SJSU alumni stay connected by sharing their latest news.
Washington Square: The Stories of San Jose State University
Honoring Spartans who have passed away.
Professor Emerita Ruth Yaffe was the first woman faculty member hired in the chemistry department.
For 30 years, the Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U*STAR) program, has provided financial support and mentorship for undergraduates who are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences to do research and prepare them for doctoral training.
San Jose State professors, alumni and educators explore what it takes to prepare a teacher to adopt a STEM-focused approach to teaching and how credential programs can set educators up for success.
Professor Stacy Gleixner thinks it’s society’s responsibility to fix this pipeline issue: “And that comes from both directions: girls dreaming that they can do this and parents and teachers supporting them. And CEOs making a climate that promotes diverse attitudes and visions.”
Cultural anthropologist Jan English-Lueck is a leading expert on one of the most unique habitats and tribes in the world—Silicon Valley and the people who live and work here.
Susan Verducci has explored innovative ways that educators can incorporate the arts to teach compassion, empathy and constructive dialogue.
Chemistry Lecturer Melody Esfandiari, ’08 Chemistry, says “I put a lot of time and energy into my classes, and when I am connecting with students, that is the highest reward I can get.”
When History Professor Jonathan Roth sees something he doesn’t agree with, he tries to change it.
Kinesiology Professor Shirley Reekie first hopped aboard her father’s sailboat at age two, inspiring a career in athletics and sport history.
Theatre Arts Professor Buddy Butler believes his productions can engage young audiences in complex issues and inspire thoughtful dialogue.
Photographer Dan Fenstermacher, ’16 MFA Photography, traveled to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria to capture the stories of survivors.
Wayne Merry, ’59 Conservation, was one of the first rock climbers to summit El Capitan.
Gymnast Shanice Howard was named the 2011 Arthur Ashe Jr. Female Sports Scholar of the Year and went on to become a physical therapist.
Spartan swimmer Lisa Covey Peters, ’07 Physics, leads an exciting career as a systems engineer at Lockheed Martin.
Agnieszka Winkler launched and led one of Silicon Valley’s most successful independent advertising agencies in an era when she was often “the only woman in the room.”
Learning an entrepreneurial mindset prepares students for work and life in Silicon Valley.
San Jose State inducted eight legendary Spartan athletes into the SJSU Sports Hall of Fame.
San Jose State celebrates the Frankenstein Bicentennial and launches an exploration of the deep humanities.
Associate Professor of Physics Ehsan Khatami explores superconductivity.
An engineer-turned-filmmaker directed and financed The Valley, an award-winning film that explores mental health in Silicon Valley.
Sandra De Leon, ’13 MA Counselor Education, guides SJSU students as they pursue career pathways in Silicon Valley and beyond.