Kimberly Knoll and Yung-Han Chang at the CSU Media Arts Festival 2010.

SJSU Students Win Top Prizes at 2010 CSU Media Arts Festival

Kimberly Knoll and Yung-Han Chang at the CSU Media Arts Festival 2010.

Kimberly Knoll and Yung-Han Chang at the CSU Media Arts Festival 2010.

Kimberly Knoll and Yung-Han Chang won first place for their animated piece, “No Robots.” The award included a $500 cash prize. Knoll and Chang are students with our animation/illustration program. Here’s a synopsis of their film: “In the not so distant future, a cafe owner has to run a business during a time when robots have resorted to crime as a means of survival. He discriminates against mechanical citizens by segregating himself against robotic kind. However, his beliefs are put to the test when he is confronted with a moral dilemma that could change his life forever.” Continue reading

SJSU Remembers Humanities Honors Program Pioneers

Friends and family recently unveiled a Washington Square Hall plaque in memory of faculty members O.C. “Clint” Williams, Jack E. Fink, Rex Burbank and Richard Tansey, pioneers of our humanities honors program. Founded in 1954, this endeavor offers students a multi-disciplinary, globally inclusive, and collaborative four-semester program of humanities-centered study. The program also fosters a unique learning community, as a faculty team works with each two-year student cohort, teaching, advising and offering guidance.

Visit the Humanities Honors Program website.

University Police Department Launches 19th Annual Toy Drive

Beginning today, UPD will distribute toy collection bins campuswide. Please consider donating a new or gently used toy or making a monetary gift to this program, which last year provided 250 needy families, including 1,200 children living near campus, with toys and food boxes for the holidays. UPD will pick up the toy collection bins on Dec. 13. UPD personnel, dressed as Santa and his elves, will distribute the toys and food on Dec. 18. To request a toy collection bin for your department, please call Claire Kotowski at 408-924-2174.

More information, including directions for making monetary donations.

SJSU Receives $1.2 Million to Develop Afghan Journalism Program

Afghan Students to Intern at Bay Area Media Outlets

Contact: Pat Lopes Harris, 408-656-6999

SAN JOSE, CA — San Jose State University has received a $1.2 million federal grant to train Afghan professors to teach modern journalism. The effort will link San Jose State and Herat University in western Afghanistan for three years.

“A free press and professionalized journalism trade is critical to the stable and vibrant Afghanistan that our Afghan and international partners are working so hard to realize,” Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, U.S. State Department Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said in a statement. “Governments cannot do this alone, however, which is why I am truly inspired and heartened by this commitment by San Jose State University’s journalism school.

“Herat, Afghanistan’s third largest city, is close to the western border with Iran and of great cultural and historical significance. The future of Afghanistan depends on equipping the younger generation with the tools they need to rebuild their country, so I would like to thank San Jose State University for your role in making the future of Afghanistan a little brighter — your commitment today will change lives,” Holbrooke continued.

“San Jose State University welcomes the opportunity to help bring peace and democracy to Afghanistan by developing a program that will foster the growth of a free press and professional journalism,” said William Briggs, director of the SJSU School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

SJSU Assistant Professor of Journalism Diane Guerrazzi and Lecturer Peter Young will co-administer the program. They will develop curriculum modules and train Herat University faculty and staff, traveling to Afghanistan when it is safe to do so. Subsequently, Afghan students will participate in internships at Bay Area media outlets.

“Our goal is to create a foundation of understanding between Afghans and Americans, with San Jose State at the center of ongoing relations,” Guerrazzi said. “This grant also supports SJSU’s globalization efforts, and fosters our ties with the South Bay’s Afghan community.”

Guerrazzi is a longtime TV news reporter specializing in educational exchanges with the Middle East. Young is a former Fulbright Scholar with a broad international background and multimedia expertise. The grant includes funding for the establishment of Internet-based radio and TV broadcast channels.

San Jose State — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 27,400 students and 3,190 employees — is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.

SJSU Launches First-Ever Comprehensive Campaign

“Acceleration” Begins With $5 Million Gift Commitment From The Valley Foundation

Contact: Pat Lopes Harris, 408-656-6999

SAN JOSE, Calif., — At an evening event Oct. 21, Interim President Don W. Kassing launched “Acceleration: The Campaign for San Jose State University” by announcing The Valley Foundation has made a $5 million gift commitment to the School of Nursing. In gratitude for this gift and over $3.5 million in past donations, the school will be named the San Jose State University Valley Foundation School of Nursing, pending approval from the California State University Board of Trustees in November. The dinner, for over 300 SJSU supporters at the Event Center, opened the public phase of SJSU’s first-ever comprehensive campaign with a $200 million goal by 2014. SJSU raised over $129 million during the private phase, beginning in 2006. Continue reading

SJSU Ranked No. 1 Destination for International Students

For the second consecutive year, more international students chose SJSU than any other comparable institution nationwide, including all CSU campuses. The Institute of International Education’s “Open Doors 2010” report issued Nov. 15 placed SJSU at the top of the list for universities and colleges offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Continue reading

SJSU Breaks Ground on $90 Million Student Union Project

Expansion/Renovation to Provide Unified Location for Student Organizations, Services

Contact: Pat Lopes Harris, 408-656-6999

SAN JOSE, Calif., — San Jose State University will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion and renovation of its Student Union building at noon Nov. 17 on El Paseo de Cesar E. Chavez (the Seventh Street Plaza). This event is free and open to the public. When completed in 2013, the 235,000-square-foot structure will span from the Seventh Street Plaza to the Ninth Street Plaza. Design and construction costs will total $90 million.

“The Student Union expansion and renovation will greatly enhance our efforts to support our students and foster a sense of community, both of which are essential for success inside and outside the classroom,” Interim President Don W. Kassing said. “This project will bring vibrancy to the university’s core, building on the tremendous impact of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library and Campus Village.”

King Library, a $177.5 million high-rise completed in 2003, and Campus Village, a $244 million residential complex completed in 2005, anchor two corners of campus. The new Student Union will centralize many student organizations and services, and feature a food court, coffee house, print shop, and computer center. An existing amphitheater will be converted into an indoor theater and lecture hall.

The project will begin with construction of a new wing on the site of the old cafeteria, and conclude with the earthquake retrofit and renovation of the existing structure, a 144,000-square-foot building completed in 1969. The architect is Perkins + Will.” The general contractor is Lathrop Construction Associates. SJSU will seek LEED Gold certification for the building.

The new Student Union will be financed with bonds, repaid with revenue from various sources including Student Union events, space rentals, and annual student fees. The project will not use funds that could otherwise be spent for academic purposes. Beginning this project during an economic downturn will mean saving money on construction costs, given the drop in demand for such services.

View the Student Union expansion and renovation website.

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San Jose State — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 29,000 students and 3,190 employees — is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.

SJSU Hosts Historic Keyboard Concert

Pianist and Associate Professor Gwendolyn Mok to Showcase Pianos from the 1800s

Contact: Pat Lopes Harris, 408-656-6999

SAN JOSE, Calif., — At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 in the Music Concert Hall, San Jose State will present a Historic Piano Concert featuring pianist Gwendolyn Mok, San Francisco Symphony cellist David Goldblatt performing Beethoven’s Sonata in G minor, and faculty and students performing chamber works by Schubert, Bruch, Bach, Loeffler and Brahms. Continue reading

SJSU Art Students Produce Show Featuring 12 Local Artists

Imaginative and Witty Exhibit Explores “Soft” Through Variety of Visual Media

Contact: Marianne Lettieri, 650-328-5754

SAN JOSE, Calif., — The word “soft” seems to float off the tongue, creating a cushion to buffer against anything harsh. Yet what does “soft” really mean? Not hard, not loud, not strong, smooth, but delicate, faint, muted, curving, squishy. An imaginative and witty exhibit of art created by San Jose State University students explores “soft” through a variety of visual media and aesthetic interpretations. Continue reading

CSU Approves Two-Step Tuition Increase

On Nov. 10, the CSU Board of Trustees approved a five percent tuition increase effective spring 2011, followed by a 10 percent tuition increase effective fall 2011. This means CSU tuition for a fulltime undergraduate in 2011-2012 will be $4,884. This figure does not include campus based fees.

Get the details.

View SJSU fall 2010 campus based fees.