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Stewards of Environmental Studies

MAR13One young family puts its passion into action by making a generous pledge to environmental studies.

Chasing Opportunity

MAR13Alumnus Gerald Starek establishes two endowed scholarships for majors in accounting and finance, bestowing opportunity for generations to come.

The Unseen Heroes of Spartans Supporting Spartans

MAR13Faculty and staff show their love in the First Annual Spartans Supporting Spartans campaign.

New Spartans Athletics Complex

MAR13A new Spartan Athletics Complex is moving forward from a dream into a reality!

Progress in Action

MAR13A renewed $25,000 grant from Juniper Networks Foundation Fund is expanding the reach of CommUniverCity’s STEM initiative, Engineering in Action.

Composing Dreams

MAR13Retired IBM computer programmer Bill McGee shares his love of music.

Spring 2013 Campaign Dashboard

MAR12With less than three months left in our campaign, will you help San José State beat its $200 million goal?

A Gift of Surprising Magnitude

MAR12An unexpectedly generous bequest to the School of Journalism and Mass Communications is rooted in history while paving the way for an innovative and exciting future.

Human Understanding

OCT11A grant from the Morgan Family Foundation is supporting research on the social-emotional dimensions of teaching and learning.

Radio Frequencies

OCT10An engineer’s passion for RF technology translates into a gift to build an essential lab.

Like No Other

OCT9Dedicated SJSU supporter Phyllis Simpkins passed away recently. Her legacy will live forever.

Start Up

OCT8An alumnus and entrepreneur is finding new ways for Spartan innovators to bring ideas to life.

Generous donor support keeps Spartan Marching Band on the field

MAY24The combined generosity of SJSU donors and a leading gift from alumna Phyllis Simpkins resulted in more than $120,000 to refit the marching band.

Input/Output: The Acceleration Dashboard

MAY23Through the month of April, Acceleration: The Campaign for San José State University has received almost $170 million in donations and commitments.

Beloved political science professor’s retirement spurs outpouring of support

MAY23Looking through the photos from Terry Chistensen’s retirement party, one quickly notices a pattern: almost all of the photos—more than 100 in total—are of Christensen posing with smiling colleagues, friends, alumni and students.

Inaugural gala gifts from alumni reseed the Presidential Scholars initiative

MAY23During a celebratory gala held last month in recognition of the president’s inauguration, the success in reseeding the reinvigorated Presidential Scholars program was an unexpected surprise.

Staff member with a passion for education seeds a new staff scholarship

MAY23Sami Monsur is seeding the new Supporting Staff at SJSU Scholarship to encourage her colleagues as they pursue higher education.

The Records Clearance Project

MAY10The Record Clearance Project was created to help people get their lives back and gives undergraduate students hands-on experience in the justice system.

A Sustainable Scholarship

APR23The first permanently endowed scholarship in the Environmental Studies Department will memorialize pioneering professor Frank Schiavo.

Staff and faculty give back with the Spartans Supporting Spartans campaign

MAR29The Spartans Supporting Spartans campaign is well underway with nearly 150 faculty and staff members donating to their favorite campus programs, departments and scholarships.

CASA exceeds its Acceleration campaign of $20 million

MAR07The College of Applied Sciences and Arts became the first fundraising unit to exceed its Acceleration campaign goal. CASA is at 112 percent of its original goal of $20 million and that total is still increasing.

Bequest recognizes life-long history with MLML and San José State

MAR07Recently, Jim Harvey and his wife decided to bequest a portion of their estate to Moss Landing through San José State. It was a decision that grew from their deep connection to the lab and the confidence that their gift would go to good use.

Input/Output: The Acceleration Dashboard

MAR06Through the month of January, Acceleration: The Campaign for San José State University has received almost $165 million in donations and commitments.

Spartans Supporting Spartans Kick Off

FEB18Faculty and staff are invited to attend the Spartans Supporting Spartans campaign kickoff rallies on March 8 and 9.

Thompson Global Internship program receives $950,000 gift

FEB02James E. Thompson, ’62 Aeronautical Engineering, has made a $950,000 gift commitment to San Jose State University supporting a College of Business program he helped establish in 2010.

Sustainability Education Pilot Project Receives $71,000 Grant

JAN10Improving the sustainability literacy of California’s 450,000 sixth graders is the goal of a new pilot project uniting SJSU and Creative Change Educational Solutions, a national leader in sustainability education.

Accelerating Knowledge

JAN10Alumnus Ed Oates supports a new generation of STEM educators with support for a new center.

A Gift to Communicate

JAN4A New Endowment for the Armstead Center for Communicative Disorders Will Help the Clinic Continue Its Community Service.

Making Waves: The Timpany Center

DEC9Department of Kinesiology keeps the Timpany Center afloat and swimming strong with hard work, dedication and support from donors

The Show Dancer and The Newspaper

DEC1The charitable connection between a 1930s show dancer and the oldest daily public- university student newspaper in California.

$30k grant from Boston Scientific Foundation supports STEM program

NOV17A $30,000 grant from the Boston Scientific Foundation will, among other things, finance an interesting list of supplies for SJSU’s MESA group.

Input/Output: The Acceleration Dashboard

NOV17Through the month of October, Acceleration: The Campaign for San José State University has received almost $163 million in donations and commitments.

Private giving helps launch Global Leadership Laboratory

NOV17The GLLab held its first open house on Nov. 7. The event recognized donors Don and Sally Lucas and others.

Geology alumni honor professors’ legacies with two gifts

NOV17This fall, two Spartan geologist alumni committed to gifts honoring professors who had a big impact on their lives and careers.

Donor Funds Food Packaging Program Plans

NOV14Ever marvel over the clever plastic clam shell protecting your freshly harvested head of butter lettuce?

SJSU in the News: MetLife Foundation Gives $20,000 to CommUniverCity and SJPD

NOV11CommUniverCity San Jose’s fifth annual Day of Service was launched with recognition that law enforcement, the university and the community can successfully fight crime, remove blight and renew economic vitality in neighborhoods near the campus.

Emeritus & Retired Faculty Association Gives $7,000 to SJSU

SEP13The Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association has made a gift of $l,000 to each of the seven colleges at San Jose State University.

Input/Output: The Acceleration Dashboard

SEP6Through the month of July, Acceleration: The Campaign for San José State University has received more than $151 million in donations and commitments.

Math professor’s gift will support a new generation of math educators

SEP6It was about 10 years ago that SJSU Math professor Joanne Rossi Becker lent an aspiring teacher the money he needed to pay his tuition and earn his teaching credentials.

Anthropology professor emeritus leaves a legacy in pictures and documents

SEP6In retirement, Layton has become a driving force and leading donor to the university’s Sourisseau Academy. The decision to give back grew from years of archaeological research.

Acceleration newsletter fall 2011 available online

AUG15Check out the online version of our newsletter to to learn more about how Acceleration: The Campaign for San José State University is helping improve students' experience and outcomes.

Lazares commit more than $1 million to Athletics and College of Business

AUG1The Lazares’ gift will establish two separate and permanent endowments for the College of Business and the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.

CNBC Highlights Sbona Honors Program Research

JUN20In a place where the sun shines all summer, what’s keeping homeowners from going solar?

Bay Area Companies Invest $1 Million in SJSU Initiative

JUN17KLA-Tencor and Xilinx are lead donors to SJSU program that engages Bay Area students in engineering programs and careers, and helps ensure their success.

James E. Thompson Urges Graduates to “See More of This World”

JUN10In the summer between his junior and senior years at SJSU, Jim Thompson circled the globe on a shoe-string budget, using money he saved as a cannery worker.

Lurie College of Education Alumni Board honors teachers and students

JUN1With more than 600 years of experience between them, the 24 teachers recognized by the Connie L. Lurie College of Education Alumni Board certainly understand hard work, commitment and the many ways a teacher can change their students’ lives.

Input/Output: The Acceleration Dashboard

MAY25Through the month of April, Acceleration: The Campaign for San José State University has received more than $145 million in donations and commitments.

Venture Capitalists: Find out who's investing in the future of SJSU

MAY24Alumnus Don Beall and his wife Joan demonstrated their commitment to the university's future by completing a $4 million gift.

Valley Foundation School of Nursing makes the name official

MAY18The Valley Foundation School of Nursing's new appellation was unveiled last month making official a name change that honors the eponymous non-profit's $5 million gift.

Spartans in Seattle: “A Great Deal of Energy in the Room”

APR7SJSU is accelerating the lives of the extraordinary students we educate, energizing our region and expanding our reach.

Health Science Outreach Effort Yields Gift for Service Learning Partners

MAR21Sometimes, the smallest gift can be the most meaningful, especially when it connects people separated by thousands of miles.

Science and Math Teacher Training Program Receives $550,000 Gift

MAR13SJSU’s premiere science and math K-12 teacher training program has received a big boost.

Beall Family Accelerates $4 Million Gift Commitment to SJSU

MAR11Don Beall and his wife Joan Beall have completed a $4 million gift commitment to the Davidson College of Engineering.

Norooz Event Inaugurates New Iranian Studies Program

MAR6For the first time ever, SJSU will offer its students Persian language classes as part of their curriculum, with the eventual goal of establishing a minor in Iranian Studies thanks to a generous $200,000 grant from the PARSA Community Foundation.

The Impact of Acceleration: $25 Million Already at Work

MAR2Acceleration: The Campaign for San Jose State University is moving at a powerful pace toward its $200 million fundraising goal, with over $142 million in gifts committed and $68 million in cash received to date.

Ridder Foundation Endows Journalism Fellowship Program

FEB18Thanks to a recent $100,000 gift commitment from the Joseph B. Ridder Foundation, more SJSU journalism and mass communications students will have the opportunities made available to Sarah Kyo.   

Investing in Education is Investing in Silicon Valley’s Future

JAN4An op-ed by Don W. Kassing, SJSU Interim President published in the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal.

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