ONE MORGAN PLACE :: Community Bulletin

VOLUME 1, ISSUE 34  |  August 20, 2012  

IN THIS ISSUE:  Sontag Fels renovation  ::  Report on Governance Task Group  ::  Community Meeting agenda: Strategic Planning  ::  AACW Blues Fest: August 23–26  ::  Employee insurance update  ::  Community dinner and pool party on Friday, August 24  ::  Upcoming events

Trees scattered across Main Lawn on the Antioch College campus on Wednesday, August 15.

Trees scattered across Main Lawn on the Antioch College campus on Wednesday, August 15.

:: Sontag Fels renovation

Antioch students will soon get a new space for gatherings and recreation. The College is converting a floor in Sontag Fels, the former WYSO studios, for student use. Workers have begun cleaning and prepping the space, Tom Brookey, chief operations officer, said.

The College must first obtain new occupancy permits, update some of the plumbing and electric, and do some major cleaning before the space can be opened to students. The College also needs to determine how to manage the space while it’s in use and assure security and responsibility of the users, Brookey said.

“We are hoping to have the fitness center open first,” Brookey said. “We will then add some music space, small group rooms for meetings, and some casual space with a stage area.”

:: Report on Governance Task Group

The members of the Community Governance Task Group decided unanimously at their August 14 meeting to propose a method for community elections that would require that voters rank candidates on a ballot instead of selecting just one. The proposal, which will be presented to the community and to the Council of Conveners, is similar to the candidate-ranking system employed by Community Government prior to the College’s 2008 closure.

The task group also decided unanimously that when students, faculty, and staff run for a seat on council, they will not be required to declare themselves constituent or at-large candidates, giving voters a larger pool from which to rank. For example, when a student seeks a seat on council, that student will not have to indicate whether he or she is running for a seat as “student” rep or “at-large” rep. When votes are tabulated, all community votes will be used to determine the two at-large winners while only student ballots will be considered for the two student rep seats. If a student receives the highest ranking among both students and the community at large, the second-highest ranked candidate among student voters will be chosen for the student rep seat.

In the coming week, the task group will discuss the formation of Community Government Elections and Budget committees.

:: Community Meeting agenda: Strategic Planning

We’d love to see everyone at a special Community Meeting tomorrow. This week’s Community Meeting will feature a brief presentation on the strategic planning process. President Roosevelt has put forth a charge for the community to become involved and Community Meeting is the perfect environment for that.

For the Strategic Plan, the goal was to develop and implement an inclusive planning process that would clarify institutional priorities and drive programmatic and financial decision-making throughout all units of the College.The process began with deep thought and spirited discussion about who we are, what we value, and what we want to become. From that core came six broad goals:

  1. Connect an excellent liberal arts curriculum with rich experiential education and deep community involvement
  2. Attract and retain right-fit students and employees
  3. Build a sustainable educational environment
  4. Sustain the programs through a strong revenue base and financial management
  5. Serve local, national, and global communities
  6. Emphasize institutional effectiveness

After a short overview in the large group, the community will divide into small groups. Each small group will be assigned a goal and the Goal Team co-chairs will facilitate a brainstorming session with the small group.

This is a perfect opportunity for the community to voice opinions and ideas on the future of Antioch and achieving these key goals. Please attend this Community Meeting to have your voice be heard.

:: AACW Blues Fest: August 23–26

The AACW Blues Festival will begin August 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Peach’s Grill, 104 Xenia Avenue, featuring Blooz ‘n’ Pomes. This will be a poetry open mic, open to the public. Poets will be backed by a blues band featuring headliners from the festival. Blooz ‘n’ Pomes will continue until the poets and musicians run out of words and music.

On Friday, August 24, the festival will move to the Antioch College Amphitheater. There will be a variety of vendors as well as the following performers: Audio Show Band, The Carl Schumacher Band, Karen Patterson and the 5 YZMen, The Larry Humphrey Band, and Preston Shannon.

On Saturday, August 25, the festival will begin at noon with a blues workshop hosted by the festival’s performing artists. This will be followed by Innovation Stage performances by a variety of area musicians from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Evening performers include: Bluzion, Dean Sims Hot Notes Band, Preston Shannon, Veronica Jackson, Nerak Roth Patterson Band and the 5YZMen.

The festival will culminate on Sunday, August 26, with a Gospel Fest and Basket Meeting. The Gospel Fest will consist of live performances from local, national, and international gospel artists. The Basket Meeting is basically an old-time community tradition similar to a community potluck where participants are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch and socialize.

:: Employee insurance update

Attention faculty and staff: Antioch College has selected United HealthCare as its new insurance provider. With this new coverage there will be considerable savings to the employees and the College while maintaining good-quality insurance. Within the next few days, each individual will receive a letter stating what their choices are and what their new pay amounts will be. The new policy is scheduled to take effect on September 1. Stay tuned for further updates!

Attention students: Did you know insurance is also available for you at a low cost if you are not covered by your parents? Please e-mail Louise Smith if you are interested.

:: Community dinner and pool party on Friday, August 24

Students, staff, and faculty are invited to a community dinner, frisbee fun, and pool party on Friday, August 24.

  • Community dinner, 6:00 p.m., Birch Commons and patio
  • Frisbee, etc., 7:00 p.m., Main Lawn
  • Pool party, 8:00–10:00 p.m., Gaunt Park Pool, 500 West South College Street

:: Upcoming events

Tuesday, August 21
Community Meeting
1:00-3:00 p.m. McGregor 113

Thursday, August 23
Global Seminar: Shirley Stewart Burns--Impact of mountaintop removal on Appalachian communities
1:00 p.m. McGregor 113

Friday, August 24
Antioch College community pool party
8:00 p.m. Gaunt Park Pool

Friday, August 24 - Sunday, August 26
AACW Blues Fest 2012
All weekend Antioch College Amphitheater
Tuesday, August 28
Council of Conveners
1:00-3:00 p.m. McGregor 149

Tuesday, August 28
In and Out of the Classroom: Enhancing Your Personal Accountability Through Greater Communication and Civility
6:30-7:30 p.m. McGregor 130

Tuesday, August 28
Annie Reichert ’06: Sustainability at Sterling College
7:30 p.m. McGregor 113

Thursday, August 30
Opening reception for artist Sheilah Wilson
7:00 p.m. Herndon Gallery

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