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Antioch University Lowers Tuition for Its Online Graduate Management Programs

Tuition Reduction Allows More Students Access to a Socially Just Degree Antioch University announced a close to 20% reduction in tuition costs for its online Graduate Management Programs. Beginning January 2021, the tuition for new and current students in the online Master of Business Administration (MBA), MA in Nonprofit Management (MANM), and Master of Human […]


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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 9:28:56 AM

Antioch University CARES Relief Fund

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief related to COVID-19. The Higher Education Emergency Relief fund (HEERF), one section of the CARES Act, provided funds to schools to use for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the […]


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Friday, October 30, 2020 7:35:37 PM

Transforming the Inner Voice to the Outer Voice

It’s my first English class of undergrad and I receive feedback for my first assignment. I see a sea of red ink littered with the dreaded “awk”. “There’s nothing awkward about my writing!” I burst. This professor must hate me. She’s letting us do second drafts, but I struggle to even look at her words. […]


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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 9:09:28 AM

Dr. Laurien Alexandre’s Commencement Speech Named in Democracy’s Dozen as One of the Most Inspiring

Antioch University Graduate School of Leadership and Change (GSLC) Provost Dr. Laurien Alexandre’s speech championing reading as a cornerstone of democracy was chosen by Civic Nebraska as one of the most inspiring commencement speeches in their Democracy’s Dozen. The 12 graduation speeches selected include calls to action that sustain, strengthen, and build upon our democratic […]


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Thursday, September 24, 2020 6:54:29 PM

Will the Real Academic Writer Please Stand Up?

I stared blankly at a writing placement test, unsure of what it wanted, and wondered who I was kidding. Miraculously, nobody called my bluff, and I was soon accepted to a master’s program. Writing seemed a modest academic exercise, demonstrating that I could satisfy a rubric. I saw no comparison between my own writing and […]


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Tuesday, September 8, 2020 9:36:58 AM

Writing as an Iterative Process

I used to think that I had to complete a perfect paper when I first sat down to write. That mindset made me defensive and unresponsive to critical feedback because I thought it didn’t need any changes since it was already perfect. This was detrimental to my improvement as a writer because incorporating feedback is […]


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Monday, August 10, 2020 11:54:07 AM

The Balancing Act

This past quarter, I felt more like a professional juggler than a student. There were more balls in the air than usual and as I struggled to maintain the rhythm, all the balls eventually came crashing to the ground. The main balancing act involved my role as a student and social justice advocate. As greater […]


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Monday, July 13, 2020 12:29:50 PM

Becoming an Anti-racist University: A Joint Letter from Chancellor Bill Groves and Board Chair Paul Mutty

In my letter to the community of June 1, 2020, regarding the George Floyd murder by Minneapolis Police, I promised that the senior leadership team and I would get back to you about ways in which Antioch University will work to foster racial justice and equity, both internally and externally.  In that letter, and on […]


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Wednesday, July 8, 2020 4:02:20 PM

Mindful Use of “I”

A professor once challenged me to not use “we,” “our,” or “us” when reflecting on my own experiences. The shift was requested so I could take more ownership of what experiences were mine and not speak on behalf of others. I couldn’t write, “We need to stop stereotyping.” I wrote, “I need to stop stereotyping.” […]


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Monday, June 15, 2020 2:40:46 PM

A Message from Chancellor Groves on the Killing of George Floyd

Dear AU Community, Noose or knee, lynching or suffocation, the result is still death at the hands of the very law enforcement institutions meant to serve and protect.  We have all seen the gruesome video of the last minutes of George Floyd’s life, lying on the ground in Minneapolis, handcuffed, helpless, clearly within police officer control […]


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Monday, June 1, 2020 8:12:46 PM

Summer 2020 Tuition Discount

Dear Students, I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. As we near the end of a second month of staying at home and we continue in a remote learning environment, we have found many moments of inspiration from our family, friends, and colleagues as well as the courage and […]


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Friday, May 15, 2020 5:38:36 PM

Gardening Your Ideas

The back of the seed packet said to plant rows two-to-three feet apart, but my garden is small and even the minimum felt like wasting space. I planted them one foot apart in May, but I regretted it by August, when the middle row of plants had withered between the outer rows, and weeds I […]


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Tuesday, May 12, 2020 10:08:56 AM

Writers’ Exchange Celebrates Three Years of Professional Editing Support

For three years, the AU Writer’s Exchange (WEX) has helped students, faculty, and alumni refine their writing by offering professional services that include coaching, developmental editing, and final format editing. An offshoot of Antioch’s Virtual Writing Center, WEX was initially designed to support AU doctoral students at all stages of dissertation writing. Today, WEX Editors […]


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Thursday, April 30, 2020 7:16:24 PM

Announcing Antioch University COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund

I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do. – Singer-Songwriter, Jana Stanfield Those words have been emblematic of the Antiochian spirit since its inception, and they are even more so today as the world faces the perils of a deadly pandemic. COVID-19 […]


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Wednesday, April 22, 2020 2:17:52 PM

10 Ways You Can Help The Earth From Home

Today is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. While COVID-19 has impacted many cleanup activities and gatherings, there are many things that you can do to help the environment while you are social distancing. The Huffington Post has a list of 50 ways to celebrate Earth Day during coronavirus, including: Sign up for emails from […]


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Wednesday, April 22, 2020 2:00:13 PM

In Difficult Times, Don’t Write Alone!

Dear Antioch Students, We hope you are staying safe as we continue into the Spring. For many of you, writing is now a more solitary endeavor, so we at the Virtual Writing Center wanted to remind you that you don’t have to write alone. We’re here to help and have also developed new resources for […]


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Sunday, April 19, 2020 3:40:50 PM

Done is Better than Good

I settle into my writing routine as soon as the deadline is set. “I don’t have the energy to do this today,” I say to myself. “But it’s fine. Maybe I’ll have the energy tomorrow.” But I don’t. Soon, the deadline is looming, and I’ve locked myself away just so I can finish. If I […]


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Monday, April 13, 2020 1:09:39 PM

Student Success at Antioch University and COVID-19 Update

Dear Students, We know this is an unsettling time for you and your loved ones and we want you to know that we are singularly focused on ensuring that there is no disruption to your studies during the COVID-19 crisis. We are here for you today and we will be here to celebrate with you when […]


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Friday, April 3, 2020 9:38:27 AM

Seven No-Cost Learning Resources For Parents and Children Learning at Home

As millions of parents are juggling working from home with full-time care of their children and an expectation that they will help in their schooling, many are looking for online resources that can simultaneously engage and enrich. Luckily, the internet currently abounds with cool projects, fun audio, and great writing that combine entertainment and instruction. […]


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Wednesday, April 1, 2020 6:03:12 PM

Current Students: Zoom Accounts

As you are all aware, as part of our response to the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, Antioch University is shifting to web-based courses for classes that would normally be offered on campus. Faculty are currently working with the University Academic Technology Team to migrate their courses to Zoom delivery with […]


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Tuesday, March 24, 2020 12:43:27 PM

Temporary closure of Antioch campus facilities through April 30, 2020

To: Antioch University Students, Faculty and Staff From: Chancellor Bill Groves and University Leadership Subject: Temporary closure of Antioch campus facilities through April 30, 2020 Our collective efforts to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus will be the only difference between catastrophic levels of sickness and a shorter pandemic that will take a less […]


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Wednesday, March 18, 2020 7:24:19 PM

Helping Children Manage Stress During Anxious Times

Originally published on March 16, 2020 on the Old Trail School blog It can be challenging to provide children with reassurance as the coronavirus (COVID-19) has reached pandemic status. As parents, we feel obligated to stay informed of the developing situation, even as each update brings more uncertainty and/or reminds us of unpleasant and frightening […]


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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 4:17:27 PM

Write to Learn

Recently, I’ve become curious about the river that runs behind my house. I want to know where it comes from, and where it goes. I want to learn what calls it home. I want to know what its future might be – and what that might mean for me. So I need to start writing […]


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Monday, March 16, 2020 12:04:31 PM

COVID-19 Announcement – Communication from the Chancellor

Dear Members of Antioch University’s Faculty and Staff: We are moving into uncharted waters as an institution, a country, and a planet because of the risks of the COVID-19 virus. My paramount concern is the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and the communities we serve. We all have a social responsibility to […]


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Thursday, March 12, 2020 1:26:25 PM

Antioch University Endowment to Go Fossil Fuel Free

Antioch University will fully divest from fossil fuels within three years. The university has committed to an immediate freeze on all new investments in fossil fuel companies and will fully divest its endowment fund from fossil fuels by 2023. Antioch University Chancellor William R. Groves made the commitment after overseeing analysis into the University’s financial […]


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Thursday, March 12, 2020 9:46:38 AM

COVID-19 Update | Message from the Chancellor

Dear Antioch Community, We continue to monitor the evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus carefully and want to report to you on recent decisions and developments. In that regard, we want to assure you that we are guided by two overarching principles. The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and communities are paramount […]


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Saturday, March 7, 2020 5:39:28 PM

Message to the Antioch Community Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear University Community: I am reaching out on this Friday afternoon to assure you that Antioch University leadership is closely monitoring the situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We know this is an evolving situation and wanted to provide you with this update. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus on any of our […]


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Friday, February 28, 2020 8:25:04 PM

Chairs and Faculty From Three Antioch PsyD Programs Attend NCSPP

Program Chairs and faculty from Antioch’s New England, Santa Barbara, and Seattle campuses attended the 2020 Mid-winter Conference (Conference) of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP). The Conference theme was “Amplifying Excellence in Professional Psychology: Augmenting Social Change and Social Responsiveness in Curriculum, Program Development, and Practice.” Participants explored the […]


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Thursday, February 27, 2020 3:30:14 AM

Revising for Your Favorites

After years of writing short creative pieces for myself and for publication, I had a hard time initially in my graduate program shifting back to writing academic papers. It had been almost a decade since writing academic papers in my undergraduate program, and so these types of papers felt as different from each other as […]


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Tuesday, February 18, 2020 8:44:58 AM

But What About Open-ended Essays?

In the grind of student life, I often forget that I chose to be in grad school because I wanted to learn something interesting. How many papers have I churned out? A hundred? Maybe more? I tailor my writing to the professor so that I can pass the class, like a hoop to jump on […]


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Thursday, January 16, 2020 5:18:23 PM

Adventuring in APA

Aspects of APA style are hard for me to swallow. Poetic lyricism is an important part of my writing repertoire, but APA papers have little use for the literary styles I love best. When I sit down to work on school assignments, I battle an overwhelming impulse to aesthetically embellish every composition. Why not indulge […]


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Tuesday, December 10, 2019 9:24:26 AM

Perseverance, not Perfection

Hard to believe four years have passed while working for Antioch’s Virtual Writing Center. I learned a great deal from staff, fellow tutors, and students, but perhaps the biggest lesson has been letting go of some of my perfectionist tendencies. Perfectionism has always been an issue, resulting from an internal push rather than external expectations. […]


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Monday, November 25, 2019 8:41:03 AM

An Outline Within an Outline

How I prioritized topic headings for organization and clarity I recently wrote a paper that examined changes in the forests through time at the town and state spatial scales.  I used a generic outline to guide me through the introduction, methods, results, and conclusion.  I soon found that I was struggling with the results section, […]


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Tuesday, October 29, 2019 9:00:27 AM

Interview with Michelle Koppitz, Associate Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives and Extension Sites

Michelle Koppitz joined Antioch University in May 2019 in the newly created position of Associate Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives and Extension Sites. As Chancellor Groves states, “Strategic partnerships and expansion sites is one of the University’s top growth opportunities. Both have been an important and growing trend in higher education, employed by colleges and […]


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Friday, August 30, 2019 9:44:50 AM

Antioch Chancellor’s Message re: Dayton and El Paso Shootings

Dear Antioch University Community, As I’m sure you are aware, a mass shooting took place in Dayton, Ohio early this morning, Sunday, August 4 (around 1 am EDT), in a popular restaurant, nightclub, and entertainment area known as the Oregon District. The area is just a few miles from our AU Midwest campus and University […]


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Sunday, August 4, 2019 9:29:09 AM

Antioch University Announces New Master in Leadership Practice

Act Boldly, Disrupt Responsibly, Build Thriving Organizations and Communities   The Graduate School of Leadership and Change (GSLC) is launching its second degree, the Master in Leadership Practice (MLP). It will address the learning needs of cross-sector practitioners worldwide who will be studying change as they actually lead change efforts. MLP students can live anywhere, work anywhere, and come together […]


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Tuesday, July 23, 2019 12:28:50 PM

Using P.O.W.E.R. to Take On “the Blank Page”

The blank page has always been intimidating for me. Upon first sight, it makes me feel anxious – worried about writing the perfect piece, finishing on time, let alone trying to communicate my thoughts and ideas. Then I was introduced to the acronym P.O.W.E.R. Plan Outline/Organize Write Edit Revise The acronym seemed simple but when […]


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Tuesday, May 21, 2019 9:06:59 AM

Beyond 100: A return to the social justice roots of Waldorf Education

Dr. Torin Finser, PhD, of Antioch University New England is sharing his expertise with educators around the world to commemorate 100 years of Waldorf Education and look to the future. 2019 marks the 100-year anniversary of the founding of Waldorf Education. Also called Steiner Schools, institutions subscribing to Waldorf principles follow a rigorous and fluid […]


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Monday, April 29, 2019 8:32:13 PM

Earth Repair

Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Undergraduate Studies Department co-hosted a two-day community event on campus, in partnership with the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network. Millions of acres of land have been contaminated by pesticides, improperly handled chemicals, dirty energy projects, toxic waste, and other pollutants in the United States and Canada. “Our environmental studies students who attended […]


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Monday, April 29, 2019 8:27:55 PM

AUS Cultural Immersion and Counseling in Cambodia

In March 2019, 12 students from the Antioch University Seattle Masters in Art Therapy, Counseling, and Couple and Family programs traveled to Southeast Asia to experience immersive, advanced coursework and training in Cambodia. The Cambodia course, co-led and co-taught by AUS teaching faculty, Alyssa Griskiewicz, and Jessica Leith, was based in Phnom Penh and rooted […]


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Monday, April 29, 2019 8:10:24 PM

Christopher Paul Curtis Wins 2019 Horace Mann Upstanders Book Award for “The Journey of Little Charlie”

Antioch University Los Angeles’ Education Department is honored to announce Christopher Paul Curtis as the recipient of the 2019 the Horace Mann Upstanders Book Award for The Journey of Little Charlie. The Horace Mann Upstanders Award honors children’s literature that best exemplifies the ideals of social action and in turn encourages young readers to become […]


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Monday, April 29, 2019 8:04:43 PM

Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas Visits Antioch University Midwest

Dave Lucas, Ohio’s Poet Laureate, visited Antioch University Midwest reading his poetry and writing. Following the reading, Lucas answered audience questions and shared his ideas of poetry being democratic and natural. He said that often the words we say can be poetic —that poetry doesn’t necessarily need to be lofty, that it is found in the ordinary and […]


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Monday, April 29, 2019 8:00:22 PM

Why Perfect Sentences Don’t Matter

When I began grad school my writing was rusty and feedback on papers was matter-of-fact—like “write in active voice”—and often included edits without explanation. I felt like an imaginary template to write correctly in grad school existed that I was not privy to! I tried to hear why the edits made sense and I started […]


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Tuesday, April 2, 2019 10:24:57 AM

An Essay within an Essay

The light-bulb clicked on while I was revising a paper for an English Literature class.  I was making a case for why computer programming is not a good medium for creating Medieval poetry even though the type-scenes, stock characters, and rhetorical descriptions are prime candidates for automation. While consulting with a peer on how to […]


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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 10:56:34 AM

Writing in a Second Language

Writing in a second language can be frustrating and overwhelming. When I lived in Brazil, I took classes that required me to do some writing in Portuguese. This experience, along with interviewing some of my friends who are English Language Learners (ELL), gave me insight into the obstacles many students face when navigating a second […]


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Monday, January 28, 2019 10:06:40 AM

Three Ways I Edit My Own Papers

The VWC offers fantastic feedback for paper revisions, but what can I do when I am finishing an essay the night before the due date? As an admitted procrastinator, this happens to me frequently. I have had to learn to become my own editor. I use three guidelines to beat drafts into mean, lean, thesis […]


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Wednesday, December 19, 2018 3:45:10 PM

How I stop fighting and start learning from feedback

When I finish a draft, I want to hear how a reader reacts to my thinking and the way I’ve expressed it. I know from experience that such feedback will help make my next draft clearer and more effective. But knowing feedback’s value doesn’t keep me from pushing back against what I’m hearing, from thinking, […]


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Monday, November 19, 2018 11:01:08 AM

Tree of Life Synagogue Massacre | Chancellor’s Message to the Antioch University Community

Dear Antioch University Community, Today, the congregants of the Tree of Life Synagogue continue to bury their dead.  It’s yet another chapter in our national ignominy of mass shootings and death by AR-15 assault rifles in the hands of domestic terrorists.  This time, it was the deadliest rampage on the Jewish community in the history […]


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Wednesday, October 31, 2018 9:25:53 AM

Chancellor’s Message Regarding LGBTQIA Rights

Dear Antioch University Community, The Trump administration and the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Education have recently announced that it is considering adoption of a new definition of gender for purposes of federal law and federal protection.  Under the draft regulation, gender would be redefined as a “biological, immutable condition determined by […]


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Wednesday, October 31, 2018 9:23:02 AM

Need Perspective? Add Some Color

I am in the process of drafting an article with two colleagues, and am attempting to polish my part as much as possible before sharing it with them. However, after staring at it for hours and reading it out loud multiple times, I am in need of a fresh perspective. I wonder about other options […]


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Wednesday, October 24, 2018 10:39:02 AM

Interview with Chet Haskell, Interim Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and University Provost

Chet Haskell, DPA, joined Antioch University in August 2018 as the Interim Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and University Provost. Common Thread conducted an interview with Chet after his month on this job! AU: Antioch is a distinctive institution with roots dating back over 160 years.  What do you feel is most compelling about our […]


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Thursday, September 27, 2018 1:02:50 PM

Message from AU’s Chancellor Regarding Family Separations

Please see the following message : Dear Colleagues: Over the past couple of years, there have been a number of times when I felt it imperative that Antioch University speak to its values in the face of actions being taken by our government. This is one of those occasions. The removal of migrant infants and children […]


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Thursday, June 21, 2018 1:44:13 PM

Chancellor Groves Regarding Family Separations

Dear Colleagues: Over the past couple of years, there have been a number of times when I felt it imperative that Antioch University speaks to its values in the face of actions being taken by our government. This is one of those occasions. The removal of migrant infants and children from their parents and the […]


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Thursday, June 21, 2018 9:14:03 AM

“Write Proper English” – Part 2

Read part 1 here I wrote in the last issue about learning to adopt the rules of academic writing without losing my essence. When I started at Antioch, I decided to express my previous experiences and concerns rather than hide them. I shared that learning to write in a way deemed by others as “proper” […]


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Thursday, May 31, 2018 12:29:18 PM

“Write Proper English” – Part 1

Ugh. I recall during undergrad no less than three professors making comments about phrasing in my work: “I don’t know where you’re from, but you’ve got to watch out for those regional phrases in your writing.” I was stymied. I’m born and raised in Seattle and the surrounding area; my mother and father were also […]


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Wednesday, May 23, 2018 2:05:06 PM

2018 Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction Goes to The Disintegrations

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018 8:53:18 AM

Antioch University New England Earns Environmental Education Accreditation

Antioch University New England’s Master of Science in Environmental Studies, Environmental Education program is now one of only nine NAAEE-Accredited environmental education programs in the United States and the only accredited program in the Northeast. The designation comes following a recent accreditation by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). NAAEE Accreditation formally recognizes […]


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Monday, April 30, 2018 8:34:49 AM

Anna Kwong Honored as One of Top 50 Women in Business

Kwong Recognized as a Leader in Higher Education by Pacific Coast Business Times Pacific Coast Business Times honored Anna Kwong last week as one of its 12th Annual Top 50 Women in Business across the tri-county region of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura. Kwong, who was recognized as a leader in higher education, has […]


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Thursday, April 26, 2018 8:56:22 AM

Not an Imposter, Just a Writer

When I finally sat down to write this submission for the newsletter, I was struck by the irrational quality of my thinking as I considered what to write about.  I did not believe I had it in me to meet the demands of the assignment on account of my track record in sloth-y beginnings, challenge […]


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Thursday, February 22, 2018 11:13:16 AM

Antioch University Recognized by LearningCounts

Through their Featured Network Partner Spotlight, LearningCounts, a division of The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), highlights the great work and effort that partners put into their work each and every day. In January 2018, LearningCounts wrote: “We would like to recognize Antioch University for the great success and growth they have seen […]


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Tuesday, February 13, 2018 10:39:36 AM

Getting to the Point the Right Way

After reading a few chapters in a textbook, I will often wonder why the author didn’t just explain the concepts in a few pages.  I find long-winded academic writing to be painful, especially when crunched for time to finish assignments in grad school.  I don’t ever want to be the perpetrator of this offense with […]


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Thursday, January 18, 2018 11:55:06 AM

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Antioch University honors the life and legacy of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – for being a leader of courage and conviction who devoted himself to the pursuit of peace, equality, and justice for all people. In 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed graduates at the 113th commencement of Antioch College. […]


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Monday, January 15, 2018 6:00:49 AM

Reviving the Reading Nook

I’ll confess: I’m a fan of HGTV and watch it nearly every day at the gym. Today, the home “transformers” remodeled a home to include a reading nook. While running on the treadmill, I wondered about the last time I heard that term, or better yet the last time I thought about having a dedicated […]


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Monday, November 27, 2017 11:52:08 AM

Bill Groves, JD, Appointed Chancellor of Antioch University

Groves’ Vision Includes Significant Growth, Innovation, and Inclusion William R. Groves, JD, who has served as Interim Chancellor of Antioch University since April 2016, has been named to the position on a permanent basis. As Chancellor, Groves is President and CEO of the University. Groves was formally appointed as the Chancellor during the Antioch Board […]


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017 1:47:25 PM

Assessing Your Cyber-Security Practices  | Cyber Security Awareness

October is Cyber-Security Awareness Month! Take this opportunity to review and improve practices around issues of online security. You can find more information about these and other useful tips on a variety of online security topics from The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team  Self-Assessment Is/are your password(s) at least 12 characters long? Does your password […]


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Monday, October 30, 2017 8:30:33 AM

Phishing Scams and How to Avoid Them | Cyber-Security Awareness

October is Cyber-Security Awareness Month! Take this opportunity to review and improve practices around issues of online security. What is a phishing scam? “Phishing scams work by tricking you into clicking on a link or attachment that either infects your machine with malware or takes you to a page that looks totally legit, but isn’t […]


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Tuesday, October 24, 2017 8:24:57 AM

Personally Identifiable Information | Cyber-Security Awareness

October is Cyber-Security Awareness Month! Take this opportunity to review and improve practices around issues of online security. The bulk of your personal identity should be kept private for security’s sake, especially online. You may not know it, but you could be letting identity thieves know key facts they can use to steal your personal […]


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Tuesday, October 17, 2017 9:46:20 AM

Passwords | Cyber-Security Awareness

October is Cyber-Security Awareness Month! Take this opportunity to review and improve practices around issues of online security. Secure passwords are your best line of defense against online hackers. Maintaining unique and strong passwords that are changed frequently greatly reduces your likelihood of a security breach. Tips on Creating Secure Passwords National Cyber Security Alliance […]


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Monday, October 9, 2017 3:39:05 PM

Antioch University Receives $1 Million Gift To Support “Fund For The Future”

Contribution will support the launch of new degrees in the low-residency and hybrid models Antioch University has announced that an anonymous donor has made a $1 million contribution to the University’s “Fund for the Future.” The gift will support the scaling up of existing programs across the University system and to launch new degree programs […]


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Tuesday, September 26, 2017 9:42:42 PM

To Be or Not… The Art of Being Concise

I am generally a woman of few words, so the number of lengthy sentences, redundant phrases, and unnecessary words I use when I write often surprises me. Although I expect my first drafts to be bloated,   weasel words and swollen sentences often sneak into my revised versions as well. In the spirit of sticking to […]


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017 11:00:46 AM

Antioch University Leadership Committed to Providing Opportunity & Access for Students

Dear Antioch Community, As you know, President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum on September 5, 2017, announcing that it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which has provided protection to over 800,000 individuals who were brought to the United States while they were children. Under the […]


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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 5:10:22 PM

Chancellor’s Message to the Antioch Community Regarding DACA

Dear Antioch Community, As you know, President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum on September 5, 2017, announcing that it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which has provided protection to over 800,000 individuals who were brought to the United States while they were children. Under the […]


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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 8:52:13 AM

Felice Nudelman Featured in White Paper on Future of Higher Education

Felice Nudelman, MFA, Antioch University’s Chief Global Officer, Innovation and Partnerships, was featured in a white paper on the future of higher education. In the paper, produced by Blackboard Inc., a leading education technology company for teaching, learning and student engagement, Nudelman reflected on the possibilities and challenges of the next 20 years in education […]


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Monday, September 11, 2017 5:30:33 PM

Using Mindfulness to Soothe the Anxious Writer

Trying to start a new academic paper used to leave me in a cold sweat, panicked and nauseated. When I sat down to start, my mind was distracted by thoughts warring for my attention. I often postponed the work until hours before it was due. Then, in a mad rush, I would write a chaotic […]


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Tuesday, August 22, 2017 8:48:38 AM

Statement from Chancellor Groves on Events in Charlottesville

Having witnessed the horrific events of last weekend by torch-carrying white nationalists at the University of Virginia and in the city of Charlottesville, VA, it’s appropriate that citizens, institutions, and communities condemn and rebuke the hate-based, racist rhetoric of extremists groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi organizations, and the violent actions of […]


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017 6:09:00 PM

Regarding Charlottesville | Chancellor’s Message to AU Community

Dear AU Community, Having witnessed the horrific events of last weekend by torch-carrying white nationalists at the University of Virginia and in the city of Charlottesville, VA., it’s appropriate that citizens, institutions, and communities condemn and rebuke the hate-based, racist rhetoric of extremists groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi organizations, and the […]


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017 8:55:00 AM

Sometimes You Should Just Tell a Story

I love fiction, how events flow one to the next and ideas emerge from that flow. I believe that humans make meaning by telling stories. So, when I find myself sitting down to write an academic essay, facing what seems like a disconnected collection of ideas, a heap of boulders I have to push uphill, […]


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Monday, July 17, 2017 8:12:17 AM

Revising My View of Revising

In her book, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life,  Dani Shapiro describes her approach to writing and revising. She writes about four meticulous, impeccable pages a day. After drafting, she reads over her work. Then, she prunes, corrects grammatical errors and ensures the style is cohesive. Following this, she takes a […]


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Wednesday, June 14, 2017 8:04:51 AM

Antioch University Response to US Withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord

Today, President Trump announced that the United States plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. We at Antioch University are both disheartened and concerned with this symbolic decision, as well as a lack of US leadership on global efforts to combat climate change. Despite the efforts of the current administration to discredit climate science, […]


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Thursday, June 1, 2017 3:38:44 PM

Procrastination Nation

I acquired a nasty habit in college: procrastination. However, I’ve started retraining myself not to wait until the last minute to write. I used to say “Oh, I write better under pressure,” except that writing under pressure meant writing a day or two before the paper was due, late at night, hyped up on coffee, […]


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 7:58:58 AM

Learning to Listen

I once spoke with a sculptor about how she works. “I get this idea in my head,” she told me. “I’ll start sketching it in my notebooks, trying to imagine what it will look like and what materials I’ll need, even how and where I want it to be seen. Then I’ll get to my […]


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Thursday, April 13, 2017 7:57:10 AM

Career Counselor- Temporary Contract, Antioch University Santa Barbara

Reporting to the Title III Grant Director as part of the Envisioning Career Success Project, the Career Counselor will provide career services and develop undergraduate work and paid internship placements that support students’ post degree career success.   ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Assess career related variables to assist students in finding satisfying employment. Arrange for community based […]


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Tuesday, April 4, 2017 12:00:50 PM

When in Doubt, Begin With a Brain Dump

For as long as I can remember, I have been a slow writer. To frame “slow” in a quantitative perspective, I have averaged 2.5 words per minute at the onset of typing lengthy papers. On a good day, it can take an hour or two to type a single paragraph. Spending too much time thinking […]


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Tuesday, March 14, 2017 7:55:18 AM

Do I Really Have to Ask for Help?

I used to sit in the back of the classroom struggling to comprehend what the teacher wanted from me. Sometimes assignments would be pretty clear to me. Other times, it was as if the teacher was speaking a foreign language. Of course, I could have just asked these teachers to clarify these confusing assignments….but I […]


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Thursday, February 9, 2017 7:53:09 AM

Chancellor’s Message Regarding an Immigration Ban

Dear Antioch Community: As you know, on Friday, January 27, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order that bars all foreign nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for 90 days, and indefinitely halts immigration of all refugees fleeing the brutal civil war in Syria.  It also gives Christians fleeing persecution priority […]


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Wednesday, February 1, 2017 8:57:31 AM

Finding Clarity Despite the Clutter

Today, I’m juggling emails, finishing reports, editing texts, and writing this reflection.  If I am not careful, a variety of documents stack upon each other on my screen, and multiple internet browsers lie open, tempting me to explore in new directions. My desktop becomes congested, mirroring my life. Like many, I multi-task throughout the day, […]


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Saturday, December 31, 2016 10:26:43 AM

Regarding Paris Climate Compact | Copy of Letter to President and Congress

December 22, 2016 Dear President-elect Trump and Members of the United States Congress, We, the undersigned leaders of higher education institutions throughout the United States, recognize our academic and ethical responsibilities to current and future generations to take aggressive climate action; to reduce our sector’s carbon pollution, to support interdisciplinary climate education, and to continue […]


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Thursday, December 22, 2016 8:47:55 AM

Commitment to Non-Harassment | Chancellor’s Message to Students

Dear Students, Let me first express to all of you my best wishes for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend.   I hope your time with loved ones and sharing in the comfort of family and friends will provide a respite from the tense weeks of school work and politics we’ve just been through.  I shared some […]


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Tuesday, November 22, 2016 8:23:41 AM

Presidents’ Message to President-Elect Trump

As an institute of higher education, it is our responsibility to provide a safe and respectful learning environment in which all students can learn, thrive and grow. Our commitment to teaching students the practice of leading positive change is more important now than ever. It is with these commitments in mind that on behalf of […]


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Friday, November 18, 2016 12:09:42 PM

Regarding Hate Speech | Chancellor’s Message

Dear Colleagues, As an institute of higher education, it is our responsibility to provide a safe and respectful learning environment in which all students can learn, thrive and grow. Furthermore, our commitment to teaching students the practice of leading positive change is more important now than ever. It is with these commitments in mind that […]


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Friday, November 18, 2016 8:32:33 AM

Chancellor’s Message to the Community Regarding the Presidential Election

Another Presidential election is over and many of you are likely feeling raw and vulnerable. Whatever your politics, we see a country that is fractured, in which the political discourse has turned from negative, to vitriolic, where civic discourse is not valued, where intellectualism seems to be distrusted and disdained, and where reason often gives […]


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Wednesday, November 9, 2016 8:19:06 AM

Beyond Rules

I recently went through a box of ephemera from high school, including old essays. Each one I read started with a dictionary definition. According to Merriam-Webster, rigid (adj.) means inflexibly set in opinion, or strictly observed. I think an English teacher told me that one possible way to start an introduction is to define a […]


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Monday, November 7, 2016 7:50:33 AM

APA Blues

When I entered the MA psychology program at Antioch, my first course was all about science-based writing. I was excited to explore writing further, but the formal tone of this genre – its bias for conciseness and against poetic language, combined with what seemed a byzantine set of rules (the APA 6th  ed. manual is […]


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Tuesday, October 11, 2016 7:48:11 AM

Incarcerate Your Inner Critic

I used to freeze up, overcome with debilitating stress, when it was time to write. I would type out the first sentence and immediately start deleting words, retooling. The little critic in my head wouldn’t let me get very far. “This sucks!” he would bark at me. “Does something stink? Oh yeah, it’s your word […]


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Sunday, September 11, 2016 7:39:20 AM

Appreciative Mimicry

“Example,” Edmund Burke said, “is the school of mankind.” It certainly has been for me. I am an incorrigible mimic of everything from shooting a basketball (Chris Mullin) to kneading bread dough. The same is true in my writing life. In grammar school, high school, and college, I learned that writing had a lot of […]


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Tuesday, August 2, 2016 8:14:17 AM

A Comma Affair

I don’t know why, or what it is about them, but I have always had a love/hate relationship with commas.  Perhaps it is because they are crafty little punctuation marks that can be used to create pauses, emphasize important parts of sentences, or add an afterthought, and yet, their overuse or incorrect use can be […]


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Tuesday, July 5, 2016 8:16:07 AM

Announcing The Writers’ Exchange

The Writers’ Exchange is the newest service available to AU students and alumni. Are you working on a large project? Do you want professional editing and proofreading, or need your dissertation edited for formatting and style? Are you looking for individualized support and coaching, perhaps to develop work for publication? WEX editors and writing coaches […]


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Friday, July 1, 2016 10:18:54 AM

Antioch Response to Orlando Massacre

To Antioch Community: Our hearts ache and we grieve collectively for the senseless loss of life in Orlando over the weekend. A day that started as a day of pride, a day to celebrate our diversity and the human rights victories won by the LGBTQ community, ended with a senseless act of gun violence that […]


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Monday, June 13, 2016 4:08:16 PM

Show and Tell

I’m an artist with writer’s block. I interpret the world through an abstract lens, and my mind tends to think in images rather than words. When I brainstorm, I see colors, textures, and symbols. At times, this unique quality makes it difficult to explain my ideas in academic papers, because I’m lost down the rabbit […]


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Wednesday, June 8, 2016 8:19:55 AM

Finding the Time and Space to Write

I’m a full-time grad student, stay-at-home mother of two small children, wife of a pastor, and I work from home. The phones are ringing, friends are texting me, the kids are fighting or begging me for something, and my husband is asking me a question or two. Sometimes, believe it or not, this is all […]


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Thursday, May 19, 2016 8:22:46 AM