SJSU Receives $5 Million Signed Gift Commitment from Alumni, Business Leaders and Philanthropists Larry and Deirdre Solari

Media contacts:
Pat Lopes Harris, SJSU Media Relations Director, 408-924-1748, pat.harris@sjsu.edu
Lawrence Fan, SJSU Athletics Media Relations Director, 408-924-1217, lawrence.fan@sjsu.edu

Larry and Deirdre Solari (photo by David Schmitz)

Larry and Deirdre Solari (photo by David Schmitz)


San Jose, Calif.
 — San Jose State University is pleased to announce that it has received a $5 million signed gift commitment from alumni, philanthropists and Monterey Peninsula residents Larry and Deirdre Solari. Their gift, among the largest ever to SJSU Athletics, will support SJSU football personnel and facilities, including plans for a new football operations center envisioned for the east side of CEFCU Stadium, Home of the Spartans.

“On behalf of the entire San Jose State University community, I would like to express my profound gratitude to Larry and Deirdre Solari for their leadership gift,” said President Mary A. Papazian. “This gift supports and honors more than a program; it expresses a deep commitment to the university and higher education as a pathway to opportunity.”

The new operations center will include locker rooms, offices, an auditorium and seating on the 50-yard line. In addition, the project would rebuild the stadium’s east side. This gift will therefore supplement improvements underway throughout South Campus, including recently completed tennis and golf facilities, and a soon-to-be-completed softball field.

“Larry and Deirdre Solari are long-time friends and supporters, and I am thrilled to have this opportunity to thank them for their generous gift,” said Athletics Director Marie Tuite. “The Solaris are now among our greatest benefactors in terms of investing in our football program and in assisting with our efforts to elevate the overall profile of the program. This is a touch point day for Spartan Football, Spartan Athletics and San Jose State University.”

Larry and Deirdre Solari: Spartans for Life

An aspiring engineer from a small farm town between Lodi and Stockton, Larry Solari transferred to San Jose State as a sophomore in 1961. Although San Jose’s population was small by modern terms, San Jose State offered all the perks of a metropolitan campus. Solari graduated in 1965 with a bachelor’s in business and industrial management, and completed an MBA one year later. In addition, he served as president of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, played baseball and regularly attended Spartan football games, both home and away.

Oakland native Deirdre Keefe attended San Jose State around the same time as her future husband. Like Larry, she was active in Greek life. As an Alpha Phi sorority member, she enjoyed Panhellenic traditions such as the Greek Show, Sparta Sings and Homecoming. She was elected Lambda Chi Alpha Crescent Girl in 1964. Her academic interests included teaching and psychology. She went on to work in television, advertising and executive recruitment. Larry and Deirdre met after college, on what proved to be a lucky blind date.

Building a strong foundation together

The Solaris built their life together based on their San Jose State experience. Larry’s nearly 30-year career with Owens-Corning Fiberglass took them to Toledo, Ohio, where they raised their family while he rose to serve as president of the company’s building materials group. The couple continued following college football including the Spartans, and resumed regularly attending SJSU football games when they returned to California. Now semi-retired, Larry is a private equity firm partner and serves on several boards.

At San Jose State, the Solaris observed former head coaches Mike MacIntyre and Dick Tomey, and appreciated their focus on building a strong foundation. The couple sees current Head Coach Brent Brennan taking a similar approach, influenced by his experience serving as an assistant coach during the MacIntyre and Tomey years.

“As a former athlete, I know the value of lessons learned on the field,” Larry Solari said. “As a businessman, I also know that we must provide the very best we can for our players, coaches and staff in order to attract the talent we need to sustain and grow Spartan football. It is one aspect of the university—a very visible one—and its success will raise the stature of San Jose State.”

Athletics Advancement: A new partnership

San Jose State launched a new fundraising model in August 2017, creating an Athletics Advancement team to elevate fundraising efforts, leverage University Advancement resources, and enhance day-to-day connectivity and alignment as the university works to increase resources for its student-athletes, coaches and support staff.

“When we embarked on this plan, we saw much to gain from combining the resources and talent of University Advancement and Athletics,” said Vice President for University Advancement Paul Lanning. “This commitment from the Solaris is proof positive that teamwork and cross-campus collaboration will raise San Jose State’s visibility and inspire alumni and supporters to invest in the university. I echo our president and athletics director in thanking the Solaris for their support.”


About San Jose State University

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San Jose State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study—offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 35,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San Jose State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing more than 7,000 graduates to the workforce.

The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 220,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.


About San Jose State University Athletics

San Jose State University’s athletics program sponsors 20 NCAA Division I sports (seven men’s and 13 women’s) and offers an intercollegiate athletics experience to at least 450 student-athletes annually. The Spartans compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest level of college football. San Jose State is a member of the Mountain West—a conference of 12 football-playing schools in the Pacific, Mountain and Hawaiian time zones.

 

Students Chronicle Change in “Harlem Reimagined”

collage of people and apartments

Students paid homage to James Van Der Zee, whose work presented Harlem as a deep residential and creative home to legions of black individuals, families, traditions, businesses and institutions of excellence.

Editor’s note: “Reimagining James Van Der Zee,” an exhibit based on the “Harlem Reimagined”  project described below, opens with a reception 4-6 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.

By David E. Early, Hearst Visiting Journalism Professor in Residence

One hundred years ago, James Van Der Zee, the famed cultural photographer, launched his Harlem-based business that focused on portraits, lifestyle, art, music, intellectual pursuits and numerous efforts at achieving racial equality for black folks.

Now, a century later, a team of photojournalism students from San Jose State University, led by Associate Professor Duane Michael Cheers, returned to New York on a project entitled, “Harlem Reimagined.”  Their task was to take an intense, visual inspection of the community today, as it deals with a wave of gentrification that threatens to diminish or remove Harlem as the nation’s black, cultural mecca.

In a four-day, on-the-ground, academic attack, the SJSU photo-rangers took a team of 10 to New York. That group became part of a roving army of 45 educators, reporters, guides, high school students, activists and Harlem locals — many of whom, with hungry cameras in tow — captured thousands of defining images.

Back when Van Der Zee was working, the prolific African-American shooter produced an enormous collection that beautifully captured all factions of Harlem life before, during and after the Harlem Renaissance. The photographer’s work, famously featured in a 1969 show at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, presented Harlem as a deep residential and creative home to legions of black individuals, families, traditions, businesses and institutions of excellence.

Student glasses

A portrait reflects Harlem today.

Today?

Harlem remains a busy and soulful, African-American village, but one that is absorbing an unsettling wave of gentrification. Left unchecked, the movement threatens to wipe out long-term residents, along with the schools, churches, businesses, neighborhoods, entertainment venues and social justice organizations that have defined African-American achievement for decades.

Surging real estate values have already shoved aside thousands of poor and middle-income blacks by building and refurbishing numerous living spaces into ultra-expensive domiciles. The great fear in Harlem is that gentrification might deliver on an oft-heard, cold declaration: “Those who can pay, can stay.”

The SJSU photo project hopes to capture the struggle against financial and racial forces that threaten to transform Harlem into something unrecognizable to the very people who have nourished it for decades.

The energetic shooters searched the streets, morning-til-night, looking for the shimmer and the shame, the pride and the poverty, the love and the loathing that happens when widespread change shoves a beloved community into an unknown realm.

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Students patrolled and shot life on streets named after black luminaries.

Students photographed everything from the famed Apollo Theater to the Studio Museum of Harlem. From parks bearing statues of Harriet Tubman and Duke Ellington, to the colorful frenzy of the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market, stuffed with genuine, African goods.

They patrolled and shot life on streets named after black luminaries — Frederick Douglass, Adam Clayton Powell and Martin Luther King Jr. — and challenged people, black and white, to discuss the unlikely conundrum: the possible dismantling of the most precious, black community in America.

Into the lenses of their roving cameras, shooters also caught The Shrine urban beats nightclub, The Graffiti Wall of Fame, Sylvia’s upscale soul restaurant and prominent academies named after Chief Justice Thurgood Marshall, author James Baldwin and educator Mary McLeod Bethune.

Up on Harlem’s Sugarhill, they shot a restaurant where comedian Redd Foxx and Malcolm X worked the kitchen together and a single apartment building where Supreme Court Justice Marshall, W.E.B. DuBois and Walter White once lived. Imagine, civil rights giants of the law, education and racial justice in a single structure along with another tenant Maestro Ellington, The Duke.

Students also explored unique and highly personal establishments: Sister’s Uptown Bookstore and Cultural Center, owned and operated by the inspirational Janifer Wilson, a retired physician at Bronx Lebanon Hospital who worked in the department of surgery. Today, she despairs that hers is the only black-owned bookstore in Manhattan.

Another store, Hats By Bunn, turned out to be a slim, miraculous emporium where one man crafts supple, sharp and colorful head wear by hand on an ancient machine. His store is also an easy-going, drop-in center for friends, and the curious and loving customers the world over.

“I make people look good and feel good,” says Bunn, whose creativity feeds off the music filling his shop six days a week. “My designs come from the rhythms of the moment.”

Whole Foods

The team of visual cultural excavators even looked at the fresh crop of unlikely new businesses, including Whole Foods.

The team of visual cultural excavators even looked at the fresh crop of unlikely new businesses: Whole Foods to Starbucks, CVS to Buffalo Wild Wings. They even absorbed the images out of a burger-and-fries eatery called Harlem Shake, whose owners confessed how they tried to honor the community by reproducing a funky, “Harlem vibe,” from back in the day.

In the end, the visual exploration of Harlem at this critical, life-altering moment in the community’s history, will become a riveting, educational document that will speak intelligently and from the heart in the service of cultural history, for decades to come.

“Reimagining James Van Der Zee” Opens at King Library

By Professor Michael Cheers, Associate Professor of Journalism

Thirty-four years after the death of renown photographer James Van Der Zee, the quintessential chronicler of the Harlem Renaissance and the greater Black community from 1906 to 1983, San Jose State University photojournalism students and New York alternative high school photo students met in Harlem last October to take a fresh look at one of America’s most culturally diverse, historically rich, vibrant and iconic, yet ever changing communities.

Students from the Satellite Academy High School and the James Baldwin School, both in Manhattan, participated in this extraordinary project developed by the SJSU School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

"A-Train Reimagined" is among the images captured by students.

“A-Train Reimagined” is among the images captured by students.

Exhibit Opens Feb. 8

Twelve students and their teachers from Satellite Academy are traveling to San Jose for the exhibition opening and reception 4-6 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. One photo student from Boynton High School in San Jose also participated, as did one local community college photo student.

More than 100 of the students’ images on 44 montages and individual portraits will be on display at the library’s second floor exhibition area until March 31. The montages show a kaleidoscope of diverse faces interspersed with a medley of iconic Harlem landmarks and competing cultures.

The project bridged Photo Voice methodology and hip-hop pedagogy. Using Apple-sponsored iPhones and DSLR cameras, the neophyte students canvassed the main boulevards, side streets, back streets, and alleys, capturing the sights and sounds, and the ebb and flow of Harlem through the lens of their innocence and freshness, documenting what they saw and felt.

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Student and faculty participants gather for a group photo in Harlem.

SJSU Journalism Students and Faculty

The four SJSU journalism undergraduate beginning photo students selected were Payje Redmond, Franchesca Natividad, Lovetta Jackson and Savannah Harding.

Michael Cheers, associate professor at San Jose State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications, was the lead researcher and facilitator. Juan Serna, SJSU Journalism TV studio manager/engineer served as a bi-lingual field instructor and chief post-production editor.

The project kicked-off Oct. 27, with a two-hour guided, orientation-walking tour of Harlem. The four-day experience ended on Oct. 29.

Janifer Wilson, owner of Sister’s Uptown Bookstore and Cultural Center.

Janifer Wilson, owner of Sister’s Uptown Bookstore and Cultural Center.


Harlem Reimagined

There were Marcus Garveyites and Van Der Zee Harlemites not willing to trade in, sell off or sell out the richness of their heritage. The students saw black vendors smiling at streams of white tourists while selling their wares to anyone because the only color that counts to them is green. They also heard from Janifer Wilson, owner of Sister’s Uptown Bookstore and Cultural Center, in the Sugar Hill section of Harlem, thought to be the only black-owned bookstore in Manhattan.

“Change has to happen in order for us to evolve, but the displacement of folk who are grassroots… the people who started these communities, is very disheartening,” Wilson said.

A site partnership was arranged with the prestigious Studio Museum in Harlem, where the students met daily to discuss their work. The museum also is the custodian of an extensive archive of the work of James Van Der Zee.

The exhibition moves to New York in April.

 

Campus Update: Broken Water Pipe

Editor’s note: The following message is being emailed to all students, faculty and staff on Jan. 28, 2018.

All,

Repairs are underway and classes will be in session on Monday after a water pipe running underground between Campus Village 2 and Campus Village C broke open, sending a heavy stream of water down the San Carlos and Seventh Street paseos.

San Jose Water Company crews responded, and will spend the evening repairing the broken pipe and cleaning debris near the residence halls. Maintenance crews are also cleaning portions of the Student Wellness Center and Student Union. Both are expected to open for business as usual on Monday.

The San Jose Water Company pipe runs through campus on an easement, and does not service campus specifically. For this reason, water service to SJSU should not be disrupted.

We would like to extend our gratitude to all who have assisted with the repairs and cleanup, with a special thanks to Campus Village residents and staff as crews work outside through the night.

Regards,

Charlie Faas
VP Administration & Finance

President Papazian’s Welcome Back Message

Campus community,

Happy 2018! I hope you enjoyed the holidays with family and friends.  After the quiet weeks of winter break, I am delighted to see the return of faculty members and students today. Welcome back!

I want to extend a heartfelt greeting to our 900 new undergraduate transfer, graduate and international students and credential candidates who begin their SJSU careers this week.

Thank you to the students and members of our faculty and staff who are volunteering at “Ask Me” tables across campus. I encourage new and returning students—and faculty and staff members—to stop by to learn something new about the university.

While we are a few weeks into January, today marks the start of our year. As I wish you all a wonderful first day of the semester, I am reminded of the words of poet and author Rainer Maria Rilke: “And now we welcome the New Year. Full of things that have never been.”

Let’s make the most of 2018!

Regards,

Dr. Mary A. Papazian
President

SJSU Names Josh Thiel as Deputy Athletics Director for Athletics Advancement

Media contacts:
Pat Lopes Harris, SJSU Media Relations Director, 408-924-1748, pat.harris@sjsu.edu
Lawrence Fan, SJSU Athletics Media Relations Director, 408-924-1217, lawrence.fan@sjsu.edu

Josh Thiel

Josh Thiel


San Jose, Calif.
 — San Jose State University is pleased to announce Josh Thiel has been named deputy athletics director for athletics advancement, marking the successful culmination of a national search to fill this new position. An accomplished fundraising professional and seasoned administrator with two decades of successive experience in higher education, Thiel will lead a new University Advancement team dedicated to supporting SJSU Athletics. His first day heading the athletics advancement unit will be Jan. 29.

“I am thrilled to introduce Josh Thiel to the San Jose State University community,” Vice President for University Advancement Paul Lanning said. “Thiel is well prepared to lead the growing University Advancement team that is dedicated to collaborating with SJSU Athletics on expanding support for student athletes, coaches and the university overall, with the goal of meeting, and then perhaps exceeding, peer institutions.”

Thiel brings to San Jose State a successful record as senior associate athletics director and chief development officer at Rice University, where he and his team completed $41.5 million in fundraising for capital projects including a football operations and student-athlete training center, locker and team rooms for six sports, a grandstand and team space for track, and a new batting cage and hospitality area for baseball. Previously, Thiel served as an associate development director for Stanford Athletics and the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Important asset for SJSU and SJSU Athletics

“Josh Thiel will be an important asset for San Jose State and SJSU Athletics as we grow competitively in the Mountain West and complete improvements to our South Campus sports facilities,” Athletics Director Marie Tuite said. “Josh’s athletics, collegiate and development experience is exactly what we need to realize the potential for our athletics advancement unit as we seek to leverage everything we have with the goal of transforming support for our student athletes, coaches, staff, and the university as a whole.”

Reporting to the vice president for University Advancement, with a dotted-line reporting relationship to the director of athletics, Thiel will oversee collaborations with athletics and advancement leadership on major gifts, special events and other external functions. In addition, he and his team will guide athletics-focused annual giving and related efforts currently housed in the Spartan Foundation, the Order of Sparta and the Quarterback Club.

“I have long admired San Jose State University for the value Spartans place on success on the field, in the classroom, and through service to the larger community,” Thiel said. “As San Jose State seeks to capture more conference titles and as it continues to modernize its storied athletics complex, there are many opportunities to build support in the heart of Silicon Valley and beyond. I am looking forward to leading a team with such enormous potential.”

Proven leader and seasoned professional

Thiel brought a new sense of energy and enthusiasm to Rice Athletics, where he and his team revitalized fundraising as follows:

  • Completed $41.5 million in fundraising for capital projects including a football operations and student-athlete training center, locker and team rooms for six sports, a grandstand and team space for track, and a new batting cage and hospitality area for baseball.
  • Doubled cash received to $14.75 million during his first year as chief development officer.
  • Assisted with solicitation plan for $12 million gift, the largest in Rice Athletics history.
  • Increased the number of donors by 78 percent in three years, including a 110 percent increase in annual fund donors.

At Stanford, Thiel fostered relationships that resulted in a number of firsts for the medical school and for athletics.

  • Served as a development liaison for football, men’s basketball, baseball, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, women’s lacrosse, synchronized swimming, men’s and women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s water polo, and wrestling.
  • Closed $750,000 in gifts for the university’s first two student-athlete summer school scholarships.
  • Secured the lead gift for a $700,000 wrestling team room renovation.
  • Raised $3 million for the medical school’s Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge.

By accepting this new role at San Jose State, Thiel will be returning to the California State University system. He received a bachelor’s in business administration-finance from California State University, Fullerton, in 1996, and a master’s of sports management from the University of San Francisco in 1999.

TRANSACTIONS

San Jose State University — Named Josh Thiel deputy director of athletics for athletics advancement.


About San Jose State University

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study – offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 35,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San José State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing more than 7,000 graduates to the workforce.

The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 220,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.


About San Jose State University Athletics

San Jose State University’s athletics program sponsors 20 NCAA Division I sports (7 men’s and 13 women’s) and offers an intercollegiate athletics experience to at least 450 student-athletes annually. The Spartans compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest level of college football. San Jose State is a member of the Mountain West — a conference of 12 football-playing schools in the Pacific, Mountain and Hawaiian time zones.

 

SJSU Power Outage

8:45 p.m., Jan. 3

Power has been restored to the full campus, including the Campus Village residential complex, Student Union and King Library.

The expectation is classes will be in session on Thursday, Jan. 4, and all buildings and offices will be open as usual.

Due to a campus power outage that began at 10 a.m. Jan. 3, all non-essential employees were released. Classes were cancelled. King Library and the Student Union were closed.

The San Jose State men’s basketball game against UNLV went on as scheduled. Generators powered the Event Center.

The power outage affected the main campus only. The South Campus athletics offices and complex remained open and in operation.

The University Police Department remained open and available at 408-924-2222.

 

SJSU Statement: Housing

The following can be attributed to San Jose State University:

It is no secret that housing costs in this area, among the highest in the nation, make it very difficult for some students, faculty and staff members to make ends meet. We have taken some steps to address this vexing problem, including setting aside a limited amount of on-campus housing for faculty and staff, but there is no question that this is a critical challenge for Silicon Valley.

Ms. James-Penney is a part-time temporary faculty member. She taught two courses in spring 2017, and she is teaching four courses in fall 2017. Full-time faculty members teach five courses each term.

Compensation is based on a collective bargaining agreement negotiated by the California State University Chancellor’s Office and the California Faculty Association.

Based on the collective bargaining agreement, Ms. James-Penney will earn approximately $34,500 in 2017. In addition, she receives benefits, such as health insurance.

SJSU Hosts Select Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education

Part 1 (begins at 10:00)

Part 2

SJSU Media Relations contact:
Pat Harris, 408-924-1748, pat.harris@sjsu.edu

SAN JOSE, CA – On Nov. 1, SJSU hosted the California State Assembly’s Select Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education in California. The agenda has been posted. 

Chaired by 24th District Assembly Member Marc Berman, this committee is holding hearings around the state while the legislature is in recess. The hearing on our campus focused on the relevance of the master plan—adopted nearly six decades ago—to California’s contemporary workforce needs.

The hearing was an opportunity to witness our government in action. All were welcome to attend. The hearing began at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at noon in the Diaz Compean Student Union Theater.


About San Jose State University

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study – offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 33,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San José State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing 10,000 graduates to the workforce.

The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 260,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.

 

Campus Message on Smoke from the Wildfires

Dear Campus Community:

A health advisory has been issued for the Bay Area due to the potential health effects of smoke from the Northern California wildfires. To help minimize the impact of this air pollution event:

  • Stay indoors
  • Do not prop open exterior doors
  • Keep windows closed.

We have instructed our building control specialists to reduce HVAC systems at night, or turn them off completely to minimize the amount of smoky air from getting into the buildings.  We are also running some systems on full return recirculation mode to minimize smoky air intake.

We also have N95 particulate dust masks available at the Student Wellness Center.  We currently have 150 masks available and more will be available later today.  These may be helpful to some individuals who are affected by the poor air quality.

We are doing what we can to reduce the impact of this air pollution event. Hopefully, the weather will change soon to improve the air quality.

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department, together with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, has issued a health advisory warning with precautions for people to follow as outlined in their report and suggested here:

  • Limit outdoor activities to avoid unnecessary exposure if you smell smoke
  • Set air conditioning units and car vent systems to re-circulate to prevent outside air from moving inside
  • Reduce exposure to smoky air by remaining indoors with windows and doors closed, if possible
  • If you cannot keep windows and doors closed due to high temperatures, seek out cooling centers in your area
  • Stay tuned to local media for changes in smoke or weather conditions

For up-to-date air quality information you can also go to the Spare The Air website. San Jose State University’s Facilities Department together with the Environmental Health & Safety office will continue to monitor the situation.

Charlie Faas
Vice President for Administration and Finance / CFO

Power Restored

UPDATED: 6 p.m., Sept. 30, 2017

Power has been restored to Tower Hall, Morris Dailey Auditorium, the Administration building and Dudley Moorhead Hall. Generators will supply power to the Art, Music and Health buildings. All classes and normal activity will resume Monday.

Thank you,

Charlie Faas
Vice President of Administration and Finance/CFO

 

U.S. News Rankings: SJSU Sixth Overall

SJSU celebrates Commencement in May at CEFCU Stadium. Nearly 10,000 students received degrees in 2016-17 (Photo: James Tensuan, ’15 Photojournalism).

SJSU celebrates Commencement in May at CEFCU Stadium. Nearly 10,000 students received degrees in 2016-17 (Photo: James Tensuan, ’15 Photojournalism).

SJSU Media Relations contact:
Pat Harris, 408-924-1748, pat.harris@sjsu.edu

 SAN JOSE, CA – San Jose State University maintains its rank as sixth overall among the West’s top public universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the 2018 edition of the U.S. News & World Report college rankings, available now online.

“San Jose State University continues to excel, with record numbers of applicants, freshmen, transfers and graduates from our region and around the world,” President Mary A. Papazian said. “This fall, we are welcoming our largest-ever class of new students—more than 9,000 strong. With an estimated 15,000 students living within three miles of campus, San Jose State has become a destination campus.”

SJSU celebrates the grand opening of the Veterans Resource Center in September 2016 (Photo: David Schmitz).

SJSU celebrates the grand opening of the Veterans Resource Center at the Diaz Compean Student Union in September 2016 (Photo: David Schmitz).

Veterans

San Jose State ranked 20th in the best colleges for veterans category, based on SJSU’s overall ranking, the number of veteran and active duty service members enrolled, GI Bill certification and affordability.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the top colleges for veterans,” Associate Vice President for Student Services Romando Nash said. “As we increase the number of veterans on campus, we are committed to making sure that they have the support that they need to be successful and engaged with all aspects of the college-going experience.”

The Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering focuses on experiential learning as part of the core curriculum (Photo: Lorrie Chan).

The Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering focuses on experiential learning as part of the core curriculum (Photo: Lorrie Chan).

Engineering

San Jose State’s Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering received top marks, ranking third in the nation among public engineering programs offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, excluding service academies. The rank is the same as last year.

“We are honored to be recognized again as one of the top engineering programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report,” Dean Sheryl Ehrman said. “As the largest supplier of engineering talent to Silicon Valley, our faculty and staff members are committed to preparing our students fully for wherever they choose to go next, whether that is a start-up, a global company, or the next step in higher education.”

At the Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge, industry professionals and seasoned entrepreneurs guide student entrepreneurs (Photo: Robert Bain).

At the Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge, industry professionals and seasoned entrepreneurs guide student entrepreneurs (Photo: Robert Bain).

Business

In addition, SJSU’s Lucas College and Graduate School of Business was ranked third in the Bay Area among accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, the same as last year.

“We are delighted to see our undergraduate business program, with 13 concentrations serving almost 5,000 students, be recognized as a tremendously high-quality opportunity that results in our graduates finding success in Silicon Valley and beyond,” Dean Dan Moshavi said.


About San Jose State University

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study – offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 33,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San José State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing 10,000 graduates to the workforce.

The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 260,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.

Department of Counselor Education Message

Editor’s note: This was emailed to the department on Aug. 24, 2017.

Hello Counselor Education Students, Faculty, and Staff,

As some of you know, the EDCO department will undertake a complete review of its program offerings and departmental structures during the 2017-2018 academic year.  Such an undertaking will occur in response to student input collected during the Spring, 2017 semester and data collected from recent program graduates. Students (and faculty members) have expressed myriad concerns about, for example, the department’s admissions, advising, course offerings, communications, instructional quality, curriculum, program reputation, and student-faculty dynamics.  More recently, other concerns have been raised which also deserve to be addressed.  We have taken short-term steps to respond to the immediate concerns.  Our long-term goal is to carefully examine and work toward repairing all concerns within this department.

Please know that I welcome student input that helps the EDCO program repair its program offerings, processes, and structures.  To that end, students will be invited to attend two meetings in mid-September that focus on the 2017-2018 departmental plan for helping EDCO move forward. Additional information about the meetings will be forthcoming.

Thank you,

Paul W. Cascella, Ph.D., CCC
Interim Dean, Lurie College of Education

SJSU Welcomes 33,000 Students to Fall 2017

Students return as classes begin (Photo: David Schmitz).

Students return as fall 2017 classes begin (Photo: David Schmitz).

San Jose State University is pleased to welcome 33,000 students to campus for fall semester 2017. Classes begin Aug. 23

New to SJSU are more than 4,500 frosh—that’s our largest freshman class ever—as well as more than 4,500 transfer students.

Join us in extending a warm Spartan welcome to these students plus the 60 tenure-track faculty members and 30 academic advisers who begin work here this week.

Faculty members and students began flooding campus on Monday, many donning eclipse glasses to view this rare celestial occurrence.

A group of SJSU student researchers were among the first in the nation to study the event. The meteorology majors traveled to Oregon to measure the eclipse’s impact on the weather.

Back on campus, the changes are many. More than 4,000 students moved into the residence halls Aug. 19 and 20.

A recent study shows that these days, approximately 15,000 students live within three miles of SJSU, a commuter campus no more.

Welcome events began Monday for faculty members in all the colleges, and for various student groups, including Educational Opportunity Program juniors or seniors.

They received a pep talk from Peter Khoury, ’03 Civil Engineering. First in his family to graduate and now a successful businessman, he emphasized the value of a college degree.

New banners line the road to CEFCU Stadium (Photo: David Schmitz).

New banners line the road to CEFCU Stadium (Photo: David Schmitz).

President Mary A. Papazian will deliver her second annual Fall Welcome Address at noon Aug. 24 in the Diaz Compean Student Union Ballroom.

Papazian shared her views on current events in a recent message to campus. On Thursday, she will offer a vision for SJSU’s future, embracing liberal arts in an innovation based-economy.

Among the many other changes over the summer are major progress on the Spartan Recreation and Aquatic Center, and have you seen the park-and-ride shuttle buses?

How about the new street banners running from the main campus to South Campus? Check them out on your way to the first football game 4:30 p.m. Aug. 26 against USF.

President Papazian Delivers 2017 Fall Welcome Address

Media Contacts:
Pat Lopes Harris, 408-924-1748, pat.harris@sjsu.edu
Robin McElhatton, 408-924-1749, robin.mcelhatton@sjsu.edu

SAN JOSE, CA – President Mary A. Papazian delivered the 2017 Fall Welcome Address to the university community at noon Aug. 24 in the Diaz Compean Student Union Ballroom.

Papazian invited the audience to reimagine how San Jose State prepares Silicon Valley’s workforce and embraces the role of the liberal arts in an innovation-based economy. Read her prepared remarks.

President Papazian delivers the Fall Welcome Address Aug. 24 at the Diaz Compean Student Union ballroom. (Photo: James Tensuan, '15 Photojournalism).

President Papazian delivers the Fall Welcome Address Aug. 24 at the Diaz Compean Student Union ballroom (Photos: James Tensuan, ’15 Photojournalism).

Academic Senate Chair Stefan Frazier opened the event and welcome attendees. The speech is an annual tradition marking the start of the academic year.

Stefan Frazier addresses faculty and students before President Papazian's Fall Welcome Address.

Academic Senate Chair Stefan Frazier addresses the crowd.

All students, faculty, staff, community members and the news media were invited to attend. The event was streamed live.


About San Jose State University

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study – offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 33,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San José State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing 10,000 graduates to the workforce.

The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 260,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.

SJSU Receives $2.5 Million from Business Leaders Gloria and Michael Chiang

Gloria and Michael Chiang (photo courtesy of the Chiangs)

Gloria and Michael Chiang (photo courtesy of the Chiangs)

Media contact:
Pat Lopes Harris, SJSU Media Relations, 408-924-1748, pat.harris@sjsu.edu

SAN JOSE, CA — San Jose State University is pleased to announce that it has received a $2.5 million gift commitment from South Bay business leaders Gloria and Michael Chiang. The gift will support scholarships and pre-professional endeavors at the Don and Sally Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. A proud alumna, Gloria Chiang holds two degrees from SJSU.

“On behalf of San Jose State University, I would like to express my profound gratitude to Gloria and Michael Chiang for their generous gift,” said Lucas College and Graduate School of Business Dean Dan Moshavi. “It is especially touching when a graduate expresses gratitude for the wonderful opportunities she has enjoyed by supporting others so they may experience the same.”

Two Full-Ride Scholarships

The Gloria and Michael Chiang Scholarship will provide full-ride, renewable annual scholarships to two undergraduate students majoring in business who have demonstrated academic excellence and financial need.  In addition, the Chiangs have committed to providing financial support for the business college’s new Professional and Career Readiness initiative.

“This gift will help us begin to scale touch points so that every student in the college has multiple professional development experiences,” Moshavi said.

From Backpack to Briefcase

The Professional and Career Readiness initiative takes business students from backpack to briefcase through integrated curricular and co-curricular offerings that enhance their professional and soft skills. Examples include business etiquette and job search skills.

“Gloria and Michael Chiang’s gift to the endowment fund managed by the Tower Foundation of San Jose State University will enhance our ability to provide consistent and lasting support for our students as they prepare to enter the workforce and contribute to our community and the world beyond,” said Vice President for Advancement and Tower Foundation CEO Paul Lanning.

Outstanding Student, Proud Alumna

Gloria Chiang earned a bachelor’s in business administration in 1978 and an M.B.A. in 1979 from SJSU. An excellent student, she was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

“I was lucky enough to have attended SJSU when tuition was free, and I realize how expensive it is nowadays to go to college, especially after my experience with helping a niece through her graduate degrees.  I think even student loans are outrageously expensive and onerous,” Gloria Chiang said.

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to establish a scholarship fund at the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business.  Being able to be in a position to help some deserving students attain their goals in college gives me and my husband great satisfaction,” she continued.

Chiang went on to a successful career in business and banking before serving as chief financial officer for DKB Homes and Charles W. Davidson Co. In addition, she serves as president of the Davidson Family Foundation.

All three organizations were founded by real estate developer Charles W. Davidson, himself an SJSU graduate. Davidson earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering in 1957, and made a $15 million gift to SJSU in 2007. The College of Engineering was named in his honor.


About San Jose State University

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study – offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 33,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San José State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing 10,000 graduates to the workforce.

The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 260,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.

SJSU Students Join Nationwide Solar Eclipse Weather Data Project

SJSU meteorology lecturer Arthur Eiserloh and a student team, under the supervision of Professor Sen Chiao, will travel to Oregon, where they will take radiosonde measurements during the eclipse. (James Tensuan/San Jose State University)

SJSU meteorology lecturer Arthur Eiserloh (right of the monitor) and a student team prepare to study the eclipse (Photos: James Tensuan, ’15 Photojournalism).

Media contact:
Robin McElhatton, robin.mcelhatton@sjsu.edu, 408-924-1749

SAN JOSE, CA — San Jose State University students will travel to Oregon to be among the first researchers in the nation to measure atmospheric conditions during the total solar eclipse Aug. 21.

NBC Bay Area catches a demo.

NBC Bay Area catches a demo.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our meteorology students to investigate how the atmosphere responds during a brief disruption in the sun’s energy. They will be part of the most well-documented and most studied total solar eclipse so far,” said Arthur Eiserloh, lecturer in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science.

The SJSU group will team up with students from Oregon Coast Community College in Newport, Ore. They will release eight radiosonde devices. Each device will be carried by a balloon to various levels of the atmosphere and will transmit measurements by radio. The team will study air temperature, air pressure, moisture and winds.

Lecturer Arthur Eiserloh and a student team, including Arianna Jordan (second from the right) study the radiosonde instrument (Photo: James Tensuan, '15 Photojournalism).

Eiserloh and students, including Arianna Jordan (second from the right) study the radiosonde instrument.

“When I first heard about this project, it seemed like a really good opportunity. Projects like this motivate people in STEM majors,” said Arianna Jordan, ’18 Meteorology and Climate Science. “It’s going to be a really amazing experience and I’m excited to share what we find with the world.”

The San Jose-Oregon team members are joining students from 13 universities nationwide in the Solar Eclipse Radiosonde Project. The SJSU group is working under the auspices of the SJSU Center for Applied Atmospheric Research and Education, directed by Sen Chiao, associate professor of meteorology and climate science.

The center is a NASA Minority University Research and Education Project, which seeks to support underrepresented minorities in atmospheric-related disciplines, including meteorology, climate, physics, hydrology, public health, and engineering, at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Eiserloh and students practice using instruments that will measure the meteorological impact of the eclipse.

Eiserloh and students practice using instruments that will measure the meteorological impact of the eclipse.


About San Jose State University

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study – offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 35,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San José State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing 10,000 graduates to the workforce.

The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 260,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.

SJSU Expands Fundraising Efforts to Support Student Athletes and Coaches

San Jose State defeats Georgia State at the Orlando Citrus Bowl in 2015 (Photo: Christina Olivas)

San Jose State defeats Georgia State at the Orlando Citrus Bowl in 2015 (Photo: Christina Olivas).

Media contacts:
Pat Lopes Harris, SJSU Media Relations Director, 408-924-1748, pat.harris@sjsu.edu
Lawrence Fan, SJSU Athletics Media Relations Director, 408-924-1217, lawrence.fan@sjsu.edu

San Jose, Calif. — A newly formed partnership involving San Jose State University Spartan Athletics and University Advancement will elevate athletics fundraising efforts, better leverage advancement resources, and enhance day-to-day collaboration, connectivity and alignment as the university works to increase resources for its student athletes, coaches and support staff.

“This new partnership will set a standard for campuswide collaboration while enhancing our efforts to support our student athletes and coaches,” Athletics Director Marie Tuite said. “We have much to do as we move our program forward in the Mountain West. This new arrangement will heighten our ability to raise resources in support of the on-going renovation of South Campus and to meet other facility needs. In addition, we will strengthen support for top priorities, including building our annual fund and growing our endowment.”A new Athletics Advancement group, led by a team of fundraising professionals with specialized expertise, will become part of the university’s advancement team, assimilating athletics-focused fundraising and outreach into broader institutional development efforts.

“This reorganization stands to reinvigorate SJSU’s athletics annual fundraising efforts, encompassing a review and analysis of annual giving, donor recognition levels and other elements, with the larger goal of raising support for athletics to levels at peer institutions, including our conference rivals Fresno State and San Diego State,” Vice President for University Advancement Paul Lanning said.


National recruitments

National recruitments for two new Athletics Advancement leadership roles will begin immediately:

  • A deputy athletics director for athletics advancement, reporting to the vice president for University Advancement, with a dotted-line reporting relationship to the director of athletics, will lead athletics development as well as oversee collaborations with athletics and advancement leadership on marketing, sponsorships, special events and other external-facing functions.
  • An associate director of athletics for annual giving will guide athletics-focused development efforts currently housed in what has been known as the Spartan Foundation.

New roles

Four established professionals will assume new roles within Athletics Advancement.

  • Incumbent development directors for athletics Tim Rice and Rodney Knox will take on expanded roles. Rice has assumed the new role of associate athletics director for football development, and Knox has assumed the new role of assistant athletics director for major gifts.
  • Athletics fundraisers Willie McHargue and Mike Chisholm will join the newly-formed department. McHargue will focus on major gift opportunities, continuing the work in which he has been engaged in recent years. McHargue’s primary focus will be attracting support for planned South Campus facility projects. Chisholm will support annual athletics fundraising efforts as the university expands this critical source of ongoing support.
  • Senior Associate Athletics Director Blake Sasaki will remain in SJSU Athletics and continue to partner with University Advancement on critical projects including naming and sponsorship opportunities and special events. Sasaki will continue to be a critical link between university athletics and institutional leadership.

Recruitment for the new positions will begin next week.


About San Jose State University

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study – offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 35,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San José State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing 10,000 graduates to the workforce.

The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 260,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.


About SJSU Athletics

San Jose State University’s athletics program sponsors 20 NCAA Division I sports (7 men’s and 13 women’s) and offers an intercollegiate athletics experience to at least 450 student-athletes annually. The Spartans compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest level of college football. San Jose State is a member of the Mountain West — a conference of 12 football-playing schools in the Pacific, Mountain and Hawaiian time zones.

 

San Jose State University Celebrates Completion of the Spartan Golf Complex

The men's and women's golf teams at the groundbreaking of the Spartan Golf Complex in May 2016 (Photo by: Neal Waters, ’07 Geography, ’16 MS Mass Communications)

The men’s and women’s golf teams at the groundbreaking of the Spartan Golf Complex in May 2016 (Photo: Neal Waters, ’’07 Geography, ’’16 MS Mass Communications).

Media contacts:
Pat Lopes Harris, SJSU Media Relations Director, 408-924-1748, pat.harris@sjsu.edu
Lawrence Fan, SJSU Athletics Media Relations Director, 408-924-1217, lawrence.fan@sjsu.edu

San Jose, Calif. — San Jose State University will celebrate the completion of the Spartan Golf Complex at an event planned for 10:30 a.m. June 1. Among the first significant renovations to South Campus athletics facilities in recent years, the privately-funded project was made possible by a $5 million gift from alumni Rich and Cindy Thawley and multiple gifts from other donors.

“San Jose State University is thrilled to open a golf facility that will benefit student athletes, the broader university community and our neighbors,” Athletics Director Marie Tuite said. “This project is a significant milestone in our efforts to revitalize all campus facilities for academics, athletics and extracurricular activities.”

The opening of the 15-acre, $10.2 million complex, one year after construction began, will be preceded by a short program featuring President Mary A. Papazian, Tuite, Rich and Cindy Thawley, members of the men’s and women’s golf teams and their coaches. The facility is located at 579 E. Alma Ave. This event is open to the university community, the public and the media.

The power of philanthropy

Cindy and Rich Thawley (Photo: Courtesy of the Thawley family)

Cindy and Rich Thawley (courtesy of the Thawley family)

College sweethearts, Rich and Cindy have been married since 1979. They met at Cindy’s sorority house, when Rich was running what would prove to be a successful campaign for student body president. Rich also worked in San Jose State Athletics as an associate athletics director.

Rich and Cindy started their extended career in the life insurance and securities business in 1980. Early on, they helped to develop a company known today as Primerica Financial Services. In 1991, they left Primerica and founded a company now known as World Financial Group.

“The generosity of the Thawleys and other donors demonstrates the power of philanthropy to advance San Jose State University’s impact in and beyond our community,” Vice President for Advancement Paul Lanning said.

New facilities

Spartan Golf Complex near completion (Photo: Courtesy of Spartan Athletics).

The Spartan Golf Complex near completion (photo courtesy of Spartan Athletics).

After a ribbon cutting, guests will be invited to a ceremonial first swing. Two grass tee areas will provide hitting positions for 80 golfers. In addition, the complex will offer two large tour-quality putting greens, three bunkers, and two chipping greens. Three target greens will be positioned in a 400-yard-long driving range for distance hitting practice.

Blach Construction and Gensler served as general contractor and architect, respectively. Fundraising is underway now for phase 2, which will include a clubhouse with a fitness center, locker room and coaches’ offices.

Other recently completed South Campus projects include a new field for the men’s and women’s soccer teams and the Stephens Family Pitching and Hitting Facility for the baseball team.

A rich history

San Jose State’s men’s and women’s golf programs have rich histories. Since college golf first became a NCAA sport in 1897, and with the addition of women’s golf to the NCAA’s championship calendar starting in 1982, the Spartans are one of only nine programs to claim a NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship and Division I Women’s Golf Championship. The Spartans are one of 11 schools with a NCAA individual men’s champion and women’s champion.

Professionally, San Jose State alumni have 131 victories on the PGA, LPGA, Champions, Nationwide and PGA Tour Canada tours. Spartan golfers can claim 23 major and United States Golf Association (USGA) championships through 2016. Ken Venturi, Juli Inkster and Patty Sheehan have major championship victories as part of their World Golf Hall of Fame careers. Mark Hubbard, ’11 Business Management, is the latest Spartan to join the PGA Tour.


About San Jose State University

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study – offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 35,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San José State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing 10,000 graduates to the workforce.

The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 260,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.


About San Jose State University Athletics

San Jose State University’s athletics program sponsors 20 NCAA Division I sports (7 men’s and 13 women’s) and offers an intercollegiate athletics experience to at least 450 student-athletes annually. The Spartans compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest level of college football. San Jose State is a member of the Mountain West — a conference of 12 football-playing schools in the Pacific, Mountain and Hawaiian time zones.