Honors News

Essy Barroso-Ramirez

San José State University 
Trustee Emeritus William Hauck and Padget Kaiser Scholar

"I hope to help other women fill in the gaps in academic achievement as I have been helped by women throughout my academic career."

Essy Barroso-Ramirez is a first-generation Mexican-American student who grew up with English as her second language. She has worked two jobs throughout her entire college career. Today, Essy is earning a bachelor’s degree in public health and a minor in Mexican-American studies and legal studies at San José State University.

Essy is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society and the Humanities Honors Program. She works for the City of Santa Cruz and San José State University’s Department of Mexican American Studies. Active on campus, Essy is a member of Gente Unida, holds a leadership position in the Sigma Pi Alpha Sorority and has volunteered at the Science Extravaganza, MESA Day and Molcajete Fest events.

Essy plans to work with policymakers to better society as a whole, ensure social justice and promote equality.


Fatema Elbakoury

SJSU Presents 2017 Top Seniors and Outstanding Thesis Awards




San Jose State President Mary A. Papazian will recognize this year’s top graduates at Commencement, beginning at 9:30 a.m. May 27 in Spartan Stadium. Lauren Cordova and Fatema Elbakoury have been named Outstanding Graduating Seniors for their leadership roles on and off campus, contributions to the community and personal achievements as undergraduates.


Fatema Elbakoury, ’17 English, has enriched San Jose State through her work as a diversity advocate intern at SJSU’s MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center, as a peer mentor through Peer Connections and as a Salzburg Scholar. She offered workshops on feminism, Islam, whiteness, transphobia, mass incarceration and body image through MOSAIC. Upon returning from Salzburg, she developed a workshop addressing complacency in the globalized world. She represented SJSU at Harvard Divinity School’s Diversity and Explorations program and Northwestern University’s Community for Human Rights conference—while maintaining a 3.974 GPA. Elbakoury was one of 47 scholarship recipients nationwide chosen by the Islamic Scholarship Fund in recognition of her work using the arts to shift the perception of Muslim Americans.




Mrs. Fink Endowment Celebration!

On April 7 th 2011, the Dean of the College of Humanities, Karl Toepfer, and the Humanities Honors Program honored Mrs. Maxine Fink for her generous gift to Humanities Honors. Among the guests who attended this event were President Don Kassing, Provost Gerry Selter, the current and emeriti professors from the Humanities Honors Program and current students and recent alumni. Students and faculty who were able to attend felt privileged to be able to meet Mrs. Fink.

The Dr. Jack E. and Mrs. Maxine Hunt Fink Distinguished Scholar in Humanities Endowment comes at a time when public higher education in California is facing economic adversity. We are grateful for Mrs. Fink's support, which will help the Humanities Honors Program continue to thrive at San Jose State. Her gift will enable future generations of students to receive the unique and challenging general education curriculum that Professor Jack Fink and his colleagues who created the program envisioned. It means that the foundation of knowledge that this curriculum builds will continue to enhance the lives of San José State University students. From the bottom of our hearts we thank Mrs. Fink for her friendship to and belief in the Humanities Honors Program.

Here are some pictures from the celebration:

Maxine Hunt Fink

Mrs. Fink standing in front of the Humanities Honors Program lecture classroom in Washington Square Hall. Behind her is the plaque commemorating the pioneers of the Humanities Honors Program and their wives.

Mrs Fink

At the celebration we presented Mrs. Fink with a card signed by the current Humanities Honors classes!

Thank you card

Mrs. Fink- From all of us at Humanities Honors, we thank you!


Harry Powers: From the Inward Eye

DATES: July 28 to September 16, 2012

RECEPTION: Friday, July 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Artist's Site: Harry Powers

Visiting Info


Harry Powers, Galileo’s Mechanics #2, 2006, bronze, acrylic paint

For decardes Harry Powers has been one of the Bay Area's influential art educators. His students number in the thousands and his impact on the development of the arts in the South Bay Area is strong. 

Harry Powers maintains a strong interest in the integration of art and architecture stemming from his student days when he was a member of Stanford's prize winning team in the Collaborative Competition for Student Artists and Architects, sponsored by the American Academy in Rome. For Harry art theory is secondary to the creative process. It follows and attempts to codify the inventions and explorations of artist, poets, and musicians.

In content, Powers’ current work ranges from expressing the dignity of primal cultures, to references of Renaissance structure, and allusions to contemporary astronomy. He feels a resonance among these. His aesthetic choices still echo those long ago childhood experiences of dramatic lighting and the mysteries of the timeless night sky.  This exhibition will look at the career and art if this noted teacher.   (2D and 3D works)

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