Two spartan football players on the field.

CSN Bay Area Televising SJSU-Stanford

Two spartan football players on the field.

Cornerback Peyton Thompson comes up with an interception in the 2009 Stanford game. (Photo by Terrell Lloyd)

The September 3 San Jose State-Stanford football season-opening game will start at 2:00 p.m. and be televised by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

The 2011 Spartans now have six of their 12 games scheduled for a live telecast.

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area is available on Channel 40 for most Northern California Comcast cable systems and DiercTV (Channel 696).

The only game on the schedule without a start time is the October 8 game at Brigham Young.

To buy tickets for San Jose State football games, click here.

Full story on www.sjsuspartans.com.

Spartans Remembered with image of Tower Hall in the background.

Scholarship Funds Established in Memory of Shooting Victims

Degrees to be Conferred Posthumously at Commencement May 28

Media Contact:
Pat Lopes Harris, 408-656-6999, pat.harris@sjsu.edu

Give to the Scholarship Funds:
http://www.sjsu.edu/advancement/giving/
(click “Give: Your Support Counts”)

SAN JOSE, CA –The San Jose State University Department of Accounting and Finance has established scholarship funds in memory of Marcory “Cindy” Tarlit Caliguiran and Thomas Kyle Williams, honors students who died May 10 in a campus shooting three weeks prior to their graduation. Bachelor’s degrees in business administration with a concentration in accounting will be conferred posthumously at Commencement on May 28 at Spartan Stadium.

“During this very difficult time for the friends and loved ones affected by this tragedy, I am heartened by efforts to celebrate the lives and achievements of two of our best and brightest,” Interim President Don W. Kassing said. “Our memories of Cindy and Kyle remind us that life is fragile and precious, and it is up to each of us to live the best life we can in the time that we have.”

Making a Gift

Please give online at the following website. Donors will be asked to select the scholarship fund for Cindy or the scholarship fund for Kyle. To give to both funds, complete the online form for one honoree, click on “Make a Gift,” then click on “Add Another Donation” at the bottom of the screen.  The website address is: http://www.sjsu.edu/advancement/giving/ (click “Give: Your Support Counts”)

Please send checks to the Tower Foundation of San Jose State University, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA, 95192-0183. In the memo section of the check, write “in memory of Cindy” or “in memory of Kyle.” If both names are included, then the total amount will be divided evenly between the two funds. To give varying amounts, please submit separate checks.

Remembering Marcory Tarlit Caliguiran

Marcory "Cindy" Tarlit Caliguiran

Marcory Tarlit Caliguiran (courtesy of Beta Alpha Psi)

Friends, classmates and professors at San Jose State have described Cindy’s kindness, resourcefulness and the way she motivated others. Cindy grew up in Pasay, Philippines, one of the cities that makes up Metro Manila, but most recently she lived in San Jose, less than 10 miles from campus. She studied accounting at the Technological Institute of the Philippines and at DeAnza College before transferring to San Jose State in 2009.

The 25-year-old could often be found studying on the fifth floor of SJSU’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library with fellow members of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), an honors organization for accounting students. Howard Turetsky, professor and BAP faculty advisor, recalled that Cindy sat in the center of the front row in his class and “always had a sense of wonder about new material.” Cindy was a Gary J. Sbona Honors Program participant.

Cindy’s friend and classmate Emma Lu said that Cindy visited her family in the Philippines over the winter break. “She loved her father and siblings, and she talked about them often. After graduation, Cindy planned to study for the CPA exam and get her license with the hope of working at one of the “big four” accounting firms in San Jose: Ernst & Young, KPMG, Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Remembering Thomas Kyle Williams

Thomas Kyle Williams

Thomas Kyle Williams (courtesy of Beta Alpha Psi)

Thomas Kyle Williams was known among the San Jose State community for his engaging smile, his love of golf and baseball, and his stellar achievements in the accounting program. The 26-year-old was born in San Jose and grew up in the Bay Area. He attended Sierra College before transferring in 2009 to San Jose State, where he was an active member of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), a close-knit honors organization for accounting students.

“Kyle was the A+++ student that every professor dreams about. He was that good,” said Howard Turetsky, professor and BAP faculty advisor. “I wish I could still debate the merits of Tiger Woods and Barry Bonds with him.” Bryan Pham, BAP chapter president, was in Kyle’s pledge class and often studied with him. “Kyle had confidence,” Pham said. “And he made you feel like you were the only person in the room.”

Another classmate, Jennifer Spino, remembers Kyle’s smile and how he took the time to talk to her about how the class was going. “He always got 100 percent on every accounting exam,” she said. “He had such a great future ahead of him.” Kyle was scheduled to begin working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Jose this fall.

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.

News Release, gold background, SJSU logos

SJSU Identifies Shooting Victims, Offers Condolences to All Affected By This Tragedy


Pat Lopes Harris, back facing camera center, speaks to a group of reporters and students.

Pat Lopes Harris, (center) SJSU's director of media relations, addresses the press today. Anyone who witnessed this incident is urged to contact SJSUPD Investigations Unit at (408) 924-2168.

Media Contact
Pat Lopes Harris
408-656-6999, pat.harris@sjsu.edu

Incident Information
TYPE OF INCIDENT:  Murder-Suicide
CASE NUMBER:  SG-11-00700
LOCATION:  10th Street Parking Garage
DATE:  May 10, 2011
TIME:   8:37 PM
Victim #1:  Marcory Tarlit Caliguiran, Age 25, Student, San Jose, CA  (Deceased)
Victim #2:  Thomas Kyle Williams, Age 26, Student, San Jose, CA.  (Deceased)
Suspect:  Napoleon Lavarias Caliguiran, Age 54, Non-Student, San Jose, CA  (Deceased)

On Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at approximately 8:37 p.m., the San Jose State University Police Department and the San Jose Police Department received several reports of gunshots heard on the fifth floor of the 10th Street Parking Garage. SJSUPD and SJPD officers responded to the location and discovered three people with gunshot wounds. Two of the people were pronounced dead at the scene. A third person was transported to the Santa Clara County Valley Medical Center, where that person was later pronounced dead.

SJSUPD and SJPD detectives are jointly investigating this incident as a murder-suicide. Police have determined that the shooting is an isolated incident and the subjects were known to each other. It did not appear to be a random shooting nor is it believed to be gang-related. Investigators have yet to fully determine the motive for the shooting. The handgun used in the incident was recovered at the scene and there are no outstanding suspects.

Anyone who witnessed this incident is urged to contact the San Jose State University Police Department Investigations Unit at (408) 924-2168.

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.

Glass beakers, tubes, tags red lightbulbs and other scientific tools.

7th Annual College of Science Student Research Day

Date: May 13, 2011

Time:
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location:
Duncan Hall, Ground Floor Breezeway

Summary: See the latest in student research at the 7th Annual College of Science Student Research Day.  Approximately 122  SJSU students working with College of Science faculty on original scientific research will present their results on a fascinating array of projects.

For more information contact roy.okuda@sjsu.edu.#

Female student works on mural with pain brush in hand.

Spartans Transform Construction Site into a Work of Art

Female student (Kelsey) with paint brush working on mural of Max Beckmann.

Kelsey working on her mural of Max Beckmann. Click on the photo to see more photos on the SJSU Facebook photo album.

By Michelle Terris, Teresa Ruiz and Gale Antokal
Photos by Elena Polanco

It’s hard to miss the obtrusive blue walls erected to help close off parts of construction as SJSU prepares for a newly upgraded Student Union. While most passers-by see only painted plywood, a few creative Spartans saw a blank canvas.

With guidance and inspiration from Art and Art History Associate Professor Gale Antokal, a club on campus called The Dirty Brushes has begun painting murals of historic and contemporary artists’ self-portraits.

“This project represents a vital collaboration between Art and Art History and Visual Culture areas,” said Antokal. “It celebrates the continuity of past and present by showcasing artist self-portraits of the past five hundred years.” The faces include those of Jan Van Eyck, Michelangelo, Mary Cassatt, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

The group, working with permission as well as a small grant from the Student Union, is currently working on 25 to 30 portraits on the walls near the Music and Art Buildings and the Student Union. The project will ultimately extend to the walls near 7th Street.

“We felt this was a project that truly supports the Student Union’s mission to promote social, recreational, cultural and educational development at SJSU. It is also a unique opportunity to visibly showcase the artistic and creative talent of our students,” said Student Union Executive Director Cathy Busalacchi.

Other art students will also be involved in the project. Students from art history 101 classes provided the initial 50 suggested self-portrait images for the project and will develop a written catalogue for the portraits selected by the Dirty Brushes. The portrait catalogue will be used on the department and college website and in a brochure for recruiting from local high schools with Advanced Placement art programs.

Art 100W classes, a class with students from a variety of art and design majors, will develop an electronic public interface. These students plan to work with a company that facilitates guided cell phone tours for museums, universities and non-profit arts organizations throughout the country. Students, faculty, and the community will be able to stand in front of the murals and use their phones to learn more about each work.

Antokal said the mural will be in place for approximately two years, beginning mid-spring 2011, with the goal of bringing significant attention to the college’s programs. Students and the community are welcome to watch the artists work, typically on Fridays and weekends.

Learn more about the project on the SJSU Art and Design website at http://ad.sjsu.edu/whatsup/

The Second Annual Spartan 5K Walk/Run

Date: May 7, 2011

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: AS BBQ Pit between Duncan Hall and Spartan Complex, One Washington Sq.

Summary: The race will help raise money for students to go to athletic training conferences and classes. These conferences and classes help expand SJSU athletic training students knowledge and experience with injury prevention, evaluation and rehabilitation. This extra knowledge will be used to keep youth, college, recreation and professional athletes playing hard.

Financial Literacy for the Community

Date: April 28, 2011

Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Location: MLK Library Second Floor Suites

Summary: The sociology 120 students invite all SJSU students, SJSU campus employees and the community to attend the Financial Literacy for Community Development Event. This event offers resources from financial institutions and organizations, private and nonprofit organizations; and will offer workshops on money-related topics such as banking, budgeting, credit, taxation. See below for Workshops offered.

Classes without Quizzes: Social Sciences Edition

Date: April 30, 2011

Time: 9 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Location: Clark Hall

Summary: Leave your blue books and number 2 pencils at home! The San José State University Alumni Association and the College of Social Sciences invite you to join us for a day of education and enrichment at College of Social Sciences Classes Without Quizzes on Saturday, April 30 from 9-1:30p.m. This free event will be located in Clark Hall. Lunch will be provided.

Review the course information below before registering for the event.

Shanice Howard, President's Scholar

Honors Convocation 2011 Celebrates Excellence at SJSU

Date: April 29, 2011

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: SJSU Event Center

Summary: Provost Gerry Selter invites all faculty, staff and students to the 49th Annual Honors Convocation. Interim President Don W. Kassing, Provost Selter, and the deans will lead the celebration. Nearly 3,000 undergraduate students who earned a GPA of 3.65 or higher in at least two contiguous semesters of the three prior semesters will be eligible to participate.

This year’s convocation speaker will be Los Angeles Times Columnist and alumnus Steve Lopez, who will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. Lopez is the author of three novels and a book of non-fiction, “The Soloist: A Lost Dream, An Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music.” The book is based on columns Lopez wrote about his friendship with a downtown Los Angeles musician. The volume also formed the basis for the 2009 film of the same name starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx.

Formal announcements and invitations have been sent to students. College offices have listings of all who will be honored. In addition, everyone is invited to a reception immediately following the ceremony. Light refreshments will be served. This is a wonderful opportunity for student honorees to introduce their families and friends to faculty and staff who have been influential in their academic achievements.

Our honorees greatly value faculty and staff participation at this very special event. Faculty members are strongly encouraged to wear academic regalia and march in the opening processional, meeting no later than 5:45 p.m. in the Event Center Aerobics Room. Faculty and staff without academic regalia will be seated in a special section. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Larsen at (408) 924-2400.

Governor Brown Proposes $500 Million Cut to CSU

The CSU and SJSU are reviewing the details of Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed $500 million budget reduction to the CSU for 2011-2012, part of a sweeping effort that would slash spending by $12.5 billion. While it is too early to identify a specific means to implement such a budget reduction, all options are on the table. In the past, SJSU has employed tuition increases, enrollment reductions, furloughs, layoffs and cuts to programs such as remedial education. Continue reading

SJSU Women's Golf Team with trophy.

Third Consecutive WAC Championship for Women’s Golf

SJSU Women's Golf Team with trophy.

Courtesy: San Jose State Athletics/WAC.

For the third consecutive year, the San Jose State women’s golf team won the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Championship, this year by two shots over New Mexico State at the Longbow Golf Club.

The Spartans shot a 294 on Sunday for a three-round total of 884. New Mexico State finished second at 886 after shooting a 295. This is San Jose State’s third consecutive WAC Championship and fifth WAC women’s golf title since 1996-97. The Spartans have won the second-most WAC titles in conference history with five, just two behind Tulsa who won seven. Full story on www.sjsuspartans.com.

SJSU Design Creature

A New SJSU Website Coming This Fall

SJSU Design Creature

SJSU staff with members of the student design studio, Design Creature, at a meeting discussing the redesign.

Volunteers needed to test drive website redesign
By Cyril Manning, Director of Communications

A new San Jose State website is in the works. With a design conceived of and developed by students, combined with input from a broad array of campus stakeholders, the new version of www.sjsu.edu should be ready for launch by the fall semester.

To make that goal, Public Affairs is looking for faculty and staff members, students, alumni and community members to participate in the development process by testing out an early version of the design during the month of April. Interested? Fill out the Google form or email Teresa Ruiz at teresa.ruiz@sjsu.edu.

Overhauling a university website is no small undertaking, and web design can be costly. Instead of hiring an outside consultant, the university engaged Design Creature, an SJSU student design studio led by Associate Professor Connie Hwang. The same group has already created sites for Journalism and Mass Communications and the School of Art and Design, with impressive results.

“Working with student talent on such a huge, high-profile project has been a great experience for all of us,” said Teresa Ruiz, the university’s web communications specialist. “We saw the exceptional work this group brought to other projects, and the professionalism of their process demonstrated how talented and capable SJSU students are.”

Screen shot of the Journalism and mass communications site.

Design Creature has already overhauled the websites of SJSU Journalism & Mass Communications (above) and SJSU Art & Design.

Design Creature’s 10 student designers conducted exhaustive research on perceptions of the existing website, patterns of use, and on other universities’ sites. They presented four concepts and ultimately narrowed in on a single design direction. A smaller group of students–Kate Alcid, Nicholas Gonzalez, Marco Huerta and Sean Stanton–continued to refine the approach based on feedback from leaders of each of the university’s divisions, the Academic Senate and the president’s cabinet.

During a presentation to the president’s cabinet, Gonzales said, “The new design shows the pride we all have in SJSU; it organizes information better and it will allow different departments and divisions to have more dynamic home pages of their own.”

The project is a collaboration between Public Affairs, Web Services in Academic Technology and University Technology Services. Over the next several months, Public Affairs will continue to seek input from the campus community on the design as it is is refined for its public debut. At the same time, Web Services is working to get a new content management system (the background technology that runs the website) in place.

“When we saw the strengths of the new design, we had a choice to make,” says  Web Services lead Harish Chakravarthy. “We could build out the system on 20th-century technology of our existing system, or we could build it on a new platform that takes advantage of emerging technologies. Fortunately, the president’s cabinet understood that even the best design is only as good as the technology behind it.”

With input from users across campus, the university chose to build out the site on OmniUpdate’s OU Campus. The same content management system powers the websites of three CSU campuses and many other successful universities.  Although migrating to a new content management system will require some investment of time and resources for content owners, the new technology will ultimately be more flexible, powerful and simple to use. Web Services and Public Affairs are making plans to provide tools to assist departments with making the switch.

College-Am logo with photo of golf course behind it. Logo: 65th Annual Western Inter-Collegiate 2001 (Pasatiempo Golf Club since 1929)

Register now for the 2011 Western Intercollegiate College-Am

College-Am logo with photo of golf course behind it. Logo: 65th Annual Western Inter-Collegiate 2001 (Pasatiempo Golf Club since 1929)

Courtesy: San Jose State Athletics

SJSU Spartan Men’s Golf invites you and your guests to compete in The Western College-Am set for Fri. April 15, 2011 at the famed Pasatiempo Golf Club (Santa, Cruz, CA), a spectacular championship course that is commonly referred to in golf circles as MacKenzie’s Masterpiece.

This 18-hole team-format event will also serves as a Practice Round for collegiate golfers competing in the 54-hole Western Intercollegiate set for Sat. April 16 and Sun. April 17.

The Western College-Am attracts alums plus business and community leaders, all with the common desire to experience a tremendous course alongside talented collegiate players. (Each College-Am team will consist of three amateur players and two collegiate players.)

Read full story on www.sjsuspartans.com.

Members of women's water polo team in uniform standing at edge of pool talking to team members in pool.

#9-Spartans’ Win Streak Flying To #8-ASU

Members of women's water polo team in uniform standing at edge of pool talking to team members in pool.

The Spartans are looking for their first win over Arizona State this season. (Photo by Terrell Lloyd/Courtesy San Jose State Athletics)

In a key Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s water polo match, #9-San Jose State goes after a school-record tying ninth straight win Saturday, March 26, at #8-Arizona State. Match time is 12:00 p.m. (CST).

The Spartans (15-8, 1-2 MPSF) and Sun Devils (8-13, 0-4 MPSF) are meeting for the second time this season. Arizona State edged San Jose State, 9-8, in a non-conference encounter at the UC Irvine Invitational, February 26. Since then, the Spartans won their next eight matches including a MPSF match at San Diego State.  Read full story on www.sjsuspartans.com.

Mohammad Qayoumi

CSU Trustees Appoint Mohammad Qayoumi as President of San José State

Mohammad Qayoumi

The California State University Board of Trustees today named Mohammad Qayoumi president of San Jose State University.

Media Contact: Pat Lopes Harris, 408-656-6999
Photos available for download.

SAN JOSE, CA –The California State University Board of Trustees today named Mohammad Qayoumi, president of California State University, East Bay, as president of San José State University.

“I am honored and humbled to be selected and to accept the challenge of leading San José State University in the years ahead,” said Qayoumi. “The tremendous opportunities and boundless possibilities of SJSU will only be limited by our imagination. I look forward to working with the talented students to ensure they have a rich and rewarding college experience and to prepare them for future success.”

Qayoumi was one of three finalists for the position who spent last week visiting the campus. Qayoumi will assume the San José presidency in the summer, and succeeds interim President Don Kassing who retired in 2008, and returned last September to serve in an interim capacity until a new president is selected. The Board of Trustees will set Qayoumi’s compensation during its May board meeting.

“Dr. Qayoumi’s proven leadership abilities, commitment to students and administrative experience will be a tremendous asset to the campus and the community,” said CSU Trustee Debra Farar, chair of the presidential search committee. “His energy, innovation, progressive vision and ability to connect with students provide a strong foundation to lead San José State moving forward.”

Qayoumi has served as president of Cal State East Bay since 2006. He came to Cal State East Bay from Cal State Northridge, where he served as vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer from 2000 until 2006, and was also a tenured professor of engineering management. Previously, Qayoumi served as associate vice president for administration at San José; director of utilities and engineering services, director of technical services, and staff engineer, University of Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition, Qayoumi served as an engineer on a variety of projects in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

Qayoumi holds a B.S. in electrical engineering, American University of Beirut. He holds four degrees from the University of Cincinnati: a Master of Science in nuclear engineering, a Master of Science in electrical and computer engineering, and MBA, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering.

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About San José State University
San José State is the Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with more than 30,000 students. The campus is the number one supplier of engineering, education, computer science and business graduates to the area. The oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast and one of the largest CSU campuses, it has been ranked among the top 10 public colleges and universities in the West that offer a full range of bachelor’s and master’s degrees. To learn more, please visit http://www.sjsu.edu.

About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 412,000 students year round and 43,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 90,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. A recent economic report found that the CSU supports more than 150,000 jobs statewide, annually. The engine driving job creation is more than $17 billion in economic activity that directly results from CSU-related spending that generates $5.43 for every dollar the state invests. The mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. Connect with and learn more about CSU at CSU Social Media.

Gymnastics team poses in uniform holding their awards with their coach. (black background.)

Gymnastics Advances To NCAA Regional At Oregon State

Gymnastics team poses in uniform holding their awards with their coach. (black background.)

Courtesy: San Jose State Athletics

For the fifth time in school history, the San Jose State women’s gymnastics team will compete at an NCAA Regional, this year at Oregon State. The meet will take place on Saturday, April 2, at Gill Coliseum at 4 p.m.

San Jose State is one of 36 teams competing at six regionals that night. The top-18 teams were seeded on a national basis, based on Regional Qualifying Scores. Teams 19-36 were assigned to a regional site based on geographic proximity. All-around competitors and event specialists were assigned within their respective regions. Read full story on www.sjsuspartans.com.

Three finalists.

Presidential Search: Watch Finalist Open Forums

Three finalists.

Watch finalist open forums online.

The California State University recently named three finalists for the presidency of San José State University:

  • Mohammad H. Qayoumi, president, California State University, East Bay
  • Leroy M. Morishita, executive vice president and chief financial officer, at San Francisco State University
  • David Steele, dean, College of Business, San José State University

The finalist open forums are now available online for viewing.

More Information

Read more on the presidential search.#

General inquiries can be directed to the SJSU Office of Public Affairs, 408-924-1166, publicaffairs@sjsu.edu.

Reporters should call Pat Lopes Harris, media relations director, 408-924-1748, pat.harris@sjsu.edu.

Palo Alto’s Gunn Robotics Team, seen here in red costumes at the 2008-09 Silicon Valley Regionals, has competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition since 1996. Photo courtesy Gunn Robotics.

Robotics Competition Brings the Bay’s Future Engineers to SJSU

Palo Alto’s Gunn Robotics Team, seen here in red costumes at the 2008-09 Silicon Valley Regionals, has competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition since 1996. Photo courtesy Gunn Robotics.

Palo Alto’s Gunn Robotics Team, seen here in red costumes at the 2008-09 Silicon Valley Regionals, has competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition since 1996. Photo courtesy Gunn Robotics.

By Teresa Ruiz, Web Communications Specialist

More than 50 teams of high school students, their mentors, supporters and volunteers from all over the Bay Area will fill the SJSU Event Center to take part in the For Inspiration and Recognition of and Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition March 31-April 2. The event, which will also draw a handful of teams from other parts of the state, is open to the public and free of charge.

Dubbed by its creators as the “the varsity sport for the mind,” the FIRST Robotics Competition fuses the excitement of a sporting event with science and technology. It gives students the chance to compete against peers internationally while gaining real-world engineering experience. The Event Center will host the Silicon Valley regional competition, where teams from San Jose and surrounding communities such as Palo Alto, Cupertino, Mountain View and Saratoga will represent the South Bay. The competition will give the budding engineers a small taste of college life when they visit the SJSU campus.The best will move on to the state level, then compete for their shot to take center stage at the international championships in April.

“It’s not just about robots,” said FIRST founder Dean Kamen, the entrepreneur known for inventing the Segway scooter. “It’s about building self confidence, respect and important relationships with people who invent new technologies to make a better future.”

Students are challenged to form teams of 15 to 25 peers, think up a theme and work for six weeks to build and program robots that will perform competitive tasks. Students are rewarded points for teamwork, professionalism and the ability to overcome challenges, but the goals of building lasting partnerships and industry connections are emphasized over high scores.

“It’s like life. You never have enough information. You never have enough time. There are always competing things and you must have a strategy. We’ve created a microcosm of the real engineering experience,” said FIRST National Advisor Woodie Flowers.

Now in its 20th year, the FIRST Robotics Competition involves nearly 52,000 students from nine countries including the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, Israel and Germany. Sponsors include Boeing, NASA, JC Penny, General Motors and Rockwell Automation. More than $14 million in scholarships from about 140 sponsors will be offered as part of the event.

Learn more about FIRST, the regional competition or follow all the action leading up to the championships in the FRC blog.

Environmental studies graduate student Anna Le and engineering graduate student Gordon Poon explain usage of electricity, natural gas and water on a utility bill to a San Jose resident.

How the Green Wave Can Help You Save

Environmental studies graduate student Anna Le and engineering graduate student Gordon Poon explain usage of electricity, natural gas and water on a utility bill to a San Jose resident.

Environmental studies graduate student Anna Le and engineering graduate student Gordon Poon explain usage of electricity, natural gas and water on a utility bill to a San Jose resident.

By Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant

A new San Jose State sustainability program is reducing the carbon footprint of the university community, one residence at a time.

The Green Wave program trains and deploys SJSU student-auditors to measure the amount of energy being wasted in individual homes and dorm rooms. It’s a free service that can add up to considerable utility bill savings for participants, and is available to San José residents (and offices) through the end of May.

The program’s goal is to save over 2,000 pounds of CO2 emissions per household annually. In the process, the program is building a cadre of students with real-world skills in environmental analysis and community outreach. Seventy-five students are currently receiving hands-on-training to perform energy audits as part of their coursework for the spring semester.

“Green Wave teaches students practical skills, and allows them to make an impact and make a difference in their community,” said Katherine Cushing, who leads the program and is director of sustainability at SJSU.

Still a pilot program, Green Wave is modeled after “Green @Home,” a residential efficiency program run the Palo Alto-based environmental organization Acterra. Green Wave is working in conjunction with the city of San Jose on its Green Vision Plan, which aims to reduce the city’s carbon footprint by half over 15 years.

“But our immediate goal is to audit 300 houses,” said Cushing. “We are hoping to get San Jose students, alumni and employees signed up for audits.”

To sign up for a free home audit, or to become a Green Wave auditor, visit www.sjsu.edu/sustainability/greenwave.

The Vagina Monologues 2011

The Vagina Monologues will run March 10-12, 2011 at Morris Dailey Auditorium.

Date: March 10-12, 2011

Time: Varies

Location: Morris Dailey Auditorium

Summary: Hailed by The New York Times as “funny” and “poignant” and by the Daily News as “intelligent” and “courageous,” The Vagina Monologues, which was first performed off-Broadway by Ms. Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences.  Ms. Ensler has performed the play to great acclaim throughout the world – from Zagreb to Santa Barbara, from London to Seattle, from Jerusalem to Oklahoma City.  Villard Books/Random House first published The Vagina Monologues, which includes a foreword by Gloria Steinem, in February 1998.  A special edition was released in hard cover and paperback in February 2008 in honor of V-Day’s ten year anniversary. More information.