ONE MORGAN PLACE :: Community Bulletin

VOLUME 1, ISSUE 16|April 23, 2012  

IN THIS ISSUE:   A Birthday Celebration of the Life and Service of Coretta Scott King ’51 + Cosy Sheridan with TR Ritchie in Concert :: Architects holding meetings to discuss the campus master plan  ::   Join the Bingle Belles for dinner  ::   Upcoming photo workshop  ::   Adjustments to language curriculum requirements  ::   Upcoming workshop on conflict resolution  ::   Employee discount for Ecocamp  ::   A special message from Gariot P. Louima, Chief Communications Officer  ::   Campus notes  ::   Upcoming events

Children posing for a photo at a recent Glen Helen Ecocamp.

Children pose for a photo at a recent Glen Helen Ecocamp. The Glen has just announced the Antioch College Employee discount, offering $100 off per child for one week of camp if you send each of your children to Ecocamp this summer. For more information, see the story below.

:: A Birthday Celebration of the Life and Service of Coretta Scott King ’51 + Cosy Sheridan with TR Ritchie in Concert

This Friday, April 27, marks the birthday of Coretta Scott King ’51. To honor her life and memory, the Coretta Scott King Center presents “A Birthday Celebration of the Life and Service of Coretta Scott King ’51: Abiding by Faith, Hope, and Love.” The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Center and will include a history of the Center, musical selections, readings, and reflections on the “First Lady of Civil Rights.” Light refreshments will follow, and the event will be concluded by a special concert featuring Cosy Sheridan and TR Ritchie (details below).

Birthday celebration for Coretta Scott King 5:30 p.m.
Fellowship hour with refreshments 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Cosy Sheridan & TR Ritchie 7:30 p.m.

Award-winning songwriters Cosy Sheridan and TR Ritchie join together in concert, April 27, 7:30 p.m., at the Coretta Scott King Center, immediately following the birthday celebration honoring Coretta Scott King.

Between them, Cosy Sheridan and TR Ritchie have won most of the major songwriting contests in the country, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the Sisters Folk Festival, the Napa Valley Folk Festival, the Silverton Folk Festival, and the Snowbird Mountain Festival. Frequently traveling together but also performing as solo artists, they have toured for the past twenty years, singing their songs in coffeehouses and concert halls, at festivals and in living rooms across the country.

Sheridan has been called “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful singer-songwriters.” A storyteller as well as a songwriter, she weaves children’s fables into metaphors of modern adulthood: “The Little Engine that Could” talks with “Ferdinand the Bull.” Her modern renditions of mythology (we meet Hades the biker) have won her fans and praise from the press. The Cornell Folksong Society wrote: “Sheridan is frank, feisty, sublimely and devilishly funny. She fuses myth with modern culture: “Persephone with Botox.” In 1994 Sheridan wrote and produced a one-woman show titled The Pomegranate Seed—an Exploration of Appetite, Body-Image, and Myth, which she performs at colleges around the country.

Ritchie, who learned his musical chops as a street singer in Seattle’s Pike Street Market in the early 80s, is a master of understated yet powerful imagery in his songs. Dubbed “a classic folk troubadour” by Performing Songwriter magazine, Ritchie’s roots-influenced music has a timeless appeal. This past July he was invited to accompany Alexandra Cousteau and her Blue Legacy crew of photographers and writers on a trip though Cataract Canyon to add a musical perspective to the National Geographic-sponsored expedition. The crew filmed him singing “Let This Mighty River Roll,” his song for Glen Canyon.

Sheridan and Ritchie met at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 1992 and moved to Moab in 1994. In 2008 they co-founded the Moab Folk Camp, a folk and acoustic camp for adults and high school students that takes place each November before the Moab Folk Festival.

The show is free, but a $10–15 donation will be cheerfully accepted by the artists.

:: Architects holding meetings to discuss the campus master plan

What is your vision for our campus? What’s on your wish list? Let your voice be heard about spaces on campus! Both students and faculty/staff are invited to meet with architects from MacLachlan, Cornelius & Filoni to review details of the master plan and provide feedback and input about space use and other details of the plan. The architects will be sharing drawings, renderings, and ideas regarding the master plan and the rest of the planning process. In addition, they will discuss future space allocation plans (office space, classroom space, and “departmental” space). Marvin Pate, the team’s sustainability consultant, will also be on hand to discuss the future of sustainability on our campus.

The master plan will be finalized soon, so now is the time to share your thoughts! Both meetings will be held in McGregor 113.

Meeting for students Monday, April 23, 5:30–7 p.m.
Meeting for faculty and staff Tuesday, April 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

:: Join the Bingle Belles for dinner

Since the mid-1970s, a group of eleven Antiochians from the Class of 1952 have gathered every few years in various places around the country. What these women have in common is their shared experience as freshman hall mates in Bingle Hall of North Hall during the 1947–48 academic year. Over the years, they have come to call themselves the “Bingle Belles.”

Seven of the Belles will be returning to the College in May to present and dedicate a handmade quilt crafted in honor of their Antioch experiences. Students, staff, and faculty are invited to join the Belles for a dinner hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations to honor the Belles, celebrate their return, and accept their dedication. The dinner will be held on Thursday, May 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Coretta Scott King Center. Please RSVP to Maria Rauch by May 3 at mrauch@antiochcollege.org or 937-767-2341.

:: Upcoming photo workshop

Dennie Eagleson, creative director of the Herndon Gallery and former photography professor at the College, will present a photo workshop on Monday, April 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. in McGregor 130. This is the first of a series of photo-related activities that are free and open to the Antioch community. The initial topic of discussion will be about shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, and film speed (or ASA). Understanding how these work and interact will give you more creative control of the pictures you make. The discussion is applicable to both analog (film-based) and digital cameras. Bring your cameras and questions with you!

:: Adjustments to language curriculum requirements

Students were notified last week that as part of our review of the curriculum, a few adjustments have been made to the requirements for the Language & Culture Program. After a careful review of the program, an ad-hoc academic committee (Anneris Coria-Navia, Susan Eklund-Leen, David Kammler, and Hassan Rahmanian) proposed the following adjustments in the language requirements. The proposal is supported by the faculty and is endorsed by the president. These adjustments are predicated on the continuing belief that a proficiency-based approach to language and culture education, which necessitates the acquisition of ever-increasing levels of skill, is an educational goal consistent with Antioch College’s mission. These adjustments are also built on the premise that learning a second language becomes more meaningful and purposeful when the students set for themselves higher levels of expectation, aspiration, and commitment than merely trying to fulfill a requirement. Therefore effective as of Summer 2012:

  • All students are required, at a minimum, to achieve novice-high proficiency (roughly one year of language learning). Students who have already achieved novice-high proficiency in a language take one quarter of language at Antioch College and have the option of testing out of the language requirement. Students with documented learning challenges may be exempted from the language requirement. Currently enrolled students that have achieved novice high-proficiency by ACTFL standards by the end of the summer term will have met the requirement.
  • Students may choose to attain more advanced language learning by developing Individualized Language Plans with their language faculty advisor by their second term at Antioch College. This option leads to achievement of intermediate-high proficiency (roughly three years of study) and includes the completion of one language immersion co-op. Students who choose this option will receive a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a language focus.
  • The language immersion co-op is only required for students who wish to earn their degrees with the language focus. Students completing the minimum language requirement (novice-high proficiency and roughly one-year of language learning) are not required to complete the immersion co-op. Please note that the Cooperative Education program will prioritize international co-op placement to support the language program and students pursuing the BA and BS degrees with language focus.

Since this model is proficiency-based, students complete requirements by passing a proficiency exam at a certain level, not by taking a set number of classes. Currently enrolled students will develop Individualized Language Plans during the summer term. All students will take the Oral Proficiency Interview at the end of the summer as a progress report and/or to test out of the language requirement.

Questions should be directed to Profs. Coria-Navia, Eklund-Leen, Kammler, or Rahmanian.

:: Upcoming workshop on conflict resolution

Sarah Wallis from Village Mediation Program will host a conflict resolution workshop/training this Wednesday, April 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Coretta Scott King Center. This workshop will be with the Community Life Staff as well as those who might be interested and can attend. This is a great opportunity to build our skills as a community. Between five and seven slots are available and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so please contact Louise Smith by Tuesday at 5 p.m. if you can attend. (Students should, of course, consult with co-op supervisors before signing up.) On the agenda:

  • Introductions
  • What is conflict?
  • Conflict styles
  • Emotions in conflict
  • Needs underlying conflict
  • Positions and interests
  • Reflective practice
  • Conflict coaching basics/resources
  • Communication exercises / role playing (mostly the second half of training)

:: Employee discount for Ecocamp

Send your kids to Ecocamp this summer and take advantage of our new Antioch College employee discount! Send each of your children to Ecocamp and receive $100 off per child for one week of camp. Children do not have to attend camp the same week. Campers explore the Glen, make new friends, and learn how to appreciate the world around them. Camps are available for children age five through fifteen. Day and overnight camps are available. Register online today before camps fill up! Notify Whitney Till, 767-7648 or wtill@glenhelen.org, after registration or in the NOTES section of your online registration and $100 will be taken off of your balance.

:: A special message from Gariot P. Louima, Chief Communications Officer

Dear Colleagues,

During the last two weeks, we’ve seen a proliferation of requests to send mass emails through everyone@antiochcollege.org; additionally, there has been a noticeable spike of messages to students@antiochcollege.org. As our student and faculty bodies will double in size soon, it’s become apparent to me that we must now begin to more responsibly manage the campus broadcast email system.

Campus, public agency, and corporate email systems function to support the exchange of information in support of institutions’ business functions. On college campuses, those systems are managed by a communications office in conjunction with group “owners.” Group ownership describes the department-head or administrator overseeing an area or set of data. We will follow the most commonly used model in higher ed:

Students Office of the Registrar (as this is where the official student record resides)
Faculty Dean or VP, Academic Affairs (most often closed group limited to members of the faculty)
Staff Human Resources (payroll, benefits, other personnel matters)
Everyone Communications (global messages to all addresses @ the corporate domain)

Our new Guidelines for Electronic Mass Mailing requires that we are all more deliberate in planning our messages to segments of the community. If you have questions, please send a note my way. These guidelines take immediate effect.

Gariot P. Louima, M.S., M.F.A.
Chief Communications Officer
and Writing Institute Coordinator
Antioch College

:: Campus notes

  • The latest issue of the Beacon, the GLCA’s flagship publication, can be viewed online. In its update on Antioch College, the Beacon reports on the extension of full-tuition scholarships.
  • Forrest Humphrey and Guy J. Mathews have proposed to start weight-lifting on Thursdays at 8 p.m. in the South Gym. Guy will be posting different workout sheets that may help.
  • The bathroom in Birch Hall’s second floor (mixed gender hall) will be closed all week while leaks are repaired. Students are asked to use third-floor bathrooms in the meantime and are thanked for their patience.

:: Upcoming events

Monday, April 23
Student Meeting with Architects
5:30–7 p.m. McGregor 113

Tuesday, April 24
Faculty/Staff Meeting with Architects
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. McGregor 113

Tuesday, April 24
Governance Task Group meeting: Discussion of Jurisdiction and Mission of Governance
6–7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25
Council of Conveners: Review of Alcohol and Drug Policy
5–6 p.m.

Friday, April 27
A Birthday Celebration of the Life and Service of Coretta Scott King ’51: Abiding by Faith, Hope, and Love
5:30–7:30 p.m. Coretta Scott King Center

Friday, April 27
In Concert: Cosy Sheridan with TR Ritchie
7:30 p.m. Coretta Scott King Center
Saturday, April 28
South Glen Restoration Project
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. South Glen
RSVP to asimonson@glenhelen.org or 937-769-1902 Ext. 103.

Sunday, April 29
Field Trip: Dance Performance at the Wexner Arts Center
Leave campus at 12:15 p.m. for Ohio State University. Please let Louise Smith know if you want to attend by Wednesday, April 25. Tickets are $10.

Saturday, May 5
Columbus State Writers Conference
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Center for Workforce Development, Columbus State Community College

Thursday, May 10
Dinner with the Bingle Belles
5–7 p.m. Coretta Scott King Center
RSVP to Maria Rauch by May 3 at mrauch@antiochcollege.org or 937-767-2341.

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