Making Ready the First C
Francis Degen Horowitz ’54, chair of the Antioch College Board of Trustees.
Members of the Board of Trustees voted unanimously during their monthly teleconference on Sunday, January 15, to appoint Frances Degen Horowitz ’54 as Board chair. Horowitz succeeds Lee Morgan ’66, who stepped down from the post to focus on College fund-raising initiatives.
“As someone who has served in leadership positions in higher education for many years, Frances is intimately familiar with all that lies ahead of us,” President Mark Roosevelt said.
“I'm looking forward to working with her as we continue to assess and refine our new programs and revitalize our historic campus.”
Regarding Morgan's Board service, Roosevelt said: “I want to publicly thank Lee for the central role he played in the fight for an independent Antioch College and the support he continues to give as we work to secure Antioch's future.”
A prominent child psychologist, Horowitz was the vice chancellor for research, graduate studies and public service and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Kansas-Lawrence (1978–1991) before being tapped for the presidency of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (1991–2005). A specialist in developmental psychology, she's written widely on infant behavior, early childhood development, developmental theory, and early intervention. In 2004, she was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Horowitz holds a B.A. in philosophy from Antioch College, an M.Ed. in elementary education from Goucher College, and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Iowa.
Her professional affiliations include serving as chair of the Research Support Committee of the American Psychological Association, president of the Center for Research Inc., and president of the Antioch College Alumni Association. In 1996, the Antioch Alumni Association honored Horowitz with the Rebecca Rice Award for Lifetime Achievement. Serving as vice chair to the Antioch College governing board for more than three years, she oversaw the national search that lead to Roosevelt's appointment as Antioch's president.
“We owe a significant debt of gratitude to Lee Morgan for all he has done, selflessly and tirelessly, to help restore Antioch College to its state of independence,” Horowitz said. “I am honored to have been asked to serve as chair of the Antioch College Board of Trustees to continue to build upon his legacy. With the support of our alumni, and in concert with Mark Roosevelt, the faculty, the staff, and the students, as well as my Board colleagues and members of the Alumni Board, I look forward to meeting the challenges before us as we rebuild and recreate Antioch College.”
Morgan is the retired president and CEO of the Antioch Company, a business founded by his father in 1926. He has provided leadership and service to more than a dozen nonprofit organizations and corporate boards, including the Morgan Family Foundation. His grandfather, Arthur Morgan (Antioch president from 1920–36), introduced Antioch to the concept of cooperative education, a major innovation in higher education.
As Board chair, Morgan participated in the negotiations that lead to the Board's purchase of the campus and other College assets from Antioch University in 2009.The Board voted him into the position of vice chair. In that role, he will continue to support College fund-raising initiatives.
National Book Award-winning author Jaimy Gordon reads on campus
Jaimy Gordon ’66 reads from her National Book Award-winning novel Lord of Misrule. At right, Bob Fogarty, editor of the Antioch Review, one of the event sponsors.
Jaimy Gordon ’66, author of Lord of Misrule, gave a campus reading on Tuesday, January 17, in an event doubly sponsored by the Antioch Review and the Antioch College Writing Institute.
Gordon is the author of four novels.In addition to the National Book Award for Fiction, Lord of Misrule was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award; it also won the Tony Ryan Award for the year's best book about horse racing and was long-listed for the Indie Booksellers Choice Award for 2011. Published on November 15, 2010 and now in its third printing, Lord of Misrule is a national best-seller with more than 45,000 hardcover copies in print.
Gordon's previous novels include Bogeywoman, She Drove Without Stopping, and Shamp of the City-Solo. She has been a Fellow of the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, and has also won an Academy-Institute Award for her fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Gordon currently teaches at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and in the Prague Summer Program for Writers.
Day of Service
Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration includes panel on diversity at Antioch
Devon Berry ’99, a school principal, and Shelby Chestnut ’05, a graduate student at The New School, participated in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day panel on diversity.
That was the issue former Trustee Prexy Nesbitt ’67 wanted to address at a January 16 panel during Antioch College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day observation.
Panelists—all persons of color who graduated from or are attending Antioch College—agreed that the College has worked hard, and sometimes stumbled harder, in trying to live its mission.
“I cried a lot, screamed a lot, protested a lot, but I’ve never been in another place where I could do all that and still be supported, still be challenged every day,” Shelby Chestnut ’05, who is Native American, said of her time as a student.“While it was hard, the things that Antioch taught me, I wouldn’t change them for anything. It made me the person who I am.”
Horace Mann Fellow Nargees Jumahun ’15 said her first few months as an Antiochian has had its “ups and downs.”
The other panelists were Devon Berry ’99, Maceo Cofield ’71, and Robin Henry ’81. In addition to discussing the challenges and historic tensions, each offered their perspectives on what Antioch College could do to live out its mission in a way that supports and empowers all members of the community. “We have to create a model in this country soon to educate people,” Cofield said. “Because the models we have are not working. Antioch is a model that might work.”
Horace Mann Fellowships
Announcement of full-tuition awards sparks national interest
The announcement of the Horace Mann Fellowship awards has sparked amplified interest in Antioch College. Starting with a story on CBS Money Watch, the report of our full-tuition scholarships was carried in many places, including Yahoo!, The Huffington Post, and in blogs, newspapers and TV programs throughout the country and around the world.
The College’s website had 52,466 unique visitors and 142,354 page views on Friday, January 27. Eighty-eight percent were new visitors. By comparison, the average number of daily viewers over the past three years was about 500.
The influx of traffic crashed the College’s website that weekend. A team that included web consultants Peter King ’86 and Lissie Fein, as well as Alumni Board member Matt Baya ’92, worked through the weekend to restore the College site.
For prospective students and their families, Antioch College’s official Facebook page became a primary point of
contact. The page gained more than 1,000 “likes” and nearly 2,000 applications were received in the Office of Admission by January 30.
“As we move through our time in the spotlight, it is important to remember that Horace Mann Fellowships are competitive awards reserved for the grittiest, most capable students,” President Mark Roosevelt said in a message to the community. “We’re not, as some will say, offering a ‘cheap’ education. Our admission criteria remain the same. Our recruitment target remains the same.”
The increased interest provides the College a greater pool from which to select those 75 students who have the best opportunity for success, regardless of their economic circumstances.
Kristen Adler and Dan Cummings with their godson, Adrian.
Kristen Adler, assistant professor of cultural anthropology, will travel to Mexico in the spring to study the complex interplay between tradition and modernity, focusing primarily on the Tsotsil-speaking community of Zinacantán, Chiapas. Her research to date has indicated that Zinacantán is not the isolated, “closed corporate community” often portrayed in the anthropological literature. Rather, complexities that emerge from local narratives suggest profound ideological pluralism, e.g., liberal individualism alongside hierarchical complementarity. Adler’s research will be supported, in part, by Antioch College.
As a two-term past president of the Ohio College Personnel Association, Susan Eklund-Leen, dean and professor of cooperative education, was invited to help celebrate the organization's thirty- fifth anniversary at a joint conference of the Ohio College Personnel Association and the Ohio Association of Student Personnel Administrators January 26- 27. Following a keynote address, the past presidents were honored during the awards luncheon.
Geneva Gano, assistant professor of literature, has been asked to participate in Indiana University’s Latino Film Festival and Conference April 5-7. Gano will introduce the film Gun Hill Road (2011) and will facilitate a Q & A with director Rashaad Ernesto Green. Additionally, Gano will present the paper “Regionalism and the ‘Spatial Turn’ in Literary and Cultural Studies” during a panel on “The Prospects of Place” at the second biennial conference of C19: the Society of Nineteenth Century Americanists April 12-15 in Berkeley.
Lewis M. Trelawny-Cassity, assistant professor of philosophy, will give an invited talk about water at the Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Elements for Sustainability conference on April 13 at Clark State Community College. Cassity’s talk will focus on water, technology, hydroelectric power, and hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.
Louise Smith ’77, dean of community life, facilitated the session “Making Autobiography: Exploring Identity Through Performance” during the daylong conference Realizing Ethnic Awareness and Cultural Heritage Across Dayton at Sinclair Community College on February 24. Smith, a former tenured professor of theater, taught Voice and Speech in the fall.