Filmmaker Michael Moore to Speak at SJSU

Moore Will Receive the Steinbeck Award “In the Souls of the People”

Contact: Pat Lopes Harris, 408-656-6999

SAN JOSE, Calif., — Academy Award winning filmmaker and author Michael Moore has been named a recipient of the Steinbeck Award “In the Souls of the People” by the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University. Continue reading

U.S. News Rankings 2011

San Jose State Among Top 20 in the West, Engineering Nationally Ranked

Contact: Pat Lopes Harris, 408-656-6999

SAN JOSE, Calif., — Once again, San Jose State University has excelled in the U.S. News & World Report college rankings. The 2011 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” available now online, shows SJSU at 14th overall among the West’s top public universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

“It is wonderful to see San Jose State consistently ranked among the top 20 in the West,” President Don W. Kassing said. “Our university community works hard to keep SJSU among the nation’s best comprehensive universities.”

SJSU’s Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering also received top marks, ranking seventh in the nation among public engineering programs offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, excluding service academies.

Read more from U.S. News & World Report.

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.

Earth Day @ SJSU

Mayor Chuck Reed to Speak on San José’s Green Vision During Sustainability Week at SJSU

View a Sustainability Week event schedule.

Contact: Lynne Trulio, 650-740-9446, Pat Lopes Harris, 408-924-1748

SAN JOSÉ, Calif., — In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, San José Mayor Chuck Reed will give the keynote address for Sustainability Week at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in Engineering 189. Continue reading

Biotech Training Grant

SJSU Research Foundation Awarded $5 million Biotech Training Grant

Contacts for the media:
Jeff Gordon, SJSU Research Foundation, 408-924-7395
Pat Lopes Harris, SJSU Media Relations, 408-924-1748

Contact for prospective students:
Sue Gayrard, SJSU Clinical Laboratory Scientist Training Program, 408-924-4851

SAN JOSÉ, Calif., — The San José State University Research Foundation has received a $5 million federal stimulus grant, the largest of nine similar grants made in California. Continue reading

Haiti Benefit Concert

SAN JOSE, Calif., — Inspired by a blind Haitian violinist’s dedication to music education and his friendship of nearly three decades with an SJSU faculty pianist, the San Jose State University School of Music and Dance will host a Haiti benefit concert. Open to the public, the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 7, in the SJSU Music Concert Hall.

The event will feature San Francisco Symphony guest performers with SJSU faculty members and students. No admission will be charged and parking fees will be waived at SJSU’s South (Seventh Street) Garage, but those planning to attend are being encouraged to bring their cell phones and checkbooks to make donations. Retired SJSU Provost Carmen Sigler will offer opening remarks, and KDFC FM’s Hoyt Smith will emcee the evening.

The concert will benefit the American Red Cross and the New Victorian School, built under the leadership of Julliard-trained blind violinist Romel Joseph. The 7.0 quake that rocked Port-au-Prince three weeks ago destroyed the school, which served children and their families with an emphasis on music and foreign language.

SJSU Professor and pianist Gwendolyn Mok met Joseph in 1982, when both were fellows at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Boston. Mok gave a special performance in Haiti in January 1991 celebrating the bicentennial of Mozart’s death. The event raised funds for the New Victorian, opened later the same year.

As the shocking news of the earthquake unfolded, Mok struggled to make contact with her dear friend. She was relieved to learn that after 18 hours buried under the rubble of his beloved school, Joseph emerged with injuries to his left hand and legs. He was airlifted to a Florida hospital, where he is recovering. His wife, seven months pregnant, remains missing.

“There has always been a bond between Romel and me through the power of music, and now we’re bringing that connection to San Jose, a place constantly confronted by the likelihood of a catastrophic earthquake much like the one that shook Haiti to its core,” Mok said. “We have to step up and help.”

Victoria Joseph, New Victorian’s executive director, will travel to San Jose to share her father’s experiences with concert goers. The audience will be asked to text “HAITI” to 90999 for direct donations to the American Red Cross. They will also be encouraged to write checks to the Walenstein Musical Organization, a charity raising funds to rebuild the New Victorian School.

The American Red Cross name and emblem are used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of any product, service, company or individual.

San José State University will donate all contributions collected through February 7, 2010 to the American Red Cross International Response Fund — Haiti Earthquake Relief.

Pat Lopes Harris, SJSU Media Relations, 408-924-1748
Jim Fung, Event Producer, 408-203-4846

View the Haiti benefit concert’s Facebook page.

View the New Victorian School website.

View a CBS News story on Romel Joseph.