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JMC grad lands job at community newspaper

July 25th, 2014

Leeta-Rose Ballester, a recent graduate from the School of Journalism at San José State University, landed a job as a reporter at the Silicon Valley Community Newspaper’s Cambrian Resident. The community newspapers cover neighborhood news in the South Bay Area. Stories are published online at the San Jose Mercury’s website, www.mercurynews.com, for those interested in reading some of Ballester’s work. One of her most recent stories is a feature on a live action role play group that meets up once a month in the South Bay. To read the story on NEROCali, visit http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_26162420/action-adventure.

The Mercury News reported on the hire in May, when Ballester first joined the staff. Before graduating, Ballester wrote for the Spartan Daily, SJSU’s student-run campus newspaper. She wrote the crime log, opinion pieces and features.

For more on the College of Applied Sciences and Arts’ School of Journalism and Mass Communication, visit http://www.jmc.sjsu.edu/

UPDATED: SJSU students take home photojournalism award

June 19th, 2014

In May, San José State University photojournalism students James Tensuan and  Kevin Johnson took first and second place in the 40th Annual News Photography and Video competition, sponsored by the Bay Area Press Photographers Association, in the student division for a photo portfolio. Tensuan is working as a photography intern at the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper, according to Professor Michael Cheers, and Johnson works part time at the Santa Cruz Sentinel newspaper.

In an article from the Santa Cruz Sentinel, the president of the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association said there have been strong photojournalist student competitors coming out of SJSU in recent years. The School of Journalism and Mass Communications is part of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts at SJSU.

To read the full article and see some of the 24 photos included in Johnson’s portfolio, visit http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/santacruz/ci_25789187/sentinel-photographer-takes-bay-area-award. To view more of Tensuan’s work, visit jamestensuan.wordpress.com

Earlier in the academic year Raphael Kluzniok took first place in the sports feature category of the College Photographer of the Year competition while Tensuan took second place in the same category. The competition administered by the University of Missouri School of Journalism is one of the most prestigious international competitions in the world, according to Cheers.

The work of photojournalism students Tensuan, Kluznoik, and Johnson as well as Ramone Farrier, Randy Vazquez and Brandon Chew can be viewed in the Martin Luther King Jr. Library on the fifth floor in the Cultural Heritage Center as part of the “Emerging Talents” display through mid-August. In the fall, the work will be on display in Dwight Bentel Hall.

For more on the programs offered through the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, visit http://www.jmc.sjsu.edu/.

 

Helen L. stevens scholarship help students learn overseas

May 22nd, 2014

This summer, San José State University students Aly Mauro and Cynthia Ting will take their occupational therapy education abroad on two very different faculty-led programs to islands far from California. Mauro will be part of a pilot program of the Valley Foundation School of Nursing’s Health Promotion class in Grenada while Ting will be learning about healthcare in parts of Taiwan.

“I chose this specific program because it is an interdisciplinary experience,” Mauro said, via email this week, of the program that is open to nursing and occupational therapy students. “It is a unique trip where I can learn from both an OT professor and nursing professors about the realm of public health.”

Dean Charles Bullock, right, hands a thank you card to Helen Stevens that was signed by the scholarship recipients. Stevens helped select the 12 students who each received $500 to participate in faculty-led study abroad programs this summer.

Dean Charles Bullock, right, hands a thank you card to Helen Stevens that was signed by the scholarship recipients. Stevens helped select the 12 students who each received $500 to participate in faculty-led study abroad programs this summer.

College of Applied Sciences and Arts students pose with Helen Stevens, center with the flowers, at a reception in Dean Charlees bullock's office with some of the faculty members with whom they will traveling this summer.

College of Applied Sciences and Arts students pose with Helen Stevens, center with the flowers, at a reception in Dean Charles Bullock’s office with some of the faculty members with whom they will traveling this summer.

Ting said on her program she will learn about accessibility of healthcare in rural and urban parts of Taiwan.

“We will get the opportunity to travel around the island to various community settings, including one aboriginal tribe, which I am looking forward to,” she said via email.

Ting and Mauro were among the 12 students to receive the inaugural Helen L. Stevens Faculty-Led Program Scholarship for the College of Applied Sciences and Arts.  Stevens helped to select the 12 students who received $500 toward their summer travel programs. The students are also part of a pilot effort to increase opportunities for international experiences being undertaken by the College of Applied Sciences and Arts students, with an ultimate goal of making some type of international education required for all graduates of the 10 departments and schools in the college.

To thank Stevens for her donation, Dean Charles Bullock and his Associate Deans Alice Hines and Greg Payne hosted a small reception for the scholarship recipients to celebrate.

“When I put my name tag on, which only had my first name, (Stevens) looked at me and greeted me with my full name, with a giant smile,” Ting said. “I was surprised and touched.”

Ting said she was also excited to learn about Stevens own travels as a student.

Mauro said she was glad to attend the reception because she was appreciative of Stevens’ generosity and “genuine interest in our experiences abroad.”

“It was a huge relief to receive the email that I was a recipient, as cost of these programs is a limiting factor for many interested students,” Mauro said. “This scholarship helps relieve some of the stress associated with the financials of the trip.”

Mauro said study abroad will broaden her perspective on the potential ways she will be able to exercise her degree in OT. She said the hands-on program will allow her to apply the knowledge she has gained in the second year of the master’s in Occupational Therapy program in which she is enrolled. She was especially excited to have the opportunity to study abroad because she did not have the chance as an undergraduate student.

Ting also said she looked forward to using her skills from the classroom.

“Having the opportunity to feel uncomfortable and out of place in a society that has a different world view will help me grow into a better practitioner in the future,” she said.

Bullock, faculty and staff in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts are researching ways to make international programs accessible to all students, financially and in meeting their graduation requirements. For 2014, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Occupational Therapy department and the Valley Foundation School of Nursing are serving as pilot programs.

The following students, who come from a variety of departments and schools in CASA, also received scholarships:

  • Aleli Blanco
  • Cedric Tumanut
  • Jayne Baltazar
  • Jennifer Leocadio
  • Lesley Paige
  • Michael Celso
  • Samantha Rodgers
  • Crystal Diaz
  • Kelli Daley
  • Kayla Koterbay

SJSU broadcast grads take regional awards

May 6th, 2014

Devin Fehely, a graduate of San José State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication is the winner of a 2014 Edward R. Murrow regional award for use of sound and video for his work at NBC- affiliate WXIA in Atlanta in the category of large market television. His station took home six other awards for this year’s competition.

Fehely has been part of the 11Alive news team since January 2011, according to a bio post of the broadcast station’s website. He has contributed to special reports on topics such as the rise of synthetic drug use in Georgia, potential racial bias and police misconduct in the investigation of an armed robbery.

Fehely won an individual Emmy award in 2013 from the Southeast chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for best general assignment report. He has also received two “Salute to Excellence Awards” from the National Association of Black Journalists for best general assignment report and best investigative report. He received an award of merit for best news story from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters for his report on synthetic drug use.

As a student in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, JMC Director Bob Rucker said Fehely  worked for the Spartan Daily and Update News.

Another graduate, Jane McMillian, was honored with an Edward R. Murrow regional award along with the KCBS radio team in San Francisco. The team won for best newscast in its category, large market radio, in Region 2, which includes California. McMillian is a newsroom executive and an on-air anchor with KCBS. She taught radio news in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Also from the SJSU School of Journalism and Mass Communications, student Ashley Madigan has been offered a position as a producer/researcher with an investigative unit at an ABC affiliate in Austin, Texas upon graduation.

SJSU to honor 3,500+ at Honors Convocation

April 24th, 2014

On April 25, 2014, more than 3,500 San José State University students will be recognized for high academic performance at the 2014 Honors Convocation. Students who have maintained a 3.65 GPA or higher for two contiguous semesters of the last three semesters will be recognized as Dean’s Scholars while students with a 4.0 GPA will be recognized as President’s Scholars.

In the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, more than 900 students will receive certificates of recognition for their achievement, including students in Health Science and Recreation, Hospitality Management, Journalism and Mass communications, Justice Studies, Kinesiology, Nursing, Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging, Occupational Therapy and Social Work. The keynote speaker at the event this year will be Dr. Winifred Schultz-Krohn, an occupational therapy professor, who received the Outstanding Professor Award this year.

The Provost office collected stories from some of this year’s honorees including three students from the Valley Foundation School of Nursing and the kinesiology department. To read the featured stories from College of Applied Sciences and Arts students, along with others, visit http://www.sjsu.edu/provost/events/honors/featured/index.html.

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