CASA Good News


Hirsh Elected to Presidency of International Association

The Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) announced that Dr. Sandra Hirsh, director of the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, will serve as this international organization’s president. Hirsh will start her term as president-elect during 2014, and will serve as ASIS&T president during 2015.
Full story: ASIS&T New President

School of Library and Information Science Faculty Receive Grant

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently made a new grant award involving Drs. Lili Luo and Michael Stephens of SJSU's School of Library and Information Science in a partnership with Loyola Marymount University (LMU). With this three-year grant, Lili and Michael will collaborate with LMU library leaders to develop, pilot, and evaluate an Institute for Research Design in Librarianship, aimed at developing a sustainable model for academic librarians to become skilled researchers who engage in research, share findings, and mentor peers. LMU anticipates that approximately 60 academic librarians will participate in the Institutes funded IMLS. Lili will serve as one of the project’s lead instructors, responsible for developing, assessing, and refining Institute curriculum. She will also play a key role in identifying and addressing sustainability issues, and sharing project findings. Michael will serve as an Institute instructor, as well as a project advisor, developing ways to provide ongoing support to Institute scholars and enabling participants to build personal learning networks so in the years ahead, they can receiving ongoing mentoring and remain motivated to conduct research and share findings. Both Lili and Michael will provide input regarding options for delivering Institute curriculum online.

Fun and Informative Event Sponsored by the Valley Foundation School of Nursing

On Monday, October 21, from 4:00-5:00 in the Barrett Ballroom at SJSU, the Valley Foundation School of Nursing is co-sponsoring a presentation by Dr. Yoram Bauman. This event is free for students, faculty, and staff at SJSU and is a collaboration of The Valley Foundation School of Nursing, the Public Health Nurse Club, the Department of Economics, and Meteorology/ Climate Science Department. Dr. Bauman is the only stand up comedian/economist in the US. He teaches environmental economics at the University of Washington and is a graduate of Reed College. His brother, Yuval, is a graduate of SJSU. Yoram was featured on the Jim Lehrer News Hour during the economic downturn starting in 2008.

SLIS Student Receives Prestigious Fellowship

Erica Krimmel, a masters student in the School of Library and Information Science will be receiving $15,000 for being selected as a Switzer Environmental Fellow by the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation. This year, the Switzer Foundation awarded 22 Fellowships for emerging environmental leaders who are pursuing graduate degrees and are dedicated to positive environmental change in their careers. Erica is an information scientist studying how to work with environmental researchers to maximize the accessibility and usefulness of their data. Her driving goal is to make small-scale ecological data accessible and useful to large-scale change initiatives. Erica is partnering with the University of California Natural Reserve System (UCNRS) on a survey of the flora within the Chickering American River Reserve to assure that the botanical data collected is shared, preserved, and analyzed in comparison to existing historical plant specimens from this area. By preserving and indexing the information from both contemporary and historical specimens, the survey will gain depth, and a comparison of the two data sets may lead to possible signals of changing climate via shifting plant communities. Over the course of her career, Erica hopes to have an impact on the environment and wants her skills to have a direct impact on the quality of, ability to continue, and end distribution of relevant ecological research while working to link academic, public, private, and nonprofit spheres.

Two CASA Students Receive Alumni Association Dean's Scholarships in CASA

ThanhThuy Luu

ThanhThuy is graduating this Spring with a degree in Nutrition Science. She plans to pursue her MPH and become a health educator. ThanhThuy is very involved in her community and often volunteers at various Charity and Public Health Organizations. She also enjoys as photography and hiking in the Bay Area. Daily she lives by the following inspiration: "Failure is a status, not a nature." In response to receiving the scholarship, Thanh said, "The scholarship is meaningful to me in several ways. First it is great financial support for me to pursue higher education. Second, it is an invaluable motivation, because it proves that all of my efforts, academic achievement, and community contribution have been recognized. It is my honor to be granted this scholarship. It makes me feel accepted in the community of scholars, as I came to the U.S. only five years ago and faced some challenges in completing my Bachelor's degree. I am grateful to have this recognition as I embark on my Master's degree."

Lauren Wickman

Lauren Wickman is currently majoring in Health Science with a concentration in Health Services Administration. She is also minoring in Nutrition and Food Sciences, and hopes to pursue a Masters in Public Policy or Social Work. Lauren's a member of Eta Sigma Gamma Health Science Honors Society and Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors Society. For over two years, Lauren has interned at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in the Patient Access Department administering health care programs for local residents without health insurance. She plans to continue working for the County after graduation, serving low-income populations. Outside of school, Lauren mentors middle school students, serves as a Camp Counselor, and organizes health and cultural events. She also served as the past Editor and Chief of L.A. in the Bay, and is the owner of Style by L, a personal shopping and style business. In response to receiving the scholarship, Lauren said, "I am so incredibly humbled and honored to be receiving the Alumni Association Dean's Scholarship. Words cannot express my gratitude. This scholarship will enable me to finish my last semester at SJSU without worrying about the financial means to do so. In addition, this money will now allow me the opportunity to continue my education in a SJSU's Masters program, which never seemed possible prior to receiving this award."

CASA Department Chair Honored at Football Game

Dr. Lucy McProud, Chair of the Department of Nutrition, Food Science, and Packaging was honored on Thursday evening, September 19, at the Spartan's football game against Sacramento State. Lucy was presented a certificate for being an Outstanding Faculty as selected by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. The certificate was presented by the President of the San Jose State Quarterback Club, Richard McCliman, Ed.D.

KIN Alum Presented Positive Coaching Alliance Award

Valeri Garcia (Quintero), who graduated in 1998 with a degree in Kinesiology always wanted to be a college coach and believed that SJSU would give her the best education to become one. She achieved her goal, but only for a couple of years when she turned her attention to college advising. In her heart, according to Valeri, she knew that youth sports and coaching would always be a driving force. During college and after graduation, she coached several teams, but initially stopped when she had her own children. She says she now has three amazing, beautiful daughters and is back to coaching her own daughters in multiple sports. Recently, Valeri was awarded the Positive Coaching Alliance's Double-Goal Coaching award. At a banquet this summer, she was given the opportunity to speak at her award ceremony and made sure to talk about the wonderful in her major department at SJSU and how much she learned. Valeri continues to utilize many ideas that she learned as a student in her current job as a college advisor at UC Davis for a program called Guardian Scholars providing support to students that are former foster youth. Valeri's award were highlighted in an article in the Sacramento Bee

Doctor of Nursing Practice Student receives Grant to Provide Transition Care to Heart Failure Patients

Praba Koomson, a student in the California State University, Northern California Consortium Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, along with Dr. Asma Jafri and Dr. Peggy Saint Croix, have been awarded a grant to further develop and expand a pilot program to provide care and transitional interventions for chronic heart failure patients. Ms. Koomson is a current student in the SJSU's Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. Dr. Jafri is a physician and department chair at San Joaquin County Health Services. Dr. Peggy Saint-Croix is a board certified physician specializing in geriatrics and palliative care. The goal of Ms. Koomson’s doctoral project is to reduce unplanned readmissions for patients with chronic heart failure by finding innovative ways of providing care. She has worked on and refined this plan during her first year as a doctoral student. Her plan includes utilizing paramedics and EMT’s to provide transitional care to indigent patients in the home setting and utilizing nurse practitioner home visits for patients who do not qualify for home health, but require additional care and management. The project meets a goal of the DNP program to advance health throughout California. It focuses on an underserved and vulnerable population. The interdisciplinary group was awarded $25,000 from the Safety Net Innovation Challenge program, a partnership between CCI and the Blue Shield of California Foundation.

College of Applied Science and Arts Student/Faculty Teams Acquire Undergraduate Research Grants

Three sets of faculty and students have successfully submitted grants to support their research, scholarly, or creative activities, to enhance the student undergraduate experience, and to provide for the future of professions. In this campus-wide program, students and their faculty mentors/advisors apply as a team. Three teams of CASA faculty and students were successful this year. They included Dr. Emily Bruce and Frances Robertson from the School of Social Work for a project entitled, Am I part of this family: The perceptions of young adults who were in Foster care; Dr. Ruth Rosenblum and Lorebelle Orlowski from the Valley Foundation School of Nursing for a project entitled, Improving headache self management skills using medical media in children and adolescents, and Dr. James Lee and Barry Hua from the Department of Justice Studies for their project entitled, Effects of analyzing virtual reaction to gender nonconformity on student real life attitudes about gender and nonconformists.

Health Science Student Lands CDC Assignment

Jessica Ponce from the Department of Health Science, is beginning a 2-year Public Health Associate Fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She was selected from a national competition among 4,000 applicants for one of the 100 fellowships. She has been assigned to the Washoe County Health District in Reno, Nevada, where she will be working on public health programs addressing HIV and sexual health issues.

Health Science Alum is Featured Speaker

Jeffrey Goodman, a recent graduate of the Masters of Public Health Program, will be one of two featured speakers at the North Carolina Society for Public Health Education annual conference. He was invited to give a plenary session on "Opportunities and Challenges for Health Educators under the Affordable Care Act".

College of Applied Sciences and Arts Faculty Successful in Acquiring Internal Funding

Six College of Applied Sciences and Arts faculty were recently notified that they will be receiving Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity Grants (RSCA) from the University this year. These competitive awards enable faculty to pursue their interests in research, scholarship, and creative activities through expanding travel opportunities, equipment purchases, or even buying assigned to focus on their proposed projects. Recipients included Dr. Amy D'Andrade (Social Work), Dr. Elizabeth Cara (Occupational Therapy), Dr. Deepika Goyal (Nursing), Dr. Michael Stephens (Library and Information Science), Dr. Lili Luo, (Library and Information Science), and Dr. Miranda Worthen (Health Science).

Dr. Charles Bullock of SJSU to lead The Health Trust Board of Trustees

Dr. Charles Bullock, Dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts at San Jose State University, has been elected Chair of The Health Trust Board of Trustees. Dr. Bullock, a visionary leader in higher education, joined The Health Trust board in 2012. He is regarded nationally as an expert on the inclusion of people with disabilities, especially in sport and recreation. He came to SJSU in January 2009 from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he was Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences. Prior to his time in Reno, Dr. Bullock had been on faculty for 17 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds BA and MS degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "I am looking forward to working with Charlie at this exciting time at The Health Trust," said Frederick J. Ferrer, CEO. “He brings energy, initiative and creativity to the position of board chair, as well as a deep connection to the higher education community."

The Health Trust, a foundation based in San Jose, is dedicated to advancing wellness in Silicon Valley, especially for underserved communities, though grants, direct services and policy advocacy. For more information, visit www.healthtrust.org.

SJSU SLIS Lecturer Named 2013 CLA Member of the Year

Joining the ranks of outstanding librarians who have been recognized by the California Library Association (CLA) for their service to California libraries is the 2013 CLA Member of the Year, Patty Wong. Wong is a county librarian for the Yolo County Library and a lecturer for the San José State University School of Library and Information Science (SJSU SLIS). “Patty Wong has brought true leadership and vision to California libraries,” said Helen Fisher, committee chair for the CLA Member of the Year Award. “She has developed strong partnerships and collaborations with her communities, and overseen multiple building projects and renovations. Her passion for library advocacy, diversity, and outreach to the underserved inspires future and practicing librarians statewide.” “We are so proud of Patty. It is wonderful to see her recognized for her leadership as a practitioner and also for her dedication to our graduate students. In addition to this award from CLA, this spring, she received the 2012 Excellence in Online Teaching Award from the Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) consortium,” said Dr. Sandra Hirsh, SJSU SLIS Director. The CLA Member of the Year Award recognizes an individual member of the California Library Association for her or his outstanding contributions, leadership, and achievements in service to California libraries. Wong will be honored at the CLA Awards Gala on Sunday, November 3, in Long Beach, CA. The event will be held during the California Library Association’s 115th Annual Conference & Exhibition, scheduled for November 3-5, 2013.

Kinesiology Students Selected for National Honor

Three students from the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, Olga Adelung, Shelby Baldini, and Tim Ciardella, have been selected for the National Undergraduate Outstanding Scholar Award by the American Kinesiology Association for 2013. All awardees were nominated by faculty because they have demonstrated exceptional interest in the field, conducted independent or guided research, assumed leadership positions, or have a great volunteer record and GPA. Approximately 50 of these awards were presented nationally.

Journalism and Mass Communications Students Win Awards

Seven Spartan Daily students took home awards in April at the California College Media Association's annual awards banquet. This year's event was hosted here at San Jose State in the Student Union. James Tensuan and Leo Postovoit took home two awards apiece. James won first place for Best News Photo and shared second place for Best Photo Series. Leo won two different awards for the Daily's special section on drugs -- one shared second place award for Best Special Section and one third place for Best Photo Illustration. Senior Sage Curtis took first place for Best A&E story, for her piece on an SJSU cheerleader who is also a successful radio and club DJ. Recent grad Brittany Patterson and senior Ron Gleeson also shared the second place award for Best Special Section for their oversight of the Drugs project. Photojournalists Raphael Kluzniok and Jasper Rubenstein also won second place awards for Best Photo Series.

CASA's Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations (CHAMP) is Honored

The Center for Community Learning and Leadership at San Jose State University is awarding this year's Collaborative Project Award to the Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations, an interdisciplinary center composed mostly of faculty from the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, but also several faculty from other areas of campus. The Center is directed by Dr. Sadhna Diwan of CASA's School of Social Work. The Service-Learning and Community Engagement Awards are presented for course-inspired community engagement learning as distinguished from non-academic community service. The award will be presented at a ceremony on Friday, April 26th from 8:45 - 11:00 am in ENG 285/287 at SJSU.

Journalism and Mass Communication’s Diana Stover Selected for Experience in Palestine

The Palestinian American Research Center has notified Journalism Professor, Dr. Diana Stover, that she was among a select group of U.S. faculty members selected to participate in a 12-day seminar for American faculty interested in Palestine. The trip is in mid May 2013 and includes Jerusalem-based lectures, workshops, and visits to local universities and other related institutions in the West Bank. Through these activities, participants learn about the region and deepen their knowledge as related to Palestine. They will also have an excellent opportunity to build relationships with Palestinian colleagues.

Major Accolades for CASA's School of Library and Information Science

San Jose State University's School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) was selected as one of the "KMWorld 100 Companies That Matter in Knowledge Management." The full article is available at: http://www.kmworld.com/Articles/Editorial/Features/KMWorld-100-Companies-That-Matter-in-Knowledge-Management-87872.aspx. Plus, the link to the specific piece about SJSU's School of Library and Information Science can be found at: http://www.kmworld.com/Articles/Editorial/View-from-the-Top/San-Jose-State-University-SLIS-Sandra-Hirsh-PhD-Professor-and-Director-View-From-the-Top-87921.aspx. This is a major achievement with SJSU's SLIS being the only university on the list and possibly the first ever on the list. Congratulations to Director, Dr. Sandy Hirsh, and the full faculty and students of this program.

Journalism and Mass Communications Receives $8.7 Million Bequest

The third largest single gift to San Jose State University was recently presented to the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. The $8.7 million bequest was generously left by Jack and Emma Anderson. Long-time owners of Globe Printing in San Jose, the Andersons developed a relationship with the School of Journalism and Mass Communications as the printers of the campus paper, Spartan Daily, for over three decades. Initially, the generous gift will be used for faculty development, building and equipment improvements. The majority of the money will be endowed with the School receiving a small percentage of remaining monies each year. This is the largest gift ever received by the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and one of the largest received by SJSU.

School of Library and Information Science Student Receives Grammy Nomination

Jonathan Ward, a graduate student in CASA's School of Library and Information Science, has been nominated for a Grammy Award! Ward's nomination is for his album Opika Pende: Africa At 78 RPM. The nomination is in the category of Best Historical Album where he faces stiff competition from the likes of Paul McCartney, the Beach Boys, and Woody Guthrie. The Grammy Awards will be televised on February 10th.

Health Science Student Honored

Alexis Fields, Mater of Public Health student in the Department of Health Science, is the recipient of a Community Engaged Research Scholarship awarded by the Association of Accredited Public Health Programs. She is one of two national recipients of the award! In her proposal for the award, she suggested examining the values the role of nature and recreation, and their combined contribution to enhancing health of communities. Her research will increase understanding of the roles of physical activity, outdoor space, and health from the unique perspective of adolescent minority girls in an urban environment. The results of her research will help to inform policies that promote recreational activity in parks, with the ultimate goal of addressing the obesity epidemic among our minority youth.

Justice Studies Faculty Member Receives Grant

Dr. Danielle Harris was recently informed that she is receiving a $36,000 grant from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation for her research project: Desistance from Sexual Offending Across the Lifecourse: A Multimethod Approach. Her proposal was based on research funded through the $25,000 CASA Incentive Grant she received last year. Congratulations, Danielle!

CASA's Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations joins Forces to Hold Wellness Fair

In November of this year, the Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), SJSU's CommUniverCity, and SJSU's Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations (CHAMP), directed by Dr. Sadhna Diwan of the CASA School of Social Work, joined forces for a Wellness Fair at the Roosevelt Community Center on East Santa Clara Street. Four hundred people attended the fair in addition to a hundred students from SJSU. Many CASA faculty were in attendance with students from their classes of internship sites. The fair was a great mix of seniors, students, non-profit agencies (14), and other visitors. During the Fair, CommUniverCity and CHAMP volunteers outreached to 200 homes in the neighborhood through door-to-door marketing in addition to visiting several senior centers, apartment buildings, and local businesses. Among city and county officials who visited were: County Supervisor George Shirakawa; Suzanne Wolf, Deputy Director Parks and Recreation, City of San Jose; and Dan Wax, Division Manager City of San Jose.

Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference

The highly anticipated Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference was held October 3-5, 2012. This is an annual global forum about the future of libraries in the digital age sponsored and organized by SJSU's School of Library and Information Science. The Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference presentations covered six subject strands including: Libraries – Physical and Virtual; Learning Spaces; Librarians and Information Professionals – Evolving Professional Roles in Today’s World; Content and Creation – Organizing and Creating Information; Changing Delivery Methods; User Centered Access; and Mobile and Geo-Social Information Environments. The Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference was held fully online in multiple time zones and languages with thousands of participants from most countries throughout the world.

CASA's Journalism and Mass Communication's Faculty Garner Awards

School of Journalism and Mass Communications faculty Kim Komenich and Lloyd LaCuesta, and two distinguished JMC School graduates, Carla Marinucci and Dai Sugano were recently honored by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). LaCuesta, a KTVU-TV Veteran, was noted for his Distinguished Service to the profession. La Cuesta was an Edward R. Murrow Award recipient, and six-time Northern California Emmy Award winner. He retired earlier this year from his position as South Bay Bureau Chief for KTVU Channel 2 News after 35 years of reporting. SPJ honored LaCuesta for his multiple award-winning news coverage, and his pioneering role in bringing more minorities into the field of journalism. LaCuesta was the first national president of the Asian American Journalists Association. He was also one of the founders, and the first national president, of UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc. San Jose State University photography professor Kim Komenich was honored for Innovation in Journalism for his work with professor Kim Grinfeder in their University of Miami interactive storytelling class featuring their “living documentary” project. The project took the subjects of Komenich’s Pulitzer-winning coverage of the 1986 Philippine “People Power” revolution and used innovative social media techniques to tell where they are now. SJSU alumna, Carla Marinucci of the San Francisco Chronicle was honored for Career Achievement. Marinucci was honored for her work in print as a senior political writer for the Chronicle. Alum, Dai Sugano of the San Jose Mercury News received an honor in the area of Arts and Culture for his skillful use of slow motion, multiple angles, and editing in a piece he did on classical Indian dance. Sugano was also cited for Feature Storytelling based on his piece about the friends and family of those who left messages on United Airlines 93 passenger Mark Bingham's cell phone, hoping to hear he was alive.

Erin EngueroKinesiology Student Chosen for the CSU William Randolph Hearst Trustee Award Scholarship and CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement

The CSU William Randolph Hearst Trustee Award Scholarship is given each year to students who have demonstrated financial need, experienced personal hardships, and have attributes of merit, including superior academic performance, exemplary community service, and significant personal achievements. In December 2010, Trustee William Hauck endowed a scholarship fund to recognize the William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement at San José State University. The California State University Foundation Board of Governors honored his commitment to students by naming this outstanding individual as the Trustee William Hauck Scholar. This year, San José State University student Erin Enguero was awarded the Trustee William Hauck scholarship. Erin was diagnosed with a bilateral genetic hearing loss at a young age. She learned how to transform her social insecurities into positive energy and success in the classroom and involvement in student activities. As a first year kinesiology major at San José State University, Erin has been active in the department’s activities and its five campus clubs. She now serves as co-treasurer for the Pre-Physical Therapy Club. Erin has a 4.0 GPA and is currently working at the SJSU Student Health Center as a physical therapy aide and looks forward to earning a doctorate in physical therapy.

D'Andrade Selected to Make Scholar Series Presentation

Dr. Amy D'Andrade of CASA's School of Social Work was selected to make the Fall 2012 presentation in the University Scholar Series on September 26, from 12 - 1pm in the Martin Luther King Library 225/229. Dr. D'Andrade's presentation will be on Improving State-mandated Reasonable Efforts: Innovative Strategies to Improve Outcomes for Families Attempting Reunification with Children Placed in Foster Care.

Professor Komenich Displays Work at University of Missouri

Professor Kim Komenich of CASA's School of Journalism and Mass Communications was selected to display his remarkable "Revolution Revisited" photography project at the University of Missouri, one of the top journalism schools in the US. The display, a series of photos from Kim's extensive work in the Philippines, has been in great demand across the country following a debut showing in the country of origin. Kim's work visually document the fall of President Ferdinand Marcos in the late 80's, then contrasted those photos with more contemporary photos of many of the same people nearly a quarter century later. Komenich, a graduate of SJSU's journalism program, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, the top honor in the journalism profession, for much of this work. See the online announcement of the SJSU Journalism Professor's incredible Philippines gallery at Missouri.

2012 Pulitzer Prize Winner Visits SJSU

Sara Ganim, a 24 year-old reporter from the Patriot News in Harrisburg, PA broke the Sandusky story at Penn State. For her work, she won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Journalism for local reporting. Ms. Ganim will be the guest of the SJSU School of Journalism and Mass Communications September 15th through 17th. During that time, she will interact with students, attend classes, and meet with local media. She has been scheduled to speak and address questions from 2:30 to 4:00pm on September 17th in Morris Dailey Auditorium. SJSU and JMC's own Pulitzer Prize winner, Kim Komenich, will introduce Ms. Ganim at the event.

Justice Studies Lecturer and Alumna Receives Award

Susie Rivera, Lecturer and Alumna of the Department of Justice Studies, recently won the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award for the San Francisco 49ers. This award goes to the Hispanic leader who exhibits outstanding leadership characteristics and success in elevating and empowering the local Hispanic community. Susie will be honored in September at half time of a 49ers game. Susie was selected out of 15 nominees for the 49ers' award and will now be considered for the NFL Award where there are 32 NFL awardees. The national NFL awardee, will be honored at the White House.

JMC's Tim Hendrick Featured

Advertising Professor, Tim Hendrick, of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications was prominently featured in the summer 2012 edition of Content, San Jose's innovative and creative culture magazine. Tim was recognized as an expert on branding, the exclusive focus of this edition, in an impressive story entitled, "Tim Hendrick: San Jose's Mad Man." Congratulations to Tim for being recognized by his peers for his talents, unique experiences, and tireless efforts to keep JMC's advertising program a national leader for excellence in media higher education.

Air Force ROTC's Karen Wilcox Wins Award

Karen Wilcox, administrative assistant for Lt. Colonel Kevin McFatridge and the SJSU Air Force ROTC Detachment 45, has been notified that she is the Outstanding Quarterly Award Winner among university employees for the entire Southwest ROTC Region. The region encompasses 36 host universities from Hawaii to Mississippi.

Joint Video Production Between SJSU and Most Holy Trinity Church Receives Honorable Mention in National Video Challenge

A video based on a collaborative effort of San Jose State University (SJSU) and Most Holy Trinity Church (MHT) was selected as an Honorable Mention recipient in the Let’s Move! Communities on the Move video challenge. The Office of the First Lady announced the winning video submissions. The video describes how Dr. Marjorie Freedman, a professor in the department of Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging at SJSU is working to promote the key messages of Let’s Move! to address the high rates of overweight and obesity in a low-income population comprised primarily of ethnic minorities (Vietnamese, Filipino, Hispanic and Samoan) living in East San Jose. Freedman joined with parishioners to create the MHT Food Justice Ministry that focuses on key messages of Let’s Move! With respect to promoting healthy eating, teens participate in “Cooking Matters” and “Rethink Your Drink Classes.” Nutrition education materials include weekly bulletin columns in three languages, bilingual books promoting water consumption, and Healthy Fresh Food Access Guides. MHT Food Justice is also working on creating a healthy food and beverage policy.

Dr. Lili Luo Receives Important SJSU Award

An assistant professor of library and information science whose innovative work includes a partnership with the School of Social Work is a recipient of the 2012 SJSU Research Foundation Early Career Investigator Award. The honor recognizes tenure-track SJSU faculty members who have excelled in areas of research, scholarship or creative activity as evidenced by their success in securing funds for their research, publishing in peer-reviewed journals and carrying out other scholarly and creative activities at an early or beginning point in their career at SJSU. Dr. Lili Luo, in her third year at SJSU, has demonstrated an outstanding record of scholarship that has been recognized by federal grant funders. Her work has resulted in several invitations for collaborative research with SJSU scholars, as well as with scholars from external organizations. Since joining the faculty of the School of Library and Information Science, Dr. Luo has been an active researcher in the area of reference services, online learning, and research methods education. In 2010, Dr. Luo received a $122,683 grant award from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services to conduct the first in-depth research regarding text reference services. Dr. Luo’s scholarly activities also include a partnership with the SJSU School of Social Work, conducting joint research to explore how librarians and social workers can collaborate to improve access to information regarding local social service resources. Dr. Luo has presented her findings in publications and at professional and scholarly conferences, and was invited to present findings at the International Federation of Library Associations this summer. Dr. Luo has published eight journal articles since joining the faculty and in 2010 received the Outstanding Teacher’s Award from the School of Library and Information Science. Dr. Luo will receive $1,000 to be used at her discretion.

Four $25,000 CASA Research Incentive Grants Awarded

Seven CASA faculty members were recently awarded College of Applied Sciences and Arts Research Incentive Grants for 2012-13. The purpose of these highly competitive awards is to facilitate the research efforts of CASA faculty and provide incentives for securing larger external grants to support research. This year's recipients of the $25,000 grants are:

  1. Drs. Lili Luo and Van Ta Park of the School of Library Science and the Department of Health Science respectively for their proposal entitled Preparing public libraries to support health literacy in their communities
  2. Drs. Soma Sen and Van Ta Park of the School of Social Work and, the Department of Health Science for their proposal entitled HIV stigma and HIV testing behaviors among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
  3. Dr. Danielle Harris from the Department of Justice Studies for her proposal entitled Desistance from sexual offending: Protective factors across the life span
  4. Dr. Kasuen Mauldin and Dr. Deepika Goyal from the Department of Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging and the School of Nursing for their proposal entitled Effect of maternal lipid metabolism during pregnancy on pregnancy outcomes in obese pregnant women.

New Virtual Research Center Facilitates Global Research Partnerships

The San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science (SJSU SLIS) announced the launch of its new virtual research center. The Center for Information Research and Innovation (CIRI) fosters research in the library and information science field, aimed at generating exemplary new practices and innovative products to benefit a global audience. “We are thrilled to offer CIRI as a fully online research center,” remarked Dr. Sandra Hirsh, director and professor of SJSU SLIS. “Our virtual approach offers limitless opportunities for global participation and partnerships in CIRI research projects and activities.” CIRI showcases the research and innovative practice of SJSU SLIS faculty and students; develops research-based and innovative products for the library and information science field; and fosters global partnerships with individuals, institutions, and organizations. Research areas include digital records and curation, information access and use, library and information science online learning, new literacies and learning, management and leadership, social dynamics of information, and technological innovation and change. In addition, CIRI promotes the generation of new ideas for future research, innovation, and partnership opportunities by means of a virtual open lab. The CIRI Open Lab is an online space that relies on crowdsourcing. Scholars, information professionals, and students are invited to submit, vote on, and discuss ideas for research and innovative projects that will benefit the profession.

Kinesiology Student Achieves Noteworthy Honor

Jeff Chan, a senior student in the department of Kinesiology, has been selected as one of the American Kinesiology Association's Outstanding Scholars for 2011-12. This is a considerable accomplishment as only about 25 students are selected annually for this award.

SJSU Nursing Licensure Exam Pass Rates Soar

The faculty of The Valley Foundation School of Nursing (VFSON) is celebrating unprecedented success in one of the key quality indicators in nursing education. The California Board of Registered Nursing reports quarterly on the percentage of graduates from each nursing school taking the NCLEX-RN Licensure Exam who pass the exam on their first attempt. The VFSON has been working diligently to improve the pass rate for SJSU grads, including a complete curriculum review and revision in 2008, impaction, and the increased use of Clinical Simulation in the nursing coursework. The first quarter of 2012 brought the highest pass rate scores for SJSU in years... 98.31%!

School of Library and Information Student has University's Outstanding Thesis

John Tilney, graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science, was recently notified that his thesis entitled, "Containing Obscenity: The Gathings Committee, Moral Crusades, and Paperback Books," was selected as this year's SJSU Outstanding Thesis. The selection was made by members of the University Graduate Studies and Research Committee. As a result of this award, John will be an invited guest on the platform at the University Commencement Ceremony on May 26, 2012. He will also receive a $500.00 monetary award.

CASA's Department of Health Science Sponsors Events

CASA and the Department of Health Science recently organized the Nyswander Lecture. Held in the Student Union Ballroom, the talk featured author and UCLA professor David Hayes-Bautista speaking on El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition. Dean Charlie Bullock made opening remarks.

On February 18th, the Department of Health Science organized their 5th annual Science Fair Family Workshop for the families at McKinley Elementary School as part of the bigger project Salud Familiar en McKinley. Health Science students worked directly with immigrant families to explain the science fair experience, help children and their parents select, and then do, an experiment, and then develop their science fair poster boards. Before this event began several years ago, McKinley had less than a dozen posters from the entire school, now there are hundreds and even district competitors. Approximately 70 Health Science students and faculty and 200 McKinley children and family members were involved.

Health Science Department Chair and Faculty Present in Florida

Dr. Kathleen Roe attended the Digital Health Communications Expo in Orlando, Florida presenting on strategic diffusion of digital tools and technology into all aspects of a university department. Other Health Science faculty, Professor Dan Perales, and instructors Frank Strona, Robert Rinck, and Kevin Roe, also attended to demonstrate the online MPH program platform and instruction. This major conference, held in mid-February, annually draws hundreds of people from academia, government, and communications fields.

Gorman Invited to Serve on University of California Bay Area HIV/AIDS Planning Committee

Dr. Michael Gorman of the School of Social Work has been invited to serve on the Scientific Planning Committee for a conference on Health Disparities in the Bay Area using HIV/Aids as a model. Sponsored by the University of California, the project will have four main objectives: (1) highlight health disparities in the Bay Area; (2) highlight innovative ways in which disparities are addressed; (3) generate novel ways to address disparities; and (4) generate increased and productive interaction between community-level research and academic centers. The project is a collaboration between the Forum for Collaborative HIV Research, an administrative unit of the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, the University of California, San Francisco Center for AIDS Research, and the San Francisco Department of Health.

JMC Alum Develops Super Bowl Ad

Honda has unveiled their Super bowl commercial for the All-New CR-V. Darren Mitchell, a graduate of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, was heavily involved, and was a key player in promoting it via Facebook, Youtube, Google Plus, and Honda digital properties. He graduated just over a year ago! Check out the video ad: http://youtu.be/VhkDdayA4iA

Guerrazzi Documentary Wins Top Honors

Journalism and Mass Communications Professor, Diane Guerrazzi, recently learned that her documentary, From the USA to the UAE, took home top honors in the "Educator" category at the CreaTV awards in a ceremony at the California Theater in downtown San Jose. The documentary was shot during a two-week SJSU study-abroad trip to the United Arab Emirates in 2011. The film examined issues including immigration, human rights and freedom of speech, and was exclusively written, produced, and narrated by Guerrazzi. Most of the video was shot and edited by former student Jessica Frank while other students on the trip contributed still photos.

CASA Faculty Awarded RSCA Grants

Nine CASA faculty members recently received Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) Grants. The awards, made by the SJSU Provost’s Office, allowed applicants to request a “Mini-Grant” of up to $5,000 in expenses to support their research-related professional travel, purchase materials and supplies, or for student research assistants. Or, some faculty were awarded a combination of release time from teaching, an additional summer salary, and/or $2,000 in support for their research. Proposals were evaluated on factors like contribution to knowledge and scholarship in the discipline and educational impact on students. Faculty receiving RSCA Grants included: Ted Butryn and Peggy Plato, Kinesiology; Laurie Drabble and Ed Cohen, Social Work; Deepika Goyal, Nursing; Van Ta Park, Health Science; Michael Stevens, Library and Information Science; Marjorie Freedman, Nutrition, Food Science, and Packaging; and Diana Stover, Journalism and Mass Communications.

CASA Faculty Receive Curricular Innovation and Student Success Grants

Linda Main and Patricia Franks, School of Library and Information Science, and Kasuen Maulden, Department of Nutrition, Food Science, and Packaging, all recently received SJSU Curricular Innovation Grants for their proposals intended to draw-together inter-departmental and inter-college teams of faculty to design new courses and curricula or to revise current offerings to support inter-disciplinary learning among SJSU students. Similarly, Diana Stover, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and Marjorie Freedman, Department of Nutrition, Food Science, and Packaging will receive Student Success Grants funded to provide strong and meaningful levels of engagement between students and faculty, sending the message that SJSU is distinctive, special, and student centered. The overall impact of this program is expected to enhance SJSU graduation and retention rates.

CASA Faculty and Students Chosen for Salzburg Honors

Several CASA students and faculty were selected as 2012 Salzburg Scholars and Fellows, respectively, to attend the week-long Salzburg Seminar on globalization this coming summer in Salzburg, Austria. The program is designed to enable a more integrated and strategic focus on globalizing the SJSU campus, and to help SJSU’s faculty, students, administration, and staff become better global citizens. Participants are chosen based on excellent performance in primary roles, leadership, and leverage in helping globalize campus. CASA students selected for this year’s seminar include Rebecca Krueger and Jessica Ponce, Health Science; and Marisa Smith, Advertising. CASA faculty selected for this year include Ted Butryn, Kinesiology; Chris DiSalvo, Journalism and Mass Communications; and Robert Rinck, Health Science.

School of Library and Information Science Launches Post-Master’s Certificate Program

Professionals now have an opportunity to continue their education by earning their Post-Master’s Certificate in Library and Information Science from the nationally-ranked San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science. The new certificate program features five career pathways within the ALA-accredited graduate degree program, and all courses are delivered fully online. Applications are now being accepted for a Spring 2012 semester start, which begins January 25, 2012. The fully-online certificate program is designed for individuals who already hold a master’s degree in any discipline and would like to continue their education to stay current with emerging trends in the library and information science field. Because all courses are fully online, students can live anywhere and complete their coursework when most convenient for them. The certificate program can be completed in as little as one year.

Certificate program students can choose courses in any of the following career pathways:

  • Digital Archives and Records Management
  • Digital Services and Emerging Technologies
  • Information Intermediation and Instruction
  • Web Programming and Information Architecture
  • Youth Services

To earn a Post-Master’s Certificate, students complete six courses (16 units), including a one-unit course that introduces the School’s sophisticated online learning environment, and five courses in a selected career pathway. Certificate program students will engage in a collaborative learning environment with graduate students and faculty in the School’s ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program, as well as other Post-Master’s Certificate Program professionals. The deadline to apply for admission to the certificate program for Spring 2012 is January 6, 2012. Spring 2012 courses begin on January 25. Students can also choose to start the program in Fall 2012. Application deadlines for Fall 2012 will be announced soon.