Fall 2016 Newsletter


Alumni Networking Event

The Lucas College of Business will be hosting an alumni networking event directly following the Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge.

Come and meet the winners of the SJSU Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge.  A new generation of entrepreneurs and innovators. Tuesday November 15th6pm - 8:00pm, Student Union Ballroom. We invite you to come early (5pm) to attend the awards ceremony. Please RSVP by Monday Nov. 7th
www. tinyurl.com/lcobreception


Dean's Corner

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

I am honored to serve as the new Interim Dean of the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business, continuing the wonderful work of Interim Dean Turner and Dean Steele.  This is a great opportunity to set the stage for our incoming Dean.  The search committee is hard at work and we expect a new Dean to join us in three to ten months.  Many thanks to Marlene Turner for her great contributions and we wish her all the best in the coming months.

This Fall, the College welcomed almost 1500 new students as undergraduate business majors.  We continued traditions established in Fall 2013 to help students transition smoothly into university life.  Best among these is Launch Day where Freshmen spend a Saturday in engaging group activities to build their social networks and team skills.  At the end of the day, participating students go home with their very own iPads! 

Here is a video from a recent  Launch Day.  Quite an enjoyable way to launch our students’ to academic and career success!



In The Know

Quick News:

KRON4 news recently featured a story about San Jose State University ranking the West’s sixth-best public university in the 2017 U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges rankings. You can read the article and learn more here.

Other Notes:

Dr. Joe Giglierano, Interim Department chair of Marketing and Decision Sciences is working with other colleagues in the University to create an IDEA Lab.
The IDEA Lab provides a work space for students seeking to improve their innovation and collaboration abilities.
To accomplish this, IDEA Lab supports students’ efforts by:

  • Helping teams (especially multi-college) form for innovation projects;
  • Providing advice and mentoring to students and teams;
  • Providing extracurricular workshops and training; 
  • Facilitating cross-college innovation related programs and events;
  • Providing a resource hub for innovation-minded students and alumni.

LGSB Rated Top Program in the EMBA Consortium for Global Business Innovation

The Lucas Graduate School of Business recently conducted the International Module of the EMBA Consortium for Global Business Innovation from September 17th-23rd, 2016. The program exposed participants to a “Silicon Valley Experience for International Executives”. The thematic focus of the program, Entrepreneurship, Global Leadership, and Innovation, is a reflection of our faculty’s experience working with many of the innovative enterprises in the Silicon Valley. The cohort was made up of 28 EMBA students from the UK, Turkey, China, Italy, South Africa, Brazil, Florida, and Russia. It was successfully delivered by our faculty and staff with lectures, team exercises, company visits, cultural, and social events (see: a video summary of the week of events). The program received the highest overall rating (4.82/5) among the eight Consortium schools (average 4.43/5). Thanks to Associate Dean Stephen Kwan who was the Faculty Director and Program Coordinator Andreea Florea. Professors Joyce Osland, Anu Basu, Stephen Kwan, and Rich Okumoto were the instructors.


On The Calendar

CFO Alumni Affiliate Network Kick-Off Event
October 24, 2016 

Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge
November 15, 2016
Student Union Ballroom