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Senior Shinnyo Fellows Are Announced With Gratitude and Respect!

Posted by on Sep 3, 2012 in spotthecat | Comments Off

Senior Shinnyo Fellows Are Announced With Gratitude and Respect!

Shinnyo-en Foundation is proud to share the great news that Nan Peterson of The Blake School in Minneapolis, MN and Steve Herrera, Deacon of San Jose Diocese and religious studies teacher at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, CA were appointed as Shinnyo-en Foundation’s 2012-2013 Senior Shinnyo Fellows during the 13th Shinnyo-en Foundation Annual Retreat. Steve and Nan received the certificates of appreciation and gratitude from Ben Takagi, Vice President of the Foundation on Friday, August 10 at the Marconi Conference Center, in...

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Interview with Nan Peterson

Posted by on Jan 12, 2012 in events, spotthecat | Comments Off

Interview with Nan Peterson

Ms. Nan Peterson is the Director of Service Learning for The Blake School located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She is also the first and only Senior Fellow of the Shinnyo-en Foundation. Nan was nominated for the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) Service-Learning Practitioner Leadership Award by Scott Flemming, as Director of The Blake School’s Office of Equity and Community Engagement.  This award recognizes practitioners who have equipped young people to lead and serve, both through their direct service learning instruction with youth...

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In the Garden with Sarah Johnson

Posted by on Jul 7, 2011 in events, spotthecat | Comments Off

In the Garden with Sarah Johnson

Ms. Sarah Johnson is a Biology and Environmental Science teacher at Leadership Public School-College Park on the Castlemont Community of SmallSchools campus and the Program Coordinator of the Green Pioneers Program, a grantee of the Shinnyo-en Foundation. Sarah, thank you for making time to talk with us today.  To begin with, would you start by telling us a little about the Green Pioneers Program? Green Pioneers is a LPS-College Park and Castlemont Community of Small Schools sustainable service-learning program and is composed of about 30 to...

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Interview with Amy Ambrose

Posted by on Feb 7, 2011 in events, spotthecat | Comments Off

Interview with Amy Ambrose

Amy Ambrose is the Director of International Relations at University of California Berkeley.  Amy is a native of Sacramento, California and earned an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and proceeded to acquire a graduate degree in Business from the University of Chicago.  She has been working with the Office of International Relations and enjoys developing partnerships with individuals and organizations all over the world. Amy, thank you for agreeing to talk with us today.  To begin with, would you tell us about how you came to be working...

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Letter from Alie Bollaidlaw

Posted by on Dec 3, 2010 in events, spotthecat | Comments Off

Letter from Alie Bollaidlaw

Dear Friends at the Foundation, I believe that the first day I walked into the Shinnyo-en Foundation to begin my nine week fellowship is very telling of the way the rest of my summer experience turned out, although I had no idea of this at the time.   I tentatively walked into the office not knowing quite what I was getting myself into but right away we were welcomed and put to work.  To my surprise our (my and Becca) first task was to go with Abby downstairs and bring up the flowers that you had just brought for the days guest.  Then more...

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Interview with John C. Gulla

Posted by on Mar 18, 2010 in events, spotthecat | Comments Off

Interview with John C. Gulla

The Blake School is a pre-K-12, non-sectarian, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school with campuses in Minnesota.  The Blake School is committed to strong academics with an emphasis on the whole child approach.  An integral part of this perspective is to support students in developing an attitude of service toward others, the school, the community, and even the world. The Foundation has supported the service learning program at the school since 2006 Head of School, John C. Gulla visited the Foundation in February 2010 and...

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Interview with Dr. James “Jim” Kielsmeier

Posted by on Feb 10, 2010 in events, spotthecat | Comments Off

Interview with Dr. James “Jim” Kielsmeier

James “Jim” Kielsmeier is founder and President/CEO of the National Youth Leadership Council, based in St. Paul, Minnesota. He also founded the Center for Experiential Education and Service-Learning at the University of Minnesota, where he is also an Adjunct Professor. Kielsmeier helped initiate the nonprofit African Reconciliation and Development Corps International and led their first project in Somalia (1993-94) during the civil war. Jim, thank you for agreeing to talk with us today.  To begin with, would you tell us about how...

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Interview with Steve Guttenberg

Posted by on Sep 13, 2009 in spotthecat | Comments Off

Interview with Steve Guttenberg

 Steve Guttenberg was Master of Ceremonies at the Civic Energy Awards Luncheon at the 2009 National Conference on Volunteering and Service and is a beloved American actor and comedian, starring in films such as Cocoon, 3 Men and a Baby, and Police Academy, among many others in his diverse repertoire of both theater and film. He is also known for his philanthropic work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, as well as his dedication to helping the homeless and to improving opportunities for young people. We asked him about his role as Master...

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Interview with Dr. Duncan Williams

Posted by on Jun 18, 2009 in spotthecat | Comments Off

Interview with Dr. Duncan Williams

Dr. Duncan Williams, Chair of the Center for Japanese Studies, UC Berkeley Duncan Williams, Associate Professor of Japanese Buddhism, received his B.A. in Religious Studies at Reed College (1991), his M.T.S. at Harvard Divinity School (1993), and Ph.D. in Religion at Harvard University (2000). He works primarily on Japanese Buddhist history, Buddhism and environmentalism, and American Buddhism. He is the author of The Other Side of Zen: A Social History of Soto Zen Buddhism in Tokugawa Japan (Princeton, 2005), translator of four Japanese...

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Interview with Carl Bielefeldt

Posted by on Jun 19, 2008 in spotthecat | Comments Off

Interview with Carl Bielefeldt

A graduate of UC Berkeley, Professor Carl Bielefeldt specializes in East Asian Buddhism, with particular emphasis on the intellectual history of the Zen tradition. He is the author of Dôgen’s Manuals of Zen Meditation and other works on early Japanese Zen, and serves as editor of the Soto Zen Text Project. He is also the Director of Stanford’s Asian Religions & Cultures (ARC) Initiative and Stanford Center of Buddhist Studies.  Recently, the Shinnyo-en Foundation provided Stanford University with the Shinnyo-en Visiting...

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