Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association’s “Coming Home 2016” Featuring Dr. Edward Tick of Soldier’s Heart and Film Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farm Fields

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Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association’s “Coming Home 2016” Features Distinguished Speaker Dr. Edward Tick of Soldier’s Heart and Film Premiere Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farm Fields

Director and Co-Founder of Soldier's Heart

Edward Tick, Director & Co-Founder of Soldier's Heart

Forty years have passed since Pacifica Graduate Institute was birthed in Isla Vista, as a small counseling center serving those in need, including veterans returning from Vietnam.

Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association(PGIAA) announces its second-annual Coming Home celebration, “Vocation and Service, A Journey of the Soul.” PGIAA and Pacifica Graduate Institute offer a special welcome and will honor our military service members, both active duty and veterans. “Coming Home 2016” will be held at Pacifica Graduate Institute, located at 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108 from Thursday, January 28 through Sunday, January 31, 2016.

The “Coming Home 2016” welcoming event and tribute to veterans across the United States is free and open to our community. “We are proud to host this year’s tribute and welcome you to our campuses,” said Dianne Travis-Teague, Director of Alumni Relations. Highlights include Friday morning’s keynote speaker and honored guest, Dr. Edward Tick, Director and Co-Founder of Soldier’s Heart, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, plus special presentations by Pacifica alumni, Eduard Uzumeckis, PhD (2011 Mythological Studies Program) and Michael B. Bogar, MA (2012 Mythological Studies Program).

In addition, the premier screening of Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farm Fields will be presented on Saturday, January 30th. This groundbreaking documentary film is part of a social action campaign that champions the growing network of military veterans who are transitioning into careers as sustainable farmers, ranchers, and artisan food producers. Dulanie Ellis, the filmmaker, will host a panel discussion following the screening.

“2016 marks 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 Pacifica Graduate Institute was birthed in Isla Vista, as a small counseling center serving those in need, including veterans returning from Vietnam."

“The Board of Trustees is proud of our many alumni/ae,” noted Dr. Thyonne Gordon, Board Chair. “They are demonstrating involvement in the global arena, influencing personal, cultural and planetary concerns, while advancing Pacifica’s commitment and motto: For the Sake of Tending Soul in and of the World.”

Other special events of the Coming Home weekend will celebrate “Vocation and the Pacifica Journey.” These include the Chancellor’s Reception, highlighted by presentation of the Wendy Davee Award for Service and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence; the 2016 Faculty/Alumnae Lecture series featuring Elizabeth Nelson, Jennifer Selig, Glen Slater and Dennis Patrick Slattery along with alumnae, Elizabeth Robinson, PhD (2011 Mythological Studies Program); and, our second-annual Alumni Authors’ Spotlight and book signing co-sponsored by the Pacifica Bookstore. Spotlight is a spectacular showcase of publications by Pacifica Alumni/ae. Each author will share a brief synopsis of their work and sign copies of their books.

For more information and to attend the free, open to the public “Coming Home 2016” events, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at Pacifica Graduate Institute, alumnirelations(at)pacifica(dot)edu.


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

PGIAA Board of Directors Charles Caldwell, President Tom Lyon, Vice President Beth Boardman, Secretary Kay Todd, Treasurer

Members: Joseph Fontana, Dori Koehler, William James Jones, John Michal O’Neal, Patricia Taylor, Jo Todd

For additional information, please contact: Office of Alumni Relations
Pacifica Graduate Institute
801 Ladera Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Tele: 805-679-6179
E-mail: alumnirelations(at)pacifica(dot)edu

Pacifica Graduate Institute, with two campuses in Santa Barbara, California, is a WASC-accredited graduate school offering masters and doctoral degree programs in depth psychology, mythological studies, and the humanities. The Institute has established an educational environment that nourishes respect for cultural diversity and individual differences, and a rigorous academic community with a spirit of free and open inquiry. Students have access to an impressive array of resources including the OPUS Archives and Research Center.

The mission of Pacifica Graduate Institute is to foster creative learning and research in the fields of psychology, the humanities, and mythological studies, framed in the traditions of depth psychology. Consistent with and supporting this vision, Pacifica Graduate Institute is employee-owned, and practices shared stewardship.

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