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VOL 5 Aug 2012 Alumni Association Newsletter Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies NO. 3

Staff This Issue

Eds. Lezlie Kinyon, Ph.D. '06 and George Aiken, Ph.D. '06, Alumni Director
Books and Publications: Ed. Jerry Kurtyka, M.A. (OS) '02
Columnists: Nanette Burton Mongelluzzo, Ph.D. '06, and Shana Garrett, Ph.D. '09
Copy ed.: Shana Garrett, Ph.D. '09
Webdesign: Jason Narog and Michael Routhier


Message from the Director of Alumni Relations
by George Aiken, Ph.D. '06

This summer season of meandering walks in the sun and lazy nights under the stars has been full of positive changes here at Saybrook. As Carl Rogers once said, "The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn - and change." Just replace person with institution, and you can readily see that few places can be a testament to this truth as well as Saybrook.

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Message from the Homepage Editor
by Lezlie Kinyon, Ph.D. '06
A Season of Change ...

When The Homepage is published each quarter, it is the culmination of the work put into it by a dedicated volunteer "staff": Alumni who take time from their busy schedules to work on this newsletter, from Jerry's quarterly review of publications to Shana's assistance with copy-editing to Nanette's regular column, and all of you who send submissions, advice, and resources to make this a better publication (Know that you are heard!).

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Regular Columns

Higher Ed Watch by Nanette Burton Mongelluzzo, Ph.D. '06

The US Congress will affect over 7 million young people and their families if they choose not to act within the next week or two. As we know, the Congress can be all- powerful when they act. Some reports suggest that ​congressional representatives have been dragging their feet when it comes to attending to the increase in interest rates that will take place on July 1, 2012.

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Change by Shana Garrett, Ph.D. '09

Change is a part of life and with that energy, the results and directions can share joys and sorrows all within one swift movement. Change is a double edged sword. It can be the driving force behind creating enjoyment in one’s life or can just as easily cut like a knife into a peaceful existence. It can be planned, calculated, or completely unexpected, and yet undesirable because people by nature do not welcome such mystery. Change is part of life.

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New Publications

Editor: Jerry Kuryta by Jerry Kurtyka, M.A. (OS) '02

Jerry Kurtyka is Grant Project Manager at the El Paso Public Library where he manages a computer literacy program - The Virtual Village - aimed at expanding broadband public access to computers in over 90 locations throughout the area. Jerry is a member of the Saybrook "9-11 ROC" and completed his late-life M.A. in OS in 2002, working with Nancy Southern and John Adams.

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Book Announcements & Reviews by Jerry Kurtyka, M.A. (OS) '02

What’s your major? Timothy Storlie, Ph.D. '12, says that, you’ll probably be asked that question many times during your college career. It’s a decent question. It’s an abbreviated version of "what is your major area of interest?" Another version of this question is "what are you most interested in studying and learning?" Ideally, if people were asked "what’s your major?"

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Book Review: Bausch, K.C., & Flanagan, T.R. (2012). Body wisdom in dialogue by Jerry Kurtyka, M.A. (OS) '02

Body Wisdom in Dialogue is a guide book for understanding the feelings that enable and sustain heartfelt discussions as collective conversations, an ancient art which has been continued within tribal cultures. It is the second AGORAS publication by Thomas Flanagan and Ken Bausch and follows last year’s book, A Democratic Approach to Sustainable Futures.

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Controversy! The DSM 5 by Darlene B. Viggiano, Ph.D. (MFT)

Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers and others all rely on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) when attempting to diagnose a disorder that requires psychotherapy, psychopharmacological referral, or other treatment. The very reason for the manual’s existence is to have a standardized means of determining whether a presenting problem should be assessed and classified as needing medical health care or attention.

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Profile: Terilyn Jones Henderson, Ph.D. by Pat Brawley, Ph.D. '97

Terilyn Jones-Henderson, Saybrook Psychology Graduate, Ph.D. ’06, embodies the Humanistic approach both in her work with foster and adoptive youth and in her personal life with her family of five. Her compassionate work emphasizes the foundational belief that each child has personal freedom in directing his/her own future, a large capacity for achieving personal growth, a considerable amount of intrinsic worth, and an enormous potential for self-fulfillment.

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News From Campus: LIOS/PHS Salon by Robert Kenny, Ph.D., December '10

On May 19 PHS and LIOS hosted a Saybrook Salon and “Wise Questions” program at a LIOS residential in Seattle. The three-hour, evening session had two foci: To provide information regarding LIOS’ master's degree programs and Saybrook’s doctoral programs...

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Remembering Stephan Haines: December 23, 1945 - July 2, 2012
by Jerry Kurtyka, M.A. (OS) '02

In some sad news for the international systems systems community, we have learned that Stephen Haines lost his battle with cancer on July 2, 2012. Many Saybrook students, alumni, and faculty will dearly miss his presence and contributions. As CEO and founder of the Haines Centre for Strategic Management, Steve was one of the world's foremost authorities on the application of systems theory to the practical issues of strategy, planning, marketing and organizational change.

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Final Word: A Song For Rain by Lezlie Kinyon, Ph.D. '06

As many of you know, wildfires have devastated large swaths of the American West, the Greek countryside, the tiny island of Tenerife, and a large part of the Siberian taiga. In addition, 26 states are experiencing an unprecedented drought as a result of the hottest and driest summer on record. I work with a sacred theatre group in Berkeley, CA where our "fire season" begins in August. We wrote this "Rain Blessing Song" together based on a poem that I wrote.

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