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Congratulations to 90.5 KSJS for Its 2015 Music Showcase!

May 3rd, 2015 by Alison McKee
The KSJS booth

The KSJS booth

On Thursday, April 30, KSJS held its first ever “KSJS Music Showcase,” funded primarily through a Dean’s Global Grant from SJSU’s College of Humanities & Arts. KSJS’s commitment is  to programming that includes a wide range of eclectic information and music from different musical and co-cultural traditions. The station provides an alternative to commercial radio programming by offering a diverse selection of under-represented music and unique public affairs.

The showcase was held in the CVB Quad. That’s on  the southeast corner of the SJSU campus, between dormitories, where approximately 1,700 students live.

Students enjoying the Music Showcase

Students enjoying the Music Showcase

On stage at the Music Showcase

On stage at the Music Showcase

Thanks to the leadership of KSJS’s Jessica (Jazzy) O’Loughlin and a whole host of KSJS students working hours to support the event, it came together and provided SJSU students–current and incoming alike–with an enjoyable afternoon.

RTVF Alum Lauren Serpa Wins in BEA Scriptwriting Competition

April 19th, 2015 by Alison McKee
Lauren Serpa at BEA 2015

Lauren Serpa at BEA 2015

Congratulations to RTVF alum Lauren Serpa (currently earning an MFA in SJSU’s Creative Writing Program in the English Department). Lauren’s screenplay Where We Start won Second Prize in Narrative Feature Scriptwriting  in the Broadcasting Education Association’s  Student Scriptwriting Competition.

The BEA is the nation’s largest organization of RTVF programs and its Festival of Media Arts is the nation’s most important student film competition.

Click for a full list of this year’s winners.




Come See ZOOT SUIT, Opening April 23

April 16th, 2015 by Alison McKee
Zoot Suit

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Zoot Suit, an award-winning play by SJSU alum Luis Valdez, is being directed by his son, Kinan Valdez and staged at the University Theatre, beginning April 23. A landmark work of Chicano theatre, Zoot Suit also features work by musical director Emiliano Valdez.

Luis Valdez has this to say about the production:

“I wish to thank [David Kahn], Barnaby [Dallas], Buddy [Butler] and the entire support staff at San Jose State for staging such a thrilling production of Zoot Suit at the University Theatre.  I am, of course, enormously proud of Kinan’s direction, and particularly impressed by his ability to distill the best  talents of student actors, dancers, designers, technicians, etc.  For me to see Zoot Suit at my alma mater  is to close a very large circle of dreams and aspirations 50 years wide.   I can only hope the students will be inspired to go out and take on the world when they graduate, taking with them as I did fond memories of their high times at San Jose State.  Abrazos, Luis Valdez.”

Click for a closer look at this amazing production at SJSU.

And check out this news story from NBC Bay Area News and Telemundo’s Comunidad Del Valle.

Theatre Arts Student Lisa Laymon Honored as Featured President’s Scholar

April 14th, 2015 by Alison McKee
Lisa Laymon

Lisa Laymon

Congratulations to TA major Lisa Laymon. As one of 420 President’s Scholars being saluted at this year’s Honors Convocation, she has been nominated by Professor Amy Glazer and selected as one of 10 students featured by SJSU and the Office of the Provost.

Please check out this inspiring interview with Lisa, whose accomplishments and achievements are many and varied.  “When an unexpected door opens,” advises Lisa, “walk through it with confidence in yourself. Be curious: ask good questions and listen with an open mind.  Never stop learning.”

RTVF Grad Colin Heim Lands Permanent PT Gig at KSBW

April 7th, 2015 by Alison McKee
Colin Heim with reporter and evening news anchor Lauren Seaver

Colin Heim with reporter and evening news anchor Lauren Seaver

Recent RTVF graduate Colin Heim wrote recently with the following good news:

I’ve been a Production Assistant at KSBW in Salinas since mid-February 2015. When I was hired, it was only temporary until June and I was working evenings. My temporary job now has become a permanent part time position as of last week. I’m now moving to mornings  Yay for 4:30 am start times!

Congratulation, Colin!