SWEEP: Vietnamese fellows settle in for Social Work Academy in March

The College of Applied Sciences and Arts at San José State University is hosting its second Social Work Education Enhancement Project Fellows Academy, with eight Vietnamese professors visiting for three weeks in March to learn skills they will be able to bring home to their own universities in Vietnam. The 2015 fellows arrived in San José on March 1 and have been involved in lectures and workshops all week. The Fellows Academy is March 2-20.

Many SJSU social work faculty are involved in sharing knowledge about how to teach social work for the fellows, but other departments at SJSU are also providing support including the School of Information, the Center for Faculty Development, the SJSU Global Leadership Advancement Center, Academic Technology, and the University Library. The fellows will also have a chance to visit social service agencies in the Bay Area to see what types of services are provided in the United States as the field of Social Work is relatively new in Vietnam, established 10 years ago.

Interim Dean Alice Hines is the director of SWEEP, while Social Work Professor Ed Cohen serves as a co-director. SWEEP is an international consortium which includes USAID, SJSU, eight universities in Vietnam, government ministries, Cisco Systems, Inc., and community agencies and stakeholders. The purpose of SWEEP is to assist eight universities in Vietnam with improving their undergraduate social work educational programs. The project, which is funded through September, 2015, aims to improve:

  • The administration of social work programs
  • Faculty capabilities in teaching and research
  • Social work curriculum, and
  • Network communication among the universities through the use of improved technology

Summer study-abroad students: Apply for scholarships now

The College of Applied Sciences and Arts at San José State University is offering 12 scholarships in the amount of $500 each to support students in the college who are enrolled in faculty-led study abroad programs this summer. Students can apply for the Helen L. Stevens Faculty-Led Program Scholarships for the College of Applied Sciences and Arts through March 21.

The Faculty-Led Program is a unique way to introduce students to the idea of the world as an educational resource, while giving students who may have never considered it a possibility the opportunity to study abroad. The College of Applied Sciences and Arts is committed to helping a broad range of SJSU students overcome the financial barriers to study abroad by offering the Helen L. Stevens Faculty-Led Program Scholarship to qualified students in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, made possible by a generous donation from Helen L. Stevens, former Director of International Programs and Services at San José State University.


Summer 2014 applications must be submitted electronically to Mimi Nguyen (mimi.nguyen@sjsu.edu) in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts by Friday, March 21, 2014.

Scholarship Amount

12 scholarships in the amount of $500 each


1. Applicants must be SJSU students in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts at the time of application and must have at least one remaining semester back on campus prior to graduation from SJSU.

2. Applicants must have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of application to be eligible for this award.

3.  Applicants must have been accepted to an official SJSU Faculty-Led Program administered by International Programs and Services.

4. Applicants must complete this form electronically and email it to Mimi Nguyen (mimi.nguyen@sjsu.edu) in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts by March 21, 2014 to be considered for the scholarship.

5. Students already receiving a scholarship specifically to attend a Faculty-Led
Program are NOT eligible to apply for this scholarship.


A copy of the application form with a fillable PDF can be downloaded here (Helen L. Stevens Faculty-Led Program Scholarship for the College of Applied Sciences and Arts Fillable PDF application.)



Students: Get immersed in global leadership overseas

San José State University students are invited to apply for a study abroad program this summer that will take them to three countries in four weeks. As part of the Mass Communications 180 Global Leadership class, students will visit Paris, France for three weeks, Madrid, Spain for one week and Brussels, Belgium for a day trip under the tutelage of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Mathew Cabot. The course runs from June 16 – July 11, 2014.

Mathew Cabot will lead students on a three-country course in Europe.

Cabot, an associate professor at SJSU, will lead the program for the fourth time. Students will gain a global perspective on public relations, advertising and international reputation management, while also looking at political and economic issues on a global level.

In addition to the academic components of the program, students will also have a chance to take in the cultural sites. Some of the activities include a visit to a cheese shop, a boat tour on the Seine River, museum visits, tapas tasting and a trip to the European parliament.

The program is open to upper division undergraduate or graduate students, specifically those in business. There will be assignments before the travel begins and after. Foreign language skills are not a requirement as courses will be taught in English.

Estimated Costs

SJSU Special Session Tuition (6 units @ $250 each) 1,500
Administration Fee 200
Program fees, lodging, class materials and local tours approx. 3,592
Estimated Total $5,292

For more on the program, visit http://www.sjsu.edu/studyabroad/programs/summer_programs/list_of_faculty-led_programs/list_of_faculty-lead_programs/index.html. To watch a short video about the project, visit http://vimeo.com/77356895