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 Fall 2010

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Profile: Carl Reeverts ’08

Carl Reeverts 2008 in the studio with assistants

Late in his Antioch College career – after taking classes with Bob Devine, Chris Hill and Anne Bohlen – Carl Reeverts (above, left) discovered a passion for filmmaking. His experience on co-op in Yellow Springs as an assistant in the final stages of production for A Lion in the House, an Emmy-winning documentary about children with cancer by Julia Reichert ’70 and Steven Bognar, further inspired him.

“Witnessing what you can do with the medium that was so personal and real, it really had an impact on me,” Reeverts said.

After he graduated, Reeverts lived for a while in New York City. Eventually he moved back to his home town of Washington D.C., where, in addition to teaching a high school video production class, he has worked as an assistant editor for Discovery Channel, helping organize footage, maintaining the editing suite, placing narration and making promotional material for American Loggers, a reality television show.

He is currently working the late shift doing similar editorial assistant work for the National Geographic channel, which allows him to work on his own projects during the day.

“Early in my career I decided to try as much as possible to work on self-directed projects that I felt would benefit people in an Antiochian sense— bridging divides, increasing community and tolerance,” Reeverts said.

He is currently working on two documentaries – one on Veterans Green Jobs, a nonprofit that trains veterans to become home energy auditors, the other chronicling the journey of an old friend, a Vietnamese-American chef, on her first trip to Southeast Asia.

Reeverts hopes his work will encourage people to be more socially and environmentally conscious in their daily lives.

—Mary Bess Ser ’01

Profile: Tess Lindsay ’08

Tess Lindsay class of 2008

“I feel pretty lucky to be a recent graduate from Antioch [College] with a career in what I studied,” said Tess Lindsay, whose self-designed undergraduate major was titled “Childhood Education: Philosophical and Political Dimensions in Child-Centered learning.”

For the past two years, Lindsay has worked as the head of the elementary program at The Journey School, a K-12 college preparatory school in Southern Vermont that integrates ecology, culture and community into its curriculum. Lindsay describes her work there as “purposeful and invigorating.”

At The Journey School, teachers are facilitators of the learning process, but students choose what subjects they would like to study. “Last year we spent a large part of the year building a miniature village, at 1/24th scale, complete with governance, mini-houses, an economy, and small people with personalities and jobs,” Lindsay said.

In addition to managing the curriculum and meeting the interests and learning styles of every child in the program, Lindsay is also responsible for facilitating students’ social-emotional learning.

“I have worked with the children to navigate social conflicts and challenges in a way that was empowering to all involved, creating a positive and respectful school community,” she said.

More recently, she has been collaborating with staff and elementary program graduates on the creation of a new middle and high school program called Teen Odyssey, which opens this fall.

She will be accompanying these students on a five-day, four-night hike along the Long Trail – one of the oldest long-distance trails in the U.S. – and will guide them in choosing their own seven-week internships this winter.

Outside of work, Lindsay is also committed to self-reliance and eating local food. She lives in a cabin in the woods with no running water. She also raises honeybees, chickens, and sheep, and makes her own cheese.

In the future, Lindsay hopes to start her own farm school, combining her love for nature with her passion for education.

—Mary Bess Ser ’01

Profile: Jeanne Kay ’10

Jeanne Kay 2010

Jeanne Kay would not let the lack of an accredited bachelor’s degree stop her from applying to graduate school at the University of London at Goldsmiths.

Excellent letters of recommendation from her mentors Jean Gregorek and Scott Warren, former Antioch College faculty members who now serve as Morgan Fellows, as well as her hard work at the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute all played a part in her acceptance.

As she works on fastening that master’s in postcolonial culture and global policy to her belt, she holds fast to another ambition: to one day complete her undergraduate studies at her original alma mater, Antioch College.

Kay described the two years she attended Antioch College as life-changing. She spent a co-op term at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington D.C., where she worked with IPS founder Marc Raskin on a project to turn Guantanamo Bay into an international medical research facility. She also did research for Phyllis Bennis’ book, Ending the War in ­Afghanistan, and worked a new economic project with John Cavanagh. “I could not believe that I was working among the scholars whose books I had been reading for years,” Kay said.

Like many of her classmates and faculty, Kay rallied tirelessly for the College’s independence. “I felt accountable to Antioch College – which had transformed me in ways I could never have imagined,” she said.

The caliber of the students and faculty at the time of the closing are incomparable, Kay said. She sums up her hope for the new college by quoting Pablo Neruda: “You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming back.”

Kay plans ultimately to study public international law and to establish a career in global systems of governance and participatory democracy. She credits Antioch College for giving her a head start.

—Mary Bess Ser ’01

Profile: John Percy de Jongh Jr. ’81

John Percy de Jongh JR. class of 81

John Percy de Jongh Jr. ’81 has served as governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands since January 1, 2007. During his tenure, he has championed early childhood education issues, established the Children and Families Council, and pushed for economic diversification of the four islands that comprise the U.S. Virgin Islands.

He has instituted a government-wide energy demand reduction program to reduce the territory’s dependency on fossil fuels and has advanced the use of alternative and renewable energy sources in the territory.

De Jongh was born and was raised on St. Thomas, where he attended St. Peter and Paul School. He graduated from Catholic Central High School in Detroit and studied economics at Antioch College.

“A lot of what I have done since graduating from Antioch College has been an outgrowth of my experiences,” de Jongh said recently. “It gave me the confidence to tackle the unknown—especially in the risky world of politics.”

De Jongh returned to the Virgin Islands to join the Tri-Island Economic Development Council and was then hired by Chase Manhattan Bank. During his six years there, de Jongh became the first country consumer manager responsible for all consumer banking products in the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands (BVI) and St. Maarten. Under his leadership, Chase installed the first off-site ATMs, increased home mortgage lending, and changed the bank’s focus to consumer lending in the British Virgin Islands.

In 1984 de Jongh was appointed to the Industrial Development Commission, and in 1987 he was appointed as the youngest commissioner of finance. He also served as chairman of the Governing Board of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority and executive director of the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority.

He reentered the private sector in 1993 as a senior managing consultant for Public Financial Management, where he helped to develop and implement five-year plans for the cities of Philadelphia, New Haven, Connecticut and Washington, D.C., all of which dramatically improved their financial standing as a result of implementing these management initiatives. De Jongh served as president, chief operating officer, and director of Lockhart Companies, a real estate and insurance holding company with properties and businesses in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, and Turks & Caicos. He also served three terms as president of the St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce and the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, a philanthropic organization focused on children and families.