Career Center Holds 2nd Annual Health Professions Career Fair

The 2nd annual Health Professions Career Fair occurred on Thursday, March 14. The event was organized by the Career Center. Over 30 employers and approximately 300 students participated in this very successful event.  Many students in the College of Health and Human Sciences attended this fair.

Participating employers in the Health Professions Fair included California Department of State HospitalsCounty of Santa Clara, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Stanford School of Medicine, and many more!  Employers recruited for internships and entry-level full-time career positions for the following opportunities: healthcare, kinesiology, RN, community engagement and research intern, case manager, behavior youth counselor, class counselor and many more! Nearly 30% of participating employers had internship opportunities.

Employers recruited students across all majors within the health professions, social sciences, and life science areas. However, over 50% of participating employers recruited students in communication disorders, health/exercise science, health/hospital administration, nutrition, and public health.

Occupational Therapy Program Places First in Annual Fund Raising Event

The Occupational Therapy Program raised over $9,000 and placed first in the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) annual fund raising event to support professional research initiatives. The fund raising event is directed through the AOTF Honor Society, Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE). “Last year the PTE Honor Society was the third place winner in fund raising to support occupational therapy research through AOTF and this year we surpassed last year and we are First Place in the United States for fund raising for OT research,” says Winifred Schultz-Krohn, Professor and Chair, Occupational Therapy. “This is really an example of paying it forward.”

Photo courtesy of Dr. Winifred Schultz-Krohn.

Photo courtesy of Dr. Winifred Schultz-Krohn.

The OT graduate students complete a series of three classes in research and create a final project. “Our students have been very successful in having their research projects accepted at professional state and national conferences and these are not student conferences,” says Dr. Krohn.   “The OT students deeply understand the importance of research to support the profession of occupational therapy. The PTE chapter along with the Student Occupational Therapy Association worked during the fall and early spring semester to raise funds to support research. I am so honored to be the Faculty Advisor for the PTE group and it is a wonderful recognition for them to receive the first place award as the highest earners for this challenge.”

One of the fund raising events included a bowling competition with the OT faculty and we have included photos from this event.

Photo courtesy of Dr. Winifred Schultz-Krohn.

School of Information (iSchool) Master’s Degree Program Info Session Wednesday, Oct. 5

Are you Interested in a master’s degree? The School of Information (iSchool) will be hosting a special event on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, from 5-6 p.m. in the Student Union, Meeting Room 1B. SJSU undergraduates considering a master’s degree are encouraged to join. The open house is a great way for future students to learn more about the iSchool, its programs, and the information profession.

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Miranda Worthen Recognized for Early Career Achievements

Congratulations to Miranda Worthen, Department of Health Science and Recreation Assistant Professor, for receiving the Early Career Investigator Award for 2016!

According to the Research Foundation, the award recognizes tenure-track faculty who have excelled in the areas of research, scholarship or creative activity as evidenced by their success in securing external funds for their research, publishing in peer reviewed publications, and demonstrating other scholarly and creative activities, at an early or beginning point in their career.

“I felt really honored to be recognized,” said Miranda as she was surprised to be awarded and had not considered applying for the award. She received a nomination from Anne Demers, Department Chair of Health Science and Recreation, soon after being encouraged to submit an application from the College of Applied Sciences and Arts’ Associate Dean of Research, Amy D’Andrade. Amy said that Miranda’s work is competitive and that she should apply.

Miranda’s work is interdisciplinary and includes epidemiology of psychosocial factors, the development of context-appropriate mixed methodologies that emphasize academic rigor and community validity, and intervention research. She focuses on social factors that mitigate or exacerbate the physical and mental health impact of exposure to violence and stress.

Strongly believing in paying it forward, Miranda plans to encourage other faculty to apply for grants and support them through the application process. She also believes that the award is a great example for her students as she promotes nominating themselves for scholarships and awards as sometimes it is hard for students to apply as they may have never won academic competitions.

“It is especially important to encourage our students to try their Luck. I’ll definitely share this experience to illustrate for my students that even when you don’t think you will be competitive, you might actually win.”

The College of Applied Sciences and Arts is proud of Miranda and looks forward to her continued success.

U.S. Air Force Senior Leader Visits SJSU’s Air Force ROTC Program

The Department of Aerospace Studies hosted Mr. Gabe Camarillo, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. Taking time out from his immensely busy schedule, Camarillo carved out time to visit the Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) program to discuss how the Air Force cares about its present and future personnel.

Rose Herrera, Vice Mayor, city of San José, joined the group to welcome Camarillo to San José State University (SJSU) and recognize the great work SJSU’s AFROTC it has accomplished. Herrera noted that SJSU’s AFROTC program provides great leadership skills and received highly effective scores during the 2015 inspection by the Air Force.

“How grateful and honored we are to have Assistant Secretary Camarillo here in San José. Thank you to all of the men and women in the Air Force for their commitment to serve,” said Herrera as she wanted to let cadets know that elected leaders care about their service.

Herrera is an Air Force veteran and the San José City Council Liaison for Veteran’s Affairs.

Vice Mayor, Gabe Camarillo and SJSU AFROTC

Camarillo talked about the issues that are relevant with future careers and how ROTC programs influences change. He focused on the talent pool coming into the Air Force and shared his ideas on how to bring in talent.

Leveraging technology and using more determined efforts through ROTC programs, promoting the range of careers in the Air Force, recognizing changing demographics, and promoting diversity. Camarillo said that diversity is a key aspect in the Air Force.

“Critical to the Air Force and its success is to maintain knowledge from diverse perspectives, experiences and cultures.”

Gabe speaking

Lieutenant Colonel (Lt. Col.) Michael Pecher, Department Chair of Aerospace Studies, said that the visit from Camarillo allowed cadets to see and know that senior leaders in the Air Force care about them, the AFROTC program and the staff, academic community and local community. It gave the cadets a perspective on where things are headed in the future for recruiting, retention, and career aspects. In addition, cadets were able to voice their own thoughts on how to improve the AFROTC program.

“Resources are never unlimited, so we have to find creative ways to do what we’d like with the resources we have. This takes creativity and good ideas, to include ideas from young people of this generation, a theme that came up a couple of times during the visit,” said Lt. Col. Pecher.

It’s not often that cadets get the opportunity to meet senior leaders in the Air Force. Usually cadets attend an event outside of SJSU or at a base. However, within the last six months, SJSU has had two senior leader visits. The AFROTC program presented Camarillo with a challenge coin as a token of appreciation. Challenge coins in the military are given to prove membership when challenged and to enhance morale.

Click here to read more about Mr. Gabe Camarillo.

Gabe Camarillo and Rose Herrera met with University Officials after the visit with AFROTC Cadets.