Inspiration to Innovation benefits SJSU student success initiatives and celebrates the university community.

At this year’s event, SJSU will celebrate President Mary Papazian’s inauguration, present the 2017 Tower Award, the university’s highest award given to San Jose State exemplars, to Luis Valdez, ’64 English, ’88 Honorary Doctorate, and recognize the contributions of both Spartans and Spartans at heart: alumni, students, faculty members and other innovators in the community.

Hosted by the Tower Foundation of San Jose State University.


Presenting Sponsor

  • Joe Pinto, Cisco Systems

Blue Sponsor

  • John W. and Susan Baird, Edgeman Coaching
  • Phillip R. Boyce, Boyce Associates
  • Castellano Family Foundation
  • Jon and Ann Iwata, IBM
  • Arthur Lund and Agnieszka Winkler
  • Edward A. Oates and Jennifer Hammer
  • Joe and Nicki Parisi, Therma Corporation
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • San José Earthquakes

Gold Sponsors

  • Anonymous
  • Donald and Joan Beall, The Beall Family Foundation
  • Mike and Margie Blach, Blach Construction Company
  • Michelle Bolton, Executive Edge
  • Eric Kelly, Sphere 3D
  • The Health Trust
  • Ron Gonzales, Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley
  • Donald L. and Sally Lucas
  • Constance Moore and Roger Greer
  • Rick Wallace, KLA-Tencor

Executive Sponsors

  • Aristotle Capital Management
  • Beacon Pointe Advisors
  • Dan Bozzuto, Bozzuto Insurance
  • Stephen and Cheryl Caplan
  • Richard and Sandi Conniff
  • Charles W. Davidson
  • Fiduciary Management
  • Les and Shari Francis
  • Percy Jackson, Amcal
  • Kairos Investment Management Company
  • Lazard Asset Management
  • Amir Mashkoori, ISDI Digital University
  • Dave Moon, Corelaine Capital Group, Inc.
  • St. James Investment Company
  • Swenson Builders
  • Triguard Management
  • Vaughan Nelson Investment Management
  • Westfield Capital Management
  • Colleen B. Wilcox

Sponsor contact: Emily Lane, Director of Development, Student Success Programs
Email: emily.j.lane@sjsu.edu | Phone: 408-924-1145


Parking and Directions

Parking will be available in the South Parking Garage at the corner of Seventh and San Salvador streets.

From I-280

Take Seventh Street exit and continue onto Seventh Street toward SJSU’s main campus. The South Parking Garage entrance will be ahead.

From US-101

Take Highway 101 to the Highway 280 North interchange. From Highway 280, take the Seventh Street exit north and make a right turn. The South Parking Garage will be ahead.

From Highway 880/17

Take Highway 880/17 to Highway 280 South interchange. From Highway 280 South, take the Seventh Street exit north and make a left turn. The South Parking Garage will be ahead.


Seventh and San Salvador St.
San Jose, CA 95112

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San Jose, CA 95192
Last Modified: Apr 28, 2017