Letters From Readers

Photo courtesy of Ana Muniz-Laguna.

Full-Circle Moment

 After working on projects such as Apple Headquarters and Levi’s Stadium, my son Jose Laguna, ’15 Civil Engineering, is currently overseeing a new housing/parking structure near campus. He’s excited to return to San Jose as a professional and use the knowledge and skills he learned at SJSU. It’s a full-circle moment for him! This is what you provide: education and skills for students to become real professionals and be employable in the real world. As a mom, I thank you.

—Ana Muniz-Laguna

Photo of SJSU protests by James Tensuan.

“More than Marches”

Like Professor Scott Myers-Lipton, I have my Poli Sci students do advocacy projects around local issues, including campus hunger and homelessness. My 170V class studies democratic constitutions around the world, holds a constitutional convention and writes a new constitution for the kind of country they would like to live in.

—Robert Ovetz, SJSU political science lecturer
Melissa Fraterrigo’s article highlights what many in this country perceive to be a problem with America’s state universities: rather than seeing themselves as primarily educational institutions, they see themselves as “a catalyst for social change.” Is there any doubt that Rycenga’s goal of “positive, concrete change for the community” would be defined as what the secular Left would call “justice”? Does there exist a climate at San Jose State where opposing views can be heard? Was the student alliance CAFÉ J helping anyone when they campaigned for Measure D? Did any of them consider the jobs that will NOT be created in the South Bay because a potential employer will not be willing to pay $15.00 per hour for entry-level work?  Fists held high in the air may feel good, but they don’t change the fact that the Left is long on ideological causes and short on real-world solutions.

—Jeffrey Prather, ’78 Biological Sciences

What’s Right with America?

In the future, I would like to see more positively themed stories in Washington Square. Stories about what SJSU students, or their families, had to overcome to get to the USA. Articles about SJSU vets. Stories about SJSU graduating students into full-time employment. Articles regarding SJSU departmental rankings and what the university is doing to improve those rankings.
—Dan Davis, ’69 Advertising
Thank you very much for your thoughtful response to our latest issue. And thank you for supporting veteran students here at SJSU—I am an Army veteran and SJSU alumna myself.  Your perspective and story suggestions are exactly what the magazine team needs to keep improving. —Ed.

Photo of Catherine Koanja by David Schmitz.

Ending the “Cycle of Illiteracy”

I was very moved by Catherine Koanja’s story, “You are the change.” So many can be enriched by knowing her story.

—Jacqueline Flowers-Orange
African American Council for Excellence (AACE)
Lockheed Martin Space Systems

Photo by David Schmitz.

Top 10 Kudos

How neat to see SJSU recognized as a top 10 university by Money magazine. Congrats to the current administration, professors and students.

—Laurel Mayer, ’58 Social Sciences, professor emeritus, Sinclair Community College


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