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#SJSU Tweets of the Week, Spartan Football Edition

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

list of trending topics on Twitter, including San Jose State

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

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

You can follow SJSU on Twitter for more updates at or search for @SJSU.

@kbtxkarla: Proudly wearing @SJSU colors on air. #SanJoseState #CollegeColorsDay #GoSpartans

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

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

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

@WebsterLincoln: Touchdown @SJSU! Tie game. #sjsu #stanford @ Stanford Stadium 

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

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

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

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

@Logancouture: Go San Jose State??

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

SJSU Memorial Service Honors the Late Phyllis Simpkins

SJSU Memorial Service Honors the Late Phyllis Simpkins

Phyllis Simpkins

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

San Jose State is set to honor the life and extraordinary commitment of Phyllis Simpkins,’46 Home Economics and Marketing, on Friday, Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. in Morris Dailey Auditorium. A reception will follow in the rose garden and bell plaza area outside Tower Hall. Both events are open to the public.

Mrs. Simpkins, who passed away July 7 at 87, and her late husband Alan Simpkins, ‘48 Physics, were lifelong supporters and donors to SJSU. Among San Jose State’s most generous benefactors, the couple committed nearly $20 million to many athletic and academic programs.

The Simpkins’ led the effort to restore the Spartan Marching Band in 1977 after several years of absence. Last year, Phyllis provided seed money for a campaign to provide the band with new uniforms. On Sept. 8, when SJSU football takes on UC Davis, the band will wear those new uniforms in a half-time show dedicated to the couple. Sewn inside each uniform is a label bearing the name of a donor, including Phyllis and Alan Simpkins.

Among SJSU Most Generous Donors

“The legacy created by Phyllis Simpkins’ leadership and generosity will benefit San Jose State University students for generations to come. Not only did she give generously, she inspired others to support San Jose State,” said President Mohammad Qayoumi. “It is important that we pay tribute to the many ways in which Phyllis and Alan supported our students and university as a whole.”

Gifts from the Simpkins support the following:

  • Phyllis Forward Simpkins International Center (the SJSU International House)
  • Alan B. Simpkins Intercollegiate Athletics Administration Building
  • Simpkins Stadium Center
  • Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
  • Department of Nutrition and Food Science
  • Department of Kinesiology
  • School of Music and Dance

Giving and Getting Involved

But the Simpkins did much more than give to SJSU; they got involved. The International House was a personal passion for Phyllis who, in addition to being a regular visitor and occasional cook, oversaw its purchase, renovation and upkeep. Phyllis served as president of the SJSU Alumni Association in 1977. She and with her husband were among the founders of the association’s Santa Cruz Chapter.

San Jose State and the California State University have honored Phyllis and Alan Simpkins many times over the years. In 1979, Phyllis Simpkins received the Tower Award, SJSU’s highest honor for philanthropy and service. Phyllis and Alan Simpkins were named CSU Philanthropists of the Year in 1989. Both Phyllis and Alan Simpkins also received honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters at the SJSU commencement in 1996.

Parking for the event is available in the South (Seventh Street) Garage, located at South Seventh and East San Salvador streets.

Content Magazine Profiles Advertising Profressor Tim Hendricks

Content Magazine: Advertising Professor Profiled as San Jose “Mad Man”

Content Magazine Profiles Advertising Profressor Tim Hendricks

Content’s current cover.

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

One of SJSU’s most creative professors has been featured in San Jose’s most innovative new periodical. Content Magazine describes Professor of Advertising Tim Hendrick as San Jose’s “Mad Man,” in reference to the popular television series by nearly the same name.

School of Journalism and Mass Communications Director Bob Rucker wrote in the CASA Blog, “Given the extraordinary number of ground-breaking advertising professionals working here in the Bay Area, we are thrilled and very proud to see Tim be recognized by his peers for his incredible talents, unique experiences and tireless efforts to keep our SJSU advertising program THE West Coast leader for excellence in media higher education.”

Content “discovers and displays unique aspects of San Jose and gives our readers an opportunity to find new reasons to love their city.” Read Professor Rucker’s entire blog entry and view the story.

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#SJSU Tweets of the Week, 8/27

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

Photo by @chirhoiotasigma

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

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

You can follow SJSU on Twitter for more updates at or search for @SJSU.

@jorger690: #target @bullseyeU @SJSU #sjsufrosh orientation leader group 1!

@joew526: Yes we have a legit Harry Potter Quidditch club at #sjsu! Only in college haha! @ Campus Village Quad

@mafekarp: At the welcome table with @harishvc and Zaynna #helpingandcaring for our #sjsu students

@SpartanDaily: Olympian, SJSU alum returns victorious.

@surgeonirvin: Sjsu chillin. #sjsu

@sjsuathletics: David Fales Named Starting Quarterback for Stanford game – …

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

@chris_royo: #HungerGames in the Quad! How sick is this? #MovieNight #CollegeLife #SJSU #JustAnotherNight

@SJSUCASA: An advertising “Mad Man” here @SJSU! JMC’s Tim Hendrick recognized for his achievements in advertising @contentmag.…

‏@robbsilverstein: “@SJSU: @robbsilverstein How do you like the banners? RT @Darkchoir1: Whooo lets go spartans!!! #spartans #sjsu #pride

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

Why SJSU is Cutting 500 Sections

Why SJSU is Accepting Non-Resident Graduate Students in Spring 2013

Why SJSU is Accepting Non-Resident Graduate Students in Spring 2013

On Aug. 16, as a guest on KQED’s news talk show “Forum,” President Qayoumi explained that millions of dollars in state budget cuts for public higher education means SJSU lacks the funding to admit all California residents who would like to attend.

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

In the past, this time of year was when SJSU accepted applications for spring admissions, mostly from community college transfer students, but also from graduate students entering programs accepting newcomers in the middle of the academic year. Beginning in 2009, when SJSU was hit by severe budget cuts, spring admissions varied depending on the budget situation and the number of enrolled students. This fall, SJSU has already filled every spot available to California residents for the entire academic year, meaning California residents are filling all seats supported by a combination of state and tuition dollars. So SJSU opened spring admissions to only non-resident graduate students from elsewhere in the United States or abroad who cover the full cost of their education in higher tuition without state support. This touched off a series of stories in the major media, including the San Jose Mercury News and KQED news radio. Is this fair? Who is to blame? On Aug. 16, as a guest on KQED’s news talk show “Forum,” President Qayoumi explained that millions of dollars in state budget cuts for public higher education means SJSU lacks the funding to admit all California residents who would like to attend. Listen to the show.

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

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Spartans at Work: At Twitter, I Am “More Sensitive Toward the Different Perspectives” of Other Cultures

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

(This summer, SJSU Today hits the road, visiting students and recent grads on the job across the country and around the world. Our Spartans at Work series continues with mass communications alumna Carolina Janssen.)

Where will an SJSU degree take you? How about a job with one of the hottest, most influential companies in the world? Carolina Janssen, ’10 Mass Communications, is part of Twitter’s International Market Development team, helping this San Francisco-headquartered service reach the rest of the world.

“I never understood how much work it really is to bring a product that was created in this country and make it work in another country,” Janssen said. “It’s not just doing the same thing there. You have to really change a lot of really small things.”

Janssen, a German native, started working at Twitter two years ago as Localization and International Support for German-speaking users. Now she is part of a diverse team, conducting market analysis, and credits her alma mater for preparing her for this role. Janssen had lived at SJSU International House, a dormitory for U.S. and international students. She also worked at I-House and at Studies in American Language, now known as International Gateways.

“San Jose State is an obviously very international university, and I think just living in this environment of people from all over the world for two years prepared me perfectly for particularly the position that I got at Twitter,” she said. “I think it also made me more sensitive toward the different perspectives that different cultures have.”

You can follow Janssen on Twitter at @lija.

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Nutrition Professor and Students Win Trip to Washington, D.C.

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

A video produced by Professor Marjorie Freedman, her students and Food Justice Ministry community partners received an honorable mention in the “Let’s Move Faith and Communities: Communities on the Move Video Challenge.” Freedman’s video was one of just nine entries to be honored in the national competition. All the winners will be invited to the White House and will meet First Lady Michelle Obama. Communities across the country responded enthusiastically to the challenge, submitting videos that represented a broad range of programs, strategies and age groups — from toddlers to teenagers — with submissions from 21 states. The contest was part of “Let’s Move!,” First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive initiative dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation. Freedman and her students from the Department of Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging joined with the large and diverse congregation of Most Holy Trinity Church in East San Jose to create the Food Justice Ministry. The program reaches out to parishioners of all ages and ethnicities, offering classes, educational materials, and connections to CalFresh. Check out more on all the winners.

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John Mellencamp to Receive Steinbeck Award

John Mellencamp to Receive Steinbeck Award

Mellencamp (center) with Paul Douglass (left), director of the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies, and Robert Santelli (right), executive director of the Grammy Museum (Christina Olivas photo).

Mellencamp (center) with Paul Douglass (left), director of the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies, and Robert Santelli (right), executive director of the Grammy Museum (Christina Olivas photo).

Media Contact: Pat Lopes Harris, SJSU Media Relations

Last night at the California Theatre in San Jose, rocker and Farm Aid activist John Mellencamp brought down the house at a benefit concert for the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies.

The singer/songwriter accepted the John Steinbeck Award presented by the Steinbeck Center to artists and activists whose work exemplifies the values found in the writings of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. For the first time since Joan Baez in 2003, a musician received the prestigious award, “in the souls of the people.”

Mellencamp discussed his career and creative process with Robert Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum, stopping several times during the talk to strum his guitar and sing. And then he brought the audience to its feet with a musical performance that included “Rain on the Scarecrow,” “Crumblin’ Down” and “Cherry Bomb.”

“John’s 40-year career makes one marvel,” said Thomas Steinbeck, noted author and the surviving son of John Steinbeck. “As an artist, John Mellencamp has been a superb singer-songwriter-storyteller; as an exemplary activist, and as a creator and longtime champion of Farm Aid, he has maintained the true spirit of John Steinbeck’s compassion for the worker. Without question, John Mellencamp has earned the John Steinbeck Award, and it will be my great pleasure to present it to him.”

Giving Voice to the Common Man

Mellencamp said, “John Steinbeck’s remarkable ability to give voice to the common man and to people on society’s margins, to describe their plight and aspirations, continues to inspire us more than a century after his birth,” Mellencamp said. “I’m very honored to be the recipient of an award given in his name.”

Upon receiving the John Steinbeck Award, Mellencamp had his name further linked to that of the legendary Baez on a select list of two as the only recipients of both the Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie awards. Mellencamp received the Guthrie award in 2003.

Previous recipients of the John Steinbeck Award include: Bruce Springsteen, Arthur Miller, Studs Terkel, Dolores Huerta, John Sayles, Jackson Browne, Garrison Keillor, Joan Baez, Michael Moore, Sean Penn, and Rachel Maddow.

About the Award

The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University is the world’s leading archive of Steinbeck materials, with over 30,000 items. The center has been authorized by the Steinbeck estate to present awards to those artists and activists whose work exemplifies the themes and values found in the writings of John Steinbeck: in particular, his concern for the natural environment, his commitment to the common people, and his willingness to critique the contrasts between the powerful and the poor.

Of John Mellencamp, Thomas Steinbeck also said: “My father always carried a deep and profound respect for songwriters and musicians. He felt they were the voice of the people and had the unique opportunity to reach the very souls of the people. Like Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, and a handful of others, John Mellencamp has done just that. He has spent his life serving as a voice for the people.

The John Steinbeck Award, “In the Souls of the People,” was first given in 1996. Nominations for the award are made by a committee of members of the board of the Center for Steinbeck Studies.

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Spartans at Work: At The Walt Disney Family Museum, I’m “Inspired to Keep Pursuing My Own Goals”

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

(This summer, SJSU Today hits the road, visiting students and recent grads on the job across the country and around the world. Our Spartans at Work series continues with animation/illustration major Alex Turner.)

Where will an SJSU degree take you? How about to a place that celebrates one of the most influential people in your field? Alex Turner, ’14, Animation/Illustration major is an education intern at The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio of San Francisco.

From the outside, the museum’s building matches the surrounding red-brick structures not far from the Golden Gate Bridge. Inside, it contains historic artifacts from Disney’s life and the classic Disney animations, films and television programs.

Turner said he feels inspired to come to work, drawing in his sketchbook as he commutes on the Caltrain every weekday. At the museum, he helps inspire a younger generation’s creativity and imagination at the museum’s Disney Discovery Summer Camp. Each week-long session revolves around a different topic, such as animation, comics books and designing theme park rides.

Once camp wraps up in early August, Turner will apply his skills in helping the museum redesign its website. The SJSU animation/illustration program gave him a great foundation for his internship.

“I feel like I have pretty strong fundamentals in art and animation,” he said, “and what we’re doing at the camp at The Walt Disney Family Museum, I’ve been able to apply a lot of those skills like either design or painting, you know, or just being organized.”

Young Special Agents Get Hands-On Experience at SJSU's First-Ever CSI Camp

Young Special Agents Get Hands-On Experience at SJSU’s First-Ever CSI Camp

Young Special Agents Get Hands-On Experience at SJSU's First-Ever CSI Camp

A camper studies fingerprints uncovered with magnetic powder (Department of Justice Studies photo).

By Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant

Sixteen middle and high school students, ages 13 to 17, got a chance to uncover the secrets of a crime scene at SJSU’s first-ever Forensic Science and Crime Scene Investigation Camp, offered by SJSU’s Department of Justice Studies July 9-13.

“The goal is to inspire students into careers where they are helping to solve crimes,” said Steven Lee, the camp’s director and a professor of justice studies.

Wearing crime scene “do not enter” tape as sashes, campers worked in teams of four to look at evidential material used during a crime scene investigation. Each team carefully observed, collected and interpreted fingerprints, bloodstain patterns and DNA, applying tools they learned in forensic science, criminology, neurology and forensic anthropology workshops.

“Everyday I see them, I get a chance to see the light inside them that ignites on how they really like forensic science,” said lead camp counselor Phillip Nhan, ’11 Justice Studies.

The CSI camp was held simultaneously with the AAFS Forensic Science Educators Conference, which seeks to raise and strengthen overall science education in the United States. Last year, SJSU was the first West Coast university to sponsor the teacher conference.

Working With Real-Life Crime Scene Investigators

According to Lee, the collaboration brings students the latest information, allows them the opportunity to work with real-life crime scene investigators and forensic scientists in the field, and dispels fallacies on how crime scenes are being portrayed on television.

“Everything is so predictable on those shows,” said 17-year-old camper Matthew Shull, whose favorite part of camp was uncovering fingerprints with magnetic powder. “Everything always happens the right way and they always find the right evidence and the right person.”

According to Lee, this year’s camp will serve as a national model for future CSI camps. The American Academy of Forensic Sciences donated 10 scholarships to cover registration fees and supplies.

#SJSU Tweets of the Week, 7/13

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

Landscape photo of Tower Lawn with Tower Hall and San Jose City Hall in the background. Photo tweeted by @gabemeistersp.

"This is the most photogenic spot on campus," tweets @gabemeistersp. What a great place to be to enjoy the sunny, warm weather in San Jose!

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

You can follow SJSU on Twitter for more updates at or search for @SJSU.

@loveedre: ‪#SJSU‬ I’m almost coming!!!! Dorming will be so much fun 🙂 can’t wait to meet my roomies! Hope they’re fun ‪#SJSUfrosh

@ndrloza: just me and Sparta chilling 😉 ‪#sjsu‬ ‪#orientation‬ ‪#collegebound‬ ‪#SJSUFrosh

@_venessaa: I think my favorite orientation leader is Rigo! & Bobby Dupree cause I like his name 🙂 ‪#SJSUFrosh

@Andrewpantoja22: ‪#SJSUFrosh‬ great weather and great people!

@jchow94: ‪#SJSUFrosh‬ fantastic two days (:

@seal_tyler: Really excited for orientation next week @SJSU ‪#Newpeople‬ ‪#SJSUFrosh

@1dancingjessica: Group 17’s teddy bear has become extra popular … ‪#sjsufrosh‬

@meribette1: Future spartans 🙂 ‪#frosh‬ ‪#SJSUfrosh‬ ‪#fun‬ ‪#orientation‬ ‪#memories‬

@what_gerry_says: I’m officially ready for my Orientation at ‪#SJSU‬ on Tuesday!!!! ‪#CantWait‬!!! 🙂

@camillerss: I love you guyssss, today’s our day! @ Event Center at ‪#SJSU‬

@_celinemarie: @_AMigable‘s halau Kawailehua was so good!!! We agree! ‪#sjsu‬

@chanelliekins: My day in a nutshell.

Chatter, Photos and More:
: ‪#SJSU‬ Quidditch’s Joe Tran with the ‪#SquirtleSquad‬ in the finals of ‪#FireMercs‬. Let’s go blue team!

@sjsualumni: Looking for new grilling ideas this summer? Check out our Good to Grill Cooking Class Aug. 10! ‪#sjsu

@sjsujustice: SJSU CSI Camp…first hands on activity. ‪#SJSU‬ ‪#CSI‬ ‪#SJSUCASA‬

@voltnorcal: ‪#SJSU‬ we have a ‪#job‬ opening for a loan officer in Palo Alto…

@gavila4: First Grad book to arrive! ‪#Masters‬ ‪#Mechanical‬ ‪#Engineering‬ ‪#SJSU‬

@viverssss: Caesar Chavez✊‪#sjsu‬ ‪#sjsu

@sarynrorie: ‪#SJSU‬ POoOoOoOoL Tiiiiiiiiime!

@theeroyceelifee: ‪#unexpected‬ ‪#DCP‬ ‪#scholarship‬ ‪#blessed‬ ‪#money‬ ‪#SJSU‬ ‪#education‬

@dzsamuels: At innovation panel at SJSU, acting commerce sec. Rebecca Blank

@crissydv: Ah! ‪#official‬ ‪#sjsu‬ ‪#likeaboss‬ ‪#lovinlife‬

@rolanjimenez: ‪#SJSU‬

Spartan Pride:

@fontburger: I want to see some Flat Sammy pics ‪#sjsu‬ peeps!

@cesardeee: Flat Sammy hanging out in the EOP Lounge! ‪#SJSU‬

@mascotmikesj: Amazing convo Sam Piraro & @townsendradio. Reminds me of the great relationships & opportunities @‪#SJSU‬ ‪#BestCollegeEver

@maaxrubiio: Since when can I get headphones on a vending machine? Only at sjsu

@B2B_SJSU: We just developed about 25 Internships w/Nordstrom for SJSU students next summer. Be sure to get your Competitive Edge, Hire SJSU ‪#SJSU

@CommerceSec: Enjoyed our innovation panel discussion. Thanks to @CarlGuardino, @kennedyjp, Eric Kelly (@OverlandStorage) and Mohammad Qayoumi (@SJSU)

@SJSU: Her generosity touched the lives of 1000s of Spartans. ‪#sjsu‬ extends condolences to the Phyllis Simpkins’ family.

@calstate: Wells Fargo donates $20K to @SJSU students to help community members solve financial issues

@SenFeinstein: Congrats to @LetsMove winners: San Fernando/@CSUNorthridge partnership, and in San Jose: @SJSU/MHT, @YMCAofSV!

@kathymorgan722: May the Force be with you … ‪#SJSU‬, LMU, Pepperdine and Brown. D1 athletes work their *** off …

@coachmikemac: Check out our new guys! 2012_FRESHMEN CHECK IN- July 8, 2012: via @YouTube ‪#SJSUFrosh

@SJSUAthletics: 9/22 San Jose State-San Diego State football kickoff time is 5:00 p.m. Check for all 2012 game times.

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

SJ Mercury News: Sports Information Director Receives His Profession’s Highest Honor

Longtime San Jose State sports information director Lawrence Fan getting Hall of Fame recognition

Posted by the San Jose Mercury News June 22, 2012.

By Jon Wilner

The list of San Jose State Spartans in national halls of fame, which includes Bill Walsh, Peter Ueberroth and Juli Inkster, is about to add another name.

Longtime staff member Lawrence Fan will be inducted into the College Sports Information Directors Hall of Fame on Monday in St. Louis, along with six colleagues from a slice of college athletics that employs thousands of people across the nation.

Fan also will receive the Arch Ward Award — the highest honor in his profession — for outstanding contributions to his field.

“It’s a big deal for my parents,” said Fan, 57, the first Chinese-American to be inducted into the sports information Hall of Fame. “It’s also big for San Jose State. It gives the school another level of repute.”

Officially, Fan has been the liaison between SJSU sports and the media for 32 years, arranging interviews and providing an endless array of information about Spartans sports.

“No one in our industry is more respected than Lawrence,” said Jim Young, Stanford’s senior assistant athletic director for communications, who has known Fan for decades.

“A lot of people in our profession are known for their glossy publications and the voluminous notes and the number of ‘likes’ on Facebook. But Lawrence has always been about connecting with people, and he does that better than anyone.”

Unofficially, Fan fills a far more significant role in his cramped office in the athletic department. To a greater

extent than any athlete or coach to pass through SJSU in the past quarter century, Fan is Spartans athletics.

“If San Jose State had a pyramid of success, Lawrence would be one of the major building blocks,” said former basketball coach Stan Morrison, who led SJSU to the 1996 NCAA tournament and had dinner with Fan on Sundays at Grande Pizzeria near campus.

Fan has seen every Spartans football game since 1980 and possesses encyclopedic knowledge of SJSU athletics. He has a story for any occasion and knows everyone from John Elway to Bill Hancock, the executive director of the Bowl Championship Series, who called Fan “the consummate professional.”

“His dry wit and attention to detail have earned many friends for San Jose State through the years,” Hancock added.

Fan is tireless, methodical and a tad eccentric. He loves “Leave It to Beaver” and roller derby and drove a 1978 Ford Granada until it had 412,000 miles. He replaced it with a 2000 Oldsmobile, which has 234,000 miles (and counting).

Fan is well known in college basketball circles for baking a cake for SJSU officials and media members before home games. Dubbed “Fan cake,” its ingredients have never been disclosed.

In order to manage his massive workload — SJSU’s media relations department has fewer resources than Stanford and Cal — Fan has been known to sleep in his office.

Or his car.

“That’s a bit of an exaggeration,” he said. “I haven’t done that more than five times.”

The oldest of three children, Fan grew up in San Francisco with a love for the Giants and 49ers. He attended Y.A. Tittle’s final game at Kezar Stadium and was in the crowd for the infamous wrong-way run by the Minnesota Vikings’ Jim Marshall.

After graduating from Lowell High, Fan enrolled at Cal with plans to be a math major. But he was drawn to athletic administration and eventually became the sports information director at La Salle University, in Philadelphia, in 1978.

Two years later, Fan accepted the same post at San Jose State, crammed his belongings into the Ford Granada, and made the cross-country trek.

In the three decades since, Fan has produced tens of thousands of pages of media guides, news releases, game notes and statistics. He also has been a friend and adviser to many Spartans athletes and coaches.

“If you have a bad game, he always has a good word to lift you up,” said third-year football coach Mike MacIntyre, who videotaped a testimonial about Fan that will be shown at the Hall of Fame induction.

Along the way, Fan has established relationships with media members in the Bay Area and throughout the country.

“He’s a nice guy even when he’s not selling you something,” said KRON sports anchor and KNBR host Gary Radnich, who refers to Fan as “The Great Lawrence Fan” on his radio show.

“He called my 90-year-old mother just to say he enjoyed being on my show.”

For more on college sports, see Jon Wilner’s College Hotline at Contact him at or 408-920-5716.

SJSU Staff Olympics Opening Ceremony Begins at Noon July 3

Staff Olympics Opening Ceremony to Begin at Noon July 3 in Duncan Hall Breezeway

SJSU Staff Olympics Opening Ceremony Begins at Noon July 3

In a tribute to the London Summer Olympics, we're offering croquet this year!

By Julie Inouye Wong, Human Resources Administrative & Data Specialist

The SJSU Staff Olympics are here! The Opening Ceremony officially kicks off this year’s games on Tuesday, July 3 from noon to 1 p.m. in the breezeway under Duncan Hall. Departments will show their Spartan pride by presenting their banners and flags in a march around campus. There will be a program and the Olympic flame will be lit. Street Eats will have tasty food available for purchase and booths from Athletics, A.S. Campus Recreation, CONCERN: Employee Assistance Program, and Kaiser will be there offering information and giveaways.

Make sure you come and cheer on your departments and your fellow Spartans at the events. July 9 through 26 , Mondays through Thursdays noon to 1 p.m., will be bowling in the Student Union Bowling Center. In a tribute to the London Summer Olympics, July 30 through August 2 will be croquet noon to 1 p.m. on the lawn across from the Event Center. August 6 through 9 will be volleyball noon to 1 p.m. in SPX 44a.

We have surpassed the number of participants from last year, so we will have a bigger and better Staff Olympics. Join in on all of the fun of the SJSU Staff Olympics!

A Singing Comic Book Retailer

A Singing Comic Book Retailer

A Singing Comic Book Retailer

For 30 consecutive years, Ferrara has sung “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the San Francisco Giants and last year began singing the national anthem for the San Jose Earthquakes (Thomas Webb photo).

San Jose native Joe Ferrara, ’73 Music, opened Atlantis Fantasyworld on lower Pacific Avenue when comic books were “strictly a collectibles business,” he explains. Still flourishing 36 years later, the enterprise has survived the radical reconfiguring of the market brought on by the Star Wars franchise, stiff retail competition from online retailers such as Amazon, and the Loma Prieta earthquake.

For three post-earthquake years, Ferrara conducted business in a tent, reopening at his current location on Cedar Street in 1992. As true aficionados know, new comics arrive every Wednesday, the day fans of all ages descend on the store to scour the latest superhero, manga, fantasy, horror, action/adventure and science fiction releases. (Other notable stock: graphic novels such as the Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus.)

Read about Ferrara’s passion for music and comics in the spring 2012 issue of Washington Square magazine.

Support SJSU in "Social Madness"

Support SJSU in "Social Madness"!

Support SJSU in "Social Madness"

There’s just one week left to vote for SJSU in the first round of Social Madness, a social media competition developed by the American City Business Journals chain.

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

There’s just one week left to vote for San Jose State University in the first round of Social Madness, a social media competition developed by the American City Business Journals chain. The contest “showcases the best business social media growth strategies in a tournament-style challenge, played in a series of local and, then, nationwide rounds. More than 50 Silicon Valley businesses and organizations are contestants. Companies compete via online votes at the Silicon Valley Social Madness website [go to the “large companies” tab] and new connections on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn during the contest period,” said the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. The national winners will receive a $10,000 donation to the charity of their choice. SJSU is currently in fourth place in its division, right behind the biggest corporate names in Silicon Valley including Cisco, Adobe and Paypal. This puts us in a great position to make the second round. Here’s how to vote now (hit the “Large companies” tab)!

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#SJSU Tweets of the Week, 6/8

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

A blue, gold, and white Alaska Airlines plane with Spartan logos. Illustration by @squinte6

We could only imagine what an Alaska Airlines plane with Spartan colors would look like. Then @squinte6 created this photo illustration, helping us and many others visualize it! Join the conversation using #SJSUAir, and let Alaska Airlines (@AlaskaAir) know that #SJSU wants a #SJSUAir plane for San Jose International Airport (@FlySJC)!

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

You can follow SJSU on Twitter for more updates at or search for @SJSU.

#SJSUAir (Check out this Facebook post, too!):
@squinte6: I can already picture it! RT @SJSU: @AlaskaAir, we want a #SJSU Spartan plane! #SJSUAir @FlySJC

@SJSU: Before: & After: @denise1134, @mritchie36 & @squinte6 want #SJSUAir! Who else?

@tinango: @AlaskaAir & @SouthwestAir It’d be amazing for @SJSU to rep. SJC airport on your planes! It’d give me more excuses to travel. 🙂 #SJSUAir

@SJSU: Don’t wait ’til 2117! This afternoon, check out rare #VenusTransit near #SJSU Tower Hall:!

@PatrickDutcher: Just looked through a few telescopes set up at SJSU to view the Venus transit. Little black dot going across a big yellow circle. Nice.

@Alex_Barile: Feeling like the coolest nerd at the @SJSU #VenusTransit viewing on tower lawn!! #history #Venushangout

@kingcrux: This is the last time I have to do this…#register #enroll #SJSU #fall12grad

@heymyrene: Just registered for my last semester @SJSU. To think when I went back to school, I had 12-14 classes more to go & now I am down to 2. #PTL

@GAAHitsSAMSON: This can possibly be my last semester registering for classes.. #bittersweet #Sjsu #Senior

@DLCshawty: SJSU!! I just need units.. anyone have any classes or teachers that they loved n would recommend!?!?

@plavka_s: @DLCshawty psych of prejudice with Dr. Arias.You have to take it:) its part of the SJSU studies

@LoveeDre: I’m excited for my #SJSU orientation!! I cannot wait for it!!

@aime_hernandez: As much as it hurts to leave behind 4 amazing years of High School I know the College life is going to be 10x better!! #SJSU #2012

@SJSU: Welcome @LoveeDre & @aime_hernandez to the #Spartan family! Have fun at #SJSU frosh orientation! Anyone else excited?

@ASsjsu: @SJSU @LoveeDre @aime_hernandez We are! Be sure to visit us during the Info Sessions! 🙂 See you there!

@KeshiaK55: The next step…Go Spartans!

Chatter, Photos and More:
@xoxoMarynel: Prospective @SJSU students can check out our website for info on pre-admission counseling and campus tour!

@misseonis: Almost close to the ending, then off I start a new chapter to my story, starting July in san Jose! #sjsu

@JorgeR690: My grand big at his last night in #sanjose @sjsu #sjsugrad2012 proud of him for FINALLY graduating 🙂

@iChellys: Laaaaaid back in my #boyfriend #SJSU #sweater. ✌

@marjotm: #SJSU #GTI2012 #GreatWallofChina #China #Beijing @ Great Wall Of China, Badaling

@MrDaveKeane: 25 years ago I saw Ray Bradbury speak on a rainy night at San Jose State. He was captivating & signed all my worn-out paperbacks. RIP, Ray.

@CityStudies: And after the pass down meeting I am the new president of @sjsu urban planning coalition

@LupiitaBonita: Congrats grad I am so proud of my little sister future police officer/ border patrol officer #sjsu #2012

@VoltNorCal: Preparing for an employer panel at @sjsu tomorrow. Oh, the things I would’ve done differently in college…

@ayoshi24: Final transcript sent to sjsu & I got straight A’s #happycamper

@racocity: Excited to be back in the bay tomorrow and for summer session #nerd #abnormalpsych #sjsu #summersession

@vTinaB: @SJSU @SJSUathletics look who is on twitter now! @Jack_Zones04 lets welcome him to the #tweetlife

Spartan Pride:
@Bookcharmer: @wired Flush with post-IPO millions? Make a significant donation to #SJSU our students are a better investment than any sportscar!

@johnny12style: Met a guy going to @sjsu (he actually got in!) taking marketing/advertising as his major! Woo hoo! Dwight Bentel Hall all the way!

@dan_sce: Just drove by SJSU, oh the nostalgia such a soothing balm at times

@naudiax3: Happy birthday to John Carlos! True #inspiration for Spartans and people everywhere #SJSU #hero

@robcleezy: #courage #heroes #sjsu

@ShreyansDesai: – Check photo #7..

@exactlyAllan: Tough to beat being outside the #SJSU campus on a sunny day

@cree23: It was cool to see the @SJSU Cesar Chavez Monument in the #cefcu commercial on HGTV #proudalum

@v2boi: Loved Beth Ching’s performance at the #APINCORE open mic, plus she’s a @SJSU alum, woot woot! #ncore2012.

@SofiaMoede: Love the #sustainability video from @ourgreenninja – these #SJSU students rock!

@SamuelYLam: It’s crazy to think that one year ago this week, we had Camp Alex at SJSU — the beginning of the team’s new success. Love my alma mater!

@SJSU: @SVSJbizjournal selected @SJSU for #socialmadness. Please vote #SJSU for “Large companies”

@ryokumoto: #MBA I met Stiglitz 2 years ago: Euro Crisis -> #SiliconValley #Babyboomers #Strategy

@SJSU: #SJSU alum @brodiebrazilCSN nominated for #NorCal #Emmys, including piece about 1941 #Spartans #football:

@FBallGameplan: Don’t be surprised if #SJSU TE Ryan Otten ends up being the Top TE in this Class #EarlyObservations

@SJSUAthletics: San Jose State football vs. Colorado State (9/15) and Utah State (10/13) on ESPN family of networks.

@arod0908: #MLB I know this guy! #sjsu

@ButchHusky: A hometown boy! @SJSU RT @aarongleeman: Twins take San Jose State right-hander Zach Jones with No. 130 pick. BA ranked him 199th.

@SJSUAthletics: Congrats to Mike Aldrete! “Aldrete Chosen By Cardinals On Day 3 Of MLB Draft” – http://SJSUSpartans.com

@jeremiahoshan: That’s San Jose State alum Peter Ueberroth singing soccer’s praises.

@the_martini22: Week 1 in the books. Filling the shoes of a legend is tough work but @SJSU_Equipment taught me all I needed to know #thankyou #IGotThis

@TheWCatSJSU: The Writing Center will open for the summer on Monday, June 11th! You can make a tutoring appointment now at

@SJSU_KingLib: This Sat, 10-6: Dia de Portugal Festival @ Kelley Park. We’ll have a table showcasing Portuguese Heritage Collection:

@ckluu: @dianakluu @rlfurtkamp “Free art walk this Sunday in historic neighborhood near #SJSU! Naglee Park Open Studios:

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

New York Times: Grad’s Vietnam War Images, Photosynthesized

Vietnam War Images, Photosynthesized

Posted by the New York Times May 30, 2012.


Growing up in California, Binh Danh was fascinated by the weird discolorations left on the lawn by the sun. Shaped like a garden hose or a rake, the images were baked into the grass, the sun bleaching the bent blades. At the time, Mr. Danh could only marvel at the effects of photosynthesis — the process that sustains all plants — but by college he’d discovered that the sun’s power could also be used to replicate other images.

Like the rake, Mr. Danh could leave his mark on nature.

Mr. Danh invented the chlorophyll printing process, baking his images onto natural canvases with wild grasses and leaves. Mr. Danh is the child of war refugees displaced from Vietnam to San Jose in 1980. For more than a decade, Mr. Danh, now 34, has tried to recapture the experience of the Vietnam War by printing images of suffering civilians, soldiers on patrol and the dead.

“Nature is the final place where memory lies,” Mr. Danh said. “I imagined that through my interaction with the landscape I could flush those memories out, particular traumatic events like war, through art-making.”

American cinema provided Binh Danh with his earliest memories of his native country: the flickering images of the verdant jungles of “Apocalypse Now” and the grittiness of American soldiers fighting in “Platoon.” Though he couldn’t remember his time in Vietnam and his parents rarely spoke of the war, Vietnam and its battlefields remained a specter throughout his childhood.

“That history is not talked about in the family because it’s so painful,” he said. “People in the United States wanted to forget because it was a war that Americans didn’t win. But for my parents’ generation it was a war they lost.”

While Mr. Dahn’s parents believed it was important for him to visit the land of his birth, it wasn’t until his family was called to the bedside of an ailing relative in 1999 that Mr. Danh, then 22, made his first trip to Vietnam.

“Being an Asian-American growing up in America, you never really feel at home,” Mr. Danh said. “I thought, ‘Vietnam will be a place where I am going to feel included, everyone is going to look like me and they will understand my language.’”

Instead, he was viewed as an outsider — an American with a Vietnamese birth certificate.

The theme of memory, and Mr. Danh’s relationship with his native country’s history, led him to the chlorophyll printing project. Part of the work’s novelty is that it forces the viewer to reconsider the very concept of a photograph. As a result, his pieces hint at the impermanence of ideas like identity, belonging, family, and history.

To create the images, Mr. Danh prints a large format negative of a selected image on a transparency, similar to those used with overhead projectors. He then places the transparency atop a fresh leaf, sandwiching it all between a pane of glass and solid backing. Mr. Danh puts the entire unit in direct sunlight, usually on his roof.

Then nature takes over.

The baking process can take a few hours or a few days. During that time, light bleaches some sections of the leaf and alters the natural pigments in others. The process is little more than trial and error, Mr. Danh admits — only one in every five prints is successful. The prints that he selects are then dipped and preserved in two- or three-inch-thick blocks of resin. In Mr. Danh’s galleries these resin pieces are often hung on exhibit wall.

“Visitors are prepared to see something different,” Mr. Danh said. “They want to hold on to that memory as a concrete object.” Resin, too, suggests the importance of history’s preservation.

Mr. Danh displayed his first series of leaf photographs at the student art gallery at San Jose State University in November 2001. In his collection, he included famous Vietnam War images: a mother carrying her child, American soldiers in their barracks, a silhouette of American G.I.’s on patrol. He called the display “Immortality: The Remnants of Vietnam and the American War.”

But the gallery was held only two months after the attacks on 9/11, and as American troops geared up for deployment to Afghanistan. Mr. Danh was concerned that his work would be misinterpreted as antiwar. Even today, he is quick to declare his images apolitical, admitting only that his work offers a different way to remember the costs of forgotten conflicts. As he continues to contribute work on Vietnam to photography and art shows around the world, he believes that each image stands as a meditation on trauma, death and remembrance of that time.

“The idea of not using any chemicals to capture that image on a living thing was beautiful,” said Ashley Rice, 28, the director of photography for the Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale, Ariz. In 2007, the gallery selected Mr. Danh’s work for display in a show, “The Botany of Tuol Sleng,” and has displayed his photography ever since.

“Some people will look at the pieces from a process point of view,” Ms. Rice said.

Other visitors, many of whom had lived through America’s Vietnam years, left the presentation with new questions about this period in history.

Today, Mr. Danh identifies himself as a landscape photographer and remains as interested in the war-stripped jungles of southern Vietnam as he is the memories that continue to “nourish the land.” When asked about the complexity of his work, Mr. Danh looks to biology as a way of explaining how his images bridge the gap between science and art.

“One of the most important lessons I learned in science class is that our bodies are composed of atoms and that every atom in our body has a history,” said Mr. Danh, who will be an assistant professor of photography at Arizona State University this fall. “Doing what I do now opens up so many possibilities to take everything I know in life and mash it together to make something new out of it.”

White bird on blue background.

#SJSU Tweets of the Week, 6/1

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

Photo taken from Spartan Stadium of football field with chairs and graduates. Photo by @tracyottey

Commencement at Spartan Stadium celebrates the achievements of our graduates. Congratulations Class of 2012! Photo by @tracyottey

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

You can follow SJSU on Twitter for more updates at or search for @SJSU.

@tinasalacup: “don’t let anyone say you’re not good enough.” – Carol Realini#SJSU #2012Graduates

@joaine: Graduating is one of my best achievements. And I’m so proud to say I’m an #alumni of #SJSU #classof2012 #friends #family #love

@cramos621: @SJSU

@jtensuan: Photos from @SJSU‘s Commencement ceremony. Congrats to the class of #2012!

@fontburger: Jenny Ming speaking at @SJSU‘s commencement. #sjsu2012grad

@sjsuathletics: Congrats to all Spartans who graduated today including our student athletes! We are proud of you! #sjsu2012grad

@sjsumisa: SJSU College of Business MIS students at the San Jose State University Commencement! #sjsu2012grad

@gianniboyyy: Congrats sistahh!!! @kishababy you did it !! #SJSUJ#Graduationi

@heyjoycelynn: congrats vika 🙂 #SJSU

@_ttram: Very grateful and thankful for Dr. Arias – Best @SJSU Psychology professor! 🙂

@xtinkerboo: 48 graduation cupcakes for our cousins that graduated from sjsu! #cupcakes #graduation

@abertrod: Congrats to my lovely cousin Marina #sjsu #business #accounting #graduate #family @ Spartan Stadium

@alyssanoduh: Congratulations to all the @SJSU graduates! Two more years until its my turn!

@ohheyitsjas: SJSU graduation. Goooo Kiana!

@mrcookins: At SJSU’s graduation. Congratulations @jenn_413!!!

@strongarm408: Just graduated from San Jose state university with the great people at rtvf department . Yee

@yannsays: Yay! My better half and I are now both college graduates! @stannseze#couplese#grada#sjsus

@yagirlkaydee: Congratulations to my cousin @jeremyisjosh for graduating today!! So proud of you! #SJSU #Spartans

@miss_marisss: #Yayy #SJSU #classof2012 #HRM #wedidit

@ultras_mel: @SJSU it’s done!! Thank you very much, it’s been fun!! I’m out #classof2012

@patrixfunny: congratulations, Vincent #SJSU

@she_snazzy: PUBLIC ANNOUNCMENT: I GRADUATED from @SJSU. Entertaining ceremony from start to finish with the beach balls

@abcdianep: Family above all, I love them! #graduation #sjsu

@yannsays: 4 years at this joint!!! So glad I’m done!!!! Whooooooooo! #sjsu #grad2012 #classof2012 #yay #finance

@vcnthz: So proud of my sister! #brother #SJSU2012grad #sjsu #COB #sjsu2012grad

@philml: Isn’t she #lovely? LML. #sjsu #graduation #commencement #harmony #graduation2012 #gr #sjsu2012grad

@sjsualumni: We’ll be on the lookout for this cap today!

@zamorame: Proud of my graduate! @ArsnP #sjsu #sociology #graduation #classof2012

@LoveAtehMin: Passed all my classes with an A or B! YAYYYY! :)) #SJSU#proudstudent

@bukkakeordie: Not bad for 2 jobs and being the best bf ever. #busybody

@Amber_Moniquee: Next semester I’m aiming for all A’s and B’s!!!! No C’s at all!!!!!#improvement #SJSU

@ghastlymike: I just checked my grades (just to make sure) for this semester and am #happy and #glad to say that I am an official @SJSUgraduate!!!!!

@Elmers_Glue13: Grades are up for #SJSU !! Got them A’s & B’s

@thyraphan: So proud of myself! Hard work pays off. Got a 4.0 this semester! @SJSU @phikappaphi

@SJSUAthletics : Congrats Sara Plavljanin, Aubrey Lee & Katie Valleau who are Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars – @plavka_s, @AubreyLee5

@aubreylee5: I, Aubrey Lee, just received my first 4.0 ever in college. I think I am going to die. #smartypants #SJSU #hardworkpaysoff

@DavidHef: It’s hard to truly feel the semesters over until grades are posted. #anxious @SJSU


@HThrash: I’m getting up in about 5 hours to get ready for Transfer Orientation @ SJSU; leaving the house @ ~ 7:30am (hopefully). SO nervous! #sjsu

@SJSpartanSquad: Only a little more than a week until meet the first batch of incoming frosh at #SJSU! Can’t wait to put ’em in blue and gold.

@denise1134: Preparing for Transfer Orientation. #SJSU #Spartan #ThisIsSparta #transfer #orientation

Chatter, Photos and More:
@beandipdip: Passed all my classes. SAN JOSE STATE HERE I COMEEEEEE

@HelloKimmy: Can i be at SJSU already…

@RubenAP95: I hope I get into SJSU next year. If I do I might move out to SJ. I wanna go to SJSU sooo bad. I’ve wanted to go there since I was a kid.

@SuuwooSultan: Keep working until its SJSU graduate ! RT @ScoobyCHOOOOON: Changed my bio: “freshman at SJSU” to “soph at SJSU”

@racocity: Antsy to get back to school #sjsu

@HellaBELA: I’m looking forward to spending more time with both @nielaaatho and @viverssss at the same frickin time finally! <3 thank you #SJSU

@iQueenCam: My goal is to graduate from #SJSU with Latin Honors.

@misseonis: San Jose save me soon!!!!!!! #sjsu

@marjotm: Our last night in Taiwan. Last night on fb / twitter. Tomorrow, we will be going to Beijing, then Shanghai. Best trip ever!!! #GTI2012#SJSU

@joe_slappinn: I miss SJSU!!!

@RiahRideSolo: I miss #SJSU a little bit already

@ninerking21: RT @SJSU: Keep in touch with #SJSU! Like us on @facebook. Follow us on @twitter & @LinkedIn

@vaultroidborn: @SJSU I just got the news that I passed the WST! #fb

@nrahmichelle: Officially accepted into @SJSU for FALL 2012 yewww #seeyaaustralia

@JorgeR690: “@IDoThat2: When I have a boy I’ll name him ‘SPARTA’ so everytime i’m introducing him to someone I can shout THIS IS SPARTA !!!” @SJSU lol

@citytucity: At #sjsu MURP graduation, itls hitting me that one more year and then i am done, #PathIsNotEasy but gonna give it my all

@jc_news: Went to a really nice grad ceremony @SJSU yesterday! What a pretty campus!

@heymyrene: I use Excel to cross reference @SJSU courses for GE & Business Requirements. Also, to create a what-to-pack travel list. #accountantbyday

Spartan Pride:
@itsLacrae: San Jose State is Awesome RT @ps_lovelyAlyce Really considering transferring to San Jose state

@AreesieSWAG: Rockin’ my SJSU shirt

@laurenvolden: Back on campus (just for a few hours) #ilovemyschool

@viverssss: Went on the desktop site just so I could do this  #sjsu

@sassyashlee: So proud to be a Spartan! This made me tear up a little. #sjsugrad2012 #SJSU #makingadifference

@v2boi: So wonderful to see my Alma Mater @SJSU as a sponsor of #NCORE2012, makes me #proud that they are supporting national diversity initiatives

@chicostate: Dr. Belle Wei of @SJSU is joining the Wildcat family as our new provost and vice pres. for Academic Affairs:

@salzburgglobal: 60+ #ISP53 Students are here from @SJSU @usfca @SeminoleState @TweetHCC, San Diego City College and Louisiana Tech&Community College System

@calstate: Chancellor Charles B. Reed will be retiring as CSU chancellor. Release:

@AlondraH18: Woot! Congrats @valhenderson! | @chris_awk: San Jose State has named Val Henderson as an assistant coach.

@iamANNiLEWINSKI: Watching the #collegeworldseries just makes me want to work harder and make a name for sjsu

@osmattmurschel: San Jose State is No. 76 in the Orlando Sentinel’s College #Football Countdown. @SJSUathletics #WAC

@billythomas_: San Jose State.

@SJSU_Equipment: Tomorrow is my last day at SJSU would like to thank everyone that I have worked with and all the great players that have come through here

@SJSUalumni: Come laugh with your fellow Alumni at Comedy Sportz. Register by Friday! Info and tickets:

@SJSU: New #SJSU grads, @SJSUCareerCntr will give job tips especially for you at Grad Blast, June 7: #SJSU2012grad

@subZEROfestival: RT @SJSU: Art, live music & more @subZEROfestival this Friday night in @SJ_Downtown: #SubZEROFest

@CourageRemember: @SpartanDaily @SJSU Courage to Remember Holocaust exhibit is opening very soon at MLK Library!…

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