April Brucker ’19

Book Jacket - April Brucker- Don't read my lipsApril Brucker ’19 (Antioch University Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) had her new book Don’t Read  My Lips! — America’s Foremost Female Ventriloquist Reveals the Secrets of How to be a Successful Vent published CFBP Bestsellers on March 13, 2021. Brucker is a Las Vegas headliner and the special guest star in the Las Vegas revue “BurlesQ.”

“When the pandemic shut down my Vegas residency last year after just two performances, I took time to write the book that I always wanted to write but hadn’t due to tour dates, TV appearances, and other excuses,” says Brucker. “Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a card-carrying vent, I share the how-to of the craft, plus the excitement, fun, and rewards of being a vent.”

Brucker includes a history of ventriloquism, why ventriloquism continues to thrive as an art form, plus how to learn the craft, create a character and write a routine. She reveals how to pursue a career as a ventriloquist, including procuring bookings, performing on television, and dealing with the unexpected. She also reveals anecdotes from her encounters with Mariska Hargitay, Chris Matthews, Jerry Springer and other celebrities, an incident at the 2016 Republican National Convention with her dummy Donald J. Tramp, and an irate New York doorman threatening to have her and puppet May Wilson arrested during a network television taping.

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Janet Dewart Bell ’74, ’15

Dr. Janet Dewart Bell ’74, ’15 (Antioch Maryland, BA and GSLC, PhD and a member of Antioch’s Board of Governor’s) was quoted in the recent NY Times roundtable article “‘I Feel Proud, and I Feel Mad as Hell’: Gloria Steinem on Ms. Magazine and Feminism Today.” “Janet Dewart Bell, Ms. contributor: My mother thought the title “Ms.” was absolutely brilliant — that it brought dignity, that it brought power and understanding of equality. She felt, even though she never used the term “intersectionality,” that it made women more alike than different.” Read the full NY Times article here. Read Dr.

Juan “Kiko” Suarez ’14

Dr. Juan “Kiko” Suarez ’14 (PhD, GSLC) has been appointed Chief Academic Officer at Huntington Junior College in Huntington, WV. The appointment was made by HJC President Fred Fransen and is an important step in positioning the college for future success. As Chief Academic Officer, Suarez is tasked with growing the college’s academic offerings based on the needs of the local business community and national trends. This is a newly-created position “We are incredibly fortunate to bring Dr. Suarez on board, and are especially excited to draw on his expertise in competency-based learning and credentialing,” said Fransen. Suarez said that

John Whittier Treat ‘20

John Whittier Treat ‘20 (Antioch Los Angeles, MFA) will have his first novel, First Consonants, published by Jaded Ibis Press this summer.

Patrick O’Neil 08

Patrick O’Neil‘s 08 (Antioch Los Angeles, MFA) memoir, Anarchy at the Circle K, was published by Punk Hostage Press

Dr. Stalnaker-Shofner Presents on Critical Race Theory at National Conferences

Dr. Devona Stalnaker-Shofner, Associate Chair and faculty of Antioch New England’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, recently spoke at two national conferences on the topic of Critical Race Theory as an approach to address race, racism, power, and privilege in counseling practices and systems that may work to silence the voices of historically marginalized populations. Entitled “Critical Race Theory as a Framework of Decolonizing Counselor Education,” her presentation identified the key tenets of CRT, and ways to ethically incorporate CRT into counselor education curricula to effectively teach students about advocacy, activism, and multicultural competence. Dr. Stalnaker-Shofner spoke at the Association

Paloma Arnold ‘04

Paloma Arnold ‘04 (Antioch Santa Barbara, MA in Psychology) has been selected to serve as the new Vice President of Student Affairs at Santa Barbara Community College. Arnold has worked in Student Services at SBCC for over 20 years, most recently as the Dean of Student Affairs, providing oversight for various Student Services departments and programs including EOPS/CARE, CalWORKs, Guardian Scholars, admissions and records, financial aid, academic counseling, University Transfer Center, Transfer Achievement program, articulation, foster and kinship care education, enrollment and retention services, dual enrollment and the Federal Work Study program. In 2019, she was recognized as the Outstanding

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