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Preparations are set for the Sixth Annual International Conference on Positive Aging in Los Angeles, CA in February 2013

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Nov 29, 2012

PACCommunity members and renowned experts gather to shape confident future for aging population.

Featuring keynote speaker Wendy Lustbader, MSW, live webinar with Ram Dass, award recognition for Dr. James E. Birren,and presentation from Dr. Brian de Vries amongst many others.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, baby boomers will turn 65 at a rate of 10,000 per day for the next decade making them the fastest growing segment of the population. Future implications indicate: “tomorrow’s elderly will have quite different social, demographic, health, and economic characteristics than today’s elderly… as average length of life continues to increase, issues regarding the quality of active life expectancy are likely to assume greater importance.” In anticipation of this growing segment of our population, the Sixth Annual International Conference on Positive Aging, hosted by Fielding Graduate University’s Institute for Social Innovation, brings together notable speakers and workshop leaders to explore new and innovative approaches to positive aging. This year’s topic is “Life-Reimagined: New Approaches to Positive Aging” and the conference will take place February 10-12, 2013 at the Center for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment in Los Angeles.

The Sixth Annual International Conference on Positive Aging includes a variety of workshops that explore themes of creative expression, community, wellness, and life transitions.  Dr. Katrina Rogers, Provost of Fielding Graduate University and Senior Vice-President states:  “Positive aging promotes creativity, wellness, and growth. It means taking personal control of your life instead of being a victim or passive observer. In this model, aging presents a new opportunity for being socially active, for engaging with the community, for being productive, and for seeking a new meaning and purpose in life. This is why the conference is larger each year: people are interested about how to age well.” The conference provides opportunities to engage in physical and creative activities, including yoga, meditation, music, and connecting with others with similar interests.  Conference registration is open to the public.

Wendy Lustbader resized 600The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Wendy Lustbader, MSW, who currently serves as Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work. Ms. Lustbader has considerable experience working with older people, their families and caregivers, and lectures nationally on subjects related to aging.  As a medical social worker, she specialized for almost twenty years in out-patient mental health at the Pike Market Medical Clinic in Seattle, and has also practiced in a home health care agency, hospital geriatric unit, and nursing home. Ms. Lustbader’s first book was co-authored with Nancy Hooyman, Taking Care of Aging Family Members. This is a practical guide to caregiving which is still considered the best book of its kind by experts in the field of aging. At the opening reception on Sunday, February 10th, Ms. Lustbader will speak about her latest book, Life Gets Better: The Unexpected Pleasures of Growing Older.


Ram Dass resized 600The conference will also host a webinar with world-renowned American contemporary spiritual teacher and author Ram Dass. He is known for his personal and professional associations with Timothy Leary at Harvard University in the early 1960's, for his travels to India and his relationship with the Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba, and for founding the charitable organizations Seva Foundation and Hanuman Foundation. His practice of karma yoga or spiritual service has opened up millions to their deep, yet individuated spiritual practice and path. Dass continues to uphold the boddhisatva ideal for others through his compassionate sharing of true knowledge and vision. His unique skill in getting people to cut through and feel divine love without dogma is still a positive influence on people all over the world.


BirrenPic resized 600Dr. James E. Birren is one of the "reigning pioneers" in the organized field of gerontology since the 1940s. He is a past president of The Gerontological Society of America, and author of over 250 publications. Dr. Birren will receive Fielding's Creative Longevity and Wisdom Award in recognition of his six decades of seminal contributions including the influential work on guided autobiography.





Brian de Vries resized 600Featured speaker Dr. Brian de Vries, Professor of Gerontology at San Francisco State University, and will share his extensive work on aging experiences, including bereavement among gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender adults.  He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of American, a member of the Leadership Council for the American Society on Aging, and co-chair of the Lesbian and Gay Aging Issues Network constituency group. Most recently, Dr. de Vries has become a policy advisor for AARP, California. 




Attendees include professionals in the fields of health care, insurance, life planning, care giving and lifelong learning, as well as those interested in ageism, gaining, spirituality, creativity, wellness, entrepreneurship and more.

Early registration for the three day conference is $275 until January 14th, 2013, and $300 after. Single day tickets are $125. Registration includes meals and opening reception Sunday evening.  To attend only the Sunday dinner reception featuring keynote speaker Wendy Lustbader is $80.

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In SANTA BARBARA NEWS: Stuart Jenkins Joins Fielding Graduate University Board of Trustees

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Nov 29, 2012

As published in local news: Santa Barbara & Goleta Local News

Fielding Graduate University is pleased to announce the addition of Stuart Jenkins to its Board of Trustees.

Stuart Jenkins

Jenkins is the vice president of business development at Deckers Outdoor Corp., where he drives innovation initiatives for both the company and its six footwear brands.

“I am most happy to welcome Stuart Jenkins to Fielding,” Fielding Graduate University President Richard Meyers said. “Rarely does an individual come along to a university board with broad interests and experience in and out of higher education. Stuart is such a person, and his knowledge areas combined with extraordinary success throughout his life in all he has done make him a most welcome addition. The world of higher education is in a sea change globally, and Stuart’s commitment to Fielding is a wonderful vote of confidence for all of us.”

Jenkins’ experience includes 40 years of marketing and selling patents for independent inventors. He holds 12 patents of his own.

Prior to taking on innovation at Deckers, he served as the brand president of the emerging Deckers brand MOZO, helping to launch its disruptive and distinct service industry product line.

His interest in running lead him to grow SKYDEX Technologies, which started as an inventor’s idea in a shoebox, and today is a materials company that supplies customers ranging from Nike to the U.S. military, which uses SKYDEX material for blast mitigation in troop transports and carriers.

On the education side, Jenkins served as the CEO and chairman of the Board of Trustees at Principia Corporation, a nonprofit school and higher education institution where he oversaw the creation of new management structures and substantial enrollment and annual donor increases.

One of the reasons Jenkins joined the Fielding board is his belief that “ideas are the most valuable resource in the world, and Fielding is in the business of developing rigorous thinkers. Education is a fire to be lit, not a pail to be filled. Fielding is at its best when it is lighting fires and creating inspiration amongst its students. That is a notable cause, and I want to be a part of it.”

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Fielding alumni Noah Harris and Steven Wallis selected to present at USASBE in San Francisco January 2013

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Wed, Nov 28, 2012

The Business Program of the U.S. Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (USASBE) recently announced that Fielding alumni Noah Harris, MA, (OMD '08) and Steven Wallis, PhD (OMD '06) are selected to present at the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship® (USASBE) National Conference in San Francisco in January 2013. 

USASBE is the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship. With over 1000 members from universities and colleges, for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the public sector, USASBE is a diverse mix of professionals that share a common commitment to fostering entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors. 

Harris and Wallis will present a workshop titled, "Innovation and Collaboration: A New Approach for Supporting the Theory and Practice of Entrepreneurship." Their presentation outline is as follows:

Entrepreneurs want to be more effective. So do scholars, researchers, and the community supporting entrepreneurship. While there are significant opportunities for increased collaboration between business practitioners and academia there are also noteworthy challenges. Despite a plethora of theories, we have little certainty about which ones are unarguably effective. In the present workshop, we suggest combining Consortial Benchmarking (CB) and Propositional Analysis (PA) to move toward a unified theoretical-practical perspective. CB and PA support achieving maximal entrepreneurship though optimizing entrepreneurship theories and practices. This workshop presents an innovative approach to theoretical-practical integration by structured sharing of practice, limitations, and insights.

Noah HarrisHarris is a multi-lingual (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian) business advisor with the Northern California Small Business Development Center Network. Harris’ career reflects over 18 years of operations, training, management, leadership, and consulting experience in a range of industries including: U.S. Department of Defense, business development, risk management/loss prevention, logistics, education and non-profit. He also serves as business services coordinator at Canal Alliance, and Consulting Partner with Shamana, Inc. Noah holds a BS in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and a MA in Organization Management & Development from Fielding Graduate University where he is currently completing a graduate sustainability leadership program and was appointed to the Fielding Alumni Council.

large steve.wallis  phd  fellow Wallis received his PhD in 2006 from Fielding Graduate University. He has more than a decade of experience as an organizational development consultant in Northern California and a broad range of interdisciplinary interests. Wallis also serves as Adjunct Faculty at Capella University and as Director for the Foundation for the Advancement of Social Theory (FAST). At FAST he supports emerging scholars who are working to identify rigorous paths for the validation of theory through a deeper knowledge of critical metatheory and metapolicy analysis. His academic publications cover a range of fields including ethics, management, organizational change, social entrepreneurship, and policy.

For more information about the conference and attendance information: 

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Fielding doctoral faculty Jenny Edwards, PhD, presents in Hong Kong and Nanjing

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Mon, Nov 26, 2012

jenny edwards resized 600Fielding Graduate University alumna (HOD '93) and School of Educational Leadership and Change doctoral faculty member Jenny Edwards, PhD, recently presented a seminar titled "Seven Principles for Using Language to Optimize the Potential of Your Students" at the International Alliance for Invitational Education World Conference in Hong Kong. 

The Invitational Education World Conference provides a professional platform where educators around the world meet and share their success stories in optimizing the potentials of young people. 

Edwards's presentation was based on her book Inviting Students to Learn: 100 Tips for Talkingdescribe the image Effectively with Your Students which is available on

Following her presentation in Hong Kong, Edwards traveled to Nanjing, China where she presented the same topic at the pre-conference for the Nanjing Principals.

Edwards has taught grades K–5 and grade 7. She has also served in Staff Development in Jefferson County Schools in Denver, Colorado. She is a training associate in Cognitive CoachingSM and has done extensive research in the area. She co-authored and served as project director and principal investigator for a $1.01 million grant for implementing Cognitive CoachingSM, Nonverbal Classroom Management, and monthly dialogue groups from 1994 to 1997 in Jefferson County Schools. She has conducted trainings in 11 countries in Spanish, French, Italian, and English. She has most recently presented Adaptive Schools trainings in Mexico and Italy.

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Fielding alumni present at the 43rd Annual National Indian Education Association Convention

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Mon, Nov 19, 2012

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Fielding Graduate University School of Educational Leadership & Change (ELC) graduates Sandy Kewanhaptewa Dixon ('06) and Henry Fowler ('10) presented their dissertation research, "Transforming our Schools and Communities through Culturally Based Distributed Learning Master and Doctoral Programs" at the 2012 National Indian Education Association (NIEA) 43rd Annual Convention and Trade Show held in Oklahoma City, OK.

The theme for this year's convention was "Maintaining Traditions in a Digital Era" and the conference was filled with exciting dialog, inspiration, and sharing of innovative ideas for use in the classroom. The NIEA Annual Convention and Tradeshow brings together Native leaders, congressional representatives, educators, students and school administrators to share best practices, connect with others who are passionate about educating Native students, and pursue solutions to education issues that affect Native communities. Each year, the convention teaches attendees about the local tribal culture and language through various evening events. NIEA’s board of directors and resolutions for yearly legislative priorities are also determined at this event.

Pictured above (left to right): Henry Fowler, Fielding faculty Kathy Tiner, Sandy Kewanhaptewa Dixon, and friend Charlene Teters.

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Fielding alumna June Klein recipient of 2012 Asian American Hero Award

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Fri, Nov 16, 2012

June Klein resized 600Fielding Graduate University alumna June Klein (ELC '10) receives 2012 Asian American Hero Award from the County of Santa Clara

This award program was conceived by Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss in 2001 to recognize outstanding Asian Americans for their remarkable commitment to leadership, health and human services, the arts, education, and community spirit in Santa Clara County.

Each year a call for nominations from the community provides responses from which Kniss and her office select honorees. Categories of recognition are arts, education, team/family, health and human services, leadership, and organization/agency. The criteria for consideration of an award include demonstrating a commitment in the selected category, inspiring others to believe they can make a difference, engaging community members, and bridging differences among communities. Past honorees have included CEO’s, civic leaders who are now in elected office, educators from our local colleges and universities, and everyday heroes who volunteer or go the extra mile in their service.

This year, 16 community leaders and organizations will be honored in the 12th and final year of this event, including a special accommodation for work related to Domestic Violence.  The Annual Asian American Heroes Awards ceremony, conceived in 2001, has honored over 120 community leaders and organizations for their remarkable commitment within Santa Clara County, creating a stream of positive role modeling.

As Supervisor Kniss’s third and final term comes to an end due to term limits, the legacy of the Asian American Heroes Awards ceremony “has created a tremendous connection to the community for me, and has also served to facilitate collaboration amongst the Asian-American community, which then spills over into the entire County.”

Rick Stern, an extremely well-known community member in Palo Alto, will be introducing June at the award luncheon today. Rick is a Tall Tree award winner, Past Lieutenant Governor for Kiwanis, YMCA Association Board member and lead the campaign at the Palo Alto YMCA for many years when June served as major gifts chair.  

June's dissertation at Fielding Graduate University was titled "Cultural Intelligence of Students in an Undergraduate Multicultural Studies Course." June is currently employed as vice-president for Business Affairs and chief financial officer at Palo Alto University and is a member of the on the Fielding Alumni Council.

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Dr. Bernard Luskin: Join the Society for Media Psychology & Technology

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Nov 15, 2012

Dr. Luskin has an exceptional history as an administrator, educator and leader in media psychology. Bernie Luskin has made many contributions and pioneered new programs," said Dr. Judith Kuipers, President Emeritus of Fielding Graduate University. "While at Fielding, Bernie developed and launched the first MA Ph.D. program in Media Psychology and EdD program in Media Studies in any university. Partnering with UCLA Extension, he launched a successful master's degree program in Media Psychology and Social Change, and at Touro University Worldwide he launched an MA degree program in Media and Communications Psychology," said Kuipers. From PR Newswire 

Join The Society for Media Psychology & Technology

Published on Psychology Today (

This article explains the APA Society for Media Psychology and Technology and gives you an overview of media psychology refined from many years in this field.


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Creative media applications in learning are rapidly expanding. Focus on MOOCS, online and blended learning, augmented reality, artificial intelligence; robotics in commerce, education, public policy, telehealth, and military applications from inner to outer space are increasing. Twenty-first century educational institutions need more sophisticated faculty and staff who understand higher concepts in media arts and sciences. Individuals must now grasp the implications of media to perform competitively in the majority of new and emerging occupational specialties.

Theories in psychology are fundamental.

Media psychology includes the understanding of the physical and emotional aspects of the brain. Range of emotion, expression, persuasion, sexuality and gender are among the areas of continuing study within media psychology. Also included are theories of attention, persuasion, emotional control, believability, situational cognition, assessment, learning, mind mapping, persistence, reinforcement, mastery, success and failure. “Pscybermedia,” is a neologism combining psychology (human behavior), artificial intelligence (cybernetics) and media (pictures, graphics and sound).

Applying the art and science of media psychology has become essential to effective teaching. Media psychologists study and report the effects of research on sensory and cognitive processes that impact cultural attitudes and values.

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Effects studies show the way.

Effects research examines how the various news and entertainment media affect, and are affected by, audiences, their demographics and numbers. Examples of media influences include the formation, maintenance and/or change of individual and group stereotypes. On-camera and off-camera diversity representation, the framing of media stories and news, advertising, public service messages, political messages and more, directly influence overt and nuanced human behavior.

Understanding applied media psychology is important for those who work with and within the public and private sectors. Specifically included are government, military, public and private health services and all areas of telecommunications, teletherapy and commerce. The pursuit of commercial opportunities and innovations in the delivery of online learning for traditional education institutions and corporate university populations are equally important areas.  Media psychologists are among the professionals who consult with producers of printed and electronic books, films, those who appear as guests or hosts on radio or television, and all who offer on-line services involving advice, counseling information, expert testimony in litigation and dispute resolution.


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scholar/practitioner approach is increasingly important for many career professionals. The scientist-clinical and applied practitioner is a natural disciple of the media psychology specialty.  Thucydides, author of The History of the Peloponnesian War written in 431 B.C.E., is reputed to have said it best:

“A nation that draws too broad a difference between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking being done by cowards, and its fighting done by fools.”

Combining research, theory and practice maximizes new opportunities in health services, public service and public policy, publishing, education, entertainment and commerce for those with a solid foundational understanding of theories in psychology and their connection to human behavior.

The APA Society for Media Psychology and Technology will heighten awareness, open new career options and serve as a catalyst in providing a forum so that working together we can achieve a better world.

Society Website:


Luskin, Bernard Jay, (1970) An Identification and Examination of Obstacles to the Development of Computer Assisted Instruction, University Microfilm ID: 7199656, 288 pages

Luskin, B. J., & Friedland, L. (1998). Task force report: Media psychology and new technologies. Washington, DC: Division of Media Psychology, Division 46 of the American Psychological Association. Link:

Luskin, B.J. (2003, May/June) Media psychology: A field that’s time is here, The California PsychologistMay/June, 2003, reprinted, National Psychologist


Dr. Bernard Luskin is President-elect (2014), of the Society for Media Psychology and Technology, the Media Psychology Division 46 of the American Psychological Association. In 2011, the Society recognized Bernie Luskin with its award for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in Media Psychology. He can be reached at:



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LGBT Senior Task Force formed in San Francisco: current Fielding EdD student Larry Saxxon landed seat

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Mon, Nov 12, 2012

As reported on

Larry SaxxonThe LGBT Seniors Task Force has been given 18 months to come up with a detailed plan on what the most pressing needs are for the estimated 25,000 older adults living in San Francisco who identify as LGBT. The panel's report will also include how the city can address LGBT elders' concerns.

In September 2012, the Board of Supervisors selected 15 people to serve on the task force. The members are a diverse group representing the LGBT senior community and service providers.

The list includes Perry Lang, executive director of the Black Coalition on AIDS; Shanti Executive Director Kaushik Roy; transgender senior activists Jazzie Collins and Felicia Elizondo ; housing rights activistTommi Avicolli Mecca; and attorney Bill Ambrunn , one of the key people who pushed for the task force's creation.

Current EdD Fielding Graduate University student Larry Saxxon who is representing local gay seniors, landed a seat on the research subcommittee of the task force.

The other members of the panel are Meals on Wheels Executive Director Ashley McCumber; Daniel Redman, the National Center for Lesbian Rights' elder law fellow; and Jorge Rodriguez , an HIV clinic case manager at the Mission Neighborhood Health Center.

"I am extremely confident about meeting the deadline set for the task force," said Ambrunn, who is seeking to become the panel's chair. "What it does is give everyone an incentive to get to work immediately and not waste time in getting things done."

With little concrete data collected about the city's LGBT seniors population, one of the first things proponents of the panel did was secure funding to conduct its own research. Karen I. Fredriksen-Goldsen , Ph.D., a professor at the University of Washington and director of the Institute for Multigenerational Health, will oversee the $60,000 study.

The city's Department of Aging and Adult Services kicked in $30,000. The San Francisco Foundation gave $15,000, Horizons Foundation granted $10,000, and longtime gay donor Al Baum contributed $5,000.

Outside of working on this task force, Larry is preparing to present at the for the upcoming International Conference on Positive Aging in Los Angeles, CA in February 2013. He is presenting a workshop emphasizing senior LGBT members of color, women who have been bypassed by the general public, and media relative to their historic roles in the Gay Rights movement. Larry states "I am thrilled to be offered the chance to give voice to those who have been omitted in the history books."

Fielding alumna recently presented at the Association for Coaching meeting in Scotland

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Fri, Nov 09, 2012

Leni Wildflower, PhD, (HOD '99) recently spoke at the Association for Coaching meeting in Scotland. 

Leni spoke to a workshop of 90 people describing the Immunity To Change process designed by Bob Kegan and Lisa Lahey of Harvard University. Leni states, "It is a powerful tool for making changes in one’s personal and professional life." Leni is certified in this process and will present it next year in Australia at the International Coach Federation coaching conference.  Her new book The Hidden History of Coaching will be out early next year.

“Being an American living in London and being an executive coach, I decided that the way to see Europe was to offer to present the Kegan/Lahey Immunity to Change process to International Coach Federation coaching groups. In the coming months, I will be traveling in Stockholm, Sweden; Lisbon, Portugal; Budapest, Hungary; and Athens, Greece.  It is a wonderful way to present a program I believe in and to see Europe!”

The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: From Theory to Practice (0470624442) cover imageLeni is the co-author of The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching. This book presents a stellar international panel of more than twenty practitioners offer an overview of the major theoretical models and sources of knowledge that have contributed to current coaching practice. For each theory and knowledge area there are specific examples of how it might effectively be applied in a coaching engagement and recommended resources for further study.

Drawing on a wide range of academic disciplines, including psychology, adult learning, conflict management, communication, organizational development, and leadership, Leni establishes the intellectual underpinnings of the profession. She identifies alternative sources of wisdom, such as spiritual traditions and the self-help and human potential movements, and covers a range of specialized approaches, from narrative and somatic coaching to coaching for sustainability, to create a rounded picture of coaching's origins and practices.

The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching is available on


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Fielding doctoral student Michael Wilson actively helping homeless

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Nov 08, 2012

Housing with health services helps homeless in Surrey, BC: Official opening November 8th, 2013

Fielding Graduate University doctoral student and Executive Director of the Phoenix Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Society, Michael Wilson, play active role in the project.

Phoenix HouseQuibble Creek Health and Phoenix Transition Housing Centre is a partnership between the Province, the City of Surrey and Fraser Health Authority and contains 52 supportive housing units and 15 short-term transitional recovery beds. The building includes Fraser Health’s Recovery and Assessment Centre, with 25 beds for men and women requiring 24-hour recovery and assessment services, and a primary care, substance use and mental health clinic.  

The Recovery and Assessment Centre is a safe, sheltered environment to assist individuals recovering from acute intoxication. An interdisciplinary team of professionals including nurses, substance use support workers and outreach workers care for clients and connect them with the network of mental health and substance use services available.  

Michael, currently in the HOD doctoral program at Fielding, states: “The Phoenix Society’s mission is to create a therapeutic community, which provides clients with personal, social and psychological supports at every step of their recovery process. The new building will provide an array of additional supports and opportunities for our society to better meet the needs of the population we serve. The planning process to bring this development to construction has been years in the making and I would like to thank the Province, the City of Surrey, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Fraser Health for the resources and support provided for our current Phoenix Centre and the new Quibble Creek Health and Phoenix Transition Housing Centre.”  

Clients at the primary care, substance use and mental health clinic receive care and treatment for medical, substance use and mental health issues. The team of health-care professionals include physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, clinical counsellors and social workers. Staff provides health information and education as well as some services on an outreach basis.   

Mayor Dianne Watts, City of Surrey, BC, commented: “Since 2009, we’ve taken over 350 people off the street in Surrey and found them permanent housing, thanks to our strong partnerships with the Province and community organizations.  This new development will help our most vulnerable citizens break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty. We are helping people build healthier lives by providing them with the supports and housing they need.”

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National Geographic Book presents new release: In the Footsteps of Jesus by Fielding faculty Jean-Pierre Isbouts

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Wed, Nov 07, 2012

In the Footsteps of Jesus: A Chronicle of His Life and the Origins of Christianity

A Modern Reconstruction of Jesus from Nazareth based on archaeology, anthropology, historical records and gospel

New book examines dissident movements, Jesus’ relationship with women and new theories about his life and ministry

According to In the Footsteps of Jesus, a new publication from National Geographic Books, Jesus and his father, Joseph, may have been skilled workers forced into labor on the rebuilding of Sepphoris, the Galilean capital. Drawing from a variety of evidence, the book reports that many scholars have begun to explore this theory for several reasons: One relates to the various meanings of tektōn, which though translated in the King James Bible as “carpenter,” also can be defined as “skilled worker.” Secondly, conscripting labor from surrounding villages was a familiar operating procedure in Roman vassal states.

The book also suggests that many of the poor and hungry peasants who flocked to Jesus were, in fact, victims of Herod the Great’s rapacious tax policies. Additionally, the book examines Jesus’ treatment and acceptance of women. This issue was recently brought into the spotlight by the controversy over a Coptic papyrus fragment referring to Jesus’ wife, so the discussion in the book is particularly well-timed. In the Footsteps of Jesus purports that Jesus even counted women among his Apostles. The Gospel of Philip, for example, states that “the companion of the [Savior is] Mary Magdalene.” However, the book cautions that terms such as “companion” or “wife” were often used metaphorically in Jewish and Christian texts of the time.

These are just some of the insights contained in this fresh portrait of the historical Jesus. “This is a Jesus for the 21st century,” says author Jean-Pierre Isbouts, a humanities scholar and author of National Geographic’s bestseller “The Biblical World” (2007). “This is a Jesus who is deeply involved in the social issues of his day and is determined to create a new paradigm for a compassionate society despite the political reality of Roman occupation.”

To make its case, the book not only draws from a vast array of visual evidence, including all-new photography, archaeological objects, literary sources and scores of detailed maps, but also from sources not usually associated with the historical Jesus, such as studies of Roman tax data.

Isbouts spent 15 years researching the historical Jesus, emphatically looking for sources not deeply investigated by his peers. “We tend to become very focused on our specialties in this field,” he says. “Archaeologists look for archaeological data; text experts look for literary data and anthropologists search for cultural evidence. Insights from people like economists or forensic sociologists are rarely consulted. So this book is an effort to reconstruct the man from Nazareth with input from all those different disciplines.”

Isbouts worked with a board of advisers and numerous other scholars from a variety of fields to corroborate his findings and paint a clear picture of Jesus of Nazareth within the appropriate and telling historical and cultural context. His board of advisers included:

  • Shaye J. D. Cohen, Littauer Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of Harvard University

  • Craig Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College of Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada

  • Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University

  • Rev. Donald Senior, C.P., Professor of New Testament Studies, president of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and general editor of the Oxford Catholic Study Bible

What emerges from the book’s pages is a very modern portrait of a grassroots spiritual reformer, fired by the socio-economic injustices of the Galilee and Judea of his day. This makes the book surprisingly relevant for our own era, when the Middle East is once again convulsed by the collision of political, religious and ideological forces.

For those readers for whom Jesus has become a remote personality, veiled by centuries of church dogma and Christology, In the Footsteps of Jesus offers a fresh and often moving encounter with a fully realized human being; a social and spiritual activist whose message still resonates with the great issues of our day.

About the Author

Jean-Pierre Isbouts completed his doctoral program on archaeology and art at the University of Leyden and is currently professor in two doctoral programs at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. He has written several other books, including National Geographic’s “The Biblical World: An Illustrated Atlas” and “From Moses to Muhammad.” Isbouts has also written four television programs that explore the legacy of the Bible, including the Hallmark television mini-series “The Quest for Peace,” which won the 2005 Gold Aurora Award and the 2005 DeRose-Hinkhouse Award.

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Warren Lambert recently named President of the KALGBTIC

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Wed, Nov 07, 2012

Warren LambertFielding alumnus Warren Lambert (PSY '11) was recently named president of the KALGBTIC (Kentucky Association for Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender Issues In Counseling) Division of the Kentucky Counseling Association. 

KALGBTIC is a division of the Kentucky Counseling Association and works in partnership with the national division of the Association of Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Issue in Counseling (ALGBTIC). The mission of ALGBTIC includes the recognition of both individual and social contexts representing the confluence of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, age, spiritual or religious belief system, indigenous heritage in order: to promote greater awareness and understanding of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) issues among members of the counseling profession and related helping occupations, to improve standards and delivery of counseling services provided to GLBT clients and communities, to identify conditions which create barriers to the human growth and development of GLBT clients and communities and use counseling skills, programs, and efforts to preserve, protect, and promote such development, to develop, implement, and foster interest in counseling-related charitable, scientific, and educational programs designed to further the human growth and development of GLBT clients and communities, to secure equality of treatment, advancement, qualifications, and status of GLBT members of the counseling profession and related helping occupations, and to publish a journal and other scientific, educational, and professional materials with the purpose of raising the standards of practice for all who work with GLBT clients and communities in the counseling profession and related helping occupations.



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Fielding Graduate University President Richard Meyers announces his retirement

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Tue, Nov 06, 2012

Fielding Graduate University President Richard Meyers announces his retirement

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Provost Katrina Rogers to be acting president designee beginning summer 2013

Fielding Graduate University president, Dr. Richard Meyers, announced at the Board of Trustees meeting in Santa Barbara, CA, on Saturday, November 3, 2012, that he will not seek extension of his contract, which ends December 31, 2013. Dr. Meyers stated, “My vision has been to leave the university in a secure financial position with a future plan. My focus has been on increased shared governance, enhanced programs and degrees that prepare students to be more socially responsible, international components that make Fielding of value globally, and increased recognition of Fielding’s unique role in higher education.”

Dr. Meyers has a long and distinguished career in higher education, with over three decades serving as a university president.  He began his journey as a founding dean in Ridgecrest, CA at Cerro Coso Community College, then transitioned to president three years later as one of the youngest college presidents in the nation at that time. His distinguished career continued at Pasadena City College, Western Oregon University, and Webster University in St. Louis, and in all instances Dr. Meyers was responsible for significant increases in each university's endowment, enrollment, and expansion. Fielding Graduate University was Dr. Meyers' fifth presidential appointment in higher education, of which he states “Fielding is so extraordinarily unique.  My service here continues to be a labor of love…I am honored to add my name to the illustrious list of visionary leaders that preceded me.”

Throughout his career, Dr. Meyers received numerous awards and honors and distinguished himself as a champion of gender equity, race relations, shared governance and international education.  He developed international campuses and programs, was a Fulbright scholar in Egypt, received an honorary doctorate from Kansai University in Osaka, Japan for his work in science and culture, helped numerous women break through the “glass ceiling,” and was honored by the NAACP. He holds a music degree from De Paul University as well as masters and doctorates in instructional technology and psychology from University of Southern California. Following his retirement from Fielding, Dr. Meyers and his wife, Yakko, will continue to be an active part of the Santa Barbara community.

The Board accepted Dr. Meyers’ announcement with deep appreciation for his efforts on behalf of Fielding.  Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Michael Goldstein, JD, commented, “Dr. Meyers’ service to the university during a period of great upheaval in global higher education has helped position Fielding Graduate University to continue its pioneering role as the best graduate school for adult learners.” Dr. Meyers will step down as president at the end of the Fielding Graduate University Summer 2013 All-School Session in Washington, DC, July 2013, at which time Provost Katrina Rogers, PhD, will become Acting President Designee. 

Dr. Rogers currently serves as provost and senior vice president at Fielding.  In the educational and nonprofit sectors, Dr. Rogers has held many positions including as executive, consultant, board member, and teacher.  She led the European campus for Thunderbird School of Global Management in Geneva, Switzerland, for a nearly a decade, working with international organizations such as the Red Cross, the World Trade Organization, and the European Union as well as companies such as Renault, Nestlé, Club Med, Levi-Strauss, and Disneyland Paris.

Dr. Rogers is a leader in the field of conservation, most notably with the Grand Canyon Trust and the Arboretum, both located in Arizona.  She led conservation projects in rural communities, lobbied Congress for stronger environmental legislation, and participated in restoration work in the US, China, and Costa Rica.  In the course of her work, Dr. Rogers raised more than $20 million in grants and donations for conservation efforts throughout the country.

Dr. Rogers has served as board president for the Environmental Fund of Arizona and currently serves as a trustee for the Public Dialogue Consortium and the Toda Institute for Global Policy and Peace Research.  She was a student Fulbright scholar for two years in Germany at the University of Tubingen and received the prestigious Bundeskanzler post-doctoral fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.  As for her upcoming role at Fielding, Dr. Rogers states, “I am honored that the President and the Board has placed their trust in me and our community as we build a future for Fielding based on our strong learning model for adult learners, informed by the relationships between our faculty and students.”

Mr. Goldstein announced: “The Board will immediately start the process leading to the selection and appointment of the next president of Fielding Graduate University.  As a first step, the Board will seek the input of the Fielding community respecting the characteristics desired of our future president.”

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Fielding alumni and current student to present at upcoming Systems Thinking in Action Conference

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Tue, Nov 06, 2012

Using the Power of an Organization's Natural Network

Fielding Graduate University alumni Joan Goppelt (HOD '09) and Keith Ray (HOD '09) with Act Too Consulting, Inc., will be presenting with current MOD student Samantha Cooprider with Learning as Leadership at the Systems Thinking in Action Conference November 12-14 in Indianapolis, IN.

Overview of the upcoming of "Using the Power of an Organization's Natural Network":

When embarking on organizational improvement, working “in” the system can be much more powerful than working “on” it. Organizations are not objects but rather are people in the constant act of organizing. As they organize toward accomplishing individual and collective goals, they create networks of interaction known as teams, groups, departments, etc. In this session, you will hear how change agents in one large organization used the power of their internal network to address the limits to growth encountered with most organizational initiatives. You will learn what research revealed about their process and how an understanding of complex adaptive systems guided their way.

Joan and Keith presented the highly successful scholar-practioner class titled Integrating Research & Practice at the last all-school Fielding Summer Session 2012 alumni track to a packed room of Fielding alumni, students, and faculty.

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Keith Ray, PhD, has over 20 years of experience in organization development, organizational research, strategic change, project management, software development, and systems engineering. In 2008, he co-founded Act Too Consulting, Inc., which provides organization development and research services to a variety of clients. Keith has a BS in physics and a doctoral degree in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University. Keith is interested in complexity and narrative in organizations.

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Joan Goppelt, PhD, has over 25 years of experience in leadership development, organizational change, software development, and project management. In 2008, she co-founded Act Too Consulting, Inc., which provides organization development and research services to a variety of clients. Joan has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, a master’s degree in computer science, and a doctoral degree in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University. Her interests include collaboration, adult learning, and new concepts of leadership.

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Samantha Cooprider has been a facilitator, executive coach, and COO with Learning as Leadership (LaL) since 2000. She developed a Leadership in Action course at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a facilitator of LaL’s on-site We Lead leadership training program. Samantha has a BA from the University of California at Berkeley with a focus on leadership organizations and social change and is currently pursuing a master’s in organizational development at Fielding Graduate University.


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Highlighting the uniqueness of students, faculty, and alumni: Fielding Graduate University introduces new Pinterest page

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Fri, Nov 02, 2012

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Pinterest has captivated media, public relations, and social media business communities unlike any other. Visual bookmarking and social networking is easier than ever before, and now Fielding students, faculty, and alumni can establish a presence on Pinterest by a simple click of the “pin it” button.

Why the interest in Pinterest?

Recent new data shows that it is the fourth largest referral network after passing Yahoo and now only sits behind Google, Facebook and Twitter. Pinterest traffic grew by 43.7% from June to July and grew again by 33.33% from July to August.  In the last 12 months according to Experian, Pinterest has grown 5,124 percent.

The goal for the Fielding Pinterest page is to be a place for the community to share images, links, and photos of achievements and experiences that visually convey what Fielding is all about.  Fielding is known for being a close community, and in this day and age, social media is one of the easiest ways to connect in a virtual setting.  The beauty of the Fielding Pinterest page is that by “pinning” an image on a web page, like the cover of a book recently published by alumni or a picture of a recent graduate smiling as they receive their diploma, users uniquely connect and share ideas quickly and easily. 

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The Fielding Community


Graduation Photos


Centers & Initiatives

Covers, Flyers & Postcards  

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Do you have a suggestion for new Fielding Pinterest board? Please email with ideas.

Keep an eye out for the Pinterest logo coming soon to the Fielding Graduate University website. Through it you can quickly share your favorite Fielding web pages and images.

Happy pinning!


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