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.”

Valerie Coleman Morris Receives Honorary Doctorate from SJSU

 

SJSU conferred an honorary doctorate degree to alumna and trailblazing journalist Valerie D. Coleman Morris, ‘68 Journalism, as part of the university’s celebration of the Class of 2021 on Wednesday, May 26. 

Coleman Morris served as a reporter for the university student newspaper “Spartan Daily” during her time at SJSU, covering significant campus events such as the Dow Chemical protests and the Black Power salute by Tommy Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympic Games.

Coleman Morris went on to become a broadcast journalist in San Francisco and Los Angeles and also created and narrated the CBS network radio show “With the Family in Mind.” In 1996, Coleman Morris joined CNN, and in 2011, she published the book “It’s Your Money So Take It Personally.” 

Coleman Morris has three California Emmy awards and was a major contributor to KCBS radio’s Peabody Award team coverage as co-anchor following the 1989 Loma Prieto earthquake. Other awards she’s received include Black Woman of the Year and Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting from American Woman in Radio and TV. 

During her speech to the graduating class, Coleman Morris spoke about her love of threes and how it has played a role continuously throughout her life before imparting this wisdom on SJSU’s newest alumni:

“Congratulations to each member of the class of 2021. I leave with this thought: My late father and his regularly repeated lesson about looking in the rear view mirror. It’s important to do, he’d tell me. Glancing in the rearview mirror reminds you where you’ve come from. 

“And then dad would pose the question, and then he would also pose the answer and say, ‘What happens if you look in the rearview mirror for too long or too often?’ The answer: You won’t know what you run into. I need to explain, my dad was not talking about having an accident. He was talking about running past opportunities that were right in front of you. 

“Graduates, for each of your rearview mirror memories or realities, always hear you say, I am looking forward.”

View Coleman Morris’ entire speech above.

SJSU Highlights Its Own Women Leaders in Celebration of Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we are highlighting some of San José State’s extraordinary women leaders and alumnae, showcasing the transformative impact women have made upon their lives—and the positive impact women can have as mentors, friends, family and aspirational figures to emerging women leaders.

Featured Leaders

Mary A. Papazian, President, San José State

Jenny Ming, ’77 Applied Sciences & Arts; Board Member, Levi Strauss & Co. 

Sheryl H. Ehrman, Don Beall Dean, Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering, San José State

Brandi P. Jones, ’96 Education; Vice Dean and Professor, Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California 

Ann Agee, Interim Dean, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, San José State

Lisa Millora, Vice President for Strategy and Chief of Staff, Office of the President, San José State

Colleen Wilcox, Board Member, Tower Foundation Board of Directors

Ruth Huard, Dean, College of Professional and Global Education, San José State

Heather Lattimer, Dean and Professor, Connie L. Lurie College of Education, San José State


President Mary Papazian

Mary A. Papazian

SJSU President

What women in history do you admire? 

Mary Papazian (MP): There are so many women who have made contributions and impact, ranging from Eleanor Roosevelt to Ruth Bader Ginsberg, as well as lesser-known women such as my own mother. Justice Ginsberg was an extraordinary woman who never allowed barriers to get in her way of the professional and societal progress she was determined to make. Her work in women’s rights, in particular, had a profound and lasting impact on our society.

I can actually draw a line from my own mother to RBG! When she was early in her marriage to my father, Mom was about to start a job when she became pregnant with my brother (her first child). That immediately cost her the job, since in those days pregnant women were not allowed in the classroom. This forced my Dad to set aside his educational pursuits and the trajectory of our family, and their careers and educational paths changed.

RBG later helped alter not only that line of thinking, but—just as important—the policies and laws that allowed it to manifest in society. So her perseverance, bravery and progressive thinking led to tangible changes for women everywhere, for generations.

What women in your life supported you on your journey to achieving your goals and aspirations?

MP: My mother was probably the first woman who I came to admire deeply. She was an educator herself, having taught high school English and American history for 30 years. She was always proud of me and supportive of my goals and ambitions, and she encouraged me to consider academic and career possibilities that she may not have had given the era in which she lived.

There have been many others along the way, of course. At each stop in my professional and academic career, I benefited from the generosity of a wide range of advisors, mentors and supporters. From my days as a PhD candidate through the growing challenges of university teaching, scholarship and leadership, I experienced the immense value of those professional networks.

What is your advice for emerging women leaders at SJSU and across the country?

MP: Having women in positions of leadership is more important than ever. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been enormous for everyone in society, of course, but perhaps these stresses are felt even more acutely by women. Still, women remain greatly underrepresented in the ranks of university administration and leadership across the nation, despite the increasing numbers of women college graduates.

My best advice? We must continue effectively to harness the experience, wisdom and power of women leaders to help find, prepare and move more women into college presidencies and other executive and leadership. I would counsel all women leaders—no matter what positions we hold—to be intentional about serving as door-openers, role models and sounding boards, so women who are seeking advancement are not alone.

By paying it forward for upcoming generations, we can ensure that the leadership in higher education appropriately reflects the diversity of our society, and we can continue to better meet the complex and diverse needs of our students, faculties, communities and employers.

Tim Cook, Malala, and President Papazian

SJSU President Mary A. Papazian meets in late 2019 with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai and Apple CEO Tim Cook on the SJSU campus. Papazian moderated a discussion that examined the impact of a partnership between Apple and Yousafzai on expanding access in girls’ education around the world. Photo: Jim Gensheimer.


Jenny Ming, ’77 Applied Sciences & Arts

Board Member, Levi Strauss & Co.

What women in history do you admire?

Jennie Ming (JM): There are so many admirable women in history. If I have to pick one, it would Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG). She was on the federal bench for 25 years and a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

Throughout her life, RBG was a leading voice for gender equality, women’s interests, and civil rights and liberties. She did all this while balancing being a wife, mother and grandmother. She taught me to believe in myself, and that I can be anything I want to be.

What women in your life supported you on your journey to achieving your goals and aspirations?

JM: There are many women who have supported me throughout my life, starting with my mom and sisters.

I was also fortunate to have incredible mentors and bosses at work. Most notable was my first boss at the Gap: Patti DeRosa. She taught me how to bring my real and best self to work and to be authentic and fair to those that you work with. Patti gave me the confidence that I can do and achieve anything.

What is your advice for emerging women leaders at SJSU and across the country?

JM: Find what you are passionate about. Work with people you respect and can learn from. Believe in yourself and do not be afraid to fail. You can be anything you want to be.


Sheryl Ehrman, Dean, College of Engineering

Sheryl H. Ehrman

Don Beall Dean, Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering

What women in history do you admire? 

Sheryl Ehrman (SE): I admire women historians like Margaret Rossiter and non-fiction writers, like Margot Lee Shetterly, who have researched and promoted women’s advances in STEM. When I was growing up, it seemed like the only woman ever mentioned in the history of science was Marie Curie, and there is much more known now about the advances so many women have made.

What women in your life supported you on your journey to achieving your goals and aspirations? 

SE: My grandmother Dorothy Tombaugh, who had a MS degree in chemistry and ended her career as a high school science teacher, developing methods to teach chemistry and biology to visually impaired students.

My mom Sandie Ehrman, who loved building things but wasn’t allowed to take shop class as a girl in school. She learned how to work with her hands from my grandfather Roy Tombaugh, and she majored in home economics/textiles and design in college. My daughter loved being able to draw a dress design (at age 4) and having my mom create a pattern and make it for her.

My high school calculus teacher Mrs. Mitchell, who was so enthusiastic and confident about math, and so good at making math fun (donuts on the day we learned about toroidal shapes, for example).

Because of my grandmother

and Mrs. Mitchell, there was never a question in my mind that women could [or could not] have careers in STEM, and my mom’s design/construct skills made her a great role model.

In my career, Dr. Sandra Greer, formerly the provost at Mills College, and before that a faculty member in chemistry and chemical engineering at the University of Maryland College Park, was a great mentor, as I started my career as a professor.

What is your advice for emerging women leaders at SJSU and across the country?

SE: Your perspective and your voice are important. Women tend to be overcautious rather than overconfident. If you’re afraid to step up and try something new because you aren’t sure you are fully prepared, consider stepping up anyways and be ready to keep learning and growing.


Brandi Jones, SJSU Alumna

Brandi P. Jones, ’96 Education

Vice Dean and Professor, Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California

What women in history do you admire?

Brandi Jones (BJ): Fannie Lou Hamer, Mary McLeod Bethune, Shirley Chisholm, Harriet Tubman

What women in your life supported you on your journey to achieving your goals and aspirations?

BJ: My mother Aretha M. Jones and my junior high school principal Dr. Linda Caillet.

What is your advice for emerging women leaders at SJSU and across the country?

BJ: In the words of Shirley Chisholm, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”


Ann Agee

Interim Dean, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

What women in history do you admire? 

Ann Agee (AA): The many women throughout history who have worked in and advocated for libraries.

The mission of libraries is to provide free and open access to information, and this access changes lives. For centuries, women in libraries have battled for books and resources, so their libraries could provide their patrons with the tools for lifelong learning.

What women in your life supported you on your journey to achieving your goals and aspirations?

AA: Too many to count! Throughout my life, my mother has supported me in every way. Experienced librarians have served as mentors and given guidance that has helped me attain my professional goals. Women friends have provided emotional support and lots of opportunities to laugh.

Never underestimate the power of perspective!

What is your advice for emerging women leaders at SJSU and across the country?

AA: Persevere. In academia especially, persistence is needed to achieve important goals. If you have an objective, it might be the work of years to reach it and pushing through obstacles—maybe more than once—to successfully realize your goal. By persevering, you can learn from your mistakes, then just keep going.


Lisa Millora, SJSU chief of staff

Lisa Millora

Vice President for Strategy and Chief of Staff, Office of the President

What women in history do you admire? 

Lisa Millora (LM): I believe there is so much value in every woman’s lived experience. That said, I especially admire the women who have broken barriers for other women and transformed lives through their courageous actions.

Those who come to mind immediately are Corazon Aquino, Dolores Huerta, Malala Yousafzai, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Oprah Winfrey, each of whom overcame numerous obstacles—personally and publicly—to stand up for the most marginalized among us. All heroes have friends, co-organizers and partners who walk alongside them in creating change.

I also admire groups like the all-women’s mountaineering team that climbed Annapurna as part of the American Women’s Himalayan Expedition in 1978. This team demonstrated what a dedicated group of women can achieve—and challenge the limitations imposed upon us of what we can do.

In doing so, this team changed the narrative about a woman’s place in the world.

What women in your life supported you on your journey to achieving your goals and aspirations?

LM: First and foremost, my mother, Anita Santiago Lansang-Millora. She was raised in the Philippines by her single mother, a widow as a result of World War II’s Bataan Death March. Seeing how her educated mother was able to support her and her brother as a teacher, my mother instilled in my sisters and me a belief in the power of education.

She encouraged us to pursue college degrees, telling us that they would allow us to be independent, and they would be assets that no one could ever take away from us.

This belief, combined with her strong ethic of care and sense of social justice, drove her to pursue an MD which she used to serve one of the poorest communities in my hometown for her entire professional career.

Uncommonly kind, my mother also showed me that women could be both kind and strong, hold others accountable while being respectful, and work full time while being fully present to my sisters and me.

Amazing women—my three sisters, Jenni, Laura, Ngoc, Jeanne, Kimmie, Monica—and countless others—have helped me achieve my dreams.

Collectively, they have taught me how to love and respect myself, picked me up and dusted me off, challenged me, kept me honest, cheered me across both metaphorical and literal finish lines, and supported me through every chapter, every joy and every sorrow of my life.

Lisa Millora and daughter reading together

What is your advice for emerging women leaders at SJSU and across the country?

LM: Don’t let any single moment—good or bad—define you. That means not resting on your laurels just as much as it means not letting failure keep you from creating the life you desire. If I’ve learned anything on my journey, it’s that the way we respond to failure is far more important than the mistakes we make.


Colleen Wilcox

Board Member, Tower Foundation Board of Directors

What women in history do you admire? 

Colleen Wilcox (CW): Certainly Eleanor Roosevelt, whose famous quote “You must do the thing you think you cannot do,” has encouraged me down many challenging paths that I probably would never have pursued without that encouragement.

What women in your life supported you on your journey to achieving your goals and aspirations?

CW: My older cousin Carolyn showed me a professional trajectory that I hadn’t witnessed from my immediate family or friends and gave me the encouragement to believe it was as simple as putting one step in front of the other toward my goals.

What is your advice for emerging women leaders at SJSU and across the country?

CW: Take advantage of every opportunity afforded you and reach for those that haven’t crossed your path—and kindness always matters.


Ruth Huard, Dean, College of Professional and Global Education

Ruth Huard

Dean, College of Professional and Global Education

What women in history do you admire?

Ruth Huard (RH): I respect and admire those who have both honed their minds and opened their hearts to act and positively change the lives of others, their community, their country or humankind— women like Mother Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu, code breaker Elizebeth Friedman, [American nurse] “Angel of the Battlefield” Clara Barton, suffragist Susan B. Anthony, mountaineer and teacher Junko Tabei, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

What women in your life supported you on your journey to achieving your goals and aspirations?

RH: I am fortunate to have been surrounded, supported and mentored by strong, smart women who selflessly do and act—my grandmothers who advocated for quality education in impoverished communities; my undergraduate advisor, Mary Gauvain, who challenged me and my peers to make opportunities rather than wait for them to be offered; my mom, who showed me the significant impact of opening our home to strangers; and Barbara Hayes-Roth, my boss as I entered the startup world, one of the few female CEOs in Silicon Valley and an early innovator and leader in applied AI [artificial intelligence].

What is your advice for emerging women leaders at SJSU and across the country?

RH: Develop a bias for action, have the courage “to do” and keep moving forward—and be fully present, engaged and intentional with what you are doing and those you are doing it with.


Heather Lattimer, Dean and Professor, College of Education

Heather Lattimer

Dean and Professor, Connie L. Lurie College of Education

What women in history do you admire?

Heather Lattimer (HL): I so appreciate women who broke rules and pushed boundaries.  A few in particular: Lilian Ngoyi, Madeleine Albright, Nana Nama’u, Ida B. Wells, and Isabelle Allende.

What women in your life supported you on your journey to achieving your goals and aspirations?

HL: My mom always encouraged and supported me. I’m an only child and only grandchild, a reality that can carry a lot of expectations. But I never felt pressured to be or become something to please others. I was allowed and encouraged to explore possibilities and dream big.

What is your advice for emerging women leaders at SJSU and across the country?

HL: Don’t be afraid to be ambitious in your aspirations and advocate for yourself. For my generation, the message (explicit or implicit) was often that women shouldn’t be openly ambitious, that we should work hard and wait to be noticed. But that’s not the way the world works. Speak up, share your goals, advocate for your future. Doing so will strengthen our whole community.

San José State University Ranks Among Top Colleges in the West for Diversity

Diverse students talking on SJSU campus

From most transformative to one of the most diverse colleges in the nation, SJSU has proved itself to be a leader, once again, in preparing students to live, work and thrive in an increasingly diverse global world.

San José State University ranks #8 in the nation, and #6 in the west, in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (WSJ/THE) College Rankings released earlier this month. In WSJ/THE 2021 rankings, diversity accounts for 10 percent of a school’s overall score

These rankings measure diversity in school environments based on factors including the racial and ethnic diversity of students, faculty and academic staff, the percentage of Pell Grant recipients and the percentage of international students. 

Public universities’ ability to draw students from across diverse backgrounds, particularly socioeconomically diverse populations, is largely due to their accessibility and affordability to local and low-income students alike. 

“San José State is incredibly proud of its distinction as one of the most diverse public universities in the country,” said President Mary A. Papazian.

“But diversity, on its own, does not necessarily lead to the kind of transformative learning environment we aspire to. Our university’s shared values of inclusion, equity, fairness, and respect for one another—combined with the richness of ideas, creativity and approaches that diversity offers—define who we are at San José State.”

San José State is home to a uniquely diverse environment, in which 41 percent of its students are first-generation college students, 37 percent are Pell Grant qualified and approximately 3,000 are international students. 

In addition, 42 percent of students identify as Asian American, 28 percent identify as Chicanx and Latinx—making SJSU a Hispanic-serving institution—and 16 percent identify as white, 3.4 percent as Black and 3 percent as Indigenous. 

In total, 14 California universities are among the top 20 schools in this category and eight of them are in the California State University (CSU) system. Only one, La Sierra University, is a private institution.

Within a year ripe with uncertainty from the pandemic, intersected by last summer’s protests and debate for racial equality and justice, San José State has been reinforcing its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and addressing systemic racism

“This national recognition of being one of the most diverse campuses reinforces our focus addressing historical systemic inequities, so that the diversity that we are known for translates into equity, cultural and global engagement, and an atmosphere where our students, faculty and staff can thrive,” said Chief Diversity Officer Kathy Wong (Lau). 

“At the heart of this work is building our organizational capacity for change, opportunities to learn, and accountability that reflects our core values of diversity, equity and inclusion. We are thrilled to receive this ranking but know that there is responsibility for continued work.” 

Recent SJSU Success in National Rankings

In August, San José State was named the #1 Most Transformative College in the United States by Money magazine. In a region known for constant innovation—and as the second-largest employer in the 10th largest city in the nation—San José State continually transforms to meet the needs of its students, Silicon Valley and the world. 

The university also embodies the diversity of Santa Clara County and the region. 

“This ranking recognizes SJSU as an institution where first-generation college students from economically challenged communities gain the knowledge and skills to not only enter their careers achieving high salaries shortly after gradation but also having low debt—thereby transforming the lives of their families, communities and their workplaces,” said Wong (Lau). 

In addition, the school’s breadth of academic programs, research and applied learning, and its extraordinary legacy of education and opportunity, perfectly position San José State to examine essential questions facing our community and our world—while incorporating a forward-looking view to solve 21st century problems.

These two rankings reflect San José State’s ability to not only attract and prepare a diverse body of students for success in a global workforce but also to transform the world in which they live.

 

SJSU’s Lisa Millora and Marie Tuite Named 2020 “Women of Influence” by Silicon Valley Business Journal

San Jose State University’s Lisa Millora and Marie Tuite have been named to the 2020 list of 100 “Women of Influence” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Millora serves as chief of staff in SJSU’s Office of the President and acting vice president of university advancement, while Tuite is the university’s director of intercollegiate athletics.

“Lisa and Marie are extraordinary women and leaders,” said SJSU President Mary A. Papazian, herself a SVBJ “Woman of Influence” in 2019. “San Jose State is a better institution because of them, and I am grateful they are part of our leadership team.”

Each year, the SVBJ honors and celebrates the 100 most influential women in Silicon Valley. Honorees have been selected from the private, public and nonprofit sectors and include leaders in corporations, startups, small businesses, nonprofits, healthcare, education and community services. The SVBJ will honor its 2020 Women of Influence award-winners at an October 15 dinner event.

Lisa Millora, SJSU chief of staff

Lisa Millora, SJSU’s Chief of Staff, Office of the President.

“While I’m honored to be recognized in this fashion, the real ‘influencers’ at San Jose State are the faculty and staff who work each day—often unnoticed—to provide our students with the best education imaginable while helping them to become educated citizens and the next generation of leaders,” said Millora. “They, along with our students, are the true inspiration.”

As chief of staff, Millora works with the president’s cabinet to oversee the day-to-day operations of the university and its 40,000 students, faculty and staff. She drives progress on strategic priorities and promotes operational effectiveness across the top levels of leadership, through oversight of the Office of the President, Strategic Communications and Marketing, Community and Government Relations, University Personnel and, for a period of time, the Division of University Advancement. The values she learned during her days at an all-girls Catholic school, said Millora, led to a career path that would let her work toward social justice outcomes.

“Through Catholic social teaching, I learned that justice meant caring for the most marginalized in society,” she said. Working for a university early in her career, Millora said, helped her discover “the connection between the values I embraced as a child and the path I wanted to pursue professionally.”

Marie Tuite, SJSU athletics director

Marie Tuite, SJSU’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. Photo by: Thomas Sanders/San Jose State University.

Tuite, a two-sport student-athlete and Athletics Hall of Fame inductee at Central Michigan University, leads and manages a college athletics program with a $34 million budget that supports 22 sports programs, 490 student-athletes and more than 150 coaches and staff members. She is one of only 11 women nationally with the responsibilities of athletics director at a NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) institution, that organization’s highest level of college athletics competition among 130 colleges and universities nationwide. In addition, she is the only woman with the athletics director leadership position among the seven NCAA Division I FBS schools in California.

“When I read the names of the other honorees and noticed the footprint of their professional work, I was so honored to be included with these extraordinary and influential women,” said Tuite, who leads a program that has earned 10 NCAA team championships and 52 NCAA individual titles over the years. Tuite oversees a population of student-athletes, coaches and staff members who collectively participate in more than 10,000 hours of community service and campus engagement activities annually.

“I imagine the professional journey for many of them may not always be an easy path to navigate,” said Tuite. “So this wonderful acknowledgement serves as a positive beacon for all women—from every imaginable background—and a reminder to believe in and listen to our inner spirit that speaks to us every day. It’s a privilege to stand with and be included among these women of Silicon Valley.”

In addition to Papazian, Millora and Tuite join Karen Philbrick, executive director of SJSU’s Mineta Transportation Institute, and Stacy Gleixner, former associate vice president for student and faculty success, as past SVBJ Women of Influence award winners from San Jose State.

SJSU Opens $130 Million Spartan Recreation and Aquatic Center

Students and community members are invited to a ribbon cutting for the Spartan Recreation and Aquatic Center on April 18. Photo by David Schmitz

Students and community members are invited to a ribbon cutting for the Spartan Recreation and Aquatic Center on April 18. Photo by David Schmitz

Media contact: Robin McElhatton, 408-924-1749, robin.mcelhatton@sjsu.edu

SAN JOSE, CA – San Jose State University will hold a grand opening ceremony for the new Spartan Recreation and Aquatic Center (SRAC), a facility that provides new modern recreation facilities and services for students and the entire university community, on Thursday, April 18. San Jose State President Mary Papazian will be in attendance to welcome the campus community and share remarks.

Students can begin queuing east on San Carlos Street at 11:30 a.m. for the ribbon cutting, which will begin at noon. The first 4,000 students will receive an SRAC beach towel, cake, and light food, and will be able to enter a drawing for giveaways.

During the weeks before its grand opening, construction crews put the finishing touches on the Spartan Recreation and Aquatic Center. Photo by David Schmitz

During the weeks before its grand opening, construction crews put the finishing touches on the Spartan Recreation and Aquatic Center. Photo by David Schmitz

“This contemporary facility will provide another important gathering spot for our university community—especially our students—to recreate, swim, exercise and keep fit,” said Charlie Faas, SJSU vice president for administration and finance. “It was envisioned for and by students, and we are proud to continue providing them and our entire campus community with modern amenities both inside and outside the classroom.”

The facility, said Faas, features something for every student. There will be fitness classes, various sporting and recreation clubs, rock-climbing, pick-up game availability and other activities for all skill and fitness levels.

The SRAC offers a variety of features and amenities:

  • Five workout areas featuring 20,000 ft2 of cardio and strength equipment
  • Three full-court gyms for basketball, volleyball, and badminton
  • Four exercise studios for yoga, spin, Les Milles GRIT Strength training, and aerobics
  • 1/8-mile indoor track
  • Rock wall and bouldering area
  • 50-meter lap pool
  • Recreation pool with sundeck and barbecue area
  • Two casual lounges
  • Numerous exercise classes, and personal trainers
The new Spartan Recreation and Aquatics Center will include a variety of features and amenities for students as well as faculty, staff and community members with paid memberships. Photo by David Schmitz

The new Spartan Recreation and Aquatics Center will include a variety of features and amenities for students as well as faculty, staff and community members with paid memberships. Photo by David Schmitz

“The new Spartan Recreation and Aquatic Center is more than a recreation center. The state-of-the-art, open, inviting design creates another key destination on campus (like the Student Union) for students to relax, socialize, and study,” said Cathy Busalacchi, ’76 Recreation, executive director for the Student Union, Inc. “It is a home away from home for all our students, including Clubs Sport teams, intramurals and the Athletics’ aquatic teams.”

Gensler, a world-renowned architecture firm, designed the new SRAC, with Hunt Construction serving as the general contractor. The 128,000-square-foot structure sits at the site that previously housed an aquatic center and two residence halls.

The $130 million project is funded through a non-tuition Student Union mandatory student fee, which covers the bond for construction, the annual operational costs, and any future major or minor maintenance repairs. In 2006, the university presented two fees, a Student Union mandatory student fee that funded the Student Union renovation and expansion (completed in 2016) and also funded the new SRAC project, and a Health Center fee that funded the Student Wellness Center (completed in 2015).

SRAC is free to all enrolled SJSU students. Paid memberships are available to faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Visit the Spartan Recreation website for more information.


About San Jose State University

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San Jose State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 35,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San Jose State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing 10,000 graduates to the workforce.

The university is proud of the accomplishments of its more than 260,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.

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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

list of trending topics on Twitter, including San Jose State

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

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

You can follow SJSU on Twitter for more updates at 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.

#SJSU Tweets of the Week, 6/29

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

sidewalk chalk drawing of a bird with a cartoon bubble, "Tweet About Orientation #SJSU"

@chimebreeze took this photo of a chalk drawing on campus. Whether it's orientation or other campus-related topics, you can tweet about San Jose State using the official hashtag #SJSU!

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:
@fontburger: Week 3 of chalking up campus. Tweet it you tweeters! ‪#sjsu http://instagr.am/p/MULp_hSCWj/

@OMGitsSarahLew: Is excited for my little sister @jayleww to go to ‪#SJSUFrosh @SJSU‪#SJSU orientation today! Missing my OATies

@crissydv: I love my job. ‪#sjsu ‪#oatlife ‪#SJSUfrosh part 2! http://instagr.am/p/MRP8zvj2oi/

@JorgeR690: ‪#sjsufrosh group 1 session 3!! Wooooohooooo!! http://instagr.am/p/MYa5DYgVVm/

@MissLlamas: At orientation and can’t wait to stay the night in the dorms!! ‪#sjsu

@CryssOhh6: that amazing moment when you get hired on the spot !! ‪#sjsu‪#sjsuFrosh ‪#orentation

@terilyntran: Crystal is the BEST orientation leader & being part of group 14 was so memorable. <3 ‪#SJSUFROSH ‪#GROUP14 ‪#COLLEGE

@EricRudawski: Thanks to Brandon Johnston and all the other OL’s for a good two days. Stoked for the fall! ‪#SJSUfrosh

@CaptainRL: Orientation was probably the best way to start my freshman year at ‪#sjsu I had so much fun and met so many different people. ‪#GoSpartans !

@Flaffypanda: The great school spirit.The great diversity of welcoming people.What an environment.I love it here. ‪#SJSUfrosh‪#SPARTANS

Chatter, Photos and More:
@viverssss: Dad never wanted stickers on the truck till I brought this home.

@QueenofRenas: Today was a good day with the UB family. Our trip to San Jose State was worth the time.

@Silentkillar4: Went to go check out @SJSU yesterday and it was pretty dope! I’m really considering going there now. What a great school.

@sooophieso: I was face to face with this squirrel. ‪#SJSU pic.twitter.com/iVkmdSff

@occupymanjose: Chaulk hashtags ‪#sjsufrosh pic.twitter.com/IqQsOOVn

@clawcasta: Gonna be a Peer Advisor at @SJSU starting this Fall semester. I can’t wait to start working again!

@arntr89: Could really use a back massage… ‪#selfcare. (need to sneak into the health center at SJSU & use their massage chair, hehe)

@prttypinkstacks: I need more ‪#sanjosestateuniversity ‪#SJSU followers !

Spartan Pride:

@jennelias6: Spartan Swimmers At Olympic Trials. Good luck to those competing! http://bit.ly/MvW3NA ‪#SJSU

@galinaowens4: Spartan Pride…‪#collegestudent ‪#SJSU http://instagr.am/p/MWCyHtKMiD/

@tinasalacup: I love my prof @SJSU for his advices in my job search! ‪#mentor ‪#vacation ‪#career

@Marco_Henry: It was cool running into fellow @sjsu alum @Sam_Canch randomly today in a San Francisco train. Small world, big network.

@lija: Honored! RT @sjsu Yesterday,we had a great time connecting with ‪#SJSU ‪#Spartans in ‪#SF.Thanks {…} @lija & @MavelousSF for your time!

@Cityboii415: #SJSU ‪#Hoody ‪#ChillinLykaVillain ‪#CollegeBoy ‪#Senior‪#PsychologyMajor ‪#JusticeStudieMinor http://instagr.am/p/MepQ4Wn4Tc/

@SJSpartanSquad: Hey Squad! Help us name the ‪#SJSU Student Section! My vote is “Awesome Sauce.” JK. Don’t vote for that one. http://tinyurl.com/section-name

@Obey_Marieeee: San Jose State is officially my college (:

News:
‏@ricky1899: AS breached http://ow.ly/bTWqb

@LaLuneSucree: @La Lune Sucrée’s Window Painting Contest Winner Chistina Centron time lapse movie, soundtrack by @orangutang ‪#SJSU ‪#SJ http://youtu.be/MKwOq-CMN34

@sjsucareercntr: Our latest blog post: Employer job search tips for students and new grads! http://fb.me/P31BHnJB

#CoSIDA12
@lawrencefansjsu Thanks to everyone for their well wishes on today’s CoSIDA Hall of Fame ceremonies. It should be quite a day.

@WACSports: Congrats to SJSU’s Lawrence Fan @SJSUAthletics @lawrencefansjsu on his induction into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame ‪#CoSIDA12 pic.twitter.com/rZlSBhMc

@ajuarez_thatSID: A great story fit for a great man. @wilnerhotline on @SJSU ‘s Lawrence Fan as he goes into @CoSIDAnews HOF http://bit.ly/LH3NsP

@Mark_T_Rivera: Lawrence now explaining to aaaaallll of CoSIDA about “Fan Cake.” They don’t know what they’re missing #cosida12

@timmbr: What can you say about new CoSIDA Lawrence Fan. Amazing influence on so many in our profession. Congrats my friend! #cosida12

@robbsilverstein: @lawrencefansjsu congrats! Pleasure working with you when I was SJSU manager.

@WIUSID: Congrats to WIU alum @lawrencefansjsu receiving the Arch Award and Hall of Fame induction. #cosida12#onceaLeatherneckalwaysaLeatherneck

@SJSUAthletics: @lawrencefansjsu – Through The Eyes Of A Hall Of Famer: http://bit.ly/NxE5af

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

blue background with white bird

#SJSU Tweets of the Week, 6/22

By Sarah Kyo, Web Communications Specialist

Group photo of students at Frosh Orientation session 2

We enjoy seeing orientation pictures, including this one by @aime_hernandez in the Student Union at Frosh Orientation Session 2. Keep tweeting photos of you with your new friends throughout the summer!

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:
@JorgeR690: Meet Sammy the Spartan! @sjsu ‪#sjsufroshhttp://instagr.am/p/MCF9Y8AVd6/

@missbay12: Jas and I being the loudest SoCal girls at#sjsufrosh

@getinvolvedSJSU: Learn how to get involved at ‪#SJSU! Interest sessions in the Student Union Pacifica Room @5pm and 5:40pm. ‪#SJSUFrosh

@LorenMata: Tamara is scoping out future son in laws ‪#deargod ‪#SJSUFrosh‪#stopmom

@SillyBanina: For all you Foursquare users, I’m now Mayor of Hoover Hall! Feel free to call me Mayor tomorrow. 🙂 ‪#SJSUFrosh ‪#Session2 ‪#NBD

@RobertSquire‪#SJSUFrosh orientation is getting me so excited for college! ‪#cantwait ‪#freedom

@Chow_Main: Standing in line to pick and enroll into classes! Still hasn’t hit me that I’m a#SJSUFrosh

@rekneyez: I’m lookin forward to college!  for the win#sjsus#freestufffhttp://t.co/zCFcyhqFqF

@iamedwinramos: I’m excited for frosh orientation! #sjsu

Chatter, Photos and More:
@therfontillas: Me and my son @ SJSU Aquatics Centhttp://t.co/gIyPejuOjuO

@chris_beezer#sunset #sjsu #iphoneography #sky#fountain @ 7th Street Plazahttp://instagr.am/p/L9f1allT6K/

@mr_hrnandz: One thing I’ve learned at@SJSU is to always look down and read the chalk.http://yfrog.com/nuk7thuj

@yrnabong@SJSU yuuum!! ‪#sjsupic.twitter.com/J9kvT1Ps

@howuknomikey7: I just applied to over 65+ jobs with sjsu career center, and already got back 5 responses. #thankyou #sjsu

@sloansjsu: The band camp for strings going on at #SJSU right now is so cool. It’s great to walk around campus right now.

@Azizah_T: It’s always been my dream school SJSU

@TastyGabyy: Graduating with honors>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Made my mom so proud of her little girl, :’) now to pursue my education&graduate again w.a BSN frm SJSU

@DrMattCabot: San Jose State students studying abroad in Paris try urban bee keeping with Cisco Corp. @SJSU @lonelyplanet ‪#SJSUParispic.twitter.com/mwB8p7gD

Spartan Pride:
@gearheadG: Being on this route reminds me how much I enjoy the SCENERY at San Jose State.

@harishvc@SJSU Inspiring http://pic.twitter.com/r8LrBPPw

@LeBlanc_Casey: Great SJSU football event in La Jolla today. Coach Mac has that program headed in the right direction. #proudspartan

@maragoni: Well-deserved! Lots of chats when I was on @SpartanDaily MT @SJSU: Congrats@lawrencefansjsu, Hall of Famer SID—http://tinyurl.com/765mnq5

@itsmetahseen: On SJSU cover photo!!!!!! What’s good 🙂

News:
@CoSIDAnews
: great feature on #cosida12 Hall of Fame inductee Lawrence Fan (San Jose St)- he also gets Arch Ward Award in St. Louis http://bit.ly/LH3NsP

@SFChronPhotos: This week’s Framework focuses on the work of James Tensuan, a motivated, young student at San Jose State. fb.me/1sAgv9B7g

@SJSU: Rate the quality of life in Santa Clara County! More info & link to survey: http://bit.ly/quality-of-life@SCCgov #SJSU

@SCCgov: County Applauds Partnership with San Jose State University Record Clearance Projecthttp://bit.ly/LC0Afy

Athletics:
@SJSUAthletics: Nine All-Time APR Highs For The Spartans – http://SJSUSpartans.com – http://bit.ly/M5ATEy

@SJSUWSoccer: Support Spartan alum @meghanmaiwald and @USADeafSoccer in their quest for glory in Ankara, Turkey this summer!

@SJSUHockey: The start of the 2012-13 Season is nearing! Check Out the Latest Info on http://www.sjsuhockey.net . Tryout Info:… http://fb.me/1JYUTnkYq

#Football:
@amirm101: Posted at the SJSU football recruiting camphttp://pic.twitter.com/JO3fYHmc

@beastyrichii9: San Jose State #SJSU #FootballCamphttp://instagr.am/p/L9o63jnDBh/

@d_garretson: Hust got offered by San Jose State! So happy right now. ‪#blessed

@SMASHx07: San Jose State has some really good coaches. A university I would like to attend.

@SJSpartanSquad: Hey Ladies, ready for some Football? #SJSU http://tinyurl.com/sj-ladiesFB

@tripleplay64@SJSUAthletics just found out three nfl referees are sjsu alums ‪#surprised

@HEELshawnka: @tattedNspatted that highlight video of your jr and sr years at‪#SJSU is awesome. it was great to see those moments again! thank you!

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