Campus Life: Vol 2; Issue 3

Student Involvement

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Weeks of Welcome (WOW) is a series of FREE programs and events that take place the first four weeks of the fall semester to welcome returning students and help new students get acquainted with SJSU. This year's Weeks of Welcome has been divided into four themed weeks:

Week #1: Spartan Community (August 21 – August 27)

Get to know fellow Spartans by attending various events that will showcase what it means to be a Spartan.

Weeks #2: Get Connected (August 28 – September 3)

SJSU is home to many resources that can assist you in becoming a successful Spartan. Find out what these resources are all about this week!

Week #3: Spartan Up (September 4 – September 10)

Spartan Pride is much more than wearing blue and gold. Spartan Pride is a mindset. Attend events this week to showcase your Spartan Pride!

Week #4: Academic Success (September 11 – September 17)

You are here to get an education. Visit academic support services on campus that will get you to #FinishIn4 or #TransferIn2!

Here are a few events you will be able to attend during WOW 2016:

  • Weeks of Welcome Kick-Off (Tuesday, August 23rd from 1pm - 3pm @ Tower Lawn)

○ Formally known as Fall Welcome Days, Weeks of Welcome (WOW) Kick-Off is a large scale festival/carnival that provides free resources, food, and entertainment to our students (mainly new students) the day before the first day of instruction in the fall.

  • Target Night (Monday, August 22nd from 9pm - 12am @ 9th and San Salvador)

○ Experience Target Spartan style! Busses will be escorting SJSU students from 9th and San Salvador to Target for FREE so you can shop with fellow Spartans, get FREE goodies, and even take a few pictures with Sammy the Spartan.

  • Student Organization Fair (Tuesday, September 6 from 11am -2pm @ Tower Lawn)

○ SJSU is home to over 430 student organization! Check what clubs and organizations interest you.

  • SJSU vs Portland State (Saturday, September 10 from 1:30pm - 5pm@ Spartan Stadium)

○ Show your Spartan Spirit at the first SJSU football game of the season! Don't forget to bring your student ID and Spartan Pride!

  • Student Union Grand Opening (Thursday, September 1st from 11am - 2pm @ The Student Union)

○ Check out all the services and resources the Student Union houses, watch some performances, and enter to win prizes ranging from gift cards to airfare tickets.

For a full list of events please visit Be sure to use and search #wowsjsu on your social media outlets to see what others are saying about #wowsjsu! 


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Be More, Be Greek.

You’re promised a lot from the college experience. Most notably, you’re promised to learn, and to be challenged. The large responsibility of those promises being kept is put on to you as student. Success in the classroom is an achieved compromise between yourself and your drive. You show up, and You decide what that means. But, You have also an opportunity to be more. 

Here at San Jose State, you have the incredible opportunity to join a community that will push you to be more than the average college student; a community that will raise the bar of expectation, while providing the support needed to far exceed it. 

SJSU has a robust Greek Life community, one with deep history and strong bonds. We encourage you to come, meet, and learn about how joining one of our organizations can make you more than just a Spartan.

Recruitment Events begin 8/24/2016 – stayed informed by visiting our website:

And join us for our BBQ Kick-Off!
August 24, 2016 – AS Lawn, 12:00 – 2:00PM


Student organization recognition for the 2016-2017 academic year closes on Friday, September 16th at 5pm. 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. If you wish to start a new student organization, you have the opportunity to become recognized during this time. Please visit the Student Involvement website ( for more information about workshops, requirements, and deadlines. 


The Fall 2016 Organization Fair is a "can't miss" opportunity for organizations to recruit new members and showcase their activities, and for students to explore ways to get involved and add more excitement to their SJSU experience. Over 175 organizations tabled at the lst fair! Please make sure to stop by this event on Tower Lawn, Tuesday, September 6th from 11am-2pm and visit the student organization online directory for a full list of student organizations.



Associated Students

Meet Your 2016-2017 A.S. Student Government Board of Directors

The AS. Board of Directors is your voice on campus. Our 16 annually-elected student directors sit at the table of various university committees and work hard to advocate for issues important to Spartans.

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The A.S. Student Government office has recently moved from the A.S. House to the Student Union (Suite 2300). Please come by to attend our meetings, learn how to join a committee and meet your Student representatives. For more information, please visit



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Eco Pass Clipper Cards Mark 1st Year at SJSU

Associated Students’ Transportation Solutions (TS) is celebrating the first anniversary of its successful transition from the Eco Pass sticker to the Eco Pass Clipper system. The Eco Pass program enables students and employees to make unlimited trips using Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s (VTA) bus and light rail lines.

On August 3, 2015, TS successfully launched the customized Multi-Interface SAMI Gateway to administer the Eco Pass Clipper program at SJSU. The SAMI system was designed by the Student Affairs Systems to verify the eligibility of students and employees when requesting for the Eco Pass Clipper.

In the past year alone, TS has fulfilled over 20,000 requests for Eco Pass Clipper cards, with total VTA ridership to SJSU increasing by 1.2% (434 riders) from 34.1% in 2014 to 35.3% or 12,760 riders in fall 2015.

The Clipper card is a long-term cost effective pass to the VTA transit system and is also used for access to other Bay Area transit operators such as SF Muni, BART and Caltrain at an additional cost. The Eco Pass Clippers are available for pick up at the A.S. General Services counter. For more information, please visit


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Fire On the Fountain

October 6, Thursday, Tower Lawn

A Homecoming Tradition! Meet the new Homecoming Court. Pep Squad. Performances.


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Spartan Squad Kick Off (09/08)

September 8, Thursday, 6:00pm, Tower Lawn

Free shirts, food and prizes.

Download the Spartan Squad App to earn points and claim prizes.

#wowsjsu #as_sjsu


Transfer Student Mixer

September 14, Wednesday, 4:00pm, A.S. Rec Lawn

RSVP by September 9 at

Welcome to SJSU! Meet new friends. Free food and giveaways.

#wowsjsu #as_sjsu


Connect with A.S.: Student Jobs, Scholarships, events, Student Government committees

Follow Associated Students on Social Media. Keep connected and up-to-date with events, news, job openings, scholarships, programs and services. To access A.S. social media, please visit To access the A.S. Calendar of Events, click here. (


University Housing

Fall 2016 Move In!

August 20th and 21st our residence facilities will officially open for the 2016-2017 academic year! During that weekend we will welcome over 4000 students and their families to campus. We are excited by the opening of our new residence hall Campus Village 2 (CV2) which will house approximately 850 first year students. Following opening weekend, residents will have the opportunity to participate in "Weeks of Welcome" Activities (WOW) which includes a variety of activities, programs and workshops designed to help students learn about university resources, meet other students, and get connected campus life! 


New Faculty In Residence Program -

University Housing Services has launched a Faculty In Residence program for the 2016-2017 Academic Year.  We will have nine faculty members living on campus interacting formally and informally with residents, building connections within community,  presenting workshops, and serving as mentors and advisers to students. 


Joe West Hall: Global Village – Dr. Elizabeth Weiss has been a professor of Anthropology at SJSU for a dozen years.  Throughout her life as a student and academic, she embraced campus life from an undergraduate living in the University of California at Santa Cruz dorms to a professor living in Campus Village at SJSU.  Her primary research expertise involves studying skeletal anatomy to understand effects of biology and environment on humans to draw conclusions about past activity patterns and disease. 


Joe West Hall: Rainbow Village – Matthew Capriotti is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department. Matthew completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Matthew is a native Floridian and worked at San Francisco State University before coming to SJSU. Matthew looks forward to joining the SJSU community this year, both in the classroom and residence halls.


Joe West Hall: Black Scholars Community – Nikki Yeboah is an Assistant Professor at San Jose State University in the Communication Studies Department, specializing in the area of performance studies. As an artist-scholar, her research brings together creative ethnographic and oral history methods to create alternative records of black life through staged performance. She teaches theory, practice, communication, and critical cultural studies courses in Communication Studies, and Performance Studies.


Joe West Hall: Arts Village – Vanessa Marie Fernández is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at SJSU. She completed her PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from UCLA. Vanessa has taught at Rice University (Houston, TX), Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA), and at UCSC (Santa Cruz, CA). This Fall she will be teaching Spanish 202, Hispanic Civilization and Culture, and Spanish 25A, Intermediate Spanish, at SJSU.


Campus Village C: Business Innovation and Leadership Development – Wilson Yuan is an assistant professor in the Justice Studies Department at San Jose State University. He received his MS in Applied Statistics and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Indiana University Bloomington. Prior to coming to San Jose State University, Wilson was an associate statistical consultant at Indiana Statistical Consulting Center providing statistical and methodological assistance to graduate students and faculty members at Indiana University as well as individuals from many different backgrounds.


Campus Village C: Community for Engineering Living and Learning –   Cristina Tortora an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at San Jose State University. Cristina completed a PhD at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of Naples “Federico II”.  Before coming to SJSU, Cristina was a post-doctoral research fellow at McMaster University, Canada, at University of Guelph, Canada, and at Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn of Naples, Italy. 


Campus Village 2 – Katharine Olson was born in San Francisco and grew up in Santa Clara County. She earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. She taught previously at Harvard, and at Bangor University in North Wales in the United Kingdom before coming to SJSU this fall. She has had significant experience in providing student support, and looks forward to joining the team at SJSU, and getting to know the incoming freshmen in CV2.


Campus Village 2 – Carolyn Glogoski is a Tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Graduate Enrollment Coordinator as SJSU. She completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at The Wright Institute. Carolyn has also taught at Eastern Michigan University and worked as a licensed Occupational Therapist.


Campus Village Apartments – Dr. Steve Del Chiaro joined the SJSU community in 2004 as a lecturer in the psychology department. In addition to instructing psychology courses, Dr. Del Chiaro has worked in Counseling Services as a post-doctoral intern, Career Services as the liaison to the MBA program, served as director of the Peer Mentor Program, and was a MUSE instructor for first year students. Dr. Del Chiaro earned a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and has worked as an educator, therapist, career counselor, and executive coach.


Residential Life Staffing Update -

We have restructured our program to better meet the needs of our residence community. In April, we hired a Housing Behavioral Case Manager.  This summer we moved to a co-Residential Life Coordinators (RLCs) model, hiring four additional RLC's so that we will now have a total of nine RLC's.  We also created two Academic positions: Coordinator for Academic Success and Coordinator for Academic Programming and Tutoring.  Recruitments are in progress for both positions.   We have also increased the number of Resident Advisors (RA) staff from 84 to 107 as we continue to reduce staff:student ratios.


Residence Hall Association Leadership Retreat -

The Executive Board of the Residence Hall Association is excited to host their annual Student Leadership Retreat on September 16-18. Our newly elected student-leaders will spend two and a half days discussing leadership styles, participating in team building activities, and developing plans for the fall semester. 


Pride Center

Gender Equity flyer of the events listed below

Welcome Reception: Join us for chance to meet and connect with other students, staff, and faculty! Light refreshments will be served.

September 7th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the Gender Equity Center, Student Union, First floor.


New staff and faculty additions to thePride Center: Our Center is delighted to announce two new additions to the office. 


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GenEC Educational Programmer | Samantha Brechlin, M.Ed. Sam is very excited to be the new Education Programmer in the Gender Equity Center at SJSU. She recently moved to California from New York City, and is glad to have escaped New England winters. Before living in the big city, she completed an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a B.A. in Biology from Bard College in New York. At UMass she worked in Student Activities & Involvement, advising a university programming board and planning campus wide events including concerts, a circus party, and conferences on programming and leadership. Sam has also planned and participated in programs around allyship and safe spaces, gendered language and expectations in student leadership, sexual health education, healthy relationships, body image and femininity, and media representations of gender and sexuality. She loves plants, is still surprised by the number of palm trees here, and would like to apologize for the glitter that may trail from her office. You should come say hello if you’re in the Student Union.


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Faculty Fellow | Stephanie Preston, Psy.D. Stephanie is a faculty counselor at SJSU Counseling & Psychological Services, where she specializes in working with LGBTQ+ students.  In her professional career, Stephanie has founded and facilitated many groups for LGBTQ+ individuals, including a group for LGBTQ+ youth engaging in addictive behaviors, a group for bisexual/pansexual/nonmonosexual individuals, and the SJSU Pride Center LGBTQ+ Discussion and Support group.  She is continually working to be a better ally to the trans/genderqueer community, by attending and providing trainings regarding affirmative therapy and advocacy.   Stephanie is very excited to be involved with the Peers in Pride program again this year and can’t wait to get to know all the mentors and mentees! In her free time, Stephanie loves to cook (and eat!) creative vegetarian meals, go hiking and camping, and do yoga.




MOSAIC is excited to bring on three inaugural faculty fellows. They are Dr. Funie Hsu (American Studies), Dr. Manuel Callahan (Mexican American Studies), and Dr. Erica Boas (Social Sciences).


Funie Hsu, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the American Studies Program. Her work examines colonialism, race, gender, and knowledge construction, with an emphasis on language and Buddhism as a knowledge systems. Prior to her academic work, she was an elementary school teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She is a first generation college grad and academic, and this background influences her work on social justice with undergrads. As a Faculty Fellow, one of the things she is interested in analyzing is the existing campus data to gain a better picture of the campus needs and to develop ideas for how to address issues related to diversity, equity, and social justice.


Manuel Callahan, Ph.D is a Lecturer in the Mexican American Studies Department. He earned his Ph.D from University of Texas at Austin and some of his research interests includes United States History as it is relevant to US-Mexico Borderlands, Chican@/Mexican American studies, and American West; 19th Century Social History. As a Faculty Fellow, one of his interest would be to co-construct popular education spaces with a diverse group of politically committed folks both on and off campus and in-between the university and the community.


Erica Boas, Ph.D. is an Adjunct Lecturer in Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Department in the Single Subject Credential Program in Social Sciences.  She received her doctorate from UC Berkeley Graduate School in Education with a designated emphasis in Women, Gender, & Sexuality. Some of her research and academic interests include sexuality and gender studies/theory, race studies/theory, and social issues in curriculum and instruction. In her capacity as a Faculty Fellow she would like to focus on bringing critical research to life within the University by holding spaces for casual, facilitated, and on-going conversation about sexual consent and intersections of race, gender, sexual orientation, and religion.


Following are some of our events during the Weeks of Welcome (WOW):


MOSAIC Cultural Based Student Club Mixer

Tuesday, August 30th, 4-6pm

SU Meeting Rooms 4 A&B

This will be an opportunity for our cultural based/social justice organizations and clubs to come together in one space to socialize, find out how MOSAIC can support them, and brainstorm ways we can collectively strive to work as a unified group this year. Dinner will be provided.


MOSAIC Open House (in conjunction with the SU Grand Opening)

Thursday, Sept 1st, 1-4pm

Come check out our new space, meet the new MOSAIC staff, and some of the programs we will be offering this year. Food will be provided.


MOSAIC Open Mic Kick Off

Thursday, Sept 8th, 5-7pm

MOSAIC lounge

Bring your talent or just come enjoy watching your fellow Spartan do their stuff. Food will be provided.