Antioch University Santa Barbara recently welcomed its inaugural cohort of MFA in Writing and Contemporary Media students for their first week-long residency in Santa Barbara.
Eight students from across the state and the country gathered for group mentorship, thesis project support, and expert-led workshops as part of this low-residency MFA program. Students in AUSB’s MFA program complete courses and work online, supplemented by a 7-day intensive residency on the Santa Barbara campus each semester.
“Great speakers!” said Rebecca Braren, a student in the program. “Getting to meet and discuss relevant topics with professionals is a major part of why I’m glad I chose Antioch.”
To celebrate the inaugural MFA cohort, AUSB held a special event with guest Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and screenwriters whose novels include Nobody’s Fool, Empire Falls, and the recently published Everybody’s Fool. An interview with Russo was hosted by KCRW; listen to the recording online at kcrw.org.
“Where to start? What a wonderful week!” commented MFA student Gabriela Garay. “I loved the conversations, the readings, the lectures on beginnings, middles and ends. Richard Russo was amazing as well. I loved the readings, and hearing about different fields people are working in. Ultimately my favorite part was the writing information and bringing it all together to examine how story is story, regardless of the genre.”
The weather was clear, warm, and sunny for the second annual In Bloom Santa Barbara: Promising Practices in Nature Based Early Childhood Education event held this year at Isla Vista School and the Orfalea Family Children’s Center on Saturday, November 5.
Once again, educator and author David Sobel, who is core faculty and project director at the Antioch University New England Institute, made a return visit to Santa Barbara to teach one of the courses and to inspire educators from Los Angeles to Santa Maria.
About 80 early childhood and early elementary parents, teachers, outdoor educators, and administrators with an interest in connecting children to the natural world attended.
As seen in the photos, participants shared, learned, and reconnected through play with nature. In Bloom Santa Barbara is part of AUSB’s certificate in Nature Based Early Childhood Education and a concentration in the Master of Arts in Education Degree program.
Visit antiochsb.edu/nature for more information on our Nature Based Early Childhood Education programs.
Posted on November 18, 2016
Congratulations to the 14 women of our third Women & Leadership cohort who finished their final program residency in October. The group presented their work to an enthusiastic crowd of supporters and were awarded their certificates of completion.
Women & Leadership is a 10-month hybrid program, designed for busy professional women who are ready to take their leadership to the next level of effectiveness, fulfillment, and impact. The 2016 cohort began their journey in January, completing three intensive residency sessions, two five-month online courses, and individual leadership projects designed to integrate and demonstrate their development as leaders. They’ve worked with distinguished guest speakers, panelists, mentors, and instructors; become more conscious, values-based leaders; deepened their awareness and skill in navigating the unique challenges of being women in leadership; and broadened their professional networks.
Their work culminated in our third residency that focused on leadership brand, executive presence, and resilience — all of which they demonstrated through presentations and poster sessions, showcasing their leadership projects and sharing their leadership development journeys with a group of sponsors, mentors, alumni, scholarship donors, families, and friends. The group celebrated their accomplishments with a graduation ceremony and sunset reception on AUSB’s lovely third-floor patio.
This year’s graduates and their inspiring leadership projects included:
Helena Barbour, Patagonia: 3 Inspiring Women Taking On Human Trafficking
Kristianne Clifford, Freedom To Choose Foundation: Finding Inner Freedom
Lana Dabboussy, Google: Say. Do. Believe. (a program for young grads)
Heather Dray, SAGE Publications: Embracing Diversity, the Dray Way
Sophie Foot, Deckers Brands: The Case for On-Site Child Care
Camille Gamboa, SAGE Publications: Mothers In Politics
Heidi Huchthausen, Medtronic: The Blue Stocking Salon
Ingrid Kaczender, Deckers Brands: The Joy Division—Corporate Communication
Chelsea Lancaster, SBCC: El Centro—Creating A Safe Alternative Community Space
Jenny Martinez, Sansum Diabetes Clinic: Stories for Change: Type 2 Diabetes
Lena Moran, Just Communities: Increasing Language Justice on the Central Coast
Molika Oum, AUSB: Coz Drvn: Mobilizing Fashion to Drive Change
Amy Simkins, SAGE Publications: SAGE Volunteer Works
Emi Umezawa, Mercer Advisors: An Undivided Life
Visit the AUSB Facebook page for more photos of this inspiring weekend, and mark your calendars for our next cohort’s completion event on October 21, 2017.
Antioch University Santa Barbara has begun selecting our 2017 Women & Leadership cohort and are looking forward to welcoming another remarkable group of leaders from corporate, non-profit, higher education, government, and entrepreneurial sectors for our January launch. If you are interested in learning more about the program, sponsoring women from your organization, or applying to be part of our next cohort, please visit antiochsb.edu/wal for more information. Partial scholarships are available, by application.
Posted on November 6, 2016
Dr. William Flores, Associate Vice Chancellor and Provost at Antioch University Santa Barbara, recently appeared as a featured guest on Houston Community College TV’s Dialogue Houston. Prior to coming to Santa Barbara, Dr. Flores was the President of the University of Houston Downtown campus.
View Dr. Flores’ segment here:
As Dr. Dawn Murray, Chair of the Bachelor of Arts program, teaches at the Royal Thimphu College in the Kingdom of Bhutan for a year, Dr. Elaine Gale will step in as Interim Chair.
Elaine is a California-based writer, performer, storyteller, educator, speaker, comic, and journalist who co-founded the nonfiction literary series TrueStory and loves artists, writers, community, humor, play, possibility, healing, spirituality, exploring, and learning. She is a tenured professor at CSU Sacramento, was a former Los Angeles Times reporter, has a doctorate in communication from University of Denver, earned her MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, and has been published in literary journals and in national magazines and newspapers.
“Dr. Elaine Gale has graciously agreed to step in as Interim Chair while Dr. Dawn Murray is on leave in Bhutan. Elaine has been on the adjunct faculty at AUSB and has had an extensive career working at Antioch University as the freelance Director of the Writing Center for the PhD Program in Leadership and Change Program,” said Dr. Barbara Lipinski, the Academic Dean at AUSB. “Her mission is to help people develop their speaking and writing voices. Her passion in social justice, community building, empowering others, and creative self-expression are complementary to our academic community and directly aligned with our mission.”
Elaine will debut the solo show she wrote and performs called One Good Egg, which is directed by Rod Lathim at the Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara the weekend of May 5 – 7, 2017. Tickets will go on sale at the end of September through the Center Stage Box Office and through the link at www.onegoodeggshow.com
Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Bachelor of Arts degree completion program offers unique, innovative concentrations that develop students into well-rounded, well-informed global citizens with the skills to lead meaningful lives – advancing social, economic, and environmental justice. Learn more at antiochsb.edu/BA
Posted September 6, 2016
Berkshire Hathaway, a full-service real estate brokerage, has awarded Antioch University Santa Barbara a grant to provide financial assistance to students working at unpaid internships in the Santa Barbara area.
The Berkshire Hathaway grant will be used to supplement a five-year $1.6 million federal Title III grant awarded to AUSB in 2014. Antioch’s Title III grant is used to provide academic support services to students in the Bachelor of Arts program who are at risk of leaving college without a degree. The federal grant also funds the College-to-Career program, an initiative aimed at preparing career-ready graduates. Because federal funds cannot be used for scholarships or other types of financial aid, Berkshire Hathaway funds will be awarded to students who could not otherwise afford to do an unpaid internship. The Berkshire Hathaway grant will enable more AUSB students to complete an internship, starting them on the road to greater career success while they are still in school.
Completing an internship has many benefits to a student’s future career success. Studies show that 58% of graduating students who completed an internship – paid or unpaid – have jobs or job offers at graduation, thanks to their prior experience interning in their chosen fields. So far, College-to-Career participants have been successful in obtaining employment at graduation or in being promoted at their current jobs.
Local nonprofit organizations that generally cannot afford to pay for internship help will also benefit from the work of Antioch students.
Antioch University Santa Barbara has been a downtown presence for almost 40 years, with a strong relationship with the Santa Barbara community. Every undergraduate student spends one term volunteering their time in local nonprofit organizations, totaling thousands of hours annually in community service. Many undergraduate students transfer from Santa Barbara City College, however the program also serves older, returning adults who want to complete their degrees. In addition to an undergraduate program, the campus offers graduate degrees in psychology, business, education, and writing and contemporary media.
Posted September 2, 2016
Antioch University Santa Barbara and Brooks Institute signed a Teach-Out Agreement this week that will enable Brooks students to transfer to Antioch as the visual and media arts school closes its doors permanently.
Brooks Institute announced earlier in August that it would be shutting down in October, and since that time, officials at AUSB, led by Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor Dr. William Flores, have been working to come to an agreement to allow Brooks students to transfer to Antioch to finish their degrees.
“This agreement will allow students from Brooks Institute to continue their studies without interruption and without having to move from the area,” Dr. Flores said. “We have agreed to accept their credits and assist them to graduate and pursue their career goals. Hopefully, we’ll be able to welcome many Brooks students to our campus to complete their studies.”
Once the agreement is approved by the Higher Learning Commission, Brooks students can begin the process of working with AUSB’s Admissions team to transfer their units to complete their degree. Students transferring to AUSB could resume their studies in the Fall Quarter beginning in October.
The agreement also allows Brooks students to transfer to AUSB’s sister campus Antioch University Los Angeles, located in Culver City.
Posted on September 1, 2016
Antioch University Santa Barbara has promoted Barbara Greenleaf to the position of Associate Vice Chancellor, Advancement & External Affairs. While focusing on the Anacapa Street campus, Ms. Greenleaf also will be designing programs, materials, and strategies for use system-wide across all five Antioch locations.
“We are delighted that Barbara is taking on these new responsibilities,” said Provost Dr. William Flores. “Her numerous initiatives, such as Friends of Antioch, the Alumni Association, and community dialogue, are certainly worthy of replication throughout our entire university system.”
Barbara Greenleaf got her start at The New York Times and went on to author six books, numerous magazine articles, and award-winning speeches that were subsequently published in Vital Speeches of the Day. She headed consumer affairs for energy giant Conoco, Inc. and advertising and public relations for satellite communications firm Videostar Connections. An entrepreneur at heart, Barbara founded Greenleaf Video and Strategic Communications/LA as well as the Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival. While working as an independent consultant, she served many nonprofits in the area. She is a graduate of Vassar College.
Posted on September 1, 2016
Several students from the Antioch University Santa Barbara MA in Clinical Psychology program have received scholarships through the new Caregiver Support Training Program.
The scholarship recipients – Kattie Bachar, Micasha Desilva, Pallavi Kumar, Amanda Lopez, Cindy Mayer, and Bianca Ruvalcaba – are all in the MACP program’s Healthy Aging concentration.
The Caregiver Support Training Program is a collaboration between Family Service Agency, the Alzheimer’s Association California Central Chapter, and AUSB that will address the shortage of caregiver services in Santa Barbara County. It is funded by the Santa Barbara Foundation.
“This is a fantastic opportunity, not just because of the scholarship funds, but also because of the unique training these students will receive from the Family Service Agency and Alzheimer’s Association, in addition to their academic training in Healthy Aging at Antioch,” said Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, LCSW, Chair of the MACP program at AUSB.
Dr. Wolfson said the scholarships will help students who otherwise may not be able to pursue this course of study as well as encouraging MACP students to enroll in the growing Healthy Aging concentration. Kattie, Amanda, Cindy, and Bianca are receiving the award for the second time, while Pallavi and Micasha are first-time recipients.
“This program is the first in the Santa Barbara area to ensure that professionals already engaged in graduate education in healthy aging are on the front lines of providing support for those who care for elderly family members,” said Dr. Wolfson.
For further information about the Caregiver Support Training Program, contact Cynthia McNulty at 805.965.1001 x226 or email@example.com; students interested in participating should contact Dr. Wolfson at 805.962.8179 x 5155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Healthy Aging concentration
AUSB’s Healthy Aging concentration is unique in its focus on a strength based, holistic counseling approach that supports resilience in older adults and their families. Students in the Healthy Aging concentration meet all course requirements towards MFT licensure while focusing on the psychological, physical, and social needs of the growing population of older adults and their families.
About the MA in Clinical Psychology program
The Masters in Clinical Psychology degree at AUSB provides students with a community-based, holistic approach to psychotherapeutic practice. You will gain the practical and theoretical knowledge for a sustainable and successful career in the field of counseling, as well as the skills to work with diverse client needs and perspectives.
Posted August 4, 2016
Ross Brown, MFA, joins Antioch University Santa Barbara today as Director of the new Master of Fine Arts in Writing & Contemporary Media program set to debut in December.
Ross has an extensive background in writing professionally, especially in television. His career began on The Cosby Show, and Ross went on to write and produce such TV shows as The Facts of Life, Who’s the Boss?, and Step By Step. Over the course of his career, Ross has worked with many highly skilled comedy writers, performers, and directors and created prime-time comedy series for ABC, CBS, and the WB.
But after many years writing and producing material for the screen, Ross decided to change his career path.
“After I’d already been a professional writer for twenty years, I went to a low-residency MFA program to further my teaching career,” Ross said. “I thought it was just a practical move, but it turned out to be life-changing. I’m a much better writer and a spiritually richer person as a result of my low-residency MFA experience. As the director of Antioch Santa Barbara’s new MFA in Writing & Contemporary Media, I hope I can pass on my transforming experience and inspire the next generation of writers.”
After receiving his MFA, Ross spent 10 years as a tenured Associate Professor in the Film and Media Arts program at Chapman University before coming to AUSB. Ross also has taught at the University of Southern California and California State University at Northridge during his academic career.
In addition to his television writing work and academic pursuits, Ross’s career includes writing for theater. His stage play Hindsight was part of the Pasadena Playhouse’s Hothouse at the Playhouse series. Another play, Trapped, was selected for the 2011 Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights at the historic Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia. Ross’s most recent play, Day One, was performed at the Lakeshore Theater Ten-Minute Play Festival in Minnesota and at The Road Theater Company’s Summer Play Festival in Los Angeles.
Ross also is the author of the book Create Your Own TV Series for the Internet based on courses he created at Chapman University. Ross earned his AB in Journalism from University of California, Berkeley and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Ross and his wife live in Santa Barbara and have two grown daughters and two grandchildren.
“Ross has had an extensive career in the industry as well as academia, and he is invested in mentoring the next generation of innovative writers and storytellers,” said AUSB’s Academic Dean Barbara Lipinski, PhD, JD.
About the MFA program
In AUSB’s unique Master of Fine Arts in Writing & Contemporary Media program, students learn the craft of professional storytelling. Whether writing for the page, the stage, the screen, or the microphone, students will discover how to use the fundamental elements of narrative to craft stories for a wide range of media settings such as print, film, television, video games, radio, and Internet. Graduates of the MFA program will not only have a professional-level product in their chosen genres but will be prepared to apply their skills to any field that requires creative communication. Learn more and apply at antiochsb.edu/mfa.
Posted on August 1, 2016
Antioch University Santa Barbara has received a notice of continuation of their federal Title III grant. The campus was awarded a $1.6 million, five-year grant in 2014 to support college completion for students who are at risk of leaving college without a degree.
For its third year of operation, AUSB will receive $345,110 in Federal funds that it will match with an additional $101,980 to support the project.
In addition to one-on-one academic support, the grant, under the leadership of Project Director Catherine Radecki, is focused on creating a pathway to post-graduation career success. Through the College-to-Career program funded by the grant, students learn pre-employment skills such as résumé writing, networking, and employment interview skills.
Bachelor of Arts students at AUSB who participate in the program gain substantive résumé-building work experience in their field of study and are assisted in development of a long-term career plan. Local staff hired using the grant funds are working with community nonprofits and businesses to develop meaningful job and internship opportunities for which students also earn academic credit.
Lee Yarborough, AUSB’s Career Counselor, has been successful in placing almost 30 participating students into internships and jobs in the Santa Barbara area. The project is finding that students who receive career counseling and employment experience show a significant increase in their career self-efficacy.
“Being able to guide and encourage students to follow and pursue their professional dreams is inspiring on many different levels,” Lee said about her role at AUSB. “These students are our future leaders and will pave the way for innovation, creativity, social justice and improvements in the community. Through internships, part-time employment, job shadowing, and exploring career options, our students are gaining real world experience and confidence before they graduate.”
Tony Urban, hired as AUSB’s grant-funded Academic Success Advisor, has taken a proactive approach to ensuring that students stay enrolled at AUSB through the completion of their degrees. Whether students would benefit from a one-time meeting to refresh study or presentation skills, multiple meetings to master time or stress management skills, or even weekly check-ins to help keep them on track, Tony is available to help meet their needs. He also assists with financial aid, scholarship searches, graduate school applications, essays, and résumé writing.
“The college environment presents unique opportunities for students to put their knowledge to the test and develop their skill set,” Tony said about his work with students. “It is my desire to make sure they are well-equipped to tackle these challenges head-on with all the tools they need to succeed in the classroom as well as in life.”
The Title III Grant also enabled AUSB to hire Allison Adelman, Director of the Writing Center on campus, and Abby Pasley, English Language Learner Tutor, to help students in these areas of development.
All domestic students in the AUSB Bachelor of Arts program are eligible to participate in the College-to-Career program.
Posted on July 29, 2016
Led by Perie Longo and featuring local poets David Starkey and Chryss Yost, this two-day workshop will spend time on all aspects of the practice of poetry: crafting, writing exercises, discussion, publication advice, and the art of reading your poems.
As a special offer to AUSB students, the workshop fee is discounted to $175. To enroll, contact email@example.com or 805-687-1619.
The Summer Poetry Workshop is an opportunity for participants to grow their poems with thoughtful attention from three poets laureate who combine their approaches for students to hone their skills and go deeper into their own creative process.
Perie Longo will focus on finding the hook of your poem – considering voice, emotion, and language – to bring it “home.” David Starkey will emphasize identifying strong lines and eliminating weak ones to help your poem achieve its full potential. And Chryss Yost will speak about what every poet can learn from a sonnet and other formal structures to help craft tension, rhythm, music, and breath so it will stand out as one to be remembered.
For more about the workshop, its leaders and full schedule, visit sbpoetryworkshop.com.
Posted on July 27, 2016
Antioch University Santa Barbara is pleased to introduce Friends of Antioch, which will form a bridge between the school’s external programming and academic departments and the community at large. Members of the new organization will have V.I.P. access to all happenings at the university and serve as a sounding board for its leadership.
The Friends will help shape such events as Art@Antioch, a series of themed exhibits, openings, and artists’ talks. They also will be invited to special receptions following the university’s popular, intimate dialogues, Antioch in Conversation… Members will be key players in the exciting activities being planned to celebrate AUSB’s 40th anniversary in 2017. This yearlong exploration of “The Future” will culminate in the gala, “Fly me to the Moon.” Finally, Friends will get exclusive briefings by incoming Associate Vice Chancellor and Provost Dr. William Flores and provide support to the school’s individual academic departments.
“Friends of Antioch promises to provide a dynamic framework for robust community engagement,” said AUSB’s Director of Institutional Advancement Barbara Greenleaf. “The new organization will be a true two-way street. It will enable us to draw even more fully on the vast storehouse of knowledge and myriad talents of Santa Barbara’s residents and help us create programming that’s even more responsive to their needs.”
Posted on July 21, 2016
Dr. Dawn Murray, Chair of the Bachelor of Arts program at Antioch University Santa Barbara, has been invited to teach at the Royal Thimphu College in the Kingdom of Bhutan for a year as a visiting professor. Dawn, a marine biologist who started the Environmental Studies concentration in AUSB’s BA program, will be the only American female scientist teaching at the school.
Dawn is taking a leave from AUSB at the end of July, when she will move to Bhutan and join RTC’s Environmental Studies Department teaching courses on ecology, biodiversity, management, and conservation. Her two sons, aged 13 and 11, will leave their Santa Barbara schools and immerse themselves in a new culture and school in Bhutan. Dawn will return to the BA program at AUSB in August 2017.
The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked Asian country located between India and China in the midst of the Himalayan Mountains. The country has a self-imposed mandate to keep at least 60% of its land forested and is also known for its Gross National Happiness index, which revealed that 91% of its residents considered themselves happy. Earlier this year, Bhutan became the world’s first carbon-negative country, absorbing more carbon in its heavily forested lands than it produces.
This won’t be Dawn’s first visit to Bhutan. She visited in December 2015 while leading an eco-cultural trip with The Tribal Trust Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving indigenous cultures at which Dawn serves on the board as Vice President. During her year in Bhutan, she plans to help preserve the culture and ways of the indigenous Monpas people living in the remote mountains.
“I am excited to return and offer my expertise for a year contributing to their environmental studies curriculum, working with future leaders of ecological stewardship,” Dawn said. “My passion for ecological literacy, cultural conservation, and climate change education and awareness is my asset and my communication expertise enhances coalition building.”
While in Bhutan, Dawn said she will research opportunities and benefits that develop from sustainable management of natural resources and innovative eco-friendly practices and also impart AUSB’s emphasis on learner-centered education and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice.
“My intention is to educate, inspire, and motivate people to become actively involved in eco-cultural preservation issues,” Dawn said. “I will be witnessing and participating in a way of life that has been sustained for thousands of years, living as part of the natural order, not above or separate from it. My learning will help me more effectively teach students at Antioch when I return and encourage ecological activism, focusing on environmental issues, indigenous people, their art and culture, and organic farming methods.”
Posted on July 19, 2016
Antioch University Los Angeles was featured this week in a New York Times article for their Psychology program providing specialized training for LGBTQ-affirming therapists. This unique training is in keeping with the overall Antioch mission of commitment to social justice in preparing future practitioners for multicultural competence and focusing on under-served populations.
“Here on the Antioch University Santa Barbara campus, the MA in Clinical Psychology program is deeply committed to this mission by preparing therapists for working with two of the largest and most under-served populations in our country: Latino communities and elders,” said MACP program chair Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson.
To this aim, AUSB offers students in the MACP the opportunity to pursue concentrations in Healthy Aging or Latino Mental Health. Students enrolled in the program meet all requirements to become California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and, can also opt to focus on either these areas of specialization at no extra cost. Full time students in either concentration can complete the Program with an MA in Clinical Psychology within two years.
The concentration in Healthy Aging offers a cutting edge, preventative-wellness model in counseling older adults, their families, and caregivers. Students completing the program with a specialization in Healthy Aging are entering a market in critical need of experts in the fast growing field of elder health and mental health services. The concentration in Latino Mental Health provides knowledge and skills needed to work with Latino individuals, families, and communities and meets the growing demand to fill the shortage of qualified, licensed for bilingual therapists.
Posted on July 14, 2016