In solidarity with the rest of the nation, AUSB honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – for being a leader of courage and conviction who devoted himself to the civil rights cause and the pursuit of peace, equality, and justice for all people.
As we pause to remember King and reflect on the principles he stood for, we hope you are inspired to find ways to serve your community and find solutions to present-day challenges.
AUSB offices will be closed on January 20 in observance of this holiday.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s inspiring and influential speech “I Have a Dream.” We at Antioch University hold the spirit of his message in mind as we ponder how we can continue the dream of social justice and equality for every American. Dr. King’s legacy is embodied in Antioch’s primary core value of social justice, which permeates every aspect of our educational approach. We deeply honor Dr. King and his family today for everything that he has contributed to social awakening and civil rights for all.
Hailing from the small, coal-mining town of Price, Utah, Jennifer’s love of storytelling began at an early age. She recalls the backdrop of her childhood: desert and barren hills that served as the canvas for her imagination to run wild. Influenced by the likes of writers such as Stephen King, Jennifer’s debut novel, Struck, released in May of 2012, captivates with intrigue: a teenage lightning addict, doomsday cults, earthquakes and the end of the world. Jennifer is teaching the workshop “Writing YA from the Inside Out” as part of our Writing for Young People series at the Summer Writing Institute. We had the chance to chat with her over the weekend.
Q. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?
A. Absolutely! I never seriously considered any other career, and I’m not sure I ever had the choice. Even before I learned how to read I was on the path to becoming a writer. My dad’s storytelling abilities were my first inspiration. He used to tell epic bedtime stories that sometimes spanned weeks. I became obsessed with “story,” not only in the written form, but oral, film, television. The idea that someone could make a career out of telling stories for the joy of entertainment infected me, and I’ve never found a cure.
Q. What inspires you?
A. Everything. Anything. I’m always watching, observing, listening. You never know where inspiration can come from. You have to be on your guard, and you have to pay attention. When you hear something – a snippet of conversation – or learn something – a random fact – that starts your mind down the “what if” path, that’s it. Inspiration. Whatever gets your brain gears turning is grist for the mill. Books are not built on one inspiration, but hundreds of big and little pieces of inspiration for plot, setting, character, theme. You have to be a sponge and absorb as much of it as you can. My advice for writers of any genre is to read widely. Some of my biggest lightbulb moments came from reading random nonfiction books that had nothing to do with what I was working on.
Q. You have had a really unique opportunity of seeing the roles you write come to life, what’s it like seeing your vision on screen?
A. It’s surreal and empowering and addictive when it works. You look at the actors playing your characters and think, “I made you! You came out of my head!” But it can be terrifying, too, because sometimes a line or a block of dialogue doesn’t work when spoken out loud, or a scene isn’t adapting quite how you planned, and you have to scramble to make it work because cameras don’t lie. If it doesn’t play, it doesn’t play.
Q. Can you tell us a little bit about your debut novel, Struck?
A. Struck is the story of a teenage girl named Mia Price who is not only a human lightning rod, but also a lightning addict. She’s been struck by lightning hundreds of times throughout her life, and she’s become addicted to the feeling of being filled with energy. Nothing makes her feel more alive than being struck. Unfortunately, it’s not very good for her, and endangers the lives of those who are close to her. So she and her family move to Los Angeles, where lightning only strikes a handful of times each year. But she trades thunderstorms for earthquakes, and soon after she arrives in LA a massive electrical storm causes an earthquake that devastates the city. In the chaotic aftermath, two doomsday cults rise to power, one that wants to save the world and one that wants to destroy it, and both cults possess seers who’ve predicted that Mia is the key to their apocalyptic visions.
Q. I’ve heard that writers often bond to their characters, what does it feel like to finish a story and let go of that bond a little?
A. Ah, the post-partum blues. I just finished a book, so I’m in that separation phase right now. Honestly, and this sounds a little depressing, but I feel elated for about two days after I finish a book, and then I start to feel empty. But I think that’s the plight of creatives of all kinds. You get a high off of the work, even when it’s hard, and then when it’s done you come crashing down. Or maybe that’s just me.
Q. Do you have any advice/cure for the infamous “writer’s block?”
A. For me, writer’s block usually stems from doubt, either doubt in myself and my abilities, or doubt in the foundation of what I’m working on. If it’s doubt in myself that’s tripping me up, I’ve found that reading something truly inspiring kicks me back into gear. You’d think that would do the opposite, that reading something great would make you feel even more hopeless by comparison, but that isn’t usually the case for me. When I read something amazing, it sparks my creativity and I get excited again. Excitement is key! If you’re not excited by what you’re creating, that could be why you have writer’s block. Or, if you know there’s some fundamental problem with your plot or characters, intuition can cut off the blood supply to your creative arteries. That might mean you’ll have to risk stopping in the middle of a draft to go back and examine what you’ve done, see if you can find the flaw in the design.
But, if all else fails, you just have to start writing something, anything, accepting that it might well suck, and be okay with that. Remind yourself that you don’t have to show anyone the suckness. As long as it starts the ball rolling again, that’s all that matters.
Q. How did you get started in the writing industry and what is your best piece of advice to people interested in pursuing writing as a career?
A. Well, first things first, I got started by writing a few very bad practice books, a lot of short stories, and then, eventually, writing a good book. Even before I wrote the good book, though, I started going to conferences so I could network. I’ve found networking to be essential. When I was still working on my first bad book, I attended the Maui Writer’s Conference and got the chance to have lunch with Terry Brooks. Years later, he agreed to read Struck and blurb it. Networking definitely has its value!
But the best piece of advice I can offer (there’s so much, but I’ll narrow it down to this) is to keep perspective about what the publishing industry is: it’s a business. What does that mean? It means that even while you might be carving a piece of your heart out to put on the page, or creating a masterpiece of literary language, what you’re really doing is creating a product that publishers need to sell. And it’s hard to accept that, because it diminishes the act of artistic creation. BUT…the kind of perspective I’m talking about comes into play when you’re trying to write a query letter, or when you’re choosing from your file of ideas which one you ought to write next, or when you’re assessing agents or going on submission or promoting your book. These are big, big, big parts of being a writer, and they’re the business parts. Focus on the art when you’re making it, and then get down to business.
Q. What is one interesting thing about you that most people don’t know?
A. I’ve never seen “Top Gun.” I don’t know why, but it just never appealed to me.
Q. What is the best food you’ve eaten in the past week?
A. Coconut pancakes!
Q. Is there anything new on your plate? What can we expect from you in the future?
A. My next YA novel, The Killing Jar, will be released through FSG/Macmillan in Fall 2014. It’s about a teenage girl who survives a horrific crime against her family, only to be kidnapped and brought to a utopian commune. There she learns some startling secrets about herself and her connection to the commune people who call themselves the Kalyptra.
As most of us know, there are thousands of people struggling to manage with the little the hurricane left them. Items needed: Cloths (can be used), bottled water, blankets, diapers for all ages, flashlights, batteries, non-perishable foods, baby food. Everything and anything will be appreciated.
Cash donations are also accepted to help with shipping.
When: November 9-December 10
Where: Donation Bin is located at Front Desk:
602 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, 93101
Time: Monday-Thursday 8am-9pm
New students starting in the Fall 2012 quarter can apply for this new merit-based grant of $2,500. All applicants including international students are eligible to apply.
Antioch University Santa Barbara President, Dr. Nancy Leffert says, “I believe we can serve the Santa Barbara and central coast communities by using three strategies summarized by these words: ACCESS, ENGAGE, and COLLABORATE.” This special President’s Access Grant is intended to support the campus goal to assist students to complete their degree at AUSB and reduce the costs of attendance. Application information available here.
AUSB is helping sponsor the SOL (Sustainable Organic Local) Food event, “Defining Local” this Saturday, July 21, from 10:00-12:00 pm., on the AUSB campus at 602 Anacapa street (next to Saturday’s Farmers Market.)
Join Whole Foods Market, the Isla Vista Food Co-op, Farmer Direct Produce and others to discuss the many definitions of “Local” food. Coffee and summer fruits will be provided.
AUSB and the National Association of Social Workers, Santa Barbara Chapter are co-sponsoring this event, Saturday, June 2, 2012 on the AUSB campus with Neil Friedman, LCSW, presenting.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has been identified as an evidenced based treatment for borderline personality disorder during the past two decades. Additionally, it has been found to be effective for several other conditions, including substance abuse, PTSD and impulse control problems. This six hour workshop will focus on the basics of how to implement a Dialectical Behavior Program and will discuss the parallels of DBT to other treatment approaches. Topics will include:
- The definition of dialectics and its application to the therapeutic process
- The DBT definition of Borderline Personality Disorder
- The structure of the DBT Model (Problem and solution analyses, Skills group, Phone consultation, Diary cards, Consultation to the therapist)
- Secondary Targets
Neil Friedman, LCSW has been in private practice of psychotherapy for over 30 years, is an adjunct faculty instructor at Antioch University, Santa Barbara and is a clinical supervisor at Mental Health Association and CADA. He received his MSW from the University of California in 1978 and has since, been involved in program development and management. He developed and managed the DBT program for Columbia River Mental Health and developed and administered a partial hospitalization program for over 10 years. He also was a consultant Daybreak Residential Treatment Program’s implementation of DBT and worked with Portland DBT as a therapist.
$75 For NASW and CAMFT members $35 for students
(Includes snacks and 5 CEUS)
Limited Space Available. Sold Out
The AUSB PsyD program is hosting a live webcast on “Caring for Military Family: What We All Should Know About Military Culture and the Stress of Deployment” on Friday May 11, 9-11:30am., AUSB Campus, Community Hall.
This workshop provides an overview of military culture including its history, organizational structure, core values, branches of the service, mission and operations. We will also examine military deployment and the unique experiences that Service members and their spouses and children face throughout the deployment cycle. Research findings will be incorporated. Participant questions and interaction is invited.
APA’s Education Directorate is pleased to offer this free webcast. This effort is part of APA’s partnership with the White House Joining Forces Initiative headed by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, which seeks to activate society to support our service members and their families. Please take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn from David Riggs, PhD, Executive Director of the Center for Deployment Psychology, a nationally recognized authority in this area.
The webcast will be followed by a discussion with Colonel (Retired) Patti Tackett, AUSB PsyD graduate (2011). Free and open to the public, we welcome anyone who is interested in this topic to join us for this special event. Contact Stephanie Holland, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions about this event.
Antioch University Santa Barbara is proud to be a cosponsor of the Santa Barbara Benefit Screening of A Fierce Green Fire, The Battle For A Living Planet, A Film by, Mark Kitchell. Monday May 7, 7:00 pm at the Marjorie Luke Theater. Mark Kitchell, and Paul Relis, Community Environmental Council founder will also be attending this screening.
A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle For a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. From halting dams in the Grand Canyon to battling 20,000 tons of toxic waste at Love Canal; from Greenpeace saving the whales to Chico Mendes and the rubber tappers saving the Amazon; from climate change to the promise of transforming our civilization, the film tells vivid stories about people fighting – and succeeding – against enormous odds. More information about the film is available at www.afiercegreenfire.com/
Tickets: $20 General Public; $10 Students & Seniors. To purchase tickets and for more information contact the Lobero Theater at www.lobero.com or 805.963.0761. The Marjorie Luke Theater is located at 721 East Cota Street Santa Barbara, CA.
This event is sponsored in part by The Marjorie Luke Theatre’s Drier Family Rent Subsidy Fund.
Antioch University Santa Barbara will be at the Earth Day Festival in Alameda Park this Saturday and Sunday, April 21 & 22. Our booth, 206, will be located in the Campus Point section. We will be giving out our AUSB reusable shopping bags (while supplies last) both days. Some of our students will also be there talking about their environment projects they have worked on this year. Come by and say hello, get a great shopping bag and enjoy the Earth Day festivities!
Check out the Santa Barbara Earth Day website for more details about the planned events.
Presenter: Wendy Elliot, M.Ed., Friday, December 2, 2011- 3:30-5:00, Antioch University, Santa Barbara 602 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara. Cost: $10 at the door (Includes snacks and 1.5 CEU’s.) RSVP: Debbie Allen at: email@example.com or 882-2424 ext 103
Co-sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers Santa Barbara Chapter & Antioch University Santa Barbara, this workshop will introduce clinicians to the model of Internal Family Systems developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz. This way of working is a synthesis of two already existing paradigms: systems thinking and the multiplicity of the mind. Participants will be exposed to how internal aspects of the psyche take on different roles such as managers, firefighters, and exiles. Discussion will also include the role of the Self and how to support the client being “in Self” which includes an embodied sense of being centered, balanced, and in harmony.
Participants will be given an opportunity to apply these concepts to diverse case studies and will also engage in an experiential exercise to help them identify and bring awareness to how these internal parts function within themselves. We will take a close look at the parallel relationship between how we perceive and relate to our internal parts with how we relate to these parts in other people. By the end of this workshop, participants will have a clear understanding and hands on experience for how to integrate this model into their practice with individuals, families and couples.
Wendy Elliott, M.Ed is a licensed clinical mental health counselor, board certified dance-movement therapist, and somatic experiencing practitioner from New Hampshire who recently moved back to California after 30 years. Wendy has been practicing as a body centered psychotherapist integrating a “parts” model, along with mindfulness and spirituality, for the last 25 years. Wendy has served as an adjunct faculty member for Antioch University New England for 25 years and currently teaches in the Master of Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University, Santa Barbara. She also has a private practice in Ojai and facilitates Dance-Movement Therapy and Authentic Movement groups locally. Wendy is a current Board member of the California Association of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors.
Michael Fishbein, president of Antioch University Midwest, in a reply to an op-ed piece in the August 22 New York Times, wrote that "The main cost drivers in higher education are not the outsourcing of tuition management or the prepayment of tuition by wealthy families but the fact that its business model has been obsolete for decades." He goes on to recommend steps for reducing the costs of higher education.
We are excited to announce the President's Education Access Grant program for new students who will be starting in the Summer 2011 quarter. This grant is in the amount of $1,000.00.
In her recent inauguration speech, Antioch University Santa Barbara President Dr. Nancy Leffert said, “I believe we can serve the Santa Barbara and central coast communities by using three strategies summarized by these words: ACCESS, ENGAGE, and COLLABORATE.” This special President’s Education Access Grant is intended to support the campus goal to assist students to complete their degree at AUSB and reduce the costs of attendance.
Application for this $1,000 grant requires:
- A completed application for admission
- A brief written statement (two paragraphs maximum)
- The short written statement should describe, “How the President’s Education Access Grant will help me attain my educational goals.”
The written statement should be submitted in a Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format file to the Office of Admissions by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to indicate your full name in the submitted document. Grant applications must be recieved by Monday June 27th, 2011.
Come to an AUSB Information Session to learn more about our academic programs and the Antioch experience.
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Thank you for attending our Bachelor of Arts Open House
Monday, June 13, 2011
Thank you for everyone who joined us for a special Open House event highlighting the Antioch University Santa Barbara Bachelor of Arts Program. Propsective students were able to meet with AUSB professors, staff, and admissions representatives for an introduction to the "Antioch Experience" – with fun and educational sample class presentations from AUSB professors and Q&A sessions on applying to AUSB.
Get to Know Antioch
This is a great opportunity for any prospective student, or parents of students, to learn more about earning a Bachelor of Arts degree at Antioch, and why AUSB is a visionary educational community with an innovative, real world experience-based approach to academic programs.
Learn more about our new President's Education Access Grant Program – offering the opportunity for new incoming Summer term students to apply for a $1,000 educational grant. Read about this exciting grant program.
Open House Special Events:
Bachelor of Arts Information Sessions
Talk to Antioch faculty and admissions representatives about attending Antioch University Santa Barbara, how to apply, and how to transfer from community college or another university. Bring your list of questions about the Bachelor of Arts degree program and Major Concentrations. AUSB staff and alumni will answer questions about AUSB values and what makes Antioch different.
Sample Faculty Presentations » Read Faculty Profiles
Navigating the Teen Years by Gina Bell, MA
Young people face a number of risks and challenges during adolescence such as bullying, sexual identity, substance abuse, and more that, if not well navigated, can jeopardize their healthy and successful transition to adulthood. Get some important tips and strategies for parenting teens at this vital time in their development.
Myths and Legends: Zorro’s Backyard by Harold Salas-Kennedy, PhD
This sample class presentation will focus on Santa Barbara’s fascinating connection to the legendary Zorro. We will also explore how Mexico’s Cinco De Mayo helped the Union win the Civil War.
What Caused the Current Recession by John Forhan, JD
This sample class presentationwill focus on the missteps that created the current recession and how we avoid them in the future. We will discuss a few dangerous economic animals that shouldn't have been let out of their cages and the havoc they continue to wreak.
Wet and Wild: Seasonal Migrators of Santa Barbara by Dawn Osborn, PhD
This sample class presentation will explore animals from the land and sea that seasonally migrate through the Santa Barbara area. Learn about what brings these creatures to the central coast, why and when they leave, and how you can best see them in their natural habitat.
The PsyD Program congratulates Michael Monsour, second year PsyD student, on his second scholarly publication, "Virtual Reality as a Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome," published in the New School Psychology Bulletin, volume 8(2), pages 34-45. His article investigates virtual reality as an effective and alternative treatment for those who suffer with consistent IBS abdominal pain. This peer-reviewed academic journal highlights graduate student work from universities across the country. Michael's engaging cutting edge article was selected as one of the eight featured articles from students.
PsyD students Lynn Weirdsma, Dawn Montgomery, and Betsy Bates-Freed, will be presenting their dissertations, May 27, June 15 and 16. These presentations are free and open to the public. Presentations will be given at the 801 Garden Street campus.
Lynn Weirdsma , “The Effects of Electronic Communication on Committed Couples”, Friday, May 27th at noon.
Dawn Montgomery “Life Experiences that Contributed to the Independence and Success in the Lives of Foster Care Alumni”, Wednesday, June 15th at noon.
Betsy Bates-Freed , “Work Interrupted: A Questionnaire Assessing the Relationship between Work-Related Distress and Psychological Adjustment to Cancer”, Thursday, June 16th at 3 pm.