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Two SJMS Students Recognized at PSFA Commencement

May 22, 2017

Two SJMS Students Recognized at PSFA Commencement

SJMS Student Named 2017 Zahn Spirit of Innovation Award Recipient

Graduating senior Anthony Berteaux was presented with the 2017 Zahn Spirit of Innovation Award at the PSFA Commencement Ceremony on May 14, 2017. This annual award honors exceptional entrepreneurial drive and it’s only the second year the award has been given out. Berteaux was nominated by faculty within PSFA and nominations were solicited from all colleges on campus.

The award recipient approaches every day problems with creativity resilience and relentless passion, and is awarded to someone who exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit, though likely doesn't consider himself or herself as an entrepreneur. The Zahn Spirit of Innovation Award also comes with a $25,000 scholarship, which is funded by Irwin Zahn and the Moxie Foundation. Zahn is also the founder of the Zahn Innovation Platform (ZIP) Launchpad and the Zahn Professorship of Creativity and Innovation.

Berteaux received the award for being bold, persistent, and having a big heart but not shying away from controversy. He is an activist and journalist who writes about important social and political issues including damaging stereotypes, racism and antisemitism. While at SDSU he was involved with KCR College Radio, and The Daily Aztec. Berteaux interned with the Anti-Defamation League of San Diego and the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Berteaux is still looking for a full-time position, meanwhile he is continuing his work with the Anti-Defamation League of San Diego and the SDSU Hillel and Jewish Student Union.

Journalism Student Named Outstanding College of PSFA Graduate

Graduating journalism student Quinn Owen was named the Outstanding Graduate from the college of Professional Studies and Fine Arts. As the college’s outstanding graduating senior, Owen was an integral part of the commencement ceremony on May 14 in Viejas Arena, including giving a keynote speech and leading the tassel change for the graduating class of 2017. Owen spent the commencement ceremony onstage with his influential faculty member, Dr. Amy Schmitz Weiss.

Owen advised the crowd that “Uncomfortable change brings new opportunity.” Taking his own advice, Owen will start a full time job in Washington D.C. at ABC News this summer. Owen’s speech as well as the entire PSFA Commencement Ceremony can be viewed on SDSU’s YouTube page by visiting,