|About||The Student Union, Inc. supports the SJSU student body by providing auxiliary services that help students become successful individuals.|
The Student Union Corporation offers quality services and programs that promote social, recreational, cultural and educational development. The Student Union Corporation of San Jose State University is committed to 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.
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.
After forty years of dedicated service, the Student Union building on the San José State University Campus is being expanded and renovated to better suit the needs of a larger and more diverse student body. The new structure will feature services and facilities geared specifically toward campus needs, including more space for students to study, more services to meet community demands, and more facilities for university organizations. The Student Union, Inc. is bringing More Campus Life.