News & Events


FOR IMMEDIATE  RELEASE: September 9, 2014 

Contact: Susan Andrews, SJSU student,

By the end of the 19th Century what was once a population of 50 million wild buffaloes migrating the Great Plains had been reduced to 23.  Finding safety in what is now Yellowstone Park this small herd survived and ensured the survival of the species.  The herd of now 3000 is the only herd that is of continuous wild ancestry, comprising America's only free-roaming and unfenced population.

The problem is the Buffalo of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem are not protected in their year-round habitat.  Yellowstone does not provide sufficient winter range for the resident herds of wildlife.  The winter conditions are too harsh and the herds instinctually migrate to lower elevations crossing into a conflict zone where Montana politics clash with their survival needs.  During the winter of 2013/2014 653 Buffalo were slaughtered. Over the last decade 4543 buffalo have been killed.

To the Native Americans the buffalo represent the essence of their social, cultural and spiritual identity, a relationship tens of thousands of years old.  Yet tribes have not been invited to discuss policy with ranchers, land managers and politicians to decide the fate of the Buffalo.

The Buffalo Field Campaign's mission is to stop the slaughter of these magnificent animals.  They advocate protecting the natural habitat of free-roaming buffalo and native wildlife and working with people of all nations to honor the sacredness of the wild buffalo.

The Buffalo Field Campaign works in the field, through volunteerism, to stop the slaughter and harassment of Yellowstone's  wild buffalo.  Through daily patrols from cars, skis and snow shoes, from sunrise to sunset, volunteers protect buffalo outside the park.  The local community demonstrates incredible support by posting "Buffalo Free Zones" and providing warm beverages to support patrols. Over 3000 people from all over the world have joined to stop the slaughter of buffalo.

San Jose State University is hosting The Buffalo Field Campaign Road Show Monday September 22,2014 at the Martin Luther King Library, room 225 at 7:00 p.m. Campaign Coordinator and Co-Founder, Mike Mease will be giving a talk about the Yellowstone Buffalo and the campaign to rally for the Buffalo Bill of Rights.  All are invited to join in this talk and learn of ways to get involved.  Please visit and visit the Buffalo Field Campaign Facebook page for more information.

Stories and Songs for the Last Wild Buffalo flyer (PDF)
Facebook-Buffalo Field Campaign San Jose, CA Road Show 2014

The 9th US-Japan Future Forum
"The Future of High-Speed Rail in the U.S."
-- Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Shinkansen --

We are pleased to announce that US-Japan Forum will hold “The 9th US-Japan Future Forum” on Friday, September 19, 2014 at San Jose State University. There will be keynote speeches from the chair of the California High Speed Rail Authority and the Vice Chairman of the East Japan Railway about the high-speed rail systems in each country. The speeches will be followed by a panel discussion.

In attendance will be the Consul General of Japan in San Francisco, current and emeritus Executive Directors of the Mineta Transport Institute, Deans and Professors of San Jose State University and students and academia from 12 universities in Japan. Students at the forum will present talks on innovative ideas for the future of high speed rail from the point of view of the environment, economy, safety, and the next generation technology.

■ Date & Time: Friday, September 19, 2014, 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
■ Place: San Jose State University BBC 202 (Boccardo Business Complex)
■ Organizer: US-Japan Forum, Co-organizer: San Jose State University
■ Participating universities and students: Iwate Univ., Tohoku Univ., Chiba Univ., The Univ. of Tokyo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo Dental College, Takushoku Univ., Kyoto Institute of Technology, Shiga Medical University, Shimane Univ., The Univ. of Tokushima, Fukuoka Institution of Technology, and San Jose State University.
■ Supporters: Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Japanese University Network in the Bay Area
■ RSVP: Please send an email to with your name and affiliation.

Event Flyer (PDF)
US-Japan Forum website

Honors Homecoming, Oct. 3, 2014, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

New Curriculum: HUM 177A-HUM 177B  Advanced Honors in Integrated Science, Social Science and Humanities

The Humanities Department is pleased to offer an upper division Honors Program designed for students of all majors beginning in Fall 2014.  This year-long course will fulfill SJSU Studies areas R, S, and V by taking one six-unit course in the fall and another three-unit concluding course in spring.  This is a team-taught course sequence and the group of three professors works with its cohort of students over a one-year period. 

To be a part of HUM 177A-HUM177B, Advance Honors, students must meet certain qualifications as follows:

1- successful completion of all lower division core general education courses (39 units);

2- all-college GPA of 3.0 or higher;

3- passing the Writing Skills Test (WST);

4- enrolling in the 100W, Area Z requirement for the major, concurrent with HUM 177A.

To get more information, e-mail, or phone Prof. Cynthia Rostankowski at 408-924-4508 or visit her at Clark Hall 441.