School of Journalism and Mass Communications Alums and Students Win Awards

Recent School of Journalism and Mass Communications (JMC) graduates, Jennifer Gonzalez and Raphael Stroud, have both won coveted journalism awards for recent news broadcasts.

Jennifer and her team at NBC Bay Area won a Regional and National Edward R. Murrow Award for Social Media Coverage of the Wine Country fires. Raphael won a regional Emmy for producing the 5 p.m. news at KGET in Bakersfield, CA. Congratulations to Jennifer and Raphael.

In the advertising sequence, two students were presented with National ADDY awards. Student team, Arabela Espinoza and Talia Nakhjiri, received a Silver award for their “Make Mama Proud” campaign. “This is the first time our students have won a National ADDY Award,” says John Delacruz, JMC Associate Professor.

SJSU Ranked #4 in Money Magazine’s Most Transformative Colleges

As Money Magazine states, “it’s not surprising that elite schools report high graduation rates or alumni success. What’s impressive is when a college helps students do far better than would be expected from their academic and economic backgrounds. We call this a college’s value add. For this list, we ranked colleges based on our exclusive value-added scores for graduation rates, earnings, and student loan repayment, eliminating schools with any negative scores or a graduation rate below 50%.”

If you haven’t had a chance to read the article and glance at the entire list, here is the link to the article:

Congratulations for all of the good work faculty do in helping our students succeed!

OT Students Provide Summer Camp at the San Jose Shelter

The annual Occupational Therapy (OT) Summer Camp at the San Jose Shelter provided children with the opportunity to learn about new subjects in a fun and interactive manner. Children from the shelter also attended a sleep-away camp at Mount Cross where they slept under the stars and engaged in stimulating outdoor activities. After a fun-filled summer, the children are ready for a new school year. The San Jose Family Supportive Housing Organization said that they were grateful for the support of their summer programs and for the donations of brand new backpacks and school supplies.

Thank you to Lisa Benjamin & Hallie Hicks, OT graduate students, who assisted with the camp. Winifred Schultz-Krohn, OT Chair and Professor, has managed students on a pro bono basis for the past 19 summers to provide students with their full time fieldwork experience.

Peggy Stevenson Wins CSU Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award

Congratulations to Margaret “Peggy” Stevenson from the Department of Justice Studies! She’s one of just 26 Cal State faculty members to receive a California State University (CSU) Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award. The honor recognizes innovative student success practices. Peggy developed San Jose State’s Records Clearance Project that helps low-income clients with criminal records get a new lease on life while providing students with practical experience working in the justice system.

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