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Antioch College to host Giving Tuesday student project competition

November 27, 2013

The Office of Advancement is proud to announce our Giving Tuesday Competition taking place on Tuesday, December 3. The competition is the College’s way of participating in Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving at the start of the holiday season designed to encourage charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations. Last year, organizations that promoted #GivingTuesday out-performed those that did not—by 170%. On Giving Tuesday, nine student groups and College departments will compete for votes in our online giving competition. Projects earn votes through online gifts made that day to the College’s Annual Fund. After making a gift, donors can assign their votes to the project of their choosing. The project with the most votes will win $5,000 to see their proposal through to fruition.

Antioch Hall: A Haunting

October 31, 2013

Ghosts. Spirits. Ghouls. Apparitions. Visions. The undead. All of the above are what gets new student Mitch Goth’s blood pumping. As a new member of the Class of 2017, Antioch’s third entering class, Mitch arrived on campus earlier this month from his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin. When he first arrived at Antioch, he was ecstatic about starting his new college experience in Yellow Springs, not only because it was a wonderful place to be, but because he was intrigued by its (possibly) haunted past. Since 2009, Mitch has been a paranormal investigator. He has explored a number of haunted areas in his home state and around his home in Janesville.

Antioch College is thrilled to welcome 99 new undergraduate students this week

September 27, 2013

The student population at historic Antioch College will more than double in size on Tuesday, October 1, when 99 new undergraduates arrive for fall orientation and move in to North Hall. The College received more than 800 applications for fall 2013 admission. Many students turned down offers from other elite colleges to become partners with the faculty and administrators in rebuilding the institution. The class that will arrive in just a few days is noteworthy for several reasons. They are, of course, academically capable with an average unweighted high school GPA of 3.65 and an average ACT score of 26. Moreover, they are gritty, possessing the quintessentially Antiochian will to overcome challenges and articulate new solutions.

North Hall awarded prestigious LEED Gold certification

August 28, 2013

Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt announced today that one of the College’s three original buildings, North Hall, has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The College completed a $5.7 million, state-of-the-art renovation project on the dormitory, which was constructed in 1853. Antioch’s North Hall is now considered the second oldest building in the world to achieve LEED certification at any level in the new construction and major renovations LEED category, and the second oldest to achieve LEED Gold certification in the same category.

Record number of volunteers gather for Reunion Volunteer Work Project 2013

July 24, 2013

By Rebecca Fensler, Alumni Relations Officer for Volunteers and Chapters More than 100 alumni and friends convened on campus June 10-13, 2013, for the largest annual Reunion Volunteer Work Project to date. 108 volunteers gave more than 2,568 hours to Antioch College during the week leading up to Reunion 2013. Some traveled from places as far away as Alaska while others live locally in Yellow Springs. Many were long-time volunteers. For others, this was their very first work project. For E. Macdougall “Mac” Palmer ’61 coming to work project is a tradition—one he began decades ago in 1986. This year, Mac could be found every day, alongside Jonathan Zimmerman ‘70, in the greenhouse, repairing tables and removing old steam pipes.

Reunion 2013 success!

June 30, 2013

Reunion 2013 was an overwhelming success thanks to all of our alumni, faculty, staff and students who participated! Our largest events maxed out at more than 300 participants. We experienced memorable award recipient presentations, heard about student co-op experiences, learned how Antioch authors were influenced by their time here, asked questions during a Q&A session with President Roosevelt, toured North Hall, raised more than $100,000 for the new Wellness Center pool, enjoyed delectable meals, beautiful weather and more. For those of you who were there, I think you’ll agree words can’t begin to sum up Reunion 2013! For those of you who weren’t there, you missed a great weekend and we hope you’ll join us next year!

Antioch College to invest $8M in Health & Wellness Center

May 29, 2013

Construction will begin in late spring or early summer on the renovation of Antioch College’s Health and Wellness Center, the former Curl Gymnasium, located on the southwest end of campus. Contractors will rehab or reconfigure much of the interior of the 44,000-square-foot facility. Once complete, the Health and Wellness Center will include a fully equipped fitness center, racquetball courts, multi-purpose studio spaces, and a regulation-size indoor swimming pool. South Gym will continue to serve as a multi-use space and East Gym’s indoor basketball courts will be refurbished. The project will cost an estimated $8 million.

Alumni and friends gather for March 2013 Volunteer Work Project

March 27, 2013

What do you do with a dormitory when the students leave for their co-op jobs? Send in the volunteers!  Eighteen alumni and friends, including four Alumni Board members, gathered for another Volunteer Work Project March 4–8. With the Class of 2015 away on co-op, all of Birch Hall was available to receive a paint job and some needed repairs. Later in the week, volunteers received some big news. Read on! During the work project, the varied talents of our alumni were put to good use.  Jim Taft fabricated and installed missing pieces of cabinets. Tom ‘68 and Evelyn ‘69 LaMers, using their own tools and great patience, repaired the wood veneer on many cabinet doors, drawers and faces. Gary Houseknecht ‘66, Bernie Guyer ‘65 and others sanded chipped paint from the doors. Jim Spangler ‘74 made sure we got more paint on the walls and doors than on ourselves. Joe Foley ‘64 installed shower stall dividers and other bathroom hardware. David Vincent ‘65, Tod Tyslan ‘96 and Evelyn LaMers refinished the handrail in the center stairway. Carolyn Smith ‘69, Sharon Strickler and others removed years of mineral water stains in all of the drinking fountains. Tanya Mink helped reinstall missing window screens. The College provided free housing in Case Commons to those who needed it and, thanks to volunteers Helen Welford ’69 and Louise Meller ‘67, the crew had three delicious, home-cooked, and healthy meals each day. No one missed the dinner bell knowing that a feast was waiting.

Antioch alumnus Mike Chlanda ’83 pens book about Maples, the Antioch College Fire Department

February 01, 2013

Mike Chandla ’83, author of the new book on Maples, in firefighting uniform. The story of Maples, the Antioch College Fire Department, is a long and interesting one, but no one ever thought about writing its history down until a walk down memory lane in 2012. It was while at Reunion 2012 last summer, that alumni Mike Chlanda ’83 and Jeanne Papish ’81 started reminiscing. “We were talking about how the older guys were passing on, and how it would be sad to miss out on some of the history,” Chlanda said. “It's such a great story and had such a profound effect on people's lives that it really needed to be told. So I decided to do it.”

Artist and Antioch alumna Janet Goldner ’74 selected for Fulbright project in Zimbabwe

January 01, 2013

Goldner, top right, with young Zimbabwean artists. In September 2012, New York artist and Antioch College alumna Janet Goldner ’74 was awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant to work on a project in Harare, Zimbabwe from mid October through November 2012. As an international visiting artist, Goldner conducted a workshop and developed a collaborative project with young Zimbabwean artists at the First Floor Gallery in Harare. She also spoke at several universities and cultural institutions.