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