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Newsletter Issue IV: August–September, 2015

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  • Associated Students, Inc.
    • Outdoor Adventures Calendar
    • White Water Rafting
    • Fitness Instructor Training Course
    • Learn CPR
    • Intramural (IM) Sports
    • Spartan Squad Kick-Off
    • Transfer Student Mixer
    • Take Back the Tap Campaign
    • What's Up With Your Student Fees?
    • #transittuesday
    • Eco Pass Clipper Card
  • Gender Equity Center
    • A New Name
  • MOSAIC Cross-Cultural Center
    • New Student Welcome Mixer
    • Residential Life Mixer
    • MOSAIC Open House
    • Come Together! 5th Annual Family, Friends and First-Generation College Students Evening
    • MOSAIC Word!
  • PRIDE Center
    • A New Name
  • Student Conduct & Ethical Development
  • Student Involvement
    • "Ask Me" Tables
    • Spartan Pride Thursdays
    • Joining a Fraternity or Sorority
    • Welcome from the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
    • Recognition Period Opens for Student Organizations
    • Fall Student Organizations Fair
    • Spartan Success Portal
    • Engage: New Student Leadership Immersion Experience
    • Fall Welcome Days
    • "We Are Sparta", Diversity and Inclusion Sessions at Frosh Orientation 2015
  • Student Union, Inc.
    • New Spartan Recreation Center
    • On-Campus Job Fair
    • Steinbeck Award Recipient — Ruby Bridges
  • University Housing Services
    • Housing Opening
    • Week of Welcome (WOW)
    • Residence Hall Association (RHA) and Hall Government Leadership Retreat


Associated Students, Inc.

A.S. Fall Welcome Events

A.S. Outdoor AdventuresCampus Recreation

  • Outdoor Adventures

Fall Calendar (PDF)

White Water Rafting

Saturday, August 29
sign-up by Wednesday, August 26

$100 per student / $130 per non-student

  • A.S. CPRGroup Fitness

Fitness Instructor Training Course (6 week course)

September 15–October 20
Informational meeting on September 1

Learn CPR

Once a month beginning September 20
5 people minimum for each training session

  • A.S. SpikeballIntramural Sports

Do you want to learn about Spikeball? Do you enjoy playing in teams? Please visit the Sport Club for more information or register at imleagues. Sign-up deadlines for some of the activities (flag football, basketball, volleyball, wiffleball, kickball) close as early as Wednesday, August 26.

  • For more information, please visit A.S. Campus Recreation at the Sport Club or online

A.S. Spartan Squad Kick-OffEvents and Marketing

  • Spartan Squad Kick-Off

Thursday, September 3 — 3–6pm on Tower Lawn
Free Spartan Squad t-shirts! Prizes and Ice Cream! Come join the fun!

  • Transfer Student Mixer

Wednesday, September 19 — 4–5:30pm on the A.S. Lawn


  • What's Up With Student FeesTake Back the Tap Campaign

Locate the water refill station nearest you! Most stations are located on the 1st floor of academic buildings.

  • What's Up With Your Student Fees?

What does SIRF stand for? It's a new student fee beginning this Fall. Learn more about your student fees by visiting our website.

A.S. Eco Pass Clipper CardTransportation Solutions

  • #transittuesday

On Tuesdays, Spartans take transit! This is a new campaign beginning in the Fall to get all Spartans on transit on Tuesdays. Our environment will love us for it!

  • Eco Pass Clipper Card

Enjoying free rides on VTA buses and light rail? Beginning this Fall, the VTA stickers will be replaced by the Eco Pass Clipper Card. Please visit A.S. Transportation Solutions at the Student Union (East Wing), Room 1800.

  • For more information, please visit A.S. Transportation Solutions at the Student Union or online


Gender Equity Center 


A New Name

The Women’s Resource Center will be transitioning our name to the Gender Equity Center (GenEC) beginning with the 2015–16 academic year.

Over the years, the work of the Women’s Resource Center has recognized the importance of all gender identities to participate in the deconstruction of gendered social constructs. People of all genders experience adverse impacts through the social construction and normalization of gendered expectations; these negative effects are compounded as we examine the complexities with intersecting identities, especially race/ethnicity and sexual orientation.

With the transition to the Gender Equity Center we will continue to focus on issues affecting women; additionally, we will expand our programming to specifically address how gender impacts the experiences of men and the transgender community.


MOSAIC Cross-Cultural Center


MOSAIC logoMOSAIC Fall Welcome Events

  • New Student Welcome Mixer
    Wednesday, August 19
    3:00–5:00pm @ the 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!
  • Residential Life Mixer (GENERATE: First-Generation College Students Program)
    Friday, August 21
    12:00–1:30pm @ the 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!
  • MOSAIC Open House
    Wednesday, August 26
    12:00–3:00pm @ the MOSAIC Cross-Cultural Center

    The MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center invites all new and returning students, staff, faculty, and campus community members, to join us in our new location to meet our staff, and learn about MOSAIC's services and programs for the fall semester.
  • Generate logoCome Together! 5th Annual Family, Friends, and First-Generation College Students Evening (GENERATE: First-Generation College Students Program)
    Thursday, August 27
    5:00–6:30pm @ the 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.
  • MOSAIC WORD! Open Mic Series Opener
    Thursday, September 3
    5:00–7:00pm @ the 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!


PRIDE Center


Pride Center logoA New Name

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center will be transitioning our name to the PRIDE Center beginning with the 2015–16 academic year.

While there are members of the community who do identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender; we are finding more and more, that students are discovering identities within themselves that are no longer represented by the LGBT acronym. The evolution of the name reflects the nature of the fluidity and ever-changing identities within and beyond the continuum of sexual orientation and gender identity. 

The word PRIDE has a long history within the community. PRIDE celebrations are held every year around the world to acknowledge the accomplishments of the community. They provide hope for our continued progression toward a society that does not just accept our community but one that appreciates our community’s contributions to society.

The transition to the PRIDE Center enables us to more adequately represent the diversity within our community. We will continue to provide an environment where students can discover their own sense of PRIDE within themselves that is supportive of their identities throughout their journey and growth as a Spartan.


Student Involvement


Ask Me Button"Ask Me" Tables

Wednesday, August 19 from 8am–4pm
Thursday, August 20 from 8am–6pm
Friday, August 21 from 8am–2pm
Monday, August 24 from 8am–6pm
Tuesday, August 25 from 8am–6pm

In front of Clark Hall
In front of the Event Center
Corner of S. 9th and East San Fernando Streets

In an effort to support the SJSU Strategic Plan: Vision 2017 goals of "Spartan Pride" and "Helping and Caring," the Division of Student Affairs is planning three welcome stations. There will be resource tables and volunteers at each station to answer any questions students may have. These tables will be staffed with faculty, staff and students, making this a campus wide effort.


Spartan Pride Thursdays

Spartan Pride Thursdays

Each Thursday throughout the academic year is designated as Spartan Pride Thursday. Show your love for SJSU! Students and employees alike are encouraged to come to campus in SJSU gear or other clothing bearing Spartan blue and gold. Our student-athletes and other groups will wear team and organization-identifying gear.

Share your tweets and photos using the #SJSUSpartanPride hashtag on Twitter and Instagram. If you have any questions, please email us at

Go GreekJoining a Fraternity or Sorority

Thursday, August 13 — Substance Free Recruitment Begins
Tuesday, August 25 — Panhellenic Recruitment Mixer @ 4:30pm in front of Clark Hall
Friday, August 28 — Panhellenic House Tours @ 10am in front of Clark Hall
Saturday, August 29 — Panhellenic Philanthropy Day @ 10am in front of Clark Hall
Sunday, August 30 — Panhellenic Preference Day @ 1pm in front of Clark Hall
Monday, August 31 — First Day to Extend Bids
     (Panhellenic Bids may be picked-up in Clark 140 between noon–4pm)
     Panhellenic Bid Day Activities @ 5pm in front of Clark Hall
Wednesday, September 2 — Substance Free Recruitment Begins

Inter fraternity Council Website
National Pah-Hellenic Council Website
Panhellenic Council Website / Recruitment Website
United Sorority and Fraternity Council Website

When you decide to go Greek at San José State University, there are a few different opportunities for you join a fraternity or a sorority. Formal and Informal Recruitment is managed at the beginning of each Fall and Spring semester, depending on the governing council. For the most part, Panhellenic Council sororities only conduct formal recruitment in the Fall, but do recruit in the Spring, if House Totals are not met. Traditionally, National Pan-Hellenic and United Sorority and Fraternity Council fraternities and sororities recruit in the Spring, but a few of their affiliated organizations recruit in the Fall. Interfraternity Council fraternities recruits during both semesters. All recruitment periods are substance-free, meaning that no chapter (regardless of whether they are recruiting or not) may host or participate in a recruitment event where alcohol and other drugs are being used. Student-specific information about recruitment can be found through the governing council websites.

WARNING! Statement on Unrecognized Organizations

Being part of a fraternity or sorority can be one of the most rewarding experiences a student can have while at college. Unfortunately, there are some groups that are not affiliated with the University that utilize the enticement of this experience to recruit student members. We strongly discourage students from attending events or affiliating with any group that is not officially recognized by SJSU. Before joining any club or organization, please check our Directory of Student Organizations to verify that the organization is officially recognized and operating within University parameters.

The following chapters have been SUSPENDED by San José State University or their national office for hazing, violence, or inappropriate chapter management practices, or have Cease and Desists issued against them, within the past few years and are not recognized:

  • Lambda Phi Epsilon (fraternity) — expelled for serious hazing, resulting in a death
  • Phi Gamma Delta (fraternity) — suspended for conduct violations
  • Phi Kappa Tau (fraternity) — underground group, never recognized, history of hazing practices – Cease and Desist Order issued by the CSU
  • Psi Chi Omega (fraternity) — underground group, never recognized, history of hazing practices
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (sorority) — suspended for serious hazing


NPHCWelcome from the
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is currently composed of nine (9) international Greek-letter sororities and fraternities. NPHC promotes interaction through forums, meetings and other mediums for the exchange of information and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions.

Please join us for Black to the Future, our 2015 NPHC Week of events, scheduled for August 31–September 2.

  • Monday, August 31
    Meet the Greeks Desert Mixer— 5–8:30pm @ Engineering 285/287
  • Tuesday, September 1
    Campus Maps: Surviving the First Year— 6–9pm @ Boccardo Business Center 332
  • Wednesday, September 2
    NPHC Movie Night: Higher Learning— 6–9pm @ the CVC Resident Activities Center (RAC)
  • Thursday, September 3
    Black Thursday Organization Fair and BBQ— 3–6pm @ the A.S. Lawn
  • Friday, September 4
    NPHC Yard Show— 5–8pm @ TBA


RSO RecognitionRecognition Period Opens for 
Student Organizations

Recognition closes on Friday, September 18 @ 5pm

Looking for a cool way to get involved on campus? Why not join a recognized student organization! Visit our online directory to view the list of currently recognized organizations. Can't find a group that fits your interests? Want to start a new organization? It's easy!

Student organizations must register with and be recognized by San José State University. Student organization presidents must complete and submit the recognition application via SpartaNet and complete all recognition requirements.

Fall Student Organizations FairFall Student Organizations Fair

Tuesday, September 1
11am–2pm on Tower Lawn.

As an opportunity to connect organizations with students, an Organization Fair is a "can't miss" event taking place every semester. 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. Nearly 150 organizations will be present for the Fall Student Organizations Fair, you won't want to miss it.

Spartan Success PortalSpartan Success Portal

The Spartan Success Portal is an online workshop series aimed at helping you to succeed. All workshops are confidential, informational and available 24/7. Since 2012, over 17,000 SJSU students have used the portal, and nearly 11,000 of these students have completed the evaluation and received certificates of completion! Spartan Success is a joint collaboration between the Divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs.

There are 41 Workshops divided amongst 6 categories: Academic and Career Exploration (6), Learning to Learn (12), Online Learning (4), Success Strategies (3), Personal Management (11), and Reading and Writing (5). Please visit the Spartan Success Portal website to learn more.

Six (6) workshops are also offered in Spanish: 

  • Lo Que Se Necesita Para Tener Exito En La Universidad (What It Takes To Be A Successful Student)
  • Cómo Explorar Carreras Y Escoger Una Especialización Académica (Exploring Careers & Choosing A Major)
  • Cómo Superar La Entrevista De Trabajo (Mastering The Job Interview)
  • Pasos Para El Proceso De Ayuda Financiera (Navigating The Financial Aid Process)
  • Descubre Tu Estilo De Aprendizaje (Discover Your Learning Style)
  • La Ansiedad Ante Los Exámenes: Estrategias Para Tener Exito (Test Anxiety: Strategies To Help You Succeed)

Engage logoEngage: New Student
Leadership Immersion Experience

September 4, 11, 18, 25 and October 2 and 9 (Fridays)
1–3:30pm in TBA
Applications are due by Friday, August 28 at 5pm.

Begin Your Leadership Journey

The goal of Engage is to immerse new students more deeply in the topic of leadership. This seminar (every Friday for six weeks in September and early October) will introduce participants to various leadership models as applied to the current college student experience. Participants will be challenged to develop their own definition of what leadership is and prepare them to take the lead as they join the SJSU community this Fall!

Explore Leadership at SJSU!

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? Over the course of this seminar, participants will engage fully in an exploration about what they believe leadership to be. This interactive experience will give them greater awareness of a few of the prevailing philosophies of leadership.

Engage is open to all new students. No previous leadership experience is required. Engage with the concept of what leadership actually is! Up to forty applicants will be accepted and participants must commit to attending all six weeks.

If you have any questions, please email us.

FWD Logo

Fall Welcome Days

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! 

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!   

For the most updated information regarding Fall Welcome Days, connect with us on social media at Twitter/Instagram — @SJSUFWD #SJSUFWD. For more detailed information, please visit the newsletter Spotlight page, Welcome Back — San José State University Begins the 2015–16 Academic Year.


We Are Sparta Presenters"We Are Sparta", Diversity and Inclusion Sessions at Frosh Orientation 2015

This year’s Frosh Orientation included a newly-developed 2 hour diversity session for all student participants. This session was an adaptation of the optional “Day 2” special session that was offered to students at last year’s orientation. Created by Bonnie Sugiyama (Director, PRIDE Center and Gender Equity Center), Maribel Martínez (Director, A.S. Cesar Chavez Community Action Center, and Caz Salamanca (Assistant Director, MOSAIC Cross-Cultural Center); the session explores the concepts of social identity, bias and discrimination, and teaches empowered bystander skills to incoming SJSU first year students.

The interactive session explores aspects of the “Big 8” (ability, age, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, body type/image, religion/spirituality), and prompts the participants to examine their visible and invisible identities. Furthermore, the session explores how bias and discrimination can manifest in these identity groups. Lastly, the session imparts the “4 D’s” (Direct, Delegate, Distract, Delay) of being an empowered bystander. Throughout the session there is a strong focus on student interaction and and small group sharing; they are encouraged to learn more about themselves while also exposing them to the diverse perspectives and experiences of their peers.

One of the essential components that contributed to the success of the session was the dedication of the Orientation Leaders, and Sharon Singh (SJSU 2012, Graduate Student at the University of San Francisco, MOSAIC Summer Intern). Sharon served as one of the main facilitators, alongside Bonnie, Maribel, and Caz, and she assisted with the preparation of the Orientation Leaders to facilitate their small groups for each of the sessions. The Orientation Leaders were great facilitators, and served as guides and role models in each students’ exploration of their identities and the identities of their fellow Spartans. They were prepared to serve in this role through an intensive 2-day social justice and facilitation workshop that was included as part of their Orientation Leader training.

In a preliminary analysis of our pre and post assessments of the first three sessions, we found some remarkable results that gives us optimism that what we are doing with the incoming students will have a lasting effect, and will create a more welcoming and inclusive culture at SJSU.

We asked the participants to identify their level of agreement (Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree) to the following statement: “I know the different ways that I can intervene in harmful situations.”  In the pre-session survey, 73.3% of the students either agreed or strongly agreed with the statement; compared to 91.5% in the post-session survey. For the statement of, “I feel it is my business to intervene in harmful situations,” 47.9% of the students either agreed or strongly agreed with the statement; compared to 79.5% in the post-session survey.  For the statement of, “I posses the skills necessary to intervene in harmful situations,” 62% of the students either agreed or strongly agreed with the statement; compared to 86.9% in the post-session survey.  Additionally, we asked the students to identify the “4D’s” of being an empowered bystander, and roughly 90% of the participants could name all four by the end of the session.

Here is what some of the session participants had to say:

  • “I liked how I was able to connect with other people and get closer to them.”
  • “I learned a lot not only about myself but also from others.”
  • “I learned how i can intervene in a situation regarding racism/sexism/classism.”
  • “I like this session because it makes SJSU seem very safe and welcoming due to focusing on these subjects”
  • “The session really makes you think about what goes on around you that might get ignored on a daily basis.”
  • “Learned that everyone goes through something even though it may be hidden.”


Student Union, Inc. 


New Spartan Recreation Center

The program layout for the new recreation facility was chosen the week of July 27. This occurred after reviewing four different concepts, reviewing how each would engage and attract the campus community, effect operations, and aesthetically compliment the 7th street campus entrance and Paseo de San Carlos. The Steering and Advisory committee will now spend time with the architects to develop a refine the program design.

On-Campus Job FairOn-Campus Job Fair

The San José State University 2015 On-Campus Job Fair will be held on Thursday, August 20 from 10:30am–1:30pm @ the North 7th Street Plaza, in front of the new Student Union West Wing. Various SJSU departments and offices will participate, offering on-campus student assistant or work study jobs to qualifying student applicants.


Ruby Bridges, circa 1960Steinbeck Award Recipient
— Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges, the first African-American child to attend an all-white public elementary school in the South will be the recipient of the Steinbeck award. A final dates has not be chosen, but Ms. Bridges will be receiving the award during the first or second week of October.


University Housing Services


Housing Opening

Over 3,700 residents moved into the residence halls and apartments on Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16 from 10am–5pm. Housing staff and volunteers from many student organizations, Student Affairs staff, and returning residents assisted with the move-in and welcomed all of our residents to SJSU.

Week of Welcome

Week of Welcome (WOW)

University Housing Services and the Residence Hall Association (RHA) develop a week long program designed to help students navigate their way through the university and start the year off right! WOW provides many opportunities to get involved and meet new classmates and neighbors. Events include:

  • Saturday, August 15
    • Move-in in all residence halls and apartments @ 10am–5pm
    • Campus Resource Booths in Campus Village Courtyard @ 10am–2pm
    • RHA Game Night in Royce Hall @ 8–11pm​
  • Sunday, August 16
    • Move-in in all residence halls and apartments @ 10am–5pm
    • Campus Resource Booths in Campus Village Courtyard @ 10am–2pm
    • Spartan Bookstore VIP Night at the SJSU Bookstore @ 9pm–Midnight
  • Monday, August 17
    • RHA Block Party in Lot 8 @ Noon–3pm
  • Tuesday, August 18
    • RHA Pillow Fight Party in the Campus Village Courtyard @ 7:30–9:30pm
  • Wednesday, August 19
    • RHA DIY (Do it yourself) Decor in the Campus Village Courtyard @ 1–4pm​
  • Thursday, August 20
    • RHA Breakfast on the Go in the Campus Village Courtyard @ 8–10am
  • Friday, August 21
    • RHA Inflatapalooza in the Campus Village Courtyard @ Noon–4pm
  • Saturday, August 22
    • RHA Neon Nights Dance in Royce Hall Patio @ 8:30pm–Midnight​

RHA & Hall Government Retreat

Residence Hall Association (RHA) and Hall Government​ Leadership Retreat

Hall Government executive board members who are elected in September will attend a three day Leadership Retreat planned and facilitated by the RHA executive board members and advisors.  The purpose of the retreat is to train new student leaders on their executive board roles, explore and develop each member's leadership abilities, teach parliamentary procedures, and build relationships across the different Hall Governments. 


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