Tom Wessels

Tom Wessels, Antioch New England Professor Emeritus and founder of the Master’s program in Conservation Biology, was featured in an episode of The Radical Centrist podcast. He discussed how his understanding of nature evolved from a therapeutic and innate understanding of the world to a deeper understanding of our social and civic relationships. Wessels is a terrestrial ecologist with interests in forest, desert, arctic, and alpine ecosystems, plus geomorphology, evolutionary ecology, complex systems science, and the interface of landscape and culture. Wessels is also the author of numerous environmentalist books. Listen to the podcast episode here

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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

Hazel Stark ‘15 and Joe Horn ‘16

Hazel Stark ‘15 (Antioch New England, MS in Resource Management and Conservation) and Joe Horn ‘16 (Antioch New England, MBA Sustainable Business, MS in Environmental Education), both partners in marriage and in business, own and operate Maine Outdoor School based in Milbridge. Their outdoor school reaches out to people of all ages through guided outdoor experiences and summer camps, while offering programs that align with Maine educational standards and school science curricula. Read the full article here. 

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