Projects for the Public Good

What are Projects for the Public Good?

The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts focuses on the link between the classroom and careers in our community. Projects for the Public Good extends that thinking and illustrates how the research and creative endeavors of our faculty, students, and alumni directly impacts the lives of those who live and work in the community.

Many faculty in the college actively pursue opportunities to work with and in the community, using it as a learning laboratory. The college's commitment to applied research involves students in meaningful research and creative activity. Projects for the Public Good are examples of opportunities that connect the expertise of the college to the needs of the community.

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Art Students Make Art a Place for Community

The school joined forces with the El Cajon Boulevard Business Association to complete a local placemaking project.

Art Students Make Art a Place for Community
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Japanese Friendship Garden Pavilion Building Unveiled

Authentic building designed by Kotaro Nakamura, director of the School of Art and Design

Japanese Friendship Garden Pavilion Building Unveiled
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Resorts Nationwide Go Sun Smart

Researchers led by SDSU professor Peter Andersen have teamed up with 40 resorts to encourage vacationers to be smart about sun safety.

Resorts Nationwide Go Sun Smart
photo of Play Tells One Family’s Cancer Story, But Has Lessons for All

Play Tells One Family’s Cancer Story,
But Has Lessons for All

Based on research by SDSU Professor Wayne Beach, “When Cancer Calls” highlights the importance of communication for cancer patients.

Play Tells One Family’s Cancer Story, But Has Lessons for All
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Student-Designed App for SDSU Events

Students from the School of Journalism and Media Studies and Computer Science worked together with faculty to create a mobile news app

Student-Designed App for SDSU Events
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Music Education Helps National City Youth

Teaching music in elementary and middle-school classrooms includes the classics, and often includes theme music for video games. At least that has been the experience of music professor Travis Maril.

Music Education Helps National City Youth
photo of SDSU’s Heartpower Performances receives NEA Grant

SDSU’s Heartpower Performances receives NEA Grant

SDSU’s Heartpower Performances has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to fund music performances and classes for at-risk audiences

SDSU’s Heartpower Performances receives NEA Grant
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Student Offenders Face their Victims--Not Suspension

This restorative justice pilot program brings victims and offenders face-to-face to repair harm and transform the community.

Student Offenders Face their Victims—Not Suspension
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Counting Cyclists for Better Planning

SDSU researcher leads effort to gather data for more efficient city planning

Counting Cyclists for Better Planning