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January 2017

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Welcome to new staff, and congrats to some familiar faces

A warm welcome to Jessica Mondragon, who started Jan. 5 in the temporary position of SRC office coordinator, and Minxuan He, who joined us Jan. 10 as associate director for research and evaluation at the Marian Wright Edelman Institute! Also, congratulations to Demetrios Bosniadis, who has been hired as AOC for the Dept. of Recreation Parks & Tourism after serving in a temporary capacity. Last but not least, Susan Cuong, who previously served as the SRC office coordinator, has been hired to replace Saya Tanaka as the assistant to the associate dean and registration coordinator.

Upcoming Events

Muscle Physiology Lecture Series: Cellular and Molecular Boundaries of Human Performance

Feb. 6, 5-7 p.m. (doors open at 4:30 p.m.), Seven Hills Conference Center
Each semester we invite expert researchers and clinicians from around the world to share their knowledge on muscle science, human performance, strength and conditioning, and novel therapeutic interventions with the SF State community. This event features Andy Galpin and Irene Tobias from the Center for Sport Performance at California State University, Fullerton. The two will discuss their cutting-edge research on molecular muscle physiology and the boundaries of human performance. Info: Jimmy Bagley,

Longmore Institute Invited Talk: Access Intimacy, Interdependence and Disability Justice

Feb. 7, 5-7 p.m., LIB 121
Mia MingusEach year, the Longmore Lecture in Disability Studies hosts a speaker who continues Paul Longmore's legacy of scholar-activism. Mia Mingus will present on the importance of making connections and building relationships with those who understand, help meet, and make efforts to achieve your access needs. Mingus is a community organizer and national social justice leader, a queer, physically disabled, Korean, transracial woman and transnational adoptee. Join us and learn immediately why Feminist Wire deemed her one of their top “Feminists We Love”! Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served during a reception following the presentation. RSVP encouraged to or 415-405-3528.
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Avoiding the Trap of Dishonest Publishers 

Feb. 8, 2-3:30 p.m., LIB 121
Peggy ChinnSpeaker: Peggy L. Chinn, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, University of Connecticut; Current Editor, Advances in Nursing Science

Fake journals, like fake news sources, are proliferating. Come to this informative discussion of predatory journals and conferences and learn how to avoid getting ensnared in a bad situation. In this talk, you will learn how to identify predatory journals and ways to find the best and legitimate outlets for your research. The talk will distinguish between open access and unethical publishing. Dr. Chinn is a long-time journal editor and active in an international nurse editors’ professional association that has taken a lead in exposing predatory publishing. SF State librarian Pam Howard will end the session with a discussion of campus resources for faculty. Light refreshments will be served.

Vision for Life

Feb. 13, 7-8:30 p.m., HSS 130
Meir SchneiderSpeaker: Meir Schneider, Ph.D., LMT
Explore ways to find out how easy-to-perform movement and vision exercises can work together to heal your body and eyes. Dr. Schneider will explain the relationship between the body and eyes and demonstrate exercises to improve circulation to your eyes by loosening tension in your neck and back. Vision can improve! The Self-Healing Method can empower anyone to take charge of their own health and unlock the body’s ability to heal itself. The method combines massage, movement and breathing education, visualization and vision improvement training.
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Toward Zero Textile Waste

Feb. 16, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Television Studio 1 - Creative Arts Building (CA 128)
Apparel professor and student with finished garment
Mark your calendars for a night filled with evidence of human designed and created alternatives to textile waste. Grounded in experts’ testimonies, this film presents concepts regarding how a healthy balance must be struck among environmental, social, and economic factors in and with textiles and clothing. The film showcases the hard work, challenges, and success journeyed as Apparel Design & Merchandising students designed and produced products from one category of discarded textiles, tablecloths. Come to witness the insights and visions for textile reuse. 
Pictured: Apparel design student (right) enjoys the completion of her garments designed and created by reusing discarded table cloths from the SF hospitality industry. 

De Cecco Lecture and Transgender 101 Workshop

March 6-7
Genny BeemynGenny Beemyn from the Stonewall Center at UMass will be on campus to advise us on issues related to LGBTQ college students. Planned talks open to faculty, staff, and students are: March 6, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Transgender 101 workshop (place to be determined); 4-6 p.m., DeCecco Lecture on LGBTQ College Students, Seven Hills; and March 7, 9:30-11:30 p.m., a repeat of the Transgender 101 workshop in the Faculty Commons at the Library.

Lecture: Gregory Herek

April 7, 3-5 p.m., Seven Hills Conference Center
Gregory Herek, a retired psychologist from UC Davis who has done seminal work on the concept of sexual prejudice (negative attitudes about LGBTQ people), will discuss his lifetime of work.

Third Annual CHSS Spring Showcase

May 4, 3-6 p.m., Seven Hills Conference Center
This annual event showcases the College’s scholarship, teaching and service. The theme of the 2017 showcase is social justice. Details to follow.
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Collegewide News

Dozens honor SF State student, victims lost in Oakland warehouse fire

memorial for Michela Gregory
Dozens gathered in front of San Francisco State University’s Cesar Chavez Student Center on Dec. 14 to remember the life of 20-year-old student Michela Angelina Gregory and the 35 other victims killed in a massive warehouse fire in Oakland Dec. 2. Gregory, a third-year student, had attended an event at the “Ghost Ship” warehouse with her boyfriend, Alex Vega, who also died in the fire. She was a participant in the Metro College Success Program’s Academy of Child & Adolescent Development. She was majoring in both child development and communicative disorders and hoped to work with children with special needs. Metro program staff members organized the memorial.
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Photo gallery: CHSS Holiday Party 2016

holiday party photo thumbnails
The College held its annual holiday party on Dec. 13 at Seven Hills Conference Center.
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Discussion focuses on LGBT research/practice 

Kimberly Balsam leads discussion
Kimberly Balsam, American Psychological Association Division 44 president, led a discussion of current issues in LGBTQ research and practice on Dec. 7. Topics included issues of non-binary gender, historical trauma and post-election anxieties. Balsam is a professor at Palo Alto University's graduate program in psychology and well known for her research on minority stress and LGBT populations. She recently completed an NIH grant-funded project following couples who got civil unions in Vermont to track relationship issues over time, including the multitude of different ways that same-sex couples negotiated relationship status thru the years before legal marriage, as well as how they went about dissolving relationships.

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Faculty Honors & Awards

NLPA honors Cerezo and colleagues  

Cerezo and colleagues
As part of a collective, Assistant Professor Alison Cerezo (Counseling) received the presidential citation for leadership in the wake of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub Massacre from the National Latina/o Psychological Association (NLPA). The award was presented at NLPA’s biennial conference held in Orlando, Fla., in November 2016.
Pictured (left to right): Roberto Abreau (University of Kentucky), Alison Cerezo, Elizabeth Aranda (UC Berkeley), Dagoberto Heredia (Texas A&M)

Tierney recognized for excellence in research

Patrick TierneyProfessor Patrick Tierney (Recreation, Parks & Tourism) was presented with the Excellence in Research award at the Resort and Commercial Recreation Association national conference, held Nov. 5-8 in at the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Fla. This the third time he has received this honor. The award recognized his presentation at the conference research symposium, titled “Characteristics, Motivations and Evaluations of Vacation Rental Users.” Tierney’s research identified characteristics of vacation rental (VR) users, types of VR units utilized, how they reserved their VR unit, primary reasons for staying in a VR, communications with the VR owner, perceived safety of the VR, and if the availability of a VR influenced their decision to visit the destination. It surveyed attendees at the 2015 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco and compared VR users to non-resident attendees who stayed in commercial hotel and motels during the event.

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Faculty Presentations

Burke shares research on procrastination and mindfulness

Criszel Corpuz and Adam Burke with poster
Professor Adam Burke (Health Education) presented a poster, “Using a Mindfulness-Based Strategy to Reduce Procrastination and Enhance College Student Study Skills,” at the 2016 International Symposium for Contemplative Studies, held Nov. 10-13 in San Diego. The study evaluated a mindfulness-based intervention to counter procrastination and support student success. Burke also presented “Teaching meditation: Evaluating acceptability of a method to address mind wandering” at the same symposium.
Pictured: Adam Burke and research assistant Criszel Corpuz with their poster

Social Work faculty members present at CSWE meeting

Lecturers Christina Feliciana and Christine Scudder (Social Work) presented an interactive workshop at the 62nd Annual Program Meeting of the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) Nov. 4 in Atlanta. The title was “Cultural Humility: Praxis in Child Welfare.” Associate Professor Jocelyn Hermoso (Social Work) presented a paper on “A community-university partnership on a Photovoice project of African-American women on CalWorks” at the same conference. She also co-presented with Social Work Lecturer Sonia Melara on “Critical issues in teaching social work as a rights-based profession.”

Taylor discusses socioecological justice in family science programs

Assistant Professor Sherria Taylor (Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics) presented “Walking the Talk: A Socioecological Justice Framework for Family Science Programs” at the National Council on Family Relations’ annual conference in Minneapolis on Nov. 3. Her presentation highlighted a socioecological justice framework that can be used to increase underrepresented undergraduate students’ success and persistence in research-based courses and family science programs.

Toporek speaks at counseling psychology meeting in Athens

Professor Rebecca L. Toporek (Counseling) gave the keynote speech for the sixth Pan-Hellenic Conference of the Counseling Psychology Division of the Hellenic Psychological Society, the main scientific psychology organization in Greece. Her keynote, “Healthcare Provider, Educator, Advocate, Community Member, Global Citizen: Strength, Strategy and Sustainability,” was presented Nov. 5 in Athens. Toporek was chosen in large part due to her role as lead editor of the “Handbook for Social Justice in Counseling Psychology,” which was translated to Greek.
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Grants & Contracts Received

Child Welfare Training Project funding renewed

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services renewed funding for the Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Project. Title IV-E is a collaboration between the California Department of Social Services, the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) and 21 accredited California graduate schools of social work and social welfare. The goal of the project is to improve the education and training of social workers for publicly supported social services. SF State achieves this goal by admitting new M.S.W. students into the Social Work program each year. Accepted students receive a stipend in exchange for a two-year post-graduation work commitment in a county child welfare agency in the California. The principal investigator for SF State’s Title IV-E project is Susanna Jones, professor and director of the School of Social Work.

Child and Family Studies Program receives Student Success in the Majors grant

Assistant Professor Sherria Taylor (Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics) was recently awarded a $7,000 Student Success in the Majors grant from SF State’s Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning. This funding allows for the addressing of program curriculum issues that have been found to be hindering student success in the Family & Consumer Sciences - Child and Family Studies program. 
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Recent Publications

Assistant Professor Jimmy Bagley (Kinesiology) is lead author of “Skeletal muscle fatigability and myosin heavy chain fiber type in resistance trained men,” published in the Dec. 7, 2016 issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. A quicker onset of fatigue during exercise has been associated with more fast-twitch muscle fibers in human thigh muscles. The study reexamined this relationship utilizing the most sensitive fiber typing methods to date. Surprisingly, the results showed no relationship between fatigue and fiber type in resistance trained male participants (compared to ‘recreationally active’ men studied in previous investigations), highlighting potential effects of fitness level on altering mechanisms of muscle fatigue. This work was a collaboration with Andy Galpin’s Lab in the Center for Sport Performance, CSU Fullerton.
Professor Adam Burke (Health Education) is an author of "Colorectal Cancer Screening and Chinese Americans: Efficacy of Lay Health Worker Outreach and Print Materials,” published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Chinese Americans have low colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates. Evidence-based interventions to increase CRC screening in this population are lacking. This study aims to compare the efficacy of two interventions in increasing CRC screening among Chinese Americans.

WSQ coverProfessor Jessica Fields (Sociology & Sexuality Studies) authored “The Racialized Erotics of Participatory Research: A Queer Feminist Consideration,” which was the lead article in a special issue of WSQ on Queer Methods (Fall/Winter 2016). At the intersections of empirical research, queer theory and women of color feminism, Fields explores the place of racialized, gendered and sexualized erotics in participatory action research (PAR). Focusing on her own erotic experience of a PAR study of intimacy, HIV/AIDS and systemic violence and regulation, she argues for queer feminist PAR that refuses to cast failures, flirtations and misreadings as obstacles to understanding. Queer feminist PAR instead recognizes such anxious situations as visceral experiences of social difference and affinity in which researchers, participants and collaborators assert their personhood. Ultimately, such moments facilitate queer feminist inquiry.
Lecturer Amir Gohar (PACE/Urban Studies & Planning) published “Flash flooding as a threat to settlements even in remote areas” in Environment and Urbanization with his co-author Mathias Kondolf. The article presents a case study of the town of El-Sheikh El-Shazli, in the Eastern Desert of Egypt, which has undergone increasingly rapid development over the past two decades. Gohar and Kondolf document the extent and effects of the last flash flood (1996) from interviews, field measurement of flood debris, and patterns in satellite imagery; these show the extent of new development in flood-prone wadi floors and the potential risks to residents and visitors in the absence of proper planning. They then recommend measures to reduce the future loss of life and damage from flooding.
Associate Professor Yeon-Shim Lee (Social Work) is an author of “A Comparative Look at Risk and Protective Factors for Depressive Symptoms among American Indian and Caucasian Older Adults: Adverse Childhood Experience and Social Support,” published in the journal Health & Social Work. The study examined factors related to depression among a sample of American Indian older adults in the Midwest, using data collected from a self-administered survey completed by 479 American Indian and Caucasian respondents over the age of 50.
Professor Erik Peper and Associate Professor Richard Harvey (Health Education/Institute for Holistic Health Studies) co-authored the article, “Breathing and math performance: Implications for performance and neurotherapy,” in NeuroRegulation. Their report of findings describes students’ self-reported difficulty and anxiety during test taking and the effect of deliberate gasping or diaphragmatic breathing on the ability to solve math problems. Peper also authored “Be a tree and share gratitude,” which was published in the Jan. 2, 2017 issue of Western Edition/HP Journal. In this article, he recommends practices for taking charge of your stress responses and depressive thoughts.

Professor Nina Roberts (Recreation, Parks & Tourism) coached and mentored two graduate students/alumni in the publication of their research. She worked with Susie Barr-Wilson (M.S., ’12, RPT) to publish her thesis, “Adolescent girls & body image: Influence of outdoor adventure on healthy living,” in the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership. She also worked with Tanya Rao (M.S., ’14, RPT) to publish a book chapter, “Voices of women of colour: Dreaming of an inclusive outdoor leadership environment,” to be published in “The Palgrave Macmillan International Handbook of Women and Outdoor Learning,” edited by Tonia Gray and Denise Mitten.
sustainability journal coverProfessor and Chair Connie Ulasewicz (Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics) and master’s student Russell Esmus published an article titled “I Had an Old Tablecloth: The ReUse of Textile Waste by the San Francisco Hospitality Industry,” in the December 2016 issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record. The article describes a case study designed to assess the practicality of textile reuse and to further develop a comprehensive plan for using post-consumer textile products as a raw material to produce new sewn products. 

Elizabeth Yuen (B.S., ’16, Kinesiology) and Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Jimmy Bagley published the article “Exercise Benefits and Considerations for Individuals With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus” in the December 2016 issue of Strength & Conditioning Journal. The article presents the benefits of exercise for individuals with lupus and provides practitioners and clinicians with exercise recommendations and considerations for patients with the disease. For this work, Yuen and Bagley won the Undergraduate-Faculty Research Collaboration Award from the College of Health & Social Sciences last May at the College’s 2016 Spring Showcase.

Sarah Zerzan (D.P.T., ’15), and D.P.T. Program faculty members Betty Smoot, Jeannette Lee, Andrew Lui and Diane Allen authored “The Effect of Bone-loading Exercise on Bone Mineral Density in Women Following Treatment for Breast Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,” published in the journal Rehabilitation Oncology. The manuscript is from student work from the PT 209/910 course. 
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School & Department News

Center for Research & Education on Gender & Sexuality 

Meade joins CREGS as education coordinator

Zed MeadeZaedryn (Zed) Meade — an award-winning writer and speaker focusing on genders, sexualities, relationships, kink and power — has joined CREGS in the role of education coordinator. Their writing has been widely published online and in essay collections such as “The Remedy: Trans and Queer Healthcare,” “Queering Sexual Violence,” and “Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme.” Meade has been a guest speaker at colleges around the country since 2008. Meade teaches puberty education in San Francisco Bay Area public schools through Superstar Health Education and makes all sorts of media for the erotic embodiment collective Body Trust. They earned a bachelor's degree in women studies and creative writing from the University of Washington in 2004. They are excited to bring their event production and social media skills to work at CREGS.

Department of Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics

Photo gallery: FNA Fall Fashion Show 2016

thumbnail images from fashion show
The Fashion Network Association (an association of SF State students in the fashion community) presented the FNA Fall Fashion Show 2016: Sustainability, on Nov. 29 at Jack Adams Hall. The show focused on sustainable fashion designs made of materials not harmful to the environment.
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Dietetics alumni and students to be honored at statewide conference

CAND logoThree from SF State are among those who will be recognized at the 2017 California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (CAND) Annual Conference & Expo, to be held April 27-29.
  • Sarah Koszyk (M.A., ’10, Family & Consumer Sciences; B.A./B.S., ’02, Speech & Communications, Spanish, Nutrition) will receive CAND’s Excellence in Private Practice Award. Koszyk is a registered dietitian and nutrition coach.
  • Patrick Newton, a current B.S. student in Dietetics, will receive the Outstanding Dietetic Student Award from the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND).
  • Tope Pedro (M.P.H., ’14), an intern in the Dietetic Internship Program, will receive the Outstanding Dietetic Student Internship Award from AND.

Students develop children’s books for local nonprofit

students show books to children
CFS/D students participated in a community outreach assignment right before the holidays, developing books for children currently enrolled in the Compass Children’s Center in San Francisco. The nonprofit is a part of the San Francisco-based Compass Family Services, which helps homeless families and families at imminent risk for homelessness to achieve housing stability, family well-being and self-sufficiency.

While writing the stories, students needed to be aware that they were writing for children from multicultural backgrounds, while invoking imagination and incorporating children’s interests.

In order to give the students deeper knowledge of how to write for children from different cultural backgrounds, Lecturer Ivana Markova invited Natasha Yim, a Bay Area children’s book author born in Malaysia, to talk to students about culturally and linguistically sensitive books and her experiences writing for children from Asian cultural backgrounds.

Department of Health Education

Student abstracts published

Last spring, undergraduate students Abhi Ardagh, Rosa Abili, Cindy Cheung, Shannon Lee, Jeanette Sanchez, Connie Tseng and Carina Yau presented posters at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback in Seattle. The abstracts have been published in the December 2016 issue of the scientific journal, Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. They are: "Effect of Breathing Style on Math Problem Solving" (Lee, S., Sanchez, J., Peper, E., & Harvey, R. ); "Reducing Acne-Stress and an Integrated Self-Healing Approach" (Tseng, C., Peper, E., Harvey, R., Yau, C., & Abili, R.);  and "Physiological Response to Time Pressure" (Ardagh, A., Cheung, C., Peper, E., & Harvey, R.).  

Marian Wright Edelman Institute

Helping Families, Saving Lives

Caitlin RyanCaitlin Ryan, founder and director of the Family Acceptance Project, is interviewed in the most recent issue of SF State Magazine. Through research, intervention and education, the Family Acceptance Project helps families learn to support their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children. The project celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2017.
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School of Nursing

Graduates recognized at Fall Pinning Ceremony

Castro theater marqueeSF State’s School of Nursing held its Fall 2016 Pinning Ceremony at San Francisco’s Castro Theater on Dec. 16. The ceremony recognized 24 graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (B.S.N.); one graduate of the Registered Nurse to B.S.N. program, and five graduates of the Master of Science in Nursing program. 

The tradition of the nursing pin dates back to Queen Victoria, who presented an elaborate brooch to Florence Nightingale for her nursing service in the Crimean War. The brooch was the first nursing pin to be awarded to a nurse for distinguished service and served as a model for future nursing pins. The first school of nursing pin in the United States was produced for the School of Nursing at Bellevue in New York in 1880.

Congratulations, 2016-2017 members of Sigma Theta Tau!

Founded in 1922, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is regarded as the top honor society for nursing and is dedicated to advancing world health. SF State School of Nursing commends its STTI members for their exemplary demonstration of nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service. 

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Trevor Johnson wins Derf Public Service Award

Trevor Johnson and Karen Brennan-JohnsonTrevor Johnson (B.S.N., ’16) received the Philip Derf Public Service Award at the School of Nursing's Fall 2016 Pinning Ceremony. Professor Emerita Karen Johnson-Brennan presented the award. 

Derf was a nursing student from 1990 to 1994 who passed away before completing the program. Each graduating class selects one classmate to receive the award in commemoration of Derf’s commitment to public service. 

Pictured: Trevor Johnson and Karen Johnson-Brennan

Department of Physical Therapy

D.P.T. program well-represented at state conference

Jason GeeThe Graduate Program in Physical Therapy was well-represented at the California state conference of the American Physical Therapy Association held in Santa Clara, Oct. 8-9, 2016. Several students and faculty members from the program had peer-reviewed abstracts accepted for poster or platform presentations. Jason Gee (D.P.T., ’16), pictured, presented his case report — a project completed during the D.P.T. program with the support of Linda Wanek, professor and chair of Physical Therapy. 

D.P.T. students teach at girls climbing program

girl and mentor test pinch grip strengthSecond-year D.P.T. students recently participated in Girlz Climb On, an afterschool program that pairs girls with adult female mentors at a climbing gym. The students worked with approximately six girls from Grades 6-8 and eight adult mentors at Mission Cliffs. The students taught them about the use of diaphragmatic breathing, posture, acceptance of one's limitations, and injury prevention through strength as ways to practice self-love and self-acceptance. The presenters were all from the D.P.T. Class of 2018, including Nylah Hazard, Regina Mohan, Maria Ellman-Horvath, Ariana Skripek and Katie Kessler
Pictured: A girl and her mentor test pinch-grip strength. 

Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism

Students get real-world insight by pitching their ‘Destination Resorts’

students look at resorts project
Professor of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Patrick Tierney celebrated a 24-year partnership with the well-respected San Francisco architecture firm SB Architects benefiting the students in the RPT 460 Destination Resorts class. An RPT 460 assignment requires students to prepare a detailed design plan for a hypothetical boutique resort on a real location near campus. Just before the design plan is due, an architect from SB Architects presents the latest trends in international resort design to the class. The architect later observes as the students present their own plans to the class. In addition to the enriched learning experience this fosters, it also provides students with public speaking experience.
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Alumni Corner

Public Administration alumnus inspires parents to graduate from college; his proud tweet goes viral

Cole's tweetCharles L. Cole III (M.P.A., ’10) is rightfully proud of his parents. They both overcame drug addiction, and then, inspired by their son’s academic accomplishments, went back to college themselves. When they graduated in December with bachelor’s degrees from Sacramento Theological Seminary, Cole’s congratulatory tweet went viral, with more than 5,000 likes and 2,000 retweets. The story got the attention of ABC News, Inside Edition and the Huffington Post.

Cole obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science from CSU East Bay before earning his M.P.A. at SF State. He’s currently at SF State working toward his doctorate in Educational Leadership.

CHSS in the Media

Below is a selection of recent news stories featuring members of the CHSS community. For a more comprehensive list, see the CHSS in the Media page on the CHSS website.
  • Research by Assistant Professor of Sexuality Studies Darius Bost is is mentioned in an article about queer resistance to Vice President Mike Pence. Mic Network (1/19/17)
  • In an interview in a Dublin, Calif. blog, undergraduate Sabrina Tabaracci says she chose SF State because of the variety of options within the Kinesiology major. (1/11/17)
  • Colleen Hoff, professor of sexuality studies and director of the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality, comments on a new study that found young gay men who are part of a couple favor monogamy. Edge Media Network (1/5/17)
  • SF State student Michela Gregory, who was studying child development, was among the victims of the Oakland warehouse fire. San Jose Mercury News (12/7/16); KQED (12/13/16); Golden Gate XPress (12/6/16); and numerous other outlets.
  • An editorial references research from SF State’s Family Acceptance Project on the impact of family rejection or acceptance of their LGBTQ+ children. The Pitt News (11/30/16) 
  • An article about fitness trackers references SF State kinesiology research about the various ways to measure body composition. Wareable (11/17/16)
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CHSS connection is published regularly by the College Office. Please submit news and photos using the submission form. The next issue will be published in February 2017; the deadline for submissions is Feb. 8. For questions about submissions, contact Michael Broder at
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