The International Programs and Students Committee (IPSC) and the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) invite you to attend a special panel discussion: Engagement and Support Strategies for SJSU Internationalization: Lessons from the Field.
The two-part event series will feature a panel of seasoned faculty at SJSU who have championed moving forward international opportunities and promoting global learning. Their stories are powerful in helping understand the significance of campus internationalization and the key role faculty play.
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Satya Sundar Sethy, Senior Associate Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Madras in Chennai, India for two virtual talks. Dr. Sethy is currently a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence pursuing his research and lecturing tasks at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. He will be visiting us virtually at San Jose State University for the following discussions:
Integrating Emotion into Engineering Design and Innovation: Risks and Responsibilities of Engineers
These events are open to SJSU faculty, staff, and students. We hope that you will be able to join us for one or both of these talks.
About Dr. Sethy
Dr. Satya Sundar Sethy is a senior Associate Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India. At present he is awarded the Scholar-in-Residence Fulbright Fellowship to pursue his research and lecturing tasks at Snow College, Ephraim, Utah, the USA. During his Fulbright fellowship, he was invited to give lecture talks at University of Mississippi, Oxford; Utah State University, Utah; Utah Valley University, Utah; Texas A&M University, Texas, the USA.
Dr. Sethy is the recipient of the prestigious Young Philosopher Award (2017), conferred by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research, Ministry of Education, Government of India. He has also served at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) as Assistant Professor in the Staff Training and Research Institute of Distance Education (STRIDE), New Delhi. He has published several papers in prestigious journals and contributed chapters to the edited books. His publications include the books Introduction to Logic and Logical Discourse (2021), Higher Education and Professional Ethics: Roles and Responsibilities of Teachers (edited, 2018), Assessment of Learner Performance (With Mishra, S., 2018), Meaning and
Language (2016), Contemporary Ethical Issues in Engineering (edited, 2015), and Indian Philosophy: Orthodox Systems (2010).
His current research interests are Academic ethics; engineering ethics; assessment and evaluation in higher education; academic freedom and institutional autonomy, engineering education, consciousness studies; Aristotelian logic; and Indian philosophy. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Job hunting as an international student brings its own set of unique challenges as you navigate immigration regulations and cultural differences. In this Roundtable Discussion, we’ll hear from a panel of international students and alumni as well as SJSU staff who work closely with international students. Topics will focus on what’s important to you, and you can submit questions when you register for the event. We also want to hear from you, and encourage you to participate in the discussion by sharing your experience, challenges, and questions regarding employment as an international student. Format of the event will include: Panel Discussion on Hot Topics (20 minutes) followed by an interactive Roundtable Discussion with participants (30 minutes).
The Cambridge Dictionary defines homecoming as “a celebration at school or college, usually including a dance and a football game, when people who were students there at an earlier time can return to visit” (dictionary.cambridge.org). This is particularly true of American high school and university culture. Homecoming events at American universities are centered around a special football game that has been designated as the “homecoming game.” It’s a time when many alumni return to campus to watch the game and to join current students in showing their school pride. Curious about American homecoming traditions? View our previous blog to learn more!
SJSU traditions explained
SJSU follows many American homecoming traditions, but there are certain traditions unique to our campus. We encourage you to get into the Spartan Spirit and participate in the many fun homecoming events. You can view the full list of Homecoming events here.
Generally speaking, a Block Party is a social gathering for people who live on a certain block or neighborhood. Oftentimes, streets are closed off so that people can walk freely and socialize with their neighbors. The term now loosely refers to a large social gathering to build a sense of community. During homecoming, SJSU hosts a Block Party on 7th St. Plaza with free food, giveaways, music, and fun activities.
2021 Block Party
Golf Cart Parade & Pep Rally
One unique feature of homecoming at SJSU is the Golf Cart Parade. SJSU departments and student organizations decorate golf carts in Spartan blue and gold, and then parade around campus to get everyone excited about homecoming. Typically, the parade ends near 7th Street Plaza in a Pep Rally to cheer on our Spartan athletes.
2021 Golf Cart Parade
Fire on the Fountain
Another unique event to SJSU homecoming week is Fire on the Fountain on Tower Lawn. Traditionally, this event takes place on Thursday evening of homecoming week, and is also the same night the SJSU Alumni Association hosts their Alumni reception. This event features food, games and activities, and a show! A stage is set up near the fountain on Tower Lawn, and many student groups perform. True to its name, the show ends with an exciting fire dance–something that you don’t want to miss!
At SJSU, there is a designated tailgate area, near the corner of Humboldt Street and 9th Street (see map below). Tailgating happens immediately before each home football game, but the homecoming tailgate party is always extra big with a DJ, Spartan swag, games, and sometimes free food. Fans are allowed to bring in their own food and beverages, so long as they follow the tailgating rules.
Right before the game, students from the tailgate party participate in the Spartan Squad Charge, a newer SJSU tradition that happens at every home football game. Around 30-minutes before kick off, students “charge the field” from the north gate, run down the ramp and across the field before heading to the Spartan Squad Student Section on the south end of the stadium.
2021 Spartan Squad Charge
So you want to go to the homecoming football game?
Here are things you should know…
Students get in FREE with your Tower ID (don’t forget to bring it!)
There’s usually a giveaway item at each home football game (limited supplies, so go early if you want to get one)
Free Shuttle Service is available to and from the stadium on game days, starting 3 hours before kick off. Shuttle pick up is at San Salvador and 9th Street.
Clear bag policy: Backpacks and purses are NOT allowed. We encourage you to carry with you only what you need. A clear bag policy is a typical requirement at American sporting events; be sure to review what you can and cannot take with you.
Don’t know anything about American Football?
That’s okay! Not all Americans do either! The important thing is to experience the excitement and energy of being at CEFCU stadium cheering on our football team alongside fellow SJSU students and fans. If you get bored, you can always leave the game early and catch the shuttle back to campus, but this is a great opportunity to experience a piece of American culture.
Want to learn more about the sport? Here are some resources:
Diwali is the Indian festival of lights, celebrated in the Lunisolar month of Kartika (between mid-October and mid-November) according to the Hindu calendar. It is hailed as the victory of good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. On this day people decorate their homes with diyas (or deepas) to celebrate light and create a spiritual environment. The place’s ambiance is uplifted by marigold confetti, which fills it with a peaceful aroma and brings happiness.
Diwali is cherished with sweets, varying from one culture to another. They are a gesture of goodwill and a way to welcome guests. Another thing that Diwali celebrates is Indian cuisine, people make the best of their food from their region or culture.
On the day of Diwali, people visit the temple early morning to pray, this is done to have an auspicious start to the day. The rest of the day is spent in preparing for the night, when the festival is celebrated with friend and family. At night, all the members of a family sit together to do a pooja(ceremony) which is followed by the celebration of the event.
We hope that this Diwali brings happiness and prosperity to your life.
To know more about Diwali, join us in front of Student Health Center, 7th Street plaza on Oct 19th 3-4pm!