Academic News

Winter Quarter 2019 Registration

Instruction Begins January 7, 2019
Add/Drop Period January 7 – January 20, 2019

Academic Calendar

To register for classes log on to the SOAR portal. Follow this step by step guide to self-enroll in classes. How to Register for Classes – in 11 steps

If you have any questions about degree requirements and study plans email, or book an appointment online by logging on to BlackBoard – Office of Student Experience – Meet your counselor.

If you need assistance in registering for classes, please call the Registration Office at 925-969-3353 or email

For accounting questions, call 925-969-3160, email, or refer to the Managing Your JFKU Account Online – step by step guide.

New Student Orientations

Join us for the Winter Quarter University Student Orientations to learn more about JFK University’s resources and services, whether you are a new student or  a student returning to JFK after taking a break. You will be one step ahead in your academic goals, as you learn all you need to know about JFKU’s systems and services.

Winter 2019 JFK New Student Orientation (onsite) – Thursday January 3 at 6 pm – Pleasant Hill campus, Room 209 (Trifold)
Winter 2019 JFK New Student Orientation (online) –  Thursday January 3 at 11 am – Zoom

To RSVP access the New Student Orientation event page.

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 learn about 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.

Human Resources Certificate

Beginning in the Winter 2019 quarter, John F. Kennedy University will offer the Human Resource Certificate program. Individuals interested in boosting their career or enhancing their opportunities for promotion will be able to obtain an HR Certificate in just 2 quarters. The HR Certificate is available 100% Online. Interested in learning more? Please contact

Academic Certificate in Trauma Studies

The 20-unit certificate in Trauma Studies is available on the Pleasant Hill and San Jose campuses with classes enrolling for Winter quarter! The classes below are all available for Winter enrollment as part of the Trauma Certificate, or as single classes should you want more instruction on any of the topics offered.

In Pleasant Hill Law and Ethics TSC5005 will be offered in face-to-face, onsite format as well as Assessment and Treatment Planning TSC5004 in hybrid format.
In San Jose TSC5006 Somatic Approaches to Trauma will be offered in a primarily face-to-face, onsite format.
100% Online HSC 5003  Attachment and Developmental Approaches will be offered.

For more information visit the Trauma Certificate information page on our website. To register contact

Holistic Research Center Updates

The Holistic Research Center (HRC) will have a Grand Opening Ritual on Feb 13, 2019. More details to TBA.

The HRC is seeking study participants for a study entitled Community-Based Reflexive Narrative Research Methodology in Holistic Mental Health to take place on Jan 11th, 2018
Between 8:30 – 4pm. Breakfast, refreshments, and snacks will be served. For more information and to sign up please visit this page or contact

Welcome Alex Blasko to the Academic Counseling Team

We are thrilled to welcome Alex Blasko to the Academic Counseling team at the Office of Student Experience. Alex previously worked in the Registrar's Office at JFKU for almost two years, providing support for students, staff, and faculty. Alex earned a BA in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He grew up in the Bay Area and currently lives in Concord. In his free time, Alex enjoys hiking, fitness, history and archery.

Alex will be supporting students in all Sport Psychology programs and will also be the back-up academic counselor for the Holistic MA Counseling Psychology students.

Alex can be reached in campus, via email at, or by phone .

Welcome to the team (across the hall), Alex!


S202 at the Pleasant Hill




Student Services

DeepTok – Free Professional Development Webinars

There IS a “soft side” to College! Come and explore the impact on YOUR Academic Success of the topics below:

The Imposter Syndrome

Join Us—Tuesday, Feb. 5th 3:30—4:30 pm for a Live Webinar on these topics! DEEPTOK student professional development webinars CONTINUE….

RSVP to attend in person (S 228) or connect remotely. Email with your name,
your JFK email address and, how you prefer to attend: In person at the center (S228) or remotely.

Tues. Feb. 5 at 3:30“Soft Side” of College: Grit, Relationships, Stress, Imposter Syndrome
Tues. Mar. 5 at 3:30Leading: Yourself and Others
Tues. Apr. 9 at 3:30Your Sound, Look, and Actions

Announcing the Fall Gratitude Writing Contest Winners

Congratulations to our Fall Gratitude Writing Contest Winners!

Undergraduate Students

1st Place – Solomon Jones, B. A. Psychology
“I am grateful that my younger brother…was able to receive a kidney transplant this year.” “I am also grateful for the new support of John F. Kennedy University staff and faculty who, over the last year, have encouraged me to overcome obstacles in my learning that were previously covered up.”

Graduate Students

1st Place – Cathy Do, M. A. Consciousness and Transformative Studies (CTS)

2nd Place – Timothy Gale Walker, M. A. Counseling Psychology
“When we learn we expand our minds, and as our minds grow so does the number of paths the future holds, sprouting like blackberry vines from the earth for us to travel further.” “I cannot help but ponder those less fortunate than I. Those in plastic skiffs braving the stormy salt sea, in desperate flight from war or famine. With such contrasts rich in my mind the heights of my gratitude fly high, a blue kite searching for the moon.”

3rd Place – Toni Rivera, M. A. Counseling Psychology
“Gratitude has been a key to my healing….This has forced me to look at the simple things that bring me joy….There is something about acknowledging what I am looking forward to that intensifies the joy/happiness of the experience.”

In the Community

Ora Prochovnick

A Victory by the College of Law’s Housing Advocacy Clinic

Ora S. Prochovnick, Director of Clinical and Public Interest Law Programs at JFKU shared a success story about the Clinics’ advocacy work for a family in San Francisco facing repeated rent increases of up to $6,500. According to Ora, “Our Housing Advocacy Clinic filed petitions each time with the SF Rent Board, and also negotiated with the landlords’ attorneys. Using original school records and old pay stubs we were able to prove our clients were protected. After preventing these illegal rent increases, as well as responding to eviction threats and pressure to be bought out, we have helped our clients establish normalized relationships with the new landlord. We helped ensure that necessary repairs were made to remedy long time deferred maintenance. Finally, we negotiated a mutually satisfactory banked rent increase.”

Congratulations to the COL Housing Advocacy Clinic for their invaluable advocacy for Bay Area residents!

MBA Student Anna Lisa Escobedo’s Art and Activism Work featured in the SF Examiner

An interview with Anna Lisa Escobedo, a Museum Studies graduate and MBA student, was featured in the SF Examiner this past October. Anna Lisa is an executive assistant at the California Historical Society and an artist who chairs the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District’s Cultural Assets and Arts Committee in the Mission District.

Anna Lisa contributed the image of one of her paintings to the Undergraduate Success Center at JFKU and actively supported the launching of our Center in July 2016.

Read the full piece: Bernal Heights artist Anna Lisa Escobedo thrives in a painter’s paradise


Scooters ‘N Chairs Scholarship Deadline December 27th

Via the Office of Accessibility: Scooters N’ Chairs presents The Fall 2018 Student Scholarship for eligible students currently registered at an officially accredited University or College. For eligibility requirements please visit:

The deadline for applying is December 27th, 2018.


Consciousness and Transformative Studies Student Wandzia Rose’s Service Learning in San Jose

As part of her University’s Service Learning project, MA CTS student Wandzia Rose designed a staff development training workshop applying The Adult Learning Theory for Rebuilding Together, Silicon Valley. The project involved designing and facilitating a 5-hour staff workshop for a San Jose nonprofit to meet the Executive Director’s desired outcomes. This effort included materials and exercises that not only raised the self-awareness of each staff member, but also enhanced overall team effectiveness by highlighting the importance of both individual and collective contributions, productivity and effectiveness. Wandzia is a Certified Integrative Coach. To learn more about her work visit her website.

Follow My Lead - Alumni/Community Referral Scholarship Do you love your program, faculty and friends at JFKU? Refer a friend to one of JFKU’s degree programs and they will receive a scholarship upon enrolling.

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