ONE MORGAN PLACE :: Community Bulletin

VOLUME 2, ISSUE 11  |  December 10, 2012  

IN THIS ISSUE:  Antioch College acquires WYSO, legal ties to University end  ::  Message from Elijah Blanton ’15, Community Council President  ::  Community Council Meeting agenda  ::  Announcements from Human Resources  ::  Associate Resident Assistants (RAs) wanted!  ::  Reminder about contact information in President’s Office  ::  Announcements from Cooperative Education  ::  Auditions held for The Crucible  ::  Article on grief from Erin Currier  ::  Antioch College Menu and Dining Hall information  ::  Upcoming events

Students (L-R) Alexander Schlosser, Emmalyn Gilruth, Kijin Higashibaba, Sara Goldstein, and Cleo Van der Veen under the newly constructed Tea House next to the Antioch Farm. (Photo by Carly Short)

Students (L-R) Alexander Schlosser, Emmalyn Gilruth, Kijin Higashibaba, Sara Goldstein, and Cleo Van der Veen under the newly constructed Tea House next to the Antioch Farm. (Photo by Carly Short)

:: Antioch College acquires WYSO, legal ties to University end

Antioch College and Antioch University announced that they have reached agreement in principle to extinguish all future rights of the University to Antioch College’s campus or endowment.

The College and the University also agreed to transfer ownership of the non-commercial FM radio station WYSO, and the Charles Kettering building in which the radio station is located, to the College. Both of these assets remained with the University when the Antioch College Continuation Corporation purchased most of the College’s assets in September 2009, more than a year after closure.

Under this new agreement, which must be approved by the Greene County (Ohio) Probate Court, Antioch College will purchase the radio station and building for $8 million. Additionally, the University has agreed to eliminate the so-called reversion clauses in the 2009 Asset Purchase Agreement that granted independence to Antioch College. Those clauses specified that all of the assets of the College would revert to the University under certain circumstances, including the failure of Antioch College to obtain accreditation by September 2016.

This agreement has both symbolic and practical significance for us at Antioch College. Full freedom for the Board of Trustees to act in the best interests of the College is essential to our path forward. And WYSO is important to us; Antioch students founded the station in 1958. It will play an important role in the curriculum and life of the College, and it will deepens our connection to the Yellow Springs and Miami Valley communities.

There are currently ten full-time and two part-time staff members working at WYSO, who are employees of Antioch University. As part of the agreement, it is expected that the WYSO staff will become employees of the College once the transfer of property occurs. The timing of the transfer will likely take a minimum of 60 days due to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulatory approval requirements.

The 33,000 square foot Kettering building had been home to Kettering Foundation’s photosynthesis research, once housed in the College’s Science Building. Beginning in 1983, the Battelle Memorial Institute operated in the space. Battelle Memorial Institute donated its research equipment to the College. Kettering Foundation transferred ownership of the building to Antioch University in June 1987. It was the home of the university’s central administrative offices until April 2012 when it was remodeled at a cost exceeding $1 million with state-of-the-art sound studios and equipment to become the new home of WYSO.

The terms of the agreement are subject to certain regulatory and court approvals. The College and the University have agreed to promptly obtain all necessary approvals and to close the transactions in as short a time as possible.

If you have any questions about this transaction, please contact the Antioch College Office of Communications at 937-319-6131.

:: Message from Elijah Blanton ’15, Community Council President

Dear fellow Antiochians,

At Tuesday’s Community Council meeting we’ll be covering a few issues on which we’d particularly like community input. If you have an interest in any of the following items, please attend part or the entire meeting and give us your thoughts. I guarantee your voice will be heard.

  • The purview and mission of Community Government will be discussed starting at 1:20. The results of this conversation could determine the role of CG here for years to come.
  • The student social media policy will be discussed starting at 2:20. We want to answer any question and hear any suggestions students might have about the policy.
  • The campus newspaper will be discussed beginning at 2:35. We’ll determine next steps toward establishing the newspaper and discuss how it will operate in relation to Governance.

Consult this week’s meeting agenda to see other topics of interest.

Sincerely,

Elijah Blanton, Community Council President

Send feedback to comcil@anticochcollege.org or seek out a friendly council member.

:: Community Council Meeting agenda

Community Council will meet on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Review of Bylaws—20 minutes

  • Presentation of recent edits and discussion
  • Ratification of approved sections
  • Assignment of further work

Purview and Mission of Governance—20 minutes

  • Clarification of goals
  • Discussion of relationship with the Office of Community Life
  • Beginning of long-term agenda

Community Initiatives—15-20 minutes

  • Review of community building initiatives from small groups
  • Organization of initiatives based on feasibility, resource requirements, and probable effectiveness
  • Planning for next steps

Community Meeting—15-20 minutes

  • Discussion of the changes implemented last week
  • Purpose of Community Meeting

Social Media Policy—10-15 minutes

  • Assessment of proposed media policy
  • Suggestions and questions

Campus Newspaper—20 minutes

  • Proposals and ideas
  • Discussion
  • Planning for next steps

:: Announcements from Human Resources

Susan Eklund-Leen announces retirement

Susan Eklund-Leen announced today that she is stepping down from her position as dean and professor of cooperative education at Antioch College.

“Deciding to retire was a difficult decision that occupied my thoughts for a very long time because working at Antioch College has been the highlight of my career,” Eklund-Leen said. “As I’ve told nearly everyone, working at Antioch College means never being bored. How true that’s been, especially for the past five years, but I am very glad that I remained here as part of ‘the resistance’ to get the College back.”

Eklund-Leen worked as a cooperative education faculty member at Antioch College from 1991 until the closure in 2008. At that time she assumed a leadership role for the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute. In 2009, she returned to the independent Antioch College as director of work. In early summer 2011, she was promoted to dean and professor of cooperative education.

“As I reflect on my 21 years of being associated with the College, I can claim many accomplishments, many lifetime friendships, and even a baby named in my honor,” she said. “For me, a good place to work is about the people and the mission. Antioch College will always have a corner of my heart.”

Andrew McKenzie named Interim Director of IT

During the interim period while we search for a permanent IT director, Andrew McKenzie, currently the College’s Webmaster, will oversee all College technology including hardware, software, technology services, and telephone systems used by College personnel.

Andrew will be responsible for managing the IT functions as they fit in with the strategic plan and the mission and vision of the College. In this role, McKenzie will work with the college departments to ensure the College’s technology is up-to-date, regularly evaluated, and successfully implemented. Andrew will also facilitate CAMS management and the implementation of CANVAS, our new course management system that will be integrated as part of CAMS.

:: Associate Resident Assistants (RAs) wanted!

ATTENTION CLASS OF 2016!

  • Do you consider yourself a peer leader?
  • Are you thinking of applying for a Resident Assistant position in the future?
  • Would you like to cultivate leadership skills while adding a valuable work experience to your resume?

Antioch College Office of Community Life is looking for a few committed individuals to serve as Associate Resident Assistants (RAs) for the winter 2013 quarter. Associate RAs will assist the resident life managers in carrying out RA duties in their absence over the winter 2013 term. (RA job descriptions available upon request.) This is an unpaid leadership position that will develop the skills essential to becoming a future resident assistant, which is a pivotal role in our residential community. Please e-mail your letter of interest and your resume to Resident Life Managers Johanna Kohout at jkohout@antiochcollege.org and/or Maya Nye at mnye@antiochcollege.org by no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday, December 14. Late submissions will not be considered.

:: Reminder about contact information in President’s Office

If you have any questions about payroll, benefits, employment verifications, bursar, or student billing, please contact Joan Meadows at jmeadows@antiochcollege.org or 937-319-6234.

If you have any questions about accounts payable, check requests, or request for reimbursements, please contact Dianne Jordan at djordan@antiochcollege.org or 937-319-6242.

:: Announcements from Cooperative Education

Co-op Orientation is December 11

There will be a MANDATORY co-op orientation for all second-year students going on co-op term this winter on December 11 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in McGregor 113. Agenda includes employer relations, expectations for students off campus, work portfolio course requirements, emergency protocol, and future co-op planning. For more information, please contact Richard Kraince at rkraince@antiochcollege.org.

Job Fair: December 13 and January 7

This Thursday, December 13, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., the job fair of all job fairs is going down in South Gym. Many of the employers who graced us with their presence at the previous job fairs will once more be in attendance, but please understand that positions will be limited, and much more competitive this round.

With that said, each student should prepare resumes to the point of near perfection. Susan Eklund-Leen and Nat Freeman are available for resume help and welcome walk-ins.

If for some reason you are unable to attend the upcoming job fair, fear not, we will have another fair on January 7, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., in South Gym.

:: Auditions held for The Crucible

Auditions will be held for a productions of The Crucible by Arthur Miller on Saturday, December 15, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Mills Lawn Gym. All roles are open and a variety of ages and acting experience is needed. Performance dates are March 8 and 9, 2013 and March 15 and 16, 2013. Call Kay Reimers for more information at 937-767-8401.

:: Article on grief from Erin Currier

Many people operate under a misconception around grief and loss issues: folks mistakenly identify death as the sole catalyst for the very powerful and real process that is unique to grieving. While death certainly can be the trigger that espouses the grief process, it is not the only experience that forces us to process the distress that accompanies loss. Divorce, breakups, fractured friendships, an unfortunate medical diagnosis, job loss, a move, natural disasters, violence and loss of independence are just a few examples of what could bring up grief in each of us. Grief is always in some way associated with LOSS.

So, how do we define grief or know if we are experiencing it? Russell Friedman, of Psychology Today, defines grief as: “The normal and natural conflicting feelings caused by a change or an end in a familiar pattern of behavior.” We human beings are creatures of habit and we don’t typically react well when things are changed, especially if we aren’t in control or in favor of said changes. When faced with change or loss in any way, it’s typical to struggle with negative feelings and thoughts, but just because something is “normal” doesn’t mean it doesn’t cause significant distress in several, if not all, life areas. Manifestations of grief can cause the following dysfunctions (this list is not all inclusive):

  • Physical—appetite changes, crying, sleep disturbances
  • Emotional—anxiety, extreme sadness, anger, guilt
  • Social—isolating from others, fear of being alone, discomfort around others
  • Spiritual—existential crises, inability to reflect/contemplate
  • Academic—concentration difficulties, motivation changes, lack of interest

I chose to write about grief because everyone (at some point in their lives) faces the harsh and undeniable reality of life- everything changes. People die, break up with us, we move, our health waxes and wanes, relationships evolve, we change jobs, we struggle with beginning and/or ending patterns and, especially difficult, our expectations of ourselves, others and our communities may fall short. We suffer because we struggle to adapt to the curveballs life throws at us. Life is constant change, so the sooner we embrace that concept, the better off we are going to be. Happiness and pain make up the fabric of our lives and various seasons of growth and evolution are upon us endlessly. Have faith in the knowledge that nothing lasts forever, so the maladaptive patterns you’ve developed or cognitive errors you may participate in can shift at any time. Likewise, take a moment to truly revel in your good feelings, for happiness and joy can be fleeting as well.

Since nothing lasts forever, grief is no exception to the rule. That being said, it’s still very difficult to work through and sometimes even recognize that we are in the midst of a grieving process. The college is here to help, so please contact Erin Currier should you feel you need assistance. Email ecurrier@antiochcollege.org or call 614-668-0399. Utilize the built-in supports you already have- talk to trusted friends or family members, and employ the coping skills you have developed here in Yellow Springs. Coping skills are many and varied and we may not even recognize that the hobby we enjoy and love doing is, in fact, a coping skill! Knitting, reading, exercising, cooking, writing, etc. are all examples of coping skills. If you need help discovering how you like to spend your time, again, please contact the College.

:: Antioch College Menu and Dining Hall information

The North Hall Dining Room opens at 12:00 p.m. and we serve until lunch until 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. We ask that faculty, staff, and visitors offer $5.00, paid via the “honor system,” to a deposit safe located near the front entrance of the dining room. We also ask that shoes and shirts be worn in the dinning room at all times and that food not be taken “to-go” unless you are unable to join us for a meal during the established meal time. Thank you!

(SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

December 3 through December 9, 2012

Monday

Breakfast: Fried Eggs, Breakfast Potatoes, Fruit

Lunch: Lentil Soup, Roast Beef Sandwiches w/ Horseradish Sauce, Curried Tofu Salad

Dinner: Oven Fried Chicken, Crispy Roasted Tofu, Mac and Cheese, Broccoli

Tuesday

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Tofu Scramble, Bacon

Lunch: Tomato Soup, Grilled Cheese, Roasted Cauliflower

Dinner: Tacos, Re-Fried Pinto Beans, Rice, Veggies, Guacamole, Salsa, Sour Cream

Wednesday

Breakfast: Fried Eggs , Sweet Potatoes, Grilled English Muffins, Fruit

Lunch: Southwest Black Bean Soup,; Turkey, Cheddar, Bacon and Avocado Sandwiches; Hummus, Cheddar and Avocado Sandwiches; Kettle Chips

Dinner: Beef Curry, Veggie Curry, Rice , Peas

Thursday

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Tofu Scramble, Sausage

Lunch: Chicken Salad; Cranberry, Lentil and Kale Salad

Dinner: Burger Night, Fat Fries

Friday

Breakfast: Fried Eggs, Potatoes, Vegan Muffins, Fruit

Lunch: Fish Sandwiches, Lemon Tofu, Rice

Dinner: Turkey a la King, Mashed Potatoes, Red Lentil Gravy, Brownies

Saturday

Breakfast: Brunch

Lunch: Brunch

Dinner: Baked Ziti, Meatballs, Garlic Bread

Sunday

Breakfast: Brunch

Lunch: Brunch

Dinner: Pizza Night, Gluten-Free Pizza

:: Upcoming events

Tuesday, December 11
Community Council Meeting
1:00-3:00 p.m. McGregor 113

Tuesday, December 11
Co-op Orientation
3:00–4:30 p.m. McGregor 113

Tuesday, December 11
Craft Night
7:00 p.m. Birch Commons

Thursday, December 13
Job Fair
4:00–6:00 p.m. South Gym
Friday, December 14
Friday Forum: Inter-religious Dialogue
7:30 p.m. Coretta Scott King Center

Saturday, December 15
Shopping Trip
1:30–4:30 p.m. around Dayton

Tuesday, December 18
Ugly Holiday Sweater Community Meeting!
1:00–3:00 p.m. McGregor 113

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