Success Center shares services with new students

The College of Applied Sciences and Arts Student Success Center hosted an open house on Sept. 2, with more than 30 new San José State University freshmen and transfer students from the 10 departments and schools in the College present.

During the Open House, peer advisers and peer tutors talked about the many services available to students at the CASA Student Success Center, which is located in MacQuarrie Hall 533. Students can receive general education advising, help with completing change of major/minor forms or other paperwork on campus and even tips on navigating mysjsu. Drop in advising is available on Tuesdays, from 1:30-4 p.m. and other days by appointment.

Students also can receive tutoring for the following courses: Stat 95, Chem 30A, Biol 65 and Biol 66. Writing tutors are available in coordination with the SJSU Writing Center. The center also has laptops and iPads available by reservation.

Heather Miller, a peer adviser, shared some of the other benefits of the space on the Fifth floor.

“If you need, you can leave your lunch here,” she said, of the refrigerator and microwave available. “There are study rooms you can reserve for group projects.”

Throughout the year, the Center is host to workshops on taking the GRE, writing a personal statement for graduate school and how to be successful in Biol 65/66, a key course for many CASA majors.

The peer advisers and peer tutors, all who are students within CASA, led the new students through an ice breaker so they could get to know each other better. The students interacted by asking others about what year they were in school, what generation college student they were, what their major was and where they were from with the goal of finding the person who was most similar to them and least similar to them.

Tony Korsund, an academic adviser with the Center, said one of the goals is to help students build community.

“We’d like you to think of this as a home away from home,” he said.

To find out more about services or to make an advising appointment, call 408-924-2910 or email Follow the CASA Student Success Center on Twitter at @CASA_SSC, on Instagram at @CASA_SSC or on Facebook at

CASA Student Success Center now offers tutoring

The College of Applied Sciences and Arts Student Success Center at San José State University now offers drop-in peer tutoring in MacQuarrie Hall 533 in biology and chemistry. Tutoring is available for two key science courses taken by kinesiology, pre-nursing, nutrition and pre-occupational therapy majors. Tutoring will also continue to be available for writing.

Drop-in peer tutoring will be available at the following times and days:

Biology 65 Human Anatomy

  • Mondays:  10 a.m. to noon, 12:30-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10 a.m. to noon, 3-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m. to noon, 12:30-5 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 a.m. to noon

Chemistry 30A Introduction to Chemistry

  • Mondays: noon-5 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: noon-5p.m.

A Writing Center one-on-one tutor is available at the Student Success Center on Tuesdays, from 2-5 p.m. or Thursdays, from noon-2 p.m. by appointment only. Tutors will help students with improving their writing in self-identified areas. Tutors do not offer proofreading or editing services. To make an appointment with the writing tutor, register online at or call the Writing Center at 408-924-2308.

The Student Success Center continues to offer drop-in advising for all College of Applied Sciences and Arts students on Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30-4 p.m., as well as by appointment. Peer advising is also available.

The College of Applied Sciences and Arts Student Success Center is located in MacQuarrie Hall 533. It is open Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to make an appointment for advising, call 408-924-2910.


CASA Student Success Center: Openings for New Peer Advisors

by CASA Staff

We are searching for one Peer Advisor to start in Spring 2013.  Please share this post with your faculty and students.

Peer Advisors Wanted

Do you want to help other students succeed, build your resume, and work on campus?

The College of Applied Sciences & Arts (CASA) Student Success Center  is hiring:

 Undergraduate or graduate students in good academic standing

  • Spring semester 2013

 Requirements include:

  • A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Currently attending SJSU and planning on attending for the next

full academic year

  • Able to commit to 10 -20 hours a week, paid
  • Friendly, professional and helpful
  • Works well within a group and individually