On Friday, I wrote letters to five key U.S. Senators, including Senators Feinstein and Harris, to request their urgently-needed support for San Jose State University and the entire California State University (CSU) system as we continue to come to grips with the devastating effects our institution faces due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I have since written to several House members as well. Specifically, we are asking legislators to support higher education in the third economic relief package now being negotiated.
March 18, 2020
“Not in my lifetime.” I keep saying those words over and over, as this moment truly is unprecedented. Just months or even weeks ago, many people had never heard the words “Coronavirus” or “COVID-19.” Things certainly can change quickly; the current public health crisis has now made those phrases household words and part of our national—or worldwide—lexicon.
March 3, 2020
March 3 is “Super Tuesday.” That is the name political pundits have given, of course, to the day when Californians and voters from 15 other states go to the polls to participate in the Presidential Primary Election. There are many other important local and regional races and issues for which we are casting ballots, too. At San Jose State, this has been an exciting and important period for our democracy.
February 18, 2020
“Connect” and “contribute” are words we frequently use at San Jose State. We work more effectively to connect with the City of San Jose, for instance, and with the downtown cluster of businesses and attractions. Likewise, the entire academic mission revolves around the notion of contributing. We are, essentially, equipping our students so they will have the tools to contribute to society once they graduate.