Dr. Emily Wughalter Named as 42nd Fellow of the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education

Congratulations to Dr. Emily Wughalter, Professor, Department of Kinesiology, on being named the 42nd Fellow of the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE). Emily’s ongoing commitment to NAKHE leadership, scholarship, and the training of young professionals makes her an outstanding choice for this recognition.

The Fellows designation is given to professionals in the field of Kinesiology who have made significant contributions to NAKHE for ten years or more. Emily’s leadership in the association has been exceptional, and for this leadership she is being recognized. Leadership in NAKHE is not the only criteria for Fellow status. Emily’s scholarly productivity has added to the body of knowledge in Kinesiology in a meaningful way, one of the most important criteria for Fellowship. “Your leadership and scholarly contributions have extended beyond the field of Kinesiology to your home institution, community, and beyond – contributions that bring distinction to university professors in Kinesiology,” says Steven Estes, Fellow #12, NAKHE.

In addition, Emily has been invited to deliver the Rachel Bryant Lecture at the Society of Health and Physical Educators, (SHAPE America) National Convention in Tampa, Florida in April. “This is a tremendous honor to be invited to deliver a lecture in Rachel Bryant’s name and to be recognized by national colleagues in Kinesiology,” says Emily Wughalter. Rachel Bryant was the Executive Director of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport for 21 years when she led an organization that inspired tremendous change and created sporting opportunities for girls and women. This lecture in her name is to honor an individual who continues her legacy by leading, developing, participating, and organizing programs for sporting girls and women.

HFTP Student Chapter of the Year

The national chapter of the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) has selected SJSU’s HFTP Student Chapter as the Student Chapter of the Year Award winner for two years in a row! Two student chapter officers, Jaewan Son and Cicily Tang, attended the award ceremony at the HFTP Annual Convention, Oct. 24-26, 2018, Louisville, Kentucky. The following photo was taken at the award ceremony this year.

Hospitality, Tourism, and Event Management student, Jaewan Son (far right) said, “I was very excited to hear that our student chapter won the award again, two years in a row! After joining this HFTP student chapter, I have been able to gain so much experience in the hospitality industry. This is the second convention I have attended this year, and I was able to experience what the real hospitality events are like. There are educational sessions held at the conventions, and I am able to learn about problems in real life that we aren’t taught in class. Apart from the educational sessions, it was a great place for me to network and meet many people in the Hospitality Industry. It was an unforgettable experience.”

SJSU’s HFTP Student Chapter was established in 2012 with Dr. Yinghua (Michelle) Huang as the faculty advisor. Congratulations to the HFTP Student Chapter!

Congratulations to the 2018-19 CEED Award Recipients

The mission of the CEED Awards  is “to enhance the mission of CHHS by promoting a deeper understanding of equity and diversity by recognizing and being responsive to issues on age, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation.” Congratulations to the 2018-19 CEED Award recipients:

CEED Undergraduate Student Award

Yovanna Gonzalez, Department of Health Science and Recreation

Yovanna had the opportunity to be  president of the “Vamos A Oaxaca – Intercambio” club on campus for 2017-18 academic year. This trip, previously known as the “Alternative Spring Break”, is a 13-year cultural exchange and tradition between SJSU and the artisan association of Arrazola, Oaxaca, Mexico. This trip has empowered over 250 SJSU students by exposing them to diversity and expanding their knowledge as professionals beyond borders. This trip has proven to be beneficial to SJSU students and the artisans of Oaxaca.

When Yovanna found out that Spring 2017 was the last year this trip was expected to take place, she was astonished that such a successful and impactful trip on campus would be cancelled. Vamos a Oaxaca is the “Gold Standard” for cultural exchange trips. It is a powerful tool and educational reference that has been used by SJSU professors in their classes; because of the public health work, reforestation efforts, and the cultural competency aspect that is integral to its core. This service trip was once a defining factor for the Health Science and Recreation Department.

In 2017, Yovanna began a groundworks effort to ensure future students may learn from this trip. Yovanna worked with Dr. Kathleen Roe to take 21 students to Mexico last Spring break and it was a complete success. This academic year Yovanna has continued her dedication to this program and to both communities, SJSU and Arrazola.

She believes in the relationship fostered and its dedication to health. She is acting treasurer for the club, which is entirely student led. The Mesa Directive (student leadership) is committed to taking students to this trip once more, in hopes of proving to this campus the treasure that they have. The trip is more than a week long and works with communities, teaches true leadership and equality in power. Yovanna is dedicated to the current and future students of SJSU, because she believes in giving all students the opportunity to experience this journey.

CEED Graduate Student Award

Serina Murphy, Department of Occupational Therapy.

Serena demonstrates her leadership through her commitment to serving others and her position of vice president to the Occupational Therapy Honors Society, Phi Theta Epsilon. Serina has been instrumental in providing educational opportunities for students and community members while promoting the profession of occupational therapy.

She led a group of volunteers at the San Jose Bridge Communities’ 1st Annual Health Resource Fair where she taught community members about occupational therapy services. She has also volunteered at many multiple college career fairs to encourage students to apply to SJSU’s program. Serina has facilitated many workshops for students about high risk populations, such as older adults in skilled nursing facilities and individuals with diabetes.

Serina is in the process of developing workshops about serving LQBTQ populations and the Pad Project, an organization that makes much needed menstrual products for women in Africa. Serina has raised over $1,000 for this organization through her fundraising efforts. She is also in the planning stage of a fundraiser to raise money for occupational therapy research. Serina contributes so much to our San Jose State community, and she is able to do this while raising two small children.

CEED Award for Student Organization

The Assembly of Nurse Scholars, The Valley Foundation School of Nursing

The Assembly of Nurse Scholars partnered with the Muscular Dystrophy Association by participating in fundraising activities. Members also volunteer in their one-week summer camp that focuses on giving children who live with muscular dystrophy the “best week of their lives” and the chance to feel “normal” with their peers. The Assembly of Nurse Scholars supports this community agency and advocates for this vulnerable population. Another community program the Assembly of Nurse Scholars has been involved with is Project Ohana in the Bay Area and Asian American Recovery Services to provide HIV/AIDS prevention information through a series of workshops and fun events. Other collaboration activities with other healthcare organizations include the American Nurse Association, American Red Cross, and Dementia Friends USA.

In Spring 2018, the Assembly of Nurse Scholars partnered with American Kidney Fund to host their Kidney Action Day. The Kidney Action Day was a free, family fun day to educate individuals on their risk for kidney disease and how to prevent it. Members had the opportunity to do blood pressure screening, health counseling and education for thousands of attendants.

During the Fall 2018 semester, the Assembly of Nurse Scholars partnered with Suncrest Hospice to provide their members the opportunity to volunteer and gain experience in caring for hospice patients. The members provided companionship, participated in activities and assisted with administrative tasks. These students provided much comfort and quality of life to patients.

San Jose State University Associated Students and Solidarity Network awarded the Assembly of Nurse Scholars the Organization of the Year. The Assembly of Nurse Scholars has demonstrated excellence in promoting an understanding of equity and diversity on the San Jose State University campus, in the community and projects that contribute to a better understanding of equity and diversity issues.

CEED Faculty Award

Fritz Yambrach, Department of Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging

Fritz has campus and world-wide influence on cultural-inclusion, equity and service. As head of the Packaging Program at SJSU, Fritz is instrumental in creating a culture that embraces and celebrates the diverse cultures of all the students. The ethnicities of students in the program are as diverse as the multiple disciplines that make up the field of Packaging.

Every semester Fritz opens the Packaging Lab and hosts a “Foods of my People” potluck for all students in the program, providing an opportunity to make everyone feel valued and included. For many years, he has hosted 10-20 students at his home for Thanksgiving and other holiday meals, knowing many students are far from home and family or may simply not have known a traditional American celebration.

In addition to Fritz’s work at SJSU, he was recently awarded the Dupont Diamond Award (2017) for the Fritz Water Vest which he designed. This water vest utilizes innovative packaging technology to solve a pressing world problem – transporting clean water in impoverished and disaster-ridden areas. Made from the same material that is used to make a fillable plastic bag to hold wine, the Frtiz Water Vest, is worn over the head resting on the shoulders to distribute the weight of the water ergonomically. Because it is a closed container, loss of water is avoided. This water vest is a life changing invention, improving quality of life for those lacking access to clean water. Not only are people able to transport water safely and more comfortably, young girls who may not have had the opportunity to go to school because they were needed to carry water, are able to carry the water vest with them to school and return home with a full vest of water.

After conceiving the concept of the Fritz Water Vest, Fritz recruited several former students and industry colleagues, founding a non-profit, Solutions Inc., in order to make the water vest available for use globally. It should be further noted that the Diamond Award is the very highest level award given in this long-running, globally-recognized, independently-judged competitive awards program.

Fall 2018 Blog Series 7 of 7: Welcome New Faculty to CHHS

The Department of Kinesiology

Ted Hayduk recently joined the Department of Kinesiology. Ted completed both his undergraduate and graduate education at Texas A & M University where he was a doctoral student researcher for the past four years.

He is teaching two classes: Sport Management and Leadership and Communication in Sport. His research interests include entrepreneurship, innovation, technology adoption, and analytics.

Fall 2018 Blog Series 6 of 7: Welcome New Faculty to CHHS

The Department of Occupational Therapy

Luis Arabit is currently teaching Occupational Therapy with Middle Age Adults and two courses of Professional Development. His research interests include caregiving, healthy aging advocacy in occupational therapy, occupations of travel, neurological and orthopedic shoulder injuries, mentoring, preventive healthcare and professional development in OT.

Luis is a former Vice-President of the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC), a former Chair of the OTAC Advocacy & Government Affairs Committee and a former Chair of the Los Angeles Occupational Therapy Leadership Forum. He was the recipient of the 2016 Janice Matsusuyu Outstanding Service award and the 2013 Luella Grangaard Political Action award from OTAC. Luis is a published author, writer and speaker at state, national and international OT conferences on topics related to occupational therapy and rehabilitation. He is currently serving as the Region V Director of the American Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee (AOTPAC).

Chiao-Ju Fang has practiced as an occupational therapist in hospitals, schools, and early intervention to serve children and adolescents with cognitive, emotional, and behavioral disabilities both in Taiwan and the United States.

A bilingual researcher, Chiao-Ju’s primary research interest is the development of conceptually grounded, psychometrically sound tools measuring the activities, participation levels, and environmental supports of children and adolescents with disabilities. Over the years, she has specialized in cross-cultural and international research, establishing strong connections in the occupational therapy and education fields in the United States and Asia. While pursuing her doctorate at NYU, Chiao-Ju won a number of grants and awards to support her research. Most notably, she was the 2017 recipient of NYU Steinhardt’s Mitchell Leaska Dissertation Research Award and the 2010 Taiwan Ministry of Education Dissertation Grant Award.

Chiao-Ju’s research plans include several areas. These include outcomes measurement for cross-cultural research, advanced technologies using robots and smart homes, the use of computer-based interventions such as virtual reality, and leadership, marketing, and management in occupational therapy.