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Newsletter Issue V: October–December, 2015

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  • Accessible Education Center
    • Disability Etiquette
  • Career Center
    • Careers in 3D Panel
    • Careers in Science Panel
    • Non-Profit and Public Service Job and Internship Fair
    • Professional Leadership Conference
  • Counseling & Psychological Services
  • Military & Veteran Student Services
    • Veterans Day
  • Office of the University Ombudsperson
  • Student Health Center
    • Comprehensive Clinical Services
    • Food Demo Lab
    • Love Your Body Week
    • Psychiatric Services
    • Spartapalooza
    • Wellness and Health Promotion Programs and Services


Accessible Education Center

Disability Etiquette imageDisability Etiquette

The Accessible Education Center (AEC) seeks to provide the campus community with a reference for interacting with individuals with disabilities in an effort to increase accessibility and inclusivity.  A disability is an impairment that limits a major life activity and is one of many human characteristics that make individuals unique, such as hair color or height. Therefore, it is important to treat individuals with disabilities as you would any other person. You should also respect the individual’s privacy and not ask personal questions about his or her disability. Never disclose information about a person’s disability without consent. Remember that you are interacting with a person and not his or her disability.

With this in mind, below are some helpful tips for basic disability etiquette:

  • Never make assumptions about an individual’s capabilities, and ask if help is needed before beginning to assist. If the assistance is accepted, find out specifically what needs to be done. 
  • Avoid patting a person on the head or touching an individual’s assistive device or guide dog without permission (a guide dog’s harness indicates that it is working and should not be disturbed, as distractions may cause harm to the owner).
  • One should always communicate directly in a normal tone and volume with the individual with a disability, and not his or her companion (i.e. sign language interpreter). If you have difficulty communicating with an individual, do not hesitate to ask him or her to repeat themselves, and remember that writing as a form of communication is always an option. 

As a member of the campus community, it is helpful to keep basic disability etiquette in mind so individuals with disabilities will feel welcome and have access to buildings, courses, programs, groups, and events.


Career Center

Be sure you are registered with SpartaJobs and your profile is up to date to receive information about these and other upcoming events and employer connection opportunities! First time users, your student ID number is your password and your log on. The Career Center team looks forward to continuing to help you gain your competitive edge this fall!

Careers in 3D Panel

Tuesday, November 3, 2:00pm-4:00pm, Student Union Ballroom C

Gain valuable insights on careers and internship opportunities in the emerging market of 3D.

Careers in Science Panel imageCareers in Science Panel

Wednesday, October 14 from 3:30–5:30 p.m. in 208 Duncan Hall

Gain valuable insights from professionals from NASA Ames, Pharacyclics LLC, Sangamo Biosciences, and Bay Area Air Quality Management District on careers and internships in the fields of science! Please visit our website for more information.

Non-Profit and Public Service Job and Internship Fair BannerNon-Profit and Public Service Job and Internship Fair

Tuesday, October 20 from Noon–3:00 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom

Meet with employers from the non-profit and public service sector recruiting for internship, volunteer and full-time opportunities. Please visit our website for more information.

Professional Leadership Conference imageProfessional Leadership Conference:
From Campus to Career

Sponsored by:

Enterprise logo


Friday, October 30 from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom

Do you want tips that will help you stand-out in your job or internship search? Want to be the office MVP once you start? Attend the Professional Leadership Conference and let the Career Center and Enterprise take you from campus to career. This fun, fast-paced conference will include job/internship search strategies, a dining etiquette lunch, tips on how to be your organization's next rock star, networking opportunities and more! Space is limited, thus interested participants must apply in SpartaJobs to position ID# 117875 by October 2.


Military and Veteran Student Services


Veterans Day imageVeterans Day

Please come out and help us to honor and celebrate Veterans Day at SJSU!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

12:00–3:00 p.m.

El Paseo de Cesar Chavez


Student Health Center


Comprehensive Clinical Services in Student Health Center

The SJSU Student Health Center is staffed by experienced physicians and nurse-practitioners, and provides a wide range of services to students. Services available at the clinic include primary care, contraception, sexually transmittable disease screening, travel medicine, sports medicine, physicals, and transgender care. Students can make appointments by calling 408.924.6122. Many appointments can be booked through our online services.

Body Talk posterLove Your Body Week

Body image can be positive or negative, depending on one's self-esteem, life circumstances, mental health, and various other factors. It is important to remember that bodies naturally come in different shapes and sizes, and that is what makes our world unique. This year's Love Your Body Week will be held the week of October 12–16, 2015. For more information about Body Image, please visit our website.

  • Love Every Body PHEW

Wednesday, October 14 from 12:30–1:30 p.m. in the Student Wellness Center 122A

Am I muscular enough?  Am I too fat?  Too skinny?  Ever ask yourself these questions, or questions like these pertaining to your body?  You aren't alone.  Many college students have concerns about their bodies.  The media can influence the way we see ourselves, and sometimes it is easy to forget that we are all unique, and our bodiesnaturally come in all different shapes and sizes.  Learn effective strategies for addressing body image concerns, including how to quiet that critical voice. 

  • Love Your Body Day Tabling Event

Thursday, October 15 from 12:00–2:00 p.m. on the 7th Street Plaza (front of the SWC)

Students will learn about body image and how positive body image is important to our health. Students will also be able to participate in an interactive activity that challenges our inner voice. Additional tools will be discussed to help increase a positive body image. 

  • Reflecting Images PHEW

Thursday, October 15 from 3:00–4:00 p.m. in the Student Wellness Center 122A

It can be difficult to step into our own bodies and reflect on how we feel about ourselves. Are we kind? Are we critical? What are common issues people may struggle with? Walk with us as we guide you through exercises and activities to more deeply connect with yourself and your body.   

  • Body Talk

Thursday, October 15 from 6:00–7:30 p.m. in the Student Wellness Center 122A

This event is an open-mic style, interactive event where several students will be sharing their body stories through some form of artistic expression. This will also include a Q&A panel for the audience to ask the participants questions, an activity where the audience will be able to reflect on their own body stories, as well as a closing activity. Students will also be given time during the last ten minutes to mingle around the room and check out any quotes, art or stories posted.

Psychiatric Services

The Wellness Center has several psychiatric providers available to evaluate and treat a variety of mental health symptoms and disorders, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and OCD. Given the developing minds of most college students, the decision to prescribe psychiatric medications is carefully considered. Consequently, only after an initial screening by a doctor or counselor can a student be referred for psychiatric services. 

In addition, there are specific criteria that need to be met for the treatment of attention-deficit disorder. These criteria can be found on our website.

Spartapalooza imageSpartapalooza Wellness Festival

This year's festivities will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. For more information please contact Anna Ang at 408.924.6202. To support student wellness we invite faculty to provide extra credit for attendance (students will have a passport they can submit as proof of attendance).

Food Demo Lab (smoothies) imageWellness & Health Promotion
Programs and Services

  • Last year, the team delivered 180 presentations and coordinated 35 events! Thanks for referring students to our workshops and events for fall 2015.
  • The new cooking classes are very popular and filling up fast. Students must pre-register!
  • Don’t forget to stop by the Spartapalooza Wellness Festival on October 8, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. Great giveaways, music, and fun!
  • The Condom Co-op, where students can get free Food Demo Lab (sushi) imagesupplies, Monday–Friday, is located in the Wellness Lounge in the Student Wellness Center. Over 6,000 visits last year x 4 free items = a lot of good protection!
  • Students can now access a private lactation room in the Student Wellness Center. Check in at the Wellness Lounge front desk for assistance.
  • Know any stressed students? Send them to the Wellness Lounge where we can assist them with making an appointment for a massage in a relaxing massage chair (available for students only). 100% of surveyed students indicated a significant drop in stress after using the chair.
  • In September, we partnered with Student Involvement to lead a total of 9 workshops covering responsible drinking, alcohol poisoning, sexual assault, and bystander intervention. 900 student leaders were educated through these workshops. 
  • Incoming students who have not completed part one of the mandatory online sexual assault prevention and alcohol education course(s) now have holds placed on their Spring registration. Holds will be removed once the online course(s) are completed. For questions, visit our website or contact


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