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Resources for Students, Faculty, and Staff
Planning an event or reserving space on campus?
Students, faculty, and staff should start here! Whether you want to plan a one-time event on campus or reserve a space for a quarter, start with the Rentals & Events form. Once you have submitted the form, you’ll be contacted to confirm details about your event or space needs. Questions? Contact Rentals & Events.
College Passenger Van
A van is available for College sanctioned events. Only faculty and staff with proper driver’s license are permitted to drive the vehicle. Passenger use only, not cargo transportation. no food, drinks, or gum please.
Contact Mike Fair to reserve.
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Further Positive News About the College’s Plan for the Future
Yellow Springs, Ohio, 5/4/22 — Antioch College has hired Vanessa Cubano as its new vice president for advancement. Ms. Cubano, along with the first class of new students upon the College’s reopening, has been a member of the Antioch community since 2011. She has served in various roles, including most recently as the Interim Director of Advancement. Vanessa brings a passion for furthering the purpose-driven mission of Antioch College and continuing to build upon its positive momentum. Her enthusiasm and dedication to Antioch is palpable and infectious. Ms. Cubano has a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s in Technical Project Management. Her skills and experience are a vital asset to Antioch College.
“I feel immense gratitude as I step into a role that I have been guided towards over the past 10 years of dedication to the mission and vision that Antioch holds,” states Cubano. “I look forward to reconnecting with and re-energizing those who I have worked with in both the alumni and community of Antioch supporters.”
Dr. Jane Fernandes, president of Antioch College, shares “Advancement work is about developing trust and relationships. Vanessa’s understanding of how relationships and shared values inform strategic, mindful philanthropy programs, and her commitment to helping all students share in the promise of higher education, make her a great fit for Antioch.”
As we celebrate Earth Day 2022 on our “Pale Blue Dot”, as Carl Sagan would say, it is a time to reflect on many of the environmental challenges happening in our state, country, and across the world. The two most dramatic and dangerous challenges that are foremost in my mind are (1) Global Warming and (2) The Russian invasion of Ukraine. At the heart of both of these disasters is a greenwashing Fossil Fuel industry pushing our global addiction to fossil fuels of all forms while encouraging energy consumption. These intertwined issues are a eco-geo-political Gordian knot we must slice through.
At this moment, the fracking fossil gas industry poses itself as a hero for our times to provide countries relief from Russian fossil fuel dependence. As the Russian Invasion moves on, cries for Climate Change action have been erased and ignored. These crises, together with the Pandemic, provide us with an historic moment to self-evaluate, imagine a better world, and work for it. We must recognize and seize this opportunity.
Antioch College has a long history of working for social justice and environmental sustainability. And we also have a complicated past, with a major benefactor whose inventions helped accelerate automobile usage in the 20th century. Where are we now? Since re-opening, our campus has been re-developed as a showplace for renewable energy, with 2 LEED-certified buildings (North Hall, and the Arts and Sciences building). We have multiple forms of renewable energy on our campus (solar, geothermal fields), and we purchase electricity from Yellow Springs, a town committed to providing 100% renewable energy. This and many more of our accomplishments have been nationally recognized by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and our track record has been inventoried here in our STARS report, where we earned “silver” level recognition for our accomplishments. On account of this we are recognized in the Princeton Green Guide, and also Sierra Club’s “Cool Schools”.
Our College curriculum has many courses that connect to environmental science, sustainability, political ecology, environmental justice, and more. All Antioch students are required to take at least one sustainability-tagged course in their self-designed majors, and many of our faculty teach these courses across many disciplines. There are a plethora of co-op opportunities that students can pursue that allow them to live and work in ecology- and sustainability-related jobs. Two academic focus programs are under development this spring: one in Sustainability and another in Sustainable Food Systems. Our Antioch Farm has new leadership under Farm Manager Bruce Linebaugh. The Farm has renewed energy with generous donations of funds and volunteer time. Our farm infrastructure is being updated (hoop houses, greenhouse, and more), and we aim to greatly increase our food production and our already nationally recognized Farm-to-Table food program.
Where do we go from here? Antioch College isn’t resting on its laurels. As our campus engages in a strategic planning process with new campus leadership, we have an opportunity to raise the bar further and envision sustainability and environmental leadership as increasingly important campus values. And we can all engage more, use less, contact our elected leadership, and continue to fight like hell for peace, justice, and Mother Earth. There is no “silver bullet” for climate change action; we must do what we can, where we can, and not give up.
– Kim Landsbergen Ph.D., Certified Senior Ecologist**
Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science
Science Division Chair
1 Morgan Place, Yellow Springs OH 45387
** and sometimes seen as “Count Frackula” at protests
Additional reading and resources:
Project Drawdown – https://drawdown.org/solutions
Take on climate change at home and cut carbon emissions – https://www.npr.org/2021/04/
Images courtesy of Dr. Kim Landsbergen and Bruce Linebaugh
Dear Antioch College Community:
Like many of you, I am grappling with the harrowing news that the State Medical Board of Ohio suspended the medical license of Dr. Donald Gronbeck, Antioch Class of 2002 and former campus doctor from 2015-2019. Antioch College unequivocally condemns sexual violence of any nature and we are working with local authorities to provide information and help ensure that a full accounting is made of any harms done as a result of Dr. Gronbeck’s work for the College.
As a college that is proud of our groundbreaking commitment to modeling and implementing sexual-based consent practices and policies, the irony is not lost. Our present campus leadership is fully committed to listening to all current and former Antioch community members affected and to assisting all those who may have been harmed. Students and employees may contact the College Title IX office in South Hall atTitleIX@antiochcollege.edu. SOPP violations, including anonymous reports, can be filed here.
The Greene County Sheriff’s Office has posted a form to report any information or tips about Dr. Gronbeck and Yellow Springs Primary Care. We will provide support in making a report in-person or on-line to the Greene County sheriff, if requested.
While these words are important, I acknowledge that accountability is incomplete without action. The College is committed to scrutinizing our policies, procedures, and practices in all aspects of College life. In the coming months, Antioch will take the following steps:
- Work with consultants and counselors to attend to the counseling needs of any Antioch community members and former students. Through a special emergency fund, we will direct support to current and former community members.
- Review Antioch’s Sexual Offense Prevention Policy, in conversation with the larger community, and make appropriate revisions as needed.
- Continue to educate and ensure campus-wide understanding of and adherence to Title IX.
- Step up preventative education around creating a campus culture rooted in consent that refuses to tolerate sexual violence.
I deeply regret any breach of trust in Antioch’s Sexual Offense Prevention Policy that this news may have caused, and am committed to rebuilding that trust with our community, as a college that is proud of our commitment to modeling and implementing sexual-based consent practices and policies.
We are challenged, in response to this difficult and disturbing revelation, to support and care for each other in ways that will allow us to emerge with an even deeper sense of dedication to each other and to the creation of a community that is welcoming and secure for all.
Jane K. Fernandes
Pronouns: she, her or inclusive they, them
336-430-7524 (text only)
Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Policy
Sexual Offense Prevention Policy
Family Violence Prevention Center of Greene County
YWCA of Greater Dayton
Anti-violence Project of New York City
Rainn.org, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization
Where were you born?
I was born in Mt Vernon, Ohio and lived there until I left for college at The University of Akron when I was 19.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Mt Vernon too. It was a very blue-collar town of 15-20,000 people while I lived there 1966-1985. Rolls-Royce engines were manufactured there as Warehouser and several other big companies. My father worked the furnaces for Pittsburgh Plate Glass until the company downsized and closed the glass plant in Mt Vernon in the 1970s.
It was both a difficult and privileged childhood growing up there. As a queer woman, I experienced a lot of bigotry but as an accomplished athlete and a white person, I experienced a lot of privilege.
How did you hear about Antioch?
I first learned about Antioch College from one of my oldest friends Abby Maitland ‘88. Abby and I both hated the conservative and often bigoted attitudes of the people in our small town. It was particularly difficult to be “different” in Mt Vernon and Abby and I both fit the “different” category on several fronts. Abby applied to Antioch for early admission and was accepted in her Junior year! She escaped Mt Vernon early and really loved the program at Antioch. She tried to talk me into applying but I was not interested in a small school after living in my small town. I wanted to go to the big city to expand my horizons so I attended the University of Akron instead.
It turned out that Akron was not a good school for me so I left after my first year and grabbed a ride with a friend to the SF Bay Area. I lived there for about a year trying to survive on my own at 20yrs old. After barely making a living working at a Jack in the Box and landscaping for a year I decided it was time to go back to Ohio. I took the Greyhound bus from LA to Columbus with a dozen guys who had just been released from jail and were on their way to New York. That is a colorful story as well but we’ll save that for another day.
The second time I heard of Antioch College it was from a guy I met in Lafayette, California in 1986 – after I dropped out of Akron and fled West to California with a friend. That guy told me that he had attended Antioch in the 1970s, that you could major in Rocks and Spaghetti sauce and get gym credit for living on the 4th floor of one of the dorms (North Hall).
Soon after returning to Ohio in the summer of 1987, I decided to check out this kookie college called Antioch. I met with a man named Ed Amrhein ‘74 in the admissions office and we talked for several hours. I remember our conversation very vividly because it was one of the most interesting conversations I had ever had. He asked me if I was an activist or had ever been involved in civil rights actions. I told him that I had not but that I was very interested in learning more. I was not aware at the time but that was my admissions interview and I was delighted when I received my letter of acceptance in the mail.
What was it like when you were here?
In 1987 Antioch College was a wild and unruly place. GenX was coming of age and we were very busy. We partied hard and worked harder. Grunge music was born during this time and Antioch’s student band, The Gits, played a big role in that movement until their lead singer, Mia Zappata, was murdered in 1996. The campus community was very politically active. The campus community was very involved in organizing Take Back the Night marches with Villagers, protesting the Gulf War with a large event at Wright Patterson Airforce Base, and other activism. There were a lot of civil rights activists living in Yellow Springs as well and they held classes to teach us non-violent protest methods.
At that time Community Government was very strong. The concept of Community Government was originally based on the City Manager model of government. The Community Manager was essentially hired to do the work of the Community Council including managing a budget of more than $200K in addition to providing leadership to the campus. CG funds supported academic programming, student events, the C-Shop, a recycling program, movie nights, and much more. Serving as the co-Community Manager with David Benson ‘90 in 1990-91 was an unforgettable experience. Not just because that was the year the Sexual Offence Policy was written but because it was a chance to put my ideals into action.
What co-ops did you do? What was your major?
My degree from Antioch is in Literature and Women’s Studies. I loved studying literature at Antioch. The faculty were passionate about their subject matters and Antioch’s experiential learning model. There were no grades at the time which I also loved. Without grades, you are only competing with yourself to become the best student you can be. No one had any trouble getting into graduate school because of the absence of grades. Faculty member Peter Townsend used to track the success of our alumni who pursued graduate study.
My co-op jobs included working at a runaway shelter in Columbus, OH, a school for students with learning disabilities in Atlanta, GA, a stint on a goat farm in Western, MA, a night manager position at a Volunteers of America residential program for women convicted of drug-related felonies, a community organizer for the National Abortion Rights Action League in Seattle, WA and my biggest co-op which was the year-long post as Community Manager.
One powerful insight came to me on my co-op job at the runaway shelter. I asked myself, “you study literature, why are you working at a runaway shelter?” The answer came quickly and clear, that art is representative of life and these experiences are life.
Where did you live while at Antioch?
When I was a student I lived in Birch Hall all my years except for a quarter in North Hall. I loved living in Birch right across from the Glen. I lived in Pennell Hall when I first arrived. Pennell Hall was the top floor of Birch on the North end. This was a hall for women only. Most of my dorm life was lived on Hardy Hall however which was directly under Pennell Hall. Hardy was a co-ed hall with mostly older students. Most of my friends lived on Hardy and it was a great place to live.
I also lived in the Birch Apartments during my time as the CM and in several rentals in Yellow Springs.
You designed “Bootcamp for the Revolution – How did that happen?
This is a great time to give a shout-out to one of my closest Antioch friends, Bitsy Eddy ‘91. The Bootcamp t-shirt was born in a conversation she and I had following a Friday Forum discussion. The Friday Forum series was a great program for hearing different perspectives on controversial topics. During one Friday Forum, a faculty member at the College sarcastically said that Antioch was not the boot camp for the revolution. I took issue with that statement and, during a phone call with Bitsy the next day, we had decided on the language and it was made into a shirt. The shirt itself was controversial for many years. We even had a Friday Forum discussion on the message of the shirt. I am very proud that it speaks to so many Antiochians to this day.
I designed the original “No Football Team Since 1923” t-shirt as well. The one with the photo of the football team is my design. That shirt was born out of my early experiments with Photoshop in the early 1990s. My arrangement with the bookstore to sell the shirts was that profits were shared with the LGBTQ and the Womyn’s Centers.
What’s your favorite thing about Antioch?
My favorite thing about Antioch is the remarkable accomplishments of our alumni. I also love the fact that you can do anything at Antioch without people telling you it is not possible. Even if they do tell you that, they will not stop you from trying.
Can you share some reflections with us about the past two years at Antioch?
These past two years have been very challenging ones for those of us who work, teach or study at Antioch College. The leadership transitions have been frequent and very disruptive for all of us. The pressures on the fundraising team have been tremendous as we worked hard to meet the College’s revenue needs without sufficient resources. Jane is a welcome change to this dynamic and I am confident she will turn these conditions around.
There are a lot of positive results for all the great work that was completed despite the circumstances! Personally, I am very proud of the work I, and those of the Advancement team, were able to do for the College and our Alumni over the past two years.
Some of the highlights I am especially proud of include:
- Several New Alumni Relations Programs
- Alumni Lecture Series
- Spotlight on Excellence Series
- Produced over 100 virtual public events including
- 30 events for two virtual reunions
- Oral History Virtual Institute and many other fantastic programs.
- Led the Advancement team to raise $4.9 million since starting in the acting position on February 1, 2021.
- Developed standard templates and procedures to improve services delivered by Advancement and to make it easier to do the work.
- Made substantial contributions to a video archival strategy to catalog and quickly access the growing collection of online event recordings. I’m proud to be handing that off to Mary Evans and the next generation of event planners.
- Provided campus wide training on Google Suite tools for teaching and learning when the academic program went virtual.
- Designed and led the Chapter Challenge initiative to engage alumni in a friendly fundraising competition. I’m proud that this program really blossomed and alumni chapter leaders are making it their own.
What are your next steps?
My plans are to rest for the remainder of January and to regroup in February around some exciting projects. I am not talking about those plans yet so you will all have to wait to hear from me in the coming months!
Antioch College is a community dedicated to the search for truth, the development of individual potential, and the pursuit of social justice. In order to fulfill our objectives, freedom must be matched by responsibility.
As a member of the Antioch College Community, I affirm that I will be honest and respectful in all my relationships, and I will advance these standards of behavior in others.
Tell us what you’re up to, and send pictures.
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