College of Health and Human Development News Now, Fall/October 2023

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Mid-Term Momentum!

Welcome to HHD NewsNow, Fall 2023! Here at mid-term, we’re excited to share some of the excellent work of our students, faculty, and staff. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s ahead to slow the roll of your scroll:

  • To get a better understanding of the state of racial equity in HHD, Dean Mechelle Best has named a Dean’s Fellow for Racial Equity for the College. Historically, as we know, the way to success for some has been reliant on gain at the expense of others, and racial inequity has been central to this dynamic. We strive to be a place where all can succeed. So how are we doing? We’re gathering data as we speak.
  • As the impacts of climate change increase, and the once seasonal threat of wildfires has become a year-round danger, learn about an alum who is one of nine education and communications specialists for our National Parks. Find out about changes in fire management and how he keeps the public informed.
  • In our HHD Staff Profiles Series, meet a staff member whose work with the structural needs of the College is strengthened by her interest in human dynamics, always keeping student success front and center.
  • Thanks to a generous grant, Interior Design students are working with faculty to revamp and enhance the lighting lab to include Augmented and Virtual Reality.
  • Pardon me, but did someone say one of our faculty has been knighted?!

Thank you, as always, for your involvement with HHD at every level, from the campus community to the extent of our global reach to community partners, to enhance, enrich, and empower the human experience!




Augustin Named Dean’s Fellow for Racial Equity for HHD

To get a better understanding of the state of racial equity in the College, Dean Mechelle Best has named Health Administration faculty Frankie Augustin to serve as the Dean’s Fellow for Racial Equity in the College.


Lighting the Way Forward: Interior Design Grant Will Transform Lighting Lab

Thanks to an $84,000 grant from the Angelo Donghia Foundation, students and faculty in Interior Design (Family and Consumer Sciences) will transform the lighting lab into a dynamic discovery lab that utilizes Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality [AR/VR] technology.


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HHD Staff Profiles Series: Lorena Calix


Lorena Calix is the Lead Specialist for HHD’s Schedule of Classes and Human Resources structural and operational needs. She is known in HHD and across campus for her efficient, prompt attention and warm, friendly work style.

Find Out More About Lorena >

Climate Change and National Parks: A CSUN Grad’s Unique Perspective


RTM Alum Mike Theune is the regional fire communications and education specialist for the National Park Service Pacific West Regional Office. He is one of nine across the US keeping the public informed about fire and safety conditions in emergencies.

Read More About RTM Alum Theune’s Role >

Physical Therapy Professor Knighted


Physical Therapy Professor and former Chair Janna Beling received the title of Knight in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques from the Prime Minister of France in recognition of her contributions in strengthening the cooperation between France and the US in education.

Read More About Dame Beling >

CADV Alum, Now Education Grad Student, Wins Top CSU Trustee Scholarship


Tania Parker ’23 (Child and Adolescent Development) received this year’s CSU Trustees’ top student award, the Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar award. Having come from a vulnerable population, Parker wants to get her Master’s in Education to advocate for children.

Read About Tania’s Plans >

Have Fun, Increase Confidence, Strengthen Your Group


Would you like a stronger team for a class or work project, or better social interactions all around? Did you know you can learn about all these dynamics in an afternoon at the Ropes/Challenge Course with Project THRIVE?

Project THRIVE Is for You! >

CSUN Public Health Program 50th Anniversary

CSUN Publicc Health Program 50th Anniversary

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the CSUN Public Health Program, Saturday November 4, 2023 reconnect with fellow alumni, faculty and staff. We look forward to reuniting with our Public Health program alumni and guests. Come join us for food, drinks and fun!

Register for the event >

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Magaram Center Innovates for NASA Deep Space Food Challenge
After completing the second round of the NASA Deep Space Food Challenge – a competition to create new food technologies or systems for long-duration space missions – an interdisciplinary team of CSUN faculty, staff and students are transforming their space-based farming system to benefit people on Earth. One of the objectives: to address nutrition scarcity in geographical food deserts.
Read More about the NASA Challenge >

Transdisciplinary Bridge Grant: A Groundbreaking Three College Partnership
Over the next five years, a transdisciplinary collaboration among faculty from three CSUN colleges will prepare 36 highly qualified professionals to work with young children with disabilities from diverse backgrounds. Communication Disorders and Sciences faculty Vickie Yu will be working with faculty from the College of Education and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences on this innovative project that will fund nine graduate students per year.
Learn More About this Innovative Program >

Assistive Technology Studies for Workforce Equity for People with Disabilities
Rebecca Cagle, adjunct faculty for the CSUN Master of Science in Assistive Technology Studies and Human Services (ATHS) program also works with colleagues at the University of North Texas (UNT) to develop the strength of the field overall. She is participating in a project to help individuals with disabilities transition from sub-minimum wage employment to competitive integrated employment with support and assistive technology.
Learn More About this ATHS Project >

Nursing Students Provide Pre-Game Health Checks for Dodger Fans
In September, students and faculty in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program partnered with UCLA Health and Sigma International to provide blood glucose and blood pressure checks for Dodger fans just ahead of the game. Students and faculty received a great experience and two tickets to the Dodger game immediately following.

In Memoriam: Remembering Richard Streid
With sadness, the College of Health and Human Development and the Department of Kinesiology announced the passing of Kinesiology Faculty Emeritus, Richard Streid, on August 14, 2023, at the age of 85. He was surrounded by his loving family.
Read More about Richard Streid >

CSUN BikeFest October 22
HHD is proud to co-sponsor the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ second annual CSUN BikeFest on October 22. Most events kick off at 10:00 A.M. but come early (8:30) for the Road Group Ride with Serious Cycling. We’ll have a 35 mile ride for experienced riders and a 20 mile no-drop ride for novice riders. No bike? No problem! Bring your skateboard, scooter, mobility device or your walking shoes. All are welcome to walk and roll with CSUN!
CSUN BikeFest Details >

Cancer Education and Support Workshops Made Accessible in the Valley
The Whole Body Whole Health Program is aimed at helping individuals in cancer treatment or recovery through free interactive wellness workshops on such topics as nutrition education, live cooking demonstrations, yoga, mindfulness activities and more. The Magaram Center is collaborating with community partners on this virtual/live hybrid series for anyone diagnosed with or affected by cancer, including support persons. The series runs October 11 – November 8. Late entries are welcome.
Get the Details in CSUN Today >

Enhance Enrich Empower: GIVEEvery Gift Enriches Lives
Your donation to the College of Health and Human Development strengthens projects, programs, and events like the ones we are sharing about today. Your gift helps our students and faculty improve the quality of life across the lifespan locally, and globally.

Making a donation to CSUN HHD can fund scholarships, deep-impact learning experiences, innovative projects and technology, and much more. Your generosity can enhance, enrich, and empower the human experience.

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Land acknowledgement
The CSUN College of Health and Human Development recognizes and acknowledges the Sesevitam, the first people of this ancestral and unceded territory of Sesevenga that is now occupied by our institution and our college, and it honors their elders, past and present, and the Sesevitam descendants who are citizens of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians. We recognize that the Sesevitam are still here and we are committed to lifting up their stories, culture, and community.
Learn more about the Land Acknowledgement from CSUN Today (2020) >

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