Fireside Charla with SDSU President Adela de la Torre


October 16, 2020

#019 - SDSU Imperial Valley Impacting the Community


Episode Summary:

I am excited to welcome the dean and two top researchers from SDSU Imperial Valley. We will also get an up-close look at the considerable community impact that our faculty and students have in the rural region of Imperial County, two hours east of San Diego. 

Approximate running time: 28:25
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About Dr. Adela de la Torre

Dr. Adela de la Torre joined San Diego State University in June 2018, as the first woman and Latina president. She brings 30 years of service and leadership roles within institutions of higher education and shares these experiences with open arms. She has two daughters who are both married, a grandson, a husband, and three dogs! Adela discusses the challenges she faced in college, her mentors, her heart-led leadership style, and her vision to help all types of students at SDSU feel confident in their goals. 

Dean Gregorio Ponce, Ed.D.

Dr. Gregorio A. Ponce is Dean for the Imperial Valley Campus of San Diego State University. In this capacity, Dr. Ponce is charged to support the work of faculty, staff, and administrators to enhance the learning of experience of SDSU-IV students. Prior to this appointment, he was a faculty member of the Division of Education teaching a variety of courses varying from mathematics methods to educational leadership. His research agenda focuses on the teaching and learning of mathematics, which has resulted in multiple publications in prestigious peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Ponce is a native of Imperial County with a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and a Master's of Arts in Applied Mathematics. He joined SDSU in 2003.

Helina Hoyt
Nursing faculty and coordinator

A local girl through and through, Helina was born and raised in Holtville, in the valley. She’s a proud Aztec and SDSU double alumna. She received her master’s degree in nursing and Ph.D in education from SDSU. She was motivated to stay in the valley and teach at SDSU IV because she wanted to make a difference and  knew educating nurses is the only way to improve healthcare in Imperial Valley.

In her nursing program coordinator role, she recruits, oversees the admissions process, teaches, does outreach to local communities and hospitals to place nursing students for training and job placement. Also handles clinical contracts and coordinates with SDSU in San Diego to ensure the local program curriculum is compliant for accreditation.

SDSU began offering the RN-BS in Nursing in 2007. Since 2009, there have been 220 graduates and 80% remain in Imperial County. Approximately one-third have gone on to graduate degrees. In 2018, the inaugural MS in Nursing Leadership program began at SDSU-IV and 17 students just graduated this spring.  Two are Assistant Chief Nurse Officers, one is the Director for Medical-Surgical and OB units, one is starting the first cardiac cath lab in Imperial County.

David Jancsics
Public administration associate professor
Affiliated to PSFA and IV, teaches in IV.

David Jancsics is an associate professor of public administration in the School of Public Affairs at San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus. Prior to joining the SDSU-IV faculty, he taught at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Rutgers University in the School of Public Affairs and Administration. His general fields of interest are public management, organizational theory and economic sociology. The more specific areas of his research involve corruption, informal practices and white-collar crime. His current research agenda focuses on corruption on the US-Mexico border. His work has been published in various academic outlets, such as Public Administration Review, International Public Management Journal, Administration & Society, Public Integrity, and Crime, Law and Social Change. He frequently consults with international organizations and NGOs such as the United Nations, European Commission, U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, and Transparency International.



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