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!