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Does that compute? Saybrook seeks community input on instructional technology


A school is defined by its people, yes: but at Saybrook, more than many schools, technology impacts how much access we have to our learning community, and how we can interact with it. 

That’s why Eric Fox, Saybrook’s new Dean of Instruction, is conducting a survey of faculty and students to find out how they use and relate to technology.  What do they want, what do they need, and what’s the best way to connect them to their peers?

“This survey is designed to give both faculty and students a voice in the use and selection of educational technologies at Saybrook,” Fox says, “and the results will inform an educational technology plan being developed.”

It will also outline current and future needs – giving Fox a heads up if there are needs not being met, or challenges appearing on the horizon. 

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Mi casa su casa: Visit Saybrook's open house this week


Saybrook will be holding a spring open house for prospective students in its San Francisco offices on Thursday, March 12, from 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Accessible in person, by webcast and teleconference, the open house will feature presentations on:

  •  Saybrook. LIOS, and the new University structure;
  • Academics at Saybrook, including our humanistic tradition and our model of community-based distance learning;
  • Overviews of our degree programs (psychology, mind-body medicine, organizational systems, and human science)
  • Financial aid

In addition, there will be break out sessions on specializations and concentrations.  Snacks will also be served, and the admissions staff will be available to answer questions. 

For more information, or to register, email   

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Leading political ethicist to offer internships to Saybrook students


Students join Saybrook’s Social Transformation Concentration because they want to make a difference in the world:  now Saybrook can offer them an opportunity to help reform government while they study. 

This month Saybrook, the global leader in humanistic education and thought, has announced an agreement with Public Citizen, one of America’s leading consumer advocacy organizations.

Dr. Craig Holman, Public Citizen’s Legislative Representative and an ethics consultant for the Obama Administration, has agreed to take on interns from Saybrook for his office.

“I research and manage issues in lobbying, campaign finance, and government ethics, so an intern for me would do work in these areas,” Holman said.  “That sort of research invariably is used to make policy recommendations. Hopefully, we’ll have Saybrook students helping improve our understanding of these issues in a way that will impact the way government operates.”

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Saybrook announces agreement with TRANSCEND Peace University


Saybrook students now have the opportunity to learn with some of the world’s leading scholar-practitioners in peace and development. 

In an agreement signed February 3, Saybrook will incorporate into its Social Transformation Concentration curriculum two online courses developed for TRANSCEND Peace University (TPU). Based in Austria, TPU  draws faculty from among the leading peace scholars and practitioners in their fields internationally. It is the educational arm of the TRANSCEND Network –connecting 350 individuals and institutions from 80 countries working to reduce structural violence through action, education, dissemination, and research. The two courses, which will be available to all Saybrook students, are  Peaceful Conflict Transformation – the Transcend Method, taught by Drs. Johan Galtung and Sara Horowitz, and The Human Right to Adequate Food, taught by Dr. George Kent.

"This is an extraordinary opportunity for Saybrook students to explore the cutting edge of conflict transformation and global social justice issues with stellar faculty who have world-wide reputations in their areas of expertise,” said Joel Federman, who directs Saybrook’s Social Transformation Concentration.

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Learn to life coach, and make changes that last


One of the basic tenants of Mind-Body Medicine is that doctors can’t do it all:  people get healthier if they take an active role in their own health.

For many people, that means seeing a Mind-Body specialist, but many others are looking to life coaches to help them make lasting lifestyle changes. 

“With health care costs spiraling out of control and a rapidly deteriorating level of public health the need for wellness coaching has grown dramatically in recent years,” said Saybrook psychology alumna and professional life coach Dr. Lisa Mastain.  “Corporations, hospitals, treatment centers, health clubs, and independent consumers are seeing the benefits of investing in health and wellness coaching.”

Now Mastain, in collaboration with Saybrook’s Integrative Health Studies program, has developed a class for Saybrook students on life coaching for health and wellness (IHS 4110: Health and Wellness Coaching).  It will also be offered as part of Saybrook’s new degree in Mind-Body Medicine.

A crucial insight in life coaching, as in Mind-Body Medicine, Mastain said, is that “better health information is not enough.”  People need help making that information meaningful to them, and then acting on it.  Life coaching can be one of the most effective ways that someone can make and maintain lasting lifestyle changes. 

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Alumni Support Saybrook's Golden Heritage


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. 

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Saybrook graduates have the write stuff


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. 

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Seattle recruitment event to showcase Saybrook programs


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 or call 1-800-825-4480

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Could Saybrook be "The Last University?"

In a time when outside pressure is pushing Saybrook to become more like everybody else, how does Saybrook push back by becoming more like itself?

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.

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Saybrook and LIOS, step II

The synchronicity, and common purpose, of their affiliation will soon be a precedent for future institutions

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.”

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