Office of the Vice President

STUDENT AFFAIRS: Building Community, Transforming Lives @ SJSU

Newsletter Issue I

February–March, 2015

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Campus & Community Relations



Coleetta McElroy at Super Sunday event at Maranatha Christian Center

Super Sunday

reprinted from the February 10, 2015 SJSU Today, by Pat Lopes Harris

From the moment the service began, it was clear that the people of Maranatha Christian Center could relate to their guest speaker from San José State.

After welcoming rain-soaked congregants indoors with song, Praise and Worship Leader Kimberly Christmas, ’93 Communication Studies, greeted the guest with a big hug.

It turns out Coleetta McElroy, director of the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, helped Christmas back when she was an SJSU student, sparking a lifelong friendship.

McElroy was one of four SJSU administrators to attend church services statewide as part of the CSU Super Sunday program.

She “knows about the money,” as Pastor Tony Williams so aptly put it, drawing a clear “Amen!” from the pews.

But McElroy presented all aspects of planning for college, given the goal of the CSU campaign is to increase African American college graduation rates.

Yet it was the personal connections that will leave lasting impressions. Speaking from the stage, McElroy shared her journey, as first in her family to graduate from college.

She went on to receive a master’s in public administration in 1997 from San José State, progress that she said continues to inspire her nieces and nephews.

Zeke Staples

After the service, Zeke Staples, ’08 BS, ’12 MA, Kinesiology, answered questions while placing college brochures in as many hands as he could.

Though he kept this to himself Sunday, his story inspires, too. Staples runs his own fitness business while working as an SJSU admissions counselor and recruiter.

CSU Red Folder (PDF Download)


SPARTANS CARE! Initiative: 
Creating a Culture of Care and Community at SJSU

Under the SPARTANS CARE! Initiative, the Division of Student Affairs brought to the campus back in January the CSU Red Folder, a resource guide for faculty and staff to assist them in connecting distressed students with the appropriate campus services. This resource guide will also be in electronic format as an icon on every employee’s computer to quickly access the information on the Red Folder, a pocket card with important phone numbers to support services and a future mobile app.

In addition to the rollout of this resource guide with life-saving information at your fingertips, the Division hosted two weeks of events for students to learn how to take care of self and help other fellow Spartans with a How to Help a Friend in Need pocket guide. Throughout the semester we will continue to offer workshops and programs on: physical and mental health, alcohol and other drugs, safety, recreation and stress-less options, meditation and mindfulness, fun and healthy food choices, and other resources to support students as Spartans. Watch for more formation on these workshops and activities throughout the semester.

Coming soon and as part of the SPARTANS CARE! Initiative, What's On Your Mind, Spartan? A Dine-and-Chat with the VPSA: a series of chat sessions with Vice President Renee will talk with students to see what we can do in the division to better serve students and to address concerns/issues they may have.

For more information, or if you have questions or suggestions about Spartans Care, please contact Fernanda Karp at 408.924.1162.

NEW: Student Affairs Committees / Communities
Authentic Spartan graphic

Employees within the Division of Student Affairs are not only committed to the support and
development of our students, but of their own peers through the creation of new Student Affairs committees and communities charged with a particular mission, and led by employee chairs. Division employees are welcome and encouraged to join and participate in activities, projects, and publications that have both a divisional and campus impact.

Student Affairs Committees / Communities include:

  • Creative Marketing Committee — Co-Chairs: Rich Kelley and Jen Jurgensen. In charge of telling “Our Student Affairs Story” through news and media (newsletters, website, social media)
  • Division Pride Committee — Chair: Julie Sedlemeyer. In charge of events that promote and showcase our services to our students and help us tell our story, or who we are and what we do.
  • Social Networking Committee — Co-Chairs: Bob Just and Hyon Chu Yi-Baker. In charge of finding ways for employees to connect with one another through social events (real or virtual).
  • Spartans Connect! Committee — Chair: Natina Gurley. In charge of helping new Student Affairs employees connect professionally with other employees in the division.
  • Student Affairs Knowledge Community — Co-Chairs: Shannon Quihuiz and Maribel Martinez. In charge of providing a place for discussion about Student Affairs best practices, student success and retention, and professional development. One of these communities is the Student Affairs Learning Community, chaired by Sharon Willey.


Human Resources



Welcome Aboard!

We are pleased to welcome the following individuals to San José State University and the Student Affairs family.

Amanda Aldama




Amanda Aldama

First Generation
Program Coordinator

MOSAIC
Cross-Cultural Center

Jaclyn Banaga





Jaclyn Banaga

Financial Aid Advisor
Financial Aid and 
Scholarship Office

Catie Barbieri


Catie Barbieri

Assistant Coordinator
for Student 
Engagement
Student Involvement

Photo Not Available



Ivie Brocks

Health Services 
Coordinator

Student Health Center

Victoria Castro


Victoria Castro

Assistant Coordinator
for Student
Engagement
Student Involvement

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John Clark

Information Technology 
(IT) Specialist

Student Union, Inc.

Zachary Davis


Zachary Davis

Undergraduate
Graduation
Evaluator

Office of the Registrar

Rigo Flores


Rigoberto (Rigo) Flores

Assistant Coordinator 
for Marketing and 
Communication

Student Involvement

Sarah Haynes


Sarah Haynes

Assistant Director for
Wellness and Health

Promotion
Student Health Center

Matheo Hurtado



Matheo Hurtado Martinez

Admissions Counselor
Student Outreach and 
Recruitment (SOAR)

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Catherine McDonald

Registered Nurse
Student Health Center

Nancy Murillo



Nancy Murillo

Admissions Counselor
Student Outreach and 
Recruitment (SOAR)

Romando Nash

Romando Nash, J.D.

Associate Vice President 
for Student Affairs

Office of the
Vice President for
Student Affairs

Nancy Nguyen



Nancy Nguyen

Transition and Success 
Coordinator

Student Involvement

Shannon Nguyen



Shannon Nguyen

Health Services 
Coordinator

Student Health Center

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Casey O'Toole

Licensed Vocational Nurse
Student Health Center

Rohan Patel



 

Rohan Patel

Imaging Assistant
Office of the Registrar

Catherine Voss Plaxton



Catherine Voss Plaxton

Employment Specialist for 
the College of Business

Career Center

Edilbert Signey


Edilbert Signey

Marketing and
Communication
Coordinator

Associated Students, Inc.

Vanessa Smith




Vanessa Smith

Operations Coordinator
Student Involvement

Kimiko Strayer



Kimiko Strayer

Admissions Counselor
Student Outreach and 
Recruitment (SOAR)

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Charisse Sy

Health Services Specialist
Student Health Center

Kimberly Ta




Kimberly Ta

Imaging Assistant
Office of the Registrar

Eric Tolle



Eric Tolle

Data Specialist
Graduate Admissions and
Program Evaluations

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Stephanie Womack

Human Resources
Coordinator

Associated Students, Inc.

 


From the Vice President



Outstanding Graduating Senior Awards 2015

Graduating Seniors

Applications and Nominations are now being accepted for the Outstanding Graduating Senior Awards. Additionally, a selection committee comprised of faculty and staff will review all applications and make recommendations to President Mohammad Qayoumi, who will make the final decision.

If a graduating senior wishes to be considered for this honor, please submit an online Application Form, no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, March 9.  

Faculty and Staff interested in nominating a student please complete and submit the online Nomination Form, no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, March 9.

 

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