SJSU Journalism Students Welcome Intrepid CBS ’60 Minutes’ Global Correspondent

Professor Bob Rucker and Journalism graduate students at the Unique Lives lecture series featuring Lara Logan.

As part of the Unique Lives lecture series in Campbell, Chris Di Salvo, School of Journalism and Mass Communications (JMC), who moonlights as an associate producer of the series invited Bob Rucker, JMC, and Journalism graduate students to attend the third lecture featuring Lara Logan, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, 60 minutes.

Halima Kazem, JMC, did a superb job interviewing the award-winning journalist on stage before hundreds of people gathered at the Heritage Theater. They shared experiences covering war torn Afghanistan and other international hot spots. For more than an hour, Logan spoke eloquently and candidly to the audience about her personal life and challenges growing up in South Africa, the wisdom and encouragement from her mother, and the bold news reporting she did on the operation to take back Mosul from ISIS, the little known victims of the Holocaust of World War II, and her touching stories from the front lines of the Ebola crisis in the forests of central Africa.

The most moving interaction came when Logan described in horrifying detail how she was almost killed in Tahrir Square in Egypt. In 2011, Logan was violently sexually assaulted and beaten by a mob of some 300 men while reporting a story for 60 Minutes on the Egyptian Revolution. She eventually broke her silence about the brutal attack on 60 Minutes to draw attention to the plight of men and women, as well as female journalists covering war zones.

Click here to see that revealing 60 Minutes report.

After the two hour community presentation, a small group of SJSU faculty, students and guests were invited on stage to meet Logan including journalism major Salvatore Maxwell from the JMC School Spartan Media, Joseph Di Salvo, spouse of Chris Di Salvo, and Bob Rucker. Rucker invited Lara Logan to come visit San José State University in the future. She welcomed the idea!

Left to right: Devin Fehely, KPIX 5; Ben Corrales, Bob Rucker’s husband; Lara Logan, 60 minutes Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent; Bob Rucker, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications

News Around CASA

Sandy Hirsh, School of Information, is featured in SJSU’s Research Foundation Annual Report for her work in preparing veterans for careers in library and information sciences. Click here to access the content.

Greg Woods, Justice Studies, was interviewed for a story about the YouTube shooter for the San Jose Mercury News. Click here for the San Jose Mercury News story.

Peter Young, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, was selected as a national Emmy® Award judge for the field of Television News & Documentary for the 39th Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards. The work includes reviewing submissions from the television arena as well as re-purposed Internet streaming and 360/virtual reality broadcasting.

Nisha Garud-Patkar, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, has been voted PhD student of the year by the graduate committee at E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. The award was given at a banquet on the evening of April 17. E.W.Scripps is one of the top 10 journalism schools in the United States. Congratulations Nisha!

School of Journalism and Mass Communications Faculty Comment on Facebook Dilemma Regarding Leaked Data to Cambridge Analytica

Matt Cabot commented about crisis communications after Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, testified to the United States Congress on Tuesday, April 10. Cabot did an outstanding job with both interviews.

He appeared on both ABC 7 and KTVU 2. Here are the news clips:



In addition, Larry Sokoloff  was interviewed on both ABC7 and NBC Bay Area  on Tuesday, April 10, about Facebook’s new stance on the California Consumer Privacy Act. Here are the news clips:


NBC Bay Area-TV

With the news that Cambridge Analytica may have compromised many Facebook users data, Peter Young and Matt Cabot commented on local news stations.

Click here for a link to KPIX-TV’s story March 24 about increasing pressure on Facebook. Peter Young was interviewed for the story. This story also aired on KCAL-TV in Los Angeles.

Click here for a link to the additional interview with Peter Young on March 26 with KTVU-TV.  It was a live Skype interview about Facebook.

Here are two stories about Cambridge Analytica using Facebook user data. Peter Young was interviewed in both stories.

NBC Bay Area


Matt Cabot was interviewed by KGO-TV on March 21 about how Facebook is responding to the public relations crisis it is facing because of Cambridge Analytica’s use of Facebook user data. Watch the news clip here:


Occupational Therapy Graduate Student Accepted to Future Scientist Summer Institute

James (“Jamie”) Tatti, is pleased to announce both passing the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy exam and being selected to attend the third annual Summer Institute for Future Scientists in Occupational Therapy in Kansas this summer. “This is an amazing accomplishment considering our students graduate with a Master of Science degree and compete with students graduating with Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) degrees,” says Winifred Schultz-Krohn, Chair, Occupational Therapy.

The event is hosted by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in collaboration with the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. Selected occupational therapy (OT) students earn a scholarship to travel from across the United States to the University of Kansas Medical Center on June 7, 2018. After the program, students attend a two-day research summit alongside occupational therapy scholars. The program provides mentorship opportunities with scientists in their field for OT students aspiring to a career in research.

Tatti demonstrated a commitment to research from his application letter and throughout his time at San José State University. He submitted a critically appraised paper (CAP) for publication through the AOTA Evidence Exchange and is pursuing publication of a manuscript on a theory of meaning in life and occupation, developed as a part of his contribution to his research teams’ capstone research project. Tatti was the lead session presenter for his teams’ research on Meaning in Life at the End of Life at the 2017 annual California Occupational Therapy Association conference in Sacramento, CA. As well, he has consistently incorporated his research skills into improving his clinical performance during fieldwork opportunities, most notably creating a flow chart with supporting research articles to illustrate a method for rapid evaluations in an acute psychiatric environment.

Tatti is interested in upholding a high standard for evidence-base practice and continuing his research efforts as a clinician and would like to eventually pursue a doctorate degree. His research interests are currently focused on supporting occupational justice for gender and sexual minorities, improving the application of mindfulness techniques to occupational therapy practice, developing a theory of motivation for occupational choices, and the maintenance of the psychosocial and holistic core of occupational therapy services across practice settings.

OT Students Bowl to Raise Funds for Research

Occupational Therapy graduate students at San José State University held a spring bowling event in the newly renovated Bowling Center on campus. Hosted by Pi Theta Epsilon chapter members and funded by SJSU Associated Students, the event celebrated the student and faculty efforts in The American Occupational Therapy Foundation St. Catherine Challenge fundraiser and provided an opportunity for some friendly competition between students and faculty.

As of March 1st, the students have raised $6,260 for Occupational Therapy research grants, this is the most they have ever raised for this challenge. Top student fundraisers in each year of the graduate program received a spot on a bowling team, or could nominate another student to bowl in their place. The two student teams played against each other and the winning team advanced to compete against the faculty team. Both students and faculty enjoyed a fun evening participating together in the leisure occupation of bowling.

“The friendly competition created camaraderie between students and faculty outside the classroom,” says Winifred Schultz-Krohn, Chair, Occupational Therapy.  “Additionally, this event helped promote greater awareness to the campus community about the graduate program and Occupational Therapy profession. The students and faculty plan to make this an annual event.”