Leadership Coach, Speaker, Author, Alumni: Jennifer Van Homer, Class of 2003

This month we feature Antioch University Santa Barbara graduate Jennifer Van Homer (B.A. Class of 2003) in our spotlight on alumni.

Jennifer Van Homer, BS, MSC, CHIC firmly believes that excellence in leadership is crucial in order to address organizational challenges and create sustainable change. Jennifer works with leaders and organizations to increase their personal and professional effectiveness by bringing their actions into alignment with their most important commitments and goals.

One of Jennifer's goals was making time to complete her Bachelor's Degree. She entered Antioch University Santa Barbara in 2000, working as a full-time professional with two children as well. It was at Antioch that Van Homer gained the knowledge and experience of working with others that led her to her current position as a Master Somatic coach, trainer and organizational consultant. She uses sound principles and practices of adult development and somatic awareness.

Van Homer graduated from Antioch University Santa Barbara, in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with an emphasis in Business. Her interest in the well being of young people led her to co-create a leadership program for youth at the Strozzi Institute in Petaluma, California. In addition to being a Master Somatic Coach she is also a certified Hudson Institute Coach.

Jennifer is a sought after leadership coach, author and speaker. Before becoming a coach she worked extensively in Human Resources Leadership, including ten years at Patagonia, a local maker of outdoor clothing, apparel and gear for climbing. She contributed to the formation of the unique corporate culture at Patagonia.

When asked about WHY she chose AUSB to claim her education, Jennifer Van Homer said: 

"I chose Antioch because it offered me the flexibility I needed to complete my degree being the mother of two children and working full-time!"

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Jennifer shares this message for prospective students of Antioch University Santa Barbara: 

"Antioch is a great place to expand your perspectives and learn to coordinate and collaborate with others. The teachers are fantastic and the learning environment is fun and challenging. I was a student in the weekend program which required a lot of collaboration with my cohort. It was a great experience and taught me a lot about teaming. It’s great to be in an adult learning environment and to be in a place that invites the whole student!"

Jennifer Van Homer lives in Santa Barbara, where she enjoys spending time with her two children and yellow Labrador. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking, surfing and skiing. Jennifer recently released the book "A Princess and Her Garden – A Fable of Awakening and Arrival" co-written with her mother, Patricia R. Adson, Ph.D. Van Homer is also the co-author of "The Relating Game: 96 Ways to Sustain Passion Over Time", which is a deck of cards designed to stimulate conversation and emotional intimacy with your partner. For more information on this Antioch Alumni please visit her websites at:

A Princess and Her Garden http://aprincessandhergarden.com/

The Relating Game http://therelatinggame.com/

Leadership Coaching & Consulting http://jennifervanhomer.com/ 

Antioch University Receives Top Honor for Community Service

USA Today has named Antioch University one of the “Top 20 Colleges Most Committed to Community Service,” the second such major honor the college has received this year.

USA Today, the second largest circulation newspaper in the nation, cited Antioch in a July 2011 report it released on its web site in partnership with OnlineColleges, a leading internet education service. The report highlighted Antioch University’s service projects locally, around the country, and throughout the world, calling it “one of the more inspiring schools” in the U.S. for its community activities.
The honor follows the national recognition Antioch University received in May 2011, when the college was admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, for the strong institutional commitment and support of its campuses for volunteerism, service learning and community partnerships that produce measurable results.
Dr. Nancy Leffert, President of Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB), said she was proud of the honors because they reflect the emphasis the institution places on community service as a core element of its educational philosophy.

“Civic engagement is a key component of our educational values and deeply-held philosophy,” said Dr. Leffert. “We teach our students the importance of service learning in the classroom and the community. Being recognized as an educational institution for our service commitment is especially meaningful to us.”

Locally, Antioch University Santa Barbara collaborates with non-profit organizations, community programs and businesses, including the Fund for Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, around the region’s issues of importance. Students connect with community groups and leaders through service learning that includes internships, practica and independent studies, plus a social justice film series and a lecture series on environmental issues. Antioch is one of the few universities in the U.S. to award academic credit for learning gained outside of the classroom.
AUSB has offered quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs locally for 34 years. All AUSB students are required to participate in community service, serving locally on average one year in schools and more than 100 social service agencies and non-profit organizations. Experiential learning opportunities are created both in the classroom as well as in the community through internships, practica, and independent studies. AUSB is also one of the growing number of universities in the U.S. to award academic credit for prior learning gained outside of the classroom, earned for example in the military, corporate training and other non-classroom settings.
Antioch University serves more than 4,000 adult students around the world and across the country, online and at its five campuses in four states. Each campus offers degree programs that meet—and often anticipate—the pressing needs of its region and the wider world. The University is also home to the landmark PhD in Leadership and Change; Antioch Education Abroad, an exceptional opportunity of immersive service and study programs; and WYSO, a leading public radio affiliate and an essential source of global news and opinion.
AUSB is particularly distinguished with its unique undergraduate degree completion program in liberal studies and graduate master’s and doctoral programs in clinical psychology and education that integrate students’ academic experience and experiential learning. Additionally, students in all of AUSB’s programs can specialize in relevant and applied specialized concentrations. OnlineColleges offers features, news items and trivia about college traditions, campus life, and practical tips for thriving at school. Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the presidential Honor Roll, admitted colleges and universities on the basis of their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at risk youth. “Congratulations to Antioch University and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick A. Corvington, Chief Executive Officer of CNCS. “We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service.”

Antioch Graduate James Kyriaco Excels in Local Leadership

This week we feature Antioch University Santa Barbara graduate James Kyriaco (BA Class of 2009), a fundraising and management consultant, in our spotlight on alumni.

James Kyriaco knows how to 'keep it local' with thirteen years of experience and success in managing political campaigns in the Santa Barbara community.

The Antioch University Santa Barbara 2009 graduate received his Bachelor of Liberal Studies with an Area of Concentration in Social Services Administration paving the way for James to climb the ranks in the political world and help many candidates win victories in elections.

Mr. Kyriaco was born and raised in Santa Barbara. He attended Santa Barbara High School and completed coursework at Santa Barbara City College. James has held many leadership positions with a number of non-profit organizations including the Santa Barbara Family Care Center (President, Vice President), Goleta Valley Historical Society (Executive Director), Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County, Citizens Planning Association, and the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons (Board Member).

James Kyriaco has consulted for numerous political clients ranging from County Supervisor Janet Wolf, Santa Barbara School Board Trustee Monique Limon to Goleta Mayor Margaret Connell, former Santa Barbara Councilmembers Roger Horton and Brian Barnwell, and Goleta Water District President Bill Rosen.

James has also been active in serving the Santa Barbara community through his work on the Santa Barbara County Historic Landmarks Advisory Committee, and as a former longtime member of the City of Santa Barbara Community Development and Human Services Commission.

When asked about his experience at Antioch University Santa Barbara, James Kyriaco said:

"I chose Antioch University because it offers a flexible schedule, strong faculty, and proven commitment to social justice through examination of individual and organizational behavior. I especially appreciated Antioch's powerful online learning tools, and its recognition of the value of experiential learning."

Read more about the Antioch Santa Barbara Difference.

James shares this message for prospective students of Antioch University Santa Barbara:

"My experience at Antioch was transformative, and impacts the way I look at the world around me every day. The instructors offer "real world" as well as academic knowledge, and their commitment to students is top notch. Many of the students are very accomplished as well, and the seminar format of many classes offers opportunities to learn from the student body as well as the instructor. The online platforms used at Antioch are technologically advanced, intuitive and complement the classroom and experiential elements of the curriculum."

Mr. Kyriaco has just completed a Master's Degree program in Public Administration through California State University, Northridge. James lives with his wife Angie (also an Antioch University Alumni) in Goleta, along with their cat, Guiseppe. For more information on James Kyriaco visit his profile at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/james-kyriaco-jr/a/967/11

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Featured AUSB Graduate Lorrie Thomas Ross is a Wild Web Woman

Lorrie Thomas RossWe turn our spotlight on Antioch University Santa Barbara graduate Lorrie Thomas Ross, The Marketing Therapist® – B.A. Class of 2003 and M.A. Class of 2008.

Lorrie Thomas Ross loves helping business professionals take full advantage of everything the world wide web has to offer.

The Antioch University Santa Barbara graduate put the power of her Antioch education to work by focusing her career on what she loves – web marketing! Her work as the head of a marketing agency, educator, author and speaker all ties into the wild web marketing world including: marketing strategy, branding, website optimization, search engine optimization, social media, and mobile, viral, and content marketing.

Lorrie is the CEO and Founder of Web Marketing Therapy, a full-service marketing agency launched in 2009. The agency is like a modern-day version of Mad Men – but this time it's not located on Madison Avenue or run by men. With her team of "Wild Web Women®" the she-geeky "marketing think-tank" of marketing strategics, social media gurus, account managers, creative copywriters, online advertising pros, web designers, and analysts. The Web Marketing Therapy team occupies a "virtual office space" throughout Santa Barbara County and beyond (Georgia, Oregon and London!). Her company donates 1% of their gross annual sales to 1% for the Planet to support environmental and health research.

Ross had the honor of speaking at AUSB’s 2011 Commencement ceremony, sharing her appreciation for the “Antioch experience.” When asked about her experience at Antioch University Santa Barbara, Lorrie Thomas Ross said:

"I chose Antioch because I wanted a more personal educational experience. I wanted to have access to my professors (not just a TA) and be a person, not a number in the classroom. Also, as a working professional, I loved the flexible hours and the accelerated degree program. The educational philosophy and approach was very much in line with my personal and professional values – I knew AUSB would be an investment that would last me my life!"

Read more about the Antioch Santa Barbara Difference.

In her trademark speaking style, Ross disseminates this positive message for prospective students of Antioch University Santa Barbara:

"Students need to know that choosing where they go to school is more than a brand name. It is about getting a quality education which sets the foundation for personal and professional success. I am who I am because of the educational experience I claimed at AUSB, both in my BA program (Major emphasis in Communications) and my Master's."

"I learned so much that has helped me achieve my goals. The experience is that you actually have an EXPERIENCE, it's not a degree mill, it's an amazing educational institution. AUSB is more than a school – it is a community that teaches you how to think. Honestly, I probably would have never finished my BA or MA if AUSB didn't exist, there was no other school out there that met my needs like they did."

Part of Lorrie's professional successes is the recent publication of her first book, The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course: Online Marketing, written as a learning guide with an entire semester's worth of wisdom, insight, and know-how on web marketing. With Ross' decade plus of online marketing and teaching expertise, readers are able to learn in easy terms how to communicate socially on a multitude of platforms to build credibility, visibility and sellability. These three points are the foundation for success on which Ross has based her marketing expertise.

Mrs. Ross' personal accomplishments include being nominated for the National Association of Women Business Owners "Spirit of Entrepreneurialism" awards for 2011. She also was featured in the "Who's Who in Advertising, Marketing & PR section of The Pacific Coast Business Times this Spring.

Ross teaches at UC Berkeley Extension and privately for corporations. She taught at UCSB Extension from 2005 to 2009. The USCB classes she taught for years are now taught by her Web Marketing Therapy teammate Nicki Gauthier. Ross's work has inspired and guided small business owners, entrepreneurs, and students, which illustrates her impact as an influential figure on the national marketing scene.

Lorrie Thomas Ross, MA, The Marketing Therapist®, is a marketing strategist, educator, writer, web marketing expert and speaker. She is the CEO of Web Marketing Therapy, a boutique marketing agency and training company that diagnoses, prescribes and guides healthy marketing solutions. For more information, please visit: http://www.webmarketingtherapy.com. Her book can be found at Amazon at www.tinyurl.com/onlinemarketingbook.

RSVP Today: Bachelor of Arts Open House

Thank you for attending our Bachelor of Arts Open House
Monday, June 13, 2011

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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.

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AntiochSB.edu/BAThis 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.

RSVP today!

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.