Academic & Campus News

Registration is Open for Summer Intersession
Get ahead in your program by enrolling in a four-week intensive course. The Summer Intersession term will begin on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and end on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

The following online courses will be offered during the Intersession:

PSY5001 – Information Literacy (2 units)
PSY5002 – Academic Writing (3 units)
PSY5003 – Critical Thinking and Writing (3 units)
BUS5475 – Organizational Communications (3 units)
PSP5885 – Best Practices for Remote Consulting (1 unit)

To register go to – SOAR Student Portal – Search for Classes – 2018 Summer Quarter – Additional Search Criteria – Session – Intersession – Search

Follow this step by step guide to self-enroll in classes. How to Register for Classes – in 11 steps

You may add or drop Summer Intersession courses through self-service in SOAR up until Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 11:59 pm. You will receive a 100% tuition refund for any courses dropped by this deadline.

If you have any questions, please contact the Registration Office at 925-969-3353 or For questions about degree requirements and study plans email For accounting questions, call 925-969-3160, email, or refer to the Managing Your JFKU Account Online – step by step guide.

New Student Orientation
If you are a student that is returning to JFK after taking a break, join us for the General Student Orientations to learn more about JFK University’s resources and services.

Onsite at the Pleasant Hill campus – Thursday, September 20, 2018 – RSVP HERE (onsite)

Online via Zoom – Wednesday, September 26, 2018 – RSVP HERE to receive the Zoom Link.

In advance of your orientation session, feel free to watch the interactive New Student Orientation video to learn how to navigate the BlackBoard Learn and SOAR portals, register for classes, access important academic information and valuable student services and resources. Bring your questions!

To access the video navigate to BlackBoard – Office of Student Experience – New Student Orientation (on the left hand menu). Email us at with any questions.

Step-by-Step Guides – Register for Classes, Make Appointments and More
Click on the links below to access a list of helpful guides and tutorials with answers to frequently asked questions to help you get on board for Summer Quarter:
Student Single Sign On Activation Job Aid – step by step guide to the JKFU Student Portal
New Student Frequently Asked Questions FAQs – find answers and contact information for 28 commonly asked questions about how to navigate and access resources and services as a student at JFK University
How to Register for Classes – in 11 steps
How to Find Course Syllabi on BlackBoard – step by step guide
How to Order Course Readers on Copy Central – step by step guide
How to Look Up Your Grades and IDs on SOAR – step by step guide
How to Book an Appointment with Your Academic Counselor – step by step guide
How to Book an Appointment with a Writing Consultant – step by step guide
How to Borrow Equipment from the USC Lending Library – step by step guide
Managing Your JFKU Account Online – step by step guide and contact information for the Accounting Office
How to Book a Tutoring Appointment – step by step guide
Student Services at John F. Kennedy University

JFKU in the Community

Sharing Food For Change: Interview with JFKU Student Tonya Kent

Tonya Kent, a John F. Kennedy University student in the JD program, is motivated by kindness to share with members of her community most in need. Every Thursday, during the school schedule, starting at 11:00 am, Tonya brings food to John F. Kennedy University which is donated by Trader Joe’s. Anyone at the Pleasant Hill campus can access this food for free at the Student Lounge. An assortment of bread, fruit and sweets are available on the countertop in the vending machine area. In her words: “I want the students to know that there is food, it is free and there is nothing you need to give back in return. You are loved even if I do not know you. You are not forgotten.” Click here to continue reading.

Holistic Counseling Psychology Students Co-Chair International Conference
Recent MA Holistic Counseling Psychology-Expressive Arts alum Leyla Eraslan and current student Camara Rajabari are co-chairing the next International Expressive Arts Therapy Association Conference in 2019. Way to go! For more details about the conference visit the 2019 IEATA Conference site.

Holistic Research Center Annual Symposium

At the HRC Annual Symposium held Friday, June 1, 2018, the HRC was proud to present its 2018 Research Fellows, whose projects seek to work with communities to explore questions of mental health, violence, power, and the very concept of research. Sonia Cristina Suarez, a JFKU Adjunct Faculty member and UC Berkeley PhD candidate, discussed her research project, entitled Brujeria and Psychology: Healing Practices of the Ifa-Orisha Tradition, which will explore the influence of non-Western spiritualities on psychological wellness. Nancy Pederson, Community Research Fellow, shared about her experiences working with the Institute on Aging and how this inspired her project, entitled Power in the Voice of Elder Hispanic Women, which seeks to examine the impact of violence on Hispanic women over 60. Conversations touched on the ways in which visibility and empowerment are, in themselves, therapeutic and restorative.

If you’re interested in getting involved with the HRC, or supporting one of their research projects, contact Program Manager Leyla Eraslan at

JFK University Commencement 2018 – Facebook photo album
Check out the stunning pictures from the 2018 Commencement in the JFKU Website Photo album. Congratulations once again to all the graduates!

JFKU Launches Online Job Portal

We are pleased to introduce JFK University’s Job Portal powered by GradLeaders! This is an online system where all internships, jobs and volunteer opportunities are posted. Some of these professional opportunities are also nationwide. Through our centralized portal, you will be able to search for positions in your area of interest on a regular basis. Just log-in, update your profile, and go!

Visit this link to find details on how to log in.

If you have any questions, email Career Services at

Free Access to Microsoft Office for JFKU Students

Sign up for free access to Office 365 online using your JFKU email! You will have access to use Microsoft Word (online), Microsoft Excel (online), Microsoft PowerPoint (online), and Microsoft OneNote (online).

To set up your Free Office 365 Online account log on to and enter your JFKU Student Email address.

For questions or if you need assistance, email the IT department at

Writing Center and Library News

Writing Center Workshops Summer Quarter 2018 – Pleasant Hill and Online

Grammar Workshop – Monday, July 30, 2018, 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm, Room S202 and on ZOOM (join here). We’ll focus on strategies for smoothing out your sentences and improving clarity.

APA Basics Workshop – Monday, August 20, 2018, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Room S202 and on ZOOM (join here). We’ll discuss strategies for avoiding plagiarism and using APA style with confidence and purpose.

Writing center appointments are available in-person in Pleasant Hill and online via ZOOM. View the schedule and book appointments by logging on to BlackBoard – Office of Student Experience – Writing Center.

Library Updates – San Jose Campus
Starting August 1, 2018 students will be able to check out books from the San Jose Library Research Center’s circulating library for longer period of time. Books that are required readings for the current quarter will still circulate for 1 week or 2 hours at a time (to give more students access). However books that are not required for a current class can be checked out for 5 weeks at a time, the same as circulating books from the Pleasant Hill Library.

For more information about Library Services visit

Blackboard Student App

Did you know you can access your grades, course content and more from your phone with the BlackBoard App? When prompted, select “National University System” to login via SSO.

Download the BlackBoard App!

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