San Jose State University
September 2021 Edition
Volume 4 Issue 3
From the Desk of Joanne Wright
Senior Associate Vice President, University Personnel
Welcome Back!

I’m always excited to welcome our faculty and students back to campus each fall, but this year I’m excited to welcome so many of our staff back as well. It’s been many months since the campus has been this alive and it’s great to see!

For the first time this year we held a welcome back week for our faculty and staff, and it was wonderful to see so many of you stopping by our table and participating in various activities around campus. I especially enjoyed meeting some of our new faculty and staff who joined our community during the last 16 months.

You have likely seen many emails from me in these last few weeks and months regarding vaccination status and testing. Policy requires all employees, auxiliary employees, volunteers, unpaid visiting scholars and others in unpaid appointments to be fully vaccinated by September 30, 2021, in order to access University facilities and programs. More information, including the recently finalized CSUEU MOU regarding the vaccination policy, can be found on the COVID-19 Vaccination webpage.

To report that you are fully vaccinated or to request a medical or religious exemption, open the COVID-19 Self-Certification page in SJSU @ Work and submit your information.  Please note, this page should NOT be used by student employees.

Contact if you have any questions.
The holiday season and the end of 2021 will be here before we know it! I want to remind you how important it is to take your vacation time. Excess vacation time at the end of the year may be forfeited if not used. Please refer to the Vacation webpage to view a summary of maximum vacation and CTO credits. Check your balance in SJSU @ Work then obtain your appropriate administrator's approval to take a few days off.

It's important to have time away from work to relax and recharge and to spend time with friends or family, and most importantly, time away from Zoom!
Important Benefits Open Enrollment Information

The Annual Benefits Open Enrollment will take place September 20, 2021 - October 15, 2021. All changes must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Friday, October 15, 2021. Changes made during Open Enrollment will take effect January 1, 2022. Visit the Open Enrollment webpage for additional information.

Health Plan Changes for 2022

We realize changes to health plans may impact your Open Enrollment decisions. Listed below are the health plan changes for 2022, including plans with a premium increase of 9% or more. View the new health plan rates for 2022 ( requires SJSUOne/CSU login).

Log in to myCalPERS to view customized health benefit information. Use the Search Health Plans tool to find health plans available in your area and whether your doctor accepts those plans.

Basic Plans

Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) and Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO)

Plan Name Changes for 2022
Anthem Del Norte EPO 11.49% premium increase for State and California State Universities
Blue Shield Access+ Re-enter into eight Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, and Solano
Blue Shield EPO Expand into Lassen and Shasta counties
Blue Shield Trio Expand into Santa Cruz, Stanislaus, and Orange counties
Health Net Salud y Más 14.47% premium increase for State and California State Universities
Kaiser Permanente
(out of state plans)
9.50% premium increase for State and California State Universities
Sharp Performance Plus 10.59% premium increase for State and California State Universities
UnitedHealthcare SignatureValue Harmony New plan to be available in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties
Western Health Advantage Expand into Humboldt County

Preferred Provider Organization (PPO)

CalPERS three PPO plans, PERSCare, PERS Choice, and PERS Select, will transition to two plans, PERS Platinum and PERS Gold. The change is the result of a year-long analysis to stabilize the Basic plan portfolio, including engagement with members, employers, and stakeholders. The two PPO plans will offer more distinction in benefit design, networks, and premium pricing.

Plan Name Changes for 2022
PERSCare                                                         Transition to PERS Platinum. Retains the same 10% coinsurance benefit design, and network as PERSCare/PERS Choice
PERS Choice Transition to PERS Platinum. Offers a 10% coinsurance benefit design, and retains the same broad network PERS Choice/PERSCare
11.49% premium increase for State and California State Universities
PERS Select Transition to PERS Gold. Retains the same 20% coinsurance benefit design and network as PERS Select
23.32% premium increase for State and California State Universities

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University Personnel is offering two unique virtual fairs for our faculty and staff employees this fall. Please mark your calendars and join us for these two important events.

Health Benefits Fair - Tuesday, September 28 (10:00am - 1:00pm)

This virtual event, hosted by the CSU Chancellor's Office, will showcase CSU Health Benefits Vendors. UP Benefits Services Representatives will also be available for consultation and to answer questions. You’ll find everything you need on the CSYou website, including updated benefit rates and provider information.

REGISTER NOW for the virtual fair on September 28. On event day you will be able to connect with health benefit providers and find videos and other wellness resources. You MUST be registered to attend the virtual fair.
Employee Services Fair - Wednesday & Thursday, October 20-21 (10:00am - 1:00pm)

This virtual event is hosted by University Personnel and will showcase non-health vendors such as credit unions, gyms, dental offices, and more. In addition, SJSU departments and organizations have been invited to participate. If your department is interested in participating, please contact Elizabeth Escobar at

More information on how to register for this fair is coming soon.
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I’m a new employee - when do I get paid?

Regular employees are paid on or around the first working day of the pay period and hourly employees are paid on the 15th of the month. However, there is an exception for new academic-year (AY) faculty.

New 12-month faculty, whether tenure-track or temporary, as well as new tenure-track AY faculty who participated in the Jump Start program, will get paid at the beginning of the September pay period (September 1, 2021) like all regular employees. New tenure-track AY faculty who did not participate in Jump Start, as well as new temporary AY lecturers, librarians, or counselors, will receive their first paycheck on October 1, 2021.

All payroll calendars, as well as other academic calendars, can be found on the Calendars webpage on the UP website (under the Resources menu).

If you have additional questions about when you get paid, please contact your Payroll Representative.
CAL Connect
Paychecks and W-2s Online!

Get copies of your paychecks and other earnings statements, as well as copies of your W-2s online via Cal Employee Connect. Visit the Cal Employee Connect webpage for more information, including a User Guide on how to get your account set up.

You can also find a tile for Cal Employee Connect on one.SJSU - enter “cal” in the search box then make it a favorite.

You will need the following information to set up your account:
  • Recent Paycheck/Paystub
  • Your Department Name
  • SJSU’s Agency Code - 260
Contact your Payroll Representative if you don’t have a recent paycheck or stub or if you need additional assistance.

As previously announced, SJSU @ Work is transitioning to CHRS, the CSU’s Common Human Resources System. This transition is scheduled for July 2022 but the work to get us there has already begun.

This change will impact everything you currently do in the SJSU @ Work system, including, but not limited to, the following functions:

  • All Employees
    • Benefits Enrollment & Maintenance
    • Personal Data Updates (e.g. preferred name, address, etc.)
    • Time & Absence Entry and Approval
  • Department Processes
    • POI Creation & Maintenance
    • Reports and Queries
    • Viewing Data for Employees (e.g. job, position, etc.)
  • Academic Departments
    • Temporary Academic Employment Processes (e.g. contracts, additional employment, etc.

New functionality includes:

  • A newly designed Temporary Academic Employment module for all lecturers, non-MPP coaches, academic student employees, and additional employment; workflow and online approvals are built in to create a more effective and efficient process
  • A new external reporting system that will replace the custom reports you currently run such as LCD reports, active position lists, etc.; it will also replace some of the public queries that currently exist in SJSU @ Work
  • A new Transactional Front End workflow module that will take the place of current forms such as the Employee Profile and the Appointment Form

To learn more about the project and the benefits of CHRS, visit the CHRS @ SJSU webpage and review the Why CHRS? video produced by the Chancellor's Office.

Join the CHRS User Group to receive regular updates via email.

Onboarding new employees |
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Join us in welcoming our new SJSU employees!
Kaytlin Abad
Debra Aguilar
Mital Amin
Kourosh Amirkhani
Krista Anandakuttan
Fernando Ansaldo-Sanchez
Sara Bakalian Wildman
Catalina Barraza Gerardino
Karen Bell
Jamie Carranza
Kevin Cavanaugh
Andrew Chae
Alexandra Chakarov
Susan Chen
Xintong Chen
Nima Chhay
Yu-mei Chin
Anthony Chow
Charmaine Darden
Alexandra De Martini Sheldon
Victor Diaz
Lindsay Dickerson
Thomas Dines
Jonathan Dizon
Javier Duarte
Traci Engel
Anne Engelsen
David Ensminger
David Escobar
Elizabeth Escobar
Egbe-Etu Etu
Yawo Ezunkpe
Axel Garcia Rivas
Jenica Grace Finuliar
Ruvani Fonseka
Neal Gallant
Leslie Garcia
Rajorshi Ghosh
Jonathan Ginez
Selena Gonzalez
Cole Gunter
Carlyn Haffey
Lucille Headrick
Damany Hendrix
Matthew Hess
Jasmin Holliday
Shane Horn
Gaojian Huang
Alexis Huerta
George Ikemizu
Genya Ishigaki
Tahir Bachar Issa
Shrikant Jadhav
Connor Jackson
Sanaz Jamloo
Lin Jiang
Tiffani Johnson
Michael Joiner-Hill
Aliyah Jones
Karl Jones
Theodore Kell
Kristan Kelly
Mohammad Khayatian
Alan Kong
Jeffrey Konya
Gautam Kumar
Veneice Lacy
Hojeong Lee
Dane Lentz
Bonnie Ludka
Christopher Luna
Scott Macdonald
Martha Macias
Kerri Malloy
Jacob Manaloor
Sean Martin
Jerry Martinez
Rania Marwan
Lee McCarthy
Craig McGovern
Megan McQueston
Stephanie Anne Mejarito
Lyle Moevao
Seth Moir
Elizabeth Munoz
Saugher Nojan
Kyle Olivo
Sierra Painter
Lesther Papa
Shelby Pemberton
Shelby Penn
Amanda Petel
Jessica Prudent
Johnny Ramirez
Zahira Ramirez Nava
Jonathan Rawski
Charles Ryan
Rodrigo Segovia
Laura Senn
Shayan Shams
Doris Shaw
Christopher Shay
David Sifri
Austin Sleight
Sarah Smith
Matthew Soelberg
Kylie Soukaseume
Jill Strykowski
Nicholas Szydlowski
Venus Te
Vinh-Doan Thoi
Texan Thungc
Stanislav Tiomkin
Michelle Tran
Joquel Vasquez
Christine Vega
Randolph Viajar
Julian Ulrich Norbert Vogel
Cory Watson
Wanda Watson
William Watson
Anthony Williams
Jon Williams
Andro Wohlgenant
Bo Yang
Lauren Yang
Anusha Yellamsetty
Lok Hin Yu
Nicole Zhang
Lianzhe Zheng

UP Staffing & Organizational Changes

New Employees
  • June 2021 - Elizabeth Escobar, Training & Events Assistant
  • June 2021 - Stephanie Mejarito and Lok Yu, Documentation Specialists
  • July 2021 - Jenica Finuliar, Administrative Services Assistant
  • August 2021 - Elizabeth Munoz, Program Analyst, Faculty and Staff Leaves

Promotions and Position Changes
  • May 2021 - Yazmin Perez became the Interim Manager, Leave and Workers’ Compensation
  • May 2021 - Melanie Nguyen became the COVID Programs Analyst
  • July 2021 - Cynthia Salinas became Manager, Records and Administrative Projects
  • September 2021 - Sandy Thang was promoted to Senior Employee/Labor Relations Analyst
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Employee Discounts

Faculty and staff can take advantage of numerous discounts offered to CSU and SJSU employees. Check out our Employee Discounts webpage for more information.
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UP Is on Social Media!

University Personnel is online! Follow us on Twitter (@sjsu_up) and Instagram (@sjsu_up).

Where to Find Past Newsletters

You can find past issues of The UP Side newsletter on the UP website under News.
CHRS Recruiting
Job Alert Notifications

Did you know you can receive job alerts from the Employee Jobs Portal? Once set up, you will receive an email when a job becomes available based on your personalized search criteria. Follow the steps below to set up this functionality.

First, click "Set up Job Alerts".


Next, enter your email address and check all criteria for which you wish to receive notifications.


Finally, at the bottom of the screen, check the “I’m not a robot” and “Yes, I agree to the privacy statement" boxes and then click Subscribe.



Let's Talk About Training

Training and Professional Development

Visit our webpage

To learn more about instructor-led and online training, visit the Training and Professional Development webpage. Information about CSULearn, LinkedIn Learning, the Center for Faculty Development and more can be found here. Additional questions? Email
Training Tuesday Newsletter

Are you looking for an interesting training course, but don’t know where to start? The University Personnel Training and Professional Development webpage has a wealth of training information. In addition, we recently launched Training Tuesday, a bi-weekly newsletter highlighting training courses and other information. Find all issues on the News & Announcements webpage.
Have Training to Promote?

Do you have an instructor-led employee training course you would like us to promote? Email the following information at least seven (7) days prior to the training date to, and we will include it in Training Tuesday:
  • Course Name
  • Day/Date/Time
  • Audience
  • 1-2 line description
  • How to enroll/register
  • Name of Trainer(s)

Contact University Personnel via Phone or Email

408.924.2250 or

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Last Updated Oct 25, 2022