Close-up photo of a graduation cap with yellow tassel that has a green-and-white toadstool with the phrase 1up from the Mario video games. Photo by Christina Olivas

Chemistry Convocation Offers Each Grad a Moment to Share

By Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant

A man at a podium on the left looks at a young woman wearing her graduation cap and gown, holding a microphone. Photo by Christina Olivas

Graduates at the Department of Chemistry convocation each had an opportunity to give thanks to their family, peers and professors (Christina Olivas photo).

Between Fifth and San Fernando streets, lying snugly between King Library and Dudley Moorhead Hall, the University Theatre was the perfect venue to welcome family, friends, faculty and staff to the Department of Chemistry convocation, held May 26. Audience members socialized intermission-like as they filled the contour rows of the theater, awaiting the ceremony.

Forty-three graduates obtaining recognition for B.A., B.S., and M.S. degrees were cued in to the “Star Wars” theme song. The well-received faculty processional cross-faded next with Darth Vader’s dark theme song “The Imperial March” playing in the background.

Chair Brad Stone opened the curtain by emphasizing the importance of having convocation and recognized the department team individually. Special recognition went out to College of Science Dean Michael Parrish and Associate Dean Elaine Collins.

Professor Marc d’Alarcao called each member of the Class of 2012 by name, and provided everyone with the opportunity to offer their thanks to family, peers and professors for their support during years of “blood, sweat and many, many tears,” as graduate Jeffery Berry puts it.

Among the accolades, 2012 Outstanding Graduating Senior Philip Calabretta thanked professors d’Alarcao and Daryl Eggers for allowing him to “tinker in their labs,” and professors Karen Singmaster, Brad Stone and Roy Okuda for inspiring him to teach.

The production crew for the event was the chemistry department staff, which worked seamlessly to make the ceremony memorable.

A woman is laughing and wearing fresh flowers around her head and neck at the Department of Communicative Disorders & Sciences Convocation. Photo by Christina Olivas

“Change the Lives of Others” Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

A group photo with a Communicative Disorders and Sciences grad and her family. Photo by Christina Olivas.

Graduations often bring family members together, and the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences Convocation was no exception. Photo by Christina Olivas.

(This week, SJSU Today’s small but mighty band of writers and photographers took a peek at graduation receptions and convocations campuswide so we could share with you the excitement of the more than 8,000 members of the Class of 2012. We’ll post more photos on Facebook.)

A blue-and-yellow candy buffet greeted guests at the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences convocation on May 25. Once inside Morris Dailey Auditorium, graduates’ families and friends faced a stage with rows of silver chairs. Soon they would be face to face with their loved ones, who were dressed in caps and gowns.

“They are looking good, aren’t they?” said Department Chair Michael Kimbarow of this year’s graduates.

One student speaker, master’s degree candidate Jessica Abawag, said she and her fellow classmates endured this journey at SJSU for the same purpose.

“We are here to change the lives of others,” she said.

A fitting representation of why these Spartans pursued this field was keynote speaker Lateef McLeod, a poet who’s also a grant writer and blogger for the United Cerebral Palsy of the Golden Gate.

McLeod, who has cerebral palsy, gave his speech with an iPad app called Proloquo2Go. The app transformed a text file he originally typed on his Macbook into an audio recording with a male human voice.

He talked about the different Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices he had used throughout his life and the people who have worked with him. He encouraged the graduates to listen to their future clients.

“It is ultimately their communication that you’re facilitating,” McLeod said.

His speech concluded with one of his poems, “Wall,” to illustrate the importance of the work that the graduates will soon be doing.

“I yell myself hoarse like a bullfrog / but I cannot get my family and friends to get close to me / so they really know / my dreams, thoughts, desires, and feelings,” he recited. “I shiver behind this clear wall / and wait for someone to notice me / wait for a chance to speak.”

Close up of 3D bridge and small monuments with the name "Diana" on a woman's graduation cap. Photo by Christina Olivas.

“Global Citizens” Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

A crowd of happy students in graduation caps and gowns pose outside of the Event Center (Photo by Christina Olivas).

Excitement and anticipation is in the air at the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering Convocation (Christina Olivas photo).

(This week, SJSU Today’s small but mighty band of writers and photographers took a peek at graduation receptions and convocations campuswide so we could share with you the excitement of the more than 8,000 members of the Class of 2012. We’ll post more photos on Facebook.)

As family and friends filed into the Event Center on the afternoon of May 25, a slideshow presentation displayed the faces of Spartans from the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering.

These were just a sample of the Class of 2012. Belle Wei, the Don Beall Dean of Engineering, would shake hands with more than 700 bachelor’s and master’s degree recipients that day.

Student speaker Killol Acharya, one of the 2012 Outstanding Graduating Seniors, encouraged his fellow classmates to become “global citizens.”

“I hope today we expand the definition of success to service, caring and social responsibility,” he said.

Acharya said there was a time when he thought success only meant wealth, power and titles. During his time at SJSU, something changed within him as he became more involved on campus and in his community. With all of the problems in the world, he encouraged his classmates to use their knowledge and skills to help those who are less fortunate.

“We’re finally engineers,” Acharya said. “We can fix this, right?” Spartans responded with cheers.

The college’s ability to attract international talent to Silicon Valley was showcased at convocation. Many members of the crowd expressed their delight when a graduate proudly held India’s flag in the air when it was his turn to walk across the stage.

The icing on the cake — both figuratively and literally — was a dessert reception in the Engineering Lobby. This was a sweet ending to the graduates’ time at SJSU.

"Persevere" College Of Business Convocation

“Willing to Do What It Takes” College Of Business Convocation

"Persevere" College Of Business Convocation

Graduates from the college's four departments and range of graduate programs seemed to have no problem locating their supporters in the 5,000-seat tiered venue (Christina Olivas photo).

By Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant

(This week, SJSU Today’s small but mighty band of writers and photographers took a peek at graduation receptions and convocations campuswide so we could share with you the excitement of the more than 8,000 members of the Class of 2012. We’ll post more photos on Facebook.)

Family members and friends proudly crowded SJSU’s Event Center May 25 to honor the College of Business spring 2012 graduates. No matter how big the arena seemed, students from the college’s four departments and range of graduate programs had no problem locating their supporters in the 5,000-seat tiered venue.

Dean David Steele opened the ceremony by congratulating graduates and welcoming family and friends. Before turning the event over to the presentation of student awards and scholarships, Steele told graduates to never underestimate the power of networking, giving back and being passionate about success. “Have confidence in your abilities to succeed in these exciting and tough times,” he advised.

An engaging address followed shortly after by student Annesh Nair, who opened quoting Confucius, who said, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.” Nair reflected on his personal lesson in perseverance and determination throughout his years at SJSU.

In his address, Bridge Bank Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Boothe continued the perseverance theme by adding,“If you work hard, do the job well, and act ethically, you will get noticed.” Before the presentation of graduates, Boothe reminded the audience that Spartans have an integral role to play in Silicon Valley. “SJSU students are well rounded, grounded, and willing to do what it takes,” he said.

Computer Science Convocation: “Embrace Change,” “Dream Big” and “Pursue Innovation”

Computer Science Convocation: “Embrace Change,” “Dream Big” and “Pursue Innovation”

Computer Science Convocation: “Embrace Change,” “Dream Big” and “Pursue Innovation”

Veteran entrepreneur Carol Realini, pictured here with Chair Jon Pearce, assured computer science grads that tech's future remains bright (Carol Beattie photo).

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

“Embrace change,” “dream big” and “pursue innovation” was the advice serial entrepreneur and alumna Carol Realini offered the Department of Computer Science Convocation May 25 at the Music Concert Hall.

An expert in financial service innovation who has worked with including MasterCard and Citi, Realini assured grads (and their parents!) that the tech industry’s future remains vibrant, even in a down economy.

“Today there are 6.4 billion wireless connections in the world reaching 80 percent of the total population of 7 billion,” she said. Over two billion “people have access to the internet, and this is increasing rapidly with the proliferation of smartphones in the developing world. I expect within five years, 80 percent of the world’s population will have internet access — primarily through smart mobile connections.”

Realini, who graduated from SJSU in 1976 with a master’s in computer science, went on to describe her affinity with SJSU students. “Like many of you, I was the first in my family to embark on a career in high tech. My parents thought the best thing was for me to be a teacher. But my passion was with technology — so I went a different way.”

So what path does she recommend? She encouraged grads to “leverage the valley,” “learn to be disciplined — and undisciplined,” “don’t let anyone say you’re not good enough” and “seek the bigger prize” by helping others.” Realini is a leading advocate of expanding mobile banking and payments to create financial inclusion in developing countries.

You can read her speech on her blog.

A close-up of a black graduation cap with the words "SJSU 2012" and a magenta heart. (Dillon Adams photo).

Justice Studies Convocation Celebrates Individuals

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

Graduates standing up and looking excited in Morris Dailey Auditorium (Dillon Adams photo).

Graduates get excited at the Justice Studies Convocation in Morris Dailey Auditorium (Dillon Adams photo).

(This week, SJSU Today’s small but mighty band of writers and photographers will take a peek at graduation receptions and convocations campuswide so we can share with you the excitement of the more than 8,000 members of the Class of 2012. We begin the series with the Department of Justice Studies. We’ll post more photos on Facebook.)

From the stage, Department Chair Mark Correia videotaped Justice Studies graduates as they entered Morris Dailey Auditorium on May 16 to the familiar sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance.”

Each graduate had a personalized moment when it was his or her turn to walk across the stage after being called by name. Master’s degree candidates were each hooded by his or her main adviser. Each undergraduate had the option of writing a brief message about his or her post-graduation plans or giving a shout out to loved ones, which were read aloud.

One of the faculty members who read graduates’ names was lecturer Janet Hagemann, who is retiring at the end of this semester. Hagemann, ’81 Criminal Justice Administration, received recognition from the U.S. Secret Service and the Justice Studies Department. Her honors and gifts included plaques, a bouquet of flowers, a lifetime university parking permit and a donation to the animal non-profit organization of her choice.

Hagemann and Correia both share a Scottish heritage. To everyone’s surprise, Correia removed his robe and walked away from the podium to reveal a traditional outfit, including a kilt. It inspired @mewissa’s tweet, “BEST CONVOCATION EVER.”

The festivities were just getting started as the upbeat song “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO ushered in the next stage of the graduates’ lives.

2012 Commencement Speaker: "Enjoy the Journey"

Meet Our 2012 Commencement Speaker, Jenny Ming

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

How do you go from home ec teacher to fashion company CEO? Hard work, creativity and an SJSU degree! In this quick video, graduating seniors Ryan Whitchurch and Dillon Adams interview Jenny Ming, the first Old Navy CEO. Ming now heads fast fashion retailer Charlotte Russe. An alumna, Ming sat down to talk in her San Francisco office, which is also an inspiration to see. She says “getting started is more important” than getting the perfect job right out of college “because you just don’t know where it leads you.” She also encourages young professionals to “really enjoy the journey” and “be open minded, be curious and let it lead you to something that will be better than you ever imagined.” And what was the most important thing she learned at SJSU? “One thing that San Jose State taught me that really helped me is it’s really about relationships, about working with people, about being in a team. It’s not about I. It’s about we.”

“Keep the Faith” Educational Opportunity Program Graduation

“Keep the Faith" Educational Opportunity Program Convocation

“Keep the Faith” Educational Opportunity Program Graduation

The tribute statue of Tommie Smith and John Carlos served as the perfect backdrop to the convocation’s center-stage (Christina Olivas photo).

By Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant

(This week, SJSU Today’s small but mighty band of writers and photographers will take a peek at graduation receptions and convocations campuswide so we can share with you the excitement of the more than 8,000 members of the Class of 2012. We’ll post more photos on Facebook.)

A handful of bright Spartan-blue cloth reception tables scattered the garden plot foyer outside Clark Hall late yesterday afternoon, as graduates and guests enjoyed continental hors d’oeuvres and the company of family friends and colleagues awaiting the Educational Opportunity Program graduation ceremony. Smooth jazz radiated in the background and birds and tree squirrels didn’t seem to mind sharing their space on the lawn for this special event.

The tribute statue of Tommie Smith and John Carlos served as the perfect backdrop to the convocation’s center-stage as EOP Director Debra Griffith, President Qayoumi’s Chief of Staff Dorothy Poole, and other EOP staff recognized 2012 graduates. Guest speakers included scholar-activist Harry Edwards, former San José mayor Ron Gonzales and graduating senior Crystal Cooper.

Edwards spoke on the issues around equal opportunity and diversity. He implored, “Whatever your future path might be, keep the faith and continue to struggle.” Gonzales spoke on the components of success and reminded graduates to “live each day to its fullest, as it is truly a gift.”

Awards were presented to outstanding graduates Myphuong Ngo and Kayla Martinez for excellence in community service and academic achievement in the memory of Maria D.L.C. Romo.

The commencement ended with an inspirational and compelling invictus from Master of Ceremonies Ezekiel Staples, who brought effortless vibrance and cheer-rising energy.

White bird on blue background.

#SJSU Tweets of the Week, 5/25

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

Overhead view of SJSU campus, looking at Tower Hall and beyond, from the library. Photo by @iangooch.

Finals have finished up, convocations are happening and summer is approaching. Graduates, keep in touch with us! Students, we look forward to seeing you again! Photo by @iangooch.

We’ve put together the tweets of the week for Spartans to see the exciting, funny, interesting, and spontaneous conversations on Twitter about SJSU. Take a look at what’s happening on campus by exploring the tweets below!

You can follow SJSU on Twitter for more updates at https://twitter.com/SJSU or search for @SJSU.

#SJSU2012grad:

@SJSUalumni: The @SJSUalumni Crib Sheet app is available for iphone, ipad, android and blackberry –#SJSUgrad2012 http://www.mycribsheet.com/sjsu

@hekmanuel: congrats! “@JennElias6: It’s Tuesday, May 22 which means I am about to take my last final ever and I am graduating tomorrow! #SJSUgrad2012

@ghastlymike: The anticipation is killing me #GRADUATION #SJSU2012grad @SJSU

@RoyGeorgeChen: <—-done with #finals, done with college. @SJSU #SJSU2012grad

@xoxo_Allanah: All done with finals and 1 week till graduation #happygirl #sjsugrad2012http://instagr.am/p/KyWJPKRxWF/

@SeraMichael: I’m done with college! What a journey. Next up: L.A., Paris and…. find an amazing job!#SJSUGrad2012 #itsallhappening

@RobinWithAnI: Woohoo Congratulations on being DONE! It’s a great feeling! RT @carmen_shiu I’M DONE!!!#SJSU2012GRAD HERE I COME!

@RCAdvertising2: #graduation day!!!!! #SJSU2012grad

@ryanwhitchurch: Cant believe it’s here today I become a college grad. Cant express enough thxs to all who helped along the way #SJSU2012grad#Classof2012

@OMGitsSarahLew: Proud to wear these today! #sjsu2012grad #deltazeta #panhellenic #AS55http://instagr.am/p/K-d2XUhxGL/

@carmen_shiu: My bosses gave me #graduation hugs because I won’t see them until afterward. This is getting too real! #SJSU2012grad

@SamieRose: Spending a relaxing Sunday night at home before this crazybusystressfulpackedexciting week full of#SJSU2012grad activities! #gradlittlebear

@missespn19: My work is complete! Now all I gotta do is walk across that stage!! #graduation #sjsu#SJSU2012grad #2days

@leaflifelayf#sjsu MA Economics ’12  http://instagr.am/p/K5KQWvwrx-/

@raymondchung: …week of Finales: #DWTS finale, #Idol finale, #Glee finale…& to wrap up the week, my @SJSUGraduation! #sjsu

#Finals:
@soldierguy64: i passed my mngrl accntg final–woohoo!–just have to do well on the philosophy final … #SJSU#YAAAAAY

@websterlincoln: They were giving out finals study snacks at the MLK. Much appreciated. 😀 @SJSUhttp://pic.twitter.com/CYokdEqB #sjsu

@SJSU: Study hard & good luck on your finals Spartans!

@sjspartansquad: The ball is in your court…Tackle those finals! Drop the gloves! You’re in the homestretch! Bat a thousand,…

Chatter, Photos and More:

@elmers_glue13: If I didn’t see you around campus to say bye, have a good summer I’ll see y’all next semester !!! #SJSU

@sooophieso: Thank God, I’m ready for #SJSU.

@SJRep: Spartan artist alumni on stage at San Jose Rep!#TCCCOMFRISS #SJREAL #SJSU http://ow.ly/b4OAK

@ms_doty: another night in MLK library then I’m DONE with my 2nd year at @SJSU 🙂 #wellseasoned

@naudiax3@SJSU interning, working, summer classes, and RA training! Not crazy, but crazyproductive (: lol #sjsu

@jaysreverie: Downtown San Jose – just outside of campus. #VTA #SJSU #SanJosehttp://instagr.am/p/K5MHoUvzKH/

@savanniebaby_11: This coming week is going to be sooo busy for me.. Two finals, sisters graduation from #SJSUnursing

@sjsucareercntr: You’re graduating. Now what? An incredible infographic … http://fb.me/DoKU5JUP

@cmedders: Early morning on campus…very peaceful… #sjsu http://twitpic.com/9m0mqn

Spartan Pride:

@myytina: Looks like ill be attending #SJSU. This year. Yay. 🙂

@cmedders
: Proof that there’s always something creative happening on a college campus. #sjsuhttp://twitpic.com/9micns

@phonie_d#sjsu bound. Can’t wait!!

@chris_royo: Last time I will ever purchase one of these in life! Goodbye #MC, hello #SJSU.http://instagr.am/p/KvjDM6MmbI/

@pris_cilla11@SJSU Beautiful campus 😀 I love it!

@t_cray10: Sister graduating Friday, going to #SJSU #Proud

News:
@stephenhoshaw: What a cool school project! RT @LiaisonPR: SJSU Students Win Big at IIDA Awards thanks to Luxology’s #modo#archviz http://ow.ly/b4GIP

@csunftc: Pilot program at San Jose State is helping students convert social networking prowess to social business skills – http://dld.bz/b2EW7

Athletics:
@BlueTurf:Congrats to former #BoiseState Athletic Director Gene Bleimeyer on the new job at SJSU. Best of luck Gene!

@DamonBruce: Huge, huge football hire. Get excited Sparty fans! RT@SJSUAthletics: New AD Gene Bleymaier on with @DamonBruce at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

@joeyakeleyhttp://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=7946565 It’s about time ESPN found this story. Thanks Yosh Uchida @SJSU

@johnshrader: 92 years young: Good piece here from #ESPN on #SJSU legend Yosh Uchida #sjsu

@SJSU: Take a break from studying and support your #SJSU Baseball Team as they take on New Mexico St. at 6:00pm – http://ow.ly/aUa96

Events:
@SJSULGBTRC:  Game day in the centers tomorrow all day!!! (Thurs, 5/24) Come play your favorite board/card game or come kick… fb.me/1lyKmdegT

@SJSUAthletics: The 2012 Spartan RoadTrip is about to begin Newport Beach is the first stop – Read here about how you can get involved http://bit.ly/JSnpev

@sjsu_kinglib: Finals All Night Study Hours: Thur 5/17 8am – Fri 5/18 Midnight. Sat 5/19 9am-6pm. Sun 5/20 1pm – Wed. 5/23 8pm. … #sjsu

Note:  The opinions and and views in these posts are those of the independent Twitter users and not of San Jose State University.

"Prepared You For Everything" Department of Psychology Convocation

“Prepared You For Everything” Department of Psychology Convocation

"Prepared You For Everything" Department of Psychology Convocation

Shared memories and classes, whether challenging or rewarding, drew together psychology's 2012 graduates (Christina Olivas photo).

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

(This week, SJSU Today’s small but mighty band of writers and photographers took a peek at graduation receptions and convocations campuswide so we could share with you the excitement of the more than 8,000 members of the Class of 2012. We’ll post more photos on Facebook.)

From Spartans basketball to famous musicians, the Event Center hosts a variety of festivities that bring people together. On May 24, family and friends in the stands cheered for the Department of Psychology. Led by their faculty, the graduates entered the main floor from the home and visiting team entrances, forming two side-by-side lines as they walked down the center aisle to their seats.

In his opening address, psychology department Chair Ronald Rogers said the faculty’s goal was not to fill students’ heads with names, dates and equations.

“We trained you for very little, but we prepared you for everything,” he said.

Rogers drew some knowing laughter from the graduates when he mentioned a statistics and research methods course.

“It wasn’t just abuse,” he quipped.

Student speaker Yvette Szabo shared more inside jokes with the crowd. President of Psi Chi, the International Society in Psychology SJSU Chapter, Szabo said graduating seniors she talked to didn’t want to hear inspirational words at their convocation.

Instead, they reminisced over “no air conditioning” at Dudley Moorhead Hall, “distress at failing neuroscience” and happy hour at nearby Flames Eatery and Bar. Shared memories and classes, whether challenging or rewarding, drew them together.

“We have a background in psychology to prepare us for what’s next,” she said.

Graduates were not the only ones who received cheers and applause. Lecturer Russell Arias encouraged parents, husbands and wives to stand up, as they received recognition from the Spartans that they have supported over the years.

At the end, the master and bachelor degree recipients exited the Event Center together, side by side. They now share another quality: SJSU alumni.

SJSU President Names New Athletics Director

SJSU President Names New Athletics Director

SJSU President Names New Athletics Director

Gene Bleymaier and President Qayoumi (Christina Olivas photos)

Media contacts:
Pat Lopes Harris, University Media Relations, (408) 656-6999
Lawrence Fan, Athletics Media Relations, (408) 768-3424

SAN JOSE, CA – San José State University President Mohammad Qayoumi has appointed Gene Bleymaier as SJSU’s new athletics director, effective June 30, 2012.

“I am thrilled Gene Bleymaier has agreed to bring his tremendous leadership skills and record of success to San José State, especially at a time when our football team is showing such strong potential,” President Qayoumi said. “We are also fortunate he will arrive at SJSU as we move to the Mountain West from the Western Athletic Conference, a transition he navigated with great success at Boise State.”

As Boise State’s athletics director for nearly three decades, Bleymaier is widely credited with transforming the Broncos football team into a national phenomenon, with a top-10 ranking in the past three seasons. His staff built or expanded nearly every athletics facility on campus, and he added four women’s sports without dropping any men’s sports, noted the Idaho Statesman newspaper.

“I see the same great potential in San José State that I saw in Boise State when I first arrived there,” Bleymaier said. “I am pleased to accept President Qayoumi’s offer, and to have the opportunity to take the reins at Spartan Athletics at such an exciting time. My wife Danell and I are looking forward to joining our four children, all of whom now reside in the Bay Area.”

After graduating from Borah High School in Boise, Bleymaier went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology from UCLA in 1975, where he played football for legendary coaching great and SJSU alumnus Dick Vermeil. Bleymaier earned a law degree from Loyola Law School in 1978, and served as a UCLA assistant athletics director before returning to Idaho. He joined the Boise State athletics department as an assistant athletics director in 1981, and was promoted to athletics director in 1982.

Bleymaier has been recognized nationally for his leadership. He received the prestigious Bobby Dodd Athletic Director of the Year Award in 2011. He was one of five nominees for the Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily Athletic Director of the Year for 2010, and the only nominee from a non-automatic qualifying Bowl Championship Series school. Bleymaier left Boise State in September 2011, after the NCAA uncovered compliance violations.

“I know people will raise concerns about NCAA compliance issues during Gene’s tenure at Boise State,” President Qayoumi said. “Let me assure you I shared those same concerns. After thoroughly discussing these issues with the NCAA and Gene, and considering Gene’s extraordinary 30-year career, I am confident he is the right choice for San José State.”

Bleymaier, 58, has signed a five-year contract setting his state salary at $220,092, the same amount as his predecessor. Bleymaier will also receive an annual supplement of $102,000 from the Tower Foundation, which will raise funds from private donors for this purpose.

San José State — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 30,000 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.

Animation/Illustration Students Mentor High School Magnet Program

Animation/Illustration Students Mentor High School Magnet Program

Animation/Illustration Students Mentor High School Magnet Program

The SJSU students reinforced the notion that hard work trumps talent by sharing their own experiences on the journey from high school through college (image courtesy of Alice Carter).

By Alice Carter, Animation/Illustration Area Coordinator

On April 23, Animation/Illustration program seniors Nic Rudy, Kevin Yang, Erin Schleupner, and Jung-Han Chang visited Mount Pleasant High School in San Jose to offer encouragement to students in Clark Semple’s Animation Magnet Program. For almost two decades, Animation/Illustration has partnered with Mr. Semple to help students enter the screen arts industry by taking advantage of affordable local educational opportunities at the high school, community college, and university level. Mr. Semple recently expanded his curriculum to include concept art and storyboarding, disciplines which involve skill in painting and drawing. Recognizing that the purchase of traditional art supplies was not in the budget, Mr. Semple invited SJSU Animation/Illustration majors to mentor his students in digital techniques. During their visit, the SJSU students explained their working process and reinforced the notion that hard work trumps talent by sharing their own experiences on the journey from high school through college. The SJSU students plan to return to Mount Pleasant for another in-depth presentation as the high school students prepare for this new addition to their program.

Trio of Distinguished Cuban Authors to Visit SJSU

Trio of Distinguished Cuban Authors to Visit SJSU

Trio of Distinguished Cuban Authors to Visit SJSU

Poet Mariyln Bobes

By Anne Fountain, Professor of Spanish

The Spanish Program of the Department of World Languages and Literatures is hosting three famous Cuban authors in May and June. The three are Mirta Yáñez, Nancy Alonso and Marilyn Bobes. This is the first time Alonso and Bobes have been to the United States and the first time that any of them have been to California. All are award-winning authors who are widely translated. Mirta Yáñez is the author of literary criticism, essays, novels and short stories. Marilyn Bobes is a literary critic, editor and poet who also writes novels and short stories. Nancy Alonso, a later arrival on the literary scene, is the author of three collections of short stories that have gained her a growing body of admirers. Bobes will appear at 10 a.m. May 25 in Clark Hall 206, and will discuss her work and answer questions. Copies of her stories will be available in both Spanish and English. Yáñez and Alonso will participate in a bilingual reading with translators Sara Cooper and Anne Fountain at 4 p.m. June 4 in King 255-257. Anne Fountain and Blanca Smith are coordinating the visits. For questions call Anne Fountain (408) 924-4626.

CBS 5: Moss Landing Marine Labs Director to Aid Entangled Whale

CBS 5: How Moss Landing Marine Labs Saves Whales

CBS 5: MLML Director to Aid Entangled Whale

CBS 5 interviews Moss Landing Marine Laboratories Director Jim Harvey on efforts to help a whale entangled in fishing nets.

Experts Search Monterey Coast To Save Whale Entangled In Fishing Nets

Posted by CBS5 April 26, 2012

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories Director Jim Harvey talks to a CBS 5 reporter about how his specially trained team would help “June,” a female gray whale spotted off the coast of Big Sur tangled in fishing nets.

Harvey, who has spent the past 35 years saving whales, including a rescue depicted in the recent film “Big Miracle,” describes the team’s tactics and tools, noting the netting could severely impact the animal’s mobility, making her susceptible to predators, including killer whales.

MLML administers the master’s of science program for a consortium of seven California State University campuses, administered by San Jose State.

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Justice Studies to Incorporate Social Media Into Curriculum

Ever wonder what it would be like to tweet your answers in class instead of raising your hand? Justice Studies students will soon find out.

By Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant

Ever wonder what it would be like to tweet your answers in class instead of raising your hand?

This multilayered interaction between professor and student is just one way Department of Justice Studies Chair Mark Correia hopes to integrate social media into his department next semester.

“SJSU has the luxury of being in the middle of Silicon Valley, however, if you browse our websites, we are far behind in terms of the use of social media,” Correia said. “One of our goals is to really upgrade the face of the department and the experiences students have.”

In the fall, Justice Studies 100W classes and senior seminars will integrate social media and wiki (a website whose users can add, modify, or delete content using a web browser) into their curriculum. In addition, students will be asked to write blog entries and tweet as part of their coursework.

Making a Difference

“The students who graduate with these skill sets are going to be in better position to make a difference in society,” Correia said.

Associate Professor of Social Justice and Vice Chair Alessandro De Giorgi plans to use social media to engage his students in current social issues.

“We generally discuss socially relevant issues on prison, racial inequalities, and economic inequalities,” De Giorgi said. “It makes sense for students to express themselves in a way that is not mainstream, but nonetheless scholarly and critical.”

According to Correia, using social media will also give faculty the opportunity to share information and research without peer-review restrictions, as well as build stronger connections within the local and broader communities.

Bridging Theory and Practice

Senior justice studies and political science major Tyson Peltz believes social media has great potential for the classroom.

“This level of interaction and problem solving is paramount to bridging the gap between theory and practicality within the real word,” Peltz said.

New Stutter Clinic Supports Young Adults

New Stutter Clinic Supports Young Adults

A client is practicing speech techniques while giving a speech, while a graduate clinician is providing feedback

The Adult Voice and Fluency Clinic offers activities that apply to clients' daily lives (Communicative Disorders and Sciences photo).

By Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant

For some, the fear of giving a class presentation or interviewing for a job can be overwhelming, especially for those who stutter.

The Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences has added an Adult Voice and Fluency Clinic to its list of specialty clinics, providing clients, including SJSU students, the opportunity to work together to improve their communication skills.

“A lot of times, people who stutter want to hide it,” Assistant Professor Pei-Tzu Tsai said. “In therapy, we aren’t only addressing the stuttering part, but also the feelings and attitudes that come with it.”

The clinic, within the Kay Armstead Center for Communicative Disorders, helps clients minimize their fear of talking and stuttering, becoming more effective communicators.

“They work on their speech techniques to help them move through the moments when they get stuck,” Tsai said. “They also talk to each other about their feelings and attitudes which helps them to open up.”

Clients apply through the Kay Armstead Center, and then are evaluated by student clinicians, who admit them to a weekly group therapy program based on their individual needs.

Student Clinicians

“As a student clinician, I have the opportunity to apply what I learn in class to different clients,” said communicative disorders graduate student Chenjie Gu. “My favorite part is helping clients develop better communication skills.”

Nick Puzar is one of five students taking part in the program.

“The clinic has helped me understand what stuttering is, what parts of stuttering can be treated, how different types of treatment work, and what resources are available to myself and others in the clinic,” Puzar said.

Tsai hopes to expand the clinic to serve children and teenagers and wants to gradually implement clinical research that will test therapy and improve efficacy.

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CSU Faces Unprecedented Demand, Limited Space

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San Jose State received received 45,000 applications for fall 2012, a four percent increase over last year.

Applications and admits continue to rise despite efforts to control enrollment

(May 21, 2012) – The California State University today released preliminary systemwide data for the upcoming fall term indicating all-time highs in applications, and a year-over-year increase in the number of students admitted. San Jose State received 45,000 applications for fall 2012, a four percent increase over last year. SJSU admitted over 26,000 applicants, including over 24,000 undergraduates. The CSU expects to enroll approximately 25 percent of the resident first-time freshmen admitted and roughly 50 percent of the resident transfer students admitted. The CSU estimates that 95 percent of the enrolling freshman class and 94 percent of enrolling undergraduate transfer students will be California residents. “The CSU is caught between a huge demand to attend our universities and a state that simply is not providing adequate funding for these students,” said Eric Forbes, CSU assistant vice chancellor, student academic support.  “We are facing a tipping point in terms of the promise of access that is at the heart of the CSU mission.” Read more.

Professors Honored for Early Career Research

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

An assistant professor of chemistry whose research focuses on one of the most challenging reactions in organic chemistry and an assistant professor of library and information science whose innovative work includes a partnership with the School of Social Work are the recipients of the 2012 SJSU Research Foundation Early Career Investigator Awards. The honor recognizes tenure-track SJSU faculty members who have excelled in areas of research, scholarship or creative activity as evidenced by their success in securing funds for their research, publishing in peer-reviewed journals and carrying out other scholarly and creative activities at an early or beginning point in their career at SJSU. Here is the official announcement.

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We are pleased to announce that Dr. Lionel Cheruzel from the College of Science, and Dr. Lili Luo from the College of Applied Sciences and Arts have both been chosen to receive the San José State University Research Foundation Early Career Investigator Award for 2012.  Their selection is made at the recommendation of the Early Career Investigator Subcommittee of the Research Foundation Board of Directors.

The SJSU Research Foundation Early Career Investigator Award recognizes tenure-track SJSU faculty who have excelled in areas of research, scholarship or creative activity as evidenced by their success in securing funds for their research, publishing in peer-reviewed journals and carrying out other scholarly and creative activities at an early or beginning point in their career at SJSU. Our two recipients are outstanding examples of individuals who have achieved this level of success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lionel Cheruzel

Lionel Cheruzel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Lionel Cheruzel, in his third year at SJSU, has been tremendously productive in his field of bioinorganic chemistry.  Since joining the Department of Chemistry, he has successfully competed for multiple grant awards totaling $480,000. These grants have come from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Research Corporation, and the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology. In addition to an impressive record of grantsmanship, Dr. Cheruzel has become a valued member of the SJSU faculty through a combination of excellence in teaching and research. Dr. Cheruzel currently leads an active research group comprised of eight undergraduate students and one graduate student. He and his group are focused on Cytochrome P450, and the synthetic potential for biotechnological applications. More on the Cheruzel Research Group can be found at www.sjsu.edu/cheruzel. Dr. Cheruzel has made significant contributions to the development of knowledge in his field as evidenced by his strong publication record with three publications in peer reviewed journals since joining the faculty and one publication currently in review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lili Luo

Lili Luo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Lili Luo, also in her third year at SJSU, has demonstrated an outstanding record of scholarship that has been recognized by federal grant funders. Her work has resulted in several invitations for collaborative research with SJSU scholars, as well as with scholars from external organizations. Since joining the faculty of the School of Library and Information Science, Dr. Luo has been an active researcher in the area of reference services, online learning, and research methods education. In 2010, Dr. Luo received a $122,683 grant award from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services to conduct the first in-depth research regarding text reference services.  Dr. Luo’s scholarly activities also include a partnership with the SJSU School of Social Work, conducting joint research to explore how librarians and social workers can collaborate to improve access to information regarding local social service resources.  Dr. Luo has presented her findings in publications and at professional and scholarly conferences, and was invited to present findings at the International Federation of Library Associations this summer.  Dr. Luo has published eight journal articles since joining the faculty and in 2010 received the Outstanding Teacher’s Award from the School of Library and Information Science.

The SJSU Research Foundation has established two Early Career Investigator Awards in order to encourage participation beyond those colleges where large numbers of faculty have traditionally participated. One award goes to a faculty member in the Colleges of Science and Engineering and another is made to a faculty member from all other colleges. Each awardee will receive a cash award of $1,000 to be used at their discretion.

Assistant Professors of Chemistry and Library and Information Science Honored

Assistant Professors of Chemistry and Library and Information Science Honored

An assistant professor of chemistry whose research focuses on one of the most challenging reactions in organic chemistry and an assistant professor of library and information science whose innovative work includes a partnership with the School of Social Work are the recipients of the 2012 SJSU Research Foundation Early Career Investigator Awards. The honor recognizes tenure-track SJSU faculty members who have excelled in areas of research, scholarship or creative activity as evidenced by their success in securing funds for their research, publishing in peer-reviewed journals and carrying out other scholarly and creative activities at an early or beginning point in their career at SJSU. Here is the official announcement.

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We are pleased to announce that Dr. Lionel Cheruzel from the College of Science, and Dr. Lili Luo from the College of Applied Sciences and Arts have both been chosen to receive the San José State University Research Foundation Early Career Investigator Award for 2012.  Their selection is made at the recommendation of the Early Career Investigator Subcommittee of the Research Foundation Board of Directors.

The SJSU Research Foundation Early Career Investigator Award recognizes tenure-track SJSU faculty who have excelled in areas of research, scholarship or creative activity as evidenced by their success in securing funds for their research, publishing in peer-reviewed journals and carrying out other scholarly and creative activities at an early or beginning point in their career at SJSU. Our two recipients are outstanding examples of individuals who have achieved this level of success.

Lionel Cheruzel

Lionel Cheruzel

Dr. Lionel Cheruzel, in his third year at SJSU, has been tremendously productive in his field of bioinorganic chemistry.  Since joining the Department of Chemistry, he has successfully competed for multiple grant awards totaling $480,000. These grants have come from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Research Corporation, and the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology. In addition to an impressive record of grantsmanship, Dr. Cheruzel has become a valued member of the SJSU faculty through a combination of excellence in teaching and research. Dr. Cheruzel currently leads an active research group comprised of eight undergraduate students and one graduate student. He and his group are focused on Cytochrome P450, and the synthetic potential for biotechnological applications. More on the Cheruzel Research Group can be found at www.sjsu.edu/cheruzel. Dr. Cheruzel has made significant contributions to the development of knowledge in his field as evidenced by his strong publication record with three publications in peer reviewed journals since joining the faculty and one publication currently in review.

Lili Luo

Lili Luo

Dr. Lili Luo, also in her third year at SJSU, has demonstrated an outstanding record of scholarship that has been recognized by federal grant funders. Her work has resulted in several invitations for collaborative research with SJSU scholars, as well as with scholars from external organizations. Since joining the faculty of the School of Library and Information Science, Dr. Luo has been an active researcher in the area of reference services, online learning, and research methods education. In 2010, Dr. Luo received a $122,683 grant award from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services to conduct the first in-depth research regarding text reference services.  Dr. Luo’s scholarly activities also include a partnership with the SJSU School of Social Work, conducting joint research to explore how librarians and social workers can collaborate to improve access to information regarding local social service resources.  Dr. Luo has presented her findings in publications and at professional and scholarly conferences, and was invited to present findings at the International Federation of Library Associations this summer.  Dr. Luo has published eight journal articles since joining the faculty and in 2010 received the Outstanding Teacher’s Award from the School of Library and Information Science.

The SJSU Research Foundation has established two Early Career Investigator Awards in order to encourage participation beyond those colleges where large numbers of faculty have traditionally participated. One award goes to a faculty member in the Colleges of Science and Engineering and another is made to a faculty member from all other colleges. Each awardee will receive a cash award of $1,000 to be used at their discretion.