Dr. Fritz Yambrach Assists in Developing the Fritz Water Vest

Several packaging experts have joined together to develop a flexible package that will enable people in disaster areas or areas where water is not easily available to transport water. Dr. Fritz Yambrach, Professor for the Department of Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging, is the concept designer and team organizer. He is also a regular contributor to Packaging World magazine and digital edition.

Click here to read his latest article.

Photovoice Projects Now on View at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

Professor Edward Mamary, Health Science and Recreation, served as Principal Investigator on two Photovoice projects. Photovoice is a group analysis method combining photography with grassroots social action, and is commonly used in the fields of community development, public health, and education. Participants are asked to represent their communities or express their points of view by photographing scenes that highlight research themes. Common research themes may include community concerns, community assets, or health barriers and facilitators. These photographs are collaboratively interpreted, and narratives can be developed that explain how the photos highlight a particular research theme. These narratives are used to better understand the community and help plan health or social programs that address community needs.

“I am proud to say that two Photovoice projects will be sponsored for separate viewing by the San José State University Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,” says Professor Mamary.  “They are scheduled to be exhibited in the second floor exhibit area of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library.”

The first community-based project “A Tapestry of Resilience: Wrestling with Our Jewish Experience,” showcases the lived experiences of Jewish community members in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be shown from November 9th through mid-day December 1st, 2016.  The second project, Living in an Unfinished America: Shared Experiences of Discrimination and Resilience by Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Americans,” will be showcased late-afternoon December 1st through December 21st, 2016.

“Given the current political environment, it is important that we invite the public to explore and gain insight into how groups of people have used their own voices to combat hate,” says Professor Mamary.   “Using the community engaged method of Photovoice, our participants in both groups have responded to prejudice and discrimination by sharing their own stories through photography and narrative.  Their stories not only reveal the challenges they have encountered, but how they have responded to these challenges with resilience, cultural pride, and self-determination.”

Photovoice Projects:

Not A Personal Choice

Not A Personal Choice

This picture portrays myself either putting on or taking off a scarf.  I used to wear the hijab, but I ended up taking it off.  To this day, I still struggle with the choice I’ve made, and I hope to one day put it back on.  We live in a society that encourages personal choice, just as long as it follows the norm.  But racism, prejudice, and stereotyping took away my personal choice and my freedom of religion.  It affected my job, my ability to make friends, my ability to be heard, and my ability to be happy.


To Hide or Stand Out?

To Hide Or To Stand Out

This photo shows people passing by my friend near Sather Gate as he stands there contemplating whether or not to display his Jewish Star on campus.  Two photos are layered on top of each other – one of him wearing the Star around his neck and one without – to give you a feeling of the frustration and sadness I feel as a college student.

Every day on campus, I have these feelings of isolation and having to choose whether to blend in and lose my identity or to stand out and be judged for my upbringing and religious and cultural ties. There have been several times on campus where I’ve walked by, and if I’m wearing a Jewish symbol, I get dirty looks. It is a constant struggle.

There are so many movements to accept people who are different, to not judge or stereotype them, but when it comes to Jews, we are seen as different and many think it is okay to cast their prejudices on us.

As a Jewish person, I feel I have to choose whether to hide or stand out.  Do I want to be labeled as a Jew, which has a lot of negative attention associated with it, or do I want to just blend in and hide my history and culture?


Ron Miller, JMC Alum, 1961, Visits School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Left to Right:  Mary Schutten, CASA Dean, Ron Miller, Class of 1961, Elias Castillo, Class of 1961, Phylis West-Johnson, Director, School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Left to Right: Mary Schutten, CASA Dean, Ron Miller, Class of 1961, Elias Castillo, Class of 1961, Phylis West-Johnson, Director, School of Journalism and Mass Communications

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications welcomed back Ron Miller, JMC graduate 1961, and recipient of the department’s alumni award.

While at SJSU, Miller was editor of Lyke, the campus feature magazine and is best known locally as the former TV editor of the San Jose Mercury News from 1977-99, syndicated columnist for Knight Ridder Newspapers and former national president of the Television Critics Association.

Miller spoke to Professor Diane Guerrazzi’s newswriting class Monday, October 3 in JMC’s television studio. Miller shared excerpts of his current book Conversations with Classic Film Stars, that includes 34 interviews conducted by Miller and his writing partner, James Bawden, ex-Toronto Star columnist.

Miller gave students his writing and interview tips and shared many celebrity stories. He recalled flying on Elizabeth Taylor’s private jet and not being able to talk to her until the plane actually landed. “I just sat there smiling, she just sat there smiling, and after we landed she gave me a very interesting interview. Even though she was a very famous movie star, she was a very down to earth person and very funny,” recalls Miller.

Miller presently lives in Blaine, WA, near the Canadian border. He is a veteran public speaker and campus lecturer. He teaches adult education classes for Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. He is also known as a prolific ‘master’ interviewer, having interviewed numerous Hollywood and PBS celebrities. Miller has written a second volume of his book, which is completed and awaiting publication in 2017. Meanwhile, his next book Mystery Classics on Film, will be published this fall by McFarland Publishing.

SJSU’s Center For Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations (CHAMP) Offers San Jose’s Seniors Health Screenings and Information

24th Annual Senior Resource & Wellness Fair

On Thursday, September 29, the 24th Annual Senior Resource & Wellness Fair, presented by the County of Santa Clara Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), in partnership with the City of San Jose Parks & Recreation Department, and SJSU’s Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations (CHAMP), took place at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose.

Approximately 400 people in the community came out to the Wellness Fair to receive information from 85 different programs that provide information and services to the senior population.  There were about 70 vendors from community agencies. Participants were able to receive a multitude of health screenings – flu shots, blood pressure, glucose, dental, spine alignment, skin, mood, cognitive function, falls prevention, fitness, biofeedback, and hearing tests which were provided by Walgreens, SJSU students and other agencies.  Several workshops and fitness demonstrations were also held throughout the day, including Laughter Yoga, Fair Housing Rights, Cal Medi-Connect, and Nutrition.

More than 40 students, led by faculty from six San Jose State departments, participated in offering screenings or healthy living advice to older adults at the event. Students from the following departments offered information/screenings on the following topics:

  • Social work – Mood and wellness screening
  • Nursing – Blood pressure screening
  • Kinesiology – Information on evidence-based exercise
  • Occupational Therapy – Falls and balance
  • Recreation Therapy – Biofeedback to improve breathing and managing stress
  • Communicative Disorders – Ear inspections; and Cognitive wellness screening

“The Wellness fair offers SJSU students a wonderful opportunity to practice their communications skills, learn how to engage seniors in screenings and health education, and learn about the role of multiple disciplines and the array of community services available to promote wellness and healthy aging,” says Sadhna Diwan, Ph.D.,Professor, School of Social Work, Director, Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations.

Photos by Lauren Chun, Megan Dejan and Mickie Lau, students from Dwight Bentel & Hall Student Advertising and Public Relations Agency, School of Journalism and Mass Communications:

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Dr. Lela Llorens, Past Chair of Occupational Therapy to Deliver Keynote Address at Occupational Therapy Association of California’s Annual Conference

Dr. Lela Llorens, past Chair of Occupational Therapy and former Associate Academic Vice President of Faculty Affairs at SJSU, has been chosen to deliver the keynote address at the California Foundation of Occupational Therapy luncheon at the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC) Annual Conference. “Although our program is relatively small in size and exclusively a graduate program, we have well over 50 graduate students (out of a graduating class of 78) presenting their research projects during the poster session at the OTAC Annual Conference in Pasadena, says Winifred Schultz-Krohn PhD, Professor and Chair, Occupational Therapy.

Dr. Krohn says “the poster session is not designed for student presentations. It is designed for practicing occupational therapists. This represents quite an accomplishment since these presentations undergo a blind review and acceptance is quite competitive!”

In addition to all the student research projects there are four faculty members and two lecturers presenting at the OTAC conference. The presentations undergo a blinded peer review prior to acceptance. “We are excited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of OTAC and our very proud of our small department which has a very big footprint at this conference!”

At A Glance:

Here are the presenters and topics from SJSU’s Occupational Therapy Department:

Presentations at OTAC 2016: October 27-30, 2016

Dr. Lela Llorens – California Foundation of Occupational Therapy Honored Lecturer (this is the second time she has been so honored) Implementing Occupations for Health and Wellbeing: A Personal Story

Dr. Winifred Schultz-Krohn and Dr. Gigi Smith – Evidence-based Practice for Clinical Dysphagia Intervention

Dr. Deborah Bolding and Lecturer Graham Teaford – Facilitating Behavioral Changes to Prevent Falls

Dr. Winifred Schultz-Krohn and Asha Asher – Professional Development: AOTA Board and Specialty Certification

Professional Poster sessions:

Lecturer Alison George – Interprofessional Collaboration During an International Faculty-led Program

Rebecca Bobell, Christy Goulet, Lauren Hendrick (All SJSU OT Graduate Students), Faculty Adviser: Dr. Bolding – A Matter of Balance: Program Evaluation

Jessica Kepes, Kailey Payne, Jennifer Balich, Mollie Sepahmansour, Chelsea McMillen (All SJSU OT Graduate Students), Faculty Adviser: Dr. Schultz-Krohn – Clinical Reasoning used by Experienced Pediatric Occupational Therapists

Clorinda LemMon, Annabelle Bewicke, Aisa Poniente, Sarah Falter (All SJSU OT Graduate Students), Faculty Adviser: Dr. Schutlz-Krohn – Effects of Infant Massage on stress Levels of Homeless Mothers

Nancy Huang, Monique Afram, Cameren Muller, Ashley Sanches, Tiffant Tzuang (All SJSU OT Graduate Students), Faculty Adviser: Dr. Schultz-Krohn – Efficacy of Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupations (CO-OP)

Celeste Morgan (All SJSU OT Graduate Students), Faculty Adviser: Dr. Schultz-Krohn – Family Mealtime Experiences with Children with ASD

Anne Elliott, Renee Demaree, Casey Millerick, Priscilla Ng (All SJSU OT Graduate Students), Faculty Adviser: Dr. Schultz-Krohn – Fostering Imaginative Play in Homeless Preschool Children

Chelle Tateishi, Diana Fitts, Maggie Jo Green, Jennifer Scherba, Hillary Wartinger (All SJSU OT Graduate Students), Faculty Adviser: Dr. Glogoski – Life Skills – Transition Age Youth with Mental Illness

Carley Wade, Emma Stern, Michelle Rice, Lauren Okajima (All SJSU OT Graduate Students), Faculty Adviser: Dr. Schultz-Krohn – Occupation-based Financial Literacy Program with Homeless Adolescents

Jazmin Arellano, Tiffant Young, Amanda Huang, Tiffany Que-Smith (All SJSU OT Graduate Students), Faculty Adviser: Dr. Bolding – Personal Emergency Response System Class for Older Adults

Lee Sonko (All SJSU OT Graduate Students), Faculty Adviser: Dr. Chang – Relating Stress Factors to Life Satisfaction in OT Graduate Students

Krista Yee, Nathan Nam, Christine Huynh, Larkin Petralli (All SJSU OT Graduate Students), Faculty Adviser: Dr. Chang – Relationships Between Sensory Processing Patterns and Play Experiences

Justin Lin, Brian Huynh, Inge Verschueren (All SJSU OT Graduate Students), Faculty Adviser: Dr. Chang – Stress Factors and Sleep Quality Among Occupational Therapy Graduate Students

Megan Moreno, Jessica Pham, Alrice Lai, Jennafer Hope, Kristine Young (All SJSU OT Graduate Students), Faculty Adviser: Dr. Chang – Stress Factors and Engagement Among Occupational Therapy Graduate Students

Nicole Pearlmen, Angeliki Bundros-Menig, Rebecca Huniu, Sarah Sherman, Carly Rosada (All SJSU OT Graduate Students), Faculty Adviser: Dr. Schultz-Krohn – Work Readiness Program for Transitional Age Foster Youth