Spring 2015 Newsletter


MST scholarship award Innovation in the MST Program

In keeping with the other programs in the Lucas Graduate School, the acclaimed Masters degree in Taxation has made innovative changes to offer high quality, flexible, and affordable programs.  The MST program targets working tax professional as well as those seeking a career in tax with full-time or part-time options.  There is also an Advanced Certificate available for those who already have an MST degree. According to Annette Nellen, Director of the MST program, in talking to area CFO’s, professionals often need training in personal skills to build relationships with clients. Critical areas include time management, etiquette, developing personal relationships, building trust, etc.  New orientations and retreats focus on interpersonal skills to aid aspiring tax professionals.More information about our program can be found here 


Blefari and Barton Distinguished Alumni Awards

The 56th Annual Lucas College and Graduate School of Business Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner was held Feb. 2nd at the historic Hotel Sainte Claire.  Dean David Steele presented the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Awards to William Barton and Gino Blefari.   The theme for the evening was Impact, Innovation, and Engagement.  Student Keynote Speakers were Emily Holland, President, Latino Business Student Association who spoke about the amazing leadership opportunities in the college and Kelly Tanimura, CEO of the Financial Navigator Student Management Investment Fund.  Kelly complimented the club members on their extensive research which resulted in outperforming Standard and Poor’s. 

Dean's Corner

One of the areas that we pay close attention to is “student success”. The US has standardized on two key metrics of student success for all colleges and universities:

6th-year graduation for freshmen and  3rd year graduation for transfer students from community colleges. Our student success metrics are by far the best of all the colleges at SJSU – 19% better than the SJSU average in metric #1; and 38% better than the SJSU average in metric #2. One of the key reasons for our excellent student performance is the Student Success Center in our College, named after a beloved professor, Jack Holland.

We are very proud of our Center and the success of our students! We hope you enjoy this video featuring the JHSSC.

In The Know

CFA Winners

Congratulations to the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business teams who competed for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Research Challenge sponsored by the CFA Society in San Francisco. One of the two teams is going on to the National competition, beating out teams from Santa Clara, Wharton MBA Extension, and Stanford.

Professor Nellen








Professor Annette Nellen will be honored by the YWCA Silicon Valley as one of the recipients of the prestigious 2015 Tribute to Women Award for her outstanding achievements and leadership.  The 31st Annual Tribute to Women event honoring Silicon Valley’s executive Women will be held May 12 at the Fairmont, San Jose. For more information click here 

On The Calendar

April 28, 2015
Global Leader Speaker Series
Jerry Yang, co-founder and former CEO of Yahoo

May 15, 2015     
TEI - SJSU Tax Policy Conference
Reinvigorated Tax Reform Arrives for 2015May 28, 2015

The Center for Banking and Financial Services
San Jose State University Economic Summit
Presented by Bridge Bank in Association with Hopkins and Carley

June 24, 2015
IRS - SJSU Small Business Tax Institute