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Retiring Education Leader Al Guskin Reflects

Retiring Education Leader Al Guskin Reflects
on 30-Year Career at Public Talk on July 29

Former Antioch University president and chancellor to present
Looking Back and Going Forward: The Creation of the PhD Program in Leadership
and Change – Why, How and What Comes Next

Yellow Springs, Ohio – Alan (Al) Guskin, PhD, former Antioch University chancellor, president emeritus, founder of the university’s PhD in Leadership & Change program, and a change agent who inspired the Peace Corps and helped found AmeriCorps VISTA, will culminate his 30-year career at an evening of celebration and reflection on Wednesday, July 29 at AUM’s PNC Auditorium at 900 Dayton Street in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The presentation portion of the event, during which Guskin will discuss Looking Back and Going Forward: The Creation of the PhD Program in Leadership and Change – Why, How and What Comes Next, begins at 7 pm. A reception to honor Guskin’s contributions to higher education and social justice will be held from 8 to 9 pm; both are free to attend and open to the public.

Al GuskinGuskin, who has worked for more three decades as a teacher, leader, administrator, organizational change consultant, and tireless advocate for social justice, was a driving force in the creation of the PhD in Leadership and Change program at Antioch University, where he currently holds the title of Distinguished University Professor of Higher Education Change. His contributions to the program have helped countless individuals accomplish their goals through education and advocacy. His specialties include examining the role of leadership, power, conflict and change in educational organizations, and the transformation of higher education.

“Al Guskin has the rare ability to uncover the root cause of an issue – be it social, cultural, or academic, – and inspire people to come together to architect a solution to change things for the better,“ said Laurien Alexandre, Director of the PhD in Leadership and Change Program of Antioch University “  Our PhD in Leadership and Change program is the hallmark it is today because of Al’s vision and ability to guide others to see themselves as strong, empowered citizens.”

To attend the July 29 celebration, please RSVP at antiochmidwest.com/AlGuskin or call 937-769-1800. For more information about the event or Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change program, please contact Laurien Alexandre at lalexandre@antioch.edu.

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In Search of Degrees that Align Student, Employer and Educator Needs

In Search of Degrees that Align
Student, Employer and Educator Needs

At Antioch University Midwest, technical, leadership and problem solving skills
are equally emphasized

In the world of higher education, many factors contribute to the quality and reputation of an institution. Graduation rates, student performance, and employment statistics are among the many benchmarks that measure success. But how does that map to what students and employers need to evolve as leaders and learners?

Data shows that employers seek to hire people with real-world experience who can relate to social and ethical situations, and who can think and communicate critically. And of course, employees must have the technical skills to enable them to perform their jobs – whether they are teachers, managers, data analysts or healthcare administrators.

Dr. Julie Biddle, Chair of the Initial Licensure Program

Dr. Julie Biddle, chair of the initial licensure program, discusses the importance of supplementing lesson plans with additional books with students in the Early Childhood Education program.

To achieve this blend of skills, modern education –especially for adults who are completing a degree or continuing their education – requires a blend of experience-based learning and the inspiration to use their knowledge for social and environmental justice, and personal growth.  Antioch University Midwest, based in Yellow Springs, is an example of an institution that has perfected this fine balance. Every course in every program has an integrated leadership component. Curriculums are presented in context, but not necessarily in a classroom. Internships, hybrid courses, and academic credit for life experience are all facets that help students advance their careers while making a difference in their communities.

Above all, academic institutions must be responsive to regional and industry trends… AUM faculty all participate in professional endeavors outside academia to maintain the connection to “real-life,” while administrators ensure programs remain relevant to both employers and future employees.

To learn more about AUM’s unique philosophy for career and leadership development, visit antiochmidwest.edu or contact Arlyn Love at (937)769-1818 or e-mail admission.aum@antioch.edu

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Antioch University Responds to Ohio’s Growing Need for Healthcare Workers

Antioch University Responds to Ohio’s Growing

Need for Healthcare Workers

New academic concentrations in healthcare disciplines, bachelor’s completion, master’s and certificate programs at Antioch University Midwest will help prepare new or established professionals for the next steps in their careers. Students may now focus their degrees or professional development studies on Healthcare Administration, Integrative Health Studies, Meaningful Conversations in Health and Healing and Navigating Healthcare Conflict.

Whether helping patients work through the overwhelming intricacies of their care or employing the entrepreneurial and care-focused skills needed to manage a medical practice, all of AUMs healthcare programs center on impacting the lives of others in positive ways.

“We see a growing need for high-quality educational opportunities for people passionate about helping people in a healthcare setting,” said Kent DeSpain, chair of AUM’s health and wellness program. “With an aging population, increasingly complex relationships with insurance companies and a growing emphasis on health and wellness in all facets of our lives, now is a perfect time for professionals in health related fields to advance their own careers while making an important impact in their communities.”

Programs to Meet Every Need

The Bachelor’s completion programs in Health and Wellness and in Management with a concentration in Healthcare Administration are designed for healthcare workers, providers and professionals in affiliated businesses such as physicians’ offices, hospitals, labs, outpatient surgery centers, long-term care facilities, insurance and managed-care companies. They produce healthcare administrators with solid conceptual understanding of the critical issues and trends in the healthcare industry as well as the business savvy and leadership skills needed to oversee a successful office or practice. AUM graduates are healthy living advocates who help patients focus on wellness and social service initiatives to avoid costly healthcare encounters; and they are leaders adept at managing healthcare-focused facilities to support non-clinical efforts to improve patient care.

AUM’s new interdisciplinary Master of Arts concentration in Integrative Health Studies prepares students to create or manage educational, consultative, coaching or entrepreneurial practices based on an integrative care model.

More than a new trend, integrative medicine champions the belief that integrating one’s mind, body and spirit and providing individualized, collaborative care based on a patient’s unique healthcare concerns and preferences is an important approach to healthcare. It involves understanding aspects of eastern, western, native and shamanic knowledge systems while preparing students to work within a highly regulated and structured healthcare industry.

Professional and graduate certificate programs deliver pertinent and innovative approaches to the changing healthcare landscape in areas such as navigating healthcare conflict, meaningful conversations for health and healing, and organizational conflict and leadership.

All of AUM’s certificate programs build your skills, increase your knowledge, prepare you for career advancement, all while taking about a year or less to complete. Graduate certificate programs also count for academic credit, which can be applied toward a master’s degree. This option is perfect for working professionals who embrace continuing education, leadership, and expanding specific skillsets to remain relevant in their fields.

Career Growth and Community Service

“Our graduates fulfill an important role in today’s healthcare system,” DeSpain said. “They are the ones helping patients navigate the complex aspects of their individualized, integrated care; they are the ones helping run more efficient and effective facilities; and they are the ones constantly asking ‘what can we do better?’”

AUM’s healthcare-focused bachelor completion programs use classroom-based courses taught in the evenings and on weekends while the master’s and certificate programs use a hybrid in-person and online method, allowing students to put their new skills to use immediately while working full or part-time.

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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 Sunday, 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 employer@xavier.edu.

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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 ohiovoices.org.

The conference is eligible for SUTQ Training Hours.

Ohio Voices for Learning

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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 theantiochvoice.wordpress.com to provide your comments and feedback. If you’d like to contribute your writing or artwork, contact us at writingcenter.aum@antioch.edu.

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 tbunch@antioch.edu or visit http://antiochmidwest.edu/scholarships.

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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: kleff@antioch.edu or Nancy Mellon: nancymellon.jafa@gmail.com 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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