Nutrition Prof earns Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award

Kasuen Mauldin

Kasuen Mauldin

San José State University Nutrition Professor Kasuen Mauldin has received an Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the United States’ largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. She was nominated by her peers and students in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts Nutrition, Food Science, and Packaging Department for this honor, which is given to recognize the teaching, mentoring and leadership activities of faculty in Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics-accredited programs. The award will be presented at the Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) Area 1 meeting at Asilomar Conference Center on March 15. A list of awardees will be published in the September 2015 issue of the “Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics” and in the Spring 2015 issue of NDEP-Line, a newsletter for academy members. In addition, she will be recognized at the Fall 2015 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo meeting in Nashville, TN.

Mauldin joined the Department of Nutrition, Food Science, and Packaging in 2011 and teaches a variety of courses at all levels, from introduction to nutrition for health professional majors to human nutrition laboratory to advanced nutrition and metabolism at the graduate level. As a productive researcher, Mauldin mentors many graduate students, helping them achieve success through scholarships, research awards, and peer-reviewed publications and presentations. She said she is excited to lead in the creation of new courses and development of faculty-led programs abroad as a part of her department’s current efforts to advance its curriculum. Her teaching philosophy is that “effective educators are organized and prepared, professional and fair, resourceful and well connected, and believe there is always room for improvement.”

JMC’s Guerrazzi takes Award of Excellence for ‘Opening Oman’ documentary

Diane Guerrazzi, a broadcast journalism professor at San Jose State University in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts’ School of Journalism and Mass Communications, has received the Mixed Video Award of Excellence from the Broadcast Education Association in the faculty category.

Diane Guerrazzi, a JMC professor, poses for a photo with students on a study abroad program to Oman in winter 2013.

Diane Guerrazzi, a JMC professor, poses for a photo with students on a study abroad program to Oman in winter 2013.

Guerrazzi and Hannah Gaber’s short documentary, “Opening Oman,” was recognized along with 11 other pieces nationwide in the BEA 2015 Festival of Media Arts competition. Prizes will be awarded during the BEA’s annual convention and Festival of Media Arts in April in Las Vegas.

The 12-minute video can be viewed online.

In the video, Guerrazzi, sets up a narrative about the ways in which the Middle Eastern country that is bordered by Saudia Arabia, Yemn and United Arab Emirates is looking to open itself to international tourism.

A narrator describes some of the efforts that Oman’s government has taken in the last two decades to open its borders up to tourism, such as open a tourism college and creating a bacherlor’s in tourism. But the country is still focused on striking a balance of drawing in visitors without losing its traditions.

“In Oman, we have this kind of idea that we really want to develop tourism but not offer it too widely so we lose identify and core traditions – history itself,” said Hooda Albalushi, a tourism lecturer at Sultan Qaboos University, in one of the interviews in the video. “We want to try to open up to the outside world, but keep up traditions and whatever makes us unique.”

According to the video, Oman has seen less than 2 million visitors in any one year, while Dubai in neighboring United Arab Emirates has seen as many as 10 million in a year. But tourism faculty say the country is focused on bringing in quality tourists instead of a high quantity, as it is one of the most expensive tourist destinations in the world.

Guerrazzi started the work on the documentary during winter session in 2013, when she collaborated with a professor from the University of Arizona, Maggy Zanger, who had contacts in Oman to take students abroad.

“She (Zanger) suggested the tourism angle, since Oman is truly at a crossroads with its approach to the outside world,” Guerrazzi said, via email. “Some of our students were journalism majors, but others were studying political science, tourism and behavioral sciences so the tourism topic was interesting to all.”

The study abroad program included four students from SJSU, one from Gavilan Community College, one from CSU East Bay, three from University of Arizona, one from the University of Oregon, one from the University of Delaware and one from the University of Arkansas.

“Students helped shoot some video and conduct some interviews,” Guerrazzi said, noting that Gaber, a graduate student from Arizona was especially interested in helping with the project. “She transcribed some interviews and contributed ideas.”

Guerrazzi said she was the primary person to shoot the video as well as the person who wrote the narrative and edited the piece. She worked on it throughout spring and summer 2014, even working on it while she was on vacation in Japan.

“To develop the story with a dramatic art, I needed to mold the piece as I created it,” she said. “It’s much different than writing a regular news story.”

Guerrazzi, who is also the director of the SJSU Afghanistan Journalism Education Enhancement Program, said documentary is a new field for her as she has worked in short-form broadcast for daily news for 30 years.

“I am encouraged to try another documentary, perhaps with another faculty-led program,” she said. “This time, it would be great to scout out locations and characters ahead of time.”

Guerrazzi and Halima Kazem, a colleague in JMC, are offering a four-week faculty-led program this summer in Turkey in which students will learn what it is like to be an international journalist and navigate the world working on various multimedia news stories.

The course still has openings for interested students who will work in small teams to develop a short documentary, a photo essay, a travel blog or any other multimedia product by the end of the course. The students will visit Turkish media organizations and collaborate with Turkish university students on their projects. A multimedia bootcamp will be offered before students depart for Istanbul and faculty will work with students to develop their projects. This is a great opportunity to cover an international issue, generate portfolio clips and make contacts abroad.

The three-weeks trip will include visits to Turkish media organizations such as Today’s Zaman, CNN Turk, Daily Hurriyet and Daily Sabah; visits to journalism departments at two Turkish universities; a tour of Istanbul’s landmarks and world heritage sites; a lecture on Turkish cuisine and café culture; guided walking tours and more.

For more on Guerrazzi and Kazem’s program, visit the CASA International Experience Initiative website. 

SJSU students stay busy at week-long Pebble Beach tournament

During an unseasonably warm week in Carmel, 35 San José State University students were working hard to keep up with long lines at concession stands and meeting the needs of corporate clients at the 2015 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The hand-selected students undergo an intense training process, with managers from the beach-side resort in preparation of their week-long program as part of the Special Event Management Team course. But most of the students agreed that nothing quite prepared them for what it would be like to work the tournament.

As part of the Special Event Management Team, the students receive course credit for the time they spend in training and working at Pebble Beach. The SJSU program allows students in hospitality management and kinesiology programs in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts as well as some business majors from the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business to work as interns for a week during the prestigious golf tournament, which will be finish up on Feb. 15. The university has maintained the partnership with Pebble Beach Company for 10 years. Hospitality Management Professor Rich Larson helped to oversee the program, coordinating training, accommodations and serving as an on-site mentor during the tournament.

“Until today, I had no idea what it would really be like,” said Kelsey Castellano, a hospitality management student.

With blue skies along the coastal golf course and temperatures into the high 70s, many of the SJSU students kept on their bright blue Pebble Beach jackets that helped identify them as managers. The students donned white, long-sleeve shirts, ties and black pants. They were required to wear black shoes and most opted for a comfortable pair as they needed to be on their feet for 10-12 hours each day of the event. At least one student had resorted to using bandages on her heels to keep a new pair of shoes from rubbing on a blister.

Most of the students agreed the long hours and the tiredness at the end of the day was worth the experience.

Castellano’s first client had arrived for the Feb. 11 3M Celebrity Challenge, which drew crowds to watch a dozen celebrities play five holes for charity. Some of the well-known faces included actors Ray Romano, Josh Duhamel and Bob Murray; director Clint Eastwood; singers Clay Walker and Jake Owen; among others.

Castellano said she arrived at the Pebble Beach resort at 6 a.m. and she expected to work until 6 or 7 p.m. that night.

“I can take a break, but I’ll probably just eat what’s nearby,” she said, of a behind-the-scenes area where food is set up for a runner to bring up to the skyboxes for client consumption. A few shelves in the staging tent were set up with snacks for employees.

She said the best part for her so far had been the responsibility of overseeing a skybox for her corporate client.

“I’m in control of my staff,” she said. “They are asking me all the questions. Until today, I had no idea (what it would be like.)”

At mid-morning Castellano had managed a breakfast guaranteed for 60 guests and was preparing for a lunch for as many as 100 guests.

Marissa Giacomo, another hospitality management student, was busy managing a concession stand during the celebrity tournament as the five-hole play neared the 18th green. Her staff consisted of volunteers from the Carmel Youth Center that will receive 10 percent of the proceeds.

“Yesterday we were open, but today is our first full day,” she said, of the tent selling hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, snacks, soda, beer and a couple mixed drinks. “It feels good to know everyone has a job. I’m surprised at how open they are to doing things.”

She said she had learned quickly to delegate to her staff so she could focus on overall operations.

Alejandra Salceda, a hospitality management major, said she was still working with a client to make sure their skybox was set up to their liking before their guests arrived the following day for the official start of the tournament.

“It’s been really fun so far,” she said. “I’m just cleaning tables and counters – getting ready.”

She said she would be overseeing eight employees in two skyboxes.

While she had interned at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose and had worked as a lead before, she said the Pebble Beach Special Event Management Team was unique.

“This is completely different,” Salceda said. “I am the manager.”

The experience is so positive that many students who have completed the internship come back to work as temporary managers again, including some who have graduated and are working full-time in the hospitality industry. Several SJSU graduates said they coordinated to take a week of vacation from their regular jobs to serve as temporary managers at the tournament.

Erin Paxton, a December 2014 hospitality management graduate, said she had taken some vacation time to work for a few days at the tournament. She was overseeing a hospitality suite in the Pebble Beach Lodge.

“It was my first big gig, my first big girl job,” she said, of the internship last year. “It was the best for learning to deal with clients and to see the event side with food, beverages, golf. It was a very well-rounded experience.”

In a tent below the skyboxes, several students worked to prepare their set up for the following morning. Jaclyn Kyllo pointed out the layout of the room, where tables and coolers were set up for each client skybox on the 18th hole.

“We send a runner down to pick up the food,” she said, noting that utensils and plates were also organized in the tent. “This is also a good place to debrief, if you are feeling stressed or need an answer.”

She said she didn’t realize some of the smaller tasks she would be involved in, such as polish silverware or building racks to hold supplies in the temporary tents.

“It’s more than I imagined,” she said. “But I want to see the sunset on Pebble Beach every night. We are all in it together – the (35) of us so it’s nice that they believe in us to handle it.”

Call for outstanding thesis/student researcher/outstanding senior nominations

Outstanding Thesis Nominations

College of Applied Sciences and Arts students who completed a thesis in the 2014-15 academic year are encouraged to apply for the Outstanding Thesis Award, due to the dean’s office on March 3 by 5 p.m. The one to two thesis writers who are selected as winners will receive $500 each and will be presented at the University’s commencement ceremony in May, with a seat on the stage with the President’s platform party.

Students can download the Outstanding Thesis Award Information Form (PDF.) Students should include electronic copies (PDFs) of their nominated thesis, a minimum of two signed reference letters (electronic signature or hand-written signature accepted) and the form with their submission to the dean’s office.

Each college is allowed one nomination for consideration, with students completing degrees in May, August, December 2014 or May 2015 eligible to apply. The CASA committee will review nominations and select one to forward on to the Graduate Studies and Research Committee for the final selection.

Email submissions to Melissa Anderson at by March 3 at 5 p.m.

SJSU Student Research Competition 2015 and University Student Research Forum

Undergraduate and graduate research students have an opportunity to present their work and compete for selection as an San José State University representative at the annual California State University Student Research Competition at California State University, San Bernardino in May.

To apply, students should include a summary with the names of students and title of the presentation; a narrative that may not exceed five double-spaced pages, appendices (including bibliography, graphs, photographs or other supplementary materials) that may not exceed three pages; and the appropriate institutional review if the research has human or animal subjects involved.

Nominations are due to the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, Dean’s Office on Feb. 25, by 5 p.m. Email nominations to Melissa Anderson at by Feb. 25, by 5 p.m.

Each college may forward four student projects representing outstanding research and creative activity. Students must be currently enrolled or a graduate from May 2014, August 2014 or December 2014.

The SJSU and CSU-level competition will be divided into two groups with behavioral and social sciences; business, economics and public administration; creative arts and design; education; humanities and letters and interdisciplinary majors competing against each other. The second group will include biological and agricultural sciences; engineering and computer science; health, nutrition and clinical sciences; and physical and mathematical sciences.

SJSU students who are invited to present their research on campus will present on March 11 or March 12, from 1:30-6 p.m. in IRC 101. Each student will have 10 minutes to present her or his research and 5 minutes to listen and respond to juror and audience questions. Students in creative arts and design may present an audio and/or visual record of a performance or work created.

SJSU will host the 36th Annual University Research Forum on April 8, in ENG 285/287, where students selected to represent the university at the CSU competition will be honored along with  faculty mentors. Students selected will receive a small monetary award to help them cover some of the cost of travel to the CSU Student Research Competition that will be held May 1 and 2, in San Bernardino.

Outstanding Senior Award

Nominations are also being accepted for the 2015 Outstanding Graduating Senior Awards for recognition at this year’s SJSU Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 23.

Faculty and staff are invited to nominate deserving students for this award which is based on both academic excellence and service to the University and the community. Four students will be recommended to President Qayoumi, who will select two finalists to receive the award. This will be the 24th year of recognizing exceptional graduating seniors at Commencement.

Please complete and submit the online nomination form  no later than Monday, March 9 at 5pm.

The selection committee is composed of a faculty member, an academic dean, the AVP for Graduate and Undergraduate Studies and three Student Affairs professional staff members.

The committee will use the following criteria as general guidelines:

  • Overall GPA of at least 3.75;
  • Significant demonstrated SJSU leadership in area(s) of university life, and/or;
  • Significant contributions to the welfare of the university and/or the community, and/or;
  • Evidence of a high level of intellectual, artistic, or academic accomplishment, and/or personal contribution as an undergraduate student;
  • At least one professional nomination letter submitted by a SJSU faculty or staff member

Alumni news: Social Work grad joins hospital board

Carmen Gil, right, a graduate of the San Jose State University School of Social Work who also received minor in business with a focus on Human Resources, is sworn in as a board member for the Salinas Valley Memorial Heathcare System in December.

Carmen Gil, right, a graduate of the San Jose State University School of Social Work who also received minor in business with a focus on Human Resources, is sworn in as a board member for the Salinas Valley Memorial Heathcare System in December.

Carmen Gil, an alumna in the School of Social Work who also holds a minor in Business with a concentration in Human Resources, was elected to the board of trustees for the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. She also earned a Masters in Public Administration/Health Services Administration from the University of San Francisco in 2009. The board members oversee Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, a public district hospital in Monterey county.

Gil is a graduate of The Community Foundation for Monterey County’s Leadership Education and Development Program (LEADS) and is a current fellow of LeaderSpring. She has been working in the public service field for over 15 years. She is Hub Collaborative Director for the Building Healthy Communities initiative, a 10-year commitment by The California Endowment that aims to improve the health and well-being of the community.