The Many Faces of Scholarship: An Outpouring of Works from JFKU

From papers to books to presentations to TEDx Talks, the past year has seen an outpouring of over 320 academic works by JFKU faculty, staff, alumni, and students. To celebrate, acknowledge, and spread the word about the accomplishments of its scholarly community and their innovative and powerful voices in the world, the University has compiled a list of the works in the form of a small booklet available for download here.

The Scholarly Works collection illustrates an excitingly robust and diverse academic community whose work makes a direct impact on both the local community as well as in the scholars’ respective fields. One of many notable featured projects is the highly acclaimed 2017 publication of the Praeger Handbook of Aging and Mental Health, co-edited by Doreen Maller, Chair of the Holistic Counseling Psychology department. Due to medical advances and preventive care, the population of people living past the age of 65 now represents a significant and growing demographic that has specific needs from mental health practitioners. A vital and timely text, the Handbook addresses the training needs of mental health care providers serving the aging population.

Scholarly works however, are not limited to publications nor to program chairs. Ian Kelley, Adjunct Faculty in the College of Law, along with David H. Peterzell, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Cognitive Science, collaborated on a talk presented by the Contra Costa Bar Association surrounding the fallibility of witness memory. This issue, while well understood by psychologists, is less attended to outside the field even though it is crucial to an effective interrogation. Additionally, Sharon Ku, a student in the Sport Psychology program, presented a workshop on breathing and relaxation to soccer athletes of the Bay Area Area Outreach and Recreational Program.

“One of the coolest parts about this collection,” explains Lisa Hutton, Program Chair of the Legal Studies program at JFKU, “is the inclusion of students and research-based work that students do directly with their faculty. Having a community with faculty focused on scholarship and development in their fields in conjunction with their students is something to be celebrated by the institution and the community at large.”

From the psychology of virtual reality to Jewish mysticism to Filipino athletic culture to food in conflict zones to health care and social action,” these exciting topics and projects demonstrate both the range and depth of scholarly inquiry and accomplishment emerging from the halls of John F. Kennedy University. Curious to see what else the JFKU community has been up to? Download your copy of Scholarly Works Guide today!

Meet the scholars

Behind every great article is a college.

Consciousness and Transformative Studies Holds Annual Graduation Ritual

On Friday, June 22, 2018 the Consciousness and Transformative Studies program held its graduation ritual to honor its graduating students. In addition to the graduating students, faculty, staff, current students, alumni and family members of graduates were in attendance, representing all constituent groups in the CTS community.

Room S108 had been transformed from ordinary classroom into ritual space, with the presence of colorful wall-hangings, plants and flowers, and a central altar. The altar demarcated the traditional four directions of north, east, south and west, and the respective four elements of earth, air, fire and water, with the corresponding colors of white, yellow, red and black. Symbolic objects associated with the elements adorned the four directions.

Program Chair Karen Jaenke led the ritual, welcoming the various groups making up the extended CTS community. Bonnie Johnstone, an alum of the program and new faculty member, read an opening poem. Karen provided an overview of the program’s inside-out structure, explaining that students undertake a deep dive into self-exploration, engaging holistically with the facets of body, mind, emotions, and spirit, along with attention to expressing this holistic self in the wider world through a professional path.

Graduates were then invited to share one or more transformative learning moments—events or classes that catalyzed significant personal growth and change. Graduates who shared moving stories of personal transformation included Kelly Barrett (’17), Andy Sechler (’18), Rebecca Hobbs (’18), Karen Parrish (’18), and Al Coleman (‘18). Graduates threw out their pre-planned scripts and spoke from the heart in the moment, with more than a few teary-eyed stories, recalling poignant moments of deep personal change.

Faculty, staff and alumni were invited to respond with words of witnessing and wisdom. Finally, family members shared their impressions and reflections in witnessing their loved-ones’ transformation, and pride at their accomplishment. At least one person from each family group shared, and by the conclusion of the ritual, most people in the room had spoken! Al Coleman was supported by an extensive gathering of family and friends in attendance, who also travelled the greatest distance, many from Minnesota, with mom, partner and uncle, two siblings and two life-long friends attending!

Upon leaving the ritual container of the circle, graduates were given gifts– a white rose, symbolizing blossoming post-graduation, and an ammonite stone, a spiral-shaped fossil symbolizing the ancient creative energy of the earth, evolution and change, and kundalini energy. Afterwards, food and drink were imbibed, while photos memorialized the rite of passage!

September 2018 Student Newsletter

Academic & Campus News

Fall Quarter Registration

Priority* Registration Begins Monday, August 20, 2018
Registration Begins Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Instruction Begins Monday, October 1, 2018

The Academic Calendar lists the important dates for the rest of 2018-19. The list includes dates about the quarters, holidays, when grades are due and when you can expect to review them.
Visit https://www.jfku.edu/student-experience/academic-calendar.

To register for classes log on to the SOAR portal. Follow this step by step guide to self-enroll in classes. How to Register for Classes – in 11 steps

If you have any questions about degree requirements and study plans email AcademicCounselor@jfku.edu, or book an appointment online by logging on to BlackBoard – Office of Student Experience – Meet your counselor.

If you need assistance in registering for classes, please call the Registration Office at 925-969-3353 or email registration@jfku.edu.

For accounting questions, call 925-969-3160, email accounting@jfku.edu, or refer to the Managing Your JFKU Account Online – step by step guide.

Summer Intersession Registration

Get ahead in your program by enrolling in a four-week intensive course. The Summer Intersession term will begin on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and end on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

The following online courses will be offered during the Intersession:

PSY5001 – Information Literacy (2 units)
PSY5002 – Academic Writing (3 units)
PSY5003 – Critical Thinking and Writing (3 units)
BUS5475 – Organizational Communications (3 units)
PSP5885 – Best Practices for Remote Consulting (1 unit)

Undergraduate students: inquire with your Academic Counselor about registering for intersession courses, email AcademicCounselor@jfku.edu.

To register go to https://www.jfku.edu/login – SOAR Student Portal – Search for Classes – 2018 Summer Quarter – Additional Search Criteria – Session – Intersession – Search.

You may add or drop Summer Intersession courses through self-service in SOAR up until Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 11:59 pm You will receive a 100% tuition refund for any courses dropped by this deadline.

For financial aid questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 925-969-3385 and schedule an appointment to speak with a Financial Aid Counselor or email them at finaid@jfku.edu.

If you have any questions or need help with registration, please contact the Registration Office at 925-969-3353 or registration@jfku.edu. For questions about degree requirements and study plans email academiccounselor@jfku.edu. For accounting questions, call 925-969-3160, email accounting@jfku.edu, or refer to the Managing Your JFKU Account Online – step by step guide.

2018-2019 Academic Catalog

The Academic Catalog is available for viewing on the JFKU website. Visit this link to view or download the PDF version of the catalog.

New Student Orientations

If you are a student that is returning to JFK after taking a break, join us for the General Student Orientations to learn more about JFK University’s resources and services.

Onsite at the Pleasant Hill campus – Thursday, September 20, 2018 – RSVP HERE (onsite)

Online via Zoom – Wednesday, September 26, 2018 – RSVP HERE to receive the Zoom Link.

In advance of your orientation session, feel free to watch the interactive New Student Orientation video to learn how to navigate the BlackBoard Learn and SOAR portals, register for classes, access important academic information and valuable student services and resources. Bring your questions!

To access the video navigate to BlackBoard – Office of Student Experience – New Student Orientation (on the left hand menu). Email us at studentexperience@jfku.edu with any questions.

Step-by-Step Guides – Register for Classes, Make Appointments and More

Click on the links below to access a list of helpful guides and tutorials with answers to frequently asked questions to help you get on board for Fall Quarter:

Student Single Sign On Activation Job Aid – step by step guide to the JKFU Student Portal
New Student Frequently Asked Questions FAQs – find answers and contact information for 28 commonly asked questions about how to navigate and access resources and services as a student at JFK University
How to Register for Classes – in 11 steps
How to Find Course Syllabi on BlackBoard – step by step guide
How to Order Course Readers on Copy Central – step by step guide
How to Look Up Your Grades and IDs on SOAR – step by step guide
How to Book an Appointment with Your Academic Counselor – step by step guide
How to Book an Appointment with a Writing Consultant – step by step guide
How to Borrow Equipment from the USC Lending Library – step by step guide
Managing Your JFKU Account Online – step by step guide and contact information for the Accounting Office
How to Book a Tutoring Appointment – step by step guide
Student Services at John F. Kennedy University

Fall Holistic Retreat

The Fall Holistic Retreat is an annual annual weekend event organized by the Holistic Counseling program celebrating Holistic healing. This year, the Holistic Retreat will take place at Camp Jones Gulch, La Handa, CA between October 5-7, 2018. At this annual gathering of students and faculty, we educate, reflect, share and grow with the support of community. The main day of events include open and closing ceremonies, dream circles, experiential workshops spanning somatic, transpersonal, depth and expressive arts topics, a fire ritual, sound healing, down time, yoga and other outdoor activities. For more information contact Paige Anderson at panderson@jfku.edu.

Office of Accessibility News

BookShare
The University now provides 655,000 books free and accessible in audible, pdf, CD, tape and braille format. For more information contact an OAS representative at access@jfku.edu and ask about Bookshare Services. https://www.bookshare.org

Bender Virtual Career Fair
Employment for People with Disabilities – Virtual Career Fair is FREE for students and alumni with disabilities to attend. If you are a Person with a disability looking for a career opportunity or an Internship, this virtual Career Fair will allow the opportunity to connect you with employers looking to hire people with Disabilities. Virtual Career Fair Date: November 14, 2018, register at www.careereco.com/events/disability or call 770-980-0088.

Law & Legal Studies Students Use New Technology at Mock Trials

During the last weekend of July, 2018, JFKU students and staff volunteered at the mock trials at the A.F. Bray Courthouse in Martinez. The use of trial presentation software programs in this live trial setting allowed law and legal studies students a chance to gain confidence and the necessary skills to immediately contribute to a future employer at trial. Read more about this event on the JFKU Blog.

Follow My Lead – Alumni/Community Referral Scholarship

Do you love your program, faculty and friends at JFKU? Refer a friend to one of JFKU’s degree programs and they will receive a scholarship upon enrolling. For more information visit: Follow My Lead.

Writing Advice: Paraphrase Generators

Recommended by Joyce Young, Consultant at the JFKU Writing Center, this post from the San Jose State University Writing Center blog, “The Write Attitude” warns about the problems that arise from using an increasingly popular tool: online paraphrase generators. The authors demonstrate these generators do not paraphrase accurately (and may result in plagiarism), they can introduce errors that entail more work in editing and make the process more difficult. The authors also include recommendations and tips on how to effectively paraphrase. Read the full blog post here.

Equipment Loans Available on a Need-Basis to All Students through the Undergraduate Success Center

With support from a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Grant from the Department of Education, the Undergraduate Success Center offers a need-based electronic lending library of laptops, Surface Pro tablets & voice recorders. The service is available to all JFKU students who are enrolled in classes in the current term and need the equipment to complete assignments. To apply, read the step by step instructions on How to Borrow Equipment from the USC Lending Library.

Tutoring, Writing Center and Academic Counseling Schedules

Tutoring

Welcome to Henry Tran, our new Legal Technology Tutor!

Tutors are available on-call/by appointment at the Undergraduate Success Center, Room S228 at Pleasant Hill, or online via the Tutoring Virtual Room on BlackBoard collaborate at the times specified below.

Legal Writing Tutor
Lisa U’Ren
Monday through Thursday: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Note: Lisa U’Ren has extended her availability for Legal Writing tutoring during the week and weekends.

Legal Technology Tutor
Henry Tran
Monday through Friday: 8:00 am – Noon
Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Statistics/Math and Computer Tutor
Jesus Milian
Monday through Thursday: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

To book an appointment go to BlackBoard – Office of Student Experience – Undergraduate Success Center – Tutoring Services. If you have a time conflict email hsi@jfku.edu to inquire about alternative tutoring hours.

How to Book a Tutoring Appointment – step by step guide

Writing Center

Joyce Young, Writing Consultant is available for appointments in Pleasant Hill and online via email and ZOOM. View the schedule and book appointments by logging on to BlackBoard – Office of Student Experience – Writing Center.

Academic Counseling – San Jose Schedule

Academic Counselors will visit the San Jose campus to meet with students in September. Schedule an appointment using the booking link provided below.

Academic Counseling at San Jose: View the schedule of visits to the San Jose campus (MA Counseling Psychology MFT and MA Holistic Counseling Psychology) and book an appointment here.

Academic Counseling at Pleasant Hill: View the schedule and book appointments by logging on to BlackBoard – Office of Student Experience – Meet your Counselor.

Campus Events

Go to jfku.edu/events for the latest information.

International Pronouns Day – Office of Diversity

International Pronouns Day is October 17, 2018. This international commemorative day seeks to make asking, sharing, and respecting personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. To fully understand why pronouns are important we must be more conscious of language, concepts and queer cultures.

To support our community develop a foundation of knowledge, support non gender conforming members of our academic community, and celebrate people’s multiple, intersecting identities JFKU will be holding awareness activities during the time leading up to International Pronouns Day, and on October 17, 2018. Presentations will be held for faculty and staff in the September Staff and Faculty senate meetings. A brown bag lunch seminar will be held for faculty, staff and students on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. More information will be shared about planned activities in the coming weeks.

For more information contact Dr. Benisa Berry, Diversity and Inclusion Officer at bberry@jfku.edu or extension 3572.

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Research Topics Chosen by Consciousness and Transformative Studies Students

The Consciousness and Transformative Studies students presented recently on their chosen research topics! Here are some of the highlights!

Moving through the Dark Night of the Soul
Karen Parrish


The Dark Night of the Soul, is akin to the deep sea journey where one loses their moorings in life. The layering of multiple losses, such as loss of a loved one, of home, of work, of health, of family stability and financial security, can activate the dark night of the soul. The DNS demands surrender and ego death, whereas resistance to letting go perpetuates suffering. Tools that assist in moving through the dark night include: practices for dropping from the head into the body, adopting a meta-perspective, and shifting from isolation into community, and connecting with the natural world.

PlAyFuLnEsS: It’S NoT JuSt 4 KiDz!
Becky Hobbs

Adult playfulness is an exciting topic in psychology that is finally getting the attention it deserves. Play stimulates the imagination, relieves stress, boosts creativity and is a lot of fun too! It can help you to improve the relationship with your own inner child, your partner, family and friends, or even someone who you might not get along with. Using current theory as a jumping off point, this research focused on finding techniques that liberate playfulness in adults according to four main qualities: other-directedness, lightheartedness, intellectual, and whimsical. Bring your inner child with you as you come and learn what we discovered.

When Spirituality Works: Karma Yoga in Contemporary Western Work Settings
Andy Sechler

Karma yoga, rooted in the rich spiritual traditions of India, is the yoga of work and action in the world. It is based on the belief or realization that spiritual awakening can and does happen in the midst of everyday life; one need not renounce the world or retire to a cave to meditate in order to wake up. Though practiced in India for at least two millennia, karma yoga only began to spread roots in the United States in the 1960’s. This co-operative inquiry research uncovers the role of imagery, the somatic benefits, and the spillover effects experienced in karma yoga, as well as the relationship between practitioner and organizational context. If you, too, are interested in learning about the experience of quietly bringing spirituality into contemporary western work life through the practice of karma yoga, please join me for this upcoming presentation!

Law & Legal Studies Students Use Latest Trial Presentation Tech at Mock Trials

On July 28, 2018, the trial advocacy law students took over the A.F. Bray Courthouse in Martinez to compete in mock trials. Students were paired up as either plaintiff or defense teams, and made their cases to attentive jurors. In all five mock trials, students operated the latest trial presentation software to display evidence for jurors, witnesses, and the judge to see during opening statements, witness questioning, and closing arguments. Some law students operated either TrialDirector or TrialPad for themselves, and a couple of teams had Legal Studies undergraduate students sitting in the hot seat, operating the presentation software. Operating the software during a live trial, after learning the related evidentiary rules and being trained on utilizing the programs to their full capabilities, allows for invaluable experience for John F. Kennedy University’s law and undergraduate legal studies students.

We appreciate the support of the HSI Grant that helped make the insertion of these programs into the curriculum possible.

Holistic Research Center 2018 Symposium

In its second year, the Holistic Research Center (HRC) is strengthening its mission to build holistic community and to challenge traditional research paradigms, specifically by lifting up and making space for marginalized voices. At its second Annual Symposium, held Friday, June 1st, attendees were invited to experience the HRC values by gathering together to discuss approaches to rooting research in healing.

The John F. Kennedy University Holistic Student Union offered a community-based ritual and mandela-making, infusing the evening with a spirit of reflection and togetherness. The HRC was proud to present its 2018 Research Fellows, whose projects seek to work with communities to explore questions of mental health, violence, power, and the very concept of research. Sonia Cristina Suarez, a JFKU Adjunct Faculty member and UC Berkeley PhD candidate, discussed her research project, entitled Brujeria and Psychology: Healing Practices of the Ifa-Orisha Tradition, which will explore the influence of non-Western spiritualities on psychological wellness. Nancy Pederson, our Community Research Fellow, shared about her experiences working with the Institute on Aging and how this inspired her project, entitled Power in the Voice of Elder Hispanic Women, which seeks to examine the impact of violence on Hispanic women over 60. Conversations touched on the ways in which visibility and empowerment are, in themselves, therapeutic and restorative.

HRC Program Director Zvi Bellin closed the presentations portion of the evening by sharing about his research project, Reflexive Research in Holistic Mental Health, and holding a conversation about shifting our ideas about traditional research values. The HRC believes in the power of qualitative research and community-based explorations, and believes that research can lead to not only greater understanding, but to the potential for greater wellness. With our minds on healing, Dr. Zeljko Milovanovic, an Oakland-base Naturopathic doctor, discussed the curative properties of sound healing and the principles behind this modality before leading the community in an amazing experience.

The HRC is so grateful for all of the participants in this beautiful evening of sharing, social science, and singing bowls. We are excited to continue supporting work that leads to healing for individuals and communities. Keep an eye open for upcoming HRC events, including an opening ceremony for our new space on the Pleasant Hill campus!

If you’re interested in becoming involved with the HRC or supporting one of our research projects, contact Program Manager Leyla Eraslan at leraslan@email.jfku.edu.

JFKU Faculty Member
Pushes the Mental Health
Field Forward

What are the current frontiers in mental health? What are the major challenges being approached by the field today? For its July/August issue the American Psychological Association (APA) shined a light on big questions such as these, featuring a cover story in which “33 influential psychologists” were asked to identify “the critical questions the discipline must answer.” Among these influential practitioners was Douglas Haldeman, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at John F. Kennedy University.

Along with 32 other luminaries in the field, Dr. Haldeman was summoned to contribute to a type of roadmap for the future of the discipline. Topics addressed included seeking to identify cultural influences on neuroplasticity, overcoming mental health stigma, human/machine interaction, integrating diversity and inclusion into psychological practice, and developing creativity, among others. Dr. Haldeman’s advice to the field emerges from his lifelong work in addressing the intersections of various forms of diversity within the mental health arena and in the general public. His timely message to his peers in the field emphasizes overcoming social polarization in reaction to diversity:

For the community of sexually and gender-diverse persons, psychology needs to address the issues associated with the intersection of sexual orientation, gender identity, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability status, age and who we in the LGBT communities are to each other and the mainstream world. This requires an examination of power and privilege, and how we use our influence—and our unity—to advocate for the issues that are important to all persons of diverse identity. What psychology can offer to unite us as allies will be paramount in these times of unprecedented social polarization.

As a psychologist and activist, Dr. Haldeman’s classes, publications, and nationwide lectures emphasize the relationship between mental and behavioral health and a multicultural society. With expertise in sexual orientation and gender identity, men and masculinity, and the intersection of ethics and multiculturalism, Dr. Haldeman is dedicated to educating his community about diversity and the needs of culturally marginalized groups and healing wounds inflicted as a result of ignorance, both within the mental health field and among the general public. With over 30 years of experience as a practitioner, educator, scholar, and developer of social policy, his voice, work, and wisdom have already reached many. Now, APA offers his message to the field as a prompt for moving the discipline forward.

Learn More about Dr. Haldeman

With over 30 years of experience in the field Dr. Haldeman continues to make an impact on the field of Psychology. Visit his biography page to learn about some of his contributions

Have you found your Mentor?

Learn about the PsyD program that Dr. Haldeman chairs at JFK University.

Academic & Campus News

Registration is Open for Summer Intersession
Get ahead in your program by enrolling in a four-week intensive course. The Summer Intersession term will begin on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and end on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

The following online courses will be offered during the Intersession:

PSY5001 – Information Literacy (2 units)
PSY5002 – Academic Writing (3 units)
PSY5003 – Critical Thinking and Writing (3 units)
BUS5475 – Organizational Communications (3 units)
PSP5885 – Best Practices for Remote Consulting (1 unit)

To register go to www.jfku.edu/login – SOAR Student Portal – Search for Classes – 2018 Summer Quarter – Additional Search Criteria – Session – Intersession – Search

Follow this step by step guide to self-enroll in classes. How to Register for Classes – in 11 steps

You may add or drop Summer Intersession courses through self-service in SOAR up until Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 11:59 pm. You will receive a 100% tuition refund for any courses dropped by this deadline.

If you have any questions, please contact the Registration Office at 925-969-3353 or registration@jfku.edu. For questions about degree requirements and study plans email academiccounselor@jfku.edu. For accounting questions, call 925-969-3160, email accounting@jfku.edu, or refer to the Managing Your JFKU Account Online – step by step guide.

New Student Orientation
If you are a student that is returning to JFK after taking a break, join us for the General Student Orientations to learn more about JFK University’s resources and services.

Onsite at the Pleasant Hill campus – Thursday, September 20, 2018 – RSVP HERE (onsite)

Online via Zoom – Wednesday, September 26, 2018 – RSVP HERE to receive the Zoom Link.

In advance of your orientation session, feel free to watch the interactive New Student Orientation video to learn how to navigate the BlackBoard Learn and SOAR portals, register for classes, access important academic information and valuable student services and resources. Bring your questions!

To access the video navigate to BlackBoard – Office of Student Experience – New Student Orientation (on the left hand menu). Email us at studentexperience@jfku.edu with any questions.

Step-by-Step Guides – Register for Classes, Make Appointments and More
Click on the links below to access a list of helpful guides and tutorials with answers to frequently asked questions to help you get on board for Summer Quarter:
Student Single Sign On Activation Job Aid – step by step guide to the JKFU Student Portal
New Student Frequently Asked Questions FAQs – find answers and contact information for 28 commonly asked questions about how to navigate and access resources and services as a student at JFK University
How to Register for Classes – in 11 steps
How to Find Course Syllabi on BlackBoard – step by step guide
How to Order Course Readers on Copy Central – step by step guide
How to Look Up Your Grades and IDs on SOAR – step by step guide
How to Book an Appointment with Your Academic Counselor – step by step guide
How to Book an Appointment with a Writing Consultant – step by step guide
How to Borrow Equipment from the USC Lending Library – step by step guide
Managing Your JFKU Account Online – step by step guide and contact information for the Accounting Office
How to Book a Tutoring Appointment – step by step guide
Student Services at John F. Kennedy University

JFKU in the Community

Sharing Food For Change: Interview with JFKU Student Tonya Kent

Tonya Kent, a John F. Kennedy University student in the JD program, is motivated by kindness to share with members of her community most in need. Every Thursday, during the school schedule, starting at 11:00 am, Tonya brings food to John F. Kennedy University which is donated by Trader Joe’s. Anyone at the Pleasant Hill campus can access this food for free at the Student Lounge. An assortment of bread, fruit and sweets are available on the countertop in the vending machine area. In her words: “I want the students to know that there is food, it is free and there is nothing you need to give back in return. You are loved even if I do not know you. You are not forgotten.” Click here to continue reading.

Holistic Counseling Psychology Students Co-Chair International Conference
Recent MA Holistic Counseling Psychology-Expressive Arts alum Leyla Eraslan and current student Camara Rajabari are co-chairing the next International Expressive Arts Therapy Association Conference in 2019. Way to go! For more details about the conference visit the 2019 IEATA Conference site.

Holistic Research Center Annual Symposium

At the HRC Annual Symposium held Friday, June 1, 2018, the HRC was proud to present its 2018 Research Fellows, whose projects seek to work with communities to explore questions of mental health, violence, power, and the very concept of research. Sonia Cristina Suarez, a JFKU Adjunct Faculty member and UC Berkeley PhD candidate, discussed her research project, entitled Brujeria and Psychology: Healing Practices of the Ifa-Orisha Tradition, which will explore the influence of non-Western spiritualities on psychological wellness. Nancy Pederson, Community Research Fellow, shared about her experiences working with the Institute on Aging and how this inspired her project, entitled Power in the Voice of Elder Hispanic Women, which seeks to examine the impact of violence on Hispanic women over 60. Conversations touched on the ways in which visibility and empowerment are, in themselves, therapeutic and restorative.

If you’re interested in getting involved with the HRC, or supporting one of their research projects, contact Program Manager Leyla Eraslan at leraslan@email.jfku.edu.

JFK University Commencement 2018 – Facebook photo album
Check out the stunning pictures from the 2018 Commencement in the JFKU Website Photo album. Congratulations once again to all the graduates!

JFKU Launches Online Job Portal

We are pleased to introduce JFK University’s Job Portal powered by GradLeaders! This is an online system where all internships, jobs and volunteer opportunities are posted. Some of these professional opportunities are also nationwide. Through our centralized portal, you will be able to search for positions in your area of interest on a regular basis. Just log-in, update your profile, and go!

Visit this link to find details on how to log in.

If you have any questions, email Career Services at careerservices@jfku.edu.

Free Access to Microsoft Office for JFKU Students

Sign up for free access to Office 365 online using your JFKU email! You will have access to use Microsoft Word (online), Microsoft Excel (online), Microsoft PowerPoint (online), and Microsoft OneNote (online).

To set up your Free Office 365 Online account log on to office.com/GetOffice and enter your JFKU Student Email address.

For questions or if you need assistance, email the IT department at helpdesk@jfku.edu.

Writing Center and Library News

Writing Center Workshops Summer Quarter 2018 – Pleasant Hill and Online

Grammar Workshop – Monday, July 30, 2018, 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm, Room S202 and on ZOOM (join here). We’ll focus on strategies for smoothing out your sentences and improving clarity.

APA Basics Workshop – Monday, August 20, 2018, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Room S202 and on ZOOM (join here). We’ll discuss strategies for avoiding plagiarism and using APA style with confidence and purpose.

Writing center appointments are available in-person in Pleasant Hill and online via ZOOM. View the schedule and book appointments by logging on to BlackBoard – Office of Student Experience – Writing Center.

Library Updates – San Jose Campus
Starting August 1, 2018 students will be able to check out books from the San Jose Library Research Center’s circulating library for longer period of time. Books that are required readings for the current quarter will still circulate for 1 week or 2 hours at a time (to give more students access). However books that are not required for a current class can be checked out for 5 weeks at a time, the same as circulating books from the Pleasant Hill Library.

For more information about Library Services visit library.jfku.edu.

Blackboard Student App

Did you know you can access your grades, course content and more from your phone with the BlackBoard App? When prompted, select “National University System” to login via SSO.

Download the BlackBoard App!

Campus Events

Go to jfku.edu/events for the latest information.

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Interview with Paralegal student Tonya Kent

Sharing Food
for Change

English

Tonya Kent, a John F. Kennedy University student in the Paralegal program, is motivated by kindness to share with members of her community most in need. She splits her time between studying and working to help incarcerated women. Through her own organization Infinite Hope and Restoration, in partnership with other nonprofit organizations, she seeks to support women coming out of prison. She has extended her efforts to share and care for her community with the students at John F. Kennedy University, through a food donation program. We interviewed Tonya to tell us more about this project, and her motivations and ongoing efforts to serve her community.

Free Food for Students in Need

Every Thursday, during the school schedule, starting at 11am, Tonya brings food to John F. Kennedy University which is donated by Trader Joe’s. Anyone at the Pleasant Hill campus can access this food for free at the Student Lounge. An assortment of bread, fruit and sweets are available on the countertop in the vending machine area.

A Message from Tonya on this Project

“I want the students to know that there is food, it is free and there is nothing you need to give back in return. You are loved even if I do not know you. You are not forgotten.”

Tonya’s Story

Back in the Fall of 2017, when Tonya started her program at John F. Kennedy University College of Law, she was struggling economically. She explains “I moved four times and my financial aid wasn’t clear enough for me to know if I would have extra money to be able to buy food. Nobody knew that I was hungry.” When a classmate of hers found out, she supported Tonya by buying food for her when she needed it. Tonya felt grateful and wanted to give back to the John F. Kennedy University community. She explains, “Because of my own personal experience being hungry, I realized that somebody else might be hungry.”

Through a pastor at her church, Tonya partnered up with Trader Joe’s, other nonprofit organizations, churches and Triax, an organization that specializes in Human Rights. The items that she brings to share with the University community expire the same day or few days after so instead of wasting them, Trader Joe’s donates them.

This project is a stepping-stone for a larger project. Tonya is studying Law at John F. Kennedy University because she wants to make positive changes in the justice system. She has started to make those changes by helping imprisoned women. She makes regular visits to talk to the women and gives them encouragement and hope. She created a nonprofit organization, called Infinite Hope and Restoration, aimed to provide a temporary “home” to women that come out of prison. For Tonya, this “home” will be a space for them to recover and re-adjust into society.

Tonya is bringing changes in the community at large by sharing food, encouragement, and kindness. These are all gestures that create meaningful changes for the well-being of her community. In her words, “Sharing food is a way to love. It is my love to you. I love you despite who you are or what color you are.”

About Tonya

Tonya Kent studied at Solano Community College, where she earned three associate degrees: Human Services, Liberal Studies, and Social Sciences. She also attended UC Davis and earned a BS in African American and African Studies. Currently, Tonya is pursuing a Paralegal Certification at John F. Kennedy University, while studying Theology online at Jezreel School of Theology. She is the Founder and Director of the nonprofit organization Infinite Hope and Restoration.

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Compartiendo comida por el cambio: Entrevista con Tonya Kent, estudiante de Derecho Certificado Paralegal

Tonya Kent, estudiante de la Universidad John F. Kennedy, del programa Certificado Paralegal, es una persona motivada por compartir gestos de bondad con los que más lo necesitan y con los miembros de su comunidad. Ella divide su tiempo entre estudiar y ayudar a las mujeres encarceladas. A través de su propia organización, Infinite Hope and Restoration (Esperanza infinita y restauración), y en sociedad con otras organizaciones sin fines de lucro, busca apoyar a las mujeres que han estado encarceladas. Asimismo, a través de un programa de donación de alimentos, ella ha extendido sus esfuerzos por ayudar a los estudiantes de la Universidad John F. Kennedy,  quienes forman parte de su comunidad. Entrevistamos a Tonya para que nos cuente más sobre este proyecto, sus motivaciones y esfuerzos constantes por servir a su comunidad.

Comida gratis para estudiantes necesitados

Todos los jueves, durante el horario escolar, a partir de las 11:00 AM., Tonya trae comida a la Universidad John F. Kennedy, la cual es donada por Trader Joe’s. Cualquier persona en el campus de Pleasant Hill puede acceder a esta comida de forma gratuita. Puedes encontrar los alimentos en el Salón de Estudiantes. Una variedad de pan, frutas y dulces está disponible cerca de la máquina expendedora.

Un mensaje de Tonya sobre este proyecto

“Quiero que los estudiantes sepan que hay comida, que es gratis y que no hay nada que tienen que dar a cambio. Eres un ser querido incluso si no te conozco. Nadie te ha olvidado.”

La historia de Tonya

En el otoño de 2017, cuando Tonya comenzó su programa en la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad John F. Kennedy, tenía problemas económicos. Ella explica: “Me mudé cuatro veces y mi ayuda financiera no fue lo suficientemente clara como para saber si tendría dinero extra para poder comprar comida. Nadie sabía que tenía hambre”. Cuando una compañera de clase se enteró de esto, apoyó a Tonya comprando comida cuando ella lo necesitaba. Tonya se sintió agradecida y quiso devolver algo a la comunidad de la Universidad John F. Kennedy. Ella explica: “Debido a mi propia experiencia de sentir hambre, pensé que alguien más podría estar hambriento”.

A través de un pastor en su iglesia, Tonya se asoció con Trader Joe’s, otras organizaciones sin fines de lucro, iglesias y Triax, una organización que se especializa en Derechos Humanos. Los alimentos que ella trae para compartir con la comunidad de la Universidad John F. Kennedy caducan el mismo día o pocos días después, así que en lugar de desperdiciarlos, Trader Joe’s los dona.

Tonya intenta que este proyecto desarrolle hacia una meta más grande. Ella está estudiando Derecho en la Universidad John F. Kennedy porque quiere transformar positivamente el sistema de justicia. Ella ha comenzado a hacer cambios ayudando a las mujeres encarceladas. Tonya les visita regularmente para hablar con ellas, les da ánimo y esperanza. Por esto, creó una organización sin fines de lucro, llamada Infinite Hope and Restoration (Esperanza infinita y restauración), cuyo objetivo futuro es proporcionar un “hogar” temporal a las mujeres que salen de prisión. Para Tonya, este “hogar” será un espacio para que ellas se recuperen y readapten a la sociedad.

Tonya está creando cambios al compartir comida, palabras de aliento y bondad. Todos estos gestos influyen significativamente hacia el bienestar de su comunidad. En sus palabras, “Compartir comida es una forma de amar. Es mi amor para ti. Te amo sin importar tu color de piel o quién eres “.

Acerca de Tonya

Tonya Kent estudió en Solano Community College, donde obtuvo tres títulos asociados: Servicios Humanos, Estudios Liberales y Ciencias Sociales. También asistió a University of California at Davis y obtuvo una licenciatura en Estudios afroamericanos y africanos. Actualmente, Tonya está cursando un doctorado en Derecho (JD Law) en la Universidad John F. Kennedy, mientras estudia Teología en un programa de educación línea, en la Escuela de Teología Jezreel. Ella es fundadora y directora de la organización sin fines de lucro Infinite Hope and Restoration (Esperanza infinita y restauración).

By: Clara Valdano, Office of Student Experience at John F. Kennedy University