Chapter Initiation | Spring 2016

The San José State chapter of Phi Kappa Phi will be holding its annual Spring Initiation and Reception on Friday evening, April 22 @ 5:30 PM (check in at 5:00), in the SJSU Student Union Theatre.  Initiates are limited to 2 guests

Jan English-Lueck


Keynote Speaker

Barbara Day Turner

Day Turner

Distinguished Alumna Award

Randall King



Francois Nze


Scholarship Award

Phi Kappa Phi Membership

Invitations for student membership in Phi Kappa Phi are issued by the national office each Spring and are limited to the most accomplished students at SJSU based on their overall GPA at the end of the Fall 2015 semester - Graduate Students (4.0), Seniors (3.5), and Juniors (3.65).  Sophomores, Frosh, and non-matriculated students are not eligible for membership. 

Jan english-Lueck

Jan English-Lueck, PhD

Initiation Keynote Speaker


Department of Anthropology
San José State University

Distinguished Fellow
Institute for the Future


Dr. Jan English Lueck has written ethnographies about cultural futures ranging from California’s alternative healers to China’s scientists.  As co-founder of the Silicon Valley Cultures Project (, she has been looking at the connection between work and everyday life in the Valley for two decades.  Jan is also the author of several books on Silicon Valley including Cultures@SiliconValleyBeing and Well-being: Health and the Working Bodies of Silicon Valley, and co-author of Busier than Ever! Why American Families can’t Slow Down (with Charles Darrah and James Freeman).  From 2011 to 2015 she served as Associate Dean and Interim Dean in SJSU's College of Social Sciences, applying her anthropological perspective to institutional issues.  She was President of the Southwestern Anthropological Association (2004-2005), and is now serving as President of the American Anthropological Association’s Society for the Anthropology of Work. 

Barbara Day Turner

Barbara Day Turner

Distinguished Alumna Award


Founder & Music Director
San José Chamber Orchestra


Maestra Barbara Day Turner is the founder and music director of the San José Chamber Orchestra, and its family of youth orchestras, celebrating their 25th Anniversary!  An ardent advocate for new music, Barbara has premiered more than 130 new works with SJCO alone, as well as 5 operas, an assortment of harpsichord works written for her, and a number of other unclassifiable works involving music.  Named the 2012 Silicon Valley Arts Council “On Stage” Artist Laureate, Maestra Day Turner is also Music Administrator and Conductor of the Utah Festival Opera where she has been resident conductor for 15 seasons.  She has led 25 of the Festival’s mainstage productions, including such works as Barber's Vanessa, Verdi’s Otello, Gershwin's Porgy and Bess , Mozart'sDon Giovanni and musicals including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Secret Garden, and Kiss Me Kate.  Abroad, she has conducted opera in Berlin and the Thuringian Symphony Orchestra in Germany as well as the Orquesta Sinfónica de Aguascalientes, Mexico.  Her discography includes six recordings with SJCO, the PBS award-winning DVD of George Roumanis’ opera Phaedra, the Naxos release of Alva Henderson’s opera Nosferatu, and a recent critically acclaimed Naxos release of varied works by Howard Hersh entitled Angels and Watermarks.  In her many years with Opera San José Barbara premiered Henry Mollicone’s Hotel Eden, Alva Henderson’s West of Washington Square, Craig Bohmler & Daniel Helfgot’s The Tale of the Nutcracker, and George Roumanis’ Phaedra besides conducting a vast repertoire of works by Handel, Cavalli, Mozart, Rossini, Puccini, Bizet, Verdi, Britten, Stravinsky, Barber and many others.  She has also conducted Portland Opera’s Nixon In China, Rimrock Opera’s Aida and concerts with the Silicon Valley, Redwood, South Valley and Billings symphonies and the North Fayetteville orchestra.  Other recent appearances include productions of The Crucible, Faust, Kiss Me Kate and Girl Crazy. Barbara is a frequent adjudicator for the Metropolitan Opera national auditions, serves as a judge for the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and serves on the board of directors of the Women's Philharmonic Advocacy and the advisory boards of the Delphi Trio and Opera Neo in San Diego.  Maestra Day Turner holds BA and MA degrees in music, with an emphasis in harpsichord performance, from SJSU, where she had the good fortune to work with the renowned harpsichordist Fernando Valenti, as well as an amazing music faculty.  She also has enjoyed leading an SJSU orchestra or two or three over the years! 

Randall King

Randall King

Distinguished Alumnus Award


Co-Founder & Artistic Director
San José  Stage

Randall King co-founded the San Jose Stage in 1983 and has served as its Artistic Director for the last 19 years.  Under his direction, the Company has produced over one hundred twenty-five stage plays and musicals and premiered thirty-nine new works, including nine World Premieres.  Randall has directed ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE, A TUNA CHRISTMAS and GREATER TUNA, and the Companyʼs original and return engagement of IDOLS OF THE KING at the California Theatre.  In addition to directing, Randall is an award-winning actor who has performed many notable roles in a variety of Company productions - including the iconic Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, in 2015.  He has also performed in other leading roles at the San Jose Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Sacramento Theatre Company, Alaska Theatre Festival, and many others.  Randall has worked with Francis Ford Coppola, Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Bay, and Luis Valdez - among others - and has also appeared in numerous television projects.

Francois Nze

Francois Nze

Distinguished Scholarship Award


International Business
San José State University


François Marie Evrard Nze is a junior majoring in International Business at San José State from Côte d'Ivoire.  A transfer student from Foothill College, where he earned an A.A degree with honors in International Business (2014), he owns his own clothing business and also works on campus as a tutor for the Jack Holland Student Success Center in the Lucas College of Business and as a Student Success Intern for the African American Taskforce. Currently a member of the event committee for the Black Student Union, Francois has been elected to serve as President of the International Business Association during the 2016-2017 academic year.  He is a big soccer fan and plans on attending graduate school after complet-ing his undergraduate studies at SJSU, which he hopes will lead to a career in the Global Supply Chain field.