San Jose State University
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Article and photo by: Transportation Solutions
Hey Spartans!

We wanted to provide you with a few helpful tips and tricks when it comes to riding transit!

First, check out the Transit Safety Resources page on our website for a number of different resources to help keep you safe on campus and on transit. Also, download the Transit app, a free mobile app (available on Apple and Google Play stores) where you can plan a trip using public transit. Please note, there are optional in-app purchases but the app is free to use.

View a list of all the resources and discounts for a more sustainable commute in our commute resource guide. This is a regularly updated file that lists the best transportation discounts and other resources for you! As always, stay in touch by following our social media and happy travels!
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Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL)

Signed by the Governor on February 9, 2022, SB 114 (SPSL) provides up to 80 hours (10 days) of COVID-related leave through September 30, 2022. The CSU has extended the program's deadline to December 31, 2022, and provides full pay during the leave. SPSL is available now for non-represented, SUPA (Unit 8), and CFRA (Unit 3) employees. CSU is currently in meet and confer sessions with unions. Until these sessions are completed, the extended SPSL (through 12/31/2022) is not available to all other represented employees; however, the state leave program is available (through 9/30/2022).

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.
How Food Allergies Are Diagnosed
Article by: Verywell Health; Photo by: Canva

To diagnose food allergies, your healthcare provider first will talk to you about your reactions to certain foods and conduct a physical exam and detailed medical history. Skin prick tests or blood tests can be used to check for reactions to specific food allergens.

An oral food challenge may be done if other testing is inconclusive. Ultimately, your practitioner will use all this information to diagnose you with food allergies.

Coping With a Food Allergy
Article by: Verywell Health; Photo by: Canva

Life with a food allergy often involves a lot of planning, diligence, awareness, and—as some see it—sacrifice. In addition to being challenged by the practical tasks of knowing the names of offending ingredients and reading food labels, you may experience the emotional impact of adjusting to your condition as well.

There's no doubt that you have to make some changes when you have a food allergy, but there are strategies that can help ease the way.
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
Homebuying Resources from Landed
Article and Photo by: Landed

Landed helps employees in education by providing up to $120,000 toward a down payment through a shared equity down payment program and by connecting employees to tailored homebuying resources.

Join an upcoming info session to learn more.

Spring Info Sessions: Learn about Homebuying with Landed
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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 or depressed?

We have help for you.

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

Did you know the following services are included in your LifeMatters benefits?:
  • Child Care Services
  • Legal Consultation
  • Financial Consultation
  • Convenience Services
For more information call 1-800-367-7474 or visit (Password: spartans)

Please note, these services are only available to faculty and staff on the state side, not those in auxiliary organizations.

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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. 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)

* Testing will not be available on Thursday, March 31 due to campus closure. 

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.
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Vegetarian BLT with Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms 
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Whether you're a full-time vegetarian or just looking to incorporate more meatless Mondays to your routine, mushrooms are a great stand-in for meat like bacon. Here, the oven coaxes out their deep umami qualities and firms their texture up just enough to become a satisfying sandwich filler. Sprinkling the tomato slices with a touch of salt enhances their flavor and juiciness (especially if they are out of season); let them sit for a few minutes before adding them to the sandwich.
  • 1 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems removed
  • 3 tablespoons tamari or reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 thick tomato slices, such as beefsteak or heirloom
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • Arugula, for serving

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°F. Toss mushrooms with tamari and olive oil; season lightly with salt and pepper. Spread in a single layer, gill-sides up, on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment. Roast, undisturbed, until tender and beginning to crisp, 30 to 35 minutes.

Step 2
Meanwhile, season tomato slices lightly with salt and pepper; set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, lime juice, and sesame oil. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Toast bread, smear with mayonnaise mixture, and layer with tomatoes, mushrooms, and arugula. Serve.
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Homebuying Information

Landed: Home buying assistance through shared equity down payment program

Campus Sustainability Reminders 
  • 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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San Jose State University
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San Jose, CA 95192

Last Updated Aug 31, 2022