April Student Newsletter – Welcome to Spring Quarter, Lucy’s Booth, Campus events

Welcome to new and returning students to the Spring Quarter, 2018!

If you are a student that is returning to JFK after taking a break, join us at the Online student orientation to learn more about JFK University’s resources and services.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Thursday, April 5, 2018, Noon – 1:00 pm

Online via Zoom (RSVP to receive the Zoom link)

Email us at studentexperience@jfku.edu with any questions.

Step-by-Step Guides – Register for Classes, Make Appointments and More

Check out these helpful guides and tutorials with answers to frequently asked questions to help you get on board for Spring Quarter:

Rodrigo Bonilla, Legal Studies and BA Psychology academic counselor, explains what you need to do to register on this Facebook live video!

Remember to Petition for your Degree

Petition for degree forms are posted on BlackBoard under Office of Student Experience – Registration Forms

Here are a few options for submitting the form and payment:

1) Bring the completed form to the Accounting Office at the Pleasant Hill campus along with a check or credit/debit card to pay the required fee.

The Accounting Office is located on the Pleasant Hill campus, second floor, Room 225.
Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

2) Mail a check and the completed form to the Accounting Office. Make the check payable to John F. Kennedy University:
100 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-4817

3) Complete the form and scan it to the Accounting office email at Accounting@jfku.edu.
You can call to make a payment over the phone with a credit/debit card: 925-969-3160

Commencement Information

Mark your calendars for John F. Kennedy’s annual Commencement ceremonies!

College of Law

Thursday, May 31, 2018 – 6:30 pm
Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

College of Psychology, College of Business and Professional Studies and BA Legal Studies

Saturday, June 23, 2018 – Noon (Ceremony begins promptly at 1:00 pm)
Paramount Theater of the Arts
2025 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

Details on how to obtain tickets, accessibility considerations, and purchasing regalia will be sent to all students through the SOAR Message Center.

Spring Quarter Tutoring and Writing Center Schedules

Tutors are available on-call/by appointment at the Undergraduate Success Center, Room S228 at Pleasant Hill, or online via a Virtual Room at the times specified below.

Legal Writing Tutor – Lisa U’Ren: Monday, Wednesday, Thursdays 5:00 pm -7:00 pm; Saturday 9:00 am – Noon

Computer & Statistics/Math Tutor – Jesus Milian: Monday – Thursday 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

To book an appointment go to BlackBoard – Office of Student Experience – Undergraduate Success Center – Tutoring Services

April Writing Center Workshops

Workshops: Process of Writing and Research Paper. Please sign up here to let us know you will be attending.

  • Pleasant Hill and San Jose
    • Monday, April 16, 2018, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, ZOOM and Room S 202
    • Monday, April 30, 2018, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, ZOOM and Room S 202
  • Berkeley and San Jose
    • Saturday, April 18, 2018, 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm (in person), 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, (ZOOM)

Can’t make these times? You can access the two workshops via these Prezi presentations, also posted on BlackBoard under the Writing Center: Process of Reading and Process of Writing

If you have any questions please contact us at writingcenter@jfku.edu or call us at 925-969-3530. Visit and like the Writing Center on Facebook for great tips on writing and student success.

JFKU in the Community

JFKU students make news!

San Jose Holistic Counseling students make a positive impact in the community.

Pam Costa (MA Holistic Counseling student) is the founder of Down to There guiding individuals and couples to explore intimacy in their relationships. Costa will speak at the TedxPaloAlto Talk to share her knowledge about female sexual health.

Nechama Shaina Langer (MA Holistic Counseling, alum class of 2016) teaches sex education at the Oakland Hebrew Day School under a holistic psycho-spiritual approach. Read more about her work here.

Campus Events

Lucy’s Office of Student Experience (Virtual) Information Booth

Monday-Thursday, April 9-12, 2018, 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm and 6:15 pm – 7:00 pm each day

Look for the Lucy booth at the Pleasant Hill lobby or log in to ZOOM at the times specified above. Email studentexperience@jfku.edu to request a link. Lucy is IN. She will tell you everything you need to know about the Office of Student Experience services and resources in place to assist you. You can also reach Lucy by email anytime at studentexperience@jfku.edu.

Ancestral Foodways for Health

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm; Room S209
John F. Kennedy University
100 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Please RSVP to hsi@jfku.edu

One of the primary ways that we interact with our environment is through the foods that we eat. Join tribal nutritionist and JFKU MA Health Education Professor, Paula Szloboda, to learn about the physical benefits of heirloom foods and how we derive social and emotional nourishment from ancestral foodways.

We will include resources for how to explore your own indigenous traditions and tastes of indigenous dishes from the Southwest to enjoy.

This event is co-sponsored by JFK University’s MA Health Education program and the Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Grant as part of the ¡A Cocinar! Series (Award # P031S150009)

Harlem Wizards LEAP Fundraiser

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Northgate High School
425 Castle Rock Road
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

The Harlem Wizards are returning to Northgate High School for the second year in a row to do loops and alley-oops around your local teachers and administrators. The LEAP Program empowers its kids by hooking them up with the very same mental skills training and support that sport psychologists offer their athletes, and that can affect powerful shifts both on the field and off.

Hosted by the John F. Kennedy University Sport Psychology Department.

Bring your friends and family to this fundraiser to support mental health among youth in your community. To purchase tickets, click here.