Save the SJSU Physical Activity Program
  • Petitioned Office of the Provost and SJSU Adminstrators

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San Jose State University
Office of the Provost and SJSU Adminstrators

Save the SJSU Physical Activity Program

    1. Kinesiology Department SJSU
    2. Petition by

      Kinesiology Department SJSU

      San Jose, CA

Save the SJSU Physical Activity Program!

Dear Reader:

As you may or may not know, the California State University in general, including San José State University, is facing a budget shortfall next academic year. Many programs and “ways of doing things” are being considered for possible cuts or modifications as a means to save money.

One of the possible cutbacks is the total elimination of the physical activity classes on the SJSU campus. These are the 1 unit activity classes and it is our understanding that if this proposal is passed, all such classes will no longer be offered.

If that were to happen, we would be the only CSU not offering physical activity classes. Most other universities, from Harvard to Cal Tech, have an activity program and roughly 50% require some physical activity classes, as does SJSU (2 units).

Where would the nearly 5,000 students currently taking these classes go to work on fitness and health? The SJSU Event Center is always crowded and could not cope with everyone who wants to work out. Evening intramurals, fun as they are, also work with small numbers, and would not have the same “get you up in the morning” attraction as a class. Athletics, of course, will be around for the 1% of highly skilled athletes, but the 99% will be left with nowhere on campus, nowhere off campus that is convenient, or affordable.

Imagine SJSU with no activity classes!
Imagine student stress levels without regular physical activity classes!
Imagine the loss of the camaraderie of these classes, where students from different majors meet!

But this is not a “done deal” and you can make a difference:

• Sign the online petition
• Write a letter to the Spartan Daily and/or the San Jose Mercury News
• Talk to friends, students, professors, advisors, administrators, and staff and tell them first-hand what you think of this idea and why keeping SJSU KIN physical activity classes is important

Support our campaign using social media:

SJSU Dept. of KIN PA Program Facebook:
SJSU Dept. of KIN Facebook page:
Twitter:!/KinSJSU (@KinSJSU)

This is about student health and well-being and we take it seriously! We urge you to sign the petition.

Thank you.

Concerned students, faculty, and staff from across the SJSU campus

Physical Activity: At the Heart of Our Education

Recent signatures


    1. Demo Update: Flash Mob

      Kinesiology Department SJSU
      Petition Organizer

      Demo Update: Flash Mob

      The dance will be done to 'Eye of the Tiger', where we have a 'breakdown' during the first verse (we will have signs, throw a football, use hula hoops, etc.) and resume at the chorus. After the chorus, we will collapse and be sedentary for the remainder of the demonstration. We will be gathering between 1 and 1:15pm on the lawn outside Tower Hall and will perform at around 1:20-1:25.

      Join us!

    2. Demonstration! Come Rally!

      Kinesiology Department SJSU
      Petition Organizer

      There will be a demonstration to Save the KIN PA Program from 10:30-2:00pm on Thursday May 10 on the Tower Lawn at SJSU. Please come join us and show your support! Together we can send a message that health through PA is a critical part of student life.

    3. Social Action PA Day on Thursday, May 10 12:30 - 1:30pm.

      Kinesiology Department SJSU
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for supporting our campaign to keep physical activity classes available for all students at San Jose State. In 3 weeks, we got over 3300 online signatures, and almost over 2500 on paper at the school. Please continue to get more signatures!

      We are certainly sending our administration a strong message about why keeping physical activity classes for everyone is so important (health and well being, stress reduction, camaraderie, and even improving brain function).

      On Thursday May 10, we invite you to join us at SJSU on Tower Lawn, between 12:30 and 1:30 for the opposite of a "sit in," an "activity -in"! Feel free to wear Spartan blue and gold. This should be fun, as well as being an opportunity for physical activity. Thanks and hope to see you there.

      A concerned group of students, faculty and staff from across campus

    4. Let's break the 4000k Signature mark!

      Kinesiology Department SJSU
      Petition Organizer

      Our campaign continues. Folks are tweet and repining the campaign button. Please continue. We have a large ground swell of support. Let's finish strong.

    5. Keep up the Good Work!

      Kinesiology Department SJSU
      Petition Organizer

      Signatures continue to roll-in as we get closer to our 5K mark. Please forward the links and button to anyone who might be interested in supporting this cause! With your help we can make change.

    6. Reached 3,000 signatures
    7. Read the news article about the campaign.

      Kinesiology Department SJSU
      Petition Organizer

      Spartan Daily covered our story.

    8. Signatures are rolling. Forward the Link! Let's Save PA

      Kinesiology Department SJSU
      Petition Organizer

      Signatures from many different communities are coming in, along with words of encouragement and support. We are so excited about the response to the campaign and encourage everyone to forward the links, repin the logo, post the logo, and discuss the issues. Public education is more important than ever to educate and train diverse groups to grow and transform our communities and globe through health. Grass Roots Physical Activity is the 99%.

    9. Reached 1,000 signatures
    10. The petition to save SJSU KIN PA Program is live and signatures are rolling

      Kinesiology Department SJSU
      Petition Organizer

      Together we are making a stand to protect student health. This grass-roots mobilization shows the power of university students to affect change in their lives and in their communities.

    11. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Margaret Smith SAN MATEO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      My son graduated from the athletic trainer program and I would not want to see this program deleted.

    • Cat Bening SACRAMENTO, CA
      • over 2 years ago


    • Jennifer Voight FAIRFIELD, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      As a former SJSU cheerleader & REC major (c/o '00) and current professional dancer (Polynesian dancing), with a husband whom is a former KIN major (c/o '01) and current Physical Education Teacher/Football Asst. Coach/Baseball Head Coach, the SJSU Physical Activity Program was a huge part of our lives. Though we are no longer close to SJ, we know how important it is to include meaningful physical activity to our daily lives. While we've had to personally experience seeing P.E. cut from elementary schools and sports cut from high schools, it would be an ultimate shame to cut something like this from a public institution where students and constituents can contribute actual cash.

    • Diane Cline SACRAMENTO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Very disturbing thought that they would eliminate athletics from any School program. Why not look at waste and fraud?

    • Charles Schoelen AUBERRY, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      These are necessary courses.


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