May Student Newsletter – Office of Clinical Training, Tablet Loan Library, Research Paper Workshops

Equipment Loans Available to All Students through the Undergraduate Success Center

With support from a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Grant from the Department of Education, the Undergraduate Success Center offers a need-based electronic lending library of laptops, Surface Pro tablets & voice recorders. The service is available to all JFKU students who are enrolled in classes in the current term and need the equipment to complete assignments. You can apply to borrow equipment from the Electronic Lending Library by filling out an application either online or in person.

To apply, read the step by step instructions on How to Borrow Equipment from the USC Lending Library.

Here is what students are saying about the program:

“… I cannot afford a tablet so it is very helpful to be able to read and do assignments at home and at work.”

“Continue this program, it is tremendous help to the students.”

Some benefits of checking out a Surface Pro tablet include:

  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Touch screen
  • Optional Keyboard
  • Microsoft Office 2016

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Students and Staff pose at Lucy’s Booth

It was exciting to see all of you stop by and learn about what services are available to you through the Office of Student Experience! If you missed this event feel free to email us at with your questions.

We look forward to seeing you again next quarter!

Office of Clinical Training for MA Counseling Psychology Students

The Office of Clinical Training (OCT) has been established to assure that all of the MA Counseling MFT and Holistic students at JFKU receive an exceptional clinical training experience to complement their academic training. The OCT will carry on a number of the functions provided by the Counseling Centers.

The OCT will continue to provide didactic training to all students; provide individual and group clinical supervision to all clinical trainees; provide a secure location for housing all clinical records that were previously housed in the Counseling Center; and provide a location for the Psychological Assessment Clinic. The school-based placements in the Contra Costa Community College system, the Mt. Diablo School District, Antioch School District, Pittsburg School District, Alameda School district, as well as external placements at over 80 different clinical settings throughout the Bay Area will continue to occur within the structure of the OCT.

The OCT team is comprised of Tim Ford, LMFT, Director of the OCT; Jes Moniz, MA, manager of School-Based and Community Programs; Luis Alvarado, Psy.D., Clinical Training Coordinator, Bay Area; Melanie Stern, LCSW, Training Coordinator for San Jose and surrounding area; and several clinical supervisors to provide individual and group supervision to all of the clinical trainees.

For more information regarding the Office of Clinical Training contact Tim Ford, Director, at

Trauma Studies Certificate Offered in Pleasant Hill and San Jose

Starting this Summer, the Trauma Certificate will be offered on 2 campuses, Pleasant Hill and San Jose. Classes are offered in a weekend format. It is designed as a one or two year academic program.

Click here to read an overview of the certificate from the website, a link to enrollment, and the 2 campus summer schedules.

Commencement is Approaching – Congratulations to All New Graduates!

To all of you graduating this Spring, here is a fragment from a poem by Professor Charles Burack, core faculty in the Consciousness and Transformative Studies program, dedicated to graduating students (written in 2016). A door opens, possibilities multiply…

The Door of Commencement

Graduation opens a door

a real and magical door

that leads two ways at once:

into the outer world

of unlimited possibilities

and into the inner world

of your own unlimited being […]

You carry with you

a lifetime of

knowledge and skills

friendships and relationships

wisdom and experiences

achievements and successes

visions and values.

You carry with you

powers of perception and thought

powers of intuition and feeling

powers of insight and imagination.

They will all support you

as you continue your journey

of discovery and development,

service and fulfillment.

Stay alert on the way. […]

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 1pm)
Paramount Theater of the Arts
2025 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612.

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
  4. You can call to make a payment over the phone with a credit/debit card: 925-969-3160

JFKU Writing Center Workshops – May 2018

Pleasant Hill Workshops
Monday, April 30, 2018 – The Research Paper, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, via ZOOM and on the ground in Room S202, Pleasant Hill.

Monday, May 21, 2018 – APA Basics, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, via ZOOM and on the ground in Room S202, Pleasant Hill.

You can access both of the Pleasant Hill Campus workshops via ZOOM by using this link.

Berkeley Campus Workshops
Wednesday, May 2, 2018, – The Research Paper, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, via ZOOM and at the Berkeley campus, Room 220A.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, via ZOOM and Berkeley Campus, Room 220A.

The Writing Center has shared useful “Writing Mantras” to guide you in the process of writing.Read their full article in the JFKU Wordpecker’s Blog.

Use Your JFKU Email!

In order to stay up to date with important University communications, please ensure that you have access and check your JFKU email regularly. All university wide correspondence including communications from your instructors and other university administrators will be sent to your JFKU student email.

If it’s convenient and you prefer to still use your personal email account, we recommend having the e-mails from your JFKU email account forwarded to your personal account. This change can be done through your JFKU email account settings (the process is explained in question 1 of the New Student Frequently Asked Questions FAQs).

If you are receiving this email to your personal email address, please send an email to so we can update your JFKU email as primary in our listserv.

Step-by-Step Guides

We have created a list list of helpful guides and tutorials with answers to frequently asked questions to help you get on board for Spring Quarter. You can refer to them anytime by accessing this folder. Here are a few guides contained you can find there:

Campus Events

Thursday Soapbox

John F. Kennedy University’s Thursday Soapbox, continues this month with an expanded podcast format. Covering a wide range of topics of vital importance in today’s world, the “Thursday Soapbox Series” will bring together students, faculty, and interested members of the public to spread knowledge, spark dialogue; and create a more informed, involved citizenry.

Go to for the latest information.