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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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Antioch University Midwest Hosts ‘Partners of Promise: Connecting Citizens, Schools, and Communities’ Education Conference June 4-5

Conference Graphic 2014YELLOW SPRINGS, OH – The Antioch University Midwest School of Education is hosting its second annual education conference in June.  Partners of Promise: Connecting Citizens, Schools, and Communities is a two-day conference on June 4 and 5, 2014 and will be held at the Antioch University Midwest campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

The goal of this year’s conference  is to provide resources for new and ongoing efforts by educators, parents, and engaged community members to connect citizens, schools and communities in ways that encourage learning.

“It’s been said that, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ and the same can be said about educating one,” said School of Education Director Marian Glancy, Ph.D.  “We are working to identify ways that we can more effectively connect our schools and communities to better be able to provide a complete and holistic education for our children as future citizens.”

Keynote speakers include George Wood, Superintendent of Federal Hocking Schools in Southeast Ohio and Mark Roosevelt, President of Antioch College and former Superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Confirmed workshop presenters include representatives from the Intergenerational School in Cleveland, Digital Innocence Recovery Group and the Diversity/Educational Equity Coordinator for Hilliard Public Schools. Workshop topics will address techniques on how to build an inclusive community in a multicultural high school; Tips for Grants and will highlight P-16 collaborations on restorative justice and other initiatives.

As the opening event to the conference Antioch University Midwest will host an Open Community session on Social Media and the Community of Youth on the evening of June 4. It is free and open to the public.

The cost to attend the conference on June 5 is $75, Students and Antioch Midwest Alumni $35. Academic credit is available. Contact the School of Education at education.aum@antioch.edu with questions or for more details.

This dynamic conference is possible thanks to the generous support of the Yellow Springs Community Foundation, Antioch College, and the Mills Lawn Elementary School and McKinney/Yellow Springs High School Parent Teacher Organizations.

To learn more http://midwest.antioch.edu/academics/education/education-conference-2014

Online registration is available at: http://midwest.antioch.edu/academics/education/education-conference-2014/registration/

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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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Antioch University Midwest Event Raises Awareness, Advocacy for Dyslexia

Tess Maxwell shares about the challenges and rewards of being the parent of two dyslexic children

Tess Maxwell shares about the challenges and rewards of being the parent of two dyslexic children

Documentary and panel discussion ‘… bring light to critical need for quality dyslexia instruction.’   

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio—“I felt like I was never going to be normal,” said Dylan Redford, one of several people featured in the award-winning documentary, The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, featured at Antioch University Midwest Thursday evening, February 12. Redford went on to a very successful college career after getting help for his dyslexia.

As part of the School of Education Professional Workshop Series, The Big Picture screening brought together a diverse group of people concerned with and affected by dyslexia. Following the film’s presentation, a panel of experts, including a young dyslexic student and his father, explained their experience with dyslexia and answered many questions from audience members.

The panel also included Donna Donahue, director of the Neil and Willa Jean Smalley Children’s Dyslexia Center. The Center provides free tutoring and free training for children with dyslexia as well as certification for teachers who work with dyslexic students. She introduced Charlie Wallace and his father, who lauded the help they have received from the Center.

“The difference was night and day," said Adam Wallace about his son, Charlie, once he was diagnosed with dyslexia and able to benefit from the proper support.

“The difference was night and day,” said Adam Wallace about his son, Charlie, once he was diagnosed with dyslexia and able to benefit from the proper support.

Adam Wallace said his son, Charlie, was diagnosed with dyslexia during the third grade and was helped greatly at the Children’s Dyslexia Center.

“The difference was night and day. He really is excelling now,” he said. Wallace added that there is a strong need for parents to know what to ask at their child’s school with respect to standardized testing and the classification of their child’s progress. He said that dyslexic students do not do well on written tests unless they are allowed extra time to adjust for the difficulty they have reading.

The allowance of extra time for dyslexic children should be no different than efforts typically made via Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for children with other types of learning challenges, said Al Early, a 40-plus-year veteran school administrator who now serves as a dyslexia consultant for parents.

Though one in five people has dyslexia, there is not as much attention paid to helping students who have dyslexia in school as there is to children with ADD or ADHD and other issues such as autism even though those issues affect far fewer students, he said.

“I saw tonight as a call to advocacy. You had teachers, advocates, parents, a student, and even a former principal. Everybody was represented. If anybody asks me about where to go for resources, I now feel I have some concrete, helpful information to share with them,” said Susan Connolly, a Montessori teacher and Antioch University Midwest student.

Amy Parks, a parent of two dyslexic children, said, “I felt the film gave parents an assurance that dyslexic children can be successful, which is very important.”

Genya Devoe, chair of the Reading Endorsement Program at Antioch Midwest, moderated the event.

“Bringing light to the critical need for quality dyslexia instruction was certainly a goal of the evening, and I think that was accomplished,” Devoe said. “Parents and educators were affirmed and, hopefully, empowered in their journey to be advocates for children with dyslexia.”

The School of Education will offer professional development courses specifically designed for educators who work with dyslexic students. Information is available by contacting Genya Devoe at gdevoe@antioch.edu.

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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 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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100% of 2013 School of Education Grads Pass State Certification Exams

SOE grad Jaime Adoff earned his Masters of Education degree in April 2013 and is now teaching in the same classroom where he was a student teacher.

SOE grad Jaime Adoff earned his Masters of Education degree and a teaching license in April 2013 and is now teaching in Springfield City Schools.

YELLOW SPRINGS, OH–Antioch University Midwest is one of only six schools in the state–and the only school in the Miami Valley–that achieved 100 percent passage by its graduates of both the Ohio teacher and principal licensure exams.

This according to the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) in its annual Educator Preparation Performance Reports for state and private colleges and universities.

“The Antioch University Midwest education program is accelerated–preparing its teachers in half the time of traditional 4 year colleges,” said Marian Glancy, Director of the School of Education. “Most if not all of the institutions in this report are traditional 4 or 5 year programs making Midwest’s accomplishment even more impressive.”

The OBR reports are compiled annually to benefit a variety of audiences including prospective students, parents, education advocates, and policy makers. College and university faculty and administration also use the data to the benefit of their programs.

“For those people who wish to pursue the privilege of becoming a teacher, Antioch University Midwest is their best bet,” said President Karen Schuster Webb.

Links to both the Antioch University Midwest results and the state’s report.

The School of Education at Antioch University Midwest is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). More information about School of Education programs is available at midwest.antioch.edu/education/

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 for twenty five years. Antioch University is a not for profit 501c3 multi-campus university of more than 4,000 students who study at the Antioch University 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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A change at the top at Antioch University Midwest

Ellen Hall welcomes new president Dr. Karen Schuster Webb  

Dr. Karen Schuster Webb and Dr. Ellen Hall

Dr. Karen Schuster Webb and Dr. Ellen Wood Hall

“It’s been the hardest job I’ve ever had … But it’s also been the best job I’ve ever had and that’s a real tribute to everybody here,” said Ellen Wood Hall, Antioch University Midwest’s outgoing interim president.

She has moved on to retirement after two whirlwind years during which she served AUM as vice president of academic affairs and briefly as provost before accepting the position of interim president. President Karen Schuster Webb took over the helm in January.

Hall holds a Ph.D. in French literature from Bryn Mawr College and has served as both faculty and administrator in various roles for 38 years, including Westminster College, Agnes Scott College, and Wells College. She believes her greatest accomplishment at Antioch Midwest is a stable beginning foundation.

“The whole idea was to get people to try to work together more and to get more academic programs and new programs,” she said. “It’s been challenging because of all the changes (in the Antioch system). But with everyone working together we’ve made a great start.”

She pointed to the Antioch Midwest accreditation process from the Higher Learning Commission, which the University recently received. She added that we expect soon to receive approval for the accreditation of the School of Education by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

“I’ve been very involved in the accreditation process. Without it, you have no financial aid and you can’t get government grants. You want to be in the company of accredited institutions,” she said.

Hall believes that with the help of staff and faculty, the institution under her watch has “pulled it together,” particularly with regard to more collaboration between the faculty of different programs.

“I see more cooperation between faculty than before. There was a goal to add new faculty and that’s a good thing.”

Four new faculty members have been hired under Hall’s leadership: Mary Ann Short, Core Faculty, Chair, and Undergraduate Studies, Management and Human Service Administration, Judith Monseur, Clinical Faculty, Director of Field Experience, School of Education, Frank McGoron, Core Faculty, School of Education, and Sarah Ross, Teaching Faculty, Chair, and IMA, Conflict Analysis & Engagement, Management & Leading Change.

“My big issue was stability. It’s been a challenge. But Karen Webb has lots of great ideas. She is a terrific person.”

Webb heartily agrees with Hall about the need for cooperation.

“I want this to be a team approach. There are so many people here who are so competent and so committed. I’ve never been anywhere before where I’ve seen the commitment I see here – at all levels. It was one of the first things that impressed me,” said Webb.

She describes “the vision” for AUM as “becoming the destination for those who want to change their lives; to become a change agent in the global economy of the 21st century.”

The mission, as Webb sees it, involves providing that life-changing process for adult learners by “giving value for the process of learning: hands-on, holistic.” Antioch has been a pioneer since its inception in fostering these goals, she said.

She feels AUM is more than capable of maintaining and furthering this goal for many reasons, not the least of which is a commitment to its students.

“We believe in our students. We feel we are learning from our students. They have helped us to shape our progress. We want to provide access to the campus and outreach to the community; to continue to be a good community partner. We hope to become an even better community partner,” she said.

Webb would like to see the campus at 900 Dayton Street become a hub for community use when classes are not scheduled. Because classes are designed for working adults, the campus has space available during the day and she would love to see community organizations have access and “fill this building up.”

“In November we had five local precincts voting here and it was great to see that going on in the building,” she added.

Webb served in academic leadership roles at Southern University and A&M College, the University of Kentucky, Howard University, George Washington University, Indiana University, and Coppin State University. She recently worked for Alliant International University as both a professor and as founding dean of the school of education, and most recently, as associate provost for community engagement. She has a Ph.D. in applied linguistics, a Masters in education and urban and overseas English and a bachelor’s in Spanish.

She is widely published in urban education and teaching, bilingual education, and speaking and writing. Webb also is interested in literacy and the education of non-English speaking learners and serves on several boards of organizations that advance literacy and work with underserved populations.

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 for twenty five years. Antioch University is a not for profit 501c3 multi-campus university of more than 4,000 students who study at the Antioch University 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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Award-winning 1913 Flood Photo Exhibition at Antioch Midwest

Alumnus Andy Snow will debut ‘Then & Now’ project on campus

The Dayton Court House 1913

The Dayton Courthouse 1913
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YELLOW SPRINGS, OH–Antioch University Midwest Alumnus Andy Snow will display his collaborative photo exhibit on the 1913 Dayton Flood beginning August 24 through October 2013 on AUM’s campus, 900 Dayton St., Yellow Springs.

There will be an opening of the exhibit on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 4 – 6 pm featuring a brief talk by Snow. He’ll also be signing copies of his book, A Flood of Memories, One Hundred Years After the Flood: Images from 1913 and Today.

Snow collaborated with the Miami Conservancy District to create an historic documentary observing the 100th anniversary of the famous flood that devastated Dayton and several other communities along the Great Miami River. His series of photos shows particular locations that flooded, gathered from hundreds of archival materials, as well as those same locations as they appear today.

“I saw it as Sherlock Holmes meets Ansel Adams: a still life from a time machine. It was hard because you first had to discover where the old photos were actually taken,” he said.

The Dayton Courthouse 2013

The Dayton Courthouse 2013
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The project was originally exhibited at the Dayton Art Institute (DAI) as part of the “Storm, Watershed & Riverbank” exhibit that ran February through May 2013.

The project earned Snow the “Best of ASMP 2013″ from the American Society of Media Photographers.

“I brought it to Antioch first because an Antioch employee was the first to ask me what I would be doing with the photos after the DAI exhibition ended. I hadn’t thought about it until then. So I owed it to Antioch to bring the exhibit here first, especially because I’m an AUM graduate,” Snow said.

Snow will include an educational component, which he calls “the puzzle wall,” into the AUM exhibit to engage children and adults to look beyond the obvious when matching the photos. Several unpaired photos will display on a wall section about 10-by-11-feet.

When participants figure out the appropriate matches, they can fill out a form and turn it in for a chance to win a copy of Snow’s book. The original product of the project, the book contains 70 sets of “then & now” flood photos.

Watershed | An Exhibition Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Great Flood of 1913

“With broad interests and acute sensitivity, Snow relishes the documentarian approach and allows images to reveal themselves. He is deeply interested in the ways in which the image conveys the energy of the moment,” according to DAI’s website.

Said Snow, “There was a creative process that evolved and I began to hear angels singing – Laaaahhhh –when it did. The hair on the back of my head would stand up. There would suddenly be this moment.”

The moment is evident in a photo Snow took on a downtown Miamisburg street. The flood photo shows interurban trolleys, the transit mode of the day, crashed against a building. The new photo shows the street today with parked cars, a colorful boat on its trailer, and a passing motorcyclist: a classic ‘then and now’ opportunity that he captured on camera.

A 2005 graduate of the Individualized Masters of Arts program, Snow attributes much of his success, especially with the flood project, to AUM.

“The Antioch IMA program provided a program of study about what you want to do and want to keep doing because you can’t not do it,” he said. “It’s an obsession, but the good kind that keeps going on. Now it has given me the opportunity to give back to Antioch, which is so much about community.”

Snow will display about 30 sets of flood photos in a first floor area and on hallway walls throughout the AUM campus. Supported by the John D. Yeck Fund, Snow’s flood photos will be displayed in a two-year traveling exhibit in towns affected by the flood. Visit www.vimeo.com/60037820 to view his then & now slideshow.

History of the 1913 Flood (From the Dayton Art Institute website) “In 1913, an unusually potent winter storm system caused a weather event some researchers consider the United States’ most widespread natural disaster. Catastrophic flooding of the five rivers that converge in downtown Dayton occurred when the equivalent of three months worth of rain fell during four days in March 1913.

The DAI exhibition presented the medium of photography and the practice of photographers as it developed during the past 100 years. Historical materials, including postcards, period equipment, and glass slides, documented eight cities along the Great Miami River: Piqua, Troy, Dayton, West Carrollton, Miamisburg, Franklin, Middletown, and Hamilton. Snow captured the new images that mirror the old.”

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AU Midwest Launches ‘Win $1,000 to earn $1 million’ Scholarship Sweepstakes

Sweepstakes designed to assist adults who wish to pursue a degree and raise awareness of personal and professional opportunities


212190_EnterThe_Web_Ad.inddYELLOW SPRINGS
, Ohio—Antioch University Midwest has launched its Win a $1,000 to earn $1 million” scholarship sweepstakes to promote academic and professional development.

While the value of earning a college degree goes well beyond increasing your earnings potential, the facts demonstrate that having a degree leads to higher earnings and more career opportunities both items that interest many in Dayton and surrounding areas.

Data provided by the United States Census Bureau shows that a person who earns a bachelor’s degree will earn $1 million more over the course of their career than a person with a high school diploma. The same is true for a person who earns a master’s degree versus a bachelor’s degree.

AU Midwest is working to help new students achieve their personal career and life goals by offering a $1,000 scholarship, a $750 scholarship, and a $500 scholarship to three winners.

The sweepstakes are now closed but you can go  to: http://midwest.antioch.edu/admissions/earn1million/ and learn more about our programs and oppotunites for new students.

Antioch University Midwest has worked with adult learners in a flexible format for 25 years and understands the many demands that adults face.

AU Midwest offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs designed specifically to help students finish their bachelor’s degree in one of seven majors:

  • Creative Writing
  • Early Childhood Education with Ohio Teaching License
  • Health & Wellness
  • Humanities
  • Human Services Administration
  • Management
  • Sustainability

Or earn their master’s degree in:

  • Conflict Analysis & Engagement
  • Management & Leading Change
  • Education with Ohio teaching licensure.

… or design their own degree as a part of the individualized master’s degree in:

  • Creative Writing
  • Health & Wellness
  • Philosophy
  • Social Sciences

Discover learning.  Discover a network.  Discover success.

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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