Buzz on...Julie Inouye Wong
Julie has been working at San José State for over 8 years. She’s worn many hats in Human Resources from budget analyst to webmaster. Currently Julie is the coordinator of training and special events. Although she didn’t attend SJSU, Julie considers herself an adopted Spartan. You will often see her in the stands with her husband and two kids cheering on the Spartans.
Q. Where did you grow up?
A. I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. I went to college in southern California at the University of Redlands. After I graduated I wasn’t ready to move back to Hawaii yet, so I moved to the bay area and I’ve been here ever since. Most of my family are still in Hawaii and I go back to visit at least once a year. I’m still an island girl at heart.
Q. What do you like to eat?
A. I love sushi and I’m obsessed with poke bowls right now. I also can’t resist French fries and green tea ice cream.
Q. What is your favorite spot on campus?
A. My favorite spot on campus is the A.S. Child Development Center. My daughter goes to preschool there now and my son went there until he started kindergarten. It’s such an amazing learning environment and the teachers are so creative and caring. I love picking my daughter up after work and hearing about all of the fun and exciting things she did that day.
Q. What is the most satisfying part of your job?
A. Helping people. Whether it’s teaching employees new skills in a training, welcoming new Spartans to campus, promoting health and wellness through the employee wellness program or processing tuition fee waivers, I love that I get to help our staff in a variety of ways.
Q. How do you spend your time outside of work?
A. Most of my time outside of work is spent with my family and taking my kids to all of their activities. When I have spare time I love to dance. I’ve been dancing since I was 8 years old and I teach a U-Jam Fitness class for Campus Recreation at the campus Sport Club.
Q. Who is someone that inspires you?
A. My grandma. She’s 94 years old and she’s the most resilient person I know. She’s been through so much and nothing fazes her. She’s also an amazing story teller and has a great sense of humor. The first time she met my husband she told him, “They say only the good die young so I must be baaaad!”