“Standing on Sacred Ground,” a series that focuses on how indigenous people around the world struggle to protect their sacred lands, is coming to Antioch University Santa Barbara on Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. as the next installment of the Environment In Focus film series. The film is free and open to the public.
The “Standing on Sacred Ground” series has four installments, and the one screening on campus will be “Pilgrims and Tourists,” which focuses on indigenous people of the Altai region in the Russian Republic and the Winnemem Wintu people in northern California, as they resist destruction of their sacred lands.
“This film reminds us that land and resources are sacred and we must unite to defend local and global habitats – stand together for ethical protection of land and cultures,” said Dawn Murray, chair of AUSB’s BA program. “There is hope when listening to indigenous communities, as human rights and ecological justice are inexorably linked.”
Alexis Slutzky, a mentor, educator, and wilderness guide for the Flowering Earth located in Santa Barbara, will present the film. She has chaired the Land Leadership Circle of The Ojai Foundation and designed and facilitated numerous nature-based retreats for adults and youth.
Each quarter, the Environmental Studies faculty in the BA program at AUSB sponsors a collaborative series on contemporary environmental issues affecting our world for our community and is part of Antioch in Conversation.
Antioch in Conversation is a series designed to foster public engagement about the issues and inspirations that shape our community, society, and world.
Thirteen students in Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Bachelor of Arts program can now add “Documentary Filmmaker” to their resumes.
The students screened their films in the Social Justice Documentary Film Festival on campus on Thursday, March 12, as part of Stan Roden’s Documentary Filmmaking class.
Roden introduced the morning by telling the audience that the films being shown were the first films produced by most of the students. Praising how much they had accomplished in the 10 weeks of the class, Roden said the students all climbed several hills dealing with lighting, composition, and music, but also likened the storytelling aspect as more of a mountain the students all climbed successfully.
View a sampling of the films here:
Hurtful Love by Karoline Karlsen
The First Night by Mishan Warnakulasuriya
Belinda by Helen Rosales
Tough Luck by Charlotte Dessens
Call of the Wild by Tamlorn Chase
Forgiveness by Marissa Kochan
Lord, Don’t You Love Us More Than Birds? by Julie Stensrud
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 14, in Los Olivos for Austin Bartoo, a BA student at Antioch University Santa Barbara who passed away on February 23.
Austin’s family has released the following obituary with details about the memorial service and highlights from Austin’s life and also set up a site for family and friends to submit memories and photos of Austin: www.caringbridge.org/visit/honoringaustinbartoo
Austin Troy Bartoo, a student at Antioch University Santa Barbara, wine club team lead at Firestone Vineyard, and lifelong resident of Santa Ynez, CA, died unexpectedly on February 23, 2015. Austin was in a severe car accident on Saturday, February 21. He was transported to the ICU at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, where he fought for his life and recovery. When Austin sadly passed away two days later, he was able to give others the gift of life through his organ donation.
Austin is survived by his parents, Roy and Theresa Bartoo, and his sisters, Alisha and Shannon, and grandparents, Bill and Paula Bartoo and Jeanne Kubes.
Austin was born in Santa Maria, CA, on April 3, 1989. In 2008, he graduated from Santa Ynez High School, where he played football and soccer. He went on to study first at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) and then at Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB). He was expected to graduate from AUSB with his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Marketing and Communication in December of this year.
Austin was a devoted son, brother, grandson, nephew, uncle, co-worker, and friend. He enjoyed working out, running, and living an active lifestyle by becoming a certified personal fitness trainer. Austin loved spending time with his friends and family at the lake, and he was a fun, playful, and loving uncle to his niece, Kenleigh. He was a passionate wine enthusiast who loved working at Firestone vineyards. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.
An open memorial service for family and friends is scheduled on March 14 at 1pm at Crossroads Estate at Firestone Vineyards, 4871 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos, CA 93441 (rain or shine). In lieu of flowers, the family has set up an annual scholarship fund in Austin’s honor to benefit upcoming graduates of Santa Ynez Valley High School. In addition to the scholarship, a portion of all initial donations received will go to upgrading the Santa Ynez Valley High School Weight room. Please send all donations to P.O. Box 567, Santa Ynez, CA, 93460. Make checks payable to “Austin Bartoo Memorial Fund.”
The next event in AUSB’s Environment in Focus series, as a part of Antioch in Conversation, takes on what filmmaker Kip Andersen calls “the most destructive industry facing the planet today” in the screening of the documentary “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret.”
In the film, Andersen not only investigates the devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming, but also why why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.
The film will be screened on Thursday, January 22 from 4-6 p.m. in the Community Hall on the AUSB campus at 602 Anacapa Street. The is free and open to the public – we invite you to join us!
View the trailer for “Cowspiracy”:
For more information about the “Cowspiracy” screening, please contact Susan Gentile at 805-962-8179 x5178.
The Odyssey Online, a digital magazine produced by Antioch University Santa Barbara students, has released a video showreel that depicts the interests and talents of several students in the Bachelor of Arts program.
In addition, BA students can still sign up for COM 332 – Online Odyssey: Digital Magazine Publication with Jim Murray for the Winter Quarter.
Antioch University Santa Barbara is excited to announce a partnership with KCRW, Southern California’s flagship NPR affiliate broadcasting in Santa Barbara as KDRW at 88.7 FM.
Under the partnership, KCRW will inhabit space on the AUSB campus in downtown Santa Barbara, which will allow AUSB students – particularly in the Bachelor of Arts program concentrations of Communication & Media and Marketing – to have exposure to and work with a professional media organization to enrich their studies as well as KCRW’s operations.
The partnership between AUSB and KCRW, which began in November, also will lead to collaboration on community events, the first of which will be “Antioch in Conversation: Water – Is Santa Barbara All Dried Up?” on Dec. 12. KCRW’s Warren Olney and a panel of local experts will discuss the state’s historic drought and Santa Barbara’s sustainable future. Tickets to the event, which is also co-sponsored by The Independent, are free and open to the public, but space is limited (RSVP here).
Dr. Dawn A. Murray explores women around the world who are leading movements in environmental protection in the latest installment of the Environment in Focus series at Antioch University Santa Barbara on Friday, Oct. 17 from 7-9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public at AUSB’s campus.
Actress Daryl Hannah narrates “Arise,” a powerful documentary that captures the portraits and stories of extraordinary women coming together to heal the injustices against the earth and honors them as protectors, nurturers and activists. Learn more about the film and watch the trailer here.
Presented by AUSB’s BA program and co-sponsored by The Fund for Santa Barbara, Environment in Focus events are part of Antioch in Conversation, an event series designed for public engagement and dialogue about environmental and social issues that affect us on a local, national, and global basis.
For more information, please contact Susan Gentile at 805-962-8179 ext. 5178.
The BA concentration in Marketing equips students with innovative tools to help businesses succeed in a competitive marketplace, through the development and implementation of effective, customer-centric marketing strategies. The curriculum explores the core concepts of contemporary marketing management – from market segmentation and product positioning to distribution channel design and communications – and presents newer online technologies such as internet marketing, ecommerce and analytics, which are critical factors in modern marketing.
“Marketing-related job titles are projected to grow significantly over the next eight years and beyond by the Bureau of Labor Statistics,” said BA Program Chair Guy Smith. “By offering a concentration in Marketing, we are preparing future graduates with the skills and tools to thrive in this expanding field while contributing to the success of their organizations.”
Graduates of the BA Marketing concentration will have the capability to excel in a variety of careers, including: sales and sales management, retail, advertising, product development, brand management, promotion, distribution, supply chain management, marketing research, e-commerce, purchasing, planning, customer relations, and many other related fields.
“With the BA Program’s new Marketing concentration, Antioch continues its commitment to providing a practical education that has relevance in today’s world, yet is still grounded in the fundamentals of a strong Liberal Studies curriculum,” said AUSB President Dr. Nancy Leffert.
Current students at Santa Barbara City College or other accredited colleges may be eligible for AUSB’s innovative BA-to-MBA Pathway Program, which locks in advance admission to the BA Completion Program, followed by the MBA in Social Business, Non-Profit Management, and Strategic Leadership. Students on this academic track to grad school can also save on tuition with a Pathway Grant and high transfer credits.
Learn more by attending an upcoming BA Information Session on Sept. 17 or call our Admissions Office at (805) 962-8179. Classes for the fall quarter begin October 6 and applications are due by Sept. 15.
The 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.
A group of Antioch University Santa Barbara students recently attended a reception in their honor on campus as recipients of the President’s Access Grant in 2014.
AUSB President Dr. Nancy Leffert was on hand to chat with the students and several offered their stories on how Antioch has helped them grow both in and out of the classroom.
“My experience has been great so far. It’s been life-changing,” said Kim Li-Palmgren, a BA student with a concentration of Business & Entrepreneurship. “I’ve been able to interact with such a diverse variety of people, and that has really brought the best out of me.”
Tresor Bayibsa, who is a BA student with a concentration of Communication & Media, had high praise for the faculty. “The faculty are really engaged with their students,” he said. “I feel you can reach out to them, you can talk to them, and they really try their best to understand me as a student.”
The President’s Access Grants are merit-based grants of $2,500 available to domestic and international students who are starting an academic degree program. Visit antiochsb.edu for more information on applying for the President’s Access Grant.
The grant helped Karla Hernandez free her time to focus on her studies and family. “Thanks to the President’s Access Grant, I’m able to not work during the time that I’m coming to school so I can really focus on my education,” she said. “And when I go home, I get to take care of my children. I get to volunteer at their school and be a part of their day.” Karla is a BA student with a concentration in Applied Psychology.
The 57 recipients of President’s Access Grants in 2013-14 are:
Bachelor of Arts: Austin Bartoo, Tresor Bayibsa, Mariela Bravo, Albert Breton, Michael Brown, Cindy Calderon, Hannah Cooper, Di Elman, Christopher Faenge, Melanie Gordon, Ashley Grant, Araceli Hernandez, Karla Hernandez, Channing Hogue, Johni Hull, Anthony Jackson II, Rebecca Ketner, Kim Li-Palmgren, Liliana Mariscal, Robert Marquez, Crystal Martinez, Cameron Morreale, Devin Nigh, Claudia Orona, Susana Ortega, Amy Patten, Kevin Rowlands, Isabel Ruiz, Cody Sabo, Bridget Salisbury, Nicholas Salsbury, Judith Soleto, Travis Spencer, Shannon Stark, Suzannah Taylor, Arielle Valenzuela, Rachel Walsh, David Warrick-Kilmer.
MA in Clinical Psychology: Laura Cardenas, Guadalupe Clark, Carrie Faulkner, Harrison Heyl, Tracey Hill, Jenn Kennedy, Linda McGee, Laurel O’Connor, Keely Paola, Christopher Pike, Janessa Radford, Kaylie Reynolds, Calais Yee.
MA in Education: Alejandra Martinez.
MEd Credentialing: Meghan Cannon, Magda Flores, Marlen Limon, Cary Young.
PsyD in Clinical Psychology: Richie Garcia.
Learn more about the President’s Access Grant and other grants and scholarships available to AUSB students. For more information, contact the AUSB Admissions Department.
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:
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?
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.
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.”
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.
“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.”
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 here. Check 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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with comments, questions, or submissions.
The Academy Award nominated environmental documentary If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front - which has won film festivals around the country – is coming to AUSB as a part of the Environment in Focus series. The screening will be held Friday, April 18, from 7-9 pm, and is free and open to the public.
This film explores the tumultuous period from 1995 until early 2001 when environmentalists were clashing with timber companies and law enforcement, and tells the remarkable story of the rise and fall of the radical group called the Earth Liberation Front (ELF). It asks the hard questions in an honest exploration of environmentalism, activism, and the way we define terrorism.
After the film, AUSB’s Dr. Dawn Murray, professor in the Environmental Studies program, will facilitate conversation to extend the dialogue on these important topics. Please join us!
Each quarter, the Environmental Studies faculty at AUSB and the Fund for Santa Barbara co-sponsor a collaborative series on contemporary environmental issues affecting our world, free to our community. For additional information, contact Dr. Dawn Murray, BA Program Faculty at email@example.com.
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.
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.
The recent sale of long-time classical radio station KDB to Santa Monica-based NPR affiliate KCRW has resulted in an unexpected boon for Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB), which will house the offices of KCRW’s new local operations.
According to online articles in the Independent and Noozhawk, Antioch students will be tapped as interns and volunteers for the public radio station. In an unusual swap agreement, the Santa Barbara Foundation sold KDB to KCRW on Tuesday, February 18. Meanwhile, KDB’s classical programming at 93.7FM will be taken over by Los Angeles-based KUSC, which is vacating the 88.7FM frequency it has broadcast through locally for the last 20 years so KCRW can gain a foothold and stronger signal in the Central Coast region.
“Antioch University congratulates KCRW on its expansion to Santa Barbara and welcomes the station to our thriving downtown campus,” said AUSB President Nancy Leffert, PhD. “We are very excited to house a public radio affiliate, which will not only provide Antioch students with the unique opportunity to gain practical experience through internships in communications and related areas, but will also support our ongoing commitment to supporting the community at large.”
According to station manager Jennifer Ferro, KCRW intends to continue broadcasting such favorite NPR shows as “All Things Considered” and “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” as well as culturally responsive news, music, public affairs and local programming, which will eventually include a Santa Barbara-focused version of “Morning Edition.”