SJSU Partners with PIVOT Agency on Naming Rights Opportunities

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
Brian Hastings, PIVOT Agency VP of Business Development, 650- 576-0332, brian@pivot-agency.com

San Jose, Calif. — San Jose State University and PIVOT Agency, a nationally-known full-service successful sports marketing and sponsorship agency, are teaming up on a sponsorship and naming rights campaign for three highly visible campus facilities.

“The on-campus experience for students, faculty, alumni and visitors is a top priority for SJSU,” said Paul Lanning, vice president for University Advancement and Tower Foundation CEO. “With naming rights partners, we are looking for brands that share our vision for the future of this campus. We have full confidence in PIVOT Agency, with its success in this geographical area and its understanding of the collegiate sponsorship space, to identify such partners.”

PIVOT’s property division will be responsible for identifying naming partners for the soon to be completed $139-million Spartan Recreation and Aquatic Center, the Event Center at SJSU, and the 62 acres known as South Campus, home to many of the university’s NCAA Division I athletics programs.

Established track record

“We are looking forward to working with PIVOT Agency as it identifies appropriate partners in the naming opportunities for our facilities. PIVOT has an established track record of successful branding campaigns for college and professional sports organizations,” SJSU Athletics Director Marie Tuite said.

“PIVOT understands the value in the legacy and name of San Jose State University. The current opportunity to brand with San Jose State University and our intercollegiate athletics program is unprecedented and can provide sustaining generational benefits to naming rights partners, our student body and the student-athletes who represent our wonderful university.”

Highly visible campus facilities

The Spartan Recreation and Aquatic Center is slated to be one of the country’s premier on-campus university recreation centers. With a December 2018 completion target date, the facility will house a new gymnasium, weight and fitness center, exercise room, sports club organizations, and competitive and recreational pools for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community.

The Event Center is a multipurpose sports and entertainment arena. A popular Northern California venue, the Event Center is fully equipped to accommodate events from full-arena concerts to corporate conferences. With over 25,000 square feet of extended floor space, the Event Center offers flexible seating arrangements for more than 5,000 spectators. The home court for the San Jose State men and women’s basketball teams also hosted popular musical acts Drake, One Direction, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa and Shawn Mendes.

The South Campus is a 62-acre facility that includes CEFCU Stadium, home of the San Jose State football team, a recently completed golf practice facility, new outdoor tennis courts, and new home fields for the Spartan men’s and women’s soccer teams and the softball team. Plans are on the drawing board for a beach volleyball area, an on-campus baseball stadium, a new track and field facility, and a new football operations center envisioned for the east side of CEFCU Stadium.

Key audiences

“We are excited to take on this naming rights campaign for such an iconic and respected institution,” said PIVOT founder and CEO Ben Shapiro. “These unique opportunities are comprehensive across four key audiences: students, faculty, alumni and sports fans. The fact that two facilities are not completed yet positions partners who get in the door early to authentically integrate their product or service into the daily functionality of these properties.”


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 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 Spartan Athletics

As of fall 2018, Spartan Athletics consists of 22 programs (nine for men and 13 for women) that compete at the NCAA Division I level within the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Spartans primary conference affiliation is with the Mountain West.

About PIVOT Marketing Agency

PIVOT Marketing Agency is a full-service sports marketing and sponsorship agency located in Walnut Creek, Calif. PIVOT works with brands to develop sponsorship strategies as well as sports, arts, and entertainment properties to generate sponsorship revenue. Within the complex arena of sports and entertainment, PIVOT creates and delivers innovative solutions that channel the emotional energy of fans into profitable and meaningful consumer engagement.

SJSU Celebrates the Class of 2018 at Commencement May 23-25

Photo: David Schmitz

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

San Jose, Calif. — San Jose State University is taking a new approach to commencement: For the first time, SJSU will hold seven ceremonies (one per college) to provide each of this year’s more than 10,000 graduates the opportunity to be called by name and individually recognized as he or she crosses the stage.

“Commencement is the culmination of an entire set of aspirations and dreams for students who took the hard road to seek transformational opportunities for themselves and their communities,” President Mary A. Papazian said. “This ceremony, steeped in academic tradition, respectfully honors and celebrates our graduates with the faculty, family and friends who have been part of their journey.”

The ceremonies will be held over a three-day period beginning May 23 at Avaya Stadium and the Event Center at SJSU. All will be streamed live on the SJSU website, where a schedule of the ceremonies has been posted.

Photo: Brandon Chew, ’15 Photojournalism

The Class of 2018

The Class of 2018 reflects San Jose State and the California State University’s defining characteristics: opportunity, quality and success.

  • SJSU sends more college graduates into the Silicon Valley workforce than any other institution. This includes business, engineering and science graduates, in addition to education, social sciences, arts and humanities and applied sciences and arts degree holders.
  • An estimated one-third of SJSU students are the first in their families to attend college. Carlos Alberto Sanchez earned two degrees at SJSU, where he now teaches. The son of Mexican farmworkers, he is the 2018 President’s Scholar. He will be honored at the Social Sciences commencement ceremony.
  • SJSU has long produced the region’s teachers and nurses. SJSU will recognize 300 newly credentialed teachers and 449 new social workers, nurses, occupational therapists and other healthcare professionals at commencement.
  • SJSU will grant 36 doctoral degrees, including 22 doctoral degrees of nursing practice and 14 doctoral degrees of educational leadership to future university faculty members as well as educators and clinicians seeking professional development.
  • Students eligible for participation in the May 2018 commencement ceremonies have completed or will complete their studies in summer 2017, fall 2017, spring 2018 and summer 2018.

Photo: Brandon Chew, ’15 Photojournalism

Individual honors

Artemio Posadas, a celebrated musician, dancer and teacher of traditional Mexican music, will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at the Humanities and the Arts ceremony.

In addition, three outstanding graduates will be honored at this year’s commencement ceremonies.

  • Emily Moffitt will receive a master’s in environmental studies and the 2018 Outstanding Thesis Award at the Social Sciences ceremony. Her findings will help preserve Pacific-Slope Flycatcher bird habitats.
  • Two students will each receive the 2018 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award for their academic achievements, leadership roles, community work and personal achievements. Nardos Darkera will be recognized at the Applied Sciences and the Arts ceremony, where she will receive a bachelor’s in public health. Sierra Peace will be recognized at the Social Sciences ceremony, where she will receive a bachelor’s in psychology.

Photo: Brandon Chew, ’15 Photojournalism

New traditions

Among the very first items spectators will see at each ceremony is San Jose State’s new mace, an ornamental staff or scepter borne as a symbol of authority by the individual leading the processional of students, faculty and administrators as they enter the venue and take their seats.

A gift from the Tower Foundation of SJSU, the mace was designed and created this spring by Art and Art History Lecturer Yvonne Escalante, ’13 MFA Spatial Arts. She found inspiration for the design in both SJSU history and the paths students take to reach graduation.

This year’s venues

Avaya Stadium and the Event Center at SJSU were selected for this year’s commencement ceremonies in order to provide graduates and their loved ones with convenient and accessible venues. Avaya Stadium will host the Business, Engineering, Applied Sciences and the Arts, and Social Sciences ceremonies.

The Event Center at SJSU will offer an on-campus setting for the Education, Humanities and the Arts, and Science ceremonies. Taken together, the selection of these two venues symbolize San Jose State’s history, leadership, presence and collaborative relationship with downtown, the City of San Jose and the region.

Photo: Brandon Chew, ’15 Photojournalism

Joining the CSU’s 3.4 million alumni

Another highlight is the conferral of degrees, when President Papazian invites students to move their tassels from right to left. It is a powerful moment for graduates and their loved ones, and one that is replicated throughout the California State University, the nation’s largest four-year public university system, with 23 campuses and eight off-campus centers.

“As new opportunities await you, so too do new responsibilities for you are now and always part of the CSU alumni family,” Chancellor Timothy P. White said in his 2018 commencement statement. “You join a successful, impactful and generous community more than 3.4 million strong. Together, you build a better tomorrow for your neighbors, for the United States and for our world.”



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 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 Presents 2018 Outstanding Seniors and Thesis Awards

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

SAN JOSE, CA – San Jose State University President Mary A. Papazian will recognize this year’s top graduates at commencement ceremonies to be held May 23-25 at the SJSU Event Center and Avaya Stadium. Nardos Darkera and Sierra Peace will each receive the 2018 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award for academic achievements, leadership roles, contributions to the community and personal achievements. Emily Moffitt is the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Thesis Award in recognition of the quality of her research.

Nardos Darkera

Nardos Darkera (all photos courtesy of the students)

Nardos Darkera, ’18 Public Health, has given back to the Spartan community while maintaining a 3.85 GPA. She has represented San Jose State as a United Nations Foundation Global Health Fellow, served as a peer teaching assistant, worked as a lead peer advisor in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts Success Center, and interned with Planned Parenthood Mar Monte. Darkera is a recipient of the Louie Barozzi Scholarship for academic excellence and community service, the Dean’s International Scholarship to study abroad in Puerto Rico, and the Health Science Scholarship to attend the American Public Health Association Meeting in Atlanta. She will continue on to the University of California, San Francisco, to pursue a master’s degree in global health. Health Science Professor Kathleen Roe predicts that Darkera “will be a leader of thought, social action, professions — and maybe even politics.”

Sierra Peace

Sierra Peace

Sierra Peace, ’18 Psychology, arrived at San Jose State as a 16-year-old freshman with her sights set on medical school. A member of SJSU’s International Neuroeconomics Institute research lab since 2015, Peace has presented two posters at the Western Psychological Association Conference. She juggled four jobs while volunteering with the Third Street Community Center, the Associated Students of SJSU community garden and the Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Her 3.97 GPA qualified her for Educational Opportunity Program Honors for four years. She was also a 2016 and 2017 Dean’s Scholar, a 2017 Hoover-Langdon Scholar and a 2018 President’s Scholar. Psychology Professor Cheryl Chancellor-Freeland describes Peace as “the most exceptional student I have encountered in my 23 years of teaching.”

Emily Moffitt

Emily Moffitt

Emily Moffitt, ’17 Environmental Studies, collected feathers from 169 birds at San Jose’s Coyote Creek Field Station, and then analyzed the feathers for stable isotopes to reveal where birds spent their breeding season. Her thesis “Using Stable Isotope Analysis to Infer Breeding Latitude and Migratory Timing of Juvenile Pacific-Slope Flycatchers (Empidonax difficilis)” revealed the species’ migratory patterns, critical information for preserving habitats the birds need to survive. She partnered with the University of California, Davis, Stable Isotope Facility to develop statistical programs and used ArcGIS to portray probable breeding origins, and support her research using isotope reference and Breeding Bird Survey data.


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 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. 

Influential Educator of Traditional Mexican Music and Dance Artemio Posadas to Receive Honorary Degree

Artemio Posadas (National Heritage Fellow portrait by Tom Pich)

Artemio Posadas (National Heritage Fellow portrait by Tom Pich)

Media contacts:
Pat Harris, 408-924-1748,
pat.harris@sjsu.edu

SAN JOSE, CA – San Jose State University announced today that Artemio Posadas, a celebrated educator of traditional Mexican music and dance, will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during the College of Humanities and the Arts commencement ceremony beginning at 1:30 p.m. May 24 at the Event Center at SJSU. 

Artemio Posadas

Posadas was a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow. He was born in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, where he discovered son huasteco, regional music punctuated with poetic, instrumental and dance improvisation and falsetto breaks. The NEA posted excerpts of two lively numbers.

A graduate of the Universidad de San Luis Potosí, Posadas recorded regional sones with the late Beno Liberman for the Antología del Son Mexicano. In 1974, he started giving music and dance workshops in California, where he later became an American citizen. Since 1991, he has been teaching the youth at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts in Richmond, Calif.

Posadas served as a master artist through the Alliance for California Traditional Artists, and taught at the Center for Training and Careers in San Jose and in the East Bay public school system. A tremendous influence for generations, Posadas has taught musicians and dancers for 40 years.


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 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 Appoints Interim Chief of Police

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

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

I am pleased to announce that Captain Alan Cavallo has agreed to serve as the University Police Department’s interim chief effective March 30. As mentioned in a campus email sent last week, Chief Peter Decena has stepped down to take a new position in Los Gatos and Monte Sereno. SJSU will launch a national search for his successor.

Captain Cavallo brings to this interim role a great deal of professional experience. He is now in his sixth year of service to San Jose State, where he has overseen just about every facet of our police operation. He served as both the Operations Bureau captain (overseeing the Patrol Division, King Library security and emergency preparedness) and the Administrative Bureau captain (overseeing Investigations, Internal Affairs, Records, Communications and Parking Services). In addition, Captain Cavallo is a member of our cross-departmental Behavioral Intervention Team, and acts as our Clery Act compliance coordinator.

Captain Cavallo came to SJSU from the San Jose Police Department, where he served as a sworn officer in various capacities for more than 25 years. His assignments included Patrol, Narcotics Enforcement, Robbery Investigations, Traffic Enforcement motorcycle supervisor, Internal Affairs, Bureau of Field Operations administrative lieutenant, commander of MERGE (SWAT)/K9/Bomb Squad and commander of the Homicide Unit.

Captain Cavallo graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with a bachelor’s in criminal justice. Please join me in welcoming Captain Cavallo to his new role as interim chief.

Regards,

Charlie Faas
Vice President for Administration and Finance

Campus Safety March 19

Editor’s note: The following message was emailed to all students, faculty and staff on March 19, 2018.

We are writing this morning to provide information about an overnight incident.

First, we would like to clearly state that the University Police Department has fully investigated the situation described below. There is no on-going threat. Classes are in session and it is business as usual this morning at San Jose State.

Regarding the incident, concerned friends contacted police yesterday to report a student who seemed to be experiencing a mental health crisis. We applaud the initiative this individual’s friends took to contact UPD to seek assistance. UPD officers interviewed the individual and eventually consulted with family members who came to campus to pick him up and seek appropriate care for him.

We would like to stress that this individual never made any threatening statements in any form and never expressed the intent to harm anyone. Comments on social media about the Peanuts restaurant on San Fernando Street were taken out of context.

Both the San Jose Police Department and UPD will be conducting patrol checks in the area of Peanuts as a precaution, but again, we do not believe there is a credible threat to the community.

If any community member receives information regarding a potential threat to the campus community, or if you have questions about such a situation, we ask that you make UPD your first point of contact so UPD can assess the threat and take appropriate action.

The University Police Department is available 24-7 at (408) 924-2222. We want to hear from you, and we are here to help.

Sincerely,

Charlie Faas, VP of Administration and Finance
Peter Decena, Chief of Police

 

 

 

Condoleezza Rice to speak at SJSU on March 22

Editor’s note: As of March 21, this event is sold out with respect to tickets for campus community members and the general public. 

San Jose, Calif. — San Jose State University is pleased to announce our new speaker series, “Insights,” will begin with Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State (2005-2009).

Insights: A Conversation with Condoleezza Rice
San Jose State University

Thursday, March 22
7:30 p.m.

Secretary Rice will offer remarks, to be followed by a conversation with SJSU President Mary A. Papazian.

Media registration is required. Please contact Pat Harris, pat.harris@sjsu.edu, or Robin McElhatton, robin.mcelhatton@sjsu.edu.

The speaker’s contract with SJSU states local media may attend this event and record the first three minutes of Secretary Rice’s remarks for b-roll only (video/no audio). Reporters may stay for the entire event, but no other recordings by the media will be permitted. 

More event information is available online.


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.


Campus Safety: Alleged Sexual Assaults

Editor’s note: The following message was emailed to all students, faculty and staff on March 14, 2018.

The University Police Department is seeking witnesses or survivors in connection with a sexual assault investigation.

The suspect, Luis Venegas, 21, has been arrested and is in custody at the Santa Clara County Jail. Venegas is a fourth-year San Jose State student who had been residing in Campus Village A (CVA).

The investigation began the evening of March 3, immediately after a survivor contacted UPD. During the course of the investigation, police learned of two additional survivors. Venegas was arrested March 5.

The suspect was charged with Sexual Assault, Assault with the Intent to Commit Sex Crimes, False Imprisonment and Sexual Battery. The three known cases occurred in CVA. In each case being investigated, the suspect and survivor knew one another.

Investigators believe there may be additional survivors or witnesses. If you have any information regarding this incident or this individual, please contact the University Police Department at (408) 924-2222 or Sgt. Justin Celano (408) 924-2218.

You may also submit a report anonymously through TipNow at (408) 337-2919 or SJSU@tipnow.org.

Resources are available on a confidential basis to all survivors of sexual assault, whether or not survivors choose to file a police report. For more information, please contact the San Jose State University Title IX Office at (408) 924-7290.

 

SJSU Presents Words to Action: Gender, Sport and Society

At a time when #MeToo, women’s marches and an anti-harassment movement is sweeping the nation, top female athletes, trailblazers and sports executives will discuss gender equity and women’s rights at Words to Action: Gender, Sport and Society. The SJSU Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change will present this town hall during Women’s History Month.

Date:
8:30 a.m. to noon, March 14

Location:
Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose (parking)

Speakers:

  • Ruthie Bolton, two-time Olympic gold medalist, 2011 inductee into the WNBA Hall of Fame, abuse survivor who is active in the fight against domestic violence
  • Karen Brodkin, executive vice president of content strategy and partnerships at Endeavor, Fox Sports Media Group former executive
  • Harry Edwards, ’64 Sociology, ’16 Honorary Doctorate, professor emeritus of sociology at UC Berkeley, founder of the Olympic Project for Human Rights
  • Hannah Gordon, San Francisco 49ers general counsel, former manager of labor operations for the NFL
  • Nancy Hogshead-Makar, three-time Olympic gold medalist, attorney, CEO of Champion Women
  • Stacey Johnson, ’80 Public Relations, Olympic fencer, president, East and Winter Park campuses, Valencia College
  • Ann Meyers Drysdale, basketball Hall of Famer, first woman to receive a four-year college athletic scholarship
  • Danielle Slaton, Olympic silver medalist, sideline reporter for the San Jose Earthquakes, former soccer analyst for Fox Sports and the Big Ten Network
  • Katie Sowers, San Francisco 49ers assistant coach, 2013 U.S. Women’s National Football team member, NFL’s first openly gay coach
  • Brenda Tracy, lobbyist, nurse, mother, advocate behind Set the Expectation, a campaign that educates the public about the impact of sexual violence
  • Marie Tuite, SJSU athletics director, third woman to be inducted into Central Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame
  • Anne Warner Cribbs, Olympic gold medalist swimmer, American Basketball League co-founder
  • Kat Williams, International Women’s Baseball Center president, professor of women’s sport history at Marshall University

Tentative agenda:

  • 8 a.m. Media registration
  • 8:30 a.m. Introduction, SJSU Professor Theodore Butryn
  • 8:35 a.m. Welcome, SJSU President Mary A. Papazian, PhD
  • 8:40 a.m. Keynote, Harry Edwards
  • 9 a.m. Panel 1, Taking the Field—Trailblazers in Sport
  • 9:50 a.m. Break
  • 10:10 a.m. Keynote, Nancy Hogshead-Makar
  • 10:25 a.m. A conversation with Brenda Tracy, moderated by Nancy Hogshead-Makar
  • 11:15 a.m. Panel 2, Beyond the Field—Opportunity and Empowerment
  • 12:10 p.m. Press opportunity

Media access:

Members of the media should RSVP now.

Tickets for students, faculty, staff and the public are available online.

Remote access:
The event will be streamed live online. Professional video and photography will be available upon request.


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.


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.

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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

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.