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Top 10 Reasons to Read Books

What Are The Benefits Of Reading?

The reasons why to read are not limited to 10, but we have compiled and amalgamated the top reasons based on scientific research and common sense, to give you the definitive list.

In terms of fiction or no-fiction, there are endless stories that can both broaden your mind or help you get through a sticking point in your life. Those who read have been known to have more finely-tuned brains than those who prefer more passive activities, so anyone hoping to improve their minds both psychologically and cognitively might want to think about taking up the habit of regular reading.

Top 10 Reasons to Read Books

1. To Develop Your Verbal Abilities

Although it doesn’t always make you a better communicator, those who read tend to have a more varied range of words to express how they feel and to get their point across. This increases exponentially with the more volumes you consume, giving you a higher level of vocabulary to use in everyday life.

2. Improves Your Focus and Concentration

Unlike blog posts and news articles, sitting down with a book takes long periods of focus and concentration, which at first is hard to do. Being fully engaged in a book involves closing off the outside world and immersing yourself into the text, which over time will strengthen your attention span.

why to read3. Readers Enjoy The Arts and Improve The World

A study done by the NEA explains that people who read for pleasure are many times more likely than those who do not to visit museums and attend concerts, and almost three times as likely to perform volunteer and charity work. Readers are active participants in the world around them, and that engagement is critical to individual and social well-being.

4. It Improves Your Imagination

You are only limited by what you can imagine, and the worlds described in books, as well as other peoples views and opinions will help you expand your understanding of what is possible. By reading a written description of an even or a place, your mind is responsible for creating that image in your head, instead of having the image placed in front of you when you watch television.

5. Reading Makes You Smarter

Books offer an outstanding wealth of learning and at a much cheaper price than taking a course. Reading gives you a chance to consume huge amount of research in a relatively short amount of time. Anne E. Cunningham and Keith E. Stanovich’s “What Reading Does for the Mind” also noted that heavy readers tend to display greater knowledge of how things work and who or what people were.

6. It Makes You Interesting And Attractive

This goes hand in hand with reading to become smarter. Having a library of information that you have picked up from non-fiction reading will come in handy in any academic or scholarly conversation. You will be able to hold your own and add to the conversation instead of having to make your excuses and leave.  You will be able to engage a wider variety of people in conversation and in turn improve your knowledge and conversation skills.

7. It Reduces Stress

A study by consultancy firm Mindlab International at the University of Sussex showed that reading reduces stress. Subjects only needed to read, silently, for six minutes to slow down the heart rate and ease tension in the muscles. In fact it got subjects to stress levels lower than before they started. For more information, check out the Telegraph article here.

8. It Improves Your Memory

In their book Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, Maryanne Wolf explains that “Typically, when you read, you have more time to think. Reading gives you a unique pause button for comprehension and insight. By and large, with oral language—when you watch a film or listen to a tape—you don’t press pause.” The benefits of this increased activity keeps your memory sharp and your learning capacity nimble.

9. To Discover and Create Yourselfwhy to read

In his book How to Read and Why, Harold Bloom says that we should read slowly, with love, openness, and with our inner ear cocked. He explains we should read to increase our wit and imagination, our sense of intimacy–in short, our entire consciousness–and also to heal our pain. “Until you become yourself, what benefit can you be to others.” With the endless amount of perspectives and lives we can read about, books can give us an opportunity to have experiences that we haven’t had the opportunity to, and still allow us to learn the life skills they entail. Books are a fast rack to creating yourself.

10. For Entertainment

All the benefits of reading mentioned so far are a bonus result of the most important benefit of reading; Its entertainment value. If it were not for the entertainment value, reading would be a chore but it needn’t be. Reading is not only fun, but it has all the added benefits that we have discussed so far. Much more enthralling than watching a movie or a TV show (although they have their many benefits as well), a good book can keep us amused while developing our life skills.

Source: Drprem.com

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Working America to Host Voting Rights Discussion at Antioch University Midwest

Antioch University and Working America will host a discussion of the new voting laws that shorten early voting hours, shorten early voting days–specifically by removing the “Golden Week” where voters can both register and vote–and prohibit individual counties from sending absentee ballot applications.

Rep. Rick Perales, Working America State Director Dan O’Malley and Ohio voters will gather to talk about voting rights, and the discussion will serve as a way to educate the community about how their rights will be impacted by these laws.

“We believe these voting laws are really voting restrictions,” said O’Malley. “Our members want more access to the ability to vote not less. It is important that everyone’s voice is heard.”

 

Working America has worked to educate the community on voting laws, collected petitions that outline a Voter Bill of Rights, and written letters to the editor opposing voting restrictions.

Working America, a community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, has more than 1 million members across Ohio.

WHAT:          Discussion of voter restriction laws
WHEN:          Noon -2 p.m. July 19, 2014
WHERE:       Antioch University 900 Dayton St., Yellow Springs, OH 45387
WHO:             Rep. Rick Perales, Working America State Director Dan O’Malley, community members

Contact:
Dan O’Malley: 440-552-7234, domalley@workingamerica.org
Aruna Jain: 202-637-3952, ajain@workingamerica.org

Working America, a national organization for working people without a union on the job, has 3 million working-class members who fight for good jobs and a just economy.

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Antioch Writers’ Workshop Returns to Campus!

It is a beautiful and busy day at Antioch University Midwest!

The Antioch Writers’ Workshop is going strong on day 4 of it’s week long summer program. Offered to writers of every level, the workshop includes seminars in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, one-on-one critiques, agent/editor meetings, faculty lunches, and opportunities for readings.

For more information or the program schedule, click here.

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Apply Early Scholarship Application

The Apply Early Scholarship is designed for students who apply for admission, enroll, and submit a scholarship application by August 1, 2014. Students must have and maintain a 3.0 GPA or better and submit a personal essay. Awarded to new students for one year in the amount of $1,000 over two semesters, fall and spring ($500 per term).

Click here to download the Apply Early Scholarship Application (PDF)

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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.

Grant-Writing-Class-Presentation“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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