SJSU Salzburg Scholars 2012–2013

Sarah Aghazadeh

Sarah Aghazadeh

(Graduate Student—Global Citizenship | CoSS)

Sarah is a summa cum laude graduate from SJSU with a BS in Public Relations & minor in Political Science (2011), Sarah was a President’s Scholar (2010) and Dean’s Scholar (2011). Sarah worked for a congressional office in Washington, DC, as SJSU’s scholarship intern with the distinguished Panetta Institute for Public Policy and witnessed policy making in action (Fall 2010). She was also selected to participate in SJSU’s inaugural Provost’s Honors Seminar (Spring 2011). Sarah was Vice President of Membership for SJSU’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), served as an intern with a San Francisco public relations agency (2010), and volunteers with Reading Partners of San Miguel Elementary School. Sarah is the lead teaching assistant for all of Dr. Reckmeyer’s courses (2012–2013). Sponsored by the SJSU Salzburg Program.

Alexander Ciak

Alexander Ciak

(Junior—Finance | CoB)

Alex is currently a participant in the Sbona Honors Program (2012), where he has helped compile games and case studies to teach corporate ethics for a specific host company. This past Spring he competed on a team representing SJSU at the annual Intercollegiate Business Simulation Competition (2012) and is also a member of SJSU’s Banking and Investment Association. Outside of school, Alex is a Librarian Assistant for the Santa Clara County Library Bookmobile. From 2002–2010, he was involved with various musical endeavors that included performing in bands and organizing shows. Sponsored by the College of Business.

Matthew Diez

Matthew Diez

(Junior—Anthropology | CoSS)

Prior to acceptance to SJSU in Fall of 2011, Matthew was accepted to the West Valley College Dean’s List (2010–2011), and the Virginia College Dean’s List (2008–2009). Completed two and a half years of various United States Army officers training with Santa Clara University ROTC program (2009–2012). Matthew has also acquired numerous general construction skills, and has become a Journeymen Carpenter while working for various general contractors throughout Silicon Valley and Northern California (1999–present). In addition to school and work, he has spent numerous years travelling the globe. Backpacking through Europe, S.E. Asia, Australia, Fiji, and extensively exploring North America. Matthew’s free time is either spent outside hiking, fishing, shooting, and hunting, or enjoying a show and dinner with friends and family. Sponsored by the College of Social Sciences. SJSU Salzburg Scholars

Layla Forooghi

Layla Forooghi

(Frosh—English | CoHA)

Humanities Honors Program student (2011–2013). Layla served as a member of the San José Leadership Academy during her high school career (2009–2010). A member of the Leland High School speech and debate team for four years (2007–2011), she also spent her senior year as a Speech Vice President (2010–2011). While on the team, she reached the California Speech Association State Championships twice. She was also commencement speaker at Leland’s graduation. Layla serves on the San Jose Youth Commission as District 10 Youth Commissioner (2010–2012). Currently, she is working as a speech coach for the Leland team, led by Mrs. Gay Brasher (2011–present). Layla enjoys reading, oil painting, and learning. Sponsored by the Humanities Honors Program.

Ken Hawthorn

Ken Hawthorn

(Senior—Child Development | CoED)

Ken is a passionate advocate for hands‐ on project‐based learning in the junior high and high school environment, training local teachers in CAD instruction and written curriculum linking CAD projects with 3-D printers, CNC mills, and laser cutters in the classroom to help students produce physical models of their ideas. Outside of SJSU Ken was awarded US Patent #7,713,154 for a Fixed Pitch Continuously Variable Transmission, which was written Pro‐Se with all claims approved on the first USPTO office action. Ken has formed a company around the patent, completed a working prototype, and was a semi-finalist in the CleanTech Open, a national business plan competition. He is currently employed full‐ time as an engineer involved in refining the design of auto emissions testing equipment. Sponsored by the SJSU Salzburg Program.

Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson

(Sophomore—English | CoHA)

Andrew has served as an active member in three philanthropic organizations: the One Dollar For Life Foundation (2010), the Interact/Rotary Club (2009–2010), and AIESEC (2012). He participates in annual trips to Mexico, where he builds a home and offers support to families in need. Andrew is also a member of the University’s collegiate wrestling team, enjoys athletics, and was named the Athlete of the Year in his hometown and high school (2009–2010). In recent years, his greatest passion has been exploring human nature and understanding through the art of literature. He is driven by a relentless desire to evoke change in this world. Sponsored by the Student Union.

Schehrbano Khan

Schehrbano Khan

(Junior—Molecular Biology | CoS)

In addition to being awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Club of San Jose for her philanthropic activities during the devastating floods in Pakistan, Schehrbano is also a member of the Golden Key International Honors Society. While President of the International Students Club, she was honored with an AS 55 Award by Associated Students, where she has also served as Director of Faculty Affairs and as a student representative in the Academic Senate. She is very passionate about photography, which has led to one of her photographs being featured in National Geographic’s Monthly Top 12 photographs and another one receiving honorable mention in SJSU’s Global Lens contest. She is currently helping Professor Persis Karim develop an Iranian Studies Program at SJSU. Sponsored by Associated Students.

Shobit Kishore

Shobit Kishore

(Junior—Mathematics | CoS)

Dean’s Scholar (2010; 2011); Koch Foundation Research Funding Recipient (2009–2010); and participant in the Provost’s Honors Seminar (2012). As an International student from India, Shobit has also travelled to Japan for a cultural and intellectual student exchange program (2008) and was selected by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, India. He was also a part of a student delegation to the Kingdom of Bahrain and Dubai on a student exchange program for world peace. He has participated in many student-faculty research programs sponsored by the Research Foundation at SJSU. Currently, Shobit is serving as a community mentor at the Housing Services SJSU. Sponsored by the College of Science.

Rebecca Krueger

Rebecca Krueger

(Graduate Student—Public Health | CASA)

Rebecca currently serves as Chair of the MPH Global Health Committee (2011 – 2012) organizing campus events about some of the world’s most pressing health issues. Previously, Rebecca spent six months in the East African country of Rwanda (2009), working with local, community health centers to increase their management capacity. She also spent a year studying abroad at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg in Germany (1995 – 1996) concentrating in German Language & Culture. In addition, Rebecca has traveled extensively around North America, Europe, Mexico, the Philippines, & Rwanda. In her spare time, she enjoys learning new languages, watching documentaries, & swing dancing. Sponsored by the College of Applied Sciences & Arts.

Travis Lopez

Travis Lopez

(Senior—Management Info Systems | CoB)

Phi Kappa Phi (2010) and Beta Gamma Sigma (2011), Travis has also been a Presidents Scholar (2011) and recipient of both a Danny Fortune Memorial Scholarship (2010) and ST S. Saffold Leadership Scholarship (2011). In addition, he has participated in the Sbona Honors Program (2010–2011) and recently took part in the Thompson Global Internship Program (2011), through which he spent time working in Hong Kong for Crown Worldwide Holdings Ltd. Travis is currently the Founder of Mobedio, Inc., an early stage startup that is building an online public opinion platform to advance human intelligence and increase civic engagement. He also interns part-time with NetApp, Inc., where he is helping enable the social enterprise through cloud computing. Sponsored by the College of Business.

Jesse Mallare

Jesse Mallare

(Sophomore—Business Administration | CoB)

Thayer Merit Scholar (2011). Jesse is currently a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, which involves various community service and philanthropy opportunities. He is employed as a Panda Express supervisor on the San Jose State campus. Prior to attending SJSU, he was part of a Holy Cross Immersion to New Orleans to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. He is also a second degree black belt in tae kwon do. Although he has remained a Bay Area native for his whole life, he has also traveled to the Philippines and hopes to create an outreach program for the underprivileged children. In his free time, Jesse enjoys music, basketball, and writing. Sponsored by the College of Business.

Akos Meggyes

Akos Meggyes

(Junior—Radio-TV-Film | CoHA)

Dean’s List (2006–2011), Certificate of Excellence in Video Arts (Spring 2010). Akos studied in Hungary, Germany, and the US and has diverse cultural and language experiences. He worked on community film projects for Foothill College, Open Space District, Spartan Film Studio, and is currently involved with the Green Ninja Project (a collaboration between the Departments of TV-Radio-Film-Theatre and Meteorology and Climate Science at SJSU). Akos is a singer-songwriter (one of his songs was aired on KFJC radio) and he also has a special interest in the soundtracks of films. Akos hopes to spread climate action wisdom beyond borders through Green Ninja. Sponsored by the College of Humanities & Arts. Sponsored by the College of Humanities & Arts.

Kanza Naqvi

Kanza Naqvi

(Sophomore—Political Science | CoSS)

SJSU Peer Mentor (2011) & 1st place winner of SJSU Spring Intramural Speech Tournament (2011). President’s Educational Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement (2010) and graduated high school as Magna Cum Laude (2010). She is also a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda. Kanza enjoys taking photographs and had the “Top Senior Portfolio at East Side District Photo Contest” (2010), won the Bank of America Achievement Award in the Field of Photo (2010), and was the winner of Digital Photography in the Bluecoat Art Showcase (2010). She is also bilingual in Urdu and English and is currently learning Arabic. In addition, she raised money for the Edhi Foundation to provide aid for the earthquake and flood victims in Pakistan. In her free time, Kanza enjoys reading novels. Sponsored by the College of International & Extended Studies.

Jessica Ponce

Jessica Ponce

(Senior—Health Science | CASA)

Peer Teaching Assistant for Community Health Promotion HS 104 course (2011). Jessica is currently an intern for the Salud Familiar en McKinley Elementary Project, where she works with young girls in a health education afterschool program. She is also a member of the NCAA intercollegiate women’s cross-country team at San Jose State University. Furthermore, she is the co-chair of the Health Science education honor society Eta Sigma Gamma (SJSU chapter) and membership coordinator for the Health Science Undergraduate Student Association (HSUSA). In addition, she is a member of the Public Health Nursing Club (PHNC) and a SJSU McNair Scholar (2012–2013). Sponsored by the College of Applied Sciences & Arts.

Sophie Powers

Sophie Powers

(Sophomore—Nursing | CASA)

Student of the Humanities Honors Program (2010–2012); Principal Trombone in the CA Air National Guard Band; and charter member and assistant conductor of the US Naval Sea Cadet Band Of The West. In high school, Sophie organized fund-raisers for Toys For Tots. She also directed her high school’s musical (2008), helping compose and arrange music for it as well. She served as volunteer trombone teacher for the Millbrae Elementary School District (2009), when its music program was cut. After high school Sophie graduated from the Air Force Basic Training as an Honor Graduate, with an award recipient for top physical fitness. In addition to playing and tutoring in music professionally and rock climbing, Sophie hopes to study nursing and psychology in the future. Sponsored by the Alumni Association.

Isra Wazna

Isra Wazna

(Graduate Student—Global Citizenship | CoSS)

Sponsored by the SJSU Salzburg Program.

Carmel Weiler

Carmel Weiler

(Graduate Student—Philosophy | CoHA)

BA in Humanities, minor in German from SJSU (2011); Dean’s Scholar (2011); and member of the Provost’s Honors Seminar (2012). Carmel is a member of Phi Kappa Phi (2012) and of Toastmasters International (2001–Present), where she has served as Club President (2002–2003), Area Governor (2003–2004), Division Governor (2004–2005), and Distinguished Toastmaster (2004). She is fluent in German, having spent her senior year of high school as an exchange student in Germany with Youth For Understanding, and has volunteered with YFU as a team teacher specializing in the Pre-Departure Orientation program. Carmel is President and Technology Consultant for ComTego, Inc. since founding it in 2001. Prior to that, she was an IT Manager for several Silicon Valley startups. Sponsored by the College of Humanities & Arts and SJSU Salzburg Program.

Calvin Worsnup

Calvin Worsnup

(Senior—Computer Science | CoS)

Director of Student Fee Affairs (2010–2011) and President, Associated Students (2012–2013). In these positions, he advocates for student rights and works to increase inclusivity throughout the student community. He has also been an Executive Member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity for two years. In addition, he helped incoming Frosh adjust to campus life and set their collegiate careers on the right path through being an Orientation Leader (2011). On an academic basis, his passion for Computer Science was generated from his amazement of the vast internet, which he believes allows for deep knowledge of the world and the connections of people that inhabit it. He hopes he can share his knowledge and experiences with others as he continues to grow. Sponsored by Associated Students.