50th Anniversary Celebration & A Giving Marathon

See the Day’s Full Schedule Below

Since 1974, Fielding Graduate University has been on the cutting edge of the social sciences, from its early adoption of the distributed-learning model to its focus on adult learning. On March 11, 2024, Fielding will commemorate its 50th Anniversary with the annual Call Across the Globe and our Giving Marathon.

As Fielding turns 50 in 2024, past, present, and future members of our community are invited to attend Call Across the Globe 2024: 50 Years of Stories on Monday, March 11, 2024, at 8 a.m. PT | 11 a.m. ET. While scholarship and practice are cornerstones of the Fielding experience, stories and relationships are also an essential part of Fielding’s fabric. Attendees will hear stories from several individuals and share their own narratives in breakout rooms with faculty emeriti.

Register for Call Across the Globe 2024

Leading up to Call Across the Globe, the Fielding community is invited to share their stories with us. Three speakers will be selected to share their narratives at Call Across the Globe. More information about the photo and story contest is available here.

Additionally, in honor of this special day for the university, we invite our Fielding community – students, alums, faculty, staff, and friends – to join us on our first Giving Marathon starting at 7 a.m. /10 p.m. pacific time zone.  Don’t miss the opportunity to win exclusive Fielding 50th Anniversary prizes every three hours, all in honor of your love for our students!

Fielding Graduate University Giving Marathon Schedule – Pacific Time Zone

Every gift received between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. is matched 1:1 by Fielding alum and Board member John Bennett, PhD, for up to $2,000.

7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.: Celebrating 50 Years of Change- Fielding’s Giving Marathon

  1. Prize: Five random participants who donate in this time slot get “The Transformative Power of Learning” monograph, a 50th-anniversary pin, and a Fielding-branded fancy notebook.

8:00-9:00– Call Across the Globe 2024: 50 Years of Stories. Join us for an online event. To sign-up and for more details:

10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Empowerment Through Giving for Academic Excellence  

  1. Prize: Five random donors who give during this time will receive a Fielding 50th anniversary-branded mug and the President’s special roast coffee.

1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.: Transformative Horizons- Student Support Rush  

  1. Prize: Five random donors will receive an Alumni Association sweatshirt.

4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.: Fielding Family- Faculty and Staff Power  

  1. 5:00 p.m.: Remembering Dr. Marie Fielder on her Birthday- all gifts received during this hour will be recognized as in her honor.
  2. Prize: Two tickets to the tea reception at her home hosted by Dr. Nicola Smith.
  3. Prize: Virtual Zoom background – Scholarship Supporter (for all who give), and Fielding-branded socks.

7:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.: Bridging Communities  

  1. Prize: A surprise gift from the Office of President Katrina S. Rogers, PhD

Thank you for supporting Fielding and celebrating 50 years of excellence!

Because You Gave: Celebrating the Impact of Your Generosity

Kaylin R. Staten, MA in Applied Media Psychology, Provost Achievement Scholarship

Kaylin Staten

Kaylin Staten

Kaylin R. Staten is a current student in the Applied Media Psychology Master’s program and Fielding’s Associate Director of Communications. Kaylin has been awarded the Provost Achievement Scholarship, and she reflects on the profound impact, “I aim to continue to apply media psychology theories and practices to my role at Fielding. Ultimately, I want to further hone my communications and psychology skill sets as a storyteller — both at Fielding and in other endeavors. I am passionate about the art and science of communication and psychology. I look forward to my studies at Fielding!

“I want to express my utmost appreciation to Fielding’s donors who make scholarships like this possible. I have the distinct privilege to work with our community through my staff role, and I see the impact of your contributions every day. You make our students’ endeavors a reality. To receive the Provost Achievement Scholarship is an honor! I will continue to celebrate donors like you through my scholarship and practice. It’s because of you that students like me have opportunities and can continue their passions and work. Thank you for your contribution and commitment to Fielding.”

Madeline Foster, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Dori Plez-Sherman Memorial Scholarship & Happy Feet

Madeline Foster

Madeline Foster

“I am profoundly appreciative of the generous donations that have made my education at Fielding possible. Being an international student, I encounter unique challenges in funding my education in the United States. The scholarship opportunities offered by Fielding play a pivotal role in enabling me to pursue and complete my studies,” Madeline said.

These scholarships not only recognize Madeline’s academic excellence but also provide her with the opportunity to further her studies at Fielding and embark on her dissertation, “Positive Psychological Factors in Adults with Chronic Pain and Chronic Cardiovascular Disease.”

Madeline’s story is not just one of academic success but also a testament to the support and generosity that empowers students to overcome challenges and achieve their aspirations in the field of psychology.

Alex Dontre, Ph.D. in Psychology, Fielding Graduate University Scholarship

Alex Dontre

Alex Dontre

Alex said, “I wish to investigate the implications of extreme isolation, communication delays, the impacts of microgravity, and other potential effects of spaceflight on human psychology. I hope to work with organizations such as the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) to help prepare humanity for an inspiring future.

“I would like to warmly thank the donors who help researchers like me. With your generous contributions, I intend to help propel the pioneering field of space psychology for the advancement of all humankind. I heartily thank you for your generosity.”

Read his latest publication in the journal, Life Sciences in Space Research, titled “Weighing Microgravity’s Impact on Vestibular and Visual Functions,

When you give back to Fielding, you are aiding 70% of our students who carry debt from past institutions, which makes it a challenge for those who are pursuing an advanced degree. Together, we will ensure that our students realize their dreams.

Your gift to Fielding means the world to us. Thank you for supporting Fielding in our celebration of 50 years of academic excellence. See you on March 11!

For more ways to give or more information contact Development Manager Marlen Bautista at or call 805-898-4029. For information about Call Across the Globe, contact University Communications at

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About the Author: Marlen Bautista

Marlen Bautista, a recent first-generation graduate from UC Berkeley, majored in Public Health and was the recipient of various scholarships that fully funded her undergraduate education, including opportunities to study abroad in Paris, France, and Florence, Italy. Inspired by her journey, Marlen is dedicated to giving back to students from all backgrounds, regardless of socio-economic status, by serving as an Engagement Ambassador at UC Berkeley, where she shares her story of how donors made her educational dreams a reality. Now, as the Development Manager of Donor Experience at Fielding Graduate University, Marlen continues to pursue her passion for storytelling, ensuring that adult learners can pursue advanced degrees without the financial burden.

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