Summer 2016 Newsletter


Recently the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business Scholarship Celebration honored our generous donors and recognized exceptional students. The event brought together over 170 donors, student scholarship awardees, family members, faculty, and friends. 

The Accounting Advancement Center (AAC) gave undergraduate scholarships of over $14,000 during spring 2016, adding to its fall scholarship support of $11,000. Six SJSU graduates will be receiving MSA scholarships totaling $10,000 for fall 2016. 

The Center for Banking and Financial Services (CBFS) awarded 12 scholarships for a total amount of $20,500, the highest amount awarded since inception. Since 2009 the CBFS has awarded 63 scholarships for a grand total of $101,500.

The Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship (SVCE) sponsored an extremely successful Silicon Valley Business Plan Competition, with over $17,500 in prizes awarded to four outstanding student teams.  Judges were very impressed with the quality and the professionalism of the presentations.  The SVCE Eminent Speaker Series continued to host accomplished, inspiring presenters including Deepak Ahuja, former CFO of Tesla Motors; Bruce Schechter, Member, Band of Angels; and Mike Sinyard, founder & Chairman, Specialized Bicycle Components.

Dean's Corner

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

I am delighted to inform you that the College has earned extension of our Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International accreditation through 2021. Earned by only 5 percent of business schools worldwide, AACSB accreditation signifies to students, employers, and the wider community our commitment to creating, sustaining and continuously improving our excellent academic and professional programs.  After a thorough review and site visit, our visiting peer review team noted the dedication of our faculty and staff and recognized our commitment to providing high quality programs and co-curricular activities to our students, our impactful research, our centers and institutes, and our strong connections to our professional communities. 


The college had one of our largest graduating classes in recent years. 1589 students earned undergraduate degrees and 190 students earned graduate degrees.  We are delighted to welcome these new graduates to the ranks of our distinguished alumni. 

Our best wishes for an enjoyable and productive summer season.  I look forward to continuing to partner with you to build programs that prepare our outstanding students to be the leaders and innovators powering Silicon Valley.

Marlene Turner All the Best,



In The Know

Quick News:
A team of five Accounting and Finance Honors program undergraduate students took first place in both overall performance and best documentation at the International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition.  They beat teams from Arcadia University, CSU, Sacramento, University of Maine, Loyola Marymount University and CSU, Long Beach. Congratulations to the team and thanks to Professor Simon Rodan for mentoring the students.


The Gary J. Sbona Honors Program is celebrating its tenth anniversary year, with about 85 students and 25 businesses participating each semester, and our largest graduating class ever of 60 students, 43 of whom graduated with honors from the LCoB. 

Six students will go on the Thompson Global Internship Program this summer, all traveling to Hong Kong, to work on special projects for Crown Worldwide Group, a global moving and storage company based in Hong Kong and owned by alumnus Jim Thompson.

On The Calendar

Converse with Carol BartzFormer President and CEO
of Autodesk and Yahoo!
Moderated by Jenny Dearborn
September 26, 2016 

Alumni Homecoming Reception
Student Union Ballroom
October 3, 2016
4-6 pm
More info to come

Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge
November 15, 2016