Go Sharks Go! KIN Alumnus: Eric Manuta

Kinesiology Alumnus '10 graduate Eric Manuta.

Kinesiology Alumnus ’10 graduate Eric Manuta.

College of Applied Sciences and Arts Kinesiology (KIN) alumnus Eric Manuta has been putting his Sports Management degree to work receiving a recent promotion for the San José Sharks Ticket Sales department. Manuta graduated fall 2010 and has been working with the Sharks for 7 years.

Manuta started as a ticket sales intern for the SAP Open Tennis Tournament in November 2008. He later earned a full-time position in 2011 with the Arena Group Sales department after he graduated. Manuta built a reputation within group sales working on major events such as Disney on Ice, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and the 2012 United States Olympic Gymnastics Trials which led to him being promoted to manager.

Promotions didn’t slow down for this KIN graduate. Manuta’s hard work and leadership skills paid off as he moved from Arena Group Sales to an Account Sales Manager for the Sharks Ticket Sales department in 2014. He now holds the rank as Senior Sales Manager for his department with a focus in selling Sharks season tickets, partial plans, and premium group ticket packages.

Sharks pregame entrance.

Sharks pregame entrance.

Working in sports was pre-determined during his high school and junior college days. As he set foot on SJSU’s campus he found that the department of Kinesiology was a great fit for him. “One month into my KIN 70 (Introduction to Kinesiology) class, I grew a strong interest in Sports Management and never looked back,” said Manuta in describing how that course set the stage for where he is now.

Manuta said that he remembers his professor’s discussions about fieldwork, volunteering and applying for internship hours. It’s what he learned in the classroom and in the field that helped him move forward throughout his professional career.

“I found that constantly networking and having proven work in the field definitely pays off in the long run,” said Manuta.

Manuta is continuously setting new goals for himself as the Sharks Ticket Sales department continues to grow. He plans to build relationships with local schools to create more internship programs and, in particular, he wants to give back to his alma mater through internships.

“Things are constantly changing and I love setting new goals for myself to strive for,” said Manuta.

Aside from professional hockey games, the SAP Center gets little rest with concerts, shows and sporting events year-round. Manuta enjoys the fast paced environment of working for a professional sports franchise in one of the busiest buildings in the business.

Eric Manuta and Dean Schutten pose for a photo with the San José Sharks logo after a tour of the SAP Center.

Eric Manuta and Dean Schutten pose for a photo prior to the San José Sharks versus Minnesota Wild game. Sharks won 4-3.

5th Annual CHAMP Senior Wellness Fair

CHAMP Senior Wellness Fair 2015

CHAMP Senior Wellness Fair 2015

The Timpany Center hosted the annual Senior Wellness Fair on October 24, 2015. The fair brought in over 500 attendees, with many students from San José State University’s (SJSU) College of Applied Sciences and Arts (CASA) volunteering to interact with the population.

The Senior Wellness Fair is a partnership between SJSU’s Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations (CHAMP), the Santa Clara County Department of Aging and Adult Services and the Timpany Center, now in its fifth year. CHAMP is an interdisciplinary effort that includes faculty from the School of Social Work, The Valley Foundation School of Nursing, Nutrition and Food Science, Kinesiology, Occupational Therapy as well as the departments of Psychology and Communicative Disorders and Sciences.

Sadhna Diwan, School of Social Work professor and director of CHAMP, said the fair offers SJSU students an opportunity to practice their communication skills, learn how to engage seniors in screenings and health education, and learn about the role of multiple disciplines and the array of community services available to promote wellness and healthy aging.

Students from the School of Social Work interacted with seniors using a poster board displaying facial expressions to identify mood change and depression. The students handed out community resource sheets and gave recommendations on how to seek help if some seniors are experiencing a low mood change.

Social Work graduate students volunteer at the Senior Wellness Fair on Oct. 24, 2015.

Social Work graduate students volunteer at the Senior Wellness Fair on Oct. 24, 2015.

Naomi Gomez, a social work graduate student, said she and her fellow students were there to educate seniors on mood changes that lead into depression in the aging population. “We are offering seniors today different support systems and referrals to help lift their moods or if they know of someone they can pass this useful information to,” said Gomez.

Don Tran, a public health graduate student, greeted seniors with his fellow students and provided body mass index screenings and blood pressure testing. Tran is working with the Pathways to American Indian and Alaska Native (PAAW) to introduce a diabetes prevention program. Tran said that the fair provides an opportunity to seek out potential participants to take part in the program that will provide participants with gym memberships, walking shoes, healthy meals and more.

“We are focused on improving health for American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander and all indigenous heritage population of Santa Clara County,” Tran said while handing out information packets to participants during the fair.

The Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging (NuFS) students provided information on food insecurities and healthy hydration methods. Kristian Ghazal, NuFS graduate student, said she volunteered to encourage seniors to buy local foods and where they can use CalFresh EBT cards.

Ghazal presented each visitor with an informational poster that highlighted healthy food options during each season of the year and reasons why the community should buy foods from local farmers. “Everyone attending the fair today should know where and how to get fresh foods from local farmers,” said Ghazal as she talked about the importance of seniors needing to maintain a healthy diet and supporting local farmers.

Kristian Ghazal, student volunteer, holds informational poster about local farmers and healthy seasonal foods.

Kristian Ghazal, student volunteer, holds informational poster about local farmers and healthy seasonal foods.

Susan Ross, Health Science and Recreation lecturer, and undergraduate students offered leisure interest screenings. Lovegifty Dudero, HSR undergraduate student, said she used the screening to talk with seniors about what they like to do on their free time. The results of the assessment identifies strengths and weaknesses of leisure activities such as physical, outdoor, mechanical, artistic, service, social, cultural and reading activities.

“From the results we can provide different leisure activities to help improve their weaknesses,” Dudero said, after finishing an assessment.

Lovegifty Dudero, student volunteer, administering a leisure screening with Senior Wellness Fair participant.

Lovegifty Dudero, student volunteer, administering a leisure screening with Senior Wellness Fair participant.

“Learning is one of the most life giving things a person can do,” said Ross, as she explained the goal of the student volunteers to teach people how to gain more novelty using the leisure screening. Other activities from NuFS included aging myths and aroma therapy.

An additional amount of students from SJSU volunteered their time to assist with various tasks at the fair. Desiree Barton, Daniela Zea and Chantelle Patel, School of Journalism and Mass Communications (JMC) undergraduate students, volunteered to take pictures of the event and interview seniors who attend.

“One of the most resourceful things for them is that everything is in one place and the free flu shots,” said Patel, after interviewing senior participants.

The JMC students plan to use the pictures and video interviews to create a video for CHAMP to spread awareness of the Senior Wellness Fair.

For more on CHAMP, click here.


Dean Schutten is the Featured Author of the Month

Dean Schutten

Dean Mary Schutten

The College of Applied Sciences and Arts (CASA) Dean, Mary Schutten, is the San José State University (SJSU) ScholarWorks Featured Author of the Month.

“With so much wonderful work going on at SJSU, it is nice to be a featured scholar,” said Schutten as she was honored to be selected.

Schutten said ScholarWorks “was a way to provide information on my work that led to requests to submit similar work to publications.” Other benefits included the monthly download report. This report helped identify areas in Schutten’s research portfolio that informed decisions about future research topics.

ScholarWorks provides access to scholarly work created at SJSU. The repository aims to increase global visibility of SJSU’s intellectual output. Schutten highly recommends using this service.

Benefits of ScholarWorks:

  • ScholarWorks provides a permanent, interactive, on-line CV for you to share with colleagues and the wider world. CASA faculty members Anthony Bernier (School of Information), Kasuen Mauldin (Nutrition, Food Science & Packaging) and Miranda Worthen (Health Science and Recreation) are great examples of how to use this online repository tool. You can also browse by school or department using the CASA collection.
  • All permissions for posting PDF files and links are taken care by ScholarWorks.
  • Full text of all works in the associated Digital Commons repository are optimized for Google & Google Scholar searching.
  • Authors receive a confidential monthly download report showing total downloads for the last 30 days and cumulatively for all works in the depository.
  • Facilitates networking and sharing of scholarly work – anyone can subscribe to receive updates from a scholar regarding announcements of recent work, or receive automatically generated emails anytime new work is added to a profile.
  • Publish working papers.
  • Download counts algorithm for accurate download statistics
  • Research announcement tool allows scholars to maximize their work.
  • It is extremely easy to use.Email a current CV to scholarworks@sjsu.edu.

View Schutten’s profile and sign up for ScholarWorks yourself or update an existing profile by sending in your latest Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Mark Your Calendar: Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge

Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge

Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge

The Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge (SVIC) is taking place all-day on Monday, November 16 in the new Student Union Ballroom. We encourage CASA students to enter the competition. It is a great way to showcase the innovations conceived by our creative, talented students and celebrate at this year’s event.

The new “Best Sport-Tech” award, sponsored by University Advancement, will be made available this year in addition to the Best Overall Innovation, Best Elevator Pitch, and Best Social Innovation award categories. Each winner will receive a cash prize.

SVIC is a fantastic networking and career building opportunity for students. Judges include faculty and industry professionals from leading Silicon Valley companies such as Cisco Systems, Applied Materials, AT&T, LinkedIn, Citrix, Ericsson, WMware, NetApp, and more.

Cisco Systems in particular plans to use SVIC as a talent recruitment platform. Eligible students with a GPA of 3.2 or higher should visit the Career Center to improve resume writing and interviewing skills prior to the event.


  • October 5: Submission opens for students, alumni, faculty, etc.
  • October 26: Submission closes at midnight
  • October 28: Online judging begins
  • November 9: Finalists Notified
  • November 16: SVIC Finalist Showcase, Student Union Ballroom, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Visit SVIC to learn more.

Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge Poster

Ballroom Dance Club moves to Event Center

The San José State University Ballroom Dance Club will be meeting in the Event Center Sport Club, on the lower level, due to the renovation of its regular meeting space in Spartan Complex. Faculty Adviser Bethany Shifflett invites students to join the group for great fun. The club has beginner’s lessons each Friday, from 5-5:45 p.m. Upcoming lessons include Salsa on Sept. 26 and Tango on Oct. 3. The full schedule semester can be viewed online at: http://studentorgs.sjsu.edu/sjsubdc/#/schedule. For questions, contact Bethany Shifflett by email at bethany.shifflett@sjsu.edu.

Drop in: $5 for 1 lesson or $8 for two lessons per night.
Semester membership: $25 SJSU students; $35 community members.

Community members please read: Community members who are not Semester BDC members will have to pay an additional $5 each night to enter the sport club. The BDC is covering the sport club cost only for individuals who have a semester membership.

Ballroom dance flyer( PDF)