Spartan Shops


Celebrating 60 Years

60th Anniversary

Spartan Shops is celebrating its 60th anniversary! We are honored to have served this campus for 60 years and look forward to providing quality food and great customer service to the SJSU community in the years to come. Look out for a celebratory event in the Fall for all SJSU students, faculty, and staff. 


Cathy Busalacchi and Steven Olesen
Spartan Foundation President’s Award

The Spartan Foundation annually presents two major awards; the Dan Caputo Founders Award and the President's Award.  The President’s Award is selected by the current Spartan Foundation President and is given annually to an individual(s) for their distinguished service to Athletics. This year, Steven Olesen, Senior Director, Procurement & Budget Services at Spartan Shops, Inc. (and Cathy Busalacchi, Executive Director, Student Union) were selected to receive the President's Award for outstanding fundraising efforts and their commitment to the success of President's Cup Golf Tournament.


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Street Eats – New Schedule

Can’t get enough of Street Eats fusion style food? We’ve updated our schedule and you can find us on campus three times a week! Connect with us on Facebook where you can stay up-do date with our menu items, hours and you can even submit suggestions on what you’d like to see served from our trucks!


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Starbucks and Subway

The celebrations have begun - Starbucks and Subway are now open! Stop by the Student Union and visit our full-service Starbucks on the ground level. Grab your favorite Frappuccino then get your favorite toasty sandwich from Subway, right here on campus. Life just got a little better.


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Dining Commons Compost

To reduce waste at the Dining Commons, the kitchen staff has been collecting excess food scraps like vegetables, fruits, and coffee grounds. These compostable scraps are then collected and donated to the Associated Students Community Garden on San Salvador Street for their compost bin.


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TARS Audit

The sustainability tracking, assessment and rating system (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. San Jose State University received a silver rating in 2011 and we are reapplying this coming summer hoping for gold! The STARS team recently held a STARS kick-off event for the key stakeholders on campus that will be contributing to the STARS report. A local and sustainable lunch was provided while Provost Andy Feinstein and Interim Vice President Administration & Finance/CFO, Josee Larochelle, spoke about the importance of sustainability at SJSU.  A Sustainability presentation was featured to showcase the sustainability efforts currently being made by all campus departments. The report is set to be completed by June.


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SJSU Earth Day 2016

San Jose State University's annual Earth Day celebration is Thursday, April 21st from 10:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Tower Lawn. There will be games, guest speakers, workshops, and a petting zoo, as well as several musical and dance performances. An engaging panel discussion, along with a variety of local and organic food will be available.  Be sure to witness an exciting ribbon cutting for the new Gaylord Nelson tree planting on campus. We will top off the evening with the annual "Trashion" Fashion show at 7:00 p.m. Don't miss out on all the fun!

Meet the Team!

Alessa Best
Alessa Best – Director of Human Resources

Alessa Best is an SJSU alumni, and graduated in 2007, with a degree in Human Resources Management. She has worked with Spartan Shops for 10 years. As her passion for wanting to help others grew, she obtained her Professional (PHR) designation in Human Resources and a master’s degree in Industrial & Organizational Psychology, at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Alessa is also a certified INSIGHTS facilitator and has delivered to a variety of departments/teams across the campus.  In her spare time, she enjoys watching professional sports and movies, and traveling.

Lura Noyes
Lura Noyes - Franchise Operations Manager

Lura has been in the food service industry since 2009, when she started as a student employee working at On 4th Cafe in the MLK Library. Since then, she has worked in almost every eatery on campus. She is currently the Franchise Operations manager at Union Square, overlooking all 7 of the franchises located on campus. She recently completed her degree at SJSU in Communication Studies with a minor in Global Leadership & Innovation. Next on her to do list is to work towards receiving her MBA.

Ashley Hurkmans
Ashley Hurkmans - Residential Dining Chef de Partie

Ashley fell in love with the culinary world at a very young age and with her family’s encouragement, she turned that love into a career. Ashley has been working in the industry since 2010, when she started at Turf Club Catering just out of high school. After completing her Bachelors of Science in Culinary Management, she was exposed to a variety of ethnic cuisines, ingredients, and techniques from around the globe. Ashley then explored the business side of the culinary field by expanding her knowledge in kitchen management, purchasing, cost control, menu design, and dining room operations. She is also a focused leader with a strong management background.