Second Annual CHAMP Conference on Health and Aging Abstract Deadline Coming Feb. 17th

by Sang E. Lee, PhD

Dear Faculty at CSU Chico, CSU East Bay, CSU Fresno, CSU Monterey Bay, CSU Sacramento, CSU Sonoma, San Francisco State University, and San Jose State University,

On behalf of the organizing committee, I cordially invite you to submit an abstract to the Second Annual CHAMP Conference on Health and Aging. This refereed conference will take place on Friday, April 5th, 2013, 9:45am – 3pm at San Jose State University. Registration is free.

CHAMP ( is housed at San JoséState University.  Our inaugural conference last year was a part of our effort to foster collaboration in aging research and education across CSU campuses in the Bay Area. Faculty and student presentations were well received by over 100 attendees including students, faculty and community partners from the Bay Area. This year we are expanding the conference to include additional CSU campuses.

 We encourage your submission focused on health and aging in multicultural/diverse contexts – e.g., empirical papers, conceptual/theoretical papers, model curriculum/program, and innovative pedagogy including using online technology. There are two presentation formats:  1) Oral presentation (15 minutes); 2) a 30-minute symposium/panel on a topic related to the theme of the conference.

This invitation is also extended to CSU undergraduate and graduate students. Students can submit abstracts of their research on health and aging in multicultural/diverse contexts for a poster presentation. There will be a designated time slot for the student poster sessions during the conference.

Abstracts are welcome from the following disciplines (but not limited to): communication disorders, gerontology, health science, justice studies, kinesiology, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, psychology, social work, and sociology.

 The deadline for submission of abstracts is February 17, 2013. Your abstract will be peer-reviewed by the Conference Program Committee and a decision letter will be sent out at the end of February, 2013. Instructions for abstract submissions are below.

Please share this invitation with your colleagues and students and save the date for the conference, April 5th, 2013, 9:45am – 3pm.

Sexual Diversity Event – March 11th – Save the Date!

by Edward Mamary

We are pleased to announce our 15th Annual Sexual Diversity events!  Our students have chosen this year’s theme, “Embracing Sexual Diversity: Continuing Activism and Advocacy for Change.”  We have a series of exciting events planned to commemorate 15 years of celebrating sexual diversity.  The main event will be held on Monday, March 11th, 2013 from 5:30 to 8 pm in the Barrett Ballroom in the SJSU Student Union. 

Social Justice Advocate

The featured speaker is Charlene Strong, a nationally respected advocate for social justice and civil rights issues including marriage equality and non-discrimination policies. A video can be found here. She is a widely published writer and sought after speaker, presenting to universities, companies, public forums, nonprofits and government agencies across the country including the CIA, the Washington State legislature, and the World Affairs Council. Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire appointed Ms. Strong to the prestigious Washington State Human Rights Commission; she is currently serving a new five year term. Charlene Strong is the subject of the award-winning documentary, “For My Wife…” which tells the story of how she became an advocate for equality following the loss of her wife, Kate Fleming a flash flood in Seattle in 2006.  Please preview the trailer! 

We will be viewing the film “For My Wife”, on Tuesday, March 5th at 6 pm as a fundraiser for the event (no charge for the movie, just a $8 refreshment charge) – More info. to follow once we confirm the room – MPH student leaders will be selling tickets beforehand..

A note to SJSU faculty: Please mark your calendars and encourage your students to attend these events by offering extra credit!   Look for fliers in your faculty boxes soon.

We hope to see at any or all of these events!

SJSU Counseling Services Updates Resources, Services, & Support

by Ellen Lin
1.  Change in “walk-in” procedure.  Due to overwhelming number of students at times (sometimes up to 20 in an afternoon), we have decided to go to a scheduling system for these first contacts.  Thus, instead of continuing our first-come-first-serve/walk-in procedure, when students request a counselor now, we are scheduling those first “assessment” or triage appointments (20 minute appointments).  This applies to students who have never been to our services or would like to switch counselors.  The appointment system allows us to spread out the times when students are seen during the day, instead of the previously concentrated traffic during the afternoons.  We are making sure to have plenty of appointment slots available so that we can best fulfill the demand.
We do still have the emergency/crisis service where a student can just walk in for crisis, and that continues to be available M-F 8:30am-4:30pm.
2.  After-hours crisis services.  With the Mental Health Fee fund, we have contracted with an after-hours crisis agency (ProtoCall) who will help us answer those crisis calls when Counseling Services is closed.  Students, faculty, and staff can access the after-hours mental health crisis service by calling the Counseling Services main number, 408-924-5910, and the message will direct the callers to press the appropriate # to be connected.  We have provided ProtoCall with quite a bit of local resources contact info so that callers can be directed appropriately.  Counseling Services will also get a report of the calls the following morning so that we can follow up when appropriate.  Please feel free to give us feedback about how this system is working for you, and we will coordinate with ProtoCall.
3.  Additional website resources.   Please see below email from Tova regarding an extensive list of community resources that she has placed on the Counseling Services website.  She has done a tremendous job compiling these, so please pass the word.
In addition, you’ll see a few extra pages under our “Faculty/Staff” tab:
This section now includes pages on “Managing aggressive behaviors,” “De-escalating aggressive behavior,” in addition to “Referring troubled or suicidal students.”

Health Communication Sampler Celebration & Presentation Workshop 12/4/2012

by Frank Strona

It is with great pleasure that the class of SJSU’s Health Communication and Technology (aka HS158) invite you to attend the end of semester student project, Health Communication Sampler Celebration & Presentation Workshop on Tuesday December 4th, 2012 from 3:00 – 5:45 pm being held at our very own MLK Library in rooms 225/229.

During this much anticipated event, 12 students teams will present original material they developed using 21st century tools – including iPads, Tablets, social media technologies, digital and audio software – resulting in short digital media content. They will also introduce for the first time an entire cloud based series of presentations based on the platform.

The innovative projects shared during the Sampler, are developed in collaboration with the community-based partners and organizations that applied for our free partnership support over the summer as a way to promote and widen the health opportunities of the communities they serve locally in San Jose, in the larger Bay Area, as well as nationally. Each student group was asked to address various health-related issues, assess the impact the tools could achieve, and design, film and edit a custom digital project suitable for use by their host.

What is especially exciting is that the students enrolled in HS158 are not students who would have generally looked at technology and digital media as a routine response towards improving the health of communities. As Health Science undergraduates, participation in this course required the students to actively engage accessible and self-paced content, low-cost tools, and self-initiated learning above and beyond standard curriculums in an attempt to replicate the real-time work environment these young professionals will eventually find themselves in.

The annual event will take place on Tuesday December 4th, 2012 in rooms 225/229 of the Dr. MLK Jr. Library from 3:00pm to 5:45pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Student groups have dedicated an entire semester to creating a digital, interactive technology-based project or educational intervention and are excited to share this with the Health Science and Recreation family. We hope that you will join us and mingle with the students as they share their project results with the SJSU community, and many of the project Hosts who will also be in attendance.

Please help us celebrate the accomplishments of these outstanding future health science professionals and join us to commend them on their valuable contributions to the SJSU campus and broader community.

Please RSVP by December 1st if you will attend so we can plan accordingly. Please contact Frank Strona at for more information. You can also follow the class twitter feed at @HealthCommTech or follow hashtag #HS158.