What would it take to get you to take better care of yourself? Would people in veggie costumes help? Or how about someone in a giant red party cup? Sound like fun? Then we hope you made it down to this year’s Spartapalooza Wellness Festival March 14 in the Student Union Barrett Ballroom. In case you missed it, check out our slideshow. You’ll see students, faculty and staff running interactive booths, offering giveaways and a whole lot more. Offices from across campus put on Spartapalooza, coordinated by Wellness & Health Promotion, part of the Student Health Center.
Two years ago on a warm May night, shots rang out in the Tenth Street Garage. Minutes later, police found three people dead: a man, his wife and her classmate.
“That really brought home that no place is immune,” recalled SJSU Chief of Police Peter Decena.
He was speaking March 14 at the Spartans for Safety launch party, where a coalition of several dozen stakeholders introduced a powerful slogan, video and website, funded in part by a Kaiser Permanente grant.
The group — including staff members from the Student Health Center, Counseling Services, Student Involvement, Associated Students and more — is developing a consolidated violence prevention program paired with eye-catching outreach materials.
Many Who Care
“We want everyone to know that there are many of us on campus that care about the safety of all students, all faculty and all staff,” said Jennifer Gacutan-Galang, a staff member with the SJSU Wellness and Health Promotion office.
At the launch party, the coalition unveiled sjsu.edu/spartansforsafety/, a one-stop shop offering practical information on a wide range of topics including domestic violence, healthy relationships and general safety.
Spartans for Safety is also encouraging people to become empowered bystanders, to “See something. Say something.”
The exact same theme is at the center of a terrific student-produced video featuring people you know.
Watch and you’ll hear campus leaders explain how 97 percent of rapists are men, 97 percent of men are not rapists, and 97 percent of sexual assault victims are female but there are many reasons why men should care.
“If we don’t watch out for each other,” Gacutan-Galang asked, “who’s going to watch out for us?”
By Laurie Morgan, Associate Director for Campus Wellness
The Spartans for Safety Launch Party will take place in the Pacifica Room in the SJSU Student Union on Thursday, March 14, from noon to 12:30 p.m. Anyone interested in supporting a safer campus community is invited to attend.
The Spartans for Safety campaign began as an effort to better integrate violence prevention education at SJSU. For more than a year, the Spartans on Safety (SOS) coalition, comprised of students, staff, and faculty, have been meeting to identify best practices and resources for addressing violence education. Ultimately the coalition is committed to fostering a safer campus environment through education, collaboration and community empowerment.
One major outcome of the coalition’s efforts is the establishment of a new web site that will go live mid-March. The web site will serve as a one-stop-shop providing information, toolkits, videos and many other resources to address a variety of topics including: intimate partner violence, bullying, sexual assault, suicide, general safety, and more. The web site and other initiatives, such as the Empowered Bystander program, will be showcased at the launch party. Spartans for Safety T-shirts will also be given away.
More information can also be found at the Spartans for Safety booth at the annual Spartapalooza Wellness Festival being held in the adjacent Barrett Ballroom, Student Union, 10:00am-2:00pm.
Spartans for Safety was made possible thanks to a generous grant from Kaiser Permanente. For more information on Spartans for Safety or to request an Empowered Bystander training, contact Jennifer Gacutan-Galang at Jennifer.Gacutan-Galang@sjsu.edu.
By Stephanie Fabian, Spartan Shops Marketing Manager
The annual Spartapalooza Wellness Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 14 in the Student Union Barrett Ballroom. This engaging event will educate SJSU students, faculty and staff on the eight dimensions of wellness, including physical wellness and environmental wellness. Come and visit the interactive booths, learn about campus resources, enjoy music, lots of giveaways and special prizes! This event is a collaborative campus effort coordinated by Wellness & Health Promotion, part of the Student Health Center. For more information on Spartapalooza, please visit our website or visit us on our Facebook page. Spartapalooza coincides with the Spartans for Safety launch party.
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.
Contact: Pat Lopes Harris, SJSU Media Relations, 408-656-6999
A totally new $25 million student health and counseling center is coming soon to SJSU. Blach Construction will begin work this summer on a three-story, 53,000-square-foot structure centrally located between the Event Center and Spartan Complex. Medical care, counseling, sports medicine and physical therapy are some of our many existing services that will make the move to the new building. In addition, dentistry and optometry services may be added. “Overall, the new facility will provide a much more comfortable environment in which students will learn how to maintain or increase their wellness,” said Student Health Center Director Roger Elrod. When completed in December 2014, the building will house 70 employees and 20 student assistants and meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold equivalent standards, which means incorporating sustainable design principles such as optimized energy performance, water-efficient landscaping and maximum use of daylight. Student health fees will pay for the project. Read a Blach Construction news release.
By Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant
As the first major assignments and tests start to roll around, this can be a stressful time of year for everyone on campus, me included! So when I heard the Student Health Center had a massage chair, I just had to try it, and I gotta tell you, it did not disappoint! The massage chair, free for SJSU students, was brought to the Health Center three years ago as a way to alleviate stress for students, and is part of the Eight Dimensions of Wellness, according to campus wellness assistant director, Laurie Morgan.
After signing in for my appointment on the second floor, I was escorted to what seemed like an ordinary room. When the door opened, I was taken aback by pure ambiance. The dim lighting and an enchanting serene waterfall poster on the wall set the tranquil mood for the entire room, making the massage chair look all the more welcoming. After a quick two-minute tutorial I sat down ready for my experience. The massage chair was plush all over, and once adjusted, fit me like a glove. I selected a five-minute quick session, which offered a little bit of everything: Shiatsu, deep, Swedish and stretch massages. At first, the rollers hurt because my muscles were so tight, but after I got used to them and allowed myself to relax, I let the chair work its magic. The techniques ranged from gentle, circular squeezing to rapid taps and alternating movements on my neck, shoulders, and back. After using the chair for only five minutes, I can definitely say that it exceeded all of my expectations. I left feeling relaxed and far less stressed than I was when I arrived. I can’t wait to go back!
Date: September 14, 2011
Location: Clark 100H
Summary: Imagine a world where you get to build on your talents to do what you do best; a world where how you think, feel and behave is not only accepted but valued. The Strengths-based Learning Team, comprised of faculty, administrators, staff, and students, is working to create just such an environment here at San Jose State University. Too often students (and just about everyone else) are led to believe that the best path to success in any endeavor is to spend most of their time working on their weaknesses. The best — in any field — don’t do that. A focus on strengths is a path to excellence. This fall, the team will introduce a series of brown bag discussions with the goal of expanding the reach of this very successful program. The first session, “Strengths + Academics = Graduation,” will ask: “What do you excel in? Do you think it has nothing to do with school? WRONG!!! This session will show you how to use your strengths in the academic setting. We will discuss how to develop your talents and how to find creative techniques that can be applied to studying, writing, group projects, and even test taking.” Learn more about Strengths-based Learning at SJSU.