Congratulations to JMC School sophomore James Teshuan

By:  Bob Rucker, Director, School of Journalism and Mass Communications
Congratulations to JMC School sophomore James Teshuan for his first place win in the Monthly Digital Clip Contest SFBAPPA . His photo “Shadows and Skating” originally appeared in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.  We are very proud of this young man’s incredible talents, energy and achievements. James also volunteers to help up visually document special moments in the JMC School. Most recently he photographed the campus visit by 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Sara Ganim.
Here are the winners from June and July of the SFBAPPA Monthly Digital Clip Contest:

Artisans from Mexico visit Health Science and Recreation this week!

By:  Kathleen Rowe, Chair, Health Sciences

Alebrije artisans Saúl Aragón Ramírez, Maximiliano Morales, and Martha Santiago are visiting CASA this week, hosted by the Health Science and Recreation Department.  This annual fall visit provides a week of deep cultural exchange, educational presentations, demonstrations, and the chance to see the latest alebrijes.

Alebrijes are the brightly painted, hand carved, wooden animals made in only a few pueblos in Southern Mexico.  The figures are carved from the wood of the copal tree, indigenous to Oaxaca.  The visiting artisans are part of a collective of 18 families who are committed to further developing the art of the alebrije, as well as replenishing the copal forest.  This combined commitment to art and environment led to the name of their alebrijes – “Ecoalebrijes”.

This trip is part of the Health Science and Recreation’s long standing “Intercambio” – an 8-year relationship that includes the annual fall visit by artisans to the SJSU campus and the Spring Break trip of 20 students to the pueblo of Arrazola.  While in Mexico, the students spend the week with artisan families, work in various public health and education projects, and experience pueblo life.  Highlights of the week include the early morning hike to the Zapotec ruins of Monte Alban and the group’s health fair serving 400 people.

Saúl Aragón and Kathleen Roe, Chair of Health Science and Recreation, are the Co-Founders and Directors of the Intercambio, which is completely self-supported.  Eligible students are able to travel to Arrazola, even if they have modest resources, through extensive fundraising.  To date, over 120 students have made the trip – no one is ever excluded due to limited resources.

If you would like to help support a traveler or the Intercambio – or to find out where the artisans will be selling and demonstrating this week, please contact the Health Science Department at

We accept cash, check, and credit cards.

SJSU SLIS Faculty Presenting at Library 2.012 Conference

Faculty from the San José State University School of Library and Information Science (SJSU SLIS) will be among the vast lineup of global presenters, who are leading the conversation about the future of libraries in our hyperlinked world at the Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference.

Dr. Sandra Hirsh, SJSU SLIS professor and director, will open the Library 2.012 conference with her keynote presentation about how information professionals can take charge of the ever-changing information landscape. Following Dr. Hirsh’s opening keynote, SJSU SLIS faculty will share their research and knowledge with the worldwide audience of information professionals.

See here for more information!

Two JMC School faculty members and two SJSU journalism graduates are among this year’s top Society of Professional Journalists

By:  Bob Rucker, Director, School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Breaking News: Two JMC School faculty members and two SJSU journalism graduates are among this year’s top Society of Professional
Journalists ( SPJ ) – Northern California Awards announced October 1st.

Among the distinguished honorees…

Lloyd LaCuesta, KTVU-TV. Veteran reporter, Edward R. Murrow Award recipient, and six-time Northern California Emmy Award winner Lloyd LaCuesta receives the SPJ-NorCal Board of Directors’ Distinguished Service to Journalism Award.

LaCuesta retired this year from his position as South Bay bureau chief for KTVU Channel 2 News after 35 years of reporting for the station.
SPJ honors LaCuesta not only for his multiple award-winning breaking news coverage over the years, but also for his pioneering role in
helping to bring more minorities into the field of journalism during his career. LaCuesta was the first national president of the Asian
American Journalists Association. He was also one of the founders, and the first national president, of UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc.


San José State University new media/photography professor Kim Komenich and Professor Kim Grinfeder’s University of Miami Spring 2012 interactive storytelling class for their “living documentary” project. The project took the subjects of Komenich’s Pulitzer-winning coverage of the 1986 Philippine “People Power” revolution and used innovative social media techniques to tell where they are now.

SJSU Journalism Graduates Honored

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle, and Hank Plante, KPIX-TV

FEATURE STORYTELLING (TV/video daily): Dai Sugano, San Jose Mercury News, for “Lost Voices of September 11,” which interviews 10 years
later the friends and family who left messages on the cell phone of United Airlines Flight 93 passenger Mark Bingham, hoping to hear he was alive.

CARHS Grants Academy: Upcoming Info Session

By:  Dr. Ted Butryn, Kinesiology

Have you ever heard about colleagues at SJSU or other universities receiving major grants from NIH, NSF, or private foundations? For me, even after 12 years as a faculty member here, it was a pretty mysterious process, frankly, and I really thought that going after a large federal or private grant might be out of my league.  However, in 2011, CASA and the Center for Applied Research on Human Services (CARHS) launched the Grants Academy. As a member of the CARHS steering committee, I had the opportunity to assist CARHS Director Amy D’Andrade in facilitating Academy sessions, and so in a way I got to participate as well. After doing so, I can say that the process of procuring funding for my research has never been clearer to me, and I have never been more optimistic about it!

To participate in the Academy, interested tenure/tenure-track faculty submitted proposals, and ultimately seven were selected to be part of the inaugural Grants Academy class. The purpose of the Grants Academy was to guide faculty from the formulation of a fundable research question, through the process of fully developing the proposal and budget, to finally submitting their grant. Academy members attended a series of five workshops throughout the Fall and Spring semesters covering topics such as developing proposal ideas, locating a funding source, budgeting for grant proposals, the NIH review process, communicating with program officers, and writing and revising grant submissions. Representatives from the SJSU Research Foundation, the Tower Foundation, and Graduate Studies and Research gave suggestions and tips in each session, and often worked individually with Academy participants outside of the sessions. In addition, Academy participants received feedback on their grant proposals from experts in their field, and mentoring from faculty across campus who had successfully obtained large grants. The members of the first Academy universally reported feeling that the guidance and personal feedback were priceless. In my 12 years at SJSU, I’ve rarely seen such a rich and collaborative endeavor directed at the promotion of high-level research activity. We have many amazing resources across campus; I am proud that, in CASA, we also have the CARHS Grants Academy.

There is an informational meeting about the Academy this Thursday from 1:30-2:30 in MH 438A. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Academy and ask questions of presenters and past participants. Hope to see you there!