The IGE Graduate Student Cooperative
Nature can be seen as a self-organizing
process that cooperatively produces itself and its perfection
through binding natural attraction energies.
For the past few years, graduate
students and faculty have organized the Project NatureConnect
program to emulate nature's self-organization. In the Orientation
Course they learn how to cooperatively network and creatively
help coordinate the program through their attraction to its beneficial
process, outcomes and each other.
To the best of their ability
degree students as part of their program and course work (ECO
751A), involve themselves in administering parts of the operation
of the Cooperative, listed below, that attract them. There, as
mid-career professionals, they
share their expertise and time in a multitude of disciplines
and interests while getting credit for doing so in their courses.
They carry and teach this cooperative administrative skill upon
The Student Cooperative program
is effective because most of our students have had years of experience
in their professions and are determined to apply and continue
the Orientation Course Oganic Psychology process of peacefully
and supportively relating in balance with people and the environment.
Once a candidate is accepted
into the program after completing Part Five of the Orientation
Course they join the student cooperative, become part of a small
supportive guide group, and network via email with the group
and the entire student body internationally.
Educational Activities of the
Cooperative for which students receive course credit include:
Support Group Participation:
Learn how to complete
degree applications, join the Co-op and be assigned and participate
in a Co-op support group.
Intake: learn how to help welcome and orient
degree candidates into support-guide groups and share ever-growing
knowledge and experience in the program with other students in
Orientation Course Coordination:
learn how to help put
together and start Orientation Course groups of 3-6 people and
Cooperative Course Coordination:
learn how to help organize
interact study sections of the degree program courses, students
and facilitators .
Group researcher and reader:
learn how to help assume
one of four distinct supporting roles in the interact groups
of students who are taking a course together and participate
in evaluations of student and facilitators as part of the course.
Public Relations. learn how to creatively explore and
help students place links, notices, articles and grant applications
in appropriate places on the internet and other media to educate
the public about the program and their work. This helps student
build a niche for themselves in their community
Advanced students assist
students with project or dissertation preparation and research.
Online Newsletter : learn how to help collect and distribute
to the student body emails describing student successes, challenges,
opportunities and growth in the Program.
Competency Exam and Oral
Examination Team: Faculty
as well as advanced students and graduates read, evaluate and
help students improve their responses to the comprehensive exams.
Publications. Students sustain a personal web page,
write and publish educational materials that support various
aspects of the program and add new knowledge to it.
Mentoring. Individuals learn how to help candidates
on equivalent education growth and documentation for Bachelors
and Masters waivers, private or special courses, and in other
areas where needed.
Coordination Team: students help coordinate the cooperative
program, fill in where needed, and become increasingly adept
at the program's many facets.
After you obtain information
about the Project NatureConnect program from this web site, a free, helpful 15
minute discussion by phone with a faculty
member is the most effecient way to customize the program
to your goals. 360-378-6313