Highlighting Staff: Meet Heidi Burney

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Your Name: Heidi Burney

Title & Dept.: Administrative Support Coordinator I, Master of Public Health Program

Years at CSUSM? 5 as of August 2017

What is your short-term goal? Complete my MA in Psychology

What is your long-term goal? Completing my PsyD.

What is your greatest accomplishment (personal or professional)? Helping a child escape an abusive home

What is favorite movie? The Princess Bride

What is your favorite food? Pot Roast & Pasta w/ gravy

What is your favorite book? The book of Philippians in the Bible

What are your hobbies? Rock Hunting, scuba diving, camping and gardening

What would you like to do when you retire? Buy a motor home and visit every state for a month or so. Hitting all of the national parks, hot spots and seeing the natural beauty along the way.

What is your favorite thing about working at CSUSM? Having weekends off

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Promoting Healthy Communities

By David Ogul

“I have a passion for both teaching and research, and CSUSM’s environment allows me to excel and have a nice balance. There are not a lot of environments where you can do that.”

— Dr. Christina Holub

It’s all about prevention.

That’s the message from Dr. Christina Holub, an assistant professor at the new Master of Public Health program at Cal State San Marcos whose research focuses on investigating risk behaviors that lead to health disparities in certain populations.

A current research project is aimed at boosting physical activity among Pacific Islanders through culturally inspired activities with a functional, circuit-style group exercise format.

“I’ve always been interested in why some populations experience higher rates of certain health problems, but when I began looking at Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, I was just blown away by the health disparities,” she said. “If you address health risk behaviors early on, you can prevent a lot of health problems in the future. And just getting people to move and exercise can help change their life, not just physically but mentally.”

Holub earned her master’s from Yale University in Epidemiology with a focus on Social and Behavioral Sciences and her Ph.D. in Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked on community health projects at fishing villages in El Salvador, studied how parental behaviors impact risk behaviors of adolescents in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and has collaborated with the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico. Holub also is the founder of Cogtoolz, a project that works to improve self-care and mental health among students.

“I have a passion for both teaching and research, and CSUSM’s environment allows me to have a nice balance,” she said. “There are not a lot of environments where you can do that.”

Lisa Bandong from the Public Health Department – Recognized as the San Diego County Breastfeeding Champion 2017!

LisaBandongCongratulations to our very own Lisa Bandong for being recognized as the San Diego County Breastfeeding Champion 2017!

“Congratulations to SDCBC Breastfeeding Champion 2017: Lisa Bandong, MPH!
You are a breastfeeding advocate in your personal and professional life having been both a breastfeeding student and employee at a university. Your work allowed you the opportunity to see firsthand the varying degree of support and accommodations available to breastfeeding students and employees on campuses across California. As the Graduate Studies Office Coordinator at California State University San Marcos, you wisely reached out to the Lactation Supportive Environments project and have been instrumental in advocating for lactation accommodation support by getting designated lactation rooms set up on campus and even acquiring a hospital grade electric breast pump for one of the rooms.

You embody the spirit of collaboration by convening community partners in higher education to include Human Resources, Title IX Coordinator, Associate Director of Student Services and a parenting student, to assist with improving lactation accommodations. We understand you continue to follow up and encourage improvements among resources, support and facilities on campus. In your current role under CSUSM’s new Masters of Public Health program, you are leading a Capstone Project focusing on current lactation accommodations support, challenges and needs among students. And, you find time to provide support, encouragement, resources and guidance to individual students navigating going back to school and continuing to breastfeed.

The breadth of your breastfeeding advocacy encompasses not only offering personal support to breastfeeding students and fellow employees but includes implementing policy, systems and environmental changes on your university’s campus. This is what we look for in a Breastfeeding Champion—a true game changer in the community!”

San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition

School of Nursing Welcomes Director, Lorna Kendrick

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By Eric Breier

California State University San Marcos has appointed Dr. Lorna Kendrick as its new director of the School of Nursing effective July 1.

Dr. Kendrick has been the Director and Campus College Chair of the College of Health Professions School of Nursing for the University of Phoenix San Diego campus since 2014. She has also served in a variety of administrative and academic roles throughout the country, including director of the BSN program at Tennessee State University, director of clinical sites for Nashville General Hospital and faculty positions in Schools of Nursing at the University of Alaska, UCLA and California Baptist University.

“I am thrilled because CSUSM is truly an academic jewel, involved in a variety of exciting endeavors,” Dr. Kendrick said. “I am most excited because I saw in the eyes of each faculty, student and staff my own potential for growth.”

Throughout her academic and administrative career, Dr. Kendrick has remained active in clinical and professional settings. She has maintained a private practice for more than 23 years, which honed her leadership experience and keen business acumen.

Dr. Kendrick also has extensive experience with administering and teaching online classes and utilizing virtual instructional technologies.

“I believe I will experience life in extraordinary ways through each person I encounter on my CSUSM journey as we work together using higher education to touch the lives of our local and global communities,” Dr. Kendrick said.

Additionally, Dr. Amy Carney has agreed to serve a one-year appointment as Associate Director of the School of Nursing starting July 1. Dr. Carney joined CSUSM as an assistant professor in 2010 and was promoted to associate professor and granted tenure in the fall of 2016.

Among Dr. Carney’s responsibilities will be assisting faculty with student concerns and building the School of Nursing schedule.

“Having been active as an educator in the School of Nursing since 2010, I’m looking forward to this new adventure and supporting students administratively,” Dr. Carney said.

About California State University San Marcos

Building on an innovative 27-year history, California State University San Marcos is a forward-focused institution, dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues. Located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the City of San Marcos, it is the only public four-year comprehensive university serving North San Diego, Southwest Riverside and South Orange Counties.

The University enrolls over 15,000 students. With approximately 2,000 employees, the institution is a Great College to Work For® (The Chronicle of Higher Education). As a recipient of the annual HEED Award since 2014—a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—CSUSM is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment.

Helping to Build a Healthy Health Care Industry

By David Ogul

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“We’re innovative, we have quality students and we’re providing quality nurses”

— Deborah Bennett

She began training as a nurse at the age of 14 in a small medical center serving the rural, border town of Deming, New Mexico. Today, Deborah Bennett is training a new generation of health care professionals as an instructor and Nursing Simulation Director at Cal State San Marcos.

“My passion is teaching and serving the needs of our students,” Bennett said.

Bennett comes from a family of nurses, and her aunt ran the nursing program at the only hospital in the dusty town of Deming. When Bennett showed an interest in nursing, her aunt put her to work learning everything from checking blood pressures and vital signs to helping patients get out of bed and assisting new moms in the maternity ward. Her career would go on to include working as a nurse educator at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach and nurse manager at Children’s Primary Care Medical Group and Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers in San Diego.

When Dr. Judy Papenhausen was charged with putting together CSUSM’s nursing program, Bennett was one of the first people she called. Bennett developed or taught more than eight new courses during her first few years alone, all while earning high marks from her students who describe her as a passionate, effective instructor. Her work was recognized through the President’s Award for Outstanding Lecturer in 2009.

“We’re innovative, we have quality students and we’re providing quality nurses,” said Bennett, who added that well more than 200 nursing students enroll at the university each year. “Without CSUSM there would be a shortage of nurses in our area.”

CEHHS tours TERI Inc.’s Therapeutic Equestrian Program

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Dean Janet Powell, Dr. Laura de Ghetaldi and Marilyn Huerta had the opportunity to tour TERI Inc.’s Therapeutic Equestrian Program in San Marcos this past week, lead by Director Greg Snaer and Jenell Tiffany. Lots of great collaborations are in the works!

“At TERI’s Therapeutic Equestrian Program, our students face many challenges within a range of physical, mental and emotional disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Brain Injury, and Seizure Disorders. The objective of our program is unique in that it aims to address not only a wide array of these disabilities, but also a greater influence of Autism & Autistic Spectrum Disorders, as well as learning disabilities. In conjunction with our highly qualified staff, the modern horse also takes on the role of therapist, and as such, all lend their own unique perspective and design to join with other TERI programs.”

https://www.teriinc.org/programs/equestrian/

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Dr. Ana Hernández awarded at the 25th National Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Conference

by Marilyn Huerta

On June 27th, thirty teachers and administrators traveled to Palm Springs to attend the 25th National Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Conference. With the crazy hot weather of almost 120 degrees, the conference had a participation of 1400 attendees from just about every state.  Highlighting the conference, Dr. Ana Hernández, who was the keynote speaker for the conference and the director of Project ACCEPT (Aligning the Common Core for English Learners, Parents & Teachers – a US Department of Education National Professional Development Grant), was awarded for her 25 years of service to the Association of Two-Way and Dual Language Education (ATDLE).

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In addition to being the director of Project ACCEPT, Hernández is also the CSUSM Associate Professor of Multilingual & Multicultural Education, the Program Coordinator for the Bilingual Authorization, Online Dual Language Certificate, and Multicultural Specialist Certificate in the School of Education. She is the co-coordinator of the Multiple Subject Credential program and earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the Joint Doctoral Program at the University of California in San Diego and CSUSM.

Her work in bilingual teacher preparation stems from 32 years of teaching in California public schools as a bilingual/dual language teacher in K-8 grades. In higher education, she involves her teacher candidates in community in engaged scholarship, global networks, and social justice and equity action plans. Dr. Hernández’s research examines instructional practices and cross-cultural equity in dual language education. Her publications have been featured in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and edited books. She is one of the founders and past-President of the Association for Two-Way and Dual Language Education (ATDLE) and an active member of ATDLE’s Advisory Committee. In addition, she is a national trainer and consultant for dual language education.

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In her career, Hernández has received various awards, including the CSU Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program, San Diego County Office of Education’s Innovative Video in Education (iVIE) Award, CSUSM’s Distinguished Teacher in Residence, CABE State Teacher of the Year, Two-Way CABE Teacher of the Year and Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year.

 

Art=Opportunity Bootcamp hosted for educators, parents and artist

by Marilyn Huerta

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Last week, teachers, parents, artists and educators came together to participate in three, “hands-on” workshops that led them through a creative “bootcamp” focused on visual arts and theatrical activities.

Dr. Laurie Stowell from the School of Education was just was one of several talented instructors hosting the creative workshops and her presentations were focused on writing, visual literacy and book illustrations. She facilitated a book-making project that not only taught participants how to design and construct a children’s book but she also taught how to read a book to a child by pointing out the details of the illustrations and understanding messages that most wouldn’t notice.

Other activities were theatrical where participants drafted impromptu storytelling techniques, interpreted poetry and then acted them out. Teachers tapped into colors and emotions, explored music, media and dance and all while learning about Visual and Performing Art Standards and the Arts and Common Core.

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Dr. Merryl Goldberg is at the helm of Art=Opportunity, an Arts Literacy Initiative, and she is teaching others how to use music, theater, dance and visual arts as tools that will lead teachers as to how to create lesson plans that integrates the arts. #artopportunity @cehhs_csusm

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The ART=OPPORTUNITY campaign is facilitated by Center ARTES at California State University San Marcos funded by The Stuart Foundation.

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To learn more about the programs that supported this opportunity, please visit:

Art=Opportunity
http://www.csusm.edu/artopp/events/index.html

San Marcos Writing Project
https://www.csusm.edu/soe/collaborationandoutreach/smwp.html

NCPDF – North County Professional Development Federation
http://www.ncpdf.org/

Arts Empower San Diego – SD County of Education
https://artsempowersd.sdcoe.net/Home

La Jolla Playhouse
http://www.lajollaplayhouse.org/

Promoting Healthy Communities

By David Ogul

 

“I have a passion for both teaching and research, and CSUSM’s environment allows me to excel and have a nice balance. There are not a lot of environments where you can do that.”

— Dr. Christina Holub

It’s all about prevention.

That’s the message from Dr. Christina Holub, an assistant professor at the new Master of Public Health program at Cal State San Marcos whose research focuses on investigating risk behaviors that lead to health disparities in certain populations.

A current research project is aimed at boosting physical activity among Pacific Islanders through culturally inspired activities with a functional, circuit-style group exercise format.

“I’ve always been interested in why some populations experience higher rates of certain health problems, but when I began looking at Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, I was just blown away by the health disparities,” she said. “If you address health risk behaviors early on, you can prevent a lot of health problems in the future. And just getting people to move and exercise can help change their life, not just physically but mentally.”

Holub earned her master’s from Yale University in Epidemiology with a focus on Social and Behavioral Sciences and her Ph.D. in Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked on community health projects at fishing villages in El Salvador, studied how parental behaviors impact risk behaviors of adolescents in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and has collaborated with the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico. Holub also is the founder of Cogtoolz, a project that works to improve self-care and mental health among students.

“I have a passion for both teaching and research, and CSUSM’s environment allows me to have a nice balance,” she said. “There are not a lot of environments where you can do that.”