COUGH@SJSU Receives Outstanding Service Program Award at the Student Leadership Gala

The Department of Health Science and Recreation (HSR) student organization COUGH@SJSU won Outstanding Service Program Award for its work with Earth Day and the Great American Smoke-out. COUGH@SJSU collaborated with HSR, Wellness Center and Environmental Studies on Supporting a Tobacco Free Campus and Policy Enforcement at the 7th Annual Student Leadership Gala. Congratulations to students Joann Aspiras, Justin Carbonel, Heidi Chau, Rheanna Crawley, Amber Garner, Michelle Laine, Hilda Pacheco, Jennifer Wharram and Advisor Robert Rinck.

In addition, HSR students Alicia Lopez and Joann Aspiras received the For Solidarity Network Recognition and Hilda Pacheco received the AS 55 Award.


Public Relations Students Receive Honorable Mention for 2018 Bateman Case Study Competition

Roman, pediatric cancer survivor, with (left to right) Andrea Chavez, Leah Blanks, Jasmine Garcia, and Erin Woll.

Four public relations students were awarded honorable mention for their work on the Bateman Case Study Competition. Congratulations to Jasmine Garcia, Leah Blanks, Andrea Chavez and Erin Woll on their outstanding work in this competition.

The Bateman Case Study Competition is Public Relations Student Society of America’s (PRSSA) premier national case study competition for public relations students and gives students an opportunity to apply classroom education and internship experiences to create and implement a full public relations campaign.

The 2018 Bateman Case Study Competition was to develop a campaign, on behalf of With Purpose, to bring awareness to the necessity of safe and effective treatment options for children with cancer in America.

The goal of the 2018 Bateman Competition was to increase awareness of the problems surrounding childhood cancer treatment in the U.S. Participating teams achieved this goal, in part, by evaluating the current awareness level of childhood cancer treatment and found creative ways to recruit young people to engage in the organization.

The SJSU students brought awareness to pediatric cancer by obtaining a proclamation from the City of San José and were honored at a city council meeting. In honor of pediatric cancer, the city of San José lit up city hall in gold and declared March as Pediatric Cancer Month.

PRSSA Headquarters received 84 entries for the PRSSA 2018 Bateman Case Study Competition. Of these submissions, 20 entries received honorable mention and three were chosen as finalists to present their campaigns to a panel of judges in Charleston, South Carolina.

Occupational Therapy Students Receive Numerous Awards

At the recent American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, over 30 Occupational Therapy (OT) students had their research projects accepted to this professional- peer-reviewed conference which is the largest occupational therapy conference in the world. Several students had the opportunity to present their research projects and poster presentations.

OT’s Occupational Therapy Honor Society, Pi Theta Epsilon, was also recognized at the conference during several events. OT Honor Society raised over $6,000 to support occupational therapy research endeavors and were recognized as the Most Valuable Participants in the fund raising competition. They were the third highest fund raising group with private universities at first and second place. In addition, the OT Honor Society won the Spartan Showcase “Best in Show” award.

Suzanne Walters, OT graduate student, was awarded the very prestigious California State University Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement.

The following OT students had a critically appraised paper accepted for publication: Stringari, J., Turner, T., Kwee, S., Shaul, J., & Stanbach T. (2017) Critically appraised paper for “Cognitive refocusing treatment for insomnia: A randomized controlled trial in university students”, Behavior Therapy,44(1), 100-110. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association, Evidence-Based Practice Project.

“We are always proud of our students and this group has certainly been amazing,” says Winifred Schultz-Krohn PhD, Occupational Therapy, Chair.

SJSU Journalism Students Welcome Intrepid CBS ’60 Minutes’ Global Correspondent

Professor Bob Rucker and Journalism graduate students at the Unique Lives lecture series featuring Lara Logan.

As part of the Unique Lives lecture series in Campbell, Chris Di Salvo, School of Journalism and Mass Communications (JMC), who moonlights as an associate producer of the series invited Bob Rucker, JMC, and Journalism graduate students to attend the third lecture featuring Lara Logan, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, 60 minutes.

Halima Kazem, JMC, did a superb job interviewing the award-winning journalist on stage before hundreds of people gathered at the Heritage Theater. They shared experiences covering war torn Afghanistan and other international hot spots. For more than an hour, Logan spoke eloquently and candidly to the audience about her personal life and challenges growing up in South Africa, the wisdom and encouragement from her mother, and the bold news reporting she did on the operation to take back Mosul from ISIS, the little known victims of the Holocaust of World War II, and her touching stories from the front lines of the Ebola crisis in the forests of central Africa.

The most moving interaction came when Logan described in horrifying detail how she was almost killed in Tahrir Square in Egypt. In 2011, Logan was violently sexually assaulted and beaten by a mob of some 300 men while reporting a story for 60 Minutes on the Egyptian Revolution. She eventually broke her silence about the brutal attack on 60 Minutes to draw attention to the plight of men and women, as well as female journalists covering war zones.

Click here to see that revealing 60 Minutes report.

After the two hour community presentation, a small group of SJSU faculty, students and guests were invited on stage to meet Logan including journalism major Salvatore Maxwell from the JMC School Spartan Media, Joseph Di Salvo, spouse of Chris Di Salvo, and Bob Rucker. Rucker invited Lara Logan to come visit San José State University in the future. She welcomed the idea!

Left to right: Devin Fehely, KPIX 5; Ben Corrales, Bob Rucker’s husband; Lara Logan, 60 minutes Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent; Bob Rucker, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications

News Around CASA

Sandy Hirsh, School of Information, is featured in SJSU’s Research Foundation Annual Report for her work in preparing veterans for careers in library and information sciences. Click here to access the content.

Greg Woods, Justice Studies, was interviewed for a story about the YouTube shooter for the San Jose Mercury News. Click here for the San Jose Mercury News story.

Peter Young, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, was selected as a national Emmy® Award judge for the field of Television News & Documentary for the 39th Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards. The work includes reviewing submissions from the television arena as well as re-purposed Internet streaming and 360/virtual reality broadcasting.

Nisha Garud-Patkar, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, has been voted PhD student of the year by the graduate committee at E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. The award was given at a banquet on the evening of April 17. E.W.Scripps is one of the top 10 journalism schools in the United States. Congratulations Nisha!