SJSU Civic Action Fellowship Recognized By California’s Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday

California’s Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday

Photo: James Gensheimer

The fellowship serves as a model for Governor Newsom’s proposed new #CaliforniansForAll College Service Program.

Josh Fryday, chief service officer for the state of California and head of the California Volunteers program within the Office of the Governor, visited San José State on May 28 to meet with a small group of SJSU’s Civic Action Fellows. The student-fellows are part of the university’s inaugural cohort of the Civic Action Fellowship, a national service partnership between the California Volunteers, AmeriCorps and a coalition of public and private universities.

Last year, San José State’s Center for Community Learning and Leadership (CCLL) was awarded more than $500,000 in grant funding to launch and implement the inaugural program, which helps 44 students pay for college while providing local after-school programs with STEM education and computer programming for underserved third- and sixth-grade youth.

Unfortunately, university restrictions and school closings during the COVID-19 pandemic required program leadership to quickly pivot their programming completely from in-person to virtual.

“In response, current Civic Action Fellows created unplugged project kits that they used to teach core concepts related to computer science and programming,” said Andrea Tully, CCLL’s assistant director and program director and co-primary investigator of the Civic Action Fellowship.

The original, handmade kits contained everything the young students needed to complete the activities on their own and offline. Fellows supplemented their weekly lessons using digital platforms “to collaborate with the youth to create and debug games using the Scratch programming language,” Tully added.

Despite the odds of reimagining programming practically overnight, the outcomes of the first Civic Action Fellowship at San José State were remarkable, particularly in how effective the students were at engaging the youth with fun, educational activities — and much needed one-on-one connection.

Outside of their families, the fellows were often the only social interaction many of the children had with other adults during the pandemic.

“The fellows worked as a team to adapt to learning and serving while sheltering in place, fostering what will likely be lifelong friendships with their peers and a sense of pride being a member of the SJSU Civic Action Fellowship during unprecedented times,” said Tully.

Fryday’s visit was an immense honor for SJSU; he and other staff members at California Volunteers are thrilled with the results of the CCLL’s work with the C.A. Fellowship program, which has been awarded a second year of funding for 2021.

“Higher education and public service is a natural partnership, and the program at San José State University is a model program for the entire state. The Civic Action Fellowship supports commitment to public service, and addresses challenges all Californians face — particularly in historically underserved communities,” said Fryday.

“Calling on young people to serve their communities is an investment in the future of California. Helping those students pay for college and find meaningful employment upon graduation will ensure its continued success in bettering their lives, and the lives of those around them,” he continued.

San José State’s C.A. fellowship has a nearly 100 percent retention rate. As they recruit for the upcoming academic year, nearly half of the original fellows have already applied for the second cohort, which speaks volumes about the experience it offers both fellows and its young participants.

Four Civic Action Fellows speak with Josh Fryday

(L-R) Kelli Sexton, Chris Padua and Ian Chavez, Josh Fryday, and Cielo Pano Photo: James Gensheimer

Cielo Pano, ’24 Applied Nutrition and Sciences, said being a Civic Action Fellow helped her develop essential skills that benefit her as both a student and a mentor. “I’m now a more resilient and goal-oriented person with better time management skills”

“The opportunity to meet the current Chief Service Officer of California helped us appreciate the roots of our efforts and involvement in the fellowship — and why our time and service in the program is important,” she added.

“Being a fellow during the pandemic was quite intensive, but providing entertainment and information for youth during this once in a century epidemic was really impactful,” said Ian Chavez, ’23 Computer Science. “It helps you realize how much small actions can influence the world.”

Chavez also appreciated Fryday’s visit to SJSU. “Meeting Mr. Fryday meant a lot,” he said. “I always felt that my work in the fellowship was important, but having such a prominent figure sit down and talk with us about the program was a great experience.”

Christopher Padua,’23 Forensic Science, also greatly appreciated the opportunity to meet Fryday and share his thoughts on the experience. One of the things Padua told him was: “Without this program, these young kids with so much potential may not have otherwise been introduced to these computer skills or learn that they could even do coding at all.”

Setting an example for others to thrive

The Civic Action Fellowship pilot program set a concrete example for California Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed #CaliforniansForAll College Service Program, which, similar to the C.A. Fellowship, will help eliminate financial hardship of college for students in need.

The Governor’s May budget revision includes $285.2 million in one-time funds to establish the program in collaboration with the University of California, California State University, California Community Colleges, and private California university systems.

“The #CaliforniansForAll College Program is a historic proposed investment in service from Governor Gavin Newsom. It will create debt-free college pathways for low-income students, tackle our greatest challenges, inspire a new generation to serve, and unite our communities,” said Fryday.

According to the budget summary, the #CaliforniansForAll program creates 12,500 part-time service opportunities for college students interested in addressing urgent matters related to education, healthcare, and climate and disaster response, among others. It offers both a stipend and scholarship for eligible participants.

“This program will help California’s communities tackle critical issues focused on climate action, tutoring and mentoring, and other critical areas of COVID-19 recovery, like food insecurity,” Fryday added.

San José State’s Civic Action Fellows’ specific service efforts are developed collaboratively with partners, which include Title 1 after school programs within Campbell Union School District (CUSD) Expanded Learning Programs, Sunday Friends, and Third Street Community Center, and are responsive to community needs. Thus, the experience results in meaningful progress toward achieving shared goals within the community.

“The Civic Action Fellowship truly enacts SJSU’s commitment to integrating service to the community with academic learning experiences,” said Elena Klaw, psychology professor, CCLL director and primary investigator of the Civic Action Fellowship.

“We are proud of the service that Fellows have provided toward advancing equity in STEM, providing public health education, and learning and growing as students and emerging leaders.”

Annual SJSU Conference to Encourage Women to ‘Reimagine the Future’ of Engineering

Silicon Valley Women in Engineering Conference 2021

Diana Knobler, ‘22 Biomedical Engineering, grew up in a predominantly Hispanic Los Angeles neighborhood, where it was rare for high school students to attend four-year universities. After arriving at San José State, Knobler was surprised to discover she was even more of an exception to the rule than she thought.

“My introductory engineering course had three times as many male students as it did female students, and even fewer Latinx students,” Knobler explained.

That’s a big reason why she decided to attend this year’s Silicon Valley Women in Engineering Conference, which will be held virtually on Saturday, March 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The conference, in its seventh year, is hosted by the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering at San José State.

The conference’s theme is “Reimagine the Future,” and the event is open to students at SJSU and other higher ed institutions who want to learn about current trends and innovations in the field.

Keynote speakers include Renée DiResta, technical research manager for Stanford Internet Observatory; Ann Lee-Karlon, senior vice president of Genentech; and Jessica J. Marquez, human-systems engineer for NASA Ames Research Center. They will speak on how to detect misinformation on social media, new advances in biotechnology and future trends in space technology.

Attendees can choose from 12 technical talks about emerging technologies and six professional development sessions. They can also mingle with representatives from more than 50 Silicon Valley companies—including sponsors Google, IBM, Netgear, Lam Research and several others—during the conference’s Innovation Showcase.

The overall mission is to educate students, provide them with potential mentors and role models, and to create a community for women engineers in the Silicon Valley, according to Belle Wei, the Carolyn Guidry Chair of Engineering Education and Innovative Learning.

“Women are a minority in engineering classrooms—less than 20 percent of students in an engineering classroom are women,” said Wei, who serves on the conference committee.

“All of these speakers are highly accomplished women professionals,” she continued. “We want them to see that these women have worked hard, had a strategy, persevered and have been successful.”

Many of the students who attend the conference are in a position similar to Knobler’s. Jinny Rhee, conference chair and associate dean of undergraduate programs and student success for the College of Engineering, said attendees often come from underrepresented groups or are first-generation college students.

“So they might not have some of the support structures and infrastructure that other engineering students may take for granted,” Rhee added. “We want to allow them to reimagine the role engineering can take in a developed society. Engineering is there to make the world a better place, and we don’t want anyone to lose sight of that.”

Knobler does want to make the world a better place: She plans to one day introduce life-changing medical devices into the health-care field. After her first semester at SJSU, Knobler joined an engineering and technical sciences sorority, The Beta Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Omega Epsilon, and she said having a female support system has made all the difference.

“Being connected to so many amazing women through this conference feels like the first step to building an industry-level support system,” Knobler explained. “I hope to use the knowledge I gain from these women to become successful in the industry myself and one day return to do the same for [the next generation of] young female engineers.”

Laura Guio, ‘86 Marketing, is doing just that. When she entered the engineering industry more than 30 years ago, there were not many women to whom she could look for inspiration and guidance.

“Fast forward to today, and there are more women tech leaders, but not as many as I would have expected by this point in time,” said Guio, who now serves as general manager and executive for IBM. “As a woman technology leader and an SJSU graduate, I feel it is my responsibility and privilege to talk about my experience and encourage others while sharing my journey.”

Guio will talk about her experiences during a panel discussion on developing career strategies. Rhee and Wei want to see female students persist in their engineering careers long after graduation, but that doesn’t always happen.

“We know a lot of women leave technology fields soon after they graduate for various reasons, and that’s a shame,” Rhee noted. “The research says that the stronger your engineering identity, the more likely you are to get your degree and persist in the field after you graduate.”

They will ask attendees to complete pre- and post-event surveys to better understand how the conference can play a role in fostering that strong identity.

Guio said she wants attendees of the conference to know there are plenty of opportunities for success and many ways to pursue them.

“Everyone’s journey is their own, and you have to know yourself, your skills and what drives and motivates you to begin to understand the path you want to take,” Guio said.

“Technology needs diversity in representation, which brings diversity in thought. Studies show if you have a diverse mix of talent, this will improve performance and success. Most of all, I want to encourage these students to push forward, dream big, but take it one step at a time.”

To learn more about the conference, visit 2021.siliconvalleywie.org.

Spartan Speaker Series to Focus on Racism, Mental Health, Gender and More, Kicks Off Feb. 10

This semester, the San José State community can take a deep dive into topics such as racism, activism, mental health, gender and identity. The Spring 2021 Spartan Speaker Series at SJSU kicks off virtually on Wednesday, Feb. 10, with comedian, host and producer Baratunde Thurston. The entire series is free and open to the public.

Baratunde Thurston
Deconstructing Racism with Baratunde Thurston

Thurston will give his talk, “How to Deconstruct Racism and Laugh at the Same Time,” at 7 p.m. via Zoom. An Emmy-nominated host who has worked for The Onion, produced for The Daily Show and even advised the Obama White House, Thurston is the author of the New York Times bestseller “How to Be Black.” He’s also the executive producer and host of “We’re Having a Moment”—a podcast examining the intersection of the global pandemic, the fight for racial justice and the spotlight on policing in the U.S—as well as “How to Citizen with Baratunde,” which offers different perspectives on how to improve society collectively.

Student Affairs, who produces the series in collaboration with the César E. Chávez Community Action Center (CCCAC), received requests for speakers focusing on racial justice, journalism and the media. “Baratunde Thurston is a wonderful choice to represent these topics,” says Adrienne Jensen-Doray, assistant director of Student Involvement. “He addresses the social and political landscape in the U.S., as well as trauma and healing. He also provides perspectives on life as an entrepreneur and a podcaster—two topics of interest to many of our students.”

When planning the series as a whole, Jensen-Doray says themes such as “racial justice and mental health and wellness were critical, given the needs and interest of our students and current events. We also considered heritage months, such as Black History Month, Women Herstory Month and Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month.”

Thurston will conclude his presentation with a Q&A.

Alok Menon

Exploring Gender and Identity with ALOK

Later in the month, Alok Vaid-Menon (ALOK) will serve as the keynote speaker for the 15th anniversary of the CCCAC. In “Beyond the Binary,” on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m., ALOK, a gender non-conforming writer, performance artist and mixed-media artist, will explore themes of gender, race, trauma and belonging. They are the author of “Femme in Public” and “Beyond the Gender Binary.” In 2019, they were honored as one of NBC’s Pride 50 and Out Magazine’s OUT 100.

Since its inception in 2006, the CCCAC has sought to connect SJSU students with civic engagement opportunities that deepen educational experience while promoting a lifelong commitment to activism and social justice, which are at the heart of the legacy of César Chávez.

“As we move into thinking about the next 15 years for the CCCAC and the world, it’s important we bring a keynote speaker that represents a community not often given the platform to influence the next generation of social justice leaders,” explains Diana Victa, department manager of the CCCAC. “ALOK is the best fit because of their leadership in spreading awareness of gender identities, specifically gender non-conforming folx.”

Thea Monyee

Bridging Mental Health and Activism with Thea Monyee

The CCCAC will also present the “A Conversation with Thea Monyee: Sustaining Joy in the Midst of Social Change: Bridging Mental Health and Activism,” on Tuesday, March 2, at 3 p.m. Monyee, a poet and marriage and family therapist, self identifies as a “Black Woman Creative.” She has appeared on HBO, BET, Spectrum, OWN, Fox Soul and TV One, and her work stems from her commitment to healing, which she believes can only occur in a liberated and non-oppressive society.

“It was very important to us to address mental health this semester,” says Jensen-Doray. “Monyee does this through an activist lens, which we hope will resonate with students.”

Simon Tam

Making Trouble with Simon Tam

Finally, the series will conclude on Wednesday, April 14, at 7 p.m. with a talk by Simon Tam. In “Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court,” Tam will share how he helped expand civil liberties for minorities through the unanimous victory of the U.S. Supreme Court case, Matal v. Tam, in 2017. “He offers a unique perspective on identity and justice, as well as the intersection of arts and activism,” says Jensen-Doray.

Tam is the founder and bassist of The Slants, an all-Asian American dance rock band. He also leads the nonprofit The Slants Foundation, which supports arts and activism projects for underrepresented communities. Tam’s talk will include a musical performance, and he will take questions from participants after his talk.


Attendees of any of the talks should register ahead of time in order to receive a Zoom link.

“I hope those who attend multiple events in this series notice the commonalities and prevalence of specific advice—whether it is about forging your own path, building resilience or mentorship and the role mentors have played in our speakers’ lives,” says Jensen-Doray.

She also adds that Student Involvement seeks input from SJSU students, faculty and staff to identify pertinent themes and speakers-of-interest for the 2021-2022 series. Those interested can provide feedback here.

San José State University and the City of San José Extend Operating Agreement of Hammer Theatre Center for 35-Year Period

Editors note: This media advisory was distributed on June 25, 2020.

Corner view of the Hammer Theatre Center Box Office entrance.

Hammer Theatre Center. Photo: Christina Olivas.

Media Contacts:
Robin McElhatton, San José State University
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SAN JOSÉ, CA – June 25, 2020– The city of San José and San José State University have agreed to a new contract that allows the university to continue operating the Hammer Theatre Center for up to 35 years. The theatre, which is owned by the city of San José, is a state-of-the-art performance venue located in the heart of downtown San José at 101 Paseo De San Antonio.

In March, San City Council voted unanimously to proceed with the contract, which builds on a successful partnership initiated in 2016. San José Director of Cultural Affairs Kerry Adams Hapner told the council, “This has been such a successful model in so many ways.” She says, “We are looking forward to continuing a fruitful partnership that increases the cultural vibrancy of the downtown and brings long-lasting benefits to the city and SJSU.”

San José State has signed the agreement, which allows SJSU to operate the Hammer for the next fifteen years with additional options to renew through the year 2055. “This contract allows the Hammer Theatre to bring high-quality arts programming to San José for decades to come,” said College of Humanities and the Arts Dean Shannon Miller. “It also gives our music, theater, and dance students the opportunity to perform on the Hammer’s professional stage, and connects our campus community to the cultural and economic corridors throughout the downtown area.”

Formerly the home of San José Repertory Theatre, the architecturally striking, bright blue building sat vacant from June 2014 until SJSU took the helm in early 2016, investing approximately $2 million to renovate the facilities. “One of the hallmarks of the Hammer has been the diversity of our programming,” said Hammer Executive Director Christopher Burrill. “We have been attracting new audiences with a wide range of interests—not only theatre lovers, but also fans of dance, music, film, live talks, and much more, with programs that speak to all sectors of our multicultural community.”

For the past four years, the 528-seat theatre has presented an array of offerings including outstanding professional productions, community-based works, SJSU shows, and concerts, as well as dance, music, talks, film screenings—even live aerial performances with dancers suspended outside, scaling the sides of the iconic blue building. In addition to a complete renovation of the stage, and updated audio and lighting equipment to reflect the latest technology, an upstairs rehearsal space was transformed into Hammer 4, a black box theatre space designed for intimate productions such as Hammer’s “Black Cab Jazz” collaboration with San José Jazz.

In the last season, the Hammer presented nearly 200 events, drawing more than 57,000 audience members. From jazz performances to mariachi extravaganzas, the popular National Geographic Live! speaker series to the acclaimed National Theatre Live film screenings, Cinequest film festival presentations, ballet and modern dance shows, kid-friendly performances, live art and more, the Hammer’s mission is to serve the community through artistic and educational programming that express the unique characteristics and diverse cultures of Silicon Valley. The Mercury News raved, “It’s safe to say San José State has exceeded anyone’s expectations for the reactivation of the theater and have kept it as a vital community asset. That is certainly worth applauding.”

On June 15, 2020, the Hammer announced its plan to invest in additional technology to create a studio-quality, high-definition, multi-camera video environment that will allow the theatre to offer its audiences live stream events to view from home. These tech upgrades provide the Hammer the opportunity to offer high-quality alternatives for the short term—while large public gatherings are prohibited by COVID-19—and long term—for those who may not be able to attend a live event in person for accessibility reasons. To help with the effort, the Hammer has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $30,000 to pay for the refit of the theatre and to offer live stream content from its stage. For more information visit: power.sjsu.edu/hammertheatre.

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 nine colleges.

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

The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 280,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.

San Jose State University and County of Santa Clara Renew Multi-Year Agreement for Timpany Center

Interior shot of the Timpany Center therapeutic pool

Photo by David Schmitz/San Jose State University

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF – San Jose State University’s Research Foundation (SJSURF) and The County of Santa Clara (SCC) have reached agreement on a new, multi-year partnership to continue operation of the Timpany Center.

The Timpany Center, a non-profit educational and therapeutic service center, has served community members for 10 years. The center offers a wide range of aquatic and land fitness and training programs, as well as therapeutic and safety courses for individuals of all ages and abilities. Its specialized services and facilities, including a warm water pool and spa, gymnasium, weight room and classroom, are operated by San Jose State University’s Department of Kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Sciences in conjunction with SCC.

“The Timpany Center is a critical health and wellness resource to County residents. I am pleased to confirm a renewed agreement between the County and San Jose State University to keep the Timpany Center open through 2024,” said County of Santa Clara Supervisor Susan Ellenberg. “Our County is always committed to exploring the best practices to expand these much-needed services.”

The new agreement, from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2024, is meant to position the facility as an operationally and financially sound service-learning program for our students and an inclusive wellness resource for our community, well into the future, said Mohamed Abousalem, SJSU’s vice president for research and innovation and president of the board of directors at SJSURF.

“SJSU values the importance of the Timpany Center to our community and greatly appreciates the hard work of its employees,” said Abousalem. “We are grateful for the support and loyal patronage of our community members these past 10 years, and we have every reason to believe that the facility will continue to provide important services for years to come.”

“The County of Santa Clara and San Jose State University Research Foundation (SJSURF) worked together to reach an agreement that will keep resources from the Timpany Center such as the pool, gym and other services open for business,” added  Jeff Draper,  director of County of Santa Clara Facilities and Fleet Department. “We are appreciative of SJSURF for working with us and their dedication to assisting the community.”

San Jose State University, Mayor Liccardo and Bill Wilson Center Launch Partnership with Airbnb to Address Student Homelessness

Editor’s Note:  This news release was sent to the media on November 13, 2019


Media Contacts

Robin McElhatton, San Jose State University, (408) 799-3373 or robin.mcelhatton@sjsu.edu
Chloe Meyere, Office of Mayor Sam Liccardo, (408) 535-4833 or chloe.meyere@sanjsoeca.gov
Mattie Zazueta, Airbnb, (323) 448-6974 or mattie.zazueta@airbnb.com
Robin Reynolds, Bill Wilson Center, (408) 850-6156 or rreynolds@billwilsoncenter.org

San Jose State University, Mayor Liccardo and Bill Wilson Center Launch Partnership with Airbnb to Address Student Homelessness

First-of-its-kind pilot program will provide short-term housing solutions for homeless and housing-insecure college students in San Jose ahead of the holiday season

San Jose, Calif. — Today, San Jose State University, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Bill Wilson Center joined Airbnb to announce a first-of-its-kind partnership-in-the-country to provide a community-based solution that will offer free, temporary housing to college students experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity. San Jose is the first city in the country to pilot Airbnb for Work’s third-party booking tool — where an administrator can book and manage stays on behalf of others — to address student homelessness. 

The partnership was borne out of initial conversations with Mayor Liccardo, Airbnb, Bill Wilson Center, and San Jose State University over the summer, and will pay additional focus to ensure students have housing over the holiday season.

“College students should worry about final exams, not about where they’ll sleep each night,” said Mayor Liccardo. “We are proud to forge this partnership with Airbnb, Bill Wilson Center, and San Jose State to do better for our next generation of leaders.” 

Leveraging Airbnb for Work’s third-party booking tool, Bill Wilson Center will book temporary accommodations on behalf of participating students. Airbnb will refund its host and guest booking fees to Bill Wilson Center for the pilot program. 

“We need to work together in Silicon Valley to assure vulnerable college students have a place to stay when they face homelessness,” said Sparky Harlan, Bill Wilson Center CEO. “Thanks to Airbnb, Bill Wilson Center will have access to rooms in hosted homes where we can temporarily place a student while we work to find them longer-term, stable housing.”

Students’ short-term stays will range between a few days to a few weeks and up to several months — as determined by individual need — while Bill Wilson Center works to identify a long-term, stable housing solution for participating students. The center will use existing federal, state, and local funding sources to cover the short-term rents.

“Across the country, too many students are going to bed every night without a roof over their heads,” said Chris Lehane, Airbnb’s Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Communications. “We are honored that Mayor Liccardo is leading this work and grateful for the opportunity to bring public, private and nonprofit resources together to support local students in need. We look forward to working with the Bill Wilson Center in the coming months to leverage our host community and place students in a safe place they can call home.”

Mayor Liccardo hopes partners can leverage and grow this partnership to help homeless and housing insecure students at other higher education institutions in San Jose, and the region. 

“San Jose State, particularly students who may need support during the upcoming winter recess when the campus is closed, will find the funds earmarked for this initiative to be a welcome and timely gift as we approach the holiday season,” said Patrick Day, San Jose State University Vice President of Student Affairs. “We know that a comforting and supportive environment for our students—including housing—is an important building block for meeting their basic needs. Partnerships like this are a must when tackling such an urgent and critical issue, so this collaborative effort is a step in the right direction.”

The pilot program follows City of San Jose’s declaration of November as National Homeless Youth Awareness Month and will launch ahead of the holidays when on-campus housing and services become less accessible. It also aligns with Bill Wilson Center’s recently-announced 100-Day Challenge to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness, launched in partnership with Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg. 


About San Jose State University 

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 145 areas of study with an additional 108 concentrations — offered through its eight colleges. With approximately 36,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San José State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing more than 7,000 graduates to the workforce. The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 220,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.

About the City of San Jose

With more than one million residents, San José is one of the most diverse large cities in the United States and is Northern California’s largest city and the 10th largest city in the nation. San José’s transformation into a global innovation center has resulted in one of the largest concentrations of technology companies and expertise in the world. In 2011, the City adopted Envision San José 2040, a long-term growth plan that sets forth a vision and a comprehensive road map to guide the City’s anticipated growth through the year 2040.

About Airbnb

Airbnb is one of the world’s largest marketplaces for unique, authentic places to stay and things to do, offering over 7 million accommodations and 40,000 handcrafted activities, all powered by local hosts. An economic empowerment engine, Airbnb has helped millions of hospitality entrepreneurs monetize their spaces and their passions while keeping the financial benefits of tourism in their own communities. With more than half a billion guest arrivals to date, and accessible in 62 languages across 191 countries and regions, Airbnb promotes people-to-people connection, community, and trust around the world. Airbnb For Work provides a suite of tools for travelers and travel managers to make it easier to travel for work without sacrificing the comforts of home. 

About Bill Wilson Center

The Bill Wilson Center is a non-profit that provides housing, education and counseling services to more than 4,100 children, young adults, and families in Santa Clara County. The organization is committed to working with the community to ensure that every youth has access to the range of services needed to grow to be healthy and self-sufficient adults. Bill Wilson Center has been providing services to runaway and homeless youth since 1973.

 

Public, Private Partners Vow to House 100 Homeless College Students in 100 Days

Editor’s Note:  This news release was sent to the media on November 4, 2019


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Public, Private Partners Vow to House 100 Homeless College Students in 100 Days

San Jose, Calif. –Santa Clara County stakeholders join the national call to action as leaders from Bill Wilson Center, San Jose State University, West Valley-Mission Community College District, and County of Santa Clara Supervisor Susan Ellenberg come together to tackle college student homelessness through the 100-Day Challenge.

“The 100-Day Challenge focuses our community to step up and house the increasing number of homeless college students in Silicon Valley,” said Sparky Harland, Bill Wilson Center CEO.

The goal of this effort is to house 100 college students experiencing homelessness in 100 days by working with a multitude of stakeholders and service providers to connect students with available resources.

Along with Bill Wilson Center, the County of Santa Clara’s District 4, West Valley-Mission Community College District, San Jose State University, County Office of Supportive Housing, Community Solutions, and Foothill College will also be collaborating to house these college students.

“No student should live in a car, on someone’s couch, or under an overpass, especially when they’re working toward their dreams and careers,” said County of Santa Clara Supervisor Susan Ellenberg. “I am proud to see all these stakeholders step up and come together to put these students first and find them stable housing.”

“Homelessness is a regional challenge shared by the entire Bay Area, one that cries out for meaningful solutions,” said Mary A. Papazian, President of San Jose State University. “Long-term answers can only emerge through joint efforts between government, civic organization and the broader community, and the 100 Day Challenge checks all the right boxes. At SJSU, addressing student housing is a critical part of meeting our students’ overall basic needs, so we are pleased to be part of this important initiative.”

Along with the kick-off of the 100-Day Challenge, the County is proclaiming the month of November as “National Homeless Youth Awareness Month” in the County of Santa Clara and Bill Wilson Center is unveiling a new report focused on homeless youth in Santa Clara County.

According to the 2019 Homeless Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, 22% of the homeless respondents (ages 18-25) are currently enrolled in college. Of those currently experiencing homelessness, 14% of respondents noted they are living outside and 10% are living in their car.

“For a growing number of students in Santa Clara County, housing insecurity presents the largest obstacle to higher education,” said Brad Davis, West Valley-Mission Community College District Chancellor. “Our county is blessed with outstanding educators across the entire continuum of public and private education, but as rents climb to an all-time high our students are increasingly priced out of higher education, not by tuition and fees, but because they must choose between a roof over their head today or career tomorrow.”


About Santa Clara County

The County of Santa Clara government serves a diverse, multi-cultural population of 1.9 million residents in Santa Clara County, the sixth-largest county in California. With more than 70 agencies/departments and nearly 22,000 employees, the County of Santa Clara plans for the needs of a dynamic community, offers quality services, and promotes a healthy, safe and prosperous community for all. The County provides essential services including public health and environmental protection, medical services through Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) hospitals and clinics, child and adult protection services, homelessness prevention and solutions, roads, parks, libraries, emergency response to disasters, protection of minority communities and those under threat, access to a fair criminal justice system, and scores of other services, particularly for those members of our community in the greatest need. Visit us at: http://www​.sccgov.org

About Bill Wilson Center

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SJSU Outdoor Adventures Unites Students

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Backpackers at Hetch Hetchy Damn after trek from Rancheria Falls, Yosemite National Park 2013 (Jay J. Manalo photo).

By Kelly Curtis

Sunset in Hetch Hetchy Valley. Granite hillsides reach toward a lavender sky, pine trees sway in the breeze and tents dot the needle-covered flat at Rancheria Falls backpacker campground. After a six-mile hike, leader Kristine Kirkendall and her group of San Jose State students relax around a fire. They are in Yosemite National Park with the Outdoor Adventures program.

Kirkendall, ’89 Speech Communication, ’11 MA Sports Psychology, is the Associated Students Campus Recreation manager and director of Outdoor Adventures, where students sign up for off-campus trips such as backpacking, kayaking and hiking. The new perspectives gained on these adventures are helping shape a more united SJSU community.

Phil Priolo White Water Rafting 2013 (Phil Priolo photo).

Phil Priolo white water rafting 2013 (Phil Priolo photo).

On her first adventure, senior Janine Tram, learned how much people rely on modern technology. “In nature, people need to do things on their own,” said Tram. “Backpacking in Yosemite taught me it’s hard to live off the land. Now I don’t take home amenities for granted.”

“Experiential learning: take people away from ordinary life, technology and social confines. Make them practice new skills,” said Kirkendall. “Setting up a tent or building a fire for the first time is challenging, but these new experiences grow the whole person.”

Phil Priolo, also a junior, joined Outdoor Adventures because he was seeking more friendship than traditional sports offered. The adventures helped him connect with others because there wasn’t a sense of competition.

“Usually, I’m a wallflower,” Priolo said. “But in an outdoor activity I can be social. It’s a safe environment.”

Kirkendall said social skills are where students grow the fastest. She believes that even though nature is rugged, it’s a place where students don’t feel judged.

“Outdoors,” she said, “students can express themselves. The normal social barriers don’t exist. You have to look people in the eye, speak to them and problem solve.”

On campus, social groups are often founded on cultural differences. Kirkendall acknowledges this is healthy for a diverse student body, but Outdoor Adventures is about uniting the SJSU community.

Erika Ghose overlooking Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, Yosemite National Park 2013. (Kevin Brown photo)

Erika Ghose overlooking Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, Yosemite National Park 2013 (Kevin Brown photo).

“On trips, everyone is responsible for their own food,” she said. “People show up with Taiwanese lettuce wraps or Korean noodles. Someone always has curry. They share everything. Sharing makes a stronger community.”

Erika Ghose, a junior, lost count of her adventures. Her appreciation for what she calls “The Big Quiet,” has helped enlarge her circle of friends.

“On campus, we rarely make deep connections,” Ghose said. “On adventures, I see the other side of people, the raw person. I hear their stories and experience the world with them.”

As if an appreciation for nature, more self-confidence and a greater sense of community weren’t enough, Ghose said the outdoors help her decompress from academic life.

“The Big Quiet,” she said, “is the stillness and peace of nature. I can’t help but sit and listen, which sounds ironic. Who listens to the quiet? It’s something that’s understood away from the city and the chaos, out in the sun and the mountains, surrounded by trees.”

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#SJSU Tweets of the Week, November 5

London Eye ferris wheel at night with red lights and blue beacons of light

“In love with #london,” tweets @JorgeR690, who took this photo of the London Eye while currently studying abroad.

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

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

@peterkabai: #downtown #city #sanjose #sjsu #california #instagood #tweegram #photooftheday #instamood #tbt #iphonesia #i http://instagr.am/p/RZTJ0Xgp8Z/

@sarahhhvictoria: Good morning #sjsu http://instagr.am/p/RacgJqHXyg/

@MicrosoftSV: Go @SJSU! RT @theanilsson: Fun Fact: The majority of Silicon Valley engineers are San Jose State grads. — @RepZoeLofgren

@TheAimerson: A little Halloween whimsy is brought to SJSU… Passed by a zombie, penguin, pirate, TMNT, hippy, and foxy fox just to get to my next class!

@rizalinoantonio: cloudy day at downtown san jose #sjsu #timelapse http://yfrog.us/jox7itblhkoakiqjvtqszaliz

@drew_thoughts: #rockthevote #sjsu #prop30 #prop31#prop32 #prop33 #prop34 #prop35#prop36 #prop37 #prop38 #prop39#prop40 # http://instagr.am/p/Rgn-SdR-53/

@harishvc: Walking thru the Science Bldg @sjsu stumbled on an interesting quote that is right on! pic.twitter.com/6LY9d4YR

@SamuelYLam: If you were watching the @Warriors game last night, did you guys see@SJSU during the opening video montage? Yeah. Represent!

@SpearsNBAYahoo: Congrats to @SJSU football for improving to 7-2 with win today! Go@SJSUAthletics! Where is the love @YahooForde @YahooDrSaturday?

@Sarynrorie: If the bowl game happens & where ever the #SJSU Bowl Game is…….. I AM GOING!!!! #Spartans #WeAreONE

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

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#SJSU Tweets of the Week, October 29

Silhouette of Tower Hall and palm trees with cloudy, blue sky

@sjsu_kinglib shared this cool photo of Tower Hall taken from King Library by one of our librarians, @jausel.

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

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

@Benwik_CHOSEN1: Practice @ 7am but still up finishing this school work. Student comes before athlete in Student-Athlete #SJSU

@sjsulift: Currently my view from the library. How could you not want to be an @SJSU #Spartan?? #sjsu #YES pic.twitter.com/38BBqse4

@no_tacos: Nailing a biopsychology presentation and professor says that I should consider teaching as a career. #SJSU

@DandyDior: #sjsu #officebirthdays taking the office from #drabtofab EXCITED to surprise My coworker tomorrow #cubical #decor pic.twitter.com/Ma5Xk6J0

@platinumtim: Just arrived at my Alma Mater, @SJSU. It feels good to be home! #sjsualum

@CollegeInvent: Congratulations to the @SJSU team of Henry Li, Andrew Parmar, and Max Ratner being named finalists in the Competition. #CIC #USPTO

@JTFdocumentary: RT @sjsu: RT @camillediem: I spoke to the @SJSU alumni behind the film #JourneyThroughFire. Read about it here: http://shar.es/cjI6k

@conorgrennan: Can’t wait for this Thurs, speaking at San Jose State U at 4 p.m.- #LittlePrinces is the Common Read. Come Join! @sjsu http://www.sjsu.edu/reading/Fall_2012_Book.htm

@atqueamemus07: Meeting Little Princes author @conorgrennan yesterday made my day (: Not only is he an amazing writer, but he’s do http://twitpic.com/b7q4et

@rtgleeson: Helluva weekend. Mercury News debut Sat. morning, #SJSU football story on @CSNAuthentic Sat. evening — topped by a #SFGiants WS Championship

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

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#SJSU Tweets of the Week, October 22

Rainbow across grey sky above 7th Street Fountain, framed with palm trees

One week, it’s warm and sunny in San Jose, and the next week, it’s cold and rainy! @pdparticle captured this bright spot, though — a rainbow visible from the Event Center!

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

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

@idogcow: THANK YOU to the unknown @SJSU student who gave our daughter her pompom at Homecoming. She is still quite thrilled with your gift!#WeAreOne

@ms_doty: At work decorating pumpkins for the contest! #bestjob #halloween#garfield @ SJSU Aquatics Center http://instagr.am/p/Q28vNFrKUr/

@ASsjsu: Dr. John Carlos giving great advice to @SJSU right now! What an honor! #SJSU #LegacyWeek2012 http://lockerz.com/s/253891854

@jaguarsinsider: Practice complete. Thanks San Jose State. #Jaguarshttp://lockerz.com/s/254717644 http://lockerz.com/s/254717666

@SamuelYLam: You best be tuning into ESPN3. Watching the @SJSU Spartans getting TDs left and right

@donlyn1: @SJSU OMG!! I am at the hairdresser & I just yelled #GoSpartans every1 look at me & I said #SpartanPride!!!

@camillediem: Cine: Performers at the Bouquet of Indian Classical Dances at SJSU http://cinemagr.am/show/21228510 #culture #SJSU #dance #SpartanDaily

@aspiresjsu: ASPIRE students giving @SJSU tour for College of the Sequoias UB and SSS #TRiOWorks pic.twitter.com/KswanL6H

@gingeraleli: Found out @psy_oppa is coming to SJSU for the Triple Ho show! I’m so excited! Hope the student tickets won’t be sold out before I get one!

@ashbashh1227: & even when it rains, things will turn out beautifully #nofilter #sjsu instagr.am/p/RGMxJphobs/

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

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#SJSU Tweets of the Week, October 15

panoramic photo of Spartan Stadium on a sunny day during the Homecoming Game

@SoniaTyding captured this panoramic photo from the sidelines of Spartan Stadium during the Homecoming Game. Click on the photo for a closer look!

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

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

@LParada11: Happy Homecoming Week @SJSU #freecookie #freepin #sjsu @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library http://instagr.am/p/Qh6oZsA_Ym/

@BarnabyDallas: Free tic all over @sjsu campus pic.twitter.com/TDkSxACp

@misotina: Dia de los Muertos display @ MLKlibrary. #SJSU #ProudSpartan #culture http://instagr.am/p/QlCWt0KhgU/

@KevinFrandsen: @SJSU @sjsubaseball always out to support my school wherever, whenever

@ReekstheGeeekz: Loving everything about San Jose, the culture, the people, the hiphop scene, and the university. #SanJose #SJSU #SpartanPride #Homecoming

@Martidamus: Honored at the SJSU halftime! pic.twitter.com/q1PADDVX

@TsquaredC: #SJSU spartan for life. Win or Lose

@HowUknoMikey7: Meet a LEGEND TODAY #JOHNCARLOS #SJSU #SPEEDCITY http://instagr.am/p/Qvkgahnjag/

@jayycole_: Reping San Jose all day! #SJSU #LittleBrother #Birthday http://instagr.am/p/Qv6vqorOFD/

@lkimura789: Honored that an #sjsu alumni @coastw won the PRSA professional of the year award. Congrats!

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

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#SJSU Tweets of the Week, October 8

View of the Aquatic Center's pool and Campus Village

“Hello October,” tweets @summmahhh, who took this poolside photo at our Aquatic Center. October got off to a warm start in San Jose, so enjoy the pool while the weather is still sunny. The Aquatic Center is free for current SJSU students with valid Tower Cards, plus it’s affordable for faculty, staff and community members.

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

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

@PolskiPilkarz: Bass nectar’s mom is my English professor #SJSU #ilovecollege

@kimschenkl: You know you are a nerd when you leave class after your professor #heretolearn #sjsu

@spizarro: San Jose State pep band and cheerleaders make a surprise appearance at San Jose Rotary Club. Go Spartans!pic.twitter.com/r4DKpRTD

@KylecanTweet: Santa’s coming tonight tonight, Santa’s coming tonight! #santa#bestdayever #santaslittlehelpera #sjsu http://instagr.am/p/QV2ICzpV02/

@TechEdSat: @LittleLujy I just graduated from @SJSU with a degree in #aerospace #engineering. #TechEdSat was my first flight project

@flora_moreno: I’m teaching on Saturday @SJSU! Crash Course in #sanjose’s Creative & Innovative Culture, w/ @contentmag. It’s free: http://goo.gl/WLi0Z

@SJSUCASA: @Sjsu President welcomes Afghan journalism professors at JMC School reception. pic.twitter.com/a5cG6uNd

@Stephng26: Watching some #sjsu #hockey! @ Sharks Ice at San Jose http://instagr.am/p/QbVOyyzW8s/

@ReneSiegel: @BirdJosephine Glad you enjoyed my speech! I love speaking to students, especially Spartans! Go get ’em, girl! #sjsu

@SJSUAthletics: @COACHMIKEMAC – Filling the stadium is important. Any time our student section is full is exciting for us. We are trying to build pride.

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

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#SJSU Tweets of the Week, October 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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#SJSU Tweets of the Week, September 24

#SJSU Tweets of the Week, September 24

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

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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#SJSU Tweets of the Week, September 17

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#SJSU Tweets of the Week, 9/10

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

Group of SJSU female soccer players posing next to a bus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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#SJSU Tweets of the Week, Spartan Football Edition

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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#SJSU Tweets of the Week, 8/27

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

Photo by @chirhoiotasigma

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#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 https://twitter.com/SJSU or search for @SJSU.

#SJSUFrosh:
@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 http://instagr.am/p/M67hLjmg6J/ ‪#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 (: http://instagr.am/p/M9ncSNBH7X/

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

@1dancingjessica: Group 17’s teddy bear has become extra popular … ‪#sjsufrosh‬ http://ow.ly/ccFJ4

@meribette1: Future spartans 🙂 ‪#frosh‬ ‪#SJSUfrosh‬ ‪#fun‬ ‪#orientation‬ ‪#memories‬ http://instagr.am/p/M_z7Ewn624/

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

#TahitiFete:
@camillerss: I love you guyssss, today’s our day! @ Event Center at ‪#SJSU‬ http://instagr.am/p/M1GJLrFb6X/

@_celinemarie: @_AMigable‘s halau Kawailehua was so good!!! We agree! ‪#sjsu‬ http://ow.ly/c5VC8

@chanelliekins: My day in a nutshell.

Chatter, Photos and More:
@kidnie
: ‪#SJSU‬ Quidditch’s Joe Tran with the ‪#SquirtleSquad‬ in the finals of ‪#FireMercs‬. Let’s go blue team! http://instagr.am/p/M1ppTWxNcZ/

@sjsualumni: Looking for new grilling ideas this summer? Check out our Good to Grill Cooking Class Aug. 10! http://ow.ly/c6n9V ‪#sjsu

@sjsujustice: SJSU CSI Camp…first hands on activity. ‪#SJSU‬ ‪#CSI‬ ‪#SJSUCASA‬ pic.twitter.com/07gv9MUS

@voltnorcal: ‪#SJSU‬ we have a ‪#job‬ opening for a loan officer in Palo Alto…http://ow.ly/c7tzJ

@gavila4: First Grad book to arrive! ‪#Masters‬ ‪#Mechanical‬ ‪#Engineering‬ ‪#SJSU‬ http://instagr.am/p/M4CZBZDy7U/

@viverssss: Caesar Chavez✊‪#sjsu‬ http://instagr.am/p/M39HVwxyXO/ ‪#sjsu

@sarynrorie: ‪#SJSU‬ POoOoOoOoL Tiiiiiiiiime!

@theeroyceelifee: ‪#unexpected‬ ‪#DCP‬ ‪#scholarship‬ ‪#blessed‬ ‪#money‬ ‪#SJSU‬ ‪#education‬ http://instagr.am/p/M9a1GIo6Hq/

@dzsamuels: At innovation panel at SJSU, acting commerce sec. Rebecca Blank pic.twitter.com/zvK3SXpl

@crissydv: Ah! ‪#official‬ ‪#sjsu‬ ‪#likeaboss‬ ‪#lovinlife‬ http://instagr.am/p/M_T8Koj2r_/

@rolanjimenez: ‪#SJSU‬ pic.twitter.com/drJzvFRv

Spartan Pride:

@fontburger: I want to see some Flat Sammy pics ‪#sjsu‬ peeps! http://instagr.am/p/NCVThEyCeq/

@cesardeee: Flat Sammy hanging out in the EOP Lounge! ‪#SJSU‬ pic.twitter.com/yMtVLKsm

@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 http://instagr.am/p/M6PCKDrIl9/

@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

News:
@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. http://ow.ly/cbY58

@calstate: Wells Fargo donates $20K to @SJSU students to help community members solve financial issues http://ow.ly/ccHxo

@SenFeinstein: Congrats to @LetsMove winners: San Fernando/@CSUNorthridge partnership, and in San Jose: @SJSU/MHT, @YMCAofSV! http://1.usa.gov/M3m32Z

Athletics:
@kathymorgan722: May the Force be with you … ‪#SJSU‬, LMU, Pepperdine and Brown. D1 athletes work their *** off … http://instagr.am/p/M1MTfeNHn0/

@coachmikemac: Check out our new guys! 2012_FRESHMEN CHECK IN- July 8, 2012: http://youtu.be/S7Y8obuEeWk via @YouTube ‪#SJSUFrosh

@SJSUAthletics: 9/22 San Jose State-San Diego State football kickoff time is 5:00 p.m. Check http://sjsuspartans.com 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.