College of Humanities and the Arts

Spartan Voices

My English major at SJSU brought immediate employment and allowed me entrance into a Stanford Ph.D. program, culminating in a bestselling book and international recognition. I was tenured at SJSU and chosen President's Scholar in 1986. I continued my research all the while teaching the courses I loved, including those in creative arts and humanities. It has been a great ride!

- Gabriele Rico, '59 BA, '64 MA

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Our college is the heart and soul of the university. We offer high-quality, hands-on programs that prepare students to be lifelong learners and skilled critical thinkers. Across the numerous disciplines that comprise our diverse college, our faculty members bring extensive knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to the classroom.

I am proud to be dean of the College of Humanities and the Arts and want to share some recent accomplishments:

  • Students, alumni, and faculty members in the Industrial Design program collaborated to create the Simple Limb Initiative, giving students the opportunity to design arm and leg prosthetic prototypes to aid land mine victims from Afghanistan, Cambodia and Colombia.
  • School of Music and Dance students and faculty members performed with Andrea Bocelli at San José’s SAP Center and the Choraliers sang in San José and Oakland as back up to the Rolling Stones, accompanying Mick Jagger on the classic hit “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

I am deeply grateful to loyal supporters who have helped enable our successes. However, there is so much more we want to do, such as:

  • Endowing a Global Humanities and Arts Initiative to promote innovative curricular design centered on the tenets of global studies and citizenship.
  • Endowing student internships and a job placement program to educate and prepare students for viable careers in the humanities and the arts.

I invite you to contribute to shaping a dynamic and exciting tomorrow. Please make your gift today!

Thank you,

Lisa Vollendorf
Dean, College of Humanities and the Arts

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Kathleen Brady
Senior Director of Development
College of Humanities and the Arts