Six new faculTy, CSKC director hired
Six new tenure-track professors and a director of the Coretta Scott King Center are joining the campus community.
The Rev. Derrick Weston, the director of the Coretta Scott King Center for Cultural and Intellectual Freedom, is a pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs. Prior to moving to the Midwest, he was the mission advancement manager at The Pittsburgh Project. Weston has an MDiv from the San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Savitha Krishna, PhD, assistant professor of biomedical sciences, was most recently an assistant professor in the natural science department at Wilberforce University. She was an adjunct professor of biology at Antioch College during the winter 2012 term. She holds a PhD in applied zoology from Mangalore University.
Richard Kraince, PhD, associate professor of cooperative education, comes to Antioch College from El Colegio de México in Mexico City, where he served as the academic coordinator for the Center for Asian and African Studies and held a tenure-track faculty position as a research professor of Southeast Asian societies. Kraince has a PhD in the sociology of education from Ohio University.
Linda Fuselier, PhD, associate professor of environmental science, comes to Antioch College from Minnesota State University-Moorhead, where she is an associate professor of biosciences teaching courses in aquatic biology, evolutionary biology, organismal biology, and molecular biology. Since 2010, she has also been the director of women’s and gender studies. She holds a PhD in biological sciences from the University of Kentucky.
Kevin McGruder, PhD, assistant professor of history, was an adjunct assistant professor at Lehman College (CUNY), where he taught courses in African American studies and history, and was a scholar in residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. He has a PhD in history from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.
Charles Fairbanks, MFA, assistant professor of media arts, is a wrestler and filmmaker whose recent work focuses on Lucha Libre in Mexico, where the artist fights as the One-Eyed Cat (El Gato Tuerto) with a camera built into his mask. He is a 2012 recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship. Fairbanks has an MFA from the University of Michigan.
Michelle Rivera-Clonch, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, comes to Antioch from Western Carolina University, where she worked in student affairs as the director of the Women’s Center and Women’s Programs and as a faculty instructor. Rivera-Clonch has a PhD in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.
The combination of many recruitment activities, and the support of current students, faculty, staff, and alumni, produced the desired outcome of enrolling 75 new students for the upcoming fall term, Cezar Mesquita, dean of admission and financial aid, said.
Mesquita said the next class of Antiochians comes from a wide range of experiences that will add to the diversity of the College community: from rural Ohioans and African immigrants, to students who attended premier boarding schools on the East Coast. Here are key indicators for the Class of 2016, along with comparison figures from last year’s group:
Mesquita said the next class of Antiochians comes from a wide range of experiences that will add to the diversity of the College community: from rural Ohioans and African emigrants to students who attended premier boarding schools on the East Coast. Here are updated key indicators for the Class of 2016, along with comparison figures from last year’s group:
|Fall ’11||Fall ’12|
|Male||12 (34%)||20 (27%)|
|Female||21 (60%)||54 (73%)|
|Not Identified||2 (6%)||1|
|Multicultural||7 (20%)||23 (31%)|
|African American||3 (9%)||6 (8%)|
|Ohio||8 (26%)||21 (28%)|
|Out-of-State||24 (74%)||53 (72%)|
|SAT (Verbal + Math)||1280||1180*|
* July 2012 data analysis for first-year students submitting official test scores and grade point average. Due to rounding, figures may not add up to 100%.
The opportunities and challenges for the Office of Admission and Financial Aid will remain the same as in the first two years since the re-opening of the College: to continue spreading the word about the College as a vibrant and academically enriching institution.
As always, we welcome our alumni to assist in these recruitment efforts. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Maggie Rusnak ’95, acting director of admissions and financial aid, at or 937-319-6082.
From the board
Judith “Judi” Church ’75, Sharon Merriman ’55, Sylvia C. Turner ’67, have been unanimously elected to the Board of Trustees. Church joined the board in January; Merriman and Turner begin their board service in October.
Church served on the board of directors of several organizations, including Antioch College’s Alumni Association (2009‒present) and The Kitchen (2009–present), and the Advisors of the American Council for Cultural Policy (2002-2006). Church has been a lawyer with New York-based Debevoise and Plimpton, LLP for 20 years where she focuses primarily on intellectual property and information technology issues. She holds a master’s degree in art from the University of New Mexico, and a law degree from Columbia University.
A civil litigator in federal and state courts since 1975, Merriman specializes in personal injury cases, representing businesses in commercial collection matters, and probate and estate work. She also serves as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. She is of counsel in the law firm of Voyles Zahn Paul. Merriman is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indiana State Bar Association. Merriman earned her law degree from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in 1975.
Turner ’67 is the dean of fine and performing arts at Santa Ana College. She is a former member of the Ann Arbor Dance Theater, the Gloria Newman Dance Company, and was co-founder of Connect 3, a multimedia performance ensemble. she is the former chair of the Santa Ana College Dance Department. Under her leadership, the department gained statewide recognition for excellence in instruction, high quality concert productions, and successful well-trained students. She has trained hundreds of students, many of whom have become successful performers, choreographers, and teachers.
Constitution for governance drafted
An elected task group of students, staff, and faculty drafted a constitution for community government that will take effect this fall.
The constitution, which borrows some elements from Antioch’s 1975 Community Government Constitution, allows for broad participation in policymaking and administrative management, where appropriate. The new document, which was ratified by the Council of Conveners on June 6 and by the Senior Leadership Team on June 12, integrates community governance into the Office of Community Life.
This iteration of shared governance brings back a newly defined Community Council, with constituent-based and at-large representation. The constitution was the result of productive educational discussions involving faculty, staff, and students. One Antioch student, Elijah Blanton, lead the way in articulating a set of values for governance that included “sustainability, accessibility, and transparency.”
The task group selected Gariot P. Louima, chief communications officer, as its chair. Sara Black, assistant professor of visual arts, served as co-chair. Other members of the task group were: Chef Isaac Delamatre; students Elijah Blanton, Jenn Wheeler, Forrest Humphrey, and Guy Matthews; and Louise Smith, dean of community life.
The group will continue its work this summer by writing the Community Government By-Laws, previously called the Legislative Code.
The College has also reviewed and revamped the Community Standards Board and judicial process. Jennifer Berman, outreach coordinator in the Office of Community Life, worked with students, staff, and faculty on redrafting the bylaws for the Community Standards Board. They consulted with the Village Mediation Program, which conducted two on-campus trainings with staff and students on conflict styles and mediation.
The Community Council and the Community Standards Board both adopted a consensus model for decision-making, something that is a new to community government at Antioch College, but now in use by the Faculty Assembly and Senior Leadership Team.
Smith, the dean of community life, said Josh Bacon, director of judicial affairs at James Madison University, has been invited to facilitate trainings on restorative justice philosophy and processes.
Project in full swing on Antioch Farm
Project members discuss their ideas while gathered under the old tea house on the Antioch Farm as part of a design-build project on April 14 and 15. (Photo by Dennie Eagleson ’71)
A small group of professional artists, architects, designers, and builders collaborated with students on April 14 and 15 on the first part of a design-build project on the Antioch Farm.
The professionals, including Rod Northcutt, Charlie Vinz, Jillian Soto, and visual arts faculty Sara Black, worked with current students Sam Senzek, Maisie Taibbi, Rachael Smith, Nargees Jumahan, and Adam Abraham; newly admitted student Gabe Amrhein; and community members Carissa Burkett, Ethan Miller; and farm director Kat Christen.
The design charrette held that weekend led to designs for an international tea garden and shelter at the farm. The design and plans were developed around the ritual process of building, the event of harvesting, steeping, and drinking tea inspired by many cultures, and the importance of water on the farm.
Students and community members in Yellow Springs, along with the grounds crew at Antioch College, took down and salvaged material from the existing tea house built in the 1970s, poured footings for the new structure, and pulled up the concrete from the non-functioning pond during the week of May 5. Over the weekend of June 2, group leaders, students, and community members reconvened to place a stone “footprint” using stones from a nearby limestone quarry, construct the renewed tea shelter including a cordwood-and-mortar wall, and restore the pond. Materials included scavenged poplar from a nearby barn that has been deconstructed, a mix of milled hardwoods from the Glen, limestone from the nearby quarry, cordwood, and mortar.
Happenings at Herndon Gallery
Running through August 17: Antioch College presents SOURCE with artists Basia Irland, Dornith Doherty, and duo Amber Ginsburg and Joe Madrigal.
SOURCE presents the work of four artists whose work is intimately involved with “the seed” and includes the goal of environmental restoration, preservation of endangered genetic material, and uncovering histories. They work in a range of mediums, from photographs made with X-ray cameras in seed banks across the world, to carving of ice books that use seeds as “text,” to an imaginative repurposing of World War I ceramic test bomb dummies into seed shakers. The work is poetic, performative, and profound.
The exhibition has been curated by Dennie Eagleson ’71, creative director of the Herndon Gallery, and Sara Black, assistant professor of visual arts at Antioch College.
Poetry and process with poet Ann Filemyr
Poet Ann Filemyr, author of The Healer’s Diary, presented a poetry reading on March 15, in the Olive Kettering Library. The poems in the collection varied in form from short personal lyrics to prose poems spanning cultures and geographies, looking both backward and forward, seeking connection and healing.
Filemyr described her poetic collection as a “luminous effort to make sense of the torn world in order to restore vitality and beauty.”
Filemyr also hosted “Healing the Creative Spirit”—an experiential writing workshop—on March 17, in the Coretta Scott King Center on the College campus. The workshop fused creative writing, mindfulness, whole brain exercises and play in order for participants to expand their awareness and touch their potential.
Ann Filemyr, PhD, is the academic dean of the College for Contemporary Native Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. Prior to that, she was a member of the faculty for fifteen years at Antioch College. She is the author of two books of poetry: The Healer’s Diary, (Sunstone Press, 2012) and Growing Paradise (LaNana Creek Press, 2011). Some of the poems were inspired by the people and places she knew living in Yellow Springs. Others arise from living near and working with the Pueblo peoples of New Mexico. Still others are rooted in her 20-year apprenticeship to the late plant medicine teacher, Keewaydinoquay.
Filemyr’s visit was coordinated by the Writing Institute at Antioch College.
The banging, drilling, hammering, and sawing noise driving faculty and staff crazy will be coming to an end after August as crews wrap up the months-long elevator installation projects around campus in Birch Hall, North Hall, and McGregor Hall—projects that will turn out to be well worth the noise in the end.
The elevator project in Birch Hall is nearing completion, with the elevator shaft intact and the cab already installed, Reggie Stratton, facilities manager, said. Stratton estimates the installation should be completely finished by mid-August.
The North Hall elevator shaft is complete and the cab was installed the week of June 25.
The demolition work for the McGregor Hall elevator installation began the week of June 25. Currently the east and west ends of McGregor are inaccessible to each other on the building’s second floor. The McGregor elevator installation should be finished by late August.
The installation of the elevators will make the buildings ADA compliant and is a key component in making the buildings fully accessible.
In August, Sara Black, assistant professor of visual arts, working in collaboration with Chicago-based artist Jillian Soto, will present the large-scale architectural installation and performance project Voyagers, part of a multi-stage episodic project collectively titled Thy Sea Is Great Our Boats Are Small, commissioned by the Placemakers Foundation on the Haven Tree Farm in Morgan County, Ohio. Also in August and September 2012, Black and Soto will present High Concepts Laboratories, in Chicago, Illinois. In September 2012, Black will be presenting and Two Histories of the World, Part II at Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. Also on the horizon for Black is the presentation of a paper titled “Getting Closer: Critique as an Integral Source in Learning through Making,” at the College Art Association Conference Panel “Beyond Good or Bad: Practice-Derived Epistemologies of Studio Critique,” coordinated by Judith Leeman (MassArt) and Adelheid Mers (SAIC).
Michelle Rivera-Clonch, assistant professor of psychology, will be presenting at the Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies conference in August 2012 in New Orleans and will be presenting a paper titled “In Psyche’s Post-WWII Survival Kit: The Peace Symbol and UFOs.” In October 2012, she will deliver a paper titled “Borders and Cartographic Consciousness: Ecopsychological Reflections from the Field” at the Peace and Justice Studies Association Annual Conference at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Charles Fairbanks, assistant professor of media arts, was recently awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Fairbanks was one of two recipients of the award this year with Antioch College connections. Alumna Wendy Ewald ’74, a noted photographer, also received the award.
Richard Kraince, associate professor of cooperative education, attended the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from June 17–23. He participated in debates over the new UN Higher Education Sustainability Initiative. He also represented the Sexto Sol Center for Community Action of Chiapas, Mexico, in the Mexican NGO Forum. The highlight of his trip was attending the Peoples Forum for Social and Environmental Justice (Cúpula dos Povos) where indigenous peoples, peasants, and environmental activists from around the world met to formulate an independent declaration on sustainable development and self-determination.
Geneva Gano, assistant professor of literature, has been researching the poet Langston Hughes’ years in Carmel, California, for her book project, U.S. Modernism at Continent’s End: Provincetown, Carmel, Taos. She has also made presentations on Langston Hughes and on the spatial humanities at national conferences such as the Robinson Jeffers Association Annual Conference in Asilomar, California, in May 2012, where she presented “Scottsboro via Carmel-by-the-Sea: Robinson Jeffers and Langston Hughes.”
Anneris Coria-Navia, assistant professor of language, presented “Students’ and Teachers’ Perceptions of the Use of Technology in the Foreign Language Classroom” at the Ohio Foreign Language Association Conference on March 30. She was also invited to participate in a panel on Urban Teaching at the same conference where she specifically contributed on the topics of social networks in education and teacher training.