ONE MORGAN PLACE :: Community Bulletin

VOLUME 1, ISSUE 31  |  July 30, 2012  

IN THIS ISSUE:  Daniel Lawrence named head chef of North Hall  ::  Community Governance update from Louise Smith  ::  Register for Christine Leclerc’s poetry workshop: Energy, Collaboration, and Form  ::  Events Committee and Collaborative update  ::  Breakfast is coming to Birch...  ::  Upcoming events

The Antioch Farm is holding  volunteer sessions on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. this week. The farm is busy harvesting and needs all the help they can get!

The Antioch Farm is holding volunteer sessions on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. this week. The farm is busy harvesting and needs all the help they can get!

:: Daniel Lawrence named head chef of North Hall

Last week, Daniel Lawrence arrived on campus as the new head chef of North Hall. Lawrence is a natural foods chef, certified fitness trainer, and food activist.

“I am both humbled and proud to join Antioch College as it begins a new chapter in its rich and storied history,” Lawrence said. “It is a most exciting time to be here.”

Lawrence began his career in hotels and restaurants. While working as a chef, he began to wonder where all his ingredients were coming from. This led him to a change in his career, focusing on organic and whole foods.

Lawrence served as the wellness coordinator at the Unquowa School in Fairfield, Connecticut, where he took similar initiatives to those we are embarkng on here at Antioch: growing food and infusing this work into curriculum, partnering with local organic farms, and serving food made up of ingredients with integrity.

As a chef, Lawrence feels strongly about using foods and products grown or created as close to home as possible. He loves great food and believes healthier, more thoughtful eating does not have to be overly restrictive, boring, or bland. Lawrence lives in Troy, Ohio, with his wife Jill.

Please welcome him to the Antioch family if you see him around campus.

:: Community Governance update from Louise Smith

This past week we had our second Community Meeting of the term. We asked the small groups to take a look at some criteria for effectiveness and the function of the small groups. There were 26 respondents to the informal survey about small groups and several productive suggestions made regarding the nature of small groups and Community Meeting.

These included more clarity about the tasks the small groups are asked to perform, more space within the small group time to bring up emergent issues, switching the order of Community Meeting to allow small groups to take place first, and rotating the running of Community Meeting through the small groups as a way to allow for more varied facilitation. Suggestions regarding Community Meeting included having more outside speakers, allowing some meetings to break into staff and students meeting separately, having sign-in sheets to track attendance, and more lead time in sending out agendas.

Several survey participants had comments regarding the poor attendance for the Community Meeting. Other comments included suggestions regarding limiting small group agendas to focus on only one item or that topics are often irrelevant. Some participants suggested term limits within the new Community Council structure, complained of lack of solid agendas around decision-making, and suggested the need for ideas to increase participation in governance.

Below are the results of the surveys: Scores (with 1 being least effective and 10 being most effective) listed are averages in each category.

  • Participation of all members: 8.3
  • Ability to listen: 8.7
  • Ability to articulate clearly: 8.3
  • Balance of Participation: 8
  • Decision-making: 6.3
  • Complexity/nuance: 6.9
  • Staying on task: 7.5
  • Emotional support: 7
  • Social environment: 8
  • Respect for divergent opinions: 8

On Tuesday, July 17, Governance Task Group met to discuss priorities for by-laws. The group is proposing a structure for creating independent groups that will be heard at the next Council of Conveners meeting tomorrow, July 31, at 1 p.m. in McGregor 149.

In the Governance Task Group’s upcoming meeting tomorrow, July 31, at 6:30 p.m. in McGregor 218, they will be reviewing a proposal for language regarding the constitution of small groups and the relationship between council and the small group process.

:: Register for Christine Leclerc’s poetry workshop: Energy, Collaboration, and Form

Christine Leclerc is a Vancouver-based author and activist. She is the author of Counterfeit (Capilano University Editions, 2008) and an editor of The Enpipe Line (Creekstone Press, 2012), 70,000+ km of poetry written in resistance to the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal. Leclerc is a University of British Columbia Creative Writing Program graduate whose poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in magazines and journals across North America. She has been known to direct community theater in corporate headquarters and board oil rigs at sea.

The Writing Institute will host a poetry workshop with Leclerc titled “Energy, Collaboration, and Form” on Saturday, August 18, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Registration is required. Seating is limited to 12 attendees. Contact Gariot P. Louima, Writing Institute coordinator, at to register or for more information.

:: Events Committee and Collaborative update

Last week, representatives from the Office of Community Life, the Herndon Gallery, Academic Support, and the Office of Communications got together to begin coordination of events on campus for the fall term.

Students are sorely needed in the events effort. Please contact Jennifer Berman at to be included on the Events Committee. Also, faculty who are planning special events for your classes, please let Jennifer know when these are so we can coordinate plans.

The next meeting for the larger Events Collaborative will be Wednesday, September 22, at 2:00 p.m.

:: Breakfast is coming to Birch...

The Antioch Kitchens will begin serving breakfast out of Birch Commons starting in August. Breakfast will include two hot items and a cold bar each morning.

Chefs Isaac DeLamatre and Daniel Lawrence are thrilled to be able to offer more dining options for students.

For more information, feel free to e-mail Isaac DeLamatre or Daniel Lawrence.

:: Upcoming events

Tuesday, July 31
Council of Conveners
1:00-3:00 p.m. McGregor 149

Wednesday, August 1
Antioch Farm volunteer session
5:00-7:00 p.m. Antioch Farm

Saturday, August 4
Antioch Farm volunteer session
10:00 a.m - noon Antioch Farm
Tuesday, August 7
Community Meeting
1:00-3:00 p.m. McGregor 113

Wednesday, August 8
International Dinner
6:00 p.m. Birch Commons

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