As Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Director of Alumni Relations, Dianne Travis-Teague facilitates collaborations between the Office of the Chancellor and the Alumni Association to extend and nurture the Pacifica experience in the world. News & Notes collects her posts to Pacifica’s growing family of alums.
| originally posted on 27 July 2012
I created Project Promise to reflect my strong passion for building community and to provide our alumni a dedicated vehicle to honor and share our mission to tend the soul of the world — synonymous only to Pacifica. Project Promise offers our pledge to partner with other institutions of higher learning, students (current and prospective), and alums to create a world-class learning experience and career development.
This “feeder-styled program” operates in collaboration with many of California’s top community and four-year colleges. Have you ever noticed that most college rankings focus on four-year schools, letting equally valuable alternatives like community colleges fall off their radar? Not so in our networking model.
I call on our 3000+ alumni to come forward with vigor, dedication and passion — I offer you three steps that will boldly showcase your pride and passion for Pacifica.
- It takes a decision to become a Promise Leader. Join me and make the decision to become a passionate Promise supporter. We each must first decide that we are going to be passionate people. Being precedes doing. My friend Andrea Huebner once told me, “You make a decision and then you let that decision make you.” Embrace qualities of thought and attitude that embody our Promise.
- It takes the leadership of will. It is easy to feel passionate about our Alumni Association and our various programs; however, it is much harder to exert the will required. Yet our will is the determiner of what we will become. Strengthen your will every day by doing something new, like getting involved in Project Promise!
- It takes vision. Vision produces passion with incredible intensity. Vision gives you energy to put in the hard work required to achieve your dream and keep working hard when you feel like quitting.
These three principles are our foundation. I am honored and deeply grateful to have the mentorship of George Thurlow, Assistant Vice Chancellor Alumni Affairs at UC Santa Barbara, and others in this endeavor. Together, we embark on building not just an alliance but a promise. Ultimately, our efforts will heighten student enrollment, provide career opportunities, and build a bridge for dedicated education professionals to create community and tend the soul of the world.
We are not only taking Pacifica into the world, we are giving of the very essence that created this legacy. Alumni of Pacifica, you are once again leading the way.
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Collected here, with posting dates, are observations made in the “Comments” section included with the original appearance of this article at the initial website of Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association. Please feel welcome to offer additional notes in the current “Comments” function.
Holly McClung Reusing | 29 July 2012
Beautiful to see some of your passion, vision, and definitive leadership form on the page in a way that Pacifica alums can gather their collective energy for all the unique and generative activities to come! Of course please count me in Dianne, I am behind this in every way.
Diane P. Coffey. Ph.D. | 27 July 2012
Sounds interesting Dianne. I look forward to learning more about Project Promise and how I can be involved.
Joy Greenberg | 29 July 2012
Deborah Conway de Prieto | 2 July 2012
Hi, Joy; I was thinking of you!!! xxoo
Marilyn Meyer Owen | 1 Aug 2012
Behind you all the way, Dianne!
Dennis Slattery | 28 July 2012
Your passion and commitment to this project, Dianne, is contagious. I look forward to being part of it. Thanks so much for the opportunity to be interviewed. I loved it.
Marcy De Veaux | 27 July 2012
Love this! You keep moving us forward, Dianne. Thanks and much love!