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.

SJSU Clinches Garlic Bowl Berth

SJSU Clinches Garlic Bowl Berth

SJSU will take on Fresno State and the University of California, Berkeley. The winner scores bragging rights plus a $5,000 school scholarship (Spartan Shops image).

You cheered on the Spartans at the Military Bowl. Now comes the Garlic Bowl!

That’s right! Plan now to support your school at this culinary competition 2 p.m. July 26, opening day for the world-famous Gilroy Garlic Festival.

“We are delighted to create such a formidable match up in the first year of what we anticipate will become a summer tradition,” said festival President Dennis Harrigan.

SJSU will take on Fresno State and the University of California, Berkeley. The winner scores bragging rights plus a $5,000 scholarship.

Dining Commons Head Chef Michele Rogers will lead the Spartans, assisted by a sous chef with at least one kitchen battle under his or her belt.

That’s because the honor will go to the Spartan Shops employee (could be a student!) who wins a May 29 campus cook off (featuring garlic of course!).

“This is not your father’s ‘one-on-one’ battle,” Harrigan said. “This will be a jamboree, where three historic rivals will battle simultaneously on the same field of play.”

Working side-by-side inside the festival’s kitchen theater, each team will have one hour to prepare two dishes, each featuring a whooping six cloves of garlic!

Expect crowds. Over 100,000 people typically attend this three-day festival, noshing on all sorts of garlic-laden goodies, from ice cream to calamari.

Receive up to 20 percent off with promo code goSJSU. Online ticket sales begin June 1. The festival runs July 26-28.

Get the latest on the 2013 Garlic Festival.

 

Art & Dine Festival Features Sweet Eats, Student Crafts

Art & Dine Festival: Sweet Eats, Student Crafts

 

Art & Dine Festival Features Sweet Eats, Student Crafts

Student art from the March Art & Dine Festival (Spartan Shops photo).

Spartan Shops’ monthly Art & Dine Festival is a really great way to check out the work of talented Spartans and taste delicious gourmet food.

The next festival, the last of the year, will be no exception.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 3 outdoors near MacQuarrie Hall, look out for some delicious ice cream sandwiches.

Think red velvet cookies with butter pecan ice cream and other flavors!

This festival focuses on bringing together the SJSU community by showcasing our on-campus artists, musicians and creative cuisine.

Learn Simply Healthy Cooking

Learn Simply Healthy Cooking

Learn Simply Healthy Cooking

Students get to taste the creation our chef is demonstrating and take home recipe cards with nutritional information. It’s free, fun and tasty!

By Stephanie Fabian, Spartan Shops Marketing Manager

In an effort to increase education on healthy eating, Spartan Shops is rolling out a new Simply Healthy Cooking program. Students can attend our cooking classes at the Village Market and learn how to cook a quick and healthy meal right on campus! We know that with a busy school schedule, it might be hard to find time to cook, but these classes will demonstrate how you can pull together a delicious meal in minutes. Students get to taste the creation our chef is demonstrating and take home recipe cards, with nutritional information provided by the Wellness and Health Promotion team at the Student Health Center! It’s free, fun and tasty! The first class is 6-7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Village Market.

Art & Dine Festival Seeks Student Artists

Share Your Talents at Art & Dine Festival

Art & Dine Festival Seeks Student Artists

The Art & Dine Festival is a great opportunity to showcase your talents. Among the students who participate are Leslie Wyatt, who sells her adorable crocheted art, ranging from little sea creatures to custom creations (Spartan Shops photo).

By Stephanie Fabian, Spartan Shops Marketing Manager

Are you a student who loves art, music and food? If so, the Art & Dine Festival is back 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 6 outdoors near MacQuarrie Hall! If you didn’t get a chance to go to this Spartan Shops event last term, you definitely have to swing by for this event drawing together our SJSU community.

The Art & Dine Festival is on campus the first Wednesday of every month and we are looking for student artists and musicians to participate and showcase their talent. Students can reserve a booth for free to show and/or sell their artwork, just like our student artist, Leslie Wyatt.

Leslie has been at all the Art & Dine Festivals throughout the fall semester selling her adorable crocheted art! Ranging from little sea creatures to custom creations, Leslie has been sharing her love for art and collectibles with our SJSU community.We also have had talented musicians like our Marimba artist Trevor Dolce and SJSU Concert Choir Director Jeffrey Benson students come and perform during the festival. We are always looking for more musicians and artists to join the fun. Are you interested in reserving a free booth or performing? Please contact Candice Carbonell.
Spartan Shops and Sustainability

Spartan Shops Goes Green

Spartan Shops and Sustainability

The Dining Commons has replaced its plastic dishware with environmentally-friendly bamboo plates and bowls (Sherry Estrada photo).

By Stephanie Fabian, Spartan Shops Marketing Manager

Spartan Shops continues to increase its sustainable practices in all of its eateries, kitchens and offices. Here are a few updates!

The Dining Commons has replaced its plastic dishware with environmentally-friendly bamboo plates and bowls.

Our eateries now sell SJSU reusable Chico bags (only $3.99)! This bag rolls into a convenient pouch with a clip.

We are using Got Grease? to recycle grease from our kitchens into biodiesel.

Spartan Shops’ monthly sustainability newsletter available online! Get tips on how to live a green lifestyle and how to make healthy choices while learning about our sustainable practices here on campus.

Learn more about sustainability at Spartan Shops.

 

 

Heart Healthy Stickers

National Heart Health Month!

National Heart Health Month

Throughout February, look for this heart-healthy icon on items at Just Below, On Fourth Cafe, Village Market, the Student Union Food Court and the Dining Commons.

By Stephanie Fabian, Spartan Shops Marketing Manager

This month, Spartan Shops wants to encourage healthy eating by focusing on heart healthy options in all of our dining units.

Throughout February, customers will find our “heart healthy” icons on food items at Just Below, On Fourth Cafe, Village Market, the Student Union Food Court and the Dining Commons.

Here are some heart healthy facts to remember so you can be a healthy Spartan:

  • Look for items that are low in fat, cholesterol and saturated fat. Try grabbing some fresh veggies or fruits, like tomatoes at the Village Market, pears at the Student Union Food Court or apples at Just Below!
  • Unsalted nuts contain healthy unsaturated fats that your body needs and they also help lower your cholesterol.
  • Along with eating heart healthy foods, make sure you’re getting 30 minutes of exercise at least four days a week. Hop on your bike and go for a ride or take a stroll around campus with friends; it’s important to keep your body active.
  • Try fat-free or low-fat versions of milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products.
Spartan Shops Hires New Head Chef

Spartan Shops Hires Head Chef

Spartan Shops Hires New Head Chef

Head Chef Mario DeLuca (photo by Sherry Estrada)

By Stephanie Fabian, Spartan Shops Marketing Manager

Spartan Shops would like to welcome the newest member of our culinary team, Head Chef Mario DeLuca.

He comes to San Jose State from the Midwest. Born and raised in Chicago, he worked throughout the Chicagoland area in several restaurants and country clubs, including his externship at the historic, 86-year-old Italian Village, where he mastered Italian cooking.

This complements the classical French cooking he learned while pursuing a bachelor’s in culinary management at Kendall College in Evanston, Ill., where he sharpened his skills under the wing of a French chef with over 55 years of experience.

DeLuca has taken part in a variety of culinary contests and holds first and second place medals in jeune commis (young chef) mystery basket competitions as well as a silver medal in the American Culinary Federation professional mystery basket competition.

Noteworthy positions he has held include executive chef at Lambeau Field (home of the Green Bay Packers) and the Rock Gardens banquet facility in Wisconsin; sous chef at the Village California Bistro and Wine Bar at Santana Row and, most recently, he was responsible for opening a newly remodeled café at the Hewlett-Packard headquarters in Palo Alto.

Chef Mario’s strong commitment to delivering quality cuisine and the highest standards of customer service will fit in well with our existing team in the catering department. He will provide leadership and direction to the culinary production staff for the Student Union Food Court and commissary as well.

Spartan Shops is excited about the breadth of experience Chef Mario brings to our organization and we look forward to displaying an array of new menu items and improved recipes to showcase at both our university and off-site events.

Spartan Shops Introduces Art & Dine Festival

Spartan Shops Introduces Art & Dine Festival Sept. 5

Spartan Shops Introduces Art & Dine Festival

Spartan Shops Introduces Art & Dine Festival

By Stephanie Fabian, Spartan Shops

Spartan Shops is introducing our new Art & Dine Festival. This festival will focus on bringing the SJSU community together by showcasing our on-campus artists, musicians, and food that is local and healthy. We’ll also be educating people on a sustainable lifestyle with an Environmental Resource Center clothing swap, e-waste drop-off and more! Come and enjoy our beautiful community the first Wednesday of every month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. between MacQuarrie Hall and Sweeney Hall. The first Art & Dine Festival will be Wed., Sept. 5.

Also, we are still looking for artists and musicians who are interested in being part of this event. If you know of any artists or an acoustic musician who would like to participate for the first event on Sept. 5, please have them contact Candice Carbonell at Candice.Carbonell@sjsu.edu

This is a great opportunity for student artists to showcase their artwork!

"Ask Me" Program Debuts This Fall

"Ask Me" Welcome Stations Planned for the First Few Weeks of Fall 2012

"Ask Me" Program Debuts This Fall

Spartan Shops has produced these buttons for “Ask Me,” a new program for fall 2012.

In an effort to support the SJSU Strategic Plan: Vision 2017 goals of “Spartan Pride” and “Helping and Caring,” the Division of Student Affairs and Spartan Shops are partnering on a new welcome program for fall 2012. The goal is to instill a sense of belonging and Spartan pride from the moment a student first comes to campus.

Student Affairs is planning three welcome stations from Aug. 20-30, Monday-Thursday.  There will be resource tables and volunteers at each station to answer any questions students may have.

These tables will be staffed with faculty, staff and students, making this a campuswide effort. Volunteers will serve in two hour blocks, starting at either 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. with some evening shifts from 4-6:30 p.m. To volunteer, contact Anthony Bettencourt at (408) 924-6062.

Locations will be as follows:

#1. The corner of South Ninth and East San Fernando streets in front of the campus gate.

#2. In front of the Event Center.

#3. A location to be determined near King Library.

Spartan Shops has produced “Ask Me” buttons with the Spartan logo for all faculty and staff members to wear the first two weeks of the fall semester. Pins will be distributed through the vice president of each division. More pins can be obtained at no cost from the Spartan Shops offices in MacQuarrie Hall.

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.”

Spartan Shops Brings “Street Eats” to Campus

By Ryan Whitchurch, Public Affairs Assistant

Flyer of the Street Eats event on 2/22 displaying their logo and twitter name.

Street Eats will bring exciting food from the streets of San Jose right to the hungry students on campus (Spartan Shops image).

At noon, Feb. 22 — that’s this Wednesday — SJSU will introduce a new food concept that will allow Spartans to get a little variety in their lunch selection.

Spartan Shops’ first Street Eats event will feature Vietnamese sandwiches, including beef, chicken, and tofu options.

For this trial run, the food will be free-of-charge and given out on a first-come-first-serve basis while supplies last. The location of the event will be leaked Wednesday morning via the Street Eats Twitter page.

“We’re really excited about this fun, new concept. It will provide students with a variety of food options that they otherwise would not be able to find on campus,” said Stephanie Shih Fabian, Spartan Shops marketing manager.

This event is part of a larger effort from Spartan Shops to bring cutting-edge cuisine that can be found around San Jose right to the hungry students on campus. Students will be able to purchase food from tents in locations that will vary weekly. Food options will include anything and everything from Korean barbecue tacos to sandwiches, burritos, and much more.

Be sure to follow along the Street Eats Twitter page for the latest on upcoming dates and locations.

Teriyaki Tofu Salad and Quinoa in a white-rimmed bowl.

Eating Healthy For a Day at San Jose State

Teriyaki Tofu Salad and Quinoa in a white-rimmed bowl.

Grounded's Teriyaki Tofu Salad with Quinoa is just one of the many healthy options being offered on campus (photo by Elena Polanco).

By Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant

Eating healthy at school can be challenging, especially with so many options staring you in the face. I had always brought my food from home because I was not satisfied with the freshness, price and portion size being offered on campus. Recently, I have been hearing about new fresh options (like the all-vegan salad bar in the Dining Commons and the addition of fruits and vegetables in the Village Market) popping up around campus, so I wanted to see if I could eat healthy for a day.

For breakfast, I headed off to Just Below, under MacQuarrie Hall near the South Garage to see what light options I could find. I saw healthy and organic food, including vegetarian-friendly and gluten-free items. Organic options included smoked jerky, oat bars, and organic drinks with omega-3’s and antioxidants — there was so much to choose from! I decided to try the steel-cut oatmeal, topped with raisins, cranberries, almonds, walnuts, and sliced bananas. I was happy to see that the portion came in small and that I could chose my own ingredients. On my way out, I saw reasonably priced produce at the Spartan Smart Cart, so I grabbed a pear for later.

For lunch, I had to try Grounded, the new vegetarian organic eatery located in the Business Tower courtyard on the east side of campus. Entrees on the menu included egg salad with pitas, falafels, and taco salad with blue chips. I ventured out and tried their chicken teriyaki tofu salad with quinoa, consisting of colorful edamame, tofu, and red cabbage. It was cool, fragrant and light. The portion size was the perfect amount and I didn’t feel bogged down afterwards.

My last stop was On Fourth Cafe for dinner located on the first floor of King Library. Again, there were many healthy choices, including gourmet salads, whimsically named sandwiches (like the Tom Sawyer and Humpty Dumpty), wraps, paninis, and quiche. I ordered a baked potato with salsa and a small potato soup. I was pleasantly surprised at how low the cost was for a hearty and healthy dinner.

After my eating-healthy-for-a-day challenge, I can honestly say that I am no longer skeptical about campus food because I know I don’t have to go far or look hard to find healthy options.

SJSU Welcomes 28,000 Students to 2011-2012 Academic Year

Young man and lady holding ice cream cones (photos by Elena Polanco).

Fall term began with a Student Success Fair, featuring a free "meet and eat" ice cream social sponsored by the SJSU Alumni Association (photos by Elena Polanco).

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

Fall term began Aug. 24 with approximately 28,000 students arriving on campus for the first day of classes and for Fall Welcome events, including a Student Success Fair featuring a free “meet and eat” ice cream social sponsored by the SJSU Alumni Association.

Students crowded the San Carlos plaza for the fair, moved from its usual spot along El Paseo de Cesar E. Chavez to make way for construction crews, who spent the summer operating a towering pile driver building a foundation for the new Student Union. Students also packed the Spartan Bookstore, offering new products and services under Barnes & Noble management.

The campus crowd included 4,000 freshmen, SJSU’s largest first-year class in ten years, the result of more applicants meeting admissions standards, coupled with a greater percentage of those admitted completing the intent to enroll process, including orientation and registration.

The bumper crop of freshmen resulted in a campus housing shortage. Beginning Aug. 20, roughly 90 returning students who had planned to live in the dorms were assigned to the Clarion Hotel, where at least one resident found “the amenities outweigh any inconvenience.” Meanwhile, over 3,600 students settled into Campus Village, Joe West Hall and The Bricks.

Dr. Mohammad Qayoumi began the week by delivering his first Fall Welcome Address as SJSU president, announcing that his office would hold 40 town hall meetings during September so that the campus community can begin sketching out a new strategic plan for the university.

The president also highlighted good news on academic performance. “Our last two graduating classes, for both first-time frosh and transfers, have shown marked improvement of about five percent increases in six-year graduation rates,” he told the 800 or so students, faculty and staff who filled Morris Dailey Auditorium.

Factors that could be contributing to higher grad rates include intense academic advising, featuring online resources and a focus on seniors with 120 or more credits. Other factors might include the CSU’s Early Assessment Program and SJSU’s MUSE program, and economic conditions like tuition increases and a competitive job market.

A marked improvement in the academic performance of our football team means the Spartans will begin the 2011 season against Stanford Sept. 3 with a full complement of 85 scholarship players. The good news came as the athletics department completed a year-long self study, culminating in its third NCAA certification.

Bookstore workers examine SJSU logo attire.

Spartan Shops / Barnes & Noble Deal Benefits Students, Faculty and Staff

Bookstore workers examine SJSU logo attire.

Spartan Bookstore student workers check out new merchandise, one of many changes to the shop now under Barnes & Noble management (photo courtesy of Spartan Shops).

By Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant

Spartan Shops recently signed a 10-year contract with Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, resulting in changes this fall to the Spartan Bookstore.

A wider range of products, new styles of merchandise, aggressive rental program, enhanced book adoption program, and bigger discounts for students, faculty, and staff rank as the top five improvements, according to bookstore employee and junior criminal justice major Zeke Wheeler.

“Come in and see for yourself — it’s a completely different store that has changed for the better,” Wheeler said.

How can students prepare for the fall semester?

“The best thing you can do is go onto our website and print out your book list,” said bookstore employee and senior nutrition science major Aimee Thomas. “This will show us the picture of the book, the price and rental information.”

Bookstore Director Ryland Metzinger says their goals are simple.

“Our mission is simply to provide exceptional customer service to SJSU staff faculty and students, to sell as many used books as possible, and really just to bring about new resources and services to the Spartan Bookstore,” Metzinger said.

Metzinger talked to SJSU Today about what students, faculty, staff and the public can expect from the Spartan Bookstore. The following was edited for length and clarity.

SJSU Today: How will students benefit from the Spartan Bookstore?

Ryland Metzinger, Barnes & Noble: We are going to be taking five percent off of all textbooks at the point of sale. We are also going to be selling a lot of books digitally. We just got the B & N Nook in, which is a hand-held reading device that is essentially a digital book. It’s a cheaper alternative than buying regular textbooks. Our aggressive textbook rental program will allow students to save over 50 percent on all their books. We also brought in a new point-of-sale system, which means that the lines are going to move much quickly.

SJSU: How will faculty and staff benefit?

B&N: It will be easier for faculty members to decide what books to adopt. We have a website called the Faculty Center Network where faculty members can explore different books to adopt and see what faculty members in other colleges are using. We’ll be able to provide them easier ways to submit book adoptions. We will also be handing out 10 percent discount cards good for faculty and staff at the Stevens Creek Barnes & Noble store.

SJSU: How will the Spartan Bookstore benefit the public?

B&N: We are open to suggestions and we want to provide books and products that people want. We are working with the Center for Literary Arts here on campus to arrange a number of author signings. The Stevens Creek Barnes & Noble have offered very generously to host faculty author signings there and they will coordinate events here.

This is a Google Map image that shows the locations and hours of on-campus food options, along with a few off-campus options.

Summer Offers Diverse Lunch Options

This is a Google Map image that shows the locations and hours of on-campus food options, along with a few off-campus options.

Click on the map to get a closer look at some places to each lunch on-campus and off-campus.

By Sarah Kyo, Public Affairs Assistant

What’s for lunch? For hungry students and staff who are spending part of their summer at SJSU, an additional question that may come to mind is, “What’s open?”

Here are the current summer hours of on-campus food establishments.

View a map that shows the location and contact information of the below on-campus and off-campus lunch options.

The Market Cafe
Located in the Student Union
Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday
CLOSED

Jamba Juice
Located in the Student Union
Monday – Friday
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday
CLOSED

Subway
Located in the Student Union
Monday – Friday
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday
CLOSED

Student Union Food Court
Monday – Thursday
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Friday – Sunday
CLOSED

Just Below
Located in MacQuarrie Hall
Monday – Thursday
7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday
7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday
CLOSED

Just Below Jamba Juice
Located in MacQuarrie Hall
Monday – Thursday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday – Sunday
CLOSED

On Fourth: A Novel Cafe
Located in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
Monday – Saturday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday
12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Village Market
Located in Campus Village Building B
Hours Vary
(408) 795-5692

Dining Commons
Hours Vary
(408) 924-1740

If you feel like venturing off campus, here are just a few of the lunch possibilities within walking distance of SJSU :

House of Bagels
505 East San Carlos Street
(408) 294-6615
A variety of bagels and pastries are served at this nearby Naglee Park neighborhood spot.

The Mmoon Empanadas
177 West Santa Clara Street
(408) 999-0288
Empanadas are Latin American turnover-like pastries, and The Mmoon in San Pedro Square offers savory and sweet varieties, in addition to side salads for a complete meal.

Sa-By Thai Cuisine
346 East William Street
(408) 286-5807
Curries, fried chicken over fried rice, and noodle dishes are just a few of the choices on this menu.

Zanotto’s
Location until June 30:
38 South 2nd Street
(408) 977-1333
Location in August:
80 South 1st Street
This local family-run business is closing its downtown grocery store on June 30 and opening a deli at a new location in August.

Looking for More Summer Eats Off Campus?

Read a related story about food trucks and the Downtown San Jose Farmers’ Market.

SJSU in the News: Barnes & Noble Promises Significant Investment in Spartan Bookstore

Barnes & Noble wins Spartan bookstore deal

Originally published in Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal April 6, 2011

Spartan Shops, a nonprofit auxiliary of San Jose State University, on Wednesday announced an agreement with Barnes & Noble Booksellers to operate the school’s bookstore.

The 10-year contract will transfer management 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,” the school said.

Financial details were not disclosed.

In addition to new products and services, the bookstore will continue to sell general-interest books, clothing, supplies, gifts, sundries and computers, the school said, adding that all 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.

SJSU in the News: Barnes & Noble Brings Mainsteam Bookstore to Downtown San Jose

Pizarro: Barnes & Noble taking over SJSU bookstore

Originally published in the San Jose Mercury News April 7, 2011

By Sal Pizarro

I’ve been complaining for years about the lack of a mainstream bookstore in downtown San Jose, and it looks like my wish is finally being granted. Well, sort of. Spartan Shops, a nonprofit arm of San Jose State, has reached a 10-year agreement with Barnes & Noble to operate the campus bookstore in the student union, starting later this month.

San Jose State is the 13th CSU campus to outsource its bookstore operation and the sixth to go with Barnes & Noble. The bookselling giant plans to pour some money into building a new bookstore as part of the student union expansion and renovation project due to be completed in the fall of 2013.

By then we’ll probably all be using e-readers. But don’t worry, they’ll sell those, too.

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.