Wendy Davee Award for Service Recipient: Minh Tran, 2017 MA Counseling
We are pleased to introduce Minh Tran, this year’s Wendy Davee Award for Service recipient.
Minh is an alumnus of the MA in Counseling Psychology Program who has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to service.
Minh identifies himself as a “first-and-a-half” generation Vietnamese-American who was born in Vietnam, but grew up in the United States. As part of the last wave of the so-called boat people, who fled Vietnam seeking refuge in the Philippines and eventually resettled in the United States, Minh quickly became cognizant of the disparity between the high hopes associated with the “Land of Opportunity,” and the reality of the struggles of an immigrant family starting life anew in a foreign land. Minh reports a sense of having come full circle since that time. He attributes this to coming into his sexual identity as a gay man, pursuing a BA in English, cultivating a passion for nonprofit work, and answering a calling to attend Pacifica Graduate Institute to become a depth oriented psychotherapist. Minh feels a tremendous privilege to now be in a position where he is able to manifest the ambitions of his ancestry.
Walter Odajnyk Scholarship
Walter Odanyk was beloved by his colleagues and students at Pacifica. With a brilliant solar intellect and a compassionate lunar heart Walter expressed the archetypal journey to wholeness through his inner work, collegiality, teaching, and writing. He offered his gifts to us freely and abundantly. His life points the way to wholeness because he embodied the way. To honor the impact Walter had on their lives, Mythological Studies students established a scholarship to support students completing their studies in mythology at Pacifica. Due to the fire and mudslides in Santa Barbara this year, the recipient of the scholarship for this year will be announced in late June.
~ Patrick Mahaffey, PhD
Pacifica Graduate Institute announces the formation of a scholarship fund set up by current and former students to honor the memory of Dr. V. Walter Odajnyk, a beloved faculty member from 2002 until his death in 2013. His students adored Dr. Odajnyk’s bedrock integrity, keen intelligence, and depth of feeling, as well as his passion for politics, Zen meditation, Egyptian mythology, and fairytales. His capacities as an analyst, teacher, and writer were felt in his presence and willingness to adapt his teachings to suit the needs of his students, moment by moment.
Like many wise elders, Dr. Odajnyk’s genius was forged in tragedy. He experienced firsthand the horrors of war-torn Czechoslovakia as a child before emigrating to the United States. According to Thomas Elsner, one of Dr. Odajnyk’s colleagues, this early confrontation with the human shadow gifted him with “a soul presence that had to do with a profound Zen-mind relationship to emptiness and the sacred void.”
Dr. Odajnyk’s legacy lives on in his students. “In dreams,” writes Dr. Keith Himebaugh, “he continues to guide me, encouraging me to keep going and not give up. I will never forget this generous man, his honesty, his zeal for teaching and dedication to his students. May this scholarship continue to help others as he has helped me, a contribution to a worthy cause at the perfect moment.”
Prior to coming to Pacifica, Dr. Odajnyk was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. In addition to many articles and workshops, Dr. Odajnyk authored several books, including: Marxism and Existentialism, Jung and Politics: The Political and Social Ideas of C. G. Jung (with a foreword by Marie-Louise von Franz), Gathering the Light: A Jungian View of Meditation (with a foreword by Thomas Moore), and his last book, Archetype and Character: Power, Eros, Spirit, and Matter Personality Types. Dr. Odajnyk was a diplomate of the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, a member of the C. G. Jung Study Center of Southern California, and licensed as a Research Psychoanalyst by the Medical Board of California.
“It is with profound gratitude that we establish a scholarship in memory of Dr. Odajnyk,” said Cynthia Caldwell, one of the students involved in initiating the fund. “This scholarship will ensure that his gift of guiding students into contact with wisdom through myth is felt, remembered, and continued long into the future.”
Donations to the scholarship fund may be made via paypal (button below), or by check made payable to Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association. Scholarships will be awarded to future students enrolled in Pacifica’s Mythological Studies Program. Your donation is tax-deductible and deeply appreciated.
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence: Paul Golding, PhD, Depth Psychology 2012, Santa Fe, New Mexico
“In Service to the World” Paul Golding, Founder of the Santa Fe Boys Educational Foundation
Paul Golding is on a mission: understanding Boys at Risk. Paul is concerned about the predominance of male violence and the subsequence elevated imprisonment of men in our society; and through a depth psychological and cultural exploration, he aims to get at the root of the issue. Following the completion of his doctoral studies in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Paul founded the Santa Fe Boys Educational Foundation to examine the neurobiological, psychological, and social features that are predominant in the development of very young males. “The mission of the Santa Fe Boys Educational Foundation is to broaden the conversation by supporting public discourse, projects, and research to better understand the developmental needs of young males.”
Chancellor’s Award for Community Service: Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association Pays Homage to Carpinteria – Summerland Fire District
“2018 has been a challenging year for our beloved community. The destructive Thomas fire, following by devastating debris flows, threatened both Pacifica campuses earlier this year, postponing our 2018 Coming Home celebration twice,’. “Our spirits are buoyed as we stand in community, stronger together.
We are honored to recognize the commitment and dedication of the Summerland-Carpinteria fire district. We are grateful for their outstanding service above and beyond the call of duty.” During both the Thomas Fire and the Montecito Debris Flow, we knew you were here and today we say, thank you!