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Success Center shares services with new students

September 19th, 2014 by Melissa Anderson

The College of Applied Sciences and Arts Student Success Center hosted an open house on Sept. 2, with more than 30 new San José State University freshmen and transfer students from the 10 departments and schools in the College present.

During the Open House, peer advisers and peer tutors talked about the many services available to students at the CASA Student Success Center, which is located in MacQuarrie Hall 533. Students can receive general education advising, help with completing change of major/minor forms or other paperwork on campus and even tips on navigating mysjsu. Drop in advising is available on Tuesdays, from 1:30-4 p.m. and other days by appointment.

Students also can receive tutoring for the following courses: Stat 95, Chem 30A, Biol 65 and Biol 66. Writing tutors are available in coordination with the SJSU Writing Center. The center also has laptops and iPads available by reservation.

Heather Miller, a peer adviser, shared some of the other benefits of the space on the Fifth floor.

“If you need, you can leave your lunch here,” she said, of the refrigerator and microwave available. “There are study rooms you can reserve for group projects.”

Throughout the year, the Center is host to workshops on taking the GRE, writing a personal statement for graduate school and how to be successful in Biol 65/66, a key course for many CASA majors.

The peer advisers and peer tutors, all who are students within CASA, led the new students through an ice breaker so they could get to know each other better. The students interacted by asking others about what year they were in school, what generation college student they were, what their major was and where they were from with the goal of finding the person who was most similar to them and least similar to them.

Tony Korsund, an academic adviser with the Center, said one of the goals is to help students build community.

“We’d like you to think of this as a home away from home,” he said.

To find out more about services or to make an advising appointment, call 408-924-2910 or email Follow the CASA Student Success Center on Twitter at @CASA_SSC, on Instagram at @CASA_SSC or on Facebook at

New website shares SWEEP collaboration

September 16th, 2014 by Melissa Anderson

The College of Applied Sciences and Arts Social Work Education Enhancement Program launched a new website last week to keep visitors informed about past and upcoming activities of the collaborative.

Alice Hines, the interim dean for the college of Applied Sciences and Arts and director of the Social Work Education Enhancement Program, announced the launch of the website via email on Sept. 10.

The site can be found at:

According to the website:

SWEEP is an international consortium which includes USAID, SJSU, eight universities in Vietnam, government Ministries, Cisco Systems, Inc., and community agencies and stakeholders. The purpose of SWEEP is to assist eight universities in Vietnam with improving their undergraduate social work educational programs. The project, which is funded through September, 2015, aims to improve:

  • The administration of social work programs
  • Faculty capabilities in teaching and research
  • Social work curriculum, and
  • Network communication among the universities through the use of improved technology

“This site includes important resources from past SWEEP activities in the areas of professional development, research, curriculum development and collaboration,” Hines said in an email. “Lists of participant names and affiliations, photographs and information about upcoming events are also available on the site.”

The site will be updated as new events and activities occur, such as the upcoming SWEEP Leadership Academy at San José State University in October.

For more on SWEEP, visit:

Historical Uchida Hall reopens

September 11th, 2014 by Melissa Anderson

The Fall semester started with the reopening of Yoshihiro Uchida Hall after an in-depth renovation that started in Spring 2013 as part of a $54.7 million bond-financed project that also includes the renovation of Spartan Complex, which began over the summer. The space will be shared by San José State University Athletics and the College of Applied Sciences and Arts Kinesiology department.

The newly renovated space has a refurbished mat room that will be used by SJSU Judo, which has a history of training Olympic athletes. The space will be shared with other Kinesiology courses that use floor mats, such as yoga. The building has an amphitheater that is already being used by several large classes for the Fall semester. It was used by the College of Applied Sciences and Arts for the college-wide Fall Welcome Assembly hosted by Interim Dean Alice Hines for as many as 150 faculty and staff. On the second floor, the roof of the amphitheater has been designed as a terrace garden that looks out toward Tower Lawn.

The building has an updated weight training classroom, an exercise physiology research lab, stress management lab and classroom, and an updated instructional gymnasium. The building has additional office space that is being used jointly by Kinesiology faculty and staff, along with the Athletics Department.

A tentative event is being planned in November to rededicate the building and to honor its namesake, Yoshihiro Uchida, who has taught and coached Judo at SJSU since the 1940s.

For photos of the new space since the start of classes, visit

School of Information student group recognized

September 10th, 2014 by Melissa Anderson

The Special Libraries Association, an organization that is focused on knowledge requirements and competencies for those in the field of library science, recognized the San Jose State University SLA student chapter.

SLA recognized the SJSU College of Applied Sciences and Arts School of Information Chapter for creative use of electronic resources, outstanding leadership and innovative programming.

“SLA’s student groups are the starting point for SLA’s future leaders,” said Janice Lachance, SLA CEO, in a press release. “It is our goal to get them involved early and often so they can get on the fast track before they complete their library and information science programs.”

The School of Information student group is unique in that the students are part of a completely online program that spans three continents and partners with several SLA chapters and divisions. The SOI group was recognized for its use of Blackboard Collaborate to hold virtual meetings for the group as a whole while also using other resources such as Google Hangouts, Google Drive, and Blackboard IM messaging service for smaller committee or subcommittee meetings.  The group’s membership increased from 8 members in 2013 to 66 this year.

The group was also recognized for events it hosted including a webinar on alternative career paths and a colloquia lecture on big data.

The Student Group Certificate of Merit is recommended by SLA’s Student and Academic Affairs Advisory Council.

In June 2014, the American Library Association student chapter at SOI was also recognized as chapter of the year.

For more information on the College of Applied Sciences and Arts School of Information, visit:

Dwight Bentel Hall to reopen Sept. 2

August 30th, 2014 by Melissa Anderson

Provost Andrew Feinstein announced on Aug. 29 that Dwight Bentel Hall (DBH) will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Classes that were temporarily relocated last week will return to their originally scheduled classes in DBH. Faculty and staff who requested temporary office space in other buildings on campus can also return to their regular work spaces in DBH.

CASA Interim Dean Alice Hines sent out a college-wide email notice Friday evening to faculty alerting them that their classes will resume in DBH next week, including a spreadsheet with the original classroom assignments, which is also attached here. Faculty members were directed to send out notices on Canvas to their students alerting them that classes will be moved back to DBH.

The CASA Dean’s Office staff will post notices in the temporary classrooms on Tuesday morning to ensure that all students and faculty are aware of the reopening of DBH and the location of their original classroom.

DBH Classroom assignmentsF2014 (PDF)




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