Dispatch 74: Announcing the 2018 Alan Watts Scholarship Award Winner


The faculty and administration are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Alan Watts Scholarship: Myhisha Webb. Myhisha was selected based on the merits of her written submission to the faculty committee. We are proud and honored that Mr. Watts's incredible legacy continues as a result of this scholarship supporting innovative scholarship at Saybrook University.

Alan Watts made an indelible imprint on the formation of many  Saybrook faculty and students, especially his scholarship on Eastern and Western religion and philosophy (of particular note are two of his works: "The Way of Zen and "Psychotherapy East and West"). 

For more information on Mr. Watts, please go here

Congratulations, Myhisha! 

Dispatch 73: Announcing Saybrook University's Dr. Leonard Shlain Scholarship Award Winners


The faculty and administration are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Leonard Shlain Scholarship awards: Bernice Mitchell and Taylor Williams. These individuals were selected based on the merits of their written submissions to the faculty committee and Shlain family. We are proud and honored that Dr. Shlain's legacy continues as a result of this generous gift further supporting students and scholars of Saybrook University. Moreover, we are grateful to the Shlain family for their continued desire in supporting this important scholarship.

Congratulations students!

 For more information on Dr. Shlain, former Saybrook trustee and supporter, please go here.  

Dispatch 72: Announcing the Winners of the Rollo May Scholarship


The faculty and administration are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Rollo May Scholarship awards. The following individuals were selected based on the merits of their written submissions to the faculty committee overseeing the Rollo May Scholarship criteria. We are proud to steward Dr. May's legacy and honored that he provided a sizeable gift that continues to support students and scholars. Congratulations! 

  • Samuel Faeder
  • Dominique Walmsley
  • Anthony Williams
  • Rachel Porias

An existential-humanistic psychologist and philosopher, Dr. May was both a founder of and faculty member at Saybrook University. For short bios on Dr. May, visit here or here.


    Dispatch 70: Prez Fellow Amis Presents at "I Love Hella Shorts" in Oakland, CA

    Code Oakland Trailer


    Saybrook Presidential Fellow, Ms. Kelly Amis, will be screening "Code Oakland" at The New Parkway theater this coming Sunday, June 24, 2018, thanks to I Hella Love Shorts.

    Please join her there at 6 pm for popcorn, wine, and a program of short films. (FYI: some people say "Code Oakland" is actually better the second time - that you see more of what's going on. Just sayin'!)

    Tickets here: https://ihlsjune18.brownpapertickets.com/

    About Code Oakland: The latest in the TEACHED short film series, "Code Oakland" examines the evolution of Oakland through the eyes of social entrepreneurs determined that youth of color not be left on the sidelines as Silicon Valley expands into the city that is home to the second largest black community in California. See trailer above.

    Dispatch 68: Drake Spaeth Incoming President of APA Division 32


    We are pleased to announce that Drake Spaeth, PsyD, Chair of Psychology the Programs in the Humanistic and Clinical Psychology Department at Saybrook has been voted in as President Elect of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, Division 32 of the American Psychological Association. Drake takes his place among several Saybrook faculty and adjunct faculty that have held this position in the past. He will serve from August 2019 to August 2020.

    Drake reported that he is humbled by the honor and responsibility of the position. APA Division 32 is playing a critical role in a paradigm shift away from excessively reductionistic emphases on clinical treatment rooted exclusively in the medical model and pathology-based constructs to a vision that embraces the whole human being embedded in a global, multicultural web of inter-relatedness. Division 32 has made tremendous strides in conscientiously recognizing social justice endeavors and spirituality as a key part of its work.

    Drake hopes to continue and build upon these efforts.

    Dispatch 63: 2018 Commencement Speaker Announcement


    We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Patricia Breen, President of Pacific Oaks College and Children's School, has been selected as Saybrook University's 2018 commencement speaker. 

    Patricia A. Breen, Ph.D., brings more than 30 years of experience in higher education administration to her role as President of Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School. Dr. Breen’s academic and operational expertise spans a variety of roles from librarian to president, diverse higher education environments from the single campus structure to the multi-campus education system, and from the comprehensive university model to the specialized professional school.

    Dr. Breen received her Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Development from Fielding Graduate University. She also holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature and master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Texas, and an MBA from DePaul University. Her interests include assessment of and improvement in student learning, adults as learners, and higher education leadership. Dr. Breen is active in the Council for Graduate Schools and has been a Consultant-Evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges and for the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) for many years.

    Born in Coronado, Calif., Dr. Breen and her husband have been residents of Pasadena since 2013. Her daughter lives in Minneapolis with her husband and her son lives in Chicago with his wife.

    Dispatch 61: The Technological Revolution - A Case for Rapid Innovation at Saybrook U?

    Over the last few weeks, our university trustees and I have been laying the groundwork for our next strategic planning process, charting out potential key strategic themes. We found ourselves focused on technology in a big way, so much so that the Board seemed unanimous in agreement that Saybrook University has a big part to play in this area. Questions emerged including: how do we address the role of technology in the virtual classroom that maximizes student learning? How much focus do we need to place on the role of technology and the human experience, including artificial intelligence and virtual reality? 

    Many institutions of higher learning, businesses, government, K-12 education, etc., have been slow to recognize the stark reality that, like the industrial revolutions of the late 18th and early 20th centuries, the role of technology is going to be a massive force for change resulting in a complete realignment of jobs and services over the next 20-25 years.

    What do innovations like AlexaSophia (see the video above and refer to the National Geographic article here), the emerging blockchain technology, and virtual reality mean for how we deliver education? How do these and myriad other innovations impact the human experience? What should Saybrook University's response be to this seismic shift occurring in our country and around the globe? Most importantly, how can our community of scholar-practitioners prepare our students for a future that looks incredibly different than present-day reality? 

    What say you?

    Dispatch 58: Message to Saybrook U Hawaii Students

    Dear Saybrook U Students: 

    We have several of you who may have been impacted by the recent volcanic activity on the island. Our Dean of Students, Alexis Lewis, recently reached out to all of you, checking in on your well-being.

    If we can be of support to you, please don't hesitate to reach out in whatever manner is easiest (text, email, social media, etc.). Be well, be safe, and please know that your Saybrook family is with you in spirit. 

    Dispatch 57: Blockchain Explained? Can We Apply It To Saybrook U?

    A couple of weeks ago, our Chief Information Officer presented a session on blockchain technology using this video as a springboard for discussion. This is cutting-edge technology that will likely change the face of how human beings interface with technology.

    Universities around the world have an opportunity to get in front of blockchain and its usage as do those studying across a wide array of disciplines to advance how technology is used to positively advance the human condition. 

    If you think this doesn't apply to Saybrook University degree programs like integrative medicine, psychology, integrative and functional nutrition, counseling, or other disciplines - think again! What do you believe are some ways our university can leverage blockchain technology across disciplines and in student support services? How might we consider advancing this technology in ways that improve the human condition?


    Dispatch 55: Opportunities for Saybrook U Students in South Africa

    Thank you, Dr. Willmarth, for posting this video featuring Grant Edkins of South Africa (Relationship Manager at Ethembeni HIV), who offers up insights into the types of students/alums his organization is looking for in their work to advance positive social change. 

    (That hat is quite excellent!)