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Grant-Writing Class at Antioch University Midwest Awards Cash to Three Local Organizations

Yellow Springs, OH, July 9, 2014— A summer course in grant writing has paid off for both some students and three local charities. Antioch University Midwest’s course teaches students about all aspects of grant writing, from requesting proposals to review and the awards process.

“Our objective is to familiarize students with the whole process of grant writing,” said Karin VanZant, an adjunct professor who teaches the course. “They start by requesting proposals from organizations, and then do all of the work—from reviewing each proposal and rating them, down to the tough work of deciding awards—and then present the winning entries,” she added.

Students made their presentations in late June and awarded grants totaling $1500 to support projects with three organizations. The recipients of the $500 grants are: the Dayton Habitat for Humanity for their Vacant Lot Program, the Springfield Christian Youth Ministry’s GirlPower program, and the Kettering Backpack organization for general support.

The grant money awarded is from a donation made by Mr. and Mrs. Ed England in memory of their daughter Elaine.

Antioch University Midwest: Antioch University Midwest is one of the five campuses of Antioch University, an institution proud of serving adult learners and their specific needs for twenty-five years. Antioch University is a not for profit 501(c)3 multi-campus university of about 4,500 students who study at the Antioch Midwest campus in Yellow Springs, OH, and at campuses in Seattle, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Keene, New Hampshire, online and around the world.

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Antioch University Midwest Receives Accreditation from International Dyslexia Association

Yellow Springs, OH, June 23, 2014 – Antioch University Midwest announces it has received accreditation from the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) for its programs that prepare teachers to support and serve students with dyslexia. Antioch University Midwest is one of only eight schools in the nation to receive this accreditation in 2014.

“We are extremely pleased that the IDA has recognized the work Antioch University Midwest is doing to prepare teachers for instructing students with dyslexia. So many students face this challenge today, and we believe that accreditation from IDA speaks to the quality of our program in preparing classroom educators to have a significant positive impact in teaching students with reading difficulties such as dyslexia,” said Genya Devoe, program director.

The IDA accreditation is a recognition that Antioch University Midwest has met the standards outlined in the IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading. The IDA Standards provide a framework for course content in teacher preparation programs. The Standards offer research-supported documentation of what every teacher needs to know and be able to demonstrate when they are teaching dyslexic students, and other struggling readers who want to enhance their skills.

The IDA provides accreditation every two years, and started its certification program in 2012. It accredited nine schools that first year. With the addition of eight schools this year, Antioch University Midwest is now one of only seventeen schools in the country to receive this designation.

“We are honored that the International Dyslexia Association has recognized the quality of our teacher preparation, especially as that preparation relates to teaching struggling readers,” said Dr. Karen Schuster Webb, President of Antioch University Midwest. “Reading is a foundational skill, so we take very seriously our mission to ensure that teachers are equipped to successfully educate all students.

IDA accreditation is a great recognition of our work, but it is the students who strive to reach their full potential who will benefit most.” The 15-credit program is offered throughout the year, with entry beginning in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Coursework is offered in a blended format to meet the needs of K12 classroom educators. Educators can learn more about the Dyslexia Certificate Program at AUM by contacting Genya Devoe, Program Chair, at gdevoe@antioch.edu.

Antioch University Midwest: Antioch University Midwest is one of the five campuses of Antioch University, an institution proud of serving adult learners and their specific needs for twenty-five years. Antioch University is a not for profit 501c3 multi-campus university of about 4,500 students who study at the Antioch Midwest campus in Yellow Springs, OH, and at campuses in Seattle, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Keene, New Hampshire, online and around the world.

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PhD in Leadership and Change Information Session

Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change program would like to welcome you for a visit during our summer residency at Antioch University Midwest!

Join us to explore the program, attend a session, and meet members of our learning community!

Save the date: Friday, August 1, 2014

Location: Antioch University Midwest

RSVP: Leslee Creighton (lcreighton@antioch.edu or 877-800-9466) for further details and to confirm your attendance

Click here to learn more about the PhD in Leadership and Change program.

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June 19 Photo Exhibit and Lecture to Feature Antioch University Midwest Grad Michelle Burdine

Michelle BurdineYellow Springs, OH, June 10, 2014 – Antioch University Midwest announces that artist Michelle Burdine will be presenting a photography exhibit and lecture on her photography and travels at the PNC Auditorium on campus on June 19, 2014. The event, titled “Interdisciplinary Studies for the Fine Arts,” will run from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the campus building at 900 Dayton Street in Yellow Springs. The event is free and open to the public.

Burdine is a 2005 graduate of Antioch University Midwest with a BA in Humanities. Burdine credits her time at Antioch as fostering a period of intellectual growth and expanded development of her humanitarianism. Following her graduation from Antioch, Burdine taught photography for Kaplan College, and earned her Masters of Humanities from Wright State University in 2013.

Burdine’s presentation includes images from her collection of work, Perspectives, and stories from her travels abroad. She will discuss how interdisciplinary studies in the humanities translated into greater depth and meaning in her photographic work.

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Antioch University Midwest Announces Partnership with Butler and Warren County Educational Service Centers

Partnership enables students to earn a Master’s in Education in just one year

YELLOW SPRINGS, OH—The School of Education at Antioch University Midwest is partnering with the Warren and Butler County Educational Service Centers (ESCs) enabling educators in those districts to earn a Master’s in Education (MEd) in only one year through a blend of online and in class offerings. The superintendents from each ESC recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University to create this new opportunity for educators to advance themselves.

This new offering is designed to serve currently licensed teachers who want to increase their knowledge, skills and career growth opportunities. The accelerated format includes ten different courses, each of which will have three face to face meetings at the Warren County ESC in Lebanon and four online sessions. The face to face sessions will be held Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. It is made possible through an innovative partnership that will allow students to attend classes onsite at the Warren County Educational Service Center in Lebanon.

“This opportunity to partner with Antioch University in offering a master degree in Education for our teachers in such a flexible way creates a great new way for professional advancement” said George Sehi, executive director for university relations for Warren and Butler County ESCs. “Antioch University has a history of providing quality graduate education for the adult population and we are very pleased to add Antioch as the newest member of our university partnership consortium,” he added.

Admission interviews will begin in August at Warren County ESC. Classes will start in January 2015 and students will be able to complete the degree program in December 2015. Educators in Warren and Butler Counties are eligible for a special 30% reduced tuition rate.

“We are very excited about this new partnership,” said Dr. Karen Schuster Webb, president of Antioch University Midwest. “Offering a flexible and accelerated degree program that also works with the busy schedules of adults who are juggling work and family will enable more of them to complete a Master’s program. Establishing partnerships that empower working adults to further their educational goals is an objective that aligns well with Antioch University’s mission of individualized education.”

Antioch University Midwest: Antioch University Midwest is one of the five campuses of Antioch University, an institution proud of serving adult learners and their specific needs for twenty-five years. Antioch University is a not for profit 501c3 multi-campus university of about 4,500 students who study at the Antioch Midwest campus in Yellow Springs, OH, and at campuses in Seattle, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Keene, New Hampshire, online and around the world.

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Antioch University Midwest School of Education Earns CAEP Reaccreditation

YELLOW SPRINGS, OH, June 2, 2014 – The Antioch University Midwest School of Education has received reaccreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). All of the programs offered in the School of Education are accredited until 2019.

Antioch University Midwest has a very high rate of success among its graduates, as 100 percent of its program graduates passed their Ohio teaching and principal licensure exams in 2013—one of only six schools in the state to be able to make that claim.

“We are thrilled, but not surprised to receive this recognition from CAEP,” said Dr. Karen Schuster Webb, president of Antioch University Midwest. “We strongly believe that excellent teacher preparation is foundational for improved student achievement. Receiving continuing accreditation from CAEP is a welcome acknowledgement of our commitment to our mission to provide high quality training for the next generation of educators.”

The University provides a unique and quality experience in preparing educators. Programs are accelerated and offer working adults the opportunity to earn a teaching license in the following fields: Early Childhood Education Pk-3, Middle Childhood Education 4-9, Adolescent and Young Adult Education 7-12, and Intervention Specialist K-12. The Middle Childhood and Adolescent and Young Adult licenses have concentrations in: Sciences, Integrated Mathematics, Integrated Language Arts, or Integrated Social Studies. A teaching license earned in Ohio can be used as a credential in at least forty other states. The School of Education also offers The Ohio Principal’s licensure program and an Med. with professional concentrations including Teacher Leader and Mentoring and Coaching.

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (http://www.CAEPnet.org) advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence – based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

Antioch University Midwest: Antioch University Midwest is one of the five campuses of Antioch University, an institution proud of serving adult learners and their specific needs for twenty-five years. Antioch University is a not for profit 501c3 multi-campus university of about 4,500 students who study at the Antioch Midwest campus in Yellow Springs, OH, and at campuses in Seattle, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Keene, New Hampshire, online and around the world.

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Antioch University Midwest Rededicates Library Named for Beloved President Dr. Douglas McGregor

(l to r) Dr. Jim Malarkey, Dr. Karen Schuster Webb, and student Ardella Reliford)

(l to r) Dr. Jim Malarkey, Dr. Karen Schuster Webb, and student Ardella Reliford

YELLOW SPRINGS, OH — In recognition of former Antioch President Dr. Douglas McGregor (1948-1954) Antioch University Midwest rededicated its campus library on Saturday afternoon.

Dr. Douglas McGregor (1906-1964), renowned American management theorist, is a fitting inspirational figure for a university noted for its humanitarian approach and dedicated to the personal and professional development of its students.

Dr. McGregor was chosen as the inspiration for the naming of the McGregor School, which became Antioch University McGregor, and now known as Antioch University Midwest.

“Having the legacy of Douglas McGregor so prominently displayed here at Antioch University Midwest is something we’ve long wanted to do,” said Antioch University Midwest President Dr. Karen Schuster Webb. “We honor and continue the legacy and the great work of Douglas McGregor.”

Dr. McGregor was a groundbreaking theorist whose ideas, though widely questioned at the time, have become basic assumptions of today’s leaders in the organizational management field.

“Dr. McGregor recognized the highest potentials of the human being and believed that if we appealed to these capacities people would respond, and all would benefit,” said James Malarkey, Ph.D – Chair, Humanities and General Education Program. ”Dr. McGregor believed in business and in making a profit. He also believed that if business owners treated their employees well, took an interest in them, encouraged them, and helped them grow personally and professionally their businesses would also reap the benefits.”

McGregor Library Director Stephen Shaw added that associating the library with Dr. McGregor is a natural connection.

McGregor Library Director Steve Shaw (back center) with Yellow Springs residents Bill and Corinne Whitesell

McGregor Library Director Steve Shaw (back center) with Yellow Springs residents Bill and Corinne Whitesell

“Libraries are more than book storage units,” Shaw said. “They are the heart of communities; committed to where their patrons work, live and study. They are trusted places for people to shape and address local issues. This space is where our students meet, share, study, laugh, create, publish and dream- as individuals or in groups. In the spirit of Dr. McGregor, we daily see a multitude of diverse voices in intellectual conversation.

The reception also kicked off The McGregor Library’s celebration of National Library Week.

To commemorate National Library Week The McGregor Library is offering to help students with their overdue library fines.

Students can return overdue books  April 12 – 26 along with a non-perishable food item and the the first $10 of their library fine will be waived.

All donated food will benefit the Yellow Springs United Methodist Church food bank.

This is a great opportunity to help the library find collect its books, help students save money, and help the community by supporting the local food bank.

Here’s the fine print:
This does not apply to lost books, books that are not ready to return, or fines that have already been paid.

About Antioch University Midwest: Antioch University Midwest is one of the five campuses of Antioch University, an institution proud of serving adult learners and their specific needs. Antioch University is a multi-campus university of more than 4,000 students who study at the Antioch Midwest campus in Yellow Springs, OH, and at campuses in Seattle, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Keene, New Hampshire, online and around the world!

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Antioch Midwest Student Lobbies Congress to Help Improve Lives of Persons With Disabilities

(left to right) Arlie Ray, Deborah Kendrick, and U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot,1st District Ohio, in Chabot's Washington D.C. office.

(left to right) Arlie Ray, Deborah Kendrick, and U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot,1st District Ohio, in Chabot’s Washington D.C. office.

YELLOW SPRINGS, OH — Only a few years ago, Arlie Ray, Jr. would have been hard-pressed to even consider a college degree. Without even a high school diploma, he had been getting by until he hit a major setback. Ray had lost his job and family—everything important to him.

“I had gotten a divorce and I went back to live with my mother. I was in this tiny bedroom with nothing,” Ray said. “If I hadn’t met my fiancé, I’d still be there with nothing.”

Ray, 44, who is legally blind, had a love-hate relationship toward school that began in childhood. He hated being in special classes for the blind, but, after begging to be mainstreamed, the experience left him even less than excited about the educational environment. Likewise, he had few feelings of advocacy for others with disabilities.

When Gina Berry became his girlfriend about four years ago, Ray said she was surprised to find out he had not graduated from high school. She persuaded him to take the GED test. When he finished with one of the state’s 10 highest scores, she challenged him to go to college. Ray enrolled at Clark State Community College and recently transferred to Antioch University Midwest where he has completed one semester.

Once anything but a crusader, Ray was chosen among one of only six people from Ohio to serve on a special National Federation of the Blind (NFB) team that traveled to Washington, D.C. in late January to lobby Congress on behalf of people with disabilities. NFB teams from 48 states were involved in the effort.

“I’m not surprised by Arlie’s selection to represent the Federation,” said Mary Ann Short, Core Faculty Chair. “In class, I find him to be inquisitive, determined, and willing to address the hard issues; qualities that would serve anyone on Capitol Hill.”

The team met with several congressional representatives from Ohio on behalf of three laws being considered at the national level. They include the TEACH Act (Technology, Equality, and Accessibility in College and Higher Education Act), ACTA (The Air Carrier Technology Accessibility Act), and The Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act, about which Ray is most passionate.

He said most don’t know that “sheltered workshop” employers can petition the federal government for a waiver certificate that allows employers to pay sub-minimum wages to people with disabilities under the pretext that such labor is uncomplicated. Some sheltered workshop laborers receive as little as 63 cents per hour, Ray said. This bill would require a three-year phase out of the certificates so that persons with disabilities would be paid at least minimum wages. Ray has a theory that many employers and others in society have an inherent bias against people who have disabilities that is taught to us in subtle ways.

“Look at a few childhood stories: the villain in Peter Cottontail had a prosthetic tail, right? The other reindeer shunned Rudolph because he was different. All of Batman’s villains are people with disabilities,” said Ray. “What’s so great about Batman? He can only fight people with disabilities!”

Ray’s tongue-in-cheek attitude belies how serious he is about pursuing a career helping others with disabilities. He feels a degree will add the credentials he needs to impress  human resource representatives. As a consultant, he already serves as a liaison between
job seekers with disabilities and human resource administrators.

“You have to get past the HR guy who has trouble seeing beyond the cane or the wheelchair,” Ray said.

Ray already has a “100% success rate” with his first client, despite finding her to be less than savvy about job hunting.  “When I asked about her resume, she said, ‘What’s a resume?’ But she interviewed the next day and got the job.”

“People with disabilities have to become planners. We have to know how to bridge the gaps that naturally happen in everyday life. I am rarely ever late anywhere because I can’t take anything for granted.”

He deeply appreciates how Antioch has already begun to help him: “At the community college level, I didn’t realize that I wasn’t very articulate. At Antioch, where professors

Actually participate meaningfully in class discussions, I found I was not very articulate and I’m learning how to be.

“Instructors here are beautiful at steering a discussion on the right path; not letting it squirrel off. It forces you to quantify whatever it is you’re going to say. So, ultimately, Antioch has made me a more academic thinker.”

Ray said the instructors and staff at AUM “make it easy for me to attend classes. Everyone has done an excellent job of making sure I feel welcome.”

About Antioch University Midwest: Antioch University Midwest is one of the five campuses of Antioch University, an institution proud of serving adult learners and their specific needs. Antioch University is a multi-campus university of more than 4,000 students who study at the Antioch Midwest campus in Yellow Springs, OH, and at campuses in Seattle, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Keene, New Hampshire, online and around the world!

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AUM Faculty Member Reconnects With Child’s Birth Country

SOE faculty member Sonya Fultz and 'Adoption Today’s' editor Kim Phagan-Hansel will journey to Guatemala  to help vulnerable children.

SOE faculty member Sonya Fultz and ‘Adoption Today’s’ editor Kim Phagan-Hansel will journey to Guatemala to help vulnerable children.

YELLOW SPRINGS, OH—Antioch University Midwest announced today that one of America’s leading adoption resources, Adoption Today’s editor Kim Phagan-Hansel, will join Sonya Fultz, a member of the teaching faculty in the School of Education, journeying to Guatemala next month.

The pair will visit various organizations working to help vulnerable children in a country that has the highest rate of childhood malnutrition in Latin America and is number 4 in the world for growth stunting. The five-day trip will include several stops along the way, including visiting rural villages, schools, several orphanages, and delivering bunk beds to a families in need.

Fultz, who chairs the Middle Childhood and Adolescent Young Adult Graduate Teacher Licensure Programs, lives AUM’s vision to offer learners and communities transformative education in a global context that fosters innovation and inspires social action though her service work in Guatemala. Fultz has been on the board of Behrhorst Partners for Development since 2008 and has led reconnections trips for local adoptive families to return to Guatemala and engage in giving back to their children’s birth countries for the past 10 years.

Fultz looks forward to sharing her experiences with Phagan-Hansel as an advocate for organizations in Guatemala and area adoptive families to stay engaged in giving back to their children’s birth country.

“I’m excited to witness all of this amazing work first-hand and to help spread the word about these incredible organizations making it happen,” Phagan-Hansel said. “After working in the adoption field for more than 12 years, this will provide a unique opportunity to witness the experiences of families struggling in some of the world’s poorest countries and how we can all come together to help children in need.”

One of the first stops will be to Saquiya, a village that partners with Behrhorst Partners for Development. Working to reduce chronic childhood malnutrition in rural Guatemala, BPD has partnered with Mayan communities for more than 40 years to help communities access clean water, improve sanitation, and increase food production, among other goals. Through the visit to Saquiya, Phagan-Hansel will witness BPD’s on-the-ground work to benefit vulnerable families and children.

“For years I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stories of adoptive families who have returned to their child’s birth country to give back to the children and families left behind,” Phagan-Hansel said. “It will be an honor to witness that commitment first-hand.”

Other highlights of the trip will be delivering bunk beds through El Amor de Patricia’s Bunk Bed Project, visiting children in Rose de Amor Orphanage, and understanding the work of Cooperative for Education striving to break the cycle of poverty through education. With more than half of the country’s population living in poverty, the need is great in the country of roughly 13 million people.

Fultz shares, “We are not traveling to be heroes, rather we go as humble friends to learn alongside the Guatemalan people. We are honored to be welcomed into the classroom where local people are the teachers and global partnership is the curriculum.”

Stories from the early April visit will be shared in upcoming issues of Adoption Today, as well as in organization newsletters, with the ultimate goal of sharing each organization’s work with a broader audience through additional media outlets and highlighting the connection of Fultz’ service work to the mission and vision of Antioch University Midwest.

About Antioch University Midwest: Antioch University Midwest is one of the five campuses of Antioch University, an institution proud of serving adult learners and their specific needs. Antioch University is a multi-campus university of more than 4,000 students who study at the Antioch Midwest campus in Yellow Springs, OH, and at campuses in Seattle, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Keene, New Hampshire, online and around the world!

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Author Eileen Cronin Discusses and Signs ‘Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience’ March 6

Mermaid_978-0393-08901-1YELLOW SPRINGS, OH –Author Eileen Cronin will read from and discuss her latest book, Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience at Antioch University Midwest Thursday, March 6 at 6:30. The event is free and will include a book signing afterwards.

An Oprah recommended read, Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience tells Eileen’s story that is both traumatic and wildly funny about her journey of self-discovery. With an unbreakable spirit, she battles the universal themes of love, betrayal, and loss, and learns to cull the truth and beauty from those experiences to forge onward.

When she was three years old, Eileen Cronin’s world was turned upside down. Her parents had taken the family on a vacation that summer, piling all the kids in the car except for Eileen. Left home with her aunt and cousins, Eileen felt abandoned and singled out.

For the first time in her life she not only felt different, but she also realized the truth—she was, indeed, different from every other person around her. Eileen did not have legs; hers ended at the knee, one above the knee on one side and one below it on the other; also, her fingers on her left hand had been webbed until a plastic surgeon reshaped them.

Throughout her childhood, Eileen braved bullying and embarrassing questions brought about by her lack of legs. As a teen, thrilled when boys asked her out, she was confused about what sexuality meant for her. She felt happiest and most comfortable relaxing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends, imagining herself “an elusive mermaid.”

And, most of all, there was the taboo subject of her disability itself. From an early age, Eileen was acutely aware of the fact that others, including her family, felt embarrassed, ashamed, and frightened by her appearance.

Cronin, Eileen © Ania Sophia LakritzWriting with honesty, wit, and grace, Eileen Cronin will entrance and move readers with her debut memoir.

Mermaid reminds us how the stories we tell and the ones we bury have the capacity to imprison or free us. Cronin’s deep tenderness is born from the astounding hurts she has endured in her amazing life. From her capacity to forgive is born a laughter that is the best kind of wisdom. This deeply alive and sensual women may sometimes forget she is wearing a wooden leg and we can laugh at the absurd consequences, but the reader can never forget this glimpse of our world through the eyes of a Mermaid.” —John Hockenberry

About Antioch University Midwest: Antioch University Midwest is one of the five campuses of Antioch University, an institution proud of serving adult learners and their specific needs. Antioch University is a multi-campus university of more than 4,000 students who study at the Antioch Midwest campus in Yellow Springs, OH, and at campuses in Seattle, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Keene, New Hampshire, online and around the world!

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