis. As he points out, a good society–and certainly an effective movement–“cannot exist if everyone suffers from emotional trauma and regularly acts out in inappropriate ways.” He thus believes that any comprehensive program to help activists become more effective “must include ways for people to learn how to stop inflicting their dysfunctional behavior on others and help them learn means to interrupt other’s inappropriate behavior.” He also adds that many activists can use help in learning how “to develop the determination and self-discipline necessary to bring about significant positive change.”
The deep importance of such “internal” work comes into even clearer focus when we look at the key personal qualities that make a person a good organizer. As Si Kahn notes in Organizing: A Guide for Grassroots Leaders, an effective organizer likes people; builds trust and friendships easily; has a sense of humor; listens well; helps people believe in themselves; can let others take the credit; works hard; is self-disciplined, mature, and able to set limits; doesn’t get discouraged too often; has a solid sense of identity and personal vision; is flexible and open to new ideas; and is honest and courageous even in the face of stress and fear.
All of these positive personal qualities need to be cultivated and all of them can be compromised when people are in the grip of burnout, spiritual despair, or personal neglect. As Luz Guerra notes at the close of her study:
One truth rang clear in all of the stories I heard. There are gaping needs and open wounds in our organizations, in our organizational capacity, and in our social movements. If we do not respond to them with all the resources at our command, then the results will be the continued floundering, stagnation, and decline of the groups we have entrusted with carrying our movements forward.
This should not come as a surprise. Even though activists have moved farther towards “creative maladjustment” than their more passive neighbors, that does not mean that they have freed themselves from all denial, distorted thinking, and learned helplessness that weighs people down in this society. The feelings, beliefs, perceptions, and behaviors of activists are still often misshaped by some of the worst features of our cultureÃ¢â‚¬especially by what Michael Lerner calls “surplus powerlessness.” This then is an area where politically-savvy psychologists could share their best insights and tools in creative ways with social movement activists to increase the effectiveness of our social movements. The possibilities are nearly endless if done with respect, compassion, and political insight.
SUSTAINABILITY: THE EXPANDED MORAL CHALLENGE TODAY
Hopefully, describing these four core proficiency areas will help all of us here focus our thinking about how we each might better assist needed social movements to become more effective. Yet, to more fully ground this discussion in the core themes of this conference, I think we need to get back in our time machine and travel forward through the last four decades since Martin Luther King made his speech to the APA in 1967. It is not that the peace and social justice concerns championed by King are any less relevant in 2007. While the civil rights and peace movements of the 1960s won several incredibly important victories, many of these issues are still with us. However, in addition to King’s powerful peace and justice concerns, we now also need to move onto the very urgent issue of ecological sustainability in the 21st century. Some have even described our current environmental situation as a “planetary emergency.”
To help sustainability activists become even more effective will mean developing a fifth core proficiencyÃ¢â‚¬a grounded sense of ecological literacy and consciousness. In my own thinking about this fifth core competency, I have probably been most influenced by the thinking of David Orr, the author of the books Ecological Literacy and Earth in Mind.
For starters, I strongly agree with Orr that it is beneficial for sustainability activists to develop “an understanding of concepts such as carrying capacity, overshoot, Liebig’s Law of the minimum, thermodynamics, tropic levels, energetics, and succession” as well as “our place in the story of evolution.” Related to this, I also agree that “ecological literacy is to know something of the speed of the crisis that is upon usÃ¢â‚¬¦ to know magnitudes, rates, and trends of population growth, species extinction, soil loss, deforestation, desertification, climate change, ozone depletion, resource exhaustion, air and water pollution, toxic and radioactive contamination, resource and energy use–in short, the vital signs of the planet and its ecosystems.”
Orr also claims that ecological literacy and consciousness has a second component. One of his most passionate claims is that ecological consciousness requires more than book learning, and should also be cultivated by “direct experience in the natural world.” For this reason, Orr emphasizes that to be ecologically literate, people need exposure to the study of natural history where they get outside and are encouraged to pay close attention to the other living beings with which we share the planet. As Orr puts it,
In contrast with most academic studies, which are abstract indoor activities, natural history is concrete and requires direct involvement in nature. It requires first hand knowledge of trees, animals, plant life, birds, aquatic life, marine biology, and geology. It is an antidote to the excessively abstract, overly quantified and computerized, as well as the romantic view of nature derived from armchair ecologists. Natural history forces us to deal with nature on nature’s terms. It also promotes the capacity not only to see, but to observe with care, understanding, and, above all else, with pleasure.
I believe that this direct knowledge and appreciation of the natural world can also help sustainability activists move beyond the purely anthropocentric stance of most progressive activists, including even many environmental activists. This is important to me because I firmly believe that we must also become creatively maladjusted to a purely utilitarian approach to nature and expand our circle of direct moral concern to the more-than-human world as well as other human beings.
Like Orr, I also see a third dimension of ecological literacy that can increase the effectiveness of sustainability activists. The need here is to move beyond only focusing on the vital signs of the planet and begin to focus on the underlying social causes of the environmental crisis as well. According to Orr, “The ecologically literate person will appreciate something of how social structures, religion, science, politics, technology, patriarchy, culture, agriculture, and human cussedness combine as causes of our predicament.” As a corollary, the ecologically literate person also needs to have at least some understanding of how each of these areas of human social life can be transformed and, thus, become key resources in the transition to a just, democratic, and green society. As Orr notes, “The study of environmental problems is an exercise in despair unless it is regarded as only a preface to the study, design, and implementation of solutions.”
This expansion of the “Beloved Community” agenda beyond what King talked about in 1967 may sound daunting, but I already see several hopeful signs that popular ecological consciousness is expanding in this way. For example, how many of you have seen Al Gore’s movie “An Inconvenient Truth?” If you raised your hand, you are not alone. Millions of people have seen this movie, which is really not much more than a long PowerPoint lecture about the scientific reality of global warming. How did this become a hit movie in the United States of America?
I think the success of this movie is a great example of how a once vacillating politician, a talented documentary filmmaker, some good scientific advisors, and a group of activist sympathizers pushing online and word of mouth advertising can work together to create a breakthrough in the organized system of social denial that has sought to suppress public concerns about global warming in this country for decades.
For me, watching Al Gore’s movie “An Inconvenient Truth” reminded me of a scene in a cheesy Hollywood blockbuster a few years back. It was a military courtroom drama called “A Few Good Men.” In one climactic scene, Tom Cruise turns to Jack Nicholson, who is on the witness stand, and shouts, “Just tell me the truth.” Nicholson’s character jumps up in all his “Jack-ness” and shouts back, “The truth? The truth? You can’t handle the truth!”
Yet, just one academy award later, I see more and more people working hard to handle the inconvenient truth of this movie–that, because of our massive burning of fossil fuels over the last century, we are now in an accelerating and very dangerous period of global climate change. I’m not even sure the phrases global warming or global climate change can do justice to this situation. What we are really talking about is worldwide local climate disruption, with increasingly severe and almost unimaginable consequences for both people and planet.
As Al Gore suggests in this movie, if we are really going to handle this hard truth, we are going to have to help our households, our businesses, our governments, and the international community adopt an ambitious new set of policies and practices. First, we need to implement policies at the local, regional, national, and global level that will result in the highest levels of energy conservation and efficiency. Second, we’ll need to implement policies at all levels that will result in a rapid shift away from fossil fuels towards safe and renewable energy sources. Finally, we will need to implement a variety of policies that strengthen our emergency preparedness and redesign our public and private infrastructure in order to minimize the damage and death toll when severe weather events or other kinds of climate disruptions do occur. We just have to do better than the Bush Administration did in preparing for and responding to the very predictable disasters of Hurricane Katrina and Rita.
The magnitude of all these needed policy changes is a bit staggering, but people are more and more getting it. One of the more visible examples is the Step It Up 2007 national day of climate action this took place on April 14. Hundreds of thousands of people in 1,400 communities around the country came together in a myriad of creative ways to call on Congress to pass legislation that would cut carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. Events like this didn’t happen even a year or two ago. The entire system of climate change denial is now breaking down rapidly. This process is even farther along in many other countries.
One of the great things about the Gore movie is that it went beyond talking about the science of global warming and started to make the case for more citizen activism. Unfortunately, as refreshing as this part of the movie was, I think the documentary actually soft-peddled a very hard truth about what we need to do to end our industrial addiction to fossil fuels. I, at least, sensed some timidity in the movie during the closing credits. As much as I liked all the personal life style changes suggested at the end of the movie, I’m absolutely convinced that just switching to energy-efficient light bulbs, buying local food more often, and walking and riding our bikes more is not going to get us all the way to where we need to go. Even the couple of suggestions the movie makes about voting regularly or writing letters to our elective officials is not going to be enoughÃ¢â‚¬especially when not all of our votes are counted and thousands of people of color are repeatedly pushed off the voting rolls in states like Florida and Ohio.
The other inconvenient truth hiding in the wings of this movie is that we don’t just need a power shift away from fossil fuels to renewables. We also need a power shift away from a government that has become a corrupt, elitist, corpocracy and move instead toward one that is genuinely of, by, and for the peopleÃ¢â‚¬and has a meaningful vision of the common good. By the word “corpocracy,” I mean a government that is increasingly of, by, and for corporations, and especially dominated by Big Oil, Big Coal, and the Military-Industrial Complex that President Dwight Eisenhower warned us about 50 years ago. As long as corporate giants like Exxon-Mobil write our nation’s energy policy, bribe our elected officials, pay for their electoral campaigns, and spend millions in a cynical PR effort to make people doubt the factual case for climate change, we will be inhibited from making many of the long-term reforms and policy changes needed to address global climate disruption.
To address this side of the struggle for sustainability. we will also have to confront a government that has been captured by powerful corporate interests, many of whom will do everything in their power to resist a positive policy approach to global climate change. Life style changes, cultivating new kinds of ecological consciousness, voting every four years, and writing letters to our representatives are all very needed, but these basic acts of civic virtue are not enough. To deal with this particularly urgent situation, many more of us need to become intensely politically active, volunteer with progressive activist organizations, experiment with new strategies, and build a social movement even more powerful than Gandhi’s Independence Movement in India, or the US Civil Rights Movement, or even the Polish Solidarity Movement that helped bring down the authoritarian Communist regimes in Eastern Europe. I believe that the task ahead will be of this magnitude.
If what I am saying is true, we will need a psychology profession that is much more politically savvy than it is today and a sustainability movement that is much more psychologically smart. What choices we each make now, and in the years ahead, will make a very material difference in the relative effectiveness and power of our movements for peace, justice, democracy, and sustainability. I urge each of you, as I urge myself, to become a more engaged citizen activist yourself. I also urge you all to contribute the best insights and tools of your profession to the movements we need to heal the world.
I opened today’s talk with some words from Martin Luther King’s 1967 speech to the American Psychological Association. Let me close with some words from another 1967 speech of his–the one where he ended his own vacillating and finally came out publicly against the brutal US invasion and occupation of Vietnam. With just a few changes of words, King could be speaking to us all of us from the grave today. As he said in his dramatic, April 4th 1967 speech, “Beyond Vietnam:”
If we do not act we shall surely be dragged down the long dark and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight.
Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter — but beautiful — struggle for a new worldÃ¢â‚¬¦. Shall we say the odds are too great? Shall we tell [ourselves] the struggle is too hard?… Or will there be another message, of longing, of hope, of solidarity with [our own] yearnings, of commitment to the cause, whatever the cost? The choice is ours, and though we might prefer it otherwise we must choose in this crucial moment of human history.
The future is in our hands, folks. Let’s go for it.
Thank you all very much!
The following programs are still accepting applications for Fall 2007:
Department of Education
Experienced Educators, year-round program
Below is the complete text of the commencement address delivered by Ed Tomey, professor emeritus in the Department of Organization & Management.
Discovery, Commitment, and Action
Commencement Address to the Graduating Class
of Antioch University New England
May 5, 2007
Edward J. Tomey
President Caruso, University Trustees Alexander, Dean Guerriero, esteemed chairpeople, members of the faculty, and administration of Antioch University New England, members of the graduating class of 2007, honored family members, friends, and guests: This is a stunningly proud day for you and, it’s also a very proud occasion for me.
At this stage of my life and career, it is particularly uplifting to be asked by the institution I carry most closely in my heart to address Antioch New England’s graduates across the disciplines upon the culmination of their graduate educationÃ¢â‚¬minus a final paper here and thereÃ¢â‚¬and you know who you are!
I’m so pleased to have this opportunity to share some thoughts with you. I want to take the next several minutes to speak directly to the graduates, and I’ll be delighted if the rest of you come along for the ride.
I know you are anxious to walk across this stage so I’ll try not to delay you. I won’t be as long-winded as the commencement speaker in the mythical story about my undergraduate alma mater.
(Humorous story about commencement speaker)
All of us, in one way or another, find ourselvesÃ¢â‚¬and you, our graduates, certainly will find yourselvesÃ¢â‚¬connected to some sort of organization: a nonprofit or community agency, an industry or business, a group practice, a school or school system, a governmental unit.
Typically, we think of the leaders of these organizations as those at the top who have the ultimate responsibility to ensure that people have the resources, skills, guidance, and motivation to achieve the organization’s mission. We see them as the people who are accountable for setting the standards, developing the processes, obtaining the necessary resources, weaving the workforce together, engaging the support of other organizations, maintaining morale, providing feedback…the list is virtually endless.
But we have all been there. We have experienced what doesn’t get enough attention, and we have learned from those experiences. We know that no one does all of these tasks as well as they would like to do themÃ¢â‚¬nor as well as they need to be done to ensure organizational success and individual satisfaction.
After nearly four decades as a consultant to organizations and their leaders, I can tell you that leaders are overwhelmed by all the tasks demanded of them. They need all the help they can get to successfully move things forward.
This is where I urge you to come in.
Who better to offer valuable, thoughtful, well-intended assistance than graduates of Antioch University New England?
Whether you are a teacher in a school, a clinician who is part of a group practice, a counselor of troubled youth in a community mental health agency, a scientist or policy analyst protecting our environment, a movement therapist integrating expressive arts into counseling, or a manager of a nonprofit human services program or the director of business service unit, you can engage in what I call “finding the leader within” and thus bring the best of your Antioch experience to your workplace. That experience, and your insights, and your wisdom, and your energy, are in great demand.
Even though many of you may not move into formally structured positions of leadership, I am going to urge you during my remarks this morning, to step forwardÃ¢â‚¬in the context of whatever your professional responsibilities may beÃ¢â‚¬to step forward and take on one or more of the many leadership tasks that hunger to be filled by people with talent, dedication, and courage.
I am asking you this morningÃ¢â‚¬despite coming to the end of your formal studies during which you met so many challenges Ã¢â‚¬to take on one more challenge as you head out to begin this next phase of your professional lives.
I ask you to devote a part of yourself to “finding the leader within”Ã¢â‚¬that part of you that might for example, be:
Ã¢â‚¬ a facilitator of voices that long to be heard
Ã¢â‚¬ a contributor to a promising future vision for your organization
Ã¢â‚¬ a supporter of those who search for guidance in a pressure-packed world of work
Ã¢â‚¬ an encourager of those who are struggling with their own competence
Ã¢â‚¬ a gauge for the organization who is able to measure how people are doing and what emerging concerns need to be addressed
Ã¢â‚¬ a change agent to help the organization adjust to what may be a staggeringly unstable environment
Ã¢â‚¬ a relationship builder, a bridge builder among those elements of the organization that may be estranged from one another
Ã¢â‚¬ a courageous taker of an unpopular position, knowing it is the right thing to do
Can you see now why I said earlier that the list of needs is virtually endless? No leader I’ve known can make all of these important tasks happen by herself or himself.
These leadership tasks contribute to the health and welfare of an organization and its human resources, and that organization can gain so much from what you will have to offer.
To find this “leader within,” you will need to continue with what you learned to do so well during your Antioch experience.
First, engage in self-discovery. I believeÃ¢â‚¬no, I knowÃ¢â‚¬that there is always something more to discover about ourselves and our abilities: a needed skill that lies hidden or dormant; an element of knowledge that with a bit of tweaking, can be just what the work place needs to move past a block in its pathway; or perhaps it’s the artful use of your intuition that can provide an insight to a formal leader who will benefit from what you have to offer.
The inspiration for self-discovery can have so many sources. For so many of us, mentors have been a rich source of what we’ve learned about ourselves. I recall one of my own with fondness and gratefulness.
I went to work for the CEO of a Cambridge, Mass. consulting firm back in the 60s. In my second year as one of his young vice presidents, I landed a very large multi-year contract for the firm. The project had to hire some sixty people and be organized from the ground up. And in a hurry. The CEO spotted my “deer caught-in the headlights” look that said, “OK, now what?” Kind of like a car-chasing dog who one day actually catches up with one. What does he do with it?
In his office, the CEO spoke about my not needing to be the expert on everything. About searching within myself for those parts of the job that lay ahead that that I was skilled in, and identifying those elements that I needed to hire other talent to carry outÃ¢â‚¬without my pride getting in the way.
What he said next has been among the most valuable advice I’ve ever receivedÃ¢â‚¬and I pass it on to clients and students whenever I can. He said, “Ed, first-rate people hire first-rate people; and second-rate people hire third-rate people. You have an opportunity here. Be a first-rate person.”
To this day, I try to discover those parts of me that might be scared, or don’t know enoughÃ¢â‚¬¦and then I try to find the best people I can to educate me or take on a task that needs the best it can get.
Sometimes our inspirations for self-discovery come from something we’ve read or heard. Back in the early ’70s, when my wife, Maich Gardner, and I were courting in the environs of Harvard Square. I discovered a new volume of poetry that I wanted to give herÃ¢â‚¬a small, now out-of-print collection, by a then relatively unknown poet and novelist, Marge Piercy. She’s certainly not so unknown now. The title poem, “To Be of Use,” went on to become a call for community and still brings people together everywhere.
One particular passage gave me an insight into myself that I have acted on ever since, no matter what my role has been. These lines continue to tell me a lot about who I am and who I want to be:
“I love people who harness themselves, an ox to a heavy cart,
who pull like water buffalo, with massive patience,
who strain in the mud and the muck to move things forward,
who do what has to be done, again and again.”
We need patience for self-discovery. Intentional time with the self, reflecting on what’s important to us, what values we hold most dear, what inspires us, what and whom we love, what troubles us, what needs attention in our lives or elsewhere in our realms where we care about what is happening.
Self-discovery can also come from others whom we trust or admire and who may have a view of us that we can’t see. We need to spend time with them and listen with open minds and hearts and learn from them about ourselves.
Once you’ve engaged in this kind of discovery and learned something new about yourself that has meaning and application to finding the leader within, I urge you move on to another facet of what makes you, as an Antiochian, uniqueÃ¢â‚¬your readiness to commit to making something happen.
Essentially, you are this position: “OK, I’ve discovered something about myself that just might possibly be of use to others in my organization, or to its leader, as we all try to accomplish our mission, our purpose. Now what?”
I ask you to envision the possibilities.
Leadership and consulting guru Peter Block tells us that creating a vision forces us to take a stand for a preferred future. “Not just any vision will do,” he says. “It needs to be lofty in order to capture our imagination and engage our spirit. Our vision is our deepest expression of what we want. A vision is a desirable state, an ideal state, an expression of optimism.”
Finally, Block tells us that articulating a vision requires that we hold ourselves accountable for acting in ways that are congruent with that vision.
It will take commitment, courage, congruency, perseverance, and skill, to move forward with your discovery and your vision of a better workplace. More often than not, you end up KNOWING what needs to be done, what YOU need to do. The task now is to get ready to turn your self-knowledge and your vision into action.
If you are to take steps to make your vision a reality, you need to do what I call “taking charge of yourself.” After all, yours is the only performance over which you have control. Everything else is an attempt to INFLUENCE others, but you can never control them.
If you want to help others to behave differently, then it is you who must first do something different. You must give them something different to respond to: name a problem that needs addressing, offer ideas to solve it, provide words of encouragement, lend your support. You are in charge of all this.
Being in charge of yourself I believe is one of the most important gifts you can give to yourself. As you get ready to move forward with your contribution to leadership, feeling this allows you to be forthright and expressive with yourself and others.
Self-expression is your friend. Once you have the vision of what you want to see happen, it’s so much easier to find the words that will make the difference.
While the transition from what’s on your mind to what you express might not seem that difficult, most people I work with struggle with it. They have to muster a lot of courage to win the struggle because it’s not the way many of us are used to operatingÃ¢â‚¬in the presence of authority or when we fear hurting somebody’s feelings, or having to deal with conflict, or fearing that we may be proven wrong.
The alternative to NOT committing to act on your beliefs is to avoid, to stand backÃ¢â‚¬WAY back, and so often you will be left to engage in the almost always futile strategy of “hoping and hinting.” Hoping that things will get better, and at best, hinting meekly about your wishes, your vision.
When was the last time in your experience that someone took a hint? Or that your hope turned into reality just because you wished it so?
And so finally, you put yourself and your knowledge and your commitment on the line, where it counts. You put your commitment into action. You behave according to your values and beliefs. TheyÃ¢â‚¬and your courageÃ¢â‚¬drive you forward to contribute to a healthier workplace for yourself and your colleagues.
Ã¢â‚¬ You speak up on behalf of a colleague whose opinions are being ignored.
Ã¢â‚¬ You make known the fact that many people in the organization don’t feel recognized for their contributions.
Ã¢â‚¬ You volunteer your services to assist a leader who in is in need of extra hands, extra minds to solve a tough problem.
Ã¢â‚¬ You take the time to develop a document that articulates the values that truly guide the organization’s behavior.
Ã¢â‚¬ You come up with the solution of how resources can be economized so as to provide services to a needy client group that would otherwise go without.
And so the cycle continues: discovery, commitment, and action. On a regular and frequent basis, you make your presence known. Your contributions may be easily visible, or mysteriously quiet, but your impact is always felt. It always moves the mission, the vision, and the human spirit forward.
If you decide to choose the road of discovery, commitment, and action, I see four important tasks that that you can accomplish:
First, emulate Thoreau when he wrote:
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
Next, after learning from your experience, use your new knowledge and skills in ways that serve the greater good.
Third, teach others what you have learned. Help them make THEIR discoveries, find THEIR voices, call up THEIR courage.
And the fourth grows from the thirdÃ¢â‚¬to build a community of doers within the organization, spreading your influence from a single individual trying to make things happen, to a community of people devoted to the effort.
If you can achieve in these four leadership tasksÃ¢â‚¬learning, serving, teaching, and building a committed communityÃ¢â‚¬then the uncertainty you might have felt when reaching beyond the boundaries of your roles, the anxiety you might have experienced in stretching toward your visions, and the difficulties and resistance you likely will have encountered in turning your commitments into actions, will all have been worth it.
I hope you’ll continue to hone your skills at making discoveries, creating visions based on them, committing yourself to those vision, and then acting on them. I hope that you’ll use your creative powers to help you challenge your abilities, taking them ever higher, broader, and deeper.
I hope that you’ll test your actions against your visions and values, and let the outcomes keep you moving toward congruency, toward insight, and toward keeping real learning alive.
THIS is the path I urge you to choose.
Let me close with well known lines from Robert Frost. They endure because they continue to have meaning, to inspire, as does all great art. They remind us of the choices that are ours to make.
Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken”…
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both on that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood and I Ã¢â‚¬
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Congratulations. And thank you. What a marvelous achievement!
Due to planned network maintenance most of ANE’s systems, including library services, will be unavailable on March 16th and 17th.
You will be able to acces the website and email from off-campus, but you will not be able to access the internet or ANE network servers while on campus.
We thank you for your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
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Freshman Representative Loves His Job
Paul Hodes came to Antioch New England on February 21 as part of a tour of the state to talk about his first six weeks in office. Debra Blore, the constituent service representative in his Keene office, contacted ANE to propose that we host his first area town hall meeting. He spoke to a capacity community room crowd of citizens from all over the Monadnock Region.
Hodes is proud to be part of the new Democratic majority (“It’s sort of like the Lord of the Rings, and the Hobbits have risen up!”), and touted the major legislation passed as part of the first hundred hours initiative: ethics reform; an increase in the federal minimum wage; enactment of the 9-11 commission’s recommendations; expanded stem-cell research; government negotiation of prices with drug companies; student loan interest rate cut; and the elimination of billions in subsidies for big oil companies.
Throughout the evening, Mr. Hodes exhibited humor, wit, and seriousness of purpose. He spoke of trying to accomplish everything needed to set up a congressional office and learn about his new role, comparing it to drinking from a fire hose. He said that House members had to be entrepreneurial in order to be effective within the Members Representational Allowance, which had to cover everything from hiring all staff in Washington and in New Hampshire and leasing office space, to equipping everyone with new computers.
Hodes spoke of the difficulty of accomplishing anything within the constraints of the president’s “backward budget,” where education, health care, energy, and everything else were severely under-funded in relation to the 660 billion dollar military budget.
After his introductory remarks, Congressman Hodes moved to an interactive format. He had asked that students be involved in the evening’s organization. Various Environmental Studies students gathered questions that audience members had written on index cards, and Crissy Heide, a master’s candidate in the Environmental Advocacy and Organizing program, read them to Mr. Hodes.
He often paused to collect his thoughts before answering, and admitted not knowing all the answers, but said he would find out. He even fielded a quintessentially Antiochian question about the difficulty of solving the interconnected problems of energy independence, the war in Iraq, and global climate change, which form a complex system, from within a legislative framework that uses reductionist argumentation to break it all down into separate pieces. Hodes acknowledged the difficulty, and said that one of the challenges facing the Democratic majority was to help bring about a paradigm shift that would allow such complex systems thinking.
Despite a fading voice and flagging energy after a day spent traveling and talking, Hodes stayed to speak with everyone who wanted a word.
February 17, 2007
From: Thomas R. Horgan, President
Antioch University New England Joins
New Hampshire College & University Council
Concord, NH Ã¢â‚¬ The New Hampshire College & University Council (NHCUC) is pleased to announce the addition of Antioch University New England, Keene, NH, as the newest member of the NHCUC. Antioch University New England has accepted an invitation to join the NHCUC as an affiliate member. Dr. David Caruso, President of Antioch University New England, also joins the NHCUC Board of Directors.
The NHCUC is a statewide higher education consortium of public and private, not-for-profit, colleges and universities in New Hampshire working together to enhance operating efficiencies and promote cooperation among member institutions. NHCUC activities include hosting one of the largest job fairs north of Boston for graduating students and alumnae, sharing library resources among member institutions, working collectively in joint admission efforts, providing outreach programs to the Latino community and other underrepresented populations, and presenting professional development programs for faculty and staff. The NHCUC was founded in 1966 and is celebrating its forty-first year of commitment through collaboration.
“Membership in the New Hampshire College and University Council is a wonderful opportunity for Antioch University New England to join with the other colleges and universities throughout the state in cooperative efforts to strengthen the higher education sector for students and faculty,” said David Caruso, President of Antioch University New England. “At Antioch we have a strong tradition of building partnerships and supporting community. We are particularly looking forward to building stronger relationships with each of the NHCUC member institutions.”
Thomas R. Horgan, President and CEO of the NHCUC said, “The NHCUC is excited to have the opportunity to work with and to serve the Antioch University New England community. They will bring important value to our collaborative efforts and, as with all our member institutions, it will be a mutually beneficial association.”
Commenting on Antioch University New England joining the NHCUC, Fr. Jonathan DeFelice, President of Saint Anselm College and Chair of the NHCUC Board said, “New Hampshire’s diverse higher education institutions are educating the engaged citizens and highly skilled workers of tomorrow. The higher education sector in New Hampshire is a $4.6 billion industry and we welcome Antioch University New England’s active participation in our collective efforts through the NHCUC.”
In addition to Antioch University New England, NHCUC member institutions include: Chester College of New England, Colby-Sawyer College, Daniel Webster College, Dartmouth College, Franklin Pierce College, Granite State College, Keene State College, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences-Manchester, New England College, New Hampshire Community Technical College System, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Plymouth State University, Rivier College, Saint Anselm College, Southern New Hampshire University, and the University of New Hampshire.
For more information on the NHCUC and its members visit the NHCUC web site.
As part of its commitment to be an active community partner in the Monadnock Region, Antioch University New England will sponsor the Tuesday evening July 25th, concert of the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music at its facility in Nelson, NH.
“As Antioch continues to develop partnerships in the Monadnock Region that are aligned with its values and vision for social justice and peace, this partnership with Apple Hill is a natural extension,” said David Caruso, president of Antioch University New England. “We are excited about the possibilities of working together in the coming years with Apple Hill as they work to realize their mission of Playing for Peace.”
For more information about Apple Hill and its missionÃ¢â‚¬Playing for PeaceÃ¢â‚¬go to their website at www.applehill.org
Reservations for seating ($25 each) in the Concert Barn can be made by calling the Apple Hill office at 800-472-6677 or 603-847-3371. Those preferring to sit outside on the lawn can bring lawn chairs and listen just outside the barn itself. Contributions are always welcome. Come early for the Tuesday night pasta fest, make your reservation for dinner by calling the Apple Hill offices at the number(s) above.
DETAILS ON JULY 25TH CONCERT
At the July 25th concert, Apple Hill pianist Eric Stumacher will perform two Mozart Piano Concertos with members of the Keene Chamber Orchestra as Concert VI of the 2006 Apple Hill International Festival Tuesday Evening Concert Series, at the Apple Hill Concert Barn in Nelson, NH, at 7:30 PM.
This special event is part of the year-long 250th Birthday Celebration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 2006. The program will contain the Overture to the Marriage of Figaro, Piano Concerto in G Major K. 453, and Piano Concerto in A Major, K. 488.
This concert will also mark the debut of Mr. Stumacher’s new personal Steinway piano, and will be the first time that Apple Hill will have presented works for a thirty-piece chamber orchestra in its Tuesday Evening Concert Series.
Since indoor seating will be even more limited than usual, reservations and early arrival are strongly suggested, though there will be plenty of room outside the concert barn, where the concerts can be heard while overlooking the spectacular sunset view of New Hampshire and Vermont.
Admission to the Apple Hill Summer Festival concerts is by donation. Limited reserved seats can also be purchased in advance for $25 a seat. Concert goers can picnic on the grounds or make reservations for the pasta feast which precedes the concert at 6 PM.
The numbers to call for updated program information and reservations are 800-472-6677 or 603-847-3371.
ABOUT APPLE HILL
For over thirty years, Apple Hill’s mission of Playing for Peace has inspired many to honor the special voice in all people, regardless of age, background, culture, or ability. Playing for Peace has focused on the belief that music has the capacity to enhance human impulses of brotherhood and sisterhood, transcending the national, cultural, and political boundaries, which divide people. Apple Hill believes its music has the unique power to amplify inherent characteristics which define peoples’ humanity: strength, commitment, empathy, persistence, responsibility, and relaxed awareness.
Since 1988, the Apple Hill Chamber Players have expanded their touring to include not only to all corners of the United States, but also Playing for Peace tours to the Middle East, Europe, and other parts of the world. Nationally and internationally the Apple Hill Chamber Players perform concerts, conduct master classes and workshops, and award Playing for Peace scholarships to bring international and American musicians of diverse backgrounds and conflicting cultures together to form special communities at the annual Apple Hill Music School and Festival at our home base in East Sullivan, NH, USA.
Within the USA, the Playing for Peace mission encircles participants and audience members of all backgrounds, ages, experience levels, and abilities, with an emphasis on reaching out to inner city minorities.
The May 1992 Apple Hill Chamber Players tour of Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, and the subsequent August 1992 experiences of eleven Israeli and Arab scholarship students at Apple Hill, were documented in the namesake PBS broadcast and video “Playing for Peace”, by the Emmy award winning Peter Rosen, seen by more than four million viewers.
At the Apple Hill Chamber Music School and Festival, a thirty-one year tradition, challenge and safety coexist to encourage musical and personal risk-taking and growth. Each summer in the rustic country setting of our two-hundred year old New England farm, we create an exuberant and retreat-like atmosphere which combines ordinarily disparate elements: non-competitiveness, the pursuit of personal and musical excellence, high individual motivation, patience, rapid bursts of learning and improvement, fun, energetic physical activity, love and acceptance of music for its own sake, vigorous encouragement of people of all backgrounds and abilities-from professional musicians to skilled and enthusiastic music students of all ages.
Dick Estes, distinguished faculty fellow at Antioch New England, published an article about the wildebeests of the Serengeti in the September issue of Natural History magazine. His is the featured article, both on the cover and on Natural History’s homepage.
On September 27, president David Caruso introduced a new tradition for Antioch New England: the Fall Convocation. Convocation means different things to different institutions in different contexts. Within the Church of England and in the Episcopal Church, it refers to a body of bishops and other assembled leaders. In England and Australia it also refers collectively to university alumni. In Canada and in some American universities, it is synonymous with commencement and degrees are conferred. At other American universities, and now at Antioch University New England, it is, in the words of president Caruso, “an opportunity for the Antioch New England community to celebrate our recent accomplishments, and take stock of where we are as an institution and our goals and directions for the year ahead.”
A standing room only crowd filled the community room to hear presentations of three distinct aspects of the life of the institution: the current strategic planning process; the social justice survey; and the president’s views of the present and future of ANE.
Steve Guerriero, interim dean of faculty and academic affairs, outlined the work done thus far by the strategic planning steering committee, and sketched out the next steps. He referred to last year’s work as the blueprint for the implementation that will constitute the next phase. It’s time to “take the planning process out of the hands of the planners, and put it into the hands of the people who are going to put it into action, time to move planning into the organizational chart.”
This year’s strategic planning committee will have both new and continuing members, and will hold an informational community meeting on October 11.
President Caruso came back to the lectern to say, “As quoted in Heidi Watts’s wonderful book on the first eight years, the brochure for the very first Antioch Putney graduate program in 1965 said: Ã¢â‚¬ËœThis program is designed for those who want to help meet pressing social needs by teaching in disadvantaged communities.'” He displayed, as introduction to the next speaker, the framed award presented this year by the Greenfield (Massachusetts) Center School to ANE for its commitment to social justice.
Abi Abrash-Walton, associate core faculty in the Department of Environmental Studies, then presented a detailed overview of the findings of the past year’s social justice audit. This study is one of the only of its kind ever undertaken at an American institution of higher education. In addition to the comprehensive cross-campus representation among those doing the work, the process was overseen by a group of outside observers in order to assure that, though this was a self-study, it was conducted objectively.
The topics included ANE’s commitment to racial and ethnic diversity, the degree to which people are comfortable expressing minority opinions, the importance of ANE’s mission for students choosing to attend, and the role of women in campus governance structures. An interesting pair of findings was that, though a majority of employees felt they were not adequately compensated for their work, that same majority also reported high job satisfaction.
Abi’s presentation was but an introduction to the thick sheaf of pages that represent the current draft of the study’s report. The final version is due out later this Fall.
The convocation’s capstone was president Caruso’s speech outlining what he has observed about the state of Antioch New England, and his plans both for continuing existing initiatives, and for seeking out new ways to foster the people and mission of the institution. He is committed to transparent and collaborative campus governance, and has specific plans for directing more money to faculty conducting work in their fields.
The complete text of president Caruso’s speech is reproduced below.
Antioch University New England
FALL CONVOCATION 2006
Address by President David Caruso
A Look Ahead: Building Capacity, Broadening Support, Extending Our Reach
Convocation is an opportunity to for us to think about the year ahead and the goals and priorities that will provide focus to our work and to my efforts to serve you as president. I will organize my comments around several themes: building capacity, broadening and strengthening support, and extending our reach.
Of course, my work, and our work together, will be guided to a significant degree by the campus strategic plan now under development. For the coming year, we will focus on implementing the strategic goals identified in the plan’s first two priorities. In general, these priorities are related to building institutional capacity and broadening and strengthening support.
The strategic plan’s first priority is to strengthen and diversify revenue streams. While I realize that we are not likely to ever feel like there is “enough” money to achieve our aspirations, simply because our aspirations are so high, ANE clearly needs additional revenue. We have already begun to make measurable progress on the goal of strengthening existing revenue streams that primarily consist of tuition revenue. We are very close to achieving the goal of fully enrolling each program for 2006-2007, and overall enrollment has exceeded targets. This outcome reflects the great work done by the marketing committee, admissions staff, and faculty. Congratulations!
Strengthening existing revenue streams, however, is only one part of that first strategic priority. The second component is diversifying revenue streams. Stated another way, this priority means that in order to thrive in the future, ANE needs more different sources of revenue. This year, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee will begin its work on priority four, building ANE’s business plan for the future. As they undertake that effort, I will ask them to develop specific goals for diversifying revenue streams. One key component will certainly be increasing revenue from fund raising. Most of you have already heard me say that I will have a strong focus on improving our fund raising and development results. But let’s be clear: fund raising alone will not produce the increased revenue we need in the near term, so establishing other revenue streams is vitally important.
The first two priorities in our strategic plan stress the importance of building institutional capacity to support the accomplishment of our mission. In any institution, two keys to organizational capacity are having highly effective organizational systems and high quality leadership. Priority two of the strategic plan specifically addresses our need to clarify governance structures, functions, and reporting relationships. I have taken some steps already to clarify organizational structures and reporting relationships so that responsibility, and the authority that accompanies it, can be carried out as effectively as possible. I would like to give you an update on the changes I have already implemented.
As you know, our institution consists organizationally of three major divisions. These are: (1) the academic affairs area, which includes the academic departments, their faculty, programs, and support staff as well as the library, admissions department, and the grants office; (2) the finance and administration area that manages our fiscal resources and procedures, financial aid, information technology, and our facility; and (3) the recently renamed institutional advancement area whose responsibilities encompass fundraising and development, alumni relations, communications, public relations, and marketing. All faculty and staff are housed within one of these three areas and each area is led by a senior administrator who reports directly to the president. I have established the group consisting of my direct reports as the President’s Cabinet. We meet biweekly to review ongoing work in each division and discuss institution-wide and central Antioch University issues. Currently, we are working on revising ANE’s organizational charts so that they reflect this organizational structure accurately. Drafts of these new charts will be circulated soon for feedback.
Two of these key leadership positions are currently vacant. We are well into the search process to hire a new Vice President for Institutional Advancement and will soon advertise the chief academic officer position that has recently had the title of Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs. In order to attract the best possible candidates and in keeping with the new Antioch University titles and designations guidelines, I have decided to adopt a vice president title for each of the three senior leadership positions that report directly to the president.
Another component of our organizational governance structures are the various standing committees that have significant institutional responsibilities. This year I am committed to following up on the work begun by the Strategic Planning Steering Committee to review and clarify just how this complex arena works. As part of this year’s strategic planning effort, we will develop a clear description of the role or mission of each committee along with a list of its specific responsibilities and tasks. We plan to also develop a sort of organizational chart of these committees that delineates how they interconnect with each other and with the institutional table of organization.
Underlying all of our strategic priorities and plans to build capacity and strengthen the institution’s financial support are the resource allocation decisions we make. Our values and priorities are reflected in how we spend our dollars. Therefore, how we allocate our resources should reflect our values and priorities. I believe this is a crucial test for any organization. I also believe that both the process and the outcomes of resource allocation decision making are important for our institutional well-being.
I would like us to acknowledge one fundamental truth about financial decision making. A corollary of the fact that we will never have enough money to fully achieve our aspirations is that we will always have to make difficult decisions among competing priorities. A first step in doing this successfully is to have a strategic plan that establishes agreed upon institutional priorities. We are very close to having that plan in place.
It is also important to create a collaborative and transparent annual budget development process. I have worked with the Finance Committee to design a set of procedures for the development of the 2007-2008 institutional budget that are built upon detailed input at the department level followed by an approval process based on levels of responsibility and authority within the organization. Information about the budget development process for 2007-2008 was recently sent to unit budget managers and we will review it fully with them at their meeting next week. They will then share it with everyone during departmental budget planning discussions in the coming weeks.
As the campus president, I have a confession to make to you – I am not neutral when it comes to budget priorities. No one really is neutral, of course, so hopefully it doesn’t surprise you that I have some thoughts about this issue. Based on what I have learned about ANE through these last few months, I have arrived at several general conclusions that I would like to share with you today.
First and foremost, I believe that we must invest our resources as much as possible in people as opposed to things. By this I mean, to the degree that our financial flexibility allows, new dollars should be spent on providing improved salaries for our current people, funding new positions where needed, and supporting faculty and staff professional growth and development. I will review every financial decision we make through this lens.
Second, as the foregoing implies, there is an important distinction when it comes to spending money. Investments generate additional revenue, whereas just spending money on things does not. For example, if the roof of this building needed repairs, we would have to spend the dollars required to fix it. On the other hand, if we spend additional money on better marketing, and thus increase program enrollment, we have achieved a successful investment not just an expenditure. The dollars we spent are not simply gone, but rather have had offspring, so in the end we have more dollars overall to support our mission.
To summarize then, my general priorities are to drive dollars to investments whenever possible and to prioritize investing in our people. You can count on me having this focus.
There are several initiatives that I will fund now that begin to address these priorities. First, I am establishing a fund in the President’s Office to support faculty travel to present the results of their work in various kinds of professional venues. This will offer a $750 award to up to ten people during this academic year. An announcement with details about how to apply for these funds will follow shortly.
Also, I will establish a faculty mini-grant program to provide support for faculty research and scholarship. I have asked Dean Guerriero to work with the department chairs and the faculty senate on the specifics of the design of this program, but in general I envision it as offering, through a proposal-based approach, funding of up to $3,000 for each grant recipient. The funds could be used for a variety of costs related to scholarship such as start-up costs, pilot studies, hiring research assistants, supplies and equipment, travel to collect data, and so forth.
While funding for these two initiatives will be relatively small at first, I will aggressively seek foundation or individual donor support to grow them significantly.
Another area of capacity building is related to improvements in how this building supports our programs and activities. Somewhat unexpectedly, we are now the lucky owners of new square footage created by the departure of the MC Squared school. The “east wing,” as the one-story wing is called, contains approximately 4,500 square feet of space vacated by the school. It is my goal to carefully consider the best use for this space that will enhance our capacity in critical areas. You will be hearing soon through your department chair or director about a process to harvest ideas concerning how to best utilize this new resource.
Before I conclude, I want to speak for a minute about my concept of ANE extending our reach. Here I am referring to our potential to reach, through time and space, beyond our usual bounds of geography and program delivery modality. Of course, this idea is not new for Antioch New England. It will simply be a continuation of the institution’s expansion over forty plus years from a local Vermont focus, to a strong regional presence, and now to some programs having a national profile. Even our international reach has grown recently, for example, through the work of the Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation. Program delivery modalities have also changed over time, however, we have yet to capitalize fully on the potential of the internet and other 21st century technology to extend our reach virtually.
I believe it is time for us to explore avenues for extending our institutional reach in a number of ways. First, we need to do a better job of communicating about the current breadth of our reach. I have found that this is less well known than you might expect. Second, I believe we should strategically target new national and international audiences for our programs and outreach. Finally, we should seriously consider new ways to leverage the power of technology to offer an Antioch New England education to people around the world for whom it would otherwise be out of reach. I will ask the Strategic Planning Steering Committee to engage in a conversation with all of you about such issues as they facilitate our work on creating the institution’s business plan for the future.
Now it is time to take a deep breath and move forward recognizing that we at ANE are certainly very busy people with a full plate of challenges. But what exciting challenges they are. I urge you not to lose sight of what a vital and powerful institution we all are part of, and what amazing people we get to work with on these challenges we set for ourselves. And in the midst of our busy, sometimes hectic work lives, please do not forget why we are doing this. ANE is a transformative institution. Students walk in these doors and a few years later walk out profoundly changed, capable of carrying the ANE mission forward into their own spheres of influence. This multiplier effect of our work is profound and it echos through more places and through more years than we can ever be fully aware of. And while we nurture and support these profound transformations in our students, we are also transformed ourselves. I also urge you to be open to that; enjoy it, and enjoy the coming year.
When he looks ten years into the future, David Caruso sees an Antioch University New England that builds on its rich history, but is markedly different in many important ways from the one of today. By 2016, Caruso sees a much broader national and international reach, attracting top-tier students to leading-edge academic departments that offer more certificate and degree programs and utilize the latest information technology resources to support teaching and learning. Caruso is confident he can begin to lay the foundation for his vision soon after he assumes ANE’s top post in July.
The way he sees it, leading an institution of higher learning boils down to a handful of essential skills: fund-raising, strategic planning, budgeting, financial management, and consensus building. Caruso’s vita shows considerable experience in all those areas-particularly with sixteen years of administrative know-how ranging from department chair to vice president of academic affairs.
“David’s long, varied experience and his focused and dedicated academic career strike a very positive balance,” said Leatrice Oram, ANE’s admissions director and a member of the selection committee that chose Caruso in April.
Caruso’s professional career spans both academic instruction and management. He spent more than ten years as a teacher and administrator in early childhood development while pursuing a master’s degree (Sonoma State University) and doctorate (Cornell University) in the same field.
After completing his own education, Caruso spent the next several years as a professor at Indiana State University, Purdue University, the University of Rhode Island, and the University of Hartford. At his most recent institution, Worcester State College, he started as vice president for academic affairs in 2002.
“I think my experience at Worcester State has given me the opportunity to develop what I believe is a very important portfolio of professional skills, knowledge, and experience that will contribute to a successful presidency at ANE,” Caruso said. “A big piece of that was in development and fund-raising.”
“Effective fundraising rests upon building relationships. As president, I plan to play a key role in representing Antioch New England-being the face and voice of the institution-to develop and nurture relationships with key donors who value ANE’s mission.”
Caruso also plans to step back and let other ANE stakeholders tell the institution’s story and aspirations from their perspective. “Bringing faculty on board and having them play an important role in fund raising activities is really critical.”
Caruso will give faculty members, department heads, and dean of academic affairs broad latitude in determining the goals and trajectory of each of the departments. Among his first initiatives as president will be to launch a “thoughtful, inclusive, and comprehensive” planning process to assess the strengths and challenges of each academic department, identify areas of improvement, and devise strategies to implement those improvements.
Caruso plans to be just one voice in a collaborative, campus-wide process to determine “what data is important, what evidence is important, and how that evidence is interpreted.”
One priority Caruso will lobby hard for is improving ANE’s information technology in all areas-academic and administrative. “In both hardware and software, I think there’s a pretty critical need to move ANE up several notches in the capabilities of its information technology to support the teaching, learning, and institutional effectiveness.”
When he needs a break from and demands of academe, Caruso sings tenor in a community chorus near his home in Northampton, Massachusetts, or blows a jazz riff through a trumpet. He is an avid reader; his nightstand is currently occupied by Thomas Friedman’s The World Is Flat, and a collection of stories by fantasy/science fiction writer Orson Scott Card. His favorite pastime, though, is spending time with his family: his wife Sara, his five children, thirteen to thirty-eight years old, and his four grandchildren, one only recently born.
But these days, most of his waking hours are spent looking toward the future of Antioch University New England. “I’m very excited about this opportunity and can’t wait to get started.”
Both Gargi Roysicar, Ph.D and Roger Peterson, Ph.D have been recently cited for their professional and personal contributions to specific communities.Ã‚ Peterson received the New Hampshire Psychological Association’s highest honor: TheÃ‚ Margaret Riggs Distinguished Contribution Award, which was created “to publicly acknowledge a psychologist who has demonstrated extraordinary skills in teaching, research, or service that has resulted in the advancement of psychology in New Hampshire.”Ã‚
The American Psychological Association has chosen Gargi Roysicar to receive the 2006 Community Service Award from its Section for Ethnic and Racial Diversity.Ã‚ Her longstanding service to campus and local communities, as well as her work in training students who are participating in disaster relief in India and on the U.S. Gulf Coast, earned her the award.Ã‚ She was also recognized for her service “as mentor and advisor to many young people of color.”
Roysicar has been a professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology since 2000.Ã‚ She is founding director of the Multicultural Center for Research and Practice at Antioch New England.Ã‚ Peterson chairs the Department of Clinical Psychology and directs the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.Ã‚ He has also accepted a recent appointment as associate editor of the new journal Training and Education in Professional Psychology, co-published by the American Psychological Association and the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers.
It all started with a simple message in FirstClass asking a simple questionÃ¢â‚¬what do Antiochians consider the top eco books? From Rachel Carlson’s Silent Spring, Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey, and The Control of Nature by John McPhee, to Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, weeks and weeks went by and the responses just kept on coming. When all was said and done a diverse list of some one hundred books had been offered as among the best and most influential eco-centered books published.
The full list from the FirstClass discussion:
|A Clockwork Orange||Anthony Burgess|
|A Country Year: Living the Questions||Sue Hubbell|
|A Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey||Jane Goodall|
|A Sand County Almanac||Aldo Leopold|
|ALL WORKS BY||Wendell Berry|
|ALL WORKS BY||Ursula Le Guin|
|ALL WORKS BY||Rick Bass.|
|And No Birds Sing||Mark Jaffe|
|Believing Cassandra: An optimist Looks at a Pessimist’s World||Alan Atkisson|
|Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water||Marc Reisner|
|Chasing the Dragon’s Tail: The Struggle to Save Thailand’s Wildcats||Alan Rabinowitz|
|Conservative Environmentalism||James R. Dunn & John E. Kinney|
|Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things||William McDonough & Michael Braungart|
|Desert Solitaire||Edward Abbey|
|Developing Ecological Consciousness: Paths to a Sustainable World||Christopher Uhl|
|Ecology (Key Concepts in Critical Theory)||Carolyn Merchant|
|Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival||Carl Safina|
|Fast Food Nation||Eric Schlosser|
|Free Market Environmentalism||Terry L. Anderson & Donald R. Leal|
|Hard Green: Saving the Environment from the Environmentalists (A Conservative Manifesto)||Peter Huber|
|How to Identify and Grow Psilocybin Mushrooms||Jule Stevens|
|Let the Mountains Talk, Let the Rivers Run: A Call to Those Who Would Save the Earth||David Brower|
|Life of Pi||Yann Martel|
|Lord of the Rings||J.R.R. Tolkien|
|Moon by Whale Light: And Other Adventures Among Bats, Penguins, Crocodilians, and Whales||Diane Ackerman|
|My Ishmael||Daniel Quinn|
|My Story as Told by Water||David James Duncan|
|National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 4th Edition||National Geographic Society|
|Natural Capitalism||Paul Hawken|
|Naturalist||Edward O. Wilson|
|Nature Writings: The Story of my Boyhood and Youth||Muir|
|Our Stolen Future||Theo Colborn|
|Pilgrim at Tinker Creek||Annie Dillard|
|Practice of the Wild||Gary Snyder|
|Prodigal Summer & ALL WORKS BY||Barbara Kingsolver|
|Radical Ecology: The Search for a Livable World||Carolyn Merchant|
|Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place||Terry Tempest Williams|
|Silent Spring||Rachel Carlson|
|The Bible(particularly the Book of Genesis)|
|The Control of Nature||John McPhee|
|The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People are Changing the World||Paul H. Phd Ray & Sherry Anderson|
|The Diversity of Life||Edward O. Wilson|
|The Immigration Dilemma: Avoiding the Tragedy of the Commons||Garrett Hardin|
|The Other Way to Listen||Byrd Baylor|
|The Right Nation: Conservative Power in America||John Micklethwait & Adrian Wooldridge|
|The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World||Bjorn Lomborg|
|The Spell of the Sensuous||David Abram|
|The Trees in My Forest||Bernd Heinrich|
|The Web of Life||Fritjof Capra|
|Voluntary Simplicity||Duane Elgin|
|Walden||Henry David Thoreau|
|A Wrinkle in Time||Madeleine L’Engle|
|Andy Goldsworthy: Collaboration with Nature||Andy Goldsworthy|
|Audubon nature guides|
|Dream Freedom||Sonia Levitin|
|Fun with Nature: A Take-Along Guide||Mel Boring|
|In a Nutshell (Sharing Nature with Children Book)||Joseph Anthony|
|Lord of the Rings series||J.R.R. Tolkien|
|Miracle at Willowcreek||Annette Lebox|
|Montana 1948||Larry Watson|
|My Side of the Mountain||Jean Craighead George|
|O’ Pioneers!||Willa Cather|
|The Ancient One||T.A. Barron|
|The City of Ember||Jeanne Duprau|
|The Diary of a Worm||Doreen Cronin|
|The Earth From Above||Yann Arthus-Bertrand|
|The Giving Tree||Shel Silverstein|
|The Last Basselope: One Ferocious Story||Berkeley Breathed|
|The Lorax||Dr. Seuss|
|The Salamander Room||Anne Mazer|
|The Table Where Rich People Sit||Byrd Baylor & Peter Parnall|
|The Universe is a Green Dragon: A Cosmic Creation Story||Brian Swimme|
|Things Fall Apart||Chinua Achebe|
|Two Old Women||Velma Wallis|
|Vermont Nature Guide||Sheri Amsel|
|Yertle the Turtle||Dr. Seuss|
Just six months after returning from disaster relief work in the tsunami-stricken region of India, Gargi Roysircar, professor of clinical psychology and director of the Antioch Multicultural Center, is preparing to lead a team of students to yet another disaster-stricken area, this one closer to home. Roysircar and clinical psychology students Anders Goranson, Claire Dunnett, Stephanie Miller, Alison Roy, Kate Airey, Michael Brodeur, and Vanessa Partridge will travel to the Gulf Coast in March to do Disaster ShaktiÃ¢â‚¬translated as empowerment, strength, and resilience in the face of disaster.
“Despite their sadness, anger, and feelings of betrayal, there is a lot of resiliency and optimism in the Gulf Coast people. Their strong religious and spiritual faith pulls them along,” said Gargi. “They are caring survivors concerned about others’ needs. We want to bear witness to survivors’ experience of the Katrina and its aftermath and tell their story.”
While there, Gargi and her team will spend time with families and children in tent and trailer cities; go door-to-door assessing the needs of residents and reporting back to human services case managers; provide psychosocial activities for city employees and first responders who have worked tirelessly since the disaster; and engage survivors in conversations about trauma as it relates to disaster, racism, and poverty.
For more information about the Antioch Multicultural Center, please visit Multiculturalcenter.org.
The Antioch University community mourns the death of Coretta Scott King, a 1951 alumna of Antioch College.