Daneil Guzman is standing in front of a doorframe, smiling to the camera wearing a baseball cap and sweatshirt

McNair Scholar Studies Common Stereotypes of Undocumented Immigrants

Daneil Guzman is standing in front of a doorframe, smiling to the camera wearing a baseball cap and sweatshirt

Senior sociology major Daniel Guzman is one of 27 SJSU McNair Scholars being recognized in the program's most recent newsletter

By Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant

Daniel Guzman is one of 27 McNair Scholars highlighted in the program’s most recent newsletter for his research on the common stereotypes associated with being an undocumented immigrant.

My name is Daniel Guzman. I am the son of Mexican immigrants and I will be the first in my immediate family to graduate from college. I am beginning my fourth year at SJSU, and I am majoring in sociology, concentration in criminology, with a minor in Mexican American studies. My research interests and my passions range from learning about racial and ethnic inequality, to sociology of education, as well as learning crime and deviance. With that said, my ambitions in life would be to effectively address the disparities and inequalities plaguing our communities so that more students of color could have the wonderful opportunities and experiences I have been exposed to these last four years in my undergraduate education at SJSU. Obtaining a Ph.D. would enable me to be a more resourceful individual and furthermore it would be a catalyst for change for Chicano males amongst my family and my peers. In my research, I will be tackling the illegal immigration issue and delineating whether or not the stereotypes associated with being an undocumented immigrant are accurate or falsified. The paper has been very difficult to write, yet rewarding, and I am forever grateful for the mentorship and dedication provided by my mentor, Assistant Professor Vera Sanchez. In my spare time when I am not plagued by endless homework assignments, I enjoy spending time with my family and doing extracurricular activities such as playing soccer, basketball, and handball.

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” -Michael Jordan

Above is one of my favorite quotes that inspire me to keep striving and pushing forward despite my many failures and setbacks.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to prepare underrepresented minorities for graduate education by providing research opportunities  and admissions guidance. Students in the program are required to have a 3.0 GPA, be both first-generation and low-income, and working towards a doctoral degree.

To get a copy of the newsletter, please contact Jeannine Slater at Jeannine.Slater@sjsu.edu or (408) 924-2540.

A view of the SJSUSpartans app featuring the blue and gold spartan helmet with the SJSUSpartans text below it.

SJSU Spartans iPhone App Now Available

A screen shot of the new SJSU mobile app featuring the blue and gold Spartan helmet on a blue background.

The new SJSU Spartans App helps fans keep up with the latest in Spartan Athletics.

San Jose State Athletics and leading technology service provider NeuLion, Inc. launched San Jose State’s new mobile solution for the Apple iPhoneTM, SJSUSpartans.

“We are thrilled to offer Spartan fans a mobile sollution with the debut of the SJSUSpartans app. The iPhone app is just the next step in our commitment to enhance the way fans interact with Spartan Athletics, said Michael Beaubien, Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Multimedia.

Powered by NeuLion technology, the app gives fans access to a complete repository of on-demand video that includes various highlight packages along with exclusive content. The San Jose State iPhoneTM solution has been specifically designed and developed with a suite of video, audio, statistics, content and more, all in one convenient app.

The functionality and features of the application includes: News, Schedules, Scores, Rosters, Photo Gallery, Live Stats, and includes Video On-Demand and Live Audio Streaming. All the development, testing and implementation of San Jose State’s mobile app was done in-house with NeuLion’s industry experts. The NeuLion mobile application provides San Jose State the ability to extend all the compelling content on SJSUSpartans.com to a mobile setting, and connect with fans at all times!

Read full story on sjsuspartans.com

SJSU Athletics and Second Harvest Food Bank Holiday Drive

A banner showing the 2011 Holiday Foodfun featuring the icon of the Second Harvest Food Bank and the Spartan helmet logo.

By participating in the 2011 Holiday Food and Fun Drive, participants will be rewarded with a coupon for discounted admission to various Spartan basketball games.

San Jose State Athletics and Second Harvest Food Bank want to thank you for helping those less fortunate this holiday season. As a reward for your donation we would like to make a contribution to you! If you participate in the Second Harvest Food Bank 2011 Holiday Food and Fund Drive in any manner you will be eligible to receive a coupon for discounted admission to one of the following Spartan Basketball games:

– Men’s Basketball vs. Holy Names (November 22, 7pm SJSU Event Center)

OR

– Women’s Basketball vs. Eastern Illinois (November 23, 7pm SJSU Event Center)

Please visit your local Second Harvest Food Bank location to obtain a coupon. The Spartan Ticket Office located at 1393 S 7th ST, San Jose CA, 95112, will also have receptacles for donations and offer discounts to those who contribute on site.

Read full story on www.sjsuspartans.com

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SJSU Launches New, Student-Designed Website

By Sarah Kyo and Cyril Manning, University Advancement

A new and improved version of the San Jose State website launches Nov. 15. The redesign of SJSU.edu features a cleaner appearance, improved navigation, and a consistent set of templates designed for adoption by departments throughout campus.

“Because of San Jose State’s broad audience, we needed to include a large amount of information in a way that makes everything easy to find,” said Christina Olivas, web designer for SJSU’s Office of Public Affairs. “This was a huge challenge.”

The student-run design studio Design Creature, led by Associate Professor Connie Hwang, was up for that challenge. The student designers created the site’s look and feel based on extensive research and input from the campus community.

Here, Design Creature lead designers Kate Alcid, Nicholas Gonzalez, Marco Huerta and Sean Stanton (all of whom have since graduated) highlight some of the site’s new features:

Screen shot showing main navigation of the new sjsu.edu

Main navigation

Clear navigation & audience-focused “portal pages”
“The main navigation bar (along the top of every page) is tailored to specific audiences,” Huerta said. “We hope this will help users find the content they want in as few as three clicks.” In addition, each audience has a “portal page” that includes resources, news and information specific to their needs. Users will also become familiar with secondary navigation on the right-hand side of the pages as they delve deeper into the site.

Quick links & getting social
“We researched what pages had the most hits, and brought those together on the home page under the ‘quick links’ drop-down menu,” Huerta said. In addition, every page includes prominent icons for accessing key content — MySJSU, Athletics and donating to the university — and integration with social networks.

Improved search
The search bar now features Google-style “search-as-you-type.” The new pages have been constructed to work better with search, so as more pages are migrated to the new design and indexed by the search engine, users will continue to see improvements in their search results.

Screen shot of quick links and icons on the new sjsu.edu

Quick links and icons

Brilliant imagery
A new photo slide-show on the home page “allows users to explore our campus without having to be there,” Gonzalez said. “This feature is intended to drive interest among future students, as well as to allow alumni to ‘visit’ campus.” Beyond the virtual tour, photography has been updated across the site to better convey the character of SJSU.

Consistency & flexibility
The design and new content management system will allow individual departments to share a cohesive look that tells the outside world, “We’re part of San Jose State.” At the same time, the templates are flexible enough to let every department shine and show off its unique personality.

“We designed a template system that allows all departments and colleges to adopt the new design with ease,” Huerta said. “Their content will be displayed beautifully.”

Screen shot of search-as-you-type function on the new sjsu.edu

Search-as-you-type

The great migration
Three departments–Web Services, Public Affairs and University Technology Services–have worked over the past year to implement Design Creature’s ideas.

So far, only top-level sjsu.edu web pages and a handful of university subsites have been migrated to the new design, although many others have begun the migration process. Web Services is offering ongoing training and support to departments and programs as they migrate their own sites to the new design.

Most importantly, the new site was developed with the recognition that technology, user needs, and expectations will continue to change. Even at its launch, new features and improvements to the site are in the works. With the site intended to evolve over time, feedback from the campus community is always welcome.

Related links
Web Redesign Style Guidelines (draft)

Read FAQs about the SJSU Website Redesign 2011.

Learn more about migrating your SJSU website to the new design.

CSU Media Arts Festival Features Six SJSU Projects

Spartans Score at CSU Media Arts Festival

CSU Media Arts Festival Features Six SJSU Projects

An image from "Bye Bye bruce" by SJSU animation/illustration student Yung-Han Chang.

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

Drawing from the excellent work of students throughout the California State University system, the 2011 CSU Media Arts Festival awards competition screened 39 finalist projects including six from SJSU.  A total of $9,000 was awarded to 12 of the finalists Nov. 12 at CSU Fullerton’s Steven G. Mihaylo Hall.

Spartan Wins Rosebud Award

SJSU’s Christine Mahady received a Rosebud Award and $500 check for her feature screenplay “The Domestic Slut.” Other SJSU prize winners included:

Animation
Second Place – Bloom, Brian Kistler and Emily Johnstone
Third Place – Bye-Bye, bruce, Yung Han Chang

Feature Screenplay
Fifth Place – Loser, Tony Tallarico
Sixth Place – Turkey Day, Tull Jordan

Video Games
Second Place – MFA Prep Course, Marek Kapolka and John Bruneau

“The students tap into the most cutting-edge and exciting elements of media arts,” said Joanne Sharp, Media Arts Festival Director.  “The competition sharpens student skills and gives them a chance to prove themselves in front of industry professionals and their peers.”

A panel of distinguished CSU faculty and industry professionals reviewed 162 entries before selecting the 39 finalists.  The finalists represent ten CSU campuses: Channel Islands, Fullerton, Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and San Marcos.  Entry categories include:  Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Interactive, Music Video, Narrative, Television, Video Games, Feature Screenplay, and Short Screenplay.

Cash prizes during the award ceremony include:  $1,000 and Rosebud Award to winner of best in show; $500 and Rosebud Award to winner in each category; $250 to the campus department of each winning category.  Place Awards are also given in each category.

Engineering Students Help Kids Discover Science at AT&T Park

Engineering Students Help Kids Discover Science at AT&T Park

Engineering Students Help Kids Discover Science at AT&T Park

“Our students did an outstanding job, and motivated young people with their projects," said Rendee Doré, engineering outreach coordinator.

By the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering

What can one sheet of plain paper, five paper clips, two blocks, a ruler and a stack of pennies help grade school kids discover about engineering? It’s called the Penny Bridge Challenge: students build a bridge with these materials and learn how civil engineers come up with innovative ideas to rebuild critical infrastructures.

The penny challenge was only one of many fun science discovery activities SJSU engineering students had in their arsenal to delight Bay Area K-12 students at the first-ever Science Discovery Day at AT&T Park, sponsored by BayBio, last weekend. More than 50 SJSU students from three groups – the Engineering Ambassadors Program, materials engineering classes, and the Robotics Club, hopped aboard Caltrain and headed to San Francisco where they participated in the day-long event. This science extravaganza program featured more than 170 interactive exhibits, experiments and other activities for an audience of approximately 15,000. All to inspire young people and their families and to demonstrate that science is fun.

Guiding the engineers of tomorrow

Rendee Doré, engineering outreach coordinator, applauds the successful first-time outreach partnership between the Engineering Ambassadors Program and the other SJSU groups. “Our students did an outstanding job, and motivated young people with their projects. The EAP students truly exemplified their new slogan, ‘Guiding the Engineers of Tomorrow.’ They mentored high school students at the Project Lead the Way tables, sponsored by Chevron, throughout the day. They were true advocates for the message that STEM learning provides an educational pathway for students from middle school to a four-year college.”

Read more.

University Theater Presents Much Ado About Nothing: Love, War, & Comedy in California”

SJSU Presents Much Ado About Nothing: Love, War, & Comedy in California”

University Theater Presents Much Ado About Nothing: Love, War, & Comedy in California”

The production features SJSU's own grupo folklorico, Luna y Sol (photo by Mike Adams).

Script Adapted for a Comic, Unique, Cheerful, and Bilingual Production

Contact: Buddy Butler, San Jose State University Theater, (408) 924-4664

San Jose, Calif. – San Jose State University Theater, directed by Buddy Butler, is proud to announce its newest theater production “Much Ado About Nothing” Nov. 11-19.

The play journeys back to the early days of the Republic of California as William Shakespeare’s clever romantic romp transports the audience to 1846 Monterey, California.  Set against the background of the Mexican American war, “Much Ado About Nothing” excels in combative wit as love faces hilarious, provoking challenges. Will love prevail in this rich comedy that swiftly pits the “battle of the sexes” against the battle for California’s independence? Set to the rhythmic beat of rich traditional Mexican music, “Much Ado About Nothing” is an elegant dance that is cheerful from beginning to end. The production is choreographed by Itza Sanchez from San Jose State’s own acclaimed Grupo folklorico, Luna y Sol.

“I wanted something different,” Buddy Butler said. “I wanted to embrace the wonderful work of art of William Shakespeare and adapt it for an intriguing performance that the San Jose community could relate. In this play, the audience can enjoy the arts, culture, and history of their heritage.”

“Much Ado About Nothing” will run on the following dates: Nov. 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, and 19 at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $5 for high school students, $10 for college students, and $20 for the general public. Tickets are sold online and at the door on the day of the event.  More on “Much Ado About Nothing” or the San Jose State University Theater.

About San Jose State University Theater

The San Jose State University Theatre Co. is where aspiring theatre arts students get together to build their knowledge & creativity to produce both thought provoking & innovative performances.

Passengers boarding VTA light rail.

Recent Grad Wins VTA Mobile App Contest

Passengers boarding VTA light rail.

Vashishtha Jogi, who recently graduated with a master's in computer engineering, won with "San Jose Transit."

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

In June, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority launched a contest challenging professional developers and hobbyists to create a mobile app to enhance the VTA travel experience.  Members of the public submitted a variety of apps that are supported by Apple’s operating system, Google’s Android platform, or both. After carefully evaluating all contest submittals, “San Jose Transit” designed by Vashishtha Jogi was declared the winner! When asked why he entered the VTA contest, Jogi cited his interest in public transit and desire to make it easier for the public to navigate the system. “I love learning new technology, and this industry plays a huge role in my desired career path,” said Jogi.  “I aspire to be someone who builds something useful for other people and not done by anybody else.” Jogi recently completed his master’s in software engineering at San Jose State in August. The app offers schedules for light rail, bus and train service. Read more.

Jack Harding, left, and Natalie Harding pin lieutenant stripes to the uniform of their son, Jack Jr. Photo courtesy of Jack Harding.

Matriarch Influences Family’s Military Service

Jack Harding Sr., left, and Natalie Harding pin lieutenant stripes to the uniform of their son, Jack Jr. Photo courtesy of Jack Harding Sr.

Jack Harding Sr., left, and Natalie Harding pin lieutenant stripes to the uniform of their son, Jack Jr. Photo courtesy of Jack Harding Sr.

By Sarah Kyo, Public Affairs Assistant

The Hardings can thank multiple family members for their military service, including three generations of men named Jack.

Natalie and Jack Harding Sr. are SJSU staff members: She is the director of Academic Budgets, and he works on all of the campus telephone lines, as the telecommunications network analyst.

Their son, Jack Jr., graduated from SJSU in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy.

After completing internships, Jack Jr. thought about what to do with his post-college life. During that time, two people close to him died, including his grandmother.

“When she passed, it put things into perspective that basically I just needed to do it,” Jack Jr. said about joining the military.

Jack Jr. shocked his parents when he told them that he had enlisted in the Marines.

“We never really wanted him to join because of the war that was going on,” Jack Sr. said.

Jack Jr. said he knew joining the military during wars in Afghanistan and Iraq meant deployment. What was most important to him, though, was serving his country. Natalie says Jack Jr.’s grandmother influenced her son’s decision.

“My Lola had a huge impact on it,” Jack Jr. said of his grandmother. She would tell her grandson that he would make a good officer.

Jack Jr. was in Afghanistan for seven months. He recently earned the rank of captain.

The late matriarch and patriarch, Clara and Jack – affectionately known as Lola and Grandpa Jack – impacted their family’s attitudes and experiences with the military.

After all, the U.S. military brought together a poor boy from an Arkansas farm and a young girl from a wealthy Filipino family.

World War II and Its Aftermath

Jack Harding Sr.'s parents pose for their wedding portrait. Photo courtesy of Jack Harding Sr.

Jack Harding Sr.'s parents, Clara and Jack, pose for their wedding portrait. Photo courtesy of Jack Harding Sr.

Wanting to make a better life for himself, Grandpa Jack voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, predecessor for the Air Force. He would make a career out of his service, traveling to locations as diverse as the Pentagon and the Philippines.

It was in the Philippines where he met his future wife Clara, who worked at the United States’ Clark Air Field Base.

During World War II, not long after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Japan gained control of Clark Air Field Base. Clara and her family lived nearby in Angeles City, so they fled to the city of Bataan.

They thought the American forces were going to save them, but they never came, Jack Sr. said.

Instead, the Japanese captured Clara and her family, who became part of the 75,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war involved in the infamous Bataan Death March. Thousands died during the brutal return to the capital city, Manila.

To protect her daughters from being raped by soldiers, Clara’s mother put dirt on their faces and matted their hair to disguise their beauty – it worked.

Clara’s father was sent to a prison camp, where he would eventually die. A brother died in a siege at Corregidor Island in the Philippines.

During the United States’ Liberation of Manila in 1945, Clara and her remaining family lived in a bomb crater covered with tin. They were stuck in the middle of a fierce battle, and Clara lost another brother that night.

“Her brother was killed that night by an artillery shell,” Jack Sr. said. “He came outside of the hole to make sure they were going to be OK, I guess, and an artillery shell hit a tree he was sitting under and killed him.”

The next day, they heard a rumbling sound and popped out of the hole in the ground, only to be surrounded by — U.S. troops, who saved them.

“They scared the crap out of some poor, young G.I. because they were all dirty,” Jack Sr. said. “They looked like rats living in these holes.”

A couple years after the liberation, Clara met Grandpa Jack, stationed at nearby Clark AFB. They married and started a family.

Jack Sr. became emotional when thinking about his late mother and what she had been through during the war.

“She’s indebted to this country and the military because they saved her and her family,” he said, his voice breaking and his eyes teary. “That’s why she always encouraged my son and myself to join the military because of what they did.”

The 1970s and Beyond

Jack Harding Sr. sits in a jet. Harding served as a Navy jet mechanic. Photo courtesy of Jack Harding Sr.

Jack Harding Sr. served as a Navy jet mechanic. Photo courtesy of Jack Harding Sr.

After retiring from the military in 1973 as master sergeant, Grandpa Jack moved his wife and eight kids to San Jose. Jack Sr. said he didn’t do too well in school, so his mother suggested that he look into the military.

“Maybe they’ll straighten you up, and you’ll enjoy it,” she told him.

Jack Sr. actively served in the U.S. Navy as a jet mechanic from 1976 to 1980, and was in the reserves for eight years afterward.

He said he loved the experience, which gave him responsibilities and leadership training.

For the Hardings, Veterans Day is about family. Jack Sr.’s wife, Natalie, thinks of the sacrifices that families make for their loved ones who are serving.

For Jack Jr., he acknowledges his family at home and his fellow soldiers, “the family in your mind that you’re fighting for and the family next to you that you’re fighting with.” 

Jack Sr. expressed thanks to those who serve in the military.

“You know, my mom appreciated the American military ’til the very end, which she tried to instill in us, which she did and we all do,” Jack Sr. said. “All I can say is what these young men and women sacrifice for this country, life and limb, where would we be in this country without them?”

Escape with Campus Outdoor Adventures

Students gather in front of sequoia trees to pose for a picture at the Nicene Marks State Park. They are wearing jackets and have backpacks on ready to hike.

The writer, junior journalism/nutrition major Amanda Holst, with fellow students, alumni, and community members as they prepare for an 11-mile hike in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This is just one of many outdoor adventures Campus Recreation offers (photo by Ya Vang).

By Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant

Escaping in the middle of the semester doesn’t have to cost much or take away an excessive amount of time. That’s what I learned over the weekend hiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains with Outdoor Adventures, a daylong experience offered by Associated Students’ Campus Recreation.

My outdoor adventure began not too far away from home in the beautiful redwoods of Nicene Marks State Park, four miles north of Aptos, Calif. As instructed, I brought ­­plenty of water, a packed lunch and lots of excitement. Never really considering myself an athlete or an outdoors person, I was a little apprehensive about ‘roughing’ it, but was open to experimenting outside my comfort zone.

My two knowledgeable adventure leaders eased my nerves about the terrain, emergency situations that we could possibly encounter and the proverbial mountain creatures that were lurking all around us. I also met eight wonderful SJSU students, alum and community members to make plenty of noise with and to connect with throughout the day.

There were many trails that we went on, each seeming like an adventure within an adventure. We came across exquisite scenery including the towering sequoias trees, brave runners and mountain bikers overcoming the many obstacles, and my favorite mountainside marvels- banana slugs!

I learned a great deal about myself, about nature and about an outdoor campus community. In a team setting, I found all of us problem-solving and thinking on our feet, most notably when we had to use our wits to cross a stream in order to get back on our trail.

My random get-away was a great opportunity to take time out to do something different and was just the challenge I needed to bring back my mental focus for the rest of the semester. Besides, if I can hike 11 miles, I can do just about anything, right?

Adventures can range in price and are open to students, faculty, staff and other community members. To find out more about the programs Campus Recreation offers, please contact Kirky at (408) 924-6218.

Bay Area Science Festival Features Green Ninja

Bay Area Science Festival Features Green Ninja

Bay Area Science Festival Features Green Ninja

The sign says, "I have plants in my backyard, and I don't watch TV!"

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

The Green Ninja, a climate action super hero created at San Jose State, made a personal appearance at the Bay Area Science Festival Nov. 6 in AT&T Park.

This inaugural event sought to engage Bay Area residents in a region-wide celebration of its scientific wonders, resources, and opportunities by exploring the role of science, engineering, and technology locally and in the world.

The Green Ninja is a climate-action superhero who fights global warming by inspiring informed personal action. A series of webisodes, written and produced by SJSU student/faculty teams, highlight the adventures of the Green Ninja as he negotiates some of the trickiest areas in climate science.

The meteorology and climate science, animation/illustration, and TV, radio, film and theatre collaborated to bring the Green Ninja to life. At the festival, he and his team met participants and staffed a table where they played a carbon game.

SJSU Students Attend the Ottawa International Animation Festival

SJSU Students Attend International Animation Festival

SJSU Students Attend the Ottawa International Animation Festival

Professor David Chai and Lecturer David Yee accompanied a group of 10 Animation/Illustration students to the 2011 Ottawa International Animation Festival (photo courtesy of Alice Carter).

By Professor and Animation Coordinator Alice Carter

Professor David Chai and Lecturer David Yee accompanied a group of 10 Animation/Illustration students to the 2011 Ottawa International Animation Festival. From September 23-25, the group viewed some of the world’s most innovative animation packed into a comprehensive festival program. The four-day schedule included more than 75 short films, two feature films, and a slate of presentations by leading professionals in the field. Animation/ Illustration student Jeannie Chang returned with an expanded world-view. “Going to Ottawa is like taking your eyes and your mind out for a walk. You get to see how artists all over the world use animation in different ways to express their ideas and creativity,” she writes. Alvyn Villanueva was similarly inspired. “The trip to Canada marked a lot of ‘firsts’ for me, first time on a plane, first time in another country, first time meeting so many people working in the same field, and all as part of a positive and broadening experience.” For Leann Hill, the experience was not entirely unfamiliar. “Going to the Ottawa Animation Festival is a lot like animating at SJSU: You stay up all night but you get to learn an incredible amount while spending your time with amazing people.”

Rich Kelley and Cheryl Vargas sit around a table with SJSU students surrounded by trees at the 2010 A.S. Retreat.

Growth In Clubs and Organizations Creates New Campus Vibe

By Ryan Whitchurch, Public Affairs Assistant

students gathered around in a circle listening to Blake Balajadia present at the Fraternal Values Summit in 2011.

Blake Balajadia presents to students at the 2011 Fraternal Values Summit.

The moment he stepped onto campus in fall 2008, Cesar Delgadillo, a fourth-year design studies major, felt a sense of pride for San Jose State University based on his freshmen orientation experience.

“I remember seeing the connection all of the orientation leaders had with one another,” said Delgadillo. “This made me want to get more involved so that I could have similar connections during my college career, and I’m happy that I did.”

The next year, Delgadillo applied to become a Frosh Orientation leader and was granted the position. Since acquiring this role, Delgadillo has joined a number of other campus organizations that he feels have helped him become more comfortable with himself and his leadership capabilities.

Today at SJSU, the number of students involved on campus is on the rise, creating a spike in the number of campus clubs and organizations and some impressive participation numbers. Associate Director of Student Involvement Emily Bauer says the unprecedented amount of students getting involved is creating a shift in campus culture.

“When I came in 2007, it seemed like people just went about their business and went home,” Bauer said. “These days, we have seen an increase in participation in all programs making SJSU a destination campus that students want to come to.”

In 2006, there were 225 on-campus organizations at SJSU. Today there are 359 student organizations, and Bauer expects this number will grow to around 400 organizations by the end of the year.

“On campus today there’s a different feeling,” said Blake Balajadia, assistant director for fraternity and sorority life. “the university is coming alive like never before.”

Students that get involved in a campus club, organization, leadership role or Greek life reap plenty of benefits, Balajadia said. Building a greater connection to SJSU propels students towards graduation and establish networks that may help them secure a job after graduation, he said.

“I always urge students to take a chance and check out a club or event that interests them,”  Balajadia said, “If all you walk out of this university with is a piece of paper, you’re really missing out.”

San Jose State is also making sure new Spartans connect with the university from their first day on campus. SJSU’s Frosh Orientation, a mandatory overnight program for incoming freshmen, is setting a new standard for students and is a driving force behind the increasing involvement trends.

“This past summer, the Frosh Orientation program, served nearly 4,300 students and 1,600 family members,” said Director of Student Involvement Richard Kelley.

Kelley said this year’s summer program had the largest class to date and received its highest evaluation and assessment scores in its 10-year history. A turning points in creating more campus pride began with increased support from former President Don Kassing.

“He made creating a sense of connection and pride at SJSU a priority,” Kelley said. “It was only when engagement and involvement became priorities that our campus could see change.”

Five years later, an increase in enrollment paired with a shift in campus participation from students hungrier to get more involved has SJSU’s campus life flourishing.

“There is a bigger sense of community on campus. I would say it just feels different and it feels great!” Bauer said. “People are excited to be here and want to make the most of their time at SJSU.”

Students can learn more about the organizations on campus and how to get involved by visiting http://www.sjsu.edu/bored, or attending an event for an on campus club or organization.

two rows of male singers in a practice room

“Real Men Sing” Hosts High School Talent

two rows of male singers in a practice room

The workshop will conclude with an informal concert at 11:45 a.m. Oct. 28 in the Music Concert Hall.

By Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant

Hear the combined vocal power of high school and college men at an informal concert ending “Real Men Sing,” a one-day workshop offered this Friday by the School of Music and Dance.

“The purpose is to encourage life-long singing, especially among men,” said SJSU Director of Choral Activities Jeffrey Benson. “It is also a recruitment tool to get high school guys all over the Bay Area.”

The concert will start at 11:45 a.m. Oct. 28 in the Music Concert Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

The event provides a big brother experience for college men who may not get the opportunity to sing because their school programs are not big enough to have a men’s chorus.

“This gives them a chance to learn some men’s chorus rep, and just be able to sing as a group of men,” Benson said.

Around 375 high school men from 15 to 20 high schools will sing with the men’s choral programs of SJSU and West Valley College, a co-sponsor of the event.

The students will rehearse throughout the morning under the direction of guest conductor and SJSU alumnus Paul Head, director of choral activities at the University of Delaware.

“It’s fun to know that I am actually contributing to someone growing in some sort of way, whether it be music or themselves,” said junior music education and vocal performance student Albert Mabeza

Mabeza’s acapella men’s group, Pitch Please, will premiere at “Real Men Sing.” The group, consisting of 13 guys, plans to tour local high school choir programs.

“We want to show people that SJSU has diversity in a lot of different kinds of music, and we are flexible with our programs,” Mabeza said.

Teriyaki Tofu Salad and Quinoa in a white-rimmed bowl.

Eating Healthy For a Day at San Jose State

Teriyaki Tofu Salad and Quinoa in a white-rimmed bowl.

Grounded's Teriyaki Tofu Salad with Quinoa is just one of the many healthy options being offered on campus (photo by Elena Polanco).

By Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant

Eating healthy at school can be challenging, especially with so many options staring you in the face. I had always brought my food from home because I was not satisfied with the freshness, price and portion size being offered on campus. Recently, I have been hearing about new fresh options (like the all-vegan salad bar in the Dining Commons and the addition of fruits and vegetables in the Village Market) popping up around campus, so I wanted to see if I could eat healthy for a day.

For breakfast, I headed off to Just Below, under MacQuarrie Hall near the South Garage to see what light options I could find. I saw healthy and organic food, including vegetarian-friendly and gluten-free items. Organic options included smoked jerky, oat bars, and organic drinks with omega-3’s and antioxidants — there was so much to choose from! I decided to try the steel-cut oatmeal, topped with raisins, cranberries, almonds, walnuts, and sliced bananas. I was happy to see that the portion came in small and that I could chose my own ingredients. On my way out, I saw reasonably priced produce at the Spartan Smart Cart, so I grabbed a pear for later.

For lunch, I had to try Grounded, the new vegetarian organic eatery located in the Business Tower courtyard on the east side of campus. Entrees on the menu included egg salad with pitas, falafels, and taco salad with blue chips. I ventured out and tried their chicken teriyaki tofu salad with quinoa, consisting of colorful edamame, tofu, and red cabbage. It was cool, fragrant and light. The portion size was the perfect amount and I didn’t feel bogged down afterwards.

My last stop was On Fourth Cafe for dinner located on the first floor of King Library. Again, there were many healthy choices, including gourmet salads, whimsically named sandwiches (like the Tom Sawyer and Humpty Dumpty), wraps, paninis, and quiche. I ordered a baked potato with salsa and a small potato soup. I was pleasantly surprised at how low the cost was for a hearty and healthy dinner.

After my eating-healthy-for-a-day challenge, I can honestly say that I am no longer skeptical about campus food because I know I don’t have to go far or look hard to find healthy options.

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SJSU Receives $2 Million Federal Grant to Improve Student Writing Skills

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The grant will fund three activities: writing workshops for students, writing workshops for the faculty, and an effort to improve writing assignments in General Education classes.

Contact: Pat Lopes Harris, SJSU Media Relations, 408-924-1748

The San Jose State University Research Foundation has received a $2 million grant over five years from the U.S. Education Department to improve student writing skills.

The primary investigator will be Associate Vice President for Student Academic Success Services Maureen Scharberg.

“This grant is a tremendous ‘win-win’ for both SJSU students and faculty!” Scharberg said. “It will allow us to improve our students’ writing skills as well as provide additional writing workshops and writing support services.”

SJSU received the grant as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution. However, the pilot programs the grant will fund will open to all students.

The grant will fund three major activities, beginning with the College of Engineering offering a one-credit writing workshop to 50 remedial English students as early as this spring.

The College of Social Sciences and College of Applied Sciences and the Arts plan to do the same, beginning in fall 2012.

Students will enroll in the workshop for four semesters, with the goal of passing the CSU’s Writing Skills Test. The long-term plan is expand the program to serve all seven colleges.

Two more major activities will be funded by this grant:

  • Professor of English Linda Mitchell will lead writing workshops for faculty members.
  • Professor of Health Science Kathleen Roe will lead efforts to improve writing assignments in lower-division General Education classes.

These efforts will supplement, not replace, current resources including remedial classes and English 1A and 1B.

The effort is expected to boost graduation and retention rates. Data suggests writing skills have a direct impact on student success.

  • In fall 2010, nearly half of all freshmen were not proficient in English.
  • Approximately 70 percent of African American, 60 percent of Hispanic American, 50 percent of Asian American, and 30 percent of white freshmen need English remediation.
  • The CSU requires all new students to pass a writing standards test within one year, resulting in high attrition rates among remedial students.
  • Students who need remedial classes tend to take two extra years to graduate.

Team members for this grant include Deanna Fassett, communication studies professor; Jeanne Linsdell, general engineering instructor; Linda Mitchell, English professor; Kathleen Roe, health science professor; and Sutee Sujitparapitaya, associate vice president for institutional research.

The evaluators will be Pat Backer, technology professor, and Rona Halualani, communication studies professor.

Read a related news release from the Office of Congressman Mike Honda.

The San Jose State University Research Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation established to enable and promote externally-funded programs that further SJSU’s comprehensive educational mission, impact, and public benefit. Each year hundreds of local, state, and federal agencies, businesses, and other organizations partner with the research foundation to engage SJSU faculty and other university specialists to perform basic and applied research, public service and community projects, consulting, and other specialized educational activities impacting the region, the nation and the world.

San Jose State — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 28,000 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.

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Best of SJSU: Biology’s Victoria Johnson

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Victoria Johnson’s slogan is "Teach Tolerance.”

By Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant

We recently asked SJSU Facebook fans, all 12,000 of them, to tell us “What is the best class you’ve taken at SJSU?” Congratulations to Victoria Johnson, whose Biology 140 Human Sexuality class was mentioned several times.

Mechanical and aerospace engineering major Kelli Riley was among the respondents on Facebook. She enthusiastically posted, “Human Sexuality with Victoria Johnson is a must!”

Johnson knew she wanted to teach since the first day of first grade. She was asked to pick up the Human Sexuality course 11 years and never regretted the decision.

“I like it because I think it matters,” Johnson said. “I think that all of the stuff that I teach to people is directly relevant to their life, their well-being, and to having a happy and healthy society.”

Graduate advertising student Monir Monfared said Johnson’s Human Sexuality class was “one of those classes that stood out for her” and she remembers Johnson as “approachable and nice.”

She added, “After the class, I felt more comfortable and more open to discuss the issues about sexuality and the problems and advantages around the whole issue.”

This matches the lecturer’s approach, which is “Teach Tolerance.”

“We specifically look at how other cultures handle certain things and then compare them to our own,” she said.

On connecting with her students, Johnson said, “I think getting the feedback and deliberately designing the class to be what the students need and want is why they like it so much.”

Human Sexuality is an elective course that meets the area S general requirement for graduation and focuses on cross-cultural perspectives and modern American sexuality, according to SJSU’s course listing.

Thanks to all who participated in our “Best of Series.”

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Governor Brown Signs Second Part of California Dream Act

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Up to 325 SJSU students will benefit from this law.

CSU Non-Resident Students Now Eligible for State-Funded Financial Aid

Under Assembly Bill 131 signed into law on October 8 by Governor Brown, certain non-resident students of the CSU, including up to 325 SJSU students, will now be eligible for state-funded financial aid.  Beginning on Jan. 1, 2013, some non-resident CSU students who demonstrate need and have met certain criteria will be eligible for such aid under the second half of the California Dream Act, a measure authored by Assemblymember Gil Cedillo.

“Until now, some students who have received at least their high school education in California have been not been able to receive financial aid, creating an additional barrier in reaching their goal of a college degree,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed.  “The signing of AB 131 will now make it easier for those students to accomplish that goal and to become even greater contributors to the state’s economy.”

Non-resident students who have attended high school in California for at least three years and received a high school diploma or its equivalent will be eligible for state administered financial aid.  These are students who have graduated, but have yet to become fully documented immigrants, in most cases through no fault of their own.

Read a CSU news release.

Shirley Reekie practicing at the Los Gatos Rowing Club, located at the Lexington Reservoir.

Take a Class with Master Rower Shirley Reekie

Shirley Reekie practicing at the Los Gatos Rowing Club, located at the Lexington Reservoir.

Shirley Reekie practicing at the Los Gatos Rowing Club, located at the Lexington Reservoir.

San Jose State’s Kinesiology Department offers courses that get students moving, like sailing, kayaking, Pilates and more. Starting this fall, students will be able to learn to row from pro Shirley Reekie, a competitive masters rower who has won gold medals at the World Rowing Masters regattas in Belgium and Montreal. Reekie is also department chair and professor of kinesiology.

Need another reason to take the class? How about how Reekie feels about SJSU?

“I came to San Jose State for ‘one year’ 28 years ago. I have no family within thousands of miles — except my SJSU family. I’ve stayed because my colleagues and our students make coming to work always surprising and challenging, but ultimately rewarding. Underneath San Jose State’s unimposing exterior lies a heart that is honest, gritty and never pretentious. Long live SJSU!”

Read more stories in the Fall 2011 issue of the SJSU Washington Square.

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Best of SJSU: Most Helpful Resources

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Thanks to all who participated in our Facebook "Best of SJSU" series.

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

A few weeks back, we asked SJSU Facebook’s 12,000 fans, “Who or what has been your most helpful resource at SJSU?”

Incentivized by a Spartan Shops resource (Gold Points!), over 75 people responded, including Carlos Fletes, who went with the Latino Business Students Association.

“This organization has definitely made me grow as a person and I thank them everyday for it,” he wrote. “I advise everyone else to join an organization like LBSA.”

David Galán Angüiano also did a great job making the case for another solid resource offered at no cost to all students 24-7.

“Going to SJSU Counseling Services was the BEST decision I have ever made in my LIFE,” he said. “Now, I am motivated, hard working, proud of myself. I am accomplishing so much.”

Go David! Though Fletes and Angüiano won the prizes, it was a tough call. Many campus resources received multiple mentions.

So here’s to the Student Health Center (“the massage chair … is miraculous”), King Library (“I’ve never seen a more helpful staff”), and Resident Assistants (“every time I have a problem or question, he’s there for me”).

Kudos also to the Educational Opportunity Program, Guardian Scholars, Career Center, Freshmen Orientation, Peer Mentors, Student Union, and Associated Students’ Eco Pass Program.

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Many faculty and staff members scored a shout out including Mokhtar Zoubeidi in mathematics (“he helped me almost every day in his office), Mack Lundstrom in journalism (“Jedi Master of the Spartan Daily”), and Kathleen Simel in admissions (“great help for graduate students”).

When it comes to one very important off-campus resource, we couldn’t say it better than Noel Garcia Estrella, who zeroed in on “my parents for sure.”

And last, but certainly not least, Miguel Mtz wrote, “SJSU’s students themselves. I know I can ask a classmate or any student anything. Everyone is friendly and True Spartans.”

We agree! Thanks to all who participated!

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