SJSU Salzburg Scholars 2009–2010

Xochilt Borja

Xochilt Borja

(BS Biology | College of Science)

Xochilt is a junior microbiology major. Her additional academic interests include anthropology, humanities, theology, and music. She is a student assistant for the Biology Department at SJSU, a medical interpreter in the Emergency Department of the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and the associate director of Student Clinical Opportunities for Premedical Experience at Stanford University. Her future plans are to become a medical doctor, community organizer, and/or be involved in public policy.

Roberto Ceballos-Garcia

Roberto Ceballos-Garcia

(BA Sociology | College of Social Sciences)

Roberto is a senior majoring in sociology with a concentration in community change and minoring in social work. His academic interests also include poverty, race and ethnicity, immigration, public policy, community organizing, social justice, human rights, and service learning. He enjoys traveling, bike riding, playing soccer, and being exposed to new music genres. Roberto currently works as a youth coordinator with the Cesar Chavez Community Action Center, a policy intern for the Center for Community Learning and Leadership, a Veggielution Urban farming project volunteer, a youth mentor, with the Tommie Smith and John Carlos Committee for Associated Students, and as a student leader with the Gulf Coast Civic Works Project. He plans to attend graduate school to continue studying sociology or social work and eventually create a non-profit organization.

Sarah Gallardo

Sarah Gallardo

(MA Applied Anthropology | College of Social Sciences)

Sarah is a graduate student studying applied anthropology. Her additional academic interests include agriculture, sustainability, and non-profit management. She enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling, and hiking. Currently serving as the education manager of Full Circle Farm, a non-profit organic, urban farm; she strives to help educate people on the value of nutrition, the environment, and food security. Sarah wants to help create sustainable community farming operations to increase food security and community solidarity while making an impact on the creation of agricultural policy.

George Gonzalez

George Gonzalez

(BS Mechanical Engineering | College of Engineering)

George is a senior majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in business at the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering. His additional academic interests include alternative energy technology and entrepreneurship. He is involved with INROADS, Inc. and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. He is also an avid musician and multimedia developer. George has worked as an executive communications officer with Cisco Systems, in product line management with Nortel Networks, and as a technical marketing engineer with Hitachi Data Systems. His future aspirations include working to provide a renewable energy solution to commercial and residential markets by developing and launching a start-up company in the energy generation industry.

Jessica Lammers

Jessica Lammers

(BA French | College of Humanities & Arts)

Jessica is a freshman French and Spanish major with additional interests in Arabic and study abroad. She also enjoys photography and hiking. Her work experience includes serving as a student assistant in the Department of Foreign Languages, as a receptionist, and in retail. Upon graduation, Jessica wants to work with the Peace Corps and continue to study foreign languages and international relations. She would eventually pursue a career working for the government or an international organization.

James Lauterbach

James Lauterbach

(BA Global Citizenship | College of Social Sciences)

James is an interdisciplinary studies graduate student. Hs academic interests include global citizenship, leadership, international business, systems science, and strategy, systems science, organizational development, human behavior, group dynamics, industrial and organizational psychology, anthropology, and sustainable development. He currently serves as an office manager with Behaviordata, an executive administrative assistant with Affiliated Psychologists & Counselors, a teaching and research assistant, and a certified crisis counselor with Suicide and Crisis Services of Santa Clara County. He is a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, Psi Chi, and SJSU’s Psychology Club. James received a B.A. in behavioral science and psychology and is interested in pursuing a career as a teacher and consultant.

Gunjan Malekar

Gunjan Malekar

(BA Advertising | College of Applied Sciences & Arts)

Gunjan a senior advertising major and business administration minor. Her additional academic interests include international business, psychology, philosophy, social justice, creative writing, and kinesiology. She is a member of Kappa Tau Alpha Honors’ Society for Journalism and Mass Communications, the American Advertising Federation, Spartan Ad Club, AIESEC International Business Organization, Alpha Phi Omega Leadership and Service Fraternity, and Toastmasters’ International. She has worked as a diversity advocate intern with MOSAIC as well as a resident advisor. Gunjan plans to attend graduate school where she will work towards a masters degree in business administration, accounting or advertising and eventually run her own chocolate factory.

Mariah Martinez

Mariah Martinez

(BA Organization & Management | College of Business)

Mariah is a senior international business major with additional interests in global studies and international relations. She is a member of the Financial Management Association. She has worked with State Farm Insurance as an underwriting service assistant and in Maui, Hawaii for one year as a retail clerk with the Fairmont Kea Lani Resort. Mariah aspires to work with the United Nations.

Tara Martinez

Tara Martinez

(BA Organization & Management | College of Business)

Tara is a senior business organization and management major. Her academic interests also include international business and business law. She also enjoys camping, hiking and raising her puppy. She is an officer of the Financial Management Association, National Honor Society, a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, is involved in community service initiatives, and is a Color Guard instructor. Her work experience includes serving as a professor’s assistant, an assistant at nNovia, Inc., and working alongside management to improve company operations at A Special Place Schools. Tara’s main goal is to become an active member of the global community by helping to enact change in her local community.

Kim Pham

Kim Pham

(BA Behavioral Science | College of Social Sciences)

Kim is a senior double major in behavioral science and psychology, with a minor in therapeutic recreation. She enjoys volleyball, meditation, yoga, music, concerts, exercise, and is always eager to engage in philosophical conversations over tea. Kim works as an applied behavior analysis tutor for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, a peer mentor for SJSU’s MUSE program, a teacher’s assistant, and is vice president of Sigma Alpha Lambda. Kim spent the summer of 2008 studying transformative learning in Peru. She intends to obtain a master’s degree in therapeutic recreation and a doctorate in transpersonal psychology so that she may help individuals achieve optimal well-being for the betterment of themselves and humanity.

Katie Raynes

Katie Raynes

(BA English | College of Humanities & Arts)

Katie is a junior English major with a possible minor in creative writing. Her additional academic interests include modern art, poetry, yoga, reading, and politics. She also enjoys nature, being outdoors, and meeting new people. She is a peer mentor, a member of the Locomotion Longboarding Club, the Environmental Club, and is a Landmark Forum participant. She is preparing for her second art show at a vegan restaurant in San Jose. She would like to join the Peace Corps after college before returning to earn a master’s degree.

Ghezal Saffi

Ghezal Saffi

(BS Biology | College of Science)

Ghezal is a senior systems physiology major with additional interests in immunology, cell biology, and molecular biology. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Pi, Sigma Alpha Lambda, Students in the Health Field, and is a peer mentor. Upon graduating, Ghezal wants to attend medical school and would like to pursue a career as an immunologist specializing in systematic lupus erythematosus.

Sahar Saffi

Sahar Saffi

(BS Nutrition | College of Applied Sciences & Arts)

Sahar is a senior nutrition major. She is the co-president of Students in the Health Field, a McNair Scholar, and a peer mentor. Sahar’s future aspirations are to continue her education and attend medical school upon graduating.

Sheeba Saravanan

Sheeba Saravanan

(BS Finance | College of Business)

Sheeba is a junior corporate financial management major. She holds a B.Sc. in nutrition and dietetics from Women’s Christian College in India. In addition to studying finance, she is interested in global studies, international business, and art. She has worked as a student assistant with a TREO program supporting and promoting higher education and has volunteered in India with a non-profit organization. She enjoys spending quality time with family, drawing, listening to music, kite flying, attending church, and cooking. Sheeba’s future plans include earning an MBA in finance, pursuing a career in the corporate finance field, and working with organizations that promote education for children in underdeveloped communities.

Sarah Sterling

Sarah Sterling

(BA Hospitality Management | College of Applied Sciences & Arts)

Sarah is a senior hospitality management major. She is also interested in business and music. She is the vice president of membership of Kappa Delta Sorority and a brother of Alpha Phi Omega Co-Ed Service Fraternity. She has worked as a university housing resident advisor, a freshmen orientation parent liaison, and as a student assistant to the Dean of Education. Sarah wants to pursue a career as an event planner working on corporate or private events.

Bridget Stevens

Bridget Stevens

(BA Communication Studies | College of Social Sciences)

Bridget is a junior communication studies major. Her additional academic interests include global studies, media and culture, health, reading, and writing. Bridget enjoys running, swimming, hiking, dancing, acting, and spending time with friends and family. She volunteers at a local homeless shelter and works at the peer mentor center on campus helping students better understand their campus community and course work. Bridget plans to attend law school with a focus in global politics and ultimately pursue a career with the United Nations with a focus on ending human trafficking.

Julie Tu

Julie Tu

(BA Behavioral Science | College of Social Sciences)

Julie is a senior behavioral science and psychology major. Julie’s additional academic interests include industrial and organizational psychology, re-evaluation counseling, and past life regression therapy. She enjoys playing volleyball, reading, spending quality time with friends and family, and collecting random pieces of history. She is a research assistant in the Mineta Transportation Institute, a peer mentor with SJSU’s Undergraduate Studies Department, and a volunteer with Alpha Phi Omega and Sigma Alpha Lambda. She would like to pursue a career as an industrial and organizational psychologist where her primary focus will be on alleviating employees of their work-related stress while helping them to find a balance between their profession and personal lives in order to improve their work and family relationships.