News & Updates

News & Updates

Robert Holden Commencement Address 2016

Dr. Robert Holden—best-selling author, performance coach, and world-renowned expert on happiness—received an enthusiastic standing ovation for his USM commencement speech at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Sunday, August 28, 2016. Robert shared his personal journey as a student of psychology, and his discovery that it was missing some essential ingredients: “In six years [of study] we only had …

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USM Honors Beloved Volunteers and the 2016 Angels of the Year at Graduation

It is with hearts full of Love and Gratitude that the University of Santa Monica thanks our cherished volunteers. Each year, hundreds of USM graduates step forward to serve the University with generous gifts of their time and talents. Many of these dedicated volunteers have been serving for 20 years or more! Our beloved volunteer …

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USM Graduation 2016

The University of Santa Monica’s Alumni, Graduates, friends, family, and community members joined together to commemorate the 35th graduating Class of 2016. On Sunday, August 28, 2016, UCLA’s majestic Royce Hall was filled to capacity by friends and family joining to celebrate USM’s 297 students graduating with their Master’s Degree or Certificate of Completion in …

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2016 USM Students of the Year Announced

As they do each year, Drs. H. Ronald and Mary R. Hulnick, on behalf of all the University of Santa Monica faculty, awarded two Master’s graduating students with Student of the Year Awards. These individuals are recognized for academic excellence, integrating the Principles and Practices of Spiritual Psychology, and for their positive contribution to their fellow …

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Diane Botticelli—Modern-Day Miracles

It was an ordinary Thursday afternoon when I received a call from my sister, Susan, who said in a trembling voice, “Sandra is in the emergency department in a Phoenix hospital with chest pain.” Our sister-in-law, Sandra, 51 years old, is the very fit mother of 10-year-old twins and runs 12 miles a week. Barely …

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Loyalty to Your Soul—A Transformational Weekend

The weekend of July 22–24 was a milestone in USM history. For the first time ever, the Loyalty to Your Soul® Workshop was offered in English with simultaneous Spanish translation, allowing participants to experience the Principles and Practices in their native language. More than 110 participants including grads, current students, and people new to USM …

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The First Soul-Centered Living I Lab

Wednesday, July 13, marked the last day of class for the inaugural Soul‑Centered Living I Program, USM’s ten-month Certificate Program in Spiritual Psychology. This Program was created on the foundation of more than 35 years of progressive graduate Programs in Spiritual Psychology—and, without a doubt, it was another USM success story. The SCL I Program culminated in a …

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Experiencing the 2016 Evening of Magic

On June 25, the University of Santa Monica’s generous supporters joined Co-Directors Drs. Ron and Mary Hulnick, USM Chancellor John Morton, and his wife, Leigh Taylor-Young, for a spectacular celebration of USM’s pioneering past—delivering more than 35 years of Soul-Centered education—as well as its radiant present and luminous future. Nearly 200 beloved donors, dedicated long …

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Laurenne Sala (USM ’12)—Writing My Own Story

Before USM, I felt lost in many ways on both the Soul and Goal Lines. Although I really longed to feel a spiritual connection, it was nowhere to be found. Plus, I was confused about my life’s purpose. I was a writer by trade but spent most of my time writing for other people and …

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The Ego and the Authentic Self

In this audio, Ron and Mary share about the difference between residing in your ego or Authentic Self and how Awakening leads to a more Soul-Centered life. Listen to The Ego and the Authentic Self

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