San Jose State University

University Personnel presents health and
well-being tips for the campus community.
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Voting is a fundamental right for all Americans and it’s important to educate yourself in order to make informed decisions. Some of our employees have been voting for years but for some this will be their first year to cast a ballot. Our goal is to provide non-partisan information that may help as you prepare to vote on November 3, 2020.
Rebecca Ochoa
Counselor for Faculty and Staff 
Feeling anxious about the upcoming election? Worried this pandemic may never end? Contact Rebecca Ochoa, SJSU's dedicated

counselor for faculty and staff. Rebecca comes to us from Empathia, our EAP (Employee Assistance Program) provider.
Please be sure to review:  REVISED Social Distancing Protocols in accordance with the updated guidelines from Santa Clara County. 
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I love the idea behind sharing this “good news” as I think we could all use a little good news these days. I have a few things to share which others may be able to relate to. An act of kindness that someone did for you: We had to evacuate due to the fires in the Santa Cruz mountains, and I was really moved by the outpouring of support from the SJSU community, and my colleagues in H&A. I must give a special shout out to Dr. Kimb Massey for being my “chicken momma” and hosting my girls while we were evacuated to a hotel room provided by the Red Cross (BTW – the Red Cross was really amazing and supportive, so thanks to them as well).
A new volunteer opportunity: There are two things that my mind keeps going back to: stopping the spread of COVID-19, and getting out the VOTE. I have volunteered to help facilitate the free COVID-19 testing at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts on several occasions (while keeping socially distanced and protected), and have also volunteered to staff polling locations this fall. There is a need for volunteers to staff polling stations due to COVID-19 (most volunteers in the past have been seniors, which are at very high risk and therefore not volunteering this year). You can help – go to and sign up to Power the Polls! This may be the most important election of our lifetime.

Good News: Aside from being an educator, I am a professional union scenic designer for theatre. I was elected to be Western Region Trustee a year ago, and just last month was elected to also serve as Design Committee Chair for designers wishing to join the union. An honor I am happy to accept. I know that theatres WILL open again. Theatre has a long history of surviving plagues, being outlawed, and much more. We will survive this as well. Stay safe, everyone!

Andrea Bechert,
Film & Theatre

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SJSU Fitness 100 Challenge hosted by Spartan Recreation

Ready for another challenge? Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in The SJSU Fitness 100 Challenge! The focus of the challenge is getting 100 minutes of activity each week. Do you like running? Perfect! Prefer lap swimming? That counts. Chasing your dog around the backyard? Write those minutes down! Any form of activity is fine - try to mix in some fresh air and sunshine, too.

The challenge will run from November 1 - November 30. All you have to do to participate is self report your activity minutes (the link to the spreadsheet will be sent after you register). Make sure to keep it updated so you can cheer on your fellow participants! Each person who completes their 100 minutes each week will be entered in a drawing to win a prize. Prizes include shirts, gift cards, water bottles, beach towels, sunglasses, backpacks, and more.

If you enjoy working out at home, we’re still offering free virtual fitness classes throughout the week that you’re welcome to participate in. Visit Spartan Recreation and click ‘learn more’ to see the schedule and sign up for classes. The virtual classes are offered through MindBody. If you’re never used MindBody and have questions about signing up click here.

More information to come, including informational emails and challenge updates. Please reach out to if you have any questions. 

We can’t wait to get started!

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Halloween 2020: Tips To Stay Safe But Have Fun

Halloween will look very different this year across most of the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is discouraging traditional trick or treating amid the coronavirus pandemic. The CDC says trick or treating is considered 
high risk  because of close contact and proximity to others. There are still plenty of ways families can have fun while avoiding the scare of being exposed to or spreading the virus.

Most importantly, keep doing what you have been doing: avoiding large gatherings, keeping a distance of six feet from others, wearing cloth face coverings (think superhero!), and washing hands often.

Some ideas for ways to keep safety steps in place while celebrating:
  • Virtual costume parties and parades
  • Spooky movie night
  • Decorating pumpkins
  • Make Halloween-themed treats
  • Halloween Bingo
  • Halloween Recipes:
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Informational Sessions

  • Landed Information Sessions: Home buying assistance through shared equity down payment program
  • Housing Trust Silicon Valley Home Buyers Webinar: The October 20th webinar was rescheduled to November 10th. Register here
Online Training Opportunities

Additional Resources 
Upcoming YWCA Domestic Violence Awareness Month Events
  • Week Without Violence (Sunday, October 18 - Saturday, October 24). YWCA has set aside one week in October as a Week Without Violence as a global movement with YWCAs across the country and around the world to end violence against women and girls.
  • Virtual Community Art Show: Thursday, October 22, 6:00 pm. We are asking local artist in our community to show us what a Week Without Violence means to them when it comes to our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. All ages are welcome to submit their work. For more information, contact Erica Wiley at 
  • 30th Annual Inspire virtual Luncheon: Thursday, October 29, 12:00 - 1:30 pm. YWCA's annual Inspire Luncheon is a non-profit event to raise funds for survivors, while working to stop the cycle of violence. Special Guest Susan Rice, Former, US Ambassador to the United Nations. Register here.
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Last Updated Aug 31, 2022