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Newsletter Issue V: October–December, 2015

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  • Associated Students, Inc.
    • Cesar Chavez Community Action Center
      Food Pantry and Breakfast Club
      Legacy Month
      Peace Pole Unveiling Ceremony
    • Customer Satisfaction Survey
    • Free Scantrons Available
    • Group Fitness
      50% Off Fitness Passes
      Adult CPR/AED/FA Training
    • Homecoming
      Fire on the Fountain
      Royalty Meet and Greet
    • Intramural (IM) Sports
      6-on-6 Dodgeball Tournament
      Fall 2015 Calendar
      Holiday Basketball
      Indoor Soccer League
      Kickball Tournament
      Softball Tournament
    • New Director of Intercultural Affairs
    • Peace Pole Unveiling Ceremony
    • Spartan Squad Rewards (App)
    • Town Hall Meeting
  • Gender Equity Center
    • RAINN Day
  • MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center
  • PRIDE Center
    • National Coming Out Day QBBQ
    • Peers in Pride
  • Student Conduct & Ethical Development
  • Student Involvement
    • Frosh Orientation 2016
      Core Staff Selection
      Orientation Leader Recruitment and Selection
    • Greek Week: No Excuses....Play Like A Greek
    • Leadership Today
    • Student Organization Recognition
    • Student Success Resources
  • Student Union, Inc.
  • University Housing Services
    • Living Learning Center Open
    • Resident Advisor (RA) Recruitment
    • Tailgate Takeover


 Associated Students, Inc.

César E. Chávez Community Action Center

Keeping Spartans Fed logoKeeping Spartans Fed, One Pantry at a Time

Did you know that 1 in 3 SJSU students sometimes go hungry because they don't have enough money for food? Associated Students, in collaboration with the SJSU Hunger Committee, helps stock shelves with free food for students throughout the campus!

The SJSU Hunger Committee is a collaboration between Associated Students, Counseling Services, Current Students, University Chapel, Financial Aid, Housing, Spartan Shops, Student Health Center, University Advancement and other concerned parties and individuals.

Where are the shelves located? Click here for a map of food resources.

  • ACCESS Center (Clark 240)
  • VITAL  Student Veterans (Clark 240)
  • Associated Students House (1st Floor Fireside Room)
  • Business Success Center (BBC 008)
  • Career Center (Check-in area)
  • Child Development Center (460 S. 8th St.)
  • College of Science Advising (Duncan 213)
  • Counseling and Psychological Services CAPS (Wellness Center)
  • International Gateways (IS 227)
  • School of Social Work (WSQ Room 215)
  • Student Housing (Inquire with your RA)

Visit our website to learn more, or download a Food Pantry poster (PDF) to hang in your room or office.

The Breakfast Club — Approximately 20% of SJSU students miss one meal a day. Come have breakfast and start your day with us! Breakfast is available at Peer Connections in the Student Services Center, room 600 from 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Monday–Friday.

Legacy Month bannerLegacy Month

Associated Students is proud to present Legacy Month 2015. Please visit our website for updated time and location information. 

  • Legacy Tours
    To book a Legacy Tour, please visit our website.
    SJSU Legacy Tours are tours of the SJSU campus, with an emphasis on the legacies, history, events and people who are part of the social justice story of SJSU. Guides teach about the Tommie Smith and John Carlos statues, Yoshihiro Uchida Hall, César Chávez Arch of Dignity, and other distinguished areas of the campus.

  • Movie Night
    Monday, October 12, 2015
    7:00 p.m.
    A.S. Recreation Lawn
    We will be showing the an SJSU original movie "John Carlos and the '68 Olympics" and "Salute: the Story Behind the Image"

  • Legacy Rally graphicLegacy Rally
    Thursday, October 15, 2015
    Noon–1:00 p.m.
    Smith/Carlos Lawn
    This event will take place on the anniversary of Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the '68 Olympics in Mexico City. At the rally we will hear from distinguished guests and community leaders. The keynote speaker will be Luis Valez (BA English, '64), who is an internationally acclaimed playwright, filmmaker and activist. Ignited to activism at an early age by lifelong hero César E. Chávez, Valdez has always sought to explore, through his art, the triumph of the human spirit in the face of social injustice. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP.

  • Living Legacies
    Thursday, October 22, 2015
    6:00 p.m.
    Campus Village Building B, Resident Activity Center (RAC)
    *Light refreshments will be provided
    This event will have Dr. Harry Edwards as our keynote speaker for the evening. We will be honoring past and present San José State University students who have or are currently making an impact on our campus and in our communities.

  • Legacy of Hip Hop: Voice of the Community
    Friday, October 30, 2015
    Morris Dailey Auditorium
    The Cesar Chavez Community Action Center in partnership with the Black Student Unionwill host an event highlighting how hip hop has promoted social justice values and programs in the community and breaks down barriers and stereotypes that are placed upon people of color.

Peace Pole Ceremony imagePeace Pole Unveiling Ceremony

Monday, October 12, 2015
1:30–2:00 p.m.
Fronting the Bell Rose Garden between Clark and Tower halls
Please join us as we unveil the San José State University Peace Pole. Bearing the message May Peace Prevail on Earth in twelve languages, the installation is a reminder to the SJSU community to stand united in peace, social justice and diversity.

Customer Satisfaction Survey image

Customer Satisfaction Survey

Associated Students is interested in learning how the community receives or perceives the delivery of its programs and services. Students may complete a survey at any of the different A.S. departments on campus, or may complete the survey online. Physical surveys may be returned at a drop box, available in the lobby areas of each A.S. department.

Free Scantrons AvailableFree Scantrons Available

It's about that time, midterm season! We have free scantrons in the A.S. House, General Services Center, Computer Service Center and the Print Shop. Good luck on your exams and may the curve be ever in your favor.

Group Fitness

Half Off Fitness Pass image50% Off Fitness Passes
Starts Monday, October 19, 2015

Group Fitness

Student: $14 now $7
Faculty/Staff: $74 now #37
Community: $100 now $50


Faculty/Staff: $85 now $43
Community: $120 now $60

Aquatic Center

Faculty/Staff: $30 now $15
Community: $40 now $20

In order to purchase a Fitness Pass, follow these instructions:

We've changed our registration system. All non-students will need to create a new user account. More information coming soon.

  • Create your new user account! (more information coming soon)
  • Purchase your pass! At this time, all passes must be purchased in person.
  • Sign-In! To enter and participate in Group Fitness Classes, please check-in with the SportClub front desk and show your current ID (for each class). The desk is located on the main floor, immediately after entry to the Sport Club. Inform the front desk which class you wish to take and obtain a FIT TAG for that class. Hand the pass to the instructor when you enter class. To enter and participate in Aqua Aerobic Classes, students/faculty/staff must have their Tower ID card. Community members will be issued a facility card.

Adult CPR/AED/First Aid Training imageAdult CPR/AED/First Aid Training
Students: $35
Faculty/Staff: $50
Community: $75
Register at the Sport Club front Desk

Friday, October 9, 2015 from 2:30–6:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 8, 2015 from 10:00 a.m.–  2:00 p.m.

Want to learn how to operate an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)? Need to be certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation? Would you like to brush-up on your First Aid Training? Then you're in luck, Associated Students is offering training and certification at minimal cost. For more information, visit the Group Fitness website.

Homecoming Festivities

Fire on the Fountain bannerFire on the Fountain
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Tower Lawn
4:00–8:00 p.m.

Festival Faire featuring student organizations and university departments, hosting fun activities like juggling lessons, cupcake decorating, tattoos, salsa dance lessons and more; Spartanality featuring poster creations, buttons, leis, shields and other flair; Entertainment from SJSU student organizations, community groups and variety entertainers; and Refreshments

8:00–9:00 p.m.

Fire Show and Pep Rally featuring SJSU Football, SJSU Cheer, and the crowning of the Homecoming Royalty

Homecoming imageRoyalty Meet and Greet
Monday, October 12, 2015
Student Union Patio
8:00 p.m.

Want to find out who the top 6 contenders are for this year's Homecoming Court? They'll be announced at the Homecoming Meet and Greet! Join us for snacks and mingle with the Homecoming Court!

Intramural (IM) Sports

Download the Fall 2015 IM Sports Calendar (PDF)

Indoor Soccer League imageIndoor Soccer League
5-Week league for Men's, Women's, IFC, and Co-Ed leagues
Sign-Up Deadline: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Spartan Complex
$65 per team
Rules (PDF) / League Information

Kickball Tournament imageKickball Tournament
2-Day tournament
Sign-Up Deadline: Monday, October 26, 2015
South Campus Fields
$32 per team
Kickball Rules (PDF) / Tournament Information

Holiday Basketball Tournament imageHoliday Basketball Tournament
3-Games + Playoffs for Men's/IFC and Co-Educational teams
Sign-Up Deadline: Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Spartan Complex
$45 per team
5-on-5 Basketball Rules (PDF)Tournament Information

Softball logoSoftball Tournament
Co-Educational mini-season and Men's/IFC mini-season
Sign-Up Deadline: Wednesday, November 4, 2015
South Campus Fields
$5 per person
Tournament Information (all teams guaranteed 2 games)

Dodgeball Tournament image6-on-6 Dodgeball Tournament
2-Day tournament
Sign-Up Deadline: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Sport Club Mini-Gym
$32 per team
Dodgeball Rules (PDF)Tournament Information

All Sports information will be on In order to register for IMLeagues, all participants must have an IMLeagues account. In order to register for an IMLeagues account, follow these instructions:

  • Go to
  • Enter your information, and use your school email if applicable ( and submit.
  • You will be sent an activation email, click the link in the email to login and activate your IMLeagues account.

In order to sign up for an Intramural (IM) sport:

  • Log into your account.
  • Click the create/join team button at the top right of your User Homepage OR click on the San José State University link to go to your school’s homepage on IMLeagues.
  • The current sports will be displayed click on the sport you wish to join.
  • Choose the league you wish to play in (Men’s, Women’s, Co-Rec, etc.)
  • Choose the division you’d like to play in (Monday, Tuesday, etc.)

Hector Perea swearing-inNew Director of Intercultural Affairs

At the Wednesday, September 23, 2015 Meeting of the Board of Directors, Hector Perea, Jr. was appointed the Director of Intercultural Affairs. He was immediately sworn-in and took his place on the Board and was active for the remainder of the Board meeting. Hector previously served as the Chief Elections Officer for the 2015 Associated Students General Elections, and  has been an active student leader on campus.

Spartan Squad Rewards AppSpartan Squad Rewards (App)

The Spartan Squad Rewards Program rewards student who go to games and other campus events. Students earn points based on their attendance, and receive prizes for reaching different point levels.

To participate, download the free Spartan Squad app for your mobile device, and then search "Spartan Squad" in the app store on your mobile device. ** Available on iPhone and Android devices **

To earn points, just check in to any events listed on the Spartan Squad app. You can check your points at any time.

To get your prizes, visit the Spartan Squad table at the next event. Check the app’s calendar for upcoming opportunities. Don’t touch the redeem button, we’ll take care of that for you.

Town Hall Meeting imageTown Hall Meeting

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
5:00–6:30 p.m.
Smith/Carlos Lawn

Meet your representatives! Join us in a dialogue about Student Success! Panelists include Dr. Reginald Blaylock, Vice President for Student Affairs; Kelsey Brewer, CSU Student Trustee; LooLoo Amante, Associated Students President; and Joshua Romero, Associated Students Vice President.


 Gender Equity Center 


RAINN Day Photo CollageRAINN Day

On Thursday, September 24, 2015 the Gender Equity Center hosted (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) RAINN Day. RAINN Day is an annual day of action to raise awareness and educate students about sexual violence on college campuses. It is a grassroots program designed to empower college students to educate their peers about risk reduction and recovery resources on their campus.

This year the Gender Equity Center partnered with HeforShe SJSU and Alpha Phi Omega, Gamma Beta of SJSU to pass out over 200 RAINN Day buttons and campus safety cards.


 MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center


Navigate with GenerateGENERATE

GENERATE: The First-Generation College Student Program is designed to support the success of first-generation college students at San José State University. Through a series of workshops, events, and resource materials, GENERATE seeks to foster connection, skill-building, and academic success for those who identify as first-generation college students.

The GENERATE Program celebrated its first year as part of the MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center. Come visit GENERATE in MOD A to find out more information about our center, services, and ways you can get involved! Check-out our complete Calendar of Events (PDF) for Fall 2015 to learn more about GENERATE.


 PRIDE Center


National Coming Out DayNational Coming Out Day QBBQ

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Noon–3:00 p.m.
A.S. Barbecue Pits

October is LGBTQ History Month! Also, October 11 is National Coming Out Day! Since this is a Sunday, the SJSU PRIDE Center is hosting a Coming Out Day QBBQ.

Peers in Pride photo

Peers in Pride

Our Peers in PRIDE mentoring program is continuing in its 8th year at SJSU. This year we have 8 mentors who are mentoring 30 students who are either first year or transfer students.

Peers In Pride (PIP) is a mentorship program that provides strength in community, cultivates success through support, and creates unity in diversity for LGBTQQIA identified incoming first-year students, transfer students, and currently enrolled students.


 Student Involvement


Frosh Orientation 2016

Jamie Ascanio Photo Ria Aguirre Photo Chelsea Canepa Photo Monica Cordova Photo Matthew Ecobiza Photo


Team Leader


Team Leader 


Team Leader 


Office Assistant 


Office Assistant 

Jared Garcia Photo Jhonatan Mendoza Photo Kaleoaloha Wilson Photo Russell Worsnup Photo  


Parent Liaison /
FWD Lead


Team Leader 


Team Leader 


Team Leader 


Core Staff Selection

Student Involvement is excited to announce our 2015–2016 Core Staff (Senior Frosh Orientation Staff). Core Staff consists of former Orientation Leaders who have been selected to serve in this leadership capacity due to their demonstrated hard work, leadership, and huge contributions to the Frosh Orientation Program in their first or second year on staff. Six of our nine student leaders will serve as Team Leaders, whose primary role will be to mentor and help build community in smaller groups amongst the larger Frosh Orientation Student Staff. Our other three student leaders, two who will serve as Academic Advising & Retention Services Liaisons, and one as the Parent/Guest Liaison and Fall Welcome Days Lead, ensure that other important aspects of Frosh Orientation (i.e., advising, parent/guest orientation, and Fall Welcome Days programming) will continue to grow and develop over the next year. Core Staff play a critical role in creating a welcoming and inclusive experience for our incoming Frosh Orientation Leaders as well as overall Frosh Orientation Program. Congratulations and welcome to the 2015–2016 Core Staff!

Orientation Leader Selection imageOrientation Leader (OL)
Recruitment and Selection

Our 2016 Frosh Orientation Leader (OL) applications are due Friday, October 2, 2015. Because our Orientation Leaders work closely with so many faculty, staff and students around campus, we invite you to be a part of the Orientation Leader (OL) selection process! If you are interested and available, let us know your availability here by Friday, October 9, 2015. We will do our best to accommodate your schedule and availability.

Volunteer opportunities include:

Serving as an observer/evaluator (Group Process Workshop—Round #1) — Friday, October 9, 2015 from 1–5 p.m. at 140 Clark Hall (Student Involvement)

Serving as an interviewer (Individual Interviews—Round #2) — Tuesday, October 13–Friday, October 16, 2015 between 9 a.m.–6 p.m. at 140 Clark Hall (Student Involvement)

Thank you, and we look forward to your participation and support in selecting next summer’s team, one that is also representative of our incoming students!

Greek Week graphicGreek Week:
No Excuses....Play Like A Greek image

The fraternity and sorority will come together the week of October 12–17, 2015 to celebrate Greek Week 2015, which happens to coincide with Homecoming Week. The Teams are:

Blue Team: Delta Upsilon, Sigma Nu, Pi Kappa Phi, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Phi Beta Sigma, Alpha Omicron Pi, Lambda Sigma Gamma, Kappa Delta, Pi Alpha Phi, Zeta Phi Beta, alpha Kappa Delta Phi, Sigma Omega Phi, Zeta Chi Epsilon, Sigma Lambda Beta

Gold Team: Delta Sigma Phi, Iota Phi Theta, Pi Kappa Alpha, Beta Theta Pi, Alpha sigma Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Zeta, Lambda Theta Nu, Sigma Omicron Pi, Lambda Theta Alpha, Lambda Theta Phi, Gamma Zeta Alpha, Alpha Kappa Omicron

White Team: Alpha Tau Omega, Theta Chi, Sigma Chi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Alpha Phi, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Gamma, Sigma Alpha Zeta, Sigma Delta Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Sigma Theta Psi, Sigma Pi Alpha, Nu Alpha Kappa, Alpha Kappa Omega

Events include:

Penny Wars will be continuing throughout the week, with team buckets being held in Student Involvement (140 Clark Hall) and at Fire on the Fountain

Monday, October 12
Greek Week Kick-Off — 5:30–8:00 p.m. @ the Student Union Ballroom

Tuesday, October 13
Service Day with the A.S. Cesar Chavez Community Action Center Community Garden — 6:00–8:00 p.m. @ 8th and East San Salvador
Greek Pitch— 6:00–8:00 p.m. @ 7th Street Plaza

Wednesday, October 14
Photo Booth Challenge — 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. @ the 7th Street Plaza
Campus MovieFest — 7:00–10:30 p.m. @ the Event Center

Thursday, October 15
Fire on the Fountain / Greek Week Tabling — 4:00–9:00 p.m. @ Tower Lawn

Friday, October 16
Greek Olympics — 4:00–9:00 p.m. @ Spartan Stadium

Saturday, October 17 — @ Spartan Stadium
Spartan Football vs. SDSU: Greek Olympics @ halftime and 
Greek Week Winner Reveal @ 3rd Quarter Break

Leadership Today BannerLeadership Today

Leadership Today is a 3-day social justice immersion leadership retreat designed to train advanced student leaders to positively and effectively build community around issues of diversity. A diverse representation of students will be selected based on their application to the program. There is no cost to participate. Leadership Today is a collaboration between the MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center and Student Involvement.

Program activities include interactive workshops, large and small group discussions, and various activities on intergroup relations, diversity, and leadership development. A large portion of the curriculum will be spent on self-identity exploration.

Applications Available: Monday, October 5, 2015 on the Leadership Today website

Applications Due: Monday, November 2, 2015

Mandatory Delegate Orientation: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 10 a.m.–Noon

Retreat Dates: Friday, January 22–Sunday, January 24, 2016

Retreat Location: Koinonia Conference Grounds

Interested in being a LT (faculty/staff) Facilitator? Contact Grace Harriett or Caz Salamanca. Leadership Today is facilitated by two Lead Educators (Jonathan Pollard and Felicia J. Lee, Ph.D.) and 5 Leadership Today Facilitators. LT Facilitators are SJSU Faculty and Staff who are responsible for overseeing a dialogue group at the retreat as well as follow-up activities post-retreat.

Recognized Student Organizations imageStudent Organization Recognition

Student organization recognition for the 2015–16 academic year closed on September 18. Recognition by San José State University lasts for one academic year, from approximately August 1 (or date of recognition) through mid-September of the following year. Every student organization that wishes to continue to operate from year to year must renew their recognition paperwork with Student Involvement each year during the Fall recognition cycle. New student organizations have the opportunity to become recognized during the limited Spring recognition cycle.

This recognition period we received approximately 50 applications for new student organizations and over 400 recognition renewals from Club Sports, Cultural and Religious, Special Interest, Academic and Honorary, and Fraternity/Sorority organizations.

Spring 2016 recognition for new student organizations opens on January 11, 2016. All recognition requirements must be completed by February 19, 2016. Mandatory Info Sessions (orientations) are to be determined, but will occur in January and early February.

Student Success Resources

Success is within your reach! We want all students to enjoy their time at SJSU, be successful in their endeavors, and gain skills that will allow them to thrive throughout life. The resources on our website enumerate the wealth of opportunities, resources and services provided to assist students.

Spartan Success is a joint collaboration between the Divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs.


 University Housing Services


Living Learning Center Open

The Living Learning Center (LLC) is open Sunday–Thursday from 5:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m. and is located on the 1st floor of Campus Village Building B. The LLC provides residential students with a quiet and comfortable atmosphere for personal and group study, as well as a resource library offering a variety of preparation books such as GRE, MCAT, LSAT, and more. The LLC is staffed by Learning Assistants (LA) who assist students and provide campus resource information.

Resident Advisor collageResident Advisor (RA) Recruitment

University Housing Services is looking for talented students to be Resident Advisors (RA), and we need your help! If you know a student who would be a great RA candidate, we are now accepting nominations for both the Spring 2016 semester, as well as the 2016–2017 academic year. Students nominated will get a personal email from a member of our committee inviting them to learn more about the RA position and how to apply. With your unique connection to campus, we are excited to have your help identifying amazing candidates!

Tailgate Takeover imageTailgate Takeover

Approximately 1,700 students participated in SJSU’s inaugural Tailgate Takeover! Celebrating the opening game of the football season, students enjoyed a free barbecue, games, activities and music on the practice field prior to the game. Just before kickoff students had an opportunity to run into the stadium on to the field waving pom poms, Spartan fingers and showing their Spartan Pride!  


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