Occupational Therapy Students and Faculty Enjoy Spring Break at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference

The Occupational Therapy students spent their Spring Break continuing their learning. During that week, approximately 40 out of 73 Occupational Therapy graduate students attended the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference to present their research projects. “We are so proud of our students because they have the opportunity to present their research at a professional conference”, says Dr. Wynn Schultz- Krohn, chair, department of occupational therapy.  “This is a peer-reviewed professional conference and we have over half of the graduates accepted to present their research. We also have seven faculty members presenting their research at this conference. Although that means no Spring Break for the faculty members, the conference held in New Orleans was a very fun place to learn,” says Dr. Wynn Schultz-Krohn.


The SJSU Occupational Therapy Student Honor Society, Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE) along with members of the SJSU Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) joined forces to raise money to support occupational therapy research. The combined efforts of POTE and SOTA raised the largest amount ever recorded for this annual student fund raising event! Students from large, private R1 institutions, such as Columbia, typically raise the largest amount to support research. This student fund raising effort reflects the “pay-it-forward” mindset of the occupational therapy graduate students to support research efforts in the profession of occupational therapy.


Some of the topics presented at the conference by faculty and students included:

Political Advocacy of occupational therapy students

Mothers’ co-occupations after NICU discharge

Social problem solving and simulations

Financial literacy with homeless teens

Sensory processing

Fostering decision making skills with homeless children

Fall Prevention

School based practice

Relationship between sleep and interactive technology

Parents’ perceptions of risk with children’s everyday occupations

Evidence based dysphagia

The experience of homeless mothers participating in an occupational therapy leisure group

Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) Announces 2019 Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge Winners

Flexible  Packaging Association’s annual Achievement Awards competition recognizes innovative flexible packaging from across its membership. The Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge has become a prestigious competition within the flexible packaging industry honoring flexible packaging solutions developed by students.

Flexible packaging is used to package a wide variety of items. From retail food to medical and pharmaceutical products, the packaging possibilities are endless. The industry also believes it is important to encourage and recognize students who are working to become the next generation of packaging designers. For the 2019 competition, FPA received 42 concept outlines from some of the top packaging design programs across the United States. From the concept outlines submitted, 18 were selected to continue to the development phase.

This year’s entries demonstrated a high level of creativity as well as a strong understanding of the mechanical properties of flexible packaging materials and the manufacturing processes involved. While every winning entry was designed for a different product, they each found an ingenious way to apply flexible packaging to satisfy the growing consumer demand for convenient, easy-to-use packaging.

The judges for the competition included Cory Francer, Senior Editor, packagePRINTING magazine; Robert Kimmel, Sc.D., Associate Professor and Director, Clemson University Center for Flexible Packaging, Clemson University; and David Luttenberger, Global Packaging Director, Mintel Group Ltd.

First place winner of the FPA 2019 Student Flexible Design Challenge was a team of students from the University of Wisconsin—Stout. Second place winner was a student from the Packaging Program at San José State University. Tanay Prabhu worked under the guidance of his professor Dr. Kate Liu on the design concept and prototype.

2nd Place Honors
Car Wash Pods
Tanay Prabhu
San José State University

Car Wash Pods are a new and easy way to store car wash soap, replacing rigid bottles which are large and bulky, and consumers have to measure the required amount of soap needed for use. Each Car Wash Pod holds 1 oz. of soap encapsulated in a water-soluble Polyvinyl Acetate film. To use the pods, consumers place a pod in a 5-gallon bucket and fill the bucket with water to dissolve the film. Car Wash Pods are easy to use and provide consumer convenience.

Congratulations to Tanay Prabhu, student, Department of Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging for this prestigious award.

Professor Barry Goldman-Hall, School of Social Work to Receive Educator Hero Award from the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board

Every year, the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board hosts an Annual Community Behavioral Health Heroes Award Luncheon in Santa Clara County on the first Wednesday in May. The board recognizes individuals and organizations within Santa Clara County who have demonstrated exemplary service to County residents suffering the effects of mental illness. Those that are recognized have performed tirelessly in their efforts to improve the lives of those they serve. These heroes are community members, professional service providers, law enforcement, as well as those in the faith-based community.

This year  Barry Goldman-Hall, professor, School of Social Work is being recognized as an “Educator Hero,” for the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board!  He will be recognized at their “8th Annual SCC BHB Community Behavioral Health Heroes Award Luncheon May 1st.

On behalf of the School of Social Work, congratulations Barry!

College of Health and Human Sciences Students Finalists in Statewide CSU Student Research Competition

Two College of Health and Human Sciences students will be representing SJSU as finalists in the statewide CSU Student Research Competition at CSU Fullerton in April.  Richard Bridges, has completed his study, Tertiary Treatment of Hepatitis C as Prevention for End Stage Liver Disease: A Qualitative Study Examining the Barriers and Facilitators to Treatment of Chronic HCV Among Current and Former Intravenous Drug Users. Faculty mentor is Monica Allen, Assistant Professor Health Science and Recreation.

Kauionalani Kekuawela, Kinesiology has completed her study in Differential Cardiovascular Responses to Acute Exercise in Children. Faculty Mentor is Areum Jensen, Assistant Professor, Exercise Kinesiology. According to faculty mentor Areum Jensen, “Ms. Kekuawela presented the results on how children similarly increased heart rate and blood pressure during acute exercise compared to adults while children had lower vascular responses on the contracting muscles than adults. This may explain physiological alterations in children by identifying differential vascular function to control total peripheral resistance in children during exercise.”

To learn more information: titles of the student projects and faculty mentors can be found on the Office of Research Student Research Competition page.

Spartan Ad Club Visits Six New York City Advertising Agencies

Is there a better way to experience the cutting edge world of advertising than experiencing it first hand? That’s exactly what members of the Spartan Ad Club, SJSU’s student chapter of the American Advertising Federation, did at the end of February. Braving freezing temperatures, a group of mainly juniors and seniors from the advertising program visited six of the world’s leading advertising agencies over a four day period.

The trip, organized by John Delacruz, Creative Advertising Associate Professor was in its third year and this time the packed week delivered the best experience yet. Monday morning, bright and early, kick-started the program with a visit to Vayner Media. This agency, with offices worldwide, is the brainchild of Gary Vaynerchuk, serial entrepreneur and social media influencer. They are known for their innovation in the digital space and work with clients like Budweiser, Pepsico and Diageo.

Each visit began with an introduction to the agency’s philosophy and work, followed by an open discussion with a panel of creatives, strategists, managers and, crucially, recruitment directors. Vayner set the tone for a series of encouraging and informative sessions where internships and career advice formed the heart of frank discussions.

That afternoon Professor Delacruz took the group to Strawberry Frog whose offices are in the iconic Empire State Building. Strawberry Frog discussed their approaches to solving business problems for clients as diverse as Sun Trust and Jim Beam. Internship schemes were announced and students eagerly exchanged LinkedIn details with the agency staff.

Both Vayner Media and Strawberry Frog are considered the two independent, young upstarts of the agencies visited. On the second day, students visited the two big hitters of the trip FCB and R/GA. FCB ran through case studies of recent work for the FDA Center for Tobacco Products. Little Lungs in a Great Big World is a stop-motion animated tragicomedy public service announcement series that is part of a campaign named The Real Cost. They also showcased work for Burger King, detailing process and results. At R/GA students were introduced to a former student from the SJSU advertising program who is now Global Director of Creative Recruiting. R/GA highlighted its internship program and the possibility of having greater involvement with SJSU’s program in the future.

On Wednesday morning, students hopped on the train to Brooklyn to visit the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum and met up with another SJSU grad in the evening. Darren Mitchell is an Account Manager at Ogilvy and he talked to students in a social setting, offering advice on the industry and detailing his journey from San Jose to the Big Apple.

The final day was also packed full with a visit to TBWA/Chiat/Day. Students viewed show reels of work, and participated in a conversation with two recruiters, one from Creative Services and another from Account Services. The afternoon visit required a train ride to Brooklyn to visit 72 and Sunny whose offices sit under the Brooklyn Bridge. The staff at 72 were in full swing with their Black History Month celebrations that included art and dance inside the agency itself. There was also another panel discussion and an invitation to apply for internships.

“The trip ended on a high note with a group meal at Julianna’s, the popular Brooklyn pizza joint with a wealth of history and the best pizzas in the world ever,” recalls Professor Delacruz.

“The students agreed that the experience was extremely valuable and brought them a step closer to achieving their dreams of working in the advertising industry, whether that takes them to Madison Avenue or the Bay Area. A good and fruitful time was had by all.”