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#SJSU Tweets of the Week, October 15

panoramic photo of Spartan Stadium on a sunny day during the Homecoming Game

@SoniaTyding captured this panoramic photo from the sidelines of Spartan Stadium during the Homecoming Game. Click on the photo for a closer look!

We’ve put together the tweets of the week for Spartans to see a sample of the exciting, funny, interesting and spontaneous conversations on Twitter about SJSU. Take a look at what’s happening on campus by exploring the tweets below!

You can follow SJSU on Twitter for more updates at https://twitter.com/SJSU or search for @SJSU.

@LParada11: Happy Homecoming Week @SJSU #freecookie #freepin #sjsu @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library http://instagr.am/p/Qh6oZsA_Ym/

@BarnabyDallas: Free tic all over @sjsu campus pic.twitter.com/TDkSxACp

@misotina: Dia de los Muertos display @ MLKlibrary. #SJSU #ProudSpartan #culture http://instagr.am/p/QlCWt0KhgU/

@KevinFrandsen: @SJSU @sjsubaseball always out to support my school wherever, whenever

@ReekstheGeeekz: Loving everything about San Jose, the culture, the people, the hiphop scene, and the university. #SanJose #SJSU #SpartanPride #Homecoming

@Martidamus: Honored at the SJSU halftime! pic.twitter.com/q1PADDVX

@TsquaredC: #SJSU spartan for life. Win or Lose

@HowUknoMikey7: Meet a LEGEND TODAY #JOHNCARLOS #SJSU #SPEEDCITY http://instagr.am/p/Qvkgahnjag/

@jayycole_: Reping San Jose all day! #SJSU #LittleBrother #Birthday http://instagr.am/p/Qv6vqorOFD/

@lkimura789: Honored that an #sjsu alumni @coastw won the PRSA professional of the year award. Congrats!

Note: The opinions and views in these posts are those of the independent Twitter users and not of San Jose State University.

SJSU Hosts Edward Oates Symposium on Security in the Cyber Age

SJSU Hosts Edward Oates Symposium on Security in the Cyber Age

A discussion panel of industry professionals are sitting in chairs at a table on a stage

Speakers in the The Employment Landscape (left to right): Mark Iwanowski, Vice President Cognizant Technology; John Serafini, Director of National Labs at Allied Minds; Tami Gallupe, Director, Global Privacy & North America Information Security at Oracle, Nathan Nayman, Head of State & Local Relations at VISA, and Stephanie Sparks, Business & Intellectual Property Litigation Lawyer for Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel Law (Robert Bain photo).

By: Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant

Are you interested in entering a field that has zero unemployment and endless opportunity? In a new effort to highlight a huge shortage of skilled workers in IT security, SJSU hosted the Edward Oates Symposium on Security in the Cyber Age Sept. 14 at the Student Union.

The one-day forum, sponsored by the College of Science and Ed Oates, alumnus and co-founder of Oracle, was intended to bring to light how SJSU can play a significant role in workforce development and educational training for cybersecurity.

“With this symposium, we hoped to achieve an increased awareness and sense of urgency in how important our role at SJSU is in preparing students in this critical STEM and interdisciplinary curricula and program,” said Director of Development Carol Beattie, who helped organize the event.

The event’s 300 participants included SJSU students, faculty, staff, and administrators, in addition to representatives from the private sector, government and higher education.

Panel discussions focused on the threats and roles of cybersecurity, as well as higher education’s contributions and employment opportunities in this emerging field.

Employment Landscape Panel Discussion

The symposium concluded with an employment landscape panel discussion probing insightful questions from the audience including: Who benefits from policy risks? What kinds of expertise and training are needed?  What are the first steps in setting curriculum for a discipline in cyber security?

President Mohammad Qayoumi provided closing comments, focusing on SJSU efforts to develop a program for cybersecurity training and certification in Silicon Valley. Qayoumi listed the corporate environment, the law, psychology, education and licensing as just a few aspects of an interdisciplinary approach to workforce development.

“We have to be a part of providing basic knowledge to kids down to the K-6 grade levels,” Qayoumi said. “Cybersecurity hygiene will become one of those survival skills that each and everyone of us needs to have.”

Qayoumi is working with the Bay Area Council on implementing infrastructure for SJSU’s planned Center for Security in the Cyber Age. Programs would include high school camps and community colleges programs, as well as graduate degrees and partnerships with corporations in Silicon Valley.

SJSU Remembers Professor Sally Veregge: “A Loved and Respected Teacher”

SJSU Remembers Professor Sally Veregge: “A Loved and Respected Teacher”

Professor Sally Veregge

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

SJSU lost an outstanding teacher and true believer in mentoring all students, especially young women scientists, when Professor of Biology Sally Ann Veregge lost her battle against cancer Sept. 22. She was 66.

Services will be held 10 a.m. Sept. 26, at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 566 N. Fifth St, San Jose. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations to the First United Methodist Church of San Jose or the Department of Biological Sciences at San Jose State.

Donate online or send checks to the Tower Foundation of San Jose State University, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA, 95192-0183. Please note the purpose of the gift: “Department of Biological Sciences, in memory of Professor Veregge.”

Many Contributions

An obituary published by the San Jose Mercury News notes Professor Veregge’s many contributions to the university community:

“Sally thoroughly immersed herself in education and the integration of education within the world … She brought her strong educational background and eclectic working background to the Department of Biological Sciences … in 1984, where she taught a wide variety of courses rose to the rank of professor and chair …

“Quietly innovative as a professor, Sally collaborated with others to create interdisciplinary curricula such as one of the first Professional Science Masters in the country, a master’s in biotechnology, providing students strong internship opportunities in the valley, and working closely with the hospitals and clinics in the area to build and support a Clinical Laboratory Science program.

“Sally was a loved and respected teacher. She treated every student as if he or she was her only student. She spread the ability to learn and the love of learning to thousands of students. She engaged students in her research laboratory as well. Students from high school, undergraduate and graduate students worked collaboratively to tackle the impact of gonadal steroids on the brain including estrogen’s impact on epilepsy.

Encouraging Girls to Study Science

“Sally was also a longstanding organizer and contributor to Expanding Your Horizons which served over 800 young girls every year to encourage them to pursue studies and work in science and engineering. She was a ‘Teacher-Scholar’ at SJSU and was named 2002 ‘Woman of Achievement’ award at the 28th Annual Women’s Fund of Silicon Valley among many academic honors …

“Sally always saw the positives in people and situations. Beyond words, this was often expressed by her trademark smile that she used frequently. We will keep Sally in our hearts and minds by remembering how she enjoyed life and respected and helped others; how she was always strong in spirit and conviction, lived life to the fullest, and cherished her family and friends.”

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#SJSU Tweets of the Week, September 24

#SJSU Tweets of the Week, September 24

@paviddark found this note on an Engineering building door. September is Post-It-Positivity Month at SJSU.

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

We’ve put together the tweets of the week for Spartans to see a sample of the exciting, funny, interesting and spontaneous conversations on Twitter about SJSU. Take a look at what’s happening on campus by exploring the tweets below!

You can follow SJSU on Twitter for more updates at https://twitter.com/SJSU or search for @SJSU.

@JarronG: @kirkmorrison @SJSpartans SJSU vs. SDSU this week. Saturday looks like a bad day to be an Aztec. Go #SJSU #SPARTANS

@RoyGeorgeChen: Look at how cute this little Spartan is!!! Her 1 year birthday present finally fits! #sjsu #spartans http://instagr.am/p/PvVVSWyX2K/

@KINGLEE_Brody: Finished my paper, still got an hour left till my next class. Just admiring the art around #SJSU #Campus. #M http://instagr.am/p/PxI-KMPUqm/

@loveedre #SJSU has the best professors in the world! They all try interacting with their students. Keep hiring professors like them!!! #thankful

@websterlincoln: 3d map of @SJSU and San Jose City Hall #iOS6 #Maps pic.twitter.com/k9X9OWHf

@jmaltura: Culture, swag and class. @SJSU has it all! #spartanpride #SJSU #ballroomdance #culturaldances #stepping #strolling

@jessicafrank: Good times at the @SJSUalumni event in LA tonight! Always nice to see @ProfBob54 and hear about the great things @SJSU is doing!

@SJSUalumni: Spartans win! 38-34 over SDSU!!!! http://twitpic.com/axg2qv

@SpearsNBAYahoo: Yes sir @SJSU now 3-1 after 38-34 win at San Diego State! Only @SJSUloss to Stanford by 3. @YahooForde you paying attention? @BA_TurnerHA!

@kirkmorrison: This is what happens when San Diego State loses to San Jose State. @jgilly90 is making wear this ugly Blue & http://instagr.am/p/P9wLh6SuxV/

Note: The opinions and views in these posts are those of the independent Twitter users and not of San Jose State University.

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#SJSU Tweets of the Week, September 17

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

Panoramic photo of San Jose State campus with 7th Street Fountain and Event Center. Photo by @pdparticle

@pdparticle took this awesome panoramic photo of our campus, using his iPhone. Click to view larger image.

We’ve put together the tweets of the week for Spartans to see a sample of the exciting, funny, interesting and spontaneous conversations on Twitter about SJSU. Take a look at what’s happening on campus by exploring the tweets below!

You can follow SJSU on Twitter for more updates at https://twitter.com/SJSU or search for @SJSU.

@howtolovenicole: Aww one of the pilots from 9/11 was an SJSU alumni! #RIPJasonDahl

@sancheezy08: First time beating Santa Clara at their home in 27 years! #sjsu #spartans#teamwork #captain #senioryear #ju http://instagr.am/p/PaYjvSsORC/

@bevmo510: Random plane making a circle in the air with the entire number for Pi haha #3.14#pi#math#sjsu http://instagr.am/p/PfJyYfvGBH/

@arun_erd: Go #Spartans !! U.S. News Rankings 2013: #SJSU 9th Overall Among the West’s Top Public Universities. http://shar.es/uc5OD

@NachoLyfe: Clay Matthews got four sacks…he out there trying to be like Travis Johnson from San Jose State. #NCAA active leading sack man with 23

@garvinthomas: Gotta love Red! RT @SJSU: Man honors late wife w/ #SJSU #nursingscholarship: http://bit.ly/R0fsu1. Sweet love story!

@fliaway09: Getting ready for #Zero1….#sjsu #wired #cadre @ sjsuhttp://instagr.am/p/PkfyO8GsQp/ 

@helenator23: Grand canyon swag@SJSUWSoccer @SJSUAthletics @SJSU #wishyouwerehere pic.twitter.com/n2LdznJ8

@Jimmy_Durkin: Chew on this: #SJSU scored more points vs.#Stanford than #USC did and also allowed fewer points.

@sganim: Hanging out with students at the @SJSU @SpartanDaily newsroom.

Note: The opinions and views in these posts are those of the independent Twitter users and not of San Jose State University.

Why SJSU is Cutting 500 Sections

Why SJSU is Cutting 500 Sections

SJSU decided to focus on closing low enrollment electives in favor of high enrollment graduation requirements. It turns out that approximately 1,700 sections of the 5,000 sections offered annually had enrollments of less than 15 students.

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

For the first two weeks of each term, many SJSU students invest quite a bit of time in trying to drop and add classes in order to build a schedule that works. This is a difficult process, made even harder this year by budget cuts. Because state government support has dropped dramatically, resulting in an over $30 million budget deficit on our campus, SJSU is in the process of cutting a total of 500 sections this academic year, which equates to approximately 4.6 percent of the total. The process began during spring term, when the provost and deans started looking for ways to reduce the number of sections SJSU offers while minimizing the impact on the amount of time it takes for students to graduate.

SJSU decided to focus on closing low enrollment courses. It turns out that approximately 1,700 sections of the 5,000 sections offered during the fall had enrollments of less than 15 students. The provost, deans and department chairs made the cuts in a strategic manner, so that although SJSU is offering fewer sections this fall, the grand total for the number of seats offered in all sections has increased. In the future, SJSU will look for ways to continue to offer some of the cut courses, perhaps every other term, every other year, or by combining similar courses, with an emphasis on graduation requirements over electives.

Over the past week or so, the provost, deans and department chairs have been adding seats and sections as needed to “bottleneck” courses, which are classes required by many majors such as basic biology. You can get the latest numbers by going to the Office of Institutional Research website, and clicking on “Enrollment Planning.”

Provost Ellen Junn explained much of this at a forum held Sept. 5 in Morris Dailey Auditorium. Her presentation was taped, and you can watch it here.

How This Impacts Faculty

SJSU’s faculty is comprised of tenured and tenure-track professors, supplemented by part-time temporary lecturers on one- to three-year contracts. Many lecturers have taught at SJSU throughout their careers. Quite a few are working professionals who bring first-hand knowledge of their industries into the classroom, which is vital given the emphasis we place on applied learning. The value we place on lecturers for their contributions in the classroom and beyond is exemplified by our current Academic Senate Chair Beth Von Till, a lecturer in communications studies.

Reducing the number of sections means shifting the teaching workload from lecturers to professors. This results in less release time for professors pursuing special projects, and fewer opportunities for part-time temporary lecturers. How many faculty members do we have this fall compared to last fall? As of Aug. 30, we had 129 fewer lecturers this fall compared to one year ago. But because some lecturers work full time, while others work part time, it is also important to look at the numbers in terms of full time equivalents (FTEs). As of Aug. 30, SJSU had 60 fewer lecturer FTEs this fall compared to last fall.

Why Not Cut Other Divisions?

This is an important point, and one that bears further explanation and discussion. In particular, members of the university community and the media are focusing on the Office of the President, University Advancement and Athletics, which did not sustain cuts this year. President Mohammad Qayoumi addressed this at the Budget Forum held Sept. 10. You can watch it here.

More options to get info include attending provost’s forums and Academic Senate meetings, both of which are held monthly; discussing your concerns with members of Budget Advisory Task Force, listed on the SJSU Budget Central web site; and submitting suggestions by email. Please consider getting involved. It’s the best way to have a say and to understand the thinking behind the decisions intended to move our campus forward.

#SJSU Tweets of the Week, 9/10

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

Group of SJSU female soccer players posing next to a bus

Our women’s soccer team @SJSUWSoccer took a moment to share this photo before heading off to an away game. If you look closely, you can see our world-traveling mascot Flat Sammy! bit.ly/sjsu-flat-sammy

We’ve put together the tweets of the week for Spartans to see a sample of the exciting, funny, interesting and spontaneous conversations on Twitter about SJSU. Take a look at what’s happening on campus by exploring the tweets below!

You can follow SJSU on Twitter for more updates at https://twitter.com/SJSU or search for @SJSU.

@HexagonStaff: Peacock study #animalart #filipinoartist #sjsu #animalpainting #painting #artschool #peacockhttp://instagr.am/p/PNb5sREQwZ/

@rtgleeson: Excited to announce that I’ll be covering SJSU football for CSN Bay Area. Should be a very interesting season. @SJSU @SJSUAthletics

@dsato: @SJSU getting some love on Reddit as students build spherical drive system motorcycle http://ow.ly/duRUI  @SpartanDaily

@SJSpartanSquad: I love the smell of new Spartan Squad shirts in the morning… #SJSU Spartan Squad Kick-off is TODAY @ 6pm

@Bookcharmer: Walking across #SJSU campus, student passing me says “Hi-Five!” So we did, and then two more students Hi-Five’d me. Love these students!!!

@gary_singh: Enjoyed the CADRE Lab for New Media @SJSU last night, joining their LightWall of Silicon Valley project: http://bit.ly/Qoyp76  #ZBIENNIAL

@samuelylam: SJSU in this week’s Sports Illustratedhttp://twitpic.com/art73m

@SJSUBand: 45-13 final. Spartans (@SJSUAthletics) win! This one was for Phyllis. #ThankYouPhyllis. Hope you all enjoyed the show. #PrideOfTheSpartans

@kyleplaysguitar: @SJSU My favorite part of the game was when I realized #SJSU couldn’t lose!! 😀

@bakercp: Just visited the engineers working on the Spherical Drive System http://sphericaldrivesystem.com/  @SJSU. Inspiring and impressive work!

Note: The opinions and views in these posts are those of the independent Twitter users and not of San Jose State University.

Career Center Seeks Volunteers for Fall 2012 Job & Internship Fair

Career Center Seeks Volunteers for Fall 2012 Job & Internship Fair

Career Center Seeks Volunteers for Fall 2012 Job & Internship Fair

Contribute to Spartan student success by lending a hand at the Career Center’s fall 2012 Job and Internship Fair (photo courtesy of the Career Center).

By the SJSU Career Center

The SJSU Career Center team seeks 100 SJSU volunteers willing to donate time to make the Thursday, Sept. 27, job fair in the Event Center and on the Paseo de San Carlos Plaza a success. The fair will feature a record number of employers poised to interact with our students for employment opportunities in many different fields. We need YOU!

Rewards

  • Satisfaction of observing our professionally-attired graduating candidates and interns showcase the skills and experience they’ve gained while at SJSU!
  • Chance to experience well over 500 employer representatives from organizations like Cisco, Yahoo!, KQED, Target, YMCA of Silicon Valley, eBay, and many more recruit their talent.

How Can You help?  

Be a contributor to Spartan student success.  A few of the exciting assignments include student registration, employer greeters and hosts, door monitor, crowd control, etc. All of these options are opportunities to witness and support our students’ connection with their chosen paths during and after SJSU.

What’s Needed?

Just two hours of your time and a willingness to provide quality Spartan customer service, professional business-casual dress and enthusiasm for interfacing with SJSU students and our employers.

How do I Volunteer?

Simply fill out an Eventbrite form by following this link: http://sjsu-jobfair-fall2012.eventbrite.com, share the type of service you’re interested in providing, and return your preference no later than Monday, Sept. 10. We encourage volunteers to act fast, as the most popular assignments go fast. Once we have set up your assignment we will contact you to confirm.

Additional Questions? Email christa.bacon@sjsu.edu with any other questions you might have.

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#SJSU Tweets of the Week, Spartan Football Edition

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

list of trending topics on Twitter, including San Jose State

So many people were tweeting about “San Jose State” during and after the SJSU-vs.-Stanford football game that we were a worldwide trend on Twitter! “Who would’ve thought?!” said @C__Solorzano, who tweeted this screen grab.

We’ve put together the tweets of the week for Spartans to see a sample of the exciting, funny, interesting and spontaneous conversations on Twitter about SJSU. This special edition focuses on Spartan football’s 8/31 season opener at Stanford. Take a look by exploring the tweets below!

You can follow SJSU on Twitter for more updates at https://twitter.com/SJSU or search for @SJSU.

@kbtxkarla: Proudly wearing @SJSU colors on air. #SanJoseState #CollegeColorsDay #GoSpartans pic.twitter.com/jUJGDQam

@cihenacho: Good luck to both my alma maters tonight. #SJSUvs Stanford and #Serra vs Poly. Have fun and do work

@damonbruce: Where an I sitting? In the @SJSUsection – which is louder than the rest of Palo Alto.

@montgomeryken: Wow, watching @SJSU football score against@StanfordFball , crowd roar sounds like home game for the Spartans! #sjsu

@WebsterLincoln: Touchdown @SJSU! Tie game. #sjsu #stanford @ Stanford Stadium instagr.am/p/PBNi5WB3Rw/ 

@KevinFrandsen: Spartans just tied Stanford 17-17 with 2 to play in the 3rd! #gospartans @sjsuathletics

@SpartanDaily: Who is pumped for what @SJSU can do this season after tonight’s work? #SJSU @SJSUAthletics #Spartan #Spartans #sjsufootball

@SJSU: Thanks for helping “San Jose State” trend locally & even worldwide! Awesome to see your excitement! Proud of our #SJSU team!

@Sarynrorie: San Jose State is still trending…… I’ve never been more proud!!!#SJSUFOOTBALL @SJSUAthletics @SJSU #SPARTANS #WEAREONE

@Logancouture: Go San Jose State?? pic.twitter.com/2C6zcT2E

Note: The opinions and views in these posts are those of the independent Twitter users and not of San Jose State University.

SJSU Memorial Service Honors the Late Phyllis Simpkins

SJSU Memorial Service Honors the Late Phyllis Simpkins

Phyllis Simpkins

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

San Jose State is set to honor the life and extraordinary commitment of Phyllis Simpkins,’46 Home Economics and Marketing, on Friday, Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. in Morris Dailey Auditorium. A reception will follow in the rose garden and bell plaza area outside Tower Hall. Both events are open to the public.

Mrs. Simpkins, who passed away July 7 at 87, and her late husband Alan Simpkins, ‘48 Physics, were lifelong supporters and donors to SJSU. Among San Jose State’s most generous benefactors, the couple committed nearly $20 million to many athletic and academic programs.

The Simpkins’ led the effort to restore the Spartan Marching Band in 1977 after several years of absence. Last year, Phyllis provided seed money for a campaign to provide the band with new uniforms. On Sept. 8, when SJSU football takes on UC Davis, the band will wear those new uniforms in a half-time show dedicated to the couple. Sewn inside each uniform is a label bearing the name of a donor, including Phyllis and Alan Simpkins.

Among SJSU Most Generous Donors

“The legacy created by Phyllis Simpkins’ leadership and generosity will benefit San Jose State University students for generations to come. Not only did she give generously, she inspired others to support San Jose State,” said President Mohammad Qayoumi. “It is important that we pay tribute to the many ways in which Phyllis and Alan supported our students and university as a whole.”

Gifts from the Simpkins support the following:

  • Phyllis Forward Simpkins International Center (the SJSU International House)
  • Alan B. Simpkins Intercollegiate Athletics Administration Building
  • Simpkins Stadium Center
  • Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
  • Department of Nutrition and Food Science
  • Department of Kinesiology
  • School of Music and Dance

Giving and Getting Involved

But the Simpkins did much more than give to SJSU; they got involved. The International House was a personal passion for Phyllis who, in addition to being a regular visitor and occasional cook, oversaw its purchase, renovation and upkeep. Phyllis served as president of the SJSU Alumni Association in 1977. She and with her husband were among the founders of the association’s Santa Cruz Chapter.

San Jose State and the California State University have honored Phyllis and Alan Simpkins many times over the years. In 1979, Phyllis Simpkins received the Tower Award, SJSU’s highest honor for philanthropy and service. Phyllis and Alan Simpkins were named CSU Philanthropists of the Year in 1989. Both Phyllis and Alan Simpkins also received honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters at the SJSU commencement in 1996.

Parking for the event is available in the South (Seventh Street) Garage, located at South Seventh and East San Salvador streets.

Content Magazine Profiles Advertising Profressor Tim Hendricks

Content Magazine: Advertising Professor Profiled as San Jose “Mad Man”

Content Magazine Profiles Advertising Profressor Tim Hendricks

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By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

One of SJSU’s most creative professors has been featured in San Jose’s most innovative new periodical. Content Magazine describes Professor of Advertising Tim Hendrick as San Jose’s “Mad Man,” in reference to the popular television series by nearly the same name.

School of Journalism and Mass Communications Director Bob Rucker wrote in the CASA Blog, “Given the extraordinary number of ground-breaking advertising professionals working here in the Bay Area, we are thrilled and very proud to see Tim be recognized by his peers for his incredible talents, unique experiences and tireless efforts to keep our SJSU advertising program THE West Coast leader for excellence in media higher education.”

Content “discovers and displays unique aspects of San Jose and gives our readers an opportunity to find new reasons to love their city.” Read Professor Rucker’s entire blog entry and view the story.

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#SJSU Tweets of the Week, 8/27

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

Photo by @chirhoiotasigma

On Facebook, we shared this Tower Hall photo by @chirhoiotasigma on the first day of classes. As of today, this image inspired 627 likes, 42 shares and 28 comments!

We’ve put together the tweets of the week for Spartans to see a sample of the exciting, funny, interesting and spontaneous conversations on Twitter about SJSU. Take a look at what’s happening on campus by exploring the tweets below!

You can follow SJSU on Twitter for more updates at https://twitter.com/SJSU or search for @SJSU.

@jorger690: #target @bullseyeU @SJSU #sjsufrosh orientation leader group 1! http://instagr.am/p/Oqhr3cAVTE/

@joew526: Yes we have a legit Harry Potter Quidditch club at #sjsu! Only in college haha! @ Campus Village Quad http://instagr.am/p/Om-Q3XM-yG/

@mafekarp: At the welcome table with @harishvc and Zaynna #helpingandcaring for our #sjsu students http://ow.ly/i/S4In

@SpartanDaily: Olympian, SJSU alum returns victorious. http://ow.ly/d8S8x

@surgeonirvin: Sjsu chillin. #sjsuhttp://instagr.am/p/Om0qiYrwff/

@sjsuathletics: David Fales Named Starting Quarterback for Stanford game – http://www.sjsuspartans.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5600&ATCLID=205667703#.UDZ1p8P2aX8.twitter …

@SJSU: Thanks #SJSU followers for helping us surpass 5,000! 🙂 Keep following along for news, events, info, photos & more! Go #Spartans!

@chris_royo: #HungerGames in the Quad! How sick is this? #MovieNight #CollegeLife #SJSU #JustAnotherNighthttp://instagr.am/p/Osjt1nsmRa/

@SJSUCASA: An advertising “Mad Man” here @SJSU! JMC’s Tim Hendrick recognized for his achievements in advertising @contentmag. blogs.sjsu.edu/casa/2012/08/2…

‏@robbsilverstein: “@SJSU: @robbsilverstein How do you like the banners? RT @Darkchoir1: Whooo lets go spartans!!! #spartans #sjsu #pride http://instagr.am/p/O2HWaBowvf/

Note: The opinions and views in these posts are those of the independent Twitter users and not of San Jose State University.

Why SJSU is Cutting 500 Sections

Why SJSU is Accepting Non-Resident Graduate Students in Spring 2013

Why SJSU is Accepting Non-Resident Graduate Students in Spring 2013

On Aug. 16, as a guest on KQED’s news talk show “Forum,” President Qayoumi explained that millions of dollars in state budget cuts for public higher education means SJSU lacks the funding to admit all California residents who would like to attend.

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

In the past, this time of year was when SJSU accepted applications for spring admissions, mostly from community college transfer students, but also from graduate students entering programs accepting newcomers in the middle of the academic year. Beginning in 2009, when SJSU was hit by severe budget cuts, spring admissions varied depending on the budget situation and the number of enrolled students. This fall, SJSU has already filled every spot available to California residents for the entire academic year, meaning California residents are filling all seats supported by a combination of state and tuition dollars. So SJSU opened spring admissions to only non-resident graduate students from elsewhere in the United States or abroad who cover the full cost of their education in higher tuition without state support. This touched off a series of stories in the major media, including the San Jose Mercury News and KQED news radio. Is this fair? Who is to blame? On Aug. 16, as a guest on KQED’s news talk show “Forum,” President Qayoumi explained that millions of dollars in state budget cuts for public higher education means SJSU lacks the funding to admit all California residents who would like to attend. Listen to the show.

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Spartans at Work: At GGV Capital, I “Get to Meet Great Entrepreneurs”

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

(This summer, SJSU Today hits the road, visiting students and recent grads on the job across the country and around the world. Our Spartans at Work series continues with economics alumnus Andrew Manoske.)

Where will an SJSU degree take you? How about spotting the next big thing? San Jose is the heart of Silicon Valley, where startup companies rely on venture capital to grow. Andrew Manoske, ’10 Economics, is in on the action as an associate with GGV Capital.

Based in Menlo Park with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore, GGV Capital works with U.S. and Asian companies that already have an established product, but want to take the next big step, including significant funding. This is known as expansion stage, and some of the firm’s prominent success stories include Alibaba, Pandora and Tudou (the Chinese YouTube).

For Manoske, a typical day at the office is outside the office. He regularly meets with clients, the people who “spend every waking moment thinking about how we can use technology to change the world.”

“Every day, I get to meet great entrepreneurs and other venture capitalists that are just really charged, excited, passionate about what they do,” he said.

Manoske, who minored in Computer Science, feels inspired by the people he works with on the job. He also felt inspired by the people and atmosphere of SJSU when applying to this university.

“San José State made hackers,” he said. “They made people who could take very, very little and make amazing, wonderful things out of it, and that was something that really appealed to me. ”

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Spartans at Work: At Twitter, I Am “More Sensitive Toward the Different Perspectives” of Other Cultures

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

(This summer, SJSU Today hits the road, visiting students and recent grads on the job across the country and around the world. Our Spartans at Work series continues with mass communications alumna Carolina Janssen.)

Where will an SJSU degree take you? How about a job with one of the hottest, most influential companies in the world? Carolina Janssen, ’10 Mass Communications, is part of Twitter’s International Market Development team, helping this San Francisco-headquartered service reach the rest of the world.

“I never understood how much work it really is to bring a product that was created in this country and make it work in another country,” Janssen said. “It’s not just doing the same thing there. You have to really change a lot of really small things.”

Janssen, a German native, started working at Twitter two years ago as Localization and International Support for German-speaking users. Now she is part of a diverse team, conducting market analysis, and credits her alma mater for preparing her for this role. Janssen had lived at SJSU International House, a dormitory for U.S. and international students. She also worked at I-House and at Studies in American Language, now known as International Gateways.

“San Jose State is an obviously very international university, and I think just living in this environment of people from all over the world for two years prepared me perfectly for particularly the position that I got at Twitter,” she said. “I think it also made me more sensitive toward the different perspectives that different cultures have.”

You can follow Janssen on Twitter at @lija.

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Nutrition Professor and Students Win Trip to Washington, D.C.

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

A video produced by Professor Marjorie Freedman, her students and Food Justice Ministry community partners received an honorable mention in the “Let’s Move Faith and Communities: Communities on the Move Video Challenge.” Freedman’s video was one of just nine entries to be honored in the national competition. All the winners will be invited to the White House and will meet First Lady Michelle Obama. Communities across the country responded enthusiastically to the challenge, submitting videos that represented a broad range of programs, strategies and age groups — from toddlers to teenagers — with submissions from 21 states. The contest was part of “Let’s Move!,” First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive initiative dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation. Freedman and her students from the Department of Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging joined with the large and diverse congregation of Most Holy Trinity Church in East San Jose to create the Food Justice Ministry. The program reaches out to parishioners of all ages and ethnicities, offering classes, educational materials, and connections to CalFresh. Check out more on all the winners.

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John Mellencamp to Receive Steinbeck Award

John Mellencamp to Receive Steinbeck Award

Mellencamp (center) with Paul Douglass (left), director of the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies, and Robert Santelli (right), executive director of the Grammy Museum (Christina Olivas photo).

Mellencamp (center) with Paul Douglass (left), director of the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies, and Robert Santelli (right), executive director of the Grammy Museum (Christina Olivas photo).

Media Contact: Pat Lopes Harris, SJSU Media Relations

Last night at the California Theatre in San Jose, rocker and Farm Aid activist John Mellencamp brought down the house at a benefit concert for the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies.

The singer/songwriter accepted the John Steinbeck Award presented by the Steinbeck Center to artists and activists whose work exemplifies the values found in the writings of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. For the first time since Joan Baez in 2003, a musician received the prestigious award, “in the souls of the people.”

Mellencamp discussed his career and creative process with Robert Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum, stopping several times during the talk to strum his guitar and sing. And then he brought the audience to its feet with a musical performance that included “Rain on the Scarecrow,” “Crumblin’ Down” and “Cherry Bomb.”

“John’s 40-year career makes one marvel,” said Thomas Steinbeck, noted author and the surviving son of John Steinbeck. “As an artist, John Mellencamp has been a superb singer-songwriter-storyteller; as an exemplary activist, and as a creator and longtime champion of Farm Aid, he has maintained the true spirit of John Steinbeck’s compassion for the worker. Without question, John Mellencamp has earned the John Steinbeck Award, and it will be my great pleasure to present it to him.”

Giving Voice to the Common Man

Mellencamp said, “John Steinbeck’s remarkable ability to give voice to the common man and to people on society’s margins, to describe their plight and aspirations, continues to inspire us more than a century after his birth,” Mellencamp said. “I’m very honored to be the recipient of an award given in his name.”

Upon receiving the John Steinbeck Award, Mellencamp had his name further linked to that of the legendary Baez on a select list of two as the only recipients of both the Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie awards. Mellencamp received the Guthrie award in 2003.

Previous recipients of the John Steinbeck Award include: Bruce Springsteen, Arthur Miller, Studs Terkel, Dolores Huerta, John Sayles, Jackson Browne, Garrison Keillor, Joan Baez, Michael Moore, Sean Penn, and Rachel Maddow.

About the Award

The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University is the world’s leading archive of Steinbeck materials, with over 30,000 items. The center has been authorized by the Steinbeck estate to present awards to those artists and activists whose work exemplifies the themes and values found in the writings of John Steinbeck: in particular, his concern for the natural environment, his commitment to the common people, and his willingness to critique the contrasts between the powerful and the poor.

Of John Mellencamp, Thomas Steinbeck also said: “My father always carried a deep and profound respect for songwriters and musicians. He felt they were the voice of the people and had the unique opportunity to reach the very souls of the people. Like Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, and a handful of others, John Mellencamp has done just that. He has spent his life serving as a voice for the people.

The John Steinbeck Award, “In the Souls of the People,” was first given in 1996. Nominations for the award are made by a committee of members of the board of the Center for Steinbeck Studies.

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Spartans at Work: At The Walt Disney Family Museum, I’m “Inspired to Keep Pursuing My Own Goals”

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

(This summer, SJSU Today hits the road, visiting students and recent grads on the job across the country and around the world. Our Spartans at Work series continues with animation/illustration major Alex Turner.)

Where will an SJSU degree take you? How about to a place that celebrates one of the most influential people in your field? Alex Turner, ’14, Animation/Illustration major is an education intern at The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio of San Francisco.

From the outside, the museum’s building matches the surrounding red-brick structures not far from the Golden Gate Bridge. Inside, it contains historic artifacts from Disney’s life and the classic Disney animations, films and television programs.

Turner said he feels inspired to come to work, drawing in his sketchbook as he commutes on the Caltrain every weekday. At the museum, he helps inspire a younger generation’s creativity and imagination at the museum’s Disney Discovery Summer Camp. Each week-long session revolves around a different topic, such as animation, comics books and designing theme park rides.

Once camp wraps up in early August, Turner will apply his skills in helping the museum redesign its website. The SJSU animation/illustration program gave him a great foundation for his internship.

“I feel like I have pretty strong fundamentals in art and animation,” he said, “and what we’re doing at the camp at The Walt Disney Family Museum, I’ve been able to apply a lot of those skills like either design or painting, you know, or just being organized.”

Young Special Agents Get Hands-On Experience at SJSU's First-Ever CSI Camp

Young Special Agents Get Hands-On Experience at SJSU’s First-Ever CSI Camp

Young Special Agents Get Hands-On Experience at SJSU's First-Ever CSI Camp

A camper studies fingerprints uncovered with magnetic powder (Department of Justice Studies photo).

By Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant

Sixteen middle and high school students, ages 13 to 17, got a chance to uncover the secrets of a crime scene at SJSU’s first-ever Forensic Science and Crime Scene Investigation Camp, offered by SJSU’s Department of Justice Studies July 9-13.

“The goal is to inspire students into careers where they are helping to solve crimes,” said Steven Lee, the camp’s director and a professor of justice studies.

Wearing crime scene “do not enter” tape as sashes, campers worked in teams of four to look at evidential material used during a crime scene investigation. Each team carefully observed, collected and interpreted fingerprints, bloodstain patterns and DNA, applying tools they learned in forensic science, criminology, neurology and forensic anthropology workshops.

“Everyday I see them, I get a chance to see the light inside them that ignites on how they really like forensic science,” said lead camp counselor Phillip Nhan, ’11 Justice Studies.

The CSI camp was held simultaneously with the AAFS Forensic Science Educators Conference, which seeks to raise and strengthen overall science education in the United States. Last year, SJSU was the first West Coast university to sponsor the teacher conference.

Working With Real-Life Crime Scene Investigators

According to Lee, the collaboration brings students the latest information, allows them the opportunity to work with real-life crime scene investigators and forensic scientists in the field, and dispels fallacies on how crime scenes are being portrayed on television.

“Everything is so predictable on those shows,” said 17-year-old camper Matthew Shull, whose favorite part of camp was uncovering fingerprints with magnetic powder. “Everything always happens the right way and they always find the right evidence and the right person.”

According to Lee, this year’s camp will serve as a national model for future CSI camps. The American Academy of Forensic Sciences donated 10 scholarships to cover registration fees and supplies.