During the Fall 2008 semester, students formed the first campus-wide student government. This group, envisioned in Antioch University New England’s (AUNE) Strategic Plan and 2006 Social Justice Audit, has two representatives from each of AUNE’s five academic departments.
The Student Government chair sits on AUNE’s President’s Council, which meets monthly with AUNE’s President, Steve Jones, and members of the President’s Cabinet.
We, the members of the student government of Antioch University New England, in our democratic capacity, provide students a voice in matters pertaining to student welfare, student activities, and student participation in AUNE planning. We are an elected representative body that seeks to preserve a student-centered environment through education and advocacy by challenging ourselves, the student body, and the university.
2013-2014 Activities hosted by AUNE Student Government
In an effort to build community within and between departments, Antioch’s Student Government hosted a guided hike in the White Mountain National Forest with Tom Wessels, Environmental Studies Faculty Emeritus, on November 11, 2013. Tom brought our attention to many splendid ecological and cultural points of interest while guiding us along the 4.5 mile loop that crosses the summits of Welsh and Dickey Mountains, where snow was already accumulating.
Andrew A.D. Cerow is a first-year student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (SA) program at Antioch University New England. He earned a BA in Sociology with a concentration in Crime, Law, and Deviance at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he graduated with honors. Over the years Andrew has lived in various parts of the country and has had the chance to work in business, education, and technology fields while being immersed in different cultures. Andrew’s particular interests lie in the direction of cultivating healthy minds, bodies, and communities; he believes that much can be accomplished when vision, communication, and resourcefulness all meet. To create this at AUNE we need the voices of many to be heard as a voice of one, and this year Andrew hopes to be that voice to deliver the best representation possible for the Applied Psychology Department. If you see Andrew around the AUNE campus feel free to stop and talk with him about anything from yoga, business, or Yalom to questions / concerns about the program we are all a part of. Here’s to a great year!
Lauren E. Harrison is a second-year student in the Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) and Counseling program at AUNE. She earned a BFA in Dance from Arizona State University and pursued the life of a teaching artist, eventually landing in New York City. Harrison has thirteen years’ experience as a Dance Educator, having taught children, adolescents, and adults, including people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Other clientele include adolescents in acute inpatient care and adults with developmental disabilities. She is currently a counseling intern at The Putney School in Vermont, where she works with adolescents in a boarding school environment. She believes in the healing power of movement and creativity and is interested in prevention, psycho-education, community outreach, and creative collaboration.
Jeff Hawkinson, co-chair of student government, is a second year master’s level Marriage and Family Therapy student in the Applied Psychology department. Jeff has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and philosophy from Ball State University in Indiana, and had the opportunity to focus on various pursuits and life goals before deciding to pursue his calling of working as a therapist. Having worked in such fields as a horse and goat rancher, EMT, martial arts instructor, musician, and medical office manager, he is able to draw from his diverse background in order to help foster connection and growth. Jeff currently lives in Hillsborough, NH, with his wife and two dogs.
Molly Conley is a third year in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Columbia University. While in school, Molly mentored elementary school students in Harlem, which introduced her to the world of language-based learning disabilities. After graduating, she taught middle schoolers with dyslexia and ADHD before coming to Antioch. Her clinical interests involve working with children and adolescents and their families.
John Erdmann is a second year student in the Clinical Psychology program at AUNE. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Binghamton University in New York. John currently works as a research assistant at the Center for Research on Psychological Practices, where he specializes in all things data. He is also completing a practicum at the Psychological Services Center, where he does therapy and assessment. Outside of school, John likes to skateboard, play dungeons and dragons, and write computer programs.
Amanda Chisholm is a first-year Education student in Integrated Learning with a focus on Science and Environmental Education. Amanda grew up in Massachusetts and got her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies at Bates College in 2008. She has spent the last six years encouraging people to connect with their environment through programs at environmental education centers in Ohio, Wyoming, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Amanda is so excited to continue her own education and to gain skills in classroom teaching techniques while living in a beautiful place with a community of extraordinary people.
Katie Rowell is a first year student in the Waldorf Certificate Program at AUNE. In 2010, she graduated from McGill University in Montreal with a degree in Violin Performance and a minor in U.S. History. She spent the next four years in New York City playing with many groups, exploring jazz and blues, rock, Celtic and soul music on violin and vocals. This time was also spent working with children and families, designing summer camps, teaching music and nannying. A graduate of the Green Mountain Waldorf School in Wolcott, Vermont, Katie decided to go back to her roots and pursue studies in Waldorf Teacher Training. She plans to graduate in July 2015.
Jess Baum, co-representative for the Environmental Studies department is in her second year at AUNE, pursing an M.S. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Education. Jess graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a B.A. in Political Science, and then got a job teaching Environmental Education with Nature’s Classroom. After three years teaching in New England, Jess moved to Hawaii to live on a permaculture farm/intentional community. After six magical months on the Big Island, she moved to California, where she worked in farming and managed a bead store, teaching classes and selling her creations. Jess moved back to New England to attend AUNE and pursue her passion for Environmental Education. She plans on graduating AUNE in spring 2015.
Clai Lasher-Sommers, first year in the ES department at AUNE. Clai has been the Director of three not for profits, helping to grow each one into stable and healthy organization. Clai also started and ran a construction company for 12 years. In the midst of all of this, she has raised two children who constantly amaze her with their resilience and passion for life. Now, Clai has taken time to become a Masters Candidate in Environmental Studies within the self-designed concentration. She hopes to use the intersection of ecology and environmental science to design gardens and sacred spaces for people who have experienced physical and emotional displacement and trauma.
Sarah DiMarino is a second year student in the Management Department at AUNE. She received her B.A. in Arts Management from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Massachusetts. She has worked extensively with non-profit organizations pertaining to art and environmental conservation. Her time spent working on a CSA farm ignited her passion for earth systems and sustainability. She spent the summer of 2012 working in the backcountry of New Mexico which led her to search for a graduate program that would encompass her passion for the environmental and dedication to non-profit organizations. Since starting at AUNE, she has relocated to Keene and is enjoying life in New Hampshire. She plans to graduate with her M.B.A. in Sustainability in spring 2015.
Tori (Victoria) Managan, co-chair is a second year student in the Management Department at AUNE. She received her B.A. from the University of Vermont in 2010, where she majored in Anthropology and Sociology. Upon completing her undergraduate degree she decided to spend four months backpacking throughout New Zealand and Europe, volunteering on Organic Farms. Returning to the United States, she relocated to Pittsburgh, PA where she became the Sustainability Coordinator for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Tori eventually decided to move back home to Vermont in order to continue her studies. She plans on graduating from AUNE in spring 2015 with an M.B.A. in Sustainability.
Chad Justin Czelusniak-Serviss, first year student in the Management Department at AUNE. He received an A.A.S. in Interior Design from The Sage College, in Albany NY. He also received a Bachelors of Business Science, with focus a in Project Management this past June. Chad has about 20 years experience in Commercial and Residential Interior Design and was inspired to continue his education from designing office spaces using the company Herman Miller Furniture, who is very sustainable in their business practices. Chad would like to work with a company similar to Herman Miller after graduating from AUNE. Chad has also spent many years as a Ballroom Dance Instructor and Competitor with the Arthur Murray Franchise. He plans on graduating from AUNE in spring of 2016 with an M.B.A. in Sustainability.