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

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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

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.

“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.

Filmmaker Michael Moore to Speak at SJSU

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

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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

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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.

Contact:
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.