Fall Welcome Days

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Watch our 2015 Fall Welcome Days (FWD) promo video HERE!

Fall Welcome Days 2015

     Fall Welcome Days (FWD) is a series of programs and events that take place the first few weeks of the fall semester to welcome returning students to SJSU and help new students get acquainted with their new environment. Whether you are returning to SJSU, transferring from another institution, or just beginning your college journey, we have something for you! These events have been planned by departments and organizations across campus and gathered all in a master calendar all for you! Please take the time to review the schedule and plan on attending.

     Additionally, something we are very excited to have this year is a fully comprehensive program for Fall Welcome Days that strongly incorporates this year’s theme: Spartan It Forward.  As you are returning to SJSU this academic year or beginning your journey at SJSU, we want to instill the ideas of community, civility, and paying it forward -- early! Don’t forget to Spartan It Forward at this year’s Fall Welcome Days events, but also throughout the academic year!

We look forward to seeing you at many of the 2015 Fall Welcome Days events and programs.


Go Spartans,

Daisy Ramirez, ‘17 (FWD Kick-Off Chair)
Ian Zamora, ‘16 (Programming and Marketing Chair)

*** For the master calendar of the most up to date events and programs for 2015 Fall Welcome Days, visit: ***

  • Website: http://www.sjsu.edu/getinvolved/orientation/fwd/
  • Facebook: Search “SJSU Student Involvement”
  • Twitter: @getinvolvedSJSU
  • Instagram: @getinvolvedSJSU

Search and use hashtags “SJSUFWD” and “SpartanItForward” on all social media outlets!

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, August 19th

Fall Welcome Days Kick-Off (Student Involvement)

1:00pm – 3:00pm · Tower Lawn

Come celebrate the beginning of the academic year and kick-off the 2015 Fall Welcome Days events and programs with over 3,000 of your peers!  This campus wider event is filled with fun, snacks, games, and Spartan Pride! 

New Student Welcome Mixer (MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center)

3:00pm – 5:00pm · Student Union Ballroom

Are you brand new to SJSU and identify as Native American, African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Latin@/Chican@, and/or mixed? If so, you don’t want to miss this mixer. You will be introduced to campus resources and meet faculty, staff and current students who also identify with your community. Food will be provided and a chance to win fun raffle prizes will be awarded throughout the program. Come out and get connected!

Thursday, August 20th

Sweet Success (Accessible Education Center)

11:00am – 2:00pm · MLK Library, Rm 230: Center for Accessible Technology (CAT)

The Accessible Education Center (AEC) seeks to offer a one-of-a kind, fifth annual, Sweet Success: A meet and greet of AEC staff, services, and SJSU resources here to support students with disabilities. The Sweet Success event will provide students with an alternative media and assistive technology hands-on-tour, social gathering, and introduction to disability specific campus resources.

Beyond Z Accelerator: “Survivor Mixer” (College of Engineering & College of Business)

3:00pm – 5:00pm · Boccardo Business Complex (BBC) 032

The Beyond Z Accelerator: "Survivor" Mixer is an opportunity for alumni, current, and future students to build community and participate in a series of desert survival simulation activities. The three 20-minute activities will foster teamwork, practice problem solving skills, and enhance their communication and design thinking skills. Afterwards, attendees will have the opportunity to mingle with other guests.

Target Night (Student Involvement)

10:00pm – 12:00am · Meet at 7th Street Plaza  

Need a few things? Join us at the Target on Coleman Avenue for a night of Spartan fun and shopping. Bus transportation will be provided from campus every 30 minutes from 10:00pm to midnight.

Friday, August 21st

Residential Life Mixer (GENERATE: First-Generation College Students Program/ MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center)

12:00pm – 1:30pm · CVB Resident Activity Center (RAC)

Geared toward first-generation college students that live on campus, this event is focused on familiarizing students with resources, connecting them with other first-generation students, and peer advice from other students who are the first in their family to attend college. Free refreshments and door prizes!

Monday, August 24th

Passport to Success at SJSU (Lucas College and Graduate School of Business)

11:00am – 2:00pm · Boccardo Business Complex (BBC) 032

Explore creative learning experiences while enjoying a quick lunch. See some fun educational exhibits and posters created by students in courses that include study abroad, consulting for local community / multinational company, pitching an entrepreneurial venture, and a student management investment fund. Enjoy team and leadership activities and learn about exceptional interdisciplinary programs.

Black Student Welcome Event (African American/Black Task Force)

5:00pm – 7:00pm · Student Union Ballrooms

Introduction to SJSU for Black Students 101: A new student welcome event for frosh and transfer students to connect them with the Black community at SJSU and Santa Clara County. Food, fun and friends!

Tuesday, August 25th

Peer Connections Beach Boardwalk (Peer Connections)

11:30am – 1:30pm · 7th Street Plaza

Surf's up! Come join Peer Connections for fun games and prizes! Learn more about balancing your time, taking notes, or how to get more involved on campus! Discover information about workshops, tutoring, mentoring, and other resources available from Peer Connections!

Crafty Times at the Library (University Library)

4:00pm – 6:00pm · Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 4th Floor

Drop by and hang out at one of two crafting sessions at the library. You will be able to choose from a variety of crafting options that will be a part of future events. The library will provide supplies, snacks and drinks to participants.

Barbershop Talk Series: Building a Community for Black Men (Counseling and Psychological Services and Peer Connections)

5:15pm – 6:45pm · Associated Students House, Fireside Room

The Barbershop Talk Series provides Black/African American males a safe-space to connect and build meaningful relationships with each other as well as other Black faculty and staff members.  At this event we will discuss the intricacies of being a Black/African American male at SJSU and learn tips on how to successfully navigate this experience. 

Wednesday, August 26th

Student Wellness Center Open House (Student Health Center-Wellness & Health Promotion)

10:00am – 2:00pm · 7th Street Plaza, Outside Student Wellness Center

Come check out our brand new Student Wellness Center! Get your questions answered, meet our staff, and learn about all of the resources you have access to. Great giveaways for all those who attend.

MOSAIC Open House (MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center)

12:00pm – 3:00pm · MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center, Modular A (between Hoover Hall & Aquatic Center)

The MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center invites all new and returning students, staff, faculty, and campus community members, to join us in Modular A to meet our staff, and learn about MOSAIC's services and programs for the fall semester.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Welcome Reception (PRIDE Center)

12:00pm – 3:00pm · PRIDE Center, Modular B (between Hoover Hall & Aquatic Center) 

Join us in Modular B (between Hoover Hall & Aquatic Center) where there will be plenty of opportunities to see old friends and make new ones. This is your opportunity to meet and connect with the SJSU LGBTQ Community. All SJSU students, staff, and faculty are welcome!  Light refreshments will be served.

Women’s Welcome Social (Gender Equity Center)

12:00pm – 3:00pm · Gender Equity Center

Join us in Modular B (between Hoover Hall & Aquatic Center) where there will be plenty of opportunities to see old friends and make new ones. This is your opportunity to meet and connect with people who are interested in learning about gender or looking to get involved with activism around gender issues at SJSU. All SJSU students, staff, and faculty are welcome!  Light refreshments will be served.

CASA New Student Welcome Resource Fair (College of Applied Sciences and Arts Student Success Center and Dean’s Office)

3:00pm – 4:30pm · Associated Students (AS) Lawn

The College of Applied Sciences and Arts (CASA) New Student Welcome Resource Fair introduces frosh and transfers to CASA majors, the college faculty, staff, and administrators, and the academic support resources that facilitate academic and a smooth transition to the university.

Party Classy (Student Health Center and Wellness & Health Promotion)

3:00pm – 4:00pm · Student Wellness Center, Room 122A

Whether you choose to drink or not, alcohol may play a role in your college life. Party Classy provides some tips, tricks, and strategies for staying on the good side of alcohol if you choose to drink. So you say you don’t drink… no problem! Party Classy also provides the tools needed to educate your peers or to help out a friend who may have had a little too much to drink.

Honors Programs at SJSU – What’s it all about? (Humanities Honors Program)

3:30pm – 5:30pm · Clark Hall 412 and 4th Floor Foyer

Thousands of students at SJSU qualify for honors programs, but most know nothing about them. This event explains the many varieties of honors at SJSU. Honors is not just about GPA – there’s so much more! Many honors opportunities will be represented – come for the information and some snacks.

Social Justice Barbeque and Movie Night (Cesar Chavez Community Action Center)

6:00pm – 10:00pm · Associated Students (AS) Rec Lawn

What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now. Learn about the ways you can build community power, engage in service, and be part of the change.

Thursday, August 27th

College of Social Sciences Open House (ACCESS Success Center)

10:00am – 2:00pm · ACCESS Success Center, Clark Hall 240
Come join us – to meet your Success Team, to explore the different majors/minors and resources in the College of Social Sciences, and to celebrate the new school year. Bring your questions! Refreshments and snacks will be served.

Healthy Eats at SJSU (Student Health Center-Wellness & Health Promotion)

11:00am – 12:00pm · Student Wellness Center Room 122A

Healthy food options exist all around us… even right here on campus! Learn about the food option you have here at SJSU (both on and off campus) as well as proven strategies for making healthy choices.

Strengthening Spartans (Peer Connections & University Housing Services)

12:00pm – 1:00pm · CVB Resident Activity Center (RAC) C

Come find out what you're already good at! StrengthsQuestTM teaches you how to use your strengths to better your personal, professional, and academic life. This event will introduce you to the basics of StrengthsQuest,TM and attendees will receive a free opportunity to assess their individual Strengths.

Career Center Open House (Career Center) 

1:30pm – 4:30pm · Administration Building (ADM) 154/255

Need a job or help choosing a major? Come to this event and learn how we can help you with things like exploring majors to landing your dream job. Need a part-time or on-campus job? Let us help! We will also have a photo booth set up for LinkedIn pictures!

Empowered Bystander: See Something. Say Something (Student Health Center-Wellness & Health Promotion)

2:00pm – 3:00pm · Student Wellness Center, Room 122A

As Spartans, we need to watch out for each other. The first step is knowing the difference between a bystander and an empowered bystander. This interactive presentation will allow you to walk away with concrete skills that you can use to positively intervene in potentially harmful situations. Practicing these skills will help build your confidence and encourage you to take action that will make our campus community a safer place for all.

Come Together! 5th Annual Family, Friends, and First-Generation College Students Evening (GENERATE: First-Generation College Students Program/ MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center)

5:00pm – 6:30pm · Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Meeting Rooms 225/229

“Come Together!” 5th Annual Family, Friends and First-Generation College Students Evening is a welcoming opportunity for students, their family and friends, and SJSU faculty/staff to enjoy good food, discuss the college experience, and increase sources of support for academic success for those who are first in their family to attend college.

Friday, August 28th

New Student Welcome Fair (College of Engineering)

11:00am – 1:00pm · College of Engineering Courtyard

New engineering frosh and transfer students – join us at the New Student Welcome Fair in the Engineering Courtyard! Enjoy ice cream while checking out what the College of Engineering has to offer. You get to meet faculty, staff, and student organizations and maybe even win an awesome raffle prize.

Activism in Action (Cesar Chavez Community Action Center)

3:00pm – 5:00pm · Associated Students (AS) House, Board Room

The first revolution is internal. Unlock your leadership potential to make a positive change in your community. Learn the basics to community organizing and social action.

Monday, August 31st

NPHC Week (National Pan-Hellenic Council)

Various Times · Various Locations

During the fall semester, the National Pan-Hellenic Council will host their “2015 NPHC Week” during August 31st- September 4th, which will include a series of events that allow new students to not only actively engage and learn what Black Greek life is all about, but to also meet and socialize with other students in the Black community.

  • Monday, 8/31/15 - Meet the Greeks Dessert Mixer, 5:00pm-8:30pm | ENG 285 & 287
  • Tuesday, 9/1/15- Campus Maps: Surviving the First Year, Time TBD | BBC 002 (Tentative)
  • Wednesday, 9/2/15 - NPHC Movie Night: Higher Learning, 6:00pm-9:00pm | CVC RAC rooms
  • Thursday, 9/3/15 - Black Thursday Organization Fair and BBQ, 3:00pm-6:00pm | A.S. Lawn
  • Friday, 9/4/15 - Community Service, Time TBD | Location TBD

Tuesday, September 1st

Student Organization Fair (Student Involvement)

11:00am – 2:00pm · Tower Lawn

As an opportunity to get involved at SJSU, the Fall Org Fair is a “must do” annual tradition. Organizations have a chance to recruit new members and showcase their activities, while students can explore ways to get involved and add more fun to their SJSU experience. The event is free and open to the entire SJSU student community! Don’t miss it!

CASA Student Success Center Open House (College of Applied Sciences and Arts)

3:00pm – 4:00pm · CASA Student Success Center, MacQuarrie Hall 533

The CASA Student Success Center invites you to an Open House to learn about our advising and academic support programs and services. Come and meet the staff and students, and discover the resources that will support your success. Fun, food, and prizes!

Stress Less for Success Fair (Counseling and Psychological Services - CAPS)

3:00pm – 5:00pm · Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Meeting Rooms 225/229

College can be exciting but it can also be stressful because of all the different things students have to balance in their lives. Participate in several interactive stations to learn tips and train how you can Stress Less for Success. There will be free food and giveaways available!

Wednesday, September 2nd

Community Connections Fair (Center for Community Learning & Leadership)

10:00am – 2:00pm · 7th Street Plaza in front of the Student Union

The 12th Annual Community Connections Fair allows SJSU students, faculty and staff the opportunity to learn about services offered by non-profit organizations and ways in which they can volunteer and be involved in service-learning.

Fall in Love with Your Major! (Career Center)

12:00pm – 2:00pm · Student Union Ballroom

Not sure which major to declare? Considering changing your major? Attend this event to see what's offered at SJSU and learn more about different majors and career fields. Discover how different majors can prepare you for a variety of internships or jobs.

Crafty Times at the Library (University Library)

4:00pm – 6:00pm · Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 4th Floor

Drop by and hang out at one of two crafting sessions at the library. You will be able to choose from a variety of crafting options that will be a part of future events. The library will provide supplies, snacks and drinks to participants.

Thursday, September 3rd

Spartan Squad Kick-Off (Associated Students)

3:00pm – 6:00pm · Tower Lawn

The annual Spartan Squad Kick-off will be celebrating the first home football game of the 2015 season. Spartan Squad will be handing out their coveted Spartan Squad shirts along with some other great prizes!

Welcome to the College of Science – Open House (College of Science)

3:00pm – 5:00pm · Breezeway of Duncan Hall

The College of Science invites all science students to come enjoy free food and beverages and take this opportunity to meet faculty, staff, and other students in the College of Science. Information, resources, and services provided by the College of Science Advising Center as well as campus wide resources will be shared.

Campus Tailgate (Student Health Center-Wellness & Health Promotion)

4:00pm – 7:00pm · Campus Village Quad (Outside of Housing)

Join us for the Campus Tailgate in celebration of the first home football game! Come play some games with PHE, get your face painted blue and gold, and build your Spartan Pride. Find us in the Campus Village Quad for FREE FOOD and PRIZES. Go Spartans!

MOSAIC WORD! Open Mic Series Opener (MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center)

5:00pm – 7:00pm · Student Union Food Court

The MOSAIC WORD! Open Mic Series features an array of different acts and talents.  MOSAIC invites everyone to join us and share your talents-- whether through poetry, spoken word, music, dance, or any form of expression.  Everyone is welcome to perform and/or participate!

Friday, September 4th

Spartan Service Day (Cesar Chavez Community Action Center)

12:00pm – 2:00pm · Associated Students (AS) House & Rec Lawn

Power up Silicon Valley with a morning of community service. Meet other like-minded Spartans and truly make a difference in the community. Go Spartans! Go Service!

Engage: New Student Leadership Experience (Student Involvement)

1:00pm – 3:00pm · Location TBD

(Six Week Workshop Series – 9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9)

Who is a leader? What does it mean to lead? The term leadership gets used all of the time, but have you ever stopped to think about what it actually means to you? Over the course of this seminar you will engage fully in an exploration about what YOU believe leadership to be. This interactive experience will give you greater awareness leadership as theory and practice. Open to all new students, no leadership experience required.

Monday, September 14th

Chican@/Latin@ Welcome, Bienvenidos a SJSU

4:00pm – 6:00pm · Student Union Ballroom

Come kick off the fall with the Chican@/Latin@ Student Success Task Force. Meet other Chican@/Latin@ Spartans, get to know the Task Force, connect with important resources on campus, and enjoy some great food.

Wednesday, September 16th

Fiestas Patrias (Grupo Folklorico Luna y Sol de SJSU)

10:00am – 2:00pm · Tower Lawn (Tommie Smith & John Carlos statues)

An event to welcome SJSU campus community and organizations together to celebrate Mexican Independence Day through food, dance, music, and art.

See the schedule here!

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