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 email@example.com with comments, questions, or submissions.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
AUSB and Monte Nido & Affiliates are co-sponsoring the Heart Centered Meditation Introductory Workshop led by Mary White, DD and Linda Wells, LCSW on June 28-29, 2014 in AUSB’s Community Hall. The event is open to the general public; register by June 15.
Heart Centered Meditation helps release unconscious beliefs and destructive behaviors, resulting in a natural awareness of a person’s healthy motivations and needs toward a renewed and healthy outcome. The workshop offers an opportunity for individual self-care and clinical applications for professionals in a therapeutic or mental health environment.
At this workshop, 12 CEU’s will be offered for clinicians (LCSW, MFT, PsyED). Lunch will be provided by South Coast Deli. Please bring a cushion and mat if you prefer to sit on the floor to mediate.
The $300.00 registration fee must be received by June 15, 2014. Learn more and register here. For a discounted Antioch student and faculty rate, please contact Linda Wells at 805-705-3454 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information email Mary White at email@example.com
The Women & Leadership Certificate Program hosted its second of three residencies at AUSB on May 9-11, focusing on developing Values-Based Leadership Skills. One of the primary goals for the weekend was to encourage each participant to explore their capacity to lead authentically, aligned with each individual’s unique vision, values, and talents.
The 16 women participating in the W&L Program were excited to reconnect and continue their journey of exploring together topics related to gender and leadership. The first workshop created space for reflection and integration on learning thus far (during the Program’s on-line courses held since the first residency, which took place in January of this year). This workshop was led by the three W&L faculty members Polly Chandler, MEd; Cindy Levine, MA; and Carol Tisson, MA.
An afternoon workshop featuring Cindy Levine and guest faculty Kathyn M. Downing, JD, addressed the core topic of “Values-Based Leadership” and introduced the importance of emotional intelligence and leadership. Friday evening closed with a wine and cheese round-table discussion, led by Program Director, Judy Bruton, JD, MSW.
On the second day, the cohort spent the morning delving into their “Experiential Leadership Projects” with Polly Chandler. The afternoon transitioned into a collaborative discussion on gender and leadership, and well as time for group synopsis and reflection led by Carol Tisson.
The final morning featured a special panel discussion titled “Authentic Leadership Moments,” moderated by Kathryn M. Downing, with panelists Annmarie Cameron, CEO of the Mental Wellness Center; Hon. Susan Rose, AUSB trustee and founding member of the Women & Leadership Advisory Group; and Maria Streshinsky, Editor in Chief of Pacific Standard. The panelists shared invaluable experiences and important “lessons learned” with the class.
AUSB looks forward to hosting this inspiring cohort of women for their third and final residency and the completion of the program on October 10-12, 2014.
Check out the photo slideshow from the weekend below!
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Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, LCSW, Chair of the Master’s in Clinical Psychology Program at AUSB, discussed how nostalgia paves the way towards the riches and opportunities of midlife on Young at Heart Radio Show on KTMS 990 this past weekend, Saturday May 31 and Sunday June 1.
The corresponding seminar for this topic, “The Road Not Taken: Mining Nostalgia for the Riches of Mid-life,” will take place Saturday June 7, 9:30am-12:30pm, in AUSB’s Community Hall. This is the final Seminar in the 2013-2014 AUSB-NASW Seminar Series.
In her seminar, Dr. Wolfson will discuss the ways in which nostalgia can serve as a resource for cultivating substantial satisfaction, illuminating how the convergence of internal stirrings along with the developmental and situational characteristics of mid-life can offer a way to a better future. The audience will gain valuable tools to help clients, or themselves, access dreams, goals, and aspirations that generate creativity, inspire meaningful productivity, and enhance spiritual, psychological, and emotional growth.
The seminar will be geared towards helping professionals and all community members interested in exploring the potential treasures and grand possibility of mid-life. Continuing education units (CEUs) are available.
Advance registration is required. Learn more and register today!
The AUSB-NASW Seminar Series is co-sponsored by Antioch University Santa Barbara and the National Association of Social Workers.
The devastating tragedy in Isla Vista last Friday has had a profound effect on the greater Santa Barbara community, and its impact is felt by the students, faculty, and staff of all of our educational institutions. On behalf of the entire AUSB family I have extended our sympathy to Chancellor Yang and the entire UCSB community and offer our support as they deal with the aftermath of this senseless and horrific act.
Our hearts go out to those who have been injured and to the families and friends who have lost loved ones. The coming weeks and months will be a critical time to support all in our community. Many of our AUSB faculty, staff, and students are actively involved in helping with these efforts by assisting UCSB students and Isla Vista residents by offering crisis counseling and referrals to those in need. We will share in the sorrow that will reverberate long after the days in the immediate aftermath of this tragedy.
For those in need of assistance, a list of local Santa Barbara area psychologists who have volunteered their time to provide counseling for anyone affected by the shootings can be accessed here. A local community resource, CARES, is the Santa Barbara community’s 24 hour Crisis Line: 1-888-868-1649.
President of Antioch University Santa Barbara
AUSB’s first Instagram contest surrounding the theme “Be the Difference” has its winners. For one month, AUSB students, faculty, and staff submitted photos representing what “be the difference” meant to them, and three winners were chosen on Thursday, May 15, by a mixed panel of staff and faculty.
Congratulations to the following members of the AUSB community:
1st place: Molika Oum
Molika is an AUSB admissions advisor. She was awarded with a $20 Gift Card to Book Ends Café.
2nd place: Judith Sotelo
Judith is in the BA program for Psychology and Environmental Studies. She was awarded with a $10 Gift Card to Book Ends Café.
3rd place: Alison Campbell
Alison is in the PsyD program. She was awarded with a $5 Gift Card to French Press.
Honorable Mention goes to Rowan Dowdall, a 9-year-old child of an Antioch student, who is pictured making sandwiches to feed the homeless.
Thank you to everyone who participated. Keep an eye out for the Instagram contest in the fall of 2014.
Even though the contest is over, it doesn’t mean you can’t still show us what inspires you. Hashtag your pics: #Antiochsb & #Bthedifference
Be social. Be Antioch. Follow us on Instagram: antiochsb
This 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 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.
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 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, in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Zoo, is having a “Jeans for Giraffes” fundraising drive, and we want you to join us. Until Wednesday, June 21 – World Giraffe Day – you can donate an old pair of jeans to raise money to protect giraffe populations.
Since the fundraiser began on April 22, contributions have been outstanding and have far exceeded expectations. All these jeans will be recycled and the funds are used to support giraffe research and protect giraffe populations.
Giraffe populations in Africa have declined by more than 40% in the past 15 years. One sub-species, the reticulated giraffe, has declined by more than 80% in the same time. Estimates are that at this rate the reticulated giraffe will be extinct in 10 years. Poverty, lack of food, and the proliferation of automatic weapons have combined to create a dramatic increase in poaching.
Current conservation efforts require support and additional projects and research must be initiated. People living in areas with giraffes need to be educated and provided with alternative sources of income and food.
So, search through the back of your closet, ask your friends and neighbors, and then simply drop off your demin in the box in the AUSB main lobby or at the Santa Barbara Zoo.
For more info, visit www.jeansforgiraffes.org
Nancy Leffert, PhD, President of AUSB, and Marianne Partridge, Editor-in-Chief of the Santa Barbara Independent, will be honored at the 2014 “Women of Achievement Awards: Giving Voice: Leadership, Education, Community” on Wednesday, June 4, 11am – 1:30pm.
The awards luncheon is hosted annually by the Association for Women in Communication: Santa Barbara chapter (AWC-SB). AUSB is a proud sponsor the Women of Achievement Awards and congratulates President Leffert on this special public recognition of her many accomplishments and strong leadership in the community.
The awards luncheon will be held at the Montecito Country Club. Tickets are $55 AWC-SB members, $65 for nonmembers, and $75 at the Door. We invite you to join us!
“Attending the Women of Achievement event is like getting a big shot filled with insight, humor, inspiration, joy and resilience. It reminds me how powerful it is to join hands with other women and how our sisterhood is important and timeless. Plus, this shot is better because it doesn’t hurt!” - Mary Olson, KCLU
Congratulations to Adele De Batz, a a student in AUSB’s BA program with concentrations in Communications & Media and Entrepreneurship, for winning second place and $3000 for her entrepreneurial product at the Scheinfeld Center 4th Annual New Venture Challenge in the Fé Bland Forum on Friday, May 2. De Batz created Goddess Moto, a business that offers protective motorcycle apparel to women that is stylish, lightweight, and road rash free.
First place went to team of Santa Barbara City College students – Doni Nahmias, Kian Maalizaden, Shawn Michael, Paige Grandstaff, Sara Skaugrud – for their product Re-Leash, and third place to SBCC student Tom Garnett for Monocool.
The New Venture Challenge is college-wide business plan competition for SBCC and other local colleges and universities hosted annually by SBCC. A student or team of students submit a business for consideration and up to ten finalists are chosen to present at the competition. The finalists give an 8-minute pitch and judges have two minutes for questions. The judging panel this year was comprised of Lynda Weinman from lynda.com, Christopher Morales of Montecito Bank & Trust, and Serial Entrepreneur Kathy Odell.
Five of the 10 finalists chosen for the competition were from AUSB; aside from De Batz, the other four students and corresponding business concepts were Corinna Bernasko (YoBe), Joan Mayer (TransPaw Gear), Natasha Bruskin (Dashing Dog Diner), and Mats Myhre (ParkTic).
The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation/Scheinfeld Center joint Awards Banquet for the winners will take place on May 9 at the Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort.
AUSB hosted a provocative discussion about the tradeoffs a society makes to feel safe in an age of terrorism at the Trustee Forum “Seeking a Balance: Homeland Security vs. Personal Privacy” on April 29. The conversation was moderated by journalist and AUSB Trustee Jerry Roberts, and was led by Brian Jenkins and Andrew Liepman, intelligence experts from RAND Corporation, the Santa Monica think tank. Over 80 community members listened attentively as the panelists described the government’s post 9/11 security measures and the potential for civil liberties abuses.
The discussion centered on three key questions: “What is the current terrorist threat to the U.S.?”; “Have National Security Agency anti-terrorism programs worked?”; and “Has the Government overreached?” It was the third question that generated the most heat. The panelists said it is up to the American people to determine how many terrorist attacks or how much risk they are willing to assume in exchange for personal freedoms – that we have to decide for ourselves what is the right balance. Since 9/11, our elected officials have adopted a stance of zero-tolerance for risk, which the panelists felt was both unrealistic and posed a potential threat to our civil liberties.
According to Brian Jenkins, “There is a cumulative effect of the amassing of extraordinary executive and intelligence powers, and Congress seems more intent on sounding tough than questioning those powers. Due to this concentration of might in only a few hands, we could face more of an internal from despotism than an external threat from terrorism. Terrorists want to end the republic. But it is the reaction to the terrorists that could end the republic. The question is how do we deal with this potential for intimidation and control and remain a democracy?”
The presentation ended with the acknowledgement that since Edward Snowden incident, which exposed domestic surveillance problems, the Obama Administration has proposed some reforms to curb the practice. During the Q & A that ensued, audience members voiced concerns about the government’s collection and retention of private citizens’ personal data.
The next Antioch In Conversation community event will take place on Friday, June 27, when respected constitutional law professor and scholar Laurence Tribe discourses on the Roberts Court and its impact on our lives. For further information visit antioch.edu
At one table you could taste hummus and pita; at the next table you could try cornbread and chili; at another fresh guacamole and tortilla chips; and that was just the beginning of the line. For the second year, Antioch University Santa Barbara co-hosted the International Food Fair in relationship with SBCC’s International Student Ambassadors organization on Friday, April 18.
Atop AUSB’s sunny roofdeck, students from AUSB and SBCC – with ties to all corners of the globe – were able to sample and appreciate free and delicious food from different cultures. They sat at patio tables while a student DJ filled the air with an eclectic mix of music. In addition to the food, raffle tickets were sold to support DirectRelief, an international emergency medical relief organization.
AUSB firmly believes in the vitality and importance of cultural diversity in building just and inclusive communities, locally and around the world, and was grateful for the opportunity to support this event.
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You know that wonderful way a birthday can extend into a birthday week? Earth Day in Santa Barbara is the same way! AUSB celebrates the 44th annual Earth Day today, April 22, on a beautiful day in Santa Barbara, but we are also looking forward to the Earth Day Festival this weekend, April 26-27.
This eco-friendly weekend event, organized by the Community Environmental Council, is one of the longest-running Earth Day celebrations in the country and is believed to be one of the largest on the West Coast. Swing by AUSB’s booth (#104) in Alameda Park, Saturday (11am-7pm) or Sunday (11am-6pm) and learn more about our dynamic graduate and undergraduate programs.
Antioch’s core commitment is to educate students to be the difference – to empower them to lead lives that advance social, economic, and environmental justice.
Show us what being the difference means to you – join our Instagram Contest, open now through May 12.*
*The contest is open to AUSB students, staff, and faculty.
How can we balance homeland security and personal privacy? That is the question of AUSB’s spring Trustee Forum, as it will focus on the topics of homeland security, data collection, and personal privacy issues. This free, public event will be held on Tuesday, April 29 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at AUSB’s Community Hall, 602 Anacapa Street, downtown Santa Barbara.
The forum, the latest in a series of community events presented by AUSB, will feature conversation and public discussion with national security experts Andrew Liepman and Brian Michael Jenkins. Liepman is a career official with the Central Intelligence Agency, most recently as Principal Deputy Director of the National Counterterrorism Center and is currently a Senior Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation. Jenkins is Senior Adviser to the President of the RAND Corporation and author of numerous books, reports, and articles on terrorism-related topics—he also served on the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security under President Clinton and as an adviser to the National Commission on Terrorism. The panel will be moderated by AUSB trustee and award-winning journalist Jerry Roberts.
The interactive conversation will center around the complex issues raised by President Obama’s proposed reforms of policies governing the National Security Agency’s collection of the personal data of Americans and will explore how the disclosure of the top-secret material affects the nation’s battle against terrorism, U.S. defense and diplomacy, government power, and Internet and telecommunications privacy.