Spring 2013 College of Health and Human Development News Online
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Aleksandra Milosevic
Speech Pathology, EBS Scholar

Aleksandra Milosevic is a graduate student in Speech Pathology at CSUN and one of four recipients of the EBS (Educational Based Services) Healthcare Scholarship.

A community partner with CSUN, EBS is the largest provider of specialized health care services to the pediatric population. Aleksandra always wanted to work with children, and more recently realized Speech-Language Pathology was the way she could help the most, so when she found out about the EBS Scholarship, with two years employment as part of the contract, she applied quickly.

We spent five minutes with Aleksandra to learn more about her experience at CSUN and how the EBS scholarship is helping shape her future. She plans to graduate with her Master’s Degree this spring. Read More.

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Community Partner Mediscan Supports Future Speech Pathologists
Mediscan, one of the largest healthcare staffing firms in Southern California, is honoring California State University, Northridge’s impact on their company by partnering with the Communication Disorders and Sciences program in CSUN’s College of Health and Human Development. Mediscan is now providing $1,000 scholarships to master’s students training to be Speech-Language Pathologists, an area in which Mediscan works extensively, staffing both school and clinical settings. Read More in CSUN Today.
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Let's Cook and Move: Grant Brings Fitness and Nutrition Education into Schools

Did you know that less than 20 percent of Kindergarten through 12th grade schools nationwide include fitness activities in the school day--or even before and after school?  With childhood obesity at epidemic levels and increasing diagnoses of type 2 diabetes among children, CSUN faculty and students are reaching out to create a healthier community. 

A grant from Northridge Hospital Medical Center along with the hospital’s School Based Obesity and Diabetes Initiative (SODI) and partnership with the Valley Care Community Consortium (VCCC) is helping CSUN faculty and students from the departments of Kinesiology and Family and Consumer Sciences design and administer a new program for kids, Let’s Cook and Move! Read more.  


Our Nursing students excel: CSUN students taking the pre-licensure exam for nurses (the National Council Licensure Examination, NCLEX) achieved a pass rate of 97.06% in the most recent exam. The impressive pass rate of our Nursing students on this comprehensive exam is indisputable evidence that our Nursing faculty and students make CSUN Shine.

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Ben B. Yaspelkis, III, 2013-14 Scholar:
Mentoring Students in Diabetes Research

Ben B. Yaspelkis III, PhD, FACSM, (Professor, Kinesiology) has been named the 2013-14 CSUN Research Fellow from the College of Health and Human Development. Each academic year, nine fellowships are awarded to faculty across campus to support research and academic development in their fields of study.

Yaspelkis is also the Director of the Exercise Physiology and Biochemistry Laboratories for the department. The fellowship year will support him in the pursuit of his research project on diabetes, “Skeletal Muscle Insulin Resistance: The IKK pathway’s impact on insulin signaling.”

“Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States,” Yaspelkis said, “And among the adult population of the US, about 26 million, some as young as 20 years old, already have Type 2 Diabetes. There were almost two million new cases diagnosed in 2010.” The disease also exacts a financial cost nationally, topping $175 billion a year. Read more.

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Meet the 2013 Campanella/Dodgers Physical Therapy Scholarship Recipients

The Roy and Roxie Campanella Foundation and the Dodgers Dream Foundation are the benefactors of this scholarship award which provides financial assistance to physical therapy students who have shown outstanding clinical potential.

Dean Sylvia A. Alva and Physical Therapy Department Chair Sheryl Low presented the awards on February 1, 2013 along with Joni Campanella Roan and David Brennan, Dodgers Dream Foundation Fundraising Manager. Read more.

Metallic Nanomaterials:
Symposium Explores Effect on Our Ecosystem

Thursday, March 7th is the 8th Annual Technical Symposium hosted by the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, its alumni chapter, and the Environmental and Occupational Health Student Association (EOHSA).

Nanotechnology (one nanometer is one-billionth of a meter) is an emerging industry that involves the control of atoms and molecules to create new materials with a variety of useful functions. As concerns grow about their effects on living organisms and the environment, the symposium brings together experts to shed light on these tiny chemical messengers.

Among the line up of nationally recognized speakers is Associate Professor Tony Machado, whose research focuses on gene-environment interactions. He organizes the event with the Alumni Chapter President, Bob Finkelstein. The event is open to the public. For information and to purchase tickets, see the alumni chapter website.

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Giving Back and Paying it Forward: Gift Funds Scholarships for Center of Achievement Clients

On the morning of January 26, 2005, Bob Janovici was on his way to work, riding a Metrolink train from his home in Northridge to his office in downtown Los Angeles. At 6:03 a.m., an SUV abandoned on the tracks caused a major derailment of his train, leaving 11 people dead and Bob in a coma with a broken neck and a severe brain injury. Although doctors told his wife, Sue, that Bob had only a 1 percent chance of regaining consciousness, he did. He then started the slow process of recovering.

After a year of therapy, the Janovicis were referred to the Center of Achievement Through Adapted Physical Activity, at CSUN, an internationally recognized facility that provides adapted physical fitness programs for people with disabilities. The Center was opened in 1971.

At the Center, Bob receives not only daily exercise on the state-of-the-art adaptive equipment but also fulfillment in being part of a community — one that’s become important to him and his wife, Sue. They have enjoyed making friends with the Center’s other clients and their spouses. Read More.


The Changing Face of Racism: How does racial discrimination present itself in subtler forms? Virginia Huynh, Assistant Professor, Child and Adolescent Development, researches he impact of micro-aggressions in social interaction. Produced by University Advancement, the THINK CSUN video series features faculty experts speaking candidly and off-the-cuff about contemporary issues in their fields of expertise. Watch the video.

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Aquatic Center at Castaic Receives Grant to Keep Boating and Water Safety Programs Strong

The CSUN Aquatic Center at Castaic Lake received a $40,000 grant from the California Department of Boating and Waterways in continued support of the center’s efforts to share the rules for boating and water safety with at-risk youth.

The grant is the latest in a long line of such awards the center has received from the department since 1977, when the university received $50,000 from the agency to help equip the facility at Castaic Lake Recreation Area in the Santa Clarita Valley. Read more in CSUN Today.

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Distinguished Alumni Awards: Connect to Your Classmates Again

Save the Date: April 13 for the CSUN Distinguished Alumni Awards Event.This year's recipients are George S. Leis '81 (Geography), CEO of Santa Barbara Bank and Trust, and Wealth Manager for Wells Fargo; Rebecca Mieliwocki '01 (Secondary English Education Credential) 2012 National Teacher of the Year who was recently recognized in a ceremony at the White House; and Ravi Sawhney, '79 (Art Three Dimension) CEO, entrepreneur, lecturer, author and advocate of the ability of design to help others.

The College of Health and Human Development encourages our alumni to enjoy this event with us! President Dianne F. Harrison will join us, and alumnus and CNBC Anchor and Author Bill Griffeth of the class of 1980 will be our Master of Ceremonies.

When, Where and How: Saturday, April 13, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Westlake Village. For more information and to purchase your tickets or a table for your company, visit the CSUN Alumni Association or call 818-677-1300. Tickets, tables and sponsorships are available. RSVP by March 29th.

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Give to Health and Human Development

When you donate to the College of Health and Human Development at CSUN, you’re doing more than just helping students achieve their university degrees. Your gift helps us teach future professionals who share the common ideal: Community Matters.

Because our disciplines promote wellness and healthy lifestyles, your donation could help a victim of stroke get training to speak or walk again. Children in the school-yard would learn the basics of non-violent conflict resolution because you showed interest. Your gift may keep that nagging backache from developing into a chronic injury as it helps us train physical therapists.

Your generosity supports research that gets physical education and health and nutrition education back into the schools. Houses become homes because your funding supports interior design students who are learning to work with color, acoustics and texture in ways that create a sense of well-being.

To make a donation to our college, please visit the "Give to Cal State Northridge" page and select “College of Health and Human Development.” Whether you want to direct a gift to a specific program or make a general donation to the college, your generosity positively affects many lives. For more information about giving to the college, email John Pepitone or call 818-677-5863. Thank you!


The College of Health and Human Development News Online is the communications email newsletter for alumni, friends and supporters of the College of Health and Human Development, California State University, Northridge.

Our mission is to prepare competent and caring professionals who share our commitment to enhance and promote the health and well-being of the diverse communities we serve. We advance our mission through our teaching, scholarship and service and we are guided by several unifying values: a commitment to academic quality, student success, community engagement, and educational effectiveness.
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Sylvia A. Alva, Dean
College of Health and Human Development

Managing Editor: Jean O'Sullivan
HHD Public Affairs/Communications

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