March 2023

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Week 7: March 1–5

Wed. 03/01  |  Thurs. 03/02  |  Sun. 03/05


The president meeting with students and visiting a classroom with the dean.
Photos: Robert C. Bain

President Teniente-Matson visited the Connie L. Lurie College of Education, meeting with students, faculty and Dean Heather Lattimer. 


Staff members pose with their awards. The president presenting an award to a staff member.Photos: Irene Adeline Milanez BA Journalism ’25

The president spoke at the annual Staff Service Celebration and Staff Awards event, presenting the newest award, the Critical Employee Award, to Jed Soliven, executive assistant to the chief of staff in the Office of the President.


The president with members of the International House wearing traditional attire from their culture..Back row (L-R): International House Assistant Director Matthew McCormick, grad student Abraham Mathew; Front row (L-R): International House Director Leann Cherkasky Makhni; undergraduate student and Resident Advisor Saloni Chinchmalatpure; President Teniente-Matson; undergraduate student and Resident Advisor Swadha Patel; undergraduate student and Resident Advisor Ye Wint Nyan Kyaw;  alumnus, grad student and Resident Advisor Steven Lianto; grad student and Head Resident Kuyikabasi Effiong. Photo courtesy of Sonia Wright

President Teniente-Matson wrapped up the week by attending a pancake breakfast at the International House on campus, part of SJSU’s Global Spartan Month activities.

Week 8: March 6–12

Wed. 03/08  |  Fri. 03/10  |  Sat. 03/11


The president posing with members of the CSU.

President Teniente-Matson joined leaders and administrators from other California State Universities, the Chancellor’s Office, alumni and other supporters in Sacramento for CSU Advocacy Day.


The president speaking with the panel on stage.
Photo: Irene Adeline Milanez BA Journalism ’25

The president moderated a panel discussion featuring local women business leaders at the Women in Leadership League conference.


The president posing with Yosh and with performers.

President Teniente-Matson attended the celebration gala for Yoshihiro “Yosh” Uchida, ’47 Biological Sciences, who will celebrate his 103rd birthday on April 1. Among his numerous accomplishments, Uchida coached the first US Olympic Judo team in Tokyo in 1964.

Week 9: March 13-19

Tues. 03/14  |  Wed. 03/15  |  Thurs. 03/16 | Sun. 03/19


President Teniente-Matson delivered her first State of the University address to the SJSU campus community, reflecting on the past year while also looking ahead to the future. Watch her full speech.


The president participated in the Silicon Valley Business Journal's Future of Downtown San José event, sharing with city leaders how SJSU is an anchor partner with the city.


The president speaking to an audience.
Photo: Robert C. Bain

President Teniente-Matson spoke to attendees of the ¡Somos SJSU! Information session. Faculty and staff discussed SJSU’s designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and explored how to continue to elevate the university’s work in this area for students.


The president posing with Rotary District members.

The president served as a panelist as part of the International Women’s Day celebration hosted by Rotary District 5170. The panel discussion focused on women’s achievements and raising awareness of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Week 10: March 20-26

Fri. 03/24  |  Sat. 03/25  |  Sun. 03/26 


President Teniente posing with Family Advisory Board members.

President Teniente-Matson met with members of the Family Advisory Board, who help support SJSU students through advising and advancing student success.

The president posing with CPGE staff and administrators.

The president’s latest stop on the tour of SJSU’s colleges was the College of Professional and Global Education. President Teniente-Matson met with staff and administrators with the college and, among many topics, discussed how the college works with our international students.


The president at a podium getting ready to speak.

President Teniente-Matson kicked off the first-ever Transfer Takeover event at the Student Union to welcome newly admitted transfer students as they prepare to attend SJSU.


President Teniente-Matson poses with dancers.
(L-R) President Teniente-Matson poses with Tina Korani, Assistant Professor of Media Design at SJSU and event performers.

The president attended the 5th annual International Mother Language Celebration at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San José. The event celebrates cultural diversity through art, language, and dance.

Week 11: March 27-31

Tues. 03/28  |  Thurs. 03/30  |  Fri. 03/31


The president speaking with the College of Graduate Studies Dean and students.

President Teniente-Matson’s tour of SJSU’s colleges continued with the College of Graduate Studies, where she met with Dean Marc d’Alarcao and graduate students. Between master's programs, doctoral degrees, certificates and credentials, San José State University offers more than 120 graduate programs.


The president posing with student folklorico dancers.

The president honored the legacy of César Chávez as she provided remarks at the 30th anniversary of the César Chávez March Celebration at the School of Arts & Culture Mexican Heritage Plaza. The event was hosted by the Alum Rock Union School District. 


The president speaking to a crowd from a stage.

President Teniente-Matson served as the keynote speaker at the California Downtown Association/International Downtown Association West Coast Conference, hosted by the San Jose Downtown Association. She discussed SJSU’s relationship with the City of San José and how the university is the educational force behind the South Bay economy.

The president posing with Cesar Chavez family members and students.

The president listened to personal stories about César Chávez from his siblings and nephews and met with students at the 25th Anniversary Gala hosted by Chavez Family Vision, Inc.