Dispatch 54: Saybrook Transformative Social Change Faculty Statement on Gun Violence

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Our Saybrook University Transformative Social Change faculty released the following statement on gun violence last week on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Statement on Gun Violence in the United States
Transformative Social Change Department Faculty
Saybrook University

“Fight for your lives, before it's someone else's job."—Emma Gonzalez, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Student

The faculty of the Department of Transformative Social Change at Saybrook University believes that it is our role as scholar-activists to share with the Saybrook community, and beyond, our views on the context of contemporary events. Reactions to school shootings have illustrated the admirable energy of young people to take nonviolent action to provide greater safety from gun violence.

We wish to congratulate the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who originated the March For Our Lives movement, and all those who participated in the March on March 24, 2018, including many of our own students. They are truly transformative social change agents, in that they have re-framed the specific problem they are addressing in its larger societal context, creating a potential paradigm shift in public thinking about the issue.

These students adhered to nonviolent methods. They presented their case forcefully to school officials, media outlets, and legislators. While the precipitating incident occurred in a predominantly white upper-middle-class school, the marchers quickly became a broad coalition, including minorities who have been disproportionately affected by gun violence. They have given us reason to hope for the future of our nation. We applaud their remarkable wisdom and leadership in moving toward a less violent world.

As a group of faculty long committed to this goal, we offer the following perspectives:

1. Gun violence occurs not only in mass shootings, but as a daily occurrence of domestic abuse in home settings and in the overuse of lethal force by law officials. Its victims have been overrepresented among persons of color.

2. The availability of guns for individuals below 21 years of age increases the likely use of such weapons.

3. The availability of military-style automatic weapons makes mass killings more likely.

4. Restrictions on the availability of lethal weapons are endorsed by all factions of the public, including gun owners. The opposition is clearly led by gun manufacturers who exert inordinate influence upon legislators.

5. Proposals to address gun violence by arming teachers do not make sense. Individuals already committed to engage in a mass shooting expect that they themselves will be killed as a result and would not be deterred by more guns on campus.

6. The skills needed to de-escalate conflicts through dialogue, discourse dialectics, and the extensive tools for nonviolent conflict resolution are powerful but are not widely taught.

7. The hand behind the trigger is but one part of the cause of gun violence. The requisites for providing healthy cultures and communities are often lacking. People feeling displaced, demeaned and discarded are potential risks for behavior destructive to themselves and others, as are people who have experienced severe trauma. This includes both soldiers and non-combatant victims of war.

8. Too many soldiers are returning from combat tours with PTSD and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). In many cases, they are returning from wars that should never have been waged and they are receiving inadequate help to recover.

9. A culture of violence needs to be addressed. The model of scapegoating adversaries, threatening them with force, and abetting wars to kill them, is not consistent with practices of restorative justice, of listening to diverse voices, empowering creative solutions to dangerous conditions, and of building a caring social order.

10. In addition to focused political action, addressing gun violence involves a strategy that includes creation of a culture of self-care and community-care, such as suggested in Family-Care, Community-Care and Self-Care Tool Kit: Healing in the Face of Cultural Trauma, by the Association of Black Psychologists--of which TSC faculty member Dr. Theopia Jackson is the incoming President--and the Community Healing Network.

On this 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we renew our commitment to teaching alternatives to violence and pledge our support for the new generational movement to address gun violence and advocate for a just social order, free from fears of preventable human violence.

Dispatch 53: In Memoriam - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fifty years ago today we lost a human being who represented our better angels, who demanded that all Americans live up to the values enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, who promoted the use of non-violent action to build awareness and action. 

The video clip presented here is an abbreviated version of Dr. King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail". I urge you to view it, to really hear it, and to reflect on the life not only of Dr. King but of the countless individuals who have given their lives to advance the cause of civil rights in these United States of America. In your reflection, consider thinking about how you are advancing the work of creating a more just, humane, and sustainable world. 


Dispatch 52: Saybrook Alumni Meet-Up in Chicago!

Saybrook University is the lead sponsor for DOC10 2018 in Chicago, and we will be hosting an alumni meet-up event on Saturday, April 7th in conjunction with this year’s film festival. This is a great opportunity for intellectual and social enrichment with your fellow alums, and we hope to see you there.

All alumni are welcome to join, although space is limited!

RSVP to Anthony Molinar at amolinar@saybrook.edu by Tuesday, 3/27.

Event Details:

Again, if you’re available and interested in joining us, email Anthony Molinar at amolinar@saybrook.edu as soon as you can!

Dispatch 51: Saybrook University Launches M.S. in Psychophysiology

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Advancing Healthcare for the 21st Century Just Got Smarter...Saybrook University is pleased to announce the launch of its new master's degree in Psychophysiology.

More about the degree: The continued evolution of health care has increased awareness around ways in which people can learn to help themselves. The field of psychophysiology is a prime example of this, using behavioral assessments and interventions to assist people in identifying problems caused by biological underpinnings they may not recognize. To learn more, go here: https://www.saybrook.edu/areas-of-study/psychophysiology/ms-in-psychophysiology/

Dispatch 50: TCS Education System Colleges Meet in Austria

We are off to the races in Krems, Austria, where Saybrook University, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and IMC University students have convened for several days of intellectual engagement and fellowship. Saybrook University Provost, Dr. Carol Humphreys is on the ground and took these great photos! Today's discussions are focused on creating, leading, and managing a collaborative global workforce. 

Our deepest gratitude to our IMC University partner for hosting this outstanding event bringing students and faculty together in global engagement!

Dispatch 49: In Memoriam - Dr. Don Polkinghorne, First President of Saybrook U (Institute)


We recently learned of Don's passing and I felt it only fitting that we place a tribute on my blog to this outstanding scholar and academic administrator. In addition to a full scholarly career, Don served as Saybrook's first official president beginning in the mid-1970s through 1986. He was also responsible for leading us to our first successful bid for accreditation in 1984.

Don leaves a lasting legacy across many institutions. Our condolences to his family, friends, and academic colleagues.

Please take a moment to read the very lovely tribute written by his widow, Dr. Judith Blanton, below. 


Donald Polkinghorne: November 8, 1936-January 17, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Professor Donald Polkinghorne, the Fahmy Attallah and Donna Attallah Chair in Humanistic Psychology and Emeritus Professor at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.  Professor Polkinghorne led a long and distinguished academic career.  He published groundbreaking books, including Narrative Knowing and the Human Sciences, Methodology for the Human Sciences, and Practice and the Human Sciences.  He also published numerous articles on the relationship between qualitative methods and contemporary philosophy. As a humanistic psychologist, Professor Polkinghorne focused on the uniqueness of individuals in the way they experienced and lived their own lives.  He was concerned that psychological studies did not include areas such as the experiences of personal agency and responsibility.  Along with other humanistic psychologists, Professor Polkinghorne believed that psychology should not only attend to pathologies, but to the human possibilities of creativity, growth, fulfillment and healthy personalities.

Don taught his students and colleagues to approach research as human science, rather than apply scientific methods of research to understand human problems that have individual and non-replicable characteristics.  He held that the notion of best practices that work equally well for all who receive it assumes a similarity and consistency that does not exist across people.  In contrast to the best practice movement, Don’s work held that individual practitioners are the primary source of the solution to human problems. The focus on practitioners as the instrument of change led him to introduce the concept of practitioner judgment and drew on the philosophical traditions of Dewey, Gadamer, Rorty, and Heidegger to explain how practitioners through their engagement in inquiry activities develop new insights and can change their beliefs and practices.  He believed that “The solution of individual human problems depends on the particular helper and the way they relate to the individual.”  From 2000 until his retirement, he affiliated with researchers at the Rossier School of Education’s Center for Urban Education where his concepts of practitioner inquiry and judgment were adapted into tools for critical participatory action research to assist higher education practitioners to assume responsibility for changing their practices to close racial equity gaps.

Professor Polkinghorne’s educational background includes degrees in religious studies from Washington University (St. Louis), Yale University, and Hartford Seminary Foundation. During his academic career, in addition to his appointments as a professor, he held several academic leadership positions including the presidency of Saybrook Institute. Over the course of his career Professor, Polkinghorne received numerous awards, including election to the Presidency of the American Psychology Association’s Division of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, election as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Professor Guilbert Hentchke, past dean of Rossier School of Education said of Don, “he was such a wonderful, thoughtful and warm person.  He was for me the epitome of what is best in a university faculty member: fully committed to his work, engaged productively with his colleagues and students, always theory-driven, and a true friend.”

Don was a gentleman and a scholar, as happy reading Husserl’s phenomenology as watching a USC football game and he sometimes did these things simultaneously.   He loved learning and teaching, sports, travel, hamburgers, and Springer Spaniels.  He was a serious athlete in college and is in the Washington University Sports Hall of fame where some of his football records still stand. 

Don will be missed greatly by his wife of 40 years, Dr. Judith Blanton, his daughter, Deborah Nunnick; step-daughter, Shanti Corrigan and brother, Robert Polkinghorne, as well as Winnie his beloved springer spaniel.

A celebration of his life will be held on April 15, 2018.  Please contact his wife, Dr. Judy Blanton for further information or if you would like to write a note of tribute.   For those who have asked about flowers, we would prefer to have donations in his name to the American Diabetes Association

Don’s daughter put together a webpage in Don's memory.  It is posted under Donald Polkinghorne at ForeverMissed.com to which notes and photos may be added.

Some of you may enjoy reading the introduction Don wrote for the book The Paradox of Loss: Toward a Relational Theory of Grief  - available when clicking the preview link for its listing on Amazon.   The book grew out of a dissertation that he supervised at USC.  The writing was for an academic audience but you can also get a sense of his deeply personal thinking about the topic





Dispatch 48: A Team Effort Resulting in an Outstanding Accreditation Visit

We have concluded our reaffirmation for accreditation visit and I believe it’s quite accurate to say that the visit was a true success on many levels. We had outstanding participation and engagement from our entire community including a strong showing from our students (24), to faculty, to staff, to TCS Education System partners. I want to commend Dr. Humphreys, Dr. Nami Kim and their teams on what, in my opinion, was a flawless visit from start to finish. Indeed, Carol and her team delivered on all fronts – from a thorough self-study process, to coordinating the second campus site visit in Bellevue in January, to a well-planned and well-executed three-days+ of meetings, meals, and engagement with our entire community.

We also have our TCS Education System colleagues to thank for supporting us by conducting a mock visit last month, which helped our team home in on how to get logistics just right and get those initial butterflies out of the way! We want to specifically thank our mock visitors President Patricia Breen (Pacific Oaks), Dr. Jack Paduntin (CAO, TCS Education System), Dr. Eileen Heveron (CAO – retired, TCS Education System), and Ted Scholz (Provost, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology).

I want to also sincerely express my deepest gratitude to our trustees for their outstanding representation on Wednesday. Furthermore, our TCS colleagues, including President Horowitz, his direct reports, and all of our various department partners were amazing in their support, their partnership, and their clear commitment to our success. Our entire team felt the positive presence of the various members who stayed several days, demonstrating solidarity. I think it’s worth noting that this past week truly brought to bear that the relationship we have forged with TCS is something truly special and one that will sustain Saybrook University for decades to come. 

We were incredibly pleased by both the commendations and recommendations as they mark a significant evolution in Saybrook’s growth and development. We will disseminate these to the broader community once the report is completed. At the end of June, I will be attending the WSCUC meeting with our leadership team to hear the results in which we will learn whether we receive 6, 8, or 10 years of accreditation. 

Again, my deepest appreciation to each and every one of you - our students, faculty, staff, trustees, and System colleagues - for your support advancing the mission of the university. We are better together and we have definitely come a long way on this incredible journey!

Dispatch 47: South Africa 2018: Identity in Context

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Saybrook University is proud to be partnering with TCS Education System and our sister institutions in what will prove to be an amazing journey this coming December 2018. For our community, especially students and alumni, I encourage you to consider being a part of this life-changing event. Below is the information.

Program Launch: South Africa 2018: Identity in Context


Promoting cross-affiliate collaboration, Colleges of Law, Dallas Nursing Institute, Pacific Oaks College, Saybrook University and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology launch a study abroad course fostering a cross-disciplinary approach to a global issue. An 8-week online course consists of modules approaching the topic of identity from different disciplines – culminating in a 10-day international immersion experience.

Our Topic for 2018 is identity and our destination is South Africa.

  • Why South Africa? With a population of 55 million, South Africa is home to 4 major population groups, with 11 official languages, and many more tribal languages. Now in its 24th year of democracy after the end of Apartheid, with millions of immigrants who have arrived from north of its borders; people are talking about identity and heritage. They talk openly and are proud of their often-mixed heritages.

  • What about the drought in Cape Town? Due to severe drought conditions in Cape Town is experiencing a serious water crisis. The city has implemented a “Day Zero” contingency plan, which means the city plans to cut regular water flow on a projected date. If citizens in the area follow conservation measures, it is possible that “Day Zero” will be altogether avoided. To ensure your health and safety, TCS Education System has implemented a risk assessment plan, which closely monitors and evaluates the status of this current crisis.

  • What is the political climate? There is a new wave of positive energy over the country as President Jacob Zuma resigned on February 15, 2018. Ramaphosa has been sworn in as the new president, with overwhelming popular support.

Logistical Information

  • Course Title: IS600C Identity in Context: Examination of South Africa (3 credits)

  • Program Fee: Students enrolled in course: $2600 USD / all other: $ 3420 USD

  • Participants: eligible students, alumni, and employees upon approval of VP of Global & Campus President

  • Application: Education Beyond Borders Application

  • Travel dates: December 2 – December 11, 2018, in the country: Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa

For more information, please go to https://international.tcsedsystem.edu/study-abroad/education-beyond-borders/south-africa/

Dispatch 46: "Voice for the Voiceless" - The Road I Call Home Recap


I was just made aware of a beautiful write-up on Randy Bacon's experience at the Saybrook Residential Conference in the Humane Herald. Here is a snippet and link to the rest of the article...

"Activists in the humane movement often refer to themselves as providing a voice to animals whose needs are not heard. Similarly, for photographer and filmmaker Randy Bacon people who are homeless need to be heard and they also need to be seen. In The Road I Call Home, an exhibition of portraits, stories, and film of the homeless community in his hometown of Springfield, Missouri, Bacon provides an outlet for the people featured to be seen and to be heard in their own voices.

2017 Presidential Social Change Artist in Residence at Saybrook University, Bacon is also the founder of the nonprofit humanitarian story movement 7 Billion Ones. Referring to the “You Matter” movement, 7 Billion Ones aims to connect and empower us through the transformative power of stories:

So 7 Billion What? Seven billion one-of-a-kind creations call this planet home—each of these “ones” being important, with a story that counts. Yet, the sad truth is that as humans, as the “ones”, we easily can get lost in the bigness of the world—the seven billion people. Humans lose sight that we each matter and have a unique, compelling, and inspiring story that needs to be told AND shared with the world. 

Read More Here...

Dispatch 45: A Tremendous Conference

The Spring 2018 Saybrook University is now in the record books.

We are so proud of the students, faculty, and staff who put so much heart and soul into the event and their studies. From numerous formal and informal class sessions, to Randy Bacon's keynote address in which he received the Saybrook University Distinguished Medal of Service, to the SLC talent show, to dinner with our Austrian colleagues, these last four days of #SaybrookURC were a wonderful cap to an outstanding week. 

Safe travels to all! 

Dispatch 44: An Amazing Day Three of #SaybrookURC


The #SaybrookURC began Day 3 by kicking off the proceedings of the California Psychology Association organized by Dr. Theopia Jackson. We continued on with numerous seminars held by our outstanding faculty, and then meeting amazing students like Ruth Moore throughout the day who are driving social change. We ended the day with California State Assemblymember, Rob Bonta (pictured above), who gave those in attendance an inspirational speech about his life as an agent of change, including his work in the California Legislature.  

Following his speech, Mr. Bonta was presented with the Saybrook Medal for Distinguished Service, taking time for Q and A after the talk with students and faculty. 

We ended the day with a lovely reception that included TCS Education System Board Chairman Dr. Edward Bergmark, his partner Juleen Christopher, and our outstanding Education System and Saybrook University team members all engaging in camaraderie discussing hopes for a better, brighter California and America.

Another inspirational day at Saybrook University

Dispatch 43: A Great Opening - Saybrook Residential Conference Begins

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The last two-and-a-half-days have been a wealth of fellowship and intellectual engagement! From faculty meetings and discussing our reaccreditation; to meeting our many new students on Thursday who come to Saybrook with the hope of changing the world (and they will!); to the powerful conversations with Randy Bacon on his amazing work being done in Springfield, Missouri, bringing attention to the homelessness epidemic affecting our entire country; to the important and informative orientation to student services; to the beautiful discussions about life and the meaning of a good death with Drs. Meeker and Richards; to a lengthy intellectual discourse on the philosophy of science, ontology, and quantum mechanics with one of our doctoral students,  this #SaybrookURC is continues to energize me (and all of us) on so many levels. 

So proud of our students, faculty, staff, and organizers of the conference. Thrilled to be a part of it all.

More to come...

Dispatch 42: Saybrook U's Spring 2018 Residential Conference Overview

Note: We will be tracking several events during this year's Saybrook University Spring 2018 Residential Conference. For those in attendance, feel free to use #SaybrookURC on LinkedIN, Twitter and Facebook.


Every semester brings with it a new residential conference experience, flush with new learning opportunities and fellowship among students, faculty, staff, and guests. 

The experience is one that I relish given that this is our time to really delve into the transformative work of graduate education in which we grapple with ideas, envision new ways of being in the world, and engage in dialog about leveraging scholarship for the purpose of advancing positive social change that helps facilitate the changing of lives - individuals, organizations, and communities. 

We begin pre-conference activities this evening with faculty meetings, followed by welcoming 90+ new graduate students from around the country and world tomorrow and Friday. Starting Saturday,  official residential conference events commence in which  the entire community comes together for classes, symposia, and university-wide events. There is so much going on, so much to sample, that those attending leave inspired and ready to do more in terms of research the work needing done in their communities. 

 Saybrook U Social Change Artist in Residence Randy Bacon, Springfield, Missouri

Saybrook U Social Change Artist in Residence Randy Bacon, Springfield, Missouri

Included in our outstanding array of programming, we will have California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta teaching one of the sessions on Saturday, January 20, 2018. His story of social change from his childhood to his time in California politics will be sure to inspire. And then there's Randy Bacon, our first Social Change Artist in Residence. Randy will actually be bringing his whole gallery from Springfield, Missouri, to Monterey, California. Titled "The Road I Call Home", the exhibit calls attention to very real human stories around homelessness and the daily struggles of people just trying to make it in rural America and beyond. 

 California Assemblymember, Rob Bonta, Oakland-Alameda, California

California Assemblymember, Rob Bonta, Oakland-Alameda, California

I want to personally thank all of our staff for the hard work in putting this event together as well as our enrollment management team for their incredible determination; our outstanding faculty who - in addition to the hard work of admissions - prepare vital classes and presentations for our students; for our guests including California Assemblymember Rob Bonta and Randy Bacon; and for our students who make Saybrook University what it is today and who we are today. 

See you soon! 


Dispatch 41: California Assemblymember Rob Bonta Presenting at 2018 Spring Residential Conference


On Saturday, January 20, 2018, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, will be presenting to Saybrook University's Transformative Social Change students on "Translating Justice into Policy: The View from California". 

In this session, Mr. Bonta will describe his family’s journey from social movement activism to his role in the California State legislature. He will highlight issues faced by policymakers in the current political climate, and the ways in which social justice advocacy can be translated into effective public policy on such issues as immigration reform, voting rights, environmental sustainability, and housing reform. Mr. Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, encompassing the central East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area, including the home of Saybrook University’s Oakland campus.

Rob is one of those truly special individuals dedicated to social justice and advocacy work, which resonates so closely with our humanistic mission and values. We are thrilled he is coming to our community to share his knowledge, experience, and inspiration! 

Dispatch 40: African American Peace Leaders and MLK's "A Time to Break the Silence"

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Source: By Nobel Foundation (http://nobelprize.org/) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

17 years ago I had the privilege of collaborating with my doctoral advisor, Dr. Marvin Berlowitz, and African American History scholar and mentor, Dr. Eric Jackson, on a project designed to bring to life documents written by African American peace leaders of the twentieth century. While some were well-known, a majority either had generally not been seen since their original publication or had been transcribed and boxed away. 

The process of securing rights to many of these powerful pieces at times proved incredibly difficult given the consolidation and elimination of many publishing houses across the country. We struggled with attorneys, got bounced around publishing house bureaucracies, and often discovered when we thought we had it all “in the bag” another round of permissions was needed. 

In the end, the struggle to get these documents was well worth the end result of bringing out voices of men and women who - through non-violence - wielded the weapons of peace and the written word to advance basic human rights and civil rights. 

To this day, one of the most powerful pieces in the book is Dr. Martin Luther King’s “A Time to Break the Silence”. While this was one of the easier documents to obtain as it was one of his more famous speeches, it served as a vital concluding source for our book showing the historical arc as relates to peace and justice among numerous African American leaders. His speech was important on so many levels, including his full-on critique of the Vietnam War. Though there were many who were speaking out against the conflict, King’s speech became central to raising greater consciousness linking class, race, and the machinations of war. His powerful observation in which he pointed out that our government was essentially sacrificing poor families to guarantee liberties in (Vietnam) while not solving for the lack of freedoms in "Southeast Georgia and Harlem" brought a truth to power that only Dr. King could deliver given his national prominence. 

When I first read these words, I was transformed by his clarity, his steady determination to shed a bright light on the hypocrisy of fighting a war that was predicated on advancing freedom halfway around the world while our country could not - in many cases would not - ensure basic liberties for all of its citizens. As King noted: "A time comes when silence is betrayal…we are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation, for those it calls (the) enemy.”

15 years ago, when the book was published, YouTube was not yet an idea. Now, with this technology, we have the words as articulated directly by Martin Luther King. If you have an opportunity today or sometime this week, I urge you to take time to listen to this powerful speech given by a man who truly was this country’s moral conscience. 

Dispatch 39: Saybrook-IMC Krems International Experience - Apply Today!

If you haven't checked out this opportunity yet, please take a moment to consider. Students and faculty who attended last year attest to this as an amazing experience. More information is below. Spaces are limited.

For direct access to the application, go to http://bit.ly/Saybrook_Austria




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Dispatch 38: Staff Spotlight - LaTanya Hicks

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What is your name? LaTanya O. Hicks

What degrees, certifications do you hold?  Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration concentration in Marketing;  Life Coach Certificate from Coach U.

How long have you worked at Saybrook? 2 years and 5 months. 

What is your position? Executive Assistant

Why did you choose to work at Saybrook University? To be honest…. I had never heard of Saybrook. However, once I scheduled the interview I researched the school and came to the realization I was living the Saybrook mission and aligned with the values.  As you can imagine I was overjoyed to find such an employer.  The Universe had guided me to the perfect place once again.  I begin every day with meditation and quiet time.  My desire is to be open & allowing for opportunities and gifts for growth and expansion that flow my way.  Life is amazing.

How long have you worked in higher education? In your discipline or area? First time for everything, I have never worked at a university; just a graduate.  

What other aspects of you would you like us to know?  

  • I love western movies!  I have a picture when I was a little girl riding my rocking horse and dressed in my cowgirl outfit.  I am sure that must be a recent embodiment.  
  • I love to travel and learn about new cultures.  When I was a flight attendant, I just knew that would be the perfect outlet for my travels; however, I soon learned there was no playtime like I planned.  So, I went off on my own, traveling to Japan, Jamaica, India, Canada, Bahamas, many places of course in the U.S.
  • I enjoy scrapbooking as a hobby
  • I enjoy creating my own videos (Google and YouTube taught)
  • Love R&B and classical music

Anything else I missed or you would like to add? I love Saybrook, my coworker-family, the students and the experience!  AWESOME!

Dispatch 37: In Memoriam - Dr. Marvin Joseph Berlowitz, Ph.D., 1942-2017


Late the other night, I talked with my doctoral advisor’s wife, Rinda, who indicated he was nearing death. We agreed I would be coming down the next morning. How fortunate I was to be in town (Cincinnati), I thought, to get to see this tour de force of a human being likely one last time. 

Alas, an official goodbye was not to be had. He died at 2 AM that morning, peacefully in his sleep. As I write this I am sitting here in his home with his lovely wife, Rinda, getting a final sense of his essence, reliving with her various stories - oh and there are so many! I was also able to assist her throughout the day including having the honor of helping write his obituary (below).

Dr. Marvin Berlowitz, full professor at the University of Cincinnati, was an eminent scholar of  educational history, sociology, African American studies and peace studies. He was a mentor and dear friend to many, and an incredibly devoted, loving husband to his wife, Rinda. 

He is the reason I have my doctorate and a key inspiration to the profession I have chosen. Yet, I am just one of hundreds of students for whom Dr. Berlowitz has had such an impact.

The world is less for his loss and I will forever will remember him. 

In loving memory of a lion in academia, my mentor, my doctoral advisor, and dear friend...

Obituary for Marvin Joseph Berlowitz, Ph.D.

Marvin Joseph Berlowitz, Ph.D., died on November 20, 2017, at Baptist Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, after an extended illness. He was preceded in death by his parents Aaron and Anne Berlowitz and is survived by beloved wife Dr. Rinda Frye, Ph.D., of Carrollton, KY.

Married June 17, 1995, Marvin and Rinda lived as best friends, confidantes, and trusted scholarly partners over their twenty-two plus years. They enjoyed their time together laughing as much as collaborating, relishing their time together as fortunate friends.

A lifelong academician, Dr. Berlowitz completed his Doctor of Philosophy at the State University of New York (Buffalo), over the years burnishing his reputation as an eminent scholar and raconteur, largely known for writing numerous cutting-edge works focusing on social change that promoted the advancement of civil rights for African Americans and other marginalized groups. He is also credited with founding one of the first peace and urban education centers in the country housed at the University of Cincinnati. In addition to his scholarly contributions, he mentored hundreds of doctoral and masters students who have gone on to careers in academia, industry, government, and non-profits across the United States.

In addition to his various career accomplishments and time spent with his wife, he was very active in the martial arts, power lifting, and most recently found great enjoyment playing billiards and chess online.

A memorial service for those who knew and loved him will be held at the Poet’s House, 501 Main Street, Gent, Kentucky, 41045 on Monday, November 27, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Dispatch 36: Director of University Advancement and Outreach, Anthony Molinar

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It is my sincere pleasure to announce that effective immediately Mr. Anthony Molinar has been promoted to serve as our new Director of University Advancement and Outreach.

Reporting directly to the president and serving as a member of the senior leadership team, the Director of University Advancement & Outreach provides leadership and vision on all outreach, development, and alumni-related matters. This position is a key part to executing our strategic plan (Key Strategic Initiative 3 – Engagement). Specifically, this position supports increasing engagement across multiple constituencies, with alumni being the key priority.   

Anthony will continue his work supporting healthy new student enrollment by increasing brand awareness and generating inquiries through events such as graduate and professional fairs, conference exhibitions, community events, and mission-aligned program offerings and in-house admissions events. He will also work to develop a robust alumni engagement and development program, proactively coordinate fundraising and grant writing efforts, and identify innovative engagement programs throughout our communities uniting students, faculty, alumni, community businesses, non-profits, and government agencies.

Since his arrival, Anthony has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to excellence, to our university mission, and to expanding Saybrook’s presence in the world. I could not be happier that he has accepted the new role.

Please join me in congratulating Anthony!

Dispatch 35: Introducing Faculty-Staff Spotlights!

As part of my efforts to increase outreach to our broader community, I  am beginning a new blog feature focusing on faculty and staff. Periodically, I will be posting spotlights on those who, along with our fabulous students, continue to make Saybrook what it is: a leader in humanistic ways of being in the world, empowering students to create a better world!

We begin this series with Dr. Donald Moss, Dean of Saybrook University's College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences! I hope you enjoy this series.

Faculty-Staff Spotlight: Dr. Donald Moss, Dean
College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences
Saybrook University

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What is your name? Donald Moss, PhD

What degrees, certifications do you hold?   MA and Ph.D. in Clinical health psychology


  • Biofeedback Certification International Alliance:  Senior Fellow in Biofeedback, Senior Fellow in Neurofeedback
  • American Society of Clinical Hypnosis:  Training Consultant in Clinical Hypnosis
  • Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis:  Fellow and Certification in Clinical Hypnosis

How long have you worked at Saybrook?   17 years

What is your position?   Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences

Why did you choose to work at Saybrook University? I wrote a book on Humanistic and transpersonal psychology (Greenwood Press, 1998) and Saybrook faculty Eugene Taylor and Stanley Krippner both contributed to the book.  My dialogues with them, and with two other Saybrook instructors/friends, Jeanne Achterberg and Ian Wickramaskera, led me to agree to teach courses on humanistic and integrative approaches to healthcare in 2000.

At Saybrook, I am most enthused about the recruitment of gifted and inspirational teachers, and the development of new graduate degree programs (such as nutrition, health coaching, and nursing) in order to extend the mind-body-spirit understanding of health and disease to additional healthcare disciplines.

How long have you worked in higher education? In your discipline or area? I taught intermittently as an adjunct from 1976 to 2000 at Duquesne University, Grand Valley State University and the Behavioral Medicine Research Foundation.  I have been active in the development and clinical applications of psychophysiologically-based treatments since 1978.

What is your main area of research? Are there any publications you’d like to highlight? My research has focused on psychophysiology and mind-body based treatments and on the integration of behavioral and lifestyle changes with professional interventions to address both medical and mental health disorders.

Two recent journal articles:

  • Moss, D. (2017).  I so hurt: Applications of hypnosis, complementary therapies, and lifestyle change to traumatic brain injury. Annals of Palliative Care. (Publication ahead of print). doi:10.21037/apm.2017.08.16
  • Moss, D. (2017). The frustrated and helpless healer: Pathways approaches to post-traumatic stress disorders. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 65(3), 336-352.

Two recent books:

  • Moss, D., & Shaffer, F. (Eds.) (2016).  Foundations of heart rate variability: A book of readings. Wheat Ridge, CO:  Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.
  • McGrady, A., & Moss, D.  (2013).  Pathways to illness, pathways to health. New York, NY: Springer.

What other aspects about you would you like us to know?

On October 28, I was installed as President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.  I have previously served as president of APA Division 30 (hypnosis) and served in several leadership positions in both organizations for the last five years.