Winter 2016 newsletter



Global Career Day – 2016

Global Career Day - 2016 was held on Tuesday October 11 from 8:15am to 1:30pm, in the new Student Union Ballroom on campus. We had a keynote by Shankar Trivedi, SVP Enterprise Business WorldWide Field Operations, NVIDIA and multiple panel sessions on global themes. We invited various senior executives such as Anu Shukla, serial entrepreneur and Founder & CEO of RewardsPay Inc.;Per Slycke, VP Motion Tracking, CTO Xsens, Fairchild and Dorothy Ngutter, Diplomat in Residence – Northwest Region (AK, Northern CA, OR, WA) to share their experiences on leading in an evolving world. We are delighted to share that around 400 students attended this event. We had 9 speakers in all at the various Sessions and 15 different organizations to share Global Career opportunities at the Resource Fair and Networking Lunch. !!! Snippets of this event can be found at the following HERE. The program for the event (w bios and schedule) can be found HERE (PDF) 

In Spring 2014, Interim Dean Dr. Roldan co-founded the Global Career Day, at SJSU; now organized annually under her leadership. The event is structured around themes like 1) having a global career; 2) Unique global experiences students can have at SJSU; 3) Leadership in an Evolving World and 4) establishing and growing a global company.   The goal of this event is to inspire students through global experiences of successful leaders from different walks of life. Networking lunch and resource fair follows the panels and keynotes.  Over the years the event has been attended and appreciated by over 1200 SJSU students for the inspiration, employment opportunities and unique insights they gain. Listening to more than 30 speakers share their life experiences and learning how they turned some challenges into assets to create a spectacular career, helps our students walk home with a dream to pursue. Faculty like Professor Tanvi Kothari (Salzburg Fellow, 2013) and Professor Bobbi Makani (Salzburg Fellow, 2015)  - invite speakers, mentor student volunteers to facilitate the event, invite companies and various SJSU clubs and organizations to provide information at the resource fair, help coordinate the logistics for the event and actively disseminate the information through various venues to encourage student participation at the event.

13th annual Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge Finalist Showcase

On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, the Lucas Graduate School and College of Business along with the Silicon Valley Centers for Entrepreneurship hosted its 13th annual Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge Finalist Showcase. Of the 110 completed submissions, forty-five student teams and individuals representing all colleges on campus advanced to the Finalist Showcase and competed for the title of Best Overall Innovation. Over 261[1] people attended the SVIC Finalist Showcase including students from Discovery Charter School (Sunnyvale, CA), Phillip J. Patiño School of Entrepreneurship (Fresno, CA), and Kaunas University of Technology (Kaunas, Lithuania). Corporate sponsors included the San Jose Water Company, Microsoft, and Cisco.

To see the list of winners please visit the SVIC winner page

The theme for next year’s Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge will be Women in Technology, Innovation, and Leadership. This is an open call for panel speakers and guest judges. Contact if you or someone you know is interested in participating.

ABOUT SVIC: The Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge (SVIC) is an annual forum designed to promote creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship at San Jose State University by empowering students to generate and showcase their most innovative ideas. SVIC is one of two programs offered through the Silicon Valley Centers for Entrepreneurship, and all departments and majors across campus and our partner universities and colleges are welcome to participate. Industry leaders, business owners, capital investors, and SJSU faculty often serve as judges and provide invaluable networking opportunities and feedback to help young entrepreneurs cultivate their innovations into reality. Visit to learn more.

Dean's Corner

Dr. Dan Moshavi has been appointed Dean of the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business effective Feb. 27.

Moshavi has previously served as a business school dean at Montana State University and at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, where he is currently a professor of management.  He began his academic career at SJSU in the late 1990s as an assistant professor of management. He brings extensive experience in higher education administration, fundraising, community and alumni engagement, and interdisciplinary program development.

Moshavi’s teaching, research and consulting has focused on leadership, change management, high-performance teams, and attitudes and emotions in the workplace.
He has consulted for a variety of organizations, including health care institutions,   universities and municipalities.  Moshavi has been a faculty member in an executive master’s program at the University of Lugano in Switzerland and has served as a research fellow at the Nemours Center for Medical Leadership.  He has won more than a dozen teaching awards throughout his career, including the university-wide teaching award at Montana State.

He received a bachelor’s in international affairs and an M.B.A. from The George Washington University before completing a doctorate in management at the University of Oregon.

During the search process, Moshavi expressed a desire to build interdisciplinary programs and to engage with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to build a strategic vision for the college. More importantly, he has a strong history of working with first-generation and diverse student populations in innovative ways to help them succeed in business arenas.

Please join us in welcoming Dean Moshavi!


In The Know

Quick News:

Congratulations to Dr. Annette Nellen, MST Director, became chair of the AICPA Tax Executive Committee on October 25 for a two and a half year term. 

She was also appointed co-chair of the California Bar Tax Section's new committee- Women in Tax

Congratulations to student Saqib Amin, recipient of this year’s Ronald and Patricia VandenBerghe Family Scholarship. This scholarship is for business graduate students who are United States citizens, California residents, full time students with a GPA of at least a 3.6.

The LCoB has been working with the Family Giving Tree for 25 years. The organization was started as a project in our MBA program. We invite you to participate through our Virtual Tree.

Family Giving Tree