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Meet the New Faculty

headshots of 15 new faculty
The College of Health & Social Sciences welcomes 15 new faculty members this fall: Elif Balin (Counseling), Lara Cushing (Health Education), Jennifer Daubenmier (Health Education), Valerie Francisco-Menchavez (Sociology), Susanna Jones (Social Work), Jung Eun Kim (Nursing), Jihyun Lee (Kinesiology), Kent Lorenz (Kinesiology), Marla Ramírez (Sociology), David Rebanal (Health Education), Cesar “Ché” Rodriguez (Criminal Justice, PACE), Kathleen Shea (Nursing), Molly Strear (Counseling), Autumn Thoyre (Environmental Studies, PACE) and Dilara Yarbrough (Criminal Justice, PACE).
Find out about their scholarship, read why they were drawn to SF State, and learn some fun personal facts about these newest members of our community.
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Faculty and Staff Transitions

We say goodbye to a number of CHSS faculty and staff: Barbara Enes has retired from the AOC position in the Dept. of Recreation, Parks & Tourism after 26 years (43 total years of service). Mike King has left his position in Information Technology. Saya Tanaka has left the Associate Dean’s Office after 12 years of service. In addition, Charlotte Ferretti is retiring as director of the Marian Wright Edelman Institute after 31 years of service at SF State. We are grateful to all of them for their contributions to the College and wish them the best for the future.
We also have new staff to announce: Demetrios Bosniadis joins the Dept. of Recreation Parks & Tourism as a temporary AOC; Megan Hong joins the College Office in Fiscal Services, bringing 10 years of on-campus experience; Gina James joins PACE as an ASC; and Gary Straub joins the Dept. of Counseling as an ASC. Thao Pham, who was acting as a temporary AOC in the Dept. of Sociology/Sexuality Studies, has now been hired to fill that position.
Two faculty members are assuming new roles: Susan Kazarian is now director of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program and David Anderson is assuming the directorship of the Marian Wright Edelman Institute.

Faculty Tenure and Promotion

Congratulations to faculty who have received tenure and/or promotions this year:

Julie Chronister (Counseling), promoted to full professor
Ernie Joaquin (Public Administration, PACE), promoted to associate professor
Janey Wang (Public Administration, PACE), tenured and promoted to associate professor
Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh (Health Education), tenured
Jackson Wilson (Recreation, Parks & Tourism), tenured and promoted to associate professor

Retreat builds teamwork among staff, chairs and directors

retreat participants engage in team building exercise
Chairs and directors, department AOCs and College Office staff gathered for an all-day retreat at Fort Cronkhite in the Marin Headlands on Aug. 17. The group engaged in teambuilding activities led by Drew McAdams, lecturer in the Dept. of Recreation, Parks & Tourism and chief of programs at the Pacific Leadership Institute, with assistance from the Pacific Leadership Institute’s Challenge Course coordinator, Ian Mosier.
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Student speakers inspire crowd at Fall Annual Open Meeting

student speakers at fall open meetingAt the Aug. 22 CHSS Fall Annual Open Meeting, the program included talks by four students who spoke passionately and candidly about their personal backgrounds, challenges they have overcome and how their academic programs and experiences have transformed their lives. Student speakers were (clockwise from top left) Katherine Ngo (Criminal Justice); Jamil Devers (Physical Therapy), Rosemarie Perez (Social Work) and Michael Bennett (Recreation, Parks & Tourism).

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Faculty Development/Scholarship 

From Mickey Eliason, Assistant Dean, Faculty Development and Scholarship


Upcoming Events

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Child, Adolescent and Family Studies
I hope you attended the Sept. 21 brown bag lunch co-hosted with the Graduate College of Education, which featured Lygia Stebbing and Ashley Williams from CAD and Amber Friesen from Early Childhood Special Education and their international work in South Africa supporting early childhood education. 

The second brown bag will be on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 12-1 p.m., and will feature work by Sherria Taylor (Family Studies) and Jamal Cooks (Educational Leadership). Location and details will follow next month.
The third talk will be a panel of faculty conducting STEM research, from early childhood through college-age populations, and will be cohosted by COSE as well. If you would like to be on the panel, please let me know. This event will most likely happen in January at the faculty retreat or soon thereafter.
Asian American Health Symposium, Nov. 17, 1-3 pm
This symposium will be hosted by Ethnic Studies and co-sponsored by CHSS and UCSF. Several of our faculty will participate in this. Details will be forthcoming.

Writing Groups

Let me know if you would like to join a monthly support group for writing. We also have some limited availability for copy-editing, and I can connect you with someone for more intensive coaching (for a fee) if desired.

Research Interest Groups

Two research interest groups are planned for later this semester. The process will be to gather informally to share what we are doing in regards to our scholarship and/or teaching on these topics and decide if the group wants to have ongoing activities (e.g., journal club, informal discussions, collaborations on projects, peer review, mentoring, etc). The two groups are: (1) Research on immigration and (2) Applications of mindfulness/contemplative practices in educational settings. Let me know if you are interested in either one.

LGBTQ Institute

An advisory committee consisting of faculty members from across the College is working on a strategic plan for a collegewide institute to help faculty and staff infuse their curriculum, conduct LGBTQ research and help ensure that our students leave here grounded in cultural sensitivity regarding LGBTQ people and communities. This year will be a needs assessment process to determine where to focus our efforts. Let me know if you wish to join the committee or give input on our plans.

Individual Consultation

I’m always available to anyone who wants to chat (vent, whine, celebrate) about their scholarly endeavors or RTP issues. Contact

Faculty headshots

Did you know that faculty members can get a professional headshot taken for free, right here on campus in the Library? Academic Technology’s expert staff is available to provide this service. Contact Andrew Corpuz at, 5-5561 to arrange an appointment.

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Honors and Awards

George appointed to nutrition leadership positions

Assistant Professor Gretchen Lynn George (Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics) is president-elect 2016-2018 of the Nutrition Education & Behavioral Science Research Interest Group of the American Society for Nutrition. She is also communications chair 2015-2017 for the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Bay Area District, Dietetic Association.

Neighbors named ‘Disruptive Leader’

Laurie NeighborsLaurie Neighbors, lecturer (Health Education) and coordinator of the Metro Academy of Business, has been named one of Top 25 Disruptive Leaders “who dare to act urgently and with unrestrained imagination to improve economic outcomes for low‐income people in America’s cities.” She was selected for the honor by the organization Living Cities because her “work and leadership embody what’s possible when we lead and work together differently towards a more equitable America.” As a consultant, Neighbors works with organizations to develop strategies for increasing public decision-making power in underrepresented communities. The Disruptive Leaders were honored at an event in Washington on Sept. 27.

Park receives Virginia Hamilton Essay Award

Associate Professor Soyeon Park (Child & Adolescent Development) and co-authors received the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Essay Award in recognition of their article titled “Korean culture as portrayed in young children’s picture books: The pursuit of cultural authenticity,” published last year in Children’s Literature in Education. The award recognizes a journal article that makes a significant contribution to professional literature concerning multicultural literacy experiences for youth. It is presented annually at the Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature, the longest running conference dedicated to multicultural literature for youth in the country. As the award recipient, Park will receive a plaque and present a session with her co-authors at the 2017 conference.

Vitale wins Giraffe Award

Larry Vitale receives award from Arnold ChavezLarry Vitale, senior lecturer (Nursing), was presented with the Giraffe Award by Dr. Arnold Chavez of the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD). Vitale has coordinated student involvement in the San Quentin Health Fair since he began teaching at SF State in 2007. Prior to that, as a public health nurse in the ACPHD, he was involved in organizing the fair and was present at the first event in 2004. So why a giraffe? Read the story to find out!
Pictured: Larry Vitale (left) accepts the Giraffe Award from Dr. Arnold Chavez.

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De Vries presents webinar on LGBT end-of-life

Brian de VriesProfessor Brian de Vries (Gerontology, PACE) and Gloria Gutman of Simon Fraser University presented a free webinar, “Enhancing end-of-life discussions and planning among LGBT older Canadians,” based on their Canadian research-action project examining end-of-life preparations among LGBT older adults. They discussed the results of research — conducted with more than 20 focus groups of LGBT older adults and providers of services to older adults in five cities in Canada — as well as the website created based on these findings.  
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Hermosa presents papers, chairs panel at social work conference in Seoul

Associate Professor Jocelyn Hermoso (Social Work) presented three papers at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education, and Social Development 2016 in Seoul: "Sustaining Women's Role in Peace and Security in Mindanao: Analyzing the Philippines' National Action Plan for UNSCR 1325," "Weaving the Threads of Peace: How Women Bring in a Gender Perspective to Peacemaking in Mindanao" and "Participatory Evaluation of the CalWORKS Program by African-American Women Recipients: A Photovoice Project." Hermoso also chaired a panel on gender equality.

Lee delivers presentations at lymphedema conference

Jeanette Lee, assistant professor (Physical Therapy), recently gave two presentations at the 12th International NLN (National Lymphedema Network) Conference, held Sept. 1-3 in Dallas. Her poster presentation, titled “Is Kinesiotape Effective in Reducing Upper Extremity Lymphedema in Women following Breast Cancer Treatment? A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis,” was co-authored by two physical therapy students, Carolina Zubiri and Sarah Zerzan. These students are both recent graduates of the UCSF/SF State Doctor of Physical Therapy program. In conjunction with UCSF colleagues Betty Smoot and Hidelisa Manibusan, Lee also presented an educational session titled “Adjunct Therapies: The Role of Manual Therapy in Promoting Lymphatic Flow and Soft Tissue Mobility.”

Peper discusses PTSD with Japan earthquake survivors

On Aug. 4 Professor Erik Peper (Health Education) gave the invited lecture "There Is Hope: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment and Prevention" to public health professionals and survivors of the April 16 Kumamoto earthquake in Japan. The earthquake destroyed housing for 20,000 people and today 5,000 people are still living in shelters.

Roberts addresses parks, equity, health

Professor Nina Roberts (Recreation, Parks & Tourism) has recently delivered talks all over the country: On Sept. 9 she spoke on a panel at the New School in New York City for the launch of a book, “Ecological & Social Healing – Multicultural Women’s Voices,” in which she wrote a chapter. On Sept.14 she moderated a panel at Yale on national parks in urban areas — the first in a series of public events sponsored by the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies commemorating the National Park Service Centennial. Later in the month, she returned to San Francisco to deliver a plenary speech at the Health Outdoors! Forum, a Sept. 21 event that addressed parks and health equity, hosted by Healthy Parks Healthy People: Bay Area. And on Sept. 29, she was a panelist at a Colorado State University symposium, The Color of Our Parks: Nature, Race, and Diversity in the National Park Service.

Taylor speaks to middle-school girls at empowerment event

Sherrie TaylorAssistant Professor Sherria Taylor (Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics) was the keynote speaker at Middle School Girls’ Day, an event held Sept. 10 by the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco. The theme of the event was “Together we stand strong. We are powerful and unique.” It included workshops on self-defense, natural hair care, healthy relationships and much more. Taylor spoke on the importance of Being True to Yourself and utilized pictures from her time in middle school to highlight challenges girls of color may have during those times with bullying, violence and simply wanting to be accepted by a majority of peers and teachers who often don’t look like them.

Toporek to present at psychology conference in Greece

Rebecca ToporekProfessor Rebecca Toporek (Counseling) was invited as keynote speaker for the 6th Pan-Hellenic Conference of the Counselling Psychology Division of the Hellenic Psychological Society, the main scientific psychology organization in Greece. She will present her keynote, focusing on psychologists working on social justice and employment in a global context, on Nov. 5 in Athens. The invitation was prompted based on the Greek translation of the “Handbook for Social Justice in Counseling Psychology,” of which Toporek was the lead editor.

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Grants Received

Let’s EAT: Eating Actively Together

Let's Eat logoAssistant Professor Gretchen George (Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics) was awarded a Development of Research and Creativity (DRC) grant for 2016-2017. The DRC awards support faculty in work that will significantly benefit their scholarship and creative work at SF State. George’s project, Let’s EAT: Eating Actively Together, is focused on the prevention of childhood obesity in children of separation and divorce. It is a novel six-week family intervention to improve family routines — specifically routines related to nutritious (and delicious) eating, basic cooking skills and family practices during divorce. This study is the first of its kind to propose an intervention focused on nutrition and family routines within families transitioning through separation and divorce.

Program and Service Delivery

Associate Professor Ernie Joaquin (Public Administration, PACE) was awarded a mini-faculty grant from the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement to develop a Community Service Learning class for the MPA program. The course, being implemented this Fall 2016, is called Program and Service Delivery (PA 727-CSL). Graduate students are expected to devote a minimum of 20 hours of direct contact with organizational partners to address real community issues in a reflective approach. Joaquin's class is collaborating with a variety of organizations, namely St. Anthony's Foundation, South San Francisco City Government and the HR administration of SF State (our very own Employee University) in community outreach, program development and evaluation.

HIV prevention and care among Mexican immigrants

Associate Professor Rita Melendez (Sociology/Sexuality Studies, CREGS and Health Equity Institute) was funded through UC Berkeley’s Health Initiatives of the Americas to conduct research with colleagues at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas and the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional. Melendez will lead the group of researchers in analyzing three rural areas of California to evaluate access to HIV prevention and care among Mexican immigrants, including ability of rural immigrants to receive HIV testing and counseling, PrEP information and counseling, HIV care and support or mental health services. Because Mexican immigrants often seroconvert in the U.S. and many return to Mexico and transmit HIV to their partners, the promotion of HIV care and PrEP in particular can lead to decreased HIV transmission in both the U.S. and Mexico. The team will use GIS to locate and analyze services for rural Californian Latino immigrants and conduct interviews with health care providers and Latino immigrant clients. By gaining insight into these factors, the project will offer public policy recommendations. 

Preterm Birth Initiative San Francisco Community Engagement Platform

Jessica Wolin, clinical faculty (Health Education) and associate director for community practice at the Health Equity Institute, has received a $225,000 grant from UCSF to lead its Preterm Birth Initiative San Francisco Community Engagement Platform. Over the next two years, Wolin and her team will facilitate the development of a community-based participatory research partnership that will bring together parents living in unstable housing conditions and researchers to develop and test new interventions to prevent preterm birth.

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Recent Publications

Nurse Practitioner Program Director/Lecturer Connie Carr (Nursing) and Associate Director/Assistant Professor Elaine Musselman (Nursing) authored “Hospice & Palliative Care Education for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses: Are More Programs Needed?” in the Journal of Family Medicine.
Professor Brian de Vries (Gerontology, PACE) is first author of “The relationship timeline: A method for the study of shared lived experiences in relational contexts,” published in Advances in Life Course Research. He also authored “End-of-life preparations among older LGBT adults” in Generations (with Gloria Gutman). In addition, De Vries coauthored “The effects of masculine self-esteem following treatment for localized prostate cancer among gay men” in LGBT Health.
Assistant Professor Therese Doan (Nursing) published “Qualitative Exploration of Sexual Health Among Diverse Breast Cancer Survivors” in the Journal of Cancer Education. The publication resulted from a collaboration among Doan, Susana Tat of the Health Equity Institute and Grace Yoo of Asian American Studies, based on a completed study about quality of life of female breast cancer survivors.
Associate Professor Sheldon Gen (Public Administration, PACE) published an article titled “Strategies of Policy Advocacy Organizations and Their Theoretical Affinities: Evidence from Q-Methodology” (with Amy Conley Wright) in Policy Studies Journal. The article connects literature on nonprofits and policy change with policy studies literature on influence in the policy process to examine policy advocacy strategies of nonprofit organizations.
Associate Professor Jocelyn Hermoso (Social Work) was the first author of the article “Mainstreaming a Gender Perspective to Peacemaking: A Framework for Policy Evaluation for U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325” (with Carmen Luca Sugawara, Indiana University), which was published in the July 2016 issue of Social Development Issues.
Associate Professor Yeon-Shim Lee (Social Work) published two articles: “Correlates of Receipt of Colorectal Cancer Screenings Among American Indians in the Northern Plains” in Social Work Research and “Risk and Protective Factors for Depressive Symptoms among Indigenous Older Adults: Intimate Partner Violence and Social Support” in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work.
Professor Erik Peper (Health Education) and Associate Professor Richard Harvey (Health Education/Institute for Holistic Health Studies) co-authored the article "Calibrating Respiratory Strain Gauges: What the Numbers Mean for Monitoring Respiration," which was published in the summer 2016 issue of Biofeedback. Peper also coauthored “The efficacy of neurofeedback among patients with major depressive disorder: preliminary study,” which appeared in NeuroRegulation.
Associate Professor Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh (Health Education) is the lead author of “Active school transport and fast food intake: Are there racial and ethnic differences?” published in the October issue of Preventive Medicine. Sanchez-Vaznaugh and colleagues found that overall, adolescents that participated in active school transport (AST; walked, biked, or skateboarded to school) 1-2 days per week were more likely to consume fast food. The study also found a differential racial/ethnic patterning in the active school transport-fast food intake association.
Associate Professor Jeff Snipes (Criminal Justice, PACE) published “A Validation Study of Bullet and Cartridge Case Comparisons Using Samples Representative of Actual Casework” in the Journal of Forensic Sciences. The article examines the foundation of firearm and tool mark identification using a double-blind casework scenario research process. This innovative approach provides evidence that even in the context of routine casework, bullet and cartridge comparisons are valid.
Professor Genie Stowers (Public Administration, PACE), with three MPA students, published “Understanding the content and features of open data portals in American cities” in Government Information Quarterly. This paper presents the result of research on features and content of open data portals in American cities. The authors developed five scales to categorize and describe these portals. Regression models explaining variation between cities on these scales indicate city population as an important influence, along with participation in a regional consortium. Overall, results indicate portals are in a very early stage of development and need a great deal of work to improve user help and analysis features as well as inclusion of features to help citizens understand the data.
Assistant Professor of Family Studies Sherria Taylor (Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics) published “Predicting Behavioral Health Outcomes Among Low-Income Families: Testing a Socioecological Model of Family Resilience Determinants” in the Journal of Child and Family Studies. 
Active + Healthy magazine coverProfessor David Walsh (Kinesiology) was a guest editor for a special issue of Active + Healthy magazine focused on a youth development curriculum model, Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility through Physical Activity (TPSR). He assembled a team of writers to contribute articles based on TPSR, wrote a guest editorial and contributed an article, “Teaching the Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility model through developmental stages. Walsh also published “The TPSR Alliance: An international community of practice for teaching, research and service” (with Paul Wright) in the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance. 

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Department of Child & Adolescent Development

Honors students help improve program quality in South Africa preschools

group of students in honors program

For the third year in a row, SF State’s Department of Child and Adolescent Development (CAD), in partnership with the EDvance program at SF State, enlisted 10 CAD majors in a service learning experience in Cape Town, South Africa. The CAD B.A. Degree Honors Program is a two-month program in which CAD majors work in the township of Vrygrond in Cape Town. They collaborate with True North, a nonprofit organization committed to building the capacity of 32 crechès (home-based preschools) that serve more than 1,400 children and families with 133 teachers in Vrygrond. Seventy percent of Vrygrond's approximately 5,000 children have no access to early childhood development (ECD) facilities.

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EDVance holds student retreat for early childhood educators

students at PATH retreatTo begin this fall semester, EDvance, a program of the Marian Wright Edelman Institute and the Child & Adolescent Development Department, hosted its second annual Promoting Achievement Through Higher Education (PATH) student retreat in the Marin Headlands. Ninety students and faculty met for the weekend of August 26-27 to engage in dialogue and reflection about professionalizing the early childhood educator field through inquiry cycles and implementing an equity framework in their work with children and families. 

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Department of Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics

Dietetics students gain experience, opportunity through volunteer work

Richard KleinmanDeep Singal, a student in the B.S. program in dietetics, writes about the role of volunteerism for dietetics students — for example, Richard Kleinman (pictured), who volunteers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Dietetics students completed a total of 1,907 hours of community service over the first six months of 2016.
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Nutrition & Dietetics students awarded scholarships

Congratulations to dietetic interns who have received scholarships! James Griffith and Tope Pedro each received Commission on Dietetic Registration Diversity Scholarships from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation in the amount of $5,000. Both of them also received awards from the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (CAND) Foundation – James Griffith received the Carol Hayes Torio Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship and Tope Pedro received the Foundation Scholarship Honoring Bernice Aarons. In addition, Nicole Alai received the Jacqueline Saracino Scholarship and Laura Duggan received the Consultant Dietitians Scholarship from the CAND Foundation.

Markova explores effects of media on body image

Ivana MarkovaIvana Markova, lecturer in Apparel Design and Merchandising, is working in collaboration with Cristina Azocar, chair of the Dept. of Journalism, on a research study regarding media effects and body image. The purpose of this study is to examine the effects media (including social media) have on students’ perceptions and acceptance of their body image. There is no question about the fact that consumers’ negative perceptions of their bodies lies in the media’s portrayal of women when promoting fashion. Another important issue this study will undertake is the lack of cultural representation of models of different ethnicities and different body types in the media. ​

Department of Health Education

Wolin and team to develop strategies for HOPE SF

Jessica WolinJessica Wolin, clinical faculty in Health Education and associate director for community practice at the Health Equity Institute, will continue her partnership with the San Francisco Foundation and has received a contract to evaluate and develop pilot strategies for the HOPE SF initiative. In 2016-2017, Wolin and her team will conduct evaluations of the Peer Health Leadership Program and educational engagement activities implemented in the four HOPE SF sites. In addition, they will work with socially engaged artist Brett Cook and the residents and staff of the Alice Griffith public housing site on a new project, Generations, which will create permanent public art that reflects community history and wisdom.

School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement

Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship applications now being accepted for Spring 2017

Mayor Willie Brown and Willie Brown Fellows
The Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship Program places students in prestigious semester-long internships in SF city and county agencies. It is open to SF State students in any major and pays a $3,000 stipend. The fellowship provides SF State students who have faced barriers pursuing a college education with an opportunity to gain professional experience in the public sector while developing a lifelong commitment to public service. At the same time, the program provides San Francisco’s public agencies with a diverse, qualified and well-educated workforce. The application deadline is November 28 at 5 p.m. The start date for the spring semester is January 25, 2017.
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Department of Physical Therapy

PT team leads early academic outreach workshop

students at physical therapy trainingAssociate Clinical Professor Sarah Pawlowsky and nine first-year PT students in the UCSF/SF State Graduate Program in PT participated in a community outreach activity through the Program for Investigation and Training for Careers in Health (PITCH), an offering of UCSF’s Early Academic Outreach Program. PITCH provides an opportunity for incoming high school juniors, particularly those who may be the first in their families to pursue a four-year college degree, to spend three weeks at UCSF, exploring careers in health care and their educational pathways in addition to learning professional skills to help them on their chosen paths.The physical therapy team from UCSF/SF State led an interactive workshop to share why young people should consider physical therapy as a career choice.
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Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism

Roberts works with park advocacy initiative; helps form living NPS logo

Professor Nina Roberts is currently on sabbatical as a visiting scholar working with the National Parks Conservation Association on its Find Your Voice initiative to educate, engage and empower new national park advocates to ensure America's favorite places continue to thrive into their next century.
living NPS logoWhile on the East Coast, Roberts participated in the Living Arrowhead for the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial on Founders Day, Aug. 25, on the Mall in Washington. She was among 1,000 people who held brown, green and white umbrellas to form the iconic NPS arrowhead logo, creating the largest human logo ever

School of Social Work

BASW student presents at military social work conference

Nathan Padilla, a senior in the BASW program and a veteran, presented a peer-reviewed poster at The Fourth Annual Military Social Work Conference. The conference took place September 26-28, 2016 at the University of Texas at Austin. The is titled “DoD Sexual Assault Policy Analysis: Capabilities and Vulnerabilities Framework and Women's Empowerment Framework.” The opportunity would not have been possible without the platform of SW 352: Gender, Sexism, and Social Welfare, a course led by Jocelyn Hermoso. Padilla said, “Dr. Hermoso guided my paper by providing guidance when needed and allowing me freedom to explore policies that I care deeply about. She is also the person that informed me of the poster opportunity and has provided constant support to ensure my poster is ready for presentation.”

Guardian Scholars Program, co-founded by Lenz-Rashid, now in 11th year

Sonja Lenz-RashidAssociate Professor Sonja Lenz-Rashid is co-founder and faculty researcher of SF State's Guardian Scholars Program, which supports current and former foster youth who are undergraduate students on campus. This month the Guardian Scholars Program celebrates its 11th year at SF State with 18 new incoming students. More than 90 students are being served this academic year with clinical case management, year-round housing, mental health support, career planning services, academic advising and leadership opportunities. This fall the program is launching a comprehensive performance management database to evaluate student outcomes and services — the first of its kind in the country. 

Department of Sociology and Sexuality Studies

M.A. students named Casanova pre-doctoral scholars

Casanova scholarsThree of the department's M.A. students have been named 2016-17 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars by the California State University Chancellor's Office. This scholarship is “designed to diversify the pool of university faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of students who are upper division undergraduates or graduate students on a California State University campus, economically or educationally disadvantaged, with focused research interests and an interest in a university faculty career.” Casanova Scholars work with faculty mentors throughout their fellowship year.
Pictured left to right: Casanova scholars Michelle Parra, Jillian Salazar and Spencer Ruelos
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A Nurse's Journey: For a Russian émigré, education opens doors 

Larisa Revzina and two students examine a manikin
After emigrating from Russia to the United States, Larisa Revzina earned her M.S. in nursing science at SF State, and returned to school for her nurse practitioner certificate. After several years of clinical practice, and some teaching in SF State’s nursing program, she co-founded the Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts, a nationally accredited professional training school where she is currently the chief academic officer. Her resume suggests a straight line to success, but the reality was a meandering path of struggle, poverty and a particular penchant for turning failures into opportunities.
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Alumni show work in Design Gallery inaugural exhibition

Rosemary Brensen's jumper gownApparel Design & Merchandising alumni Rosemary (Robinson) Brensen and Noah Guy, and Interior Design alumna Lizette Bruckstein displayed their work in the inaugural exhibition of SF State’s new Design Gallery. The show, titled SF State Designs: Alumni Exhibition, was open in late September and early October. The new gallery will function as a collaborative teaching and learning workspace and as a public forum, inviting deeper engagement in design practices and discourse. Guy is the founder and principal designer of San Francisco-based Joshu+Vela; Bruckstein is the founder of SF Lizette Marie Interior Design; and Brensen is the co-owner/designer of the Portland Garment Factory.
Pictured: Rosemary Brensen’s jumper gown

SF State holds luncheon for campus alumni

Sarah Pawlowsky and Jill Lienau at Alumni luncheonOn Sept. 8, SF State held its On-Campus Alumni Luncheon to honor alumni who work on campus. The event took place on the Fifth Floor Patio of the Administration Building, and President Wong. Among the guests were Sarah Pawlowsky, associate clinical professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, and PT Administrative Analyst Jill Lienau. Pawlowsky graduated with a master's in PT in 2004 and a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2007. Lienau received her B.A. from SF State in 1981.
Pictured: Sarah Pawlowsky (left) and Jill Lienau at luncheon

Kinesiology alumni and friends to celebrate at upcoming event

kinesiology alumniThe Department of Kinesiology will hold its annual Alumni & Friends Celebration on November 5 at Seven Hills Conference Center. All department alumni, emeritus faculty, current and past faculty/staff, and friends of the Department of Kinesiology are welcome to attend. All proceeds generated from the event will support Kinesiology scholarship funds for undergraduate and graduate students. 
Reception: 6-7 p.m.; Dinner: 7-9 pm.
Tickets: General $45; Student $38
Information: Angelina Wong at 415-338-2244 or
Click here to RSVP no later than Oct. 28


Nurse's family honors her life's passion with legacy gift

Dorothy L. Davis was a nurse committed to her profession. Trained in Georgia, educated at SF State and tested in the battlefields of Asia during WWII, Davis truly loved being a nurse and committed her life to the Army and nursing. She spent the majority of her career working in the San Francisco Presidio’s Letterman Complex after the war and retired as a Colonel after many years of service. 

Davis passed away two years ago last July. She never married and was devoted to her nephew and his wife, Dick and Diana Glanville.   

The Glanvilles choose to honor their Aunt Dorothy through a gift to SF State. School of Nursing Director Mary Ann van Dam welcomed the Glanvilles to tour SF State’s nursing facilities, including the simulation labs. During a conversation between Van Dam and the Glanvilles after their tour, the couple was so moved by the financial needs of many of our students that they offered to increase their original gift by $50,000. Thus a $150,000 named scholarship fund in honor of Dorothy L. Davis has been established in SF State’s School of Nursing to provide needs-based awards to undergraduate nursing students. 

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Below is a selection of recent news stories featuring members of the CHSS community. For a more comprehensive list, see the In the Media page on the CHSS website.
  • Professor of Health Education Erik Peper recommends techniques for remembering information. The Western Edition (9/30/16) 
  • Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology Andreana Clay speaks at Boston College about the role hip-hop culture has played in social justice movements. The Heights (9/29/16)
  • SF State hosts a two-day symposium marking the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking film “The Watermelon Woman,” directed by and starring Assistant Professor of Cinema Cheryl Dunye. The symposium is organized by Assistant Professor of Sexual Studies Darius Bost. Bay Area Reporter (9/15/16)
  • Utah’s attempted teenage suicide rate is eight times higher than any other state, according to research led by Caitlyn Ryan at SF State’s Family Acceptance Project. The Huffington Post (9/14/16) 
  • Soyeon Park, associate professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Development, answers questions about how to evaluate which cities are best for children and families. WalletHub (9/7/16)
  • Nursing alumna Luisa Blue, who serves as executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union, is the first-ever Asian American/Pacific Islander to serve as an international union officer. (9/5/16)
  • Mickey Eliason, professor of health education and assistant dean for faculty development and scholarship, is quoted in a story about lesbian and bisexual women's health behaviors. Bay Area Reporter (9/1/16)
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