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Classes Without Quizzes Spring 2013

San José State University Alumni Association

Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM (PDT)

Classes Without Quizzes Spring 2013

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Classes Without Quizzes

What is Classes Without Quizzes?

Classes Without Quizzes is a fun day of education and enrichment! Alumni, students, friends of the university and the community are invited to attend classes presented by alumni, faculty, and community members. Highlight your knowledge and enthusiasm by attending three workshops of your choice. Then enjoy a complimentary lunch in the SJSU Sculpture Garden where you can mingle with new friends!

When & Where

Saturday, April 20, 2013

9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Clark Hall, San José State University Campus


This is a free program, provided by the SJSU Alumni Association.

Breakfast and lunch are included!


9:00 a.m.    
Registration in Clark Hall Lobby
with coffee, juice and light breakfast
9:30-10:20 a.m.    
Class Session 1  
10:20-10:30 a.m.
10:30-11:20 a.m. 
Class Session 2
11:20-11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Class Session 3
12:20-1:30 p.m.

Lunch in the SJSU Sculpture Garden (outside Clark Hall)

Parking and Directions

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Course Information and Registration

  • Review the class schedule below before registering for the event.
  • Select one course in each of the three sessions. Make a note before you go to the registration page!
  • Class sessions are subject to change.
  • Please create an Eventbrite username and password on the registration page. This will allow you to edit your class selections after you've registered, if desired. If you wish to change classes on the day of the event (subject to availability), you may do so at the registration tables.
  • Refer to your registration packet on the day of the event for classroom numbers and locations. Most classes will be held in Clark Hall.

Class Schedule

Session 1 (9:30 – 10:20 a.m.)

Class 1A: Kaplan Test Prep: LSAT Preview Class

Kaplan Test Prep

Demystify the LSAT and learn what the test is really measuring.  Tackle score-raising strategies.  Learn from a master Kaplan LSAT instructor.

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Class 1B: How to Thrive as a Female Sports Journalist

Joh Rathbun ‘06, Freelance Journalist

This class will review statistics of women in sports media, share an overview of successful female journalists in sports, show how to provide for yourself while starting up your freelance business and how to overcome obstacles found in a male hegemonic industry.

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Class 1C: Intro to Circus Arts

Cosmo Hom, Jessica Goodburn, Jacob Meacham, South Bay Circus Arts

South Bay Circus Arts will give participants a taste of the circus. You'll learn the basics of juggling, practice your skills, and get tips to make your own inexpensive juggling balls. Then enjoy a short demonstration of two of the circus arts practiced by SBCA: juggling and acrobatics.

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Class 1D: Assyrian for a Day!

Adessa Kiryakos ‘11, Founding Member, Assyrian Student Association at SJSU

This class will be a fun and interactive way to learn about one of the oldest groups of people: the Assyrians! Get a taste for their food and learn the basics of how to write the alphabet and common phrases.

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Class 1E: Pronunciation Training Through Singing Popular Songs

Miki Melton ‘09, ESL Instructor, De Anza College

Are you finding it hard to reduce your accent, although you are good at communicating in English?  Are you tired of rote practicing of English pronunciation?  Then let’s sing together! In this pronunciation training course, we’ll experience “sing-like-talking” activities that facilitate nonnative English speakers to get native-like pronunciation patterns in American English. Learn (and practice) physical exercises to produce native-like pronunciation in American English. This lesson has been implemented for over 10 years for ESL students at the Listening and Speaking Center at De Anza College.  More than 2,300 ESL students, from over 30 countries, have taken the class over the years to learn pronunciation skills while having fun!

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Class 1F: How Great Leaders Think and Act: Six Things You Can Do At Home, School and Work


Marcia Daszko ‘89, Alumni Association Board Member and CEO, Marcia Daszko & Assoc.



People lead households, sports teams, classrooms, military units, and businesses!  What makes the successful leader?  What makes a leader that leaves a legacy that makes a positive impact on society?

In this powerful, interactive session we will learn the thinking and behaviors of natural leadership.  We will explore how anyone has the ability to develop this leadership and make a difference in various aspects of their lives.

Great leaders impact:

  •  individuals’ development, self-esteem, engagement, information sharing and communication;
  •  healthy, collaborative, productive, creative, customer focused cultures, and society

In this powerful, interactive session, we will:

  • create Awareness and articulate critical leadership thinking;
  • discover the dysfunctional behaviors that create internal competition and devastating effects; and
  • learn what makes a healthy, productive environment: ways to build trust, care, and respect.



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Session 2 (10:30 – 11:20 a.m.)

Class 2A: Kaplan Test Prep: GMAT Preview Class

Kaplan Test Prep

Demystify the GMAT and learn what the test is really measuring.  Tackle score-raising strategies.  Learn from a master Kaplan GMAT instructor.

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Class 2B: Call to Action: How Our Generation Can Make a Difference

Diane Pham ‘12, Donor Relationship Manager, United Way Silicon Valley

You can make a living out of doing good for others and ordinary people can truly make a difference! Our generation is the future voice of changes to come in this community; we've seen that through the amazing campaign (Measure D) that started right at SJSU. This class will illustrate how to change our community for the better and inspire you to get up, give time, advocate, volunteer and not ever think that the change is too big to start. Hear examples of changes started by passionate people in our community and review a community assessment on what our community reported that they wanted. You will leave this workshop knowing you are capable of more than you can imagine!

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Class 2C: Branding Yourself as an Extreme Professional Athlete

Joh Rathbun ‘06, Freelance Journalist

This class will review the process of becoming a pro athlete outside of mainstream sports, aka "extreme." Enjoy an overview of successful extreme athletes, learn how to provide for yourself while starting your career, how to brand yourself, an overview of marketing platforms and social media, and direction on available resources needed to succeed.

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Class 2D: Golf As Physical Chess

David Rader, Professor of Kinesiology, San José State University

The mental side of golf has always intrigued and challenged those most dedicated to the game. In today’s competitive environment the physical and emotional imperatives of golf also demand focused attention through strenuous athletic training, strategic thinking, and emotional intelligence. Golf is really a game of “Physical Chess”, a game that calls for the best of “Mind, Body, and Spirit”. This program will explore the mental, physical, and emotional aspects of golf (Physical Chess). Additionally, we will analyze the strategic, tactical, technical, and social requirements of the game. Come join the discussion, be part of the process, and make a difference in 2013.

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Class 2E: How to Create and Maintain a Consistent and Compelling Personal Brand

Kevin Grossman ‘93, Writer


Consider this: according to most background screening firms, around 50% of resumes contain some form of falsity. If you put yourself out there with your previous work experience, skills, projects, wins, connections and more, and asked previous employers, peers and even friends to “validate” you by recommending/endorsing, then you're probably going to reduce the number of those old resume white lies. Nobody wants an archenemy, or even a nemesis, to call us out.

Create and manage your online professional presence and your personal brand through a compelling "summary" that tells your story and makes a business case for why you are who you are today in the world of work. Learn why you should keep your online profiles as consistent and accurate as possible across all social points of presence as well as niche professional site you may belong to, not just LinkedIn.


Find out how to ask for online recommendations and endorsements that validate who you say you are and what you've done. Consistency and accuracy are the critical keys, and being personal and accessible are just as important, because those searching you out and reviewing who you are will be looking for anomalies that don’t add up — and you want to always have everything add up. You want to stand out, but you want to add up. You never know when that great new opportunity looking for you to add up. It’s your personal employment brand. Take care of it and it will take care of you.

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Class 2F: San José Rocks, Celebrating Silicon Valley's Role 'n Rock

Dan Orloff, Founder, Bay Area Rocks

The surprise to many is that some of the most influential rock 'n' roll acts of all time got their start – and technological advances in music – in San Jose and the Silicon Valley. Many from San José State University. From Count Five, The Grateful Dead, The Doobie Brothers and Fleetwood Mac to Smash Mouth and Trapt, from Ampex and Dolby to Apple's iPad, Silicon Valley has enriched America's largest cultural export: rock 'n' roll. Perhaps most noteworthy is the medium that was to bring 1954’s birth of rock 'n' roll to ears all over the world: In April of 1909, radio broadcasting was born in San José when Charles (a.k.a. "Doc") Herrold, a San José State electronics instructor, constructed the world's first broadcasting station in downtown San José. In 1919, his wife Sybil Herrold became the world's first disc jockey. This workshop will curate the Bay Area’s rich rock ‘n’ roll history from the fan’s perspective while playing it forward for tomorrow’s fans, bands and musicians through exciting, unique, deep and emotive experiences.

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Class 2G: Your Credit Score


Valerie Desrosiers
Personal Banker, Xceed Financial Credit Union
SJSU Alumna



Xceed Financial Credit Union will be going over the importance of a credit score, how to keep a good score, and how to repair a bad score. We will explain the different credit reporting models, the break down of how scores are determined, and what consumers need to be aware of when using credit. Xceed will also go over how a credit score affects the consumer when they are purchasing big items like a home or auto.

Session 3 (11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.)


Class 3A: Kaplan Test Prep: GRE Preview Class

Kaplan Test Prep

Demystify the GRE and learn what the test is really measuring.  Tackle score-raising strategies.  Learn from a master Kaplan GRE instructor

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Class 3B: Finding and Using Your Strengths

Deanna Peck, Coordinator for Educational Programs, SJSU Counseling Services

You are a unique individual with exceptional and distinctive strengths.   Start thinking about your positive points and how they can help you achieve in your personal and professional life.  This workshop will introduce you to a well-known tool, interactive exercises, and some common language that will raise your confidence and improve your well-being.

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Class 3C: Library Tour

Elisabeth Thomas, Community Outreach Librarian, San José State University

The King Library is a shared building with both the San José City and SJSU communities.  Opened in Fall 2003, this library has been infused with artist Mel Chin's award winning public art and resources and services for both the SJSU and City of San José communities.  Come explore the nine floors of the building, including the building's design, collections and art.  This tour focuses on the art and history between the joint library building, including the building's design, collections and art.


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Class 3D: Global Leadership and Social Innovation

Dr. Joyce Osland, Executive Director, Global Leadership Advancement Center (GLAC), San José State University


The complexity of the global context and today's global problems require innovative "extreme leadership." Global Leadership is the process of influencing the thinking, attitudes, and behaviors of a global community to work together synergistically toward a common vision and common goals. Come learn how to prepare yourselves for global work and hear how we use social innovation to develop global leaders.

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Class 3E: Exploring Research Opportunities Around the World (Global Citizenship at SJSU)

Peter F. Young, Director, Silicon Valley Center for Global Studies

Co-Director, Pakistan Distance Education Enhancement Project


Last year San José State’s School of Journalism & Mass Communications received a $2.4 million federal grant to train Afghan professors and enhance the journalism programs in Afghanistan.  This year SJSU received $1.1 million federal grant to improve distant education programs in Pakistan. In addition, the University is a part of the Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies along with Santa Clara University and San José Community College.  Come learn more about these innovative projects and other international opportunities, the significant role that SJSU is playing in helping our colleagues around the world, the realities our faculty face working in third world countries and the progress that has been made during these undertakings.

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Class 3F: Culture Crash: A Crash Course on San José's Innovative and Creative Culture

Flora Moreno de Thompson

Writer and Editor, Content Magazine

Alumna, Mexican American Studies, San José State University

There's a lot more to San José than you think. This course will showcase the diversity and creativity in our community by focusing on local businesses and innovators as featured in the pages of San José's Content Magazine. From bicycle designers to restaurateurs, artists to politicians, come hear stories about the vibrant people that make San José a great place to be.

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When & Where

Clark Hall at San José State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0066

Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM (PDT)

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San José State University Alumni Association

Serving San José State University since 1872, the SJSU Alumni Association connects our graduates with each other and their alma mater. Learn more about the Alumni Association and become a member at www.sjsualumni.com

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