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July 2015

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Payroll Services

Payroll Services provides a one-stop shop for all your payroll needs. Our goal is to provide employees with a variety of resources and assistance. The staff is dedicated to processing accurate and timely pay warrants for all faculty, staff, and student employees while adhering to university guidelines, as well as federal and state regulations. In addition, Payroll maintains leave balances, processes monthly leave for all eligible university employees, processes garnishments, processes address changes, maintains direct deposit enrollment forms, and meets with employees to discuss and resolve any payroll related issues.

Payroll Services is led by Anita Vasquez, Manager, Payroll and Benefits Services, and a dedicated team that is committed to delivering timely and consistent customer service to Faculty, Staff and Students.

Teri Reuck – Payroll Services Lead

Amar Sidhu – Senior Payroll Services Representative

Kevin Jones - Payroll Services Representative

Ligaya Barber – Payroll Services Representative

Lina Azim - Payroll Services Representative

Manuel Gudino - Payroll Services Representative

The Payroll Representatives are responsible for specific departments and colleges on campus. Please see Your HR Representatives on the HR website to identify your primary contact.

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HR On-the-Go!

Last year Human Resources rolled out HR On-the-Go to bring the staff out of the office and onto campus to deliver some of our basic services for students, staff and faculty. As we evaluate the program, we'd like to get your feedbackEveryone who completes the survey will be entered to win one of two windproof double canopy SJSU umbrellas!

HR On-the-Go Survey

A Spartan's Journey:

From Student to Professional

San José State University’s mission is: To enrich the lives of its students, to transmit knowledge to its students along with the necessary skills for applying it in the service of our society, and to expand the base of knowledge through research and scholarship. Several current HR employees began their careers as student assistants at SJSU, balancing their work and education.  

Maggie Carrera started as a student assistant in the Library. Once she graduated she worked at a few start-ups then decided to look at SJSU’s career opportunities because of the positive experience she had as a student assistant. She has been working in the Human Resources department for 13 years, currently in the Office of Equal Opportunity & Employee Relations. 

Diane Quintos began as a student assistant in HR where she felt mentored and valued; this led her to continue her career in the department after graduation in 2014. She is now a full-time employee in the Employee Services unit.

Also working in the Employee Services unit are Jasmine Ferrer and Rosario Gaspar. Rosario worked as a student assistant in the Office of Equal Opportunity during her studies as a Business student, until she was offered a full-time position at the HR Reception Desk. Since then she has cross-trained into all areas of HR and currently works as the Budget and Immigration Analyst. Jasmine worked as a student assistant in Housing for two years and loved the exposure to campus life, involvement with student outreach and supporting the University. She decided to move to HR during her last year of school and made the transition from student to professional staff after her graduation in 2014.

Tony Garcia comes from a long line of Spartans. With the referral of his cousin, he worked as a student assistant in the Computer Science Department for six years. After graduation, his campus experience and bachelor’s degree in HR landed him a job at the HR reception desk. He has continued his ten-year career with SJSU, currently in Workforce Planning.   

As you can see, hiring and mentoring student employees can have long-term impact on your department and the University, fostering lifelong commitments to the Spartan community. All of these employees appreciated the work/education balance their departments provided while they were student assistants, as well as the valuable on-the-job experience, mentoring, and encouragement to take the next steps in their professional careers.  

Leaves: Not Just for Trees

There is one thing all leaves of absence have in common: many questions. Some examples are: “How do I apply?” “What programs am I eligible for?” and “How do I return to work?” In an effort to better serve our employees, we have updated the Leave Programs webpage to give you fast and accurate answers to questions when considering a leave of absence. You will find a home page with contact information, possible effects of a leave of absence, and links to the different leave programs. Each link contains detailed information about the program as well as any forms that must be completed. You will also find a Leave Programs Help link with Frequently Asked Questions to answer General, Medical and Absence Management questions. Kim Wilcott, the Leave Program Manager, is always available to meet with you one-on-one to determine leave program eligibility and plan your leave request. Check out the new Leave Programs webpage now!    


The HR website now has a Help section with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Tutorials. This section will continue to grow, and we encourage you to take a look and let us know if you have any questions or feedback. 


Spartans Stepping Beyond

Stephanie Fabian

"Stephanie is amazing! We were having trouble with an image for a project. I asked Stephanie if she could help us out. Even though Stephanie and her team were busily trying to get ready for a conference, she got us exactly what we needed and really helped us out. Thanks, Stephanie!"

Recognize a Fellow Spartan at Spartans Stepping Beyond!

...Ask HR

What is a beneficiary and why is a beneficiary designation so important? Can I designate anyone as a beneficiary?

A beneficiary is the person or entity whom you designate to receive money in your retirement account, life insurance policy, and last paycheck in the event of your death. Without a valid beneficiary, your accounts will be distributed according to your plan’s hierarchy or as stipulated by state law.

You may name anyone you wish as the beneficiary. Many people choose a family member, but you may also choose a trust or charitable organization. It is critical to review/update your beneficiary information periodically. Contact your Benefits Representative (Your HR Representatives) for more information.


Who may I transfer my Fee Waiver to? Where can I get more information?

Eligible staff employees may transfer the fee waiver benefit to a spouse, domestic partner or dependent child. Dependents must be matriculated students working toward a degree or attainment of a teaching credential in the CSU. The course(s) taken through the fee waiver program need to be for credit toward completion of that degree or teaching credential. See Dependent Fee Waiver or email for eligibility requirements and more information.

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Buzz on...Jasmine Ferrer




Jasmine Ferrer has been employed at San José State University for three years, serving in a variety of roles; currently she is an Employee Services Representative for Human Resources. She is an SJSU alumna, holding a Bachelor's degree in Recreational Therapy, and is pursuing a Master's degree in Public Administration. 

Q.  Where did you grow up?  

A.  was born and raised in Vallejo, CA (Home to Marine World). I moved to San José in 2008 to pursue an undergraduate degree in Recreational Therapy at SJSU.​

Q.  What do you like to eat?    

A.  I love sushi​ ​and m​y favorite sushi restaurant is Cha-Cha's Sushi.​

Q.  What is your favorite spot on campus?   

A.  My favorite spot on campus is Tower Lawn​ because of all the greenery and trees over the benches.

Q.  What is the most satisfying part of your job?   

A.  The most satisfying part of my job is working closely with my coworkers and departments on campus. It's satisfying to see how our work is intertwined in supporting SJSU's students and employees.

Q.  How do you spend your time outside of work?   

A.  Outside of work I enjoy traveling and taking photographs​.The most memorable place I have been is New York.

Q.  Who is someone that inspires you?   

A.  My grandpa. His support and enthusiasm for higher education has inspired me to pursue my passions. 

Upcoming Training & Events 

July 15, Wed  TRFE06 Intro to the Staff Fee Waiver Program
July 21, Tues  TRFE35 Is ROTH Right for You? by Savings Plus
July 22, Wed TRHW22 Tobacco Cessation
July 23, Thurs TRSD35 Emotional Intelligence
July 28, Tues TRCR61 Intro to Skillport 8.0
July 29, Wed  TRHW23 We Know Our Health Numbers, Now What?
Sept 14-Oct 9   Benefits Open Enrollment
Sept 29, Tues    Employee Services Fair (10:00 am - 2:00 pm)
Oct 29, Thurs   Spartan Service Celebration (3:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

See the Human Resources Training Calendar July – September 2015 for the full list of upcoming training classes and instructions on how to register.

Spartan 101 is for Everyone!
Do you want to learn more about the university while meeting other employees from all over campus? Attend Spartan 101! Spartan 101 isn’t just for new employees. We always hear “I didn’t know that” and “I learned so much” from longtime employees who attend. Spartan 101 is the second Wednesday of every month from 8:30 to 12:00 in Clark 547. Register in PeopleSoft using HR 101 course code TRCR58 or email


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