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1950s

Penny (Hartshorne) Jones ’52 spends her weeks helping preschoolers recycle cardboard boxes into fantasy castles, space ships, caves, and more. Sundays, she puts on puppet shows for young children (see Web site www.pennypuppets.org). Recently she received a Jim Henson Grant to create a new show. Jones hopes more alumni will come to the Work Project before Reunion and try out their skills. “It is a lot a fun – like a taste of the old days. You get to seek out your new-found work camp buddies to sit and talk about the meaning of life, what’s the matter with Antioch, and more.”

Joan Horn ’56 has done several readings of her book, Playing on All the Keys: The Life of Walter Anderson, in Zanesville, Ohio, Anderson’s hometown. The book has been well received by alumni and others and is available for direct purchase. Horn went on a long road trip in New England last summer and visited with Stan and Barbara Bernstein and with her first co-op job supervisor in Rhode Island. She still adores life in Yellow Springs.

Kenneth K. Muir ’56 was lauded for his volunteer efforts at the Maryland AARP Andrus Award volunteer recognition luncheon in Annapolis, Maryland. He was acknowledged for his involvement with organizations such as the Montgomery County Public Schools Retirees Association, a nonprofit made up of school system retirees who promote service and volunteer opportunities and provide educational support to students.

Arnold Chanin ’57, MFA, MD, is still practicing family medicine in El Segundo, California. He works about 25 hours a week and still loves it after 45 years. And he still has time to paint, play the piano, cycle along the California coastline, and pursue his photography projects. He has portfolios in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, the Huntington, and the Orange County Museum of Art, and he just completed a series for Ventura Museum.

Joan Straumanis ’57 is retiring from the National Science Foundation and is finally able to make the rounds to see her children and grandchildren and explore other possibilities. Friends can contact her at .

Zee (Zelda) Gamson ’59 and Bill Gamson ’55 are happily living on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Both of them are sociologists. Bill continues to teach part time at Boston College while Zee plays the piano, writes, and remains a community trouble-maker, most recently on affordable housing. Zee served on the Antioch University Board of Trustees and upon departing that board, joined the College Revival Fund. She was involved in several efforts to separate the College from the University. The Gamsons missed their annual visit with Phyllis Greenwood ’58 (née Feldman Hackett), who passed away two months ago.

Ed Richard ’59 and his long-time partner of 23 years, Warren Kenrick, are now located in Pompano Beach, Florida (with frequent visits to NYC). He has been active in the rebirth of Antioch College, and asks everyone to continue to “work like mad” to keep things moving forward.


1960s

Peter Hochstein ’61 reported that his significant other, Dr. Roberta Jaeger, died on December 7, 2010. Hochstein and Jaeger had dated each other briefly in high school then lost each other for 47 years before finding each other again. They lived together for seven years. She was a psychiatrist and a supervising analyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, and was known for her wit, her brilliance, and her ageless beauty.

Robin Rice Lichtig ’64 and the League of Professional Theatre Women will present her short play BUDFUD129ZK, about geneticists and pandas, on March 7 at New World Stages in New York City. Meanwhile, her full-length work, Play Nice!, runs at 59East59 from March 8-27.

Michael-David (Rogers) ­BenDor and Jan (Franklin) BenDor, both class of ’67, joined the ranks of the unretired. Jan graduates this spring with a Certificate in Digital Video Production (party May 21, y’all come!). Michael-David continues social work/organizational consulting. Both are combining forces in a new venture (www.QEDvideo.com) to produce documentary, event, and promotional videos for the Web.

LR Silver ’68 founded Silver Star Promotions, a marketing company, 25 years ago. The business moved to the mountains of North Carolina in 2010. All is good! Contact: LR Silver, Silver Star Productions, P.O.Box 1122, Dillsboro, NC 28725, www.promostar.com. Special offer to Antiochians at the cabin, at www.silvercreekretreat.com

Megan Rosenfeld ’69 published an article in The Washington Post Travel section in October about her family adventure sailing from Florida to Cuba.


1970s

Jon G. Zimmerman ’70 and his wife, Mathea Lynne, continue to live in Southern California, where the weather is better than ever (less smog - more rain) but the film production business has trickled away. This gives him time to participate in Antioch College work projects, become reacquainted with old friends, and make new ones. He attended his first Reunion in 2009 and rediscovered that he does like to hang out with Antiochians.

Iona Whishaw ’71 is the principal of David Thompson Secondary School in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She was the 2010 recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the field of education and has published an article on developing an excellent school culture in the October 2010 issue of Educational Leadership.

Everette J. Freeman ’72 is still on extended “co-op” as president of Albany State University in Albany, Georgia. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Albany Movement that is considered the first mass movement of the civil rights era. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Andrew Young, Vernon Jordan, Charles Sherrod, Bernice Johnson (Sweet Honey and the Rock fame), and so many others were participants in that struggle. In December, ASU will bestow honorary baccalaureate degrees on all of the Albany State College students who were expelled in 1961.

Trisha Arlin ’75 is a freelance writer/editor with an MFA in film from Columbia University. She is writing divrei tefillah (words of prayer) as performances and as parts of services at a progressive, unaffiliated congregation in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood. This year, she began at the Davennen Leadership Training Institute and co-wrote the essay “We Eat First” with Rabbi Ellen Lippman, for the book The Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic (CCAR Press).

Dan Kaplan ’76 is in between business startups and waiting for the next opportunity. Meanwhile, he splits his time between Keene, New Hampshire, and Southwest Harbor, Maine, where he spends the summer. He spent the last year working to get his pilot’s license, passing his “check ride” in November. He was mentored by his Antioch friend and long-time pilot, Ken Brown ’76.

Victor Sanchez ’76 teaches digital filmmaking to young people in the New York City public school system, works with an arts education company, and makes his own documentaries. Most recently, he produced a film about a Harlem baseball team that toured South Africa to play baseball and learn about South African culture, history, and politics. He is the father of three boys, all outstanding scholars and athletes.

Louise Smith ’77, former professor of theatre and chair of the Antioch College Theater Department (1994–2008), has earned her license as a professional clinical counselor. She is currently traveling once a month to Chicago to attend the two-year clinical program at the CG Jung Institute as a means of connecting her art practices to her therapeutic work.

Carlos Raul Dufflar ’78 is a poet, playwright, teacher, and social justice activist. He is founder and artistic director of The Bread is Rising Poetry Collective. He has toured and performed at community centers, colleges, libraries, and gatherings for peace and justice.

Debra Wagner ’78 celebrated the bat mitzvah of her daughter, Leah Neumaier, last March. She and her family also traveled to England recently to see her niece, Rebecca Wagner, a graduate from Cambridge.

Shay Mayer ’79 still thinks a lot about issues of intellectual agency and authority in democratic schools and is finally writing a book on the topic. Shay, who goes by “Susan Jean” professionally, invites any long-lost classmates who come through Boston to be in touch (). She can also be found, on occasion, in Yellow Springs, discussing matters that relate to an orientation program for Antioch College’s incoming freshman class.


1980s

Peter Kurland ’81 did the sound for True Grit last spring and has been nominated for a Cinema Audio Award, a BAFTA, and an Oscar. He is expected to start Men in Black III soon.

Shannon Wood ’81 was nominated for an Athena Award last spring. She traveled to Israel and Jordan with her son Ben and her in-laws. Shannon was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer. With lots of help from surgeons, oncologists, Peter, family, and friends, she is now cancer free.

Valerie Joseph ’82 and her husband, Jim Carroll, welcomed their daughter Zenaya into their home in October of 2006; the adoption became final in June of 2007. Joseph calls the adoption the milestone of her life, as she had previously been adamant that she did not want children. The family lives in Carriacou, Grenada.

Dawn Scribner ’82 is a certified massage therapist in San Rafael, California.

Eric Friedlander ’83 had a long career in Kentucky state government working primarily in health and children’s services. He survived in appointed positions in both Democratic and Republican administrations (the Republicans thought Antioch was a nice Christian college), and is currently deputy secretary of the cabinet for health and family services.

Dan Spock ’83 and Lisa First ’82 celebrated their 30th year together since becoming an item on Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural night. “We got together at a party in Mills Hall, which was sort of like an Irish wake,” Dan says.

Kenneth Frederick ’86 is at Penn State “and burning wood and loves fishing boats.” His wife, Athena Turner-Frederick ’82, is at Juniata, “playing her music again, pointing, and downsizing clutter!”

Lincoln Kern ’86 has lived in Melbourne, Australia, for 21 years and has two Aussie kids, 14 and 9. He had a good education but little idea about what to do in life when he discovered ecological restoration. After going down under for a “visit” in 1989, he discovered restoration was a growing industry and has done practical ecology ever since. Almost done renovating his old house. Visitors welcome!

Clarence Maybee ’87 and April (Miller) Maybee ’86 were married on May 15. Clarence is pursuing a PhD in information science from a joint program from San Jose State and Queensland U of Technology in Australia. The couple lives in Central New York.

Christina Springer ’87 spends the majority of her time with Winston developing curriculum for home schooled children. In June, she will take off one month to go to Greece because Cave Canem granted her a fellowship in a writer’s retreat through the University of Missouri. She likes to think of it as a sabbatical from being a home educator. On the other hand, she is quite pleased with the idea of home education because Imani, 24, turned out to be a banker.

Mike Wujnovich ’87 and Mysara (McCarty) ­Wujnovich ’89 live the life in the land of sugar-sand beaches, blue hair, and Republicans: Sarasota. Their son, Milan, is a high school junior and their daughter, Alexandra, is an eighth grader.

C. Lynn Carr ’89 (formerly Cheryl) is serving as the new chair of the recently merged Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at Seton Hall University. She has published several articles on the sociology of gender and sexual identification and is now working on a book about cultural newcomers to the Afro-Caribbean Lukumi religious tradition in the U.S.

Matthew Allen Derr ’89 has made his way to Ann Arbor, Michigan, after three years of focus on all things Antioch. “I miss my colleagues, but look forward with excitement to all that is yet to come for the College. For friends who want to reach me: ­.”

Michael Kent ’89 got an MS and PhD in biomedical science and attended Reunion 2007, and later taught biochemistry at Antioch to wonderful students before the ’08 suspension. After years of postdoc and visiting positions, he went into translational science at a dermatopathology lab. He brings molecular techniques from “bench to bedside” and works to improve melanoma diagnosis and their therapeutic responses. He is also co-chapter chair of the Antioch College Miami Valley chapter and working on “chapter building.”


1990s

Joe Lowndes ’90 lives in Eugene, Oregon, where he is an associate professor of political science at the University of Oregon. His partner, Priscilla Yamin, is also a member of the faculty there. They have two children: Benjamin, 7, and Adam, 8.

Steven Oliver ’90 serves as the assistant vice president for institutional diversity at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. His career has been dedicated to diversity issues within higher education, seeking to increase access and inclusiveness to generate meaningful engagement across differences at every level of an institution.

Hilary Craiglow ’92 is the director of the Management Library at Vanderbilt University. The Olive Kettering Library left a lasting impression. Following graduation, she attended the University of Texas, Austin, where she obtained her Masters of Library and Information Sciences degree. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her daughter Ava, a first grader at the area Waldorf school.

Nina (Coleman) Bennett ’93 and Kyle Bennett ’95 and their two sons, aged 4 and 1, moved to the Chicago area last summer. Kyle received his PhD in ecology and evolution at Rutgers University in 2009 and is currently a visiting member of the faculty at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois. Kyle has accepted a tenure-track position in the Biology Department at Elmhurst College to begin next summer.

G. Makeda McCaskill ’94 earned a Master of Public Administration from the Wagner School at New York University. She also earned a Master of Social Work from Radford University. She is currently a PhD student in social work at the University of Alabama. Makeda’s research focuses on improving the health of older African Americans with diabetes.

Karali Pizele ’95, after teaching in New York City for nine years, opened a small progressive public high school in Brooklyn called the Green School, which focuses on sustainability and social justice, college preparedness, and student voice. Last year the school graduated its first class. “It has been quite a journey; I’d love some Antiochians to come teach with me!”

Monica Friedman ’96 earned an MFA in 2004 and is a freelance writer in Tucson, Arizona. Her children’s reader, Rosalind Franklin’s Beautiful Twist, was released from Learning A-Z, and her short story “Spin Free” appeared in the January issue of Bards and Sages. She reviews books online for several Web sites and hopes to publish more fiction.

Jen Mitas ’96 is still plodding along with her interest in the politics of performance and selfhood. She recently finished a PhD on American actor training and the rise of self management technique in late capitalism. She works at the University of London where, among other things, she teaches a course on performance hoaxes called “faking it.” She had a baby girl, Beatrice Cors, last winter. She and her partner, who is also American, are plotting their return to the U.S.

Alison Stankrauff ’96 is the archivist at Indiana University South Bend. She is also a librarian there. She took her love of history – shined and polished at Antioch – and keeps running with it. She gets to work with history and information and students “every day! What a great mix!”

Karen Kotiw ’98 completed an MA in sociology at UW-Milwaukee and now serves as director of Mars Hill College’s Upward Bound program. She has four children, ages 5 to 10.

Dave Raynor ’98 is a corporate attorney living in San Francisco. He and his wife, Erin, are expecting their first child in August 2011.

Molly Schulz-Hafid ’98 and her husband, Faycal Hafid, welcomed their daughter, Lilia Ruth Hafid, on October 18, 2010. Molly works as a program officer for the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock, a charitable giving program that supports progressive social change. This past year Molly completed a research fellowship at the American University in Cairo. Molly, Faycal, and Lilia live in Brooklyn.

Marty Rosenbluth ’99 is proud to say he is still fighting the good fight! After decades in the grassroots troubles of the trade unions and human rights movements, he decided to go to law school and is now working as an immigrant rights attorney in Durham, North Carolina. He is happily married to Liz Stern, whom he first met at Antioch in 1979. Friends please write:


2000s

Laura Campagna ’00 has been hard at work on her thesis, a collection of short stories, and will receive her MFA in creative writing from Emerson College in May.

Nicholas Peterson ’00 joined Central Square Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as the marketing manager. CST is the home of the award-winning resident companies Underground Railway Theater and the Nora Theatre Company. Productions this season include Naomi Wall’s The Fever Chart: Three Visions of the Middle East; Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott’s Ti-jean & His Brothers; Gioia de Cari’s Truth Values: Girl’s Romp through MIT’s Male Math Maze; and Terry Johnson’s ­Hysteria.

Marie Trigona ’01 continues to live in Argentina, where she has worked as a journalist and translator since 2003. She is currently studying sociology at a graduate school program at the Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Buenos Aires. Tango dancing and her dog, Lucy, also keep her busy.

Michael Bare ’02 lives in Queens and attends New York Medical College in Valhalla, where he is pursuing the Master’s of Public Health with a focus on behavioral sciences and health promotion. Bare is currently a research assistant, working in the Young and Early Career Investigator’s Program at the Global HIV Vaccine Center and also works delivering health care education interventions to at-risk youth.

Mackenzie Bristow ’02 actively participates as an ESL professional while researching heritage language maintenance and micro-language policy. Additional accomplishments include: directing Elmira College’s ESL program, writing curriculum for Cornell, and attending an artist residency in Rauma, Finland with husband Ron Saunders.

Neil Coletta ’02 received a Master of Liberal Arts in gastronomy at Boston University and was awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Graduate Study – the top honor for Boston University graduate students. He recently returned to Yellow Springs and the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute to speak of former Antioch music professor John Ronsheim, who shared his passion for bringing an understanding of food and the senses into the classroom. Coletta is currently the assistant director of food, wine, and the arts at Boston University.

Nic Ruley ’02 raced in the Chicago Triathlon on August 29 with the Team to End AIDS. The team raised nearly $200 more than its $1,800-per-member goal for the AIDS Foundations of Chicago. Ruley finished the race, enduring a heat index of 103 degrees and setting a personal record. He also “maybe won some small victory for humanity.”

Becka Spellman ’02 and Jeremy Burks ’01 met at Antioch and now live in Austin, Texas, with their five-year-old son, Eliot. Becka owns BabyBolt a successful indie children’s clothing business. Jeremy is a graphic designer by day and an artist in his free time. His work has shown in galleries across the country.

Ros Mariam Tulaenda (formerly Katherine Donnelly) ’03 legally changed her name and moved to Phoenix, Arizona, to steward The Orchard: A Community Learning Center. The Orchard is 7+ acres of fertile land being revived as a project-based learning site for its neighboring public elementary school. In the Antioch spirit, Ros is currently learning to juggle the wonders of full-time farming while keeping her healing practice, The Awakening Heart, alive and well. She can be reached at .

Rowan Kaiser ’05 has become a staff writer for the A.V. Club, the entertainment sister publication of The Onion. He reviews and discusses television, books, and video games and has been published in other venues, such as The Escapist Magazine.

Chad J. Sloss ’05 is currently a mediator for the Montgomery County Juvenile Court in Ohio. With a master’s in conflict analysis and management, he also manages his own practice, Alternative Dimensions Dispute Resolutions LLC, in which he conducts negotiations, mediation, and program/curriculum development dealing with conflict management. Services are provided within Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus but expand to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Amy Schmidt ’06 was diverted to Australia during a UK working holiday and decided to stay in Perth and became a primary school teacher. On her next “co-op,” she will teach English on an organic farm in Laos.

Zachary Gallant ’08 (See “A Lasting Legacy” on page 16) won a Fulbright and traveled through the former Yugoslavia where he researched issues of economic redevelopment, institution building, and organized crime. He expanded his study into crisis relief and casualty reduction throughout the Middle East and the Caucasus. He returned to his native Baltimore at the end of 2010 and was appointed executive vice president of Prosaber Consulting, a small disaster management firm. He remains lead foreign correspondent at the Cosmopolitan Intellectual.