Scholar Spotlight: Sergio Ortiz

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Sergio Ortiz Valdes

Sergio Ortiz Valdés, Ph.D.

Visiting Scholar

Home Country: Mexico

Home Institution: Tecnológico de Monterrey

Dr. Sergio Ortiz Valdés is the Director of the California Office of the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, also known as Tecnológico de Monterrey. He is currently a Visiting Faculty member within the College of Professional & Global Education (CPGE) at SJSU.

What is your dream job?

Bring new ideas for cross cultural teamwork, internationalization and academic mobility.

What types of activities are you involved in at SJSU or in your community?

Sports, and a member of San José Museum of Art.

What is something you want others to know about your hometown, home country, or culture?

Hospitality, capacity to accept other cultures, the mixture of different races and origins that create Mexican Culture.

What do you enjoy most about SJSU?

The multicultural environment.

Where is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The statues of Tom Smith and John Carlos, because they symbolize justice, civil rights and fight for the same opportunities for all.

Smith Carlos Statue (Photo: Jim Gensheimer)

What do you wish you would have known sooner about life in the U.S. or SJSU?

Housing possibilities

What message do you have for our Global Spartan community?

University education is an opportunity to help others.

Student Spotlight: Haojun Song

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Haojun Song 

Undergraduate Senior

Major: Biology

Hometown: Beijing, China

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to become a professor and study at SJSU is a cornerstone on my path.

What types of activities are you involved in at SJSU or in your community?

I’m a Student Assistant, Global Leader at ISSS, Member of the Biology Student Association and Member of the SVCA.

What is something you want others to know about your hometown, home country, or culture?

A fun fact about Beijing. Beijing was the 16th name given to the city. The city was first named Beijing, literally translates as Northern Capital, during the Ming Dynasty. The Emperor Yongle made his northern fief as the second capital along with Nanjing (Southern Capital), and that was how Beijing was named. Interestingly after Year 1368, the name was changed between Beijing and Beiping 6 times until now!

What do you enjoy most about SJSU?

I enjoy the blend of diverse cultures and hospitality of students and faculties.

Where is your favorite spot on campus and why?

I always go to the eighth floor of the northeast corner of the library to relax and study. It’s a quiet area with nice cosy sofas and large picture windows which are large enough to make you feel like you are embracing the city of San Jose when you look out. It’s a great spot and my favorite spot of mine!

What do you wish you would have known sooner about life in the U.S. or SJSU?

As an international student, I wish I’d known sooner there would always be a place for us in SJSU, like ISSS, Global Student Network, etc. There are also places to find community from the events hosted by the ISSS. It’s important to join those events to make our journey at SJSU even more flourish.

What message do you have for our Global Spartan community?

Enjoy the beautiful time while studying here at SJSU! 

Welcome to our new blog!

ISSS Welcome Blog

It is with great pleasure that we present the brand-new ISSS News & Views blog! This blog will officially replace the ISSS monthly Newsletter, which we have been proudly distributing to international students, staff, and faculty at the beginning of each month for several years. We decided to transition to a blog format to create a much more interactive and holistic experience for students, in which different themes/topics from previous blogs will be categorized into easily searchable tags. Moreover, by transitioning to a blog format, we intend to be more consistent with the rest of the university community, as most departments and offices at SJSU are currently utilizing blogs as their primary source of news and updates. 

The blog will be distributed directly to international students as well as staff and faculty emails on a bi-weekly basis, which will then be archived and available on our website indefinitely.

 

How to Subscribe & Blog Content

To subscribe to our blog, please go here. Blog topics will include culture, news, immigration/policy updates, and general topics relevant to our international student population. We will also include local restaurant and event recommendations from the ISSS staff!

 

 Student/Faculty/Staff Spotlight

We are excited to announce that in addition to the ISSS News & Views Blog, we will be introducing the monthly Student/Scholar/Faculty/Staff Spotlight to highlight the academic/civic achievements and diversity of our vast Global Spartan community! Our featured “Spotlight” could be any Global Spartan or perhaps an SJSU faculty or staff member. 

 

Our Mission

During these unprecedented and difficult times, we are happy to increase our efforts to support the large international community that we serve and to provide our students with as many helpful resources as possible. At SJSU, we are immensely proud of our diversity and the countless invaluable contributions that international students have bestowed on our culture, economy, and values as a community. 

Sincerely,

The ISSS Staff