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ELLIE NOMINATION

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Cover of The Antioch Review with illustration by David Battle.

For the third consecutive year, The Antioch Review as named a finalist for a National Magazine Award, the highest honor for magazines published in the United States. The Review was nominated in the Essays & Criticism category for William Giraldi’s “The Physics of Speed” (fall 2010). It competed with top-tier magazines for the award; these included The American Scholar, The New Yorker, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Paris Review, which won.

The American Society of Magazine Editors presented the awards, known as the Ellies, on Monday, May 9, in New York City. The Ellies are considered theĀ Oscars or Pulitzer Prize of the magazine world.

The Antioch Review, now in its 70th year of publication, is the smallest magazine nominated for the Ellie this year. It received its first nomination in 2009 in the essay category and was nominated for fiction in 2010.


STATE AUTHORIZATION

The Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) granted provisional approval to Antioch College to award bachelor’s degrees.

“Antioch College meets the Chancellor’s standards for undergraduate programs and the review team recommends provisional authorization for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees,” according to the recommendation of a team that visited in January. The full text of the provisional approval can be found by visiting the Ohio Board of Regents’ website.

Approval from the OBR is a critical first step as Antioch College advances toward candidacy for regional accreditation.


CHAMPIONING DIVERSITY

Adam, Athena, Kenneth, Mark Roosevelt

President Mark Roosevelt met with members of the “virtual” alumni chapter, Alumni of Courage in Diversity (formerly Alumni of Color) on Saturday, April 30, in Washington, D.C. Alumni traveled from as far as Cincinnati to discuss the future of the College with Roosevelt. Also present was Adam Abraham, who enters the College this fall as a Horace Mann Fellow. The group discussed mentoring future students of the College, writing grant proposals to win scholarships for students, town-gown relations, and the new curriculum. Audio from this meeting is available at antiochcollege.org/media.

Incoming student Adam Abraham, Athena Turner-Frederick ’82, Kenneth Frederick ’86, and President Mark Roosevelt at the meeting of the Alumni of Courage.


GLEN HELEN SPECIALTY LICENSE PLATE

State Senator Chris Widener (R-Springfield) and the Glen Helen Ecology Institute announced today that the state transportation budget, House Bill 114, will include a provision allowing for the creation of a Glen Helen Nature Preserve specialty license plate. There are more than 200 specialty plates in Ohio. Specialty plates are only authorized through legislation and can be bought when renewing or changing license plates. The Glen Helen plate costs $25, which includes a $15 donation to the Glen Helen Ecology Institute.

“People of all walks of life visit the preserve to learn about the natural history of our community, to experience the beauty of nature, or to exercise along the hiking trails,” Widener stated. “The specialty license plate will be a great promotional tool as well as provide additional donations to keep educational and conservational programs alive.”

Glen Helen initiated a license plate design contest last year. The new design, pending approval from the State Comptroller, will feature a design by the late Ohio nature artist Charley Harper, who is well known for his wildlife artwork.

“We are grateful for Senator Widener’s ongoing support of this legislation. Ohioans purchasing a Glen Helen license plate can feel good knowing that they are directly supporting our land conservation and environmental education efforts,” Executive Director Nick Boutis said.


CONTEMPLATIVE EDUCATION

Drs. Clifford D. Saron and John Makransky were among the renowned scholars invited to Antioch College for “A Green Space for the Mind,” a symposium on mindfulness and contemplation in higher education.

Drs. Clifford D. Saron and John Makransky were among the renowned scholars invited to Antioch College for “A Green Space for the Mind,” a symposium on mindfulness and contemplation in higher education. (photo: Dennie Eagleson ’71)

Antioch College welcomed leading scholars from throughout the country on April 9 for A Green Space for the Mind, a daylong symposium that explored initiatives to incorporate contemplative practice into academic and social settings in higher education. Presented with the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE), “A Green Space for the Mind” investigated the premise that conventional instruction based on critical scholarship and the scientific method can be strengthened by incorporating the reflective, contemplative, and experiential methods.

The day began with a webinar by Daniel Goleman, an internationally known psychologist and best-selling author of the seminal book Emotional Intelligence, who discussed the topics within his latest book, Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything.

Later in the day, a panel of leading academics in contemplative education presented on the theory and practice of contemplation in higher education. The panelists were: Linda-Susan Beard, associate professor of literature at Bryn Mawr College and a monk in the Emmaus Community in Vestaburg, Michigan; John Makransky, professor of Buddhism and comparative theology at Boston College and the founding teacher for the Foundation for Active Compassion; Harold Roth, professor of religious studies and East Asian studies and the director of the Contemplative Studies Initiative at Brown University; and Clifford Saron, associate research scientist at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain and the M.I.N.D. Institute.

The panel was moderated by Robert Pryor, founder and director of Antioch Education Abroad Buddhist Studies Program in Bodh Gaya, India.