A Year of Achievements

Viejas ArenaIt has been an exciting year for the college! So many things have come to fruition over the last few months that should be included in this newsletter, but writing in details about each one would fill more pages than are available. So, here is a short list of this year’s accomplishments.

  • On Saturday, May 13, CHHS held its commencement ceremony. Some 1,500 students received degrees from the college.
  • After recently receiving approval, the School of Public Health will now offer an online Master’s degree through the College of Extended Studies.
  • SLHS joint doctoral program in Language and Communicative Disorders between UCSD and SDSU recently underwent a review and received stellar commentary, particularly with respect to the SDSU faculty engagement and the clinical opportunities afforded students at SDSU.
  • The college has received approval of specific courses in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) for students to take through the College of Extended Studies and meet prerequisites for entry into graduate study.
  • The American Nurses Credentialing Center reported that the 2016 pass rates for students graduating from the Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist program were 100% and their scores were well above the national aver- ages for each subsection. Congratulations to Dr. Lorraine Fitzsimmons and the faculty teaching in this program.
  • The VA San Diego Medical Center’s VA Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) program has selected three SDSU School of Nursing students for this prestigious program. Students are Dylan Shaba, Stephanie Alexander, and Kelly Gallagher. This is a highly competitive program with only seven total VALOR spaces and SDSU received three of the
  • A Binational Social Work Conference was held in March in Tijuana, B.C., Mexico and was organized by Dr. Silvia Barragan of the School of Social Work and supported through Student Success Fees and the Presidential Leadership Funds.
  • The 3rd annual Speech-Language Awareness and Information Day hosted by SDSU and SLHS was held in May. This event raises awareness about speech and language disorders, and community resources available for individuals with speech and language disorders, their families, and other allied professionals (speech-language pathologists, occupational and physical therapists, psychologists).
  • Helena Hoyt
    Helena Hoyt
  • Helina Hoyt was accepted as a 2017-18 California State University Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program Scholar. Ms. Hoyt is the coordinator of the Nursing program at the Imperial Valley campus and was a recipient of this prestigious award based upon her promise as a doctoral student and her interest in competing for future tenure track faculty openings in the California State University system.
  • Guadalupe “Suchi” Ayala, Associate Dean of Research Affairs, received the “Biomedical Research Exemplar” award as part of the Research Exemplar Project
  • John Elder (33 years at SDSU) received the Senate Excellence in Teaching Award for his research in under-served populations.
  • Ken Nakamura will be inducted into the California Social Work Hall of Distinction in October 2017. A well-deserved honor for his 30+ years as a social worker and his work as the Coordinator of the Title IV E program at SDSU.
  • Ken Nakamura
    Ken Nakamura
  • The Third Annual Executive Summit for Social Work was held at the 2-1-1 building in April. About 10 county and non-profit executives/CEOs presented on a panel and at round table discussions. All are members of the School of Social Work’s Advisory Board. About 60 students and social work practitioners attended.
  • To date, CHHS grants and contracts procured for the year total approximately $23 million. The college has established a rich tradition of research excellence and is building on its achievements with distinction. The college continues to be a leader at SDSU in grant and contract funding.
  • The college has hired six new tenure track faculty in the schools of nursing and public health. One of these tenure track faculty hires was a “Building on Inclusive Excellence” hire, focused upon hiring diverse faculty – only four of these faculty positions were available for the campus.