Feature Friday – October 30

The South Asian Student Association (SASA) is a platform for those of South Asian descent and those interested in learning about and celebrating South Asian culture. The club hosts social, cultural, and professional development events for students, enabling members to build long-lasting friendships and achieve professional success. One student leader shared “everyone takes pride in their South Asian descent and works hard to foster a sense of community. The dedication and ambition make all the meetings and events worthwhile!” SASA is a new club, founded in spring 2020, and they are seeking new members! To learn more, email them at sasa.sanjosestate@gmail.com or follow them on Instagram @sasa.sjsu. You can also connect with them and learn about upcoming events through the Sammy app!

 

The American Library Association Student Chapter of the School of Information, or ALASC, encourages community and connection among all iSchool students from across all career pathways. Student leaders are “proud to facilitate meaningful connections for our members. We have terrific events – from touring Blizzard offices, libraries, and archives, to having amazing speakers and working professionals come to help guide our members into the real world.” The club helps students connect with the American Library Association and provides meaningful connections to others in the library field. As one student shared, “I’m on the leadership track, but it is great to talk to people interested in archiving or data science and other pathways. Great ideas come from such a nice mix of different pathways!” All School of Information students are members, and benefit from networking opportunities and attending social events. Have a story to share or an event idea? Email them at sjsualasc@gmail.com or submit your thoughts via their website https://ischoolgroups.sjsu.edu/alasc/wp-students/. The blog is a great resource for tips and alerts and news about the library world.

 

The Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society, founded at SJSU in 1941, provides fraternity for chemistry students. They’re also known as the Chemistry Club or the Chem Club, for short! Members appreciate the chance to connect with other students majoring or minoring in the sciences, regardless of their career path (e.g . pharmacology, med school, education, business, etc.)! Club leaders wanted to share that they are “a diverse, friendly group of students who run events such as beginning of the year book sales, Halloween socials, and Winter banquets. We also help set up seminars for visiting research professors/guest speakers.” They encourage students to join the club to share school experiences and casually learn together. Active members earn additional benefits and gain leadership skills! Follow the Chem Club on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/sjsuchemclub/), Instagram (@Chemistryclubsjsu), and Discord ( https://discord.gg/w57gAX3)! Email chemistryclubsjsu@gmail.com for more information!

Feature Friday – October 16

Spartan MD is an RSO that strives to inspire, support, and inform pre-med students through all steps of the pre-medical process; their goal is to increase the rate of SJSU students who are admitted into medical school. The group helps students explore the many career options in medicine, make informed decisions, and navigate the premed process. Additionally, they offer MCAT preparation support and networking opportunities with local medical students and medical schools. One member shared, “I would say the best part about being involved in this club is specifically how we tend to bring students together by giving them a sense of support they need in order to succeed in becoming the aspiring physicians they want to be, especially they all have to go through this complex journey. And with that, we are not only being there for them but we are also creating this sense of community for all of them.” Club leaders are motivated by the quote “the good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease” (William Osler). Visit their website https://spartandoctors.wixsite.com/sjsuspartanmd to learn more or follow them on social media @sjsu.spartanmd.

 

Women in Aviation started at SJSU in 1990 with the mission of promoting the vast industry of aviation and aerospace to all Spartans. @womeninaviationsjsu is proud to represent and uplift women in a predominantly male field. One member’s favorite part of being involved with WIA is “is the countless friends of similar interests that I’ve been able to make, and knowing that they will be good friends with me for life.” They also shared that Women in Aviation “is NOT a club that is only for women. It is also not only for those whose major is aviation. We’re an unofficial collegiate chapter of Women in Aviation International…that is most focused on professional development and networking, not an exclusively female club.” Many club members attend the Women in Aviation International annual professional conference with 5000+ attendees. Members also have access to a large pool of scholarships and real-life mentors! Contact them at women.in.aviation.sjsu@gmail.com to learn more.

 

Students for Firearms Safety promotes education and understanding of firearms and positive gun culture. Club members are proud to educate SJSU students on firearms safety through discussions, presentations, and hands-on training with experienced instructors. To learn more and get involved The best way to learn and get involved follow them on social media @studentssorfirearmssafety_sjsu, or email them at studentsforfirearmssafetysjsu@gmail.com and ask about joining their mailing list.

Feature Friday – October 23

Women in Business (WIB) is a pre-professional organization that seeks to break glass-ceiling boundaries in the business world. A club leader shared that “Women in Business is committed to providing a nurturing environment where our members can thrive and be better prepared for the workforce.” Members gain skills by attending professional development workshops, networking events, conferences, social events, and engaging in community outreach. Students in WIB are empowered to take the steps needed to reach their career goals! To learn more, follow WIB @sjsuwib or visit their website wibsjsu.com. Interested students can submit a membership application through their website, too.

 

Reformed University Fellowship has been an RSO at SJSU since 2016. Their purpose is to reach students for Christ and equip them to serve. Club members participate in Bible studies and social gatherings. Student leaders are proud to have created a “welcoming and thoughtful community.” Through events and meetings, students can grow in their faith in Christ and participate in real (and sometimes hard) conversations and share questions about God and the Bible. One member shared that RUF is committed to the Christian faith but also welcomes students from all backgrounds. Follow them @rufsjsu to learn more!

 

Hermanx de SJSU was founded in March 2020! The club’s purpose is “to reach out to the Latinx/ Chicanx community and provide resources as well as a family networking system guided by our club’s goals which are to promote inclusiveness, academics, community service, and networking both professionally and socially.” Club leaders are excited to hold events and accept new members this semester. Email hermanxdesjsu@gmail.com or check them out on social media @hermanxdesjsu. Interested members can fill out an application, linked in their Instagram bio.

Meet the Student Involvement Team (Part 1)

Get to know a little bit about some of our staff members!

Henderson Hill III, Director

Henderson Hill III serves as the Director of Student Involvement. He is originally from Kansas City, MO (home of the current NFL Champions). Henderson attended college at Tennessee State University, a Historically Black College/University in Nashville, TN and majored in English. Henderson initially chose to work at SJSU because of the University’s strong commitment to Social Justice work for its students; he also believes in SJSU’s support of minority students’ success. A favorite part of his work at SJSU is being able to be a positive change agent in students’ lives. When he’s not at work, Henderson enjoys traveling, thrifting, and exploring with his 6-year old daughter, Christian! Some fun facts about him: he is a member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, Inc. and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and he has 9 tattoos including a fraternity brand (Kappa Alpha Psi).

 

Nancy Nguyen, Associate Director

Nancy Nguyen serves as our Associate Director. She is from Stockton, CA and attended University of the Pacific in Stockton, achieving a B.S. in Applied Economics with a minor in Ethnic Studies. Nancy initially chose to work at SJSU because she wanted to be closer to family in Northern California (she’s one of 7 kids and has 1 sister and 5 brothers). 5.5 years later, Nancy is still here because she loves the opportunities to learn from our students and colleagues every day! Nancy’s hobbies include running, Orangetheory and Peloton at home workouts, and cooking noodles (noodles of every type are her favorite food)! Nancy enjoys supporting the Spartan sports teams, the Niners when she is in Stockton, and the Seahawks when she’s with her in-laws.

 

Dylan Mazelis, Leadership Development Coordinator

Dylan has been with our team since October 2019, coming to us from San Diego. Originally from Washington, NJ, Dylan studied Psychology and Philosophy at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. In his free time, Dylan loves to be outside – whether that is camping or hiking, spending a day at the beach, or biking around the city. And if you want to distract him, just put a big bowl of cookie dough ice cream in front of him! Dylan’s favorite part about working at San Jose State is all the great students and staff he gets to meet through leadership programs, and he is always so impressed with how our students continually step up to lead.

 

Vicki Gerentes, Student Engagement Coordinator

Vicki Gerentes serves as a Student Engagement Coordinator in our office, supporting fraternity and sorority life and directly advising both the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and the Panhellenic Council (PHC). She is originally from the Chicagoland area. Fun Fact: Vicki was living down the street from Wrigley Field when the Cubs won the World Series in 2016. She claimed a B.A. in English from Lake Forest College and a M.Ed. in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago. As an undergraduate student, Vicki served as a sorority president, College Panhellenic officer, orientation leader, and editor of a life science journal. Her job at SJSU provides the opportunity to work with brilliant leaders of the future!

Hello SJSU!

Welcome to the brand new Student Involvement blog! This blog is a space for you to get to know more about who we are and what we do to promote connection, community, and leadership development for SJSU students. Some posts you can look forward to seeing soon:

  • What is Student Involvement?
  • Meet the Team
  • Weekly Feature Friday posts showcasing 2-3 recognized student organizations
  • Student Spotlights (coming Spring 2021)

Please email us at getinvolved@sjsu.edu with questions or to share ideas for future blog post topics!