SJSU’s Fall Term Begins with Plenty of Activity and Opportunity

By Keith Bryant, Digital Communications Assistant

Over the past few months San José State University has been preparing for a new academic year that started this week with Fall Welcome Days 2010. The university is providing students with an assortment of fun activities, workshops and information over the next two weeks that will help students dial into campus life and make the most of the 2010-11 academic year.

SJSU students shopping at the exclusive Target event for Spartans

SJSU students shopping at the exclusive

Target event for Spartans

Convocation included live student performances including these two traditional Mexican dancers.

Convocation included live student perform
-ances, including these two traditional Mexican dancers.

Some of the class of 2014 got their first taste of college life when they moved into freshmen dorms on campus over the weekend, then headed out to Target Night on Monday to stock up on supplies. The exclusive, one-time event, held at Target on Coleman Avenue in San Jose, gave Spartans the chance to spend time with new classmates while shopping and winning prizes during extended hours.

Activities centered around SJSU’s annual convocation on Tower lawn Tuesday, where Associated Students President Tomasz Kolodziejak delivered an inspirational speech.

“My home town is Warsaw, Poland. I have travelled about seven thousand miles to study at this University,” Kolodziejak said. “I came here to be part of the tradition of excellence in academia that SJSU has offered for over a century.”

“I want to emphasize that your success is a top priority for the university and A.S. We want to help you on your path to greatness during your college years,” said Kolodziejak.

Student clubs and organizations also turned out to give performances and provide information on how students can get involved on campus in the upcoming year. Later that afternoon, Interim President Don Kassing discussed how imagination could be a key ingredient in moving the university into the future during the annual fall address.

“We need to bring our best ideas to life and re-imagine the university,” Kassing said. “We can fulfill our greatest ambitions if we think creatively and work collaboratively.” With this year’s 3,000 freshmen, innovative events and retooled resources, Kassing said SJSU is certainly making new strides as a thriving and evolving urban university.

The most recent and visible sign of progress is the start of the Student Union renovation, which will include the addition of state-of-the-art facilities, earthquake retrofitting of the current structure, and a new structure that will stretch from El Paseo de Cesar Chavez to the Ninth Street Plaza. The 240,000-square-foot, $64 million structure will contain a food court, bookstore, ballroom, Associated Students offices, theater, amphitheater, and resources for student clubs. Other changes to look for this year include the relocation of the Career Center, new eateries like Just Below and the University Grille, as well as 50 new courses for the fall.

Fall Days 2010 will continue this week through Sept. 9, with plenty of opportunities to meet new people, learn about what SJSU has to offer, and find out why it’s great to be a Spartan.  Here’s a look at some upcoming events:

  • Student Success Series and Alumni Association Ice Cream Social, Thursday, Aug. 26
  • Transfer Student Breakfast Reception, Monday Aug. 30
  • Student Organization Faire, Wednesday, Sept. 1,
  • Downtown Scavenger Hunt, Friday, Sept. 3
  • The Four Secrets to College Life, Thursday, Sept. 7
  • Spartan Squad Kickoff, Thursday, Sept. 9

For more information, including the full listing of events with times and locations, visit the Fall Welcome Days site.