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 Fall 2010

The Role of the Volunteer

This summer volunteers made tremendous improvements to campus. During Reunion in June, volunteers took on projects of great magnitude.

Volunteers gave the sculpture annex, new home to the Yellow Springs Children’s Playhouse, a facelift. They spent 10 days painting the exterior of the building a tasteful yellow with dark green edging and doors.

The garden team fixed up flowerbeds around campus and built a new vegetable garden which in months since has produced okra, zucchini, squash, carrots, beets, and a lot of tomatoes. Other teams of volunteers continued renovations on Pennell House, provided administrative support to staff, weatherized the exterior upstairs doors at Units, and prepared delicious meals through the week.

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  • Ashley Appleman
  • Christine Hofstra ’91, Tim Wang, Beth Richards
  • Earl Lemberger, Robin Sheerer ’63
  • Jeff Wood ’88 and Susan Eklund- Leen
  • Mac Palmer ’61
  • Mike Zito, Evelyn LaMers ’69, Tom Sain ’08, Molly Finch, Eva Erickson, Julian Sharp ’08
  • Tom LaMers ’68, Ralph Overton ’61

During the months of July and August, the College hosted dozens of volunteers from out of state. These volunteers came from different backgrounds and time zones with a desire to help the College successfully reopen. They helped the College in many ways, from restoring benches at Units to reorganizing Arthur Morgan’s speeches in Antiochiana.

Local volunteers have played an equally important role over the last few months. Week after week they take time to water the garden, organize files, run the Herndon Gallery, deliver the mail and run the recycling program. Without the support of these volunteers the College would be unable to provide services critical to operations.

In September, volunteers were the first group to begin renovations on the spacious Art Building. After two years of vacancy, the building opened during the Founders Day celebrations in October. Volunteers spent days replacing old and damaged walls and baseboards in the building’s gallery space. The volunteers also painted and cleaned up the space to keep it in line with the building’s strikingly modern esthetics.

This fall, after many months of donated labor, volunteers are celebrating the reopening of Pennell House. The next time you are on campus, make sure to take a tour of Pennell. Volunteers are also celebrating with a big party on Halloween weekend. Musician and DJ volunteers from the village of Yellow Springs will be throwing an Antioch College-style Halloween party to celebrate volunteerism at the College and our achievements over the past year.

Later this fall volunteers hope to begin renovations to West Hall, the future home of the pioneering 2011 entering class.

If you would like to become involved in volunteer work at the College, visit www.antiochcollege.org/volunteer to find out more. The more time you give, the stronger our College becomes.