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Psi Chi Chapter of Fielding Graduate University Raises $1,800 for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Mon, Mar 30, 2015

With only two weeks to fundraise, members, faculty and psychology students in the Psi Chi Chapter of Fielding Graduate University raised more than $1,800 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Barbara County.

By Melinda Johansson for the Family Service Agency |

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This achievement, which includes a $500 match from Fielding Graduate University, sponsors a Big and Little match for one year.

“We are very thankful to Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Barbara County for all they do to support the emotional development of children,” said Jeanie Metivier, president of Fielding Graduate University Psi Chi Chapter. “We are thrilled to champion their work and appreciate Fielding Graduate University’s commitment and support of student organizations that make projects like this possible.”

Fielding Graduate University Psi Chi Chapter is a local chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. The honor society is open to Fielding psychology students who have a 3.5 GPA or higher.

The mission of Psi Chi has several goals, one of which is to "promote ethical and socially responsible members and leaders." One way for members to learn social responsibility and leadership is through chapter service projects.

Big Brothers Big Sisters was selected as a service project for a few reasons, primarily because members had clinical or personal experiences with its programmatic results and wanted to support the emotional health and well-being of Santa Barbara County citizens.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is recognized as the single most effective prevention-based mentoring program in the United States. At-risk children ages 6 to 15 are carefully matched with caring adult mentors, who help them reach their full potential trough one-to-one relationships built on trust, friendship, consistency, support and guidance. In a recent national report titled The Mentoring Effect, it has been determined that young people who are mentored show improvements academically, socially and economically. These types of improvements are a direct result of the investment in our most valuable resource, our community’s children, which will lead to stronger and safer communities.

Locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters is a program of Family Service Agency.

— Melinda Johansson is the marketing manager for Family Service Agency.

Photo from left, Sean Whaley, Big Brother and Family Service Agency board member; Jeremy Jinkerson, vice president of the Psi Chi Chapter; Tiffany Duffing, secretary of the Psi Chi Chapter; David Edelman, vice president of advancement and development for Fielding Graduate University; April Harris-Britt, Ph.D., faculty sponsor for the Psi Chi Chapter, with daughter Aliyah Colin Lim, treasurer for the Psi Chi Chapter; and Jeanie Metivier, president of the Psi Chi Chapter. (Family Service Agency photo)


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NCA Announces Orlando L. Taylor Distinguished Scholarship Award

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Mon, Mar 23, 2015

National Communication Association Establishes Distinguished Scholarship Award for Africana Communication in Honor of Association’s Past President Orlando Taylor

Released: 12-Mar-2015 10:30 AM EDT
Source Newsroom: National Communication Association
Newswise — WASHINGTON, DC (March 12, 2015)—The National Communication Association (NCA) announces the establishment of the Orlando L. Taylor Distinguished Scholarship Award in Africana Communication, named for the association’s 85th president, and the first African American to serve in that role.

“I am pleased that NCA has established an award to recognize such an important and consequential area of scholarship within our discipline, and I am especially pleased that it has been named for Orlando Taylor. Dr. Taylor has made significant contributions to the discipline of Communication and to our association over several decades. Significantly, he helped propel Communication to greater prominence in national higher education discussions during his tenure as the association’s first African-American president. I personally have great admiration for Dr. Taylor, and naming this award after him conveys well the stature of the award,” said NCA Executive Director Nancy Kidd.

The award will honor a scholar whose body of work demonstrates a sustained commitment to the study of African American and/or the African Diaspora communication and culture.

Orlando TaylorOrlando Taylor is Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Research/Director of the Institute for Social Innovation at Fielding Graduate University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU). Headquartered in Fielding’s Washington, DC office, Dr. Taylor was the Founding President of the Washington, DC, campus of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Prior to these appointments, he spent more than 30 years at Howard University, where he was a Professor and also served in several senior leadership positions, including Dean of the School of Communications, Dean of the Graduate School, and Vice Provost for Research. “I am both humbled and honored to have the National Communication Association name this prestigious award in my honor,” Dr. Taylor said.

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About the National Communication Association
The National Communication Association (NCA) advances Communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry. NCA serves the scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching. Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, NCA promotes the widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems.

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Fielding Announces Appointment of Gerald Porter, PhD, as Provost and Senior Vice President

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Wed, Mar 04, 2015

Fielding Graduate University President Katrina Rogers, PhD, recently announced the appointment of Gerald Porter, PhD, to the position of provost and senior vice president.

Gerald Porter“On behalf of the students and faculty, I am pleased to welcome Gerald Porter to the Fielding community. With his experience in both psychology and education, he brings a critical cross-disciplinary outlook to the role of provost. We look forward to his leadership and guidance in the coming years to advance our mission to graduate adults prepared to create positive lasting change in the world,” said Rogers.

Porter comes to Fielding with an extensive background spanning both education and psychology, with an emphasis in curriculum and program development.

“My personal teaching and academic philosophy is completely consistent with Fielding’s distributive model of graduate education,” Porter stated, “For many years, I have had a personal and professional interest in alternative models of higher education, especially graduate and doctoral study.”

Graduate Education Curriculum and Program Development Expert

Prior to joining Fielding, Porter served as vice president of Academic Affairs and professor at Forest Institute in Springfield, MO. At Forest, he oversaw the APA reaccreditation of the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology, managed the implementation and accreditation of a new standalone master of arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, instituted embedded assessments as part of a new comprehensive examination model for the PsyD program in clinical psychology, implemented a new externship program in partnership with a major health service provider in southern Missouri, and introduced a quick admit recruitment program that increased master’s program admissions by over 30 percent.

From 2010-2011, Porter was responsible, in part, for the development of Apple Core, a childhood obesity prevention program, in partnership with Premera Blue Cross while serving as dean in the School of Natural Health Arts and Sciences at Bastyr University. He also created and chaired the university-wide Diversity Committee, chaired the Indigenous Studies Workgroup, and managed the planning and launch of an undergraduate program in integrated human biology.

As dean of the School of Education at the State University of New York at Cortland, Porter directed several major projects including the opening of a new school of Education complex, served as co-chair for the Cortland Professional Development School in partnership with the Cortland City School District. He established and served as chair of a new regional professional development school in Cortland with seven participating school districts, oversaw mini‐grant programs for faculty, P‐12 teachers, and school districts funded with Critic Teacher funds secured from the state, served as chair for the Physician’s Pedagogy Group to develop pedagogical skills training for medical school faculty, and served on the Advisory Board of the groundbreaking Cortland Urban Recruitment of Educators (CURE) program. 

While at SUNY Oswego, Porter’s responsibilities included collaborating with the graduate dean to finalize development of a credit-bearing graduate interdisciplinary certificate in gerontology, developing an accelerated master’s in counseling program, developing and teaching over ten new elective courses generating significant revenues, establishing a collaboration between the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) and the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology. He was instrumental in establishing an expressive arts sequence in the CPS Department, reorganized comprehensive examinations in master’s and Certificate of Advanced Studies programs, and developed master’s thesis alternatives in degree programs.

Social Justice Advocate

While employed as a program manager and trainer for the New York State Education Department, Porter helped to develop the Adolescent Vocational Exploration (AVE) and Structured Educational Support Programs (SESP). These statewide programs, implemented in partnership with regional service providers, prepared at-risk youth for high school completion, job readiness, and postsecondary education. Porter also contributed to the development of workshops and graduate coursework in gender and race equity for the New York State Sex Equity Technical Assistance and Resource Center. As director of client programming at the Columbia County ARC, Porter lead the development of all curriculum, including basic education, self-care, and recreation for developmentally disabled adults at the startup of a day treatment center.

Fielding in the Future

In a recent interview, Porter was asked about the future of Fielding. He stated, “As President Rogers advocates, we want to strengthen our existing programs, and diversify our offerings with targeted new programs that will respond to the emerging needs of our society in the 21st century, and enable adult learners who have been our traditional population, to grow, realize their self-chosen goals, and adapt more successfully to the changing environment. Fielding is well positioned to assume a leadership role in the more competitive and diverse academy that is emerging. We have a proven model based on a unique vision and understanding of adult focused higher education that has been tested over many years of practical experience. Fielding offers a viable model for adults who are embedded in the demands of life to pursue rigorous transformative graduate study while continuing to honor those life commitments. In this economically challenging time, this is what people desperately need: a pathway to personal and professional growth. Fielding has found a way, arguably the best way, to provide graduate and doctoral education to adults in the tumultuous new environment facing higher education. I am persuaded that our commitment to social justice informed by the necessary self-examination demanded by our transformational learning process will assure Fielding’s continuing success and relevance.”

Porter holds a PhD in educational psychology and statistics, Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in the School of Psychology and an MS degree in educational psychology and statistics from the University at Albany, State University of New York. He is permanently certified in the School of Psychology in New York State and is a Certified Clinical Psychopathologist from the National Association of Forensic Counselors.

 

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Fielding Founder Frederic Hudson Passes Away

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Mon, Mar 02, 2015

Fielding Founder Frederic Hudson Leaves a Lasting and Meaningful Impression in Higher Education

President Katrina Rogers, PhD, reflected on the passing of Frederic Hudson:

Hudson 1On February 9th, I received a call from Pam McLean that her spouse of many years, Dr. Frederic Hudson, had passed away with his family by his side. As so many of you know, Frederic was one of the Fielding’s founders and has always been characterized as a true visionary. Many of our faculty were hired directly by Frederic. As it happens, we have been writing a history of Fielding with the assistance of Keith Melville, HOD faculty member, who was hired by Frederic. Keith interviewed Pam in December with her son, and learned much more about Frederic’s life and work. We look forward to honoring his work through Fielding's history. Below is his full obituary as published in the Santa Barbara Independent.

(Santa Barbara Independent 2/25/15): Monday, February 9th, 2015, Frederic Hudson died at the age of 80 at home and surrounded by family in Santa Barbara after a long journey with Alzheimer’s disease. He leaves behind his wife, Pamela McLean and their three children, Christopher, Michael and Charles; and three children Jeffrey, John and Lisa along with their spouses and five grandchildren from his first marriage.

Dr. Hudson was a key visionary and Founding President of The Fielding Institute (now FieldingHudson 2 Graduate University), 1974-1986, one of the first blended learning institutions accredited in the U.S. In 1986 he transitioned from Fielding to establish The Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara (now The Hudson Institute of Coaching) – a learning organization focused on the intersection of development and change in the lives of leaders today.

A Rockefeller and Danforth Fellow, he earned his Master of Divinity in social ethics from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in 1959, and in 1968, his PhD in interdisciplinary studies (psychology, philosophy, and religion) from Columbia University. His research and dissertation studied a group of social activists working in NYC between 1890 and 1920. He was Associate Dean of Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri, 1961-64; Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Colby College, Waterville, Maine, 1964-69; Academic Dean and Professor of Philosophy at Lone Mountain College (now University of San Francisco), 1968-74. Dr. Hudson wrote The Adult Years (1992, revised 1999) Jossey-Bass Publishers. In 1996 he co-authored The Joy of Old, and with his partner, Pamela McLean, PhD, wrote LifeLaunch – A passionate guide to the rest of your life. In 2001 he wrote The Handbook of Coaching, an early and seminal book on what was then the emerging field of leadership coaching.

Frederic had many talents and passions including a lifelong love of his piano, writing, dancing, the game of tennis, the creativity of photography, the fun of birding and the mysteries of nature.

For those wishing to make contributions to commemorate his life and work, contributions can be made in honor of the life of Frederic Hudson to Fielding Graduate University’s Frederic Hudson Scholarship Fund, dedicated to promising doctoral students who would not otherwise have the means to pursue their learning goals. Fielding Graduate University, 2020 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Notes and condolences may be sent to the family at: Hudson Institute, 41C Hitchcock Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

- See more at: http://www.independent.com/obituaries/2015/feb/17/frederick-hudson/#sthash.S1x0a1H3.dpuf (accessed 2/25/15)

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For more information about the Fredric Hudson Scholarship Fund, email giving@fielding.edu, or visit: http://giving.fielding.edu/.

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