San Jose State University

University Personnel presents health and
well-being tips for the campus community.
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Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL)

Governor Newsom recently signed SB 114 which provides 80 hours (10 days) of COVID-related leave to employees through September 30, 2022. The CSU is offering Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) which will extend this COVID-related leave to December 31, 2022, and provide full pay during the leave. SPSL is available now for non-represented employees. CSU is currently in meet and confer sessions with unions. Until these sessions are completed SPSL is not available to represented employees; however, the state leave program is available.

If you have questions about this or any other leave program, please contact Yazmin Perez, Manager of Leaves, Workers' Comp and Accommodation Programs. She can be reached via email at or phone at 408-924-2155.
University Personnel would like to spotlight well-being activities in the lives of our employees. We want to know what you're doing to maintain balance and bring you joy.

Did you attend an event from our What's UP? section - tell us about it. Did you volunteer your time or find a new hobby? Do a fun activity with family or friends? Find a yummy new recipe you'd like to share?

Share your story with us and be highlighted in a future Well-being Wednesday newsletter (photos are not required).
Be In The Spotlight
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Photo by: Kaiser Permanente
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Vaccinated SJSU staff and faculty as well as auxiliary employees and those in volunteer or other unpaid appointments are eligible for on-campus COVID-19 testing. Individuals participating in this program must have a completed vaccination attestation on file in SJSU @ Work. (It is not yet required to have the booster shot to participate in this voluntary testing program.) Those who have attested that they are not accessing campus may not participate at this time. Those with approved exemptions will continue to test through the mandatory testing program.

Please note, if you recently tested positive via a PCR test, you should not participate in this testing as the positive result will continue to show up for 90 days.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 you should not come to campus and should not participate in this testing. Contact our Leaves Unit for appropriate guidance and direction for next steps at 924-2155, 924-2148), or 924-2243.
Testing Steps and Requirements

You must be affiliated with SJSU to participate.

Voluntary testing will be available Monday - Friday until further notice.
  • TIME: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day
  • LOCATION: Event Center
  • YOU MUST BRING: Valid photo ID (SJSU Tower Card is recommended)

Appointments are required. You will be asked to enter your insurance information in order to be tested; there will be no out of pocket cost to you.
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Booster Shot Requirement

Chancellor's Office policy now includes a requirement for faculty, staff and students regarding vaccination and booster shots. Non-represented employees, volunteers, auxiliary employees and all Unit 3 (faculty) employees who are eligible for the booster and have not had their booster within 30 days of eligibility date and/or updated their SJSU @ Work record with the updated information are not in compliance with policy and may be subject to formal consequences. Deadlines for other represented employees will be announced soon.

Already received your booster shot? 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.

Need to get the booster shot? If you are eligible and have not yet received the booster shot, a booster clinic will be held on campus Tuesday, March 15. Make an appointment online.
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How To Manage Daylight Saving Time
Article by: Mayo Clinic Health System; Photo by: Canva

Fall back. Spring forward. Many people have heard this saying and it helps us remember which way to set our clocks for the start and end of daylight saving time. Although it would be nice to gain an hour of sleep twice a year, that's not the case.

On March 13, we will lose an hour. Altering your sleep schedule can have a greater effect on your health than you may think, with adverse effects greatest in teenagers and those who have poor sleep habits to begin with.

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LifeMatters by Empathia Services

Are current events causing you stress or making you anxious? Has the pandemic left you feeling lonely, depressed and needing to talk to professionals who can provide resources?

We have help for you.

SJSU has partnered with LifeMatters by Empathia for your counseling and employee assistance needs.

For more information: 1-800-367-7474

Learn about events and activities happening now or coming soon!
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Understanding Grief and Loss
Article and photo by: United Healthcare

Grief is a natural response to the loss of someone or something very important to you. Grieving is the process of emotional and life adjustments you go through after a loss. Depending on who you are and the nature of your loss, your process of grieving will be different from another person’s experience. This presentation covers the stages of grief, ways to manage grief, and understanding grief in children and teens.

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Mental Health and Emotional Well-being
Article and photo by: United Healthcare

During this presentation participants will learn about healthier choices that may help to improve their mental health and emotional well-being. Specifically, this presentation will cover mental health facts and definitions, common myths associated with mental health, signs of mental health changes, reasons to seek help and ways to support mental well-being.

2022 Tax Help at San José Public Libraries
Article and photo by: San José Public Library

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) offers free tax help to hard working individuals and families whose income is less than $58,000. All locations provide e-File. Volunteers are trained to prepare these forms.

Limited tax help opportunities are available this year due to the pandemic. See below for a complete list of opportunities:

  • VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance): VITA offers free tax help to hard working individuals and families whose income is less than $58,000. All locations provide e-File. Volunteers are trained to prepare these forms.
  • VITA Library Sites:
    • Hillview Branch - Saturdays, 2:00 - 5:00pm, now - April 9
    • Pearl Avenue Branch - Wednesday, 4:00 - 7:00pm, now - April 13

In addition to the required training courses, CSULearn has numerous optional courses available to employees such as:
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Lemon Rosemary Pork Chops or Chicken Over Butternut Squash Puree
Article and photo by: Kaiser Permanente

If you're staying home for a cozy evening, this is a delicious meal for a cold winter night. The best part of the preparation of this meal is that you can easily work on the various components simultaneously, as the preparation of the meat requires some resting time. The meat and vegetables also cook at the same temperature! The vegetables complement the flavor profile of the meat, and it’s all tied together with a delicious puree.

Note: This is a special occasion dinner that should provide some delicious leftovers and is healthier than many restaurant meals. To reduce sodium and sugar, use less salt and fewer cranberries. Enjoy!
  • 2 boneless pork chops or 2 skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of pepper, divided
  • 1 teaspoon of salt, divided
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary, divided
  • 1 medium-sized butternut squash
  • 2 medium-sized purple potatoes (or 4 new purple potatoes)
  • 12 brussels sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons, plus 1 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup crushed walnuts
  1. Place meat into a plastic bag with: 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, the juice from 1 lemon, and 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary.
  2. Close the bag and remove most of the air inside while closing. Rub ingredients thoroughly on the surface of the meat through the closed bag, taking care not to puncture it. Allow meat to marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  3. While the meat is marinating, peel and core the seeds from the butternut squash and chop it into small cubes. Divide the cubed squash equally into 2 bowls — one large, one small. Cut the potatoes into similar-sized cubes and halve the brussels sprouts.
  4. Add the potatoes and brussels sprouts to the large bowl containing half of the squash. Top the vegetables with: 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 cup of dried cranberries, and 1/4 cup of crushed walnuts.
  5. Boil the squash from the small bowl in a small nonstick saucepan on the stovetop, then strain the water and use a food processor or blender to puree the softened squash, adding: 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, and a pinch of salt.
  6. Return the pureed squash to the saucepan to stay warm while the meat bakes and vegetables roast.
  7. Place the marinated pork chops or chicken in an oven-safe nonstick pan or cookie sheet and bake at 350 F until the internal temperature is 150 F for pork or 165 F for chicken, about 30 to 35 minutes.
  8. Gently fold the vegetables, cranberries, nuts, olive oil, and seasoning together with a spatula, then spread them onto a nonstick or foil-lined cookie sheet and roast them at 350 F for 20 minutes.
  9. Serve with puree on the bottom, roasted vegetables to the side, and use the 2 remaining rosemary sprigs to finish the plate.
Homebuying Information

Landed: Home buying assistance through shared equity down payment program

Campus Sustainability Additional Resources 
  • Find more health and well-being resources in MyWell-being on the UP website
  • Email for full complimentary audiological evaluations and counseling regarding hearing conservation
  • SJSU Staff Council encourages staff campus engagement, promotes a positive staff culture and actively participates in University affairs

  • Employee Affinity Groups provide opportunities to make identity-specific connections and build community with other employees
  • KinderCare - Save 10% on full-time, part-time, and drop-in tuition for early childhood education or school-age distance learning programs.
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Last Updated Aug 31, 2022