|By William Levacy|
|The Winter solstice will occur at 23:38 (or 11.38pm) Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on December 21, 2010. For the Western Hemisphere, a total lunar eclipse will "officially" begin on Dec. 21 at 12:29 a.m. EST (or at 9:29 p.m. PST on Dec. 20, the day before).|
As the Winter time comes upon us in the Northern Hemisphere, we have a time traditionally marked by rebirth, new beginnings, and celebratory wishes for sustainability. Sustainability is the capacity to endure. Over the years the American College of Vedic Astrology™ (ACVA) has tried different models for educating our learners but not all of them have been able to support themselves. They have not prevailed through the “Winter” seasons, both in terms of the revenues they self-generated and from the
| ongoing support of a dedicated community. As we've seen, moving towards sustainability creates social challenges. In the natural evolution of things, systems must remain diverse, adaptable, and productive to thrive over the span of time. Organizations must be able to adjust to the needs of the individuals and the time they serve in order to stay healthy financially and spiritually. Sustainability involves the balanced ecology of an organization where social, cultural, informational, and financial aspects are integrated. While the frosty finger of Winter has poked the periphery of ACVA from time to time, ACVA's caring heart remains warm, joyful, and resilient in its aim as a non-profit educational organization to provide quality Vedic instruction to learners around the globe.|
The year 2010, the last solar cycle of the first decade of the new millennium also ends with a Total Lunar Eclipse. For the Western Hemisphere, the eclipse will "officially" begin on Dec. 21 at 12:29 a.m. EST which will be at 9:29 p.m. PST on Dec. 20, the day before. The Moon will begin to enter Earth's outer, or penumbral, shadow at that time. The fullness of the Moon will experience a cooling shadow from the earth, offering another opportunity to create a renewed base of feeling and understanding for people around the globe. The end of the decade, the Winter Solstice and the Total Lunar Eclipse portend that ACVA, in its new beginnings, will continue to find a way to joyously serve its community, sustain itself, and ensure its long term well being.
This year saw some key growth for ACVA and demonstrated the organization’s capacity to remain stable yet adapt in order to grow. Some of our key accomplishments for the year are as follows:
We intend to launch our new ACVA website, by the end of the year. We are in the final review stages and will be ready to do a “Grand Re-Opening” of our web home. We think you will enjoy our new look and find it easier to navigate and locate the information you need about our learning organization. Thanks to graphics designer John Topaloff of Topaloff Designs and Ray Litman of HRC Group (Thanks Ray for ALL your ACVA web support for the whole year!). We also intend to deepen our journey into the world of social media by expanding our ACVA Face Book site, as inspired by Christina Collins and Ray Litman (with their added help we should soon be Tweeting about ACVA and Vedic Astrology!).
The ACVA Online learning model was expanded to include what our instructional designers call the “ACVA Flex Model .” This educational strategy incorporates a blend of both online learning opportunities along with some face-to-face learning through resources aligned to ACVA, such as tutors, and external learning resources. You can find out more about this on the ACVA site under “ACVA Flex Model.” Thanks to Nancy Dietz for leading our learners through this new learning opportunity.
The year 2010 also marked another leap for ACVAOnline™. We started testing our learners for certification via online exams. Now students do not have to wait for a special hosting event or travel to a test site to become accredited. This is especially important for our international students, such as Tatjana Paar from Croatia.
ACVA also received some important donations that enabled the organization to expand in the areas of online testing, eNewsletter publication, and scholarships for students in need of financial support. Donations are a key support mechanism for any non-profit organization. We thank everyone for their ongoing generosity towards ACVA and its educational mission to offer Vedic education to learners around the world.
The continued expansion of the ACVAOnline™ Webinars has been a blessing in terms of outreach to the astrological community and the ability to share knowledge with many experts in the field of Vedic knowledge. Special thanks to our 2010 guest webinar leaders Christina Collins, Ronnie Gale Dreyer, Brendan Feeley, Gary Gomes, Nalini Kanta Das, Sat Siri Khalsa, Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar and Juliana Swanson. Special thanks also goes out to Jessica Sayles and Nancy Dietz for organizing the technology behind these online seminars. You can download VMW (Microsoft Video) digital copies of these webinars from the ACVA store (www.acvastore.com). We have more exciting webinars in the works for 2011 so stay tuned!
We’d also like to thank Sam Geppi (Sadasiva), Vaughn Paul Manley (Aloha), Gayatri Devi Vasudev, and Swami Sita for offering good suggestions, inspiration, and support to help ACVA consider more options for future activities with the organization and its mission of instructing learners in Vedic astrology.
ACVA, started a seasonal newsletter this year under the initiative of Christina Collins and the creative work of ACVA graduate and editor Angela Pennington. Around each equinox or solstice you will continue to receive this inspiring update on ACVA activities.
ACVA began a new advertising campaign this year, placing ads in the popular LA Yoga magazine. ACVA will begin placing ads in India’s premier “Modern Astrology Magazine,” starting the first quarter of 2011. Thanks to Gayatri Devi for her help.
ACVA’s members did some extensive research and compiled a History of the American College of Vedic Astrology™ (ACVA). This timeline describes ACVA from its inception as the American Council of Vedic Astrology™ under the blessings of Dr. B.V. Raman, to the expansion and transition of ACVA to the non-profit educational organization of the American College of Vedic Astrology™. At that time, in 2003, ACVA shared its mission with CVA (Council of Vedic Astrology) who served solely as a membership organization in support of ACVA’s educational goals. Now in 2010 ACVA has marked its place as a stellar provider and certifier of Vedic education. There will be a link on our new site to see the “American College of Vedic Astrology™ (ACVA) TimeLine.”
We also want to thank the ACVA Steering committee members, Jessica Sayles and Patty Sanders for all the work they have done to “keep the factory running,” at ACVA. Of course, we want to thank Nancy Dietz for guiding our learners through the fascinating paths of online learning. There has been a lot of work behind the scenes and we all appreciate it. Our ACVAOnline™ instructors also deserve special praise, so thanks to Patty Sanders, Jessica Sayles, Komilla Sutton, Gary Gomes, Juliana Swanson, and Ronnie Dreyer. They say no job is done until the paperwork is complete, so we want to also thank our wonderful accountant Sandy and to Tom, our legal guide for Non-Profit organizational knowledge.
As part of ACVA’s community outreach, we have been coordinating with the Council of Vedic Astrology and its new president, Dennis Flaherty, to develop a presence at the upcoming 2012 United Astrology Conference. Astrological organizations, both East and West, and brilliant speakers from around the globe will be represented. Thanks to Charlotte Benson for leading the way for ACVA in this effort.
And of course our American College of Vedic Astrology™ board of directors continues to come up with supportive ideas and guidance to help lead and sustain ACVA on its journey into the 21st century. Thanks to Jessica Sayles, Patty Sanders, Charlotte Benson, Christina Collins, and Lex Hawkins for their support.
An update about ACVA’s inspiring accomplishments for 2010, will be added to our new website under “ACVA 2010 Accomplishments” very soon.
We at ACVA want to wish all our learners, alumni, friends, instructors and supporters a fantastic journey into the New Year ahead. May you sustain all the joy of 2010 and expand it into incredible blessings in 2011.
Bill Levacy, President,
The American College of Vedic Astrology™ (ACVA) and ACVA Online™
William R. Levacy Biography:
William R. Levacy holds a B.A. in English, a Master's in Education, a Master's in the Science of Creative Intelligence, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Education at Capella University with a specialization in Human Performance Improvement. Bill has practiced Vedic astrology since 1983 and has thousands of clients around the world. In addition to his practice in Vedic astrology, Bill works in the aerospace industry as a specialist in operational excellence.
Bill has written numerous articles for The Astrological Magazine and the new Modern Astrology Magazine. Bill is also author of Beneath a Vedic Sky - A Beginner's Guide to the Astrology of Ancient India, as well as Beneath a Vedic Sun, and Vedic Astrology Simply Put. Bill has done TV appearances, numerous radio shows, and workshops on Vedic astrology around the US, Europe, and Asia and is the newly elected President of the American College of Vedic AstrologyTM (ACVA) www.vedicastrology.org. You can visit his website at www.vedicastrologer.com
William R. Levacy
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