San Jose State University
May 2023 Edition
Volume 6 Issue 2
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From the Desk of Joanne Wright
Senior Associate Vice President, University Personnel
I have been thinking about President Teniente-Matson’s State of the University address in March and her plans to refocus on the campus mission, vision and values. I am excited about the opportunity to participate in this process and encourage each of you to do the same, in whatever way you are able. San José State is a community, and everyone has a voice in shaping the future.

This is one of my favorite times of year on campus, as students in caps and gowns begin to gather to celebrate the momentous achievement of graduating from college. Commencement ceremonies will be held for three days beginning May 24, and among the graduates will be some of our employees. I want to congratulate all of our graduates, but especially those who have worked full time while earning their degree. That is definitely something to celebrate!

As you know, the university doesn’t close for the summer but the population of the campus decreases and becomes a bit quieter. Summer is a wonderful time for vacation, and I encourage you to take time if you can - make sure to clear it with your manager first! Remember you can check your vacation balance online through SJSU @ Work. Click the View My Leave Balances tile in one.SJSU (search: balance) to see your vacation or sick leave balance.

I hope you have a wonderful summer!
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UP Staffing Updates

New Employees:
  • Eva Momoki and Scott Nguyen joined Faculty Services in March as Faculty Employment Specialists - learn more about what they do on the Faculty Services team page
  • Stephanie Mejarito transferred to the Office of Equal Opportunity/Employee Relations team as an EO/ER Analyst
You're Invited!
UP Town Hall Updates

The next UP Town Hall will be held Tuesday, May 16 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. The focus for this Town Hall will be Leaves, Accommodations and Workers’ Compensation. Register now to attend and send any questions you have by Wednesday, May 10 using this google form.

We now have a webpage to house all Town Hall information, including slides and video recordings from prior events. You can find this page under the News menu on the UP website.
Meet the Recruitment and Retention Team!
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Pictured from L to R: Steven Lee, Rosalina Calderon, Jonathan Beene, Amanda Frank, Hung Vu, Tony Garcia, Jessica Huerta Sousa, Julie Paisant
The Recruitment and Retention team is under the direction of Julie Paisant, Senior Director for the Office of Equal Opportunity, Employee Relations, and Recruitment and Retention. The unit is managed by Tony Garcia and the staff are focused on position management, staff and MPP recruiting, temporary appointments, classification and compensation, and department reorganizations. Let’s meet the team!

Tony Garcia (He, Him, His) - Manager, Recruitment and Retention - Tony manages the team and also conducts classification and compensation reviews for staff and MPPs. He has been in this role since the beginning of 2020 but has been in the department for 18 years! He began his UP career as a member of the front desk staff after working as a student assistant in the Computer Science department on campus. Something unique about Tony is that he has had many family members who have worked on campus, including both of his parents who retired from SJSU. Outside of work he loves getting together with family and friends to share a meal; it doesn't even have to be a special occasion!

Rosalina Calderon (She, Her, Hers) - Recruiting/OnBoarding Lead - Rosalina collaborates with her unit to support the campus community in the areas of recruitment, position management, temporary support and other personnel transactions. She has been in UP for 15 years and in this role for almost 13 of those. Rosalina said, “It feels like yesterday that Amanda greeted me at the front desk when I came in for my interview.” Something you may not know about Rosalina is that she lived in an adobe house as a child, one that was built by her parents in a remote part of Mexico. They bathed and washed in a nearby river, and everything they owned was made by her mother. They ate the crops they grew and the animals they raised. Rosalina loves going on hikes with her son to explore and also loves to read. She’s also a Libra!

Amanda Frank (She, Her, Hers) - Senior Recruiter - Amanda has been at SJSU and in UP for 17 years! She’s been in her current role for approximately 4 1/2 years. She manages the full cycle of recruitments for staff and MPP vacancies, including all aspects of pre-boarding and onboarding. Something you may not know about Amanda is that she is a lifetime member of the Little People of America organization. Outside of work she loves to shop, travel and spend time with family and friends.

Jonathan Beene (He/Him) - Recruiter - Jonathan manages staff and MPP recruitments for the Student Wellness Center, Enrollment Management, the College of Science and several other departments. He has been employed on campus for almost a year but is also an SJSU graduate. Go Spartans! Something you may not know about Jonathan is that he has had the pleasure of playing basketball in the Event Center on two occasions. Outside of work he enjoys coaching basketball and watching his daughter compete in AcroGymnastics.

Jessica Huerta Sousa (She, Her, Hers) - Recruiter - Jessica has been at SJSU in her role as a staff and MPP recruiter for a little over a year, but she is a Spartan through and through as she completed her undergraduate degree at SJSU. Something unique about Jessica is that she runs for fun and has completed five half-marathons! Outside of work she enjoys playing with her toddler and trying new restaurants.

Steven Lee (He, Him) - Recruiter - Steven provides full-cycle recruiting services for staff, managers and student assistants. His position is unique in that it is 50% dedicated to University Housing. He also supports the College of Education, Student Success, Campus Life and other departments. Steven is also an SJSU alum and graduated with a concentration in HR Management. He worked as a student assistant in one of the colleges then came back to campus to join UP in early 2021. Something you may not know about Steven is that he likes to cook. Specifically, he likes to smoke meat. In fact, his favorite Pixar movie is Ratatouille. Outside of work Steven likes researching new places to try with his wife and enjoys reading and writing food reviews. He plays golf to relieve stress and also enjoys spending time outside.

Hung Vu (Anh/Em) - Senior Compensation Analyst - Hung is responsible for managing the majority of the classification and compensation requests for staff and managers on campus and has been with SJSU and UP for seven months. Something you may not know about Hung is that anh/em has a green thumb. Outside of work Hung likes spending time with family, and enjoys driving on unpaved roads and roads less traveled.
Spartans Stepping Beyond
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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!

We recently announced that on March 22, 2023, the California State University Board of Trustees adopted a resolution designating June 19 (Juneteenth), which was recently recognized as a federal and state holiday, as a paid holiday for CSU employees, effective calendar year 2023.

The Juneteenth holiday will be observed this year on Monday, June 19, 2023, and will be observed every year on June 19, unless it falls on a Saturday or Sunday. If June 19 falls on a Saturday, the holiday shall be observed on the preceding Friday. If it falls on a Sunday, the holiday shall be observed on the following Monday.

The Holiday Calendar posted on the University Personnel website has been updated to reflect the Juneteenth holiday.

If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Anita Vasquez - or Julie Paisant -
Save the Date
Employee Benefits and Services Fair

The Employee Benefits and Services Fair will be held Tuesday, September 26, 2023 from 10:00am - 2:00pm in the Student Union Ballroom.

As in previous years, our focus will be on our annual Benefits Open Enrollment period, however, this event will also showcase non-health vendors such as credit unions, gyms, SJSU departments, and more.

More details to follow!

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Downtown San Jose

Downtown San Jose provides a lot of information regarding upcoming events that take place in downtown San Jose; from upcoming events and meetings to San José State Specials. San José State Specials offers SJSU students & staff discounts from downtown businesses ranging from Eat & Drink to Arts & Entertainment (must present SJSU ID prior to purchase).

Check out the site and start saving today!


In the spring of 2023, the Title IX and Gender Equity Office and the Office for Equal Opportunity (OEO) will be offering a joint educational session on the university’s policies against protected status discrimination and harassment. During the session they will also cover important information on Responsible Employees (e.g., who is a Responsible Employee and how a Responsible Employee can respond to a disclosure of sexual harassment, sexual assault and/or complaints of discrimination). Raising awareness around these issues is an integral part of our efforts to promote equity on campus. We encourage you to request this important training for your department.

Please complete this Google Form to request training from the Title IX & Gender Equity Office.

If you have questions, please reach out to Andrew Nguyen at:
Check Vacation and Leave Balances

Thinking of taking a vacation this summer? Can’t remember if you already used your personal holiday? Wondering how much sick leave you have?

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Click the View My Leave Balances tile (search: leave) on one.SJSU to check your vacation, sick, personal holiday, state service and other balances.

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  1. Sick, Vacation and Personal Holiday balances are shown on the first tab
  2. Comp Time, Holiday Credit, ADO, and other balances are shown on the second tab
  3. State Service is shown on the third tab
  4. Click the Graduated Vacation Chart hyperlink to view the max vacation allowed based on bargaining unit and years of service
Onboarding new employees |
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Join us in welcoming our new SJSU employees!
Alan Segal
Alexandra Sanchez
Alynna Hernandez
Ann Yang
Anthony Turner
Anthony Um
Ashley Elieff
Bianca Lopez Islas
Bilal Mudda
Briana Perry
Briana Quintero
Brythnie Hayes Ocampo
Cassandra Myers
Cassandra Nguyen
Christine Changras
David Poirier
Dean Garcia
Dimple Vasavada
Emily Gonzalez-Alcala
Gabriela Aguilar
Gurpinder Kaur
Huyen Pham
Ivana Rodriguez Arias
Janet Craft
Jeanette Mai
Jeffrey Japp
Jennifer Nelson
Jennifer Poret
Jessica Rogers
Joel Reinhardt
Justin Annesi
Karen Vogler
Kendra Morley
Kevin Pham
Kimie Momoki
Laura Anderson
Liliana Fuerte Calderon
Lorna Vasquez
Manuel Diaz
McKinley Moore
Megan Sawatzky
Michael Smoose
Mikhail Golbin
Nagla Ali
Neelab Ibrahim
Pegah Pornouri
Rafael Alvarez
Rebecca Rodgers
Rebecca Urquhart
Rebekah Cramer
Rhoda Shapiro
Sabrina Maciel
Scott Nguyen
Sonia Belasco
Theresa Barsanti
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 Dec 13, 2023