Washington Square, Fall 2012
Washington Square is the alumni magazine of San Jose State University.
~FRONT COVER~ SAN JOS� STATE UNIVERSITY ALUMNI MAGAZINE | FALL 2012 WASHINGTON SQUARE Our Broken Promise As SJSU tuition rises, what is the cost of lost opportunity? Also in this issue Lessons learned from improvisation Our move to the Mountain West Jenny Ming and Sarah Strauss SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY FALL 2012 Alumni Karla Gachet, Ivan Kashinsky, From Mo's Desk What is the value of education? Particularly in tough economic times, its value is often discussed in terms of dollars and cents, rather than examining what being educated is really worth to an individual or to society. In 1996, esteemed scholar Peter F. Drucker said: "Do you realize that the cost of higher education has risen as fast as the cost of health care? And for the middle-class family, college education for their children is as much a necessity as medical care--without it, kids have no future." In this issue of Washington Square, we look at the impact of the rising cost of education (page 6) and explore the value of education through the stories of SJSU faculty members like Diane Guerrazzi (page 5) and alumni like Karla Gachet, '04, and Ivan Kashinsky, '05 (page 22). ese stories illustrate both the cost and value of the opportunities that your alma mater provides. You may already know that San Jos� State will face a $33 million cut if Californians don't vote to pass a tax revenue initiative this November. As the cost of attending college increases further due to these continued cuts to our state funding, the doors of opportunity will be shut to more and more of the population, especially in underserved communities. We're tightening our belts and becoming more e cient so that we can continue serving our students. And I am grateful to our alumni advocates and supporters--such as the late Phyllis Simpkins, '46 Home Economics/Marketing--who help our e orts. Simpkins believed that everyone should receive the very best opportunities San Jos� State has to o er, whether on the playing eld, in the classroom or through interactions among students from across the country and around the world. is is a time of great challenge as well as tremendous possibility for higher education--and for San Jos� State. I agree with Drucker that education is a necessity. What about you? Where has your San Jos� State education taken you? Mo Qayoumi President San Jos� State University I look forward to hearing from alumni and friends about your thoughts and vision for San Jos� State at firstname.lastname@example.org. WASHINGTON SQUARE FALL 2012 WASHINGTON SQUARE EDITOR Jody Ulate, '05 MA English ALUMNI EDITOR Kat Meads CREATIVE & PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Michelle Frey CONTENTS FEATURES 6 Broken promise How does the rising cost of tuition change the de nition of opportunity? F A L L I S S U E DESIGN CONSULTANT Chang Sik Kim, associate professor A STORY AROUND EVERY CORNER 2 Letters from readers 3 Well Said 3 Job Maestro: New alumni app 17 Cataloging culmination 25 First person: Gripping opportunity CONTRIBUTING DESIGNERS Joan Ang, '13 BFA Graphic Design, Lou Ellen Stone, '13 BFA Graphic Design, CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Peter Caravalho, '97 Graphic Design, '15 MFA Creative Writing, Amanda Holst, '14 Journalism, Karin McKie, '12 MFA Creative Writing, Nick Veronin, '07 Journalism 10 On top of a new mountain Game changer: the Spartans are moving to the Mountain West in 2013. 25 e Oy Way 4 Class discussion! 4 Editor's bookshelf 5 Afghanistan's fourth estate 26 Alumni updates 29 Heritage: Remembering Dwight Bentel CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Robert Bain, Nikole Kendall, '13 Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism Management, Christina Olivas, David Schmitz, omas Sanders, '14 MFA Photography 18 Naked on a high wire Alumni at San Jos�'s ComedySportz share how improvisation techniques help in life and at work. 30 Student-athlete: Travis Johnson 14 A little black spot on the sun 31 Olympic bronze BACK COVER Volume 21, Number 1 | Fall 2012 Published thrice a year by San Jos� State University. PROFILES 16 Education for life Jenny Ming, '78 17 "How to become an exemplary girl" My VIP: Estrella Calimag, linguistics SUBSCRIPTION UPDATES WEB sjsu.edu/wsq/subsriptions PHONE 408-924-1166 MAIL WSQ Editor 22 To the tip Karla Gachet, '04, and Ivan Kashinsky, '05 San Jos� State University One Washington Square San Jos�, CA 95192-0005 CONTACT EMAIL email@example.com USPS WSQ Editor, SJSU 24 Climate change with people in the picture Sarah Strauss, '87 One Washington Square San Jos�, CA 95192-0005 Submissions of stories, photographs, illustrations or letters to the editor are welcome. ey will be returned if you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Magazine circulation: 90,000 Cover design: Lou Stone, Joan Ang, and Michelle Frey. Cover photography: David Schmitz SJSU.EDU/WSQ LETTER'S TO THE EDITOR FROM OUR READERS UNDER CONSTRUCTION After I read the alumni pro le on Barry Swenson, I thought you might like to know that three San Jos� State alumni are working on a great project to be built at the Arena Green in San Jos�. ey are Dennis Fernandez, '76, Sandra Fernandez, '90, and me, Bill Otterlei, '72. e project is called the San Jos� Vietnam War Memorial Foundation. e foundation's goal is to construct a monument to honor and remember the 142 "sons of San Jos�" who lost their lives in the Vietnam War. Dennis and I served in Vietnam. For more, visit sjwarmemorial.com. Bill Otterlei, '72 Marketing We'll be covering more on San Jos� State's military veterans in the winter issue. �Ed. STUDENT REDESIGN Finally a magazine design to be proud of. Great job on the spring issue of Washington Square. Shelby Graham, '90 MFA Photography ank you for content and format improvements. e winter cover was clever and positive. However, the spring cover is dark, dreary and negative. Small print size is di cult for me to read with my octogenarian, surgically repaired eyes. I prefer clear cover designs that are pleasing to the sight and attract like a magnet to positive stories. Ian "Scotty" Paterson, '57 Business e spring 2012 edition of Washington Square is lled cover to cover with beautiful little stories about so many graduates. e sheer number of people you must have contacted means that you have worked very hard on this. On " e World is My Classroom": I wish every U. S. citizen who travels to another country would adopt Roshan's attitude of getting to know the people there personally and making an attempt to learn the country's language. What an ambassador he is. e list of what he left behind for the people of Kazakhstan is amazing. Loved " e Singing Comic Book Retailer"! You've shown how a person can be a success in pursuing more than one passion, and that success doesn't have to be on a nationwide scale. Enjoyed reading the entire magazine! Bonnie Home SURVEY SAYS ... Thank you to those who responded to our recent reader survey. Here are some of your comments: " ere's nothing wrong with a little bit of disagreement. Perhaps try to locate a professor with a conservative viewpoint and match them against one of the many �ber-liberals on various subjects. Don't be afraid to stir things up. e university is for all, not just the politically correct fringe." "I think many SJSU graduates recognize the quality contributions that other alumni make to their professions and communities. is publication shares and reinforces those contributions. For me, it's the WOW factor of what someone or some organization that was or is part of SJSU has done." "I was immediately drawn to President Qayoumi's comments regarding the importance of change in achieving our future goals." "Attending SJSU was a lifelong dream. Having accomplished that dream was satisfying to me. When I receive Washington Square, it reminds me of my years at SJSU and my years of e ort to get there." PATENTED DOPPELGANGER While I am not really writing to tell you about my patents, I currently have one and a second in the works. I am writing to say that my kids and other family members were convinced I made the cover of your magazine. Mark R. Anderson, '00 Computer Science For more on Anderson's patents, go to sjsu.edu/wsq/anderson. WE'D LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU! Washington Square welcomes letters to the editor regarding campus issues and the stories in its pages. Letters accepted for publication may be edited for clarity or space, and may not necessarily re ect the views of San Jos� State. EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org USPS WSQ Editor / San Jos� State University / One Washington Square / San Jose, CA 95192-0005 WEB sjsu.edu/wsq/submissions 4 WASHINGTON 2 SJSU WASHINGTON SQUARE SQUARE FALL 2012 FALL 2012 JOB MAESTRO / WELL SAID "Every generation has reason to struggle and to carry on the struggle. Struggle is hard and risky, and always has a price. That's why they call it a struggle, not a picnic." Scholar and activist Harry Edwards, '64 Sociology, keynote speaker at the Educational Opportunity Program convocation in May. "A song's not so great if you have to beat on it and scratch on it as you write. The most perfect things to write about are the small things we have in common." Singer/songwriter John Mellencamp accepting the John Steinbeck Award, presented by SJSU's Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies to artists and activists whose work exempli es the values found in the writings of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. "The ideas and products that ow out of Silicon Valley not only help businesses here, but they also help all of America's businesses grow and create jobs. But it's clear that we still have much work to do to dig our way out of the deepest recession since the Great Depression. What we can do--right now--is make smart, long-term investments that will drive innovation." Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank on the selection of San Jos� as one of the four locations of the U.S. Patent and Trademark O ce's new satellite branches. JobMaestro Sometimes we all wish life had a road map. Learning by trial and error can be so tedious. e Job Maestro has the answer: the new SJSU Alumni Crib Sheet app from the Alumni Association. No Spartan should ever feel like a bonehead on topics like business etiquette, understanding health bene ts and managing money--especially when help is a tap away. Sitting next to your new boss at dinner, you panic when you see more forks and glasses on your table than you have in your bachelorette pad. Did someone forget to put away the dishes? Devour the tips under "Dinner Etiquette" to demystify the dinnertime Da Vinci Code in front of you. Soon your bread plate, water glass and salad fork will align. At your new job in a Silicon Valley tech company, you're asked to learn a new language: health insurance. Should you head to San Jos� State's foreign language department for a class? Get some rst aid under "Health Insurance." You'll be uent in PPO, POS, HMO and deductibles before you need your next u shot. ere you stand, mouth agape, looking at the third of your paycheck that is now in Uncle Sam's hands, instead of in your pocket for skydiving lessons. Was claiming zero deductions on your W-4 a good idea? Follow the "Money" guidelines to understand your W-4, as well as how to le taxes, invest your dough and build up your credit--so you don't end up with zero to spend. To have life- and time-saving guidance at your ngertips, download the free SJSU Alumni Crib Sheet app at sjsu.edu/wsq/alumniapp. JOB MAESTRO / WELL SAID FALL 2012 5 CLASS DISCUSSION! What would you debate this semester if you took Media and the 2012 Presidential Election with Bob Rucker, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and former CNN correspondent? EDITOR'S BOOKSHELF "A watershed moment of resistance" e John Carlos Story: e Sports Moment at Changed the World (Haymarket Books, 2011), coauthored by alumnus Carlos and Dave Zirin, traces the athlete's early life in Harlem to San Jos� State to the raised- st moment on the awards platform of the 1968 Olympics--an act that had profound e ects on his personal and professional life thereafter. "John Carlos is an American hero. And nally he has written a memoir to tell us his story," praises lmmaker and activist Michael Moore. In 2004, SJSU awarded Carlos an honorary doctorate. New Mexico struggles In Hard County (Dutton, 2012), alumnus, former Santa Fe County deputy sheri and best-selling crime novelist Michael McGarrity delivers a Western saga set in New Mexico during the years 1875 to 1918. "McGarrity moves back in time to explore New Mexico's frontier past and in the process gives us something most unusual these days: an expansive, lyrical, period Western in the tradition of A.B. Guthrie Jr. and Larry McMurtry," says author Hampton Sides. Death Valley daredevilry In the follow-up to his critically acclaimed account of climbing in the Sierras, Early Days in the Range of Light, MFA grad Dan Arnold takes his adventuring south. Salt to Summit (Counterpoint, 2012) details Arnold's ascent from Death Valley, the Western Hemisphere's lowest, hottest spot, to the top of Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain (14,495 feet) in the lower 48 states. On his latest "vagabond journey," Arnold carried only a backpack lled with empty two-liter bottles. This is the election to prevent the next economic depression, but are the media helping us understand how to do that? If you only read about politics on Facebook or Twitter, you are not really informed. Timely, 24/7 media reporting is highly prone to bias and inaccuracies. Watch the evening news, too. Is your vote worth the billions of dollars being spent on traditional ad campaigns from Republicans and Democrats and independent groups that have formed attack machines? Explaining politics is no longer profitable for the media. Is the American public intelligent enough to figure out the issues on its own? ITS-MarkeTIng.coM 4 WASHINGTON SQUARE FALL 2012 Afghanistan's F O U R T H E S TAT E Professor Diane Guerrazzi has had to improvise, persevere and on occasion take cover as director of two U.S. Department of State-funded journalism projects in Afghanistan. In April, she made her third trip to the country, launching a partnership between SJSU and Balkh University in Mazar-i-Sharif. In 2011, under her direction, a similar partnership was forged between SJSU and Herat University. Two grants of $1 million each support curricula upgrades, faculty training and in-country student internships at the Afghan universities. On her latest visit, accompanied by State Department personnel, Guerrazzi traveled in armored SUVs. On a previous visit, evacuated by the American Consulate from a Herat classroom in the wake of a suicide bombing, she passed through gun re. " e gunner in the backseat of the car told me to duck, and I ducked," Guerrazzi says. Although fully aware of the dangers associated with working in the war-torn country, Guerrazzi downplays concerns for her personal safety in light of the importance of the collaborative project. "Nowhere is freedom of speech and freedom of the press needed more than in Aghanstan," she says. Pluck and ingenuity of a di erent sort have been required to meet the linguistic, cultural and operational challenges of international exchange. Along the way, there have been passport snafus and an interrupted onsite class completed via D2L, SJSU's distance learning technology. Modernizing the curricula has meant updating the technology, generating materials that suited the Afghan culture and translating those materials into Dari, a dialect of Farsi. Nowhere is freedom of speech and freedom of the press needed more than in Afghanistan. �Professor Diane Guerrazzi "But we've made it work," Guerrazzi says. "Although we can't erase the damage and suffering in Afghanistan, we can prove to the Afghan people that we follow through with our promises." is past summer, 28 Afghan professors met with Guerrazzi and other American professors in the United Arab Emirates for the rst of three Dubai Journalism Academy conferences. is fall and winter, Afghan professors are spending 11 weeks at SJSU to continue the joint e ort to improve journalism education in their country. --Kat Meads SJSU WASHINGTON SQUARE FALL 2012 7 California public higher education is bracing for more cuts. But what happens after we quietly dismantle the American Dream? By Jody Ulate photography By david schmitz school--16 of them, by the time he graduated high school. When he came to San Jos� State, Zazueta paid his student fees by working odd jobs like delivering telephone directories and washing windows. If he and his roommates were a little short on rent, they'd throw a toga party or luau and charge admission. Today's students still work to pay for their education, but the cost of a year at San Jos� State is now $24,000, which includes living expenses and about $6,500 in tuition. Compare that to Zazueta's pre-Silicon Valley cost of living and a tuition rate of about $350 in 2012 dollars. e United States was founded on the idea that if you work hard, as Zazueta did, you can create a better life for yourself. But this fundamental American tenet--the promise of opportunity--has a drastically di erent meaning depending on when a student has attended San Jos� State. Yesteryear's promise of opportunity is slipping away. PROMISE PROMISE ERODING EDUCATION California State University fee increases have far outpaced in ation over the last 30 years. But California is not alone. According to the 2008 biennial report of the National Center for Public Policy in Higher Education, college tuition and fees between 1982 and 2007 rose by 439 percent, while general income only rose by 147 percent. Why the dramatic increase in tuition? One reason cited in the report is the reduction of state support for public higher education. "While we paid relatively little to attend San Jos� State, that was not the real cost of our education," explains Zazueta. " e taxpayers carried the bulk of our education." At $44 a year, the cost of attending San Jos� State was essentially free when Fernando Zazueta was a student. Now a San Jos� attorney, Zazueta, '62 Business, grew up as an "undocumented farm worker kid," following the crops with his aunt and uncle. His uncle made sure young Fernando went to 422.11 521.23 44.00 371.76 296.08 44.00 359.85 21.00 278.97 21.00 274.21 28.50 271.77 21.00 268.12 21.00 247.49 28.50 251.91 28.50 247.16 21.00 216.42 21.00 200.25 28.50 245.31 37.50 320.37 40.00 343.01 44.00 349.89 512.43 72.00 553.40 76.00 578.34 76.00 66.00 27.00 21.00 66.00 California residents have been promised a "free" public education for most of the last century. Zazueta says he is grateful to California taxpayers for covering the true cost of his education: the university's operating expenses. Back then, the public's commitment to supporting quality, a ordable education wasn't competing with concerns such as the rising cost of public pensions, healthcare and welfare for a population that's living longer. "Something has to be done with the state budget, and education should not be what su ers," says Hunter Elkins, '88 Advertising. "You can't keep paying for things when the taxes don't add up." As the economy limps along, many people understandably wince at the thought of tax increases. Why not place the burden of nding a solution on the government? But until there is a solution, we all have to manage both the challenges and consequences of less and less state funding. "We just got spoiled," says Elkins. "It's a di erent reality when you have to pay for education yourself." 857.73 775.47 COST OF SJSU FEES 1941-PRESENT SJSU ANNUAL FEES IN 2012 DOLLARS . SJSU ANNUAL FEES IN ACTUAL DOLLARS . 2,225.16 2,388.63 2,123.32 1,905.78 1,276.32 1,171.70 1,006.00 1,244.90 858.00 683.81 619.26 639.69 570.78 563.42 554.47 539.07 569.93 538.53 591.27 90.00 86.00 76.00 76.00 76.00 86.00 108.00 184.00 192.00 194.00 212.00 492.00 657.00 708.00 936.00 1,428.00 1,824.21 1,799.10 1,533.19 1,584.00 1,506.00 1,428.00 2,046.00 2,489.16 2,520.00 2,872.69 2,774.00 2,960.00 4,026.00 4,243.13 IMPOSSIBLE CHOICES Education is a topic he and his wife discuss often. Gina DeAragon Elkins, '85 Liberal Studies/ Teaching Credential, is a teacher who has worked in public schools for most of her career. eir daughter, Rachel, is considering colleges in Oregon as well as California because, Elkins says, "California is making education so undesirable that our students are going elsewhere." Don't get Elkins wrong. He says he "got a great education at San Jos� State because I wanted one. e instructors are good. e curriculum is solid." But, Elkins says, "At some point, the budget is untenable." State Funds per Student Average Tuition & Fees per Student FernanDo ZaZueTa While his parents paid for his tuition, Elkins worked almost full time during all four years at SJSU. As the "Amazing Alfredo," he guessed people's age, weight and month of birth at what is now Great America theme park, and he also rented tuxedos to fraternities and sororities for their pledge dances. Elkins now owns an advertising rm that he started when he was 25--just two years after graduation. To make up for the loss of state funding, San Jos� State and other public universities are exploring other funding models--which may look more like those at private universities. SJSU and other CSU campuses have, for example, expanded private fundraising and are pursuing new revenue sources to close the gap left after budget cuts and tuition hikes. Part of San Jos� State's plan is to attract more out-of-state students, who pay more tuition than California residents. However, keeping up with the pace of budget cuts while maintaining quality education and student services still requires making tough choices. And students are paying through the nose. "I wish government and educational institutions were run more like businesses, with more open competition," says Craig VonDemFange, '97 Economics, the controller and director of nance at a San Francisco Internet company. VonDemFange notes how online universities are popping up every day. If tuition keeps going up and up, he says, students will go elsewhere to get more a ordable, quality education. And because a college degree is becoming more of a necessity, depending on your career goals, students will have to nd a way. VonDemFange's parents, like Elkins' parents, agreed to pay for college--but just for four years. He left San Jos� State without a degree to go to work because college "wasn't clicking 100 percent." When he returned to college part time, he was working seven days a week at two jobs. 1998 $10 930 , $2 388 , alex anD HunTer elkInS STATE TUITION FUNDS & FEES Elkins has passed along his "e ort equals reward" philosophy to son Alex, a junior at San Jos� State. He pays out of pocket for Alex's SJSU tuition, and Alex works part time as a martial arts instructor and does odd jobs, like painting red curbs in the parking lot at his dad's rm. Still, Elkins worries that his son, daughter and other young people will be paying for this nancial shortfall for a long time, either through taxes or student loan debt. Continued cuts have damaged what used to be the nest public education system in the country, he says. "California education has slid so far down the scale, it's embarrassing." 2012 $6 454 , $4 243 , coleeTTa Mcelroy 8 WASHINGTON SQUARE FALL 2012 "When I went back to nish my degree in the 1990s, I was lucky that it was inexpensive enough to pay directly out of pocket," says VonDemFange, who, like Zazueta and Elkins, graduated debt-free. "I don't think I would be able to do today what I did back then with the higher cost of education." "I don't think people are aware of the situation," says McElroy, '97 MPA, who remembers when fees started their steep ascent while she was an undergraduate at CSU Long Beach in the late 1970s. "Paying the nearly $7,000 in San Jos� State tuition basically gets a student an ID card. It doesn't include books or other educationrelated expenses." Some students take out maximum loan amounts just to cover living expenses, and then run out of loan eligibility before they can nish their degrees. A recent student survey that SJSU's Health Center conducted suggests that some students feel they have to choose between paying tuition and eating. ese dire circumstances have left students angry and frustrated. But students won't be the only ones feeling the pain. is is a burden for every Californian. For what it's worth Educational opportunities are not what they were when Zazueta, Elkins and VonDemFange attended San Jos� State. And that change will have lasting consequences for students, as well as the economic vitality of California and the entire country. When opportunity is limited, there's no way to know the magnitude of those consequences. But Fernando Zazueta is a ne example. Without public education, Zazueta wouldn't have been able to become an attorney who helped draft SB 420, a bill regarding the certi cation and usage of court interpreters, which has likely made our justice system more equitable. He would not be able to represent his clients in court. And he and his family might not have been able to perform thousands of hours of community service, for which the Zazuetas received recognition from the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley in 2011. What happens when public education opportunities are taken away? What will happen to California and the rest of the U.S. when only the wealthy can a ord an education? We may wake up one day to nd that generations have been left out of education--yearning for a better life that was moved out of reach. Debt through the ceiling VonDemFange is probably right. While today's San Jos� State students are willing to do what it takes to pay for their education--balancing work, school and family obligations--more than 60 percent of students now need some form of nancial aid. According to Coleetta McElroy, SJSU's director of nancial aid, the average amount of student load debt for May 2012 graduates was $17,373. e cost of living in Silicon Valley adds to the challenge--even for double-income families. According to "Measuring Up 2008: e State Report Card on Higher Education," California's poor and working-class families must devote 40 percent of their income, even after nancial aid, to pay for costs at public four-year colleges. And McElroy explains that nancial aid is a catch-22: It's based on income and assets, so as a student earns more at part-time jobs, nancial aid eligibility goes down. craIg VonDeMFange WITH WIFe, Holly-ann, anD DaugHTer, QuInn ON TOP OF A NEW BY NICK VERONIN 12 WASHINGTON SJSU WASHINGTON SQUARE FALL 2012 10 SQUARE FALL 2012 W O UNTA N MounTaIn WeST 2013-2014: aIr Force FalconS, coloraDo raMS, FreSno BullDogS, HaWaII WarrIorS, laS VegaS reBelS, neW MexIco loBoS, reno WolFpack, uTaH aggIeS, WyoMIng coWBoyS CHANGE IS ON THE HORIZON. THE SPARTANS WILL LEAVE THE WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FOR THE MOUNTAIN WEST IN JULY 2013. Bob Foy is what you might call "the ultimate Spartan." Although the business major graduated in 1959, he says that he can remember his time in "Sparta" like it was yesterday. Foy is beyond excited--he's elated--to learn that his beloved Spartans will be joining the Mountain West in 2013. " e Mountain West is simply a better t for us," Foy says. " ank our lucky stars we got in." By moving to the Mountain West, San Jos� State will improve its alignment with top-tier NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision schools in Division I, gain additional post-season bowl opportunities and still retain traditional rivalries. "When you have a strong, vibrant athletics department, it acts in partnership with the university and helps to raise the pro le of the entire institution," says Tod Bannister, senior associate athletics director. Joining the Mountain West will de nitely raise San Jos� State's "curb appeal," he says. BOWLING FOR OPPORTUNITY e Mountain West had ve bowl-eligible teams in 2011. In 2012, the Western Athletic Conference only has one bowl tie, compared to the Mountain West's ve bowl-eligible teams. When a university wins a bowl game, it generates a great deal of excitement among the alumni, Foy says--excitement that translates into dollars and support from alumni. "Even if a student doesn't care about athletics at all," he adds, that student will "bene t from the prestige the athletics program brings the university." at's sound logic, according to Bradyn Blower, '09 Advertising, an event coordinator for SJSU's Associated Students. "I feel like sports, in general, has kind of a trickle-down e ect," she says. e Monday after a great game, Blower notices that the campus is all-abuzz. "`Did you go to the game?' `What a great catch!' `What a great game!' Personally, if I were in a good mood, I'd be more likely to pass a test," she says. Like Foy, Blower is a sports fan. e disappointment in her face is palpable when she tells of the handful of football games she was forced to miss while visiting her family in San Diego during anksgiving holidays. One year, while everyone else was concerned with carving the bird, she begged her parents to order the game on pay-per-view. Blower sees the Mountain West move as a "nice change" for San Jos� State. "Plus," she says with a chuckle, "you feel like you're part of the bigger picture when you get to play a team that may get you on ESPN. " Increased television coverage and competition against top-tier schools means "our university will be exposed to a much broader audience," Foy says. Universities with strong sports pro- grams--especially strong football and basketball teams--tend to draw more lucrative sponsorship deals with companies looking to tie their name to a winning brand, Bannister adds. RENEWING RIVALRIES Marquee football- and basketball-playing colleges have recently been leaving to join other conferences, including the Mountain West. Bad enough that the WAC was losing its most respected football programs, Bannister says. To make matters worse, the WAC was losing teams against which San Jos� State had competed for generations, such as Fresno State, which will have its rst season as a Mountain West team this year. Over the past ve years, roughly 25 percent of Football Bowl Subdivision schools in NCAA Division I, including San Jos� State, have changed, or are in the process of changing, conference a liation. For San Jos� State, joining the Mountain West means revisiting opponents the university has had for years. Some, like Nevada, were once opponents as far back as the 1800s. Nothing galvanizes a community and promotes Spartan spirit like rooting against common rivals like the Fresno State Bulldogs. Bob Foy still has a framed program from one of the last games played between San Jos� State and former rival University of the Paci c. e latter dropped its football program after the 1995 season--an event Foy classi es as: "Very sad. Very sad." Foy missed only one home game during his four years at SJSU: the 1956 season opener against Drake. At the time he was "a lowly pledge" in GEOGRAPHICALLY, THE MOUNTAIN WEST IS A GOOD FIT FOR SAN JOS� STATE. ALUMNI AND FANS WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND AWAY GAMES MORE EASILY. --Lawrence Fan, SJSU sports information 12 WASHINGTON SQUARE FALL 2012 H OW DO YOU SH OW YOUR SP A RTAN PRI D E? Finding a prouder Spartan than Bob Foy, '59 Business, would be no small feat. Have a look inside the home, o ce--and heart--of man who lives for gold, blue and white. To watch the video, go to: sjsu.edu/wsq/ultimatespartan. Know other proud Spartans? Send photos to: email@example.com. Alpha Tau Omega, and his fraternity brothers wouldn't allow him to leave to attend the game. ough he has lived in Stockton since 1962, Foy is still connected to the university--the place where he spent "the best years of his life." At his home, there's an end table made from a post that once supported a length of railing in Spartan Stadium and a custom-made gold, blue and white Spartan jersey emblazoned with his name and the number one. A member of the SJSU College of Business Global Leadership Council Board of Trustees, he has remained "very involved" with Spartan Athletics and personally urged athletics department o cials to push for membership in the Mountain West. among students who perform poorly. ey lack a sense of "ownership or pride," according to Cortes-Smith. Students who feel no a nity for the gold, blue and white are more likely to lack interest in their studies. Cortes-Smith believes competing well in the new conference--composed of universities whose academic missions are similar to San Jos� State's--may help students develop the kind of an a nity that will lead to improved classroom success. Within the San Jos� State community, the new conference membership may even build the Bob Foy variety of Spartan pride--the pride of a man who has been known to "borrow" the Sammy Spartan costume for birthday parties, and who answers his phone with "Go Spartans!" PRIDE LEADS TO SUCCESS In the eight years she has worked as a counselor at San Jos� State, Jimma Cortes-Smith, a lecturer in the Department of Counselor Education, has seen students ourish as well as struggle. A multitude of factors contribute to academic success, she says, but there is one fairly common trait she has observed A LITTLE LITTLE BLACK SP T ON ON THE THE SUN 14 WASHINGTON SQUARE FALL 2012 In 1769, scientific expeditions, including one to Tahiti led by Captain James Cook, were deployed around the globe to observe the transit of Venus across the sun, a slow-motion astronomical event that happens just twice every 105 years. By comparing the time the transit took as seen from different locations, astronomers were able to make the first accurate measurement of the distance from the Earth to the sun, some 93 million miles. With the help of San Jos� State's physics and astronomy department, alumni, students, staff and faculty members watched the latest transit through telescopes on Tower Lawn in June. It was the last chance to see the transit until 2117. pHoToS: cHrISTIna olIVaS Education for life As told to Jody Ulate How far has education taken Jenny Ming, '78 Home Economics? Now the president and CEO of clothing retailer Charlotte Russe, Ming also made Old Navy a household name and put cargo pants on millions of Americans. After 30 years, she still looks forward to going to work--and learning every day. Being an immigrant, I am very appreciative of this country What you do outside of school is just as important as what you do in school. Your and what it has to o er. e reason my family emigrated from China was to pursue education. It was always expected that I would go to college. I remember San Jos� State's campus being so beautiful when I was a student. In the middle of bustling downtown San Jos�, the campus was very tranquil. A college education is priceless. College outside activities really round you out. I didn't do much other than work and go to school. at's something this generation is more in tune with, and I think that's great. e more you know, the better prepared you are to make choices. You can't do everything. You have to know is a time in your life when you are surrounded by people who are consciously trying to learn. What you study is not important. It is really about the discipline of learning, which is life changing and lifelong. One of the best memories I have of San Jos� State is the people I met there. what's important to you. When you are young, you take more. As you grow and have more capability, you can give back. I truly believe the more you give, the more you get. If you can't give money, give your time. I used to believe that if you wanted to have an education, it would always be pos- ey're still my closest friends-- 34 years later. Clothing is my second love. I really love food. at's sible. I don't know if we can say that today. At San Jos� State, I still remember that I paid $92 per semester. And that was an incredibly reasonable cost for an education. Every time I learn something, I know I have so much more to learn. I surround myself by smart people so that I can continue to learn. Looking at what I've done, I feel fortunate that I have a ful lled life. I really don't why I majored in home economics. At one time, I thought my dream job would be to work for a test kitchen. But to work with food, you need to learn chemistry and I'm not a big science person. San Jos� State offered me a really great balance. I feel that I sacri ced a whole lot--maybe just time to myself. Other people might look at it di erently. If I could do it all over again, I would stop wanted to be creative but also realistic, because I had to nd a job. So I did both! It took me four and a half years to graduate, and I had two minors: art and marketing. and appreciate every milestone and every special occasion. It's not just about achievement. It's also about friends. Sometimes you don't know what you've got until it's gone or it has passed. And you say, wow, that was incredible. THe 2012 coMMenceMenT Speaker, Jenny MIng alSo receIVeD an Honorary DocToraTe In May. pHoTo: roBerT BaIn 18 WASHINGTON 16 SJSU WASHINGTON SQUARE SQUARE FALL 2012 FALL 2012 I got wrapped in puppetry string, the ngers that guide and the opping limbs doing anything I can think. Got wrapped and thought I might become something bona de. I was a stir that dangled and was dangled, made stage exits wrong trapped inside and waiting for the giant yawn to release me. IlluSTraTIon: lou ellen STone Girl by Carmen Gim�nez Smith American Book Award recipient and professor of creative writing at New Mexico State University, Gim�nez Smith, '96 English, received the University of Massachusetts Press Juniper Prize for Poetry for her third book of poems, Goodbye, Flicker (2012, umasspress.umass.edu). e collection explores the interior life of a girl whose "prince is a deadbeat dad." CATALOGING Last December, in the lower level of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, amid the hushed and focused workspace of her colleagues in the technical services department, Lorraine Lance cataloged her last music score. After 37 years with the university, Lance left behind her trusty metal book cart covered with save-the-animal decals and American ag stickers (plus several CDs and music scores that she didn't have time to catalog). Even in retirement, Lance, '11 Behavioral Science, radiates the quiet competence of a veteran of the stacks. Easily traversing from leather-bound tomes to the library's digital infrastructure, she carries with her the history of all three university libraries: Wahlquist, Clark and King. When she rst took her place behind the service desk at Wahlquist Library in 1974, Lance was a single mother with a young daughter to support and no college degree. culmination the proud words of her mentor, Chuck Darrah, chair of the anthropology department: "You did it." --Peter Caravalho Lance started taking classes in 1984, but her education stopped and started over the years. Still, in 2005 Lance decided that she wouldn't be satis ed until she had her diploma. "I really wanted it," she says. "I would be the rst in my family to have a bachelor's degree." In December 2011, at the same time her co-workers at King Library were hosting a retirement party for her, Lance received her San Jos� State diploma and something better-- SJSU WASHINGTON SQUARE FALL 2012 19 Naked ON A HIGH WIRE BY KARIN MCKIE PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID SCHMITZ aluMnI karIn MckIe, ScoTT ScHroDer & courTney pong YOU MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO CHANGE A BEGINNING BUT, WITH IMPROVISATIONAL TECHNIQUES, YOU CAN CHANGE AN ENDING. "Who's your favorite musician?" e group busts out some verbal beats to back me up. Boom, chick, da boom-boom chick. Boom, chick, da-wicky, wicky, wicky. I jump in. ere is this guy, this British fellow. He wears geeky specs. His name is Elvis Costello. He's a friend to me and a friend to you. And please keep in mind that his "Aim Is True." In unison, the circle says, " at was awesome!" I invented that rap, on the spot, at an improvisation workshop last spring. After a long hiatus (I left improv to do Shakespeare and "regular" theater in 1996), I'm back performing, rehearsing and playing with ComedySportz San Jos�, an ensemble that makes short-form comedy using a sports format based on audience suggestions. Naked on a high wire, basically. Graduate school brought me to Silicon Valley. I came for an MFA in Creative Writing at San Jos� State, a mere two blocks east of the 25-yearold comedy institution's downtown location. 18 WASHINGTON SQUARE FALL 2012 During 2009 and 2010, I was too busy writing and attempting to quash a midlife crisis--I mean: make a career change--to check out northern California's ComedySportz, the international organization I had previously performed with in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. But the San Carlos Street marquee beckoned and taunted me with "shows every Friday and Saturday night" whenever I passed by on my way to campus. I had been immersed in scribbling memoir and plays for stage and screen, but I missed performing. I had no satisfying outlet for my theatrical storytelling, no platform for my wry observations. I had put up one-woman show segments during my time in the Windy City and wanted to bring my ideas from the page to the stage again. I longed not only to communicate, but also to be heard. Plus, worried about essay deadlines, and, well, my midlife crisis, I wasn't laughing a lot. Maybe it was the Psycho Donuts shop in the ComedySportz/Camera 3 lobby that sealed the deal, but in July 2011, I stopped by to see if I could watch, just watch, the weekly workshops. Within a few weeks I was playing again. Like Michael Corleone, just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in. ComedySportz has pulled in other San Jos� State alumni, too, primarily from communications elds, which are remarkably similar to competitive improvisation: they employ imaginative messaging and creative problem-solving. ey also provide a productive outlet for smartasses like me. Referee, player and improv coach Courtney Pong, '09 Public Relations, started with ComedySportz's High School League in her hometown of Modesto and has been an enthusiastic team member for ten of her almost 30 years. At SJSU, Pong worked for the inaugural, student-run P.R. agency Dwight, Bentel & Hall, named after the campus building, which was named after the journalism program's founder. Currently, she's a social media specialist for hightech rm Eastwick. Pong appreciates that improv co-mingles with her work, especially the social networking aspects. "Teamwork shows up at both ComedySportz and at the o ce. Every interaction is an opportunity to build and support ideas and people, a way to nd something wonderful, beyond the expected, that I couldn't have discovered on my own." WHAT IS improvisatioN? Improvisation is created on the spot, based on simple audience suggestions, like the Drew Carey TV show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Unlike standup comedy, improv is an unscripted, instant slice-of-life, performed in short or long formats. Improv follows guidelines that are successful in the workplace too: "Yes, and ... " Accept and add to every suggestion, on stage or in business meetings. Make your partner look good. Support and take care of your peers. Don't be funny. "Keep it real." Honest, grounded relationships, rather than forcing jokes, drive good comedy and successful careers. Listen Imperative for improv, business and life. Comedy is just tragedy reversed. WISLAWA SZYMBORSKA SJSU WASHINGTON SQUARE FALL 2012 21 WIN Comedysportz TICKETS! Enter to win one of 25 pairs of tickets by sending the answers to the questions below, along with your name, graduation year and major, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mention the name of your business and be entered to win a free one-hour corporate training session. Which of these is not a ComedySportz warm-up game? Which of the three current ComedySportz fouls used to be known as e Wa ing Foul? a. The Brown Bag Foul b. The Groaner Foul c. The Delay of Game Foul a. Zoom-Schwartz-Profigliano b. Quid-Pro-Quo c. Bibbity-Bibbity-Bop d. Zip-Zap-Rap ComedySportz is the longest-running show in Silicon Valley, celebrating 25 years this September. This international organization has teams in most major U.S. cities, where the short-format, all-ages comedy is played as a sport. For more, visit sjsu.edu/wsq/comedysportz. My proudest accomplishment at my large northern Virginia high school was receiving the "senior superlative" of class clown for my Monty Python "silly walks" up and down the hallways and other acts of feigned fearlessness. the Creative adult is the Child who survived after the world tried killiNg them, makiNg them "growN up." URSULA K. LEGUIN ComedySportz ensemble member Scott Schroder, '04 Advertising, was also a self-described goofy kid and awkward student. He had awful taste in clothes and credits humor with helping him t in during high school and at San Jos� State. "Comedy gets you friends. And improv training translates into life outside school, too, like saying `yes' to o ers, and committing to who you are. Some will accept you, and some won't," Schroder says. "But at least they've got to respect your commitment, like my commitment to pulling o a neon orange hunting vest and a mechanic's jumpsuit." Schroder, who now runs Happy Fish Swim School in Fremont, says "Of course, it's not what you know, it's who you know, and comedy is all about building genuine interpersonal relationships." For me, as a kid growing up in the metro D.C. area, I hid my socially inept and geeky center self behind jokes. e mask of comedy as a shield. e power of parody. e armor of humor. In order to t in, I memorized routines by Steve Martin, who reminds us that "comedy is not pretty," and George Carlin, who showed me how to be (okay, attempt to be) cool, by repeating his "Seven Words You Can't Say on Television" to anybody who would listen. Bill Cosby kept it clean. Like one of his album titles, "I Started Out as a Child," I parroted his Lone Ranger "don't go to town, Kimosabe" ri so many times that the misspelled Kemo became my nickname for two decades. the duty of Comedy is to MOLI�RE CorreCt meN by amusiNg them. 22 WASHINGTON 20 SJSU WASHINGTON SQUARE SQUARE FALL 2012 FALL 2012 Pong, Schroder and I not only create shows at ComedySportz, we also trek back over to campus to train and entertain a variety of SJSU groups. Over the past couple of decades, the ensemble has performed for freshman orientation, the Academic A airs Council, fraternities and sororities, at the Dining Commons and King Library, and has taught student leadership teambuilding workshops. "Kids are natural improvisers, like when they make a refrigerator box into a spaceship, or play cops and robbers, or chat up an imaginary friend," says Artistic Director Je Kramer, who also performs and teaches at ComedySportz and at Ohlone College. "We try to remind students of the importance of this type of play, not only for enjoyment, but to brainstorm, and to show that ideas can percolate up through fun." Improv activities create nontraditional--and non-boring--ways to foster innovation and can give San Jos� State graduates a leg up when applying at Silicon Valley rms and beyond. "People make things up every day in classrooms and in boardrooms," says Kramer. "Improv imparts crucial life skills to everybody, but it's particularly helpful to students entering the workforce. You need to be able to roll with the punches." Comedy is simply a fuNNy way of beiNg serious. P U ETER STINOV paper, scissors." e goal is to have everyone eventually make the same motion at the same time. Focused participants usually do so in a handful of tries. Matching up is strangely satisfying. e lessons learned are: be present, connect with your teammates, and accept that sometimes your idea dominates and sometimes it doesn't. Either way is absolutely okay. "And when was the last time you got to be a tiger or a Martian?" Schroder asks. "Improv is play," Pong says. "Adults don't play enough, and we should. It releases stress, strengthens relationships and opens minds." Humor reminds all comers to relax, enjoy and go with the ow. Comedy is soothing because it's primal, innate. Improvisation also erases a fear of failure, because within comedy failure is expected, encouraged and even celebrated. By simply being in the moment, even a mediocre rap can become a transient work of art. Since improvisation is about embracing chaos, improv training is growing as a business tool. rough exercises and activities, ComedySportz training workshops help companies nd new and creative ways to team build. Most activities resemble children's games--interactive and on your feet. "Just getting away from your cubicle helps communication," says Pong. "We're literally thinking and working outside of that box." Typical icebreaker games include untying human knots to expand ideas about cooperation, or group-think explorations like "Tiger, Martian, Salesman." For this exercise, a trio stands backto-back and then turns around to act out one of those characters, like playing three-way "rock, Comedy is aCtiNg out optimism. ROBIN WILLIAMS SJSU WASHINGTON SQUARE FALL 2012 23 TALK ABOUT epic JOURNEYS 22 WASHINGTON SQUARE FALL 2012 In a red jeep named in honor of Don Quixote's squire Sancho Panza, Ecuador-based photojournalists Karla Gachet, '04, and Ivan Kashinsky, '05, set forth for Tierra Del Fuego, the southernmost tip of South America, equipped with photo and camping gear, two spare tires, waterproof clothing and the goal of "telling the story of this amazing continent through our photos," Kashinsky says. The seven-month expedition covered five countries--Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina--and a distance of some 6,000 kilometers. "It had always been our dream to do this trip," Gachet says. "So one day we bought a big map to put on our bedroom wall and started planning. The planning took at least a year. Next thing you know, we're on our way down south." Along the way they got lost, nearly froze in Southern Bolivia, and narrowly escaped a tropical fever pandemic. They also "saw some of the most beautiful places I've ever seen," Kashinsky says. "Endless desert, incredible rock formations and lakes of every color imaginable." Among the subjects they met, interviewed and photographed were members of the Napo River's indigenous Quichua community, Mennonites in the Bolivian jungle and tango dancers in Buenos Aires. Collected in the book Historias M�nimas (Dinediciones) and exhibited at the Centro Cultural Metropolitano in Quito, the couple's breathtaking photos and accompanying stories are now also available as an iPad app (sjsu.edu/wsq/epicapp). An Ecuador native, Gachet met Kashinsky, an L.A. lad, in SJSU's photojournalism program. She was his photo editor when both worked at the Spartan Daily. "So we ended up spending a lot of time together," Kashinsky says. Even so, "we had no idea a college love would evolve into a life together," Gachet admits. Bachelor's degree in hand, Gachet returned to Ecuador and became the first woman photographer ever hired by Diario El Comercio. Her twoyear newspaper stint accelerated her growth as a professional photographer. "Shooting so many assignments a day speeds up the way you think," she says. After Kashinsky completed his master's degree, creating a multimedia thesis project that documented the indigenous fiestas of the Ecuadorian Andes, he and Gachet began their professional partnership, working together as freelancers in South America. Often described as belonging to a "new breed of documentary photographers," both Gachet and Kashinsky question the adjective "new." Despite the additions of sound and video and the fact that "styles do change a bit," Kashinsky believes that "in many ways we are doing the same thing that photojournalists have done for years. We immerse ourselves in stories, try to make images that touch people and hope, through our photographs, that people learn more about the world." Gachet agrees that "the basic core" of photojournalism remains unaltered but has also noticed, she says, a difference in the way "photojournalism is perceived and done in South America. And I do feel we are part of that change." See more at: sjsu.edu/wsq/epicphotos. --Kat Meads anthropology, Strauss is trained to see connections where others might see disparate parts. Even her dissertation on yoga practice in India revealed an environmental tie-in. " e people I interviewed linked their yoga practice to broader environmental goals and spoke about that link as if it were obvious," Strauss notes. and "energy intense" urban centers, India o ers an especially promising eld site for energy research. Unlike the U.S., the Indian government is vigorously exploring renewable energy options that touch on questions of water use and health. O cials there "recognize that the impact of climate change isn't in the future. It's happening now," Strauss says. Appointed in February to the American Anthropological Association's Global Climate Change Task Force, Strauss intends to use that platform to broaden the discourse about climate change in this country. " ere's been a huge bias in the U.S. to talk about the subject strictly in terms of economics. We need to expand the range of the discussion and help people understand the cultural and social risks associated with global environmental change so that they can prepare accordingly. Whatever one's politics, climate change isn't something we can just put out of our minds. It isn't something that's only happening elsewhere." --Kat Meads with people in the picture is November, Philadelphia native and University of Wyoming Professor of Anthropology Sarah Strauss, '87 MPH, heads to southern India on a Fulbright grant where she will tie together the strands of 20 years' worth of research on climate change, water and energy resources, health and well-being. Studying climate change from a cultural and social perspective makes her a rarity. e topic is generally considered the research province of "hard" scientists, not social scientists. But "anthropologists are a pretty eclectic group," Strauss explains. "If there are people in the picture, we'll gure out a way to study the issue." With undergraduate and graduate degrees in comparative religion, public health and cultural In a project funded by a 2000 National Science Foundation grant, Strauss studied the "social life of water" in the Swiss Alpine village of Leukerbad. After years spent in drought-prone California, she saw water, water everywhere in Switzerland. She also saw glaciers in severe retreat. With 75 percent of the village's electricity directly supplied by a river that owed through the town, the relationship of water and climate change was impossible to disregard. "Leukerbad posed the immediate, problematic question: what happens when the glaciers go away?" Strauss says. Strauss served as lead editor of Cultures of Energy (Left Coast Press, 2012), a volume that examines energy resource use around the globe. With its mix of o -the grid/remote village life 24 WASHINGTON SQUARE FALL 2012 Jumping o the metro, zipping down the stairs following my companions to the nearest map, I was suddenly surrounded by colorful fabrics, loud chatter and the scent of Parisian food. My stomach was nervous and palms sweaty as I anxiously tried to nd the direction we needed to go. It was our second day exploring Paris with our faculty-led program, and we were scheduled at 10 a.m. to participate in a bike tour around the famous city. is was the day I had been anticipating and fearing. Grip ing opportunity At this moment my anxiety and insecurities disappeared, and I felt in that moment that nothing could keep me from experiencing Paris. roughout the tour, I continued to have my breath taken away, breezing by tall, wind-blown trees, escaping under the Arc de Triomphe, and ending at the Ei el Tower. Afte thi xperience, th Ei e T e o l th mb th "Cit Li " to e, u mb rc in bt tha l ha hel ack fr er u xperiences. Whitney Zeller, '13 Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism Management pHoTo: nIkole kenDall , '13 HoSpITalITy, recreaTIon & TourISM ManageMenT I had very little experience riding a bike and was not con dent that I would be able to take a bike on the bustling streets of Paris. As we began the tour, I nervously gripped the handlebars and excessively squeezed on the brakes to keep a far distance from the other 16 people in our group. As we began to navigate the streets of Paris, I started to relax and enjoy the wind blowing in my hair and the unexpected sun warming my skin. As we rolled through a park, I heard voices behind me saying to look up, and as I did I was overwhelmed with my rst glimpse of the Ei el Tower. See photos and read more essays about the faculty-led study abroad trip to Paris at: sjsu.edu/wsq/paris Got something to say? First Person is a chance for alumni, faculty members and current SJSU students to share personal essays on any topic. For submission guidelines, go to sjsu.edu/wsq/guidelines. THE OY WAY Need a little mekhaye (joy) in your life? Want to brush up on your Yiddish? Professor Emeritus of Journalism Harvey Gotli e's e Oy Way (Cogitator Publications, 2012) is sure to tickle as much as teach. A hilarious combination of Yiddish expressions and restorative Tai Chi-like exercises, the book will help you "follow the path of most resistance." For more, go to sjsu.edu/wsq/oyway. SJSU WASHINGTON SQUARE FALL 2012 27 ALUMNI U P DAT E S Get connected to the Spartan network! Join the SJSU Alumni Association at www.sjsualumni.com or call 408-924-6515. Are you on LinkedIn? More than 18,000 Spartans stay in touch through SJSU's group. 70s 1969 William Goodin, Mathematics, received a 2011 Outstanding Branch Counselor Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is currently associate director of alumni relations at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. 1970 Fernando Torres-Gil, Political Science, chair of the Department of Social Welfare, director of the Center for Policy Research on Aging and professor of social welfare and public policy at UCLA, was nominated by President Obama to become a member of the National Council on Disability. Prior to his academic career, Torres-Gil served as the first Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 1973 Roger Woo, Journalism, journalism adviser at Tokay High School in Lodi, received a lifetime achievement award from the California Journalism Education Coalition. He began teaching at Tokay in 1981. Accepting the award, he said: "To me this is not a job. What I do is help make responsible citizens who think and fend for themselves." 1974 Carla Hostetter, Library Science, writes romance novels under her pen name Lynn Shurr. Mardi Gras Madness, her latest, will be published by L&L Dreamspell this fall. 1975 Ron Conway, Political Science, owner and founder of SV Angel, has invested in more than 300 Internet startups, and the firm's current portfolio includes another 200 companies. Often called the "Godfather of Silicon Valley," Conway describes himself as an "average student" at SJSU. In 1979, he joined the team that founded Altos Computer Systems as vice president of sales and became a multimillionaire when Altos went public in 1982. Dan Gudgel, Meteorology, retired after a 36-year career with the U.S. National Weather Service. He continues to do private weather consulting. Paul Tai, Mechanical Engineering, sends news of the publication of Happy Thoughts (Dorrance Publishing, 2012), a book that combines science and religion and emphasizes the importance of achieving happiness in the here and now. 1976 Oscar De Haro, PoliticalScience, is vice president of student services at Napa Valley College. 1977 Jeff Albrecht, Art and Education Credential, who previously taught at Milpitas High School, is a current resident of Kauai, where he creates custom paintings for clients and collectors throughout the U.S. Recently he created a series for Boots on the Ground, a nonprofit that specializes in disaster relief efforts around the world. To see Albrecht's work, visit: jeffgallery.com. David Carlick, Accounting, is the new chairman of the board at Grocery Shopping Network (GSN). Cofounder of DoubleClick, acquired by Google, Carlick has served as an independent director at Ask Jeeves, BigBook and I/Pro. For ten years he was managing director at VantagePoint Venture Partners. Currently he is a director at Effective Measure, Mediasmith, ReachLocal and TouchTunes. Stephen Maita, Journalism, announced that his company, Seattle-based Maita Communications, has joined InfiniteLatitude, a global network of senior public relations consultants that connects 24 corporate communications professionals in 14 nations on five continents. Check it out online at: infinitelatitude.com. 1978 Cherie Martin Irwin, Theatre, is digital project director for the Hacker Group, a Seattle-based advertising agency. 1979 Anthony Drake, Accounting, based in San Jos�, is director of accounting operations at California Water Service Company. William Mowson, Music, retired after working 31 years at Spartan Bookstore. He is minister of music at Faith Lutheran Church, Los Gatos. 1980 Lt. Col. Richard Tollini, U.S. Air Force, Aeronautics, is currently a Boeing F-15 flight simulator instructor in Okinawa, Japan. 1981 Tim Daly, Radio/TV/Film, has joined News 10/San Joaquin Valley as a reporter. Previously he worked for KGW/Channel 8 in Portland, Oregon, and KTSM/ Channel 9 in El Paso, Texas. 1980 Marie Cornez Kennedy, Public Relations, was named executive vice president of Edelman, the world's largest public relations firm. She now leads corporate practice in Los Angeles and serves as U.S. lead of DJE Science's life sciences group. Previously, she was director of global communications at Baxter International. 1983 Christine Munson, Accounting, is new CFO of Xtime, a cloud-based customer management applications firm for the automotive service industry. She was previously CFO of Active Video Networks and during her career has guided three companies through public stock offerings: Gadzoox Network, the California Culinary Academy and Document Technologies. Jo Ann Riniti, MA Psychology, is a psychologist in private practice in Aptos. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Georgia State University. 80s 50s 1957 William Burchett, Business Administration, retired from California's Department of Insurance as a senior property and casualty insurance rate analyst. Proud owner of a 1928 Packard, he's a member of both Classic Car Club of America and Packards International Motor Car Club. 1967 William Dunn, Graphic Design, a member of the design faculty at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, is a watercolorist who specializes in Bay Area landscapes. His work was recently exhibited at Art People Gallery in San Francisco. 1968 Aaron Podolefsky, Mathematics, current president of Buffalo State College, received a distinguished alumni award from Stony Brook University, where he received a master's degree and a doctorate in anthropology. Prior to Buffalo State, he served as president and professor of anthropology at the University of Central Missouri. Dennis Simkin, Marketing, was appointed regional sales manager of J. Rockcliff Realtors' Contra Costa County office. He began his real estate career in 1974. He has worked at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and was previously president and owner of Blackhawk Properties. In 1990, he founded and served as president of United California Brokers (UCB). 60s 26 WASHINGTON SQUARE FALL 2012 W H AT ARE U P TO? YOU Spartan news always makes us proud. Share your latest updates with Washington Square! 1986 Ron Eddow, MUP, retired as an urban planner with the city of San Jos� and now volunteers as a teacher at Twin Lakes Church in Aptos. 1987 Christine Arthur, Graphic Design, exhibited her photographs at Los Altos's Gallery 9 in a show titled "Libations." Robert Benson, Engineering, accepted a position with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, a San Francisco-based firm. A litigator, he received his law degree from UC Berkeley and has represented clients in federal trial and appeal courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission. 1989 Paul DiMarco, Radio/TV/Film, is a physical education and nutrition teacher at Hillbrook School in Los Gatos. 1990 Shelley Ash, Journalism, '01 MPA, is a lecturer in SJSU's Department of Health Science. Lori Ciano, Marketing, is executive vice president of human resources at Conceptus, Inc. in Mountain View, a women's healthcare company. She was previously senior vice president of human resources at Affymetrix, Inc., a gene chip company. She began her career at Varian Associates, one of the first high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. 1991 Lisa Escobar, MS Special Education, is the new superintendent of Red Bluff (Calif.) Joint Union High School District. A former Seattlebased principal, she describes herself as "very much a cowgirl." She received her undergraduate degree from CSU Chico. Stephen Sullivan, MS Engineering, is chief strategy officer for Scott & White Healthcare, a nonprofit collaborative healthcare system established in 1897 in Temple, Texas. He holds three technology patents and began his career as a process engineer at Intel. 1992 Ruben Chavez, Criminal Justice, '09 MS Criminal Justice, is police chief of Livingston, Calif. He previously worked as a lieutenant in the San Jos� Police Department and in the San Jos�/Evergreen Community College District Police Department. Linh Dang, Advertising, is arts and imagery program coordinator at Stanford Hospital. 1993 Julie Rose, Humanities, published a second novel, Oleanna (lulu. com, 2012), inspired by the life of one of her great-great aunts. The novel is set in 1905 during the separation of Norway from Sweden. 1996 Patricia Ford, MLS, is director of the Truro (Mass.) library. Previously she worked as a research librarian in the Washington, D.C., office of the Los Angeles Times. She holds an undergraduate degree in history from Texas Women's University in Dallas. John Turner, MBA, is senior vice president of sales at TriNet, a provider of PEO services to small businesses and entrepreneurs headquartered in San Leandro. Prior to his new post, Turner held management positions in sales at FalconStor Software and Symantec's EMEA Technology Sales Organization. 1998 John Robison, MS Computer Science, a former Netflix executive, is currently chief technology officer at Move, Inc., an online real estate firm headquartered in Campbell. Name: Major: Graduation year: Address: City, State, Zip: Email: My update is: ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ 00s 1999 Kelly Edwards, Physical Education, was appointed head football coach of Foothill College in March. He joined the Foothill Owls as assistant coach and offensive coordinator in 2007 and has served as interim head coach since January. 2000 Vivian Arciniega-Aanenson, Music, teaches music at Parkside Intermediate School in San Bruno. Patrick York Ma, MFA Art, a native of Belgium and U.S. Army veteran, owns Triple Aught Design, a Bay Area company specializing in clothes and equipment that "blend functionality with sophisticated design." For more information: tripleaughtdesign.com. Christine Peek, English, became a partner at McManis Faulkner, a San Jos� trial firm, in February. She received her law degree from Santa Clara University in 2004 and specializes in civil litigation. 90s SPARTANS AT WORK Where has your San Jos� State degree taken you? Check out our new video series on what alumni and students are doing at NASA, Twitter, Cisco and other companies and organizations! Go to: sjsu.edu/wsq/atwork. Send to: EMAIL: email@example.com USPS: WSQ Editor One Washington Square San Jos�, CA 95192-0005 WEB: sjsu.edu/wsq/submissions 2002 Binh Danh, Photography, prints photos on leaves gathered from his mother's garden that depict the aftereffects of the Vietnam War. In 1979, at the age of two, he fled Vietnam with his parents and grew up in Southern California. His photographs have been collected by the Corcoran Art Gallery, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the George Eastman House. To see Danh's work, visit: binhdanh.com. Carol Selter, MFA Photography, who also holds degrees in botany and biology, is represented by the Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles. She has exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Harvard University and her most recent work is a series titled "Animal Stories." 2003 Josh Brown, Sociology, was promoted to defensive coordinator of Cal Poly's football team in April. For the past two seasons, he has been Cal Poly's special teams coordinator and inside linebackers coach. He has also been an assistant coach at Foothill College, Gavilan College and Arizona State. Chris Funk, MA Social Science, former assistant superintendent for instruction in the San Jos� Unified School District, accepted the position of superintendent of the East Side Union High School District in May. The East Side Union District covers 11 comprehensive high schools and five alternative education schools. 2004 John Van Metre, Business, works in business software sales at Armanino McKenna in San Ramon. A competitive runner, he is a member of the adidas Transports Racing team. 2006 Ashwin Kotian, MBA, is vice president of product development at Neverfail, an Austin, Texas, software company. He has also served in various network and IT management posts at VMware, Hitachi Data Systems and Navin Communications. 2007 Dongfang Shao, MLIS, director of the East Asia Library at Stanford since 2003, was appointed chief of the Asian Division, Library of Congress. A scholar of Chinese history, literature and culture, he taught in the Chinese Studies Department of the National University of Singapore before joining Stanford's Department of Asian Languages in 1999. 2008 Rudy Escalante, MBA, former deputy police chief of Watsonville, became Capitola's chief of police in February. He began his law enforcement career in 1985 in the investigations unit of the Santa Cruz Police Department. 2009 Amy Davis, MLIS, is librarian of the Carlsbad History Room at the Georgina Cole Library in Carlsbad. 2010 Gary Medina, MLIS, is collections and reference librarian at Marymount College in Palos Verdes. 2011 Mithun Banerjee, Electrical Engineering, is a senior engineer at Tellabs, Inc. in Santa Clara. Alejandra Del Rello, Civil Engineering, was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after graduating from SJSU. She is currently an adjutant general officer, based in Fort Hood, Texas. F A C U LT Y IN ME MO RIA M Marshall Bean, age 85, on April 18, in San Jos�. A San Francisco native and U.S. Army veteran, Bean served in Japan with the occupying forces and later with the military police at Sandia Base in Albuquerque, N.M. He received a law degree from Santa Clara University and practiced law before joining SJSU's faculty as an assistant professor in the College of Business in 1958. He retired in 1998 at the rank of full professor. Wanda Alexander Blockhus, age 80, on May 8, in Los Altos. A native of Crawford, Texas, Blockhus received her doctorate from the University of Minnesota. She joined SJSU's Department of Business Education in 1965 and retired as full professor in 1999. Awarded the Meritorious Performance Award by the CSU Chancellor's Office three times, she also taught at Queensland Institute of Technology in Australia and the University of Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. John (Jack) R. Douglas, age 79, on April 17, in San Jos�. A native of Illinois, Douglas received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Denver. He was hired as a librarian at SJSU in 1959 and retired in 1996 as head of SJSU's archives. Until 1999, he continued to work as a volunteer in Special Collections. The author of numerous articles and books about local history, he also served as president of the San Jos� Historic Landmarks Commission in the 1980s. Clair W. Janes, age 87, on April 25, in San Jos�. A native of Ohio and a U.S. Navy veteran, Janes served in World War II and the Korean War. Before teaching at SJSU, he worked on the audit staff of PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Francisco for five years. He joined SJSU's Department of Accounting in 1958 and retired as full professor in 1990. He served as president of the Silicon Valley chapter of the California CPA Society and as treasurer of the SJSU Emeritus Faculty Association. Helmut Krawinkler, age 72, on April 16, in Los Altos. A native of Innsbruck, Austria, Krawinkler held a master's degree in structural engineering from SJSU and a doctorate from UC Berkeley. An innovator in evaluating seismic safety and damage potential, in 2012 he received the George W. Housner Medal, the most prestigious award given by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. He was a lecturer in SJSU's Department of Engineering from 1972 to 1973. In 2007, he retired from Stanford. Marian Schouler Robinson, age 78, on Jan. 22. A New Orleans native, Robinson received her bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Utah and her doctorate from UC Berkeley. She joined SJSU's Department of English in 1966 as an assistant professor and retired at the rank of full professor in 1992. Her areas of scholarship included medieval Celtic, French and English literature as well as modern Irish, French and English poetry. Helen Sobczak, age 87, on Jan. 30, in Aptos. Born in Stockton, Sobczak received her bachelor's degree from the University of the Pacific in 1946 and worked as a Pan Am flight attendant in the late 1940s. She joined SJSU's Department of Physical Education in 1961 and was promoted to lecturer in 1970. David Van Becker, age 86, on Jan. 31. A San Francisco native, Van Becker received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from UC Berkeley. He taught at Colorado College in Colorado Springs before joining SJSU's Department of English in 1962 at the rank of assistant professor. Promoted to associate professor in 1978, he retired in 1992. Alumni who have passed away are remembered in a special feature at sjsu.edu/wsq. 10s 28 WASHINGTON SQUARE FALL 2012 DWIGHT BENTEL 1909�2012 Study any photo of the late Dwight Bentel, founder of SJSU's Journalism and Mass Communication program, and it is apparent that his energy can barely be contained by the picture's frame. e clarity of his vision for a journalism program remains a brilliant afterimage. When Bentel arrived at San Jos� State College in 1934, President T.W. MacQuarrie said to the 25-year-old: "Dwight, I would like you to possibly do a little publicity with the college, to teach some basic course or two in journalism and ... Dwight, I don't really know what your job is." Bentel ran with it, leveraging opportunity with his characteristic tenacity. First order of business: transform the current model of news reporting into a structured newsroom. e results were a three-unit class that both trained students for jobs in print and became the foundation of the Spartan Daily. Dynamic and passionate, Bentel would continue to inspire over the next 40 years. He pushed for the creation of the public relations, advertising, photojournalism and photography departments--each one feeding into his vision of a strong and comprehensive journalism program. In 1982, Dwight Bentel Hall was named in his honor. Countless reporters and journalists came up under Bentel's guidance. His balancing act of encouragement with high expectations left an indelible impression on many of his students. SJSU Assistant Professor Kim Komenich, one of six Pulitzer Prize winners who came through SJSU's journalism program, says of Bentel, "We can thank Dr. Bentel for putting San Jos� State at the forefront ... in the world of journalism education." --Peter Caravalho REMEMBERING DWIgHT BenTel WITH unknoWn uMpIre. pHoTo SuBMITTeD By WalTer cranor, '47 JournalISM Watch a documentary on Dwight Bentel at sjsu.edu/wsq/bentel. As always, you can share your re ections, old photos and nostalgic memories by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. TRAVIS JOHNSON ATHLETE PROFILE TRAVIS JOHNSON ATHLETE PROFILE SPARTAN S T U D E N T AT H L E T E PLAYING SMART Spartan defensive end Travis Johnson loves learning about the human body as a kinesiology major. If he doesn't go pro, he hopes to help people as a physical therapist. The three-time Academic All-WAC honoree and three-time San Jos� State scholarathlete understands how studying helps him on the field. "You have to be able to think under pressure," he says. "And you have to be smarter than the person across from you because the smarter person is going to win." DEFENSE T R AV I S J O H N S O N WORTH THE WAIT Johnson's parents didn't allow him to play football until high school because they didn't want him to get hurt. Instead, he experimented with baseball and soccer in middle school, and then continued through high school with wrestling and football. Looking back, Johnson says, it gave him time to "mature and not learn bad techniques." ULTIMATE SPORT Football is the ultimate sport to Johnson, who has made 153 tackles--an average of 51 in each of his first three seasons. What's the best part about playing defensive end? Having his teammates' back. "I am there to be that first stopper and the first line of defense." EAGLE SCOUT Before Johnson was a Spartan, he was an Eagle Scout capable of surviving in the wilderness with only a tin cup. Being a scout shaped his approach to all areas of his life: "I just keep pushing through and reward will come." pHoTo: THoMaS SanDerS 3032 WASHINGTON SQUARE FALL 2012 SJSU WASHINGTON SQUARE FALL 2012 A BRONZE MEDAL FOR Spartan Marti Malloy! With judo legend and fellow Spartan Yoshihiro Uchida watching from the stands, SJSU judoka Marti Malloy persevered through a tough series of matches to win a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. To win the bronze, Malloy, '10 Advertising, beat Italy's Giulia Quintavalle, scoring a decisive ippon--judo's version of a knockout. The 26-year-old came to San Jos� from her native Oak Harbor, Wash., to train under Uchida, who has spent a lifetime cultivating judo into an Olympic sport. Uchida will be honored with the San Jos� State Sports Hall of Fame Legend Award this October. Other Spartans at the Olympics included: the USA Fencing head coach, Greg Massialas, is a 1979 grad. And recent grads Cynthia Guevara and David Wan were selected to carry the Olympic torch in London to begin the games. pHoToS: cHrISTIna olIVaS BANDING TOGETHER e drive to replace the San Jos� State marching band's aged uniforms began last year. In a colossal gold, blue and white e ort, dozens of donors acted together to raise more than $120,000. In honor of their contributions, donors have their names embroidered into the band members' new uniforms. anks for making Spartan pride look so good. Want to support your fellow Spartans? Visit campaign.sjsu.edu. 32 WASHINGTON SQUARE FALL 2012 It's not just a game. Come celebrate all week long! October 6 � 13 Get details and the latest schedule of events at sjsualumni.com/homecoming CLASSES WITHOUT QUIZZES Saturday, October 6 9 a.m. � 1:30 p.m. | Clark Hall FIRE ON THE FOUNTAIN Thursday, October 11 4 � 10 p.m. | Tower Lawn SAN JOS� STATE NIGHT AT THE MARKET Friday, October 12 5 � 9 p.m. | San Pedro Square Market CHEER FOR YOUR SPARTANS SJSU VS. UTAH STATE Saturday, October 13 1 p.m. | Spartan Stadium GEAR UP AT SPARTAN BOOKSTORE From October 8 - 13, Alumni Association members will receive 10 percent off SJSU clothing and gift purchases at Spartan Bookstore and will receive a free SJSU license plate frame (while supplies last)! Spartan Bookstore will be open 9 a.m. � 2 p.m. on game day, Saturday, October 13, if you need to grab some blue and gold for the game. Non-pro t Organization US Postage Paid San Jos�, CA One Washington Square, San Jos�, CA 95192-0005 Permit NO 816 Change service requested My VIP [Very Inspirational Person] Estrella Calimag Professor Emerita of Linguistics Estrella Calimag was the most signi cant professor I had during my studies at SJSU. As a well-educated, Filipina mentor, she in uenced my professional growth. My family has a high regard for the educated, as both of my parents attained only an elementary education. Dr. Calimag was the rst person of my ethnic background I met who had achieved a prominent position in academia. After SJSU, I received a teaching credential and a master's degree. When I was pursuing my master's degree, I often recalled the rich and diverse class discussions I had with Dr. Calimag. SJSU laid the groundwork for everything that unfolded in my education. Nominated by Lelia B. Daliva, '94 Business Dr. Calimag was the first person of my ethnic background I met who had achieved a prominent position in academia. If you would like to nominate a VIP, send a 100-word statement telling us why. Include your name, major, year of graduation and telephone number. Send the information to: WSQ Editor SJSU / One Washington Square / San Jos� , CA 95192-0005 or email email@example.com.