Spartans at Work: San Jose Rep

Where will an SJSU degree take you? We hit the road to find out, visiting summer interns and recent grads on the job in the Bay Area and beyond. Our video series continues with Oluchi Nwokocha, ’11 Theatre Arts and African-American Studies. Read more about her experience! http://bit.ly/sjsu-rep-post

Spartans at Work: The Walt Disney Family Museum

Where will an SJSU degree take you? We hit the road to find out, visiting summer interns and recent grads on the job in the Bay Area and beyond. Our video series continues with Alex Turner, ’14 Animation/Illustration. He’s an education intern at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. The museum’s collection includes some 25,000 works Disney and his staff used in creating his characters and films. Educational programs include a summer camp, where Alex works. Read more about his experience! http://bit.ly/sjsu-alex-post

Spartans at Work: SolutionSet

Where will an SJSU degree take you? We hit the road to find out, visiting summer interns and recent grads on the job in the Bay Area and beyond. Our video series begins with Miguel Martinez, ’13 Advertising. He’s a summer intern at the San Francisco office of SolutionSet, the second largest independent marketing services company in the U.S. Read more about his experience! http://bit.ly/sjsu-mmartinez

Major Decisions: Music

Daniel Matthews shares how his passion for music has grown as he works towards his major in music with an emphasis in jazz studies. The music program at SJSU brings people together from all over the world. SJSU’s prime location gives music majors many opportunities to find gigs throughout the Bay Area, including venues in SF and Santa Cruz.

Major Decisions: Sports Management

Alyssa Wong is working toward a master’s degree in sports management through San José State University’s Kinesiology Department. In this feature, Alyssa explains how her original interest in athletic training soon changed after she started to explore the business aspect of sports. Alyssa currently works at the Timpany Center, a non-profit therapeutic facility providing a 92° warm-water pool and 102° spa, operated by SJSU’s department of kinesiology. Find out how a love for sports and business can set the stage for a fulfilling career in athletics.

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#SJSU Tweets of the Week, October 1

Inside look at the Fall 2012 Job and Internship Fair at the event center with tables, booths and employee representatives. Photo by @alyssaloook

“Nervous.. Wish me luck!” tweets @alyssaloook. Good luck to all of our students and alumni who attended the SJSU Career Center’s Fall 2012 Job & Internship Fair. Representatives and recruiters from a record-breaking 180 companies attended the event.

We’ve put together the tweets of the week for Spartans to see a sample of 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.

@MascotMikeSJ: #SJSU football game vs BYU on Nov. 17th picked up by ESPN@SJSUAthletics @SJSU @rtgleeson http://www.wacsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=10100&ATCLID=205693116

@bradmangin: RT @SJSU: Neat! @SD_NTabios interviews #SJSU alum & @SInow baseball photographer @bradmangin for @SpartanDaily: http://ow.ly/dZnvJ . @instagram

‏@jbcianciarulo: Students Are Choosing Colleges With Social Media Clout [STUDY]http://on.mash.to/SmRgwp @SJSU is on the rise for #SM RT @mashable

@B2B_SJSU: Today is the day! SJSU’s Record Breaking Job Fair! 550+ recruiters/reps! Let the festivities Begin!!! Hire Spartans!!! @sjsu #jobs #sanjose

@TLloyd49: Headed out with SJSU to the Naval Academy for Saturday’s game vs Navy. Then off to NYC for the 49ers-Jets. http://instagr.am/p/QFrszWFg3H/

@Natedoggfhs32: Just went on a #LegacyTour through @SJSU campus. Makes me even prouder to say I’m a Spartan after hearing some of our history.

@bluestreak23: @SJSU: SJSU Alum & Pro Bowler Tony Reyes died today Sept 28. He will be missed by all who knew him incl me….bit.ly/QwKbgI

@itsdanieltime: Reppin sjsu pic.twitter.com/4tbjfTgA

@brodiebrazilCSN: My old stomping grounds! RT @SJSU: Can you Bernie Lean? ow.ly/e5hdx

@SJSU: #SJSU football team sings the fight song to Spartan fans: http://bit.ly/sjsu-navy-win . Thanks @SJSUalumni for video!

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

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#SJSU Tweets of the Week, September 24

#SJSU Tweets of the Week, September 24

@paviddark found this note on an Engineering building door. September is Post-It-Positivity Month at SJSU.

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

We’ve put together the tweets of the week for Spartans to see a sample of 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.

@JarronG: @kirkmorrison @SJSpartans SJSU vs. SDSU this week. Saturday looks like a bad day to be an Aztec. Go #SJSU #SPARTANS

@RoyGeorgeChen: Look at how cute this little Spartan is!!! Her 1 year birthday present finally fits! #sjsu #spartans http://instagr.am/p/PvVVSWyX2K/

@KINGLEE_Brody: Finished my paper, still got an hour left till my next class. Just admiring the art around #SJSU #Campus. #M http://instagr.am/p/PxI-KMPUqm/

@loveedre #SJSU has the best professors in the world! They all try interacting with their students. Keep hiring professors like them!!! #thankful

@websterlincoln: 3d map of @SJSU and San Jose City Hall #iOS6 #Maps pic.twitter.com/k9X9OWHf

@jmaltura: Culture, swag and class. @SJSU has it all! #spartanpride #SJSU #ballroomdance #culturaldances #stepping #strolling

@jessicafrank: Good times at the @SJSUalumni event in LA tonight! Always nice to see @ProfBob54 and hear about the great things @SJSU is doing!

@SJSUalumni: Spartans win! 38-34 over SDSU!!!! http://twitpic.com/axg2qv

@SpearsNBAYahoo: Yes sir @SJSU now 3-1 after 38-34 win at San Diego State! Only @SJSUloss to Stanford by 3. @YahooForde you paying attention? @BA_TurnerHA!

@kirkmorrison: This is what happens when San Diego State loses to San Jose State. @jgilly90 is making wear this ugly Blue & http://instagr.am/p/P9wLh6SuxV/

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

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#SJSU Tweets of the Week, September 17

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

Panoramic photo of San Jose State campus with 7th Street Fountain and Event Center. Photo by @pdparticle

@pdparticle took this awesome panoramic photo of our campus, using his iPhone. Click to view larger image.

We’ve put together the tweets of the week for Spartans to see a sample of 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.

@howtolovenicole: Aww one of the pilots from 9/11 was an SJSU alumni! #RIPJasonDahl

@sancheezy08: First time beating Santa Clara at their home in 27 years! #sjsu #spartans#teamwork #captain #senioryear #ju http://instagr.am/p/PaYjvSsORC/

@bevmo510: Random plane making a circle in the air with the entire number for Pi haha #3.14#pi#math#sjsu http://instagr.am/p/PfJyYfvGBH/

@arun_erd: Go #Spartans !! U.S. News Rankings 2013: #SJSU 9th Overall Among the West’s Top Public Universities. http://shar.es/uc5OD

@NachoLyfe: Clay Matthews got four sacks…he out there trying to be like Travis Johnson from San Jose State. #NCAA active leading sack man with 23

@garvinthomas: Gotta love Red! RT @SJSU: Man honors late wife w/ #SJSU #nursingscholarship: http://bit.ly/R0fsu1. Sweet love story!

@fliaway09: Getting ready for #Zero1….#sjsu #wired #cadre @ sjsuhttp://instagr.am/p/PkfyO8GsQp/ 

@helenator23: Grand canyon swag@SJSUWSoccer @SJSUAthletics @SJSU #wishyouwerehere pic.twitter.com/n2LdznJ8

@Jimmy_Durkin: Chew on this: #SJSU scored more points vs.#Stanford than #USC did and also allowed fewer points.

@sganim: Hanging out with students at the @SJSU @SpartanDaily newsroom.

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

#SJSU Tweets of the Week, 9/10

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

Group of SJSU female soccer players posing next to a bus

Our women’s soccer team @SJSUWSoccer took a moment to share this photo before heading off to an away game. If you look closely, you can see our world-traveling mascot Flat Sammy! bit.ly/sjsu-flat-sammy

We’ve put together the tweets of the week for Spartans to see a sample of 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.

@HexagonStaff: Peacock study #animalart #filipinoartist #sjsu #animalpainting #painting #artschool #peacockhttp://instagr.am/p/PNb5sREQwZ/

@rtgleeson: Excited to announce that I’ll be covering SJSU football for CSN Bay Area. Should be a very interesting season. @SJSU @SJSUAthletics

@dsato: @SJSU getting some love on Reddit as students build spherical drive system motorcycle http://ow.ly/duRUI  @SpartanDaily

@SJSpartanSquad: I love the smell of new Spartan Squad shirts in the morning… #SJSU Spartan Squad Kick-off is TODAY @ 6pm

@Bookcharmer: Walking across #SJSU campus, student passing me says “Hi-Five!” So we did, and then two more students Hi-Five’d me. Love these students!!!

@gary_singh: Enjoyed the CADRE Lab for New Media @SJSU last night, joining their LightWall of Silicon Valley project: http://bit.ly/Qoyp76  #ZBIENNIAL

@samuelylam: SJSU in this week’s Sports Illustratedhttp://twitpic.com/art73m

@SJSUBand: 45-13 final. Spartans (@SJSUAthletics) win! This one was for Phyllis. #ThankYouPhyllis. Hope you all enjoyed the show. #PrideOfTheSpartans

@kyleplaysguitar: @SJSU My favorite part of the game was when I realized #SJSU couldn’t lose!! 😀

@bakercp: Just visited the engineers working on the Spherical Drive System http://sphericaldrivesystem.com/  @SJSU. Inspiring and impressive work!

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

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Spartans at Work: At the San Jose Rep, "I Get to Work With Kids and See Their Imagination Grow"

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

(This summer, SJSU Today hit the road, visiting students and recent grads on the job across the country and around the world. Our Spartans at Work series continues with theatre arts and African-American studies alumna Oluchi Nwokocha.)

Where will an SJSU degree take you? How about helping you develop your career, while you develop others? As an outreach assistant, Oluchi Nwokocha, ’11 Theatre Arts and African-American Studies, helped the San Jose Repertory Theatre make connections with the diverse community that it serves.

Besides responsibilities such as writing grant proposals, designing brochures or supporting various programs, Nwokocha interacted with kids and teenagers through the Creative Dramatics Summer Workshops. This summer camp teaches young participants about improvisation and developing a story for a play, culminating in a performance for family and friends.

“With the process that we do here, we get to really create and play and watch them learn and express themselves,” Nwokocha said. “It’s really cool. I really like that. And I work at a theater. How awesome is that?”

What started as a 2011 internship for the fresh Spartan graduate became a job and a chance to learn about behind-the-scenes work of running a theater, a complement to her acting skills. Observing actors on stage performing their craft was an added bonus.

In a role that is all about making connections, Nwokocha heard about this opportunity at the Rep, thanks to an announcement from one of her SJSU professors.

Her boss at the Rep provided feedback when she applied for graduate school, which is where Nwokocha is heading to this fall to earn a master of fine art in theatre from the University of Florida.

“Networking is really huge in my business,” she said. “It’s more of regardless of talent or what you look like, it’s more of who you know that helps you get your foot in the door, and I can say that’s definitely the case with me.”

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#SJSU Tweets of the Week, Spartan Football Edition

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

list of trending topics on Twitter, including San Jose State

So many people were tweeting about “San Jose State” during and after the SJSU-vs.-Stanford football game that we were a worldwide trend on Twitter! “Who would’ve thought?!” said @C__Solorzano, who tweeted this screen grab.

We’ve put together the tweets of the week for Spartans to see a sample of the exciting, funny, interesting and spontaneous conversations on Twitter about SJSU. This special edition focuses on Spartan football’s 8/31 season opener at Stanford. Take a look by exploring the tweets below!

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

@kbtxkarla: Proudly wearing @SJSU colors on air. #SanJoseState #CollegeColorsDay #GoSpartans pic.twitter.com/jUJGDQam

@cihenacho: Good luck to both my alma maters tonight. #SJSUvs Stanford and #Serra vs Poly. Have fun and do work

@damonbruce: Where an I sitting? In the @SJSUsection – which is louder than the rest of Palo Alto.

@montgomeryken: Wow, watching @SJSU football score against@StanfordFball , crowd roar sounds like home game for the Spartans! #sjsu

@WebsterLincoln: Touchdown @SJSU! Tie game. #sjsu #stanford @ Stanford Stadium instagr.am/p/PBNi5WB3Rw/ 

@KevinFrandsen: Spartans just tied Stanford 17-17 with 2 to play in the 3rd! #gospartans @sjsuathletics

@SpartanDaily: Who is pumped for what @SJSU can do this season after tonight’s work? #SJSU @SJSUAthletics #Spartan #Spartans #sjsufootball

@SJSU: Thanks for helping “San Jose State” trend locally & even worldwide! Awesome to see your excitement! Proud of our #SJSU team!

@Sarynrorie: San Jose State is still trending…… I’ve never been more proud!!!#SJSUFOOTBALL @SJSUAthletics @SJSU #SPARTANS #WEAREONE

@Logancouture: Go San Jose State?? pic.twitter.com/2C6zcT2E

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

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#SJSU Tweets of the Week, 8/27

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

Photo by @chirhoiotasigma

On Facebook, we shared this Tower Hall photo by @chirhoiotasigma on the first day of classes. As of today, this image inspired 627 likes, 42 shares and 28 comments!

We’ve put together the tweets of the week for Spartans to see a sample of 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.

@jorger690: #target @bullseyeU @SJSU #sjsufrosh orientation leader group 1! http://instagr.am/p/Oqhr3cAVTE/

@joew526: Yes we have a legit Harry Potter Quidditch club at #sjsu! Only in college haha! @ Campus Village Quad http://instagr.am/p/Om-Q3XM-yG/

@mafekarp: At the welcome table with @harishvc and Zaynna #helpingandcaring for our #sjsu students http://ow.ly/i/S4In

@SpartanDaily: Olympian, SJSU alum returns victorious. http://ow.ly/d8S8x

@surgeonirvin: Sjsu chillin. #sjsuhttp://instagr.am/p/Om0qiYrwff/

@sjsuathletics: David Fales Named Starting Quarterback for Stanford game – http://www.sjsuspartans.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5600&ATCLID=205667703#.UDZ1p8P2aX8.twitter …

@SJSU: Thanks #SJSU followers for helping us surpass 5,000! 🙂 Keep following along for news, events, info, photos & more! Go #Spartans!

@chris_royo: #HungerGames in the Quad! How sick is this? #MovieNight #CollegeLife #SJSU #JustAnotherNighthttp://instagr.am/p/Osjt1nsmRa/

@SJSUCASA: An advertising “Mad Man” here @SJSU! JMC’s Tim Hendrick recognized for his achievements in advertising @contentmag. blogs.sjsu.edu/casa/2012/08/2…

‏@robbsilverstein: “@SJSU: @robbsilverstein How do you like the banners? RT @Darkchoir1: Whooo lets go spartans!!! #spartans #sjsu #pride http://instagr.am/p/O2HWaBowvf/

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

Spartans at Work: At Tesla, "It's Just a Great Work Environment to Learn and to Challenge Yourself"

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

(This summer, SJSU Today hit the road, visiting students and recent grads on the job across the country and around the world. Our Spartans at Work series continues with former exchange student Marc Gagnon.)

When considering U.S. exchange programs, Canadian Marc Gagnon had one ultimate goal: to eventually work for electric car company Tesla Motors. SJSU’s location made the school an ideal option.

“Tesla has an office in Palo Alto and the manufacturing plant is in Fremont, so, you know, San Jose is right in between the two,” he said, “and it made a lot of sense to come to San Jose State, and it was the right choice and a great experience.”

Gagnon took engineering classes during Spring 2011, while living at SJSU International House, a dormitory for U.S. and international students. While he wished he could have continued on for an additional semester, his brief taste of Silicon Valley solidified that that was where he wanted to be after graduation.

Silicon Valley is where Gagnon is at today, after earning a mechanical engineering degree from ETS (École de technologie supérieure) in Montreal. In May, he started a new job as a mechanical engineer in Tesla’s Closures Design group, which works on doors, hoods and trunks. Whether it’s the front trunk of the recent Model S or the “falcon wing” doors of the upcoming Model X, Gagnon and his diverse team are problem solvers who try to make cool features work as smoothly as possible. After his time at SJSU, he is grateful for the opportunity to follow his dream.

“I think it’s part of Silicon Valley,” he said. “People come from all over the world to work here, and the people who come here are very motivated about being here, and they want to work hard to make it happen.”

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Spartans at Work: At GGV Capital, I “Get to Meet Great Entrepreneurs”

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

(This summer, SJSU Today hits the road, visiting students and recent grads on the job across the country and around the world. Our Spartans at Work series continues with economics alumnus Andrew Manoske.)

Where will an SJSU degree take you? How about spotting the next big thing? San Jose is the heart of Silicon Valley, where startup companies rely on venture capital to grow. Andrew Manoske, ’10 Economics, is in on the action as an associate with GGV Capital.

Based in Menlo Park with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore, GGV Capital works with U.S. and Asian companies that already have an established product, but want to take the next big step, including significant funding. This is known as expansion stage, and some of the firm’s prominent success stories include Alibaba, Pandora and Tudou (the Chinese YouTube).

For Manoske, a typical day at the office is outside the office. He regularly meets with clients, the people who “spend every waking moment thinking about how we can use technology to change the world.”

“Every day, I get to meet great entrepreneurs and other venture capitalists that are just really charged, excited, passionate about what they do,” he said.

Manoske, who minored in Computer Science, feels inspired by the people he works with on the job. He also felt inspired by the people and atmosphere of SJSU when applying to this university.

“San José State made hackers,” he said. “They made people who could take very, very little and make amazing, wonderful things out of it, and that was something that really appealed to me. ”