San Diego State University is comprised of seven colleges, one which is the College of Health & Human Services. At the 2014/2015 Convocation ceremony, President Elliot Hirshman shared some of the accomplishments of the university from the last year. Here are just a few reasons that SDSU has been rated number 14 on the US News and World Report’s list of “up and coming universities.”
- International experiences are central to our academic programs. And this year a record 2,000 students studied abroad, making us 22nd in the U.S. (All CHHS undergraduates are required to complete an international experience.)
- We also received the largest grant in university history – $30 million to offer degree programs in the nation of This is an extraordinary and unprecedented opportunity to build a unique international partnership. The first class is set for fall, 2015, and initial classes will focus on science, technology, engineering and math.
- Forbes magazine ranked us number 18 in the nation for entrepreneurship, and we are ahead of a few well-recognized institutions named Harvard and USC.
- We opened the new Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union and Storm-Nasatir-Hostler We began renovations on the College of Business Administration and Zura Residence Hall.
- Professors Philip Holcomb (Psychology) and Ricardo Zayas (Biology) received prestigious awards from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation. Professors Walt Oechel and Forest Rohwer, both of biology, were named to the list of the “world’s most influential scientific minds” – very significant recognition.
- Our Aztecs Rock Hunger food drive supported our com- Our students raised 227,000 pounds of food for San Diegans in need. This was more than double the amount of last year’s drive and more than all of the other universities in San Diego combined.
- Over 1,000 students participated in our Sage Project with National These dedi-cated students worked to improve sustainability and quality of life in National City.
- A record 78,000 students applied for freshman admission this year, ranking us eighth in the nation for number of We also added over 100 new faculty and staff to the campus.
- Faculty, staff and student researchers also enjoyed great success, bringing in over $108 million to the Highlights included Dr. Mark Sussman’s $8.5 million grant to repair damaged hearts, and Dr. Greg Talavera’s $2.8 million award to create effec- tive treatments for Latinos with diabetes. (Dr. Talavera’s project is part of CHHS.)
- Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou introduced a method for using social media to track flu out- breaks. Dr. Ralph Axel-Mueller and Dr. Inna Fishman identified brain anomalies in autism. Our researchers explored the very nature of the universe as Dr. Fridolin Weber discovered the existence of sub-atomic quarks in far-off neutron stars. Dr. Rob Edwards and his colleagues discovered a virus that affects digestion in over half of the human population.
- Last, but certainly not least, Aztec athletics continues a golden era. In the past year, our teams won seven conference championships, football went to a fourth consecu- tive bowl game, men’s basketball went to the Sweet 16, and Shanieka Thomas won the national championship in the triple jump. That is the fourth national champion- ship for women’s track and field in the last three years.
Looking forward, President Hirshman has set an ambitious goal for the university – to become one of the top 50 public research universities in the country. With its strong commitment to both research and clinical application, the CHHS will surely help SDSU reach this goal.