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November/December 2016

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Collegewide News

Remembering Kinesiology professor Bob Schleihauf

Bob SchleihaufBob Schleihauf, a professor in in the Department of Kinesiology for more than 20 years and director of the Movement Analysis Lab, died Sept. 3. Colleagues remember him for his all-consuming devotion to teaching, recalling that he would work all night writing new software programs so his students could analyze their data in a comprehensive and understandable way. His research interest involved the biomechanics of swimming, tennis, strength training and data analysis software development.
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Mooney picked to serve on Senate, Academic Affairs budget groups

CHSS IT Helpdesk and Computer Lab Manager Dylan Mooney is currently one of three elected all-University staff representatives in the Academic Senate. In this role, he has been elected to chair the Senate’s Strategic Issues Committee (SIC), which is focusing this year on University budget transparency. Mooney has also been asked to sit on a new Academic Affairs Budget Advisory Council (AA BAC) created by Interim Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs Jennifer Summit. Mooney will serve as a conduit between the two groups, bringing information to SIC for review and returning to AA BAC with recommendations.

Metro Academies College Success presented to CSU leaders

Metro program brochure coverIn late September, the Metro Academies College Success Program gave an invited presentation to the leaders of all 23 campuses of the CSU system. The event was hosted by Chancellor Tim White, who issued the challenge to eliminate, not just reduce, the graduation gap between historically underrepresented students and their peers by the year 2025.
A team made up of faculty and a student — Professor and Chair of Health Education Mary Beth Love, Health Education Lecturer Savita Malik and student Celina Gonzalez — outlined the Metro Academies approach and reviewed the results from the 10 Metro Academies at SF State. Each academy serves 140 students, who take two classes together as a cohort during their first four semesters. Student services are tied to the classroom, where busy commuter students spend most of their time on campus. The program also offers a 45-hour faculty development workshop.
Despite the many disadvantages Metro Academies students face — from attending underfunded inner city public schools to overwhelmingly placing into developmental courses — their persistence leads to a graduation rate that is better even than that of their more advantaged peers. Academy students persist to the fourth year and graduate in five years at rates of 23 and 22 percentage points higher than a matched comparison group of similar students. The academy currently serves about 20 percent of all freshmen at SF State.

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Call for applications: GWAR Mentoring Program

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning invites applications for the Spring 2017 GWAR (Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement) Mentoring Program, a faculty development program designed to provide support to those new to teaching GWAR while giving experienced GWAR instructors an opportunity for growth and development. Through regular group meetings with fellow mentees and mentors, participating faculty will have the opportunity to share ideas and insights, discuss writing pedagogy and learn about best practices in disciplines across campus. Eligible mentors will have taught GWAR courses for several semesters and will provide support for GWAR course design, effective GWAR teaching strategies and assessment of student learning. Eligible mentees will teach a GWAR course in the spring, with plans to continue teaching GWAR in future semesters, and will have an interest in intra-disciplinary writing. Applications are due Dec. 9, 2016.
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Writing Pedagogy Workshop for faculty, Nov. 28

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning and Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) invite faculty to the fall Writing Pedagogy Workshops. This month’s workshop, “The Writing Process, GWAR Style” will be facilitated by Erika Dyquisto from the College of Science and Engineering. In this workshop, we will explore the writing process in the context of a GWAR science course. We will practice breaking down a research paper assignment into its essential components so that the instructor can work with students both on content and on effective writing skills. The workshop will be held Monday, Nov. 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286). Lecturers will be paid for participating and lunch will be served.

Undergrad scholarship opportunities

Faculty members: Please share the following undergraduate scholarship opportunities for the academic year 2016-2017 with your students:

Sophie Hittner Scholarship

This scholarship was created by Emeritus Professor Amy Hittner and her brother Judge David Hittner to honor their mother Sophie Hittner, who, as a single parent, exemplified family commitment and community engagement. Each year, this scholarship of $500 is awarded to a deserving undergraduate SF State single parent student who demonstrates academic achievement, family commitment and community engagement. Application deadline: Dec. 1, 2016. Scholarship to be awarded in the spring semester. More information

Jack R. and Marjorie J. Fraenkel Scholarship

Emeritus Professor Jack Fraenkel, Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, taught at San Francisco State University from 1966 to 2011 and is a nationally known scholar in social studies education. Each year, this scholarship is awarded to a deserving undergraduate SF State student who is studying in one of the social sciences, mathematics, or science and who plans a teaching career in one of these fields. Application deadline: Dec. 15, 2016. Scholarship to be awarded in the spring semester.  More information

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Upcoming Events

FNA Fall Show

Nov. 29, 7 p.m., Jack Adams Hall, César Chávez Student Center
Fashion Network Association logoThe Fashion Network Association (an association of SF State students in the fashion community) will present its fall show, focusing on sustainable fashion designs, made of materials not harmful to the environment. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; show begins promptly at 7 p.m.

Viva la Raven - Sin City by the Bay

Nov. 30, 7-11 p.m., Raven Bar & Lounge, 1151 Folsom St., San Francisco
Come join us for a night of fun and experience “Sin City by the Bay.” The Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism at San Francisco State is proud to present this fundraiser for the nonprofit organization, All Hands. This event will be a Las Vegas-themed event filled with music, specialty drinks, live entertainment, prizes, and more! All Hands is the world’s largest disaster relief organization powered by over 35,000 volunteers and counting. All proceeds will go directly to All Hands to fund projects in South Carolina, Louisiana, Haiti, Ecuador and Nepal.
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Unsung Heroes: Nurses on the Frontlines

Dec. 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m., César Chávez Student Center's Jack Adams Hall
globeIn commemoration of World AIDS Day, the SF State Nursing Alumni Association in collaboration with the SF State AIDS Coordinating Committee presents a symposium to remember the courage of the unsung heroes who cared for patients with AIDS during the early days, when little was known about the emerging epidemic and there was widespread fear among the public. This CEU event will feature a panel discussion by nurses from SF General and Laguna Honda who led patient care efforts during the height of the AIDS epidemic. Panelists will share seldom heard stories from those working on the front lines.

Other events on campus for World AIDS Day include a memorial gathering (Dec. 1, 4-5 p.m. Memorial Grove); a display commemorating 31 years of the University’s AIDS Coordinating Committee (Nov. 28-Dec. 1, LIB 460) and a display of SF State’s AIDS Quilt panel (all December, César Chávez Student Center Lobby).

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Featured Story

Love Conquers All: The Family Acceptance Project helps diverse families support their LGBT kids

Family Acceptance Project staff and volunteers

When Wendy Montgomery, a lifelong Mormon, found out that her son was gay, she looked to church-based materials to find out how she could help the son she loved so much. Failing to find the answers she was seeking, she looked outside her own community and was referred to SF State’s Family Acceptance Project. Based on its own rigorous, peer-reviewed research, the project educates and counsels families on how to prevent serious health risks to their LGBT children and promote their kids’ well-being by supporting them — even if they believe that being gay or transgender is wrong.

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Faculty Honors & Awards

Fernández-Peña elected chair of APHA executive board

Associate Chair and Associate Professor of Health Education José Ramón Fernández-Peña was elected chair of the executive board of the American Public Health Association (APHA) at the organization's annual meeting held Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 in Denver. The term of office is one year. The nation's leading public health organization, APHA brings together members from all fields of public health. Its mission is to “improve the health of the public and achieve equity in health status.” APHA’s executive board is a 24-member body that carries out the association’s policies, elects the executive director, establishes annual budgets and works on various membership issues, among other duties.

Macallair honored for juvenile advocacy

Dan MacallairDan Macallair, lecturer (School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement) and executive director of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, was honored by the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center (PJDC) for his decades of work in the field of juvenile justice. He was presented with the Juvenile Advocate of the Year Award for 2016 at PJDC’s 13th annual Roundtable Conference held last month in Rancho Cucamonga, California. PJDC is the largest membership organization of juvenile public defenders and defense counsel in the U.S., and Macallair is the first non-lawyer in the organization's history to receive the award. Macallair also delivered the event's keynote address, speaking on the theme “History of the California Youth Authority and Lessons Not Learned.” He detailed some of the findings of his new book, After the Doors Were Locked: A History of Youth Corrections in California and the Origins of 21st Century Reform. He also gave a brief history of California’s state youth corrections system, providing context for the cycles of reform that have taken place over the past century but which subsequently failed to create safe institutions for California’s youth.

Peper, Harvey, listed among 200 key innovators

Professor Erik Peper (Health Education) and Associate Professor Richard Harvey (Health Education) were included in the TransTech 200, an annual list of the key innovators who are driving technology for mental and emotional wellbeing forward. The list is open to both individuals and organizations who are making significant contributions via transformative technology research, creation, and/or distribution. It includes a range of honorees, from well-established individuals and organizations who have been active in the field for many years and continue to innovate, to those who are beginning to introduce new advancements that will change the world in the months and years to come.

Vouchilas named president of AFCS California affiliate

Gus VouchilasAssociate Professor Gus Vouchilas (Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics) has been named 2016-2018 president of the California affiliate of the Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AFCS). The association’s mission is “to provide leadership and support for professionals whose work assists individuals, families, and communities in making informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life.” Among Vouchilas’ goals as president is to support and increase membership for the California affiliate.

Editor's Note

A story in the last issue reported an incorrect title for Assistant Professor Gretchen George’s new leadership position in the American Society of Nutrition, Research Interest Section, Nutrition Education & Behavior Science. Her correct title is chair-elect.

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Faculty Presentations

Brown, Yarbrough discuss policing of homeless encampments

Associate Professor and PACE Director Elizabeth Brown and Assistant Professor Dilara Yarbrough (PACE) were panelists on a Storefront Lab discussion on Oct. 11, “Towards a Compassionate City: A Conversation About Homeless Encampments.” The panel examined how policing and social service outreach plays out on the streets of San Francisco on a day-to-day basis and what impact this has both on those experiencing homelessness and on the rest of the city. The panel is available to stream.
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Chavez presents best practices for Cultural Humility

Vivian ChavezAssociate Professor Vivian Chavez (Health Education) presented best practices for dissemination and implementation of Cultural Humility at the 8th Annual Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE) conference, Oct. 7-9, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The conference theme was Transforming Higher Education: Fostering Contemplative Inquiry, Community & Social Action. Using a combination of experiential learning and mini-lecture, Chavez’s workshop used somatic and contemplative practices to introduce learning that happens inside the student, the location of the learning being in the experience and the body, not simply in the transference of information to the mind. Theater of the Oppressed was presented as a tool to engage participants in critical reflection and dialogue in the process of liberation. At the end of the workshop, Chavez was asked to develop a webinar for ACMHE around “Incorporating Contemplative Pedagogy Across the Disciplines with Cultural Humility.” 

Gerould gives book reading at The Links authors luncheon

book cover Valley of the Shadow of  DeathAlex Gerould, assistant professor of criminal justice, gave a reading from his recent book “The Valley of the Shadow of Death” (co-authored with Criminal Justice colleague Jeff Snipes) at an annual authors luncheon fundraiser for The Links, Incorporated. The Links is an international not-for-profit corporation consisting of 14,000 professional women of color. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. “The Valley of the Shadow of Death” was published in 2016 by Atria, the leading African American imprint of Simon and Schuster, and was released in paperback on Oct. 25, 2016. The book traces the life and tragic murder of the family of former San Francisco 49er All-Pro Kermit Alexander.

Hughes, Aguirre present at Global Humanitarian Technology Conference

Charmayne Hughes and Alisa Aguirre in front of slide
Associate Professor Charmayne Hughes (Kinesiology) and master’s student Alisa Aguirre presented their paper, “Community-based neurorehabilitation in underserved populations,” at the Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC 2016) held Oct. 13-16 in Seattle. Sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, GHTC focuses on bringing together people to address the critical humanitarian issues for the benefit of the resource-constrained and vulnerable populations in the world. It focuses on the following topics: Energy, Health, Disaster Management, Connectivity & Communication, Humanitarian Challenges & Opportunities, Water & Sanitation, Agriculture, Education, and Deployment.
Aguirre was a finalist in the Best Student Paper at GHTC 2016 and presented the results of her master’s thesis, “Evaluating upper-extremity (dys)function using inertial measurement unit technology and its applications to resource-constrained settings,” in front of a jury of international judges from the field of electrical engineering.

Peper, Harvey discuss biofeedback and health

Erik PeperProfessor Erik Peper (Health Education) gave the invited lecture, “The Skin You’re In and Other Signals ‘Tells’ of Emotional State,” Oct. 14 at the TransTech Transformative Technology Conference and Expo held at Sofia University in Palo Alto. View presentation
Peper also gave two invited presentations, “Taking Charge of Your Health: Biofeedback and Holistic Health” and “Taking Responsibility for Your Health,” at the International Conference eLearning Journeys in Rzeszow, Poland, on Oct. 25.
In addition, Peper presented the invited keynote “There is hope: Optimizing Health with Biofeedback from an Evolutionary Perspective” Nov. 12 at the 2016 Conference of the Midwest Society for Behavioral Medicine and Biofeedback in Grand Rapids. He presented the invited talk “Challenging Clients and Breathing” at the same conference.

Richard HarveyAssociate Professor Richard Harvey (Health Education) presented the invited talk, “Historical links between biofeedback and psychoneuroimmunology,” at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Western Association of Biofeedback and Neurosciences, in Burlingame on Nov. 6. He and Peper also presented the invited talk, “Wellness, ergonomics and beyond,” at the same meeting.

Roberts discusses urban youth and media, attends innovation think tank

Professor Nina Roberts (Recreation, Parks & Tourism) presented a session on her U.S. Forest Service-funded study of urban youth and media/communications at the 2016 Association for Experiential Education International Conference in Minneapolis in October.

think tank logoRoberts also participated in a GP RED (Research, Education, and Development for Health, Recreation and Land Agencies) National Think Tank, “Green Places, Healthy Communities: Innovations and Solutions,” in Annapolis, Md., Nov. 2-4. The event was described as “a national gathering of great minds to discuss innovations, best practices, and collaboration among health, recreation, planning and land management professionals.”

Schilling presents research on organizational citizenship behaviors

Lecturer Elaine Schilling (Child & Adolescent Development) was invited to deliver a presentation titled, “Emotional Intelligence: A different way of being smart” at The Western Association of College and University Business Officers Management Institute at UCSB in August. She highlighted and illustrated research that addresses the importance of organizational citizenship behaviors — meaning that how a person accomplishes goals in addition to what a person accomplishes, leads to successful leadership and positive organizational culture.  

Taylor, Cooks share research on African-American female athletes' self-identity

Sherria Taylor and Jamal Cooks at brown bag

At a Nov. 9 brown bag lunch on campus, Assistant Professor Sherria Taylor (Dept. of Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics) and Professor Jamal Cooks (Graduate College of Education) discussed their collaborative project to study identity development in African American female adolescent girls participating in a coaching/mentoring sports program in Oakland. The event was part of the Brown Bag Lunch Series: Research with Children, Adolescents and Families.

Ulasewicz, Markova participate in textile and apparel conference

ITAA conference logoProfessor and Chair Connie Ulasewicz (Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics) and Lecturer Ivana Markova (Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics) both attended the annual International Textile and Apparel Association Conference, held Nov. 8-11 in Vancouver, B.C. Ulasewicz was the panel coordinator, moderator and participant, with four other colleagues from universities across the U.S., for a juried panel presentation, “‘Triple Bottom Line’ Practices in the Classroom and Across the Curriculum.” The interactive session explored successful approaches for integrating social responsibility, sustainability and ethics into an academic curriculum and transferring this learning to student’s real life implications. It was presented by members of Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Practice. Markova presented a research poster on “Millennials’ Body Image and Media Exposure to Fashion Advertising.” 

Ulasewicz moderates Green Festival Expo panel

Professor and Chair Connie Ulasewicz (Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics) moderated a panel on socially conscious fashion production at the Green Festival Expo at San Francisco’s Pier 35 on Nov. 13. The panel, titled “Where is Yours Made? How is Yours Made?,” provided an opportunity to interact with those engaged in the business of thoughtful sewn product creation.

Zieff joins in celebrating 10 years of Shape Up SF

Susan ZieffProfessor Susan Zieff (Kinesiology) was an invited panelist for Shape Up SF’s 10-year anniversary event, held Oct. 13 in the Green Room at the San Francisco’s War Memorial Building. Shape Up SF is an active living, healthy eating coalition in the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Zieff also authored the case study, “A decade of collective impact to make the healthy choice the easy choice,” which was the centerpiece of the celebration.

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Grants Received

Hoff awarded grant for study of HIV prevention among gay couples

Colleen HoffProfessor Colleen Hoff (Sexuality Studies; director, CREGS) received a new research grant titled “A Randomized Trial to Prevent HIV among Gay Couples.” It was awarded by NIMH for $3,436,849.00. In the United States, men who have sex with men (MSM) represent the largest proportion of AIDS deaths, people living with AIDS, and HIV incidence. While numerous prevention efforts targeting MSM have successfully reduced HIV incidence in the U.S., many men are not reached, including gay couples. This study will test the efficacy of a two-session, in-person, group-level intervention for gay couples — Promoting Relationships in Dyads Effectively (PRIDE) — as well as an online adaptation, ePRIDE.

Platas receives support for preschool-teacher training in math instruction

Assistant Professor Linda M. Platas (Child & Adolescent Development) received a grant to support research in collaboration with Stanford University’s Development and Research in Early Mathematics Education (DREME) Network, an effort funded by a $5 million grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation. Members of the DREME Network collaborate across four projects that address high-priority early math topics. Platas’ work is part of the Teacher Educator Professional Development project, which is creating a set of professional development modules to support the training of prospective and practicing preschool teachers. In order to promote children’s deep mathematical understanding, teachers need training and support. The professional development modules are designed to help teacher educators access an expanded toolbox of effective instructional strategies to engage preschoolers around math.

More Grants

David Anderson (Marian Wright Edelman Institute), Jumpstart for Young Children, Jumpstart FY2016-2017, $5,601
David Anderson (Marian Wright Edelman Institute), Mimi & Peter Haas Foundation, Metro Haas ECE 8, $361,075
Jihyun Lee (Kinesiology), Physical Education and Health Education — SHAPE America, Developing Social Skills of Children with Autism Using a Movement Based Program, $5,000 
Jerald Shapiro (Social Work), California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) — UC Berkeley/Prime: Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSPHD), Mental Health Stipend Program FY2016-2021, $342,000

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Recent Publications

Strength Training book coverAssistant Professor Jimmy Bagley (Kinesiology) co-authored a chapter in the book: “Strength Training (2nd Ed.),” edited by Lee Brown, published by Human Kinetics (Champaign, IL), and endorsed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Bagley co-wrote Chapter 11 (Torso Exercises) with Dr. Andy Galpin (CSU-Fullerton), which includes detailed instruction on resistance exercise techniques. This text will be available December 2016.

Professor Ron Purser (College of Business) and Professor Adam Burke (Health Education), along with co-editor David Forbes (CUNY), published the new text “Handbook of Mindfulness: Culture, Context, and Social Engagement.” The 514-page volume is part of the “Mindfulness in Behavioral Health” series published by Springer International. The book originated in a “Meditation and Compassion” conference Purser and Burke held at SF State during the summer of 2015.

Lecturer Kenn Burrows (Health Education) co-authored with his students several contrasting chapter segments for the book “Censored 2017: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2015-2016” (Seven Stories Press).

Associate Professor Charmayne Hughes (Kinesiology) is an author of “Self-Paced Reaching after Stroke: A Quantitative Assessment of Longitudinal and Directional Sensitivity Using the H-Man Planar Robot for Upper Limb Neurorehabilitation,” published in the Oct. 25 isssue of Frontiers in Neuroscience. The researchers conducted a clinical trial to test the efficacy of H-Man, a compact robot co-designed by Hughes.

Assistant Professor Jihyun Lee (Kinesiology) published multiple articles: “Physical activity of parents of children with autism spectrum disorder,” in the International Journal of Disability, Development & Education; “Understanding challenging behaviors of students with autism spectrum disorder in physical education,” in the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; “Physical activity for adults with visual impairments: Impact of socio-demographic factors,” in the European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity; “Quality of life, physical activity, and sedentary behavior of adults with visual impairments,” in Disability and Rehabilitation; “Effects of service learning on kinesiology students’ attitudes toward children with disabilities,” in the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement; “The Effect of instruction on stereotypic behaviors of boys with autism spectrum disorder: A pilot study,” in Palaestra; and “Sociocultural reproduction: Implications for physical education teacher education,” in the International Journal of Physical Education.

Associate Professor Yeon-Shim Lee (Social Work) published “A History of Childhood Maltreatment and Intimate Partner Violence Victimization among Native American Adults”  in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Professor Erik Peper (Health Education) co-authored the article “A Guide to Cleaner Skin Temperature Recordings and More Versatile Use of Your Thermistor,” which was published in the journal Biofeedback. He and Associate Professor Richard Harvey (Health Education) with undergraduate student Brandy Miceli authored the article “Educational Model for Self-healing: Eliminating a Chronic Migraine with Electromyography, Autogenic Training, Posture, and Mindfulness,” which also appeared in the journal Biofeedback.

Professor Susan Zieff (Kinesiology), Professor Anoshua Chaudhuri (College of Business) and Assistant Professor Elaine Musselman (Nursing) published their co-authored article “Creating Neighborhood Recreational Space for Youth and Children in the Urban Environment: Play(ing in the) Streets in San Francisco,” which appeared in the peer-reviewed journal Children and Youth Services Review. The article evaluates the pilot Play Streets events held in the summer of 2013 in San Francisco with a focus on examining the characteristics of users of such events, the impact on youth and children's physical activities, use of open space and level of community engagement.

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School & Department News

Department of Child & Adolescent Development

CAD students help ‘beautify’ Bayview-Hunters Point childcare center

CAD class at FACES SF childcare center
Lecturer Nadine Agosta led her CAD 210 and 260 classes to volunteer their time for a “beautification” project at FACES SF childcare center in Bayview-Hunters Point. Students spent Oct. 24 working side by side with staff from FACES SF to paint bathrooms, clean up and repaint stripes in the parking lot, paint over graffiti on playground walls, wash walls and doors in classrooms and hallways and steam-clean upholstered furniture in classrooms and the community room. The staff at FACES SF very much appreciated the help. Thank you to CAD students for living up to SF State’s reputation of supporting their community!

CAD hosts students and faculty from Tokyo Seitoku University

Tokyo group
The department hosted its annual event for students and faculty from Tokyo Seitoku University from October 17 to 19. Students from Tokyo Seitoku University’s Department of Children's Studies visited several childcare centers and schools in and around San Francisco, including Wu Yee Centers, FACES SF Bayview-Hunters Point, Lawton Alternative School, SF State Children’s Campus and Spruce Elementary. The students interacted with the children and were able to compare and contrast educational programs in the U.S. and Japan. The last day of the visit, students joined us on our beautiful campus for a brief campus tour and a presentation session at the Seven Hills Conference Center, hosted by Associate Professor Soyeon Park. Assistant Professor Linda Platas discussed Early Childhood Education Policy in the U.S., and Professor of Music Education Wendell Hanna gave a presentation on Music for Children. Special guests for Professor Hanna's presentation were preschool children from SF State Children’s Campus.
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Clinical Laboratory Science Program

CLS Program graduates 75th class

CLS graduating class
On Oct. 13, the Clinical Laboratory Science program celebrated the graduation of its 75th class of students. Each of the 27 graduates are moving on to hospital positions throughout the country, where they will be performing critical diagnostic tests in all areas of the hospital laboratory. The vast majority are taking positions at nearby hospitals, where they will be serving the local community. Graduation from the program involves an intense semester of 18 units of graduate level courses, followed by 40 weeks of training at one of almost 30 of the program’s partner hospitals throughout the state. After completing their training and passing of their board exams, the students are licensed to work at any diagnostic lab in California, helping to meet the demands of the modern health care field. With the drastic shortage of diagnostic personnel in California, these students are crucial in filling the gaps left by aging and retiring medical technologists. 
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Department of Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics

SF State program ranked a 'great value college' for Family & Consumer Sciences

Great Value Colleges logoGreat Value Colleges named 50 great value family and consumer science degree programs, with SF State's Department of Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics ranked at #12. In determing the rankings, they considered graduate offerings, awards and recognition, research opportunities, innovative programs and/or teaching methods, internship and scholarship opportunities and other factors.
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Interior Design students create installation to support AIDS fundraising

student installation at DIFFA event

Each year, the Interior Design class in the Department of Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics creates an installation for an annual event organized by Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA). DIFFA raises awareness and grants funds to organizations that provide treatment, direct care services, preventive education programs and advocacy for individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS. This year’s event, DIFFA Designs 2016 “Shine,” was held Oct. 12 at the NWBLK gallery in San Francisco. The SF State design team gathered inspiration for their design from an existentialism angle. The idea of having the “universe” painted above the audience’s heads was to symbolize everyone’s world. The student designers incorporated the color white to symbolize hope and included an interactive board that created an art piece in itself out of the guest’s individual life paths and passions. 

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Department of Counseling

SF State ranked among California’s top value master’s programs in counseling ranked SF State’s master’s programs in counseling the second out of eight top value counseling master’s degree programs in California. SF State, the article says, is “the leading source of counseling graduate degrees in California — at least when it comes to variety, that is. Five separate accredited programs prove that SF State has been working hard to make sure its curriculum meets the highest national standards. And the sheer size of this program comes as a major benefit to students, who can immerse themselves in the active department through extracurriculars like the Counseling Student Association as well as workshops, events, and conferences throughout the year.”
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Department of Health Education

Call for third-party comments for reaccreditation 

The Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University is in the process of seeking reaccreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for both the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees offered in Community Health Education. CEPH, our accreditor, requires that we inform that we announce a general call for third party comments which are to be made directly to CEPH. The intent of the third party comment process is to provide an outlet for individuals who prefer to provide confidential information on our program directly to CEPH. Third-party comments will be viewed only by our site visit team and other CEPH personnel.  

Third party comments may take any form, email, printed mail or any other written form. However, all third party comment must be written and must be specific. CEPH will accept these written comments until Feb. 2which is 30 days prior to their site visit to our program in San Francisco. Please email comments to Samantha-Rae Dickenson or mail to:

Samantha-Rae Dickenson, M.S.P.H.
Accreditation Specialist
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220
Silver Spring, MD  20910-5660

Rivera, Kroboth, Rubin lead development of policy statement on police violence

On Nov. 1, the American Public Health Association voted at its national conference in Denver to adopt a policy statement on police violence. Health Education Lecturers Jade Rivera and Liz Kroboth collaborated with Master of Public Health program alumna Emma Rubin to lead the development of the declaration. The statement urges governmental bodies to look beyond mere reform of police departments and to employ strategies to decrease encounters between police and communities impacted by police violence. Such strategies include increased investment in racial and economic equity (e.g., housing, jobs, education, etc.); decriminalization of sex work, drug use and possession, and behaviors associated with homelessness; community-based alternatives for addressing harms and preventing violence and crime; and robust police accountability measures.

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Department of Kinesiology

Students in transition programs participate in on-campus fitness activities

Transition students play with ball

The Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization (APE AA) Program in the Department of Kinesiology has invited students with disabilities in Access SFUSD (transition programs) to participate in an on-campus fitness and recreation program. The students are between 18 and 22 years old and are working on life skills and job skills in community-based settings. Unlike students in regular K-12 special education, the transition students do not receive physical education services. As a result, they don't get to enjoy the benefits of PE or APE such as health-related benefits from fitness and motor skills development, social skill development through sports participation, and maintaining good fitness for successful job performance.

The on-campus program offers them the opportunity to increase their fitness and physical activity levels through a variety of movement tasks, games, dance and small and large group activities. Students in the Department of Kinesiology’s APE AA Program work with them, which also helps the transition students develop social skills and friendships by positively interacting with similar-aged peers without disabilities. This semester, the program consists of 6 sessions, once a week, 90 minutes per session.

Bagley organizes symposium at sports medicine conference

Jimmy Bagley, assistant professor (Kinesiology), recently organized a symposium and gave a lecture at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Southwest Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), held Oct. 21-22 in Costa Mesa, Calif. This invited symposium, titled “Skeletal Muscle Fiber Types and Human Performance: A Cellular and Molecular Perspective,” included lectures from Andy Galpin (CSU-Fullerton, Josh Cotter (CSU-Long Beach) and Evan Schick (CSU-Long Beach). In addition, several SF State Kinesiology undergraduate (Jennifer Kirk-Sorrow, Kendrick Uong, John Farmer IV) and graduate students (Casey Westbrook, Jordan Overshoun-Hall, Ryan Durk, Dulce Gomez, Kaylie Zapanta, Jessica Lorge) gave poster presentations on their research at this meeting. For more information on his research and community engagement, follow Jimmy Bagley on Instagram and Twitter @DrJimmyBagley.

School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement

Yee-Melichar speaks at Comcast policy roundtable on seniors and technology

On Sept. 12, Comcast hosted local San Francisco senior advocates at a roundtable breakfast policy discussion on seniors and the digital divide at Seven Hills Conference Center. Professor Darlene Yee-Melichar (Gerontology) served on the panel with other policy experts on the importance of digital inclusion and computer literacy for seniors. Other panelists were Larry Magid, president and CEO of; David L. Cohen, senior executive vice president and chief diversity officer, Comcast; and Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympic champion and Internet Essentials spokesperson. Vice President of University Advancement Robert Nava made welcoming remarks. 
Pictured (left to right): Larry Magid, Robert Nava, David Cohen, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Darlene Yee-Melichar

Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism

Vegas, baby! Event Management class produces fundraiser

The Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Advanced Event Management class moves beyond textbook and theories to “real world” experience as they by produce and manage their own night club fundraising event. This year the students have decided on “Viva la Raven - Sin City by the Bay” with a Las Vegas-themed night at Raven Lounge, November 30, 7-11 p.m. The event will feature a live DJ, dancing, specialty cocktails, games, entertainment, a photo booth and much more. The highlight of the evening will be the Elvis impersonation contest where RPT faculty and other guests will “Get their Elvis On” for a chance to win cash and prizes! All SF State faculty are encouraged to join in on the impersonation competition. (Email Stephanie Swackhamer if you would like more information about the contest.)

While learning about program development, production management, marketing, event logistics, donation solicitation and recognition, cash management, on-site management and risk management, the students’ efforts will all go to support a good cause. Proceeds from the event will support All Hands Disaster Relief, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that sends volunteers to areas affected by natural disasters for both immediate aid of affected communities and long-term reconstruction of basic public buildings with the help of local experts. Check out the student-designed website and please encourage your students and colleagues to join the event management students for a fun and entertaining evening! For more information, contact RPT Event Management Instructor Loretta Lowe.

Photo gallery: Career Fair

Thumbnails of photos from Career FairThe Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism student organization sponsored a Career Fair on Oct. 12 at Jack Adams Hall. Many different agencies were represented at the event, which was open to all majors.
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Department of Sociology/Sexuality Studies

Symposium honors 20th anniversary of 'The Watermelon Woman'

The College of Health & Social Sciences and the Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality (CREGS) hosted “Black/Feminist/Lesbian/Queer/Trans*: A Symposium in Honor of the 20th Anniversary of Cheryl Dunye’s ‘The Watermelon Woman’ (1996)” on September 23 and 24. Approximately 130 people attended the two-day symposium, which included a black queer film festival, presentations by filmmakers, activists and scholars, readings by black queer writers and an art show featuring ephemera from the original production of the film. Among the highlights was the conversation between filmmaker and SF State Cinema Studies Professor Cheryl Dunye and filmmaker Dee Rees. Desiree Buford, director of exhibition and programming for the Frameline International LGBTQ Film Festival, moderated the conversation. 

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Sexuality Studies M.A. students organize graduate school application workshop series

Three Sexuality Studies graduate students — Jillian Salazar, Michelle Parra and Nicholas Newton — developed a student-led initiative consisting of six workshops to assist underrepresented students in higher education in navigating the graduate school application process. Each workshop is designed to cover an area of the graduate application package so that students will have a full draft of their application by the end of the sixth workshop. The workshops kicked off on Oct. 18 with a faculty panel that included Belinda Reyes, associate professor of Latina/Latino Studies and director of the César E. Chávez Institute; Jessica Fields, professor of sociology and Graduate Studies coordinator in Sexuality Studies; and Marla A. Ramírez, assistant professor of sociology. 
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Parra wins Chicana/Latina Foundation scholarship

Michelle ParraSexuality Studies graduate student Michelle Parra was awarded a scholarship from the Chicana/Latina Foundation (CLF), a nonprofit organization that promotes professional and leadership development of Latinas. Parra is studying the lived experiences of Latinas. Currently, her research looks at Latinas in college and the ways that higher education is both empowering and disempowering for them. She plans to pursue a doctoral degree where she can expand her research on Latinas lives. Ultimately she plans to become a professor at a public institution where she can mentor and advocate for Latina students and students of color. Parra and other CLF scholarship winners were recognized at CLF’s annual dinner on Oct. 14.

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Alumni Corner

Photo Gallery: Kinesiology Alumni & Friends Celebration

thumbnails of Kinesiology alumni event photosAlumni and friends of the Department of Kinesiology gathered for the department's annual Alumni & Friends Celebration on Nov. 5 at Seven Hills Conference Center. 
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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.
  • Criminal Justice Studies Lecturer Dan Macallair comments on alleged use of excessive force by jail guards in Santa Clara County. ABC 7 News Bay Area (11/5/16) 
  • Research from SF State’s Family Acceptance Project has found that actions and behaviors of parents with LGBT children can have a bigger impact on their health and well-being than words. The Huffington Post (11/1/16) 
  • Lecturer in Social Work Sonia Melara is a member of the San Francisco Police Commission. Mission Local (10/17/16)
  • Associate Professor of Health Education José Ramón Fernandez-Pena comments on the Little Hoover Commission's report on easing occupational licensing barriers to employment. Capital Public Radio (10/4/16)
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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 January 2017; the deadline for submissions is January 4. For questions about submissions, contact Michael Broder at
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