January 2023

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Week 1: January 16–22

Mon. 01/16  |  Tues. 01/17  |  Wed. 01/18  |  Thurs. 01/19  |  Fri. 01/20


President Teniente-Matson posing with volunteers for National Day of Service.
Photo courtesy of Jahmal Williams and President Teniente-Matson 

President Teniente-Matson joined students from the Center for Community Learning and Leadership, SJSU alumni and local and state elected officials at Our City Forest’s Tree Planting as part of the National Day of Service on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

President Teniente-Matson posing with students.
Photo courtesy of Edwin Tan

Following the tree planting, she attended the African American Community Service Agency’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon with students, staff and alumni.


Video: Javier Duarte and Jonathan Meyer

President Teniente-Matson posing with office staff.The president received a warm welcome from staff, faculty and Sammy Spartan upon arrival for her first day on campus.

Photo: Irene Adeline Milanez BA Journalism ’25 and Alyssa Karlin BFA Photo ’23


President Teniente-Matson speaking with students at a table.
Photo: Irene Adeline Milanez BA Journalism ’25 and Alyssa Karlin BFA Photo ’23

She welcomed the SJSU community as the university joined communities across the country for the National Day of Racial Healing with its inaugural event.

President Teniente-Matson with students walking down the paseo on a bright sunny day.
Photos: Irene Adeline Milanez BA Journalism ’25 and Alyssa Karlin BFA Photo ’23

President Teniente-Matson posing with student-athletes near the pool.Later in the afternoon, she took her first of many walks down SJSU’s iconic Paseo de César Chávez with Associated Students President Nina Chuang and orientation leaders, and had a visit with student-athletes in the Spartan Recreation and Aquatic Center.


President with resident advisors and orientation leaders.

The president culminated her first day on campus by having dinner with resident advisors and orientation leaders.


President Matson-Tiente posing in front of the Chavez Arch.
Photo: Robert C. Bain and Irene Adeline Milanez BA Journalism ’25

The president continued to explore campus, stopping to admire the Arch of Dignity, Equality and Justice.


Office of Sustainability giving a presentation in a conferenece room.

President Teniente-Matson met with staff from the Office of Sustainability at their STARS launch party. 


President Teniente-Matson standing on a stage at the Adobe headquarters.
Photo: Robert C. Bain

The president spoke to SJSU academic department chairs and directors and met with leaders from our partner Adobe at their global headquarters in downtown San José.

Week 2: January 23–29

Mon. 01/23  |  Wed. 01/25  |  Thurs. 01/26–Fri. 01/27  |  Sat. 01/28


President Cynthia Teniente-Matson with SJSU students.Photo: Robert C. Bain, Irene Adeline Milanez BA Journalism ’25 and Alyssa Karlin BFA Photo ’23

President Teniente-Matson spoke to the Spartan community and connected with students, staff and faculty at a welcome reception hosted by the Office of the President. Watch President Cynthia Teniente-Matson's Welcome Remarks

President Teniente-Matson shaking hands with the dean of College of Business.Photo: Irene Adeline Milanez BA Journalism ’25 andAlyssa Karlin BFA Photo ’23

The president attended the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business welcome event and spoke briefly to students, faculty and staff.


President Teniente-Matson sitting in the board of trustees meeting.At the California State University Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach, California, President Teniente-Matson made a key presentation that resulted in approval of San José State University’s Alquist Redevelopment Project.

Photo courtesy of Michael Uhlenhamp




Video: Javier Duarte and Jonathan Meyer

Over the course of Thursday and Friday, President Teniente-Matson met with student media representatives from the Spartan Daily and Update News, marking her first media interviews since becoming president.

SJSU president with Athletics director Scott McDonald
Photo courtesy of Scott MacDonald

Thursday evening she attended the Spartan women’s basketball game against Nevada and was interviewed during halftime by San José Spartan broadcaster Justin Allegri ’10 RVTF, MS ’13 Mass Communications. Watch the halftime interview.

SJSU President posing with Black artists.
Photo: Jim Gensheimer

Friday afternoon, the president took a tour of the Art of The African Diaspora Satellite Exhibition and then joined the opening reception for the new Black Engineers, Scientists, and Technologists Awards and Exhibit at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.


SJSU president posing with student government reps and Sammy Spartan.Photo: David Schmitz

The president welcomed student government representatives from across the California State Universities at their California State Student Association meeting breakfast.

Week 3: January 30–31


Video: Eric Harding and Michelle Smith Mcdonald

President Teniente-Matson met with representatives from local Bay Area media, including SJSU alumnus Damian Trujillo, ’93 Journalism, from KNTV/NBC Bay Area; Troy Wolverton, Silicon Valley Business Journal; Jesse Gary, KTVU; Zach Fuentes, KGO; Devin Fehley, KPIX; Elissa Miolene, San Jose Mercury News, and Lorraine Gabbert, San Jose Spotlight.

View continuation of week 3: February 1–3