SJSU Student William “Billy” Nguyen

Editor’s note: This message was emailed to all students, faculty and staff on Sept. 19, 2016.

Dear Campus Community,

I am writing with a heavy heart to let you know that second-year kinesiology major William “Billy” Nguyen, a San Jose native, passed away Saturday while hiking in Sequoia National Park with a group of fellow SJSU students and staff members as part of SJSU’s Outdoor Adventures recreation program (read the National Park Service release).

Members of the traveling party were swimming in a lake when Billy reportedly struggled and sank beneath the water’s surface. The group tried unsuccessfully to rescue him. A search and rescue team has recovered his body; the Tulare County Medical Examiner is determining the cause of death.

Along with counseling and other university staff, I was on campus to meet the traveling party when their bus returned Sunday evening. As one would imagine, they have been badly shaken by this tragedy. I assured them that the SJSU community is and will continue to be here for them.

Our students and staff acted with remarkable courage, composure and thoughtfulness. On behalf of the entire university community, I want them to know how proud we are of them.

Billy was an Outdoor Adventures student assistant who completed a training course last year so that he could serve as a student leader this year. He was among five staff members on this trip.

He has been described to me as someone who, while sometimes reserved, loved group activities and wanted to inspire others to join in and be active. His interests included fitness and outdoors activities. He enjoyed working out and getting others to do the same.

Earlier today I spoke personally with Billy’s mother. As your president and as a parent, I am heartbroken for the Nguyen family and for all who knew and loved their son. Please keep Billy, his family and friends in your thoughts and your hearts during this difficult time. Counseling services are available if you need them.

Mary A. Papazian
President

U.S. News Rankings: SJSU Sixth Overall

(Photo: David Schmitz)

(Photo: David Schmitz)

(Photo: David Schmitz).

“Every day, our faculty, staff, and administrators do everything we can to create a valuable experience for our students.”—Ping Hsu, interim dean of the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering (Photo: David Schmitz).

SJSU Media Relations contact:
Pat Harris, 408-924-1748, pat.harris@sjsu.edu

SAN JOSE, CA – The 2017 edition of the U.S. News & World Report college rankings, available now online, ranks San Jose State University at sixth overall among the West’s top public universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Last year, SJSU was ranked eighth.

“I am delighted but not surprised to see San Jose State University rising in these rankings,” President Mary Papazian said. “SJSU offers students a top-quality education and unrivaled access to diverse cultural experiences and career opportunities in the heart of San Jose and Silicon Valley.”

Engineering

San Jose State’s Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering received high marks, ranking third in the nation among public engineering programs offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, excluding service academies. Last year, SJSU was ranked fourth.

“We are honored to be recognized by U.S. News and World Report in this manner,” said Ping Hsu, interim dean of the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering. “Every day, our faculty, staff, and administrators do everything we can to create a valuable experience for our students. We are very pleased to see their efforts again recognized by top rankings.”

Business

In addition, SJSU’s Lucas College and Graduate School of Business was ranked third in the Bay Area among accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, the same as last year.

“We are honored that the Donald and Sally Lucas College and Graduate School of Business has yet again earned this ranking, underscoring our commitment to student success and to providing students with an education that prepares them to make significant contributions to Silicon Valley and beyond,” said Marlene Turner, interim dean of the College of Business.


About San Jose State University

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study – offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 35,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San José State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing more than 8,900 graduates to the workforce.

The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 250,000 alumni, 65 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.

 

Oscar Award Winning Actress Rita Moreno to Speak at SJSU EOP Gala

Rita Moreno 2015 Austin Hargrave Photographer

Rita Moreno (photo by Austin Hargrave)

Media Contact:
Pat Lopes Harris, 408-924-1748, pat.harris@sjsu.edu

SAN JOSE, CA – Rita Moreno, the Puerto Rico native who defied ethnic stereotypes while earning all of America’s highest awards for entertainers, will be the guest of honor and keynote speaker at San Jose State University’s first-ever Educational Opportunity Program Gala.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Student Union Ballroom. Tickets start at $125 and are available now for purchase. Proceeds will support EOP students in many ways, including emergency food and housing, as well as study abroad experiences.

“Rita Moreno is an excellent student of life,” said Debra Griffith, SJSU Associate Vice President for Transition and Retention Services. “Ms. Moreno worked hard to achieve her dreams. She continues to grow and lead the way. We’re thrilled she accepted our offer to speak at the EOP Gala, and believe her life story will inspire the entire San Jose State University community.”

Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Emmy Recipient

Raised in New York and residing in Berkeley, Calif., Moreno has maintained a leading presence on American stage and screen since securing her first role as a dancer at the age of 11 in the early 1940s. She went on to excel as an actress, singer and dancer, turning in performances that riveted the nation.

Known today among younger Latino performers as “La Pionera,” she starred in two Academy Award winning films, “The King and I” and “West Side Story.” She received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the second film, which explores the rivalry between two street gangs. Yet she refused to succumb to stereotypes.

“The movie studios saw Moreno as only a Latina and pigeonholed her as an ‘ethnic,’” The Washington Post said. “At every stage, she has required fortitude, a fierce desire to create opportunities for herself and a willingness to take on just about anything.”

When a revolution in children’s programming produced “The Electric Company,” she joined the cast partly because she thought being on a show conveying a love of reading would help her daughter do the same. Viewers may recall her screaming the show’s opening line, “Hey you guys!”

Moreno received a Grammy for “The Electric Company Album,” a Tony for her performance in the groundbreaking Broadway musical “The Ritz,” and two Emmys for a guest appearance on “The Muppet Show” and the following year for a dramatic turn on “The Rockford Files.”

As cable emerged as a dramatic production powerhouse, Moreno accepted a role playing Sister Pete on the HBO prison series “Oz.” At the top of her industry through seven decades of change, Moreno has received our nation’s highest accolades: the Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

EOP: Providing Opportunity

Founded in 1969, the Educational Opportunity Program at SJSU serves more than 2,000 students who are first in their families to attend college, including many from low-income and underserved communities. Recent initiatives include a five-week Summer Bridge program, which has helped push retention rates from the freshman to sophomore year, a critical predictor for college success, to over 95 percent.


About San Jose State University

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 145 areas of study with an additional 108 concentrations – offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 31,200 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San José State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing more than 7,000 graduates to the workforce.

The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 220,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.

 

President Papazian Delivers First Formal Speech to SJSU Community

Media Contact:
Pat Lopes Harris, 408-924-1748, pat.harris@sjsu.edu

SAN JOSE, CA – President Mary Papazian introduced herself to the SJSU community, reflected on the university’s legacy, and shared her optimism about its future at the Fall Welcome Address, held noon Aug. 25 in the Student Union Ballroom.

This was President Papazian’s first formal speech to the campus community since taking office July 1. Academic Senate Chair Michael Kimbarow opened the event and welcome attendees. The speech is an annual tradition marking the start of the academic year.

All students, faculty, staff, community members and the news media were invited to attend. The event was streamed live.

Read the president’s prepared remarks.


About San Jose State University

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 145 areas of study with an additional 108 concentrations – offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 31,200 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San José State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing more than 7,000 graduates to the workforce.

The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 220,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.

 

Update: University Housing

SJSU Campus Village 2 window view, courtesy of University Housing Services

SJSU Campus Village 2 window view, courtesy of University Housing Services

This morning, the Office of the President emailed the following message on Campus Village 2 to all faculty, staff and students.

Dear Campus Community,

This weekend, thousands of Spartans will move into our residence halls. This includes 820 frosh assigned to be the first residents of Campus Village 2, our newest tower.

SJSU Campus Village 2 desk view, courtesy of University Housing Services

SJSU Campus Village 2 desk view, courtesy of University Housing Services

While this building was scheduled for completion this month, we have determined that it is not yet suitable for housing our students. Campus Village 2 residents will be housed temporarily in available spaces in other residence halls.

You can read more about this on the Housing Services website.

Sincerely,

Office of the President

SJSU and CEFCU Announce Partnership Agreement For Spartan Stadium

Media contacts:
• Pat Lopes Harris, SJSU Media Relations Director, 408-924-1748, pat.harris@sjsu.edu
• Lawrence Fan, SJSU Athletics Media Relations Director, 408-924-1217, lawrence.fan@sjsu.edu
• Janā Stevens, CEFCU Community Relations Manager, 309-633-3675, jstevens@cefcu.com

SAN JOSE, CA – San Jose State University and the Citizens Equity First Credit Union (CEFCU) have forged an $8.7 million, 15-year partnership agreement to rename the football stadium.

“CEFCU Stadium — Home of the Spartans” will host its first football game Sept. 10 against Portland State. The California State University Board of Trustees approved the stadium renaming and broader agreement at its July 19 meeting.

“We are very pleased to extend and enhance our relationship with CEFCU to include the naming of the stadium. Since 2011, CEFCU has been a loyal partner with San Jose State Athletics and we’ve valued its presence in Spartan Stadium. Today’s announcement is a long-term extension of our ongoing relationship with CEFCU,” Athletics Director Gene Bleymaier said about the renaming of the 30,456-seat venue built in 1933.

This is the only such agreement for a football stadium in the California State University system and one of three in the Mountain West Conference.

“There are many opportunities to invest in student success here at San Jose State,” University Advancement Vice President Paul Lanning said. “We hope this partnership motivates other Silicon Valley institutions—public and private—to join with us.”

The agreement will help with the funding of scholarship commitments for student-athletes, support and strengthen athletics operations, and improve the stadium and other facilities.

“CEFCU has been proud to support San Jose State University for many years. Since community involvement is extremely important to CEFCU, this new opportunity allows us to continue to support San Jose State through an even stronger partnership while furthering our commitment to the San Jose community. CEFCU is honored to be associated with an institution that excels in both academics and athletics,” CEFCU Community President Mark Hoffmire said.


About CEFCU

As a community credit union, CEFCU is pleased to serve anyone living, working, or worshipping in Alameda, Contra Costa or Santa Clara counties in California. CEFCU was founded on the idea of savers helping borrowers and borrowers helping savers. With assets of nearly $5.5 billion, CEFCU serves over 314,000 members through four Member Centers in Santa Clara County and 20 central Illinois Member Centers; the surcharge-free CO-OP ATM Network; the CU Service Center Shared Branch Network; the Money Center 24 ATM Network; CEFCU’s website, cefcu.com; and CEFCU Mobile Banking.

About San Jose State University Athletics

San Jose State University’s athletics program sponsors 20 NCAA Division I sports (7 men’s and 13 women’s) and offers an intercollegiate athletics experience to at least 470 student-athletes annually. The Spartans compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest level of college football. San Jose State is a member of the Mountain West — a conference of 12 football-playing schools in the Pacific, Mountain and Hawaiian time zones.

About San Jose State University

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San Jose State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 145 areas of study with an additional 108 concentrations — offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 32,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San Jose State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing more than 7,000 graduates to the workforce.

The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 220,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.

FAQs: SJSU’s Tech Upgrade

Two years ago, San Jose State University launched a five-year, $28 million technology initiative. A detailed progress report is summarized in this quick reference guide.

What is the “Next Generation Technology” initiative?

A five-year plan, launched in 2012, to upgrade SJSU’s technology infrastructure to a level necessary to meet the basic needs of students, faculty and staff members, and the campus community.

Why is it needed?

SJSU’s technology infrastructure had become outdated, inadequate and inefficient. This was not a sudden revelation; numerous campus committees had studied the issue for years. While there was a general understanding that the campus’s technology assets were inadequate, there was no strategy or plan to address this deficiency.

Define “inadequate.”

Students, faculty and staff complained about the lack of basic technology for classrooms, meeting spaces and computer labs. The campus relied on five telephone systems, two nearing obsolescence. WiFi access was slow, unreliable and unavailable in many parts of campus.

NEW! What are the educational benefits of the new technology?

  • Fourteen classrooms have been upgraded, including six classrooms featuring video lecture-capture and video conferencing technology. These tools allow faculty to record lectures for students and to bring guest lecturers and other experts “into” the classroom. More than 30 faculty members and their students are now using these rooms.
  • Additional equipment has been purchased and is on site, ready to upgrade more classrooms.  Academic Affairs is working with faculty members to identify needs for specific rooms.
  • TelePresence helps instructors bring the world to their students by connecting the class to industry experts. WebEx helps faculty members and students collaborate. Both of these collaboration tools help instructors to record teachable moments for students, moments students can revisit later online. These tools also expand our notion of what it means to be in class to include a classroom on campus, a virtual classroom, or a hybrid of the two.
  • See what SJSU professors are saying about the new technology.

UPDATED! What is the status of the 51 new classrooms?

  • SJSU set the goal of 51 new classrooms based on the number of codec devices (video streaming devices) the network could support for video conferences and lecture-capture recordings. Fifty-one codec devices were purchased and are on site at SJSU, installed or ready for installation. The codec devices can be used in classrooms and meeting rooms. New software means SJSU’s network can now support more than 51 codec devices simultaneously, if the need arises.
  • Codecs have been installed in 14 classrooms and 11 conference rooms and offices. More will be installed after Academic Affairs surveys learning spaces and creates priorities. Three mobile units are available for short-term use on campus. To request a conference room update, classroom update, or mobile unit, contact the IT Help Desk (408-924-1530, ithelpdesk@sjsu.edu).
  • Faculty members are using classrooms and conference rooms outfitted with the new tech tools. Based on their experiences, these instructors will provide critical input that will be incorporated into plans for additional rooms over the next three years.
  • In the end, more than 51 classrooms may well be enhanced with varying degrees of technology. Plans will evolve to meet needs and available solutions.

NEW! What are the benefits of the new telephone system?

  • The new telephone system replaces five independent, aging systems with an Internet-based (so-called voice-over-IP, or VoIP) unified communication system.
  • The new system integrates with mobile devices and desktop computers.
  • “Reach-me-anywhere” features give each faculty and staff member the freedom to select the device that best meets his or her needs.
  • Faculty and staff members have three choices: a telephone handset with video; a telephone handset without video, and/or telephone software (Jabber).
  • No one is required to have a video telephone. Everyone has the option of skipping the telephone handset altogether and using software instead to access a work telephone line through a cell phone, desktop or laptop computer.
  • The IT Help Desk (408-924-1530, ithelpdesk@sjsu.edu) offers telephone system training and helps employees switch handsets.
  • The new telephone system will allow SJSU to integrate emergency communications through all campus, classroom and office telephones as well as digital signage.
  • It should be noted that many SJSU departments now have lower telephone bills. You’ll find more information on this below.

NEW! How do students, faculty and staff tap into all these resources?

  • The Division of Academic Affairs offers faculty members many opportunities to learn about technology and technology-enhanced pedagogy through the Academic Technology office, the Center for Faculty Development, and college-level initiatives. Faculty members can also access a variety of online resources through Academic Technology, the Center for Faculty Development, and IT Services. King Library supplements these activities.
  • Web conferencing (WebEx) services via most devices is available to all faculty, staff and students anywhere the Internet is accessible, including all classrooms, meeting rooms and offices.
  • IT Services hosts annual expos. This year, planning began in March. The expo was held in October. The event showcased technology solutions designed to help the entire university community. Faculty members learned about opportunities to enhance the instructional environment. Staff members and students learned about collaboration technologies that can raise productivity and help students better manage the learning process.
  • Everyone can check this ITS website for a list of rooms equipped with Next Generation technology for classes and meetings. These spaces offer current, reliable infrastructure, including state-of-the-art video conferencing (TelePresence) as well as audio, visual and lecture-capture technology to enhance collaboration and communication between students and instructors. Recorded sessions are available for review almost immediately.

What more has been accomplished?

  • In the past two years, the campus network capacity has tripled. During the first week of fall term 2014, the number of devices connecting to SJSU’s network was more than double that of the previous year. Total wireless traffic the same week nearly tripled from 1,239 GB to 3,400 GB. The average daily number of concurrent computing devices connected to WiFi at SJSU increased from 4,626 devices in 2013 to 14,500 devices in 2014.
  • Even with over 14,000 devices connected simultaneously to WiFi, the SJSU network is not at maximum capacity. SJSU believes the concurrent connectivity for any other CSU campus is 12,000 devices. In addition, SJSU is expanding the network to cover outdoor common areas.
  • After years of complaints, students, faculty, staff, and visitors are now able to access the Internet wirelessly from almost anywhere on campus.  This is especially significant in SJSU’s residence halls, home to 3,600 people who previously had very limited Internet access. WiFi is now available in all University Housing student rooms. Students report seeing Internet speeds over 100 megabits.
  • Since fall 2012, over 100 computer labs on campus have been refreshed with 1,600 new computers and laptops as well as 1,500 new monitors. IT Services is now replacing outdated faculty and staff computers.
  • Data security and support services have been enhanced. This is less noticeable to the naked eye, but critically important in an age of increased data security threats.

UPDATED! How was the Next Generation technology strategy developed?  Did faculty members play a role in developing this strategy?

Representatives from Academic Affairs were involved in the decision-making process from the start. However, this method did not result in consultation with the full faculty. Academic Affairs is now surveying all classrooms to determine all needs including technology.

SJSU is collecting information on how the Next Generation classrooms are being used. Examples of pedagogy, student testimonials and assessment will be shared with the entire campus community at the end of fall term.

Here is how SJSU developed the Next Generation initiative:

In fall 2011, SJSU held 49 town hall meetings to discuss its future. Technology was a recurring theme. Input from these sessions became the basis for a five-year campus strategic plan. One of its five priorities was “agility through technology.”

The town hall meetings were widely publicized and open to anyone. Faculty members participated. Faculty members were also involved in the development of SJSU’s Academic Plan, which further refined our thinking about technology needs.

From 2012 to 2014, a series of meetings provided participants with the opportunity to discuss the Next Generation strategy and technologies:

  • The Academic Affairs leadership team participated in 10 planning meetings in 2012.
  • The provost hosted three open forums that included tech updates and Q&A sessions.
  • Academic Affairs representatives participated in six meetings of the Vision 2017 Agility Through Technology Committee.
  • IT staff participated in more than 20 planning meetings in 2012 and 2013.

IT open forums, college meetings and faculty committee meetings continue to offer updates and Q&A sessions as well as opportunities to provide input.

UPDATED! Why was Cisco chosen?

In 2012, all CSU campuses, including SJSU were using Cisco networking products including routers and switches.

Shortly after President Qayoumi’s arrival in summer 2011, the SJSU IT Governing Board identified its top 10 IT priorities to enable improved teaching, learning and process efficiencies for SJSU within three to five years. The campus then began to identify possible approaches to deliver effective solutions.

SJSU began by studying options available through the Chancellor’s Office. At meetings on and off-campus, chancellor’s representatives worked closely with San Jose State officials to explore conditions at SJSU, review options available through the Chancellor’s Office, and discover other ways to meet the needs of SJSU students, faculty and staff. SJSU determined options offered by the Chancellor’s Office would not meet its needs within the prescribed time frame.

SJSU then looked at the feasibility of utilizing external vendors. The feasibility of a single-vendor approach and a best-of-breed (putting together our own system by choosing components from different vendors) approach were evaluated.

Single-vendor approach

  • integrated technology solutions proven at many organizations
  • coordinated deployment and upgrade paths established by the vendor
  • single point of escalation for technology support problems
  • reduced risk in terms of depending on available SJSU staff knowledge for support
  • may not deliver latest technology features in every infrastructure area

Best-of-breed approach

  • optimized technology solutions for each infrastructure area
  • reduced risk in terms of single vendor going out of business
  • required campus integration between different vendor solutions
  • multiple points of escalation for problem resolution
  • higher reliance on SJSU staff to resolve configuration and compatibility issues
  • typically, more time needed to deploy technology solutions

SJSU selected a single-vendor approach providing Cisco products and services for the following reasons: Cisco was a recognized leader in the wired and wireless networking space; Cisco offered an integrated solution; the single-vendor approach meshed well with available campus staffing and skill sets; and the single-vendor approach met SJSU’s delivery timeline.

To move the campus forward deliberately and quickly, SJSU formed the Next Generation Technology Project, with the goal of creating a pathway to a robust and vibrant IT environment that aligned with the “agility through technology” goal in SJSU’s Strategic Plan and the infrastructure technology needs outlined in the university’s Academic Plan.

It is worth noting that products and services for this project are not purchased directly from Cisco. Cisco sells its products and services through authorized distributors. The CSU had contracted with AT&T to buy Cisco products and services for many years, including products installed at SJSU. SJSU has contracted with Nexus to buy Cisco products and services.  Most, but not all, of the components of SJSU’s network infrastructure are from Cisco.

Did Cisco make donations to SJSU?

Cisco made donations totaling $839,951 from 2006 to 2013.  The majority of these gifts went to the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering, supporting the MESA Engineering Program, student scholarships, peer advisors and many student organizations including the Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists, the Black Alliance of Scientists and Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers.

In addition, Cisco made a $2,000 gift to SJSU to sponsor a table at the Inauguration Banquet for President Qayoumi. Cisco was one of six entities that sponsored tables at the event.

On a related note, Cisco invited President Qayoumi to speak at a technology conference in Australia and therefore paid for the president’s airfare. This was not a vacation; it was a three-day business trip.

Why wasn’t there a competitive bidding process?

Cisco was chosen through an approved no-bid process because extensive research showed SJSU was entering into a contract for pricing that was 60 percent below market rates and because SJSU wanted to move quickly given the campus was in dire need, particularly with respect to WiFi, computer labs, and data security.

State law permits public agencies to work with single vendors as long as the agencies demonstrate good-faith efforts to secure a fair price. SJSU negotiated deeper discounts for Cisco products and services than other public agencies that had used competitive bidding for similar services. This was well documented in project plans.

The Chancellor’s Office reviewed and approved SJSU’s solicitation plan, in compliance with state law and CSU policy. With these safeguards in place, and given the many years SJSU’s technology needs had been neglected, it made sense to proceed.

UPDATED! Why isn’t SJSU working with the CSU’s networking provider, Alcatel-Lucent?

There was no CSU agreement in place with Alcatel-Lucent when SJSU’s tech project commenced. In a December 2013 memorandum from the Chancellor’s Office to all CSU campuses, Executive Vice Chancellor Quillian wrote “San Jose State is exempted from adopting [Alcatel-Lucent as its network provider]. The campus’ significant, recent investment with a different provider took place prior to the agreement with Alcatel-Lucent.”

The chancellor’s Common Network Initiative (CNI) is focused on the replacement of end-of-life routers, switches, and firewalls. SJSU required far more than replacement parts. The network needed to be expanded, wireless access improved and expanded, the phone system replaced, and academic technology modernized.

If SJSU waited for the Chancellor’s Office’s CNI solution, SJSU would have been required to purchase these items separately (including significant costs to expand the campus wireless network), would not have had the benefit of network upgrades for an additional year, and would not have received the benefits of a unified technology network. SJSU was also concerned about timing. As of fall 2014, it appears CNI has assisted with replacements at just five campuses.

UPDATED! How much has SJSU spent on this? What is SJSU getting for such a big investment?

As of Oct. 1, 2014, SJSU has spent $25.2 million. The project has many concurrent initiatives:

  • security, $1,222,111
  • telephone systems, $3,329,405
  • network, $11,570,862 (This is greater than the original estimate of $9.5 million. The difference covered the replacement of a large number of autonomous networks discovered later on campus.)
  • classroom and video technology, $6,883,230 (This includes both classroom hardware and software licenses for services such as WebEx, Jabber and TelePresence. These tools are available to all students, faculty and staff.)
  • laptop and desktop computers, $346,240
  • servers, web, and professional development, $1,804,209
  • total, $25,156,058

It should be noted that many SJSU departments now have lower telephone bills. Prior to July 2013, SJSU’s IT unit recovered costs for telecommunications by charging campus units a monthly telephone line fee and actual toll charges (local and long distance).

In addition, campus units were charged for moves, adds, and changes to existing services. All telephone lines bore fees, regardless of fund source. General Fund units paid a $5 per month line fee and self-support/auxiliary units paid a $25 per month line fee.

The university funded the differential line fees. Network fees were determined on a case-by-case basis. With the new phone system, state-support campus units will no longer be billed for telecom or network services that are identified as baseline services.

How was the tech upgrade funded?

Through equal contributions from three sources: the Continuing Education Reserve Fund (CERF); the lease and eventual sale of campus broadband capacity; and campus operating funds.

What about student fees?

A portion of the Student Success, Excellence and Technology Fee (SSETF) is set aside for ongoing technology investments.

There are rumors of missing technology equipment. Is that true?

On Oct. 1, the University Police Department arrested Jose Javier Farias on suspicion of burglary and embezzlement of university property. Farias, a university employee, was booked into Santa Clara County jail. He later posted bail and was released.  The police investigation that began in March is continuing. University police encourages anyone with potentially relevant information to contact UPD at 408-924-2222. The university is pursuing recovery of the missing equipment.

 

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Creating a New Paradigm: SJSU’s Tech Upgrade

By Information Technology Services and the Division of Academic Affairs

Two years ago, San Jose State University launched a five-year, $28 million initiative to support faculty members in using and applying next generation collaboration technologies to student learning. This series of investments is addressing specific information technology infrastructure areas deemed essential to realizing the “Unbounded Learning” capabilities envisioned in SJSU’s Strategic Plan: Vision 2017. Although the roll out will continue for several more years, SJSU is already experiencing tangible, positive results detailed below and in these frequently asked questions.

Wi-Fi

SJSU’s Wi-Fi service now spans nearly six million square feet of indoor space (Steve Proehl photo).

SJSU’s Wi-Fi service now spans nearly six million square feet of indoor space (Steve Proehl photo).

In fall 2012, Wi-Fi coverage was spotty and unreliable. It was impossible to teach a class or conduct an exam with materials on the web. Students drifted around campus, searching for a signal. There was no Wi-Fi access for guests and students living in our residence halls. All this has changed.

Over the past two years, SJSU has expanded its free, secure, wireless Internet service to serve all students, faculty, staff and guests, including prospective students and family members. Wi-Fi is reliable and available in all classrooms, campus buildings and student residences. The number of concurrent Wi-Fi connections during the day is more than 11,000 devices, double what was possible two years ago. Students have reported seeing Internet speeds over 100 megabytes.

Two years ago, students living in SJSU’s residence halls had to bring their own Internet routers to campus if they wanted to access the web. Today, SJSU provides Internet access to students living on campus, allowing them to connect with the content they need from the desks in their rooms.

Collaboration Technologies

Essential to realizing SJSU’s Strategic Plan are several key technologies that support robust, ubiquitous connectivity and unfettered video and audio communications among students, faculty, staff and experts worldwide.

For example, WebEx web conferencing allows professors to mix traditional and virtual class sessions throughout the semester, adding flexibility to their curricula and making the classroom an unbounded space for collaboration, anytime and anywhere.

Next Generation Classrooms

In the past two years, SJSU outfitted five classrooms and one auditorium with high-definition, interactive video conferencing that includes recording, indexing and word-search capabilities for all classroom exercises including lectures. Additionally, 17 conference rooms and offices were upgraded with similar functionalities.

In these rooms, students, faculty and staff can access interactive lectures by professors or industry experts worldwide. Students can even see exhibits shared by those speaking from remote locations.

Before this technology was installed, the best we could do was a few people sitting around a speaker phone. Now, classrooms feature high-speed, interactive video streaming.

Instructors have found the technology productive and useful. Based on faculty experience and feedback, additional classroom configurations will be developed and implemented.

Here are specific examples of how Next Gen classrooms are being used today.

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An advertising class uses new tech tools to collaborate with industry experts (Wes Dorman photo).

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication 

  • Student groups present advertising projects to industry experts including a New York ad agency.
  • Previously, presentations were filmed and sent to New York. Feedback came days or weeks later.
  • Now, a classroom connection is made with the ad agency using Telepresence.
  • Recordings are available for playback later. This demonstrates how IT supports the academic mission.
  • The results include enhanced experiential learning capabilities; real-time feedback from industry experts; and the ability to review feedback from industry experts.
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Public health students gain real-world and global experience by connecting with an Alebrije artisan community in Mexico (CASA Blog image).

The Master’s in Public Health Program

  • From admissions to graduation, the program has been redesigned to incorporate new technology.
  • For example, virtual classes are conducted via WebEx and multimedia course content is provided online.
  • In addition, the program connects with an Alebrije artisan community in Mexico to provide real-world experiences to students. Video conferencing with the artisan families enables more frequent and personal contact.
  • Results include enhanced experiential learning capabilities; a new social responsibility program for high school students interested in the Alebrije project; reduced costs for students traveling to and from campus; and flexibility for students seeking to meet personal and job responsibilities.
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The Connie L. Lurie College of Education established a research effort to evaluate 21st century classrooms (Carl Best photo).

The Connie L. Lurie College of Education

  • The college seeks to develop tomorrow’s leading educators.
  • Instructors teach a program demonstrating how to bring tech innovations into today’s schools.
  • The SJSU classroom solution includes SmartBoards, mobile and flexible furniture, room archetypes, Wi-Fi, and Mediascape video booths.
  • The college instituted collaborative applications such as Skype, WebEx and Canvas to extend the classroom and support a flipped-classroom approach.
  • Results include the establishment of a research effort to evaluate the qualitative and quantitative impacts of the 21st century classroom program.

Computer Labs

Outdated computer labs were once all too common at SJSU. In the past two years, more than 1,600 computers have been refreshed including the replacement of hundreds of machines that were eight or more years old. Next steps include virtualizing the labs to allow students the freedom to use any Internet device to access the computer labs and up-to-date software.

Unified Communication

Before infrastructure improvements began in 2012, SJSU had five distinct phone systems of various ages and capabilities. SJSU’s commitment to agility through technology strongly suggested the need for a modern campus communication system. This resulted in plans to replace all the antiquated phone systems in favor of a single solution with capabilities beyond anything previously experienced on campus.

Four of the five systems have been replaced. New phone instruments utilizing Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) are being distributed to faculty, staff, and classrooms. These phones support advanced services including audio and video communication from hardwired, wireless and mobile devices.

Now, faculty and staff phone numbers can “go mobile.” This means all phone features, including video, forwarding and voicemail, can be accessed on laptops, desktops and mobile phones. Additional unified communication functions include instant messaging with SJSU employees and instant WebEx meetings, allowing faculty and staff to better support students and each other.

U.S. Cyber Challenge and SJSU to Host Cyber Security Executive Roundtable

SJSU Hosts U.S. Cyber Challenge Camp and Cyber Security Executive Roundtable

 U.S. Cyber Challenge and SJSU to Host Cyber Security Executive Roundtable

Attendees to the invitation-only camps were selected based in part on their scores from Cyber Quests, an online competition offered through the U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) in April that drew over a thousand participants from approximately 400 schools nationwide.

Media Contact: Kathryn Hanson Sherman Worldwide, 847-337-1818, Katie@ShermanWorldwide.com

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 6, 2012 — Keith Tresh, California director and chief information security officer, and Karen Evans, national director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge, will host a roundtable discussion featuring national experts from government, technology and academia on Aug. 7 at noon at the SJSU Student Union.

The event, “2012 California Regional Cyber Security Boot Camp Executive Roundtable Discussion” will examine the critical gap in the cyber security workforce and identify opportunities for closing the gap through creative partnerships and increased focus on education.

The executive roundtable will include Dr. Ernest McDuffie, lead for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Sean Catlett, COO, iSight Partners (National Technology Partner); David Melnick, board director, ISC2; Craig Spohn, Safegov and executive director/president of the Cyber Innovation Center; Harry Herington, CEO, NIC Inc.; Tony Summerlin, founder & CEO, Kickstand; and Gary Warzala, chief information security 0fficer, Visa.

Less than 10 percent of the estimated necessary 30,000 skilled security professionals are in the workplace; It is clear that addressing the gap has never been greater. Through candid discussion and interaction with the audience, the roundtable will assess where skills are most needed, by whom and how best to teach them.  Questions to be examined will include: Should a minimum set of qualifications of technical skills be taught and tested in cyber security programs?  Should colleges be incentivized to transform their programming courses to make security an integral part of the teaching and grading? The roundtable will provide follow-up to the Human Capital Crisis in Cyber Security report, issued by the Center for Strategic and International Studies last fall to assess what has been accomplished and what needs to be done.

2012 U.S. Cyber Challenge Summer Camp

The event is held in conjunction with the 2012 U.S. Cyber Challenge Summer Camp, taking place at San Jose State University Aug. 6-10.  The camp is designed to provide attendees with intensive training and other opportunities to enhance their skills and become the nation’s next generation of cyber security professionals.

The camp curriculum includes in-depth workshops on a range of topics, including penetration testing, reverse engineering, and forensics, all taught by college faculty, SANS Institute senior instructors and other cyber security experts.  The week will be capped off by a virtual “capture the flag” competition and awards ceremony on Fri., Aug. 10, at the university.  ISC2 will present $1,000 scholarships to the winning capture-the-flag team.

The camp is supported in part through sponsorships with Juniper, Avue Technologies, Safegov.org and partnerships with SANS Institute, Booz Allen Hamilton, and San Jose State University.  Local sponsors include Facebook, McAfee, nCircle, Symantec, Veracode and Visa.

More than 50 individuals will be attending the San Jose State University camp and the Executive Roundtable.

Attendees to the invitation-only camps were selected based in part on their scores from Cyber Quests, an online competition offered through the U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) in April that drew over a thousand participants from approximately 400 schools nationwide.  Cyber Camp invitations were also extended to individuals who demonstrated proficiency in other U.S. Cyber Challenge competitions, such as the Cyber Foundations, CyberPatriot, NetWars, and the DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge.

The camp participants will gain an understanding of the dimensions of the workforce shortage — and see how critical their technical skills are to the solution. They will also learn about opportunities available to them through USCC and its partners.

The 2012 Cyber Summer Camp Series features two national week-long camps and two statewide camps. The camps are part of several initiatives underway through USCC, a national campaign focused on identifying and developing cyber security talent to meet the country’s critical cyber security workforce needs.

For more information about the Cyber Camp program and each of the specific camps, visit U.S. Cyber Challenge online at www.uscyberchallenge.org.

About U.S. Cyber Challenge:

The mission of the US Cyber Challenge (USCC) is to significantly reduce the shortage in the cyber workforce by serving as the premier program to identify, attract, recruit and place the next generation of cyber security professionals.

USCC’s goal is to find 10,000 of America’s best and brightest to fill the ranks of cyber security professionals where their skills can be of the greatest value to the nation.

 

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:
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(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.

A group of graduates pose with diplomas with a professor at commencement. All dressed in black cap and gowns smiling.

SJSU to Honor Three Distinguished Graduates at Commencement and Honors Convocation 2011

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James E. Thompson will serve as commencement speaker.

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

Commencement 2011:
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SAN JOSE, CA – San Jose State University’s 2011 Commencement speaker will be James E. Thompson, founder and chairman of The Crown Worldwide Group, the world’s largest privately-held group of international moving companies. Also, Major General Anthony L. Jackson will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at Commencement, and Los Angeles Times Columnist Steve Lopez will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at Honors Convocation. These three gentlemen are SJSU alumni.

“All three honorees personify what we strive to nurture here at San Jose State: excellence, integrity, and service,” said Interim President Don W. Kassing. “They also exemplify the breadth and depth of our academic offerings, which evolved over our 154-year history to serve our region and beyond.”

Commencement will begin at 9:30 a.m. May 28 in Spartan Stadium. Approximately 7,000 candidates who completed their studies in August 2010, December 2010 and May 2011 will be eligible to participate. Honors Convocation will begin at 6 p.m. April 29 in the SJSU Event Center. 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.

James E. Thompson

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from SJSU in 1962, Thompson settled in Japan. Upon recognizing the need for a reputable international moving service, he established a small company in Yokohama.  Today, Hong Kong-based Crown Worldwide’s 4,000 employees operate over 250 locations in 55 countries, serving governments, corporations, diplomats and private customers. Thompson remains a U.S. citizen and permanent resident.

Thompson is a member of the SJSU College of Business Global Leadership Council. He also founded SJSU’s Thompson Global Internship Program, which offers students opportunities to live abroad while completing a project for Crown Worldwide. In Hong Kong, he serves as chairman or board member of numerous charitable organizations. His particular interests are charities related to children, cancer, education and HIV/AIDS.  Thompson has received numerous commendations including the Gold Bauhinia Star, awarded in 2003 by the Hong Kong government for distinguished service. He is married with a son and daughter.

Major General Anthony L. Jackson

Maj. Gen. Jackson has served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 35 years and is among the highest ranking African Americans in this branch of the armed forces. In his current post as Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations West, Jackson oversees Camp Pendleton, Twentynine Palms and other western bases where Marines train for advanced combat operations. While attending SJSU on a full football scholarship, Jackson played three varsity seasons and was team captain in 1970. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from SJSU in 1971 and 1973, respectively.

In 1975, Jackson enlisted in the Marines to attend Officer Candidate School and began a steady rise up through the ranks, completing assignments throughout the United States. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va., and the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. His many assignments have included: Assistant Chief of Staff (G-5), First Marine Force, deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II; Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Marine Forces, Central Command; and Director of Operations and Logistics, U.S. Africa Command, based in Stuttgart, Germany. Jackson is married and has two sons.

Steve Lopez

Lopez joined the staff of the Los Angeles Times in May 2001 after four years at Time Inc., where he wrote for Time, Sports Illustrated, Life and Entertainment Weekly. Prior to Time Inc., Lopez was a columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Jose Mercury News and the Oakland Tribune. His work has won numerous national journalism awards for column writing and magazine reporting. Lopez earned a bachelor’s in journalism from SJSU in 1975.

A California native, 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 for The Los Angeles Times 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. Lopez is married and has two sons and a daughter.

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.

Students participate in MESA Day events.

Wells Fargo Foundation Gift Funds MESA Schools Program Scholarships for College Bound High School Seniors

Top high school seniors who have participated in MESA will receive $1,000 scholarships funded by Wells Fargo.

Top high school seniors who have participated in MESA will receive $1,000 scholarships funded by Wells Fargo.

Media Contact:
Christina Ramos, SJSU MESA Schools Program Director, (408) 924-3837

SAN JOSE, CA – The MESA Schools Program at San Jose State University received $10,000 from the Wells Fargo Foundation – Silicon Valley to support educationally disadvantaged students who are pursuing college careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The 2011 graduating MESA students from surrounding school districts within the Silicon Valley that have maintained a 3.0 or higher GPA, completed A-G college curriculum requirements, and participated in MESA’s rigorously academic activities throughout their pre-college careers will be honored May 10 at the Santa Clara Marriott. Thanks to the generous donation made by Wells Fargo, students will also receive $1,000 scholarships to go toward their college education.

The event begins with a welcome from MESA Schools Program Director Christina Ramos and a keynote from a distinguished speaker, Chief of Staff, NASA Ames Research Center – Moffett Field, Karen C. Bradford.  Bradford began her work with NASA as executive assistant to the director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, where she helped plan, implement, and serve as project lead for the first NAI Minority Institution Faculty Sabbatical and Secretary for the Federation of Astrobiology Organizations. She has been a civil servant for 23 years and is a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Silicon Valley Chapter, where she currently serves as 2nd vice president and membership committee chair.

In addition to Bradford being the keynote speaker, both NASA Hispanic Advisory Council of Employees and African American Advisory Group will be supporting the top five students with educational stipends and/or summer internships to help MESA students get ahead in their career experience.

“It is so rewarding to celebrate the accomplishments of the MESA students and graduates every year” said MESA Schools Program Director Christina Ramos.  “To have these students recognized by industry, and to see our community and partners then come together support our MESA students in their journey ahead shows just how exceptional MESA student are. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Wells Fargo and NASA, so our future graduates can see that they too will be supported.”

The MESA Schools Program at San Jose State partners and supporters include: EMC², Cisco Systems, Google, Wells Fargo, General Electric, IBM, Intel, AMD, NASA, Pacific Bay Capitol Group, The Tech Museum, Santa Clara Valley Water District, the Society of Mexican American Engineers & Scientists, The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers of Silicon Valley, Applied Materials, San Jose State University, SJSU College of Science, SJSU MESA Engineering Program, SJSU campus organizations, and community partners.

The SJSU MESA Schools Program is designed to prepare and motivate educationally disadvantaged students to successfully pursue college-preparatory coursework and promote careers in math and science, while developing their pre-professional and leadership skills.

MESA, an academic preparation program that serves 20,249 California pre-college, community college and university students who are educationally disadvantaged, is an awarding winning model with a high success rate. Seventy percent of MESA high school graduates statewide went directly to college after graduation compared to 48 percent of all California graduates. Sixty percent of MESA students go on as math, science or engineering majors.

Mohammad Qayoumi

SJSU Officials to Testify at Senate Budget Hearing

Mohammad Qayoumi

Incoming SJSU President Mohammad Qayoumi will speak at a Senate budget committee hearing May 6 at Microsoft.

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

SAN JOSE, CA – Incoming SJSU President Mohammad Qayoumi and SJSU Tower Foundation Board Member Amir Mashkoori will testify at a Senate Budget Committee hearing 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 6 at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus.

The Microsoft Conference Center is in Building 1, 1065 La Avenida, Mountain View. The hearing will also be broadcast live on the Senate Budget Committee website. The committee is chaired by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco).

“My fellow budget committee members and I want to better understand how an additional $14 billion in cuts – which would impact K-12 education, community colleges and universities – would affect local economies and families in each of our communities,” Leno said.

Qayoumi is well positioned to speak on the impact of budget cuts on students as president of CSU East Bay and former associate vice president for administration at San Jose State. His tenure as SJSU president begins July 1.

SJSU Tower Foundation Board Member Amir Mashkoori, B.S. Business ’84, M.B.A ’86, will speak on the impact of education cuts on business. Mashkoori’s background includes 30 years in the semiconductor industry, with nearly two decades at AMD. The Tower Foundation assists with management of all SJSU philanthropic donations.

Others testifying include University of California President Mark G. Yudof and Silicon Valley executive Kim Karin Polese, a former Marimba CEO named by several publications as one of the top business entrepreneurs in the country.

More than 235,000 people attend public colleges and universities in the greater Silicon Valley, including more than 29,000 students at San Jose State. Nearly 600,000 children attend schools in 70 K-12 districts.

Press packets available at the hearing will also include copies of a power point presentation and budget summaries. Those wishing to have electronic copies of this information and a meeting agenda in advance may contact Mark Hedlund, 916-651-4006, mark.hedlund@sen.ca.gov.

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 Breaks Ground on $90 Million Student Union Project

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

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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.

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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

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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

San Jose State Selected For National Honor Recognizing Top Citizen Diplomacy Programs

SJSU Salzburg Program to Serve as Model for Higher Education Globalization

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SAN JOSE, Calif., — The SJSU Salzburg Program has been named one of the nation’s top ten citizen diplomacy programs in the field of higher education by the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy, in partnership with the U. S. State Department and the NAFSA Association of International Educators. Continue reading

SJSU Launches First-Ever Comprehensive Campaign

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

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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.

“Our nursing program is a perfect example of San Jose State University’s direct impact on our community’s quality of life,” Interim President Kassing said. “The Valley Foundation appreciates the critical role our corporate and community partners must play when it comes to providing students with access to the very best academic and professional programs. This gift, and our entire comprehensive fundraising campaign, is about securing a better future not just for our students and our university, but our community and our region.”

The gift will be used for two purposes: to invest in an endowment providing long-term support for the nursing school, and to provide current support for a state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab. In a broader sense, the gift will also allow San Jose State to take a more prominent role in addressing our nation’s nursing shortage. The United States faces a shortfall of up to one million nurses over the next decade. California’s share will be more than 40,000 full-time-equivalent nurses. The Valley Foundation, based in Los Gatos, serves Santa Clara County by funding non-profits in the health care and medical services fields, including educational institutions.

“When most aspiring students from our community set out to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing, there is just one place to go and that is San Jose State,” The Valley Foundation Chairman Phillip R. Boyce, who graduated from SJSU in 1966 with a business degree. “The Valley Foundation is proud to support these students and the university because we know our gift will impact the quality of care in doctor’s offices, hospitals, and health care facilities of all kinds in our region and beyond.”

Founded in 1955, the SJSU School of Nursing is the only public institution granting bachelor’s and master’s nursing degrees in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey counties. Current enrollment exceeds 1,400 nursing and pre-nursing students, instructed by over 50 faculty members. The clinical simulation lab features hi-fidelity mannequins including adult, child, toddler, infant, and birthing mother units. Programmed scenarios expose students to common and uncommon treatment decisions, team and family-member communication practice, and the debriefing and reflection that follow.

“Acceleration” marks the first time in SJSU’s 153-year history that the university will launch a highly organized, resourced and targeted effort to raise millions of dollars. The campaign encompasses all seven colleges, the University Library, Student Affairs and Intercollegiate Athletics. SJSU will seek gifts from private individuals, corporations and foundations in support of four areas: Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship ($75 million), An Investment in Students ($67 million), The Gateway to Silicon Valley and Beyond ($24 million), and Support for Existing Programs ($34 million).

Learn more about “Acceleration: The Campaign for San Jose State University.”

Learn more about the SJSU School of Nursing.

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.