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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.

New Mentoring Program Pairs Alumni and Students

originally posted on 23 Aug 2012
In our endeavor to provide a supportive learning experience for new, current & prospective students, the Alumni Association has launched an initiative called The Buddy Program, in which each new or current student may be assigned an Alum Buddy. The Alum Buddy supports students — whether they are adjusting to the Pacifica culture, need someone to share the journey, or are discovering our two beautiful campuses — and offers focus and guidance for their chosen programs. This initiative is the next segment for our AlumniConnections Project.

Through this program, we will fulfill two main objectives. The first is to help new, current & prospective students integrate with Pacifica by providing them access via those who are already familiar with our culture, attitudes and expectations. The second objective is to provide new, current & prospective students with a point of contact for general queries regarding day-to-day operations/issues. Both students and alumni benefit from this arrangement, as we can all learn from one another!

What are Alumni Buddies? They are people like YOU who have already been through the process. They have first-hand experience and knowledge of how things work and have tips and ideas to share. The relationship between buddy and student is one of equals or peers. Alumni Buddies are here to help students look to the future and think about the tools they need to get the results they desire.

How do students and alumni find out more or get involved? Please contact me at 805.879.7303, or email me at

Your participation will enrich your time at Pacifica Graduate Institute! Watch our website for additional details — coming soon!

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