Wendy Davee Award for Service Recipient: Thomas R. Lyon, MA 1998 Counseling
Tom Lyon graduated from St. John’s Seminary College in 1975 after obtaining a B.A. in Philosophy and two minors in English/Literature and Math/Physics. He then entered the Maryknoll Father and Brothers Novitiate in Hingham, Massachusetts where he studied Clinical Pastoral Education. During this time, he also ministered to patients in the burn, cancer, and prison wards of Boston City Hospital. Following this training, Tom entered the Maryknoll School of Theology Graduate School in Maryknoll, NY. After two years, he was sent for overseas training to Tokyo, Japan, where he attended Sophia University International School and two years of full-time language training at the St. Francis Japanese Language School.
Chancellor’s Award for Service: Breana D. Johnson, MA LMFT
Breana D. Johnson, MA, LMFT is a proud New Yorker and graduate of Howard University, where her academic journey in psychology began. At Howard, she began to explore relational realities in psychological philosophy and clinical practices. Passionate about the well-being and familial experiences of people of color, Breana pursued studies in mental health. She received a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hofstra University in 2016 and became a licensed mental health practitioner in 2018.
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence: William “Will” Linn, II, PhD
Dr. Linn holds a Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California; a BA in philosophy from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee; and a CORe credential from Harvard Business School. His dissertation, Western Myths of Knowledge: Particles of Stone and Waves of Elixir, focuses on classical, Abrahamic, and scientific origin stories of knowledge.
He currently co-hosts a radio show that he created for the Santa Barbara News Press called Mythosophia, in which he interviews leading story artists and scholars from such territories as myth and religion, sci-fi and fantasy, visions and dreams, rituals, novels, films, comics, and other storytelling formats and mediums.
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. The recipients of the scholarship for this year will be announced in late spring – watch PGIAA website for additional information.
~ 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.