Washington Square, Winter 2012-13
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SAN JOS É STATE UNIVERSITY ALUMNI MAGAZINE | WINTER 2012–13 WASHINGTON SQUAR E Public higher education is at a major crossroads What does it take to lead the transformation? Also in this issue Veterans transition to student life Spartans in the halls of fame Alumni Stephanie Bravo, Chris Willis and Carl Guardino From Mo’s Desk As I watched our Spartans defeat Navy in September, I shared with some fellow football fans how the median salaries of San José State graduates surpass those of graduates of the University of California and universities like Brown and Northwestern. This raised quite a few eyebrows. We Spartans know that San José State has adapted to meet the needs of industry and our community for more than 150 years. You, our alumni, are the dreamers, innovators and high achievers who have helped make Silicon Valley and our state vibrant and healthy. And San José State is on its way to becoming a key pathway for building human capital globally. This issue of Washington Square is full of stories about the many ways that Spartans, and the university as a whole, continue to lead. From alumna Stephanie Bravo, who is helping people find mentors (page 14), or military veterans in San José State’s classrooms (page 10) to alumni and coaches who have been honored in national and international halls of fame (page 16), we have many fine examples of Spartan leadership. And in a Q&A with me and two alumni who are also presidents, you’ll get a glimpse of what it’s like to be the president of a public college or university (page 6). Right now, we are reinventing the way we teach at SJSU—using technology to enhance learning—so that our graduates can continue to lead and innovate. We are building more partnerships in the region and around the country. We are becoming even stronger leaders. And, as we share our successes, we will keep raising eyebrows. Mo Qayoumi President San José State University Read about my vision for reinventing public higher education at sjsu.edu/ president/whitepaper. And, as always, I encourage you to share your thoughts and vision for San José State with me at email@example.com. PHOTO: THOMAS SANDERS WASHINGTON SQUARE EDITOR Jody Ulate, ’05 MA English ALUMNI EDITOR Kat Meads ART DIRECTOR Michelle Frey CONTENTS FEATURES 6 A question of leadership What does it take to lead in public higher education? Three presidents respond. W I N T E R I S S U E CONTRIBUTING DESIGNERS Joan Ang, ’13 Graphic Designer, Peter Caravalho, ’97 Graphic Design, ’15 MFA Creative Writing, Momo Cha, ’12 Graphic Design, Michelle Frey A STORY AROUND EVERY CORNER 2 Letters from readers 3 Class discussion: Intro to Engineering 26 Don’t fear the princesses CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Brian Bates, Peter Caravalho, ’97 Graphic Design, ’15 MFA Creative Writing, Patrick Dutcher, Maureen Smith, professor of child and adolescent development 10 Soldiering up The challenges of transitioning from veteran to student. 27 Student-athlete: Ta’Rea Cunnigan 4 Well said 4 Editor’s bookshelf 5 Spartanian evolution 31 First person: 15 Job Maestro: Do you need a mentor? Keeping up with the Spartans CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Robert Bain, Christina Olivas, Stanley Olszewski, ’12 Biological Forensic Science, Jessica Olthof, ’13 Photojournalism, Thomas Sanders, ’14 MFA Photography, Alec Sukoski, ’12 Photography, Chris Willis, ’94 Graphic Design 16 The halls of fame are painted gold, blue and white Alumni and former coaches in national and international halls of fame. 28 Alumni updates | In memoriam _____________ Volume 21: Number 2 | Winter 2012–13 Published thrice a year by San José State University. 21 “Renaming wonder” 32 A tribute to alumna Phyllis Simpkins PROFILES 14 Pay it forward Stephanie Bravo, ’09 CONTACT EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org USPS WSQ Editor 22 Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird BACK COVER My VIP: Sidney Tiedt, elementary education San José State University One Washington Square San José, CA 95192-0258 20 Leading matters in Silicon Valley Carl Guardino, ’97 26 Art—by chance SJSU.EDU/WSQ SUBSCRIPTION UPDATES WEB sjsu.edu/subscriptions PHONE 408-924-1166 USPS WSQ Editor 24 Ho-Ho-How many? Chris Willis, ’94 San José State University One Washington Square San José, CA 95192-0258 Submissions of stories, photographs, illustrations or letters to the editor are welcome and encouraged. They will be returned if you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Print circulation: 80,000 Cover design and illustration: Momo Cha, ’12 BFA Graphic Design FROM OUR READERS COST OF HIGHER ED “Broken Promise” (Washington Square, Fall 2012) contains important information about rising tuition costs that deny access to public education for too many. This article helps to keep the topic in the forefront during budget discussions at the state and federal levels, which is necessary if we are to reverse this backwards slide away from progress. Multi-talented classmates and a fine faculty at SJSC in the 1950s provided an opportunity for a quality education to me and to others. Now it seems that we had it easier than students do today. To broaden my understanding of this funding crisis I would like to compare notes with former classmates who share my concern. In my opinion, the most impressive illustration of the rising cost of education being borne by our college students is the graph on pages six and seven in the fall issue. That gives a very dramatic image of how much our students are now asked to pay and/or incur in huge debts for their education, especially when compared with what it cost students when I graduated in 1962. I wonder if in a future issue you might show comparable student costs in other states? If other tuition and related costs are significantly greater or less than ours, it would help people make important decisions when it comes time to vote on such issues. I might be wrong, but I’d swear before Congress the “unknown umpire” in your splendid “Remembering Dwight Bentel” feature last issue was Willard Schmidt, chair of SJS’s pioneering police department. Both the journalism and police units were located in temporary WWII barracks along San Fernando Street. I knew Bentel well and at least recognize Schmidt. I was only 20 when I graduated in December 1952 with much of the football team at the Hawaiian Gardens. Our wonderful president, Dr. John T. Wahlquist, held my illegal scotch and soda in one hand, while I shook hands and grabbed my coveted diploma with my two hands. Ronald E. Sherriffs, ’55 AB Speech & Drama, ’57 MA Drama Fernando Zazueta, ’62 Business I read your article, “Broken Promise,” with great interest and was perplexed that you did not mention how gross costs in our colleges and universities are escalating far beyond the CPI, regardless of state subsidies. While I support public education and truly believe it is the answer to many of our country’s economic problems, I, for one, will not vote for higher taxes to subsidize the out-of-control spending at our colleges and universities—any more than I will vote for higher taxes to fund the out-of-control spending of our federal government. Control spending and I will be more than willing to do my part to support public education with my tax dollars. THE SCHMIDT IDENTITY The unknown umpire in the picture with Dwight Bentel is Willard “Huck” Schmidt, head of the police school—which is now administration of justice. Harry E. Carlsen, ’51 Criminal Justice I believe the unknown umpire with Dwight Bentel was the head of our police studies. I did not take any classes from him but I remember that he was a real gentleman and student advocate. Everyone admired him. I am a native son of San José and had all of my schooling through the San José Unified School District and SJSU, which included a master’s in education administration. I was one of the many vets who were lucky enough to have been able to receive a great education from San José State thanks to the GI Bill. My only claim to fame as a student was that I was the last chairman of a student activity day called “Sparti Gras” in 1949. David L. Woods, ’53 Speech Communication Thank you to all who called or wrote to share your stories and to identify Schmidt. — Ed. Jack Likins, ’69 Industrial Technology ON VETERANS I read a response you provided to a reader’s letter in the fall issue of Washington Square. You noted that San José State military veterans would be covered in the winter edition. I am writing to you with the hope that you will include our friend Grady Triplett, who graduated in 1970 as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the Army ROTC program. Grady was 24 and serving as an advisor to a South Vietnamese Airborne Unit when he was killed in action August 17, 1972—40 years ago. He was posthumously awarded the Silver SJSU President Mo Qayoumi is working hard to make SJSU more efficient. In fact, he has released a white paper that proposes innovative ways of reducing costs not just at SJSU or in public higher education in California, but possibly throughout the country. Read “Reinventing Public Higher Education: A Call to Action” at sjsu.edu/president/ whitepaper. Plus, James Surowiecki’s “Debt by Degrees” (The New Yorker, November 21, 2011) has a terrific explanation of the “peculiar economics of education”: sjsu.edu/wsq/ debtbydegrees. —Ed. 2 SJSU WASHINGTON SQUARE WINTER 2012–13 Richard Cirigliano, ’50 Business, ’56 MA Education Administration PHOTO: CHRISTINA OLIVAS CLASS DISCUSSION! What do 700 of San José State’s newest engineers learn in Intro to Engineering? During this required freshman course they get elbow-deep in all kinds of engineering: electrical, mechanical, computer and civil. Working in teams, they see light bulbs glow with power generated from their own student-built wind turbines. They use drill presses, anemometers, tachometers, dial meters and prototype printers to build and test their designs. They figure out how physics, math and atmospheric science come together in testing the efficiency of solar cells. They program and build circuit boards to control the robots they cheer for in the class competition. They learn why developing solar energy or wind turbines will not solve the energy crisis—and that the environment will govern all of the designs they’ll imagine and create for the future. Not bad for a semester’s work. Star. My wife, Geri Patterson-Kutras, ’82 Speech Pathology/Audiology, ’09 Studio Art, and I have visited the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C., where we saw and touched Grady’s name on the wall. After initially enrolling in 1966 and before returning to complete my degree, I spent four years in the Army in Vietnam and Ethiopia, earning the Bronze Star and Army Commendation medals, both for meritorious service. From the San José State football team that helped at Pearl Harbor to those who served in World War II, Vietnam and Korea and today’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, SJSU students and graduates have served with distinction. I hope your winter edition will honor their service and sacrifice. Pete Kutras, ’74 Political Science Our story on how veterans are making the transition to university life starts on page 10. —Ed. WE’D LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU! ENGINEERING MAJOR CHARLIE TREVASKIS PHOTO: STANLEY OLSZEWSKI 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 reflect the views of San José State. EMAIL email@example.com USPS WSQ Editor / San José State University / One Washington Square / San José, CA 95192-0258 WEB sjsu.edu/wsq/submissions WELL SAID editor’s bookshelf Banking redefined In Bankrupt: Why Banking is Broken, How It Can Be Transformed, veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur and Obopay cofounder Carol Realini, ’76 MS Mathematics, argues for an overhaul of today’s “superbanks” and a banking future that avoids rampant foreclosures, rising fees and the “trampling” of millions of “Main Street customers.” The book demonstrates “how a union of accelerating technology and common sense unburdened by outdated banking methods can be used to build financial services for all,” praises David Johnson, former PayPal CFO. “Don’t underestimate that people will lie to you.” —Sarah Ganim, the 25-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who broke the Jerry Sandusky case, speaking at the invitation of SJSU’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications. “Go to a party and tell people you’re a poet and two-thirds or more of the people will say, ‘Oh, I’m a poet, too.’ Say you’re a brain surgeon and you don’t get the same response— because that’s a real job.” —Poet and author Nick Flynn in conversation with Tom Barbash at an event co-sponsored by the SJSU’s Center for Literary Arts and Litquake, San Francisco’s literary festival. “When we talk about taxing the top one percent, we are saying we will take money that the top one percent has invested and we will give it to the government.” —T.J. Rodgers, founder and CEO of Cypress Semiconductors, at the David S. Saurman Provocative Lecture. On the road? Lodge retro For those bored with those same old/same old Best Western sleepovers, Communications Studies Professor Andrew Wood has assembled a cache of alternatives in Motel America: A State by State Tour Guide to Nostalgic Stopovers (Collectors Press). The Blue Swallow Motel on Route 66, the It’ll Do Motel in Clarendon, Texas, and the Sandman Motel in St. Petersburg, Florida, are among the one-of-a-kind lodgings still in business and still welcoming adventurous travelers. “It’s insane that we take 50 percent of our talent and discard it. We need everyone working on cybersecurity—including women.” —Ed Oates, ’68 Math, co-founder of Oracle, at San José State’s Cyber Symposium. Love by the hundreds Ciento: 100 100-Word Love Poems by American Book Award recipient Lorna Dee Cervantes, ’84 Creative Arts, is described as a “book to cherish” by Rain Taxi. Within the confines of 100 words, the Chicana/Chumash activist explores love, desire and sensuality with wit and intelligence. Critically hailed as one of the major Chicano poets of the last 40 years, Cervantes has also received the Patterson Poetry Prize and the International Latino Book Award. “As an engineer, you have a responsibility to build something that doesn’t violate people’s privacy.” —Alexandre Bayen, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, UC Berkeley, at the Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium. 4 SJSU WASHINGTON SQUARE WINTER 2012–13 UNDER PAYUMO'S MICROSCOPE: ZEBRAFISH EMBRYOS, FIVE HOURS OLD PHOTO: ALEX PAYUMO SPARTANIAN In the lab, Alex Payumo has x-ray eyes—kind of. Amid the clutter of auto-pipettes and petri dishes, the doctoral candidate gets up close and personal with the development of the diminutive zebrafish. “Zebrafish are cool because the embryo is transparent for the first week of life. You can see the entire process of development from embryo to maturation.” Payumo, ’08 Biochemistry, is no stranger to labs, having spent chunks of his college career hunkered down in Duncan Hall, lab notebook beside him. His development from a single-cell undergrad to a Payumo-cyte proves, empirically, that faculty members have a major impact on student success. “I was floating around the first couple of semesters, not sure of what to do,” Payumo says. He enrolled in a course with Associate Professor of Biology Julio Soto, unaware that his evolution was about to take a giant leap forward. Soto remembers that Payumo stood out. “Alex can develop a logical explanation for any given situation,” Soto says. Payumo downplays his ability to ask the right questions of complex organic systems, though. “I guess I did all right on some tests,” he says with a laugh, proving that he’s no Dr. Horrible in a lab coat. At a point when Payumo admits that he was “pretty directionless,” he says the encouragement and support of his professors anchored him. He built up his chops creating RNA probes in Professor Steven White’s lab and measuring the density of salt solutions for longtime mentor Associate Professor Daryl Eggers. The stipends he received from his involvement with several science programs helped to fund his schooling. The last program— funded by the National Institutes of Health—provided a modest monthly stipend, full tuition and the opportunity to work with yet another mentor: Professor of Chemistry Herbert Silber. “That helped me out, not having to pay for the last two years of college,” says Payumo. “And all because my professors reached out to me.” Sitting in the chemical and systems biology lab at Stanford, Payumo still thinks of the mentors at SJSU who believed in him. Peering through the high-powered objectives of his microscope, he watches over the zebrafish. Cells split, then split again—small but crucial developments in their growth. —Peter Caravalho A question Washington Square talked with three leaders who are transforming public higher of leade a value-maximization model. That is, we try to maximize the value that we bring to our students. With our fixed resources, how can we expand programs, increase retention and graduation, and increase the success of all students? education: SJSU’s own Mo Qayoumi, plus Pamela Luster, ’78 Speech Pathology and Audiology, ’80 MA Education, and Aaron Podolefsky, ’68 Mathematics. What we learned: leading a university or college is a complicated process. Read the complete Q&As online at sjsu.edu/wsq/leadership. Mo Qayoumi President San José State University Students: Nearly 30,000 Silicon Valley’s largest public university What drew you to engineering? And what made you continue through four degrees in engineering? I worked for my father as a carpenter and liked working with my hands. And when I was very young, I really enjoyed Isaac Asimov’s science fiction and learning about the cosmos and star systems. A lot of that really fascinated me. Have you ever had a mentor? I have not had a single mentor that I’ve worked with for any period of time. But I’ve always had mentors, including colleagues who are sounding boards and who have offered advice. And I’ve always looked up to people whom I admire, like Madame Curie, Albert Einstein and Helen Keller. How do you get buy-in for what you want to accomplish? The key is building a level of trust among all of the different constituencies of the university. You build the trust, first of all, by being transparent and holding yourself accountable, rather than looking for excuses. Corporate settings are far more topdown, but here, without that trust and building a rapport, you will not be able to be successful in making any kind of improvement. Do you think the role of a university president is more like a caretaker? Or do you feel that you can really make changes? I would never take any position if I were only going to be a caretaker. That’s not my nature. A university president must, on one hand, celebrate and recognize tradition and, on the other hand, be an effective force of change. Public higher education is at a major crossroads right now. What we know for sure is that the status quo is not an option and that things must change in a very drastic way for us to not only survive, but also thrive. Do you feel that you’ve left engineering behind? Not really. What drew me to engineering is that you can look at things systematically, while also being able to do something and actually solve problems. Engineering has helped me with the discipline of executing plans. It’s basically applying the same principles to different problems. Is online education the future of American education? Here’s my view: How can we use technology to enhance the learning process? Online learning is just like electricity. There isn’t anything intrinsically unique or beneficial about electricity, but we use electricity to make many of our machines work and to improve our quality of life. How is leading a university different from leading other large organizations? In many industries, the goal is to maximize the return while providing limited value, products or services to customers. Universities, however, follow 6 SJSU WASHINGTON SQUARE WINTER 2012–13 dership What would you change about higher education in the United States? I wish people would recognize the deep linkages between higher education and economic vibrancy, as well as the fundamental role higher education has played in safeguarding our democracy. It’s so much a part of what we value, part of the American way of life. As told to Jody Ulate | Illustrations by Momo Cha’ Pamela Luster ’78 Speech Pathology and Audiology, ’80 MA Education President San Diego Mesa College Location: San Diego, CA Students: 25,000 Fastest growing community college in California, 7th fastest in the nation Why audiology/speech therapy? My mother was a teacher of the deaf, and I thought that would be a good field for me. Also, I spoke to a couple of people who were thinking about the major and talked to some of the faculty members, and then decided that was the path I wanted to take. Why university administration? I had a private practice in speech pathology and audiology where I was doing hearing evaluations with two ear, nose and throat physicians in Los Gatos when I was asked to teach as an adjunct at West Valley College in its disabled students program. I really saw my life going in that direction. Then I started enjoying bringing people together and the leadership aspects of instruction and administration. What would you want people to know about education? Education really gives us the tools to be able to realize our dreams—no matter how audacious they are. Basically, it levels the playing field for everyone. It has that kind of power. Have you ever had a mentor? Oh, I’ve had a number of mentors. I do a lot of mentoring myself, because I had such wonderful mentors. I’m a reflective kind of person, so I look for the lessons learned each time I work through something. I think having that sort of inquiring mind invited mentors into my life. “ Public higher education is at a major crossroads right now. What we know for sure is that the status quo is not an option.” —Mo Qayoumi “ I’m always surprised that people can’t look a little farther beyond what’s right in front of them. And that’s not a judgment of them. The surprise is a good thing for me, because it reminds me that I need to do more work and help people understand things.” —Pamela Luster How do you get buy-in for what you want to accomplish? I don’t have a whole lot of ego over having something be “mine” or my idea. When I’m getting buy-in, it’s unlikely that it’s something that I’ve thought up on my own, that I have to talk people into. It’s generally something that there is some consensus about, that needs to move forward. You get buy-in through authentic dialogue, really listening to people, giving them feedback and then making decisions. Some decisions are popular. Some are not. Have you ever taken an online class? My doctorate is from Fielding Graduate University, which was distributed learning versus online learning. We met once a month, but the curriculum was all done via contact with individual instructors. I used a lot of technology. In fact, when I did my doctoral defense, I had to give it in person, in PowerPoint, while online on WebEx, and also with a phone line open. I had to communicate in multiple modalities with some people who could see and some who couldn’t. Who are the leaders you admire? Well, first of all, my grandmother. She taught me everything. She had a bachelor’s degree in social work in the 1920s and was helping people trying to get into housing during the depression. I admire that spunk and that light. That, to me, is leadership. Message for your fellow alumni? San José State gave me an incredible foundation because it taught me how to learn. I hope other alumni feel they got their start at San José State because the university was focused on their success. I have always felt that way. Have there been any surprises? I’m always surprised that people can’t look a little farther beyond what’s right in front of them. And that’s not a judgment of them. The surprise is a good thing for me, because it reminds me that I need to do more work and help people understand things. The other surprise is sometimes you end up in some funny situations. I’m going to be a guest chef at a fundraiser, and I can cook a little bit but believe me, I’m not a chef. What would you change about higher education in the United States? More financial aid like Pell grants that students never have to pay back! Also, if you want the economy to recover, give community colleges a little more money. There’s a smaller investment that could be made where community colleges are doing two-year degrees, and getting people into pretty good-earning jobs. Instead, we keep taking money away from higher education and then trying to regulate it even more. Those things together are not helpful. Read more online at sjsu.edu/wsq/leadership. 8 SJSU WASHINGTON SQUARE WINTER 2012–13 “ I wish people knew how much university presidents universally, or almost universally, care deeply about their institution and its success, and care deeply about all of the employees and students.” —Aaron Podolefsky Aaron Podolefsky ’68 Mathematics President Buffalo State, State University of New York Location: Buffalo, NY Students: 12,000 How did you get to anthropology from mathematics? Even during my years at San José State as an undergraduate in math I had a lot of interest in other peoples and cultures. At our apartments or down at Jonah’s Wail, the coffee shop that was in the basement of the church on 10th Street, my friends and I would talk about civil rights, war and peace, and a range of ideas and philosophies, not to mention listening to folk music and poetry. I was pursuing a master’s degree in liberal studies at night while I was teaching math on Long Island when I got really interested in anthropology. A professor said, “Why don’t you come to graduate school?” And I said, “Well, how in the world can I go to graduate school in anthropology? My undergraduate degree in is math.” And she said, “Don’t worry. You’ll catch up.” A degree from San José State evidently did give me the ability to learn and to catch up, because I sure did. What do you wish people knew about your job? Oh, my goodness! I wish people knew how much university presidents universally, or almost universally, care deeply about their institution and its success, and care deeply about all of the employees and students. There are times when people get angry or think that administrators have somehow gone over to the dark side—like Darth Vader—when, in fact, there are just very complicated problems and somebody has to make a difficult decision. And I wish they’d understand how difficult it is to please everybody. education. You know, as much as we can gain through technology, something extraordinary happens when one interacts face to face with brilliant people. What would you change about higher education in the United States? I would restore state support to public higher education. When I went to San José State, it was free. I just spoke to the SUNY Buffalo State class of 1962. It was free here, then, too. The main driver of the cost of tuition going up is the state reducing its support for higher ed. Higher education is the economic engine in a knowledge economy. There’s no doubt about it. In Iowa, we would say, “You’re eating your seed corn.” In other words, we’re planting the seeds of tomorrow’s technology, tomorrow’s art and tomorrow’s good work. If those kids don’t come, or if they get a poor education, the nation will be the worse for it. Is online education the future of American education? What I would think is best is for students who come to a four-year university to take a course here and there online to meet their schedule. But it’s quite hard for me to imagine somebody earning a four-year degree altogether online. How many hours a week or a day would one have to spend at a computer to do that, without peer support, without the library, and so on? In fact, university enrollments are growing because students like to come together. That was a good part of my college Message for your fellow alumni? When I was there, San José State was a great place, and it changed my life. Alumni should tell other people and upcoming students what a great place it is. Alumni should come back to campus once in a while and walk the paths and the lawns—although, at least in my experience, you won’t be able to find your way around. It’s changed so much. SOLDIERING UP by Jody Ulate | Photography by Thomas Sanders MARLON SCOTT RECALLS STEPPING ACROSS THE SYRIAN BORDER AS A MARINE AND WONDERING, “WHAT ARE RUSSIAN TROOPS DOING HERE?” ULTIMATELY, THAT QUESTION SPARKED HIS INTEREST IN STUDYING POLITICAL SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS. “Is it real?” a student asks, pointing to Marlon Scott’s desert camouflage backpack. “Do you mean the material? Of course, it’s real,” says Scott, a San José State political science major and former Marine Corps corporal. He knows what the student is actually asking. One of the many questions he frequently evades: Were you over there? What did you see? Are you crazy? After two deployments to Iraq with his infantry unit, Scott decided to get out of the military, go to school and get “back into the world.” Scott now carries his books around campus in a black Jansport backpack. He replaced his government-issued pack to avoid the questions and “serious eyes” he’d get when carrying around the one visible indicator that he’s a veteran. 10 SJSU WASHINGTON SQUARE WINTER 2012–13 Scott doesn’t mind talking about his four years as a marine, as long as he’s offering the information. The backpack drew attention to him—and sticking out too much can be uncomfortable for a veteran. Making the transition from military service to student life is often fraught with unique challenges and questions: What aspects of being a veteran serve a student well? What will take a minute-to-minute effort to suppress or leave behind? How will other students and professors feel about veterans? Who am I, now that I’m not in the military? adapting to college n many ways universities are set up like the military. There’s acronym-laden jargon, a chain of command, with the university president at the top, and a bureaucracy that builds character. However, those similarities aren’t readily apparent to veterans. Navigating as a student at San José State without a clear understanding of the university’s structure can be confusing and frustrating. “It’s a lot of feeling your way around in the dark,” says Scott, who transferred to San José State from De Anza College two years ago. Scott says that he tried, “a little bit out of pride,” to plot out his courses and manage on his own but quickly realized he needed a new strategy. Hundreds of San José State students are veterans. While their personal backgrounds and military experiences vary widely, a large number of veterans share Scott’s challenges. Last year, San José State began offering Warriors at Home: Succeeding in College, Life and Relationships, a class to help veterans manage the transition to civilian life and college. Anne Demers, ’00 MPH, assistant professor of health science, and Elena Klaw, professor of psychology, developed the course after conducting a related Blue Shield-sponsored study on veterans’ needs at universities. Demers became interested in working with veterans when her RICARDO GONZALEZ SAYS BEING AT SJSU IS LIKE GETTING MEDALS OR OTHER SYMBOLS THAT RECOGNIZE MILITARY ACCOMPLISHMENTS—LIKE HIS NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER SWORD. “MAN, YOU FEEL PROUD.” son returned from one of his many deployments to Iraq with the Army. For her doctoral dissertation, she had been researching how young people living on the streets were able to turn their lives around. She says in listening to the soldiers’ stories she noticed “a real crisis of identity.” The soldiers’ stories echoed the questions the young people in her doctoral study had: Who am I? Where do I belong? How do I fit in? “The vets have told me how difficult the transition to the civilian world is, how it’s a culture shock,” says Klaw, who is co-teaching this fall’s class. Among the students in the class is Ricardo Gonzalez, a social science major who sports a buzz cut—an efficient haircut he’s had since before his years as a heavy equipment operator in the Marine Corps. A proud husband and father of two, Gonzalez left the military as a corporal in 2007 and plans to be JULIE KELEMEN IS MAJORING IN PUBLIC RELATIONS BECAUSE HER FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING AN ARMY NURSE WAS INTERVIEWING PATIENTS AND WRITING PATIENT HISTORIES. a middle school teacher because, he says, at that stage in school students either “become a statistic or decide to make something of themselves.” He volunteers at Stonegate Elementary, near the San José neighborhood where he grew up. “Learning about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other issues is important for us and for faculty members—especially learning about how to see the signs, treat it and make it better,” says Gonzalez of the class. “A lot of these veterans who just got out don’t know what they’re feeling.” On the other hand, “veterans’ experiences aren’t as simple as PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI),” says Klaw, who got some of her clinical training at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Palo Alto. Some veterans have been in combat and some have not. The way each veteran served can be very different, she says, so building community is neither simple nor easy. Gonzalez, who was deployed twice to Iraq, says, “San José State has to find more ways to attract veterans.” In addition to the class, having a place for veterans to gather at San José State would really help, he says. For now, alongside a display case full of old helmets and other relics from bygone soldiers, there are a few cozy chairs in the Burdick Military History library in the Industrial Studies building—donated by retired Marine Corps Major General Anthony Jackson, ’71 BA, ’73 MA History, ’11 Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. At West Valley College, where Gonzalez graduated with a social science associate’s degree, veterans have their own study room. “That’s what started attracting a lot of people,” he says. identifying vets Helping veterans get engaged on campus and making sure they are aware of the resources available to them is difficult because, Gonzalez says, “a lot of veterans have gotten out for a reason.” That means some veterans don’t want to talk about their service, preferring to just leave it behind. And some may struggle with the decision to even disclose 12 SJSU WASHINGTON SQUARE WINTER 2012–13 their military service. Unless they join the Veterans Student Organization (VSO) or another student club, or take the Warriors at Home class, veterans tend to be on their own among the rest of the students. Marlon Scott sticks to his “one-man show,” plotting out in his nondigital planner his wake-up time—reveille, as he and the Marine Corps call it—meals, transportation by bicycle and light rail and assignments to be completed—as if his orders were handed down to him from his commander. Scott may have put away his combat boots and uniforms, but the marine he was remains. He understands structure and what it means to have a mission. He doesn’t own a television. That would be too distracting. And Scott does not quite relate to the other students’ “Justin Bieber fever” or some of their behavior. “My first impression in class was, ‘wow, I’m old,’” says Scott, who is 26 and doesn’t have a Facebook page. “It felt like I was back in high school, with students yelling, talking and using Facebook in class. I’m a big kid, but when you go into the military, you mature.” Julie Kelemen, a public relations major and former Army specialist, says being a burn care nurse at the U.S. Army Research Institute in Texas had a real impact on her. “The extent of the injuries, the pain and suffering were worse than I thought,” she says, her voice getting quieter. “But the soldiers’ motivation and drive were inspiring. A lot of times they wanted to go back and they felt bad that they were in the hospital because they had left their units behind.” Veterans clearly have very different lived experiences compared to the average San José State student. According to Elena Klaw, “a large proportion of vets are not getting help, not reaching out to the VA or connecting to resources or social services,” which was the impetus for creating the Warriors at Home class. San José State continues to augment resources for veterans. Most recently, it was awarded a one-year U.S. Department of Defense grant, called the Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) initiative. Kelemen, who belongs to the VSO and College Republicans at SJSU, is doing outreach to woman veterans at the new VITAL office, where veterans can find support. However, she says getting woman vets involved on campus is really difficult. “I’ve even tried bribing them with free shampoo, shaving cream and other little things, but it hasn’t worked.” painted face during a nighttime training drill at Ft. Bliss. And, Kelemen says, she’s quick to challenge those “who don’t like the military and have never been faced with a member of the military.” A student once told Kelemen there’s no good reason to be fighting around the world. Kelemen calmly explained that the U.S. fights to defend the American way of life. From her experience in the burn care unit, Kelemen says, “I learned that we should appreciate the small things in life and our freedom—and the freedom to be oblivious to the bigger issues and events going on in the world.” “Most people know almost nothing about the military or veterans,” says Demers. Only about one percent of the population has a family member in the service, she explains. That’s because it’s a volunteer military. But, she says, when veterans are open to sharing their experiences, they have a lot to contribute in class—and can help dispel myths about the military and veterans. “Having an open dialogue in a safe, respectful place is really powerful,” says Demers of a discussion that occurred in her class. Demers remembers a “profound” experience in her upper-division community mental health class last spring when two students, a veteran and an African refugee, shared their experiences in war-torn countries—and helped the class understand how they might treat traumatized communities. “Nobody thinks about the supporting roles or humanitarian aspects of service,” Scott adds. “I don’t think anybody likes war. There’s a misconception that veterans and soldiers thrive on violence.” Another common assumption is that all veterans suffer from PTSD. Vets are often asked: Do you have PTSD? Are you going to go crazy? Scott wonders: “How do I respond to that?” Scott keeps a sense of humor about such questions and figuring out his path. “Going to college is a transition. It’s not like putting on a new pair of shoes,” he explains. “But if a veteran is in school, he or she means business.” Jody Ulate is the editor of Washington Square. An Army veteran, she wore these highly shined boots when she was deployed in support of the peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, 1999–2000. battling misconceptions While Klaw and Demers are helping Kelemen reach out to woman vets, all veterans must manage one challenge individually: misinformation about the military. For example, when Kelemen tells other students that she’s a veteran, they’re usually stunned. Her soft voice and small stature belie her soldier’s training—but she quickly pulls out her bejeweled smartphone to share a photo of her green camouflage- >>> PAY IT F O R W A R D Stephanie Bravo, ’09 Psychology, grew up in a house in San José that her family has called home for four generations. She helped out at her grandfather’s taqueria down the street and later sold jewelry at Valley Fair Mall to cover a portion of her SJSU expenses. The first of her family to attend a four-year college, Bravo describes herself as a student who was doing “marginally well” at handling the pressures of work, studies and family expectations. “But I didn’t yet have that self-belief that I could do unbelievable things,” she says. Bravo developed the confidence to turn “the impossible, possible” by working with a mentor at the Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance’s Mentorship Program. It was an experience that profoundly changed her life. While studying medicine at UC Irvine, Bravo launched Studentmentor.org, an education/ technology nonprofit that puts into practice what she knew firsthand: the value of mentorship. Through Studentmentor.org, students who might not otherwise succeed are given the means and opportunity to excel academically, build networks and leverage their degrees. “I realized that I could help thousands of people as a doctor in the future, providing oneto-one patient care or help thousands of people right now pursue their dream of being doctors and lawyers and be the next generation of an engaged workforce,” Bravo says. Ultimately, she chose the latter. “I want to maximize the visibility of mentoring nationally, with my organization enabling the older generation to give back to the younger and vice versa.” 14 SJSU WASHINGTON SQUARE WINTER 2012–13 Studentmentor.org currently works with nearly 13,000 students and mentors who connect via an online platform, in person or by telephone. Receiving a seed grant in 2011 from do something.org brought the nonprofit to the attention of the U.S. Office of Public Engagement and led to an invitation to become part of President Obama’s Young Americans initiative (whitehouse.gov/youngamericans). Meeting the Obamas was “pretty awesome,” Bravo concedes, as was the chance to partner with the White House. But neither counts as the pinnacle of Bravo’s ambitions. “I want to maximize the visibility of mentoring nationally, with my organization enabling the older generation to give back to the younger and vice versa,” she says. “And I want to see all generations engaging with each other, creating social good and promoting educational equity.” —Kat Meads Get help as a student or give back as a mentor at Studentmentor.org. At happy hour, your favorite bartender tells you to forget about your looming deadlines and have another martini. Is he a mentor? Rockwell says mentoring is a partnership between two people who share information. It doesn’t necessarily have to be related to your career. A mentor might help you develop interpersonal skills, too. And you may not have just one mentor in your life. You may have multiple mentors at different stages of your career. Sitting in your five-square-foot office with a view of an overflowing dumpster, you wonder: How did I end up here? Rockwell says having a mentor can: • Increase your ability to stay on a career path • Help you be more successful in your career development • Offer encouragement and support through your career process • Boost your confidence in dealing with other professionals • Help you set priorities and balance your workload with other responsibilities • Challenge you to achieve more You repeatedly walk by your CEO’s office, hoping she’ll pick up on your “help me” brain waves, but she only thinks you’re testing your pedometer. Is this the best way to find a mentor? Rockwell says where you should look depends on what you’re looking for. A big part of having a successful mentoring relationship is understanding why you want one. Do you need clarity on career goals? Are you trying to change your career path? Moving up in your current career? JobMaestro Start your mentor search: • Linkedin: Who in your network has qualities you’d like to emulate? • Professional association events: Expand your network in your field of interest • Yahoo groups: Stay abreast of current trends • Your SJSU Alumni Association • Someone you admire for a particular skill • People you know in an industry in which you’d like to work The San José State Career Center has resources for its members: a self-service database, workshops, job fairs, online resources, plus one-on-one counseling. For more, go to sjsu.edu/careercenter. Do you need a mentor? There’s a shortage of fairy godmothers and little green Yodas who spout aphorisms that suddenly illuminate our career paths. Fortunately, the Job Maestro has found a real-life career oracle: Susan Rockwell, ’94 Psychology, who works at San José State’s Career Center. She says having a mentor can help alumni with lots of career conundrums. No magic wands or Jedi training required. The are painted HALLS OF FAME 1 2 U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame 1 Lee Evans, ’70 Sociology, won two gold medals at the 1968 Summer Olympics. (1989) Peter Ueberroth, ’59 Business, was Time magazine’s Man of the Year in 1984. (2009) College Football Hall of Fame 2 gold, blue and white 3 Willie Heston played on the San José State football team in 1898, 1899 and 1900. (1954) John Ralston coached SJSU football 1993–96. (1992) Pro Football Hall of Fame 4 Spartans continue to inspire us, long after their time on campus. San José State alumni and athletics leaders have been inducted to national and international halls of fame. Be proud, Spartans. Be very proud. Induction years are noted in parentheses. 5 Bill Walsh, ’55 BA, ’59 MA Physical Education, was one of the NFL’s most innovative and successful coaches of the 20th century. (1993) World Golf Hall of Fame (and LPGA Hall of Fame) 6 7 Juli Inkster (2000) Patty Sheehan, ’80 Kinesiology (1993) 7 16 SJSU WASHINGTON SQUARE WINTER 2012–13 8 3 4 5 6 Golf Coaches Association of America Jerry Vroom served as head coach for 22 years until 1984. (1981) National Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame 8 National Track & Field Hall of Fame Lee Evans, ’70 Sociology, became the first person to run faster than 44 seconds in the 400 meters. His world-record time of 43.86 endured for 20 years. (1983) 10 Mark Gale, head coach (1993) National Golf Coaches Association Player Hall of Fame Juli Inkster (2012) Pat Hurst, ’86 Mechanical Engineering (2012) Janice Moodie, ’97 Psychology/Clinical and Counseling Psychology (2004) Lloyd “Bud” Winter produced 102 All-Americans, including 27 who went on to become Olympians, during his coaching career from 1941 to 1970. (1985) Tommie Smith, Olympic medalist who raised his fist in support of the Civil Rights Movement. (1978) U.S. Track & Field & Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame Lloyd “Bud” Winter (special inductee) 11 9 Dana Dormann, ’90 Finance (2003) National Soccer Coaches Association of America Julie Menendez coached men's soccer at SJSU and was assistant coach of the 1972 U.S. Olympic team. (2000) 9 10 11 12 13 USA Fencing Hall of Fame 12 Gay D'Asaro, ’83 MA Kinesiology (2004) Mike D'Asaro, coach (2003) Vinnie Bradford, ’78 Geology, was a pioneer for women’s expanded access in the male-dominated world of fencing. She is the only woman in U.S. fencing history to win two titles in the same year: epee champion and foil champion in 1984. (1999) International Swimming Hall of Fame 13 George Haines, ’50 Kinesiology, legendary U.S. Olympics swimming team coach. (1977) 16 18 SJSU WASHINGTON SQUARE WINTER 2012–13 17 14 15 USA Water Polo Hall of Fame 14 19 Art Lambert was an SJSU and Stanford water polo player and coach. (1985) Ed Rudloff played water polo at San José State in the 1940s and was the Spartan water polo coach in 1955. (2010) Peter Ueberroth, ’59 Business, was the former MLB commissioner. (2010) USA Judo Hall of Fame Robert Berland, ’84 Marketing, won an Olympic silver medal in judo in 1984 and a bronze medal at the 1983 World Judo Championships. (1993) Kevin Asano, ’89 Accounting, won the silver medal in the men’s extra-lightweight competition at the 1988 Summer Olympics. (1993) National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Robert (Bob) Bronzan, ’40 Kinesiology, was a San José State football player, and later served as Spartan football head coach and athletics director. He was also a professor in the human performance department for 34 years. Chuck Bell was hired in February 1998 and, through fundraising efforts, enabled SJSU to construct an athletic training center, an academic center, the Jeff Garcia Hall of Champions and new men's and women's locker rooms in the Event Center. 15 16 Yosh Uchida, ’47 Biological Science, coached at SJSU for more than 60 years. (1993) Ben Nighthorse Campbell, ’57 Physical Education/Fine Arts, was a U.S. senator and congressman, and won U.S. National titles in 1961, 1962 and 1963, and a gold medal in the 1963 PanAmerican Games. (1993) Mike Swain, ’85 Marketing, competed in three consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1984. (1993) 17 18 18 19 Leading matters in Silicon Valley Carl Guardino, ’97 Political Science, is entering his seventeenth year as president and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, an association of nearly 400 companies driving innovation in Silicon Valley and beyond. When he and his wife, Leslee, aren’t competing in marathons and ironman-distance triathlons, Guardino works with the valley’s innovators and entrepreneurs on game-changing initiatives. With any vocation or avocation you can find ways to serve and be mission-driven. I started out in bible school, heading toward the ministry. After a year there, I decided I would find a way to serve with public service, rather than through ministry. I put myself through college by hanging drywall for 40 hours a week while taking, on average, 15 to 18 units a semester. Finish what you start. With one semester left, I left San José State to work—a mistake I wouldn’t recommend. After six years working with Assemblyman Rusty Areias, I finally went back and finished my degree. I do triathlons because I fell in love with a triathlete. If I was ever going to get a date with this wonderful woman, I needed to learn how to swim and bike. The love for my wife has turned into a real love of the sport. You can be a fierce competitor and a gentleman. These are not mutually exclusive. I’m known as the guy who smiles through the race. God did not create enough hours in the day. That’s the greatest challenge of being president and CEO of Silicon Valley Leadership Group. You have to look for time efficiencies. I bike to work—32 miles round-trip—every day because I’m able to combine my commute with exercise. Competition makes you sharper. When I compete in sports, it’s for the love of the sport, not the love of the medal. But when the Leadership Group competes on policy, we compete to win. California is a great state that is greatly dysfunctional. We have 2.1 million Californians out of work who would like to be working. We need to fix California’s business climate and help it grow. People feel more ownership when they build a product, rather than buy a product. When we take on an initiative, policy or project at the Leadership Group, finding common ground, which we call enlightened self-interest, is what motivates everyone involved. Not every brilliant person also has wisdom. We work with some of the most innovative CEOs and entrepreneurs in the world. They are both brilliant and wise—a blend of confident and humble. I learn from them with every interaction. It’s never in your best interest to burn a bridge. There’s a word we use at the Leadership Group: co-opetition. You’re not competitors or collaborators. You’re both. Today’s competitor is tomorrow’s customer. I’m absolutely doing what I wanted to do: making a positive, proactive difference through policy and community building in Silicon Valley, often across the state and occasionally across the nation. It’s the job I’m blessed with. When I meet people who went to Stanford, Cal or Ivy League schools, I always think, “what a shame they couldn’t get into San José State.” We often have goals. We often have dreams. But you have to link them with a plan. As my good friend and Hawaii Ironman World Champ Chris McCormack says: “A goal is a dream with a plan.” R W g n w PHOTOS: ALEC SUKOSKI 20 SJSU WASHINGTON SQUARE WINTER 2012–13 Renaming Wonder: W gets chance name new s wonders Renaming Wonder: World gets chance to name new seven wonders What are the new seven wonders, a wren wild elk that return to bugle at night on the outskirts of some improbable city? All that remains of the original marvels: a vast museum of unnoticed things. in a hedge, a hummingbird’s red-feathered throat, We’ll never see the Hanging Gardens, never touch the Colossus of Rhodes. The statue of Zeus, the Temple of Artemis— only the Great Pyramid endures. Look for an adjective. Look for all the clues, the bloodstains, the footprints, the fields that weep. Once I picked figures from clouds; now I must memorize the heavy elements. The heaviest will guide movement, DaVinci wrote. Like dream, wonder reduces to elemental dust, stories that are a little bit prayer, a little bit captured beetle pinned to a velvet board, a little of what waits to be named. Sally Ashton, ’01 English, teaches creative writing, poetry and composition in SJSU’s English Department. The current Santa Clara County Poet Laureate and editor of DMQ Review, she has received an Arts Council Silicon Valley fellowship and a writing residency at Montalvo Arts Center. “Renaming Wonder,” first published in Linebreak, was reprinted in her third poetry collection, Some Odd Afternoon (BlazeVOX Books). Check out her blog at poetlaureateblog.org. Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird On stage at San José State’s Hal Todd Theater, the Department of Television, Radio, Film and Theatre brought to life the story of Scout and Jem Finch in Depression-era Alabama. The October stage production of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, was adapted by Christopher Sergel and directed by Laura Long, ’00 MA Theater Arts, ’11 MFA Creative Writing, TRFT lecturer. See more photos of To Kill a Mockingbird and learn about TRFT’s performances at sjsu.edu/wsq/mockingbird. 22 SJSU WASHINGTON SQUARE WINTER 2012–13 PHOTO: JESSICA OLTHOF 24 SJSU WASHINGTON SQUARE WINTER 2012–13 gon. On t in Portland, Ore gh ni r be em ec D et It’s a chilly side, up the stre h and East Burn xt Si of rt er Po rn of co p the grou out, Rontoms, a ng ha r te ps w hi do e in from th front of the w the sidewalk in ts start. landers stand on Then the commen g. in ar st g, in ild many of an office bu is that?” “How er ev cl ow “H ?” “Isn’t that cool ed?” Santas do you ne creative seasons, Portland ay lid ho o tw st For the pa s filled unleased raphic Design, ha G 4 ’9 , is ill W is Chr ction of vintage aces with his colle sp ce offi al ci er look at the comm cs Santas. One ti as Pl re pi Em stalgia kick light-up ons makes the no ic d ke ee ch epl conjure glowing ap For Willis, they e. ag n ai rt ce a in for those of ies of his grandelcoming memor w d an m ar w e up th the comments the holidays. As ng ri du e us ho g collection mother’s veal, the glowin re nd hi be e av hers, the viewers le for some. For ot s se on sp re r sa evokes simila ic-era kitsch ha or meets atom ri ar w te. a tt no co rs aterr mmente epy,” several co re “c t: ec eff nt differe thing more.” “It’s just fun, no Willis’ take on it? ink? What do you th lho —Peter Carava al 150 of them, actu ly. the mask: The man behind Chris Willis. PHOTOS: CHRIS WILLIS There has been a great deal of fuss about the impact of Disney princesses on young girls. While Snow White, Mulan, Jasmine, Belle and the others may not embody the traits we want our daughters to emulate and embrace, there also may not be a need to panic. Research is clear that girls adapt only tiny, isolated aspects of any media (think of all those dresses!) into their fantasy play. PHOTOS: ROBERT BAIN There also is strong evidence that girls grow tired of the typical Disney story line for a princess: a helpless female who needs to be rescued. They take the princess story in new directions— ones that empower them to be their own heroes. Keep in mind: children know the difference between fantasy and reality. So what can parents do? On each of the first seven days of 2012, Patrick Surgalski and Nils Peterson read the San Francisco Chronicle and responded in their own artistic medium: etchings and words. The San Francisco Center for the Book invited Surgalski, SJSU professor of art, and other book artists to participate in its exhibit, “Left to Chance: In Search of the Accidental Book Art.” The exhibit paid homage to John Cage, American inventor, composer and printmaker, who was known for leaving some element of his compositions to chance. Artists were asked to incorporate chance or randomness in the creation of book art. Surgalski settled on the news because, he says, “what comes out of the daily news is one thing I can’t control.” For the serendipitous project, Surgalski collaborated with Peterson, SJSU professor emeritus of English and former Santa Clara County poet laureate. Their fine art edition, Drawing the Bow: News from the Universe (Zayante Press), is a pairing of Surgalski’s etchings and Peterson’s poems—which include, as luck would have it, a bit of humor: “This is what I long for in the news, ‘The certainty that something makes sense.’ I find it mostly in the comics page …” Only 10 copies and two artist proofs of the edition were printed. But you can view the poems and etchings online at sjsu.edu/wsq/surgalski. • Talk to your daughters about your values and expectations, and about the problems you have with the way Disney princesses behave. • Provide them with a range of role models and experiences—take them to work and to the library, introduce them to community volunteers, buy Legos. • Worry as much about what they are exposed to in the real world—like t-shirts that read “math sucks” and violent video games—as you are about their exposure to princesses. • Relax a little and let them play. They will eventually lose interest and take their play in new directions. —Maureen Smith Maureen Smith is a professor of child and adolescent development in the Connie L. Lurie College of Education. She teaches courses ranging from the Capstone Senior Seminar to Adolescent Development to a G.E. class on Play, Imagination and Creativity. Her research focuses on the social and emotional development of children and adolescents. Currently, she is examining the role of imagination in children’s development and wellbeing. ILLUSTRATION: MICHELLE FREY Goals in mind A sophomore majoring in psychology and minoring in kinesiology, Spartan guard Ta’Rea Cunnigan hopes for a career in sports psychology. For now, she’s got her three goals pinned up on her wall where she can see them every day: 1) get a 4.0 GPA, 2) win the WAC and 3) lead the WAC in a least one category. In 2011–2012, she was the leading scorer among all frosh in the WAC. Poet and a player Spartan basketball fans may not know that Cunnigan played soccer for 11 years before focusing on basketball. What’s another secret talent? Poetry. Sometimes her poetry is inspired by basketball, but she’s also been known to write about HIV for poetry slams. Shooting practice Cunnigan prefers to keep academics and sports separate by scheduling her extra shooting practice around her class times. She’s been practicing her three-pointers—making about 200 of those shots in 30 minutes. Big number Cunnigan wears Shaquille O’Neal’s number because he’s one of her favorite players—but also because she thought she’d be taller than 5 feet 9 inches since her father is a towering 6 feet 6 inches. The best part of being number 34 at San José State? “Our team’s accomplishments will stay here and live on after we’ve gone,” she says. “It’s bigger than just me.” Art of basketball “Basketball is both physical and mental,” says Cunnigan. “It also involves competition, respect and sportsmanship.” While Cunnigan admits she can’t draw, sing or play an instrument, she says basketball is as much an art as it is a sport. PHOTOS: THOMAS SANDERS SPARTAN GUARD: Break time To prep for a game, Cunnigan takes at least a 20-minute nap—often with her pink and purple ladybug pillow pet. And while her busy schedule doesn’t allow for as much “fun” reading as she’d like, Cunnigan is looking forward to curling up with her Nook to read something by E. Lynn Harris, or the Twilight series, over the winter break. TA’REA CUNNIGAN 70s 1970 Get connected to the Spartan network! Join the Alumni Association at sjsualumni.com or call 408924-6515. Are you on LinkedIn? Join the more than 18,000 Spartans who stay in touch through SJSU’s official group—and see the power of your SJSU connection. Gary Kupp, Journalism, retired as copy editor from the Chico Enterprise Record after 31 years with the newspaper and a 41-year career in journalism. 1971 Lawrence Tessier, Industrial Technology, retired as assistant principal at Coppinville Junior High School in Enterprise, Ala. Bruce Wetter, Economics, joined Bank of the West’s investment advisory and management team in August. He was previously a portfolio manager at HighMark Capital Management and a relationship manager with Union Bank’s Private Banking Group. 1989 80s 1980 1973 50s 1957 Steve Faulk, Physical Education, retired as athletic director at North Bakersfield High School after a 34-year career in education. He had previously taught special education and coached football and track at South Bakersfield High School. Bob King, Aeronautics, was honored at a retirement ceremony at Lampson Field Airport in Lakeport in June. Involved in the aviation business for more than 67 years, he operated Newhall Aviation Services at Lampson for 21 years, teaching ground school and flight instruction. 1975 Bruce Ahnfeldt, Management, is an attorney representing asbestos victims and owns Ahnfeldt Wines (ahnfeldtwines.com) in Napa. Frankie Wong, MS Chemical Engineering, joined Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, an intellectual property law firm in Chicago, as a patent agent specializing in patent prosecution in wireless and network communications. He has prosecuted more than 230 patent applications in the areas of 3G and 4G wired and wireless communications. Prevously he worked as a patent engineer at Patent Planet in Los Altos. 90s 1990 Greg Sancier, MA Clinical Psychology, serves as a forensic expert for Martinelli & Associates, a forensics consulting firm located in Temecula. He is also a member of the State of California Mental Health Board Advisory Committee Against Stigma and Discrimination and sits on the board of directors of the Chicago Professional School of Graduate Psychology in Forensics, Los Angeles campus. Patrick Quinn, Radio/TV/Film, joined the Santa Clara office of Blach Construction Company as director of client services. He was previously president of Mission Concrete Products. 1982 1976 60s 1969 Patrick Garvey, Sociology, received the 2012 Napa Valley Grower of the Year award from Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) in May for his contributions to the area’s agriculture and community. He left a career as a college administrator in 1978 to farm grapes on the Garvey Family Vineyard, which currently encompasses more than 600 acres of vineyards, farmed using sustainable practices. Past director of the California Association of Winegrape Growers, he currently chairs the Napa County Farm Worker Housing Commission and provides financial assistance to those in need in Napa through his charity, Rise to the Occasion. Lloyd LaCuesta, Broadcast Journalism, retired in June after 36 years as a reporter for KTVU (Channel 2) and a 43-year career in broadcast journalism. As a student broadcaster at SJSU, he interviewed rising political star Norm Mineta. Don Olivet, Sociology, owns Acme Saw in San José and has been playing jazz as a saxophonist for 40 years. He and his musical partner, Greg Hester, play monthly at Viva restaurant on Los Gatos Boulevard. Joe Consul, Business, is chief finance officer at Xactly Corporation in San José, a firm that specializes in on-demand sales compensation and sales performance management. To date, he is credited with completing private and public equity transactions totaling half a billion dollars. He previously served as CFO at LogLogic and Everdream. Dawn Hocevar, Biology, director of national business development at BioSurplus, manages the company’s regional business development teams in San Diego, San Francisco, the Bay Area and Boston. Earlier in her career, she was senior sales representative and corporate account manager at Fisher Scientific. GATEWAY PHD PROGRAM’S FIRST GRAD Congratulations to Diana Wakimoto, the first to complete an innovative doctoral program offered by SJSU’s School of Library and Information Science in partnership with Queensland (Australia) University of Technology. Wakimoto completed the degree while working as an archivist at CSU East Bay’s university library. Her dissertation focused on new ways for archivists to preserve the experiences of diverse groups. In November, she traveled to Melbourne to present her research and attend graduation ceremonies at QUT. Learn more about the Gateway PhD program at slisweb.sjsu.edu/ programs/gateway-phd. 1977 John Blain, Physical Education, former principal of Dover Bay Secondary School in British Columbia, was promoted to deputy superintendent of the Nanaimo School District in August. He originally moved to Canada to play football for the British Columbia Lions. Mercy Herrera, MA Counseling, served as the 2012 Grand Marshal of the Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Porterville (Calif.). The matriculation coordinator at Porterville College and a longtime civic leader, Herrera founded Physicians for the People (medPEP), served on the Tulare County Commission on Women and is active in Neighborhood Youth Corps, the Mexican American Community Agency and the Tulare County Migrant Education Program. 1983 Oscar Quitugua, MA Educational Administration, former principal at Rota High School in the Northern Mariana Islands, was sworn in as one of three new members of the Commonwealth Public Utilities Commission by Acting Gov. Eloy Inos. 28 SJSU WASHINGTON SQUARE WINTER 2012–13 1991 David Pace, MFA Photography, exhibited a series of photographs of Africa at the Mercy Center in Burlingame in June. A lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History at Santa Clara, he has taught photography in the Bay Area for more than 20 years and spends each fall in Burkina Faso. Wes Hofmann, Theatre Arts, performs stand-up comedy at the San José Improv, Rooster T. Feathers, the Morgan Hill Community Playhouse and the Gaslighter in Gilroy. CubeSat projects; at SPHERES, she works in the Ground Lab and Operation Support Division. Stephanie Taylor, MLS, is a librarian at the Nampa Public Library in Idaho. WHAT ARE UP TO? Spartan news always makes us proud. Share your updates with Washington Square! YOU 2008 1993 Raoul Morcate, International Business, owns and operates Cup & Saucer restaurant, located in the Princeton Plaza on Blossom Hill Road in San José. Kevin Wilson Fox, MA Philosophy, received a doctorate in philosophy from Germany’s Heidelberg University in July. He is currently a resident scholar at the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici, a philosophical institute, also in Heidelberg. 2011 2009 Marina Aiello, MLIS, manager of library services, Kaiser Permanente Fresno, received a fellowship from the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Md., to attend a biomedical informatics course. Caroline Cooke, Recreation, re‑ ceived her national certification in therapeutic recreation in January. She is based in Redwood City. Audrey Drake, MLS, is a librarian at Farr Library in Greeley, Colo. Andrea Gonzalez, Psychology, is a customer service reservations agent for the Pebble Beach Company in Monterey. Greg Kerekes, Art, naturalist and painter, taught a beginning landscape watercolor workshop at the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy in May. Patrick McCauley, Art, is a singer/ songwriter who performs with the Teal Bleeders, the band who won the Battle of the Bands competition held on campus in the Morris Dailey Auditorium in May. Neil Shah, MS Electrical Engineering, is a component design engineer at Intel in Hillsboro, Ore. Mark Su, Accounting, based in Sunnyvale, is an accountant for Visa, Inc. Name: Major: Graduation year: Employer: Address: City, State, Zip: Email: My update is: 1996 Lisa Atlas, MA Educational Administration, most recently a director of student services and special education in Morgan Hill Unified School District, is the new principal of Booksin Elementary School in San José. Earlier in her career, she served as principal of Barrett Elementary in Morgan Hill. 10s 2010 Mari Garcia, MA Counseling, an Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) counselor at Gavilan College in Gilroy, was awarded tenure in February. 1999 Aurora Arding, MLS, is an archivist at San Francisco’s nonprofit Freedom Archives, where she digitizes and catalogs political pamphlets and multimedia materials. Kelley DeGoede, MS Occupational Therapy, is an occupational therapist at University Post-Acute Rehab in Sacramento. Anne Greenwood, MLS, is a librarian with the Placer County Library system, Kings Beach branch. “When I hear a kid say she learned something at the library, it makes my little librarian heart glow,” Greenwood told the Sierra Sun. Keith Johnson, Music, directs the El Cerrito High School Jazz Ensemble and also teaches at the Jazz School in Berkeley. His Monday Night Studio Band recently received Downbeat Magazine’s Outstanding Large Jazz Ensemble award in the Performing Arts, High School category. Ali Guarneros Luna, Aerospace Engineering, works in the Edison Program, Small Spacecraft Payload and Technologies (SSPT), and at SPHERES National Lab, NASA Ames Research Center. In the Edison Program, she develops 00s 2000 2007 Orlando Cervantes, Kinesiology, is new head women’s soccer coach at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at UC Santa Cruz and most recently served as assistant coach at Indiana University. He is also currently a member of the instructional staff of the Olympic Development Program. Gina Donnelly, Psychology, is human resources director for the city of Menlo Park. She previously served as deputy director in the City Manager’s office, San José. Kristina Denton, Kinesiology, currently based in Los Angeles, produced her first feature film, Worth the Weight, the story of a “guy struggling to lose weight to find love,” she reports. The film had its world premiere at San José’s Cinequest festival in March. SEND TO: EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org WEB: sjsu.edu/wsq/submissions USPS: WSQ Editor / One Washington Square / San José, CA 95192-0258 FACULTY MEMORIAM IN zons, an organization that encourages young girls to pursue careers in science and engineering. Pe Sheng Wang, age 92, on July 9, in Southern California. A native of Tianjin, China, Wang received his first master’s degree in economics from Chengchi University. He received a second master’s in 1949 from the University of Colorado in Boulder and a doctorate in business from the University of Washington in Seattle. He joined the faculty of SJSU in 1962 as an assistant professor in marketing and retired at the rank of full professor in 1988. He served as a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan in 1965. Prior to his academic career, he worked at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey. Donald M.W. West, age 85, in Sunnyvale. West received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in chemistry from Stanford. In 1956, the year he completed his dissertation, he joined SJSU’s Department of Chemistry at the rank of assistant professor. In 1965, he was promoted to full professor. He took early retirement in 1987 but continued to teach at SJSU until 1995. Wellknown as the author of many textbooks, he co-authored the standard first-year textbook in his field, Analytical Chemistry, an Introduction. Alumni who have passed away are remembered in a special feature at sjsu.edu/wsq. Sebastian Cassarino, age 83, on June 10. A native of Paterson, N.J., Cassarino spent his childhood in Sicily. He received his bachelor’s from City College of New York and his doctorate from UC Berkeley. He began teaching Italian at SJSU in 1962, retiring at the rank of full professor from the Department of Foreign Languages in 1992. After his retirement, he continued to teach classes at Gavilan College and West Valley College on a part-time basis. Dolores Freitas Spurgeon, age 96, on July 25. Spurgeon, ’36, was the editor of the Spartan Daily as a student. The professor emerita of journalism was hired to work in the university’s new journalism department in the late 1930s, where she taught until 1975. She was the author of, among other publications, Magazine Journalism as a Career for Women, and was profiled in Stories Grandma Never Told: Portuguese Women in California. Spurgeon served on the Santa Clara Historical and Landmarks Commission between 1958 and 1964, and lived in Santa Clara all her life. Sally (Sylvia) Ann Veregge, age 64, on Sept. 22, in San José. A native of Lodi, Veregge received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in biology from UC Davis and a doctorate in neuroscience from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She joined SJSU’s Department of Biological Sciences in 1984 and was promoted to full professor in 1993. Instrumental in creating interdisciplinary curricula such as the professional science master’s in biotechnology, she also supported Expanding Your Hori- 30 SJSU WASHINGTON SQUARE WINTER 2012–13 KEEPING UP WITH THE SPARTANS Early in September, a letter from Dick Fry, ’47 Journalism, crossed my desk. A writer and news veteran who lives in the Pacific Northwest, he wrote, “Whatever success I’ve had, I owe it to the start I received in the journalism department at San José State.” You might expect someone to sing the praises of his alma mater to the director of the Alumni Association. But I know his words are genuine. Dick kept in contact with his mentor, former faculty member Dolores Spurgeon, for six decades. A few weeks later at an event in Los Angeles, Jimmie Cueva, ’83 MSW, brimmed with pride as he talked about his career as a social worker, something he couldn’t have done without his San José State degree. Jimmie’s words were ringing in my ears when I met Dr. Jan Chambers, ’91 MA, in Washington, D.C. Three time zones away, she spoke with great appreciation for her San José State opportunity. Like Jimmie and Dick, Jan has made the most of her opportunity and now serves her northern Virginia community by helping women, children and veterans through a counseling center she operates. The names, era, major and geography may change, but the sense of gratitude for the opportunity at SJSU comes through over and over. I never tire of hearing these stories from our graduates. The truly rewarding part is hearing how alumni like Jimmie, Dick and Jan used their foundation to make their communities better and lead rewarding lives. It would be easy for individuals to simply tell the story of their success. But these alumni, and many more I’ve met over the last six years, are intentional in the way they credit their start at San José State as a major part of what they’ve achieved. There is no greater compliment to the university. That’s Spartan pride. Brian Bates is the executive director of San José State’s Alumni Association. He travels throughout the country with a gold, blue and white entourage to keep the university’s 260,000 alumni connected to their alma mater and to each other. San José State lost a dedicated supporter, philanthropist and friend on July 7 with the passing of Phyllis Simpkins, ’46 Home Economics and Marketing. Phyllis and her late husband, Alan, ’48 Physics, were lifelong supporters and donors to SJSU and its many programs. Spartanspiri Music and Dance Kinesiology “Band, for me, is first and foremost fun. I’ve made good friends and I’ve gotten to travel. Without Phyllis, I wouldn’t have been able to experience any of that. The band might not even exist. She did so many things for the band. She paid for us to travel to away games and bought us instruments. With her help we got a truck to transport our gear and new uniforms. It was a lot of things that both changed the band and my life. Phyllis really appreciated the marching band, and we’re truly grateful for everything she did for us." —Samuel Brown, ’14 Music Education “We knew that even if the rest of the crowd didn’t care, Phyllis was up there and loved watching us. It made me happy knowing how much we brought joy to her. She really fought to make sure we had a place. I think we do a lot for football games, and I don’t think it would be the same if the marching band wasn’t there. She always cared for us. This is how I show pride in San José State and do something I enjoy at the same time. It’s nice that she really appreciated us and helped us do that.” —Rachel Duchrow, ’13 Animation Phyllis made a huge difference in thousands of students’ lives. We asked several students and alumni to explain in their own words what Phyllis meant to them. “I lived in International House for four years, and I was a resident advisor for two years. It was an awesome experience, and I learned so much about myself and about leadership. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to live there—it completely changed my life. Phyllis would often come to the house, and she was always so down-to-earth and kind. She was like a member of our family. One time, I even caught her cleaning up in our dining room. She really loved this place, and she made everything possible.” —Cecil Robert, ’12 Electrical Engineering 32 SJSU WASHINGTON SQUARE WINTER 2012–13 rit booster Moss Landing International House “Phyllis was the marching band’s cheerleader, and she gave us all opportunities and experiences we wouldn’t have had otherwise. I played in the marching band for four years, and it was a huge part of my college life. It created great SJSU pride and tradition, and I made friends for a lifetime. Without Phyllis, there might not have even been a marching band, so we’re all grateful that she was there to support us. Phyllis was a generous, kind soul and our biggest fan.” —Zoe Ferrant, ’99 Liberal Studies Athletics Nutrition and Food Science Marching Band “Phyllis Simpkins provided nutrition students with a new laboratory that we use to make and test food and learn about metabolism. As a student studying to become a nutritionist, you need to have the tools to experiment and learn the science behind food, and Phyllis provided them for us. I went into nutrition because food is such an important part of my life. I want to help other people make better decisions about nutrition for themselves and the people they care about. Phyllis’ generosity is helping me accomplish that, and I really appreciate it.” — Amanda Holst, ’13 Nutrition and Journalism Want to boost Spartan spirit? Visit campaign.sjsu.edu. Non-profit Organization US Postage Paid San José, CA One Washington Square, San José, CA 95192-0258 Permit NO 816 Change service requested My VIP [Very Inspirational Person] Sidney W. Tiedt professor emeritus of elementary education Sidney W. Tiedt has been my VIP for over 40 years. Throughout his career and beyond, “Sid” has been a leader in creating and implementing exciting, innovative and relevant curriculum, strategies and programs that helped hundreds of future teachers achieve success. The life skills that Dr. Tiedt emphasized—the art of listening, questioning, writing, analyzing, creating and being curious—inspired and guided my career and have influenced me to be a better educator and person. As an author and active member of the retired professors of the Connie L. Lurie College of Education, he continues to serve as a role model, demonstrating lifelong learning. With his dedication, he helped me and others realize our dreams. He is my mentor for life! Nominated by Gloria Loventhal, ’69, ’74 MA Education Administration Want to nominate your VIP? Send a 100-word statement telling us why. Include your name, major, year of graduation and telephone number. 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