Staff Awards

San José State University honors nine outstanding staff members in three staff award categories annually at the Spartan Service Celebration.

Award Categories

  • Outstanding Staff of the Year - Exemplary SJSU staff member or auxiliary staff member who has made a valuable contribution to the campus.

  • Distinguished Services Award - SJSU staff member an auxiliary staff member who has worked for SJSU for more than 10 years and has displayed a commitment to excellent service to the campus community.

  • Spartan Spirit Award - SJSU staff member, manager, or auxiliary employee who displays exceptional Spartan spirit and pride.

Nomination Process

The nomination form is posted annually in September/October. You can review the award criteria and nomination questions below.

Award Recipients

The 2020-21 award recipients are:

Outstanding Staff of the Year

  • Rhett Frantz – Moss Landing Marine Labs - Award Winner
  • Joshua Kas-Osoka – Peer Connections - Honorable Mention
  • Nha-Nghi Nguyen – Psychology - Honorable Mention

Distinguished Service

  • Kim Huynh – Undergraduate Education - Award Winner
  • Jocelyn Douglas – Moss Landing Marine Labs - Honorable Mention
  • Maria (Elma) Arredondo – Student Affairs Systems - Honorable Mention

Spartan Spirit Award

  • Erlinda Yanez – Chicana and Chicano Studies - Award Winner
  • Cindy Aubrey – Communicative Disorders and Sciences - Honorable Mention
  • Tamela Sullivan – University Personnel - Honorable Mention

Congratulations to everyone who has been recognized for a staff award! Check out the staff award recipients from past years.