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Author Pamela Olson: "Fast Times in Palestine"

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Author Pamela Olson comes to SJSU Oct. 18.

Date: October 18, 2011

Time: 7 p.m.

Engineering 189

Pamela Olson’s memoir reveals the humor and beauty of Palestine and the terror and heartbreak of life under occupation, from the perspective of a small-town girl. “It’s love in the time of occupation as Pamela Olson … takes us on the emotional roller-coaster of her very personal experience of life in Ramallah — and in doing so lays bare the human drama of a people … determined to live free,” said Tony Karon, senior editor, Time Magazine. Meet Pamela and get your own signed copy of her memoir. Donations are welcome to cover the cost of the event. Olson will also speak at 7 p.m. October 22 in the Arab American Cultural Center, 3952 Twilight Drive (Building Two), San Jose. This event is sponsored by the Culture & Conflict Forum, Student Association for Middle East Studies, Department of English and Comparative Literature, San Jose Peace and Justice Center, AACC Silicon Valley, and Jewish Voice for Peace (South Bay). For more info, please contact Culture & Conflict Forum at (408) 677-9137

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Spartan Basketball Midnight Madness

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Spartan Midnight Madness 2011 will be presented by the Graduate Sport Marketing Group with the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Date: October 14, 2011

Time: Doors open at 9:30pm

Location: Spartan Gym, Uchida Hall

Description: San Jose State will join the top college basketball programs around the nation in celebrating Midnight Madness.  The event is just the second time that San Jose State will present the men’s and women’s basketball players in this manner. Midnight Madness will be the first chance for students and fans to see this year’s San Jose State basketball teams.

Midnight Madness is the official term to describe the annual event that marks the first day that the NCAA permits formal basketball practice for the upcoming season.

Spartan Midnight Madness is a FREE event, and is open to all students, Spartan Squad members and fans. Friday night after the Homecoming football game against Hawaii, the Spartan football shuttles will drop you off near Spartan Gym, and those who walk down to YUH at 10 p.m. will have a chance to rock Spartan Gym with music, multiple opportunities to beat the players in free throw shooting, three-point shooting and a slam dunk contest. There will be multiple t-shirt winning photo and autograph opportunities and everyone in attendance will also be in the drawing to win several prizes from our sponsors.

Our beverage sponsor Red Bull Energy Drink will be there to lift fans to fly in YUH Gym with a drink that vitalizes body and mind. Details of ongoing season-long basketball promotions will also be unveiled at Spartan Midnight Madness. Spartan Midnight Madness 2011 is presented by the SJSU Graduate Sport Marketing Group in partnership with the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.

The SJSU Graduate Sport Marketing Group consists of 20 students enrolled in a graduate level kinesiology course:  KIN 282 Sport Marketing.  The partnership is a fabulous opportunity to challenge the students with an active, student-centered learning problem, with logistics that are very similar to an “apprentice-style” task.  This is the second year that graduate sport management students have teamed with the SJSU athletic department to create and execute a real world sport marketing task.

Michael Beaubien (Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Multimedia Services) and Dan Hackett (Promotions and Fan Experience Coordinator) will be on hand to provide guidance and support, but essentially this is a student-motivated event.

The modern teaching toolbox must include innovative pedagogical tools. Active, student-centered learning, the inclusion of diverse instructional technologies and critical thinking activities are a necessary component of modern curriculum design. Educational creativity has become essential to capture the attention of our college students.

This partnership with SJSU athletics is perfect, we are lucky that athletics is willing to allow the students to tackle a real-life business challenge, and that both Athletics Director Tom Bowen and Senior Associate Athletics Director John Poch understand the importance of classroom stimulus in order to maximize student learning against the backdrop of sport management theory.  Both of them have been extremely supportive of the sport management program for a number of years.

The students have developed a specific marketing communications plan, event operations execution plan, very clear event success objectives and are hoping to support the men’s and women’s basketball teams as they start their season.  The main impetus for the SJSU Graduate Sport Marketing Group will be to get as many students in attendance as possible. They feel that many students sit in their dorms on Friday nights waiting to go out. This is the perfect opportunity to go somewhere on campus that is exciting, connect with the university, try some Red Bull, play some basketball, AND maybe go home with a new bike or printer.

— Submitted by sport management instructor Dr. Sonja Lilienthal, (408) 314-9576

SJSU students and faculty wear matching blue polo shirt and hold a SJSU banner at the Great Wall of China as part of the 2011 Global Technology Initiative trip. Photo by Clifford Wong.

Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium Features the Global Technology Initiative

SJSU students and faculty wear matching blue polo shirt and hold a SJSU banner at the Great Wall of China as part of the 2011 Global Technology Initiative trip. Photo by Clifford Wong.

SJSU students and faculty visit the Great Wall of China as part of the 2011 Global Technology Initiative trip. Photo by Clifford Wong.

Date: October 13, 2011

Time: noon

Location: Engineering 189

Summary: The Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium continues its 10th season with a presentation by members of a group of 23 students and three faculty members who visited China and Taiwan during summer 2011. The College of Engineering’s Global Technology Initiative traveled to the Chinese cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou, and then the Taiwan cities of Taipei, Keelung, Hsinchu and Taoyuan, visiting American and local companies, universities and landmarks. You can follow along during their journey at their blog. The Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium features industry and technology leaders who share their experience and ideas, give advice and identify technology trends. Speakers also explore broader social and political issues, providing a national and global context for developments in business and technology.

Ed Oates

Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship: Oracle Co-Founder Edward Oates

Ed Oates

Edward Oates, Oracle co-founder and an SJSU alumnus, will speak at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 in King Library.

Date: October 17, 2011

Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

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The title of the session is “Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Silicon Valley: the Past, Present, and Future,” brought to you by San Jose State University and the City of San Jose.  The speaker is Edward Oates, SJSU alumnus and co-founder of Oracle Corp. He will share his experience of co-founding Oracle and his insights into how entrepreneurship and innovation have evolved since then. As always, the event is *FREE* and open to the public. Attendees will also have an opportunity to learn about the newly named Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge, SVIC@SJSU.

Register online and read the speaker’s bio.

— Submitted by Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship Director Anu Basu

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200th Birthday Celebration for Composer Franz Liszt

Date: October 17, 2011

Locations: King Library’s Shiro Room, SJSU Music Concert Hall,

Description: Three internationally recognized pianists and interpreters of the music of Franz Liszt will join pianist Gwendolyn Mok, coordinator of keyboard studies at SJSU, in a day long series of concerts and a master class at San Jose State University. An evening gala will feature an 1868 Erard grand piano from Liszt’s time, a favorite piano of the composer. Get a sneak peak by viewing the video (right).

William Wellborn, founding president of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the American Liszt Society, had the honor of presenting an all-Liszt concert at the Hofgärtnerei Museum in Weimar.  Michael Boyd was invited in 2007 to the opening concert of the American Liszt Society’ Festival at the San Francisco Conservatory, performing the rarely heard original 1838 version of Liszt’s Paganini Etudes. Chih-long Hu, awarded prizes from the Mauro Monopoli International Piano Competition in Italy and Concurs Internacional De Piano D’Escaldes-Engordany in Andorra, is currently recording a CD of Liszt’s songs.

All four pianists will be participating in three different events on Monday, October 17. At 12:30 p.m., there will be a free lunchtime concert in the Shiro Room, fifth floor of the Martin Luther King library, of works by Liszt, including songs performed by faculty member Joseph Frank and guest artist Chi-Long Hu. William Wellborn will perform Chopin-Liszt: The Maiden’s Wish, Beethoven-Liszt: Mignon, and Hungarian Rhapsody #15 “Rakoczy March”. Michael Boyd will perform Fantasy and Fugue on a theme B.A.C.H. and Gwendolyn Mok will perform Petrarch Sonnets 104 and 123.

At 3:30 p.m., there will be an open master class in the Concert Hall of the School of Music, performances by students from the music department, and a specially selected student from a private studio led by Boyd and Wellborn.

The evening gala concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall, will feature the 1868 Erard grand piano.  Liszt, who traveled extensively on concert tours, performed exclusively on Erards. The program will consist of pieces by composer/pianists who were contemporaries of Liszt. These works are from the 1841 Album Beethoven, published by Mechetti. Included in the album are works by Chopin, Mendelssohn, Kalkbrenner, Moscheles, Taubert, Thalberg, Dohler and Henselt.  You will also hear Liszt’s transcription of the Funeral March from Beethoven’s third symphony. The Beethoven Center has one of only two surviving Mechetti albums so many of these works will be heard for the first time. A PDF copy of some of these works will be made available online. Wellborn, Boyd, Mok and Hu will be joined by two students, Evan Chow and Yong Yu Gao, who were specially selected to perform in the Gala.

The day-long celebration is being sponsored by the School of Music and Dance and The Artch Foundation. Tickets for the evening Gala are $15 adults, $5 students and seniors and are available for purchase at the door.

— Submitted by SJSU Coordinator of Keyboard Studies Gwendolyn Mok

author Tony Platt

Ann Lucas Lecture Series in Law & Justice: Tony Platt

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Beginning his journey at his son’s funeral near a once bustling center for Native Americans, author Tony Platt seeks to learn: How do we reconcile a place of extraordinary beauty with its horrific past?

Date: October 12 , 2011

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: Engineering 189

Description: Whether by curious Boy Scouts and “backyard archaeologists” or competitive collectors and knowledge-hungry anthropologists, the excavation of native remains is a time-honored practice fraught with injustice and simmering resentments. “Grave Matters” is the history of the treatment of native remains in California and the story of the complicated relationship between researcher and researched. Tony Platt begins his journey with his son’s funeral at Big Lagoon, a seaside village in pastoral Humboldt County in Northern California, once O-pyúweg, a bustling center for the Yurok and the site of a plundered native cemetery. Platt travels the globe in search of the answer to the question: How do we reconcile a place of extraordinary beauty with its horrific past? “Grave Matters” centers around the Yurok people and the eventual movement to repatriate remains and reclaim ancient rights, but it is also a universal story of coming to terms with the painful legacy of a sorrowful past.

Libra Hilde, Department of History, San José State University
Alan Leventhal, Department of Anthropology, San José State University
Darren Modzelewski, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley

About the Author
Tony Platt is the author of 10 books and more than 150 essays and articles on race, inequality, and social justice in American history, among them “Bloodlines: Recovering Hitler’s Nuremberg Laws,” “From Patton’s Trophy to Public Memorial,” and “The Child Savers: The Invention of Delinquency,” which was reissued as a 40th anniversary edition in 2009. Platt, now a professor emeritus, taught at the University of Chicago, the University of California, Berkeley, and California State University, Sacramento, where he received awards for teaching and scholarship. He has been a visiting professor at Chuo University, Tokyo, and at Queen’s University, Belfast, and was a visiting researcher at the Huntington Library and the National Museum of American History. Platt has written for the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle,, the History News Network, Z Magazine, Monthly Review, and the Guardian, and his commentaries have aired on NPR. His publications have been translated into four languages. Tony Platt lives in Berkeley and Big Lagoon, California.

About the Lecture Series
The Ann Lucas Lecture Series in Law and Justice was established in 2009 by the Justice Studies Department at San José State University to honor the memory of Dr. Ann Lucas (1962-2009). Before joining the Department in 2000, Ann Lucas earned her J.D. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. Her internationally recognized research focused on issues of gender inequality, domestic violence, prostitution, and drugs.

— Submitted by Justice Studies Acting Chair Mark Correia

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Fall 2011 Don Edwards Lecture: Former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez

Fabian Nunez

Fabian Nunez

Date: October 19, 2011

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Morris Dailey Auditorium

Summary: The Fall 2011 Don Edwards Lecture — with presenting sponsor PG&E — will feature Fabian Nunez, former speaker of the California State Assembly. Nunez will present “The Most Progressive Climate Change Law in the World: How We Got It and Where Do We Go from Here?” In 2006, the legislature passed and Governor Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, which set the 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal into law. In 2010, AB 32 survived an initiative challenge (Proposition 23). Former Speaker Nunez will tell us the inside story about the process by which California’s AB 32 was passed, how the policy was formed, its progress to date and challenges of the future. This event is free and open to the public thanks to the sponsorship of The Hispanic Foundation and Latino Leadership Alliance, Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center, Mineta Transportation Institute, the departments of Political Science, History, Environmental Studies, and Mexican American Studies, the College of Social Sciences, and the Commonwealth Club of California/Silicon Valley.

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.

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Fifth Annual SJSU Day of Service

Members of the Spartan women's basketball team at Day Of Service 2011 (courtesy of SJSU Women's Basketball).

Spartan women's basektball team members at the 2010 SJSU Day of Service (courtesy of SJSU Women's Basketball).

Date: November 4, 2011

Description: All students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in one of several community service projects taking place in the San Jose State University neighborhood when approximately 1,000 volunteers take part in the Fifth Annual SJSU Day of Service. The goal of the event is building, beautifying, and together transforming our community. Register now.

Deans and other administrators are urged to support faculty, staff, and student participation in the Day of Service and encourage creative and flexible ideas that will maximize the participation of our community. This is an opportunity for a department or program to develop a team as a community-building event. Employees are encouraged to work through the appropriate administrator to ensure that university operations are not adversely impacted and remain open for those who cannot participate.

The Day of Service is an opportunity for learning in a different setting, through active participation in thoughtfully organized service experiences that meet the needs of the community and are coordinated with the university. Classes will be in session on November 4; faculty members are encouraged to incorporate the Day of Service into the curriculum by offering students the opportunity to participate in volunteer activities in place of the usual class meeting.

This SJSU event will require the support of the entire university community. For some, that will mean volunteering for one of the many community service projects taking place in the neighborhood. Others will contribute to the Day of Service efforts by assuring that the day-to-day operations of the university continue to run smoothly. Both roles are vital in assuring that this day is both successful and the continuation of a valued tradition at SJSU.

The day will begin on Tower Lawn with a continental breakfast and check-in. City and university officials will be there to welcome you. A shuttle will then take you or your team to the project site.

For specific questions about the event, please email Amy Guerra-Smith at For specific personnel, contract, or policy questions please contact Maria Elena De Guevara, AVP of HR, at 408-924-1116.

Register now.

Hurricane Katia off the Northeastern US Coastline Viewed from the space station, Hurricane Katia presented an impressive cloud circulation as its center passed the northeastern coast of the United States on September 9, 2011.

Sustainability Matters: Our Changing Planet Viewed from Space

Hurricane Katia off the Northeastern US Coastline Viewed from the space station, Hurricane Katia presented an impressive cloud circulation as its center passed the northeastern coast of the United States on September 9, 2011.

Viewed from the space station, Hurricane Katia presented an impressive cloud circulation as its center passed the northeastern coast of the United States on September 9, 2011 (courtesy of the NASA Earth Observatory).

Date: September 29, 2011

Time: 3-4:30 p.m.

Location: Morris Dailey Auditorium

Summary: The first event of the Fall 2011 Sustainability Matters Speakers Series will be “NASA’s Earth Observations of the Global Environment: Our Changing Planet Viewed from Space,” by Michael D. King, Laboratory for Atmospheric & Space Physics, University of Colorado. A bird’s eye view of the Earth from afar and up close reveals the power and magnificence of the Earth and juxtaposes the simultaneous impacts and powerlessness of humankind.  Dr. King will present Earth science observations and visualizations in a historical perspective.  See the latest stunning images from NASA remote sensing missions, which will be visualized and explained in the context of global change and our impact on our world’s environment.  Spectacular visualizations of the global atmosphere, land and oceans show how much the temperature of the Earth’s surface has changed during the 20th century, as well as how sea ice has decreased over the Arctic region, how the sea level has and is likely to continue to change, and how glaciers have retreated worldwide in a response to global change.

Dr. King will present visualizations of global data sets currently available from Earth orbiting satellites, including the Earth at night with its city lights, where and when lightning occurs globally, and dramatic urbanization in the desert southwest since 1910. He will show images of flooding resulting from tropical cyclones and satellite imagery of fires that occurred globally, and discuss how new satellite tools aid understanding of environmental change and can be used to help fight environmental disasters from spreading further.

Dr. King is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, and recipient of the Verner E. Suomi Award of the AMS for fundamental contributions to remote sensing and radiative transfer. He has also received the Space Systems Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for NASA’s Earth Observing System Team. Other honors include an honorary doctorate from Colorado College, selection as a Goddard Senior Fellow, and recipient of the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, and NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He has also received the William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science, Goddard’s highest scientific achievement award.

Sponsors include the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science with support from the Office of the President and the Department of Communication Studies. For more information, email Professor Anne Marie Todd.

— Submitted by Professor of Communication Studies Anne Marie Todd

Neighborhood Development Training Conference

This third annual conference is an excellent example of SJSU as a metropolitan university collaborating in serving the community.

Date: October 8, 2011

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Clark Hall

Offered at no cost to more than 200 community members including SJSU students, faculty and staff, this event aims to strengthen the voices and skills of neighborhood residents with workshops taught by practitioner-instructors who have experience in improving local communities. Sessions include “Using the Internet as a Community Organizing Tool,” “Community Policing for Neighborhood Safety,” and “Stabilizing Neighborhoods in Difficult Economic Times.”

Speakers include SJSU, community and elected leaders. Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone will also give a brief address. A lunch-period resource fair will feature some 20 community organizations, including Spartan Athletics, which has graciously donated football tickets to attendees. Sponsors include the SJSU Center for Community Learning and Leadership, Neighborhood Housing Services Silicon Valley, and United Neighborhoods of Santa Clara County.

For more information, please contact Jaime Angulo at (408) 279-2600, extension 1290. Learn more and download a registration form.

— Submitted by Center for Community Learning and Leadership Associate Director Michael Fallon

Persis Karim in the Middle East

Life and Education Under Occupation, A Report Back from the West Bank of Palestine

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Persis Karim from the rooftop of an East Jerusalem home in the Armenian Quarter with the famous Dome of the Rock Mosque in the background.

Date: September 21, 2011

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: King 225

Summary: Associate Professor Persis Karim teaches in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at San Jose State University and coordinates the Middle Eastern Studies Program at SJSU. Karim was selected as a 2011 fellow for the Palestinian American Research Center. She toured the West Bank and Jerusalem in May 2011 with a group of ten American university professors where they visited Palestinian students and faculty. Join Dr. Karim for an interactive presentation about her tour. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsors include the Student Association for Middle East Studies at SJSU, Culture & Conflict Forum, Silicon Valley Middle Eastern Studies Consortium, and Jewish Voice for Peace (South Bay).

Sixth U.S.-Japan Future Forum: Dentists, Soldiers, and History

Dr. Masatsune Ichinoi

Date: September 23, 2011

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Washington Square Hall 109

Summary: We are pleased to announce that Kagoshima University will hold “The Sixth U.S.-Japan Future Forum” to discuss the evolving relationship between the US and Japan and our shared goal of a prosperous future.

This year is the 100th anniversary of Dr. Daniel Van Denburgh’s death. He was a famous dentist in San Francisco and the master of three Japanese dentists: Dr. Kisai Takayama, Dr. Atsuhiko Katayama, and Dr. Masatsune Ichinoi.

Dr. Ichinoi, who lived in Los Gatos from 1884-1888, shared an interlocking history with Dr. Van Denburgh. Both had fought in their respective country’s civil wars, Dr. Van Denburgh working as an army doctor during the U.S. Civil War and Dr. Ichinoi, in 1877, enlisting in the Seinan War, the Japanese Civil War, as the youngest last samurai. Upon arriving in the United States, Dr. Ichinoi worked for Dr. Van Denburgh while Ichinoi was a student of San Jose Normal School. Their mutual interest in agriculture led to the exchange of a number of trees and plants between the United States and Japan, which furthered the development of agriculture and industry in both countries.

To share their historical perspectives on this exciting time in U.S.-Japanese relations, we have invited the Consul General of Japan in San Francisco, and professors from American and Japanese universities.

Students will also be presenting talks on the issues of healthcare, the environment, education, the economy, global food shortages and conflicts, etc.

Read more on the event, including program details.

SJSU Men’s Soccer and Football at Spartan Stadium This Week

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Spartan Squad Kickoff Sept. 15 at Campus Village (SJSU Alumni Association photos).

Soccer Date and Time: 7 p.m., September 22

Football Date and Time: 1 p.m. September 24

Location: Spartan Stadium

Summary: Come out and support men’s soccer and football, both at home this week.

Men’s soccer will host crosstown rival Santa Clara University on Thursday night.

On Saturday, football will take on New Mexico State.

KLIV and ESPN3 will broadcast the football game.

View an all-sports schedule.

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“Living Downstream” Regional Premiere and Panel Discussion

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The Public Health Nurse Club will host a regional premiere of “Living Downstream” Sept. 26 at SJSU.

Date: September 26, 2011

Time: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Barrett Ballroom, SJSU Student Union

Summary: The Public Health Nurse Club at The Valley Foundation School of Nursing will host a regional premiere of the 2010 film “Living Downstream.” This is in collaboration with the SJSU Department of Health Science, SJSU Masters of Public Health Student Association and SJSU Health Science Undergraduate Student Association. The screening will be preceded by a light reception hosted by the SJSU College of Applied Sciences and Arts, and followed by a panel discussion. This event is free, open to the public, and expected to draw over 300 students, academics and professionals. Sponsors include the California Public Health Association-North and Santa Clara County Public Health Department.

Based on the acclaimed book “by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., ‘Living Downstream’ is an eloquent and cinematic documentary,” says the movie’s website. “This poetic film follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. After a routine cancer screening, Sandra receives some worrying results and is thrust into a period of medical uncertainty. Thus, we begin two journeys with Sandra: her private struggles with cancer and her public quest to bring attention to the urgent human rights issue of cancer prevention.”

Paul English, California Department of Public Health state environmental epidemiologist and science adviser for the Environmental Health Investigations Branch, will moderate the discussion. Panelists include:

  • Dean Peterson PE, REHS – San Mateo County Public Health Department, Environmental Health Director
  • Barbra Burgel RN, PhD – Clinical Professor, UCSF School of Nursing, Occupational Health Nursing Graduate Program
  • Leticia Márquez-Magaña PhD – Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University, Health Equity Institute
  • Analilia P. Garcia DrPH MPH – San Jose State University
  • Dr. Cindy Russell MD – Palo Alto Medical Foundation

For more information, please contact Vanndy Loth of the SJSU Public Health Nurse Club.

Jack Holland

Memorial Celebration for Dr. Jack Holland, Professor Emeritus

Jack Holland

Jack Holland (courtesy of Spartan Daily)

Date: September 16, 2011

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Location: Spartan Memorial

Summary: Doors will open at 1:00 p.m., and a memorial service will begin at 1:30 p.m., for the late Dr. Jack Holland, professor of management from 1948 until 1979 and founding chairman of the management department within the College of Business. Light refreshments will follow. An obituary published in the San Jose Mercury News notes “his impact in life is a story best told by his many students and friends. From the captains of industry to his caregivers, he was kind, caring and always open. In his own words we find the essence of who was he was, ‘The most gratifying aspect of my career was the inspiration I received back from the students. There is no question that I got back ten times what I put in.’” For more information on the service, please contact Sofia Moede at (408) 924-3394 or

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SJSU Campus MovieFest Grand Finale

Date: October 11, 2011

Time: 7 p.m.

Morris Dailey Auditorium

Summary: See the top 16 films created by SJSU student teams and be there when this year’s winners are named. San Jose State has had great success in this international competition, with major awards at the regional and national levels in each of the last three years. Free tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis the night of the performance. Arrive early! Space will be limited. View last year’s SJSU Best Picture “Elliot Kane.” Campus MovieFest is a Homecoming Week tradition.

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Strengths Brown Bag Lunch Series: Strengths + Academics = Graduation

Female student completing a questionaire.

A focus on strengths is a path to excellence.

Date: September 14, 2011

Time: noon

Location: Clark 100H

Summary: Imagine a world where you get to build on your talents to do what you do best; a world where how you think, feel and behave is not only accepted but valued. The Strengths-based Learning Team, comprised of faculty, administrators, staff, and students, is working to create just such an environment here at San Jose State University. Too often students (and just about everyone else) are led to believe that the best path to success in any endeavor is to spend most of their time working on their weaknesses.  The best — in any field — don’t do that. A focus on strengths is a path to excellence. This fall, the team will introduce a series of brown bag discussions with the goal of expanding the reach of this very successful program. The first session, “Strengths + Academics = Graduation,” will ask: “What do you excel in? Do you think it has nothing to do with school? WRONG!!! This session will show you how to use your strengths in the academic setting. We will discuss how to develop your talents and how to find creative techniques that can be applied to studying, writing, group projects, and even test taking.” Learn more about Strengths-based Learning at SJSU.

Votive candles in a heart shape in the foreground with the US flag behind.

SJSU Marks 10th Anniversary of 9/11 With Concert, Reflections, Remembrances

A flyer with a U.S. flag, candles, and music notes for Into Light: A 9/11 Memorial Concert on Sunday, September 11, at 8 p.m. in the Music Concert Hall Building. Graphic by Ali Hanshaw.

Into Light: A 9/11 Memorial Concert. Graphic by Ali Hanshaw.

Date: September 11, 2011

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Location: Music Building Concert Hall

Summary: The School of Music and Dance presents a 9/11 memorial concert that is free and open to the public. President Mohammad Qayoumi will provide opening remarks.Event participants include the faculty of the School of Music and Dance; Nils Petersen, Santa Clara County’s first poet laureate and a SJSU professor emeritus; and SJSU’s Air Force ROTC Color Guard. The event will conclude with a candlelit vigil. Read more on SJSU connections to 9/11 and an SJSU honors class reflecting on the impact of the attacks on literature and culture.

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Volunteer Opportunity: Higher Education Summit for Foster Youth

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All SJSU community members are welcome to volunteer.

Date: September 17, 2011

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: SJSU Student Union

Summary: The goal of the Santa Clara County Higher Education Summit Collaborative is to ensure that every foster youth who has the interest to go further in his or her educational pursuits be supported in those efforts. Please help promote higher education to the more than 250 current and former Bay Area foster youth who will be attending this event. All students, faculty, staff and alumni are welcome to volunteer. Opportunities include preparing materials, assisting with day-of-event tasks, and serving on student panels. To volunteer, register online. For more info, email or call (408) 924-1098.