Alpha Tau Delta Gives Back

ATD in front of Heritage Home

Just a few blocks away from the SJSU campus on North Third Street is the Cityteam’s Heritage Home, a place that, according to their website, we have been providing a long-term compassionate ministry for years to homeless, poor and abandoned women who are pregnant and have nowhere else to turn but the streets. Often these pregnant women who are without food or shelter resort to their dark thoughts of abortion. In the United States 48% of pregnancies are unintended, and half of those are terminated by abortion*. We are trying to be a light of hope in these women’s lives – looking at the whole situation – to meet their immediate needs and work out long-term solutions through our multiple programs. The historic Victorian home in the Hensley District uses its largest room to care for these pregnant women, and it was in need of renovation.

Enter Alpha Tau Delta (ATD), The Valley Foundation School of Nursing’s co-ed professional nursing fraternity. ATD decided that the best way to celebrate their second year as a chapter would be to renovate the Heritage Home’s large room as their largest, original community service project.

Mackenzie Thomas, ATD’s Founding President and current Vice President, said that the fraternity wanted to create a room full of positive energy to lift the spirits for those women who enter.

Heritage Home remodeled Heritage Home upgraded bedroom

“We wanted to share the nursing spirit of care and compassion through this project, and we hope its impact is felt for years to come.”

After months of planning and securing donations from home improvement stores, ATD set a goal to finish the project in a timely manner and ensure it was done professionally. The renovation had to be completed within a two-day time frame. This included painting, creating decorations, building beds, installing ceiling fans, moving furniture, and tidying up the room before the revealing ceremony. “We had to do something many only see on TV,” said Mackenzie when describing the amount of work that had to be done with such limited time.

With the help of over 60 students and some of their parents, ATD turned the room into a beautiful, bright and motivating sanctuary. During the revealing ceremony, ATD celebrated with the mothers to be with home-made treats and drinks outside the home. The Heritage Home is now an even more special place thanks to the determined, hard work that ATD put into the renovation.

Alpha Tau Delta Fraternity

 

Committee to Enhance Equity and Diversity Awards

The 2015-16 CEED Award winners were recognized on April 26, 2016, for their excellence in promoting and fostering a deeper understanding of equity and diversity.

The 2015-16 CEED Award winners were recognized on April 26, 2016, for their excellence in promoting and fostering a deeper understanding of equity and diversity.

The College of Applied Sciences and Arts’ Committee to Enhance Equity and Diversity (CEED) reception was held on Tuesday, April 26, honoring six recipients whose combined effort and activities have made an important contribution to enhance equity and diversity at San José State University (SJSU) and/or in the community. CEED Award categories consist of an Undergraduate Student Award, Graduate Student Award, Faculty Award, Staff Award, and Student Organization Award.

The purpose of the CEED Awards is to recognize those individuals and groups that have demonstrated excellence in promoting and fostering a deeper understanding of equity and diversity as they relate to issues of age, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religion and/or sexual orientation.

The recipients for the CEED Distinguished Service Award are:

Undergraduate Student Award – Navpreet Kaur, the Valley Foundation School of Nursing

Navpreet has led or been involved in several projects that promote equity and diversity on campus. In 2015, she led the Peace Pole Monument project that helped to place an official monument on campus. The Peace Pole is a hand-crafted wooden monument that has the message “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in the 12 most frequently used languages in Santa Clara County.

Navpreet also serves on the President’s Commission on Diversity which provides “input, recommendations, and advice to the President on effective ways to create a campus environment that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.” She initiated this project in an effort to counteract negative publicity related to diversity issues that were occurring on campus.

Graduate Student Award – Essraa Nawar, School of Information

Essraa Nawar is pursuing her passion to be a librarian focusing on programming and outreach in bringing diverse programming to the life of the libraries and the academic institutions she serves. One of Essraa’s strengths is her ability to create an atmosphere of awareness regarding ethnicity, gender, and religious diversity across campus.

She serves on the Chancellor’s Diversity Advisory Committee and developed a program on empowering Muslim women. Essraa coordinated the support of the Sikh American Community through Vaisakhi programming, an exhibition on demystifying the turban. She also spoke at a TED Talk in Munich, Germany, to further her diversity message to change the narrative of how people see Muslim women specifically and Muslim people in general.

Graduate Student Award – Cotton Stevenson, School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Cotton conceived the slogan “Diversity University” as part of a class project to make a difference at SJSU. He didn’t stop there. Cotton decided to make issues surrounding diversity and acceptance on the SJSU campus the focus of his second master’s degree. Because of him, we now have an annual Diversity Day at SJSU.

As a graphic artist, Stevenson created the logo for the event as well. He is now in the final stages of a documentary about the history and importance of diversity on this campus. He’s already completed several impressive interviews for this project which include Jeanne Wakatsuki, the author of Farewell to Manzanar, Erik Grotz, the student who suggested the Tommie Smith-John Carlos sculptures as well as with the artist who created it.

He was also awarded a proclamation by Rep. Zoe Lofgren for his commitment to “Diversity University.”

Faculty Award – Dr. William Armaline, Justice Studies

Dr. Armaline established and serves as coordinator of the Human Rights Program at SJSU. As a part of that initiative, he implemented the  popular Human Rights Minor, a program through which students gain an understanding of various human rights problems that affect their community, including racism, discrimination, and inequality. He is committed to raising awareness on campus to issues of equity and diversity.  As a part of this effort, he founded and continues to coordinate the annual human rights event.

He chairs the Human Rights Working Group, which serves as a platform for faculty to engage in issues of equity and diversity. Throughout his work, Dr. Armaline single handedly serves as a hub for students who are interested in increasing equity on campus.  He informally advises students on activism both on and off campus.

Dr. Armaline is also involved in numerous activities in the community.  He authored reports on social justice issues, served as a National Board Member in Save the Kids, a grass-roots organization dedicated to alternatives to end of the incarceration of youth, is a Council Member in the Santa Clara County Child Abuse Council. He most recently initiated a partnership with DeBug, a San José media, community organizing, and entrepreneurial collective that leads successful social justice campaigns to advance the rights of youth, workers, immigrants and those impacted by the criminal justice system.

Staff Award – Silvia La Rosa, School of Journalism and Mass Communications

In addition to providing extensive administrative support for more than 500 School of Journalism and Mass Communications (JMC) students and 22 faculty, Silvia is a committed advocate for SJSU diversity students.

Silvia offers extraordinary time and effort to advising and mentoring all students. She connects on a powerful level with JMC School Spanish speaking students. Her translation skills combined with her knowledge of university procedures and her deep passion for helping students find their voice and express their creativity has resulted in numerous success stories that are greatly admired and appreciated in our program.

In Fall 2015, she was a leading advocate for fundraising of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts international learning initiative. She played a significant role in helping persuade a special JMC guest, CNN Correspondent Sara Sidner from Los Angeles, to donate her William Randolph Hearst honorarium to start a newly created fund and campaign to raise scholarship money to help SJSU students from poor and under-represented communities to participate. She plays an instrumental role in helping the school director create Spanish community messages and promotions that invite Bay Area business and schools to partner with JMC.

Silvia always finds the time to encourage students and faculty.

Student Organization Award – Alpha Phi Sigma Iota Chapter, Justice Studies

A team of Iota Chapter members and alumni volunteered at the Center with the Prison Education Project (PEP), teaching the 7 week Academic Orientation Course.  They met every Friday with a group of formerly incarcerated individuals currently on parole.  They created presentations about college as well as give mini-lectures based on topics in Justice Studies majors (e.g. consequences of mass incarceration and juvenile justice).  A big component of this program is engaging the program participants in discussions about the topics presented as well as their interests and needs.  In addition, Iota chapter collected and donated 100 backpacks with everyday necessities and held a clothing drive on campus for the Santa Clara County Resource Reentry Center to give to their clients.

Congratulations to all 2015-16 CEED Award winners!

CEED Logo

Spartan Daily Newspaper Is Now Digital

Spartan Daily

82 Years of History Now Available

San José State University’s student newspaper, Spartan Daily, is celebrating the digitization and online presence of more than 80 years of hyper-local news.

The student newspaper is distributed three days a week on the SJSU campus and in the surrounding community. Covering news, sports, arts and entertainment, tech and opinion relating to the campus and its students. April 9, 1934, marks the first issue published from the Spartan Daily.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications will be having a public launch event on May 2, 2016, from 10:30-11:45 a.m., at the Dr. Martin King, Jr. Library in room 225.

Click here to view the digitized newspapers.

Bring on the Awards!

Erin Enguero

Erin Enguero

Erin Enguero, a graduating senior majoring in Kinesiology, will bring in not one, not two, but three prestigious awards this year: Dean’s Scholar, Outstanding Graduating Senior, and the American Kinesiology Association Undergraduate Scholar for 2016.

Erin has earned a 3.65 or higher grade point average at San José State University in at least two contiguous semesters that qualified her as a Dean’s Scholar. In addition to her academic excellence, Erin’s outstanding service to the university and community allowed her to receive the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award which is only given to two graduating seniors.

Erin will be recognized during the 2016 Honors Convocation in April for the Dean’s Scholar Award and will be presented the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award during the 2016 Graduation Commencement in May.

The American Kinesiology Association (AKA) selected Erin as the AKA Undergraduate Scholar for 2016 in its seventh year of presenting the award. According to AKA, the award honors a select number of students whose academic and leadership records are distinctive. This award is intended to recognize and promote academic excellence, to further the professional competence and dedication of academically accomplished students and to promote kinesiology and its related fields.

The College of Applied Sciences and Arts Kinesiology Department is part of the 140 kinesiology departments housed in colleges and universities nationwide for AKA. Only a select number of students receive this award.

The Department Chair of Kinesiology Matt Masucci said that the faculty and staff are proud of Erin’s accomplishments and pleased to see that all her hard work and effort has paid off.

“Erin has been an exemplary Kinesiology student in every way. She is intelligent, enthusiastic, energetic, and the consummate ambassador for the department and SJSU.”

Kinesiology professor Emily Wughalter said that she has rarely observed a student with such meaningful and extraordinary contributions to the Kinesiology Department and to the University overall as Erin.

“Ms. Enguero exhibits deep levels of learning about movement and science and she is enormously capable of synthesizing her academic knowledge with her own experience,” said Professor Wughalter when giving an example of how Erin maintained an overall GPA over 3.65 in a competitive major program with many high achieving students.

Erin has also been recognized in the past with many scholarships including the California State University Trustee Award for overcoming a life obstacle and continuing to excel in school. She has engaged in internships, observation hours, and volunteer experiences that involved many physical therapy settings. She is currently working as a student assistant to Professor Wughalter to complete the installation of equipment and collection of data for research in motor learning. Beginning fall 2016, she will attend the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Fresno State University.

Click here to read about Erin’s story posted on the 2016 Featured Stories from the Provost Office.

Congratulations on receiving multiple prestigious awards, Erin!

Student Researcher Honored

School of Information Student to Represent SJSU at the CSU Student Research Competition

School of Information graduate student Angela Gates has been selected as a finalist to represent San José State University (SJSU) in the 30th annual California State University (CSU) Student Research Competition in April, 2016. Gates will travel to CSU Bakersfield and present “A (Blind) Woman’s Place is (Teaching) in the Home: The Life of Kate Foley (1873-1940).” Student participants will provide written abstracts and make oral presentations before juries of professional experts from major corporations, foundations, public agencies, colleges and universities in California.

Click here to read more about Gates and her story about Kate Foley.

Congratulations on being selected as a finalist to rep SJSU, Angela!