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July 2017

Update from the

HR Associate

Vice President,

Beth Pugliese...







(Photo by: Robert Bain/San José State University)

Happy Summer, Spartans!

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer months and finding some time to take a vacation before the fall semester is upon us. It will be here before we know it!

As you know, HR recently conducted a campus wide survey and received valuable feedback. There are couple of things I want to address that seemed to be a common theme across campus.

First, let’s talk about your paycheck. Did you know that we don’t create those on campus? As an agency of the State of California, we are required to process our payroll through the California State Controller’s Office, or the SCO, as it’s more commonly known. They issue your paycheck, as well as your W2. They also process your direct deposit request, which is why it can take 45 days or more to get it setup. Our staff liaises with the staff in the SCO to get items processed as quickly as possible but many times, our hands are tied. I know how frustrating this can be, especially when you’re waiting on a paycheck, but I can assure you that we do everything in our power to move transactions to the SCO as quickly as possible.

Also, I want to talk about retirement and the role our benefits team plays. You don’t actually retire from San José State or the California State University. You retire from the California Public Employees Retirement System, otherwise known as CalPERS. We have discovered that many people are not aware of this which creates some confusion. We bring staff from CalPERS to campus a couple of times each year to host retirement workshops, and they are always present during our Employee Benefits & Services Fair. It’s critical that you work directly with CalPERS on your retirement planning. Pension reform changes make it more important than ever to be sure you’re getting the most accurate and up to date information. Our benefits staff cannot and should not give you advice on retirement, but will gladly provide you with information on how to contact CalPERS. The good news is that CalPERS has a local office in San Jose and appointments can be scheduled in advance.

If you ever have any questions or concerns about HR, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or the HR Management Team. We are here to help.

Have a great summer!

Summer Fun in the Bay Area!

Just for fun, we'd love to know what our employees like to do in the summer months. Click below to to participate in our quick poll and we'll share the results in our next issue!

Summer Fun in the Bay Area

Save the Date!

Open Enrollment Dates Announced!

CalPERS has announced that Open Enrollment for 2017 will begin September 11 and run through October 6. More information will be coming soon, but please make a note of the dates now.

CalPERS and our other health providers, as well as the SJSU Benefits Team, will be at the Employee Benefits and Services Fair Tuesday, September 26, from 10:00 am-2:00 pm in the Student Union Ballroom. Stop by to discuss any questions you have about coverage or Open Enrollment changes.

Spotlight On The Cabinet:

Vice President for University Advancement, Paul Lanning

Paul Lanning joined the Spartan Community in July 2015, bringing with him a passion for higher education and experience leading major capital campaigns in a variety of settings. Read on to learn a little more about Paul.

Paul Lanning

(Photo by: David Schmitz/San José State University)

Q. Where are you from? 

A. I was born at Stanford Hospital and grew up in San Jose from second grade on, graduating from Pioneer High School after matriculating through Almaden Elementary and John Muir Junior High. I went away to college, grad school, and had a long and winding road of a career in other places before finally finding my way back to San Jose in June of 2015 when I accepted my position at SJSU.

Q. What are your hobbies? 

A. My hobbies include going to concerts and Giants games, wine tasting, and travel. I grew up as a baseball player and fan, and my career started in professional baseball working with the Dodgers organization (although I'm a lifelong Giants fan!). I've also been an avid amateur genealogist for 30 years or more...I love discovering the stories of my ancestry that help define who I am today.

Q. What is your favorite food? 

A. Anyone who knows me knows I don't have ONE favorite food - I have many! But if I had to narrow it down to perhaps three, I'd go with a great lasagna, a gourmet burger, and authentic chicken enchiladas. I know, not the healthiest choices, but you asked!

Q. What impresses you most about the SJSU community?

A. I'm most impressed by that very word: community. This is a large, urban campus with nearly 40,000 students, faculty and staff, yet it feels like a community. There is a positive spirit here that anything is possible - fitting given that we are located in the Silicon Valley, the cradle of innovation on the planet. This is an exciting place in an exciting region, and SJSU is vital to the future of communities and industry in this region and beyond.

Q. What one thing do you wish everyone knew about SJSU?

A. In Advancement, we're working to make sure as many people as possible DO know about SJSU, and the one thing I stress above all else is how much a part of the fabric of this region SJSU is. We've grown up alongside San Jose and this valley since 1857, so we were here when covered wagons were arriving in the Santa Clara Valley, long before "silicon" was part of our vocabulary. People are starting to realize that we provide more engineers to Silicon Valley companies than any other institution, but they likely don't realize that the same can be said for teachers and nurses and so many other professions vital to any community. SJSU is the training ground for leaders across all sectors, and with more than 250,000 living alumni, including more than 160,000 alumni living and working right here in the Bay Area, we have great stories to share about what our alumni contribute to the communities in which they live and work.

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

A. This is an exciting time. We have a new president, new leadership in many other positions on campus, and renewed energy behind our relationships with city, regional, and industry leaders. SJSU is stepping up to take its place at the table in major issues that affect our campus and our community. My hope for the coming year is that we continue building toward a revitalized image for the university, we continue our outstanding progress in attracting new resources to the campus through increased philanthropy and corporate partnerships, and that we continue to find ways to engage alumni, business, and community leaders through innovative approaches and partnerships. The revitalization of the Hammer Theater as a partnership between SJSU and the City of San Jose is just one example of what's possible when we think creatively and proactively about how we can be a partner in critical local and regional initiatives that benefit campus and community. We have tremendous untapped potential as the only public university serving the Silicon Valley. Now is the time to unlock that potential.

Q. The campus community would be surprised to know...

A. ...that I am a direct descendant of Sir Geoffrey Chaucer, the legendary poet known as the "father of English literature." His best known work today is The Canterbury Tales, and he is credited with popularizing the English vernacular at a time (the 1300s) when most literature was in French or Latin. He is my 20x great-grandfather on my paternal grandmother's line. I've always been drawn much more to writing and history than to math and science...maybe this is why!

Did You Know?

  • You can donate hours for Catastrophic Leave online! Visit the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program on the Human Resources website. You can donate up to 40 hours per fiscal year (July-June).
  • You can locate your Employee Services, Benefits and Payroll Representatives on the Human Resources website on the Your HR Representatives page.
  • Transportation Solutions can help with all your public transportation needs. You can also find discount information on their site. 
  • You and up to three guests can attend any SJSU home athletic event for free. Show your Tower Card at the ticket window or gate and cheer on the Spartans!

Meet Our New HR Employees
Meet Our New HR Employees

(From top left: Ken, Elsa, Wilbur, Sandy, and Babette)

Like many of our departments across campus, Human Resources experienced turnover and had several vacancies in early 2017. We are pleased to announce that we have filled five of our vacant positions and would like to introduce you to our new employees!

Ken Guzzetta - Business Analyst, HRIS
Ken was born and raised in San Jose and is an SJSU graduate with a degree from the College of Business. He worked at Microsoft and Cisco Systems for a combined 20 years in various roles, but always in HR. Ken considers himself a classic car fanatic and owns a '57 Chevy, '50 Chevy, and several Model A's that he takes to car shows and parades regularly. Ken is also a board member of the San Jose Classic Chevy Club.

Elsa Casanova - Administrative Services Representative, Employee Services 
Elsa is originally from Los Angeles and relocated to the Bay Area this spring. Before completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology she worked in the Healthcare field as an Occupational Therapist Aide. Elsa has worked and lived in many locations throughout Northern and Southern California due to her spouse working in the military. Elsa considers herself a foodie and her favorite meal of the day is breakfast; she always enjoys a good brunch! She also enjoys the outdoors, nature walks, and exploring new places.

Wilbur Hurley - Equal Opportunity/Employee Relations Analyst, OEO/ER
Wilbur comes to us from the Veterans Health Administration, where he developed and managed recruitment strategies, conducted full-cycle recruiting, and trained a number of employees. Wilbur also has extensive training experience from the Garden City Casino...blackjack, anyone? Wilbur is originally from Maryland and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Notre Dame De Namur. During his free time, he enjoys art, music, and making marshmallows (from scratch!).

Sandy Thang - OnBoarding Coordinator, Workforce Planning
Originally from San Jose, Sandy is one of two OnBoarding Coordinators in Workforce Planning. She has returned to her alma mater after working at Santa Clara and National Universities. In her spare time she enjoys trying out different restaurants and traveling to new and exciting destinations and recently completed her first half marathon. 

Babette Cooke - OnBoarding Coordinator, Workforce Planning
Babette is also from San Jose and joined the university after several years with The Millennium Group, an outsourcing HR provider for PayPal and eBay. Babette has traveled all over the US and has also visited France, England, and Mexico. She absolutely loves the ocean and considers Hawaii heaven on Earth. Babette likes to write poetry, but claims it only makes sense to her.





The following jobs were recently opened for recruitment:

  • Lead Instructional Developer -       E-Campus
  • Administrative Support Coordinator - School of Social Work
  • College Curriculum and Research Analyst - College of Science
  • Football Video Coordinator - (Temporary intermittent position)  Athletics Video Operations
  • Dean, College of Humanities and the Arts

The following jobs are currently open to SJSU employees only:

  • Gift Analyst - Advancement & Campaign Ops
  • Manager, Academic Resources - College of Science

HR Training, Events and Other Important Information

Wed, Aug 2: 10:00 - 12:00 Team Building (TRSM03)
Thu, Aug 10: 10:30 - 11:30 Workplace Change for Staff (TRSD26)
Thu, Aug 10: 1:00 - 2:30 Workplace Change for MPPs - MPPs Only (MPP009)
Wed, Sep 20: 10:00 - 11:00 Just Do it! Reducing Procrastination (TRSD30)
Tue, Sep 26: 10:00 – 2:00 Employee Benefits and Services Fair
Wed, Oct 18 & Thu, Oct 19 Flu Shot Clinic (registration info coming soon)
Wed, Oct 25: 10:00 - 12:00 Emotional Intelligence (TRSD35)
Wed, Nov 15: 10:00 - 11:00 Stress or Success: (TRSD27)
Thu, Nov 16: 3:00 – 5:00 50th Annual Spartan Service Celebration
Wed, Dec 6: 10:00 - 11:00 Conquering Time (TRSD49)

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