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June 2013

I am grateful. As an honorary Antiochian, I have the great fortune to work around so many incredibly caring and intelligent students at AUS. As we get ready for commencement, the buzz in the halls has been electric. On June 23, we will gather our most recent graduates to celebrate their achievements as students, and wish them well as they graduate to become proud alumni of Antioch University Seattle. Get ready world, because a new batch of psychologists, teachers, and change agents are ready to make their mark. Here's to the Class of 2013!
Michelle Wilkinson
Director of Development
Office of Institutional Advancement

News & Events 

To see the most current schedule of events, please visit the AUS News & Events web page.




Dr. Brian Baird named AUS President

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Brian Baird, educator, psychologist and former six-term congressman, has been selected as the next president of Antioch University's Seattle campus effective July 1.  

As Congressman for Washington State's third district in the US House of Representatives, Dr. Baird follows in the tradition of Antioch's first President, Horace Mann, who also served in Congress.


Click here to read more about Dr. Brian Baird. 




2013 Distinguished Alumna 

Pamela Sackett, BA in Liberal Studies, 1990, is this year's recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. She is the founding artist and director of the Emotion Literacy Advocates (ELA), a nonprofit organization that utilizes language, visual arts, theater, music, and science to create learning tools that are used to address cultural and environmental issues with social-emotional awareness. Pamela's work generating and producing art in service to social change began in the theater with her creation of Crazy in the Mainstream, a play based on the stories of six mentally and emotionally ill people that was performed by the story-tellers and facilitated by the Washington Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Pamela later achieved an artist residency position in the Seattle Repertory Theatre Company's Outreach and Education program at the King County Youth Detention jail school.

Since ELA's creation, her organization has produced a variety of unique learning tools. Some of these tools have been endorsed by the Seattle Public School District's Health Education Department, used by twenty-three social service agencies in Oregon, Idaho and Washington, and crafted into educational cinema tour that traveled throughout Washington state. Pamela has preformed on public affairs radio programs and during conferences as well as various
arts venues in Seattle, Canada and Mexico. She is also the author of several books of rhythmic prose. Her latest work titled Booing Death: with Shpilkes & Rhyme creatively tackles death from an emotion literacy advocate's perspective and personal vantage point .     


Additional Alumni Awards


Steve Brown, MA in Whole Systems Design, 2011, was recently awarded a year-long Education Pioneers Fellowship. Education Pioneers seek to identify, train, and connect leaders who are committed to re-imagining education. Steve will receive professional development and support from Education Pioneers while he works at College for America to design and implement a learning community that engages students and nurtures their productive persistence.


Leihla Scharlau, MA in Whole Systems Design, 2013 will be receiving the 2013 Washington E3 Green Apple Award as Informal Educator of the Year on June 27 at the McKinstry Innovation Center in Seattle. This award recognizes an informal educator in Washington state who has demonstrated a positive impact on education and advocacy for the environment.   

Have you recently won an award? Let us know! Click here to fill out an alumni update form.


Author Reading - Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore



June 6, 2013 

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Antioch University Seattle

Room 123 


The End of San Francisco breaks apart the conventions of memoir to reveal the passions and perils of a life that refuses to conform to the rules of straight or gay normalcy. In this book, a budding queer activist escapes to San Francisco in search of a world more politically charged, sexually saturated, and ethically consistent. This activist evolves into Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, infamous radical queer troublemaker, organizer, agitator, community builder, and anti-assimilationist commentator. Join us as the author shares this tender, provocative, and exuberant story with the AUS community. 



Book Launch by Teen Authors    



June 6, 2013

Time: 5 - 8 p.m.

Caf Louvre  

210 5th Ave S #101  Edmonds, WA 98020


Sarah Philley, BA in Psychology and Social Justice, 2012 invites you to come to a book launch and reading of You've Got It all Wrong, a collection of poetry and prose from 21 students from Scriber Lake High School. This book talks about the students' personal struggles with homelessness, abandonment, death, addiction, abuse, and peer pressure as well as the labels that have been placed upon them. By revisiting their past and sharing their stories in this book, these high school students are taking charge of their futures in a positive, powerful way. Through this book, they are also reaching out to other teens to remind them that they aren't alone and that labels do not define who they are. 


This is the second book in a series, with the first book titled We Are Absolutely Not Okay. Click here to find out more about this series.   



Summer Workshops


Social Media and Internet Technologies for EAP and Mental Health Professionals

June 28, 2013
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wellspring Family Services
1900 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

$149 for EAPA members
$169 for non-members

This class is equal to 6 CEUs for WA State social workers, mental health counselors and family therapists. This class also equals 6 PDHs for Certified Employee Assistance Professionals (CEAPs).

This workshop is specifically designed to boost your professional visibility and market your practice through the use of technology. It will cover blogs, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, online counseling, smart phones, Skyping, encryption, confidentiality and online credit card payments. Bring your fully charged laptop or iPad and get your questions answered. Seating is limited and a catered lunch will be provided.


Click here to register for this event and to find out more. 


The Johnson-Gottman Summit

July 12 - 13, 2013
University of Washington Campus

$395  General Admission
$295  Military and Student
$295  Certified Gottman Therapists and EFT Certified Therapists (promo code required)

This event is equal to 12 CE hours and is sponsored by Antioch University Seattle

Attend a 2-day clinical training with Dr. Sue Johnson, Dr. John Gottman, and Dr. Julie Gottman. Gain confidence in using evidence-based interventions when treating couples who are experiencing:
  • Affairs and betrayal
  • A shut down partner and escalating conflict
  • Resistance and relationship sabotage
  • PTSD and trauma
This is a premier training event with the creators of the top two evidenced-based models of couple therapy: Gottman Method Couples Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. Learn how to overcome therapeutic barriers, increase your competence as a therapist, and integrate a toolkit of evidence-based interventions into your practice. You will leave this training feeling empowered to make lasting change to your clients' lives.


 Click here to purchase tickets and to find our more about this event.

Honing Your Style as a Professional  

Danah Feldman, MA in Psychology, 1986, will help you to discover, define, clarify, crystallize, hone and embrace your own unique style as a professional. Danah will be hosting workshops for therapists, teachers, counselors, consultants, and anyone working in Human Services who is new to the profession or a seasoned practitioner. You will learn how to utilize your style in a manner that will enhance your work with others. This workshop will be limited to a small group to facilitate a deep, personal, safe, and individualized process for each participant. These workshops are offered several weekends from July through September 2013 in the San Juan Islands of Washington state.
You can contact Danah by calling 360-468-2957 or emailing her at danahfeldman@centurytel.net to learn more information about the workshops and to view pictures of the retreat site.   

Disability Accommodation 

For on-campus events, please request disability accommodation by contacting the Disability Support Services office at least 14 days in advance at: 206-268-4151 (phone), 206-728-5745 (TTY), or email dss@antioch.edu.  

Issue: 6
In This Issue
News & Events
Jobs for Grads
Alumni Updates
Continuting Education
Are you connected to AUS on Social Media?


Find us on social media - AUS is on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest, and Alumni have created an AUS Alumni LinkedIn Group.


Simply click on the links below, to stay connected to AUS.

Jobs for Grads  

To see all current job postings, please visit the Job Board online.

New listings this month:

Milieu Counselor

English Teacher in China

Administrative Assistant

Project CATCH Director (Creating Access to Careers in Healthcare)

In addition, to search for positions in the nonprofit, government, and international development fields, visit http://www.mojalink.com/job 

Alumni Updates

To read exp
anded descriptions and see all current updates, please visit the Alumni Update Section of our website.   

Carrie Blabac-Myers, BA and Teaching Certificate, 2003,  
has taken a position as the Assistant Head of Reader Services of the Binghamton University Libraries.

Pablo Stanfield, MA in Whole Systems Design, 1986,
taught three courses during the 2nd session of the new Cuban Quaker Peace Institute in Cuba and is preparing to return to teach another set of courses next January. 

Click here to update your contact information, or to share an update of your own.

Message from Continuing Education

You may not be aware yet that the Center for Continuing Education at AUS will be closing its doors and discontinuing operations as of June 30, 2013. We want to thank the hundreds of alumni who have participated in our trainings over the years and helped us spread the word about them to their colleagues. It's been a privilege serving your professional development needs over the past decade.



Debra Alderman

Director of Continuing Education


McKenna Lang   

CE Office Manager

Alumni Office, Antioch University Seattle
2326 Sixth Avenue,
Seattle, WA 98121