Cyndy Fitzgerald, formerly dean of LIOS Graduate College, took over as Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Services at the beginning of November. Originally from Sacramento, California, she received her PhD in Applied Behavioral Science/Higher Education Leadership from Azusa Pacific University in 2007. We sat down with Cyndy for a few questions about her new role at Saybrook.
You took over as Dean of Enrollment Management & Student Services at the beginning of November. How is this position different than your previous one?
The scope of this role is extremely broad in terms of serving the students, staff, faculty, and alumni of the University beyond what was involved in my role as Dean of LIOS Graduate College of Saybrook University. With this expansion comes a significantly greater workload that includes far more travel, meeting time, and effort to care for and coordinate resource staff in their efforts to support students and to develop systems with clear policies and procedures in compliance with federal regulations. An additional component and challenge involves striving to assess and develop best practices to improve communication, and where appropriate, cross-train staff, in the midst of the restructuring and multiple adjustments and impact of those changes.
The PhD Practicum is an exciting part of completing a PhD in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University, and for Michelle LaMasa-Schrader the Practicum is where she stepped into the role of “Doctor of Mind-Body Medicine.” Michelle describes her transformation into a mind-body practitioner as a calling, something deeper than creating a new career path. Through study and numerous experiential activities she has embodied the work that she champions deep into her soul. Michelle reflects that many of the courses in her PhD program have impacted her on a profoundly personal level. During courses such as the “Spirituality and Health” course she chose to use the opportunity to deepen her relationship with her husband. She created a spiritual ritual that has strengthened their personal relationship, an unexpected gift from her graduate education.
MBM Academic Mentor Participates in Global Trauma Relief, as well as in Women’s Cancer Resource Center: Introducing Kelsey Menehan, LCSW12/02/2012
Kelsey Menehan found her way to Saybrook University through the Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM). Kelsey completed her education and training to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C. She then began working with cancer patients and the families of kids with cancer. Shortly into her career she began wondering what else she could offer to ease the suffering of families and individuals undergoing cancer treatment. Kelsey has always been interested in spirituality, and perhaps that is a hint of what attracted her to the CMBM.
Saybrook University President Mark Schulman, PhD, has been invited to join the Pulitzer prize-winning Huffington Post, contributing blog posts to the College News section and sharing Saybrook’s unique perspective on education, science and the politics of higher education.