This week marks a pivotal moment for 22 students graduating this fall from SJSU’s bachelor of fine arts in graphic design program. Their senior design show opened Dec. 7 at Works/San Jose, and will remain on display through Dec. 14. Their goal? To show how “graphic design is an experience that seeks to influence audiences through visual communication. It accomplishes this by utilizing the creative process to fuse form and content.” Students and faculty members are also inviting employers that need graphic design talent to meet these soon-to-be-alumni at professional nights 6-9 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13. Read more about MAKESHIFT.
Isabel Allende Day began November 27 with a tour of animation/illustration sketches inspired by her first novel for young adults, “City of Beasts,” and then continued with a stage adaption of her short story “Tosca.” But it wasn’t until after Allende and her husband William C. Gordon settled into arm chairs on stage at Morris Dailey Auditorium that people really got to hear from the world-renowned author.
She shared a few frightening details from the death of her 26-year-old daughter, a moment she said “broke my heart and changed my life.” And she recalled how it felt after a military dictatorship drove her and her children from their Chilean home:
“As an immigrant, you are nobody. You have to stand on your own strength.”
Yet the conversation was filled with lighter moments and clear affection between the the couple, who claimed to have contrasting approaches to everything from writing to walking the dog, though they clearly share a love of writing and living together in their Marin County home. Their connection to San Jose State? They met through a Spanish professor, who gave Allende one of Gordon’s books 35 years ago.
The day also included a short awards ceremony, when Allende was named a Fulbright Global Citizen for marrying art and activism in literature that resonates worldwide. She first won international acclaim in 1982 after the publication of her novel, The House of Spirits. Since then, she has published 19 books translated into more than 30 languages.
Isabel Allende Day was presented by SJSU, Circulo Hispanico, the Center for Literary Arts and the Department of World Languages and Literatures.
During the summer, SJSU Concert Choir Director Jeffrey Benson received a telephone call asking if his students would consider providing back up vocals for the superstar tenor. The result? A night to remember at HP Pavilion Nov. 23.
We caught up with the students during rehearsal a few hours before the show. The 60-voice choir later performed eight numbers with Bocelli, plus a ninth on their own.
If you’re on Facebook, you can also watch a video posted by a fan. Hear more SJSU choir music on the program’s YouTube channel.
Find Associated Students tables across campus where you can register and get your button expressing “Why I Vote.”
As a part of a larger effort to supply Silicon Valley and the nation with much-needed cybersecurity professionals, SJSU hosts the 2012 U.S. Cyber Challenge Northern California Cyber Security Summer Boot Camp.
Spartan Shops introduces its new Art & Dine Festival. This festival focuses on bringing the SJSU community together by showcasing our on-campus artists, musicians and food that is local and healthy.
The Fall Welcome Days Kickoff is a great place for students to meet people and learn about various departments and organizations, while enjoying free food, attractions, games and live performances.
Olympic judo bronze medalist Marti Malloy, ’12 Advertising, flies straight from London to the Bay Area, just in time for dinner at the 22nd Annual Yosh Uchida Golf Classic at the Silver Creek Valley Country Club.
For some, school’s out for the summer, but for new students heading to SJSU, frosh orientation provides a taste of college life, including an overnight stay in a dorm room.
About 600 people view the Transit of Venus across the face of the sun, using telescopes and other viewing apparatuses from our Department of Physics and Astronomy. The next time this rare opportunity will take place is 2117.
Participation in the commencement ceremony at Spartan Stadium is an exciting tradition for students receiving undergraduate or graduate degrees from SJSU.
SJSU celebrates a new chapter in its 155-year history by inaugurating Mohammad H. Qayoumi as university president.