San Jose State University
February 2022 Edition
Volume 5 Issue 1
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From the Desk of Joanne Wright
Senior Associate Vice President, University Personnel
Happy New Year, Spartans!

In some ways it feels like it’s still 2020 and in others it feels like 2022 has already been here for several months. Many of us continue to face changes in our work and home life, and I am constantly reminded how agile our employees are. I know the continuous adapting and pivoting can be frustrating and tiring and I appreciate how hard everyone is working to ensure our students, faculty and staff have the tools they need to be successful.

As most of you are aware, the Chancellor’s Office announced a new requirement for faculty, staff and students regarding vaccination and booster shots. Non-represented employees, volunteers, auxiliary employees and all Unit 3 (faculty) employees are required to have their booster shot by February 28, 2022. Deadlines for other represented employees will be announced soon. If you have already received your booster shot make sure you update your Vaccine Attestation Record in SJSU @ Work with the date of the booster and your updated vaccination record. Details on how to do this can be found in the user guide.

We recently announced that testing is available for all vaccinated employees, volunteers and auxiliary employees who are accessing campus. At this time, we anticipate that this testing will be available through at least the end of February. Appointments are required. Please note, if you tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, you should not participate in this testing. A positive result will show up for 90 days after the first test.

I wish you all a safe and productive spring and hope to see you soon.
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UP Staffing Update

We are excited to welcome two new employees to University Personnel:
  • Jessica Huerta Sousa - Recruiter
  • Steven Lee - Recruiter
Internal Staffing Changes:
  • Elizabeth Munoz has accepted a new position as Employment Accommodation Analyst; her previous position as Manager, Leave, Workers' Compensation, and Accommodation Programs will be open for recruitment soon
  • Cynthia Salinas begins a new role on February 21 as the Interim Manager, Faculty Services Operations
We currently have the following positions open for recruitment - click the link for more information:
University Personnel Organization Chart
Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Grace Period

The CSU provides a 2 1/2 month grace period for employees enrolled in a Healthcare Reimbursement Account (HCRA) through December 31st. If you were enrolled through December 31, 2021 and had a balance on December 31, the grace period allows you to be reimbursed for eligible expenses incurred through March 15, 2022. FSA Debit Cardholders will have access to the prior year's balance through the grace period.

You must submit claims no later than June 30, 2022 for expenses incurred in 2021. After this date, any funds remaining in your account will be forfeited.
Form W-2 Frequently Asked Questions

When was my Form W-2 mailed?
Forms were mailed by the State Controller's Office and should have arrived by January 31, 2022.

I didn't receive my Form W-2, what should I do?
If you have not yet received your Form W-2, please visit Cal Employee Connect where you can view and download an online version of the form. Form W-2s that are undeliverable by the post office will be returned to University Personnel.

See our website for more information on Cal Employee Connect.

Who should I contact if my Form W-2 was damaged or not sealed?
Visit Cal Employee Connect where you can view and download an online version of the form

Who should I contact if I have additional questions about my Form W-2?
Please contact your Payroll Representative.
Spartans Stepping Beyond

Spartans Stepping Beyond provides all members of the San José State community with the opportunity to recognize or thank a fellow Spartan who makes a difference on campus.  Recognize a fellow Spartan today!

Follow us on social media ( @sjsu and @sjsu_up on Twitter, @sjsu_up on Instagram, and the SJSU LinkedIn page) to find out who has been recognized!
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Get ready for the Annual Spartan Service Celebration and Staff Awards. This event honors SJSU staff members who reached a milestone year of service between January 1 and December 31, 2021. We will honor employees with 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years of service!

This virtual livestream event will be held Wednesday, March 2, 2022 from 2:30pm - 4:30pm and will include the 3rd Annual Staff Awards presentation. Awards will be presented for Spartan Spirit, Distinguished Service, and Staff of the Year - you don’t want to miss it!

Register now!

View the full list of honorees, along with additional event information, on the University Personnel website.

Questions about the event?
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Get ready for the 23rd Annual Faculty Service Recognition event. This event honors faculty with 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of service!

A few years will be recognized each day that week with the virtual event taking place on Thursday, April 7, 2022, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. During this event recipients of the President's Scholar Award, the Outstanding Professor Award, the Distinguished Service, and the Outstanding Lecturer Award will be honored.

More information will follow.

Questions about the Faculty Service Recognition Event?


Yes, CHRS is definitely happening. SJSU continues to move forward with our implementation of CHRS, the CSU’s Common Human Resources System (built in PeopleSoft) that will replace SJSU @ Work. As announced last month, the timeline for the implementation of this new system has been moved to December of this year. This change gives us more time to learn the system, test the functionality, and provide the most effective support to our employees.

Explore the CHRS Library
One way to learn more about CHRS is to visit the CHRS Library. Take special note of the CHRS Training section, as there are many Job Aids and Videos posted; more will be posted in the next few months. These were developed by the Chancellor's Office and are a great way to start understanding the system. Please note, there are some areas of the CHRS Library that require additional access, but you should be able to get to the Training section once logged in with your SJSUOne ID and password.

Campus Overviews and Training are Coming
Later this year we will announce campus overviews of the various processes in CHRS, such as Employee and Manager Self Service, Temporary Academic Employment, and more. These will be open to all employees and will be recorded and posted for review at later times. We plan to utilize the training tools the Chancellor's Office has provided to bring our employees up to speed, and we plan to have regular open labs to assist anyone who needs help with the system.

Additional Information
We continue to meet regularly with a group of Subject Matter Experts from UP and the campus to discuss the functionality of the new system and prepare for the next few months. Visit the CHRS @ SJSU website to see the Project Status, FAQs, and a Summary of Anticipated Changes. For more regular updates, Join the CHRS User Group.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the project team at

Onboarding new employees |
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Join us in welcoming our new SJSU employees!
Cristian Acevedo
Flor Aquino Ortiz
Christian Arriaga
Ernesto Arvizu Bastidas
Carlos Barajas
Eda Barreto
Michael Carroll
Cindy Chin
Marco Antonio Cruz
Elizabeth Damouny
Samantha Deanda
Raffinee Rochelle DelaCruz
Catherine Derringer
Anna Dizack
Thu-Nhi Du
Kristin Ede
Sergio Elisondo
Stefan Falcon
Kamillah Gallofin
Alexis Graesser
Daud Haidari
Camille Hill
Daniel Hollander
Yan Huang

Jessica Huerta Sousa
Stephanie Jimenez
Aileen Johnson
An Le
Steven Lee
Ricardo Lopez
Maria Lopez Cabrera
Evan Mattiasen
Derrick Meyer
Adriana Morales
Laura Osborne
Monica Ramos
Yichen Shao
Kaila Shivers
Sofia Skavdahl
Chris Smead
Jennifer Stirling
Angela Tea
Juan Vazquez
Courtney Viney
Shamika Wallace
Wing-Ching Wan
Rachel Zubiate
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Ginger Market Becomes Autonomous Retail Experience

Chartwells Higher Education Dining, along with Compass Group and Standard AI are excited to announce that SJSU's Ginger Market has been transformed into an autonomous retail experience, enabling students, faculty, and staff to grab the items they want and go—without having to scan anything or wait in line to pay. This first-of-a-kind store sells an assortment of items essential for campus life: a variety of pan-Asian snacks and meals, made-in-house sushi, poke bowls, locally roasted coffee, popular beverages, mochi, and more.
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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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Last Updated Nov 17, 2022