Dispatch 34: Update on Northern California Wildfires & Saybrook U

Dear Saybrook Community,

I wanted to take a moment to update our community about the recent events in Northern California and how Saybrook is working to respond.

The fires in Napa and Sonoma County continue with very little containment, exacerbated by high winds. We have several individuals impacted including our provost (Dr. Carol Humphreys) and faculty members including Drs. Flax and Piazza. I am happy to say that at the moment, those we know who have been affected are safe yet also dealing with great uncertainty. Their bravery and commitment is inspiring to say the very least. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. Your kind thoughts/actions/support are, and will continue to be, appreciated as they were during the recent spate of hurricanes and Western wildfires impacting our community members.

We are also working to connect with any faculty and students who might also be impacted. If any of you have been impacted by this or other recent natural disasters, please do not hesitate to reach out to our administrative leadership team (feel free to email me directly at nlong at saybrook.edu and I will direct requests accordingly) or calling our main line 510-593-2900. We will do what we can to assist.

Our community stands united. We are Saybrook University.


Nathan Long, President
Saybrook University
Oakland, CA and Bellevue, WA


Dispatch 33: Saybrook Hosts First Ever Community Meet-Up In Bellevue


Tonight was the culmination of our efforts establishing an outreach program that involves meet-ups with alums, faculty, students, and community members. The dinner and conversation was informal, with our discussion largely focused around the prospects for community change and engagement.

Dr. Mary Kay Chess, one of our new Leadership and Management faculty, beautifully facilitated the session creating an amazing generous and open space for people to contribute. The way she leads a group is what I want to do when I grow up. One of her lead-ins was "what is the B side of your business card", which prompted people to really open up about why they do what they do.


We then engaged in dialog around how Saybrook and different groups and individuals can partner to advance positive social change. The conversation was powerful. We discussed the importance of heart, soul, pushing boundaries and social conventions. 

Prompted by faculty member Jeff MacAuliffe, we concluded our time together singing "How Can I Keep from Singing" a folk song written by Pete Seeger. Truly a beautiful way to end the evening and quite, quite Saybrookian.

We need more of these opportunities to connect with those in our communities making a difference and dedicated to the common good. 

Thank you to the collective for coming together and we look forward to many more to come! 

Dispatch 32: The Power of Science

File this under the power of science and importance of scientific inquiry.

Well done to this great group of scientific explorers: "Three Americans — Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young — have won the 2017 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for their work on molecular mechanisms that control circadian systems...In announcing the winner in Stockholm on Monday, the prize committee said the men elucidated how a life-form's “inner clock” can fluctuate to optimize our behavior and physiology. Their discoveries explain how plants, animals and humans adapt their biological rhythm so that it is synchronized with the Earth's revolutions.'"

For more, including a discussion of implications of their research, visit the Washington Post article by clicking here.

Dispatch 31: Saybrook U's Very Own Dr. Beiseigel on "Winning the Nutritional Food Fight"


Dr. Beiseigel, Department Chair for Integrative and Functional Nutrition (College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences), is featured in the recent Saybrook University UnBound article "Winning the Nutritional Food Fight". Dr. Beiseigel discusses the impact of orthorexia nervosa, a condition not yet identified as a disorder. While there isn't a common definition for this condition, there are a few markers, including:

  • Spending an exorbitant amount of time thinking about and planning healthy food options even more than one would dedicate time to loved ones and work/school life.
  • Being openly judgmental of anyone who eats unhealthy foods.
  • Exercising extreme guilt or anxiety after eating unhealthy foods.
  • Immediate mood changes based on being unfamiliar or unhappy with the status of whether certain foods are considered “clean.”
  • Creating new food rules that drastically reduce one’s food intake.
  • Physical changes (ex. hair loss, menstruation changes, skin problems) from malnutrition that are the direct result of losing too much weight.

I was particularly moved by what Dr. Beiseigel said about self-forgiveness and allowable indulgence: "Eating healthy becomes a game of perfection, whether it is about numbers or ingredients or purity of food, it leads to an obsessive mentality around food,” Beiseigel says. “I think all weight management and health plans should teach people self-forgiveness and allowable indulgence. A healthy diet is about living, and you can’t ‘live’ when there are extreme conditions set around what can and cannot be eaten.”

For more insights on orthorexia nervosa and Dr. Beiseigel, click here

Dispatch 30: Dr. Patterson, Saybrook Alum, Didn't Let the Fear of Striking Out Hold Him Back

Love this article, which is featured in our digital magazine, UnBound. Check it out!

"Drayton Patterson knew he needed a backup plan. His parents advised him that even though he had achieved major accomplishments in baseball, there was always a chance of getting injured, which did end up happening. After getting his doctorate degree, Mr. Smoke became “Dr. Smoke” Patterson." Read more here...


Dispatch 29: Response to Wind Down of DACA by Trump Administration

September 5, 2017 -

Dear Saybrook Community:

Today the Trump Administration announced that it will be winding down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program over the next six months, leaving Congress to find a legislative solution for undocumented immigrants in the country. The DACA program started in 2012 and enables certain undocumented youth who entered the country as minors to receive a two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit. 

As events unfold, I want to affirm that the Saybrook University community supports the the advancement of knowledge and cooperation globally. Furthermore, we will closely follow the progress of this most recent update, all-the-while supporting all members of our university.

Our Office of the General Counsel and the Global Engagement team are working closely with me as we partner with the broader academic community to monitor the situation.

If you have specific questions, please contact Jennifer Fullick, Director of Global Engagement and visit our Global Impact resource site for updates.

As has always been a part of our mission: we believe that every living being has the right to thrive in a just, inclusive, and sustainable world; that will not change.

I will be in touch directly as news unfolds.

Dr. Nathan Long, President

Dispatch 28: Bravo, TCS Education System Marketing Team - We are UnBound!

We received notification that the System, Saybrook, and Pacific Oaks are finalists (again) in Folio Magazine’s annual “Eddie & Ozzie” Awards! This designation is a testament to our System's marketing team. Their commitment to design and content is truly outstanding.

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Out of the 10 submissions entered, 7 made it to finalist status! The details of these achievements are outlined below, but our personal favorite is that our design team is up for Design Team of the Year. Take note as well that Saybrook's digital magazine and the article "The Brain Behind the Badge" make up two of the seven slots.

What an incredible feat! You can also check out who our competition is in each category. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on October 11th in New York City!

Congratulations to our marketing team on this recognition! 

Eddie and Ozzie Finalists

We Are TCS — TCS Education System” marketing video: Video/Visual Storytelling Finalist: TCS Education System

Other finalists in this categ­­­ory:

  • AOPA Pilot, Fish Finders — Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association/Air Safety Institut
  • CyberpioneerTV web-series: Then & Now – A Look at Former SAF Camps — Ministry of Defence, Singapore
  • Inside Salk, Spring 2017, Salk Scientists Reverse Signs of Aging in Mice — Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • The Auto Club Group (AAA), AAA Presents: The Gold Standard in Auto Repair — Pace Communications

“The Brain Behind the Badge” UNBOUND feature story: Single Article Finalist : Saybrook U

 Other finalists in this category:

  • Einstein magazine, “Breaking the Chains of Addiction” – Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Harvard Medicine magazine, (Un)intended Consequences – Harvard Medical School
  • Middlebury Magazine, The Survivor – Middlebury College
  • Santa Clara Magazine, Cut & Paste Conservation – Santa Clara University

“Excursion into Empathy” Voices magazine cover story: Single Article Finalist: Pacific Oaks

 Other finalists in this category:

  • Einstein magazine, “Breaking the Chains of Addiction” – Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Harvard Medicine magazine, (Un)intended Consequences – Harvard Medical School
  • Middlebury Magazine, The Survivor – Middlebury College
  • Santa Clara Magazine, Cut & Paste Conservation – Santa Clara University

 TCS Marketing Design Team: Design Team of the Year Finalist: TCS Ed System

Other finalists in this category:

  • DTN/The Progressive Farmer
  • NYPD Graphic Arts Team – New York Police Department
  • SourceMedia
  • Time Out North America

TCS Ed System Smart Phone Application: Digital App Finalist: TCS Ed System

Other finalists in this category:

  • Business Aviation Insider, NBAA Business Aviation Insider – National Business Aviation Association
  • NACS, NACS Magazine App – Bates Creative Group
  • Sales + Marketing Ideas Magazine, Sales + Marketing Ideas Magazine App – Bates Creative Group

UNBOUND Magazine: Digital Edition/Standalone Magazine Design Finalist: Saybrook U

Other finalists in this category:

  • AramcoWorld, AramcoWorld/ Aramco Servieces Company – Aramco Services Company
  • Grate. Pair. Share., Grate. Pair. Share. Spring/Summer 2017 – Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board/Stephan & BradyVoices Magazine

Cover Design Finalist: Pacific Oaks: Other finalists in this category:

  • Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine – Dartmouth Alumni Magazine
  • Harvard Medicine magazine, Surgery – Harvard Medical School
  • Middlebury Magazine, True Colors – Middlebury College
  • Santa Clara Magazine, Santa Clara Magazine: Future Tense – Santa Clara University
  • Williams Magazine, Fall 2016 – 2communique

Dispatch 27: Hurricane Harvey Support

Harvey's aftermath is now beginning to come into sharp relief.

As a community, I am sure many of us share the hope that together, we can support individuals impacted by the storm. Currently, we have reached out to all affected faculty and students in the region to determine how we might be able to support their recovery efforts. For those who have not been contacted or need additional help, please reach out to us via whatever form of communication is best. Our direct number is 510-593-2900. 

Additionally, as we continue to mobilize resources locally, regionally, and nationally, I would like to call your attention to FEMA's most recent online publication outlining ways to help. See below. 

I am giving to The Red Cross and several local Houston organizations to get the ball rolling. Know that every bit helps. 


From FEMA...


When disaster strikes, every little bit helps. To make the most of your contributions, please follow our guidelines to learn the most effective and safest ways to donate cash, goods, or time following a disaster.

To help people affected by the storm, visit @nvoad’s page for a listed of trusted organizations: https://txvoad.communityos.org/cms/node/104

  • Cash is best. Financial contributions to recognized disaster relief organizations are the fastest, most flexible, and most effective method of donating. Organizations on the ground know what items and quantities are needed, often buy in bulk with discounts and, if possible, purchase through area businesses which supports economic recovery.
  • Confirm donations needed. Critical needs change rapidly – confirm needed items BEFORE collecting; pack and label carefully; confirm delivery locations; arrange transportation. Unsolicited goods NOT needed burden local organizations’ ability to meet survivors’ confirmed needs, drawing away valuable volunteer labor, transportation, and warehouse space.
  • Connect to volunteer. Trusted organizations operating in the affected area know where volunteers are needed, and can ensure appropriate volunteer safety, training, and housing.

Thank you for your interest in helping the survivors of Hurricane Harvey, there are other ways to help. When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA to support survivors and first responders in communities all across the country. We are currently seeking talented and hard-working people to help support the response and recovery.

Dispatch 23: Saybrook University's Response to Hurricane Harvey

Dear Saybrook Community: 

Over the last few hours, Saybrook's leadership team has begun to identify faculty, students, and staff potentially impacted by Hurricane Harvey. We are now reaching out to our community members to ensure they are safe as well as to identify how we might be of service to them as they endure this terrible natural disaster. 

As a community bonded by our humanistic mission, we want all of our faculty, students, and staff in the affected areas to know we are with you in spirit, as well as standing ready to assist you to the best of our ability.

Our most important hope is that each of you remains safe and out of harm's way. 

We will keep our community updated as conditions warrant. 

In solidarity. 

Nathan Long, President
Saybrook University

Dispatch 22: Saybrook Class of 2017 Commencement Memories

I always get emotional at commencement time. The power of seeing amazing students turned graduates who are fulfilling their dreams is incredible. Last night, in addition to charging graduates to go and do good work in building a more just, humane, and sustainable world, we also recognized our Presidential Fellows for the hard work they're doing in the community. Each received the Saybrook Medal of Distinction for Service. 

All of us were also thrilled to have several Saybrook U trustees join us in honoring our graduates' achievement. 

Last night was a beautiful night!

Congratulations Class of 2017!


Dispatch 21: College-Program Celebrations Great Precursor to Commencement


Beautiful celebrations occurred just a short time ago for each of Saybrook U's degree programs. During our time, we heard many touching testimonials provided by graduating master's and doctoral students.


All of us are looking forward as well to the beautiful ceremony tonight in which we honor our graduates' hard work in advancing social change through research and action around the the county and the world. 


Dispatch 19: Morning in Monterey - Preconference Run and Meditation


As we begin our conference, one thing I wanted to make sure and do is spend time each day running by and on the beach as well as meditating in the outdoors. Mission accomplished.

Here are a couple of photos of my morning setting. Gorgeous in a very California way. 


So grateful to be here and looking forward to a phenomenal conference and seeing all of our students, staff, and faculty. 




Dispatch 17: Saybrook U Student, Kendra Rosencrans, Receives Margaret Mead Memorial Award at ISSS Conference


Kendra Rosencrans, a doctoral candidate in Organizational Systems at Saybrook University, received the Margaret Mead Memorial Award at the 61st World Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences July 9-14, 2017, in Vienna, Austria. Upon hearing of this honor, I asked if Kendra would share her success with me and the community. I am so thrilled she did - what an honor, indeed! 

This award commemorates the life and contributions by Margaret Mead to the systems sciences. Mead was the first woman to serve as president of the ISSS in 1972, at a time when it was called the International Society for General Systems Research. Mead was deeply committed to social process, and her view of systems was fundamentally relational. Her work with peoples “the world over emphasized the role of the individual in the collective, and the role of the collective as enabler for the flourishing of the individual.” (www.isss.org).

The Margaret Mead Memorial Award is given to recognize an outstanding student paper that contributes “systems experience, thinking, design, and action that empower individuals in communities, and in so doing, empower communities as purposeful systems in their own right.” (www.isss.org).

In Kendra's words:

"My research paper used a systemic lens to examine the challenges & opportunities that social media offers small nonprofit organizations to expand community support for K-12 education, tempered by the complexities and larger systemic difficulties with social and public commitments to educational funding.

Receiving an award given in the spirit and memory of Margaret Mead was a tremendous honor, and even more meaningful to me, personally, for connections from another part of my life.

In 1984, the year I graduated from high school in a very small town in North Dakota, New York author Jane Howard published her biography on Margaret Mead titled Margaret Mead: A Life. Oddly, unexpectedly, our paths crossed in 1989, when Jane reached out to the Columbia University School of Journalism, where I was a grad student, looking for an assistant. Jane hired me. For a delightful year or so, I spent a lot of time organizing, filing, and feeding cats, and having my worldview expanded even more by Jane, who had spent five years of her life traveling the world to create a portrait in words of Margaret Mead as a daring, brilliant, and flawed, (as we all are), woman who had lived with zest, curiosity, and passion, intellectual and otherwise."

Congratulations, Kendra! Saybrook is proud of you and the work your doing to advance our social change mission.  

Dispatch 16: Saybrook University College of Social Sciences Faculty on the Move


As we kick off the new academic year, I thought I would post this impressive list of all the work being done by our faculty in the College of Social Sciences. Updates galore below. We'll also be featuring CIMHS faculty efforts soon, as well! Thank you, Dr. Becker, for your help in compiling this information. 


Counseling Department

  • Two new faculty (Mary Roberts & Dominique Avery) started July 1st with the Seattle program, a wonderful addition to a growing department.
  • The MA Counseling program faculty sent in an initial accreditation application and self-study to CACREP. This is the first big step towards accreditation.
  • Jennifer Preston, Department Chair initiated dialogues across program faculty to begin the development of a new PhD degree in Counselor Education & Supervision.
  • For the first time, Seattle faculty and new students will be joining the larger Saybrook community at the August RC in Monterey.
  • At the upcoming (October 2017) ACES national conference, the program faculty (collectively) will be facilitating 5 presentations.
  • One counseling faculty member is recording a webinar for Simulation IQ, a continuing education provider.
  • A Counseling faculty is active with the state board around licensing requirements (WA). She has been invited to a meeting of the state board this fall- specifically in relation to partner violence and training.


Leadership & Management Department

  • Three new faculty (Mary Kay Chase, Joanne Smikle & Jeffrey Shepard) joined the department over the summer.
  • Chuck Piazza, Department Chair, has been working closely with Mark Labbett, TCS ES Instructional Designer in the development of an exciting new Virtual Community (VC) which is being piloted this fall.
  • Jeffrey Shepard is providing leadership in the development of the Saybook Online Incubator (S-Lab) which will be designed to create a center of online resources for students to learn how to start and grow a small business. This includes small businesses, venture fundable companies, and nonprofit organizations.
  • Faculty updated and revised the OS PhD program.
  • Chuck Piazza participated in a cross university international grant that enabled him and a colleague at TCSPP to work with village preschool center managers and teachers in South Africa.
  • Gary Metcalf and several OS PhD students participated in the ISS conference in Vienna.


Humanistic & Clinical Psychology Department

  • Theopia Jackson was recently recognized by the Association of Black Psychology (ABPsi) with the 2017 ABPsi Service Award at the 49thAssociation of Black Psychology (ABPsi), Inc. convention that was held in Houston, Texas in July. In addition, Theopia was elected 2017-2019 President Elect for ABPsi, assuming presidency in 2019.
  • Kirk J. Schneider’s new book was released: The Spirituality of Awe: Challenges to the Robotic Revolution.
  • Saybrook University’s contributions to the field of psychology was once again very evident at the recent American Psychological Association (APA) Convention. During the convention, the new leadership of the Society for Humanistic Psychology (APA Division 32) assumed office. Saybrook faculty member Donna Rockwell is the new President of the Society for Humanistic Psychology (SHP) and another Saybrook faculty member, Dr. Nathaniel Granger, Jr., began his role as president elect. Additionally, Kirk Schneider, also a Saybrook faculty member, completed his term as past president. Two Saybrook alumni began terms on the board of the Society of Humanistic Psychology. Veronica Lac was elected as SHP’s Secretary of the Board. She also began in the role of the Awards Committee. Saybrook alum Lisa Vallejos began her term as a member-at-large on the board.
  • Saybrook University’s Nathaniel Granger, Jr., and Louis Hoffman were invited presenters at the “No More Secrets: Confronting the Stigma and Educating the Whole Community on Mental Health” event in Colorado Springs. This event was organized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to provide community education on important topics related to mental health. Dr. Granger gave two presentations on Microaggressions and Mental Health, which targeted helping people understand the impact of microaggressions and learn ways to lessen their impact. Dr. Hoffman served on two panels discussing Parenting in Complex Times. He was invited to discuss the challenges of parenting children of color in the current social and political climate.
  • Saybrook faculty member, Dr. Louis Hoffman, is a board member of the Coalition for Compassion and Action (CCA;https://compassionandaction.org), which just received the American Civil Liberties (ACLU) of Colorado’s 2017 Civil Rights in Action Award.
  • Saybrook Alum Dr. Veronica Lac’s book, Equine-Facilitated Therapy and Learning: The Human Equine Relational Development (HERD) Model, was recently published by Academic Press. Dr. Lac graduated from Saybrook in 2017 with her PhD in psychology with a specialization in Existential, Humanistic, and Transpersonal Psychology.
  • Saybrook University was once again well represented at the 10th Annual Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the weekend of March 30-April 2, 2017. There were over 20 presentations by Saybrook students, faculty, and alumni
  • Saybrook faculty members Jason Dias and Louis Hoffman’s book, Connoisseurs of Suffering: Poetry for the Journey to Meaning, was recently published as part of the Poetry, Healing, and Growth Book Series. The book contains a number of poems by award-winning poets, including Saybrook Faculty Member Carol Barrett.
  • Stanley Krippner spoke at two conferences in August, the American Psychological Association and the Society for the Study of Chaos Theory and Psychology. At APA, he appeared on a symposium along with Saybrook students Katherine Redmond and Larry Graber, who discussed their work with trauma survivors. He also joined Harris Friedman for a discussion of new developments in psychedelic research and therapy, and with Debbie Ellis for a discussion of Mother Teresa and her legacy. At the chaos theory conference, he and Saybrook student Janet de Franco presented a paper that discussed the application of nonlinear dynamics and chaotic attractors to Carl Jung's description of the "shadow" archetype. The chaos theory society was formed at Saybrook University 27 years ago, and Krippner gave one of the keynote addresses. Ruth Richards is also a member and is currently co-editing a book on the applications of chaos theory to everyday life.
  • Ruth Richards co-led two workshops with Saybrook alumna Ting Chuk Lai, Ph.D.at the 15th International Sakyadhita Conference on Buddhist Women in Hong Kong. A beautiful event with 700 people from around the world, about 1/2 monastics, 1/2 lay people, mainly women but men as well. HH Dalai Lama keynoted the first of this series of, so far, 15 meetings.
  • Ruth Richards presented at APA, and had a special time at the Annual Saybrook Dinner, which Stan Krippner and alumna Susan Gordon can take a big bow about. It happens every year. Alumni present included Joel Sereboff, Ph.D. and wife. 
  • Melinda Rothouse, a PhD candidate in Psychology, specializing in Creativity Studies, won the Saybrook University Rollo May Student Scholarship.
  • Terri Goslin-Jones, Creativity Studies Specialization Coordinator and Janet Rasmussen, PhD, Saybrook alumna will be presenting on Mending Social Fabrics: The Alchemy of Self-Compassion at the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association Conference.


Transformative Social Change

  • Colleen McEdwards joined the TSC team over the summer and will be assuming the role of Social Impact Media (SIM) Specialization Coordinator. Colleen brings years of international media experience.
  • As part of the August RC, TSC faculty will be facilitating a two-day workshop and dialogue titled, Comparative Approaches to Activist Training: Focus on Immigration and Refugee Issues.
  • During the RC, two students (Monisha Rios & Alicia Soliz) will be sharing what they learned from recent visis to Cuba.
  • TCS and HCP will be co-hosting, A Village Meeting at the Intersection of African-Centered Psychology and Humanistic Existential Psychology during the RC in Monterey.
  • TSC faculty are actively engaged with admissions in meeting program enrollment programs for both programs in TSC (MA & PhD)

Dispatch 15: Saybrook U Faculty Dr Kirk Schneider Releases New Book


From Dr. Schneider: 

"Dear all,

After some delay (and birth pangs!), I'm very pleased to announce that my new book The Spirituality of Awe: Challenges to the Robotic Revolution is now published in both paperback and kindle  (visit http://amzn.to/2plZte2).

As the "machine model for living" menacingly encroaches, I feel strongly about the timeliness of this work for our society and world.

In Kindred Spirit,