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December 2016

Spotlight On The Cabinet:

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Andy Feinstein

Provost Andy Feinstein, right, and Vice President of Student Affairs Reggie Blaylock, cheer with the Spartan Spirit Squad at the first home football game of the season. Photo by: David Schmitz

Continuing our feature spotlighting our cabinet members, get to know our Provost, Andy Feinstein.

Q. Can you share a bit about your background?

A. I was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in Point Loma, a community in San Diego. I lived for many years a few blocks from the ocean where I spent my summers bodyboarding and bodysurfing. I went to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) as an undergraduate and studied hospitality management. I was appointed as an assistant professor at UNLV after I completed my doctoral studies at The Pennsylvania State University. I moved back to California in 2007 when I became dean of the Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona. I have now worked in the California State University system for nine years, and am very happy that I have been a San José State Spartan for more than three years. My wife Kerry and I have two children, Nicholas and Rachel, who both attend local public schools. We have two pet cats and a Betta fish.

Q. What are your hobbies?

A. My job as provost requires me to be in lots of meetings – indoors – so I like to get outside in my free time. I enjoy mountain biking in the Santa Cruz Mountains on my Trek Carbon Comp 29er. Some of my favorite trails include the Saratoga Gap and the SDSF Flow. Like 50 percent of Spartans, I use an alternative transportation method to get to campus a couple of times a week. I leave my car at home and ride my bike. I also love to play disc golf, and I try to play at least once a week. My favorite course is Black Mouse in Felton, but I also like to play at local courses in the San Jose area including Parque De La Raza, Hellyer, and Kelley. I am trying to get a group of SJSU disc golf enthusiasts together for a regular game at Kelley Park so if anyone is interested, email me at

Growing up near the ocean, I still love spending time in the water. If there is a sizeable swell on the weekend, I go bodyboarding in Santa Cruz. My favorite breaks include 26th Avenue and Sidewalks at Natural Bridges. When I travel to coastal areas around the world, I like to bodyboard in new places. I also enjoy deep sea fishing and recently traveled to Mexico to fish for large Yellowfin tuna.

Q. What is your favorite food?

A. I enjoy cooking. I’ve stocked my freezer with tuna and yellowtail from some of my recent fishing trips, so I’ve been using that to make sushi at home with my family. I also have some red abalone left from a dive trip in August that I have been serving with a Panko crust. I have Korean and Chinese neighbors, and we enjoy sharing foods with each other at least once per week. My other favorite food is Mexican, and I love two local places. Tu Mero Mole, on Woodard Road, serves excellent Gorditas de Chorizo Casero. And Metro Balderas #1 on South Almaden Avenue is hard to resist when they have the al pastor cooking on a spit outside on the weekends.

Q. What one thing do you wish everyone knew about San José State University?

A. We have one of the most diverse universities in the nation. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently shared that SJSU ranked 14th on the list of public, four-year colleges with the greatest ethnic and racial diversity. Nearly a third of our students are the first in their families to go to college, so we have a tremendous opportunity and responsibility to help these students successfully navigate campus life.

Q. What impresses you most about the San José State University community?

A. I am always impressed by our students. They are optimistic, enthusiastic, smart, and inquisitive. They come to us with an incredible breadth and diversity of their thoughts, backgrounds and ideas. Our students are the reason I love my job and why I am so committed to improving student success at SJSU.

Q. What is your high-level vision for SJSU in the coming year?

A. My top priority continues to be student success. I worked together with Vice President for Student Affairs Reggie Blaylock to create a data-driven, comprehensive plan, SJSU’s Four Pillars of Success: College Readiness, Advising, Student Engagement and Clearing Bottlenecks last spring. The plan outlines specific areas that will help us improve retention and graduation rates, and the student experience. You can read more about our recent strides in the Academic Spotlight blog – I encourage you all to subscribe to the blog to get a weekly update of Academic Affairs news.

A key component to student success is our continued work to make San José State an inclusive and welcoming campus. I am working closely with our new Chief Diversity Officer Kathy Wong(Lau). In our efforts to understand the needs of our diverse student body, we have four faculty fellows working with our Pride Center and the Mosaic Cross Cultural Center who will be conducting research that will further guide our efforts. Our African American and Latinix/Chicanix Student Success task forces moved to Student Affairs this year and continue to offer programming to engage our underrepresented minority students.

As we focus on students, I also recognize the importance of supporting our faculty and staff. I worked with the Office of Research to develop SJSU’s Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) Plan so that we can expand opportunities for faculty and students to work together. In addition, I am continuing a professional development grant program for staff in the Academic Affairs Division.

Q. Please complete the following sentence. The campus community would be surprised to know…

A. ...that I attended more than 50 classes when I first became provost so I could get to know our students and faculty. I am always looking to visit a few more if anyone is interested in inviting me. Let me know…

Buzz on the Street...

Holiday Traditions & Movies 

What are some of your favorite Holiday Traditions and Movies ?

“We always play a game called dime store Christmas. (It should be called Dollar Store Christmas now.) Everyone brings gifts wrapped in white tissue paper. When the time comes we dump everything into the middle of the floor and mix it up really good. Then we each take turns going around the room and having each person choose one item at a time and open it in front of everyone. As presents get opened we all start negotiating to get items that we want. It is a lot of fun and a laughter filled evening.” – Michelle Delreal, LCoB - Dean's Office

“Two traditions 100 miles apart! One, our family converges at the Union Square Christmas tree in SF, and some shopping inevitably occurs. Two, we drive through Candy Cane Lane in Pacific Grove to admire blocks of Yuletide decorations (and then more shopping).”  Keith Sanders, ITS

“My wife adopts a different family and or school class to shop for every year to make sure that a needy family or child gets a gift for Christmas. She delivers the gifts to a collections center with a listing of each gift and size as well as a gift card for a meal.”
 Kevin Jones, Human Resources

“Watching Home Alone I and II with our immediate family, which is what my husband and I did the holiday before we started dating. Also, going to the beach on New Year's day to celebrate newness and usher in good tidings for the new year.”  Anonymous

“Going to church on Christmas Eve, singing Christmas carols, having egg nog and homemade cookies afterwards and then watching A Christmas Carol with Alistair Sims. And setting out milk and cookies for Santa Claus, of course, before going to bed.” — Anonymous

“My favorite holiday tradition that we participate in over here at the 4th Street office is the shared potluck between the SJSU Research Foundation and CIES. Having a chance to sit down for a moment and get to know those who we pass by in the hall every day is really meaningful. Also, the enormous spread of food from cultures across the globe is representative of what we do and who we are at SJSU. I adore it!” — Amy D'Anna, College of International and Extended Studies

We asked you to tell us your favorite holiday movie and got some great responses!  

Bad Santa
A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Christmas Story
Home Alone
Home for the Holidays
It's A Wonderful Life
A Christmas Carol
Lawrence of Arabia

Love Actually
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph's Shiny New Year
The Nutcracker
The Bishop's Wife (with Cary Grant)
Untamed Heart
White Christmas

Spartan Service Celebration


On November 3, 2016 SJSU recognized 117 staff and managers for their milestone years of service at the 49th Annual Spartan Service Celebration. President Papazian opened up the program with warm words of appreciation for our honorees and members of her cabinet spoke of how the honorees exemplify what it means to be a Spartan: character, hard work, grit, focus and imagination. Through a series of videos we took a look back at what life was like the years the honorees came to campus.

The videos also featured honorees reflecting on their time at SJSU. Twenty-five year honoree Kam Lam spoke of coming to San José State University from Hong Kong for the educational opportunities. While working for the Research Foundation he earned his bachelor’s degree and then his master’s. Perhaps the most emotional moment of the program came when 35 year honoree Edith Gallegos spoke of how she began having seizures shortly after she started working here and needed to have brain surgery. She felt fortunate to have had the insurance for her medical costs and supportive coworkers throughout her ordeal.

Vice President Reggie Blaylock introduced 40 year honoree Dora Ozawa and talked about the respect of her colleagues. Forty-five year honoree Terry Gregory revealed he was the very first full time employee hired by the Student Union and he met his wife here when she managed the A.S. Print Shop.

Departments cheered with pride, and some even brought noise makers and pompoms, when their colleagues names were read. The event was capped off with a beautiful celebratory reception. Human Resources would like to congratulate all of the 2016 Spartan Service Celebration honorees.

The 12 Days of Human Resources December

On the first day of December, 
my HR Department gave to me
an HRIS report with a big Data Tree

On the second day of December, 
my HR Department gave to me
2 Front Desk Representatives to welcome me

On the third day of December, 
my HR Department gave to me
3 days of absence to apply for Family Medical Leave

On the fourth day of December, 
my HR Department gave to me
4 Insight colors for engaging employees

On the fifth day of December, 
my HR Department gave to me 
5 Payroll Techs!

On the sixth day of December, 
my HR Department gave to me 
6 fee waiver units waiving

On the seventh day of December, 
my HR Department gave to me 
7 Labor Unions

On the eighth day of December, 
my HR Department gave to me 
8 types of Leave Programs

On the ninth day of December, 
my HR Department gave to me 
Title IX trainings for a safe work environment

On the tenth day of December, 
my HR Department gave to me 
10 Spartans Stepping Beyond

On the eleventh day of December, 
my HR Department gave to me 
11 Hundred Performance Evaluations

On the twelfth day of December, 
my HR Department gave to me 
12 Scheduled Paydays


Spartans Stepping Beyond


Christopher Colbert - Distribution Services

"Christopher Colbert and another student stepped beyond when they took on the seemingly impossible task of distributing the almost-3-hours-late US mail to the
campus community on August 25, 2016.

This enabled the Distribution Services department to still meet our daily delivery
goal even though the mail had arrived too late to process for the morning delivery. Christopher and another student consolidated five routes into two and shared the responsibility of getting the mail out to every campus department."

December Dates to Remember 
In our last issue we provided a list of deadlines and reminders for the end of the year.  As December is upon us, we wanted to remind you once more.

December 12: Last day a fully-approved Request to Recruit, including a fully-signed Position Description, can be received in order for the job to be posted by December 16. Requests to Recruit received after this date will be posted in January 2017.

December 12: Last new employee start date for 2016. This includes emergency hires, casual workers, and regular or temporary employees.

December 14: Last date to submit a response to an Approval to Extend Offer email for employees with a start date of January 9, 2017 in order for the offer letter to be sent before the holiday break.

December 22: Last day to enter and approve December absences. All absences for both salaried and hourly employees must be entered and approved no later than 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 22.

December 23: Expiration date of International Student Assistants' Employment Verification Cards (EVCs). To receive a new EVC card for spring, students must obtain a Spring Work Permit from the International Student & Scholar Services Office and bring it, their Fall EVC card, and their Tower Card to Human Resources.

December 30: Campus is closed. All employees must use vacation, personal holiday or compensatory time off for the December 30 campus closure. Bargaining unit employees, other than 12-month faculty, should work with their manager if they do not have enough time to cover the closure date. MPPs, confidential employees and 12-month faculty are required to take leave.

January 1, 2017: All open enrollment changes will be effective January 1, 2017. Please review your December pay stub to confirm your changes have been processed.

January 9, 2017: First new employee start date and first New Employee Orientation for 2017.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Your HR Representatives in the appropriate unit. We are here to help.

The following jobs are currently open to SJSU employees only:

  • Administrative Support Coordinator  
  • Career Counselor (4 Positions)
  • Chief Operations Manager to the Provost  
  • Custodian  
  • Director of Transition Support Services and Training  
  • Lead Plumber 
  • Records Specialist  
  • Senior Employee/Labor Relations Analyst  
  • Service Desk Support Specialist


The following jobs were recently opened for recruitment:

  • Business Office Coordinator
  • CASA Student Success Center
  • Resource Analyst
  • Academic Advisor
  • Assistant Articulation Officer

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