1st Annual USF Sacramento April Action/Earth Day Celebration

The 1st Annual USF Sacramento April Action/Earth Day celebration was a hit!!! Thank you all for participating! Special thank you to Trader Joe’s and Nugget Market for the raffle prize donations, Professor Linda Hargreaves for her donation of organic eggs, to the USF Gleeson Seed Library for the seed donations, and the USF Community Garden for plant clipping donations.

Staff Spotlight: Jason Bartz – Graduate Placement Coordinator (SONHP)

Jason Bartz

Jason Bartz – Graduate Placement Coordinator

Tell us about yourself and how you came to this position.

I am a husband and father of three kids – 13 ,11, and three year olds. I have worked in Academics for over 15 years, helping students and specializing in the field of nursing

What is the most exciting part of your job?

I thoroughly enjoy working with people, so the fact that I support students in their clinical placement and get to meet with different facilities to achieve that is one of the most enjoying aspects of my job.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and gardening. I also have a small flock of rare chicken breeds which provide me with fresh, blue, green, and brown eggs. 🙂

Meet Our New USF Sacramento IT Staff- Andre Banks and Chris Palacios

Chris Palacios and Andre Banks

(i-r) Chris Palacios and Andre Banks

Andre Banks – IT Support

Tell us about yourself and how you came to this position.
I am a native Californian, currently living in Sacramento. I’m a former Marine, who participated in Desert Storm, and was discharged with honors. I’ve achieved an associate’s degree in Music, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis on Psychology and Communication. I’m also a fitness instructor and certified personal trainer which is how I spend most of my recreation. I have an aptitude for computer technology, but my true love and passion in life is people. Continue Reading

Jamie Tactay – MFT Graduate Spotlight

Jamie Tactay, MFT Graduate

Jamie Tactay, MFT Graduate

Tell us about yourself and what you have been doing since you graduated?

I graduated from USF in 2015 with a degree in MA Counseling Psychology-Marriage and Family Therapy. I am currently busy working as a Case Manager for a local psychiatric hospital while trying to gain the hours necessary to obtain my license as a therapist. Once in a while, I visit the USF-Sacramento campus to speak with prospective students, which I feel incredibly honored to do. USF introduced me to diverse ideas that I would not have been able to grasp without the guidance of the amazing people I have encountered in the program such as the professors and fellow students. These ideas prepared me to work with my patients and their complex dispositions. For instance, I learned how to effectively approach people who are in imminent crisis by utilizing my knowledge about their culture, changing my posture and managing my speech (tone) to provide a calming atmosphere. Continue Reading

Faculty Spotlight: Mel Lewis – MFT

Mel Lewis, MFT Faculty

Mel Lewis, MFT Faculty

Tell us about yourself and how you came to this position?

I was born in a small fishing village on the island nation of Trinidad & Tobago. The island is extremely culturally diverse; so much so, I would leave my home every morning from a Christian household, interact with Hindu neighbors to attend a Muslim school. These childhood experiences helped form a trustworthy compass that has been extremely beneficial, as I had to grapple with complex social issues and adversities. Consequently, I gained a deep respect and sense of value for life long learning and teaching. I completed my undergraduate education on the East Coast, served over two decades in the United States Air Force, followed by twelve years as a School Administrator in northern California. My aspirations of understanding and mitigating the effects of intergenerational transmission of trauma among refugees and immigrant groups led to a doctoral degree in clinical psychology (PsyD). In my current work as a psychologist at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, I see the existence of an enormous volume of underserved clients and a further need for strong mental health clinicians. As a result, I aspire to help in the development of my future colleagues. It is my pleasure and privilege to teach in the MFT program at USF. Continue Reading