The Principled Teacher: A Day in the Life of Daniel Hutterer
June 20, 2013
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By Kristen Forbes

Occupation(s): AULA Education Department work study employee, public school student teacher, karate instructor

AULA Affiliation: BA ’13, Multiple Subject Teacher Credential ’13, AULA Opportunities Grant recipient

What are your jobs?
I just started as a student teacher at El Rodeo School in Beverly Hills. I have been observing in the classroom this past quarter and am extremely excited to begin student teaching. The students are so amazing. If a child gives you a hug, you must have done something right. In the Antioch University Los Angeles Education Department, I perform many different jobs. I take care of normal office work such as copying, scanning files, filing paperwork, etc. But I also do many other jobs, from managing the children’s library to attending the faculty and advisory board meetings for the Department.

Describe the main project or task you did today.
Today I was working on getting things ready for the 2013 Horace Mann Upstanders Award and Literature Conference. I emailed the authors and their publishers about the schedule for the day of the conference and asked a few of them specific questions about their favorite books. After being in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps and helping people in their communities, it is so amazing to be working on a children’s literature conference that focuses on Upstanders (those who recognize injustices and act in ways to right the wrongs). Social justice is what Antioch University is about; being able to help put together an event that encourages children to stand up for what they believe in, through literature, is really amazing and important to me.

What’s your favorite thing about AULA?
Easy: the people. Everybody at Antioch University is committed to helping each other and the community. The people here are amazing. When I have a question, there is always someone there to help me out. I have never seen such caring people at any other school.

Tell us about the Antioch Opportunity Grant you received.
As a BA student, I received an Antioch Opportunity Grant, which is based on financial need, academic excellence, and service to community. Growing up, I was taught the value of community service by teaching karate to underprivileged children. When I was at the University of Arizona, I created a free women’s self defense program because of the troubling rape statistics. After I left Arizona, I felt stuck trying to find the right school for my education. In that time I heard of a program called AmeriCorps. I immediately joined and spent ten months living in small communities across the southwest. The feeling of working with people dedicated to making the world a better place is not easily forgotten.

What makes you tick?
I guess I am kind of old-fashioned. I believe in honor and morals and I really try to do the best job I can at whatever I am working on. It all started because I was born with a severe speech impediment, which took many years of rigorous speech therapy and perseverance to overcome. This is why I volunteered to be part of the Student Disciplinary Committee at AULA. After two decades studying karate, the masters say my skills are great – but my heart is what makes me stand out.

What do you wish people knew about you?
I wish people knew about my AmeriCorps experience. I received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for performing additional community service during the program.

How did you decide on AULA for school?
The mother of one of my childhood friends is a former professor at Antioch University, and she told me about it just before I left for AmeriCorps. During AmeriCorps, I planned to come out to Los Angeles for a weekend and was able to schedule a meeting with Admissions.

Did you catch yourself having any daydreams today?
No, karate has taught me to stay focused.

 

Gratitude in Action
June 19, 2013
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Nancy Fawcett is a popular instructor in the MA in Clinical Psychology program, from which she graduated in 1986. She is also a psychotherapist with a successful private practice, an integral member of the Alumni Council, and one of AULA’s most consistent and generous donors.

Here, she talks about her AULA experience, and what inspires her to give.

Education as Revelation
The course material in the Psychology program made the pieces of my life come together and make sense; it was transformative to understand myself in new ways. I also came to see that humor could be a part of the serious subject of psychology. This was capped off at the “mock graduation” where there was a delightful talent show, and where one of the smartest, most impactful instructors, Dr. Mike Gold, showed up in a tutu. This helped me see that I too could take risks, be myself, and do important, meaningful work at the same time.

Paying it Forward
I believe in showing up for the people and things I care about. What has inspired me to give is the deep sense of gratitude I have to AULA for a career I love, for providing me the opportunity to teach in the graduate Psychology program, and for the wonderful people AULA has brought into my life. Teaching puts me in touch with the diverse and thoughtful students who attend AULA. I love being challenged by them; they keep me on my toes professionally and inspire me to continue to learn and grow in my field.

A Special Student
A remarkable woman was in my Group class a few years ago. At first, she seemed a bit quiet; it wasn’t until I read her elegantly written, deeply insightful papers and watched her engage in a risky, revealing role-play, did I see what a treasure she was. We’ve stayed in touch and it’s been good to know how she has gone on to use her degree. Recently, she let me know that she has been accepted into Claremont College’s PhD program in Theology and Psychology. What a thrill to see that this very bright light, whom I have the joy of knowing through AULA, will shine in a way she so deserves.

Providing Support
Alumni can make the most impact by becoming active members of the Alumni Association, enjoying the benefits of its activities, and having the opportunity to connect with fellow alumni. They can also support programs and scholarships to continue AULA’s mission of recruiting and retaining a diverse student body, as well as providing the unique education and community that is AULA. A dream come true for me personally would be to see us have a campus of our own.

The Tale of Dale Franzen: A Life in Seven Acts (So Far)
June 19, 2013
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The action takes place in Hollywood, Canada, Sweden, Spain, and
countless other international settings.
There is no intermission.

Synopsis

Act I
Hollywood. Young Dale Seligman is the all-singing, all-dancing daughter of a homemaker and a film/television producer. She performs with the Royal Ballet at the Shrine Auditorium, but ultimately sets her sights on singing. Dale is granted a full scholarship to study voice at Immaculate Heart High School, then transfers after a year to the progressive Oakwood High School in the valley. There she pens a full-length tragic opera, dutifully killing off all the characters by the final curtain.

Act II
Dale spends a year studying voice with famed American soprano Marni Nixon at CalArts. At 19, Dale sets off for Canada with her betrothed, where she thrills audiences with her performances in musicals and operettas, attending college on and off.

Eight years pass. Dale returns to Los Angeles, studies opera at USC, and launches her professional opera career. She performs in major opera houses throughout the world and spends eight years with the Los Angeles Opera. (Some favorite roles include Yum-Yum in “The Mikado,” with Dudley Moore, and Alexandra in “Regina.”) Dale is quick to volunteer to sing in arts education concerts for children and at senior centers, a commitment to outreach that will prove prescient in Act VII.

Act III
In 1983, Dale marries attorney Don Franzen, with whom she will raise two daughters and her son from a previous marriage. The role of wife and mother proves more gratifying than any role she’s played on stage, as she skillfully balances a loving family and a fulfilling singing career that will span over two decades.

Act IV
Dale is now in her early 30s and pregnant with her second child when she is asked to teach a voice class at Santa Monica College (SMC). Dale’s passion for teaching is ignited, and she creates an opera workshop for the school. After her daughter is born, Dale begins to perform professionally again and must bid adieu to SMC. Little does she know that her collaboration with the school is only just beginning.

Act V
Around the same time she begins teaching, Dale enrolls at Antioch University Los Angeles to finish her bachelor’s degree. She is delighted to explore interests beyond classical music through the school’s broad liberal arts curriculum. Child development instructor Stephanie Solomon becomes a lifelong mentor and friend, and Dale’s young daughter is the subject of many a home-grown Piaget experiment. Dale graduates from AULA with her BA in Liberal Studies in 1985.

Act VI
Piedad Robertson, then president of SMC, asks Dale to develop a new program at the school. With a partner, Dale creates the Academy for Entertainment and Technology, which opens in 1997. Dale is asked to serve as the Academy’s dean but declines, hungry for an even bigger challenge.

Act VII
Dale’s wish comes true when President Robertson asks her to transform an off -campus auditorium into a world-class performing arts center. Dale and actor Dustin Hoff man (a former SMC student) toil for years, planning and fundraising. Finally, the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center opens in 2008 with Dale as director and Hoffman as artistic chair.

Dale discovers that she has inherited her father’s gift for producing, primed by his tales from the Hollywood trenches. The Broad Stage’s critically acclaimed, often international programming – including live theater, dance, opera, symphonies, and more – delights both traditional and nontraditional theater-goers alike.

Forever grateful for the impact of the arts on her own life, Dale takes special pride in the free and low-cost programs the Broad Stage offers to school groups. The all-singing, all-dancing student has become a powerful theatrical master, bringing the joy of live performance to appreciative audiences.

Note: Act VII remains a work in progress.
As for Act VIII, only time will tell.

Libretto
Dale Franzen
“I started off as a classical musician; I never dreamed that I would end up doing what I’m doing now. If you had said to me when I was 20, ‘You’re going to build a theater and run it,’ I’d have said, ‘You’re nuts. How on earth would I do that?’ But that’s what happened. Life is long. If you stay healthy, you could live to 100 and you may end up having four careers. So the skills that you learn along the way are everything. My father was a producer. I never dreamed that those conversations I heard when I was seven, eight, nine years old would come back to haunt me in my job right now – in a good way. As you enter a career, be open to the many different paths and skills that you might use someday. I think having some diversity in what you do is very important now. A lot of people are much narrower. They go, ‘I’m going to be a singer, and that’s all I’m going to be,’ but I had other skills that I was open to exploring. I think the world is moving more and more toward hybrid careers, so accept the idea that you probably won’t stay in the same career for your whole life – that’s highly unlikely.”