Antioch Grad Ashley Somics Turns to Social Media For Help With Kidney Donation

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Ashley Somics (photo credit: Joshua Molina, Noozhawk, used by permission)

Ashley Somics, an Antioch University Santa Barbara alum of the Graduate Education and Credentialing program, has successfully undergone one kidney transplant but is now in need of a second.

The 30-year-old Ashley, who is a teacher at La Cumbre Junior High School in Santa Barbara, and her family have set up a GoFundMe account to help offset the high medical costs incurred by her treatment, and they have spread the word via social media using both Twitter and Facebook.

Ashley’s story has attracted media attention, including a recent profile written by local outlet Noozhawk. In the story, Ashley outlines her plans for the future.

“I want to have a family,” she said. “I want to do something with education. I still have so much I want to do.”

Read the full story at noozhawk.com, and click here to make a donation to Ashley’s GoFundMe account.

AUSB Holds Veterans Day Reception to Honor Those Who Served

AUSB Yellow Ribbon ProgramAntioch University Santa Barbara held a Veterans Day reception on Tuesday, Nov. 11 in Community Hall on campus.

All AUSB alumni, students, faculty, and staff were invited to the reception honoring the U.S. military veterans and families of the AUSB learning community.

AUSB proudly supports veterans and recently became a Yellow Ribbon Program participant. The Yellow Ribbon Program provides men and women who have served honorably in the United States armed services with tuition assistance at private educational institutions. As a Yellow Ribbon Program participant, AUSB makes additional funds available for student-veterans’ education through direct tuition grants without an additional charge to their GI Bill entitlement. In addition, credit is given for military training and experience, and attendees have the ability to transfer as many as 80 college credits into AUSB.

View photos from the reception on our Facebook page:

To learn more about how AUSB’s Yellow Ribbon Program could support your educational dreams, please visit antiochsb.edu/yellowribbon or contact Sharisse Estomo, Director of Admissions.

Barbara Greenleaf Joins AUSB as Director of Institutional Advancement

Barbara GreenleafAntioch University Santa Barbara is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara Greenleaf as Director of Institutional Advancement. In this position, she will be responsible for community outreach, development, and alumni affairs.

Barbara comes to AUSB with a strong background in development and communications. As a consultant she helped numerous nonprofits reach their financial goals through a strategic combination of personal appeals, advertising, public relations, and event planning.

Barbara is enthusiastic about her new affiliation. “I’ve been consulting at AUSB for more than two years, during which time I’ve come to deeply admire its mission, programs, students, faculty, and staff,” she said. “I look forward to helping this wonderful institution realize its full potential as an educational force in Santa Barbara.” 

She is the author of six books, numerous magazine and newspaper articles, and several award-winning speeches. Upon graduation from Vassar College, she worked at The New York Times and then went on to become a contributing editor at McCall’s magazines. Her other corporate experience includes Conoco, an energy conglomerate, and VideoStar Connections, a satellite communications firm. She did graduate work at the Hunter School of Urban Planning.

Barbara also has an impressive track record as an entrepreneur, having launched Greenleaf Video, Inc. and Strategic Communications in both Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. She founded the much-lauded Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival. As a community volunteer Barbara works with the Dons Net Café at Santa Barbara High School and serves on the board of the More Mesa Preservation Coalition

“Barbara brings a great skill set to our campus,” said AUSB President Nancy Leffert, PhD. “Exuberant and effective, she will be an excellent advocate for AUSB’s mission. I am delighted with her transition from consultant to full member of our senior staff.”

Antioch University Santa Barbara Throws Fall Alumni Cocktail Party

Mary Lou Hernandez AUSB alumnaAttention Antioch University Santa Barbara alumni! Dr. Nancy Leffert, President of AUSB, invites all alumni to a cocktail party on Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m., located on the upper patio on campus at 602 Anacapa Street.

All AUSB alumni are invited for an evening of wine, cheese, and networking with your fellow AUSB grads from all programs.

Please RSVP using the form below by Saturday, Sept. 20. And make sure to keep updated on all AUSB happenings by liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter. For more information on the AUSB alumni association, visit www.antiochsb.edu/alumni.

  • If you have any questions or comments, please enter them above or contact Alisha Holley at 805-962-8179 x5325 or aholley1@antioch.edu

AUSB Remembers Life of Alum Renee Fox

Renee FoxThe AUSB community reacted with great sadness at the news that Renee Cavalier Fox, an alumni of the AUSB BA and Master’s in Clinical Psychology programs, passed away on July 15 after a long fight against Lupus.

Renee graduated from AUSB in 2006 and since has worked as a teacher’s assistant at Carpinteria Family School. AUSB faculty who worked with Renee remembered her as upbeat and a vital presence in the classroom.

“I remember Renee well as a student in one of my courses as she stood out for her exceptional enthusiasm and good spirit,” said Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson, the current Chair of the MACP Program. “She was diligent in her work and actively participated in our discussions, always respectful of peers, asking good questions and inspiring meaningful dialogue. We are deeply saddened by the loss of a valuable alumna and wonderful person, and I am certain Renee’s contributions to our community will be very much missed.”

Donna Mathes, the MACP Student Advisor and Student Services Coordinator for AUSB, said Renee was “a loving and caring person from a very loving family.”

“Determined and courageous, Renee persevered in spite of her health disability and obtained a Master’s Degree, a longtime dream of hers,” Mathes said. “She was always first to volunteer or simply just initiate all of the fundraising and other events for the support of family, friends, and those in need. Many depended on her and will miss her love and strength in their lives. I know I will.”

In Renee’s obituary in the Santa Barbara Independent, her family requests donations in lieu of flowers to go towards an education fund for Renee’s children, Brenna and Sean, at any Chase Bank branch.

Antioch University extends its condolences to Renee’s children, her husband Michael Fox, and her entire family.

Students to Speak at AUSB Commencement – June 20

Audrey Horstmann
Audrey Horstmann

Audrey Horstmann, Hattie Husbands, and Shannon Stark – three of AUSB’s graduating students – have been selected by a faculty panel to speak at the 2014 Commencement Ceremony on June 20, 2-4pm, to share their stories of how they have been empowered by their experiences at AUSB.

Shannon Stark is graduating form the BA program with a concentration in Environmental Studies, and Hattie Husbands and Audrey Horstmann (a.k.a. Mrs. H) are both graduating from the Master of Arts in Education program.

Graduate Speeches are judged selected by a panel of faculty representing each program. The faculty readers do not know the identities of the authors. All graduates are invited to submit speeches on the following theme:

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Hattie Husbands

Antioch University’s mission is to provide “…education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice.” How has this mission been manifested in your experience at Antioch University Santa Barbara?

Shannon Stark
Shannon Stark

We invite you to come hear these students stories and celebrate their achievements. The Commencement Ceremony will be held at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort hotel in Santa Barbara on Friday, June 20. Tickets are required for all guests. Due to space constraints, each graduate are allotted a limited number of tickets.

Congratulations Class of 2014! We are proud of who you are and what you have accomplished.

 

 

2013-2014 AUSB-NASW Seminar Series Concludes

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The 2013-2014 AUSB-NASW Seminar Series successfully wrapped up last Saturday, June 7, with a well-attended seminar “The Road Not Taken: 
Mining Nostalgia for the Riches of Mid-Life.”

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Presented by Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, LCSW, the Chair of the MA in Clinical Psychology program, this seminar discussed the ways in which nostalgia can serve as a resource for inspiring creativity and cultivating life satisfaction in the second half of life. Practitioners gained tools to help clients access latent dreams, goals, and aspirations associated with nostalgia to cultivate creativity, meaningful productivity, while increasing life satisfaction.

This was the fifth and final seminar of the series. The other four seminar topics covered in the past several months include the following: “Navigating the DSM-V: 
There is Life After the DSM-IV TR,” “The Power of Compassionate Self-Inquiry: 
A Unique Clinical Approach to Addiction,” “Returning Home: 
Treating Veterans and Their Families,” and “Pacing the Work with Trauma: 
Assessing Activation and Resiliency in the Therapeutic Process.”

This year-long series for professionals and community members provides continuing education units and features experts in a variety of fields related to psychology, relationships, healthy living, and healthy aging – to name a few. 

The upcoming 2014-2015 AUSB-NASW Seminar Series is being finalized and will be announced shortly; it is slated to begin in November with a Saturday workshop on Healing Trauma Through Somatic Approaches.

Keep an eye out for the new series and registration information.

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Frank Rust Honored With Excellence in Teaching Award

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Dr. Frank Rust

Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB) faculty member Frank Price Rust III, PhD, will be honored with the 4th Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching at AUSB’s 2014 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 20. 

Dr. Rust has taught research methods and statistics for over 10 years in both the BA and MA in Clinical Psychology programs. He is dedicated to student learning and success, bringing into the classroom innovative learning techniques that make statistics comprehensible.

“Frank is an incredible teacher who is able to make difficult subjects accessible to students and to address multiple learning styles,” said AUSB President Dr. Nancy Leffert. “We are so lucky to have him as a member of our AUSB community. Frank brings a very personal touch to his craft that is reflected in the commitment of his students. He goes the extra mile in making certain every student has the opportunity to succeed.”

Dr. Rust received his PhD in Developmental Psychology from UCSB in 1985. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and reports in the area of mother/child health. He started as Adjunct Faculty at AUSB in 1992 teaching statistics, research methods, and psychology courses in both the Undergraduate and Masters programs and consistently receives glowing evaluations from his students. Dr. Rust has previously received the Judith M. Lewis Outstanding Educator Award from California State University (1997) and the Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching from the United States Distance Learning Association (1997).

AUSB’s Award for Excellence in Teaching is an annual recognition of a faculty member by his/her faculty peers based on the following criteria:

1. Excellence in teaching in general, particularly in teaching AU’s core purposes
2. Excellence in instruction design to achieve the school’s and the student’s goals
3. Engagement in teaching, stimulating, and educating students
4. Passion for inspiring students, “above and beyond the call of duty”

The first award, in 2011, recognized John Forhan, JD, Adjunct Faculty in the BA program. In 2012, the award was given to Juliet Rohde-Brown, PhD, Core Faculty and Chair of the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD). Last year the award was given to Dawn Murray, PhD, Core Faculty in the BA program.

Congratulations, Dr. Rust, on this achievement!

Comments from AUSB faculty about Dr. Rust: 
– “Frank addresses multiple learning styles effectively and brings a very personal touch to his craft that is reflected in the commitment of his students.”
– “His dedication to teaching and learning is above and beyond what can be expected of any faculty member as he goes the extra mile in making certain every student has the opportunity to succeed.” 

Comments from Dr. Rust’s students: 
– “To keep our attention in this subject takes a master—Frank is the best.”
– “He makes learning fun!”
– “Frank is by far the best teacher I have ever had.”

 

AUSB Launches Odyssey Online

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The new Odyssey Online

Same mission. Brand new medium. AUSB is proud to announce that its student-run magazine Odyssey has transitioned from a print publication to an online platform, allowing for students to work with more contemporary and interactive digital media and gain real-world experience as they understand the ins-and-outs of WordPress software and writing SEO content.

“There was a need to showcase how talented our students are here at Antioch University Santa Barbara,” said Guy Smith, MA, Core Faculty member and Chair of the BA program. “They are some of the most creative and thoughtful students I’ve ever come across in all my years in education. It became clear that we needed a platform for them to be heard.”

Odyssey Online is AUSB’s venture into original content creation and distribution. Offered as a class as a part of the BA program, nine students helped create, shape, and manage the direction of the Odyssey Online website over the past several months.

Experience the Odyssey Online now!

“Through many classroom discussions, we decided we want our content to be relevant to the community of Santa Barbara, but we also want to help people gain a better understanding of the core values of Antioch,” said Jim Murray, MA, a BA Adjunct Faculty member who helped oversee the production of the site. “And through the various forms of multi-media journalism, students have created top-notch content that should make everyone stop and think more deeply about the world we live in.”

Watch Elizabeth Danielson's documentary "Uncovered Students" on Odyssey Online.
Watch Elizabeth Danielson’s documentary “Uncovered Students” on Odyssey Online.

The content varies greatly in format and subject, but focuses on local events, happenings, and social justice issues in the community. Elisabeth Danielsen, a Norwegian student at AUSB, posted her short-form documentary “Uncovered Students” on the increasing problem of homelessness among students in Santa Barbara. Miranda Rich‘s feature piece reveals the environmental impact of the parking situation students face in downtown Santa Barbara hereCheck out the most recent stories, photos, and videos now!

“AUSB students now have an outlet to promote their positive experiences on campus and are able to make connections and establish relationships within the community,” said Christina Markos, Web Designer and Technical Assistant on the project. “With the WordPress platform, students learn important skills for writing, and digital storytelling in today’s new age media that will benefit them greatly in the workplace and long after graduation.”

Odyssey Online also highlights AUSB alumni and faculty who are promoting social justice and serving the common good – core values of Antioch.

Odyssey Online is truly a platform for the entire AUSB community to have a voice,” said Smith. “We are lucky to have such an amazing faculty, staff, and student body. We want the rest of the world to be able to enjoy their creative processes.”

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The final print issue of the Odyssey.

Odyssey Online is always accepting submissions for the website, including: current news, literary works, photography, artwork, reviews, or pieces on social justice, business, health, or human interest. Whether you are a student in one of our various programs, faculty, staff member, or alumni, we would love to hear from you.

Please email ausb.the.odyssey@gmail.com with comments, questions, or submissions. 

Visit the Odyssey Online.

Check out past print versions of the Odyssey here.

 

 

 

Antioch in Conversation with Attorney Laurence Tribe – June 27th

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Laurence Tribe

Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB), the Santa Barbara County Bar Association, and the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County are pleased to welcome one of the country’s foremost constitutional experts, Harvard Law Professor and author Laurence Tribe, for a special evening, “Antioch in Conversation: The Roberts Court, the Constitution, and Our Future” on Friday, June 27, 5-7pm. This free event is open to the community and held at The New Vic Theater, 33 West Victoria, Santa Barbara. Please RSVP by Monday, June 16.

Laurence Tribe is a highly-respected appellate attorney and Harvard University Law School professor and is considered to be among the United States’ most influential constitutional legal experts. He wrote the preeminent treatise American Constitutional Law, cited more often than any other legal text, and has argued before the Supreme Court 35 times. Tribe currently serves as a Member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, and was named the first Senior Counselor for Access to Justice by President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.

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Morgan Chu

During this event, Tribe will share his fascinating, somewhat unsettling inside look at how the Roberts Court is rewriting critical aspects of constitutional law and redrawing the ground rules of American government – and why today’s Supreme Court has the unprecedented power to redefine the future of our nation.

Uncertain Justice
A newly released book written by Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz.

An interactive audience Q&A will follow, guided by noted trial attorney Morgan Chu – a partner at Los Angeles-based Irell & Manella, LLP, and recipient of the 2006 Chambers Award for Excellence as Outstanding U.S. Intellectual Property Lawyer. Afterwards, Tribe will sign copies of his new book, Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution, co-authored with Joshua Matz, which will be available for purchase. Tribe, in a recent On Point radio broadcast, discussed what he means by “uncertain justice.”

Learn more here for event details, biographies, and to RSVP.

 

Antioch in Conversation is a new AUSB community event series designed for public engagement and dialogue about the social issues that affect us all on a local, national, and global basis.

 

Master of Arts in Education Annual Research Presentation – June 4

campus_entryThis year’s Master of Arts in Education “Public Conversations & Poster Session” will take place on Wednesday, June 4, 4:30–7:30pm, at the AUSB campus in Room #343. Each year, the Master’s candidates share their theses and research projects with the public at this informal public “conversation.”

This year, the following eight topics will be presented:

• “Using Multiple Intelligence Concepts to Differentiate Instruction” – Ali Alvarado
• “Motivation in Special Day Classes” – Luvina Ruiz
• “Reading Aloud as an Instructional Tool” – Amy Kroes
• “Evaluating Programs for Underrepresented Students” – Ysenia Perez
• “Evaluating Characteristics of Resilience in Freshman Community College Students” – Alejandra Martinez
• “Data Analysis and Survey Design” – Amanda Andersen
• “Latino Parent Involvement in Education” – Magda Flores
• “Differentiated Math Instruction for Students of Poverty” – Gaby Reyes

Guests will be able to join in the conversations of their choice. Antioch’s Master’s students benefit greatly from these conversations! As they describe – and sometimes defend – their work, their understanding of their topics deepens. The insights they get from these conversations informs their research and helps them understand the implications of their research for the “Discussion” chapter of the thesis. Your presence is welcomed and valued; please join us.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

 

AUSB Alum Lynn Houston Succeeds at SB Fast Pitch

Lynn Houston from A Different Point of View impresses the judges and crowd during the SB Fast Pitch competition.
Lynn Houston from A Different Point of View impresses the judges and crowd during the SB Fast Pitch competition.

AUSB congratulates alum Lynn Houston, founder of the nonprofit A Different Point of View, for winning the $5000 Mission Award at Santa Barbara’s first ever Fast Pitch competition on Thursday, May 15. Fast Pitch is a collaborative contest, which originated in Los Angeles in 2008 and has since gained popularity across the nation, where nonprofits give short, passionate speeches to earn cash prizes for their organizations.

Over several months, the competition narrowed down 1,000 nonprofits to 20 and after a seven-week communication-training boot camp, the finalists were cut to just 10. 

Houston, who graduated from AUSB’s BA program in 2011, was one of those 10.

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Houston’s pitch impressed the judges and crowd as she entered the role of an airline captain to tell the tale of a 14-year-old student who stays off the streets because of a mentor she gained through the nonprofit that connects youth with aviation. Her pitch has earned her organization the $5,000 Mission Award. 

The other contest winners included Bethany Markee — a professional chef turned nonprofit founder of Solvang Elementary School’s Viking Cafe – who took home the $15,000 Grand Prix and $10,000 Audience Choice awards, and Miechelle Arntz of Angels Foster Care of Santa Barbara who won the $5,000 State Street Award. 

The seven judges that helped choose the contest winners.
The seven judges that helped choose the contest winners.

The following community leaders judged the final competition, which was hosted by Social Venture Partners: Jose Huitron of Hub 81; Laurie Leighty of American Riviera Bank; event host Seth Streeter; Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider; Geoff Green of The Fund for Santa Barbara; Marybeth Carty of Venoco Inc.; SBCC President Lori Gaskin; and Harry Grammer of New Earth.

AUSB Honors the Life of Maggie L. Espinoza

Community Action Commission Head Start Program
Community Action Commission Head Start Program

AUSB honors the life of AUSB alum and long-time community leader Margaret “Maggie” L. Espinoza and her service to Santa Barbara county. Maggie, a resident of Guadelupe, CA, passed away February 13, 2014, at the age of 64.

This year marked Maggie’s fortieth year of service with the Community Action Commission (CAC), a nonprofit that works to create opportunities for low-income Santa Barbara County families to achieve stability. A few years after graduating Righetti High School in 1967, Maggie began working as a bus driver and parental aide with the CAC Head Start Program. Her involvement continued to increase and eventually she became the CAC Head Start Regional Manager for North County. She oversaw the development of many new services in Santa Maria, Guadalupe, and Cuyama, and instituted several vital programs. Maggie was also sought out on a national level to monitor other Head Start programs. In 2009, she was awarded Administrator of the Year by the California Head Start Association.

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Maggie Espinoza

Also in 2009, at age 60, she graduated from AUSB with a BA in Liberal Studies, an achievement which was her self-proclaimed “greatest goal.” She was part of our first cohort of students from North County and continued to be instrumental in encouraging her Head Start teachers to take advantage of the program and funds provided by First Five and Antioch to complete their BA.

Many have called her a community hero, and rightfully so. We are inspired by her example of service and the difference she made in the lives of children and families.

Our deepest condolences go out to Maggie’s husband of forty-four years, Raymond Espinoza; their four children; nine grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

For more about Maggie’s commitment to the CAC, visit their Facebook page.

AUSB Graduate, Christine Brallier, Just Illustrated and Published her First Children’s Book

ChristineCongratulations to Christine Brallier (Dollie), AUSB alumnus (BA Psychology, 1994; MA Psychology, 1996) who has just illustrated and published her first children’s book. Brallier created fifteen large stained glass mosaics to illustrate the beloved poem, “The Night Before Christmas,” by Clement C. Moore.  Santa Barbara News Press recently featured her beautiful work; you can read the great article at http://cbmosaics.blogspot.com/2013/12/featured-in-santa-barbara-news-press_1936.html.

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The Night Before Christmas, by Clement C. Moore,
illustrated by Christine Brallier

You can purchase your own copy of book at Brallier’s website www.cbmosaics.com/book or find it locally at Granada Books, Chaucer’s Books, and Curious Cup.

 

Transformations: AUSB’s New Online Alumni Magazine

tranformations-coverAUSB proudly presents the Fall 2013/Winter 2014 issue of Transformations, marking the inauguration of AUSB’s online alumni magazine.

This issue showcases a breadth of students, faculty, and alumni profiles, and reveals how their experience at Antioch transformed them and how, in turn, they are positively engaging with and transforming their communities.

The magazine also highlights recent campus news, including the 2013 Summer Writing Institute, the opening of Book Ends Café, the recent Trustee Forum, and the launch of two new programs – Women and Leadership Certificate program and the Masters of Business Administration program.

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Read your copy of Transformations now:

http://www.antiochsb.edu/alumni/transformations-alumni-magazine/

Inspired to share your story? We want to hear it. Get in touch, and you’ll be considered for inclusion in the next magazine: http://www.antiochsb.edu/alumni/tell-your-story/.