2nd Annual CASA Service Awards

The 2nd Annual CASA Service Awards were presented by Dean Mary Schutten and Associate Dean Pamela Richardson on Wednesday, November 15, at the San José State University Student Union Theater. There were four service awards given to deserving faculty and staff. Service and putting others first is so important to the culture of the college, university, and society.

Congratulations to the following CASA Service Award Winners!

CASA Administrative & Professional Service Award:

Mai Phan, School of Social Work

CASA Annual Faculty Service Award for Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty: 

Yinghua (Michelle) Huang, Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management

CASA Lifetime Faculty Service Award for Lecturer:

Daniel Murphy, Department of Kinesiology

CASA Lifetime Faculty Service Award :

Caroline Haas, Department of Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging

Alice Hines, Associate Dean, College of Applied Sciences and Arts

None of this could have taken place without the work of the CASA Service Award Selection Committee which included: John Delacruz, School of Journalism and Mass Communications; Emily Bruce, School of Social Work; Kristina Luna, School of Information; Faranak Memarzadeh, Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management; and Emily Wughalter, Department of Kinesiology.

Ysabel Duron, 22nd Century Medicine: Life Care Not Health Care

After the awards were presented, Dean Schutten introduced Ysabel Duron who spoke on 22nd Century Medicine: Life Care Not Healthcare. Duron is a 1970 SJSU Journalism graduate and was SJSU’S  2017 commencement speaker. Her career paths are filled with a service oriented approach to life.

Duron stepped away from a 4+ decade, multi award-winning television journalism career, to focus on a non-profit she launched in 2003, to serve low income, Spanish speaking and immigrant Latinos around issues of cancer. The Silicon Valley based agency, Latinas Contra Cancer (LCC), created programs to address gaps in services, contracted with public health and clinic delivery systems to provide patient navigation and psycho-social support, engaged and trained community health workers as part of a workforce development plan to increase the numbers of linguistically and culturally appropriate employees to serve the underserved.

Duron convened the Biennial National Latino Cancer Summit starting in 2008 to turn the spotlight on the increasing cancer incidence and mortality rate in the Latino community. Since then, participants across the sectors gather to network, learn from each other and find ways to collaborate in research and translation programs in community.

Recently, Duron left LCC to roll out her third startup – the Latino Cancer Institute – a national non-profit, currently in development stage.

Through Duron’s involvement as Executive Director of Latinas Contra Cancer, she shared with the audience where you live, work and play is an indicator of not only your quality of life but your future health outcome. This is because where you live and work determines your access to health care.

Duron longs for a healthier equitable society. She said, “research shows that in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Latino children are actually born with mutations in cancer cells.”  This means they are prone to get the disease from birth.

She also shared statistics that from 2010-2014, Texas had the highest maternal mortality rate among Hispanic women. She said these statistics could be attributed to Texas removing all Planned Parenthood Clinics.

Through research from the LCC, Duron says “breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer and death among Latino women.” Duron’s parting words were “in order to change the system, you’ve got to shock the system to change the system.”

To view the CASA Service Awards and Duron’s speech, click here.

CASA Health and Wellness Week

The College of Applied Sciences and Arts (CASA) held its first annual, campus-wide, Health and Wellness Week, Nov. 13-17, 2017. “Health and Wellness week was designed to spread and increase awareness to not only CASA students but students, staff and administration across the university,” says Dr.  Mary Schutten, Dean, CASA.

Last year, the eleven chairs and directors wrote a white paper on how the CASA departments and schools were interconnected and the idea for the CASA Health and Wellness Week was born. Chaired by Alice Hines, Associate Dean, CASA’s Health and Wellness Week provided numerous health activities for faculty, staff and administrators. “We provided something for everyone,” says Dr. Hines.

“This week would not have been possible without all the planning and executing from our Committee,” says Dr. Hines. “Not to mention the expert planning by Eddie Jimenez of the CASA Dean’s Office.”

The Health and Wellness Committee included: B.J. Grosvenor, Joshua Baur, and Monica Allen, all From the Department of Health Science & Recreation; Halima Kazem, School of Journalism and Mass Communications; Jessica Chin, Department of Kinesiology; Jamie Kubota, Department of Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging; Deepika Goyal, The Valley Foundation School of Nursing; Gigi Smith, Occupational Therapy; and Laurie Morgan, Student Wellness Center.

The promotions and public relations activities were led by students from the Dwight Bentel & Hall Communications Agency which included Aubriana Muna, Allison Covey, Miquel Flaquer and Kylee Valdez.

“Overall, we are so proud of CASA’s Health and Wellness Committee who coordinated all of the activities,” says Dr. Hines. “It was an excellent opportunity for SJSU students, faculty, and staff to learn more about ways to promote health and wellness, individually and as a community.”

Dr. Ted Butryn Recognized as North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Fellow

Dr. Ted Butryn, Kinesiology, was recognized as a member of the inaugural class of 26 Research Fellows, representing 6 countries, for the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

The NASSS Research Fellow is awarded to those NASSS members that have had a consistently productive record of published scholarship and academic presentations over the balance of their career. Dr. Butryn has published over 20 refereed articles, including four in the Sociology of Sport Journal, which is one of the top journals in the field. Along with numerous published book chapters, he has presented over 50 juried presentations at various academic conferences.

Congratulations Dr. Butryn on this prestigious recognition and accomplishment.

Occupational Therapy Faculty and Students Represent SJSU at the Occupational Therapy Association of California Professional Conference

SJSU OT graduate students and the many lawmakers who attended Advocacy Day at the OTAC conference. The OT graduates wore blue and gold flowers so lawmakers would know they are students.

SJSU Occupational Therapy (OT) faculty and graduate students attended the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC) state professional conference in October, 2017. 26 graduate OT students had research projects accepted for either poster or podium presentations where all proposals are peer-reviewed. The conference had more than 1,000 attendees and SJSU had the largest group of students attending the conference.

The SJSU OT faculty are leaders in OTAC with Associate Professor Gigi Smith serving as the Secretary of OTAC, Lecturer Alison George serving as the Co-Chair of the Student Leadership Committee, and Lecturer Brittney Weinerth serving as Region 3 Director. Additionally, at the OTAC conference the California Foundation of Occupational Therapy (CFOT) held the annual luncheon to award scholarships and grants. 4 SJSU graduate OT students received scholarships from CFOT. Professor Winifred Schultz-Krohn was recognized for her pro bono work for the past 18 years at a homeless shelter and received the CFOT Humanitarian Award.

Over 60 current graduate OT students attended the Advocacy Day held during the OTAC conference where they met with state legislators and discussed issues of access for all Californians to Occupational Therapy services and the benefits in developing or restoring functional abilities for those persons who have various conditions ranging from physical disabilities, mental health issues, or developmental delays. There were several poster sessions and three podium presentations provided by SJSU OT faculty.

At this conference, SJSU’s OT students reached the Silver Level of membership in the OTAC. Many private schools require students to join the association but SJSU does not require students to be a member of the state professional association. However, they are encouraged to join and SJSU’s OT program has over 90% of graduate students as members of OTAC.

The SJSU OT faculty is very proud of the accomplishments of both students and faculty, particularly with the collaborative research projects that have been accepted at peer-reviewed conferences.

Health Science & Recreation Associate Professor Miranda Worthen Speaks at the Fall University Scholar Series

Dr. Miranda Worthen, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Science and Recreation, gave a presentation titled Risk and Protective Factors for Anger and Violent Behavior in U.S. Military Service Members at the Fall University Scholar Series.

Over 2.5 million service members have been deployed since September 11, 2001, and the potential for problems with anger and violence to hamper their reintegration into civilian life has prompted considerable attention in the media. However, the pathways by which war-time experience affects anger and violent behavior of service members is not well understood. In addition, anger issues may differ for the 16% of service members who are women, but this possibility has not been explored in the research literature.

Dr. Worthen’s research used both qualitative and quantitative methods. A qualitative study examined veterans’ perceptions of the causes and consequences of anger on their lives and how those perceptions differed by gender. A quantitative study examined the prevalence of anger problems and violence by gender and other demographics, and the association between anger, violence and various risk and protective factors.

Findings from the qualitative study revealed that veterans felt their anger affected their ability to maintain relationships and employment, and to stay in school. Findings from the quantitative study showed that the high prevalence of anger and low prevalence of violence found in military service members did not differ by most demographics including gender. However, service members were more likely to exhibit anger and violence when they had been deployed multiple times or when they had PTSD, and less likely to exhibit anger and violence when they had social support.

Of particular interest, Dr. Worthen found that the relationship between PTSD severity and anger differed by gender: Men showed a stronger correlation between PTSD and anger when they had been deployed than when they had not, while women showed the opposite – a stronger correlation between PTSD and anger when they had not been deployed over when they had. These findings for women do not support either of the prevalent theories about the cause of the relationship between war time experiences and anger or violence, and indicate the need for more research examining gender differences in studies of veterans, war time experiences, and anger and violence.

You can learn more about Dr. Worthen’s research on her website on ScholarWorks, and see upcoming talks at the series on the University Scholar Series website.