Spring 2014 Begins

Ask me anything sign

Have a question? Look for “Ask Me” stations on campus where volunteer faculty, staff and students will help you (Christina Olivas photo).

Blue skies and “Ask Me” volunteers greeted the thousands of Spartans who returned to San Jose State today for the start of spring term 2014. A special welcome goes out to more than 540 new transfer students and 640 new graduate students, joining approximately 30,000 existing students. More new Spartans are on the way. SJSU received 28,900 first-time frosh and 15,000 transfer applications for fall 2014. Don’t panic about the traffic! The admissions process typically yields around 7,000 new students each fall, replacing those who will graduate. Still, now is a great time to check out Transportation Solutions. Get your EcoPass and sign up for Bay Area Bike Share. On campus, you’ll see tons of construction underway. The good news is the Student Union west wing is nearly done. You’ll find the Spartan Bookstore there in temporary digs soon and, before long, all kinds of new eats at Union Square.

(Christina Olivas photo)

Students search for textbooks in the bookstore (Christina Olivas photo).

Speaking of books, it’s time to get to work. A huge shout out goes to the more than 12,000 students who have devoted 197,000 service learning hours over the past eight years to CommUniverCity San Jose. Recently honored as San Jose’s greatest civic gift, CommUniverCity helps students gain real-life experience addressing neighborhood issues near campus. In Long Beach, California State University Chancellor Tim White is preparing to deliver the first State of the CSU Address, which will be live streamed 11 a.m. Jan. 29. The chancellor will share his vision for the 23-campus system, including top policy priorities for 2014-15 to advance student achievement and degree completion. What about tuition? The governor’s proposed budget calls for no tuition increases while stabilizing state funding for the CSU. That means extra change in your pocket. You’ll find lots going on at the Event Center. Coming soon are Spartan men’s basketball Jan. 29 (free admission for students with ID) and Winter White featuring Steve Aoki Jan. 30. Of course spring term’s biggest events come at the very end: Honors Convocation April 25 and Commencement May 24. Good luck, Spartans!

Sammy Spartan in class

Cramming? We’re Here to Help!

Sammy Spartan in class

It’s time to take those exams! Go Sammy go!

Check out all the exam week specials offered by Parking Services, King Library, Spartan Shops, Spartan Bookstore, Associated Students and Housing Services:

“Any holders of park-and-ride permits or one-day-a-week or two-day-a-week parking permits can park on campus May 15 through May 22. So even if you don’t have a full-price permit, you can park in campus garages during exam week. The park-and-ride shuttles will operate Wed., May 15, through Tues., May 21.” — Denny Yau, Parking Services assistant manager

“King Library will be open all night during much of exam week. Get the details here. On Fourth Cafe will be open until midnight on May 14, 15, 16, 19 and 20. Before cafe workers leave for the night, they will set up a free coffee stand for students hitting the books through the night. On May 17, the cafe closes at 5 p.m., so coffee will be available beginning around 5:30 p.m.” — Bridget Kowalczyk, King Library senior assistant librarian

“Spartan Shops is ready to help you prepare for finals! Our eateries will have special, extended hours during finals week, including On Fourth Cafe which will close at midnight for everyone studying late at King Library. To start the first day of finals, find our Nesquik team in front of the Village Market 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wed., May 15, and get a free bottle of Nesquik chocolate milk! Plus, find pencils, scantrons, green books, and drinks at our various dining locations.” — Stephanie Fabian, Spartan Shops marketing manager

“The Spartan Bookstore is here for all of your exam and graduation needs!! We have blue books, scantrons, pencils and smiling employees ready to wish you the best on your final exams! For your convenience, we will be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., May 18 and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sat., May 25. Good Luck Spartans!!” — Ryland Metzinger, Spartan Bookstore director

“Students can usually find a quiet space in the A.S. House Fireside Room during business hours. The A.S. Student Programming Board hands out snacks and other giveaways across campus during exam week. The Computer Services Center will open early at 7:30 a.m., and the Print Shop will be open extended hours 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fri., May 24.” — Kelli Williams, Associated Students associate executive director

“In order to better meet the study needs of all housing residents, the Living Learning Center (LLC) located on the first floor of Campus Village Building B has expanded its hours during finals. The LLC will now be open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily through Tues., May 21. This space is designed for group and individual study, with quiet study after 8 p.m.” — Stephanie G. Hubbard, Residential Life associate director

Commencement is right around the corner! Check out what Sammy’s been up to as he prepares to graduate.

books on a shelf

Celebrating San Jose State’s Authors

Celebrating SJSU Authors

More than 50 members of our faculty, staff and administration authored, co-authored or edited 61 books published in 2011 and 2012 (photo courtesy of King Library).

Join us as we celebrate the 53 members of our faculty, staff and administration who authored, co-authored or edited 61 books published in 2011 and 2012. This event will recognize these truly outstanding authors and researchers, all of whom have made significant contributions.

San Jose State University Annual Author Awards
Date: Monday, Nov. 5, 2012
Time: 3–5 p.m.
Location: King 225/229

Please RSVP by Nov. 1.

View a complete list of authors who have had a book published in 2011 and 2012.

The Office of the Provost, University Library and Spartan Bookstore are proud to sponsor this event. If you have any questions, please contact Elisabeth Thomas at (408) 808-2193.

Fall 2013 Frosh and Transfer Applications Surge

SJSU Welcomes 30,500 Students to 2012-2013 Academic Year

SJSU Welcomes 30,500 Students to 2012-2013 Academic Year

Fantastic weather greeted new students at the Fall Welcome Days Kick-Off Aug. 21 on Tower Lawn. A folklorico group was among the entertainers at the event (Christina Olivas photo).

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

What’s the roar coming from downtown San Jose? That’s the sound of 30,500 Spartans heading to campus for fall 2012!

As usual, the academic year began with fantastic weather. During the sunny but cool afternoon of Aug. 21, new students crowded Tower Lawn for the Fall Welcome Days Kick-Off.

The event was SJSU’s way of welcoming 3,445 first-time freshmen, 3,370 new community college transfers and 1,900 new graduate students to campus, very close to matching last year’s grand total.

With music booming, students ate ice cream, lined up for caricatures and took a ride down giant inflatable slides while meeting new people and learning about SJSU organizations and departments.

The next day, thousands of Spartans flooded campus for the first day of classes, searching for parking and perhaps hoping to drop/add a course or two.

New Services

The most obvious change was tremendous progress on the construction of the new Student Union. When students left for the summer, there was little more than a foundation.

Now you can see the curvy exterior of the western expansion near the Music Building and a tiered theater taking shape near the Business Tower.

The Spartan Bookstore was crowded with students, who can now charge up to $900 in books and supplies on their Tower Cards. Meanwhile, the University Library is making it easier than ever to borrow textbooks.

SJSU Welcomes 30,500 Students to 2012-2013 Academic Year

Over at South Campus, Spartan Football has been practicing since late summer for its season opener at Stanford 7 p.m. Aug. 31, led by starting quarterback David Fales and supported by the SJSU Cheer Team (Christina Olivas photo).

Even before stepping on campus, everyone experienced downtown San Jose’s newest traffic features: 7.6 miles of buffered bicycle lanes on Third, Fourth, 10th and 11th streets.

Yes, it’s confusing but the city of San Jose is offering more info on how to navigate the bike lanes, intended to make things safer for everyone.

Another option is to live on campus. Almost 3,600 students have moved in, including all freshmen required to bunk in the bricks, Joe West Hall or Campus Village.

Over at South Campus, Spartan Football has been practicing since late summer for its season opener at Stanford 7 p.m. Aug. 31, led by starting quarterback David Fales.

Of course what matters most is what students find in the classroom — expect change! Among SJSU’s key hires over the summer was Dr. Catheryn Cheal.

The new associate vice president and senior academic technology officer, she is charged with helping the faculty explore online teaching.

Academic Innovation

Another new face is Lisa Vollendorf, who came from CSU Long Beach to become dean of our College of Humanities and the Arts.

Among the many faculty members heading back with new books is Professor Randall Stross, author of The Launch Pad: Inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s Most Exclusive School for Startups.

SJSU Welcomes 30,500 Students to 2012-2013 Academic Year

Innovation was the theme of President Mohammad Qayoumi’s Fall Welcome Address, an annual tradition held this year on Aug. 20 in Morris Dailey Auditorium (Robert Bain photo).

Innovation was a theme of President Mohammad Qayoumi’s Fall Welcome Address, an annual tradition at SJSU held Aug. 20 this year.

After taking the podium, Qayoumi wasted no time in getting right to the point — everyone’s worried about the budget. Will tuition go up? Will jobs be cut?

What can you do? Attend the next budget forum Sept. 10 and make a difference by voting in the November elections, especially on Proposition 30.

Not registered? No problem! In the next week or so, you should see voter registration booths popping up all over campus.

Associated Students will help people register in person or online at TurboVote, which makes the whole process as easy as ordering a DVD on NetFlix.

And should you have trouble finding your way around, look for the “Ask Me” booths at all the main entrances to campus, a great example of Spartans helping Spartans.

student thumbing through a book

Spartan Bookstore Rental Program Saves Students $800K

A student stands in front of books to rent in the bookstore

Senior finance student Zach Harris searches rentable titles at the Spartan Bookstore. The bookstore currently has 60 percent of titles required by faculty members (Amanda Holst image).

By Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant

In just two semesters, the new management team at Spartan Bookstore has saved SJSU students a total of $800,000 with its textbook rental program.

“It was just tapping the skill sets of the employees and getting everyone working toward a common goal,” said Spartan Bookstore Director Ryland Metzinger.

According to Metzinger, 60 percent of all of the titles that have been adopted by faculty are available for rent, but his goal is to increase that to 80 percent by next year.

Junior design studies major Olivia Lopez saved around $40 on her art history books this semester.

“Some books I do not plan to use much after I take the class; therefore I rent them,” Lopez said.

Bookstore Rental Program

Books on the shelves with green inserts are rentable and apply to both new and used books. Students save approximately 50 percent of the new retail price.

At the rental counter, students are required to provide basic contact information and a debit or credit card to use as collateral. In addition, students sign a rental agreement, requiring they return the book on a specific date and in good condition.

“The biggest problem we have with the condition of the books when they come back is spilled liquids,” Metzinger said.

Students that do not meet the terms of the agreement are required to pay a 75 percent replacement fee and a 7.5 percent restocking fee. In addition, students that do not bring books back at the end of the semester pay a penalty.

On The Horizon

According to Metzinger, the bookstore will continue to think outside of the box with promotions and hopes to save students over a million dollars this time next year.

“We want to help the students with as many options as possible with their education and course material,” Metzinger said. “It’s a very competitive market out there and we have to be on the front lines of offering students valued alternatives.”

A picture of the technology including demonstration tables that feature Apple products, inlcuding IPad 2's and MacBook Pro Air

Bookstore Offers Affordable State-Of-The-Art Technology

A picture of the technology including demonstration tables that feature Apple products, inlcuding IPad 2's and MacBook Pro Air

The Spartan Bookstore recently renovated its Technology Center to feature a larger, more visually appealing demo space (photo courtesy of Spartan Bookstore).

By Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant

While books usually get all the attention, SJSU students, faculty and staff now have another reason to visit the Spartan Bookstore: the chance to get their hands on the latest technology.

The Spartan Bookstore, working under a 10-year contract with Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, renovated its Technology Center last August to include more demo space and visual appeal for customers, according to Bookstore Director Ryland Metzinger.

“The goal is to provide the same, if not better customer service as the Apple or Windows store,” Metzinger said.

Employees that work in the technology center are required to have a working knowledge of the Apple products offered, including the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iPad2. They also have to complete a two-day training session by Apple.

“The training is very intensive and time consuming but it’s worth it,” Metzinger said. “It allows the people working in the technology center to educate customers about the benefits of buying a MacBook Pro versus a PC.”

Students get to enjoy the same discount they get in the Apple store or online, according to store Computer Department Manager Ryan Chiangi, ’07 Finance. Discounts include 80 percent off of software for Adobe Suite and lower-than-retail prices for Microsoft Office for students.

Faculty and staff can purchase the faculty version of Office for around $20. The bookstore also plans seasonal promotions for end-of-life computers (with hardware and software that is no longer manufactured).

“A good portion of what I do is answer questions for students and faculty, troubleshoot, and help customers make purchasing decisions,” Chiangi said.

A separate demo station is also available for the Nook Color and Nook Tablet, both released this past December. Customers have access to over 2.5 million digital books. Students can buy or rent digital textbooks and can save 30 percent to 60 percent off retail prices.

A picture of the technology including demonstration tables that feature Apple products, inlcuding IPad 2's and MacBook Pro Air

Bookstore Offers Affordable State-Of-The-Art Tech

A picture of the technology including demonstration tables that feature Apple products, inlcuding IPad 2's and MacBook Pro Air

The Spartan Bookstore recently renovated its Technology Center to feature a larger, more visually appealing demo space (photo courtesy of Spartan Bookstore).

By Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant

While books usually get all the attention, SJSU students, faculty and staff now have another reason to visit the Spartan Bookstore: the chance to get their hands on the latest technology.

The Spartan Bookstore, working under a 10-year contract with Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, renovated its Technology Center last August to include more demo space and visual appeal for customers, according to Bookstore Director Ryland Metzinger.

“The goal is to provide the same, if not better customer service as the Apple or Windows store,” Metzinger said.

Employees that work in the technology center are required to have a working knowledge of the Apple products offered, including the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iPad2. They also have to complete a two-day training session by Apple.

“The training is very intensive and time consuming but it’s worth it,” Metzinger said. “It allows the people working in the technology center to educate customers about the benefits of buying a MacBook Pro versus a PC.”

Students get to enjoy the same discount they get in the Apple store or online, according to store Computer Department Manager Ryan Chiangi, ’07 Finance. Discounts include 80 percent off of software for Adobe Suite and lower-than-retail prices for Microsoft Office for students.

Faculty and staff can purchase the faculty version of Office for around $20. The bookstore also plans seasonal promotions for end-of-life computers (with hardware and software that is no longer manufactured).

“A good portion of what I do is answer questions for students and faculty, troubleshoot, and help customers make purchasing decisions,” Chiangi said.

A separate demo station is also available for the Nook Color and Nook Tablet, both released this past December. Customers have access to over 2.5 million digital books. Students can buy or rent digital textbooks and can save 30 percent to 60 percent off retail prices.

Student Union

Barnes & Noble College Booksellers to Manage Spartan Bookstore

Student Union

Student Union, home of the Spartan Bookstore

Media Contacts:
Pat Lopes Harris, pat.harris@sjsu.edu
Karen Gonsor DiScala, KDiScala@bncollege.com

SAN JOSE, CA – Spartan Shops, a non-profit auxiliary of San Jose State University, announced today an agreement with Barnes & Noble College Booksellers to operate Spartan Bookstore. The 10-year contract will transfer management of the bookstore to Barnes & Noble effective April 25.

“The students, faculty and staff on our board studied the situation carefully, and we are confident Barnes & Noble will improve Spartan Bookstore,” said Spartan Shops Executive Director Beth Pugliese. “This agreement will enable us to offer a wider range of products and services at lower prices as well as access to state-of-the-art technology that will enhance the learning experience and streamline textbook adoption for faculty.”

Barnes & Noble has agreed to make a significant investment in building out a new bookstore when the Student Union expansion and renovation project is completed in fall 2013. Meanwhile, the company will make immediate merchandising improvements to the existing 21,000-square-foot space, and then move operations to a temporary campus location in fall 2012 while construction is underway

“We are thrilled to have formed this partnership,” said Max J. Roberts, president, Barnes & Noble College Booksellers. “For us, it’s not just about offering learning materials. We want to help make the students’ educational experience the best it can be and to become a part of the fabric of the San Jose State University community.”

In addition to many new products and services, the bookstore will continue to sell general-interest books, clothing, supplies, gifts, sundries and computers. All current Spartan Bookstore employees will retain their jobs. SJSU is the 13th CSU campus to contract with a bookstore operator, and the sixth campus in the system to select Barnes & Noble. Others include Cal State L.A., Sonoma State, and CSU Bakersfield.

New and Innovative Services

Strategically designed and skillfully executed, the Spartan Bookstore will grow beyond being a center of commerce to play a unique and significant role in the life of SJSU. Barnes & Noble will introduce a number of new and innovative services focused on delivering cost savings and convenience to students. These offerings include the following:

Five percent discount on all new and used textbooks. This will be available every day, in the store and online.

In-store and online textbook rentals. For the first time, students will have the option of getting rentals either online or in the store. Students opting for textbook rentals will save more than 50 percent over the cost of a new printed book. Students will be able to pay rental fees using cash, checks, credit, Gold Points or student financial aid.

Rapidly expanding selection of eTextbooks. In addition to offering savings of up to 60 percent over new printed books, Barnes & Noble’s revolutionary and free Nook Study application serves up eTextbooks in an engaging format that enhances the overall learning experience.

Availability of Nook products including Nook Color. Nook Color is Barnes & Noble’s award winning eReading tablet, providing access to more than two million book and magazine titles in a rich, touch screen, full-color environment.

Generous cash-for-books program. Students with books faculty plan to reuse next semester will be eligible for a 50 percent cash payout, up to needed inventories.

Barnes & Noble is also a leader in the use of social media to connect with students. The Spartan Bookstore will have its own, locally managed Facebook page, FourSquare promotions, and an innovative word-of-mouth marketing program to keep students connected to bookstore products, services and special events.

San Jose State — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 29,000 students and 3,190 employees — is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 775 bookstores in 50 states. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, also operates more than 630 campus bookstores serving nearly 4 million students and over 250,000 faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. For more information, please visit bncollege.com.