Dr Corey Anton accepts two new awards for his work outside the classroom – Grand Valley Lanthorn
Dr Corey Anton is a professor at Grand Valley State University who teaches courses like COM 600, COM 295, and COM 301. Although he considers himself a teacher, his accomplishments extend far beyond the classroom.
Anton recently traveled to New York to receive the J. Talbot Winchell Prize in Semantics from the Institute of General Semantics. Additionally, Anton will accept another award in Seattle in less than a month for his recently published book “How Non-Being Haunts Being,” a book that explores the possibilities, morality, and acceptance of death.
Professor GVSU always knew he was unique. Growing up in the woods of Wisconsin, Anton spent his childhood knowing three things: he’s adopted, he has two different colored eyes, and no one else around him was named Corey.
A vital turning point in Anton’s life began when he left high school. Anton said he was sitting in a classroom at 17 and began to realize there was more to school than the social aspect.
“For the first time, I realized there was a person standing in front of the room speaking and I was supposed to listen,” Anton said. “I thought life was ‘funny’. Then, I suddenly discovered ideas and books and I couldn’t get enough of them.
Anton’s love for exploring new ideas through books and research was reflected in his college experience. By the time he went to college, Anton said he was like a third grader who couldn’t get enough of school.
Anton then spent the next 11 years of his life focusing on his education. He received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin Parkside in psychology and communication. From there, he obtained his Masters in Oral Communication and Rhetoric from Illinois State University. For his joint doctorate. in interpersonal communication theory and phenomenology, he studied at Purdue University.
His experiences in Wisconsin Parkside and Purdue were radically transformative. Anton’s love for his undergrad increased his commitment to helping students get through this same stage of life.
“I think an undergraduate degree is a drastically transforming experience,” said Anton.
After graduating from university in 1998, Anton started as an assistant professor in the School of Communications at GVSU and has been there ever since. Although others may see him as a seeker, he still sees himself as a teacher.
“As a teacher you have three main areas: you teach, you do research and you serve,” said Anton.
Anton’s recent J. Talbot Winchell Prize for General Semantics was awarded to him by the Institute of General Semantics, of which he is currently vice-president.
He has been vice president for about 10 years, been with the group for about 15 years, started and continues to oversee their series of books, contributes to their journal and oversees their bookstore located on the GVSU campus.
Anton said his love and understanding of general semantics began while he was studying his undergraduate degree.
“It’s a basic multidisciplinary orientation to what language is, how language relates to consciousness and culture, and how it relates to how we make sense,” said Anton. .
Anton has written and edited several books, including “Sources of Significance: World Rejuvenation and Neo-Stoic Heroism” and “Selfhood and Authenticity”. The third book in this monograph series, “How Non-Being Haunts Being” recently won an award from the Spiritual Communications Division of the National Communication Association, in which Anton has participated since 1992.
The book focuses on existentialism, a topic Anton has always been passionate about.
“The book tries to make the case that you can have a robust spirituality, I mean a deep-rooted spirituality, not think of yourself as an atheist, while not believing in the hereafter at all,” said Anton.
“I think there are some wonderful history academics who have taken on what I’m trying to reclaim and make available, but just to synthesize,” said Anton. “Bringing together different voices that make it very cohesive that life itself is the good news. This is the miracle. You are alive. To absolutely appreciate it.
One way Anton shows his appreciation for this life in the spare time he has left is by juggling. He relates this hobby to his role as a faculty member at the GVSU Meditation Club. He said that juggling is basically an aesthetically pleasing public meditation.
Anton’s desk is full of books on several shelves up to the ceiling, another aspect of his life that illustrates his passion.
“It took me a long time, but I kind of found some books and I thought that was what I was doing. I kind of found myself back, ”said Anton.