The Student Union, Inc., a non-profit corporation, maintains three major facilities at San José State University in downtown San José, California. These facilities are comprised of the Student Union Building, the Event Center and the Aquatic Center.
The corporation is completely self supporting, and receives no tax dollar
support from the State of California or the CSU system. The Student
Union, Inc. functions as part of the Student
Affairs Division on campus, and is governed by a Board of Directors
made up of a student majority, faculty, and administrators.
For more information about our organization, please review the following publications:
STUDENT UNION BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS
Public statement regarding the Auxiliary Operational Review Task Force (PDF)
* Previous meeting minutes and agendas can be found on our archive page.
In November of 1963, the student body approved the building of the Student Union and pledged to support its construction by paying student fees. Construction of the 144,000 square foot building, designed by the Palo Alto architectural firm of Ernest J. Krump and Associates, began in 1967. The Union was opened in the Fall of 1969 and cost in excess of $5 million, including furnishings. No state money (tax dollars) was used in the construction of the building. The construction of the Student Union was funded by monetary donations. A federal loan of $3.2 million was obtained and is being paid over a period of 40 years. During the 1980's, the process of the 1960's was repeated again. Students voted to pay a fee that would finance the building of a recreation and event center. Three different elections were held; additional student fees were collected and the facilities were constructed. In May 1988, the Aquatic Center opened and in the following year, the Event Center opened. The Student Union fee, which every student pays each semester, goes towards repayment of the bonds on all of the facilities, as well as supports a percentage of the annual operating costs of the buildings.
The Student Union Board of Directors is the general governing and policy-making body for the Student Union, Inc. It is a recommending body to the University President in terms of policy, the annual budget, and appropriate personnel matters as covered in the By-laws. The Executive Director manages the facilities, programs, and financial enterprises within the policies approved for the corporation by the Board.
The Student Union Corporation offers quality services and programs
that promote social, recreational, cultural and educational
Student Union Corporation of San Jose State University is committed
operating a financially responsible business, facilitating and enhancing
the learning experience of a diverse campus and community. The Student
Union Corporation invests in the well-being of San Jose State University students to be socially responsible leaders and productive individuals who meet the challenges of an ever-changing world.
1.. We incorporate positive role-modeling in our daily behaviors
2. Creativity and risk-taking are encouraged and supported.
3. We are committed to the excellence of the Student Union, Inc.
4. We live up to our commitments.
5. We communicate directly.
6. We acknowledge collaborative contributions and individual achievements.
The Student Union, Inc. employs a full-time staff of 25 and over 150 part-time student employees. Each member of the staff works to provide quality facilities and services to the campus and surrounding community. If you are interested in becoming part of the team, check out our current job openings. Click here for Current list of full-time staff.
In keeping with the mission statement, the Student Union, Inc. is committed to participating in the educational mission of San Jose State University through professional development for full-time and student staff members. This is done through specialized department training, as well as corporate-wide workshops for all employees.