by George Aiken
For the Saybrook Alumni Association, supporting Saybrook’s long standing tradition of humanistic thought and education is of primary importance. We believe that our humanistic roots are critical to Saybrook’s role as a viable, important, and necessary educational institution in the world today.
Over the past year, we have worked to create new ways to support Saybrook’s educational ideals through several venues, including: the Quarterly Alumni Newsletter the HOMEPAGE, which features the accomplishments of faculty and alumni in the hope that the wider Saybrook community will be encouraged to continue the traditions that fostered these successes; the monthly, alumni, HOMEPAGE UPDATE lists current scholarly and vocational opportunities, and announces events relevant to the continued education of our alumni; the newly revised alumni blog, Provocative Discourse, where alumni can discuss issues relevant to their own life and work, and the health and well being of Saybrook and its ideals; and finally, a new alumni webcast, The Alumni Community Gathering: Keeping Up with Saybrook, A Monthly Informational Forum, where alumni discuss topics relevant to their careers and to Saybrook’s mission. It is the Alumni Association’s hope that these efforts will contribute in some small way to a long and healthy future at Saybrook.
These new approaches for keeping the alumni community connected have been successful because alumni are passionate about the traditions and heritage that have transformed their personal and professional lives. Saybrook alumni hope to see these traditions continue to enrich the lives of students, alumni, and the community at large for many years to come.
Saybrook doesn’t have its own press – and it doesn’t need one. Its graduates and faculty are busy publishing in everything from the mainstream press to academic journals.
“During Alumni Homecoming at the June 2008 Residential Conference, no less than six, long cafeteria tables were required to display Saybrook’s Alumni publications,” says George Aiken, Saybrook’s Alumni Director, who keeps track of the ever expanding roster of books and articles by members of the Saybrook community. “At this year’s Alumni Homecoming, during the 2009 June Residential Conference, the Alumni Book Display should be no less than 50% greater in size than last year.”
Highlights from 2008 include Alumnus and Faculty member Kirk Schneider’s guide to therapeutic practice, Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy, and Alumnus Father Brian Kolodiejchuck’s explication of the private writing’s of the Saint of Calcutta, Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light, which received international attention and acclaim.
For additional publications to come out of the Saybrook community in recent years follow the link below. A full list of publications can be found on Saybrook’s Alumni home page.
“If you’re a community member and you don’t see your works listed,” Aiken says, “please send me the information. Include your name, degree, year of graduation; the title(s) of your publication(s); and the publisher and year published.” It’s a Sisyphean task to keep track of everything the Saybrook community creates, Aiken says, but unlike Sisyphus, this is a labor of love.
Saybrook president Lorne Buchman will be available to meet and talk with prospective students at the recruitment event Saybrook will be hosting in Seattle this month.
Prospective students will have the opportunity to learn more about Saybrook’s masters and doctoral programs; our new PsyD, Jungian Studies, and Mind-Body Medicine programs; how they can tailor their degree program to meet their individual interests by pursuing a specialization or a concentration; scholarships and financial aid; and other advantages of Saybrook’s learning model for working professionals.
The event will be held:
Thursday, February 12, 2009
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
The Westin Seattle Hotel
1900 5th Avenue Seattle WA 98101
RSVP to Admissions@Saybrook.edu or call 1-800-825-4480
Academia may not have a future, according to Stanley Fish.
Fish, a distinguished academic and New York Times blogger, wrote an article last week that landed like a bomb in every faculty lounge in America.
Soon, Fish said, there will no longer be a place for teachers who want to enliven their students’ minds rather than cramming them full of job-related skills.
We all know that American academia has become dominated by big money, big corporate partnerships, and an assembly-line mentality that treats students as “customers” rather than agents of learning. But we’ve all assumed this was an aberration – and that at some point we’d right this ship of fools.
But Fish, reviewing the book The Last Professor by Frank Donoghue, says those days are never coming back: the academy, as a place to nurture the mind, is dying out and won’t return.
As the first class of LIOS/Saybrook students – 41 in all – is getting to work learning how to change the world, the opportunities of each institution are now being presented to each other.
LIOS, which offers Master’s degrees, is reporting a strong interest among its students in Saybrook’s PhD programs, while Saybrook has now added LIOS’ degree in Systems Counseling to its roster of Psychology programs, and its degree in Organization to its Organizational Systems program.
There were any number of practical reasons for the two organizations to come together –LIOS needed a new accrediting affiliation, Saybrook had just begun planning a full university structure – but what really made the connection possible, and the implementation so smooth, are deeply held, deeply compatible, philosophical visions not shared by every graduate school. In fact, as LIOS president Shelly Drogin noted recently in Linkage, the LIOS newsletter, Saybrook was one of LIOS’ first choices for affiliation the last time it needed one, in the 1980s. The fact that this time, LIOS was looking for affiliation at the same time that Saybrook was expanding to a university was, as Drogin calls it, “synchronicity at play.”
Too often, discussions that the world should be having take place only in the classroom.
As part of its mission to both foster community and reach out to the world around it, Saybrook is pleased to announce a new series, “Saybrook Dialogues,” beginning in March.
Held at Saybrook’s San Francisco offices, the first dialogues in the series will focus on the topic of “Leadership, Wisdom, and Making a Difference.”
Organizer Marc Lesser, the founder and president of coaching and facilitation company ZBA Associates and the former director of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, will focus the conversations on making meaning of our personal and professional lives during uncertain and challenging times.
The Saybrook Dialogues are free, but a $25 donation is requested from those who can give. More information will be forthcoming. To RSVP please contact Terry Hopper at: 415-394-5220.
What do you hate about yourself? What is it about your personality that makes you squirm?
And what does that mean?
According to James Hollis, one of the America’s leading Jungian psychologists, distrusting and disliking something about yourself is a fundamental part of the human experience: but one that we rarely understand.
Hollis will be in the Bay Area on Saturday, January 17, giving a public presentation about what legendary psychologist Carl Jung called “the Shadow” – the energies, motives, and agendas in every person which operate outside of our conscious control and are sometimes contrary to our professed values.
The first ever Saybrook/LIOS Spring Program is now scheduled to launch on March 1 of this year.
The is the first program to integrate the resources of Saybrook with the Leadership Institute of Seattle, enhancing the traditional LIOS offerings while remaining focused on the exceptional, always evolving experiential and transformative education that has been the LIOS trademark for almost 40 years.
Program participants will be guided by LIOS’ team of seasoned faculty – all of whom are graduates of LIOS. This unique feature is part of the vitality of LIOS’ programs, as alumni and current students are the best resources for new students. Emphasizing this relationship creates programs that are dynamic and responsive, and a community that is closely knit.
Saybrook is pleased to announce the hiring of its first Dean of Instruction, Eric Fox.
Eric comes to Saybrook from Western Michigan University, where he was an Assistant Professor of Psychology and founded the university's Language, Cognition, and Instructional Technology lab. He has a PhD in Learning & Instructional Technology from Arizona State University, and both his research and his teaching have focused on the use of technology as a pedagogical tool.
"My role at Saybrook is to work with administration, faculty, and students to create the best learning environment that we can," Eric says. "Making sure that faculty are involved in the decision making process and are comfortable with the way we're designing and expanding programs, and that students are satisfied with the way everything works."
An eLearning and Web Design Consultant for nine years, he has a decade of experience developing and supporting technology-based teaching in higher education. He says was Saybrook's history as a leader with distance learning and technology supported education that first interested him in the position.
"Saybrook's history of doing distance and graduate education in innovative ways was very appealing to me," Eric says. "And this is a very exciting time to be part of it Saybrook has a really great vision, some positive new programs, and very interesting initiatives coming into play. The opportunity for me to apply some of my training and work to help keep Saybrook a leader in the field is very exciting."
This year Saybrook is proud to award an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters to Dr. Ethel Tobach, a significant figure in politically engaged psychology and the study of human beings.
A Distinguished Consulting Faculty member at Saybrook, Dr. Tobach is curator emerita of the American Museum of Natural History and has made major contributions to the study of genetics and comparative and evolutionary psychology during her distinguished 50 year career as a researcher. She has been a leader in psychology activist groups seeking constructive public policies, nuclear disarmament, and peace-building - and she was a founder of Psychologists for Social Action (PSA).
The Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters is awarded annually to individuals who have made substantial contributions to the unique mission and purposes of Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center. The degree recognizes outstanding contributions to humanistic psychology or human science, and acknowledges general outstanding contributions to the arts and sciences, which are related to the unique mission and purposes of Saybrook. The honorary degrees also recognize outstanding contributions made directly to Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center.
Dr. Tobach will receive the reward on Monday, Jan. 19, at the Westin Ballroom of the Westin San Francisco International Airport.