Fall 2015 Newsletter


You’re Invited
The Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge promotes creativity and entrepreneurship and showcases the latest innovations from our students, alumni, faculty and staff. All departments and majors across SJSU and our partner universities and colleges are welcome to participate. Industry leaders, business owners, capital investors, and SJSU faculty provide invaluable networking opportunities and feedback to help young entrepreneurs cultivate their innovations into reality.

Please mark your calendar to attend an exclusive Business Alumni Association Mixer immediately following the Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge award ceremony.  Arrive at half past 3 o'clock to view the latest innovation entries of the Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge and mingle with the student competition winners during the reception at 5 o'clock.  The mixer will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 16 in the new Student Union Ballroom C. Keynote speakers will include fellow alumni.  A special award will be given to best innovation in ‘Sport Tech,’ consistent with the upcoming Super Bowl 50 celebrations. Please RSVP to ryoko.goldston@sjsu.edu before October 30th.  We look forward to seeing you at the mixer

New Undergraduate Degrees
We are excited to offer two new undergraduate degree concentrations.

Business Analytics: It includes topics like data mining and advanced statistics.  Business Analytics is crucial to a broad range of industries. Job opportunities for graduates with data analytical skills have never been more numerous.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Business-Analyst jobs are predicted to increase by 22 percent by 2020.

Global Operations Management: Have you ever wondered how Amazon delivers 2 million different packages in a day? This concentration prepares students for careers with global manufacturing, service, and consulting organizations by offering a variety of courses in management of materials, quality, supply chains, services, global projects, and operations strategy.

Dean's Corner

Dear alumni and friends of the Lucas College & Graduate School of Business:

At our annual Scholarship Ceremony with students and individual donors, we awarded 145 scholarships totaling over $200,000. Including the scholarships granted by our Institutes and Centers, which are supported with corporate donations, our College granted nearly $300,000 in scholarships this year.

One scholarship recipient came to my office to thank me for a $1,500 scholarship he had received. He framed the impact of the scholarship on his life in a simple but dramatic way: it paid for his rent for 4 months.

Please consider donating to our scholarship fund.



In The Know

The Thompson Global Internship Program is a unique opportunity for business students to live abroad while completing a project for Crown Worldwide Group. Here is a group of our students with Mr. Jim Thompson in Hong Kong.


Other Notes:
The 2016 edition of the U.S. News & World Report college rankings, available now online, ranks San Jose State University at eighth overall among the West’s top public universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, keeping SJSU in the region’s top 10.

“San Jose State University sends more graduates to work in Silicon Valley than any other institution of higher learning,” said Interim President Susan Martin. “

In addition, SJSU’s Lucas College and Graduate School of Business was ranked first in the Bay Area among non-doctoral institutions. “Since the naming of the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business by Don and Sally Lucas in 2013, the college has enhanced its educational offerings and its focus on student success,” said Dean David M. Steele.