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 visit

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,, and, 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 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]

Job & Internship Opportunities – Life Technologies

Life Technologies is “…a global life sciences company

We believe in the power of science and appreciate its rigorous discipline. That’s what drives our passion for innovation, leading to transformative offerings that support endeavors throughout the world.

Our extensive range of products and services, from instruments to everyday lab essentials, ensures quality and performance for every lab, every application. Customers in more than 160 countries count on us in their quest to improve life in meaningful ways.”

Life Technologies is also extremely serious about hiring veterans.  They’re so serious that they hired one themselves, specifically to recruit and place veterans.

John Engstrom, a retired Marine Mustang and Senior Military Talent Acquisition Specialist with Life Technologies, reached out to Dr. Reily recently with a huge number of job & internship opportunities.  Life Technologies has an office in Carlsbad, but is a global company with offices and opportunities on all continents as well as in multiple locations domestically.  There’s so many opportunities available (45 internships and 422 job openings) that I can’t list them all here; instead I’ve linked the files John sent us below.

  • Employment Opportunities with Life Technologies (PDF)
  • Veteran Applications Flyer (PDF)
  • Non-veteran Applications Flyer (PDF)
  • Open Internship Opportunities (XLS)
  • Open Domestic Job Opportunities (XLS)
  • Open International Job Opportunities (XLS)
  • Open Job Opportunities at Advanced Microscopy Group (DOC)

If you’re interested, visit to view their opportunities (alternatively, use  If there are any further questions, check out Life Technologies’ website or e-mail Mr. Engstrom at

Warrior Gateway is Looking for Marketing Interns

Warrior Gateway is “a non-profit whose mission is to connect individuals in the military, veterans, and their families with federal, state, and local government programs as well as non-profit organizations in their local communities.”  They’re also currently looking for an unpaid Marketing intern.  Some travel (5-25%) will be required for this internship.  They’re ideally looking for candidates in San Francisco or Washington D.C., but are open to strong candidates elsewhere.

The selected intern(s) will “join a team to launch and grow a series of brands in 2013. Projects include brand awareness campaigns, stakeholder education, blogger relationship development, social media marketing campaigns, and many others.”

Warrior Gateway is a new organization, and they take pride in their “start-up” mentality.  They’re also extremely veteran oriented, including in their hiring practices.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to  More information can be found here.

I’m told that more positions, including an Administrative Assistant, will be opening in the near future.  Updates will follow.

General Dynamics Virtual Career Fair TONIGHT!

Hey guys, I know this is super-last minute, but you’re getting it just as soon as I am.  This comes from our past President, Tess Banko, through her connections with the Student Veterans of America.

Here’s what Tess got from the SVA:

General Dynamics is hosting a virtual career fair only open to student veterans on Wednesday, February 20th from 5 – 9 p.m. (EST).

This virtual event is dedicated exclusively to SVA members. Participants will be able to familiarize themselves with all of General Dynamics business segments and chat one-on-one with individual recruiters.

You must register for this event at the link below to be immediately considered for a confidential chat with one of the recruiters. Please register at:

General Dynamics is an Affirmative Action Employer who values cultural diversity in the workplace.”

Veteran Corporate Networking Event Next Week

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.

Proposed Bylaws for Academic Year 2013-2014

Below are the bylaws as recommended by the current Executive Board for academic year 2013-2014. While there are a number of formatting and wording changes, there are three true differences:

  1. The absence of the Vice President of Membership/Marketing.
    1. The function of Vice President of Marketing overlaps greatly with the Vice President of Communication.
    2. The function of Vice President of Membership overlaps with the Vice President of Camaraderie, with the exception of possible membership dues.
  2. The addition of a Vice President of Professional Development
    1. The Vice President of Professional Development shall be responsible for the management & dissemination of job opportunities, internship opportunities, professional development & leadership classes, and other information relevant to the professional advancement of the membership at large.
  3. The addition of Article III (Membership), item 4: Membership dues. A majority vote at a recent general membership meeting showed that the membership was willing to consider paying dues as a means of fundraising. Article III, Item 4 grants the power to set membership dues to the Executive Board, and requires that dues be passed by a 2/3 majority vote of the general body.

Please e-mail any questions or requested clarifications to before 5PM on March 18, 2013 so that they may be addressed at the Executive Board meeting that evening.

Keep reading for the full text of the bylaws.



  1. The name of the organization shall be the Student Veteran Organization at San Diego State University.


  1. The primary purpose of the Student Veteran Organization at San Diego State University shall be to foster fellowship of like-minded individuals in order to create a network of students and successful alumni to build camaraderie and provide continued professional & leadership development.
  2. The secondary purpose of the Student Veteran Organization at San Diego State University is to make veterans, active duty personnel, reservists and their families aware of all benefits and resources entitled to them.


  1. Membership in the organization shall be open to all regularly enrolled San Diego State University students.  A focus shall be placed on recruiting those who are military veterans, active duty personnel, reservists, Reserve Officers’ Training Corps members, and family members of the aforementioned.
  2. Up to a maximum of 20 percent of the members of a student organization may be individuals who are not California State University students (e.g., community members, students at other colleges).  Only students enrolled at San Diego State University may vote on issues that come before the members or hold officer positions.
  3. Eligibility for membership or appointed/elected student officer positions in the campus-recognized chapter or group may not be limited on the basis of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, color, age, gender, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or disability.  The Student Veteran Organization at San Diego State University has no rules or policies that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, color, age, gender, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or disability.
  4. The Executive Board shall determine membership dues.  Any alteration to membership dues shall require a two-thirds majority vote of the members at large.
  5. Refer to the Student Life and Leadership Handbook (Page 69) for guidelines of removal of member.


  1. Requirements and Responsibilities
    1. The officers of this organization shall be:
      1. President
      2. Executive Vice President
      3. Treasurer
      4. Vice President of Communication
      5. Vice President of Camaraderie
      6. Vice President of Fundraising
      7. Vice President of Community Service
      8. Vice President of Professional Development
    2. To be eligible for office, candidates must be regularly enrolled students at San Diego State University.  Eligibility requirements mandated by San Diego State University can be found in the Student Organization Handbook.
    3. The term of office shall be one academic year, beginning on the last day of the year and ending on the last day of the following year.  The newly elected officers will decide near the end of the spring semester how they will function during the summer session.
    4. Officers can be removed from office by completion of their term or by ⅔ vote of the general membership present at the meeting.
    5. Vacancies will be filled by other active officers on a volunteer basis until the standing officers select another member via nomination and vote.  In the event that the President resigns, the Vice President shall serve as Acting President until a Vote of Confidence confirms the Vice President’s succession as President.  An election will then be held to fill the Vice President’s position.
  1. Election Procedures
    1. Campaigning
      1. Candidates have the opportunity to send an official statement to the members by sending a statement (200 words max) to the Vice President of Communication no later than 7PM on the Monday of the week prior to election night.  Slander, harassment or anything deemed as inappropriate will be sent back to the candidate and not published.  Official statements will be distributed through the Student Veteran Organization at San Diego State University website and mailing list the week prior to the election meeting.  There is no time window to claim candidacy.
    2. Nomination
      1. Nominations for office shall occur approximately one month before the scheduled final of each year.
      2. In accordance with San Diego State University’s Student Organization handbook, all members in good standing with the Student Veteran Organization at San Diego State University may run for any position on the Executive Board.  Those running for President and Treasurer must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher, per handbook policy.
      3. Members nominated for more than one position will be ticketed for the highest position.  If the candidate does not get elected for the position they are running for, they may use floor nomination to become ticketed on the other ballots.
      4. Members may nominate themselves or others.  A nomination must be seconded in order for the member to be officially nominated.
      5. If a member is nominated, they must accept the nomination in order to be ticketed.
      6. Members may not be nominated in absentia without their consent.
      7. Nominees are allowed to drop candidacy at any time.  Nominees may be removed by 3/4 vote from Executive Board.
    3. Election night
      1. Elections shall occur approximately three weeks before the scheduled final of each year.
      2. Elections shall be held in the following order: President, Executive Vice President, Treasurer, Communication, Membership, Camaraderie, Fundraising, and Community Service.
      3. All candidates shall be allowed to speak on election night.
      4. If the candidate cannot be present, they may send a PowerPoint or email to a member or officer to present on behalf of the candidate.
      5. Visual aids are allowed.  Candidates must bring their own presentation equipment.
      6. Any slander, harassment or anything deemed inappropriate will cut your speech short and review for possible removal from ticket will begin immediately.
      7. Speeches will be limited to 5 minutes.
      8. All candidates for the current position will be outside, minus the speaker.
      9. After all speeches for the position are completed, all candidates will be asked no more than three questions (five for President, Executive Vice President and Treasurer).  All candidates will be present for questioning and the first candidate questioned will be revolving, to ensure that one candidate does not answer first or last for each question.
      10. All candidates will be excused from the meeting and a discussion will open for members.  This discussion will last no more than 5 minutes per position.
      11. Votes will then be taken by a method to be agreed upon by the membership body.
      12. Absentee voting is allowed and the list will be handled by the Vice President of Communication to ensure only one vote per member.
      13. Votes will be counted by the by the Vice President of Communication, and one neutral party (such as the Advisor).  During the election of the Vice President of Communication, votes shall be counted by the currently seated Executive Vice President.
      14. After all votes are tallied, results will be announced.


  1. Regular meetings of the organization shall be held every two weeks on the day designated by the Executive Board.
  2. Executive Board meetings shall be held every two weeks, during weeks in which the organization does not meet, on the day designated by the executive board.
  3. The President or Acting President may call special meetings when the need arises.
  4. Agendas for meetings shall be prepared and provided to all members forty-eight hours prior to the meeting via the SVO website and/or hard copy.
  5. A quorum for any regular or special meeting shall be fifty percent plus one officer present.


  1. The Student Veteran Organization at San Diego State University has no standing committees.  All Executive Board members, less the President and Executive Vice President, shall have the right to establish and maintain committees to assist in the performance of their duties.
  2. Additional committees may be created by majority vote by the officers.  Committee members shall be selected on a volunteer basis or by accepting nomination by an Executive Board member.
  3. The organization shall operate as a non-profit association and no profits may accrue to any individual within the organization.
  4. Unless otherwise provided in these bylaws or the parliamentary authority, decisions of the organization shall be made by a simple majority of those present and voting, and absentee voting electronically, with those abstaining from the vote not figuring into the determination of the majority required.
  5. For purposes of any vote, apart from nomination and selection for officer positions, all officers present will have one vote per issue save the President.  The President will not be eligible to vote unless a tie-breaking vote is needed.  During nomination and voting for the officer positions, all active members of the Student Veteran Organization have one vote.


  1. The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the organization in all cases in which they are applicable and in which they are consistent with these bylaws and any special rules of order the organization may adopt.


  1. These bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the organization by a two-thirds vote, provided that the amendment has been submitted and discussed in writing at the previous regular meeting.

SVO@SDSU Supports The Wounded Warriors

On February 2nd, 2013, several of our SDSU SVO students volunteered for a local Wounded Warrior luncheon and wheelchair basketball tournament. Volunteers arrived early Saturday morning at NMCSD to cheer on wounded warriors from around the country.

The tournament included two active duty battalions: The Ft. Sam “Warriors” traveled all the way from San Antonio Texas to challenge our local Naval Medical Center San Diego Injured Marine “Wolfpack”. The athleticism of these warriors is astounding, and it was a privilege to spend the day helping the wounded warriors as well as cheering them on to victory. I look forward to many more opportunities to volunteer with this great group of heroes.

For more information about the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment, click here.  Information about Brooke Army Medical Center, home of the Ft. Sam Warriors, can be found here.

Israeli Defense Force Panel Discussion

Aztecs for Israel & the Jewish Student Union are hosting a panel event this Wednesday, February 20, at 7PM.  This panel will feature two veterans of the Israeli Defense Force, giving their take on the Israeli-Arab conflict and sharing their experiences.  The discussion will be held in Hepner Hall 221.

The following write-up was provided by Mor Frankle, President of Aztecs for Israel.

Kinneret and Adam are part of StandWithUs “Israeli Soldiers Stories” (ISS), an innovative program featuring a diverse group of reserve duty Israeli college students whose mission is to educate, inform, and delve into conversation about the Israeli-Arab conflict. Each soldier has a personal story that exposes the dilemmas of the conflict, including facing an enemy that hides behind its civilians.

The soldiers share experiences that are rarely heard.


Adam has a BA in Political Science and International Relations in The Tel Aviv Academic College. He was drafted to the IDF in 2000 and has since pursued a career in the army.  Adam serves as the Head of the International Organizations and Diplomatic Missions Department. In his accomplished career, he was an officer in COGAT (an IDF unit responsible for Palestinian civilian needs) and in the civil administration. In the IDF, Adam dealt directly with Palestinian-Arab populations in the Disputed Territories, as well as with international representatives. He is an alumnus of the StandWithUs Israel Fellowship of 2010 at Tel Aviv University.


Kinneret was born and raised on Kfar Haruv, a kibbutz situated on a cliff of the Golan Heights, overlooking the Sea of Galilee (“Kinneret” in Hebrew). Kinneret served in the IDF during the Second Lebanon War in 2006 against the terror organization Hezbollah. When the war broke out she was rushed to the northern city of Zfat which was under constant rocket attack. While assisting civilians in stress, a rocket hit the place Kinneret had been standing just moments before. Kinneret, a graduate of the StandWithUs Israel Fellowship at Bar Ilan University, is finishing her B.A. in Political Communications in Tel Aviv.

Any questions should be directed to the Aztecs for Israel, who can be reached at their e-mail address

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