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April 2015


Human Resources is excited to present our new online newsletter, HR Buzz. Our goal with publishing a newsletter is to help you get to know us better while also providing information about important dates, special events, and upcoming training. We plan to publish the newsletter regularly throughout the year via the HR User Group and will also post links on the HR website.

We’d love your feedback and encourage you to email our webmaster with your thoughts, comments, and/or ideas for future newsletters. Please forward this to your colleagues who may not be members of the HR User Group.

If you received HR Buzz from a colleague and are not a member of the HR User Group, please join today: View/Join HR User Group.

Save the Date!

Retirement Savings Program Fair

Human Resources is hosting a Retirement Savings Program Fair on Thursday, May 14 from 11:00 to 1:30 in ENG 285/287. This is your opportunity to connect with the Tax Sheltered Annuity providers. 
The CSU 403(b) Tax Sheltered Annuity (TSA) Program is a voluntary program that allows eligible CSU employees to save toward retirement by investing pre-tax contributions in tax-deferred investments in either annuities or mutual funds. There are five TSA providers: Valic, Fidelity Investments, Voya (formerly ING Life and Annuity), MetLife, and TIAA-Cref. 
It’s never too early to start planning for your retirement! Learn about your options, ask questions, and set up a one on one appointment with your provider. 

Buzz on...Beth Pugliese


Beth has been at San José State University for 24 years, serving in a variety of roles, currently as the Associate Vice President for Human Resources.  Prior to that, she served as Executive Director of Spartan Shops, Inc., the campus commercial auxiliary.  Beth has also worked in both University Advancement and served as the campus Director of Governmental Affairs.  She is an SJSU alumna, holding a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a Master's degree in Public Administration.

Q.  Where did you grow up?  
A.  In the deep south...South Carolina
Q.  What do you like to eat?    
A.   Any kind of seafood
Q.  What is your favorite spot on campus?   
A.  Tower Lawn Fountain
Q.  What is the most satisfying part of your job?   
A.  Helping people see that SJSU is not just a huge bureaucracy, but a close knit community
Q.  How do you spend your time outside of work?   
A.   At the beach or in the mountains
Q.  Who is someone that inspires you?   
A.  Dr. Bill McCraw, professor of Political Science who just celebrated 50 years on our campus. I took my first political science class from him in 1978. He was so gifted, and completely inspired me! And he continues to inspire students today! 

Upcoming Training & Events 

April 17, Fri HR 101 Intro to Skillport 8.0
April 20, Mon Thrive Across America America Closing Celebration
April 21, Tues    HR 101 Stepping Beyond: SJSU Customer Service Training
April 29, Wed    HR 101 ROTH IRAs, Tax Planning and Tax-Free Investment Alternatives
April 29, Wed HR 101 Easy Steps to Your 403(b)

See the HR Training Calendar April - June 2015 for a full list of classes.

Direct Deposit

Sign Up for Direct Deposit!
All faculty, staff, and student assistants qualify for payroll direct deposit. Withdirect deposit:
  • There are no checks to worry about getting lost or stolen
  • You have same day access to your money—you can draw on your funds the same day your check is issued
  • There’s no need to run to the bank, wait in line, or find an ATM
Enrollment is easy! Complete the Direct Deposit Enrollment Authorization (PDF) and return it to Human Resources, UPD 3rd floor. 

Sign up now and you’ll have a chance to win a San José State University Spartan Stadium blanket! It’s easy and it’s free!

HR Website

We have launched a few changes to make the site more user-friendly. The Employees menu has been reorganized by HR Function and Resources, which should make navigation more intuitive.

Other changes include:

  • Change in the primary navigation order
  • Calendars are now located under Employee/Resources
  • The Career Opportunities page has been redesigned
  • The HR Functions pages have the contact information for the HR employees in the applicable service group

Check out the new and improved HR Website!

Spartans Stepping Beyond

"Lisa does all of the preparation work for the Ask Me tables.  She schedules locations and set-up/tear-down with FD&O, orders the tents and giveaways, schedules all of the volunteers and then sets up and tears down every day. Student Affairs always receives great feedback about this event but it would not happen without all of Lisa's work and planning. I really appreciate her efforts!" 

Recognize a Fellow Spartan at Spartans Stepping Beyond!

Spotlight on:

Workforce Planning

The Workforce Planning unit handles a variety of HR functions to help departments effectively plan and manage the needs of their staff and management employees. The primary functions of the unit are:

All aspects of staff and management recruitment are managed by the Workforce Planning unit; from the request to recruit process to posting position vacancies to meeting with the hiring committee to screening applications and finally, working with you to make an offer of employment. 
On Boarding
On Boarding begins when the offer letter and position description are sent to the candidate and the Coordinators act as the primary point of contact for hiring managers and the candidate through New Employee Orientation on their first day of employment.
The Workforce Planning Analysts and Lead analyze all classification and compensation requests and work to ensure all positions are properly classified and all employees equitably compensated. In addition, the staff work on campus-wide programs related to classification and compensation and liaise with the Chancellor's Office on system-wide programs.
Position Management
All PeopleSoft position management functions are managed by the On Boarding Coordinators, including creation of new positions, changes to existing positions and changes in reporting structures. 
Led by Carrie Medders, Senior Director of Human Resources, the entire staff is committed to providing outstanding customer service and is here to help. 
Rosalina Calderon - Workforce Planning Lead
Amanda Frank - Workforce Planning Analyst
Tony Garcia - Workforce Planning Analyst
Connie Kim - On Boarding Coordinator
Melissa Wright - On Boarding Coordinator
Please see Your HR Representatives to identify your primary contact for Recruiting and Class/Comp needs and don't hesitate to reach out.


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