I Love to Play Sports Games

I think some people are really surprised to see just how much I love gaming. I think the next thing they are surprised at is the kind of gaming I like to do. See, I am a 30 year old female, and I love just about any kind of sports game there is. I grew up with five big brothers so I really had no choice but to play their games or play by myself. I ended up really liking their games though, so it should be no surprise that I like MLB 15 The Show.

One of the first games they would allow me to play with them was baseball. They thought that I would get hurt if I played football, and I could never get the ball when we played basketball. Baseball was a different story though, and it soon became my favorite game. (more…)

Why I Changed Printing Companies

I used to have very plain and boring business cards. I felt that they did their purpose, plus I really could not afford anything classier. Well, that is what I thought anyway, but it turns out I could have if I had gone to a different company that does printing in Brisbane instead of the one I had chosen. By luck, the company I had used was closed for several days, which made me look elsewhere. I had been thinking of upgrading my business card to something splashier, and I was going to see what kind of price my former company could offer me.

I was not going to go with anything too grande. I just wanted a bit of color, and perhaps a nicer font. I figured those two things were something I could afford at that point. (more…)

Resource and Career Fair

November 21, 2013: 10am-1pm
Scottish Rite Event Center
1895 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108



Veteran Orientation & Social

If you are in the area and in a positive mood, come by the Vet house and welcome some of the new Aztec veterans after their orientation. There will be pizza from 4-6pm Aug 7-9 and 12-14. See you there!

New Internships for veterans

We have some internships coming available where the manager reached out to me specifically requesting veterans!
Position Descriptions:
Northrop Grumman in Kearny Mesa, San Diego, CA has openings for Systems, Networking (two positions) and Software interns.  Come join Northrop Grumman’s Network Communications Systems (NCS) team in meeting the largest, most complex systems challenges imaginable for government, military and business.  NCS is committed to developing net-centric systems and infrastructures on the ground and in the air.  Northrop Grumman is seeking a San Diego area (this position will continue throughout most of the school year) college student enrolled in their 3rd or 4th year, or in a Masters degree program willing to do a part time 10-20 hours per week internship.
We are looking for interns to support development on our existing programs. You will be working with an assigned Sr. Engineer to create, document, integrate and test new products as directed.
Position #1
Preferred Skills for Network intern:  Familiar with basic network router and switch configurations.  Experience with TCP/IP, Microsoft networking, working knowledge of VoIP and Red Hat Linux.
Position #2
Preferred Skills for Systems intern:  Familiar with communications theory and it application to RF system analysis (e.g., link budgets).  Experience with STK modeling.  Hands on experience in Military or commercial RF communications.
Position #3
Preferred Skills for Software intern: Must have experience with Java, JavaScript, Ajax or some similar software.  Demonstrated project experience with Graphical User Interfaces.  Basic qualifications for this position include completed lower division coursework in Computer Engineering or Computer information Science disciplines and completing senior year in fall of 2012 or Spring of 2013.  Development work within a Linux environment.  Coding with C++, object oriented.  Android or IOS app experience.  Artistic skills with interest in graphical user interfaces.
Your folks can send resumes directly to me.
Nick Patti
Talent Acquistion
Northrop Grumman
Defense Systems Division

Government Shutdown and GI Bill Benefits

There have been many rumors circulating around campus about what is and is not affected by the government shutdown with regards to VA education benefits and the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center will do everything possible to try and answer those questions and provide the straightest scoop possible. Some common questions we have received over the last several days:

Will my tuition and housing allowance be affected by the shutdown?

The VA has passed that “claims processing and payments in the compensation, pension, education, and vocational rehabilitation programs are anticipated to continue through late October. However, in the event of a prolonged shutdown, claims processing and payments in these programs would be suspended when available funding is exhausted.”

I’m on the Work-Study Program. Will I still be able to work?

Work-Study participants who report to a site supervisor that has not been furloughed will be able to continue to work, submit hours, and be paid. Those whose site supervisors were furloughed, will not be able to work or submit hours. Hours that were submitted before the shutdown should be paid out.
Who can I call at the VA about my education benefits?

Unfortunately, nobody. The VA has suspended the Education Benefits national phone number (888-442-4551) indefinitely. Contact the Barron Veterans Center for possible assistance.

Will I still be able to receive other VA benefits such as medical care?

For a breakout of what services are and are not affected, review the Veterans Field Guide to Government Shutdown at http://www.va.gov/opa/docs/Field_Guide_20130927.pdf.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Barron Veterans Center at 619-594-5813 or visit our office in the Student Services West building in suite 1575.

SVO United Coalition Sponsors Veterans Mayoral Forum





The historic Veterans Museum and Memorial Center at Balboa Park will set the scene for a Veterans Mayoral Forum on Saturday, October 26, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.. All San Diego veterans are invited to meet and engage with candidates seeking to be the next Mayor of San Diego. The event will also serve as a political educational experience for community student veterans.

Attendees must RSVP at https://veteransmayoralforum.eventbrite.com as space is limited.

The three leading mayoral candidates – David Alvarez, Kevin Faulconer, and Nathan Fletcher – have confirmed their participation and will give student veterans and the wider veterans community the opportunity to address them. The forum will be moderated by Dr. Patricia Reilly (CDR, USN, Ret.) coordinator of San Diego State University College of Engineering’s SERVICE program (Success in Engineering for Recent Veterans through Internship and Career Experience), and SDSU SVO Advisor.

The purpose of the newly formed SVO United Coalition is to serve as a support network for local Student Veteran Organization (SVO) chapters; providing outreach and resources for development of veteran leadership in the communities of local colleges and universities. This network of support includes student veterans, SVO chapter advisors, educational institution administrators, and other veteran and community organizations. This effort is the first of many to come as the SVO United Coalition develops, engaging student veterans and SVO chapters in the wider community.

Media outlets are encouraged to attend and broadcast live on October 26.


Armando Telles, Organizer, (760) 332-8205

Tess Banko, Organizer, 619) 249-6259


Cesar Chavez Commemorative Scholarship

UCSD is holding an Industry Networking Night with a number of large San Diego-area companies, and has extended an invite to the SVO@SDSU.  This event is being held on May 21 (one week from today) at the UCSD Career Services Center.

RSVP is required.  When RSVPing, make sure to clearly state to Ms. Tillman that you are a part of the SVO@SDSU, as our inclusion is a special favor for this otherwise UCSD only event.

The Cesar Chavez Commemorative Scholarship was brought to our attention by our own Virginia Martinez.  This scholarship is for individuals (or immediate family members of individuals) who are employed in a service field, as defined below. (more…)

CalVets Women Veterans Leadership Conference

The Mission Valley Marriott will be hosting the CalVets Women Veterans Leadership Conference September 25-27.  The Barron Veterans Center has funding to reimburse the $40 registration fees for up to 10 SDSU veterans.  Anyone interested should contact Joan Putnam, Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center Director, for availability information.  You must provide Joan with proof of registration (in the form of a paid conference receipt) to be eligible for reimbursement.

A social mixer for local female veterans is currently in the planning stages; further details will be announced as they are available.

For more information on the Women Veterans Leadership Conference, please visithttp://www.calvet.ca.gov/women/Conference.aspx

Job Opportunity – San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Programmer Analyst

This job opportunity got mailed in to us from the San Diego Association of Governments.   Anyone interested should review SANDAG’s “How to Apply” page for further instructions.

Programmer Analyst

Salary Range:
Analyst I – $46,155 to $73,849 per year
Analyst II – $50,886 to $81,418 per year
Associate Analyst – $53,431 to $85,489 per year

Close Date: 

Application Instructions:

Details about SANDAG’s Employment Application, which is required for this position, can be found below.

Regional Information Services Program

The integrity and quality of SANDAG’s comprehensive land use, transportation, and socio-economic databases directly correlates with our ability to make sound recommendations and decisions about many regionally significant topics. The Regional Information Services program combines state-of-the-art geographic information systems, relational database management systems, modern object-oriented programming environments, and sophisticated Internet technologies to maintain and disseminate regional data resources.

The Regional Information Services group is tasked with finding innovative and technologically advanced ways to make information about SANDAG’s programs and services available to a broad range of regional customers through Web sites such as www.sandag.org, icommutesd.com, and transit.511sd.com, user-friendly data portals such as the Profile Warehouse and REDI (Regional Economic Development Information), and through custom applications specifically commissioned by project partners. The Regional Information Services group also supports SANDAG’s business optimization efforts by developing applications and tools that streamline agency-wide budgeting, data management, financial reporting, and project tracking and reporting initiatives.

Programmer Analyst Role

The Programmer Analyst will use a broad range of computer programming expertise to develop innovative object oriented Web-based and desktop solutions that facilitate regional information sharing and enhance workflows for internal and external clients. As the agency continues toward its goal of delivering data products in alternate formats, the ability to develop and implement innovative tools and resources, develop solutions to meet the needs of projects and customers, and participate on inter-departmental and/or cross-functional project teams will be an increasingly important aspect of the position.

Job Responsibilities

This opportunity is ideal for a programming professional with a strong interest in furthering their expertise in the development of applications that support regional planning initiatives. We anticipate significant career development will occur while working on the types of duties and responsibilities described below and through mentoring and close collaboration with senior staff. Examples of primary responsibilities include:

  • Assist with the ongoing development and maintenance of Web sites, desktop applications, and enterprise databases; review and analyze current applications to identify opportunities for enhancement; research and recommend technologies in support of enhancement initiatives that include the migration of existing desktop applications to Web 2.0 technologies.
  • Participate in the design and development of custom programs and applications for a broad range of information sharing and business optimization purposes; consult with employees and/or project partners to define scope; translate business requirements into technical requirements and produce conceptual application models; prepare time, cost, and schedule estimates for the development and implementation of n-tiered Web applications and related business components.
  • Participate in the design and development of applications and relational databases; assist with quality assurance/quality control procedures, Section 508 compliance, and application performance testing and monitoring.
  • Use object oriented programming languages and relational database technologies to streamline workflows and add functionality to new or existing applications.
  • Prepare and maintain application and database design documentation; provide training to business users, technical staff, and project partners in the use and maintenance of proprietary applications.
  • Participate on inter-departmental and inter-agency teams assembled for application development projects.
  • Foster collaborative working relationships with local jurisdictions, Caltrans, and other public agencies; coordinate with federal, state, and local agencies to jointly develop databases, applications, and resources.
  • Contribute to the development of innovative solutions designed to provide greater access to data for audiences throughout the region; assist with the implementation of new technologies, tools, and products.

Experience and Qualifications

Numerous factors contribute to an individual’s ability to be successful in any given role. For this position, we are searching for a candidate with technical expertise, an aptitude for analytical thinking and innovation, the ability to work collaboratively, and strong communication skills.

The minimum education, training, and experience qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major course work in software engineering, computer science, information technology, or a related field and one to three years of progressive career development creating client/server applications and data-driven Web sites.

The following information describes the specific types of career experiences that are most relevant to this position.

  • Demonstrated experience developing, deploying, maintaining, and enhancing client/server applications and data-driven Web sites in a Microsoft Windows/IIS/Visual Studio/SQL Server environment; ability to design debugging, testing, and performance monitoring routines.
  • Demonstrated application development experience using Visual Studio and the Microsoft .NET Framework; demonstrated knowledge and implementation of modern programming languages including C#, VB.NET, VB, SQL, PERL, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, DHTML, AJAX, and XML; demonstrated knowledge and understanding of object oriented programming methodologies and best practices; knowledge of VBA for Access, Java, ActionScript, Flash, Silverlight and Python is desirable.
  • Knowledge of and experience with standard software engineering methodologies and tools including development of requirements, modeling, code development tools, shared code libraries, debugging and testing methodologies, and documentation.
  • Knowledge of design principles for relational database structures and models; experience creating SQL queries, stored procedures, and data views; demonstrated ability to work with data from numerous sources.
  • Demonstrated understanding of multiple computer operating systems including Windows and LINUX/UNIX.
  • Experience using MS SharePoint as a solution for business process integration and optimization projects; demonstrated ability to develop SharePoint integrated Web Parts.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including agency and other government officials, community groups, and the public to gain cooperation and consensus through discussion and persuasion.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to identify user needs and effectively communicate technical information to non-technical users.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage several concurrent projects at various stages of completion; ability to establish and maintain priorities and work independently.
  • Demonstrated computer software proficiency using various programs from the Microsoft Office Suite and other PC-based applications.

Salary and Benefits

SANDAG rewards the efforts of its employees with a comprehensive compensation package. Competitive salaries are supplemented with a flexible offering of health, financial security, and time-off benefits to meet the work and life needs of employees and their families.

This Programmer Analyst position will be filled at the Analyst I, II, or Associate level depending on qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. The annual salary ranges are: Analyst I – $46,155 to $73,849 per year; Analyst II – $50,886 to $81,418 per year; Associate Analyst – $53,431 to $85,489 per year.

The benefits we offer include traditional health, dental, and vision insurance as well as employee assistance, wellness, and work/life balance programs. To support the need to rest and rejuvenate, employees are provided with a bank of paid time off in addition to paid holidays. Contributions to financial security are provided through a pension plan and deferred compensation program.

How to Apply

We encourage all interested candidates to apply for this position by completing a SANDAG Employment Application form. Resumes, cover letters, and work samples may be submitted in addition to the Employment Application but are not a substitute for this document.

The Employment Application can be downloaded in PDF format from the SANDAG Web site. Alternatively, a copy can be requested by calling (619) 699-1900 or e-mailing hr@sandag.org. Completed applications and related materials can be submitted via e-mail, fax, regular mail, courier, or delivered by hand. See our Careers / How to Apply Web page for additional information.

Applications for the Programmer Analyst position will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2013.

Applicants requiring an accommodation due to a disability should state their needs in writing when submitting an application.

Candidate Selection and Notification

All candidates will receive written confirmation that their application has been received. The hiring manager will begin reviewing and evaluating applications within a few days of the close date. Based on this evaluation, the best qualified candidates will be invited to continue in the selection process. All candidates will receive written notification as to the final outcome of their application.

Further Information

The SANDAG Web site contains a wealth of information about our various project and program areas. The Careers section of the site lists all of our current Job Openings as well as information on how to apply for positions and Frequently Asked Questions about our recruitment process.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, applicants hired by SANDAG must show acceptable proof of identity and evidence of authorization to work in the United States.

SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer

More Information:

  • SANDAG Employment Application [PDF, 974 KB]
    Review the ‘How to Apply’ page for details on completing and submitting the Application Form electronically.
  • FMLA Notice to Applicants [PDF, 36 KB]
  • SANDAG Job Announcement – Programmer Analyst [PDF, 266 KB]