SJSU Salzburg Scholars | 2016-2017

 Eve Allums

Eve
Allums

Junior
College of
Social 
Sciences

 Kristen Andersen

Kristen
Andersen

Senior
College of
Social Sciences

Celina Cesena

Celina
Cesena

Graduate Student
Lurie College
of Education

Raissa Chiri Zarzosa

Raissa
Chiri-Zarzosa

Senior
College of
Social Sciences

Taylor Colunga

Taylor
Colunga

Graduate Student
Lurie College
of Education

Grecia Cuellar

Grecia
Cuellar

Junior
Lucas College
of Business

Shriel Geogracias

Shriel
Deogracias

Junior
College of
Social Sciences

Brandon Do

Brandon
Do

Junior
College of Applied 
Sciences & Arts

Aaron Friedman

Aaron
Friedman

Junior
Lucas College
of Business

Yen Hyunh

Yen
Huynh

Frosh
College of
Science

Jatinder Kaur

Jatinder
Kaur

Senior
Lucas College

of Business

Sabrina Leung

Sabrina
Leung

Junior
Lucas College
of Business

Adriana Muratella-Morales

Adriana
Muratalla-Morales

Junior
College of
Humanities & Arts

Nyantara Narasimhan

Nyantara
Narasimhan

Junior
College of Applied
Sciences & Arts

Tony Nguyen

Tony
Nguyen

Junior
Lucas College
of Business

Lisa Ruder

Lisa
Ruder

Junior
College of
Social Sciences

 

Matthew Vella

Matthew
Vella

Senior
College of
Humanities & Arts
 
 

Eve Allums

Eve Allums

Junior
Political Science
College of Social Sciences

eve.allums@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Peter Lee Scholarship
SJSU Salzburg Program

 

Eve has been interested in global citizenship since her freshman year at SJSU, when she took a globally-themed English 1A class - an SJSU Salzburg project in 2013-2014 - with Professor Jessy Goodman (2013 Salzburg Scholar & 2015 Salzburg Fellow).  Learning about global citizenship and participating in the SJSU Cultural Showcase (2015) motivated Eve to switch her career goal from entering the police force to preparing for a career in international law.  A Political Science major, Eve plans to build a foundation for law school so that she can pursue graduate study through a joint program to obtain Her JD and PhD in international law.  She then wants to spend her career alleviating social injustices for nations suffering around the world, which she learned about in the documentary "Half the Sky."  Eve launched a successful SJSU #BringBackOurGirls campaign through social media in (2014), which raised awareness among SJSU students about 200+ Nigerian girls who were brutally kid-napped from their public school in 2014.  Eve has been serving as a member of the Core Team for the Second Annual SJSU Cultural Showcase - an ongoing Salzburg Program project - as Social Media Coordinator in the marketing division and as Liaison to campus groups since Fall 2014, as well as participating in mobilization efforts with CommUniverCity last year to help educate the community and register voters in downtown San Jose.  She is devoted to spreading diversity and empathy one step at a time, and in becoming the best global citizen she can be. 


Kristen Andersen

Kristen Andersen

Senior
Psychology
College of Social Sciences

kristen.anderson@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Alumni Association

 

Academic excellence and a hunger for knowledge have always driven Kristen.  In high school she was valedictorian and selected to receive a scholarship from the Northern California Scholarship Foundation.  As a fourth-year Psychology major, minoring in Humanities, she has been selected as both a Dean’s Scholar (2013-2014) and a President’s Scholar (2014-2015).  She credits the Humanities Honors Program (2012-2014) and the Upper Division Humanities Honors Program (2014-2015) with sparking her interest in global affairs and laying her educational foundation for viewing the globe more broadly.  She is currently the Event Coordinator forPsi Chi, the psychology honor society.  In Fall 2015 she helped produce a panel on graduate school and built a team for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  Kristen is also employed at Hopkins & Carley Law Firm and enjoys her role as the current President of the SJSU D2 Women’s Club Volleyball team.  She views her team as an opportunity to cultivate leadership, travel, proudly represent SJSU and exercise teamwork with a wonderful group of girls. 


Celina Cesena

Celina Cesena

Graduate Student
Counselor Education
Lurie College of Education

celina.cesena@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Associated Students

 

Celina has attended San José State since 2010, first as an undergraduate student in the Interdisciplinary Social Science Multiple Subject Teacher Preparation program and now as a graduate student in the Counselor Education Master’s program.  As an undergraduate, she was part of the Humanities Honors Cohort of 2010-2012 and was also selected as one of 25 students from across the university to participate in the Provost Honors Seminar in 2012.  A Magna cum Laude graduate with a minor in teaching mathematics, Celina worked as a Peer Tutor for writing and math at the Peer Connections Center on campus before becoming a Peer Advisor in the College of Social Science’s ACCESS Center, where she still works today. While at ACCESS, she even helped co-author “ACCESS to Success: A Student’s Guide” in 2015 - a reader used in the SSCI 90 course for students on academic probation.  During her free time, she enjoys volunteering with groups like MATHCOUNTS, a program that hosts annual math competitions for youths; and FanimeCon, a fan-run convention for fans of Japanese animation and culture. 


Raissa Chiri Zarzosa

Raissa Chiri-Zarzosa

Senior
Global Studies
College of Social Sciences

raissa.chirizarzosa@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Associated Students

 

The first in her family to attend a 4-year college, Raissa has been attending San José State since 2015.  In Fall 2014 and Spring 2015, she led a school supply drive overseas to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds of the elementary school located in her native community in Lima, Peru.  As a citizen of the world, she is passionate about learning other cultures and experiencing the world through extensive traveling.  In 2013-2014 she was able to participate in Leadership Education for Aspiring Physicians, an initiative-based program offered by Stanford University.  That experience helped her to develop the “Quinoa, The Super Seed” project, which helped bringing health and nutrition awareness to students in her community college.  As a Pre-Medical student, Raissa has also tutored students of all ages and backgrounds in math and science for several years.  A Dean’s Scholar in 2015 in the Department of Geography and Global Studies, her future plans include earning a masters degree in Global Health and attending Medical School.


Taylor Colunga

Taylor Colunga 

Graduate Student
Counselor Education
Lurie College of Education

taylor.colunga@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Lucas College of Business

 

Taylor is a graduate student in the counselor education program, focusing specifically on higher education.  She is keen on the obstacles faced by low-socioeconomic status students and is currently exploring these issues for her thesis.  Taylor also works as an advising intern and as an administrative assistant at the Jack Holland Student Success Center in the Lucas College of Business.  Assuring student success on a holistic level is one of Taylor’s passions, which is why she is currently working on two major projects this semester: the Generation of Academic Leaders initiative with the Lucas College of Business; and one on alcohol aware-ness with the Wellness and Health Promotion office.  She graduated from SanJosé State with a BA in sociology and a minor in business administration.  During her undergraduate career, she became a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Women’s Fraternity and was responsible for planning the sociology convocation ceremony for her fellow classmates.  Outside of school and work, Taylor enjoys cooking and gardening. 


Grecia Cuellar

Grecia Cuellar 

Junior
Management Information Systems
Lucas College of Business

grecia.cuellar@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Lucas College of Business

 

A student at SJSU since 2013, Grecia has been a Dean’s Scholar since 2014.  Last year the SJSU student body elected her to serve as the Director of Faculty Affairs for Associated Students (2015-2016).  She is currently working for the Economics Department while also interning at SAP.  Grecia has been involved in other organizations on campus, including the Latino Business Student Association (LBSA) and the Humanities Club, where she served as vice president.  She hopes to continue on the right path to pursue her professional career goals and help globalize SJSU. 


Shriel Geogracias

Shriel Deogracias

Junior
Communication Studies
College of Social Sciences

shriel.deogracias@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Educational Opportunity Program

 

With his passionate attitude towards community change and innovation, Shriel has been an engaged participant in a variety of campus organizations and activities during his career at San José State.  These include serving as a Student Assistant for the Educational Opportun-ity Program (2013-present); Summer Bridge Resident Assistant (2015-Present); a member of the Racial & Diversity Task Force (2013-2014); member of the Student Union Board of Directors (2015-2016); CALIFIA Performance Club Treasurer (2015-2016); and member of the Chief Diversity Officer Search Committee (2015-2016). 


Brandon Do

Brandon Do

Junior
Public Relations
College of Applied Sciences & Arts

brandon.do@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Alumni Association

 

The recipient of a Alameda Rotary and Kiwanis Club Scholarship (2013), Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship (2013), Robert L. Lippert Foundation Scholarship (2013), SJSU General Endowment Scholarship (2015), and Delta Sigma Phi Larry Lundberg & Robert Rojka Scholarship (2016), Brandon has also recieved the City of Alameda's Community Service Youth Award for all his efforts in always giving back to his community (2014).  In addition to his studies, Brandon served as a summer camp counselor for Camp Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) for emerging high school leaders (2014).  Brandon is a brother of Delta Sigma Phi, Gamma Epsilon chapter at SJSU and also a member of SJSU Akbayan.  Since entering San José State in fall 2013, Brandon has served in several leadership positions on campus - including The Bricks Vice-President (2013), SJSU Frosh Orientation Leader (2014), SJSU Frosh Orientation Team Leader (2015), and Associated Students Director of Communications (2016).  Brandon has taken an active approach in helping transition first years and transfer students fall in love with the university.  He wants to truly have a positive impact on as many students as possible by supporting, inspiring, and being the voice their voice.  Brandon will be participating in a Faculty-Led Program on "Paris, France: City of Culture" following his participation in the Global Citizenship Seminar in Salzburg this summer (2016). 


Aaron Friedman

Aaron Friedman

Junior
Marketing
Lucas College of Business

aaron.friedman@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Lucas College of Business

 

Aaron has been involved in the San José State community since 2013.  He is a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and its Risk Management Chair, a Peer Leader for the Lucas College of Business, and Director of Co-Curricular Affairs for Associated Students.  Currently, he is also a volunteer member of the committee that manages the endowment fund of SJSU through the Tower Foundation.  He studied abroad at the European Innovation Academy in Nice, France (Summer 2015), where he worked cross-culturally in a team of 5 individuals from 4 different countries to develop a startup in 15 days.  As a marketing major, he plans to create his own business one day, but first would like to broaden his global perspective. Off-campus, he has interned for the non-profit Sacred Heart Community Service and also provided construction labor for Peoples’ Self-Help Housing. 


Yen Hyunh

Yen Huynh

Frosh
Computer Science
College of Science

yen.huynh@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Humanities Honors Program

 

Yen first worked with computer science through the “Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program.”  In that program, she learned about the gender gap in the technology world and worked with fellow program participants to create a Girls Who Code club at her high school to bring a similar experience of exposition to other girls.  This experience inspired her to be a Computer Science major at San José State University.  Starting in Fall 2015, Yen has also been a student in the Humanities Honors Program.  Through this program, she has become interested in topics of culture, global interconnectedness, and global citizenship.  In the future, she plans to combine her knowledge of Computer Science and Global Citizenship to bring more girls into the world of coding and work on decreasing the gender gap in the technology world.  In her free time, Yen enjoys doing community service and is currently tutoring low-income first generation high school students for the SJSU “UP” Pre-College Program. 


 Jatinder Kaur

Jatinder Kaur

Senior
Global Operations Management
Lucas College of Business

jatinder.kaur@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Educational Opportunity Program

 

Currently an Academic Success Coach at San José State and a student with the Level Bar Program, which prepares students for Law School, Jatinder is determined and passionate about serving her community.  She is a member of Sahaita, a non-profit organization that helps educatin, and supporting the unprivileged members of society.  Jatinder has been a Dean’s Scholar (2012-2013) and an EOP Honor Student for four consecutive years (2012-2016).  Actively involved in a variety of campus responsibilities, she has served as an EOP Summer Bridge Residential Assistant (2013 and 2014) and was the first undergraduate student to become EOP's Residential Director Assistant (2015).  Jatinder has also studied abroad at JAMK University of Applied Sciences in Finland (Summer 2015) and has had global experiences in countries such as France, Estonia, and India.  After her travel in Europe this summer, Jatinder will be serving as an intern for the Honorable Robert R. Rigsby in the District of Columbia Superior Court in Washington D.C. 


Sabrina Leung

Sabrina Leung

Junior
International Business
Lucas College of Business

sabrina.leung@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Lucas College of Business

 

Sabrina is an International Business major who has been attending San José State since Fall 2013.  Before entering college, Sabrina was a dancer of the Chinese Folk dance genre for ten years and her group was invited to participate to dance in cultural events trhoughout the San Francisco Bay Area.  Currently, she is an active member of a kickboxing studio.  She loves to be involved in school activities, which is why she has been a member of several campus organizations - including Associated Students, AIESEC, and the Marketing Association.  Sabrina also works as a Peer Leader for the Lucas College of Business.  The most rewarding activity has been in recruiting students to take volunteerships and internships abroad through AIESEC, which is an international student group that strives to promote the “peace and fulfillment of humankind’s potential.”  This vision is a goal Sabrina shares and is why she applied to be an SJSU Salzburg Scholar.  Last year, she participated in a study abroad course in Madrid, Spain.  Not only did she gain insight into international marketing, but she was also able to expand and better connect to a part of the world she hardly knew about in her short month abroad. 


Adriana Muratalla

Adriana Muratalla-Morales

Junior
Design Studies
College of Humanities & Arts

adriana.muratalla@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Alumni Association

 

Adriana is currently pursuing a double major in Design Studies and Spanish.  Ever since her freshman year at San José State, she has been interested in global citizenship, when she took a globally-themed English 1A class – an SJSU Salzburg project in 2013-2014 – with Professor Jessy Goodman (2013 Salzburg Scholar & 2015 Salzburg Fellow).  Adriana was also a volunteer during the first annual SJSU Cultural Showcase in 2014, which motivated her to be part of the 2015 and 2016 Cultural Showcase Staff.  She is a member of Aspire (2013-present) and was part of The Future is Ours (2013-2014), a group of SJSU students that informed themselves about the homeless community in the Silicon Valley.  Adriana currently works for Cal-SOAP (California Student Opportunity and Access Program) as an Academic Coach (2015-present), where she helps high school students so they can pursue a higher level of education.  In the future, Adriana plans to teach English and/or Spanish in a foreign country. 


Nyantara Narasimhan

Nyantara Narasimhan 

Junior
Health Science
College of Applied Science & Arts

nyantara.narasimhan@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Associated Students
Health Science & Recreation

 

A graduate of the Humanities Honors Program SJSU (2014-2015), Nyantara is a junior majoring in Health Science with a minor in Communication Studies.  She has received many awards during her college career from programs such as the International Honor Society (2014).  Apart from her academics, Nyantara has also been undergoing rigorous training in South Indian Classical music for over 12 years.  She has been an active performer in both vocal and violin since 2007, performing in many states across the country and during the annual music season held in Chennai, India every December.  She is also a key member of the San Francisco World Music Festival’s youth orchestra, which strives to “create interactive opportunities for youth, teachers, and master musicians worldwide in order to achieve social justice solutions for an integrated globalized world” (http://sfworldmusic.org).  Nyantara is currently a peer tutor with SJSU’s Peer Connections and hopes to globalize SJSU through her experiences in world music as well as her education in Health. 


Tony Nguyen

Tony Nguyen

Junior
Business Management
Lucas College of Business

tony.nguyen01@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Lucas College of Business

 

An active participant on campus, Tony currently works as a Peer Leader for the Jack Holland Student Success Center in the Lucas College of Business and has also served as a student ambassador for the College's iPadU program since its initiation in 2013.  He is a two-time recipient of the Jack Holland Scholarship (2015, 2014), the Alvin Hayes Scholarship (2013), a Dean’s Scholar (2015), and has also been a participant in the Management Information Systems Association (2015).  In Fall 2015, Tony founded Spartan Bodybuilding, SJSU’s first bodybuilding club, where he teaches nutrition and programming to help members reach their physique goals.  He is also an alumnus of the first Braven program (2014-2015), which is now offered as a course at SJSU to help students accelerate their careers.  Furthermore, he worked with Teach For America as part of its first Bay Area Institute in an effort to help close the achievement gap in lower income communities.  In his free time, he likes to volunteer and coach basketball and track at his former high school, where he served as captain for both sports. 


Lisa Ruder

Lisa Ruder 

Junior
Geography
College of Social Sciences

lisa.ruder@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by
Student Union

 

Lisa’s past includes a “leisurely” hiatus from university studies.  Before continuing her higher education at San José State beginning in 2014, Lisa’s extensive professional experience as a court reporter gave her a front row seat to listen and learn from people of many different backgrounds.  It also piqued her interest in geography and global citizenship.  Now, as an SJSU President’s Scholar (2016), Lisa continually strives for excellence in both the classroom and in her interactions with others in the community.  Lisa hopes to use the knowledge she is developing at SJSU and through the SJSU Salzburg Program to work in a city planning capacity to globalize and humanize the built environment.  Before returning to university, she gave birth to three children and was an active parent volunteer in her children’s school and athletic activities while maintaining her career as a certified shorthand reporter.  Lisa is currently anticipating the third of three college graduations for her children. 


Matthew Vella

Matthew Vella

Senior
Design Studies & BFA Photography
College of Humanities & Arts

matthew.vella@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Associated Students

 

Matthew is a senior at San José State (SJSU) completing a BA in design studies and a BFA in Photography, while earning the Dean's Honor Award (2016). He chose to attend SJSU due to its diverse campus population, much like his hometown.  Matthew has always been fascinated with other cultures, traveling, and equality for all humans.  Before visiting countries abroad, he takes steps to learn new languages and understand the cultures so he can maximize his experiences there.  This state of mind has broadened his horizon to include an interest in global citizenship.  Matthew hopes to use his art degrees to create an awareness or open a dialogue so he can make the world a better place for all humankind.  This includes his current efforts to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged teens by volunteering in San Francisco with First Exposures, a one-on-one mentoring program whose emphasis is on being a positive adult figure in their lives through the use of photography.  On campus, Matthew is an Art Director with DBH Communications, where he works with the diverse student body on campus - from his peers in the agency to the various clients they work with.  With the opportunity of being an SJSU Salzburg Scholar, Matthew hopes to continue building global awareness and reaching a larger audience, to help people around the globe.