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DNP program receives accreditation

November 24th, 2014 by Melissa Anderson

The California State University Northern California Consortium Doctor of Nursing Practice received news that they were granted accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education on Nov. 7. The accreditation is valid through Dec. 31, 2019 and the accreditation will be retroactive to the first cohort of graduates in May 2014.

Graduates from the first cohort of the DNP program take questions from current and prospective students at the reception.

Graduates from the first cohort of the DNP program take questions from current and prospective students at the reception.

“We want to sincerely thank our Deans, department chairs, faculty, project chairs, and staff for their dedication and support required to start such a successful DNP program” the DNP executive leadership team wrote in an email announcement. “This milestone is only possible with such great teamwork and collaboration.”

The DNP program is a joint effort by San José State University’s Valley Foundation School of Nursing in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts and CSU Fresno. The executive leadership team includes Lori Rodriguez and Ruth Rosenblum, at SJSU, and Sylvia Miller and Chris Ortiz, at CSU Fresno.

“We also want to thank all of our students, especially our inaugural DNP Class of 2014,” they wrote. “We appreciate you taking a leap of faith and enrolling in a brand new program, and being so instrumental in the success of the program.”

The mission of the program is: To be an exceptional advanced nursing degree program that will prepare nurses at a doctoral level to lead health care change, serve as nursing faculty and advance health throughout California’s communities.

The DNP program launched its pilot in 2012, with the first cohort of students graduating in May 2014. It took an act of the state legislature to authorize the CSU to award a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. The state assembly bill itself called for a DNP degree to be distinct from the doctor of philosophy degree offered by the UC system and to allow professionals to earn the degree while working full time. The program allows students to do much of their coursework online, with in-person intensive sessions each semester held alternately at SJSU and CSU Fresno. The first cohort included students from as far north as Redding and as far south as Bakersfield.

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Social Work connects with South Korean university

November 18th, 2014 by Melissa Anderson

The School of Social Work in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts at San José State University has launched an International Social Work Education Exchange Program Initiative with the School of Social Welfare at Soongsil University in South Korea.

Visitors from South Korea will be meeting with SJSU social work students and faculty members this week, with a brown bag seminar planned for Nov. 19, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Washington Square Hall 215. No RSVP is necessary, but for more information contact Dr. Meekyung Han at

Other news

School hosted clinical symposium Oct. 5

The School of Social Work Alumni Association hosted its second annual clinical symposium October 5th. The title of the program was, “Understanding Opioid Addiction and Addiction Medication: How it Works to Achieve Recovery.”  The keynote speaker was Dr. Mark Stanford, Director of Addiction Medicine and Therapy Services at Santa Clara County VMC. Five panelists, all whom are alumni from the School of Social Work and who work at the center, presented on their specific work with various populations within the program.

Author in Conversation event Nov. 13

School of Social Work professor Emily Bruce helped to coordinate an Author in Conversation event featuring Jewelle Taylor Gibbs on Nov. 13, an event sponsored by the San Jose State University African American Studies department. Gibbs discussed her book, “Destiny’s Child: Memoirs of a Preacher’s Daughter” at the event.

Gibbs book traces 200 years of history to show how the Taylor family achieved upward mobility despite social and racial barriers.

Gibbs has a bachelor’s from Radcliffe College, a master’s of arts, a master’s of social work and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked as a psychiatric social worker at Stanford, as a clinical psychologist in private practice and is a faculty member at UC Berkeley.

She is the author of four other books, “Young, Black and Male in America: An Endangered Species,” “Children of color: Psychological Interventions with Culturally Diverse Youth (with Larke Nahme Huang,)” “Race and Justice: Rodney King and O.J. Simpson in a House Divided,” and “Preserving Privilege: California Propositions, Politics and People of Color (with Teiahsha Bankhead.)”

Bruce said via email that Gibbs has spoken at the School of Social Work graduations and is a mentor to current faculty at SJSU.


Hospitality Management students host Beers Around the World

November 17th, 2014 by Melissa Anderson

San José State University Hospitality Management students hosted a Beers Around the World Tradeshow Nov. 13 that was open to SJSU faculty, staff and students over the age of 21 along with invited guests.

Participation in the tradeshow is worth 25 percent of their grades for students enrolled in HSPM 148 Beer Appreciation this semester and also serves as a class project for students enrolled in HSPM 140 Meetings and Event Management. Many of the students in beer appreciation showed up with well-researched visuals along with at least two samples from their assigned brewing region or country while those in meetings and events management coordinated guest check in, concessions and other logistics.

The students hosted the fall event at the Glasshouse, an event venue on Market Street in downtown San Jose, with guests paying $5 admission for 5 beer tastings or $10 for 13 tastings.

Marylou Zuniga, a hospitality management student who works in the hotel industry, said she took the beer appreciation course because it is an elective for her major.

“I learned about the brewery processing and we took tours of breweries,” she said. “We had tastings in class. I thought I knew what kind of beer I liked, but now that I’m educated I realize I love dark beers.”

Zuniga, whose group represented Denmark, said learning about food and beer tastings will especially help her in her career goals in the hotel industry.

“I know what beers go with different food based on taste and style,” she said.

The student groups were charged with finding at least two beers from their country or region and they also put together a food pairing. Denmark’s group served salami, cheese and cookies with its Carlsberg Lager and Elephant beer.

“Carlsberg has a monopoly in Denmark because (the country) is so small,” Zuniga said.

Doug Lukanc, an Aerosapce Engineering major, said he took the class to have the opportunity to try a wide variety of beers.

“The class is a great way to explore nicer beers rather than just the cheap stuff,” he said.

Lukanc and his partners featured Oregon brews, complete with a slideshow presentation set up on an iPad to inform guests about the region.

Lukanc said one of the interesting parts of the class was getting to try some East Coast beers that are not available for sale on the West Coast because Professor Kate Sullivan was able to get them. At the event, his group shared a chocolate stout made by Rogue Ales and  Deschutes’ Fresh Squeezed IPA.

“I learned that some beers I thought I liked, I don’t and others I thought I didn’t, I actually do like,” he said. “I gained a lot of knowledge on how beer is made – the wheat that is added changes it. The water that is added changes it, the yeast and the hops. It’s a complexity that adjusts the flavors.”

At the event, the beer presenters competed for judges’ choice and people’s choice award based on their presentation, beer selection and food pairings. Japan, England and Mexico were selected by the judges and Japan, which served sushi with its two beer selections, won people’s choice.

Emeritus and Retired Faculty lunch with current CASA affiliates

November 14th, 2014 by Melissa Anderson

The College of Applied Sciences and Arts hosted its annual Emeritus and Retired Faculty Luncheon Oct. 29, at Flames Eatery and Banquet.
Emeritus and Retired

Faculty were invited to join Assistant Chair of Kinesiology Shirley Reekie and Associate Dean Greg Payne for a tour of some of the newly completed construction on campus. About a half dozen faculty members participated in the tour of the newly renovated Yoshihiro Uchida Hall and the new Student Union.

“This is one of our favorite events to host each year because it gives us a chance to catch you up on what has been going on in CASA and around campus and also for us to hear what you’ve done this past year,” said Interim Dean Alice Hines in her welcome.

The highlight of the program included three College of Applied Sciences and Arts students who attended summer study abroad programs who shared how the experience left a strong impression on them. The students speakers included Aly Mauro, an Occupational Therapy student, Mia Gonzalez, a Journalism and Mass Communications student and Michael Celso, a Social Work student. The students each received the Helen L. Stevens Faculty-Led Program Scholarship, helping to off-set $500 of the cost of the summer programs. The College is currently working to develop more scholarships to support study abroad opportunities for students.

Emeritus and retired faculty from seven CASA departments, including some that have merged with other departments, attended the luncheon with current faculty from nine of the departments offering updates on their activities. The attendees included a former dean and emeritus faculty member, Robert Moore, who taught in the Division of Technology. Moore, who is in his mid-90s, said he recalled hiring Helen Ross Mico, a retired Health Science professor in attendance, and Lee Walton, a retired kinesiology professor in attendance.

Justice Studies hosts debate on mass incarceration today

November 13th, 2014 by Melissa Anderson

The College of Applied Sciences and Arts Justice Studies department will host the Fall 2014 Ann Lucas Lecture in Law & Justice at San José State University Nov. 13, from 4-6 p.m. in Yoshihiro Uchida Hall 124.

The lecture today will feature a debate on Jonathan Simon’s recently published book “Mass Incarceration on Trial: A Remarkable Court Decision and the Future of Prisons in America.”

The debate panel will include Simon, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Elliott Currie, of UC Irvine,  Mohamed Shehk, the national media and communications director of Critical Resistance, and Edith Kinney, an SJSU Justice Studies professor.

In his book, Simon argues against the system of mass incarceration that he says relies on “racist gangs, lockdowns, and Supermax-style segregation units to maintain a tenuous order.” His book discusses how the 2011 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Plata could transform the prison system and Simon presents the opportunity to “replace mass incarceration with a system anchored in the preservation of human dignity.”

The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more on the event, view the flier here (PDF): Mass Incarceration on Trial flyer




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