San Jose State Receives $15 Million Gift Commitment from South Bay Philanthropist Lupe Diaz Compean

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

The Student Union will be named the Ramiro Compean and Lupe Diaz Compean Student Union, pending approval by the California State University Board of Trustees (Photo: Muhamed Causevic).

The Student Union will be named the Ramiro Compean and Lupe Diaz Compean Student Union, pending approval by the California State University Board of Trustees (Photo: Muhamed Causevic, ’15 BFA Graphic Design).

SAN JOSE, CA–San Jose State is pleased to announce that it has received a $15 million gift commitment from South Bay resident and friend of the university Lupe Diaz Compean. The gift will support student success initiatives and scholarships. In addition, the gift will support the maintenance of SJSU’s newly renovated and expanded Student Union, and the many activities housed in this structure located in the heart of campus.

“Lupe Diaz Compean’s remarkable generosity will enable San Jose State to make meaningful, sustained investments in student success initiatives, scholarships and student programming,” Interim President Susan Martin said. “Mrs. Compean did not graduate from college, but she and her late husband recognized the value of a college education for all and exemplified that a fulfilling life is within reach of everyone who works hard to achieve their dreams. San Jose State is pleased to recognize and honor the extraordinary work and generosity of donors who are making an enduring impact on our university and community.”

The building will be named the Ramiro Compean and Lupe Diaz Compean Student Union in honor of Mrs. Compean and her late husband, pending approval by the California State University Board of Trustees at its March 8-9 meeting in Long Beach, Calif. President Martin and Vice President for University Advancement Paul Lanning will represent SJSU at the meeting.

“San Jose State has been in conversation with the Compeans for the past two decades,” said Vice President for University Advancement Paul Lanning. “Throughout this time, Lupe Diaz Compean has been crystal clear that her motivation in making the gift was to benefit students, honor her family and her late husband by naming a facility, and demonstrating that by working hard and getting an education, anyone can achieve what she has in her lifetime.”

Endowments

Photo: David Schmitz

Student Union interior (Photo: David Schmitz).

The gift will be used to create the following endowment funds:

  • A Student Success Fund to support initiatives that foster student success and increase retention and graduation rates.
  • Three scholarship endowments to support emancipated foster youths, California Dream Act students, and a merit scholarship for high-performing students.
  • A Student Union Programming Fund to provide support for visiting lectures, art exhibits, workshops and other student-focused special events and programming.
  • A Student Union Operating Fund that will provide resources for ongoing maintenance and operating needs of the facility.

Lupe Diaz Compean

Photo courtesy of Lupe Diaz Compean

Photo courtesy of Lupe Diaz Compean

Lupe Diaz was born in 1926 in Edinburg, Texas and was the oldest in a family of 10 children. In 1955, she married Ramiro Compean, who was born in Reynosa, Mexico, in 1932. He was one of seven children in his family. Mr. Compean passed away in August 2002.

In 1956, one year after they were married, the Compeans moved to San Jose. Mr. Compean worked for George Day Construction building houses in Saratoga. Mrs. Compean attended school and helped her husband in the business. They saved their money and soon were able to purchase a home in Almaden Valley. They continued to buy properties as they were able. Mrs. Compean, at age 89, is still actively managing the properties she owns.

Mrs. Compean is not a graduate of SJSU, but believes very strongly in the mission of the institution and the importance of education. She first approached SJSU regarding making a gift in the mid-1990s. She and her husband had heard that SJSU had a good Mexican American Studies Department and wanted to contribute. Eventually, those conversations turned to the possibility of including the university in their estate. Following Mr. Compean’s death in 2002, Mrs. Compean continued the conversation with University Advancement and indicated that SJSU would be a beneficiary of half her estate.

In 2012, Mrs. Compean and her certified public accountant, Anne Lee of Bauerle, Lee and Associates, LLP, approached the university to explore how Mrs. Compean might experience the impact of her legacy while she was still alive. Over the course of the next three years, discussions continued regarding the use of the gift and how the gift would be structured. In December 2015, Mrs. Compean finalized the gift agreement.


About San José 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 145 areas of study with an additional 108 concentrations – offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 32,000 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.

 

SJSU Students to Receive Full-Tuition Scholarships funded by $1 Million Samsung Gift

Photo: Orbie Pullen

Samsung CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon, SJSU President Susan Martin and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo (photo: Orbie Pullen).

Samsung presented San Jose State University Interim President Susan Martin and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo with a $50,000 gift on Sept. 24, making SJSU the first recipient of $1 million in scholarships to be awarded to California’s public universities.

“San Jose State wishes to thank Samsung for supporting our efforts to prepare students for careers in the tech industry,” Interim President Susan Martin said. “SJSU sends more graduates to work in Silicon Valley companies than any other university, and this gift is an excellent example of SJSU’s collaboration with area employers.”

The company made the gift to the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering, with the intention of covering tuition and living expenses for two students this year. Details on the selection process are in the works.

The announcement came as Samsung celebrated the grand-opening of its 1.1-million-square foot headquarters in North San Jose for its U.S. semiconductor operations.

Read the Samsung news release.

SJSU Presidential Search Committee to Hold First Meeting

The California State University Board of Trustees is beginning the search for a new president of San Jose State University to succeed Mohammad Qayoumi, who left the CSU on August 17 to serve as an advisor to Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani.

The first meeting of the Trustees’ Committee for the Selection of the President will be held in an open forum from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, in Morris Dailey Auditorium on the San José State campus. Members of the campus community, community‐at‐large and media are invited to attend.

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Interim President to Deliver Fall Welcome Address

Interim President Susan Martin (photo by David Schmitz)

Interim President Susan Martin (photo by David Schmitz)

SJSU Media Relations contacts:
Pat Harris, 408-924-1748, pat.harris@sjsu.edu
Robin McElhatton, 408-924-1789, robin.mcelhatton@sjsu.edu

SAN JOSE, CA – San Jose State Interim President Susan Martin will highlight recent achievements and outline new initiatives during the Fall Welcome Address at noon Sept. 3 in the Student Union ballroom.

This will be Martin’s first formal speech to the campus community since her appointment Aug. 18. Academic Senate Chair Michael Kimbarow and Associated Students of SJSU President LooLoo Amante will open the event and welcome attendees.

All students, faculty, staff, community members and news media are invited to attend. Martin will be available to speak to reporters.

The event will be streamed live and available afterward on the university’s website. The speech is an annual tradition marking the start of the academic year.

SJSU map, directions.

About San Jose State

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 134 areas of study with 110 concentrations – offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 33,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San Jose State 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 Begins 2015-16

(Photo: David Schmitz)

Interim President Susan Martin with freshmen orientation leaders (photo by David Schmitz).

SJSU Media Relations contacts:
Pat Harris, 408-924-1748, pat.harris@sjsu.edu
Robin McElhatton, 408-924-1789, robin.mcelhatton@sjsu.edu

SAN JOSE, CA – SJSU opened the 2015-16 academic year with a reception welcoming Interim President Susan Martin to campus.

Academic Senate Chair Michael Kimbarow introduced President Martin, who offered greetings and then took questions from the audience. View the video.

The event was held from noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 20 in the Student Union ballroom. All students, faculty, staff, community members and news media were invited to attend.

Fall Welcome Address, Sept. 3

President Martin will deliver the Fall Welcome Address at noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 3 in the Student Union ballroom. All students, faculty, staff, community members and news media are invited to attend.

The speech is an annual tradition during which the president reflects on the previous year and discusses the year to come. The event will be streamed live from the SJSU home page.

What’s New on Campus?

In addition to the presidential transition, SJSU is proud to announce that our 33,000 students will begin the year with many new classmates, faculty members, classrooms and services.

New students include 3,500 first-time freshmen, 3,500 new undergraduate transfers, and 2,000 new graduate students.

SJSU has appointed 58 new tenure-track faculty members across the disciplines from biology to dance. This is a significant increase over years past, the result of enrollment increases and resource reallocations within the university’s $329 million operating fund.

New administrators include Vice President for Student Affairs Reginald Blaylock, Vice President for University Advancement Paul Lanning, Dean of the College of Social Sciences Walter Jacobs and Dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts Mary Schutten.

Students will find new furniture in 100 classrooms, new technology in 36 classrooms, new whiteboards in 35 classrooms and new seats in five large lecture rooms.

New Buildings, Programs, Sports

The new $25 million Student Wellness Center is open for business and the $54.7 million renovation of Spartan Complex, which houses many academic and athletic programs, is nearly complete.

The Student Union expansion continues, with a new Starbucks, Subway and Spartan Bookstore scheduled to open this term. A new residence hall is slated for completion in fall 2016.

On Aug. 1, SJSU became a tobacco-free campus, with the goal of promoting clean air and a healthy environment while helping community members quit.

This summer, students registered with the assistance of a new online tool. Spartan Planner offers a variety of scheduling options with one goal – graduating on time.

Last but certainly not least, men’s water polo will become SJSU’s 20th NCAA Division 1 sport. Their first match is noon Sept. 5, against Santa Clara at the SJSU Aquatics Center.

SJSU football kicks off its season 7 p.m. Sept. 3, taking on New Hampshire at Spartan Stadium.

About San Jose State

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San Jose State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 134 areas of study with 110 concentrations – offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 33,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San Jose State 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.

 

ABC 7: Dr. Qayoumi Leaves San Jose State for Advisory Role in Afghanistan

Posted by ABC 7 on Aug. 17, 2015.

By Cheryl Jennings

San Jose Mercury News: San Jose State, Give Susan Martin a Chance

Posted by the San Jose Mercury News on Aug. 14, 2015.

Mercury News Editorial

There’s been a rush to judgment on Susan Martin’s appointment as the interim president of San Jose State University upon Mohammad Qayoumi’s departure. As she settles into the campus this week, we hope the faculty and community leaders will look at her overall record, not just the flash point of Eastern Michigan University’s Huron logo controversy.

And we hope they’ll talk to her. It will be easy. Communication was not Qayoumi’s strong point, but it is Martin’s.

A number of factors combined to turn local sentiment against Martin. The CSU chancellor appointed her quickly without consulting local faculty, who had expected someone within the CSU system. But opponents mainly have focused on her decision in 2012 to include an old Indian-head Huron logo as one of two historic logos on an inside flap of the university’s band uniforms.

Read the full story.

 

SJSU’s Accreditation Reaffirmed

WASC noted SJSU presented "a detailed and organized approach to describe assessment" of five core competencies, with a special focus on information literacy and writing (photo by Christina Olivas).

In a letter reaffirming the university’s accreditation, WASC noted SJSU presented a detailed and organized approach to describing assessment of five core competencies, with a special focus on information literacy and writing.

Media contact:
Pat Harris, SJSU Media Relations Director, 408-924-1748

SAN JOSE, CA – The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) has reaffirmed San Jose State University’s accreditation for seven years.

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Interim President Appointed

Susan Martin

Susan Martin

Chancellor Timothy P. White announced today the appointment of Susan Martin as the interim president of San Jose State University.

Martin, the former president of Eastern Michigan University, is a seasoned higher education leader with extensive experience in managing large, diverse universities.

She will assume leadership of the campus on August 18. Martin replaces President Mohammad Qayoumi who is leaving to serve as the chief advisor for infrastructure and technology to Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani.

Read the CSU release.

View Susan Martin’s resume.

Mo Qayoumi

Qayoumi to Leave SJSU for Advisory Role to Afghan President

Mo Qayoumi

Mo Qayoumi

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

SAN JOSE, CA – San Jose State University President Mohammad Qayoumi will leave the university next month to assume an advisory role to Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani. His last working day at SJSU will be Aug. 17.

In a letter to the university community, Qayoumi, a native of Afghanistan, explained his decision.

“Since 2002, I have often been asked to lend my intellectual and operational expertise to many of Afghanistan’s significant economic, educational and infrastructure challenges. President Ashraf Ghani has asked for my immediate assistance and leadership in numerous infrastructure initiatives,” Qayoumi wrote.

“I have informed CSU Chancellor Timothy White of my decision to accept President Ghani’s request to serve as Chief Advisor to the President for Infrastructure and Technology.”

Qayoumi was appointed SJSU president in March 2011 after serving in a similar role for five years at CSU East Bay. He has held numerous CSU leadership roles for more than two decades, actively contributed to U.S. cybersecurity policy and periodically advised various Afghan leaders, including its finance minister.

In a statement, CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White praised Qayoumi’s commitment to STEM education, a key element of SJSU’s influence and impact in Silicon Valley.

“Mo is leaving the campus with a solid fiscal foundation and proud legacy of achievements. His laser focus on innovation, coupled with his tireless work in expanding the visibility of the campus within the technology sector, have advanced the campus’s stronghold in the region as a leading provider of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) graduates,” White said.

Qayoumi expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve SJSU.

“It has been a privilege to serve as SJSU’s president. My wife Najia and I will depart San Jose with many fond memories and the certainty that we are making the right choice at this time in our lives.”

About San Jose State

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San Jose State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 134 areas of study with 110 concentrations – offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 30,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San Jose State 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.

Update: North Garage Police Activity

At 11 a.m. June 11, President Mohammad Qayoumi emailed the following message to all faculty, staff and students.

Dear Campus Community,

With sadness, I am writing to let you know of a death overnight in the immediate vicinity of the North Garage. The University Police Department (UPD) and Santa Clara County Medical Examiner are investigating.

On behalf of the SJSU community, my heart goes out to the victim’s family and friends.

Although few details are available, police assure us there is no threat to public safety.

While officials continue to investigate, we want to support anyone affected by this tragedy. Various services are available to students, as well as faculty and staff members. Please avail yourself of these services as needed and pass along this information to others, as you deem appropriate.

Cordially,

Mo

168 Lanning

SJSU Appoints Vice President for University Advancement

Paul Lanning

Paul Lanning

Media contact: Pat Harris, Media Relations, 408-924-1748

Paul Lanning has been appointed vice president for University Advancement and CEO of the Tower Foundation, effective June 15, 2015.

Throughout the search process, campus stakeholders were impressed with his enthusiasm, excellent communication skills, and emphasis on the importance of aligning advancement efforts with broader university strategies and priorities,” President Mo Qayoumi said.

“He brings to SJSU a wide range of expertise in advancement disciplines; experience leading major capital campaigns, and a clear passion for the mission of higher education.”

Lanning joins SJSU from Ascend Partners Group, a Sacramento-based consulting firm he co-founded in 2011 to provide strategic and hands-on counsel to California-based non-profit organizations.  In addition to managing day-to-day operations and business development activity, Lanning was the lead consultant to institutions spanning the education landscape, including K-12 school districts, community colleges, and four-year universities.

Previous experience

From 2007 to 2011, Lanning served as president and CEO of the Foundation for California Community Colleges. Under his leadership, the foundation secured the largest-ever gift to any two-year system of higher education in the U.S. to establish the system’s first statewide scholarship endowment; raised national awareness of the need for increased private support to public two-year colleges; established resource development and marketing/communications departments to increase the foundation’s capacity to attract support; and grew and strengthened numerous programs and services benefiting California’s community colleges.

From 2002 through 2007, Lanning served at the University of the Pacific, first as director of corporate and foundation relations and later as assistant vice president for university advancement. He contributed meaningfully to a comprehensive campaign that raised $330 million (well-exceeding its $200 million goal). Prior to that, he founded and led a communications firm that was named Entrepreneur Business of the Year in 2000 by the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Lanning began his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and spent several years working with professional and amateur sports organizations in corporate sponsorship, fundraising, media, and event management.

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 and master’s degrees in 134 areas of study with 110 concentrations—offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 30,000 students and nearly 4,000 employees, San Jose State 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.

 

 

R. Blaylock

SJSU Appoints Vice President for Student Affairs

R Blaylock

Reginald Blaylock

Media contact: Pat Harris, Media Relations, 408-924-1748

Reginald Blaylock has been appointed vice president for student affairs, effective June 1, 2015.

Throughout the search process, campus stakeholders were impressed by Blaylock’s unbridled enthusiasm and evident commitment to student success,” President Qayoumi said. “I look very forward to welcoming him to SJSU and believe everyone will find him to be an engaging, collaborative, committed leader and community member.”

Blaylock joins SJSU from San Diego State University, where for the last 27 years he has supported and cultivated student success. Since 2013, he has served as SDSU’s associate vice president for student services, leading 10 departments within the Division of Student Affairs, including those that provide educational opportunity programs and ethnic affairs; health, wellness and disability services; international student and study abroad services, as well as many other programs.

Student Affairs Experience

Beyond his leadership responsibilities, Blaylock was instrumentally involved in numerous SDSU strategic initiatives. These included the Aztec Scholars Initiative, which works to recruit and retain underrepresented African American and American Indian students, as well as efforts to implement physical and campus culture improvements to better serve those with disabilities within SDSU’s campus community.

Previously, Blaylock served in leadership roles in student recruitment, school relations, outreach and enrollment management, and intercollegiate athletics (student-athlete support services at SDSU are housed within Student Affairs). Blaylock holds a doctorate in educational leadership with an emphasis in postsecondary education, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degree in public administration, all from SDSU.

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 and master’s degrees in 134 areas of study with 110 concentrations—offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 30,000 students and nearly 4,000 employees, San Jose State 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 Budget Update

Contact: Pat Harris, 408-924-1748

SAN JOSE, CA–San Jose State University will present a detailed overview of its projected 2015-16 operating budget at an open forum 1:30 to 3 p.m. April 20 in King Library, Room 255. This will include enrollment projections established by the CSU and projections of expected revenues and expenses. The presentation will be available online after the forum.

“Our budget plan reflects a sustained commitment to our people and our mission while living within financial realities,” President Mohammad Qayoumi said. “I encourage you to attend the April 20 budget forum to learn more.”

The 2015-16 operating budget will include several new investments in student, faculty and staff success:

  • President Qayoumi has approved $800,000 for salary equity adjustments for tenure-track and tenured faculty members over a two-year period beginning July 1, 2015.
  • SJSU will provide a salary equity adjustment for some university staff. Those plans are still in the works but we have set aside $500,000 for a two-year program beginning in July 2015; we will share more information as plans round into shape.
  • For the first time, the CSU is empowering campuses to develop their own funding models and plans for financing renovations and new capital construction. SJSU will set aside $300,000 in base funding and $2 million in one-time funds as our first investment in a “capital reserve” fund. Details on this will be shared at the April 20 budget forum.
  • President Qayoumi set aside $1 million in base funding to establish an Office of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence. Led by a chief diversity officer, this office will also have an assessment specialist, Title IX coordinator, administrative support and operating funds for diversity programming. This office will help us leverage all of the efforts already underway to make SJSU a more welcoming community for everyone.
  • Consistent with all schools in the Mountain West Conference and the other NCAA Division I Bowl Subdivision conferences, $1.6 million will be dedicated to funding scholarships for our student-athletes to reflect the “full cost of attendance.”

SJSU develops a budget plan based on reasonable assumptions about funding from the state and other sources. The university does this knowing that actual revenues always vary slightly from projections. This is because the state budget is rarely enacted until close to the official July 1 start of the new fiscal year.

San Jose State—Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 30,000 students and 3,740 employees—is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.

Robert Foster

Corporate and Civic Leader to Receive Honorary Degree

Robert Foster

Robert Foster

Media contact:
Pat Harris, 408-924-1748

 SAN JOSE, CA – Distinguished retired Southern California Edison president and former Long Beach mayor Robert (Bob) Foster, ’69 Public Administration, will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at the San Jose State University Honors Convocation on April 24 at the Event Center.

“Robert Foster has always credited San Jose State with teaching him strong study and work ethics and the ability to think and question—skills that he used to serve California,” said President Mohammad Qayoumi. “His distinguished careers in both the private and public sectors merit this significant award.”

Industry leader

Foster dedicated his career to resolving the state’s energy issues. As chief of conservation and deputy director of the California Energy Commission, Foster led the effort to establish statewide energy efficiency standards in the late 1970s, among the first in the United States.

He joined Southern California Edison (SCE) in 1984, where he worked his way up from operations executive to president. Under Foster’s leadership, SCE developed the nation’s largest renewable, clean energy programs including solar, geothermal, biomass and wind energy. In addition, he played an essential role in restoring SCE to financial health after the California energy crisis of 2000 and 2001.

Civic leader

As mayor of Long Beach from 2006 to 2014, Foster implemented comprehensive pension reform, saving the city nearly $250 million over ten years. In addition, he presided over significant air and water quality improvements and the lowest crime rate in over 40 years, and he worked to transform Long Beach into one of the most bike friendly cities in the nation.

Foster served as trustee to the California State University system from 1997 to 2006 and as chair of the Board of Governors for the California Independent System Operator from 2010 to 2014. He serves on three corporate boards and several advisory boards.

His community involvements are many, including serving on the Long Beach Public Library Foundation Advisory Board, Long Beach Police Historical Society, Rotary Club of Long Beach, Long Beach Community Foundation, and the YMCA of Greater Long Beach.

In recent years, Foster partnered with Professor Emeritus of Political Science Larry Gerston to co-teach a public policy class and in 2013, Foster received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Social Sciences.

Honors Convocation

Over 3,970 undergraduates who earned a GPA of 3.65 or higher in at least two contiguous semesters of the three prior semesters will be honored at this year’s ceremony at 6 p.m. April 24 in the Event Center.

San Jose State—Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 30,000 students and 3,740 employees—is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.

 

Engineering Hall of Fame Inducts Qayoumi

The buzz was all about energy—human energy, that is—at the Silicon Valley Engineering Council‘s 2015 Engineers Week Banquet on Feb. 19 at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose.

“I believe that learning and imagination are the most potent forms of energy in the universe,” said President Mohammad Qayoumi in prepared remarks following his induction into the council’s Hall of Fame.

Clearly, engineering council members felt the same, devoting much of the event to mentoring the next generation of engineering talent.

Scholarship recipients

Scholarship recipients included three San Jose State students: Jose Alvarez, Biomedical Engineering; Linh Do, ’16 Chemical Engineering; and Giovanni Zecchini, ’16 Mechanical Engineering.

The council is an umbrella organization for engineering societies in the valley. Goals include promoting the career development of engineers and technical professionals.

Among the council’s founders was the late Jay Pinson, an SJSU engineering professor and dean widely recognized for corralling support for the first engineering college fundraising campaign in the 1970s.

Attendees

SJSU continues to engender that sense of community beyond campus. Among the event’s attendees was San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White and Tower Foundation Board Chair Amir Mashkoori.

Afghanistan’s president, Ashraf Ghani, congratulated Qayoumi with a video message. They were once college roommates. Campus community members in attendance included President Qayoumi’s wife, an excellent example of the power of human energy.

“I am grateful to the love of my life and wife of 36 years, Najia, who has supported my academic and related public policy pursuits while carving out her own niche as an accomplished clinical dietitian and Persian poet,” the president said.

 

Special Taskforce on Racial Discrimination

SJSU Proposes Admissions Policy Changes

Contact:
Pat Harris, Media Relations, 408-924-1748

San Jose State University is considering changes to guidelines that would affect transfer students seeking admission to the university in fall 2016 and after. This change does not affect students who have already applied for admission to the university.

Transfers students are currently admitted based only on grade point average. SJSU is considering evaluating transfer students applying to specific programs based on their academic preparation. These students are expected to complete certain courses prior to entering SJSU at the junior level.

Our data show students are entering SJSU without fully completing the preparatory coursework, and subsequently taking longer to complete their degrees. Transfer students are enrolling in preparatory courses, limiting availability of these courses for freshman students. This change would allow more students to make timely progress to graduation.

Anyone may comment on these proposed changes. SJSU will hold three public meetings to discuss this proposed change:

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 3-5 p.m.

SJSU Student Union Theater

Monday, March 2, 2015, 3-5 p.m.

West Valley College Fox Technology Center, Room 120

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

SJSU Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering, Room 189

A website has been established to provide details. Comments may be submitted online.

San Jose State — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 30,000 students and 3,740 employees — is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.

Super Sunday 2015

From the moment the service began, it was clear that the people of Maranatha Christian Center could relate to their guest speaker from San Jose State.

After welcoming rain-soaked congregants indoors with song, Praise and Worship Leader Kimberly Christmas, ’93 Communication Studies, greeted the guest with a big hug.

It turns out Coleetta McElroy, director of the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, helped Christmas back when she was an SJSU student, sparking a lifelong friendship.

McElroy was one of four SJSU administrators to attend church services statewide as part of the CSU Super Sunday program.

She “knows about the money,” as Pastor Tony Williams so aptly put it, drawing a clear “Amen!” from the pews.

But McElroy presented all aspects of planning for college, given the goal of the CSU campaign is to increase African American college graduation rates.

Yet it was the personal connections that will leave lasting impressions. Speaking from the stage, McElroy shared her journey, as first in her family to graduate from college.

She went on to receive a master’s in public administration in 1997 from San Jose State, progress that she said continues to inspire her nieces and nephews.

After the service, Zeke Staples, ’08 BS, ’12 MA, Kinesiology, answered questions while placing college brochures in as many hands as he could.

Though he kept this to himself Sunday, his story inspires, too. Staples runs his own fitness business while working as an SJSU admissions counselor and recruiter.

Update: Police Activity

The University Police Department at San Jose State University has re-opened the Boccardo Business Complex after completing a floor-by-floor search of the building in response to a report of a gunman.

The incident began at approximately 3 p.m. today, when a student entering BBC overheard a conversation between several students leaving BBC.

The students had been discussing the possibility of a gunman in the building. The student who overheard the conversation immediately called UPD.

BBC (a classroom building for students) and the adjoining Business Tower (an office building for business faculty and staff) were evacuated.

UPD conducted a floor-by-floor search of BBC and found no evidence of a gunman, nor any other witnesses who had seen a gunman.

The buildings were re-opened at 4:30 p.m. During the incident, a portion of 10th Street was closed to vehicular traffic. The street has since been re-opened.

SJSU encourages all members of the university community to report safety concerns. Students, faculty and staff can call 9-1-1 or contact UPD directly at 408-924-2222.

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47th Annual Spartan Service Celebration

Linda Garcia-Young

Linda Garcia-Young (photo by Robert C. Bain)

Much changed in the 45 years that Linda Garcia-Young has worked at San Jose State, but one thing remained the same: The value she places in listening to and helping everyone she meets as an administrative analyst in the College of Social Sciences.

Garcia-Young received a standing ovation as the San Jose State staff member with the longest tenure of the 98 individuals honored at the 2014 Spartan Service Celebration held Oct. 30 in the Student Union ballroom. Review a list of all honorees.

“Linda is an impeccable professional, but even more important than that, she’s a great human being,” said retired Dean Sheila Bienenfeld. “She is the person who troubled faculty go to talk to when they’ve got problems, troubled staff, students, anybody that comes to her with any kind of problem finds a warm, caring and generous soul to listen to them and to do her best to help.”

She knows everyone on campus. She knows who to call and she does it. She shows up every day when times are rough and when times are good. I am very honored to call her my friend.”

The celebration included a video during which individual honorees shared favorite memories. Although the questions prompting these memories varied, one theme emerged: SJSU is a place where staff members make lifelong friends while working together for students.

Helping Students, Shaping Lives

Honorees included Spartan Dining Systems Manager Brian Mitchler, ’87 Nutrition, who recently completed 25 years of service. When asked, in the video, to name his favorite spot on campus, he replied with a very sweet story about his days as a student living in Moulder Hall, which has since been replaced by Campus Village.

Brian Mitchler

Brian Mitchler (photo by Robert C. Bain)

“The reason is that’s where I met my future wife,” Mitchler said. “I remember the day she moved into [her residence] hall. I had already been there for a year so I was kind of established as a hall veteran and I remember meeting her little three-year-old brother at the time, and her step-mother, and helping move things into her dorm.”

“I remember also the first time she came and asked me for help with an English paper, which just so happened to be about her favorite wedding spots…it was at that point that I got an inkling that we might actually have a developing relationship.

I remember the first couple of times we took a walk across campus. We found reasons to walk together and I especially remember the first time we got to hold hands walking across campus, how special that was.”

Vice President for Administration and Finance Shawn Bibb, Athletic Director Gene Bleymaier, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Renee Barnett Terry, and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Andy Feinstein took turns reading the names of all honorees.

“Staff members play an essential role in our community, providing the infrastructure our students need to learn and pursue knowledge,” President Mohammad Qayoumi said. “I look forward to this event each year, as it is an opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous efforts of our staff.”