“The best season in the major college football history of San Jose State concluded with a game that showcased how this team reached levels not before seen,” San Jose Mercury News reporter Jimmy Durkin wrote of SJSU’s 29-20 victory over Bowling Green at the Military Bowl in Washington, D.C. After quarterback David Fales was named MVP, he was quick to share the credit. “I’m just so excited for the coaching staff and the seniors and the people who put in all that hard work,” he said. These achievements provided the Spartan football team, cheer team and marching band with the opportunity to perform on a national level, a transformational opportunity SJSU strives to provide all students. View photos from the game and add a comment on Facebook. See the trophy presentation on ESPN3. Check out ESPN game highlights.
We’ve had an absolutely amazing year, Spartans!
When the time came for us to select the Best of 2012, it was super tough to choose just 10!
Ripped From the Headlines
Many more of our top stories were ripped right out of the headlines, with students loving the passage of Prop. 30 and the tuition rollback that came along with it.
Our football team making it to the Military Bowl also touched off an avalanche of national media coverage.
We also scored in the U.S. News & World Report College Rankings, coming in ninth overall among the West’s top public universities.
Enriching the Educational Experience
Student life thrived, too. In May, two undergrads and two graduate students from the class of 2012 earned accolades for their outstanding work.
We even set the stage for 2013, launching an initiative to roll out a whole bunch of online tools enriching the educational experience here at SJSU.
Stay tuned because things can only get better next year!
SAN JOSE, Calif., — The San Jose State University Career Center connects Bay Area employers to tax credits, financial reimbursements, and wage subsidies for hiring SJSU students and alumni. SJSU is located in the government identified “Enterprise Zone” in the heart of Silicon Valley.
This means that businesses located in the Enterprise Zones of San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland can claim up to 50 percent of wages paid to students they employ who live on campus or in pre-designated areas. The SJSU Career Center has identified more than 1,700 businesses that already hire through SJSU and qualify for this credit.
If a company in the zone chooses to employ a student or graduate who does not live on campus or in the pre-designated areas, businesses can claim a tax credit if the candidate earned less than $9,000 the 90 days prior to the job offer.
The savings don’t end there. The SJSU Career Center has collaborated with its community and government partners to provide even more savings to employers who hire Spartans. Work2Future, NOVA, and the Department of Rehabilitation are equipped to provide employers with financial incentives, even if the business does not reside in the enterprise zones or hire SJSU students/alumni.
Businesses are to contact the representatives below for details. These three programs identified by the SJSU Career Center save businesses money.
SJSU Enterprise Zone
(write off up to 50 percent of a new employee’s annual salary)
San Jose Businesses: John Lang at email@example.com or 408-535-8178
San Francisco Businesses: Natosha Safo at (415) 554-6130
Oakland Businesses: Susana Villarreal at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 238-7794
On the Job Training
(50 percent – 90 percent wage reimbursement during training period)
Work2Future, serving southern Santa Clara County, Dhez Woodworth, (877) 880-1222 or email@example.com
NOVA, serving northern Santa Clara County, (408) 730-7232 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hire Spartans, your Competitive Edge for Silicon Valley’s top talent and global market. Register with the SJSU Career Center now.
San Jose State — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 30,500 students and 3,850 employees — is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.
Jo Farb Hernandez, Director of the Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery and a Professor of Department of Art and Art History who specializes in outsider art, has brought to campus an artist with a unique perspective on the World Trade Center attacks.
“If anthropologists were to assess items representing the aftermath of September 11, 2001, they might include the piles of random materials left behind at airport security checkpoints across the country,” writes blogger Elizabeth Coleman.
“For over 12 years, conceptual installation artist Michele Pred has been an anthropologist of sorts, gathering items like lighters, matchbooks, sewing scissors and pocket knives that were confiscated at the security checkpoints at San Francisco International Airport.”
In her newest exhibit, “(In)security,” on display at the Thompson Gallery through Dec. 14, “Pred uses these items to visually represent how our lives have been impacted in unexpected ways since 9/11 … By placing the confiscated items together in recognizable shapes such as a heart or the red, white and blue of the American flag, Pred brings new meaning to the material.” Read more from the Art Animal blog.
San Jose State’s effort to improve the academic technology available to faculty members continues with the adoption of a new learning management system, Canvas by Instructure. At the Campus Kick-off Event 11 a.m. Dec. 13 in King 225/227, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Ellen Junn will detail how the decision fits into the university’s broad vision for the future of academic technology and 21st century learning. Learning management systems help instructors and students communicate online. “Canvas is located in the cloud and thereby provides maximum flexibility and adaptability for users, and it features an unparalleled open architecture that permits faculty and students to easily integrate external applications directly into the LMS,” Junn said. “I believe that faculty and students will find this new Canvas LMS a welcome change because it’s significantly easier and more intuitive to use.” Read the Canvas news release. See what the excitement’s about by viewing this one-minute video.
This week marks a pivotal moment for 22 students graduating this fall from SJSU’s bachelor of fine arts in graphic design program. Their senior design show opened Dec. 7 at Works/San Jose, and will remain on display through Dec. 14. Their goal? To show how “graphic design is an experience that seeks to influence audiences through visual communication. It accomplishes this by utilizing the creative process to fuse form and content.” Students and faculty members are also inviting employers that need graphic design talent to meet these soon-to-be-alumni at professional nights 6-9 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13. Read more about MAKESHIFT.
Demand for an SJSU degree remains super strong, with more than 43,000 students applying for admission in fall 2013 as freshmen, transfers or credential candidates by the Nov. 30 deadline.
This number will grow given SJSU is still accepting applications from international, graduate and doctorate of nursing practice candidates. Apply now.
So far, more than 27,000 students have applied for admission as freshmen, a nearly 10 percent increase over last year. More than 15,300 students have applied as transfers, jumping nearly 22 percent over last year.
This was likely driven by pent up demand from community college students given SJSU was forced to close for spring 2013 admissions due to the state budget crunch, a situation the passage of Proposition 30 could alleviate.
How many fall 2013 freshmen and transfer applicants will end up enrolling? In fall 2012, SJSU enrolled nearly 7,000 freshmen and transfers.
Also notable was the surge in credential applicants. More than 1,300 people applied for admission to SJSU’s Connie L. Lurie College of Education credential programs, up more than 12 percent from last year.
Many factors may be contributing to the overall surge in applications, including demographics, the value of a college degree, relatively low tuition and fees, the online application process through CSU Mentor and, for SJSU, a superb location in Silicon Valley and near all Northern California has to offer.
Posted by MSNBC in December 2012.
For her “Foot Soldiers” series, news show host Melissa Harris-Perry profiles three SJSU students who initiated the campaign to increase San Jose’s minimum wage.”These young California women … turned a class project into an effective movement for change. Their professor told them find a way to make the world a better place … Early next year, in San Jose, California, the minimum wage will rise from $8 an hour to $10 an hour. an increase that will further continue as the consumer price index goes up. All because three college students decided to do something, not just study something but do something to make a difference.” Harris-Perry is also a professor of political science at Tulane University, where she is the founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. View the full story.
The SJSU School of Journalism and Mass Communications is one of only two California universities named as among the 50 best in the U.S. today by College Media Matters, a leading student journalism publication sponsored by the Associated College Press.
CMM’s editor, Dan Reimold, said that schools on this list were ones in which “I would strongly consider enrolling if I woke up tomorrow back in high school.” Accreditation by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism was an important factor, as were innovation in the digital realm, quality campus media and professional publishing opportunities.
“This was original goal and dream of JMC School founder, Dr. Dwight Bentel,” says current Director Bob Rucker. “He wanted SJSU to always compete with the big programs by teaching with the same values, priniciples and national accreditation, while being innovative in approach and determined to offer high quality journalism education to people from all communities. Today’s JMC School advertising, journalism and public relations faculty are very proud to continue and expand on this vision and legacy to benefit many generations of students to come.”
Under the darkening skies of approaching winter storms, the research vessel Point Sur departed for an 8,200-mile trip south. Final destination: Palmer Station, Antarctica. So begins the latest adventure for Moss Landing Marine Laboratories’ 135-foot, 495 ton flagship and her dedicated crew, to support the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs and the scientists studying the habitat, chemistry, climate, biology, geology and physics of the Antarctic Peninsula around the U.S. base at Palmer Station. MLML is home to the master’s of marine science program for seven CSU campuses, including SJSU, which serves as administrator. Read the full news release on the Point Sur expedition. View media coverage of the trip. Track the vessel online. Check out more on research at SJSU.
Isabel Allende Day began November 27 with a tour of animation/illustration sketches inspired by her first novel for young adults, “City of Beasts,” and then continued with a stage adaption of her short story “Tosca.” But it wasn’t until after Allende and her husband William C. Gordon settled into arm chairs on stage at Morris Dailey Auditorium that people really got to hear from the world-renowned author.
She shared a few frightening details from the death of her 26-year-old daughter, a moment she said “broke my heart and changed my life.” And she recalled how it felt after a military dictatorship drove her and her children from their Chilean home:
“As an immigrant, you are nobody. You have to stand on your own strength.”
Yet the conversation was filled with lighter moments and clear affection between the the couple, who claimed to have contrasting approaches to everything from writing to walking the dog, though they clearly share a love of writing and living together in their Marin County home. Their connection to San Jose State? They met through a Spanish professor, who gave Allende one of Gordon’s books 35 years ago.
The day also included a short awards ceremony, when Allende was named a Fulbright Global Citizen for marrying art and activism in literature that resonates worldwide. She first won international acclaim in 1982 after the publication of her novel, The House of Spirits. Since then, she has published 19 books translated into more than 30 languages.
Isabel Allende Day was presented by SJSU, Circulo Hispanico, the Center for Literary Arts and the Department of World Languages and Literatures.
President Mohammad Qayoumi thanked students who took an active role in the 2012 elections and explained how the passage of Proposition 30 will benefit SJSU at a campuswide budget forum Nov. 27.
“Kudos to students who took the election to heart,” Qayoumi said. “This is tremendously important. Leadership is something that needs to be recognized.”
Qayoumi opened the event, which you can view on the SJSU Budget Central website, by providing a quick overview of the California State University 2013-14 budget request.
The CSU will ask the governor and legislature for $371.9 million over its current baseline budget to fund enrollment growth, compensation increases and facilities maintenance.
Yet Qayoumi remains cautious. The passage of Proposition 30 stabilizes the state budget and means the CSU will avoid a $250 million trigger cut while rolling tuition to 2011-12 levels. View current SJSU tuition and fees.
Taking these two factors into consideration, SJSU will net $5.5 million. This will alleviate SJSU’s structural deficit, but SJSU continues to face a $27 million gap.
So while SJSU expects to hire 22 tenure track faculty members this year and honor the expected minimum wage increase in San Jose, the campus will continue to look for ways to reduce expenses, increase revenue and improve efficiencies.
In a question and answer session following the presentation, a faculty member sought to compare the percentage of the budget spent on faculty affairs and student affairs.
SJSU’s 2012-13 budget report (page 9) shows faculty affairs receives 53 percent of the budget, while Student Affairs receives 5.7 percent of the budget. Another big slice–nearly 25 percent–covers university-wide expenses, with the majority going to student financial aid and utilities.
A student raised concerns about buildings that are too hot during the summer, and too cold during the winter.
SJSU must compete with the 22 other CSU campuses for facilities funding, and is at a disadvantage given 75 percent of San Jose State’s structures are more than 40 years old.
However, the president explained, SJSU is developing a facilities master plan in preparation for the state’s next general obligation bond, which is expected in the next few years as the economy recovers.
President Qayoumi plans to host the another budget forum in late February, after the CSU reviews Governor Brown’s proposed 2013-14 state budget, which will be released in early January.
The governor will revise his proposal in May, taking into consideration updated tax revenue projections. The legislature is expected to act on the proposal before the start of the next fiscal year July 1, 2013.
During the summer, SJSU Concert Choir Director Jeffrey Benson received a telephone call asking if his students would consider providing back up vocals for the superstar tenor. The result? A night to remember at HP Pavilion Nov. 23.
We caught up with the students during rehearsal a few hours before the show. The 60-voice choir later performed eight numbers with Bocelli, plus a ninth on their own.
In the fall 2012 issue of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories’ magazine Wave, marine science graduate students are packing for a four-month cruise aboard a research vessel, installing water monitors below a Monterey wharf for scientists and abalone farmers, and building a new lab to study seaweed cultivation.
Meanwhile, Friends of MLML is providing more than $25,000 in scholarships and internships to students who use the funds for a wide range of resources needed for thesis projects including visiting Madagascar to study Humpback whales, purchasing reagents for running DNA extractions on invasive species, and securing boat time for tracking Leopard sharks in Elkhorn Slough.
MLML is home to the master’s of marine science program for seven CSU campuses, including SJSU, which serves as administrator. Download Wave.
Posted by KGO Nov. 14, 2012.
By David Louie
SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) — A program to acquaint high school students with future careers in science, technology, and engineering is marking its tenth anniversary and the need for the program has never been greater.
By the time many high school students finish college, an estimated 1.8 million jobs will be waiting for them if they major in science, technology, engineering or math.
“The light is bent and trapped inside the higher index plastic, and again, that’s what fiber optic cable does,” inventor Brian Richardson recently told a class. He is a volunteer teacher at High Tech U, a program sponsored by Semi Foundation and by tech companies like Rambus and KLA-Tencor. The three-day program [held at the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering] allows students to make sense of what they’re learning in high school.
“In school, we learn math and science, but you never really think of how you might use it in the future. You just sit through class, do homework. It’s just all lectures and homework, and here, I actually get to apply what I learn and get an insight on my future,” Independence High School senior Kendra Tu said.
They’re learning about LED’s by building flashlights from a kit. They’re learning about teamwork and design engineering by creating a holder for a six-pack of soft drinks. And, they’re suiting up in bunny suits to make silicon wafers in a clean room.
“By visualizing how people work in those environments, they can see themselves doing the same type of work in the future and that’s not something they would necessarily experience in ordinary life either at school or at home,” chip designer John Kent said.
More than 4,000 students have attended High Tech U programs in the U.S. and abroad. The goal is to increase the pool of engineers. Students also benefit from learning about specialties. “I just thought engineering was just one thing, but they showed me eight different things and I had chosen to go into mechanical engineering,” High Tech U alumnus Christoph Skoff said.
Semi Foundation hopes to expand the program with the need for engineers growing and with more global high tech competition. “Doubling the number of programs per year is our goal in the next five years because we feel, and so does the companies that support us right now, that we need to do more of this,” Semi Foundation Vice President Lisa Anderson said.
When international experts gathered Nov. 14-15 for a 24-hour online climate change symposium, SJSU’s Eugene Cordero was invited to take a seat at the table.
The professor of meteorology and climate science appeared on four hour-long segments of “24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report.”
That included Hour 20, with former Vice President AL Gore and Virgin Group Founder and Chairman Richard Branson. The program is available online.
Cordero scored a second major victory recently: A video featuring his Green Ninja climate-action superhero received the people’s choice award at an international film festival.
The Green Screen: Climate Fix Flicks award included a $5,000 cash prize, which Cordero will use for students and faculty launching a Green Ninja web series.
Cordero’s research focuses on understanding climate variability through the use of observations and climate models.
He’s also interested in developing new methods for teaching climate change that engage and ultimately stimulate social change.
That’s where the Green Ninja comes in. The project aims to educate young people about our changing climate and then give them the tools to do something about it.
The award winning video, “Green Ninja: Footprint Renovation”, is about a man whose feet become gigantic because of the large carbon footprint of his home.
The Green Ninja was created through a unique campus collaboration between scientists, artists, and educators across five SJSU colleges.
The YouTube series, to be launched in early 2013, will connect with a larger audience while supporting teachers who want to bring innovative curriculum into their classrooms.
SJSU’s Persian Studies Program invites the university community to “Nuclear Ambitions, Human Rights, and the Future of U.S.-Iran Relations” 7-9 p.m. Nov. 29 in King 225/229.
The speakers will be Dr. Mahmoud Monshipouri, San Francisco State University; Nazy Kaviani, Committee to Protect Journalists; and Firuzeh Mahmoudi, United4Iran.
The event is sponsored by the Student Association of Middle East Studies and Associated Students of SJSU.
Co-sponsors include the Middle East Studies Consortium of Silicon Valley, Middle East Studies, SJSU Persian Studies Program, the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the College of Humanities and the Arts.
Dr. Mahmoud Monshipouri is an associate professor and graduate coordinator in the Department of International Relations. He specializes in human rights, international relations, globalization and identity construction, and Middle Eastern Studies. He is the author of Youth, Technology, and Democratic Uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. Currently, he is working on a project on Iran titled “Social Change in the Post-Khomeini Era.”
Nazy Kaviani is a writer, human rights activist, and promoter of Iranian arts and culture. She is also a translator and researcher, focusing on violations of human rights in Iran. She is a frequent contributor to Iranian.com and other websites. Nazy’s poetry and writings have been published in “The Poetry of Iranian Women” and in “Confronting the Clash: The Suppressed Voices of Iran,” which will be published later in 2012. She has recently completed translating and editing “Sketches of Iran,” a book of essays and cartoons about the situation of human rights in Iran.
Firuzeh Mahmoudi is the co-founder and co-director of United4Iran, an independent non-profit working to improve human rights conditions in Iran. Previously, Firuzeh managed a $13 million United Nations project focusing on improving environmental and public health conditions in eight Global South countries. Firuzeh also served as the international coordinator of the global coalition Health Care Without Harm working in over 50 countries. She has worked directly in more than ten countries and with partners in another thirty countries. Firuzeh serves on the board of many organizations focusing on Iranian culture or social change.
You’ve seen it on TV and maybe even tried it with your own phone. Now NFC is coming to SJSU.
The SJSU NFC Hackathon begins 1 p.m. Nov. 30 in the Student Union. Advance registration is preferred, though teams can enter at the event.
Entrants will be asked to develop NFC applications that could be used at San Jose State. They will also draft business plans.
NFC stands for Near Field Communication, and it’s a way to transfer info over radio waves using a cell phone.
If you tuned in to the World Series, you saw NFC in action during the commercial showing a couple swapping videos by tapping together their cell phones.
But there are many more ways to use NFC, including mobile payments and unlocking doors.
Like a QR code, NFC can even be used to get more info on a product or event from an ad or sign embedded with a special tag.
One key difference is NFC works off tech inside phones, while QR codes run off downloadable apps.
Four Gary J. Sbona Honors Program students are organizing the hackathon, providing them professional marketing experience.
The event is also a great opportunity for contestants to gain first-hand experience with emerging technology, and to interact with industry professionals.
In fact, the grand prize includes guaranteed interviews for paid internships during spring term at a Bay Area startup.
Partners include Motorola, Samsung, Bank of America and the Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship.
The event will be hosted by Kovio, SJSU and the Sbona Honors Program. Learn more by visiting the hackathon website.
Posted by the San Jose Mercury News Nov. 19, 2012.
By Jon Wilner
SAN JOSE STATE
Result: Beat BYU 20-14
Comment: For perspective on the Spartans’ first win over BYU since 1968, consider that the Cougars were within a field goal of beating Notre Dame in South Bend.That’s not to say SJSU would take down the Irish, but when combined with the Spartans’ three-point loss at Stanford, it’s a pretty solid indication that they’re a quality team on any level — WAC, Independent, B1G, Pac-12.
“If you would ask anybody in America if we’d be 9-2 at this time, I don’t think many people would’ve said it,” coach Mike MacIntyre said after the game.Truer words have never been spoken, at least on the corner of Seventh and Alma.
A stellar season for the Spartans got even better with what could reasonably be considered their best win since beating Stanford in 2006.
At the same time, MacIntyre’s stock is soaring at the same time positions are coming open across the country (and perhaps in the Bay Area).Whether he’s interesting in leaving SJSU is a discussion for another time, but I have to think the Spartans are reworking MacIntyre’s contract.
If not: What are they waiting for?
As opposed to the high-scoring affairs of the past month, this was dominated by the defenses (not surprising, given BYU’s prowess on that side of the ball).Keith Smith’s game-saving blitz/fumble forced was the play of the game, but SJSU was sturdy throughout, holding BYU to 2.6 yards per rush and a 33 percent third-down conversion rate.Oh, and don’t forget the four sacks and three turnovers forced.
Quarterback David Fales was 25 of 34 for 305 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Given the strength of BYU’s defense, this qualifies as the best game of Fales’ career.It’s one thing to carve up UTSA and New Mexico State, quite another to post those numbers against BYU.
Next up: vs. Louisiana Tech
The matchup: The Spartans are getting LaTech at just the right time, following an overtime loss to Utah State in a showdown for the WAC title.How must emotional fuel will the Bulldogs have left?
Even at less than their best, the Bulldogs present numerous problems for the SJSU defense: QB Colby Cameron and WR Quinton Patton are one of the top pass-catch tandems in the country.This will be the best test for SJSU’s defense since Utah State … and maybe the best test of the season.
LaTech leads the country in scoring, and not all of its big games have come against second-tier WAC foes: The Bulldogs posted 57 points on Texas A&M and 41 on Utah State.
The Spartans are favored by 3.5.
There is perhaps no better way to visualize creativity and innovation at SJSU than through the lens of the Department of Art and Art History, which is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Professor Jo Farb Hernandez is beginning to curate an exhibition featuring works by artists who studied here. Have something to share? Read on. Hernandez sent the following note to art alumni.
I am coordinating and curating an exhibition that will celebrate a centennial of students who have passed through the Department of Art (in all its incarnations and names); this will be a multi-pronged project that will take place in fall 2013 at San Jose’s City Hall galleries as well as at the Thompson Gallery in the art building on campus. We are exploring other optional venues as well, which we may need depending on the size of the project. The parameters for this exhibition are fairly loose; we will review work by all students who studied art here, even if they did not end up majoring in one of our programs, and even if they did not graduate. We are encompassing our entire history: 1911 through the present.
I am requesting your help in two ways: 1) to bring us up to date on your own activities as an artist or designer, providing us with your contact information and information on your current work, and 2) to forward information about this project to your colleagues who may not have graduated, and thus who may not appear in the alumni lists. If some of your colleagues have passed on, we would be pleased to discuss this project with their next of kin.
Obviously, we will have greater access to students who attended SJSU during the past three or four decades rather than those took classes in the early years, but we’d like to cast as wide a net as possible. Our alumni list primarily includes those who graduated, and we do have an illustrious list of those who didn’t make it through the entire program. We are also hitting old yearbooks, old newspapers, the archives at the SJ Historical and Art Museums, etc., etc., but any and all help would be greatly appreciated.
Our timeline is to have the list of artists and their contact information, ideally with some idea of the kind of work they are now doing or have done, before the end of this current semester. We will then spend spring semester doing research on those who are selected to be in the exhibition, create a documentary exhibition catalog over the summer, and produce the exhibition and catalog next fall.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions that you might have about this centennial project.
Jo Farb Hernandez, Professor and Director
Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery