Graduating Senior Cards

On Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 12:29 PM, Rima Nemali wrote:
Dear SJSU Advising Community,
Seniors graduating in Fall 2016 have been messaged with instructions on how to request a graduating senior verification card via an online Google form, the link to which will be included in the message.
Cards will be distributed to them starting Tuesday, August 23rd.
Seniors graduating in Spring 2017 will be messaged on August 23rd and their cards will be distributed to them starting Wednesday, August 24th.
The purpose of the card is to verify courses graduating seniors need to complete their remaining requirements. While the cards should give graduating seniors priority to enter their final required courses, the card does not guarantee enrollment, as these courses may fill to capacity before all students are accommodated.
The cards will be printed on PINK card stock. The card will have a printed label showing the Student ID, Student name, and the requested class. Instructors should look for a blue Approved AARS stamp on each card.
Students with questions should contact AARS at (408) 924-2129.

Brad Jackson
Math Department professor
Juggling Club supervisor
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA 95192-0103

Career Center Welcome

Catherine Voss Plaxton, Director of the Career Center
Welcome Back from the SJSU Career Center!
On behalf of the SJSU Career Center team, I would like to welcome you back to campus. This summer, the team has been working hard to deploy several new career resources and events for students. Please take a moment to discover highlights of these options and encourage your students to take advantage of them this semester.
Join in the Career Center Faculty Open House
Meet our friendly team, check out helpful career resources and join an introduction to the new SpartaJobs. Starts with a brief presentation by the director.
Tuesday, August 30, 9AM-11AM in ADM 154/255
Explore New Tools
This semester, the Center is offering two new tools to help students accelerate their career progress.
The New SpartaJobs
SJSU’s job and internship database is powered now by a dynamic system called Handshake. Find tips on the new SpartaJobs from the Career Center website and encourage students to login with their SJSUOne IDs today.
The SpartaTrack Career Plan
Students can prepare for their careers one step at a time with the SpartaTrack Career Plan, available now from the Career Center home page under the Student Career Plan icon.
Encouraged Students to Attend: Fall’16 Job & Internship Fairs
Business, Government, & Nonprofit, Tuesday, September 27th, 12-4PM.
Engineering & Science, Undergraduate Student, Tuesday, October 4th, 12-4PM.
Engineering & Science, Graduate Student, Wednesday, October 5th, 12-4PM.
Leverage the Career Center
From our faculty/staff resource page, learn ways to:
1. Promote Career Center resources to your students
2. Request a classroom presentation
3. Integrate career education into your curriculum
4. Collaborate with the Career Center, including referring employers
Find details on these and other career prep resources, including the complete program calendar, at
The Career Center team is excited to work with you and help every Spartan form and realize their career aspirations.
Best Regards,
Catherine Voss Plaxton, M.A.Ed., M.A., PPSC
Director, San Jose State University Career Center
(408) 924-6051;

Fall 2016 Problem of the Week Competition

All Math majors and other students are invited to participate in the Fall 2016 Problem of the Week competition. There are two divisions graduate and undergraduate (students who have not yet completed a Bachelor’s degree). Prizes will be awarded 1st place $50, 2nd place $30, and 3rd place $20 in each division. For more information about the Problem of the Week competition check out Professor Jackson’s google site. Fall 2016 SJSU Problem of the Week The first problem is listed below. Solutions are due by Wednesday Aug. 31 at noon. Submit your solutions including an explanation to Professor Jackson or the Math Dept office.

Problem 1 (5 points) A game starts with 1001 numbers 1016,1017, … , 2015,2016. During each turn two numbers are selected, say j and k. The two numbers j and k are removed and replaced by the single number jk + j + k. After 1000 turns you are left with a single number. What can you say about the final number?

Cheers, Brad J

Computing course for Math majors

This course should satisfy the computing requirement for most math majors (except Concentration in Applied and Computational Math)
On Sat, Jul 16, 2016 at 9:51 AM, Sami Khuri wrote:
–Dear Colleagues,
I would like to bring to your attention that we created an introductory CS course in computer programming, CS85C: Python Programming for Non-Majors that we taught for the first time in Spring 2016. It was extremely successful and it will be offered again by Virginia Lehmkuhl-Dakhwe in Fall 2016, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 2:45pm in DH 450.
Please see attached flyer advertising the course.
As the course description states in the flyer, the course is for students who have no programming experience at all. Students will learn how to manipulate images and videos, explore digital music, and also build databases and Web pages. We chose a textbook that contains all these applications which we will complement by showing how to write simple programs that can be applied in life sciences (Virginia’s background), and other applications, including from Mathematics, Physics, and Science in general. The programming language for the course is “Python”: a widely used language in research and industry. The course will be taught in a computer lab with lots of hands-on programming exercises.
Please advertise the course and let your students know about it – it is a unique opportunity to learn programming – and let me (or Virginia) know if you have any questions.
Thank you for your attention and your assistance.
Enjoy the rest of the summer.
Sami Khuri, Professor and Chair
Department of Computer Science
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0249
Tel: (408) 924-5081
Fax: (408) 924-5062
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.

Brad Jackson
Math Department professor
Juggling Club supervisor
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA 95192-0103

Job Announcement Teaching Math at DVC

On Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 6:34 PM, Prapavessi, Despina wrote:
Hello Prof. Jackson,
I am hoping that as a Mathematics Advisor at SJSU, you will be able to connect me with math graduate students at SJSU, who have either completed or are about to complete their Master’s degree, and who might be interested in teaching mathematics at Diablo Valley College ( DVC, ) . We are a large community college, in the East Bay of San Francisco, and our math department is looking for talented part time math faculty; we have about 8-10 unstaffed classes beginning on August 15 . Could you please share my e-mail with qualified applicants and encourage them to apply? Here is a link to our job announcement:
Thank you so much! And please encourage interested applicants to contact me with any questions.
Best wishes,
Despina Prapavessi
Dean of Math/CS and Business Divisions
Diablo Valley College
321 Golf Club Rd
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
(925) 969-2689
DVC is passionately committed to student learning through the intellectual, scientific, artistic, psychological, and ethical development of its diverse student body. Diablo Valley College prepares students for transfer to four-year universities; provides career and technical education; supports the economic development of the region; offers pre-collegiate programs; and promotes personal growth and lifelong learning.

Brad Jackson
Math Department professor
Juggling Club supervisor
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA 95192-0103