Bringing Adaptive Sports to SDSU

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Aztec Ahkeel Whitehead (right) leads Aztec Adaptive Sports. Keith Jones (left) is the CEO of ABC Medical, the sponsor of the recent Adaptive Sports showcase at SDSU.

Exercise and Nutritional Sciences faculty member Dr. Antionette Domingo and members of the student organization Aztec Adaptive Sports have a dream that someday SDSU will have an adaptive sports program to rival the current program for able-bodied athletes. Somewhere that Paralympians will come to train and receive an education. At the moment, there are only a few such programs in the country and most collegiate-aged elite athletes with disabilities either train and compete or go to college, but few find a place where they can do both. There are no such programs on the West Coast, the closest is in Arizona and the remaining few are on the East Coast. Everyone involved understands that there are many, many steps between where they are now and the realization of their dream, but that doesn’t stop them from starting the journey.

Aztec Adaptive Sports is a recognized student organization, led by Ahkeel Whitehead and Ryan Lieu, and advised by Dr. Domingo. The organization has about 25 students, most of whom do not have a disability. They meet each week to work toward their goal of an adaptive sports program, as well as to engage in some fun activities around their common interest. Most, but not all, of the students are Exercise and Nutritional Sciences students. They volunteer at events at the Challenged Athletes Foundation and play an occasional game of sitting volley- ball or basketball.

Whitehead grew up in Chula Vista and competed in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in ambulatory track and field, where he placed 12th in the long jump. His interest and involvement in the SDSU organization has led them to tar- get ambulatory track and field as one the first area of interest for SDSU recruiting efforts. Since ambulatory track and field athletes can compete against both disabled and able-bodied competitors, this makes it easier to fit into an existing program. If SDSU were to be successful in starting this program, it would be the first in the country.

Interim dean Larry Verity is very excited about the program’s potential. “Usually when we talk about diversity, we’re not talking about the able versus the disabled,” Verity said. “It would bring a very different lens to what we do in terms of outreach to all.”

adaptive tennisTo get the college community, as well as all of San Diego, excited about this prospect, the club members hosted a major exhibition event last January. The first Adaptive Sports Showcase included a screening of the film Rebound, about a basketball player making a comeback into the sitting basketball arena. Dave Kylie, on whom the film is based, was the guest speaker at the event. He has been described as the “LeBron James of sitting basketball.” SDSU alumnus Steve Baldwin participated in the demonstration match of wheelchair tennis, the sport that he competed in during the Rio Paralympics. The All-Star Women’s sitting basketball team played an exciting exhibition game to round out the day.

The event was sponsored by ABC Medical and its CEO, Keith Jones. They have also contributed funds for wheelchairs for the club to participate in sitting basket- ball games. A Student Success Fee grant also helped fund the event.

Development Office

We Will Always Need Your Support!

Rebecca Williamson
Rebecca Williamson, Development Officer

Having successfully wrapped up our first capital campaign, it might be tempting to think that the need for philanthropic funding at SDSU has eased. In plain terms, it hasn’t. We continue to receive less than 20% of our annual budget from the State of California. The remaining funding comes from student tuition and fees, research grants, and private sup- port. The support of our alumni and friends will always be critical to maintaining the high quality of education that we offer.

With the continued need for support comes our continued plea to you, our alumni and friends. First and foremost, please continue to give an annual gift. This is especially important for alumni – your gift counts twice. Once as it supports our students and programs. And once as it shows “alumni engagement”, a key ingredient in how U.S. News and World Reports ranks colleges. Their measure is based on the percentage of alumni who give, not the dollar amount. That means that even a small donation has immense value. So please, respond to our annual calling, email and mailing campaigns with whatever gift is possible.

For those of you who are capable of making larger gifts, we still need your support! Would you like to fund a scholarship, or increase a scholarship you already support? Do you have an idea for a new program you would like to support? Or is there a program we already offer that you want to ensure succeeds? Perhaps you are now establishing an estate plan and would like to include SDSU? Are you ready to begin mandatory withdrawals from your IRA account and would like to learn about the potential tax advantages of giving those directly to SDSU? We here in the development office are eager to provide you with information, answer your questions, and help you move forward.

Thank you for your continued support for SDSU!

Introducing Stacy Carota and Natasha Bliss

Stacy Carota
Stacy Carota, Sr. Director of Development

Stacy Carota is the new Senior Director of Development for the Colleges of Sciences and Health and Human Services at SDSU. She is responsible for providing leadership, strategic direction, management and coordination of major gift fundraising activities to support student scholarships and scientific research.

Natasha Bliss
Natasha Bliss, Director of Development

Natasha Bliss is the new Director of Development for the college. Previously she was the associate director of development for the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts. She is responsible for working with donors who are capable of giving major gifts to support CHHS and the university.

Together Rebecca, Natasha and Stacy will help support the college by working with donors, friends, alumni and private foundations to raise much-needed funds.

Letter from the Dean

Larry VerityDear Friends – alumni, donors, faculty,

As I end my second academic year as Interim Dean for the CHHS, I have thoroughly enjoyed my role in this position. I want to bring you up-to-date on a few changes that have transpired within the Dean’s office during the past academic year of 2017-18.

First, I am happy to announce several changes in the Associate and Assistant Dean positions in the college. Dr. Mark Reed was appointed as Interim Associate Dean for Research Affairs in September 2017. Additionally, Dr. Jessica Robinson was appointed as Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs this past September; however, she separated from the university in January of 2018 to take on a Vice President of Student Affairs position at Cuyamaca Community College. With her departure, Mr. Jason Ramirez was appointed as Interim Assistant Dean for Students Affairs. Jason comes into the Dean’s office with a wealth of student advising experience through his past appointment in the School of Nursing, and has been engaged within the college and across the university. This has given him the unique ability to offer excellent student assistance and advisement on a variety of issues. I am very grateful for the significant engagement each has brought to the dean’s office and the college.

Second, I want to take this opportunity to announce that Ms. Claire Norberg has transitioned from the front desk in the Dean’s office to an internal office and has been temporarily reclassified as an Administrative Analyst. As you might know, Claire had been our front desk person for the past 10 years! We are excited about having Claire in her new role.

Finally, the search committee for the new CHHS Dean has completed its search and I am pleased to announce that Dr. Steven Hooker (Arizona State University) has been appointed as Dean. Dr. Hooker will assume this position in late June 2018. We welcome Dr. Hooker to SDSU and especially to the CHHS!

As I have said previously, I encourage all faculty, staff, students, donors/supporters, and alumni to stop in and say ‘hello’ if you are near my office. Certainly, I appreciate the efforts that everyone puts forth to continue to make the CHHS one of the best of colleges on this campus!!

Best Regards,

Larry S. Verity, Interim Dean



Outstanding Aztecs

Dr. Steven Hooker to be the New Dean of CHHS

Steven HookerDr. Steven Hooker will become the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at the end of June 2018. Dr. Hooker received his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from California State University, Fresno, his M.A. in Physical Education from California State University, Sacramento and his Ph.D. in Exercise Science from Arizona State University. Dr. Hooker is currently the Associate Dean for Research and a professor in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University.

His research has been concentrated in the areas of physical activity interventions for midlife and older adults, particularly racial/ethnic minority men. He has also studied the associations between physical activity and health outcomes such as stroke and cognitive functioning.

Welcome Dean Hooker!

SDSU Has a New President

de la TorreDr. Adela de la Torre will become the ninth permanent president of SDSU and the first woman to serve in that role. She will join the campus in late June 2018. Sally Roush is currently serving as university president and was appointed to serve in that role on an interim basis after former president Elliot Hirshman accepted the position of president at Stevenson University in Maryland.

“It’s my pleasure to welcome Dr. Adela de la Torre to our SDSU community,” Roush said. “Her dedication to student success, her administrative experience in California’s university systems, and her scholarship and research expertise will be great assets as she builds on our 120- year record of commitment to academic excellence for the public good.”

Dr. De la Torre will join SDSU from UC Davis where she has served in various leadership roles, culminating in her role as Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs and Campus Diversity.

“My first 100 days will be focused on listening and learning from those who’ve been here quite a long time, and that includes community members, students, faculty and staff,” De la Torre vowed. “The importance of that is to build the strategic plan moving forward for the next few years.” De la Torre expressly praised SDSU’s “academic reputation and high-impact student success practices.”

CHHS College Council Wins Aztecs Rock Hunger for the 5th Year in a Row!

chhs winnersThe CHHS College Council won Aztecs Rock Hunger for the 5th year in a row by donating over 13,000 pounds of food for the campus-wide campaign.

Altogether, the campus brought in 588,915 pounds of food. Since 2010, the Aztecs Rock Hunger food drive has donated 1.57 million pounds of food or the monetary equivalent to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, which serves an average of 370,000 people per month in San Diego County.

“I’m blown away by all the support across cam- pus that helped us reach and exceed our goal,” said Hayden Willis, Associated Students vice president of financial affairs. “My experience throughout this campaign reminded me of the prevalence of food insecurity in San Diego, and it was really special and rewarding to have a first-hand impact.”

In an effort to support students on campus, SDSU’s Economic Crisis Response Team will use 20% of monetary donations collected during the campaign to purchase campus meal cards for SDSU students with food insecurity.

ENS Has Great Advisors

Kelly and BrookeENS Advisors Kelly Lane and Brooke Wickman were rec- ognized with the Provost’s Outstanding Academic Advising Awards this year.

Kelly Lane won the Provost’s Outstanding Advising Award for her work with undergraduates. Lane earned both her BS and MS degrees from SDSU and has been a faculty member since 2005. This honor is a well-deserved recognition for how effective Lane is in what she does and how much she cares about student success.

Graduate student Brooke Wickman won the Provost’s Outstanding Peer Advising Award. Wickman is a graduate student completing the dual MS in Exercise Physiology and Nutritional Sciences.

Award winners were provided with an engraved crystal trophy and a $500 cash award.

Congratulations to both!



School of Exercise & Nutritional Sciences

DPT Students Help People Move to Improve

physical therapy studentsOctober 14 was Global Physical Therapy Day of Service for members of the physical therapy community. All across the country, members participated in community service opportunities. For some groups, this was related to their profession. For some, it was community events such as beach clean ups or creating a park.

Students in the SDSU Doctor of Physical Therapy program organized and conducted a day of com- munity education and outreach about physical therapy. They recruited practitioners from local clinics to participate at the Move to Improve event, hosted by Roadrunner Sports. Alumni and students staffed the booths that offered information on a variety of wellness and fitness topics. Some 100 people participated in the full event, plus additional people who visited some of the displays but did not register and participate fully. All of the services were free and open to the public.

physical therapy demonstrationFor participants, the event started at a registration booth. There they participated in a screening survey to indicate specific topics they might be interested in learning more about. They received information about the various services available at the booths. Then they were able to tour the displays and information at their own pace.

Information was offered about reducing or eliminating back, hip and ankle pain, sports concussions, core strengthening and postpartum running. Booths explained foam rolling, using kinesio tape and offered mini yoga and pilates workouts. There were massages and demonstrations on how to use resistance bands, as well as various nutritional information sessions. There were balance and posture assessments and functional movement screenings.

At the conclusion of the event, student organizer Michelle Medicke said, “It was really exciting to be able to reach out to all of these people and help them improve their athletic performance.” Faculty member Rosalia Arellano was enthusiastic about the turnout and very proud of the job the students had done. They are already planning for the 2018 event.

Athletic Training Celebrates 50 Years!

faculty recognitionIn September 1968, Robert J. Moore was hired in a dual appointment as the first Head Athletic Trainer for SDSU athletics and as a tenure-track professor in the Physical Education department. He had one athletic training student, Jim Hammond. By 1977 an emphasis in Athletic Training under the Physical Education major was developed with three athletic training specific courses and a clinical internship program at SDSU. Today, the SDSU Athletic Training Program is its own Bachelor of Science degree program with 12 athletic training specific courses. This program includes both an academic and a two-year clinical component under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer at one of 10 affiliated clinical sites.

student athletic trainerOver the intervening years the Athletic Training program has graduated over 1500 students and is the primary provider of certified athletic trainers to the local community, with graduates employed at nearly every major university, community college, and secondary school across the region. Graduates can also be found nation- and world-wide in positions with high school and collegiate athletics, professional sports teams, Olympic training centers and teams, military settings, professional service settings, and professional fine arts performance venues.

anniversary groupIn addition to education and employment, SDSU Athletic Training is heavily involved with the community through the Future Athletic Trainers’ Society student organization. Participants attend local high school and community college career fairs to promote the profession and the importance of sports safety through adequate medical cover- age. Additionally, participants provide medical coverage at local community sporting events such as the Rock-n-Roll Marathon and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

The anniversary celebration kicked off with an event in Las Vegas during the Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Symposia. Additional events are planned during the year and there is a website with that information, plus a look at the programs history and alumni information. Visit for more information.



School of Public Health

GSPH’s Newest Program is Now Online

To meet the needs of working professionals the GSPH has launched a new program – a fully online Master’s of Public Health in Health Promotion and Behavior Science. This program is fully accredited and has welcomed the first cohort of 16 students. The program was recently recognized as one of the best online MPH programs in the nation by The rankings were determined using statistical data and guiding principles, including academic quality, affordability, and online competency.

best online masters The program trains students to develop programs and con- duct research to improve public health and eliminate health disparities. The rigorous 20-month curriculum challenges students to think critically about the personal, social, political, and environmental determinants of health-related behaviors, morbidity, early mortality, and health disparities. GSPH director Dr. Hala Madanat notes, that, “Upon graduation, students will be able to develop, implement, evaluate, and critique public health promotion programs. Developed exclusively for early career professionals, this fully online program allows students to study on their own time while continuing to pursue their careers.”

The program runs year-round and is comprised of eight eight-week sessions with roughly a one-week break between sessions. During each of the eight-week sessions, students will take two three-unit online courses. The curriculum includes 10 foundational public health courses, including Health Promotion Program Planning and Assessment, Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion, and Epidemiology. Students will also choose from several electives and complete a capstone project.

The new program’s content is nearly identical to the on-campus option and many of the instructors are also the same. In the online program, the students interact with each other on a regular basis through video conferencing and group problem solving activities. There are mandatory weekly activities in the online program, but students can complete them at any time of day or night, instead of having to come to class at a set time. Class activities include viewing video lectures, as- signed readings, and weekly activities (done both individually and in groups). In order for students to complete these activities with maximum flexibility, all lectures are pre-recorded and the videos are posted to SDSU’s Blackboard and/or YouTube.

Students who live in the greater San Diego area are welcome to participate in campus activities, such as GSPH fundraisers and guest lecture series, as well as apply for research positions at any of the school’s research labs. They can also attend campus athletic events, use the library, and access the campus gyms.

GSPH Graduate Honored with Zahn Award

Chase WhittakerChase Whittaker was honored with the 2018 Zahn Spirit of Innovation Award, given annually to a graduating senior for exceptional entrepreneurial achievement.

In 2017, Whittaker traveled to Zambia, where he spent a month volunteering at an elementary school in the city of Livingstone. There, he saw children unable to attend school because their families needed them to work to make a living. He saw schools that weren’t able to pay their teachers. Yet he saw also mountains of generosity, compassion, intelligence and diligence. The Zambian people opened their hearts to him, and he couldn’t help but open his in return. “My time in Zambia fundamentally changed and reinvigorated my drive to give back to my community and theirs,” Whittaker said. “Seeing a country full of people in need—yet with the brightest, warmest and most welcoming personalities I’ve ever encountered—impacted me in a way I can hardly describe.”

When he returned to campus, Whittaker founded the SanD/Stone Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to providing education and hygiene-focused interventions for vulnerable populations in Zambia, the United States and Mexico. By sourcing grants from philanthropists and funding agencies, and seeking partnerships with local and national companies, non-governmental organizations and governments, SanD/Stone has provided funding for nine months of education for children at a Zambian primary school and helped subsidize teacher salaries and school supplies at that school and others. SanD/Stone also provided more than $2,000 worth of play equipment to nearly a dozen schools and organizations in Zambia.

In recognition of his initiative’s success, a committee of SDSU’s administrative, business and research leadership selected Whittaker as the winner of this year’s Zahn Spirit of Innovation Award, which was presented at the CHHS commencement ceremony.

“Winning this award and earning the respect and recognition of the committee has been one of the single most humbling, unforgettable, and life-changing experiences of my life,” Whittaker said. “I really can’t express just how massive of an honor this truly is.”

The Zahn Spirit of Innovation Award is funded by Irwin Zahn and the Moxie Foundation and comes with a $25,000 scholarship.

School of Nursing

Portrait of Donor

SusanSusan Salka is CEO, President, and a Director of AMN Healthcare Services, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of comprehensive healthcare staffing and workforce solutions. She is also a proud Aztec, having received her MBA in 1989 and an honorary doctorate in 2016. She serves as a member of SDSU’s Campanile Foundation Executive Committee and she received the Monty Award for Distinguished Alum- ni in 2010. Over the years she has also provided substantial support for the School of Nursing, spurred on by her belief that nurses touch everyone.

“Nurses impact more lives than nearly any other profession. Every day millions of people are directly touched by the care and compassion of nurses around the world. My family has been the recipient of the amazing nursing care and I witness their impact through the work of the hundreds of thousands of nurses who have worked for AMN Healthcare over the years. I want to do what I can to support the incredible people who are called to this profession and ensure they can pursue their purpose with a little less financial stress. I don’t have the skills or education to be a nurse, but I can help ensure that every person has the best quality nurses when and where they are needed most.”

In addition to providing financial support for the school, Susan has also offered career advice to its students and graduates. She wants students to, “Embrace your learning and social opportunities at SDSU with every ounce of energy possible! You are at an amazing place at such an exciting time in your life and you will en- joy your journey so much more if you make the time to build relationships as well as take advantage of all of the extra-curricular activities available to you. As far as your career in nursing, I would encourage you to find ways to take your talents and caring heart into non-traditional settings where your skills may be needed most! Join a mission trip to Guatemala! Work in your local inner-city clinic as a volunteer! Find ways to help others outside of your day job. This will give you a much more holistic view of what nursing and life has to offer.”

When asked about career advancement and leaderships, she offers this advice, “A baseline of experience is always important, particularly in this environment. You must have relevant experience and a good track record. However, what is far more important to your success and long-term career is an aptitude for learning, critical thinking, attitude, behavior and willingness to put in effort.”

Finally, she challenges everyone, “To constantly be asking yourself “What more can I do to help others?” If you start and end each day with this question, you will no doubt uncover countless opportunities, big and small. None of us can help everyone, but all of us can help someone.”

She has taken this advice, and her enthusiasm, to heart in her own life. Her husband, Scott Salka, is also an “Aztec for Life” who earned his business degree in 1987 and has pursued a career in biotech. She says, “I love life and want to make the most of every opportunity! My husband and I have seven kids, three dogs and a big extended family. We love to celebrate life with friends and family and we love to cook! Our house is a revolving door of people coming and going and we (typically) love it that way. “

Her final thought for nurses and nurses to be? “Thank you for what you do each and every day.”

Congratulations to Amairani Grover and Tina Munoz, IVHQ Scholarship Recipients!

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is a volunteer travel company which conducts many of the SDSU student trips abroad each year. This year, IVHQ offered two SDSU students the opportunity to contribute to meaningful community projects in one of their destinations through the IVHQ SDSU Volunteer Abroad Scholarship. The award was open to students in all majors participating in a two- week IVHQ program at their preferred destination and project of their choosing. Both scholar- ship award recipients were students from the School of Nursing.

Amairani GroverAmairani Grover just completed her second year as a nursing major as SDSU. She says, “Nursing has always been a passion of mine, but I never imagined I would have the opportunity to take my passion and apply it elsewhere! This summer, I will be volunteering abroad in Costa Rica. As a volunteer on the health- care project, I will have the opportunity to provide support and assistance to the surrounding community, as well as gain insight into the healthcare system in Costa Rica. I’m looking forward to enhance my learning, and I know that I will find this experience humbling and rewarding!”

Tina Munoz and familyTina Munoz is a student in the RN to BSN program. This program is designed to registered nurses who never completed their bachelor’s degree in nursing. She say, “For my study abroad, I will be teaching English in a summer camp program to children, some of which are newly immigrated. My husband will also be accompanying me and volunteering as well, so the scholarship is really helpful!”



School of Social Work

Understanding Substance Abuse

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SDSU Professor Dr. Maria Zuniga is the program’s co-director.

In 2015, The School of Social Work at SDSU and The Division of Global Public Health at UCSD collaborated to create one of the only PhD program in Interdisciplinary Research on Sub- stance Abuse in the country.  The mission of the program is to facilitate the development of students who, upon gradua- tion, are capable of conducting high caliber, high impact and meaningful substance use research to reduce the impact of problems related to substance use and co-occurring diseases. The program builds on mutual and complementary strengths of the faculty in both institutions and will be the most produc- tive doctoral programs in the nation associated with a School of Social Work.

Stephanie Strathdee
Dr. Stephanie Strathdee is the program co-director from UCSD.

This addiction research program is designed to train researchers using cutting-edge, investigational data analytics and methodologies to reduce the national and global burden of substance use and misuse.

The curriculum was designed to prepare the next generation of leaders in substance use research with the knowledge and skills to advance evidence-based and applied substance use interventions, programs and policies. The program has a decidedly global health flavor that focuses research on the inter- connectivity of psychological, pharmacological and environ- mental factors related to substance use. The interdisciplinary aspect of the program provides the opportunity for students in various backgrounds including psychology, social sciences and criminal justice to streamline their focus on addiction and substance use research.

National and global research and policy needs amidst a cli- mate of ongoing concern over the impact of substance use disorders and addiction will afford program graduates with ongoing job opportunities to offer a highly needed specialization in substance use research.

Students will complete residencies at both San Diego State University (Year 1) and the University of California at San Diego (Year 2). Dissertation units can be taken at both universities. Students must complete a minimum of 60 units and remain in good academic standing (e.g., minimum GPA 3.0)

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IRSU student Nicole Pepper and Professor Mark Reed at the American Academy of Health Behavior 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting: “An Equity Approach to Health Behavior Innovations.”

“This program is the first of its kind,” said JDP co-director Steffanie Strathdee, PhD, professor and head of the UC San Diego Global Health Initiative. “Given that sub- stance use has a growing health and societal impact in the U.S. and globally, this program could not come at a better time.”

María Luisa Zúñiga, PhD, JDP co-director and associate professor in SDSU’s School of Social Work, said “SDSU and UC San Diego have a long history of jointly offering cutting edge, high-demand programs. This new doctoral program is designed to train the next generation of researchers to lead interdisciplinary research efforts that will meaningfully address substance use issues of national and global impact. Our graduates will be highly sought after in fields including medicine, social work and public health, as well as research firms and governmental health departments.”



School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Clinics Continue to Offer Much-Needed Services to the Community

For more than 75 years, the school has offered speech-language and audiology clinical services to the community. Last year, students and their supervising professionals offered more than 6,000 hours of clinical services to more than 750 individual clients. These services are offered at no charge and the clinics rely on donations to cover their costs. In addition to the on-campus clinics, students and their supervisors also offer screening services at the San Diego Regional Center and various school locations.

student clinician with clientThe Speech-Language Clinic sees individuals of all ages from the San Diego community. It also serves as a training institution, preparing future speech- language pathologists to enter in to the workforce in public and private school systems, hospitals, nursing care facilities, and in private practice. Its mission is to train therapists in current evidence-based practice; generate evidence for assessment, intervention, and service delivery for individuals with speech, language, feeding, and hearing disorders; and to serve as a community-based resource in the greater San Diego and southern California regions.

At the Speech-Language Clinic, the clients are children and adults who have hearing problems and communication disorders, including permanent hearing loss. Some are wounded warriors, stroke survivors, and children with autism or other developmental speech and language delays. These programs help community members who would otherwise be without resources to obtain speech-language intervention services.

For children with an autism spectrum diagnosis (ASD), the clinic offer both individual and group therapy each semester with a focus on pragmatics, expressive language. In the current group of clients, approximately 38% of them have an ASD diagnosis. For children with ASD, it is the only program in San Diego County, outside the public schools, where they can receive free speech-language services. Because of this, there are always many more families seeking services than can be accommodated at the clinic. For the current summer semester, there are 31 children scheduled but another 23 families are on the wait list. Of those children, about half have been diagnosed with ASD. The clinic tries to provide services for three consecutive semesters in order to allow as many children as possible to benefit from the services offered.

The Audiology clinic offers hearing tests and hearing aid services. As hearing aids become more technologically advanced, the turning and maintenance they require has become both more frequent and more complex. While screening and diagnostic services are provided without charge, there is a sliding-scale fee for the hearing aids and their maintenance.

Development Connection

The Speech-Language Clinic does not charge for its services and relies on donations. The clinic would be able to expand services to more children with ASD, stroke survivors, wounded warriors, and others in need of services if it had more resources to hire additional supervisors and purchase additional supplies. To make a donation, please visit or call Rebecca Williamson at 619-594-2868.

In Memoriam

Dr. Beverly Wulfeck passed away last September after a long 3-year battle with cancer. Dr. Wulfeck was an internationally recognized scholar, educator, researcher, and mentor who had a long history at SDSU. She joined the faculty in 1976 and was a founding member of the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Language and Communicative Disorders (JDP-LCD) and served as the program’s SDSU director from 1997 until her retirement in 2014. For her services and accomplishments as an educator, Dr. Wulfeck was awarded the SDSU Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Faculty Contributions for the College of Health and Human Services. Dr. Wulfeck shaped the lives and curriculum of SLHS and the JDP-LCD with integrity and compassion.

Dr. Edmund Thile, age 85, passed away in August, 2017 after a year-long battle with leukemia. Dr. Thile served on the faculty at SDSU from 1965 to 1998 as a professor of communicative disorders, clinical director, clinical supervisor, and project director for numerous federally funded training grants. He was a great advocate for the students and started the diversity program in the school and the college with his Health Care Opportunities Program – a grant program to get minority students into health care professions. In 1976, Dr. Thile started San Diego County Speech Pathology Services, Inc. (County Speech) serving San Diego County residents with speech, language, and communication difficulties.