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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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Antioch College Co-op Faculty Awarded Prestigious GLCA Grant

Nov 30, 2016

Brooke Bryan Co-leads Trans-disciplinary Oral History & Digital Humanities Initiative

Antioch College is proud to announce that Brooke Bryan, instructor of cooperative education, is co-directing a new Oral History in the Liberal Arts (OHLA) project. The project was recently awarded a significant three-year grant by the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) Expanding Collaboration Initiative, which is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Bryan is co-directing the project with Dr. Ric Sheffield, legal studies and sociology professor at Kenyon College. With a steering committee of 10 GLCA faculty and instructional staff, they will provide faculty resources like micro-grants and training opportunities to GLCA-affiliated institutions. Their mission is to support and inspire innovative, community-engaged undergraduate teaching through oral history and digital storytelling, using open source tools that visualize, sync and provide search mechanisms for online collections of audio and video narrative.

“Integrating tools from the digital humanities into undergraduate research and collaborative projects brings immediacy, relevance and a real audience for student work,” Bryan said. “It’s an exciting and meaningful way to engage the themes of our curriculum.”

Bryan said framing oral history as a turn-key qualitative research method allows instructors to activate key aspects of critical thinking and integrative learning, through an emphasis on ethical practice, development of careful questions, and careful interpretation and sharing of people’s stories.

“It’s a tactical approach to broad liberal arts learning,” she said.

The OHLA steering committee first gathered in 2014 as a response to calls for more participatory and experiential ways of learning on the small, teaching-focused campuses of GLCA. Along with future OHLA-affiliated faculty, they will curate best practices, technology stacks and theory for faculty seeking replicable “high impact” models for “undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activities” (URSCA).

Greg Wegner, GLCA’s Director of Program Development, said OHLA represents “an extraordinary convergence of vision and experience” that will bring the practice of oral history to GLCA member colleges.

“The combined strengths of this team exhibit a strong potential for creating a signature program of lasting impact that will provide opportunities for faculty professional development,” he said, “and offer students an important avenue for experiential education in a liberal arts context.”


About the Great Lakes Colleges Association

Founded in 1962, the GLCA is a non-profit organization governed by 13 selective liberal arts colleges in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.  Its purpose is to strengthen and extend education in the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences.  GLCA often works conjointly with similar associations of liberal arts colleges to enhance the strength and vitality of member institutions.  In addition to Antioch, the members of GLCA are Albion, Allegheny, DePauw, Denison, Earlham, Hope, Kalamazoo, Kenyon, Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan, Wabash and Wooster.



Faculty Spotlight: Brooke Bryan

Nov 30, 2016
Brooke Bryan, Instructor of Cooperative Education, attended the Oral History Association Conference in Long Beach, California, where she received the biennial Post-Secondary Teaching Award. The nominating committee highlighted her oral history-driven fieldwork with students through the Cooperative Education program at Antioch College, and her work leading a faculty development initiative across Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) institutions with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon foundation entitled Oral History in the Liberal Arts: Participatory Pedagogy for Community-Based and Archives-Informed Teaching & Learning. The committee noted her innovative approach to humanities inquiry and stated their decision was “unanimous.”
With GLCA colleagues Noriko Sugimori (Kalamazoo College) and Ernest Cole (Hope College), Brooke chaired a session presenting Oral History in the Liberal Art’s pedagogical strategies, platforms, and resources for other faculty seeking to incorporate interviewing into their teaching. Brooke also participated in a session exploring her work with colleagues Janneken Smucker (West Chester University) and Emma Parker (Quilt Alliance) in creating a public-facing project with the Quilt Alliance’s collection of narratives held at the Library of Congress.
Please join us in congratulating and recognizing Brooke Bryan for her tremendous accomplishments and contributions!
Here is the link the OHLA Press Release.


Past and Present: The Antioch Word Highlights Co-op Stories

Nov 09, 2016

Each year, the Antioch community welcomes back alumni for Reunion. This past Reunion, Co-op student at WYSO, Mari Smith, captured alumni and student’s tales of Co-op in a podcast for The Antioch Word. The Antioch Word is a monthly podcast that was started by a Co-op student in her time at WYSO and continues to be a project for each new student Co-oping at WYSO.

To learn more about WYSO, its connection to Antioch College, or the Antioch Word, check out this site.



Student Spotlight: Hannah Riley ’19

Aug 02, 2016

For her first co­-op, Hannah returned to her home state of Texas, where she became a data collector for the Research and Development Corporation (RAND) within the City Parks Alliance (CPA) group. Hannah was able to put her skills to work aiding in the collection of data contributing to the National Study of Neighborhood Parks. “The National Study of Neighborhood Parks is a four-­year long study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, aiming to better understand how local neighborhood parks contribute to physical activity and assess park management practices and programming.” Dallas is one of the twenty­-seven cities selected to participate in the study. Hannah was provided the exciting opportunity to travel to Los Angeles for a three­-day training on SOPARC, a system for observing play and recreation in communities. She then ventured out to a couple parks in the area to practice what she learned, and then returned to Texas to implement. With tablet in hand, Hannah ventured out into the Dallas community parks to begin her collection. Her days included taking pictures of the park grounds, logging the number of park users daily, noting characteristics of the park, and providing general insights on the overall atmosphere of the park. She was also tasked with administering surveys to park goers, a task that even allowed her to practice her Spanish speaking skills!

Photo Credit: Hannah Riley ’19


Student Spotlight: Lina Tons ’19

Jul 25, 2016
“Many people fail to realize that there are just as many starving children [in America], some just around the corner,” remarks Lina Tons ’19. With this understanding, she used her first co-op as an opportunity to combat this truth, and joined the team at Feeding America San Diego. “Feeding America’s goal is to nourish and educate through advocacy and outreach into the communities.”
As a member of the Feeding America team, Lina worked as a CalFresh Case Manager. With the help of the other interns and the direction of her wonderful supervisor, Lina set out to both educate and assist. A big portion of her role took place out in the community “helping people sign up for CalFresh or the SNAP program.” When she was not out in the community, she focused on completing various tasks back at the office, which included cataloging and calendar editing. Beyond the invaluable reward of assisting those in need, Lina was also able to acquire valuable skills and techniques for handling difficult conversations and diffusing situations that may have escalated. Lina was grateful for the opportunity to work alongside a wonderful team and to help the community of San Diego.
Photo Credit: Lina Tons ’19


Faculty Spotlight: Luisa Bieri

Jul 25, 2016
Last fall, Luisa Bieri, Co-op Faculty, attended the Imagining America: Artists & Scholars in Public Life conference in Baltimore, MD. Imagining America brings together artists and scholars “to animate an emerging movement and create transformation within higher education and society.” It was a coming home event for Luisa, who had lived and worked within the arts in Baltimore for 6 years.
At the time of the conference, the city was in a true reflection period over what has been coined the “Baltimore Uprising” (social protests that erupted after the death of Freddie Grey). While sessions at the conference spanned topics of public art to reimagining assessment, there was a strong undercurrent felt from the recent events and continual discussions on race and inequity both in Baltimore and urban cities, but also within institutions of higher education and arts organizations around the country.
As an outcome of community arts programming that she established through an Open Society Institute Community Fellowship at Creative Alliance, Luisa was able to return to her former artistic home and attend the workshop “Neighborhood Voices: Our Stories About Race Where We Live.” Luisa was grateful that she was able to take part in these important dialogues and connect with old colleagues and new. She hopes to attend the conference again this year.
Following her Teaching and Learning interests, Luisa participated in an online webinar series offered by Imagining America this spring on Enhancing Distance Learning Pedagogy in the field of Community Arts. “It was wonderful to know that colleagues in my field were dealing with similar questions and working to improve teaching and learning methods for students across the country”, Luisa remarks. She is excited to be implementing what she has learned into her new Work Portfolio courses, focused on arts, community engagement, and place based learning. Students enrolled in her course this quarter will be using place-based methodologies and incorporating issues of social engagement and activism into their thinking and development as artists themselves.
Photo Credit: Imagining America Blog


Faculty and Student Spotlight: Karen Velasquez and Charlotte Blair ’17

Jul 20, 2016

At the end of May, Karen Velasquez and Charlotte Blair ’16 attended the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Conference in New York City. While at the conference, Karen and Charlotte co­presented a research project based on fieldwork on cultural/linguistic diversity in Mexico City. Their research focused on mapping methodologies to help create an atlas of Mexico City, similar to Rebecca Solnit’s atlas Infinite City.

Eight of ten GLCA professors and scholars involved in the Mapping Megalopolis Grant attended. The research was a collaborative effort between six GLCA schools ­ covering disciplines in humanities and social sciences. The project hopes to catch the complexity and expansiveness of the megapolis and is based on themes of order/disorder. The goal is to use digital mapping tools such as MapMe and StoryMaps as well as finding artistic ways to render these themes through maps.

Other members in attendance presented on the following diverse themes: Carlos Slim’s urban development projects; notions of insecurity and security among people living in working class gated communities; landmarks of Mexico City seen through the eyes of characters in famous Mexican novels; and Korean language and culture in Mexico City ­ seeing the city through the lens of immigrants in Mexico City.

The conference allowed for great networking opportunities. Most notably, Charlotte was able to connect with GLCA members to develop her fieldwork research and senior thesis into a chapter to be included in the final publication of the Mapping the Mexico City Megalopolis Atlas and Essay Collection!


Faculty Spotlight: Beth Bridgeman

Jul 20, 2016

For over 70 years, the Yellow Springs (YS) community has shared a connection with Japan and its heritage. Last spring, after her visit to Japan for co­op development, Beth Bridgeman returned with the idea to rejuvenate the relationship between Antioch College and its Japanese partners. After a year of hard work and planning between Beth and members of the YS Arts Council, the idea came to fruition in the form of Ohayo Ohio ­ A Japanese Symposium. Spanning ten days (April 30 ­ May 9, 2016), thirty events were made available for students and YS community members to take part in, consisting of four gallery exhibits, nine lectures, fourteen workshops, anime film screenings, and even a cosplay parade!

The symposium was made possible thanks to the generosity of the Yellow Springs Community Foundation grant, the Lloyd Family Faculty Fellowship fund, Antioch alum Tim Barrett, and participant’s workshop fees and donations.

850+ individuals took part in the various events. Mami Adachi, renowned Kimono artist, and her sister, Riko Mukai traveled all the way from Kyoto, Japan to lead workshops, and papermaker alum Tim Barrett traveled from Iowa, where he directs the Iowa Center for the Book. Other workshops were taught by the various artists and professors within the Greater Miami Valley possessing Japanese expertise. It truly was a community endeavor!

“In a time of increased nationalism in both Japan and the United States, we wanted to celebrate the rich history and connection between Yellow Springs and Japan and to provide a venue to increase cultural awareness, appreciation and understanding. We hope that this can lay the groundwork for future such community engagement collaborations”, said Beth.


Student Spotlight: Julien Stainback ’19

Jul 20, 2016
For his first co-op, Julien Stainback ’19 pursued an opportunity that would compliment his passion for supporting others by taking on the role as paraprofessional educator at Crotched Mountain School and Rehabilitation Center. Crotched Mountain, located amidst a beautiful mountain in New Hampshire, serves individuals with various developmental and physical disabilities with the goal of encouraging independence and transitioning them back into their communities. As a paraprofessional educator, Julien worked closely with those at Crotched Mountain to complete daily tasks ranging from getting ready in the morning to walking them to school and assisting throughout the classes. A key learning point was to remain patient despite the many chaotic moments or unexpected events. “It is so hard, but it is always worth it at the end of the day because caring for these students is the number one objective. There is a lot of joy and fun to be had during work,” states Julien. He is grateful for the opportunity to interact with the wonderful community at Crotched Mountain, learning about himself and others, and hopes to experience similar dynamics in future
co-op opportunities.


Student Spotlight: Lauren Vitas ’19

Jul 20, 2016

For her first co-op experience, Lauren Vitas ’19 ventured to the beautiful west coast city of San Francisco, California. There she joined the wonderful team at Children’s After School Arts (CASA) as a teacher’s aide. CASA is a non-profit, creative after school program dedicated to “guiding San Francisco’s youth toward open expression, expansive hearts and questioning minds.” Working primarily with second grade students, Lauren assisted with homework, implemented restorative practices to diffuse arguments, and even joined in on the recess fun of playing freeze tag, four square or pretend. Through this involvement with the students, Lauren was able to develop trust with the students and gain a better understanding of how to best be a mentor. Lauren was further able to combine her love of art and youth interaction, through the planning and execution of a musical, written and directed by the founder of CASA (who also happens to be an Antioch alum). Another of Lauren’s projects involved interviewing fifth graders playing lead roles in the musical and putting together their biographies for the programs. She also provided theatre and music lessons for the students. “This experience is bringing me closer to my educational goals as it’s showing me what it is really like working with and teaching students, how a nonprofit can be run and what it takes to put on an original musical with over 200 students,” Lauren remarks.