#SJSU Tweets of the Week, 7/13

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

Landscape photo of Tower Lawn with Tower Hall and San Jose City Hall in the background. Photo tweeted by @gabemeistersp.

"This is the most photogenic spot on campus," tweets @gabemeistersp. What a great place to be to enjoy the sunny, warm weather in San Jose!

We’ve put together the tweets of the week for Spartans to see the exciting, funny, interesting and spontaneous conversations on Twitter about SJSU. Take a look at what’s happening on campus by exploring the tweets below!

You can follow SJSU on Twitter for more updates at https://twitter.com/SJSU or search for @SJSU.

@loveedre: ‪#SJSU‬ I’m almost coming!!!! Dorming will be so much fun 🙂 can’t wait to meet my roomies! Hope they’re fun ‪#SJSUfrosh

@ndrloza: just me and Sparta chilling 😉 ‪#sjsu‬ ‪#orientation‬ ‪#collegebound‬ http://instagr.am/p/M67hLjmg6J/ ‪#SJSUFrosh

@_venessaa: I think my favorite orientation leader is Rigo! & Bobby Dupree cause I like his name 🙂 ‪#SJSUFrosh

@Andrewpantoja22: ‪#SJSUFrosh‬ great weather and great people!

@jchow94: ‪#SJSUFrosh‬ fantastic two days (: http://instagr.am/p/M9ncSNBH7X/

@seal_tyler: Really excited for orientation next week @SJSU ‪#Newpeople‬ ‪#SJSUFrosh

@1dancingjessica: Group 17’s teddy bear has become extra popular … ‪#sjsufrosh‬ http://ow.ly/ccFJ4

@meribette1: Future spartans 🙂 ‪#frosh‬ ‪#SJSUfrosh‬ ‪#fun‬ ‪#orientation‬ ‪#memories‬ http://instagr.am/p/M_z7Ewn624/

@what_gerry_says: I’m officially ready for my Orientation at ‪#SJSU‬ on Tuesday!!!! ‪#CantWait‬!!! 🙂

@camillerss: I love you guyssss, today’s our day! @ Event Center at ‪#SJSU‬ http://instagr.am/p/M1GJLrFb6X/

@_celinemarie: @_AMigable‘s halau Kawailehua was so good!!! We agree! ‪#sjsu‬ http://ow.ly/c5VC8

@chanelliekins: My day in a nutshell.

Chatter, Photos and More:
: ‪#SJSU‬ Quidditch’s Joe Tran with the ‪#SquirtleSquad‬ in the finals of ‪#FireMercs‬. Let’s go blue team! http://instagr.am/p/M1ppTWxNcZ/

@sjsualumni: Looking for new grilling ideas this summer? Check out our Good to Grill Cooking Class Aug. 10! http://ow.ly/c6n9V ‪#sjsu

@sjsujustice: SJSU CSI Camp…first hands on activity. ‪#SJSU‬ ‪#CSI‬ ‪#SJSUCASA‬ pic.twitter.com/07gv9MUS

@voltnorcal: ‪#SJSU‬ we have a ‪#job‬ opening for a loan officer in Palo Alto…http://ow.ly/c7tzJ

@gavila4: First Grad book to arrive! ‪#Masters‬ ‪#Mechanical‬ ‪#Engineering‬ ‪#SJSU‬ http://instagr.am/p/M4CZBZDy7U/

@viverssss: Caesar Chavez✊‪#sjsu‬ http://instagr.am/p/M39HVwxyXO/ ‪#sjsu

@sarynrorie: ‪#SJSU‬ POoOoOoOoL Tiiiiiiiiime!

@theeroyceelifee: ‪#unexpected‬ ‪#DCP‬ ‪#scholarship‬ ‪#blessed‬ ‪#money‬ ‪#SJSU‬ ‪#education‬ http://instagr.am/p/M9a1GIo6Hq/

@dzsamuels: At innovation panel at SJSU, acting commerce sec. Rebecca Blank pic.twitter.com/zvK3SXpl

@crissydv: Ah! ‪#official‬ ‪#sjsu‬ ‪#likeaboss‬ ‪#lovinlife‬ http://instagr.am/p/M_T8Koj2r_/

@rolanjimenez: ‪#SJSU‬ pic.twitter.com/drJzvFRv

Spartan Pride:

@fontburger: I want to see some Flat Sammy pics ‪#sjsu‬ peeps! http://instagr.am/p/NCVThEyCeq/

@cesardeee: Flat Sammy hanging out in the EOP Lounge! ‪#SJSU‬ pic.twitter.com/yMtVLKsm

@mascotmikesj: Amazing convo Sam Piraro & @townsendradio. Reminds me of the great relationships & opportunities @‪#SJSU‬ ‪#BestCollegeEver

@maaxrubiio: Since when can I get headphones on a vending machine? Only at sjsu http://instagr.am/p/M6PCKDrIl9/

@B2B_SJSU: We just developed about 25 Internships w/Nordstrom for SJSU students next summer. Be sure to get your Competitive Edge, Hire SJSU ‪#SJSU

@CommerceSec: Enjoyed our innovation panel discussion. Thanks to @CarlGuardino, @kennedyjp, Eric Kelly (@OverlandStorage) and Mohammad Qayoumi (@SJSU)

@SJSU: Her generosity touched the lives of 1000s of Spartans. ‪#sjsu‬ extends condolences to the Phyllis Simpkins’ family. http://ow.ly/cbY58

@calstate: Wells Fargo donates $20K to @SJSU students to help community members solve financial issues http://ow.ly/ccHxo

@SenFeinstein: Congrats to @LetsMove winners: San Fernando/@CSUNorthridge partnership, and in San Jose: @SJSU/MHT, @YMCAofSV! http://1.usa.gov/M3m32Z

@kathymorgan722: May the Force be with you … ‪#SJSU‬, LMU, Pepperdine and Brown. D1 athletes work their *** off … http://instagr.am/p/M1MTfeNHn0/

@coachmikemac: Check out our new guys! 2012_FRESHMEN CHECK IN- July 8, 2012: http://youtu.be/S7Y8obuEeWk via @YouTube ‪#SJSUFrosh

@SJSUAthletics: 9/22 San Jose State-San Diego State football kickoff time is 5:00 p.m. Check http://sjsuspartans.com for all 2012 game times.

Note: The opinions and views in these posts are those of the independent Twitter users and not of San Jose State University.

Staff Olympics Opening Ceremony to Begin at Noon July 3 in Duncan Hall Breezeway

SJSU Staff Olympics Opening Ceremony Begins at Noon July 3

In a tribute to the London Summer Olympics, we're offering croquet this year!

By Julie Inouye Wong, Human Resources Administrative & Data Specialist

The SJSU Staff Olympics are here! The Opening Ceremony officially kicks off this year’s games on Tuesday, July 3 from noon to 1 p.m. in the breezeway under Duncan Hall. Departments will show their Spartan pride by presenting their banners and flags in a march around campus. There will be a program and the Olympic flame will be lit. Street Eats will have tasty food available for purchase and booths from Athletics, A.S. Campus Recreation, CONCERN: Employee Assistance Program, and Kaiser will be there offering information and giveaways.

Make sure you come and cheer on your departments and your fellow Spartans at the events. July 9 through 26 , Mondays through Thursdays noon to 1 p.m., will be bowling in the Student Union Bowling Center. In a tribute to the London Summer Olympics, July 30 through August 2 will be croquet noon to 1 p.m. on the lawn across from the Event Center. August 6 through 9 will be volleyball noon to 1 p.m. in SPX 44a.

We have surpassed the number of participants from last year, so we will have a bigger and better Staff Olympics. Join in on all of the fun of the SJSU Staff Olympics!

John Mellencamp to Receive Steinbeck Award

John Mellencamp to Receive Steinbeck Award

Tickets are on sale now at the SJSU Event Center box office or ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000.

Media contact: Pat Lopes Harris, SJSU Media Relations
Tickets: SJSU Event Center box office or ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000

For the first time since Joan Baez in 2003, a musician will receive the prestigious John Steinbeck Award, “In the Souls of the People.” On Monday, July 30, at the historic California Theatre, Thomas Steinbeck will present the John Steinbeck Award to singer/songwriter/activist John Mellencamp. “A Conversation and Special Performance” will include a talk with Mellencamp, moderated by Robert Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum, and musical performance from Mellencamp.

Upon receiving the John Steinbeck Award, Mellencamp will have his name further linked to that of the legendary Baez on a select list of two as the only recipients of both the Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie awards. Mellencamp received the Guthrie award in 2003.

Previous recipients of the John Steinbeck Award include: Bruce Springsteen, Arthur Miller, Studs Terkel, Dolores Huerta, John Sayles, Jackson Browne, Garrison Keillor, Joan Baez, Michael Moore, Sean Penn, and Rachel Maddow.

The Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University is the world’s leading archive of Steinbeck materials, with over 30,000 items. The center has been authorized by the Steinbeck estate to present awards to those artists and activists whose work exemplifies the themes and values found in the writings of John Steinbeck: in particular, his concern for the natural environment, his commitment to the common people, and his willingness to critique the contrasts between the powerful and the poor.

Of John Mellencamp, Thomas Steinbeck, noted author and the surviving son of John Steinbeck, said: “My father always carried a deep and profound respect for songwriters and musicians. He felt they were the voice of the people and had the unique opportunity to reach the very souls of the people. Like Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, and a handful of others, John Mellencamp has done just that. He has spent his life serving as a voice for the people.

“John’s 40-year career makes one marvel. As an artist, John Mellencamp has been a superb singer-songwriter-storyteller; as an exemplary activist, and as a creator and longtime champion of Farm Aid, he has maintained the true spirit of John Steinbeck’s compassion for the worker. Without question, John Mellencamp has earned the John Steinbeck Award, and it will be my great pleasure to present it to him.”

John Mellencamp commented, “John Steinbeck’s remarkable ability to give voice to the common man and to people on society’s margins, to describe their plight and aspirations, continues to inspire us more than a century after his birth. I’m very honored to be the recipient of an award given in his name.”

The John Steinbeck Award, “In the Souls of the People,” was first given in 1996. Nominations for the award are made by a committee of members of the board of the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University.

Tickets for this one-of-a-kind John Mellencamp event, “A Conversation and Special Performance,” are on sale now. For tickets or further information, visit the SJSU Event Center box office or ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-745-3000.

A Singing Comic Book Retailer

A Singing Comic Book Retailer

For 30 consecutive years, Ferrara has sung “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the San Francisco Giants and last year began singing the national anthem for the San Jose Earthquakes (Thomas Webb photo).

San Jose native Joe Ferrara, ’73 Music, opened Atlantis Fantasyworld on lower Pacific Avenue when comic books were “strictly a collectibles business,” he explains. Still flourishing 36 years later, the enterprise has survived the radical reconfiguring of the market brought on by the Star Wars franchise, stiff retail competition from online retailers such as Amazon, and the Loma Prieta earthquake.

For three post-earthquake years, Ferrara conducted business in a tent, reopening at his current location on Cedar Street in 1992. As true aficionados know, new comics arrive every Wednesday, the day fans of all ages descend on the store to scour the latest superhero, manga, fantasy, horror, action/adventure and science fiction releases. (Other notable stock: graphic novels such as the Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus.)

Read about Ferrara’s passion for music and comics in the spring 2012 issue of Washington Square magazine.