News & Highlights

December 2014
Kinesiology Professor Maureen Smith was inducted into the National Academy of Kinesiology this fall! Only a few people were selected across the United States and Internationally. What an honor, congragulations! Please click here to view the article.

September 2014
Nursing Professor Dian Baker founded groundbreaking news in the nursing profession when she figured out why her patients were mysteriously dying of pneumonia. Her study proved the lack of good dental hygiene was the culprit!Please click here to view the article.

July 2014
Nursing Professor Christine Vourakis was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing for the 2014 Class of Fellows. This is the highest honor in the nursing profession...Congragulations! Please click here to view the article.


Alumna Mathilde Mukantabana earned a Master's in Social Work from Sacramento State and has been named Rwanda's ambassador to the United States. Please click here to view entire article.

January 2013 -
The Department of Kinesiology & Health Science's biomechanics professor Dr. David Mandeville has launched two studies to address major vulnerabilities among older people: the high incidence of knee osteoarthritis in middle-aged women, and the likelihood that any elderly person will suffer a devastating fall. Assisted by graduate students in the Department of Physical Therapy, Dr. Mandeville has completed the first phase of the knee osteoarthritis study. Please click the following link to view the entire article from Sac State News.

Dr. Dian Baker
from the School of Nursing helps to win a federal grant to fight diabetes in the Hmong Community. The project is a community-based participatory research partnership overseen by a community advisory board whose members are of Hmong descent and include health care workers and community leaders. “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for the Hmong community to do research and outreach within the community,” Baker says. Please click here to view the entire article.

Physical Therapy Students Provide Rehabilitative Services to Local Athlete
William Barker III receives treatment at Sacramento State's physical therapy lab, under the supervision of Dr. Katrin Mattern-Baxter and Dr. Michael McKeough, to regain function in his arms and legs. Barker broke his neck in two places while playing footbal for Davis High School in 2009 - leaving his arms and legs paralyzed. In addition to working work with Barker in the lab, students in the Department of Physical Therapy installed a pull-up rail and weight lifting bench in Barker's home after completing a home assessment. Please click on the following links to read the complete articles from The Davis Enterprise and Sac State News.

November 2012 - Susan Talamantes Eggman is elected to the California State Assembly
Susan Talamantes Eggman from the Division of Social Work will be representing the 13th District in the California State Assembly. She was first elected to the Stockton City Council in 2006 and won re-election in November 2010.

The Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology Celebrates 60 years!
Since 1952, the Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology has educated and trained students for careers in speech, language pathology and audiology. Please go to the department's website an view this video to learn more.

September 5, 2012
Dr. Susan Taylor from the Division of Social Work has been selected to receive the Mental Health Champion Award from the Sacramento County Mental Health Board. This recognition is sponsored by the Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services “Mental Illness: it’s not always what you think” project. The award honors individuals and organizations in Sacramento County who have made a significant contribution in reducing the stigma experienced by people living with mental illness, providing support or treatment to people living with mental illnesses, advocacy for issues related to mental health and/or advancing knowledge in the area of mental illness/health research.

August 2012
The Sacramento Film & Music Festival receives an Arts Management Excellence nomination from the Arts & Business Council of Sacramento:
The Festival was started in 2000 by Nathan Schemel, a graduate of Sacramento State's Executive MBA program, and Dr. Anthony Sheppard (Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration) has been the co-director of the Festival for ten years. The Festival runs August 15-19 at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento. Please clink on the following links for more information:

July 2012
Dr. David Rolloff and Dr. Beth Erickson from the Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration (RPTA) have signed a $350,000 research contract with California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division. This new contract brings the total to $1.25 million of research dollars awarded to RPTA, from California State Parks since 2007.

The purpose of the research is to conduct an attendance study and visitor survey at seven State Vehicular Recreation Areas throughout the state in 2012-13. Conducting behavioral and social research is part of the agency's planning efforts to document and understand current visitor use in changing times. Funding from the study comes from the red sticker/green sticker off-highway vehicle fund.

May 10, 2012
Sacramento Police Department's Distinguished Service Award recipients:
Dana Kivel (Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Adminstration) & Mimi Lewis (Division of Social Work) for their work with the Community Against Sexual Harm (C.A.S.H.) program

May 2, 2012
Chester Newland Award for Academic Achievement: William J. Vizzard for 27 years in law enforcement, 18 years in Academia.  

April 19, 2012
Outstanding Teacher Award recipients:
Dr. Lisa Jorgensen
Dr. Michael McKeough, PT, EdD

November 22, 2011
School of Nursing Professor Dian Baker Ph.D., R.N. has been doing research in the Hmong community for more than 20 years and recently contributed her professional knowledge and skills to the Capital Public Radio documentary, "Dealing with Diabetes: Three Stories of Ethnic Communities Coping with an Epidemic." The program, hosted by former KCRA-TV news anchor Pamela Wu, takes listeners inside the lives of people dealing with diabetes in three ethnic groups: American Indian, African American and South Asian immigrants. Expert Interview with Dian Baker and the entire documentary can be accessed on Capital Public Radio's website.

November 17, 2011
The Africa Center for Strategic Studies recently announced the release of the latest Africa Security Brief, "Alternative Dispute Resolution in Africa: Preventing Conflict and Enhancing Stability" by Ernest Uwazie, Professor of Criminal Justice at California State University and the Executive Director of the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution.

November 11, 2011
Saturday, February 4th, 2012 The California State University, Sacramento, National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is hosting the 8th annual conference All Voices are Heard: Promoting an Integrative Approach to SLP. Students involved in the Sacramento State chapter of NSSLHA organize an annual conference.  Ann Blanton, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin, Ph.D.,CCC-SLP, professors of Speech Pathology and Audiology, will participate in the program by contributing their research experience and professional knowledge on the topic. Proceeds from the conference help support a scholarship for those who otherwise would be unable to attend the Maryjane Rees Language, Speech and Hearing Center due to financial need. You can find the registration form and conference schedule at NSSLHA - Sacramento State.

October 24, 2011
The Department of Physical Therapy is now offering a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Applications are being accepted until Monday, Jan. 16. The program begins Fall 2012. Visit the Doctor of Physical Therapy website.

July 21, 2011
Sacramento State's Nursing program has a state-of-the-art clinical simulation lab in the School of Nursing's new facilities in Folsom Hall. The new simulation lab accelerates the nursing program's ability to expand its number of students and the preparation they receive. It features human patient simulators-mannequins that mimic the symptoms and mannerisms of live patients. Read the full story on the Sac State News and Information webpage.

May 6, 2011
Sacramento State and the community celebrates with faculty, students and staff at the grand opening of the new School of Nursing. Watch the Folsom Hall dedication video.

April 15, 2011
Physical Therapy program helps community members. Watch the video on Sac State's Public Affairs webpage.

March 3, 2011
Sacramento State's Division of Nursing goes high tech with simulation lab and equipment.

January 19, 2011
The Nursing program moves from El Dorado Hall to Folsom Hall. Watch the video of the nursing orientation on Sac State's Public Affairs webpage.