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California State 1862 Book Launch Event at San Jose State

California State 1862 - The Hidden History of the CSU in San Jose and BeyondSAN JOSE, CA – On Feb. 22, 2014, the California State Alumni Association with host an event at SJSU to launch its new book that explores San Jose State’s hidden history as the founding campus of the California State University (CSU) system.

Titled “California State (1862) – The Hidden History of the CSU in San Jose and Beyond”, the book looks back almost 500 years to understand the development of the “California” and “San Jose” identities, and why the original California State campus in San Jose devolved into San Jose State.

The event is slated for 2 to 4 pm on February 22 in room 255 of the Martin Luther King Library at San Jose State.  To RSVP for the event, please visit our Eventbrite page:  Hidden History of San Jose State

Is San Jose State a Religous Name for a State-Run Secular Institution?

A 1910s era postcard showing the State Normal School at San Jose campus and Tower Hall with a colonnade in front.

Is “San Jose State” a religious name for a state-run secular institution?

Our forthcoming book on California State in San Jose and Beyond discusses this issue, and the fact that the school being named after the Catholic Saint Joseph may violate separation of church and state.

What do you think?

Cal Bears T-Shirts Emphasize Both “California” and “Berkeley” Identities

Cal Bears Archibald T-Shirt - Navy Blue

Is this a template for how San Jose State should be branding itself:

Separate but Equal state and city identities, sometimes on one T-shirt:

New Look for CSU Alumni San Jose Website

We are experimenting with updating our look via new WordPress templates.

It’s an improvement, but we obviously need more help.   If you are a CSU alumni who can help design, build or create content for websites, please help us!

Fill out the contact us form on this website or contact us via our LinkedIn or Facebook pages

California State Monument at San Jose State

California State Normal School Bell Closeup - Tower Bell - Top Half
The California State Normal School Bell, also known as the Tower Bell, at San Jose State.

SAN JOSE, CA (June 2013) – As discussed in our forthcoming book, the California State Alumni Association (CSAA) advocates the immediate construction of at least one monument to the State of California on the San Jose State campus.

San Jose State’s disrespect for the Cal State name, it symbols and monuments is one of the issues discussed in our book about California State in San Jose and Beyond.  The most notable of these monuments is the California State Normal School bell, called the “Tower Bell” by San Jose State, which has been subjected to vandalism and is a state of decay.

CSAA activists have reported the vandalism and deterioration of the Tower Bell to SJSU officials, who have done little or nothing to address it.  The CSAA advocates construction of additional Cal State-oriented monuments on the campus, in addition to improved care and maintenance of the Tower Bell, the Great Seal and other monuments and symbols of California State in San Jose.

Please post your thoughts and comments here or on our social media pages.



New Book on the History of the California State University in San Jose and Beyond – Coming Soon!


There’s a New Book Coming Soon on the History of the California State University in San Jose and Beyond

We are working on a fantastic new product for California State University (CSU) students, alumni, and educators and others interested in California State history and politics.

It is an epic history of the origins of a place named California and its California State system of higher education. It’s also a controversial critique of the city-statist system that gives us school identities like San Jose State instead of California State.

Watch this space of updates!



California State Alumni San Jose T-Shirts at The State Store!

California State San Jose Shirt - Black

Hello World,

We are proud to introduce our new California State Alumni Association T-Shirts at our ecommerce sister site, The State Store ( ).

Be proud of and support your own CSU heritage!  The proceeds from these shirts go to build the CSU alumni movement at San Jose State.



California State Alumni Association Page on LinkedIn

We just launched a great new California State Alumni Association Page on LinkedIn.  Please check it out and stay tuned for further developments!*3_false_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2&trk=ncsrch_hits

Great Advice for Those Seeking Jobs with ‘P&L Responsibility’

Great Advice for Those Seeking Jobs with ‘P&L Responsibility’:

Cal State 150th Exhibit at San Jose State

Callifornia State 150th Anniversary History Exhibit at San Jose State


For perhaps the first time ever, San Jose State University is hosting an exhibit to commemorate its alter ego as the original “California State” institution of higher learning. The Exhibit is Co-Sponsored by University Special Collections at San Jose State’s MLK Library, and the California State Alumni Association, Inc.

Details of the exhibit:

150 Years of California State Higher Education in San Jose

An Exhibit of Historical Artifacts and Memorabilia – Feb. 1 – Oct. 31, 2012 University Special Collections, Room 560, Martin Luther King Library San Jose State University, a CSU campus San Jose , CA