3rd Annual SJSU Day of Service: Getting Things Done Together

March 2, 2009

TO: Campus Community

FROM: President Jon Whitmore

I am pleased to invite you to participate in one of several community service projects taking place in the San José State University neighborhood on Friday, May 8, 2009, when approximately 1,500 volunteers (staff, faculty, and students) will observe our SJSU Day of Service. The goal of the SJSU Day of Service is building, beautifying, and together, transforming our community.

I urge MPPs and deans to support faculty, staff, and student participation in the Day of Service and encourage creative and flexible ideas that will maximize the participation of our community. This is an opportunity for a department or program to develop a team as a community-building event. Employees are encouraged to work through the appropriate administrator to ensure that university operations are not adversely impacted and remain open for those who cannot participate.

The Day of Service is an opportunity for learning in a different setting, through active participation in thoughtfully organized service experiences that meet the needs of the community and are coordinated with the university. Classes will be in session on May 8; faculty are encouraged to incorporate the Day of Service into the curriculum by offering students the opportunity to participate in volunteer activities in place of the usual class meeting.

This SJSU event will require the support of the entire university community. For some, that will mean volunteering for one of the many community service projects taking place in the neighborhood. Others will contribute to the Day of Service efforts by assuring that the day-to-day operations of the university continue to run smoothly. Both roles are vital in assuring that this day is both successful and the continuation of a valued tradition at SJSU.

The day will begin at 8 am on Tower Lawn with a continental breakfast and registration. City officials and I will be there to welcome you. A shuttle will then take you or your team to the project site. A snack will be provided. At mid-afternoon the shuttle will return you to campus for a barbeque, entertainment and fun.

For specific questions about the event, please contact Amy Guerra-Smith. For specific personnel, contract, or policy questions please contact Maria Elena Rivera, AVP of HR, at 408-924-1116.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on May 8! Below are just a few of the types of projects lined up.


Register for the SJSU Day of Service.

Types of Projects:
School Projects Ð Activities and Classroom component
- Olinder Elementary
- McKinley Elementary
- Anne Darling
- Horace Mann
- San José High Academy
- Non-Profit Projects
- House Painting
- Neighborhood/Park Clean-up
- Creek Clean-up
- Voter Registration