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It is our honor to announce the recipients of the 2021 SOCHE Staff Excellence Awards in Student Success and Service.
In September, the campus community was asked to make nominations for the Strategic Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) Staff Excellence Awards in Student Success and Service. Since this was the first year of awarding SOCHE Staff Excellence Awards, a subgroup of College Council, comprised of Adrian Colborn, Natalie Suzelis, and Hannah Montgomery, reviewed nominations and selected the winners for this inaugural year of SOCHE Staff Excellence Awards for Antioch College.
We are honored to announce that Beth Barnes has been selected for the Excellence in Student Success Award and Penny Adamson and Joshua Miller have been selected for the Excellence in Service Award. Please find below the Statements of Excellence for each winner, based on the nomination forms we received:
Excellence in Student Success: Beth Barnes
Beth Barnes joined Antioch College in 2018 as Student Success Coordinator. Antioch students, faculty, and staff describe Beth as an “inspiration” and a “terrifically hard worker.” From her contributions to THRIVE, Antioch’s first-year student support program, to her leadership in the College’s First Care team, Beth engages in a variety of ways to support Antioch students, often using her experience as a teacher to connect with Antioch students and faculty. Most importantly, Beth is known for consistently putting students first and working tirelessly to increase student support on campus.
Excellence in Service: Penny Adamson
Penny Adamson has shown steadfast dedication to her work and to the College community. Every day, she puts focused attention into cleaning, caring for, and improving our College spaces. For example, before an accreditation visit, she scrubbed under the heat registers by hand and touched up dinged doorways in the President’s office. Even in the midst of challenges brought on by COVID-19, Penny has continued to go above and beyond in her service to the College. She has also been a person of support to our students and demonstrates a strong commitment to the Antioch community.
Excellence in Service: Joshua Miller
For over 11 years, Joshua Miller has worked diligently in support of the Antioch mission. In his role as Assistant Facilities Manager, Joshua provides a high level of service in response to requests from faculty, staff, and students, and he does so with efficiency, care, and attention to detail. His kindness and respect to all members of the community shows throughout his work. In addition, Joshua shares readily his talents as a skilled woodworker, honing his craft with beautiful pieces such as wooden hand-sanitizer stations in response to COVID-19, a beautiful roundtable he personally made for our new president, and a swing set for our students.
Congratulations to these amazing, hard-working individuals on these well-deserved awards, and thank you to everyone who participated in the nomination and selection process. Thanks to Adrian, Natalie, and Hannah for their hard work as a committee, and a special thanks to Hannah, specifically, for organizing and leading this effort to include staff in the SOCHE Staff Excellence Award this year, setting a precedent. We look forward to continuing this staff award process in the future.
As the holidays approach and the Fall term comes to a close Mike Fair, Maintenance Manager at Antioch College, springs into action with campus repairs and upgrade projects. The first order of business is a project that revolves around campus safety, specifically, lighting. The project is funded by an anonymous donor and aims to improve outdoor lighting campus wide.
This first step was to remove foliage from around light sources. Mike and Zavinie Brooks, Maintenance Technician at Antioch, hauled away twelve truckloads of vines, branches, and other debris. After that, participants in the Volunteer Work Project widened the margin alongside the walkway that goes from Weston Hall to the Arts and Science Building. Originally, the walkway had only four feet on either side but the margin was increased to eight feet.
A major part of this project is to replace the light sources in all 37 of the light poles scattered across campus. Mike has been braving the cold this week along with electricians Cassidy and Paul from Regulated Watts, a local Greene County company, to upgrade the lights from metal halide bulbs to LEDs. Mike has gone through the light poles and organized them into groups based on their location and proximity to the various buildings. The poles have been fully tested, documented, and labeled.
Originally, the bulbs housed in the poles were a 175 watt metal halide type bulb. They are expensive to replace ($100 each) and run off a ballast system which is not energy efficient. The old bulbs also take ten minutes to fully power up. Once on, they emit a faint, sickly-green light.
The new bulbs will be LEDs. The LEDs use less than half the amount of energy as the metal halide bulbs. When they are turned on, they reach full power immediately and emit a bright, white light.
Additionally, the lamp posts are bolted down to a concrete base but on six of the poles the mounts are cracked. A local aluminum welder will be coming out this week to fix the cracked mounts.
Currently, seventeen of the thirty-seven lamp poles have been upgraded to LEDs. The majority of the project is projected to be completed before the year is through. However, due to winter weather, the finishing touches might have to wait until the spring.
Another part of the lighting upgrade project is swapping out the lights on building exteriors. Mike and his team have put LED wall packs in place of the dim, metal halide blubs in several places. They have made the parking lot behind Olive Kettering Library much brighter. And they have also brightened up the area around the Physical Plant where car break-ins have been reported repeatedly.
Already, several staff and students have commented to Mike on how much brighter the campus is. This project originally came out of a community meeting where students expressed their concern that the campus was too dark and therefore unsafe. So the fact that things are progressing quickly is excellent news. We would like to extend a warm ‘Thank You’ to Mike Fair and his crew, as well as to the donor who made this project possible.
Stay tuned for more info on campus upgrades coming soon!
MW: “Okay, so Terry Hempfling, class of 2004 – I thought first it would be good if you could just give us a little personal background: who are you, where you’re from, what you’re into?”
TH: “My name is Terry Rosa Hempfling. I am 39 years old. I was born in New York City. I grew up mostly in the Northeast of the United States. I moved to Yellow Springs in high school and then I went to Antioch. Since graduation in 2004, I’ve lived in New York City, San Francisco, and Minneapolis. I just moved back to Yellow Springs a month ago or so.
MW: “And your major at Antioch?”
TH: “Theater and Dance major.”
MW: “What about your folks?”
TH: “My mom lives in Yellow Springs. She is a nurse, has been a nurse her whole life and is active in local politics. She was on the village council for many years and was the president of the Village Council during that time. My dad passed away last November. He was living in LA but most of his life he spent in the New York/New Jersey area. He was a civil rights and labor activist as well as a union organizer. He was also a jazz fiend and classic American movie lover.”
MW: “Can you give me some background on your case with the ACLU?
TH: “I was living in Minneapolis in May 2020. George Floyd was killed on May 25th, 2020. This was during the COVID-10 pandemic. I was living alone in a one-bedroom apartment and hadn’t really had interaction with other people for a couple of months. I hadn’t left my apartment very much. And then George Floyd was killed. I was taught by my parents growing up that we have the right and the duty to speak up when something wrong is happening. Especially on such a large governmental level. People were getting out in the streets so I went out immediately the day after he was killed. I was involved in the uprising in Minneapolis every day for that week following the murder. I was going out a lot in the streets, both during the day and at night. But I was particularly going out at night after curfew to try to help dilute the bodies of color that were on the street. I noticed during the day there were lots and lots of white people joining the protests, and then people would all leave essentially as soon as nightfall came and the curfew was put in place. Then it would just be the police using extreme force against brown bodies at night in Minneapolis.”
“Minneapolis was really a very intense place to be living at that time. There were helicopters going all day and all night. The streets were full of military vehicles. There were military personnel on every corner with machine guns, usually in groups. The breakdown of what happened in the week following George Floyd’s murder is inside of the ACLU case. The police interaction with the protesters was kind of shifting every day. The Friday after the murder I went out with my friend, Rachel, to join the protests. We had some medical gear on us and we were essentially just trying to support the other protesters.”
“There are two different police precincts that most of the protests were happening at, although there are many police precincts in Minneapolis where protests were happening. One of the precincts had been burned down by protesters a night or two before this. We were at a new precinct than we had been at for the previous couple of nights. And essentially what happened was that at around 11pm there was an announcement that came from the police precinct saying that everybody must disperse immediately. Rachel and I had locked our bikes kind of far away from the precinct. I thought it was a safe place to lock our bikes and the only place I had seen police officers was standing on top of the precinct building. So we immediately went over to start unlocking our bikes at which point we just immediately started getting hit by less than lethal projectiles.”
“Initially, I just felt very overwhelmed. It was extremely dark. There are questions about whether the streetlights were turned off or if it was just the amount of tear gas in the air that made it so difficult to see, because usually, that’s a very well-lit area. So, I couldn’t see what was happening. Rachel yelled at me “we’re getting hit”. And I saw we were being kettled by police coming in riot gear on either side of the block. And on this block, there were literally three people that weren’t police officers: me, my friend Rachel, and one other woman. And I’d say they’re probably like 25 to 40 police officers coming at us from both directions and firing at us. I still am not sure what exactly they were firing at us. I’m sure there was tear gas in the mix, which was very thick. It was hard to breathe and made it hard to see; it made our eyes sting; made my skin sting. And then we were hit by rubber bullets and potentially a canister as well.”
“At that point, the only way we could get away from the police was to climb over a fence. Rachel and I climbed over it. We stopped trying to unlock our bikes, climbed over the fence, and started running. We couldn’t see anything at that point because we had gotten so much tear gas. Some other protesters came over and started dumping milk on our faces, which was really helpful. And then we went home.”
MW: “I’m sorry that happened to you.”
TH: “Thank you.”
MW: “You were interviewed by USA Today, is that right?
TH: “Yeah, a couple of media sources reached out to my ACLU lawyers about the case. And they essentially have had me speaking to it from the protester’s perspective. One of those news sources was the Minneapolis Star Tribune. And then the other one was USA Today.”
MW: “You said there have been some recent developments in the case. What’s been going on now? What are the recent developments?”
TH: “The developments are happening slowly. The legal process is going very slow. People do keep getting added to the case. Now there have been a couple of additional plaintiffs added. I’m not sure what the official number is now. I think it’s still under 10. But we, the plaintiffs, are representing all the protesters that experienced what we did in Minneapolis.”
MW: “I’d love to hear your thoughts on the abolition of the police versus police reform. What do you think about the police?”
TH: “I really don’t know what the best system or the best answer to policing is. I think, though, that policing is not effective in the way that it’s been functioning in this country. And even just the word, the language of it, I don’t think is the way to create harmony in humanity. I definitely think that the way the police currently function in this country needs to end. Do they need to be replaced? I don’t know. I do believe that there needs to be a lot more focus on mental health, help on the streets with public access, mediation, public access to mediation. And I feel like if there was access, public access, readily available by calling one number and having somebody arrive within 10 to 15 minutes, and it wasn’t a police officer necessarily, but it was a mental health practitioner or a mediator, in a lot of situations that would actually help a lot more than what police do, with weapons and so on. I think that just tends to escalate tension. And in terms of who gets to carry weapons, I think that’s just a really big question that’s connected to this question of policing as well. But the police system in the way that it is in this country at this time I do feel needs to be abolished.”
MW: “Is there anything else you’d like to add?”
TH: “People have so much power but it needs to be used in order for it to work.”
MW: “Exercise your rights if you expect change – is that what I’m hearing?”
TH: “Yeah, or, if you want change, exercise your rights. You may not see a lot of change happen in your lifetime, but none of us are heroes. My dad always said to me: “Don’t be a hero.” I’ve always said I think activism can be very energizing and make people feel really important in the moment. But those feelings are very fleeting, and to expect to have those feelings all the time, or even the majority of the time, when you’re trying to work for such giant, large-scale change, it’s just not going to happen. So, if you actually care about making change, then it’s important to just stick with it and keep trying.”
The ACLU of the District of Columbia recently celebrated its 60th anniversary by honoring two Antioch alumni: Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton ’60 and Larry Pearl ’55.
Eleanor Holmes Norton is D.C.’s delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, a lifelong champion of civil rights, and a previous ACLU staff member. The ACLU honored her with the Arthur B. Spitzer Lifetime Achievement Award.
The ACLU also honored Antioch alumni Larry Pearl ‘55, whose many years of volunteer service have been crucial to ACLU-DC’s legal team.
Eleanor Holmes Norton ‘60
According to Wikipedia “Eleanor Holmes Norton was born in Washington, D.C., June 13, 1937. The daughter of a schoolteacher and a civil servant, she attended Antioch College (B.A. 1960), Yale University (M.A. in American Studies 1963), and Yale Law School (LL.B. 1964).” (Wikipedia)
“While in college and graduate school, she was active in the civil rights movement and an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). By the time she graduated from Antioch, she had already been arrested for organizing and participating in sit-ins in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Ohio. While in law school, she traveled to Mississippi for the Mississippi Freedom Summer and worked with civil rights stalwarts such as Medgar Evers. Her first encounter with a recently released but physically beaten Fannie Lou Hamer forced her to bear witness to the intensity of violence and Jim Crow repression in the South. Her time with the SNCC inspired her lifelong commitment to social activism and her budding sense of feminism. She contributed the piece “For Sadie and Maud” to the 1970 anthology Sisterhood is Powerful: An Anthology of Writings From The Women’s Liberation Movement, edited by Robin Morgan. Norton was on the founding advisory board of the Women’s Rights Law Reporter (founded 1970), the first legal periodical in the United States to focus exclusively on the field of women’s rights law. In the early 1970s, Norton was a signer of the Black Woman’s Manifesto, a classic document of the Black feminist movement.” (Wikipedia)
A former Antioch Trustee, Eleanor Holmes Norton is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the District of Columbia. She has held this office since 1991. Before coming to Congress, she was a tenured professor of law at Georgetown University Law School where she continues to teach one course every year. Before being elected, she also served on the Rockefeller Foundation board, the boards of three Fortune 500 companies, the Board of Governors of the D.C. Bar Association, and the boards of several civil rights and other national organizations. She has also been a Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute and Assistant Legal Director of the ACLU. She was named by President Jimmy Carter as the first woman to chair the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and, before that, the first woman to chair the New York Commission on Human Rights. Eleanor is a third-generation Washingtonian.
She was a history major at Antioch but started in pre-med because her father wanted her to become a doctor. She switched to History due to her political activity and interest.
Eleanor is the subject of “Fire in My Soul”, a biography written by Joan Steinau Lester ’62 – an award-winning commentator, syndicated op/ed columnist, and well-published author.
In 1980 she was Commencement Speaker at Antioch and said: “What ties Antiochians together, turns them outward towards the world that Antioch has bid them to explore and improve.”
Norton has publicly said this about her education at Antioch: (as quoted in the August 1979 issue of Working Woman magazine): “I’ve had an elite and superior education. It was a renaissance education of the highest order, sophisticated and challenging. I think I’m one of the best-educated women in the country, and as far as college and law school go, I can only say that my education was lacking in nothing.”
President of the Antioch College chapter of the NAACP, Norton led both groups to the Pilgrimage of Prayer demonstration in DC, 1957. She also collaborated with Central State students to sit-in and force integration of Geyer’s restaurant in Xenia, OH. Norton followed up with integration efforts at Xenia bowling alley, and then the Gegner’s barbershop protest in Yellow Springs.
In 1995 she was the recipient of the Antioch Alumni Association’s Horace Mann Award.
Larry Pearl ‘55
Laurence “Larry” Pearl was born in Philadelphia, PA on March 2nd, 1934. The son of an attorney, he graduated from Antioch (BA Government), Yale Law School, and studied Sociology at Harvard. Larry attended Harvard on a Ford Foundation Fellowship in Behavioral Sciences, 1955-56.
Larry Pearl had a long career in the Federal Government which began in 1961 and ended 37 years later. He is the retired Director of the Office of Program Standards & Evaluation for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). During his time in government, he headed a variety of offices responsible for enforcing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and ensuring that all HUD programs provide equal opportunity and promote fair housing.
In 1964 he co-authored an article published in the Stanford Law Review entitled “Survey: Fair Housing Laws – Design for Equal Opportunity”. In 1993, he was honored with the Meritorious Rank award by President Bush. The Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive is the second-highest annual award given to selected career Senior Executive Service members.
He currently chairs the DC Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights, volunteers with the ACLU, and has been a frequent visitor to the US Supreme Court. He also reads low-income college scholarship applications for a Gates-funded program.
He is a former Antioch Trustee (1970-76) and was Chairman of the Board in 1975-76. He also served on the Alumni Board from 2013 to 2016. In 2019 he was the recipient of the Antioch Alumni Association’s Arthur Morgan Award.
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