San Jose State University
February 2021 Edition
Volume 4 Issue 1
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
From the Desk of Joanne Wright
Senior Associate Vice President, University Personnel

Welcome back!

I hope everyone enjoyed their time away from work and didn’t have to log into Zoom at all! Or if you did, I hope it was all in fun. If you’re like me you were excited to ring in 2021, as 2020 challenged us in ways few of us could have imagined. Once again we’re starting a semester online. I look forward to the day when we can see each other on campus again. Until such time, however, we must remain vigilant and continue to follow state and county guidelines in order to ensure the safety of ourselves and our community. 

Remember, you can always find up-to-date COVID-19 information on the UP website (News/Important COVID-19 Info). Links to campus wide messages, as well as policies and forms can be found on this page, including the COVID-19 Return to Campus Request. This must be completed to return to campus for any reason. 

I wish all a productive, successful and healthy 2021 and look forward to seeing many of you on Zoom.

Spartan Service Celebration and Staff Awards

The 53rd Annual Spartan Service Celebration honors SJSU staff members who reached a milestone year of service between January 1 and December 31, 2020. This year we will honor almost 300 staff and management employees!

This event will be held virtually over four days beginning March 1, 2021, culminating in the  LIVE presentation of the second annual Staff Awards on Thursday, March 4 at 4:00 p.m. Register now to celebrate your fellow Spartans.

Visit the Spartan Service Celebration webpage to view the list of honorees. Honoree videos for each year will be posted on this page beginning March 1, 2021. Contact Tamela Sullivan if you have any questions (
Faculty Service Recognition Event

The 22nd Annual Faculty Service Recognition Event will take place virtually on Thursday, April 15, 2021, from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. The University will honor faculty with 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of service, as well as the recipients of the President's Scholar Award, the Outstanding Professor Award, the Distinguished Service Award, and the Outstanding Lecturer Award. A list of honorees and more details about the event will be distributed in the coming weeks. If you have questions about the event, please contact Melanie Schlitzkus in the Office of the Provost (

Celebrating Our Essential Workers

Since March 17, 2020, most of SJSU’s employees have been working from home, but a handful of staff members have been faithfully coming to campus. They’ve been maintaining our facilities and grounds, keeping our residence halls in order, supporting our students living on campus, and making sure the campus is safe. In the next few newsletters we’ll be highlighting some of these essential workers.

Residential Life Coordinators (RLCs) in University Housing continue to support our students living on campus. They live on campus and oversee the operations of the residential communities. They also advise student groups and serve in an on-call rotation to ensure our student residents can always reach someone. As you can see from the image below they are having fun despite the stresses of the pandemic.
Pictured above: Michele Kleeman, Candice Brooks, Terri Luna, Keighla Burns

In addition to the RLCs, the University Housing Custodial and Laborer Staff is hard at work keeping the residence halls clean and safe for our students. With the increased cleaning and sanitization needs of the pandemic, this crew has been working hard to ensure our students stay healthy and safe.
Pictured above: Top-Mike Lara, Alberto Barajas, Margarita Padilla, Marcus Santos, Debra Steiner, Maribel Nambo; Bottom-Elizabeth Carranza, Evelia Barragan, Wilfredo Andaya, Flor Manner, Erika Fitch

The University Police Department (UPD) has continued to function as a full-time 24/7 police force to ensure the safety and security of our campus. They patrol the campus, monitor security in the library and housing, answer dispatch calls, manage records, and respond to emergency situations when required. UPD is committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment through professional, progressive and superior police, emergency, transportation and educational services in alliance with the campus community.
Pictured above are a few of our dedicated UPD team: Top-Marvin Aguilar, Elizabeth Kehoe, Kiara Barajas, Aaron Cantrell, Astrid Neilsen; Bottom-Andrew Amistoso, Lolita Pedro, Victor Covarrubias, Manuel Chaidez, Pricilia Vazquez, Jenny Gaxiola
In addition to the 24/7 police force, the Parking Services staff has continued to work on campus to enforce parking regulations, maintain equipment, answer questions and distribute parking permits, and drive campus shuttle buses. Parking Services is dedicated to providing a clean and safe parking environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. 
Pictured above are a few members of our dedicated parking team: Eric Cross, Ngoc Nguyen, Ben Cabudoy, Rosario Micu, Santiago Gomez
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Curious About Medicare?

General Tips for Working CalPERS Members Age 65 and Older

Four months before your 65th birth month you will receive a letter from CalPERS titled “Important Information Concerning Health Coverage at Age 65.” This notice contains information regarding the CalPERS Medicare enrollment requirements. We encourage you to carefully review and save this letter for future reference.

We recommend you also review and save all mail received from the Social Security Administration (SSA), as it will contain valuable information regarding your Medicare enrollment.

You may remain enrolled in a CalPERS Basic (non-Medicare) health benefits plan until retirement. When you retire, you'll no longer be eligible to remain in a CalPERS Basic (non-Medicare) health plan if you are eligible for Medicare Part A at no cost.

Medicare Part A

While working, you may enroll in Medicare Part A by applying online with SSA, contacting SSA at 1 (800) 772-1213, or by visiting your local Social Security office. Call first to make an appointment.
Medicare Part A will be premium-free if you:
  • Worked for at least 10 years (40 quarters) in Social Security/Medicare-covered employment;
  • Are eligible through the work history of a current, former, or deceased spouse; and/or
  • Have End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or a Social Security-qualified disability and meet certain SSA requirements.
Enrolling in Part A may save you money:
  • If you enroll in Part A, your current CalPERS Health Plan will continue to be the primary payer of your insurance claims and Medicare Part A will be a secondary payer. As a secondary payer, Medicare pays up to their allowable amount of costs not covered by your CalPERS health insurance, potentially reducing your out-of-pocket costs.
  • But, there are limitations to be aware of: Part A only covers inpatient care in a hospital, skilled nursing care, hospice, and some home health. Therefore, remaining in a CalPERS health plan and enrolling in Medicare Part A will only help defray cost sharing for those covered services up to the allowable amount based on the Medicare fee schedule.
  • However, you may want to consider delaying Medicare Part A until a later date if you contribute to a Health Savings Account (HSA) or if you will have to pay a premium to enroll in Part A.

Join us in welcoming our new SJSU employees!
Ernest Azevedo
Kortnie Barrett
Mikayla Barrier
Brett Bralley
Patience Bryant
Immaculate Cantos
Deanna Chu
Rosa Coronado
James Davenport
Caren Delano
Julie Do
Elizabeth Figueroa
Isaac Franco
Tiffany Harbrecht
Sarah Hughes
Jaymes Hughes-Mathews
Kyle Langlais
Daniele LeCesne
Jung Ah Lee
Kathy Lee
Nikhil Mistry
Jennifer Montalvo
Alice Nguyen
Junelyn Peeples
Lien Pham
Taryn Reiner
Maritza Robles
Nicholas Ryan
Roberto Santiago
Barbara Sasso
Tanner Schultheis
Travis Tamasese
Michael Tomasello
Mario Miguel Valero Perez
Brice Van Etten Richardson
Xiaoyong Wang
Kamryn Williams
Vivian Zuo
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See Form W-2s and pay statements online!

The State of California Controller’s Office rolled out Cal Employee Connect earlier this year. Register online to view your Form W-2 and pay statements. Please note, you will need a pay statement for reference. 

  1. Visit Cal Employee Connect (there is also a tile on one.SJSU)
  2. Click Register
  3. Click Continue on the next page
  4. Accept the User Agreement
  5. Select “CSU, San Jose” from the drop down menu for Department
  6. Enter “260” for Agency Code

If you do not have your statement number or total deduction information, or if you need help registering, please contact your Payroll Representative.

Keep your address updated

It's important to keep both your home and mailing addresses updated in the MySJSU system. Without a current address your Form W-2, benefits information, and other important materials may not reach you in a timely manner. Your home address may also drive the health benefit plans for which you are eligible.

See Change My Address and other info to review your address and make any necessary changes. There is also a tile on one.SJSU that will take you directly to this page in MySJSU.

Form W-2 Frequently Asked Questions

Please note that Form W-2s are issued by the State Controller’s Office and are not maintained or reissued by San José State University Personnel. Form W-2’s, wage statements and YTD earnings can be accessed online at Cal Employee Connect.

When were Form W-2s mailed?
  • Forms were mailed by the State Controller's Office and should have arrived by January 31, 2021.
I didn't received my Form W-2, what should I do?
  • Contact your Payroll Representative after January 31. Form W-2s that are undeliverable by the post office will be returned to University Personnel/Payroll Office.
Who should I contact if my W-2 was damaged, not sealed?
How do I obtain a Duplicate Form W-2?
  • Duplicate Form W-2s can be requested by completing a Duplicate Wage and Tax Request (compatible with Internet Explorer only). This form can also be found in the Forms & Documents section of the University Personnel website. Generally there is a $8.50 fee charged by the State Controller’s Office for a duplicate copy of the Form W-2. If your address is correct in the system and your Form W-2 has not been received, please contact your payroll representative. A waiving of the processing fee may be applied if your address has not changed. The final date that a fee waiver for an unreceived Form W-2 is March 1, 2021. You can download a copy of your Form W-2 via Cal Employee Connect.
Who should I contact if I have any further questions about my Form W-2?
Minimum Wage Increase

The City of San Jose's hourly minimum wage grew to $15.45 on January 1, 2021. San José State followed suit and moved all employees making less than $15.45 per hour to the new minimum. This primarily impacted our student employees.

Designated individuals in each department can review salaries by running employee profiles or the HR_STAFF_REPORT_BY_DIVISION query. Questions about running or obtaining access to these processes should be directed to .

Employees can see their own rate of pay by viewing  Job and Compensation History  in  SJSU @ Work .

If a department wishes to further increase the hourly rate for student employees, they should submit an  Employee Profile  or  Student Assistant Appointment Form  to their  Employee Support Services Representative  indicating the new amount.

Congratulations SJSU Football!!

University Personnel congratulates the Spartan Football Team on their incredible undefeated regular season. In a season of more challenges than anyone anticipated, you climbed the mountain all the way to the top. We would have loved to have been there cheering you on in person but happily cheered from our homes as you beat team after team. Looking forward to the days when we can all cheer together. Way to go to our student-athletes, coaches, Athletics staff, and supporters who contributed to this amazing season!
eFaculty Training - Mini Review and Post Tenure Review

The process for Mini Review and Post Tenure Review has transitioned to eFaculty. SJSU uses eFaculty to manage the faculty evaluation process from materials submission to the evaluations for Post Tenure Review and Mini Review. University Personnel Faculty Affairs (UPFA) is currently offering training classes via Zoom. The training sessions are listed below and are available for faculty undergoing review as well as reviewers.

Tuesday, Feb 16th @ 10:00 - 11:00 am
Friday, Mar 12th @ 10:00 - 11:00 am

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android:

Open Labs
UPFA is currently holding Open Labs to provide one-on-one assistance using eFaculty in the various faculty evaluations. Please visit and scroll to the bottom of the eFaculty Training Schedule to access these drop-in hours. Look for the “Open Labs” header.  Our dedicated eFaculty Training web page also has helpful QuickTips for using eFaculty.

Faculty may start to upload their materials for reviewers. To sign in, follow the instructions eFaculty Quick Tip directions: Logging in.  If you have any issues signing in, please contact UPFA directly at For help with uploading materials, refer to the What Goes Where? Preparing Materials for eFaculty help guide.

Contact Information
If you have any questions about Post Tenure Review and Mini Review processes, please contact the staff at or Post Tenure Review and Mini Review staff lead, Junie Urbano. If you have questions about policies or collective bargaining guidelines, please contact James Lee.

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As more employees use the CHRS Recruiting system, we continue to evaluate processes to ensure we provide you with the most effective recruiting system possible. In addition, updates to the system from the vendor (PageUp) and the Chancellor’s Office occur monthly, so it’s constantly evolving. To be notified of changes as they occur, please make sure you’re a member of the CHRS Recruiting User Group. On the group page you can review previous emails to learn about the changes and updates.

You can also visit the CHRS Recruiting webpage where you will find a variety of information to help you with the system.

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CHRS Recruiting was the first step in the implementation of CHRS - Common Human Resources System. San José State will begin its implementation of the new CHRS system in June of 2021 with an expected go-live in July 2022. What does this mean to you?

SJSU @ Work as you know it will undergo significant changes. As we are early in the process we don't have all the details yet but here's what we do know:
  • CHRS will be a shared system with all CSU campuses
  • This change will impact all employees
  • Many functions will remain the same but have a different look and feel
  • A few functions will be changing significantly; some of these include:
    • Temporary Academic Employment Processing
    • Benefits Self Service
    • Time & Labor Self Service
  • New functions will also be implemented:
    • Student Hires
    • Transactional Front End (replacing current transactional forms)
    • Data Warehouse for reporting
More information will be disseminated throughout the year but we thought it important to let you know about this important project now. We encourage you to view the Chancellor's Office CHRS webpage to learn more. SJSU-specific information will be placed on the University Personnel website as we begin the project next year.

Questions about the implementation may be sent to

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The California State University (CSU) Learning & Development team is pleased to present CSU's Got Talent for 2021. These webcasts are open to all CSU employees and can be viewed on the dates/times below via Adobe Connect. After the live presentation, they will be available in the CSULearn library.

To receive these emails directly, sign up for the CSU's Got Talent mailing list. We will also post more detailed information on each course prior to their airdate on the UP News and Announcements blog. If you do not receive these blog posts, subscribe now!

Questions about these courses, including trouble connecting to the live events, should be directed to the CSU's Learning & Development Team.
CSU's Got Talent 2021 Live Webcast Schedule

All courses take place from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. on the scheduled date.

February 26 - "Understanding and Achieving Resilience to Face Challenges” presented by Dan Day, Director of Client Success at Tracom **Please note, this is a change from the originally announced date.**
March 23 
- " Trauma in the Time of Corona: Implications for Educators, Students and Our Learning Communities" presented by Shaili Jain, M.D., PTSD specialist and Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University **Please note, this is a change from the originally announced date.**
April 29 - " Transforming Tech Stress into Tech Health” presented by Erik Peper, Ph.D., Professor of Holistic Health of San Francisco State University
May 26 -  " Effective Communication Online or Off": Secrets to Getting Your Message Heard" presented by Betsy Hays, M.A., Advertising and Public Relations Professor, Fresno State
June 30 - " Playing with Your Inner Critic” presented by Jeff Harry, International Positive Psychology Play Speaker
July 28 - " Conflict Resolution vs. Conflict Transformation: When is Each Appropriate" presented by Jeremy Pollack, M.A., Mediator, Coach, Trainer, Organizational Interventionist & Founder, Pollack Peacebuilding Systems
September 29 - " Cultural Intelligence as the Foundation to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” presented by Dr. Sandra Upton, VP, Global Diversity Practice at the Cultural Intelligence Center
October 27 - " Better Business Writing: Lessons in Power and Persuasion” presented by Nancy Flynn, M.A., Writing Skills Trainer, Business Writer & Author
November 16 - " Digital Nutrition: De-guilt Your Tech Use and Optimize Your Digital Wellbeing" presented by Jocelyn Brewer, Registered Psychologist and Cyberpsychology Researcher

Upcoming Training and Events

Courses with a course number are open for enrollment in SJSU @ Work. These include all CHRS Recruiting, PeopleSoft, and eFaculty courses. Courses led by vendors typically have a separate registration list. 
Additional Training Information

Date Day Time Course Name Course Number
2/17/2021 Wednesday 11:00-12:00 Building Healthy Meals
2/17/2021 Wednesday 1:00-2:00 Building Healthy Meals
2/23/2021 Tuesday
SJSU Member Benefits with Providence
Credit Union (Providence)
2/24/2021 Wednesday 9:00-10:00 Screen & Evaluate Faculty Applications
(CHRS Recruiting)
2/24/2021 Wednesday 10:30-11:30 Screen & Evaluate Stf/MPP Apps
(CHRS Recruiting)
2/24/2021 Wednesday 11:00-12:00 Bring Your Laughter Back
2/24/2021 Wednesday 1:00-2:00 Bring Your Laughter Back
2/25/2021 Thursday 11:00-12:00 Building Resiliency
2/25/2021 Thursday 12:00-1:00 Heart Disease: Differences Between
Men & Women (Sutter Health)
2/25/2021 Thursday 1:00-2:00 Building Resiliency
3/3/2021 Wednesday 11:00-12:00 Total Health Nutrition
3/3/2021 Wednesday 1:00-2:00 Total Health Nutrition
3/8/2021 Monday 1:30-4:00 Initiate Recruitments
(CHRS Recruiting)
3/10/2021 Wednesday 9:00-11:00 Manage Faculty Recruitments
(CHRS Recruiting)
3/10/2021 Wednesday 11:00-12:00 Plant Based Eating
3/10/2021 Wednesday 1:00-2:00 Plant Based Eating
3/11/2021 Thursday 3:00-4:00 10 Steps to Financial Success
3/15/2021 Monday 1:30-2:30 Screen & Evaluate Faculty Applications
(CHRS Recruiting)
3/15/2021 Monday 3:00-4:00 Screen & Evaluate Stf/MPP Apps
(CHRS Recruiting)
3/17/2021 Wednesday 9:00-11:00 Manage Staff/MPP Recruitiments CHRS09
3/17/2021 Wednesday 11:00-12:00 Tackling Food Trends
3/17/2021 Wednesday 1:00-2:00 Tackling Food Trends
3/23/2021 Tuesday 9:00-4:00 Academic HR Processing for 9
(Temp Fac Processing)
3/23/2021 Tuesday 10:00-11:30 Stepping Beyond: Customer Service Training (PeopleSoft) TRCR60
3/23/2021 Tuesday 1:30-2:30 Debt Management & Financial Hardship
3/24/2021 Wednesday 9:00-12:00 Prepare Faculty Job Offers
(CHRS Recruiting)
3/24/2021 Wednesday 11:00-12:00 Managing your Weight
3/24/2021 Wednesday 1:00-2:00 Managing Your Weight Register
3/25/2021 Tuesday 8:15-4:00 1x1 with Fidelity
3/25/2021 Tuesday 11:00-12:00 Stress and Eating
3/25/2021 Tuesday 1:00-2:00 Stress and Eating
3/29/2021 Monday 1:30-2:30 Screen & Evaluate Faculty Apps
(CHRS Recruiting)
3/29/2021 Monday 3:00-4:00 Screen & Evaluate Stf/MPP Apps
(CHRS Recruiting)
3/31/2021 Wednesday 11:00-12:00 Healthy Habits, Making Behavior Changes
Work for You (Kaiser)
3/31/2021 Wednesday 1:00-2:00 Healthy Habits, Making Behavior Changes
Work for You (Kaiser)

See eCampus Events for additional training opportunities for faculty and staff.

Email  for information on other training courses or help enrolling.

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Last Updated Nov 17, 2022