SJSU and Provident Credit Union Announce Partnership Agreement for Event Center

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Media Contacts:

Robin McElhatton

Media Relations Specialist


Lawrence Fan

SJSU Associate
Athletics Director


John Haggarty

VP marketing,
Provident Credit Union

650-508-0300, ext. 2611

SAN JOSE, CA – San Jose State University and Provident Credit Union have forged an $8.1 million, 20-year partnership agreement to rename The Event Center at San Jose State University to Provident Credit Union Event Center. The California State University Board of Trustees approved the venue renaming and broader agreement at its July 24 meeting.

“Maintaining a modern, inviting event center is vital for San Jose State, our students and student-athletes, faculty and staff, the City of San Jose, and the entire campus community,” said Mary A. Papazian, president of San Jose State. “Regional collaborations like this one demonstrate how the university can work with industry in mutually-beneficial ways. And, as an SJSU alum, President Jim Ernest is another great example of our graduates who make a difference in their own backyard.”

Funds from the annual payments will be used to make improvements, upgrades, renovations and for ongoing maintenance to the Event Center, a 30-year-old facility managed by Student Union, Inc., a student auxiliary. The building is a prominent feature of the campus and is visited by students, faculty and staff members during such events as Commencement, Honors Convocation and Spartan Athletics contests. The university and greater Bay Area community visit the center regularly when it is rented by outside promoters for concerts, comedy shows and a variety of other entertainment events.

“Provident Credit Union looks forward to supporting and serving the staff, students, and alumni of San Jose State University with financial services. The credit union has had a 70-year relationship with not only educators in Northern California but all communities in the five Bay Area counties. As an alumnus, I am very proud that Provident has been given the opportunity to provide the San Jose State University community with our exceptional products, outstanding services and comprehensive financial education. We are very excited about this partnership and eager to get started,” said Jim Ernest, president and CEO of Provident Credit Union.

Ernest is a San Jose State alumnus who holds a bachelor’s in economics and an MBA from St. Mary’s College. He serves on the board of directors of Easter Seals Bay Area and is the Finance Committee chair.

The agreement includes signage at the facility and on nearby roadways; the opportunity to sponsor or participate in university events; and the opportunity to provide the campus with financial literacy awareness clinics.

San Jose State University and Provident Credit Union thank PIVOT Agency (PIVOT), a nationally- known full-service sports marketing and sponsorship agency for its support and assistance on this naming rights agreement.

About San Jose State University

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San Jose State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 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 Jose State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing more than 7,000 graduates to the workforce.

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

About San Jose State University Athletics

San Jose State University’s athletics program sponsors 22 NCAA Division I sports (9 men’s and 13 women’s) and offers an intercollegiate athletics experience to at least 490 student-athletes annually. The Spartans compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest level of college football. San Jose State is a member of the Mountain West — a conference of 12 football-playing schools in the Pacific, Mountain and Hawaiian time zones.

About Provident Credit Union

Provident Credit Union is a full-service retail financial cooperative with over $2.7 Billion in assets, over 350 employees and 20 community branches in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Redwood Shores based credit union offers a full range of financial products and services from checking and savings accounts to credit cards and mortgage loans and has proudly served the San Francisco Bay Area since 1950. Provident has earned Bauer Financials 5 Star Sustained Superiority rating for over 20 years and has been ranked as one of the Top 200 healthiest credit unions in the country by for the past 4 consecutive years. The credit union is open to anyone who lives or works in the surrounding counties of the Bay Area. For more information about Provident please visit

Malala at SJSU

With great eloquence, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai shared her life story with thousands of audience members young and old at the SJSU Event Center the evening June 26.

After introductory remarks by President Mohammad Qayoumi and novelist Khaled Hosseini, Yousafzai spoke without the benefit of notes or a podium, appealing directly to the crowd, before taking a seat beside Hosseini for a question-and-answer session.

The president noted he and Hosseini are both from Afghanistan, which has a shared history with Yousafzai’s native Pakistan. An avid reader, Yousafzai counts Hosseini among her favorite authors for his realistic depictions of war.

In October 2012, Yousafzai was shot in an attempt by the Taliban to silence her. Just 15 years old at the time, she was already an outspoken proponent for girls’ education in her country and throughout the world, a role she resumed after recovering.

Today, Yousafzai and her family live in Birmingham, England. Her San Jose visit came amid a series of U.S. speaking engagements and events including a 70th anniversary celebration for the United Nations in San Francisco.

KGO-TV: Malala Yousafzai Visits San Jose, Talks with Khaled Hosseini

Posted by KGO-TV on June 26,2015.

By Cheryl Jennings, Weekday Co-Anchor

“The terrorists came did not believe in the freedom of women, they did not believe in women’s rights, to get an education,” Malala said to the crowd.

View the full story. 

San Francisco Chronicle: San Jose Crowd Cheers Youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Posted by the San Francisco Chronicle on June 26, 2015.

By Carla Marinucci, Senior Political Reporter

Malala Yousafzai, the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate, told hundreds of people in San Jose on Friday that “education is every child’s right” and urged support for widespread efforts to guarantee secondary schooling for children around the world.

Malala, the 17-year-old Pakistani human rights activist, issued the call during comments at San Jose State University, where she was greeted with cheers and a standing ovation by an enthralled audience packed with girls and women, many clutching her best-selling memoir, “I Am Malala.”

Read the full story. 


Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai to Speak at SJSU

Malala book cover

Malala published this memoir in 2013.

Update, March 26, 2015: The student tickets are sold out.

Media contacts:
Howard Szigeti, Unique Lives,, 416-449-8118
Pat Harris, SJSU Media Relations,, 408-924-1748

In October 2012, Malala Yousafzai was shot in her left forehead in an attempt by the Taliban to silence her. Just 15 years old, she was already an outspoken proponent for girls’ education in Pakistan, and throughout the world.

She not only survived the attack, but she continues to speak out while she completes her own high school education. Known to the world by her first name, Malala will speak at the San Jose State Event Center at 7 p.m. June 26.

The youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient ever will appear at the invitation of the Unique Lives & Experiences speaker series. She will be in conversation with one of her favorite authors, best-selling novelist Khaled Hosseini, whose books, including “The Kite Runner,” are set in Afghanistan, the country of his birth.

Tickets for the SJSU Community

A ticket pre-sale for SJSU students, faculty and staff will be held March 17-20 at the Event Center box office during regular hours.

  • SJSU students with Tower ID may purchase up to two tickets at $25 each.
  • SJSU faculty and staff members with Tower ID may purchase up to two tickets, with a $10 discount off the regular price for each ticket.

Tickets for the General Public

Ticket sales for the general public are slated to begin March 21 through Ticketmaster.

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.


ABC7: Simulator Shows Dangers of Texting While Driving

Posted by ABC7 on Jan. 25, 2013.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) — Police say young drivers are among the most likely to text while driving. It’s habit they’re trying to break. So they went to a South Bay college campus Friday with a novel approach.

Over 200 police agencies around the state, including San Jose, are mounting a big crackdown this year on texting and talking on mobile phones while driving. And they’re using a video game-like simulator to prove how dangerous it is.

Sometimes it takes technology to demonstrate how dangerous technology can be. San Jose State University junior Ryan Harper got into a simulator to learn a lesson about texting while driving, something he readily admits he does.

“It’s basically been the grace of god that I haven’t been in an accident while driving and texting,” Harper said.

AT&T is spending millions of dollars to drive home the message that it can wait if you get a text message on the road. And as adept as Harper is, he got into a crash.

When asked if the outcome from the simulator will change his thinking and behavior, Harper answered, “For sure. I don’t have a car out here in San Jose, but yes, when I go home, I will not be texting and driving.” And when asked if he was just saying that or if he’s a changed man, he answered, “I promise, I’m a changed man.”

San Jose police were also on hand to let students know they’re planning 42 enforcement events this year to nab distracted drivers, whether they’re texting or talking on a mobile phone.

They issued 123 citations last year. Most of the 3,500 crashes in 2012 involved distracted drivers.

“I think it’s difficult for people to break the habit because we get more and more comfortable with the technology that we have, and we have this sense of confidence that we can just text a quick response to something or make a quick phone call to get information,” said San Jose police traffic enforcement Sgt. Jim Hagen.

As part of its safety campaign, AT&T has an app that intercepts text messages when you’re driving, sending a reply that you’ll text back when it’s safe to do so.

And sometimes it takes a real life story — which AT&T has turned into public service announcements — to underscore that texting is two-way process. Texting someone who is driving can have fatal consequences.

In the public service announcement a woman says, “Having a Highway Patrol officer write in a report that a text message sent at 12:05 is the reason that she is dead is not something that will ever go away.”

Texting a simple “LOL” or “yeah” might take only a few seconds. But San Jose police point out that looking down for five seconds at 55 miles an hour means you’re driving blind for the length of a football field.

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University police cadets assist with a vehicle stop.

Spartans In Action: Students Get Hands-on Experience at SJSU

San Jose State is a leading metropolitan university, providing students hands-on career experience through three outstanding programs. The University Police Department cadet program teaches students how to become civil servants and weed out crime. Dwight, Bentel & Hall Communications, part of MCOM 199, gives students the opportunity to plan, produce and create major advertising campaigns for big name companies such as JC Penney and Chevrolet. The Event Center apprenticeship program provides students hands-on experience working with equipment for large-scale productions. Every day, SJSU is preparing students to go out into a competitive global workforce and succeed. #

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Spartans in Action

Dwight Bentel Hall Communications Agency

Advertising Major Amanda Geannapoulos analyzes her competition for the American Advertising Federation – JC Penny National Student Competition.

Juan Luna, advertising major and team leader of the Chevrolet client competition  is on a conference call with Chevrolet marketing department.

The Chevrolet ad team is on a conference call with Chevrolet’s marketing department.

Public Relations Majors Laura Blanpied and Katherine Cadavid collaborate on a press release.

Event Center Apprenticeship

Radio-TV- Film major Sacha Johnson is testing the follow spotlight in the control booth for the Lady Antebellum concert.

Technical Services Coordinator and Crew Chief Anthony Ricalde works with  Radio-TV-Film major Luke Sharkey in the SJSU Event Center control booth, operating the house lights for the Lady Antebellum Concert.

Radio-TV-Film major Christian Garrucho captures audio and video interviews of the presenters at a gogoNet LIVE! conference in the Student Union.

Business Management Major Mitchell Williams operates the camera for a live broadcast for the gogoNet conference in the Student Union Ballroom.

SJSU Graduate Anthony Ricalde is rigging and patching a moving lighting fixture for the SJSU Men’s Basketall game against Whitman College.

University Police Department Cadet Program

Officer Thomas Lee teaches cadets crowd control in a UPD classroom.

SJSU Behavioral Science Linh Phan processes materials to be booked into evidence.

UPD cadets prepare to get into formation for inspection by Officer Thomas Lee.

SJSU computer engineering major Hung Nguyen and sociology major Keith Busmire assist Officer Lee with a vehicle stop.

SJSU Sociology major Keith Busmire practices collecting information from a “suspect” by completing a filed interview card.

Photos by Anna Bagiriov

Video produced and edited by Digital Communications Assistant Keith Bryant

Clinton urges students to vote at San Jose State

By: Joe Garofoli/Chronicle Staff Writer

At a Sunday night rally for the California Democratic ticket at San Jose State University,former President Bill Clinton urged young people to vote or risk paying more to repay their student loans.

While Clinton was there to stump for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown and lieutenant governor hopeful Gavin Newsom,he aimed much of his 30-minute message at a national audience, particularly young people and people of color. Insiders are worried about low turnout for both groups, which were a major part of the 1.1 million Californians who voted for the first time in the 2008 presidential election for President Obama.

Clinton said if Republicans take Congress in the Nov. 2 midterm elections, their priorities will include a move that could increase the cost of federal student loans by rescinding a provision in the program.

But Republicans won’t take the House if “you show up,” Clinton told the audience in the two-thirds-filled 6,000-capacity Event Center at San Jose State. He urged students to get on their social networks to contact friends around the country and tell them to vote for Democrats. “And if they don’t, ask them,’What planet are you living on?’ ”

It was the last lap on a three-day barnstorming tour through California for Clinton, which started with an outdoor rally Friday in Los Angeles with Brown and Newsom. It concluded Sunday with an afternoon rally in Napa for Democratic Rep. Mike Thompson and the 8:15 p.m. appearance in San Jose.

Clinton, Brown and Newsom all talked up how Democrats would be the ones to keep California at the forefront of green jobs growth domestically. And Brown took digs at his GOP opponent,Meg Whitman,the billionaire former eBay CEO,who has invested more than $141 million of her own money in the race.

“We’ve found out a billion is not enough if that’s all you got,” Brown said.

Sunday’s event could have made for one of the more awkward onstage political hugs in recent memory as Newsom,Brown and Clinton haven’t always been on the best of terms. Clinton and Brown exchanged caustic barbs when they ran against each other for the 1992 Democratic presidential nomination.

That feud resurfaced several weeks ago when Whitman’s campaign began running a commercial showing Clinton tearing into Brown during a 1992 debate – an ad that contained erroneous information about Brown’s record on taxes as governor. Brown retorted with an offhand remark about Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Before the dustup got too intense, Clinton endorsed Brown and made plans for the California visit.

Clinton endorsed Newsom over Brown last fall, a payback for Newsom endorsing Hillary Rodham Clinton over Obama in the 2008 presidential primary. At the time,campaign operatives for Brown and Newsom were trading punches almost daily – until Newsom dropped out of the race nearly a year ago.

But Clinton wrapped a bear hug around Brown after the California attorney general introduced him.

“He took a lot of crap from a lot people,” Brown said of Clinton. “Yeah, I gave him a little of it myself. But remember,this is the guy who really persevered in the face of the most outrageous Republican opposition.”

A spokesperson for Whitman’s campaign,Andrea Jones Rivera, scoffed at Clinton’s appearance.

“If it weren’t for his party affiliation, Bill Clinton wouldn’t have anything to do with Jerry Brown. This entire appearance is about party politics,” said Rivera.

Nicole Gomez, a San Jose State student at her first political rally,was undecided about how to vote on Proposition 23, which would gut California’s landmark climate change law. But after hearing Newsom talk about how damaging it could be, she will now oppose it and support Newsom and Brown. “I’m definitely not voting for Meg Whitman,” she said.

President Clinton to Attend Voter Rally at SJSU Oct. 17

President Bill Clinton, Attorney General Jerry Brown and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will attend a California Democratic Party rally beginning at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the SJSU Event Center. This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Members of the media only should contact Christina Iskandar at or 714-403-9661 for more information.

Register for the event.

View an event flyer.

Students Come to See His Holiness the Dalai Lama

On Wednesday, October 13, 2010, the fourteenth Dalai Lama visited the San Jose State University Event Center for a special teaching. Many students, alumni and faculty came to see this iconic figure. In addition, people from around the Bay Area traveled to SJSU to take part in the day’s ceremony. We catch up with students in line waiting for the Dalai Lama’s arrival to find out why they came to see this inspirational figure.

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