No seat was left unoccupied in the New Vic Theatre Friday, June 27, for AUSB’s hosting of Laurence Tribe, one of the country’s leading constitutional lawyers, as he shared his fascinating perspective on today’s Supreme Court as part of our Antioch in Conversation series. Tribe was introduced by Victoria Riskin – chair of AUSB’s Board of Trustees – and fielded questions from interlocutor Morgan Chu – President of the Harvard Board of Overseers and attorney at Irell & Manella, LLP – and at the end of the conversation the audience engaged with him in a lively question-answer period.
In case you missed Laurence Tribe, or were present and would like to share the conversation with a friend, we have provided full video coverage from this Antioch in Conversation event. You can watch the video here.
Tribe’s discussion elucidates the ways in which today’s Supreme Court has the power to redefine the future of our nation, including the following areas: privacy , free speech , voting rights, marriage equality , presidential power , and political contributions.
Afterwards, the audience got to meet Tribe as he signed copies of his new book that he co-authored with Joshua Matz called Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution.
We are grateful to our co-sponsors of this event, the Santa Barbara County Bar Association and the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County.
We look forward to seeing you at our next Antioch in Conversation event!
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.
Colleen Million, veteran Progressive Educator and affiliate faculty and supervisor of AUSB’s Teacher Education programs, has been confirmed by the SB Unified School District Board of Trustees as new Principal of Open Alternative School. OAS is AUSB’s partner school for professional development of Progressive educators.
“I am very excited to be the principal of OAS,” Million said. “I have always been a leader in innovative pedagogy where students are at the heart of learning and construct their knowledge of themselves and the world through hands-on differentiated project-based learning, place-based education, and public service. At OAS, we have a unique opportunity to create exceptional learning experiences for children as the result of the special relationship with Antioch University.”
AUSB’s community congratulates Million on her new role, which began July 1, and looks forward to working closely with her in the next school year.
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.
Masters of Arts in Education students participated in the Annual Public Conversations about their Masters topics on June 4, 2014, at AUSB.
Graduate students prepared posters describing their inquiry question, methods, analysis, and findings and engaged with and explained their research to the public. The insights the students get from these conversations informs their research and helps them understand the implications of their research for the “Discussion” chapter of the thesis. This format was also helpful for AUSB undergraduate students in attendance to have the opportunity to engage with their peers and see and learn from what the Masters students are doing.
Congratulations MAE Students! We’re proud of your good work.
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.”
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.
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 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