Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Message from Dean Sylvia Alva

Dean Sylvia A. Alva

Greetings! I hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing summer. The 2010-11 academic year officially begins today and it is my pleasure to launch the first edition of the College’s e-newsletter, designed to keep faculty and staff informed and connected.

We are proud of the numerous accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff. Among the many honorees who have been recognized for their outstanding accomplishments is Nadine Zuckerman, the 2010 Outstanding Scholar in Health and Human Development. She is featured in this edition in a section we’ve titled “5 Minutes With…” If you have interview ideas and information you would like included in future issues of our e-newsletter, we ask that you contact Jean O’Sullivan; we especially welcome guest writers.

In an effort to keep pace with retirements, we searched for several new tenure-track and full-time faculty positions. We also appointed three new department chairs and an interim chair. I hope you will join me in welcoming the new faculty to the campus community and in thanking the new chairs for their willingness to assume this complex but important leadership role.

I look forward to seeing all of you at the college-wide meeting and continental breakfast this Friday at 8am. The faculty mini-retreat following the breakfast will explore the theme, “What if……” and we will focus our efforts on envisioning and planning for the future.

The CSU still faces uncertainty due to the budget, but it is important to remember that as faculty and staff there is a lot that we still have a great deal of control over - our values, our priorities, our curriculum, our departments, programs and college plans, and, ultimately, how we choose to use our individual and collective talents to navigate through and plan for the future that is ours. Our future is undeniably bright. The ideas, energy, and dedication that you contribute are essential to our continued success. I look forward to seeing you at the college retreat and on campus.

Sincerely,

Sylvia A. Alva, Dean
College of Health and Human Development

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Our Stories:

Curriculum Change: The Work Behind the Scenes

These days - these moments it seems - information changes so quickly it's important to remember that when it comes to curriculum, the tried and true courses are still relevant and at the same time, we need to keep mindful of updating not only our teaching methods, but content, delivery, and methods. Read More.

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Our New Department Chairs:

Dr. David Wakefield Dr. Allen Martin
Dr. Alan Wright Dr. Janna Beling

David Wakefield: Child and Adolescent Development

Allen Martin: Family and Consumer Sciences

Alan Wright: Recreation and Tourism Management

Janna Beling: interim chair of Physical Therapy while Sheryl Low is on sabbatical.

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This Fall's Promotions and Hires:

Congratulations to the faculty who received who tenure this year:

Terri Lisagor, FCS
Aimie Kachingwe, PT
Sean Flanagan, KIN
April Taylor, CADV

We also hired several new tenure-track and full-time faculty:

Hira Cho, FCS/Apparel Design and Merchandising
Ana Lucero-Liu, FCS/Family Studies
Jie Yu, HSCI/Nursing
Marianne Hattar-Pollara, HSCI/Director of Nursing
Jennifer Little, HSCI/Radiologic Technology Lecturer

We're looking forward to getting to know our new colleagues. Welcome!

Featured Photo:

view of commencement from the Oviatt rooftop

View of 2010 Commencement from the roof of the Oviatt Library. Click on the image for greater detail.

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