Get to Know Talisha Teague

By: Itzel Medina

Academic advisers assist students in making long-term decisions about their education and careers. Academic advisors become  invested in their students’ lives like Stockton, California native, Talisha Teague. Teague is an academic advisor from the College of Health and Human Sciences. She started her advising career at the University of Oklahoma then decided to come back to California and began working at San Jose State University in 2017.

“Seeing the students succeed is my favorite part of being an advisor. I stay in touch with my students from OU and SJSU and I love hearing about their jobs and what they are up to in their careers,” said Teague. According to Anthony Korsund, director of the CHHS Student Success Center, “Talisha is, in many respects, the heart and soul of the CHHS Student Success Center team.”

Teague’s advice to her students is, “You are on your own timeline. Don’t base your academics on what your parents or friends think. Come up with your own plan and have fun with it!” She wants to make sure students know that everything is at their own pace and don’t feel discouraged just because someone else is completing a goal before they do.

Not only is Teague an academic advisor at the success center, but she is also the Program Coordinator. She is in charge of the events and many projects for the student success center. The Ice Cream Socials and the CHHS Student Organization Fair were all her, with the help of her coworkers of course.

In addition to her work as an academic advisor and program coordinator, she is also a baker. “Ways to de-stress are cooking and baking, which I give samples to family and friends and coworkers,” said Teague. Not only is baking a stress reliever for her but she does it because she loves it. Enjoy this picture of Teague’s delicious cookies.

Kinesiology Faculty and Students Attend CAHPERD

By: Dr. David Daum

The Department of Kinesiology faculty and students were busy this spring attending the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD) state convention in Los Angeles.

CAHPERD is the premier state-wide professional development and advocacy organization for K-12 health and physical educators. It was a vibrant occasion, as attendees were excited to be part of an in-person event for the first time in two years. Conferences are always busy, and this year was no exception.

Assistant Professor Dr. David Daum, attended the conference along with two undergraduate Kinesiology-preparation for teaching majors and two Physical Education Single Subject Credential candidates. In addition to several presentations at the conference, Dr. Daum was on the ballot and elected as a member-at-large to the board of directors for CAHPERD. Dr. Daum will begin a three-year term starting summer 2022 continuing his leadership in the organization.

Additional conference highlights include: 1) Molly Sheridan, who is a current Kinesiology – Preparation for Teaching undergraduate student, was on the ballot and elected as the chair-elect for the Future Professional’s Council. She will be active in assisting the organization over the next year or so planning for all the pre-professional sessions and events at next year’s conference, and 2) a former SJSU department of Kinesiology faculty member, Dr. Robert Schmidlein, was recognized as the 2022 CAHPERD California High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year. When Dr. Schmidlein left SJSU, he returned to the K-12 schools and is doing amazing things with his students in Los Angeles. Dr. Schmidlein is now eligible to receive teacher of year recognition at the National level.

Congratulations to all current and former SJSU KIN members who are doing amazing things with CAHPERD.

Community Connections with The Valley Foundation School of Nursing

By: Maya Carlyle

Lily (pronouns she/her/hers) is a high school junior in San Jose, CA, with deep roots in the community.

“Well, both my parents studied at San José State University and graduated from there. It’s a really good school. Also, it’s, like, really close to my house…”

In the evening on February 21st, 2022, she reached out to The Valley Foundation School of Nursing’s general email address ( with a request; her email was polite, to the point, and a building block for her future.

I’m very interested in studying nursing in college, and I have been looking for opportunities to gain experience in the field. I was wondering if the school/office would allow me to shadow one of your nurses? If not, I was also wondering if you have any volunteering opportunities or filing/front desk jobs?

When asked why she reached out, Lily replied earnestly: “Well, I just really want to be a nurse, to study nursing in college. I’m not really looking at other paths because…. Well, my mom has had some heart problems, and I was a preemie baby, and I’ve just… I’ve grown up in medical settings, asking questions, helping out, and it just really interests me. I’ve always been interested in pediatrics (because of my own experience), and so I want to help people who are going through that, like the parents and everything.”

“So, I reached out to try to get some experience and see how everything went in a nursing program. I think I was looking up medical places near me and San José State came up and there was an email. So, I emailed them and they responded to me pretty fast, it was pretty easy.”

Between February 21st and March 18th, conversations were had and a date was set; Lily was invited to visit The Valley Foundation School of Nursing, on SJSU Campus.

“Lily was a pleasure to get to know and work with. It was inspiring to hear a young person be so excited about nursing,” commented Dr Lisa Rauch (DNP, PHNA-BC, RN; she/her), current School of Nursing Interim Director and Assistant Professor. “Though shadowing a nurse in a clinical setting wasn’t possible, I was happy to make space for her to visit the school, to talk with our faculty, and to see a nursing class in action.”

Of her visit, Lily said: “It was really fun. I had a tour of the simulation labs, I got to see the lecture part of Professor Edwards’ [Paula Edwards, MS, PHN, ADN, RN; she/her] class, I got to see a skills lab and to see the students using equipment… one was called a volumetric incentive spirometer; you breathe in and it measures lung function. I also saw students practicing a splinting method with a pillow, and practicing mock exams.

“Everyone was so nice, considerate, and welcoming. I was kind of nervous beforehand, but everyone was like ‘Do you want to come see what we’re practicing?’

“My favorite part was… I think just getting to see all the students practicing the skills, and seeing how they liked learning, and the variety of what they get to learn. It was really insightful, and nice to get experience with [what a nursing program is like] … it was really nice to see.”

Lily’s visit has been inspiring to the School of Nursing as well.

“We’re always busy – the faculty are all working nurses as well as teachers, researchers, and scholars. Our hundreds of students are dedicated to their studies and their hands-on work in the field. We are all very focused on educating tomorrow’s nurses. At the same time, we want to keep robust ties with our community,” Dr Rauch reflected. “Lily’s visit was a wonderful illustration of that. Community welcome visits are definitely something we’re thinking about for the future.”

Mitigating the risk of falling in elders by identifying age-related changes in inner ear control of equilibrium and balance: The Vestibular Laboratory in the Department of Audiology

By: Dr. Shaum Bhagat

The risk of suffering a fall causing significant injury, such as a broken hip, increases exponentially with age. Many elders are interested in learning about improving their balance and equilibrium in their daily living to prevent falls from occurring. In some cases, disturbances in balance and equilibrium can be attributed to age-related changes in the inner ear. Each ear can be categorized into three main components: the outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear. The inner ear is a tiny fluid-filled structure housed deep within the temporal bone of the skull. The inner ear contains five sensory organs contributing to balance and equilibrium and one sensory organ for hearing. The sensory organs for balance and equilibrium in a given inner ear include the saccule, the utricle, and three semicircular canals. These sensory organs connect to the muscles of the eyes controlling eye movements through complex neural pathways within the brain. Coordinated activity between these inner ear organs and the muscles controlling eye movements contribute to maintaining one’s balance and upright stance.

In elders, the aging process can lead to deterioration of the inner ear sensory organs contributing to balance and equilibrium. In turn, this can lead to the loss of maintenance of balance and an increased risk of falling. Identifying the factors that make elders more susceptible to falls remains an area of intensive research focus.

The Vestibular Laboratory in the Department of Audiology is equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation designed to assess equilibrium and balance. This instrumentation includes videonystagmography goggles with high definition cameras that capture and record eye movements [Insert Photo 1]. The recorded eye movements can be analyzed by Doctor of Audiology students and research faculty members in order to determine if an elderly individual may have an increased risk of suffering a fall. The Vestibular Laboratory is also equipped with a rotary chair system that uses cutting-edge technology [Insert Photo 2]. The rotary chair system provides computerized control of a rotating chair to determine if diminished eye movements associated with age-related compromise of inner ear function occurs while the individual is seated in the rotating chair.

For more information about the Vestibular Laboratory, contact the Department of Audiology at 408-924-1754 or

Forging Partnership wth California’s Air National Guard, 129th Rescue Wing

By: Captain Victor Salum and Staff Sergeant Dat Trinh

Moffett Airfield Visit

Early in the semester, Detachment 045 (SJSU) and Detachment 085 (UC Berkeley) AFROTC cadets had the opportunity to visit the California Air National Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing (RQW) located at Moffett Airfield in Sunnyvale, CA.  The primary purpose of the visit was to learn about the 129th RQW mission and how they support both the California Governor and the President of the United States in times of emergency.  The cadets had the opportunity to speak to some of the military members that call Moffett Airfield home, learning about their primary career field which range from pilots, medical officers, intelligence officers, security forces, special operations, aircraft operations, finance officers, contracting specialists and more.  The cadets were excited to visit and learn about the 129th RQW but the highlight of the day were the incentive flights where cadets had the opportunity to fly on one of the two aircrafts stationed at Moffett Airfield, the HH-60G Pave Hawk and the HC-130J Combat King II aircraft.  The pilots of the aircrafts gave a tour of the Bay Area with the flight path going over SJSU, Stanford University, UC Berkeley and even historical landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.  This visit was possible due to our Detachment Commander & Aerospace Studies Department Chair, Lt Col Joshua Sullivan, relationship with the 129th Rescue Squadron Commander, Lt Col Rudolph Taute.  Both graduated and received their commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, went through undergraduate pilot training in 2004, and have been friends ever since.  The relationship that they have built over the years helped to further enhance some of the AFROTC training objectives we are required to meet each academic year.

Active Shooter Training

With the increase of mass shootings over the past decade, the cadets of Detachment 045 at SJSU had the opportunity to partner with SJSU’s University Police Department and the 129th Security Forces Squadron from Moffett Airfield to receive active shooter training.  Cadets learned through in-class briefings provided by trained specialists what an Active Shooter is, the unpredictability and quick involvement of an active shooter situation, and how individuals must prepare both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.  Shortly after, cadets went through multiple active shooter scenarios and applied what they had learned in the classroom.  Active shooter training is important training that does not stop after cadets commission into the Department of the Air Force, it is required training they must receive even when they enter active duty.  An overview of the active shooter training may be viewed in the following video link.