Spartan Spotlight

Tower Hall is lit by a sunset on SJSU campus.

SJSU Declared "Most Transformative" By Money Magazine

KPIX explores how San José State University lives up to its most transformative university ranking.

Stories from SJSU

Kim Blisniuk.

Kim Blisniuk: Shaking Things Up

As a woman and an immigrant from Vietnam, earthquake geologist Blisniuk is bringing her unique point of view to the field—and making game-changing discoveries about what to expect when the next “Big One” strikes Southern California.

Bob Rucker.

Bob Rucker: From Teddy Bears to Television

SJSU Professor Emeritus of Journalism and Mass Communications Bob Rucker received a 2021 Legacy Award from California Assemblymember Ash Kalra in recognition of his outstanding service as a professor and journalist.

Bob Haberle.

Bob Haberle: Eyes to the Martian Sky

A transformative experience at SJSU leads an alumnus to find his passion and change the way we understand weather on Mars.

Lisa Andrew.

Lisa Andrew: School is a Haven

Despite facing a series of bumps in her personal life, Silicon Valley Education Foundation CEO Lisa Andrew always saw school as her refuge where people were caring and willing to give her that extra nudge to succeed.

Titus Kaphar.

Titus Kaphar: “Art Can Shift Perspectives”

A 2018 MacArthur Fellow, Titus Kaphar, ’01 BFA Art/Pictorial Arts, says art can be used to shift perspectives and sees painting as a language that offers diverse perspectives on history, justice and change.

Pasquale Esposito.

Pasquale Esposito: Gift of Music

International recording artist Pasquale Esposito, ’09 Music, believes it is his responsibility to share art with the world.

On the Radio

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Spartan Spotlight: President Mary A. Papazian

President Mary A. Papazian talks about how SJSU continues to transform with the pandemic. 

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Spartan Spotlight: Vincent J. Del Casino Jr.

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Vincent J. Del Casino Jr. talks about what it means to be ranked “the most transformative university in the nation.”

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Spartan Spotlight: Shaun Fletcher

Public Relations Professor Shaun Fletcher talks about working to reimagine mental health discourse among people of color.

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Spartan Spotlight: Kim Vestal

KCBS Radio Traffic Anchor and San José State graduate Kim Vestal talks about her college experience and how the university has helped her.

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Spartan Spotlight: Floriberta Sario

SJSU student Floriberta Sario talks about being the first woman in her family to graduate college this spring.

In the News

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Op-Ed: How Silicon Valley Firms Can Achieve Greater Diversity

Stretching from San Francisco to San José, Silicon Valley possesses one of the most diverse populations in the nation. Yet leaders of the famous local companies are mostly people who are white and male.

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Nursing Students Create COVID-19 Book for Kids

After COVID-19 scrapped their clinical rotations in 2020, five South Bay nursing students turned their focus to educating children about the virus.

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Latina Engineer for NASA Ames Inspires Minorities to Reach for the Stars

At NASA Ames in Mountain View, SJSU adjunct professor and alumnae Ali Guarneros-Luna is developing small satellite technology for missions to the moon and Mars.

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San José Gets Back to Basics With Digital Services

The Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation has launched a new digital services taskforce to improve usability. The initiative also aims to nurture civic tech talent in the area.

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She Was Homeless and Abused. Now, She’s a CEO in Silicon Valley

Today, Andrea Urton runs the nonprofit HomeFirst Services, making her responsible for Santa Clara County’s largest homeless shelter and a network of other programs that support more than 6,000 unhoused people a year.

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$3M Gift From The Koret Foundation to Support Student Success

Koret is funding programs at SJSU that can spark new thinking, facilitate partnerships, and contribute to student success.