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Friday, February 9, 2018

Strive Campaign: Support the Cause by March 9th

Stephanie Balvaneda, RISE Scholar

SDSU Students RISE to the Challenge of Teaching

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Program Beginnings:

In 2000, San Diego State University partnered with the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) to create the Compact for Success program with a goal to bring new educational opportunities to Sweetwater graduates. The partnership involves SUHSD teachers working side-by-side with SDSU faculty to design a school curriculum that helps students meet specific requirements for college admissions. Today, the nationally recognized, award-winning program has increased Sweetwater’s college-going population by 120 percent.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Recent Graduate Becomes First RISE Scholar to Receive Teaching Position

Stephanie Balvaneda
Stephanie Balvaneda, a 25-year-old is the first hire from a new program called Return, Inspire and become a Sweetwater Educator (RISE), a collaboration between SUHSD and San Diego State’s College of Education.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

COE Graduate Paying It Forward

LaDreda Lewis
She always knew she would pay it forward. LaDreda P. Lewis’ desire was to help kids like herself, children who grew up less fortunate and who had experienced a personal tragedy or family hardship. She is doing exactly that.

As a teen, Lewis lost her mother to cancer and was left to live with her brothers. When she thought her life was about to be derailed, the women in her neighborhood embraced her and paved the way for her to go to San Diego State University where her life would change forever.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Vasquez Named Outstanding Latino Faculty by National Organization

Marissa Vasquez
The award honors a person who has provided “outstanding service” working with students and/or has delivered “excellent instruction in a teaching-oriented institution.”

Dr. Marissa Vasquez has done exactly done and her service and dedication to serving students pursuing a college degree has earned her the Outstanding Latino/a Faculty: Service/Teaching in Higher Education Award from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. She will receive the award in March 2018 at the organization’s national conference.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Crystal Flores

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Crystal Flores
A first-generation college graduate and Department of Child and Family Development Coordinator, Crystal Flores, was born with a love for helping others and an adventurous spirit! This avid volunteer has got a prowess in American Sign Language and much more! Thanks to her grandmother, there was never a dull moment in Crystal’s childhood as she was always in various classes learning something new. Read on to find out just how many artistic and athletic skills she has picked up over the years in this edition of 7 Things You Didn’t Know About COE Faculty and Staff!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Rehabilitation Counseling Program Changing Lives of People with Disabilities

Tonetta Smith is Making a Difference
Do you like to work with children, families, and people with disabilities?

Then, the Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling at the College of Education is a path you need to take to get certified as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

That is the path that Tonetta Smith is taking. She is a master’s student in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program with an LPCC concentration, who is also pursuing the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Certificate.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Advancing Community Partnerships for Improved Access for Children

Faculty present in panel
Pictured from left to right: Searcy, Cook-Clark, Rieth, Haine-Schlagel, & Corsello

Dr. Sarah Rieth and Dr. Rachel Haine-Schlagel, both Assistant Professors in Child & Family Development, were invited to participate in a panel discussion on community-academic partnerships at the Dissemination & Implementation Science Special Interest Group Preconference that was part of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

COE Using Latest Technology to Prepare Teachers

Dr. Idara Essien-Wood looks over a student discussion
Technology is being used everywhere.

That is why it’s not surprising that the College of Education is using it to prepare tomorrow’s teachers.

Dr. Idara Essien-Wood, a lecturer with COE, used the Teaching with Technology Classroom to conduct her course CFD 370, a research methods course for the Department of Child and Family Development.

Friday, December 15, 2017

COE Faculty Receives National Ethnic Mentoring Award

Dr. Nellie Tran, making a difference
She did not know the award was coming her way. Her former students nominated her and did not tell her.

Dr. Nellie Tran, a faculty in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology, found out she had won the 2017 Ethnic Minority Mentoring Award when she received the notification letter from the American Psychological Association's Society for Community Research and Action.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Global Cultural Experience: Central Mexico

SDSU students do activity with children in Mexico
Every year, dozens of San Diego State University students spend their spring break in Mexico learning about the Country’s culture, work with indigenous communities and enrich their academic experience.

Last spring, 28 SDSU students spent nine days in the United States’ southern neighbor and spent three days in Mexico City and six in Mineral del Pozos, a small rural city in the central state of Guanajuato which is considered a Pueblo Mágico de México (magical town). A magical town designation is given by Mexico to those towns with great cultural, culinary and artistic wealth.

Monday, December 11, 2017

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr. Sesen Negash

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr. Sesen Negash
Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology, Dr. Sesen Negash, is passionate about helping the reentry population. She has demonstrated this through her work with adult males transitioning out of prison. Sesen is also passionate about woodworking and brussel sprouts, but there is one thing no money in the world could get her to touch! Read more to find out what she is terrified of and other facts about Sesen in this edition of 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Faculty and Staff!

Monday, November 13, 2017

COE Training Teachers to Work with Students with Autism

SPED faculty
San Diego State University and the College of Education’s Department of Special Education is known as a national leader in training teachers to work with students with autism.

Since the Department of Special Education began offering classes focused on autism nearly 20 years ago, it has been busy training future and current teachers and other school personnel on how to best support students with autism spectrum disorder.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Provost Enwemeka Awarded NAACP President’s Award

Dr. Enwemeka pictured in center
He exemplifies excellence in education and is at the forefront of advancing the success of San Diego State University.

For these and many other reasons, Dr. Chukuka Enwemeka, SDSU provost and senior vice-president, has received the President’s Award from the San Diego Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Global Cultural Experience: Guatemala

Guatemalan women in colorful dresses

Guatemala is home to volcanoes, rainforests, ancient Mayan sites and beautiful colonial cities.

What better place than this Central American country to complete the study abroad requirement for the Liberal Studies major at San Diego State University.

That is what Ana Rhine thought.

The Liberal Studies senior said she chose Guatemala to explore her ethnic background and to experience the country’s education system.

Monday, November 6, 2017

COE Dean Moderates National Panel

professor with his students
Hispanics represent approximately 17 percent of the U.S. population. However, only about 15 percent of them have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to about 35.2 for non-Hispanic whites.

Hoping to improve those statistics, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities held its Sixth Annual Deans’ Forum on Hispanic Higher Education in San Diego to discuss issues and opportunities for academic success of Hispanic students in higher education.