Officers


susan McClory

Susan
McClory

President

 

Annette Nellen

Annette
Nellen

Vice President

 

Bill McCraw

William
McCraw

Treasurer

 

Brad Stone

Brad
Stone

Secretary

 

Bill Reckmeyer

William
Reckmeyer

Past
President
 

Gus Lease

Gus
Lease

President
Emeritus
 

Fred Choen

Fred
Cohen

Faculty
Delegate
 

William George

William
George

Faculty
Delegate
 

Scot Guenter

Scot
Guenter

Faculty
Delegate

Beth von Till

Beth
von Till

Faculty
Delegate

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Barathi
Gutta

Student
Vice President

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Dhyani
Parekh

Student
Vice President


Fred Cohen

Fred Cohen, PhD

Faculty Delegate

 

Professor of Music & Director
School of Music & Dance
College of Humanities & Arts

fred.cohen@sjsu.edu
408-924-4673

Fred Cohen’s compositions have been hailed for their originality, intensity, and sonic beauty.  He began his musical career as a chorister with the San Francisco Boys Chorus, performing with such organizations as the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Symphony.  Following undergraduate studies at the University California, Santa Cruz, Cohen worked as a conductor with the Fundacion del Estado para la Orquesta National Juvenil (Venezuela), after which he earned his doctoral degree in composition at Cornell University.  He has been a member of the music faculty at the University of Richmond (Virginia), Montclair State University (New Jersey), and the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University.  Cohen’s output is extremely varied, from a Piano Concerto written in honor of a gift of 67 Steinway pianos to the Schwob School of Music, to Curls of Motion for trumpet and wind ensemble, premiered by Phil Smith, Principal Trumpet of the New York Philharmonic.  He has been commissioned by the Shanghai String Quartet, the Borromeo String Quartet, the Richmond Symphony, and many other musicians and ensembles.  Commissions have come from Chamber Music America, National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, the New Jersey and the Virginia Council for the Arts, and many others.  His music is published by Subito Music Publications and American Composers Edition, among others. Cohen has served as a Visiting Team Chair for NASM since 2009, as board member of the American Composers Alliance, and as Treasurer of the Southeastern Composers League.  Cohen is Professor of Music and Director of the School of Music and Dance at San José State University.


WIlliam George

William George, PhD

Faculty Delegate

 

Professor Emeritus
Department of Music & Dance
College of Humanities & Arts

william.george@sjsu.edu
408-269-4673

 

 

 

 


Scot Guenter

Scot M. Guenter, PhD

Faculty Delegate

 

Professor | American Studies
Department of Humanities
College of Humanities & Arts

scot.guenter@sjsu.edu
408-924-1366

Scot Guenter is a Professor of American Studies and Coordinator of the American Studies Program, where he teaches classes on Flag of Power, Nature and World Cultures, America in the 1930s, Popular Culture in America, and the American Dream.  A vexillologist, cultural historian, and fan of classic cinema, Scot's book on The American Flag, 1777-1924 (1990) led to consulting work at the Smithsonian Institution and he has also co-edited Considering America from Inside and Out: A San José/Ostrava Dialogue Sharing Perspectives (2006). He founded the scholarly journal Raven (1994), served as a Senior Fulbright Fellow at the National University of Singapore (1998), and has taught at the University of Mainz and the University of Guam.  In 2003 he was named Laureate of the Federation by the International Federation of Vexillological Associations (FIAV) in Stockholm, Sweden - only the 5th laureate in FIAV's 41-year history. He has lectured at conferences in Buenos Aires, Berlin, Sydney, Bangkok, Rotterdam, and the Czech Republic.  Scot is the past president of both the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) and the California American Studies Association (CASA).  In October 2009 he received the William Driver Award from NAVA a second time for his presentation "Juxtaposing Symbols in Civil Religion: The Flag and the Lady."  In August 2011 he was named an Honorary Member for Life by the NAVA Executive and that same year also edited the proceedings of the 24th International Congress of Vexillology, held in Wash-ington, DC.  More recently, in October 2014, he won the William Driver Award from NAVA an unprecedented third time for his presentation on "The Phenomenon of Flag Homes" in New Orleans.  In his work as Director of the SJSU Campus Reading Program since 2011, he has brought to campus such speakers as author Dave Eggers, human rights activist Bryan Stevenson, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Dr. Guenter was initiated as a student member into Phi Kappa Phi at Pennsylvania State University | University Park (1977). 


Gus Lease

Gus Lease, EdD

President Emeritus

 

The SJSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi lost its long-time leader in Fall 2016.  The Chapter's annual scholarship, which is awarded to an outstanding Junior, has been dedicated to his honor since the Spring 2017 initiation.

Gus Lease was the driving force behind Chapter 067 of Phi Kappa Phi at San José State, serving as President for a record 13 years (1974-1975; 2003-2015). This chapter has flourished because of his deep commitment to honoring SJSU's best and brightest scholars.  At times almost singled-handedly, he has ensured that outstanding faculty, administrators, alumni, and staff have become members of the honor society to provide their wisdom to the  chapter's student members.  Gus came to SJSU in 1950, after teaching at the University of Oklahoma for 4 years and at the University of Colorado for 1 year, and taught Music in Higher Education for 71 years.  He organized and directed a 350-voice Choral Ensemble which sang Oratorios and Cantatas with the University Orchestra; the 88-voice Men’s Glee Club; the 200-voice Women’s Chorus; and taught classes in Choral Techniques and Materials, Opera Workshop, Vocal Pedagogy, Music Fundamentals, Choral Workshop, History of Music in the History Department, Music Appreciation, and supervised Student Teachers in Music.  He also served as chairman of the Department of Music for 6 years.  Dr. Lease received many awards during his career, including the National Outstanding Professor Award from Vector Marketing (1992), SJSU Meritorius Service Award, Department of Army Patriotic Service Award, and the Europe & Pacific Command Award for entertaining the Military Service people with his “Gus Lease Show.”  Gus was a past member of the San Francisco Opera Company; Vocal Soloist on NBC, KSJO, KTRI; and member & director of music for the San Jose Kiwanis Club for 51 years.  He was also Past President of the Tennessee Ernie Ford Chapter of the Air Force Association, past Vice-President of the Santa Clara County Navy League, and past Vice-President of the California State Retirees.

 


Susan McClory

Susan McClory, MS

President

 

Faculty Emeritus
Department of Mathematics
College of Science

susan.mcclory@sjsu.edu
408-924-2569

Susan McClory joined the faculty of the Math Department at San José State in 1980, after earning her BA and MS in Mathematics.  She also studied Early Childhood Education and Secondary Education, which led to her teaching Math Education courses during her early years in the department.  As her teaching focus evolved into a passion for Developmental Mathematics, Susan created and subsequently coordinated the Developmental Math Program until 2014.  Beginning in 1997, she  served as Director of Developmental Studies for the university as a whole.  Leaving the Math Department in 2014, she took on that role full time in the office of Graduate & Undergraduate Programs, continuing until 2016 when she retired from the university.  In addition to her teaching and administrative responsibilities, Susan spent 12 years serving on the Academic senate and was the Associate Vice Chair for many of those years.  The recipient of SJSU's first Outstanding Lecturer Award in 2005, she also received the Phi Kappa Phi Service Award that same year.  Ms. McClory retired from SJSU in Fall 2016, but remains dedicated to SJSU's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi in retirement.  She was initiated as a faculty member into Phi Kappa Phi at San José State University (2005).


Bill McCraw

William McCraw, PhD

Treasurer

 

Professor Emeritus
Department of Political Science
College of Social Sciences

mccrawhumanities@earthlink.net
408-924-4727

 

 

 

 


Annette Nellen

Annette Nellen, CPA; CGMA; Esq.

Vice President

 

Professor & Program Director
Master of Science in Taxation
Lucas College of Business

annette.nellen@sjsu.edu
408-924-3508

 

Annette Nellen is a professor in and director of San José State University's graduate tax program (MST), teaching courses in tax research, accounting methods, property transactions, high tech tax matters, employment tax, ethics, and tax policy.  Professor Nellen serves on the AICPA Tax Executive Committee and the AICPA Tax Reform Task Force.  She is a past chair of the AICPA Individual Taxation Technical Resource Panel. Annette is a monthly contributor to the AICPA Tax Insider e-newsletter.  Professor Nellen was the lead author of the AICPA tax policy concept statement #1, Guiding Principles of Good Tax Policy: A Framework for Evaluating Tax Proposals (2001), still in use today. Professor Nellen is the recipient of the 2013 Arthur J. Dixon Memorial Award given by the Tax Division of the AICPA, the highest award given by the accounting profession in the area of taxation.  In fall 2013, Professor Nellen completed a three-year term on the Executive Committee of the Taxation Section of the California Bar.  She is a former chair of the ABA Tax Section’s Sales, Exchanges & Basis Committee.  Author of Bloomberg BNA Tax Portfolio #533, Amortization of Intangibles; and Bloomberg BNA Internet Law Resource Center’s portfolio, Overview of Internet Taxation Issues; Annette is also an editor for two of the Southwestern Federal Taxation textbooks (Individual Income Tax and Essentials of Taxation) and a monthly columnist (Moving Forward?) for Tax Analysts’ State Tax Notes. Professor Nellen has testified before the House Ways & Means Committee, Senate Finance Committee, California Assembly Revenue & Taxation Committee, and tax reform commissions and committees on various aspects of federal and state tax reform.  In 2000, Annette served on the academic panel that advised the Joint Committee on Taxation staff for the tax law simplification study submitted to Congress in 2001 (which included her proposal for EITC simplification).  In 2015 she was appointed to the California Board of Equalization Executive Director’s Advisory Council for a two-year term.  She also maintains the 21st Century Taxation website and blog (www.21stcenturytaxation.com), as well as several websites on tax reform, state tax nexus, e-commerce taxation, worker classification, marijuana taxation and ethical issues, and virtual currency taxation.  Professor Nellen is a graduate of CSU Northridge (BS Accounting), Pepperdine (MBA), and Loyola Law School (JD).  Prior to joining SJSU in 1990, she was with Ernst & Young and the IRS (revenue agent and lead instructor).  Dr. Nellen was initiated as a faculty member into Phi Kappa Phi at San José State University (2014).


Bill Reckmeyer

William J. Reckmeyer, PhD

Past President

 

Professor Emeritus | Leadership & Systems
Department of Anthropology
College of Social Sciences

william.reckmeyer@sjsu.edu

408-515-5771

A professor at San José State since 1977, Bill Reckmeyer is a cybernetician / systems scientist whose teaching, research, and practice focused on integrative approaches to leadership, change, and policymaking in complex organizational, community, national, and global settings.  He developed & taught 60+ undergraduate, masters, and doctoral courses during his career at SJSU – primarily for the Cybernetic Systems Program and Department
of Anthropology, but also for 13 other departments in 5 colleges and the Provost's Office (including 3 Provost’s Honors Seminars on US National Strategy).  He also chaired 150+ graduate theses and undergraduate honors projects, including several that were selected as Outstanding Thesis by SJSU or the CSU, and was founding director of the University’s award-winning SJSU Salzburg Program from 2005-2016.  Other academic responsibilties included positions as a Visiting Professor at Harvard, Stanford, Southern California, Stockholm, St. Gallen, Sydney, and a dozen other universities in the United States, Europe, and Australia.  Major leadership roles included positions as President, American Society for Cybernetics; Strategic Advisor, American Leadership Forum; Strategic Advisor, California Agricultural Leadership Program; Chief Systems Scientist, US Department of Defense Systems of Systems Center of Excellence; Strategic Advisor, California Levees Roundtable; Faculty Chair, Global Citizen-ship Program, Salzburg Global Seminar; and Board Member, Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance.  Bill authored 60+ publications; delivered 300+ keynote talks, papers, and other professional presentations; and led 15+ multi-year strategic change projects in a variety of academic, non-profit, corporate, and governmental sectors.  Major academic awards at SJSU include SJSU Outstanding Professor; Austen D. Warburton Award for Scholarly Merit; and Distinguished Faculty Mentor.  Significant professional awards and fellowships include Norbert Wiener Gold Medal, American Society for Cybernetics; Kellogg National Leadership Fellow; Salzburg Global Fellow; Fulbright Scholar-Host; and AASCU Global Fellow.  Dr. Reckmeyer earned his BA in History at Randolph-Macon College; his MA in Russian & East European History & his PhD in Russian Studies at American University; and attended several post-doctoral programs in Higher Ed Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Dr. Reckmeyer was initiated as a faculty member into Phi Kappa Phi at San José State University (2015).


Brad Stone

Brad Stone, PhD

Secretary

 

Professor of Chemical Physics
Department of Chemistry
College of Science

bradley.stone@sjsu.edu
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08-924-4938

Brad Stone has been an active faculty member, department administrator, and leader on campus during his career at San José State.  Key contributions have included responsibilities as Chair of the Department of Chemistry (2003-2012), Chair of the University Council of Chairs and Directors (2007-2010), and Co-Director for the University's NASA Faculty Fellow-ship Program at the NASA Ames Research Center and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center (2000-2005).  In addition to serving as an SJSU Salzburg Fellow (2009-2010), he has also chaired the Salzburg Fellows Selection Committee (2010-2016) and served as a Resource Specialist at three faculty-administrator sessions of the Global Citizenship Program at the Salzburg Global Seminar (2012-2014).  A long-time research collaborator in laser photo-physics and microfluidics at Imperial College | London (1994-2011) and at ETH | Zurich (2011-present), he has also conducted research on planetary atmospheres and laboratory astrophysicsas a Stanford Fellow at NASA Ames Research Center and as a research scientist with the SETI Institute ((1989-present).  In addition to his academic and scholarly work, Dr. Stone has had a long-time avocation in jazz radio that includes 35+ years of experience as a jazz radio programmer.  He has served as one of the faculty advisors for SJSU's radio station KSJS-FM, including 25 years as its jazz music director, and been a long-time Board Member for San José Jazz and the Jazz Organ Fellowship.  Among his many honors as a world-class jazz expert, he is an 8-time recipient of the Jazz Programmer of the Year Award (JazzWeek and Gavin); the Bobby Jackson Award as Jazz Programmer of the Year in Internet / Non-Terrestrial Radio (2014; 2017); and the prestigious Duke DuBois Humanitarian Award for lifetime achievement in jazz radio (JazzWeek, 2008) (JazzWeek, 2008).  These led to his selection as a recipient of SJSU's Distinguished Service Award (2013).  BS in Chemistry with Honors, University of Illinois at Chicago (1977); PhD in Chemical Physics, Indiana University (1984); and Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of California-Irvine (1984-1985). Dr. Stone was initiated as a student member into Phi Kappa Phi at the University of Illinois at Chicago (1976). 


Beth von Till

Beth von Till, MA

Faculty Delegate

 

Senior Lecturer
Communication Studies
College of Social Sciences

beth.vontill@sjsu.edu
408-924-6381