Wayne Merry, ’59 Conservation, was one of the first rock climbers to summit El Capitan.
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Gymnast Shanice Howard was named the 2011 Arthur Ashe Jr. Female Sports Scholar of the Year and went on to become a physical therapist.
Spartan swimmer Lisa Covey Peters, ’07 Physics, leads an exciting career as a systems engineer at Lockheed Martin.
Agnieszka Winkler launched and led one of Silicon Valley’s most successful independent advertising agencies in an era when she was often “the only woman in the room.”
San Jose State inducted eight legendary Spartan athletes into the SJSU Sports Hall of Fame.
Urban planners and developers learn how to build healthier communities.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist shared coach Bud Winter’s sprinting techniques with athletes worldwide.
It took courage, commitment and focus on a bigger picture to take a stand for civil rights and to demand equal treatment.
Noel understood that challenging the racial, economic and political status quo under the glow of an international spotlight came with great risk.
EOP at San Jose State originated alongside the Olympic Project for Human Rights and the growing Chicano movement.
Through all of the changes she has witnessed over the past 50 years, Noel’s core belief in the power of education remains intact.
Speech pathologist Pamela Wiley, ’72 Communication Studies, created the Spectrum Shield training program to pair law enforcement with young men with autism.
Physics and Astronomy Professor Peter Beyersdorf’s research helped detect gravitational waves for the first time in 2015.
Watch a video on the challenges and opportunities facing woman athletes today.
Marketing Professor Marilyn Easter and Alora Frederick, ’18 Business Administration, founded the G.o.A.L. program to create an inclusive space for Spartans.
Stacey Johnson has made it her mission to “speak actively for women.”
As a professional woman athlete, Malloy confronted—and often defied—common stereotypes about gender and sport.
“Setting kids up to be successful is probably one of the greatest feelings in the world, those adults in your life, those coaches that really go unnoticed in the world, they are the ones who have a lot to do with helping kids.”
“I love being able to have an impact on young people in an area where I feel like I have the most expertise. Sport is a great equalizer.”
“To see women perform at high levels, and to hear those women speak and present themselves, I think changes a lot of people’s opinions and outlook on women,” says Gay MacLellan, ’83 MA Kinesiology. Learn how the former fencing champion and pioneering international referee has applied her athletic prowess to life beyond sport.
Tracy Hanson, ’93 Kinesiology, LPGA golfer, supports athletes who face significant obstacles, including abuse and performance acceptance, in their pursuit of sport.
Record-setting gymnast Thomasina Wallace, ’12 Kinesiology, says that “twenty percent [of the sport] is talent and 80 percent is how mentally prepared are you to perform your routines while others are judging you.” Learn how she overcame injuries and defied stereotypes during her career at SJSU.
“Small acts of defiance make change,” says Carolyn Lewis, ’70 Kinesiology, Teaching Credential. The four-sport collegiate athlete became a coach and athletics administrator and helped create SJSU’s Gender Equity Plan.
Margaret Jenkins, ’25 Education, threw discus in the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam as a member of the first ever women’s track and field team representing the United States. Jenkins belongs to a tradition of Spartan woman athletes who have set records on and off the field.