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Classes Without Quizzes 2012

San José State University Alumni Association

Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM (PDT)

San Jose, CA

Classes Without Quizzes 2012

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Leave your blue books and #2 pencils at home!

Classes Without Quizzes

Kick off Homecoming Week by joining us
for a day of education and enrichment:

Saturday, October 6
9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Boccardo Business Center
San José State University Campus

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

Breakfast and lunch are included!

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Schedule

9:00 a.m.   
Registration in Boccardo Business Center Courtyard
with coffee, juice and light breakfast
9:30-10:20 a.m.   
Class Session 1 
10:20-10:30 a.m.
Break
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 Boccardo Business Center Courtyard

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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 tent.
  • Refer to your registration packet on the day of the event for classroom numbers and locations. Most classes will be held in the Boccardo Business Center.

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Class Schedule

Session 1 (9:30 – 10:20 a.m.)

Class 1A: Physics in Hollywood

Alejandro Garcia
Professor, Science, Physics and Astronomy, San José State University
Physics Consultant, Dreamworks Animation

The course will describe the role of physics in the production of animated feature films by studios such as Dreamworks, Pixar, and Disney. Professor Garcia teaches "Physics of Animation" at SJSU and is a physics consultant for Dreamworks Animation.

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Class 1B: Understanding California's Tax Problems

Annette Nellen
Professor, College of Business, San José State University
Director, Graduate Tax Program

An overview to California's tax system and its strengths and weaknesses including a framework for analyzing the tax initiatives on the November ballot.

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Class 1C: Jazz As the World's Music: The Cultural Cross-Pollination of an American Art Form (Global Citizenship at SJSU)

Bradley Stone
Jazz Direcor, 90.5 KSJS, Department of TV, Radio, Film and Theatre, San José State University
Professor, Chemistry
Advisory Board Member, San Jose Jazz

Jazz is often described as a purely American art form, and while there is no arguing that the birthplace of jazz was in the U.S., it originated as a nexus of ideas from around the world, and hence was "fusion" music at its inception.  Subsequently, jazz has spread to countries around the world, and in each case, musical ideas from that culture have been incorporated into the music.  This "world jazz" has then bounced back to the U.S., re-invigorating the art form.  This lecture will be interspersed with audio examples of music that exemplify this cross-pollination.

This session is provided by the SJSU Salzburg Program

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Class 1D: Global Leadership and Social Innovation

Dr. Joyce Osland
Executive Director, Global Leadership Advancement Center (GLAC), San José State University
Lucas Endowed Professor of Global Leadership
Co-author, Global Leadership: Research, Practice, Development (Routledge, 2012)
Outstanding Educator Award Winner, 2011

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 1E: Look What They Can Do! Community-based Learning in Action

Kathleen Roe
Professor and Chair, Health and Science and Recreation, San José State University

Robert Rinck
Health Science Faculty HS104: Community Health Promotion, San José State University

Frank Strona
Health Science Faculty HS158: Health Communications and Technology, San José State University

Aurora Garcia
Principal, McKinley Elementary School

Community-based learning brings together the energy, creativity, and talents of undergraduates with the needs and aspirations of local communities and organizations.  The result is something magical and important for all concerned.  SJSU Health Science majors participate in two big community projects within their first semesters in the major - and many stay on for continued involvement after meeting those first requirements.  Come learn about what we do, how we do it, and why it matters - from the perspectives of students, faculty and our community hosts.

This session is provided by the SJSU Health and Recreation Department

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Class 1F: Multimedia Journey

Kim Komenich
Assistant Professor, Journalism and Mass Communications, San José State University

SJSU alum Kim Komenich (BA  Journalism '79) won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography  for his coverage of the 1986 Philippine "People Power" Revoution for the San Francisco Examiner. Komenich, who is currently an Assistant Professor for New Media at SJSU, will discuss his current tenure creative project "Revolution Revisited," a book, documentary film, interactive website, iBook and international exhibition. Komenich began the project in 2010 by digitizing 1,100 rolls of black and white film (30,000 images). He has traveled to the Philippines five times in an effort to locate and re-photograph and interview some of the subjects-rich and poor- in his 1980s photos. He will discuss the role of emerging technologies in the process of researching, reporting, producing and distributing a multi-platform multimedia project.  

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Class 1G: How to Start Your Own Business

Iris Quan
Assistant Professor, Organization and Management, San José State University

Learn the basics of starting your own business. Gain valuable insights in making a great idea into a successful venture. This session will provide resources for those interested in flexing their entrepreneurial muscles. 

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Session 2 (10:30 – 11:20 a.m.)

Class 2A: Extreme Telescopes: Modern Astronomical Machines on Mountains, Airplanes and Spacecraft

Michael Kaufman
Professor and Chair, Department of Physics & Astronomy, San José State University

Modern astronomy is carried out in a variety of extreme locations, from the highest deserts to the depths of space. In this seminar,  we will review the why, where and how of modern astronomical observatories.

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Class 2B: Wine Tasting Basics

Lisa Boissier
Events Supervisor and Wine Educator, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, San Jose Wine Center

An introduction to  basic strategies for tasting and evaluating wines, as well as choosing wines to pair with food. Course includes a taste of three J. Lohr wines to demonstrate the principles introduced.

This session is provided by J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

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Class 2C: The SJSU Salzburg Program (Global Citizenship at SJSU)

Dr. William J. Reckmeyer
Professor of Leadership & Systems, Department of Anthropology, San José State University
Director, SJSU Salzburg Program
IES Senior Fellow, International and Extended Studies, San José State University

San José State is the leading public institution of higher education in Silicon Valley and has initiated an ambitious campus-wide effort to help all of its students become better global citizens – people who are prepared to live and work in the complex interconnected world of the 21st century, no matter what their majors or career interests.  Come learn about the nature of globalization and our award-winning SJSU Salzburg Program, which is the result of an innovative partnership between SJSU and the Salzburg Global Seminar (a location familiar to many as the von Trapp castle in the Sound of Music).  We will also hear about a summer study-abroad course on Corporate Global Citizenship that has grown out of this Program, in which 20+ SJSU students spend 3 weeks in Paris studying international public relations.  The SJSU Salzburg Program was honored in 2010 as one of the country’s “Top 10 Programs on Global Citizen Diplomacy” by the US Center for Citizen Diplomacy and the US Department of State. 

This session is provided by the SJSU Salzburg Program

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Class 2D: 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.

This session is provided by Content Magazine

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Class 2E: An Inside Look at Online Learning: SJSU's "Live Online" Master of Public Health Program

Daniel Perales
Professor and Coordinator, Distance Master of Public Health Program, San José State University

Ever wondered what online learning is like? Or how SJSU is transforming campus opportunities to reach people far from Silicon Valley?  Join us for an inside look at SJSU's online MPH option.  You'll get to experience a "live online" class, participate just like the students do, and hear from students and faculty about this powerful new way to learn! If you're thinking about public health training, online programs, or just interested in SJSU's commitment to extended learning, come join us! 

This session is provided by the SJSU Health and Recreation Department

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Class 2F: Digital Storytelling in the 21st Century

Drena Lewis
Volunteer and Intern Coordinator, CreaTV
Alumna, SJSU Radio, TV, Film, San José State University

Non-profit community media centers across the country provide the digital tools and training that allow everyday people to tell and share their stories. In this session, CreaTV San Jose, one of the most prolific non-profit community media centers in California, explains how it provides access to digital tools and training in digital storytelling, to empower Silicon Valley’s diverse and often under-served communities to tell their stories and express their views through video.

This session is provided by CreaTV

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Class 2G: Silicon Valley Business Plan Competition (SVBPC)

Anuradha Basu
Professor, Organization and Management, Entrepreneurship, San José State University
Director, Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship
Alumna, Lucas Graduate School of Business, San José State University

What's a business plan? What is its purpose? Who is the audience? What information should it include? What's the SVBPC? Why would you participate in it?  Get the answers in this session.

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Class 2H: WASC Accreditation: What is it? Why does it matter?

 Full course description will be posted when available.

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Class 2I: Campus History Virtual Tour (Sitting)

Annette Nellen
Campus History Specialist
Professor, College of Business
Director, Graduate Tax Program

A review of SJSU's history via a narrated slide show with an opportunity for alums to share their tidbits about campus history.

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Session 3 (11:30a.m. – 12:20 p.m.)

 

Class 3A: The Physics of Football

Peter Beyersdorf
Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy, San José State University

Physics principles such as energy, momentum, and projectile motion are on display every weekend in the fall on the gridiron.  This class uses recent video of NFL games to bring these principles alive. Dr. Beyersdorf has a Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford University and does experimental optics research at San José State.  When he isn't teaching or in the lab, there is a good chance he is watching football.

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Class 3B: How Craft Beer is Made

Peter Licht
Brewmaster, Hermitage Brewing Co. / Tied House

An overview of raw materials and methods of production for craft beer with a focus on flavor.  This session includes a short discussion on state of the industry, followed by Q & A with beer tasting.

This session is provided by Hermitage Brewing Co.

 

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Class 3C: 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
Former Co-Director, Project Administrator, Afghanistan Journalism Education Enhancement Project
2011 SJSU Salzburg Fellow

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.

This session is provided by the SJSU Salzburg Program

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Class 3D: 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 – got their start 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.

San José Rocks is a program of Bay Area Rocks, a not-for-profit organization (in formation) which 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.

This session is provided by Bay Area Rocks and San José Rocks

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Class 3E: Intercambio! The Health Science Department's Partnership with a Pueblo in Oaxaca, Mexico

Kathleen Roe
Professor and Chair, Health Science and Recreation, San José State University
Co-founder/director, SJSU Health Science-Ecoalebrijes Association Intercambio

Saul Aragon
Artisan and Co-founder, Ecoalebrijes Association Intercambio

Maziel Giron
SJSU MPH student; 2011 Intercambio Participant

Nathan Mckenzie
SJSU MPH Student; 2007, 2009 Intercambio Participant

The SJSU Health Science Department has been involved in an ongoing partnership with the families and artisans of the Ecoalebrijes Association in the pueblo of Arrazola, Oaxaca, Mexico for eight years.  We are thrilled to present our artisan colleagues to you - and their beautiful handcarved and handpainted "ecoalebrijes" - as their annual campus visit corresponds with Classes Without Quizzes this year.  Come learn about this self-supporting partnership, the rich exchange between college students and pueblo families, what we do when we're in Mexico each Spring Break and the importance of the art and philosophy of the ecoalebrijes.

This session is provided by the SJSU Health and Recreation Department

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Class 3F: Spartan Films Experience and Presentation

Learn about the SJSU production company. See how films, commercials, and video are developed and
produced.

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Class 3G: Your Credit Score

Valerie Desrosiers
Personal Banker, Xceed Financial Credit Union
SJSU Alumna

Christina Thach
Branch Manager, Xceed Financial Credit Union

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.

This session is provided by the Xceed Financial Credit Union

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Class 3H: Campus History Tour (Walking)

Annette Nellen
Campus History Specialist
Professor, College of Business
Director, Graduate Tax Program

A one-hour tour through the campus while describing how SJSU started back in 1857, its move to San Jose in 1871, the history behind Tower Hall and Washington Square Hall and other buildings, as well as some interesting events over the years.

 

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Boccardo Business Center at San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0066

Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM (PDT)


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