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April 25, 2011

 

Professional Activities

Greg Shaw, Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration (RPTA), was featured in the April 15 edition of the Sacramento Business Journal. The article highlighted his RPTA 186, CA Wine Tourism course. The course offers an introduction to the multimillion-dollar wine tourism industry in California, with an emphasis on marketing related to wineries and agri-tourism products. Several regional winery owners were quoted as saying that they are very happy to see a wine tourism course being offered at Sac State. Many have placed RPTA students in internships and jobs at various locations throughout the region because of their background and understanding of the hospitality industry.

Shaw also attended the third annual Hospitality Management Program Leaders committee meeting Wednesday, April 6 in Sacramento. This meeting is held in conjunction with the annual CSU Hospitality Industry Advisory Board meeting, and is attended by leaders in the hospitality and tourism industry and senior CSU officials including Chancellor Charles B. Reed. Several state legislators attended to learn the importance of hospitality education in California. Hospitality is one of four education initiatives created for the CSU by Reed, and both meetings helped to build strong relationships between the CSU and leading figures in the hospitality industry, which accounts for 5 percent of California's GDP and 10 percent of the workforce.

Louis Downs, Counselor Education, received a Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellowship to fund a six-week project working with the Bureau of Education Innovation Development Office of the Ministry of Education, Thailand, and the Doi Tung Sustainable Livelihood Development Project, summer, 2011. He will consult on development of results-based comprehensive school guidance systems development for Doi Tung schools and work with the teachers and school counselors of Phuket, Thailand, to teach skills for working with the children of the southwest region who still suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to the tsunami that devastated the area in 2004.

Downs has also been appointed as a Fellow of the Pusat PERMATApintar Negari gifted students school housed at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia for one month. He will provide training for counselors in treating childhood disorder. UKM has invited counselors from across Malaysia to attend the trainings.

And he has been invited to be a keynote speaker for the PERKAMA Conference, the national counseling association of Malaysia, in late June 2011.

David Booher, Center for Collaborative Policy, made a presentation on “Planning and Policy in a Complex World” at the UCLA School of Public Affairs on Monday, April 18.

Seventeen second-year students in the School Psychology Program recently presented at the National Association of School Psychologists annual meeting in San Francisco. Presentations addressed multiple topics relevant to schools and school psychology. Among topics were the use of bibliotherapy, developing crisis intervention/prevention programs, canine therapy, and facilitating parent involvement in programs to promote children's reading. The students all submitted proposals that were peer reviewed prior to acceptance.


 


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