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Antioch University Midwest Announces Several New Scholarships to Help New Students Meet Tuition Costs and Realize Their Educational Dreams

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 in an Associates of Arts or Associates of Science degree program. 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://midwest.antioch.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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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 poetryslam.com. To learn more about the Antioch Midwest Zest Poetry Slam & Showcase, email theantiochslam@gmail.com.

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Ardella Reliford Art Reception

Art Exhibit at Antioch University Midwest Explores Faces of African-American Women

Artist and Student Ardella Reliford’s Work on Display through September 30;
Public Invited to Open House on September 25

An exhibit on Antioch University Midwest’s (AUM) campus is bringing attention to the often overlooked paintings and visual images of African-American women. Part of the Antioch Art & Lecture Series, “faces that are never seen…” is an exhibition of work by student and artist Ardella Reliford, who is pursuing a master’s degree in Special Education at the University. The exhibition is currently on display through September 30 and the public is invited to a special reception from 5 to 6:30 pm on September 25 at 900 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs, Ohio. There is no cost to attend.

Ardella Reliford“I made an effort to paint subjects that are unknown, but represent an important segment of the population: African-American women who lived, worked and sometimes died without making a headline in the news or an important invention,” Reliford said. “Yet their contributions were just as great, and continue to be part of the glue that holds our society together.”

Reliford believes that “art transcends cultural boundaries and reflects the innermost aura we all possess,” which she demonstrates in her work. Reliford specializes in using recyclable items to create her art and, in addition to traditional techniques, experiments on “uncommon surfaces” such as a pancake griddle or a clothes iron.

faces that are never seen... by Ardella RelifordShe was born in the Delta region of Holly Springs, Mississippi and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana on a small farm. Reliford was the first in her family to attend college and graduating, taught art for a number of years in Dayton, Ohio public schools as well as area charter schools. She is also published author with her novel, Lacroix, in 2000 and her illustrated children’s book, Mr. Peevy Forgets, in 2001.

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Students Launch Dayton Ohio Toastmasters Chapter on Campus

Antioch University Midwest Students Launch
Toastmasters Chapter in Yellow Springs

Adult Students say Effective Communication is Essential to Success
in the Classroom and their Careers

Leadership and communication skills are crucial to today’s workplace and important to develop in tandem with academic studies.  Antioch University Midwest (AUM) students recognized this need and became the driving force behind bringing Toastmasters, the most recognized presentation-focused organizations in the country, on campus. Open to students, faculty and the local community, this chapter provides anyone interested the tools they need stand out and reach their education and career goals.

Amy Cotterman

Amy Cotterman, President of the Antioch Midwest”s New Dayton Ohio  Toastmasters Chapter

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Members participate in a low-pressure environment where they receive feedback and collaborate with others who share a similar goal: developing on-point communication skills for job interviews, career presentations and other public speaking opportunities. Chapters are self-directed and offer leadership opportunities to those members looking to improve their skills as Chapter officers.

“It has become apparent to me that the ability to communicate comprehension and mastery of the material is critical to our academic success,” said Amy Cotterman, Human Resources Administration Student at AUM. “Public speaking skills are also critical to our professional success and Toastmasters provides a recognized and accepted methodology to improve our skills in a way that positively impacts our resume.”

The effort dovetails with AUM’s focus on empowering student to be active participants in their education and create unique and individualized opportunities in which adult learners thrive. For many, speaking in front of a live audience is a fear akin to spiders, flying, and even illness. Overcoming the fear and continuing to hone presentation skills after graduation are two of the goals that AUM students hope to achieve when the chapter is formally established.

The initial open house meeting at AUM attracted 22 students, and netted 18 applications to join the group and formally create a Dayton Ohio Toastmasters Chapter. Once the group has 20 dues-paying members, Toastmasters AUM is considered chartered by the national organization and will receive national recognition. Organizers expect to reach that goal by the end of AUM’s open enrollment period on September 27.

Students have also created an AUM Toastmasters Facebook group for the initiative. The group, and the Toastmasters meetings, are student-directed and open to the community. The group meets the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. The next meeting is September 20 in the Antioch University Midwest campus multi-purpose room at 900 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs, Ohio.

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Reggio Emilia Approach Certificate Program Added in Response to Teacher Requests

New Antioch University Certificate
Focuses on Student-Centered Training for Teachers

Reggio Emilia Approach Certificate Program Added in Response to Teacher Requests

Antioch University Midwest (AUM) launched a new hybrid course-based program aimed at meeting the needs of its current early childhood education teachers interested in integrating Reggio-inspired principles into their classrooms. The Reggio Emilia Approach (REA) is focused on seeing children as active contributors to their education, rather than the target of instruction. The REA program can be embedded as a concentration within a Master’s of Education degree or stand alone as a professional certificate for licensed teachers.

Reggio Emilia, ItalyThe first of its kind in Ohio, the Reggio Emilia Approach Certificate Program was added due to educator and AUM student demand, and its popularity among Ohio’s teachers. “Ohio has a strong network of early childhood educators who have been studying the Reggio Approach since the early 1990s and were eager to see courses that focus on the implementation of Reggio-inspired practices in our early childhood classrooms and programs,” said Julie Biddle, Ph.D., Core Faculty and Chair of the Early Childhood Education Program. “These educators were the impetus for creating this new certificate.”

Reggio Emilia, Italy

Reggio Emilia, Italy

The Reggio Emilia Approach originated in Reggio Emilia, Italy and was founded by educator Loris Malaguzzi. Many educators inspire and inform the ever-evolving teaching style. The REA 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.

The AUM School of Education’s Early Childhood Program is nationally recognized through the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Boasting a 99% licensure pass rate, the accelerated program and cohort model provides students a close network and a true learning community with fellow peers. With the inclusion of this certificate program, they will have the tools they need to develop a learning environment in their classrooms that allows them to interact with the children in intentional, constructive, and creative ways that focus on their capabilities, competencies, and interests.

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Antioch Art Series: Faces that are never seen…

Faces We’ve Seen…

The paintings and other visual images of African-American Women in museums here and around the world have been largely ignored. African-American artists , both male and female, remain unknown to the general public. You have to make an effort to find the names of extraordinary African-American visual artists, Elizabeth Callett, Edmona Lewis, Lois Mailou Jones , Augusta Savage and many others.

Faces We Know…

I made an effort to paint subjects that are unknown, but represent an important segment of the population, African-American women, who live, work and (sometimes) died without making a headline in the news or an important invention. Yet their contribution was just as great, they are and continue
be part of the glue that holds our society together.

About the Artist

Ardella RelifordArdella Reliford was born in the Delta region of Holly Springs, Mississippi and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana on a small farm. She was the first in her family to attend college. She started her educational journey at Indiana State College majoring in Commercial Art and Art Education, and then finished up her degree in Art Education at Central State University.

Mr. Peevy Forgets - Ardella RelifordAfter graduating, Reliford taught Art for a number of years in Dayton, Ohio public schools as well as area charter schools. She is also published author with her novel, Lacroix, in 2000 and her illustrated children’s book, Mr. Peevy Forgets, in 2001 she  Currently, she is continuing her education with the pursuit of her master’s degree in Special Education at Antioch University Midwest.

Reliford believes that “art transcends cultural boundaries and reflects the innermost aura we all posses” and it is shown through her work. Reliford specializes in using recyclable items to create her art and uses a variety of mediums. In addition to the more traditional art mediums, she likes to experiment on “uncommon surfaces” such as a pancake griddle or a clothes iron to create art.

 

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