New AS President Looks To Build On Community

Student Calvin Worsnup is standing in front of the Associated Student Office

Incoming Associated Students President Calvin Worsnup plans to build a sense of community on campus (Dillon Adams photo).

By Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant

The election is over, the votes are in, and although senior computer science major Calvin Worsnup was just elected Associated Students of SJSU president, his passion for student government started much sooner. While attending Branham High School, Worsnup served as publicity officer, producing videos, events, and media to promote school activities. The native San Jose resident came to SJSU for its advertising program, but has since changed his focus to computer science networking. Worsup welcomes his new position as an opportunity to stay involved on campus, and explore his interest in politics.

“I really like being an advocate for students and a representative,” Worsnup said. “If it goes well and I do a good job, I might consider this as a possible future career for me.”

The new AS president talked to SJSU Today about why he ran for office and his plans for the coming year. The following is edited for length and clarity.

SJSUToday: What are your top priorities for AS in the coming year?

Calvin Worsnup: My two priorities are to try to organize students and build a sense of community. I really want to work with all of the organizations that we built. I want to get together and really talk about the issues. To go along with community and having more collaboration, I’d like to provide more opportunities for citizenship. It’s really important for student to feel like they are a part of AS, to feel like there is an avenue for them to express their opinions and make changes, and to know that AS supports them.

SJSU
: What are your plans in the future, professionally and personally?

Worsnup
: I might try to go for a more political avenue. My main plan for right now would be to continue on to my graduate degree. I want to go into some sort of administration; whether it be public or nonprofit, I’m quite not sure.

SJSU
: Why did you run for office?

Worsnup
: I had been apart of AS for two years and I really like it. I see the potential that it has to be a better organization and I want an opportunity to show the campus what AS can do. I want to help students live and fulfill their dreams and AS is a great opportunity to do that.

SJSU
: What’s new and cool for fall 2012?

Worsnup
: I want to have one general assembly at the beginning of the year. I don’t want to share too many secrets but definitely look for some different things that you haven’t seen on campus before. I am looking to turn heads and get students’ attention.

Join Bike to Work Day 2012!

Got Your Helmet? It's Bike to Work Day May 10!

Join Bike to Work Day 2012!

On Bike to Work Day May 10, SJSU and the city of San Jose will sponsor an energizer station from 6:30 - 9:30 a.m. outside King Library.

One day each year, on a warm May morning, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition encourages commuters to leave their cars at home and join tens of thousands of their fellow Bay Area residents in biking to work. This year, Bike to Work Day falls on May 10.

The weather should be perfect, and the streets filled with cyclists, rolling up to energizer stations staffed by volunteers eager to pass out treats and encouragement. Bike to Work Day is a vision of what the morning commute should look like: parents and children, office workers, politicians, CEOs, all doing the unimaginable – enjoying their trips to work and school.

For all Spartans on wheels, SJSU and the city of San Jose will sponsor an energizer station beginning at 6:30 a.m. outside King Library at South Fourth and East San Fernando streets. An energizer station is a small booth set up along the roadways of major bicycle commuting routes that has food, goodies and good cheer to encourage cyclists. Every year, bicyclists who stop by these stations receive a free re-usable Bike to Work Day bag full of tips on safety and useful bicycling information.

View the Bike to Work Day 2012 website.

Learn more about Transportation Solutions.

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Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center Receives Project Cornerstone Award

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

Over 900 people representing local governments, businesses, schools, community organizations, and the faith community as well as parents and youths attended Project Cornerstone’s annual Asset Champions Breakfast on Friday, March 23, at the Fairmont San José.

The event honored the individuals and organizations whose commitment to building positive relationships with young people makes Silicon Valley a better place for young people to live and grow.

Among the award winners was the Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center, which was honored for demonstrating our “Community Values Youth.”

“The programs through our center are successful because they are about youth empowering other youth,” said Maribel Martinez, CCCAC director.

The center’s programs include Strive for College, which provides college-student mentors for first-generation, college-bound high school students; Fuerza Escolar, which provides college-student mentors for third, fourth and fifth-grade at-risk youths; and Legacy Tours, which offers campus tours focusing on social justice and student empowerment.

CCCAC is part of the Associated Students of SJSU. Project Cornerstone is a YMCA of Silicon Valley initiative.

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Earth Day SJ to Feature Street Fair, Speakers, Performances

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Come take part and help build community awareness for a healthy planet.

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

Associated Students of SJSU, the Environmental Resource Center, and the City of San Jose will join together to present Earth Day San Jose 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 19. This day-long celebration will feature performances, keynote speakers, organic healthy foods, bike tune-ups, art displays, and hundreds of vendors showcasing their recycled, local, and eco-friendly goods, crafts, and sustainability best practices. Come take part and help build community awareness for a healthy planet.

Join Earth Day San Jose on Facebook.

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Earth Day San Jose

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Earth Day Vendor Fair
(San Carlos Paseo)

11 a.m. – noon
Community Microgrids with Keynote Speaker Fred Klammt
(Associated Students Rec Lawn, San Carlos Paseo)

2 – 3 p.m.
Climate Crises: Cause & Solution with Gary Latshaw
(Student Union, Guadalupe Room)

3 – 4 p.m.
Environmental Careers Panel
(Student Union, Guadalupe Room)

5 – 6:30 p.m.
Student Organization Solutions / Live Band – Whiskey Avengers
(Associated Students Rec Lawn, San Carlos Paseo)

6:30 – 8 p.m.
Associated Students Annual Trashion Fashion Show
(Associated Students Rec Lawn, San Carlos Paseo)

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Civil Rights Icon Inspires Day of Service

people lined up with shovels in hand planting veggies

Veggielution empowers youth and adults from diverse backgrounds to create a sustainable food system in San Jose (Amie Frisch image).

By the Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center

“True wealth is not measured in money or status or power. It is measured in the legacy we leave behind for those we love and those we inspire.” – Cesar Chavez

Join us for our first ever Cesar Chavez Day Celebration Saturday, March, 31, at Veggielution Community Farm, Prusch Farm Park, 647 South King Road, San Jose. Cesar Chavez was an incredible leader who actually grew up right in our neighborhood, having worked in the fields and orchards of the East Side. We are proud to honor Cesar’s legacy in this day of service, as he has inspired much of the work we do.

This will also be our chance to welcome the spring and get our first summer crops in the ground. Please share in what will be a beautiful and memorable community event. Games and activities for children ages 2 through 12 will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and a draft-horse plow demonstration is planned for 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sponsors include Chikomekoatl, Public Allies, and Movimiento de Acion, Inspirando Servicio (MAIZ).

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Blessing and Ceremony

Members of local Mexica/Azteca danza groups will perform a blessing in honor of the spring. Join and help us welcome in the season.

10 a.m. – noon
Invocation and Farm Work
Elisa Marina Alvarado of  Teatro Vision will offer opening remarks, then join us in planting tomatoes, peppers and eggplants and other summer crops. We will also complete a variety of service projects on the farm.

Noon – 1 p.m.
Potluck Lunch

Rice, beans, hand-made tortillas and other foods will be prepared for all participants. This is a potluck, so feel free to bring an item to share.

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Farming and Community

Dr. Ann Lopez (author of “The Farmworkers Journey”) and other panelists will talk about farmworkers rights, indigenous/traditional agriculture and the role of sustainable farming in the future of our community

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.

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Arthur Dunklin Diversity Award Winners Named

portrait of Art Dunklin

The award recognizes individuals who reflect the work of the late Arthur Dunklin, an SJSU staff member who was dedicated to creating a welcoming, inclusive and supportive campus climate.

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

President Mohammad Qayoumi and the Campus Climate Committee are pleased to announce the recipients of the first Arthur Dunklin Diversity Awards. There are four awards, one each for a student, staff member, faculty member and administrator.

“It was gratifying to receive so many nominations of individuals who embody the principles of inclusive excellence,” the committee said. “Thank yous go to all the faculty, staff, students, and administrators who help to make San Jose State University a place of deep mutual respect for all.”

The Campus Climate Committee received nominations and reviewed the qualifications of all nominees. The recipients are:

  • Yan Yin K. Choy, Student, Environmental Studies
  • Maribel Martinez, Staff, Associated Students
  • Kathleen Roe, Professor, Health Science
  • Debra Griffith, Administrator, Educational Opportunity Program

Please join us in congratulating these individuals at the awards ceremony scheduled for 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, October 12, at the Smith/Carlos sculpture lawn area. Please RSVP by emailing Melanie Schlitzkus at Melanie.Schlitzkus@sjsu.edu.

Yan Yin K. Choy has been studying environmental studies and anthropology with a focus on the barriers and benefits of sustainable food systems, service-learning, and community engagement. She has been empowered by her peers, mentors, and kindred to advocate for diversity, human rights, and food security through spoken word, community theatre, and nonviolent direct action. Yan Yin now serves as the Associated Students of SJSU director of student rights and responsibilities, community intern with the SJSU Women’s Resource Center organizer for the 10th annual performance of “The Vagina Monologues,” and multimedia coordinator of the first South Bay Womyn’s Conference.

Maribel Martinez joined the staff of the Associated Students of SJSU in 2007 as the first full-time employee to head the Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center. Prior to SJSU, she worked in the non-profit field focusing on leadership development, community organizing and outreach. She is an alumna of SJSU with studies is political science, sociology and applied anthropology, and is a former AS President. As an artist, Ms. Martinez uses theatre, spokenword, music and visual arts to explore complex social issues in the community.

Dr. Kathleen Roe earned all her degrees from the UC Berkeley, culminating in a doctorate in public health, before joining the Department of Health Science in 1988 and serving as chair since 2001. Over her career, Dr. Roe has been involved in many community-based education and research projects including Salud Familiar en McKinley; the Intercambio of the Department of Health Science, the McKinley community, and a pueblo of artisans in Arrazola, Oaxaca, Mexico; and, for over 12 years, the process evaluator for the San Francisco HIV Prevention Planning Council. Among her numerous awards, Dr. Roe is the recipient of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts’ Faculty Award for Commitment to Equity and Diversity, the Outstanding Professor of SJSU in 2002, and in May, Dean Charles Bullock selected Salud Familiar as the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Dean’s Award, the College of Applied Sciences and Art’s highest recognition.

Debra Y. Griffith is the current director of the Educational Opportunity Program at SJSU. From 2001-2003, she served as a resident director in University Housing Services. She was named the director of the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development in 2003, where she managed student discipline and led educational, proactive programming for seven years. Ms. Griffith received a bachelor’s from Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus and a master’s from SJSU. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in organizational leadership at Argosy University.

Legacy Week 2010

Legacy Week Honoring Student Activists and Community Leaders

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This year's contest will feature cash prizes.

The the Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center presents this week of events marking the 43rd anniversary of Tommie Smith and John Carlos’ action at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games, and honoring the legacy of student activists and community leaders.

October 17, 2011
“Fists of Freedom: The Story of the ’68 Summer Games” Screening
Documentary leading up to, during and after the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. Features interviews with athletes, including John Carlos, Tommie Smith and George Foreman, activist Dr. Harry Edwards, journalists and archival footage of the games and the fallout after the raised fisted gloves by Carlos and Smith. Screening will take place outdoors at the Campus Village Quad around sunset. Running time one hour.

October 18-20
Legacy Wall of Social Justice Poster Contest
1ST PRIZE : $500  |  2ND PRIZE: $250  |  3RD PRIZE: $100
Submission Deadline: October 18 at Salute in Bronze Sculpture outside Clark Hall Noon-5 p.m.

October 19
An Evening of Critical Dialogue
Don Edwards Lecture at Morris Daily Auditorium featuring former Speaker of the California State Assembly Fabian Nunez. He will present “The Most Progressive Climate Change Law in the World: How We Got It and Where Do We Go from Here?” This event is free and open to the public.

October 20
Legacy Week Noontime Rally with Guest Yoshihiro Uchida

Noon at Statue Garden in front of Clark Hall.

A picture of a red bike share bicycle taken in China during a Global Technology Initiative trip. Bikes include a modular shape and contains a basket for carrying items.

Bike Share Program on the Horizon for SJSU

A picture of a red bike share bicycle taken in China during a Global Technology Initiative trip. Bikes include a modular shape and contains a basket for carrying items.

Hangzhou, China, is often credited with hosting one of the world's largest bike share fleets. Soon, SJSU will join a similar effort funded by a Bay Area regional grant. The Bay Area program is expected to be in operation by the end of next summer (photo by Karin McKie).

By Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant

Bike sharing, a popular trend in Europe, will soon be making a paceline to SJSU. Associated Students’ President Tomasz Kolodziejak said the program, expected to be completed in September 2012, will add a sense of community to the city and campus.

“It will give students the freedom to explore the city if they don’t own a bicycle, if they don’t have enough room to store one, or don’t want to go through the trouble of maintaining one,” Kolodzejak said.

Eyedin Zonobi, manager of the A.S. Transportation Solutions office, said a bike share program would play well with the estimated 1,000 bicycles on campus per day each semester.

“Although we have six cages to accommodate parking for bikes, plus open racks in front of every building, parking for bikes is reaching its limits,” Zonobi said. “This program would alleviate some of the impact.”

Bike Share Grant

The project is being funded by a $4.29 million Metropolitan Transportation Commission grant to provide bicycles and kiosk stations to the cities of San Francisco, Redwood City, Mountain View, Palo Alto and San Jose. In addition, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties will contribute matching funds, making this a $7 million project.

San Jose is expected to receive 150 bikes, placed in up to a dozen automated pods around the downtown area, linking the San Jose Diridon Transit Center to other high-activity locations, according to Bike and Pedestrian Program Director John Brazil.

Transportation Solutions is joining efforts with Parking Services and Facilities Development and Operations on campus to work with the City of San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. An SJSU planning committee will find three or four locations on the campus perimeter for bike share hubs. VTA is in the process of issuing a request for proposals for vendors.

Features, depending on the vendor, may include modular bike stands, metal baskets, solar or electric locking and tracking technology, and GPS capabilities. Bikes will be inexpensive to rent and there will be different payment and membership options to chose from.

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SJSU “Strive for College” Mentors Help Students Succeed

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Del Mar High School students stop at the Smith Carlos sculpture for a photo during a campus tour organized as part of the Strive for College mentoring program.

By Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant

Michael J. Carter came up with the idea for Strive for College, a national nonprofit, many years ago after transferring from a private to public high school.

“I made a lot of friends in AP classes who got great GPAs and SATs, but were the first ones in their families to think about going to college,” Carter said.

He was struck by how many of his peers lacked the guidance or resources to navigate the admissions process, and that was the origin of his organization.

Founded in 2007, Strive provides low-income high school students with college mentors from campuses nationwide including SJSU and Stanford.

Award Winning Program

According to Carter, about 400,000 low-income high school seniors qualify for a four-year college annually, but end up not going because they are unfamiliar with the application process.

Carter was fortunate enough to receive a merit scholarship to Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and as a way of giving back, brought the idea of providing college counseling to inner city high schools to his scholarship director.

During the fall of his freshman year in college, Carter launched his first mentoring program between Washington University and juniors at a nearby high school. Strive quickly expanded to 10 chapters across the country. In recognition of his vision, Carter was recently named a 2011 Echoing Green Fellow.

“I saw that under-resourced students didn’t have the information or guidance to find the resources they needed to apply for the best-fit schools.” Carter said. “Building a movement of college students on college campuses to help reach high schools and deserving students get into college became the most cost-effective, most leverageable, and most impactful ways to solve this problem.”

The SJSU Connection

In 2008, Strive partnered SJSU with Del Mar High School in Campbell, and in a year doubled the amount of mentors as well as the number of students going to four-year colleges. The partnership is still going strong.

The Associated Students of SJSU’s Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center recruits, trains, and operates the Strive for College program at Del Mar, under the direction of an SJSU student coordinator.

Senior social work major Veronica Carrillo has mentored at Del Mar for a year, and her first student is expected to attend Chico State this fall. As a mentor, Carillo helps her students choose the right college, find financial aid, sign up for SAT and ACT tests, and create personal statements and essays.

“I realized that those who don’t get the opportunity to go to college don’t need much. They just want someone to guide them,” Carillo said.

Incoming freshman Shanna Brancata, a foster youth who was in the Strive program, was chosen to give the commencement speech at Del Mar High last June. She plans to become a Strive mentor at SJSU this fall.

“Through this program I found the confidence to get into college” Brancato said. “Strive made me believe in myself.”

Interested in becoming a Strive volunteer? Contact the Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center at (408) 924-4144.

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Associated Students Awards $81,500 in Scholarships

This is an image of the A.S. House, headquarters of Associated Students.

Associated Students awarded scholarships to 47 students as part of its expanded scholarships program.

By Sarah Kyo, Public Affairs Assistant

Prompted by the economic downturn, Associated Students has awarded $81,500 in scholarships to 47 students.

Individual scholarships ranged from $1,000 to $2,000 and were awarded based on merits or financial need. The A.S. Environmental Champion Award, A.S. First Generation Student Scholarship Award, A.S. Legacy Award and A.S. Social Action Advocacy Award were additions to the recently expanded scholarship program.

Cheryl Vargas, executive director of Associated Students, said close to 200 students applied for the awards.

A.S. wanted to address the increasing need of students to fund their education,” said Cheryl Vargas, executive director of Associated Students. “We also ensured that some of the categories would be open to all students where proof of U.S. citizenship was not a requirement, nor was the FAFSA filing.”

Vargas said a scholarship endowment fund made these awards possible, and individuals can make charitable donations to the fund.

Below is the complete list of scholarship awardees: 

A.S. Environmental Champion Award:

Cathy Kim Bui

Anna My Le

Cindy Moreno

A.S. First Generation Student Scholarship Award:

Cynthia Garduno

Stephanie Nichole Hughes

Claudia Carina Mendivil

Tatiana Rocio Padilla

Melissa Rios

A.S. Legacy Award:

Amber Hedges

Tiffany Low

Maria Makarian

Kristine Marie Miller

A.S. Social Action Advocacy Award:

Jennifer Breede

Bayo Cedric Fagbamila

Jacqueline Fountain

Justin Ronald Hunter

Theresa Danielle Sweet

S.T. Saffold Leadership Award

Desiree Ansari

Kaitlin Badeaux

Hannah Rose Becker

Rick Becker

Jennifer N. Cummings

Quoc Dang

Jagdeep Singh Deol

Lauren Alison Doyle

Marisa Beth Gomez

Amanda Reina Gonzales

Jessica E. Hernandez

Shanice Danielle Howard

Tyshehanna K. Johnson

Anthony Wayne Korsund

Travis Matthew Lopez

Katie Louey

Kimberly Edith Martinez

Ailea Grace Merriam-Pigg

Eilbret Mirzapour

Nathaniel Montgomery

Marco Henry Negrete

Anna Quezon

Roberto Renteria

Deanna Nicole Rivas

Gabriel Rodriguez Jr.

Jessica Tokiwa Savage

Michelle Gar-Mun Siu

Courtney Mary Vella

Meggyn Watkins

Lauren Michelle Wickman

A student's sketch for Fashion Trashion, including a puffy sillouette skirt, with corset-like bodice

Associated Students hosting the Second Annual Trashion Fashion Show

A student's sketch for Fashion Trashion, including a puffy sillouette skirt, with corset-like bodice

Dung Tran's sketch for her entry into this year's Trashion Fashion

By Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant

Trash bags, aluminum foil and shower curtains are just some of the materials that SJSU designers are coming up with for their entries into this year’s Trashion Fashion Show.

“I’m using what’s most accessible to me,” says first-year entrant advertising student Dung Tran. “Newspaper and hopefully potato sacks. If not, then I guess I will have to improvise with something else.”

With only a couple days until the show, Tran is completing her asymmetrical dress with hourglass silhouette skirt for the competition. Her inspiration for the design comes from a vintage book, and the idea for a corset-like bodice, from her sister-in-law.

This is Associated Students second year hosting the Trashion Fashion Show, with the goal of creating awareness of post-consumer waste and clothing, according to Director of Extracurricular Affairs LaKendra Hardwick.

“The purpose is to promote sustainability around campus and show students that they can be trendy while shopping at second-hand and recycled stores,” said Hardwick.

Fashion Trashion is set to take place 6-8 p.m. April 14 in the Campus Village quad. In the first part of the show, designers will compete for the most eco-friendly designs. In the second part, models will be modeling clothes from Crossroads Trading Co., a local second-hand fashion shop.

Senior photography major, Andrea Henneman started sketching in early January and began sewing her pieces about a month ago.

“I am pushing myself a lot harder his year. The challenge will be making sleeves and making sure everything is going to fit,” said Henneman. A 1940s-inspired dress made from photo paper and dental floss walked the runway last year, earning her second place. This year, Henneman is making a dress from lottery tickets.

For Tran, Henneman and other SJSU designers, models and fashion-minded students, this is an opportunity to show off their skills and to help build up their resumes. Hardwick expects at least 400 attendees for this year’s Fashion Show and hopes to see all the hard work pay off.

“Expect creativity and a fun environment to come and watch what our students are capable of,” Hardwick said.

See how things turned out! We’ve posted photos on Facebook. No need to register. Our page is open to everyone.

Associated Students Announces New Scholarship Program

Students in BBQ buffet line.

The new scholarship program was announced at an A.S. House spring barbecue.

By Michelle Terris, Digital Communications Assistant

What are two things no college student can resist? Free food and a chance to win free money drew about 200 people to a barbecue event March 21 announcing the new Associated Students Scholarship Program.

The program consists of five new and two existing scholarships totaling $81,500. The scholarships will provide financial aid to about 50 SJSU students who excel academically and demonstrate leadership on campus or serve in their communities.

“When I ran for A.S. president, one of my main goals was to respond to the economic crisis we were facing with budget cuts to the CSU,” said A.S. President Tomasz Kolodziejak. “Associated Students decided the best way to do this was to offer tangible scholarships for our students.”

Students are encouraged to apply through the Financial Aid Scholarship Office by April 15. Scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $2,000 each year and are also available to international and AB 540 students. Awards will be announced May 15.

Funds for the scholarships came from interest accrued from A.S. reserves. Kolodziejak expects the program will sustain itself for years to come.

“We hope to see this scholarships fund increase every year,” he said.

For more information, call the SJSU Financial Aid Scholarship Office at (408) 283-7500 ext. 6 or visit http://www.sjsu.edu/faso.

SJSU’s Fall Term Begins with Plenty of Activity and Opportunity

By Keith Bryant, Digital Communications Assistant

Over the past few months San José State University has been preparing for a new academic year that started this week with Fall Welcome Days 2010. The university is providing students with an assortment of fun activities, workshops and information over the next two weeks that will help students dial into campus life and make the most of the 2010-11 academic year.

SJSU students shopping at the exclusive Target event for Spartans

SJSU students shopping at the exclusive

Target event for Spartans

Convocation included live student performances including these two traditional Mexican dancers.

Convocation included live student perform
-ances, including these two traditional Mexican dancers.

Some of the class of 2014 got their first taste of college life when they moved into freshmen dorms on campus over the weekend, then headed out to Target Night on Monday to stock up on supplies. The exclusive, one-time event, held at Target on Coleman Avenue in San Jose, gave Spartans the chance to spend time with new classmates while shopping and winning prizes during extended hours.

Activities centered around SJSU’s annual convocation on Tower lawn Tuesday, where Associated Students President Tomasz Kolodziejak delivered an inspirational speech.

“My home town is Warsaw, Poland. I have travelled about seven thousand miles to study at this University,” Kolodziejak said. “I came here to be part of the tradition of excellence in academia that SJSU has offered for over a century.”

“I want to emphasize that your success is a top priority for the university and A.S. We want to help you on your path to greatness during your college years,” said Kolodziejak.

Student clubs and organizations also turned out to give performances and provide information on how students can get involved on campus in the upcoming year. Later that afternoon, Interim President Don Kassing discussed how imagination could be a key ingredient in moving the university into the future during the annual fall address.

“We need to bring our best ideas to life and re-imagine the university,” Kassing said. “We can fulfill our greatest ambitions if we think creatively and work collaboratively.” With this year’s 3,000 freshmen, innovative events and retooled resources, Kassing said SJSU is certainly making new strides as a thriving and evolving urban university.

The most recent and visible sign of progress is the start of the Student Union renovation, which will include the addition of state-of-the-art facilities, earthquake retrofitting of the current structure, and a new structure that will stretch from El Paseo de Cesar Chavez to the Ninth Street Plaza. The 240,000-square-foot, $64 million structure will contain a food court, bookstore, ballroom, Associated Students offices, theater, amphitheater, and resources for student clubs. Other changes to look for this year include the relocation of the Career Center, new eateries like Just Below and the University Grille, as well as 50 new courses for the fall. Continue reading

Spartans Make the Most of Summer 2010

By Teresa Ruiz, Web Content Specialist

The 2010-2011 academic year starts this week. But before fall overcomes you, check out how these Spartans made the most of their summer break.

Seniors and graduate students from the meteorology and climate science department spent part of their summer in Arizona studying the Southwest Monsoon. Department Chair Alison Bridger traveled with 10 students and blogged about the group’s experience making forecasts and hoping for storm activity on the road.

Group photo of SJSU meteorology team.

SJSU meteorology team.

The trip included stopping at a national landmark new to many on the trip. “Having gotten into the park (which took about 20 minutes in a long line), a gasp came from the students when they caught their first sight of the Grand Canyon – nice!” wrote Bridger. “We then drove along the south rim, stopping at every possible turnout and taking pictures.”

Spartan athlete Aalim Moor took a moment to reflect on completing his freshman year at SJSU, while looking ahead to a new basketball season. “I think that the management of my workload was the hardest thing to adjust to,” said Moor in a recent post on Spartan Hoops, a blog about SJSU basketball. “I learned the hard way the first semester by having to stay up late at nights and cramming for tests. Having had those experiences, I think now I’ll be able to handle the road trips and workload with greater focus.”

Associated Students of SJSU President Tomasz Kolodziejak also said he feels prepared to take on a new academic year, after taking part in a week-long seminar at the Panetta Institute. Kolodziejak joined 27 other students from around the state to sharpen their leadership skills and broaden their understanding of public policy. “As a business administration major and the new president of the Associated Students, hearing the speakers was an inspiring and invaluable experience for me,” he said. “It will certainly enhance my term at Associated Students. I came back with a head full of ideas and a paper ream of notes.”

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SJSU Student Visits the Panetta Institute

By Tomasz Kolodziejak, Associated Students President

This summer I took part of Panetta Institute Summer Leadership Program. I joined fellow leaders at the Panetta Institute’s 11th Annual Student Leadership Seminar.

AS President Tomasz Kolodziejak with Panetta Institute founder Leon Panetta.

AS President Tomasz Kolodziejak with Panetta Institute founder Leon Panetta.

It was a remarkable experience to be among 27 other student leaders from throughout the California State University system, Dominican University, Saint Mary’s College and Santa Clara University for weeklong workshops and panel discussions designed to sharpen our leadership skills and improve our understanding of government policy. Continue reading