What happened at Reunion 2017?

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Campus is still buzzing from the excitement of Reunion. Last week, more than 350 Antioch alumni and friends came home to Yellow Springs for a long weekend of celebration, collaboration, and shenanigans. “Give me my alumni back!”  Azura LavenderNess ’18 wrote as her Facebook status Sunday evening after campus went back to normal. She echoes what we’ve been hearing from students all week: ‘We loved Reunion, we loved meeting the alumni, talking with them, learning from them – and dancing with them at DIV! When are they coming back?’

So many beautiful things happened during Reunion, we could not list them all, but here’s a glimpse:

Nearly 50 members of the Class of 1967 were here to celebrate their 50th Reunion and for some of them, it was their first time back!

Renata Schwebel ’53 displayed her magnificent sculptures in the Herndon Gallery; on Opening Night, she told a delighted audience how she chose her alma mater after an acquaintance of Albert Einstein told her “If you want to go to a great high school, go to Cornell, but if you want to be treated like a grown-up, go to Antioch College!”

The Marxist Studies Antioch Education Abroad group who traveled together in 1976 reunited on campus for a mini-reunion 41 years later instigated by Marc Masurovsky with their former professors Andy Winnick and Ludo Abich.

The Alumni Association and Coretta Scott King Center (with special direction from Karen Foreit and the Class of 1967) invited NAACP National Board Vice Chair Derrick Johnson to give his keynote speech “Speaking Truth to Power” to the campus community, alumni, and guests from the whole Dayton area in a public and inclusive event (watch the video).

Antiochians don’t shy away from conflict, and difficult discussions were had: alumni from the ’70s worked through an intense and cathartic discussion about the 1973 New Directions Strike, and alumni from the ’90s-’00s sat around President Manley’s screened porch and shared with him the hurts of the aftermath of Nonstop Antioch, opening a process of institutional amends.

Antioch author Nova Ren Suma ’97 read from her NYTimes Bestseller The Walls Around Us and answered questions from the audience in the Foundry Theater. On the same stage, Cabaret Horace brought alumni from all generations with performances, stories, poems and even cello.

Alumni collaborated with students, staff and faculty in Antioch Alumni Works! workshops: they were trained to help with student recruitment, mobilized to support students on co-op, they shared their experience and wisdom about community government with current ComCil members (watch session), and they organized with fellow chapter leaders.

Alumni Award Plenaries featured LaDoris Hazzard Cordell ’71 (Horace Mann Award), Gabriel Metcalf ’93 (Arthur Morgan Award), Pavel Curtis ’81 (Rebecca Rice Award), and Larry Rubin ’65 (Walter Anderson Award).

New Republic Editor Eric Bates ’83 received the JD Dawson award for his services to the college as part of a wider recognition of the critical work of the ACCC in obtaining the independence of Antioch College. In his keynote speech, he exhorted the alumni to renounce nostalgia and embrace the challenge of the Antioch reinventing itself to remain relevant to new generations of students, in line with its historical tradition of being ahead of the curve.

President Manley’s presented the State of the College address and answered questions from alumni in attendance (watch the session).

At Saturday’s Celebration Dinner was a formal recognition of the members of the Antioch College Continuation Corporation (ACCC), followed by the annual auction and fundraiser.  Current students thanked alumni for sustaining their scholarship, Steven Duffy ’77 helped us launch the new PRIDE Fund ($25,000 raised!) and the masterful fundraising appeal by Catherine Jordan ’72 raised $200,000 in support of Antioch College students scholarships. A huge thank you to all who contributed!

Associate Director of Admission Shane Creepingbear ’08 DJ’d at DIV for a truly multigenerational dance party where alumni danced to Antioch classics old and new with current students. Even President Manley and his wife, Vice President for Advancement Susanne Hashim were seen ruling the dance floor.

To all who attended Reunion, we want to thank you for making the weekend enchanting.

To those who couldn’t make it this year, we hope you will join us next year to create more magic together.


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