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March 2019 Edition

Volume 2 Issue 2 

The UP Side LIVE!

The UP Side LIVE!, University Personnel’s inaugural in-person forum, is coming soon! You’ve read our newsletter, now see us in person! We will discuss processes, procedures, upcoming initiatives, and answer your questions.

The UP Side LIVE! will take place Wednesday, April 10 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in the Student Union Theatre and is open to all employees. You don’t need to register...just show up!

As we prepare for the day, we’d love to hear from you. What topics do you want to learn more about? What questions are you hoping to get answered? Please complete this short Google form by March 29 to help us make this event meaningful to you.

If you have any questions or need accommodations, please contact University Personnel via email at or phone at 408-924-2250.

Support our Staff Scholarship

Apply Today!


University Personnel is pleased to announce that the 2019-20 Support our Staff Scholarship application is now open. Please click here to apply online. The deadline for submission is May 1, 2019.

The Support Our Staff Scholarship is available for SJSU/Tower Foundation/Research Foundation undergraduate or graduate staff members (excluding MPPs).

Awardees must:

  • Have a major in any department within any college or school at SJSU
  • Be in a permanent, non-probationary position (student assistants are not eligible)
  • Be employed full-time or part-time (preference will be given to full-time staff members)
  • Be an undergraduate, transfer, or graduate student
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or greater

Preference will be given to staff members with a commitment to community service. Scholarships may be used for tuition and/or books.

If you have any questions, please email

Spotlight on...

Recruiting and Classification/Compensation 

The offices for staff recruiting and all classification/compensation functions are located in UP South (UPD 3rd Floor) while the office for faculty recruiting is located in UP North (ADM 218).

The primary function for the recruiting team is to ensure fair and equitable recruitment processes while supporting hiring managers and departments in their selection of the most qualified candidates. The staff recruitment team also manages on boarding for staff as well as all temporary employment functions.

The primary function for the classification/compensation team is to ensure staff employees are properly classified and equitably compensated. The team manages staff volunteers, reassignments and departmental reorganizations as well as compliance with Conflict of Interest, MPP Outside Employment, and required training via CSULearn.

Get to know the team!

From left to right: Maggie Carrera, Ana Dean, Rosalina Calderon, Christina Hill, Remie Bontrager, Amanda Frank, Carrie Medders, Tony Garcia
Photo by Julia Chan

Carrie Medders - Senior Director, University Personnel

Carrie has been with the CSU almost 21 years, most of that time spent at SJSU. Carrie began her SJSU career as a Compensation Analyst then spent more than 10 years doing PeopleSoft system implementation and support at SJSU and Cal State East Bay. Now, she has a hybrid role managing several typical HR functions as well as HR technology. Did you know? Carrie was the Graduate Assistant for the 1992 NCAA championship rifle team at West Virginia University - “Let’s Goooooo, Mountaineers!” Her favorite food is the potato, preferably in the fried form.

Rosalina Calderon - Recruiting and On Boarding Lead (Staff Recruiting)

Rosalina has been with SJSU almost 12 years after coordinating Clinical Trials at UCSD’s Cancer Center and another non-profit organization. She loved the work and it provided her “with a great sense of purpose” but she wanted to move back to the Bay Area to be closer to her family. Did you know? Rosalina is a retired professional Mexican folk dancer and actually performed at SJSU as a child. Her favorite food is enchiladas rancheras with grilled chicken/steak on the side. “Yummmm!!!”

Amanda Frank -  Senior Recruiter (Staff Recruiting)

Amanda will celebrate 13 years of SJSU service in May. She is a graduate of SJSU and started working in HR upon earning her degree. She started as an Information Representative and has held several positions on her way to becoming a Senior Recruiter. Did you know? Amanda is a lifetime member of Little People of America (LPA), a non-profit organization that provides support and information to people of short stature and their families. Amanda’s favorite food is Indian.

Ana Dean -  Recruiter (Staff Recruiting)

Ana graduated from SJSU in 2017 and joined the UP team just two months later. She previously worked as a retail store manager where she gained a variety of HR-related experience, all while working toward her degree. She’s been with the department a little over a year and was “more than excited to come back and serve the campus.” Did you know? Ana loves road trips and her favorite food is sushi.

Christina Hill - Recruiter (Staff Recruiting)

Christina joined HR/UP more than 14 years ago after a former supervisor working on campus reached out and told her about our retirement benefits. She started as a part-time receptionist and has not looked back, increasing her skill set by working in several units in the department. Did you know? Christina likes to bake and her favorite foods are Italian and Mexican.

Remie Bontrager - Coordinator, Faculty Recruitment

Remie has been on campus nearly three years, joining the university because she “wanted to work for an organization that makes a difference in the world.” Did you know? Remie hiked to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite and returned on the same day - that’s 14 miles round trip with a 4800 foot elevation gain! Remie’s favorite food is eggs.

Tony Garcia - Senior Compensation Analyst

Tony has almost 18 years of service on campus, starting his SJSU career as a student assistant in Math & Computer Science. “I enjoyed working on campus so much that when an opportunity in HR opened, I was eager to apply.” He started at the front desk and is grateful for the opportunities he’s been given to advance his career. Did you know? A large part of Tony’s family has worked, or currently works, on campus. Tony’s favorite food is BBQ.

Maggie Carrera - Compensation & Compliance Analyst
Maggie graduated from SJSU and when she was laid off from her previous job, she landed a temporary appointment in Human Resources. This opened the door for a permanent position. “I can’t believe it’s been 17 years!” Did you know? Maggie has been a member of the Ho'oku'i outrigger canoe paddling club for seven years. The question she gets asked the most is: “Aren’t you afraid of sharks?”. Her response is always, “Nah.” Maggie loves spicy food and her favorites are Mexican, Indian and Thai.

These Spartans Stepped Beyond...

“Harish stepped beyond by pursuing an issue we’ve been having with our SJSU @ Work system where somehow the system was generating a blank record causing the system that transfers data from the CS system to the HR system to fail. By pursuing a fix and being persistent, he was able to provide a root cause of what was causing the erroneous transactions to be created and provided the process to reproduce the problem for the Chancellor’s Office. Recently the fix for this was implemented. By not having to watch the queues anymore, SJSU will have a more productive HRIS team and we can concentrate our efforts on higher value tasks. Thank you Harish! ” –Ken Guzzetta

“My department had an urgent request for a location to hold training for our staff. Michelle wasted no time in making sure that we had a suitable room to meet our needed accommodations. Michelle, thank you for always being quick and efficient with your responses!” –Anonymous

Visit Spartans Stepping Beyond on the UP website to see more recognitions.

Recognize a Fellow Spartan Today!

UP Staffing Updates

  • Linda May, previously in Accounts Payable, has joined the team as a Benefits Representative.
  • Ken Guzzetta has taken on a new role as the HRIS Lead.
  • Jed Soliven has taken a new position on campus. We wish him well!

See the full Organizational Chart on our website.

UP Info & Announcements Google Group
Are you missing out on University Personnel training and event announcements? Want to learn about new employee discounts or other general UP information? Join the UP Info & Announcements Google Group! Once you’ve joined you can view previous messages and stay on top of what’s happening in University Personnel. Don’t miss out!

The following jobs were recently opened for recruitment:

  • Accountant II - Accounting Services
  • Community Service Officer - MLK Library Security
  • ESSC Data Analyst - Engineering Student Success Center
  • College Curriculum & Research Analyst - College of Science
  • Academic Employee Relations Analyst​ - University Personnel

The following jobs are currently open to SJSU employees only:

  • Executive Assistant - Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Budget and Program Analyst - Alumni & Community Engagement
  • University Web and User Experience Designer - Strategic Communications & Marketing

Upcoming Training & Events 

Thurs, Apr 11, 1:00 - 2:00                              International Student Advising for Faculty & Staff (TRCR73 #0002)
Thurs, Apr 18, 10:00 - 12:00 Finance Class, Living Well Today and Tomorrow
(TRFE42 #0001)
Thurs, Apr 25, 9:30 - 3:30 Savings Plus 401k/457 1x1 appointments
Please contact Victor Tawn at
Thurs, Apr 25, 12:00 - 1:00 Green Office Workshop (TRGG09 #0003)
Thur, May 9, 10:00 - 11:30 Conquering Time (TRSD49  #0002)
Tues, May 14, 9:00 - 11:30 CalPERS: Your CalPERS and You: Enroll through your CalPERS account
Tues, May 14, 1:30 - 4:00 CalPERS:  Planning Your Retirement: Enroll through your CalPERS account
Wed, May 22, 10:00 - 12:00 QPR: Three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide Training (TRHW28 #0003)
Thur, May 23, 1:15 - 2:15 Savings Plus 401k/457 Financial Workshop
Please contact Victor Tawn at
Thur, June 20, 9:30 - 3:30 Savings Plus 401K/457 1x1 appointments
Please contact Victor Tawn at
Thur, June 20, 10:00 - 11:30 Developing Decision Making Skills (TRSD32 #0003)
Thur, July 18, 10:00 - 12:00 Empowering Your Life Through Change
(TRHW30   #0001)
Thur, July 25, 1:15 - 2:15 Savings Plus 401k/457 Financial Workshop
Please contact Victor Tawn at

If you are interested in a course but are not able to attend the scheduled date, it’s possible that it will be offered again next semester. To register for an upcoming session, log into one.SJSU and click the Enroll in Training Classes (Employees) tile. If you don’t see the tile, enter "training" in the search bar and select it from the results.

Once on the page:

  1. Click Search by Course Number
  2. Enter the course number (case sensitive) and click Search
  3. Click View Available Session(s)
  4. Click the Session Number 
  5. Click Enroll

Visit the University Personnel Website

The University Personnel website is the best way to find information for faculty, staff and student employees as well as those individuals looking to begin or continue their career in the Spartan community. You can find the department’s Org Chart and Directory by Function, Forms & Policies, Resources, and an extensive help section (How Do I…?) containing Q & A, quick steps and tutorials.


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Mailing address: SJSU HR, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA, 95192, US
Last Modified: May 10, 2019