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Noah Adams to Speak at AUM Commencement

National Public Radio Correspondent Noah Adams to Keynote Antioch University Midwest Commencement Ceremonies

Noah AdamsNoah Adams, award-winning journalist, bestselling author and contributing correspondent for National Public Radio’s national desk, will share remarks with Antioch University Midwest’s (AUM) 2015 graduating class at 2 pm on Wednesday, May 3, at Clark State Community College Performing Arts Center’s Kuss Auditorium, 300 South Fountain Avenue, Springfield, Ohio. A resident of Yellow Springs, who travels extensively for assignments, Adams brings a reporter’s perspective to a class of students focused on social justice causes in the United States and beyond.

“I love to tell stories that compare the Miami Valley to Silicon Valley, a century apart.  And to wonder aloud about what comes next and how fast,” Adams said.

Adams is the long-time co-host of NPR’s All Things Considered and has more than three decades of broadcast journalism experience. As a contributing correspondent for NPR’s National Desk since 2003, he focuses on topics ranging from on the low-wage workforce and farm issues, to the Hurricane Katrina aftermath.

“As the newest AUM graduates complete their degrees, they will continue to impact their communities locally and globally,” said Dr. Karen Schuster Webb, president of Antioch University Midwest. “What better way to inspire applying new perspectives and ever-expanding world views than to hear from someone with truly unique experiences.”

Over the years Adams has often reported from overseas: he covered the Christmas Eve uprising against the Ceasescu government in Romania, and his work from Serbia was honored by the Overseas Press Club in 1994. His writing and narration of the documentary Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown, earned Adams a Prix Italia, the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award and the Major Armstrong Award.

Adams’ work has been published extensively and includes a collection of essays from Good Evening, entitled Saint Croix Notes: River Morning, Radio Nights (W.W. Norton, 1990; Noah Adams on All Things Considered: A Radio Journal (W.W. Norton, 1992); Piano Lessons: Music, Love and True Adventures (Delacore, 1996); Far Appalachia: Following the New River North (Delacore, 2000); and The Flyers: in Search of Wilbur and Orville Wright (Crown, 2004). Most recently Adams co-wrote This is NPR: The First Forty Years (Chronicle Books, 2010).


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Antioch Midwest Partners Host Education Career Fair

Antioch University Midwest Partners with Six Colleges and Universities to Host Education Career Fair on March 31

Employers and Job Seekers Invited to Attend

In partnership with six colleges and universities in southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky, Antioch University Midwest (AUM) invites students and employers in the region to attend the 2015 Southwest Ohio/Northern Kentucky Education Career Fair on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at the Cintas Center at Xavier University, 3800 Victory Parkway in Cincinnati. Orientation begins at 8:45 am, and sessions, networking opportunities and interviews will take place throughout the event, which ends at 5 pm.

“This event is a great opportunity for education and counseling students to connect with potential employers while also being a great way for school districts and area agencies to meet new candidates, and we hope even meet their next new hire,” said Sonya Fultz, teaching faculty and chair of AUM’s adolescent to young adult and middle childhood education programs. “Our goal is to provide our students and graduates with career development opportunities to help them find the perfect match for their skills and talents.”

Participating schools include AUM, Mount St. Joseph University, Northern Kentucky University, Wilmington College, the University of Cincinnati, and Xavier University.  Students and alumni of the sponsoring educational organizations are invited to attend, and represent a variety of majors including early childhood education, elementary education, middle childhood education, secondary education, Montessori education, special education, school counseling, community counseling and educational administration. Students may meet with more than 50 individual schools including Cincinnati Public Schools, Saint Xavier High School, and the Academy for Urban School Leadership. A full list of participating organizations is available online. Registration is still open for additional school districts to join.

The fair’s agenda offers a networking session for recruiters and teaching/counseling candidates to meet informally, and schedule afternoon interviews. It regularly draws more than 400 interested candidates, making this event a prime opportunity for businesses to share information about anticipated openings, gather resumes, and screen a number of qualified candidates from six colleges and universities in one day. Due to the popularity of this event, employers are encouraged to maximize the afternoon interviewing session by bringing additional recruiters to interview multiple candidates during each interview slot.

Students and alumni seeking full time employment are welcome, and no registration is required. The event is free, and students are requested to bring a student ID and multiple copies of their resumes. Employers who wish to participate in the fair may register online  or contact the Xavier University Career Development Office at 513-745-3141 or

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AUM to Host Ohio Voices for Learning Conference

Antioch University Midwest to Host Ohio Voices for Learning Statewide Initiative Parents as Partners in the Life of School

Reggio Emilia Approach Expert and Esteemed Educator Lella Gandini to be Keynote Speaker

Antioch University Midwest (AUM) and its School of Education will host a statewide education conference focused on parents as partners in the life of school. The Ohio Voices for Learning: A Reggio Inspired Forum (OVL) full-day conference will take place Saturday, March 7 and will feature Lella Gandini, a consultant in early childhood education and an expert in the Reggio Emilia Approach to teaching.

OVL is a dynamic professional development network of more than 500 educators dedicated to promoting the Reggio Emilia Approach (REA) through the exchange of information, ideas and shared experiences illustrating how aspects of the instructional approach are implemented in Ohio classrooms. The Reggio Emilia Approach focuses on seeing children as active contributors to their education – rather than the target of instruction – and is grounded in several key principles including the belief that children are active protagonists of their growth and development process; learning is a process of individual and group construction; and the teaching environment is organized to provoke and support learning.

AUM is a statewide leader in teaching the REA and its School of Education’s Early Childhood program is recognized by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), making the campus an excellent launchpad for this initiative, which coincides with the Ohio Department of Education’s Step up to Quality (SUTQ) requirement for preschool programs and teacher professional development.

“Recognizing parents as participants in a child’s education is crucial to the overall health of an education system and is symbiotic with the key principles we teach students and continuing educators,” said Julie Biddle PhD, core faculty, chair of AUM’s early childhood education program, and co-chair of OVL. “I am excited to welcome such an esteemed colleague as Lella Gandini to be part of an event that will unite students, teachers, parents and families in the shared goal of quality education.”

Lella Gandini, EdD is an educator, consultant and a Reggio Children United States Liaison for the Dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach. She serves as Associate Editor of Innovations in Early Education: The International Reggio Exchange. She is co-editor and co-author of The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education; Beautiful Stuff: Learning with Found Materials; Bambini: The Italian Approach to Infant/Toddler Care; In the Spirit of the Studio: Learning from the Atelier of Reggio Emilia; Insights and Inspirations from Reggio Emilia: Stories of Children and Teachers from North America. In addition to Gandini’s remarks, the conference also includes small group conversations about “strengths, challenges and opportunities of partnering with parents,” with participation from Gandini.

The conference is funded in part by a grant from the PNC Foundation. Registration for the conference is now open, and is $72 for OVL members and $80 for not-yet members.  For more information or to register for the conference, please visit

The conference is eligible for SUTQ Training Hours.

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The Antioch Voice – Spring 2015

We’re excited to bring you the Spring 2015 edition of the Antioch Voice. Be sure to visit our blog at to provide your comments and feedback. If you’d like to contribute your writing or artwork, contact us at

The Voice seeks submissions from all fields and is interested to know what you’re working on. Send us your news pitch, your research, your story, or your opinion piece. We’d love to add your voice to the next edition.Voice-sp2015_Cover

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Antioch Midwest Announces Several New Scholarships

Antioch University Midwest Announces Several New Scholarships

Awards Help New Students Meet Tuition Costs and Realize Their Educational Dreams

Antioch University Midwest (AUM) proudly announces several new scholarship opportunities for new students. These timely additions to AUM’s financial aid platform – the Phi Theta Kappa and Kappa Beta Delta Scholarships, the First Year Graduate Scholarship, and the Alumni Scholarship for Social Justice –make it easier for new undergraduate, graduate and transfer students to meet tuition costs, and realize their educational dreams.

“At Antioch University, we understand the financial commitment students have to make to be able to return to school,” said Ronald Brown, Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management.  “We want to provide our students with as many opportunities as possible for financial aid.”

First – good news for new transfer students. The Phi Theta Kappa and Kappa Beta Delta Scholarships are for any eligible new transfer student who is a United States citizen, and a member in good standing of either honor society. Neither award can be coupled with any other AUM scholarship. A limited number of $4,000 scholarships are available, on a first-come, first-eligible basis, and will be disbursed to the student over a two-year period.

To qualify, an applicant must be admitted to AUM by June 1 for fall semester 2015 as a full-time candidate. They must have completed a minimum of 60 hours/90 quarter hours, post and maintain a 3.5 GPA, and hold no previously earned bachelor degree(s). Online students are not eligible.

Additionally, applicants must submit an essay about the role Phi Theta Kappa or Kappa Beta Delta played in their educational experience, and a letter of recommendation from their respective society. Deadline is June 1.

Next, AUM’s First Year Graduate Scholarship is open to new master’s degree candidates enrolled in specific programs – Individualized Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, or Master of Arts in Management and Change Leadership. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA. Only new graduate students are eligible; transfer and previously enrolled students do not qualify for the award.

Recipients will receive a one-third discount on the tuition cost of a single course for each of their first two semesters. Traditional enrollment fees will also be waived. The scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-eligible basis while funds are available.

Last, the competitive Alumni Scholarship for Social Justice, funded and awarded by members of the Antioch University Midwest Alumni Association, will provide up to $1,500 for one new student’s first semester. Any full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate student in good academic standing may apply.

Each applicant must submit an essay on how social justice applies to them personally and professionally. The top five entries will be chosen by a review panel. AUM alumni will vote for the winner.

For details and deadlines about these four scholarships, contact: Tina Bunch at 937-769-1824 or or visit

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Antioch University Midwest to Host Yellow Springs Art History Night in partnership with Yellow Springs Arts Council and Yellow Springs Historical Society

Antioch University Midwest to Host Yellow Springs Art History Night

Event is partnership with Yellow Springs Arts Council and Yellow Springs Historical Society

Antioch University Midwest (AUM) will host a reception and open an exciting art exhibit celebrating Yellow Springs’ unique heritage on Thursday, January 29, 2015, from 6 to 9 pm on campus at 900 Dayton Road in Yellow Springs. The reception will feature local history talks, Yellow Springs artists and refreshments.

The free event, entitled, “Homegrown Art: A Yellow Springs Art History Night,” will feature the Yellow Springs Arts Council’s Permanent Collection, which includes more than 139 artworks which are displayed year round in the hallways of Antioch University Midwest. In addition, “Bookplates and Beyond: Original Artwork from the Antioch Publishing Company,” a special exhibit of the Yellow Springs Historical Society, will be on display in the Art Alcove. The exhibit will run from January 5th   through January 31st, and is open to the general public.

Yellow Springs Arts Council - Pierre Nagley-Glen Landscapes

Tours of the two collections will be available until 7 pm, followed by local art history talks. Scheduled speakers include local artists Deb Henderson, Jon Hudson, Dennie Eagleson, Nancy Howell-Koehler, and Dave Neuhardt of the Yellow Springs Historical Society. During an open mic session audience members will have the opportunity to contribute their personal memories of artists and events in Yellow Springs art history.

“We are very proud to partner with the Yellow Springs Arts Council and Yellow Springs Historical Society to make these extraordinary art collections available for everyone to enjoy,” said Kelly Leff, marketing manager at Antioch University Midwest. They are an important part of our artistic heritage.”

Yellow Springs Arts Council - Geese Quilt“We are committed to providing vibrant and diverse cultural programs and lifelong educational opportunities at the Antioch Midwest campus not only for our students, but for the greater community as well,” she said.

The Yellow Springs Arts Council Permanent Collection, a historic collection of artworks by local artists, along with the Yellow Springs Historical Society’s special exhibit can be viewed weekdays and Saturday during normal business hours in the halls of Antioch University Midwest.

For further information, contact Kelly Leff: or Nancy Mellon: or 937-767-1366.

Yellow Springs Arts Council - Homegrown Art Reception

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Antioch University Midwest to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 21

Antioch Midwest Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Antioch University Midwest to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Local and State Leaders to Discuss Dr. King’s Legacy on Society and Education

The community is invited to join Antioch University Midwest (AUM) students and local and state officials for “Reflections of Peace,” a celebration of the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event is from 6 to 9 pm on Wednesday, January 21 at AUM’s auditorium in its facility at 900 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs. AUM is excited to welcome featured guest A.J. Wagner, a member of the Ohio Board of Education as the evening’s special guest.

“It is important to reflect on and honor the legacy of Dr. King as well as the many who marched with him for civil rights in this country,” said Karen Hunt, recruitment & enrollment advisor for AUM and programming co-chair for MLK Dayton. “Dr. King’s contributions to how we think about education, social justice and equality are as relevant today as they were in 1964, and we hold those dear at Antioch University.”

The event includes a retrospective video of Dr. King accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, which will launch a discussion about the impact Dr. King had on society as a whole and what it means to us today.

The event is free and open to all. Registration is not required.

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Antioch University Midwest Hires New Director of Enrollment Services

Arlyn LoveAntioch University Midwest (AUM) announces the hire of Arlyn R. Love as Director of Enrollment Services.  Love comes to AUM from Eastern Oregon University (La Grande, OR) where he held the position of the Director of Admissions.  He assumed his new role effective, Monday, January 12, 2015.

“I am very pleased that Arlyn Love will be joining the Antioch Midwest community,” said Ron Brown, vice chancellor of enrollment services. “Over the years, he has demonstrated a strong commitment to students as they embarked on their journey in higher education.  We are excited for the upcoming year as he brings that same dedication to our campus and the surrounding communities.”

In his new position, Love will be leading, managing, and implementing the strategic, innovative plans and goals shared by AUM’s recruitment, admission, and retention services team.  He will oversee the fulfillment goals cited in AUM’s short and long-term growth strategies.  Love will also be a part of the Student Services Team, which includes representatives from AUM’s Marketing Department, Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid Department, and various other faculty and staff.  This role collaborates with the university’s Vice Chancellor of Enrollment to ensure and optimize the University’s shared enrollment services goals.

In addition, Love will represent AUM at conferences, panels, and programs as they relate to the university’s enrollment services.

As the new Director of Enrollment Services, Love will continue to encourage individuals to find his/her learning passions and further their education to fulfill their aspirations.  Love finds fulfillment through creating and nurturing a compassionate and committed team that tirelessly serves students.

Prior to his role at Eastern Oregon University, Love was the Director of Admissions (Transfers) at Graceland University (Lamoni, IA).  At Graceland, he also assumed the roles of Assistant Director of Admissions/Transfer Specialist and Senior Admissions Field Officer.  Love received his MBA, with a concentration in Marketing, from Marylhurst University (Marylhurst, OR) and earned his Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science with minors in Business Administration and Religion from Graceland University.

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Antioch University hires dedicated Institutional Advancement Manager to focus on Alumni and Donor Relations

Rosemary NaultyAntioch University Midwest (AUM) is pleased to announce the addition of Rosemary Naulty, the University’s new Manager of Institutional Advancement, who began her new position on December 1.  With her extensive experience in the nonprofit sector and talent for grant writing, Naulty brings a uniquely qualified skill set to the position that will focus on alumni relations and donor gifts.

Naulty earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Dayton in 1992. With more than 20 years of professional experience, she has managed a multi-year, $7.5 million fund distribution process for the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area, and was responsible for creating the Revitalize Consulting Network, a firm dedicated to business development, management, product delivery and customer service.

During her time as Development Director at the Springfield Museum of Art, Naulty created and implemented a multi-year development plan that included management of the Annual Fund, major gift solicitations, and incorporation of the first web-based donor software program to analyze giving information for future strategic planning.

Additionally, through her years of volunteer and professional service in Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties, Naulty has built strong relationships with the educational, cultural and business sectors in all of the Miami Valley communities.

As the Manager of Institutional Advancement, Naulty will not only be responsible for developing sustainable philanthropic revenue streams from individual donors and granting organizations, but will engage with the University’s alumni community in order to create quality long-term relationships between the alumni and University.

“We are focused on supporting our alumni and nurturing those relationships,” said Ian Swedish, Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement. “Alumni engagement is a high priority at AUM and we have been ramping up efforts in a structured and strategic way over the past year.  Hiring Rosemary further solidifies our commitment to having a meaningful and ongoing relationship with our graduates.”

Further, as a member of the AUM president’s leadership team, Naulty will collaborate with the broader University-wide Institutional        Advancement team supporting the president of AUM in fulfilling the campus’s mission. Naulty will also be responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the campus’s development and alumni programs and will serve as the key representative for Antioch University Midwest with individual donors, alumni, faculty, and staff.

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Antioch Midwest Zest Poetry Slam and Showcase with Performances by World Champion Slammer’s Ed Mabrey and Xero Skidmore

Lyrical Performance Forum Combines Poetry, Experiential Art and Community

Antioch University Midwest (AUM) is hosting its first Antioch Midwest Zest Poetry Slam & Showcase at 6 pm on Saturday, November 22 in the PNC Auditorium at 900 Dayton Street in Yellow Springs. The event will include featured performances by the current World Poetry Slam Champion (and Dayton native) Ed Mabrey; World Poetry Slam Co-Champion Chancelier “Xero” Skidmore; and San Francisco Slam Master Mona Webb, who is the event’s host. Antioch Midwest Zest

Poetry Slam & Showcase is open to the public, and poets are encouraged to arrive by 5:45 pm to secure a spot in the lineup.

A poetry slam is a competition where poets perform artistic, lyrical and impassioned renditions of their poems. Slight variations of the general guidelines set by Poetry Slam, Inc. are not unusual, however, a key rule that is required for any slam event is that judges are selected from the audience, and those scores are used to determine who advances.

At AUM’s event, five members of the audience will be selected to serve as judges. They will evaluate each performance on a scale of one to ten; performers’ high and low scores will be dropped, and the final score will be comprised of the average of the remaining scores.

The evening’s featured poets will perform, but will not participate in the formal contest. They represent some of the most elite performers and practitioners of the art form, and will lend their expertise and skill to AUM’s inaugural event.

Ed MabreyEd Mabrey, the current Individual World Poetry Slam Co-Champion, has won the title twice, and is the first person of color to win the title. Recognized as a trailblazer in the art form, he can be seen on Verses and Flow on TV ONE (season three). Ed is an internationally-recognized slam poet, Emmy-nominated actor, life coach, motivational speaker, and is driven by an incredible passion to create experiences with each performance – often through his poetry show production company Black Pearl Productions, LLC.

Xero SkidmoreChancelier “Xero” Skidmore is also the current Individual World Poetry Slam Co-Champion, and a nationally-recognized poet, educator, and organizer from Baton Rouge, LA who was enchanted with language at a young age. His largely self-taught writing and performance skills launched a career in teaching, coaching, slam poetry, music, and artistic nonprofit organization management. He is the executive director of Forward Arts, Inc. and lead teaching artist/program manager for its Wordplay Teen Writing Project.

Mona WebbRamona “Mona” Webb is an award-winning performance artist, poetry slam coach, and the artistic director of Project ABLE and Lyrical Minded415, an art-based “learning for equity” seasonal public school course in San Francisco. She is the executive director of the Eden LGBTQ Youth Foundation in the Greater Bay Area, and slammaster and host of The City’s Poetry Slam. Mona has a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater, is a conservatory-trained performance artist and is currently working on her Masters of Education degree.

To learn more about poetry slams, visit To learn more about the Antioch Midwest Zest Poetry Slam & Showcase, email

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