CEHHS tours TERI Inc.’s Therapeutic Equestrian Program


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.”



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).



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.


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


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.


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


San Marcos Writing Project

NCPDF – North County Professional Development Federation

Arts Empower San Diego – SD County of Education

La Jolla Playhouse

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.”

2017 CEHHS Annual Recognition Celebration

Today was our third year to host our College of Education, Health & Human Services award ceremony and with close to 400 attendees and a room full of  academic honored  faculty and students and their VIP guests, this event was another great success.  Please join us in congratulating the class of 2017!

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Nu Upsilon Research Conference

Nu Upsilon Research Conference led by Dr. Eliza Bigham

Nu Upsilon (the CSUSM chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu, a national honor society for human sciences) presents Undergraduate Student Research. Each presentation represents an original undergraduate student research project and the topics are fascinating and wide ranging. The projects reflect the skills that students majoring in Human Development have acquired in conducting experimental, applied, and action research.

We wish to thank our Community Partners for providing these opportunities for the students to gain community-based experience, for renewing their commitments to collaborate and mentor students in the field each semester, and for working with us to provide a path for students to discover, develop, and expand their place in community stewardship.

Outstanding Service Learning Faculty Russ Neuhart

Russ Neuhart

Pictured: From Left, Ashley Einbender, student and nominator; Dr. Russ Neuhart.

This year, the Office of Service Learning hosted its first Service Learning Showcase! The Showcase provided an opportunity for us to share some of the fantastic work being done through service learning during the 2016-2017 academic year.   Each team of presenters included students, faculty and community partners, joined together to tell the story of their service learning experience.  Computer monitors provided a venue to informally share the key points of the students’ work with community partners in a supportive environment, full of questions and lots of compliments.  Projects included everything from developing an “app” for wildlife at Agua Hedonia Lagoon to the award-winning team that planned, advertised, and hosted an event for middle school parents and teens about media use for SOLE Effects.

We are honored to recognize Russ Neuhart as one of the recipients of the 2017 Outstanding Service Learning Awards:

Dr. Neuhart teaches HD361, Intro to Interpersonal, Interviewing and Interaction Skills. Ashley stated that students were encouraged to practice the skills learned in class at their Service Learning site, heping her to better understand the course material in a natural and first-hand personal setting. Dr. Neuhart consistently provided his student with training and support with their service learning, showing videos with scenarios, having students reflect on their experiences and having student interact in groups to apply the course materials. Ashley stated, “I personally feel much more prepared for my future career after having the opportunity to complete service learning in Dr. Neuhart’s class.”