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Author: Tanya Couch

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B.B.A. Baylor University: HR Management/Entrepreneurship; MBA Baylor University concentration in Finance


As the Career Communications Coordinator, Tanya pursues her passion of assisting and encouraging individuals to achieve their greatest potential. This is manifested in a myriad of ways from honing interviewing skills through confidence development and practice, to hosting informational sessions on the graduate school application process, and updating of resumes to better showcase skills and achievements. Her interests are in training, human/professional development, and overall career readiness.

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Student Spotlight: Jacob Seitz ’20

Sep 14, 2017
Driven and passionate about making a difference, Jacob Seitz ’20 set his sights on a first co-op experience in Washington D.C. It was there that he discovered the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). Jacob went through the competitive application process and successfully landed the role of Corporate Relations and Supplier Diversity Intern.
In his blog, Jacob discusses the overall mission of the NGLCC and the work it does to assist LGBTQ+ owned businesses across the country and set them up for greater success. He further details what his contributions where to the team which, though at times consisted of behind the scenes administrative tasks, proved to be of huge assistance in keeping things running soothingly and efficiently at the organization.
Jacob comments, “…my co-op has been extremely helpful as I have learned much about myself, my interests, my abilities, and my drive.”


Student Spotlight: Rowan Coburn-Griffis ’18

Sep 14, 2017

For her co-op, Rowan Coburn-Griffis joined the team at Points Unknown “dedicated to educating the public in the Hedlund Husky story…. Points Unknown leads adventure tours, which includes basic training in sled dog life and a ride, usually in the basket.”

In her blog, Rowan details her day that typically starts around 6:00am and ends around 8:30pm. Daily tasks consist of bonding with the dogs and maintaining the kennels and trails. Rowan has been able to explore nature alongside the dogs with visits to Mount Josephine, Mink Mountain, High Falls, and more! She has even taken a dive in Lake Superior. According to Rowan, “it’s very cold!”

Overall, this has been an enjoyable learning for Rowan who states, “The dogs are happy, lovely, kind souls, and I am very happy to be learning here,” says Rowan.


Student Spotlight: Thomas Amrhein ’20

Aug 14, 2017

To read Thomas’ blog post, click here!

For Thomas Amrhein, his first co-op location was a familiar one. Thomas had been volunteering at WYSO for the past four years. He had even taken the Community Voices class that trains individuals to “work on production commissions for the station.”

When it came time to decide on a co-op location, Thomas applied for and was awarded the Miller Fellowship role at WYSO. This gave him the opportunity to transition from a volunteer to a full-time staff member for the station.

In his blog, Thomas discusses the various organizations linked to Antioch College and how they relate to his main work goal while at WYSO. With so much great knowledge within the WYSO team, the college and its students stand to benefit from the close relationship and proximity of the station.

Thomas states, “a large component of my job is to look into how we can improve student-WYSO connections, and create an environment that encourages students to get involved with broadcast journalism, all the while not putting too much strain on WYSO’s staff.”


Student Spotlight: Jennifer Bish ’18

Apr 23, 2017

Aspiring to be an art teacher, Jennifer Bish ’18 ventured to the beautiful west coast to begin her third coop with Children’s After School Arts (CASA) in San Francisco, CA. The after school program has a dedication to encouraging “creativity and social justice” in an environment that is enjoyed by students. The students switch between play time outside, in class time and homework. Students are also given the opportunity to select workshops they wish to attend on various topics each week. Serving as an Art, Social Justice, and Self-Expression Teaching Assistant, Jennifer was able to help with a variety of tasks, including the filmmaking workshop. One of the themes discussed in class while Jennifer was at CASA centered around gender. As Jennifer states, “It has been interesting to teach as each grade handles conversations differently. They have been grappling with ideas of identity and expression and have debunked some social norms such as blue being a color for boys and pink for girls.” Jennifer has thus far appreciated the approach that CASA has in teaching its students and looks forward to the final weeks of her coop!

To learn more about CASA and the work they are doing visit
*excerpts taken from Jennifer Bish’s blog assignment


Faculty Spotlight: Hassan Rahmanian, Lara Mitias, Luisa Bieri

Mar 06, 2017

This past weekend, GLCA (Great Lakes Colleges Association) consortium member, DePauw University hosted an International Conference/Workshop on “The Liberal Arts and Global Citizenship: Theory and Practice.” Antioch College faculty members, Hassan Rahmanian, Lara Mitias, and Luisa Bieri traveled to Greencastle, Indiana on Friday, February 24th to participate. Friday morning’s panel, “Practicing Global Citizenship in an Age of Walled States,” was particularly engaging as scholars representing a broad range of disciplinary approaches to globalization discussed emergent questions on migration, citizenship and democratic dissent. It sparked a thought-provoking conversation continued over lunch with visiting scholars from GLAA (Global Liberal Arts Alliance) institutions including American University of Beirut, American University of Nigeria, and FLAME University in Pune, India.
The group also heard a guest lecture from South African playwright and novelist, Zakes Mda, Professor of English, Ohio University as well as DePauw University students’ perspectives on global engagement on campus and through study abroad. Antioch College faculty enjoyed spending the day cross-pollinating ideas with peers from partner institutions at home and abroad.

*Photo Credit: DePauw University


Student Spotlight: Mallory Drover ’19

Feb 23, 2017
In her first year at Antioch College, Mallory Drover joined the team at the Yellow Springs Community Children’s Center (YSCCC) as a Miller Fellow and quickly began making an impact. She engaged the children in lessons on space, environmental conservation, her home state of Alaska, and even taught the children sign language!
The second week on the job happened to be Space Week at the YSCCC. Excited and eager to share her love of outer space, Mallory dove into the planning for the week. She was able to give a presentation over story book time discussing interesting facts about the planets and even created a constellation box! Other space week activities for the children included decorating a rocket simulator, inventing their own aliens, making their own planets out of paper mache and paint, and understanding the distance between planets by walking the length of a football field.
“Perhaps one of my favorite experiences from Space Weekhappened with the after-school kids. One boy that I had not spent very much time with yet came to me with a question about outer space. One question lead to another, until we had spent over an hour talking about the science and properties of space,” Mallory states.
The team at YSCCC was so pleased with the work and enthusiasm that Mallory brought, that they chose to hire her even after her Miller Fellowship ended. She continues to make a positive impact in the lives of the children she encounters.
*excerpt taken from Mallory Drover’s blog assignment


Student Spotlight: Taylor Spratt ’17

Feb 23, 2017
In fall of 2016, Taylor Spratt ’17 served as a research assistant in ESL /Refugee Outreach for Dayton Public Schools (DPS).
“On any given day, [Taylor was] shadowing newly-transitioned ELL (English Language Learner) students at Ponitz Career Technology Center, sharing a cubicle in the DPS main office, or back in Yellow Springs researching peer mentoring programs and inclusion practices that foster agency, socio-emotional well being and positive school culture…”
Taylor’s goal was to identify “best practices for welcoming and inclusion of newly arrived international students in the district.” This included developing an in-depth literature review “examining the literature that exists around peer mentoring/programming to increase positive inclusion of ELL/international students in schools-in terms of academic success, language acquisition, extracurricular involvement and social inclusion.” She also outlined her methodologies in exploring peer-to-peer programming that already exists in the district.
In order to gather information for her research and literature review, she spent time interviewing various individuals ranging from students to teachers to representatives at local organizations working with immigrant/refugee populations, as well as setting up focus groups. While working for DPS, Taylor was also provided the opportunity of participating in a mini Swahili for Educators course.
Taylor is presently continuing her professional relationship with DPS, facilitating a student-driven mentoring by project at Ponitz CTC. The project was developed out of the fall semester research, and aims to involve students in the cultivation of cultures of caring, in collaboration with Ponitz administration, DPS ESL and Wright State University. Through methodologies of participatory action research and interviewing, students will spend the semester identifying how to make Ponitz more welcoming and accesible to not only ELLs, but for all students. This data will then drive the student-lead development of a ‘Welcome Ponitz app’ to aid in the successful transition of new students next fall.
The opportunity to work with ESL/Refugee Outreach at DPS has taught Taylor much about applied community-research, which she plans to utilize after graduation in education, immigration justice, and/or civil rights.
*excerpts taken from Taylor Spratt’s blog assignment


Student Spotlight: Myriah Neal McKenzie ’17

Feb 23, 2017
Incredibly, Myriah Neal McKenzie ’17 has studied Chinese at Wright State University in Dayton, OH all the while completing her Antioch studies. By the end of this term she will have finished all the work for a minor in Chinese language by WSU’s standards. Myriah has also studied Spanish at Antioch College! This term, she is a teaching assistant for the Chinese language program at WSU and is also taking Calligraphy, which she loves.
In summer of 2016, Myriah did a coop in Peru where she interviewed Chinese Peruvians and will most likely draw further on the work in her senior project. Pictured above is Myriah celebrating at the Chinese Immersion event at Wright State University.
Happy Chinese New Year!


Student Spotlight: Javis Heberling ’18

Feb 23, 2017
At the start of the Fall 2016 quarter, Javis Heberling ’18 joined the Cooperative Education Program as a Media Production Miller Fellow.
Bringing to the role great technical knowledge in media editing, Javis was able to expand his skills in photography, filming, and interviewing to generate several high quality video productions highlighting students in their coop experiences.
Capturing footage of students at work in the Glen Helen, the Peace Resource Center in Wilmington, OH, Tecumseh Land Trust, and more, Javis did a wonderful job of crafting narratives that best showcased the opportunities made available to students. He spent time with fellow classmate Ian McClung traversing the trails of the Glen Helen Nature Preserve to learn more about Ian’s role as a marketing Miller Fellow. Be on the lookout for some of Javis’s videos to be featured soon!



Student Spotlight: Sam Edwards ’18

Dec 09, 2016
Sam Edwards ’18, a political economy student, is currently on co-op at Chroma Technology, Corp., in Bellows Falls, Vermont. Working alongside alum Paul Millman ’68, he serves as the Corporate Social Responsibility Intern “primarily helping to develop a written history for the company since its inception in 1991 and fill out an internal audit done by B Corporation that looks very deeply at ethical business practice in terms of their engagement in their communities, treatment of workers, impact on the environment and the fairness in their governance structures.” During his co-op he had the opportunity to attend a workshop in New York City, on Designing Resilience to Climate Change, sponsored by Cooper Hewitt and IBM. College students came together and “explored design thinking and the tools required to meet social, economic, and climate change challenges”.
“While I should have had the sense to realize that design students would be there, it turned out that the workshop had a lot to do with political economy insofar as thinking about systems that don’t exist, how to make them exist, put them together and make them work in response to floods in urban areas and droughts in rural areas,” states Sam.
To read more about the workshop, click here.