Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association Announces Coming Home Celebration

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Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association announces its second annual Coming Home celebration, "Vocation and Service, A Journey of the Soul."

2016 is also the beginning of Pacifica Graduate Institute’s 40th Anniversary Celebration. We are honored to launch our celebrations during the Alumni Associations’ Coming Home weekend.

Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association (PGIAA) announces its second annual Coming Home celebration, “Vocation and Service, A Journey of the Soul.” The Association and Pacifica Graduate Institute will join forces to celebrate and honor the contributions of current and past members of our Armed Forces. “Coming Home 2016” will be held at Pacifica Graduate Institute, 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108 from Thursday, January 28 through Sunday, January 31, 2016.

The opening events are a welcome and tribute to veterans across the United States of America and are free and open to the community. “We are proud to host this year’s tribute and welcome you to our campuses,” said Dianne Travis-Teague, Director of Alumni Relations. Our veterans are called to embark on service to a cause greater than self. In the course of their journeys, they learn many things. Civil society needs to create spaces where we can learn about their journeys and welcome them home. Highlights will include special presentations by Pacifica alumnus, Eduard Uzumeckis, PhD (2011 Myth). A special screening of Ground Operations will be presented. This documentary film is part of a social action campaign that champions the growing network of combat veterans who are transitioning into careers as sustainable farmers, ranchers and artisan foods producers. Dulanie Ellis, the filmmaker will host a panel following the screening.

Other special events include a gala reception, a faculty lecture series and an alumni/ae authors special showcase. The Chancellor’s Reception will be highlighted by the presentation of the Wendy Davee Award for Service and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. The 2016 Faculty Lecture Series will feature Elizabeth Nelson, Jennifer Selig, Matthew Bennett, Glen Slater and Dennis Patrick Slattery. In addition, the Pacifica Bookstore will co-sponsor the second annual Alumni Authors Spotlight, a spectacular showcase of publications by Pacifica Alumni/ae. The authors will share a brief synopsis of their work and sign copies of their books.

”2016 is also the beginning of Pacifica Graduate Institute’s 40th Anniversary Celebration,” said Dr. Stephen Aizenstat, Founding President and Chancellor. “We are honored to launch our celebrations during the Alumni Associations’ Coming Home weekend. Forty years have passed since the idea that would become Pacifica Graduate Institute was birthed in Isla Vista, in a two-room apartment next to the University of California Santa Barbara.”

Schedule of Events is as follows:

Friday, January 29, 2016
“A Salute to Service”

Salute to active Military & Veterans
Features, Elizabeth Nelson
& Special Guests

The Chancellor’s Reception
(Honors recipients of the Wendy Davee Award for Service
& the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence)

Pacifica Graduate Institute’s 40th Anniversary Launch!
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Saturday, January 30, 2016
“The Pacifica Experience: A Journey of the Soul”

Alumni/ae Networking

2016 Lecture Series
(Features Glen Slater, Matthew Bennett, Jennifer Selig and
Dennis Patrick Slattery with a special Alumni presentation)

Campus Walk-about
(Lambert & Ladera Campuses)

Ground Operations Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Special Guest, Dulanie Ellis
(Event is open to the Community)
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Sunday, January 31, 2016
“Celebrating the Journey”

Pacifica Alumni Authors Spotlight
(Co-sponsored by The Pacifica Bookstore)
highlights the work of over 25 Alumni Authors
Meet-the-Authors
Book Signing
Discussions
Q &A
Reception
(Open to the Community)

Closing Ritual
Stay Tuned for Additional Details!

2015 Annual Meeting is being held this year in January 2016

The Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association (the “Association” or “PGIAA”) was formed on 17 April 2013 as a California 501(c) Nonprofit Corporation for the purposes of developing an operational and charitable membership association that supports both the alumni (“Alumni” or “alums”) of Pacifica Graduate Institute (the “Institute” or “PGI”) and the wider community in pursuit of developing their intellectual, spiritual, altruistic, and professional capabilities.

Pacifica Graduate Institute is an accredited graduate school offering master’s and doctoral degree programs framed in the traditions in depth psychology. Visit http://www.pacifica.edu for additional information.

For additional information contact Queen Publicity at (310) 849-3820 or Tom Lyon, Alumni Relations at 805.679.6163.

Further information is available at the association’s website, http://www.pgiaa.org

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