Show & Movie Recommendations

The Global Connections theme this past Monday was about international shows and movies (because who doesn’t like to watch them?). Everyone had a lot of fun talking and sharing their favorite movies from both their home country and shows that they may have recently seen. Watching shows from diverse countries is a fun and great way to learn about other cultures and familiarize yourself with various languages! Below are some show & movie recommendations from fellow students at the Global Connections meeting, Global Leaders, and ISSS Staff members! Learn more about Global Connections here and join us next time!

Student Recommendations:

TV Series Movies
The Brother Sun (U.S) A Separation (Iran)
Samdal-ri (South Korea) Cook Up a Storm (Hong Kong, China)
Trapped [Indian Movie] (India)
KGF (India)


Global Leaders Recommendations:

TV Series Movies
Kingdom (South Korea) Meet Joe Black (U.S)
The Family Man (India) Rurouni Kenshin (Japan)
Atlanta (U.S) Captain Miller (India)
Athadu (India)


 ISSS Staff Recommendations:

TV Series Movies
Gilmore Girls (U.S) Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (U.S)
The Last of Us (U.S) Polite Society (U.K)
Letterkenny (Canada) Bend it Like Beckham (U.K)
Reservation Dogs (U.S) Elemental (U.S)


Scholarship Reception

Congratulations to all of our Scholarship recipients!

The International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSS) and the Study Abroad and Away Office (SAA) offer a few different scholarships to students every year. Three different scholarships are offered: The Louie Barozzi, Global Spartan and the Gilman scholarships. This year 33 scholarships were awarded to international students and students who have participated in a study abroad program. On September 21st we held a reception for the recipients of the awards to recognize their achievement and present them with their certificates. 

At the reception we had two speeches by the scholarship recipients, Kalindi Parekh (New Student Global Spartan scholarship recipient) and An Huynh (Continuing Student Global Spartan scholarship recipient). They both did an amazing job and it was great to learn more about their own personal journeys and what they hope to accomplish. 

(Kalindi Parekh)

(An Huynh)

After the speeches and the certificates presentations, there was time to enjoy lunch with other scholarship recipients, their friends and family, and staff members from ISSS and SAA offices. This scholarship reception was a fun time to mingle, get to know and to celebrate the scholarship recipients.


Scholarship Recipients

Gilman Scholarship:

Sophia Garske Lisette Vasquez Perez

Louie Barozzi Scholarship:

San Vu (SAA)
Nyi Nyi (Nick) Shein (ISSS) Ravindar Reddy Siddenki (ISSS)

New Student Global Spartan Scholarship:

Danna Estupinan Jada Mazury
Darshan Arunbhai Patel Kalinidi Vijesh Parekh
Divyam Gupta Linh Truong
Garima Singh Naveen Kumar Potta
Gyumin Kwon Pranavi Chaturvedula
Hnin Yee Ko Yadanar Khin

Continuing Student Global Spartan Scholarship:

Akhilesh Patil Mohit Sonwane
Bineet Anand Peter Al Asseily
Carolina Borges de Carvalho Phuc An Huynh
Girish Bisane Rutivk Moradiya
Heli Gopal Shah Safiullah Saif
Ira Sharma Sanyukta Thatte
Juhi Malkani Venkatasai Rao Dheekonda
Martin Melkuhn


Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival: A Joyous Lunar Tradition

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

Also known as the Moon Festival, is a significant traditional Chinese celebration that takes place on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar. This holiday dates back over 3,000 years, originating from ancient times when people celebrated the harvest and worshiped the moon. In Chinese folklore, the festival is linked to the story of Chang’e, the Moon Goddess of Immortality. Similarly, there are other East and South Asian countries that celebrate this holiday. This festival is deeply rooted in Chinese culture and is marked by family reunions, mooncakes, lanterns, and various activities that honor the moon.

In recent years, the Mid-Autumn Festival has taken on modern elements. Virtual reunions using video calls, mooncake variations to suit diverse tastes, and artistic lantern designs are becoming increasingly popular. Additionally, people of various cultural backgrounds around the world are embracing this festival, making it a more globally recognized and celebrated event.

Written by Michelle Law

Student Spotlight: Vy Nguyen

Vy Nguyen

Vy has been one of our amazing peer mentors in the iSucceed Mentorship program since Fall 2021. 

Major: BA Management Information System

Home Country: Vietnam


Why did you decide to become a Peer Mentor?

Because I wanted to evolve in the campus’s activities and make new friends and learn from them.

What do you enjoy about being a part of the iSucceed Program?

I got to know new friends and had memories together.

What types of activities are you involved in at SJSU or in the community?

Me and my mentees usually attend in the clubs activities or the career center’s events.

What do you enjoy most about SJSU?

I always got helps whenever I wanted to. And people are super supportive and responsive.

Where is your favorite spot on our campus and why?

Student union or just under the shades where I can meet up and talk with my friends or study

What message do you have for our Global Spartan community?

Thank you for creating such a great community where we can learn, grow, and have fun together

Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge 2022


Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge (SVIC) is one of two programs offered through the Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship. Our mission is to cultivate entrepreneurs at San Jose State University and provide the necessary tools and guidance to enable students to take their innovative business ideas to the next level. All ideas remain the intellectual property of the participant. This year, the event will be back in person and will be held in the Student Union Ballroom on November 29th, 2022.


What do you need to compete in the challenge?

You can take part in the competition if you can answer these questions.

  1. What is your idea? What problem are you trying to solve?
  2. Who will benefit from your solution?
  3. If there is something similar in the world, how is your idea different from competition?
  4. Is the idea implementable and if so what do you need to take it to the next level?


Who can compete?

  1. SJSU Students, Faculty, Staff
  2. Students and Faculty from Partner Institutions*
  3. Graduates, Undergraduates and Alumni*


[*] – At least one team member must me an enrolled SJSU student


Important Dates

Submissions Open – October 20th, 2022

Submissions Close – November 3rd, 2022

Finalists Announcement – November 15th, 2022

SVIC FInalist Showcase – November 29th, 2022 

Upcoming Workshops

Pitching Workshop

Date: Thurs. Nov. 10, 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

Venue: Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Room 225 (2nd Floor)


  • Buddy Burke, Communications Specialist, Apple, and 
  • Ritvij Gautam, Founder, TrymyUI


Registration :